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Fan Made 3D Koholint Island In Unity Web Engine

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For many fans of the Legend of Zelda GameBoy title Link’s Awakening, Koholint Island is one of the most mysterious and interesting worlds in the entire franchise; and while we’ve had our share of Hyrule and even a vast ocean in 3D Zelda entrants, we’ve never seen the Wind Fish’s dream world quite like this.  The interactive 3D map works within the browser utilizing the Unity Web Engine.  A small install gets you up and running, exploring the overworld, the dungeons, shops, etc.  You can use the spacebar to jump over obstacles that would typically give Link a bit of trouble as well.

While there are many textures missing and the world looks similar to a 3D navigational mapping program’s treatment of 2 dimensional maps, it is still visually interesting and worth a look if for no other reason than to appeal to the nostalgic side.

There have been other recreations of Koholint Island in the past, some of them notably impressive as seen in the example below:

While this interactive version doesn’t have the same level of detail, who knows where it will go in the future, considering what the Unity Web Engine is capable of.  If you’re interested in taking a look for yourself check it out here.  Remember you need to install the Unity framework to run it, and enjoy!  Come back and let us know what you think!

Club Nintendo – New Featured Games Offers (June)

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These are the new game offers that are available for Club Nintendo members based in the US until June 30:

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[Source: Gonintendo]

Europe – Nintendo Download 6th June

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U VC

Spelunker (Tozai Games, NES VC) – €3.49/£2.39 (Ends June 13)

Wii U Sale

Trine 2: Director’s Cut – €8.49/£6.99 (Ends June 27)

Wii U price drop

ZombiU – €29.99/£24.99 was €69.99/£54.99
Just Dance 4 – €39.99/£29.99 was €49.99/£39.99
Ben 10 Omniverse – €29.99/£29.99 was €44.99/£35.99

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Tetris (Tetris Online) – €9.99/£8.99

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Jewel Quest 4 Heritage – €7.99/£7.19 (800 Points)
Break Tactics – €4.99/£4.49/ (500 Points)

[Source: Nintendo]

Europe – Nintendo Download 30th May

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U VC

Keep in mind that if you own Super Ghouls’n Ghosts you can get a 50% discount on Ghosts’n Goblins! You can use this chance and purchase this new entry for just €2.49, only until June 6.

Ghosts’n Goblins - €4.99

Wii U Sale

Toki Tori 2  - €11.24 (ends June 6)

Wii U price drop

Chasing Aurora – €6.49, was €11.99

3DS

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THE “DENPA” MEN 2: Beyond the Waves - €9.99
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition – €1.99
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games – €39.99

3DS VC sale

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages  - €4.99 (was €5.99, ends June 20)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – €4.99 (was €5.99, ends June 20

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King of Fighters 98′ – 900 Points

[Source: Nintendo]

Europe – Nintendo Download 23th May

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U VC

Keep in mind that if you own Kirby’s Adventure you can get a 30% discount on the two new Virtual Console entries! You can use this chance and purchase each Kirby game for €5.59 / £3.79, only until May 30.

Kirby’s Dream Course – €7,99 / £5.49
Kirby Super Star - €7,99 / £5.49

Wii U Retail Downloads

Resident Evil: Revelations – €49,99 / £39.99
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes – €49,99 / £39.99

3DS

3DS download

Swords & Soldiers 3D – €7,00 / £5.90
Air Battle Hockey 3D – €4,99 / £4.49
Groove Heaven – €3,99 / £3.59

3DS retail

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – €39,99 / £34.99
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D – €19,99 / £17.99

3DS VC

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3DS Demo

Project X Zone
Rabbids Rumble

3DS sale

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave – €6,39 / £5.69 (ends May 30)

[Source: Nintendo]

North America – Nintendo Download 5/9/13

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This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows…

 

Wii U demo

Resident Evil: Revelations

Wii U Virtual Console

Xevious – $4.99
Solomon’s Key – $4.99

Wii U sale

Chasing Aurora – 50% off through May 16

3DS download

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – $9.99
SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition

DSiWare

Publisher Dream – $1.99 / 200 points

Europe – This Week’s Downloads

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

 

Wii U VC

Solomon’s Key – €4.99 / £3.49
Xevious – €4.99 / £3.49

Wii U permanent price drop

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – €49.99, was €59.99 (£39.99, was £49.99)

Wii U sale

Chasing Aurora – €5.99, was €11.99 (£5.39, was £10.79)

Wii VC

World Heroes 2 Jet – 900 points

3DS download

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – €9.99 / £8.99
The Starship Damrey – €7.99 / £7.19
Bloody Vampire – €4.99 / £4.49
Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini – €3.99 / £3.59
Crash City Mayhem – €19.99 / £17.99

3DS VC

Wrecking Crew – €3.99 / £3.59

3DS video

The Beet Party: UnderWaterMelon – €0.99 / £0.89

DSiWare

Color Commando – €1.99 / £1.79 / 200 points

[Source: Nintendo]

European Download (03/05/13)

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This week’s European download includes 50% Zen Pinball DLC and several new VC releases…

The Smurfs 2 Video Game Coming To Wii U, Wii, and DS

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In anticipation of the July 31 release of Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D hybrid live-action/animated family comedy The Smurfs 2, Ubisoft announced that it will be releasing The Smurfs 2 on the Wii U, Wii, and DS developed by Ubisoft and Wayforward. It’s odd that we won’t be seeing a 3DS version, but it is what it is.

The Smurfs 2 releases on all consoles (except 3DS) on July, 2013.

Two Brothers Not Going to 3DS, Developers Would “Love” to Make a 3DS Game

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Two Brothers , is an 8-bit Gameboy style game with RPG and dungeon crawling inspiration, and Legend of Zelda type gameplay.  It is being developed by indie developer AckkStudios, and was funded as a Kickstarter project needing only $6,000 to put into motion.  Well, the developer raked in over $10,000 more and the dream is now a reality with a port being readied for the Wii U eShop.

As the story goes you will play as an inventor named Roy Guarder who soon gets tired of his black and green Gameboy colored world after he nearly dies.  This in turn inspires his brother who then decides to join the adventure.  Together the two set out to find a way to bring color into their world.  It almost sounds like a mash up of De Blob and The Legend of Zelda.  Anyway, a lot of people thought for sure the game would look and feel great on the 3DS but unfortunately that won’t happen.

AckkStudios producer Andrew Allanson explained the reasoning as to why Two Brothers wouldn’t make a 3DS appearance saying,

3DS is harder, as it doesn’t support our code base, and would require a complete remake.  We would love to make a 3DS game at some point though

While the Two Brothers duke it out on the Wii U a death match between the two in a nice 3D ring won’t happen anytime soon.  However, there is hope that another great game from AckkStudios could possibly happen and this time for the 3DS only.

Are you bummed that Two Brothers is only coming to Wii U? Leave your thoughts here on Nintendo Enthusiast.

Source: [Nintendo Everything]

 

 

Renegade Kid: We Always Planned to Make a Moon Sequel

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Renegade Kid, the company who brought the psychological horror thriller within a man’s brain game,  known as Dementium also brought to life another first-person shooter in the form of Moon.  Moon was an original game for the DS, featuring some of the same components as Dementium such as a high frame of about 60 frames per second and high quality 3D visuals.  In the game the year is 2058 and on the moon are several scientific labs which are used for experiments and other stations to help build a launch to go to Mars.

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When a strange hatch is discovered on the moon a man named Major Kane and his team are sent into investigate.  On the way to the hatch the team’s communications are knocked out and a strange force wipes out his team killing them.  Kane enters, finds a mysterious blue vial of liquid, inhales it, and falls unconscious.  Once Kane wakes up he finds himself more incredibly strong than ever before and defeats a boss standing in his way while making his way surface bound.  Little did he know that once he defeated the boss the whole underground chamber would go into self-destruct mode.  Fortunately he made it out onto the surface and was greeted by a ton of sentry guards and the game continues from there.

