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Thunder Lotus Games details the animation work that went into Jotun: Valhalla Edition

A portion of a PurePlaystation interview with Thunder Lotus Games...

PP: The way the animations bring these drawings to life is something that really impressed us when playing Jotun, how difficult was it to bring the drawn concepts to a playable state? How similar was this process to, say, animating a TV cartoon?

TLG: It’s not too dissimilar I suppose, except that you’re doing it all from multiple angles due to the interactive nature of the game. There’s a lot of work involved, we had two animators and some of the work had to be drawn literally frame by frame. We had some puppet animations as well, but we’re talking about 5 angles for your character, 2 for bosses – which is then mirrored to give you 4, and then other elements as well like the vines that pop up and attack in the first area. Add to that the fact that we’re talking about 5-6 hours of animation [runtime of the game], as opposed to the standard 1-2 you would find in an animated movie, and you can see how big a job we’re talking about.

Playtonic aiming for simultaneous Q1 2017 Yooka-Laylee release, no plans for NX

A portion of a Digital Fix interview with Playtonic's Mark Stevenson...

The Digital Fix: Firstly – the question that everyone wants the answer to: do you have a release date yet?

Mark Stevenson: There’s no set in stone date yet, but we are aiming for Q1 2017.

TDF: And is that a cross-platform or staggered release?

MS: No, that should be on every platform simultaneously.

TDF: The delay to 2017 has meant that you’re going to be launching potentially close to the release of the Nintendo NX, meaning that Yooka Laylee may be one of the last games to hit the Wii U. Is there any plan to relaunch the game on the NX at a later date?

MS: At this stage we’re aiming to just release on what we promised on Kickstarter - which is a lot for us as a team of twenty people!

NCSX import - Sonic the Hedgehog 'Guitar Sonic' Notebook-Style smartphone case

COSPA marshals Sonic the Hedgehog as the design motif for their upcoming iPhone6 (and compatible size) smartphone holder.

Grab yours here

Fan-Art: What's into a Pokemon GO trainer's backpack?

Check out the gallery here (thanks AlienboyVA!)

Nintendo Badge Arcade - North American update for Sept. 26th, 2016

Nintendo Badge Arcade

- 1 FREE play being given away
- 2 returning sets of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD badges
- 2 returning sets of Isabelle system icons

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Tesco adds NX listing to website with £349.99 placeholder price

We keep hearing that the NX reveal is going to be soon, but just how soon? Looks like Tesco is getting ancy for the reveal as well, since they just added a page for the NX to their website. The listing also includes a price of £349.99, which is certainly just placeholder for now. Nintendo, it's time to come out and show us what the NX is really all about...and how much it'll cost!

Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers - more hero info, due out November

GameMill Entertainment has released a new batch of screenshots showing off the characters of Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers, the upcoming side-scrolling action game which smashes universes to let players fight as heroes from some of Cartoon Network’s favorite animated programs. There are six heroes/hero pairs to swap between instantly in the single-player campaign or choose from in four-player local co-op*:

Finn & Jake (Adventure Time) - Inseparable as always, Finn the Human uses the superpowers of his best friend and shapeshifting dog Jake to unleash damage and protect himself.
Steven Universe (Steven Universe) - Half-human, half-Crystal Gem magical guardian of the cosmos, Steven is equipped with a number of bright and bubbly abilities.
Clarence (Clarence) - Dishing out sugary-sweet justice, Clarence brings his love and excitement for everything - including carbonated beverages - to the squad.
Gumball (The Amazing World of Gumball) - A blue cat with a flair for misadventure, Gumball is a middle-school student from Elmore who takes enemies to school with imaginative weaponry.
Mordecai & Rigby (Regular Show) – Best friends who’d rather play video games than work, Mordecai and Rigby have teamed up to do the job that one hero should be able to do alone.
Uncle Grandpa (Uncle Grandpa) - A good-hearted uncle and grandpa who magically helps the world with the powers of his propeller hat and more.
A fun challenge for brawler fans of all ages, Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers features tag-team gameplay and tactics, off-the-wall boss battles and the same humor that fans of Cartoon Network know and love.

Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers is expected to launch this November as a retail and digital release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS™.