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SMITE has been updated to Ver. 11.5 (Bonus) which includes various balance adjustments. You can see the patch notes for this update below.

Items

This Bonus Balance is somewhat light, but with a big midseason shakeup on the way in 11.6, we did not want to make too many adjustments. We aimed to shift only the most common community talking points, as there is so much to come in just a little longer!

BLACKTHORN HAMMER

With the recent changes in 11.5, Junglers have gone through a bit of whiplash from Jotunn’s Wrath being a mainstay first item directly to Blackthorn Hammer. Though we are still happy with the pace that Junglers are getting their items, we want to make sure that Junglers are able to feel good about getting a true aggressive item early. Decreased Physical Power from 40 to 35

JOTUNN’S WRATH + GLYPHS

Increased Physical Power from 35 to 40

DUALITY

Duality clearly did not hit the mark we were aiming for, so we are giving it a couple big buffs to make it more worth the luxury price point. It will now not debuff your Basic Attacks at all, so you’ll gain a big chunk of extra damage! Increased Physical Power from 40 to 55 Decreased Cooldown from 5s to 3s Removed Basic Attack Damage reduction Decreased Proc Damage from 50% of your Basic Attack Power to 25% of your Basic Attack Power This change equates to 100% of your Basic Attack Power + 25% of your Basic Attack Power + 100% damage from any ability item procs


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A brand new event has been detailed for Pokémon GO called Slumbering Sands. This event will take place from Friday, June 7, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. local time. Below, check out which Pokémon you’ll be more likely to encounter during this period.

Pokémon Debuts

New costumed Pokémon will appear during this event!

  • Slakoth wearing a visor*
  • Vigoroth wearing a visor*
  • Slaking wearing a visor*

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Event Bonus

  • 2× XP for catching Pokémon

Surprise Encounters

Smile! You might have a surprise encounter with event-themed Pokémon when you take a snapshot during the event!

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

  • Psyduck*
  • Slowpoke*
  • Drowzee*
  • Mareep*
  • Slakoth wearing a visor*
  • Oranguru*
  • Sandygast

Some Trainers might even encounter the following! For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Komala—if you’re lucky!

  • Munna*
  • Komala*

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


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BOKURA, the reality-bending co-op-only adventure developed by Kodansha Games Creator’s Lab, journeys past a 100,000 units downloaded milestone with a celebratory 30% off sale on Switch.

After accruing more than ten million views across social media since Steam Early Access launch last February, more than 100,000 adventurers have connected through BOKURA’s asymmetrical co-op-only gameplay.

Celebrate alongside the developers during the commemorative sale and pick up BOKURA for $3.84 on Switch beginning Wednesday, September 20th at 5PM PST / 8PM EST until Monday, September 25th, 2023 at 10AM PST / 1PM EST (excluding Europe).

Two adventuresome boys wander into the wild in search of a new experience, but both faint at the sight of a mysterious dead deer. Upon waking, they realize that their realities have forever changed. One sees a world full teeming with greenery and wildlife, while the other perceives a dimension rife with technology and robots.

Navigate through interconnected puzzles existing in two realities as each boy sees different surroundings . Observe details and artifacts from both worlds and communicate via voice chat to talk through bi-dimensional puzzles. There is no right or wrong choice, only a mutually agreed-upon path forward. See where conversation leads while experiencing a branching narrative story with multiple endings.


UPDATE: A new sales update for BOKURA has been shared in the form of a video. The video reveals that BOKURA has now reached a whopping 500k units sold across all platforms. We don’t have a breakdown of just how many units sold on Switch, but there’s no doubt the platform did it’s part in hitting this major milestone.

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Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island has been updated to Ver. 1.1.2. You can find the patch notes for this update below.

  • Fixed an issue where a Sacred Tree Turn Trial completion with 0 turns was not credited.
  • Fixed an issue that changed the cursor position when the player performed a certain input while in a vendor menu.

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Tell Me Your Story has been updated to Ver. 1.0.2. You can see the patch notes for this update below.

Level changes

Chapter 2 / Level 32

  • Simplifying the pattern for players to be arranged
  • Added edge to suggest the orientation of pattern placement

Chapter 3 / Level 42

  • Macarons now have markings and decorations
  • Increased readability of the visuals

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Palia has been updated to Ver. 0.180. You can see the patch notes for this update below.

