In a 2000 interview with the game's director Yoshio Sakamoto published in the Nice Games' Game Boy Navigator tankobon, he stated at the time, he had been developing Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru and 3D games were just beginning to emerge. Argonaut Software, an overseas company with a high degree of technical expertise, approached him and his team with the offer to make a 3D game with them. Sakamoto thought it would be a useful experience, so he took the job, but he noted it was hard, summing up the hardships he faced working on the game as "brutal". Sakamoto had not finished writing the scenario for Kaeru, so someone else was put in charge of his half-written scenario, and he told them to continue working on it until he returned. When the development of X was finished and he returned to see how Kaeru was turning out, the game was essentially content-complete, with the only thing left for him to do was to fine-tune the enemy placement and the balance of the maps himself. Despite his minimal involvement with that game, he thought that it turned out exactly as he imagined.