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Tender Claws Announces In-House Indie Publishing Imprint; First Title is Turnfollow’s Wide Ocean Big Jacket for Switch

A slice of life experience

Tender Claws, the acclaimed creative studio behind Virtual Virtual Reality, Tendar, and The Under Presents, have announced a new in-house publishing imprint to support other indie game creators: Tender Claws Presents. The first title to be published is Turnfollow’s Wide Ocean Big Jacket, launching February 4 across Nintendo Switch and PC. Wide Ocean Big Jacket was recently announced as a finalist in the Excellence in Narrative category at the 2020 Independent Games Festival Awards, and received an Honorable Mention for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Turnfollow is an independent game studio co-founded by Carter Lodwick and Ian Endsley, known for its narrative-focused and minimalistic yet expressive games. Its latest title Wide Ocean Big Jacket is a story game that explores the interpersonal relationships of its four main characters: Mord and Ben, a precocious young couple in middle school, and Mord’s Uncle Brad
and Aunt Cloanne. As the group embarks on a weekend camping trip, Mord and Ben reckon with the unknown freedoms of nature and adulthood, while Brad and Cloanne take on new responsibilities and deepen their connection in the process. The slice-of-life game is charming and tender, a story unfolding over 20 chapters as players guide the characters to explore new
areas around the campsite, share their inner thoughts, and evolve their relationships.

“Our approach to games has always been to craft an effective story where the player can absorb moments that feel natural, personal, and inviting,” shared Endlsey. “In Wide Ocean Big Jacket we were inspired to explore the internal and external influences that have shaped our view of relationships, and how that has evolved as we get older – examining the effects of both
small and large decisions, the way you try to communicate your own experiences to a partner, and navigating a partnership in both its early and established phases. We hope that players see the nuance, humor, and beauty in this game, and can relate to the characters and situations within.”

Through Tender Claws’ new imprint, the studio will dedicate funding and other resources to help bring a curated selection of experimental, independent projects to a larger audience. Such projects will primarily be narrative-driven, and will include games as well as content that cannot be easily categorized. Tender Claws plans to support one title per year, kicking off 2020 with
Wide Ocean Big Jacket.

In a joint statement, Tender Claws co-founders Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro shared: “As creators ourselves, it is a personal goal to set aside a bit of the profit from our projects to feed back into games and other content we want to see in the world. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can offer both financial assistance and industry insight to support other indie creators and advocate for bold, untraditional games and stories. We have long admired Turnfollow’s work and were glad to collaborate with them on Wide Ocean Big Jacket.”

“Wide Ocean Big Jacket is our most ambitious launch yet, and Tender Claws has been an invaluable resource in helping us to expand our reach to new platforms,” said Turnfollow’s Lodwick. “We’re very excited to connect with new audiences and keep playing with the story- game form.”

Pokémon GO’s Competitive GO Battle League Begins to Roll Out Worldwide

Think you've got what it takes to be the very best?

The GO Battle League is on its way! This week, the GO Battle League will start gradually becoming available to Trainers based on Trainer level. Game features are rolled out in this fashion in order to maintain stability. At launch, the first preseason of the GO Battle League will kick off. During preseason, we will continue to optimize and tune the feature so that Season 1 can be the best season that it can be!

**What is preseason?**

Preseason is a period of time before a season of competitive play begins. With your help, we will be able to optimize and balance the GO Battle League feature during this time. We will also be taking this time to learn about how the GO Battle League is being used in order to determine things like ideal length of seasons, rating thresholds for ranks, and more. In a previous blog post, we mentioned some details that have already been decided: Trainer Battles within the GO Battle League will rotate between the three leagues, you’ll be able to rank against your fellow Trainers, and you’ll earn rewards for ranking.

For the preseason, the GO Battle League will begin with the Great League, then move on to the Ultra League and the Master League. Leagues will rotate every two weeks. You can still rank during preseason, but your rank will be partially reset at the beginning of Season 1. You will still earn rewards for battling and winning, so this is a great time to practice and earn some cool rewards as well.

The GO Battle League’s preseason kicks off now with the Great League. The preseason will rotate formats to the Ultra League on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST. The Master League will follow on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, with the Great League returning once again on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST. Stay tuned for more details on when the preseason will end and Season 1 will begin.

**GO Battle League rewards**

We’d like to share some info about the rewards you’ll be receiving for taking part in the GO Battle League.

