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Had history taken a different direction, the first Resident Evil could have ended up as a very different game. Capcom’s Koji Oda told Game Informer that it was originally in development for the SNES.

Some of you may know that Resident Evil was inspired by the horror title Sweet Home, and was a spiritual successor of sorts. It makes sense then that it started off on the SNES. But as Oda mentioned, when the PlayStation came into the picture, Capcom shifted to that platform.

Capcom has created its own amiibo in the past. For Monster Hunter Stories in Japan, the company came out with several different figures. You might be interested to know that Capcom has also toyed around with potential amiibo for another one of its prominent franchises.

In an interview with Famitsu this week, Capcom reveals that Resident Evil amiibo almost happened. In talking about the new Switch releases, Ryota Niitsuma told the magazine that they planned to make figures for Resident Evil Revelations. The team went until the phase where they made the 3D models and could pose them.

Just a few days ago, Resident Evil 7 director Koshi Nakanishi spoke about Switch and how he finds it to be “unique hardware”. Now producer Masachika Kawata has weighed in as well.

Daily Express asked Kawata if Resident Evil will be on Switch. He unfortunately said there are “no plans at the moment”, but also commented on the hardware’s uniqueness much like Nakanishi.

Kawata said:

“I think it’s a very unique piece of hardware. I’m looking forward to the possibilities of the system itself, but we have no plans at the moment regarding Resident Evil on Switch.”

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After losing his hearing in the last 90s and being hailed as the “Japanese Beethoven”, it turns out that composer Mamoru Samuragochi didn’t actually directly compose a good chunk of the songs he’s most famous for, including the soundtrack to 2001’s Onimushu: Warlords and the critically acclaimed “Hiroshima Symphony No. 1”, a piece dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombings of 1945. Instead, Samuragochi-san paid someone else to do the actually writing process while he fed them vague musical ideas.

It’s not quite clear how involved or disassociated he was with the actual writing, but the details we have do make it seem as though he primarily gave a vague interpretation of what he wanted and let the other person do most of the raw composition work. A statement from Samuragochi-san’s solicitor read as follows: “He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done. He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts.”

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According to Capcom, Resident Evil’s “main user group” is in its late-30s to 40s. The company stated in a feature on its investor relations site that such a userbase poses a bit of a concern, as they could continue to grow older and older, eventually moving on from video games.

To remedy this, Capcom hopes to appeal to younger gamers. And so the company is collaborating with fashion magazines/brands, plus focusing on marketing/promotional activities for non-gmaers. These include a “Halloween Horror Night” event held in conjunction with Universal Studios Japan and the opening of a Resident Evil café in Shibuya, Tokyo.

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Capcom’s Resident Evil: Revelations sale doesn’t just apply to Wii U. The game has also gone on sale on the 3DS eShop, along with Mercenaries 3D. The two titles are available for 50% off through Halloween.

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Resident Evil: Revelations has received a significant discount on the Wii U eShop. Starting today, you can purchase and download the title for $19.99. The sale lasts through October 31.

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This month’s issue has a listing of the top 20 games of our lifetime, as chosen by the magazine’s readers. Here’s how the results panned out:

20 – World of Warcraft
19 – Majora’s Mask
18 – Vice City
17 – Chrono Trigger
16 – Portal
15 – Red Dead Redemption
14 – Bioshock
13 – Ico
12 – The Last of Us
11- Dark Souls
10 – Super Mario Galaxy
9 – Metal Gear Solid
8 – Shadow of the Colossus
7 – Goldeneye
6 – Halo
5 – Resident Evil 4
4 – Final Fantasy VII
3 – Half Life 2
2 – Super Mario 64
1 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the list?

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