Gaming

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 DLC to arrive in Jan/Feb 2020

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. Though the information and video were accidentally leaked a few days prior; it is now official. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC becomes available on January 23th, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and on February 25th, 2020 for Xbox One consoles.

In the video, Final Fantasy characters Aerith, Yuffie and Leon return, as well as delving deeper into the pain Aqua suffers through. Also shown is Sora’s ability to set glowing rails that he can glide upon through worlds; even Kairi becomes playable for certain battle sequences.

Pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind went on sale today.

Sources: Facebook, YouTube

Pokémon to feature in Jeopardy! episode tonight

Trivia and Pokémon fans, get ready for a televised battle! This evening’s episode of Jeopardy! will include a segment featuring Pokémon, according to a photo posted to the game show’s Instagram page.

Categories revealed in the post show tongue-in-cheek selections Peek A Choo-Choo, Geo, Dude, Odd-ish, Slowpoke, Nine Tales, and Pokémon.

Host Alex Trebek doles out answers where the three contestants must phrase their responses in the form of a question.

It’s hoped that the contestants on tonight’s episode have a little more luck with the topic than those with previous game-themed categories.

Jeopardy! airs at 7:30 pm PST tonight.

Source: Instagram

Last Cloudia comes to Crunchyroll Games with special Collection of Mana event

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A screenshot from Last Cloudia from AIDIS, Inc. and Crunchyroll Games.

Crunchyroll Games has announced that the role-playing title Last Cloudia by AIDIS, Inc., joins their mobile gaming platform and is now available in Canada and the United States on iOS and Android devices.

This new title includes a collaboration with Square Enix and their Collection of Mana series that includes Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana; which goes live on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019. During this event, characters from Secret of Mana, Randi, Popoi, and Primm, are playable and come with their own special skill-sets and weapons from the Collection of Mana universe. The event ends on Friday, December 13th, 2019.

Last Cloudia is free to download and play, and contains in-app purchases.

Previous Kingdom Hearts titles coming to Xbox One in 2020

The Kingdom Hearts series has spanned nearly two decades and a handful of consoles (both Sony and Nintendo). With Kingdom Hearts III being available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Square Enix has revealed they are bringing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue to the Xbox One in 2020.

These titles are remasters of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts χ which included improved gameplay and enhanced cinematics, which as released for the PlayStation 3.

No date for when the Xbox One versions of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue was provided.

If you've never played a KINGDOM HEARTS game before, want to play some titles you missed out on, or relive the magical experiences once again then look no further! KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX & KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are coming to Xbox One in 2020!

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

Source: Facebook

Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai shows off new fighter Terry Bogard

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Terry Bogard as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This morning, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai dedicated a 48-minute Nintendo Direct video to Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, who was announced as the newest downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Accompanying Terry in the download pack, is the King of Fighters Stadium stage, plus 50 musical selections from various SNK titles. Players who have purchased the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass or the Challenger Pack 4 can download this content today.

Terry joins a number of non-Nintendo franchise fighters, including Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy‘s Cloud Strife, Persona‘s Joker, Rare’s Banjo and Kazooie, and Dragon Quest‘s Hero. In 1991, the Legendary Wolf made his debut in the arcade title FATAL FURY: KING OF FIGHTERS from SNK, and went on to appear in over 80 games spanning nearly thirty years. Terry is easily identifiable with his baseball hat, long, golden hair and muscular upper body.

Terry and all his related content is available today for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.

Source: YouTube

Nintendo sells 15 million Switch consoles in North America

Nintendo released statistics earlier this month, revealing that the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite have sold a combined 15 million units since the console’s first release in March 2017.

Internal data from Nintendo shows that sales have increased 20% through September 2019, and that it was the best selling gaming system for 10 months in row according to the NPD Group.

Some 14 Switch games have surpassed the one million sold mark, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate selling more than six million units each.

Titles from third-party developers and publishers are also marking these milestones, including Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Mojang AB’s Minecraft, and Epic Game’s Fortnite.

In the United States, the Nintendo Switch retails for $299.99 USD, while the Nintendo Switch Lite, a more compact version, goes for $199.99 USD (that’s $399.99 CAD and $259.99 CAD in Canada, respectively).

Source: Nintendo

PlayStation 5 to launch in winter 2020 with new controller technology

The next Sony console to succeed the PlayStation 4 is the PlayStation 5 and it is expected to launch in late 2020, near the holiday period.

An article posted to PlayStation.Blog also unveiled new technology being included in the controllers for the console. Replacing the existing “rumble” function in the controllers is “haptic” feedback. Haptic feedback allows for changes in the way movement is felt when playing, so that “…crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field.” according to the article.

Another new feature is called “adaptive triggers” on the L2 and R2 buttons. This technology allows variations in feeling when pressed, allowing the player to feel the difference between “…drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.”

Developers have received this new hardware so they can begin creating unique experiences to draw players further into the immersive environment envisioned in the next generation of gaming.

No other details on hardware specifications for the PlayStation 5, or a specific release date, were provided.

Source: PlayStation.Blog

Crunchyroll Games launches RWBY: Crystal Match

A screenshot of gameplay from RWBY: Crystal Match.

Crunchyroll Games in partnership with EGLS Technology released today RWBY: Crystal Match, a free to play jewel-style puzzle mobile game. This title is based on the RWBY Chibi series and includes characters Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang.

Note: A previous article referred to the game as “RWBY: Crystal Quest“.

An additional four characters are also available, and customizable with seven different outfits. There’s almost 1,000 levels to keep busy with, not to mention updates planned to introduce new characters, guilds and other features and modes.

RWBY Chibi is a series of shorts that revolves around the main characters of RWBY, an anime-styled fantasy series that is available on both Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth.

RWBY: Crystal Match is 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.

Nintendo Switch Joy Cons suffer from control stick drift

We’ve all experienced it in video games at one point in time, you let go of a control stick, yet your character still keeps moving on screen instead of standing still. With the Nintendo Switch, this issue affecting the control sticks for the Joy Con controllers is becoming all too common.


An example of the Joy Con control stick drift while playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In the past, this issue was attributed to the control stick being held outside of its default position when the console was powered up, but could also be caused by dirt, physical damage or faulty manufacturing. However, with the Joy Con controllers, the cause is not 100% certain at this time.

Online, it’s not hard to find gamers reporting their frustrations and solutions to the malfunctioning control sticks. Some are suggesting cleaning the sticks using contact cleaner, or going to the extreme, by replacing the actual sticks with spare parts ordered from the Internet. (Some of these methods may invalidate your warranty, so proceed with care). Purchasing replacement Joy Cons are expensive, with most retailing for approximately $100 CAD (or $80 USD).

Kotaku even posted an article, detailing how a number of their own staffers are suffering through faulty Joy Cons, and tried reaching out to Nintendo for a statement on this issue. None was provided at the time of their publication.

I’ve owned my Switch for less than a year, and I started experiencing the drifting with the left Joy Con control stick two to three months ago. I would reset the calibration for the troublesome controller to the default settings, which would stave off the drifting for a few days before returning. Now, even toying with the calibration has no effect. I use my Switch almost every day as I work out (I play while riding my stationary bike) or when I can’t get TV time with the PlayStation 4.

Nintendo offers support online to correct the issue, which (in my experience) is only temporary as the problem re-appears shortly after. As a last resort, there is an online repair process where defective Joy Con controllers are sent to Nintendo for replacement for a small fee (approximately $4 according to some sources). However, this method is only available for those who reside in Canada or the United States.

Nintendo announces lighter, more portable version of Switch

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.

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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.

Source: Nintendo