Ever heard of The Great Giana Sisters? Me either. Apparently this obscure little title posed as a threat to Nintendo’s Mario franchise 25 years ago, hence Nintendo dropping the title from it’s 8-bit library. Perhaps it was also dropped because it looked so much like Super Mario Bros. It wasn’t an exact clone, but YouTube footage of the C64 version reveals just how closely The Great Giana Sisters resembled another game featuring a now famous Italian plumber, and ultimately why Nintendo at the time might have been a little put-off by the title.
Though Nintendo dropped the obvious clone from their 8-bit NES library, a Giana Sisters game was remade in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, and apparently Mario’s parents had decided to let bygones be bygones.
Now, Black Forest Games has launched a Kickstarter project to revive the Giana Sisters once more. Project Giana looks much less like a Mario clone now and much more like it’s own 2.5D sidescrolling platformer. In fact, it’s looking pretty great as you can tell by the work-in-progress gameplay trailer below.
The game is looking pretty awesome for a side-scroller. I especially like the way the background and music changes when changing between sisters. Hopefully we’ll see more updates in the not-so-distant-future. Unfortunately there might not be many more updates unless the project receives proper funding. As of this writing there are only 12 days left to help support develpment. Read on for more info and how you can help if you enjoy what you see so far of Project Giana.
If you’d like to support the Giana Project be sure to head over to the Project Giana Kickstarter page. You can help make sure that this game does see the light of day by becoming a backer. You can help support development by giving as little as $1 dollar, but a $10 dollar pledge will get you the full DRM-free digital copy of the game once it’s completed. As with most Kickstarter projects, larger pledge amounts will grant backers with extra bonuses and limited edition goodies.