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SAGAIA included in the Switch physical release of Darius Cozmic Revelation

Game Boy oh boy!

If you're planning on buying Darius Cozmic Revelation for Switch, there's a pretty good reason to go with physical over digital. The package release of this collection will include SAGAIA, a Game Boy SHMUP from 1986. You can read more about this classic game and the offer below.

Strictly Limited Games is pleased to announce that Darius Cozmic Revelation for Nintendo Switch will include the very unique Nintendo GameBoy-version of SAGAIA as the third entry in the collection!

The Darius brand is synonymous with some of the most acclaimed and iconic shoot-em-ups ever created. Darius is a series of horizontally scrolling shooting games which began with the original arcade release in 1986. TAITO’s Darius Cozmic Revelation features in addition to SAGAIA the legendary G-DARIUS HD and the brand new DARIUSBURST: Another Chronicle EX+ that will delight fans of this genre and capture the hearts of those new to the Darius experience.

Having previously been released on Nintendo’s Game Boy in Japan 1991, SAGAIA is a Switch exclusive and will be a physical on-card version that will only be available through the Strictly Limited Games Darius Cozmic Revelation editions for Nintendo Switch. This title contains features and elements from both, DARIUS and DARIUS II, whilst adding its own additions into the mix. Eight levels of pure pixelated beauty in this handheld version of one of the greatest shoot ‘em up series ever created.

Featuring remodelled and improved editions of iconic shmups, G-DARIUS HD is a remastered port of the original release G-Darius (1997) which paved the way from the transition between 2D to 3D with great success. Superb boss battles, along with a brilliant soundtrack, recreated an unsurpassed arcade experience with even an option to play the game in low-resolution just like the original arcade version.

A new revision of Dariusburst AC entitled DARIUSBURST: Another Chronicle EX+ makes an appearance - it's now 10 years since the original version and the original team, who are highly motivated, are still proudly working together on this version. The DARIUSBURST series started in 2009 on PSP, with gorgeous 3D graphics and additional features to expand the arcade version from 2010. The game is developed by Pyramid and will not only include features of the arcade version of "Another Chronicle EX", but there will also be new features like a replay mode and new levels.

Darius Cozmic Revelation for Nintendo Switch is only available for preorder at the Strictly Limited Games store and comes in two editions: The Collector’s Edition and the Limited Edition.

Nintendo ending repair services for the 3DS and 3DS XL in Japan

End of the line

Nintendo shifted focus from the 3DS to Switch some time ago, and as the months roll on, the Big N continues to sunset various components of their 3DS business.

Nintendo has announced that they'll no longer accept 3DS and 3DS XL units for repair in Japan starting April 1st, 2021. This is due to the parts necessary for repairs, as there's a shortage of those components. For those who have a New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and 2DS XL, repairs will carry on as usual.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Nintendo Download (2/25/21) - This week's North American downloads


The following games are available this week on the Nintendo eShop:

Switch Retail

Bravely Default II – $59.99 (available February 26)
Code: Realize – Wintertide Miracles – $39.99
Harvest Moon: One World – $49.99 (available March 2)
Hellpoint – $34.99
Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 – $39.99 (available March 2)


Switch Download

Aery: A Journey Beyond Time – $9.99
A Glider’s Journey – $9.90 (available March 1)
Arcade Archives Cybattler – $7.99
Baobabs Mausoleum Grindhouse Edition – $19.99 (available February 26)
Blastful – $3.99
Blizzard Arcade Collection – $19.99
Castle Kong – $6.99
Clocker – $3.99
Codebreaker Puzzle 1000! Eng & Jan – $9.49
Containment – $1.99
Dat Gaem – $7.99 (available February 26)
Demon’s Rise: Lords of Chaos – $7.99
Demon Hunter: Revelation – $14.99 (available February 26)
Dotori – $11.99
Drift Racing Madness – $5.99
Dungeons & Bombs – $4.99 (available February 26)
Forward to the Sky – $48.99
Gemini – $3.99
Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection – $29.99
Gunslugs 2 – $7.99 (available March 1)
Horned Knight – $5.99 (available February 26)
Katana Kata – $14.99 (available February 26)
Lawnmower Game: Next Generation – $4.99 (available February 28)
Lawnmower Game: Racing – $4.99
Lethal Dungeon – $9.99
Littlewood – $14.99
Mike Dies – $9.99
Monster Truck XT Airport Derby – $11.99 (available February 26)
My little IceCream Booth – $3.99
PAKO Caravan – $7.99 (available March 2)
Pixel Game Maker Series Remote Bomber – $9.99
Raspberry Mash – $16.99
Retro Fighter – Dragon’s Revenge – $5.99
Steam Prison – $65.49
Steven Universe: Unleash the Light – $24.99
Thunderflash – $4.99 (available February 26)
Under Leaves – $12.99

3DS Download

Bricks Pinball V – $9.99

eShop Sales

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities

A Golden Opportunity – For a limited time, you can earn up to 600 My Nintendo Gold Points – twice the normal amount – when you purchase select digital games through Nintendo eShop, Nintendo.com (where available) or participating retailers. Eligible games include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, among others! Get started by visiting https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals/#double-gold-points.

