The PS Vita is Officially Dead

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According to Mantan Web, shipments of Sony’s long-standing portable console will cease early next year in Japan, citing dwindling hardware releases for the system. Sony Interactive Entertainment executive Hiroyuki Oda added, “Right now, I’d like you to consider that there is no PS Vita successor hardware. As for a portable game machine, there is no plans for anything after the PS Vita.”

The PS Vita debuted in Japan in 2011, as the official successor to the PlayStation Portable, and has went on to moderate success, particularly acting alongside the PlayStation 4 at home.

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Analog EP64: Just Enough Pouches To Be Useful

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for the biggest week of news in what seems like ages! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Captain Marvel, and Mary Poppins Returns, news on The Joker, and an awesome Nintendo Direct on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Super Bomberman R Update Revealed

Konami has revealed the latest update for Super Bomberman R, with new characters, stages, game rules, accessories, and more. On top of a new Castlevania stage, and “Civilians” Grand Prix mode, every version of the game will receive Alucard Bomber from Castlevania, Caesar Bomber from Star Soldier, Mimi Bomber and Nyami Bomber from Pop’n Music, and Upa Bomber from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. 

Additionally, all of the new platforms have access to exclusive characters with PlayStation 4 featuring Pipo Monkey Bomber from Ape Escape and Toro Bomber from Doko Demo Issyo, the Xbox One has Arbiter Bomber and Grunt Bomber from Halo, and the PC has Atlas Bomber from Portal.

Super Bomberman R is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

PlayStation Classic Announced

Sony Computer Entertainment has, out of left field, announced the new PlayStation Classic, jumping on the trend of mini retro consoles. The system will release on December 3rd, and include 2 replica controllers, HDMI output, and cleverly designed usage of its main top-mounted buttons. Currently only 5 games have been announced, but they already make the system one to watch:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash

The system is set to feature 20 pre-loaded games.

Lineup of Final Fantasy Games Announced for Nintendo Switch

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During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo and Square Enix revealed a massive bombshell that the Nintendo Switch, throughout 2018 and 2019 will be receiving a bevy of Final Fantasy titles.

  • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD (Available Now!)
  • World of Final Fantasy: Maxima (Available November 6th)
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Everybuddy! (Available This Winter)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles HD Remaster (Available 2019)
  • Final Fantasy VII, IX, X/X-2, XII: The Zodiac Age (Available 2019)

Animal Crossing Announced for Switch; Isabelle Joins Smash

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Nintendo closed out their massive Direct today with the reveal that a new Animal Crossing game will finally be blessing the Nintendo Switch next year. No other information has been revealed, but we also were given the surprise that fan-favorite, Isabelle, is taking a break from her assistant duties to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

While Animal Crossing may not have a date, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will drop exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on November 2nd.

Katamari Damacy Reroll Announced

During today’s Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo and Bandai Namco announced Katamari Damacy Reroll, an HD remaster of the original 2004 cult classic game that will be releasing later this year for Nintendo Switch.

An exact release date is not available, but we should expect to hear more soon, as it is set for a Winter 2018 release.

 

Alan Wake Series in The Works

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Variety is reporting that writer Peter Calloway (Legion) will helm an adaptation of Remedy’s 2010 Microsoft exclusive, Alan Wake, with backing from the game studio, Contradiction Films, and Alan Wake writer Sam Lake. The original game follows the titular character, a novelist, caught in the supernatural happenings of a mysterious town named Bright Falls.

“The story of the original game is our starting point, the seed which will grow into the bigger story we’re exploring in the show. We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever did.

Not only that, but through the years we’ve worked on multiple game concepts and stories for Alan Wake’s world that have never seen the light of day. All of this material will function as potential source material for the show.”

SNK Reveals Sequel to Samurai Shodown for 2019

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SNK, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, have revealed a sequel to Samurai Shodown, titled Samurai Spirits, set for release on PlayStation 4 in 2019. The game takes place in 1787, where a dark cloud of dread looms over a feudal Japan intent on shifting to the modern age.

The gameplay and visual style looks very reminiscent of Street Fighter IV, but serves as a great throwback for fans of the classic fighter. Hit the jump to check out the first official trailer, featuring work in progress gameplay.

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Nintendo Unveils Limited Edition Let’s Go Pokémon Switch Bundles

Nintendo has officially announced a new Pokémon: Let’s Go themed Nintendo Switch bundle for the upcoming Eevee and Pikachu editions of the upcoming game, releasing on November 16th. The bundles include your chosen version of the game through a download code, a special decorated Switch dock,  and decorated Switch console. The bundle also includes two new colorways for the Joy-Con celebrating Eevee and Pikachu, as well as the Poké-Ball Plus peripheral.

The bundle will retail for $399 and launch the same day as the game, on November 16th.

Check Out This Incredible HD Remake of the Metal Gear Solid Intro

It’s a good time to be a Metal Gear Solid fan with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts going all out to celebrate the game’s anniversary with concept art, fan projects, and plenty more. Now, it seems to have all culminated in this incredible HD Unreal Engine remaster of the original Metal Gear Solid intro by animator Erasmus Brosdau.

The remaster updates the visuals, cleans up audio, and adjusts the cinematography to be more modern in a nearly flawless way. If you’d like to compare it to the original, you can hit the jump to check it out.

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Henry Cavill Cast in Witcher Netflix Series

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Netflix has announced that Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout) will lead the cast of their adaptation of The Witcher, voicing Geralt of Rivia. Executive producer/showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has described Geralt as “stoic, circumspect, balanced, fierce, and as hiding a soft place in his heart that he’ll never reveal until the end and even then it will just be a hint.”

The Witcher is set to be an adaptation of The Witcher books, of which there are eight, which have spawned a wildly popular video game series, comic books, tabletop games, and more.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Gets a Release Date

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The upcoming spiritual sequel from Grasshopper Manufacture (Suda51 has started this game is not No More Heroes 3), has finally gotten a release date after over a year of teasing. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be releasing for the Nintendo Switch on January 18th, 2019.

In Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Travis Touchdown will come face to face with Bad Girl’s father, Badman, in a series of Death Drive Mark 2 games, styled heavily after several popular real world indie games. Completing the games will earn Travis seven death balls, that will grant him a wish.

CD Projekt Red Reveals First NSFW Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay

CD Projekt Red took to GamesCom 2018 and revealed a massive, 48-minute gameplay demo of their upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077, and it does not disappoint. The NSFW demo features incredible looks at Night City, combat systems, hacking systems, and plenty more.

“What we’re releasing today was recorded from a game deep in development. Since many of the assets and mechanics in the current version of Cyberpunk 2077 are most likely to be modified, we initially decided to show this gameplay only to media. Elements like gunplay (both in terms of visuals and how RPG stats influence it), netrunning, car physics, or the game’s UI — everything’s pretty much still in the playtest phase and we felt uneasy about publicly committing to any particular design. Animation glitches, work-in-progress character facial expressions, early versions of locations — all this made us hesitant to release what you’re about to see.”

“However, we are also well aware that many of you want to see what the media saw Although this is probably not the same game you’ll see on your screen when we launch, we still decided to share this 48-minute video with you. This is how Cyberpunk 2077 looks today. Let us know what you think!”

Capcom Announces Remaster of First Onimusha

Capcom has announced Onimusha: Warlords, an HD remaster of the first Onimusha game, originally released on the PlayStation 2. The new update will include “updated features including high-definition graphics, widescreen display option, analog stick support, a readily available Easy Mode option, and new soundtrack.”

Onimusha: Warlords will release on January 15th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and will cost $19.99.