Pac-Man World Remake Launches August 26

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During Nintendo’s Direct Mini, Pac-Man made a surprise appearance with the announcement that Pac-Man World will be getting a full remake. The news was announced via a trailer that showcased the Pac-Man World Re-Pac, which is set to launch on Aug. 26, 2022.

Check out the announcement trailer for yourself down below.

Originally released in 1999 for the PlayStation, Pac-Man World was the titular characters switch to a full 3D platforming title. The premise follows Pac-Man setting off to Ghost Island to rescue his family after they’ve been kidnapped, and Re-Pac will be following the same premise.

Throughout six mysterious worlds, you’ll butt-bounce, throw Pac-Dots, rev-roll, and super-size Pac-Man in order to save your family. As shown in the trailer, the game will also boast updated visuals, better performance, and an updated UI.

Outside of the main story, there will be additional modes for you to partake in such as a collection of 3D mazes called Maze Mode while beating the Quest Mode will unlock the classic Pac-Man experience. The upcoming remake is set to launch for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on August 26, 2022, with pre-orders up for grabs now.

If you’re still on the hunt for more news from the Nintendo Direct Mini event, be sure to check out all of the other news that was revealed during the showcase by searching Twinfinite.

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Pokémon Go developer Niantic announces NBA game

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Pokémon Go maker Niantic has announced NBA All-World, a new real-world smartphone game designed around the culture of basketball.

As with other Niantic apps, the game is designed to encourage and reward players for getting off their sofa and out into their local area.

You can pre-register for the game now ahead of it launching "soon" via a beta in certain countries, during which time the game will be tested and improved upon.

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Tom Phillips

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When Does Portal Companion Collection Come Out?

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Looking for when does Portal Companion Collection come out? Then, we have just the right thing for you. Portal: Companion Collection was announced in February this year and the collection bundles together both Portal 1 and 2 in one package for Nintendo Switch. Portal was first released by Valve in 2007 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in 2007, with the sequel coming out in 2011. Here’s when you will be able to play it on your Nintendo Switch.

When Does Portal Companion Collection Come Out?

Portal Companion Collection comes out June 28, 2022, as announced during a brand new Nintendo Direct Mini focusing on third-party games. It is developed in collaboration with NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios and will include both games’ full single-player campaigns as well as Portal 2’s co-op mode, which is available in both split-screen and online multiplayer.

Portal was originally released in 2007 and was praised by both critics and players alike. The game was praised for its writing, storytelling and it’s unforgettable characters. It also introduced the world to the excellent track ‘Still Alive’ by Jonathan Coulton, which played during the original game’s closing credits. The sequel saw the introduction of multiplayer and a bunch of other features. 

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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Pokémon Go Creator Niantic Announces NBA All-World

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Pokémon GO creator Niantic has announced an official NBA game called NBA All-World, where players will walk around the real world meeting basketball stars instead of pocket monsters or Pikmin.

The game looks visually similar to Pokémon Go, and Niantic revealed a handful of screenshots (below) alongside a brief reveal trailer. In them, the player can be seen encountering Nikola Jokić and Draymond Green.

PokéStop equivalent in-game locations will be found at basketball courts and sporting goods stores, among other places, and players can pick up new items and upgrades for their NBA or blacktop games, or just cosmetic items to spruce up their avatar.

The likes of Stephen Curry and Jayson Tatum can also be seen outside of main world map, likely showing off this game's version of gyms from Pokémon Go, where players "battle" against NBA stars in basketball games. Marcus Matthews, who worked on the original NBA 2K and is senior producer of NBA All-World, said in a blog post that "Niantic has been hard at work to forge a new type of sports game".

NBA All-World "blends the real world with 1-on-1 basketball action, collecting, fashion and more," he added. "Our development partner in Orlando, HypGames, has been stellar at leveraging their sports gaming expertise to deliver a fantastic experience, one that will appeal to both casual and core hoops fans alike."

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Super Bomberman R 2 Will Appear Next Year

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Super Bomberman R 2 Will Appear Next Year

During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, Konami revealed Super Bomberman R 2. This will build on the other recent Super Bomberman R games. It also won’t be a Switch exclusive. It will show up on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC too in 2023.

