Riding around Paldea in style!
Nintendo has released another short trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, this time focusing on the legendary duo of Koraidon and Miraidon, and all the ways they can help you traverse the Paldea region. From acting as a bike, to climbing up mountains, to soaring through the sky, these two can help you get where you need to go in style!
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are dropping very soon! Are you ready for your adventure through Paldea?
Nintendo has just pushed another update for the Switch’s firmware, bringing the system up to version 15.0.0. It’s not a particularly big update, but it finally allows users to take screenshots while in the Nintendo Switch Online app, so you can finally properly share all those custom icons you’ve made!
Ver. 15.0.0 (Released October 10, 2022)
- The location of the Bluetooth Audio menu within System Settings has moved.
- Screenshots can be taken using the Capture button while in the Nintendo Switch Online Application found on the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu.
- Video capture is not supported.
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.
As usual, there’s more going on behind-the-scenes in this update than what’s shared in the official patch notes. Here’s some extra details on what’s included, thanks to dataminer OatmealDome.
- Handling for Ethernet adapters was moved to its own dedicated OS module.
- Pro Controller Bluetooth firmware was updated.
- Various error messages were added / changed.
- A pop-up was added for attempting to exceed the max headphone volume while the limiter is on.
- Bad words for Mainland China were updated.
- The time zone database (zoneinfo) was updated to the latest from ICANN.
- Text related to Australian + NZ privacy laws was added.
Sonic rocking that Rathalos armor
SEGA and Capcom have announced that Sonic Frontiers will be receiving Monster Hunter crossover DLC for free upon its release. While we don’t have the details on what exactly it will entail, we know that it will involve Sonic gaining some Monster Hunter equipment to wear during his adventure, along with a Monster Hunter-themed mini game to play!
Previously announced DLC for the game include the option to wear the classic Soap Shoes from Sonic Adventure 2, along with Japan-exclusive DLC featuring a variety of crossover items with popular VTuber and noted Sonic fan and collaborator Inugami Korone.
Does this DLC catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!
Find Pikmin on your everday commute
Starting today, special “Bus Papercraft” Decor Pikmin will start spawning around bus stops to celebrate Bus Day in Japan. This day celebrates the start of Japan’s very first bus service, which began in Kyoto in 1903. The official Pikmin Bloom website even has some special trivia about buses to celebrate the occasion!
No mention is made in the announcement about a time limit on these special Decor Pikmin, but just to be safe, be sure to start looking for them as soon as possible if you’re interested in finding some.
Never seen outside of Japan
Success Corporation has announced their plans to remaster two of their visual novels, Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro, for Switch and PC. Releasing in 2023 in Japan, it’s been confirmed that these upcoming remasters will receive English language support.
These two novels have never been released outside of Japan, making them another entry in the ever-growing line of games finally receiving a localization. Aoi Shiro is a more straightforward adventure game, while Akai Ito leans into the horror genre.
You can view the teaser trailer for the remasters below.
A good effort, but nothing to write home about
The hack-and-slash genre is probably in my top 5 favorite game genres. Every time I get a chance to play a new one, I love seeing what kinds of fresh spins on the formula said new game brings to the table. And Dusk Diver 2 doesn’t really do a whole lot to mix up the hack-and-slash genre all that much, and as a whole it’s got a fair share of problems.
The game picks up a year after the first Dusk Diver, with the protagonist, Yang Yumo, now in college. Still trying to find a way to separate herself from the supernatural powers that she obtained in the first game, Yumo finds herself caught up in dealing with yet another supernatural threat coming from the alternate world of Youshanding.
More Mega-Content for you to enjoy!
Written in 2007 by Shin Ogino, the ZX manga has seen a couple reprints, but the ZX Advent manga has never seen the light of day outside of when it was initially serialized in Famitsu. So this is the first chance Mega Man fans have had in a long time to read this particular manga!
If you’re interested, make sure to pick them up. They’ll definitely be a good read, so long as you can understand Japanese!
Speeding into theaters yet again
The official Twitter for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie series has announced that the third installment in the series is targeting a release date of December 20th, 2024. Seems fans will have to wait a while for the next chapter in the blue blur’s cinema story, but hopefully it will be well worth the wait when the movie finally releases.
There's only room for one mini game 'round these parts
Last month, we reported on the Mini Metro knock-off game that suddenly appeared on Switch, Mini Subway: Logic on the Metro Line. We shared the dev response to the knock-off, at which point Dinosaur Polo Club stated they would take legal action if necessary.
And it seems that legal action has indeed been taken, as we received an email update from Dinosaur Polo Club stating that the copycat game was removed. Indeed, going onto the eShop reveals that Mini Subway is no longer listed on the online storefront.
We wanted to give an update that the copycat has officially been removed from the eShop. The team would like to express their thanks for your support in spreading awareness!
[Ryan Tatum, Public Relations Account Executive, Stride PR]
The failure of the Wii U led to important lessons learned
In a recent interview with Senior Executive Media, former COO and president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé talked about what it was like working for Nintendo during the time of the Wii U, and what the company learned from the console’s less-than-ideal sales and reception.
He mentions that while the Wii U was not nearly as successful as Nintendo hoped it would be, they learned what consumers liked about the console and took that into consideration for their next big hardware release. Namely, the idea of being able to play your games on the TV, and then taking that game with you if the TV was later occupied.
Of course, the Wii U was much more limited in that scope than the Switch is, but the technology that was used in it was refined and helped create the Switch as we know it.
He also talks about his recent book release, and challenges he faced at jobs other than Nintendo, so if you’re interested, be sure to give the full interview a read here!
Get this shirt from June 27-July 17
Starting from today until July 17, players of Pikmin Bloom can obtain a new shirt for their in-game Miis. This shirt, a simple t-shirt featuring the word “Explore”, can be obtained via completing a weekly challenge during the event’s runtime. While the shirt is shown in green in the picture, the tweet announcing this says it comes in 4 different colors.
If you’re interested in this shirt, make sure to get it while you can.
Facing the End!
Nintendo has posted a new “Nintendo Switch My Way” ad for Minecraft, featuring several adults coming together to prepare for the fight against the Ender Dragon. Upon entering the End, they ultimately come out victorious, thanks to a little help that shows up unexpectedly.
If only Tony had managed to make it to the battle on time…
Capcom has announced an upcoming presentation for June 13th at 3 PM PST, focusing on “around 35 minutes of news and in-depth updates on previously announced Capcom titles.”
While that does seemingly confirm there won’t be any games in here that weren’t already known, there’s still plenty to be potentially excited about here. Fans could finally hear more about the upcoming Resident Evil multiplayer game, Resident Evil Re:Verse, or maybe get some more info on what’s upcoming for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.
Make sure to tune in to the showcase when it drops!
Victory royales, retro-style
The PAC-MAN Item Set is now live in Fortnite, allowing you to buy various forms of PAC-MAN apparel for your character to wear during matches. The items include the PAC-MAN Back Bling, allowing you to have either PAC-MAN himself or one of the four ghosts on your back, and the Pac-Brained emote, allowing your character to sit down and play a game of PAC-MAN floating over their head.
If these items interest you, be sure to get them while they’re hot! Show everyone that you’re a true retro-gamer by repping one of the oldest games in the book.
Learn how to use these fallen heroes!
Nintendo has shared a short video to give players tips and tricks on the best ways to use the new heroes coming in the Fallen Heroes: Beyond Control banner. This banner features new versions of Rhea, Gustav, Ninian, and Lilith, all of whom are shown in a much darker light with this banner. Check the video out, and learn the best way to make use of these menacing new characters!