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!

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.

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.

Myst Documentary Kickstarter launches tomorrow, looking for $200k in funding

Myst me?

Myst was a gaming phenomena when it launched in 1993. Now a Kickstarter project hoping to crowdfund a documentary about the point-and-click adventure game that helped to popularize the CD-ROM, pre-rendered backgrounds, and more.

Myst was one of the biggest game industry successes back in the day, reaching gamers and non-gamers alike. The creation of two brothers who set up shop in a garage, Myst absolutely took over the world. Now a new documentary is in the works, but the team behind it needs $200k to make it happen. The official Kickstarter to bring in that funding starts tomorrow, and we'll make sure to link you to it when it's live.

SuperGroupies reveals The World Ends With You merch

The World Ends With You is having a real resurgence lately. Fans begged for more of the franchise for years, which lead to mobile ports of the original game, and then a Switch revamp. That was followed by the announcement and reveal of The World Ends With You: The Animation, an anime slated for 2021. Now we have even more TWEWY goodness with a new merch line from SuperGroupies.

SuperGroupies has revealed a line of The World Ends With You merch that includes multiple variations on backpacks, watches, and wallets. You can preorder the items now, with bags and wallets due to ship out in Nov. 2020, and watches sometime in Dec. 2020. Check out the various designs here.


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