Trine: Ultimate Collection's physical release only includes Trine 4 on the game card

For Trine out loud!

If you're planning on grabbing the Trine: Ultimate Collection at retail, you might want to reconsider. While it was originally planned to have all 4 Trine games on the game card, that is not longer the case. The game card will now only include Trine 4, making you download 1 through 3. Frozenbyte has provided a statement on the matter, which you can see below.

Only Trine 4 is on the cart, 1-3 are downloads. We did originally aim to have all four games on the same cart, but that unfortunately was not possible in the end. We're very sorry about the miscommunication, we'll do our best to avoid mishaps like this in the future.

New study shows that Fortnite is the most popular game of 2019 in all 50 states

Sweaties as far as the eye can see

Reviews.org set out to make a chart showing which video games are the most popular in all 50 states, but they hit a snag. Their data ended up showing that Fortnite was the top game in every single state! To be completely frank, taking a look over the data for all of 2019 shows that other games didn't even come close.

As you can see, Fortnite is most popular in Mississippi, and least popular in Alaska. Even in the least-popular state, it's still the most popular game of the year!

If you want to see more on how Fortnite measures up to some of the other games in this list, you can check out the full report here.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses sells 800k digitally in July 2019, making for a franchise best

A fantastic debut

Superdata Research has put out a report on the digital sales of games worldwide for July 2019. According to their research, Fire Emblem: Three Houses came in third place overall for top-grossing console games digitally in July 2019. Taking things a step further, their data shows that the game managed to move 800k units during the month, which makes for the best digital launch in franchise history.

CD Projekt Red talks about how they got The Witcher 3 running on Switch, used 'sorcery' to lower the file size

Magic, I knew it!

Many thought bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition to Switch would be completely impossible. Lucky for all of us, CD Projekt Red didn't feel that way. They worked with Saber Interactive to bring the game over, and while it's lost a bit of visual polish, the overall project is ridiculously impressive. How in the hell did these two teams make it work? CD Projekt Red's Piotr Chrzanowski explains in an interview with Gamespew.

When we agreed we’d work with Saber, we set up a plan on how we want to see what’s feasible. So we started with making sure that we can actually run REDengine on the Switch dev kit. Then we had a smaller playable piece, which basically consists of most of the game’s mechanics. Then coming from that, scale by scale, area by area, we grew the game, moving from White Orchard and then of course to Novigrad, and Skellige, et cetera. From there, through optimisation, we can scale it up to other areas.

Equally as impressive is squeezing the game's file size down to fit onto a 32 GB game card. The game on other platforms is 45 GB, so how on earth did the team work things out?

Well, it’s a sorcery [laughs]. But one thing is textures – you want to make sure that textures work well within the resolutions that you have. Secondly, you can get rid of some of the very detailed models because you don’t need to have them for 720p. You can also recompress cutscenes for 720p. So step by step up, you get some space, and we also work with a bit of the audio and a few other of those areas.

Microsoft has "no plans to further expand exclusive first-party games to other consoles"

The (first) party's over

Microsoft has brought a number of their first party offerings to the Switch, with Ori and the Blind Forest just confirmed yesterday. What else can we expect Microsoft to bring over? According to a statement from Microsoft that was obtained by GamesIndustry.biz, there are no plans for more titles as of right now.

"The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience."

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 takes the series to a new dimension on November 5th, 2019

2D is the way to be!

Cologne - August 20, 2019 - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is taking the series to another dimension for the first time with classic 2D and exciting 3D events. Join the party with Mario and Sonic when the game releases in the Americas on November 5 and Europe on November 8, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™! Be sure to watch our latest trailer.

Enjoy 10 different classic 2D events with friends and family:

10m Platform (Diving)
400m Hurdles
Gymnastics - Vault
Kayak Single (K-1) 1000m
Long Jump
Shooting - Trap

...all presented in a generation-spanning game for the ages! If you've never seen Bowser in classic 2D perform an armstand dive off a 10-meter platform into the water, you're in for an incredible time.

What you need to know about Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

New Events and More: Debut events including surfing, skateboarding, karate, and sport climbing will all be playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020; joining the classic event line-up of gymnastics, swimming, 110m hurdles, football, equestrian, and archery.

Different Ways to Play*: Exclusively on Nintendo Switch, determine who the real champion is while using the fun and flexibility of the Joy-Con controllers to your advantage.

Split-Screen and Online Fun**: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 delivers multiplayer, both local split-screen and online, fun for all ages and groups.

Play with a Cast of Fan-Favorite Characters: Choose from a star-studded SEGA- and Nintendo-franchise athlete roster that includes Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Peach, Amy, Dr. Eggman, Yoshi, Tails, and more to be announced!

10 Classic 2D Events: Experience Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in a brand-new way with classic 2D versions of 10 events from the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics.