* **Rewards will be determined by rank and battles won.** Trainers will be asked to walk five kilometers in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League and unlock five online matches, and this can be done up to three times a day—keep in mind that you’ll need to complete those five matches before you can earn progress toward the five-kilometer goal to unlock the next set. As you battle, you can receive a large amount of Stardust depending on your rank and how many of the five battles you win. More wins earn you more Stardust! You’ll also be able to earn important battle-related items (like Rare Candies and TMs) and exclusive Pokémon encounters!

* **Pikachu Libre and avatar items inspired by it will be GO Battle League rewards!** Clad in a wrestling-themed costume, Pikachu Libre was first featured in _Pokémon Omega Ruby_, _Pokémon Alpha Sapphire_, and _Pokkén Tournament_. It’ll be making its Pokémon GO debut as a Pokémon that can be encountered exclusively via participation in the GO Battle League. As you rise in the ranks during the preseason, you can also look forward to avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre as exclusive rewards. Be sure to dress up with some of those items to show off your battling prowess, since only participants in the GO Battle League can obtain them!

**Premium Raid Passes are now Premium Battle Passes.** This pass might look familiar—it’s the Premium Raid Pass but with a new name! This pass can be used to enter Raid Battles or to enter the premium track in the GO Battle League. Trainers might find winning on the premium track even more rewarding! The Premium Battle Pass will allow you to receive better rewards each time you win, and it will also lower the number of wins needed to earn certain Pokémon encounters. Using a Premium Battle Pass does not affect your rank or rating—the only way to improve those is to win.

* **Use Battle Now to gain early access to the GO Battle League.** Just finished your walk and realized you still have one kilometer left to walk before you can battle? The Battle Now feature gives you the ability to spend PokéCoins to enter the GO Battle League early. The cost decreases as you get closer to the five-kilometer goal. Note that you still need to walk at least two kilometers before you can use this option. There’s no substitute for getting out and walking! You can always walk the full distance to enter the GO Battle League without spending PokéCoins.

Make sure you’re subscribed to receive push notifications to find out when the GO Battle League will become available to everyone! In celebration of the release of GO Battle League, your first set of GO Battle League battles is on us, so you won’t need to walk five kilometers to try it out! Follow our social channels after the feature rolls out this week to stay updated as the preseason progresses, and share your favorite battle moments with #GOBattle.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 gets a 'live action' trailer, preorder bonuses and Character Pass reconfirmed

Take the fight online!

Players will have the opportunity, for the first time in a One Piece Pirate Warriors game, to play as a team of four players online, joining forces to take on the most difficult challenges!

For the most dedicated fans we will release nine additional characters as part of the Character Pass or to purchase individually. More details about those playable characters will be unveiled soon, stay tuned.

We are also confirming additional pre-order bonuses; two costumes coming directly from the Dynasty Warriors universe :

Wang Yuanji - Hancock Costume
Cao Pi - Law Costume

Pokémon HOME Launches in February 2020

Find your way home next month

Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced more details for the new cloud service app Pokémon HOME. The app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Pokémon HOME will launch in February 2020 for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well as the Nintendo Switch system.

Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, Pokémon HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games and deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games. Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms. The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Connecting Pokémon HOME to Pokémon Games

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.

If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon HOME using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon HOME, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.

To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.

Trade Pokémon

There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on a mobile device. This makes it possible to trade Pokémon anywhere and anytime.

Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokémon HOME is not being used.

With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon they want to receive. They will then be matched with a Trainer if both meet each other’s criteria.

Room Trade lets Trainers create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. Trading in rooms has no cost, but users will only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).

Friend Trade allows Trainers to trade their Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME.

More Features

Pokémon HOME has many features that Trainers can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more.

Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon HOME. If users deposit a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokédex, Trainers will be able to see Pokédex entries from various games in one place. With the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users will also be able to search by Pokémon’s Abilities or moves.

Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon HOME. Pokémon received in Pokémon HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokémon HOME and then using that code in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.

If a Trainer has enrolled in a Premium Plan, they will have access to the Judge function, which allows them to check how strong their Pokémon are.

In the Yours Room tab, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games they’ve connected to Pokémon HOME. They’ll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers in Pokémon HOME when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks known as Challenges.

In the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, they’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.

