ArenaNet put together a pretty awesome April Fool’s joke and corresponding event for Guild Wars 2 this year. How, you say? Take a look at this page. It’s totally 8-bit. Even the video is awesomely 80s, right down to Rytlock Brimstone’s super-cool shades and the grainy TV textures. The event’s name is even pretty cool. Super Adventure Box? Sounds fun– count me in! The greatest thing about the event is that it’s not just an April Fool’s joke. It’s in-game starting today and will last for the entire month of April.
Super Adventure Box, at its core, is an event that lets you explore a whole 8-bit world that was created by an Asura by the name of Moto. In this world there’s a story to follow and three levels of platforms, puzzles, and critters who are bent on slowing you down. As a bonus, you’ll collect Bauble Bubbles along the way which can be used for items inside the 8-bit game or outside in Rata Sum, where Moto’s willing to share a selection of weapon skins and other unique goodies.
For those of us who gamed during the 8-bit era, the whole instance is a trip down memory lane, complete with cheesy dialog, sound effects that sound oh-so familiar, 1-UPs, clay pots to break, hearts that display health, and shopkeepers inside little buildings that want lots and lots of business. They also cheer us along as we wander around and break stuff, which is highly amusing.
Can you tell this event’s pretty much blown me away? I’m a sucker for nostalgia. What can I say? Go check it out! It all starts in Rata Sum. ArenaNet published some answers to common questions regarding the event if you’d like more information and some tips and tricks for getting through the levels. And stay tuned for our weapon skin preview, which will be published shortly.