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Super Mario Run is Now Available on Android!

It’s been out for iOS devices since December 2016, but now the plumber’s first smartphone adventure is available on Android too. Yes, a few days ahead of schedule, Nintendo has released the game on Google Play for Android users to install. This can be seen on the official page right here:
Super Mario Run on Google Play

Along with a few of the standard app pictures as seen below:

Mario Run Screenshot 3

Mario Run Screenshot 2

However, that’s not all there is to it. Oh no, Nintendo have also released the update for the game today too. This 2.0 update adds in such things as:

  • New Yoshi colours for characters
  • The ability to play level 1-4 for free (in addition to the first 3 available already)
  • And more varieties of Toads that free players can collect in Toad Rally. This in turn means extra playable characters and houses are now available in Kingdom Builder without buying the full game.

So yeah, go ahead and download it if you want. It’s a tad late given how long ago the iOS one was released, but at least you can now play it on Android devices too. Better late than never I suppose!

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Super Mario Run on Google Play

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Fans Are Rebuilding Red Dead Redemption as a GTA 5 Mod

Over the decades, we’ve seen some rather ambitious game mods and fan projects. There have been attempts to recreate URA Zelda as an Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask ROM hack. HD remakes of games like Super Mario 64 have been a dime a dozen. And well, when it comes to the likes of Minecraft or Super Smash Bros, things just speak for themselves.

Either way, now we have another insanely ambitious project. Namely, a mod for Grand Theft Auto 5 which tries to recreate Red Dead Redemption in its engine.

No, we’re not kidding. It’s attempting to remake the entire world of said game, before potentially porting over things like weapons, enemies and characters later down the line.

Here are some screenshots showing the game in action:

Red Dead Redemption Remake Logo

Red Dead Redemption Remake Picture

As you can see, it looks quite good so far. However, there are some issues here, and I’ll cover them now. For one thing, it’s a potential legal nightmare. This is because publishers and developers are not the biggest things of people remaking their games and distributing them for free, as many Nintendo fan game devs have found out the hard way.

Fortunately, this is less of an issue here. Rockstar and Take Two are (from what I hear) slightly nicer to modders and fan project developers than Square Enix. Not perfect (they love to shut down multiplayer mods for GTA 5 for example), but better than some other companies.

So there’s less of a chance it’ll get shut down through legal avenues.

But that still leaves it with an issue. Namely, the chances of it seeing completion are… slim at best.

And that’s because it’s just so big and so ambitious. I mean, the original Red Dead Redemption had a team of 800 people. As in, all working full time over a period of about 5 years. Yeah sure that was from scratch and you guys can at least just port assets over. But still, it’s a big ask this project, and seems like something that requires much more development work and time than you’re ready for.

So I wish you the best of luck with the game (and will damn well cover it here if you finish the project), but sadly suspect your chances of completing this thing are slim to none. Let’s hope things work out in a few years or so!

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Red Dead Redemption in GTA V (GTA Forums)

New Zelda Glitch Lets You Get Infinite Arrows

Have you ever run out of arrows in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild?

Oh of course you have. This game gives you a million things to hit with arrows, but you actually have to go and work somewhat to actually find and attain them. It’s not like other Zelda games where you can just cut the grass and hope magic refills pop out.

Fortunately though, it seems you’re in luck. Why? Because as the title suggests, a YouTuber called Austin John has found an interesting trick that will let you farm as many arrows as you like without getting hit! Here’s his video showing off the process:

It’s pretty simple really. Just go to the area marked (with the Bokoblins on horseback), then use Revali’s Gale to fly upwards. Upon landing, keep the camera pointed down so you never see the enemies and well… you don’t get hit by arrows any more. Leaving you free to stand still pressing A to pick up all the arrows falling to the ground nearby.

But why does it happen anyway?

Well, I don’t know for sure. But my best guess is that it’s part of Nintendo being nice to the player. Part of a setup that Nintendo has implemented in a couple of games to avoid players being infuriated by attacks they can’t see.

In other words, the arrows never hit because Nintendo thinks it’s unfair if a projectile is fired at you from off screen without you being able to know where it’s coming from. They know you can’t see the Bokoblins, so they simply have their attacks JUST miss in order to get you moving/make you move the camera into a position where you can easily see and avoid them.

