New Doraemon Story of Seasons Heading to Switch in 2022

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New Doraemon Story of Seasons Heading to Switch in 2022

Bandai Namco is preparing Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom for the Nintendo Switch. The new farming sim is expected to appear on the system in 2022. Once again, Nobita and Doraemon will be farming alongside new friends. This time, two people can farm together.

The initial trailer went over what folks can expect. After Doraemon and Noby go with Gian, Shizuka, and Suneo in a rocket, they land on a new planet. After using Translation Gummies to talk to Lumis and other characters, the group helps people they meet farm and tend animals. People can also fish and use Doraemon’s gadgets.

You can see the trailer for it at the 18:45 mark below.

Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom will come to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. The first Doraemon Story of Seasons game appeared on the PS4, Switch, and PC.

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When Does Super Bomberman R 2 Come Out?

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Dying to know when Super Bomberman R 2 comes out? This sequel was unveiled during the Nintendo Direct Mini event that took place in June 2022, and it’s got multiplayer fans jumping out of their seats. Here is everything you need to know about when you’ll be able to get your hands on this game.

Super Bomberman R 2 Release Date

Super Bomberman R 2 is coming out for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a more specific release window given for the game, just an announcement that the game would be arriving on the platform at some point next year.

What’s New in Super Bomberman R 2?

The sequel will add a bombastic new mode, called Castle Mode, where a team of up to 15 players must blast their way up to treasure chests while one defending player does their best to hold them off. All of the other modes that were in the original will be returning as well.

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Portal 1 And Portal 2 Arrive On Switch Today

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The previously announced Portal: Companion Collection gathers the two acclaimed first-person puzzle games into one bundle for Switch. While we already knew it was coming sometime this year, today's Nintendo Direct Mini presentation news revealed that we'll be able to play two of the greatest puzzle games of all time on Switch beginning today.

Portal was released in 2007 as a part of The Orange Box, a bundle that gathered Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Initially considered a unique side dish to the main courses that populated the rest of the bundle, Portal quickly gained popularity for its clever design, mind-bending puzzles, and dark humor. In 2011, Valve released a full-fledged sequel, Portal 2. This standalone title added several new mechanics, extended playtime, a more involved story exploring the backstories of Aperture Science and GlaDOS, and a separate co-op multiplayer campaign.

Both Portal titles are considered among the greatest video games ever made and are available today on Nintendo Switch.

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Brian Shea

New Sonic Frontiers Trailer Shows off Cyberspace Zone Levels

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Sonic Frontiers got a new trailer during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. The trailer shows some gameplay featuring how Sonic can freely dash through open zones, taking advantage of his speedy skills, as well as the mysterious Cyberspace Zone.

We get a great look at how Sonic can lock onto enemies and attack them in combinations and deflect attacks with careful timing, which we saw in some previous trailers. There seem to be big, open areas for us to dash through and build up our skill sets.

The trailer also specifically shows off the Cyberspace Zone for the first time; in this special area, you can take on challenges while collecting keys to progress. It looks like there will be a combination of both skill and puzzles to get through each part of the Cyberspace Zone, which has a variety of types of areas for us to progress through.

Sonic Frontiers will be released this holiday. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, the game will launch on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

You can watch the trailer that was shown during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase at the timestamp 15:51 below.

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Portal: Companion Collection Gathers Both Games & Is Out Later Today

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that the Portal series will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Dubbed the Portal: Companion Collection, both games will be arriving on the system. More than, both games will be arriving later today, yes, you read that right.

If you’ve never played through the Portal games, this is an excellent opportunity to experience the gaming classic and even take it on the go. Enjoy all the mind-bending puzzles and learn why Portal 1 is beloved by speedrunners.

This is the first next-gen upgrade Portal 2 has gotten since it first released in the era of the Xbox 360.

You can see the reveal trailer for yourself below. However, if you haven’t played either of the Portal games, the trailer does kind of spoil at least the first one. Watch at your own risk.

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Befriend Monsters And Hunt Riches In Dragon Quest Treasures This December

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Square Enix has pulled back the curtains on Dragon Quest Treasures, a new spin-off entry in the legendary Dragon Quest franchise that was first teased in May 2021. This game focuses on the childhoods of Mia and Erik, two siblings from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. As these two characters, players embark on hunts for treasure in Draconia before the events of Dragon Quest XI.