The first video went over some of the features folks can expect. There will be a Story mode. In it, people will be able to explore the world, build up bases, deal with defense and strategy segments, and take on boss battles. There will also be competitive modes. One will be a Battle 64 64-player battle royal. This will be like the one in Super Bomberman R Online. A new Castle mode will appear, tasking one side with defending a castle and building up barricades and the other with attacking the castle to take it and its treasure. Standard and 3v3 Grand Prix battle modes will appear too.

Here’s the first trailer for Super Bomberman R 2.

We had an idea that a new Bomberman game is on the way. When Konami issued a shutdown notice for Super Bomberman R Online, it teased that “new projects” would be on the way.

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Fantasy Farming & Life Simulation RPG Harvestella Announced by Square Enix for PC & Nintendo Switch

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Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini broadcasted by the house of Mario and Zelda, Square Enix announced Harvestella.

The game is a fantasy farming and life simulation JRPG that will surely feel familiar to fans of the Story of Seasons or Rune Factory franchises, and it’ll release for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on November 4. The Switch version will also launch physically at retail.

Below you can check out the announcement trailer directly from Square Enix.

Harvestella features a colorful world with changing seasons and prompts the player to explore, tend to their crops, make new friends, and face enemies in dynamic combat.

The game promises “challenging dungeons” and a job system with classes like Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage.

It also features art by Isamu Kamikokuryo of Final Fantasy fame and music by Go Shiina, known for the Tales series and more.

One interesting element is the coming of the season of death, Quietus, which causes the world to become inhospitable and the crops to wither, adding a unique element that usually isn’t included in other farming and life sims and RPGs.

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Nier: Automata Hits Nintendo Switch On October 6

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Nintendo announced today during its Mini Direct Partner Showcase that PlatinumGames’ moody action-RPG Nier: Automata is coming to the Switch on October 6. Dubbed The End of YoRHa Edition, this launch will include previously released add-ons such as the “3C3C1D119440927" DLC as well as new console-exclusive…

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When Does RPG Time: The Legend of Wright Come Out?

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The Nintendo Direct had plenty of big games to show off, along with some surprise announcements. It’s been almost a year since RPG Time: The Legend of Wright was last shown off, and news of the game has been largely silent until this release date reveal. Here’s when RPG Time: The Legend of Wright will be coming out.

When RPG Time: The Legend of Wright Will Come Out

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright will be headed to Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Aug. 18.

It’s impressive when you look at the very stylized papercraft visuals and remember that the developer, DESK WORKS, is only a two-person studio.

The game has been through a couple delays to get to this point. The release date has been pushed back every time the game has been brought to shows like E3 or Tokyo Game Show in the past. When RPG Time: The Legend of Wright was first announced at E3 2019, it was said to be getting a 2020 release date. It obviously missed that and was later shown off at Tokyo Game Show 2021 with improved visuals. At that time, it was given a release date of winter 2021.

Seeing as this is the first time we’ve gotten an actual date for RPG Time: The Legend of Wright, this might mean it will stick the landing.

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Cameron Waldrop

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Sonic Frontiers' Cyber Space Dimension Features Traditional Platforming Stages

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Sonic Frontiers’ “open zone” format has been the centerpiece of discussion, and for a good reason. Dropping Sonic in an open-world style environment gives fans a new, bigger arena to roam around and go fast in. However, traditionalists may be happy to learn that Frontiers includes standard, linear platforming stages hidden in unlockable areas called Cyber Space. I got to play one of these stages during my demo during Summer Game Fest Play Days a couple of weeks ago to get a handle on how these self-contained levels compliment Frontiers' exploration-heavy gameplay. 

As seen during today's Nintendo Direct Mini, while exploring the open world (which you can read about in my previous preview), I collected special items called Portal Gears. You can obtain these gears by solving puzzles and completing other types of challenges throughout Starfall Islands. Presenting them at stone landmarks resembling a throne establishes a connection to the Cyber Space, a digital dimension Sega describes as a “game within a game.” Cyber Space treats players to fast-paced platforming stages fans of 3D Sonic games will be intimately familiar with, providing a more focused diversion to open zone wandering.  

