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Fire Emblem Heroes - Mythic Hero (Líf) trailer

Meet Lif

Lif, the Lethal Swordsman, is making his way to Fire Emblem Heroes. The character will be available starting Jan. 30th, 2020, and will be sticking around until Feb. 6th, 2020.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Fighters Pass Vol. 2" available to purchase

Buy it now, and hope the fighters are good!

Along with the Version 7.0.0 update earlier tonight, Nintendo has also made the Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 available to purchase. The Vol. 2 pass will cost you $30, and gets you six different Challenger Packs. These include a new fighter, stage, and music. The Vol. 2 pass also includes access to the Ancient Helm and Ancient Soldier Gear for the Mii Fighter.

Dr. Kawashima discusses the return of the Brain Age series on Switch

Gotta keep that brain young!

Earlier today, we shared a few details from a Nintendo-conducted interview with Dr. Kawashima. In the interview, Dr. Kawashima talked about how big of a Switch fan he was. Now we have more tidbits from that interview, thanks to a translation from Siliconera.

Check out the interview below, which features Dr. Kawashima himself, as well as Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training on Switch developers Kouichi Kawamoto and Kenta Kubo.

Question: How did development of the game begin?

Kouichi Kawamoto, producer: “Personally, the reason I began the project was because, for some reason, some of my acquaintances who didn’t know I was in charge of the DS Brain Age were saying that they wanted to play Brain Age again. However, the DS game has many outdated elements nowadays, so I can’t recommend it, so I thought that we should bring it to the latest platform.”

Kenta Kubo, director: “Since Brain Age: Concentration Training, I’ve still been discussing proposals with Dr. Kawashima… and around two years ago, I spoke to Kawashima, and said that “We’re thinking of a Brain Age game for the Nintendo Switch.”

Dr. Kawashima: “During seminars, I’m asked by those who played Brain Age on DS, “What game is coming next?”

However, it’s sad that those people would say that they were really into the game in past tense. And then, I’d ask further, and it would turn out that those people who played the game with their kid back then are beginning to reach that age… The age where you start forgetting things.”

Dr. Kawashima: “What’s important is ‘continuation’.

This is something not just about Brain Age but games in general must deal with. Aren’t there a lot of games where you play it once and then stop playing? As a specialist in this field, I want players to continue their brain training for extended periods.

To do so, we’ll let them form groups, and have them play the game among their friends. That way, even when their brain age shows they are 20 years old (in the Brain Age series, 20 is the youngest you can go), you might have situations where one person wasn’t able to surpass the time set by their girlfriend… (laughs) Our research up until now has proven that doing brain training with others affects how long people continue with it quite clearly. Competing with others is an effective way to have players continue on for even over 10 years.”

Cuphead is 25% off until Feb. 7th, 2020 to celebrate the arrival of the Cuphead Mii Gunner Costume in Smash Bros. Ultimate

That's a real swell deal

Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to Version 7.0.0, which includes the Cuphead Mii Gunner Costume. To celebrate that costume's release, Cuphead on Switch will have a one-week sale where the price is dropped by 25%. If you haven't grabbed the game already, now's a perfect time to!

Listen to a another unheard demo track from Sonic 3D Blast

Unheard boss tunes

Travelers Tales' founder continues to release Sonic 3D Blast unheard demo tracks on his YouTube channel. Today's installment gives us the demo track for boss battles that were composed by Jun Senoue.

Smash Bros. Ultimate - Version 7.0.0 footage (Byleth, Garreg Mach Monastery, Mii costumes, and more)

See what Byleth has to offer

Want to get a look at what Smash Bros. Ultimate's Version 7.0.0 update has to offer? Keep checking back in this post for video coverage of Byleth, the new stage, and more.

Smash Bros. Ultimate updated to Version 7.0.0, Byleth now available

Byleth is here!

Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to Version 7.0.0, which means Byleth is now available. Along with Byleth, you can take advantage of the Garreg Mach Monastery, new Mii Fighter costumes, and nine new spirits. Check out the full patch notes below.

Offline

The Following spirits will appear in the Shop and on the Spirit Board in the Spirits menu:

Radiant Gleam
Kloster (Grief)
Bullet Walker (Brigadier General)
High Line (Guns Empress)
I-Tetrimino
T-Tetrimino
S-Tetrimino & Z-Tetrimino
L-Tetrimino & J-Tetrimino
O-Tetrimino

Note: These are spirits that appeared in previous spirit events that were held for a limited time.

General

The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:

Byleth Challenger Pack
Cuphead Hat + Outfit
Altair Hood + Outfit
Rabbids Hat
MegaMan.EXE's Helmet + Armor
X's Helmet + Armor

Note: You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter, costumers, etc).

Several issues have been fixed to improve the gameplay experience.

Check out the changes to individual fighters here

Japanese eShop releases for the week of Feb. 6th, 2020 (plus screens)

A lighter schedule for now

According to Nintendo's official site, the releases for Switch on the week of Feb. 6th, 2020 are going to be a little slim. That said, we all know that multiple games hit the Switch eShop every week that aren't announced prior, so more are sure to come. As it stands, here's what we know is hitting Japan for sure next week.

- Kunai
- Voxel Pirates
- Touhou Spell Bubble
- Marooners

Open World Monster Battling RPG 'Kindred Fates' has a Switch Kickstarter stretch goal

Another potential Switch release

Kindred Fates is an open world monster battling RPG, and a love letter to the monster battle genre. Our goal is to evolve the genre, and finally bring fans what they've been asking for.

Kindred Fates has a base goal of $50k, but if Switch fans want to see the game hit Nintendo's platform, the Kickstarter will have to hit $155k. You can keep tabs on the situation at the official Kickstarter.

IGN Video - Theory: How Long Is Super Mario Bros. in Real Time?

We take video games seriously. As any serious video gamer, we wanted to know how long it took Mario to reach Princess Peach in the original Super Mario Bros. In digging into this, we stumbled upon many other questions about this beloved game and were confronted with a startling question: Is Mario a hero? Honestly, we don't know anymore.

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