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Buy this Chibi-Robo statue, help combat autism

So… Press Start: Nintendo Charity Gallery is a pretty cool thing. A group of students at the San Jose State University have created a massive collection of Nintendo themed fanart and have made it available for auction, with the proceeds going to the Morgan Autism Center.

As well as this cool Chibi-Robo statue (which I’ve already been outbid on) there’s a wealth of really cool art, inspired by similarly treasured Nintendo games, like Star Fox, F-Zero and Earthbound. My wallet is sure going to hurt but, hey, it’s going to a good cause. My living room wall! (jk)

If you like cool games and unique works of art (who the hell doesn’t?) then I don’t think you’ll regret checking out the auctions. And if you’re lucky enough to live in San Jose then the works are all on display at Umpqua Bank until the 16th of May. Let me know in the comments if you make it out there…

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Actually I found out a few weeks ago but forgot to post it here.

For those who don’t remember, Oink Games is the mysterious co-developer who turned up in the credits of  Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder. Well I contacted them on Twitter for more info and they were nice enough to reply. It turns out some of the staff were formerly programmer at Skip and previously worked on the bitGenerations and ArtStyle series, including Orbient, Aquario, Boxlife and PentaTentacles.

So that’s pretty cool! Anyone who’s kept an eye on Skip’s infrequently updated site will have noticed that their in-house staff have certainly dwindled over the past few years but it’s cool that Skip can contract them back in on a project-by-project basis. So there’s hope for another game with the size and scope of Captain Rainbow again… Right?

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Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 23.01.19I haven’t finished Chibi-Robo Photo Finder yet, but this chap on Miiverse did and he’s snapped a picture of the end credits. Curiously, two of the staff in this screen are credited to a developer I’ve never heard of until today. While Dan Yamamoto and Fumihiro Kanaya are definitely both Skip employees, they’re also members of Oink Games – a company that appears to be more associated with board games than the video kind.

I’d love to know more about this company and its relationship to Skip. I’ve reached out to them on Twitter but have had no reply so far. If you can shed any light on the subject I’d love to hear more. Please leave a comment below…

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Chibi-Robo on Miiverse

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 21.07.37A fantastic byproduct of a new Chibi-Robo game is that the awesome little guy now has his own Miiverse community! Which means an influx of great new Chibi fan-art to geek out over. Here are some of my favourites from the past two days. Make sure to visit the Miiverse page to “Yeah!” these images, see more and spread the happiness.

And speaking of fan-art, here’s a more traditional but no less awesome example sent to me by @dunkr on Twitter. Lovely stuff. Chibi should have taken a travel adapter before visiting the UK.
chibi Robo Duncan Robson

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After 4 years of inactivity, Skip have finally updated their website! There’s not much of note, however, just a splash page linking to Chibi-Robo Photography. Actually – the site calls it “Chibi-Robo in Live Action” but I’ve kind of gotten used to the Photography name now.

The most noteworthy point is that the site definitively claims “Our company was involved in the development of this software”, which is nice to hear after a few rumours to the contrary.

Does this re-awakening suggest a new period of creative urgency? Possibly. The fact that Skip also just opened its first Twitter account – they’re trying not to talk about games they develop for Nintendo but are replying to fans – certainly gives me hope.

What would you like to see from Skip in the months ahead? Personally I’m hoping for another game as original, ambitious and outrageous as Captain Rainbow…

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This was seemingly announced a long time ago but was kept pretty underground as these things tend to be, but a fan group is currently working on a translation of Welcome Home Chibi-Robo – the third Chibi-Robo game, which released on DS a few years ago and is really rather good.

Check here to see the project’s current progress and lend your support.

Also – It looks as though the long awaited Captain Rainbow translation may start moving again soon according to translators Kirameki…

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Chibi-Robo comic by Zac Gorman

This is a little old now but still worth showing off. This lovely comic by Zac Gorman really captures the emotional undertone of Chibi-Robo. Zac says that he hopes the series makes a comeback on Wii U. Can’t disagree with him on that one…

Make sure you have a look at the rest of Zac’s comics by the way. There are a few more videogame themed strips including one inspired by Costume Quest and another by NiGHTS. I get the feeling Zac and I have very similar tastes.

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