Something fishys going on here...
Yes, I know how crazy that sounds, but I can explain! Japanese Streamer Mutekimaru Channel has a long-running series where their pet fish plays a variety of pokemon games. It does this by swimming over a grid of labeled controls, which is then picked up by a motion tracker that relays which controls the fish is currently swimming over.
During a recent stream of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the game unexpectedly crashed, allowing their fish to do a little more than catch pokemon.
First, the fish navigated to the home menu, opening up the settings and changed their owner’s switch username. After this, it browsed around it’s owner’s friends list. The fish got a little more bold after this, opening up the eshop, read the terms and conditions, then promptly closed them, perhaps having second thoughts about the whole ordeal.
After careful deliberation, the fish decided that it in fact did want to browse the eshop. The fish didn’t miss a beat opening it’s owner’s wallet page, revealing their credit card information live on stream. Not stopping there, the fish then decided to add 500 yen to it’s owners eshop balance.
The fish didn’t give up there, soon moving over to the Nintendo Switch Online App, where it would purchase a variety of profile icons and download the N64 App. (Perhaps the fish thought it needed to add funds for the icons and app? It’s hard to tell)
Satisfied with its exploits, the fish then returned to the home screen and closed the console, ending its reign of terror. Mutekimaru Channel contacted Nintendo in an attempt to get a refund due to his fish’s involvement. They have not yet responded.
For more fish-related streams, check out Mutekimaru Channel for even more.
Everybody was snow-ball-fighting.
Cuddly Forest Friends got a new trailer showcasing one of the minigames set to appear in the game. This minigame pits 4 cute animals against each other to throw snowballs the quickest. Check out the full details for the game below:
Welcome to the Cuddly Forest! Cuddly Forest Friends is a heartwarming simulation game in which you care for nine little furry friends in the forest and help them reach their full potential.
In order to help the Tree of Happiness in the forest grow and reach its fullest potential, you must collect Happy Feelings. Happy Feelings are obtained by feeding and interacting with the little animals in the forest - and keeping them safe. The Tree has many levels to grow and playing mini-games or making food will increase your Happy Feelings and help the Tree grow. Fulfilling requests from the little guys makes them happy which also gives you HF points. Join the little furry friends and indulge in various daily activities so that the Tree of Happiness reaches maximum “happiness”.
Care for these little friends each day: Rabbit, Squirrel, Mouse, Degu, Hamster, Porcupine, Flying Squirrel, Capybara, and a Beaver.
Decorate the forest or create accessories to wear with items you gather. Make food and feed the group. Test your skills at mini games which will help you increase your HF points.
KEY FEATURES • Play mini-games as one of the furry friends - nd out which animals are the best at which game. • Over 20+ mini games - Fishing, Racing, Matching and Rhythmic games are just a few to increase Happy Feelings! • 9 different animals living in the forest are your new BFFs!
Cuddly Forest Friends is set to release on February 2nd.
And a special edition!
Akai Ito & Aoi Shiro HD Remaster’s Japanese release date just got revealed: May 25th. The game will also feature 3 language options at launch, including English, Japanese, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Switch games aren’t region-locked, so English-speaking fans can import the game. A special edition is also coming, check out it’s contents below.
- A copy of Akai Ito & Aoi Shiro HD Remaster for Switch
- Akai Ito soundtrack CD
- Akai Ito drama CD “Kyoto Gouma”
- Akai Ito fan CD “Itsuka no Hikari”
- Aoi Shiro soundtrack CD (two discs)
- Aoi Shiro drama CD “Aoi Shiro no Enbukyoku”
- Aoi Shiro drama CD “Aoi Shiro no Enmusubi”
- Aoi Shiro drama CD “Aoi Shiro to Shoushi no Kutsu”
- Aoi Shiro drama CD “Aoi Shiro no Gaisenmon”
- Aoi Shiro drama CD “Seijou Kitan”
Preorders are set to open on February 1st, however, pricing has not been announced at this point.
3 New Character Portraits!
To help keep fans excited for the upcoming release of Fire Emblem Engage, main character designer Mika Pikazu has been sharing character art leading up to the release. These past few days we got images for Celine, Framme, and Clanne. All of these images can be found in the tweets below!
