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ESPN Makes a Mario Reference on Monday Night Football

I'm not even going to try to explain what's going on, since I know nothing about Football. I'll leave that to helpful tipsters Blade_Master and Thisboywillbreak, who both sent this tidbit in.

On Monday Night Football, ESPN showed off a graphic of Titan's quarterback Marcus Mariota, who they have dubbed "Super Mario."

Rogue Trooper Redux - First 25 Minutes

You are the last Genetic Infantryman (GI). Bred for war and betrayed by your superiors at the Quartz Zone massacre, you stalk the battlefield as a one-man squad, carrying the sentient biochips of three fallen soldiers in your rifle, pack and helmet. Your mission? Fight your way across the chemical-blasted wastes of Nu-Earth - a planet ravaged by an endless apocalyptic war – in search of the Traitor General… and payback!

Super Mario Odyssey - Twitter update for Oct. 17th, 2017


Here we see Caveman Mario discovering a prehistoric drawing. Either that, or he made the drawing himself! No matter who's behind it, we know Mario is quite familiar with the foe depicted.

Heroes of the Monkey Tavern coming to Switch on November 7th

After countless days and nights celebrating within the infamous Monkey Tavern, our team of adventurers have spent every last penny... Their fates, however are about to change...

Like a gift from the gods, in walks a mysterious stranger who points them towards a high tower full of invaluable treasures .

It doesn't take much more to rouse their thirst for adventure.

You will enjoy exploring a dungeon full of riddles, dangerous enemies and vicious traps.

And if luck favours...you will discover secret passages sheltering legendary weapons and armours.

Key Features :

- Dungeon exploration in grid-base movement
- 8 classes
- 3 difficulty levels
- 2 hours of intense music
- Static real time fights
- 22 different enemies, including 6 bosses
- Numerous traps and secrets
- More than 100 unique items

Thanks to Magitroopa for the heads up!

Atooi hoping to do a small physical run for Mutant Mudds Collection in 2018

Want to grab the Mutant Mudds Collection on Switch, but would like a physical version? Turns out Jools Watsham does as well! Atooi's head honcho himself has said that he wants to make a physical run happen, and that would most likely come out in 2018. No official partners are lined up yet, but Mr. Watsham did make mention of Limited Run Games.

Snipperclips Plus - EU box


If you haven't grabbed Snipperclips yet, this is going to be your perfect excuse to do so. Such a fantastic game. Obviously it's better if you have more than just yourself to play, but it's still a fun solo experience!

Fan-Art: Back to Bits - The 16-bit era captured in animated GIFs

Back to Bits was an art project that aimed to capture some of the greatest 8-bit games in GIF form. Now that project kicks off its second wave, this time with the focus on 16-bit titles. The GIF above is just one of forty different creations. Check out the gallery here.

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings - more character info, screens, & art

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■ Characters

Lusia Voltaire

Voiced by: Reina Ueda
Illustrated by: Yuugen
Age: 19
Height: 147cm
Occupation: Alchemist

The only daughter of “Atelier Voltaire,” the most well-known atelier in Melveille, the imperial capital. As Lydie and Suelle’s childhood friend, she has a rival-like relationship with the twins. In addition to her graceful appearance, she puts on the act of being nice and addresses everyone respectfully, and is thus considered to be a flower beyond anyone’s reach. However, she is actually black-hearted and ambitious.

—Lusia’s 3D model.

—While Lusia is high-handed and prideful, she easily feels lonely. If she is not shown any attention, she will sulk. She also considers herself quite the tactician, but since that is quickly exposed as a lie, those around her watch over her with care.

Alto

Voiced by: Takuma Nagatsuka
Illustrated by: Yuugen
Age: ??
Height: 160cm
Occupation: Alchemist

A boy with an androgynous appearance who runs a secret atelier in Melveille. He has extremely high alchemy abilities, and boasts of top class ability among Melveille’s emerging atelier district. He has a cool and sarcastic personality. There is also a cold atmosphere about him as if to push others away.

—Alto’s 3D model.

—Alto, whose alchemy abilities are of a high level, tends to look down on alchemists who show off their half-baked abilities. But you may see another side to him as he opens his heart. While it seems he will become a member of the party, what are his true colors?

Plachta

Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi
Illustrated by: Yuugen
Age: ??
Height: ??cm
Occupation: Alchemist

An alchemist journeying with the traveling alchemist Sophie. As Sophie’s alchemy master, she considers her to be both a close friend and family. She has a serious and calm personality, but can also be somewhat careless. With her wealth of knowledge in the field of alchemy, she will support and watch over Lydie and company.

—Plachta has a different, more womanly appearance now compared to when she first met Sophie. What could be the reason for such a drastic change in the way she looks?

Fritz Weissberg

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi
Illustrated by: Yuugen
Age: 59
Height: 171cm
Occupation: Swordsman / Doll Maker

A traveling doll maker and swordsman, as well as Drossel’s father. While traveling together, Fritz and Drossel make a stop in Melveille. Even at his old age, he continues to study, and continues to develop both his skills as a doll maker and as a swordsman. While his personality completely changes whenever he sees a doll, he is usually an intellectual character who always makes calm judgments.

—Fritz has extraordinary enthuasiasm when it comes to dolls. He also has considerable interest in “Mysterious Paintings,” which are in the same field of art. However, since nowadays he keeps a watchful eye over his daughter, who often gets lost, his stomach tends to hurt.

Drossel Weissberg

Voiced by: Ari Ozawa
Illustrated by: Yuugen
Age: 30
Height: 165cm
Occupation: Playwright / Doll Maker

A traveling playwright. She has an extremely naive and cheerfully noisy personality. She is traveling with her father Fritz, and has a dream of one day putting on the best puppet show ever. Her love for dolls is of equal match to her father. She has favorable career prospects as a playwright, and is also making her debut as a shrewd novelist.