BRAVELY DEFAULT II Collectible Acquired! – A new BRAVELY DEFAULT II reward is now available for My Nintendo members. Brave RPG fans can obtain their very own beautiful 18” x 24” reversible poster, which features Gloria on the front and Halcyonia, the Kingdom of Spring Breeze, on the back. Receive this reward by redeeming 700 My Nintendo Platinum Points (while supplies last). Visit https://my.nintendo.com/ to learn more!

3DS eShop charts for Feb. 25th, 2021

You know how it goes by now

Not much to write home about in the latest 3DS eShop charts, as they're pretty much in step with last week's, and the week before, and the week before... Still though, if you're curious how things are going, you can see the rundown for Feb. 25th, 2021 below.

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Pokemon Yellow
3. Tomodachi Life
4. Pokemon Red
5. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
6. Pokemon Gold
7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
8. Pokemon Omega Ruby
9. Pokemon Silver
10. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
11. Super Mario 3D Land
12. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
13. Pokemon Blue
14. Super Mario Bros. 3
15. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
16. Zelda: Oracle of Ages
17. Pokemon X
18. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
19. EarthBound
20. Pokemon Ultra Sun

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
4. Mario Kart 7 Video
5. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
6. Super Mario 3D Land Video
7. IronFall Trailer
8. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
9. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video
10. Pokemon Bank Trailer
11. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
12. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
13. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
14. Pokemon Yellow Trailer
15. Super Mario World Trailer
16. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
17. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
18. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
19. Introducing Tomodachi Life
20. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo

Arby's Kid's Meals to offer Shovel Knight toys soon

Dig into some snacks

It looks like Arby's is going to offer some Shovel Knight toys in their Kid's Meals soon. While the company is yet to reveal the collaboration, a little tease of it has appeared on Arby's official website. If you visit their online menu and check out the Kid's Menu section, you'll see the image above. Unfortunately, when you click through, you don't get any details on the toys themselves. We'll just have to hang tight and wait for Arby's to share more info.

Thanks to TheNintendoFeed for the heads up!

Hackers discover unused TV-out option on the DS Lite

A neat secret!

The DS Lite launched all the way back in 2006, but fans of the platform are still discovering secrets hiding in the hardware 15+ years later.

A group of hackers/modders that were tinkering with the DS Lite have discovered an interesting feature. For some reason, the system has a TV-out option built in. You won't find this on the original DS or DSi, but it's hiding deep within the DS Lite. This feature is disabled on boot, but with a bit of hardware/software hacking, it can still be accessed.

As you see at the top of this post, the option allows you to output the top screen of your DS Lite to your TV. Sure, it's not the prettiest or most sensible way to play the DS Lite, but it's interesting nonetheless. You have to wonder why just the DS Lite included this feature, and why Nintendo hid it away!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Footage of the unreleased Black and White Creatures on DS surfaces

A lost piece of DS history found

2021 has been a great year for game historians. Early builds and prototypes for games that never saw release have been popping up left and right, and today we have yet another.

Black & White: Creatures is a cancelled DS game that was based on the original Black & White PC game from back in 2001. Black and White: Creatures took more of a pet simulation approach to the franchise, and was officially announced for release. Then without any explanation, development stopped and the game disappeared.

All these years later, we get to see what the game would have been like. We have no idea how someone has discovered a build of the game, but we're more than happy to see it surface! Does this game look like something you would have picked up back in the day?

Thanks to Rockyeahh for the heads up!

Microsoft's Phil Spencer and other game industry members praise The Legend of Zelda for its 35th anniversary

We're fans too, Phil!

The Legend of Zelda franchise is now officially 35 years old. While Nintendo has let the date come and go without any fanfare, others in the game industry were happy to heap praise on the series. That includes executive vice-president of gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer. He shared some words with Inverse on the Zelda franchise, which you can read below.

"Gaming has a rich history of transporting us to new worlds and on new adventures, these journeys fold into our own lived experiences and become a part of us. The Legend of Zelda is an iconic franchise that has BROUGHT JOY TO SO MANY PEOPLE over the past 35 years and is still going strong."

Plenty of other devs and industry figures shared kind words about Zelda as well. You can find their statements here.

Q-Games slated to celebrate the anniversary of the Star Fox franchise by interviewing lead developer Dylan Cuthbert

Q-Games is a video game development company that was originally founded by game developer Dylan Cuthbert in 2001. Since that team, the company has gone on to develop a variety of games including games in the Star Fox franchise. In celebration of the company's 20th anniversary and the Star Fox franchise's birthday, Q-Games will be releasing some interviews with Dylan Cuthbert regarding his time working on Star Fox games. We will post more information regarding the interviews here on the site once they are released.

LEGO's top 5 best-selling games revealed

How many have you purchased?

Did you know that December 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of LEGO Group’s first ever video game? They've had an absolute ton of success since then, but obviously, some games have done better than others. While we don't have sales totals to share, we do have the rundown of the best-selling LEGO games across those 25 years. The top 5 best-selling LEGO games are as follows.

– LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
– LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
– LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
– LEGO Batman: The Video Game
– LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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