The Famicom may be 33 years old this year, but who’s to say it can’t get a brand new game? That seems to be what the creators of Kira Kira Star Night were thinking, as their homebrew sidescroller will be releasing for the retro system in late July.
Originally created for BitSummit back in 2013, the Famicom cartridge will now be mass produced by publisher Colombus Circle and will hit Japanese stores with a retail price of ¥5,378. Game creators developing games for older systems is nothing new (just look up the thriving Dreamcast shooter scene) but it’s rare to see them get picked up by official publishers and sold in stores.
The game itself is something of an auto-scroller, where you have to jump around and catch enough stars to complete levels. While the star patterns start out simple, they quickly become devious and challenging to grab. Kira Kira Star Night also uses some techniques that weren’t as popular until the 16-bit generation, such as parallax scrolling and 3D effects. Check out the trailer: