I received a lengthy email from a friendly Australian called Bob today. I won’t publish the entire letter here (though it’s certainly worthy) but I thought the following question was intersting and that other people may like to read the answer.
You have on your site, and I’ve seen it elsewhere, that Grasshoppper Manufacture have some collection to Lovedelic – how much do you know aboout it? I’ve seen it mentioned a handful of times, but no-one seems to know who from Lovedelic is working there. I did see Contact for DS listed alongside a bunch of Lovedelic, Skip & Vanpool games on a Japanese site, but I’m not aware of what the connection is. Certainly not of the same quality of most of their other titles.
As far as I know the connection between Lovedelic and Grasshopper is one Akira Ueda.
Ueda-san was a founding member of Lovedelic and worked on Moon and UFO before joining Suda51 at Grasshopper in 1999. While there, Ueda contributed to some of Suda’s games but was also in charge of his own games. Those were Shining Soul and Shining Soul II, which were made under contract from Sega, as well as the aforementioned Contact. The Shining games don’t really feature the Lovedelic trademarks but Contact, with its two playable worlds, does share a little something with Moon.
Ueda left Grasshopper in 2006 to form his own company called Audio. His latest work is another DS RPG called Deltora Quest. I haven’t played this one yet but as it’s based on an anime (I think) it probably doesn’t fir the Lovedelic profile so much.
Anyway, I hope that answeres your question Bob. And if anyone else has a question then please feel free to get in touch. I’ll do what I can to answer.
Bob, by the way, is the authour of a lovely Moon faq, which can be found here.