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Japan - Famitsu sales for August 17-23, 2020


The following information comes from Gematsu...


Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 42,863 (5,594,061)
  2. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 30,689 (1,366,433)
  3. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima (SIE, 07/17/20) – 17,037 (362,354)
  4. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo, 06/05/20) – 14,290 (336,490)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 13,862 (3,119,722)
  6. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020 (Konami, 07/09/20) – 9,522 (200,447)
  7. [NSW] Paper Mario: The Origami King (Nintendo, 07/17/20) – 9,384 (231,959)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 8,016 (3,711,061)
  9. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 7,459 (3,537,933)
  10. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 7,230 (3,803,838)

Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
  1. Switch – 49,125 (12,388,400)
  2. Switch Lite – 21,004 (2,528,241)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 728 (7,640,214)
  4. PlayStation 4 Pro – 155 (1,571,212)
  5. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 1,135 (1,728,475)
  6. New 3DS LL – 36 (5,888,368)
  7. Xbox One X – 14 (20,745)
  8. Xbox One S – 10 (94,495)

PR - Ready, Set, Go! - Hotshot Racing set to launch on 10th September for Nintendo Switch


London, UK - 27th August 2020 - Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Nottingham and Curve Digital are delighted to announce the release date for their multi-format poly-powered retro racer, Hotshot Racing.

Hotshot Racing will launch on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on 10th September worldwide and will be priced at £15.99 / €19.99 / $19.99 USD.

Developed by racing game veterans Lucky Mountain Games and Sumo Nottingham (Outrun 2, Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed), Hotshot Racing is an all-new driving experience which revives the classic arcade gameplay of the 90s and thrusts it into the modern era. Featuring sharp retro visuals, sleek 60 frames per second gameplay on all platforms, multiple single-player championships, 8-player online game modes and 4-player local split-screen play, Hotshot Racing is sure to appeal to both veteran racers and those looking for a more casual pick-up and play experience.

“This game has been on a massive journey for the past decade from the initial concepts to Kickstarter pitch and now on the final stretch to launch,” said creative director Trevor Ley of Lucky Mountain Games. “We can’t wait to see all the in-game leaderboards light up with the fastest times from players and see multiplayer servers full to the rafters! We have plans for this game past launch as well, so it’ll be great to see what the world thinks of the game post-September 10th,” he added.

“As soon as we saw Hotshot Racing we absolutely fell in love with the concept, and working with Trevor on the game’s development has been a fruitful and joyous experience,” said Tom Turner studio production director at Sumo Nottingham. “Sumo Nottingham is known for producing some of the most beloved arcade racing experiences on the planet and we believe Hotshot Racing stands proudly side-by-side the best racing games we’ve developed."

Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Nottingham and Curve Digital are also proud to confirm that Hotshot Racing will be available via Xbox Game Pass. All active subscribers from launch day onwards will be able to access the game on Xbox One as part of their ongoing subscription.

All those looking for a fresh injection of colourful, speed-fuelled nostalgia into their lives will be able to pre-order Hotshot Racing starting today on PC via Steam with pre-orders hitting other platforms prior to launch.

For the game’s full feature breakdown, please see below:

GAME MODES
Time Trial and Grand Prix modes cater to those who like to compete in classic racing formats, while ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Drive or Explode’ modes offer exhilarating new ways to play. Each mode is available in single-player, four-player split-screen and eight-player online, while Time Trial is single-player only. Single-player modes run at a blistering 60FPS to deliver one of the fastest depictions of racing possible. Smash lap records to rise-up the global online leaderboards or download ghost laps to match your racing lines against the very best.

THE CIRCUITS
16 racing circuits provide the twists, turns and straights conducive to searingly quick racing. Take in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments, with each course modelled with the most vivid colours and blue skies for miles.

MEET THE HOTSHOTS
Keiko, Xing, Mike, Alexa, Aston, Toshiro, Marcus and Viktor - eight speed addicts that have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of being the greatest racing driver in the world.

CATCH THE DRIFT
Drifting is crucial in Hotshot Racing. Boost charges as the player drifts, so maintaining it for as long as possible is vital to preserving maximum speed throughout a race.

DRIVE OR EXPLODE
In this mode each car has a bomb attached to it. Drop below a certain speed and BOOM! The trigger speed gets faster and faster, forcing players to maintain impossibly high speeds.

COPS AND ROBBERS
Robbers evade the cops. Cops catch the robbers, and in doing so convert them to the police side, leading to an exciting test of skill for the surviving criminals.

To keep track of the Hotshot Racing development in the final stretch to launch, please follow Curve Digital on Facebook, Twitter and check the official website. See you on track!


PR - Develop Your Skills and Become a Master Alchemist in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

Explore Environments in All-New Ways to Uncover Rare Materials and Synthesize Useful Items


Burlingame, Calif. – August 27, 2020 – KOEI TECMO America and developer GUST Studios announced fresh gameplay details for the recently announced Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, taking a deeper dive into the evolved synthesis system. The heartwarming JRPG is set to launch across North America this Winter for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam®; and is the direct sequel to Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, a title that has now shipped over 500,000 units worldwide.

In Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, Ryza departs her peaceful hometown of Kurken Island to visit the bustling Royal Capital of Ashra-am Baird, setting up her own atelier shop while exploring the ancient ruins of the land. To uncover the mysteries that lurk within the ruins, Ryza will need to traverse her environment in entirely new ways -- swinging, climbing, crawling, and even squeezing her way past a variety of obstacles. While some of these abilities may come easy to her, she’ll need the help of the mystical ‘Emerald Band’ to allow her to swing across treacherous gaps, while the remarkable ‘Air Drops’ allow her to dive underwater as Ryza looks to uncover areas with a wealth of materials perfect for synthesis.

Synthesis is a key part of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, as it allows Ryza to take the raw materials she finds in the field and craft them into incredibly useful items for battle, gathering and exploration. The ‘Linkage Synthesis’ system from Atelier Ryza has evolved with greater depth, enabling players to simply fill the Material Loops with the required ingredients to create everything from weapons and tools to medicine. In addition, the newly introduced ‘Essence’ feature now allows players to alter the elemental trait of an item during synthesis, and by altering the essence of a Material Loop the final item can take on brand-new qualities. The “Evolution Link” takes things a step further, as players will now be able to combine two fully synthesized items together and, depending on the items thrown into the mix, might uncover an extraordinary new item.

While running her atelier, Ryza will reunite with her childhood friends Tao and Bos, while also meeting up with some new companions including the kind but reserved, Sherri Glaus; the aristocrat daughter studying under Tao, Partricia ‘Patty’ Abelheim; Patty’s father and ex-knight to the royal family, Volker Abelheim; and the part treasure hunter part thief, Clifford Diswell.

Along with the new gameplay and character details, KOEI TECMO also revealed that gamers who purchase a physical or digital copy of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy during the first two weeks of release will receive an Early Purchase Bonus code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set. In addition, gamers who have save data from Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will be able to unlock the Classic Costume Set, including outfits for Ryza and her friends from the previous title.  

For all of the latest news on Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, check out the official site, like KOEI TECMO on Facebook @KoeiTecmoUS, and follow us on Twitter @KoeiTecmoUS.

PR - Dungeon crawling comedy RPG Moero Crystal H launches September 17th

The Genkai Tokki series sequel makes its western debut on Nintendo Switch

We are pleased to announce that Compile Heart and Idea Factory’s sexy dungeon crawling comedy Moero Crystal H will launch on the eShop for Nintendo Switch on September 17th, priced at $39.99/€39.99/£34.99, with a launch discount of 15% and with pre-loading beginning on September 10th. The Playasia exclusive physical edition will ship at the same time.

Moero Crystal H is a dungeon-crawling RPG telling the tale of Zenox the “Lucky Pervert”, who must partner with a troupe of monster girls to reclaim the stolen Bra of Darkness, an object of great power needed to save the world. Equipped with the “Panties of Light” to guide them, our heroes embark on their mythical quest.

