Dark fantasy Metroidvania "3000th Duel" seeing release on Switch

What happened with the other 2,999 duels?

Seongnam, Republic of Korea –December 4, 2019– Independent games studio NEOPOPCORN Corp will be releasing the full version of the dark fantasy metroidvania 3000th Duel on Steam on December 12.

3000th Duel is an obscure exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG containing 150+ monsters and gigantic final bosses in a universe with more than 300 organically connected biomes.

“ 3000th Duel is addressed to metroidvania lovers and fans of dark fantasy movie classics such as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”, says says Kiuk Kim, CEO at Neopopcorn Corp.

The final version of 3000th Duel will include a full story starred by a mysterious masked hero, and improvements such as a better level design and a more balanced gameplay based on the feedback given by gamers.


Lead a masked hero with no memory, and discover something terrifying about his true identity.
Explore a huge world with more than 300 organically connected biomes.
Encounter 150+ monsters and final bosses.
Use blade-based, sword-based and lance-based attacks.
Collect Occults spread all over the map to use the Forbidden Magic.
Build each player's main character into one's prefered battle type.

SEGA Releases Special Holiday Webshort Featuring Sonic and Chao

Chaos in space!

Attention, Sonic fans! Get ready for an interstellar journey of supersonic proportions. Today, SEGA is bringing the Chao together for the holidays in a special animated short from the award-winning team behind the fan-favorite web series Sonic Mania Adventures and Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive. The brand new short titled, “Chao in Space” follows Sonic as he returns to the iconic locale, Chao Gardens, where he encounters a sleepwalking Chao and bravely embarks on an epic interstellar battle. Sonic fans will recognize the Chao Garden from Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 as well as a variety of other iconic Sonic games.

Orangeblood gets a new trailer

Orange you glad we shared it?

Orangeblood's PC release date was confirmed today, which was celebrated with a new trailer for the game as well. Those looking to enjoy the game on Switch will have to wait to an unspecified release date in Q2 2020, but at least we can enjoy the new trailer until then! For a refresher on Orangeblood, check out the blurb below.

Publisher PLAYISM and developer Grayfax Software invite gangstas to an alternate history of late 20th century Japan where criminal syndicates rule the man-made island of New Koza. Guide Vanilla, a prisoner of a gang war offered her freedom in exchange for completing a top-secret mission shrouded in mystery. Vanilla will build a crew of tenacious-yet-cute companions to help earn her liberty, and mayhem as well as sweet loot drops ensue.

Tag-Team Racer GENSOU Skydrift Crosses Finish Line on Switch

A bewitching release

TOKYO – Dec. 12, 2019 – Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) publishing label UNTIES and the team at illuCalab, including a former Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8DX developer, drop the spell-slinging tag-team racer Gensou SkyDrift onto Nintendo Switch and Steam for Windows PC today. A PlayStation 4 version will race to the finish line in Q1 2020.

Choose two of 20 characters, each with her own drive handling stats and power ups, to ride on each other’s backs as driver and vehicle. Swap between them on the fly to glide through the twists and turns of the tracks and wield the right spell at the perfect moment to lap the competition.

Each character’s exclusive deck of spell cards is packed with abilities based on her traditional Touhou Project traits. Zip through hoops on the track to boost speed and gain mana. Drawing spell cards at full mana pulls more powerful spells capable of slowing down opponents' speed, shooting around corners to hit dodging rivals, or jumping into the air on the back of the wind to avoid obstacles.

Navigate more than 15 tracks, each featuring a stunning view of Gensokyo, including paths filled with cherry blossom trees and a nighttime course with beautiful views of the realm’s skyline. Be the first to cross the finish line against computer-controlled opponents in Story or Time Attack modes, or face up to seven other teams online or locally in Versus mode.

“GENSOU Skydrift brings rare depth to the genre because players can take advantage of the huge range of possible character pairings,” said John Davis, G&R Representative, UNTIES. “With dozens of combos, there’s a playstyle for everyone from casual to hardcore, and the best players will hone down favorite combos for each and every track.”