As Mia and Erik travel through Draconia, they can recruit monsters to locate loot, explore the world, and fight enemies. Your recruited monsters are more helpful than just battling, it turns out: Using Slimes, you can bounce up to higher ledges, while grabbing onto a Dracky while you're exploring can allow you to glide like Breath of the Wild's paraglider. Once you complete your treasure hunt and obtain your prize, you can bring it back to your base to see how much it's worth. Using the funds you obtain from your hunts, you can improve your base and increase your treasure hunting level. 

Dragon Quest Treasures launches on December 9 for Switch. 

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Brian Shea

Return to Monkey Island launches on console first via Nintendo Switch

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Ron Gilbert's latest foray into the swashbuckling world of Guybrush Threepwood and co is going to be making its way to the Nintendo Switch as well as PC.

Return to Monkey Island is slated to release sometime this year, and come to consoles first via Nintendo Switch. We have been given some nice titbits of information about its upcoming release, including that it will be starting off at an amusement park (where Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge concluded), but the team has been keeping its cards close to its chest in terms of story and trailer reveals. Well, that was until now.

Today's Nintendo Direct, gave us our first look at some of the game's action, including piratical sword fights, explosive nautical combat, and what appears to be Guybrush in some kind of court (bodes well!). We also got to see some returning faces such as Elaine Marley, LeChuck, Murray the talking skull and Wally (to name but a few).

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Announced

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Mega Man Battle Network

Get ready to jack in to your Switch, PS4, and PC. Capcom confirmed that it's working on Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection via the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Partners Mini-Direct broadcast. A brief teaser introduced the ten-game series, but did not confirm a release window for outside Japan. The Japanese edition of the Mini-Direct promised a 2023 release window.

Check out the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection  trailer below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5anP8oC-ePY

The Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (known as the Rockman.EXE Advanced Collection in Japan) is a bundle of all ten main Mega Man Battle Network titles. Originally released on the Game Boy Advance from 2001 to 2006, Battle Network titles posited a different take on the Mega Man franchise. Rather than a robotic reploid, the the series posits the titular character as a "NetNavi", a computer program called MegaMan.EXE. Mega Man and his operator Lan Hikari journey to stop the plans of the WWW (World Three) Organization.

The bundle contains ten games, although Mega Man Battle Network 3, 4, 5, and were each released with two variants, like to the Pokémon series.

Here's a list of the games:

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The Mega Man Battle Network series is coming to Switch

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Mega Man Battle Network, Capcom's turn-based take on its iconic action series, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC next year.

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection will be bundling some 10 games in total, with a physical release offering the full set while the digital release will be split across two volumes. There'll be extra features such as a music mode featuring some 150 songs and an art gallery containing some 1000 illustrations.

The Mega Man Battle Network series had an extremely prolific run from 2001 to 2009 on the Game Boy Advance, and was well-received even if it was often hard to distinguish individual titles. There's no release date set for Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection beyond a vague 2023 window.

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Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable Also Announced for Nintendo Switch

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Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini broadcasted by the house of Mario and Zelda, Atlus announced that Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are also coming for the Switch.

This completes this strangely staggered announcement chain that saw the Xbox, Windows, and Game Pass versions announced at Microsoft’s non-E3 conference, followed by the PS5 and Steam versions a revealed couple of days afterward. Today fans who want to play on a portable console finally get their due.

You can check out the announcement trailer below, featuring all three games.

To recap, Persona 5 Royal will release on Nintendo Switch PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows, and Steam on October 21.

Persona 4 Golden will release “soon” on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows, and PS4 (it’s already available on Steam).

Persona 3 Portable will release “soon” on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Windows, Steam, and PS4.

As we already know, all three games are coming on Game Pass as well.

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Live A Live Gets A Demo Today, Progress Carries Into Full Game

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Live A Live is just over three weeks from release, but Nintendo and Square Enix are ready to rev the hype engine. During today's Nintendo Direct Mini, we received an update on the exciting, beautiful HD2D title that remakes the 1994 Super Famicom RPG that never came to Western markets. However, the big news from the presentation is that if you want to see what the buzz is all about, you can get a taste starting today.

The game puts you in the roles of multiple stories and multiple protagonists across different eras. The demo that hits the eShop today allows you to play three chapters from three different eras to get an idea of what to expect. Not only that but the save data transfers to the full game if you decide to buy it; it's always nice to know your time in a demo is productive when it comes to the final release.

