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Capcom Café x Okami - merch lineup

The Capcom Café x Okami collaboration is set to kick off soon, and it's bringing a lot of fancy Okami-related items with it. Coasters, keychains, pins, and much more. Check out the full lineup here.

Japan - Bejeweled Twist to be removed from 3DS eShop

I guess Square-Enix's license on Bejewled has run out over in Japan. The company has announced that the DSiWare title Bejeweled Twist is going to be removed from the 3DS eShop on February 7th, 2018. No reason for the removal was given.

Japan - Best-selling eShop games across all platforms for all-time

Nintendo 3DS (*)

Pokémon AR Searcher (Pokémon Dream Radar)
Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (The Battle Cats POP!)
Monster Hunter 4
Monster Hunter X
Charisou DX (Bike Rider DX)
Cube Creator 3D
Super Mario Bros.
Pokémon Battle Trozei (Pokémon Link: Battle!)
Puyo Puyo!! Mini Version
Super Mario Bros. 3
Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Pokémon Yellow Version)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Fighters Z (Kirby Fighters Deluxe)
Hako Boy! (BoxBoy!)
10 Second Run
Denpa Ningen no RPG (The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave)
3D Classics: Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure)
Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate)
Urban Trial: Freestyle
Pocket Monsters Red (Pokémon Red Version)

3DS Download

Pokémon AR Searcher (Pokémon Dream Radar)
Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (The Battle Cats POP!)
Monster Hunter 4
Monster Hunter X
Charisou DX (Bike Rider DX)
Cube Creator 3D
Pokémon Battle Trozei (Pokémon Link: Battle!)
Puyo Puyo!! Mini Version
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kirby Fighters Z (Kirby Fighters Deluxe)
Hako Boy! (BoxBoy!)
Denpa Ningen no RPG (The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave)
3D Classics: Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure)
Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate)
Urban Trial: Freestyle
Charisou DX2 Galaxy (Bike Rider DX2 Galaxy)
Touch Battle Tank 3D-2
Gunman Story (Gunman Clive)
Monster Hunter XX
Denpa Ningen no RPG 2 (The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves)

3DS Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Pokémon Yellow Version)
Pocket Monsters Red (Pokémon Red Version)
Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima (The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX)
Super Mario Land
Pocket Monsters Blue (Pokémon Blue Version)
Pocket Monsters Silver (Pokémon Silver Version)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels)
Super Mario Land 2: Muttsu no Kinka (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins)
Pocket Monsters Gold (Pokémon Gold Version)
Pocket Monsters Green (Pokémon Green Version)
Zelda no Densetsu 1 (The Legend of Zelda)
Hoshi no Kirby 2 (Kirby’s Dream Land 2)
Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi -Daichi no Shou- (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons)
Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi -Jikuu no Shou- (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages)
Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby’s Dream Land)
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (For the Frog the Bell Tolls)
Super Mario World
Metroid

DSiWare (**)

10 Second Run
Itsudemo Bomberman (Bomberman Blitz)
Photo Fighter X (Photo Dojo)
Micro Organisms
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Mario Clock
Kuuki Yomi DS
Paper Plane
Chotto Dr. Mario (Dr. Mario Express)
ragon Quest Wars
Are? DS ga Sakasa Desu Kedo Gyaku Shooting
Mario Calculator
Handy Hockey
SIMPLE DS Series Vol. 5
Nazo no Mini Game
Bird & Beans
Sleep Recording Alarm Clock™
Anonymous Notes - From The Abyss -
I Must Run!
Zomgeri Panic

Wii U

Minecraft: Wii U Edition
Splatoon
Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online
Super Mario Maker
Mario Kart 8
Egokoro Kyoushitsu: Sketch (Art Academy: SketchPad)
Pokémon Scramble U (Pokémon Rumble U)
Super Mario World
Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu (EarthBound)
Dairantou Smash Bros. for Wii U (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)
Famicom Remix (NES Remix)
Super Mario 3D World
Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center: Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu - Nou o Kitaeru Otona o DS Training (Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?)
Super Mario Bros.
Mother 3
Pikmin 3
Super Mario 64
Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Kirby’s Return to Dream Land)
Super Mario RPG

Wii U Download

Minecraft: Wii U Edition
Splatoon
Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online
Super Mario Maker
Mario Kart 8
Egokoro Kyoushitsu: Sketch (Art Academy: SketchPad)
Pokémon Scramble U (Pokémon Rumble U)
Dairantou Smash Bros. for Wii U (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
Famicom Remix (NES Remix)
Super Mario 3D World
Pikmin 3
New Super Mario Bros. U
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo Land
Pikmin Short Movies HD
Xenoblade X (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Famicom Remix 2 (NES Remix 2)
Block Builder (Discovery)
Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto HD (The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario World
Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu (EarthBound)
Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)
Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center: Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu - Nou o Kitaeru Otona o DS Training (Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?)
Super Mario Bros.
Mother 3
Super Mario 64
Super Mario RPG
Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (Fire Emblem)
Mother (EarthBound Beginnings)
Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario Story (Paper Mario)
Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)
Donkey Kong 64
Super Mario Kart
Bomberman ‘94
Romancing Saga 3
Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest)
Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III)

Nintendo Switch (***)

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
Issho ni Chokitto Snippers (Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!)
Shinobi Refle -Senran Kagura-
Kamiko
ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 3
Overcooked: Special Edition
ACA NEOGEO The King of Fighters 98
Arcade Archives VS Super Mario Bros.
Othello
STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch
Biohazard Revelations 2 (Resident Evil Revelations 2)
VOEZ
Arcade Archives Mario Bros.
Touhou Kobuto V
Human Resource Machine
Shin Daikaitaku Jidai: Gai o Tsukurou (New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers)
DEEMO
Shovel Knight
Picross S
Nazotoki Mail
ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug
Sonic Mania
Romancing Saga 2
Maison de MAOU (Unholy Heights)
Rocket League
IMPLOSION
Blaster Master Zero
Cat Quest
Battle Sports Mekuru (Flip Wars)
Chuudoku Puzzle Levels+ (Levels+)

* Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing: New Leaf) was removed from the eShop when the amiibo+ version was released but would still be at number one.

