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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While the Uncharted movie is trapped in development hell, actor Nathan Fillion has teamed up with director Allan Ungar for a short fan film on the popular Uncharted action-adventure game series.
A captured Nathan Drake, played by Fillion, is held in a Mexican mansion accused of stealing from an auction. Diego (Geno Segers) plies Drake for the whereabouts of the stolen treasure, but Drake’s humorous banter isn’t enough to prevent the short and vicious El Tigre (Ernie Reyes Jr.) from being called in to soften him up. However, the cavalry isn’t far behind as the cigar-smoking Sully (Stephen Lang) is just outside. Even the adventurous reporter Elena Fisher makes an appearance.
It’s 15 minutes of fun, filled with fight scenes, quotes referencing previous Uncharted games, and a hope that one day, we’ll actually get to see a feature-length film as good as this.
Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.
Plus Ultra! The heroes of Class 1-A are coming to the big screen this September in their first feature film. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen at select theatres in Canada and the US across five days in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English.
The announcement came earlier today at San Diego Comic Con when English voice actors Justin Briner and Christopher Sabat in an interview with IGN. Briner and Sabat lend their voices in the English dub of My Hero Academia which is licensed by FUNimation.
The English dub will screen on the September 25th, 27th, and 29th; the Japanese with English subtitles on September 26th and October 2nd.
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