Recap of the 2019 Oceania Pokémon TCG International Championships

After kicking off the season with an exciting event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2019 International Championships made its way to Melbourne, Australia for the Oceania International Championships. More than 330 players competed to be crowned the third ever Pokémon TCG Masters Division Oceania International Champion, a title which included a $10,000 grand prize and 500 Championship Points—enough to automatically qualify for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships.

With the previous two Oceania International Championships having been won by European players, this year the Oceania community was particularly keen to crown a local champion. However, competition for the title was fierce. The event attracted skilled players from across the globe, including those from the North America, Europe, Latin America and Oceania rating zones who received a Travel Award to Melbourne because of their success at tournaments earlier in the season. With great talent came great strategies and a variety of interesting decks. Here is how the event unfolded.

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Octopath Traveler Arrangements Break & Boost - track listing and more promo videos

The Octopath Traveler Arrangements Break and Boost album is now available in Japan. The album contains 12 different tracks, with 6 on the Break side and 6 on the Boost side. Check out the full track list below.

[Break Side]

1. Frostland Region
2. The theme of Odoriko Primroze
3. determination
4. Settlement of red cliffs
5. Village under the cliff Ower
6. Boss Battle 2

[Boost Side]

7. battle 1
8. Boss Battle 2
9. things that govern the reason
10. who stands at the end of the journey
11. those who succeed to the blood of the devil
12. OCTOPATH TRAVELER - Main theme -

You can also check out two more promo videos for the soundtrack release below.

Switch Online heading to Hong Kong and South Korea

Nintendo has announced that their Switch Online service is heading to both Hong Kong and South Korea. The service is set to take off some time in Spring 2019, and it will include all the same options that other regions have. When we get a more specific launch date, we'll be sure to share.

Masahiro Sakurai drops by Brownies studio for a visit

Masahiro Sakurai has been a man about town lately! We've seen him popping up all over the place, and it appears one of his most recent stops was at the game studio Brownies. Sakurai stopped in to say hi to the team, and hang out with the studio's CEO. Seems like just a friendly visit, but you never know what other gears are turning!

Dragalia Lost - content update for Feb. 20th, 2019

[Events] Two additional stories for the 1st Story Event, Valentine’s Confections, are now live. (available until February 22nd)

[Endeavours] A few more Timed-Limited Endeavours, related to the new Valentine’s Confections Story Event stories, are now available (available until February 22nd)

[Manga] Chapter 71 of the official Dragalia Lost 4-koma manga, Dragalia Life, is now available: Careless Ol’ Ryozen. Click here to check them out (also available from within the game itself) (no end date)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Feb. 20th, 2019

[Sumoning Focus] A new Summoning Focus is now live: Kitsune and Wolfsin. It features the following new Heroes: Kaeton (Lupine Collector), Velouria (Wolf Cub), Kaden (Kitsune Braggart), and Selkie (Free Spirit). (available until March 8th)

[Log-in Bonus] A new set of Log-in Bonuses is now live: New Heroes Celebration. It allows you to get some Orbs every day, with the amount varying each day: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3 (13 Orbs in total) (available until March 6th)

[Story Maps] A new Story Chapter is now live: A King’s Worth. It features the usual 5 maps (no end date)

[Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: A King’s Worth (available until March 8th)

[Events] The 7th Forging Bonds event is called The Orb Case, and it’s now live. (available until March 6th)

[Events] Battle 3 of the 12th Grand Conquests event goes live on February 20th. (available until February 22nd)

[Quests] The final set of Quests related to the latest Grand Conquests event is now live (available until February 22nd)

Nintendo announces Smash Bros. Ultimate/Splatoon 2 Ultimate Australasian Open 2019

Australia & New Zealand, get ready! Whether you're a pro, amateur player, or just love watching the best of the best compete, Nintendo has the tournaments for you—and players of all skill levels are invited to join in the fun!

Online Qualifiers start from 2nd March!

For more details, please visit nintendoaustralasianopen.com

The King of Fighters 2003 hitting Switch on Feb. 21st, 2019

The King of Fighters 2003 is the next Neo Geo game making its way to Switch. The title is due out on Feb. 21st, 2019. Check out details on the game below.

The King of Fighters 2003 is the tenth game in The King of Fighters series. It's the last game of the series to be based on the Neo-Geo MVS hardware, and the first game in the series developed and published by SNK Playmore under their current moniker. As indicated by the game's name, it takes place two years after the last canon King of Fighters game, The King of Fighters 2001. According to the game's storyline, a new King of Fighters tournament is organized by an unknown host. The several new rules are instituted, including a whole new team system.

Arcade Archives: Ice Climber hits Switch on Feb. 22nd, 2019

Who's ready to go back to Nana and Popo's roots? Arcade Archives: Ice Climbers will be coming to the Switch on Feb. 22nd, 2019. We knew the game was going to head over to Switch, but we didn't know it would be dropping so soon!

Oninaki dev team detailed, Chrono Trigger director handling creative producer duties

Oninaki, a new RPG coming from Square-Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory, has gotten a feature in this week's Famitsu. The feature reveals a few interesting details on the upcoming game, which you can find out below.

- Chrono Trigger and Live A Live director and scenario writer Takashi Tokita is working on the game as its creative producer
- scenario is being handled by Hirotaka Inaba, who also did the scenarios for Tokyo RPG Factory’s previous titles
- the game is described as an “intensely shocking title”
- logo was illustrated by Tomonori Kogawa
- Tokyo RPG Factory’s Atsushi Hashimoto is the director
- Ryutaro Sasaki is the producer
- the game is set for release this Summer, and is currently 65 percent complete