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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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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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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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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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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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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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This Week in Games - Secret Gaming Shame

In today's retro and remake-focused column, Heidi reveals her secret gaming shame: she's never played The Secret of Monkey Island. Which older games have you never found the time to experience? ― It's another one of those slow news weeks, where there's no one story or stories that stand out as particularly huge that I'd need to opine over. Well, okay, there's one announcement that made my social medi...
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This Week in Games - RIP E3

I don't think shitcanning the 2022 show is going to raise any confidence among potential exhibitors or attendees of a theoretical 2023 event, guys. ― Hey everyone, it's April Fools’ Day! Unfortunately, I have to submit this the day before April 1st, which means that by the time you read this, every company out there is going to be yukkin’ it up with their pranks, and I won't be able to cover any of t...
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This Week in Games -The New Testament

Here's the Good News from Daisuke Ishiwatari: Testament has made a glorious return to Guilty Gear. ― Heyo! We're finally exiting the doldrums of winter to enjoy the abundant foliage of spring. Even so, many of us don't feel compelled to go outside after two months’ worth of massive game releases, capped off by Kirby and the Forgotten Land dropping today. This weekend, I'll be balancing playing that a...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy and Cotton Fantasy

This week Heidi has all the latest gaming news, from the Sonic movie to Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin PLUS an interview with Cotton Fantasy's Shinya Nagatomo and Toshinobu Kondo! ― You know what rules? When you expect nothing out of a game – or even expect the worst – and it turns out to be great. We all have times when we anticipate a game, movie, album, or whatever and are thoroughly l...
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This Week in Games - Cloudy With a Chance of Dinosaurs

Check out all the announcements from Sony's State of Play, including Exoprimal, a game that promises a whole weather system of giant reptiles. ― Hey, remember that game bundle for Ukraine relief I mentioned last week? It's now up on itch.io! It's pay-what-you-want with proceeds going to charity, and it is jam-packed with some really great indie stuff: Celeste, Baba is You, ZeroRanger, SuperHot, and h...
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This Week in Games - A Little Spanish Three

Gen 9 is coming, and you'll be on your next Pokemon journey later this year! ― Hey folks! How's Elden Ring going? Dying a lot in hilariously painful ways? Yeah, I figured. I'm sure you're aware by now, but there's some awful stuff going on in the world at the moment, and millions of civilians in Ukraine are struggling. To help out, my buddy Brandon Sheffield is organizing an indie game bundle over on...
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This Week in Games - Hack the Planet

The “mystery” countdown has ended, and unsurprisingly, it's a brand-new Soul Hackers game! Plus: Street Fighter news, Nintendo's industry acquisitions, and more in This Week in Games! ― Hi! Thanks for reading my column this week. I realize a lot is happening right now, but you taking the time to read a bunch of my silly ramblings about industry goings-on means a lot to me. Hopefully I can make your d...
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This Week in Games - The Final Countdown

Heidi gives the lowdown on Capcom and Atlus' latest teaser sites and discusses how small publishers are getting shafted in the name of 'content guidelines.' ― Hey folks! Lots of interesting news this week, but first, I'm going to go on a little editorial. A statement on Martha Is Dead pic.twitter.com/bXDZu2hRP9— Wired Productions (@WiredP) February 11, 2022 Earlier this week, the developers of multi-...
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This Week in Games - In Which We Discuss a Nintendo Direct

Not only is Forgotten Land looking cute and fun as heck, it's also got this adorable abomination that nobody knew they needed in their lives until right now: ― Okay, I know exactly what you all are here for this week, but indulge me for a brief moment. I want to discuss a multi-year gaming console trainwreck that's been impossible to turn away from. I haven't talked much here about the Intellivision ...
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This Week in Games - Bungie Buyout

The consolidation of the gaming industry continues with Sony picking up Halow developer Bungie right on the heels of Microsoft's Blizzard acquisition. But is this trend healthy? ― Hello again! It's February, the month where you feel just a little bit angry knowing that you're still paying full price for all of your recurring monthly bills but getting at least 2 fewer days of value. There are a lot of...
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This Week in Games - Nagoshi's New Crew

Toshihiro Nagoshi of Yakuza fame has revealed the staff of his new studio. Heidi breaks down what to expect. ― Greetings, everyone! I am quite relieved today, as it was very likely TWIG might not have happened this week. I got the letter in the mail that most every adult dreads: a jury duty summons, set for the exact day I write and submit TWIG. Thankfully, I wasn't needed, which frees me up to both ...
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This Week in Games - What A Twist

