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Did You Know Gaming - How Pokemon Gold & Silver Were Changed Around The World

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In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at how Pokemon Gold & Silver were changed around the world. To explore these Pokemon regional differences, we not only looked through the games themselves, but also interviewed the game's original localizers and translators for exclusive information.

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.

First Press Games reveals physical release of POWA! for the Game Boy Color

A new GBC release!

POWA! is a newly-developed action-platformer in a similar vein as beloved genre-classics of the handheld, like Kirby's Dreamland and Trip World.

The gameplay is decidedly simple and makes POWA! easy to pick it up, but challenging to conquer. A good variety of level themes and obstacles, with an ever-increasing difficulty curve keep the experience thoroughly engaging and fresh.

Features

- a brand-new Game Boy Color game with backwards-compatibility to Classic Game Boy hardware
- clean and simple platformer-gameplay with tight controls
- five levels with multiple segments and a challenging boss fight in each
- super-cute presentation and a bopping soundtrack
- replay-value through varying difficulty modes and a timescore after each play-through
- utilizes Super Game Boy-features when played on a SNES/SFC

Development

POWA! has been solely developed by the Spain-based GBdev-enthusiast Aiguanachein, with support from Sergio De Prado for the music and Ivan Miguel for art designs & graphic touch-ups.

It has been in development since roughly one year and is already playable from start to end - POWA! is basically feature- and content-complete by now. Currently, it receives some final touch-ups in graphics and level design to give the game a nice final polish.

The game has been developed with the ZGB engine by Zal0, which has been improved tremendously in the development process of POWA! This helped to make the game, which was originally only planned for Game Boy Color, also compatible to classic hardware like Game Boy and Super Game Boy during it's development.

A closed beta test is planned to start in September, with a public digital release in November, simultaneously with the physical DOT MATRIX SERIES release.

DOT MATRIX SERIES
Physical Release

Just like with Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe, First Press Games will give POWA! the DOT MATRIX SERIES physical release treatment, which goes far beyond what is usually expected from an aftermarket release for the Game Boy.

- custom-molded cartridge shells and cases with "DOT MATRIX SERIES"-branding (instead of the common "GAME" shells)
- a special custom-made PCB, with high quality parts and proper voltage reduction for longevity and high compatibility with all - Game Boy-compatible systems
- game package with foil print and cardboard close to 90s retail quality
- a dedicated instruction manual, including a cute manga
- packaging inlay & survey postcard
- additional collectibles, depending on the chosen edition
- Unboxing video of our previous DOT MATRIX SERIES release
- POWA! is exclusively available from First Press Games.

Release Date & Preorder-Bonus

With the closed beta test approximately ending beginning of October, POWA! is scheduled to release in November of this year.

The preorders will open this Sunday, 19th of July at 2 PM CEST / 8 AM EDT and similar to the Kickstarter benefits of Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe, we are offering special bonuses to early supporters of the release.

If you order any edition of the game beetween the 19th of July and 16th of August you will get the following benefits on top:
a bronze-colored collector's coin as a free physical bonus (only one per customer, unrelated to the number of items you order)
access to the closed beta test of the game in September 2020 via eMail

Available Physical Editions

POWA!'s physical release will offer three different variants:

Regular Edition for 49.99€: The base game with box & manual
Limited Edition for 64.99€: Includes additions like soundtrack CD and poster.
Collector's Edition for 129.99€: Highly limited collector's box with both game versions and even more extras.

Each variant is available as an English and Japanese version.

First Press Games revealing their second Dot Matrix Series Game Boy Color release tomorrow

The GBC lives

Dot Matrix Series is a new outlet for new Game Boy-compatible releases, which was started by First Press Games in 2019 with Tangram Games' Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe.

Tomorrow, 15th of July at 3 PM CEST/ 9AM EDT, the reveal trailer for the second Dot Matrix Series release will air for the very first time!

What we can already give away in advance is that this will be a Game Boy Color®-release with backwards-compatibility to Classic Game Boy®-systems, just like the previous entry in the series.

