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Vanpool Teaming Up With Skip for Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash

by Jonathan Metts and Neal Ronaghan - June 26, 2015, 11:56 am PDT
Total comments: 3

Also, find out how the Dillon's Rolling Western devs wound up helping out with Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Vanpool, best known for developing the Tingle DS games and Dillon's Rolling Western, is working with Skip on Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash according to the game's producer Kensuke Tanabe.

It's the first time Vanpool is working on the series, which has in the past been made solely by Skip. Vanpool has been developing 3DS games for more than three years, working on a pair of Dillon's Rolling Western games as well as assisting Intelligent Systems with Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Tanabe elaborated on how Vanpool wound up working with Intelligent Systems on Sticker Star. As Sticker Star was in development, Tanabe knew that help was needed to meet the 2012 release date. So he reached out to an old friend Taro Kudou, who co-founded Vanpool, for assistance.

Kudou also worked at Square and Love-de-Lic with Skip's founders, so that explains why Vanpool wound up working with the company on Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash.


TOPHATANT123June 26, 2015

I was curious what they were up to, well now we know.

MASBJune 27, 2015

Who is Kudo? Presumably someone at Vanpool, but you have to infer that since he's not introduced in the article like Tanabe is.

Thanks for the articles. It's nice knowing how the game came to be.

Sorry about that. I think something got lost in a copy/paste mishap. Details on Kudou have been added.

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