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Konami 50th Anniversary Arcade Classics, Castlevania, and Contra Collections announced for Switch

The history of Konami in multiple collections

Dive back into the action!

In celebration with the 50th anniversary since Konami was founded, this Anniversary Collection series highlights many of the iconic arcade games and classic console titles that have been loved by fans throughout the years, and are made available on many of the latest platforms. From the shooters to action, these collections are packed with beloved titles that are simple to play and yet addicting to the core.

Konami welcomes everyone, from those who were glued to their CRT TVs or the arcade machines back in the day to first-time players, to enjoy a part of our history. All collections will be digital-exclusive and can be downloaded from the various online stores. We give our utmost gratitude to each and every fan from all over the world for playing our games throughout the years!

Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics – April 18 for $19.99 (digital-only)

It all began here…

Konami starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics!

This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. Experience these Konami classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features.

Game List

Haunted Castle (1998)
Typhoon (A-JAX) (1987)
Nemesis (Gradius) (1985)
Vulcan Venture (Gradius II) (1988)
Life Force (Salamander) (1986)
Thunder Cross (1988)
Scramble (1981)
TwinBee (1985, Japan-exclusive)

Bonus Book – Also includes a bonus eBook packed with new information about the titles, including interviews with the development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public!

Game Showcase & Design Documents – Numerous hand-drawn sketches and concept design sheets.

Special Selection of Musical Scores – Hand-written scores of several original game music.

Development Team Interview – Discover behind-the-scenes stories from designer and programmer.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

Classics that defined the Castlevania series.

The first Konami Castlevania Collection is designed to be a completed collection around the origins of the historic franchise.

Included is a unique eBook that has details provided by developers, artists and other inspired by the Castlevania legacy.

Released as part of the Konami 50th Anniversary celebration, now the best time to relive these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre.

Game List

Castlevania (1987, NES)
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES)
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991, Game Boy)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES, 1991)
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Contra Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

The originator of the run-and-gun genre.

The Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of gamers.

Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your gamer reaction skills to the test.

Alone or with a friend, Contra provides hours of nail biting action. In a pinch; make sure you know the code!

Game List

Contra (1987, Arcade)
Super Contra (1988, Arcade)
Super C (1990, NES)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992, SNES)
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Bonus Book – Coming Soon

Oh man, these seem like they could be some really fun collections. I can't wait to see what other games are hiding in these collections!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Three New Tables Hit Pinball FX3 With Williams Pinball: Volume 3

Flippin' awesome!

Hope you’ve charged up the controllers, tightened the screws on your digital pinball cabinet and polished down your mobile screen – Williams Pinball Volume 3 is here!

Theatre of Magic takes you to a shadowy old theatre that holds many secrets. Perform the 8 illusions with the ravishing young magician and reach the Grand Finale for hundreds of millions of points.

Transport yourself to the old timey watering hole of The Champion Pub and fight a zany cast of international characters to be crowned the Pub Champion! Remember to train your skills first in the unique minigames like the jump rope or the speed bag.

The cult classic Safe Cracker will force you to play an in entirely different playstyle then you’re used to. Getting into the Bank is only half the journey, you still have to break into the Vault with the interactive boardgame on the backglass!

HandyGames details PAX East 2019 lineup

A handy rundown

Giebelstadt, Germany, March 19th 2019: On March 28th, the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston will open up its doors once more for thousands of enthusiastic gamers - an event we don't want to miss! We are happy to announce our participation and we will show three very fine indie highlights there. Check out our PAX teaser trailer.

El Hijo, from Berlin-based Honig Studios, is a non-violent stealth game in a spaghetti western setting. After bandits burned down their farm, El Hijo was brought to a nearby monastery by his mother. She thought he would be safe there, but it soon transpires that the monks are forcing children to work. El Hijo tries to escape the monastery, sneaking right into a complex story of bandits, corrupt sheriffs, crime and greed.

Through the Darkest of Times is our second game from Berlin, Germany. And this one takes place in Berlin during the darkest of times, when Adolf Hitler was chancellor of the Third Reich. The player takes command of a small resistance group and tries to guide them safely through the years of the Nazi reign in Germany, all while trying to gather support and inform the population, as well as sabotaging and delivering blows against the regime.

Rad Rodgers Radical Edition is a throwback to iconic '90s run-&-gun games, featuring a local co-op mode and famous action and platformer heroes such as Duke Nukem, Lo Wang and Cosmo from Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure.

Visit us at booth 18007, right by the front entrance!

