After weeks of speculation, Atlus announced a new Persona 5 spin-off coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch. Developed by Koei Tecmo in conjunction with Atlus, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a hack-and-slash action RPG, much in the vein of the Warriors franchise. It may not be the Persona game we were hoping for, but it looks interesting enough to hopefully make fans happy anyway.
Last month we learned that Goku is coming to Dragon Ball FigherZ… again. The latest iteration of the popular Super Saiyan is his child-like form from Dragon Ball GT. This new arrival is set for May 9th on all platforms. In the meantime, publisher Bandai Namco just put out a new trailer that shows off GT Goku in action, including his Super Saiyan 4 form.
Are you feeling oversaturated by all the Detective Pikachu trailers Legendary has been dishing out in recent weeks? How about a change of pace! The latest promotion for the first big, live-action Pokémon movie is less of a trailer and more of a behind the scenes featurette… although it does feature plenty of scenes from the movie. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton all chime in to give their thoughts on Detective Pikachu ahead of its release.
After months of waiting and slow news drips, Atlus finally dropped the mother lode of Persona 5 The Royal information a few minutes ago. The reveal came at the end of the first day of the (excellent) Persona Super Live 2019 concert in Tokyo. Persona 5 The Royalwas officially named one month ago during a brief trailer in which we caught our first look at a new female character. Until today, we were still mostly in the dark about what the game would actually contain.
As Persona 4 Golden did before it, Persona 5 The Royal is going to be an enhanced version on the original, adding in new characters, new areas, and a new part of the school year. The first new character is one we’ve seen before, though we haven’t gotten any information on her until now. Kasumi Yoshizawa is a new student at Shujin Academy and excels as a gymnast. She seems to be driven by her own goals and will eventually join the Phantom Thieves in pursuit of them. Another new character is Takuto Moruki, a school counselor brought in to help students deal with the aftermath of early events in the game. While not playable, Takuto acts as one of the game’s confidants, filling the new role of “The Consultant.” The trailer also teased a human Morgana, making him even more like Persona 4’s Teddie.
In addition to these characters, Atlus is bringing some other new content to Persona 5 The Royal. Notably, there are new places you can visit, such as DARTSLIVE3, where you can hang out with your friends, and Kichijoji, which is supposed to represent Tokyo. The game’s already incredible UI is getting an update, and new menuing features are being added to make checking your status even easier than before. There’s even a new opening and ending theme!
As if I’m not already going ballistic over this reveal, Atlus is dropping even morePersona news tomorrow. Persona Super Live 2019 is a two-day event, the second part of which will be held tomorrow at 6:00 AM EST. During this performance, information will be released regarding Persona 5 S. If you’re up early enough, you can catch the concert either on Niconico or on the official Persona Twitter account. Niconico premium members can tune in starting at 6:00 AM, while everyone else can watch beginning at 6:30 AM. If you’re looking for more news on Persona 5 The Royal, however, you’ll have to wait a little bit. The next bit of information will come out on May 9th. At least it’s not a whole month this time!
Between Persona 5 The Royal and Persona 5 S, I’m ready for the Phantom Thieves to take my heart (and my money)! Persona 5 The Royal launches on PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation 4 Pro support) in Japan on October 31st, while those in North America and Europe will have to hold out until 2020.
Image & Form’s SteamWorld series has been going strong for nearly a decade, and their latest game is just around the corner! SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (a play on the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh) combines role-playing and deck-building set in a hand-drawn world where an ancient menace awakes. You can get your hands on SteamWorld Quest on April 25th, but the launch trailer is available now.
Even though Minecraft is a decade old, Microsoft is committed to releasing new content for it on a regular basis. These steady updates keep players engaged, and that’s a huge part of why such a simple game has maintained its popularity for a decade. The latest update just hit today, and Microsoft is advertising it as the biggest update to villages yet.
The Village & Pillage update brings “new villages across different biomes, with job sites, buildings, designs, and construction opportunities. Earn the villagers’ trust and explore a refined trading system, with brand new ways to exchange items.” But it’s not all fun and games! There’s also danger in the form of Pillager Outposts. These are heavily armed enemy fortresses, and some Pillagers will even roam the overworld looking for a fight.
