Fire Emblem Heroes 'Special Heroes (Divine Harvest)' trailer shows off new heroes joining the game later this week
The Halloween celebration kicks off on October 6th
In celebration of Halloween, Fire Emblem Heroes is kicking off the Divine Harvest event on October 6th at 12:00 AM PT. You can check out the trailer above to get a look at the heroes joining the game this month, such as Celestial Sorcerer Corrin and Harvest Divinity Naga.
The source is murky, but this looks like the real deal
The Sephiroth amiibo was confirmed to exist in October of 2021, though we’ve heard little since. However, if this image from Twitter user zaypiie is to be believed, it looks like it may have recently made a public appearance.
There’s no word on release timing and the source isn’t clear but this looks like the real deal. Twitter user realDonWei seems to think this was spotted at Switzerland’s Zürich Pop Con & Game Show this past weekend, though they admit they didn’t spot Sephiroth themselves.
As soon as more official information about the Sephiroth amiibo comes out, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Pick your favorite villager with an October birthday
Nintendo have added a new set of icons themed around Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the Nintendo Switch. From now until October 31st at 8:59 PM EST, or 5:59 PM PST, you’ll be able to claim icons themed around Animal Crossing: New Horizons villagers who celebrate their birthday in October.
You can claim the icon frames, backgrounds or central characters for yourself for 5-10 My Nintendo platinum points.
More Breath of the Wild-themed icons coming to Nintendo Switch Online this month, first wave available now
This week's wave features Revali
It’s the first Monday in October, which means a new theme has begun for the weekly Nintendo Switch Online icons! Throughout this month, we’ll be treated to a new set of icons themed around a champion from The Legend Zelda: Breath of the Wild each week. This month’s first wave features designs themed around Revali.
You can claim the icon elements for yourself for 5-10 My Nintendo platinum points until October 10th at 8:59 PM EDT, 5:59 PM PDT.
Niantic announces that in-game prices will rise in certain territories due to changes in App store price tiers
Coming as soon as October 5th
Niantic has announced via Twitter that their in game pricing for currency will increase in some regions by October 5th. You can read Niantic’s full statement from their website as well as regions affected down below.
We know that changes to pricing and currency are impactful to our community across all Niantic games—Pokémon GO, Ingress and Pikmin Bloom—and we wanted to provide proactive notice that some players will experience an increase in in-game currency prices starting as early as Oct. 5.
This update is due to changes in App Store price tiers. We will also make similar changes on other mobile platforms. The following countries and regions will be affected:
Territories that use the Euro currency
While we will not be taking any immediate action in response to this change, we’ll be monitoring its impact and discussing how to navigate changing conditions globally.
Thank you for your understanding.
There is no information on how much the prices will increase though it’s possible that too will vary by region. It’s unfortunate news for players who live in these regions, hopefully the situation can improve in the future.
Great for escaping from cities
SEGA has announced that a special DLC code will be available for Sonic Frontiers to fans who subscribe to the game’s official newsletter. The DLC will net you a familiar looking pair of shoes for Sonic, while an official name isn’t given it’s obvious to any longtime fan that these are the Soap shoes from Sonic Adventure 2.
Here is how you can get the code for these kicks via the official Sonic Frontiers website.
Sign up by January 31, 2023 and get in-game content exclusively available to our newsletter subscribers! Simply enter your details and we’ll email a code straight to your inbox after Sonic Frontiers has been released on November 8, 2022. We’ll send more details about the in-game content and how to redeem your code to download the in-game content at a later date.
We’ll post a link to the official website down below so you can subscribe and secure yourself these nostalgic sneakers, just scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the offer.
Just in time for Halloween
Rogue Company has teased via twitter that content based on The Walking Dead series will be coming to the game sometime soon. While no details we’re given except a short video featuring the characters, it’s safe to assume this may be a Halloween event given the nature of The Walking Dead. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Solve the mystery of the new mob!
Minecraft Live (the online Minecraft celebration and news event) is back on October 15th-16th. This year one of the festivities is the “Mob Vote” where fans can vote for what new Mob they want to see be added to the game.
The announcement video doesn’t say what the enemies on ballot are, but does give hints such as laying eggs in underwater ruins and moving around hats. Their identities will be revealed come October 14th when the polls open.
Here’s what Minecraft Live has to say about the vote…
Last year, the community voted for the allay to join Minecraft. This year, you will get to vote for a new mob but we’re doing things a little bit differently. Instead of voting on Twitter, you will now be able to vote in a special Bedrock server, the Minecraft launcher, or here on Minecraft.net! The polls open on October 14, noon EDT which means that you will have a full 24 hours to cast your vote, (and change it as many times as you like!) while also keeping the results a total surprise until the announcement is made during the show.
