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Game Boy Advance Space World prototype discovered

A piece of Nintendo history

Back in the day, Nintendo used to hold their own 'Space World' events in Japan to showcase their up-and-coming hardware and software. They haven't held one of those shows in a long time, but a rare gem from one of the events has just popped up.

Somehow, a Space World GBA prototype has made its way onto Yahoo! Auctions in Japan, and is now in the hands of a collector. The prototype shows off different audio when you boot it up, and the L/R triggers don't have the same lip that you get on the final model. There's more subtle differences as well, which you can see in the video above.

Happy 15th anniversary Game Boy Micro!

The greatest little guy ever

Back on this day in 2005, Nintendo released the Game Boy Micro! It was the last hurrah for the GBA, and while it didn't move a ton of units, it's still a neat little device. I still can't believe how small it is! I dug mine out of gaming storage to see how it's holding up, and also to see if it still held a charge!

Former Square-Enix president reveals the path they took to rekindle their relationship with Nintendo in the early 2000s

Getting over it

Back in the N64 days, Nintendo and Square-Enix (Squaresoft at the time) didn't have any relationship. Their support for one another fell apart when Square-Enix moved over to the Sony side of things to work on the Playstation. This soured Nintendo on Square-Enix, and the two simply stopped working together in any capacity.

We wouldn't see the two companies reconcile until the early 2000s, thanks to Square-Enix interest in the GBA, which eventually paved the way for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles on the GameCube. Ever wonder just what happened between the two companies in order to form a working relationship again? Some new insight has been shared from someone who's definitely in the know.

Former Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada has penned a blog post that details the steps that took place in the early 2000s to get Nintendo and Square-Enix back to a good spot. You can see the fan translation of that information below.

Thanks to Rockyeahh for the heads up!

SEGA adds Sonic Sound Selection (Vol. 1) to multiple music streaming platforms

Enjoy some Sonic GBA tunes

SEGA has been adding a lot of their game soundtracks to streaming services lately, and just today, the company has added yet another round of classic tunes to Spotify and more.

If you're a fan of Sonic, you'll be happy to know that Sonic Sound Station Selection (Vol.1) is now available for your streaming pleasure. This album features tunes from Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Advance 3, and an arrangement of Sonic R’s Super Sonic Racing. You can check out the album on multiple streaming services here.

Analogue Pocket preorders open soon, shipping delayed to May 2021

A pricey retro portable

Good and bad news about the Analogue Pocket, the new hardware that lets you play GB/GBC/GBA games. Preorders for the portable will open up at 11 AM ET on August 3rd, 2020. You can get the portable for $200 and a TV dock for an extra $100. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until May 2021 at the earliest to actually get the product. Analogue says things have been pushed back to May 2021 due to the “global state of affairs.”

For those who do want to snag a preorder, you'll be able to do so through this link.

Classic Mother 3 interview with Satoru Iwata gets a fan translation

A blast from the past

Think you've seen, heard, and read everything there is to know about the development of Mother 3? Well that changes today, as the very first interview ever conducted about the game has been translated, and it features none other than the late, great Satoru Iwata.

The first interview for Mother 3, back when it was an N64 title, was conducted in the July 1996 issue of Dengeki Nintendo 64. In that feature, Iwata discusses the Mother series in general, as well as some tidbits about the upcoming sequel. You can check out the full interview here.

OverClocked ReMix's 'Golden Sun: A World Reignited' tribute album now available

Stream for free!

OverClocked ReMix today released its 74th free community arrangement album, Golden Sun: A World Reignited!

A World Reignited pays tribute to Nintendo's classic Game Boy Advance RPGs Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, and is led by first-time director Logan "TSori" Thomas.

The album is available for free download at https://reignited.ocremix.org.

FEATURES!

• Golden Sun + The Lost Age!
• 2 1/2 hours!
• 37 tracks!
• 42 ReMixers!
• Orioto artwork!

New round of Earthbound/MOTHER merch spotted (UPDATE)

Yep, it's the motherload

The Pollyanna comic collection that released as part of the Hobonichi Mother Project is chock-full of Mother/Earthbound tributes, but it turns out the book also offers a look at what's to come.

Another round of Mother merch is on the way, and they're pretty darn fancy. The lineup includes the following.

- Franklin Badge replica
- Starman and Mr. Saturn lapel pins
- Mother series keyring
- Mother Earth Silver Necklace

UPDATE - Turns out there's even more merch than first thought. A new round of items has been discovered.

Along with what was mentioned earlier, the following items are on the way as well.

- Master Belch plush
- Mr. Saturn plush
- Assorted character bead keyrings
- Mr. Saturn and house plush
- T-shirt
- Assorted Tote bags
- Assorted Towels
- Set of books with scripts from all three Mother games

OverClocked ReMix announces 'Golden Sun: A World Reignited' tribute album

Nintendo may not be doing much with the Golden Sun series lately, but fans are willing to swoop in and show some love.

The gang at OverClocked ReMix have announced Golden Sun: A World Reignited, a new community arrangement album. This album will feature 37 arrangements of tunes from both Golden Sun & Golden Sun: The Lost Age, coming from 43 artists. There's no official release date yet, but it should be coming soon!

Get a look at the back cover for the Pollyanna book from the Hobonichi Mother Project

Two faces a Mother could love

The first bit of merch revealed by the Hobonichi Mother Project was the Pollyanna comic compilation book, which hits Japan in limited release on June 12th, 2020. We've already seen the cover and preview pages, but now we have a look at the back cover as well, thanks to none other than Masahiro Sakurai.

Sakurai shared a picture of the book, as it seems he has an early copy. He shared a look at the back cover, which features both Ness and Lucas as they appear in Smash Bros. Ultimate. The back cover is actually an ad for that game, but it certainly fits in with the Mother/Earthbound celebration theme.

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