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At E3 last month, NintenDaan was able to interview a couple of folks from 13AM Games: Dave Proctor and Alex Rushdy. You can watch the full discussion below as the two talk about Runbow Pocket, tease when we’ll hear about future announcements, and more.

With 13AM Games setting to release retail versions of Runbow, including the New 3DS version Runbow Pocket, Nintendo Enthusiast got to ask them about the port and more. While reconfirming that Runbow Pocket is a New 3DS exclusive, the studio stated that, while the capabilities of the New 3DS really help the game run, they would do everything in their power to bring the game to the old 3DS. They also stated that Runbow Pocket has been in development for three months and will be one of the first Unity titles on the New 3DS.

On the currently released version, it was noted that, while the game has not been an “overnight several million dollar success”, it has sold enough to keep the studio together. The Wii U version also featured some cut ideas for its Color Master mode, including a version where the Gamepad user played pinball, while the other players ran around inside.

On the future of the series, 13AM noted that cut ideas might find their way into a sequel, but that the studio would most likely release a different game in between.

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Amazon has posted the boxart for Runbow Deluxe Edition on Wii U and New 3DS. We have both above.

Both versions are now properly up for pre-order on Amazon, along with a 20% Prime discount. You can reserve it on Wii U here and New 3DS here.

Yesterday, some news emerged about Pirate Pop Plus for Wii U and 3DS and the involvement of Runbow creator 13AM Games. It’s all now been made official through a new Tumblr post from the studio.

Pirate Pop Plus is indeed coming to Wii U, and also New 3DS (instead of 3DS). Additionally, 13AM confirmed that it’s now getting into publishing.

13AM wrote:

13AM Games is no longer just 13AM Games! We have opened up to game publishing with our brand new publishing arm: 13AM Shipping Solutions!

We’re really excited to help bring indie games to console and PC, and our first projects is Dadako’s Pirate Pop Plus! A super addictive, gravity-defying, score-chasing, bubble-busting, gameboy-style arcade game for Wii U, New 3DS and Steam!

We will have more details in the coming weeks and months and hope to release the game soon! We’ve still got some work to do though, so be patient with us.

Anyways, as always thanks for the passion. We’re glad to be bringing more fun games to you guys whenever we can.

Oh and as for some rumors about a supposed extra playable character… I’m gonna have to stay mum on that one.

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13AM Games formally announced today that Runbow is coming to 3DS – more specifically, New 3DS. While it may seem like a tough task bringing the frantic action from the television to the small screen, adjustments were made to ensure that nothing would be lost in the transition.

13AM Games’ Alex Rushdy told Nintendo Life:

While the game is still in development and we still want to test a few more options out with the visuals, we already have completely redesigned all of our user interface and menu navigation. This not only makes it clearer to see on the small screen, but it also allows you to navigate menus with the touch screen if you wish!

We’ve also de-cluttered a lot of the HUD from the top screen and moved it to the bottom screen during play, giving players more space to see their character and environments.

Luckily Runbow’s art style is so high contrast and uses strong defined shapes, so a lot of the levels actually read just fine on the small screen!

Another announcement made today is the upcoming inclusion of Shantae in the game. Regarding the collaboration with WayForward, Rushdy said:

To be honest, she almost made it into the previous DLC pack but we just had some timing issues we had to work through. We’ve been working with Matt Bozon for a while to get her in so we’re really happy to see her in the game. She was the most highly requested character, and in a game featuring a huge cast of Nintendo indies, she feels right at home!

As for future characters, I think Shantae will be a nice send off for Runbow and Runbow Pocket. That will bring our (DLC included) character count to 23, which is pretty big! And that’s not including all the costumes and colors for Hue and Val!

Maybe we’ll see more characters show up in a future Runbow title. For now, I think Shantae is the perfect final addition.

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Three announcements pertaining to Runbow were just announced during a Nindies segment on YouTube’s E3 stream.

First up, Runbow is officially heading to 3DS – but only on New 3DS. It’ll be getting a retail version later this year along with Wii U.

Shantae will also be added to Runbow as the latest indie collaboration character. She’ll be made available at no extra cost.

Here’s a trailer for Runbow on New 3DS, which carries the “Pocket Deluxe” name:

Head past the break for today’s full announcement with a few additional details.

Update 2: Here’s a statement from 13AM Games about the Amazon listings – we’ll have to see what comes from this:

We’re happy that people are excited about the possibility of a 3DS and retail version of Runbow, but we have to make it clear that this leak is not from 13AM Games and unfortunately contains some misinformation. I wish I could elaborate, but all I can say at this point is that we hope everyone can tune in to E3 this year where 13AM Games will be making some cool new Runbow announcements!
Thanks for the passion and the excitement – Runbow fans are the best.


Update: For Amazon Prime members, Runbow Wii U is $14 off. Obviously an error, so you may want to get an order in now before it’s fixed. Same goes for Tumblestone, but it’s unclear if it’s the Wii U or Xbox One version.


Earlier today, we heard that Runbow is in the works for 3DS via an Amazon listing. Nighthawk Interactive will be publishing this version at retail on September 6. On the same day, Runbow will be getting a physical release for Wii U, according to another Amazon listing.

That may not be all. Yet another listing has popped up from Nighthawk Interactive on Amazon – this time for Tumblestone on Wii U. Here’s the thing: Amazon’s product page is for the Xbox One version, but there’s a Wii U boxart. There’s obviously some sort of mistake there. We’ll let you know if we receive a clarification about the situation.

Update: Here’s a statement from 13AM Games about the Amazon listings – we’ll have to see what comes from this:

We’re happy that people are excited about the possibility of a 3DS and retail version of Runbow, but we have to make it clear that this leak is not from 13AM Games and unfortunately contains some misinformation. I wish I could elaborate, but all I can say at this point is that we hope everyone can tune in to E3 this year where 13AM Games will be making some cool new Runbow announcements!
Thanks for the passion and the excitement – Runbow fans are the best.


The Wii U-exclusive indie hit Runbow is soon heading to a new Nintendo platform. Amazon has a listing up for Runbow on 3DS, which will be published by Nighthawk Interactive on September 6. It’ll be priced at $29.99.

Here’s a description from Amazon’s listing:

The Runbow Deluxe Edition includes the critically acclaimed Wii U party game with all the DLC. New DLC includes new levels, costumes/ characters, game modes and more! Runbow is a fast, frantic game for 1-9 players that will keep you running back for more. The world changes with each swipe of the background, so you’ll have to stay on your toes as platforms and obstacles disappear. If you can’t see something, it doesn’t exist. Play with up to 9 friends locally or online. With hundreds of levels, dozens of costumes, and more indie guest characters than you can handle, you better get ready to Runbow!

13AM Games has talked about potential interest in having Runbow on 3DS, but this is the first confirmation we have that it’s actually happening. The fact that a retail release is in the works makes it all the more interesting!

Good news, Runbow fans: there’s still more content in the pipeline. 13AM Games’ Tom McCall told Toronto GameDevs in an interview that the team is “not done” with the game just yet. He added: “Keep your eyes and ears peeled, we hope to have some exciting announcements soon.”

Runbow became a Wii U eShop hit last August. 13AM Games just came out with some substantial DLC for the title last week.

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New DLC was released today for Runbow. Most of it is paid, but you can nab Lilac for free. Get a look at the character in the video below.