Yasuhiro Wada: ‘I loved watching Star Wars movies’

Currently working on Hometown Story with his team at Toybox, Yasuhiro Wada is preparing his studio’s debut intellectual property (IP) for an international launch on the Nintendo 3DS. However, that didn’t stop him from taking a few minutes out of his busy schedule to discuss […]
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Currently working on Hometown Story with his team at Toybox, Yasuhiro Wada is preparing his studio’s debut intellectual property (IP) for an international launch on the Nintendo 3DS. However, that didn’t stop him from taking a few minutes out of his busy schedule to discuss his influences with Electronic Theatre.

“Well I can’t say that there is a specific movie or a specific game which specifically influenced Hometown Story, but when I was a child I loved watching Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones movies, I really liked them, and when talking about games I preferred playing Nintendo games like Mario or Zelda.” States Wada with a smile, keen to measure the influence that western film production had on his own creations. “Field of Dreams, may be similar for the atmosphere. Similar to my game may be the movies Stand By Me and Field of Dreams.”

Hometown Story is an idyllic representation of real life, much like Wada’s previous hit franchise Harvest Moon. Players are tasked with the development of a general store in a small town, but how they choose to go about this is up to them. Developing relationships with their customers and suppliers can be just as important as offering good prices.

“There was a time when I was a teenager or under twenty, that time I liked watching them. Yes and the movies they were popular in Japan. But not very popular that everybody was talking about them all the time, it was more a quiet popularity but they were popular.” Concludes Wada, referring to the cult status appreciated by these films in the same fashion as Japanese movie productions often receive in the UK.

Currently in development for exclusively for Nintendo 3DS, Hometown Story is set to launch in early 2014. It will be exciting to see how these tales of heroism and friendship have influenced the videogame, and of course Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details from UK publisher Rising Star Games.

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