If you've yet to grab Nintendo Labo, you might want to hold off on running straight to your local store. Amazon Japan actually has some exclusive little goodies for Labo, should you decide to import the kit from the land of the rising sun. Included in both the Variety and Robot kits, you'll receive some nifty masking tape and a cut out of Danbo the robot from the manga Yotsuba&! In a nice touch, the masking tape is actually modeled after the tape Amazon uses for packages in Japan.
These goodies don't amount to a whole lot (and could easily be replicated with some ingenuity), but they are certainly a bonus not available in the West. I like how plain Danbo's face is, so I'd definitely wear that if I had the kit. Maybe I should just import this (and spend more on cardboard).
New additions are still rolling into Nintendo's mobile-battler Fire Emblem Heroes. This week sees three more heroes added to the game's roster, along with a new story chapter. You can check out the trailer released to showcase the content below.
From tomorrow, April 24, players will be able to pick up the diminutive Dragon Princess, Kana, Lance Flier Shigure and Sky Warrior Hinoka. The three Fire Emblem Fates characters are available as part of a new Summoning Event, which kicks off tomorrow morning at 00:00 PT, 03:00 ET and 07:00 BST.
Along with the new heroes, a new story chapter, Rite of Frost, will also be made available. In related news, a male variant of Kana will star in the upcoming Grand Hero Battle, which begins May 3.
Fire Emblem Heroes is available now on iOS and Android devices.
Fused Zamasu, one of the chief characters of the fourth arc of Dragon Ball Super, was recently confirmed to be making an appearance in Dragon Ball FighterZ by way of magazine scans.
Now Bandai Namco is showing him off proper with some real official screens, and he's looking like a formidable addition indeed -- I really dig the use of purple in his abilities. Fused Zamasu is the third piece of confirmed DLC for Dragon Ball Fighter Z's season pass, the first two of which are Broly and Bardock, who are already implemented.
Strangely, the pricey $34.99 season pass notes that there will be "no less than eight additional characters" added to the game, so we have "at least" five more to go.
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Devolver Digital's gearing up for the imminent release of The Swords of Ditto, a cutesy rogue-like adventure about an entire lineage of heroic world-savers. As such, we get this gem of a launch trailer.
There's some real ace stuff in this trailer. A kazoo-playing girl summons a magical teleporting school bus. An ambitious lad nimbly cuts through some minions before being effortlessly crystalized by ultimate baddie Mormo. My favorite: The hero who slaps a matchstick sticker to her shirt, instantly transforming her sword into a firesword.
The Swords of Ditto launches on PC and PS4 tomorrow for $20. We'll have a review ready in the morning. This trailer is all you need to know the game is cute as heck, though. Really, the cuteness was never called into question.
Hyperdimension Neptunia's Executive Producer Norihisa Kochiwa has released a video to reveal a little more detail on Brave Neptune, the first-ever title in the franchise to be developed in the West, by Canada's Artisan Studios.
Among the new info was the game's full title: Yuusha Neptune: Sekai yo Uchuu yo Katsumoku Seyo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!! which (very roughly) translates to: Brave Neptune: World & Universe! Pay Attention!! Ultimate RPG Declaration! According to Kochiwa, the title came to him while in the bath, beating out over 50 other potential names.
In the video (according to Siliconera's translation) Kochiwa mentions that the game is coming to the PS4 format, and that more information will be revealed in this week's issue of Dengeki PlayStation, which is being published April 26.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about the gameplay concept and mechanics, and how Artisan Studios will be stamping their own mark on the game, which is looking to be an entirely new experience within the wonderful universe of Gamindustri.
Brave Neptune: World & Universe! Pay Attention!! Ultimate RPG Declaration! is in development for PS4.
Well, here's a peculiar and seemingly out-of-nowhere development. Tencent has announced Red Alert Online, an upcoming mobile adaptation of the Command and Conquer: Red Alert series.
This is just a cinematic trailer, but the game's official site has some screenshots (which look exactly like you'd expect them to). Yuri's up there in the key art, and Tanya makes an appearance as well.
So yeah, this exists. It would be nice to see someone make better use of the IP for fans.
Overwatch, like most shooters, is in constant flux. What might be meta now could change in a matter of weeks or even days, and the current PTR (public test region/realm) is looking to shake things up once again.
Blizzard has announced that Hanzo is losing his scatter arrow ability, and will now utilize storm arrows, a succession volley attack of six shots -- as well as a new mid-air jump called lunge. In other news Genji's deflect hitbox has been reduced, Brigitte's shield bash has been tweaked to have a smaller cone angle (60 from 90), Junkrat's frag launcher has had its projectile size decreased slightly (and his Rip-Tire is a tad slower), Lucio's wall ride has been altered, and Tracer's pulse bomb now has a max damage of 300 instead of 400, because it was "too good at killing tanks."
