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FAST Racing Neo - upcoming DLC detailed

FAST Racing NEO sees players race through a futuristic sci-fi world at incredible speeds, putting their skills to the test in anti-gravity vehicles. With a challenging single-player mode, four-player split-screen or eight-player online, pilots race through dense jungle areas, futuristic cities, abandoned mines in the depths of the earth, and finally up into the stratosphere and beyond.

There’ll be even more tracks to enjoy with the Nintendo eShop Selects version of this release, as the eight downloadable courses contained in the upcoming NEO Future Pack will be included on the disc. The NEO Future Pack will also be made available for owners of the download version to purchase from 30th September. Some of these tracks will also be present at this year’s Gamescom show in August, allowing players to see them in all their high-octane glory.

Bigben announces The Voice - coming to Wii this year

Lesquin, July 26th, 2016 – Video game publisher Bigben and Voxler development studio are pleased to announce the official video game of The Voice. Developed under the official licence of the show, and in collaboration with ITV, The Voice will be available at the end of 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii.

The most-watched music TV show in the world!In The Voice video game, players will rediscover the show's unique atmosphere as enjoyed by millions of viewers per broadcast: The Blind Auditions, The Battles, The Live Show and the famous red chairs. The Voice will include all your favourite hits and their official music videos to bring the show to an explosive level of fun. Grab your mic and become The Voice!

Voxler: the expert of music video gamesWith over 10 years of experience in the development of karaoke video games, Voxler is the studio of choice for adapting such a prestigious licence. Their patented voice recognition system judges the quality of player performances with unequalled precision, for both the accuracy of the notes and the rhythm.

"We are very happy to be working with Bigben on this ambitious project, and we will bring all of our experience and passion to bear to reproduce the experience of The Voice in a video game as faithfully as possible," Nicolas Delorme, CEO of Voxler, said.

Official PR - Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey comes to Wii U on Thursday

The Scrabble/RPG hybrid, Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey, is making it's way to Wii U (North America and Europe) for $9.99/9.99 EURO.

Letter Quest is a turn based RPG where you use your linguistic skills to survive! Remastered currently has an average Metacritic score of 75.5, the vanilla PC version earned a 94% positive Steam user score and the Remastered version currently sits at a 93% positive Steam user score, Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey was also voted one of Apple's' Top Games of 2015' on the Mac App Store.

Game Info

The grim reapers Grimm and Rose need your help to defeat a legion of monsters, ghosts, and evil bunnies using the power of words! Letter Quest Remastered is the remake of the Bacon Bandits' first game, now with an endless mode, new soundtrack, and fully animated monsters!

Spell words to battle monsters, earn gems and use them to purchase upgrades, books, special items, potions, and much more! Letter Quest is a game about using your linguistic skills to survive.

ENDLESS MODE - choose your favorite background art, music, character, weapon, and letter tiles and see how long you can survive!
70 quests to complete
A built-in dictionary of over 192,000 English words that is frequently updated

It’s a Pokémon Party at Gen Con!

The 2016 Gen Con gaming convention is right around the corner, and Pokémon is once again joining in on all the fun. Come to Indianapolis August 4–7 and battle in Pokémon TCG: XY—Steam Siege Prerelease tournaments, League Challenge competitions, and a Pokkén Tournament event. Prizes and giveaways will be available for competitors and event attendees. No matter how you like your Pokémon battles, there's competitive fun for everyone at Gen Con.

Look for Pikachu flying high over the event area in Hall B, and another Pikachu over the Pokémon Center pop-up shop in Booth 2627 in the Indiana Convention Center, to find us and join the action. Have fun battling in Pokémon TCG, video game, and Pokkén Tournament events at Gen Con 2016!

Unnerve Your Foes with Mewtwo

Players who have earned at least one Play! Point during the 2016 season are about to receive a fantastic reward: a Shiny Mewtwo with its Hidden Ability, Unnerve! (Check out the full details of the distribution on Pokemon.com.). When a Pokémon with the Unnerve Ability is on the field, opponents are unable to eat held Berries such as Sitrus Berry, Lum Berry, or Chesto Berry. This Mewtwo is more than just a rare Pokémon to add to your collection. It has the power to be a major contender in the remaining tournaments using the 2016 Video Game Championships format.

