Nintendo Reveals New Coral Switch Lite

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Nintendo announced Tuesday a new color, Coral, will join the lineup of the current Switch Lite consoles. It will first release in Japan on March 20, according to a press release from Nintendo. Following shortly afterward, the console will launch in North America on April 3. This version will be available at the same $199.99 / 19,980 yen price as the other three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise – bringing the palette of color choices up to four, not including special editions like the Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta or the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition. Nintendo Switch Lite Coral 01 Nintendo of America revealed the news of the coral colorway coming to North America in a tweet following the news of the Japanese release.
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Sayonara Wild Hearts Is Coming To Xbox One

1 year ago

Publisher Annapurna Interactive has announced that Sayonara Wild Hearts is coming to Xbox One on February 25. The pop album video game originally launched on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in September last year.

Developed by Swedish studio Simogo, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a surreal music-based action game about a young woman with a broken heart. Backed by a custom-written pop soundtrack, you'll ride motorcycles and skateboards, dance battle, and break hearts at 200mph.

Kallie Plagge awarded it 6/10 in GameSpot's review, saying, "On repeat playthroughs, I found myself getting more and more used to Sayonara Wild Hearts' quirks and better appreciating each level as I gained the muscle memory for them. Only a few hit me like Dead of Night did, and those levels are stellar. But the rest are either forgettable or somehow discordant, whether because of movement issues or strange timing. I wanted to get lost in the daydream it presented, but I kept getting ripped back to reality, just a bit more melancholic than when I started."

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Free-To-Play First-Person Shooter Warface Available Now on Nintendo Switch

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Warface, the free-to-play first-person shooter built on the CryEngine by Crytek, is available now on the Nintendo Switch, and we have exclusive footage of the game in action. Warface originally launched on PC in 2013 and has made its way to Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and now Nintendo Switch. IGN spoke to Warface's franchise lead at My.Games, Ivan Pabiarzhyn, and Alexandr Shimov, project manager on Warface's console versions, about what Nintendo fans can expect from this new title on Switch. We first asked how Warface utilizes Switch's unique features, like HD Rumble and motion controls. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/18/warface-exclusive-nintendo-switch-gameplay"] "While we had some basic rumble support already in the Warface Xbox One and PS4 versions, we had to adapt it for the Switch Joy-Cons," Shimov said. "The tactile feedback from shooting and receiving damage feels completely different. We also implemented motion controls support, since they’re very useful for making precise shots. And we made them customizable through the menu options, so players can finetune them to their taste." Pabiarzhyn also confirmed that, while it isn't currently available for the console version, crossplay is important to the team and including the Switch version in that is "part of our roadmap." In October 2019, Warface's Facebook page said they are planning on having the feature ready "starting from Q2 [2020]," at least on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. "Launching crossplay between consoles is one of our priorities and we are already working on that," Pabiarzhyn confirmed.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Doom are a match made in heaven

1 year ago

It never dawned on me how well the characters, world, and tone of Zombies Ate My Neighbors could work within the confines of Doom. Thankfully, a modder named Dude27th put two and two together.

The water gun, soda cans, bazooka, and babies – it all just fundamentally works!

This Doom II total-conversion project isn't finished – in fact, the last update was pushed in July 2019 – but the footage captured by YouTube user Smokeanaut warms my horror-loving heart all the same.

This game may never come back in style in an official capacity, but fans will never let it die.

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Jordan Devore

EA Servers Are Reportedly Down; Apex Legends, Star Wars Battlefront II, More Affected [Update]

1 year ago

Update: The support account EA Help announced that the issues plaguing log-in and server connectivity have been resolved. Down Detector reports that some 250 outages persist, with games like Madden not "working" and countries such as Israel still receiving error messages.

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Fans of Electronic Arts' games have reportedly encountered error messages when logging into many of the company's titles, according to multiple reports and real-time outage tracker Down Detector.

