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RUMOR - Localization site mentions Profesor Layton and the Curious Village port for Switch

Going back to where it all started?

Well here's an interesting find. Profesor Layton and the Curious Village seems like it's going to get an HD port to the Switch. This information comes from the G4F-Localization, which looks to handle various localization jobs for projects. The listing specifically mentions translation into Italian, German, and Spanish.

This goes along with previous hints of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX getting localized as well. Once again, this site makes mention of localization plans for the title, which would mark the second time we've seen indication of the Switch version leaving Japan.

Did You Know Gaming - References to Memes in Gaming

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding references to memes in games, such as Payday 2, Meme Run, Borderlands 2, Street Fighter x Mega Man, and Minecraft.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's play testers were completely baffled by the game, which nearly lead to its cancellation

Nearly disbarred from day one!

The Ace Attorney series is one that's quite popular around the world, and has spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs over the years. That's what makes it crazy to learn the original game almost never saw release.

In an interview with Famitsu, Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi shares a story about the original prototype for the first Ace Attorney. Apparently the prototype was quite different from what the series ended up being. That initial design approach confused play testers so much that the game almost never saw completion.

The original play testers just didn’t know what to do from the outset, and they all ended up feeling lost until they got game over. Everything just felt kind of disjointed. At that point we just thought, ‘this is useless’, and at one time we were on the verge of having development suspended.

At the time I just couldn’t see us finishing the game. Then one day everyone was called into the meeting room and our boss of that time told us that they would suspend development.

Later on I heard that those words were just to make us realize the danger of our current situation. But at the time everyone was really depressed. There were even some people who cried, and I felt like my heart had been broken. But somehow we had to get back on our feet. So we went through the faults of the prototype, fixing them all one by one. We added a set interrogation time with a prompt so the user knew when it was time for their deductions and also restricted the evidence to five items. So it was clear when certain actions could be used, we had commands appear on screen. When we brought forward all of our proposed changes it was decided we would go ahead. But that was definitely a close call.

Game Freak revisits Pocket Card Jockey in their latest video feature

The best horse-themed solitaire game there is

I absolutely loved Pocket Card Jockey. It's a game I never thought would be localized, but somehow it made it over here. The poor game never got the recognition it deserved, though. Critics were quick to praise the game, but it doesn't seem to have connected with the public. I guess solitaire combined with horse racing is just too weird!

Pokemon Japan Championships 2019 detailed

Do you think you're the very best?

Pokemon Co. has revealed the first official details for the upcoming Pokemon Japan Championships 2019. Check out the full rundown of info below!

- the Championships will run on June 8th/9th in the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba City, Japan
- June 8th are the qualifiers for each league
- June 9th's battles are the main battles for those who got through Day 1
- the VGC competition runs Ultra Series VGC 2019 rules
- entry is only possible through ranking highly in the Japan Championships Qualifier Online Competition next month
- TCG event rewards points that can be used to gain an invite to the World Championships through various City Leagues
- the Japan Championships give 600 Points to the winner
- Pokkén Tournament DX qualifier runs the standard Double Elimination Format with the battles being Team Battles
- it has a cap of 32 Players in Seniors and 128 Players in Masters
- all elements result in invites to the Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. this August

Numskull Designs proudly reveals Official Mortal Kombat Klassic merchandise

A candle that smells like...blood?

Numskull Designs is incredibly proud to announce the official Mortal Kombat Klassic merchandise range, to coincide with the upcoming launch of Mortal Kombat 11 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 23rd.

Mortal Kombat fans both new and old can celebrate the latest release with some blood-pumping classic collectibles, such as the heat-changing mug and logo keychain, as well clothing items like the logo snapback and ‘Choose Your Fighter’ t-shirt!

Mortal Kombat Blood, Sweat & Tears candle

Blood, sweat, and tears – that’s the smell of a Mortal Kombat battle, and exactly what you’ll get with our official scented candle! With a burn time of 40 hours and a blood-red design, this is a one of a kind item for fans.

