CyberConnect2 who developed Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, the charming Nintendo DS games which was released around a decade ago, have recently discussed the chance of the game getting a remake. CyberConnect2 director Hiroshi Matsuyama addressed fans in a recent question & answer session video. Here’s what Mr. Matsuyama had to say on the subject:
“Of course, the possibility is there. As you know, Solaroboto was a game exclusively released on Nintendo DS. You all remember, right? Nintendo DS had two screens. The top screen was the play screen and the bottom one a touch panel.
On the operational side of things, it will be quite hard to port the game without a hardware that supports this system. It is possible to rebuild the touch panel system of Solatorobo, and integrate the bottom screen into a single screen, but would call for a complete remake. I feel that this would bring its own set of difficulties.
Solatorobo was released in Japan, the US, Europe and Asia in 2010, published by Bandai Namco (in Japan and Europe), but in terms of sales, it was not extraordinarily high. We sold about 100,000 copies worldwide. Based on that, if we remastered or remade the game, how many copies can we expect to sell? How much budget should we be allocating to the development for these projected sales? If we just did a simple port and just distributed it as a downloadable version, it would lose quite a bit of the original intended experience.
I personally think that, not only for our title Solatorobo, but also for a lot of other games that were made for the Nintendo DS and 3DS, a lot of us would like to re-release, whether just a downloadable version, an HD remastered version of these games, so that our current customers could play with our past properties, but at this time, I don’t think the industry is aiming for that goal yet. If we were to remake Solatorobo, we would start over from scratch.”