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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix reportedly selling quite well on the Switch eShop

Low retail stock pushes consumers to digital

Just yesterday, we heard reports of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix selling out a numerous retailers in Japan. SEGA has already apologized for the shortage, and there's no doubt they're working on getting more units out to retailers. While they do that, it seems customers are turning their focus to the Switch eShop.

While SEGA hasn't commented on sales, reports from other sources are coming in stating that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is selling quite well on the Switch eShop. It only makes sense, since the retail version becomes harder and harder to find with each passing day. Until SEGA gets physical shipments sorted out, expect to see Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix climbing the weekly eShop charts.

Moving Out dev blog shares a look at user testing

Your valuable input

The devs behind Moving Out are back with yet another dev blog. Today they go over user testing, and how the process helped their team learn not only what needed to be tweaked, but what other features might make for a great inclusion. Check out a snippet from the blog below, then click over for the full piece.

Today we thought we’d talk about… YOU, the players! User testing is such a big part of what we do here at SMG that we try not to make a final call unless it’s passed the ‘people test’. It’s pretty great how many ideas have come from watching the playthroughs and we love being inspired by our players. With ideas being shared so organically, it’s a far cry from an isolated development experience!

One of the standout game mechanics that was born through user testing was the co-throw. In one of the playtests, the players tried to chuck a photocopier over the side of a balcony. At this stage, we’d only really let users throw smaller objects, but these testers opened us up to the idea that we could try a cooperative throw! By working together to swing big ticket items and releasing at just the right moment, we could allow players to throw hefty objects over balconies, pools and into fully loaded trucks. This simple idea changed the game so quickly!

Full blog here

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution's next big update due out Spring 2020

It's almost time to D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!

Back at the end of 2019, Konami announced that a major update would come to Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution in 2020. Thanks to the latest issue of V-Jump, we now know that update will hit sometime in Spring 2020.

As was previously discussed, the update will include a large number of new cards, including “Crystron Halqifibrax,” “Firewall Dragon Darkfluid,” and “I:P Masquerena.” The upcoming round of cards will bring the game's total to over 10,000. Along with the cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will also see the addition of Ai, Revolver, Soulburner, and others from Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS as duelists.

It's also worth noting that this update will feature the very latest set of rules (as of April 1st 2020).

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4's Treasure Log feature explained

What a treasure

The latest issue of V-Jump magazine details the Treasure Log mode of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4. Treasure Log is a mode where many character show up, and it also includes a number of episodes and missions to clear. When you meet certain conditions, the difficulty of each episode will increase. Episodes can include different styles of play, and includes missions that change up their style each time you try them, or missions that you'll need to tackle in 4-player online co-op.

New story details revealed for Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

Ultimate victory is your goal

The latest issue of V-Jump has some new details on the story element of Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, which you can find summarized below.

- story mode is called Episode of Tsubasa
- the goal is to guide your team to victory, and win the national tournament
- the story changes depending on what happens during the matches
- the story features content not found in the original manga/ anime
- if you end up with penalty kicks during a match, the story will be adapted to take that into accoun
- during matches, if certain conditions are met, special scenes reproducing key moments of the manga/anime will be triggered

Spirit of the North announced for Switch in Japan

All the fox

Spirit of the North was announced for Switch in both Europe and North America yesterday, but we didn't hear word on Japan. Thankfully the game is heading to that region as well, as Merge Games has confirmed plans to publish the title in Spring 2020. Check out a quick recap of the game below.

Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. Play as an ordinary red fox whose story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a female spirit fox.

Headup Announces Spooky 3D Platformer Pumpkin Jack for Switch

Jack Attack!

Headup, the award-winning publisher of independent games, is thrilled to announce today that comically creepy 3D platformer from developer Nicolas Meyssonnier, Pumpkin Jack, will make its way to PC and consoles in Q4 2020!