Live A Live comes to Switch on July 22.

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Harvestella is Square Enix’s Farming and Life Sim

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Harvestella is Square Enix’s Farming and Life Sim

During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, Square Enix revealed a new farming and life sim called Harvestella. The game will allow people to visit different places, build relationships with people, farm, and tend to animals. Also, like Rune Factory, they will be able to take on classes like Fighter, Mage, and Shadow Walker to deal with enemies. It will come to the Nintendo Switch and PC worldwide on November 4, 2022.

The Switch product page for Harvestella is already live. It notes that it takes place following a calamity. As such, there will be a “Quietus” season of death when a season ends. During that phase, nobody can go anywhere and everything withers. The official page also confirmed folks can visit the Holy Capital Argene, Lethe Village, Nemea Town, and Seaside Town Shatolla.

You can see the English trailer at the 22:25 mark.

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Dragon Quest Treasures Launches on Switch on Dec. 9

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During Nintendo’s online showcase today, Square Enix confirmed that its upcoming spin-off action-RPG, Dragon Quest Treasures, will be coming to Nintendo Switch on Dec. 9, 2022.

In the footage released today, the narrator described the game as so:

Two siblings dream of collecting grand treasures from around the world. Venture to the realm of Draconia to become legendary treasure hunters. In this Dragon Quest series spin off, you’ll recruit a variety of well-mannered monsters to join you on a marvellous adventure. With their help and with your trusty fortune finder, locating loot will be a breeze.

Monsters are perfect travel buddies for exploring this vast world. Bounce on a Slime to reach high ledges or dangle from a Draky to glide over gaping chasms. Support your monsters in battle as they fearlessly fend off foes. Bring back your hard-earned haul back to your base and see how much it’s worth. Collect more cities to expand your base and increase your treasure-hunting level.

The last title released in the beloved Dragon Quest series was 2017’s mainline entry, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, which launched on PS4, Nintendo 3DS, PC, Switch, and Xbox One. The Japanese company is currently still working on the official follow-up, Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.

For more on Dragon Quest Treasures, here’s a trailer from earlier this year.

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When Does Blanc Come Out?

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Wondering when Blanc comes out? You aren’t alone, as fans were taken aback during the Nintendo Direct Mini when Gearbox Publishing and Casus Ludi unveiled this breathtaking new hand-drawn experience. Here is everything you need to know about its release.

According to a press release, Blanc is an artistic cooperative adventure game that offers a breathtaking hand-drawn experience, developed by Casus Ludi. Players will be drawn into an endearing, artistic cooperative adventure that follows the journey of a stranded wolf cub and a fawn as they overcome the odds to find their families.

Blanc Release Date

At the moment, all we know for sure is that Blanc is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in February 2023. We will be sure to update the article when an actual release date for the game is revealed.

Is Blanc on PlayStation and Xbox?

Currently, the answer is, no, Blanc is not available on these consoles. It is entirely possible that an Xbox and PlayStation release is coming down the line, but for now, you’ll only be able to get Blanc on Nintendo Switch and on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

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Is Persona 5 Coming to the Nintendo Switch? Answered

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Atlus’ major JRPG series, Persona, has recently been given a new release. In Persona 5, players once again embark on an adventure with a cast of characters who, over the course of a school year, awaken to the power of their Personas. It’s a huge game and one that you’ll want to be playing constantly. As such, many players will be hoping that the title will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Is Persona 5 Coming to Nintendo Switch?

Yes, Persona 5 is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Persona 5 Royal. This was announced during the June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini focused on third-party games coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Persona 5 Royal will release on Nintendo Switch on October 21, 2022.

During the announcement, it was also revealed that Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden would also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Both Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable don’t yet have release dates and are currently slated as just ‘Coming Soon.’ At least you’ll have Persona 5 Royal to keep you busy in the meantime.

What Is Persona 5 Royal?

The Royal version of the game includes the entire base game, but also throws in some additional content such as a new character and party member called Kasumi, an entirely new school semester with a new Palace which both expand the story, and a new ‘Thieves Den’ feature where you can visit a room filled with bonus content from the pause menu.

