Pokemon Sword and Shield take the #1 spot on Famitsu sales charts for the 9th consecutive week, marking a new record

9 weeks and counting!

Pokemon Sword and Shield were once again the #1 selling software in Japan this past week. It's no surprise to see a Pokemon title hanging onto the top spot for awhile, but it turns out Pokemon Sword and Shield's time at the top is worthy of a new record.

Famitsu's software sales charts date back to 1995, and the record-holder for most consecutive #1 placements on the weekly sales charts was Pokemon Diamond and Pearl with 8 weeks the top. I say was because Pokemon has now been dethroned by...Pokemon. Pokemon Sword and Shield just took their 9th consecutive week at the #1 position, marking a new record.

Of course, the real question is, just how long will Pokemon Sword and Shield be able to stay at #1? Anyone care to venture a guess?

EXCLUSIVE: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics character profile - Hup, The Podling Paladin

A fast, physical fighter

We are both very happy and very lucky to have a special feature to share with you guys today. The gang behind The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics have reached out to us to share an exclusive character profile for the game! You can get the full breakdown on Hup, The Podling Paladin, below. Learn about the various abilities and tactics Hup can employ as he battles off the Skeksis.


In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a new strategy game by BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment, players are tasked with leading the Gelfling resistance through over 50 turn-based campaign battles. Along the way, they’ll be able to recruit allies like Hup—a loyal Podling Paladin, and protector of the Gelfling Deet.

Players can unlock up to 5 unique jobs for their Podling heroes over the course of the campaign, alongside 12 Gelfling jobs, and 2 Fizzgig jobs. Each hero can be assigned a primary job and a secondary job, allowing them to equip three abilities from the selected primary Job and two from the selected secondary Job to create a custom loadout of up to five abilities. Between battles, players can switch loadouts with ease through the Party Menu.

Let’s take a look at Hup, the Podling with big dreams of becoming a Paladin. Hup joins the party as a fast physical fighter with an extra bonus to Speed due to his Podling “Simple” trait.

Unlike his Gelfling allies in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, Hup has access to a different set of Jobs. Just like his character on the show, Hup makes a great support character who never strays too far from his allies. For this example build, we have assigned Hup the primary Job of Musician, and the Podling Paladin as his secondary Job.

We have selected the abilities Refreshing Tune, Perform, and Soothing Melody from the Musician Job and Mudball and Lend a Hand from the Paladin Job. Hup must remain adjacent to his allies to take advantage of these abilities.

Hup’s only attack in this build is Mudball. With zero mana cost, it allows Hup to spend his mana wisely on his support abilities while inflicting damage, plus Blind and Move Down (on a Critical Hit), on enemies at range.

Lend a Hand allows Hup to remove all Negative Status effects from an ally, but he must be in close range to use it. It’s a great ability to have in a pinch when your damage dealers and tanks find themselves afflicted by some nasty status effects.

Hup’s main support abilities are Refreshing Tune and Perform.

Refreshing Tune heals all adjacent allies and grants them Barrier and Shell for two turns, allowing Hup to mend wounds and protect his friends from both physical and magical damage all in a single cast.

Perform isn’t as flashy, but it’s important all the same. All allies adjacent to Hup receive a Recovery boost, allowing them to take their turns sooner.

Finally, we have Soothing Melody. This allows Hup to become a kind of MP battery for his entire team, restoring MP to his allies, which will prove vital in longer fights.

These are just some of the possible ways players can leverage the powerful job system in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. How will you choose to play?

For more information on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, check it out on the Nintendo eShop.

NPD data for Dec. 2019, full year 2019, and the last decade (Switch the best-selling hardware of 2019)

A mega year for Switch

Well here it is, the big NPD round-up for the end of the year! All the sales data you could want. Check out how things went in December 2019, the full year, and the last decade!

December 2019

- Total Video Game Sales: $2.984b
- Video Games Hardware: $973m
- PC & Video Games Software: $1,141m
- Video Games Accessories & Game Cards: $869m
- half of December’s top 20 best-selling games were published by Nintendo
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 finished as December’s fifth best-selling title overall
- Luigi's Mansion 3 ended 2019 as the fourth best-selling title of the year on Switch
- Switch was the best-selling hardware of the month

Full year 2019

- Switch was the best-selling hardware for 2019

The last decade

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Fighters Pass 2" to include 6 more characters

Who's making the cut?

