Super Crush KO gets a new trailer at E3 2019

Vertex Pop has unveiled a brand new trailer for their pastel-colored brawler, Super Crush KO, as part of this week’s E3 festivities. Currently in development for the PC and Switch, the short clip aims to give prospective players a peek at the game’s powerups:

Super Crush KO has players take control of Karen, a tough and fashionable brawler in a colorful world overrun by frantic robot enemies. Karen must wipe them out using punches, kicks and long-range combat in fluid combos on the way to save her cat Chubbz and (while she’s at it) humanity.

The trailer demonstrates special ground and aerial moves that players can obtain by visiting various food carts across the city. A pizza slice gives them the “Uppercut Slice”, a salty pretzel grants the “Twister Drill,” while salty sweet popcorn awards players with the “Air Pop” maneuver.

Super Crush KO offers exhilarating fast-paced shoot-and-beat-em-up action, where players mix different moves into various easy-to-execute combos to launch waves of robots into the sky, juggle them and smash them into pieces. Featuring delightful hand-drawn graphics, a pastel color palette and a catchy soundtrack, this is an easy-to-pick-up, feel-good action game complemented with bright and stylish aesthetic.

Super Crush KO is currently on track to be released sometime in 2020.

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Nintendo officially announces The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 at E3 2019

All the way back in 2000, you might recall that Nintendo followed up the groundbreaking The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. It was the quickest turnaround time between major entries in the Zelda series, and it allowed Nintendo 64 owners to go on two adventures with The Hero of Time.

Why all this preamble? Because the consolemaker is going to do it again with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which is now in development for the Nintendo Switch.

A trailer for the direct sequel was unveiled at the end of Nintendo’s E3 presentation, and it depicts Link and Zelda discovering Ganon’s desiccated corpse in a dungeon deep beneath the castle. Unfortunately, some kind of malevolent energy has attached itself to Ganon and its about to make things unpleasant (once again) for the people of Hyrule.

Nintendo wasn’t ready to announce a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but let’s hope like Majora’s Mask, it’s sooner rather than later.

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Konami surprise-launches Contra Anniversary Collection at E3 2019

In addition to unveiling Contra: Rogue Corps during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Konami has surprise-launched the Contra Anniversary Collection for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

Like Konami’s previous 50th Anniversary Collections, the Contra Anniversary Collection will include a digital book detailing the history of the series, as well as seven games (Contra [Arcade], Contra [NES], Super Contra, Super C, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Contra: Hard Corps, and Operation C). Three regional variants (Contra [Japan], Probotector [Europe], and Super Probotector [Europe]) will also be included.

A post-launch update to the compilation will add six more Japanese variants at a later date.

But for now, be sure to relive some of the greatest action games of the 80s and 90s with Contra Anniversary Collection’s Launch Trailer, which has been embedded above.

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Konami brings the Contra franchise back this September with Contra: Rogue Corps

Start flexing those “Up, Up, Down, Down” muscles, because Konami has announced that Contra: Rogue Corps will be available this Fall.

Eschewing the franchise’s traditional side-scrolling view, Contra: Rogue Corps is an overhead twin-stick shooter that takes place in Damned City, a place that was decimated by the alien invasion from the previous games and is now full of monsters and mutants:

Two years after the Alien Wars had ended, a mysterious area called the Damned City arose from the grounds where the final battles took place. Ruthless Fiends roamed the area, bringing a world full of madness. In the midst of chaos, five scoundrels emerge… they are the Rogue Corps.

They do not look anything like heroes of justice, but have they come to save humanity, or maybe they are looking to hit the jackpot by searching the Damned City for treasures… either way, the fate of the world is in their hands.

While the view might be a bit different from what fans are used to, the people behind the project will be the same, as Konami has tapped Nobuya Nakazato (the Director of Contra III: The Alien Wars, Contra: Hard Corps, and Contra: Shattered Soldier) to lead the development team. Rogue Corps will also feature multiple playable characters who can be customized with improved organs and cybernetics in the Operation Room, local and online cooperative multiplayer, and an “irreverent” tone (which is pretty obvious from the first trailer).

