The Story of Touhou 3: The Phantasmagoria of Dimensional Dreams NES Demake’s Development

The NES Demake of the third Touhou Project game, The Phantasmagoria of Dimensional Dreams, was developed over the summer of 2021. You might not even know this, but the game began preproduction in late 2020 during the early stages of Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided!‘s development. Preproduction continued in May 2021 when Paraided! completed development.

The game used the Famicom Disk System’s hardware for its soundtrack. Unfortunately, this is the last game that utilized that hardware, as the next demake is expected to use a different sound chip for its music. The entire month of June was spent making the graphics for the demake. Official development on the demake began shortly after Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided! was released on Steam. This project is notable for being the first Drillimation game to be developed during a full time job.

This is also the first Drillimation game to be developed for the eSports scene. We felt we needed a game that would be played competitively, but we had trouble trying to implement an online mode. This game isn’t certainly complete until that mode is implemented.

Some of the changes that we made from the original was a hitbox was added, though you can only see it when danmaku is near your character’s sprite. Another noteworthy change was the implementation of a new character to balance gameplay. So, we took Kagami Ochiai from the Chuhou Joutai world and threw her in! We also added backgrounds to give some variety to the gameplay.

The game was complete at the turn of the season. Being the last game for this year, we have begun preproduction on the next demake, which we expect to release within the first quarter of 2022.

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