The Develop 100 is a yearly list of the most successful game developers in the world. Guess who took the top spot this year? You may have heard of them. They make this extremely popular game called Wrecking Crew. Or there’s this other one called CluClu Land. That’s right, Nintendo! Last year, they lost the top spot to World of Warcraft developer Activison Blizzard (who are now holding tight to the number 80 spot). Nintendo is routinely on top of most lists like this. I guess you can’t be surprised. After all, most of their devices print money.
As you may have noticed, many DVDs and video games now come without instruction manuals or scene lists. Some of the boxes are have giant holes in them to reduce plastic. This seems like part of a grand scheme to be more “green”, or as I like to call it, “obnoxious”. In any case, our favorite company in the world, Nintendo, has said that they do not plan on excluding instruction manuals from games anytime soon. I for one enjoy the manuals that come with games. Those who say the manuals should be downloaded forget that that method is vastly less user friendly, and not everyone has the internet.
The OFLC (Australia’s ESRB) has recently rated Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light as a PG Game (pretty much like Teen here). This is another seeming confirmation that the DS RPG will be coming to countries other than Japan. Square Enix has yet to comment, but with the game’s title already having been trademarked here in the US, I’d say it’s pretty certain we’ll see something about it at E3. So get excited, Squeenix Fans!