Following the success of our other official scented candles, such as for Resident Evil 2, Fallout, and Spyro the Dragon, this unique oddity is a truly must-have collectible.

The full range includes:

- Mortal Kombat Logo Keychain
- Mortal Kombat Character Selection Candle
- Electrifying T-Shirt
- Choose Your Fighter T-Shirt
- Mortal Kombat Ribs T-Shirt
- Mortal Kombat Logo Snapback
- Mortal Kombat Heat Mug

The range is now available to preorder here, and will launch to coincide with Mortal Kombat 11 on April 23rd.

The full range is available to pre-order now at GeekStore.com, with select products available at retailers around the world including Amazon, GAME, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, EB Games and many more from April 23rd.

Japanese eShop charts - March 14th to 20th, 2019

Puyo Puyo eShop

Looks like that sale for Puyo Puyo eSports has worked wonders for SEGA. The game has shot straight to the top of the Switch eShop charts for the week. Over the 3DS, you most likely know what's still the top title.

Switch eShop Charts

1. Puyo Puyo eSports (Sega Games)
2. Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!(Square-Enix)
3. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
4. Minecraft (Mojang)
5. Super Robot Taisen T Premium Anime Song & Sound Edition (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
6. Goat Simulator: THE GOATY (Coffee Stain)
7. Super Robot Taisen T (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
8. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
9. Overcooked! Special Edition (Team17)
10. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Nintendo)

3DS eShop Charts

1. Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
2. Pocket Monsters Crystal (Nintendo)
3. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (Square-Enix)
4. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
5. Symphony of Eternity (Kemco)
6. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami (Square-Enix)
7. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
8. Legna Tactica (Kemco)
9. Dragon Quest (Square-Enix)
10. Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori amiibo+ (Nintendo)

Japanese software sales - March 11th to 17th, 2019 (Top 50)

Japan can't get enough Switch

Let's check out the top 50 software sales from Japan for the last week. Once again, the list is dominated by Switch titles through and through.

01./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy's The Division 2 # (Ubisoft) {2019.03.15} (¥8.400) - 63.817 / NEW <66,74%>
02./00. [PS4] One Piece: World Seeker (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.03.14} (¥7.600) - 51.039 / NEW <71,96%>
03./01. [PS4] Devil May Cry 5 # (Capcom) {2019.03.08} (¥6.990) - 33.149 / 149.350 (-71%)
04./02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 20.706 / 2.953.145 (-12%)
05./03. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 16.997 / 516.540 (-15%)
06./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 11.288 / 2.178.288 (-8%)
07./05. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 10.112 / 1.536.216 (-11%)
08./00. [PS4] LoveR (Kadokawa Games) {2019.03.14} (¥7.980) - 9.985 / NEW
09./00. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) - 8.677 / 263.407
10./07. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 8.479 / 1.325.825 (-14%)
11./08. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 8.429 / 1.055.218 (-9%)
12./09. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.955 / 640.825 (-5%)
13./10. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 7.516 / 2.962.831 (-3%)
14./00. [PS4] 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - Prologue (Atlus) {2019.03.14} (¥2.980) - 5.872 / NEW
15./00. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4 DX # (Koei Tecmo) {2019.03.14} (¥5.800) - 5.330 / NEW
16./13. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III # (Square Enix) {2019.01.25} (¥8.800) - 5.236 / 790.805 (+16%)
17./00. [NSW] Samurai Warriors 4 DX # (Koei Tecmo) {2019.03.14} (¥5.800) - 4.704 / NEW
18./00. [PSV] Kenka Bancho Otome: 2nd Rumble!! # (Spike Chunsoft) {2019.03.14} (¥5.980) - 4.014 / NEW
19./19. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 2.883 / 743.782 (+3%)
20./20. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 2.760 / 1.962.818 (+2%)
21./06. [3DS] Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (Nintendo) {2019.03.07} (¥4.980)
22./00. [PS4] Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining # (Sega) {2019.03.14} (¥5.990)
23./14. [PS4] Jump Force (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.02.14} (¥8.200)
24./00. [NSW] Konoyo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo: Yu-No (5pb.) {2019.03.14} (¥6.800)
25./00. [NSW] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX # (Koei Tecmo) {2019.03.14} (¥7.800)
26./16. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 # (Capcom) {2019.01.25} (¥7.800)
27./17. [PS4] NieR: Automata - Game of the YoRHa Edition (Square Enix) {2019.02.21} (¥4.800)
28./12. [PS4] Anthem # (Electronic Arts) {2019.02.22} (¥7.800)
29./23. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100)
30./27. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980)
31./00. [PS4] Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir [New Price Edition Campaign Pack with 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - Prologue] (Atlus) {2019.03.14} (¥3.980)
32./11. [PS4] Dead or Alive 6 # (Koei Tecmo) {2019.03.01} (¥7.800)
33./24. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800)
34./25. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer) {2018.12.20} (¥5.800)
35./29. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [2][New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.12.20} (¥3.500)
36./00. [NSW] Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers (Nippon Ichi Software) {2019.03.14} (¥7.200)
37./32. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980)
38./26. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800)
39./15. [PS4] Left Alive # (Square Enix) {2019.02.28} (¥8.300)
40./22. [NSW] Zoids Wild: King of Blast (Takara Tomy) {2019.02.28} (¥5.980)
41./18. [PS4] Far Cry: New Dawn (Ubisoft) {2019.02.15} (¥5.400)
42./00. [NSW] Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining # (Sega) {2019.03.14} (¥5.990)
43./34. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
44./28. [NSW] Doraemon: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (FuRyu) {2019.02.28} (¥5.980)
45./30. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800)
46./38. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900)
47./00. [NSW] The Caligula Effect: Overdose (FuRyu) {2019.03.14} (¥6.980)
48./39. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
49./00. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800)
50./40. [NSW] Fortnite # (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.12.13} (¥3.000)

