Zelda fan finds a heartwarming letter tucked inside a pre-owned DS

My heart container is overflowing

Redditor Acollier25 went online to hunt down the Legend of Zelda edition DS, and found exactly what he was looking for. He made the purchase through an auction site, and then the package showed up just a short while later. Turns out the package would have a little something extra tucked inside

Inside the package was a special note from the DS' previous owner. The note shares details on how that owner came to receive the DS, and subsequently fall in love with the Legend of Zelda series. It's always great to see when a Nintendo fan goes out of there way to welcome someone else into the fandom!

StarFox Command dev explains why the game didn't have more traditional StarFox levels

The Miyamoto mandate

StarFox Command was a portable entry in the StarFox series that kept all the battles in all-range mode. Why didn't the game allow for classic-style StarFox missions? Dev Dylan Cuthbert explained in an interview with Nintendo Life.

"If we’d have had more time, I would have liked to add some 'standard' Star Fox levels with forward-scrolling, but at the time Miyamoto was adamant that we stick with free-range modes. That was part of his 'Star Fox should explore new things' initial direction on the project. I would have liked to expand the mothership sequence more too, adding variation and different things to do, allowing you to enter mothership for an on-rails sequence, perhaps."

Game dev shares her struggles designing Orlando Bloom's pecs for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on Nintendo DS

Pecking order


Reply to @pseudostellar ##Gamedev is highly cross-disciplinary. That’s where ##videogame producers come in: to bridge the gaps. ##careertalk ##videogames

♬ Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (Movie Main Theme) - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Nintendo DS wasn't exactly a powerhouse when it came to pushing polygons, but plenty of developers toiled away to squeeze what they could out of the platform. That includes Cheryl Platz, who worked on the Nintendo DS adaptation of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

In a series of TikToks, Platz discusses issues with creating the character model for Orlando Bloom. Apparently there was some issue with the way Bloom's chest was designed, and someone along the line wanted things to be more pronounced in order to showcase Bloom's muscular nature. It seems Bloom had to sign off on stuff like this, and he very well may have been the reason there was pushback on the character model.

While we don't know the full story behind-the-scenes, we certainly know enough to enjoy this as a funny game development story. You can hear Platz's full version of the story via the TikToks in this post.


##greenscreen ##greenscreensticker Why did we have so few polygons for Orlando Bloom’s ##pirate pecs? ##videogames ##gamedev ##nintendods ##tech

♬ Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (Movie Main Theme) - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Cynthia and Garchomp ARTFX J figurine on the way

Diamond and Pearl favorites

Kotobukiya has announced another Pokemon-related figurine on the way, and it's scheduled for release in 2021.

The company has revealed that they're working on an ARTFX J figurine for Cynthia and Garchomp, who first made their debut in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. 2021 will mark the 15th anniversary of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, making it the perfect time for this figurine set to release!

The World Ends with You The Animation main visual revealed, more of the voice cast shared

What a world it is

The World Ends with You The Animation doesn't launch until sometime in 2021, but today Square-Enix shared another look at the project. The anime's key visual was shared, which you can see above, and more of the voice cast has been profiled. Check out those details below.

Sanae Hanekoma (voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda) – Age: Unknown. A kind cafe owner with one eye on his shop and the other on the Reapers. Offers words of advice to Neku and the gang.

strong>Uzuki Yashiro (voiced by Satomi Arai) – Age: 17. A slightly clumsy Reaper who talks much bigger than her comparatively low station would normally allow.

Koki Kariya (voiced by Anri Katsu) – Age: 19. A fit and free-wheeling Reaper who works alongside Uzuki. His laidback attitude belies a strong sense of pride in his work.

Yodai Higashizawa (voiced by Kenji Takahashi) – Age: 20. A beefy Reaper boasting the strength to split the ground with a slam of his fists. Prone to emotional outbursts.

Sho Minamimoto (voiced by Takayuki Fujimoto) – Age: 18. A cruel and destructive Reaper with a penchant for calculation. Made a name for himself thanks to his impressive feats.

Mitsuki Konishi (voiced by Hitomi Nabatame) – Age: Unknown. A high-ranking Reaper who gives missions to Neku and the gang but rarely appears in person.

Megumi Kitaniji (voiced by Hiroshi Shirokuma) – Age: Unknown. A top-ranking Reaper with a strong sense of self-importance. Pursues his objectives strategically.

Nintendo re-ups trademarks for Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver in Japan

What's the plan, Nintendo?

Nintendo has been on a trademark spree in recent weeks, and the trend continues with another pair of re-ups. Nintendo has filed for Japanese trademarks on Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, and these apply to 50 products and services, including video game programs and more. As to what Nintendo is actually going to do with the trademarks, if anything, remains to be seen.

New discovery in Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver shows that players can't get stuck in Cianwood City

Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver launched over a decade ago, yet fans are still discovering fun bits of information in the game. A user by the name of Alucard the Hedgehog discovered that there is an NPC in Cianwood City that can give the player a Tentacool in case the player ever gets stuck.

For context, Cianwood City is a location in the game that is necessary to visit, but it can only be visited once a player gains the ability to use Surf. If a player were to travel to the city and then release any Pokemon that could learn the move, the player could theoretically be stuck on the island with no way to progress. Alucard the Hedgehog was determined to softlock his game and get stuck on the island, and in the process, he discovered that an NPC will appear if certain conditions are met. Therefore, players can NOT actually get stuck on the island.

Did You Know Gaming - Nintendo DS Game Censorship

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding Nintendo DS games censorship, including several games that were censored such as Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Party DS, and Pokemon Platinum.

Did You Know Gaming - Every Cancelled Nintendo DS Game

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and history surrounding cancelled DS games like Metroid Dread, Pokemon Gray, and games from the Mario and Zelda franchises, as well as much, much more cancelled games.

Myst Documentary Kickstarter now live

A Myst opportunity

In 1993, brothers Rand and Robyn Miller, living in a double-wide trailer on the edge of a forest outside Spokane, Washington -- a.k.a., the middle of nowhere -- changed the home computer industry forever with the launch of MYST, a single-perspective exploration game that had no score, no violence and no set goal other than satisfying pure curiosity. In a world of flashy, shoot-‘em-up, beat-the-clock video game challenges, MYST quietly became the best-selling game of the 1990s.

As we said yesterday, the Kickstarter is looking for $200k to bring this documentary to life. You can get more details on the campaign and throw in some funding here.


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