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Discover the legendary icon’s earliest adventures. The video game Arsene Lupin – Once a Thief unmasks itself and reveals its first teaser!

Published by Microids and developed by the talented and award-winning Blazing Griffin studio, already behind two episodes of the Hercule Poirot series, this new adventure game will be released on Nintendo Switch late 2024. Pre-orders are now available!

Arsene Lupin - Once A Thief offers an immersive journey into the world of the iconic gentleman-burglar. Delve into these iconic tales drawn from the work of Maurice Leblanc to discover how the legend was forged.

About the game:

Experience Arsene Lupin’s transformation from whimsical burglar to legendary hero. The narrative unfolds through captivating fireside conversations between Arsene Lupin and the author, Maurice Leblanc. Lupin recounts his past exploits to Leblanc, allowing players to actively participate in these renowned escapades.

In this adventure-puzzle game, dive into a captivating journey that explores the early life, loves and crimes of the iconic gentleman thief. Immerse yourself in his famous tales, playing as both Lupin and Detective Ganimard; his tireless antagonist, offering unique perspectives on legendary stories like ‘The Arrest of Arsène Lupin’ and ‘Herlock Sholmes Arrives Too Late’.

Features:

  • Master the art of thievery – Explore many environments, solve puzzles and take on a variety of disguises as you take on exciting criminal escapades, while constantly striving to outsmart the law. And stay one step ahead.
  • The Artistic world of Lupin - Marvel at the vibrant artistry, reminiscent of an illustrated storybook., and meet colourful characters straight out of the stories of lupin as he retells his own escapades with a flair for the dramatic.
  • Experience the legends - Join Lupin and Maurice Leblanc by the fireside as they retell a selection of lupin’s most famous stories and experience them from whole new perspectives.
  • Investigate and deduce - See the stories from a fresh perspective as you immerse yourself in Ganimard’s role, searching for evidence, interrogating suspects, creating timelines, and connecting the dots to pursue and apprehend your legendary adversary.
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Developer Spitfire Interactive and publisher Daedalic Entertainment posted a new trailer for their turn-based superhero tactics game Capes, which is coming to Nintendo Switch this week, on May 29th, 2024.

MEET IGNIS

Ignis had a burgeoning career as an on-camera host and personality on the local music and culture beat. Bubbly, cheerful, and with an infectious on-camera personality, she lives much the same life off camera. Nothing seems to get her down. She doesn’t avoid conflict–she just tries to make the best of the circumstances. Her personal motto is: “If you can’t smile when things are going bad, you’ll spend half your time frowning that you could have spent enjoying yourself.”

On the battlefield, Ignis is a powerful hero and ally who uses fire to deal damage or control areas of combat. She turns up the heat on her allies when they team up with her, addingl fire damage to their attacks.

ABOUT CAPES

At its core, Capes is an action focused turn-based superhero strategy game. Level up your heroes and combine their powers to access devastating team-up attacks in strategically challenging missions. Play across the dark and gritty campaign to reveal the truth behind the horrific Enhancement Program created by the supervillain Operator Alpha, and complete side-missions to improve your heroes and learn more about their past.

KING CITY EDITION

Those who want to save the city with flair should consider the Capes: King City Edition, which launches simultaneously. The King City Edition includes the full game and the Supporters Pack, filled to the brim with extra content including alternate hero appearances, an art book featuring more than 50 pages of the art behind Capes, and more.

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SuperGroupies, a fashion brand offering products inspired by anime and games, has introduced its first collaboration with Supergiant Games for Hades!

Escape the Underworld in style with a Zagreus-themed watch, jacket, and backpack. Limited pre-orders; don’t miss out!

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■ Zagreus Model Watch

Swirls of red encircling the dial mimic the Pool of Styx that Zagreus returns from after each untimely demise, surrounding the subtly etched Greek meander pattern taken from the game’s epilogue.

Crystal stones at 3 and 9 o’clock are in green and red to represent his mismatched eyes.

