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Fans have been eager for any crumb of news about the upcoming Sonic 3 movie, and they’ve finally found the smallest bit of news. At the ongoing Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, the SEGA booth featured a poster with a new promotional image for the movie. You can see the picture in full via the Tweet below:

While the Shadow render featured seems to be the same as that from the end of the second Sonic movie, it’s nice to see any indication of promotion for the film ramping up. Hopefully we see a more informative trailer sometime soon.

Thanks to Olivia for the heads up!

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is getting a lavish Switch remake in just a couple hours, and Nintendo have shared another commercial to promote the game. You can watch the commercial above to see 30 seconds of the game in motion.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the nefarious X-Nauts are after the treasure behind the Thousand-Year Door! With a map from Princess Peach, and the help of a few locals, Mario journeys through a colorful world made of paper to find them first. To prevail in this quest, you’ll have to level up Mario and his friends, master timing-based attacks and badges to impress the audience on the stage of combat, and make use of all the abilities that come with being made of paper, like folding into a plane to cross big gaps or turning sideways to slip through narrow openings. The GameCube classic finds new life on Switch next month, on May 23rd, 2024.


The launch trailer has been shared for Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, the upcoming voxel-based entry in the popular Earth Defense Force franchise. You can watch the 18-second trailer above to see it in action, or just play it for yourself starting tomorrow. Along with that is a trailer that shows off some of the many vehicles you’ll be able to pilot in the game. You can find that trailer below.

In Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, players will have to fight off the Gaiark, monsters who come pouring out from inside the planet. This puts the future of Earth in great danger, and you’ll have control one of four new classes from Earth Defense Force 6 in order to save the planet. You can fight to restore peace to a voxel Earth when the game launches in the west this September, or in Asia, complete with English language support, on May 23rd.


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Throughout the month of May, Nintendo has been releasing Endless Ocean: Luminous icons to celebrate the release of the new title. The fourth and final wave is available now.

This wave only features character and background combo elements, each for 10 platinum points a piece. The final wave will be available until May 29th.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door icons added to Nintendo Switch Online

New waves are coming throughout the next month

23 May 2024
by camcritiques 0
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With the release of the Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door remake right around the corner, Nintendo have announced that new icons themed around the game will be available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. The first wave is available now, with 3 more waves to come; one per week throughout June 19th.

As per usual, the character icons themselves are 10 Platinum Points, while the borders and backgrounds are 5 Platinum Points a piece. The current wave will be available until May 29th.


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Throughout the month of May, Nintendo will be releasing Endless Ocean: Luminous icons to celebrate the release of the new title. The third wave is available now, with one more wave to come next week.

This wave only features character and background combo elements, each for 10 platinum points a piece. The current wave will be available until May 22nd.


Visual novel The Town of Nie announced for Switch

The Boys Love game comes out on September 19th

16 May 2024
by camcritiques 0

Boys love visual novel The Town of Nie will be releasing on Switch on September 19th, developer √ZOMBILiCA and publisher dramatic create have announced. It will launch with Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese language support. You can check out the opening movie above.

Here’s an overview courtesy of publisher dramatic create:

About

The protagonist is a young man named Hisora, who works several blue-collar part-time jobs. One day, he suddenly finds himself lost in a strange world. This is an otherworldly boys-love fantasy in which Hisora will risk his life to find a way back to his world.

The boys-love game The Town of Nie, released in June 2018 for the PC, is now available on the Switch and Steam!

New Features

  • We have prepared new visuals drawn by Rin no Miki, who is in charge of the original artwork for the original game.
  • Supported Languages: Japanese, English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese
  • Fully-Realized System: The fun operation system includes functionality such as voice save, that allows you to save your favorite voices and listen to them at any time.

Story

“How did I end up here?”

The main character Hisora lost his family when he was a teenager, and now gets by working a menial part-time job.

One day while working his job, Hisora notices a young man in mourning clothes who drops a bouquet of white flowers while heading into a dark alley.

Unable to let it be, Hisora picks up the bouquet and follows him. However, after passing through the long, dark alley Hisora loses sight of the young man, and finds himself standing at an Inn, the entrance to another world. While dazed, Hisora is welcomed by the Inn’s residence, and hears something that surprises him.

This is a world where death is a far-away concept.

There’s a man who walks around with a crushed head, and a child who plays with his own head as if it were a ball. And other Freaks with terrifying deformities.

