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Europe - Digital releases for May 23rd, 2019

So much to choose from!

Team Sonic Racing (SEGA EUR, €39.99 / £34.99) - Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game-changing vehicle customisation options to suit your racing style

Assassin's Creed III Remastered (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99) - Experience Assassin's Creed for the first time on Nintendo Switch with Assassin's Creed III Remastered, now enhanced with HD rumble, touch screen and handheld mode features. Also includes Assassin's Creed Liberation remastered and all solo DLC content.

TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge (Bigben Interactive, €49.99 / £44.99) - For bikers, there are two types of speed races: the Isle of Man TT and the rest. No other race is as gruelling for the motorbikes and demanding for the riders. Take up the challenge of the Snaefell Mountain course: all 37.73 miles faithfully reproduced with the champions and their bikes. Memorise each section of the course, round each bend to perfection, keep your concentration throughout the 6 laps, get the best time and write your name alongside the greatest champions.

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €59.99 / £49.99) - Once again, the hands of the clock have begun to move... And the future of "this world" rests on the shoulders of a single girl. In this new story, players will revisit the nostalgic world of Arland and embark on an exciting journey of alchemy together with Rorona's daughter, Lulua.

SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, €49.99 / £44.99) - The SAO series finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch! "SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition" features the main game, as well as the additional content "Abyss of the Shrine Maiden" and the large-scale update "Warriors of the Sky!" A virtual world, now recreated... But humans were never meant to be part of the picture.

Among the Sleep - Enhanced Edition (Soedesco, €24.99 / £24.99) - In the enhanced edition of this award-winning first-person horror adventure, you step into the pyjamas of a two-year-old child creeping through a dark and distorted house. Find your missing mother as you wander through sinister and surreal surroundings ranging from a haunting playground to a lakeside cottage, with only a teddy bear by your side for comfort. Will you survive long enough to unravel the family secret and make it to the end of this pitch-black nightmare?

Resident Evil (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - Hailed by many as a masterpiece, this remake of the first entry in the long-running Resident Evil series is now playable in HD. Experience true terror in this genre-launching survival horror classic.

Resident Evil 0 (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - This entry in the Resident Evil series expands on and enriches the excitement and intrigue of the survival horror genre. Learn of the events that preceded the series' first game, and experience thrilling new gameplay systems as you alternate between its two playable characters to solve the mystery.

Resident Evil 4 (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - Ushering in a new phase in the Resident Evil franchise, this game focuses on the events following the dissolution of Umbrella Corporation. The pioneering over-the-shoulder camera perspective is a departure from the fixed-camera views found in earlier entries, allowing for unrivaled action gameplay which has been met with widespread critical acclaim.

World Soccer (Sabec, €7.99 / £7.19) - Step onto the football pitch in the fully packed stadium to score the winning goal to be crowned the World Soccer Champion. It will be a challenging game to the very last whistle.

Gunlord X (NGDEV, €9.99 / £8.99) - Welcome to Gunlord X - A vastly improved Gunlord port coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019! This game features 11 stages of exciting 2D gameplay with over 60 unique enemy types. Blast yourself through giant landscapes, explore caverns and reveal all secrets!

The Last Door - Complete Edition (Plug In Digital, €14.99 / £13.49) - Feel what it’s truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong.

Dead Cells + Rise of the Giant DLC (Motion Twin, €19.99 / £17.99) - The complete Dead Cells experience! The full game and our first FREE DLC “Rise of the Giant”. More punishing than ever before, you’ll take on the Giant if you can find him… Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.

American Fugitive (Curve Digital, €15.99 / £14.39) - American Fugitive is a modern take on classic sandbox action offering a new 3D top-down open-world single-player experience. Welcome to Redrock County, a sleepy American town with a booming criminal underbelly. You take the role of Will Riley. No angel for sure - but not a killer. Yet the cold-blooded murder of your dad is the crime they locked you up for. Fuelled by grief and a burning desire for vengeance, you’ll bust out of jail intent on finding the real culprit.

Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz (ARC SYSTEM WORKS, €35.99 / £32.99) - That was one month ago today. Someone has murdered Saburo's grandfather, Kyosuke, while he was living in New York. Saburo sets off to New York to sort through the belongings and memories his grandfather left behind. The nostalgia of the cityscape and reunions with old friends is fleeting, however. He soon discovers that his grandfather's last word was, 'Daedalus.'

Arcade Archives IMAGE FIGHT (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - IMAGE FIGHT is a scrolling shoot 'em up game released by Irem in 1988. Clear the VR training course, then take the fight up into outer space! After you clear each stage, you can check and see how many ships you destroyed. If you still don't have a good score after clearing stage 5, you may have to take a supplementary course...

