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Anniversary, Mugs, and other STUFF

Posted by Tommy on September 11th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

Hello everyone!

There is something new in the shop for you wonderful meatboy fans out there. My Mom and Dad thought it would be cool to do some mugs and did a Team Meat mug. It turned out great. The mug features all the characters in the Xbox and PC versions of the game. We have a limited number of them signed and numbered, and plenty unsigned. They are pretty bad ass...the hit your eye with an explosion of color and badassedness.


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In other news, the 1 year Super Meat Boy Anniversary is coming up. For those of you who don't have it marked on your calendars, we are celebrating our anniversary the whole month of November. Super Meat Boy came out first on the 360, Oct. 20th, 2010. It then came out on PC / Steam on November 30th, 2010. It's been a hell of a year and we have a lot of stuff planned for the month of November to celebrate. We'll start trickling in some details soon, but trust us...it's some good stuff, and perhaps you non-PC people will finally get what you are constantly bugging us for...
 

JUL

20

tommy

Steam Update / T-Shirts

Posted by Tommy on July 20th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

Hi,

Tommy here, I'm doing a blog post for the first time in like 8 months. That's because I've taken up a new hobby. It's called moving into a place, then moving out like a month later. I wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, here are some updates.

A Steam update just went up that fixed the chapter upload bug. A few fans helped me track this bug since I couldn't duplicate any of the problems people were having. Everyone should thank them for that, but their names escape me now and I can't open Skype to see who they were. They know who they are...so thanks! So, now everyone that couldn't upload a chapter, knock yourself out!

We have T-Shirts that are new or something.

Brownie:

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Bandage girl:

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Dr. Fetus

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JUN

23

edmund
As those of you who follow us on twitter know, we have recently added 2 new (and awesome) Super Meat Boy items to our shop.

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The 1st is personally one of my favorite items yet, a metal bloody saw blade keychain/charm/zipper pull. Very happy with how it turned out, each Saw comes with a SMB sticker as well. Our stock is getting a bit low on these and once they are gone they wont be reprinted.

Get em while you can!

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The 2nd is the long awaited Super Meat Boy Vinyl Figurine! Each figure is signed by us and come with both a meat boy and dr. fetus sticker. The figure stands about 8 inches tall, and is a lot larger then you'd expect, there are only around 100 of these signed figures in stock and like the saws wont be restocked after they are gone.. so i think this is what some might call a collectors item, you should probably buy it!

Buy it here!

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Last "new" item is the store is the freshly restocked SMB *signed* ultra edition. you probably know all about this item by now, its awesome.

BUY IT!

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And finally last on my list, we are happy to announce that the 2nd super meat boy rock band track has launched today on the rock band network! Betus Blues (retro remix) is the 2nd track by the great Danny B to hit the rock band network, its amazing. go get it!

New smb game news next week!
 

JUN

20

edmund

Watch this now!

Posted by Edmund on June 20th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

Update!:
Indie Game: The Movie became fully funded (35k) in the 1st 24 hours of its kickstart release! it pleases me greatly that so many people want to see this movie, it makes tommy and i looking like crazy people on camera worth it :).

You can still donate to preorder the digital and physical editions of the movie for another 30 days though. thanks for the support!




Holy god.. that trailer makes me relive so many horrible memories.. yet is just so awesome.

For those of you who dont know, Tommy and i were both documented by a tiny 2 person team called Blink Works on and off for about a year during the middle-end of development of Super Meat Boy. We met them at GDC the year we lost at the IGF.. they approached us after the loss and told us they were thinking about doing a short documentary about indie games. They had been talking to many indie devs and wanted to do something that could show the world the life of an indie game designer, we agreed and they followed us back to santa cruz. For the next 9+ months of development our lives were peppered with their cameras and almost sickeningly kind and gentle nature (they are Canadian).

It was inspiring to have them around through development, i felt like there were so many parallels to our projects and it was just awesome to have a few new friends to help share in the highs and (very low) lows of the super meat boy journey.

Now i cant tell you much about the whole film because i haven't seen it yet, but i believe it focuses on the development of the games shown in the trailer and possibly another, as you can see, shit gets real many times (most notably our xbla launch).