Good lord. What a week to be into games, am I right? I'm sure everybody has thoughts and hopes and fears about Microsoft's impending Activision-Blizzard assimilation… and I'd like to hear all of them! ― ~~ 𝒯𝓊𝑒𝓈𝒹𝒶𝓎, 𝒥𝒶𝓃 𝟣𝟪𝓉𝒽 ~~ -- 𝒜𝓅𝓅𝓇𝑜𝓍𝒾𝓂𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎 𝟩:2𝟢 𝒜𝑀 𝒫𝒮𝒯 -- *may be slightly dramatized Ahh, crap. Why the hell did I wake up so early? I stayed up way too late last night tidying up my Windjammers 2 revi...
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This Week in Games - We Never Asked for This

The reaction to Square-Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda's New Year's letter discussing NFTs in gaming was swift and profoundly negative – it felt like everyone was dunking on its content for three straight days. ― Happy new year, everyone! I apologize for my sudden week-off – I got my COVID booster shot the day I was due to turn the column in, and I was just not feeling up to it. So, this week, we'll be catch...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy Takes Another Hit

What's been going on with Final Fantasy XVI? It feels like forever since we first saw the game revealed. Surprise, surprise – it's suffering from COVID-related development setbacks. ― Here we are, on the final day of 2021. While it wasn't the dumpster fire that 2020 was, I don't think anyone would say it was a particularly amazing year. We did get some darn good games out of it, at least! My original...
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This Week in Games - Twisted Winter Wonderland

What is Twisted Wonderland? Heidi introduces the mobile game with designs by Black Butler's Yana Toboso. She also bids farewell to Seattle's Gameworks, a convention hangout and arcade mainstay. ― Ho ho ho! It's Christmas Eve, and before long, a good chunk of you will be savagely tearing through wrapping paper and holding those shiny new games and consoles you've been eager to play all year… after you...
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This Week in Games - Sorry, Moon's Closed

Folks looking for safe a way to socialize amidst COVID, a new expansion generating massive hype, an exodus of former World of Warcraft players fed up with Activision-Blizzard's shit – it's all added up to make FFXIV the king of the MMORPG hill. ― Jeez, I had a miserable weekend. Apparently, there's some seasonal stomach bug going around, so I spent most of my Saturday and Sunday trying not to hork an...
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This Week in Games - Poor Life Choices

A tribute to video game pioneer Masayuki Uemura, a welcome bunch of fighting game updates, and... sigh... The Game Awards. Heidi breaks it all down in today's beef-sized column. ― That show was three and a half hours long Okay, look, we are all well aware at this point that The Game Awards are an interminable slog of a program, sandwiching the content people want (trailers) in-between endless slices ...
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This Week in Games - Save it for a Rainy Day

Heidi has the latest on Spike Chunsoft and Kazutaka Kodaka's new title, plus those of you holding out for the Dragon Maid game might want to temper your expectations. ― December has officially begun, and that means it's CRIMMASTIME! It's time to get in the mood for joy, holiday cheer, gifts, and hoarding currency in your gacha game of choice to pull those elusive, exclusive Christmas units. It's also...
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This Week in Games - Punching It Up

with Christmas just around the corner, most of season's the major new releases have already hit shelves, and now it's simply a matter of finding time to play them all. But even though the United States has a holiday weekend, the news isn't stopping just for us. ― Hi folks! I hope all of you in the U.S. had a swell Thanksgiving holiday! Hopefully you're not reading this in a Black Friday line somewher...
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This Week in Games - Bobby Kotick Retire Bitch

Hearing week after week about new layers of Activision's awfulness is mentally exhausting. But it's important to address. Simply trying to ignore it while focusing on announcements or releases solves nothing and helps no one. ― The biggest story in games these past few months has been the gradual revelation of miserable work conditions and the disgusting corporate culture of Activision-Blizzard. With...
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This Week in Games - Award Hopefuls

Heidi puts together her wishlist for the Game Awards! ― Hello again! Folks, this is the textbook definition of a slow news week. Oh sure, there's news happening: the Steam Deck and the boutique handheld Playdate got delayed, but we all know supply-chain and component production issues are a thing right now, so there's not too much else to be said there. Hardware getting delayed and being in short sup...
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This Week in Games - Demon Days

Heidi has the big update on now less mysterious Elden Ring, a developing pact between Sega and Microsoft, and the never-ending Blizzard debacle. ― Hee-ho, friends! It's time for another This Week in Games! Halloween might be over, but I've still got plenty of candy to snarf, and that sugar's been what's powering me through Shin Megami Tensei V, which I reviewed over at GameSpot and Jean-Karlo reviewe...
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This Week in Games - Stars Align

