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Squaresoft Chillout Album THE WORLD IS SQUARE Announced

SAN DIEGO - January 17, 2018 - Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to present THE WORLD IS SQUARE, a loving tribute to Squaresoft JRPGs from the SNES and PSX eras arranged by producer and videogame remixing pioneer Mustin. Mustin--best known as the co-founder of OneUp Studios and The OneUps--has prepared laid back electronic renditions of all the classics, including tracks from Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy VII. Each track is dedicated to a special girl in Mustin's life, making a perfect musical accompaniment for Valentine's Day. And yes, the album's title is a reference to the optional dungeon puzzle from Final Fantasy VI. THE WORLD IS SQUARE is fully licensed and is now available for pre-order with a February 14, 2019 release date.

"This album is a celebration of my favorite time in gaming: the (then) Squaresoft RPG," comments arranger/producer Mustin. "Having completed the first track in 2003, this has been a 15+ year project in the making. I hope you enjoy my first true solo outing."

The full track listing for THE WORLD IS SQUARE is as follows:

01. Fear of the Heavens (Secret of Mana)
02. Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV
03. Theme of Love (Final Fantasy IV)
04. Forest Butterflies ["Secret of the Forest"] (Chrono Trigger)
05. From the Bottom ["Bottom of the Night"] (Chrono Trigger)
06. Coin Song (Final Fantasy VI)
07. Lonely Girl ["Terra"] (Final Fantasy VI)
08. Serenity ["Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII"]

The digital version will include a sleek digital booklet with artwork, track credits, and liner notes on Bandcamp and iTunes. There's also a physical edition to enjoy the lovely cover illustration by Scarlet Moon graphic designer Connary Fagen in all its pixelated glory.

First Look at Trüberbrook's Retail Boxes, Plus New Screens

17th January, Dueren, Germany – Development on Trüberbrook continues in a steady pace and will shortly arrive at the home straight. Regrettably, we can't disclose an exact launch date however, what we can tell you is that the game's beautiful retail boxes for PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™ will include a travel guide for the international visitor - not just any old flyer but a proper 24-pages long booklet:

The travel guide contains following information:

An overview for the resort town plus a small map chartering the area
Interesting places, as well as tips for accommodation
Who is who: Introducing Trüberbrook's unique villagers

As a special treat we proudly present you with two brand-new and beautiful screenshots - straight out of the latest build.

Trüberbrook truly is an eye-catcher - no doubt. If you want to see more we recommend watching the Interrogation Trailer, now available on STEAM. (We could watch it all day long!) :)

More evidence of SNES games coming to the Switch Online evidence surfaces





Are SNES games coming to the Switch Online service? Recent developments would certainly makes it seem like that. Just a few days back, we shared a list of SNES games that popped up in the source code for the Switch Online NES app. With the app being updated just yesterday, even more data has now been pulled that points to SNES games being added in the near future.

Along with the list of games that were detailed earlier in the week, we now have multiple games that show official descriptions alongside their names. On top of that, there are also various supported languages shown for these games. It's very clear that Nintendo is doing something with SNES games, we just aren't sure when they're going to make the news public!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player defeats six Guardians in a matter of seconds

Think you're good at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Can you pull off what Twitter user CHC_Yu-Da does in the video above? With skills like that, Ganon doesn't even stand a chance!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Mortal Kombat 11 live-stream event (live at 1:30 PM EST)

The Mortal Kombat 11 live-stream event is kicking off very shortly! You can watch the event via the embed above, which goes live at 1:30 PM EST. We'll be updating this post with pertinent details from the event as it airs.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

PR - THE POKEMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL UNVEILS “POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU” MOVIE MERCHANDISE

Fans Can Celebrate the First-Ever Live-Action Pokémon Movie with an Electrifying Range of New Pokémon Trading Card Game Collections, Toys, Apparel, and More

BELLEVUE, WA--JANUARY 17, 2019--The Pokémon Company International today unveiled an extensive line of products inspired by the highly anticipated movie "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, and The Pokémon Company, arriving in theaters on May 10, 2019, in North America. Before the movie, fans can look forward to new Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) collections, exclusive merchandise from PokemonCenter.com, action figures and interactive plush from Wicked Cool Toys, construction sets from Mattel's Mega Construx brand, and more.



All items in the line are inspired by the movie, which begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing amid mysterious circumstances, prompting his son Tim to investigate what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth. Chasing clues together through Ryme City, where humans and Pokémon live side by side, they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful coexistence. The movie is already generating significant buzz, with a widely viewed trailer and an all-star cast including Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the title character.



