Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble Developer Interview from Nintendo Online Magazine

Here’s a translation of Nintendo Online Magazine’s interview with Toshiaki Suzuki, the director of Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble. The original interview was probably uploaded around the launch of the game in Japan which was August 23, 2000. This one is pretty interesting because they talk about iterating on the hardware and how it all came together from the concept to the actual game.

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Paper Mario Developer Interview from Nintendo Online Magazine

This is a translation of the Paper Mario Developer Interview from the old Nintendo Online Magazine website that Nintendo used to run in Japan. The interview is with Toshiyuki Nakamura of Intelligent Systems and Hiroyasu Sasano of Nintendo. Toshiyuki Nakamura is actually the president of Intelligent Systems now, but started his career as a programmer.

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Sachiko Kawamura (Chao Creator) Interview From Sonic Channel

This is a translation of the interview with Sachiko Kawamura from the old Sonic Channel site. She has an extensive history as an artist and art director for the Sonic series so many of you are probably already familiar with at least some of her work. If you ever wondered who made those Chao so darn cute, you’re in the right place.

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Ansem Reports 1-6 in Japanese and English

I just finished reading a couple of volumes of the Kingdom Hearts novelization series in Japanese and was curious if the Ansem Reports were taken straight from the games. It turns out they were which is pretty neat. In the books they usually appear two at a time with some character interjections at the juicy bits for good measure. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have them side by side to compare the Japanese and English, and for anyone to use as reading practice.

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Two New Game Boy Games for the Collection!

I had another couple of great finds while shopping for Game Boy games and they are in such great condition I would be doing you wonderful people a disservice by not showing them off. This post will basically just be pictures of the games, boxes, and little inserts for Pokemon Blue and Donkey Kong Land 2 (Donkey Kong Land in Japan), so if you’re into that sort of thing, give it a look!

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Reading Books (Based on Games)

I recently did something I should have done a long time ago. I read two books. They were about Kirby and the gang but… I say it still counts! Reading a book may not be quite as fun as playing a game, but it’s pretty close and arguably better practice so I wanted to write a bit about the challenges and give a couple of tips to get started.

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Retro Game Shopping in Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya, Japan
That’s nice, but where are the games?

I’ve been going through the dreaded visa renewal process so I had to make a couple of trips to my nearest immigration office which means hoping on the train and going to Nagoya. Nagoya is Japan’s 4th largest city, but doesn’t really seem to have a claim to fame, at least as far as I can tell after some low effort Google searching. I think it’s actually a great place to make a day (or two) trip out of though so that’s what we did!

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Let Me Introduce You to Pallet Town

If you’re around my age, Pokemon may have been your first RPG. The start of a grand adventure in the world of Pokemon and the start of a lifelong love of the genre. I’ve mentioned this a couple of other places on the site, but Pallet Town was also the start of my gaming in Japanese adventures. I took a stab at playing gen 1 really early on in my studies and now I’m going to put up side-by-side English and Japanese from Pallet Town in Pokemon Let’s Go.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part VI

Akitoshi Kawazu in an Iwata Asks
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part VI of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. We’ve finally reached the final page! If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. I also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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Iwata Asks – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers – Part V

Satoru Iwata in an Iwata Asks
Iwata Asks with Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix

Welcome to part V of Iwata Asks featuring Akitoshi Kawazu from Square Enix. If you’re just finding this, you can start with part I here. I also have a translations page for more translation goodness! Now on with the show.

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