For this week's Halloween column, Heidi investigates the "spooky" possibility of Warner Bros. making its own Smash-like fighting game. There's also the new Star Ocean game announcement—will it be a trick or a treat? ― Oh boy, oh boy, Halloween's in a couple of days! I was thinking I should do something super spooky for this week's column, but then I saw Facebook's promo reel for the “metaverse” and n...
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This Week in Games - The Departed

Heidi revisits the industry contributions of the late Hiroshi Ono, known to his colleagues and fans as Mr. Dotman. ALSO: A Sega staffing shake-up and the return of Froggy Chair. ― Howdy! I'm back from my travels and ready to talk games again! Of course, since I'm a week behind, I've got a fair bit of major news to catch up on. I was in the Denver area and surroundings for a wedding, and while the foc...
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This Week in Games - The End of Smash Ultimate

Years of event-level online reveals, obnoxious fan infighting, and people taking everything Sakurai posts or says as a coded hint have finally concluded. At last, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is in its complete form. ― Hello, and welcome back to This Week in Games! This time around we blah blah blah look, I know what you're here for, so let's just get into it. Boy howdy, that new Bandai-Namco Games log...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Game Show @Home

Check out the virtual Tokyo Game Show, catch-up on the Nintendo announcements, and see what re-release has Heidi (and the rest of us) scratching our heads. ― Tokyo Game Show is upon us! Unfortunately, most of us couldn't be there even if we wanted to, since it's still a royal pain in the butt to actually get through the country's COVID travel restrictions. Most of the publishers showcasing are announ...
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This Week in Games - Maidragon Spirit

Things have just gone from really bad to extremely worse over at the ongoing dumpster fire that is Activision-Blizzard corporate. ― Good day, my lovely ANN audience! As I write this, we are but a few hours away from Nintendo Direct happening, but a mixture of deadlines and my obligations to run an event for Vortex Gallery means that we won't be discussing that stuff until next week. Which is fine, be...
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This Week in Games - The Not Very Epic Conclusion

The gaming lawsuit that could determine the fate of gaming platforms is over. Kind of. So, who won? ― Hey folks! By the time you read this, the internet will be on the cusp of going completely bonkers over Deltarune Chapter 2. It was announced on creator Toby Fox's Undertale 6th anniversary stream that the game will be dropping at 8 PM EST today, so if you don't want spoilers, you should probably kno...
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This Week in Games - Botched Launches and Many Marvels

Heidi walks us through everything new and notable from the PlayStation Showcase, and there's a lot of superheroes flying around. ― Heya folks! What have you been up to this week, gaming-wise? I've been playing the hell out of several things for various work assignments, but there's one game I wanted to make at least a little time for: World Flipper, a unique gacha-pinball hybrid mobile game packed wi...
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This Week in Games - Jojo Posing? No, Jack-O Posing! (also Gamescom)

Hey kids! Have you heard of the hot new trend sweeping the nation the world the Twitterverse? Get on the ground and put your booty in the air like you just don't care, because we're talking about the Jack-O Challenge! ― Hey kids! Have you heard of the hot new trend sweeping the nation the world the Twitterverse? Get on the ground and put your booty in the air like you just don't care, because we're t...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Origins

This trailer for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl hits every sweet spot for players with fond memories of Sinnoh, showcasing all the stuff that made that particular generation unique. Ball decorations! Union Rooms! Super Contests! ― Hey, did you all see that new Shining Force mobile game announcement? I'm not inherently anti-mobile, so I was curious to see what it would look like. And it actually ...
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This Week in Games - Hot Summer Rumors

Heidi checks in from sweltering PDX to give the lowdown on the next Musou game, the continued Blizzard-Activision fallout, and that indie game showcase! ― Heyas! We're having yet more unseasonably hot days here in Portland. This summer has been miserable, but hopefully this is the last of it, because as much as I enjoy having an excuse to go to Round 1 and sit in air conditioning for several hours, I...
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This Week in Games - Fighter's Finale

Sup, y'all? My editor is currently at Otakon, the first major in-person anime convention to take place in what feels like an eternity. Hey, if they're all too busy to check this, does that mean I can post anything I feel like in this column? ― ‘Sup, y'all? My editor is currently at Otakon, the first major in-person anime convention to take place in what feels like an eternity, but I'm still here at h...
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This Week in Games - Cotton Candy

Heidi tries out the classic 90s arcade series Cotton, a witch-led game where fairies' lives (and exotic candy) are on the line! ― Howdy again, folks. Kind of a slow news week… kind of. It's more a case of “everything else in gaming news seems rather insignificant compared to the ongoing shitshow that is the Activision/Blizzard lawsuit and its fallout. When mainstream press outlets like The New York T...
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This Week in Games - Burn It All Down

