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North America - This week's digital downloads and screens (Sept. 3rd, 2015)

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Gunman Clive HD Collection – The Nintendo 3DS indie hits Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 are now on the Wii U console in one complete package. Experience both games in high definition as you take on the role of Gunman Clive and fight bandits, robots and dinosaurs in this Western-themed action platformer. Click here to view a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Wii U

VS. Excitebike – Fans love Excitebike for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. And now, for the first time since its release in Japan, the Famicom Disk System version of the VS. Excitebike game is available in North America – complete with two-player split screen! Create tracks using 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for the best time or take on friends.
Mario Golf – In this Nintendo 64 classic, Mario takes a well-deserved break from his role as the Mushroom Kingdom’s busiest hero and returns to the links for some world-class golfing action. With easy-to-learn game play that is fun for all ages, head out to the fairways on your own or bring up to three other players along.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Jett Tailfin is 23 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.
Land it Rocket is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 17.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is 33 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 17.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is 25 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $29.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is 40 percent off (reduced from $49.99 to $29.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
WAKEDAS, Witch & Hero and World Conqueror 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.
AeternoBlade is 46 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.
Art of Balance TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $5.20) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24.

Activities:

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Steel Driver” Tournament – See how your squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with your friends and around the world. The new “Steel Driver” tournament runs Sept. 3 through Sept. 7. Opt in via the SpotPass feature on the Nintendo 3DS system for notifications about future tournaments. Good luck, agents!

Price reduction:

Proun+ (Nintendo 3DS) is reduced to $4.99 (from $6.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (Nintendo 3DS) is reduced to $29.99 (from $39.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7.
Gravblocks+ (Wii U) is reduced to $3.49 (from 4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.

Also new this week:

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Proun+ – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Space Hulk hitting Wii U 'before Christmas'

HR Games sent out a press release today for Space Hulk that was focused on the PS3/Vita, but it had one line that mentioned the Wii U. In the press release, we find out that the game will be hitting Wii U 'before Christmas'. A bit of a nebulous date, but better than nothing. You can check out some of the more generic info from the press release below.

Space Hulk is set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of an ancient vessel lost in the graveyard of space. Players lead a small army of fearless Space Marine Terminators to battle in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory alien Genestealers. Recreating the tense battles of the board game, multiplayer hotseat mode will allow players to go head-to-head as one player controls the Space Marines and their opponent the Genestealers, in the ultimate fight for domination.

“We are excited about bringing the SPACE HULK® experience of the Warhammer 40,000 universe to Consoles. As FULL CONTROL did on the PC, we can now finally bring that experience to life on console full of scary Genestealers and mighty Terminators!” said Manny Granillo, CEO of HR GAMES. “As huge fans of the Space Hulk board game and the Warhammer 40,000 universe in general, we are delighted that Games Workshop has given us the opportunity to work with this iconic license and bring this version of Space Hulk into the hands of all fans out there”.

Proun+ receives permanent price cut on Nintendo 3DS

Doetinchem, The Netherlands - Indie developer Joost van Dongen and Engine Software announced that a free demo of Proun+ has gone live on the Nintendo eShop today, so it takes away the single argument anyone could still have to not give playing Proun+ a shot. Furthermore, the game receives a permanent price cut, starting today.

The demo consists of four tracks, all playable in immersive 3D. Levels will use the default relaxed mode which will give players a taste of the game's visuals and gameplay. Proun+ will drop in price from respectively $6.99 / € 5.99 / £5.39 to the new price-point of $4.99 / €3.99 / £3.50. For pricing info in other territories, please check the local Nintendo eShop.

"With this free demo and price drop we want to lower the barrier of entry for Nintendo 3DS players and let them experience the beauty that is Proun+," said Ivo Wubbels, CEO of Engine Software. "Both Joost and I are extremely proud of our work and believe that anyone who has seen the game in motion will be instantly hooked."

Proun+ was launched last year to widespread critical acclaim for its fast paced gameplay, outstanding visuals and jazzy soundtrack. It was voted as one of the top mobile games of 2014 by review aggregator Metacritic. This is what the press had to say about Proun+.

AppSpy (5/5): "As gorgeous as it is challenging, Proun+'s clever courses and electrifying visuals make it the perfect touchscreen twitch racer."
Pocketgamer (9/10): "This is knife-edge stuff of the very highest order - you'll curse, you'll scream, and when you conquer a challenge you'll cheer in relief and delight."
Gamezebo (4.5/5): "In a landscape full of racers trying to be either the mobile equivalent of Mario Kart or Gran Turismo, this self-styled “journey through modern art” exudes an endearing weirdness that sets it apart and nestles it in your brain."
Touch Arcade (4/5): "This game can look so gorgeous, it's unfair to other games."

