Arc System Works Releases Beat'em-Up Puzzle Game, Boost Beast on Nintendo Switch

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YOKOHAMA, Japan – July 20, 2016 – Today, Arc System Works has released beat'em-up, puzzle game Boost Beast on the Nintendo Switch Game Store!

Boost Beast is a defense puzzle game where players defeat the invading horde of zombies by clearing blocks and summoning animals.

A sudden viral outbreak has infected the entire human race and turned everyone into zombies... Only a small group of animals survived the outbreak. In order to restore peace to the world, Alec, the king of the dogs, sets out on a journey with his animal army to exterminate the zombies.

There are many dangers that will stand in your way during your quest to save the world that include cages that traps your animal friends, rocks that block your path, and the grim reaper who will turn your allies into zombies.

Key Features

Simple controls! Match 3 of the same animal blocks to call upon your animal friends and defeat the wave after wave of incoming zombies.
Make use of bombs and chain combos to pave a path to victory!
Unleash your cute animal army and clear over 200 stages!

Title: Boost Beast
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: ARZEST Corporation
Publisher: Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $9.99 USD

ONE PIECE: Unlimited World Red -DELUXE EDITION- coming to Switch on September 29

This week's European downloads - July 20/21 (Splatoon 2, Fate/EXTELLA and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, available July 21) - €59.99/£49.99

Traditional 4-on-4 turf battles return in this full sequel to the original breakout hit game, along with new stages, new fashions and new weapons such as the two-handed Splat Dualies. Players can compete on the TV or on the go. Whether they use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or Joy-Con, players can aim their ink using motion controls. Splatoon 2 supports both local and online multiplayer matches.

Cave Story+ (Nicalis) - €29.99/£26.99

A young amnesiac hero discovers a hidden land and vows to protect the defenceless creatures who live there! Can he stop the mad doctor and learn the truth about his own past? Highly polished and compelling, Cave Story+ uses retro-game stylings to deliver an all-out action/adventure extravaganza that's both charming and deadly! Super-challenging platform/shooter action...fantastic weapons...colourful characters...deeply nuanced storytelling...this is Cave Story+!

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (Marvelous Europe, available July 21) - €54.99/£49.99

Experience lightning-fast battlefield action across an epic story! In the digital realm of SE.RA.PH, the Holy Grail War is over, but the land’s new ruler faces challenges and threats from all sides. The servants now find themselves drawing up tense and unlikely alliances, preparing for a conflict that may tear SE.RA.PH apart...or destroy it entirely.

"SAMURAI SHOWDOWN" is a fighting game that was originally released by SNK in 1993. The game features 12 swordmasters, each with their own unique personality. They will battle it out against each other before taking on Shiro Tokisada Amakusa in the game’s climax. One of the unique characteristics of this game is the Rage Gauge which fills up as the player takes damage. Once that gauge is full the character’s attacks do more damage, keeping the battles tense and exciting.

"BOOST BEAST" is a defence puzzle game where players defeat the invading horde of zombies by clearing blocks and summoning animals. A sudden virus outbreak has infected the entire human race and turned everyone into zombies... Only a small group of animals survived the outbreak. In order to restore peace in the world, Alec, the king of the dogs, sets out on a journey with his animal army to exterminate the zombies. Join forces with your cute animal army and clear up to 204 stages! Let’s go animal army! Until the day where peace is restored!

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Infinite Golf (Petite Games, New 3DS only) - €1.99/£1.79

Ready for a new golf challenge? Welcome to Infinite Golf! In this calming golf game you can try 2 different modes. In Arcade Mode you have 3 balls for each hole. If you run out of balls your game is over. Try to beat your highscore! In Endless Mode you don't have to worry about losing or winning. Just enjoy the calm atmosphere! There is always one more level!

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 9 (Lightwood Games, Add-on Content) - €1.99/£1.99

Special offers

Chain Blaster (Joindots) - €2.49/£2.09 (Ends August 3, normally €4.99/£4.19)
Fairune (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Petit Novel series - Harvest December (CIRCLE Ent.) - €7.99/£7.93 (Ends August 10, normally €11.99/£11.89)
Tappingo (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Tappingo 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends August 10, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (Big John Games) - €3.49/£2.99 (Ends August 17, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends July 27, normally €7.99/£7.19)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends August 3, normally €8.99/£7.99)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

BOX UP (RCMADIAX) - €1.49/£1.39

Can you BOX UP? Guide the box up the screen without hitting any of the platforms. Levels are randomly generated to add an extra challenge. How high of a score can you obtain? Easy pick up and play action for all ages. Try BOX UP today!

