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Most Recent: 3DS
It’s another big week for Nintendo as the consolemaker will release two games for the 3DS on Friday.
First up is the first portable game in the Pikmin series, Hey! Pikmin. The side-scrolling adventures adds touchscreen support for Captain Olimar, who can now fling Pikmin at enemies and obstacles with the swipe of a finger. Also available from Nintendo for the 3DS this Friday is Miitopia, a turn-based RPG featuring Miis “based on your favorite people.”
Elsewhere in the portable section of your favorite game store will be Collar X Malice, a new visual novel from Aksys that’ll be available for the Vita this week.
Finally this week, Marvelous’s action brawler Fate Extella: The Umbral Star will make its way to the Nintendo Switch after debuting on the PC and Vita last year.
That’s all for now, but we’ll be back soon with updates on the rest of this week’s downloadable additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo is planning to release several big games this Summer for the 3DS, but they’re giving handheld players a chance to try out these upcoming games titles with the launch of two special demos on the Nintendo eShop.
Hey! Pikmin will be released on July 28, and the demo asks players to “use the touch screen to throw Pikmin into action, solve environmental puzzles and survive hostile wildlife.” Miitopia will also be available on July 28, and its “Casting Call Demo” lets players add Mii characters to three different in-game video trailers for the RPG.
A quartet of new games for the Switch are also available to download today including Fatal Fury Special, a NeoGeo classic; I and Me, a puzzle platformer that stars two cats; De Mambo, a multiplayer arena game with one-button attacks; Death Squared, a puzzle game about “cooperation, communication, and robot explosions”; and Levels Plus, a puzzler with sliding tiles.
You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)
Prime Day is back at Amazon, and the online storefront is gearing up to offer gamers a ton of Video Game Deals this year. Like in years past, you won’t find many BIG titles on sale, but there is a little something for everyone.
We’ve collected Amazon’s Prime Day 2017 Video Game Deals right here, though the retailer will surely be adding more throughout the day…
Overnight/Morning Deals (Eastern Time)
- Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (PS4) – Starts at 3:14 AM
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Collection (Xbox 360) – Starts at 5:19 AM
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4) – Starts at 6:24 AM
- Nioh (PS4) – Starts at 6:54 AM
- Super Dungeon Bros (PS4) – Starts at 7:09 AM
- Farming Simulator 17 (Xbox One) – Starts at 8:14 AM
- For Honor (PS4) – Starts at 8:24 AM
- Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4) – Starts at 8:34 AM
- Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (3DS) – Starts at 8:39 AM
- Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) – Starts at 10:09 AM
- Lego Worlds (Xbox One) – Starts at 11:24 AM
- Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition (Xbox One) – Starts at 11:44 AM
- Putty Squad (PS4) – Starts at 11:49 AM
Afternoon/Evening Deals (Eastern Time)
- Final Fantasy XV (PS4) – Starts at 12:34 PM
- Guitar Hero Live: Supreme Party Edition (PS4) – Starts at 1:29 PM
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4) – Starts at 1:39 PM
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (PS4) – Starts at 1:54 PM
- Just Dance 2017 (Xbox One) – Starts at 2:39 PM
- Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (PS4) – Starts at 3:44 PM
- Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (PS4) – Starts at 4:59 PM
- Tekken 7 (Xbox One) – Starts at 5:09 PM
- Tekken 7 (PS4) – Starts at 6:14 PM
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC) – Starts at 6:14 PM
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto (Xbox One) – Starts at 6:39 PM
- Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (PS4) – Starts at 7:24 PM
- Dark Souls III (PS4) – Starts at 7:39 PM
- 88 Heroes (PS4) – Starts at 7:59 PM
- Overwatch (PS4) – Starts at 8:04 PM
- WRC 5 (Xbox One) – Starts at 8:09 PM
Nintendo spent the morning delivering a huge dose of news for Splatoon 2 during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, but the consolemaker also spent the afternoon updating the Nintendo eShop…
First up, 3DS owners will get the chance to download Kirby’s Blowout Blast today. Based on a minigame from Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby’s Blowout Blast asks players to inhale foes and blow them away across more than 25 3D stages.
Switching over to the Switch storefront, Nintendo’s newest console is now home to Metal Slug 2, a side-scrolling shooter that originally debuted on the NeoGeo in 1998. This time around, players will be able to choose from four different characters as they try to defeat Morden’s Rebel Army.
Finally today, Wii U owners will be able to download Rayman Raving Rabbids, which was originally released for the Wii in 2006.
You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)
Zero Time Dilemma’s PS4 debut leads a packed announcement schedule from Aksys Games at Anime Expo 2017
The 2017 Anime Expo welcomed anime fans from around the globe to Los Angeles this weekend, and Aksys Games was there to announce a massive slate of upcoming games for release in 2017 and 2018.
