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Nintendo of America tweets a reminder for The Game Awards, airing tomorrow at 5:30pm PT

We are all hoping for a Smash reveal...

The Game Awards is one of the biggest nights in gaming, and it's just around the corner! The awards show will be airing live, starting tomorrow at 5:30pm PT. Game announcements and teases happen every year at the event from many different companies, and Nintendo is no stranger in participating. Last year, Joker infiltrated the theater, revealing him as the first DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Marvel Ultimate Alliance was also announced at TGA last year as a Switch exclusive title. Since Nintendo is now tweeting about the 2019 event, there is not much doubt that something will be revealed from them soon.

Could we possibly see another Smash character reveal? We don't have long to find out what Nintendo has in store for us.

Infliction: Extended Cut torments Switch on February 25th, 2020

Extended Cut!

SYDNEY - Dec. 11, 2019 – Infliction: Extended Cut, the psychological horror game from Caustic Reality and Blowfish Studios exploring the darkness haunting the remnants of a suburban family, strikes terror into Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Feb. 25, 2020.

Featuring everything contained within the acclaimed and chilling original Steam release, the “Extended Cut” also includes additional endings and a fresh “New Game Plus” mode with bonus story content, increased difficulty, remixed scares, chilling new puzzles, and other surprises.

Experience an interactive nightmare delving into the darkness plaguing a once-happy home. Set in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy, Infliction follows the trials of Gary R. Pout as he pieces together the mystery behind a harrowing series of events. Explore a contorted version of his family’s residence to discover a way out before he succumbs to the malevolent spirits within.

Evade a relentless paranormal pursuer by ducking into closets, darting under beds, or utilizing light sources like camera flashes to make a fleeting getaway and continue Gary’s search. During the struggle to survive, pore over household objects for secrets, hidden messages, and clues to find new paths, make revelations, and hopefully bring this terrifying ordeal to an end.

A supernatural story permeated by real-world worries and anxieties that strike close to home, Infliction probes mature existential themes while delivering story-driven scares and an ominous, otherworldly, dynamic atmosphere sure to unsettle, thrill, and leave horror buffs thinking.

“Infliction is a psychological horror experience rooted in fears that can resonate with anyone,” said Clinton McCleary, founder of Caustic Reality and mission designer at Blowfish Studios. “We look forward to scaring everyone and sharing all the new content very soon when the ‘Extended Cut’ releases on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February.”

Infliction will be available via the Nintendo Switch eShop, PlayStation Store, and Microsoft Store for $19.99 / €17.99 / £15.99 / $24.99 AUD on Feb. 25, 2020. It features support for English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language options.

Mirajane, Jellal, and Laxus announced as playable characters in 'Fairy Tail'

We have news to tail

The RPG based on the Fairy Tail anime is launching on March 20th (19th in Japan), 2020, and more information on the game has been revealed via the latest Famitsu issue. Koei Tecmo and Gust have announced that Mirajane Strauss, Jellal Fernandes, and Laxus Dreyar will all be fully playable characters, with Mirajane having a Sitri form.

Unlockable character conversations will also be available in the game after specific conditions are met. Dialogue will be completely original, and feature a comedic flair.

Stay tuned for updates as the games launch approaches.

Blasphemous, Damsel, Retimed, and 64.0 releasing in Japan next week

The more regions the merrier

Previously released in other regions, four Switch games are making their way over to the Japanese eShop. Check out the details on these titles below!

Blasphemous:

- Published by Team17
- Releasing December 19th
- ¥2,750
- English and Japanese language support
- 3.82 GB

Blasphemous is a punishing action-platformer that combines the fast-paced, skilled combat of a hack-n-slash game with a deep and evocative narrative core.