About Proun+
Based on its predecessor, Proun+ is the extended, improved and enriched edition of the famous multi award winning indie hit game Proun. Proun+ has been built from the ground up, featuring all new levels, music and gameplay.

Proun+ is an art-inspired racing game that lets players race a ball on obstacle-filled, tubular tracks. Each course has been inspired by famous works of modern art from artists such as Mondriaan and Kandinsky. The game offers five speed difficulties, making the game suitable for casual and core players alike. The levels are accompanied by catchy jazz-rock music that is especially written for Proun+.

The original Proun for PC, developed by Joost van Dongen, was received with much critical acclaim and scored Dutch Game Awards for “Best Digital Media” and “Best original Game Design”. The game is so highly regarded in Western Europe that it is frequently displayed in modern art galleries alongside works of Mondriaan and Andy Warhol.

Proun+ is also available on the Apple App Store.

Key Features:
Experience an interactive journey through modern art
4 exciting game modes to conquer
Exhilarating fast paced gameplay
Challenge the world via online leaderboards
Beautifully designed, crisp HD graphics
Refreshing live recorded soundtrack by Joost van Dongen and Arno Landsbergen

Cast Out Evil in Extreme Exorcism Starting September 23

London – September 2 2015 – The power of gaming compels you to gather controllers and battle poltergeists as paranormal platformer and action party game Extreme Exorcism takes possession of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Wii U, Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, and PC via Steam on September 23. Developed by indie team Golden Ruby Games and published by Ripstone Publishing, Extreme Exorcism will release for $12.99.

In Extreme Exorcism, players take on the role of Extreme Exorcist Mae Barrons – whose unconventional supernatural skills are called upon when everything and everyone else has failed to rid a haunted house of its ghostly presence. However, these aren’t your average poltergeists, as each time a spirit is eliminated, another will mimic Mae’s prior movements, weapon fires and dodges. With Extreme Exorcism, players are their own worst enemy and the longer they survive, the more chaotic the game becomes.

To aid in her efforts, Mae’s equipped with a lethal arsenal of more than 20 ghost-busting weapons, including swords, guns, grenades, mines, rocket launchers, razor-sharp boomerangs, lightning spells and Kung-Fu moves. She’ll need all the firepower she can obtain, as she’ll face 50 challenges, a single player story mode and local multiplayer with up-to four players, including both Co-op and Deathmatch modes.

For more information on the game please visit the Golden Ruby Games website and Facebook page.

Keep a close eye on the Golden Ruby Games and Ripstone Twitter feeds for game updates, exclusive assets and sneak peeks – you never know what might be lurking in the shadows.

Karaoke Party Game Let’s Sing 2016 Arrives This Fall Announces Maximum Games

September 1, 2015 (Walnut Creek, CA) – Maximum Games today announced the new multiplayer karaoke party game, Let’s Sing 2016, will arrive this October on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Nintendo’s Wii™ system (also playable on the Wii U™ system), boasting 35 chart-topping hits from today’s biggest pop stars.

Featuring musical talents such as Meghan Trainor, Sia, Charli XCX, and Sam Smith, Let’s Sing 2016 invites players to belt out their best renditions to the most popular songs today in an all-new karaoke experience that offers multiple singing modes, dozens of Billboard hits, and competitive multiplayer challenges.

Let’s Sing 2016 also features all the original music videos from all 39 artists in the game, so players get an enhanced singing experience as they perform “alongside” their favorite stars, motivated by continuous feedback on their vocal performances.

“It definitely adds an extra layer of fun to be able to see the artists performing each song in the background while you try to reach their level of musical perfection,” said Christina Seelye, CEO of Maximum Games.

Both versions of Let’s Sing 2016 will include all tracks and videos. Gamers on Wii or Wii U will have the option of playing alone or with up to 3 other friends in “Solo,” “Duet,” “Co-Op,” and “Battle” modes. The PS4™ game will come with 3 extra modes for a total of 7 ways to play for up to 8 different players. Modes for PS4 include: “Elimination,” “By Heart,” “Pass the Mic,” “Expert,” and more.

Songs include All About That Bass, Uptown Funk, Stay With Me, Pompeii, Bang Bang, Royals, All Of Me, Chandelier, and many more current hits, as well as classics from The Cure, Queen, and Roxette.

