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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.


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.


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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.


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.

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Takara Tomy reveals Kirby Tomica toy car

Does Kirby have a license?!

18 May 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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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.


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Overwatch 2 event set for June 16th, 2022

Something to Overwatch out for

18 May 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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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.


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.


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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.

Collection Challenge

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!

Shadow Bone

  • Trainer Battles: 75 power
  • Gyms and raids: 80 power

Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

  • Alolan Rattata
  • Cubone
  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

  • Alolan Meowth
  • Alolan Exeggutor

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

One-Star Raids

  • Alolan Rattata
  • Alolan Geodude
  • Alolan Diglett
  • Alolan Grimer
  • Rockruff

Three-Star Raids

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Alolan Marowak

Five-Star Raids

  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu Fini

Eggs

The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs.

  • Alolan Rattata
  • Dewpider
  • Fomantis
  • Oranguru
  • Alolan Meowth
  • Alolan Grimer
  • Alolan Sandshrew
  • Alolan Vulpix
  • Alolan Diglett
  • Stufful

Bonus

  • 2× Stardust from opening Gifts

Field Research task encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos

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

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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.

[Dylan Cuthbert]

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!


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SEGA Europe has revealed a new round of merch for Streets of Rage fans. If you’re a big supporter of the beat’em-up, you can head to SEGA’s shop to snag a new hat, t-shirt, and mug. Prices on these items range from £12.99 to £18.99.

There’s no word on whether these items will find their way to SEGA’s official shop in North America, so if you want to get some of these items outside of Europe, you’ll have to find a way to handle the import purchase.


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Publisher Merge Games and developer Laser Dog are brining their retro twin-stick shooter DEATHRUN TV to Switch on June 1st, 2022. We don’t know pricing or file size info at this time.

DEATHRUN TV is a fast, hardcore rogue-lite twin-stick shooter set in the world’s biggest and craziest game show. You’ll experience real-time blistering speed and bullet-dodging action as you compete for glory…assuming you’re able to survive in this 2D bullet hell where only “likes” really count.

For more details on DEATHRUN TV, check out the official description below.

Coming to you from the largest studio ever constructed…The show where contestants risk it all to gather likes from audiences watching all over the world; 24 hours a day. The entertainment never ends!

With breakneck speed, bullet-dodging action and lots of guns, you’ll have to survive swarms of rabid mutants to progress and level up your contestant. Twin-stick bullet hell action will test your reflexes through each arena.

Meet Eyeball, Zangbeef the Bear Wrestler, Elite Gaurd and many more. A variety of unique and crazy bosses await you, leading to intense and challenging battles!

DEATHRUN TV brings streamers and their audience together with crazy & addictive Twitch integrations allowing viewers to type various crazy commands in chat in order to trigger in-game events. Will they help you by making you extra huge? Or will they lead you to your doom by unleashing a horde of monsters on you?

Getting those precious likes and leveling up your likability will be rewarded with an ever-changing roster of mutations to choose from including exploding bodies and big heads.

State of the artstudio and proprietary technology will reanimate your body ensuring that you can try again and again, and again and again…Each run offers new challenges and new opportunities to gain fame, you’ll also unlock crazy new cool weapons each time you die!

Have you always dreamed of barbecuing monsters? If so, you’ve come to the right game show.

At the end of each room, deadly traps and explosives will start to fall, so hurry out before the studio self-destructs and you with it!


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Quite awhile back, Thunderful revealed SteamWorld Headhunter, a third-person action adventure that won’t see release until sometime 2023. While we all thought that was it for the SteamWorld franchise, Thunderful has revealed that three more entries are in the works.

While we don’t know the names of these projects, we do have codenames a gameplay details for each. You can see the breakdown for these new SteamWorld games below.

Codename ‘Strawberry’

  • puzzle game
  • mobile

Codename ‘Coffee’

  • city-building game
  • PC and console

Codename ‘Caramel’

  • turn-based tactical shooter/strategy game
  • PC, console, and mobile

It seems these titles will see release sometime in 2023 or 2024, and it’s likely we’ll see at least one of them sooner in 2023 than we think. I guess ‘Strawberry’ is out of the question for Switch release, but both ‘Coffee’ and ‘Caramel’ are definitely possible.

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The Squid Research Lab has shared some more screens of Splatoon 3, and these highlight a new look for the Octarians.

In particular, Nintendo points out that Octarians seem to be sporting a new hairy look. There’s no explanation as to why this is, but there’s no doubt they’re looking quite lovely! If there’s anything behind these new luscious locks, I guess we’ll have to wait for Nintendo to spill the beans!


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A new update has been pushed live for Wife Quest. The game is now running Version 1.0.2, but we don’t have specifics on what this patch offers. The only notes shared on this update state that it includes bug fixes and improvements. Hopefully we get more details on this update soon.

Wife Quest is a retro platform, side-scrolling game with gorgeous pixel art. Help Mia rescue Fernando, her husband, who has been kidnapped by a Dark Elf named Morganna and her pack of Monster Girls.

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It seems like Nihon Falcom might have some plans to bring some of their back catalog over to the Switch. At the very least, the developer is considering it.

In an interview with Toshihiro Kondo, President of Nihon Falcom, we learned that there’s at least some interest in bringing classic Nihon Falcom games over to Switch in the future. You can see Mr. Kondo’s statement on the matter below.

The Nintendo Switch is a console that is very familiar to me, as my children often play it. Additionally, there is a wide range of people from various age groups because of the convenience of it being a handheld console. Once we had released titles on the PSP, we had a wider variety of different age groups playing our games, and we expect releasing titles on the Nintendo Switch will have the same effect.

[Toshihiro Kondo]

As you can see, Kondo stops short of confirming plans, but this is clearly something the team has talked about. Furthermore, Kondo stated that if they were to bring these games over, they’d do so digitally instead of physically.