This was mentioned in the official Smash Bros. Ultimate press release earlier today, as well as the Fighter Presentation and our recap blog, but I felt it was still worth a mention in its own post. We all knew another Fighters Pass was coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but today we learned that 6 different characters are going to be included. Time to start coming up with your dream roster, gang!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Cindered Shadows DLC story trailer, releasing February 13

"The surface world turned its back on us, and we did the same in return.”

Meet the Officers Academy’s secret fourth house, the Ashen Wolves, when Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Cindered Shadows arrives February 13th as part of the Expansion Pass.

PR - Metro Redux Coming to Nintendo Switch in February 2020

Moscow, 16 January 2020 | Deep Silver and 4A Games are proud to announce that Metro Redux, the ultimate double game collection, including the definitive versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, will release on Nintendo Switch™ on 28 February 2020.  Developed in-house by 4A Games, and containing two complete campaigns which combine to create one epic solo adventure, Metro Redux  will immerse players into one of the most atmospheric worlds in gaming, fully brought to life on their Nintendo Switch™.  

In addition to both campaigns, Metro Redux contains all the Metro: Last Light DLC  offering a further 10 hours of bonus content.  Players can experience life in the Moscow Metro through two unique Play Styles: use the “Survival” Play Style to approach the campaign as a slow burn survival horror or tackle it with the combat skills of a Ranger with the “Spartan” Play Style.  

Purchasers of the boxed edition of Metro Redux will find both games and all DLC on one 16GB cart with no additional download required; The Ranger Cache pre-order pack is available at selected retailers and contains a Metro Redux pin badge set, Game case sleeve, Double sided alternate artwork inlay, 4 double sided art cards and an A2 double sided poster.  

Those who prefer to download digitally can purchase Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux individually from the Nintendo e-Shop.

In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside. You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised underground. Having never ventured beyond the city limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat.

But will they even listen? Rather than stand united, the factions of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

Key Features:
·    Immerse yourself in the Moscow Metro – witness one of the most atmospheric worlds in gaming brought to life on Nintendo Switch™
·    Brave the horrors of the Russian apocalypse – equip your gasmask and an arsenal of hand-made weaponry as you face the threat of deadly mutants, human foes, and the terrifying environment itself
·    Two campaigns, and all DLC included – Metro Redux includes two complete campaigns that combine to create one epic solo adventure, plus a further 10 hours of bonus content. Two unique Play Styles and  Ranger Mode add hours more replayability!
·    Two unique Play Styles : ‘Spartan’ and ‘Survival’ – approach the campaign as a slow burn Survival Horror , or tackle it with the combat skills of a Spartan Ranger in these two unique modes

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Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds by creating products of the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the gritty, post-apocalyptic Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include the next entries into the Saints Row, TimeSplitters and Dead Island franchises. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 20 years of experience in the digital media business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the United States.

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4A Games is a multicultural, multinational video game development studio with offices in both Malta and Ukraine - known for its atmospheric first-person shooters Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light, and Metro Redux.

Established in Kiev, Ukraine in 2005, the studio was founded by a passionate team of game industry veterans with the goal of creating AAA-quality games for current gaming PCs and then “next-gen” game consoles. In 2014, the studio moved its headquarters - along with more than 50 team members and their families - from Ukraine to the island of Malta.

Currently at the heart of the company are over 100 talented designers, programmers, artists, effects specialists, and writers from all over the world with a diverse and unique set of backgrounds - bringing countless years of experience in software development and computer games in particular. To learn more, please visit www.4A-Games.com

PR - Byleth From the Fire Emblem Series Joins the Roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Professor at Garreg Mach Monastery Revealed as Newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter, With News of Six More Fighters in Development

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Combat class is in session! Byleth, the renowned mercenary and professor from the Fire Emblem series, is ready to teach Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players a lesson in battle. In a video released today, Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, unveiled for the first time the battle-hardened Fire Emblem character in action, who will enter the arena on Jan. 28 as the game’s newest fighter. Sakurai demonstrated Byleth’s unique ranged play style, and revealed the Garreg Mach Monastery stage and 11 new music tracks from the Fire Emblem series, all coming to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch system later this month.