Damsel:

- Published by Eastasiasoft
- Releasing December 19th
- ¥1,780 (25% off preload discount - ¥1,335)
- English and Japanese language support
- 1.1 GB

Bite Sized Gameplay Classic Arcade Vibe Comic Book Campaign

Cause distress in this fast-paced, challenging action platformer! Speed through dozens of missions as Special Agent Damsel, the first and last line of defense against the seedy world of corporate vampires. Rescue hostages, disarm bombs, hack servers and dispatch the undead with precision, speed, and style. Balance frenetic action with split-second choices, and pay attention, you never know where the next vamp will come from.

Retimed:

- Published by Stray Fawn
- Releasing December 19th
- ¥1,520
- English and Japanese language support
- 402 MB

Looking for the most action packed, slow-mo, couch shooter in the universe? Look no further!

- Published by Indienova
- Releasing December 19th
- ¥310
- English and Japanese language support
- 128 MB

A minimal fast-paced arcade game. Beware! This game is really hard! If you like challenges or you don't mind losing A LOT, this game is for you.

Sonic movie merchandise announced from Sega and Paramount, partnering with Build-A-Bear, JAKKS Pacific, and more

Merch coming at you fast!

Movies based on iconic characters always come with their fair share of licensed merchandise. Sega and Paramount aren't missing out on earning some retail product revenue, since everyone seems to love Sonic's adorable redesign in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Figures, plush toys, books, apparel, playsets, and more are planned with a large variety of company partnerships. I'm glad I never have to witness what a Build-A-Bear of the original Sonic movie design would look like...

- Bentex: Apparel for youth (Spring 2020)

- Bioworld: Apparel for adults

- Build-a-Bear Workshop: Specialty plush items and accessories

- Diamond Select Toys: Highly detailed premium statue featuring an iconic scene (Spring 2020)

- Franco: Sonic bedding (Spring 2020)

- JAKKS Pacific: Playsets and plushies available in select territories (January 2020)

- Penguin Publishing: Variety of children's books (December 2019)

- Sega Shops: Capsule collection of items (January 2020)

- Snapco and Ping Solutions: In-cinema concessions premiums including drink toppers and popcorn buckets at select theaters

- Toy Factory and Sega Amusement: Novelty products for amusement parts and attractions in North America and Europe

- TBM Fashion Lab and Cooneen: Apparel for adults and youth internationally (Early 2020)

Two Point Hospital launching February 25th, 2020 for Switch, release date trailer and box-art released

Headed in the direction of February 25th

We knew Two Point Hospital was releasing in February, but we didn't quite know when. Two Point studios has announced a February 25th, 2020 release date, with a new trailer to commemorate. The box-art for the title has also been shown off, and can be seen below. Sega will be publishing the hospital simulation fun!

BLIMEY!

We’ve announced a release date for Two Point Hospital on console of February 25th, 2020!

That means there’s not long to wait to be able to manage your budding hospital empire from the comfort of your sofa.

As well as being available for digital download, we’re launching physical editions of the game across a wide range of retailers – and you can pre-order either version right now.

New Pokémon discovered in Sword and Shield, two new Gigantamax forms available until January 9th from Max Raid Battles

Plenty of Pokémon to discover

Six new Pokémon have been revealed from The Pokémon Company, as well as descriptions of the Gym Leaders you'll encounter. Two new Gigantamax Pokémon (Sandaconda and Centiskorch) will be available from Max Raid Battles until January 9th. Check out all the details below, and check out new artwork and more screenshots from the official Pokémon website!

Encounter New Gigantamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles

The special Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing can be encountered—very rarely!—in Max Raid Battles. But it seems you may have an easier time than usual encountering the Gigantamax Pokémon introduced in this release until January 9, 2020!

Players of Pokémon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda, while Pokémon Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch, so be sure to try your hand at some Max Raid Battles during this period!

Gigantamax Sandaconda

Type: Ground
Ability: Sand Spit / Shed Skin
Height: 72'2"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

Like a terrifyingly large tornado

The sand that was once stored up in its sand pouch has overflowed and now forms a ring around Sandaconda’s neck. Together with the additional sand the Pokémon has spun up around it, there is over a million tons of sand now swirling around Gigantamax Sandaconda! To observers, it looks like a terrifyingly large tornado.

