Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix is only a week away on WiiWare, but that’s not the only game Santa Entertainment developed with Natsume. This new developer formed with ex-Cave staff that helped create Princess Debut is also working on a Nintendo 3DS version of the cheerful rhythm game.
Originally announced as a Nintendo DS title, we spoke with Graham Markay, Vice President at Natsume, to find out more about the portable version of Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove and the company’s plans with the two new handhelds.
Graham Markay, Vice President: The game was more or less rebuilt from the ground up for the 3DS. The graphics engine has been completely overhauled and really shines in 3D.
The control scheme was rethought so that players could keep their eye on the top screen while still using the touch screen. And a lot of new features have been added, including a mini-game that utilizes the accelerometer.
How does the game utilize 3D? What pops out of the screen?
The characters, the backgrounds, the special effects…just about everything is in 3D. The effect is just stunning. The 3DS is an amazing piece of hardware, and Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove really takes advantage of its capabilities.
Did Natsume add any other content or features for the 3DS version?
The move to the 3DS allowed the development team to put back in a fashion show feature that had been removed from the DS version. It’s a fun feature that gives you a chance to show off the items and outfits that you’ve collected. The fashion show has different themes like “Cute” and “Stylish,” so it’s up to the player to mix and match their outfits and accessories to win!
It’s been almost a year since we last saw Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove. Has the game changed at all from the original concept?
The concept hasn’t changed much for the 3DS. In fact, thanks to the improved capabilities of the 3DS, I’d say the game we have now is closer to the original vision for the game than the DS version could have been.
Natsume also announced Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove: Spooktacular Edition for WiiWare. Can you give us an update on it?
Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (new name) will be available for download on May 16th. It features the same great cast of characters, but offers a style of dancing all its own. You hold the Wii Remote in your hand and jump, shimmy, and shake along with the characters onscreen. It’s a ton of fun to play, especially when you can get some friends to join you in multiplayer.
Plenty! Reel Fishing Paradise 3D has forty different fish and fifteen stunning, diverse locations to explore. With the 3D graphics, it’s like you’re right there underwater with the fish!
Our readers are quite excited for Rune Factory Oceans. Is Natsume looking at this title?
Unfortunately, nothing has been announced at this time.
Seeing Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals was one of last year’s surprises. Will we see any other RPGs from Natsume this year?
We are huge fans of RPGs, so we are always on the lookout for anything interesting out there.
Nintendo announced a 3D classics section for the 3DS eShop. Is Natsume updating any of their games for this section?
It is something we are very interested in. However, nothing has been announced at this time.
Natsume plans to support the NGP, and hopefully you’ll see a title from us soon after the release of the console.
As a publisher, what are your thoughts on both upcoming handhelds?
We are excited about the possibilities of both handhelds and plan to support both. Of course, as a publisher, we always like to see robust antipiracy measures. It’s no secret that software piracy has taken a heavy toll on software sales for the current generation of handhelds. Both the 3DS and NGP look like they’ve made great strides in terms of security, so we’re hoping we won’t see the same kinds of piracy problems in the future.
You will have to wait a bit to find this out… we don’t want to let all the secrets out.
How did development of the 3DS version begin and which company is handling the port?
The same development team that made the DS version is handling the modifications and additions to the 3DS version.
This will be the first Harvest Moon game for the Nintendo 3DS. What makes the 3DS version different from the DS one?
Those details will be coming soon… and I will make sure Siliconera and your readers find out first.