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The Switch needs heroes.

With the Diablo III Eternal Collection now officially confirmed to be coming to the Nintendo Switch this autumn, there’s been much buzz about certain other games Blizzard could eventually release on the platform.

When asked by GameSpot if the team-based multiplayer title Overwatch would ever make it to the Switch, Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell said it was "feasible": 

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Voice of the forest.

Celebi, the mythical Pokémon which first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver, will be available for all players in Pokémon GO starting from next week.

The legendary creature will become available through a new Special Research questline which will be kicking off on 20th August. Players will encounter tasks that will test their skills as a Trainer, with each one completed giving you access to extra XP, useful items, and the chance to encounter certain Pokémon along the way. 

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Treasure hunt.

Search where the Stone Heads are looking is one of the Battle Pass Challenges in Season 5 of Fortnite.

Complete it and you'll earn Battle Stars that will help boost you up the tiers for those sweet Season 5 exclusive rewards.

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And those Octopath Traveler case covers.

The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards has now gone live in Europe, with a collection of Wii U and 3DS games being offered at a discounted price alongside those lovely Octopath Traveler Switch case covers that were released in the US recently.

Here's the full list of games that have been added to the site, as well as their corresponding costs:

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State of Mind, 2064: Read Only Memories and a Vegas Party!

The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and a comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!

Nintendo Switch - New Releases

State of Mind (Daedalic GmbH, €39.99 / £35.99) - This domestic drama evolves into a thriller about a worldwide conspiracy, which at its core aims to determine the fate of humanity: Could a perfect digital utopia be the answer? A virtual paradise not affected by material needs and quarrels? Could a super-AI be our saviour – or would it simply declare us as dispensable since it could not be taught the value of philanthropy? - Read our State of Mind review

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With an absolutely bonkers trailer.

Game publisher Playdius and indie developer La Moutarde have announced today that their upcoming rhythm game Old School Musical will release digitally for Nintendo Switch in September.

The game follows the adventures of Tib and Rob, two video game characters trained by their mother to be top class gaming heroes. Players must stay in tune, synching inputs with flying notes to help Tib and Rob find their loving mother, who appears to have gone missing. Miss too many of these notes, though, and Tib and Rob’s adventure will fall flat.

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The hard work behind the scenes.

Video game soundtracks can make up a huge part of a player's overall gaming experience; hearing just a couple of notes from your favourite games as a child can instantly transport you back to that world, bringing back all those feelings you thought you'd forgotten. Once they've entered your head for the first time, it's hard to forget those classic moments like Ocarina of Time's Song of Storms, or Super Mario Galaxy's Gusty Garden Galaxy, but composing music for games has always been an incredible challenge.

This especially rings true on older systems, where the technology available to composers placed some very heavy restrictions on the types of sound, amount of layers, and particularly the file space available for use. This new video (down below) from Nerdwriter1 on YouTube explores how music and sound were created on the SNES, offering a fascinating look into the tech under the hood and even some case studies. Even if you already know a great deal about sound production for games, we'd urge you to check this out.

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More rewards added, too!

Just last week, we reported on the news that a handful of European Nintendo online stores were being rebranded, all coming together under the 'My Nintendo' name. Some rather large changes have occurred as a result of this change, with one such addition being the introduction of store vouchers.

There are three different vouchers to choose from, with €1, €3, and €5 options costing 100, 300, and 500 Gold Points respectively. These new, fancy vouchers can be used on any orders with a minimum total spend of €20 (not including shipping costs), and only one voucher can be used per order. You can take a look at the product pages for yourself below.

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8-bit to 16-bit.

A listing on the Switch eShop has revealed The Messenger is estimated to arrive in North America on August 30th for $19.99. Devolver Digital and developer Sabotage originally showed the 2D game earlier this year at the Nindies Showcase. 

The eShop release channels classic series such as Shinobi, while adding in plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour. As previously noted, there is a time-traveling narrative - transforming the game world from 8-bit to 16-bit, and there's also character progression skill trees along with a variety of "silly" bosses to challenge. If you haven't already, be sure to check out our interview with the development team. 

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Less than a minute.

The speedrunning community is known for supporting classic games over a prolonged period of time. To this day, there are still many people worldwide actively playing older games in a competitive fashion on a daily basis. Twitch speedrunner, Kevin “KevinDDR” Birrell is one of them.

