Famitsu review scores for issue 1851

Which Switch game takes top honors this week?

29 May 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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The latest issue of Famitsu has made its way to subscribers in Japan, and that means yet another round of review scores. Want to see how this week’s games fared? Check out the score round-up below!

Remember, each Famitsu review is handled by 4 critics. They each give a game a score of 1 to 10, and then the scores are added together. In other words, a perfect game would get a 40 out of 40.

  • Capes (PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
  • Touhou Spell Carnival (PS5, PS4, Switch) – 7/8/7/7 [29/40]

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Back in April, we found out that the Tenshi no Uta Collection was seeing a Switch release. The package is a bundle of ports of the classic PC-Engine RPGs Tenshi no Uta and Tenshi no Uta II: Datenshi no Sentaku, and today brings us just a few more details.

According to multiple retailer listings, Tenshi no Uta Collection will launch in Japan September 12th, 2024. There will be a standard physical release for 5,280 yen along with a special edition priced at 14,080 yen. Here’s what that version will include:

  • soundtrack CD
  • memorial fan book
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There’s no word on a localization for Tenshi no Uta Collection at this time, and it seems like things will stay that way. Should we hear anything different, we’ll make sure to share the details with you.


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The latest issue of Famitsu magazine has revealed Rhapsody: 25th Anniversary Collection for Switch. This package includes Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess, and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom. The title is set for a physical Switch release in Japan on Aug. 29th, 2024.

Those going the retail route will have to cough up 10,978 yen for this release, and it includes some other goodies alongside the games themselves. Here’s the next goodies the collection will come with:

  • a set of original artwork reprints
  • an art book
  • the original soundtrack
  • special box

There’s no word on Rhapsody: 25th Anniversary Collection seeing release outside of Japan at this time. The West has already seen the release of Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles, but that package only included Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom.


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NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS has been updated to Ver. 1.30. You can find the patch notes for this update below.

DLC Pack 3

Playable Character: Kurenai Yuhi

Combination Secret Technique x 2

  • Evil Illusion: Tree Bind Wind Blade – Kurenai x Asuma
  • Six Paths: Shinsu Rasen Shuriken – Ashura x Hashirama x Naruto

Matching Voice x 12

Ninja Info Card Image x 5

The content above is available for players who have purchased DLC Pack 3 or the Season Pass, which includes of DLC Pack 1 - 5. DLC Pack 3 will be released on May 30, 2024. Release date/time may differ depending on region.

New Information About Ninja Battle

  • The 2nd Ninja Battle will be held from May 30, 2024 – June 4, 2024.
  • New items have been added that can be obtained with Exchange Tickets.
  • Ninja Battle Bonus, which could previously only be viewed from the Battle Result, can now also be viewed from the Battle Status screen.

Third Pokémon x Mister Donut collaboration announced

The only time it's okay to eat a Pokémon

29 May 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 0

The Pokémon Co. and Mister Donut have already teamed for two collaborations, and both proved to be incredibly successful. That’s why it’s no surprise to see the two brands teaming up once again for another line of pocket monster-themed treats.

Starting today, Mister Donut locations in Taiwan will be offering some fresh Pokémon-themed donut options. Pikachu, Eevee, and Poké Ball-shaped donuts are on the menu, and there’s also a slate of merch as well. Pokémon fans can scoop up themed phone holders, insulated mats, pillows, and more.

This latest Pokemon x Mister Donut collab is set to run until July 22nd, 2024. If you want to get a closer look at the donuts and merch that are available, you can find a complete breakdown on the Mister Donut website.


Nintendo has opened the official Japanese website for Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, and it gives us our best look yet at the upcoming revamp. The video above gives an in-depth tour of the website, including the new gameplay snippets scattered throughout. If you’d like to snoop through the site yourself, you can give it a visit here.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD will be released on Nintendo Switch on June 27, 2024. Pre-orders are available now via the Switch eShop.

It’s time to clean house! Join the faint-of-heart hero Luigi on a spooky quest in Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD for Nintendo Switch. In this visually enhanced adventure, you’ll visit the chilling locales of the eerie Evershade Valley, a place where until recently, the peculiar Dark Moon hung in the sky. According to ghost researcher Professor E.Gadd, it pacified the ghosts of the valley…that is until one night when the Dark Moon mysteriously shattered! Now, the place is screaming and teeming with troublemaking ghosts! Can Luigi recover the missing pieces of the Dark Moon and restore peace to the valley?

