The Fire Ring Game Boy Demake is similar to Final Fantasy Adventure

An 8-bit Elden Souls warrior rolls between invincibility frames.

Elden Ring is a colossal open-world game filled with unique bosses, esoteric quests and mysterious secrets. How would the Game Boy version of that piece be? A fan is determined to find out.

A Twitch user who walks past shintendoTV announced their intent with one latest teaser trailer to blew up on it Elden Ring subreddit (via IGN). It shows ye Tarnished rolling through 8-bit re-enactments of the early part of the game. Eventually, the player encounters a grafted Scion that looks like a scrapped Pokémon. A “You Died” screen will then appear. “Should have thrown a pokeball after that mf,” quarreled one person on subreddit.

ShintendoTV uses retro game creation software GB Studio 3.0 for the project and streaming development on Twitch where you can see them build the world tile by tile. The Hope is a playable version of Limgrave, Elden Ring‘s starting area, before the end of May. FromSoftware’s version is bursting with so many things that players have had no trouble burning hour after hour discovering all it has to offer. We’ll see if ShintendoTV’s demake manages to be similarly close. They recently announced the addition of working Tree Sentinels.

Part of the allure of demakes is to take something modern and huge and give it a veneer of nostalgia and simplicity. Interestingly, ShintendoTV’s project reminds me the most so far Final Fantasy Adventurethe confusingly named first entry in Square Enix’s Mana series. The 1991 Zelda-like for Game Boy also took place in a large, open world full of strange NPCs to talk to and character buildings to level up.

There are not many similar complex demakes out there (a notable exception is a PS1-like version of Blood-borne complete with kart racing), but if any modern game can command one, it is Elden Ring. The latest Soulsborne is already loved by critics, far away best-selling game of the year so farand even generate its own lore outside the game that people encounter legends from real life in its online multiplayer mode.

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