Video: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Switch vs. GameCube graphics comparison
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is returning on Switch next year, and a new graphics comparison video shows how it stacks up to the original.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Nintendo has updated some assets. Textures have been enhanced for the HD era. Geometry has increased as well, which is something you can notice with certain objects like the trees. It doesn’t end there though, as with animations, some are brand new while others were updated. Other adjustments are improvements relate to the lighting, 16:9 aspect ratio (instead of 4:3), and more.
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster dev says sequel not currently planned
Bandai Namco is finally bringing back the Baten Kaitos series with remasters of the original GameCube games, but it sounds like there aren’t plans for a new entry entirely at the moment.
We asked producer Koji Nakajima about the possibility of a sequel during our recent interview. Regarding that, he shared the following with us:
Dolphin team pulls the plug on plans for Steam release
The team behind the Dolphin emulator has cancelled plans for release on Steam following the initial announcement in March.
A lengthy post was made on the software’s website today. It was explained that, ultimately, “given Nintendo’s long-held stance on emulation, we find Valve’s requirement for us to get approval from Nintendo for a Steam release to be impossible.” Also reconfirmed is that Nintendo never actually sent a DMCA takedown notice, but Valve’s legal department reached out to Nintendo, and a lawyer for the Big N requested Valve prevent the Steam release.
Miyamoto wonders why Pikmin hasn’t sold more and why people think the games are difficult
Posted on 2 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in GameCube, General Nintendo, News, Switch, Wii U | 0 comments
In a new interview published today, Shigeru Miyamoto commented on the Pikmin series and said he’s wondered why the games haven’t sold more and why people think they’re so difficult.
For Pikmin 4, it sound like Nintendo wanted to make the game as approachable as possible. The company’s Yuji Kando said the team “prioritized ease of play and experimented with making the controls easy enough for those who aren’t used to playing games.” Camera and AI improvements were a focus as well. Miyamoto added that Nintendo wanted to “retain the depth of gameplay that makes Pikmin so interesting, while providing the functional support to address the challenges around controls.”
Here’s the full interview excerpt:
Nintendo devs reveal Pikmin origins, started out on N64
The original developers behind Pikmin have discussed the game’s origins, including how it was originally being developed for the N64.
Masamichi Abe, who was director at the time, said in a new interview published today that “discussion of this project started during the transition from Super NES to Nintendo 64, so we had a strong aspiration to utilize its ability to display a large number of characters on screen.” Shigefumi Hino, who also was director, added that it was originally “envisioned a game that would control a lot of characters with AI.” The interview includes a number of concept art / images as well, and character designer Junji Morii talked about being inspired by Tim Burton.
Valve reached out to Nintendo first before Dolphin emulator was removed from Steam
Posted on 3 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in GameCube, General Nintendo, News, Wii | 0 comments
Much discussion has taken place after Valve took down the Dolphin emulator listing last week on Steam. However, new information has come to light revealing that the move was technically spurred on by Valve initially.
Rather than Nintendo filing a DMCA, the GameCube and Wii emulator was removed after Valve brought it to Nintendo’s attention. The Verge obtained emails showing how the Big N’s lawyers especially took issue with the use of cryptographic keys.
The email reads:
Baten Kaitos director again comments on cancelled Baten Kaitos III
Yasuyuki Honne, the director at Monolith Soft for the Baten Kaitos series, has again commented on Baten Kaitos III – which never released. He also once again confirmed that there were plans for a title on DS that was scrapped as well.
According to Honne, Baten Kaitos III was targeted for next-gen platforms – so if anything, it would have been on Wii and not GameCube. Unfortunately, things weren’t meant to be “due to Bandai Namco’s restructuring and budget review, as well as tri-Crescendo’s financial struggles”. Honne added that “Baten Kaitos is a complicated series with lots of circumstances involved.”
GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin seeing Steam release
When you think of GameCube and Wii emulation these days, one of the first tools that comes to mind is Dolphin. As it turns out, it’s now heading to Steam.
Currently Dolphin has a Steam page here. While it’s technically not live yet, fans can add it to their wishlist. Then when it has been officially made available, they’ll be notified. More information regarding “the process and features of the Steam release” will follow at launch – which is targeted for Q2 2023 at the moment.
Video: Metroid Prime Remastered comparison (Switch vs. GameCube), gameplay
Thanks to GameSpot, we have a new comparison video for Metroid Prime Remastered that has the Switch version going up against the GameCube original. Additionally, new gameplay has surfaced.
It’s clear that Retro Studios put quite a bit of work into Metroid Prime Remastered. Aside from an updated resolution, assets have been updated, lighting has been improved, and more.
Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster announced for Switch
Bandai Namco has just announced Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster, updated versions of the classic card RPGs now making their way to Switch. A release is planned for this summer.
Both Baten Kaitos titles were developed by Monolith Soft of Xenoblade fame. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean came out at the end of 2003 in Japan, 2004 in North America, and 2005 in Europe. It was followed by Baten Kaitos Origins – which is actually a prequel – in 2006.