With Team Rose left in the dust in the last Team Sonic Racing Overdrive, the race is down to Teams Sonic and Dark! Dastardly deeds, pestering Egg Pawns, and the real superpower of teamwork are all that remain to separate the winners from the losers.
The second half of the animated tie-in to the upcoming Team Sonic Racing — produced by the team that brought you Sonic Mania Adventures — has finally dropped on the Sonic the Hedgehog social channels today, pitting Sonic against his greatest rival in Shadow once more. Give Part 2: “Eyes on the Prize” a watch above, and share your comments on this miniseries with us down below!
Team Sonic Racing launches on May 21st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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.
The ever-popular Minecraft has given over 100 million players worldwide the ability to bring their imagination to life. Countless new creations have been built over the years, but many prefer to create replicas of existing structures instead, and when seriously talented and dedicated people get involved, the results can be astounding.
In that spirit, Nintendo and Microsoft commissioned Team Kyo to build Breath of the Wild‘s Hyrule Castle. The team was given instructions to create the castle as it would have looked prior to Ganon’s rampage. This incredible project took the team of 13 players (painstakingly comparing screenshots) around two months to complete. I’d say the end result was worth it!
We’re just a few weeks away from the theatrical debut of Detective Pikachu, the first major live-action Pokémon movie. Last year, British singer/actress Rita Ora joined the cast of the film as a scientist, and she’s since released a song (performed with the DJ Kygo) that will be featured in it. Additionally, Ora has released a music video for the song, Carry On, that takes place in some of Detective Pikachu‘s settings and includes clips from the movie.
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…
During last month’s Nindies Showcase, we got a good look at an upcoming game called Katana Zero. This fast-paced action-platformer from Askiisoft features nothing but one hit KOs… for the enemies and you. Fortunately, you can rewind time upon your death, learn from your mistakes, and try again. Katana Zero hits Switch and PC on April 18th. If you’re not sure about buying it yet, we have some good news! Lots of footage has surfaced from review copies, including the game’s first 30+ minutes.
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.
Their coverage of Labo VR also revealed that it contains an Easter Egg referencing Nintendo’s last attempt at virtual reality decades ago. That’s right, the infamous Virtual Boy is not forgotten! If you toggle over to the VR Videos section you can watch a short presentation showing off Mario Tennis for Virtual Boy. You can check it out by clicking above!
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.