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Nintendo DS vs Sony PSP - when these two handhelds debuted at E3 2004, it looked like the most one-sided console war ever, but history would go on to tell a very different story. Join John and Rich for this look back over the reveal of two very different mobile devices, each of which would help define the template of handheld gaming - right up until today.

At the End of Time: A Tribute to Chrono Cross & Chrono Trigger Now Available

SEATTLE - May 8, 2018 - Videogame music label GameLark is excited to release At the End of Time: A Tribute to Chrono Cross & Chrono Trigger, a collection of seventeen fresh takes on the critically-acclaimed soundtracks composed by Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu. The album features a wide array of genres including surf rock, dance music, prog metal, orchestral and many more. At the End of Time: A Tribute to Chrono Cross & Chrono Trigger is fully licensed and available now.

"Our goal with At the End of Time was simple," explains album producer Allen Brasch. "We wanted to offer listeners a unique, memorable journey whether they've experienced these games or not. The album art also hints that no matter who you are, you are going to be pulled into this adventure, and you might not be the same when it ends."

Several fan-favorites are included, such as "Frog's Theme," which highlights a playful bassoon melody, "Corridors of Time," featuring glass-like vibraphones, bells, and piano to represent the fragility of the Queen Zeal and the kingdom as a whole, and "The Girl Who Stole the Stars," sporting heart-wrenching metal-core guitars giving voice to expressive melodies and roaring choruses. The full track list is as follows:

01. Corridors of Time (Chrono Trigger)
02. Wind Scene (Chrono Trigger)
03. Guardia Millenial Fair (Chrono Trigger)
04. Home Termina (Chrono Cross)
05. Gardens of the Gods (Chrono Cross)
06. Bike Chase (Chrono Trigger)
07. Frog's Theme (Chrono Trigger)
08. The Future is Primitive (Chrono Trigger)
09. Kingdom Trial (Chrono Trigger)
10. Secret of the Forest (Chrono Trigger)
11. Main Theme (Chrono Trigger)
12. Hydra Shadow (Chrono Cross)
13. The Day the World Revived (Chrono Trigger)
14. Battle for All Eternity (Chrono Trigger)
15. Undersea Palace (Chrono Trigger)
16. A Flower Blooming in the Garden of Time (Chrono Trigger)
17. The Girl Who Stole the Stars (Chrono Cross)

Learn more about At the End of Time: A Tribute to Chrono Cross & Chrono Trigger: https://www.materiacollective.com/music/at-the-end-of-time-chrono-cross-chrono-trigger

IGN Video - New Super Mario Bros. 'No Power-Ups' World Record Speedrun

Watch as speedrunner MyLittleWalrus blasts his way through New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS without getting a single mushroom.

Taking a closer look at Super Mario 64 DS

Super Mario 64 DS was used to showcase the power of the DS. Super Mario 64 in the palm of your hands, and you could take it anywhere you go! Time to look back at this portable port and see just how much it changed from the N64 version.

Yoot Saito reveals cancelled DS project, Mario Motors

SimTower, Seaman, and Odama creator Yoot Saito has revealed that years ago, he worked on a DS project codenamed Mario Motors. Obviously the game never ended up coming together, but here are some details Saito shared with Dtoid.

- Saito, Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata were friends, and the three would often get together to discuss ideas
- Saito was asked by Iwata what he was currently interested in
- Saito was currently interested in how things like watches, camera frames, and MacBooks were made
- this was an idea he "really wanted" to make into a game
- Iwata and Miyamoto thought Saito should give the game idea a try, so they gave him the green light to move ahead
- Saito started work on Mario Motors, "a game where you created engines"
- the game involved "shaving and sculpting out of a chunk of metal to make a cylinder which decides the ability of your engines."
- he wanted to teach players how acceleration works in an interesting way
- Saito thought about having players blow into the DS microphone to do this, but feared kids would get out of breath
- as to why Mario Motors never came together, Saito said "I can't tell you why, but please guess."

Capcom announces Mega Man Starforce Sound Box

Mega Man Starforce Sound Box

- contains the soundtracks for all three games
- being created in commemoration for Mega Man’s 30th anniversary
- marks the first time that Mega Man Starforce 3 will have an official OST release
- comes with a new jacket illustration, and composer comments in an included booklet
- due out July 7th, 2018

Did You Know Gaming - Nintendo DS

In this episode, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets, Easter eggs and history of the Nintendo DS. The NDS was the follow up to the popular Game Boy Advance (GBA), and featured all of Nintendo's hit franchises at the time, including Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, and even Metroid. The system started it life as 'Iris', but had several iterations. The Nintendo DS Lite and Nintendo DSi were made later in the handheld's life, and was emulated on the Nintendo 3DS, and there was even a Nintendo DS emualtor on the Wii U. Through our analysis of the console's development, Nintendo DS games and their gameplay and beta builds, we hope to show some of the more interesting facts from the making of the Nintendo DS and have its history explained.