All of this new content will be available to players who own the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass or purchase Challenger Pack 5 separately.* In addition to Byleth’s reveal, new details were announced about the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which will include six more fighters currently under development. By purchasing Fighters Pass Vol. 2 for a suggested retail price of $29.99, players will get access to six more yet-to-be-announced Challenger Packs as they release. Each pack includes one new fighter, one stage and multiple music tracks. Those who purchase Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will also receive an exclusive costume for Mii Swordfighter, the Ancient Soldier Gear from the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, available in-game starting Jan. 28.

To view the video in its entirety, visit https://www.youtube.com/nintendo.

“As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues to inspire friendly competition and heated matches on Nintendo Switch, the addition of Byleth from the beloved Fire Emblem series, along with the announcement of six more upcoming fighters, represents our commitment to supporting the game with new content that further enriches the overall experience,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will continue to welcome both newcomers and veteran players alike to enjoy the thrill of battle while exploring its unparalleled lineup of gaming icons.”

Byleth joins the ranks as the 80th legendary video game character included as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which features the biggest crossover of video game characters in history. Drawing upon Byleth’s chivalric exploits, their inclusion in the roster will change the tide of every battle they appear in, with clever strategic choices motivating each defensive posture and offensive attack in their move set. With a sword, axe, lance and bow in hand, prevailing in combat will often come down to selecting the right moments to hold ground or advance.

Byleth’s accompanying stage, the Garreg Mach Monastery, also features a variety of cameos from popular characters in the Fire Emblem series, including Edelgard from the Black Eagles, Claude from the Golden Deer and Dimitri from the Blue Lions.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also receive a new Spirit Board, which features some of the other popular characters from the Fire Emblem series, along with a new classic mode route, “A Heroic Legacy,” which highlights classic Fire Emblem stages throughout the series’ storied history.

Additionally, new Mii Fighter costumes inspired by Cuphead, Rabbids, Altair and various Mega Man games will be available for purchase on Jan. 28. Players who purchase the Cuphead Mii Fighter costume will also receive a new music track, Floral Fury, which was originally featured in the game’s classic Cagney Carnation boss battle.

Finally, two fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have amiibo figures available for purchase at select retailers beginning on Jan. 17: Samus’s mysterious doppelganger, Dark Samus, and Simon Belmont’s whip-wielding echo fighter, Richter.

Additional new fighters, stages and music will also be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Players can also continue to purchase the current Fighters Pass for a suggested retail price of $24.99 to gain access to the first five Challenger Packs. Playable fighters Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie and Terry Bogard are all available now, with Byleth joining on Jan. 28. For only $5.99, players can also purchase the packs individually.

For more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, visit https://www.smashbros.com/. And for more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC, visit https://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/dlc/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Full version of game required to use DLC. Sold separately.

This week's North American downloads - January 16 (Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – The worlds of the Fire Emblem series and ATLUS games have crossed paths again. An interdimensional evil has invaded modern-day Tokyo, resulting in this fantastical barrage of music, style and danger. So, fight back! Battle through dungeons to pump up your strategy and creatively decimate your foes…before all hope fades to black. This updated edition includes paid DLC from the Wii U version of the game, plus new dungeons to explore, a new EX Story and a new music video featuring the song, “She is…”

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
New Year Sale – Ring in the New Year with great savings on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games! You can save on a large variety of must-have titles, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition. The sale runs until tonight (Jan. 16) at 11:59 p.m. PT, so make sure to check out the full list of deals available at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

Adventure Pinball Bundle – Available Jan. 17
Anime Studio Story
Arcade Archives EXERION
Caveman Chuck – Available Jan. 21
Curious Cases
Doggie Ninja The Burning Strikers
Dreamwalker: Never Fall Asleep
Dungeon Shooting
Ember – Available Jan. 21
Extreme Trucks Simulator
Jurassic Excite
Lydia – Available Jan. 17
Maitetsu:Pure Station
Planetary Defense Force
Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha – Available Jan. 21
Red Bow – Available Jan. 17
Robots under attack!
Sea King Hunter
Seek Hearts
So Many Me: Extended Edition – Available Jan. 17
Soccer, Tactics & Glory – Available Jan. 22
Sorry, James
Spider Solitaire – Available Jan. 17
Super Crush KO
To the Moon
The Station
Witch & Hero 2

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on New Nintendo 3DS:

Small World Z

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Wii U:

Regina & Mac

This week's European downloads - January 16 (Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Super Crush KO and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Jump Gunners (BoomBox) - €9.99/£8.99
Both Single and Multiplayer support (couch play). Includes 80+ levels of insane action with multiple themes, fully destructible terrain and procedural level content.

