Explosive wave based single screen shooter “Horizon Shift ‘81” to be released worldwide on the Switch Dec. 20th, 2018

Chesterfield, December 14th, 2018 – International Publisher FUNBOX MEDIA LTD today announce that in association with KISS LTD and TIGA award nominated developers, FLUMP STUDIOS, the digital release of HORIZON SHIFT ’81 on the Nintendo eShop, on December 20th

Horizon Shift '81 is an explosive wave based single screen shooter (shmups) with a real Retro feel to it. You can even play the game in Tate / vertical / portrait screen mode.

The player controls a ship in the centre of the screen, enemies approach from the top and bottom and the player is able to switch up and down to deal with the encroaching hoard.

Different enemies react differently when they reach the horizon, some sit on the horizon, some destroy sections of the horizon and some run up and down the horizon. The player is equipped with a dash attack where they can knock enemies off the horizon and smash them into other incoming enemies for a score bonus. Dashing an enemy of the line refills the dash metre allowing for ‘Dash chaining’, this is where the big points are scored.

The player is also able to jump (jumping upside down is an interesting new challenge) and is equipped with a bomb which wipes the screen of enemies as well as restoring the horizon.

Epic goes after Fortnite leakers with cease-and-desist

Epic has taken a very big step when it comes to stopping Fortnite leaks. The company is now sending out cease-and-desist letters to a number of notable Fortnite dataminers/leakers, claiming that leaking the content "spoils the game for millions of people who play and/or watch Fortnite, and negatively impacts those who work hard to create and update Fortnite." Looks like finding out Fortnite info early might be a lot harder in the coming months!

Plant Bamboo in Minecraft, Help Real-Life Pandas

It’s official! Pandas are now in Minecraft on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 Edition, VR, iOS and Android! It’s the kind of great news that makes us want to celebrate by dancing and singing! Or – better idea – celebrate by supporting an amazing nonprofit, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – also known as World Wide Fund for Nature outside of the US – that help protect pandas. Yeah, let’s do that instead!

WWF is known for their amazing conservation efforts all over the world. Their work with pandas includes researching and monitoring their habitats (can you imagine the video highlights?!), creating bamboo corridors that help pandas travel to protected areas where they can feed and mate freely, as well as working with communities to help engage them in panda conservation.

This is just a small part of the great work WWF is doing, and we want in! That’s why we’re launching a new campaign in Minecraft. Once our players have collectively placed 10 million bamboo blocks in Minecraft, we’ll donate 100,000 dollars to WWF to help support all their important work!

We’re confident this donation isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Last summer, when we promised to donate 100,000 dollars to The Nature Conservancy if you placed 10 million coral blocks, you managed it in a matter of days! How quickly can you reach the goal this time? We can’t wait to find out and we’ll update our Twitter as soon as you do!.

Before you’re ready to start placing bamboo blocks in Minecraft, perhaps you’d like to look the part? Well, we’re here to help! Today, we’re launching the Paws and Claws Cosplay Pack, letting you look a little more like a sneezing panda, or as swish as a Siamese cat! Give yourself an unfurgettable makeover with 17 cat and panda skins, with 62.5% of the sales going straight to WWF and their amazing work protecting pandas, their habitats and other vulnerable species. Purrrfect!

Full details here

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Original Soundtrack now available

Just as Nintendo said it would, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Original Soundtrack is now available to purchase. The only option here in the states and in Europe is the digital one. If you're looking to grab that download, snatch it up on iTunes right here.

Thanks to NintenDaan for the heads up!

Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World - another batch of screens

Check out more screens here

In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World players assume the role of young noblewoman, Nelke von Lestamm; tasked with building up the quaint village of Westwald into a prosperous city. For her to develop buildings and extend the size of Westwald, she will need to earn money from the businesses she runs or sell synthesized items for cash.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy - latest Japanese promo video

Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot™, is back! He's enhanced, entranced and ready-to-dance with the N. Sane Trilogy game collection. Now you can experience Crash Bandicoot like never before. Spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot™, Crash Bandicoot™ 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot™ 3: Warped. Relive all your favorite Crash moments in their fully-remastered graphical glory and get ready to put some UMPH in your WUMP!

Pokemon News - Mix Au Lait merchandise, Finger Puppet Collection Wave 3, PikaPika Lucky Bag 2019

Pokemon Mix Au Lait merchandise

- features Eevee and its evolutions
- available at Pokemon Center locations and Amazon Japan
- designed by F*Kaori
- launches January 1, 2019

