Minecraft creative director says he "can't imagine there will ever be a Minecraft 2"

Spin-offs, but no sequel

Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all-time. The game is continually updated with new content that keeps players coming back for more. One thing we haven't seen is a true sequel, which is usually a given for successful games. According to a Game Informer interview with Minecraft’s creative director Saxs Persson, it seems unlikely that that sequel will ever come.

“I cannot imagine there will ever be a Minecraft 2. We've done a lot of soul searching. Unequivocally, we're the Minecraft studio, and we've chosen to embrace that. But we have, over time, realized how flexible the envelope of Minecraft really is ... We've always been passionate about making more than a single game, but we never wanted to do a sequel. We're much more interested in taking that spark of creativity and applying it to other genres within the universe of Minecraft.”

Japanese retailer sees over 200k customers sign up for a chance to buy the Switch/Ring Fit Adventure

This is how dire the stock situation is

Remember when the Switch first launched in Japan and it was hard to find? Retailers started running lotteries that customers could sign up for, and if they were chosen, they would be able to buy some of the limited Switch stock. Well those lotteries are back, and they're apparently bigger than ever.

Japanese retailer Yamada Denki started a lottery system for potential Switch customers, as well as Ring Fit Adventure, which is also hard to find. The store had 130 Switch units and 900 copies of Ring Fit Adventure to go around, so they opened the lottery to make things a bit more fair for customers. That lottery proved insanely popular, as over 200k people signed up!

Remember, this isn't a lottery to win these items. The only thing you win is the chance to pay full price for these items!

This week's North American downloads - April 9 (Tharsis and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bunny Day Event – Hippity skippity, hoppity ho! Just in time for the season, the bright Zipper T Bunny has begun visiting islands for a limited time. The energetic visitor will be hiding eggs around islands that allow residents to create special items, including furniture, flooring, décor and accessories. There are only a few more days left to find those eggs before the event ends on April 12, so get hopping and craft those seasonal DIY projects! Hop-hop-hooray!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
April showers bring spring sales! Nintendo eShop is blooming with deals! Pick up some great Nintendo Switch games that are on sale now! For a limited time only, learn more at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull
Arcade Archives MX5000
Battle Princess Madelyn Royal Edition
Black Rainbow
Boot Hill Bounties – Available April 14
Bridge! 3
Desktop Basketball
Doubles Hard – Available April 15
Fight of Animals
Gunbrick: Reloaded
Monster Viator
Null Drifter
Path of Giants – Available April 14
Push the Box
RMX Real Motocross – Available April 10
Rocket Rabbit – Coin Race – Available April 10
Rush Rover – Available April 10
Solitaire Deluxe Bundle – 3 in 1 – Available April 10
Tharsis – Available April 11

This week's European downloads - April 9 (Tharsis, Galaxy of Pen & Paper and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

12 Labours of Hercules II: The Cretan Bull (JetDogs) - €7.99/£7.19
With over a million downloads and a passionate community of players, Hercules heat arrives on Nintendo Switch yet again – this time for its breathtaking sequel!

Don't wake the sleeping dragon… or rather don't try to mess with Hera! The Greek Goddess is upset with Hercules, and in the fit of anger decides to turn the famed Cretan Bull into a wild beast! The bull is destroying everything in his path: roads, buildings and the entire villages are in huge danger! Only one hero can stop the mayhem and tame the bull - it's Hercules. The story doesn’t end there though; Join Hercules and his friends on a wild ride as you restore villages, fight beasts and construct world wonders!

Overcooked! 2 - Gourmet Edition (Team17) - €42.49/£37.49 (€31.86/£28.11 until April 20)
- Overcooked! 2 game
- Too Many Cooks Pack
- Surf 'n' Turf
- Campfire Cook Off
- Night of the Hangry Horde
- Carnival of Chaos

Grimvalor (Direlight) - €12.99/£11.99
Slice your way through the hordes of darkness and face King Valor's guardians as you delve deep into this darkvania!

A malicious power stirs in the forgotten kingdom of Vallaris. Tasked with discovering the fate of its lost king, your quest quickly takes a sinister turn and you are cast into the abyss. Surrounded and outnumbered, you must grab your sword, steel your temper and fight your way through a land that does not welcome you. Except for the friendly merchant - he's grateful for your business.

