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This Week in Games - Hard Reboot

Bioware hits the big red reset button on the disastrous Anthem - plus a bunch of fighting game news, and not all of it is quite so much fun. ― Heyas, TWIG pals! It's Thursday, it's a week, and there's games to talk about! Japan's big arcade show JAEPO was last weekend, and there was plenty of cool stuff on display… much of which you won't get to see unless you live in Japan, have a Round 1 near you, ...
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This Week in Games - Optic Blast from the Past

Heidi's got the details on a new retro game collection, the return of the Wonderful 101, EVO's new lineup for 2020 and much more! ― Boy, am I ever glad that there's been big, interesting videogame news to distract from everything else that's been going on the world this week! Hey, did you see that a bunch of formerly unlocalized Famicom Kunio-kun games are going to be released in a big collection on ...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Heidi gazes in bafflement at the recently-announced Atari Hotel and reviews the new Switch port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions! ― I get a lot of random games PR stuff in my email inbox. A decent chunk of it is welcome and relevant to what I write, but there are a fair few press releases and solicitations for… odd… products. By “odd,” I mean these things are downright shady at worst, but at best, they just ...
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This Week in Games - The Dregs of Dragon Ball

Heidi plows through this week's Sonic news before delving in to the absolute worst Dragon Ball games of all time! ― Howdy! It's a new week, and we're gonna talk about games, dangit! Well, uh… honestly, there isn't too much news. I mean, yeah, there are a few noteworthy news bits, but I don't have much in the way of commentary to add to them. So, we're going to do a little something fun after the news...
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This Week in Games - Super Smash Salt

It's a big week for news - More Fire Emblem in Smash, Final Fantasy VII gets delayed, Sony's still out of E3 - and much more! ― We've got a pretty news-heavy Week in Games, but before we get started, I'll link you all to my preview/interview for Granblue Fantasy Versus! A big gallery of pictures from Granblue Fest are following soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Now, are you ready for some HARD...
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This Week in Games - Mappy New Year!

In the grim, distant future of the year 2020, Heidi's still got some fun video game news: Dragon Quest, Xenosaga, Gunslinger Straos and A Brief History of Mappy! ― Holy crap, it's 2020! That's two twenties duct-taped together! I'm starting off my new year at MAGfest, where I'm helping host two panels: A discussion of Japanese music-based video games on Friday at 5:30 PM and a panel all about obscure ...
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This Week in Games - Holiday Makeover

Heidi checks in with the news, including Street Fighter V, Granblue Fantasy and much more! ― Hey folks. I want to talk about something that blew up over the past couple days. I think it's important. I've made no secret here that I'm a big fan of Gematsu. I use them a lot as a primary info source when writing this column, and have incredible respect for the fact that the whole site is basically a one-...
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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This Week in Games - Strive for Greatness

Heidi picks up some unusual Sonic the Hedgehog news - plus Street Fighter V and more! ― It's a good week to be a Sega fan. For decades, we have been eagerly waiting, wondering if this would ever happen. But just days ago, it became a reality. Finally, we have a release of a much beloved game that fans never dreamed would exist, a surprise-filled journey that resolves mysteries left lingering for year...
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This Week in Games - Fairy Tail Hands-On

Heidi's got a sneak preview of the upcoming Fairy Tail game - plus the new Sonic the Hedgehog, absolutely no Pokemon discussion and more! ― Hello, gaming friends! It's a big release week, with Pokemon Sword and Shield on the horizon! Let's check Twitter and see what everyone's getting hyped about the most in the games-- Yeah, uh, I think I'm going to stay the hell away from that. We're at the point w...
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This Week in Games - Games for Good Boys and Girls

Death Stranding finally arrives - plus, Pokemon news, Guilty Gear and more! ― Hey all! I just got back from a trip to Koei-Tecmo America's HQ to get some hands-on time with the upcoming Fairy Tail RPG for PS4 and Switch. My impressions will be up very soon, so I hope you'll give that a read if you're interested in the game! The general public will begin to get their hands on Death Stranding later tod...
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This Week in Games - Wrestling with Problems

Halloween might be over, but Heidi's got the scoop on Blizzcon announcements, Death Stranding, hilarious glitches in wrestling games and much much more! ― Hello again, Boo-ys, Ghouls, and other spoopy folks! Wait, it's not Halloween anymore? Awww, poo. Well, uh... happy discount candy day! Head on over to Safeway and get yourself enough Tootsie Pops to last for the next twelve months! The last week i...
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This Week in Games - Temper Your Expectations

Persona 5 is back, Broly joins Dragon Ball FighterZ, No More Heroes and the rest of this week's news! Heidi's got the scoop. ― I was doing my Twitter rounds today when I came across a very concerning tweet. This individual, who apparently worked on some of the Rance series translations, posted about why they are no longer working with publisher MangaGamer. Basically: they claim their contracted emplo...
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This Week in Games - The End of the World As We Know It

