Nintendo shares promotional image featuring some of the new costumes in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

An ambitious crossover

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore introduces many costumes new to this version of the game. Whether you’re dressed to steal hearts or gearing up for lessons at the Officer’s Academy, there are plenty of outfits to choose for your team!

Live Pokemon Go events announced for Taiwan, the US, and the UK

Will you be GOing?


The year of 2019 featured an incredible lineup of live events for Pokémon GO. From welcoming Trainers to three Pokémon GO Fests across three different continents to hosting our first-ever Safari Zones in Brazil, Singapore, and Canada—every year, we aim to go bigger and better than the last. In 2020, you can look forward to even more events in more locations! We’re pleased to announce the first live events of the year.

- Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung City
- Safari Zone St. Louis, Missouri, US
- Safari Zone Liverpool, UK
- Safari Zone Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Pokémon light up a special event during the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung City

Get ready to be dazzled by lanterns, music, and Pokémon alike! This special non-ticketed, city-wide event will take place during the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung City, Taiwan, from Thursday, February 6, to Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Pokémon that will be appearing include the Electric-type Pokémon Mareep and Electrike. Volbeat, a Bug-type Pokémon known for illuminating the skies, will be appearing throughout the city alongside Illumise, a Bug-type Pokémon that guides Volbeat to draw light patterns. Illumise is typically available only in North America, South America, and Africa, so locals might want to catch one while they have the chance! Catch an Unown L to celebrate the light-themed event, and enjoy the lovely sounds of Chimecho, the Wind Chime Pokémon.

Celebrating the culture of Missouri with Safari Zone St. Louis

We’re excited to have the very first Safari Zone event of the year take place in St. Louis, Missouri! This cultural hub of music, sports, and beautiful parks will be home to Safari Zone St. Louis from Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2020. Taking place in Tower Grove Park, this will be a ticketed event, so be sure to keep a lookout on our Twitter @PokemonGOApp for when tickets go live this Friday, January 24, 2020. Tickets will be sold through the Pokémon GO app and will be first come, first served. General admission tickets will be $12, and early access tickets will be $18. Early access ticket holders will be able to access event gameplay two hours early.

Trainers can look forward to encountering Mankey, Unown S, Teddiursa, Snivy, and Ferroseed throughout the park. Trainers from the northern hemisphere can sing for joy: Chatot, which usually appears only in the southern hemisphere, will also be appearing in Tower Grove Park!

Saluting the sea with Water-type Pokémon at Safari Zone Liverpool

Ready your sails—the UK’s first-ever Safari Zone will be taking place in beautiful waterfront Liverpool! Enjoy this ticketed event in the magnificent 235-acre Sefton Park from Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19, 2020.

During this maritime-themed event, Trainers will have the opportunity to encounter Krabby, Dratini, Chinchou, Unown V, and Oshawott in the wild. Relicanth—typically available only in New Zealand, Samoa, and some other islands in the southwest Pacific—will also be appearing in the wild, so be sure to catch one if you haven’t already.

Interested in spending this spring weekend by the water with some splashy Water-type Pokémon? Be sure to grab a ticket once they go live on Friday, January 31, 2020! Tickets will be first come, first served. General admission tickets will be £12, and early access tickets will be £18. Early access ticket holders will be able to access event gameplay early and receive two additional hours of gameplay. Be sure to keep a lookout on our Twitter @PokemonGOApp for more details.

Get ready for Safari Zone Philadelphia

Finally, we will be hosting a Safari Zone event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10, 2020. Tickets will be first come, first served. General admission tickets will be $12, and early access tickets will be $18. Early access ticket holders will be able to access event gameplay early and receive two additional hours of gameplay. Stay tuned—we’ll share more details as soon as we can.

Be sure to make plans early to ensure you obtain transportation and accommodations for the events. We’re super excited for even more events coming up in 2020 and look forward to sharing more details soon. We can’t wait to see you, Trainers!

—The Pokémon GO team

Preloading now available for 'Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers' from eShop in Japan

Scramble up those SD cards

To prepare for the release of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers on February 20th, 2020, you can now preload the Atlus developed title from the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. Only the Japanese language is supported in the Japanese release, so you might not want to preload the game from other regions unless you speak the language. Persona 5 Scramble is priced at ¥9,680, and a 10 GB download is required, so be sure there is enough room on your console or SD card.

Reventure will be available from the Japanese eShop on January 30th

Ready for reventure?

Another previously released title is coming to Japan after a long delay. Reventure from publisher Pixelatto Games will be launching on the Japanese eShop next week, priced at ¥600. Preloading for the title is currently available with a 35% off discount, for when the game is fully released on January 30th. English language support is available, and a 607 MB download is required.

Reventure is a classic quest with loads of humor featuring 100 different endings which you are challenged to discover.


- One hundred different endings
- Lots of "Aha!" moments.
- A big bunch of unlockable stuff.
- Bazillions of secrets and pop-culture references.
- Time travel, battle royale fights, mimics, permadeath, shotguns, mining, resource gathering, base - building, global leaderboards…
- Cutting humor.
- A beautiful OST featuring more than 15 original themes.

Puzzle game 'UORiS DX' announced for Switch, releasing January 30th

Fishing for a new puzzle game?