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories (NIS America) - €59.99/£53.99
In the shadow of a massive earthquake, you must brave a destroyed city where your choices will determine who survives.

Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike (Triangle Studios) - €14.99/£13.49
Presented in pixel art and set in a future post-apocalyptic setting, Convoy is a squad based tactical roguelike in its core. You travel with your combat vehicles and convoy across a wasteland to find parts needed to repair your broken spaceship. During your journey you will encounter strangers in randomized scenarios by picking up radio signals.

Depending on the choices you make, signals can either lead to tactical combat, text based dialogue or chance based role-play. Whatever choice you make, you need to keep your convoy and its cargo safe from raiders, privateers and other enemies. Keep upgrading your vehicles, as death is permanent in Convoy.

Towertale (Keybol Games) - €8.99/£7.99
Towertale is a 2D, story-driven action game that has a heavy focus on boss battles. Fight your way up the elusive Tower and challenge the bosses of each level. Unveil the mystery that lies up in its peak.

Play four different stories and unlock multiple endings. Join Lionel, Faindrel, Lord Snicklefritz and "Dark Echo" in their quest to get to the top!

Ubongo! (USM) - €12.99/£11.99
Fast-paced, addictive, and easy to learn – Ubongo brings excitement and fun to your Nintendo Switch.

In this fast-paced game, you'll need to use your wits to solve a puzzle of various shapes as quickly as possible. Download the ultimate puzzle fun and see how quickly you can turn these puzzles around.

Discover four exotic worlds in the Solo campaign. Take on hundreds of gripping levels in the Baobab Savanna, on the wild Fang River, in the Whispering Jungle, and in the sandy Canyon of Bones. Join a zebra, a crocodile, a gorilla, and a rattlesnake on a journey through their puzzle worlds, challenging you with increasingly tricky puzzles.

Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 Edition (Plug In Digital) - €12.49/£11.29
Create your own game master and RPG party, as they roleplay, explore distant planets in their imagination, fight weird aliens and save the galaxy in the era of dial-up internet and floppy disks!

Galaxy of Pen & Paper is a turn-based RPG that takes the pen and paper games of your childhood and launches them into space. Set in the year 1999, a group of friends brave the perils of a strange new galaxy, armed with dice and unique skill sets.

The player creates their own Game Master and builds a party to play through a number of weird and exciting campaigns, earning prestige and unlocking new skills along the way. Galaxy of Pen & Paper expands on concepts from its predecessor, Knights of Pen & Paper, by featuring a larger universe, a greater variety of races, and an imaginative new sci-fi setting.

Pen and Paper Games Bundle (Plug In Digital) - €29.99/£26.99
- Knights of Pen & Paper
- Knights of Pen & Paper 2
- Galaxy of Pen and Paper

Black Rainbow (Ocean Media) - €9.99/£8.99
For adventurer Helen Stone, the biggest adventure is yet to follow. Help Helen escape the burning village and guide her through the dark and dangerous forests and help the people of Amazonia.

Null Drifter (eastasiasoft) - €4.99/£4.49 (€3.99/£3.59 until April 29)
Blast into a 1-bit lo-fi simulation that will gradually train your skills up to become the ultimate space-fighter pilot! Secretly part of the Project Starship world, this twin-stick shooter is designed to prepare pilots for their mission against the awakened forces of the void. By slowly introducing new challenges and more frenetic battles, the Null Drifter simulation will push the limits of any pilot to the next level!

Battle Princess Madelyn Royal Edition (Causal Bit Games) - €13.30/£11.99
Join Battle Princess Madelyn and her ghostly canine companion, Fritzy, as they set out on a quest to save her family and rid the land of an evil wizard--in this retro arcade action packed epic!

Pure arcade action! Redesigned with the creators original vision!
New enemies, bosses, music and sfx added! Completely redesigned stages!

Gunbrick: Reloaded (Nitrome) - €13.49/£11.99
In a future where cars are obsolete, the Gunbrick has become a worldwide sensation!

Encounter wasteland mutants, crazed nerds, law enforcement and all manner of cube based adversaries in this action packed puzzle platformer.

Fight of Animals (Digital Crafter) - €8.99/£8.09
Meme Animals such as Power Hook Dog, Mighty Fox, Magic Squirrel, and more have now become Fighters!!