Heidi chronicles this week's Fortnite saga - along with fighting game news and the return of Fat Pikachu! ― As mainstream as games are nowadays, I'm still weirded out when a game manages to make national headlines. But when you're as big a force in popular culture as Fortnite is right now, almost any degree of shakeup is going to make some big waves. Epic had dubbed what was going to happen in Fortni...
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This Week in Games - Under the Gun

Blizzard's controversial and oppressive stance on the Chinese government overwhelms the news - plus One Punch Man, the Playstation 5 and much more! ― Hey all! Let's check the gaming news and… oh. It seems that Blizzard really stepped in it this time. And it's not pretty. [BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview:https://t.co/3AgQA...
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This Week in Games - Requiem for Alphadream

The developer behind Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga shutters for good, and Heidi runs an In Memoriam reel for them - plus big Pokemon news and much more! ― Hey everyone! Did you know you can finally, finally play with friends in Super Mario Maker 2 now? No more struggling to achieve any sort of victory against obnoxious randos, hooray! There are some new features for local play, too, so if you were so...
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This Week in Games - Strange Romance

In the wake of the Kentucky Fried Chicken promotional visual novel, Heidi shakes it off and explores the wonderful world of VNs, along with the rest of this week's news! ― Hey folks! Well, TGS is over, and that means… we're into that slow news period where everyone's too busy getting all their hot holiday-season releases out to really make any big announcements. At least we've got a release date for ...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Game Show EXPLODES!

Tokyo Game Show came running out of the gate with news on Final Fantasy VII and Sakura Wars - Heidi has all the details! ― Hey everyone! It's time to catch up on the remainder of the craziness that was TGS week. This year's show was pretty good, I thought – I saw quite a few games that I was interested in playing, and there were some surprise announcements that put a big grin on my face. Let's not wa...
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This Week in Games - Forever Dreaming

Guess who's back - both Cloud, Sephiroth, and everyone's favorite classic console, the Sega Dreamcast! Heidi's got the details from Tokyo Game Show - don't miss it. ― Hey folks! Sorry for the slight delay on this column, I had the kind of headache yesterday that made me want to hurl if I looked at a screen for more than a few minutes. Not very fun! It worked out for the best, though, because now I ca...
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This Week in Games - Direct Impact

The latest Nintendo Direct sends Heidi into a tailspin - the shocking return of Deadly Premonition, the Super Nintendo library finally arrives - and much much more! ― We just came off of PAX West and CRX, and immediately Nintendo decides now's the time to drop a twenty-ton direct on all of us! Jeez, give us time to catch our bearings! Anyway, since this column's basically going to be all Nintendo Dir...
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This Week in Games - Starting Over from Zero

The Yakuza franchise is back, and Heidi's got the goods - plus the return of Shovel Knight, and both Aladdin and Simba! Are you ready for it? ― Hey everyone! It's the holiday weekend, and there sure is a lot going on! PAX West is happening this weekend alongside Crunchyroll Expo, meaning there's a lot of news happening for people who care about anime and games. Obviously, most of the game announcemen...
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This Week in Games - Takin' the Piss

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding lights the internet on fire yet again - plus more Pokemon Sword & Shield news and much much more! ― Greetings from Germany! Okay, I'm not actually in Germany right now, but a lot of people are, and I can't resist a dumb meme. Gamescom, Europe's biggest gaming event, is currently underway, and with it has come a plethora of announcements – buyouts, guest appearances, and...
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This Week in Games - Planet Pokemon

Heidi's gonna catch 'em all this week with a small mountain of Pokemon game news. ― I had a feeling there wasn't going to be too much news this week. Right now, Japan's smack-dab in the middle of the Obon holiday period, so there's really not much happening there… though we have a few interesting retro-flavored announcements from overseas publishers, which we'll get to in a sec. For now, let's talk a...
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This Week in Games - Gearing Up Again

Heidi's back from EVO 2019 and has the inside story on what went down, from Tekken 7 to Soul Calibur VI to the return of Guilty Gear! ― Phew! I'm back from EVO 2019 and, despite having done nothing but sit and write for the past couple days, I'm still completely exhausted. Between work stuff and personal stuff and running a side tournament, EVO was one of the most tiring and satisfying experiences I'...
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This Week in Games - The Leaky News Faucet

It's almost time for EVO, which means Heidi has a boatload of fighting game news - Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ and more, plus Sakura Wars! ― Holy crap, EVO's in a few days and I'm still not done packing everything! Crap! I'm running a side tournament on Friday and I'm nervous as hell about my first time being an organizer! Aiieeeee! I still have to get all of my scheduling hammered out! Yi...
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This Week in Games - Just Peachy

