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Video games: one’s escape from reality to become a hero and save the land from a dark malevolence, or weaving among banana peels, and green shells. The video game sector is a tens of billions of dollars industry spanning the globe and everything from portable consoles to powerful PCs.

Kingdom Hearts III theme song “Don’t Think Twice” available for purchase on iTunes

Cover of Hatsukoi by Hikaru Utada.

Japanese artist Hikaru Utada has released her newest album “Hatsukoi”, which includes the theme song to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game: Chikai (or Don’t Think Twice in English).

Utada has previously performed songs for the Kingdom Hearts series, including Hikari (Simple and Clean in English) in the first title, and Passion (Sanctuary in English) in Kingdom Hearts II.

The song Chikai, along with the full album Hatsukoi, is available on iTunes.

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Relive the classics with the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo this weekend

Video games have come a long way in the last 40 years, and the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo aims to keep the love for the classics alive this Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

From 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, join other gamers for a chance to experience retro consoles, buy that long forgotten title and catch up on live entertainment and music. Learn how to make older consoles work on your new televisions, sample music made with 8-bit systems, test your knowledge with trivia and get an up close look at the fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype console from the early 90s.

Tickets for the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo are available online or at the door for $25.00. The Anvil Centre is a quick walk from the New Westminster SkyTrain station on the Expo Line.

Nintendo Direct for E3 2018 announces new games for Switch in 2018-19

Nintendo hosted their live streaming video this morning on the opening day of E3 2018, the bulk of which centred on the new Super Smash Bros. title, with the rest on a handful of other games offered by the Japanese company and other first and third-party developers.

The Nintendo Direct video jumped immediately into footage from the mech fighter DAEMON X MACHINA, developed by Marvelous and First Studio, coming in 2019 for the Switch.

Up next was Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, which opens a new story mode for players holding an Expansion Pass. The combat system is updated to allow control of both Driver and Blade as they explore the Kingdom of Torna. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country goes on sale on September 14th, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo of America President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, appeared and re-introduced us to the two Pokémon titles on the Switch: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!. Returning to the Kanto region with first generation creatures, these two games allow the player to partner up with Pikachu or Eevee as they roam the countryside collecting wild Pokémon. While there are no battles with the wild Pokémon, players can battle other trainers. A new controller designed specifically for these titles, the Poké Ball Plus, recreates the feel of throwing a Poké Ball, and can let you carry one Pokémon in it out into the real world. There’s also connectivity with the Pokémon GO mobile app, which allows one way transfers from the mobile app into the Switch games. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and the Poké Ball Plus are available on November 16th, 2018.

Partake in all the fun with your friends and favourite Mario characters with Super Mario Party. Using the Joy Con controllers, players can choose from any number of party mini-games that test your patience, skills and dexterity up to four players (using two Switch consoles). Super Mario Party is available on October 5th, 2018.

There’s a new Fire Emblem game coming to Switch: Fire Emblem Three Houses. This tactical RPG is the latest in the Fire Emblem saga set in the world of Fódlan where the Church of Seiros wields control over the lands and its people. In battle, players can move a single unit so that troop formations can follow suit, allowing enemies to be completely surrounded and contained. Outside of battle, main characters can roam freely to explore and interact with other characters. Fire Emblem Three Houses is expected in Spring 2019.

As of 10:00 am PDT, the popular multiplayer battle royale title Fortnite is now available on the Switch. Up to 100 people can play online with one per console as they seek to build cover and take out their opponents as they gather resources to survive.

Overcooked 2 is the sequel that’s serving up seconds with more chefs, recipes and kitchens. Cook through kooky chaos in single player or up to four players — no such thing as too many cooks in these kitchens! Overcooked 2 is available for the Switch on August 7th, 2018.

Killer Queen Black is an action/platformer title with that arcade feel. Redesigned for the Nintendo Switch, Killer Queen Black allows two teams of four players (eight total) to race towards victory in front of ever-changing odds. This follows the title Killer Queen and is available for the first time on the console in late 2018.

Hollow Knight is a two-dimensional platformer that twists and winds its way through a fallen kingdom infested with bugs and other critters. Exploring this ruined world opens up opportunities to acquire new skills which can help battle enemies and reach new places. Hollow Knight is available today on the Nintendo eShop.

A free demo of Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch on June 14th, 2018.

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The battle continues with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with massive playable roster

During this morning’s Nintendo Direct for E3 2018, Masahiro Sakurai, a director at Sora Ltd., introduced the latest title in the Super Smash Bros. franchise: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


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Pirates of Caribbean returns to Kingdom Hearts III

At the Sony E3 Conference Monday evening, another teaser for Kingdom Hearts III was unveiled, this time focusing on the Pirates of the Caribbean world.

