Little Match Girl 4: Crown of Pearls postmortem

Why is it that almost every Metroid game begins with Samus losing all the upgrades she acquired in the previous game? What kind of life is that, getting knocked down to a state of powerlessness over and over again?

There are a few reasons. For one thing, losing upgrades means you get to collect them again, and collecting upgrades is fun. And, I don’t know if this is a second reason or just the other prong of the first reason, but by the end of any given game, Samus has become really, really powerful. Once she’s got the Screw Attack on top of everything else, it’s hard to imagine what other upgrades she could possibly collect. What kind of game would have her start out in that state? What would be left for her to do?

But also: Nintendo is trying to sell e.g. Metroid Dread to literally millions of people. They’re selling it to highly enfranchised Metroid superfans. They’re selling it to semi-enfranchised Metroid semifans. They’re selling it to the people who have never played a Metroid, but who are willing to jump into a new one because they trust Nintendo or MercurySteam or the franchise’s reputation. But they’re also trying to sell it to everyone else on Earth.

So the developers need Samus to start from zero with every mission. They can’t take the risk of starting at ten or fifty, because they can’t afford to trust the player to trust them! And that means both parties are missing out on the opportunities that mutual trust would afford them. Fortunately, you and I don’t have that problem.


Are you telling me that the Ebenezabeth starts out with all the powers from all the previous games on turn one?


It’s a CRPG/JRPG trope, whose I suspect originates from early text adventures, esp. the multi-part made with The Quill, but ISTR that Zork I to II and II to III is the earliest instance (whatever you have in the inventory, you start the next part with only what the next part gives)

Best regards from Italy,
dott. Piergiorgio.


A lot of 8-bit RPGs had partial or full transference of items available (less often that just character stats) but they also had limited memory both on disk and in RAM. The more new items they added in a new episode, the less of the old they might be able to keep.

An interesting spin on the whole having-to-restart weak idea was in Wizardry 4 (1987) where you switched to playing the villain you beat up and imprisoned in Wizardry 1.



OK, I am definitely going to go open this up, but! dare I (barely on-topic) say that one of my primary emotional responses when I clicked through was RELIEF. In the past weeks I had been mildly tormented by the possibility that I had been spelling Ebenezabeth wrong, but no, I am vindicated.

[imagine"no the children are wrong" here]


The joy that clicking this link gave me… :fire: :girl:


I’m very grateful to everyone who voted for my game. To thank you for your support I would like to let you download all the music from Little Match Girl installments 2, 3, and 4.

Is that a really weird way of putting it? What am I supposed to say. “I would like to… upload this .zip file and give you the link”


Well played.

Also congrats on your IFComp placing.