Henk Rogers reveals how he convinced Nintendo to include Tetris with the Game Boy

Henk Rogers is the man responsible for first bringing Tetris to traditional gaming platforms. This includes the Game Boy version, which became synonymous with the Game Boy itself. In a recent interview with IGN, Henk talked about the discussion to make that pack-in happen.

"I said, ‘Mr Arakawa (former Nintendo of America president ), you need to include Tetris with every Game Boy’. And he said, ‘Why should I include Tetris when I have Mario?’ And I said, ‘If you want little boys to buy your Game Boy, pack in Mario. But if you want *everyone* to buy your Game Boy, pack in Tetris, because everybody plays Tetris – young, old and male, female. And then you can still sell Mario afterwards and make more money!’"

Columbus Circle releasing Extension Converter for the Super Famicom, lets you play Game Boy/GBC games

Columbus Circle has revealed their Extension Converter for Game Boy, which is set to launch mid-January in Japan. The device lets you play Game Boy or Game Boy Color games on a Super Famicom. Price has not been discussed at this time.

Game Composers Unite for Annual Christmas Album

SAN DIEGO - November 14, 2018 - Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to announce the third volume in their Christmas album series, Scarlet Moon Christmas Volume III. Featuring game composers arranging Christmas standards and game music in Christmas style, this latest volume brings together an all-star cast including Vince DiCola (The Transformers: The Movie (1986)), Osamu Kubota (DJMAX), Justin Lassen (Underworld film series), Dale North (Wizard of Legend), and more covering rock, funk, chillout, and FM styles among others . Scarlet Moon Christmas Volume III is fully licensed and available for pre-order ahead of a November 23, 2018 release date:

"While holiday music can be polarizing, game music is not, so we combine the two to spread Christmas cheer," explains Scarlet Moon producer Jayson Napolitano. "This year's album has a strong lineup with every track offering a new and refreshing take on a Christmas or videogame classic. We hope you enjoy listening!"

The full track list for Scarlet Moon Christmas Volume III is as follows:

01. Vince DiCola feat. Denise Stewart - The Christmas Song
02. Diwa de Leon - Carol of the Bells
03. Funk Fiction - Sherbet Land (Mario Kart 64)
04. Hunter Bridges - Better Watch Out!! Battle vs. Santa (Inspired by Pokémon)
05. String Player Gamer - Ice Man Stage (Mega Man)
06. Osamu Kubota - Silent Night
07. Justin Lassen - Ilia's Giant Song of Healing (The Legend of Zelda)
08. Mustin - Solstice ("A Wish...") (Secret of Mana)
09. Dale North - FM Silver Bells
10. Hunter Bridges - Better Watch Out!! Battle vs. Santa (Gen 1 Ver.)

Scarlet Moon Christmas Volume III in the fourth release in Scarlet Moon's Christmas series, with an introductory EP and three full-length albums having been prepared in previous years. They include Christmas offerings from Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Robyn Miller (Myst), Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid), Mega Ran and more, and are also available wherever digital music is sold.

For more information about the Scarlet Moon Christmas series, visit Scarlet Moon's Bandcamp page: https://scarletmoonrecords.bandcamp.com

Japanese software/hardware sales - Nov. 5th to 11th, 2018

Well there's a bit of a shocker! I expected Luigi's Mansion to chart, but not take the top spot. The 3DS lives on!

01./00. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} (¥4.980) - 27.370 / NEW
02./01. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 25.740 / 443.731 (-34%)
03./03. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 23.333 / 324.685 (-14%)
04./02. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800) - 16.819 / 184.061 (-51%)
05./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 8.466 / 1.826.744 (+6%)
06./04. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 7.562 / 357.898 (-7%)
07./06. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 6.783 / 2.690.893 (+3%)
08./07. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 5.706 / 1.153.183 (+23%)
09./00. [PS4] Tetris Effect (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.09} (¥4.167) - 4.372 / NEW
10./13. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 3.780 / 1.841.692 (+15%)
11./11. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) - 3.771 / 301.895 (-1%)
12./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 3.349 / 1.756.810 (-6%)
13./00. [PS4] Deracine |PlayStation VR| # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.08} (¥3.000) - 3.086 / NEW
14./16. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 2.963 / 639.247 (+10%)
15./09. [PS4] Assassin's Creed: Odyssey # (Ubisoft) {2018.10.05} (¥8.400) - 2.832 / 85.706 (-33%)
16./15. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 2.481 / 223.236 (-10%)
17./10. [NSW] Cats Together (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.01} (¥5.700) - 2.148 / 6.298 (-48%)
18./14. [PS4] Warriors Orochi 4 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.09.27} (¥7.800) - 2.025 / 153.214 (-30%)
19./28. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) - 1.977 / 198.896
20./08. [PS4] Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.10.18} (¥7.600) - 1.824 / 35.590 (-58%)

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth now available to preload in Japan

The preload option for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is now available on the 3DS eShop in Japan. The title costs ¥7,538 and requires 21,783 blocks of space (2.79 GB). According to Famitsu charts, this game is very highly anticipated by Japanese gamers. It'll be interesting to see how well it does for its debut week!

Japan - This week's 3DS themes

Five new themes available on the 3DS eShop in Japan this week. The lineup includes...

- Pinocchio P feat. Hatsune Miku「Yozurina」
-「Bokura wa Minna Imi Fumei」
-「Tonchinkan No Utage」
-「Mushroom Mother」
- TOKOTOKO「Shikakui Chikyuu wo Maruku Suru」

The Cat Mario Show - Ep. 127 (Japan)

This episode of the Cat Mario show features Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Snake Pass, Splatoon 2, and Luigi's Mansion.

Nintendo touts 3DS growth in America, says Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle is 'effectively sold out,' talks Smash updates, hitting Switch sales goals, and more

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime is doing the press circuit to spread the word on Nintendo's holiday offerings. As you might expect, the big man believes Nintendo has some very heavy-hitters in the wings. While pitching titles like Smash and Pokemon, Reggie shared the following tidbits in a Kotaku interview.

- 3DS has had growth year-on-year for the first three quarters of the year in the Americas
- Reggie certainly hopes the 3DS has many more years ahead of it
- Nintendo believes they've planned well for bundle stock with Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee
- the hardware bundle for Smash Bros Ultimate is “effectively sold out”
- Reggie reiterates that Smash Bros. Ultimate is a brand-new Smash game
- Reggie says Sakurai will continue to tweak the different characters until launch and even past launch
- Reggie says October, November, and December are critical to Nintendo hitting 20 million Switch units sold this fiscal year
- Reggie says the Americas are "well-positioned to do their fair share to meet that goal”
- for the first 12 months of availability, Switch in the United States was the best-selling system of all time
- the goal is to continue that trend
- Nintendo wants to be in a position coming out of the holidays where we can be proud of our results compared to the Wii
- Reggie would have loved for Smash Bros. Ultimate to come out earlier in the year, as December is a challenging month
- Reggie says third-party support on Switch has been quite strong

Grab yourself a keyboard that pays tribute to the Game Boy

Christmas morning 1989. Many of us tore into a wrapped package containing one of these and played it tirelessly until you ran out of AA batteries. Or until it got dark. Or until our parents yelled at us to take out the trash or shovel snow. GMK DMG is our take on this classic. Bring a bit of nostalgia to your battlestation or workspace.

About the set:

Designed by u/futurecrime
Manufactured by GMK in Germany
Long Lasting 1.5mm Thick Doubleshot ABS Plastic
GMK Cherry Profile
Renders by ThesisCamper and Janglad

Grab yours here