You can also try a new map in PTR, an escort joint called Rialto, based in Italy. If you're a regular player and want to see the exact figures for everything you can find them at the link below.
Overwatch PTR Patch Notes [Battle.net]
Quantic Dream have announced that their dramatic RPG, Detroit: Become Human, has gone gold and is ready for mass production. Tomorrow will see a demo of the cyber-soap opera land on PS4, allowing players a chance to check out the game's storyline and mechanics.
The demo will feature an early scenario from the game, Hostage. This scene, which I reported on back in October, features android detective Connor, who is called to a situation involving a shooting at a family residence. Connor must work quickly to piece together all the information in can find at the crime scene, before confronting the killer in an intense stand-off.
Quantic Dream have also released an Amazon Alexa "CyberLife" app, which can be used in conjunction with the demo (and the game itself). This will allow players to ask questions about characters and scenarios, and even works as an FAQ system for discovering the game's branching paths.
Detroit: Become Human launches on PS4 on May 25.
Random little Splatoon 2 tournaments are happening throughout the year, especially leading up to a showdown at this year's E3, and that includes the recent Inkling Open qualifiers this past weekend.
Just several days ago in one heated match the Beard Bois and team Komodo battled it out in Turf War, and the score came down to....0.1%. Yep, it was that precise. To sort of clarify things most Splatoon events don't typically run Turf War games in favor of other matches. Also, as a few spectators have pointed out over the course of the tournament -- walls do not count in the splat percentage.
It's also a good reminder to always be inking, even when you're spawning in, as it could make all the difference.
Bungie is almost ready to lift the lid on Destiny 2's next expansion, Warmind, but for the time being the studio has released a new teaser trailer. The next stop for Destiny 2 players is going to be the Hellas Basin on Mars, and there's also a brief look at something called the Hive Escalation Protocol.
Described as a "cooperative endgame activity," the Escalation Protocol seems to be a wave-based survival mode. You'll notice that the HUD says to "clear the Hive before the time expires" and the person playing in this trailer footage has reached Level 6. I'm definitely intrigued to hear more.
Our full look at Warmind will begin tomorrow at 10:00am Pacific on Bungie's Twitch channel.
The beat goes on in studio Koji Igarashi, as his team sink their fans into the development of not-Castlevania-but-it-is-really adventure title Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A new survey has been released to garner fan feedback on the game's Kickstarter, social media skills, and future DLC options.
The survey is less about what you want in the game itself, more about the marketing and post-release of the hotly-anticipated title. The questions pertain to topics such as news announcements, backer goals, developer communication and the any future DLC plans.
You can include your own thoughts on such matters by filling in the survey right here. It's certainly been a long road for Bloodstained, but now the moon is fat and the end is nigh, with the game scheduled for release this year on PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fan survey [Official]
Redesign time! Later this year we're giving Destructoid a fresh coat of paint. You know the drill, we do this every few years as web and mobile technologies change so quickly. UX and UI improvements aside, we're also doing a little back-end work to speed things along.
Its important to us that we get a ton of community feedback about what you like and don't like about our current site even before we get started, and that's where you come in. Let's kick this off right: Drop your comments below and show us the way.
Of course, a comments thread is probably not the best way to get this done long-term, so we set up a dedicated project site where you can post ideas, sketches, and inspire the next Destructoid. The most valuable person who helps our new site to life, as voted by our corporate overlords sponsoring this contest, will win $1,000.
What we're looking for: Inspiration.
We're not looking for a final design per se, though code examples and sketches are certainly welcome. We're primarily looking for aesthetic feedback, so maybe a first start is to take a look at popular gaming themes around the web and tell us what elements you like the most.
We'd also like to hear things like "I would use the site more often if we changed X" or "these colors/fonts would look better" or "I would like to be able to do X on my phone" or "doing X right...
Mario Tennis Aces is slowly approaching its June 22 release date on Switch, and we haven't heard much about it outside of several splashes of info from various Nintendo Directs and such. That's sort of changing as more information is leaking out, including this new semi-spoilery (if you care about that kind of stuff) reveal of a few cast members.
Over on the Geo-Online marketplace you can find an official Aces bag, a piece of merchandise that is adorned with badges representing characters. You have to squint really hard, but three newly revealed badges clearly confirm three previously unrevealed roster members -- the Koopa Paratrooper, Birdo, and Diddy Kong.
I'm sure folks are jazzed that Birdo is back in particular, but again we'll need full confirmation first.