In Pokémon HOME for mobile devices, Trainers will be able to receive news about Pokémon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Pokémon HOME Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon HOME as Trainers deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to exchange their Pokémon HOME Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.

There are some differences in what the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME can do.

Certain features can be expanded or added when Trainers enroll in a Premium Plan.

The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.

Mobile device pricing structure (including tax):

1 month (30 days) - $2.99
3 months (90 days) - $4.99
12 months (365 days) - $15.99
For more information about Pokémon HOME, please visit the official site

'It came from space and ate our brains' heads to Switch today

I'm pretty attached to my brain...

Publisher All in! Games revealed today that ‘It came from space and ate our brains’, first published in 2015 is now returning! Enjoy new features and a major overhaul as you boost your high score even higher on PC and consoles.

Who’s the most awesome alien slayer in the entire world? You are, obviously, and now you can prove it! ‘It came from space and ate our brains’ is a unique Arcade top-down shooter. Looking for addicting gameplay elements, four-player local co-op mode, and tons of aliens to send into oblivion? Yes, yes and yes? You’re in the right place!

A merciless alien species has invaded the Earth and they feed on human brains (duh). Wander the city and other atmospheric locations as a no-nonsense kind of guy with the two essentials in life—a flashlight and something to turn aliens into goo. Things look pretty bad and there’s chaos everywhere! Time to save the world! Again!

Find powerful weapons, use your flashlight and special powers to send the unwanted intergalactic guests back into space or just kill them, whichever comes first. Watch out—there are different alien types and they all think your brain is delicious! Survive hordes of enemies trying to corner you and get inside your skull… at least until you set a new high score and die like a badass!

Some of the coolest features in the game:

● Six exciting, co-op, campaign missions that up to four players can enjoy locally
● A brand-new prologue to the game, showing you how to become a pro in no-time
● Survival mode to spice the game up
● Completely re-done interface, making it easier to focus on slaying aliens
● An incredible techno soundtrack that is sure to raise your heartbeat
● Visually updated and upgraded over the original in every possible way
● Re-balanced difficulty, making it more fun for both new and experienced players

'It came from space and ate our brains' is launching January 28, 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Windows.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales now available for Switch

Surprise!

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce that Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is now available for Nintendo Switch!

Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and turn-based battles, and spins the tale of Meve, war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms — Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.

A set of free digital goodies comes with Thronebreaker, including the official soundtrack, concept art from the game, as well as an annotated map of Lyria. Details on how to claim these goodies can be found on the dedicated website.

Ported to the Nintendo Switch by Crunching Koalas, in close cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales can be purchased right now from the Nintendo eShop.

Go for glory in the Tetris 99 11th MAXIMUS CUP Lunar New Year Challenge

Looking for that Lunar line piece

The Tetris® 99 MAXIMUS CUP returns with a special Lunar New Year Point-Stacking Challenge, rewarding the top 999 skilled players with 999 My Nintendo Gold Points.

If you're new to the Tetris 99 game on the Nintendo Switch system and you'd like a taste of fun competition with real rewards on the line, it's a great time to jump in. Or, if you've already been practicing in breakneck matches, perfectly turning Tetriminos with panache, this could be your moment to truly shine.

On Jan. 30, the Tetris 99 11th MAXIMUS CUP online event begins for all players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. The event runs from 11 p.m. PT on Jan. 30 and ends at 10:59 p.m. PT on Feb. 3. To participate, Nintendo Switch Online members just have to play the Tetris 99 online mode during the contest period. Points will be awarded based on placements during each match, and at the end of the event the top 999 players with the most accumulated event points will each win 999 Gold Points that can be used to help purchase games in Nintendo eShop.

Need inspiration for how to spend those Gold Points you might win? Between brain-bending puzzle games and blistering-fast action games, there are more great choices in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch than there are players in a heated match of Tetris 99.

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Players who have the free digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.

Super Kickers League Ultimate includes the base game and DLC, will see retail release

Kicking things into overdrive

Just For Games and Xaloc Studios S.L. are thrilled to reveal the Super Kickers League Ultimate Edition ! Super Kickers League Ultimate will pull together the base game and its 2 upcoming DLCs which will offer to the players new characters, new playfields and more!

Super Kickers League Ultimate will be available in retail stores on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

The DLCs will be available separately on Steam, PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop. More details will come soon.