20+ over the top weapons including Rifles, Flamethrowers, Rocket Launchers, and more!

Various game modes: Classic last man standing, team death-match, capture the flag and custom game modes so you can create the game you want to play!

Customizable characters so you can personalize your gaming experience.

Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen Collector's Edition (Ocean Media) - €19.99/£17.99
You have a new assignment! Dive back to 13th century medieval Europe as Vatican's best secret agent!

Rumors have it that inquisitor Augustine went out of his mind. He became obsessed by witch-hunting. People are in terror. Travel to Spain, to an isolated village of Portonero and bring an end to this witch-hunting madness! No one is safe; no one is spared from inquisitor's blood-stained hands. Can you be the one that will bring peace and justice back to Portonero and his people?

The thrill and mystery is back in Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen, an engaging puzzle-adventure game!

From now on, you are on your own!

Robots under attack! (Dmytro Derybas) - €5.99/£4.99
Shoot the robots using your bow. Solve puzzles, fight with the bosses, use a variety of tools and traps to destroy the robots!

Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo (Bare Knuckle Development) - €4.39/£3.99
Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo is an addictive, fast-paced space shooter with bullet hell elements, loads of unlockables, and leaderboards to climb. The ‘Turbo’ edition of Super Mega Space Blaster Special is the definitive edition giving you more ships, more game modes, more unlockables, more challenges, and more space blasting fun than any ever before. Blast your way through 5 unique game modes including 2 new Turbo edition modes. Save cute astronauts and destroy the boss to claim victory in ‘Save The Colony’ mode. Manage your fuel and ammo to survive to the big-boss in 'Survival' mode. Protect your mothership from damage for as long as you can in 'Protect Mother' mode. Blast your friends into space dust in local competitive multiplayer modes 'To The Death' mode and the new ‘One Shot’ mode.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €39.99/£32.99
A Dusk era has fallen upon this world many times, yet people have managed to survive and reclaim a meager livelihood thus far. Here, in a remote atelier, there was a lone girl making her living by making medicine. Her name is Ayesha.

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €39.99/£32.99
Water sources go dry. Plants wither and die. All creatures thirst and starve.

The blue oceans turn to sand, and the life of the sea no longer has a place to call home. Yet still, the sun continues to shine, mercilessly drying up what little water remains in the earth. Slowly, but surely, everything fades away to nothing in this Dusk World.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €39.99/£32.99
This world has seen its fair share of Twilights, and is slowly nearing its end.

Within this world, in the western reaches of the Land of Dusk, there exists a nation that has prospered through its use of alchemy. In order to survive the inevitable arrival of the Dusk End, the people in that nation devote their every effort to rediscovering the lost alchemic technologies of the past.

Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €89.99/£73.99
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX
- Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX
- Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX

Curious Case (OnSkull Development) - €4.99/£4.49
A scientist has gone missing, after claiming they made a groundbreaking discovery! Vanished from a locked office with only one exit this extraordinary case immediately grabs Detective Moore’s attention. A modern day legend, Detective Thomas Moore has solved more cases than one can count, where others hit dead-ends, he gets to work. Some cases are more difficult than others, but he always comes through, but this time is different... Something seems off about this case, it is almost as if greater forces are in play...

The Station (The Station Game) - €7.99/£7.19
The Station is a first-person sci-fi mystery set on a space station sent to study a sentient alien civilization. Assuming the role of a recon specialist, players must unravel a mystery which will decide the fate of two civilizations.

Squidlit (Squidlit Ink) - €1.59/£1.39
Are you ready for an invertebratey adventure? Do you have the gumption to take on a mighty quest for the good of oodles of squidlits everywhere? If so, many trials await you as you squrp your way to victory in the squishiest of escapades!

The mechanics are simple!

After jumping, jump again to ink downwards on the enemies you encounter as you blip and squip along your merry way! Can you stop Skwit Skwot before it’s too late?

Demolish & Build 2018 (Ultimate Games) - €14.99/£13.49 (€12.74/£11.46 until January 22)
Buy land properties, upgrade your machines and hire workers in different parts of the world.

