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Activision Wants to Do More Remasters Following Crash Bandicoot’s Success

Crash may have set the stage for future remakesAfter a seven-year hiatus (counting mobile games), gaming’s favorite bandicoot returned in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to resounding success this past June. The game has been praised by fans and critics alike, and it has some very impressive sales numbers to boot. During their quarterly financial conference call last week, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg hinted that a lot more remastered content like N. Sane will be coming soon.

According to Hirshberg, the sales of the game far exceeded the company’s expectations, surpassing predicted sales numbers by “a pretty wide margin.” He also pointed out that, despite the game being released with only two days in the month left, Crash was the best selling console game for June and was the most downloaded game on PSN in July.

Because of the game’s excellent sales numbers, Hirshberg says that Activision will seriously be considering other retro games that can be given the same treatment. Although no specific titles were mentioned, Activision has a wealth of IPs in its long history that could be remade, such as another classic platformer, Spyro the Dragon.

Are you hoping to see more remastered titles in the vein of the N.Sane Trilogy? Let us know below!

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Even Disney Wants Mother 3 to be Localized

Will we ever get Mother 3 in English?Apparently, someone at Disney is a fan of Earthbound. Last month, they made history by broadcasting the Super Smash Brothers for Wii U Evolution finals on their proprietary channel, Disney XD. This entry into the Smash Bros. series features two characters from the Earthbound series (known as Mother in Japan), as well two unique stages, one exclusive to the 3DS version and one to the Wii U version.

Perhaps this partnership got someone at Disney interested in the Mother/Earthbound series, because now even they are calling for an American release of Mother 3. On July 16, the day of the Smash Bros. finals at Evo, the official Twitter account for D|XP, Disney XD’s gaming block, tweeted a video of Lucas visibly straining with the caption of “Waiting for that Mother 3 localization like.”

Mother 3 was the third entry in the series, and to date has never had an official English release, although fans have translated the game themselves. It was originally planned to be an N64 title, but was moved to the Game Boy Advance and released in Japan 2006. This latest nod to the game comes soon after Adult Swim voiced support for a localization on TV, and several months after Reggie Fils-Aime was asked about Mother 3 fan demand.

Will we ever see another game in the Earthbound/Mother series given an American localization? Does it even matter, given the fan translations out there? Let us know what you think below.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is Coming to Nintendo Switch in September

Amidst all the hype for Dragon Ball FighterZ, it’s easy to forget that there are other upcoming releases in the series. For example, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which came out last year, has a Nintendo Switch port in the works, and Bandai Namco has officially revealed a September release date for all the Switch Dragon Ball fans out there.

The initial release of
Xenoverse 2 was on October 26th of last year for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and a Switch port was revealed earlier this year, with the Japanese version confirmed for September 7th. Yesterday, Bandai Namco confirmed that the North American and European versions will arrive on the Switch on September 22nd.

On top of all the content included in previous versions of the game, the Switch version will feature exclusive motion controls that allow the player to fire projectiles by using the Joy-Con motion functionality. This version also includes an exclusive local play mode, allowing up to six players to connect on individual Switch consoles. Bandai Namco has additionally revealed the game’s box art and several new gameplay images, which you can see below.

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Xenoverse 2 is finally coming to the Switch? Sound off below!

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PlatinumGames Might Be Teasing Switch Ports of Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101

"Would you like to play with Bayonetta? On the Switch?"The Wii U, despite its lackluster sales and relatively small library, had quite a few high-quality titles. Three of the best games for the console were all developed by Platinum: Bayonetta 1 & 2 and The Wonderful 101. Although the first Bayonetta was just a port from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (and is now available on Steam), the other two were original titles that many gamers did not have access to because of their exclusivity. However, this may be changing soon.