GENSOU Skydrift is a fan-made entry in the Guiness World Record holding Touhou project, available today on Steam for Windows PC and Nintendo Switch for the regular price of $23.99 USD/€ 21.99. A 20% launch discount will be available across all Nintendo eShop regions until Dec. 31; Steam’s sale runs through Dec. 19. It supports English, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

Deadly Premonition Origins Launches for Switch

I had a feeling this was coming...

Torrance, Calif.—December 12, 2019—Aksys Games announced today that Deadly Premonition Origins for the Nintendo Switch™ is now available at retail in North America in both a Collector’s Edition and a Standard Edition. Deadly Premonition Origins lets long-time fans and newcomers alike play the original cult classic survival-horror game ‘Deadly Premonition’ on the Nintendo Switch for the first time.

The Collector's Edition includes a set of six large metal pin badges in a premium case. Customers who order directly from the Aksys Games Online Store will also receive an exclusive 13" x 15.5" printed copy of the Greenvale Map while supplies last. Both Editions include two postcards of original artwork from Hidetaka “Swery 65” Suehiro's concept notebook.

Directed by video game industry legend SWERY65 (‘D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die’, ‘The Good Life’), Deadly Premonition has the player guide FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan around the rural town of Greenvale, Washington as he investigates the identity of the Raincoat Killer. Interact with a roster of eccentric, memorable characters, fight off peculiar paranormal forces, and stare into cups of coffee to solve the case in this legendarily off-the-wall title. Joe DeVader of Nintendo World Report commented, “to put it bluntly, the characters in Deadly Premonition are probably some of the biggest weirdoes in video game history.”

Regularly regarded as an example of ‘games as art,’ Deadly Premonition holds the Guinness World Record for the most critically polarizing survival-horror game, cementing its status as a cult classic for the genre.

Deadly Premonition Origins is available now at retail for $39.99 for the Standard Edition and $49.99 for the Collector’s Edition. The game has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Save up to 50% on select digital titles with the Game Awards 2019 Switch eShop sale

The winner is...you!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Game Awards have arrived! The annual ceremony rewarding innovation and excellence in the video game industry takes place today, and to help everyone celebrate yet another incredible year of games, Nintendo is offering promotions on several critically acclaimed titles and fan favorites. From now until Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT, players can save up to 50% off select Nintendo Switch digital games, including titles that have received top honors throughout the history of The Game Awards.

Fans can visit Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch or https://www.nintendo.com/tga now for promotions on the digital versions of select games nominated for awards at tonight’s ceremony, including Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda, which is nominated for “Best Score/Music,” and GRIS, which is nominated in several categories, including “Games for Impact.” Other games featured in the sale include Octopath Traveler, which was nominated for “Best Role-Playing Game” at The Game Awards 2018; Super Mario Odyssey, which won “Best Family Game” at The Game Awards 2017; Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which won “Best Action Game” at The Game Awards 2017; and DOOM, which won “Best Music/Sound Design” at The Game Awards 2016.

“Nintendo is proud to join The Game Awards today in highlighting the artistry and boundless creativity of the video game industry,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “By offering a wide selection of distinguished games at a great value, we invite players to discover experiences on Nintendo Switch that continue to delight and inspire fans around the world.”

All games included in the sale will be available for purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and directly at https://www.nintendo.com/tga. My Nintendo members will also earn Gold Points on qualifying purchases.*

Visit https://thegameawards.com/watch to tune into The Game Awards, which streams live tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. A large selection of games on Nintendo Switch are nominated for awards at tonight’s show, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is nominated for “Game of the Year.”

Fire Emblem: Three House - full version The Edge of Dawn available on iTunes

A full version of ''The Edge of Dawn'' has been made available on iTunes worldwide. The link above won't work for every country, but if you search the artist Buttercup, you should find it no issue. The Edge of Dawn is available in both variants!

