Square-Enix shows off a custom Slime Tower diorama

Now this is art

Square-Enix has uploaded a unique video to their official Japanese YouTube channel. The video features a one-of-a-kind diorama that was created by minatures expert Hanabira Kobo. The diorama features a scene evocative of numerous Dragon Quest games, as it features a lush landscape, as well as two Dragon Slime towers.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Octopath Traveler' Spirit Board event announced

Celebrating the game's 2-year anniversary

Well here's an exciting Spirit Board event for Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kicking off July 10th, 2020 and running to the 15th, four Octopath Traveler spirits will be added to Smash Bros. Ultimate in honor of the RPG's two-year anniversary. The lineup includes Olberic & Primrose, Tressa & Cyrus, Alfyn & Therion, and H’aanit & Ophilia, and if you defeat them in battle, you'll get more SP than usual.

FINAL FANTASY IX 20th Anniversary Playlist Now Available

Relive the magic

In commemoration of FINAL FANTASY IX’s 20th anniversary, a collection of the game’s music tracks is now available on major online music streaming services. Enjoy a choice selection of music from most memorable scenes in the game as well as quirky tunes from its minigames. *Streaming service and music availability may vary by region.

Check out the various streaming options here

Final Fantasy IX scenario writer shares a special message for the game's 20th anniversary

20 years of FFIX

Final Fantasy IX is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, which is why Square-Enix put together an interview with event design and scenario writer Kazuhiko Aoki. Aoki shared a special message with fans for the anniversary, which you can see below.

“There were about 300 people at the party celebrating Final Fantasy IX’s completion. It was developed by a team divided between Japan and Hawaii, so about one-third of the faces there I had never seen before…I was surprised all over again at how many people were involved in the project.

I’m incredibly happy that Final Fantasy IX is loved by so many people; that’s been a huge motivator and confidence booster when facing jobs I’ve had since. I think that’s true not only for me, but also the many creators who worked on Final Fantasy IX as well. It would be nice to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary with everyone who was at the post-launch party.

Near the end of that party, there was a moment when the sound effect team went up on the venue’s stage. ‘In Final Fantasy X, there’s going to be this thing called Blitzball, and there will be a scene with the spectators cheering. We’d love if you would all be willing to help with that!’ they said. And I thought ‘…Oh, they’ve already started working on X.’ Just when I thought things were finished, they had already begun a new Final Fantasy. It really hit me being there, this is how the Final Fantasy series continues on forever.”

The World Ends With You: The Animation "Anime Expo Lite" full presentation

An interview with the dev team

We've already shared a slew of details on The World Ends With You: The Animation, all of which stemmed from the Anime Expo Lite reveal. That reveal came with an interview featuring the team working on the anime, and you can check out that full presentation above.

Square-Enix grabs a new trademark for Live A Live (UPDATE)

It's A Live!

Live A Live hit the Super Famicom all the way back in 1994, and was the directorial debut of Chrono Trigger director Takashi Tokita. The game eventually saw release on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles in Japan, but today it seems Square-Enix isn't done with the game yet.

Square-Enix has just grabbed a new trademark for Live A Live in Australia, which gives hope for the game to get localized. Live A Live has never seen release outside of Japan, but with this trademark, many are thinking that an English remake or re-release could be in the works.

UPDATE - A trademark for Live A Live has also gone live in Europe as well.

SuperGroupies reveals The World Ends With You merch

The World Ends With You is having a real resurgence lately. Fans begged for more of the franchise for years, which lead to mobile ports of the original game, and then a Switch revamp. That was followed by the announcement and reveal of The World Ends With You: The Animation, an anime slated for 2021. Now we have even more TWEWY goodness with a new merch line from SuperGroupies.

SuperGroupies has revealed a line of The World Ends With You merch that includes multiple variations on backpacks, watches, and wallets. You can preorder the items now, with bags and wallets due to ship out in Nov. 2020, and watches sometime in Dec. 2020. Check out the various designs here.

The Worlds Ends with You: The Animation set to stream via Funimation

Your home for the anime series

The Worlds Ends with You: The Animation isn't going to release until 2021, so we have some time to wait for the debut. When that debut does come along, it's going to be a worldwide affair, and Funimation has let everyone know that they'll be the place offering the streaming version of the show. The company will also be sharing new details about the anime as time rolls on, so look forward to that.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix available for 50% off in North America and Europe

The sale ends on July 20th

The World Ends With You: Final Remix is normally priced at $50, but as of right now in North America, the game has been temporarily dropped to just $25. A comparable deal is being offered in Europe as well. The price drop likely has something to do with The World Ends With You: The Animation being reveled last night. Now's the perfect time to drum up even more support for the game with some special sales!

You have until July 20th, 2020 to take advantage of this offer, so don't hold out too long. You can check out more details about the game via the official Nintendo.com page.

Character art released for The World Ends With You: The Animation

Getting into characters

Last night, we got to see the debut trailer for The World Ends With You: The Animation, a 3DCG anime that will see worldwide release in 2021. That's quite a way's off, but at least we have some more content to look at right now.

The official website for The World Ends With You: The Animation has added character profiles for the series, which gives us some character art to enjoy. Take a look at the various character profiles here.


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