Hisora is the only flesh and blood human, wandering around in this world filled with creepy things. He looks for a way to return to his own world, but there is none.

Hisora searches for a way to return home with the help of the Inn’s inhabitants. He ventures into the town, where the scent of the living attracts the dead who live there.

What will Hisora find at the conclusion of his life-threatening search?


The opening movie for The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak II for Nintendo Switch has been shared, alongside confirmation that an release with Korean and Traditional Chinese subtitles will be dropping on August 29th. The game is releasing in Japan on July 25th, with no English release confirmed. Regardless, you can watch the opening, complete with English subtitles, above.

Here’s a blurb about the game, courtesy of Asian publisher Clouded Leopard Entertainment:

About

The latest chapter in the Trails saga is finally here! The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- features a streamlined version of the battle system from its predecessor, which swiftly and seamlessly transitions from field battles to command-based turn battles, as well as the LGC Alignment system, which allows players to change their character’s three unique attributes (Law, Gray, and Chaos) according to their playstyle, influencing their status, the forces they fight with or against, and even how the plot unfolds!

Furthermore, The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- is loaded with unique content, including a variety of new challenges throughout the Republic of Calvard.

Prologue

S.1209. After the threat of the mafia organization Armata was gone, the Republic of Calvard regained its former peace. But one day, in a corner of Edith City, a bizarre incident occurs in which a CID (Central Intelligence Department) special operations squad was found slaughtered.

The Calvard Police and Bracer Guild begin investigating the matter. But sensing that a new time of chaos may come, underground factions also start making moves.

Meanwhile, Spriggan Van Arkride also begins his investigation, kickstarted by a visit from an unexpected someone.

Who is the culprit behind the massacre? Why did they do it? And what will happen to Agnes, who is searching for the Eighth Genesis, the last legacy of her great grandfather?

The brutish roar of a crimson beast, and an encounter with a young boy and girl seeking “something” will lead them down a “Trail” that they cannot escape.


RUMOR: A Nintendo game code-named 'Banquet' could be in development

Hopefully we'll see it in next month's Direct

16 May 2024
by camcritiques 0
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Famed game-leaker Midori (@MbKKssTBhz5 on Twitter) has largely gained a following thanks to their accurate leaks about ATLUS games such as Persona 3 Reload and Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, but, as of late, they’ve been sharing a bit of information on Nintendo. Last week, they shared that a game with the codename ‘Banquet’ was in development, and today they’ve added a couple new details:

NDCube is primarily known for developing every Mario Party title since 9. Super Mario Party, in particular, had SmileBoom’s assistance and the similar codename of ‘Buffet’, so it seems like we’re probably looking at a follow-up to their 2018 Mario Party title rather than 2021’s Superstars. Hopefully we hear more about this game soon, perhaps in the already-confirmed June 2024 Nintendo Direct.


With the Switch remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door right around the corner, Nintendo have started ramping up marketing for the game. As a part of that, they shared a 50-second animated short featuring Paper Mario and Bowser, which you can watch for yourself above.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder saw similar shorts before its release, so it seems likely we’ll be getting a few more over the next week.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the nefarious X-Nauts are after the treasure behind the Thousand-Year Door! With a map from Princess Peach, and the help of a few locals, Mario journeys through a colorful world made of paper to find them first. To prevail in this quest, you’ll have to level up Mario and his friends, master timing-based attacks and badges to impress the audience on the stage of combat, and make use of all the abilities that come with being made of paper, like folding into a plane to cross big gaps or turning sideways to slip through narrow openings. The GameCube classic finds new life on Switch next week, on May 23rd, 2024.


Monster Hunter series sales pass 100 million, Rise sales pass 15 million

The Switch-first Rise is among the series' most successful

14 May 2024
by camcritiques 0
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Capcom’s classic Monster Hunter series has crossed 100 million total sales, the company announced today. Among its many games, Monster Hunter Rise, which launched first on Switch, is the second best-selling game in the franchise, with it having passed 15 million sales.

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The series’ next game, Monster Hunter Wilds, has yet to be announced for any Nintendo platform. We can only hope that Nintendo’s next console is powerful enough to handle it.