Contra: Rogue Corps is currently in development for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, and it’ll be released on September 24.

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy comes to Switch and PC on September 3

As expected, Activision has announced that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be released for the PC and Switch later this year. Like the earlier PS4 and Xbox One launch, the compilation will include expanded and enhanced versions of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the first three games in the franchise:

Immaculately remade from the ground up, Spyro Reignited Trilogy features the exciting and nostalgic gameplay that fans enjoyed years ago with over 100 levels, enhanced reward sequences, as well as the beautiful redesigns of Spyro’s hoard of zany dragons and other goofballs (including Sparx the Dragonfly, Hunter, Sheila, Agent 9, and Sgt. Byrd) and many more.

The trilogy also includes enhanced environments, a remastered soundtrack, updated controls, brand-new lighting and recreated cinematics for added pizzazz in this beloved adventure. Lead developer Toys For Bob is back at it again to bring the Spyro Reignited Trilogy to Nintendo Switch, while the PC version will have the talented developers at Iron Galaxy leading the charge.

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy will be available for the PC and Switch on September 3. The E3 Trailer has been embedded above for your viewing pleasure.

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Square Enix will remake third Secret of Mana game as Trials of Mana

After more than 20 years, Square Enix is finally bringing a localized version of the third game in the Secret of Mana franchise to North America as part of the Collection of Mana. But the publisher also used this year’s E3 Expo to announce that a full remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 is also in the works.

Now known as Trials of Mana, Square Enix will rebuild the game with “revamped action-RPG battle, leveling, and skill systems,” as well as “modern 3D graphics”:

Trials of Mana is a full high definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously exclusively released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3. Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes as they battle against the monsters of destruction that threaten a world where Mana has been weakened. Players can customize their own party of three, selected from six unique characters, to experience different stories.

The first trailer for Trials of Mana has been embedded above, and the remake will be released for the PC, PS4, and Switch in Early 2020.

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Square Enix finally brings Collection of Mana to US and it’s available to download on Switch eShop today

One of the first games that Square Enix released for the Switch back in 2017 was Collection of Mana, a compilation that brought together the first three games in the franchise… but you might not know that as Collection of Mana never made its way out of Japan. But that all changed today as Square Enix finally added Collection of Mana to the Switch eShop immediately following the completion of Nintendo’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation.

Priced at $39.99, Collection of Mana includes two games that should be familiar to North American fans: Final Fantasy Adventure (which was originally released for the Game Boy in 1991) and Secret of Mana (which was originally released for the Super NES in 1993). But the compilation also includes the first English localization of Seiken Densetsu 3, which was originally released for the Super NES in 1995. Often referred to as “Secret of Mana 2” by game publications before the publisher decided to limit its availability to just Japan, it’ll officially be known as Trials of Mana to North American audiences.

If you’d prefer to add a Collection of Mana cartridge to your Switch library, Square Enix also said they plan to release a Retail Edition of the game through “participating retailers” and the Square Enix Store on August 27.

A Launch Trailer for Collection of Mana has been embedded above.

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will land on PC and consoles later this year

Aside from making Final Fantasy VIII available to download for the PS3 through Sony’s PSone Classics banner in 2009, Square Enix has basically kept the RPG under lock and key since its launch more than 20 years ago. But it looks like they’re finally pulling it out of the vault later this year for a new re-release known as Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

Featuring “newly rendered” visuals, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be your first real chance to play the game on modern platforms:

In Final Fantasy VIII, the military nation of Galbadia has declared war on the Dukedom of Dollet, who must hire the mercenary force, SeeD. Squall Leonhart, a new member of SeeD, together with his friends and Rinoa Heartilly, a member of a resistance group, get pulled into the war, unaware of their fated task to save the world.

The E3 Trailer for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been embedded above, and you’ll be able to purchase it later this year for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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