I Am Dead devs discuss the Switch porting process

Unreal Engine handles the heavy lifting

I Am Dead, "a charming puzzle adventure game," is making its way to Switch sometime this year. The team is still putting the final touches on the experience, and that includes the Switch version. In an interview with NintendoEverything, developers at Hollow Pond shared word on how the Switch version is coming along.

Unreal Engine does a lot of the work involved in making versions for different platforms for us, which is good because as a small team we wouldn’t have been able to tackle the ports otherwise. Many of our older games were made using our own engine, but then, rolling your own tech for 2D games is significantly more manageable. There’s been a bunch of optimization work required to get the Switch version running well, but it’s generally been okay.

Does Paper Mario: The Origami King contain a reference to the Super Mario Bros. Super Show?

Coincidence, or intended?

Nintendo loves to reference their older works in new games. We've seen countless throwbacks to previous titles through music cues, location names, and more. While tributes to old games is nothing new, we don't often see nods to other Nintendo-related endeavors. That's what makes the screenshot above so interesting.

At first glance, the Blooper line just seems like a fun bit of alliteration. For all we know, that might be all there is to it. Something about that line set off alarm bells in GN reader Banzai Bill's head though. He thought he had heard that somewhere before, and it turns out he was right.

The video above, which comes from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, includes Mario and the gang getting stuck in a bit of quicksand. At the 4:28 mark, you hear Luigi exclaim, "Calamitous calamari," just like in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Is it a random example of two different writers coming up with the same thing, or was Nintendo's Treehouse slyly paying tribute to Mario's animated past?

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Switch eShop charts for Aug. 8th, 2020

The top 30 are in!

Wondering what's big on the Switch eShop? Check out the charts for Aug. 8th, 2020 below!

All Games

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2. Paper Mario: The Origami King
3. Minecraft
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
6. All-Star Fruit Racing
7. Celeste
8. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
9. Minecraft Dungeons
10. Carrion
11. Cuphead
12. Moto Rush GT
13. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
14. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
15. Super Mario Party
16. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
17. Pokemon Sword
18. Final Fantasy VII
19. Doom 64
20. Super Bit Blaster XL
21. Stardew Valley
22. Diablo III: Eternal Collection
23. Super Mario Odyssey
24. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
25. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
26. ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug X
27. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
28. Overcooked 2
29. Final Fantasy IX
30. Crysis Remastered

Download-Only Games

1. Celeste
2. Minecraft Dungeons
3. Carrion
4. Cuphead
5. Moto Rush GT
6. Final Fantasy VII
7. Doom 64
8. Super Bit Blaster XL
9. Stardew Valley
10. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
11. ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug X
12. Final Fantasy IX
13. Crysis Remastered
14. Deer God
15. Don’t Starve
16. Elemental Knights R
17. Hollow Knight
18. Crypt of the NecroDancer
19. Ding Dong XL
20. Seeders Puzzle Reboot
21. Not Tonight: Take Back Control Edition
22. Slender: The Arrival
23. Toki Tori
24. Okami HD
25. Untitled Goose Game
26. Doom
27. Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
28. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
29. Doom 3
30. Death Squared

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated patch in the works

A laundry list of fixes

THQ Nordic has revealed that a patch is being worked on for SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated. THQ Nordic is hoping to have this release on Switch sometime in the next 10 days. When it goes live, we'll be sure to let you know. For now, check out the patch notes below.

- Implemented a fix to minimize the chance of corrupted save games
- Added the option to replay Robo-Bosses after their first defeat
- The music in the multiplayer mode now cycles randomly through the full soundtrack
- Added more concept art to the Theater
- Reduced the amount of shinies needed to buy spatulas from Mr. Krabs
- Fixed an exploit in Kelp Forest
- Fixed a bug where physics in combination with Tikis caused a black screen
- Fixed a bug where the spatula count in game was different to the one in the save game
- Fixed an issue where you could not complete the master shutdown button in Mermalair
- Fixed an issue where the ball from the tutorial would not spawn again
- Fixed an issue where the game could crash if you triggered a button during the loading screen
- Balanced the seesaw mesa in Jellyfish Fields
- Fixed a bug, where the power crystals were not counted correctly
- Fixed a bug where you could travel to locked locations on the map
- Fixed some achievement unlocking issues
- Fixed a bug where the game crashed when enemies targeted the player

EDGE review scores for issue 349

Paper Mario takes top honors

The latest EDGE review scores are in. See how well games did in issue 349 below.

Paper Mario: The Origami King - 8
Deadly Premonition 2 - 4
Beyond a Steel Sky - 6
Carrion - 6
Roki - 7
Othercide - 8
Maid of Sker - 5
Before I Forget - 7

Ary and the Secret of Seasons devs detail the inspirations behind the game

Pulling from the greats

Ary and the Secret of Seasons is making its way to Switch later this year, and it's certainly shaping up to be a fantastic adventure. Wondering what games inspired this title? Developer Sebastien Le Touze explained in an interview with Nintendo Life.

Lots of people are saying it’s inspired by Zelda. While being compared to a great game is always flattering, it’s actually not entirely true. The main inspiration is Soul Reaver from Crystal Dynamics, but it doesn’t stop there. Ary is inspired by all kinds of games released between 1995 and 2005. You can see a bit of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, some Banjo & Kazooie or some bits of Jak and Dexter and even Tomb Raider. In short: It’s inspired by the titles I grew up with!

Check out more pics of the Megahouse GCC DX Mega Man Vs. Bass figurine

We saw a new round of pics for the Megahouse GCC DX Mega Man Vs. Bass figurine just a couple weeks back, but now another round of new pictures have come in that give us our best look yet. Check out the gallery below!

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise updated to Version 1.0.3, includes framerate improvements and more

Looking much better

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise has been updated to Version 1.0.3. This update includes a fix for the framerate issue, adds an inverted camera option, removes a story progression bug, and more. You can check out footage of the update above.

Pokemon Cafe Tokyo and Osaka get a Pokemon Cafe Mix makeover

Looking good!

The Pokemon Company is promoting Pokemon Cafe Mix by giving the real life Pokemon Cafe Tokyo and Pokemon Cafe Osaka makeovers. These cafes include artwork for the game, and a special menu. Check out some more pictures of the makeover below.


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