On their new Japanese Twitter account, Platinum teased two images: one featuring Bayonetta, and one with the cast of The Wonderful 101 playing their game with Joy-Cons. The image of Bayonetta features her face over two backgrounds: one red and one blue. Fans were quick to point out that these colors match the colors of the Joy-Cons included in one of the primary Nintendo Switch bundles. That said, red and blue were also colors featured on the box art for the Bayonetta games, so it’s possible this is a coincidence. As far as The Wonderful 101 goes, it should be of note that the game relied heavily on the use of the Wii U’s second screen, a feature that the Switch lacks, so perhaps the image isn’t hinting at a port, but rather at a new title altogether.

Are these images confirmation that we’re going to be seeing Platinum titles on the Switch? Let us know what you think!

Source: IGN

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Rocket League is Celebrating its 2nd Anniversary by Adding Rick and Morty-Themed Content

"Aw jeez, this car sure is fast, Rick."Rocket League sure has wormed its way into many our hearts. Earlier this year, the game surpassed 10.5 million copies sold, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

To celebrate, Rocket League‘s developers decided to add free content from another beloved franchise, Rick and Morty, and it looks pretty great. The characters of Rick, Morty, Cromulon, Mr. Meeseeks, and Mr. Poopy Butthole will all appear as antennae to customize the cars with, along with a new Rick and Morty-themed rocket boost and “Sanchez DC-137” wheels.

All of this new content will roll out on Wednesday, July 5th. It’s most likely to be found in common item drops after offline matches, so keep an eye out.

Are you planning to “get schwifty” with these new Rick and Morty items? Let us know below!

Source: PC Gamer

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Stardew Valley’s Soundtrack is Getting a Vinyl Release

Stardew Valley, 2016’s indie farming sim, was a smash hit. The entire first iteration of the game was created by one man, Eric Barone. The game was a labor of love for Barone, as he did all of the programming, writing, art, and music, the latter of which is getting a physical release later this year.

Online retailer Mondo is selling the entire soundtrack from Stardew Valley on two double sided vinyls. Each side of the two records features music from one of the seasons and is colored to match the time of year it represents. The set also includes high quality art on the jacket inside and out, and it is set to start shipping next month. The first edition, which features tri-colored vinyls, is already sold out according to Mondo, but the second edition (featuring dual-colored vinyls, pictured below) is still for sale and does not appear to be a limited edition.

What do you think of this vinyl set? Let us know below!

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Max Brass Stars in a New ARMS Gameplay Trailer

Max throwing a punch from the air.Nintendo’s new fighting game for the Switch, ARMS, isn’t quite like other games in the genre. The 3D brawler has players using stretchable appendages in order to strike their opponents in Punch-Out!! meets Tekken style battles. So far, the game features ten unique fighters from which to choose, and as we learned at E3, an eleventh is coming soon.

Recently, Nintendo released a new trailer on their Japanese YouTube channel showing off the first DLC character for
ARMS: Max Brass. Max appears to have some unique gameplay features—namely, he cannot be knocked out of attacks while his arms are charged, and once he reaches less than 25% of his health, his arms stay charged for the rest of the round. The trailer also showed off Max using three unique types of arms: regular boxing gloves, grenade fists, and hammers. A new stage, ostensibly Max Brass’ home stage, was shown off as well.

Although a specific release date has not been given, Max and his stage are expected to release sometime this month. Nintendo has not announced specific plans for further DLC, but it does seem likely that more characters, stages, and arms will continue to be released for some time to come.

Are you hyped for Max? Let us know in the comments!

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Future Trunks Will Be a Playable Character in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up the internet after being announced at E3, with fans of 2D fighters and Dragon Ball fanatics alike rejoicing at what looks to be a great new fighting game. There were only six playable fighters in the E3 demo; however, a seventh has been announced in the latest issue of Jump magazine.

The magazine revealed that fan favorite Future Trunks will be joining the fight, although the issue itself provided no information or screenshots about his play-style. This first hints of those details came earlier today, when the game’s Japanese Twitter account shared the first image of Trunks in the game, showing that he will again be bringing his sword to a fist fight.