■ Zagreus Model Jacket

His bone motif shoulder plate resembling three canine skulls is on the shoulder, in the same placement as on him.

Tag on the back features the House of Hades laurel wreath that Zagreus wears, while green & purple reflected colors line the inside collar, paralleling the in-game aesthetics.

■ Zagreus Model Backpack

The front fabric is pleated to mimic the look of his chiton, while the front pocket features the Hades Skull icon.

Inside is a SuperGroupies original lining adorned with the Olympian God symbols set in circles of the Greek meander pattern, with the House of Hades laurel wreath at the center.

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PLAYISM and WSS playground (under Why so serious, Inc.) have announced that Blade Chimera, the cyberpunk Metroidvania by Team Ladybug, will be released for the Nintendo Switch in August 2024.

A brand new trailer that features new gameplay footage has also been revealed.

About the game:

When the past catches up to you in various forms, desolation becomes strength.

Blade Chimera is a brand new original metroidvania by Team Ladybug, the team behind the critically acclaimed 2D metroidvanias Touhou Luna Nights, the Touhou Project fan game which has sold over 50,000 copies, and the Record of Lodoss War fan game Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth-.

In Blade Chimera, the demon Lux transforms into your trusty weapon—the Lumina Sword, which you will have to use to interfere with the past, create new platforms, and shield yourself from danger to explore a desolate world.

Other than the Lumina Sword, you will also have access to other weapons such as swift daggers and long-range guns. Find the perfect weapons to suit your fighting style.

This game features a skill tree system. Upon leveling up, you will receive points that can be spent on unlocking skills that will aid you on your journey.

The whole game is depicted in Team Ladybug’s critically acclaimed gorgeously animated pixel art, in which each and every frame of every gunshot is painstakingly detailed. Feast your eyes on the harsh yet beautiful dystopian cyberpunk world.

Blade Chimera was originally planned to release in Spring 2024, but in order to further polish the game and improve on its quality, the release date has been postponed to August 2024. The game is chock-full of story and gameplay content alike, and Team Ladybug’s signature pixel art is being further refined. We’re terribly sorry for the delay, but we hope the improved Blade Chimera will be high-quality and be able to entertain a wide audience.

The newly released trailer showcases many new boss battles and gimmicks, all painstakingly designed by Team Ladybug. It offers a sneak peek into the world of the game… but in order to let more players get their hands on the actual game experience, Blade Chimera will be joining Steam Next Fest in June (next month!) with a public demo. Please check out the demo too when it releases!

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Game studio SAT-BOX has announced their latest title, “Ruler Battle Online,” making its debut on the Nintendo Switch next week on May 31, 2024. Ruler Battle Online features creative ruler customization, a single-player “Battle Road,” and online battle functionality.

About the game:

Knock your opponents’ rulers off the desk! Utilize the special “Swallow Reversal” technique to send your ruler soaring through the air get back your footing in a pinch! Climb the online rankings all the way to the top!

【Ruler Battle】

Challenge fearsome enemies one after another on the “Battle Road!” where rulers that you defeat will become unlocked for use! Compete with players worldwide for ratings via “Quick Match!” Learn the ins and outs of each stage and ruler, gain the advantage, and win!

【Keyword Match】

Set up a keyword and arrange a private battle match with friends!

【Customization】

Mix and match ruler parts and create an original ruler unique to you! Utilize your custom ruler’s strengths and show off your creative designs! The possibilities are limitless!

【Rankings】

Check your current rating and rank! How do you fare against players around the world?

Details:

  • No. of players: Single System (1), Online (2-4)
  • Genre: Action, Party, Board Game
  • Publisher: SAT-BOX
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone
  • Supported play modes: TV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld mode
  • Supported languages: English, Japanese

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Fashion Dreamer has been updated to Ver. 1.5.0. You can see the patch notes for this update below. Additionally, the final limited-time Fair will be held in June. From July onwards, there will be a re-run of past Fairs, + New items (including patterns and Muse parts) will be added ahead of the game’s 1st Anniversary in November.

