Our site (and this blog) were both down for about a week thanks to some stupid problem at our webhost; of course this happened during a week containing not one but two big announcements.
The first is: N+ is out on DS/PSP!! It came out last Tuesday (the 26th); we haven’t heard how it’s doing yet, but the response has been quite positive. Delaying it allowed a lot of improvements to be made, and we’re really glad that Atari cared enough about the quality to not push it out in early 2008. The handhelds are a little different than N+ XBLA in terms of feel, though it’s hard to say that difference is “good” or “bad” — things just feel a bit faster.
People are starting to send us feedback, noting several smaller issues; most of these were raised during development, but for whatever reason they were never really addressed. Still, overall, N+ for DS and PSP are very fun games, and we think you’ll find a lot to enjoy.
The second news item has aged much more poorly: we were at the 2008 Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, but we’ve since returned. We were hoping to post so we could arrange to meet with anyone who would be attending, so that was unfortunate, but otherwise it was a great show, and we had a blast. This year we didn’t have a booth or anything, we were just there to see friends (hi Robber Tom!) and meet with a few people, as well as the usual wandering around the expo floor. The “Console Freeplay” rooms had some 360s with N+ XBLA installed, and the DS/PSP versions were playable at the Atari booth. We gave out a huge stack of N+ XBLA flyers, as well as some new pins and stickers we recently had made — they’re viewable in the last picture of each listing in the merch store.
The bad news concerning our website troubles is that we managed to recover the posts, but none of the comments.. we’re so sorry! You can still see them all if you browse with Google Cache, and if you feel like remaking your comments, we do encourage that. We also lost a huge in-progress Robotology post, but it definitely could have been much, much worse.
The good news is that the next N+ XBLA levelpack will be coming in the next couple of weeks — stay tuned for another exciting “contesque” celebrating its imminent release! Woohoo!