Pokemon Company International’s Creative Design Director Passes Away

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A sudden and tragic news, but Eric Medalle, the Pokemon Company International’s creative design director, has suddenly passed away on Sunday in an accident. Windstorms have been plaguing Seattle as of late and while out on a drive with one of his daughters, a tree fell on their vehicle. Eric did not survive, but thankfully his daughter did and with only minor injuries.

He worked on designing many international Pokemon TCG  logos, designed the logos for Pokemon Dream Radar and the Pokemon the Series: XY, and worked on many of the recent Pokemon games. Referencing from Bulbapedia, the games he worked on are:

  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – English & European Graphic Design
  • Pokémon X and Y – English & European Graphic Design
  • Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 – English Version Artwork
  • Pokémon Conquest – Graphic Design
  • Pokémon Black and White Versions – English Version Artwork
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs – English-Version Graphic Design
  • Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions – English-Version Artwork
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia – English Version Artwork

Puzzle Master, Akira Tago, Passes Away

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Akira Tago was a psychologist famous for his successful book series, Head Gymnastics, that contained many fun puzzles to solve and was the base for games of the Professor Layton series. He worked as the director for all the Professor Layton games, and was responsible for creating its many challenging puzzles, earning his title of ‘Puzzle Master’ in its credits.

The chairman of the Japan Creative Society and president Tokyo Feature University, he passed away on March 6 at the age 90 due to interstitial pneumonia.

He will be missed by many.

Fire Emblem Fates New Nintendo 3DS XL

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Today, Nintendo has made a number of announcements. The first being the Fire Emblem Fates New Nintendo 3DS XL which will be available in Feb. 19 and will not come with the game on purchase. The console will be priced at $199.99.

Also starting from Feb. 19, DLC maps for the game will be released weekly. There will be a Map Pack for all the maps and other DLC contents for $17.99.

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The second announcement is the release date for Bravely Second Collector’s Edition on Apr. 15. Purchase of the game will come with a 250-paged art book, and a 10 song soundtrack. It will be priced at $69.99. The demo for the game, Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers, will also be available on the eShop some time before the launch date.

It is still unknown if purchase of the Collector’s Edition will come with the limited AOC Costume Pack, which features special codes that will unlock unique outfits for the protagonists:

  • Edea – Magical Girl Raincoat
  • Tiz – Sagittarius Ace
  • Yew/Yu/Yuu – Unified Garb / Orthodoxy Principality Unified Army Outfit
  • Magnolia – Planeswarden Garb / Dimensional Administration Officer

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Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Working on a New Project

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In less than a month from making Super Smash Bros 4’s final presentation, Sakurai has already confirmed in the Weekly Famitsu that he has already started on a new project.

There is little news as to what it is, except for Sakurai’s answer about his plans for the year 2016:

“I want to enjoy every Sunday. But it’s not like the next job hasn’t been decided yet.”