Moero Crystal H features deep turn-based combat as players explore a series of grid-based dungeons. Fight and recruit more than 80 monster girls, then mix and match their outfit combinations to change their appearance and skills. Climb aboard the “Funyaton-Go” for shoot’em up sections and discover secret stages hidden within the monster girls. Upgrade your gang’s living quarters and pair up monster girls as roommates. With its delightfully quirky fantasies and offbeat humor, Moero Crystal H is the ultimate hedonistic romp!

PR - Moon Kid & Devolver Digital launch eye-popping adventure Witcheye on Switch


After a smarmy knight and wizard steal her spell ingredients, a mild-mannered witch who transforms into a flying eyeball of vengeance sets off on a treacherous journey in Witcheye, the old-school platform adventure from the team behind viral hit The Great Gastsby for NES, now available on Nintendo Switch and PC!

Released last summer on Apple Arcade, Witcheye uses a fantastically innovative touch & motion control system that gives players unparalleled control over the hero's...eyeball...on her colourful adventure. Now with Joycon integration, players can bounce off of enemies and dodge hazards in six vibrant worlds using a variety of control options.

You'll guide the witch through 50+ levels, each containing something completely unique: tricky new enemies, mysterious new environments, and puzzling new secrets. These elements are brought to life with colourful, clean pixel art and a lively, head-bobbing original soundtrack.

Designer Peter Malamud Smith was the co-creator (with Charlie Hoey) of the viral hit The Great Gatsby For NES, and creator of the well-received mobile action puzzlers Satellina and Satellina Zero.

“I never thought I’d have such a good time bouncing around as an eyeball” - TouchArcade

PR - Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back & Space Invaders Forever - Taito Double Whammy


Stuttgart, Germany - August 27th 2020 - TAITO, together with ININ Games, is pleased to announce more news on two iconic titles; Space Invaders Forever and Bubble Bubble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!, which will both be released later in the year.


Space Invaders Forever will be released as boxed editions as well as digitally on the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand by ININ Games.


Lighting the fuse for a gaming revolution.

Space Invaders is surely one of the most famous video games of all time and was the launching pad for the video gaming revolution. The game mechanics and its design make it a game that encompasses all the very best.

The following games are part of the Space Invader Forever Collection:


Space Invaders Extreme

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders


Space Invaders Extreme has arrived to invade consoles with greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack. Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, packed with devious invaders and fiendish boss fights. Practice individual stages in Free Play, then boost your high score to new heights in Arcade Mode!

Can you find all the countless, hidden bonuses?


Welcome to the new invasion!


Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE will finally be available on consoles as part of the Forever Collection.


Team up with up to 3 friends to shoot down the invaders to clear the stages as fast as possible. This brand new 4-player-coop-experience offers new stages, gimmicks and new music written by TAITO's in-house sound team 'ZUNTATA'.


Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders is the perfect union of two Arcade Kings. Two of TAITO’s most iconic and beloved video game series clash on console and combine elements from both arcade classics. Players are controlling the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat waves of Space Invaders.


Beat all 150 stages with your skills and unlock 40 different characters from the TAITO legacy. Each character has unique abilities - use more than 20 different skills, including power-ups and protective fire. Are you ready to defeat the huge 3D Invader bosses and save the galaxy?

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!  
Playstation 4 - Nintendo Switch


NEW: Online ranking, more stages and new trailer


TAITO together with ININ games, have exciting news for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! later in the year. The game will be available digitally and in physical editions in America, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.


Online Ranking Feature!

A newly included feature for Switch will be the much requested online ranking. This will allow players worldwide to compare their high scores and compete against each other, giving the game an additional boost on replayability and fun.


More Stages - more content!

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends received a lot of praise from the critics and fans, with many requesting more content. TAITO and ININ Games listened. The Baron is Back comes with 100 unique, new stages: twice as many stages as before!

The brand new trailer shows the tons of fun that will be added.

The return of the fan-favourite villain, Baron von Blubba, brings additional thrills and makes the new stages quite challenging, given that he is invincible. The player has to dodge him while defeating the other enemies one by one to clear the stage.


About the game

After the successful release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on Nintendo Switch, the cutesy adorable Bub and Bob mark their return with a bigger and more comprehensive offering that PlayStation 4 fans will be excited to play for the first time - Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!  