New Features and Content
  • 6th limited-time Fair: Retro Pop Fair
    • 6 patterns
    • 1 hairstyle
    • 1 eyeliner
    • 2 poses
    • 6 photo frames
    • 4 showroom items
  • Adds 10 new patterns
    • 4 patterns are available via gacha.
    • 1 hair colour
    • 1 eyebrow colour
    • 1 eyelash colour
    • 1 beard colour
    • 1 lips colour
    • 1 make-up colour
    • 12 showroom items
    • Hair colour: 1 type
Changes and Improvements
  • Increases the maximum number of items held.
    • Increases the maximum number of items you can hold from 6,000 to 9,000
  • Increases the number of Muses you can follow and adds related indicator on-screen.
    • Increases the number of Muses you can follow has been from 200 to 500.
    • Adds “Number of followers / Maximum number of Muses you can follow” indicator to the player’s Muse in My Worlds.
  • Adjusts Bonus Drops for using LookIt
    • Adjusts Bonus Drops for using LookIt in order to give players the opportunity to obtain more gacha and Photo items. You’re now more likely to get Gacha Tickets and Lucky Coins after using Lookit. The number of Gacha Tickets you can get has been increased from 1-10 to 5-50.
  • Adjusts Gacha drop rates
    • Makes adjustments to  Gacha drop rates based on previous drop rate adjustments in order to increase chances of getting gacha items of various rarities.
  • Fixes showroom shelves
    • You can now place certain shoes and head items on shelves in the showroom, which was previously impossible.
  • Makes adjustments to the Photo Item Venching Machine
    • Changes the timing of line-up refreshes for the Photo Item Vending Machine in order to allow players to enjoy the photo feature even more. From now on, the line-up will refresh every time you access the vending machine, and not at fixed intervals anymore.
  • Improves stability and fixes minor bugs.

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The official Splatoon account has shared a new illustration for the upcoming ‘End of the World’ Splatfest, where you’ll choose what you would do at the world’s end. The Splatfest will run from May 17th to 19th, 2024, at 5 PM PT.


Astragon Entertainment and developer Independent Arts Software have released a new trailer that presents the official brands and machines in Construction Simulator 4. With over 80 machines and vehicles and more than 20 manufacturers. The game will be released on May 28, 2024, for Nintendo Switch.

About the game:

As in the previous installments of the Construction Simulator series, the simulation impresses with a large number of originally licensed and detailed machines and vehicles from world-famous brands. With over 80 machines and vehicles and more than 20 manufacturers, Construction Simulator® 4 offers an even wider range compared to its predecessor. The diverse fleet of vehicles offers the right selection to master the various challenges of the construction jobs. For example, you can choose from cranes, excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders, rollers, road construction machines, various transport vehicles and, for the first time, concrete pumps for concrete work.

The simulation is particularly characterized by the close cooperation with manufacturers from the construction industry. The brands BENNINGHOVEN, CIFA, DAF, Nooteboom Trailers, Scania and Wacker Neuson have been added for Construction Simulator® 4. Also licensed partners are ATLAS, BELL Equipment, Bobcat, BOMAG, CASE, Caterpillar, HAMM, Kenworth, Liebherr, Mack Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus, MEILLER Kipper, PALFINGER, SCHWING-Stetter, STILL, VÖGELE, and WIRTGEN.


Heroes of Loot: Gauntlet of Power, a roguelike combining dungeon crawling with bullet-heaven gameplay from OrangePixel, launches in Q4 2024 for the Nintendo Switch.

About the game:

Heroes of Loot: Gauntlet of Power takes horde-shooting and dungeon crawler into a new and exciting roguelike direction. Combining the frantic bullet heaven genre with a more adventurous dungeon adventure. Use your unique weapon, the Gauntlet of Power, to mount weapons in 8 directions and level them up, unlock new combo weapons and various other additional effects to help you fight the horde of skulls, imps, ghosts, ghouls and other creepy crawly dungeon dwellers as you descend deeper and deeper.

