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Region Locked - Nintendo's Asia-Exclusive MapleStory Games

Why did we never get these?

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at two MapleStory game that never left Asia. These games are MapleStory DS for the Nintendo DS, and MapleStory: Girl of Destiny for the Nintendo 3DS.

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary gets fan translation

While Puyo Puyo Champions has released for Switch worldwide, hardcore fans are looking backwards at Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, a DS title that never saw release outside of Japan. A group of fan-translators decided to change that, and have released a patch to play the game in English. Translated content includes regular battle modes, story mode, tutorial, battle victory lines, and menu graphics.

Chrono Trigger Album Between Earth and Sky Now Available

A tribute to one of gaming's best soundtracks

SEATTLE - May 3, 2019 - Materia Collective is excited to make available Between Earth and Sky, a beautiful re-imagining of Yasunori Mistuda's beloved Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Performed and organized by operatically-trained soprano singer Julia Henderson and featuring several guest soloists, Between Earth and Sky breathes new life into several key themes from the game, touching on everything from sweet and ethereal ballads and sultry jazz performances to metal and more. There's a little something for everyone across this amazing musical journey through time and space. Between Earth and Sky is now available wherever digital music is sold:

Between Earth and Sky on All Storefronts

The track list for Between Earth and Sky includes many surprises and some of the most popular themes from Chrono Trigger:

01. Memories of Green
02. Battle with Magus
03. Corridors of Time
04. Schala's Theme
05. Wings that Cross Time
06. World Revolution

"Chrono Trigger's soundtrack has personally touched me more than any other, and I know there are many others with similar emotional connections to both the game and Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack," comments Julia Henderson. "My concept and the reasoning behind the album's title, Between Earth and Sky, was to highlight the physical, emotional, and metaphysical journey that the characters undertake as they discover the truth about the end of the world, experience the end of time itself, and defeat Lavos. Most importantly, Crono's friends throughout the game all come from different eras and lands. Thus, Crono finds a greater common purpose along with the unlikeliest of allies, including a robot, a princess, a frog, and a demon king. This theme echoed my collaborative efforts, as I involved many musicians and non-musicians who all share a love for Chrono Trigger and its music."

Totaku working on a Viewtiful Joe figurine

Henshin a-go-go, baby!

Totaku has revealed a new figurine in their lineup, and it's one some older Capcom fans will be into. A Viewtiful Joe figurine is set to release sometime in late Summer 2019, with a price point yet to be confirmed.

It's nice to see some love heading Viewtiful Joe's way. If only we could get Capcom to feel the same way and make a new Viewtiful Joe game!

Thanks to BuzztheBatgirl for the heads up!

Nintendo details Switch sales pace, compares to Wii/DS era, breaks down sales in different regions, and more

Coming from Nintendo's financial briefing...

As mentioned at the February corporate management policy briefing, sales of the Nintendo Switch system were strong during the holiday season, and sell-through has continued to be solid through the start of this year. This slide shows combined sell-through for the Japanese, North American, and European markets. As you can see, sell-through from January to March was
35% higher than the same period of the previous year.

This graph shows cumulative sell-through trends throughout the full fiscal year combined for Japan, North America, and Europe. The fiscal year ended March 2018 showed explosive sales for a first year of hardware sales. The fiscal year ended March 2019 kept up that same pace until the beginning of autumn, before rising even more sharply in November. As a result, we saw a
full-year increase of 23% over the previous fiscal year. And since the start of the third year of Nintendo Switch this March, the momentum of the business is still increasing.

This graph shows changes in cumulative sell-through in the Japanese market following the launch of Nintendo Switch. The total hardware sell-through for Nintendo platforms from Nintendo DS onward is superimposed on the graph for comparison. Note that the quantity and timing of holiday seasons that see large sales increases will differ according to the different launch dates. Within Japan, Nintendo Switch is not reaching the pace of expansion set by Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, but has outpaced Wii.

Let’s turn now to the North American market. The red line representing Nintendo Switch jumps significantly twice, once at each holiday season. During the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch, it approached the momentum shown by Wii.

These are the figures for the European market. Since its second holiday season, Nintendo Switch has surpassed
the pace set by Nintendo 3DS.

And the total numbers combined for the three regions I just explained look like this. Although there are variances from region to region, Nintendo Switch is spreading at a pace comparable to that of our previous hardware.

Nintendo removes Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games from their website, Wii U page removed as well

End of an era

Nintendo has done a bit of housecleaning on their official website. If you're looking for listings on Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games, you'll have to look elsewhere. Nintendo has removed all pages for those games. On top of that, Nintendo has taken down the info page for the Wii U as well. I guess Nintendo had to make some room for all the recent Switch games!

Famitsu readers choose their top 3 Heisei Era games

Three games you can't go wrong with

Japan is moving into the Reiwa period on May 1st, 2019, which means the Heisei period is coming to a close. With the Heisei period running from January 8th, 1989 to April 30th, 2019, Famitsu asked their readers to vote on the most memorable Heisei period games. The top 3 titles can be found below.

#3 NieR: Automata (205 Votes) – By Square Enix, released on February 23, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the PlayStation 4.

Comments from readers on NieR: Automata:

“No game has ever moved me as much.” (Male, teens)
“This game made me understand feelings that can’t be described by words.” (Female, 20s)

#2 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (209 Votes) – By Nintendo, released on March 3, 2017 (Heisei 29) for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Comments from readers on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

“It felt as if I were living in this land called Hyrule.” (Male, 20s)
“The wonders of being able to go as far as the eyes can see.” (Female, 50s)

#1 Chrono Trigger (230 Votes) – By Square Enix (Then Square), released on March 11, 1995 (Heisei 7) for the Super Famicom

Comments from readers on Chrono Trigger:

“It’s a masterpiece with everything from story, scenario, and music that has yet to fade.” (Male, 30s)
“Going on an adventure beyond time with Crono (protagonist) and the others is a memory that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.” (Female, 30s)

Daigasso Band Brothers, Ridge Racer DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Electroplankton, and Kirby: Canvas Curse almost launched in China

What almost was...

When it comes to Nintendo's previous releases in China, they were almost all handled through iQue devices. That includes the iQue DS. The device did release in China, but it only saw 6 games distributed. Turns out a handful of others almost saw release as well. The lineup almost included Daigasso Band Brothers, Ridge Racer DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Electroplankton, and Kirby: Canvas Curse. Nintendo started work on these localizations, but for whatever reason, never saw them through.

Region Locked - US Exclusive Nintendo DS Metroidvania: Monster Tale

A wonderful hidden gem

This time on the Did You Know Gaming channel, Region Locked takes a look at the US Exclusive Nintendo DS Metroidvania game, Monster Tale.

Vets discover Nintendo DS game card in sick dog's stomach

Please be Nintendogs...please be Nintendogs...

Rocco the Staffordshire Bull Terrier wasn't feeling too well, so his owners took him to the vet. When the dog went in for an x-ray, the vets discovered a random rectangular-shaped object in his stomach. Turns out the dog ended up eating a Nintendo DS game! Thankfully vets were able to take care of the issue, and Rocco is diong much better.

Wondering what game was in Rocco's tummy? Unfortunately we never get to hear. Even stranger, the owner claims they don't even own a Nintendo DS, and they have no idea where Rocco found the game!