The curse of the Pikachu mascot costume strikes again

The poor people inside these costumes. This must be an absolute nightmare to work inside. We've already seen a few instances where the costume deflated and the person inside was unable to help themselves. Now we have a costume-wearer taking a tumble, and they need help from 3 people to make it back to their feet!

Nintendo grabs another Pikachu trademark

Nintendo has been on a real trademark spree lately. The newest filing from Nintendo is for a Pikachu trademark. This trademark applies to the “classification of entertainment, provision of entertainment information and provision of electronic publications online (limited to those which cannot be downloaded)”.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - ‘Extra Pack 2’ DLC (Jiren and Android 17) and free update details

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Jiren and Android 17

Jiren is a member of the Pride Trooper and the strongest warrior from Universe 11. He has special moves such as Mediation and a Power Rush which no other character can contain! Android 17 has a new ability which allows him to absorb attacks as well as a brand new fighting style.

Free Update

Free content will be also available in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 including a new battle system, new avatar skills and new special costumes for Dragon Ball characters! Limit Burst is the new battle system that can be used once per battle. Players can dramatically increase their ability temporally depending on the number of members in the enemy team. The type of boost will also differ based on the fighter. Some characters may power up their team members whilst some may lower the status of the opponent.

This free update will also bring a new avatar Awaken Skill with the “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” (SSGSS) where players will be able to feel the power of the Gods and be transformed to the infamous “Blue Form”! Finally new swimsuits will be available for Android 18 and Videl. Let’s get prepared for the summer season!

Scribblenauts Showdown - Medieval Mayhem mini-game footage

I'm still not totally sold on the idea of a multiplayer-focused Scribblenauts, but I'm willing to give it a shot. The games shown do look like a lot of fun. I'm just worried about finding people to play with!

Sausage Sports Club details the Switch porting process

I’ve been working on Sausage Sports Club’s Switch version for a while now and getting it to run well has been a big hairy beast. Part of that problem is that resources on optimizing Unity games are few and far between and part of it is the closed source nature of console development. So I want to share some lessons learned (in an NDA friendly way).

Want to learn a bit about the process of bringing Sausage Sports Club to Switch? Dev. Chris Wade has put together a dev blog on the topic, which dives deep into the process. Have a look here!

Slay the Spire devs plan to look into Switch port

We fused card games and roguelikes together to make the best single player deckbuilder we could. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and Slay the Spire!

Two core characters that each have their own unique set of cards. (With more planned)
200+ fully implemented cards.
50+ unique combat encounters.
100+ different items to be found.
Procedurally generated levels.
Tons of unlockables.

The devs behind Slay the Spire are showing interest in a Switch port. They have to wrap early access up for the PC version, but after that, the team has said they'll look into the possibilities of bringing the game to Switch.

Darkest Dungeon - more footage

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You'll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.

Dragon Quest XI almost took an open world route, says series creator

There was a point in time when Square-Enix was considering taking Dragon Quest XI in an open-world route. As you know, that didn't end up happening, but Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii did takes some time to discuss that potential path.

...after thinking about it as a turning point that is the 30th anniversary for Dragon Quest, we decided that because the stories we make are linear to a degree, we could deviate to an extent with a taste of some open-world gameplay.

While open-world games offer plenty of freedom, they are a double-edged sword. It may be difficult for some players to know what they need to do next. And I also I believe that it is difficult to create a flow for a big story in a world that lets you go just about anywhere from the start.

Check out Nintendo's humble beginnings 130 years ago

Long, looooooong before video games were even a thing, Nintendo was kicking off their business of making Hanafuda cards. In the image above, we're getting to see what Nintendo's headquarters looked like 130 years ago. Now that's an insanely awesome bit of Nintendo history.

Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends Pin Collection—Marshadow Now Available

Get attached to the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow in the Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends Pin Collection—Marshadow! In each box, you'll get a foil promo card that hasn't been available anywhere else, plus a sleek pin of the cute (and slightly spooky) Marshadow. You'll also receive three booster packs from the Shining Legends expansion, which is packed with fun and competitive Pokémon to add to your collection.

The Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends Pin Collection—Marshadow includes:

1 never-before-seen foil promo card featuring Marshadow

1 awesome Marshadow pin

3 Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends booster packs

A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Shining Legends Pin Collection—Marshadow is available now at PokemonCenter.com and other retailers where Pokémon TCG products are sold.