A new version of the mobile app "UORiS" has been announced for Switch, and is releasing very soon. Published by Regista, UORiS DX will be launching worldwide via the Nintendo eShop on January 30th. A 264 MB download will be required for the game, and preloads are currently live with a 50% off discount (now only ¥495). You can check out the newly released trailer above!

"When erase the heads, the bodies vanish!"

This is a falling block puzzle game with cute sea creatures motif.
blowfish, pufferfish ..., Spotted garden eel!
What kind of living things will come next?
Please enjoy the feast with sea creatures that appear one after another!

Indie title 'Purrs in Heaven' announced for Switch, first screenshots released

Purrfect for Switch

Information is currently very limited, but indie developers EnjoyUp Games and Pixel Bones Studio has announced their next release for Nintendo Switch. 4 gameplay screenshots have been provided for their upcoming title "Purrs in Heaven". Check out the first images below!

Just Dance 2020 "Winter Wonderland Event" trailer released, features 'Steep' promotional items

Steep may not be coming to Switch, but at least the logo is...

Enjoy a magical winter in Just Dance 2020 with a new season. With this update, players will experience an unforgettable season in Just Dance 2020. Warm yourself up with a new playlist during the Winter Gala – available until February 2nd, 2020.

Director of DOOM Eternal says "we’ve never been approached" about Doom Slayer in Super Smash Bros.

Is this speculated character doomed?

Doom Slayer (commonly referred to as "Doomguy") has always been a highly speculated character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to the legacy of the DOOM franchise, and how recognizable the character is across the gaming community, the demon destroyer would be an excellent edition to Smash. Recently, Marty Stratton, director of Doom Eternal, was interviewed by Metro, where he was asked about the rumors of Doom Slayer being added to the game. According to his response, discussions have been had, but "it’s never gone anywhere serious." Check out the full interview snippet below!

What about the rumours of Doom Slayer being in Smash Bros.? [This was a couple of days before the Byleth announcement] Do you think it could ever happen?

MS: I don’t know. We’ve asked them.

You asked them?

MS: Yeah.

Well, that’s how Solid Snake got in it. Would they discount it just because of the gore and violence though?

MS: I dunno. You would honestly have to ask them. We’ve never been approached and said, ‘Hey can Doomguy be in Smash Bros.?’ But we’re open-minded if they wanna ask. But we hear it all the time [from fans]. Who would say no? [laughs]

But you did ask them?

MS: We’ve had… I don’t even know who talked to who, but we’ve bantered with them. We have a great relationship with them through bringing Doom 2016 to Switch and that kind of stuff. So we have great people over there but it’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool?’ But it’s never gone anywhere serious, so we’ll see.

Germany reveals the best-selling games of 2019

FIFA scores a goal

Another full year has gone by in the Nintendo Switch's life-cycle, and the 20 best-selling games of 2019 in Germany have been revealed. 11 of 20 of these titles are Switch exclusives, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling the most, coming in at #3 on the charts. FIFA 20 comes in at #1, which is available on all platforms including Switch. Interestingly, Pokemon Sword was the 5th best-selling game, while Pokemon Shield was 17th. Check out the full top 20 list below!

1. FIFA 20 (Electronic Arts)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
4. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
5. Pokémon Sword (Nintendo)
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)
7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
8. Super Mario Party (Nintendo)
9. FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts)
10. Minecraft (Microsoft)
11. Days Gone (Sony Interactive)
12. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Electronic Arts)
13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
14. Need for Speed: Heat (Electronic Arts)
15. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo)
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
17. Pokémon Shield (Nintendo)
18. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)
19. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
20. Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

Extreme downhill biking game 'Descenders' releasing for Switch physically and digitally in Spring 2020

The wait is almost over

London, UK – January 22, 2020: Sold Out is excited to announce that it has partnered with No More Robots to release the physical version of extreme downhill biking game Descenders on Nintendo Switch™ and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, which will release day and date with the digital versions on these formats this Spring.

From the developers of Action Henk, Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking for the modern era, with procedurally generated worlds where mistakes have real consequences. Can you lead your team to glory and become the next legendary Descender?


- A Modern Take on an Extreme Sport

- Procedurally generated worlds: Take on different jumps, slopes and hillbombs every time you play

- Freestyle bike controls: Control every subtle movement of your rider, with an in-depth physics system made for slick whips and scrubs

- Rogue-Bike: Earn special mutators each time you play, and work out which abilities work best for your riding style

- Build your Rep: A fully-featured online Rep system lets you show off your worth, and earn new bikes and threads

- Fully licensed soundtrack: Partnering with drum & bass label Liquicity to deliver the perfect soundtrack for hitting the mountains

- Become the next Descender: Can you survive the game in a single run, and reach the ranks of the legendary Descenders?

"We're extremely excited to work with Sold Out on the retail releases for Descenders,” said Mike Rose, Company Director at No More Robots. “Our players have been begging us for a physical release for a while now, so getting to work with Sold Out on a worldwide retail release is essentially fulfilling a long-standing dream for all of us."

“Descenders is an awesome fast-paced game which players love on digital platforms, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with No More Robots to release the physical editions on PS4 and Nintendo Switch at retail,” added Garry Williams, CEO of Sold Out.

Descenders will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2020. Look out for more information to be announced soon at


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