FrankenGraphics wrote:GB, GBC and MD/genesis seems like closer goto options if NES homebrewing went bust.
I thought the point was getting rid of Nintendo machines ? Because in that case anything in the Gameboy series is also out.
I think the Megadrive is also an interesting machine, despite the fact I hardly ever played the real thing - it was very popular here. Players expect more art, but not as much as in SNES, so that might still be manageable for a programmer to make half-decent art for it.
In conclusion I guess if I wanted to avoid Nintendo and develop for old popular machines, C64 and Megadrive, possibly Playstation 1 would be the way to go. PCE is great and all, but it's completely unknown in the region I'm living in.
I think it's really paradoxal - the reason why we love Nintendo platforms in the 1st place is because they had so great games, and that it's not a whole mess like the C64 where you had a bunch of pirated and hacked games and nobody could tell where they're from; on the other hand Nintendo being badasses against piracy from day one made sure they had full control over games released on their platform, which in my opinion greatly contributed in what made it so great. Also, I personally disagree they're bastards for shutting down fan Pokémon games. This was clearly an IP violation, with a third party releasing a game usinging a Nintendo branded name, that could make people belive those inferior quality games are from Nintendo. I think it's perfectly normal they shut them down; and if I was releasing a successful game I wouldn't want other people to sell clones using the same brand. Selling clones using another brand would be OK if it's clear it's a "pokémon-like" game and not a Pokémon game.