Jump also reported that a closed beta will be starting this summer, although no further details were given. Dragon Ball FighterZ is scheduled to release early next year on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and possibly the Nintendo Switch, if they receive enough requests from fans.

Are you eager to try out this new fighter? Sound off below!

Source: Jump (via Siliconera), Twitter

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8Bitdo is Making SNES-Style Controllers for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic piece of hardware. It offers the user quite a few different ways to play games. However, the console is a bit limited when it comes to controller options (at least compared to Nintendo’s last two consoles): just the Pro Controller and the Joy-Cons. But one company is looking to change that.

Hardware manufacturer 8Bitdo has been making controllers for quite some time now. All of their products are new interpretations on classic controllers, such as the
N64 and NES. At this year’s E3, they revealed two new controllers specifically aimed to work with the Switch: the SNES30 Pro, an SNES style controller with added functionality such as analogue sticks, and the NES30, a wireless fight stick with a classic look. The SNES30 Pro will be available in both SNES and Super Famicom styles, and it will have rumble, motion controls, player indicator lights, and USB-C charging ports.

Both of the new controllers connect via Bluetooth and are compatible with PCs as well as mobile devices. The SNES30 Pro is slated to release this fall, whereas the NES30 is expected within the next couple of months.

Will you be picking up any of these new controllers? Let us know!

Source: GameSpot

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A New Firmware Update for the Switch Introduces an Awesome New Way to Find Missing Joy-Cons

No more lost Joy-Cons!Earlier this week, Nintendo released firmware version 3.0 for the Nintendo Switch. Multiple new functionalities and tweaks are included in the update, such as making it easy to add users from your 3DS and Wii U friends lists and allowing the use of USB keyboards.

The best new addition, however, allows you to easily find controllers that have been misplaced. To use the new function, go to the controller menu from the Switch’s home page, then select “Find Controllers.” After that, tap and hold down the icon of the control you would like to find, and it will vibrate, giving away its location. This works on both Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers paired with the console.

Here’s the full list of new features included in the update:

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
  • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
  • Update connected controllers
  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software

For those who often disconnect their controllers, this new feature seems like a life saver. Will you be making use of this controller-finding addition? Let us know!

Source: Polygon

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Prepare Your Wallet: The Steam Summer Sale Starts Tomorrow

Summer: three blissful months of warm weather, vacation from school, and, of course, discount video games. Keep your focus on that last one, because according to a tweet from PayPal UK, Steam is set to drop the prices of myriad titles during its annual Summer Sale starting tomorrow, June 22nd, at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

The date was
leaked on Reddit last month, and now it has proven to be correct. After PayPal’s tweet went live, a representative from Valve confirmed that the date and time are correct, so make sure to get your wallets ready!

Are you going to be dropping some serious cash tomorrow? Let us know below!

Source: Twitter

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Sorry, Chao Fans, the Chao Garden Won’t Be Appearing In Sonic Forces

A ChaoFans of everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog have gotten a lot of good news as of late, with Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces having a strong showing at this year’s E3. However, it appears that fans of “Chao Garden,” the pet raising minigame from the Sonic Adventure titles, are out of luck. According to Shun Nakamura, the producer of Sonic Forces, and Takashi Iizuka, head of Sonic Team, the Chao will not be making an appearance in Forces.

For those unfamiliar, the Chao Garden minigame featured similar mechanics to many pet raising simulators, and it first appeared in Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast, where you could transfer the Chao to your VMU and interact with them like a Tamagotchi. On the GameCube Sonic Adventure ports, players could transfer Chao, rings, and food between the GameCube and the “Tiny Chao Garden” from the Sonic Advance titles, via the Game Boy Advance-to-GameCube link cable.

Are you grieving the loss of these virtual critters? Do you think a true Chao Garden will ever return to the series? Let us know below!