Dyna Bomb (7 Raven Studios, €5.99 / £5.99) - Experience the manic arcade action as you dodge enemies, fling bombs and grab the treasure - before making a mad dash for the exit. Do you have the skills to find the secret levels? Can you master all the different power-ups and dominate the worlds.

HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1 (Winking, €12.99 / £11.69) - The story begins with the last Cataclysm, with the descendants of the Savior rebuilding the land around the World Tree Terasyr. Thousands of years later the Engora Dynasty grows into prosperity, with Fae and Human together resisting the encroaching advances of evil from the edges of the world, and deathly Longhorn Woods. As fate brings Wanin the Forest Keeper and the wandering cat-girl Shama Kutami together, the entangling web of destinies unfolds. In a world unforgiven by God, their fight for survival unknowingly bears the weight and sins of thousands of generations hereafter.

My Lovely Daughter (Toge Productions, €9.99 / £8.99) - My Lovely Daughter is a game about overcoming the loss of a loved one through forbidden alchemy experiments ... and murder. You are Faust, an amnesiac alchemist and father, who wakes up alone and confused only to discover that your lovely daughter has died. As you enter the first stages of grief, you do what everyone wishes they could do but can’t: bring back the dead with the power of alchemy. Attention: The dark and twisted themes of My Lovely Daughter are a commentary on child labour, abusive parenting, and ignorant societies. This game is intended to make people sad and uneasy but there is a deeper meaning behind the horror. My Lovely Daughter is inspired by the hardships experienced by members of our team growing up. The game is designed to upset and disturb you.

Star Sky (ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA, €3.99 / £3.59) - Star Sky is a unique and personable experience. From the first moment that you step into the game, you become the narrator of a methodically slow-paced story you choose to weave with every step. Those who rush from start to finish will miss all the secrets and choices woven into the world: you must learn to be patient. Audio cues and blink-of-an-eye visuals will let you know when the magic is about to occur, be sure not to miss it!

WONDER BOY RETURNS REMIX (CFK, €9.99 / £8.99) - "Wonder Boy" was an arcade hit back in 1986, with its intuitive controls and polished game balance. This forever famous sidescrolling action game has been remixed and reborn for the Nintendo Switch!

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~- Digital Deluxe Edition (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €74.99 / £61.99) - Once again, the hands of the clock have begun to move... And the future of "this world" rests on the shoulders of a single girl. In this new story, players will revisit the nostalgic world of Arland and embark on an exciting journey of alchemy together with Rorona's daughter, Lulua. Content of Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ Digital Deluxe Edition: ・Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ ・Season Pass "Lulua" - Lulua's Outfit "Mom's Favorite" - Aurel's Outfit "The Ultimate Knight Supreme" - Eva's Outfit "Little Girlfriend" - GUST Extra BGM Pack - Extra High Difficulty Area Note: All items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition may become available for purchase at a later date. Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ is also available as a stand-alone purchase. Bonus until 20/06/2019, 23:59 local time: Headstart Item Pack, Weapon-Strengthening Symbols.

Back in 1995 (Ratalaika Games, €7.99 / £7.99) - A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the mid-90's 32-bit generation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games. Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return.

Hungry Baby: Party Treats (QubicGames, €4.99 / £4.49) - Hungry Baby: Party Treats is a funny and innovative local multiplayer game that can be played by up to 4 players. As we all know, a hungry baby is an angry baby. So hurry up, after all, you are a delicious treat and your fate is to end up in a child’s tummy. You’ll encounter murderous obstacles and traps on your way, but every fail and act of greediness gets you closer to victory!

Skelly Selest (Digerati, €7.99 / £7.19) - Prophecy foretells that one day Hell shall runneth over and the evil dead will spill onto thy Earth. Only the Selestial Order can halt the depraved Hellion tide. Skelly Selest is a score-attack slash dash run ‘n’ gun-athon that places players in the skeletal shoes of a Heavenly Keeper. Take on procedurally-generated gauntlets of hellspawn and bosses, and – with precise fighting prowess – defeat the sinful horrors that lurk in the depths of Hell.

Super Tennis Blast (Unfinished Pixel, €11.99 / £10.79) - Start your professional career in the World Tour mode, train your skills and become a tennis legend playing on courts around the world. Host couch parties playing tournaments in singles or doubles with classic rules or the awesome Super Blast modes. 5 minigames and a powerful avatar editor complete the best tennis experience out there.

Realm Royale Founder's Pack (Hi-Rez Studios, €13.37 / £11.88) - The Realm Royale Founder’s Pack grants you instant access to the closed beta of Realm Royale on Nintendo Switch, as well as a bundle of exclusive Nintendo Switch content. Get an exclusive mount, chicken skin, and spray, plus an emote and avatar to show off your Founder status!