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Release Date Lands In October, Bowser Joins The Team

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When Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle arrived on Switch in 2017, it was an unlikely success that blended the worlds of Nintendo's Super Mario franchise with Ubisoft's zany Rabbids. The result was a turn-based tactical title starring the Mushroom Kingdom's finest and the most unpredictable characters in Ubisoft's stable. Announced during Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope promises to carry forward the legacy of that fan-favorite title, but it's been a while since we've heard anything about that game. That changed today during the Nintendo Direct Mini, which shined the spotlight on the company's third-party partners.

Otherworldly enemies have suddenly appeared, trying to take the energy possessed by Sparks, who appear to be Rabbid versions of the Lumas from Super Mario Galaxy; this would make sense seeing as how Rosalina appears to play a big role in this sequel. To combat this, Mario and his friends once again join forces with the Rabbids.

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Brian Shea

Bandai Namco Announces Pac-Man World Remake Coming This August

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Bandai Namco has announced a new remake of Pac-Man World called Pac-Man World: Re-Pac. This throwback to the 1999 PlayStation 1 title features revamped graphics and more, and is scheduled to release this August.

Pac-Man World puts you in the shoes of Pac-Man as he platforms through six worlds on Ghost Island to rescue his friends. Each world consists of five levels, with each world's final level featuring a boss battle. In the game, Pac-Man can use a variety of skills, including the ability to Rev Roll, Butt Bounce, and turn into Giant Pac-Man. When the original title was first released on PS1, Game Informer liked the title, scoring it an 8 out of 10 in 1999.

This is the second remake the original 1999 title has received, the first of which was in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. The game also appeared on PlayStation Network beginning in 2013 under the PSOne Classics branding. However, the original PS1 version is not among the classic titles currently included in the PlayStation Plus Premium tier's classic catalog.

Pac-Man World: Re-Pac launches on August 26 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. 

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Brian Shea

Live a Live Prologue Demo Announced

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Live a Live Prologue Demo Announced

During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, Square Enix and Nintendo revealed a new trial. A Live a Live Prologue demo will appear on the eShop later today. This will allow people to sample three of its scenarios.

The announcement confirmed some details about which ones folks can play. The Imperial China, Twilight of Edo Japan, and The Distant Future chapters can all be tested out. In each case, you’ll be able to make save data. That can then be used in the full version of the game.

You can learn more at the 18:08 point in the video below.

Live a Live’s story takes place over multiple eras. Here’s a full list of adventures people will experience.

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Gathers 10 Games In One Huge Bundle

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When the first Mega Man Legacy Collection launched in 2015, players hoped there was more to follow. Sure enough, there was, as Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, Mega Man X Legacy Collection, Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2, and Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection followed in subsequent years. However, one pain point among the fan base is the lack of a modern way to enjoy the myriad Mega Man Battle Network titles.

Today, Capcom finally gave that segment of the fan base what it's been clamoring for with the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection. Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection gathers 10 games from the series, along with over 1,000 illustrations and a music mode featuring more than 150 songs. The collection includes:

  • Mega Man Battle Network
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Protoman
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection is slated for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC and launches in 2023. 

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Brian Shea

NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition Announced for Nintendo Switch

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Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini broadcasted by the house of Mario and Zelda, Square Enix announced that NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is coming to the Switch.

The edition will come on October 6, 2022 and will include the DLC content (3C3C1D119440927) released for the game.

It will also include costumes exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, and you can watch the announcement below.

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Robin Character Trailer for Gotham Knights Reveals Fighting Style

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Yesterday saw a big tease from the official Gotham Knights Twitter account. We now know it was for the release of the Robin character trailer. We get to see the Boy Wonder in action as well as get a hint about the story, as there are lines in the beginning about Batman’s death.

Seeing as we are four months from the release date of Gotham Knights, there are still two more character trailers featuring Red Hood and Batgirl to go. While the trailer definitely has some Robin brutality, Red Hood has always been notably pro-killing in the comics, so that will certainly be something to see unfold.

You can see all of the Robin action below:

Gotham Knights is interesting because its gathering two former Robins as well as the universe’s current, Time Drake. Presumably this makes more sense than increasing the player count to five just to made Tim Drake be Red Robin and let Damian Wayne be just Robin. Though, getting to play as a grieving Damian Wayne over the death of his father does sound like a neat angle.

This trailer proves there will still be plenty to see in the coming months before Gotham Knights releases for everyone to get their hands on the game.

