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Blatant Pokemon rip-off hits the Microsoft Store

Pokemon Co. has to be livid

Sometimes you see games that walk the line of tribute and rip-off. Then there's titles like Capsmon Adventure: Brave Heroes Assemble that are straight-up asset theft.

The image above is being used to promote Capsmon Adventure: Brave Heroes Assemble, along with countless other examples of official Pokemon artwork and assets. This game is currently up for sale on the Microsoft Store, and while we're not sure how it got there in the first place, it's clear that the game's days are numbered. You can check out more pics from the rip-off here.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass seeing "code in box" release in South Korea

Well that's one way to get this content

Nintendo of Korea and Pokemon Korea have announced that the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass is going to see a boxed release in South Korea. The package is due out sometime in Summer 2020, and it's going to be priced at 29,900 won. This package does not include a game card, but instead, a code in a box.

Aqua Lungers now available in Europe, Australia/New Zealand & select countries

Take a deep breath

The wait is over: WarpedCore Studio’s couch co-op epic Aqua Lungers is now available in select European Nintendo eShop™ stores, Australia/New Zealand, and Mexico! Players across the globe can now vie for fame and fortune on both PC and Nintendo Switch™ – and experience Aqua Lungers’ stylish visuals, fluid animation, and polished PvP action first-hand.

NEW REGIONS/COUNTRIES

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

AQUA LUNGERS: STORY & GAMEPLAY

The search for glory and riches never ends. For centuries, the last great treasures have been lost to the depths as shipwrecks filled the seas with sunken loot. Now, those who want to get rich must don brightly colored diving suits and go where no one else dares ...

In this game of both speed and aggression, players race through challenging stages while contending with deadly creatures and dastardly opponents to collect the most treasure. While everyone's goal is the same, each player is afforded several options to give them an edge over their competitors. Some can use their speed and agility to outpace and evade their opponents, while others might use devastating attacks to slow them down and steal their hard-earned goods!

Those looking for a solo experience (or who’d like to get some practice in before challenging Real Human Beings™) can opt for single-player mode. While essentially the same as the default game, single-player mode retains the gold-collecting mechanic while increasing the penalty for deaths in each level. This shifts the challenge from “PvP racing” to PvE survival.

KEY FEATURES

Wreak havoc with split screen action for up to 4 players.
Survive 7 massive zones, 21 stages, and 7 boss levels.
Acquire and deploy devastating power-ups to eliminate the competition.
Play for keeps with support for TV, Tabletop, and Handheld modes.
Make your mark: Who can reach 3,000 points first?

Both Steam and Nintendo Switch versions are fully updated:

Content

New zone complete with 3 new levels and final boss stage; includes a new enemy type and boss monster.
New story text added to level select map to help players learn about Aqua Lungers as they progress through the game.

Features

Brand new boss music for boss stages.
Penalty for failing stages.
Pressing both bumpers now cancels weapon charge.
Whirlwind can now push non-physics based projectiles.

Bug Fixes & Improvements

Performance improvements throughout the game.
Framerate now capped at 180 fps when vsync is disabled.
Improved level victory sequence.
AI and animation improvements for enemy creatures.
Several weapon charge bugs fixed.
Audio issues fixed for sound effects playing in rapid succession.
Sound effects added to many projectiles.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The Nintendo Switch port of Aqua Lungers is available in North America, select European countries, and Australia/New Zealand. Mexico is a new addition for North America.

Pricing:

United States - $14.99
United Kingdom - £12.99

Baker creators an amazing Tom Nook cake

Nook is packing some cake

We recently featured a baker who created a cake version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Raymond. It looks like that cake has inspired other bakers, as we now have another cake tribute featuring an Animal Crossing favorite.

Sugar High Score on YouTube has turned the infamous Tom Nook into a confectionery creation, with the final result looking pretty indistinguishable from the in-game version. Once again, it's hard to see a work of art like this get sliced into, but I guess it's better than the cake going to waste!

Kirby face masks announced for Japan

Sure to scare children everywhere

There's an insane amount of Kirby merch in Japan, and it's expanding all the time. The latest bit of merch on the way comes from Monosense, who's releasing three different Kirby face masks.

These masks, which are set to release on June 19th, 2020, come in Kirby, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight varieties. Each face mask is priced at 430 yen, and you can check out more pictures here.

eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020 gets another promo video, plus more screens and art

Konami keeps pumping out new promo content for eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020 every week. This time around we get another video, alongside a new batch of screens and art. Check out the video above, and the screens/art gallery below.

Check out more screens and art here

Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade gets another round of DLC

The third round of DLC

Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade, which we know as Gotta Protectors in the West, has gotten another round of DLC in Japan. The third FC Expansion Sound Source Pack + Additional Story 3 can be purchased now for ¥980.

Gotta Protectors was announced for localization awhile back, but we still don't have an official word on when to expect it.

Brave Dungeon Chronicle Pack announced for Japan

A new double pack for Japan

B-SIDE GAMES has announced Brave Dungeon Chronicle Pack, a physical Switch release for Japan that's due out July 2nd, 2020. The package is priced at ¥4,300, and includes Brave Dungeon + Dark Witch’s Story:COMBAT, a sticker, a Brave Dungeon -Meaning of Justice- soundtrack CD, and a code for a demo.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition composer said the original plan was to go with all-synth songs

We could have gotten a very different soundtrack

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition includes some amazing arrangements and reworkings of tunes from the original game, plus new tunes for the Future Connected epilogue. There's a great mix of electronic songs and live performances, which makes the experience that much more special.

In a blog from CHiCO from ACE music group, the team that handled the game's soundtrack, we find out that the original plan was to go with all synth tracks. This was changed up in the middle of production! See what CHiCO had to say about the change below.

Back when we were in the middle of production, we intended on producing all synth-based tracks, but since Monolith Soft was hoping for more live performances, we were able to produce some amazing live recordings as a string quartet. And just like last time, I was able to record together with the majority of our composers for the remastered soundtrack. It was so entirely nostalgic; I had a great time recording!

As with the original “Xenoblade Chronicles”, we were able to use the same studio for recording the flute and oboe parts, among some others. Additionally, we could use the Yokohama Landmark Studio where we recorded “Xenoblade Chronicles 2” and “Torna ~ The Golden Country”, not to mention the Victor Recording Studio as well!

Check out the full blog here

Famitsu most wanted for May 21st to 27th, 2020

Zelda leads the way for Switch games

Time to take a look at the most wanted games in Japan, according to the latest Famitsu poll. Take a look at the poll for May 21st to 27th, 2020 below to see the top 40.

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