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New Gintama anime is in development

There’s another anime series based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga Gintama that’s under development according to a tweet by official Gintama anime Twitter account.

The news was also mentioned at the Gintama Shirogane Matsuri 2019 event on March 3rd, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

No date for the when the new Gintama anime would air was provided.

Sources: Twitter, Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll unveils first season of Rooster Teeth’s gen:LOCK

gen:LOCK promotional art

Promotional artwork for gen:LOCK.

The first season of gen:LOCK, Rooster Teeth’s newest sci-fi/mecha animated show, is now available on anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

The future of the world is at stake as a brutal organization seeks to conquer it. Despite this, humanity’s last hope lies with a squad piloting mechas using weaponized neuroscience; utilizing this power means they need to cede everything they have to to protect the planet.

There are eight episodes in the first season, with an all-star cast including Michael B. Jordan, Maisie Williams, Dakota Fanning and David Tennant. The animation and intense action will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

Source: Crunchyroll

Nintendo announces Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Switch

During an early morning Pokémon Direct video, Nintendo unveiled the titles of the two new games in the franchise coming to the Nintendo Switch: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Set in the Galar region that is reminiscent of the United Kingdom, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield introduces three new partner Pokémon to start with: grass-based Grookey, fire-based Scorbunny, or water-based Sobble.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield starters

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, your partners in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are expected to launch simultaneously in late 2019.

Source: YouTube

Link’s Awakening coming to Nintendo Switch this year

Over the last few years, a number of titles in The Legend of Zelda series have undergone updates and re-released on newer systems: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, for example. Now, the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Unveiled during today’s Nintendo Direct event, the Japanese gaming company is overhauling the graphics from this top-down game, giving it more depth and colour (more so than the DX version for the Game Boy Color).

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch

Shipwrecked on the mysterious Koholint Island, Link must recover the missing musical instruments, help the residents of this paradise and awaken the legendary Wind Fish in his quest to return home.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is expected to launch this year; a specific date was not provided.

Source: Nintendo

Kingdom Hearts III opening video released

With only a month and a half left before the launch of Kingdom Hearts III, Sqaure-Enix has unveiled the opening cinematic featuring the song Face My Fears by Utada Hikaru and Skrillex.

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

Source: YouTube

Joker from Persona 5 joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

During The Game Awards on December 6th, 2018, Nintendo announced a new player to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster: Joker from Persona 5.

Joker is the first of five DLC packs planned for the title; each DLC pack includes one new fighter, one new stage and music. Each pack is priced at $5.99 USD, or $24.99 USD ($31.49 CAD) for all under the Fighter’s Pass.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released for Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018.

Persona 5 was released April 4th, 2017 on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Source: Super Smash Bros.

New Kingdom Hearts III trailer with Winnie the Pooh

With only a few months to go before the release of Kingdom Hearts III, Square-Enix has dropped another trailer of the long-awaited game.

Scenes included are from Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6 and Pirates of the Caribbean, along with a glimpse at some of the new mini-games, as well as interactions with Organization XIII members Demyx and Vexen.

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

Source: YouTube

Live-action Bleach movie coming to Netflix Sept 14, 2018

Tite Kubo’s Bleach has joined the ranks of other popular anime and manga receiving live-action feature films. Fans living outside of Japan can catch the live Bleach movie on Netflix later this month.

Identified as a Netflix Original title, Bleach revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki (portrayed by Sota Fukushi), a teenager pressed into service as an emergency soul reaper. In addition to guiding spirits through to the underworld, Ichigo uses his newfound powers to protect those in the living world from malevolent spectres known as Hollows. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, the film was released in Japan on July 20th, 2018.

Bleach becomes available on the Netflix streaming service Friday, September 14th, 2018.

Sources: Vulture, CB, Warner Bros.

Nintendo Direct on Sept 6, 2018 for new Switch and 3DS titles

Editor’s Note: The Nintendo Direct is rescheduled to Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT / 6:00 pm EDT. The original date and time was postponed due to a serious earthquake in Hokkaido.

Tomorrow at 3:00 pm PDT/6:00 pm EDT, Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct live video to announce new titles for its Switch and 3DS consoles.

Nintendo Direct is the Japanese gaming company’s way of sharing updates on its hardware and software properties. Catch the video here on Thursday afternoon.

Source: YouTube

Chrom, Dark Samus, King K. Rool, Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont join Super Smash Bros. roster

This morning, Sora Ltd. director, Masahiro Sakurai, hosted a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct video jam packed with teasers of the upcoming title for the Nintendo Switch.

Five new characters join the overflowing roster, three of which are “echo fighters” — clones of existing characters with minor differences in actions. Newcomers include vampire hunters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont (Simon’s echo fighter) from the Castlevania series, Kremling commander King K. Rool from Donkey Kong, Ylissian prince Chrom (an echo fighter based on Roy) from Fire Emblem Awakening and the phazon-covered Dark Samus (another echo fighter based on Samus from Metroid Prime).

Over 100 levels are expected, many of which are returning from previous games in the Smash Bros. franchise, but some are new — Dracula’s Castle from Castlevania and New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey. All stages are available; no need to unlock them and all will support eight-player battles.

Even more music is being packed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with some 900 songs included. That’s almost 28 hours of music! The Nintendo Switch can function as a portable music player when the screen is turned off in handheld mode. Samples of the tracks are available on the official Super Smash Bros. web site.

There’s still more! Classic Mode is back, letting players pick a character to battle through a predetermined set of stages and opponents. Stamina Battle lets players fight other characters, whittling away their stamina until it reaches zero to be the victor. Squad Strike is five-on-five or three-on-three battles where five players fight five or three other characters in battle. Tourney Mode lets a maximum of 32 players go head-to-head in a tournament so they can advance until there’s one person left. In Smashdown, once a character is used, they become unavailable for the rest of the game, forcing players to pick someone they might not be familiar with. Training mode includes a grid that shows the distance a character can fly after being hit, and how far they need to be to defend… or attack.

There’s just so much being crammed into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means there will definitely be more goodies coming our way.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th, 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.

Source: YouTube

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