—As a bookworm, Drossel tends to surprise others with her knowledge. With her father’s recent stomach pains, she is seemingly becoming aware of the trouble she is putting him through.

■ The Story of Lydie and Suelle, Travelers of Mysterious Paintings

Fascinated by the mysterious paintings in their basement, Lydie and Suelle are drawn into the paintings’ worlds. With never before scene landscapes and valuable materials spread out before them, the twins could not contain their curiosity. The twins’ story begins when they encounter their first mysterious painting.

—By synthesizing the materials obtained in mysterious paintings, the twins can create items never before created. But even when the twins bring up talk of the mysterious paintings to their father Roger, he does not take them seriously.

—In the basement is a painting with a warm atmosphere. Why is it that the twins are able to jump into the world of this painting?

The Goal: Become “The Best Atelier in the Country

The “Atelier Rank System” is a new system that has been established in the country. In order to reach the highest rank in this system, the twins will spend each day working hard synthesizing and adventuring. Along the way, after the twins have grown a bit, they will be asked by the kingdom to investigate the mysterious paintings.

—The twins listen to the receptionist explain the rank-up test in detail at the royal castle. The test seems simple at first glance, but…

—Thinking that it will be difficult to pass the test through self-study, the twins hope to become the apprentices of the “Super Top Class Alchemist” Ilmeria. Will that guarantee success?

—After finishing the rank-up test, the twins are asked to investigate the mysterious paintings. After going into the world of a new painting with their escort Matthias, they join up with Lusia, who arrived before them. It appears that the country has been requesting talented alchemists to investigate.

Investigate Mysterious Paintings

There is not just one mysterious painting in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paitings. Also, it is necessary to repair a painting in order to enter its world, and creating the special item required to do that is not straight forward. Borrowing the powers of everyone helping them, Lydie and Suelle will synthesize the items necessary to repair the paintings.

—When a painting gets old, it loses its power as a mysterious painting, and a mysterious painting tool called “The Paints of Neige” is required to repair it. In order to synthesize this, the twins will seek out the help of Firis.

■ Create Items with Particular Effects through Activation Item Synthesis

The synthesis system applies materials through simple, puzzle-like operation. Here, we will introduce the newly added “Activation Item Synthesis” of this game.

Use Activation Items to Create New Effects

Activation Items are special items that can be added to a synthesis whenever you like, but only once per synthesis. The effects of Activation Items differ depending on the item. For example, one effect changes the colors of colored squares that already have materials placed in them each to different colors. Another effect changes the same colored squares next to the selected square all to the same color.

—Here, we see the attack item “Ori Flam” being created without the use of an Activation Item. By checking the effects indicated on the right side of the screen, you can see that it will have effects such as “Fire Damage – Strong.”

—By skillfully placing an Activation Item into the panel, new effects will appear. There may even be a character cut-in when creating a seemingly good item. By using the same materials and following the same process to create the aforementioned Ori Flam, but adding in an Activation Item, the new effect “Defense Power Down – Average” appears.

—By using Activation Items, you can create items all your own with more convenient and particular effects.

■ Synthesize Powerful Combat Items in Battle

Two of the new elements in this game are “Battle Mix” and “Extra Mix,” which allow protagonists Lydie and Suelle to synthesize items during battle.

Battle Mix

With Battle Mix, you can create items with various effects to use immediately in battle using the items you have gathered as ingredients. A Battle Mix can be activated when the character in the front of a two-person team meets certain requirements. When doing so, a “Battle Recipe” will appear on the screen, allowing you to select the necessary materials.

—In order to use Battle Mix, mysterious items called “Archeus Anima” are required. These items can only be obtained in the worlds of mysterious paintings.

—When Lydie or Suelle are in the rear of their two-person team, they can activate a Battle Mix when the character in the front meets certain requirements. Those requirements differ for Lydie and Suelle.

Extra Mix

An Extra Mix is a synthesis that uses a battle-use item originally synthesized through a Battle Mix to create an even stronger battle-use item. After choosing the item you want to synthesize in the Battle Recipe screen, you can add more Archeus Anima than specified to possibly give the resulting item an even stronger effect.

—In Extra Mix, after taking over the effect of the item used as a material, an Extra Mix-exclusive “Ex Effect” is added. Use this to create super powerful items you could not create in normal synthesis, like a Big Bang Flam with a Mega Bomb as an Ex Effect.
—It is no dream that you can use Extra Mix to synthesize super powerful items that can turn the tides of battle. The effects vary from item to item, so use Extra Mix to make super powerful items all your own.

■ The Worlds of Mysterious Paintings and the Real World

Lydie and Suelle’s story will be told as they travel between two truly different worlds. While meeting new people and experiencing events they could never imagine, the twins will inch ever closer toward their dream.

Mysterious Painting World: “Frozen Time Palace”

Towering over a forest of frost-covered trees is a palace where everything is frozen. What awaits in this palace where the beds, walls, and even time are frozen?

Real World: The Hill Overlooking the Sea

A hill overvlooking both Melveille and the sea. A church called Venue Church with a graveyard behind it was built on top of the hill. It seems that Lydie and Suelle will visit this place.

Strengthening Your Bonds

As you encounter people in Melveille, certain characters will trigger events. Through these character events, you will be able to see different sides of these characters than you normal, and touch upon important feelings and thoughts. Be sure to actively go around the capital to visit your friends.

Grown Sophie and Plachta

—A 3D model image of go-getter alchemist Sophie and her alchemy master, close friend, and family Plachta. It seems that the bond between these two has become even stronger after their long journey together.