The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

RUMOR - Momotaro Dentetsu license been loaned to Nintendo, new game incoming

The translations below come from a Nikkei article, which details the current situation at Konami. It is a pretty serious piece and talks about how employees of the company are treated. If you want the full details on these allegations, we suggest that you check out Kotaku's article

An interesting bit talks about the future of Momotaro Dentetsu franchise, which was claimed dead by its creator this past June. It seems that the Hudson franchise will be licensed out to Nintendo and a new game might be in developement as we speak. Who is working on it and will the creator be involved? It is hard to tell at this stage, but we might learn about it soon enough!

Splatoon - another look at the Gatling weapon

Famitsu's most wanted - July 16-22, 2015

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5. [PS4] Final Fantasy VII - 440 votes

6. [PSV] Tokyo Xanadu - 423 votes

7. [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 419 votes

8. [3DS] Super Robot Wars BX - 415 votes

9. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III - 328 votes

10. [PS3] Persona 5 - 321 votes

11. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai - 245 votes

12. [WIU] The Legend of Zelda - 218 votes

13. [PS4] Street Fighter V - 216 votes

14. [3DS] 7th Dragon III Code: VFD - 214 votes

15. [3DS] Yo-Kai Watch 3 - 207 votes

16. [PS4] Yoru no Nai Kuni - 195 votes

17. [PS4] The Last Guardian - 173 votes

18. [PS4] Tales of Berseria - 170 votes

19. [PS4] Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness - 166 votes

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21. [WIU] Genei Ibun Roku # FE - 142 votes

22. [PSV] SaGa 2015 - 140 votes

23. [PS4] Mad Max - 138 votes

24. [3DS] Pro Yakyuu Famista Returns - 117 votes

25. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 108 votes

26. [PSV] Luminous Arc Infinity - 104 votes

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Splatoon - complete patch notes for version 2.0.0

The following was translated by frozenpandaman on the Splatoon reddit...

Ver. 2.0.0 [8/5/2015 planned distribution] – 610MB download

Adding Tag Match mode.
- Adding a mode where you, together with a group of friends, can join and play ranked matches with other groups in "Tag Match" mode.
-  As for ranked battles, you must be level 10+ to participate.
- After linking up with friends, you can then link up with your friends' friends.
-  In the case you join only with specific friends, please use the option to set a password.
-  Regarding opponents in Tag Match mode, you will only be matched with similarly-playing opponents in Tag Match mode.
-  Players playing ranked battles, you may not compete with players playing Tag Match mode.
-  You may play Tag Match mode with 4, 3, or 2 players.
-  Groups of 3 may play against groups of 4. In this situation, the group of 3 will respawn faster, as the side with only three is at a disadvantage.
-  In the situation you are playing in a group of 2, you can be matched with three other groups of 2 to play a "2 group of 2 vs. 2 groups of 2" battle.

Adding Private Match mode.
- Adding a Private Match mode where you can play with your friends using whatever rules, stages, and team divisions you like.
- After linking up with friends, you can then link up with your friends' friends.
- In the times you want to participate only with specific friends, please use the option to set a password.

Changes regarding level:
- You may now level up to level 50.
-  Once you have reached level 20 and have listened to the explanation in the lobby, the level cap will be raised.

Changes regarding rank:
- You are now able to rank up to the S and S+ ranks.
- You may raise your rank to S and S+ in Ranked Match (you may not do so in Tag Matches).
- Once reaching rank S or S+, victories or defeats in Tag Matches will not affect your rank.
- The method for calculating rank points (+/- 10, 8, 12, etc.) has been modified.
- If your rank changes while in the middle of playing ranked battles, you will be sent back to the lobby.

Adding gear.
- New gear will be added, which can be bought from the shops at random.

Adding BGM.
- New BGM (background music) will be added, which can be heard at random while in battle.

Splatfest changes.
- In calculating the final results, the winning percentage points (weight) has been changed from 2x to 4x.

Stage adjustments.
- Urchin Underpass: All modes (i.e. Turf War, Splat Zones, Tower Control), large-scale terrain changes.
- Saltspray Rig: Tower Control mode, adjusting certain stage elements.
- Arowana Mall: Splat Zones mode, adjusting certain stage elements.
- Kelp Dome: Splat Zones and Tower Control modes, adjusting certain stage elements.
- Moray Towers: Splat Zones and Tower Control modes, adjusting certain stage elements.