With so few days remaining until release, there can’t be too many more of these portraits to share, but it was fun while it lasted. Here’s hoping we get just a few more before the game’s release on January 20th.
Can't say amii-no to this!
Just in time for the release of Fire Emblem Engage, Nintendo UK decided to restock a variety of Fire Emblem amiibo for use in the new game. Most of these amiibo came out back in 2017, so it’s been a while since they’ve been available. All of these amiibo will have functionality with Fire Emblem Engage, so it may be smart to pick them up before they’re gone!
Each amiibo will run you 12.99, and you can find a complete list here.
Character Designer for all 3 Atelier Ryza games Toridamono turned to Twitter to share progress updates on upcoming figures featuring characters receiving their own figures. AmiAmi’s figure was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Atelier Ryza while GoodSmile’s figure features content from Atelier Ryza 2’s DLC.
Theres no release date for the figures at this point, but judging by these previews production’s coming along nicely!
You're Excused Link
While most everyone is familiar with 1989’s The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, we tend to hear less about another similar show from the same time centering around The Legend Of Zelda. Recently thanks to a substancial interview done by Polygon, we got a pretty good look into how the Zelda show came to be.
Due to the newness of the Zelda franchise at the time, there wasn’t a whole lot for the writers to work with, other than the big elements featured in the first two games, mainly Link, Zelda, Gannon, and the Triforce. This led to writers reaching out to their family members for ideas, with one writer’s sister even writing a whole episode for the show.
My brother somehow ended up suggesting I try writing an episode, and I was able to turn out a couple of scripts that, with his editing, ended up getting used. I was about 16-17 at the time. The only direction I had was the show bible, which outlined the basic characters and sorts of stories they were looking for. I didn’t have a Nintendo, so I rented one, and the game, and tried to play it, but I didn’t get very far. But the basic relationships were all established in the show bible; Ganon bad guy, Zelda tough girl, Link charming scamp, Triforce MacGuffin, etc. I did play Dungeons & Dragons though, at the time, and some of that feel made it into the show. [The seventh episode] “Doppelganger” was based on a cursed mirror in D&D. Well, the monsters in Zelda were all based on things from the Nintendo game; same with the weapons, like Link’s boomerang. But in D&D of course you’re always fighting monsters and imagining how cool your character looks doing it, so a lot of the various swashbuckling stuff I liked to put in was based on things that had happened in our D&D games. I always thought of Link as more of a rogue than a fighter.
Eve and I were just writing them on our own. We even had my mom pitch a story. She wrote something that we ended up having to do a lot of work on, but it wasn’t a bad initial concept. [Bob and Eve’s mom, Marsha Forward, had her script adapted as The Legend of Zelda’s 11th episode, “Fairies in the Spring.”]
Its quite interesting to see that writers were given so much freedom involving the plotlines in these episodes, but not too surprising given how new the Zelda franchise was at the time. It certainly was less in-depth than it is now, with its many branching timelines and different incarnations of the Hero of Time. The full article reveals many more details surrounding the show, and is worth a read for a look behind the curtain of how it came to be.
Starting January 10th, Pokemon Go will begin their Twinkling Fantasy event, filling the game with shinies and fairy types to catch until January 16th.
The star of the show has to be the introduction of Mega Salamance, who will be available in mega raids for the duration of the event. Trainers will get double XP, more candy, and a higher chance for mega candy when catching pokemon. For the full list of shinies and available pokemon, check out the full rundown here.
Once again, this event will run from January 10th to January 16th, so make sure to plan accordingly!
Hail to the king, baby.
Evil Dead: The Game released earlier this year filled to the brim with everything an Evil Dead Fan could want, and it’s not done yet! Next year, we will see updates including content from Ash vs Evil Dead, the spinoff series based on the original trilogy.
Our first look at this update showed a new skin for Pablo based on when he turned into the Necronomicon. Groovy! Theres no exact time for when this update will go live, but it shouldn’t be too long of a wait, considering next year is a little under two weeks away.
Once upon a time, there was a player.
While Minecraft isn’t a game really made to end, there is a sort of ending for players to find. After traveling to the End dimension and defeating the Ender dragon, players are treated to one of the only glimpses of a story in Minecraft, the End Poem.