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Marcus Stewart

Blanc Announced for Nintendo Switch and PC; Coming Feb. 2023

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Enter a hand-drawn world when Blanc launches as a console exclusive for Nintendo Switch and PC. Blanc was shown off during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase earlier today. This presentation confirmed that Blanc will launch as a console exclusive for Nintendo Switch in Feb. 2023. In a press release, Gearbox announced that Blanc will also launch on PC via Steam and Epic Game Store.

Blanc Coming To Nintendo Switch and PC in Feb. 2023

Blanc is an emotional journey where a stranded fawn and a wolf cub work together to navigate the frigid wilds and find their families. This is a cooperative experience where one player will control the fawn while the second controls the wolf cub. The debut trailer for the game was shown off during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. You can see the breathtaking world in the announcement trailer below:

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Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom Has Been Announced

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Today during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, a sequel to Doraemon Story of Seasons was announced. Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom from Bandai Namco will launch later this year.

In this new game, Doraemon and friends land on an unknown planet to help someone fulfill their dreams by farming and tending to animals. You’ll be able to relax by living with friends, eating delicious meals together, and fishing.

There will also be a local multiplayer mode so that you and a friend can build a ranch together.

The first Doraemon Story of Seasons game had a focus on familiar relationships with a cute story, lively world, and beautiful watercolor-themed graphics. You can read our official review of that game right here.

It looks like the sequel is just as beautiful with similar gameplay themes, and it is sure to be a hit with anyone who enjoys the farming simulator genre.

Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom will release on the Nintendo Switch, PS5, and PC later this year.

You can watch the announcement trailer that was revealed during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase below at the timestamp 18:45. There is also a Japanese trailer you can watch which is below the announcement trailer.

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How to Get Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite & All Stats

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Following the release of the Fortnite 21.10 update, the Battle Royale island has a fun new weapon called the Ripsaw Launcher. Capable of firing off blades that can cut through builds and deal heavy damage to players, vehicles, and builds alike, this is an incredibly handy weapon to have in your inventory. But chances are you’re wondering how to get the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite, and with good reason, as it can only be found in one specific place.

Fortnite Ripsaw Launcher Location

The Ripsaw Launcher can be found in the Chop Shop north of Logjam Lotus and on the north coast of the island itself, marked on the map below with a red circle.

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Robin takes the lead in new Gotham Knights trailer

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A new trailer for Gotham Knights (the game, not the TV show) puts the spotlight firmly on Robin.

"It's hard to imagine a Robin without a Batman," muses the masked hero, before resolving that he will figure it all out. What then unfolds is a bombastic trailer with Robin showing off his athletic prowess. This includes his various attacks and how he can use "teleportation tech from the Justice League's satellite" to "zap [himself] short distances in a fight".

You can check out this latest spot from Warner Bros. Games below.

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Sonic Frontiers Cyber Space Zone Revealed in New Trailer

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A new Sonic Frontiers trailer appeared during the June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini and shows off the Cyber Space zone.

A new Sonic Frontiers Cyber Space zone trailer appeared in the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini. It showed what to expect in from the Starfall Island first, then highlighted the new area folks can visit.

Here's the full Sonic Frontiers trailer. At the 42 second mark, the Sonic Frontiers Cyber Space zone comes up. If Sonic heads to a certain landmark, he can take on challenges there that look similar to older stages. He can get keys from going through those.

Past videos looked at the more open area in Sonic Frontiers. In one, people could see Sonic climbing a tower and solving puzzles. Another focused on showing him fighting different sorts of enemies.

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Jenni Lada

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When Does Nier: Automata Come Out for Nintendo Switch?

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Wondering when Nier: Automata comes out for Nintendo Switch? Then, we have everything you need to know about the game’s release date. During Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct third-party showcase, Square Enix revealed that Nier Automata is coming to the Nintendo Switch consoles as Nier Automata: The End of YorHa Edition. So, for those looking to grab it on day 1, here’s when it releases on Switch.

When Does Nier: Automata Come Out for Nintendo Switch?

Nier Automata: The End of YoRHa Edition will release on October 6, 2022, for Nintendo Switch. Just to be clear, this isn’t a new game, but a re-release of the well-known 2017 action role-playing game. Currently, the game is only available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows but will soon be available for Switch too.