Without Escape (eastasiasoft) - €4.99/£4.49 (€3.99/£3.59 until February 5)
Without Escape harkens back to first-person graphic adventures of the early ‘90s, which relied on pre-rendered backgrounds and full-motion video to tell interactive stories. Explore the confines of your own home as you flip between a mundane existence and a horrifying otherworld. Can you escape the nightmare and find the answers you’re looking for?

Anime Studio Story (Kairosoft) - €13.00/£11.69
Produce your own hit anime starring a character of your making!

Select a face, body, and presto! Your completed hero can then explode onto the scene of your show, wowing watchers to rule the rankings! Categories include "Dateability," "Popular with Kids," and more! As the animaestro, only you can bring status to your studio!

Speaking of your studio, equip it with a library, motion capture room, and even a theater! Educate your staff in the anime way to craft a classic that will echo through the generations!

Doggie Ninja The Burning Strikers (toydea) - €6.50/£5.89
"Doggie Ninja The Burning Strikers" is a soccer game that can be played by a maximum of 4 players. No matter where, when and whom you are with, you can enjoy this party game. Let's enjoy this battle!

Maitetsu: Pure Station (CIRCLE Ent.) - €34.99/£31.49
Sotetsu had lost his entire family in a rail accident and was adopted into the Migita household, which runs a shochu brewery in the city of Ohitoyo.

He returned to his hometown to save it from the potential water pollution that would occur if they accepted the proposal to build an aerocraft factory nearby.

He woke up the RailRoad Hachiroku by accident and became her owner. For different purposes, they agreed to help find her lost locomotive, with the help of his stepsister Hibiki, the town's mayor and local railway chief, Paulette and others.

To The Moon (X.D. Network) - €11.99/£10.79 (€9.59/£8.63 until January 30)
Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all the way from the very beginning... but only in their patients' heads.

Due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives, but didn’t.

This particular story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a lifetime, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.

And Johnny's last wish is, of course... to go to the moon.

Seek Hearts (KEMCO) - €14.99/£13.49 (€13.49/£12.14 until January 17)
With questions swirling in his mind about why he was created and by who, Izen sets out on a journey to discover his origins. However, as he and those with him pursue answers to this mystery, they fail to notice a shadow creeping up upon them with the intent to stop them in their tracks...

Upgrade Izen's abilities with arm/leg parts, core and chips, and activate the armament drive and fight with the support of fairies! Add a little spice to life with titles and enjoy the free arrangement of battle speed and encounter rates! Get easy items from fairies that hide in stockings! Loads of extra content including a battle arena and more still awaits!

SELF (indienova) - €6.29/£5.69 (€5.66/£5.12 until January 22)
In SELF, the boundaries of reality, dreams, truth, and memories are blurred. Many puzzles and challenges await, and you must commit to a series of choices leading you to a range of different endings.

In this introspective adventure, you must collect clues from throughout your journey and piece them together to find out the whole story. But—will you seize the opportunity to find your SELF?

Sorry James (Nestor Yavorskyy) - €4.99/£4.49
Sorry, James is non-linear story-driven puzzle game which takes unusual step on storytelling. You will discover plot through dialogues of two strangers and learn a tale about James, whose role is to decrypt files containing that chat. Along with creepy thriller and conspiracy atmosphere, there is the unique game mechanic that reminds mix of Sudoku and Minesweeper-like gameplay.

Super Crush KO (Vertex Pop Inc.) - €13.99/£11.59
Super Crush KO is a fast-paced brawler set in a vibrant, near-future city. Zip up your favourite neon jacket and combo your way through swarms of deadly robots to save your kidnapped kitten and, while you’re at it, save humanity from an AI apocalypse.

Witch & Hero 2 (Flyhigh Works) - €4.99/£4.49
In each stage your goal is simple – clear the enemies. You can carry the fight with the Hero and act as a shield, while the Witch is physically weak but capable of using powerful magic. Only by combining the abilities of both characters will you succeed.

Eventually you earn a ‘one-shot’ magical power to turn the tide of the toughest battles!

Continue the adventure that began in Witch & Hero and try to conquer the Demon Lord!