"Pokémon is a global entertainment franchise that has delighted its fans with video games, trading cards, animation, and soon, live-action movies with the upcoming 'POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,'" said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing for The Pokémon Company International. "The merchandise line we've developed for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon Center, as well as the amazing selection of licensed toys and more celebrates this remarkable milestone for the brand and is sure to delight Pokémon fans of all ages."





The Pokémon TCG line and select other merchandise inspired by "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" will be on display at The Pokémon Company International booth (#3049) at the American International Toy Fair, February 16-19 in New York City. The Pokémon TCG and licensed toys will also be on display at other global toy fairs beginning this month. Below are retail availability dates and more detailed product highlights from the line.



The Pokémon Trading Card Game



The iconic Pokémon TCG, which has shipped more than 23.6 billion cards to date, is debuting new booster packs for the launch of "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu." These four-card boosters feature newly designed packaging based on the look and feel of Ryme City, and collectors and competitive Pokémon TCG players alike will enjoy looking through them and building their decks with Pokémon seen in the movie. In all, 26 new cards feature Pokémon such as Detective Pikachu and Charizard depicted in their CGI movie likenesses. The first wave of Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu products will be available beginning April 5, 2019, in North America. Highlights from the line include:



Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu Case File--Contains one promo card featuring Detective Pikachu, one metallic coin inspired by Detective Pikachu, two Detective Pikachu booster packs, and one additional Pokémon TCG booster pack.



Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Case File--Contains one foil promo card and one foil oversize card featuring Charizard-GX, four Detective Pikachu booster packs, and two additional Pokémon TCG booster packs.



Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Case File--Contains one foil promo card and one foil oversize card featuring Greninja-GX, one pin featuring Greninja, five Detective Pikachu booster packs, and two additional Pokémon TCG booster packs.



Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu Collector Chest--Contains seven Detective Pikachu booster packs, two additional Pokémon TCG booster packs, one collector's pin inspired by Detective Pikachu, and one Pokémon notepad and sticker sheet, all in a sturdy metal case.



Pokémon Center



In advance of "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu," fans can gear up with a wide selection of exclusive new apparel featuring iconography from the movie, as well as unique roleplay and lifestyle items, from PokemonCenter.com, the premier destination for official Pokémon merchandise in the US. The following items launch on April 2, 2019 with a second series of merchandise arriving in May:



Detective Pikachu Deerstalker Hat--Fans will be able to roleplay as Detective Pikachu with this premium quality, tweed deerstalker hat with plush Pikachu ears.



Hi-Hat Café Apparel and Accessories--Nodding to one of the most iconic locations in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, this collection offers various items donning the Hi-Hat Café's unique logo, including t-shirts, a hoodie, diner mug, and 9FORTY baseball cap by New Era.



Ryme City Police Department Apparel and Accessories--Sporting the Ryme City Police Department logo, this collection includes a polo shirt, 9FORTY baseball cap by New Era, mug, and pin.



Ryme City 10-Year Anniversary Parade Apparel--Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Ryme City as shown in the movie, this collection offers themed t-shirts for adults and children.



Pin Set, Patch Set, Sticker Set, and Tin Sign Set--A variety of pins, patches, stickers, and tin signs featuring popular icons from the movie will be available in sets.



Toys



Wicked Cool Toys



Wicked Cool Toys, master toy licensee for the Pokémon brand, will offer a series of action figures, plush, and roleplay items that will be available at mass retailers beginning in April. Highlights from the Wicked Cool Toys line include:





Pokémon Detective Pikachu Movie Feature Plush



The Detective Pikachu Movie Feature Plush features two voice modes including "Detective Pikachu" and "Pikachu" for fans to interact with the character, just like in the movie. The Detective Pikachu feature plush also features over 14 responses, motorized ears and a detective's hat.



Pokémon Detective Pikachu Movie Figure Line



Fans can explore Ryme City with 2-inch scale figures including Detective Pikachu, Psyduck, and Bulbasaur, and 3-inch scale articulated figures including Ludicolo, Mr. Mime, and more. Each figure is highly detailed and replicates the authentic look of the "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" movie.



Mattel's Mega Construx Building Sets



Mattel's Mega Construx brand will expand its popular line of Pokémon building sets with all-new offerings specifically for "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu." The Pokémon Mega Construx line will feature characters and settings seen in the upcoming movie. The first wave of Pokémon Mega Construx items inspired by "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu" will begin to hit retail shelves on March 25, 2019. Highlights from the Pokémon Mega Construx line include:



Mega Construx Detective Pikachu



Fans can begin the investigation when building this 232-piece, 6.25-inch Detective Pikachu figure. Give Detective Pikachu's tail a flick and watch it spring into action. Then, a twist in the case! Turn Detective Pikachu's head to bring his magnifying glass up to his eye to search for new clues. Detective Pikachu is articulated for resting or action poses.