Let’s Sing 2016 is scheduled to release for PS4 system and the Wii system (compatible with the Wii U system) this fall, and is rated T by the ESRB. For more information on Let’s Sing 2016 or Maximum Games, visit www.maximumgames.com.

Nintendo Announces Two New Nintendo 3DS Systems Coming This Fall

At the GameStop Managers Conference in Las Vegas, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle on Sept. 25. The bundle includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The more compact New Nintendo 3DS system joins New Nintendo 3DS XL, which has been available since Feb. 13.

On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which i ...
On Sept. 25 the New Nintendo 3DS system will launch in the U.S. as part of a special bundle, which includes the new hand-held system, the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, two cover plates and one amiibo card (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition, a Hyrule Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch exclusively in GameStop stores on Oct. 30 at a suggested retail price of $199.99, just in time for the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (sold separately) on Oct. 23. The system is gold-colored and features an intricate Hylian Crest on the front.

Other news revealed at the GameStop Conference included the debut of three new Wii Remote Plus controllers inspired by classic Mushroom Kingdom characters Bowser, Toad and Yoshi.

“More than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “These new models offer additional fun ways to experience some of the great upcoming Nintendo 3DS games launching in the next few months.”

New Nintendo 3DS incorporates all the same enhanced features as the New Nintendo 3DS XL system, including a wider range of controls, face-tracking 3D and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. The compact system also features interchangeable cover plates that can be easily swapped out to change the look of the device*. Two cover plates inspired by Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer are included in the bundle.

Various amiibo cards launch with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game on Sept. 25. Tapping compatible amiibo cards while playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a way to meet favorite Animal Crossing characters with their separate personalities and design requests in the game. People who own the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS systems can still use the cards to enjoy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The wireless accessory also launches on Sept. 25 and allows players to enjoy amiibo figures and cards on all other systems in the Nintendo 3DS family.

Joining previously released Wii Remote Plus controllers themed after Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, three new controllers inspired by Bowser, Toad and Yoshi will launch exclusively at GameStop at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. The Bowser and Toad controllers will launch alongside the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console on the 11th of September, while the Yoshi version will hop on the back of the Yoshi’s Woolly World launch on Oct. 16. Wii Remote Plus includes Wii MotionPlus technology, and works with all Wii and Wii U games that are compatible with Wii Remote controllers.

Bowser, the newest member of the Photos with Mario series of Nintendo eShop Cards, is coming this fall – exclusively at GameStop. Customers can add $10 to their Nintendo eShop accounts and get the new Bowser AR card at no additional cost. With the Bowser AR card, players can use their Nintendo 3DS systems to play and pose with Bowser and other Mushroom Kingdom characters in the free Photos with Mario app.

For more information about New Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/new-nintendo-3ds/.

This week's European downloads - September 3 (Runbow, Gunman Clive HD and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Runbow (13AM Games) - €13.99/£10.99 (€11.89/£9.34 if you downloaded the Nindies@Home Preview)

Runbow is a fast-paced action party game for up to 9 players. The world changes with each swipe of the background colour and players must think fast as obstacles appear and disappear with the changing backgrounds. Challenge friends in six Game Modes – King of the Hill, Arena, Run, or ColourMaster, or dominate Runbow’s colourful world on your own or co-operatively in Adventure and Bowhemoth.

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Horberg Productions) - €3.99/£3.59
The Nintendo 3DS indie hits Gunman Clive 1 & 2 are finally coming to Wii U in one complete package. Gunman Clive is an old-school side-scrolling action platform game set in the old west. In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnson’s daughter and are spreading havoc across the land. Gunman Clive must rescue the girl and bring order to the west, then finish the fight in Gunman Clive 2. His battle against the bandits takes him all around the world and beyond. Jump and shoot your way across diverse and challenging levels and fight massive bosses. Bring out your inner cowboy and get ready for some real gunslinger action.

Zombie Defense (Teyon) - €7.99/£7.19
The dead burst forth from the earth, and beneath a blackened sky an endless horde of zombies rampage across the burning corpse of our dying civilization. You are humanity's last hope. Use classic RTS/tower-defence strategies and tactics to fight against zombies. Gather soldiers, outfit them with lethal weaponry, use new destructive technologies and march to victory in two game modes and 35 deadly missions. Defeat waves of shambling walkers, creeping monstrosities and massive mutant zombie bosses as every weapon of the modern military arsenal is at your disposal. Earn money and upgrade to more effective weapons, vehicles and airstrikes, hire ruthless soldiers and develop killer technologies.

