For platformers, would the character have their own sprite/playerbox, and the weapons seperate?
Example, If the platform was similar to contra/metal slug/ megaman, would their weapons have their own sprite/box?
Example 2, If the platform game also included different weapons,such as swords/axes/blunt tools, would those have their own sprites/boxes as well?
It all depends, you can do it either way.
Metal Slug and Megaman use only a player sprite, no weapon sprite.
For example 2, I would do a "paperdoll" system where I pin a sprite over the character.
Can you elaborate what a paperdoll system is? So far for a shooting game I just made the character spawn a bullet.
You can check my tutorial here:http://www.scirra.com/tutorials/355/making-character-composed-of-multiple-parts
and it also will help you in future: http://www.scirra.com/tutorials/361/understanding-uid-iid-health-of-enemies-and-rocket-smoke-trail
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TELLES0808 - can you reupload this capx from this tutorial? I would like to see how it works.