GUNNARr [Nintendo DS – Cancelled]

GUNNARr [Nintendo DS – Cancelled]

GUNNARr is a cancelled side-scrolling action RPG that was in development by BlossomSoft for Nintendo DS in late ‘00s. This was just one of the many games that the team was working on at the same time, along with Western Lords (GBA, PC), Sagrada Guardians (DS) and Mimic Book (DS), unfortunately neither of them was ever completed. GUNNARr was meant to have some kind of innovative gameplay mechanic, but not much was ever revealed about it.

A few general details were posted by Elder (the game producer) in 2007 on their old forum:

“Spelled ‘GUNNARr’, the particular meaning of this title is kept a mystery. The project is slowly coming into focus, intended to follow Mimic Book’s release. The game is an alternate for ‘Oracle Adventure’, a fantastic sidescroller adventure/RPG game intended for Nintendo DS. Furthermore the key-concept of this game also hides what I think is a fairly ingenious feature, but well, like Mimic Book, it’s preferable to wait before divulging anything. The story takes part in a post-apocalyptic and vacant fantasy world, vaguely inspired by some Norse legends. Here you can view some abstract mockups, therefore some aspects are subject to be modified later, and naturally, the innovative key-element of this game isn’t shown on these images. But, at least you know that a 2D adventure game is underway during spare time at this moment.”

In 2008 the GUNNARr was already put on hold, as we can read from an interview by RPG Land:

Joseph: Judging from your forum posts, you’re working on five projects (Project Eden, Mimic Book, GUNNARr, Sagrada Guardians, and Western Lords). What can you tell us individually about each of these games?
Elder
: “During the recent years many game concepts crossed my mind, and I still aspire to complete each of them. I started with Western Lords/Sagrada Guardians in 2004, but I couldn’t complete it due to inexperience and tight budget. Besides, it was a GIGANTIC project. But it’s thanks to this project that I could develop various facets of my skills. Mimic Book and GUNNARr were two other game concepts I started to elaborate later. And both games were splendid even though they were less ambitious than Western Lords in term of development and budget, BUT I never expected that my determination would suddenly start to diminish considerably after many personal events in my life such deaths, love pain and aging. I started to realize that life wasn’t eternal, and time wasn’t infinite for me. Therefore I had to find realistic solutions to reach my goals, and finally, I started to work on Project Eden, which is 95% completed. I should note that Mimic Book and GUNNARr are both very special, and I will develop them once my budget get better. I have Nintendo platforms in mind for them.”

In December 2008 BlossomSoft released their first commercial game “Eternal Eden” on PC and the team is still making games, working on Eternal Eden 2 and a 3D reboot of the first title.

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5 thoughts on “GUNNARr [Nintendo DS – Cancelled]

  1. Maik

    “side-scrolling action RPG” uhm… “But, at least you know that a 2D adventure game is underway during spare time at this moment.”

  2. Maik

    Western Lords was also planned for NDS.
    Some cool links:
    http://www.planetds.de/artikel/westernlords/seite1.html (14 Sites of interview with pics)
    http://www.planetds.de/news/5689-offizielle-homepage-zu-western-lords.html (some words with a named website)
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080117014541/http://westernlords.com/ (sadly not archived, just the NDS announced)
    http://ohga-shrugs.wikia.com/wiki/Blossom_Soft (some words about Western Lords (Its says it was released in Feb 2006 for GBA but it wasnt, but the text has nice infos)
    One the official website was a gba file also (demo).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj02Xf8pb08 (music) (“This was made in Impulse Tracker back in 2004 as part of a RPG project called “Western Lords” aka “Sagrada Guardians” on the Gameboy Advance”) (the official musican of the game)
    http://www.planetds.de/news/8701-blossomsoft-mit-neuen-ds-projekten.html (some infos about the projects and why western lords was canceled)
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080105003321/http://www.blossomsoft.com/wl/? (some more infso)

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