It’s Friday… so it’s time once again for an Xbox Games Store update.
Electronic Arts has a two-fer for Xbox One owners today, launching both Star Wars: Battlefront II and The Sims 4. Also available to download today is Karnov’s Revenge, a fighting game that was originally released during the NeoGeo era by Data East.
You can learn more about the rest of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break.
A northeastern cold snap proves that Fall is all… as does the massive number of new releases that cracked The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games from October 2017. WB Games’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War lead the way at #1, but it was closely followed by Assassin’s Creed Origins at #2, Super Mario Odyssey at #3, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole at #4.
Nintendo actually had a huge month, placing four titles in the Top 20 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#15), Mario Kart 8 (#16), and Fire Emblem Warriors (#17) were the others), as well as owning the top two hardware platforms. However, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that overall industry sales still dropped 11% versus October 2016 to $825 million:
With interest in the Switch and the Super NES Classic still sky-high, Nintendo hardware managed to account for two-thirds of the hardware sales generated. That being said, NPD noted that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling hardware platform year-to-date. Furthermore, in the accessories category, the black DualShock 4 wireless controller was both the best-selling accessory of October, and the best-selling accessory year-to-date.
The complete Top 20 from October 2017 can be found after the break.
Nintendo Switch owners will be able to hit the road with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim beginning this week. Even though Bethesda’s massive RPG adventure is more than five years old, the fact that it’s now available to download from the Nintendo eShop is still exciting news.
Another diverse batch of games for the Switch will also available to download this week, including a food-based monster battler (Battle Chef Brigade… out November 20), a racing simulation (Gear Club Unlimited… out November 21), and a side-scrolling shooter from Two Tribes (Rive: Ultimate Edition… out now).
3DS owners will also have something new to play this week with the launch of Pokemon UltraSunPokemon UltraMoon on November 17. Based on last year’s Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, they’ll be the last mainline Pokemon games to appear on the 3DS. Finally this week, the River City Ransom franchise returns on November 21 with the release of River City: Rival Showdown.
You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop (including a Wii U games) after the break.
After laying the seeds of their cinematic universe with last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and this Summer’s Wonder Woman, Warmer Bros. is finally ready to open their Justice League film this week. Naturally, NetherRealm Studios has created new gear for Injustice 2 to tie-in with the theatrical event.
Players on all platforms will be able to tackle new challenges in the Multiverse for a chance to unlock Justice League-inspired looks for Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash.
A new trailer showcasing some of this Gear (alongside a few clips from Justice League) has been embedded above.
Telltale Games has announced that Batman: The Enemy Within‘s third episode will be released on November 21. Episode 3: Fractured Mask raises the stakes yet again for the Dark Knight, who has to infiltrate a shadowy criminal organization:
After an unexpected reunion, Bruce finds his attention (and his loyalties) stretched in yet another direction. Now, in addition to brokering a power struggle between Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller, Bruce must balance romantic entanglements with his mission to infiltrate the Pact. As he plunges deeper into the criminal underworld, the villains’ plan starts to come into focus, but will his deceptions take a dire toll?
Like previous episodes in the series, Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3: Fractured Mask will be available to download on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices.
Koei Tecmo and Gust will bring the Atelier franchise’s Mysterious saga to an end in 2018 with Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings. Earlier this week, the publisher confirmed the RPG will launch for the PC, PS4, and Switch on March 27:
And in case you missed it, Koei Tecmo also released a new trailer for Atelier Lydie & Suelle (embedded above) in September, alongside a short overview of the story:
The gripping conclusion to the Mysterious series marks the 20th Anniversary for the Atelier franchise, following the tale of the alchemist twins – the reserved but caring Lydie Marlen, and the eccentric and carefree Suelle Marlen. The young twins work alongside their father at the family atelier, but due to his inexperience in alchemy they rarely see any customers. While working hard to hone their skills, the duo uncovers a mysterious-looking painting, and as they reach out to investigate the girls are drawn inside a world bountiful with rare materials… perfect for Alchemy! This fateful discovery is just the beginning of the twin’s adventure leading them to their joint goal… to run the best atelier in the country.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting will be the 19th entry in Atelier’s mainline series, and it doesn’t look like Koei Tecmo has any plans to slow down.
Nintendo has launched Version 4.0 of Arms, and also unveiled the game’s latest fighter, a South American mystic known as Misango:
Misango is a spiritual man devoted to his homeland and his fellow Misangans. You can find him practicing in his legendary Temple Grounds stage, a majestic place with much history. Misango is also different from other fighters because charging up with his mysterious entity grants him special effects such as protection from flinching and increased speed.
According to the game’s official website, Misango’s punching prowess is powered by a trio of poison-tipped Arms (Scorpio, Glusher, and Skully), but the update also makes them available to other characters through the Get Arms mode.
A new trailer featuring Misango has been embedded above.
Today, Pocket Mana launched a Kickstarter campaign for the company’s debut game, My Uncle Merlin, an interactive adventure for the PC about wizards in space. We caught up with Predrag Mladenovic (who composes stuff), Milan Andrejevic (who writes stuff), and Stefan Sladic (who draws stuff), to find out more about the game, and what had led them to crowdfund the project.