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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 9-15

Nintendo Switch Sports stays at #1 for 3rd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 9-15 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 47,525 352,113 2NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 14,903 710,714 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 11,127 4,632,554 4NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 10,372 16...
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This Week in Games - Starting Over from Zenless Zone Zero

Fresh off the success of Genshin Impact, miHoYo unveils the brand new Zenless Zone Zero. Plus, Heidi breaks down what's hilariously wrong with Activision Blizzard's Diversity Space Tool and the deal with PlayStation Plus. ― Hello again for another fine Week in Games! It's been a little while since I've done shameless self-promotion. So, before we begin, I'd like to point you over to my review of Eiyu...
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Nobuteru Yuki, Raita Kazama, Domerica, More Reveal Project TriTri Action RPG

Staff to reveal game's full title on Thursday ― A website opened on Friday to announce a new action RPG tentatively titled Project TriTri. The website teases the game's actual title is TRI---- TRI---- with some letters missing. The game will release for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Three Rings is developing the game. Escaflowne character designer Nobuteru Yuki is designing the "...
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Japanese Law Office Receives Bomb Threat Following Touhou Project Fans' Trademark Rights Controversy

YouTuber Yuzuha registered trademark of "Yukkuri Chabangeki" to Touhou Project fans' ire ― The Mainichi reported on Tuesday that in the early morning of May 16, a person sent a bomb threat to the Kai Intellectual Property Law Office in the Chiba Prefecture city of Sakura. This news followed after YouTuber Yuzuha on May 15 registered the trademark of "Yukkuri Chabangeki," which refers to disembodied h...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview 4 More Weapons

Videos preview Great Sword, Hammer, Insect Glaive, Hunting Horn ― Capcom began streaming four more videos on Wednesday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Great Sword Hammer Insect Glaive Hunting Horn The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Ri...
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches on September 27 in N. America, September 30 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming a trailer on Wednesday for the The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero game. The video previews the characters from Crossbell: The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 27 in North America and on September 30 in Europe. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (The Legend ...
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Compile Heart Reveals Fairy Fencer F Refrain Chord RPG for September Launch

PS5/PS4/Switch tactical RPG revolves around "songstresses" ― Compile Heart announced on Thursday that it is developing a new game in its Fairy Fencer F series. Fairy Fencer F Refrain Chord will launch on September 15 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Switch as part of Compile Heart's new brand Galapagos RPG Evolve. The tactical role-playing game features the return of series characters Fang and T...
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PlayStation Plus Announces Launch Titles, Includes Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, More

Service includes Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Resident Evil, 55 more games ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that its updated PlayStation Plus service will include Japanese-produced games such as Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon's Souls, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm ...
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AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Sequel Game's Trailer Previews Characters

Game launches in N. America on June 24 ― The official YouTube channel for PlayStation began streaming on Wednesday an English trailer for AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative, the sequel game to Kōtarō Uchikoshi's AI: The Somnium Files. The video previews the game's characters. The game will still launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Windows 10 and Steam in North Amer...
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The Caligula Effect 2 Game Gets PC Version on June 22

2 trailers streamed ― historia announced on Wednesday that FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game will get a release on PC via Steam worldwide on June 22 (June 23 in Japan). A new "Retro Tatefushi Uniform" costume will be available at the PC version's launch. The costume will also come to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions at a later date. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and Play...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 15-21

Belle, SSSS.DYNAZENON anime; Colorless, Crazy Food Truck manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Belle BDPlease GKIDS US$26.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 BDCite Viz Media US$44.98 May 17 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 12 DVDAnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$39.99 May 17 Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot BDPlease Ani...
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Monster Hunter Rise's Sunbreak Expansion Videos Preview Weapons

Videos preview new weapon moves for Heavy Bowgun, Switch Axe, Sword & Shield ― Capcom began streaming videos on Monday previewing the new weapon moves available in the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game. Heavy Bowgun Switch Axe Sword & Shield The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Rise game...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game Adds DLC Character Dyspo This Summer

Dyspo will be part of new DLC pack ― The Dragon Ball series' official website announced on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game will add the character Dyspo from Dragon Ball Super as part of the new DLC pack this summer. Goku (Ultra Instinct -Sign-) will also launch as DLC this summer. The previous "Legendary Pack 2" DLC includes Jiren (Full Power), Gogeta (from Dra...
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Final Fantasy XV Game Sells 10 Million Copies Worldwide