Captain Jack Sparrow is back, teaming up with Sora, Donald and Goofy, who, like in other worlds (e.g. Toy Story, Monsters, Inc.) now don era appropriate buccaneer attire. Sora also wields a new keyblade, now much different from the Follow the Wind in Kingdom Hearts II. Scenes in the video are replicated from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, the third film in the franchise, where Captain Barbossa, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan journey to Davey Jones’ Locker to save a “dead” Captain Sparrow. Also revealed is a new battle function where Sora captain’s a full-on pirate ship and goes head-to-head in an all out sea battle, cannon’s blazing. Sora now can hitch rides on flying Heartless and skim colourful rainbow clouds over the deep blue sea.

Following the nautical clips were recaps of the Frozen, Tangled and Monsters, Inc. worlds and a reveal of some familiar Organization XIII members — Xigbar, Larxene, Axel and Xehanort. Kairi and Riku round out the end of the video, in their updated wardrobes.

Kingdom Hearts III has a release date of January 29th, 2019 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Shonen Jump heroes and villains to appear in Jump Force

E3 has unofficially started and Bandai Namco has jumped on trailer release train with a teaser of a new game with everyone’s favourite Shonen Jump heroes and villains: Jump Force.

The video opens with short scenes from manga series Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball, before focusing on a battle-scarred metropolis with Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy and Goku preparing to fight Frieza. At the end of the teaser, Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuk from Death Note survey the devastation.

Jump Force is expected to launch in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Disney’s Frozen appears in new Kingdom Hearts III trailer

With a little over day to go before E3 actually kicks off, Square Enix has been busy releasing more details about Kingdom Hearts III; there was the official launch date last night (it’s January 29th, 2019) and now a new teaser featuring Disney’s Frozen.

Sora, Donald and Goofy journey to Arendelle shortly after Queen Elsa condemns the Scandinavian nation to eternal winter. After seeing the queen dash across the fjord, they meet Anna, Krisftoff, Sven and Olaf trudging through the newly fallen snow to find Elsa. Sora can now snowboard thanks to Goofy’s shield, which is large enough to hold himself, Goofy and Donald for quick trips down the mountainside. Elsa’s abominable snow beast, Marshmallow, also makes his début, adding to the throngs of Heartless created by the darkness.

In addition to the frozen world of Arendelle, the video includes scenes from the worlds of Tangled, Monsters, Inc., and Hercules. Of course, at the end, Aqua briefly appears, her now yellow eyes, glaring at us as the Kingdom Hearts III logo fades in.

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Kingdom Hearts III to release January 29, 2019

After years of waiting, Square Enix has unveiled the release date for Kingdom Hearts III as January 29th, 2019. This date was at the closure of the Kingdom Hearts orchestra early Saturday evening advance of E3 which opens next week.

Square Enix had previously mentioned that they would announce the launch date during E3 and that it would hit store shelves sometime in 2018.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Hylian Shield Nintendo 2DS XL coming to GameStop/EB Games this July

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

Box art for the New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition.

The Hylian Shield is a legendary design, spanning everything from actual replica shields, backpacks, to t-shirts and now the New Nintendo 2DS XL. As an added bonus, a pre-loaded copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is included. On July 2nd, 2018, this Hylian Shield-inspired portable console goes on sale only at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL lacks the 3D capability of the Nintendo 3DS line, but can play all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. The screens are larger, with a C-stick for additional control and improved processor for performance.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place after the events of the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and utilizes Link’s ability to travel between worlds as a painting after his fateful encounter with the sorcerer Yuga. The destiny of two worlds hangs in the balance with Link moving through the void to save both lands.

The Hylian Shield edition New Nintendo 2DS XL has a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD or $209.99 CAD.

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition   New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

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Square Enix lets fans play demo of Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix hosted a Kingdom Hearts III premiere in Santa Monica, California giving fans and the media a chance to try out the upcoming title. Staff who worked on the game were in attendance to speak to the crowd, while guests could sample cerulean-hued sea salt ice cream and snap selfies holding full-sized keyblades.

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Two playable levels, Mount Olympus (from Hercules) and Toy Box (from the Toy Story franchise), were enough to satisfy cravings for this hotly anticipated title, but to also show off some of the unique mechanics that were developed to include more action and excitement. Development staff, including Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto, were on hand to discuss some of these features.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Reception from those who played the game were positive, many enjoying the familiar menu commands, and added functionality of switching between two keyblades using the D-pad, keyblade transformation, Shotlocks, Attractions, and Links. Sora’s keyblade can transform and increase its attack depending on the world. In Toy Box, the Hyper Hammer can strike enemies quickly with a powerful punch; whereas Twin Yo-Yos can reach out and deal some serious damage. Shotlocks allows Sora to lock on and track multiple enemies at once. Using a specific combo, he can then hit each target sequentially. Attractions are similar to the rides found at Disney Parks around the world: Big Magic Mountain is a rideable train that chugs up and down like a roller coaster, akin to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World, except it launches explosive fireworks (something that doesn’t happen on the real ride). Finally, Links (formerly Summons) allows Sora to call forth other Disney heroes to help out in battle. Ralph, from Wreck-it Ralph, jumps into the fray and can build walls with cannons to take out any enemies in their line of fire.

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Kingdom Hearts III is almost here, with an expected launch in 2018. Square Enix plans to reveal a specific date at this year’s E3 next month.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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