Mega Construx Detective Pikachu Mr. Mime



Give Detective Pikachu the run around with this buildable Mr. Mime figure. Actions speak louder than words when fans make use of Mr. Mime's highly articulated limbs and pose it on the buildable display plate.



Publishing and More



In addition to the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Center items, and licensed toys, The Pokémon Company International has developed licensed apparel and home décor through a variety of partners that will be available at mass retailers closer to the movie's release. There will also be a robust publishing program for "POKÉMON Detective Pikachu," including a premium "making of" coffee table-style book from The Pokémon Company International's in-house imprint, Pikachu Press, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the film production. Pokémon fans can look forward to more movie merchandise news in the coming months, follow @Pokemon on social media for the latest updates, and join in the #DetectivePikachu conversation online.

PR - Save the world from darkness in fantasy action-platformer Odallus: The Dark Call

JoyMasher's challenging action game arrives on Nintendo Switch this February, PS4/Xbox this spring


17 January 2019 – Indie publisher Digerati is pleased to announce that the acclaimed action-platformer Odallus: The Dark Call, developed by indie studio JoyMasher, will be launching soon on consoles. The game will be available to download for Nintendo Switch from 8 February. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are currently scheduled to release in spring 2019.

The Nintendo Switch version will be available with a 20% launch discount for a limited time. In addition, anyone who purchases Odallus: The Dark Call for Nintendo Switch will be entitled to a 10% discount on Oniken: Unstoppable Edition, which is also developed by JoyMasher and is releasing simultaneously on Nintendo Switch with Odallus: The Dark Call.

Thanks to a partnership with Eastasiasoft Limited, Odallus: The Dark Call will also launch digitally in the second quarter of 2019 (exact date is TBA) for PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan and other Asian territories. It will also be available in the following physical versions from Play-Asia.com:

Odallus: The Dark Call (PS4)
Oniken + Odallus Collection (PS4/Switch)
Oniken + Odallus Collection: Limited Edition (Switch)

Release dates are still to be set, but all physical versions will be available to pre-order from Play-Asia starting 24 January, 2019.

About the game
The old gods have forgotten this land… Odallus: The Dark Call is an exploration/action game and loving homage to the 8-bit genre classics. You play as Haggis – a battle-weary warrior who must wield his sword once more to rescue his son from Darkness.

Key Features

Eight levels open to exploration
Huge bosses
Sharp controls
Rad 8-bit graphics
Thrilling atmosphere
8+ hours of gameplay
50+ enemy types
Veteran Mode


PR - Wield the sword and save the future when Oniken: Unstoppable Edition leaps onto consoles

JoyMasher's retro-style action-platformer arrives on Nintendo Switch this February, PS4/Xbox this spring


17 January 2019 – Indie publisher Digerati and developer JoyMasher have joined forces to bring the fast-paced action of Oniken: Unstoppable Edition to consoles. The game will be available to download from 8 February on Nintendo Switch. PS4 and Xbox One owners can expect the game to release soon after in spring 2019 (exact date TBA).

The Nintendo Switch version will be available with a 20% launch discount for a limited time. In addition, anyone who purchases Oniken: Unstoppable Edition for Nintendo Switch will be entitled to a 10% discount on Odallus: The Dark Call, which is also developed by JoyMasher and is releasing simultaneously on Nintendo Switch with Oniken: Unstoppable Edition.

The Unstoppable Edition enhances the acclaimed hardcore challenge of Oniken with a bevy of gameplay, level design, and graphical improvements.

Thanks to a partnership with Eastasiasoft Limited, Oniken: Unstoppable Edition will also launch digitally in the second quarter of 2019 (exact date is TBA) for PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan and other Asian territories. It will also be available in the following physical versions from Play-Asia.com:

Oniken: Unstoppable Edition (PS4)
Oniken + Odallus Collection (PS4/Switch)
Oniken + Odallus Collection: Limited Edition (Switch)

Release dates are still to be set, but all physical versions will be available to pre-order from Play-Asia starting 24 January, 2019.

About the game
In a post-apocalyptic future controlled by a sinister corporation, ninja mercenary Zaku is the last hope for humanity. Inspired by the demanding gameplay of 8-bit action/platformers, Oniken: Unstoppable Edition pits your agility and swordplay against a gauntlet of enemies, traps, and challenging bosses.

