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Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Patch 43 now available

Not much of an update

Minecraft on Switch got a massive update today, bringing all sorts of new content and features, as well as a ton of bug fixes and tweaks. Turns out the Wii U version of Minecraft got an update today as well! Wondering what the update does? Here's the patch notes, in full.

- Updated Splash Text

BadLand Publishing releases a statement on the Axiom Verge situation

The other side of the story

Last week, all hell broke lose pertaining to the Axiom Verge's long-delayed retail launch on Wii U. The picture that was painted was not a pretty one for BadLand Games/Publishing, the company responsible for getting the game out there. Things only got worse when news quickly followed that Thomas Happ, developer of Axiom Verge, never received donations that BadLand had promised to send his way.

Today we get an official statement from BadLand Publishing on the matter. You can read their entire response below, and make of it what you will.

Madrid, March 19th, 2019: As a result of the latest unchecked, non-contrasted news published and related to the sale of the Axiom Verge videogame, BadLand Publishing has been immersed in a succession of news stories that, without being related to the company, are damaging its image. It is for this reason that Luis Quintans and, by allusions, BadLand Publishing want to clarify that:

Neither Badland Games nor Luis Quintans have NEVER made any kind of profit from the sale of the game Axiom Verge.

Due to the commercial situation of the company Badland Games, motivated by the impossibility of financing due to the restrictive attitude of the financial market, last October 2018, goes into bankruptcy due to lack of liquidity.

As there were not enough assets to meet the claims against the bankrupt estate, the company's registration sheet was concluded, extinguished and closed. This entailed the absorption by the creditors of any possible profit or income derived from the sales or products belonging to or generated by Badland Games.

Both Badland Games and Luis Quintans have recognized at all times the existing debt with Limited Run Games and Tom Happ Games. They have repeatedly contacted them, attempting to resolve the debt, taking the initiative to reach out-of-court payment agreements to which either no response has ever been received or which were never accepted. The only answer is the filing of a lawsuit in the United States in which no execution took place in Spain.

It is suspected that all this is part of a defamation campaign that seeks to promote third parties to the detriment of our interests, something that is evident if we take into account the suspicious closeness with the launch of the title.

Badland Publishing also has a different administrator and shareholder structure from Badland Games. Luis Quintans is just another employee at Badland Publishing.

Finally, we would like to thank the patience shown by all media who have maintained a neutral and purely informative position on the matter.

Pokken Tournament arcade version losing online service later this month

Goodnight, sweet prince

The Arcade version of Pokken Tournament is about to have its online service shut down. Bandai Namco has announced that the service will be terminated on March 25th, 2019. This means the game will no longer support National Versus mode, the First-Time Tutorial Service, and the Banapassport card will also no longer be usable on the machines. The Pokkén Tournament portal website will also shut down on March 25th, 2019.

Fan creates Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild-Inspired Lanterns

Absolutely divine

The only way to defeat Calamity Ganon is to take back control of the Divine Beasts! Freeing the Champions and taking out Ganon's corruption Blights. With the true power of the Hero and the help of the Shiekah and their wondrous technology; Vah Ruta, Vah Rudania, Vah Medoh and Vah Naboris are here to help in the final battle.

These fan-made lanterns are absolutely gorgeous, and would be right at home on the desk or end table of any Legend of Zelda fan. You can grab one for yourself right here!

GoNintendo Video - The worst part of Axiom Verge's publishing fiasco is disgusting

This is downright horrible

Yesterday brought us an overload of information on Axiom Verge's retail release for Wii U. We learned why the game has been held up so long, as well as the plans to move forward and release the game. There was also another tidbit in there that I want to make sure people caught wind of, as I feel it's the most important aspect of the whole situation. It's not a pleasant topic to discuss, but one that deserves to be heard.

As the discussion in the video below is of a serious matter, I disabled monetization as soon as the video went live. Whether you share my video or not doesn't matter. What's important is that the story itself is shared, no matter how you choose to do that. Share my video, share a post in your own words, retweet someone else's coverage. As long as the word is spreading, that's what matters.

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My Nintendo Europe - content update for March 15th, 2019

Not too big of an update for My Nintendo in Europe today, but there are still some deals you might want to check out on. Have a look at the latest offers below.

- [New 3DS] 30% off Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: 130 Gold Points
- [Wii U / New 3DS] 50% off Super Metroid (Virtual Console SNES): 40 Gold Points
- [3DS] 50% off Mole Mania (Virtual Console GB): 15 Gold Points
- [3DS] 20% off Hydroventure: Spin Cycle: 65 Platinum Points
- [3DS] 50% off Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit!: 150 Gold Points

Just Dance Unlimited - 'Lush Life by Zara' Larsson trailer

I do love a good bath bomb

Wherever life takes you, Just Dance 2019 beats to the rhythm of your life moments! Whether there’s something to celebrate or for no reason at all, Just Dance is there for every occasion! Lush Life by Zara Larsson is now on Just Dance Unlimited!

