How We Make Minecraft: Episode 3 now available

Lookin' good

How did we make the most beautiful game in video game history? Well, we didn’t. We crafted a unique looking one! Discover the secrets behind the look of Minecraft.

Fan spends over 300 hours creating an animated intro for Pokemon Silver

The results are pretty amazing

Pokemon fans are some of the most hardcore fans there are, going above and beyond in showing their affinity for the franchise. Today we have another example of that, courtesy of animation student Darren Rafferty.

Darren has spent over 300 hours working up an animated intro for Pokemon Silver, and you can see the results of his efforts above. The end result is pretty jaw-dropping, although Darren himself appears to be a harsh critic of his own work.

"I wanted this to feel like a living, breathing world, as opposed to just an animation, and I think it turned out alright, it's still far from perfect though. Personally I really like the underwater bit where you can see the surface of the water from underneath, thought that looked well."

Nintendo officially ends production of the 3DS family of systems

Farewell, old friend

It's been a long time since Nintendo released a title for the 3DS, but they have been manufacturing more units of the portable for sale around the world. Now that manufacturing run has come to an end.

Nintendo has announced that they're officially ceasing production of the 3DS family of devices. That includes any device in the 3DS family, such as 2DS, New 2DS XL, and so on. Whatever is available on store shelves now is all that there will be. If you want to add one of the portables to your collection, now's the time to do so.

Thanks to Naruki and Andreslop24 for the heads up!

3DS eShop charts for Sept. 16th, 2020

Not much changing here

It's business as usual over on the 3DS eShop charts. Check out who made the top 20 this week below.


1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Pokemon Yellow
3. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
5. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
6. Tomodachi Life
7. Super Mario Bros. 3
8. Super Mario 3D Land
9. Pokemon Red
10. Pokemon Silver
11. Pokemon Gold
12. Pokemon Omega Ruby
13. Super Mario World
14. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
15. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
16. Pokemon Blue
17. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
18. Super Mario Land 2
19. Zelda: Oracle of Ages
20. Super Mario Maker for 3DS


1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
4. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
5. Mario Kart 7 Video
6. Super Mario 3D Land Video
7. IronFall Trailer
8. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video
9. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
10. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
11. Introducing Tomodachi Life
12. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
13. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
14. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
15. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
16. Super Mario World Trailer
17. Pokemon Bank Trailer
18. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
20. Slime Slayer with Song Lyrics

Ubisoft's unreleased port of John Madden Football for the Game Boy has found its way online

Hut hut hut hut hut hut...

Did you know that back in 1993, Ubisoft had announced that they were working on ports of EA's John Madden Football for both the NES and Game Boy? Neither of those games ended up getting released, but 27 years later, one of those gems has popped up online.

While the NES version of the game remains missing, the Game Boy adaptation has surfaced. You can see some gameplay from the title below.

While the game might look impressive visually, reports state that the game is a bit odd to play. There's no word on just how close this leaked version is to completion, but it should be somewhere near a final build. I guess it's better that this one didn't release!

Nintendo on surprising consumers, investing in new tech, not following tends, digital sales growth and the pandemic impact

No one does it like Nintendo

Nintendo's Corporate Management Policy Briefing has wrapped, and with it comes a massive report that includes all sorts of comments and insight from Nintendo. The snippet below talks about Nintendo's desire to surprise consumers, interest in new tech, doing their own thing, and digital sales numbers over the years.

Nintendo on expanding gaming audiences and the reach of their IP, confirms Super Mario movie for release in 2022

Hurry up, 2022!

Nintendo's Corporate Management Policy Briefing has wrapped, and with it comes a massive report that includes all sorts of comments and insight from Nintendo. The snippet below pertains to Nintendo expanding the gaming audience and the reach of their IP, as well as the status of the upcoming animated Super Mario movie.

Nintendo on making consumers smile, the importance of integrated hardware/software, and a constant push for fun and innovation

The power of fun

Nintendo's Corporate Management Policy Briefing has wrapped, and with it comes a massive report that includes all sorts of comments and insight from Nintendo. The snippet below pertains to Nintendo's desire to innovate, surprise fans, create smiles around the world, and more.

Yacht Club shares a behind-the-scenes look at how they created Shovel Knight: King of Card's Joustus mini-game

Deal with it

Shovel Knight: King of Cards packed in a ton of fun on the base game, and that includes the Joustus mini-game. This card battler was a completely different experience from anything else in Shovel Knight, which means it took a lot of time to prototype. The team worked on numerous iterations of the idea, and even tested things out with a rudimentary physical version. You can see how the entire design process went down in a Yacht Club dev blog here.

Flipnote Studio 3D user spends 4 years creating a half-hour anime feature

This is incredible!

Users of the original Flipnote Studio and the Flipnote Studio 3D follow-up have created some amazing things. Unbelievably fluid animations with insane levels of detail, and so on. While there's no shortage of incredible Flipnote creations out there, we could be on the cusp of the greatest one yet.

YouTuber "Mirror Panel-3" has spent the last four years creating an anime in Flipnote Studio 3D, and the final feature is just about ready. The 34-minute animation, titled Flipnote Warrior, is going to be released online on December 3rd, 2020. You can get a taste of the feature in the video above.


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