Pokemon News Round-up: Takara Tomy toys, HARIO Lampwork Factory accessories, Trainer's Bag merch

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Takara Tomy Pokemon Punitto Friends

- Pikachu, Eevee, and Snorlax Punitto Friend toys will launch on January 30th, 2020 in Japan

Pokemon Center Trainer's Bag merch

- can now be pre-ordered directly from Amazon Japan
- shipping December 14th, 2019

Pokemon Center X HARIO Lampwork Factory accessories

- can now be pre-ordered directly from Amazon Japan
- shipping December 14th, 2019

Shovel Knight's King of Cards/Showdown update has been delayed on Wii U and 3DS

Digging deeper into December

Just a few days before Shovel Knight's big Version 4.0 update, which includes King of Cards and Showdown, Yacht Club has announced a delay for specific platforms and regions. The Wii U and 3DS have either seen their release date bumped back by just a few days, or to an unknown date depending on where you live. The complete rundown of the update schedule and what to expect can be found below.

You may have heard, a tremendous new update to the world of Shovel Knight is almost here. You might have some questions on the lead up to release. Let’s break it all down!

Version 4.0

King of Cards & Showdown

Release Time

Treasure Trove is expected to be updated with King of Cards and Showdown via a digital update on all platforms at the time below. Note that some storefronts update based on their own schedule and may fall outside of this window.

December 10th
9~11AM, PST

Revised Forecasts and Delays

Despite our intense efforts, and the effort of all the hardworking teams over at each and every platform holder, the following platforms have had their release date adjusted. If you don’t see your platform/region below then assume the release is on time for the above! We will update this page as we receive new information.

3DS – North America – Fri, December 13th

3DS – Europe – Approved, but needs slightly more time to prepare for release.

Wii U – Europe – Approved, but needs slightly more time to prepare for release.

PS3 – North America – In final steps of submission.

PS3 – Europe – In final steps of submission.

PS4 – Physical: Due to unforeseen manufacturing issues, the PS4 physical version of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove has been pushed to early 2020. Note that the update patch for both the digital and physical release of Shovel Knight on PS4 is still on schedule.

Amazon FireTV : In final phases of development.

We apologize for this delay in the update’s release, and hope to have you enjoying the new games soon!

File Size

Exact download size and installation space required can vary depending on how the game update is applied on your system. However, you can anticipate somewhere in the realm of:

50 MB ~ 300 MB

Retail – 4.0A Update

We mentioned previously that a goal for this physical release was to have all game content right there on the cartridge/disc! We are happy to confirm that is very much the case! King of Cards and Showdown will be ready to go, even if you’re playing in airplane mode in a Faraday cage, in a cave, on the moon.

We also mentioned that we will be providing bug fixes for any issues discovered post release. Since the submission of the original physical versions, we’ve continued non-stop, rigorous testing on the game to submit it on a great many platforms. During that testing, we found some issues that we really feel would be best addressed!

If you are playing the physical game, there will be a 4.0A patch on or near release which addresses a handful of bugs. If you’re playing a digital version of the game, you will likely already be updated to 4.0A. We will provide more detailed patch notes on release.

Additional Languages

One of the new features announced previously was the addition of new languages!

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Please note, that due to space limitations, these three additional languages will not be available on 3DS.

Standalone Games

We’ll be releasing standalone versions of more Shovel Knight games. This includes the original Shovel of Hope as well as the brand new King of Cards and Showdown. The goal for these are to reach alongside the 4.0 update. The following platform versions will release a little bit later. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PS4 – North America – In final steps of submission

PS4 – Europe – In final steps of submission

Switch – Shovel of Hope – In final steps of submission

Gamera bringing Tricolour Lovestory, Tower Hunter, and Clocker to Switch

Three more on the way

Game publisher Gamera has confirmed plans to bring three titles to the Switch. Their lineup includes Tricolour Lovestory, Tower Hunter, and Clocker, and you can get info on each one below.

