Runner3 Sprints to Nintendo Switch on May 22!

There’s a time to fight and there’s a time to run…but for CommanderVideo, the time for both is on May 22. That’s when the long-awaited rhythm/action platformer Runner3 arrives on Nintendo Switch. Developed by Choice Provisions, Runner3 follows in the flamboyant footsteps of its predecessors with level after level of auto-running fun....

Code of Princess EX Coming to Switch This ...

Start sharpening your swords, Nicalis faithful! The side-scrolling, hack-and-slash action of Code of Princess is headed to Nintendo Switch this summer, in the form of Code of Princess EX! An upgraded version of the original release, Code of Princess EX delivers the same RPG-infused fantasy combat and epic story of the original, but a...

Save me Mr Tako! Gameplay: "Kirbyvania"

Greetings! It’s me again, Christophe Galati. After speaking about the Game Boy influences in Save me Mr Tako!, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the gameplay system. Here is the pitch I usually use to describe the gameplay: “Mr Tako is a platformer RPG where you play as an octopus who can spit ink to turn enemies into platforms an...

Runner3, Blog2: A Whole New World

Hey, everyone! It’s Dant Rambo again, producer/writer on Runner3. If my peculiar name sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because I wrote another post for this blog a mere few weeks ago. Apparently I didn’t burn the place to the ground, because Nicalis has agreed to let me write another one! This time I’ll be talking a little more ab...

Save me Mr Tako! A Game Boy Tribute

Hello hello hello, hope you are all doing well. This is Christophe Galati, the developer of Save me Mr Tako!, and today I’d like to tell you more about the Game Boy influences, what inspired me, how I used the limitations, and the challenge it provided to maintain the balance between a traditional and modern gaming experience. Gro...

Runner3, Blog1: The Home Stretch

Hey, everyone! I’m Dant Rambo, producer/writer/whatever-else-is-needed at Choice Provisions. The fine folks at Nicalis have offered us a chance to chat with you all about the upcoming release of Runner3, the third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. Better yet, they’ve agreed to publish a physical version of the game when it releas...

Don't Miss Out on Physical Copies of Wonder Bo...

Have you explored the ancient pyramid? Transformed into a Hawk-Man and traversed the skies? Battled the fierce Daimyo Dragon? If so, congrats: you’re a true Wonder Boy (or Wonder Girl)! If not, perhaps a trip to your nearest game store is in order, because that and a lot more await you in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which was rele...

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Physical Ver...

The trap has been sprung! That’s right: The highly collectible physical release of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is out now for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4! Fans of retrotastic 2D side-scrolling action-adventure-platformers won’t want to miss out on the launch edition, which includes reversible cover art, a full-color manual...

Introduction to the world of Tako-San

Hello! It’s Christophe Galati, back-back-back again to tell you more about the story of Tako-San, a.k.a. Mr Tako. Despite the cute aesthetic, his world is far from being a happy place. I wanted the game to tell a dark story, but one without a real bad guy. Instead, the conflict comes from two species who are fighting for what they b...

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Developer Blog

Hello, this is Omar and Ben from Lizardcube! We are the developers of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap. Like DotEmu, the game’s co-publisher, we are based in lovely Paris, France—a land of croissants and fermented grapes. And most notably, a land where kids born in the ’80s equally shared their love between the NES and its Sega counterpar...

Save me Mr Tako is coming!

Bonjour! I’m Christophe Galati (@ChrisDeneos), the developer of Save me Mr Tako. Nice to meet you! For those who don’t know me, I’m a 23-year-old French indie game developer who once got a vision of a game with an octopus character after eating takoyaki the year of the Game Boy’s 25th anniversary. It’s my first time writing for the ...

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Goes Physica...

Have you heard the wonderful news? Nicalis is publishing the wondrous Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in physical form. Better yet, the initial run of this 2D side-scroller comes with bonus goodies that collectors won’t want to miss out on: a 12-track mini-CD soundtrack sampler, a full-color...

The new Nicalis Blog!

You’re looking at the new Nicalis Blog, forged in fire by our expert Websmiths and sharpened to accompany the newly designed Nicalis.com Web site. This is the place where you’ll get the latest in-depth news about Nicalis games and world domination plans. If you’re looking for hastily composed 140-character messages, impromptu survey...

Creepy Castle: Looking Back!

Hey guys! Zach here again to discuss Creepy Castle. As I'm writing this, development is essentially all wrapped up, and I've found out that the game even has a tentative release date! Heck, by the time this gets posted, maybe it will even be out! At any rate, this seems like a good time to think about the experiences I had and things...

Ittle Dew 2: Just for Laughs

Hey! Joel here again to talk a bit more about Ittle Dew 2. If it hasn't been clear from my previous posts, and especially the last one about the whiteboard, there's a big emphasis on humor in Ittle Dew 2 (and Ittle Dew 1...and most of our games, really). Honestly, we never even considered trying to make Ittle Dew 2 or its predecessor m...