This is not our finest hour. So many technical issues cropped up today. All I can say is that the issues sucked the life out of me at the start, and just brought me down overall. I will work VERY hard to set things right for next week's show. I am truly sorry.
Game Freak's official YouTube channel has added a new video that dives deep in the lore of Mew. Mew's original designer, Shigeki Morimoto, is the one dishing out the details. Check out a summary of the info shared below.
- Mew was originally only released to 20 players via CoroCoro in 1996, with a second distribution to 100 people happening later
- each Mew was procedurally generated on Morimoto’s PC, even having different Pokemon IDs
- Morimoto had to trade it to each chosen player one by one via Link Cable
- the third distribution in Japan happened at World Hobby Fair
- Morimoto would later have a hand in planning the Old Sea Map event that would lead players to catch Mew on Faraway Island
- when Morimoto first went to see Mewtwo Strikes Back, he was in complete amazement of Mew actually moving around
- Mew’s movements were decided on by the anime animators, as they would be working on the original 2D pixel art only
- nowadays, they design Pokemon with the intent of turning them into 3D models
- the designers have a hand in saying what the animations will look like, drawing Pokemon from various angles
- Mew was designed off Mewtwo’s design
- Morimoto designed Mew to be a simpler version of Mewtwo in order to take up less space on the cartridge
Remember back when the 3DS was the 3DS, and not some iteration of the 2DS? If Nintendo does, they're trying to forget it. Nintendo's official North American website for the 3DS now advertises nothing but the 2DS. Yes, they may mention the 3DS in passing, but when you go to look at actual hardware, all you get are 2DS options. Looks like Nintendo is riding out the rest of the 3DS' lifespan by forgetting why it was called the 3DS in the first place!
Pokemon Masters launches on Aug. 29th, 2019. To commemorate the launch, the official Pokemon Masters Twitter account has started sharing countdown artwork. The piece above comes from Kana Yamamoto, and is the first in a series of 5 countdown tributes. We'll make sure to bring you all the pieces of art as they're released!
Daemon X Machina is set for Switch later this year, but you can get a jump on learning more about the game right now through the official website. This is a great refresher for those who have been following along with the info, or the perfect place to learn the basics if you haven't been paying attention. Screens, art, info, and video clips are littered all throughout the site, so hop over and give it a look!
What happens when you beat up bad guys in the River City franchise? Sometimes they shout 'BARF!' when they keel over. No, they don't actually barf, but they yell it for some reason! Its become a silly tradition for River City games moving forward, and today WayForward has confirmed that River City Girls is carrying the torch. Things just wouldn't be right without it!
The Gunvolt franchise has been pretty successful for Inti Creates. The company has put out two mainline Gunvolt games, with the spinoff Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX coming later this year. In an interview with NintendoEverything, Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu discusses where the series could go from here on out.
“For the future of the Gunvolt series as a whole, the main Gunvolt series – 1, 2, and now we have Luminous Avenger IX – they’re separate series, so they can indeed continue to exist on their own. If you look at the series themselves, Luminous Avenger IX or the IX series or whatever you want to call it, the director for the IX series is a guy named Toshiaki Tai, who was the scenario writer and planner on the main Gunvolt series, and of course the main Gunvolt series is directed by Yoshihisa Tsuda, so they’re now each in charge of their own series. You basically have IX – the one Tai’s directing – and the main series Tsuda is directing. Of course, with Gunvolt 3, we don’t have anything at this point in time because Yoshida-san hasn’t gotten able to make anything yet. He keeps saying he’s going to make it, but we’re not quite there just yet with Gunvolt 3. But he said he’s going to do it though.”
Level-5's Ushiro was originally announced as a PSP title all the way back in 2008, but that never came to be. Then last year, Level-5 stated that the game was alive, and would be coming to Switch. Since then, there's been no new information shared. What in the world is going on with the game?
Shedding some light on the situation while simultaneously adding more confusion, Level-5's virtual Youtuber Reto-chan has interview Ushiro's head developer to see where things stand. Check out the Q&A below.
Q: Seriously though, what’s the state of Ushiro’s development?
Head developer M: “Please ask President Hino. He mentioned in a weekly gaming magazine that the game is coming to Nintendo Switch, but the finer details are only known by President Hino himself, so…”
Q: Why’s development been delayed so much?
M: “A reason… (long silence) We haven’t exorcised it yet. Whenever we use the word ‘demon’ (akuma) we properly exorcise it from our office. Actually, even for the fourth Yo-kai Watch movie, we used the word ‘ghost’ and as such had to do an exorcism. But despite Ushiro being this sort of title, we haven’t done so… Lots of things have happened to the people involved, with some even making headlines on Yahoo News…”
Q: Will Ushiro properly be developed going forward?
M: “I hear that there are quite a few young creators who have mentioned they want to make Ushiro, and as the head of the title I’d also like to release it, but before that I believe we have a lot of things we need to release first before that.”
Print media in Japan is a hell of a thing. It just keeps on trucking, and seems to be in no real danger of dying out. Nintendo continues to advertise in Famitsu each week, and not just with ads for their games. The advertisement above is for the Fire Emblem: Three Houses 'Perfect Guide' in particular! Yes, that does advertise the game as well, but it's just crazy to me to see a print ad dedicated to a walkthrough!