Square Enix has also stated that Nier Automata for Nintendo Switch will have all previously released content, modes, and costumes. So there will be a lot of content to dive into when the game releases. Apart from that, the Nintendo Switch version will also come with costumes exclusive to that platform.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Arrives This October; Bowser Joins the Roster

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Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini event, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope got an official release date of Oct. 20, 2022. This news doesn’t really come as too much of a surprise to many, as Ubisoft accidentally posted the release date on one of their websites yesterday.

Alongside the release date, the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Nintendo Direct Mini partner showcase also showed off a bit of gameplay. In the video below, you can see all of the fun new action that fans can expect, including the fact that Bowser will now be a playable character.

The motley team of Mario, his friends, the Rabbids, and even Bowser blast off for a galactic adventure in the latest Mario + Rabbids game!

Space is in a universe of trouble when otherworldly enemies suddenly appear. Their goal? Take the energy possessed by Sparks, creatures born from the merge of Lumas & Rabbids. Now, the team must travel the cosmos to save the Sparks from Darkmess.

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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher Lets You Raise Ultraman Baddies

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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher

Japanese Switch users and fans of Ultraman, and Monster Rancher enthusiasts will soon be able to unite in celebration. Bandai Namco is behind publishing Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher, a spin-off of the popular farming and training-sim game based on the Ultraman franchise.

Check out the trailer from the Japanese edition of the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast. As the series is known as Monster Farm in Japan, the game's formal title is Ultra Kaiju Monster Farm.

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In the game, players will establish their own massive farm and build it with the help of various Kaiju monsters from the Ultraman series. In keeping with Monster Rancher tradition, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher players will recruit new Kaiju by putting random media into the game. However, since the Switch doesn't have a disc drive to take music CDs or DVDs, the recruitment methods are all-digital. Players can search pieces of music by title or artist to generate new Kaiju. They'll also be able to use IC "smart" cards used in transit systems (like Suica or Icoca), or the NFC chips in smartphones, for Kaiju recruitment. Classic Ultraman Kaiju like Zetton, Gomora, and Alien Baltan were shown. Players will train their Kaiju to improve their stats, have them race rivals, build Ultra-size snow sculptures, and even do some sparring. They can also fuse Kaiju to find the ultimate monster.

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Josh Tolentino

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Portal and Portal 2 on Switch Now Via the Companion Collection

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Portal and Portal 2 on Switch Now Via the Companion Collection

People can play Portal and Portal 2 on the Nintendo Switch starting today. During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, Portal Companion Collection was revealed as one of the showcase’s shadowdrops. People can pick it up for $19.99.

As expected, picking up the collection gives people access to Portal and Portal 2 on the Switch. Both are the same games people played before. There is also local and online multiplayer options for the sequel on the system.

At the 21:45 mark, people can see a trailer for the release.

Portal Companion Collection is out for the Nintendo Switch. Portal is also on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and mobile devices. Portal 2 can be found on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC too.

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Jenni Lada

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One-to-one: it's Dragon Age creator David Gaider!

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I don't think David Gaider needs much of an introduction. He, affectionately, is mister Dragon Age. He was the one tasked with dreaming up the entire world. We talk about it in this episode of One-to-one. BioWare's James Ohlen apparently gave Gaider a historic atlas and an "off you go".

But how did he go about creating it - where do you even start with something like that? And what did the original vision for Dragon Age look like? Well, I can tell you it didn't have any Darkspawn in it, which is wild, considering Darkspawn were the main threat in the game and featured heavily in the series thereafter. And get this: originally, you weren't going to be able to cast any offensive magic spells in the game either - imagine that!

Gaider was also a key figure in the rise of LGBTQ+ representation and same-sex relationships in BioWare games, and is the creator of arguably the studio's most famous characters in this regard, Dorian. Curiously, though, it wasn't Gaider who started the same-sex relationships push but someone else, in Jade Empire - he doesn't remember who. 'Whaaat - we can do that?' he remembers thinking when he saw it and the rest, as they say, was history.