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CCP cancel Project Nova, but haven't given up on an EVE Online shooter

1 year ago

Another EVE Online spin-off has bitten the dust. Project Nova, CCP’s latest attempt to put their expansive universe in front of the barrel of a rifle, has joined Dust 514 and EVE: Valkyrie on the intergalactic scrapheap. The devs haven’t quite given up on a boots-on-the-ground galaxy entirely. They’ve still got a team down in London plugging away at that problem. But for all intents and purposes, Nova is no more.

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Natalie Clayton

Free PS4 Themes, Avatars Up For Grabs In New PlayStation Community Challenges

1 year ago

Do you like free stuff? Well, good news: Sony is offering some exclusive digital items to players who participate in its PlayStation Player Celebration event. To take part in the event, simply sign up with your PSN ID and wait for the promotion to begin.

Starting on February 24, those who have signed up will contribute to a set of "community goals," like playing a target number of games or earning trophies. You must play a game for at least an hour for it to count toward that goal. You'll be able to check the ongoing progress of the community once the event begins. As the community completes each goal, all participants will receive rewards. The rewards include exclusive avatars as well as two different PS4 themes. You'll get a notification on your PS4 when you receive any rewards.

Signing up for the event also enters you in a contest to win even more rewards, including a real-life PlayStation Platinum Trophy engraved with your PSN ID, a $100 PlayStation Store voucher, and codes for what Sony deems the "greatest PS4 games." To win, you must also answer a question on the event page on March 17 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET. The first two correct answers will win.

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Steven T. Wright

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Romero's mobster management sim Empire of Sin gets a delay

1 year ago

Empire of Sin, Brenda and John Romero's intriguing mobster-themed strategy game, will no longer release this spring as originally announced, and is now scheduled to arrive in a hail of sharp suits, fancy hats, and tommy gun fire sometime this autumn.

If you've yet to receive the elevator pitch, Empire of Sin drops players into the seedy side of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago, where the goal is to create a formidable crime empire from the ground up and become mob king or queen of the city.

That involves a combination of business smarts and, inevitably, violence, as you "schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill" your way to success. Oh, and you can expect a healthy dose of turn-based tactical combat, reminiscent of XCOM, when there's blood to be shed.

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First Teaser Image Of Sword & Shield's New Mythical Pokemon Released

1 year ago

A brand-new Pokemon for Sword and Shield will soon be unveiled. The Pokemon Company had previously announced that it will reveal a new Mythical Pokemon this month on Pokemon Day (February 27), and now we've gotten our first glimpse at the monster.

The official Pokemon Twitter account recently shared a silhouette of the mysterious new Pokemon. The tweet doesn't provide any more details about the monster, but it does tell fans to "stay tuned," so more information will be revealed before long. You can take a look at the teaser image below.

All we know so far about the new Pokemon is that it will feature in the upcoming Pokemon film, Pokemon the Movie: Coco, which is set to premier in Japan on July 10. The Pokemon Company hasn't shared any details about the film's plot, but a brief teaser trailer shows Ash and Pikachu meeting a mysterious jungle boy, who seems to bear a strong resemblance to the above Pokemon.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Kept Bugs To Release For Holiday

1 year ago

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a big departure from Respawn Entertainment's past shooter work, switching to third-person action with Souls-like progression. The game reviewed well and even managed to outsell Electronic Arts' expectations, but it also featured several bugs that kept it from complete greatness.

Speaking to US Gamer after the DICE Awards, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said the studio considered delaying the game to deal with its bugs, but it ultimately needed to be out for the holiday.

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Sony is giving out PS4 themes and a real-life platinum trophy

1 year ago

Sony wants us to play more games and earn more trophies in 2020 with an initiative it's calling the PlayStation Player Celebration. In exchange for hitting collective milestones – 125K games played and 500K trophies earned, to start players will unlock exclusive PS4 themes and avatars. There's also a chance to win one of those ridiculous real-life platinum trophies that Sony has given out in the past.

Before you start any marathon sessions, there are a few dates and caveats to keep in mind.

As of February 18, you can register your PSN ID to participate in the PlayStation Player Celebration. Then, on February 24, the first community goal will open up. That's when you can contribute.

