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SEGA/Atlus sale now live on the Switch and 3DS eShops

60 years of SEGA

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, SEGA is running a special sale on both the Switch and 3DS eShops. From now until Oct. 8th, 2020, you can grab the games below at special discount pricing.

7th Dragon III Code: VFD (3DS) – $14.99
The Alliance Alive (3DS) – $15.99
Catherine: Full Body (Switch) – $34.99
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS) – $9.99
Etrian Odyssey IV (3DS) – $9.99
Etrian Odyssey V (3DS) – $14.99
Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS) – $19.99
Etrian Odyssey Untold (3DS) – $9.99
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold (3DS) – $9.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix (Switch) – $27.57
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS) – $9.99
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch) – $39.99
Persona Q (3DS) – $9.99
Persona Q2 (3DS) – $19.99
Puyo Puyo Champions -(Switch) – $3.99
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch) – $14.99
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS) – $19.99
Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS) – $9.99
Sega Ages Alex Kidd in Miracle Worl (Switch) – $3.99
Sega Ages Phantasy Star (Switch) – $5.99
Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Switch) – $5.99
Sega Ages Thunder Force AC (Switch) – $5.99
Sega Genesis Classics (Switch) – $14.99
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) – $9.99
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (3DS) – $14.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner Soul Hackers (3DS) – $9.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (3DS) – $9.99
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (3DS) – $9.99
Shin Megami Tensei Strange: Journey Redux (3DS) – $19.99
Shining Resonance Refrain (Switch) –$11.99
Sonic Force (Switch) –$9.99
Sonic Generations (3DS) – $9.99
Sonic Mania (Switch) – $9.99
Stella Glow (3DS) – $9.99
Valkyria Chronicles (Switch) – $9.99
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch) – $17.99

Game Boy: The Box Art Collection pre-orders open on Sept. 28th, 2020

For Game Boy super fans

Whether you're an old-school Game Boy fan or discovering the wonders of Nintendo's million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you – it's a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Despite the fact that we live in a world where the average smartphone makes the Game Boy look like an abacus, in purely technical terms, Nintendo's trailblazing handheld still manages to capture the attention of gamers all over the world – and flicking through these pages, it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the most famous names in the videogame business, such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Gradius and Final Fantasy, and many of its best titles hold up surprisingly well by modern standards – with technology this basic, developers of the period needed to make sure the gameplay was compelling and addictive.

We've worked closely with some of the world's most renowned Game Boy collectors to pull together a varied selection of titles that spans both Western and Eastern tastes. We've tried to strike the right balance between the two, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing some familiar pieces of art rubbing shoulders with covers for games you perhaps know from the dim and distant past, but have never before seen presented in the packaging shown here.

The other notable addition is the inclusion of screenshots on each page, giving you the opportunity to see what the games in question actually look like. As if that wasn't enough, we've gone to the extra effort of professionally translating the titles of Japanese games into Romaji – something that, to our knowledge, has never been properly attempted before in any English-language book.

Additionally, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection includes a foreword by Gameboycameraman, a collector's interview and an extensive feature on the history of the Game Boy.

At 372 pages long, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also boasts a metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. As with all our books, we use thread sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

For the collectors out there, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also comes in two special, limited run, never-to-be-repeated versions.

The 'Silver Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic silver card box;
this box features an exclusive cover illustration designed by the one and only Wil Overton (Super Play, Rare);
an A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to 1,500 copies.

The 'Gold Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic gold card box and features a holographic edition sticker;
this box features the same exclusive cover illustration by Wil Overton;
includes a postcard, featuring the cover illustration, signed by Wil;
the A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to only 500 copies – sure to become a true collector’s item!
These Silver and Gold versions are strictly limited and will never be printed again, ever.

Book specifications

372 pages. 250mm × 250mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

You'll be able to grab a pre-order for Game Boy: The Box Art Collection on Sept. 28th, 2020. When pre-orders do open, you can lock yours in here.

Nintendo Dream 'Nov. 2020' issue poll results: Favorite character, most wanted games, and more

The results are in!

The November 2020 issue of Nintendo Dream is now available in Japan, and with it comes the results of another series of polls. See what Japanese readers had to say below.

Favorite character

1. Kirby (Kirby) – 165pt
2. Mario (Super Mario) – 129pt
3. Pikachu (Pokémon) – 84pt
4. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
5. Luigi (Super Mario)
6. Link (The Legend of Zelda)
7. Yoshi (Super Mario)
8. Raihan (Pokémon)
9. Sans (UNDERTALE)
10. Inkling (Slatoon)

Most wanted games

1. New Pokémon Snap (Switch) – 27.1%
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 21.9%
3. Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch) – 16.9%
4. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Switch) – 14.8%
5. Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 12.4%
6. Shin Megami Tensei III NOCTURNE HD REMASTER (Switch) – 11.0%
7. Story of Seasons Series New Work (Switch) – 10.5%
8. Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 10.0%
9. Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 9.5%
10. Fire Emblem ∅ 22nd Booster Pack (TCG) – 7.6%

Who's the most versatile character?