This poem was originally commissioned for use in Minecraft back in 2011, and was written by Julian Gough. One would imagine that Mojang (and now Microsoft) would have had the rights to this poem. However, Julian recently revealed that he never actually signed over licensing of the poem to either Mojang or Microsoft.
The twitter thread above explains the entire situation, but long story short Julian never actually signed over the rights to their poem, making them the owner of it completely.
Julian has now decided to move this poem fully into the public domain, meaning that anyone, including Minecraft is able to use it however they would like. Its important to note that this wasn’t intended to be an attack on Minecraft or anyone involved with the game. Julian simply felt it was right that everyone should have equal access to the poem they wrote so long ago.
If you have never beaten the Ender Dragon and would like to see this poem for yourself, the full text can be found here.
Save up your coins!
We may have our first idea of when the Super Mario Movie will be available to purchase. According to Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann, we may be looking at a purchase date of May 11th, 2023. In addition to this new date, Gerstmann also reiterated the 85-minute runtime rumor from a while ago.
It’s important to remember that this is a rumor, and this date may change/be incorrect, so take it with a grain of salt.
More to catch?
This article discusses possible spoilers for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, read at your discretion.
Due to some recent discoveries by @TheSkabRabbit on twitter, many fans believe there may be hints toward some content yet to be discovered in Pokemon Sword and Shield
There is a lot of information to go through, including a possible new Pokemon, recurring symbols, and plenty of coded text. A few of the most compelling details are shared below, but there simply is too much to cover in just one article, so check out the original thread for the whole picture.
The first recurring symbol can be seen below, which involves Area Zero. Strangely enough, it seems to correlate pretty well with the towns on the game’s map.
Second is this entry in a book found in Professor Turo’s lab, which details a large, disk-like being made up of many hexagons. This being currently hasn’t been seen in the game, leading many to believe that they may be found either in the base game or could be found in future DLC updates for the game.
The game also features a plethora of coded passages, many of which have not been translated yet. These can be found on statues, plaques, and many other objects throughout the game.
There’s still plenty of information to go through, so for the whole story, check out the tweet thread below!
Even if these hints aren’t connecting for new content, they are too closely related to simply be nothing. Hopefully, someone out there will crack the code soon!
Let the chill season begin!
With Splatoon 3’s chill season right around the corner, the Squid Research Lab has been sharing updates every day for new content coming with this update.
First up, Salmon Run is gaining the ability to make your own “job scenarios”. These scenarios allow you to set stages, enemies, special conditions and more for custom salmon run matches. These job scenarios can also be shared with friends to compete for high scores.
For PVP, the Tentatek Splatershot is making its return, this time sporting the Splat Bombs sub-special and the Trizooka Special. Photo mode is also now available to be used in Recon mode and Private Battles, allowing you to get stage photos alone and with friends!
Check out the whole tweet thread below for more pictures and information.
Splatoon 3’s Chill season starts December 1st. You can check out the initial trailer here.
Just in time for release!
To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Famitsu gave the game the complete spotlight in this week’s issue. The cover features both of the in-game schools, both games’ legendaries, and plenty of Pokemon.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be released very soon, coming out tomorrow, November 17th.
Sword of the Vagrant is finally making its jump to Switch from PC this November, letting us join in on the 2D Action RPG fun. Check out the dev’s press release below for all of the details.
Battle through hordes of monsters on a journey to reunite your family in this fantasy 2D action RPG! Guide Vivian the Vagrant, through vibrant and dynamic landscapes while hacking and slashing a path from a quiet coastal village through mysterious forests, haunted castles, and wrecked battlegrounds. When the endless barrage of enemies have been vanquished, what solace will be left for our hero? “Journey into a gorgeous hand-painted fantasy world known as Mythrilia and discover the truth about your bloodline and its darkest secret. Hack and slash a path from a quiet coastal village through mysterious forests, haunted castles, and wrecked battlegrounds. When the endless barrage of enemies have been vanquished, what solace will be left for our hero? The Vagrant is a 2D action RPG. As Vivian, you will experience an exciting and challenging adventure focused on combat gameplay that utilizes combo chains, charge attacks, and special skills, all while improving your character’s build through new equipment and abilities. Play casually or become a master combatant.
Sword of the Vagarant is set to launch November 30th, and will retail for 10$.