Luckily, Professor E. Gadd has equipped Luigi with the right tools for the job, like the enemy-stunning Strobulb and the trusty Poltergust 5000, which can vacuum up ghosts, objects or interact with the environment. Luigi’s paranormal escapades will take him to all sorts of places, including a former plant research lab, a broken-down clock factory and an icy, snow-covered mine, just to name a few. Up to four players can team up to take on the challenges of the ScareScraper, a haunted building teeming with ghosts and challenges not found in the main adventure. Recruit your fellow ghost hunters to scale the terrifying tower via local wireless play or online.


That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ISEKAI Chronicles was recently announced for Switch. Based on the manga/anime series, the action RPG from publisher Bandai Namco and developers ZOC and Monkeycraft will launch digitally via the eShop on August 8th, 2024 worldwide. Today brings us the opening movie and you can give it a watch above.

Experience a slice of the Jura Tempest Federation life with friends. Spin a new tale of the Jura Tempest Federation together with all your favorite characters from the animated series! Enjoy the daily life in Tempest with laughter and tears as Rimuru and his friends work together to solve residents’ problems and make the country a better place.

Players can enjoy thrilling action battles that combine flashy special moves and powerful combos. Through leveling up bonds with friends, Rimuru will learn Special Attacks, and even have allies join in to back up Rimiru’s attack. Finish off formidable enemies that are coming to destroy Tempest with Special Skills animated in retro 8-bit style!


Pokemon Masters EX "Cheren and Bianca" event announced

Two more familiar faces on the way

29 May 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 0

You never have to wait long to see what’s next for Pokémon Masters EX, and today happens to be the day where Pokémon Co. has revealed the next big event for their hit mobile title.

On May 30th, 2024, Pokémon Masters EX will introduce both Cheren and Bianca as the latest trainers. Cheren will have Tornadus at their side, and Bianca is bringing Virizion into the fun. Both of these Sync Pairs will be sticking around until July 9th, 2024, so you’ll have plenty of time to see what they’ve got to offer.

In Pokémon Masters EX, team up and interact with Trainers from the Hisui region, the Paldea region, and everywhere in between. Interact with Trainers in the Trainer Lodge to deepen your bond and get special photos and stories.


SPYxANYA: Operation Memories, a slice of life game based on the popular SPYxFAMILY anime and manga, hit store shelves in Japan last December, but it’s getting a worldwide release this June.

As that date approaches, publisher Bandai Namco has been sharing more details for the English audience. We most recently learned that the game will include over 15 minigames with Anya, including a Mappy-style related mini-game. You can see a bit of how that plays out in the video above.

In SPYxANYA: Operation Memories, Anya Forger has received a new assignment from school: create a photo diary of memories. On weekdays, head to class in the morning, then enjoy family time in the evening. On weekends, visit all sorts of exciting places, like the beach or art museums, in search of subjects worthy of photographing! What kind of photo diary will you help Anya create?


A bunch of game companies are going to be showcasing their up-and-coming games in June, but the gang at Marvelous couldn’t wait until then.

Marvelous has announced that they’re hosting a Marvelous Game Showcase 2024 on May 30th, 2024, and it’s set to air at 6 PM ET. While no official details on the showcase have been shared, there’s no doubt going to be multiple updates on Switch titles that were previously announced.

We’ll make sure to cover any and all Nintendo-related news from this showcase as it airs. so stay tuned for info on multiple Switch titles.


Latest Fortnite survey mentions Donkey Kong, Link, Bowser and more

The latest list of collabs that'll never happen

29 May 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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Every so often, Epic shares a survey with Fortnite players in order to gauge what their interests are. Every season of Fortnite offers multiple collaborations with other franchises, and that includes brands from the worlds of gaming, movies, TV shows and so on. The future of Fortnite will be no different, and now we know the latest slate of properties Epic would like to work with.

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The image above collects every single property listed in the most recent Fortnite survey. In particular, Epic wants to know how familiar Fortnite players are with the franchises and characters mentioned. While the vast majority of these names won’t ever appear in Fortnite, they’re at least brands Epic is considering.