The State of California has filed a lawsuit against the company for what is being called “frat boy culture,” but that phrase, to me, minimizes the abuse far too much. ― Man, this sucks. I was all ready to write a really fun column this week about all of the new fighting game character reveals alongside an interview for a game I'm really looking forward to, and maybe talk a little bit about how great ...
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This Week in Games - Mech-a-Wish

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl takes the internet by storm, and Super Robot Wars makes a surprising debut in the west via Steam. What other surprises are in store for the gaming world this week? Heidi breaks it down. ― Every once in a while, I expand the scope of this column beyond anime- and Japanese-inspired games, usually in the context of covering broader industry-wide happenings. But sometimes an an...
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This Week in Games - OLED Astray

Sony's State of Play shows a lot of Death Loop and a few hotly anticipated trailers for ANN readers. ALSO the deets on thatt new Switch model! ― What's up, y'all? I heard Apex Legends got taken down for a day by angry Titanfall fans. Being mad about your game's support being de-prioritized in favor of something more popular is one thing, but throwing a big temper-tantrum and ruining the holiday weeke...
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This Week in Games - PlayStation Assimilation

PlayStation announces a series of developer acquisitions, the Final Fantasy franchise gets pixeled, plus major announcements from the Mana franchise! ― Welcome to This Week in Games. I LIVED, BITCHES I MAY HAVE SURVIVED AN ABSURD HEATWAVE, BUT NOW MY EYES HURT. THANKS, SQUEENIX! Living on the West Coast along with a freelancer's schedule (go to bed at 2, wake up around 10) means that sometimes I wak...
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This Week in Games - Blazing Trails

Heidi's favorite Nintendo DS game is getting a remaster, the Demon Slayer fighter game is coming stateside, and Falcom announced a boatload of new Trails titles! Find out about here in This Week in Games! ― Hey friends! How are you all doing? I'm currently trying to not die from heat, but other than that, I'm pretty OK! If you missed it, check out my Tales of Arise preview here on ANN! Also, by the t...
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This Week in Games - E3 Careens Off A Cliff

Whether it was big announcements failing to land, expected showcases not materializing, companies showing next to nothing new, or the seemingly endless stream of filler, E3 found new and exciting ways to disappoint almost everybody. ― Boy, E3 2021 sure was a hot mess! I'm not sure how much of it had to do with COVID destroying production schedules, the seeming disorganization of the event itself, or ...
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This Week in Games - A Brief Respite

After some big anniversary livestreams last week, the game industry has collectively turned off the information pipeline and went into “get ready for BIG THINGS!” mode. Still, we have some info about a new, mysterious RPG, Taito's mini console, and more! ― All of a sudden, it's really quiet. After some big anniversary livestreams last week, the game industry has collectively turned off the informatio...
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This Week in Games - The Floodgates

This week was full of big announcements for two major franchises: Dragon Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Heidi breaks down all the new installments in This Week in Games! Which are you most looking forward to playing? ― Hi again, folks! Apologies for my absence last week, but I think I have a pretty good excuse: between surgery and my second COVID shot, I was really not feeling it. (Waking up post-surg...
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This Week in Games - Scalpers' Paradise

THE PLAYSTATION 5 SHORTAGE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES! ― Hey hey! Welcome back to This Week in Games. It's a little bit of a light news week, which is probably for the best because, as you read this, I'll be in the hospital undergoing surgery. Nothing too major, and I should be back home for the weekend, but surgery is still not very fun in general! At least I have a bunch of Switch and PS4 ...
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This Week in Games - The Abyss Beckons

Companies that have dealt with Apple and/or Epic – which is roughly 98% of the game industry – are scrambling to make sure these two firms don't accidentally leak stuff while they engage in their courtroom slapfight. Comedy all around! ― Hi again! It's another interesting week of gaming news… though, if I really wanted to, I could probably just write a whole column about the Epic vs. Apple court proc...
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This Week in Games - Judgment Looms

Yoshinori Ono leaves Capcom for the Fate/Grand Order giant Delightworks and the Yakuza series spinoff Judgment's latest update is teasing...SOMETHING! ― Heya folks! Well, it's the end of April, and so far, 2021's been a great year for gaming. The release schedule is calming down a bit in May, but I can understand why – most publishers really don't want to compete with Resident Evil Village. Lady Dimi...
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This Week in Games - Ace Greatness

