Created with an art style that takes inspiration from ‘90s anime, you play as Ria Carbon, a regular girl who has been turned into “the overconfident goofball hero PopSlinger.” Armed with her soda-powered guns and magical powers bestowed upon her by a former PopSlinger called Gin, she sets out to save Earth from the nefarious invaders that are stirring up conflict and dispersing corruption.
That will challenge you to pop, dodge and slam gooey monsters in an effort to rack up high scores to top the scoreboard, rewarding you with the chance to unlock new flavoured guns such as the Cola laser, straw shooting Strawberry and cap popper Orange.
You can also gain Popping Powers by shooting sequences of coloured enemy gloops, or Dream Time which temporarily makes Ria unbeatable presenting the chance to collect “massive” points to boost the ranks you achieve.
“It is a dream come true to share our charming colourful world with Nintendo’s community,” explains Funky Can Creative founder Jose Luis Abreu. “PopSlinger is heavily inspired by the anime I grew up watching as well as artists and musicians who are also still part of my life today. We hope everyone will enjoy the mix of nostalgic and current references we put together to bring Ria’s world to life and have as much fun with it as we do!”
The developer has outlined the game’s features as below:
- Immerse into an epic adventure with a dreamy aesthetics inspired by 90’s Japanese animation, brought to life with a marker art style and VHS-infused 2D sprites, with fully-voiced dialogue cutscenes employing vibrantly animated hand-drawn portraits;
- Unleash a soft drink-powered magical arsenal;
- Groove to a dynamic soundtrack inspired by an eclectic mix of music genres;
- Enjoy a narrative inspired by 90’s magical girl shows and classic Japanese films and television, loaded with special effects.
PopSlinger will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 26th January 2022.