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Buddy & Me Funded, Wii U support likely


Sunbreak Games is a small studio recently formed by Jason Behr, head
level designer of the Metroid Prime series. Their first game, Buddy & Me, was funded several hours ago via Kickstarter and is planned to be released on select tablet devices this June. Buddy & Me
is an infinite runner that will be setting itself apart with beautiful
visuals and a companion that I can only guess was at least partially
inspired by The Last Guardian.

However, what’s most noteworthy about this game is that even though it
failed to reach its Wii U port stretch goal, Nintendo’s ever-relaxing
indie strategy may end up bringing this game to the Wii U anyway. Sunbreak has expressed in Buddy & Me‘s kickstarter FAQ that they are ” trying to figure out exactly what it would take to get development kits” for the Wii U. As it turns out, Nintendo is actually giving them away for free. Hopefully having that hurdle out of the way means we can see this game’s release on the Wii U, because it’s great to see Nintendo really trying to embrace the indie market as it grows more and more popular.

As for the game itself; Buddy is a giant furry monster who will be helping the player as they run across the platforming setting of Buddy & Me. He’ll extend his tail to get you across gaps, let you use his stomach as a trampoline, ride on his back, and maybe more.The game’s great visual style features simple cartoon characters set to wonderfully hand-painted landscapes. To emphasize the beauty of its painted backdrops, Buddy & Me will intermittently let the player out of the forest to be treated to a vibrantly colored, jaw-dropping landscape like the one below.

Our Verdict

Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.

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