Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs To Ride To More Platforms

By Ishaan . May 9, 2011 . 12:31pm

Back in September, a studio named Firebrand announced that they were developing a Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs game for the Nintendo 3DS and iPhone. This game is now also coming to the Wii, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The iPhone appears to have been removed from the list of targeted platforms.


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is being designed as an on-rails shooter for release in 2012. The game will feature the anime series’ original voice cast — though we aren’t sure if this pertains to both the German and English versions — and the soundtrack will be based off the original as well. Here’s a storyboard prototype video:



Unsurprisingly, Firebrand haven’t managed to find a publisher for Saber Rider so far; the game is being developed using crowdfunding. With the help of fan donations in exchange for prizes, Firebrand have managed to accumulate around €15,500 for their development fund, from 153 donators.


Interestingly, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs started out on the GBA in 2005. It then moved to the Nintendo DS in 2006, before Firebrand finally settled on the current platforms. Here’s a look at some older assets from the game’s Facebook page:


GBA – Alpha version (2005):


Early Nintendo DS assets (2006):


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  • godmars

    Wait – this *WASN’T* an April fool’s day thing?!

    • Tom_Phoenix

      The game was announced in September…

      • godmars

        Well, I only heard about the thing this April. April 1st in fact. Thought someone had gone to a lot of trouble for the CG.

  • So it’s fan donation funded, has no publisher and started as a GBA game. They have my sympathy for still working under these conditions.

    But the rail shooter part worries me.

    I have no issues with the genre (quite the opposite) but only few of the recent rail shooters had what I consider long term appeal and good stage design. Unsurprisiningly, the rail shooters I enjoyed the most were developed by SEGA or Namco, companies with an Arcade background and plenty of experience with the genre.

    • Guest

      Sin & Punishment 1 & 2

  • Wii or WiiWare?

    And they’re working with many platforms for a “fan-made” game.

    • They haven’t specified whether it’s Wii or WiiWare. It just says “Wii” for now.

  • Exand

    LOL, I saw the GBA screens and thought what the?!?!?! Then noticed the (2005) next to it.

    Brings back memories of old saturday morning dub-animes.

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