Yoshi’s Woolly World has an absolutely gorgeous art style but it would appear as though the game looked slightly different during its initial development. Unused textures found by Twitter user @RandomTBush shows that the game was originally planned to look like Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii, but thankfully Nintendo decided to switch things up and create the lovely look we are now all familiar with.
Nintendo recently held a Splatoon and Art Academy drawing contest and as you would expect they received numerous entries from a number of talented individuals. We all know there’s some extremely accomplished artists out there and a lot of them have gravitated towards Splatoon and its unique art style. Now Nintendo has revealed the winners of the competition along with the runners-up and there’s some exquisite pieces. There’s one winner, two are Silver and the final three are Bronze. You can check them all out in the image gallery, below.
Playtonic has tweeted that the next edition of UK gaming publication EDGE magazine will include some brand new Yooka-Laylee art. The magazine will also feature an in-depth profile of Playtonic, the developers behind the Kickstarter backed 3D platformer. The next edition of EDGE magazine is available tomorrow.
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Nintendo has released some character art for the long-awaited Star Fox Zero which is under development from Platinum Games. This is the first Star Fox video game we’ve had in a long time, so it’s great to see how Nintendo and Platinum envision how characters such a Fox, Slippy, Falco and Peppy look in 2015. Star Fox Zero is due out on the Wii U towards the end of the year.
If you’re a fan of huge bulking mechs then we’ve got just the thing for you. Takayuki Yanase, who is renowned for working on projects such as Ghost in the Shell: Arise and Metal Gear Rising, has revealed some of the mech designs that will feature in Xenoblade Chronicles X. You can view the vast array of concept art on the official website. I have posted a couple below, too.
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Hitoshi Ariga has worked on numerous video games and manga works and is most famous for his contributions to the Rockman manga series (Mega Man in the west). He also did some illustrations for the Pokemon trading card game. What do you think of his contributions to Pokemon X & Y?
“I’ve actually been doing video game work for quite a while now (over two decades), including projects for things like PCE, MD, and SFC. Apparently the Pokemon art director, Sugimori, had taken notice of some of my past work and that’s why he asked me if I’d be interested in doing some design work for Pokemon XY.
So in some ways, designing Pokemon for XY was like an extension of my days of drawing monsters for “ActRaiser 2” and “Beyond Oasis”. I am a Pokemon Trainer as well as an illustrator, so needless to say I was incredibly honored and pleased to have this opportunity.
I just thought the Pokemon XY players following me might find this information interesting!” – Hitoshi Ariga
Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata was asked recently whether he believed that Nintendo was making ‘pieces of art’. Surprisingly, his response was as follows:
“It’s not like we are making pieces of art, the point is to make a product that resonates with and is accepted by customers.”
Now it makes perfect sense that his answer would highlight Nintendo’s concentration on the consumer as its main goal, but interestingly, Iwata appears to disagree that Nintendo’s games should be considered art. Whether or not games are art may be an abstract question, but it’s a question that won’t stop being asked anytime soon.