Switch fans haven’t been forgotten and are in for a special treat. Nintendo Switch fans who purchased the current Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be able to download the new content with all new stages and features for free.


Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a single-screen platform action game released as a complete new addition to the legendary Bubble Bobble series, in which you control the bubble dragons Bub and Bob, clearing stages by blowing bubbles to trap enemies, then bursting them to defeat them. Players can acquire special skills by completing an area, and level them up by collecting letter bubbles that form the word “EXTEND”.  You can play together in multiplayer with up to four players. Also included is the original arcade version of Bubble Bobble.

This week's North American downloads - August 27 (Best Friend Forever, Windbound and more)


Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Best Friend Forever – Step off the bus at Rainbow Bay and start a new life with your furever friend! Adopt a dog, find true love and experience all the wacky hijinks this colorful city has to offer. Best Friend Forever combines virtual pet care and dating (just not necessarily at the same time). Train, pat and play with your very own in-game dog to form a bond that will last the ages. With your four-legged companion by your side, meet, woo and cherish the many cuties of Rainbow Bay’s thriving singles scene.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition – Follow the Crystal Caravans as they embark on an enchanting and epic journey. Call upon magic and might and team up with faraway friends to take down fearsome foes. Enlist comrades to your crystal caravan in online multiplayer mode* with up to four players. Adventure and exploration await your caravan in new lands teeming with wonder. FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition invites newcomers and seasoned players alike to take up the crystal chalice and explore a world unlike any other. Featuring new areas inside dungeons, even those who played the original action-RPG will have rewarding surprises in store!

Windbound – Thrown from your boat, at the mercy of the turbulent waters, you are tossed on to the shores of the Forbidden Islands, a mysterious paradise. With no boat, no food or tools, just the will and skill to survive, you must uncover this beautiful island’s rich resources. Craft tools and weapons to hunt and defend yourself against nature itself with its wild and fantastical creatures. Unravel the mystery behind the island’s secrets and you may find more than just your way home. Windbound will be available on Aug. 28.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Month 1 Edition – Based on the globally beloved anime series, the worlds of soccer and anime collide in an action soccer game which chronicles the exploits of Tsubasa Ozora. Get a real taste for the world of Captain Tsubasa through two story modes: Episode Tsubasa, in which you can experience the events as seen in the anime, and Episode: New Hero, an original story mode. Get immersed in an action-packed game featuring over-the-top signature shots and exhilarating gameplay. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Month 1 Edition will be available on Aug. 28.

JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition – The most famous manga heroes are thrown into an epic battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of humankind. Create your own avatar and jump into an original story mode to fight alongside the most powerful heroes from DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, HUNTER X HUNTER, YU-GI-OH!, YU YU HAKUSHO, SAINT SEIYA and many others. Or head to the Online Lobby* to challenge other players and discover lots of modes and activities. JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition will be available on Aug. 28.

DLC:

Re-orchestrate Your Hyrule Adventure – Have you battled your way through Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda? The beat of the drum continues today with the Melody Pack DLC, which is available now for $5.99 and features 39 newly added songs and remixes for you to move and groove to as you explore Hyrule. The Character Pack DLC is also available for $5.99, which adds five additional characters to the game’s cast, as well as the All Character Mode featuring a 21-floor dungeon. Players can also look forward to the upcoming Symphony of the Mask DLC Pack, which will have a new story, songs and map featuring Skull Kid. Get access to all three DLC** packs as they release with the Season Pas, which can be purchased in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo.com for $14.99.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Share the Fun Sale – Find great deals on select digital multiplayer titles for the Nintendo Switch family of systems. You can save up to 50% on select digital titles that are sure to be a blast to play together.*** Act fast – sale ends on Aug. 30 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can head over to Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop and start saving now!

