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Incredible Ghost Trick music video ⊟

Wow! This music video by sue composites pretty much every Ghost Trick character into a series of vignettes, united by Inspector Cabanela’s smoothest moves. I just, just replayed Ghost Trick over the holidays, and loved it again, and now I want to re-replay it. What a game that is. And yeah, there’s a lot of dancing in it. Credit to Hatsuu for the link!

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I am in the Movie March 27 ⊟

Oh man, I’d forgotten about this upcoming DSiWare app, which I think is just adorable. It adds effects to your DSi/3DS video inspired by popular sci-fi movies, and allows you to export clips with your SD card.

It’s coming out in North America March 27, and I don’t know how to explain why I like the idea so much. I mean, the trailer that is pretty much just a guy walking back and forth helps. I guess I like the idea of someone recording a scene on a DSi camera and then adding Matrix effects to it just because.

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TinyCast 025 - Nintendo WiFi's Missed Connections - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 025 - Nintendo WiFi's Missed Connections

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TinyCast 25! We spend this episode eulogizing Nintendo’s WiFi Connection service — speculating about its sudden death, discussing the difficulties of preservation, and lamenting the online features we’ll miss. We also go on tangents about game ports and Children of Mana for some reason.

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DS/Wii WiFi Connection, 3DS Video app closing ⊟
Well that was a weird way to end the 3DS’s birthday. Along with releasing another vague firmware update for the 3DS last night, Nintendo announced that it’s closing the WiFi Connection service for DS and Wii games around the world on May 20, as well as its 3DS Video app in Japan and Europe at the end of March (no word yet on the North American edition).
This won’t affect devices that use Nintendo Network for online features like the 3DS and Wii U, but this is a huge blow to a lot of games. Say goodbye to online multiplayer in Mario Kart DS and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. No more DLC for people who decide to pick up classics like Dragon Quest IX. Hope you don’t mind not accessing leaderboards or trading user-generated content (WarioWare DIY…) anymore!
You will still be able to purchase DSiWare games — online features for those titles will no long worker, though — and use the built-in web browser on the DSi, though. You will be able to buy Wii games through the Wii Shop, too.
This really, really sucks. I can deal with Nintendo Video shutting down, as it was a service that never lived up to its potential despite some fun offerings (shout-outs to Dinosaur Office). But losing WiFi Connection makes some quality DS games feel incomplete as far as content goes at best, and removes critical features in other titles at worst.
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DS/Wii WiFi Connection, 3DS Video app closing ⊟

Well that was a weird way to end the 3DS’s birthday. Along with releasing another vague firmware update for the 3DS last night, Nintendo announced that it’s closing the WiFi Connection service for DS and Wii games around the world on May 20, as well as its 3DS Video app in Japan and Europe at the end of March (no word yet on the North American edition).

This won’t affect devices that use Nintendo Network for online features like the 3DS and Wii U, but this is a huge blow to a lot of games. Say goodbye to online multiplayer in Mario Kart DS and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. No more DLC for people who decide to pick up classics like Dragon Quest IX. Hope you don’t mind not accessing leaderboards or trading user-generated content (WarioWare DIY…) anymore!

You will still be able to purchase DSiWare games — online features for those titles will no long worker, though — and use the built-in web browser on the DSi, though. You will be able to buy Wii games through the Wii Shop, too.

This really, really sucks. I can deal with Nintendo Video shutting down, as it was a service that never lived up to its potential despite some fun offerings (shout-outs to Dinosaur Office). But losing WiFi Connection makes some quality DS games feel incomplete as far as content goes at best, and removes critical features in other titles at worst.

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Flushed: a zine about toilet gaming ⊟
It’s an unavoidable truth of the handheld gaming hobby: someone is playing DS/3DS/Vita/etc. on the toilet. I don’t want to hear about real people doing it, but I will happily read articles in a zine that I can pretend are 100% fictional accounts of hypothetical toilet gaming.
And that’s Flushed: an e-zine edited by Lana Polansky, Samantha Allen and Elizabeth Simins (who created the cover above) “exploring the beautiful intersection of videogames and toilets.”
You can get the zine at Gumroad for whatever price you’re willing to pay, and then read it anywhere. Even THERE, I guess. I guess.
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Flushed: a zine about toilet gaming ⊟

It’s an unavoidable truth of the handheld gaming hobby: someone is playing DS/3DS/Vita/etc. on the toilet. I don’t want to hear about real people doing it, but I will happily read articles in a zine that I can pretend are 100% fictional accounts of hypothetical toilet gaming.