New Features & Updates

Friendship Level 5 Quests are now available for the following villagers: Jina, Hekla, and Einar. Naturally, you will need to reach Friendship Level 4 before you can proceed.

Completing each quest will also grant an exclusive decor reward at the end of the questline. Now available: The Grand Harvest House!

Ready to bring your home to the next level? Literally?! You can now purchase the Grand Harvest House, which features a second story, a spiral staircase indoors, and a porch area at the front.


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It’s time once again to take a look at the games heading to the Switch in Japan. Here’s what’s slated to hit the system for the week ending June 6th, 2024. Remember, this isn’t the final list, as there’s always some surprises each week.

  • Aery: Peace of Mind
  • Craft Archeology Simulator: Pyramid to Polar
  • Ghost Teen Escape from Limbo
  • Let Me Sleep
  • Mars Colonization Expedition: Survival Simulator
  • Seven Days: Anata to Sugosu Nanokakan
  • Touhou Spell Carnival
  • Ultra Mission

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The amount of NieR:Automata merch is absolutely insane. The game’s popularity has reached around the world to millions, and it’s clear a large portion of those fans are more than willing to part with some more cash in order to pick up NieR:Automata collectibles. That’s why the merch machine keeps churning, and today brings us more goodies to grab.

Today brings us the reveal of a Bandai Spirits Ichiban Kuji lottery for various NieR:Automata Ver1.1a anime prizes. For those who don’t know, Ichiban Kuji is a popular lottery prize series that is held at participating convenience stores and specialty shops. This lottery is set to kick off in June 2024 and the full item lineup is as follows:

  • A Prize – 2B figure
  • B Prize – 2B ArtScale bust figure
  • C Prize – 2B illustration board
  • D Prize – 9S illustration board
  • E Prize – A2 illustration board
  • F Prize – Decorative plates
  • G Prize – Chibi acrylic stands
  • H Prize – Canvas-styled boards
  • Last Prize – Unmasked 2B figure

If you’d like to get a closer look at all of the items in this lottery, you can find a gallery of photos here.


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Megahouse has announced that their Game Characters Collection DX figure of Loki from Persona 5 Royal is going to see a re-release, but there’s a catch. The only way to snag this restock is through a lottery set to run in Japan.

The Game Characters Collection DX figure of Loki is priced at a hefty $203.45, and it’s identical to the original release back in 2023. Those interested in purchasing one of these figures can sign up for a lottery through Premium Bandai from May 31st to June 17, 2024. The winners of this lottery will be revealed mid-June 2024.

There’s no word on other plans to distribute this re-release, but hopefully those interested around the world will get a chance to snag the figurine as well. If you’d like get another look at Loki, you can find a gallery of photos here.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is now available on Switch, sprucing up the GameCube classic in major ways. The game now looks better than ever, with all the paper pieces looking more crisp and colorful than ever. That said, as nice as the graphics are, you still can’t beat a real-life interpretation.

Spurred on by a love of the game and the release of the remake, animator JoPro set out to recreate a sliver of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door in real life with a stop-motion animation tribute. In particular, this animation takes the Hooktail boss fight from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and translates it into actual paper. You can see how the project turned out in the video above.

The animation is absolutely gorgeous, and as you probably guessed, it took an insane amount of work as well. Traditional stop-animation is grueling work, and it took JoPro a whopping 130 hours to create the tribute, which was built throughout the course of a full year. Now that’s some serious Paper Mario dedication!


Earthbound "Runaway 5" plush dolls revealed

How Lucky are we? Such Nice stuff!

28 May 2024
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Shigesato Itoi has been sharing all kinds of exciting things for Earthbound’s 30th anniversary, and that includes a host of new merch. Plenty of goodies have already been revealed, but today brings us another pair of products that superfans will no doubt want to add to their collections.

Fans of Earthbound will instantly recognize the two characters above; Lucky and Nice. These two are part of the Runaway 5 music act in Earthbound, which not only provide some great tunes, but are an integral part of the story as well! Soon enough, you’ll be able to bring two of the band’s members home!

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This Lucky and Nice plush combo come in a special box that replicates the band’s tour bus from Earthbound. This wonderful package is set to release in Japan come June 4th, 2024, the same date that tickets go on sale for the The Music of MOTHER streaming concert.