Fans of games like MediEvil and Jak and Daxter will enjoy engaging in an epic battle of evil against good as you jump, dodge, and carve your way through challenging enemies and daunting puzzles. The use of Unreal Engine grants for gorgeously rendered and gruesomely colourful landscapes.

The peaceful Boredom Kingdom, with its happy citizens, monotonous calm... and adorable little bunnies, has sent the Devil himself into a flying rage! With dreams of turmoil, torture, and bloodshed on his mind, he unleashed the dreadful Curse of the Eternal Night upon the land. Not in love with the idea of a change in their peaceful lifestyle, the humans summon their saviour — a mighty wizard with the power to put an end to the evil curse.

In order to stop these party crashers from ruining his fun, the Devil summons the spirit of Jack, the Pumpkin Lord, to fight against the wizard’s army of beasts and destroy the killjoy wizard! You, as Jack, will be tearing your way through fright-filled levels as you punish those who dared defy your master!

Features include:

Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant colour palettes, and high-quality lighting effects

Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks, dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles! Players must unlock weapons and choose wisely in order to strike down all who oppose them!

Don’t Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books, hammer some moles, create paths for magic spheres, and more as each level introduces new and exciting challenges

Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack in his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along, and a snarky crow, itching to assist with long-range attacks

Pumpkin Jack will be available for PC & consoles in Q4 2020. Players eager to jump into the fray can download the free demo on Steam right now.

Nintendo gives new preorder dates for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Edition and Carrying Case in Japan

Marching onwards

Nintendo originally wanted to have preorders for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Edition and Carrying Case open by now in Japan, but coronavirus concerns impacted those plans. Nintendo said customers would have to wait for more info on when they could preorder these items, and now the new dates have been shared.

Preorders for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Edition will open on March 7th, 2020, as will preorders for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Carrying Case. That doesn't leave much time between preorders and launch, which makes for a very small window of opportunity to lock these items down.

2D point-and-click adventure "The Unholy Society" coming to Switch on Feb. 25th, 2020

Unholy matrimony

The Unholy Society is inspired by ’80s and ’90s movies, comic books, as well as everything else that fits into the categories of “iconic” and “pop culture”.

Let’s face it – we’re a bunch of ’90s kids.

Our goal was to create an experience similar to those we loved: full of witty dialogues, fleshed out characters, supernatural creatures, a tiny bit of magic, and a whole lot of retro aesthetics.

And, of course, a hella lot of badassery.

Story

The world as we know is about to change – the united forces of demons, gods, and monsters prepare for another deadly attempt to eradicate “the big guys” and change the religious status quo.

And, just perhaps, to drink lots of tea and discuss art in the meantime.

The only one who can stop them is Bonaventura Horowitz – a snarky exorcist, who isn’t exactly an angel himself.

At the request of the Pope himself, Bon, accompanied by a group of his peculiar friends, sets off on a thrilling mission, leaving behind a trail of cigarette butts, empty whiskey bottles, and broken demonic hearts.

Features

● Quirky, fleshed out characters
● Unique story, inspired by all the good stuff from pop culture
● Comic-like aesthetics
● Engaging exorcism system
● Loads of sarcasm and humour
● Pope on speed dial

The Unholy Society comes to Switch on Feb. 25th, 2020, and will be priced at $10. No word on file size at this time.

Nintendo Labo fan creates a "Bop It"-style experience with the Toy-Con Garage

It's a real Bop

I made a Bop-It! with Toy-Con garage from r/NintendoSwitch

Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con Garage has lead to some truly unique creations from fans around the world. While we don't see as many fresh ideas nowadays, that doesn't mean people aren't still cooking up unique projects in their spare time. Case in point, the Toy-Con Garage creation above, which plays as a rudimentary version of Bop It.

Redditor BoomBalling put the Nintendo Labo House Toy-Con to good use in his Bop It creation, making a different sound effect for each part of the house's buttons. After that, all you do is play a traditional game of Bop It! Wait for the sound, and hit the button it corresponds with. See how many rounds you can go before messing up!

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