Sounds like were in for a good time!
Last week we got some big announcements surrounding this year’s new Pokemon game, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, including the new addition of Terastal Pokemon. These new types of Pokemon appear to be made of gems, which boost the moves of their tera type. In more rare occurrences, terastalizing can allow a Pokemon to even gain a new typing. These Pokemon can appear in Terastal Raid Battles, which we now know include music composed by Toby Fox!
Check out the tweet above to hear a small snippet of the track featured in last weeks Pokemon Presents. If you aren’t familiar with Toby’s amazing work on both the Undertale and Deltarune soundtrack, rest easy knowing this isn’t Toby Fox’s first time composing for Pokemon, as he also composed music for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Works for New Leaf and New Horizons!
While originally made for Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s Welcome Amiibo update, Nintendo gave Animal Crossing’s Amiibo Cards a second life in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Because of the mainstream popularity of New Horizons, these cards became quite sought out, constantly selling out.
Animal Crossing fans in the UK have another shot at pulling some of their favorite villagers, as many packs have been restocked. If you are interested in grabbing some packs, check out all amiibo listings here. Specific amiibo packs including the Welcome Amiibo, Series 1, Series 5, and Sanrio all seemed to get restocked.
(Z)Ink or Sink!
Researchers at the Squid Research Lab have been dropping daily updates on new discoveries in the world of Splatoon for a while now, and today we got confirmation on the return of the Zink brand from past games!
In past games, Zink gave players 5x the chance to roll the Super Quick Jump ability, as well as a 1/2 chance for the Quick Respawn ability. All of these quickening abilities sure fit the athletic look the Zink brand captures.
Will you be rocking any Zink gear when Splatoon 3 drops on September 9th? Those shoes might be a bit too much for me personally…
Including "very surprising bonus materials"!
Originally available only in Japanese, fans of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy can finally enjoy these game’s art book releases in English! While each book is sure to be full of iconic art from the games, each book will also include” rare & little-seen artworks, character illustrations, environment images, weapon & monster designs & some very surprising bonus materials!” In addition to all of this, interviews with Toridamono and Executive Producer Junzo Hosoi will also be included, offering a look into how each game was made and just how much they have changed.
Check out the tweet above for more information, and if you are interested in both Atelier Ryza games, each one is available on Switch now.
Up to 88% off!
Publisher Arc System Works just kicked off a major publisher sale on Switch, with a variety of titles going on sale up to 88% off. Notable games in this sale include Double Dragon, CODE SHIFTER, and KILL la KILL -LF. This sale is set to run through August 9th, so there’s plenty of time to grab the perfect game.
Be sure to check out all of the Arc System Works games, including those on sale, here.
As the queen decrees
The long-time requested character Junker Queen is finally making her Overwatch debut, and GameInformer has shared a video promoting her gameplay style in the upcoming Overwatch 2. We got a full breakdown of the character earlier this month, but this is one of the first looks at natural gameplay.
It was recently announced Overwatch 2 would go free to play, and will be launching on October 4th. Junker Queen will be one of 3 new characters added to the Overwatch roster, and sure seems to be shaping up to be a fun one to check out this October.
While supplies last!
In order to promote the upcoming Pokemon Go themed TCG expansion, Pokemon fans can receive a free Pikachu promo card by visiting select retailers. In the US, this card will be available at Gamestop, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble. In Canada, the card will be available at GameStop, Toys“R”Us, London Drugs, Mastermind Toys, and Indigo Books.
These cards are sure to run out fast, so be sure to get one as soon as possible. Pokemon TCG: Pokemon Go launches July 1st, and you can learn more about it here.
Includes over 35 fully playable games!
Arcade Paradise is an upcoming retro-styled adventure game where you assume the role of a laundromat owner looking to move into the arcade business. While a big portion of the game is a management sim, there are also over 35 entirely new, fully playable games inspired by arcade classics. Check out the full details below to get ready for the launch on August 11th.
Welcome to Arcade Paradise, the 90s retro arcade adventure game. With the keys to the family laundromat, Ashley decides to transform the business and give the sleepy town of Grindstone something to get excited about! Stay one step ahead of your father, manage and invest profits, and build your very own Arcade Paradise!
- Rags to Riches… Literally! – Take the laundromat business made up of dull chores from washing clothes to throwing out the trash, and turn it into a booming arcade with the coolest games in town raking in all the money!
- Insert Coin – Over 35 arcade games, each fully realized with its own gameplay, stories, missions, and high scores to set! Inspired by three decades of gaming, from early vector games right up to the 32-bit era.
- Here Comes a New Challenger – Insert a second coin and play against a friend in a number of cooperative and competitive arcade games up to four players locally.
