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A look at Yuji Naka's next game

Yuji Naka is the man behind beloved franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS. Now he's teamed up with Square-Enix to create Balan Wonderworld, and the demo has me feeling all sorts of confused.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Jan. 2021 free update now available

Enjoy the free goodies!

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons free update that Nintendo detailed earlier in the week is now available. You can get a full recap on what the update includes below.

Festivale Event – Feel the heat with the colorful Festivale event filled with dancing and flying feathers! On Feb. 15, Dancer Pavé will arrive to your island’s plaza** to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit. On the day of the event you can capture colorful feathers floating on your island with your net and trade them to Pavé to receive a passionate dance number in return. Rainbow feathers seem to be an especially rare sight, so be sure to catch them and trade them with Pavé. Invite friends over to your island or visit theirs to partake in the festivities together.***

New Reactions – If you want to express your excitement for Festivale, you’ll now have a range of new Reactions to choose from. The Viva Festival Reaction Set can be purchased with in-game Bells from the shelf at Nook’s Cranny for a limited time and includes Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva and Confetti.

New Clothing – Starting Feb. 1, Festivale clothing will be available at the Able Sisters shop for a limited time. Now you can get your Festivale groove on in style with these fashionable looks!

Seasonal Items – Make sure to keep an eye out for seasonal items at the Nook Stop in Resident Services and through Nook Shopping. Celebrate the sentimental season with chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets, which will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 14. There will also be other items related to Groundhog Day and Big Game Celebration available for certain periods during January and February!

Also, starting March 26, the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available for purchase exclusively at Target stores across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $5.99. The Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack contains all six amiibo cards from this unique Sanrio Collaboration Series! You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games. Further details will be revealed in the future.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury "Giga Cat Mario Vs. Fury Bowser" footage

A kaiju battle like none other!

We've seen a ton of footage for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury today, but none of those clips have showed off what a battle between Giga Cat Mario and Fury Bowser look like. If you've been dying to see what that throwdown looks like, the video above will give you your answers. Obviously this is a bit of spoiler territory, so watch on at your own risk!

Nintendo's company book from 2007 shows multiple Wii logos that were under consideration

Wii would like to play

The Wii name was one of the most divisive in Nintendo's history when it was revealed back in 2006. Fans were used to calling the platform the Revolution, as that was its codename. Then out of nowhere, Nintendo revealed the Wii name, and people were left reeling. Of course, things settled down shortly thereafter, and it's obvious at this point that the Wii name was the way to go.

While we all know the Wii logo quite well, Nintendo had considered quite a few different versions before they settled one the final design. A company handbook from 2007 reveals some of those designs, a few of which are wildly different from what we got. Do you see one you like better than the official version?

Super Mario Bros. 35 1st World Count Challenge ends in success, participants get 350 My Nintendo Platinum Points

Enjoy your Platinum Points!

Nintendo has announced that the Super Mario Bros. 35 1st World Count Challenge has ended in a victory. A total of 5,363,696 Bowsers were defeated, easily surpassing the goal. This means all participants who defeated at least one Bowser will receive 350 My Nintendo Platinum Points in their My Nintendo accounts. Not too shabby for taking down Bowser!

Factor 5 was working on a Turrican spiritual successor in 3D for the GameCube, now interested in a new 2D installment

Cancelled prototypes and new 2D aspirations

Turrican Flashback is making its way to Switch, which packs in a bunch of classic experiences into one package. It's been awhile since the series has seen some love, and this upcoming Switch release should be a lovely entry point for newcomers.

Eurogamer recently sat down with Factor 5 studio founder Julian Eggebrecht to talk about all things Turrican, and the discussion eventually led to cancelled projects. At one point in time, Factor 5 was working on a 3D Turrican successor that they wanted as a GameCube-exclusive, complete with publishing by Nintendo.

“It was a spiritual successor to Turrican called Tornado, which was basically attempting the whole Turrican-style free roaming levels in 3D. We got to the prototype stage, but then at the end of the day Nintendo basically said, we don’t think with your team size you can handle that – we were pitching that as a first party game. And they said, we really, really need Rogue Leader for launch – the only game that they knew at the time which would potentially make it for launch was Luigi’s Mansion. So we said let’s put Tornado on ice, and it never really came back off it. That demo is unfortunately, as far as I know, completely lost, because that would have only worked on a prototype GameCube and certainly early prototypes of Flipper and Dolphin.”

