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Gaming Daily: Kim Jong Un Game Pulled From Kickstarter, Secret Nintendo Song Discovered in MARIO KART 8

I know, I know. You probably can’t stop thinking about that super cool Friday the 13th multiplayer game that was announced today, but in case you’re willing to take a break, we’ve got a couple of other gaming announcements to break down for you. In today’s Gaming Daily, the Kim Jong Un game Glorious Leader has been pulled from Kickstarter, “Totaka’s Song” has been found in Mario Kart 8 and Kevin Bruner has been made CEO of Telltale Games.

Developer of Glorious Leader claims to be victim of hack.

Remember that Kim Jong Un video game announced back in May of 2014? If you’re in need of a refresher, Glorious Leader is a platformer in which you take on the world as North Korea’s notorious dictator. Though the game was put up on Kickstarter last month, the title’s developer Moneyhorse Games recently decided to pull it from the site stating that they “were victims of a hack inspired by the attack on Sony.”

According to the company’s statement, data pertaining to the controversial game was destroyed, and they were locked out of their own computers and website. Because of numerous attacks on the project and the realization that they were not going to meet their funding goal, the developer has decided to reevaluate their commitment to the release.

As of right now, it is unclear whether or not production has been halted temporarily or indefinitely. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

“Totaka’s Song” found in Mario Kart 8

Well, well, well! It looks like “Totaka’s Song,” which is arguably one of the most interesting Nintendo easter eggs ever, has popped up once again. This time around, the popular tune has made an appearance in Mario Kart 8. Thanks to GameXplain’s video, we now know that behind one of the track’s music, a blue Yoshi was humming the popular tune all along.

If you’re wondering what “Totaka’s Song” is, it’s a short 19-note song composed by Kazumi Totaka back in 1992 for the Game Boy game X. After the game’s release, Totaka took it upon himself to hide the refrain in his future projects. The beat has appeared in games such as Mario Paint, Wario Land, Luigi’s Mansion, Link’s Awakening, and even Animal Crossing.


Telltale President and Co-Founder Kevin Bruner transitions to CEO.

Telltale Games, popular for episodic series The Walking Dead, and The Wolf Among Us, have announced today that Telltale President and co-founder Kevin Bruner has moved into the CEO position. Co-founder Dan Connors remains in his role as Executive Advisor. Amidst talk of plans for continued growth in 2015, the company also revealed that an original IP was in development.

“Each year since Telltale’s 2004 birth has been more exciting than the last, and 2015 will be no exception.” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “We’re thrilled to continue our growth and bring our unique style of scripted entertainment to the next generation of digital media, and do that across thousands of different devices. Our top priority is to continue fostering an environment where the most talented and creative storytellers in the industry are working side by side with the world’s biggest creative partners. We’re already working on some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, and when you add our unannounced partnerships and upcoming original IP, it’s clear the most exciting time to be at Telltale is now, and there will continue to be more and more opportunity to innovate ahead of us.”

With Minecraft: Story Mode set to premiere sometime this year and the third season of The Walking Dead in development, it looks like its going to be a bright year for Telltale.

That’s it for today everybody. Keep Nerdist tabbed for all of your upcoming gaming news, reviews and features!


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