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[Preview] Guild Wars 2: 8-Bit Madness

BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing EditorBerea, OHMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 3,146 Epic

Ah yes, April 1st is on its way along with the requisite fun and games that developers love to pump out. Our team had a great opportunity to check out the forthcoming April Guild Wars 2 update and it's definitely something you won't want to miss. Read our report and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

If you started playing games on the original NES, or even in the arcades of ancient times (or maybe you just loved the movie Wreck-It Ralph), then you are going to love playing Super Adventure Box.  The experience throws you in a 3D world, but with a blocky 8 bit feel.  While your character remains in their great modern look, NPCs look like those you would find in a village of an old RPG.  You could really compare it to Minecraft, but with a different style.

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: 8-Bit Madness.

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I love the 8 bit look.

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Comments

  • illyanaillyana quezon cityMember Posts: 614 Uncommon
    this is super awesome and long too, they should make this a permanent fixture

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  • XiaokiXiaoki White Pigeon, MIMember Posts: 2,765 Uncommon

    Did there really need to be 2 news story topics on this?


    I guess MMORPG.com dont delete duplicate topics when they themselves make them.

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 3,146 Epic
    Originally posted by Xiaoki
    Did there really need to be 2 news story topics on this?
    I guess MMORPG.com dont delete duplicate topics when they themselves make them.

    These aren't forum posts, they're featured articles from separate authors. But nice jab for the sake of making one. ;)

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  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM ZagrebMember Posts: 1,788
    Lets make a petition to make it permanent! This is pure epicness!
  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAMember Posts: 7,928
    Originally posted by Zeus.CM
    Lets make a petition to make it permanent! This is pure epicness!

    SERIOUSLY!:p

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  • jpnzjpnz SydneyMember Posts: 3,529

    The fact that this only lasts until end of April is just mind-boggingly stupid! :(

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  • slicknslim88slicknslim88 Norfolk, VAMember Posts: 394
    Originally posted by jpnz
    The fact that this only lasts until end of April is just mind-boggingly stupid! :(

    What's truly mind-boggling is that people will find something to complain about even when something unquestionably awesome occurs.

  • PurutzilPurutzil Member Posts: 3,047 Uncommon

    Hey look a joke update that is better then any update they have ever added in game! What a joke!

     

    Haha kidding, seriously though, its pretty cool update. The game might be over-rated and a meh game in my book, but I got to give it to them for doing a cool April Fools update, treating it more like a holiday then just a single day prank.

  • MegatronicMegatronic Ofallon, MOMember Posts: 35
    Originally posted by Xiaoki
    Did there really need to be 2 news story topics on this?
    I guess MMORPG.com dont delete duplicate topics when they themselves make them.

    Do you really have nothing else to whine about?

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLMember Posts: 915
    Nice update! I miss the 7 biy era.

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  • nolic1nolic1 Kingman, AZMember Posts: 676 Uncommon
    This is one of the funnest things I have done in a while even tho I soloed it to the next area past the frog king which was awesome. Its like playing an 8-bit game in 3-D.

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  • KuppaKuppa Boulder, COMember Posts: 3,292 Uncommon
    Originally posted by nolic1
    This is one of the funnest things I have done in a while even tho I soloed it to the next area past the frog king which was awesome. Its like playing an 8-bit game in 3-D.

    I was blown away at the amount of detail and desing behind the thing.

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  • irfan799irfan799 mumbaiMember Posts: 8 Uncommon

    i couldnt believe the 8 bit bunnies and toads comin out of the box.. so damn cute and funny. but their interrupts are annoying as hell.

    their recent updates have made the game far more interesting.. good job gw2. the best $ spent on any game.

  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYMember Posts: 4,623 Uncommon
    Those sound effects are perfect for this content.
  • CohasCohas Savannah, GAMember Posts: 149 Uncommon
    Great update!!!

    Have No Fear Cohas is here!!!
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  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLMember Posts: 1,792 Uncommon
    not a big fan of 8bit -maybe couse i actually grew up with it- not a Zelda generation either, perhaps if it were frogger or kaboom-or hedgehog.  but what they have done is pure genious for the gamers of all ages!!
  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIMember Posts: 2,607 Uncommon
    Originally posted by HrvatPonosan
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    WOW. I am not a Zelda/Mario fan but I think this was sheer genius on A.Net's part.

     

    Maybe if you read more about this APRIL FOOLS patch, you would get the fact that is supposed to fun and silly at the same time. It wouldn't make sense to do this at the same resolution that they do the normal game at - it would defeat the purpose.

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  • ValentinaValentina Los Angeles, CAMember Posts: 1,748 Uncommon
    they said if they get positive feedback they will keep working on this, and other things that are wholly unique like this, there is a very small team that designed this for us and took a chance on it. if people enjoy it they will develop more and more maps and more skins etc
  • JoeyMMOJoeyMMO SomewhereMember Posts: 1,326
    Funny stuff, really funny stuff. I hope I won't be bored out of my mind on it within a week or so though, and if I am then there's still the rest of the game. It's been great fun so far though.

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  • Dimsum1337Dimsum1337 MoscowMember Posts: 60 Uncommon
    Gimmicks! I am calling it right now... 
  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid GinnungagapMember Posts: 8,042 Rare
    havent seen fun content updates in mmos for years. This is phenomenal.

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  • jazz.bejazz.be Sint-NiklaasMember Posts: 828 Uncommon

    I think it's truly legendary what the devs did here.

    It's fun

    It's an homage to the first console game generations

    It's completely unexpected

    It's nostalgic

    It's just there, do it or don't do it. A little gift.

  • mCalvertmCalvert Tallahassee, FLMember Posts: 1,283
    This was actually pretty fun. AN is putting out a stunning amount of new content for free. After playing in 8bit world for an hour, goign back to the real tyria was strange. Everything looked TOO real.
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