Demos

Brawlout (Angry Mob Games, Free) - Brawlout packs a punch with couch and online play modes, blending platform fighter mechanics and traditional fighting game play into a stylish and fluid battle royale. Striking the balance between the growing competitive scene and the genre’s party game roots, Brawlout hopes to cater to the veteran platform fighter, the casual fan and the newcomer looking to make their mark.

Cafeteria Nipponica (Kairosoft, Free) - Don your chef's hat and hit the kitchen! You're the chef de cuisine in this scrumptious simulation that'll have you coming back for seconds... and more! Run your own restaurant, find ingredients, research recipes and spice up your culinary repertoire! Only you can bring your establishment sweet success!

Robothorium (GoblinzStudio, Free) - You, S.I.A, an enhanced artificial intelligence, have to end this surrounding chaos and build a future for your robots. Unite with the new rebel factions, which have been engaged in turf war for months, then deal with cyborgs, humans and robots to lead your own robotic uprising.

3DS Themes

Persona Q2 Theme (Deep Silver, Theme) - Free
Tea Sisters and Spring (Atlantyca, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is with her Family (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is eating (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello kitty is making the laundry (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is in her playroom (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89

More pics for the Dragon Quest XI 'Bring Arts' Sylvando and Rab figurines shared

Best buds

Square-Enix is releasing Bring Arts figurines for Dragon Quest XI's Sylvando and Rab, which are set to launch in Japan this October. Customers will be able to grab both figurines for 16,800 Yen. Check out more pics here.

3DS eShop charts - May 23rd, 2019

Crystal continues crushing competition

It's business as usual on the 3DS eShop charts this week, with Pokemon Crystal once again taking the lead. Check out the full charts below.

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Pokemon Yellow
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
4. Super Mario Bros. 3
5. Pokemon Gold
6. Pokemon Silver
7. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
8. Tomodachi Life
9. Pokemon Red
10. SteamWorld Dig
11. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
12. Super Mario Maker for 3DS
13. Super Mario World
14. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
15. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
16. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
17. Pokemon Ultra Sun
18. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
19. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
20. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
3. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
4. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
5. Mario Kart 7 Video
6. Introducing ZARA
7. Super Mario 3D Land Video
8. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
9. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
10. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
11. Horror Stories gameplay trailer
12. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
13. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
14. Introducing Tomodachi Life
15. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
16. IronFall Trailer
17. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
18. Super Smash Bros. – Final Video Presentation
19. Super Mario World Trailer
20. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer

Japanese software sales - May 13th to 19th, 2019 (Top 30)

Who fell outside the top 20?

Get a bit of an expanded look at the software sales in Japan for May 13th to 19th, 2019. Check out the top 30 titles below.

[PS4] Ys: Memories of Celceta (Falcom, 05/16/19) – 13,895 (New)
[NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 8,507 (3,085,499)
[NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 7,258 (2,302,993)
[NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 6,954 (783,332)
[PS4] Days Gone (SIE, 04/26/19) – 6,276 (166,459)
[NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 5,991 (1,530,747)
[NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 5,087 (616,477)
[NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 4,524 (3,067,711)
[NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 4,518 (1,319,464)
[NSW] Yoshi’s Crafted World (Nintendo, 03/29/19) – 4,068 (134,812)
[NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 3,578 (1,028,715)
[PS4] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software, 03/22/19) – 2,827 (252,381)
[NSW] Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission (Bandai Namco, 04/04/19) – 2,417 (115,226)
[NSW] Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Square Enix, 04/25/19) – 1,930 (31,617)
[PS4] Kingdom Hearts III (Limited Edition Included) (Square Enix, 01/25/19) – 1,904 (829,578)
[NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 1,680 (335,154)
[NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit (Nintendo, 04/12/19) – 1,657 (56,635)
[NSW] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 04/25/19) – 1,563 (33,549)
[NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 1,507 (1,970,377)
[NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/19) – 1,390 (723,278)
[PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Best Price!) (Capcom, 08/02/18) – 1,372 (48,851)
[PS4] Battlefield V (Electronic Arts, 11/20/18) – 1,352 (179,381)
[NSW] Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Pack (Arc System Works, 05/16/19) – 1,351 (New)
[3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 1,280 (2,476,728)
[PS4] Rainbow Six Siege Deluxe Edition (Ubisoft, 04/11/19) – 1,125 (12,260)
[NSW] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Capcom, 04/25/19) – 1,105 (15,946)
[PS4] NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition (Square Enix, 02/21/19) – 1,083 (39,238)
[NSW] Super Bomberman R Smile Price Collection (Konami, 03/03/17) – 1,041 (28,371)
[PS4] Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain (D3 Publisher, 04/11/19) – 1,022 (81,826)
[PS4] The Division 2 (Limited Edition Included) (Ubisoft, 03/15/19) – 1,018 (109,242)

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #14 - Space Squash

Squash, anyone?

