You mentioned over on NintendoLife that you had to cut features or something. What did you cut to make it work? The game seems cool now. I bought it and liked it.
Is it missing levels? Did you have to cut back the art? I can't see anything missing but I don't know what was there.
Is there anything that Construct 2 could have done to make the game better?
Bob Thulfram I've moved your question over here, as there are a few others I'd like to answer.
I struggled to get the game optimized for hours and hours on end, and couldn't figure out what the problem was. I went through so many changes, only to find out that my HUD was slowing the game down. I had a tiny line of code that checks if the character is overlapping the "cannon counter" on the HUD, at which point the HUD will turn 50% opaque. Because collisions are happening on different parallax layers, the Wii U didn't like it, and slowed each level down to a crawl!
In trying to figure this out, I made so many unnecessary optimizations to the code, it's crazy, but I'm glad I figured it out in the end. It's just a shame I wasn't able to have that change in opacity, and that one thing messed me up for a few months.
My developer license was approved at the end of February, but my game was finally submitted in March... then again in April... then finally in May. Each time I failed wasn't due to the game, but due to something being wrong with the game's manual. The last time it was submitted was delayed by E3, and I pushed it back a week so I didn't clash with Shovel Knight! So yeah... it's been a long road getting an already completed game onto the Wii U.
This was made by <div class="self-ref">AnD4D</div> if I'm not I'm not mistaken (that username now makes a lot more sense!) - congratulations on getting on the WiiU!
How did you go about the ESRB rating? Or did Nintendo handle it?
Thank you! The ESRB rating was a breeze. For indies, it's FREE! I didn't even have to show them the game. I simply needed to fill out a form check some boxes, and they sent me an automated rating. I'm not keen on going forward for the rest of the world, seeing as they charge stupid money ($1200 for a rating in some cases, it seems!). ESRB are doing it right!
Thanks for your interest, and I'm happy to answer any questions I can!