You will find all the information you need leading up to the event on Minecraft.net/live, so stay tuned!
So if you want to vote in the poll you’ll have a very limited window to do so. We’ll leave a link to the site below if you want to read up more on Minecraft Live 2022.
Stop! You've violated the law!
Capcom today announced that its popular Monster Hunter series will be utilized for the first time in the Hyogo Prefectural Police’s Local Safety Program, scheduled to be held from October.
Capcom supports regional revitalization efforts throughout Japan by leveraging the power of its brands to engage people in four areas: Economic Development, Cultural Awareness, Prevention Education and Election Participation. The company has carried out various activities since 2009, such as concluding the first comprehensive agreement between a video game company and a local government body, collaborating with police in a number of prefectures on prevention activities, and working to raise awareness of gubernatorial elections.
Capcom received a request from the Hyogo Prefectural Police to utilize the Monster Hunter series in the Hyogo Prefecture’s local safety efforts accompanying the larger national safety campaign that will be held starting in October in order to promote more widespread awareness of community crime prevention among residents. At an event scheduled to be held on October 8 at Marine Pia Kobe, original crime prevention coloring sheets, reflective keyholders, and towels all featuring Felyne characters will be distributed. Further, Capcom will support local safety efforts throughout Hyogo with the production of security goods to broadly raise awareness of automobile-related crime prevention, which has been on the rise in Hyogo.
Driven by its philosophy of being a Creator of Entertainment Culture that Stimulates Your Senses, Capcom will work to address climate change and other issues facing society while aiming for sustainable growth through establishing a relationship of trust with its stakeholders and harmony with the environment.
The pinnacle of fashion
Pokemon fans in Australia have something very special to celebrate, as it’s not available anywhere else in the world right now. The Pokemon Co. has teamed up with Crocs for a series of Pokémon-themed Crocs and Jibbitz, and they can be purchased starting today!
This lineup includes Crocks for toddlers, kids and adults, and you can see the full breakdown below.
- Classic Pokémon Clog
- Classic Pokémon II Clog
- Classic Crocs Pokémon Sandal
- Kids’ Classic Pokémon Clog
- Toddlers’ Classic Pokémon Clog
- Elevated Pokémon Jibbitz 5 Pack
If you’d like to get a closer look at each Croc design as well as the Jibbitz pack, you can find the official shop here.
So lots of real people being punched and barfing?
While most WayForward fans are chomping at the bit to play River City Girls 2, it’s clear that Japanese audiences aren’t ready to move on from the first game yet. As a matter of fact, they’d like to pay tribute to that debut installment with something special; a stage play!
A theater company called Solid Star has revealed that they’re working on a River City Girls play that’s based on the original game. This play will make its debut on December 7th, and will only run until Dec. 11th, 2022. That’s not a very long run for a play, so those who get to see this in person are quite lucky!
Want to know more about the play? We would as well, but it doesn’t seem there are any other details at the moment. The one thing we know for sure is that WayForward is not involved with this adaptation in any way, which means it’s not an official event in any way, shape or form. If anything, that only makes us more curious to see what this is like!
A bug that sticks around
The screenshots above come from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Link is holding a Deku Stick in both of them, and if you look closely, you might notice that the designs on those sticks are different. This wasn’t actually a design decision by Nintendo, but instead, a bug that they never caught during development.
Darkeye144 on Twitter caught the bug and did a detailed breakdown of why it happens. Long story short, the two games pull data from different places in order to texture the stick, but a bug results in two different textures behind used between games. The first game mixes the stick texture with the texture for Link’s hair. In Majora’s Mask, the bug results in the stick texture being combined with child Link holding the Hylian Shield.
If you’d like a much more technically detailed explanation of what’s going on, you can read through Darkeye’s Twitter thread below.
Hello Games on No Man's Sky's impossible Switch port, lack of multiplayer, and steering clear of microtransactions
Making the impossible possible
No Man’s Sky is coming to Switch later this week, and it might be one of the most implausible Switch ports yet. There are plenty of games that have come to Switch that were deemed ‘impossible’ ports, but No Man’s Sky takes things to a completely different level. That said, the team at Hello Games managed to make things work, and we’ll all get to see how the port turned out on Oct. 7th, 2022.
Fans weren’t the only ones to think that No Man’s Sky coming to Switch was all but impossible. In an interview with Eurogamer, Hello Games’ Sean Murray initially thought the idea wouldn’t pan out.
“I do agree. It certainly on the face of it seems like madness. And I had that reaction myself, to be honest.