Dash, jump, climb, surf and more in 21 3D events, including:

110m Hurdles
4 x 100m Relay
Canoe Double (C-2) 1000m
Discus Throw
Equestrian - Jumping
Football (Soccer)
Gymnastics - Floor Exercise
Javelin Throw
Karate - Kumite
Rugby Sevens
Skateboarding - Park
Sport Climbing
Surfing - Shortboard
Swimming - 100m Freestyle
Table Tennis
Triple Jump

Release Date

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take to the starting blocks exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on November 5 in the Americas for $59.99 USD and November 8 in Europe with commensurate pricing. For more information, including where you can pre-order the game, be sure to visit the official website.

*Joy-Con functionality does not extend to all events.

**Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Gamescom 2019 showcase

See Mario, Sonic and their friends compete in classic 2D events from the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 in our gamescom Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 deep dive!

Streets of Rage 4 Coming to Switch, New Character Revealed

It's happening, baby!

PARIS – August 19, 2019 – Fans looking forward to playing Streets of Rage 4 next year will be able to do so on their platform of choice as publisher and co-developer Dotemu (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) today announced that the title will make its way on to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. A brand new gameplay trailer released today also introduced the latest character to join Blaze Fielding and Axel Stone: a badass guitar-playing warrior named Cherry Hunter.

Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original Streets of Rage.

Trained by her father and Axel, Cherry learned self-defense from a young age. Her interest in following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a cop soon faded out, replaced by her love of music. Nowadays, she plays with her electro progressive rock band in some of the most dangerous places in Wood Oak City. She may look young but make no mistake - she is a seasoned veteran of kicking ass and taking names.

The new trailer also reveals several more levels in the upcoming game at different times of day: neon lighted urban rooftops, elevator, seedy airport hangars, dirty sewers, thumping music stage and many more are all yours for the taking - lay the smackdown and don’t look back.

Streets of Rage 4 will be the first entry to the core series in 25 years, standing as Axel and Blaze’s glorious return to serving up side-scrolling beatdowns. With lush hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 will be a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

Indie World Showcase 8/19/19 - Full event recap

It's an indie world after all

We'll be keeping tabs on all of today's Indie World announcements in this post. Whatever is revealed/discussed will be added as a bulletpoint below.

- Risk of Rain 2 confirmed for Switch, and is due out Summer 2019. We already knew this was heading to Switch via a game rating we shared a few weeks back.

- Eastward from Chucklefish is on the way. It's about a young girl found in a secret underground facility. Set for release in 2020.

- Freedom Finger featuring Nolan North and John Dimaggio, is a shmup where you play as a giant finger-shaped spaceship. Levels are music-driven. Due out Fall 2019.

- Roki, a game about making friends with wild creatures, comes to Switch this Winter

- Torchlight II is coming to Switch on Sept. 3rd, 2019.

- Skater XL announced for Switch in 2020. The game has physics-based gameplay where no two tricks are the same.

- Youropa, a gravity-defying puzzle platformer, is coming to Switch in Winter.

- Superhot confirmed for Switch, and it launches later today.

- Dungeon Defenders: Awakened heading to Switch. It will be timed-console exclusive for Switch in Feb. 2020.

- The Touryst, from Shin'en, is revealed for Switch. It's set for Nov. 2019 release. The game features voxel-style graphics and has you adventuring through various dungeons while visiting an island for vacation.

- Skellboy heads to Switch, where you can swap body parts to create the ultimate bad-guy beater. Your goal is to reconquer the kingdom, which has been overrun. It's due out Dec. 3rd, 2019.

- Earth Night is coming to Switch, and it features a story where dragons have conquered the earth. You have to run along the backs of dragons to reach their heads and take them out. It's set for release in 2019.

- Hotline Miami Collection confirmed for Switch, and it's due out today.

- Blasphemous is due out Sept. 26th, Close to the Sun comes sometime in 2019, Cat Quest II is due out Fall 2019, Spiritfarer is coming Spring 2020, Trine 4 launches Oct. 8th, 2019, Creature in the Well comes out Sept. 6th, 2019, One Finger Death Punch 2 comes out Dec. 2nd, 2019, Best Friend Forever is set for launch on Feb. 14th, 2020, PHOGS! comes early 2020, What the Golf is launching this Winter, KINE hits the Switch in 2019, Hypercharge: Unboxed will launch sometime this year, Northgard comes Sept. 26th, 2019, Sparklite is lined up for Fall 2019, Munchkin: Quacked Quest comes Fall 2019.

- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition confirmed for Switch. The game is due out Sept. 27th, 2019.

EA says they're "absolutely" looking into bringing more games to Switch

Sure you are, EA

EA's output on Switch, at least in terms of quantity, has been lackluster at best. One of the biggest publishers in the world, yet they ignore the hottest console out there. Is anything going to change? Game Informer asked EA's chief studios officer Laura Miele, who responded with a glimmer of hope.

“Yes. We invested with FIFA. We had good success there. I love that we have such a great global reach and global presence on that platform with that game. We are absolutely looking at more Switch games in our portfolio, so more to come on that. We’re not going to announce anything as of yet. But it is absolutely a platform we’re looking at for some of our more successful games.”


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