Jun 13

Metroid Prime 4 In Development for the Switch

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Nintendo’s first day at E3 2017 was the announcement of a new Metroid Prime game in development for the Switch.

The tentatively-titled Metroid Prime 4 is not being developed by the former Prime series developers at Retro Studios. Instead, it is being worked on by a “new development team” led by Kensuke Tanabe, who served as a producer for most of the Prime games.

Just like the previous games in the series, Metroid Prime 4 will be played in first-person. It will also be the start of a new storyline that aims to tie together and expand on other story elements from the Prime universe.

Nintendo did not announce a release date.

Source: Nintendo Spotlight

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Jun 12

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Coming to Switch on August 29

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The rumored-then-leaked Mario and Rabbids crossover title for Switch made its official debut during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference earlier today.

Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi will team up with their Rabbid counterparts in a “turn-based combat adventure” that appears to draw heavy inspiration, surprisingly, from the XCOM series. Players will be able to make strategic use of half and full cover, utilize unique character skills and discover new weapons take into battle.

Other details:

  • The game will run on Ubisoft’s Snowdrop Engine, the same engine used in Tom Clancy’s The Division.
  • Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee composer Grant Kirkhope is working on the game’s soundtrack.
  • Nintendo will publish the game in Japan, where it will launch later than the rest of the world, sometime in 2018.

Source: Mario + Rabbids Official Site, Gematsu.com

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Jun 11

This Week in Games: “WoOoOoOooah OoOoOoah” Edition

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With the ARMS Global Testpunch complete, Switch owners can finally get their hands (arms?) on the full game this Friday.

Also heading to stores this week is the Cars 3 tie-in game for the Switch and Wii U.

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Jun 10

Nintendo New York Store Will Offer Its Own E3 Experience Beginning Tuesday

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Even though Nintendo is getting ready for E3 in Los Angeles this week, the company is also preparing the “E3 Experience” at the Nintendo New York store.

From June 13 to June 18, visitors will be able to try out some of the games being shown at E3, watch the Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3 stream, meet Mario’s voice actor Charles Martinet and get some free giveaways.

Many of the events at the E3 Experience will be first-come, first-served, so people will be allowed to line up outside the store beginning at 7 a.m. each day.

The festivities will kick off at 12 p.m. on June 13 with the Nintendo Spotlight livestream.

Source: NintendoNYC Facebook

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Jun 9

Nintendo Launches Competitive-Focused Twitter Account

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Earlier today, Nintendo launched @NintendoVS, a new Twitter account aimed primarily at promoting Nintendo competitive events.

The first of these will take place next week during E3, when Nintendo will host a series of tournaments for their upcoming titles ARMSSplatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX.

  • Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational – 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 13
  • Pokken Tournament DX Invitational – 10:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 14
  • ARMS Open Invitational – 3:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 14

Source: @NintendoVS

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Jun 8

eShop Thursday: “Shantae on Switch” Edition

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Anyone that skipped out on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, or anyone just looking to double-dip, can now pick up the game on the Switch.

Also out this week are the ACA NeoGeo release of Shock Troopers 2nd Squad on Switch and Alien Crush and Neutopia II on the Wii U Virtual Console.

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Jun 7

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Coming to the West

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The next entry in the Etrian Odyssey series, along with the enhanced ports of the DS classics Radiant Historia and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey are all coming to the Americas, Atlus confirmed today.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be the first of the trio of 3DS RPGs to arrive in the West, launching this fall. Like previous Etrian adventures, players will create parties and attempt to manually chart their way through a giant labyrinth filled with treasure, traps and dangerous F.O.E.s. The game introduces 10 new classes, each with their own skill tree and set of class promotions.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an updated retelling of the story of Stocke, the time-travelling special operative for the nation of Alistel. In addition to updating the character art, adding voiced dialog and including five new music tracks, there will be a new timeline to explore and a new character named Nemesia. Perfect Chronology launches in early 2018.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux builds upon the original 2010 release by adding new story content, a new character and a new dungeon. Like Radiant Historia, it will be out in early 2018.

All three games will be priced at $39.99 each. Etrian Odyssey V and Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology will feature English dubs, while Strange Journey Redux will retain the original Japanese voices.

Source: Press Release

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Jun 6

Pokkén Tournament DX Announced for Switch

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During today’s Pokémon Direct, The Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara announced Pokkén Tournament DX for the Switch.

As the “DX” in the title suggests, the game will be an updated port. However, it will not only contain all of the modes, updates and characters from the Wii U and Arcade releases, it will also feature new modes, like three-on-three Team Battles and friends-only online matches.

In addition to that, the starters from Pokémon Sun and Moon will make their Pokkén debut. Decidueye will be a playable fighter, while Litten and Popplio will be support characters. Also, unlike the Wii U version, characters will not have to be unlocked; everyone will be available from the start.

Pokkén Tournament DX will launch worldwide on September 22.

Source: Pokemon.com

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Jun 5

Pokémon Direct Coming Tomorrow

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Nintendo announced a Pokémon-focused Nintendo Direct presentation for tomorrow, June 6 at 7 a.m. PT.

Nothing is known about what will be discussed during the Direct, but the company confirmed that the presentation will only be eight-minutes long.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Jun 4

This Week in Games: “Who Needs Harvest Sprites When You Have A Massey Ferguson™ Tractor?” Edition

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If you like your farming simulators to be devoid of waifus, husbandos and magical elements and more about the minutia and tedium of actual farming, Farming Simulator 18 is coming to the 3DS this week.

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