It doesn't seem that prototype ever has a chance of being revived, but Factor 5 does have interest in returning to the Turrican franchise. Eggebrecht opens up about interest in making a brand-new 2D installment with a bit of a Mario Maker twist.

“Realistically, the one thing which we’d love to do is a 2D Turrican, if this is really successful – a modern 2D version of Turrican. I don’t think I would want to go back into 3D as that’s quite frankly not something which really excites me anymore.

But a really nicely done 2D one, which would include the ability for people to do their own levels, similar to Mario Maker. I think the typical pitfall that you have, you have a different memory as the original makeup as the fans who experienced it, and they might want, especially with the Turrican games, it’s tricky, right? The first two Amiga Turricans, the original ones, feel vastly different than, say, Super Turrican 2, which was clearly an homage to the Japanese design style.”

Feel the love with Pokémon GO’s February 2021 events

A short month, but a long list of activities!

As usual, Niantic has an insane amount of events lined up for Pokemon GO. They've now shared the full calendar of events for Feb. 2021, and there's a ton to look forward to. Check out the complete calendar below.

February Research Breakthrough encounter

From Monday, February 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll encounter Snorlax in Research Breakthroughs. Featured Pokémon in five-star raids and Mega Raids The following Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout February.

Entei will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, January 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Raikou will be appearing in five-star raids from Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Latias and Latios will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will be appearing in five-star raids from Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. to Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time. In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

Mega Venusaur, Mega Ampharos, and Mega Houndoom will be appearing in Mega Raids from Tuesday, January 19, 2021, through Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Pidgeot, Mega Ampharos, and a surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. through Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Blastoise will be appearing in Mega Raids from Saturday, February 20, 2021, through Monday, March 1, 2021. Each week in February will also include a Raid Hour event on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. local time featuring the Pokémon currently active in five-star raids.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of February, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each hour will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021: Ekans will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Miltank will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Luvdisc will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021: Pikachu will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

Team GO Rocket is back—and celebrating?

Time to find out why, Trainers! From Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Team GO Rocket Grunts will be appearing with previously unseen Shadow Pokémon on their teams. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Shadow Pokémon by defeating a Team GO Rocket Leader! For more information, be sure to check out the blog here.

February Community Day Featuring Roselia

Join us on Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a floral Community Day with Roselia. Evolve Roselia during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Roserade that knows both the Charged Attack Weather Ball (Fire-type) and the Fast Attack Bullet Seed. For more information, be sure to check out the blog here.

Ring in the Year of the Ox with our Lunar New Year–themed event

Our Lunar New Year event is back! From Tuesday, February 9, 2021, to Sunday, February 14, 2021, encounter red Pokémon and celebrate the Year of the Ox! A special Mega-Evolved Pokémon will also be appearing in Mega Raids for the first time at the start of this event! Stay tuned for more details.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

From Monday, February 8, 2021, to Monday, February 15, 2021, compete in the Valentine’s Day–themed Love Cup in the GO Battle League! Form a team using Pokémon that are red or pink and with a max CP of 1,500 to enter. No Legendary or Mythical Pokémon may be included on your team.

From Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time, join us for our annual Valentine’s Day event! You can look forward to some Pokémon making their Pokémon GO debut as well as exclusive avatar items. Stay tuned for more details.

It’s not too late to join Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto

Can’t-o wait to celebrate the Kanto region? Don’t forget to purchase your ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event on February 20, 2021! For more details on this event, please check out the blog here.

There will be a special Kanto-themed celebration event and Raid Day at the end of February to close out the Season of Celebration.

Weekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Each week in February, a different 1 PokéCoin bundle will be featured in the shop.

From February 1, 2021, a 1 PokéCoin bundle featuring the following items will be available: 20 Poké Balls, a Remote Raid Pass, and a Rocket Radar.

From February 8, 2021, a 1 PokéCoin bundle featuring the following items will be available: eight Incense, 16 Razz Berries, and 10 Pinap Berries.