PixelMaker Studio coming to Wii U on March 21st, 2019

You read that correctly

PixelMaker Studio - imagine, draw, and animate your own pixel art creations!

PixelMaker Studio is a drawing program designed specifically for making pixel art images, animations and tile-based scenes!

Using easy to use tools on your Nintendo Wii U™, you can design images as simple or as complex as you like. Experiment, and create characters and scenes based on your favorite classic video games, or draw straight out of your own imagination!

- Create multi-frame animated images and watch them come to life.
- Design sets of image tiles and use them to create large, complex scenes.
- Support for multi-layer drawing, and 3D layered images and animations.
- Zoom in on the touch screen while seeing your whole scene on the upper screen.
- Cut/Copy/Paste selections with flip and rotate options.
- Fill by selection, flood-fill or replace all of a color.
- Draw and erase with multiple brush sizes.
- Pixel-perfect line and stroke drawing modes.
- Export PNG images and scenes to SD Card.
- Undo/Redo and image auto-save and restore.
- Palette-based color management with a number of classic samples.
- Choose colors visually, by exact RGB, or pick from the image.
- Optional grid overlay.

BadLand never gave Axiom Verge's dev the donations they promised to help aid his sick son

This is appalling

The full details on the bad deal between Limited Run Games and BadLand Games/Publishing came out earlier today, and once you read, it's easy to see how this became a nightmare situation for Limited Run and Tom Happ, developer of the game. I thought we were done with all the messy details earlier, but unfortunately, we have new information to share courtesy of Dan Adelman. Mr. Adelman worked with Happ directly on this entire situation, and the new details he shared are the worst yet.

You might remember a post we made quite some time ago about the deal for Axiom Verge between BadLand Games and Thomas Happ, creator of the game. BadLand had pledged to donate 75% of their revenue from Axiom Verge to Happ in order to help Happ's son fight an illness. Check out the original explanation from Happ below.

As you may have seen elsewhere on my blog and Twitter, I’ve tried to be pretty open about my son Alastair’s health situation. In short, he was born healthy, but the doctors failed to treat a routine case of jaundice during a critical period when he was just days old. The result was a life-long condition called Kernicterus that is characterized by severe neurological damage which robbed Alastair of much of his motor control and hearing. The reason I mention this is that after we decided to move forward with BadLand Games as the publisher, they offered to donate 75% of their share to a special fund dedicated to Alastair’s ongoing health care costs. They didn’t want to publicize it, since none of us wanted to be seen as trying to use my son’s suffering as a marketing tool for the game. I hope this doesn’t come off that way. I just wanted to thank them for their generosity in offering that up, since it was definitely something they didn’t have to do.

I'm sure you can see where this is going. According to Adelman, Happ never received a single dime of those donations. When it was time for BadLand to pony up, they simply went radio silent. That's exactly what happened to Limited Run as well.

This entire situation is bad, but never giving Happ the promised donations to help fight his son's medical issues...that's absolutely disgusting. I doubt Happ will ever see a single cent of that money, even if this aspect goes to court. I think that's more than enough reason to steer VERY far away from any games BadLand publishes from here on out.

Thanks to TheDreamingHawk for the heads up.

Full details on the trouble between Limited Run Games and BadLand over Axiom Verge's retail release on Wii U

This is a giant mess

It has taken a long, looooooooooooong time to get Axiom Verge's retail release out on Wii U. Fans have been wondering what was taking the release so long, and today we get the full details on that situation. It all stems from a very sticky situation between Limited Run Games and BadLand.

Very long story very short, Limited Run Games was never given the $78k worth of Axiom Verge Wii U copies that they ordered from BadLand. Limited Run kept trying to get in touch with BadLand after a series of misfires, and BadLand continued to be radio silent. That $78k still hasn't been repaid to Limited Run, which is why they filed a lawsuit over the matter. Even that wasn't enough to get BadLand to show up in court, let alone fully discuss the matter.

As it stands today, Limited Run won their lawsuit by default, as BadLand representation didn't even bother to show up in court. The thing is, BadLand still hasn't returned a dime of that money, and it seems Limited Run is no closer to working the situation out than they were years ago. The end result is Limited Run eating the cost of Axiom Verge on Wii U, as they know it's extremely unlikely the release will recoup any serious amount of money for them.

If you want the full details on this entire messy situation, check out the feature here.