― Square Enix announced on Tuesday that its Final Fantasy XV game has sold 10 million copies worldwide, including digital copies of the game. The number also includes sales on all platforms. Final Fantasy XV went on sale worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2016. The game received a Royal Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One in March 2018. The new release includes the previously rele...
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Touken Ranbu Warriors Game Gets PC Release in English

Game will launch in English for Switch, PC via Steam on May 24 ― A listing on Steam confirmed on Tuesday that Koei Tecmo Games and DMM Games' Touken Ranbu Warriors game will launch for PC via Steam in English on May 24. The game was previously only slated for an English release on the Nintendo Switch. The Steam release will also feature text and subtitles in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, a...
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Yūga Aoyama Joins My Hero One's Justice 2 Game as DLC Character

Aoyama will be final character in game's 2nd season pass ― This year's 24th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Bandai Namco Entertainment's My Hero One's Justice 2 video game will add the character Yūga Aoyama as the fifth and final character of the game's second season pass. The game launched for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in March...
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Compile Heart Teases New Game, New 'Galapagos RPG Evolve' Brand in Video

Famitsu magazine to reveal more details on project on Thursday ― Compile Heart opened a website on Monday to tease a new game. The website is streaming a teaser promotional video titled "Evolve: Mashup." The video teases that this week's issue of Kadokawa's Famitsu magazine will reveal more details on Thursday. The game is part of a new brand for Compile Heart titled "Galapagos RPG Evolve." Compile H...
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Nintendo Switch Surpasses PlayStation 4 in Lifetime Sales in U.S.

Console's lifetime sales in the U.S. trails PS2, Xbox 360, Wii ― A report from NPD Group's executive director Mat Piscatella revealed on Friday that the Nintendo Switch console has surpassed Sony's PlayStation 4 in lifetime sales to become the fourth best-selling console in the United States. It now trails Sony's PlayStation 2, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and Nintendo's Wii in terms of lifetime sales in th...

Sega Plans to Release Multiple Spinoff, Remake Games in Fiscal Year Ending in March 2023

Company plans to launch 13 titles this fiscal year including Sonic Frontiers, Sonic Origins, Soul Hackers 2 ― Sega's latest earnings release for fiscal year 2022 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) revealed on Friday that the company is "planning multiple titles" under the banner of "Remake/Remaster, Spin-Off/Change of theme" for its next fiscal year. The company anticipates an approximate 5 million un...
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FromSoftware's Elden Ring is Best-Selling Game in U.S. for Last 12 Months, Overtaking Call of Duty: Vanguard

Game has surpassed 13.4 million units shipped as of March 31 ― NPD Group's executive director Mat Piscatella revealed on Friday that Bandai Namco Entertainment and FromSoftware's Elden Ring action RPG has become the best-selling "premium" game in the United States in the last 12 months (ending April 2022), surpassing Call of Duty: Vanguard. The game is the best-selling game in the U.S. in 2022 so far...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Reveals Season 5 Pass in Video

New season pass will launch this year with 5 new characters ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming an announcement video for the fifth season pass for its Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game on Friday. The video states that the season pass will add five new characters to the game and will launch in 2022. The theme of the characters in the new season pass is "Legacy." A "stage renovat...
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Irregular at Magic High School Reloaded Memory Smartphone Game Debuts This Summer

Square Enix announced game in 2020 ― The official website for The irregular at magic high school Reloaded Memory, Square Enix's upcoming smartphone game for the The irregular at magic high school franchise, revealed on Thursday that the game will debut this summer. The game for iOS and Android will be free to play, with purchasable optional in-game items. Original novel writer Tsutomu Satou is overse...
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Alice in Dissonance Reveals fault - StP - LIGHTKRAVTE Prequel Game Releasing on May 27

Release on Steam will include text in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese ― Developer Alice in Dissonance and publisher Phoenixx announced on Saturday that they will release the fault - StP - LIGHTKRAVTE prequel game in the fault series on PC via Steam on May 27. The release will support text in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. Alice in Dissonance describes the game: In the Kingdom of Rug...
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Alice Gear Aegis CS Game's Promo Video Previews Battle Gameplay, Multiplayer Mode

Console version of Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game launches on September 8 ― MAGES. began streaming a promotional video on Saturday for Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix, the console version of Pyramid and COLOPL's Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game. The video previews battle gameplay, customization, the game's story mode, and online multiplayer. MAGES. will release the game on PlayStation 4...
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Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Suikoden was never an action game, and now that series creator Yoshitaka Murayama returned to it with Eiyuden Chronicle, what better form for its prequel to take than a side-scrolling action title with some RPG trappings? ― Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising makes a certain degree of sense. It's a prequel to Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which is itself the spiritual revival of the Suikoden series that s...
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Key's Stella of the End Kinetic Novel Releases for PC on September 30

Key originally announced kinetic novel about android girl, transporter in 2020 ― Key revealed on Friday that it will release its Stella of the End (Tsui no Stella) kinetic novel for PC on September 30. The game was most recently slated for this summer. Key is also streaming a teaser trailer. Key originally revealed the game under the temporary title Project:PORTER in October 2020, with an original re...
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King of Fighters XV Game Previews Team South Town DLC Characters in Video

DLC launches on May 17 ― SNK began streaming a trailer for its The King of Fighters XV game, and it reveals that the Team South Town DLC will launch on May 17. The video previews the team's characters Geese Howard (voiced by Kong Kuwata), Billy Kane (voiced by Masaki Masaki), and Ryuji Yamazaki (voiced by Tsuguo Mogami). SNK released the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows ...
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Evangelion Collab With PUBG Mobile Starts on May 14

Collab includes Shinji Ikari skin, "Core Circle" survival battle mode against 6th Angel ― An Evangelion collaboration with PUBG Mobile will launch globally on May 14, giving players the opportunity to purchase a Shinji Ikari plugsuit skin for their characters. The game's Japanese Twitter account previewed the skin below: 『エヴァンゲリオン』コラボまであと3⃣日!5/14(土) AM11:00より開催!お楽しみに✨#PUBGMエヴァコラボ#PUBGモバイル #エヴァンゲリオン p...
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore Remastered Game's Trailer Reveals, Previews Cast

Game launches for PS4, Switch on July 28 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming the third promotional video for GrimGrimoire OnceMore, its remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The video reveals and previews new cast members. The cast includes: Iori Saeki as Lillet Blan Naoya Miyase as Bartido Ballentyne Miharu Hanai as Margarita Surprise Ryū...
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Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Action Game's Trailer Highlights Kingdom of Faerghus

Video highlights Blue Lions characters ― Nintendo streamed a new trailer for it and Koei Tecmo Games' Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, a new action game in the Fire Emblem franchise using characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The video highlights Dimitri and the Blue Lions characters from the Kingdom of Faerghus. The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on June 24. Nintendo describes the game: E...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 2-8

Nintendo Switch Sports stays at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: May 2-8 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 114,699 304,588 2NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 39,634 695,811 3NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 23,844 153,933 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 22,549 4,621,427 5NSwMin...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 25-May 1

Nintendo Switch Sports debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 25-May 1 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29 189,889 189,889 2NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 37,696 656,177 3NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 37,365 130,089 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 19,253 4,598,878...
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This Week in Games - The Tales Mobile Curse

While Duke Nukem drama is forever, the latest Tales mobile game certainly isn't. Heidi discusses the shuttered mobage game and a kerfuffle over Street Fighter in This Week in Games! ― I don't know what I was expecting in game news this week, but I can say that I certainly didn't expect the revival of decades-old gaming drama. But here it is. Someone managed to get ahold of an old build of Duke Nukem ...
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Mario Strikers: Battle League Switch Game's Trailer Previews Characters, Gear, Clubs

Game launches on June 10 ― Nintendo began streaming on Thursday a new overview trailer for its Mario Strikers: Battle League Switch game. The video previews abilities, characters, gear, and clubs. The game will launch on June 10. Nintendo describes the game: Introducing Strike, a 5-on-5, soccer-like sport with no rules—do whatever it takes to win! Get gritty and try to score the most goals by tacklin...

Tales of Luminaria Game Ends Service on July 19

1st "completely original mobile title" in Tales of franchise launched on November 4 ― The English Twitter account for Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tales of Luminaria smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that the game will end service on July 19 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. The Japanese Twitter account similarly announced that the Japanese version of the game will also end service on July 20. Bandai Namco Entert...
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hololive VTubers Coming to Valkyrie Connect Smartphone Game on May 17

Ninomae Inanis, Takanashi Kiara, Usada Pekora, La+ Darknesss are free event reward characters ― The Valkyrie Connect smartphone RPG's English Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the hololive Virtual YouTubers Ninomae Inanis, Takanashi Kiara, Usada Pekora, and La+ Darknesss will be added to the English server as playable characters in an event starting on May 17. The four characters can be obtai...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 8-14

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent, Full Dive anime; Death Note Short Stories, Devil Ecstasy manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Four for Foreplay DVD (adult)Please Kitty Media US$29.99 May 10 Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 May 10 Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full D...
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition Launches for Xbox One, PC Game Pass

Game launched for smartphones in August 2020 ― Spike Chunsoft released its Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition game for Xbox One, Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass, and PC Game Pass on Monday. Spike Chunsoft describes the game: Jabberwock Island – once a popular tourist destination, this now uninhabited island remains oddly pristine. You and your classmates at the elite Hope's Peak Academy ha...
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Monster Hunter Rise Game Expansion's Trailer Reveals Monsters, Switch Skill Swap, Follower Quests

Trailer previews Elder Dragon Malzeno, Magma Almudron, Aurora Somnacanth, Seregios ― Capcom's Digital Event stream for the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game on Tuesday revealed new information and a trailer on Tuesday. The event unveiled three additional monsters, the Switch Skill Swap ability, Follower Quests, and more information about the Elder Dragon Malzeno...

Nintendo Switch Console Crosses 107.65 Million Units in Sales

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game has sold 45.33 million units, Animal Crossing: New Horizons game 38.64 million units ― Nintendo's latest earnings release for fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) on Tuesday announced the company's Nintendo Switch console has sold 107.65 million units worldwide as of March 31. This number includes sales for the Nintendo Switch, Lite, and OLED consoles. The conso...

PlayStation 5 Console Has Shipped 19.3 Million Units Worldwide

Previous-gen PS4 has shipped 117.2 million units ― Sony revealed on Tuesday in its financial results presentation for the fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022) that it has shipped a total of 19.3 million units of its PlayStation 5 console worldwide, with 2 million of those units shipping in the final quarter of the fiscal year. This represents 1.3 million fewer units shipped over the sam...
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Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ms. Pac-Man Make 2022 Video Game Hall of Fame

The Strong also inducts Dance Dance Revolution, Sid Meier's Civilization into Hall of Fame ― The Strong — the self-described "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York — announced the 2022 inductees to its Video Game Hall of Fame on Friday. The inductees include: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998), Ms. Pac-Man (1982), Dance Dance Revolution (1998), and Sid Meier's Civilization (1991). ...
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AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Sequel Game Delayed to July 8 in Europe, Oceania

Game still scheduled to launch on June 24 in N. America ― Spike Chunsoft announced on Monday that it is delaying the release of AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative, the sequel game to Kōtarō Uchikoshi's AI: The Somnium Files, in Europe and Oceania from June 24 to July 8 "due to unforeseen manufacturing delays and global shipping slowdowns." The game will still launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox On...
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Granblue Fantasy, Final Fantasy XI Crossover Event Launches

Prishe, Lilisette are reward units; Shantotto is reward summon ― The Granblue Fantasy smartphone and browser game launched its crossover event with the Final Fantasy XI MMORPG on Monday. The event will run until May 21. Prishe is a reward unit for completing Chapter 1 Episode 3, and Lilisette is obtained by completing Chapter 3 Episode 4. Shantotto is obtainable as a summon by completing the special ...
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Spike Chunsoft Launches Countdown Site With Video, Riddles (Updated)

Game developer tasks fans to solve riddles to help characters escape hidden rooms ― Update: Spike Chunsoft revealed in an English press release on Sunday that the project is "a real-time mystery" titled Hidden Bats, although it did not state if the project will contain anything other than the riddle solving detailed below. Spike Chunsoft launched a website titled "Hidden Bats" on Thursday with a coun...
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Identity V Announces Bungo Stray Dogs Crossover

Crossover event with survival-horror smartphone game will launch in the latter half of 2022 ― The NetEase survival-horror smartphone game Identity V announced a forthcoming crossover with the Bungo Stray Dogs anime and manga series on its English Twitter account on Tuesday. IdentityV × Stray Dogs Crossover Event in coming!#IdentityV#StrayDogs #IdentityVCrossover pic.twitter.com/nZhoyEabcY— Identity V...
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This Week in Games - What in The Fresh Hell is Going On With Square-Enix?

With Square-Enix selling off its western studios and IPs, Heidi explores what that means for the game company and where it could be headed from here. ― Hello again! It's another week with… honestly not a lot of gaming news, but what we do have is very much worth digging into. This would normally be the time of year where E3 hype would start building… except that E3 got taken out back behind the barn ...
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MangaGamer Releases Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei Sound Novel on June 2

Sound novel containing 3 side-story arcs originally released in 2006 ― MangaGamer announced on Thursday that it will release the Higurashi When They Cry Hou - Rei sound novel on its website and on Steam on June 2. 07th Expansion originally released the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei collection of side stories in 2006. The sound novel contains three arcs: "Saikoroshi-hen," "Hirukowashi-hen," and "Batsu...
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La Pucelle: Ragnarok, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure Game Compilation's Trailer Reveals August 30 Release

September 2 in Europe, September 9 in Australia ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 3, a compilation featuring the La Pucelle: Ragnarok and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure games for Nintendo Switch and PC, and it reveals that it will launch for Switch in North America on August 30. The compilation will then launch in Europe on September 2 and in A...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, May 1-7

2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team, OBSOLETE anime; Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible, Survival in Another World with My Mistress! manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date 2.43 Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 May 3 Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Movie 2: Anemone Essentials BD/DVDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$29.98 May 3 ...
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Disgaea 6 Complete Game's Trailer Highlights Basics

Game launches for PS5, PS4, PC on June 28 in N. America, Europe ― NIS America began streaming a gameplay trailer on Tuesday for the complete version of its Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC. Disgaea 6 Complete will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC in North America and Europe on June 28, and in Australia and New Zealand on July 2. Disgaea 6 Com...
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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Smartphone Game Launches Re:Zero Crossover Event

Rem, Emilia, Ram are available through gacha, event rewards ― The Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- girls have joined Cygames' Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game for a limited-time crossover event, which launched on Monday. Rem will be available through the focus gacha until May 15, while Emilia will be available from May 19 to June 1. Ram is a reward for defeating the story event boss ...

Embracer Group to Acquire Eidos-Montéal, Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix Montéal from Square Enix

Embracer to acquire IPs such as Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain ― Embracer Group AB announced on Monday it has entered into an agreement to acquire game development studios Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, and Square Enix Montréal from Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. The three studios have a combined total of around 1,100 employees. The agreement also includes acquiring a catalog of IPs s...

Balan Wonderworld Director Yuji Naka Files Lawsuit Against Square Enix

Naka claims Square Enix removed him as game's director due to strained relationship with game developer Arzest ― Game programmer and director Yuji Naka revealed on Twitter on Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against Square Enix following his departure from the company. He said he can now speak out about the situation as the trial has ended, although he did not give details about the results of th...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets Film's PS4, Switch Game Previewed in 2nd Promo Video

Game taking place in Okinawa launches for PS4, Switch on June 2 ― MAGES. began streaming a second promotional video on Thursday for Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome ~Kimi to Sugoshita Itsutsu no Omoide~ (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie: Five Memories of My Time with You), the video game adaptation of the Eiga Gotōbun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie) sequel anime film. The game ...
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River City Saga: Three Kingdoms Game Releases in English on July 21

Game launches for Switch, PS4, PC via Steam ― Arc System Works America announced on Friday that it will release A+ Games' River City Saga: Three Kingdoms (Kunio-kun no Sangokushi da yo: Zeiin Shūgō!) game in English for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on July 21. The game launched for Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 16 and will launch for PS4 and PC via Steam in Japan on July 21...
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Forgotten Land represents more than anything else, an opportunity for HAL Laboratory to break out of the side-scrolling mold and expand Kirby's horizons. ― In my eyes, Kirby games have always been defined by their astounding visual and musical artistic direction that is somewhat held back simple yet serviceable side-scrolling platforming gameplay. Forgotten Land represented, more than anything else, ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 18-24

Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Switch, PS4 releases debut at #1, #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 18-24 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSweBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 92,724 92,724 2PS4eBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyū 2022 Konami April 21 54,539 54,539 3NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 29,281 618,481 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Apr...
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The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story Game's Trailer Previews Story, Live-Action Cast

Nanami Sakuraba, Yuuki Kaji, more star in game launching on May 12 ― Square Enix began streaming a story and gameplay trailer on Thursday for The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The video highlights the story, gameplay, and live-action cast. The cast includes: Nanami Sakuraba as protagonist Haruka Kagami Yuuki Kaji as a detect...
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore Remastered Game's Trailer Previews Battles, Familiars

Game launches for PS4, Switch on July 28 ― Nippon Ichi Software began streaming on Friday a new trailer for GrimGrimoire OnceMore, its remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The gameplay video previews battles and familiars: The game will launch in Japan on July 28. The 2D real-time strategy game's remaster will include improved high-resolutio...
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Earth Defense Force 6 Game's Trailer Reveals August 25 Launch

PS4, PS5 game takes place 3 years after EDF 5 ― D3 Publisher announced on Friday that the Earth Defense Force 6 game will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on August 25 in Japan. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game will get a digital deluxe edition, which includes the game, season pass, and bonus items. The game had been delayed and was previously slated for the end of las...
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This Week in Games - Burning Bridges

Game producer Yuji Naka just spilled all the tea on Balan Wonderland's poor reception and he's pointing the finger at Square Enix. ― Boy, it's a messy week for online services starting with the letters TWIT, huh? There's a lot of toxicity and anger online right now, and I don't blame anyone who wants to take a break from their online lives and play The Stanley Parable for a while. For me, though, the...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 24-30

Wonder Egg Priority, Dragon Goes House-Hunting anime; A Galaxy Next Door, The Most Notorious Talker Runs the World's Greatest Clan manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Cat's Eye Season 1 BDPlease Discotek Media US$49.95 April 26 City Hunter '91 BDCite Discotek Media US$39.95 April 26 Dragon Goes House-Hunting BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 April ...
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Uta Macross De Culture Game Ends Service on June 28

Rhythm smartphone game launched in August 2017 ― The official Twitter account for the Uta Macross Sumaho De Culture rhythm smartphone game announced on Wednesday that the game is ending service on June 28 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The game will have a finale event starting on Thursday that will last until it ends service. The iOS and Android game launched in August 2017, delayed from its previously planned s...
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Research and Destroy Game Reveals Steins;Gate, Danganronpa, More Costume DLC

Game launched on Monday ― Spike Chunsoft revealed the RESEARCH and DESTROY game's new costume DLC on Monday, which includes crossovers with Steins;Gate, Danganronpa 2, Zero Escape, and AI: The Somnium Files. Each pack costs US$2.99 each; they can also be purchased as a bundle for US$9.99. Danganronpa 2 Costume Pack: Naegi Komaeda costume for Larry, Chihiro Nanami costume for Marie, Monokuma costume f...
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Utawarerumono Spinoff Game Monochrome Mobius Gets English PC Release

Game debuts in Japan on PS4/PS5, worldwide on Steam on September 8 ― Publisher Shiravune announced on Monday that it and DMM Games will release AQUAPLUS' Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten (Monochrome Mobius: Toki no Taika) game in English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese on Steam on September 8. In addition, the game's official website revealed that the game will also ship in Japan on ...
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Mahjong Soul Online Game Unveils Kaguya-sama: Love is War Collab With New Trailer, Illustrations

The official English Twitter account of the Mahjong Soul online mahjong game recently released more details about their upcoming collaboration event with the Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- anime, including a new trailer and some eye-catching illustrations of the Kaguya-sama cast in new outfits. Mahjong Soul X Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- Collab Trailer Revealed!The collabor...
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Even if Tempest Switch Game Launches on June 9

Visual novel developer Voltage streams new promotional trailer for game ― The official website for the even if Tempest visual novel announced on Tuesday that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch digitally on June 9. Visual novel developer Voltage began streaming a promotional trailer for the game on its YouTube channel on Wednesday. The game will be Voltage's first original release for Switch. Th...
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The [email protected] Poplinks Puzzle Game Ends Service on July 21

Game launched in January 2021 ― The official website for The [email protected] Poplinks puzzle game announced on Wednesday that the game will end service on July 21. The game will halt sales of the in-game currency "pop jewels" on June 21. The game launched on iOS and Android devices in Japan in January 2021. The game is free to play with in-app purchases. The game is in the "original unit-training & live c...
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Guilty Gear -Strive- Game's 'Another Story' DLC Launches on April 29

DLC launches for season pass 1 holders ― Arc System Works announced on Friday that it will launch the new "Another Story" DLC story for its Guilty Gear -Strive- fighting game on April 29. The game will launch for season pass 1 holders on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. The DLC will feature characters that did not appear in the main story. The company describes the DLC: While the incid...
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PlayStation Plus Relaunches with New Features, Tiers on June 1 in Japan, June 13 in Americas, June 22 in Europe

