Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash is set to launch for the 3DS next week, though its reception will be the deciding factor on the series’ future.
According to Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe, this game might be their last chance to win audiences over with Chibi-Robo:
“To be honest, this might be the last chance for us. I’ve continually thought about ways to build this into a mainstream success. We’ve challenged ourselves in assorted ways along those lines, but I can’t say that we’ve found the answer yet.”
He goes on to further discuss their struggles to try and figure out the best genre for Chibi-Robo:
“The first thing we decided upon was that we’d make an action game that took advantage of his plug and cord. We then placed the core of the gameplay on using it like a grappling hook, throwing it into a faraway edge and using that to traverse gaps and so on. As we kept thinking about ideas, we naturally settled on the 2D side-scrolling format. If the character can gain more recognition, I believe we’ll have a chance to produce another adventure-style game for a large number of people. I’m hoping that we made the right choice for this game’s play style.”
Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on October 9th, 2015.