The localization house started things off with confirmation that Zero Time Dilemma, the third game in the Zero Escape trilogy, will be released for the PS4 on August 18. The visual novel is currently available for the 3DS, Vita, and PC, but the PS4 re-release will be remastered with “impressive” high definition graphics. [Source]
Aksys is planning to bring several other visual novels to North America over the next year. During their Anime Expo panel, Aksys revealed a handful of such titles from Idea Factory including Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk. Both Psychedelica games are tangentially connected by haunted locales, and both will launch for the Vita in 2018. [Source]
The publisher will also team up with Idea Factory to bring 7 Scarlet to the Vita in 2018. 7 Scarlet features a story involving a mysterious town, a missing university student, and a search for the truth. [Source]
More ghostly tales will be told in Creeping Terror, a horror exploration game that’ll launch for the PC and 3DS this Fall. Players will travel through a haunted house, an old tunnel, and a shadowy cavern in search of a monster in Creeping Terror. [Source]
Players will also be in search of monsters in SG/ZH: School Girl/Zombie Hunter, a third-person shooter developed by D3 Publisher for the PS4. The goofy game follows five girls who attempt to save their school from a rampaging horde of zombies. [Source]
A different kind of “ghost” story is at the center of Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk. Developed by Arc System Works, Ghost of the Dusk is a hard-boiled detective story that’ll be released for the 3DS in North America in 2018. [Source]
Aksys announced plans to package together two games in the Code Realize franchise, Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth and Code Realize: Future Blessings, as Code Realize: Bouquet of Rainbows. The bundle will be available for the PS4 next year. [Source]
Moving on (or rather, not moving on), the publisher will release Bad Apple Wars for the Vita on September 29. The visual novel takes place in a school (not surprising)… that’s located in Purgatory (whoa). Bad Apple Wars follows a battle for the soul of Purgatory between the Delinquent Team of Bad Apples and the Disciplinary Committee. [Source]
Under Night In-Birth, a 2D fighter from Arc System Works, will receive a major update this Fall with the release of Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st]. Set to be released for the PS3, PS4, and Vita, the Late[st] version of the game will include two new characters, Enkidu and Wagner, and a story-focused Chronicle Mode. [Source]
Finally, the craziest game on Aksys’s radar might be Drive Girls, which will be released for the Vita on August 11. In Drive Girls, players will control a team of superpowered girls who can turn into a fleet of speedy supercars. The girls will do battle with an invading alien force in a genre mashup that includes melee action and driving prowess. [Source]
That’s all for now, but new trailers for most of these games should be available online shortly.
Will Square Enix release the next Dragon Quest game outside of the Japan? And if they do, how long will we have to wait? RPG fans have had to go through this same song and dance for most entries in the franchise, and it looks like things won’t be in different for the upcoming Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time. But a Dutch PR firm may have spilled the beans a bit early.
Speaking to Gamer.nl, the unnamed company revealed they would be handling public relations for the title after Square Enix launches Dragon Quest XI in Europe and the rest of the “Western market.”
But assuming the company is telling the truth, we still don’t know when Dragon Quest XI will be available outside of Japan. And we also don’t know if all three versions of the game (it’s in development for the 3DS, PS4, and Switch) will make the trip.
All we know for sure is that Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time is set to launch in Japan for the 3DS and PS4 on July 29. I hope you have your dancing shoes on, because anything after that (including the launch date for the Switch version in Japan) is still a mystery.
Yacht Club continues to joke about Shovel Knight 64… and talks seriously about King Knight expansion
Developers from Yacht Club Games have joked about creating Shovel Knight 64 (a Shovel Knight sequel that uses the blocky polygonal style of N64-era games) for a few years now. But the company’s “Pixel Artmancer,” Nick Wozniak revealed that all their fanciful musing might be real during an E3 2017 interview with App Trigger:
App Trigger: I’ve seen a little bit of Yacht Club talking about working on more Shovel Knight, or more things besides Shovel Knight after all this is done. What would your personal preference be? If you could work on anything, what would it be?
Nick Wozniak: Anything? I think one of the things we want to work on in the far future is definitely like a Shovel Knight 64, a 3D platformer. We would all love that. We all love Mario 64 to pieces and would just love to be able to jump into that.
Of course, this wasn’t an official announcement for Shovel Knight 64. Wozniak said that Yacht Club doesn’t just want to be known as “the Shovel Knight company,” and that they’re currently hard at work on “something new.”
However, the developer is also putting the finishing touches on Shovel Knight’s King Knight expansion, and Wozniak also had a bit to say about the game’s final add-on:
App Trigger: [King Knight is] great. He’s the light-hearted guy. Even though you guys gave us choices at the beginning of Shovel Knight, your eye is drawn more toward King Knight, so I think that’s the one a lot of people start with.
Nick Wozniak: He’s great. He’s the first guy you probably encounter, and he sets the tone of the rest of the game. You know what to expect, kind of, when you see King Knight. He’s a joke, even in his name. He’s not a king, he’s a knight who’s kingly, and that’s ridiculous and stupid and it sets the bar for your expectations of what the game is and what the knights are. His campaign is going to be a big departure from the very tragic story that Specter Knight was, but it will be interesting and focused on his journey to becoming King Knight. I’m not sure what the timeline is now, we’re still working through what it is, but it’ll be goofy.
Yacht Club has previously said they want to release the King Knight campaign before the end of the year, so it shouldn’t be too long before we can all be royals.
Captain Olimar is off on a rocketship, and ecstatic with the view… but something happens… and the spaceman crash lands on a strange new world (again) in Hey! Pikmin. But as you might have guessed, the Pikmin appear to help him collect the Sparklium his ship needs to fly again.
In this new “Lift-Off Trailer,” Nintendo offers up a primer on the game’s universe, including the types of Pikmin Captain Olimar will meet, the dangers he’ll face, and how he can use Amiibo figures to his advantage. If you were in the dark about Hey! Pikmin before, the consolemaker managed to pack a lot of new information into this trailer’s four-minute running time.
Hey! Pikmin will be released exclusively for the 3DS on July 28.