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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."

Flipnote Studio 3D - DSi Library feature now closed

Another part of Flipnote Studio 3D has now bitten the dust. Nintendo America confirmed the closure of the DSi Library feature in Flipnote Studio 31. The service ended on March 31st, 2018. The Nintendo DSi Library allowed users to download Flipnote creations posted from Flipnote Hatena.

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.