It's out in Japan on September 15th
Tactical RPG Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord, announced in Famitsu earlier this week, has just gotten it’s debut trailer. You can check it out below:
The game is set for release on September 15th, 2022. Nothing has been announced with regards to a western release, but if and when that changes we’ll be sure to let you know.
You can try Spike Chunsoft's action game for free
A free demo for turn-based action game RESEARCH and DESTROY is out now, publisher Spike Chunsoft has announced. Here’s what they had to say about the game:
All-new strategic shooting powered by Super Science. RESEARCH and DESTROY (RAD) is a turn-based action game with simultaneous local or online co-op. Take control of three brilliant Super Scientists as you RESEARCH and develop strange new weapons and gadgets to DESTROY the Supernatural hordes that have all but crushed humanity.
- Research: Gain fresh insight into the Supernatural threat via battlefield vivisections, then develop radical upgrades for each weird weapon and fascinating gadget.
- Destroy: Plan ahead, then run-and-gun in a combination of turn-based strategy and real-time shooting–every second counts.
- Co-Op: Tailor your scientists’ appearance, then drop in or out of online and local co-op with friends at any time.
- Campaign: Adapt your guerilla science tactics to manage the campaign map and seek the Supernatural source–no two playthroughs are the same.
In 2017, an in-development version of RESEARCH and DESTROY was shown at BitSummit, Japan’s premier independent gaming festival celebrating independent game developers and development, The title was honored with the BitSummit Popular Selection Award, which was chosen by attendees of the event.
You can download the demo and give the game a try yourself via the eShop right now.
Their work is being used, however
Sonic Origins, the upcoming collection containing remasters of Sonic 1, 2, CD and 3 & Knuckles will be using builds of these classics built on Headcannon’s Retro Engine, but the indie developer wanted to clarify that they did not actually work on Origins itself. Here’s what they had to say:
In short, it sounds like the collection will be using Headcannon’s ports of the classics, but the additional content original to Origins was all handled by internal teams at Sega.
Pokémon Crystal is still on top
This week’s 3DS eShop charts are out, and they’re not much of a surprise. Pokémon and Capcom continue to reign supreme. Here are the full lists:
- Pokemon Crystal
- Pokemon Yellow
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
- Resident Evil Revelations
- Pokemon Red
- Pokemon Gold
- Pokemon Silver
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- Pokemon Blue
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
- Zelda: Oracle of Ages
- Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
- Tomodachi Life
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
- Pokemon Dream Radar
- Mega Man Legacy Collection
- Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
- Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
- Mario Kart 7 Video
- Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
- Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
- Pokemon Yellow Trailer
- 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer
- Resident Evil Revelations Video #1
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Video
- Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
- Pokemon Bank Trailer
- Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
- IronFall Trailer
- Flipnote Studio 3D: Flipnote Samples
- Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Video
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Video
- Pokemon Picross – Turn Puzzles into Portraits
- Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
- Super Mario World Trailer
- Super Mario 3D Land Video
Yes, you read that right.
It’s rare to see a new NES game released this long after the console’s debut back in the 80s, but it does happen from time to time. Even rarer is that one of these games would get a movie adaptation.
Slow Mole, an indie game for NES released back in 2021 may hold the title for the first new-NES game to get a movie adaptation. As seen in the trailer, this movie will be claymation and seems to feature the Slow-Mole himself being sucked into the Slow Mole game after rage quitting.
For more information on both Slow Mole the game and Slow Mole the movie, information can be found on the creator Erik Rosenlund’s Patreon.
Not your average Pokemon card...
Need your fortune told and want it done with some cool Pokemon-themed Tarot cards? Twitter user @SablingArt has shared a complete set of custom Tarot cards modeled after Pokemon apearing in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
All of your favorite Pokemon are featured, from Legendaries and Mythics like Arceus and Palkia, to more common Pokemon like Bidoof.
If you are interested in acquiring a set for yourself, @SablingArt, has ordered test prints, but they have not arrived as of writing. Be sure to follow @SablingArt as to not miss out on when they are avaliable.
The end of Season 2
The tenth episode of season two of Pokémon Top Deck Academy is out now, and the focus is on a series of overall tips and tricks. This is actually the final episode in season 2 of the series!
Join hosts Rosemary Kelley and Andrew Mahone as they team up for the tenth and final episode, which shares their top ten tips and tricks on how to succeed at the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
A stormy night at Hogwarts
The latest video released for Hogwarts Legacy is a pretty interesting one. I had to double check that it was an official video when I first saw it, but it indeed is.
This new video gives you a virtual tour of some of the settings you’ll visit in Hogwarts Legacy, but it does so with an ASMR perspective. You’ll get to see a number of iconic locations from the game that fans will no doubt recognize, all with gentle rain pouring down.
It’s certainly not your average promo video for a game, but it’s definitely an interesting way to promote a title.