Face Shape Cookies  1,000 yen
Orion Ramune 9 Piece Set  850 yen
Plush Eevee 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Vaporeon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Jolteon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Flareon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Espeon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Umbreon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Glaceon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Leafeon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Sylveon 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Saiko Soda Pikachu 1,500 yen (★)
Plush Saiko Soda Eevee 1,500 yen (★)
Mascot Eevee 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Vaporeon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Jolteon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Flareon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Espeon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Umbreon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Glaceon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Leafeon 1,000 yen (★)
Mascot Sylveon 1,000 yen (★)
Face Badge EV 600 yen
Face Badge SW 600 yen
Face Badge TD 600 yen
Face Badge BS 600 yen
Face Badge EF 600 yen
Face Badge BK 600 yen
Face Badge GC 600 yen
Face Badge LF 600 yen
Face Badge NP 600 yen
A4 Clear File 2 Set  460 yen (★)
Masking Tape Set  600 yen (★)
Assorted Stickers  500 yen (★)
A5 Notebook Saiko Soda 350 yen
A5 Notebook  350 yen
A5 Notebook Pattern 350 yen
Ball Pen EV 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen SW 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen TD 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen BS 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen EF 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen BK 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen GC 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen LF 600 yen (★)
Ball Pen NP 600 yen (★)
Portrait Pouch Saiko Soda 1,500 yen (★)
Portrait Pouch  1,500 yen (★)
Coin Case Saiko Soda 1,200 yen (★)
Coin Case  1,200 yen (★)
Hand Towel  500 yen (★)
Face Towel  1,000 yen (★)
2 Deck Lunch Box  1,700 yen (★)
Fork in a Case  500 yen (★)
Sealable Container 3 Set  1,400 yen (★)
Stainless Bottle  2,500 yen (★)
Heat Resistant Mug Saiko Soda 1,900 yen (★)
Heat Resistant Mug  1,900 yen (★)
Blanket  3,000 yen (★)
Band-Aid Set Saiko Soda 400 yen
Band-Aid Set  400 yen
Folding Umbrella  2,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag Saiko Soda Pikachu 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag EV 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag SW 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag TD 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag BS 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag EF 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag BK 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag GC 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag LF 4,800 yen (★)
MEI Messenger Bag NP 4,800 yen (★)
3 Ankle Socks of your choice(11 designs:Pikachu/Eevee/EV/SW/TD/BS/EF/BK/GC/LF/NP)※Size:23㎝~25㎝ 1,000 yen

<Pokemon Center Online Exclusive>

Heat Resistant Mug EV 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug SW 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug TD 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug BS 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug EF 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug BK 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug GC 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug LF 1,900 yen
Heat Resistant Mug NP 1,900 yen

Items marked with(★)will be available on Amazon Japan

Finger Puppet Collection Series 3

- includes Pokemon and characters not found in previous series
- each figurine costs 278 yen
- due out in Japan December 22, 2018
- the lineup includes:

Team Rocket Grunt

PikaPika Lucky Bag 2019

- a special bag of items that will be released at Pokemon Center locations on January 1, 2019
- holds an exclusive giant Pokemon Fit Pikachu, Eevee or Mew plush that’s 12 inch (30cm) tall
- also includes random items such as plushies, mascots, accessories

Nintendo releases free-to-print Christmas card

Over in Japan, Nintendo has released a free greeting card for Christmas that features both Mario and Yoshi. The car opens up to a diorama-like display once put together. You can download the card for free and print out your own with the template right here.

Official Nintendo Magazine coming to an end in Spain

We're sad to report that after 300+ issues and 26 years of operation, the Official Nintendo Magazine in Spain is ending its run. The final issue will be hitting the streets next week. Another great run for a Nintendo magazine, but print media just isn't what it used to be.

InkyPen set to launch on Dec. 17th, 2018

InkyPen was introduced in March this year as the first global media application launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch, and the InkyPen catalogue has been growing ever since. Best-selling comics publishers like IDW, Valiant, Humanoids, Dynamite and Titan Comics were previously announced, and now three more publishers are joining them:

Dark Horse Comics, publishers of comics like Hellboy, Aliens, Mass Effect and The Witcher

Papercutz, publisher of graphic novels for kids such as The Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania and Dinosaur Explorers.

Archie Comics, publishers of comics like Archie, Riverdale, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

InkyPen was founded by a group of indie game developers who are passionate about comics which is why they love independent creators as well. InkyPen is also adding well-known titles from the indie and webcomic scene such as Daniel Lieske’s The Wormworld Saga, Andrews McMeel Universal’s Sarah’s Scribbles, Pearls Before Swine, and Big Nate as well as Studio Foglio’s Girl Genius.

US comics, European comics, manga, and webcomics – thousands of comics will be available, including series such as Judge Dredd, Transformers, Robotech, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Metabarons, Pathfinder and Battlestar Galactica. InkyPen will also include comic adaptations of popular video game franchises such as Dark Souls, Dishonored, Tekken, and Assassin’s Creed.

Classic strips such as Peanuts, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes will also be available.

The goal is to create the best All-You-Can-Eat subscription service available for comic book fans of all kinds: newcomers and veterans alike.

“Given the price of comics, you get value within minutes reading them on InkyPen. This is great if you don’t want to buy loads of comics just to find out what you actually like.” - Ronan Huggard, InkyPen CEO

InkyPen will launch on the 17th of December 2018, available only in English (more languages will be added in 2019).