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Etrian Odyssey V/Etrian Odyssey Nexus art book announced for Japan

Another art book focusing on the Etrian Odyssey series has been announced for Japan. The new book will feature artwork from both Etrian Odyssey V and Etrian Odyssey Nexus, and it's due to release in Japan this year. Those are the only details we have on this project for now.

METAL GEAR Orchestral Concert Series Coming to NYC and LA this Spring

The official METAL GEAR orchestral concert series will premiere in the US in 2019, starting in New York (March 23) before moving to Los Angeles (April 6). The concert will feature more than 70 musicians on stage, including METAL GEAR singer Donna Burke, and HD footage from the game will be projected on a giant screen in perfect sync with the music. Reviving the most memorable moments of the game, the concert will feature the best music from the METAL GEAR Solid games, with background music (BGM) like the “Main Theme,” “Encounter,” “Father and Son,” not to forget memorable songs such as “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heavens Divide,” which will be sung live by Donna Burke.

Beloved by millions of fans, the video game series has sold more than 50 million units worldwide over the 30 years since its release. A particular breakout success since the “Metal Gear Solid” instalment that was released on PlayStation in 1998, the series’ popularity continued to soar up to the release of the fifth main episode “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” on PlayStation IV in 2015, the top-selling METAL GEAR game of all time. Setting the standard for action-adventure stealth video games, it mainly revolves around the now-legendary character of Solid Snake and his nemesis Big Boss, who are both working to infiltrate and take down an evil organization that poses a threat to the world. Known for its extreme attention to detail and complex and elaborate plotlines, and the entire series is considered both a defining point and a milestone in video-game history. See the official METAL GEAR concert premiere in the USA for the first time ever!

Schedule and Ticketing information

Tickets are now available at www.ticketfly.comfor both show.

New York (USA) – March 23, 2019 – United Palace

Direct Link :https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1673909-metal-gear-in-concert-new-york

Los Angeles (USA) – April 6, 2019 – Willshire Ebell Theatre

Direct Link :https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1677230-metal-gear-in-concert-los-angeles

More info at www.wildfaery.com

Videogame Menu Screens Get Their Own Musical Tribute

SEATTLE - January 18, 2019 - Materia Collective is excited to release MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes, a special Materia Collective community album paying tribute to menu themes from across many fan-favorite videogames. The album includes over 52 arrangements from games big and small with more than a few surprises. Titles range from the hugely popular Final Fantasy, Overwatch, and Horizon Zero Dawn to indie darlings such as Stardew Valley, Celeste, and Florence, and delightful oddities with Vagrant Story, Blue Dragon, and Ape Escape. Contributors include videogame composers John Robert Matz, Fredrik Häthén, and Chris Porter and illustrious arrangers and performers Sean Schafianski (Remastered Soundtrack series), Eric Buckholz (Hero of Time), and Reven (Sins of Hyrule). MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes is licensed and available today.

"For many, opening and menu themes, along with their respective title cards, trigger a great sense of nostalgia," comment album producers Monica Wang and Ben Wallace. "All of these themes are composed and designed with a sense of beginning, acting as gateways towards something bigger. Specifically, we want to encapsulate the feeling of when you first played a game, be it playing a videogame for the very first time or picking up any game for the first time."

Some of the more unique offerings include a samba version of the iconic Fire Emblem main theme, a gritty blues spin of the file select theme from Super Mario 64, and a dreamy synthwave arrangement of the Myst main theme.

Learn more and view the entire track list for MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes: https://www.materiacollective.com/music/menu-an-homage-to-game-title-themes

Japan - Top 100 software sales for 2018

With 2018 firmly behind us, we can get a detailed look at what games were big during the year. We now have data on the top 100 software sales in Japan for 2018, and there's no doubt it was a great year for Nintendo. Check out the top 20 below, and then hit the link for the full 100.

01./00. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 2.360.655 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980) - 1.962.221 / NEW
03./00. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 1.253.677 / NEW
04./02. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 1.122.324 / 2.874.420 (-36%)
05./07. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 926.553 / 2.030.297 (-16%)
06./00. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 764.853 / NEW
07./00. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 664.815 / NEW
08./06. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 575.926 / 1.900.206 (-57%)
09./00. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 525.045 / NEW
10./08. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 491.648 / 1.179.692 (-29%)
11./00. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 479.511 / NEW
12./01. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon # (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 429.672 / 2.433.279 (-79%)
13./00. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) - 376.766 / NEW
14./00. [PS4] Marvel's Spider-Man # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.09.07} (¥6.900) - 303.994 / NEW
15./00. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 270.415 / NEW
16./00. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980) - 252.297 / NEW
17./00. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980) - 226.845 / NEW
18./00. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) - 224.048 / NEW
19./00. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) - 222.025 / NEW
20./00. [NSW] Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) {2018.01.18} (¥5.980) - 213.453 / NEW

Full list here (thanks Zsaberlink!)

Japanese software sales - Jan. 7th to 13th, 2019 (Top 50)

We've already had our look at the top 20 for Japan this week, but let's dig a bit deeper and see what tracked a bit lower during that same period.