Simple Controls & Funny Animals & Exciting Battles. Choose your favorite animal and join the fight. Players can fight through arcade mode to become the King of Animals!

Bridge! 3 (Aerosoft) - €9.99/£8.99
Let your creativity run as a bridge builder and take the challenge to prove yourself as a true master of bridge building! As a structural engineer and designer, you have the responsibility for a perfect static load capacity of the bridge. In Bridge! 3 you have the opportunity to build your bridges and their carrying capacity to the utmost!

You want to create your own level? No problem, because you can design the most complicated bridges the world has ever seen. Use all the new and exciting features that we have made available for you. Romp yourself and create your own levels and missions that you share with the community. You can use up to 20 different original components. You have endless possibilities!

With more than 30 varied missions and additional content from the community, you as the master builder are faced with numerous challenges. In Bridge! 3 you can install new special components such as boosters, checkpoints or trampolines. Not only can you create completely new bridges, but you can also master platforms independently and on various systems.

Monster Viator (Kemco) - €14.99/£13.49
Unable to remember who he is, Culter is mysteriously able to communicate with monsters. He soon comes across Aira, a shepherd who controls monsters with a harp and sets out together on a journey to uncover his memories. A fairy-tale like adventure with a legendary Hero with a thousand monsters, a Fountain of Truth and a witch unfolds!

Ride a dragon and soar the skies or on a raft down the river! Compelling pixel art breathes life into your adventure. Journey with more than 20 monsters, each with their own abilities and personalities. Hang tight and take your time in exploring not only challenging dungeons but what this fantasy RPG has to offer!

Arcade Archives Flak Attack (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"FLAK ATTACK" is a shooting game released by KONAMI in 1987. The goal for the player is to fly in the latest fighter aircraft of the Roufanis territory and fight with the Desalis empire which is trying to dominate the world. It is a title highly regarded by a selected few containing an interesting content including features such as a military-style worldview, simple controls and exciting BGM.

RMX Real Motorcross (Ultimate Games, available April 10) - €6.99/£6.29
Take part in exciting motocross racing - race on different tracks. Upgrade your bike to score higher place. After each race remember to Fix broken parts and upgrade your motorcycle to win! Learn tricks, earn money, and win every championship.

Rush Rover (Ratalaika Games, available April 10) - €4.99/£4.99
Rush Rover is a 2D top-down shooter game with game play mechanics similar to traditional shmups. It includes random map generation, unique weapons, lots of different enemies, exciting boss battles and a dynamic chip tune soundtrack.

In the universe of Rush Rover, intelligent robots and mining exploration have spread over every known galaxy. After the war of independence against humanity, these highly intelligent and powerful machines attempt to rule over everything so they start hacking other robots. You control a "clean" mining rover, picking up weapons and rushing to survive!

Depixtion (DevHour Games, available April 10) - €7.19/£6.49
Based on the popular Picross genre, Depixtion blends color mixing mechanics with the rules of nonograms to create a uniquely colorful experience.

Tharsis (QubicGames, available April 11) - €11.99/£10.79 (€8.99/£8.09 until April 26)
A mysterious signal coming from the Tharsis region of Mars sets your crew of astronauts off on a risky mission. Who sent it? And why? Impossible questions, but your fate is sealed on finding out. Now, millions of miles away from home, a micrometeoroid storm damaged your spaceship and killed two vital members of your crew. The mission is no longer just discovery, but to survive the journey with those still left alive.

Tharsis is built around a unique mix of a board game and video game mechanics. The outcomes of your choices are determined by rolls of the dice, but ultimately it is up to you and your decisions that will affect the mission’s success. Guide your crew through onboard disasters, food shortages, and the unforgiving nature of space. Maintain what remains of their health and sanity as they are strained by a crumbling ship, lack of food and the strange and disturbing signals coming from the Red Planet.

Succeeding in Tharsis requires you to make the best of what you have, even if everything indicates failure. Certain factors may be outside of your control, but that doesn't mean they can't be overcome. Be ready to plan and adapt continually. The game offers three levels of difficulty - easy for a fair learning curve, normal for those wanting a tough but fair challenge and hard for the true challenge seekers.

