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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New Godzilla: Planet Eater Poster Debuts

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The Official Twitter account for the Toho produced Godzilla anime series on Netflix has debuted a new poster for the upcoming Godzilla: Planet Eater, set to debut this November in Japan. Currently no release date is set for North America, but trends have it most likely in March 2019.

The poster gives us our first full look at Ghidorah in the series, doing battle with the plant-based behemoth, Godzilla. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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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.

Website for New Patlabor Debuts

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The official website for an all-new Patlabor series has debuted online, and while it doesn’t give us much in the way of details, we do get a small synopsis, and some fantastic official artwork.

With the rapidly accelerating development of hyper-technology, a humanoid-type machine called “LABOR” is being used in every field of industry. However, it has created the new social menace of “LABOR” crime. In order to curb such crimes from happening one after another, the Metropolitan Police Department has established a special department. the “Special Vehicle Section No.2”. It consists of company of patrol “LABOR” known as PATLABOR.

First Look at New City Hunter Anime Movie

City Hunter is an iconic staple of anime, having seen plenty of various incarnations, including a live-action Korean film, and a version starring Jackie Chan. Now, it’s getting another refresh in the form of a fresh anime film, with the original voice cast returning. The original manga debuted in 1985, and stars main character Ryo, who attempts to chase down criminals while interacting with dangerous and beautiful women, a la James Bond.

City Hunter opens in Japan on February 8th, 2019.

First Trailer for Godzilla: Planet Eater Debuts

Netflix and Polygon Pictures have debuted the first trailer for the final film in the Godzilla animated trilogy, Godzilla: Planet Eater, which introduces us to a reimagined King Ghidorah in this alternate universe.

The trailer doesn’t give us much new footage, but it does provide with our first listen at Ghidorah’s roar, which is based heavily on the Heisei era of the giant monster. The cast of the first two films will be returning for the final film, which hits Netflix in Japan on November 9th. No release date has been confirmed in North America, yet.

New Trailer for Alita: Battle Angel Revealed

Dropping surprisingly after SDCC, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming manga film adaptation, Alita: Battle Angel. The new trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the film, with more polished visuals, plot points, and plenty of gorgeous action.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the December 21st release features a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Rodriguez.

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Gets a Release Date

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After becoming increasingly busy with Shin Godzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno was forced to put the finale to his fabled Evangelion series on hold, but he’s now back on track, and the fourth and final film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 is set for release in 2020.

Little is known about the film, though a short teaser is now showing before movies in theaters in Japan announcing the release.

Mob Psycho II Debuting in January 2019

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The official website for Mob Psycho 100, the popular anime from creator ONE, has unveiled a new key visual for the series’ second season, revealing that it will be returning in January 2019.

On top of that, it’s been confirmed we will be receiving a new update each month until the series’ debut. Hit the jump for a look at the full visual.

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Armored Core Series Getting 20-Disc Soundtrack Collection

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FROMSoftware has announced that its long-time favorite franchise, Armored Core, is getting a massive 20-disc Original Soundtrack collection, featuring 394 tracks, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, and original release on the PlayStation. The set will also include an artbook: “The 20-year History of Armored Core,” featuring CG art and  design from across the series in 240 pages, as well as a set of “Company & Organization Emblem Sticker Sheets,” all in an Original Disc Case & Box.

You can hit the jump for a look at the full set, as well as complete listing of titles that will feature tracks. The Armored Core Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Box releases in Japan on November 1st for ¥18,500. You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

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McDonald’s Japan Gets New Pokémon Toys

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McDonald’s Japan has revealed a new set of Pokémon toys for Happy Meals that promote the upcoming movie – Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story. The film is set to release this Friday, on July 13th with the toys becoming available just a few short days ago.

The toys feature three different Pikachu toys, an Eevee toy, and a toy for each Alolan starter. In addition, McDonald’s Japan has also released a video spotlighting each toy and how to use them, which you can check out after the jump.

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Kill La Kill The Game: IF Gets Anime Expo Trailer

Arc System Works and developer APLUS has revealed a new gameplay trailer for Kill La Kill The Game: IF at this year’s Anime Expo. It gives us a better look at what to expect from the alternate reality title, as well as confirming that original creators, Studio Trigger, are supervising the game to make sure it meets the standard of quality we have come to expect from the show.

Kill La Kill The Game: IF is slated for release in 2019 on PlayStation 4, and Steam.

Legendary Working On a Live-Action Mobile Suit Gundam

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Legendary Pictures, the studio behind such recent successes as the 2014 Godzilla film, and Pacific Rim, have announced a partnership with Sunrise at this year’s Anime Expo. The first announcement? A live-action Mobile Suit Gundam film is now in development with the studio. Nothing is known about the story, nor is a director attached, but we did get a press release. Maybe the appearance of the Gundam in Ready Player One was what it took to push executives over the edge?

The original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted.

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Launching October 26th

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Bandai Namco have announced that My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will launch later this year, on October 26th in North America for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, players who pre-order the game will have access to play as the #2 hero, Endeavor.

My Hero Academia is on a roll as quite the successor to the crowns of fan-favorites Naruto and Bleach, becoming a cultural phenomenon we haven’t seen in several years. Hopefully the first official video game for the series does it justice. Get it?!