Platinum's Hideki Kamiya is really enjoying Tetris 99

What does PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya do when he's not working on various Switch games? He's playing the Switch, of course! It seems his current obsession is Tetris 99.

Not only has Kamiya been tweeting about Tetris 99 for a few weeks now, he also happens to be a fantastic player! Kamiya has taken the top spot more than a couple times, which is better than I can say. I've only managed to get third place!

StarFox Zero + StarFox Guard bundle spotted in Five Below

Sad, but a great deal

If you still have a Wii U and you're looking for an insane deal, you might want to check out Five Below. Reader iiJcMii sent in photographic evidence of multiple StarFox Zero + StarFox Guard bundles in-store. That means you can scoop up the bundle for just $5, which is an insane deal!

RUMOR - Nintendo and Microsoft working on 'big things' together, plus more talk of Scalebound revival chances

Liam Robertson has become very well-known over the years for being someone who can get inside info on games. He hunts down details on cancelled projects, and keeps his ear to the ground for up-and-coming info. His most recent feature can be seen above, where he covers some recent hot topics for Nintendo fans. He also hits upon some new tidbits. Check out a summary of the video below.

- Project HAMMER and Scalebound are unlikely to come back
- Project HAMMER was a mess of a project that caused a lot of damage
- Platinum has unannounced projects and pitches
- the decision to cancel Scalebound was a mutual one between PlatinumGames and Microsoft
- one of the biggest reasons it was cancelled was the tech could not run the vision for the game
- Scalebound was a very personal project for the team
- picking it up again when many folk who worked on it have left seems against PG's studio culture
- there's a rumor that Platinum has shelved a major project recently because they couldn't staff it
- there's no reason for Microsoft to sell Scalebound as it would do damage to Microsoft
- Robertson heard Nintendo and Microsoft are working on big things together
- he doesn't think PlatinumGames has the money to buy Scalebound

Former PlatinumGames dev isn't sold on the Scalebound rumor

Could Scalebound, the cancelled Xbox/PlatinumGames project, be making its way to Switch? Has it really been resurrected by Nintendo? Many fans are hoping that's the case, but there's one interesting person who's not quite sure it's anything more than a rumor.

Jean Pierre Kellams, a former creative producer with PlatinumGames, shared the following message upon hearing news of this rumor.

Shit. I don’t know. I don’t work there anymore and haven’t talked to anyone about it, but I’d highly doubt this is a thing.
Obviously JPK has some insight into the inner-workings of PlatinumGames, even if he doesn't work there anymore. His comments do a bit to make the rumor less credible, but they certainly don't mean it's not possible. You'd have to imagine a deal like this would be worked on by the higher-ups, and kept quite secretive. I guess all we can do is sit back and see what happens!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain launch shipments announced for France

It's always interesting to hear just how many units of a game Nintendo is prepping for launch in a region. It gives you a slight idea of how well they're expecting a game to sell. Today we get that data for both Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain as they pertain to France. These are day-one allotments for these titles.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

- 50,000 copies of the standard edition
- 6,00 copies of the Seasons of Warfare Edition

Astral Chain

- 20,000 copies

Astral Chain - full story/gameplay synopsis

PlatinumGames have added an official page for Astral Chain on their website, and it includes a synopsis of the game itself. Check out the full details below.

The Ark: A massive, prosperous, multicultural city. But disaster strikes when mysterious dimensional gates appear, bringing dangerous alien creatures to the Ark to attack the people and corrupt the land. The Ark police form a special task force, known as Neuron, to face the alien threat head-on.

Humanity’s last chance against invasion is a special living weapon called the Legion. As a rookie Neuron officer, you and your Legion will work together to solve cases and save humankind.

ASTRAL CHAIN gives you full control over two characters at once for thrilling Synergetic Action, courtesy of PlatinumGames. Switch between several Legion types and skills to save the world your way.