Blink Works hopes to launch the movie in the fall, and even do a small tour around the US and Canada screening the film.. but to do this they need your help! The Indie Game: The Movie team is asking for a bit of a kick start to help finish up and take the film on tour, so if you appreciate SMB, FEZ, Braid, indie games or games in general, please throw them a few bucks (if you donate $15 you get a digital copy! $35 gets you the physical edition!).

Get all the info on the both editions and more HERE

Anyway, please share this trailer and spread the word.

cant wait to do commentary with Tommy on the special edition! :)
 

JUN

17

edmund

Cutting Room Floor!

Posted by Edmund on June 17th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

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Over the 18 months we developed Super Meat Boy, a great deal of things changed, other things were cut all together.
One of the most common questions we get asked is, "what other unlockable characters did you guys have planned that were cut?"
Well, the following post is about just about everything that changed over the course of dev. or was removed entirely (and the reasons why).


Meat boy went through quite a few iterations before becoming the more "cute" large eyed versions you all know. deciding what the new direction the art was going to go from the flash version was a bitch, i remember being very frustrated with how he looked, nothing seemed to look correct. you can even see my attempt at a more "beefy" meat boy (#3)... just horrible.

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The over world map went through a few slight revisions over time, origionaly meat boy would walk off screen to the right when you switched worlds and part of the hud would come down and smash him into the chapter tile when you entered it (this is why he smashes into the tile now). these things looked cool but simply took up too much time to play out and in the end we decided to go with a faster straight to the action overworld with slightly more info.

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The level maps themselves went through many many revisions over time, with a lot of notable big changes. The 1st is the fact that there is only 15 levels and no dark world, no warp zones and only 16 bandages per chapter, this was the original plan. As we developed and saw that the game had a lot more potential then we had expected we decided to go balls to the wall and tripple the number of levels also adding tons more bonus content.

The 2nd most notable change is the locks. When we started development i thought it would be good to use the unlocking system i used in the flash version of meat boy where youd play sets of 3 levels, if you beat 2 of those 3 it would unlock the next set. I started to question this unlocking system once we started to see how people played. When they would hit the end or a locked level and exit back to the map, it would kill the games pacing also it seemed like no one would ever exit to the map or skip a level.. so we cut out the locks completely and simply made it so if you beat 17 of the 20 main levels you unlock the boss.. and most people dont even notice this is the case.

Other minor things changed visually, the levels went from stand up door type tiles to tiles on the ground, the hud and map environments became less busy and we removed info on level dificulty (those X's in the lower right) and Medal info due to the fact that we cut grade B awards, because they were basically pointless.

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Levels also changed a great deal over development, especially the 1st 20. i had a handful of pics from early dev i thought id post most of them are from levels that should be pretty familiar to most players. Most notible is the fact that Meat Boy is being used in CommanderVideos warp zone. this warp zone was the 1st warp we made, a 4bit warp zone you play as 4bit meat boy. When we started out all unlockable characters would be attained through bandage collection and not warp zones, we both thought the purple 4bit warp felt like something out of the bit trip series so we decided to play around with some characters having warp zones you have to complete as them to unlock them. This worked out perfectly because it also allowed us to showcase that characters ability and instruct the player on their pros and cons helping to understand how they could be used in later levels of the game.

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Not many mechanics or hazards were cut from SMB, but i did find a file with a few things that never made it into the final game. Mine carts, Bear Traps and organ/skeletal gibs.. i never added these because they just simply didnt seem to fit the theme of the game very well.

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Anyone who owns the Ultra edition read about how many revisions Lil Slugger had. Originally designed to be more of a walking spider type thing the image below was a mock up we threw together for nintendo power, and the animated gif under it shows the horrible looking walk cycle the spider version had. you can also see the original designs for the floating and walking diseases found in ch2, later becoming more cute and blood based.

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Now what you all came for, All the unlockable characters that never saw the light of day!


Teal Ogmo from Jumper 3
By Matt Thorson
We knew we needed Ogmo in as a playable character, but were worried too many would confuse him with retro meat boy in game. We thought using the teal Ogmo from Jumper 3 would help solve some of the confusion but in the end we said fuck it and put in the real deal red Ogmo.

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Mondo Priest from the Mondo series
by Cactus
The Mondo Priest was a character we really wanted to add but lost sight of as development ballooned. The Priest was going to have the ability to float like CommanderVideo but also have the ability to hang in the air for a very long time, only falling after moving left or right X tiles. At the end of development we decided to cut a few characters who were basically upgraded versions of existing characters because it made early ones useless, the only upgrade character we kept was the Kid (Ogmos upgrade).

