Posts Tagged ‘dsi’
Daryle Basarte’s awesome cover art for “Rhythm Core Alpha 2″ heads up the Nintendo 3DS eShop cover page for “Rock the Beat”, a section of music applications!
What a day! I sent an e-mail to Nintendo asking for a few details on what video format to send the video in, but got impatient and sent it as-is. Nintendo’s site required me to download some funky uploader tool, but that wasn’t immediately apparent and so there was some difficulty. Eventually I got it working, but because of the giant file size the think aborted. By then, Nintendo wrote me back with the video format details and I was able to resend the file in the correct format.
Then I got a note from Lotcheck saying that the version I sent them was not the latest version! It turns out that loading the submission data from XML resets to the old file as well! Oops! So I cranked out a new submission packet with the correct stuff (double checked!) and sent that with profuse apologies.
Now I’ve got a splitting headache, but at least I am through with submission worries for a few days, anyway.
Ok, I just sent off the latest Lotcheck submission to Nintendo. We spent a week pouring over the manuals and game text looking for any errors to the terminology, formatting errors, incorrect quotes… anything! I hope they pass it this time…
Nintendo has started selling refurbished DSi and 3DS game systems. This is a great way to get an awesome system to play music on with Rhythm Core Alpha and the upcoming Rhythm Core Alpha 2
Here is a large format version of the Rhythm Core Alpha 2 loudspeaker logo featuring our new mascot Riko-chan, as drawn by Daryle Basarte!
If you look closely, the speaker actually has the Rhythm Core Alpha 2 logo printed on it. Of course, most of it is behind Riko-chan, but I am happy at least that the ][ can be seen.
Nintendo sent back with just one required revision… they found a crash bug! Fortunately it was an easy one! I fixed a couple of other little display issues while I was in there and have just sent off the third Lotcheck submission! Hopefully this is the last time…
Just spent the day making a ton of loops and beats for Rhythm Core Alpha 2! The new “Import Block” command lets you build songs out of pre-made loops! Of course, you can still make your own, and you can even use “Export Block” to save them so that you can include them in other songs. There is even a “Merge” option to allow you to import data into an existing block, it will only overwrite where it has new data; it will leave everything else alone.
At E3 last week, we approached Nintendo with a number of things we wanted to work on. Better placement in the 3DS store for Europe, the ability to sell in Japan, becoming a publisher so that we can print cartridges for Rhythm Core Alpha 2, and the possibility of using crowdsourced funding for those cartridges. For the most part, we received a lot of business cards to which e-mails were sent.
So now is the waiting for replies.
Meanwhile, we are back to work on coding for “Rhythm Core Alpha 2″. The number of new features and tweaks are incredible, but the hardest thing is to stop adding things and actually ship the product. We’re finally getting down to the more boring features that are incredibly useful, but totally no fun to program. Such as the ability to import your songs from the original Rhythm Core Alpha (1) if you have it installed.
We are treating Rhythm Core Alpha more like a PC program development than a console game; we are emphasizing features and power most of all, rather than stripping things out to make it friendly. We have finally made some tweaks to the art to make it a little more stylish and consistent, but capabilities are king. But it is still a long way out.
Those of you who haven’t had a chance yet, please be sure to check out the original version of Rhythm Core Alpha in the Nintendo DSiWare Shop or the Nintendo 3DS eShop ( in the DSiWare section, or under “Applications” ). The original is still an amazing program that has capabilities that no other music program has, and at $5 (or 5 Euros) it is really a steal… the newer version will be much more expensive!
I’ll be doing a little demo / concert with Rhythm Core Alpha as part of “Handmade Music” at Crashspace in Culver City, California. More Info
We’ll be at the Los Angeles Science Fair Mini Maker Faire in Pasadena this Friday and Saturday (March 30 and 31, 2012) from 10am to 4pm to demo Rhythm Core Alpha on Nintendo DSi and 3DS. It will be awesome, don’t miss it!