This might sound bad, but I was unsure as to whether it was suited for mobile play. I mean, I’ve played long-form games [on Switch before] but, generally, it’s hard to know how much of the rest of the world is like me - is it more focused on shorter, more mobile experience, more drop in, drop out or whatever?
It has been a real surprise to me to see it in the top 10, top five of the most played games on [Steam Deck] for months and months. That makes us feel like, okay, maybe it is [a good fit] and, you know… over the last few months, as the Switch version has come together, I find myself really gravitating towards it.
…and so at some point, some folks on the team were like, ‘I think Switch is possible’, and then everyone said the worst thing, which is like, ‘No, it’s not’. And that just made a bunch of people think, ‘Okay, well, I’m going to try and prove that it is’. Over time, it just showed more and more promise… and more and more of the team have gotten excited about it and piled onto it.”
Of course, a few concessions were necessary with the Switch version of No Man’s Sky. First up, the town-like settlements from the Frontiers update didn’t make the cut, but even more surprising is multiplayer. No Man’s Sky on Switch is a solo affair, and Murray opened up on why.
“Multiplayer in No Man’s Sky is important, I love it as a feature, it’s great… [but] it’s not our most important feature compared to other games that have multiplayer. A lot of people play No Man’s Sky effectively alone, single-player, and [Switch] is less focused on multiplayer as well, because of the nature that you’re playing it on a train, you’re playing on the toilet, out and about or in bed at night or whatever. Loads of people play multiplayer games on Switch… but it’s a smaller percentage, and so our attitude is release, and see how people interact with it, and see what’s important to them and react to that.”
That brings us to the question of whether multiplayer will ever be added to the Switch version. Murray wasn’t ready to confirm anything, but he did give a little glimmer of hope.
“I think I never want to make promises about anything or allude to anything… I really would like to avoid that. Beyond that, we already have a whole bunch of stuff lined up that I think people are going to be excited for.”
One thing fans shouldn’t expect in No Man’s Sky is microtransactions. As it stands right now, No Man’s Sky asks one asking price and then content updates are added for free. While plenty of other companies would be putting price tags on those updates, Hello Games has stayed away from it. In an interview with Nintendo Life, Murray seems to indicate that things will stay that way from here on out.
“We have our business model which is very straightforward with the players: they pay us some money to play the game and we update the game. We give them a game that we are proud of day one and then as long as we’re excited about it, and they’re excited about it, we have been continuing to update it.
We have really enjoyed that process and that relationship. Lots of people tell us that there is this alternative business model or that alternative business model and there probably is; but we’re enjoying this right now, we really enjoy working on the game and we have got this really positive, welcoming community that I really get a buzz out of making updates for and continuing to tend to that game. So we’re happy! I don’t want to know the alternative future and how much money we could have made, don’t ever tell me that! [laughing] Don’t spoil it, this is fine!
If I look at compatriots like Elite or Star Citizen, there’s a ton of other games that are somewhat similar, and they have other business models which are funded by in-app purchases or season passes, and I think that’s cool - good for them! I don’t necessarily look at it and think, ‘I wish we did that’, but I also don’t look at it and think, ‘you’ve got it right and they’ve got it wrong.’ I just think, ‘cool, we are all trying to figure this out in different ways.’ I don’t know if that makes sense, or if it makes me sound naive.”
Your next dose of nostalgia
Pokémon TV is getting another content update later this week, but instead of the usual batch of themed episodes, we’re getting another classic season!
Ash and Pikachu’s journey takes them to the Sinnoh region as Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl arrives on Pokémon TV this Friday. This 10th season of Pokémon the Series sees our heroes reuniting with their longtime companion Brock and making a new friend in Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator hoping to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Together, they set out to accomplish their dreams while taking on new battles, facing new rivals, and meeting Pokémon like Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. Of course, Team Rocket will be there to cause more trouble, but could the mysterious Team Galactic prove to be a bigger threat?
Tune in starting Oct. 7th, 2022 to catch Pokémon Diamond and Pearl episodes on Pokémon TV, watch.pokemon.com, and on the Pokémon TV mobile app. Remember, the app is also available for Switch!
Meet the crew
Bayonetta 3 is going to bring back some familiar faces while also introducing newcomers. Ahead of the game’s October 28th, 2022 launch, Nintendo and Platinum have put together a quick infographic detailing 4 of the characters you’ll come across. You can see the breakdown for each below.
Bayonetta struts through multiple locations in an all-new, over-the-top climax action game. Sporting a wicked new ensemble and somehow familiar pigtails, the titular Umbra Witch must face a mysterious evil using her signature guns and time-slowing Witch Time ability. This time, invading manmade bioweapons called Homunculi find themselves in Bayonetta’s crosshairs.