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Game has been billed the "best homebrew RPG of all time"

While some (cough, cough Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA)) have been forsaking Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) Wii U console as sales have slowed, the console is seeing some support from the indie development community as it battles the just-launched Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Xbox One.

In addition to upcoming 2014 RPGs like Soul Saga: Episode I, Dragon Quest X, and [Monolith Games'] X, the console will get a legendary homebrew title, Pier Solar and the Great Architects.  Released in 2010 for the Sega Genesis, the old-school 2D pixel-art RPG shattered records for the legacy console, with a cartridge that packed 64 Megabits (8 MB) worth of epic fun into a single cart.

1 More Castle said of the original game:

What started out as a community driven project evolved into the ultimate homebrew, with contributing team members from all over the world.

Pier Solar I

Sega-16 adds:

Pier Solar [is] the best-selling Genesis post mortem release of all time and perhaps the most successful homebrew of its type ever.... The massive adventure, endearing characters, incredible presentation, and innovative gameplay put it in the upper echelon of Genesis RPGs.

Now WaterMelon, Inc. is prepping a Wii U release, with a bit of help from its 2012 KickStarter campaign.  In addition to the Nintendo Wii U eShop, the updated HD graphics version is expected to come to the Xbox 360, Mac, Android devices (e.g. the Ouya console), PCs, and even Sega Sammy Holdings Inc.'s (TYO:6460) legacy Dreamcast console.  However, there's no word yet on a PS4 or Xbox One version.

Sources: IGN, KickStarter

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Is this sponsored content?
By SAN-Man on 12/7/13, Rating: -1
RE: Is this sponsored content?
By BillyBatson on 12/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Is this sponsored content?
By Alexvrb on 12/8/2013 12:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's an impressive game, especially in its original incarnation. It easily rivals the best AAA Genesis titles, even first party titles - technically and otherwise. The coders behind this were brilliant, these old systems aren't easy to code for. Plus it has optional Sega CD support for uncompressed CD audio. Personally I would have liked to see full Sega CD support, I understand the effort wouldn't have been worth it in terms of sales. Hence the other ports, which are able to both enhance the graphics and widen the audience.

Anyway, I played a friend's copy and I'd like to own it myself. I would buy it for Genesis or Dreamcast but it's somewhat expensive so I'll probably pick it up on XBL.

RE: Is this sponsored content?
By Alexvrb on 12/8/2013 12:27:10 PM , Rating: 3
Although, the headline is stupid. It implies it's a Wii U exclusive port or something. It should say that it's getting ported to most modern systems. Because it is. :P

RE: Is this sponsored content?
By JasonMick on 12/8/2013 9:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like it to me too. I've never heard of this game which isn't surprising considering I haven't seen a Sega console in 12 years and that was a dreamcast.
I wrote the article, and no it isn't sponsored content. Would you guys have prefered if I had trashed on the game or something?

If you didn't want to read it, why did you click on this article? To complain? I see.

Personally I just found it interesting because I think the Wii U is underappreciated and I follow the homebrew scene (particularly the Sega side) a bit. If you're not into homebrew, I can see why you'd be like "WT...?", but for those that are into homebrew, this was one of the biggest titles released in classic packaging/cartridge for a legacy system..

The game itself is pretty awesome, but I've only played it on an emulator... the actual copies for Genesis were only a limited print and sell for ridiculous amounts on eBay. So I guess if it's "sponsored", it's sponsored by me, as I owe them for playing their awesome game for free. I just picked up an open box Zelda Wii u from a used game shop near me and I'm pretty pumped about downloading this when it comes around. :)

And don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on the PS4/XBO. I don't have time to play online games, but I'll probably pick both up eventually... last gene I bought all the consoles, have a decent library for each.

By inperfectdarkness on 12/9/2013 2:50:51 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, Jason. Nintendo always seems to have something exclusive to offer that is compelling reason enough to buy the system. I don't end up hem-hawing south-park style about PS vs XBOX. (flaccid penis)

I'm a huge homebrew fan. It literally opened up a new world of gaming to me of all the content previously unreleased on the Wii. I'm excited to see what all turns out this generation. I know what I'm getting myself for xmas, and it ain't an xbone or a ps4. I could easily afford all 3...but the money I save will cover about 50% of the cost of my new MSI 3k laptop. I won't be hurting for games.

RE: Is this sponsored content?
By Flunk on 12/9/2013 9:28:55 AM , Rating: 2
I think the issue with this article is not that it's here, but that it gives much too much slant towards the Wii U version when this game is coming out for everything. Xbox 360, Android, PC, Mac, Dreamcast, graphing calculators, LG smart fridges, the Galaxy Gear and cybernetic walruses.

If the title said it was coming to consoles and PC/Mac next year it would be a lot clearer. I'm glad you wrote this article because this looks exactly like something I'd love to play. I'll probably pick it up for PC or maybe 360 and I almost didn't read this article because I don't own a Wii U and have no plans to buy one.

RE: Is this sponsored content?
By BillyBatson on 12/9/2013 10:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with what flunk said below.

No I didn't click on the article to complain about it, I didn't feel like complaining until I actually read the article and was one sided towards the wii U for some reason.

RE: Is this sponsored content?
By Alexvrb on 12/9/2013 11:02:44 PM , Rating: 2
They do reprints from time to time. In fact, I just went to their site and they they're planning on doing another Genesis reprint edition around March/April - preorder now to own a piece of homebrew history! :P

It's too much cash money for me though. XBL or Steam.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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