Tuesday, October 22, 2013

And now I'm sad that Sega's Rhythm Thief wasn't released for the DS as originally planned

Am I alone in not knowing until now that Sega's Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure, released early last year for the 3DS, began life as a DS game?

I'm probably also late to the party when it comes to seeing the following screenshots of the Rhythm Thief that wasn't meant to be, aren't I?

No matter. I'm going to talk about them anyway.

Specifically, I want to say that I love the looks of this scrapped version of the game--perhaps more than the looks of the version that hit the 3DS. For the most part, that's because they display a sort of charm and character that isn't quite matched in the polygonal 3DS release.

I wonder if the DS game would've been more enjoyable to play, too? After all, one of my main issues with the 3DS iteration is that a number of the gyro-controlled mini-games either don't quite work or are completely broken, and I doubt they'd exist had the title been finished for the DS.

None of the above matters, of course, because it wasn't finished for the DS. Also, it's not like the 3DS game we ended up with is a complete turd.

Still, now that I've been given a glimpse of what Rhythm Thief might've looked like on the DS, I can't help but wish we'd been given access to that title first--followed by a 3DS-based sequel, of course.

See also: 'The Great Gaymathon Review #61: Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure (3DS)'


Bodo said...

Just bought Rhythm Thief today for 10€( ~15$). Can't wait to play it on my new 2DS tonight!!

thegaygamer.com said...

Really? Good for you! I hope you like it, Bodo. I had a mixed opinion of it myself--really, really liked some aspects and hated others. That said, writing this post last night made me want to give it another chance, so maybe I'll do that at some point.

michaelstearns said...

Wow, I had no idea about this. I agree, the large, lower-res art is more appealing to me as well, to me it has a bit more character than the super-slick 3D art they ended up with. I do like 3D for these sorts of games (it certainly helps with the dancing!) but they definitely lost something in the translation. I'm not quite sure if it's the slightly rougher edge to the art that I like or if it's the different character design.

thegaygamer.com said...

Oh, yeah, don't get me wrong--I actually really like the 3D art we ended up with. I think I prefer this art style/character design, though. It just has a bit more ... character to it, IMO. Plus, I'll always be a sucker for sprites :)