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Robert Purchese

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Railgrade, a New Railroad Simulator, Releases This Fall

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During today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, we got a gameplay trailer for Railgrade, an upcoming railroad management simulator from Minakata Dynamics and Epic Games. The two-minute-long trailer showcases many of the features that will be available in the game.

Railgrade takes place in an off-world industrial colony owned by a chemical corporation whose purpose is to harvest resources. It’s up to you to oversee industrial progress on this planet with trains as transport in order to restore the colony’s economy.

The gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from a railroad management sim; you build railroads to deliver raw materials and other valuable goods to and from various ports. Of course, strategy is important as you build the railroads through each mission.

There looks to be plenty of customization options for trains such as engine types that have their own costs and benefits.

Railgrade will release this fall on the Nintendo Switch and on PC. You can watch the official gameplay trailer below and read more details about it on the game’s official website right here.

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Rebecca Stone

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Sonic Frontiers' Cyberspace stages are refreshing blasts of classic Sonic

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I thought Sonic Frontiers was less Breath Of The Wild and more Super Mario Odyssey after I'd given it whirl in LA at Summer Geoff Fest. Despite its rough edges, Frontier's open-ish world was a joy to blitz around as a hedgehog renowned for going particularly fast. But there was one thing I couldn't talk about – Cyberspace stages: Bite-sized levels à la classic Sonic. And here's why it might've been one of the best bits of the demo.

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Ed Thorn

The Blade Runner Game Remaster Was So Unpopular That the Devs Added the 1997 Version

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Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition was released last week to such a poor reception that developer Nightdive Studios has now added a version of the 1997 original to play on Steam instead.

In an update on the game's Steam page, Nightdive co-founder Daniel Grayshon announced that the 1997 version has been rebranded as the Classic version and been added to the $9.99 package as a free update.

"The free update will be downloaded automatically and when you start Blade Runner through Steam, you'll be given a choice of launching the Enhanced Edition or the Classic version," Grayshon said. "There is also an option to play Blade Runner with some restored content that was left unused from the original game."

Blade Runner Classic is actually a fan-created re-release of the 1997 game, recreated using the ScummVM engine to help bring the hard-to-play game back to life in more or less its original form. It has been available on GoG for over two years, but is now also on Steam.

The Enhanced Edition currently has a "Mostly Negative" rating on Steam, garnering an overall 35/100 score at the time of writing. Criticisms center on how the remaster looks, its new fonts, freshly added bugs and audio glitches, and more.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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New Cygames Game is Little Noah: Scion of Paradise

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During the Nintendo Direct Mini, a new Cygames game called Little Noah: Scion of Paradise appeared. It is a multiplatform game and out now.

One of the shadowdrops that appeared during the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini is a new Cygames game. Little Noah: Scion of Paradise is now available. It costs $14.99. While it showed up during a Nintendo presentation, people can play it on the Switch, PS4, and PC.

In Little Noah, players follow an alchemist named Noah as she goes into dungeons to get things to fix her airship. She’ll need to find Lilliputs to help her attempt to survive various ruins. Depending on who goes exploring with her, Noah’s possible combo options will change. There are also roguelike elements, as Noah will need to constantly reattempt the dungeons to eventually get through it all and fix her ship.

Here’s the new trailer looking at Little Noah: Scion of Paradise.

There’s also an official website open for this new Cygames game. It also offers a closer look at the game and its characters.

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Jenni Lada

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RPG Time: The Legend of Wright Releases This August

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Announced during today’s Nintendo Direct, RPG Time: The Legend of Wright will be releasing Aug. 18 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. That’s right, despite the announcement coming during a Nintendo Direct, the game will be multiplatform.

The adorable papercraft style RPG Time: The Legend of Wright was first shown off in 2019. At that time it claimed to be coming in 2020. As that release date didn’t work out, the game went back into development and the art style has greatly changed since. The last we heard about it was at Tokyo Game Show in 2021, and then it claimed to be coming winter of last year. Seeing as this time we have an actual, direct date, that should hopefully be a good sign.

You can see the trailer for yourself below. The trailer is part of the Nintendo Direct, but we have gotten you to the right time the game appears.

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Cameron Waldrop

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Harvestella looks like Final Fantasy meets Stardew Valley

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Harvestella is a brand-new life sim RPG from Square Enix coming to Switch and Steam in November.