Sin and Punishment (Nintendo, N64 VC) - €9.99/£8.99
The classic shooter can be yours once again! The legendary studio Treasure delivers a masterpiece of game design that stands as one of the all-time greatest shooters. Sin and Punishment tasks you as a young resistance fighter battling Ruffians – mutants bred for food who turned against their masters – and also facing corrupt military forces in your quest to save the planet. Originally released only in Japan for Nintendo 64, Sin and Punishment is available once again via Virtual Console, updated with English menu and tutorial text, and English subtitles in the ending sequence.

StarTropics (Nintendo, NES VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Mike Jones is an ordinary kid on an extraordinary adventure. When his archaeologist uncle goes missing on a tropical island, Mike sets off to uncover the dark secrets lurking in paradise. StarTropics boasts two styles of gameplay: explore the island on foot or in your uncle’s submarine, and battle monsters using a variety of weapons and items. The original NES release included a letter in the game box, with a hidden message. For the Virtual Console version, this has been reproduced in the electronic manual. This is the US version of the game.

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Nintendo, NES VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Mike Jones, high-school ace pitcher and part-time adventurer, returns for another escapade; travelling not into space but back in time. This sequel to StarTropics was released only in North America as one of the last NES titles. Mike is transported through history from the Stone Age to the Wild West. Meet historical figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Cleopatra, and face the avengers of Zoda – the alien leader whom Mike defeated in his first adventure. Could Zoda be ready to rise again? This is the US version of the game.

Special offers
Rayman Legends (Ubisoft) - €11.99/£9.49 (Ends September 10, normally €29.99/£23.99)
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive) - €5.99/£4.99 (Ends October 1, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Blok Drop U (RCMADIAX) - €0.50/£0.45 (Ends September 30, normally €1.49/£1.29)
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion (RCMADIAX) - €1.00/£0.90 (Ends September 30, normally €2.99/£2.69)
Tabletop Gallery (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39 (Ends September 30, normally €4.49/£4.09)
Nevr Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (E-line Media) - €9.99/£8.59 (Ends September 17, normally €14.99/£12.99)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Little Battlers eXperience (Nintendo, available September 4) - €39.99/£34.99

Collect, build and battle your own palm-sized robots in Little Battlers eXperience, a futuristic RPG with real-time action fights on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Discover millions of ways to create your own ultimate battle robot.

Proun+ Demo (Engine Software) - Free
In Proun+ you guide a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles. Five different speeds, from Relaxed to Speed of Light, mean this game is suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers, so anyone can enjoy it. The levels are accompanied by jazz-rock music specially written for Proun+. Make no mistake - this game will be a hard challenge at top speed!

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson: Waist-Deep (Marvelous Europe, Add-on Content) - €4.99/£4.49

Special offers
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends September 10, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia) - €5.20/£4.70 (Ends September 24, normally €6.99/£6.29)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.59 (Ends September 24, normally €3.99/£3.19)
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.19 (Ends September 24, normally €4.99/£3.99)
WAKEDAS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.69 (Ends September 24, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Proun+ (Engine Software) - €3.99/£3.50 (Permanent, was €5.99/£5.39)

Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition Launches on Dec. 4

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Launching alongside the standalone version of massive Wii U role-playing game Xenoblade Chronicles X on Dec. 4 is a Special Edition overflowing with great content. Perfect for fans who want to experience everything Xenoblade Chronicles X has to offer, players who purchase the Special Edition at a suggested retail price of $89.99 will get a beautifully designed package that contains:

Unique to North America, this Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide. (Photo: Business Wire)

A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
A limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo
Unique to North America, this Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers nationwide.

Xenoblade Chronicles X comes from acclaimed developers Monolith Soft, the creators of Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii console. In this new game, Earth is destroyed and humanity faces annihilation from an intergalactic war between two alien races. Players must fight for their survival and explore a new planet full of exotic and hostile life-forms. To traverse the planet with ease, players can pilot customizable mechs called “Skells,” which give them powerful weapons. Players can also customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills called Arts to strengthen their strategies and defeat enemies efficiently.

For more information about Xenoblade Chronicles X, visit http://xenobladechroniclesx.nintendo.com/.

Shinesparkers announces Harmony of a Champion, a Pokémon Red/Green fan-arrangement album

Shinesparkers are very happy to announce our fifth album, Harmony of a Champion, a musical tribute to Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, which were developed by GAME FREAK inc and published by Nintendo. For almost twenty years, Pokémon has been a beloved franchise for gamers across the world, and one that shows no sign of slowing down. Our aim has been to create a fitting tribute to mark the 20th anniversary since the release of these iconic games, and connect with the audience that first experienced them all those years ago. Development for the album began in December 2014, just after the release of Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash.