If you're looking to build a Video Game Championships team around your new Mewtwo, the best way to take advantage of its Unnerve Ability is by combining Mewtwo with Pokémon that know moves that can put opponents to Sleep. Smeargle's devastating Dark Void move is probably the first that comes to mind for many Trainers since Unnerve prevents Dark Void's targets from using a Berry to wake up right away.

Let's expand a little more on this strong partnership. Smeargle is most frequently given a Focus Sash to hold to keep it in battle a little longer, but some Trainers give it a Choice Scarf instead to increase its Speed. Mewtwo opens up some interesting strategic options for this type of Smeargle through its own natural Speed and the move Gravity, which raises the accuracy of all Pokémon in play. Since Mewtwo is faster than most other popular Pokémon, Trainers can train their Smeargle to be just a bit slower than Mewtwo after the boost from Choice Scarf. Even when it moves a little slower than its maximum speed, Smeargle should be quick enough to outpace most other Pokémon. Letting Mewtwo move first allows it to use Gravity to increase Smeargle's accuracy. If your opponent doesn't lead with a Pokémon that knows the move Fake Out or that has the Ability Prankster, you're almost guaranteed to put both of your opponents to Sleep with this strategy.

LeipardAnother pair of Pokémon that Mewtwo's Unnerve can assist are Liepard and Purrloin. Both of these Pokémon can use the rare combination of the Assist move and the Prankster Ability. Assist causes the user to randomly use one of its teammates' moves, but there are certain moves Assist will never call. With careful planning, you can build a team where Assist will only call Dark Void. Plus, Prankster gives Assist increased priority, and Mewtwo's Unnerve Ability can prevent opponents from stopping Dark Void with Lum Berry or Chesto Berry. It's almost unstoppable! If you make your own version of this team, consider giving Mewtwo a Mewtwonite X to hold and teaching it Focus Punch, which can't be called by Assist (but be careful not to Mega Evolve until you no longer need Unnerve!). A more conventional Smeargle can be used with few adjustments, as Follow Me and King's Shield can't be called by Assist. Transform can be a great final move to let Smeargle help go on the offense late in battles. But don't forget, once Smeargle uses Transform, Assist can call any new moves it learns.

Focus Punch isn't an attack you'll see used by most Mewtwo. Instead, a majority of the Mewtwo we've seen players bring to tournaments so far have known the moves Psystrike, Ice Beam, and Protect. Mewtwo can dish out huge damage to most Pokémon that aren't Steel-type Pokémon with just Psystrike and Ice Beam, so it normally doesn't need to be taught more attacks. With its offense complete, adding Protect will make opponents think twice about targeting Mewtwo with both of their Pokémon to quickly take it out of battle. As a Psychic-type Pokémon, Mewtwo is weak against the priority move Sucker Punch. Teaching Mewtwo a fourth non-damaging move lets it keep accomplishing something when an opponent with Sucker Punch is on the field and Mewtwo can't risk using Protect in consecutive rounds, so most Trainers have it learn Gravity, Substitute, or Safeguard. We normally see Trainers give Mewtwo a Life Orb to hold, which further increases its trademark power.

With a team centered around a Mewtwo with the Unnerve Ability, Gary Qian finished in 11th place of the over 400 Trainers who competed in the Masters Division at the US Pokémon Video Game National Championships. Gary's Mewtwo team didn't focus too much on the Genetic Pokémon's Unnerve Ability. Instead, this team focused on Mewtwo's inherent power, some surprising tactics, and making clever reads about what moves the opponent was likely to make. Mewtwo teamed up with a Mega Venusaur that knew Sleep Powder, a Raichu that evolved from one of the special Pikachu distributed after the Pokémon Global Link's Pikachu Cup Online Competition, and the team even featured three different Pokémon that knew Substitute. This team excelled at offensive power and trickery at the expense of being weaker on defense, making it one of the most fun and exciting teams we've seen in the Top Cut during the 2016 Pokémon Video Game Championship season.

Even before it gained access to the powerful Unnerve Ability, Mewtwo always seemed to be able to find a place in the upper echelons of the International Challenge Online Competitions. One team that made it to the top 10 of an earlier International Challenge featured a Mewtwo that knew the move Gravity. That Trainer paired Mewtwo with three different teammates that knew the move Hypnosis: Crobat, Bronzong, and Gengar. A Mewtwo with the Unnerve Ability could make this strategy even stronger—not only does Gravity increase the accuracy of Hypnosis, but Unnerve also prevents opponents from stopping Hypnosis with a Berry. We've also seen players experimenting with using Mewtwo next to other Pokémon with Sleep-inducing moves, such as Jumpluff and its Sleep Powder.

