It’s been a massive 24 hours for the Dragon Quest franchise. To begin with, Square Enix has revealed a new CG animated movie, Dragon Quest: Your Story, based on the story of Dragon Quest V. The film will release on August 2nd, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with music by Koichi Sugiyama.
Additionally, during the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, Square Enix revealed Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition. The Nintendo Switch version of the massive RPG will feature English and Japanese language voice acting, as well as the addition of a 2D map feature that was included on the 3DS version of the game. Dragon Quest XI S: Echos of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition will be available this fall.
Lastly, it was revealed that Dragon Quest Builders 2 will release in North America on July 12th.
During the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, PlatinumGames revealed a surprising new title, Astral Chain, coming soon for the Nintendo Switch. The sci-fi action RPG allows players to choose between two characters to fight mysterious dimensional creatures using a new weapon called the Legion.
Making his game directorial debut for his work as the game designer on NieR: Automata, Takahisa Taura is responsible for concept and planning on Astral Chain. Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta series, is supervising, with character design by manga artist Masakazu Katsura, creator of Zetman and Video Girl Ai.
Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo have revealed a new trailer for the upcoming, long-awaited sequel, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The new trailer focuses on cooperative play, and attacking in the game, as well as the addition of Captain Marvel.
Gameplay will allow up to 4 players to play on the same TV, locally with 4 Nintendo Switch consoles, or online, making it the most dynamic Ultimate Alliance game yet.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order: For the first time in 10 years, the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns with four-player action and an original story … all exclusive to Nintendo Switch! Assemble your dream team from a huge cast of Super Heroes, including Marvel’s ultimate cosmic protector, Captain Marvel.
During last night’s fantastic Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed a surprise remake of the classic 1993 hit, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. The remake features a uniquely beautiful visual style, and a world filled with bizarre creatures, including Mario’s classic enemies, Goombas.
The Game Boy classic is considered one of the best games ever made, so this should come as great news for fans of the series after the massive success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo has revealed the newest trailer for the upcoming 3DS port, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, revealing many of the games newer features, such as Ravel Abilities that can be used to power up Kirby, and new mini-games featuring characters such as King Dedede and Meta Knight. There’s also new furniture to decorate Kirby’s Home, and even a new Devilish mode for those looking for an extra challenge with the game.
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn hits shelves for the Nintendo 3DS on March 8th.
The GDC 2019 scheduling website has revealed that Xbox Live is coming to Nintendo Switch and smartphones using a new development platform, that will be revealed by Microsoft in a talk titled “Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms.”
Here’s Microsoft’s description of the talk:
Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.
Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform SDK.
Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.
Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.
In a move that simultaneously is fantastic, yet troubling, head of development at Nintendo, Shinya Takahashi, has announced that Retro Studios, creators of the original Metroid Prime series, has taken the reins of Metroid Prime 4 and is restarting development on the title.
After its announcement in 2017, development of the massive title has been “very challenged,” according to Takahashi, and there’s a long road ahead before we should expect to see more from the game. “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress and development time will be extensive,” said Takahashi.
The Pokémon Company and Original Stitch have announced a collaboration of custom dress shirts. Original Stitch allows customers to select from a range of patterns and fabrics that will be applied to each of the different parts of your customized shirt, with the collaboration giving customers access to 20 different Pokémon-themed styles.
You can check out the official site for more information. Shirts will start at ¥ 10,000, and the collaboration will launch in February, with advance purchases for the 20 previewed styles from January 26-28.
Bandai Namco has shared an incredible, 11-minute new trailer for the upcoming Super Robot Wars T. The footage shows off the classic gameplay the series is known for, and many of its iconic returning characters, and original characters.
Super Robot Wars T releases on March 20th in Japan for the PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Asia version with English subtitles launches on March 20th, as well.
Nintendo has released a new story trailer for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title, Yoshi’s Crafted World. The game was revealed back in 2017, and ended up as a no-show for 2018. Now, however, the game has its own release date, set for March 29th.
While the trailer is, of course, light on actual plot, it serves as a great introduction to the charming band of Yoshi that the player will be controlling when Yoshi’s Crafted World releases.
Every year, as a way of cataloging my thoughts for the year, and keeping a record of my favorite stuff, I recollect my favorites into categories, and host my own personal awards. Dubbed the Josh Awards for 10 years, now, it’s always one of my favorite personal projects and this year is quite possibly my favorite one, yet.
Hit the jump to check out my favorites in various categories throughout the year 2018, as we head into a new year, set to be my biggest yet.
SEGA has decided to give us a small Christmas gift a little early, with Sonic Mania Adventures Part 6, the Holiday Special, starring Amy Rose. The episode follows Amy, who finds Metal Sonic down on his luck during the Christmas season and tries to help him win back the affection of Doctor Eggman. Or so she thinks.
The official Grasshopper Manufacture Twitter account has revealed all of the extra Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes DLC that will be included in its season pass, as well as the game’s English voice cast. The $9.99 pass will include Vol. 1: Black Dandelion and Vol. 2: Bubblegum Fatale.
Vol. 1: Black Dandelion will feature Shinobu Jacobs as a playable character and includes Badman Ver. ADV Part on February 28th, 2019. Vol. 2: Bubblegum Fatale will feature Bad Girl playable and include Travis Ver. ADV Part, as well as the Killer Marathon stage on April 30th, 2019.
Hit the jump for even more details on upcoming title.
It’s been officially revealed that the next Pokémon film will be out on July 12th, 2019, in Japan. No word on an official international release yet, but as every film has been seen stateside, there’s no reason to expect different here. Earlier this year, a sneak preview of the film was shown in theaters revealing the title 劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲 Evolution or Pocket Monsters The Movie Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.
No word yet whether this is a reboot, a sequel, or perhaps just following along with the more recent retelling of Ash’s origin, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!
In a shocking announcement at last night’s Game Awards, Nintendo revealed the latest DLC character to hit Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, despite the game releasing this morning. The star of Persona 5, Joker, is headed to the franchise fighting game, including his own original stage and music.
No release date has been set as of yet, but expect more, soon.