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

Last Cloudia - Screenshot
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

 

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Terry Bogard
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

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

Response to a Vancouver Sun letter about video games and violence

In light of recent events, video games have been thrust into the spotlight once again. As the parade of individuals in elected office, the media and elsewhere begin pointing fingers at digital entertainment as a quick and easy method to distract the concerned public, it becomes clear many of them pass misinformation along to feel better themselves or resolve some sort of internal conflict they have.

As I was reading the Vancouver Sun this morning before getting ready for work, I spotted a letter from Doris Reidweg in Langley that called out violent video games as the source for three murders that occurred in northern British Columbia in July 2019. I won’t go into details about the murders, but the this particular letter, it’s tone and subject really caught my eye.

Now, I know newspapers won’t let subscribers publish full length essays due to publishing constraints, space, and other limitations, so it’s hard to determine the complete picture Doris is trying to make with her brief statement. But, here was an opinion that blatantly called out video games as the root cause behind the reprehensible actions of two teenage males that put a huge part of Canada on edge. With the recent information that these two males did not survive their cross-country flight from the authorities, it will be difficult assess why two tourists and a university lecturer were murdered.

Because we don’t have that information, the media (and others) are forced to glean as many details as possible from family, friends, the community, social media profiles and other sources in order to assemble it in such away that makes a picture to provide better insight and reasoning. Of course, during this information gathering process, emotions can run high, people get concerned of what they find and jump to conclusions. And should someone have an online account for a game, it’s fairly certain someone is going to draw a line between the heinous act and a game itself as a definitive conclusion. When one person blames video games, most everyone turn into a flock of sheep and follow the “leader”, confirming their claim. It happens every time and will continue to happen.

Yes, there are some graphic games out there on the market. Yes, some of them do show gruesome scenes, and yes, some of them are excessive and over the top. But, there is something people quickly forget about video games: they are not real. They do not mimic the complex functions of handling a real gun. Anyone who has held a gun and played a video game knows that. But that’s lost on the general public; it’s just so much easier to say “he played Grand Theft Auto, so it’s the video game’s fault he did this!”. Have suspects in other events played video games? Quite probably. But there’s a bigger underlying picture, with video games (or any other media or propaganda) being one piece of the larger puzzle. There are so many questions that will go unanswered after this, and it’s important we don’t pervert the questions that are answered easily with knee-jerk reactions and emotions.

Everyone needs to take a step back, let the police and officials conduct their investigations fully and respect those affected by these tragic crimes by not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions. This is not to defend the actions taken by suspects (or anyone else for that matter), but rather to focus on the facts instead of feelings. If you don’t like video games, that’s fine, but to pass out misinformation because of your dislike for this medium is misguided and dangerous. There are many out there who play video games and continue to lead constructive, positive lives, much to the detriment of newspaper letter writers like Doris.

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.

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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

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.

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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

Reggie Fils-Aime to retire as president of Nintendo of America

If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’ve probably seen Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime in Nintendo Direct videos, at events across the United States or at E3, promoting the latest amiibo, systems or games, or at least remember the meme “my body is ready”.

Today, Nintendo released a video announcing the retirement of Fils-Aime, who has worked at the gaming company for over 15 years, with the last 13 as its president. On April 15th, 2019, he will transfer the reins over to Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa), who currently serves as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company.

Fils-Aime is retiring to spend to more time with his family.

A Message from Reggie

Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look.

Posted by Nintendo on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Xbox Live to increase supported platforms

Microsoft is working to expand the platforms its Xbox Live service supports, from its Xbox consoles to games on Android and iOS devices, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

Based on the information available, Microsoft wants to take its online service to rival devices, allowing gamers to login and play compatible titles on competing systems as well as manage their profile and account information.

Xbox Live is currently available on the Xbox One console and Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft is expected to make a formal announcement at the Game Developers Conference in mid-March 2019.

Sources: GameSpot, The Verge

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