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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.

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)

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

Japanese eShop charts for Jan. 28th to Feb. 3rd, 2021

Among Us retains the lead

We're back with the weekly check-in on Japanese eShop sales, and once again we see that Among Us is holding onto its top spot. Looks like this is the new game to beat! I'm thinking Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury will be able to get the job done. Check out the rundown for Jan. 28th to Feb. 3rd, 2021 below.

Switch

01./01. – Among Us (Innersloth) [16.12.2020]
02./02. – Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami) [19.11.2020]
03./00. – Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games) [25.9.2018] (had Game Trial, 35% off until February 7th)
04./04. – Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
05./08. – Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Nippon Ichi Software) [28.1.2021]
06./18. – Buddy Mission BOND (Nintendo) [29.1.2021]
07./05. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
08./10. – Moto Rush GT (Baltoro Games) [26.3.2020] (93% off until February 2nd)
09./06. – Minecraft (Mojang / Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
10./07. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
11./09. – Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) [05.6.2020]
12./11. – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) [20.3.2020]
13./New. – Labyrinth Legend (Regista) [28.1.2021]
14./17. – Resident Evil 6 (Capcom) [31.10.2019] (54% off until February 10th)
15./13. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
16./15. – Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [30.12.2018]
17./16. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
18./14. – Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise (imagineer) [03.12.2020]
19./00. – Gnosia (Petit Depotto) [30.4.2020] (was on sale)
20./00. – Dead Cells (Motion Twin) [07.8.2018] (50% off until February 9th)

3DS

01./02. – Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [26.1.2018]
02./04. – The Battle Cats POP! (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
03./01. – Inazuma Eleven 1-2-3!! Endo Mamoru Densetsu (Level-5) [29.5.2013] (currently on sale for 500 Yen, instead of 6 076 Yen)
04./05. – Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (Square-Enix) [24.8.2017]
05./03. – Chou Charisou Atsumete! Choujuu Hunter (spicysoft) [24.2.2016] (currently on sale for 100 Yen, instead of 680 Yen)
06./06. – Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line (Square-Enix) [10.8.2017]
07./08. – EarthBound (Nintendo, New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console) [04.3.2016]
08./09. – Pokémon Silver Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [22.9.2017]
09./00. – Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.2.2016]
10./00. – Pokémon Gold Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [22.9.2017]

3DS eShop charts for Feb. 3rd, 2021

Yep, it's Pokemon Crystal again

Pokemon Crystal simply won't budge from the top spot. It leads the pack yet again, which isn't much of a surprise for anyone keeping an eye on these weekly charts. Check out the rundown for Feb. 4th, 2021 below.

Software

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

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

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! In this comedy-filled adventure, join Mario and his partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle. Battles have a puzzle-solving flair to them, so you may want to put on your thinking cap.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Race and battle your friends in the definitive version of the Mario Kart 8 game, with a ton of characters, tracks, and customization options for your kart. Gather around the TV for 4-player multiplayer* or challenge players online** in matches with up to 12 players. The game also includes the Smart Steering feature for players brand-new to racing games and the ability to pass a Joy-Con™ controller to a friend to get a quick race in together.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as fighters like Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Whether you play solo, with friends* at home, or go online**, this game is packed with content.

Super Mario Odyssey

Join Mario in a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure! Thanks to his friend Cappy, Mario has the power to capture and control certain objects, animals, and even enemies. Power up the Odyssey airship and foil Bowser’s nefarious wedding plans. And if there’s a less experienced player in the house, Assist Mode or the two-player co-op mode (in which one player gets to control Cappy with a single Joy-Con controller) may be exactly what they need!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure as you travel the wilds of Hyrule. Link, the legendary hero, must regain his lost memories, gather allies, and prepare himself for the ultimate battle. Clever puzzles, intense action, and beautiful scenery await.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Join Mario, Luigi, and pals for single-player or multiplayer fun anytime, anywhere! Take on two family-friendly, side-scrolling adventures with up to three friends* as you try to save the Mushroom Kingdom. Includes the New Super Mario Bros. U and harder, faster New Super Luigi U games.

