First 4 Figures' Metroid Prime "Samus Helmet" Statue now available to pre-load, live-stream event held

Samus, reporting for duty

First 4 Figures' Metroid Prime Samus Helmet statue is now officially available to pre-order. There are standard and exclusive editions up for grabs, and they'll cost you $484. If you want a closer look at the statue itself, you can check out the special launch live-stream event that First 4 Figures held. If you just want to get in on the pre-order, you can do so here.

First 4 Figures releasing Metroid Prime "Samus Helmet" Statue

Not wearable, sadly

First 4 Figures' next release is a bit different from their usual fodder. They're once again teaming up with Nintendo for a Metroid statue, but this time around it's a helmet instead of a figurine. More details will be shared on this helmet on March 2nd, 2021, but the only thing we know for sure is that it's not wearable. This is indeed a "statue," just not in the traditional sense.

Dinosaur Planet concept art revealed, Timber from Diddy Kong Racing was originally set to be the star

Timber gets the shaft again!

The secrets behind Dinosaur Planet keep coming! Just a few days back, a prototype version of the N64 build was leaked online, bringing us tons of gameplay footage. Today, we find out that another RARE character almost landed the starring role!

In a feature on VGC, former RARE dev Kev Bayliss reveals that Timber from Diddy Kong Racing was actually going to be the lead in the game. This is the second time Timber was meant to be the star character, as he was originally going to front Diddy Kong Racing. Once again Timber got the shaft though, as RARE went with a wolf character, and then transitioned to Fox McCloud.

Accord to Bayliss, Timber would have appeared as a time-travelling tiger with a rucksack, fingerless gloves, a baseball cap and a small dinosaur for a sidekick.

Along with that, Bayliss also shared a bunch of concept art from the original pitch for Dinosaur Planet/StarFox Adventures. You can see the gallery of art here.

Dinosaur Planet, RARE's cancelled N64 game that became StarFox Adventures, leaks online

A RARE piece of history

Back in the later days of the N64, RARE was working on an original title for the platform called Dinosaur Planet. That release was eventually cancelled, and RARE took what they had and reworked it into StarFox Adventures for the GameCube. Many have wondered just how far along that N64 version, and now we know, thanks to a new leak.

A playable build of Dinosaur Planet on the N64 has been leaked online, courtesy of the video game preservationists at Forest of Illusion. This build of the game comes from December 2000, two years before the game made its jump over to the GameCube. This build of the game was purchased from a private game collector in Sweden.

This version of the game isn't perfect, but it's good enough to run on actual N64 hardware, albeit with some issues. You can see gameplay footage from today's leak in the video above.

Thanks to CM30 and Enigmaxtreme for the heads up!

Episode 7 of WandaVision sneaks in GameCube and Wii references

I love it when my hobbies collide!

It's hard to talk about WandaVision without going into all sorts of spoilers, but I promise I'll keep things spoiler-free! Episode 7 of the series launches tomorrow, and a new teaser spot for the episode has been shared online. One of the scenes in that spot shows off some bigtime Nintendo life, with quick shots of both the GameCube and Wii! You can see the Nintendo nods at the 24 second mark.

RUMOR: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD coming to Switch this year

The more Zelda the better!

Wondering if Nintendo has some more Legend of Zelda content coming to Switch to celebrate the 35th anniversary? Rumor has it two more classic titles are on the way this year.

Both Eurogamer's Tom Phillips and VGC's Andy Robinson have taken to Twitter to share some insider info on what's coming. According to them, Switch owners will be seeing both Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD on the Switch sometime this year. Again, nothing coming from official sources, but it certainly seems more than plausible.

Hopefully Nintendo comes out and confirms this news sometime after March. It's like Nintendo wants the Mario anniversary to wrap up before they start talking Zelda plans.

Did You Know Gaming - Smash Bros. Melee mistakes

Did you know?

Let's take a look at mistakes in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube, ranging from simple translation goofs, hidden mechanics, and strange glitches that are yet to be fully explained.

Did You Know Gaming - GameCube Games

Did you know?

The latest episode of Did You Know Gaming dives into the many titles that made their way to the GameCube. Take a dive back into Nintendo history by checking out some tidbits about GameCube games you might not know.

Fresh trademarks for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword spotted

What are you up to, Nintendo?

Earlier this week, a new trademark for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass surfaced. This led fans to wondering if Nintendo is putting together some sort of Legend of Zelda 35th anniversary collection of games. Today we get even more evidence of something like that.

One trademark update for a Zelda game is one thing, but a group of Zelda games getting trademark refreshes at the same time is awfully suspicious. Aussie trademarks for Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword have all been tracked down as well. With four Zelda games getting trademark activity all around the same time, it sure does seem like Nintendo has something up their sleeve.

Sonic fans use AI-tech to clean up Sonic CD's animated intro for an HD facelift

Looking great, Sonic!

Few things match the level of nostalgia I feel when I see the Sonic CD intro. Even in its original windowed form, I was blown away by a Sonic game starting with an animated feature. It was choppy, blocky, and tiny, but it was damn awesome.

While I'm still more than happy to watch the original CD intro, I can now enjoy a revamped version that matches my rose-tinted glasses memories. Users Tanks and Quazza on the Sonic Retro forums used AI-technology to upscale and clean up the original intro, giving us a crystal-clear 720 version to enjoy. The intro certainly looks better than ever, so I'd say the work was well worth it!


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