‘Super Kickers League’ allows you to play some crazy, 3 on 3 football matches, where the only thing that matters is scoring more goals than your opponents!

In ‘Super Kickers League’ each team has a unique ability. The "Teams" mode is played with a single special ability per team, while the "Kickers" mode, lets you form a team of captains and combine their different abilities, turning the pitch into a real battlefield.

Finally, "Retro" mode allows you to play the game with an orthographic camera and pixel art graphics, transforming the graphics into a much more “classic” format.

Be part of the match on social medias with #SuperKickersLeague hashtag! Share your best scores to the community!

Features:

Local multiplayer up to 6 players on Nintendo Switch and 4 on PS4 and PC. You can also use the Remote Play Control function to play online with your friends on Steam!

Unlockable content
Different trophies and competitions
10 different teams with unique special skills
4 cameras : Chose the camera you want to see the action in the game.
Kickers Mode : Play with 3 captains to get many powers while you play!
Team Mode : Play with your favourite team and use your captain's power to win the match!
Retro Mode : Pixel and Football are all together! Feel the 90's vibes in this retro mode!

Super Kickers League. No rules, no referees, only pure fun!

Super Tennis and Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator now available on Switch

Just don't try to do both at the same time

Ultimate Games S.A. releases two new games on Nintendo Switch. Super Tennis is an arcade game that offers quick and uncompromising fun. Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator is, in turn, an enhanced simulator directed towards motorcycle fans. The premiere date of the game’s digital distribution (Nintendo eShop) is set for January 27 this year.

The Polish company Ultimate Games S.A. is responsible for the release of both titles. The launch date of Super Tennis and Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator is set for January 27, 2020.

Super Tennis

The creators of Super Tennis focused on simple and fast fun. In intensive tennis matches, the speed and appropriate reaction of the player plays a key role.

Super Tennis sands out with its retro style audiovisual setting. The game offers, among other things, various game modes and the possibility of unlocking new characters. You can play matches on tennis courts in cities located in different parts of the world (including Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo and Warsaw).

Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator

The game allows you to be an expert in motorcycle repair. The gameplay concentrates on various elements – the player can buy, sell, repair and improve motorcycles. The creators have even provided the option of testing individual models in street conditions. The most important part of the gameplay is, however, the repairs which are based on the mechanics that represent reality.

Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator also offers a wide range of options for garage expansion, which is directly related to the experience gathered during the game. In the game you can also perform special tasks and take part in the auction of used motorcycles.

Pokémon-Themed Skateboard Collection Coming Soon

Can't wait to pull off a cookie monster pinwheel on one of these bad boys

A new series of limited edition Pokémon-themed skateboards is on the way from skateboard industry craftsman, Bear Walker, The Pokémon Company International announced today. The collection of custom skateboards featuring popular Pokémon from the iconic entertainment franchise will be available exclusively on PokemonCenter.com, the premier online destination for premium Pokémon merchandise in the US, beginning February 11, 2020.

Series 1 of the Pokémon Center X Bear Walker collection will feature five unique decks, each representing a popular Pokémon. In anticipation of the launch, The Pokémon Company International and Bear Walker unveiled the skateboards today featuring Charizard, Gengar, Gyarados, Mewtwo and the iconic Pokémon, Pikachu.

“Pokémon is highly recognizable with a massive fanbase in the skateboard community, including myself, so for this collection I wanted to make more than a traditional branded deck,” said Bear Walker. “I’m setting out to make functional works of art featuring Pokémon and iconography that fans love in the custom style my decks are known for.”

The collaboration between Bear Walker and Pokémon Center marks the first capsule collection of its kind for PokemonCenter.com in the US as well as the first premium skateboards created for fans.

“PokemonCenter.com is on a mission to deliver new and unique ways for Pokémon fans to express their passion for the brand with premium merchandise and this collaboration with Bear Walker is the perfect way to continue delivering on this promise,” said Cindy Ruppenthal, director of e-commerce at The Pokémon Company International. “We couldn’t be more excited to show fans what Bear has planned for these Pokémon skateboards featuring his famous eye for meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation.”

PokemonCenter.com also launched a landing page today where fans can learn more and sign up to receive updates about the skateboards including availability leading up to launch. Fans can visit the site at PokemonCenter.com/Bear-Walker and follow @BearWalkerOfficial on Instagram for additional updates.

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