And I believe this because surprisingly, this isn’t the only game where such a tactic works. Oh no, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam did the exact same thing in its papercraft battles. If you can’t see the boss on screen, then the boss can’t hit you at all. Period.

That’s all for the same reason. If you can’t see the boss, having it repeatedly hit you is seen as being cruel to the player. So they simply disabled its attacks until you turned round.

Either way, their kindness is our gain. So go on guys! Go out there and get some more arrows in Zelda Breath of the Wild!

Is Game Freak Working on Pokemon Stars for Nintendo Switch?

From the minute the Nintendo Switch was announced, people have wondered about the possibility of a new Pokemon game. After all, it’s a handheld with the technical power of a home console! A system that can push out full HDMA graphics and gigantic worlds at a whim!

Isn’t that perfect for a full Pokemon Sun and Moon sequel?

Well, yes it is And guess what? It seems we’ll soon find out exactly what Game Freak has in store with such a game too.

Because as the title suggests, they’re actually advertising for someone to work on such a game right now. Here’s the advertisement on Indeed Japan if you don’t believe me:

3D Model Creator Wanted – Game Freak (Indeed)

As you can tell, it’s pretty obvious they’re talking about Pokemon. I mean, read some of these quotes and tell me what other Game Freak franchise they could possibly be referring to:

We’ll have you work on an RPG that’s popular on a global scale
Which will be release on consoles
With a title that just about everyone knows and that could end up providing you a future career

It’s certainly not Drill Dozer or Smart Ball, that’s for sure. Nope, this is Pokemon. Even the simple comments on it being a franchise that’s popular worldwide doesn’t exactly leave any options.

So yeah, it seems Game Freak are recruiting for a new Pokemon title. However, one thing does stand out as somewhat interesting here. As in, even more interesting than the possibility of a new Pokemon RPG on the Nintendo Switch.

And that’s this comment about it having been ‘released for a long time’. Indeed, do you know what this makes me think of?

Pokemon Stars. You know, the Pokemon Sun and Moon sequels that were apparently coming to the Switch at one point. Having the new Pokemon games be based on generation 7 would certainly account for a familiar development environment and a game that’s been out for a long time.

But hey, what do you think? Could this job posting be proof that Game Freak really is working on Pokemon Stars for the Nintendo Switch? Or are the plans in relation to a brand new Pokemon generation planned for Nintendo’s system?

Post your thoughts on this here (or at the Gaming Latest forums) today!

Is Seiken Densetsu 3 Coming to the Switch Virtual Console?

Back in the SNES era, there was a sequel to Secret of Mana called Seiken Densetsu 3. An incredible RPG with gorgeous sprites, an interesting story and tons of cool features, the game got good reviews from pretty much everyone who played it and is now seen as one of the best RPGs on the system.

There was just one problem with it.

The game was never released outside of Japan. There was evidence it was meant to at one point (like magazine pictures and official statements). And there was talk of naming it ‘Secret of Mana 2’ as well.

But it never happened either way. The rise of the PlayStation and other modern systems meant the game was seen as a poor choice to release in the West, and the cost of localising it made Square reconsider in general.

However, it seems things may be about to change!

Why? Because on the official series Twitter account today, a very interesting tweet was posted. Namely, this one showing the game running on the Nintendo Switch!

And this is interesting for a multitude of reasons. For one thing, the game was never released on the Virtual Console (or other digital download services) to begin with. No, not even in Japan.

As a result, this means that Square Enix is likely interested in releasing it there now. Which given the lack of region locking for the Nintendo Switch, means that people from outside Japan will be able to play it anyway.

More interestingly though, there’s the possibility of the game receiving the Earthbound Origins treatment. This would let the game finally be officially released to those from other regions, would provide another possible classic revival (alongside Mother 3 getting its own possible translation) and please a lot of people at the same time.

Either way, it seems like Seiken Densetsu 3 now might be coming to the Switch at one point. So hey, what do you think? Are you interested in the game now it may be made available again? And what form do you think it’s Switch release might take?

Post your thoughts here or on the Gaming Latest forums today!