In a 2001 interview with the game's designer Takatsuna Senba published in the CONTINUE magazine, when asked how long the game took to make, he stated that he was told to make the game in 3 months, but it ultimately took 6 months to make on top of having hardly any time to playtest and finetune the game. Senba thought it couldn't be helped, so when people pointed out to him various shortcomings about the game, he believed there was nothing he could say as he knew about them when the game was released. Despite this, he commented that there's more than one way to enjoy a game, and he believed its commercial value wasn't ruined by those flaws either.
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