Kotaku UK reports he managed to yesterday beat the Perfect Dark Air Force One level in 52 seconds - matching the world record set by the speed runner Karl “Sim Threat” Jobst towards the end of 2017. Until now, Jobst was untouchable across every difficulty for this particular level in the game and also held a number of records in the title. This makes Birrell’s run a significant accomplishment within the speedrunning community. According to a “speedrunning historian,” it took Birrell 200 hours of practice to succeed. 

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Originally released on Wii U.

The challenging side-scrolling platform game Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was originally released on the Wii U eShop in 2013 and followed this up with the physical Director's Cut in 2015. 

Now, according to an ESRB rating, the game is Switch-bound. This same version is heading to the Switch, and in the US will be titled Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - DirectOwl's Cut.

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Arriving later this year.

Prominent racing games are in limited supply right now on the Switch. Outside of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there aren’t many other options when it comes to burning rubber in docked or portable mode. V-Rally 4 is on the horizon, but with the Need for Speed franchise currently on hiatus, street racers have been thrown out onto the curb. 

Fortunately, it looks like Super Street: The Game by Motor Trend Group is here to fill the void. Based on the real-life magazine and lifestyle brand, the title has appeared on the GAME website. As there’s been no official announcement, little is known about the game other than the provided description:

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Dropping the 'X'.

Atlus has revealed that Etrian Odyssey Nexus - known as Etrian Odyssey X in Japan - will be heading westward in February next year.

The game was released in Japan on 2nd August, acting as the final game of the series on Nintendo 3DS. Atlus has already teased future titles - seemingly coming to Switch - but it's great to see this final hoorah for the series on Nintendo's little 3D wonder. The game will be available on 5th February and pre-orders are said to be live right now (although, at the time of writing, Atlas' link isn't working correctly).

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Didn't get the number one spot, though.

Nintendo's Japanese chart success has continued once again this week, with the Switch being the most popular consoleand  its games filling sixteen of the top twenty places.

It wasn't a Switch or 3DS title sitting on top of the pile this time around, as the newly released Yakuza 3 soared to the top with 26,047 sales on PS4, but the overall chart shows a familiar picture. The usual evergreen Nintendo titles are present as always, with a couple of new additions joining the party, too.

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No such luck in the west.

With Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!'s release date coming ever closer, the official Japanese Pokémon Twitter account has shared information on the pre-order bonuses available in the region. Needless to say, they happen to be much more extravagant than the western counterparts.

As you can see, Japanese pre-orders will come with a figure - depending on which version you buy - and a lovely looking art book is given to those who grab both versions of the game. It's worth noting that the figures are only prototypes - hence their unfinished-looking state.

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North America still set for August.

Rising Star Games has confirmed the release date for Little Dragons Café in Europe, and eager fans won't have too long to wait to get cooking.

The news comes via Rising Star Games' Twitter account and, as you can see below, the date of 21st September has been set for the region. No updates have been provided for the North American release of the game, suggesting that the previously stated 24th August release is still intact.

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The 'Soaring 50's'.

Fortnite has seen yet another update today, bringing the game to Version 5.21. This time around we have a brand new weapon entering the fray, a new limited-time mode, and the return of Sniper Shootout.

Kicking things off with the new weapon, players will now have access to the Heavy Sniper Rifle. This weapon allows you to deliver devastating damage to enemies but, perhaps more interestingly, it can do even more damage to structures. If someone's hiding behind a wall or two, simply use this to smash it to pieces - and then finish them off, of course. The weapon comes in epic and legendary variants, dealing around 150 damage to players, or 1050 to buildings.

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So bad it's good.

Night Trap fans rejoice, the ‘90s interactive FMV game is finally coming across to the Nintendo Switch eShop next week on 24th August.

The player's roll, as instructed by police in the game, is to keep an eye on young teenagers at a slumber party while protecting them from any vampiric threats by watching live surveillance footage of the group. The title originally debuted in 1992 on the SEGA CD following its initial development during the years of Hasbro’s Control-Vision system.

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Serving up soon.

If preparing meals with your family and friends wasn’t already stressful enough in Overcooked 2, developer Ghost Town Games has revealed it is hard at work on a new game plus mode which will give three-star chefs an excuse to replay all 45 levels in order to earn a new four-star ranking. 

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With exclusive two-player mode.

Digerati has announced that HackyZack, a puzzle-platformer that released on Steam last year, is headed to Nintendo Switch next week.

In this game, you play as the titular Zack, juggling balls, bouncing off walls, and avoiding fatal falls. You'll be trying to make it through over 100 levels of precision puzzle-platforming, collecting stickers along the way to unlock optional time-trial challenge levels, as well as extra playable characters.

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