High-speed spinning

Gigantamax Sandaconda attacks by spinning its body at high speeds in battle, which causes the sand surrounding it to also spin at extreme speeds. The destructive force of this sharp grit is increased by the rotation and inflicts massive damage on those it touches.

The G-Max Move G-Max Sandblast

Ground-type attacks used by Gigantamax Sandaconda will change to G-Max Sandblast. G-Max Sandblast doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a tomb of sand that damages them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. It prevents them from fleeing or being swapped out, too.

Gigantamax Centiskorch

Type: Fire/Bug
Ability: Flash Fire / White Smoke
Height: 246'1"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

A hundred legs support its startling speed

The number of segments in Centiskorch’s body increases due to the influx of Gigantamax power, as does the number of its legs—there are now one hundred of them! With these legs, Gigantamax Centiskorch is capable of astounding speeds despite its massive size.

Now it can really turn up the heat

Centiskorch’s firepower has increased significantly. Its internal temperature now exceeds 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough that opponents are burnt from just the heat waves coming off the Pokémon. It seems that the radiant heat from Centiskorch can even disturb air currents so much that it causes storms to form!

The G-Max Move G-Max Centiferno

Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Centiskorch will change to G-Max Centiferno. G-Max Centiferno doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a firestorm that will deal continuous damage to them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. The firestorm will also prevent opponents from fleeing or being swapped out!

Exclusive to Pokémon Shield:

Eiscue

Category: Penguin Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 4'7"
Weight: 196.2 lbs.
Ability: Ice Face

A head covered in ice

Eiscue hails from a very cold area, and it produces cold air from within its head to create ice around it and protect its head from warmth. But this ice isn’t all that tough, and it can be shattered by a strong blow. It seems to go on creating new ice every time this happens.

A drifter just living at its own pace

Eiscue marches to the beat of its own drum, and it doesn’t sweat the small stuff. It’s often seen floating aimlessly in the sea with only its ice-covered head peeking out of the water, and it’s not unusual to find it washed up on distant shores. Even when it arrives in new lands, it doesn’t panic or get upset. It uses its great adaptability to simply carry on living.

The Ice Face Ability

Eiscue’s Ice Face Ability is a new Ability introduced in these titles. When Eiscue is in its Ice Face form and has its head covered in ice, this ice will protect it from the damage of a single physical move—but the ice will then be destroyed, changing Eiscue into its Noice Face form. Noice Face Eiscue will turn back into Ice Face Eiscue once hail begins or once Eiscue enters the battlefield when it’s hailing if the Pokémon had been switched out. While Noice Face Eiscue has lost the ice protecting its face—resulting in lower Defense and Sp. Def compared to its Ice Face form—it’s also much lighter on its feet, so its Speed is higher.

Cursola

Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 3'3"
Weight 0.9 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

A body overflowing with spirit energy

After continuing to store up the energy it has absorbed from other creatures for so long, Cursola has lost its corporeal body. Its spirit energy overflows and now pours out of its former shell. Perhaps Cursola enjoys the new lightness this form gives it, because it’s sometimes spotted bobbing along as it wanders.

A glimmering light beneath the full moon

Cursola gather on the night of the full moon and fire off their branches toward the sky. There are various theories on why they might do this—ranging from it being a way to release the energy they’ve absorbed from others to it being a form of communication between Cursola—but the true reason is still unknown. Regardless, it is a fantastic and beautiful sight to behold.

Galarian Corsola

Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 2'
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

Its form reflects the sea it once lived in

It’s said that this form arose from the Corsola that lived in the sea surrounding the Galar region in the ancient past and that lost their lives due to a meteorite impact in the area. They are often found living in places that were once seabeds, and it’s said that they sometimes attack humans and Pokémon that they come in contact with.

