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Solving the mystery of Super Monkey Ball's announcer

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Did you know that the original announcer from Super Monkey Ball and its sequel isn't credited in the game? The silly voice that narrated much of the game's action is ingrained in the minds of many fans, which has lead to some wondering just who was behind it. Turns out getting the answer isn't that easy! Set aside some time to watch the above mini-doc about trying to hunt down the man who recorded those lines. I watched the whole thing, and I promise it's worth your time!

Steven Spielberg wanted guns removed from Minority Report on GBA, suggested replacing them with the movie's vomit-inducing 'Sick Stick'

I think I'm gonna hurl...

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Back in the days of the GBA, pretty much any movie could get a game adaptation. That included Minority Report, which was turned into a GBA game called Minority Report: Everybody Runs. As you might expect, the game wasn't very good at all, but it turns out it could have been much worse and better at the same time.

Game Informer recently talked to developer Alex Hutchinson, who was part of the team who created the GBA game. Turns out Steven Spielberg himself had taken issue with one area of the game. He didn't want guns in the game, even though the movie was littered with guns. In a snippet from Game Informer's interview below, you can see full details of the interaction, as well as Spielberg's suggestion on what the guns could be replaced with.

“The only interesting part of that development was getting an email at some point from Steven Spielberg’s assistant, who said, ‘I see there are lots of guns in your Game Boy game.’ And we said, ‘Well, there are a lot of guns in your movie.’ And they said, ‘Steven feels that maybe kids shouldn’t see those guns.’ … And we were like, ‘It’s a three month production, four month production on a Game Boy game.’ We’re just like smashing it out basically. It was lucky that it booted. And we were like, ‘We can’t change it.’ And he’s like, ‘But he has one idea. There’s another weapon in the game called the Sick Stick, which makes you vomit. Can you replace all of the guns with this since kids love vomit?’ And we said no. That’s the only good part of that entire development.”

I have to say, I'm kind of sad that didn't happen. It would have made the game a least a little more interesting, or good for a laugh!

Switch eShop charts for Dec. 14th, 2019

Big sales, big changes

The recent sales on the Switch eShop have riled up the weekly charts in a big way. Things are all over the place, with a mix of old and new all throughout the top 20. Check out how things played out below!

All Games

1. Robonauts
2. Pokemon Sword
3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4. Unravel Two
5. Cuphead
6. Mana Spark
7. Pokemon Shield
8. Super Mario Party
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
10. Quest for the Golden Duck
11. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
12. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
13. Celeste
14. Just Dance 2020
15. Dragon Ball FighterZ
16. Untitled Goose Game
17. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
18. Super Bomberman R
19. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
20. Stardew Valley
21. Snipperclips
22. Luigi’s Mansion 3
23. Minecraft
24. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
25. Super Mario Odyssey
26. Gris
27. Moto Rush GT
28. Star Ocean: First Departure R
29. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
30. Not Not: A Brain Buster

Download-Only Games

1. Robonauts
2. Cuphead
3. Mana Spark
4. Quest for the Golden Duck
5. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
6. Celeste
7. Untitled Goose Game
8. Stardew Valley
9. Snipperclips
10. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
11. Gris
12. Moto Rush GT
13. Star Ocean: First Departure R
14. Not Not: A Brain Buster
15. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
16. Five Nights at Freddy’s
17. Katana Zero
18. Divinity: Original Sin 2
19. Broforce
20. Warlocks: God Slayers
21. Castlevania Anniversary Collection
22. Batman: The Enemy Within
23. The Jackbox Party Pack 3
24. Enter the Gungeon
25. Terraria
26. The Jackbox Party Pack 6
27. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
28. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
29. Trover Saves the Universe
30. Contra Anniversary Collection

Asphalt 9: Legends updated to Version 1.3.3

Get your hotfix here

Gameloft has released an update for Asphalt 9: Legends, bumping the game up to Version 1.3.3. Check out the patch notes below.

– The hotfix prevents your Nintendo Switch to freeze, because of the game, when left idle.
– You can now connect the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller right from the start, without any trouble.
– The visual artworks for in-game Events and Pop-ups display properly from now on.

Pokemon News Round-up: Plush dolls, plush dolls, and more plush dolls!

We're flush with plush!

Fluffy Hugging Plush Pokemon

- shipping out December 21st, 2019 in Japan
- launch lineup includes Pikachu, Snorlax, Ditto and Quagsire
- plushes measure from 30 to 42 cm tall, with Snorlax being the tallest

Transform! Ditto new lineup

- new lineup includes Hitmonlee, Larvitar, Jirachi, Lucario, and Morelull
- shipping on Dec. 21st, 2019 in Japan
- each Pokemon has a plush and mascot version

Standard Pokemon plush dolls

- plushes for Wooloo, Corviknight, Drednaw, Gossifleur, and Eldegoss
- set to ship on Dec. 21st, 2019 in Japan

Dragalia Lost - content update for Dec. 14th, 2019

[Event Quests] Astral Raids featuring Chronos are now live (available until December 16th)

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - content update for Dec. 14th, 2019

[Crafting] A new piece of special furniture is now available for crafting: Brewster’s Winter Cote (available until February 12th)

Pokemon Masters - content update for Dec. 14th, 2019

[Issues] Two issues are currently impacting the Rosa & Delibird Sync Pair (to be fixed in an upcoming update, with compensation to be distributed):

When having Rosa & Delibird on one’s team with Auto Mode on, one’s own move gauge fills faster than intended;
When using the move All the Presents! in co-op and the allied field of play is granted Move gauge acceleration, the Move gauge acceleration effect may not be applied under certain conditions.

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Dec. 14th, 2019

[Summoning] A new Summoning Focus is now live: Tempest Trials. It features the following Heroes: Marth (Altean Prince), Nino (Pale Flower), and Jaffar (Angel of Death) (available until December 27th)

[Log-in Bonus] A new set of Log-in Bonuses is now live: Tempest Trials Log-in Bonus. It allows you to get some Orbs every day, with the amount varying each day: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3 (13 Orbs in total) (available until December 27th)

Super Mario Run - content update for Dec. 14th, 2019

[Event] The latest Weekend Spotlight is live, and this time around, it’s all about Toad and Toadette! Here’s the items you can get from the Super Bonus game in Remix 10: Toad Topiary (20%), Toadette Topiary (20%), 8-bit Toad Statue (20%), Toad Statue (12%), Toadette Statue (12%), Gold Toad Statue (8%), Gold Toadette Statue (8%) (available until December 16th)

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