Several years after Mario came to dominate the NES, Nintendo decided to give players the opportunity to take his adventures on the go. The result was 1989’s Super Mario Land, an immense success that would blossom into a popular franchise. All these years later, Super Mario Land still has dedicated fans, and some of them decided to give the game an update that adds an important element not available on Game Boy: color.
Modder toruzz has released a completed version of the game re-made with color and dubbed Super Mario Land DX. This mod was officially finished and uploaded on April 22nd, one day after Game Boy’s 30th anniversary. Not a bad way to celebrate! You can check out the launch trailer above, and if you like what you see, there’s a link to follow through to play the game for yourself.
Legendary Entertainment is keeping their foot on the pedal when it comes to advertising Detective Pikachu. They’ve been pumping out trailers left and right over the past few weeks, and today another sneak peek dropped, courtesy of Ryan Reynolds. The latest look at the upcoming Pokémon movie features shots of the film’s many adorable monsters in their natural habitats set to the tune of “What a Wonderful World.” It all ends with an emotional moment between Detective Pikachu and Tim.
Last month (following numerous rumors), Nintendo confirmed that they’ve partnered with Microsoft to bring Cuphead to Switch. This popular run-and-gun platformer caught the eyes of many gamers thanks to its 1930s-inspired art style, and as of today, you can enjoy it on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Eventually, it will even support Xbox Live, but that will require a post-launch patch. In the meantime, developer Studio MDHR has released a short and sweet launch trailer.
The Phantom Thieves of Hearts’ calling card has been sent, and the long-anticipated Treasure finally materializes! Within a day’s time, Joker from Persona 5 will touch down in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Challenger #1 from the Fighters’ Pass DLC, four months after his show-stopping reveal at The Game Awards 2018. Joker won’t be coming alone, bringing the whole crew of Phantom Thieves along for the ride and a stage based on the Palace born from everyone’s hearts — Mementos!
From the above manifesto, Joker makes full use of his handgun, dagger, and tripwire with the expected panache of a phantom thief. He can summon his main Persona Arsene to amplify his attacks and grant himself counters, as well as a better recovery. His Final Smash calls on his cohorts to assist him in unleashing their trademark All Out Attack, complete with the familiar black and red end card!
Within Mementos, you’ll need to keep an eye on the subway trains as well as intruding borders in order to survive. That said, while this iteration of the collective conscience is pulled right from Persona 5, its appearance can change based on the music being played! That’s right, even Persona 3 and Persona 4 are getting some love with the new stage, with new music and new Mii Fighter Costumes based on their protagonists, Morgana, as well as the returning Tails and Knuckles costumes from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (new costumes sold separately).
Not only that, Ultimate is also getting the hefty Version 3.0 update that brings with it a few surprises, in the forms of Stage Builder, video editing, and the long-awaited Smash World feature that takes full advantage of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. Ready yourselves for April 17 — tomorrow — as we have never seen all of this coming!
Sadly, the reveal video didn’t provide any insight on who Challenger #2 might be, but E3 is right around the corner…
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, described by developer Ninja Theory as an “independent AAA game,” made a huge splash back in 2017. Its blend of combat, puzzle-solving, and story-telling (which itself blends themes of mythology and mental health) captivated players. These days Microsoft owns the property, but that didn’t stop the game from coming to Nintendo Switch. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is available today on Nintendo’s hybrid console.
The original Pokémon movie is getting a CG remake called Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, and it’s headed to Japanese theaters on July 12th. We recently reported that news about the moving was on the way, and that proved true. The Pokémon Company has released an exciting new trailer that focuses on the big showdown at Mewtwo’s lair and gives us our first look at his powerful armor.
As of today, we’re officially just one month away from the theatrical debut of Detective Pikachu. Based on the 3DS game of the same name, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds as a talking, crime-solving Pikachu that teams up with a young man looking for his missing father. Legendary has been pumping out trailers left and right, and today (via Reynolds himself) they released a “Casting Sneak Peak” that shows off some of the many Pokémon you’ll see in the movie.
