WayForward just released the Might Switch Force! Collection on Switch, which includes four Mighty Switch Force games in one. Ever wonder how the whole series came to be? WayForward shared some insight in an internal interview with creative director Matt Bozon.
We had previously started the “Mighty” series with Mighty Flip Champs, a love letter to the Nintendo DS. The goal with that game was to create something that would only be possible across two screens, and when it released players gave it very high praise. We wanted to do that again on the Nintendo 3DS – make a game that could only be experienced using stereoscopic 3D. And, we really wanted to have a title be the first game on the 3DS eShop. So WayForward’s directors got together to discuss how we could take an idea like Flip Champs, and create something similar-yet-different in 3D. Collectively we came up with the idea of having four layers of depth, allowing the player to shift blocks between these layers to solve navigational puzzles. Once production started, we changed it to two layers to simplify the concept down. We also changed the concept to work for players who had the 3D turned off, which in turn allowed the game to play on other platforms as well. So while 3D was the inspiration for the idea, the game has since left the 3D effect behind.