Double Fine Productions has been using its newfound independence to help leverage both its upcoming games, and some of its past passion projects, especially those that used to be published under the LucasArts label back before Disney killed it off. Well, one of those games that is being revived for the current generation of gamers is the remastered version of the Mexican folklore point-and-click dark comedy, Grim Fandango. Of course you're probably thinking "The remastered version of that game already came out!" and you're right... it did. But this is the first time that Grim Fandango Remastered is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and gamers looking for some portable fun and comedic laughs while they carry around the Switch will be able to find it in Grim Fandango Remastered.
Polygon is reporting that the remastered version of the game is actually set to arrive soon for the Nintendo Switch, which is a hybrid gaming console that you can play from the comfort of your couch on your big screen TV or while you're on the commute to work or school via the portable mode.
The announcement actually came during the E3 Coliseum, where there was a reading of the original script from the 20-year-old point-and-click game. During the reading, Tim Schafer from Double Fine announced that both Broken Age and Grim Fandango Remastered would be making their way to the Nintendo Switch.
Broken Age was actually Kickstarted back in 2012 to the tune of $3.4 million. The game didn't quite turn out the way many backers expected, and production ended up going over budget and the game ended up having a scattered release. Now that it's properly finished, six years later, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to get their hands on it and play it for the very first time.
For many Switch owners, being able to play Grim Fandango Remastered for the very first time will also be a real accomplishment. The original game came out back in 1998, so 20 years ago. It was critically well-received, but it wasn't much of a commercial success -- not enough to warrant a sequel, at least. Over the years it garnered its own audience thanks to its irreverent humor and noir story that was kind of a Mexican folklore version of Casablanca.
The game centers around a Manny, an agent who works for a company that ferries over souls to the other side. He's oftentimes upended by his more shrewd rival, just until one day he encounters a mysterious woman and attempts to help her get a better deal in the afterlife. Things go awry and Manny finds himself working with a resistance group, and then eventually attempting to track down the mysterious woman across the afterlife.
The story is wholly unpredictable, but taps into the sort of storytelling we don't oftentimes see these days. A lot of gamers appreciated the mixture of mature themes with lighthearted humor to keep the story engaging.
If you missed out on Grim Fandango and Broken Age when they originally released, you'll be able to pick up both copies pretty soon for the Nintendo Switch.