The long rumored redesign to the Nintendo Switch was announced this morning with the Japanese gaming company unveiling the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Designed for portable play, the Switch Lite lacks many of the features of the original console. This includes having the controllers fixed to the console body, a 5.5″ (8.8 cm) touch screen, and lacks compatibility with the Nintendo Switch dock for connection to a television (an HDMI cable is not included). Also removed is the kickstand for table-top play. The Switch Light weighs in at .61 lbs (276 grams). Battery life is expected to range between 3 to 7 hours (roughly 30 minutes more than the original Switch), depending on the title being played.
The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in three colours.
Unique to the Switch Lite is the directional pad (D Pad) on the left side of the console; an input that doesn’t exist on the current Switch model.
The Switch Lite also comes in three colours: yellow, gray and turquoise. A limited edition design with Zacian and Zamazenta from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games was also shown.
Limited edition Nintendo Switch Lite with Zacian and Zamazenta for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
Titles that play in handheld mode will function on the Switch Lite. Certain titles that do not support handheld mode are still playable if used with separate Joy-Con controllers (though these controllers cannot be charged through the Switch Light).
System functionality isn’t affected as it works with the Nintendo eShop and can play wirelessly with other Nintendo Switch consoles — either locally or over the Internet.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a suggested price of $199.99 USD and launches on September 20th, 2019. The Zacian and Zamazenta Edition Nintendo Switch Lite releases November 8th, 2019.
A new teaser for the upcoming film Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna was unveiled by Toei Animation at a special screening during Anime Expo this past Sunday.
This brief trailer has Agumon asking Tai if they will remain together as Tai grows older. Tai reassures his digital friend that he will always remember him as they go on one last adventure together.
Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna is expected for a spring 2020 release in the United States.
Even though the only sunshine was liquid, this year’s Carnaval del Sol still shone brightly through the grey west coast weather. With plenty of live music, food, vendors and entertainment, there were still crowds out for the 11th year of celebrating Latin American culture.
Couldn’t attend this year’s Carnaval del Sol? Check out the photos on Gallery.
My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising promotional artwork.
The title and date of the upcoming My Hero Academia film was unveiled earlier today. My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising will hit theatres in Japan on Friday, December 20th, 2019.
Also included was a new visual with Katsuki Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya standing together in front of All Might.
Source: 『僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ：ライジング』公式サイト
Crunchyroll Games has a new mobile game coming this fall, based on the popular supernatural comedy anime Mob Psycho 100 titled Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.
Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama is ready to fight in Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle.
This original turn-based RPG allows players to become their own espers and build a team of up to five characters in a 3D environment that is open for exploration and battles. Each character has their own unique moves, complete with an animated cutscene and voices from the original vocal cast from the Mob Psycho 100 anime.
Canadian fans can pre-register for Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle before it’s released this fall on Android and iOS devices.
Pony Canyon, the distributor for the Attack on Titan anime series, announced that there is a fourth season coming in 2020, but that it will be the last for the animated series.
A brief, 15 second video posted to YouTube reveals this, and that it will be broadcast on NHK.
Funimation currently streams both subtitled and dubbed versions of Attack on Titan for North American viewers through their FunimationNow service.
Fresh off the heels with their Dragon Ball Z footwear collaboration, Adidas is moving on to the next Shonen Jump series: Naruto Shippuden. While not too many details are available at the moment, there are a few images of the first pair which is themed on Sakura Haruno.
Naruto x Adidas T-7 Sakura Sneaker
Using the familiar styrofoam-like Boost sole, Adidas based the T-7 design on Sakura’s red outfit and pink hair without anything overly announcing that this pair is styled off an anime character. The only real giveaway is that there’s an image of Sakura from Naruto Shippuden on the left insole.
No date for release or information on any other pairs was made available.
The Vancouver International Film Festival is hosting their first ever Anime Day this Sunday, June 30th, 2019 with four films at the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver.
These four films are Penguin Highway, Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Millennium Actress.
In Penguin Highway, penguins start to materialize in Aoyama’s home town, causing confusion among the locals. While Aoyama works to find out from where and why the penguins have come, he finds that involves a local dental assistant… Penguin Highway is based on a novel by Tomihiko Morimi.
From a manga series by Akihito Tsukushi, Made In Abyss: Journey’s Dawn follows young orphan Riko as she journeys down through a massive volcano. Joining Riko is a small robotic boy that she has named after her lost dog, Reg.
Mamoru Hosoda’s popular film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time returns to the big screen. Finding that she can go back in time to events in her past, Makoto Konno takes advantage of this ability, but it’s not without consequences. Her friends and family become affected by these leaps into her past, Makoto must undo the damage shes done before she loses everyone she loves.
Millennium Actress is the second film by Satoshi Kon where a reporter infatuated with actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who lives out of the public eye. Granting this reporter a single chance to interview her, Fujiwara’s storytelling begins to blend fact and fiction into an incredible tale, one that combines her on screen presence and personal life together.
Tickets are available online, including a day pass for viewing all four films at $30 CAD.
Crunchyroll Games has partnered up with EGLS Technology to bring a new game based on RWBY Chibi to mobile devices called RWBY: Crystal Quest. This free-to-play jewel puzzle game launches in late summer 2019 and fans in Canada are invited to pre-register.
RWBY: Crystal Quest features the series main characters Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang in a match-three format with all the attacks, battles and pacing that fans have fallen in love with from the RWBY series.
RWBY: Crystal Quest will be available on both Android and iOS devices.
Crunchyroll Games also offers titles based on other franchises, including Bungo Stray Dogs: Tales of the Lost, Grand Summoners and Attack on Titan: TACTICS which launches in fall 2019.
Canada Day 2018 at Canada Place
Communities around Metro Vancouver are hosting celebrations for Canada’s 152nd birthday this Monday, July 1st, 2019. There’s plenty of fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada!
- Canada Day at Canada Place – July 1, 2019 from 11:00 am to 10:50 pm
999 Canada Place, Vancouver
- Canada Day at Granville Island – July 1, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Granville Island, Vancouver
- Steveston Salmon Festival – July 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
- Surrey Canada Day – July 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey
- Canada Day at Edmonds Plaza & Park – July 1, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Edmonds Park, Burnaby
- Canada Day at the Burnaby Village Museum – July 1, 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
- Canada Day Concert at Swangard Stadium – July 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
- Canada Day 2019 – July 1, 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Queen’s Park, New Westminster
- Coquitlam Canada Day – July 1, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
These are just some of the events happening around Metro Vancouver. Check your local community’s event calendar for hours and locations.