Last time in the videogames section of this survey, we saw a number of Nintendo properties mentioned. In particular, Samus Aran, Yoshi, and Sheik were all name-dropped. Some of those names pop up yet again this time, but they’re also joined by newcomers like Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link and plenty of other big-name franchises.

In some way, shape or form, Epic would like to find a way for these franchises to exist within Fortnite. While many of these seem like incredibly long shots considering the gameplay of Fortnite, there’s certainly some wiggle room within the various modes the game has to offer.

We’ll keep tabs on the Fortnite situation going forward, and should we see any movement on the Nintendo-related properties, we’ll be sure to let you know.


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The Kingdom Hearts fans out there will be happy to know that the Square Enix online store has restocked a selection of plush dolls from Kingdom Hearts III.

Square Enix originally released a series of Kingdom Hearts III plushies back in 2020, but they’ve been out of stock for quite some time now. Just today, Square Enix has replenished the stock for characters like Roxas, Axel, and Xion. Each one of these is up for grabs for $44.

There’s also some other Kingdom Hearts-related plushies that have been restocked, such as King Mickey, Christmas Town Sora and others. If you’d like to see the complete rundown of the Kingdom Hearts plushies, you can snoop through the Square Enix online store here.


From the futuristic world of Mega City comes the Mega Man Limited Edition Collector’s Box. Level up your coffee game with Mega Man’s Mocha Cold Brew and Limited Edition Shaker Cup. DISCOVER MADNESS with this MEGA box set filled with flavor as you blast through bots and bosses in the world of Mega Man.

The two flavors up for grabs are as follows:

  • Mega Man Mocha Cold Brew
  • Blueberry Crumble Whole Bean

If you want the Mega Man Mocha Collector’s Box is up for pre-order now and is priced at $33. The box is set to ship out sometime in June 2024, so you don’t have to wait long for this package to arrive. You can also pick up the cold brew by itself for $20.

If you’d like to learn more about these releases or place a pre-order, you can do so through this link.


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If you’ve been trying to hunt down out-of-print Monster Hunter figurines, you might be in luck. Two more already-released figurines are getting reprints, and they’ll be available to purchase soon.

Capcom has announced that both the Rathalos and Rathian figures are getting a second round of stock, and both are available to pre-order in Japan starting today. They won’t actually see release until December 12th, 2024, and they’re priced at $84 each.

These figures were both designed by Ryu Oyama, with Rathalos measuring H 210mm x W 280mm x D 240mm (including base), while Rathian comes in at H 145mm x W 320mm x D 240mm (including base). Both figurines are made from PVC and ABS.

If you’d like to see more pictures of each figurine, you can find a gallery here.


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Bandai Namco recently announced SWORD ART ONLINE Fractured Daydream, the first large-scale multiplayer-focused adventure based on the popular Sword Art Online series. The game is set to release in 2024 for Switch, and today we’ve learned a bit more about cross-platform compatibility.

SWORD ART ONLINE Fractured Daydream has been confirmed to be a cross-platform compatible game with no loot boxes, and it supports up-to-20-player co-op. The dev team specifically set out to test cross-platform and online co-op functionality to make sure they could get everything working perfectly on all platforms, and obviously those tests were a success.

Following the recent beta test, the devs also noted some changes that will be implemented in the final game. In the final release, you’ll be able to turn automatic lock-on off, Goddess Statues will appear, difficulty will be based on how many players you’re with, and offline Story Mode and online Free Mode will be available. Last but not least, another beta test could happen at some point.

In SWORD ART ONLINE Fractured Daydream, a new system is applied to the world of Alfheim Online, but a malfunction causes all worlds and timelines to collide, creating a unique setting and challenging environment for Kirito and other players. All lost in uncharted territory, enemies become allies, departed characters are back and unlikely alliances will be formed to survive the dangers in this unsettled world.

SWORD ART ONLINE Fractured Daydream offers an original story in an All-Star game, focused on a large-scale co-op experience. Players will enjoy playing their favourite characters from the first three seasons of the animated series and Sword Art Online movies, in a cross-play battle action game featuring thrilling boss raids and co-op quests.