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Super Bomberman R 2 Introduces Chaotic 16-Player Asymmetric Multiplayer Mode

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Konami announced Super Bomberman R 2, a successor to the Switch launch title Super Bomberman R. In addition to announcing the game, we also got our first look at a promising new way to play called Castle Mode and a release window.

In the asymmetric multiplayer Castle Mode, a team of 15 players must blast their way to treasure chests scattered across the battlefield. Meanwhile, a solo player tries their best to hold them off. On top of what sounds like a wild mess of action, players can create and share their own battle stages for the mode, adding a ton to the replayability potential of this new form of play.

When the first Super Bomberman R launched in 2017, I heavily criticized it for poor network performance, frustrating level design, and an overall lack of content. However, in the years since, the developers have improved the title through various updates and expanded the Switch-exclusive game to also appear on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Hopefully, the development team learned from its mistakes with Super Bomberman R 2 and delivers a stronger product at launch. The aforementioned Castle Mode looks like a good time, so I'm hopeful. Super Bomberman R 2 arrives in 2023. It will be available on PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as Switch and PC. 

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Brian Shea

NieR Automata Switch Port Will Appear in October

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NieR Automata Switch Port Will Appear in October

During the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, Square Enix revealed NieR Automata: The End of YorHa Edition for the Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders are already open for the port. It will launch on October 6, 2022.

Here's the official video. NieR Automata is announced at the 4:10 mark. Footage shows what the adventure will look like on the Switch.

NieR Automata: The End of YorHa Edition will come to the Nintendo Switch on October 6, 2022. People can immediately play it on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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How Many Filler Episodes Are in One Piece?

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Preparing to watch the anime One Piece is akin to getting ready for a marathon. It is going to take a long time to get through the entire thing, and more people will look for a way to make it easier to do. For long anime series such as One Piece, that is generally by avoiding any “filler” episodes.

The excellent news about One Piece is that the series is broken up into pretty distinct arcs, sets of episodes that deal with specific happenings in the life of Monkey D. Luffy and his companions—as such, skipping the filler episodes is pretty easy to do.

All Filler Episodes in One Piece

  • Episode 54 to 60 – The Warship Island Arc
  • Episode 98 to 99
  • Episode 102
  • Episode 131 to 134 – The Post Alabasta Arc
  • Episode 136 to 138 – The Goat Island Arc
  • Episode 139 to 143 – The Ruluka Island Arc
  • Episode 196 to 206
  • Episode 220 to 224 – The Ocean’s Dream Arc
  • Episode 225 and 226 – The Foxy’s Return Arc
  • Episode 279 to 283
  • Episode 291 to 292
  • Episode 326 to 336 – The Ice Hunter Arc
  • Episode 38 to 384 – The Spa Island Arc
  • Episode 426 to 429 – The Little East Blue Arc
  • Episode 457 to 458
  • Episode 575 to 578 – The Z’s Ambition Arc
  • Episode 626 to 627 – The Caesar’s Retrieval Arc
  • Episode 747 to 750 – The Silver Mine Arc
  • Episode 780 to 782
  • Episode 895 to 896

What is a Filler Episode?

People will argue about exactly which episodes constitute as filler, but the definition of a filler episode is clearer, thankfully. Filler episodes are any episodes that do not move the main narrative forward or are not based on anything from the source material that inspired the anime.

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Return to Monkey Island Announced for Nintendo Switch, New Trailer Shown

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During today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, a trailer was shown announcing that Return to Monkey Island is coming to the Switch.

Return to Monkey Island continues the story of the adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. This will be the first game in the franchise since 2009.

This title was revealed back in April, but the announcement was a teaser trailer and the consoles it would be coming to were not specified. Now, in this trailer, we get a longer look at the gameplay and story that is in store.

Here’s what we can expect from the new game:

It’s been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last locked in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the old guard from power, Melee Island has taken a turn for the worse, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’.

Banter with old friends and new faces on familiar islands now under dangerous new leadership. Then, take to the high seas and explore the new and unknown as you work your way out of tough predicaments. Clever puzzles, bizarre situations, and devastating ripostes are all that stand between Guybrush and glory.

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Nier: Automata Comes To Switch In October

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Nier: Automata

One of the most requested titles is finally coming to Switch later this year. Nier: Automata quickly found a large fan base when it launched in 2017, with many praising the storytelling, action, and soundtrack of the Platinum Games-developed title. Now, more than five years later, the heartfelt story of 2B and 9S comes to Nintendo Switch.