3DS eShop charts for March 22nd, 2019

The favorite is crystal clear

Kirby's Epic Yarn continues its drop down the chart, all while Pokemon Crystal hops back up to No. 1. People really, REALLY like that game!

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
4. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn
5. Pokemon Yellow
6. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
7. Super Mario World
8. Pokemon Gold
9. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
10. Pokemon Silver
11. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
12. Tomodachi Life
13. Pokemon Red
14. Super Mario 3D Land
15. Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
16. Yo-kai Watch 3
17. Pokemon Ultra Sun
18. Zelda: A Link to the Past
19. Mario Kart 7
20. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
3. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
4. Mario Kart 7 Video
5. Super Mario 3D Land Video
6. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
7. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
8. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
9. Horror Stories gameplay trailer
10. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
11. Introducing Tomodachi Life
12. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
13. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
14. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
15. Super Mario World Trailer
16. Super Mario 3D Land Play Video
17. IronFall Trailer
18. Super Smash Bros. – Final Video Presentation
19. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
20. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video

Nintendo Dream readers vote on their favorite characters once again, and you already know who takes the top spot

Kirby dominates

While Famitsu has its fans vote on what games they're most excited for, Nintendo Dream runs a poll to see who is the most beloved character on Nintendo platforms. Without fail, Kirby gets the most votes every single month. With the May 2019 issue now available, we see that Kirby has once again charmed his way to the top spot.

1. Kirby (Kirby) - 111
2. Link (The Legend of Zelda) - 90
3. Pikachu (Pokémon) - 81
4. Mario (Super Mario)
5. Sans (UNDERTALE)
6. Luigi (Super Mario)
7. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
8. Meta Knight (Kirby)
9. Chrom (Fire Emblem)
10. Eevee (Pokémon)
11. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
12. Inkling (Splatoon)
13. Waddle Dee (Kirby)
14. Yoshi (Super Mario)
15. Magolor (Kirby)
16. Samus Aran (Metroid)
17. Frisk (UNDERTALE)
18. Corrin (Fire Emblem)
19. Papyrus (UNDERTALE)
20. Pit (Kid Icarus)