01./00. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 166.303 / NEW <52,53%>
02./01. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 62.580 / 2.676.740 (-76%)
03./00. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) - 41.510 / NEW
04./00. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.01.11} (¥5.700) - 26.588 / NEW
05./05. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) - 19.565 / 199.003 (-59%)
06./02. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 19.054 / 955.194 (-80%)
07./08. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix) {2018.12.20} (¥7.800) - 17.931 / 197.062 (-54%)
08./03. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 15.353 / 1.414.948 (-78%)
09./04. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 14.991 / 2.070.890 (-73%)
10./07. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 12.590 / 562.344 (-71%)
11./06. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 11.061 / 2.893.881 (-74%)
12./11. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 8.636 / 1.255.292 (-55%)
13./09. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.27} (¥4.980) - 7.576 / 42.711 (-65%)
14./10. [PS4] Judgment (Sega) {2018.12.13} (¥8.290) - 6.837 / 240.293 (-66%)
15./17. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.10.12} (¥7.900) - 5.618 / 519.799 (-36%)
16./13. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.07.19} (¥6.100) - 4.682 / 290.959 (-72%)
17./12. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 4.134 / 1.935.809 (-76%)
18./15. [PS4] God Eater 3 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.13} (¥8.200) - 3.546 / 204.056 (-67%)
19./14. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 3.082 / 720.725 (-79%)
20./25. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer) {2018.12.20} (¥5.800) - 3.024 / 13.201 (-50%)
21./18. [PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts) {2018.11.20} (¥7.800)
22./21. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980)
23./48. [3DS] WarioWare Gold (Nintendo) {2018.08.02} (¥4.980)
24./16. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980)
25./22. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (Nintendo) {2018.12.27} (¥4.980)
26./44. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800)
27./32. [NSW] Fortnite # (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2018.12.13} (¥3.000)
28./45. [PS4] Onimusha: Warlords # (Capcom) {2018.12.20} (¥3.490)
29./20. [NSW] Dragon Ball FighterZ (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.09.27} (¥6.800)
30./00. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V [2][New Price Edition] (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.12.20} (¥3.500)
31./30. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
32./00. [PS4] Red Dead Redemption II # (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.10.26} (¥8.800)
33./49. [PS4] Dead by Daylight (3goo) {2018.11.29} (¥5.600)
34./19. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980)
35./00. [PS4] Star Wars: Battlefront II # (Electronic Arts) {2017.11.17} (¥7.800)
36./26. [NSW] Katamari Damacy Reroll (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.12.20} (¥3.200)
37./23. [NSW] FIFA 19 # (Electronic Arts) {2018.09.28} (¥5.800)
38./00. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human [Value Selection] (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.11.21} (¥3.900)
39./00. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Square Enix) {2017.01.12} (¥6.800)
40./34. [NSW] Super Run For Money Tousouchuu & Sentouchuu Double Pack (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} (¥5.300)
41./28. [NSW] Billion Road (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.11.29} (¥5.700)
42./24. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo) {2018.11.08} (¥4.980)
43./00. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
44./35. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2019 (Konami) {2018.08.30} (¥7.600)
45./00. [NSW] Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero (FuRyu) {2018.10.25} (¥6.980)
46./00. [PS4] Persona 5 [New Price Edition] (Atlus) {2018.09.06} (¥4.980)
47./00. [PS4] Resident Evil 7: biohazard - Gold Edition [Grotesque Ver. Best Price] (Capcom) {2018.12.13} (¥3.300)
48./31. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
49./00. [PS4] Just Cause 4 (Square Enix) {2018.12.06} (¥7.980)
50./00. [NSW] Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate [Best Price] (Capcom) {2018.11.15} (¥3.990)

Japanese eShop charts - Jan. 10th to 16th, 2019

It took two weeks, but we finally have another title that's able to beat out Together! The Battle Cats on Switch for the top spot. How long can Mario and pals hold onto the spot? We'll be watching closely for next week's data!

Switch

1. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
2. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
4. Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Nintendo)
5. Tales of Vesperia REMASTER (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
6. Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
7. Minecraft (Mojang)
8. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
9. Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Square-Enix)
10. Othello (Imagineer)

3DS

1. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
2. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
3. Pocket Monsters Crystal (Nintendo)
4. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (Square-Enix)
5. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
6. Sabaku no Nezumi Dan! Aratame (Arc System Works)
7. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
8. Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori amiibo+ (Nintendo)
9. Machine Knight (Kemco)
10. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami (Square-Enix)

Major glitch discovered in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey

Looks like the remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has added in a new feature, and it's not a welcome one. A particularly nasty bug can end up ruining your entire game, meaning you lose all your save progress up to that point. The issue can occur when Mario is removed from your party in Nimble Woods. If you go back a screen and save the game, the game glitches and Luigi cannot move on.

Thanks to cm30 for the heads up!