In a week this slow for game news, what else is Heidi to do but dive straight in to the fanservicey pinball antics of Senran Kagura: Peach Ball? ― Welcome back to another week in games. Hmmm… I was thinking we'd have some interesting game news out of San Diego Comic Con, but… there really wasn't much of anything announced, was there? We had big names from Kojima Productions, Capcom, Bandai-Namco, Nin...
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This Week in Games - Trying to Look Ahead

Heidi updates us on the latest iteration of the Nintendo Switch - plus EVO news and more. ― I need to be real with you all for a sec. It's really, really hard to write a chipper, semi-snarky game news article considering what just went down at Kyoto Animation. I'm hearing that this could be considered the worst mass murder in postwar Japanese history. Most of us reading have watched and enjoyed at le...
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This Week in Games - Honey, I Shrunk the Switch

Nintendo unveils a brand new Switch that doesn't really Switch anymore - plus new Pokemon, all the news from Anime Expo, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 and a whole lot more! ― It's a brand-new Week in Games! And we've got news! Lots of news! AX gave us a lot of announcements, but the big, big thing everyone's a-Twitter about today comes to us from our friends at Nintendo. Let's just jump right into it! ...
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This Week in Games - Mineral Megamix Girls

It's a big summer holiday weekend, but Heidi's still got time to round up this week's game news! The return of Harvest Moon, Langrisser, River City Girls, Hatsune Miku and much more! ― Happy 4th of July/start of Anime Expo, everyone! It's time for good ol’ American fun: barbecue, picnics, and fireworks! Unless you've outside of the USA, in which case, uh… Happy Thursday, woooo! So who here is playing...
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This Week in Games - Too Much to Play

It's a sleepy week for game news, but Heidi's still got the goods on One Punch Man's arrival on consoles, Tifa Lockheart in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Sakura Wars news and much much more! ― Hey all, it's another TWIG kinda day. I'm not gonna lie: it's been another pretty damn slow news week, so I'm not exactly swimming in material to talk about. There are plenty of noteworthy new releases, however! Judg...
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This Week in Games - Collection of Mana

Heidi picks up the pieces after E3 week with more Disaster Report, Puzzle & Dragons on the Switch, and an in-depth look at Collection of Mana, featuring the long-awaited Seiken Densetsu 3! ― It's the week after E3! You know what that means… it means there's like, no news! At all! Because everyone announced everything the week before! That's a problem, because I've got a column to write… and I haven't...
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This Week in Games - E3 Extravanganza: Press Conference Panic!

It's time once again for E3, so Heidi runs down all the major news from this year's massive press conferences, stretching from Microsoft to Nintendo! If you missed it, it's in here! ― Hey folks! It's E3 time again, and that means bigger, badder, better This Week in Games columns! In this column, I'll be taking a look at the major console manufacturer and publisher press conferences, and the announcem...
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This Week in Games - A Wooloo for You

The Pokepocalypse has begun and the Internet melts down over dogs and sheep. PLUS: Shenmue III delayed again, Grandia on Switch and much more in this pre-E3 TWIG! ― Oh god, E3 is next week, isn't it? The show hasn't even begun, but things are already happening: we've got the yearly Ubisoft leak (Watch Dogs Legions), teaser trailers announcing announcements (Square-Enix's Outriders), and alleged upcom...
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This Week in Games - Death by Sleep

It's time for more Pokemon, Hideo Kojima art and Resident Evil, and Heidi's got the goods! ― Heyyyyyyy! It's another week! In games! Hot damn! So what did you all do over Memorial Day weekend? I know a bunch of folks went to cons like Fanime and Anime North. I opted to stay in town and spend quality time with my significant other. And by “quality time,” I mean “we watched people play games at Combo B...
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This Week in Games - Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle

Heidi takes a deeper look at the latest Attack on Titan game - plus George RR Martin's Dark Souls, shooter news, and much more! ― Sometimes you have a week that's just bursting with big news about big games, and other weeks you have a lot of news that, while interesting, doesn't particularly lend itself well to extended discussion. This week, we've got a lot of the latter: there's cool news and rumor...
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This Week in Games - (Re)Make it So

Cloud and Sephiroth are back - and so is Omega Labyrinth, and Super Mario Maker! Catch up on this week's news and next week's big releases. ― Usually I expect Nintendo to be the ones who immediately outdate my news column, as they're prone to dropping Directs at the worst possible times. But last week, it was actually Sony who made internet nerddom erupt in a flurry of excited squealing and hot takes...
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This Week in Games - Pure Platinum

Detective Pikachu is nigh, but before Heidi gets to that, we've got the return of Platinum Games, Tekken news and much more! ― Man, so much of this week's gaming news is a downer. There's the Riot Games walkout to protest the company's awful policies on reporting harassment in the workplace, there's the allegations of human refuse pile Randy Pitchford stiffing money and getting physically abusive wit...
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This Week in Games - Gotta Nope Fast