Racing off to next year
Developer KT Racing has announced that Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown has been delayed to an unspecified date in 2023. The game was originally slated to launch in September of 2022, but the dev team says they need more time to make it “the most polished gaming experience in the franchise.”
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is an open world driving and lifestyle experience in a real-world location built at 1:1 scale. Grab your keys and live your life of luxury. Remember, social status is everything in the world of TDU.
With confirmed marques so far being Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Koenigsegg, Apollo, Dodge and Bugatti, you’ll have to really work your way up to have the privilege to drive them. Customisation is not reserved for your cars only, but for your avatar as well and even better than ever. You’ve got to dress to impress.
We haven’t seen the Switch version of Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown yet, but we know it’s still coming, so hopefully we get to see some footage in the near future.
An all-new adventure for a classic franchise
Developer Smallthing Studios and publisher Leonardo Interactive have announced that the 1990’s point-and-click adventure classic Simon the Sorcerer is getting a new prequel entry called Simon the Sorcerer: Origins.
Origins takes place a weeks before the events of the first game, which saw Simon’s dog Chippy uncover Ye Old Spellbooke in a chest. The Spellbooke ends up opening a portal, and of course, Simon and Chippy decide to enter and explore.
Simon the Sorcerer: Origins retains the point-and-click gameplay of the original, but updates the visuals with a more hand-drawn approach.
You can see full details on Simon the Sorcerer: Origins below.
Simon’s rebellious life will be shattered by the unexpected arrival in the wizarding world where he will unleash an absurd and ancient prophecy that will trigger a lot of trouble! During his adventure, the rebellious Simon will do something great, obtaining moral redemption and proving that he is not just a disappointment to his parents.
He will meet his guide and mentor: Calypso. Thanks to this encounter, Simon will be able to gain a new friend who will represent a symbolic grandfather for him.
The narrative and gameplay paths unfold in countless ways without forgetting about the core elements of the saga: comedy and sarcasm. A strong bond with these features has been maintained in the dialogues, situations, and animations. Simon will often break the fourth wall by speaking directly to the players. “Hey, I am talking to you, the future player I can magically sense who is reading the Steam Page about my game!”
Legacy - A tale that travels through time from a legendary past towards a great future. This is not a remake, guys! - Simon the Sorcerer Origins is a brand new game with its roots deeply bonded with the contemporary gaming world.
Stunning 2D Art -Simon the Sorcerer Origins’ visuals and animations, refined in every detail, let the player live his adventure in a continuous flow that goes from gameplay to cutscenes and vice-versa.
Puzzle and Comedy - The player will encounter a wide range of different kinds of puzzles. You could either challenge your wits with the classical “take and use” ones, seasoned with unexpected comedy interludes, or you can be called to solve magical arquebuses that will require the help of a little bit of sorcery. Hunt for clues, objects to combine, and all the weird stuff in the middle to reach the skill of a decent mage.
Original License - This is a canonical chapter of Simon’s saga.
Easter Eggs - Look for them because they could be anywhere, also in a description of a Steam Page.
Does Kirby have a license?!
Takara Tomy has revealed a new Kirby toy on the way to Japan, and it’s set to launch sometime in July 2022.
The Dream Tomica No. 168 from Takara Tomy features Kirby and his Warp Star, and it’s priced at 770 JPY (approximately $5.95). This car also features an invincible Candy-shaped steering wheel, and puffs of smoke around screeching tires.
The Kirby Warp Star vehicle joins Takara Tomy’s long-running line of Tomica toys, which has previously included Sanrio, Demon Slayer, and Rilakkuma collaborations.
Something to Overwatch out for
Blizzard has been plugging away at Overwatch 2 with a series of blog updates and beta events, but they have something much bigger in the works for roughly a month from now.
One June 16th, 2022, Blizzard will be hosting an Overwatch 2 to share details on what’s to come. Specifically, the team will be sharing what to expect in the months ahead, including the next PVP Beta.
Blizzard hasn’t shared a specific time for this June 16th event just yet, nor do we know how it will be broadcast. We’ll bring you those details when they become available.
Back in action for 2022
Due to the pandemic, the Pokémon Regional Championships had to be changed or called off all together for quite some time, but things are back to almost normal with the 2022 run. Some events have taken place already, but many more are in the works, so there’s plenty of fun left to be had.
If you want to see what the Pokémon Regional Championships have been like for 2022 so far, you can check out the official video above. As usual, there’s plenty of big-game plays and tons of fun for fans of all sorts of Pokémon fans to enjoy.
Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola is coming to an end with the special Alola to Alola finale event. This event runs from May 25th to May 31st, 2022, and you can read the full details of this finale below.
End-of-Season Special Research: Alola to Alola
Complete all four of the event-exclusive Special Research stories by June 1, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. local time, to unlock a bonus end-of-Season Special Research story!