ASTRAL CHAIN features character designs by the acclaimed mangaka Masakazu Katsura (ZETMAN, Video Girl Ai), and marks the directorial debut of PlatinumGames’ Takahisa Taura (designer of NieR:Automata). Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and writer/supervisor of Bayonetta 2, provides supervision.

Work together with the Legion – the ultimate living weapon!

Humanity’s last hope against the extradimensional invasion is the Legion – a living weapon, tethered to a human controller. You and your Legion will work together to fight off alien monsters – and crack police cases, while you’re at it. Synergetic Action is all in a day’s work at Neuron!

Team up with your Legion for coordinated attacks on one enemy…

… or take on multiple foes at once!

RUMOR - Nintendo working with PlatinumGames to revive Scalebound for Switch

At one time, Scalebound was supposed to be a major AAA title that was heading to the Xbox One. Microsoft had partnered with PlatinumGames to make the game a reality, and for awhile there, things seemed to be working out just fine. Then, unfortunately, the game ended up being cancelled. There were apparently a number of issues and problems that lead to cancellation. The official announcement of cancellation came about in Jan. 2017, but now rumor has it that the game is being resurrected.

Insider info points to Nintendo and PlatinumGames teaming up to bring Scalebound back from the dead for release on Switch. We did recently hear that Nintendo was working to bring back a title that was dead, but no one expected that project would be one of Microsoft's games! Obviously none of this is confirmed until Nintendo or PlatinumGames themselves share the info, but it certainly is an enticing rumor!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

PlatinumGames elaborates a bit more on the team involved with Astral Chain

PlatinumGames has put up a blog post about the reveal of Astral Chain, which we learned about during this week's Nintendo Direct. While the post doesn't give much in the way of new game info, it does share a better look at the team working on the title.

With today’s Nintendo Direct, we at PlatinumGames are proud to show off our latest project: ASTRAL CHAIN, a thrilling new Synergetic Action game for Nintendo Switch. We’ve been working on ASTRAL CHAIN for a while now, but we’ve had to keep it under wraps until now. But now that it’s announced, you won’t have too long to wait – It’s coming to Nintendo Switch on August 30! I’m sure some of you were surprised to hear that an all-new, original PlatinumGames title is on its way so soon!

The idea for ASTRAL CHAIN came from none other than Takahisa Taura, the lead game designer for NieR:Automata. Taura and his team – which includes veterans of such PlatinumGames classics as Bayonetta and NieR:Automata – have worked very hard to make his ideas into reality with ASTRAL CHAIN, his directorial debut. Naturally, Taura’s no stranger to action games, but he’s pushed himself to new heights with the dual-character, Synergetic Action of ASTRAL CHAIN.

ASTRAL CHAIN brings you to a bold, near-future cyberpunk metropolis, featuring character designs by Masakazu Katsura, the acclaimed artist behind beloved manga and anime like ZETMAN and Video Girl Ai.

Last but not least, the team has received supervision and guidance from none other than Hideki Kamiya, to ensure that ASTRAL CHAIN has that special something that action game fans have come to expect from PlatinumGames.

I hope that all of you will join me in looking forward to this exciting, original title from one of our up-and-coming directors. I’m confident that you’ll enjoy it.

Bayonetta 2 producer leaves PlatinumGames

There were rumors earlier today of PlatinumGames' Yusuke Hashimoto leaving his position at the company, and now we can see those rumors were true. Mr. Hashimoto is leaving PlatinumGames after 13+ years. We've got no idea where he's heading off to, but his departure from Platinum will definitely send shockwaves through the company.

Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Maker 2, Dragon Quest XI S, and Astral Chain to include Traditional/Simplified Chinese and Korean support

Nintendo has shared some great news for those living in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and South Korea. A number of games discussed during yesterday's Nintendo Direct will include Traditional/Simplified Chinese and Korean support.

The games to include that support are The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Maker 2, Dragon Quest XI S, and Astral Chain. Even better, all of these titles will release in these areas at the same time as the rest of the world.