The internet loses its mind over the Sonic the Hedgehog movie again, plus all of this week's big news! ― Welcome back to This Week in Games, and – let's be real here, you're all reading this because you know we're going to talk a lot about that. Yes, it was looking like an unfathomably slow news week, and then Paramount decided to drop a huge steaming turd upon the internet for everyone to gape in ho...
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This Week in Games - Revenge of the Phantom Thieves

Persona 5 comes back in a big way with a seriously improved rerelease AND a musou game for the Switch! PLUS: ― Hey there, game folks! I made it back safely from Sakura-con, and I had a lovely time! Thanks to everyone who came out to the panel, or just dropped by to say hi! As most folks who go to conventions know, there's an odd phenomena where you're so engaged with what's going on that weekend that...
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This Week in Games - Home Arcade Hell

Persona 5's Joker gets Smashed, Capcom's alarming home arcade system, the future of home consoles and this week's big releases! ― Know what I love writing about? Bad ideas and trainwrecks! And boooooy howdy, do we have a spectacularly hot mess to talk about this week… along with other interesting news. But first, a few things! For starters, I'm going to be at Seattle's Sakura-Con this weekend helping...
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This Week in Games - Royale Rumbles

Sega's Judgement gets recast, a few familiar faces bail on Square-Enix, and in the wake of Tetris 99, Heidi imagines other classic franchises reborn as battle royales! ― Hey everyone. How's it going? Playing anything good? Me, I'm prepping for Sakura-Con next week while putting up with miserable Portland weather and the headaches (figurative and literal) that accompany it. It's a slow news week, so t...
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This Week in Games - No Foolin'

It's a smorgasbord of resurrections! Sakura Wars rises from the grave, along with the miraculous return of R-Type and the original Sega Genesis. PLUS: Samurai Showdown, a Dragon Quest movie and much more! ― Ah, it's that time of year again when we engage with copious yuks and tomfoolery upon the internet from our favorite Brands™! Increasingly, it seems like April Fools Day is when companies toss out...
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This Week in Games - Persona Royal with Cheese

Persona 5 gets the royal treatment while Google announces an enormous and potentially scary new platform - plus fighting game news, Senran Kagura and much more! ― I thought I was going to have an easy week by foisting last week's column onto Todd while I was at GDC. My dastardly plot to mesmerize you all with alt tags on images and stories about forgotten Dream Factory games while also reporting the ...
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This Week in Games - Totaled Recalls

Todd hosts this week and gets to talk about the latest Valkyrie Profile game! Plus a new Zelda, some old Konami classics, Sega memories, and the surprise return of Blaster Master! ― Hello, and welcome to another edition of Todd Guest Hosts His Old Column. This week's edition comes on the heels of Sega halting sales of Judgment, a spin-off of the popular Yakuza series, due to Japan's bizarrely draconi...
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This Week in Games - Just Say No

A Japanese actor's drug arrest yanks a Yakuza spinoff off the market while NIS America announces a ton of new stuff, and hey, Vanillaware is back with more fantasy - plus much more! ― Life comes at you fast sometimes. You might be mentally preparing a fun featurette for your weekly column since it's looking like it'll be a slow news week, when suddenly, BAM! A celebrity involved with a highly anticip...
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This Week in Games - Sega-palooza

The internet explodes once more over Sonic the Hedgehog, plus an interview all about the wild new mobile game from Jet Set Radio's Masayoshi Kikuchi and Castlevania's Koji Igarashi! ― Hey everyone! What have you all been playing recently? I'm going through Death End Re;Quest, but I'm finding myself distracted by… Final Fantasy VI. But not the Final Fantasy VI everyone knows and loves – this is Final ...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Sword and Shield

Heidi explores Nintendo's avalanche of news items this week, from Reggie's departure to Detective Pikachu to a new generation of Pokemon! ― This has certainly been an interesting week! I feel like diving right into all of the big news that's landed, so let's go! SO LONG, REGGIE Nintendo has a habit of dropping big news almost immediately after this column gets set to publish. Just a few hours after l...
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This Week in Games - Reanimated

Nintendo might be resurrecting a long-dead game - plus some fighting game news straight out of EVO Japan, Steins;Gate and more! ― Why, hello again! I'm back from Europe, I'm still kinda tired, and I missed a lot of gaming news that happened last week when it happened. No, I'm not going back on Twitter to catch up on The Discourse, because that never ends well. ANYWAY. This week brings us no big bombs...
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This Week in Games - Parting Ways

It's a slow week for game news, but that can't stop Heidi from giving us the full update on PlatinumGames, Final Fantasy XIV, Etrian Odyssey, Senran Kagura and much more! ― Huh, I wonder what's going on in the great kingdom of nerdery toda- *opens twitter, sees unending trashfire* Yeah, this is gonna be one of those weeks. WHAT IN THE FRESH HELL IS UP WITH PLATINUMGAMES AND CYGAMES? It feels like few...
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This Week in Games - Kingdom Hearts III

