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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.

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.

Mario Kart DS modded to include Mario Kart 7 and 8 tracks, plus all sorts of characters

Start your engines!

I'm sure many of you have long forgotten Mario Kart DS, but plenty of others haven't. The game is still alive and well in the modding scene. Hackers have been toiling away to fit both Mario Kart 7 and 8 tracks into the game, and they look pretty damn fantastic! There's even crazy characters added like Sonic and Crash Bandicoot! Makes me want to fire up my DS and jump back in!

Thanks to CM30 for the heads up!

7th Dragon director wants to remake the original DS title

7th Dragon, 1st time localization?

Kazuya Ninou, the director of the 7th Dragon series, wants to revisit the first entry in the series for a remake. He would also like to create a new installment in the franchise. Ninou shared these thoughts via his personal Twitter account.

According to Ninou, he already has the idea for a new game completely planned out in his head. He's hoping sharing this information will spur on some interest from developers/publishers out there.

The 7th Dragon franchise saw four installments, with the first releasing on DS, and the last releasing on 3DS. Sadly, the first game never received a release outside of Japan. The success of the Switch, when paired with the lack of localization for the original game, seems like the perfect reason to greenlight a remake.

Ni no Kuni getting original manga adaptation

The Ni no Kuni empire grows

There have been two Ni no Kuni games, and a Ni no Kuni movie is in the works. Today we learn that there's another multimedia effort for Ni no Kuni, and it comes in the form of a manga.

This manga will run in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, starting with the May 2019 issue. The series will be drawn by mangaka Kuzeran, and will feature a its own story that follows a protagonist wearing modern clothing. That's all the info we have on the series right now, but hopefully we at least get a look at the artwork soon.

Voice actors for upcoming Ni no Kuni animated film detailed

A Ni no Kuni animated film was announced by Level-5 and Warner Bros. a few weeks back. Today we get our second round of details, which breaks down the various voice actors to lend their talents to the project.

Yoki (voiced by Mamoru Miyano)

- The kingdom of Evermore’s magic chancellor and an adviser to the king who has his absolute trust.

Gavalas (voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda)

- The supreme leader of the Black Banner Army, which has its targets set on the kingdom of Evermore.

Saki and Versa (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto)

- Saki is a childhood friend who Yuu and Haru used to call Saki-nee because they loved her like a big sister.
- Versa is a woman warrior who protects the princess of Evermore.

Balton (voiced by Kouichi Yamadera)

- The leader of the knights of Evermore. The kingdom’s best swordsman, and a stern knight.

Danpa (voiced by Yuuki Kaji)

- A fairy with a panda-like pattern. He looks after the princess of Evermore.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film adaptation owes part of its existence to Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took home the Oscar last night for best animated film. Personally, I think the movie more than deserved that honor. It was unlike any other animated film I've ever seen. It appears many others felt the same way! Today, while all those involved with the movie enjoy their recognition, we learn a tidbit of the first moment that help set the film's creation in motion.

Comic book writer Dan Slott, the man behind the Spider-Verse comics, took to Twitter to discuss how the entire crossover event began. Believe it or not, Slott gives credit to the idea of Into the Spider-Verse to the game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Slott was brought in to be the writer on that video game project, and his time spent writing for the game helped birth his Spider-Verse comic creations later down the road. As you probably know, those comic events paved the way for the film!

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey dev team comments on why Bowser Jr. got his own side story this time

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey revamps the classic Bowser's Inside Story, but it also gives us a brand-new adventure starring Bowser Jr.. In a Nintendo Dream interview, the dev team explains why they chose Bowser Jr. to be the focus.

In the last game the main character was Goomba, who really worships Bowser. Because we wanted someone with just as much personality and appeal, and because in the original Bowser’s Inside Story the main character was Bowser himself, Bowser Jr. felt like the perfect fit. So we decided to tell his story. The adoption process for Bowser Jr. was relatively smooth as we thought it would be interesting to show the development of this character who has grown up in his father’s shadow. He may be mischievous, selfish and proud, but he comes to learn what is necessary to lead his own gang, whom he comes to treasure. We rewrote the script many times so that the audience can empathize with that aspect of his character.

Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost gets a fan translation

While we got plenty of DS games stateside, there's a whole heap that never left Japan. One of those is Black Butler: Phantom & Ghost, which originally released in 2009. While an official localization is out of the question, we now have a fan-translation option from Phantom & Ghost Team. Nice to see some of these more obscure DS titles get the fan-translation treatment!

EPA says they're 'looking into' whether their recycling game contractor got permission from Nintendo to use a Yoshi's Island DS song (UPDATE)

UPDATE - The music has been removed from the game, and the music file has been deleted from the server.

The other day, we found out that the U.S. government had a Flash game about recycling put together as part of their EPA initiative. That game included a song ripped right from Yoshi's Island DS, and without any credit or comment on usage at all. Believe it or not, news of this situation made it all the way back to the EPA. Here's what an EPA spokesperson had to say on the matter.

"The Recycle City Challenge game was created for EPA by a contractor. We are looking into whether the contractor received permission to use the music, to the extent permission was necessary in this instance."

No need to do any research here, EPA. The answer is 100% no. Whoever was contracted to create this game did not get permission from Nintendo to use that song. Boy, I can't wait to see where this goes from here!