You will like him when he's angry
IGN has released a new, in-depth look at how Hulk plays in the upcoming Marvel’s Midnight Suns. This footage comes from developer Firaxis’ launch day stream, and features nearly 25 minutes of brand new gameplay.
As you might expect, Hulk’s major abilities center around getting angrier, and getting stronger. He has a special Rage meter which will increase whenever he takes damage. In turn, this will boost his offensive output and make him more effective against enemies.
Check out the full, detailed showcase in the video above. Marvel’s Midnight Suns comes out later this week on most platforms, but we’re still waiting for confirmation of a Switch release date. Stay tuned!
What a steal!
If you’re a Persona fan, you’ll want to look out for two new sets of merchandise that just got revealed today. First up is a set of figures from Good Smile based on Joker, Panther, and Morgana/Mona from Persona 5 (seen above). These figures are part of the Hello! Good Smile line, and will sell for $12.99 each.
You can find them in Japan starting May 2023, and in North America a couple months later, in July 2023. Pre-orders will open on January 6, 2023.
Next is a special promotion happening at Village Vanguard bookstores, a Japanese chain that sells books, manga, and toys. They’re going to have a range of special Persona themed merchandise available, including posters, keychains, phone stands, and t-shirts. You’ll be able to find these at various Village Vanguard locations from now until December 18, 2022.
Stay tuned for more Persona merchandise announcements, and be sure to check import sites if you’re not in Japan!
Little Buddy in the spotlight!
The cover of the Winter 2022 issue of the official Nintendo Magazine has been revealed. This edition features an Inkling from Splatoon 3, holding everyone’s favorite Little Buddy, a.k.a. Small Fry. Presumably, the magazine will have some special promotional feature for the game, though we haven’t seen what that will look like just yet.
This issue of Nintendo Magazine is heading out to retailers in Japan now, with delivery expected by the end of this week. If you’re not in Japan, the digital edition will be available online on Thursday, December 1st. There will likely be an English translation as well, but nothing’s been confirmed yet. Check out the announcement and full cover image in the tweet below.
It's a real banana blitz!
The Super Monkey Ball series has long been a favorite of speedrunners, as its levels are all designed to encourage players to try and get the best times possible. Now, Sega is capitalizing on this fervor with a brand new series all about speedrunning the game. In particular, the focus is on the most recent entry on Switch, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.
The first episode of the series is available now via Twitter, which you can see embedded below. This episode introduces the idea of speedrunning and just what makes Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania so perfect for it. Give it a watch, and maybe it’ll inspire you to try some speedruns of your own!
Almost as easy as drawing Kirby!
Sega has shared a video tutorial on their Japanese Sonic YouTube channel that teaches viewers how to draw the modern incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog. While the video was previously available only in Japanese, they’ve now added subtitles for English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Watch along for a step-by-step guide on how to recreate everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog for yourself.
People who want to draw Sonic characters! Let’s have fun mastering it with the “Sonic Drawing!” video series. In the second installment, Mr. Karasuno, the designer of Sonic Team, will give a lecture on how to draw “Modern Sonic”! Use this video as a reference to draw a cool Sonic.
New frontiers, indeed
Sonic Frontiers is a bold departure for the Sonic series, retaining Sonic’s signature speed while adding open world gameplay into the mix. Some fans may still be wondering whether this is what Sonic games will look like going forward, or if Frontiers is just a one-off. Well, in a new interview with Sector.sk, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka clarifies that this is meant to be the start of a new era.
Sonic Frontiers is set to set a new template, just like Sonic Adventures did in 1998. What does this mean for the game and players?
Yes, you are right. Just like Sonic Adventure, our goal for Sonic Frontiers was to create a game that would be the cornerstone of future Sonic games. It is a brand-new approach for the franchise, but we have been conscious to honor Sonic’s roots as well - the game still needs to feel like a Sonic game.
Sonic games have experimented in the past, but many of them certainly fell into a familiar formula after the release of the 3D Sonic Adventure titles. It sounds like that’s exactly what the team is hoping to achieve with Frontiers, and that its open world gameplay is set to become a mainstay of the franchise.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what form the next Sonic game takes. Until then, you can read the full interview with Iizuka, in which he elaborates on exactly how they combined elements of old and new for Sonic Frontiers.