Metroid Prime 4 is starting over from scratch and there are more Dragon Ball games coming, but most importantly, Callum May has been reunited with his pals Sora, Donald and Goofy and he's here to tell you all about it. ― Whoa nelly, is it ever a monumental week! Yes, I know that a huge chunk of North America is currently experiencing weather where you turn into a popsicle the moment you step outdoors...
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This Week in Games - Biohazard Battle

Heidi breaks down the week, from a Trails of Cold Steel III controversy to the Street Fighter League's bizarre decisions, plus the return of Leon Kennedy and pals in Resident Evil 2! ― Hi! It's another week… in games. I've been busy trying to impress visiting relatives, but when I'm not engaged in familial obligations, I've been poking away at Travis Strikes Again on Switch, which is… definitely inte...
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This Week in Games - Unfinished Business

Heidi takes a slow week in stride with Star Wars, Destiny, a new Dragon Ball game, No More Heroes and much more! ― Well, howdy everyone! Hope you're having an okay week. I'm currently running on far less sleep than usual because I tend to work (read: game) pretty late into the night, and for the past three days, my apartment has been having new roofing installed. Always fun waking up at 9 A.M. to THU...
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This Week in Games - Demo Mode

Heidi's back from MAGFest with a pile of news about Dead or Alive 6, Resident Evil 2, the latest from Vanillaware, Epic vs. Steam and much more! ― Hey everyone! I just flew back all the way from the East Coast from MAGfest, and boy, are my arms… legs…. back… uh, well, everything tired. I had a great time, though, and I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our panels or said hi. Meanwhile… how abo...
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This Week in Games - The Return of Persona 5

The smash hit JRPG gets an upgrade with more news on the way in this bite-sized weekly update! ― Hey all! Gonna be a bit of a short one this week, as I'm in the midst of preparing for MAGfest, which starts… today! Eep! Well, fortunately, it's a week of newsbits and a few big stories. Right now, Japan is in the midst of a New Year's celebratory period, and while that means a lot of things are closed a...
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This Week in Games - Onward to 2019

Heidi predicts a few things for the year in video games 2019 - plus this week's big news, fighting game updates and much more! ― What all did you guys do for Christmas? Me, I watched awful things with my significant other, including the MST3K riffing of Santa Claus, a bit of the old DiC early 80s Japan/America live-action coproduction Photon (with mechanical designs by Shinji Aramaki!), and – to top ...
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This Week in Games - Granblue Goodness

Granblue Fantasy explores uncharted territory with some big new announcements, plus the EVO Japan 2019 roster and a new Jojo's Bizarre Adventure arcade battle royale! ― Hey everyone! I'm back from my surgery and I'm feeling… well, maybe not one hundred percent yet, but better. Thanks for all the well-wishes, and thanks to Todd for filling in for me last week. As we draw ever-closer to Christmas and N...
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This Week in Games - Retrogame Roundups Rated

Todd guest-hosts and roots through this year's retro-game compilations! Plus Panzer Dragoon, Doraemon, and Smash Bros. speculation! ― Well, here I am, guest-hosting again and just in time for the holidays. Winter and Christmas are upon us, and that's relevant because this the only season with which I associate certain games. I'll go through spring, summer, and fall without much thought, but when wint...
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This Week in Games - Winter Shooting Wonderland

The exciting future of SNK is revealed, Ancient unveils two new games, and Heidi straps in for a look at some of this winter's new arcade shooters, starting with M2 and Cave's Ketsui: Kizuna Jigokutachi ~Deathtiny~. ― Hey everyone! It's getting colder, the holidays are getting closer, and we're still enjoying an extremely fruitful time for games. Everything is just so good right now! Just as a heads-...
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This Week in Games - Sony's Not-So-Pleasant Surprises

It's a sizzling week for news as Sony bounces out of E3 and drops a hot steaming Playstation Classic on the world - plus Super Robot Wars, Smash Bros. leaks, fighting game news and a whole lot more! ― Hey all! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Last week, Zac basically came up to me, pat me on the shoulder, and said “You've been working hard, Heidi, take the week off and enjoy Thanksgiving!” Which I d...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Fever!