This week's European downloads - December 12 (Shovel Knight, STEINS;GATE, Talos Principle and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

STEINS;GATE 0 (Spike Chunsoft US) - €29.99/£26.99 (€26.99/£24.29 until December 17)
A new story in the critically-acclaimed STEINS;GATE series. From the depths of despair--explore a whole new world line. Your favorite characters return alongside a brand new cast!

STEINS;GATE 0 continues the time travelling theme - but adds artificial intelligence as its central hook. Help a group of young students bend time to their will and prevent the onset of World War 3. Beautiful artwork and engaging story for an unforgettable experience. Tells the story of an 'Alternate Worldline' - what happens if players failed the original story. Interact with the story using your smart phone - answering (or not!) your phone, and your responses, will determine the outcome to the story.

Fishing: Barents Sea Complete Edition (astragon) - €29.99/£25.99
Take the helm of your very own fishing boat in Fishing: Barents Sea and explore the vastness of the Norwegian sea in search for the best fishing zones. Start with the little boat inherited from your grandfather, catch fish and earn money for upgrades as well as bigger and better boats. Enjoy the beautiful Barents Sea and make your fishing industry dreams come true.

Learn how to catch different kinds of fish with various fishing equipment on 12 different ships. Whether it's line or net fishing: Every method is easy to learn, but hard to master – time to show what you are made of!

Riverbond (Cococucumber) - €21.99/£17.99 (€17.59/£14.39 until December 16)
Embark on a heroic journey to complete missions, battle adorable enemies, and smash everything into tiny cubes! Will you and your friends be the legendary heroes of Riverbond?

The Knight has imprisoned the leaders of the Eight Worlds, causing chaos, droughts and disarray! Adventure together to defeat evil and help the charming citizens of Riverbond in this action-packed journey through beautiful, hand-crafted worlds. Unlock a variety of weapons, equip new skins, and activate power-ups to hack and slash your way to glory!

STEINS;GATE: My Darling's Embrace (Spike Chunsoft US) - €29.99/£26.99 (€26.99/£24.29 until December 17)
Fall in love with the lab members all over again in this sweet and slapstick romantic comedy!

Follow Your Heart
Explore the private life of Rintaro and your favorite lab members in a series of "What if?" scenarios.

Love Isn't a Science
The hard science of STEINS;GATE takes a back seat to let the slapstick story run wild!

Phone Trigger System
Interact via Rintaro’s cellphone to answer or ignore calls, and send and receive emails. Your everyday choices in life steer the story!

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition (Devolver Digital) - €29.99/£26.99
The Talos Principle is a philosophical first-person puzzle game from Croteam, the creators of the Serious Sam series, and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (Infinite Ocean). Assume the role of a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation of humanity’s greatest ruins and linked together through an arcane cathedral. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world.

Sea King Hunter (COSEN) - €9.99/£8.99
Protect the world’s oceans from giant sea monsters!
Sea King Hunter is a fixed-screen marine action shooting game.
Players will take on huge sea monsters that are rampant in various places, earn rewards, get special armor with the rewards they have, and take on even stronger UMA.
In the two-player cooperative play mode, players will take on UMA for a high score.

Shovel Knight Showdown (Yacht Club Games) - €8.99/£7.99
Shovel Knight Showdown is the ultimate platform fighting experience, where you can duel with up to 4 players and scramble after gems as your favorite heroic or villainous knight from the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga. Gather your pals for endless multiplayer clashes, or choose from more than 16 playable characters in Story Mode, each with their own unique story to tell. Master every move, explore a vast array of items and locales, and discover new revelations in Shovel Knight Showdown!

Shovel Knight: King of Cards (Yacht Club Games) - €8.99/£7.99
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Make way for Shovel Knight: King of Cards, the grandest adventure in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga! Step into the gilded boots of King Knight as you leap, Shoulder Bash, and twirl your way to a kingdom of your own in this regal prequel. Gather cards, take on challengers, and build a deck in the all-new card game, Joustus! Travel through strange worlds, gather new subjects, best the Joustus Judges, and become King of Cards! World-class platforming, exquisite visuals, a story with heart, action-packed stages, masterful music, glorious new bosses, and more await you in Shovel Knight: King of Cards.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Techland) - €19.99/£17.99
From gold mines to saloons, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a real homage to the Wild West tales. Live the epic and violent journey of a ruthless bounty hunter on the trail of the West’s most notorious outlaws. Blurring the lines between man and myth, this adventure made of memorable encounters unveils the untold truth behind some of the greatest legends of the Old West.

