The Adventure Log: What Happened on June 26, 2017

Nintendo was up to their old tricks again today, as the consolemaker finally made the Super NES Classic Edition official. While most of the world has already resigned themselves to never being able to purchase one, Nintendo hasn’t made it easy on us. The game lineup for the microconsole is incredible, and it comes packed with the never-before-released Star Fox 2. That’s above and beyond.

The latest episode of Content Crash was also posted for your approval today. Host Dan Hartnack looks at the price of games and if a “AAA” game will always cost $60.

These stories, and more, can be found after the break.

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Content Crash #3: Will New Games Always Cost $60?

Welcome everyone to the Content Crash podcast. I’m your host, Dan Hartnack, and with as always, Keno Eastmond.

Today’s topic… we’d like to talk about the pricing of games. The standard has forever been that a brand new AAA release comes out and it is $60. That happened way back in the 90s with Nintendo and the Super NES. And all the way to today, that number has not changed, for the most part.

But why is that? And will it ever change?

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SteamWorld Dig 2 also coming to PC and PS4 alongside Switch launch in Late Summer/Early Fall 2017

Image & Form has announced that SteamWorld Dig 2 will be available “soon-ish,” and they also revealed that it’s coming to the PC and PS4 as well. Community Manager Julius Guldbog had a bit more to say about the announcement on the developer’s official website:

We’re happy to reveal that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Steam and PS4 in addition to Nintendo Switch. We plan to have SWD2 out on all [platforms] within a few days of the Nintendo Switch debut. A few years ago a multi-platform launch would’ve been completely impossible for us. Thanks to hard work and a bigger team we can finally make it happen. It’s like we’re a “real” game studio now!

Rest assured that these new versions of the game won’t delay the Nintendo Switch version, it’s just that multi-platform development is so much easier for us nowadays. Switch is still the main platform, and now more gamers can join in on the fun!

The addition of two new platforms means that SteamWorld Dig 2 won’t make its originally-planned Summer 2017 launch date. Instead, the game will be available on all three platforms in “Late Summer/Early Fall 2017” So Image & Form can apply some extra polish to it.

Finally, Guldbog said that Image & Form “have not forgotten where we came from,” and that “Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are still important to us.” So it’s very likely that a portable version of SteamWorld Dig 2 will materialize at some point.

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Distrust is a survival game inspired by The Thing and it’ll be out August 23

In Distrust, players will have to survive the night after a hostile alien presence overtakes an Arctic research base. That premise should sound familiar to fans of John Carpenter’s The Thing, and publisher Alawar Entertainement cites the horror classic as a direct influence on the game.

A helicopter crash has left two lone survivors stranded near an abandoned Arctic scientific base. In Distrust you play as both of the survivors, switching back and forth between them to scavenge the base for food and supplies while also battling a terrifying force that attacks the characters as they sleep, sucking the life out of their bodies and distorting space and reality. Once one character’s perception of reality has been altered you must constantly switch between the two to determine what is real and what is not, all the while unraveling the mystery of what has happened to the base’s missing residents.

Distrust will also include 15 characters, each with their own unique skills and abilities, as well as quests to complete and a randomly-generated map. If you’d like to test out some of these features yourself, a pre-release demo is now available on Steam.

Distrust will be released for the PC on August 23.

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Super NES Classic coming September 29 with 21 games including never-before-released Star Fox 2

Here we go again.

Nintendo has announced they will release the Super NES Classic Edition microconsole on September 29. Priced at $79.99, the Super NES Classic Edition will include two controllers and 21 games, including the never-before-released Star Fox 2.

Star Fox 2 was originally scheduled to launch for the Super NES in 1995, but Nintendo cancelled it due to the then-upcoming launch of the Nintendo 64. The game was nearly complete at the time of its cancellation.

“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.”

While many Nintendo fans have likely already resigned themselves to never obtaining one, the Super NES Classic Edition lives up to its name with an absolute murderer’s row of titles. In addition to Star Fox 2, the microconsole will include Contra III: The Alien Wars, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Final Fantasy III, and many more:

Games Included in Super NES Classic

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox

Games Included in Super NES Classic

  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!

Let’s hope it’s easier to find than last year’s ultra-rare NES Classic Edition.

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The Adventure Log: What Happened on June 21 – June 25, 2017

Even though we’re in that hazy post-E3 period, it was a big weekend for game news, as Ubisoft revealed their “Behind Closed Doors” demo of Beyond Good and Evil 2 for all the world to see. We also got our first look at NHL 18, learned that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will get a standalone re-release, and dove into some new releases.

These stories, and more, can be found after the break.

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New Retail Releases: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Valkyria Revolution, RPG Maker Fes, More

This week’s New Retail Releases report is packed full of remakes, sequels, and spinoffs, which is perfect for the start to a likely lazy Summer…

Let’s start things off with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a compilation of the first three games in the series, now remade for the PS4. Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped helped put the original PlayStation on the map, and now’s a great time to play them again.

Also available this week is a pair of spinoffs to two very Japanese franchises. First up is Sega, who will launch Valkyria Revolution on the PS4 and Xbox One, and add real-time combat to the franchise for the first time. Meanwhile, NIS America will deliver a side-story in the sprawling Danganronpa saga with Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls on the PS4.

NIS America will also bring RPG Maker Fes to the 3DS this week. Players won’t be required to have any programming skills, but they’ll be able to create (and share) their own RPG all the same.

Finally this week, two long-forgotten franchises will return to store shelves. Codemasters will zip around the house with the diminutive automobiles from Micro Machines World Series for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. And the famed Elite series will fly again thanks to Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition on the PS4 and Xbox One.

You can read up on all of this week’s new releases after the break.

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Sub-Zero will be added to Injustice 2 on July 11

Ed Boon has revealed (via Twitter) that owners of Fighter Pack 1 will be able to download Sub-Zero in Injustice 2 on July 11. Everyone else will get the chance to purchase the Lin Kuei’s Grandmaster on July 18.

NetherRealm has announced that nine additional characters will eventually be added to Injustice 2. The next, Starfire, will make her debut sometime in August.

And in case you missed it, you can check out Sub-Zero’s “Introducing!” trailer right here.

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