It's a big week for everyone's favorite pocket monsters as both Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! hit shelves and the trailer for Detective Pikachu lit the internet aflame. PLUS: this week's new releases and more! ― Hi again, everyone! I'm back at home and comfortably setting back into my normal routine. I also played through Deltarune part 1 last night. That game was very, very fun an...
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This Week in Games - The End of Final Fantasy XV

It's an unceremonious end for Noctis and the boys as Square-Enix uses the 2nd anniversary of Final Fantasy XV to basically put the whole thing to bed. PLUS: Dragon Ball Fighterz is out of Dreamhack, this week's new releases and more! ― Hey again all! I'm on my way back from Japan as I write this. The doujin event was great, and it was an amazing experience overall. I have a whole lot to write about i...
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This Week in Games - The Last Remaining Secrets of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Heidi's in Japan, but she still has all the details from the latest Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct - along with this week's news, including Nier Automata's 2B in Soul Calibur and much more! ― Hey again, folks! It's another This Week In Games, comin’ atcha straight from Japan! ...Wait, I'm in Japan again? Yes I am, though it's a rather short trip with only one major event for me. But it's still something...
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This Week in Games - The Uncomfortable Crunch

Heidi considers the long shadow of terrible crunch looming over this week's inescapable Rockstar release - plus Smash Bros. rumors, Yakuza 4 news, and Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori stops by for a little more Q&A! ― Hey folks! It's another beautiful week of games for everyone! It's a bit of a slow news week as hype for Red Dead Redemption 2 reaches a fever pitch. I'm still plugging away at m...
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This Week in Games - SoulCalibur VI

Welcome back to the stage of history! It's been six years since the last Soul Calibur game - does the new one hold up? PLUS: all of this week's big news and new releases! ― The thing about writing a weekly column is that you can plan a bunch of stuff to write about far in advance… only to have all of your planning get completely scuttled by news that drops. I mean, I was going to publish my follow-up...
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This Week in Games - Flipping the Switch

There might be a new version of the Nintendo Switch coming sooner than we think - plus: Sword Art Online Arcade, the resurrection of Suikoden, Soul Calibur VI character news and much more! ― Hello again, readers! I'm back from my brief hiatus to once again deliver my fresh takes on the gaming news that's been cooking over the last week. The reason I didn't handle last week's column was that I was att...
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This Week in Games: Paradise Tossed

Todd guest-hosts this week, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise has him thinking about other anime that could use the Yakuza treatment. Plus Last Labyrinth, Mega Man, and more Bowsette! ― Yes, it's me again! Heidi's off this week, so Anime News Network turned on the Todd Signal and tilted it to the sky. Instead of a Batman logo, it showed the words TALK ABOUT GRAVITY RUSH. And I came running. I...
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This Week in Games - Bowsette Bows In

Lady Bowser has stolen the Internet's heart - could Nintendo make her part of the official canon? Heidi explores the angles. PLUS: the sad tale of TellTale, fighting game news and much more! ― Heya folks! TGS sure was a fun time, huh? Rather than spent too much time chattering on about it, I think I'll just point you over to the TGS coverage that Kim Morrisy has been doing for us. It doesn't make muc...
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This Week in Games: A Tiny Little Playstation

Heidi steels herself for Senran Kagura on Switch, Yu-Gi-Oh showing up in Jump Force, the resurrection of Resonance of Fate, a tiny little Playstation with 20 games from your 90s childhood, and much more! ― Hey hey folks, it's Tokyo Game Show week! Yeehaw! I wanted to supplement this week's column with a mini-review of Senran Kagura Reflexions on Switch, but, uh, I'm not sure it even really deserves t...
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This Week in Games - Judgment Day

An avalanche of news has come in before Tokyo Game Show, not the least of which was today's Nintendo Direct, which brought with it Luigi's Mansion, Katamari Damacy, NES controllers for the Switch and yes, new Animal Crossing! ― So you know how 90% of the coolest E3 announcements happen in the days and weeks before E3? Well, right now, it feels like the same thing is happening with next week's Tokyo G...
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This Week in Games - Delays All Around

Today's Nintendo Direct was delayed, but Heidi has the rest of this week's biggest news, including Square-Enix and Tencent, new characters for Soul Calibur and Tekken 7, the return of Umihara Kawase and a whole bunch more! ― Sometimes you get a wrench thrown in your plans not once, but twice. See, this week I'd planned to delay the column a bit, because Nintendo announced a Nintendo Direct that would...
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Interview: Dead or Alive 6 director Yohei Shimbori

There are a whole lot of big changes coming to the venerable Dead or Alive fighting game franchise in the upcoming sixth installment! Game director Yohei Shimbori gets into all the fun details. ― 2018 has seen a wave of new fighting game announcements, many of which are new installments in long-running, beloved series. One such game is Dead or Alive 6, the latest in the long-running 3D fighting game ...
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This Week in Games - The Resurrection of Onimusha

Heidi wraps up a big week in gaming news with everything from the Onimusha HD remaster to Streets of Rage 4! PLUS: Langrisser updates, more fighting game news, ― It's been an interesting week, that's for sure! We've seen a steady flow of interesting news tidbits and surprise announcements… and that's all before CRX and PAX West hit this weekend! So let's not waste too much time – we've got a lot to t...
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This Week in Games - All The News From Gamescom

It's a mountain of enormous gaming news! Bloodstained 2 is delayed, Devil May Cry 5 has a release date, Grandia is back and much more! PLUS: learn the wild, anime-laden history of Super Real Mahjong! ― Gamescom is happening as we speak in fabulous Cologne, Germany. It's the biggest public gaming show in the world, and there's plenty of interesting news flowing out of Deutschland as we speak. There's ...
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This Week in Games - What's up with Sekai Project?

