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According to the folks at The Tracking Board, a movie for Sonic the Hedgehog is development and the studio is “going for a dark, edgy version skewed towards older audiences.” Apparently, the film will mix live-action and animation, and these are the short-listed writers:

  • Brad Bird (“Incredibles, “”Wall-E,” “Brave,” “Toy Story 2,” “Up”)
  • Wernick & Reese (“Deadpool,” “Monsters Inc,” “Zombieland,” “GI Joe Retaliation”)
  • David Berenbaum (“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “Elf”)
  • Phil Johnston (“Wreck it Ralph” and “Nebraska”)

For the moment, I’m curious about two things: will this actually happen? And can it possibly be good? I’ll remain hopeful the answer to both those questions is, of course, “Yes.”

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Unity Engine coming to the 3DS?

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At the moment, game developers who use the Unity Engine (which anyone can download for free) are able to build their games for the Wii U. You still need manual approval from Nintendo and a development kit but anyone who is familiar with Unity doesn’t have to learn an entirely new engine to make games for the system.

What’s new is that Damon Baker of Nintendo has suggested that Unity could eventually be used for 3DS development. First, he said this about the Wii U:

Our priority was to get the Wii U build up and done and ready. Because we need a test environment for it, it’s taken a while for Unity to get finalized on Wii U, so that we can actually test against it. So that has been made available now and that is why we’ve got all of these [game] candidates waiting in the wings that are just going through the submission process at this point. Now, we can move on to other platforms and see how we can make those compatible, either with Unity or with additional middleware providers as well.

And, from there, he went on to say:

So, 3DS is definitely an exciting platform for us, because we’ve got a huge install base, and we want to take advantage of that. We’ve got a lot of developers that want to take advantage of it. So, we’re working towards that as well. But nothing to announce at this time.

This is something that’s worth keeping your fingers crossed for since it’d certainly allow a lot more independent developers to bring their games to the platform.

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An update for Miiverse is now available

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Nintendo has updated Miiverse across the Wii U and 3DS, with five main additions and improvements. You can either check out Miiverse yourself, or check after the break for the details.

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Moon Chronicles Logo

Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid has shared that Moon Chronicles — their episodic, first-person shooter – has been submitted to Nintendo for approval. This means the game should arrive on the eShop during April or May.

When a more specific date arrives I will, of course, keep you posted.

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For a while now, Masahiro Sakurai has been sharing glimpses of various stages from the next Smash Bros. game via Miiverse. Within his most recent update though, he’s shared a much more in-depth look at the highly-dynamic stage based on Super Mario 3D Land.

Check it out after the break.

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Sonic Boom

In a recent interview with Sonic Stadium, Stephen Frost of SEGA has said:

All I can really say right now is that the 3DS game is its own experience with a separate storyline from the Wii U version. We have a few surprises to announce in relation to the 3DS game, but you’ll just have to wait and see what they are.

And that’s not a lot to go on but it brings me back to the days when this blog was packed with a lot more juicy speculation. In either case, I’ll hold to the hope that Sonic Boom brings me back to how I felt playing the original Sonic games.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

To complement the release of the movie, an adaptation of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is set for release on Wii U, 3DS, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. Here’s the official description:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 the video game lets players embark on a heroic adventure on their way to becoming a formidable dragon rider alongside the beloved characters from the film. Choosing from a variety of riders and dragons, players will enter a dragon flight school filled with tournament events, challenging mini-games and exciting training exercises, all throughout the Viking Isle of Berk.

But I’m a lot more confident about the movie than I am about the game.

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Pokemon Battle Trozei White

To complement the release of Pokemon Battle Trozei in Japan, a pair of 3DS XL designs are becoming available via a competition in the region. There’s a black and white version, both of which can be seen after the break.

Which one do you like the most?

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Tomodachi Collection

Masahiro Sakurai has posted the above image and said:

Looks like someone’s enjoying the bachelor life in this pad,” the picture looks a lot like one of the oddball import’s living spaces – which is nice enough itself, but could it spell more exciting things for the future? A Mii character in the roster, or a Western release of the game, perhaps?

And it’s that last part that’s most telling since the details of a Western release of Tomodachi Collection was leaked.

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Video: A fan remake of Super Mario 64

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A fan of Super Mario 64, which is a string of words that could be used to describe just about anyone, has decided to remake the game using the Blender Game Engine. It’s an ambitious idea so I hope we continue to hear about progress over the coming months since the developer hopes to add features like Oculus Rift support and online multiplayer into the mix.

You can check after the break for the video or follow along with updates via the YouTube channel

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