The Project

Our previous albums have featured a variety of remixes and arrangements from the Metroid and Super Smash Bros video game series. For this project we have decided to take a different approach, by creating a story-driven experience. Harmony of a Champion will tell the story of Red and his journey from a ten year old boy who grew up in Pallet Town to becoming a Pokémon Champion and the most powerful trainer in Kanto. In order to build this story, we have incorporated sound design across the album to add narrative and express the story more effectively. In an effort to connect this tribute to the original games, we have also placed a focus on chiptune and sound effects from the original games, recreated using sample libraries to mimic the original Gameboy sound chip.

Like our previous albums, the music will feature a variety of genres. Metal, Electronic and Orchestral arrangements will all be heard in Harmony of a Champion, along with many others. There will also be a number of live-performed pieces, including a string quartet, choir, and orchestra. We have attempted to make each genre complement the locations of the game, with a few extras thrown in here and there to add to the diversity our albums have been known for. Fans of previous Harmony albums will be happy to know that we have many returning musicians, as well as some fresh faces who will be making their debut for the very first time.

We have also been hard at work putting together a selection of artwork for Harmony of a Champion, based on locations from Kanto. Art Director Heather Wright has been working with a team made up of returning artists from Harmony of Heroes, along with some new additions, to provide several pieces of artwork to support our music. The art collaboration focuses on two central themes: colour and character. Colour was a major theme for the first generation of Pokémon games, as many will remember from the town names (Pallet Town, Cerulean City, Lavender Town, etc.) We decided to use this theme for our artwork.

Each painting uses a specially-selected palette of two main colours relating to the colour of the city. As with any story, the character is the heart of the tale. In this case, the art pieces focus on the central trait of each environment such as the vivacity of Saffron City or the haunted nature of Lavender. We hope this concept is appreciated by fans and hope they will take the time to appreciate the challenge and hard work that our team has committed to.

Meet the Team

Once again, we are delighted to have the support of a core team who have been working hard to ensure our album runs smoothly. The album is once more being directed and produced by Darren Kerwin, with the assistance of Stephan Wells, Laura Intravia and Bernardo Limon. All three have been long term supporters of our previous albums with Stephan Wells reprising his role. We are incredibly proud to have their dedicated support.

We are also very excited to introduce Emmy-Award-Nominated Gina Zdanowicz, who is our lead Sound Designer for Harmony of a Champion. Gina and her team have been hard at work creating sounds for our album which have been an essential tool in our efforts to tell an effective story. Gina's previous work includes over 80 mobile and casual games as well as console games such as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Bioshock 2 and the upcoming Just Cause 3. Her commitment to the project has been exceptional, and we can't wait to share what she has produced.

On July 13th 2015, the team was saddened by the news of Satoru Iwata's death, former programmer and president of Nintendo. He was held in high regard by many members of the team. Iwata-san had a huge impact on many games during his time as a developer, especially Pokémon. For instance, created compression tools to reduce the size of Pokémon Gold and Silver to allow Kanto to be included in the games and on top of that, he was responsible for porting over the battle logic from Red and Green to Pokémon Stadium without reference documents. Ultimately, he performed an instrumental role in the Pokémon franchise and Nintendo as a whole, and because of this we have decided to dedicate Harmony of a Champion to his memory.

The music of Junichi Masuda has touched the hearts of millions of Pokémon fans around the world and continues to be appreciated almost twenty years later. We are incredibly proud to be putting together a non-profit album fuelled by the love and appreciation of a committed team of musicians, artists, sound designers and engineers.

Our launch window for Harmony of a Champion is the first half of 2016, and will be available as a free download. You can follow the progress of Harmony of a Champion via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Minecraft: Story Mode Features Selectable Player Character

Minecraft: Story Mode

This weekend, fans at PAX Prime in Seattle are getting their hands on the very first playable beta of Minecraft: Story Mode... and we wanted to make sure we had something exciting to share with you too!

Today we can announce that Minecraft: Story Mode will be the first Telltale game series to feature a player character where YOU choose their appearance. Players will be able to select from several different options for both male and female versions of our hero Jesse.

The season will feature Patton Oswalt as male Jesse, Catherine Taber as female Jesse, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens. Look for further casting details to come!

Check out these new screenshots from the season premiere, where you'll get a sneak peek at several different versions of Jesse. We can't wait to share the first episode of the season with you - look out for it premiering soon this fall on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC/Mac, iOS and Android-based devices!

Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series will be published digitally by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.