From February 15, 2021, a 1 PokéCoin bundle featuring the following items will be available: a Remote Raid Pass, 20 Poké Balls, 10 Great Balls, and five Ultra Balls.

From February 22, 2021, a 1 PokéCoin bundle featuring the following items will be available: 20 Poké Balls, a Remote Raid Pass, five Incense.

Quality-of-life updates

We have some exciting quality-of-life updates coming in February, too!

You can look forward to an image gallery showing off the PokéStop and Gym images that you and other Trainers have submitted. This feature will roll out in different regions over time—starting with level 40+ Trainers in New Zealand on Tuesday, February 9, 2021—and will become available worldwide to Trainers level 38 and above toward the end of March 2021.

Ever wanted to capture the moment you level up in Pokémon GO to share with friends? Soon, you’ll be able to do just that—without screenshotting! The level-up social share feature will be coming in February to Trainers worldwide.

And last but not least, you’ll soon be able to transfer Legendary and Mythical Pokémon when selecting multiple Pokémon by enabling the functionality in the game settings. We hope this will make managing Pokémon storage a bit easier for those of you who have amassed especially large collections!

Team GO Rocket event set for Pokemon GO on Feb. 2nd, 2021

Team GO Rocket is up to no good again

A new Team GO Rocket event is scheduled to kick off in Pokemon GO on Feb. 2nd, 2021. To see what nefarious feats the team has lined up, check out the full details below.

Team GO Rocket is celebrating—but why? It’s up to you to find out! Here’s what you can expect during the Team GO Rocket Celebration event.

Date + Time

Sources point to this event occurring from Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, February, 7, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Features

We’ve received word that Team GO Rocket Grunts will be turning the following Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon: Swinub, Nosepass, Aron, Spheal, Lileep, Anorith, and more.

Team GO Rocket Grunts will also have different teams of Pokémon during the event and after its conclusion.

Defeat Team GO Rocket Leaders during the event for a chance to receive a Team GO Rocket Leader Gift sticker.

Be on the lookout for Pokémon like Golbat, Koffing, Ariados, Qwilfish, Sneasel, Houndour, Nuzleaf, Stunky, Skorupi, and Venipede appearing more often in the wild!

Qwilfish, Larvitar, Corphish, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, and Deino will be hatching from Strange Eggs during and after the event.

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

One-star raids: Alolan Meowth, Alolan Grimer, Gligar, Sneasel, Shinx, and Klink.

Three-star raids: Nidoqueen, Ariados, Umbreon, Tyranitar, and Absol.

Five-star raids: Raikou and Suicune will both be appearing at different times. Please see the February events blog for more info on the Raid Boss schedule in February.

Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur, Mega Ampharos, and Mega Houndoom.

Event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research will be available.

The Team GO Rocket–themed Timed Research that begins during the Johto Celebration event will continue during this event and will reward an encounter with the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that knows the exclusive attack Earthquake!
Keep a lookout for more invaded PokéStops and Team GO Rocket balloons than usual!
Bonuses

Half Egg Hatch Distance when an Egg is placed inside an Incubator during the event.

amiibo usage in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury detailed

Keep your amiibo at the ready

Today's been a big day for info on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. We've seen new footage and learned more about the game's length, and now we have details on amiibo usage. See a breakdown of what amiibo do in both the main game and Bowser's Fury below.

Super Mario 3D World

- 99% of amiibo create random power-ups or a 1UP mushroom
- Cat Mario will trigger a White Cat Suit that makes you invincible
- Cat Peach will create a randomized power-up

Bowser's Fury

- 99% of amiibo create random power-ups or a 1UP mushroom
- using Bowser will immediately wake Fury Bowser
- using Bowser Jr. sends out a bunch of explosions

Modders drop The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Skyloft into Zelda: Breath of the Wild

We hear you like Zelda in your Zelda...

Modders continue to tweak The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in all sorts of interesting ways, and one of the latest pays tribute to a Zelda game that came before it.

Modder Waikuteru set his sights on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as he wanted to transport some of that classic experience to the open world of Breath of the Wild. The end result is bringing Skyward Sword's Skyloft into Breath of the Wild. As you can see in the video above, the results are downright impressive. Seeing this makes me miss both Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild!