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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 5-11

Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Girls Beyond the Wasteland BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$49.98 February 7 Horimiya BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 February 7 Horimiya Limited Edition BD/DVDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$89.98 February 7 How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 February 7 Print Manga Releases Title Pub...
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Angel Beats! Collab Arrives At Heaven Burns Red Mobile Game on February 10

During the event period, players will be able to pull for collab characters SS [Rain Fire] Yuri Nakamura, SS [Earth Angel] Kanade Tachibana, and S [Pure Cosmos] Miyuki Irie in the gacha. ― The Heaven Burns Red smartphone game will hold an in-game collaboration event with the Angel Beats! anime on February 10. The collaboration event, titled "The Place Where The Cosmos Continues to Bloom," will run fr...
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Raiden III x MIKADO MANIAX Game's Trailer Reveals June Release in West

Game launches on June 6 in N. America, June 9 in Europe/Oceania ― NIS America began streaming on Tuesday a gameplay trailer for the Raiden III x MIKADO MANIAX game, and it reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on June 6 in North America and on June 9 in Europe and Oceania. The game will launch for consoles in J...
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Nintendo Switch Console Crosses 122.55 Million Units in Sales; Surpasses PS4, Game Boy in All-Time Sales

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game sells 52 million units, Pokémon Scarlet/Violet sells 20.61 million units ― Nintendo's latest earnings release for the first three quarters fiscal year 2022 (April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022) announced on Tuesday that the company's Nintendo Switch console has sold 122.55 million units worldwide as of December 31. This number includes sales for the Nintendo Switch, Lite, and ...
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Sega Teases New Smartphone Game in Video

Company to reveal mobile game on Friday ― Sega began streaming a teaser trailer on Monday for its new smartphone game, which will be available on iOS and Android. In the video, a smartphone starts to have glitches, as it falls to the ground. The phone's screen then reveals the texts, "Sōzōseyo akarui mirai wo" (Let's make a bright future), and "Sega wo korose" (Kill Sega) before crashing on the groun...
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void* tRrLM2(); //Void Terrarium 2 Game Streams Demo Trailer, Reveals Virtual Pet Mini-Game Online

Sequel game launches for Switch, PS4 on February 28 in N. America, March 3 in Europe/Oceania ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for Nippon Ichi Software's void* tRrLM2(); //Void Terrarium 2 sequel game. The video previews the game's demo, which is currently available. The company also launched a virtual pet mini-game on its website, which allows players to take care of Toriko. The game will laun...
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Sonic Colors: Ultimate Game Launches on Steam

Game launched for consoles, PC via Epic Games Store in September 2021 ― Sega released Sonic Colors: Ultimate, an updated version of the Sonic Colors Wii game, for PC via Steam on Monday. The game launched for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store in September 2021. The game includes new features. There is a digital deluxe version that includes excl...
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Overwatch 2 Launches One Punch Man Collab in March

Doomfist learns the power of one punch ― Blizzard Entertainment revealed details for the third season of its Overwatch 2 multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) video game on Monday. The new season includes a collaboration with ONE and Yūsuke Murata's One-Punch Man manga and anime series. The collaboration will begin on March 7 and run until April 6. So far, Blizzard has revealed a Doomfist skin, but ...
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SD Shin Kamen Rider Rumble Game Launches in Southeast Asia on April 27

Game's English trailer streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia announced on Monday that it will release the SD Shin Kamen Rider Rumble game, based on Hideaki Anno's Shin Kamen Rider live-action film, for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in English in Southeast Asia on April 27. Bandai Namco Southeast Asia streamed the game's English trailer: The beat-em'-up/hack-and-slash game features s...
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Atelier Ryza 3 Game's Opening Video Revealed (Updated)

Game launches in English on March 24 for PS5, PS4, Switch, Steam ― Gust's official YouTube channel began streaming the opening video for the Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key (Ryza no Atelier 3 ~Owari no Renkinjutsushi to Himitsu no Kagi~) game on Saturday. English Version Japanese Version The game was originally scheduled for release in Japan for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4,...
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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Game's Demo Launches on February 24

Game ships for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on March 3 ― The official Twitter account for Team Ninja's Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty game announced on Tuesday that a demo for the game will launch on February 24. The save data from the demo will be transferable to the final game. The game will release for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Steam worldwide on ...
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Tekken 8 Game Trailer Reveals Nina Williams as Playable Character

Game under development for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC ― Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled a new character trailer for its upcoming Tekken 8 fighting game during the Tekken World Tour Final 2022 event on Sunday. The trailer reveals returning playable character Nina Williams, along with gameplay footage of her. The game is under development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Bandai N...
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Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana Game's Prologue Video Streamed

Remaster of Ys: The Oath if Felghana game launches for Switch in Japan on April 27 ― Nihon Falcom began streaming a five-minute prologue video on Friday for Ys Memoire: Felghana no Chikai, the Nintendo Switch remaster of Nihon Falcom's Ys: The Oath if Felghana game. Yuuki Kaji narrates the video. The action RPG will launch for Nintendo Switch in Japan on April 27. Nihon Falcom first announced the Swi...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 23-29

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life debuts at #1, Forspoken at #3 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 23-29 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwStory of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Marvelous January 26 40,759 40,759 2NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18, 2022 37,265 4,776,300 3PS5Forspoken Square Enix January 24 29,055 29,055 4NSwFire Emblem Engage Nintendo Janu...
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Play As Your Favorite NIJISANJI VTubers in Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis

Kaida Haru, Hakase Fuyuki, Hoshikawa Sara, Shu Yamino costumes available ― Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis game launched a crossover with the Virtual YouTuber agency NIJISANJI on Wednesday. Kaida Haru, Hakase Fuyuki, and Hoshikawa Sara of the Japanese branch and Shu Yamino of the English branch are joining the game via obtainable costumes and other in-game appearances. Central City will fe...
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Monster Hunter Rise Game Sells 12 Million Copies Worldwide

Game's 4th title update launches on February 7 ― The official Twitter account for Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise announced on Friday that the Monster Hunter Rise game has surpassed 12 million copies sold worldwide. Monster Hunter Rise launched on Switch in March 2021 and then launched on PC via Steam in January 2022. The game's fourth free title update will launch for Switch and Steam on February ...
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This Week in Games - E3, I barely knew ye

What was once the go-to event for new games and consoles looks like it's lost its fandom relevancy. Jean-Karlo breaks down the recent news, including new game announcements! ― Welcome back, everyone! I hope that freak freeze billowing over the country doesn't have you guys trapped. I know folks have really been feeling the ice down in Texas. Even in my town, it's viciously cold in the mornings; there...
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Love Live! School Idol Festival 2 Miracle Live! Game Reveals Spring Release Date

New visual, game's key features also revealed ― The live stream for the Love Live! School Idol Festival 2 Miracle Live! smartphone game revealed on Thursday that the game will debut this spring, and also revealed a new visual and some key features of the game. The game is currently listed on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store with both Japanese and English support. The above visual is only...
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Kanon Visual Novel's Switch Version Ships on April 20

Iconic visual novel by Jun Maeda, Visual Art's/Key debuted in 1999, inspired 2 separate TV anime adaptations ― Visual Art's/Key announced that it will release its Kanon visual novel for the Nintendo Switch on April 20. The game will feature full voice acting. There will also be color readjustments and HD resolution. Kanon is the debut work of visual novel company Visual Art's/Key, and remains one of ...
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CrimeSight Game Ends Service in May

Game launched in April 2022 ― Konami announced on Monday that its CrimeSight mystery simulation game will end its service on May 1 at 12:00 a.m. PDT (effectively, May 2 at 12:00 a,m. PDT/3:00 a.m. EDT). The game's sales of Bundles ended on January 30, and sales of the Standard and Deluxe editions will end on February 27 at 9:00 p.m. PDT (effectively, February 28 at 12:00 a.m. EDT). Online battles and...
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HoneyWorks Premium Live Game Ends Service on March 31

Smartphone game launched in 2020 ― The official Twitter account of HoneyWorks' HoneyWorks Premium Live smartphone game announced on Tuesday that it will end its service on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST because the staff determined that it would be difficult to continue the service to satisfy its fans. The game will have two final in-game events scheduled in February, and the game will have its last updat...
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Identity V Launches 2nd Bungo Stray Dogs Crossover

1st crossover event also returns to survival-horror smartphone game until March 1 ― The NetEase survival-horror smartphone game Identity V launched its second crossover with the Bungo Stray Dogs anime on Thursday. The event will run until March 1. The event plot is described as follows: Under their leader's direction, the Port Mafia members, who claim the fictional city of Yokohama as their territory...
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R-Type Final 3 Evolved PS5 Game's Trailer Reveals Launch in N. America on April 25, Europe on April 28

Video previews gameplay, multiplayer ― NIS America began streaming on Thursday a trailer for Granzella's R-Type Final 3 Evolved game, and it reveals that it will release the game for PlayStation 5 in North America on April 25 and in Europe on April 28. The video previews gameplay and multiplayer. The game will launch for PS5 in Japan on March 23. NIS America describes the game: Experience the return ...

Love Live! School Idol Festival Game Shuts Down After Nearly 10 Years

Rhythm smartphone game launched alongside franchise's 1st anime ― The official website for the Love Live! franchise announced on Tuesday that the Love Live! School Idol Festival smartphone game will end service on March 31, just 16 days before the 10th anniversary of the game's release in Japan. The announcement encouraged players to look forward to the release of its successor game Love Live! School...
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Japan Anniversary Association Recognizes January 31 as "Final Fantasy VII Day"

Game first released on January 31, 1997 ― The Final Fantasy VII game's English Twitter account announced on Tuesday that the Japan Anniversary Society, an organization that documents days of cultural importance, has officially acknowledged January 31 as "Final Fantasy VII Day." The date commemorates the game's original Japanese release on January 31, 1997. We're delighted to announce “Final Fantasy V...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 29-February 4

Shaman King, Ascendance of a Bookworm anime ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January 31 City Hunter: Movie & TV Special Collection BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 Dino Mech Gaiking BDPlease Discotek US$49.95 January 31 GaoGaiGar: The King of Braves BDPlease Discotek US$79.95 January 31 Sh...
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Crunchyroll Games Launches Street Fighter: Duel RPG for Smartphones in February

Trailer streamed for RPG in fighting game series ― Crunchyroll Games announced that it and Capcom will launch the Street Fighter: Duel role-playing game for iOS and Android devices in February. Pre-registration is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and other select European countries. Crunchyroll Games streamed a trailer: The RPG will feature over 40 characters, includin...
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Loop8: Summer of Gods Game's Trailer Reveals June 6 Release

Video previews setting, characters ― XSEED Games announced on Tuesday that it will release the Loop8: Summer of Gods RPG for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in North America on June 6. Marvelous will release the game in Europe on the same day. XSEED Games streamed a trailer that previews the setting Ashihara and its residents. The game will get physical and digital releases...
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Code Geass Genesic Re;Code Game Ends Service in April

Smartphone game's service ends on April 27 ― The official website for the Code Geass: Genesic Re;CODE smartphone game announced on Tuesday that it will end its service on April 27 at 3:00 p.m. JST (2:00 a.m. EDT). After the game's scheduled maintenance on January 31, sales of paid Daito, daily passes, and boost passes will end. Access to the game from outside Japan will also be temporarily suspended....
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Hunter x Hunter Arena Battle Smartphone Game Ends Service on March 31

Game debuted in January 2020 ― The official Twitter account for Hunter x Hunter Arena Battle, a smartphone game based on Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter x Hunter manga, announced last week that the game will end service on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The game debuted in Japan in January 2020. The card battle game is free to play, but it has optional in-game purchases. DeNA distributes the game. Another sma...

NIS America Releases Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles Collection of Sequel Games for PS5, Switch, PC in Summer

Collection includes Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess, Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom games ― The NIS 30th Anniversary Celebration Stream announced on Monday that it will release Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles, a collection of the Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom games, in the West for PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in s...
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Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless Game Heads West for PS4, PS5, Switch, PC in Fall

Game launched in Japan on January 26 ― The NIS 30th Anniversary Celebration Stream announced on Monday that the Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless (Makai Senki Disgaea 7) game will launch in the West for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in fall 2023. The game debuted in Japan for PS4, PS5, and Switch on January 26. The game takes place in a Japanese-stye demon world. It stars a sw...
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Like a Dragon: Ishin! Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game ships for PS5/4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on February 21 with early access on February 17 ― Sega began streaming a trailer for Like a Dragon: Ishin! (Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami), the new "rebuilt" version of the Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 game, on Monday. The "Blade of Vengeance" trailer previews the game's story: The game will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4,...
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Street Fighter 6 Game Streams Real-Time Commentary Feature Video Highlighting Thea Trinidad

Game launches for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam on June 2 ― Capcom began streaming a video on Sunday for its Street Fighter 6 fighting game highlighting its real-time commentary feature and announcing a new commentator Thea Trinidad (also known as Zelina Vega). The official Twitter account for WWE announced on the same day that the game will feature Zelina Vega as a commentator. The game wi...
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GrimGrimoire OnceMore Game Streams Overview Video Highlighting Sorcery

Game launches in North America on April 4, in Europe on April 7 ― NIS America began streaming a "Magic Lesson" video on Friday for GrimGrimoire OnceMore, the remaster of Vanillware's GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 game, that highlights Sorcery. The video features the characters Advocat and Amoretta Virgine. The game will launch in North America on April 4 and in Europe on April 7 for PlayStation 4, PlayS...
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Natsumi Takamori Performs The Quintessential Quintuplets: Goto Pazu Story Game's Theme Song

Console version of smartphone game launches in early summer ― MAGES. revealed on Wednesday that Natsumi Takamori (the voice of Raiha Uesugi) will perform the theme song for Gotōbun no Hanayome: Goto Pazu Story, the latest console game in the The Quintessential Quintuplets franchise game. The game will release in early summer for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and pre-orders start on February 10. ...
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Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters

Neptunia Sisters VS Sisters isn't doing anything new in the JRPG space, but is it at least a fun ride? ― The Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise has been pretty extensive since 2010. Including the mainline games and the spin-offs, there have been over a dozen games released for the franchise spanning various genres, from online card games to side-scrolling action games to hack-and-slash games with rhyt...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 16-22

Fire Emblem Engage debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 16-22 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwFire Emblem Engage Nintendo January 20 144,558 144,558 2NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18, 2022 43,983 4,739,035 3NSwSplatoon 3 Nintendo September 9, 2022 16,091 3,833,699 4NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 13,857 5,115,176 5NSwNintend...
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R-Type Final 3 Evolved PS5 Game Streams New Trailer

Game launches for PlayStation 5 in Japan on March 23 ― The official YouTube channel for Granzella began streaming a new trailer for its R-Type Final 3 Evolved game on Friday. The game will launch for PlayStation 5 in Japan on March 23. NIS America will release the game in English in spring this year. NIS America describes the game: Experience the return of the legendary side-scroller series, now on P...
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This Week in Games - It Feels Like 2008 All Over Again

Jean-Karlo dives into the recent rumor of a "lost" Fire Emblem game, why Hi-Fi Rush isn't the Jet Set Radio successor he wants, and how AI helped botch the Persona 3 Portable remaster. ― Hello, everyone! Here we are again, on the verge of the weekend. We've got tons of fun stuff to talk about this week! The year is starting to kick in with plenty of awesome stuff to discuss. Unfortunately, not all of...
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What in the World is a Final Fantasy XIV World Race?

Find out why this fan-made event has resulted in some of the most exciting moments in this Final Fantasy XIV and MMO history. Final Fantasy XIV's newest “Ultimate” boss fight was released on Tuesday. With it, competitors, streamers, viewers, and casters are gathered once again to commentate and celebrate a fan-made event that has resulted in some of the most exciting moments in this game's history,...
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Genshin Impact Animated Video Highlights 3rd Lantern Rite Event

"May this dream last forever, that we may meet again once more." Genshin Impact launched its third annual Lantern Rite Festival event last Thursday. The event, which mirrors the Chinese New Year, is an excellent opportunity for players to interact with Liyue characters, play mini-games, and collect gacha rewards. The game is promoting the event with a heartwarming animated video showcasing a day in...
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Fire Emblem Engage

Fire Emblem Engage has had a rough time coming. The art style left a lot of people unconvinced, and it's coming on the heels of the widely-beloved Fire Emblem: Three Houses. How does Intelligent Systems' newest strategy RPG hold up? Fire Emblem Engage has had a rough time coming. The title was weird, the art style left a lot of people unconvinced, and it's coming on the heels of the widely-beloved ...
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Compile Heart Teases New Hyperdimension Neptunia Shooting Game

Company teased a "Shoot, desTroy, dodGe" (STG) game ― Compile Heart started streaming a "Compile Heart TV" program on Wednesday, in which the company teased that it is making a new Hyperdimension Neptunia shooting game. At 6:37 in the video below, the program's new emcee Anton Kase reported the "overheard information" that the company is making a new Hyperdimension Neptunia game. The emcee added at 7...
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Wild Hearts Game's Trailer Previews Golden Tempest Fight

Hunting game launches on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC on February 17 ― Electronic Arts (EA) and Koei Tecmo began streaming on Thursday a gameplay trailer for their Wild Hearts hunting game, previewing a fight against the Golden Tempest. The game will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA App, Steam, and Epic Game Store on February 17. Koei Tecmo's Omega Force studio is developing t...
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PREVIEW: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

There's difficulty in terms of enemy mobs, surprise enemies with bumped-up Morale, and bosses that require mastery in deflection, but Wo Long is surprisingly welcoming to even the most inexperienced of Souls-like players. ― While Koei Tecmo already has one foot in the “Souls”-like genre courtesy of their Nioh series, it seems they want to take a second bite at the apple with their upcoming “masocore”...
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Tango Gameworks Announces Hi-Fi Rush Rhythm Action Xbox Series X|S, PC Game for Same-Day Release

Trailers streamed for game by Shinji Mikami's studio, The Evil Within 2 director John Johanas ― Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda revealed during its first Developer_Direct stream a trailer for a new rhythm action game by Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) and his Tango Gameworks studio (The Evil Within, Ghostwire: Tokyo) titled Hi-Fi Rush. John Johanas (The Evil Within 2) is the game's director. The game launc...
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Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Smartphone Game Ends Service on April 26

Game launched globally in September 2021 ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that its Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken Tamashii no Kizuna) smartphone game will end service on April 26 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The company explained that it is ending service because following discussions, it has concluded that it will be challening to deliver "the most satisf...
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Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Game's Papercraft Trailer Reveals June 27 Launch for Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Game gets premium bundle ― XSEED Games announced on Wednesday that it will release the Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life farming life sim remake of the original 2003 GameCube game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on June 27. Marvelous will release the game in Europe and Australia on the same day. The companies streamed a trailer that presents the game's story in a...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 22-28

Inu-Oh, Lupin the 3rd Part 6 anime; Sword of the Demon Hunter Kijin Gentosho, A Condition Called Love manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date I'm Quitting Heroing BDPlease Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 January 24 Inu-Oh BDCite GKIDS US$26.98 January 24 Lupin the 3rd Part 6 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Sentai Filmworks US$89.98 January 24 Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 BDPlease Animeigo U...
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RPG Time: The Legend of Wright Game Receives Nomination for Independent Games Festival Awards

DeskWorks' game nominated for Excellence in Visual Art ― The Independent Games Festival announced on Tuesday its nominations for this year's Independent Games Festival Awards. The event nominated DeskWorks' RPG Time: The Legend of Wright game in the Excellence in Visual Art category. The game also received honorable mention for the Nuovo Award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Aniplex of America re...
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One Piece Odyssey

The presentation is top-notch the entire way through. There are plenty of gorgeous action sequences during combat, voice acting for a large majority of the game's dialogue, and a rich and beautiful world that is easy on the eyes. ― Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this game for the purposes of the review with the pre-order bonus DLC. Additionally, though I am a good ways into the main story, I...
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Various Daylife Game Launches for iOS, Android on January 23

Game initially launched in September 2019 ― Square Enix announced on Twitter on Saturday that its Various Daylife game will launch for iOS and Android mobile devices on January 23. The game launched for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on September 13 and for PlayStation 4 on September 16. Square Enix previously released the game for Apple Arcade in September 2019. Apple Arcade had since delisted the...
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Game Adds Isshiki Ōtsutsuki as 33rd DLC Character

Character will be 5th in new 5th season pass ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Isshiki Ōtsutsuki will be the fifth character in the fifth season pass for the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker game. The character will be the 33rd overall DLC character for the game and will launch "soon." The fifth season pass will add five new characters to th...
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Fire Emblem Engage Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Manga to run in Saikyō Jump magazine, on Shonen Jump+ website ― Nintendo announced on Friday that its Fire Emblem Engage strategy RPG will get a manga adaptation. Kazurō Kyō (Himedol!!) will draw the manga. The manga will serialize both in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine and on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website and app as a monthly serialization. Shueisha will publish a prologue for the manga in the Ma...
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Octopath Traveler II Game's Trailer Previews Characters Ochette, Castti

Gama launches for Switch, PS5, PS4, PC via Steam on February 24 ― Square Enix began streaming on Friday a new trailer for Octopath Traveler II, the sequel to its Octopath Traveler role-playing game. The video previews two of the eight main characters: Castti the Apothecary and Ochette the Hunter. The RPG will feature eight new characters in the land of Solistia. The new game will feature "Crossed Pat...
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Sword Art Online: Last Recollection Game's Story Trailer Streamed

Game launches for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC via Steam this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia began streaming a story trailer for the upcoming Sword Art Online: Last Recollection action role-playing game on Thursday. The game will launch for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam this year. The game will tell its own version of the War of...
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Cygames, Arc System Works Reveal Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising Fighting Game

Game will release this year for PS4, PS5, Steam ― Cygames announced on Saturday that it and Arc System Works are developing a new fighting game for the Granblue Fantasy franchise titled Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising. The game will release this year for PlayStation 5, PS4, and Steam. The game will include crossplay between the three platforms. Cygames and Arc System Works also revealed the game's ba...
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Granblue Fantasy: Relink Game Reveals '2nd Trailer,' More Playable Characters

Action RPG slated for this year on PS4, PS5, Steam ― Cygames began streaming the "second trailer" on Saturday for its Granblue Fantasy: Relink game. English Version Japanese Version Cygames also revealed new playable characters: Narmaya (voiced by M.A.O in Japanese and Brianna Knickerbocker in English) Yodarha (voiced by Shigeru Chiba and Peter Kelamis) Charlotta (voiced by Kaori Nazuka and Cristina ...
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Game's 2nd 'Hero of Justice' DLC Pack to Include Orange Piccolo

New DLC pack to launch this year ― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on January 13 that the second "Hero of Justice" DLC Pack for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 game will release this year and will feature Orange Piccolo from the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero anime film. Bandai Namco Entertainment teased the character in screenshots. The game's "Hero of Justice DLC Pack 1" includes Gamma 1, Gamma 2, a...
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Teasing Master Takagi-san Smartphone Game Ends Service on March 31

"1st-love tapping game" launched in Japan on June 8 ― The official website for Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san: Kyun-Kyun Records, the smartphone game adaptation of the television anime of Sōichirō Yamamoto's Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) manga, announced on Friday that the game will end service on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. JST. The game launched in Japan on June 8, 2022. The "first-l...
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This Week in Games - "We Have Odin Sphere and Final Fantasy Tactics At Home"

Dokapon Kingdom: Connect is coming back to ruin your friendships, Vanillaware's Sword of the Vagrant is coming stateside, and Jean-Karlo discusses the massive layoffs at Microsoft in This Week in Games! ― Hey, yeah, so Maximilian Dood described Vampire Survivors as "video game crack," and uh... he's not kidding. I feel like that bit in The Simpsons where Marge sits down and sips a glass of wine. ("I ...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 9-15

One Piece Odyssey PS4 version debuts at #2, PS5 version at #3 ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 9-15 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18, 2022 64,799 4,695,052 2PS4One Piece Odyssey Bandai Namco Entertainment January 12 35,123 35,123 3PS5One Piece Odyssey Bandai Namco Entertainment January 12 26,879 26,879 4NSwSplatoon 3 Ni...
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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Game's Trailer Previews Story

Game ships for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on March 3 ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a trailer for Team Ninja's Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty game on Tuesday. The trailer highlights the game's story. The game will ship for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Steam worldwide on March 3, 2023. The game will be available on launch day for Game Pass on Xbox ...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 15-21

The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer anime; Doomsday With My Dog, I'm Quitting Heroing manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Black Clover Season 3 BDPlease Crunchyroll/Funimation US$84.98 January 17 The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt BDCite Crunchyroll/Funimation US$64.98 January ...
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Dokapon Kingdom: Connect Switch Game Heads West in Spring

Announcement trailer streamed ― Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Compile Heart's Dokapon Kingdom: Connect, a remake of Sting's Dokapon Kingdom game, physically and digitally in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch in spring. The company streamed an announcement trailer: The game will have new online multiplayer features, and will debut for Switch in Japan ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Game Adds Rudol Von Stroheim as 2nd DLC Character

Teaser trailer streamed ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new teaser trailer on Thursday for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a new version of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game, and it reveals that Rudol Von Stroheim from the series' second part Battle Tendency will join the game as the second DLC character. The season pass will have four cha...

Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden Games Stream Launch Trailers

Remastered games launched on Thursday ― Atlus revealed new launch trailers on Thursday for the remastered versions of the Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden games for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The games are also available in a bundle. Persona 3 Portable Persona 4 Golden Persona 3 Portable/Persona 4 Golden Bundle Atlus released the games on Thursda...
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Compile Heart Reveals Dokapon Kingdom Game's Switch Version

Dokapon Kingdom: Connect ships on April 13 ― Compile Heart and developer Sting announced on Thursday that they are developing a remake of Sting's Dokapon Kingdom game titled Dokapon Kingdom: Connect. The game will have new online multiplayer features, and will debut for the Switch in Japan on April 13. Compile Heart teased a new work on Tuesday. The Dokapon series is a hybrid RPG and board game. Play...
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Square Enix, Koei Tecmo Announce Dragon Quest Champions RPG for iOS, Android

Melee battle RPG features Tournament, Story Modes ― Square Enix and Koei Tecmo announced on Wednesday a new game in the Dragon Quest series titled Dragon Quest Champions. The melee battle RPG will launch for iOS and Android devices. Square Enix unveiled gameplay during a presentation stream (actual stream starts around 30:40 below): There will be closed beta test from February 6 to 13. Applications a...
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Atelier Ryza 3 Game Delayed by 1 Month to March

Release delayed to enhance game's graphics ― The official Twitter account of Gust's Atelier game series announced on Wednesday that the Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key (Ryza no Atelier 3 ~Owari no Renkinjutsushi to Himitsu no Kagi~) game's PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Switch release has been delayed to March 23. The game's release on PC via Steam has also been delayed to Ma...
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Compile Heart Teases New Nintendo Switch Game

― The official Twitter account for Compile Heart teased a new work on Tuesday. The tweet contains the text "Have you ever fought with your friends?" and "I wonder if fighting is just a part of our coming-of-age," along with the hashtag #NintendoSwitch. 友達とケンカしたことってありますか?#コンパイルハート新作 #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/iNuuAVOJ0k— コンパイルハート (@CompileHeartWeb) January 17, 2023 The company's latest game Fair...
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Arknights Developer Sends Cease & Desist Letter to NFT Anime Project For Copyright Infringement

Hypergryph denies cooperation with NFT platform Oldeus in public statement ― Hypergryph's Arknights smartphone game announced on its English Twitter account on Sunday that the developers have sent a cease and desist letter to the NFT platform Oldeus for copyright infringement. The tweet appended a copy of the cease and desist letter. [Statement on Copyright Infringement of Roaring Flare Animated Vide...
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Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 Gets Netcode Update on January 20

Aksys Games and Arc System Works will release the rollback netcode update for Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 on PC via Steam on January 20 at 5:00 p.m. JST (3:00 a.m. EST). The update will reduce latency during online play. Arc System Works announced the rollback netcode update on September 26. The public test for the rollback netcode began on October 28. The rollback netcode is also compatible with the G...
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Tsukihime Visual Novel Remake's Shipments, Digital Sales Top 300,000

Game launched in Japan for Switch, PS4 in August 2021 ― Aniplex announced on Tuesday that Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, the remake of Type-Moon's Tsukihime dōjin visual novel game, has crossed 300,000 units in physical shipments and digital sales. The game launched in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Switch in August 2021, and crossed 240,000 units in sales in September 2021. The game features a...
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Pokémon Franchise Celebrates 1,008 Pokémon With New Video

Did you catch 'em all? ― With the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Pokémon franchise is commemorating one of its biggest milestones yet. The series now has over 1,000 Pokémon to date, each with their own unique designs and characteristics. Pokémon's official YouTube channel is commemorating the achievement with an 8-minute and 44-second video showing off each and every critter, from the ori...
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This Week in Games - Asimov's Laws Didn't Account For Godwin's Law

An AI VTuber proves that the internet is still the worst place to raise a (virtual) child. We also have updates on three new anime-related games, a classic console release, and new characters in KOFXV! ― Well, this was a week! In a twist that I hope served as a positive surprise to everyone, Yours Truly was invited back to This Week In Anime yesterday for a special collab on Toka Gettan: The Moonligh...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, January 2-8

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet continues to top chart ― Japan's Game Ranking: January 2-8 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18, 2022 135,627 4,630,253 2NSwSplatoon 3 Nintendo September 9, 2022 56,579 3,795,514 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 37,302 5,083,147 4NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29, 2022 35,673...
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Japan's Video Game Rankings, December 26-January 1

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet continues to top chart ― Japan's Game Ranking: December 26-January 1 Rank System Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 1NSwPokémon Scarlet/Violet Nintendo November 18, 2022 155,695 4,494,626 2NSwSplatoon 3 Nintendo September 9, 2022 51,121 3,738,935 3NSwMario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 31,470 5,045,845 4NSwNintendo Switch Sports Nintendo April 29, 2...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Game's Bundled OVA Previewed in Video

Game releases on April 27 for PS4, Switch ― MAGES. began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the new original video anime (OVA) that it will bundle on Blu-ray Disc as a bonus with Yahari Game Demo Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan, the latest game based on Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light no...
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Zoids Wild Arena Game Posts Concept Video, Gameplay Teaser

Act Games announced game last year ― Mobile game publisher Act Games began streaming a concept video and gameplay teaser video for its Zoids Wild Arena game on Wednesday. Act Games announced the game in June 2022 as Zoids Wild NFT Arena, but later changed it to Zoids Wild Arena. The game underwent a beta test period for PC and Android in November 2022. Takara Tomy announced the Zoids Wild project in ...
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SD Shin Kamen Rider Rumble Game Gets English Release in Southeast Asia

Switch, PC game launches in Japan on March 23 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Southeast Asia announced on Thursday that it will release the SD Shin Kamen Rider Rumble game based on Hideaki Anno's Shin Kamen Rider live-action film for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam in English in Southeast Asia. Bandai Namco streamed a trailer: The beat em' up/hack and slash game features super-deformed (SD) versions of...
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Yu Yu Hakusho Smartphone Game Ends Service

Yu Yu Hakusho 100% Maji Battle ends service on February 21 ― The official Twitter account for KLab Games and Axel Game Studio's Yu Yu Hakusho 100% Maji Battle (100% Serious Battle) smartphone game announced in December that the game will end service on February 21 at 5:00 p.m. JST. The game is no longer selling Spirit Stones or SP Gacha Tickets. Unused purchased items will be eligible for refunds aft...
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Nexon Reveals New Project DW RPG Based on Dungeon & Fighter/Arad Senki IP

Nexon Games developing action RPG for consoles, PC, mobile ― South Korea's Nexon game development company announced on Thursday that it is developing Project DW, a new open-world action role-playing game based on its Dungeon & Fighter (Arad Senki) game franchise. Nexon subsidiary Nexon Games is developing the game for cross-platform distribution on consoles, PC, and mobile, though the announcement di...
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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game's Bardock DLC Trailer Teases 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai

Bardock DLC launches alongside new PS5, Xbox Series X|S versions on Friday ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming on Tuesday a trailer for its Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game. The video previews the new DLC story "Bardock - Alone Against Fate" based on the Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku special. The video also teases a silhouette resembling Goku as he looked like in the 23rd Te...
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How Yakuza and Real-World History Collide in Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Richard Eisenbeis talked with game directors Hiroyuki Sakamoto and Yasuaki Uehara about what it was like to combine Like a Dragon's Yakuza-centric stories with the historical events surrounding the last days of the samurai. ― A few weeks back at Sega's HQ here in Tokyo, I got to sit down with both the director of the 2014 Japan-only Like a Dragon: Ishin!, Hiroyuki Sakamoto, and the director of the up...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 8-14

Platinum End, Himouto! Umaru-chan R anime; Helck, Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD 14Please Viz Media US$49.98 January 10 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD 14Cite Viz Media US$44.98 January 10 Obey Me! Season 1 BDAnimeNewsNetwork Crunchyroll/Funimation US$34.98 January 10 Platinum End Part 1 ...
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Forspoken Game Streams Cinematic Trailer

PS5, PC game launches on January 24 ― Square Enix began streaming a cinematic trailer for its Forspoken game on Friday. The PlayStation 5 and PC game will launch on January 24, 2023. The game was originally scheduled to launch in May 2022 but Square Enix had delayed the game to October 11 to polish it, and then delayed it again to the current January 24 release date "as a result of ongoing discussion...
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Tales of Symphonia Remastered RPG's Gameplay Trailer Highlights Battles, Abilities

Game launches for Switch, PS4, Xbox One on February 17 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a gameplay trailer for its remaster of the Tales of Symphonia role-playing game on Tuesday. The video highlights the battles, Tech abilities, and items. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 17. The game will also be compatible with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Ser...
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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Game's PS5 Version Trailer Reveals May Release in West

Game launches on May 9 in N. America, May 12 in Europe ― NIS America began streaming on Tuesday a character trailer for Nihon Falcom's Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the latest entry in the Ys role-playing game series, and it reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation 5 on May 9 in North America and on May 12 in Europe. The PS5 version will include all previous cosmetic DLC from the PlayStation 4 and Pl...
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Bushiroad Games Label Launches with Macross, Mushoku Tensei, Rear Sekai, Revue Starlight, Grisaia, Goblin Slayer Games

Ginka game gets Switch version ― Bushiroad announced during its New Year Grand Presentation at Tokyo Dome City Hall on Monday the new Bushiroad Games label. The company streamed a trailer, which reveals that the label will launch with the Goblin Slayer -Another Adventurer- Nightmare Feast game for Nintendo Switch and PC and the following newly announced games: Bushroad Games will publish the MACROSS ...

Sony: PlayStation 5 Should Be 'Much Easier' to Buy in 2023

PS5 console crosses 30 million units in sales ― Sony's Jim Ryan announced at the company's CES 2023 presentation on Wednesday that “Everyone who wants a PS5 should have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally, starting from this point forward.” He also announced that the PlayStation 5 console has crossed 30 million units in sales. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Wednesd...
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Blue Reflection Sun Smartphone/PC Game Streams Promotional Video

Game slated for iOS, Android, PC via DMM Game Player this winter ― DMM Games began streaming the first introductory promotional video for its Blue Reflection Sun ("Sun" written with the character for "resplendent") game on Friday. The game has been slated to launch on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC via the DMM Game Player platform, this winter. The "heroic RPG" will be free-to-play with in-ap...
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Goblin Slayer Series Gets Switch, PC Game

Goblin Slayer -Another Adventurer- Nightmare Feast to feature original story ― The live-streamed "GA Fes 2023" event announced on Thursday that Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer dark fantasy novel series is inspiring a game titled Goblin Slayer -Another Adventurer- Nightmare Feast for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The game will feature an original story. It will support English and Japanese languages. T...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Mobile Action RPG Streams New Trailer

Game holds closed beta test from March 16-22 ― Developer Team Caravan began streaming a new trailer for it and Aiming's upcoming Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka Battle Chronicle (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Battle Chronicle) battle action role-playing game for iOS and Android devices on Thursday. The game will hold a closed beta test from March 16 to March...
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GameFreak Announces Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! Game for Apple Arcade

Solitaire, horse-racing game launches worldwide on January 20 ― Game Freak announced on Tuesday that it is developing the Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! game for Apple Arcade. The solitaire and horse-racing game will launch for iOS devices worldwide on January 20. Apple Arcade describes the game: Guide your steed to the finish line by playing solitaire! Saddle up for this unique solitaire and horse-rac...

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