We're finally getting the The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles with not-Sherlock! Also: who pulled the plug on the Sakura Wars mobile game? Heidi talks all of this and more in This Week in Games! ― Heya folks! Hope you're all doing well. I'm finally scheduled to get my first vaccine next week, which means that hopefully I'll feel comfortable going out to gaming gatherings and arcades again soon! It feel...
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This Week in Games - Obey Your Thirst

The newest Resident Evil Showcase means Lady Dimitrescu's trending on Twitter again! Plus: E3 update and Nintendo's Indie Showcase! ― Hey folks! So, where did we leave off last week? Ah, right, NEO: The World Ends with You got a new trailer! Let's check that out again to refresh our memory. We've got a release date of July 27th, 2021. That's not too far off! The date has some significance, as July 27...
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This Week in Games - My My Mai

Inazuma Eleven remains in development hell until (at least) 2023, fans have fun pretending anyone other than Mai is coming to KOF XV, and Pac-Man 99 is here! ― Hi folks! Looks like it's that time of week again. It's a little bit slow on the news front, but that's okay – more time to catch all the hot new anime being covered in the preview guide! And hey, how about that Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6...
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This Week in Games - Spring Fake

Yes, that's a cat based on Captain Sawada from the infamous Street Fighter movie. ― Hey all. We're a little bit late this week. Our household suffered the loss of a very dear companion on Wednesday. Ricki had been developing breathing issues that took a turn for the worse this week. Given the choice of subjecting her to a series of invasive, difficult, and possibly futile treatments to detect and rem...
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This Week in Games - Melty Love

Type-Moon knocks it out of the park again with the announcement that its formative fighting game Melty Blood is getting a remake! ― Happy Monster Hunter Rise day! I've been spending the last few weeks glued to this game, as I've been writing guides elsewhere on the internet, but I haven't been able to discuss it much due to press embargoes. Well, the game's out, and I can safely say that it's a ton o...
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This Week in Games - Comeback Mechanics

Square-Enix has a few pleasant surprises, unless you're a Tomb Raider fan... ― Hello again! Y'know what I want to do once I'm nice and vaccinated and most places open up again? Go to theme parks, that's what! It's been ages since I've had a good coaster ride, and watching theme park history videos on YouTube isn't cutting it anymore. And I'm OH SO ENVIOUS that folks living in the Osaka metro area get...
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This Week in Games - Ninja Resurrection

Cowabunga! The turtles are back with a new beat-em-up, the Neptunia franchise bounces into Senran Kagura and Microsoft talks a little about that Bethesda buy. ― Ahhhh… a slow news week, finally. After the last few weeks of massive newsdrops, this might seem like a good thing… but whether there's news or no news, I still have a column that needs to be filled. Usually when this happens I find something...
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This Week in Games - Switching Positions

A bigger Switch could be on the horizon if that Bloomburg report is anything to go by. PLUS: Some old Square-Enix IPs could get a fresh coat of paint in THIS WEEK IN GAMES! ― Hey folks! It's another week with lots of news worth discussing. February and March aren't typically busy news months for games, but 2021 is just full of surprises! And, once again, it's a mix of good news (Announcements! New co...
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This Week in Games - Shiny Objects

HOPE YOU LIKE SHINY THINGS CAUSE WE'RE GOING BACK TO SINNOH, Y'ALL ― ME: Phew, it's always exhausting covering a Nintendo Direct. I'm looking forward to a much more laid-back week in gaming news. GAME INDUSTRY: Urp. I don't feel so good. ME: Oh, Industry-chan, are you okay? You look kind of ill. GAME INDUSTRY: *hurk* ME: Oh. Oh no. Oh noooooooooo- GAME INDUSTRY: *vomits major news everywhere* Ugh, I ...
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This Week in Games - One Direct-ion

After almost two years, Nintendo delivered another full-length Nintendo Direct to the world, and the internet's attention turned once again to the house of Mario to see what sort of joyous surprises they would unveil. ― Well, hi there! If you missed it, you should check out This Week in Anime, where I guested to talk about the action-packed fanservice fiesta Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture! This was a...
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This Week in Games - To the Moon!

