AQ3D’s 8bit NES Kickstarter is not a joke – it’s ‘the hottest game from 1985… created in 2019!’

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Gonna be honest, when MJ linked this Kickstarter to me, I actually went straight to the April Fools’ Day roundup and added it. I was that sure it was a joke. But… it’s not. The folks behind AdventureQuest 3D are really, truly building out an 8-bit NES game version of AQ3D called Dungeons & DoomKnights. It’s boasting 500 maps, single-player adventures, bosses, puzzles, and no pay-to-win.

AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons & DoomKnights is a new ‘zeldavania’ game for your NES (or play the ROM on other platforms with an emulator),” Artix Entertainment writes. “Want to play it the way it was meant to be played? Experience Dungeons & DoomKnights on a real physical cartridge for the original NES console.” Or you can just get the digital pack to run it on an emulator for your PC.

“We launched this on April 1st, April Fools Day, but this is no joke! We are running this Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds for cartridge, box and manual production. Our friendly (and a little crazy) video game studio, Artix Entertainment, has been creating games and fun experiences through our weekly game updates for over 16 years. Backing this Kickstarter will also unlock exclusive in-game items for you in two of our online games: AdventureQuest 3D & AdventureQuest Worlds.”

Worth noting here is that AQ3D is tremendously popular across a slightly younger subset of the MMO audience than the EverQuest crowd; not only did the game’s original Kickstarter and all of its stretch goals fund easily, but last year the community funded game plushies in less than two hours. Bam.

Source: Kickstarter
And it’s funded on day one. Congrats!

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It’s not an 8 bit version of AQ3D, it’s an 8 bit game set in the AdventureQuest universe (AQ3D is set in it as well, but so were a bunch of browser games before it. AdventureQuest Worlds is still actually pretty popular too).

Personally I don’t like stuff devolved that much :P I enjoy 16 bit graphics alright, but 8 is under what I normally enjoy.

Still the game is over 200% funded on the first day it’s listed, so it is definitely coming. I am interested in the AdventureQuest world enough where I may get it despite not being an 8 bit fan too.

And you could be forgiven for adding this to the April Fools joke day page, for sure. It took a moment to set in that I was looking at a real Kickstarter page when I was viewing it.

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I’d definitely buy and play a ROM of it. In MAME, ideally.

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I’m backing this just have not decided if I’m going all the way to $99 or not.

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