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More footage has come in showing Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Dark Hammer Slam Bowser in Skylanders SuperChargers. Check it out below.

Family Gamer TV has posted a new video showing off the Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition. View it below.

We have a couple of Nintendo-related pre-order updates.

The first, coming from Target, is the NFC adapter that allows amiibo to be used with standard 3DS systems. That’s located here.

Additionally, pre-orders are starting to go live for the Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition Starter Pack (featuring Dark Bowser/Donkey Kong). On Amazon, it can be reserved here. GameStop has it here.


Here’s some random but interesting news. With the exception of World at War (which used GameSpy servers), the Call of Duty games on Wii still have workable online multiplayer. In this day and age when servers tend to be turned off a little quickly, that’s slightly surprising!


The folks over on NeoGAF have posted a comprehensive listing of Japan’s top 1,000 best-selling games during 2014.

First, below are a few interesting stat breakdowns:

Top 1000

PS3 – 271
3DS – 225
PSV – 207
PSP – 111
WIU – 58
PS4 – 58
WII – 34
360 – 22
XB1 – 14

Top 500 Software Sales – 40.362.953 <93,75%>
Top 1000 Software Sales – 42.159.219 <97,92%>
Total Software Sales – 43.053.288 <100,00%>


01. Nintendo – 7.864.301 <18,27%>
02. Level 5 – 6.272.868 <14,57%>
03. Bandai Namco Games – 4.986.864 <11,58%>
04. Capcom – 3.420.434 <7,94%>
05. Square Enix – 3.015.369 <7,00%>
06. Pokemon Co. – 2.832.797 <6,58%>
07. Konami – 1.801.496 <4,18%>
08. Sony Computer Entertainment – 1.683.025 <3,91%>
09. Sega – 1.573.506 <3,65%>
10. Koei Tecmo – 1.415.031 <3,29%>
11. Spike Chunsoft – 609.576 <1,42%>
12. Electronic Arts – 607.768 <1,41%>
13. Atlus – 543.392 <1,26%>
14. Take-Two Interactive Japan – 535.792 <1,24%>
15. Marvelous AQL – 516.919 <1,20%>
16. Ubisoft – 507.739 <1,18%>
17. GungHo Online Entertainment – 507.441 <1,18%>
18. Kadokawa Games – 466.826 <1,08%>
19. From Software – 374.726 <0,87%>
20. Compile Heart – 278.138 <0,65%>
00. Other – 3.239.280 <7,52%>
00. Total Software Sales – 43.053.288 <100,00%>


01. 3DS – 23.387.031 <54,32%>
02. PS3 – 7.510.433 <17,44%>
03. PSV – 5.062.082 <11,76%>
04. WIU – 2.826.564 <6,57%>
05. PS4 – 2.441.876 <5,67%>
06. PSP – 1.053.282 <2,45%>
07. WII – 477.334 <1,11%>
08. 360 – 198.677 <0,46%>
09. XB1 – 96.009 <0,22%>
00. ALL – 43.053.288 <100,00%>

We’ve posted the top 100 best-selling games in Japan below. The full 1,000 can be seen here.

Activision will be unveiling the Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition at San Diego Comic-Con, the company announced today.

The Wii U version of the Dark Edition features Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and his Dark Barrel Blaster land vehicle. On Wii, players will be able to obtain Dark Hammer Slam Bowser and his Dark Clown Cruiser sky vehicle. First screenshots of both can be seen below.

Also included in the Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition is the Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, a two-sided ultimate collector poster, and the Kaos Trophy, which is the only way to unlock special Kaos gameplay content. Pricing is set at $99.99.

Activision also shared information today about a new premium toy line coming from Eon’s Elite:

Eon’s Elite is a premium toy line offering fans the ultimate versions of some of the most iconic heroes from the game that started it all, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure®. Each hero is powered up to three times the normal level and updated with premium decorations, new poses and unique sculpts that represent how they appear in their fully upgraded form. The figures are presented in premium packaging featuring a display case with a 3-D lenticular background, making them truly collectible items. This year’s fan-favorite roster includes Voodood, Zook, Slam Bam, Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang and will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99. The first wave of Eon’s Elite characters — Slam Bam, Zook and Voodood — are Toys”R”Us exclusives and will be available starting November. The second wave of heroes, Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang, will be available in December.

Lastly, Skylanders will be featured at the San Diego Comic-Con through the following activities:

Skylanders Show Floor (Booth #121): Fans can get hands-on with the new
Skylanders SuperChargers Dark Edition; check out all-new Eon’s Elite collectible figures; take photos inside a life-sized Hot Streak vehicle or with Kaos and Spitfire statues; say hello to life-sized costumed characters Eruptor, Gill Grunt and Jet Vac; and collect giveaways all weekend long while supplies last — including Skylanders buttons and event-exclusive Hot Streak vehicle toys each morning starting at 10 a.m. PT.