This means it will work on Game Boy Classic, Super Game Boy (SNES, with special features used!), Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Player (Gamecube).

We also already teased some level layouts earlier through our social media, which might give you an idea which kind of game to expect!

Please tune in for the reveal trailer, if you love retro games, we are sure you'll love it! Shortly after the reveal, we will also share more details about the digital and physical release, which will happen later this year!

WayForward shares full preorder details for Shantae, Xtreme Sports, and Shantae: Risky's Revenge on Switch and GBC cartridge

A WayForward explosion!

During Limited Run Games' showcase yesterday, it was revealed that WayForward is bringing Shantae, Xtreme Sports, and Shantae: Risky's Revenge to Switch. Shantae and Xtreme Sports are getting new GBC carts, as well as physical/digital releases on Switch. Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is digital-only. You can now check out full details on all those titles below.

It's time for revenge - and this time there's no escape! Independent development studio WayForward is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed video game, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut, is headed to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for the first time, bringing with it all the action, dancing, and magical transformations that the 3-million-plus-selling Shantae series is known for. Priced at $9.99, the game is set to be released digitally this fall.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is an upgraded version of the second game in the Shantae series, once again putting players in control of Shantae, the Half-Genie heroine, who's on a mission to stop her scheming nemesis, the nefarious lady pirate Risky Boots. To do so, Shantae will explore a variety of environments (including deserts, forests, and undersea caverns), transform into creatures with unique abilities, encounter hilarious NPCs, and confront the dastardly Barons of Sequin Land, all accompanied by spectacular multilayered pixel-art graphics and a fantastic soundtrack.

As with previous editions of Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut, the highly requested Switch and Xbox One versions offer numerous enhancements over the classic 2010 release, including improved navigation features, HD character portraits, and an unlockable Magic Mode. Renowned by fans and critics alike, the original DSiWare version of Shantae: Risky's Revenge was awarded IGN’s Best DS Game of the Year and was 2010's highest-rated handheld game on Metacritic.

In addition to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is also headed to Windows 10, and is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Steam. A physical Switch version, published by Limited Run Games, will be available for preorder on limitedrungames.com starting in September with additional specifics to be announced at a later time. For more information about the Shantae series and other WayForward titles, please visit www.wayforward.com.

Key Features

Experience Shantae's acclaimed second adventure, now on Switch and Xbox One!
Journey across magical Sequin Land, from scorching deserts to the ocean depths!
Meet colorful characters such as Sky, Bolo, Uncle Mimic, and Rottytops!
Dance to transform into a monkey, an elephant, and a mermaid, each with unique abilities!
Detailed pixel-art graphics and sensational soundtrack!
Explore puzzle-filled labyrinths and overcome challenging bosses!
Discover numerous spells and upgrades!
Unlockable Magic Mode with an alternate costume!

Independent development studio WayForward is delighted to confirm that two of the company's beloved classic titles will soon be re-released in a partnership with Limited Run Games: Shantae and Xtreme Sports. Initially published on Game Boy Color, both games will return as authentic reproduction cartridges compatible with the vintage handheld hardware, plus both will be brought to Nintendo Switch in digital and physical forms. Preorders will begin in September for the physical version of Shantae, and in October for Xtreme Sports.

"Over the last decade, Shantae has built up a thriving fanbase, which is a dream come true!" says WayForward creative director and Shantae co-creator Matt Bozon. “Unfortunately, this also means that the majority of Shantae fans missed out when it came to owning a copy of her first adventure, which had a very low production run back in 2002. These days buying a copy on the collector’s market could cost upwards of a thousand dollars! Thanks to Limited Run Games, everyone will have a chance to own a copy of the original Shantae, along with Xtreme Sports, our first foray into handheld gaming, which laid the groundwork for Shantae. Both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are lost gems that you won’t want to miss!”