And that’s Flushed: an e-zine edited by Lana Polansky, Samantha Allen and Elizabeth Simins (who created the cover above) “exploring the beautiful intersection of videogames and toilets.”

You can get the zine at Gumroad for whatever price you’re willing to pay, and then read it anywhere. Even THERE, I guess. I guess.

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DS Virtual Console coming to Wii U ⊟
Coming out of tonight’s investor meeting (it was strange — like, Iwatacare strange — here’s a summary), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company has overcome whatever “technical hurdles” was preventing a DS Virtual Console on Wii U… and it will launch just such a service. The Wii U will literally become a giant DS.
No date for this yet, but whaaaaaaat.
Also, um, maybe this would be good for 3DS too?
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DS Virtual Console coming to Wii U ⊟

Coming out of tonight’s investor meeting (it was strange — like, Iwatacare strange — here’s a summary), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company has overcome whatever “technical hurdles” was preventing a DS Virtual Console on Wii U… and it will launch just such a service. The Wii U will literally become a giant DS.

No date for this yet, but whaaaaaaat.

Also, um, maybe this would be good for 3DS too?

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My WarioWare Life: Four years of video game snapshots ⊟
Duncan Robson’s journal documents the most interesting events in his life (attending conferences, moving across the Atlantic Ocean) as well as his day-to-day existence (going to the dentist, walking a dog). Here’s an entry from January 2013, about finding money on the street, for example.
Robson’s diary is Microcartridge, a project in which he attempted to document his life in five-second games made in WarioWare DIY, the Nintendo DS microgame creation utility. It’s a pretty unusual journal.
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Events in his life are rendered as interactive microgames, in which the player actively takes part in a representation of Robson’s own life events – or part of a movie he saw, a game he played, etc. Each microgame is then recorded and archived on the site as a video. “I think it’s a good supplement to a diary,” Robson mused. “Not that I keep a diary. I kind of wanted it to be like a diary comic, but I would have had to be more prolific for that to work (and more comfortable sharing personal stuff).”
Four years after starting the effort, Microcartridge has concluded, with no grand finale but no lack of finality: “A few weeks ago I lost my DS somewhere in North Berkeley,” he said on the site’s final update. “I think it slipped out of my broken coat pocket while I was running for a bus. I was probably listening to a podcast and didn’t hear it hit the ground.” 
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Having already replaced his DS and game once, and already remade undocumented games on the replacements, Robson opted not to go through that again and ended the project, stopping before his goal of a totally full cartridge.
"I’m still sad about losing the DS and the unfinished games," Robson told me in an interview. "I wish I could have filled all the space on the cartridge, but on the whole I’m glad I stuck with it for four years." 
Robson was originally inspired by an article from researcher Ian Bogost, about personal video game “snapshots” – and further inspired by a Tiny Cartridge article tying that concept to the simplistic game creation potential of WarioWare DIY. The name “Microcartridge” is a deliberate play on our own site’s name. Full disclosure, I guess?

The project began a year after Robson’s move from the UK, where he worked on motion capture, to the U.S. (documented in the Pond Crosser series, a group of two games Robson names as favorites.). He saw WarioWare DIY at GDC that year. Since then:
“I went back to London for a while to work on a movie, started making supercut videos, moved back to San Francisco, got married, and finished an online animation course,” Robson said. “I recently started getting involved in local volunteer stuff, like artwork for this little video game museum in Oakland.”
By the way, with the exception of the last, all the links in that paragraph are Microcartridge games corresponding to the linked word. “I look back on them sometimes,” he noted. “It’s a pretty weird record of my first four years in the US.”
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In turning his life into games, Robson has gained a micro-education in designing them. “I’m not sure any of them would be fun to play for more than six seconds, but I definitely want to keep making games,” Robson said. “My pixel art skills have improved, and I’ve maybe learnt some tricks for squeezing more out of limited resources. I’ve learnt that the idea for a game often comes after you start working on it.
"Also, make regular backups and don’t leave your DS on a plane."
Nothing on a handheld game platform has matched the ease of use of WarioWare DIY, as far as Robson knows. “Most people tell me to just learn Gamemaker or Unity. I find they get overwhelming very quickly. I can use Maya and other complex 3d software but I chose WarioWare DIY because the restrictions make it fun and possible to finish 50+ games.” 
A new version for 3DS or Wii U would be welcome, “but I wonder if what happened with Swapnote makes a newer version of DIY even less likely.” Swapnote, Nintendo’s animated messaging software, was recently taken offline purportedly after Nintendo discovered young users were being sent inappropriate messages.
“I feel like there is huge potential for more short expressive games. Dys4ia is a good example. There should be more games like that and more accessible, fun, handheld ways to make them.”