Final Fantasy XIV sets its sights on space and introduces its blue pachyderm tribe in This Week in Games! ― Hi folks! I'm sitting here counting down the hours until I can download Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Yes, I have it on Wii U, but I am extremely willing (read: a sucker) to pay full MSRP to once again play through one of the best Mario games with a few new bits. Also, I'm not sure wher...
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This Week in Games - Stadia Events

Google leaves the game-making business, the Sonic series gets a VA change-up ahead of a new Netflix series, and Windjammers has an open beta? All the latest in games this week is right here! ― Hey TWIG followers! How's your week going? We're into February now, and there still aren't enough PS5s to go around. But that's okay, because there's still plenty of good stuff to play on current-gen systems. S...
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This Week in Games - What Is Even Going On

…LOOK, EXPLAINING FINANCE STUFF WASN'T IN MY JOB DESCRIPTION, OKAY? ― Hiya, folks! Just a heads-up: This Week in Games is probably going to be a Friday thing from now on. This benefits me because game companies, for whatever reason, just love dumping news on Thursdays, leaving me to either delay the column or look horribly out of date. Hopefully Friday publication solves this issue somewhat. As much ...
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This Week in Games - Yes Ma'am

Resident Evil Village reignited Heidi (and everyone's) desire to be stepped on by an intimidating woman. ― Hi folks! We're past January 20th and the USA didn't implode, so I think that's certainly cause for celebration! Normally around this time of year I'd be off at MAGfest hanging out with my friends in the DC metro area, playing arcade games and attending panels and concerts until ungodly hours in...
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This Week in Games - All The King's Fighters

Updates on KOFXV, Cham Cham is finally, finally back in the main Samurai Shodown roster, and Cyberpunk devs wants you to know they're really sorry. ― Hi folks. Today's one of those days where I can't really form a coherent introduction to the column. But that's okay, because there's plenty of interesting news to look at! THE KING OF FIGHTERS IS BACK, BABY You may recall that last week there were a Ki...
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This Week in Games - Full Moon Fever

The visual novel that opened the floodgates for one of the biggest franchises is coming back! Heidi discusses what made the game so important in THIS WEEK IN GAMES. ― Hello again! I was prepared to write this week about two big game announcements: one that's a huge visual novel that laid the foundations for a media titan, and one that's a fighting game. The former we'll get to shortly, because the la...
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This Week in Games - Memories from A Year in Hell

So instead of talking about the best games of the year, how about we recap the most memorable events that happened in 2020? Because even though we're all stuck at home, a lot sure happened in gaming! ― THE AWFUL, MISERABLE, SOUL-CRUSHING YEAR OF 2020 IS FINISHED! DIE MONSTER, YOU DON'T BELONG IN THIS WORLD! It felt like it would never end, but we're done. We're finally out of 2020 and into 2021! It c...
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This Week in Games - That's Not Very Cyberpunk of You

It's time to talk about the biggest gaming disappointment of 2020. My man Keanu deserved better. ― Ho ho ho, Merry TWIGmas everyone! A little late, I know, but we're still in the holiday spirit. Though I was hoping DHL Santa would drop off my Astro City Mini in time to discuss for this column... it is not to be. Alas! That will have to wait for a future column. In the meantime… well, remember how las...
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This Week in Games - The Game Awards 2020 Roundup

Cloud's long-time foe descends on Smash, Vin Diesel claims the throne in Ark Survival Evolved 2, and Dragon Age 4 is here to remind you it still exists. ― Heya folks! I'm here with a special weekend edition of This Week in Games, covering the yearly WORLD PREMIERE trailer showcase/hot mess that is The Game Awards! It's been a strange year for gaming and the world at large. Perhaps The Game Awards wou...
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This Week in Games - Bazooka Blast

The holiday season is upon us but Father Christmas both giveth and taketh. Fortunately, Persona is in the "giveth" category while gaming retailer GameStop is not fairing nearly as well. ALSO: Tune in for a special Sunday TWIG for the Game Awards! ― Hello again! Welcome to This Week in Games, where we are ABSOLUTELY NOT going to talk about Cyberpunk 2077, because you can go literally anywhere else on ...
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This Week in Games - The Old Frontier

Heidi weighs in on the mine-riddled ethical conundrum of SNK's latest shareholder, the latest updates to King of Fighters, and the SaGa Frontier remaster! ― Hello again! How was your holiday weekend? Good, I hope! We've got some news to dissect this week, and there's some very serious stuff we need to talk about. But before that... HEY!! YOU!! Yeah, YOU!!! Are you a SEGA NERD??? Because you'll have t...
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This Week in Games - Shibuya Style

In this abysmal hell year, it might not seem like there's much to be thankful for, but I must strongly disagree. This year, I'm thankful for all of the folks who spoke up against abusers and bad practices in the game industry. ― Heya folks! It's Thanksgiving here in the States, where normally we gather with friends and family over a big traditionally cooked dinner. However, in the hell year of 2020, ...
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This Week in Games - Scramble Spirits

Well, it appears that, once again, Square-Enix is hinting at a thing. And it's very obvious what game this announcement is related to if you've played it. ― Hey hey! It's the middle of November, and that means… uh, nothing! It's not quite The Holidays yet, but also past the Spooky Season, leaving us sitting here in an odd state of limbo as the days get darker faster and temperatures get colder and co...
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This Week in Games - That New Console Smell