Want 2B the winner?
Square Enix has announced that a lottery will be held for various prizes in honor of the upcoming launch of the NieR Automata Ver 1.1a anime series. The lottery will be available in various stores in Japan on March 21, 2023, and will require an entry fee of 800 Yen.
The following prizes will be available for lottery winners:
- Prize A: Art Holder
- Prize B: 2B figure
- Prize C: Coin Bank -Black Box-
- Prize D: Glass
- Prize E: Set of 3 clear folders
- Prize F: Rubber cell phone strap
- YoRHa Prize: 2B Figure -Mask OFF ver.-
No official pictures of the prizes have been revealed yet, but you can find more info by visiting the official Japanese web site. The ‘NieR: Automata Ver 1.1a’ anime will launch in January 2023.
Tanks for this one!
We knew that the new hero Ramattra was coming to Overwatch 2 soon, and now his debut gameplay trailer is here! Get a better look at just how this tank character plays by watching the video above. He’ll be available to play with starting on December 6, 2022.
Overwatch 2’s latest tank hero is Ramattra, a relentless omnic fighting for the survival of his people. Overwatch’s first tempo tank, Ramattra combines various lethal playstyles as he transitions between his Omnic and Nemesis forms. Get acquainted with Ramattra’s ability kit in his Gameplay Trailer and get ready for his debut in Season 2 on December 6.
The result of an unfortunate glitch
A glitch on GameStop’s website appears to have resulted in the leak of personal customer data online. Customers have reported seeing personal info that isn’t their own when attempting to check out from GameStop.com. As you can see in the tweet below, this info includes credit card numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.
This news comes just after Black Friday, when many people were shopping for discounted games online from GameStop. If you were one of those people, or if you’ve ever shopped at GameStop, you might want to remove your credit card info from there temporarily, just to be safe.
GameStop has yet to make an official statement on the matter. Hopefully, they’ll have this glitch sorted out soon so customers can shop safely once again.
That's some very fast digging
Speedrunner DanTheVP recently got through the entirety of Shovel Knight Dig in just 28 minutes. IGN gathered Celia and Woz from Yacht Club Games together to watch the speedrun for themselves and comment on it as it goes. Watch the full video above to see what they think! Then, you can check out Shovel Knight Dig for yourself on the Switch eShop and see how quickly you can manage it.
Shovel Knight Dig, the latest from acclaimed developer Yacht Club Games and Nitrome, has only been out for a few months, and speedruns for the game have been astonishing to watch. While most of us were still in the process of dusting off our digging tools, Shovel Knight superfan DanTheVP has already figured out how to finish the True Ending of the game in a blistering 28 minutes. So ride along with Celia and Woz from Yacht Club Games as they witness this incredible feat.
More for the collection
The WonHobby Gallery 2022 event is taking place in Japan, and GoodSmile Company has announced some new additions to their extremely popular Nendoroid line. Some of these figures have been announced or shown off before, but now feature updated colors or models. See below for all the new Nintendo related figures.
Ready for adventure!
Manufacturer Wonderful Works has shared an image of a prototype figure based on the upcoming Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key. The figure is of the character Reisalin (aka Ryza) Stout in her new outfit, wielding a staff, and standing on top of a small platform. Check out a full image of the model below:
No announcement has been made in regard to a specific release date, or any other info, so stay tuned for more. Atelier Ryza 3 will be available for Nintendo Switch on February 24, 2023.
Nintendo has announced that Nintendo Switch Sports and the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes will be undergoing some maintenance this Monday, November 28, 2022. During these maintenance periods, network activity and other online features may be impacted or unavailable.
In the case of Nintendo Switch Sports, this maintenance is most likely to get the game ready for the upcoming Golf update. See below for specific details on when you can expect this maintenance to occur.