Capcom Cafe gets another round of Okami merch

Okami HD is coming to the Switch, and the Capcom Cafe in Japan is celebrating with some new Okami merch. There's the item you see above, as well as pens, pouches, and more. Check out the goodies here.

Random Time! - Using DS game boxes as a unique floor covering

Not exactly the best way to make sure your DS game boxes go unharmed, but it sure is a pretty setup. One Resetera user decided to line his floor with DS game boxes to give his room a bit more pizzazz, and it certainly has come out looking spiffy. Before you get worried, this isn't a permanent flooring. This is just a room with DS game boxes placed on the floor to show what it would look like. You can check out more pics here.

KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra-World Tour Encore! Starts June 2018

After celebrating the 15th anniversary of the KINGDOM HEARTS video game series in major cities with the launch of the first-ever official orchestral concert tour in 2017, the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra - World Tour - concert series will be back on the road for a second wave of worldwide performances starting June 2018.

Look out for fan reactions on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KhOrchestra

Before celebrating the upcoming KINGDOM HEARTS III video game with a renewed show for 2019, more cities around the world will have the chance to discover for the first time the acclaimed concert produced under the supervision of game director Tetsuya Nomura himself, and with music program supervised by original composer Yoko Shimomura. The show will Premiere in 2018 in places where it is long awaited, such as Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, and numerous US cities. After performances at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (the venue of the Academy Awards©), Salle Pleyel in Paris (home of the Cesar), the Central Hall Westminster in London and the Forum A in Tokyo, the show will travel in 2018 to prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Gasteig in Munich, the KBS Hall in Seoul, and the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

Schedule and Ticketing information

Tickets will be available for pre-sale purchase in selected cities starting March 4, 2018 at shop.wildfaery.com (from 12pm local time of each city). Public on sale will then start from March 13, 2018. Check update and latest news at the official Facebook page kh.wildfaery.com

Los Angeles (USA) – June 9, 2018 – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (from 12pm local time)

Then available starting March 26, 2018 at http://www.musiccenter.org

Sydney (Australia) – July 7, 2018 – Sydney Opera House

Available starting March 13, 2018 at Sydney Opera House box office (https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/) and www.ticketmaster.com.au

Chicago (USA) – July 13, 2018 – Auditorium Theatre

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at www.auditoriumtheatre.org

Detroit (USA) – July 14, 2018 – Fisher Theatre

Available starting March 13, 2018 only at www.ticketmaster.com

Pittsburgh (USA) – July 16, 2018 – Heinz Hall

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at www.pittsburghsymphony.org

Boston (USA) – July 19, 2018 - Wang Theatre

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at www.bochcenter.org and www.ticketmaster.com

Toronto (Canada) – July 21, 2018 – Sony Centre

Available starting March 13, 2018 at www.ticketmaster.ca

Atlanta (USA) – July 26, 2018 – Fox Theatre

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at foxtheatre.org

Dallas (USA) – July 28, 2018 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Also available starting March 13, 2018 at AXS.com

Philadelphia (USA) – August 2, 2018 – Mann Centre

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at www.ticketmaster.com

Phoenix (USA) – August 4, 2018 – Symphony Hall

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 at http://www.phoenixsymphony.org

Las Vegas (USA) – August 5, 2018 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Also available starting March 13, 2018 at AXS.com

Honolulu (USA) – August 12, 2018 - Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Available starting March 26, 2018 at www.ticketmaster.com

Sao Paolo (Brazil) – September 8-9, 2018 – Teatro Bradesco

Available starting March 13, 2018 at www.ingressorapido.com.br

Munich (Germany) – September 15, 2018 - The Gasteig

Pre-sales at shop.wildfaery.com starting March 4, 2018 (12pm local time)

Then available starting March 13, 2018 also at www.muenchenticket.de

Milan (Italy) – September 22, 2018 – Teatro Dal Verme

Available starting March 13, 2018 at www.ticketone.it

Seoul (South Korea) – October 6, 2018 – KBS Hall

Available starting April 13, 2018 at ticket.interpark.com

Mexico City (Mexico) – October 20, 2018 – Auditorium Blackberry

Available starting March 13, 2018 at www.ticketmaster.com.mx

Keep in touch by subscribing to the official tour Facebook page: http://kh.wildfaery.com