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Epic Mickey Rebrushed graphics comparison

Epic Mickey Rebrushed, a remake of the series’ first game, was announced today and a new graphics comparison from GameXplain gives us a better idea as to how it’s shaping up.

The footage used is here is only based on the opening intro instead of gameplay. However, that alone is enough to show what’s been updated. Mickey’s look is slightly adjusted, along with textures, colors, and more. Of course, the Switch version will be higher resolution as well. Also, while we don’t have the full details just yet, we know that there’ll be gameplay improvements.

Major Minor's Majestic March Masaya Matsuura

You may recall a bit of a niche music game that released on Wii titled Major Minor’s Majestic March. Masaya Matsuura, who worked on games like Vib-Ribbon and PaRappa the Rapper, was one of the main designers involved with the project.

Matsuura reflected on Major Minor’s Majestic March in a recent issue of EDGE and had some criticisms for Nintendo. He said that the company didn’t do a good job at explaining the Wii Remote’s functionality and said “there was a lack of transparency that hurt developers like us.” Along with “adding new and subtle features” Nintendo was also “amending the design as time went on, which changed the scope for us.”

Epic Mickey director Warren Spector

Warren Spector acted as director on Epic Mickey – as well as its sequel. As a huge Disney fan, it was a big passion project for him.

Spector reflected on Epic Mickey and its initial reception while speaking with Venturebeat. As someone who worked on immersive sims before like Deus Ex, this was a big change in terms of what fans came to know him for. Specter said “gamers didn’t get it”, but he’s still “proud of Epic Mickey”.

Viewtiful Joe Okami Hideki Kamiya

Hideki Kamiya has again expressed interest in working on Viewtiful Joe as well as Okami. Kamiya – who recently left PlatinumGames and was director on both projects – made a few brief remarks about both IPs in a new video published on his YouTube channel today.

As for Viewtiful Joe, Kamiya said that he “actually had the story for a third Viewtiful Joe all thought out.” He also feels that he left Okami “unfinished”.

Retro Studios Adept The Blob Game

Thanks to Did You Know Gaming, we have insight into a couple of short-lived Retro Studios projects – specifically Adept and “The Blob Game”.

Adept was playable in a rough state, but was ultimately just a pitch that Nintendo turned out. It was running in the Metroid Prime 3 engine and was intended to show off mechanics. In late 2007 and into early 2008, Retro was working on Adept that took inspiration from Portal while evolving on the premise – primarily by introducing combat.

Switch Wii sales US

Lifetime Switch sales have now surpassed those of the Wii in the United States. That’s according to the latest data from Circana, with the milestone having been reached in July.

According to GamesIndustry, “Switch lifetime sales now trail Xbox 360 by less than one million units, and PlayStation 2 by fewer than five million.” Nintendo’s console should certainly be over 40 million units sold in the United States at this point.

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dolphin steam emulator cancelled

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.

Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse recently went multiplatform as part of its re-release in March, but some might not know that it was originally published by Nintendo. The game originally came out for Wii in 2008 – though only in Japan.

Makoto Shibata, one of the original directors on Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, recently reflected on Nintendo’s involvement in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu. It turns out that the company reached out directly to Shibata. After creating a proposal, it was accepted.

With the Future Redeemed DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 coming out several weeks ago, the main series’ original story has now truly wrapped up. We won’t get into any spoilers, but the first game set certain events in motion that has ties to the other entries. This has all been a big journey for the fans, especially for those that started out with the initial Wii release over a decade ago.

Now that the series has wrapped up for now – but count on more Xenoblade games in the future – we want to hear from you as far as how you’d rank the different games. Which is your favorite? What are your thoughts on the story DLC expansions? We also don’t want to leave Xenoblade Chronicles X fans out of the mix, so feel free to share your thoughts on that RPG as well if you played it.

Dolphin Steam emulator Valve statement

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:


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