Reflecting on the PoDD Demake One Year Later

One year ago yesterday, the Touhou 3: The Phantasmagoria of Dimensional Dreams NES Demake released. This was the first competitive game produced by Drillimation and the third installment of the Touhou Project NES Demakes. With the release of that game, the third Touhou Project game was officially playable on PC for the first time in over a quarter of a century, and also marked the first time the game had ever been released in English. The original Japanese was also included.

I was hoping to make this game be an eSports game. The online mode we were hoping to include never got in because of programming issues. Hopefully, if we get Nintendo ports this game to the Nintendo Switch, maybe their programmers can help us program that mode. Emiko Hosokawa (then Akira Akagi) became interested in this game’s release and ultimately ended up becoming a member of the Drillimation team.

Her favorite character was Yumemi Okazaki and was wanting to create a Touhou Project fangame featuring her which ultimately got canceled. When she was looking for composers, I jumped in on the project and composed several tracks which ultimately ended up being used in Chuhou Joutai 3: Three Nights of Scarlet Abscess and Touhou Kourinden ~ Mythos of Phantasmagoria.

Yumemi gained a cult following as with any Touhou Project character. Fanworks of any kind feature her. Even though her original appearance was a college professor, some fans have gone on and depicted her as a high school student in some fancy blazer. The only times that she would be depicted in a gown include her wedding costume in Touhou Puppet Dance Performance and the commemorative quinceanera version pictured above to commemorate Studio Emiko’s return to Discord following an unfair underage ban.

May the legacy of this game live on.

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