If you’re a fan of over the top courtroom drama, today is a good day! The beloved Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series is back in a new trilogy bundle that includes Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations. All three games have been remastered with improved graphics and new features. You can pick the trilogy today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Last month, Nintendo unveiled their first step into the realm of virtual reality. Next week, they’ll be launching a Nintendo Labo VR Kit that includes a selection of games and mini-games, as well as multiple expansions that each come with their own accessories. We had also heard rumors that some first-party Nintendo titles would receive VR support, and that just turned out to be true as well. In fact, two of Nintendo’s biggest hits on Switch are getting free VR updates soon.
Nintendo announced today that Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild are both getting Labo VR support on April 25th. Odyssey is receiving a new “bite-sized bonus experience” that includes three new collectathon missions spread out across the Cap, Seaside, and Luncheon Kingdoms. Breath of the Wild, on the other hand, seemingly lets you play the whole game in VR Goggles Mode, though pre-rendered cutscenes aren’t compatible. This mode can be toggled on and off at any time.
E3 is just over two months away, and the lineup is starting to get a little more clear. Despite Sony and Electronic Arts skipping out this year, there’s still plenty to see and do, including presentations by Nintendo and Microsoft as well as Ubisoft. Now you can add another conference to the schedule, as PC Gamer has just confirmed that the PC Gaming Show will return for its fifth year on June 10th.
Nintendo Switch Online launched last September with a digital library of 20 NES games, and Nintendo has been steadily growing that library each month by adding more classic games. Thus far it’s still limited to NES titles (come on, Nintendo, bring on the Super Nintendo games!), but hopefully that’ll change in the future. In the meantime, three more NES games are headed to the service next week.
The April lineup includes Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (the original Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan), Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, and Star Soldier. You can check out a trailer for the new titles above and a breakdown of what you can expect from them below.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels – Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros.® 2, this game has previously made only brief cameo appearances in the Western Hemisphere. Mario fans will appreciate the familiar look and feel of the game, while finding that its updated gameplay creates an entirely new challenge. In addition to the classic enemies already known to fans worldwide, there are also Poison Mushrooms, backward Warp Zones and the occasional wind gust (which can help or hinder your progress).
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Take them on one by one, starting with skinny Glass Joe. Battle up through King Hippo and all the way to the WVBA Champion himself. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must also dodge jaw-breaking blows by paying attention to subtle changes in their foe’s body position.
Star Soldier – The standard for vertically scrolling shooters, Star Soldier is the original game that spawned all of the titles in the long-running Soldier series. Go inside a floating space station inhabited by a giant computer known as Starbrain. Your mission: to stop Starbrain’s galactic invasion by piloting Caesar, a new compact space fighter, through 16 deadly stages.
Millions around the globe are eagerly awaiting the debut of Stranger Things Season 3 (including yours truly), and when the new episodes drop on Netflix on July 4th, fans will also be able to enjoy a tie-in video game. Developed by BonusXP, the game is a top-down beat ’em up with puzzle solving and some added lore that will help flesh out the town of Hawkins. The latest trailer shows off some of the game’s dialogue and takes us on a tour of Hawkins that includes the pool, the mall, the ice cream shop, and more.
Last week, Gearbox Software finally released the first trailer for Borderlands 3. The game’s big reveal didn’t come with a release date attached, but Gearbox didn’t make fans wait long to find out. A new trailer launched today that highlights the new Vault Hunters and the villainous Calypso Twins they’ll be fighting. The trailer also revealed a release date of September 13th.
Borderlands 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sorry, Switch owners. Publisher 2K Games has confirmed that the PC version will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store until April of next year, so don’t look for it on Steam any time soon. We’ll find out more about the gameplay during a special livestream event on May 1st, but in the meantime, Gearbox gave the following descriptions for the game’s new heroes:
Moze as The Gunner: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs her mech – Iron Bear – for a sucker punch of additional firepower.
Amara as The Siren: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara uses her Siren powers to smash her enemies.
FL4K as The Beastmaster: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers.
Zane as The Operative: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.
Way back in 2015, when Yooka-Laylee first hit Kickstarter, one of the promised rewards was a special mode that gave the game a 64-bit makeover to make it feel even more reminiscent of the ’90s 3D platformers that inspired its creation. It’s been a long time coming, but developer Playtonic finally released the “64-Bit Tonic” mode… at least on Nintendo Switch and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will have to wait a little while longer while the kinks are ironed out.