1. Mario (Super Mario) – 136pt
2. Kirby (Kirby) – 107pt
3. Link (The Legend of Zelda) – 387pt
4vVillager (Animal Crossing) – 16pt
5. Tom Nook (Animal Crossing) – 13pt
6. Wario (WarioWare) – 11pt

Following the reveal of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, the original title hits #1 on Amazon's 3DS charts

A story of redemption

Monster Hunter Stories didn't seem to get too much attention when it originally launched for 3DS in 2016/2017, but now its found a second wind thanks to the reveal of a sequel.

Over on Amazon, the original Monster Hunter Stories has climbed to the #1 position on the 3DS charts. The title was previously nowhere to be seen on the top charts, and there's no doubt the reveal of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin spurred on interest for the original.

If you missed out on the first installment, now's a perfect time to grab it. You can grab the 3DS eShop version for 50% off, making it $20.

Nintendo comments on ending production of the 3DS

3DS eShop continues on

As confirmed earlier in the week, Nintendo has ended production for the 3DS family of portables. Nintendo has since provided a statement on the matter, which you can find below.

"We can confirm that the manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has ended. Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of system will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop, on Nintendo.com and at retail.

The existing library of more than 1,000 Nintendo 3DS games contains many critically acclaimed titles and can provide years of content to explore and enjoy."

Nintendo on using existing and new tech to create fun, innovative experiences for gamers

Fun first and foremost

Nintendo's most recent Corporate Management Policy Briefing included a Q&A session with investors/analysts, and the English translation of that session is now available. In the snippet below, Nintendo talks about how they explore existing and new tech in order to create fun experiences for game fans.

Shigeru Miyamoto discusses how the Mario franchise evolves with each new installment

35 years of Mario

Nintendo's most recent Corporate Management Policy Briefing included a Q&A session with investors/analysts, and the English translation of that session is now available. In the snippet below, Shigeru Miyamoto talks about the evolution of the Mario series.

Japanese eShop charts for Sept. 10th to 16th, 2020

Mario #1

The latest eShop charts are in for Japan, and it's no surprise to see Mario leading the way on Switch. Over on 3DS, Monster Hunter has shot straight to the top thanks to a major sale. Check out the full rundown for Sept. 10th to 16th, 2020 below.

Switch

01./New. – Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo) [18.9.2020]
02./New. – Monster Rancher 2 (Koei-Tecmo) [17.9.2020]
03./05. – Hollow (Forever Entertainment) [06.12.2018] (95% off until September 16th)
04./00. – Undertale (8-4) [15.9.2018] (33% off until September 23rd)
05./01. – Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017] (30% off until October 2nd)
06./02. – Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) [05.6.2020]
07./03. – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) [20.3.2020]
08./00. – Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Capcom) [25.8.2017] (26% off until September 30th)
09./09. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2020]
10./04. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
11./07. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
12./13. – Minecraft (Mojang / Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
13./12. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
14./00. – Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Koei-Tecmo) [22.3.2018] (30% off until October 1st)
15./00. – Resident Evil 6 (Capcom) [31.10.2019] (54% off until September 30th)
16./00. – Catch ‘Em! Goldfish Scooping (D3 Publisher) [02.8.2018] (was on sale)
17./New. – Metal Max Xeno Reborn (Kadokawa Games) [10.9.2020]
18./00. – Oumori Charisou DX (spicysoft) [08.2.2018] (83% off until September 26th)
19./00. – Fight’N Rage (eastasiasoft) [10.9.2020] (20% off until September 23rd)
20./00. – Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [20.12.2018]

3DS

01./00. – Monster Hunter XX (Capcom) [18.3.2017] (on sale for 990 Yen, instead of 4 063 Yen)
02./02. – Bike Rider DX2 Galaxy (spicysoft) [18.12.2013] (currently on sale for 100 Yen, instead of 600 Yen)
03./01. – Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [26.1.2018]
04./03. – The Battle Cats POP (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
05./00. – Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom) (on sale for 990 Yen, instead of 4 063 Yen)
06./00. – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom) [11.10.2014] (on sale for 990 Yen, instead of 3 554 Yen)
07./00. – Asdivine Cross (Kemco) [14.6.2017] (currently 50% off)
08./07. – EarthBound (Nintendo, New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console) [04.3.2016]
09./06. – Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (Square-Enix) [24.8.2017]
10./00. – MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Airou Mura DX (Capcom) [10.9.2015] (currently on sale for 990 Yen, instead of 4 063 Yen)

How We Make Minecraft: Episode 3 now available

Lookin' good

How did we make the most beautiful game in video game history? Well, we didn’t. We crafted a unique looking one! Discover the secrets behind the look of Minecraft.

Fan spends over 300 hours creating an animated intro for Pokemon Silver

The results are pretty amazing

Pokemon fans are some of the most hardcore fans there are, going above and beyond in showing their affinity for the franchise. Today we have another example of that, courtesy of animation student Darren Rafferty.

Darren has spent over 300 hours working up an animated intro for Pokemon Silver, and you can see the results of his efforts above. The end result is pretty jaw-dropping, although Darren himself appears to be a harsh critic of his own work.

"I wanted this to feel like a living, breathing world, as opposed to just an animation, and I think it turned out alright, it's still far from perfect though. Personally I really like the underwater bit where you can see the surface of the water from underneath, thought that looked well."

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