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First there was the Pikachu Build-A-Bear. Now Eevee, another popular Pokemon, is about to receive the same treatment.

Beginning on September 1, Build-A-Bear stores will offer a 14-inch Eevee plush in the US, UK, and Canada. Consumers can purchase a standard item for $28, but an exclusive online set will be sold as well for $62, which also comes with a cape, sleeper, and an Eevee 5-in-1 sound chip. The sleeper will be sold separately in stores for $12.50, though the cape and sound chip are only included in the online set. In-store and online Eevee plushes will come with an exclusive Pokemon Trading Card Game card.

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Earlier today, Renegade Kid co-founders Gregg Hargrove and Jools Watsham announced the closer of the studio. The two will now be in charge of their own companies, Infitizmo and Atooi respectively.

Speaking about the decision to close Renegade Kid, Watsham said:

“The video game industry has changed a lot in the past 10 years that we’ve been developing games as Renegade Kid. From the very beginning, it has always been a challenge to secure partnerships with publishers to fund the development of original games, and since the advent of self-publishing – when digital distribution became more mainstream – it has shifted our business model towards becoming more dependent on revenue instead of seeking funding from publishing partners.

As such, it has been a great financial challenge and an extreme workload for the entire team to maintain a balance between cash flow, staying competitive with our games, and spending quality time with our families and friends. Couple these realities with the desire to achieve personal goals, Gregg and I came to the difficult decision to each pursue solo ventures and close Renegade Kid.

Starting fresh with small, lean teams enables us both to focus more on less moving parts and potentially achieve better success. It puts both Atooi and Infitizmo in more advantageous positions.”

Renegade Kid may be gone, but the developer’s franchises are not. Hargrove is holding onto the 3D titles while Watsham will own the 2D franchises. Watsahm says Treasurenauts will launch next year (with news coming “very soon”), and a new game will be announced this week. Meanwhile, Hargrove mentioned that he “would love to explore Cult County.” He also stated that he would like “to expand on both Moon and Dementium in the future and there is a new mystery project in the works for the near future.”

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Update (8/29): Now up for pre-order on Play-Asia:

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Each one costs $10. Not too bad!


Original (8/23): Medicom is adding three new Zelda figures to its “Ultra Detail” line. Ones based on Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask 3D, and A Link Between Worlds will release in Japan next May. Pricing is set at 1,080 yen for each.

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Enterplay will soon be bringing out The Legend of Zelda Trading Cards. Two options are available: the Trading Card Box ($72) featuring 24 packs and the Collector’s Fun Box ($10) with an Exclusive Gold Foil Card.

The Legend of Zelda Trading Cards features images based on five different games. Enterplay’s designs are made up of fans’ “favorite characters and icons in high quality trading cards, foil cards, decal stickers (clear and foil-stamped), and tattoos.”

The Trading Card Box arrives in late September. The Collector’s Fun Box is estimated for mid-November. If you decide to put in an order, use the code “Harmony” for 20 percent off.

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Renegade Kid is no more. The studio’s co-founders, Jools Watsham and Gregg Hargrove, have decided to end their partnership of creating games together after ten years.

Watsham and Hargrove will now go in different directions. Watsham will be making games at Atooi while Hargrove will be at Infitizmo. Atooi will acquire the rights to all Renegade Kid 2D games, which encompasses the likes of Mutant Mudds and Treasurenauts. Meanwhile, Infitizmo will own the 3D series such as Dementium and Moon Chronicles.

In today’s announcement, it’s mentioned that Watsham and Hargrove’s “friendship and respect for each other” remains “very much intact”.

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Update 4 (8/28): Now up for pre-order on Amazon UK.


Update 3 (8/24): Zelda: Art & Artifacts is now $16 off on Amazon and $13 off on Amazon Canada.


Update 2 (8/23): Now up for pre-order on Amazon Germany.


Update: A few preview pages have come in. It’s safe to say that this is indeed the English version of Hyrule Graphics.


Original (8/22): Nintendo is teaming up with Dark Horse Books for the release of The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts. It’s slated for February 21, 2017.

Based on the official description, it sounds a lot like the Hyrule Graphics book Japan is getting in about a week. It contains more than 400 pages of illustrations from the entire series, including Breath of the Wild.

According to the Amazon description:

Wild! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more! The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise, as well as rare and never before seen content, presented in one handsome hardcover.

Select artwork from the entirety of the franchise!

A nostalgic look at the past!

An exciting look at the future!

Interviews with some of the artists behind The Legend of Zelda series!

You can pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts on Amazon here and Amazon Canada here.

It’s not too often that we hear about the Nintendo games made for the CD-i. And there’s good reason for that: they’re largely considered to be some of the worst titles out there. They weren’t actually created by Nintendo, as Philips handled them instead.

Philips worked with two developers on a few Nintendo games for the CD-i. There were a trio of Zelda titles, along with Hotel Mario.

Stephen Radosh was one of the people who was very involved with the Nintendo efforts on CD-i. On Hotel Mario, he was executive producer. While he wasn’t there for the initial negotiations Philips had, Nintendo was said to be quite cooperative.

Radosh told Game Informer this month:

“They could have kept saying no, and then it would have never hit the market. I was expecting nothing but combative, and I got the exact opposite.”

“I still had to get approval from Nintendo on everything, because these were their trademark characters. And anyone who owns trademark characters will tell you, you don’t want Link having sex with Zelda on the ramparts of the castle.”

The Art of Grasshopper Manufacture has been given a heavy discount on Amazon. It’s currently at $15, which is over 60 percent off. You’ll be able to see more of Suda51’s games, including No More Heroes and Killer7.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Graphics may not be a standalone book. Inside the collection, which just came out in Japan yesterday, specific wording hints at more releases. We may see a second book this winter followed by a third in 2017. Obviously there have not been any specific announcements yet.

In North America and Europe, Zelda: Hyrule Graphics is known as The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts. It will be available next February.

Thanks to Zak H for the tip.

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This past week, Dark Horse Books announced that the company is teaming up with Nintendo for The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. North America and Europe will need to wait until next year for its localization, but in Japan, it came out yesterday as “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Graphics”. You can view some photos of the book below.

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