Fire Emblem Heroes
- Europe: November 28th (1AM to 4AM)
- UK: November 28th (12AM to 4AM)
- North America (ET): November 27th (7PM to 10PM)
- North America (PT): November 27th (4PM to 7PM)
- Japan: November 28th (9AM to 12PM)
Nintendo Switch Sports
- Europe: November 29th (1:50AM to 3:30AM)
- UK: November 29th (12:50AM to 2:30AM)
- North America (ET): November 28th (7:50PM to 10:30PM)
- North America (PT): November 28th (4:50PM to 7:30PM)
- Japan: November 28th (9:50AM to 11:30AM)
Slotting in a new patch
Tetris Effect: Connected has been updated to version 1.3.3. on the Switch. This update includes some changes to online matchmaking and disconnect penalties, some quality of life changes, and more. See below for the full patch notes.
——–PATCH NOTES V1.3.3 ——–
[ALL] Added an SR Disconnect Penalty status for players that exhibit an abnormally high disconnect rate within RANKED MATCHES. We will be monitoring how well this helps discourage bad actors, and adjust as needed.
[ALL] Adjusted matchmaking so players may not exit the lobby in most competitive RANKED MATCH modes – ZONE BATTLE, SCORE ATTACK, and CLASSIC SCORE ATTACK – once an opponent arrives. Instead, players are automatically “ready”-ed, and the countdown to the match begins. CONNECTED and CONNECTED VS modes, and all modes within FRIEND MATCH and LOCAL MATCH, behave as they did before.
[PC] Added a “VERY LOW” graphics quality (OPTIONS > GRAPHICS > GRAPHIC QUALITY).
[ALL] Spectators can now leave during a FRIEND MATCH.
[PC] Adjusted the level of controller vibration on PC versions (originally weaker than other platform versions).
[ALL] Changed the level of replacement CPU players when a player disconnects in CONNECTED and CONNECTED VS. modes. (Previously, players were replaced by the same level CPU (1-10) as their Tier (1-10). Now players anywhere within Tiers 1 through 5 will be replaced by a level 5 CPU.
[ALL] Changed the display name to “CPU” when a player is replaced by an A.I. in CONNECTED and CONNECTED VS. modes.
[ALL] Added Full Moon event WINS and WIN RATE to MY RECORD > STATS: MULTIPLAYER (RANKED MATCHES). (The display alternates between Normal and Full Moon WINS and WIN RATE every five seconds.)
[ALL] The game now retains any player-adjusted camera positioning for each different MULTIPLAYER mode.
[STEAM DECK] Added support for selecting your LOCATION on a Steam Deck. If you have not set your LOCATION yet, the setting screen will pop up when you select EFFECT MODES or MULTIPLAYER > RANKED MATCH. This setting can now also be changed in OPTIONS > GAMEPLAY > LOCATION.
[STEAM DECK] Added support to change the GAME RESOLUTION settings on a Steam Deck when docked to a monitor.
[ALL] Fixed an issue where GAME OVER would appear when all blocks turned to Dark Blocks in PURIFY mode.
Other minor adjustments and bug fixes.
KNOWN IN-GAME ISSUES (not a comprehensive list):
[PS4/PS5, XBOX] Leaving the game in the multiplayer menu when suspending / putting your system into sleep or rest mode can (if or when your network connection is interrupted at any point) return a network error when trying to access Rankings or matchmaking in Ranked Matches. Please restart the game to fix this.
[SWITCH] Changing the Nintendo Switch system clock to a future time and posting scores in online multiplayer and then resetting it back could prevent your scores from updating in online multiplayer. Please do not change the system clock when playing online multiplayer.
Whoever wins, it's delicious
The Nintendo Switch Sports golf update is right around the corner, but Nintendo is taking a minute to highlight its already existing soccer mode. This new promo video pits teams Ice Cream and Cookies against each other in a competitive match, complete with commentary (Could this be a hint at a future Splatfest…?). Check the match out now, and root for your favorite!
This snack-tastic soccer match is wild, wacky, and full of surprises! Watch each team work together to try and score goals with hilariously big soccer balls. It’s all or nothing in this one epic championship game! So, which would you choose… Team Ice Cream or Team Cookies?