Skylanders Comic Book, IDW Publishing (Booth #2743): Leading comic book publisher IDW will have copies of the Skylanders comic books series available for purchase. Attendees also will learn more about Rift into Overdrive, IDW’s latest Skylanders offering and prequel to Skylanders SuperChargers- available for preorder now online. Fico Ossio, the comic book’s lead artist, will be onsite for signings on Thursday from 10 – 11 a.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT.

Mad Libs (Booth #1032): Attendees can purchase the popular Skylanders Universe™ Mad Libs. Fans receive a free tote bag with a purchase of three Mad Libs!

Nintendo Game Lounge (Marriott Marquis and Marina): Convention goers can get hands-on with Skylanders SuperChargers and collect limited edition Skylanders-themed air fresheners while supplies last. Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Penguin (Booth #1514): Fans can purchase Penguin’s Skylanders Universe series of books.

Rubie’s Costumes (Booth #3649): Skylanders fans can purchase costumes at Rubie’s booth.

Source: Activision PR

An old – but recently translated – Famitsu column from Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai gives insight into Brawl’s Subspace Emissary.

In one portion of his column, Sakurai talks about how there were initially plans for a separate company to handle this mode. The main team would have provided oversight.

Things sadly didn’t go according to plan since the team “couldn’t find a promising studio to take on the contract.” Aside from the cut-scenes, all aspects of Subspace Emissary were created “almost entirely in-house.”

Here’s the relevant excerpt from Sakurai’s column as translated by Source Gaming:

In the first project plan, this mode would have been worked on by a separate company, with oversight from us. For the evolution of “Smash” simply increasing the number of stages and characters is not good. I have already reached the limit. From the production and playing perspective, if I don’t spend enough time on a character, that character wouldn’t receive the love [that they need], the project would become bloated and disorganized, and versus would have no room to breath. The previous game, “Melee” barely made it….of course. Naturally, I will do my best, one step at a time.

Therefore, I thought we could arrange the main team would work on the game in conjunction with another team who is working on the action game in a different location.

… Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a promising studio to take on the contract. Well. In the end, everything other than the cutscenes was done almost entirely in-house.

As much flack as Subspace Emissary gets, I would have loved to see an evolution of it in the latest Smash Bros. games for Wii U and/or 3DS. It added a little something extra to the single-player experience!

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The latest episode of IGN’s Podcast Unlocked features an interview with former Microsoft executive Peter Moore and Xbox boss Phil Spencer. At one point of the podcast, they reflected on the launch of the Xbox 360. Moore noted that Microsoft “completely discounted Nintendo” when bringing out the console due to the performance of the GameCube.

Here’s a roundup of everything that was mentioned:

“I also then remember the E3 when, God bless, Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton announced $599, and we were all back stage like ‘Woohoo!’ We knew then we had an opportunity to get ahead, drive ahead, get our games out quickly and get that lead. And I always said that the first to 10 million wins.” – Moore

“It was one of the greatest times of my career. You had to build a team, because we were growing then. We had prematurely put the Xbox to sleep, we needed to get ready for this and we knew what we needed to do. We had a three-day meeting at the Sheraton in Bellevue where we wargamed the scenario, and I actually played Ken Kutaragi. And we brought in a consultancy, it was a lot of fun. And the one thing we’d forgotten about, I don’t know if you remember this Phil [Spencer], we completely discounted Nintendo. Because they came off the GameCube and it was a disaster.” – Moore

“…and they destroyed both of us!” – Spencer

“Yes, with the Wii. But we wargamed for three days, what are you going to do, what do the launch titles look like, what are the marketing budgets, what is the positioning? And it was a fascinating experience which I’ll never forget. And this is a decade ago. And I actually played Ken, and my job was to destroy the launch of the Xbox 360.” – Moore

Of course, you can’t really bank on anything these days! Although the GameCube was far from Nintendo’s most-successful console, we all know what happened with Wii.


Unseen64’s Liam Robertson has posted a new video that looks into the various issues Project H.AM.M.E.R. encountered while in development. It also explores problems within Nintendo Software Technology as a whole, including apparent racism.

You can watch the full video below. There’s also a quick summary that can be read as well.

– After 1080, NST went on to start a new project (a small team that outsourced concept art, CGI opening, etc)
– The internal name for the project was MachineX
– In 2005 it had reached 75% completion and was nearing completion
– Japanese staff were overseeing the development at the studio which posed cultural challenges
– There were continued arguments and debate between the Japanese management and the NST developers
– At late 2007, it was 4 years in development
– Towards the end, changes were demanded to the environments and then the entire visuals
– This complete change despite mechanics eventually culminated in a more ‘lighter, casual’ visual style that was codenamed Wii Crush
– 2008 onwards, staff left
– Nintendo of America had to carry out a review of staff conditions which recorded a low morale
– Midway into 2009, a small number of staff still continued to work onto it until it ended
– NCL finally withdrew funding
– ‘Nintendo have made some great games, but with NST it came with a price’: Former NST developer

Thanks to Jake and Fred for the tip.

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Activision has prepared a new Skylanders SuperChargers that puts the focus on the Nintendo guest stars, Bowser and Donkey Kong. Take a look at the video below.

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