Packed with an endless variation of dungeons, unlockable characters, treasures, quests, special powerful items and randomized boss encounters, Gauntlet of Power will provide you with HOURS OF GAMEPLAY - and this is just the beginning!

Key Features

  • Randomly generated dungeons, items enemies and bosses, you never play the same game twice
  • 5 base weapons and 9 special combos and union weapons - all upgradable in strength
  • Unique items that enhance your powers against the horde of enemies
  • Over 14 end bosses
  • 6 dungeons covering 16 levels and a final boss-of-all-bosses battle
  • 2 playable and 2 unlockable classes
  • Unlockable Rune-power options to support you in completing the game
  • Perma unlockable Forged cards
  • Secret rooms, Quests, Treasure rooms, and Shops

 

Gauntlet of Power is the 3rd game in the Heroes of Loot series, and also marks Orangepixel’s 20 year anniversary as a (fulltime) solo game developer which I’m proud to say is a very unique feat especially in 2024 !  
 

What if Binding of Isaac and Vampire Survivors had a Zelda like love baby, with a kick-ass weapon system?

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Get ready to return to the glory days of adventure gaming with Cronela’s Mansion, an upcoming spiritual successor to Lucasfilm’s legendary point-and-click adventure title Maniac Mansion, heading to the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, PC, and Nintendo Switch in 2025.

Developed by Spanish indie developer Straynus, Cronela’s Mansion is an epic journey over four years in the making, heavily inspired by the classic SCUMM engine titles of the late 80s and early 90s. It’s an open-world adventure game that puts players in the shoes of Tommy as he explores the sprawling estate, solves clever puzzles, and interacts with a colorful cast of characters through a branching dialogue system as he works to uncover the enigmatic mansion’s many mysteries.

Today’s debut trailer showcases the different versions of Cronela’s Mansion currently in development while offering a tantalizing glimpse at the various locales you’ll visit on your quest, some of the brain-teasing puzzles you’ll encounter, and more. More than mere 1:1 conversions, the various versions of the game are designed to take advantage of the different platforms’ strengths to create a unique and exciting experience, no matter which platform you’re playing on.

A Kickstarter campaign for Cronela’s Mansion will launch later this summer. Backers will have the chance to secure a variety of exciting rewards, including a nostalgic big box version of the PC/MS-DOS game on DVD and floppy disk (limited to 500 copies worldwide). For the latest updates, be sure to follow the official Cronela’s Mansion Kickstarter page.

About the game:

In the depths of a majestic mansion, a story of witchcraft, lies, and betrayal is concealed, laden with nightmares that defy all known logic. The mansion harbors secrets, where the line between the real and the fantastic fades away. Each room is a portal to a shadowy world where the truth is as elusive as light in the darkness.

Will you dare to discover the truth hidden behind the doors of this spine-chilling place? The choice is yours, but be careful; once you cross the threshold, Cronela’s Mansion could reveal more than you are willing to face.

Enter with caution as this mysterious place unveils its enigmas only to the bravest, those willing to lose track of time and their own sanity.

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Publisher Dear Villagers and indie developer FairPlay Studios have launched their unique blend of a turn-based rogue-lite dungeon crawler, The Land Beneath Us, available now for the Nintendo Switch for 14.99€ and a special -20% launch sale.

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Grimorio of Games has revealed Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection, the 3D remake of the original Sword of the Necromancer, which is coming to Nintendo Switch at the end of summer 2024. Previously planned as a stretch goal in the sequel’s Kickstarter campaign, this remake will now instead be released prior to Sword of the Necromancer: Revenant to give more time to the latter’s development.

Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection will be a reimagining of the original monster-summoning dungeon crawler game, which featured top-down pixel art graphics. Based on Revenant’s engine, players will be able to relive Tama’s quest to resurrect her lover in 3D, with exciting new ways to battle and renewed mechanics and systems, including the possibility of customizing the summoned monsters’ AI. This remake will also feature remastered high quality illustrations and voice acting (both in English and Japanese) and new scenes to delve deeper in Tama and Koko’s tragic love story.