Tricolour Lovestory

It was the fall of 2005, weather here in the River City was warm and lovely. His childhood is like a pair of handcuffs, shackled the boy like he was soaked in dark grey paint.Entering the classroom called 「Fine Art」, he saw 2 girls who auras out entirely different colors, embraced him at the same time.He almost say the auras encountered, twined, parted, and twined again……The young man was fascinated, before he could even reach his inner self. 「……How about we paint something together……」「……all three of us, from now on……」

Tower Hunter

With features of roguelite,players of Tower Hunter: Erza’s Trial fight their way up in the world of a giant tower with random modules. Different terrains are found in the towers, and there is exploration to do and challenges to overcome. Due to a contract between our heroine Erza and a demon, Erza is beamed back to the original start every time she dies. As time loops, Erza, becomes a strong fighter who can make her way to her target.


2.5d toon render side-scroller game that exhibits fluent motion display.

smooth control: a dodge may cancel punish, and strength and direction can be fine-tuned for jumps.

Soul-like actions: supplies are limited; footsie and dodge are key factors and every move and weapon has its own magic.

Each weapon has its ownfeatures a combo with which: you can combine light and heavy blows and switch from attack andto dodge.

The classic order system from Castlevania is incorporated: special weapon skills and magic are triggered by simple commands.
Take advantage of the special rune core system: in every adventure, the player can choose to foster a certain passive skill.

licence system: acquire licences based on your clearance speed and the achievement of different conditions. These licences can be used for other purposes beyond display.

Explore hidden elements: hidden passages that can be destroyed and sealed doors that must be opened using a corresponding colour key and that are full of dangers.


Clocker is a puzzle game about time. It stages a story between a father and daughter using a dual protagonists technique. By controlling two individual characters in turn, you will gradually solve puzzles, push forward the timeline and the adventure. The game features unique time mechanisms, an artistic hand-drawn sketchy style, thought-provoking puzzles and a heart-warming plot. A vexing and thrilling adventure awaits you!

Dual protagonists narrative

Control Father and Daughter separately to experience the complete plot from different perspectives.

Time pause!

Father’s mysterious pocket watch is able to move throughout other characters’ timelines in order acheive his ultimate motive, as a result changing the entire world.

Where’s the Father?

Daughter’s power can resume the twisted timelines, trace the clues and help her to find her Father.

Large and complex logic framework!

Each NPC has their logical structure. Every single change of the timeline will influence the entire plot.

Unique and delicate artistic style

The combination of 2D and 3D techniques illustrates a lifelike virtual world filled with characters that pop off of the screen and interact in detailed settings and backgrounds. Color plays a major role as different tones and shades represent time in various ways for an additional aesthetic experience.

Amazon Japan selling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with an acrylic game box keychain

A key item

If you're a new Switch owner this holiday season and you're looking to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, why not get yourself a little something special with the purchase? Amazon Japan is offering a special bonus acrylic keychain with copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and as you can see, the keychain is just a tiny version of the game's regular box! This item will start shipping out on Dec. 13th, 2019.

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.161.2 (Android) / Ver. 1.127.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.161.2 (Android) / Ver. 1.127.1 (iOS). This seems to be a minor update, and the only patch notes available mention 'bug fixes,' and that's it. If anymore information comes out about this update, we'll make sure to add details to this post.

Dragalia Lost - content update for Dec. 7th, 2019

[Events] New Quests have been added to the Mega Man: Chaos Protocol event: Brainwashed Mercury: Superhero, Brainwashed Brunhilda: Superhero, Brainwashed Jupiter: Superhero (available until December 9th)

[Event Quests] Astral Raids featuring Thanatos are now live (available until December 9th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Dec. 7th, 2019

[Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: Axe Arts Quests (available until December 21st)

Bustafellows demo on the way to Japan

Cultural Broadcasting Extend has announced that a demo for Bustafellows is going to be added to the Switch eShop in the near future. With the full game seeing release in Japan on Dec. 19th, 2019, we should be seeing the demo any day now. We'll let you know when the demo actually launches, which you'll be able to access with a Japanese eShop account.

Bakutsuri Hunters demo now available for Switch in Japan

Fish on!

Want to give the anime fishing game Bakutsuri Hunters a shot? A code has been published online that gives you access to a demo, as long as you have a Japanese eShop account. Use the code D3GM-3304-16LB-VWLB, and get the powerful limited Giga data that can be used in the main game. This demo can only be played docked, as handheld is not an option.

Cotton Reboot delayed to Summer 2020

A second delay

The Cotton Reboot was originally slated to launch sometime in Spring 2020, but BEEP has now said the game will be pushed back to sometime in Summer 2020. No reason was given for the delay, and somewhat worrying, this is the second time the title has been pushed back.


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