Obviously, the BIG thing this week is the launch of the Xbox Series consoles and the PlayStation 5! Also: SEGA says 'bye-bye' to arcades? Heidi has all the gaming news you need to know this week! ― Hey again, folks! You might have noticed I wasn't around for This Week in Games last week, but that's okay – everyone was too busy determining the fate of the free world. As far as gaming news goes, last w...
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This Week in Games - New Retro Memories

New release announcements got our hearts rumbling for the past. OG Fire Emblem, new Science Adventure visual novels, and more! ― Heya folks! October is wrapping up, PlayStation 5s are making their ways into the hands of various media outlets… and Cyberpunk 2077 got delayed again in the worst way possible. I swear, CD Projekt Red is doing their damnedest to make me care less about a game I already was...
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This Week in Games - Phantom Season

So, what the heck was Phantom Breaker? The game series is getting a revival in one of the most random game announcements this week! ― Hooray, it's the spooky season! Yes, that wonderful time of year when overindulging on candy, cosplaying in public, and obsessing over supernatural phenomena are all 100% socially acceptable! Though, ah, this Halloween season is looking significantly less social with t...
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This Week in Games - Big Dogs and Little Extras

Heidi looks into the Level-5 rumors and confirms that yes, you can pet the dog in Guilty Gear Strive. ― As I've mentioned many times before here on This Week in Games, I absolutely love it when old game-related prototypes and designs get dug up. Usually, we only see this stuff through means that are in a legal gray area (at best): somebody has an old ROM that they conveniently never returned to the o...
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This Week in Games - When Anime Mobile Games Die

Heidi checks out the upcoming Monster Hunter game, and reminiscences about the anime mobile game casualties of 2020. ― Hello again! Well, um… pretty slow week for gaming news, huh? Let's see… Cyberpunk 2077 went gold and kicked off a bunch of talk about industry crunch again, which is a conversation we're still afraid to have as an industry… Masahiro Sakurai showed off more Alex and Steve gameplay fo...
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This Week in Games - A New (Old) Challenger Approaches!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--THERE'S A NEW VIRTUA FIGHTER HAPPENING ― ... I need to get all of this pent-up excitement out of me. *Deep breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--- THERE'S A NEW VIRTUA FIGHTER HAPPENING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA— AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Oh, this feels so good, y'all. Yes, as indica...
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This Week in Games - You Will Be Assimilated

RIP 3DS. The game-changing handheld is finally put out to pasture. Meanwhile, Microsoft scoops up fan-favorite game developing studios including Bethesda. It's all in here for This Week in Games! ― Hey all! Tokyo Game Show is starting up as I write this (Wednesday night), and announcements streams are scheduled to go on for a few days. Sometimes I delay the column a bit when I know some big announcem...
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This Week in Games - M-M-M-MONSTER NEWSWEEK!!!!

Sony finally released the details on the upcoming PlayStation 5, leaving people scrambling for available pre-order slots. PLUS: New Final Fantasy, Disgaea, Rune Factory, and more! ― Hey, remember last week when there was a bunch of news? Pffft, that was nothing. This week we've got big ol capital-letters NEXT GEN CONSOLE NEWS. Which is why I'm using the opening paragraphs to highlight this week's coo...
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This Week in Games - Poorly Kept Secrets

It's a big week in games as Heidi runs down the technical deets on the next-gen XBox console, all those Mario 35th anniversary announcements, and the head-scratching Shenmue anime! ― Well, I might be in the midst of the apocalypse right now, but before I try contracting any demons to serve me in the war for the new world, I should probably get at least one This Week in Games out! It's a crazy week fi...
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This Week in Games - Do You Remember?

Sakura Wars gets a whole new iteration and Heidi breaks down the upcoming gaming announcements at TGS and where to watch! ― Hey everybody! It's September! And it's the best day in September, because it's my birthday! Well, it is when I'm writing this, anyway. When I think of September, I think of "September." The song. And then I think about Elite Beat Agents. Man, wasn't Elite Beat Agents great? I d...
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This Week in Games - Hard Drop

Get the skinny on the latest Nintendo Direct announcements, a surprise revamp of the once forgotten Monster World IV, and the unfortunate implosion of Lab Zero Games. ― Before we dive into this week's news, let's look at a recent announcement that took me by surprise. That green-haired girl you see above is Asha, the heroine of Monster World IV, one of the later entries in the confusingly-named-and-n...
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This Week in Games - Top Epic App Store BETRAYALS!!!