May 23 in Asian markets excluding Japan ― Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Friday that it will launch previously announced new features and tiers for its PlayStation Plus service on May 23 in Asian markets excluding Japan, June 1 in Japan, June 13 in the Americas, and June 22 in Europe. In addition, cloud streaming access will be expanded to the following locations for a total of 30 ...
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Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness Game Review

But what about the players who don't have fond memories or excessive fixations surrounding that particular era of video games? What does Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness offer them? As it turns out, plenty. ― There's no shortage of modern creations that evoke the look and sound of late 1980s games. Not so much as those games actually were, but as players fondly remember them—with bigger characters,...
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Splatoon 3 Game's Video Reveals September 9 Release

Video previews Turf War ― Nintendo began streaming on Friday a new trailer for Splatoon 3, the latest entry in its Splatoon shooter series, and it reveals that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch on September 9. The video previews a match of Turf War. Splatoon 2 shipped for the Switch in July 2017. The game has sold 2,016,182 copies in Japan as of February 2018 to become the first Switch game to...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo and Sega, How Could You?

Micro-transactions and union-busting top the news this week as we try to figure out which Sonic Origins version to buy to get the whole game. ― Y'know, I really feel for the people who have been working for four-odd years on Digimon Survive. This week, we finally got a release date for this constantly-delayed, incredibly cursed game. Digimon Survive will end its arduous journey to retail shelves worl...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 11-17

13 Sentinels Switch version debuts at #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 11-17 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 38,234 589,200 2NSw13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Atlus April 14 27,199 27,199 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 13,167 4,567,753 4NSwWinning Post 9 2022 Koei Tecmo Games April 14 12,704 12,704 5NSwBa...
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Echoes of Mana Smartphone Game Posts Animated Promo Video

Game launches on April 27 ― Square Enix's official YouTube channel began streaming an animated promotional video for it and developer WFS' (Wright Flyer Studio) Seiken Densetsu: Echoes of Mana smartphone game for the Mana/Seiken Densetsu role-playing game series on Friday. Madhouse produced the animation for the video. The company announced that the game will launch on April 27 worldwide. The the act...
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Daemon x Machina Developers Announce Deadcraft Action Game

Trailer streamed for game launching on consoles, PC on May 19 ― Marvelous Entertainment and XSEED Games announced on Thursday that Marvelous' First Studio (Daemon x Machina) is developing a new survival action game titled Deadcraft for release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on May 19. XSEED Games describes the game: Stare in wild wonder as the half...
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Remaster of 1st 2 Klonoa Games Also Launches for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC on July 8

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, a bundle including the remastered releases of the Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil games, will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on July 8. The Nintendo Switch version ships on the same day. Namco released Klonoa: Door to Phantomile on the ...

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Switch RPG's Trailer Reveals July 29 Release

Video previews story, characters, battle system ― Nintendo began streaming the second trailer for it and Monolith Software's Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the latest installment in the Xenoblade Chronicles role-playing game series, and it reveals that the game will launch for Nintendo Switch on July 29. This is earlier than its originally scheduled release window of September. The video previews the story,...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 17-23

The God of High School, Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki anime; Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Alice in Kyoto Forest manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 April 19 Dances with the Dragons Essentials BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$29.98 April 19 Gekidol BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimati...

Sega Launches Sonic Origins Collection of Sonic the Hedgehog Games on June 23

Trailer streamed for collection feature 1st 3 Sonic games, Sonic CD ― Sega announced on Wednesday that it will release a new collection of remastered Sonic the Hedgehog games titled Sonic Origins for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on June 23. The collection will include Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 a...
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Digimon Survive Game Launches in Japan on July 28, Worldwide on July 29

Game was delayed multiple times ― Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on Thursday that the Digimon Survive hybrid visual novel and tactical role-playing game will ship for PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on July 28, and for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam worldwide on July 29. The game was previously announced as slated for release this year for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via S...
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Code Geass Lost Stories Game's Anime Opening, Gameplay Videos Streamed

Sunrise animates opening video for game launches on May 17 ― DMM Games began streaming an opening anime video and a gameplay video for its Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Lost Stories social game on Monday. The opening anime video features animation from Sunrise and FLOW's theme song "Pendulum." The gameplay video outlines the game's battle system and organization, and reveals the game will laun...

