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Sanei Boeki re-releasing their series of Pikmin All-Star Collection plushes

A re-release of the re-release

Back in August of 2020, Sanei Boeki's Pikmin All-Star Collection saw a return to stores in honor of Pikmin 3 Deluxe, and that launch proved to be very popular. The line was quick to sell out, but thankfully, another round of stock is on the way.

Nintendo TOKYO has confirmed that a restock for the plushes will hit in April 2021. Once again, the lineup of Pikmin includes red, blue, yellow, rock, and winged Pikmin, as well as a Bulborb and Captain Olimar. Each Pikmin is priced at ¥1,518, Olimar costs ¥1,980, and Bulborb is locked in at ¥3,300.

Pokemon Sword and Shield reimagined as Game Boy games

The power of nostalgia

Longtime gamers are often curious what their favorite titles from today would look like if they came out decades ago. It's nice to have snazzy graphics and fully orchestrated soundtracks, but sometimes stripping things down to basic visuals and audio lets the gameplay really shine.

Pokemon fan ハヤテ京雲寺 loves Pokemon Sword and Shield, but he couldn't help wonder what the experiences would be like if they were on the Game Boy. Since no one out there had put together an answer to ハヤテ京雲寺's question, he decided to take on the task himself!

If you'd like to see what Pokemon Sword and Shield might have been like on the Game Boy, you can see what ハヤテ京雲寺 cooked up in the video above. Classic Game Boy visuals, but with locations and Pokemon from Sword and Shield. Looks like the perfect mash-up to us!

Youtooz releasing official Banjo-Kazooie figurines

A figurine that doesn't break the bank

Youtooz has revealed that they're working on a new Banjo-Kazooie figurine, and it's set to launch on Feb. 26th, 2021. The figurine is just $30, and you can read the official description for it below.

Banjo and Kazooie are always getting swept up in adventures, whether it’s making music or stopping Grunty in her tracks. Standing 4.5 inches tall, this detailed collectible features Banjo in his classic yellow shorts and blue backpack (with pal Kazooie bursting out), ready to pluck up a tune on the banjo from his game’s memorable intro. The window box is illustrated to show Banjo and Kazooie’s home, using elements from the franchise. This collectible ships in a matte, embossed, protective outer sleeve.

Check out more pictures here

UPDATE - Turns out Tooty and Bottles are getting their own figurines on the same day!

Square-Enix details how they created Dragon Quest XI in both 2D and 3D

Retro visuals are no easy task!

Dragon Quest XI does something almost no other modern-day game does. Fans of older Dragon Quest games could play Dragon Quest XI from a completely 2D perspective. This made it extremely close to what players got from the franchise back in the 16-bit days. Along with that, Square-Enix also created the same gameplay experience in a completely 3D setting.

Obviously this took a ton of work, and seeing it actually come together into something playable is really impressive. While the initial work started with various sketches, the team actually turned to creating the 3D settings first, and then recreated those in 2D. 3D Art Director Yoshiko Hiyama explained the process in a Square-Enix internal interview.

“The staff had an understanding for the general framework and image the director hoped to achieve through visual references and blueprint designs. Using those references, we built out the town with temporary models and walked through it to repeatedly check and adjust aspects such as the scenery, playability, and comprehensibility. When the overall structure was solidified using the temporary model, the detailed buildout was able to start. At this stage, we finally saw detailed models and textures being applied, as well as adjustments being made to the lighting in earnest.”

Director Takeshi Uchikawa followed up by discussing some of the challenges adapting 3D settings into 2D presented.

“There was a need to devise methods to showcase certain things in a way that was unique to 2D,” says Uchikawa. “Take the interior structure of a building as an example - even if the structure didn’t pose any issues in 3D, there could be limitations when it was depicted on a flat plane. For example, having several floors that overlap in complex ways isn’t any particular issue in 3D - as long as the direction of travel is clear. But when converted into 2D, there were unforeseen areas that were either difficult to see or comprehend.”

Check out the full interview here

Swapnote Remastered's recent update was related to a potential exploit

Gotta keep Nikki safe!

Seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo updated Swapnote to Swapnote Remastered a few weeks back. The thing is, Nintendo never bothered to explain why they pushed out the update. While Nintendo themselves remain quite, we might have an explanation the datamining scene.

According to dataminer OatmealDome, Swapnote had a vulnerability in the message parser that could be exploited over StreetPass. This exploit would allow an attacker to run any code they wanted. Nintendo caught on to this issue, and pushed out the update to patch up the hole. This is most likely why Nintendo didn't really talk about the update.

Ariana Grande reveals Mario Party and Mario Kart as the inspiration behind a line in one of her songs

She's got great taste!