Special offers

Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends August 3, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions) - €0.49/£0.44 (Ends August 17, normally €0.99/£0.89)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions) - €0.74/£0.59 (Ends August 17, normally €1.49/£1.19)
Pinball Breakout (nuGame) - €4.90/£4.20 (Ends August 17, normally €7.00/£6.00)
STEEL RIVALS (nuGame) - €4.89/£4.19 (Ends August 17, normally €6.99/£5.99)

Trademark listings potentially point towards a Nintendo 64 mini console

On the EU IPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) website, new listings have appeared for various Nintendo controllers. This includes those for the NES, SNES, Nintendo Switch and most importantly Nintendo 64.  Considering the timing of the listing, it could be that Nintendo is gearing up for Nintendo 64 Mini. 

The NES and SNES logos are the ones that you can find the mini console boxes. Naturally, this still could be anything, but it seems unlikely given the registered goods and services tag. Either way, the whole situation will add some fuel to the fire! Thanks to nicodarunia for the heads up!

Pokemon GO blog - A Legendary first year of Pokémon GO!


As part of our ongoing celebration of Pokémon GO’s one-year anniversary, we’re excited to reveal that Legendary Pokémon are nearly here! Soon, millions of Trainers around the world will be able to discover, battle, and catch these extremely rare and very powerful Pokémon.

As Trainers around the world go out and explore their neighborhoods in search of Pokémon and Raid Battles, they can keep an eye out for unique Legendary Eggs appearing at Gyms. If Trainers and their team are able to successfully defeat a Legendary Raid Boss, they’ll have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Pokémon of their own! While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they’re not willing to leave their Trainer’s side, so they can’t be left to defend Gyms.

On July 22, thousands of Trainers in Grant Park for Pokémon GO Fest and the millions of others around the world will be working together to unlock in-game bonuses for the entire Pokémon GO community. If they manage to catch enough Pokémon during the Pokémon GO Fest Challenge Windows, the first Legendary Pokémon will be revealed in Grant Park. If the Trainers in Chicago succeed in defeating the Legendary Pokémon, that Pokémon will start appearing in Raid Battles around the world, after Pokémon GO Fest.

Trainers everywhere can tune in to watch the action taking place in Grant Park live and join in the conversation using #PokemonGOFest on social media. Follow the official livestream on Twitch or YouTube for the latest news coming out of Pokémon GO Fest including Challenge Window updates, exclusive interviews, and the reveal of the first Legendary Pokémon!

It’s time for Trainers everywhere to start powering up their Pokémon for battle because there are many legendary adventures to come!

—The Pokémon GO team

This week's North American downloads - July 20 (Splatoon 2 and more)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Splatoon 2 – Get hyped for the sequel to the hit game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic action shooter. For the first time, take the game’s various single- and multiplayer modes on the go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. (Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode; sold separately.) You can also compete in frenetic online* matches like never before with the new SplatNet 2 mobile service (Nintendo Account, persistent internet access and compatible mobile device required. Data charges may apply.) SplatNet 2, which allows players to see Splatoon 2 stats and stage schedules, is part of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. With the Nintendo Switch Online app, players can get together with their squid squad and chat during certain online modes. Splatoon 2 will be available on July 21.

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star – The first action game based on the popular Fate series, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star allows players to play as 16 unique Servants to perform various signature moves. Players also have a new form change ability that allows them to become even more powerful. Engage in intense battles on the ground or in midair to annihilate the enemy forces. Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star will be available on July 25.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
BOOST BEAST (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mononoke Forest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
GALAXY BLASTER (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Nomura clarifies remarks on a potential Kingdom Hearts III Switch port

Tetsuya Nomura has clarified the statements given to IGN. While speaking to Famitsu, he said that the current platforms, PS4 and Xbox One, are his top priority. Other platforms could be considered directly after, but certainly not right now. Next to this, Nomura didn't single out the Nintendo Switch as the only thing mentioned were ''other platforms''.

It seems like a Nintendo Switch release could be happening, but that is far from confirmed.


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