Source: IGN

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Shenmue III Has Been Delayed Until Later in 2018

It’s hard to think of a series that has a cult following quite the size of the Shenmue series. The first two games helped pioneer the sandbox style game, and they set the groundwork for many other open world games to come. The last game in the series, Shenmue II, was released in 2002, leaving the fans to suffer what was to be a fifteen year cliffhanger. However, it now appears that they’ll have to wait just a bit longer.

Yesterday, Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter page added a new video update. In it, series creator Yu Suzuki explained that the game had become “bigger and more beautiful” due to “new technologies,” and that the development team will need more time to flesh out the concept supported by their backers. Thus, the game’s release will be pushed until the second half of 2018.

Shenmue III is currently slated to release on PlayStation 4 and PC.

What do you think about these delays? Are you willing to wait a bit longer to make sure the game releases at its best? Let us know below!

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Sony’s Development Boss Praises Nintendo Switch

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Sony global game development boss Shawn Layden dished on the future of PlayStation, virtual reality, and…the Nintendo Switch?

Apparently, Layden is quite impressed with Nintendo’s new hybrid console. In the interview he said that the Switch is “definitely what the fanbase has been waiting for.” He also claimed not to see the Switch and PlayStation 4 as competitors, but as complementary devices:

“When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family […] And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side.” — Shawn Layden

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen interest in the Switch from a higher-up at Sony, as Shuhei Yoshida was spotted at a public event for the new console earlier this year.

Do you think Layden’s comments are accurate? Let us know below!

Source: Time

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Nintendo 3DS is Getting New Adventures with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The two new legendaries showcased in the trailer.During this morning’s Pokémon themed Nintendo Direct, it was announced that two new titles, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, will be coming to the 3DS this fall. In the vein of previous series entries, such as Black 2 and White 2, the two new games are followups to last year’s smash successes, Pokémon Sun and Moon.

These new titles will feature an alternate version of the story presented in
Sun and Moon, and they will bring new Pokémon to the Alola region that were not found in the prior titles. While we don’t see any specific examples of new creatures in the trailer, Solgaleo and Lunala are shown sporting new armor decidedly reminiscent of the Gen VII Legendary Pokémon Necrozma, and we also get a hint that some new ability involving the Z-Crystals may be showing up.

Both games launch on November 17th of this year. Will you be picking up one or both of these new titles? Let us know below!

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Rumor: Pokkén Tournament Might Be Coming to Nintendo Switch

Pikachu and Lucario Face OffAside from the Super Smash Bros series, the words “Nintendo” and “Fighting Games” haven’t been synonymous since the days of the N64 (and arguably since the SNES). With the vast majority of releases in the genre landing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, fighting game fans have not had much to satiate them from the Big N; however, Nintendo may be aiming to change this. The revamped cult classic, Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, was released on the Switch last month, and a port of Pokkén Tournament may be next.

According to Serebii, the Japanese retailer Sinobi listed an upcoming arcade stick for the Switch, claiming it could be used for fighting games like Pokkén Tournament. The listing was removed shortly after being discovered.

Is this an official confirmation that Pokkén will be making its way to the Switch? No. But is it a possibility? Absolutely. Perhaps we will even get more info at E3 later this month, or even during tomorrow’s Pokémon Direct.

What do you think? Is Pokkén Tournament coming to the Switch? And is it worth picking up if so? Let us know below!

Source: Serebii

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Fire Emblem Echoes is Getting a Pricey Season Pass

For better or worse, we live in the age of DLC. Post-game downloadable content is everywhere, from Street Fighter and The Witcher to Call of Duty and Batman: Arkham Knight.

Although they were a little bit late to the party, Nintendo seems to have fully embraced the concept as of late. Following The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s example, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be getting a season pass. And it’s not coming cheap.

