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Monolith Soft isn’t just known for the Xenoblade franchise. The studio has worked on many games over the years, including the GameCube-exclusive series Baten Kaitos. Two titles released on the platform, but it sounds like there were plans for a third entry as well.

Director Yasuyuki Honne has revealed that Baten Kaitos III was planned and was in pre-production. However, certain “circumstances” prevented the project from moving forward. Honne stated that Baten Kaitos III “would have been grand-scale game with settings at the bottom of the sea, on land, and in the sky.”

GameXplain has posted another comparison video for Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time around, we’re able to see how returning stages from Melee stack up. View the comparison video below.

Last month, HORI revealed a trio of new Switch controllers. Designs featuring Mario, Zelda, and Pikachu will be used to recreate the GameCube configuration.

Amazon Japan has come through with a few new images of each controller, including their packaging images. We have the full set below.

You can pre-order HORI’s GameCube-style Mario, Zelda, and Pikachu Switch controllers on Play-Asia here.


Toshihiro Nagoshi has been crucial to the company having directed the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza franchises. He was also a producer on F-Zero GX on GameCube.

This month’s issue of EDGE has an interview with Nagoshi. There was some noteworthy talk about all of these franchises and games, with Nagoshi discussing Super Monkey Ball’s creation, managing to impress Nintendo with F-Zero GX, and having pitched Yakuza to Nintendo at one point.

The stream schedule for EVO 2018 has been revealed. For those planning on checking out some fighting game action, including Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, check out the schedule above. Tournaments will take place August 3-5.


With Smash Bros. Ultimate arriving this year, GameCube-style controllers are becoming all the rage on Switch. PDP announced a trio of its own Wired Smash Pad Pro controllers today, featuring Zelda, Mario, and Pikachu designs.

With the controllers, you’ll be able to play with the traditional C-Stick or swap it out for a full-size stick. It comes with a 10-foot USB cable as well.

Release dates for these Wired Smash Pad Pro controllers will be announced later. They’ll be available this holiday season.


Registration numbers are in for this year’s EVO. Two Smash Bros. games are in the middle of the pack, with Wii U and Melee at 1,303 and 1,302 registrations respectively. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle also has 1,148 people signed up.

Here’s the full listing:

The Washington Post caught up with Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai around E3 time. He shared some interesting comments about competitive gaming, among other things.

One noteworthy topic addressed is Smash Bros. Melee. In Sakurai’s view, he believes many players gave up on the game “because it’s too technical, because they can’t keep up with it.”

Thanks to Amazon, we now have a look at the packaging for the GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition. View it above.


The Nintendo UK store has opened pre-orders for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Additionally, you can reserve the new GameCube controller and related adapter. Everything can be found here.

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