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My WarioWare Life: Four years of video game snapshots ⊟

Duncan Robson’s journal documents the most interesting events in his life (attending conferences, moving across the Atlantic Ocean) as well as his day-to-day existence (going to the dentist, walking a dog). Here’s an entry from January 2013, about finding money on the street, for example.

Robson’s diary is Microcartridge, a project in which he attempted to document his life in five-second games made in WarioWare DIY, the Nintendo DS microgame creation utility. It’s a pretty unusual journal.

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Wait, what? A Tomodachi Collection DS fan translation? ⊟

I was disappointed that Nintendo never brought Tomodachi Collection, its weird life sim starring the Miis on your DS, to North America. It hasn’t announced plans to bring its 3DS sequel New Life here either, even though the series is popular in Japan. Thanks to this incomplete fan translation patch Jjjewel released for the DS game a couple weeks ago, though, some of you can now try it out and see what you’re missing. As usual, you’ll need a copy of the ROM (we hope legally acquired) to get this to work.

This patch comes with a number of other caveats (e.g. grammar errors due to Jjjewel not being a native English speaker, only partial translations for job descriptions/Mii News/songs, and Japanese minigames requiring you to guess your way through them), but right now it’s the only way to experience this series if you can’t read Japanese. Jjjewel says “most of the important stuff that you need to play the game are translated” and may release future patches, though there’s no guarantee on that.

In case you missed it, here’s our guest article on why Tomodachi Collection: New Life could be “a better hang-out” than Animal Crossing on 3DS.

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Tiny Galaga cabinet made from a DS ⊟

One DS Lite, one copy of Namco Museum DS, and … a ton of work later, redditor button-masher created a miniature arcade cabinet. I’d like to direct your attention to the tiny coin door, with its tiny lights, and the exquisitely miniature little joystick. Amazing. (Via @Greenspeak)

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WayForward’s canceled Silent Hill DS ⊟

Amazing! The same stream event that led to the first viewing of Shantae GBA also brought us this: an unfinished, unreleased Silent Hill game WayForward was working on for DS.

It’s just a tech demo starring Silent Hill 2’s James Sunderland, but it shows that WayForward originally had a much more traditional Silent Hill in mind than Book of Memories.

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Really digging this Dual Blade comic and art ⊟

It’s not an actual comic outside of what you see here and this other awesome sketch, but I’m totally into this world that Giannis Milonogiannis has created where kids roll around with 3DSes strapped to their wrists Yu-Gi-Oh-style, summoning blades from the handheld and challenging bullies. That look probably wouldn’t translate well to real life, though.

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Play the first two cases from Ace Attorney Investigations 2 ⊟
So the big Ace Attorney news today is that the fifth game, Dual Destinies, releases in North America and Europe’s 3DS eShop on October 24 for $29.99/€24.99.
The other great announcement, though, is that the fan translation team for the Ace Attorney Investigations 2 spinoff just released a patch that lets you play the first two cases of the Japan-only DS game. Great to see our court system working as intended here.
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Play the first two cases from Ace Attorney Investigations 2

So the big Ace Attorney news today is that the fifth game, Dual Destinies, releases in North America and Europe’s 3DS eShop on October 24 for $29.99/€24.99.

The other great announcement, though, is that the fan translation team for the Ace Attorney Investigations 2 spinoff just released a patch that lets you play the first two cases of the Japan-only DS game. Great to see our court system working as intended here.

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