Yooka-Laylee - Blasto character art

Certainly not the Blasto I remember from gaming history, but I have a feeling this one is going to be in a much better game.

Playtonic is going to be revealing a character a day for some time now, so we'll be checking in every day to see who they show off.

Kong: Skull Island director was inspired by Cubone for one of the movie's monsters

Coming from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts...

Vogt-Roberts: I’m also really proud of the Skull Crawler design because that’s my version of a giant monster. That creature, beyond being a reference to a creature from the 1933 film, is also this crazy fusion of all of the influences throughout my life – like the first angel from Evangelion, and No Face from Spirited Away, and Cubone from Pokemon. It’s this crazy cross-section of what my original take on it would be. I’m proud of all the designs. Hopefully you feel like the creatures aren’t redundant.

Thanks to Lars for the heads up!

RUMOR - Switch battery provided by ATL

The Wall Street Journal has up a feature on the Switch which reveals a detail we haven't heard anywhere else. According to the article, the battery in the Switch has been provided by ATL. Why is this worth mentioning? ATL is the company that provided battery replacements for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Nintendo has declined to comment on this matter.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - more screens

Fire Emblem games are coming fast and furious lately. I hope the excitement for the franchise continues to build, but I'm a little worried people are going to get overloaded quickly.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - character bios

This information comes from the Japanese website, and is a rough translation of the text. There may be some minor changes in names/details.


A disaster occurred and the Kingdom of Hyrule was destroyed... 100 years later the hero Link awakens from a long slumber in underground ruins, led by a mysterious voice he steps into the world.


A young man who wakes up without any memories. Guided by a mysterious voice, he is cast into a journey across the vast Hyrule.


Princess of the Hyrule Kingdom. A complex girl who is wise, curious and gentle. Researches the ancient ruins scattered around the world.


A Goron who lives in Hyrule. One of the fiercest warriors among the Goron tribes, he is always calm. Once he enters battle he has a brave and brutal side, shouting powerfully as he knocks down enemies.


Lito who lives in Hyrule. He is wrapped in the same blue cloth as Daruk and Mipha...


Zora who lives in Hyrule. Has an introvert personality and doesn't speak much. She has special powers not found in other Zora.


Relics that people are said to have created a long time ago. A major disaster caused them to suddenly attack people and 100 years later they still continue.


A type of demon living in Hyrule. They make living by making hides with multiple animals. It is pretty as a bee begins. Find them on the move and they will attack.

When to expect Switch previews, reviews

Out friends at Nintendo Force have the details on the Switch, as far as North American coverage goes. Looks like we can expect some content later this week!