Another Japan-exclusive Virtual Boy release, this one from minor publisher Coconuts Japan. And it's a good, if slight, creation that takes great advantage of the Virtual Boy hardware to present players with a sci-fi rendition of a popular sport. Like a lot of other games on the system, it needed a little more time in the oven to achieve its full potential—but it's both fun and interesting, making it one of the more notable imports for Virtual Boy.

Japanese software/hardware sales - May 13th to 19th, 2019

Nintendo keeps dominating

Another fantastic week for Nintendo in Japan. The Switch is top of the hardware charts again, and it holds 8 out of the top 10 software spots for the week. Check out the full rundown below.

01./00. [PS4] Ys: Memories of Celceta - Kai (Nihon Falcom) {2019.05.16} (¥3.980) - 13.895 / NEW
02./02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.507 / 3.085.499 (-16%)
03./03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 7.258 / 2.302.993 (-14%)
04./04. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 6.954 / 783.332 (-16%)
05./01. [PS4] Days Gone (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2019.04.26} (¥6.900) - 6.276 / 166.459 (-48%)
06./06. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} (¥5.980) - 5.991 / 1.530.747 (-2%)
07./05. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} (¥5.980) - 5.087 / 616.477 (-30%)
08./09. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 4.524 / 3.067.711 (-11%)
09./07. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 4.518 / 1.319.464 (-21%)
10./08. [NSW] Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} (¥5.980) - 4.068 / 134.812 (-27%)

Citizens of Earth being removed from the 3DS eShop in Japan

Their planet needs them

Without any explanation given, Arc System Works has announced that they'll be removing Citizens of Earth from the 3DS eShop in Japan. The title will be yanked on May 31st, 2019. No word on whether the game will be removed from the 3DS eShop in NA/EU at this time.

Japan - This week's 3DS themes (May 21st, 2019)

The 3DS eShop in Japan has gotten three new 3DS themes. The lineup includes three DECO*27 themes, featuring the tracks 「Nocturnal Kids」「Otome Dissection」and「Ai Kotoba Ⅲ」Each theme is priced at 200 Yen.


April 2019 NPD: Switch #1 hardware, Mortal Kombat 11 #1 Switch software, plus much more

Another big month for Switch

Time for the April 2019 NPD sales report. Check out all the data below!

- Total: $842 million (Up 1% from $838 million in April 2018)
- Hardware: $160 million (Down 29% from $225 million)
- PC and console software: $427 million (Up 15% from $370 million)
- Accessories: $256 million (Up 5% from $243 million)
- Mortal Kombat 11 became the 2nd best-selling game of 2019 year-to-date
- Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game of the month on all platforms on which it released
- Mortal Kombat 11 is the first time a 3rd party published Switch game was the platform's top seller since Mario + Rabbids
- Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms
- Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of both April as well as year-to-date across both unit and dollar sales
- Switch 32GB with neon red and blue joy cons is the best-selling individual hardware item of 2019
- amiibo Super Smash Bros Series 1 Character Packs were the best-selling video game accessory of Apri

Software Rankings

Top 20 best selling titles (March 2019)

1. Mortal Kombat 11
2. Days Gone
3. MLB 19: The Show
4. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
9. NBA 2K19
10. Yoshi's Crafted World*
11. Red Dead Redemption II
12. Mario Kart 8*
13. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
14. Minecraft#
15. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
16. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
17. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
18. Jump Force
19. Battlefield V*
20. Borderlands

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft digital sales on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One included

Top 10 best selling titles (Year to Date 2019)

1. Kingdom Hearts III
2. Mortal Kombat 11
3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2^
4. Anthem^
5. Resident Evil 2 2019
6. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
7. Red Dead Redemption II
8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice^
9. Jump Force
10. MLB 19: The Show

Top 10 Switch titles (April 2019)

1. Mortal Kombat 11
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
3. Yoshi's Crafted World*
4. Mario Kart 8*
5. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
7. Super Mario Party*
8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
9. Super Mario Odyssey*
10. Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit

Top 10 3DS titles (April 2019)

Japanese TV show follows French woman on her journey to purchase an authentic copy of Pokemon Green

Mission success!

Did you know that there's a TV show in Japan called “Why Did You Come To Japan?” I had no idea until a few minutes ago! The show stops foreigners on the street to see what has brought them to Japan, and in the case of the woman above, she was out to add something to her Pokemon collection.

The woman wanted to track down an original copy of Pokemon Green, as she's a Pokemon game collector and has hoping to get her hands on a copy for quite some time. As you might be able to guess, the woman did indeed find the game she was looking for, and was pretty ecstatic to add it to her collection.