Special Weapon adjustments.
- Inkzooka: Increased the points of turf inked needed to fill the special gauge from 180p to 220p.
- Echolocator: Increased the points of turf inked needed to fill the special gauge from 180p to 200p.
- Killer Wail (the Japanese name for this one is megaphone laser. oh my god.) : Decreased the points of turf inked needed to fill the special gauge from 180p to 160p.
- In both cases these are the numbers without the "Special Charge Up" gear ability.

Sub Weapon adjustments.
- Splash Wall: The problem of a bomb directly hitting Splash Wall and the damage range not being calculated correctly in rare cases has been fixed.

Gear Ability adjustments.
- Tenacity: Special Gauge will now start filling at the start of a match (rather than before the match begun) if there is a disparity between the number of players on teams.
- Special Charge Up: When wearing a lot of Special Charge Up gear, there is a more consistent increase when inking ground. There was a slight difference in the special gauge increase when inking ground little by little versus inking ground a lot at a time. It now increases an amount proportional to the area inked regardless to the method of inking.

Match-related sound effect adjustments.
- The Inkstrike can now be better heard from the left, right, and behind.
- Some of the long-ranged weapons' hit sounds will now be easier to hear from farther away.

- Other adjustments to the game have been made so players may have a more pleasant experience.

This week's European downloads - August 6 (Star Fox Command, Dragon Ball Z demo and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Beatbuddy (Threaks) - €8.99/£8.09

Awakened from his slumber, Beatbuddy journeys through lush hand-painted environments on a quest to save his companions and his own immortality. Beatbuddy interacts with the living breathing surroundings that pulse to the beat of an original soundtrack, aiding him as he unlocks new paths and solves puzzles. Experience an action-adventure game in a whole new way, which incorporates music into every aspect of the beautiful world. Players interact with the environment and a variety of creatures to open paths and solve puzzles throughout their journey. Six beautifully hand painted levels, each divided into five chapters, take the player through the unique locations and vivid colour palettes. Featuring an exclusively produced soundtrack with original songs composed specifically for the game by famous artists including Austin Wintory, Parov Stelar, Sabrepulse and La Rochelle Band. Play as Beatbuddy, an ethereal creature who travels to unite with his sisters Melody and Harmony and stop the evil Prince Maestro with the aid of Clef who provides comic relief throughout their journey.

Sanatory Hallways (Wegenbartho) - €9.99/£8.99
Sanatory Hallways is a two player game, in which one character is Charla, a young student who is experiencing nightmares. The other player acts as Mr. Spook, a ghastly character who likes to frighten Charla by using one of his Spook Powers. In order for Charla to break free of the nightmare, she needs to find a blue key, but Mr. Spook prevents her from escaping by scaring her. This can be done either via direct approach or the usage of one of his many tricks, such as creating traps, turning off electricity and many more. Charla can defend herself with a flashlight, as Mr. Spook is vulnerable to light. In Bonus levels Charla is trying to find out the reason why she is having nightmares. More levels for both VS and Singleplayer planned to be released for free in the near future.

Star Fox Command (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Star Fox returns to its roots with a blistering space shooter on the Nintendo DS. Lylat needs help. Players hop into their Arwing fighter and fight through a unique branching storyline of missions, all rendered in gorgeous 3-D. Star Fox Command brings a whole new strategic element to the series with a commander’s view of the mission. Using the touch screen, players can draw the routes they and their teammates will take, then battle the enemies they encounter as they take over bases and strategically advance across the map.

Donkey Kong Jungle Climber (Nintendo, DS VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Swing into adventure with Donkey Kong to stop the evil King K. Rool from stealing alien bananas and ruling the universe! As DK is constantly in motion you control him simply with the L and R buttons to climb and jump your way through the levels. Diddy Kong also comes along for the ride, performing long range attacks and wielding special items like a hammer to clear a path for DK. There are also a bunch of fun minigames included, and skilled players can unlock additional extra-tough levels for a real challenge!

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Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Demo (BANDAI NAMCO Games) - Free

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is a fighting game including the most famous characters of Dragon Ball Z series. You can play with characters from the latest movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F". Experience hours of gameplay: Story mode follows the original story of the Manga, in Adventure mode players aim to gather all the Dragon balls, in Versus mode you can fight in a duel. More than 120 playable characters are available. Enjoy a variety of special moves depending on the situation, Ultimate Moves and Even Rush effects are more incredible than ever!

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 1 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €0.99/£0.89
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: Crop Set 2 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Male (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New NPC – Female (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - €1.49/£1.39
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: New Outfit Set 3 (Rising Star Games, Add-on Content) - Free

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