With access to its Unnerve Ability, the first restricted Pokémon is now more powerful than ever. The tactics we've listed here are just a few of the options that have been opened up for Mewtwo. Try pairing your new Mewtwo with your favorite Sleep-inducing Pokémon to find out what strategies you prefer for your own team. All of the details for the Shiny Mewtwo distribution can be found here, and remember to check out Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon TCG and video game strategy and analysis.

Roll7 attempts Guinness World Records challenges with OlliOlli

PQube, Bristol (26th July 2016) Spanish publisher BadLand Games will be hosting a Guinness World Records attempt event at the Ukie offices on Wednesday 27th July 2016, with London based developers Roll7.

Roll7’s Assistant Producer Samuel Brayley will take on these (death defying) challenges which involves him playing through ‘OlliOlli’ and ‘OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood’ performing the Tricktionary-related trophies in the fastest time possible.

Roll7 are well known for their game related stunts (having taken BunnyLord to Westminster during last year’s election https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpoxT6CsOB8 ). Adding a World Record is the next big move. Simon Bennett, Director of Roll7 comments “Sam is meant to be working on game balance for our next IP, but I guess if it’s for a world record, that’s fine! Roll7 Office betting on the event begins today! Good Luck Sam!"

To make the event that extra bit special, BadLand Games will live stream the Guinness World Records attempt to their YouTube channel to try and capture that momentous occasion when Sam finally sets the record(s).

A special thank you goes to Ukie, who will be hosting the event in their London office. Ukie, as a non-profit business, has always strived to help small to large businesses, developers and publishers.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said: “We’re delighted to play host to this world record attempt. BAFTA winning OlliOlli and OlliOlli2 are great examples of games that require a great deal of skill and practice, so we’ll all be watching Sam with skill envy and hope he sets a high bar.”

With the up and coming ‘OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition’ being released on August 12th 2016 as a PS4 boxed exclusive, this is a great stunt to get fans of skateboarding games and/or the OlliOlli franchise to buy, try and beat Roll7 at their own game! Bring it on!

Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition Stephen Daultrey said “With record-breaking so massive in gaming, it’s great that games companies are approaching us with novel record ideas. OlliOlli is a brilliant, BAFTA–winning series and this record attempt is a real genuine test of skill. The games already feature in our new Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2017 (out 8th September) and with this new record category, it might feature in next year’s book too. I’m sure there will be plenty of fans keen to challenge for this title."

Stay tuned and follow us on social media where we’ll post the live link to the event.

FAST Racing NEO & SteamWorld Collection get retail releases in Europe as Nintendo Selects

27th July, 2016 – Since the introduction of Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems, Nintendo has continued to grow and cultivate its relationship with indie developers. On 30th September, this commitment to supporting great indie games and getting quality games in the hands of players come together with the retail launch of Shin’en Multimedia’s FAST Racing NEO and Image & Form’s SteamWorld Collection as the inaugural Nintendo eShop Selects titles for Wii U.

FAST Racing NEO sees players race through a futuristic sci-fi world at incredible speeds, putting their skills to the test in anti-gravity vehicles. With a challenging single-player mode, four-player split-screen or eight-player online*, pilots race through dense jungle areas, futuristic cities, abandoned mines in the depths of the earth, and finally up into the stratosphere and beyond.

There’ll be even more tracks to enjoy with the Nintendo eShop Selects version of this release, as the eight downloadable courses contained in the upcoming NEO Future Pack will be included on the disc. The NEO Future Pack will also be made available for owners of the download version to purchase from 30th September. Some of these tracks will also be present at Gamescom in August, allowing players to see them in all their high-octane glory.

The SteamWorld Collection will also be part of the Nintendo eShop Selects range, and represents the first time both SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist will be available in the same retail package. SteamWorld Dig sees the player take on the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. By digging through the old earth, players can gain riches to unlock upgrades for exploring new areas, all the while getting closer to the ancient threat that lurks below.

In SteamWorld Heist, the other title in the SteamWorld Collection, you command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts. It’s turn-based strategy with an action twist: you manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for impressive skill shots and bullet-bouncing action. As Captain Piper you will board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your recruits with unique abilities, weapons, and even stylish hats!

