Childish Gambino Samples Aquatic Ambiance on New Track

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Childish Gambino Samples Aquatic Ambiance on New Track

Nintendo fans have always found unique ways of showing off their passion for the company’s creations, whether it’s in art, film or even music. Donald Glover, known as Childish Gambino in his rap career, has long been known as a fan of gaming, and his latest track takes his passion to a whole new level by sampling Aquatic Ambiance, one of the most famous tracks from Donkey Kong Country! We’ve embedded “Eat Your Vegetables” below but, as a head’s up, the audio does contain explicit content and themes!

This is not actually the first Nintendo reference in Childish Gambino’s music. Super Smash Bros. has also gotten a shout out in the Gambino track “Heartbeat.” Interestingly enough, Ambiance’s original composer seems to be a fan! David Wise gave his seal of approval on Twitter, seemingly flattered over the fact that his creation remains relevant 24 years after its initial release. As a massive fan of Aquatic Ambiance myself, I certainly think this is very cool, myself!

What do you think of Childish Gambino’s latest? Let us know in the comments below!

Lost in Harmony: The Musical Odyssey Announced for Switch

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Lost in Harmony: The Musical Odyssey Announced for Switch

In just over a year’s time, the Switch eShop has accumulated an impressive number of critically-acclaimed titles. With Nintendo’s latest system proving to be a major success, publishers and developers have quickly tried to get their biggest titles on the platform, and the result is a number of impressive indie options. Digixart’s Lost in Harmony: The Musical Odyssey is the latest such title, and Switch owners will likely find plenty of reasons to be excited about its arrival!

Originally released on iOS in 2016, Lost in Harmony is both a rhythm game and a runner, tasking players with skateboarding through 13 music-filled levels. Players take on the role of a teenager named Kaito, as he attempts to save his friend Aya, who he carries on his back. During their journey, the pair travel through more than 30 hand-drawn locations, including futuristic cities and outer space, while attempting to stay in harmony with the music. The game’s soundtrack contains a mix of classical compositions and newer selections, including a track from Wyclef Jean.

The mobile version of Lost in Harmony received a number of accolades, with many reviewers praising the game’s deep storyline and unique soundtrack. Naturally, the new version will incorporate some Switch-specific features, including touchscreen support and HD Rumble.

Nintendo Releases Switch Units Without the Dock

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Nintendo Releases Switch Units Without the Dock

Nintendo has decided to release a new Switch bundle in Japan without the console’s signature dock.

The bundle, which will be available exclusively on the online Japanese Nintendo store, will cost 26,978 yen ($246) and comes with the console, right and left Joy-Cons and Joy-Con straps. It is worth noting that the standard Switch bundle costs 32,378 yen ($295) in Japan and also includes the Joy-Con Grip, an AC adapter, and an HDMI cable.

A key selling point of Switch is its ability to ‘switch’ from a handheld to home console. and so this does seem to be a strange move at first. However, Nintendo is marketing the console as a “2nd set”, and so must see there being a market in Japan for people who already bought the console and a dock.

Ubisoft Details New Mario+Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC

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Ubisoft Details New Mario+Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC

Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017. When the game was first announced, many gamers and pundits found the concept perplexing at best, but the title proved to be a critical and commercial hit. Today, Ubisoft announced a Gold Edition retail release for the title, which will feature all of the game’s DLC released thus far, including the upcoming expansion focused on Donkey Kong.

In addition to the announcement, Ubisoft also released a new gameplay trailer and details for the Donkey Kong Adventure expansion. In the expansion, players will control DK alongside Rabbid Peach and the all-new Rabbid Cranky as they explore a mysterious island threatened by Rabbid Kong. The island contains four new environments, including a Jungle, a Lagoon, a Reef and a fourth area to be detailed later. According to the publisher, the DLC will contain approximately 10 hours of gameplay.

There has been no announced price point or firm release date for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Gold Edition at this time. Both the Gold Edition as well as the new Donkey Kong Adventure DLC are expected to release next month. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more as it develops!

Unused Designs for Pokémon Inspire Fan Art and Fan Theories

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Unused Designs for Pokémon Inspire Fan Art and Fan Theories

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the original 151 Pokémon were the result of a lot of trial and error when it came to character design, and not every idea made the final cut.

