For those of you who loved Earthbound and want to see it on the Virtual Console, you can rest easy knowing that a tribute to that game, Boot Hill Heroes, is on its way.
Boot Hill Heroes is a RPG inspired by the likes of Earthbound and spaghetti western films. One of its main features is the ability to have up to four people playing co-op together. The 4-player co-op for a single player JRPG seems reminiscent of the Tales Of series, specifically Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Graces F.
Having already completed most of the game, the original goal was to get enough funding to cover the cost of the sound effects and the music, the only pieces of the game that were incomplete, which was figured at $5000. Since then, they have raised over $18,000. That extra money will go to things like more polished art and animations, a slightly bigger music budget, a playable demo at PAX Prime, hiring additional artists to help with the environments and the battle sprites, and online co-op.
Some of the reward tiers for this game included pre-ordering the game, the complete soundtrack for the game, becoming an NPC for the game, giving your NPC real-estate in the town of Kickstart Creek, and a cake. Yes cake, as in a real, honest-to-god cake shipped to you (if you live in the US, of course).
The game is scheduled for release in October 2012 for PC and the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Indie Games section.