Beating Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection will also unlock rewards in Revenant once it’s available, like the possibility of summoning the bosses of the remake (shown at the end of the trailer) as special summons.

About the game:

Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection is a third-person 3D Action Dungeon Crawler where you can revive your defeated enemies to make them fight alongside you. Turn your foes into allies using the forbidden powers of the Sword of the Necromancer and help the rogue Tama reach the dungeon’s depths to obtain the power to bring her beloved priestess Koko back from the dead. Assemble a small army of monsters, equip yourself with weapons and relics, and level up to take on the guardians that stand between you and your goal.

Key features:

  • Turn your foes into allies: Use the Sword of the Necromancer to revive defeated monsters and make them fight alongside you.
  • Plan your battles, control the dead: Customize your summons’ behaviour with the Tactics feature.
  • New dimension, new battle system: Improved combos and a new companion AI system.
  • Level up: Enhance your character and your monsters by fighting together.
  • Relive the journey: Discover Tama and Koko’s past as you advance through the dungeon.
  • Local co-op play: Play with a friend in local co-op.

About Sword of the Necromancer: Revenant

Sword of the Necromancer: Revenant is a third-person 3D Action RPG with Dungeon Crawling and city building, and the sequel to Sword of the Necromancer. Revive your enemies once again and make them fight alongside you!

With a completely renewed battle and companion system, travel the continent, restore the Sacred City of Euda to its former glory and vanquish the ominous threat that looms over the world. Gather the powers of the Revenants, forgotten heroes of old times and create a little army of dead to defeat the Necromancer once and for all.

Key features:

  • Turn your foes into allies once again: use the Sword of the Necromancer to resurrect defeated monsters and make them fight alongside you.
  • Use the power of the Revenants: once ago great heroes, their spirits now wander the world. Defeat them in battle and unleash powerful summons.
  • Improved and customizable AI: set your monster’s Tactics to get the most of each one
  • New battle system: improved battle system with new possibilities like air combos. Swap characters at any moment and continue chaining hits!
  • Play solo or in local co-op: play the whole game with an AI companion or lend a controller to a friend to play together in split-screen co-op.
  • Leave the dungeon: travel the world and help its people, explore cities, towns and open fields. Delve into procedural dungeons filled with enemies, loot and challenges.
  • Restore Euda to its former glory: reconstruct a ravaged town, recruit people and get new functions and services like shops, a forge, cook…
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Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced that two new DLC packs will launch next week for Across the Obelisk on Nintendo Switch. Across the Obelisk, a roguelite deck-building role-playing game with a unique cooperative multiplayer experience, will receive a new Hero Pack: Nenukil, the Engineer, and a new Story Pack: The Obsidian Uprising, both of which will release on May 15, 2024. In addition, a large free content update will be available the same day, including localization in French and German.

Across the Obelisk is a dynamic rogue-lite deck-builder from Dreamsite Games with a unique multiplayer spin, bringing roleplaying elements and cooperative strategy to the table. The two new DLC packs allow players to expand both their wealth of gameplay options and narrative experiences, adding a new hero and a new in-game world to their collections. Nenukil, the Engineer is a new scout-class hero with a new game mechanic, including a dynamic skin that changes over the course of a game. The Obsidian Uprising adds a new story map that takes players back in time 30 years to the dwarven city of Black Forge, discovering a thrilling new chapter in the story of Senenthia and granting access to a customizable new pet. Both packs add more content to the game including new cardbacks, pets, and more. Each pack will be available individually for $4.99/£4.29/€4.99.

In addition to the two new DLC packs, a free content update will be available for Across the Obelisk on May 15. This update adds full localization in French and German for the game and all its content, improvements to the game’s sound design, more hero-specific options for narrative events, game balance improvements, and more.


The Night of the Rabbit, published by Daedalic Entertainment and developed by Matthias Kempke, is a tale of young Jerry and his adventures in the mystical realm of Mousewood. The game is available now for the Nintendo Switch.