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Jordan Devore

Sayonara Wild Hearts Is Coming to Xbox One

1 year ago

Annapurna Interactive and Simogo have announced that the pop album arcade game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, will be coming to Xbox One on Feb. 25. The news was revealed via an announcement trailer on Annapurna’s YouTube channel and on Twitter.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a sort of rhythm arcade game that has you going through a variety of levels, with each one representing a different song on the fantastic soundtrack. Some levels will have you riding motorcycles and skateboards while others will put you on a dragon and place a sword in your hand.

After a young woman goes through a terrible breakup, she finds herself in this colorful and vibrant dream world where she discovers another version of herself with a mask.

I reviewed Sayonara Wild Hearts when it launched on Apple Arcade last year and had a fantastic time with the music-based arcade title.

The title will be out on Xbox One at the end of the month but you can also purchase it on Switch, PS4, and PC. And if you’re an Apple Arcade subscriber, you can play it on your Apple devices as well.

You can check out the Xbox One announcement trailer down below to see what the game is all about:

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT’s Next Update Will Be The Last; New Skins for Two Villains Revealed

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Today, during a livestream from Tokyo, Square Enix announced the end of active development for its fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and its arcade counterpart Dissidia Final Fantasy. 

We hear that the next major update will be the last, effectively bringing to a close the long run of the latest Final Fantasy fighting game. 

The update won’t include new characters, but it’ll come with new skins and weapons for Cloud of Darkness and The Emperor, respectively from Final Fantasy III and II. 

You can check them out in the trailer and artwork below. 

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Rumour: Animated Overwatch and Diablo TV adaptations are in the works

1 year ago

We all done tossing coins at mutant sellswords yet? Word on the street is there’s an Overwatch animated series and Diablo anime in the pipeline over at ActiBlizzion HQ. Look, there’s a rumour about a game series floating about every other month (what’s up, Halo?), so take all this with a pinch of salt. But if this one’s true? Then yeah, I can see those franchises working on the telly.

‘Course, I also liked the Warcraft movie, so what the hell do I know?

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Natalie Clayton

A rogue Cooking Mama: Cookstar trailer has appeared

1 year ago

What's on the menu? A Cooking Mama game for Switch, apparently, and if a newly-discovered trailer is to be believed it could be arriving as soon as March. Emphasis on could.

The unlisted video was first posted on YouTube in November, but was only unearthed today thanks to a listing on Dutch store Nedgame. Publisher Planet Entertainment has now made the original video private, but you can watch a re-upload below. Judging by the fact half the video original video was just a black screen, it was clearly unveiled a little early.

The trailer gives a release date of March, and lists a retail price of $39.99 (£30.71), but as the video is a few months old and the linked website leads nowhere, it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt.

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Premature Evaluation: Rover Mechanic Simulator

1 year ago

You can keep your trendy meditation apps and your Himalayan pilgrimages to remote temples where ascetic monks ding little bells and dispense timeless wisdom, because I’ve just discovered something a thousand times more effective at achieving a semblance of inner peace. The absolute best salve for an overheating brain is to quietly dismantle a Martian rover. Just sequester yourself away in the spare room for an evening with a warm glass of oat milk, before methodically unscrewing the approximately four hundred screws that keep a tiny robot’s wheels from whizzing off into a crater.

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Steve Hogarty

Cooking Mama: Cookstar looks tailor-made for Instagramming foodies

1 year ago

It's no longer enough that food tastes good. It needs to look good too. That's an expectation at this point, as many people whip out their phones for a quick pic of their dish before digging in.

The next Cooking Mama game leans into this trend. A leaked trailer for Cooking Mama: Cookstar on Switch puts emphasis on both whipping up unique food and admiring it. For instance, a rainbow grilled cheese is put under the camera lens, as players can rotate the angle of the picture and add filters and stickers. Catch me on the 'gram.

Although it's not confirmed yet, Cooking Mama: Cookstar will evidently release in March -- at least, according to this trailer. Nintendo has been mum about a lot of Switch games recently, and there's a reasonable belief that we have to be getting a new Direct sometime soon. If that's the case, you know Cooking Mama is getting an official release date. It's about ready to come out the oven.