Cursed branches

The semitransparent branches that grow from its body are not actually corporeal, and they’re incapable of causing injury or pain. However, if an opponent comes in contact with them, these branches will take root in the victim’s body and absorb its life-force, leaving it unable to move.


Exclusive to Pokémon Sword:

Stonjourner

Category: Big Rock Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 8'2"
Weight: 1146.4 lbs.
Ability: Power Spot

A body constructed of stones and boulders

Stonjourner has a body made of various stones, big and small, and it acts by moving these stones like arms and legs. On occasion, this Pokémon will put on a burst of speed to use its long legs in a dynamic move. But in general, it likes to spend its days standing in a field watching the sun’s progress, enjoying the quiet life.

An annual gathering of grand proportions

In a curious behavioral display, Stonjourner come together from all over on a certain day of each year and stand together, forming an evenly spaced ring. No one has quite figured out why they do this, but there are many competing theories flying about, having to do with the position of the sun, the energy of the earth, and other factors.

Stonjourner has the Ability Power Spot

Stonjourner’s Ability, Power Spot, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. Energy gathers around Stonjourner and powers up the moves of its allies. Make the most of this Ability in Double Battles and Max Raid Battles to support your allies.

Galarian Darumaka

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 2'4"
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Hustle

A body adapted to life in the cold

It is said that Galarian Darumaka arose long ago, when seismic shifts caused the warm region they lived in to cool down. The Darumaka of this region adapted to this cooling, changing their form to adjust. The fire that once burned within their bodies was extinguished, and in its place, the Darumaka of this region developed an organ that allows them to produce cold air.

Snowball fights with friends

By focusing the energy it holds within its body, Darumaka can expel cold air from its mouth in the form of snow. Galarian Darumaka have been spotted at play with one another, engaging in what looks like a snowball fight using balls made by freezing this snow.

Galarian Darmanitan

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Gorilla Tactics

The snowball on its head plays a big role

This Pokémon lives its life with a large ball of snow always upon its head. This snowball serves as a way for it to store food, and Galarian Darmanitan seems to place the food and things it finds into this snowball to keep them preserved. In battle, Darmanitan also freezes this ball over to deliver powerful headbutts. The snowball comes in handy in all sorts of ways.

Its fighting spirit sleeps along with its fire sac

As Galarian Darmanitan adapted to life in the cold, its fire sac became dormant and it developed an organ that produces cold air instead. Darmanitan’s belligerent nature also cooled at the same time, and it’s become quite timid instead—enough so, in fact, that it will pretend to be an inanimate snowman when it senses the presence of humans.

The Hidden Ability Zen Mode

Some Galarian Darmanitan can have the Ability Zen Mode. A Galarian Darmanitan with this Ability will ignite with fury and change form if its HP drops to half or less of its max during battle. Its dormant fire sac, long neglected in the Pokémon’s cold environment, blazes back to life. The usually gentle Darmanitan runs wild, maddened by its fury, and rampages about, spewing fire without any care for its surroundings.

Galarian Darmanitan has the Ability Gorilla Tactics

Galarian Darmanitan’s Ability Gorilla Tactics is a new Ability introduced in these titles. If Darmanitan has this Ability, its Attack stat goes up, which increases the physical damage it inflicts on targets. However, it gets so fixated on the first move it uses that it can’t use any of its other moves!

Kabu

Kabu is the current Gym Leader of a prestigious Pokémon Gym that dates back to the earliest days of the Galar Pokémon League. Although he did lose his seat as Gym Leader once, he gloriously reclaimed it several years ago. This is a Trainer with a wealth of life experience. Kabu has an unrelentingly positive outlook, and he battles with every intention to win together with his Fire-type Pokémon.

Opal

Opal is the oldest Gym Leader in the Galar Pokémon League. Wielding her Fairy-type Pokémon, she has held on to her position for 70 years. She’s sometimes called “the wizard” because of the way that she moves through battles almost as if she can foresee what her opponents will do next.

