Today, The Pokemon Company International released the soundtracks from the Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen games on iTunes. It features “beautifully adapted and orchestrated versions of the original in-game music, composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose and Morikazu Aoki.”
You can make a purchase through the following link here. Pricing is set at $11.99.
Next year, The Pokemon Company International will launch more soundtracks for older Pokemon titles, including:
Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2
As long as your device can’t transmit or receive wireless signals like texts or phone-calls, the FAA is soon to let you play with it during the takeoff and landing portions of any particular airplane flight. This means 3DS and Vita, phones and tablets (if ‘Airplane Mode’ is turned on), etc etc can all be used to calm your nerves or supplement the visceral experience of being forced into the air above earth at 400 miles an hour starting “soon”, according to the FAA.
Why the change of heart? It turns out that devices that aren’t transmitting or receiving things wirelessly can’t interfere with most planes’ computer systems.
Many, many years ago, WayForward was working on a Shantae sequel for the Game Boy Advance. Sadly, it was cancelled due to a lack of publisher interest.
While Shantae GBA never saw the day of light, WayForward did show a demo of the project during a stream last night as a means of promoting the final hours of its Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter. You can find footage above.
Even though Super Smash Bros. has been around since the N64 era, Nintendo is just now bringing the franchise to a portable. In addition to Wii U, a unique version of the series’ next entry will be released for the 3DS.
But has creator Masahiro Sakurai considered making Smash Bros. for a Nintendo handheld in the past? As it turns out, the answer is yes.
Sakurai told GamesTM this month that he “thought about it”, but “we purely didn’t have the opportunity, it just never came up.” He also explained that it may not have been possible to realize Smash Bros. on any Nintendo handheld before the GBA.
“It’s not that I haven’t wanted to – I thought about it, I did. To be honest, we purely didn’t have the opportunity, it just never came up. And also, to speak freely, if you look at a handheld device preceding anything before the GBA, I don’t know that it would have the capabilities to fully realize Smash Bros.”
Thanks to joclo for sending this information our way.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much footage from Nintendo’s E3 2002 conference. That leads to more trailers rather than content directly from the briefing. We did end up with one of the first clips from F-Zero GX, as well as new looks at titles such as Super Mario Sunshine and Zelda: The Wind Waker.
E3 2003 was certainly more exciting from the perspective of available footage, but it is sort of known as one of Nintendo’s duds. Two big aspects were highlighted during the conference: GameCube to Game Boy Advance connectivity and partnerships. Zelda: Four Swords and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes were arguably the two biggest announcements. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles was made public as well. Shigeru Miyamoto popped up on stage to reveal that he was working on a Pac-Man title for the GameCube… which was kind of Nintendo’s main announcement for the show.
Check back tomorrow as we take a look at Nintendo’s E3 2004 conference, featuring the unveil of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
The 3DS has yet to see a new game in the Advance Wars series. In fact, there hasn’t been an entry since Days of Ruin’s release in 2008.
Although there haven’t been any new Advance Wars developments in a few years, there still is quite a bit of interest in the franchise.
In the Fire Emblem: Awakening 8-4 interview published today, Nintendo director Genki Yokota said:
“Well, whether it’s Fire Emblem or the Advance Wars, we never want to put an end to any series we’re involved with. We always want to make games that provide a lot of fun to gamers, so if we have the chance, we’d certainly like to make another [Advance Wars] title.”
As part of its send-off festivities, Nintendo Power compiled a list of the top 285 Nintendo games of all time. The magazine specifically chose the number since 285 issues were produced since its inception in 1988.
We have the entire lineup of games below – yes, all 285 games! Head past the break for the listing.
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition likely won’t be WayForward’s last Wii U game.
WayForward creative director Matt Bozon explained how the studio could approach the console going forward:
“If it’s anything like DSiWare, we’ll test the waters a bit and then try to roll out something a bit heftier. That’s a prediction, not a reveal of some secret project. I just see a lot of patterns in the way we work. Multiple Wii U retail titles for sure, and Wii U eShop exclusives are very likely too. From my own experience, the system is a game changer.”
Hyper Drive Edition director Austin Ivansmith also showed great interest in support Miiverse going forward:
“We’re definitely supporting it. We’d also like to try some innovative ideas with Miiverse, since there could be options for sharing data of some sort.”
One final, random tidbit from Bozon. He revealed that WayForward had hoped to get involved with GBA’s e-Reader, but “that’s the one that got away.”
“Heck, we even tried to get on the card e-Reader back in 2002 and got – as far as I know – the only external US dev kit. But alas, that’s the one that got away.”