Downloadable Content

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Ninja Costume (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Video Rental Shop Staff Uniform (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Embroidered Dragon Satin Jacket (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Competitive Swimsuit (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Judo Black Belt Outfit (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Santa Costume (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Leotard Outfit (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Disaster Report 4 T-shirt (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Maid Costume (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Baseball Uniform (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Swimsuit Oufit (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Cowboy Costume (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Disaster Curry T-shirt and cap (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - School Uniform (NIS America) - Free
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Police Uniform (NIS America) - Free

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Hunting Cap and Jacket (NIS America) - €1.49/£1.39
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Fishmonger Costume (NIS America) - €1.49/£1.39
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories - Space Fighter Pilot Jet (NIS America) - €1.49/£1.39

Monster Viator: Damage x2 (Kemco) - €4.99/£4.49
Monster Viator: White Pancho (Kemco) - €2.99/£2.69
Monster Viator: Experience x3 (Kemco) - €4.99/£4.49

Pic-a-Pieces: 15x15 Pieces Pack 15 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99
Pic-a-Pieces: 20x20 Pieces Pack 15 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales in Japan surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Japanese total in less than 3 weeks

Racing ahead

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was once again number 1 for the Japanese software charts this week, adding another 423,367 units sold. That puts the game at just over 3 million in less than 3 weeks. That's a seriously impressive total, but there's another tidbit that puts the game's success into clearer perspective.

Since launching for the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold roughly 2.8 million units. That game hit Switch all the way back in April of 2017. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling strong years later, but it pales in comparison to what Animal Crossing: New Horizons has done. Sure, MK8D is a port of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons' 3-week achievement is still super impressive in comparison.

Unconfirmed figures show The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition hitting 700k+ sold on Switch in less than 3 months

Geralt approves

Nintendo fans have heard a few things consistently over the years. Nintendo is always doomed, and third party games don't sell. On the second one, fans have always fired back that third party games would sell if those third parties would only put effort into their games. Looks like we have some evidence of that being true.

Industry watch dogs have been tracking sales as best they can on The Witcher 3, and it looks like the game's Switch release has found quite an audience. Data shows The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition hitting over 700k units sold on Switch in less than 3 months. That's just the data for 2019, so it's easy to imagine the game is near or over 1 million sold now.

For a port of a game that came out 5+ years ago, I'd say 700k is a pretty considerable amount! It's sure to continue climbing as the year goes on, which only bodes well for other big-name third party support.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Rhythm Heaven creator wants to see the series on Switch, asks fans to come together to make it happen

Wubba dubba dubba THAT'S TRUE!

Rhythm Heaven creator and composer Tsunku♂️ would love to see the series have a crack at the Switch. Tsunku♂️ took note of a fan on Twitter who was hoping to see the franchise come to Switch, and he chimed in with support. Tsunku♂️ says fans should "raise their voices together" to let Nintendo know that the series should make its way to Switch. Being a huge fan of the series myself, I'm certainly down to add my voice to the chorus!

GoNintendo Review - Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Bub and Bob are back!

Time for a review of a classic franchise's return. Wondering how Bub and Bob's latest adventure holds up?We've got the final work for you! As always, thanks for reading.


Review Notes: The team involved with supplying review codes asked me to share the review ASAP, even though I haven't had chance to play local multiplayer due to self quarantine. I said I didn't feel comfortable doing the review until I had a chance to experience 4-player, but they wanted me to move on anyway. As such, our review does not tackle that component of the game. Furthermore, the team wants you to know that Taito are currently developing and expanding the game’s content, which will include new stages, additional features, and "Baron von Blubba."

The Bubble Bobble series started all the way back in 1986 with the original arcade release. That arcade version certainly found some success, but things didn't really take off for Bubble Bobble until the NES port of the same game. I can't tell you what lead to so many NES owners playing Bubble Bobble, but it seemed like one of those games that found its way into many a collection. If you didn't own Bubble Bobble yourself, chances are you knew a friend who had a copy.

Perhaps the game found its way into so many homes due to its simple, yet addictive gameplay. The mechanics are extremely straightforward, as your only real goal is to capture all enemies in bubbles and pop them. Do that, and then you're off to the next stage. It's rinse and repeat for the entire game, but the short nature of the single-screens stages and frenetic action of the different enemies coming at you keeps things entertaining the whole way through. To this day, the original Bubble Bobble is still a joy to play.