Dreamwalker: Never Fall Asleep (Artifex Mundi) - €14.99/£13.49
In a small tourist town a young girl, the daughter of the town’s mayor, falls in coma due to an accident. The impotence of the local physicians forces Mrs. Mayor to seek the aid of a psychiatrist, who is rumoured to possess a unique ability to traverse people’s dreams – a Dreamwalker.

Arcade Archives Bells & Whistles (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"Bells & Whistles" is a shooting game released by KONAMI in 1991. Collect bells to receive all sorts of power ups or powerful Charged Shots and use them to save Planet Mel from being invaded by the alien Iva. During co-op play, TWINBEE and WINBEE can work together to use Special Power Up attacks.

Stories Untold (Devolver Digital) - €9.99/£8.99
“Stories Untold” is a narrative-driven experimental adventure game, that bends the genre into something completely unique. Combining a mix of classic text-adventure, point-and-click and more, 4 short stories are packaged together into a single mysterious anthology that has been described as “a fantastic, fascinating example of interactive visual storytelling” (Telegraph 5/5) and earning widespread critical acclaim since release.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Nintendo, available January 17) - €59.99/£49.99
Budding stars of the stage and screen team up with legendary warriors from the world of Fire Emblem in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles!

Join a group of superstars in-the-making as they balance aiming for the top of the entertainment industry, with stopping Tokyo’s interdimensional invasion in this stylish RPG.

So Many Me: Extended Edition (Starcaster Games, available January 17) - €14.99/£13.49
Filo is Filo, one of a kind or so he thought as he is woken from his peaceful sleep and eat life to go on a quest of great importance. Which he doesn’t really care much for the details so he just does.

His journey however starts in a magical fountain which splits Filo’s essence into hundreds of clones each shaped by an individual part of his personality which are called Me’s.

However they are all a part of him so they are compelled to move when he does. Me’s as well as Filo now also have the ability to turn into magical stone platforms which can be used for puzzle solving.

Red Bow (Ratalaika Games, available January 17) - €4.99/£4.99
Red Bow is a top-down, creepy adventure game that sets players in the role of Roh, a young girl who gets trapped in a bizarre nightmare filled with creepy monsters!

Roh finds herself trapped in a strange dark nightmare world. Help her realize what role she plays by exploring creepy environments.

Solve puzzles and find hidden secrets on your adventure. The items you find along the way will decide on which ending you get!

Adventure Pinball Bundle (SuperPowerUpGames, available January 17) - €8.99/£8.09
- Dragon Pinball
- Pirates Pinball
- Titans Pinball

Spider Solitaire (Baltoro Games, available January 17) - €8.99/£8.09
Spider Solitaire is one of the most popular patience games in the world!

If you are a big fan of Spider Solitaire, Klondike Solitaire, FreeCell Solitaire or other card games, you will love this spectacular and highly polished game!

Lydia (Nakana.io, available January 17) - €4.00/£3.50
How may a resenting and alcoholic household affect a little girl full of imagination? How may she perceive the twisted and manipulative family dynamics?

Grow up with Lydia and try to understand the feelings, behaviours and events that moulded critical moments of her life. Confront the monster with your own sensitivity.

This hand-drawn game can be completed in around one hour. The emotional music was composed by renowned film composer Juhana Lehtiniemi.

Downloadable Content

Atelier Ryza: GUST Extra BGM Pack (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €7.99/£6.49
Atelier Ryza: Klaudia's Story ''Atelier Klaudia'' (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €5.49/£4.49
Atelier Ryza: ''Secret Solitary Island'' (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €7.99/£6.49

Snooker 19: Challenge Pack (Ripstone Publishing) - €7.99/£6.49

Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition - Brawltimore Razors (Digital Dreams) - €0.99/£0.83

Goonya Fighter: New Battle Style ''Special Move: Fire Them Turds!!'' (MUTAN) - €0.99/£0.89
Goonya Fighter: New Battle Style ''Item Battle: Flippy Floppy Giants!'' (MUTAN) - €0.99/£0.89

Asphalt 9: Legends - High-Gear Pack (Gameloft) - €29.99/£28.99

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun! - Donder Pack -Thunderclap- (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €4.99/£3.99
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun! - Touhou Project Arrangements Pack Vol. 2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €3.99/£3.29

