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Snipperclips devs on ties to Wii U, cutting down on story, Nintendo’s involvement, more

Posted on May 18, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop

Game Informer was recently able to speak with Snipperclips developer SFB Games. During the chat, the team touched on how it was originally assumed that the project would be made for Wii U, scrapping a story idea to cut down on story, how much Nintendo was involved, and more.

Read up on SFB’s comments below. For the full interview, visit Game Informer’s site here.

On when they found out about Switch…

SFB Games: We found out about the Switch around June of 2016. Nintendo showed us a short presentation, which explained the various features of the Switch and the Joy-Con controllers. It was really exciting, and a massive privilege to find out so early, but our heads were quickly full of thoughts about how best to use the new controller layout. It was fun keeping such a big secret to ourselves, all through the year.

On whether it started out as a Wii U game…

Sort of, but not really. We developed it as a prototype on PC, to begin with. Wii U was the assumed hardware, but we never developed any features specific to the Wii U – such as making use of the screen on the GamePad. We knew Nintendo was working on new hardware, since the “NX” had been announced in some capacity. But our goal was just to make a fun game, regardless of what hardware we were using.

Eventually we moved over to Switch, and it seemed like the appropriate hardware for the game, especially given the two Joy-Cons.

On developing for new hardware…

It was difficult, as there were a lot of unknown factors, especially on the technical side. When we starting developing the game, we didn’t know a single thing about the Switch.

As for making launch, everyone had to work hard. But the goal of making a game for the launch of a new Nintendo console was so exciting, it was a very good reason to try hard and make it happen.

On a scrapped story idea…

Originally there was an idea to set the game specifically in a school. That’s why the worlds are set in places you’d find in a school. (Desk, Computer room, Science Lab) Eventually we kept that side of the game quite simple and minimal. I feel like the focus is more on the two people who are actually playing the game together. They embody the characters and the story of the game is about their friendship, and their ability to work together.

On Nintendo’s involvement…

SFB Games is a small independent company. Our actual development team here in London was only 6 people, at its largest. But, for Snipperclips, assuming it’s first-party Nintendo is not entirely incorrect. Nintendo did directly help develop the game in addition to acting as producer and publisher. The game is a collaboration between SFB Games and Nintendo.

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  • shoulda put it out for wiiu

    • theFooFighter

      Yeah they totally should have put it on a dead console

      • it’s not dead, mine still works fine

        • theFooFighter

          So does my Dreamcast but it’s not exactly getting a ton of major releases

          • it does have games, though, unlike switch which just has wiiu ports

          • theFooFighter

            And 3rd party support, and upcoming releases

          • no it doesnt just ports

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Looks like Uncile Phil be takin a trip down De Nial!

          • it’s the nile, and i don’t live in africa

          • Velen (Not WoW)

            Looks like the joke jumped over your head.

          • im not african, im american

          • theFooFighter

            Cool I can’t wait for that port of arms and Xenoblade 2 and shin megami tensei and splatoon 2

          • splatoon 2 is just splatoon 1 with dlc

          • theFooFighter

            On then swap Splatoon for Mario Odyssey or dragon quest

          • Devlind

            Don’t feed the troll, but he has a point. Most third party games right now are ports. Arms is the first completely new nintendo game, and it releases 3 months after the system’s launch. The new upcoming games are exciting, but we need to see even more on E3.

          • Snipperclips is also a new Nintendo IP, is it not?

          • Devlind

            It isn’t entirely incorrect, but I wouldn’t say it is first party.

          • JasonBall

            I compare it to pullblox and BoxBoy and Dillon. Totally a part of Nintendo business strategy but not really made by them.

          • Oh I see

          • burchdude65

            Breath of the Wild was completely new and launched on both platforms the same day. It was originally going to be a Wii U exclusive, but I don’t think the situation can be compared to MK8 Deluxe.

          • Devlind

            Yeah, but as you mentioned, it was ported to the Switch.

