Another one? Oh, very well. This one’s called, An Excuse For Me To Draw A Lot Of Minish
Ness’s seventh sanctuary in EarthBound, now as a stage. The three higher platforms are close to the same size as on Project M’s Battlefield, a tiny bit bigger and further spread-apart.
The basic shape is something I made in Smash 4′s stage builder that I really liked. In that, I used the Obviously Skyworld background and called it The Palutenathon, but here I’m allowed to do more of whatever I’d want.
There’s not a lot in the way of geometry here. Which isn’t to say I threw it together hastily or left out ideas, just that it’s not a cluttered place or one demanding a lot of stuff in it like Magnet Train or Minish Bar or Grass Land. A group of four pairs of Ice Climbers wouldn’t cause any slowdown here like they would in my busier stages.
The eye candy here is the background. It goes through several sequences with neat transitions and goes on for about two and a half minutes before repeating. About half the size of the stage file is dedicated to the textures for the walls!
The background from battling the Abstract Art enemy in EB
Say Fuzzy Pickles.
You guys need an ocarina player? Let me in the band and the seven of us could be the Runaway Six…
This was Electro Specter’s My Sanctuary location, but it’s mine now. Get the hell out of here!
I’m working on a video and will put that and the download up later.
I’m working on a stage it’s the file select screen from EarthBound
Each light in the background is one pixel in a tiny texture (which they currently share, but won’t in the final version). So I can do some crazy stuff like this if I really want to
And since the texture for each wall will be so small, I could easily make long animations of whatever I want without wasting much space in the stage file.
I don’t know for sure that the game will handle the effect well as far as rendering it without framerate problems will go, but I’ll hope for the best and do what I have to to make it work.
I played EarthBound Zero/Mother 1 once before and decided I was never gonna do it again because, well, EarthBound is almost the same thing but with more direction and polish. I’d say EB0 is like the college project whose idea was recycled with more experience, money, and freedom with tech to create EB. But here’s this ROM hack that makes it better. If you’re going to play EB0, play that.
I wish EB had copied EB0 even more and made a Teddy clone for the fourth character instead of Poo. No, in EB0 Teddy does not have a whole lot going for him–he hits hard and that’s it. But, Poo doesn’t stand out in EB from a technical perspective either. He has a slightly different PSI pool from Paula, is weaker than Ness, and has one truly unique special ability that is basically useless. I think it could have been expected that a Teddy clone in EB would have had something else to set him apart.