Famitsu - review scores

Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40]
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 (3DS) – 8/8/8/9 [33/40]
Infinite Minigolf (Switch) – 7/7/8/7 [29/40]
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk (3DS) – 7/8/8/7 [30/40]
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Switch) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]
Puzzle Adventure Blockle (Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
Sonic Mania (Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Gamescom 2017 - Nintendo's live-streaming schedule for Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat

Wednesday August 23rd

10:00 – ARMS – Lola Pop gameplay
12:00 – Splatoon 2 – Salmon Run gameplay
12:30 – Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle gameplay with Ubisoft
14:00 – Super Mario Odyssey presentation with Mr Koizumi
15:00 – Super Mario Odyssey gameplay
16:00 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament

Thursday August 24th

10:00 – EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 gameplay
11:00 – Metroid: Samus Returns presentation with Mr Sakamoto and MercurySteam's José Luis Márquez
12:00 – Metroid: Samus Returns gameplay
12:30 – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions gameplay
15:00 – Charles Martinet discusses classic games with Fabian Döhla
16:00 – Splatoon 2 tournament

Friday August 25th

10:00 – Super Mario Odyssey gameplay recap with Charles Martinet
12:00 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gameplay
15:00 – Nine Parchments gameplay with Frozenbyte
16:00 – Pokkén Tournament DX tournament

Saturday August 26th

10:00 – Fire Emblem Warriors gameplay
12:00 – SteamWorld Dig 2 with Image & Form
12:30 – Flipping Death gameplay with Zoink Games
15:00 – Yoku's Island Express gameplay with Villa Gorilla
16:00 – ARMS tournament

Gamescom 2017 - Nintendo's Switch/3DS show floor demo lineup


- Super Mario Odyssey
- Splatoon 2
- Fire Emblem Warriors
- Pokkén Tournament DX
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
- EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts)
- LEGO Worlds (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
- Sonic Mania (SEGA Europe)
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (FDG Entertainment / Game Atelier)
- Yoku’s Island Express (Team17 / Villa Gorilla)
- AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected (Playdius)
- Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte)
- SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form Games)
- Flipping Death (Zoink Games)
- Unbox: Newbie's Adventure (Merge Games / Prospect Games)
- Battle Chasers Nightwar (THQ Nordic / Airship Syndicate)

Nintendo 3DS family systems

- Metroid: Samus Returns
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
- Monster Hunter Stories™
- Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Europe - Super Mario 3D Land, Luigi's Mansion 2, and Kirby Triple Deluxe now in the Nintendo Selects lineup

Joining this latest addition to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on the same day are three new titles in the Nintendo Selects range: SUPER MARIO 3D LAND, Luigi’s Mansion 2, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

The Escapists 2 - latest trailer

The Escapists 2 is coming to Switch, but it currently doesn't have a release date. The latest press release from Team17 simply states that a Switch version is in development.

Square-Enix reveals full Gamescom 2017 lineup

Square Enix Ltd., today revealed its full line-up for Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany, featuring an impressive roster of its latest and upcoming gaming highlights across two locations in Hall 9.

To mark the opening of the show SQUARE ENIX revealed new information for a variety of titles in the portfolio. Updates include expansions to the FINAL FANTASY® XV universe with the newly announced Windows Edition, the announcement of the technically enhanced Rise of the Tomb Raider® on Xbox One X, and also a release date for the upcoming team-based brawler DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY NT which will be available for the PlayStation®4 on 30th January 2018.

Playable titles at the SQUARE ENIX booth include, the exhilarating team-based brawler DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT, the next game in the award-winning episodic LIFE IS STRANGE™ franchise, LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM, the HD remaster of a series classic FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE™, and the latest title from Tokyo RPG Factory LOST SPHEAR.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online fans are called to arms at both the SQUARE ENIX booth and the FINAL FANTASY XIV: BATTLE ARENA (Hall 9, C50 – ESL Area) to take part in daily battle challenges, which include enemies from its second critically-acclaimed expansion, Stormblood™. Anyone unable to make it to Germany can watch the whole show, including interviews with Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida and a cosplay contest, at twitch.tv/finalfantasyxiv.

In a huge area dedicated to the latest updates in the FINAL FANTASY XV Universe, visitors can experience the first public hands-on demo for FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION, try their hand at the brand-new PlayStation®VR fishing adventure, MONSTER OF THE DEEP®: FINAL FANTASY XV and play the upcoming multiplayer expansion FINAL FANTASY XV -MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES.

In addition, fans are also invited to experience classic titles in the FINAL FANTASY series in a very special retro trip to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary. Fans of the critically acclaimed mobile-RPG, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS®, can also look forward to special activities at the SQUARE ENIX booth with photo opportunities with beloved character Fina throughout the show and a signing session with Producer, Hiroki Fujimoto, from 14:00–15:00 PM (CEST) on Thursday 24th August.