In the Ariana Grande song "six thirty" above, Ariana sings the line, "Whatcha gonna do when I’m bored and I wanna play video games at 2am?" Many have been wondering what games Ariana was talking about, and now we finally have our answer.

In the clip above, Ariana gets a question from a fan who wants to know what games she was singing about. Ariana reveals that when she wrote the song, the games she was referring to were Mario Party and Mario Kart. This isn't the first time Ariana has revealed her appreciation for Nintendo's titles, so it's no surprise to hear she's had some late-night sessions with Mario!

Japanese eShop charts for Feb. 4th to 10th, 2021

Mario is the cat's meow

Among Us has finally been knocked from the top spot in Japan, and it's all Mario's fault! Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury snags #1 for its launch day, and now the question is how long will it stay there? Check out the eShop charts for Feb. 4th to 10th, 2021 below.

Switch

01./New. – Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo) [12.2.2021]
02./01. – Among Us (Innersloth) [16.12.2020]
03./02. – Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami) [19.11.2020]
04./00. – Overcooked! 2 (Team17) [07.8.2018] (50% off until February 25th)
05./04. – Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017] (30% off until February 25th)
06./07. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
07./03. – Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games) [25.9.2018] (35% off until February 7th)
08./14. – Resident Evil 6 (Capcom) [31.10.2019] (54% off until February 10th)
09./09. – Minecraft (Mojang / Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
10./10. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
11./00. – Overcooked! Special Edition (Team17) [12.10.2017] (was on sale)
12./New. – Little Nightmares II (Bandai-Namco) [10.2.2021]
13./11. – Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) [05.6.2020]
14./12. – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) [20.3.2020]
15./15. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
16./17. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
17./00. – Resident Evil 5 (Capcom) [31.10.2019] (was on sale)
18./19. – Gnosia (Petit Depotto) [30.4.2020]
19./16. – Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [30.12.2018]
20./00. – Resident Evil 4 (Capcom) [23.5.2019] (was on sale)

3DS

01./03. – Inazuma Eleven 1-2-3!! Endo Mamoru Densetsu (Level-5) [29.5.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 6 076 Yen)
02./00. – Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stones: Thunderflash (Level-5) [29.5.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 762 Yen)
03./00. – Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy: Supernova (Level-5) [05.12.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 762 Yen)
04./00. – Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy: Big Bang (Level-5) [05.12.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 762 Yen)
05./00. – Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (Level-5) [28.2.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 238 Yen)
06./00. – The Little Battlers eXperience W: Super Custom (Level-5) [18.7.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instea of 4 191 Yen)
07./00. – Fantasy Life Link! (Level-5) [25.7.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 217 Yen)
08./00. – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Level-5) [06.2.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 3 143 Yen)
09./00. – Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Level-5) [29.11.2012] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 5 765 Yen)
10./00. – Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow (Level-5) [29.5.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 6 076 Yen)

Ghosts 'n Goblins creator explains the origin of Arthur's strawberry print underwear

A sweet treat

Ghost 'n Goblins is known for two things; punishing difficulty and Arthur's boxers. Both of those elements return in Ghost n' Goblins Resurrection, as does series creator Tokura Fujiwara. In an interview with Polygon, Mr. Fujiwara reveals the surprising details on how Arthur's infamous boxers came to be.

There’s one very important detail I need to share with you that people might not know: the pattern on his underwear is actually strawberries. Arthur has this air of ruggedness when he has his armor on, but on the inside, he gets a little fancy and wears his favorite boxers. However, his underwear isn’t simply just something that he likes to wear. It was actually a gift from the princess and acts as a “charm” to protect Arthur in battle. It’s probably safe to say the strawberry design was something the princess was fond of.

Famitsu - Sales for February 1st to February 7th 2021


The following sales data comes from the latest issue of Famitsu:

Hardware:

Switch – 64,917
Switch Lite – 23,568

PS5 – 13,142
PS4 – 3,212
New 2DS LL – 824
PS5 Digital Edition – 382
Xbox Series S – 208
Xbox Series X – 106
PS4 Pro – 17

Software:

1. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 56,283 / 1,846,039
2. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 30,087 / 2,346,098
3. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 19,020 / 6,625,026
4. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 17,699 / 3,656,140
5. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 12,040 / 4,145,903
6. [NSW] Minecraft – 9,692 / 1,806,925
7. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 8,619 / 3,771,338
8. [NSW] Pokemon Sword/Shield – 8,298 / 3,955,554
9. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 7,704 / 630,909

10. [PS4] Nioh Complete Edition – 6,523 / NEW


3DS eShop charts for Feb. 11th, 2021

Pokemon does it again

If you guessed that Pokemon Crystal was leading the pack for 3DS games this week, you've been paying attention! Once again, nothing can knock the classic from the top of the charts. Check out the complete rundown for Feb. 11th, 2021 below.

Software

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

Videos

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

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