The Fire Emblem titles on the 3DS are no strangers to DLC (the past two games featured downloadable map packs), but this is the first time it will be getting a full-on pass. For $44.99, the season pass will get you 5 DLC packs featuring content like new maps and classes along with extra story. The packs can also be purchased individually, and range in price from $5.99 to $14.99. You can learn more about the individual packs in the DLC trailer above.

The first round of DLC will release along with the game itself on May 19th.

What do you think about this expensive add-on pass? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo (via Nintendo Everything)

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Pokémon GO’s First Big Community Engagement Event Takes Place Next Week

Love it or hate it, Pokémon GO has been a huge success. Niantic’s AR monster-catching game recently crossed a new user milestone, added eighty new monsters from Generation II, and now looks to be pushing for greater community engagement with events scheduled to take place across the US this year.

In order to do this, Niantic has partnered with the Knight Foundation, a non-profit that serves to better the fields of journalism, community building, the arts, and technology. The non-profit is inserting Pokémon GO into some of its already scheduled events, the first one being Open Streets, a community festival in Charlotte, North Carolina. The festival, which closes down public streets for the use of cyclists and foot traffic, will be getting sixteen new PokéStops and two gyms to mark the event, which takes place between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 7th.

Also, a “worldwide bloom” event is starting this weekend, which will result in a dramatic increase in the number of grass-type Pokémon found in the wild. The event will run from Friday, May 5th, to Monday, May 8th.

What do you think about these new events? Let us know below!

Source: Fast Co. Design, Niantic

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Atlus Has Registered Multiple Domains that Could Hint at Persona 5 Spinoffs

The Persona franchise has done very well for itself over the years, garnering a huge fanbase and great sales in spite of the massive amount of time between entries. Nine years passed between the releases of Persona 4 and 5, but the P Studio team managed to keep their series in the public’s eye, in no small part because of several well-received Persona 4 spinoff titles, such as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax fighter game or the rhythm title Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Well, get ready, Persona fans, because if a group of recently-discovered domain names are any indication, Persona 5 may very well be getting that same treatment.

Spotted by the keen eye of Twitter user
Mystic Distance, domains were recently registered by Atlus for P5U.jp and P5D.jp, which matches up with abbreviations used in Japan for Persona 4‘s spinoffs—namely, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is often referred to as “P4U,” while Dancing All Night is usually shortened to “P4D.” The possibility exists that new Arena and Dancing games featuring the Persona 5 cast could be in the planning or production stages at Atlus, and while this certainly doesn’t confirm anything, it’s enough to get plenty of fans excited.

Those aren’t the only domains Atlus grabbed hold of, either—other registrations include P5AG.jp, P5R.jp, Persona-Dance.jp, PQ2.jp, Persona8.jp, Persona9.jp and Persona10.jp. Of course, as stated earlier, none of this confirms any of these potential games are actually in production; it’s entirely possible that Atlus just wanted to grab up these URL to ensure no one else could take them, or to prepare for titles in the distant future. Even so, I’m sure many gamers are holding out hope that we’ll be seeing
Persona 5 spinoffs sometime soon.

Would you be excited to get new games featuring the Phantom Thieves? Or do you think these are in reference to something completely different? Let us know below!

Source: Mystic Distance (via Polygon)

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Rumor: Amazon Will Have More Nintendo Switch Units in May

If you’re one of the many consumers still looking for a Nintendo Switch nearly two months after its launch, another chance may be coming. Supposedly, more stock will be available for purchase on Amazon “from the first week of May.” It also seems that orders will be open to all regular customers, not just Prime members.

Apparently, this information was given by Amazon’s support team to a user on the popular shopping website. There have been more Switch sightings in the wild recently, so the claim seems to be fairly likely.

As strong as early Switch sales have been, it’s no surprise that supply is still catching up to demand. Say what you will about Nintendo, but with the releases of the Switch and the NES Classic, they certainly have proven that they still know how to find their niche in the market. Will you be heading over to Amazon to pick up a Switch next month? Let us know below!

Source: Nintendo Everything

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