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PDI Check now available on the 3DS eShop...for $100

I'm sure it's worth every penny

PDI Check is an interactive multiple-choice game utilizing the unique color, 3-dimensional screen on the Nintendo 3DS™ system to quickly and accurately measure near visual acuity, color vision and stereopsis.

Well thsi is certainly an interesting find. PDI Check is on the 3DS eShop right now, and you can grab it for the low, low price of just $100. I can't even fathom how Nintendo let this happen! Clearly this is a cash grab, but I guess there's no rule against how high you can price your title? I wonder if anyone will buy it...

Sakurai talks Smash Bros. development - Thoughts on characters, DLC, development struggles, and much more

The Sakurai motherload

Not that long ago, a collection of Famitsu columns from Masahiro Sakurai was released. Fans have since picked the book up and pored over its contents. Below you can find a summary of the more interesting details.

- Sakurai doesn't think characters like Goku, Shrek, and others don't make sense for Smash Bros.
- Smash Bros. is not a series where he thinks about continuation, so characters aren't held back, and DLC doesn't impact the next game
- Sakurai sees Smash as a party game and would like things to be more casual
- Sakurai also recognizes that he's not the only one who can interpret what the series can/cannot be
- back in the Wii U/3DS days, there were restrictions on how many updates to a game you could do
- updates are normal these days, but they're a bit of a voluntary service
- Sakurai thinks its important to hear feedback from a large variety of players, including newcomers
- no plans for a Smash Ballot again
- Sakurai was making plans for Smash Ultimate while on vacation
- Sakurai treats a characters personality as a game in and of itself
- characters joining Smash has an advertising effect, even if the characters appear in games that aren't on Nintendo platforms
- Sakurai played a beta of Breath of the Wild in 2 days to get a feel for its inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Sakurai feels games shouldn't be created based on market research alone
- Sakurai feels games made to imitate other games is unfortunately
- 60 billion yen is enough to make every Smash game up to Ultimate
- Sakurai would like a Smash Bros. area in Super Nintendo World
- Smash Ultimate's DLC was planned without the developer's input
- DLC development takes time, and DLC business is far more risky than most think
- gathering staff to create new DLC is tough
- Sakurai isn't fond of season pass DLC
- Omega battlefield variants take more time than people think
- HAL is credited, but not involved in development anymore
- the team was very careful to avoid leaks during E3 2018
- the story idea of World of Light has existed since Brawl
- the idea of Spirits was a last resort, and Sakurai isn't sure this idea will return
- there was a plan to include a Spirits-like map in Melee
- Sakurai doesn't follow internet reactions and doesn't know of fan predictions
- Sakurai took a long vacation, but can't travel far as he has a cat
- by March 2019, the online win ratio is very close for all characters

3DS' YouTube app appears to be broken

Down the tubes

Multiple people have taken to Reddit to note that the YouTube app on 3DS simply doesn't work anymore. When you try to watch a video, the app just crashes. It seems like the app's days on 3DS might be numbered, as it's not likely YouTube is going to update the app. For those with a New 3DS or 2DS XL, you can still access YouTube via the web browser, and that appears to work fine.

Thanks to TheDreamingHawk for the heads up!

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 novel gets a fan translation

Fire Emblem fans are extremely dedicated

Fire Emblem fan-group Four-Loose-Screws have completed their latest translation, and it's something you might not expect. They put in a ton of hard work to translate the official Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 novel, which focuses on Leif, a Lord who is on the run while trying to reclaim his homeland of Thracia from the Grannvale Empire. The novel has 12 chapters split across two volumes, and every last bit of it has been translated.

Game Freak looks back on the development of Yoshi and Pokemon Red/Blue

It was a simpler time

Game Freak's latest YouTube video takes a double-dip into Nintendo's earlier days. The video focuses on both the NES title Yoshi, and Pokemon Red/Blue. Check out a summary of the video's info below.