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Knytt from Knytt (stories)
by Nifflas
Knytt was another early character we felt would be awesome to have, but turned into a slightly modified Gish/Goo ball that just felt useless.. so he was cut.

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Golden Knight from Bonesaw
by Kyle Pulver
The Golden Knight was a character we simply couldn't come up with a cool ability for, nothing seems to make sense to the character probably because the game he was from was essentially a brawler and fighting moves weren't that useful in a platformer.

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The Goo Girl from World of Goo
By 2d Boy
The Goo girl was going to be one of a few exclusive characters for the Wii version of SMB that never happened. She was basicly going to be an upgraded Jill with the ability to slow fall by holding jump when you descend she would also have little goo balls that followed her around.

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Aside from these we also had a few dream characters and Wii exclusive characters that couldnt happen or didnt have art made for them they are as follows:

Quote from Cave Story: Developer declined
Lemeza From La Mulana: Developer declined
A Beat from Bit.Trip: Wii exclusive (canceled)
Fancy Pants from Fancy Pants: (i forgot about him...)



aside from other developers characters we also had 2 more alternate meat boys that were unlockable, we cut these guys early on because we felt like they were lame rewards for bandages...
These characters were Burnt Boy, one of the many dead meat boys from hell and Dumb boy, a horribly drawn version of meat boy that Dr.Fetus made to make fun of him.

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Last but not least, i leave you with the 1st character cut scene i ever animated actually drawn in an early (horrible) cartoony style. this was the cut scene for Tim from the xbla version and was cut because adding cut scenes for all 10+ characters was just too much work for me. Enjoy!

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Development update:
-Expect a new Steam update later this month with a few fixes to SMW and maybe an extra bonus.
-The Mac version is still in development but when it comes out we will add steam cloud support for both versions.
-We are working on fixing file issues with the Internets in the xbla version, once its fixed we will be uploading new chapters.
 

JUN

09

edmund

Super Meat Boy in Rock band!

Posted by Edmund on June 9th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

The 1st of 3 tracks by Mr. Danny B has gone live in the rock band network!

The 1st track is an extended version of the Battle of Lil' Slugger (1st boss track in the forest). Its an amazing song and a very well done RB track so go check it out ASAP!

seconds after writing this post someone has already 100% (FCed) the song on guitar... here is video proof!



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mini update:

Mac port is being worked on.
New PC update scheduled for later this month.
Game 2 development has started!

BYE!
 

MAY

30

edmund

Big Steam Update!

Posted by Edmund on May 30th, 2011 in Super Meat Boy!

Those of you who have played SMB on steam today will notice there was a bit of an update.

Here is what was added:

-Enter the Unknown was added to Super Meat World.
The Unknown is a new feature in SMW that creates a full 20 level chapter using randomly chosen high rated levels from the SMW level portal. i highly recommended you check it out and be sure to rate levels so all the crap ones get filtered out.

-The Ability to sort by difficulty and fun in the level portal.
Clicking the difficulty or fun buttons in SMW when browsing single levels will arrange all the levels in the portal by over all score or over all difficulty (highest and lowest). if you feel like levels are more fun then others then make sure you play them and vote accordingly.

-A recommended chapter tab has been added to the level portal.
We wanted a way to make sure all the chapters that have been featured can be showcased, so the recommended tab (now default when you click levels) will display all featured chapters and other chapters we deem awesome.

aside from these added features we have also fixed the following bugs.
-Difficulty now displays correctly in SMW, if a level has no difficulty rating it means its never been beaten.
-Fun factor ratings have been fixed.
-Lag between levels has been fixed.
-Bug that would place lights on upload in the editor has been fixed.
-Minor editor fixes

If you want to make your own levels, check out this post for instructions on how to install the SMB level editor.

Video tutorials on how to use the editor can be found here as well.

The Mac port is currently in development.

The next xbla internets update is also being worked on.

We will be starting game #2 in a week, shits about to get real... again.

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We thought we fixed the chapter submit bug, but it seems to still exist for some. If you are experiencing any crashes when you attempt to create a chapter in the level editor please email us using our contact form with your system specs and any other info about it. We cant seem to recreate this bug with any of our hardware and are having a very hard time nailing down whats causing it.
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