Key features

8-bit inspired pixel art and music
Cinematic cutscenes
Six difficult missions, plus additional bonus stages
Battle 18+ bosses in the campaign or Boss Rush mode
Single-life Hardcore Mode for a true challenge

PR - Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Unleashes Lovecraftian Horror Onto Nintendo Switch January 24th



London, United Kingdom - January 17th, 2019 - Developer Auroch Digital and publisher Ripstone Games are proud to announce that its Weird World War game Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is coming to Nintendo Switch on January 24th. It will be available for £19.99 / $24.99 / €24.99.

Based on the hugely popular tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is an occult turn-based strategy game pitting players against a rogues’ gallery of Lovecraftian beings controlled by the Nazis. You’ll have to use your cunning military tactics, along with some nifty supernatural powers, to save the world. Set in an alternate history of World War II where the Nazis’ investigations into the occult have resulted in the summoning of Lovecraftian monsters, you’ll have to take the reigns of Charlie Company, an elite band of allied forces sent in to do the impossible; foil the Nazi plans and turn the tide of war.

“Being able to play a turn, then put your system to sleep and carry on the fight against the Nazis and Lovecraftian monsters when you next have the time feels great,” said Mike Daw, Producer at Auroch Digital. “Whether playing a quick round in handheld, or a full-scale skirmish on your TV, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics on Switch is a perfect fit.”

Key Features:
Tactical Combat: direct a squad of allied heroes in innovative turn-based ground battles.
Momentum System: perform well in combat by racking up kills and executing critical hits to earn Momentum and turn the tide of battle in your favour.
Light vs Dark: harness the power of the light to expose and suppress the spawn of Cthulhu hiding in wait in the oppressive darkness.
AP System: every decision is important and the Action Point System gives you the flexibility to put as much emphasis into heavy combat or nimble movement as you like.
Psychological System: witness too many horrors of war and watch as your unit's sanity begins to unravel mid-fight.
Build Your Team: characters have unique skills that can be unlocked and levelled up in different ways, and weapons can be modified to give a variety of benefits. This lets you customize your squad to better vanquish Nazi scum.
Weird World War: explore the Lovecraft-meets-WW2 universe of Achtung! Cthulhu like never before with Mythos-inspired enemies and a story-driven campaign handcrafted by John Houlihan which ties directly into the pen and paper roleplaying game narrative.

Watch the Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics developer walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/DJu_kOWFBqE
About Auroch Digital
Founded in 2010, Auroch Digital is a Bristol-based indie development studio that works both on original titles and work for hire projects, specializing in strategy games. Prior works have included Ogre, Last Days of Old Earth, and the Chainsaw Warrior series. It’s now working on the video game adaptation of UK Games Expo and Ennies winning tabletop strategy game Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics.

PR - Intense Two-Button Metroidvania Necrosphere Deluxe Jumps to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 31


FLORIANÓPOLIS, Brazil - Jan. 17, 2019 - Necrosphere Deluxe, the retro adventure-platformer with minimalist controls from Sony publishing label UNTIES and indie studio Cat Nigiri, will dodge deadly spikes to land safely on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on Jan. 31, 2019. It will elude flying fireballs and duck onto Xbox One in Q1 2019.

When super-secret agent Terry Cooper dies on a failed mission, he awakens in The Necrosphere. This afterlife is bursting at the seams with dangerous obstacles, devious traps and deadly enemies all working together to stop Terry from escaping. Soar to new heights with a jetpack, bounce sky high off gravity bubbles, and collect game-changing items, all while utilizing an intuitive two button control scheme, to return to the Normalsphere.

Frequent respawn points drop Terry right back into action, allowing him to quickly learn from his mistakes and re-tackle the challenges of the Necrosphere. Even with his partners sending him messages from the Normalsphere to guide his journey, he’ll need to make the most of his abilities to escape the Necrosphere and stop the Istanistani from carrying out their evil plans.

“We designed Necrosphere Deluxe to challenge the masters of super-hard platformers while being approachable for people new to the genre,” said Caio Lopez, founder of Cat Nigiri. “Necrosphere Deluxe’s simple controls and bite-sized but devilish trials will help new players improve their skills while simultaneously presenting hardcore platformer fans with the most difficult game they will ever play with two buttons.”

Necrosphere Deluxe will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $9.99 in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The game is currently available for Windows and Mac via Steam. The upcoming console versions of Necrosphere Deluxe will feature improved graphics, optimized performance, and additional languages compared to the PC version.