There's some unsettling news coming out of visual novel publisher Sekai Project right now - Heidi files some editorial commentary on what we might expect. PLUS: Zelda-flavored Diablo on Switch, Fist of the North Star and more! ― Hey, you know what makes any day more exciting? A whole lot of exploding Fist of the North Star heads. Thanks, Sega! Now that we've had our dose of Kenshiro, let's move on to...
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This Week in Games - EVO Extravaganza

Heidi returns from the biggest fighting game championship in the world with an enormous mountain of fighting game news and updates! Smash Bros, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI and much more! ― Well, EVO was sure a big ol’ thing, wasn't it? There's a lot that can be said about the EVO Grand Finals, but I think I can sum it up succinctly by pointing out that the real winner of EVO was Norio Wakamoto and all ...
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This Week in Games - Crossing Over

It's a smashing week of game news as Taiko Drum Master finally returns to the West, Earth Defense Force revives once more and Yakuza 0 hits the PC. Get caught up on this week's big gaming news, all in one place! ― It's EVO week! It's EVO week! And I still have to pack for my trip to Vegas! Crap! Forgive me if this week's column seems a bit shorter than usual, since I'm writing this on the day before ...
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This Week in Games: Classic Compilations

The Megaman X Legacy Collections inspire Heidi to dream about the classic game compilations that could one day come our way, from Bubble Bobble to Castlevania. PLUS: more fighting game news, Phantasy Star returns (sorta) and much more! ― It sure is summer, alright. I'm going to Las Vegas late next week for EVO, but it feels like I'm already there, as it's been in the high 90s all week. A lot of apart...
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This Week in Games - In Memoriam: Hiroshi Kajiyama

Heidi memorializes the distinct and uniquely evocative designs of Hiroshi Kajiyama, illustrator for Shining Force, Dragon Quest and more. PLUS: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Sonic Mania Plus, Granblue Fantasy and much more! ― I hate to start this week's column out on a downer note, but I feel like I need to make the most of an opportunity to eulogize a creator I really admired who suddenly passed on this wee...
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This Week in Games - Anime Expo Extravaganza

For Japanese game enthusiasts, Anime Expo 2018 served as an afterparty for this year's E3, overflowing with new games from Japan! Heidi goes through everything at the show, from Tokyo Ghoul to Kill la Kill to Soul Calibur VI! ― For niche Japanese game loving folks like me, Anime Expo may as well be the E3 afterparty: there's just as many announcements from AX that I'm super-excited for than there was...
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This Week in Games - Summer Holiday Chill

Heidi makes do with a slow July 4th week for gaming, knowing big things are right around the corner. Bleach characters head to Jump Force, the return of Taito, and more! ― Hey all! It's the 4th of July week, there's jack squat for new releases, and most of the big gaming announcements this week are going to come from publishers at Anime Expo. I've gotten wind of a few of these announcements, but sinc...
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This Week in Games - Denials of (fan)Service

Heidi investigates the strange case of Omega Labyrinth Z, a racy anime RPG once approved by Sony for release - and then suddenly yanked. PLUS: PUBG vs. Fortnite, Fighting Exlayer and this week's biggest gaming news and new releases! ― Hey folks! It's another relatively quiet week in terms of game news, so I'll take this opportunity to do my civic duty and remind you all that annual speedrunning marat...
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This Week in Games - Kill la Kill on Consoles and Super Smash Bros. Speculation

Trigger's Kill la Kill is going to be a videogame! Heidi has all the details, for better and worse. PLUS: Street Fighter V lootboxes, Mario Tennis and wild speculation about who will be in the next Smash! ― Well, it's that post-E3 lull time. There are a couple of new releases and a smattering of news bits, but it's kind of a recovery period for players and media folks alike. That doesn't mean that no...
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This Week in Games - E3 Part 2: Game Announcements Ahoy!

This special sunday edition of This Week in Games collects E3's most exciting game announcements, plus the rest of this week's gaming news. If you feel like you missed anything at E3, catch up here! ― And we're back with the second part of our E3 news extravaganza! Except that, as I write this, the internet is losing its mind over something totally unrelated to E3: a tease by Studio Trigger that it's...
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This Week in Games: E3 Press Conference Roundup

Heidi has all the best and most exciting trailers from this year's E3 press conferences, from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Devil May Cry 5 and - of course - plenty of Kingdom Hearts III! Check it out all in one place. ― Hello, folks! Welcome to part one of a special two-part This Week in Games focusing on E3. For the first time in 15 years, I'm not actually at E3… but I've been glued to Twitch and T...
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This Week in Games - The Unseen World of Pokemon

Heidi counts down the final moments before this year's E3 with the thrilling reveal of history's unseen Pokemon. Plus: Tales of Vesperia might be coming back, Tetris Effect, fighting game news and much more! ― We're getting close, folks. E3 is just around the corner. In fact, the official E3 Twitter account thinks it's already here. Can you feel the excitement in the air? Are you eagerly anticipating...
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This Week in Games: Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu!