After months and months of waiting, we finally know when the next episodes of the NieR:Automata Ver1.1a anime are going to air.

A new trailer has been shared by Aniplex, and it confirms that NieR:Automata Ver1.1a will see its second season arrive in Japan sometime in July 2024. You can check out that fresh trailer above, which gives a sneak peek of what’s to come.

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a can be watched on Crunchyroll here in the states, and that support will no doubt continue with season 2. As to when a subtitled version will appear on that service, it should be very shortly after episodes air in Japan. Once we have the exact release timing, we’ll make sure to let you know the details.

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a takes place in the distant future, 5012. The sudden aerial invasion of Earth by and their creations led mankind to the brink of extinction. The surviving number of humans who took refuge on the moon to organize a counterattack using soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the war reaches a stalemate as the continue to multiply infinitely. In turn, humanity deploys a new unit of android soldiers as an ultimate weapon: YoRHa. Newly dispatched to Earth 2B joins 9S, the analyst currently stationed there, where amid their mission, they encounter a myriad of mysterious phenomena... This is the story of these lifeless and their endless fight for the sake of mankind.


KLabGames has announced that the 2015 free-to-play 3D action game BLEACH: Brave Souls is coming to Switch sometime in Summer 2024. Since its initial release, BLEACH: Brave Souls has been downloaded 90 million times across the world.

The world of mega-hit manga and anime Bleach comes to Steam in this exciting 3D action game! Build a team using your favorite characters from the Bleach universe!

EXCITING 3D ACTION

3D graphics and simple controls make for free-flowing and fast-paced hack-and-slash action. Play in single-player mode or team up with three other players for online co-op!

EPIC SPECIAL MOVES

Unleash each Bleach character’s unique special moves to carve your way to victory. Special moves are fully voiced by the original Japanese anime voice actors.

THREE’S COMPANY

Combine your favorite characters into teams of three. You can even make combinations of characters you would never see in the original story. The possibilities are almost limitless!

RELIVE THE BLEACH STORY

Follow the Bleach story from the moment Rukia and Ichigo first meet. Develop your characters as you complete quests that recreate pivotal scenes from the story.

PLAY WITH & AGAINST OTHER PLAYERS

Pit your best warriors against other players’ teams and vie for the top spot in weekly PvP leagues, or go online and team up with other players in exciting PvE Co-Op Quests and Epic Raids!

DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS

Brave Souls features a highly flexible character improvement system that allows you to create exactly the warriors and the team you want. Enter battle and earn experience to level up characters and improve their base stats, Ascend them to increase their max level, train them on the Soul Tree to further improve specific stats, or link characters together to provide additional support. The choice is yours!


Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon was previously announced for a Switch release on June 27, 2024. Today, publisher Aniplex has released the opening movie for the English version of the game, and you can give it a watch above. Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon will be available on the Switch eShop, as well as in a limited edition physical version for $79.99.

The celebrated visual novel from Kinoko Nasu and TYPE-MOON is born anew…

Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon collects the two tales that make up the “Near Side of the Moon” portion of the original Tsukihime: Arcueid’s scenario, “Moon Princess,” and Ciel’s scenario, “Midnight Rainbow.”

Creator Kinoko Nasu has painstakingly disassembled and rebuilt the story, updating the setting to 2010s Tokyo and expanding the narrative. This reimagined presentation will exhilarate players with its hard-hitting tension and realism.

Featuring beautifully evolved visuals, animations, and music, Tsukihime: A Piece of Blue Glass Moon presents a fresh take on TYPE-MOON’s genre-defining classic.


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Adapted from a Japanese word that loosely means “strange beast,” kaiju can take on many shapes and sizes (for this list, Nintendo went with the “building-sized creatures with crazy powers” kind). Sometimes terrifying and sometimes confusingly adorable, kaiju can often be seen doing pro-wrestling moves in the middle of famous cities. Just one of the many reasons why we love them!

Each of the Switch games featured in Nintendo’s list has earthshaking beasties on display. In some games, the monster is after you, while in others, you are the monster. And, uh, sometimes you’re raising them like pets.

As usual, Nintendo has recommended their own games alongside some top-notch third party titles. To see what games they came up with, check out the list here.