- items on Yoshi‘s main menu will move accordingly to the music, which was programmed by Masuda
- Ken Sugimori came up with the gameplay for Yoshi
- Game Freak wanted to add in a realistic sounding Yoshi voice, but it got turned down by Nintendo
- Masuda learned about the “wave” design of difficulty curve during the creation of this game
- wave design is where after a particularly hard stage, an easier stage comes after to let players bask in the accomplishment
- Masuda says developing and balancing them feels like taste-testing in cooking, where you can try it and tweak immediately
- for RPGs, the usage of time is different, as it takes maybe 3 hours before you really get into the groove
- Masuda remembers how shocked people were when finding out just how fast storage capacity limits would improve
- Masuda says there are some good things about having limited memory
- for example, if memory was infinite, devs would probably keep adding in new things and the game would never get done
- there were fun things that could be done thanks to memory limits
- this included thinking of Pokemon names that could be fit in the 5-character limit (in Japanese)
- in order to get the voices of the original 151 Pokemon done, Masuda had to use certain tricks in order for it to work
- Masuda says he would probably have been told off it he weren’t the main programmer on the game

The Legend of Dragon Quest book now available

A must-have for series fans

Dragon Quest is a cult Japanese role-playing game saga. It is so famous and so revered that it has been honored with a memorial in Sumoto, birthplace of the series' creator, Yûji Hori, who is as famous as his creation. Dragon Quest, however, is much more than a J-RPG.

Journalist Daniel Andreyev offers a unique viewpoint on the Dragon Quest saga and its role as a major social phenomenon that has influenced several generations in Japan. He has filled the pages of this book with his expertise in the area of Japanese games and his knowledge of the country to analyze the series published by Square Enix.

The collector's edition includes:

- The book The Legend of Dragon Quest
- A variant cover
- A dust jacket
- A bookmark
- A lithograph
- The ebook (ePub and MOBI formats)

Grab the regular edition here, or the Collector's Edition here

Pokemon 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition now underway

The battle is on

The Pokemon 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition has officially kicked off. This competition is for regions outside of Japan. Check out full details on the battle below.

- Double Battle competition using standard 2019 VGC rules
- players can use 2 Restricted Pokémon (Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala & Necrozma)
- based on the Ultra Series where both Z-Crystals and Mega Evolutions are allowed
- offers CP to the highest ranked players to give players the opportunity to go to the World Championships
- all Pokémon will be raised to Level 50 for the duration of the competition
- battles will run to May 26th
- all entrants who play 3 or more matches will get a Shiny Tapu Fini which will be distributed some time in June

Japan - eShop charts for May 16th to 22nd, 2019

Blocks and cats

Time to take a look at what the big hits were on the eShop in Japan. Check out the Switch and 3DS eShop charts for May 16th to 22nd, 2019.

Switch

1. Minecraft (Mojang/Microsoft Japan)
2. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)
3. Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
4. Xenoblade 2 (Nintendo)
5. Akumajou Dracula Anniversary Collection (KONAMI)
6. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
8. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Nintendo)
9. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Legacy of the Duelist:Link Evolution (KONAMI)

3DS

1. Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
2. Pocket Monsters Crystal (Nintendo)
3. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (Square-Enix)
4. Charisou DX (Spicysoft)
5. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
6. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami (Square-Enix)
7. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
8. Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori amiibo+ (Nintendo)
9. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
10. Sora no Folklore (KEMCO)

Did You Know Gaming - Game Boy Games Facts

Did you know?

This time on Did You Know Gaming extra, we take a look at some Game Boy game facts, including Nintendo GameBoy games like Pokemon Red and Blue, Super Mario Land 2, Kirby's Dreamland and more.

Dark Horse localizing two more Final Fantasy books

A double dose of Final Fantasy literature

Dark Horse has revealed plans to bring two more Final Fantasy books outside of Japan. Check out details on each book below.

Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large

- features art from throughout the franchise recreated by miniature photographer Tatsuya Tanka
- photography will be showcased side-by-side with concept art that details the process of each photo’s creation
- 96-page hard cover tome
- includes a longform interview with Tatsuya Tanaka
- due out Dec. 17th, 2019

FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy

- chronicles the evolution of pixel art for the series
- features detailed sprite sheets
- learn about tools used by the developers
- includes an interview with Kazuko Shibuya, the character pixel artist for the Final Fantasy series
- 296 page hard cover tome
- due out Jan. 28th, 2020