Overcooked: Special Edition devs talk about building a deeply cooperative experience

Coming from Phil Duncan, Design Director and cofounder of Ghost Town Games...

A lot of games seem to add ‘co-op mode' as an afterthought. We'd played lots of games where co-op simply meant two avatars and twice as many enemies, and they almost always devolved into a race to see who could kill the next enemy or grab the next loot drop.

With Overcooked we wanted to make a game where cooperation was a central pillar, a game which was much more focused on how a team works together rather than simply adding more players to a single player experience.

I want to talk through the development process for the game, calling out some of the key decisions we made and the challenges we faced developing a game which actually required players to cooperate.

Check out the full feature here

Sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. pulls in over $30k at auction

How many loose copies of Super Mario Bros. do you have? I've seen plenty out there, both with and without Duck Hunt. Now, how many boxed, sealed copies of Super Mario Bros. have you seen? That's a little bit different, a quite a bit rarer. That's why a recent auction for a copy in that condition brought in over $30k. Time for me to start checking thrift shops to track one of these down!

Terranigma gets the MSU1 sound treatment

Yeah, I'd say that's a little higher quality than what the SNES can handle. I love the SNES sound, but it's still always interesting to me when games get the MSU1 makeover.

UPDATE - For those asking what MSU1 is...

MSU1, also named "Media Streaming Unit revision 1", is a homemade enhancement chip made by byuu for the SNES. It allows the SNES to have 4 GB of storage space and CD quality Stereo Audio.

Europe - Puzzle Adventure Blockle hitting Switch on Aug. 3rd, 2017

A puzzle adventure that will put your head in a spin!

Rotate the world to find a path to the goal in this rotating puzzle game!
Go on an adventure to the mysterious Wonder Labyrinth with Kulu, just a regular Kat trying to find his way and the beautiful Arika who has lost her memory!

Rotate the world, avoid obstacles, climb steps, and make use of various features to clear each stage.
The journey to Wonder Labyrinth will take you through many various worlds with changing environments such as the Icicle Palace and Flame Mountain.
Visit each of the worlds with their own features and obstacles and overcome the challenges of each one as you strive to obtain each of the 7 world stones.

Take your time and figure out each puzzle and don't worry if you make a mistake. You can quickly undo a move or retry anytime!

Super Mario Run - content update for July 27th, 2017

Loads of Coins event

- running until Aug. 10th
- win at Toad Rally over the next two weeks and earn 1.5 times as many coins as usual

Infinite Minigolf hitting Switch tomorrow

Europe - Brave The Hidden Dangers Of The Yggdrasil With The Etrian Odyssey V (includes art book)

July 27 – They say that whoever reaches the top of the colossal Yggdrasil will have their greatest wish fulfilled. So what's so hard about hiking up a tree? Well, besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying FOEs just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by. But don't let that dampen your adventurous spirit because the Etrian Odyssey V contains a treasure that will strengthen your resolve!

Here's what you'll get when you pre-order or otherwise grab The Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond The Myth: the 24-Page Art Book - Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.

And that's not all! Learn about the armoured Dragoon in our new trailer. One of the four classes for the Earthlain race, the Dragoon is all about soaking up damage and dishing out the heavy artillery with their hand cannon. They'll need to rely on protecting the party from various attacks with different guard stances and is the first line of defence against all the hostile creates roaming around the Yggdrasil. As Dragoons level up, they can choose between a Master form that emphasizes strong defence or one that focuses on offensive capabilities.

Watch the Dragoon in action here https://youtu.be/A_-nejHagLs

The Bufu Boyz are back and ready to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Etrian series! ATLUS' own Will and EJ will be streaming various Etrian games every Friday starting July 28 at 23:00 BST / 15:00 PT. This will all lead to the EOV streaming event on September 15. Tune in for your chance to win some prizes and help them navigate perilous dungeons!

ATLUS Twitch Channel https://www.twitch.tv/atlususa

Oh, and the full website is now live! Check it out here: http://atlus.com/etrian5/

Buy a WaterField MultiPlayer Pro Case, Get Namco Museum

San Francisco maker, WaterField Designs, announces a limited time promotion in conjunction with Bandai Namco Enertainment, Inc.: customers who purchase WaterField’s MultiPlayer Pro case for the Nintendo Switch may opt to receive a complimentary Namco Museum (Nintendo Switch)® eShop download, a $29.99 value. The promotion celebrates the launch of the retro game package, which includes favorites like Pac-Man®, Galaga ®, Splatterhouse ® and more. WaterField’s MultiPlayer Pro Switch case holds the device and an abundance of accessories, making it ideal for games like the new Pac-Man VS®, a four-player game also included in Namco Museum®. The promotion will run from July 28 through August 4, 2017, while supplies last.

“Our gaming customers are a highly enthusiastic group, so we’re excited to offer them the opportunity to match a really beautiful and functional case with the free nostalgia arcade games in Namco Museum® that everyone loves,” said company owner, Gary Waterfield.

The WaterField Designs MultiPlayer Pro case is an artisan-quality case for the Nintendo Switch, games, and accessories, designed to transport gamers’ unique Switch set-ups to social gatherings. The MultiPlayer Pro features a tan waxed canvas body, full-grain cowhide leather accents, a leather game-card holder, handles and a simple shoulder strap. Custom-sized, plush pockets hold Joy-Cons, two controllers or one controller and the dock, USB-C and HDMI cables, straps, ear buds and more. The case opens wide and flat for easy organization and access. For social gamers looking for a professional-looking, highly-functional Switch gear bag, the MultiPlayer Pro is a must.

With the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. release of Namco Museum for the Nintendo Switch® (tomorrow, July 28, 2017), gamers can relive the glory days of arcade games anytime, anywhere. The retro arcade classics include long-time favorites like Pac-Man® and Galaga® and support an online ranking system, allowing players to view standings amongst the top players from around the world. Gamers nostalgic for the classic coin-op era can transform the Nintendo Switch into a mini arcade cabinet by turning the handheld console vertically for a taller, slimmer screen that replicates the original arcade experience. Also included is Pac-Man VS®, a four-person game ideal for social gatherings in which three players work together as ghosts while the fourth takes on the role of Pac-Man®.

The complimentary eShop download code (a $29.99 value, while supplies last) is available with the purchase of the WaterField Designs MultiPlayer Pro Switch case from July 28 through August 4, 2017.

Availability & Pricing
Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Pro
Price: $149. D-rings, removable simple shoulder strap and leather game-card holder included. Tan-waxed canvas with grizzly full-grain leather handle and plush interior padding.

Namco Museum (Nintendo Switch)®
Price: $29.99 value. Rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and otherwise available exclusively through the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch.

Lumo coming to Switch

Witness the rebirth of a genre in Lumo! A modern take on the long-lost isometric platform genre, Lumo can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an absorbing, challenging and rewarding adventure. But for those who lived through the golden age of videogames – the 80s and early 90s – or know about the games and culture from that time, layer upon layer of nods, winks and touches to those times help build upon an experience that’s as heart-warming as it is exciting!

Dragon Quest XI - latest Jump scan shows off a new monster type

Reincarnated monsters

- reincarnated monsters are monsters who have lived long and whose appearance has changed
- they are a rare encounter, and thus may also drop rare items
- reincarnated monsters pictured in the magazine include the violent panda, golden cone, heart knight, and cactus gold
- there are quests that task players with defeating reincarnated monsters


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