Nier: Automata The End of Yorha Edition includes previously released content and new costumes that will be available at launch. We don't know much else about what appears to be an "ultimate" or "game of the year" edition of the title, but the game's inclusion in the Switch library is noteworthy. When Nier: Automata launched in 2017, it received critical and fan acclaim, with the PlayStation 4 version garnering an 88 out of 100 score on reviews aggregate website Metacritic.

Nier: Automata The End of Yorha Edition arrives on Nintendo Switch on October 6. For one Game Informer's opinion on why you need to play Nier: Automata in some form, head here.

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Brian Shea

Square Enix Announces Stardew Valley-like RPG, Harvestella

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Square Enix announced a new game today that combines the fantasy worlds the company is known for with life-sim gameplay.

Harvestella is a brand new life-sim RPG in which players can farm, craft items, and collect materials, all while building their character's life and settlement. While players can live through various seasons like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, there is a fifth season, Quietus, or the season of Death.

During Quietus, players must do what they can to prevent the Death season from destroying the idyllic lifestyle of their hometown.

Harvestella looks very much like a Square Enix JRPG, with a fantastical world full of creatures, but while combat gameplay might look familiar, the game is also focused on Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-like mechanics around farming, collecting materials, and building new tools and equipment.

Square Enix's foray into the popular life-sim genre is definitely head-turning, though the company is also experimenting with the genre by adding a Stardew Valley-like mode in Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker.

For more new announcements from today's Nintendo Direct Mini check out IGN's round-up here.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.

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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Blasts Off This October

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, we got several more details about Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, including a release date for the tactical sequel to Nintendo and Ubisoft’s unusual collaboration: October 20, 2022.

But we also learned a bit more today about Sparks of Hope, notably that it will include Bowser as one of the nine playable characters. There’s more to come on Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, too, as we’ve been promised a special presentation tomorrow, June 29 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern /5pm UK with even more details about the upcoming game, so stay tuned.

Sparks of Hope promises a number of changes to Kingdom Battle’s tactics formula, most notably allowing free movement around the map instead of using a grid-based system, and introducing some strange new Rabbids – including Rabbid Rosalina. We know from the announcement that it will remain an entirely single-player game, and will feature new equipable partners called Sparks, which offer both active and passive bonuses in battle.

We first learned about Sparks of Hope over a year ago at Ubisoft E3 2021, and today’s presentation was the first significant chunk of info we’ve gotten since then. It’s a sequel to 2017’s Kingdom Battle, which we praised for its surprising XCOM-like complexity and variety of enemies, objectives, and abilities.

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Return to Monkey Island Is Coming to the Nintendo Switch First on Consoles

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Return to Monkey Island, the new sequel in the famous point 'n click adventure series, will be released on the Nintendo Switch first when the game comes to consoles later this year.

As announced in today's Nintendo Direct Mini, Ron Gilbert's sequel to Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, will be coming to consoles starting with the Nintendo Switch. While no other platforms have been announced, we know at least that players who want to Return to Monkey Island on consoles can expect it on the Nintendo Switch first.

A direct sequel in the Monkey Island franchise, Return will take place after the events of LeChuck's Revenge. Hero Guybrush Threepwood, as well as Elaine and Murray, are all set to return.

Writer-director Ron Gilbert, along with co-writer Dave Grossman and composers Michael Land, Michael McConnell, and Clint Bajakian are all set to return for the sequel.

Along with the returning cast, there will be some modern updates including an Easy Mode and Hint System. The classic point 'n click format raised a generation of adventure game enthusiasts, but early game design was sometimes byzantine. The optional modes should help new players jump into the format with ease.

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Matt Kim

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Persona 5 Royal Announced For Nintendo Switch Release In October, With Other Entries To Follow

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After years of hopes, rumors, and speculation, Nintendo fans are finally get their wish. Atlus announced today that Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are all coming to the Nintendo Switch, which has long been considered the natural home for the popular RPG series.

The announcement, which came during today's Nintendo Direct Mini, aligns with the earlier news that the series will be coming to Xbox and PC. It's a big move for the Persona games, which have traditionally been tied to PlayStation platforms outside of Persona 4 Golden's earlier release on PC.

First released in 2006, Persona 3 achieved cult popularity with its day-by-day approach to life in a Japanese high school, which it mixed with a dark, supernatural storyline. It was subsequently followed by Persona 4 and Persona 5, which expanded the formula in various ways.