Jools Watsham, the founder of Renegade Kid said that it is still possible for a Moon sequel to see the light of day but that it would take a little cutting through some red tape.  In an article from Nintendo Insider Watsham further described what that red tape would be saying,

We had always planned to make a sequel to Moon, but that seems extremely unlikely at this point due to its ties with the publisher.  Perhaps we’ll attempt to buy the sequel rights back from Mastiff one day.” Jools Watsham

In the meantime Watsham said their main focus right now is to focus on their new 3D first-person shooter for the 3DS.  He said that once that project is done and if people like it then they will have the complete freedom they need to support that game with sequels and other things.

What do you think of a possible return for Moon? Leave a comment here at Nintendo Enthusiast.

[Source: Nintendo Insider]

Free Pokemon TV App Streams Animated Series, Films and Special Features on iOS and Android

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The Pokemon Company has today announced a new free app to stream Pokemon TV episodes and movies to your iOS and Android devices…

Inchworm Animation – Approved 3DS Developer, Finally

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Inchworm Animation has finally been approved for 3DS developers! Nintendo originally turned them down a few months ago, but no concrete reason was ever given…

Good news. Inchworm Animation developers were approved for 3DS development. BUT…that doesn’t mean a 3DS version is coming. Emily Rogers

The following is an except from Inchworm’s website concerning Nintendo’s denial…

Q: Will there be a version of Inchworm Animation optimized for the Nintendo 3DS? (A lot of my artist friends are now regretting selling their Nintendo DSi ™or Nintendo DSi XL™)

Probably not, unfortunately.  Nintendo has denied us as 3DS developers.  We are not sure why, but it might be because our company is not large enough to have an established credit rating.  Honestly we aren’t sure — maybe they will change their minds.  

Of course, for now you can run the original version of Inchworm Animation on your Nintendo 3DS™.  It’s available in the Nintendo eShop™.

Could this be yet another sign that Nintendo are really reaching out to indie developers? Fingers crossed!

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Scibblenauts Collection Coming to DS

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Create Your Own Interactive Experience: Objects you write down in the game are only limited by your imagination.

Unlimited Replay Value: Use less objects to increase your score, or experiment with different objects for endless replay value. Write anything, solve everything!

Create and Share Levels Online: Share levels you create with the Level Editor via Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection.

Explore Exciting Levels: Discover more than 340 in-depth levels that include task such as finding a cure for the plague, populating an office or identifying animals with shells.

Creative Adjectives System: With Super Scribblenauts, create a shy green polar bear or an angry zombie pear with more than 10,000 adjectives that reflect real life behaviors, personalities and characteristics when applied to objects.

Top 25 Handheld Adventure Games

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Top 25 Handheld Adventure Games


Although the PC is usually considered the main home for adventure games, the DS managed to be a powerhouse for adventure games. And now it looks like that tradition will continue on the 3DS with the release of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. We decided to take a look back at the best adventure games to ever grace a handheld gaming system. Lookout for some recently famous series like Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright as well as many hidden gems.

More Adventure Games:
-Top 25 Classic Adventure Games
-Top 50 Modern-Day Adventure Games
-Top Ten Best PC Adventure Games
Best Adventure Games Series of All Time
Top 10 Console Adventure Games
Best Visual Novels
Best Interactive Fiction/Text Adventures
Best Free/Casual/Online Adventure Games

999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors

999 received critical acclaim, with several near perfect scores emphasizing its well written story, remarkable presentation, and addictive gameplay.  Nine people have been abducted by a mysterious kidnapper who uses the alias “Zero.” They find themselves on a ship— possibly a replica of the RMS Titanic and are told that they have nine hours to escape before the ship sinks beneath the waves. Zero is running the “Nonary Game” – a game “where you will put your life on the line.” The group is forced to split up into various subgroups and explore “numbered doors,” behind which lie Zero’s puzzles. Zero promises that escape lies behind a door numbered 9. The characters must work together despite suspicions of each other to advance, as well as to discover Zero’s motive and identity. Emphasis is placed more on the characters, their motives, and the mystery of the situation than on the puzzles themselves.

