Tantalus discusses their work on Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - convincing Nintendo, Nintendo involvement, dev time

The following info comes from a Fragments of Silicon interview with Tantalus CEO Tom Crago...

On how long it took to convince Nintendo that they could do it…

Several months. I mean they are obviously an incredibly meticulous company, and we’re talking about a beloved property – one of the most beloved properties in the whole house of Nintendo, so we approached it very diligently and carefully, and we went to Kyoto a couple of times to meet with Aonuma-san and his team, and to talk to them about the work that we’d done and what we proposed to do on Twilight Princess, and then there are a series of experiments and tests and trials and so on before you have the opportunity to actually go into full development, and we are fortunate that we got that opportunity.

On how involved Nintendo was with the oversight of the project…

Very, very involved. Aonuma-san himself, obviously, he signs off on everything – it’s his game. At all levels he was omnipresent. And then a team of people there in Kyoto dedicated to the game, so daily conversations, very regular calls, a bit of back and forth between us here in Melbourne and Nintendo in Kyoto, and regular builds and reporting, and all those things. So yeah, absolutely, they were extremely hands on.

On development length…

It must have been 18 months plus, and the team… up to maybe like 40 people at various points. I mean, a big game even in its adaptation in terms of time frame and team size.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 4-player splitscreen available in tabletop mode

I mean, if you have 4 friends and you're in the pinch, you can still get your splitscreen action on. Just get ready for your friends to crowd around!

Fan-Art: Zelda: Breath of the Wild rune bomb gets turned into a real-life nightlight

I don't know how they made it, but there it is! Seems like a spot-on recreation to me. What a cool idea for a nightlight! Thanks to AndrewMated for the heads up!

Miitomo - content update for April 23rd, 2017

[Miitomo Drop] New stage is now available: “Miitomo Coins-exclusive stage! By Request: Happy Halloween” (available until April 30th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for April 24th, 2017

These events will go live tomorrow

[Hero Battle] The Grand Hero Battle feat. Female Robin and Navarre are back. If you manage to beat their map, you will get a 3 ★ version of those Heroes if you do so on Hard, and a 4 ★ version if you do so on Lunatic (available until ???)
[Quests] Special quests are now available, and allow you to unlock special Heroes (more details coming on April 24th)

MediCom's Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link figurine coming in December

Check out more pics here

- coming from MediCom Toy Inc.
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild RAH Link figure
- due out Dec. 31st
- ¥32,184 ($295)

QVC selling overpriced Switch bundle

Go on, do the math. What should this bundle cost? If you're up on sales info, you should come out to around $470 before tax. The thing is, QVC is selling this bundle for $550, which they say is slashed from $600. I have no idea where they're getting either of those figures from.