Kikansha Thomas: Sodor-tou no Nakama-tachi
|Kikansha Thomas: Sodor-tou no Nakama-tachi|
A Japan-only, Japan-developed Game Boy Color Thomas the Tank Engine game. Yes, you heard that right. The game's title roughly translates to Thomas the Train: Friends of the City of Sodor.
These diagonal Thomas sprites can be found stored with his other overworld sprites. Whether a cut in-between for turning corners or an indication that diagonal tracks once existed, they ended up here, unused.
The sprites for Gordon and Diesel used in the racing minigame appear to be earlier versions of their sprites. Gordon gains two pixels representing his steam pipe, while Diesel was almost entirely redrawn to be slightly wider and was based on how his basis, the BR Class 08, looks from the right side instead of the left. Both also gained a slightly brighter/less saturated palette in the process.
The character portraits in this game appears to be split up between a main cast and supporting cast. Of these, the main cast have five main expressions drawn for them (with Thomas getting an additional five), while the rest only get one, default expression. Despite this, not every expression ended up being used in the game, leaving us with a few unused ones to cover here.
Pressing Up, Up, Right, Right, Down, Down, Left, Left, A on the title screen or using Game Genie code 052-04F-F7A will start the game in a basic sound test.
The Thomas & Friends series
|NES||Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends|
|SNES||Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends|
|Windows||Trouble on the Tracks • Railway Adventures|
|Game Boy Color||Sodor-tou no Nakama-tachi|
|Plug & Play||Learning Circus Express|
|Wii||Hero of the Rails|
|iOS, Android||Race On!|