The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom icons return to Nintendo Switch Online

The icons return right after the game's first anniversary

14 May 2024
by camcritiques 0
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With the anniversary of Tears of the Kingdom hitting just yesterday, Nintendo have given Nintendo Switch Online subscribers a second chance to claim a Tears of the Kingdom-themed Switch icon for themselves. The first wave is available now, with another wave hitting next week.

As per usual, the character icons themselves are 10 Platinum Points, while the borders and backgrounds are 5 Platinum Points a piece. The current wave will be available until May 20th.


The Nintendo Switch is losing its Twitter/X integration next month (UPDATE)

Friend requests via social media are also going away

10 May 2024
by camcritiques 4
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The Nintendo Switch will be losing its Twitter/X functionality on June 10th, 2024, the company announced, ironically via Twitter.

This’ll be affecting sharing posts in Splatoon 2, and, to a lesser extent, Splatoon 3, as well. Friend requests through social media will also be made unavailable. Here’s the full statement:

  • The feature for posting screenshots and videos to X (formerly Twitter) from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu will become unavailable.
  • While posting screenshots and videos to Facebook will continue to be available, this service may also be discontinued at a later date.
  • The ability to post Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshots from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu to Smash World, in the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app, will also become unavailable.
  • Posting features in the Nintendo Switch title Splatoon 3 will be adjusted. When posting from the mailbox in Splatsville, Inkopolis Plaza, or Inkopolis Square, you will no longer be able to post to X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook; the data will be sent directly to Nintendo servers. This change will allow users to make posts without one of these social media accounts, but images posted by players younger than 13 will not be visible to other players.
  • The image created for the post will be copied to the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu. Images in the Album can be transferred to a smart device wirelessly or to a PC via USB cable.
  • Posting features in the Nintendo Switch title Splatoon 2 will be adjusted. You will no longer be able to post to X (formerly Twitter) from the mailbox in Inkopolis Square. The characters that appear and posts that are displayed in the Square will be replaced by data already prepared within the game software.
  • The feature for sending friend requests to social media friends via the Friend Suggestions menu on My Page, in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu, will no longer be available.
  • You can continue to use the friend suggestions feature from smart devices, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

Unfortunately, it looks like sharing your Switch screenshots will be a lot harder for a lot of users. Hopefully some Twitter integration still comes to the next console.


UPDATE: Twitter/X has released a statement on this matter and you can read it in full below.

The gaming community is one of the largest and most vibrant communities on our platform, and we are dedicated to enhancing and supporting gaming-related features. As part of Nintendo’s planned discontinuation of sharing content to X from the Nintendo Switch, from June 11th, users will need to download Switch gameplay media directly to their smartphones and share it natively on our platform.

We worked together with Nintendo throughout this process to ensure API access for this integration, but ultimately it was a product decision made by Nintendo.

Our partnership with Nintendo remains strong, and we are working together to ensure a smooth transition for all users. We will continue collaborating with partners to bring new and exciting experiences to our global gaming community.


Another trailer has been shared for Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, the upcoming voxel-based entry in the popular Earth Defense Force franchise, showcasing 4 new playable characters. You can watch the trailer above to see them all in action.

In Earth Defense Force: World Brothers 2, players will have to fight off the Gaiark, monsters who come pouring out from inside the planet. This puts the future of Earth in great danger, and you’ll have control one of four new classes from Earth Defense Force 6 in order to save the planet. You can fight to restore peace to a voxel Earth when the game launches in the west this September, or in Asia, complete with English subtitles, on May 23rd.


WitchSpring R is launching on August 29th, 2024

The turn-based RPG is being ported from PC

09 May 2024
by camcritiques 0

Turn-based RPG WitchSpring R will be launching worldwide on August 29th, developer KIWI WALKS and western publisher PM Studios have announced via a new trailer. You can watch the trailer for yourself above to see the game in action.

In Japan, the game will be receiving a physical release in the form of both a 4,950 yen standard version and a 19,800 yen limited edition, both pictured below. There is no word on a western physical release.

Here’s an overview, courtesy of the developers:

WitchSpring R is a story-driven RPG combining elements of simulation, collecting & crafting, and battling. Play as Pieberry, a white-haired, bunny-eared witch growing up in a forest filled with monsters. To relive her childhood memories (eating delicious food!), she longs to venture among humans, but she can’t find a way to the outside world… until your story begins! A world of new experiences is waiting for YOU to explore with her.

Based on the existing Steam release, the game will likely retail for $34.99 USD.