LEGO DC Super-Villains Releases Batman: The Animated Series Level Pack

Only 90's kids will understand

BURBANK, Calif. – March 19, 2019 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released Batman: The Animated Series Level Pack for LEGO® DC Super-Villains. In celebration of Batman’s 80th Anniversary, the pack, available for $2.99, adds a new crime-fighting level inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, the ground-breaking, Emmy Award winning series famous for its film noir aesthetics, intelligent and intricate stories, and stylized presentation. Players can roam Gotham City with seven newly-added characters whose origins were famously modernized in the series including The Phantasm, Captain Clown, Man-Bat, Mad-Hatter, Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn.

The Phantasm is the secret villainous identity of Andrea Beaumont, a love interest of Bruce Wayne’s prior to him becoming Batman, she is set on avenging her father’s death at the hands of a mysterious mob member, who winds up becoming The Joker. She dons an outfit reminiscent of the Grim Reaper and wears a smoke-generating device and scythe-bladed gauntlet.

Captain Clown appeared in the series as an android programmed to be a loyal subject to The Joker and an enemy to Batman. As a villainous robot with unique artificial intelligence, its strength always presented a challenge for Batman to defeat.

Man-Bat was the first villain to appear in the pilot episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Afflicted with a disease that threatened to leave him deaf, Dr. Kirk Langstrom devised an experimental cure that merged the DNA of humans and bats. After testing it on himself, however, the cure backfired and transformed him into a giant bat-like creature.

The Mad Hatter began as timid scientist Jervis Tetch who was experimenting with mind control technology for Wayne Enterprises. Attempting to impress a love interest, he dresses as the Mad Hatter character from his favorite story book and uses his mind control technology to brainwash people to do his bidding.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) pledged his life to an endless crusade against all criminals when his parents were taken from him a kid so that what happened to him will never happen again to anyone else. A self-made Super Hero who has no Super Powers, Bruce travelled the world focused on training both his body and mind to near physical perfection and when the time was right, he returned to Gotham City donning the Cape and Cowl becoming Batman. Using his incredible skills and abilities coupled with an arsenal of gadgets and cutting-edge technology, Batman keeps a watchful, protective eye over the citizens of Gotham City, especially against costumed criminals like The Joker.

Known as Batman's main arch-nemesis, The Joker is an unpredictably nefarious criminal who uses every evil trick his mind can muster to try to destroy Batman and take over Gotham City. In Batman: The Animated Series, The Joker starts out completing criminal jobs for the mob and is cornered by Batman during an attempted robbery at the Ace Chemical Plant. He falls into a vat of chemicals disfiguring him and further warping his mind, giving birth to The Joker.

The notorious and iconic Harley Quinn made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series when she and Joker attempted to plot against Commissioner Gordon only to be stopped by Batman. Psychologist Dr. Harlene Quinzel began her career at Arkham Asylum, and it was there she first met The Joker. While trying to psychoanalyze what made the clown tick, he turned the tables and toyed with her mind and she ultimately helped him escape becoming his criminal sidekick and love interest, Harley Quinn.

Batman: The Animated Series level pack is part of the Season Pass included in the LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.

For more game information, visit chaos-is-coming.wbgames.com and follow the official LEGO® DC Super-Villains social channels on Facebook and YouTube, and @LEGODCGAME on Instagram and Twitter.

Psyonix announces MLB Fan Pack for Rocket League

Baseball season already?!

SAN DIEGO – March 19, 2019 – Psyonix, independent video game developer and publisher, in partnership with Major League Baseball, has revealed the MLB Fan Pack DLC for Rocket League! With the new pack, players will be able to rep their favorite team with a variety of MLB-themed cosmetic items beginning March 25 on all platforms for $2.99 USD (or regional equivalent).

The MLB Fan Pack includes:

Player Banners, Flags, and baseball cap Toppers for all 30 teams
MLB-branded Flag and Player Banner
A baseball-themed Rocket Boost

Ministry of Broadcast coming to Switch

A religious experience

Ministry of Broadcast is a 2D pixel-crafted cinematic platformer that follows the plight of an unnamed ginger-headed protagonist. Set in a country divided seemingly overnight by the construction of The Wall, an absurd totalitarian government known as the Regime has taken root. Separated from his family by this barricade, our protagonist must compete on, and win, The Wall Show—a mysterious reality TV show aired only in the free lands on the other side of the barrier. Participating in a government-organised contest to escape a deceptively-charming dystopia is already cause for unease, but, much to his chagrin, our ill-fortuned protagonist has also lost his only pair of boots.

Inspired by games such as Prince of Persia (1989) and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Ministry of Broadcast revives the spirit of classic cinematic platformers where players need nimble run-and-jump reflexes as well as a healthy aversion to falling from precarious heights.

