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Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:36 am
by Myask
Drag wrote:The player's sprite has one color too many, but considering that they're the main character, I think it's OK to let that slide
Well, yeah; after all, Mega Man used 5 colors: blue, light blue, black, with white, peach from the lemon/shot palette for the face. slide, slide.

It's not impossible, and people did it, it just takes(took) more overlaid sprites/palettes.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:06 am
by Asaki
rainwarrior wrote:Aside from Retro City Rampage, is there any example of an embedded NES emulator on a Playstation or XBox platform?
That Mega Man collection with the terrible sounding audio and the swapped A/B buttons?

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 2:11 pm
by devmas
Asaki wrote:
rainwarrior wrote:Aside from Retro City Rampage, is there any example of an embedded NES emulator on a Playstation or XBox platform?
That Mega Man collection with the terrible sounding audio and the swapped A/B buttons?
Also Mega Man: Powered Up, a remake of the first Mega Man on PSP. IIRC the buttons weren't as terrible there.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 2:19 pm
by Macbee
Tremendously beautiful game! Can't wait to play it on PC someday.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:48 pm
by Nintendooh
Hey everybody. The creator of Alwa's Awakening here again. Sorry for not posting in quite some time. We've actually been on summer vacation since May and we just now started working again. It's really fun to start working again and we're super excited. Our plan is to finish World 2 pretty soon and prepare a new demo for a retro convention in early October.

We were lucky enough to get two NES Twitch streamers to play the game. Dxtr and InfestedRiche. If you want to check out the game in motion go to these links below. Since they're speedrunners they spend most of the time trying to break the game :)

http://www.twitch.tv/dxtrslab/v/8881584
http://www.twitch.tv/infestedriche/v/8660183

We also sent the demo to this YouTube channel who posted his video last week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYzWwNErg_A

We're going to alter the speed of the character some because a lot of people gave us that feedback. We're making her a little bit faster.

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:40 pm
by Khaz
I missed this thread before. Looks like an impressive game you're working on! I'll be looking forward to playing it!
Nintendooh wrote:Our plan is to finish World 2 pretty soon and prepare a new demo for a retro convention in early October.
THERE ARE RETRO CONVENTIONS AND NOBODY TOLD ME? I mean, seriously... I need to find and attend one soon.

Oh yeah, and...
rainwarrior wrote:Most people are making them because they think it's a fun and interesting project, and most of them target Windows or Linux.
That reminds me. Shortly before I turned up on these forums I programmed an NES emulator into Microsoft Excel, just for the hell of it. Technically speaking I guess I can only call it a 6502 emulator... I started working on making it render a screen onto a spreadsheet buuut when I saw that processing just one frame of CPU instructions was going to take at least several minutes, I quit and moved on to more interesting projects (ie/ my SNES game).

I don't regret wasting all that time on it though, I learned a hell of a lot.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:43 pm
by tepples
And even a 6502 simulator is a useful tool, as it lets you automate unit testing in a test-driven development process.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:48 am
by Nintendooh
We're working on a new part of the game. It's a really high tower heavily inspired by the Tower Of Latria in Demon's Souls. Here's the first draft of the graphics. What do you think?

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:14 am
by Drew Sebastino
Do you think you could show us a non blurry screenshot, as in the picture is the exact resolution of the game or some whole number times bigger? One random thing I've never understood is why an of the colors near the black are actually lighter than they normally are, if you know what I'm saying.
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Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:57 am
by rainwarrior
Espozo wrote:One random thing I've never understood is why an of the colors near the black are actually lighter than they normally are, if you know what I'm saying.
JPEG compression is in some ways a low-pass filter. A sharp transition creates a "ringing" artifact as the signal overshoots the target and springs back, since it no longer has the high frequency information needed to stop quickly.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:59 am
by Nintendooh
Wow, really sorry about that. Here's the original photo both in original resolution and resized 300%.

EDIT: Since it's a work in progress I'm not sure about the exact number of colors we're using. Could be more than NES could handle. Not really sure :)

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:03 am
by tepples
My rule of thumb is that PNG is usually preferred for pixel art, but JPEG is fine in one case. This case is a composited game scene (not an isolated sprite) that has been enlarged by a factor of 2 (with nearest neighbor resampling) and then stretched horizontally to the platform's correct aspect ratio. In this one case, JPEG artifacts resemble TV artifacts more than anything.

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Things like this

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:59 am
by Drew Sebastino
This is the best I was able to come up with.
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Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:25 pm
by tepples
Put this in your paint program's bookmarks:

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Each 16 by 16 pixel area of the background can use one of four color sets in the palette. All color sets have three colors plus a shared background color. In a side-scroller, this shared background color is usually either black or sky color.

Re: Alwa's Awakening - A NES-inspired adventure game

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:06 pm
by Drew Sebastino
Well shoot, that doesn't look anything like the palette I used:
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