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I decided to take another extended break away from programming to revive an old RPG Maker 2003 project I originally started in October 2008: Superstar Hero. The game originally used music from TIMGUL, including some of my songs, but it now only uses my songs, including a newer one.

The game used RPG Maker 2003, which was a not-so-legal fan translation available at the time, but an official one came out in 2015 on Steam, fixing many bugs, so this is what the game uses, now.

I do not use the built-in battle system, I instead use a combination of events, as the game is action-based, like Ys and Zelda series, unlike other RPG Maker 2003 games, which are turn-based like Final Fantasy on the Super Nintendo. You don't level up as you kill enemies, you instead buy upgrades at a shop with the gold you receive. The game focuses heavily on killing stuff rather than exploring, due to some arcade influences.

As for why I used RPG Maker, it's because of my extended break from programming and the fact this project was started with it. As for why I use 2003 instead of VX Ace or MV, well, I prefer the SNES-style graphics resolution from 2000/03 and the Steam version fixes most bugs associated with Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 compatibility issues.

The story takes place in Quebec City, in the year 9108. Here is a video of the game in action:

And some screenshots:
This looks great! Good job, DJ_O! Very Happy
Recent developments:

The following was mostly experimenting with pseudo-3D in RPG Maker 2003 v1.12:

The optional boss fight has been updated graphically. By the way, the boss name is "Tutorial" xd

The title screen has been updated as well, with a darker sky, a warning for people who got epilepsy and motion sickness and the game controls.
Looks very slick as always - those graphics are very psychedelic indeed! Very Happy
Thanks, and yeah that was the thing I was going for for this particular game. While I don't want to go full Touhou-mode I wanted something that's essentially a Ys<>Mega Man cross-over with F-Zero graphics.

Which reminds me, if you haven't seen this song video before, it contains plenty of (zoomed in) clips of the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDbxSNuJ3RY
Wow! I really like your zelda's graphics style!
Excellent work xlibman !
That spambot... Shock

Also this project is not dead, but on indefinite hold as I am at the hospital since last month and have no access to my old computer on which the most recent version of this game is located. I made new songs, though, and a version of the game is available for download as a demo at https://dj-omnimaga.itch.io/superstar-hero (save files might not necessarily work with future versions).
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