To reach freedom and family, you must lead the protagonist through each of the Arenas while under the ever-watchful mechanical eye of the Regime. The variety of hazardous, dilapidated environments hold an array of obstacles for you to manage—leg-shattering drops (scared of heights?), flaming barrels of garbage (extra-smelly, extra-flamey), inconveniently-placed spike pits (of course), hanging steel beams (so much rust)—but none of this is to speak of the fates of those you meet along the way.

Game Features:
Cinematic platformer: Run, jump, crash, and climb your way through each Arena as the narrative unfolds around you. Much of the story is unveiled via smoothly integrated animation sequences, within the environment, or from NPCs muttering bits of dialogue as you dive and dodge around them.
Environmental HUD: Rather than having a screen cluttered with overlaid indicators, HP bars, and minimaps, any information the player will need is incorporated into the environment. Hints and clues are meshed into the game’s art, subtle and specific, players will need a keen eye if they want to survive each Arena without breaking their legs.
Puzzle-solving: Use your wits, and at times a dash of ruthlessness, to advance through the Arenas. You’ll have to interact with the environment itself to solve most of the puzzles: use the protagonist’s momentum to move platforms, flip the occasional lever, and sometimes you might have to sacrifice an NPC or two to cross a particularly spiky pit.
Story and Personality: Featuring lots of impish humor, Grade A sarcasm, and comic mischief, all balanced perfectly with the dark, heavy themes presented in this dystopian world.

Awards and Nominations:
“Best Gameplay” and “Best Art” at the 2018 Game Access Conference in Brno
“Best Story”, “Most Original”, and “Best Desktop” at the 2018 Game Connection Conference in Paris
“Finalist” at the 2018 IndieCade and 2018 IndieCade Europe

Developer Spotlight:

MoB, the team behind Ministry of Broadcast, consider themselves masters of dark depravity and debonair humor. Located in the Czech Republic, this tight-knit group collaborates on the narrative, level design, and game mechanics. Individually, Sanja and Dušan Čežek spearhead the art design while Petr Škorňok and Petr Melicherík handle development.

Chat on Discord.gg/hitcents or follow @Hitcents and @ofBroadcast on Twitter to stay up-to-date on Ministry of Broadcast’s development.

Legendary Heroes Gather for Battle, Fate/EXTELLA LINK Now Available on Switch

The fated day has come

Torrance, Calif. — March 19, 2019 — XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., proudly announced that Fate/EXTELLA LINK, the much-anticipated action game and sequel to Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, is now available in North America on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo SwitchTM system, and globally on Windows PC via Steam. Make enemies tremble at the True Names of the heroes’ Noble Phantasms and the awesome powers they grant. The title is now available digitally on PS4TM system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam for $49.99, with the “Digital Deluxe Edition” on PS4TM system and Steam featuring additional content available for $59.99, and on “PS Vita” for $39.99 for the base game and $49.99 for the “Digital Deluxe Edition”.

The premium retail “Fleeting Glory Edition,” available now at select retailers for Nintendo Switch and PS4TM system, includes the following content: a soundtrack CD, a pack of 10 collectible 3” by 5” cards depicting each of the new Servants, a 17” by 24” cloth poster, a 3” by 4.5” acrylic diorama featuring the Servants Nero, Drake, and Scáthach, and a DLC code for exclusive costumes for Scáthach and Nameless, all housed in a custom box. The Digital Deluxe Edition on PS4TM system and Steam come with a digital soundtrack and the same exclusive costumes for Scáthach and Nameless as the physical Fleeting Glory Edition. The “Fleeting Glory Edition” has a MSRP of $79.99 on both PS4TM system and Nintendo Switch.

About Fate/EXTELLA LINK
Picking up right where the 2017 smash hit Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star left off, Fate/EXTELLA LINK adds 10 Servants to the original roster of 16. The high-speed action gameplay fans have come to know and love has been even further refined as players are tasked with battling their way through massive armies to protect the virtual world of SE.RA.PH at all costs. As in the PS4TM system version, players on Nintendo Switch and Steam will be able to engage in grand-scale 4-on-4 online battles, each assuming the roles of their favorite Servants.

Developed by Marvelous and published in North America on PS4TM system, “PS Vita” system, Nintendo Switch, and worldwide on Windows PC via Steam by XSEED Games, Fate/EXTELLA LINK is now available. The premium “Fleeting Glory Edition” for PS4TM system and Nintendo Switch have a suggested retail price of $79.99, while the digital deluxe edition is available for $59.99 on PS4TM system and Steam, and $49.99 for the “PS Vita”. The standard edition for both physical and digital versions on PS4TM system and Nintendo Switch, and digital version only on Windows PC via Steam have a suggested retail price of $49.99. On “PS Vita” system, the title is available digitally for $39.99, with the digital deluxe version available for $49.99. This title has been rated Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about the game, please visit www.fateextellalink.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook, Twitter, and via their Twitch channel.