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

#NoLimitFantasy, Super Puzzles Dream – Available Aug. 28
Alphaset by POWGI
Arcade Archives LIGHTNING FIGHTERS
Ary and the Secret of Seasons – Available Sept. 1
BringIt to MOM
Collapsed – Available Aug. 29
Color Jumper – Available Aug. 28
Commander Keen in Keen Dreams: Definitive Edition
Deadly Days
Death’s Hangover – Available Aug. 28
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride – Available Aug. 28
Hardcore Maze Cube
Hypnospace Outlaw
Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars – Available Aug. 28
Mask of Mists – Available Sept. 2
moon
MX vs ATV All Out – Available Sept. 1
Newton’s Cradle Puzzle Game
Nexomon: Extinction – Available Aug. 28
Piffle: A Cat Puzzle Adventure – Available Sept. 2
Retro Classix 2in1 pack: Bad Dudes & Two Crude Dudes
Road To Guangdong – Available Aug. 28
Serious Scramblers
Solitaire Klondike Minimal – Available Aug. 28
Struggling
Ultimate Fishing Simulator
West of Dead
Witcheye

PR - Thrilling psychological horror, Connection Haunted, is launching on Switch on September 3rd


Connection Haunted is spreading curse around its legend-says-once-busy-servers and will launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 3rd this year. Pre-purchase the game NOW to get it 20% off, or even 50% - if you're the owner of other No Gravity Games' titles.

Connection Haunted is a semi-single-player thrilling psychological horror game stylized to look like an empty server of a classic online first-person shooter. Once you join the playthrough everything seems to look normal... until Player2 appears. From that moment weird things are starting to happen.

Pre-purchase the game now on the Nintendo Switch: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/connection-haunted-switch/

...to get this title 20% cheaper. If you’re the owner of one of the following games: Alder's Blood, Creepy Tale, Star Horizon, Strike Force Kitty, Nonograms Prophecy, Make War, Ego Protocol: Remastered, Pirates: All Aboard!, Dream Alone, Exorder, Rawr-Off, Pool Pro GOLD, KIDS: Farm Coloring - you can get Connection Haunted 50% off. This offer is tied to the game release ONLY.

About Connection Haunted

Connection Haunted is a surreal story-driven psychological horror stylized for a nostalgic first-person shooter. The player takes on the role of the online game participant realizing that the server is empty and there is no one to compete with. Suddenly, the abandoned multiplayer turns out to be filled with creepy mysteries.

The game offers a rich selection of maps, weapons, and game modes that ensures replayability and a diverse set of challenges.

There is NO real multiplayer. However, you will neve̵̗̻ͪr play alone.

Connection Haunted main features:
Classic FPS gameplay.

Wide selection of levels.

Diverse range of game modes.

Interesting level design.

Retro PSX graphics.

Fami̼͓͋̀ly-friendly.

Helpful and activȩ̹̳̓ community.

Stable servers

Connection Haunted is set to be digitally released on the Nintendo eShop on September 3rd this year. You can already pre-order the game and get it 20% cheaper (or 50% if you're the owner of other No Gravity Games' titles). The standard price of the game will be 4.99 EUR/USD.

PR - Best Friend Forever Available Now on Nintendo Switch

NO NEED TO WAG YOUR TAIL IN ANTICIPATION!


WELLINGTON, NZ. AUGUST 27TH, 2020 -  Best Friend Forever, Starcolt's game that ingeniously combines dog-care and dating (separately), is now available on Steam and the Nintendo e-Shop for $19.99 USD with a 10% off launch discount!

"It's certainly been an interesting year to navigate releasing a game - especially a first title - but I'm so proud of the team that's poured their hearts into Best Friend Forever," shared Starcolt's Studio & Creative Director, Lucy Morris. "We've definitely done our best to try and make something bright, cheerful, and silly to counteract some of the struggles of this year."

About Best Friend Forever

Step off the bus at Rainbow Bay and start a new life with your furever friend! Adopt a dog, find true love, and experience all the wacky hijinks this colourful city has to offer.

Best Friend Forever is the world’s first simulation game to combine pet care and dating (just not necessarily at the same time). Train, pat, and play with your very own dog to form a bond that will last the ages. With your four-legged companion by your side, meet, woo, and cherish the many cuties of Rainbow Bay’s thriving singles scene.

Fall in love with a diverse cast of local singles.
Spend quality time with your dog to raise its stats and pass Paws Academy.
Go everywhere with your best friend — your dog interacts with you and the narrative as it happens.
Experience modern love at its finest! Be whoever you want, love whoever you want.

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