          • Tide

            For it to be ported it would have had to exist on the Wii U in the first place. It got a simultaneous release. Destiny wasn’t ported to X1 and PS4, it existed on both generation.

          • Devlind

            Read the interviews, they were not being developed at the same time as Destiny was. Aonuma clearly said that it took a year to port it to the Switch…

          • Tide

            Destiny was teased in development back in 2009 which was long before the PS4 so it too would have also had next gen support added in partway.

            The term port is a little too loose imo. In one definition we have PC ports which usually refer to just the game being the PC version. With that the Switch version would be a port, but so would the Wii U. For the 2nd definition we got Switch ports which are games that have already existed on previous consoles. In this case, the Switch wouldn’t be because even though it was added mid development, it released simultaneously so the Switch wasn’t get getting an older titles brought up from previous gen.

          • Devlind

            They hold the Wii U release to port it to the Switch, just like Twilight Princess. Whether they were released simultaneosly or not, that doesn’t matter at all. BTW, I didn’t say that I was mad or something because the Switch has ports, just read my previous comments. They’re good games, but we can’t fool ourselves and say they aren’t ports, just that.

          • Tide

            Never assumed you were angry. It’s just rough with gaming terms like port, beta and early access cause the meaning is kind of interpretative per person so it can be easy to argue the same PoV but have one term be the difference.

          • Devlind

            Well, you were wrong… Nintendo just ported anger to me!

          • Tide

            Some of the greatest selling titles on PS4/X1 were ports. If a game is good and ppl arent done with it, port it up.

          • Upcoming Switch 1st party games

            ARMS – not a port
            Splatoon 2 – not a port
            Fire Emblem Warriors – not a port
            Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – not a port
            Super Mario Odyssey – not a port

            You were saying Phil?

          • splatoon 2 is a wiiu port with some dlc
            it’s the same game

          • Yeah………………..right

          • yeah exactly

          • Riku0493

            Sequels usually do play very similarly to their predecessor…
            That does not mean it is a port.

            Almost nothing from the original game returns in “Splatoon 2” anyways.

          • it looks exactly the same
            biggest difference is no gamepad and better local multi

          • Riku0493

            “it looks exactly the same”

            … BWAHAHAHAHAHA. No it doesn’t. No it does not.

            I am now convinced you are blind.

          • i’m convinced you’re one of those people who watches digital foundry videos and swears you can tell the difference

            the switch barely has any more graphical capability than wiiu. ports like this all look pretty much the same as the originals.

          • Riku0493

            Bwahaha, no. I’ve actually played the games.

            If you’re using the raw graphical power to tell the difference between games, I am amazed if you are even able to tell the differences between Battlefield or Call of Duty.

            If you’ve payed attention to ANY gameplay, you’d see plenty of differences.

            Oh and as I said, “almost nothing from the original game returns”.

          • looks the same bro

            and it’s “paid”

          • Riku0493


            Then Xenoblade 2 is just a port of Xenoblade.

            It looks exactly the same to me.

          • i hope they port xenoblade 2 to nintendo’s next console after switch dies in 2020

          • Riku0493

            So you just want another port of a port? With the same inferior graphics?

          • the 2020 console will just be a phone

    • Ninty Kad

      What ever helps you sleep at night buddy

    • JasonBall

      And Wii and 3DS and DS and GCN and N64, amiright?

  • JasonBall

    Truly inspired design and a pure joy to play this game.

    No wonder everything is school related. This is a young couple on an adventure.

    Surprised to hear it’s only 6 people. There couldn’t have been more than two or three game designers, which is remarkable for such a good game. Or maybe Nintendo involvement was bigger than they’re saying. I do recall NST assisted.

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    • Riku0493

      Well, there is this line in the last paragraph:

      “But, for Snipperclips, assuming it’s first-party Nintendo is not entirely incorrect. Nintendo did directly help develop the game in addition to acting as producer and publisher.”

  • Striker

    This was a ton of fun, and my 4 year old loves playing together. She comes to work with me often so it works perfectly on the switch for us.

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Developer: SFB Games
Release date: March 2017
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