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Interview with the Puzzle Master

Earlier this week, we had the chance to ask Picross 3D Spokesman and puzzle designer Wei-Hwa Huang a few questions about Picross 3D. In addition to working at Google for a time, Wei-Hwa Huang is a well-respected puzzle expert. Wei-Hwa Huang is a four-time individual winner of the World Puzzle Championship and winner of the 2008 Sudoku National Championship.  He has co-written two books of handcrafted Sudoku variants, one book on the Rubik's Cube and related puzzles, and was a key organizer for the first World Sudoku Championship held in the United States.  When he isn't working on puzzles he develops and designs games, and has been playing on Nintendo consoles since 1984. 1. Of the 350-plus puzzles in the game, how many did you create? I wish I was involved in the Picross 3D puzzle creation, but all the puzzles were created by the developer (HAL Laboratory). I've personally created a few puzzles using their built-in editor and if you can find me and my Nintendo DS I'd be happy to share them with you! 2. How long does it take to make one of these puzzles? Designing the puzzle is pretty easy and is as simple as building something out of colored bricks; it's the creativity that's difficult. Of course, this assumes that you have a good puzzle-generation engine, and Picross 3D definitely has one, so you don't have to be good at the puzzles to be able to make a good one. Read More

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Interview with the Puzzle Master

Earlier this week, we had the chance to ask Picross 3D Spokesman and puzzle designer Wei-Hwa Huang a few questions about Picross 3D. In addition to working at Google for a time, Wei-Hwa Huang is a well-respected puzzle expert. Wei-Hwa Huang is a four-time individual winner of the World Puzzle Championship and winner of the 2008 Sudoku National Championship.  He has co-written two books of handcrafted Sudoku variants, one book on the Rubik's Cube and related puzzles, and was a key organizer for the first World Sudoku Championship held in the United States.  When he isn't working on puzzles he develops and designs games, and has been playing on Nintendo consoles since 1984. 1. Of the 350-plus puzzles in the game, how many did you create? I wish I was involved in the Picross 3D puzzle creation, but all the puzzles were created by the developer (HAL Laboratory). I've personally created a few puzzles using their built-in editor and if you can find me and my Nintendo DS I'd be happy to share them with you! 2. How long does it take to make one of these puzzles? Designing the puzzle is pretty easy and is as simple as building something out of colored bricks; it's the creativity that's difficult. Of course, this assumes that you have a good puzzle-generation engine, and Picross 3D definitely has one, so you don't have to be good at the puzzles to be able to make a good one Read More

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Nintendo Download - 2/8/10: Deadly Viruses and Heroic Vegetables Make for a Memorable Week

I don't think anyone saw this one coming. On today's Nintendo Download, Sunsoft has released Blaster Master: Overdrive, which Sunsoft's Victor Ireland describes as being "halfway between" a remake and a sequel to the original; "more like a re-imagining." Check out the official trailer: "It's based on the original US storyline," he explains, "but some things are changed. For example, the hero (Alexander/Alex) in this one is an adult trying to save his family...AND MANKIND. :) Mix of old and new mutants, mix of similar and new bosses, somewhat different ending." This looks like just what the doctor ordered, and it's going for 1,000 Wii Points. That's not all that's available now, though; check out the Nintendo Download press release after the cut, and beneath that, the full Blaster Master: Overdrive presser. Read More

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Nintendo Download - 12/28/09 - Prepare for '10 with 10 New Downloadable Games from Nintendo

...oh. Oh my. This... this is all so rather unexpected. Well, not all of it. We knew Pilotwings was promised for 2009, so it had to be today. And truthfully, it could probably have carried the day alone. But no, we get more. It's almost like Christmas 1991 all over again (despite not getting my Super NES until 1992) as we not only have Pilotwings on the Virtual Console, but the 16-bit love-letter that is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth as well for the expected 1,000 points. On top of that, DSiWare gets The Oregon Trail, which some of you no doubt remember playing on your school's Apple II back in elementary school and watching everyone die of dysentery (as an aside, I still want a WiiWare version that uses Miis). On top of Pilotwings, Castlevania, and The Dysentery Trail, there's also the WiiWare title RABBIDS Lab, which lets you customize and tease your very own Ubi-bunny inside your Wii Remote for 500 Wii Points. And if all of that isn't enough for you, there's still more. Check it out in the press release after the cut. Read More

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Nintendo Download - 11/30/09 - Nintendo Offers 10 Downloads to Help You Recover from Your Holiday We

Yes, you read that correctly-- ten games. And it's not one of those weeks where they roll out half a dozen clock/calendar/calculator combinations, or where they split something like Electroplankton up into five or so parts. At the top of the list is the latest Tales from Monkey Island chapter on WiiWare, for the usual 1,000 Wii Points, followed by Hudson's My Zoo and Digital Leisure's Copter Crisis for half that amount (or both for the same). And if you're in the holiday spirit, then the 1,000 point Christmas Clix may be just what you're looking for. DSiWare brings something new from Electronic Arts in Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes for 800 DSi Points, which puts you in the game. The word-puzzle game Bookworm from PopCap can be yours for 500 DSi Points, and Nintendo brings the magic in Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe for 200. And if you can't get enough Sudoku, then 500 points will net you Sudoku Challenge! from Digital Leisure. Finally, Virtual Console has a little love with the 800-point Combatribes for the Super NES and arcade version of Solomon's Key for 600. Check out all the details on each game in the press release after the cut. Read More