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

It is the sequel to the Nintendo DS title, 999, and is created by the same staff.  Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is nothing short of a masterpiece. Riveting from beginning to end, it sets a new standard for interactive storytelling, and demands an emotional investment from the player that ultimately pays off with one of the most satisfying endings in recent video gaming memory. Unless you have yet to experience its prequel 999, there is simply no excuse for you not to play this game. The game contains full voice acting (English and Japanese in the North American version and only Japanese in the European version), and is rendered in 3D models, rather than 2D sprites like its predecessor. Though the story is self-contained, it contains several references to 999.

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick is one of the best adventure games on the DS and any fan of the genre should give it a try. It has a great story with great characters delivered in a very unique package. The premise of the game is fairly interesting: you start off dead and have to use your soul to possess and manipulate objects to accomplish goals. At first you are just trying to find out who you were and why you were killed, but as the story progresses you start uncovering bits and pieces of a bigger plot with national security implications (I kid you not). This game is from the creators of the Ace Attorney series, so people familiar with those games will probably see similarities here, mostly a good story with quirky characters, wrapping humor around a fairly tragic situation.

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Theresia

This is not just a game; it is a story. A work of art. This game is for all the souls out there who long to interactively satisfy a DARK aesthetic. The artwork is beautiful, and the music is haunting. The atmosphere of Theresia overall is one of dim nostalgia and painful, inexplicable longing. Beauty, darkness, psychological twists, and a meaningful story. If you’re part of the cult obsession with Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GC), then you’ll love Theresia.

“What is Theresia?” This is what the game asks you outright, and what it wants you to understand. At first, this seems a purely practical puzzle. But as the game goes on, and you wind deeper and deeper into the character’s mind, the question starts to become more abstract. Less than halfway through the game, you know WHAT Theresia is… and yet you find yourself unable to stop contemplating it; unable to truly satisfy the underlying question.

There are two halves to the story; Dear Emile and Dear Martel, the latter of which can only be accessed after completing Dear Emile. Each story revolves around a protagonist who awakens with no memory of who they are, where they are or how they got there. Both Dear Emile and Dear Martel are incredibly twisted: Dear Emile because of psychological reasons, and Dear Martel for biological ones. I’d say Dear Emile’s was the more warped of the two and Dear Martel had more of a sense of regret to it. The endings will make you go “wait…what the HELL was that?” Dear Emile’s story is almost an aftereffect of what goes on in Dear Martel, and it’s very exciting to play for the first time just to see how they intertwine.

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Flower, Sun, and Rain

Flower, Sun and Rain is an intriguing mystery adventure very much in the vein of Groundhog Day, created by the twisted mind of Suda51. You play a detective charged with locating and defusing a bomb by solving thought-provoking puzzles with a wealth of bizarre outcomes. Solving the mystery of what is happening to him and his surroundings is necessary before he eventually goes insane. Originally released on the Sony PlayStation®2, Flower, Sun and Rain was never available outside of Japan and has been high on wish lists of every Suda51 fan since Killer7 was unleashed on the western market in 2005. This updated Nintendo DS version features all the creative quirks that made the original a hit and uniquely utilises the touch screen to solve mysteries, offering players a more intimate experience. An addictive soundtrack, plenty of brain-teasing puzzles and a gripping story packed full of twists and humorous moments help make Suda-san’s title a must-try.

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Just what the DS ordered! The totally original noir art style just looks great on the DS. The story and characterization is top notch. The game unfolds like a film noir. And holding the DS like a book really is a nice touch and allows for a portrait style presentation of the characters. This game moves at it’s own pace, and if your not ready to play patiently and enjoy everything it has to offer, then stay away. BUT – for those of you who want something a little different with graphics that those around you will just have to see; then, Hotel Dusk is the game for you. Do not underestimate Cing. This game should definitely be in the Top 5 and should be apart of everyone’s collection. A keeper, for sure!