New details on Dead by Daylight's 'Demise of the Faithful' DLC

Come all ye faithful

Dead by Daylight is making its way to Switch sometime in 2019. While we wait for that, let's get a better look at some of the content that'll be included in the game. Check out info on the Demise of the Faithful DLC below.

CHAPTER 11: DEMISE OF THE FAITHFUL

The new Killer of the Chapter is the Plague. Sold to a Babylonian temple as a child, she sought the means to repel the darkness she carried inside. She found solace in sacred rituals, where she felt safe and empowered. Faithful but proud, she began to rise in status and believed she was untouchable. But when a plague began to defile her body, she confronted her gods, realizing too late that they had no impact on her fate.

The new Survivor is Jane Romero. Jane was striving to become a powerful icon, a voice that would inspire and support those in need. She fought against powerful executives to send out her message about owning up your insecurities. Her goal was to release people from the painful experiences that plagued their chances at a successful future. Adding to her success was the growing pressure from the media to fit the mold, and a difficult past that weighted on her shoulders. One evening, she was driving home after a particularly stressful live show, and feeling drained, she closed her eyes for a moment that had lasting consequences.

The Demise of the Faithful Chapter includes:

1 New Killer + Perks and Power — The Plague
1 New Survivor + Perks—Jane Romero
1 New Map—The Temple of Purgation
1 Exclusive Item—Jane’s Floral Shirt only available as part of the DLC

Castle Crashers Remastered coming to Switch

Third party crashers

Castle Crashers Remastered is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4!

For those of you who are not familiar with Castle Crashers Remastered (CCR), here’s a quick rundown of what this version of the game has:

A multiplayer mini-game called “Back Off Barbarian” that’s frantic and weird.
Texture sizes of the game are five times the texture size of the original game
CCR runs at 60 frames per second. The original ran at 30 frames per second which feels kind of like a slideshow if you go back to it after trying this new one.
All previously released downloadable content like characters, weapons, and animal orbs are available in-game
Various performance updates and improvements to gameplay and online multiplayer

CCR on the Nintendo Switch has HD Rumble, Switch Online, and 4 player local Joy-Con support. Bring those little knights with you in handheld mode or put them up on the big screen while docked! On your PS4, we’ve utilized the latest in lighting technology to lighten up your lightbars with your character affinity color!

Both of these fine versions have been made possible thanks to the team at PlayEveryWare. It’s like magic seeing the game run on these new systems. We’re all very excited to get them into your hands!

Looks like the rumors were true, and Castle Crashers is indeed heading to Switch. Wondering why the team is remastering the original game isntead of making a sequel? The Behemoth answers that question and more in their official blog.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

BadLand Publishing releases a statement on the Axiom Verge situation

The other side of the story

Last week, all hell broke lose pertaining to the Axiom Verge's long-delayed retail launch on Wii U. The picture that was painted was not a pretty one for BadLand Games/Publishing, the company responsible for getting the game out there. Things only got worse when news quickly followed that Thomas Happ, developer of Axiom Verge, never received donations that BadLand had promised to send his way.

Today we get an official statement from BadLand Publishing on the matter. You can read their entire response below, and make of it what you will.

Madrid, March 19th, 2019: As a result of the latest unchecked, non-contrasted news published and related to the sale of the Axiom Verge videogame, BadLand Publishing has been immersed in a succession of news stories that, without being related to the company, are damaging its image. It is for this reason that Luis Quintans and, by allusions, BadLand Publishing want to clarify that:

Neither Badland Games nor Luis Quintans have NEVER made any kind of profit from the sale of the game Axiom Verge.

Due to the commercial situation of the company Badland Games, motivated by the impossibility of financing due to the restrictive attitude of the financial market, last October 2018, goes into bankruptcy due to lack of liquidity.

As there were not enough assets to meet the claims against the bankrupt estate, the company's registration sheet was concluded, extinguished and closed. This entailed the absorption by the creditors of any possible profit or income derived from the sales or products belonging to or generated by Badland Games.

Both Badland Games and Luis Quintans have recognized at all times the existing debt with Limited Run Games and Tom Happ Games. They have repeatedly contacted them, attempting to resolve the debt, taking the initiative to reach out-of-court payment agreements to which either no response has ever been received or which were never accepted. The only answer is the filing of a lawsuit in the United States in which no execution took place in Spain.

It is suspected that all this is part of a defamation campaign that seeks to promote third parties to the detriment of our interests, something that is evident if we take into account the suspicious closeness with the launch of the title.

Badland Publishing also has a different administrator and shareholder structure from Badland Games. Luis Quintans is just another employee at Badland Publishing.

Finally, we would like to thank the patience shown by all media who have maintained a neutral and purely informative position on the matter.