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.

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.

Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta

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

Crunchyroll announces Mob Psycho 100: Psychic Battle

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.

Crunchyroll reveals new mobile game based on RWBY

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.

Nintendo announces new Smash Bros. DLC, Animal Crossing, and other titles for E3 2019

Nintendo held their live-streaming Nintendo Direct presentation this morning at 9:00 am PDT as this year’s E3 kicked off. The event included plenty of announcements and surprises for new and existing titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Two new fighters were revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Hero from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and much requested Banjo and Kazooie from the Banjo and Kazooie franchise. Hero becomes available in the summer, with Banjo and Kazooie in the fall of 2019.

Luigi and his friends take a much needed vacation at a fancy hotel, but this hotel caters to a specific type of ghastly guest. Infested with ghosts, Luigi dusts of his trusty Poltergust in search of his friends and to rid the resort of its renegade creatures in Luigi’s Mansion 3. This title will be available later in 2019.

Luigi's Mansion 3 E3 2019

Luigi is caught off-guard by King Boo in Luigi’s Mansion 3.

More visuals for the remastered The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening were unveiled, including the ability to create custom dungeons to explore and acquire new items from. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is available on September 20th, 2019.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening E3 2019

Link climbs the steps to the Wind Fish’s egg in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

While Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t be available until March 20th, 2020, the preview was enough to turn everything about the series upside down. Taking place on a deserted island, the player must build themselves up from nothing and take advantage of the services the crafty Tom Nook provides (and charges for). Players can now place items outside, build paths, create tools, and more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons E3 2019

You can now place objects outside of your home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

No new information was released regarding Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as there was a Pokémon Direct video held last week. The Pokéball Plus accessory is compatible, however it won’t function as a controller, but can hold a Pokémon when travelling, or going on a walk.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield E3 2019

Trainers battle a Gyarados with Dynamax in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

At the very end, a brief clip revealed a follow up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works.

Other titles and franchises mentioned during the live-stream include:

  • ASTRAL CHAIN – August 30, 2019
  • Cadence of Hyrule~ Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda~ – June 13, 2019
  • DAEMON X MACHINA
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 – July 12, 2019
  • DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition – September 27, 2019
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – July 26, 2019
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order – July 19, 2019
  • Super Mario Maker 2 – June 28, 2019
  • Alien: Isolation – TBA 2019
  • CONTRA ROGUE CORPS – September 24, 2019
  • Dauntless – Late 2019
  • Dead By Daylight – September 24, 2019
  • Empire of Sin – Spring 2020
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong – TBA
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – November 2019
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale – Fall 2019
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – September 20, 2019
  • No More Heroes 3 – TBA 2020
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake – Winter 2019
  • Resident Evil 5 – Fall 2019
  • Resident Evil 6 – Fall 2019
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics – TBA 2019
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Fall 2019
  • The Sinking City – Fall 2019
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition – TBA 2019
  • TRIALS OF MANA – Early 2020
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood – July 26, 2019

If you missed the event this morning, you can watch it below.

Source: Nintendo

Sequel to Breath of the Wild announced at E3 2019

At the end of the Nintendo presentation at this year’s E3, the gaming company revealed one more title under development: a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In the short clip, Princess Zelda and Link are exploring and underground crypt, while a mysterious green energy manifests itself around a desiccated corpse deep within the ruins. Cut to the end, where once again, Hyrule Castle is targeted by the forces of evil.

The follow up to the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in progress, but nothing was said how far long and when it would be released. This new title will be available on the Nintendo Switch.

Source: YouTube

Final Fantasy VII Remake to launch March 3, 2020

Even though this year’s E3 has yet to officially start, there has been no shortage of trailers and announcements. Probably one of the largest is the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake teaser which also includes a worldwide launch of the title: March 3rd, 2020.

The video focuses on the opening stages of the game, set in the dystopian metropolis of Midgar, where members of the group AVALANCHE target the city’s mako reactors with explosives. Members of the group, Cloud, Barret, Jessie, Biggs and Wedge are seen in the aftermath of their handiwork, while a distraught Aerith pleads for help from Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available only on the PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

Kingdom Hearts III DLC to come in Winter 2019

Square-Enix released a video for the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III which launched earlier this year titled Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind.

The trailer briefly shows interactions between Organization XIII members and scenes where Riku, Roxas and Aqua are playable in battle.

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind is expected in Winter 2019 and will be available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: YouTube

Crunchyroll brings free anime to Twitch Prime members

Crunchyroll Twitch Prime Partnership

Crunchyroll brings bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members.

Crunchyroll and Twitch Prime are working together to bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members. This bonus is the first non-gaming loot for Twitch Prime members.

Members of Twitch Prime have their choice of free PC games each month, with free in-game items, along with free channel subscriptions on Twitch, plus chat colours and emotes.

For the last two years, Twitch has hosted the live-stream for Crunchyroll’s annual Anime Awards, where 1.3 million viewers tuned into the pre-show anime marathon, consuming almost 19 million minutes. The official stream garnered half a million unique views.

Amazon Prime members are automatically given Twitch Prime membership and can take advantage of this offer through Twitch.

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