Squaresoft Chillout Album THE WORLD IS SQUARE Announced

SAN DIEGO - January 17, 2018 - Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to present THE WORLD IS SQUARE, a loving tribute to Squaresoft JRPGs from the SNES and PSX eras arranged by producer and videogame remixing pioneer Mustin. Mustin--best known as the co-founder of OneUp Studios and The OneUps--has prepared laid back electronic renditions of all the classics, including tracks from Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy VII. Each track is dedicated to a special girl in Mustin's life, making a perfect musical accompaniment for Valentine's Day. And yes, the album's title is a reference to the optional dungeon puzzle from Final Fantasy VI. THE WORLD IS SQUARE is fully licensed and is now available for pre-order with a February 14, 2019 release date.

"This album is a celebration of my favorite time in gaming: the (then) Squaresoft RPG," comments arranger/producer Mustin. "Having completed the first track in 2003, this has been a 15+ year project in the making. I hope you enjoy my first true solo outing."

The full track listing for THE WORLD IS SQUARE is as follows:

01. Fear of the Heavens (Secret of Mana)
02. Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV
03. Theme of Love (Final Fantasy IV)
04. Forest Butterflies ["Secret of the Forest"] (Chrono Trigger)
05. From the Bottom ["Bottom of the Night"] (Chrono Trigger)
06. Coin Song (Final Fantasy VI)
07. Lonely Girl ["Terra"] (Final Fantasy VI)
08. Serenity ["Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII"]

The digital version will include a sleek digital booklet with artwork, track credits, and liner notes on Bandcamp and iTunes. There's also a physical edition to enjoy the lovely cover illustration by Scarlet Moon graphic designer Connary Fagen in all its pixelated glory.

PR - Stunt Kite Party announced for Nintendo Switch

HANDYGAMES ANNOUNCES NEW UP-TO-4-PLAYER CO-OP GAME



Giebelstadt, Germany, January 17th 2019: Time to bomb your friends, fight off some aliens or steal the honeycumbs from a bee! What on earth has this to do with a Kite game? Find it out on February 8th, when Stunt Kite Party arrives on Nintendo Switch. Featuring a full single-player story mode as well as four player local co-op, you can play 10 crazy game modes, create your own tournaments and show who’s the best kite pilot. Ever.

In the story mode, you take on the role of a young and very gifted pilot, who has just arrived in the Big City to discover that kiting is against the law. An intolerable situation, you need to set out and make new kiting friends, use your smarts and eventually convince the Mayor to let the kits fly again.

Stunt Kite Party is developed and published by HandyGames. It will be available on Nintendo Switch on February 8th, 2019 for £8.99 / €9.99 / $9.99.

About Stunt Kite Party
Stunt Kite Party is an easy to learn but hard to master party game for up to four players. In ten different game modes, players compete against each other. Game modes include controlling your kite while carrying a bomb and knocking your opponents out of the sky, avoiding being shot down by an alien space ship or stealing honeycombs from a bee. What mode you want to play? Up to you. Either you enter a predefined tournament, or you can create your own challenges for you and your friends. You have different characters to play as, different skins, a variety of kites to unlock and a story mode if you want to play alone.

FEATURES
Exciting story mode
10 challenging game modes
Compete in predefined or custom tournaments
Single and multiplayer matches with up to 4 players
4 idyllic levels to kite
Unlock additional characters, kites, and skins

This week's North American downloads - January 17 (Travis Strikes Again, YIIK and more)


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – The setting is a small town in the middle of nowhere in the American South. Badman shows up at the trailer Travis Touchdown has been living in to exact revenge for the murder of his daughter, Bad Girl. But things go horribly wrong. As they battle it out, the two are sucked into the game world of the Death Drive Mk Ⅱ. Beam Katana in hand, Travis strikes again! The Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes game is available Jan. 18.

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG – After witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator, college graduate Alex embarks on an adventure to rescue her that spirals into an epic quest with stakes higher than he could have ever imagined. Alex’s search for the woman and the truth behind her disappearance lead him and his companions toward the new millennium, on a journey rife with mystery and danger … or so goes the tale of YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, the surreal Japanese-style RPG from Ackk Studios and Ysbryd Games.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO KZUNA ENCOUNTER (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Apocalipsis Wormwood Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
At Sundown: Shots in the Dark (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
Bash the Bear (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bedtime Blues (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Big Crown: Showdown (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bubble Shooter DX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Combat Core – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Crazy Strike Bowling EX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Drowning – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
DYING: Reborn – Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Elli (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Feudal Alloy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fight of Gods (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Football Heroes Turbo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Fragment of Marine (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
FutureGrind (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
Gunman Clive HD Collection (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Guns of Mercy – Rangers Edition – Full and Demo Versions (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
IHUGU (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 21
Left-Right: The Mansion (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Marble Power Blast (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mars or Die! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Mega Mall Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Neko Navy – Daydream Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Number Place 10000 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Old School Racer 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Rampage Knights (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Samsara: Deluxe Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Shift Happens – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 18
Spot The Differences: Party! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Office Quest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
The Raven Remastered (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22
The Shrouded Isle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Tied Together – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Voxel Sword (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Woodle Tree Adventures – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Jan. 22