First released in 2002, Shantae is the groundbreaking action-adventure-platformer that introduced players to the eponymous Half-Genie heroine. In her debut title, Shantae hair-whips, dances, and transforms as she seeks out four elemental stones throughout Sequin Land to put a stop to the nefarious lady pirate, Risky Boots. Highly sought by fans and collectors, Shantae is often considered to be among the pinnacle of Game Boy Color releases.

Having recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its June 2000 launch, Xtreme Sports is a one-of-a-kind sports-themed action-RPG. As contenders Guppi or Fin, players must master five events — skateboarding, surfing, in-line skating, skyboarding, and street luge — by partaking in more than 100 breathtaking sports battles to outperform the competition and become the Xtreme Sports Champion. Are Guppi and Fin XTREME enough to win it all!?

Aside from the upcoming reproduction cartridges and Switch releases, both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are currently available in the eShop on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

WayForward shows interest in a remake of the original Shantae

Back to the start

Shantae sure has come a long way since her Game Boy Color debut. That title came out 18+ years ago, and plenty of fans remember it fondly. There's also millions more who haven't played it! Perhaps now would be a perfect time to remake/remaster that title.

Siliconera asked WayForward's Matt Bozon this very question, and it does seem that the company has some interest in the idea.

That’s been a hot topic lately! I’d be down for doing that! Of course, we’re all very excited to make new games, too. We’ll need to think long and hard about what the next Shantae adventure will be–but a remake isn’t outside the realm of possibility!

A fresh coat of paint and some quality-of-life improvements could make the perfect reasons to revisit Shantae's classic outing. Let's hope WayForward moves ahead on the idea!

Check out this Switch shell inspired by the Game Boy Color

Escape to a world of color

Console modders are having a field day with the Switch when it comes to aesthetics. They've been tweaking and changing the hardware to create some beautiful custom jobs, and that's certainly the right way to describe the Switch above.

Switch fan TyDilla, who used to do custom iPhone modifications, has now turned his focus to the Switch. He's created an absolutely awesome tribute to the Game Boy Color this time around, and the end result is something no doubt thousands of fans would pay to call their own. You can check out a few more pics of this custom shell here.

Take a trip back through time with a gallery of Toys R' Us gaming displays from 1999/2000

It was a simpler time

Who doesn't love a good bit of nostalgia? If you were a kid in the late 90s/early 2000s, you'll likely feel a warm rush looking through the pictures in the tweet above.

As the Twitter user says, they purchased an album on eBay that was chock-full of pictures showcasing the gaming promotional displays at a Toys R' Us. You get a little bit of everything in that picture, including some SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, N64, and Playstation merch. It really does make you miss the days of Toys R' Us and retail being the only place to buy games!

The above pictures are just the start though, as there's a whole collection of photos from the album to sift through. You can find all the other pics here.

This Game Boy Color/Game Boy cartridge can be used to control an air conditioner

Now that's cool

There have been all kinds of wacky Game Boy and Game Boy Color uses over the years. The Game Boy has been used for sewing machines, fishing sonar, and so much more, and now we can add air conditioning controller to the list.

Singapore-based developer JinGen Lim received a Game Boy Color as a gift, and he was quite intrigued by the portable's infrared port. Lim started thinking of ways he could put this to use, which lead him to cooking up something for his air conditioning unit.

Lim found out that Mission Impossible on the Game Boy Color could both record and replay infrared signals, which is exactly what he needed to interact with the infrared port on his AC unit. After a bit of fancy programming and rewiring, the end result is a Game Boy Color that can control an air conditioner. Check out the mod in action below.

If you'd like a much more detailed breakdown of his this project came to be, you can check out Lim's dev blog here.

My Nintendo Europe - update for April 17th, 2020

Hope you like Mario!

Time for another small round of deals over on My Nintendo Europe. Check out what's up for grabs below.

- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for 50% off (£1.79)
- Mario Golf (Game Boy Color) for 50% off (£2.24)
- Mario Kart 7 for 30% off
- two Mario themes for your 3DS at 100 Platinum Points a piece

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