Game Boy-Styled Title “Save Me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San” Heads to Switch

I’ve been writing about Christophe Galati’s Game Boy-styled game Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako for almost three years now, and while the game hasn’t been released yet – it seemingly has a publisher now via Nicalis.

Coming from this, the company has announced a Nintendo Switch port for the game. A new release window is set for sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, via Switch and PC. The game’s name is seemingly changed up a bit too – it’s now known as Save Me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the game’s latest build.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Nicalis:

A Blast From the Portable-Gaming Past!

In a world where humans and octopi are at war, Mr Tako is a persistently helpful little octopus who rescues a woman from drowning one stormy night. A fairy sees this act of bravery and grants him the ability to survive on land, where he can turn enemies into platforms by spitting ink at them. As he travels across the surface world, Mr Tako defies his family and his people to try to resolve conflicts between humans and octopi.

Mr Tako will solve puzzles, explore mysterious dungeons and fight tenacious bosses on his mission to end the war between the undersea octopus kingdom and the terrestrial human world. Will you help this brave octopus to spread his message of tolerance and teach both species to coexist in peace and unity?

Key Features:

  • Designed as a tribute to the original Game Boy— looks, sounds and plays like a long-lost cartridge for that beloved handheld game system
  • 6 worlds to explore
  • 50 different hats that Mr Tako can acquire and wear to gain special abilities
  • Extensive character dialogue with many unique and memorable NPCs
  • Side quests, puzzles, mini-games and 16 different dungeons to explore
  • Multiple player-selectable palettes to change the game’s color scheme

Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako is set for a release sometime in Q4 of this year. If you’re really looking to get your hands on some old-school Game Boy-like action, there is an outdated demo for the game over on its IndieDB page for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Brandon Orselli


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  • Uncle Ocelot

    I don’t recall Game Boy games having chromatic abberation but okay.

  • Travis Touchdown

    I bet the Squids ruin everything.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I think its also a throwback to the super Gameboy, which allowed for different types of monochromatic color schemes.

  • Game looks great, but still not a reason to buy a Switch.

  • That’s some sweet autism you’ve got there, bro.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    “Pointing out a visual effect you aren’t that fond of is autism hurrrr”
    It’s not like I said it ruins the game, Christ.

  • You never said you weren’t fond of it, you pointed out it wasn’t present in original Gameboy games like a typically insufferable ‘ACKSHUALLY’ autist.

  • My apologies, I misread your comment as one of those people who complains when games like Shovel Knight don’t rigidly adhere to things like the limited colour palette of old 8-bit games.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s fine. The game looks fun and I’ll probably end up forgetting the CA is there after a while if I do play it.

  • Fuck all the Nostalgic bullshit! Gameboy was a shitty system that was bad for everyone’s eyes. Why make a game that looks so bad intentionally?

  • Νικήτας Πολυπεπόνης

    Have you actually played with a Gameboy? Or you parrot AVGN’s lines?

  • Νικήτας Πολυπεπόνης

    Finally, it’s going to be released soon!

  • The first gaming platform that I owned was a shitty Game Boy. I had no idea that James Rolfe had the common sense to call out that terrible system. I haven’t been subsribed to the unfunny scam artist for years now.