Reminisce about your favorite island in the Alola region with this branching Special Research story that lets you pick between Melemele Island, Akala Island, Ula’Ula Island, and Poni Island, and enjoy different tasks and rewards based on your selection!
Tickets to access the end-of-Season Special Research story will also be available in the shop for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency)*.
Trainers who obtain the end-of-Season Special Research story by completing the four individual Special Research paths will be able to purchase the ticket in the shop for additional rewards.
*Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.
*Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.
Special Research: Alola to Alola – Melemele Island path
Trainers who are most interested in Melemele Island and spending time with their friends should pick this research path! These tasks will focus on social challenges like sending Gifts and taking snapshots, and they’ll offer the following rewards.
- Two Poffins
- A Lure Module
- Four Lucky Eggs
- An encounter with Alolan Raichu
- A Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat avatar item*
- And More!
*Trainers that purchase an additional ticket and choose the same path will not earn an additional Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat avatar item.
Special Research: Alola to Alola – Akala Island path
Trainers who are most interested in Akala Island and adventuring should pick this research path! These tasks will focus on challenges like exploring a certain amount of kilometers or spinning PokéStops, and they’ll offer the following rewards.
- An Incense
- Two Incubators
- A Super incubator
- An encounter with Alolan Marowak
- A Pa’u Style Oricorio Hat avatar item*
- And more!
*Trainers that purchase an additional ticket and choose the same path will not earn an additional Pa’u Style Oricorio Hat avatar item.
Special Research: Alola to Alola – Ula’ula Island path
Trainers who are most interested in Ula’Ula Island and catching Pokémon should pick this research path! These tasks will focus on challenges like catching a certain amount of Pokémon or performing certain types of Throws, and they’ll offer the following rewards.
- A Glacial Lure
- A Magnetic Lure
- Four Incense
- An encounter with Alolan Vulpix
- A Baile Style Oricorio Hat avatar item*
- And more!
*Trainers that purchase an additional ticket and choose the same path will not earn an additional Baile Style Oricorio Hat avatar item.
Special Research: Alola to Alola – Poni Island path
Trainers who are most interested in Poni Island and battling should pick this research path! These tasks will focus on challenges like winning in Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League or defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders, and they’ll offer the following rewards.
- A Rocket Radar
- Three Star Pieces
- A Premium Battle Pass
- An encounter with Alolan Exeggutor
- A Sensu Style Oricorio Hat avatar item*
- And more!
*Trainers that purchase an additional ticket and choose the same path will not earn an additional Sensu Style Oricorio Hat avatar item.
An Alolan-themed Collection Challenge is coming!
Complete it to make progress toward your Elite Collector medal and earn 15,000 XP, 15 Ultra Balls, and an encounter with Rockruff.
Evolve Cubone into Alolan Marowak!
In celebration of the Season of Alola, you’ll be able to evolve Cubone during the event to get an Alolan Marowak that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Bone!
- Trainer Battles: 75 power
- Gyms and raids: 80 power
The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.
- Alolan Rattata
If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.
- Alolan Meowth
- Alolan Exeggutor
The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.
- Alolan Rattata
- Alolan Geodude
- Alolan Diglett
- Alolan Grimer
- Alolan Raichu
- Alolan Exeggutor
- Alolan Marowak
- Tapu Koko
- Tapu Lele
- Tapu Bulu
- Tapu Fini
The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs.
- Alolan Rattata
- Alolan Meowth
- Alolan Grimer
- Alolan Sandshrew
- Alolan Vulpix
- Alolan Diglett
- 2× Stardust from opening Gifts
Field Research task encounters
The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.
New avatar items
The following avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!
- Rowlet Backpack
- Litten Backpack
- Popplio Backpack
Wonder what it's worth...
The above picture is a sketch from Nintendo’s Takaya Imamura, and it’s one of the very first sketches of the Star Fox team. You’d think that would make it an invaluable piece of art that Nintendo held onto dearly, but in reality, it was almost discarded.
Instead of being in the hands of Nintendo, the above artwork is owned by Chris Stokes, who came into possession of the art by chance. The artwork was left in an office that Stokes worked in, and when he learned everything on that office was going to be thrown away, he rushed in to save the piece from destruction.
The artwork has since been confirmed legitimate by Star Fox developer Dylan Cuthbert, who said it was indeed created by Imamura.
Imamura said that it was one of the first pictures he drew – he drew quite a few back then of course, and Nintendo probably has them archived. I think this is the one I looked at when I named Fox, Slippy and Peppy (Imamura had already named Falco – he wanted an F-Zero style name).
That picture might be originally mine actually, that’s what I’m thinking. It would have been in a box with the other disks and source code. I’ve been searching for someone who maybe found a box of stuff like this at Argonaut after I left that had my old disks in it – I’m looking for the source code for X.
If stokes didn’t rush into the office and grab this piece, it would have been lost forever. You have to wonder if Nintendo would like to have something like this back to display in their offices!