The SteamWorld Collection will also include the SteamWorld Heist add-on content The Outsider, providing a new ally with a past shrouded in mystery, as well as new missions with brand new weapons, gear, and snazzy new headwear. SteamWorld Heist for Wii U will also launch on Nintendo eShop on Wii U on 30th September, and players can get their first look at the Wii U version at Gamescom in August.

As Nintendo eShop Selects, these titles will sit alongside a range of Wii U titles available as part of the Nintendo Selects range, such as Wii Party U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U.

Wii U owners will have a new opportunity to enjoy Nintendo eShop highlights when FAST Racing NEO and SteamWorld Collection become the inaugural Nintendo eShop Selects, coming to retailers across Europe on 30th September.

The 2016 Pokemon world championships are coming

Pokémon players from more than 35 countries will converge on the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships from August 19–21. The Pokémon World Championships will feature players who qualified throughout the 2016 Championship Series season, all competing to be crowned the next Pokémon TCG, Video Game, or Pokkén Tournament World Champion...and for a piece of the combined prize pool of more than $500,000.

Still want in on the action but can't make it to San Francisco? Tune in for every moment of play via live streams on Pokemon.com/Live. We'll once again have four streaming channels going, so you can catch as much of your favorite event as you'd like. Remember that on Sunday, all Pokémon TCG and video game matches will be shown on the general streaming channel.

2016 Worlds Streaming Schedule

All times approximate and subject to change.

General Coverage

Friday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pokémon Video Game Championships

Friday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Pokémon TCG Championships

Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Pokkén Tournament Championships

Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Last Chance Qualifiers coverage)

Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Watch the Pokémon World Championships at Pokemon.com/Live, then be sure to visit Pokemon.com/Strategy for post-event coverage in the days to follow.

University researcher suggests Pokemon GO could help challenge obesity levels

Leading diabetes researchers believe smartphone craze Pokémon Go could be an “innovative solution” to rising obesity levels and chronic disease.

Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens.

Dr Tom Yates, a Reader in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “Recent figures suggest five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is largely associated with physical inactivity obesity.

“If there is something out there which is getting people off the sofa and pounding the streets then this game could be an innovative solution for rising obesity levels.

“Walking is hugely underrated yet it is man’s best and the cheapest form of exercise. It’s an easy and accessible way to get active and help maintain a healthy body.”

The app was first launched in the US, Australia and New Zealand and has now been released in the UK, Canada and Japan, among other countries. It already boasts more active users than dating app Tinder and has overtaken social networking site Twitter in daily use.

Obesity is the most potent risk factor for Type 2 diabetes as it accounts for 80–85 per cent of the overall risk of developing the condition.

The Department of Health recommends that adults should aim to be active every day.

It recommends that over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate exercise in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Tom Booth, aged 45 from Market Harborough, has become a regular Pokémon Go user, despite suffering from acute social anxiety which has left him rarely able to leave his home.

He said: “I originally thought it was just for kids, but I downloaded it to see what all the fuss was about and for the first time in years I’ve left the house and walked miles just by following what’s going on in the game.

“When I get home, I’m exhausted but it’s actually been great getting out and about and exercising without even realizing that I’m doing it.”

Last year the findings of a study, which was carried out at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, demonstrated the importance of incorporating breaks in prolonged sitting into otherwise sedentary lifestyles.

The research, which was led by University of Leicester researchers working for the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU), showed that women could prevent developing Type 2 diabetes by regularly standing up or walking.

Published in Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, the research suggested that breaking up prolonged periods of sitting regularly with five minutes bouts of light movement every 30 minutes significantly reduces blood sugar and insulin levels.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti.

Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester

BRUs are focused on translational clinical research, taking new ideas from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside to improve health.

The Leicester and the Leicester-Loughborough BRU is a national centre of excellence in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. It harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat chronic disease.

Analogue releasing Retro Receiver for SNES

Just like the Retro Receiver for NES, we partnered with 8Bitdo to develop a wireless experience for your original Super Nintendo and Super Famicom. The Retro Receiver for SNES is a bluetooth receiver that you plug into your original SNES. It allows you to play your SNES wirelessly with any original SNES or SFC model and even other aftermarket SNES/SFC systems.

With the Retro Receiver, not only can you play your SNES wirelessly with any 8Bitdo controller or arcade stick: but you can even use wireless next gen controllers, too. This means you can play your SNES with your wireless PS4, PS3, Wii Mote, or Wii u Pro controller.