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Game History Secrets - The History of Elite Beat Agents

This series needs to come back

Today on Game History Secrets, Liam looks at the history of Elite Beat Agents, which is known as the Ouendan series in Japan. The EBA series has thus far only released on the Nintendo DS system.

Concept art and story details for the cancelled Mega Man Star Force 4 surface

Ah, what could have been

There was a time when Capcom was working on Mega Man Star Force 4, but they scrapped it for numerous reasons. Today we get a look at official concept art for the game above, as well as a ton of story details.

- illustration drawn by Shinsuke Komaki
- Mega Man Star Force 4 entered production roughly 10-years-ago
- the project was crapped due to poor sales of Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star and Mega Man Star Force 3
- Mega Man Star Force 4 aimed to be more tonally "mature" than previous entries to attract an older demographic
- the game would have starred a slightly older, more hardened Geo Stellar (redesigned with new clothes and a new Visualizer)
- there would be abrand-new character named Kazuma
- Kazuma was a genius hacker and a direct descendant of Lan Hikari's family
- the story involved Geo and Kazuma crossing paths and becoming outlaw hackers
- the two would be sought by the Satella Police, and reward for their capture was 8,000,000 Zenny a piece-
- hacking was intended to be the theme/gimmick

First 4 Figures reveals preorder date for the Okami Amaterasu PVC Statue

Two years in the making

After more than two years since its reveal during the 2017 Christmas Special, it has officially been announced that AMATERASU PVC will finally be available for pre-order after the Friday Q&A with Chocks and A #125 Facebook live stream on FRIDAY, 21 JUNE 2019, 10:00 PM HKT.

Boundary Break - Out of Bounds Nintendogs Fly Everywhere!

Time once again to see things we're not supposed to see! This week, Boundary Break takes a look at the world of Nintendogs! When was the last time you fired up your DS and gave your dog some TLC?!

Region Locked - Nintendo's Asia-Exclusive MapleStory Games

Why did we never get these?

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at two MapleStory game that never left Asia. These games are MapleStory DS for the Nintendo DS, and MapleStory: Girl of Destiny for the Nintendo 3DS.

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary gets fan translation

While Puyo Puyo Champions has released for Switch worldwide, hardcore fans are looking backwards at Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, a DS title that never saw release outside of Japan. A group of fan-translators decided to change that, and have released a patch to play the game in English. Translated content includes regular battle modes, story mode, tutorial, battle victory lines, and menu graphics.

Chrono Trigger Album Between Earth and Sky Now Available

A tribute to one of gaming's best soundtracks

SEATTLE - May 3, 2019 - Materia Collective is excited to make available Between Earth and Sky, a beautiful re-imagining of Yasunori Mistuda's beloved Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Performed and organized by operatically-trained soprano singer Julia Henderson and featuring several guest soloists, Between Earth and Sky breathes new life into several key themes from the game, touching on everything from sweet and ethereal ballads and sultry jazz performances to metal and more. There's a little something for everyone across this amazing musical journey through time and space. Between Earth and Sky is now available wherever digital music is sold:

Between Earth and Sky on All Storefronts

The track list for Between Earth and Sky includes many surprises and some of the most popular themes from Chrono Trigger:

01. Memories of Green
02. Battle with Magus
03. Corridors of Time
04. Schala's Theme
05. Wings that Cross Time
06. World Revolution

"Chrono Trigger's soundtrack has personally touched me more than any other, and I know there are many others with similar emotional connections to both the game and Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack," comments Julia Henderson. "My concept and the reasoning behind the album's title, Between Earth and Sky, was to highlight the physical, emotional, and metaphysical journey that the characters undertake as they discover the truth about the end of the world, experience the end of time itself, and defeat Lavos. Most importantly, Crono's friends throughout the game all come from different eras and lands. Thus, Crono finds a greater common purpose along with the unlikeliest of allies, including a robot, a princess, a frog, and a demon king. This theme echoed my collaborative efforts, as I involved many musicians and non-musicians who all share a love for Chrono Trigger and its music."

Totaku working on a Viewtiful Joe figurine

Henshin a-go-go, baby!

Totaku has revealed a new figurine in their lineup, and it's one some older Capcom fans will be into. A Viewtiful Joe figurine is set to release sometime in late Summer 2019, with a price point yet to be confirmed.

It's nice to see some love heading Viewtiful Joe's way. If only we could get Capcom to feel the same way and make a new Viewtiful Joe game!

Thanks to BuzztheBatgirl for the heads up!

Nintendo details Switch sales pace, compares to Wii/DS era, breaks down sales in different regions, and more

Coming from Nintendo's financial briefing...

As mentioned at the February corporate management policy briefing, sales of the Nintendo Switch system were strong during the holiday season, and sell-through has continued to be solid through the start of this year. This slide shows combined sell-through for the Japanese, North American, and European markets. As you can see, sell-through from January to March was
35% higher than the same period of the previous year.

This graph shows cumulative sell-through trends throughout the full fiscal year combined for Japan, North America, and Europe. The fiscal year ended March 2018 showed explosive sales for a first year of hardware sales. The fiscal year ended March 2019 kept up that same pace until the beginning of autumn, before rising even more sharply in November. As a result, we saw a
full-year increase of 23% over the previous fiscal year. And since the start of the third year of Nintendo Switch this March, the momentum of the business is still increasing.

This graph shows changes in cumulative sell-through in the Japanese market following the launch of Nintendo Switch. The total hardware sell-through for Nintendo platforms from Nintendo DS onward is superimposed on the graph for comparison. Note that the quantity and timing of holiday seasons that see large sales increases will differ according to the different launch dates. Within Japan, Nintendo Switch is not reaching the pace of expansion set by Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, but has outpaced Wii.

Let’s turn now to the North American market. The red line representing Nintendo Switch jumps significantly twice, once at each holiday season. During the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch, it approached the momentum shown by Wii.

These are the figures for the European market. Since its second holiday season, Nintendo Switch has surpassed
the pace set by Nintendo 3DS.

And the total numbers combined for the three regions I just explained look like this. Although there are variances from region to region, Nintendo Switch is spreading at a pace comparable to that of our previous hardware.

Nintendo removes Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games from their website, Wii U page removed as well

End of an era

Nintendo has done a bit of housecleaning on their official website. If you're looking for listings on Wii, WiiWare, DS, and DSiWare games, you'll have to look elsewhere. Nintendo has removed all pages for those games. On top of that, Nintendo has taken down the info page for the Wii U as well. I guess Nintendo had to make some room for all the recent Switch games!

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