Edited on November 6th, 2020
Welcome to the Micro Mages Press page. Here you can find information on us and our new NES game.
Micro Mages is a new platform game for the NES, for 1 to 4 players. Slip into your wizard robes and enter the Demon Fortress, home of great treasure and ghastly creatures alike.
We are a two-man team bouncing around Berlin, dedicated to bringing new games to old hardware.
Julius created Morphcat Games in 2011 when he released the NES demo Super Bat Puncher. He made other games during game jams and also composes music on his free time. On Micro Mages, he did the programming, created tools for optimization as well as music and sound effects.
Nicolas joined Julius during the game jam Ludum Dare 32 and together they created a tiny NES game named Banana Nana. On Micro Mages, he made the graphics, level design and illustrations (box and instruction booklet).
Development on Micro Mages started in December 2015, born out of the desire to do a simple one-month project. Needless to say, things didn't quite work out as planned due to how complex and slow of a process making a new game for the NES is, while also wishing to push the hardware to its limits.
Much like developers in the past, we had to program the entire game from scratch using 6502 assembly language. So for the next two and a half years, we would be working during nights and weekends until the game grew into an experience that we deemed worthy of the NES.
Fun was our number one priority. Half of the game's development time was spent on polish and code optimization. Fluid gameplay, tight controls and a carefully balanced challenge were our dedication.
While many homebrew games and later commercial NES releases can be upwards of 512 Kilobytes in size, we challenged ourselves to make the best game we could given the harsh limitations that the very first NES games (e.g., Super Mario Bros.) had to deal with. The whole game fits into 40 Kilobytes. Micro Mages could have been an NES launch title!
Download a .zip of the videos (contains also a short version of the trailer)
Micro Mages OST is available on Bandcamp (contains 2 bonus remixes tracks by Heophoros and Blitz Lunar)
We invite you to check the Micro Mages manual PDF
Download a .zip of the screenshots (contains more pictures than shown below)
Download a .zip of the illustrations (contains more pictures than shown below)
Download a .zip of the sprites (contains more pictures than shown below)
Download a .zip of title and logos (contains more pictures than shown below)
Download a .zip of miscellaneous pictures (contains more pictures than shown below)