It's Final Fantasy meets Stardew Valley, with gameplay including tending to crops, befriending townspeople, and exploring dungeons.

Concept art is by Isamu Kamikokuryo of Final Fantasy 12 fame, and music is by Go Shiina from the Tales series.

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Ed Nightingale

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Surreal Puzzler, Lorelei and The Laser Eyes, Announced for Switch & PC

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During today’s Nintendo Direct online showcase, developer Simogo Games smuggled in a reveal trailer for their eerie puzzle-adventure game, Lorelei and The Laser Eyes, which is scheduled to launch “first for consoles on Nintendo Switch” and PC in 2023. From the verbiage used by Nintendo, it appears that the game will launch on other consoles, too, but will release first on Switch.

Go ahead and take a gander at the new announcement trailer down below:

As you can see in the footage above, Lorelei and The Laser Eyes appears to be a stylish and atmospheric puzzler that boasts an eye-catching monochrome art-style. Poised as a “modern take” on the puzzle-adventure games of yesteryear, the title features old-school adventure game mechanics but with a modernised twist.

The game is ostensibly a sequel to 2019’s Sayonara Wild Hearts, which is an uber-stylish action experience that sees you riding a motorbike through different dimensions, all to the beat of a hypnotic synth-wave soundtrack. Lorelei and The Laser Eyes, on the other hand, is a bit of a departure from its action-oriented predecessor.

For more information about the game, here’s a general overview courtesy of Simogo Games:

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Dylan Chaundy

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Everything shown in today's Nintendo Direct

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Today's Nintendo Direct highlighted an arry of third-party games coming to Nintendo Switch through the rest of this year and beyond. As expected, the showcase focused on games made by non-Nintendo companies - but there were still plenty of highlights, and several exclusives.

The show kicked off with Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, which launches this week. A title update with yet more monsters to slay arrives in August, and has the jazzy title of Seething Bazelgeuse. Oh, and there's a demo available now.

Next was the venerable Nier Automata, PlatinumGames' acclaimed role-playing game from 2017. It's now headed to Nintendo Switch via a fresh The End of YoRHa Edition which contains previous DLC and new costumes. It launches on 6th October.

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Tom Phillips

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Live A Live Continues to Look Stunning in New HD-2D Graphics; Playable Demo to Be Released Today

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Step aside, Octopath Traveler and Triangle Strategy, there’s a cool new HD-2D game in town, and it’s Live A Live. During today’s Nintendo Direct, we got yet another look at the upcoming remake of the classic game. You can check out the trailer down below:

We got a good look at tons of the HD-2D environments, as well as the beautiful character artwork that we’ll get to enjoy in the game. In addition to that, Nintendo Treehouse also released a 40 minute video showing off a playable demo build of the game.

For players who are looking forward to the release, you’ll be glad to know that a playable demo will be released on Switch later today. We’ll get to check out the first three chapters of the game, and save data can be transferred over to the final build too.

Live A Live is set to be released for the Switch on July 22.

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Zhiqing Wan

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The Day Before: Developer of Steam's Most Wishlisted Game Defends Using Unpaid Volunteers

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Fntastic, the developer behind Steam's most wishlisted game The Day Before, has defended its use of unpaid workers.

Speaking to Eurogamer, the company claimed every employee, paid or not, is a volunteer, because "we always try to bring in proactive people with open hearts".

Fntastic categorises its workers in two camps: full-time volunteers and part-time volunteers. The former are regular, paid employees, while the latter are unpaid workers who contribute to game development, "ranging from translating to community moderating" according to the online application form. These unpaid workers can "get cool rewards, participation certificates, and free codes".

"The company's values are built upon the idea of volunteering which means that every person who works or volunteers here is doing that willingly, acts with dedication, and enthusiasm, and supports the team by any means possible," Fntastic said.

"We have many people around the world who are helping us out in many ways, they are part-time volunteers. They help with any projects that we have. While full-time volunteers are the employees of the company. We share these values within the company because we always try to bring in proactive people with open hearts."

