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LEGO recently surprised fans by unveiling another aspect of its partnership with Nintendo. Aside from Super Mario, the two sides teamed up to create a LEGO version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Both products are currently available.

In an interview with GameCentral not too long ago, designer Maarten Simons discussed the creation process for the Mario sprite piece and working with Nintendo on the project. He told the site:

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario has continued to stray farther and farther from its original RPG roots over the years. These days, the games are much more adventure-focused. The change in genres has been a conscious decision from the development team, but according to producer Kensuke Tanabe, nothing is set in stone when it comes to future titles.

Recently, Eurogamer Germany asked Paper Mario: The Origami King producer about the decision not to feature heavy RPG elements in Origami King. Tanabe said in response (as translated by Nintendo Everything):

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta do a summer version of the Nintendo Switch Swap in which they choose a game for the other person that has a summer theme. Check out the full episode below.

My Nintendo has updated with a single reward, but if you’re a fan of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it may pique your interest. A wallpaper based on the Switch title is available now.

The wallpaper will set you back 50 Platinum Points. If interested, you can obtain it here.

Nintendo has teamed up with Lunchables on another partnership. Between September 1 and December 31, characters from Switch games will appear on select Lunchables packages across the United States, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and Pokemon Sword/Shield (Expansion Pass).

Additionally, a giveaway is planned. The Nintendo-themed packages will come with a code that will be either a Switch prize pack or 100 Platinum Points.

Here’s the full announcement with all of the details:

A lot is planned for Gamescom 2020 this week despite the show going fully digital. Aside from Opening Night Live on Thursday and the Awesome Indies Show on Saturday, IGN has teamed up with the expo for four days of coverage.

As far as what to expect, there will be new game announcements, trailers, and upgrades on previously-known titles. A number of Switch games are already confirmed, including Captain Tsubasa, Jump Force, Genshin Impact, Little Nightmares II, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Haven, Remothered: Broken Porcelain, King’s Bounty II, Gonner 2, Minecraft Dungeons, Grindstone, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, and more.

Here’s the full schedule:

Dragon's Dogma anime series

Netflix has issued the first trailer for the upcoming Dragon’s Dogma anime series ahead of its debut next month. Give it a look below.

The Dragon’s Dogma anime series debuts on Netflix on September 17.

Super Nintendo World

Much of the talk surrounding Super Nintendo World has been its debut location at Universal Studios Japan. Construction is all but complete in the area. It’s just a matter of when the park will open, as it’s been impacted by the coronavirus – much like a lot of other things this year.

Aside from Japan, Super Nintendo World will eventually open in other parts of the world, including Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s unclear when it’ll open, but the first set design piece / mountain facade has been spotted.

Universal Core shared the following photo on Twitter:

Before a movie goes into full production, it can be accompanied by a previsualization video. Concept shots and footage are created before any real work is done. For animated films, it can give animators and directors a better idea as to how certain scenes will actually turn out.

Artist Ellery Ortiz has now uploaded a video showing off previsualization work for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. She said of her work on Vimeo:

Update (8/22): Ask Iwata is now up on Amazon Canada ($6.15 discount).

Update (7/27): Pre-orders are now live on Amazon.

Original (7/24): Last year, EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi’s publishing company Hobonichi released a book in Japan dedicated to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. It went over Iwata’s life, featured interviews with the likes of Itoi and Miyamoto, and more.

Fortunately, that book is now officially confirmed for English release in the west. Viz Media has announced that Ask Iwata will handle publishing, and it will release in Spring 2021.

The book will be available in both print and through digital distribution.


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