When Persona 5 was released in 2017, many fans hoped the series would make its way to Nintendo Switch in relatively short order, not the least because Persona 4 Golden was so well received on the handheld PlayStation Vita. But while there were many teases and hints over the years, including Joker joining Smash Bros. Ultimate, the move never came to fruition until now.

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Kat Bailey

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Portal: Companion Collection Is Out Today on Nintendo Switch

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The Portal: Companion Collection announced earlier this year officially has a release date, and that release date is... today. Valve's classic puzzle games are officially out on Nintendo Switch, giving fans a chance to reunite with GLaDOS on the go.

Developed in collaboration with NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios, the collection will feature both games' full single-player campaigns along with Portal 2's co-op mode, which is available in both split-screen and online multiplayer.

Portal was originally released in 2007 to widespread acclaim. It won praise for its originality and its writing, which popularized quips like, "The cake is a lie." It also gave the world the wonderful 'Still Alive' by Jonathan Coulton, which played to the original game's closing credits.

The sequel was still more elaborate, adding in multiplayer and a host of other features. Both are rated among the greatest games ever made.

Portal: Companion Collection's release was one of several announcements during a Nintendo Direct Mini that also included the reveal of a Mega Man Battle Network collection and more. You can read the full recap right here.

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Kat Bailey

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Everything Announced During Today's Nintendo Direct Mini, Including Persona 5 on Switch

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A Nintendo Direct Mini focused on third-party developers premiered today and there was news for almost everyone.

Fans who've waited a long time for Persona 5 to come to the Switch finally got their wish, and then some, while developers like Square Enix, Capcom, Ubisoft, and even Valve showed off some new games coming to the Nintendo console.

Here's everything announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini:

Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable on Switch

The recent Persona games, including Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Following the news the popular JRPGs are coming to Xbox and PC, Atlus announced that Persona 5 Royal will be coming to the Switch on October 21, and Persona 4 Golden and P3P are coming soon. All three games will be in full HD and include both English and Japanese voice acting. But note, all three games will be sold separately.

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Announced

The popular Mega Man Battle Network series is coming to Nintendo Switch in a new bundle that combines all ten games. The Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection will also include a new art gallery and music library mode. The Collection will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023 and will be sold in two parts if purchased digitally.

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Announced for Nintendo Switch

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Capcom is finally re-releasing all 10 Mega Man Battle Network games in 2023, with a new collection for the Nintendo Switch called Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection.

As revealed in today's Nintendo Direct Mini, a new collection featuring 10 Mega Man Battle Network games are coming to the Nintendo Switch next year.

The collection includes:

  • Mega Man Battle Network 1
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team ProtoMan
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar

Mega Man Battle Network was first released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance. The series combines strategy and card-builder elements, seeing players control Mega Man on a 3x6 grid and utilize Battle Chips with different abilities and attacks to defeat monsters and bosses.

As part of the Legacy Collection, a gallery with over a thousand illustrations as well as a music mode featuring a library of the game's songs will be added to the conclusion. The package will also be split digitally as Legacy Collection Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

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Matt Kim

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Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition Announced For Nintendo Switch With New Costumes

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More than five years after its original release on PlayStation 4, Nier: Automata is headed to Nintendo Switch.

Square Enix confirmed the Switch release during today's Nintendo Partner Direct, which also included announcements for Persona 5 Royal and other hotly-requested RPGs.

Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition will include all previously-released content as well as new costumes exclusive to the Nintendo Switch edition. It will join versions already released on PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

Nier: Automata is the game that made director Yoko Taro a familiar name among RPG fans while raising the series into mainstream popularity. Lauded as one of the best games of 2017, it follows androids named 2B and 9S as they explore the remains of human society. It is an indirect follow-up to the original Nier, taking place thousands of years after one of that game's endings.

IGN's review of Nier: Automata lauded it as a "great action RPG filled with beautiful locations and zany, fun-filled combat." As of July 2021, it has sold more than 6 million units worldwide -- an impressive feat given the niche status of the original game.

It has since grown into a franchise, complete with an anime adaptation and an updated remaster for the original game. Meanwhile, Taro is apparently working on his next game, and yes, it will be weird.