Football Manager 2020 Touch (SEGA) - €34.99/£29.99
Football Manager 2020 Touch is the speedier way to experience life at the helm of the world's greatest football clubs. Whether you’re on the move or in front of the TV, how you get to the top is up to you.

Your role may be streamlined but your choice of club is certainly not with 116 leagues and 51 nations to set up home and craft your footballing philosophy at. Will you take a lower league challenge or jump straight in at one of the game’s elite?

Taking full advantage of the Nintendo Switch controller options and a bespoke user interface, you’ll speed through the seasons, skipping the pre-match proceedings and media circus to focus your attention on the best bits – squad building and Match Day. The rest you can leave to your backroom team.

Dauntless (Phoenix Labs) - Free
Battle for survival at the edge of the world. As a Slayer, it's up to you to hunt down the boss-sized Behemoths that are devouring the land. Team up with millions of players as you master challenging co-op battles, craft deadly weapons and powerful armor, and forge your legend as a Slayer of Ramsgate.

Dauntless is a free-to-play online action RPG from Phoenix Labs. Look forward to regular updates, seasonal events, new Behemoths, and more in a rich, evolving world.

BATTOJUTSU (Caerux) - €4.99/£4.99 (€1.99/£1.99 until January 1)
Simple Fighting Game.
Player need to push buttons faster than the other players.
Player can choose 3 difficulty level and Player can play easy.

Cardpocalypse (Versus Evil) - €24.99/£22.49 (€19.99/£17.99 until December 19)
Make friends, play cards, twist the rules, become a Mega Mutant Power Pets master, and try to save the world in this single-player RPG about being a 90’s kid. On her first day at Dudsdale Elementary, 10-year old Jess accidentally gets everybody's favorite collectible card game banned, forcing the kids to take their card battles underground. Troubles arise when mutants from the game invade the real world, and it’s up to Jess and friends to stop them.

Gensou Skydrift (UNTIES) - €21.99/£19.79 (€17.59/£15.83 until December 31)
A Touhou Project racing game is here!

In the mystical land of Gensokyo somewhere in Japan, humans and yokai live together in strange harmony. One day, some girls notice that their spirit energy is weak. Yokai specialist Reimu Hakurei and her friend Marisa Kirisame spot someone running off on a racetrack...

BQM -BlockQuest Maker- COMPLETE EDITION (Wonderland Kazakiri) - €22.97/£20.97
- BQM -BlockQuest Maker-
- Samurai Era DLC
- Cyber Century DLC

Arcade Archives Frogger (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"FROGGER" is an action game released by KONAMI in 1981. Guide a lost frog to the house on the other bank within the time limit. There will be many obstacles to overcome on the way home. Time your way safely across dangerous roads full of cars and rivers where alligators and snakes lie in wait.

SuperEpic: The Entertainment War (Numskull Games) - €14.99/£14.99
In a not-too-distant future dystopia, a single videogame development company, Regnantcorp, controls an Orwellian society by enslaving the population with their addictive free games.

As a rebellious racoon, along with your llama steed, you'll explore a surreal castle-like office full of enemies, challenges, secrets and corporate pigs. Break into their headquarters, uncover the conspiracy and save videogames!

Jamestown+ (Final Form Games) - €15.99/£14.39 (€13.27/£11.94 until December 18)
Set on 17th-century British colonial Mars, Jamestown+ is a neoclassical cooperative shoot-em-up for up to four players. Lush pixelart and an award-winning orchestral soundtrack immerse you in Raleigh’s battle to protect Britain’s last bastion: Jamestown colony. It's designed to be an exciting experience whether this is your first shoot 'em up or your hundredth!

