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Black & White Creatures

Back in 2001, EA and Lionhead Studios teamed up on Black & White, a well-received simulation game that essentially lets you play as god. The DS was actually planned to receive a spinoff of the series, though it never came to be.

Full Fat was tasked with creating the game for Nintendo’s portable system under the name Black & White Creatures. It’s unclear why the project was scrapped in the end, though we do know that it would have been quite different as it was more of a pet simulator.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO recently celebrated a major milestone. December was actually the 25th anniversary of the release of LEGO Group’s first ever video game.

In light of the landmark occasion, we have a small bit of interesting data concerning the series as a whole. The top five best-selling LEGO games of all time have been revealed.

Here’s the full lineup:

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E3 2006 was one of the biggest expos ever for Nintendo. It was our first proper look at Wii and its games while DS was starting to come into its own.

Now thanks to Twitter user forestillusion, new footage has emerged from Nintendo’s E3 2006 booth. It includes off-screen gameplay of various titles, including Super Mario Galaxy. forestillusion says that some of the videos contain “footage that was never published”.

You can check out all of the gameplay in the YouTube playlist below – videos will play consecutively.

A decade after its original release on DS, Monster Tale is making a comeback. Majesco Entertainment has announced plans to bring the title to “modern game platforms” in 2021.

Monster Tale Ultimate was announced for 3DS in 2015, but the project never materialized. Original developer Dreamrift had plans to spruce up “every single aspect of the adventure” with new art assets, stereoscopic 3D support, rebalanced gameplay, and the ability to switch between a new orchestral soundtrack and the original chiptune music. There were also plans for new rooms and areas, adjustments to backtracking, and rebalancing.

Here’s an official overview of Monster Tale from Majesco:

First 4 Figures has revealed its latest statue and next addition to its Okami line. The company latest product is based on Okamiden: Chibiterasu vs. Dark Chibiterasu & Possessed Kuni.

Like previous First 4 Figures statues, it’ll come in standard and exclusive versions. The exclusive edition has certain parts that light up.

Below are all of the relevant details and a couple of videos:

DSi single screen

During the DS and 3DS eras, you may have heard of something called Nintendo Zone. It was more widely used during the DS days, but the main idea was that you could connect to the service at certain places like Best Buy and access content such as demos and trailers, services, and more. Nintendo originally sent DS cartridges to these locations which would hold all of the Nintendo Zone data. Later on, there was a more efficient process once the DSi was created.

Nintendo eventually stripped back the original DSi hardware, leaving a single touch screen, two LEDs, and a charging port. Locations that had these systems were also given a new cartridge that could connect to a server for all of the latest content. That way Nintendo wouldn’t need to continually send out new DS cards.

Here’s a look at the device from The Retro Future:

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has had continued success with Switch since the system launched in 2017. The pattern has continued through this year, and 2020 may actually be the platform’s best year yet from a sales perspective.

That’s further backed up by the NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. In a tweet shared earlier today, Piscatella revealed that in the United States, Switch sold more hardware units in Q3 than any platform since the DS in 2009.

2020 has been a strong year for the gaming industry overall. Total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $11.2 billion in the third quarter, a 24 percent increase year-over-year.


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Nintendogs is one of Nintendo’s most successful DS games having sold over 20 million units. The journey to get there wasn’t easy though. Even within Nintendo’s internally, there were doubts as to whether the game would actually succeed.

David Yarnton, former Nintendo UK general manager, told GamesIndustry that “a lot of the hardcore gamers in our team poo-pooed it.” Once they got some hands-on time though, it didn’t take long for them to be “converted”.

Yarnton said:

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were among the many games included in the latest Nintendo leaks. A number of builds have been unearthed, with the earliest one going back to March 14, 2006, which is more than five months before the final release.

Twitter Lewchube has been rounding up the many discoveries on Twitter. They include a possible father figure, a potential different type pairing for Turtwig, graphical changes, different area layouts, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

There continue to be new developments stemming from this week’s Nintendo leak. An early version of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl has been discovered, revealing beta sprites from the games.

Here’s the full set:

This is just one of several recent Nintendo-related leaks that have sprung up. Others include an online Pokemon PC title, beta sprites and early designs for a number of classics, and information/assets pertaining to Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.


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