On Twitter, Pokémon designer James Turner shared an image from a manga about series’ creator and Game Freak founder Satoshi Tajiri, featuring designs of the original Pokémon. Some of them are instantly recognizable — Venonat, Voltorb, Gastly — but some of them never saw the light of day.

Fans have taken to the internet to show these almost-Pokémon some love by creating fan art dedicated to them, including pieces by one artist that recreates how Ken Sugimori might have rendered them in his distinctive style back in the 90s.

Owlboy Turns a Profit on Switch Within 24 Hours of Launch

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Owlboy Turns a Profit on Switch Within 24 Hours of Launch

D-Pad Studio is really feeling the Owlboy love from Nintendo Switch owners, as the platformer has already turned a profit within 24 hours of launching on the console.

According to programmer and CEO J-Remi Madsen in a Reddit AMA:

We don’t have numbers from remaining platforms yet, but ‘Owlboy’ turned a profit within 24h of its launch on the Switch alone, taking us by complete surprise! @o@ It bodes really well for funding our future projects.”

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Day One Edition Sells Out in Record Time for Switch

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Day One Edition Sells Out in Record Time for Switch

Physical copies of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Day One Edition are flying off the shelves in record numbers, according to XSEED Games. Described as one of the fastest selling limited editions to date for the publisher, all copies of the Ultimate Day One Edition have been shipped to retailers and once they’ve all been sold it’ll be gone for good.

Not to fret, however, as for those who were unable to snag this version of the game, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition is on the way. However, while it will still contain the base game and all of the DLC, the bonus art book and soundtrack from the Ultimate Day One Edition will be omitted.

This Nintendo Switch exclusive physical edition will be available at select retailers soon for $39.99 and includes the Pirate Queen’s Quest, Costume Pack, and Friends to the End DLC on the same game card as the base game.

E3 Attendees Must Register to Play Super Smash Bros.

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E3 Attendees Must Register to Play Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo has made it loud and clear that Super Smash Bros. on Switch is going to be their marquee offering at this year’s E3. The show will be happening from June 12 through 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and is expected to be quite the draw amongst attendees. So much of a draw that Nintendo is apparently taking preemptive measures to ensure that as many folks as possible get to play the game with minimal chaos.

Starting June 5, fans attending E3 2018 will be able to register for an appointment to play Super Smash Bros. It’s one ticket per attendee and only those who have registered for E3 by May 31 will be eligible for a ticket. You can check out Nintendo’s official page dedicated to questions about registration, but keep in mind that the ticket is free and that the invite will be coming from e3expo@e3expo.com, so set your email accordingly in order to be sure your invite won’t end up in your Spam folder!

Don’t forget, E3 is open to the public now, so anyone who can get in has a shot to register!

Go Vacation Port Coming to Switch

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Go Vacation Port Coming to Switch

Wii gets a bad rep these days for the abundance of “shovelware” or cash grab junk games that graced the system. While Wii indeed has some pitiable software as part of its legacy, there are also a number of underrated games kicking around in its library, as well. Case in point: Bandai Namco’s Go Vacation.

Go Vacation was a mini-game compilation similar to Wii Sports Resort, except here players were able to freely roam the island environment (fittingly dubbed Kawawii). With four different regions to explore and 50-minigames to engage in, Go Vacation was a fun, if unspectacular, game. So naturally it’s getting an HD port on Switch!

Wait… what?! Yeah, you read that right. Go Vacation is back, this time being published by Nintendo itself. It’s a bit random for Nintendo to revive a somewhat obscure, third-party game, but as noted above, Go Vacation was a fun little title that this writer, at least, wouldn’t mind getting another crack at.

Okami HD Going Physical in Japan

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Okami HD Going Physical in Japan

Okami is one of the finest offerings from defunct Capcom studio Clover Studio. The game mashes elements of Japanese folklore with some of the play mechanics of The Legend of Zelda series, all rendered in a spectacular watercolor visual style. Considering the original Okami was launched on PlayStation 2 back in 2006, it’s astounding how fresh the game still feels compared to its contemporaries. The title has been rereleased on practically every system under the sun and, thankfully, Switch will be the next platform to be graced by Okami.

The only catch, sadly, has been that there doesn’t seem to be any indication from Capcom that Okami HD will be coming in physical form to the platform. Despite launching with a physical disc on PlayStation 4, fans in North America and Europe probably shouldn’t hold their breath for an actual cartridge in their respective regions. For our Japanese brethren, however, that is a different story entirely.