- Set the High Scores – Prove yourself across each game, set your initials, make your favorite arcade game more popular and upload to the online leaderboards!
- Soundtrack Worthy of the Cassette Collection – From the individual games to choosing what song to put on the jukebox inspired by some of the great records of the early 90s, the soundtrack captures the heart of a bygone era.
- The Greatest Gaming Era Ever – Hello 90s. If you could smell this game, it would smell like memories. Everything from the look and feel of the arcades, to using the latest PC connected to the mind-blowing dial-up connection, all has been recreated with pure love.
- Gerald in the Riviera – Doug Cockle (famous for his voice acting in Victor Vran and The Witcher series) plays the role of Ashley’s berating father. Being too busy in the Riviera to see King Wash for himself, you will receive many phone calls from Gerald sharing his wise words of advice and constant reminders to fix the toilet.
Talk about dedication!
In a feat near unbelievable, the streamer Limcube has completed every shrine in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild without the use of a single rune ability. Limcube is an experienced Breath of the Wild speedrunner, so it goes without saying that he knows the ins and outs of this game, from gameplay to glitches.
Using a combination of gameplay tricks and speedrun glitches, Limcube completed this feat during a 28-hour stream. While many of the glitches were previously widely known, a new glitch was discovered during this process that is sure to become quite popular for future speedrunners. Check out the video above for a condensed version of the entire stream to see how Limcube pulled off this feat.
A powerful pokemon
In order to celebrate the North America International Championships happening this weekend, owners of Pokemon Sword and Shield can redeem a code for East Sea Gastrodon later this week. This specific Pokemon was used by Eric Rios to win the Europe International Championships.
This pokemon will start out at Level 50, with abilities Storm Drain and Leftovers. As for the moves it will have Earth Power, Ice Beam, Yawn, and Protect. Check back on the source link later this week for the code.
Marvel and Fortnite get sweaty
After last year’s highly successful release of Batman Fortnite: Zero Point, and the follow-up Batman Fortnite: Foundation, it was no surprise that Epic Games would continue Fortnite’s journey into comics. With the to-be-continued ending in Batman Fortnite: Foundation, many (myself included) expected the story to continue in the pages of DC. That’s why it came as a shock earlier this year when we learned that Fortnite’s story would be expanded on in the Marvel universe.
Featuring the OLED Switch
Nintendo recently posted a new ad featuring a Dad playing MLB The Show 22 and Nintendo Switch Sports on his OLED Nintendo Switch. These ads do a good job of capturing what many people’s experiences are with the Switch.
Thats a lot of daylights!
Dead By Daylight devs have shared a good number of stats relating to the game for its 6th anniversary. These include most played Killers and Survivors, most Popular Perks, and a whole lot of repaired generators. I’m not too familiar with the game, but there are some impressive numbers listed here, many of which are in the billions!
After such a good presentation too...
Devolver Digital’s share price took a significant hit today after their announced revision of expected sales for 2022, dropping down to 59.90 GBX, its lowest price ever. This is a considerable drop, considering just 4 days ago the share price was 136.50 GBX. According to Devolver:
“Sales from new games released in the first five months of FY22 have been slower than expected, reflecting a competitive release window and specific factors for each title which are being actively addressed for future titles,”
“At the same time there has been an expected step-up in amortisation costs related to these heavier-investment games upon release, as well as increases in general operating expenses due to inflation, headcount and marketing.”
“The board expects revenues and profit to be weighted towards the second half of FY22, supported by highly anticipated new title releases, strong demand from subscription platforms and continued evergreen back catalogue sales at year-end,”
With so many anticipated upcoming games such as Cult of the Lamb and the recently announced The Plucky Squire, it’s likely these sales won’t stay down long.
This game has real soul
Despite my general distaste for the term, I was close to calling Souldiers a hidden gem. I had never heard of the game before getting the review code, and I would wager most others hadn’t heard of it either. For those who don’t know, Souldiers is a souls-like 2-D Metroidvania, and is the first game by Retro Forge Games. There is truly so much in this game to love, from the gorgeous art to the painstakingly crafted world. However, because of the nature and overall type of game it is, Souldiers is held down by a few small issues in such a big way that it keeps the game from reaching its full potential. These issues mainly stem from the performance, including too many long loading screens, and frankly, baffling amounts of lag for a game that shouldn’t have it.
That said, I want to start with the good, and I want to be clear that there really is a lot of good. The most striking feature of this game has to be its art. Without a doubt, Souldiers has some of the best pixel art out of any game I have ever seen, hands down. Each and every pixel has been placed with the utmost care, from the large, sprawling backgrounds down to every brick. Souldiers also features a lovely lighting engine which adds to the already-impressive visual delight.