Bloomberg: Sega to Release Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi Reboots

"Big-budget reboots" in development as part of Sega's Super Game initiative ― Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Sega is developing "big-budget reboots" of its Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi Dreamcast games as part of the company's recent Super Game initiative. The Crazy Taxi reboot game has reportedly been in development for a year, but Sega has yet to release any details regarding the game. Video gam...
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The Pokémon Company International to Purchase TCG Company Millennium Print Group

Companies have worked on Pokémon Trading Card Game since 2015 ― The Pokémon Company International announced on Monday that it has entered into agreement to purchase North Carolina-based Millennium Print Group, trading card manufacturer and printer. The two companies have worked on the Pokémon Trading Card Game as business partners since 2015. The Pokémon Company International aims to further develop ...
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Deadline: John Wick Creator to Write Live-Action Streets of Rage Film

Derek Kolstad to write script; dj2 Entertainment, Escape Artists to produce project ― Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Monday that the creator of the John Wick franchise Derek Kolstad is writing the script for an upcoming live-action film adaptation of Sega's Streets of Rage game. dj2 Entertainment and Escape Artists will produce the film. dj2 Entertainment previously produced the live...
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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Game Gets Switch Version

More details to be announced on April 28 ― Game developer Crim's president Sawaki Takeyasu announced on Monday that the El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron game is getting a port for Nintendo Switch. More details will be announced on April 28, the first day of the 11th anniversary exhibition of the game. Takeyasu had announced last September that he was seeking a programmer to assist with a planned...
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No More Heroes III Game Launches for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, PC This Fall

Game launched for Nintendo Switch on August 27 ― XSEED Games announced on Friday that it will release Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes III game in North America for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and PC via Steam and Microsoft Windows Store in fall 2022. XSEED Games describes No More Heroes III: Being the “number-one assassin in the world” isn't what it used to b...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, April 4-10

Kirby and the Forgotten Land stays at #1 in 3rd week ― Japan's Game Ranking: April 4-10 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwKirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo March 25 59,960 550,966 2NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 16,312 4,554,586 3NSwMinecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 9,580 2,595,462 4NSwPokémon Legends: Arceus Nintendo January 28 8,548 2,216,676...
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Alice Gear Aegis CS Game Releases for PS4, PS5, Switch on September 8

Console version of smartphone game to have 6-person multiplayer, 3D action elements ― MAGES. announced on Saturday that it will release Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix, a console version of Pyramid and COLOPL's Alice Gear Aegis smartphone game, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on September 8. The console version of the game will include six-person multiplayer, 3D actio...
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This Week in Games - Let's Talk About Kingdom Hearts

Heidi speculates on wtf is going on in the new Kingdom Hearts game and holy crap Witch on the Holy Night is getting a Western release?! ― Hi folks. Boy, uh… pretty big announcement this weekend, huh? But before we get into that, I want to touch on something very briefly: there's some controversy going down among fans of the Touhou Project about recent requests to remove downloads of the original game...
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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Mech on Standby in Akihabara Station

Juro's mech will be displayed in station's event space from April 14-17 ― Vanillaware's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim game is promoting its Nintendo Switch port with an impressive display of protagonist Juro's mech this weekend only in Akihabara station. The mech will be on standby in the event space inside the ticket barrier of JR Akihabara station's Electric Town entrance from April 14 to 17. It will be ...
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Key, Ryukishi07's Loopers Kinetic Novel Launches for Switch on June 2

Visual Arts, Key launched game for PC in Japan in May 2021 ― Prototype began streaming the opening movie for the Nintendo Switch release of Visual Arts and Key's LOOPERS kinetic novel on Friday. The video reveals that the Nintendo Switch version will launch on June 2. sana (sajou no hana) performs the theme song "Senya Ichiya VORTEX" (A Thousand Nights One Night Vortex). The game will be priced at US...
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Nippon Ichi Software, Vanillaware's GrimGrimoire Gets Remastered Game on PS4, Switch

Trailer streamed for game launching on July 28 ― Japanese gaming news website Famitsu revealed on Thursday that Nippon Ichi Software will release a remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game titled GrimGrimoire OnceMore for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game will launch in Japan on July 28. Nippon Ichi Software streamed an announcement trailer: The 2D real-time strategy game's ...
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Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Game Expansion's Trailers Preview Citadel, Garangolm

Game debuts for Switch, PC on June 30 ― Capcom began streaming two videos for the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak expansion for the Monster Hunter Rise game on Thursday. The videos preview the citadel and the Garangolm monster: "A Tour of the Citadel" "Garangolm Gameplay" The expansion will debut for Switch and PC via Steam on June 30. Players who already own the base Monster Hunter Rise game can purch...

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