A New Medabots Game in the Works?

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It’s been quite a while since Medabots has seen any kind of love, particularly a new game. But, if the latest issue of Famitsu is to be believed, the series may be making a comeback. The very first Medabots game released in 1997 for the Game Boy Color, and to mark the series’ anniversary, November 28th is now being dubbed Medabots Day.

“Medabots Classics was released as the series’ 20th anniversary title in December 2017, however, it’d be sad for us to let it end like this. So that doesn’t happen, we’re thinking about different things. We’re working on all kinds of arrangements to maybe announce something for the 20th anniversary on November 28 that is Medabots Day,” according to Famitsu.

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Sony Allowing Cross-Play

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After resisting for so long, Sony Computer Entertainment has finally decided to loosen the stranglehold on the PlayStation 4 and allow cross-play with other platforms. In a blog post, Sony revealed the massive policy change, as well as a beta for Fortnite with cross-play enabled today.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

Dragon Quest XI Gets Name Change on Nintendo Switch

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Square Enix has announced that the Nintendo Switch will officially play host to Dragon Quest XI S, according to series producer, Yoji Horii. The additional S in the name stands for Switch, Special, and Speaking referencing the new character voice acting being added to the game, similar to how it was handled for Dragon Quest XI’s Western release.

Currently, no release date is set for Dragon Quest XI S, as developers are taking their time to ensure a quality release. Dragon Quest XI is available now on PlayStation 4.

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.

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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NieR Orchestral Arrangement Heading West

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The NieR Orchestral Arrangement Special Box Edition, previously only available in Japan, is now surprisingly available for pre-order on the Square Enix Store in North America. The box set is priced at $79.99, and will contain both NieR Gestalt Replicant and NieR: Automata arrangement albums, plus a special disc, exclusive to the box set.

The NieR: Orchestra Concert will take place on September 17th at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall.

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.

Converse Releasing Official Hello Kitty Sneakers

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Converse has unveiled a full look at their new line of Official Hello Kitty sneakers, releasing worldwide on August 14th. The line will feature 6 designs, with two for each signature style, the Chuck Taylor, Chuck 70, and One Star.

Prices will vary based on style, but you can hit the jump for a look at the full line of shoes.

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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.

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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Limited Edition The World Ends With You: Final Remix Unveiled

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Square Enix has announced a new, limited edition version of the upcoming The World Ends With You: Final Remix, called the “It’s a Wonderful Bag Edition.” The collectible is only available through Square Enix’ e-Store in Japan. The edition will include the full game, mini soundtrack featuring tracks new to the Final Remix, as well as two sticker sheets, artbook, acrylic stand, stylus pen, and the aforementioned tote bag.

You can hit the jump to check out better shots of each included item. The World Ends With You: Final Remix releases in Japan on September 27th for Nintendo Switch. The game will release in North America and Europe in Fall 2018.

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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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