Switch officially outsells the 3DS

Another milestone archieved

The last few financial reports from Nintendo have one or two stats that really put the Switch's success into perspective. The Q3 2021 results that Nintendo just released have given us another such stat.

According to the report, the Switch has now sold 79.87 million units worldwide. It's managed to do that before it reached its 4 year anniversary. As a matter of fact, it did that with data only going up to Dec. 31st, 2020. That was still enough to push the Switch far past the install base of the 3DS, which sits at 75.94. The 3DS did a fine job in the sales department, but it's easy to see the Switch is the more successful of the two.

The next milestone for the Switch to achieve will be outselling the GBA, and that's pretty much a done deal at this point. The GBA sold 81.51 units in its lifetime. Truth be told, there's a good chance the Switch has already blown past that figure with January sales factored in, but since Nintendo hasn't shared that number yet, we can't call it 100% confirmed.

Electric Playground chats with Yacht Club Games about Shovel Knight and Cyber Shadow

A chat with the retro masters

Victor Lucas of Electric Playground welcomes Sean Velasco, Designer and Celia Schilling, Marketing Manager from Yacht Club Games to celebrate the launch of Cyber Shadow! The conversation will also dig into the company's history with development and the creation of Shovel Knight, now working as a partner and publisher for other devs and to get a peek into what's next!

Japanese eShop charts for Jan. 21st to 27th, 2021

The murder mystery is killing it

The latest weekly eShop charts in Japan reveal that Among Us has hung onto the top spot yet again, which is no easy task. Momotaro Dentetsu has been charging the charts since last year, but Among Us has just enough strength to muscle it into second place. Check out the overall Japanese eShop charts for Jan. 21st to 27th, 2021 below!

Switch

01./01. – Among Us (Innersloth) [16.12.2020]
02./02. – Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami) [19.11.2020]
03./03. – Urban Trial Playgrounds (3 g o o) [24.5.2018] (97% off until January 27th)
04./08. – Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
05./04. – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
06./05. – Minecraft (Mojang / Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
07./06. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
08./New. – Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Nippon Ichi Software) [28.1.2021]
09./09. – Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) [05.6.2020]
10./00. – Moto Rush GT (Baltoro Games) [26.3.2020] (93% off until February 2nd)
11./11. – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) [20.3.2020]
12./New. – Final Sword DefinitiveEdition (HUP Games) [21.1.2021]
13./10. – Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
14./12. – Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise (imagineer) [03.12.2020]
15./17. – Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [30.12.2018]
16./16. – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
17./00. – Resident Evil 6 (Capcom) [31.10.2019] (54% off until February 10th)
18./New. – Buddy Mission BOND (Nintendo) [29.1.2021]
19./00. – Hollow (Forever Entertainment) [06.12.2018]
20./13. – Down in Bermuda (YAK) [14.1.2021] (launch discount: 75% off until February 9th)

3DS

01./08. – Inazuma Eleven 1-2-3!! Endo Mamoru Densetsu (Level-5) [29.5.2013] (was on sale)
02./10. – Pokémon Crystal Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [26.1.2018]
03./00. – Chou Charisou Atsumete! Choujuu Hunter (spicysoft) [24.2.2016] (currently on sale for 100 Yen, instead of 680 Yen)
04./00. – The Battle Cats POP! (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
05./00. – Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (Square-Enix) [24.8.2017]
06./00. – Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line (Square-Enix) [10.8.2017]
07./00. – Infinite Dunamis (Kemco) [02.3.2016] (currently 50% off)
08./00. – EarthBound (Nintendo, New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console) [04.3.2016]
09./00. – Pokémon Silver Version (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [22.9.2017]
10./00. – Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.2.2016]

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