The company faced criticism online following an update to its website that included the dedicated volunteers page. You can see an example below:

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Ryan Dinsdale

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Super Bomberman R 2 Announced for Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox, and PC

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Super Bomberman R 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4 Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC and it is blowing up our screens. This game will be the sequel to the Nintendo Switch’s launch title Super Bomberman R, which came out Mar. 3, 2017. Shown off during the recent Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, we got a good look at what’s to come.

Super Bomberman R 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC Next Year

The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase was full of trailers for upcoming games on Nintendo Switch. During the classic characters part of the show, Bomberman got highlighted with a bright new trailer for its upcoming game in 2023.

The new trailer showed off several new modes including the Castle Mode and a stage creator. In Castle Mode, a team of up to 15 players will battle against one defending player. The team must blast their way to treasure chests without getting blown up by the defender. As the lone player, you must set up your defenses and hold them off. The stage creator lets you build and share your own Bomberman stages.

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Chuy Huerta

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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Is Up for Preorder

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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is set to release exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 20. A sequel to the 2017 game Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, this installment brings the gang back together to battle an evil entity known as Cursa. The game is available for preorder now (see it at Best Buy, where it comes with a free $10 gift card, or at Amazon).

Preorder Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

There aren't any special editions of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, so this is the one to grab.

What is Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope?

Mario, Luigi, Peach, and their friends are out to stop Cursa, an entity that's trying to consume the energy of the Sparks. (Sparks are a mixture between Lumas and Rabbids, of course).

The game will take place across a variety of planets, each one populated with different inhabitants. And just like Kingdom Battle, the gameplay uses a mix of turn-based and real-time combat.

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Chris Reed

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When Does Harvestella Come Out on Nintendo Switch & PC? Answered

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Harvestella is a new life sim RPG from Square Enix combining the farming gameplay of the likes of Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon with RPG-style combat where you’ll battle against monsters. If you’ve been looking for a meaty life sim experience to sink your teeth into, then chances are you’re wondering when does Harvestella come out on Nintendo Switch?

The game looks to be a little different from the usual farming life sim by including a new season called the Quietus which will wreak havoc on your farm and home. You’ll need to put in just as much effort trying to find a way to prevent the Quietus from ruining all of your hard work and livelihood before it’s too late.

Harvestella Release Date on Nintendo Switch

Harvestella is coming to the Nintendo Switch on Nov. 4 and will also release on Windows PC via Steam on the same day.

Is Harvestella Coming to Xbox Series X|S or PS5?

At the time of writing, no, Harvestella is only currently slated to release on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

This doesn’t mean that the game will never come to the platforms, but it’s likely that Square Enix doesn’t have any plans it is willing to officially announce at the current time.

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Dragon Quest Treasures Release Date Set

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Square Enix revealed the Dragon Quest Treasures release date during the Nintendo Direct Mini, and the game will appear before 2022 ends.

During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, the Dragon Quest Treasures release date appeared. People will be able to play it on December 9, 2022. It will be available on the Switch. A new trailer also appeared showing younger versions of Dragon Quest XI’s Erik and Mia exploring alongside monsters.

The video begins with Erik and Mia on a boat, heading to Draconia. The two are dedicated to treasure hunting. People can then see the characters exploring alongside monsters. The two will be armed with Fortune Finders to discover treasures. When used, a compass will appear below your playable character to show which direction the treasure can be found. You’ll also see a text message pop up on screen that will say something like, “There’s a noticeable hint of treasure.” That shows how close you are to it.

Monsters appear alongside them in the field in real-time. You can also see Erik issue directions like “gather round” to dictate their behaviors. So in the new trailer, we see Erik taking on the Flight of the Fallen King quest to head to Mount Greywing. Once he gets there, he’ll face a wight. At the bottom the screen, characters’ stats are shown. Some monsters can be ridden. Others can do things like allow you to jump to higher areas of glide.

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Hearthstone’s next expansion invites us to a murder mystery party in August

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Fantasy CCG Hearthstone is asking players to solve a macabre mystery in its next expansion, Murder At Castle Nathria, due out on August 2nd. Prepare to venture once again into Warcraft’s home of the afterlife, the Shadowlands. Just remember to grab your rhyming dictionary and your fanciest deerstalker before you watch the trailer below.

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CJ Wheeler