Dead End Job (Headup Games, available December 13) - €16.99/£13.99 (€14.44/£11.89 until December 20)
Dead End Job sends you into a madcap, whacky world to bust up ghosts. It’s a procedurally generated, couch co-op, twin-stick shooter that straps a vacuum pack to your back, and puts a plasma blaster in your hand. For you, it’s just another day in the office.

Event Horizon: Space Defense (Drageus Games, available December 13) - €6.99/£6.29 (€3.49/£3.14 until January 5)
Set in the captivating Event Horizon universe, this hardcore game puts you in control of a massive space fleet at war with over twelve alien factions. Make the best decisions in two crucial phases: strategic building and adrenaline-fueled battles.

You will have to trace your own path to victory from a large variety of possible items, features and actions. You should also travel to hunt giant space worms, investigate helpful beacons and scavenge wreckages for new assets.

Let's Sing 2020 - Platinum Edition (Koch Media, available December 13)

Downloadable Content

Trine 4: Toby's Dream (Modus Games) - Free
Experience Toby's Dream, a special bonus level for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince.

Pinball FX 3 - Williams Pinball: Volume 5 (Zen Studios) - €9.99/£8.99
The stunning collection of three authentic Williams and Bally tables includes TALES OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, CIRQUS VOLTAIRE and NO GOOD GOFERS.

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2: Ultra Pack 2 (Bandai Namco Entertainment) - €7.99/£6.49
Play as Android 21, an original character from Dragon Ball FighterZ, and experience her malicious hunger. The reincarnation of Majin Buu, Majuub will also be joining the fight.

- 2 new characters: Android 21, Majuub
- 5 new Parallel Quests
- 8 Additional Skills
- 5 Costumes/Accessories
- 8 Super Souls

Pic-a-Pix Pieces: 15x15 Pieces Pack 12 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99
Another 48 puzzle grids to solve at 15x15, which will form two more spectacular pictures.

Pic-a-Pix Pieces: 20x20 Pieces Pack 12 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99
Another 48 puzzle grids to solve at 20x20, which will form two more spectacular pictures.

BQM -BlockQuest Maker-: 2nd DLC “Cyber Century” (Wonderland Kazakiri) - €4.99/£4.49
The second DLC for BlockQuest Maker comes with cyber themed map and event parts, as well as new dungeon currency system.

Let’s Sing 2020: Song Pass (Koch Media, available December 13)


Link-a-Pix Deluxe Christmas Demo (Lightwood Games)
Link-a-Pix is a clue-linking puzzle, solved by painting lines between clues which have the same colour and number. The number shows the length of the line which will connect them. The Christmas demo offers a preview with four seasonal pictures in different sizes.


JDM Racing (Nikita Alexeevich) - €4.99/£4.49 (€3.49/£3.14 until December 19)
Pre-Load ends 20/12/2019, 14:59 local time

Experience the real drive, sense the speed and feel a surge of adrenaline from skidding in a new racing game from the creators of Drift Legends.

Link-a-Pix Deluxe (Lightwood Games) - €7.99/£6.99
Pre-Load ends 02/01/2020, 14:59 CET

Link-a-Pix is a clue-linking puzzle, solved by painting lines between clues which have the same colour and number. The number shows the length of the line which will connect them.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (Oddworld Inhabitants) - €29.99/£26.99 (€23.99/£21.59 until December 30)
Pre-Load ends 23/01/2020, 19:59 CET

Along comes Stranger, a tall, dark and enigmatic bounty hunter with a mission to capture troublemakers and scoundrels and return them to civilized townships for incarceration.

But Stranger is keeping a secret and needs expensive surgery to survive. In his quest to earn enough Moolah, Stranger reluctantly accepts the ultimate bounty from the owner of the Mongo River and suddenly his adventure takes a very different turn.

Farabel (Drageus Games, available December 13) - €9.99/£8.99
Pre-Load ends 20/12/2019, 00:59 local time

The strategy game that starts at the end! You know how to level up, but can you level down? Be smart to survive!


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