Heidi breaks down the ongoing Fortnite slapfight between Epic and Apple PLUS an exclusive interview with Sakura Wars game director Tetsuya Ohtsubo! ― Hiya, friends of the column! It's been a bit of a slow news week, save for one really big story and a special interview. We'll get to those in a bit. As I write this, Sega is gearing up to announce more games that will be on the Astro City Mini micro-ar...
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This Week in Games - Delays of our Lives

We heard you like Dante from the Devil May Cry series so we put him in Nocturne from the Shin Megami Tensei series, unless you prefer Kuzunoha Raidou from the Kuzunoha Raidou series. ― Hey all! How've you been holding up? Keeping entertained? It feels like everybody's going in hard on Fall Guys right now, thanks to it being free on PS Plus. It's nice to see a battle-royale game outside of the typical...
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This Week in Games - Back to Schools

It's fighting games and swimsuits as Street Fighter lays out its future plans. Also who asked for more Pikmin? ― Hey all! It's TWIG time again. Are you folks playing anything interesting? Right now, I've been sucked into gacha hell thanks to the Fate/Grand Order summer event. FGO always goes all-out with making its seasonal events exceptionally goofy, and this year's has been a lot of fun so far, wit...
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This Week in Games - The Gigaleak

Hackers have cracked open Nintendo's vault to discover a plethora of development materials...including carpet-bombing Yoshi? ― Well! I know that some fans of Nintendo have been disappointed lately, since the company has been holding their first-party game announcements close to their chest for most of the summer. How quickly things change! Over the weekend, a whole bunch of awesome Nintendo stuff got...
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This Week in Games - ATTACK AND DESTROY GOD

Heidi has all the info on the most exciting reveals from Xbox Games Showcase 2020, from Shin Megami Tensei to Yakuza. ― News! We got it! No need for an intro, let's get right into things! XBOX GAMES SHOWCASE UNVEILS A TON OF NEW GAMES Once again, TWIG has been oh-so-slightly delayed to keep in step with the hottest, freshest gaming news. This time around, it's the Xbox Games Showcase 2020, the presen...
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This Week in Games - I am the DANGAN (goo goo g'joob)

Get ready to drop all your money on those new Mario Lego sets as we continue to pass time at home. Also, there's a Dragon's Dogma anime coming out? ― Hi folks! As I write this, Twitter appears to be having a meltdown, with the Checkmark Army having been banished to the Shadow Realm for who knows how long. So, uh, hopefully you get notified that this has gone live! You can always follow me @zerochan f...
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This Week in Games - Look, We NEED to Talk

EVO's cancelled this year and it's not the pandemic's fault. It's time to talk about the gaming community's systemic failings. ― Hey. So… things got very serious over the past week across several gaming communities. A lot of really ugly stuff came out, and the effects have been very far-reaching. So, we really, really need to address this, because I'm pissed. Be warned: we're going to talk about some...
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This Week in Games - Takin' a Break

The gaming world seems to be on vacation right now, even with two next-gen consoles still somehow slated for this year. ― It's July! Boy those first six months of the year sure, uh… went… um… were… something. Yeah! It's a holiday weekend here in the USA, so maybe everyone just collectively decided to try and chillax a little. That's certainly not a bad thing! It's a little hard to go to neighborhood ...
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This Week in Games - Summer Crush

Good news, Re:Zero fans: You're getting an official anime game, and it doesn't look half bad, either. ― Hi again! There's a lot of interesting announcements this week, so let's not beat around the bush – we've got games to discuss! STUFF THAT GOT ANNOUNCED VIA SUMMER GAMES FEST AND AFFILIATED EVENTS Crash Bandicoot 4 is happening! Yeah, I was like, “wasn't there already a Crash 4?” but it turns out I...
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This Week in Games - Make it Snappy

Aspiring wildlife photogs, it's time to dust off your digital cameras because the Pokémon Snap sequel is FINALLY HAPPENING?! Plus: Kingdom Hearts and Lego Mario! ― What's it like not having E3? Well… it means getting interesting announcements spread across all of June rather than having them all dumped in front of you at once. It's refreshing, isn't it? You have a few days to analyze and appreciate w...
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This Week in Games - Gimme (PlayStation) Five

Heidi has some BIG thoughts on the PlayStation 5 reveal plus more new game announcements than you shake a JoyCon at. ― Hello! Once again, TWIG has been oh-so-slightly delayed from its usual time so we can be up to date on the BIG FREAKIN’ NEWS that's happening – in this case, the first PS5 details, including a reveal of the system's casing. Enough talk – let's dig right in! SO HERE'S WHAT THE SONY PL...

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