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Monolith Soft is most commonly tied to the Xenoblade franchise these days, but the developer has worked on a number of other titles in the past. One such IP was Baten Kaitos, a GameCube-exclusive that originally released in Japan at the end of 2003 and a year later in the west.

Not too long ago, director Yasuyuki Honne reflected on the game, and more specifically, one of the game’s Japanese advert. Honne said Nintendo “was extremely happy that we were making a GameCube exclusive RPG for them, and without even knowing what the game was about, they made a teaser commercial”.

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The Smash Bros. GameCube controller has been tough to come by if you’re a regular consumer. There hasn’t been a whole lot of stock circulating, leading to increased prices on second-hand markets. Fortunately, it looks like restocks are starting to happen.

The Nintendo UK store is now taking pre-orders for the Smash Bros. controller. The page lists a release date of December 7, with new stock due to dispatch in late January 2020.

You can reserve the controller from the Nintendo UK store here.

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NPD’s Mat Piscatella has provided some new sales data for Nintendo platforms in the United States. We have a look at the top-selling third-party game on the N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, and Switch.

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NPD’s Mat Piscatella has shared a new wave of data from the NPD. Yesterday, a listing was published of the top ten best-selling horror games of all time in the United States. Unsurprisingly, there’s a whole lot of Resident Evil.

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GameCube nearly got a new StarCraft title before the entire project was scrapped. Blizzard had been working on StarCraft: Ghost for a couple of years, but the project just never came together.

In an interview with VG247, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime spoke about having to cancel the third-person action game. Although it was a difficult decision, the move freed up team resources and ensured that other titles inside the company could thrive.

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NPD’s Mat Piscatella has provided a listing of the top ten best-selling superhero games of all times in the United States.

As far as titles on Nintendo platforms go, LEGO Batman is towards the top. Other releases such as the Spider-Man movie games also appear.

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Baten Kaitos director Yasuyuki Honne, a former developer at Namco who is now with Monolith Soft, has revealed an interesting piece about EarthBound. Honne shared the news in light of an upcoming book – currently exclusive to Japan – which will be all about the life of late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

Honne states that Nintendo and Namco discussed potentially making an entry in the EarthBound (or Mother) series for GameCube. He met with both Iwata and EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi all of those years ago. In sharing his story, Honne went as far as to upload concepts that were previously unseen.

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Nintendo and Silicon Knights’ GameCube title Eternal Darkness went through an interesting development cycle. It was originally planned for the N64, but ended up shifting to the GameCube. Silicon Knights was actually targeting release for the system’s launch, but that didn’t happen.

According to director Denis Dyack, Eternal Darkness would have been ready for the release of the GameCube. But after the 9/11 tragedy took place, some aspects had to be rewritten. Dyack visited Nintendo in Japan, spoke with Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto, and had to ensure that any potential controversial aspects were changed or removed.

Dyack said the following in the latest episode of the IGN Unfiltered show:

For many years, dedicated fans have hoped that Eternal Darkness would return. Nintendo published the GameCube game back in 2002 after it was created by Silicon Knights, but the IP has been dormant since then. Despite Nintendo playing around with the trademark a few times, there have been no new developments.

Interestingly, Silicon Knights did have interest in the IP before the studio closed. According to director Denis Dyack, the company was “in the process of getting the rights back, but it never completed.”

Denis Dyack, the director of the Nintendo-published psychological horror game Eternal Darkness, appeared on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered. Dyack reflected on the GameCube title during a lengthy segment of the show.

Dyack discussed Nintendo’s interest in Silicon Knights after seeing the studio’s camera tech, moving the project from the N64 to the GameCube, working with Nintendo, and more. One interesting story came about when he was asked if any Sanity Effects were cut from the final game. Everything made it in, but not without some effort. Dyack actually spoke directly with Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto about the one memorable Sanity Effect in which Eternal Darkness would make it seem as though your save file was being deleted.