Gordie (exclusive to Sword)

Gordie is the Gym Leader of an up-and-coming Gym that has been gaining great acclaim since it was formed. The momentum of its rise to the majors has garnered it a lot of attention as a real dark horse. Gordie, ever a hard worker, was given the best education possible by his mother, Melony. But his admiration for the Rock type led him to join a different Gym to apprentice at, following his own path to greatness.

Melony (exclusive to Shield)

Melony is an Ice-type Pokémon user and the only Gym Leader able to boast that she’s never once lost to Raihan, who is generally regarded as the strongest Gym Leader in the current Galar Pokémon League. She is also the mother of the Rock-type user Gordie. While she has a generous and bighearted nature, she loves hard battles and she hits opponents in their weak spots with unflinching accuracy.

Piers

Piers is the Gym Leader of a Gym that was once said to have been among the greats. He may be a bit wild, but he is a Trainer who truly cares for his hometown and his friends. He loves his Gym, with its close ties to the town it’s based in, and he has been trying desperately to support it together with his Dark-type Pokémon. But he also seems to be getting impatient with the limitations of his own strengths.

Grand Guilds launching on Switch in Q1 2020, following successful Kickstarter campaign

Two Kickstarter campaigns later, Grand Guilds has been successfully funded. Developed by Drix Studios and published by Keybol Games, the Tactical RPG is confirmed for launch in Q1 2020. Check out details on the game below!

Grand Guilds is a story driven, turn-based RPG with unique card combat mechanics. Travel through Irin, a continent on the brink of another war, and unveil a mystery that's plaguing all the guilds of the land.

“Each playable character in Grand Guilds has unique mechanics and abilities”,says Justin, founder of Drix Studios. “They even shout out their actions in combat and express their feelings during dialogues”.

Grand Guilds pledged over $30k in a Kickstarter campaign run in October and November. The game will be released first on Nintendo Switch and Steam, and will eventually be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox.

Story

After a year-long mission, Eliza returns to the seemingly normal city of Ozryn when suddenly a horde of mysterious creatures set fire to the streets. Upon repelling the enemies, Eliza and her guild strive to discover where the attackers came from, only to realize that the phenomenon happened all over the continent... all at the same time. With her guild's reputation on the line, she takes it upon herself to find and capture whoever is behind the attacks. It is up to Eliza and her trusted guildmates to discern the true motive behind the unusual assault before the other guilds of Irin suffer the same fate, or worse.

Features

- Turn-Based Strategy - Learn and master the fundamentals of tactical combat. Positioning and terrain will mean the difference between victory and defeat.
- Card Combat System - A diverse set of skill cards will form the abilities of your units, making every turn more dynamic and each decision more important and meaningful.
- Deck Building - Tailor each character to your playstyle by customizing their skill decks. Obtain powerful new abilities by completing quests or leveling your characters.
- Guild Quests - Embark on challenging, procedural missions that yield exciting rewards. Increase your guild's reputation to earn bonuses that will aid you in combat.
- Diverse Cast - Each playable character has unique mechanics and abilities that enable them to fill various roles in your squad such as tank, support, and damage dealer.
- Epic Narrative - Unravel the mysteries shrouding Irin, a continent on the brink of war. Follow Eliza and her companions as they journey through this vast, magical world.
- Voice Acting - Characters shout out their actions in combat and express their feelings during dialogue using short phrases.

Square-Enix devs share development challenges and differences of the Romancing SaGa 3 remaster

Dev details!

Check out a message from Romancing SaGa 3 producer, Masanori Ichikawa, on the teams challenges during development and the differences between the original game and remaster! Romancing SaGa 3 is available now (digital only) for Nintendo Switch.

Trailer released for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's "Ultra Pack 2", launching tomorrow

Lots of new content!

Two heirs to the power of the Majin race are joining Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 in Ultra Pack 2!

Ultra Pack 2 includes:
- 2 new playable characters: Android 21 and Majuub
- 5 parallel quests
- 8 additional skills
- 5 costumes/accessories
- 8 super souls

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