RARE releasing Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, Conker's Bad Fur Day, and Viva Piñata soundtracks on vinyl

With the holiday season barrelling inexorably towards us and home-made mince pies making regular appearances around the company, we've begun indulging in furtive daydreams of brightly wrapped packages with our names on them. And blow us down with a festive feather if our chums over at iam8bit haven't provided the perfect gift idea: a whopping three new vinyl editions of classic Rare soundtracks.

As with our previous iam8bit collaboration (on the sold out Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark vinyls) it's Rash, Zitz and Pimple leading the charge – this time with Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, a 16-bit brawl through the nefarious Gamescape featuring a soundtrack originally composed by David Wise, seeing its first ever official release 25 years later. (We think most of you should have finished level three by now.)

Not to be outdone in the catchy-tunes-accompanying-gratuitous-violence department, Conker and the Bad Fur Day crew make some noise in a double-LP outing that chronicles the hedonistic hero's misadventures. There's previously unreleased music here from maestro Robin Beanland, alongside fan favourites like Rock Solid and Sloprano – well, we were hardly going to leave them out, were we? You'd be livid.

If that all sounds a bit hectic, fret not! Soothing tunes from a papery paradise await within the double-disc Viva Piñata collection, the music of which is guaranteed to chill and charm you in equal measure courtesy of Grant Kirkhope and a chuffing great orchestra. Naturally, we've snuck some never-before-released tracks in here too, both from the original game and its sequel Trouble in Paradise.

As if that wasn't enough, each of the albums offers you access to a digital version so you can listen on the go without having to lug your gramophone around. Tempted? Then we highly recommend a visit to iam8bit's site to learn more – and see the accompanying range of stylish Rare character pin badges. Preorders coming soon!

Pictochat clone available on iOS

Remember Pictochat on the original DS? I honestly used to use that a ton with our friends, passing along silly messages and other random stuff. I actually miss the app a lot, and it seems someone else out there does as well. They've created Smileychat, which is pretty much exactly the same as Pictochat. I wonder if Nintendo will swoop in and squash this one.

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

Etrian Odyssey 10th anniversary celebration includes a one-time talk show

Etrian Odyssey, which started its life on the DS, is now turning 10 years old. In celebration, Atlus is going to do a number of things, including a special talk show. The show is set to take place on Dec. 13th, and will be attending by voice actors Yoshihisa Kawahara and Ayumu Mursae, series composer Yuzo Koshiro, series illustration Yuji Himukai, and director Shigeo Komori. You can grab tickets for this event for 2,000 yen if you buy now, or 2,500 yen at the door.

3D-printed shells to store your Switch game cards in DS/3DS cases

Got a bunch of cases that hold DS/3DS games? Those would be a neat way to store Switch game cards, but they'd slide around loosely in the case. Now with these 3D-printed options, you can slide your Switch game cards into those cases no problem! You can grab the 3D printer files here and here.

Square-Enix "Relaunch Sale" - Up to 50% off select DS, 3DS games

Looking for a deal on some Square-Enix titles? Square-Enix is currently running a "Relaunch" sale, and you can get select DS and 3DS titles for up to 50% off. There's some decent games in the mix! Check out the lineup here.

Professor Layton getting a TV series

- television series based Professor Layton is in development
- 26 episodes
- slated for 2018

While details are a bit fuzzy right now, it seems like this might be an animated series. We'll share more details as they come in.

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ heading to 3DS

Well here's a bit of surprise news! The preview pages for the latest issue of Famitsu are out, and they reveal that Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ is coming to the 3DS. The title is slated for a December 14th in Japan, priced at 3,980 Yen.

Yes, this is a remake of the same game that hit the DS years back. We're not sure of all the differences between this version and the original , but we do know that when you start off, you can choose things like “I like animals” or “I like fishing”. There will be other various enhancements over the original, including the addition of StreetPass functionality.

Nicalis Marks 10 Years as a Leading Game Publisher and Developer

SANTA ANA, Calif., September 13, 2017—Celebrating its 10th year as a leading independent video game publisher and developer, Nicalis, Inc. today reveals its new company logo and 10th Anniversary branding, kicking off a series of special events and promotions that will continue the celebration into 2018.

The new logo reflects many of the traits that have been hallmarks of Nicalis games since the company’s inception: it’s highly polished, friendly and fun, with a distinct retro vibe. The logo change also represents the start of a new chapter in the company’s evolution—a turning point ushering in an even greater era of video game entertainment after a decade of lessons learned.

The first event in Nicalis’ 10th anniversary celebration is BICFest 2017, the annual global independent games conference in Busan, South Korea on September 15-17. Nicalis is a platinum sponsor of the expo, which will feature many of the company’s upcoming games in a large, designated “Nicalis Zone.” The new Nicalis logo will be displayed in public for the first time at BICFest.

Nicalis also recently launched a completely redesigned website at www.nicalis.com, where fans can get a peek at some of the company’s upcoming games and learn more about the special events planned for the 10th anniversary celebration, among other surprises.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the success we’ve achieved in our first 10 years,” says Nicalis Executive Producer and CEO Victor Rodriguez. “It’s a testament to the creativity of our talented game development partners, the dedication of our experienced team and the passion of video game fans worldwide.”

Achieving worldwide recognition with its first published game (Daisuke Amaya’s Cave Story), Nicalis has also developed and published multiple editions of the hugely popular The Binding of Isaac (Rebirth, Afterbirth and Afterbirth+). The company’s retro-inspired roster includes 1001 Spikes, NightSky and VVVVVV, and the cornerstone of its success was rebuilt in 2017 when Nicalis produced Cave Story+, an updated, enhanced edition for Nintendo Switch.

Upcoming Nicalis games include Tiny Barbarian DX, Ittle Dew 2+, Blade Strangers, The End Is Nigh, Redout and ’90s Super GP, with many more to be announced as the 10th Anniversary celebration continues.

“You’re going to see some very cool announcements from Nicalis over the next few months,” says Nicalis President Tyrone Rodriguez. “I can’t wait to reveal some of the 10th Anniversary surprises we have planned for fans of our games, and fans of classic video games in general.”

Another look at the upcoming Super Mario 64 DS hack, Super Mario: Star World

This game looks super impressive! It's not the first time we've shared footage of it, but it looks like things are really moving along since we last checked it out. This is one hack I might have to give a go! Thanks to Rikukh for the heads up.