The success of the original Bubble Bobble spawned countless sequels and spin-offs. They all saw varying degrees of success and failure, but the Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move spin-off is definitely the most noteworthy. A good amount of people today know Bubble Bobble's characters from the Puzzle Bobble series, which saw multiple sequels itself. However people came across the characters of Bub and Bob, be it through the mainline series or spin-offs, the end result is a franchise that's still pushing ahead nearly 35 years later.

That brings us to Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, the latest installment in the mainline series. It's actually been quite some time since we've seen a new, traditional Bubble Bobble. As far as I can tell, the last one came about all the way in 2009 on WiiWare. That would make for the longest amount of time between new installments that the series has ever experienced. It's about time Bub and Bob got a chance to woo gamers once again, and this time they're looking to make their mark on Switch.

Rather than beat around the bush, I'll get to the point. If you like any of the traditional Bubble Bobble games, you're going to like Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. I really cannot see any circumstance where a fan of the classic titles would be hugely disappointed by what Bubble Bobble 4 Friends offers. There are some twists to the gameplay worth mentioning, but by and large, the core mechanics are still present. You're still clearing single-screen stages by bubbling up enemies. There's no major gameplay innovations going on, but with it being so long since we last saw Bubble Bobble, I don't think there has to be.

As with all previous mainline Bubble Bobble games, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has you running through stages to clear out all the enemies. With the press of a single button, you'll spit out a bubble. The goal is to trap all of the enemies in the stage inside a bubble, and then pop the bubble to defeat them. Once you've defeated all the enemies, a big round of bonus fruit drops in. Grab the fruit before it disappears, gain a whole bunch of points, and move on to the next level. That's really all there is to it.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends aims to freshen things up slightly with some interesting ideas. Without a doubt, the most unique change is that of suits you can wear. These suits will give you different abilities, and they're earned by collecting letters than spell out EXTEND. Suits change your base powers in helpful ways, such as making bubbles that explode like bombs, bubbles that blast out an attack in a horizontal line, and so on. If you want to skip these skills and play without any boosters, you can do so. If you'd rather add in a skill to aid you in your battle, you can do that as well.

Another tweak to the traditional gameplay comes from how bubbles burst. You're now able to pop bubbles in much longer chains to defeat enemies. Back in the original, you'd have to be pretty close to a considerable cluster of bubbles to set off a chain reaction, but in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, as long as bubbles are touching one another, you can send a ripple through the entire lineup. Taking out a whole bunch of enemies with a long bubble chain is extremely satisfying, and can really come in handy when you're a long ways off from the last bad guy.

My favorite new aspect might be how the scope of stages has changed. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends still keeps each level on a single screen, but now that screen will shrink or expand before a stage starts. Sometimes you have a stage that looks pretty close to the size of what you'd see in the original Bubble Bobble, and other times your character will look pretty minuscule on a much bigger stage. This paves the way for challenges that are a bit lengthier and more involved than what was seen in previous titles. It can be a tad hard to see everything at times if you're playing in handheld mode, but it's nothing too troublesome.

Sadly, there are some features from the original Bubble Bobble that have been cut, and I honestly don't know why. It seems that unique level-based power-ups are complete gone. The older games used to throw in snacks or items that would give you a special ability for a stage or two, such as sneakers to make you run faster, candy to extend how far your bubbles shoot, a bomb that kills everything on-screen, and so on. These little bonus items added a little bit of excitement to the gameplay overall, and seeing them skipped altogether here is quite disappointing.

There's also been a change to interactions with bubbles. In the original Bubble Bobble, you couldn't bounce on a bubble unless you held the jump button. There were stages where you absolutely had to bounce on bubbles to reach enemies, and maneuvering on them was tricky, but satisfying. In Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, all the challenge has been removed. Instead of having to hold any buttons, you just jump onto a bubble and you automatically bounce on it forever. It'll never pop unless you press down on the d-pad/joystick. This is probably a frustration that only million-year-old gamers like me will be bothered by, but I still felt it worth bringing up.