Lydia: #LydiaDonation (Nakana.io, available January 17) - €1.00/£0.90

Seek Hearts - Experience x3 (KEMCO) - €4.99/£4.49
Seek Hearts - Damage x2 (KEMCO) - €4.99/£4.49
Seek Hearts - No Skill Cost (KEMCO) - €3.99/£3.59

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Royal Country Wear Set (althi) - €2.99/£2.69

Link-a-Pix Deluxe - Large Puzzles 1 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99
Link-a-Pix Deluxe - Small Puzzles 1 (Lightwood Games) - €2.99/£2.99

Bee Simulator - Voiceover Pack - Polish (Bigben Interactive, available January 17)

Lethal League Blaze: The Master of the Mountain Outfit for Dust & Ashes (Team Reptile, available January 17) - €3.99/£3.59

WARRIORS OROCHI 4: The Ultimate Upgrade Pack (BONUS) (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, available January 17)


SpeedRunners Demo (tinyBuild Games)
In a city filled with superheroes, getting to crimes becomes a competition on its own. Fortunately there are enough rockets, bombs, grappling hooks, spikes, and other goodies lying around -- to make the competition fun and fast. Welcome to SpeedRunners. SpeedRunners is a 4 player competitive platformer with grappling hooks, power-ups, and interactive environments. Run, jump, swing around, fire rockets, grapple onto people to knock them off screen.

Cat Quest II Demo (Pqube)
CAT QUEST II is a 2D open-world action-RPG set in a fantasy realm of cats and dogs. Under threat from a continuing war between the cats of Felingard and the advancing dogs of the Lupus Empire, CAT QUEST II tells the tail of two kings, brought together against their will, on a journey of paw-some discovery to reclaim their thrones. Play as both a cat and dog as you explore their kingdoms solo or with a friend! Quest in a world filled with magic, curious monsters, and go on a catventure like never before!

Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe Demo (ChubbyPixel)
This time a new menace is taking over the Wood Lands with a black substance that is absorbing life and energy from all living creatures!

Will you be skilled enough to help Woodle in his quest to repel this enormous new evil force?

Explore the wonderful lands and find a way to restore balance in this new Open World Platformer Adventure with RPG elements.
Travel across immense forests and deserts, hills and seashores, from the highest mountains to the bottomless oceans as you meet new characters that will help in your own personal adventure while fighting challenging enemies.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Mr. Sakurai Presents ???" - blog recap

All aboard the hype train!

Momentarily, Masahiro Sakurai will be providing all the details on the fifth and final character in the first DLC Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who will be joining Joker, Hero, Banjo, and Terry? Watch the official live-stream above or read the live-blog below for all the latest Smash information!

- Character has been kept under wraps at Nintendo. Very few people know who it is

- Challenger Pack 5 is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses

- Female Byleth will also be joining the battle

- Releasing January 28th, 2020

- Sakurai discusses the history of the Fire Emblem series

- Explanation of who Byleth is

- Sakurai played Fire Emblem: Three Houses before the games release. He did the same for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (beating the game in 2 days)

- The "Sakurai Presents" video was recorded 2 months in advance of the live stream

- Byleth's moveset gets an in-depth overview

- Character color variations shown off

- New stage revealed "Garreg Mach Monastery"

- Stage areas are Marketplace, Reception Hall, Bridge and Cathedral

- Guest stage appearances by Dedue, Dimitri, Ingrid, the gatekeeper (Blue Lion House), Edelgard, Dorothea, Petra (Black Eagle House), Claude, Hilda, Lorenz (Golden Deer House), Seteth, Rhea, and Flayn (Cathedral)

- Song collection includes 11 new tracks (remixes of the Japanese and English main themes)

- Fire Emblem Three Houses spirits revealed

- New Classic Mode route for Byleth

- Mii costumes revealed: Altair (Sword Fighter), Rabbids (Hat), X from Mega Man X (Gunner), MegaMan.EXE (Gunner)

- Cuphead (Gunner) includes music track!

- Dark Samus and Richter Amiibo shown

- Fighters Pass 2 revealed, with 6 additional DLC fighters!

- Pre-purchase available on January 28th, future DLC already decided

- Bonus "The Ancient Soldier" costume (Mii Swordfighter) from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild free for purchasing Fighters Pass 2

- Sakurai not sure if Smash is "just a fighting game", but rather a "celebration of gaming"

- Sakurai will not be taking a break, and will continue developing new fighters


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