Lose yourself in a tale of magic and wonder, where anything is possible and nothing is quite as it seems. Join young Jerry on a captivating journey to the wondrous realm of Mousewood, a land where critters can speak and mysteries abound. It is here that Jerry’s dream of becoming a magician is realised, though a haunting, sinister force casts a long shadow over the forest.

Mousewood’s residents are lured by an offer they can’t refuse–tickets to the greatest magic show the world has ever seen–but this comes at a grave cost. As the dangers unfold, they have only Jerry to turn to. In an adventure filled with laughter and tears, joy and fear, the young protagonist faces the ultimate trial, leaving behind the world he once knew, along with his own childhood.

Developed by Matthias Kempke, who believes that “games design is all about creating new worlds to be explored by players,” The Night of the Rabbit is a story-driven exploration/adventure game with beautifully handcrafted 2D art, full voice-acting and puzzles reminiscent of classic LucasArts adventures. The narrative starts off light-hearted and funny but soon shifts to a dramatic and thought-provoking tone over 20 hours of gameplay. This multi-layered story features original character and world designs based on short stories written by the game’s creator, included as in-game bonuses.

Now, with the game coming to the Nintendo Switch, players can immerse themselves in the multi-layered story and its original world design with the convenience of handheld gaming. The Night of the Rabbit promises to be an unmissable adventure for both long-time fans and newcomers alike.


How quickly could you collect a roomful of coins in Super Mario Bros.? Or snag the sword at the start of The Legend of Zelda? Or clear the entire first course in Super Mario Bros. 3? Could you do it faster than your friends? OK — can you do it faster than the rest of the world? Well, it’s time to find out!

On July 18, the Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition game kicks off its worldwide — or just living room-bound — competition on the Nintendo Switch family of systems! And for those whose NES roots run deep, prepare for the nostalgia-plosion that is the Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition – Deluxe Set. This special-edition bundle includes a physical version of the game, a set of 5 collectible pins, 13 art cards commemorating each of the featured NES classics, and a replica of the fabled gold-colored NES Game Pak (for display only, stand included) to commemorate the original 1990 Nintendo World Championships event. Perfect for collectors, and for raising above your head in victory!

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The Japanese version of Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition is slightly different, as you can see in the image above. Outside of being named Nintendo World Championships: Famicom Edition, Japanese customers get different artwork due to different game boxes, but they also get Famicom-style controllers instead of the gold NES cartridge NA/EU are getting.

As for more details on Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition in general, you can find the breakdown below.

Paying tribute to the unforgettable in-person Nintendo World Championships held in 1990, 2015 and 2017, Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition challenges players to battle through bitesized bits of classic blockbusters. Both old-school and new-school players can enjoy the rush of over 150 speedrun challenges taken from 13 classic NES games. Warm up by setting and beating your own best times in the single-player Speedrun Mode – unlocking new challenges and unique in-game pins along the way – then up to 8 players* can compete locally in Party Mode. Nintendo Switch Online members** can also enter World Championships Mode to submit their best times in five challenges that rotate each week and compete for a spot on the global leaderboard. Test your mettle against speedrun challenges taken from these NES titles:

• Balloon Fight

• Donkey Kong

• Excitebike

• Ice Climber

• Kid Icarus

• Kirby’s Adventure

• Metroid

• Super Mario Bros.

• Super Mario Bros. 2

• Super Mario Bros. 3

• Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels

• The Legend of Zelda

• Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It’s time to etch your own name into gaming history. Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition – Deluxe Set ($59.99 MSRP) and the digital version of the game ($29.99 MSRP) are available for pre-order at Best Buy, GameStop, Target and other select retailers. Also, those seeking the most authentic NES feel can snag a pair of optional Nintendo Entertainment System controllers*** ($59.99 MSRP), available to paid Nintendo Switch Online members

Last but not least, you can get an even deeper look at the game thanks to the official Japanese website. You can find that here, but you can also watch a guided tour below!