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The cost of PlayStation 5: are we looking at a $500 console?

1 year ago

A recent report from Bloomberg has attracted a lot of headlines - the suggestion is that Sony is struggling to control construction costs for the PlayStation 5 and that the $399 pricing sweet spot enjoyed by both PS4 and PS4 Pro may be out of reach for the next-gen system. Bloomberg says that the current cost for building the machine is around $450, suggesting that a retail price of at least $470 is likely - but is the analysis accurate? Will the next generation consoles really be more expensive at launch than their current-gen equivalents?

Pricing of console hardware has been a topic we've raised in the past on Digital Foundry because the fact is that the economics surrounding consumer electronics have been growing increasingly challenging for console manufacturers in recent years, while the pace of technological innovation has also slowed down significantly.

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Stadia adds support for Samsung phones this week

1 year ago

A range of Samsung, Asus and Razer phones will soon support Stadia.

Google's game-streaming service will, on 20th February, become compatible with nearly two dozen Android devices. The full list lies below.

Up until now, Stadia has been confined to Google's own Pixel smartphones - as well as on PC and on TVs with a Chromecast Ultra.

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Language app Duolingo is teaming up with Angry Birds

1 year ago

I'm almost at a 100-day streak on Duolingo, even though I feel bugged by the app's notifications into keeping going. I guess that's sort of the point? The game-ified language learning app makes things just fun enough - but it is still learning, and sometimes I'll need that nudge.

It'll get to 10pm and I know that I still need to finish a couple of lessons before midnight. I could skip a day, sure, though I'll use up valuable currency on a streak saver. And there's always the next achievement or leaderboard place to go chase.

Duolingo's constant nagging to keep going is theme of today's video - which sees the app's friendly owl mascot becoming ever more zealous and threatening as he interrupts a user's evening in the pub to make him play.

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Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- February 16-22, 2020

1 year ago

New Releases highlights some of the hottest games releasing each week, and this episode has a whopping 23 games. Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle has 18 of them, and the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle is another two-in-one package. They're not the only re-releases coming this week either, as Hunt: Showdown comes to PS4 and Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition lands on Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, the fighting game community gets a chance to throw down with Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r].

Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle -- February 18

Available on: PS4, Xbox One

These Platinum Games cult classics launched 10 years ago, and they're being bundled together on PS4 and Xbox One to celebrate. Those of you with a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X can even experience them in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Seems like a good way to refresh yourself before we finally get Bayonetta 3.

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Duke Nukem Developer Also Almost Made An Aliens Shooter Like Left 4 Dead

1 year ago

Last week former Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski revealed that his former studio, Boss Key, were working on an Aliens game before Disney purchased Fox. Today, Duke Nukem developer 3D Realms says the same thing happened to its own Aliens project.

Vice President of 3D Realms, Frederik Schreiber, replied to Bleszinski's original tweet with his own story of a failed Aliens pitch. The idea, detailed briefly by some pitch slides, paint the picture of a co-operative shooter where players would face off against waves of Xenomorph enemies before confronting one of many Xenomorph Queens.

It all sounds a bit like Left 4 Dead in the Aliens universe, which seems like a good fit. Schreiber explained that the project was far into pre-production when the deal between Disney and Fox went through, which then ultimately lead to its cancellation.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Gameplay Reveal Coming at PAX East

1 year ago

Larian Studios has been fairly secretive about the upcoming Baldur’s Gate 3 following the reveal in June 2019, but it’s finally about time to lift the veil.

Today the developer released a video providing a few sneak peeks on development assets and the usual inevitable comedy, but the juicy part comes at the end.

Larian Studios Founder Swen Vincke reveals that the gameplay reveal will happen really soon at PAX East, on top of a Q&A that will be hosted on Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 PM ET.

No further details were shared of what and how much will be shown, but this is quite promising and exciting.

You can enjoy the video below, and dream of the upcoming reveal. Hopefully, the game will be worthy of its glorious legacy.

If you want to see more about Baldur’s Gate 3 you can check out the original announcement trailer, a clip introducing the project, and a video celebrating the announcement and explaining what was going on in the original trailer.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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