** Ferrari GT: Evolution would be at #9 and UNO would be at #13 but both too were removed.

*** Nintendo Switch numbers do not include games with packaged versions.

Blast From the Past - Newly-translated interview from 2008 gives us major insight into Monolith Soft's never-localized Soma Bringer

For whatever reason, Soma Bringer on the Nintendo DS was never localized. The lack of localization for Monolith Soft's first original DS project still stings fans the world over. While we may never get to play an official English release of the game, we can finally get some insight into how the project was created.

In this newly-translated interview from 2008, Soma Bringer producer Tetsuya Takahashi and composer Yasunori Mitsuda sit down to discuss the entire project. Check out a snippet below, then hit up the link for the full piece.

At first, we experimented with the format of a standard RPG. However, when thinking about things that were feasible “because it is on the DS"—such as playing with everyone or enjoying the game even if only playing in short bursts at a time—we thought that an action RPG was more appropriate for what we wanted to make, so we discarded what we’d worked on so far and remade it from scratch. I believe that, as a result, we managed to express the feeling of exhilaration and speed, which only exists in action games, quite well.

We also experimented with the creation of the scenario this time around. Up until now, when creating a game for a home console we’d first have the scenario, then we’d build the game system to match it. However, this time around, we first decided what kind of game we wanted to make, then made rough estimates of the resources we could use, then assessed how many chapters and dungeons could be made, and then in regards to those we created eight characters and finally considered how to split the scenario up. So rather than building a game for the sake of showing an existing scenario off, I believe that this title’s theme and world were naturally built based upon the game format we wanted to make.

Full feature here

Switch dev says he's worked on Wii games that were sub-par due to the team's lack of enthusiasm for the Wiimote

Brandon Sheffield is creative director of Necrosoft Games, which just released their game Gunhouse for Switch. Brandon has worked on games like Sine Mora EX, Dragon’s Crown, and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. He's also worked on some Wii and DS games in the past.

Brandon's latest article dives into the recent reveal of Nintendo Labo. According to him, his favorite thing about the game is that he doesn't have to pick it up or support it. It's there for people who share interest in it, but it's not a required part of Switch development. This leads into a discussion about how attributes of the Wiimote and DS were unavoidable, and had to be factored into games.

I’ve worked on Wii games that wound up being sub-par because nobody on the team was enthusiastic about the Wiimote. The DS games I’ve worked on couldn’t come to any other platform without basically being remade. All this means Nintendo’s most recent platforms have been risky bets. For the last 10-plus years, if you made a game for a Nintendo platform, you either had to do a lot of extra work to make it fit, or you had to target that platform exclusively and trust you’d make your money there, ignoring the potential of future ports.

You have to wonder if stuff like this happens in Xbox One or PS4 development. Are there dev team members who aren't into aspects of those platforms, therefore making them lackluster experiences? I'd imagine it happens on some degree, but much less than what you see on Nintendo platforms.

GameStop lists The World Ends with You -Final Remix- and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at $60 each

While these might be placeholder prices, GameStop has already added some pricing to two games revealed in today's Nintendo Direct Mini. Both The World Ends with You -Final Remix- and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are priced at $60. Considering the previous releases of these games were never priced this high, some people feel the pricing here is unfair. Do you think the higher price is warranted in this case?

Random Time! - Paris Hilton really wants Nintendogs on smartphones


Is there still a market for Nintendogs? The series' run on traditional portables might be over, but perhaps there's room for a mobile iteration. Paris Hilton would certainly like to see that happen, as she took to Twitter to voice her request! A new installment on smartphones might be just what the series needs to find some new fans. I guess we'll just have to wait for Nintendo to make Paris' dream come true!

Blast from the past - Artist releases concept sketches from Shrek Superslam

As you probably know, the internet is still obsessed with Shrek. At one time the character was popular for his movies. Nowadays he's popular for his memes. Today's post takes a look back at when Shrek was extremely popular in cinemas, and not so popular in social media posts.

The artwork above comes from Shrek Superslam, a game which graced the GameCube, DS, and even GBA. Brandon Luyen, an artist from the game, has opened up his archives to share some concept art for the title. That simplistic Shrek design actually tugs at my heartstrings a bit!

Check out more concept art here

Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love gets English fan-translation

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland saw a localization for Europe, but never released in North America. Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love only released in Japan, but now the rest of the world can enjoy it, all thanks to the hard work of fan translators. An English patch for the game has been released, so now English-speaking Tingle fans can enjoy one more fantastic adventure with the character.

Diddy Kong Racing gets fan-made Unreal Engine 4 update

This is a bit of a unique update. It aims to retain the same style of the N64 game, but also update it through Unreal Engine 4. Not sure if I like the results, but they are certainly interesting! If anything, it makes me want an all-out update to Diddy Kong Racing on the Switch!