> Team Pixelboy Official Web Site : Heroes Arena

Believe it or not, one of the most important japanese game companies is planning a ColecoVision revival! They want to use one of their classic franchises, but they're not sure which one to pick. After several hours of debate, it was decided that the main characters of these franchises would square off in a Flip Shot tournament, and the winner will see his game released on Coleco cartridges. Up to 8 human players can participate in this tournament by selecting their characters and then trying to pop their opponent's capsules by hitting the free-floating ball before the timer runs out. Each character has special abilities that can affect the ball in unexpected ways!

This game is part of the Team Pixelboy Budget Series.

My good friend Óscar Toledo Gutiérrez (creator of Princess Quest, Mecha-8 and Mecha-9, and creator of the CoolCV emulator) received some very bad news back in spring 2016: His wife was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer, and she had to give birth to her daughter prematurely so she could receive chemotherapy treatments. When I learned about this, I decided to help Óscar with the medical bills by starting a new budget-priced series of Team Pixelboy games. These games are mostly ColecoVision ports of MSX homebrew games that were submitted to the MSXdev contests in recent years, and there are a few games coded from scratch as well. Some of the money from the sales of these budget games went directly to Óscar.

When I told Armando Pérez Abad about my budget game project, he contacted a few of his friends in the MSX homebrew community on my behalf, one of which was David Fernandez (a.k.a. Imanok). David graciously offered to let me publish ports of many of his MSX homebrew games to help Óscar. Óscar himself ported Heroes Arena to ColecoVision.

The budget games were released in limited quantities, just enough to honor all pre-orders recorded during the summer of 2016. I would like to thank everyone who pre-ordered these games and helped our friend Óscar in his time of need.

This game was completed and released in 2017.

  • David Fernandez : Designer and programmer of original MSX version, music and sound effects
  • Miguel Angel Fernandez : Graphics
  • Carlo Bandini : Music and sound effects
  • Óscar Toledo Gutiérrez : ColecoVision port
  • Michael Markowski : Software beta-testing
  • Luc Miron : Box design, game manual, cartridge label
  • Harvey deKleine : Electronic sourcing and assemblies
  • SPECIAL THANKS: Armando Pérez Abad, Tobie St-Aubin and Albert Yarusso.

Here is a YouTube video of the ColecoVision version of Heroes Arena.