The biggest issue in my opinion is the lack of threat from not destroying all enemies in a certain amount of time. Once again, in the original Bubble Bobble, you had to trap and defeat all the enemies in a time limit. If you failed to do so, "Baron von Blubba" would appear. This ghost whale would chase you around the screen and try to take you out. If he touched you, you would die and the timer would reset for a bit. When you heard his music, you knew you were in for some hectic action. It was both intimidating and fun! In Bubble Bobble 4 Friends...this extra threat just doesn't exist.

I started to notice during my playthrough that Baron von Blubba would never show up. As a matter of fact, there was no timer threat at all. I sat on stages and waiting MUCH longer than you could in the original Bubble Bobble, and nothing changed. The music played the same, the enemies didn't speed up, and Baron von Blubba was nowhere to be found. To be honest, I have no idea if there's a timer threat in the game at all. The game does keep track of time while you're playing, but I don't think it has any impact on sending in some sort of enemy to get you moving quickly. I waited over 20 minutes on one stage just to see what happened, and no extra threats showed up.

The only other complaint I have is another minor one, and it pertains to wind currents. Most Bubble Bobble games have wind currents that the bubbles travel along, and Bubble Bobble 4 Friends does that as well. The thing that annoyed me is that these currents come into play in almost every stage, and they are ALL over. I know most Bubble Bobble games have currents, but I swear they went overboard here. On top of that, you can actually see the currents now via little sparkly lines that draw out their directions. This is helpful for newcomers, but a bit jarring for someone who's use to not seeing them. Thankfully these lines can be turned off in the options.

Even with the elements I miss, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is still a lot of fun. The issues I have don't really take away from the base game, which again, is very similar to what was offered up in the past. There's also other elements that I really enjoy. The game is looking better than ever, with some nice animations and bright visuals. The original tune is included in remixed fashion, along with other tracks (1 song every 10 stages, 50 stages in total, or 100 if you count the harder difficulty option). Without a doubt, character control is leagues better than the original, as it's much more fluid and responsive. There are definitely elements here that enhance what was already a fun experience.

Even if you're a long-time fan who ends up hating Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, which I don't see how you could, there's another reason to grab this game. It includes the full arcade version of the original Bubble Bobble, and you can bring another friend along for your play session. If you loved the NES port of Bubble Bobble, you're going to enjoy the arcade version just as much. It looks and sounds slightly better, but it plays exactly the same. For serious fans of the franchise, the inclusion of the arcade original might go a long way in making the purchase worth it.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends might have some elements that are hit and miss over the original, but all the important stuff feels right. Anyone who's played and enjoyed Bubble Bobble in the past should end up quite pleased with this new installment. Everything from jumping around to popping bubbles feels really good, and its obviously a package that a considerable amount of care went into. In a day and age when most games strive for deep gameplay mechanics and flashy visuals, there's something to be said for a straightforward arcade-like experience that focuses on fun. Hopefully others out there feel the same way.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons leads discussion on Twitter, is the most-tweeted game in 2020 so far

Talk about success!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is seeing success on a scale that only few games are capable of. It's dominating sales charts in a huge way, with records being broken left and right. Turns out it's also dominating discussion on social media as well.

Twitter has shared some interesting info on social media chatter, starting off with the image above. Gaming talk on Twitter is up in general, which is no doubt due to so many people staying in self quarantine due to the pandemic. Along with that, chatter saw a huge boost since Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, and its been capturing the lion's share of the discussion.

Along with that, Twitter shared the most tweeted games in the last 30 days in the US, which you can find below.

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2. Call of Duty
3. Final Fantasy
4. Fortnite
5. Fire Emblem
7. Super Mario
8. NBA2K
9. Overwatch
10. The Legend of Zelda

Even more impressive, Animal Crossing topped the charts for most tweeted about games globally in 2020 so far.

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
2. Fate/Grand Order
3. Final Fantasy
4. Ensemble Stars!
5. Fortnite
6. Monster Strike
7. Granblue Fantasy
8. Identity V
9. Minecraft
10. Knives Out

I know my social media has been buzzing with Animal Crossing talk since launch, and it's only died down a tad. With sales still incredibly strong, I think millions will be talking about New Horizons for a long time to come.

CERO Ratings board temporarily closed in Japan

The video game ratings board, CERO, has temporarily suspended its review services for at least one month due to the current COVID-19 situation. This could lead to potential game delays in Japan, but only time will tell how great an impact CERO's temporary closure will be.


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