Crystal Crisis gets a two-page advert in this week's Famitsu

Crystal Crisis is available in Japan as of today, and the publisher is spreading word with a two-page ad in the latest issue of Famitsu. I feel like Crystal Crisis slipped under the radar here in the states, but perhaps it'll find more success in Japan.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! now available on the Switch eShop

With a hefty price

In a very rare occasion, we saw a Switch game release physically before it hit the eShop. Umihara Kawase Fresh! has been available as a physical game for a couple weeks now, while the English eShop version was nowhere to be seen. That changes today, as the game is now available to purchase digitally. The game is priced at $40, the same as the retail version.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! not available on the Switch eShop in North America or Europe

Where are you?

Umihara Kawase Fresh's retail release was published this week, and customers have received their copies. In a bit of a strange situation, the eShop version in North America and Europe is not available. It's not often that we see a physical copy release, but the eShop version nowhere to be found. Hopefully this situation is remedied soon. We'll try to get comment from Nicalis on the matter.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! gets a Curly Brace gameplay video

Curly, straight, curly, straight...

Umihara Kawase Fresh! has gotten a Version 1.0.2 patch in Japan, and it includes Curly Brace from Cave Story as a playable character. Check out Curly in action above!

Crystal Crisis demo events being held in Japan, another preorder bonus revealed

Hands-on and extra goodies

Crystal Crisis may be available in North America and Europe already, but it's not hitting Japan until August 1st, 2019. To get people excited for the game in Japan, a number of in-store events will kick off in July. This events will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with the game and learn what it's all about. Those who do participate in the demo events will get to take home a rubber character strap.

We also have the reveal of another preorder bonus for Japan. Those who preorder the game via Yodobashi Camera will get to take home the above clear file.

Crystal Crisis soundtrack samples - 'Hospital' and 'Colosseum' themes

Two more tunes to check out

An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game! Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of kicking and punching, players attack by arranging colorful falling crystals and clearing them from the screen. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throwdown!

Crystal Crisis soundtrack sample - 'Cave Story' theme

The classic theme gets a revamped

This remix of the Cave Story theme is a "secret" music track in Crystal Crisis, the ultimate puzzle-battle/character-crossover game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4! Originally written by Daisuke Amaya, performed by UMI☆KUUN and produced by Toshihiro.

Nicalis teasing a retail release for Ikaruga once again

Just release it already!

Nicalis has teased a retail release for the Switch version of Ikaruga time and time again, and they're up to their old antics on Twitter. If the above tweet isn't a confirmation that Ikaruga will get a retail release on Switch, I don't know what is.

Nicalis teases 1001 Spikes project on Twitter

1002 spikes?

Is it a new game? It's a remake of the previous title? No one knows, and that's how Nicalis likes it. They've put out the teaser video above for a project tied to 1001 Spikes. Many fans have been wondering what happened to the planned port of 1001 Spikes to Switch, and while we still don't know what happened to it, it appears Nicalis isn't done with the franchise.

The footage makes it look like this might be an auto-runner, which has us leaning towards a brand-new title in the 1001 Spikes series. Whether it's a numbered sequel or spin-off remains to be seen.

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Redout

Redout is a freakishly fast and uncompromising anti-gravity racing game, designed to be as challenging and satisfying as the best games in the vertigo-soaked futuristic arcade racing genre. Each turn, slope and twist applies a unique force to your vehicle, and players can drift and pitch the ship to minimize friction, channeling those forces into even greater forward velocity.


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