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AlphaDream Working on Unique 3DS Puzzle Platformer

by Aaron Kaluszka - July 1, 2012, 12:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2012/0157196.htm...

A patent application spills the Mario & Luigi developer's beans.

AlphaDream and Nintendo employees filed a patent application for 3DS platformer game mechanics that involve unconventional two-screen gameplay.

On the lower screen is a humanoid character, while the top screen displays a platformer level. Aspects of the character on the lower screen are related to features of the level on the top screen. For instance, a tree might possess branches with an arm-like quality. Moving the character's arm by dragging it with a stylus on the bottom screen controls a tree branch, which when moved, allows the player to progress on the top screen.

A number of similar mechanics are described where a face appears in a cloud. This face corresponds to the face of the character on the bottom screen such that circling the nose of the character causes the cloud on the top screen to change and fill in a gap. A variety of ways this can happen are described. For instance, the cloud could move from another location, fade into view,  become more solid, or move forward in 3D space with the 3DS's stereoscopic feature. This again would allow the player to progress through the level.

The listed inventors are Akira Otani and Toshiharu Izuno from Nintendo and Hiroyuki Kubota and Akiko Sugimoto from AlphaDream. The application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 in Japan and Oct. 27, 2011 in the US. It was published on Jun. 21, 2012.

The last two published games AlphaDream developed were Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and PostPet DS, a sim game that was only released in Japan. The two games released in 2009, and the developer has been silent since. As this patent application was filed in 2010, AlphaDream has had a while to refine the concept, assuming a game involving the mechanic is still under development. No official announcements have been made.

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Loyb11July 01, 2012

I was hoping for a sequel to partners in time instead

LOZmanJuly 01, 2012

Quote from: Loyb11

I was hoping for a sequel to partners in time instead

I was as well. I am a pretty big fan of the Partners in Time and Bowser's Inside Story. Although a unique 3D platformer of the 3DS sounds awesome. I just can't wait to hear more about it.

Loyb11July 01, 2012

I was as well. I am a pretty big fan of the Partners in Time and Bowser's Inside Story. Although a unique 3D platformer of the 3DS sounds awesome. I just can't wait to hear more about it.


They could just use the Shroobs frozen in Bowser's basement as the plotline, but your right it might be cool.

It's possible that the mechanic could be part of a Mario & Luigi game. It would be well suited for the overworld environments of those games.

Bman87301July 02, 2012

I dunno... The headline for this seems a little irresponsible, as this in no way confirms that they're actually currently working on such a game. While it's certainly a likely possibility, it's still far from definite considering how many patents are filed just to block others from using an idea, and are never intended to see the day of light.

LittleIrvesJuly 02, 2012

I agree that this headline is pretty deceptive. BUT I hope this is an actual game, since it sounds pretty rad. There are still so many ideas to be mined for dual-screen games, as there are for motion-control. Just scratching the surface.

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