Finally, Square Enix Collective is proud to present five titles from its current portfolio of forthcoming indie releases, in the form of BATTALION 1944™, DEADBEAT HEROES™, FORGOTTON ANNE™, OH MY GODHEADS™, and TOKYO DARK™.

Fans are invited to visit the SQUARE ENIX Products booth (hall 5.2, A10) to check out over 140 different merchandise items including exclusive pre-sales of FINAL FANTASY XV and KINGDOM HEARTS goods, brand new action figures, music, card games, silver jewellery, accessories and much more! The SQUARE ENIX Products booth will also be host to an exciting program of events for the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game, including demo plays,the first ever German national tournament and many more special guests and giveaways!

FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game
With over 5.5 million boosters shipped worldwide, the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game has taken the world by storm and is returning to Gamescom this year. Demo plays will be organised at the SQUARE ENIX Products Booth and participants will obtain an exclusive promotional card, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the FINAL FANTASY series. The convention will also host the first ever German national tournament where 16 regional winners will compete to secure one of the four slots in European final in October. The event will be streamed live on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August from 10:30AM (CEST) on the SQUARE ENIX Germany YouTube Channel. More surprises are to be expected with special guests and giveaways!

TITLE DETAILS (by alphabetical order):

Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system
Developer: Square Enix/Team Ninja (Koei Tecmo)
Release: 30th January 2018
Developed in partnership with Team Ninja from KOEI TECMO GAMES, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT presents a new and refreshing team-based brawler experience featuring exhilarating 3vs3 team battles. Combining seamless gameplay, FINAL FANTASY characters and breathtaking worlds from the past 30 years of the franchise, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT welcomes all gamers to the online battle arena with a completely new style of competitive gaming. In DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT, players can choose from over 20 legendary characters and call forth familiar summons like Ifrit, Shiva and Odin to prevail over the opposing side or to turn the tide of the battle in each match.

Platform: iOS, Android, Amazon
Developer: Square Enix, gumi Inc.
Release: Available Now
Reaching its first anniversary earlier this year and recently surpassing 25 million downloaded worldwide, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is a full-scale FINAL FANTASY adventure made for mobile devices.
Fusing together the epic features of all FINAL FANTASY titles, including captivating story, and a classic turn-based battle system with a simplified mobile interface and pixel art style, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is an adventure appealing to both newcomers and long-term fans alike.

Platform: PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Release: Available Now
FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY XII with a multitude of modern enhancements making the game more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The HD remaster introduces a reconstructed battle design, the brand-new Zodiac Job System and stark visual and sound improvements, making FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE the perfect opportunity for players both new and returning to experience the ultimate grand adventure through the world of Ivalice in an entirely new and improved way.

Platform: PlayStation®4, Windows PC
Developer: Square Enix
Release: Available Now
Stormblood is the second premium expansion for the critically-acclaimed MMORPG. FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, which has recently surpassed over ten million players globally. The game continues the story of the Warrior of Light as they join the resistance and set forth to the vast land of Ala Mhigo, challenging new threats across Eorzea™ and embarking on numerous new quests. The expansion features a new level cap increase, multiple new jobs including the Red Mage and Samurai, exploration of underwater environments, battle system updates, new dungeons and much more.

Platform: Xbox One®, PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Release: Out Now
The world of FINAL FANTASY XV continues to expand with the release of Episode Prompto, the new DLC episode where players can experience a brand-new storyline from the perspective of the fan-favourite character, Prompto. In FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE PROMPTO players will get a glimpse into the human side of the cheerful photographer, as Prompto Argentum and Aranea Highwind embark across a snowy wilderness with an array of new weapons to battle imperial forces.

Platform: Xbox One®, PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Release: 2017
Create your own custom avatar and join up to three others online (or fight alongside AI companions) in exciting multiplayer quests. Explore storyline as well as single player quests, make camps for meetups with friends and unlock new customisable items, weapons and more. FINAL FANTASY XV -MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES is an exciting and expansive new way to play, as you battle to bring the light back to Lucis.

Platform: Windows PC
Developer: Square Enix
Release: Early 2018
The ultimate fantasy adventure heads to Windows PC offering cutting-edge technology provided by NVIDIA Gameworks and native 4K (maximum 8K) support for high-resolution displays and HDR10. FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION boasts a wealth of bonus content from the console versions originally available through the Season Pass and free updates, while the new first-person mode allows a more immersive experience than ever before.

Platform: Xbox One®, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: Deck Nine Games™
Release: 31st August for Episode 1
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM features Chloe Price, a 16 year-old rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber, a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret it takes their new found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons.