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Kat Bailey

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Capcom Details Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Free Title Updates Roadmap

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Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Nintendo kicked off its Direct Mini presentation today with a new trailer for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. The expansion, available this week, delivers a hearty amount of content by adding new biomes to explore and creatures to track down/battle. However, Capcom isn't stopping there, as the new trailer gave way to a roadmap of free title updates for players over the next several months.

The first title update hits in August, adding Seething Bazelgeuse, Lucent Nargacuga, and several other monsters. That update also adds rare species monsters, special species monsters, and a new locale in the Forlorn Arena. Later this fall, a second free title update adds more rare species monsters, subspecies monsters, and powered-up monsters. A third free title update is scheduled for this winter, promising several special species monsters and powered-up monsters. Finally, Capcom says a fourth free title update will arrive in 2023, but it isn't ready to say anything about what to expect with that one.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is available June 30 on Switch and PC. For more on the base game, check out our review from 2021 when it first hit Switch. For more on the Sunbreak expansion, get caught up on every monster confirmed right here.

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Brian Shea

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Release Date Confirmed, Trailer Shown

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At the June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, the Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope release date was confirmed and a new trailer appeared

Following an Ubisoft Store leak, the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini confirmed the Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope release date and other details. The strategy game that pairs familiar Super Mario characters with Rabbids resembling them will be out on October 20, 2022. Both a standard and Gold Edition will be available, according to Ubisoft's leak the day before. There will also be a dedicated showcase for it on June 29, 2022 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CET.

The announcement confirmed a new playable cast member. In addition to Rabbid Rosalina, Bowser appears front and center. You can see it at the 11:05 mark.

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4 Types of Fall Guys Players That Just Love to Watch the World Burn

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Fall Guys has just celebrated its free-to-play launch on all platforms, bringing the TV game show-style battle royale to millions of players around the world. Combining an assortment of vibrantly colored obstacle courses, cute lil’ bean people, and generally fun and accessible gameplay, you’d think it was all unicorns and rainbows in the world of Fall Guys. But you’re forgetting about the types of players that love nothing more than watching the world burn. Doing absolutely anything in their power to unleash absolute chaos, and generally just raining on your parade. Bean ladies and bean gentleman, I present you with the four types of Fall Guys players that are without a doubt, the most infuriating.

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Chris Jecks

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Pride Week: Experiencing the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ characters in RuneScape

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All this week, Eurogamer is marking Pride with a series of features celebrating the intersection of queer culture and gaming. Today, Lottie Lynn explores her long relationship with Runescape, and charts the MMO's journey toward welcoming queer inclusion.

I find it funny how realising I was queer took less time than completing the Temple of Light puzzle in RuneScape. You'd think I'd solve the puzzle long before having a personal revelation, but I wanted to brag about completing it without a guide and, well, let's just say the amount of time it took falls into the territory of embarrassing. Thankfully, Mourner's End Part II, as the quest was known, didn't destroy my love of RuneScape, but while the game satisfied my longing for adventure (and lava capes), what teenage Lottie was truly looking for was LGBTQIA+ characters and narratives. The advantage of playing the same MMORPG for 16 years, though, is you experience how the game grows not just in mechanics and features, but in the stories it wishes to tell.

RuneScape 3 is one of these games, having gradually introduced LGBTQIA+ characters - such as Angof, one of the game's first transgender characters - as it has evolved. While some of these narratives were sadly cut for time, such as the reveal in Normad's Elegy that Korasi and Jessika from the Voids Knight quest trilogy were in a relationship, others, such as Caelyn and Annette Kaadan - married lesbian couple by day, philantropic thieves by night - have taken the spotlight in their own quests. There's even Ed and Grey, a gay werewolf couple. You can now find queer characters across Gielinor and the worlds beyond, but RuneScape 3's new Tales of Pride is the first mini-event celebrating both Pride month and its LGBTQIA+ narratives.

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Lottie Lynn

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5 Reasons Why Spy x Family Is the Most Wholesome Anime of the Year

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You would never expect an action story to feature so many endearing moments, yet Spy x Family pulls it off with its adorable cast of characters. Whether you are watching the cuteness of Anya Forger or giggling over Loid and Yor’s “Will They or Won’t They?” relationship, you have undoubtedly loved each passing moment of the Forger family.

So, now that the anime has concluded its first installment, here are five reasons why Spy x Family is the most wholesome anime of the year.

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Kristina Ebanez

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