Five Japanese promo videos for Detective Pikachu now available

More time with the good detective

It has been a huge week for Detective Pikachu info. We've gotten a lot of behind-the-scenes details, various interviews with the production team, comments from the actors, and even new stills from the film itself. Now we have 5 Japanese-specific promo videos for the film as well!

Fairune Collection - unboxing

A fair deal

Fairune Collection contains 4 titles; Fairune 1, Fairune 2, Fairune Origin and Fairune Blast. The Super Rare edition will include a 20 page full colour manual, interior artwork, exclusive sticker, as well as three trading cards randomly selected from the five-card set.

Konami 50th Anniversary Arcade Classics, Castlevania, and Contra Collections announced for Switch

The history of Konami in multiple collections

Dive back into the action!

In celebration with the 50th anniversary since Konami was founded, this Anniversary Collection series highlights many of the iconic arcade games and classic console titles that have been loved by fans throughout the years, and are made available on many of the latest platforms. From the shooters to action, these collections are packed with beloved titles that are simple to play and yet addicting to the core.

Konami welcomes everyone, from those who were glued to their CRT TVs or the arcade machines back in the day to first-time players, to enjoy a part of our history. All collections will be digital-exclusive and can be downloaded from the various online stores. We give our utmost gratitude to each and every fan from all over the world for playing our games throughout the years!

Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics – April 18 for $19.99 (digital-only)

It all began here…

Konami starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics!

This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. Experience these Konami classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features.

Game List

Haunted Castle (1998)
Typhoon (A-JAX) (1987)
Nemesis (Gradius) (1985)
Vulcan Venture (Gradius II) (1988)
Life Force (Salamander) (1986)
Thunder Cross (1988)
Scramble (1981)
TwinBee (1985, Japan-exclusive)

Bonus Book – Also includes a bonus eBook packed with new information about the titles, including interviews with the development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public!

Game Showcase & Design Documents – Numerous hand-drawn sketches and concept design sheets.

Special Selection of Musical Scores – Hand-written scores of several original game music.

Development Team Interview – Discover behind-the-scenes stories from designer and programmer.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

Classics that defined the Castlevania series.

The first Konami Castlevania Collection is designed to be a completed collection around the origins of the historic franchise.

Included is a unique eBook that has details provided by developers, artists and other inspired by the Castlevania legacy.

Released as part of the Konami 50th Anniversary celebration, now the best time to relive these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre.

Game List

Castlevania (1987, NES)
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES)
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991, Game Boy)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES, 1991)
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Contra Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

The originator of the run-and-gun genre.

The Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of gamers.

Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your gamer reaction skills to the test.

Alone or with a friend, Contra provides hours of nail biting action. In a pinch; make sure you know the code!

Game List

Contra (1987, Arcade)
Super Contra (1988, Arcade)
Super C (1990, NES)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992, SNES)
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Bonus Book – Coming Soon

Oh man, these seem like they could be some really fun collections. I can't wait to see what other games are hiding in these collections!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Mortal Kombat 11 'Kombat Kast' set for March 20th, 2019

Who will be revealed?

Sure, there might be a Nindies Showcase tomorrow, but it's not the only streaming event to look forward to. NetherRealm is going to host another Kombat Kast for Mortal Kombat 11, and it takes place at 4 PM EDT. While we don't know what's going to be shown, it's likely that we'll get confirmation of another character or two.

We. The Revolution doesn't require you to play its familial portion

Is family worth fighting for?

Many might believe that We. The Revolution is all about the decisions that take place in the courts, and the public backlash that follows. While that's certainly true, Polyslash decided to add in some familial aspects to the gameplay as well. The thing is, if the player doesn't feel like taking on that part of the journey, they don't have to. Familial content is completely optional, but the Polyslash team feels taking on those elements might give you a completely different outlook on the whole experience.

Perhaps some players will think that it would be easier to play without it, that it would be easier to exist in the story’s world? And that’s one more layer of interpretation of our game – if you dedicate your life to fighting for power, sooner or later you will see that the most precious thing you have has turned in your mind into a burden that stands between you and your goal. The challenge, then, doesn’t come from “getting a high score,” but from keeping a balance.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Spring Snacks' Spirit Board event announced

Lookin' like a SNACK

Time to get ready for the next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event! The 'Spring Snacks' event is set to go live on Friday, March 22nd, 2019, which has you going up against snack-related Spirits. Taking them out will net you a snack (L), and triple the Spirit Points.

Nintendo releases four more Switch commercials in Japan

Switch how you want

Nintendo loves their lifestyle spots. They've been putting them together for years now, and they've just released 4 more for the Switch. I think the Switch really plays well with these kinds of commercials, as they give you a great look at the versatility of the platform.

Fan-made Mario and Donkey Kong display created for Fallas Week

Fallas Week an event held in the city of Valencia. For the event, locals come together to build displays of prominent and historical figures. The displays are then given awards by a committee, and then the festivities end when everyone gathers to burn all their creations to the ground. No, that's not a joke!

I'm just showing a very small snippet of the Mario-related display, as this one in particular is super political. If you're okay with strong political opinions any any/all sides, you can click over and check out the full piece here.

Fan shares an updated look at the final build of his Nintendo Labo pop-up paper piano

Paper piano 2.0

We featured this fan-made Nintendo Labo pop-up paper piano a couple weeks back, but its creator has since put together the final version of his build. It's even more impressive than the first design, and sports all these great features!

• Fully functional keyboard
• Pop-up Switch stand
• Waveform scanner
• Waveform selector
• Effect key scanner
• Effect keys holder
• A two-way tremolo switch
• Paper spring push buttons
• Reset bar (keyboard lifter)
• Piano lid drop

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition heading to Switch, playable demo at PAX East 2019

Open the gates!

There were rumblings of Baldur's Gate coming to Switch awhile ago, but now it's official. Beamdog has announced the news on their official Blog.

Beamdog is heading to PAX East! We’ll be in Boston from March 28 - 31. Come meet us at the Skybound Games booth, where Trent Oster, Luke Rideout, Alfonso Munoz, and Sarah Dawson will be showing a playable demo of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for PS4 and Switch so you can try it hands-on. The playable demo of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for PS4 and Switch at the Skybound Games booth will feature the voice and portrait of Evelyn from the Dice, Camera, Action! pack for the first time.

There's no release date for the project at this time, but here are some details on what the Enhanced Edition will offer.

Forced to leave your home under mysterious circumstances, you find yourself drawn into a conflict that has the Sword Coast on the brink of war. Soon you discover there are other forces at work, far more sinister than you could ever imagine...

Since its original release in 1998, Baldur’s Gate has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons computer roleplaying games. Customize your hero, recruit a party of brave allies, and explore the Sword Coast in your search for adventure, profit… and the truth.

Running on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, and all-new content including three new party members.

Key Features

The original Baldur’s Gate adventure
Tales of the Sword Coast expansion
New Adventure: The Black Pits
New Characters: The Blackguard Dorn Il-Khan, Neera the Wild Mage, and Rasaad yn Bashir the Monk
New player character voice sets
Native support for high-resolution widescreen displays
Over 400 improvements to the original game
Improved multiplayer support with connectivity between all platforms