Super Tilt Bro.
Image: Broke Studio

Traditionally, if you wanted to against friends on the NES back in the day, you'd have to gather around a single TV and duke it out in person, but the homebrew developer Broke Studio is planning to change all that with a new platform fighter for the classic machine.

The company's new fighting game, Super Tilt Bro, which recently hit its goal on Kickstarter (as spotted by Gizmodo), features an electronic board inside the cartridge that includes an ESP8266 Wi-Fi chipset, an antenna, and an FPGA to orchestrate communications with the wireless hardware.

What this means is that not only will you be able to play the Smash Bros-like fighter locally with friends, but you will also be able to play against people from all over the globe in casual, ranked, and private matches. Broke Studio has even promised rollback netcode to try and ensure as little disturbance as possible when your connection weakens.

The Kickstarter page mentions four fighters, named Sinbad, Kiki, Pepper, and VGSage. All of these appear to be taken from other independent projects and feature slightly different strengths and weaknesses. There's also apparently a story mode to be included, just in case you prefer a more anti-social experience.

If this sounds like something you'd be into, you can back the project now on Kickstarter. There are various tiers of support with a €55 pledge being rewarded with CIB box copy of the game with a blue cartridge, manual, OST, and comic book. Rewards are estimated to be delivered in April 2024. You can even download a demo ROM from the Kickstarter page now to play in emulators and see what you think!

[source, via]