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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 was one of the greatest sleeper hits of the current handheld generation, combining a unique visual style with an excellently written story that was expertly localized. The game made excellent use of the capabilities of the DS, from its microphone to its screen; even its sleep mode was utilized in puzzle solving. It was hailed – rightly so – as one of the best graphic adventures this generation had to offer. When Cing announced plans to continue the storyline with Last Window: The Secret of Cape West, it was a graphic adventure fan’s dream come true. One again, Cing delivers with a great adventure that feels like a contemporary cop movie with just the story elements.

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The Layton series waltzed into the gaming scene and offered an ingenious blend of Point and Click Adventure gameplay and logical puzzles to solve. Figuring out that adventure gamers would appreciate the logic puzzles more than other types of gamers is one of the most intelligent design decisions of the past generation. Plus, the worlds crafted in the Laytons series by Level 5 works so well, hand-in-hand with the adventure and puzzles found within. The entire series is full or artistry, magic, elegance, superb storyline, and charm. These are the individual games in the series:

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

The game follows the adventures of the titular Professor Layton and his young prodigy Luke. As the game begins the duo has been summoned to the village of St. Mystere where the patriarch of the village has recently passed away. Before he died he hid a large treasure and the Professor has been brought in to find the treasure. As you search for the treasure you’ll also solve a murder and uncover the major secrets that have been hidden in the sleepy hamlet. Along the way are 130 puzzles, which are the heart of the game.

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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

It begins with the Professor and Luke traveling to meet Layton’s mentor, Dr. Schrader, who has sent the pair a letter detailing his procuring of the Elysian Box, a chest rumored to kill anyone who tried to open it. Upon walking into his apartment, he is found lying on the floor, dead, with the box missing. The only clue he left behind was a train ticket for the high-class Molentary Express without a mentioned destination, which they promptly catch to begin their investigation to find out more on the fate of Dr. Schrader, and the whereabouts of his diabolical box. During their search, they encounter 153 additional puzzles, which are improved over the first game in the series.

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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

The game starts upon Luke receiving a letter purportedly sent by himself, ten years into the future, only a week after an accident in which Dr. Stahngun’s failed demonstration of a time machine caused himself and the Prime Minister to vanish. He and Layton travel to a desolate part of town to investigate a clock shop, but upon walking out, find themselves to have been thrust forward into the future London, ten years from then. In their efforts to find the truth of their unwound future, they are forced to solve 168 new puzzles, and to remember a forgotten past. Oh yeah, and they meet themselves in the future.

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter

Layton and the Last Specter is the last Layton games on the DS. However it is, chronologically, the first game in the series.It starts when Layton is called by an old friend named Clark to the mysterious, dark, and foggy town of Misthallery, where legends exist of a great, shadowy giant who protects the region whenever a special flute is played to summon him. However, recently, the figure has turned against the village, and it is up to the Professor, a young boy of the village named Luke Triton who is heavily involved in the legend of the Specter (we’re supposed to be meeting him for the first time), and Layton’s new assistant Emmy Altava, to figure out why the specter is wreaking havoc in the town. Together, they investigate the village and the Last Specter, and, while doing so, solve another 170 puzzles.

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Miracle Mask was the first Layton game for the 3DS and it was the best-selling 3DS launch game in Japan. The art style is pseudo-3D. Professor Layton and Luke follow Jean Descole to a place known as Monte d’Or in search of a powerful mask said to have created the city. Professor Layton is forced to recall his past in order to uncover the secret of the mask in the present. The truth is hidden deep within the Miracle Mask.

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Kickstarter – Zelda-Inspired Comic “Second Quest”

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Man I love some of the stuff on Kickstarter, none more so than ones which tug at my Nintendo heartstrings. Take this latest project for example…

Nintendo Issues Statement Concerning PETA

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Remember how PETA made a faux-Pokemon game insinuating that Nintendo promotes animal cruelty through Pokemon? Well Nintendo has issued a statement.

Blizzard Considered ‘Diablo jr.’ for GBC/GBA

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Well, this is a little random!

  • A version of Diablo 2 was considered for the Game Boy Color and/or the Game Boy Advance
  • Blizzard North considered a single-player handheld game
  • The working title was Diablo Junior
  • Three separate cartridges to offer
  • Each featuring a different class of hero
  • Game wasn’t made due to the high costs of portable development

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