Platform: Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 system and Windows PC (STEAM®)
Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Release: 23rd January 2018
Expanding on the beloved I AM SETSUNA™, the LOST SPHEAR adventure begins in a remote town where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing. To stop the world from being lost forever, Kanata and his comrades set out to rebuild the world around them with the power of Memory by manifesting thoughts into matter.

Platform: PlayStation®VR system
Developer: Square Enix
Release: 2017
In the completely new FINAL FANTASY XV VR game, MONSTER OF THE DEEP: FINAL FANTASY XV, players will explore the world’s oceans, lakes, ponds and rivers and participate in a wide variety of fishing challenges, witness stunning details only in PlayStation®VR, and reacquaint themselves with familiar faces like Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, Gladiolus, and more.

Platform: Xbox One X
Developer: Nixxes/Crystal Dynamics (a Square Enix studio)
Release: 7th November 2017
Developed in partnership with Nixxes Software, the Xbox One X update for the award-winning game includes 4K graphics, and a range of technical enhancements that leverage the full power of the console. The update also introduces three visual modes, so gamers can choose the setting that best suits their play style. Rise of the Tomb Raider is available now on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Xbox One X players who already own the game on an Xbox One platform will receive the update for free.

Square Enix Collective

Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Bulkhead Interactive™
Release : PC Early Access in 2018
Battalion 1944 is an ‘old-school’ multiplayer WW2 shooter that recaptures the core action of classic multiplayer FPS games and propels WW2 into the next generation. Having grown up playing the sensational WW2 shooters from the turn of the century, the designers at Bulkhead Interactive have utilised the most up-to-date industry technology to create a visceral and heart-thumping multiplayer experience featuring raw, skill-based infantry combat.

Platform: Windows PC, Xbox One
Developer: Deadbeat Productions™
Available: 2017
Deadbeat Heroes is a 3D, movement-based brawler about dodging bullets, stealing super powers and cracking wise. Action in the game is all about celebrating movement, with the ‘Deadbeat Heroes’ playable characters being some of the most agile in videogame history; seamlessly able to leap, dash, wall-run, climb, backflip as well as attack in any direction and perform a wide variety of super-moves. They’ll need this agility as there is no block - these ‘glass cannon’ protagonists are able to dish out damage, but not take it!

Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: ThroughLine Games™
Available: 2017
Forgotton Anne is a beautiful story-driven, hand-crafted 2D cinematic adventure about the Forgotton Realm, where all mislaid items from the human world - old toys, letters, single socks - end up. With the help of the Forgotlings - creatures composed of these mislaid objects - Anne and Master Bonku, the only humans trapped in this realm, are on a quest to find their way home...

Platform: Windows PC
Developer: Titutitech™
Available: Now in Early Access, full launch later in 2017
Oh My Godheads is the world's first capture-the-head action game for 1-4 players. Capture-the-head is like capture-the-flag, but the flag is an ancient head that's alive, angry, and after you! Fight with friends to capture these furious, living heads and bring them back to your team's plinth...if you can. Born from a love of old school multiplayer games like Micro Machines, Worms, and Street Fighter, Titutitech wanted to recreate the fun, fast-paced multiplayer experience of those games while adding full 3D environments for more tactics, more depth, and more replayability. Oh, did we mention it's got exploding pies?

Platform: Windows PC/ Mac
Developer: Cherrymochi™
Available: 7th September, 2017
Tokyo Dark is a side scrolling point-and-click mystery adventure game for Windows and Mac. As Detective Itō you'll explore Tokyo - following leads, collecting clues, and making difficult decisions with far-reaching consequences. Tokyo Dark features a huge number of dialogue choices and interactions that affect character attributes and change the outcome of the story. Unlike a visual novel, you’ll control Detective Itō directly as you explore Tokyo, trying to balance your professional duty, personal life, and sanity. Will the past come back to haunt you, or will you stand by your decisions?

LEGO Worlds - latest Switch trailer, Sept. 5th NA/Sept. 8th EU release date reconfirmed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group released a teaser trailer in anticipation of the LEGO® Worlds Nintendo Switch™ launch on 8th September in EU and 5th September in NA. Pre-orders are currently available for both the physical and digital versions.

The physical version, priced at £34.99, will include two bonus packs of premium DLC, Classic Space, released in July, and the upcoming Monsters pack, which will be available in October. The digital version, priced at £24.99, includes the base game with the DLC available separately on the eShop. Both premium DLC packs will be available on all other platforms as well at £3.29 on PlayStation®4 and £3.19 on Xbox One.

LEGO® Worlds is a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO® bricks where players can explore, discover and create together. The game is currently available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM.

Japan - A look at the latest Monster Hunter merch

Charms, keychains, stickers, shirts, you name it! Another big wave of Monster Hunter merch is hitting Japan. You can check out all the goodies here.