It's a huge week for game news - including Pokemon finally coming to your Switch, in a whole bunch of exciting ways. PLUS: Fallout 76, Heidi's review of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and much much more! ― You can tell we're close to E3 season because the pre-announcement announcements are already coming in strong. I don't really understand why people watched hours upon hours of a dul...
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This Week in Games - Steam Giveth and Steam Taketh Away

Steam unceremoniously yanked a bunch of sexy anime games, and the community exploded. PLUS: Kingdom Hearts III, a whole lotta Yakuza and much more! ― Hey folks! I'm back after taking a week off. I'm fresh and ready to write about all the hot gaming news going on. Nothing on the Internet blew up in a huge cloud of controversy while I was away, did it? … Oh, goddammit. THE WHOLE HORNY GAMES ON STEAM DE...
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This Week in Games - Crossed-Over and Painless

Todd guest-hosts this week with a look at the history of crazy (and crazy obscure) video-game crossovers! Plus Bloodstained goes retro, Guilty Gear returns, and a Famicom full of Shonen Jump! ― Hey, remember me? I used to write this column back when it was called The X Button, when Nintendo's big system was the chronically underfed Wii U, and when all of this was just trees. I'm filling in for Heidi ...
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This Week in Games - A New Robotech Game?!

Inexplicably, there's a new retro-style Robotech game coming - Heidi has the details. PLUS: Smash Bros. at E3, classic Nintendo games on Switch and much more! ― Hello again, folks! What have you been playing lately? I'm still working my way through Super Robot Wars X. Here I was thinking I might be done with it by now… well, that illusion was dispelled fast. It's another week that's a bit sparse on n...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo's Monkey Business

It might be kind of a slow week for games news, but there's some brand-new Nintendo news and releases, plus Soul Calibur VI, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Robot Wars and much more! ― Hey all! Hope you're enjoying May so far. It's been another slow-ish week, which is good, because I've been busy with a bunch of personal stuff. I've also been playing some Super Robot Wars X, so look forward to a review o...
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This Week in Games: World of Demons

DeNA producer Andrew Szymanski spills the details on Platinum's upcoming mobile action game World of Demons. PLUS: Guilty Gear and Dragon Ball FighterZ news and a whole mountain of new releases! ― Hey all! This week, I want to write a bunch about a mobile game that looks super cool and promising… but before that, let's take a moment to fully grasp the harsh reality of the free-to-play, games-as-a-ser...
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This Week in Games: Kirby Star Allies

Amidst an absolutely punishing amount of Sega news, Heidi finds time to finally catch up with Kirby's latest adventure. The verdict, plus all of this week's explosive game news! ― Here I was thinking this was going to be another pretty lazy week for gaming news. Then everything happened. Where do we even start? Well, let's look at a company near and dear to my heart: SEGA ANNOUNCES SO, SO MUCH This w...
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This Week in Games - VR Kanojo

Virtual reality girlfriends finally arrive on Steam thanks to Illusion - what does it mean for the industry? PLUS: Blazblue, Witcher Nendoroids, Yo-Kai Watch and so much more! ― Stop the presses, everyone – as I write this, the most important gaming-related announcement of this week has just been unveiled. I'm talking, of course, about the Geralt of Rivia Nendoroid. If there's any collectible company...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Quest XI

The latest expansive installment in the Dragon Quest series is finally getting an English release! Everything we know, plus Kirito and Asuna on your phone, next week's big releases and much more! ― Happy Easter weekend/spring break, everyone! After a deluge of news and work from GDC week, it's nice to enter a relatively calm period of releases and announcements. I'm keeping busy on my end, however: I...
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This Week in Games GDC Edition: Spike Chunsoft Powers Up

It's a mountain of news and exciting new games from GDC, including the localization of Steins;Gate Elite, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Geralt in Soul Calibur VI and so much more! ― Oh jeez, this week has been exhausting. I've got a whole mess of news to report and and some interesting new releases to discuss, but I've actually spent most of this week running around Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I ...
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This Week in Games: Apply Nintendo Directly to the Forehead

It's a bursting pipe of Nintendo news, plus Dark Souls Amiibo, Broly arrives in Dragon Ball Fighterz, plus an interview with Viz Media's Eric Eberhardt on their indie games publishing initiative! ― Sorry folks, no time for a witty intro sequence, we got a whole bucketful of news to get to from Nintendo Direct! Oh BABY. Let's start with the big stuff first: SMASH BROS IS HEADED TO SWITCH Well, what do...

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