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In this podcast at 8-4.jp, translator/localization specialist Richard Mark Honeywood discusses the tumult over the edgy Judeo-Christian overtones in Xenogears, especially the name of the final villain.

[They] took every biblical reference they could and tried to twist it. One of the translators was a bit worried about this and was like 'I don't want to have fundamental Christians or other religious groups being upset and blowing up our office.' And I guess in the States, at that time, it was a concern. So I had two translators walk off it and I was stuck there by myself.

Super Mario 3DS hints from Miyamoto

Speaking to Edge Magazine today, Mario series creator Shigeru Miyamoto gave a few details on the upcoming Super Mario 3DS, including the release, which he claimed will be this year.

"It’s a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64," said Miyamoto. "It won't convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I'm talking about... For example, the floors floating in space: in 2D it's difficult to judge the distance, but in 3D it's really easy."

Added Miyamoto, "The tail... on the logo – it's what you think it is. You probably know what's going to happen using that character."

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Wii II Wishlist -- What's on yours?

BlogThe successor to Wii is reportedly coming real soon, and, like a bell to Pavlov's Dog, the fanboys are drooling.

I have to admit that I'm salivating (at least a bit) at the prospect of real HD, the complete abrogation of the friend code system, and whatever neat new gizmo/thingamajig/widget/gimmick Nintendo might have up its sleeve.

What are you hoping for, expecting, or demanding out of Wii II?

Nintendo Australia releases Wii Super NES Classic Controller, removes it 2 days later

Nintendo of Australia sent out an email to Club Nintendo members advising of a new reward; the Wii Super NES Classic Controller which would be available for 3,000 stars. Having sent the email out on the 12th of April Nintendo advised of "limited stock available" - the item has since vanished from their reward list. There has been no subsequent information provided as to whether all of the controllers were already claimed or not.

Tenchu 4: Shadow Assassins review: How can a game with so many flaws still be so enjoyable?

heartRecently, I purchased Tenchu: Shadow Assassins, from a local used game store. The game, which came for the Wii and PSP, came out back in 2009 and has seem to have kinda flown under the radar since its release. Despite the many flaws with this game, I have still enjoyed it immensely. This will be my first attempt at a very in-depth review for a game, but I will also throw in my own impressions and memories about the game as well. As horrible as this game is I can't help but love it. Read on

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