A few months back, reports started coming out that developer Quantic Dream, known for titles Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit, had allegedly been running a fairly toxic workplace. There were claims from former employees of sexist and racist jokes being thrown around the studio as well as a pretty disgusting report about employees heads being photoshopped onto naked bodies. It made the studio seem like a real hellscape and founder David Cage's response didn't really help matters. His "judge me by my work" retort made no sense in the context of the reports and mostly seemed to ignore the allegations against his studio.
It seems Quantic Dream wasn't just sitting idly by while these claims started circulating through various channels. According to a report on Kotaku, the company is now suing two French media outlets -- website Mediapart and newspaper Le Monde -- over their reports on the allegations. Kotaku writer Cecilia D’Anastasio discovered this information during an interview with Cage, where the founder bluntly stated, "we're suing their journalists."
Canard PC, one of the other outlets that broke news about Quantic Dream, is not being sued. While the outlet received threatening letters before and after their story went live, nothing yet has come from those messages. Publishing director for the site, Ivan Gaudé, told Kotaku the two sites being sued will now have to prove to the judge that their outlets used appropriate caution when reporting the story and had reached out to all parties involved in...
At Netflix' "See What's Next" media event, held this weekend in Rome, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich gave some sparse new deets regarding the television adaptation of the video game and book series, The Witcher, which was first announced about a year ago.
Although there was unfortunately no cast revelations as of yet, we do know that Netflix is planning an eight episode season (which sounds about right to me) with the script for the pilot episode ready for polishing. Hissrich gave a release date of 2020 on Twitter, but then immediately followed up with "Who knows?!".
The show will be shot in Eastern European locations and although we have little to go on regarding narrative, Hissrich confidently assures us that "Quality comes before speed. You'll get it as soon as humanly possible, and it'll be good." Hissrich is no stranger to TV adaptation, having produced Marvel's Defenders and the second season of Daredevil.
The Witcher is currently in production at Netflix.
May's Xbox Games with Gold offerings are confirmed, and as usual it's a pretty good mix. The big highlights are easily Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, a game that everyone needs to have played at some point, as well as Vanquish, the Platinum classic. Also on offer are Super Mega Baseball 2, and Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage.
The latter two are by way of Xbox 360 backward compatibility -- one of the nifty perks of the Xbox platform, as 360 games in the Gold program are automatically upgraded to work on Xbox One.
It's not as if we didn't see it coming. Sony's sombre father and son adventure, God of War, has handily strolled straight into the number one spot of the UK Charts. Sega also have reason to celebrate, as their roaming brawler Yakuza 6: The Song of Life debuted at number three.
In both cases, God of War and Yakuza 6 had the best launches their respective series have ever experienced in the UK. While both titles are expected to ride high, God of War in particular is likely to stay firmly planted in the upper echelon for some time.
Elsewhere in the charts it was a good week for Nintendo, as both Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild made re-entries into the Top Ten, with Switch shooter Splatoon 2 also creeping back into the Top 20. Space opera Destiny 2 also popped it's cyber-armoured head back into the charts at number 25.
The time has come for us to learn a little bit more about the Final Fantasy VII Remake project. We've heard plenty of bits and pieces by way of job listings and such, but Square Enix has been pretty hush hush on what this hype-fest actually entails other than spilling the beans on the episodic angle.
Once again we're getting more insight into the scope of the project by way of a job listing. According to the post, it notes that this is "not a remake," but a "creation." The team explains it further by stating: "It should be noted that this is an internal production. After 20 years, the staff behind the original Final Fantasy VII, who are top-rankers in the industry even now, are reuniting. A project to create 'a title that surpasses the original' is starting full-scale."
These listings call for battle and level planners, and re-iterates that the 1st Business Division, who is working on Mobius Final Fantasy, is the chief development team. If operations have indeed expanded, when do you think we could see a real update at this point? 2025?
This May, players will be able to take Street Fighter's schoolgirl extraordinaire (and part-time arcade worker) Sakura Kasugano into battle with the terrifying behemoths of Capcom's blockbuster adventure, Monster Hunter: World.
From May 4, the three-part, seven-star difficulty "Empress in Full Bloom" challenge will appear in the arena, open to hunters of Level 12 and over. Players have only until May 10 to complete the challenge (which mainly consists of defeating Pink Rathians) in order to unlock the Sakura armour set, giving your hunter the appearance and voice of the awesome lass-kicker.
Sakura isn't the first Street Fighter alumni to make her presence felt in Monster Hunter: World. Previous armour sets have been available to turn characters into poster-boy Ryu, and the Strongest Woman in the World, Chun-Li. Devil May Cry's Dante also got in on the action, and another recent quest enabled players to switch their Palico sidekick out for an 8-bit Mega-Man! Here's hoping these fun crossovers continue.
Monster Hunter: World is available now on PS4 and Xbox One. A PC release is planned for the Fall.
Usually the week before the summer season officially kicks off, which is now basically whatever week that summer's Marvel film lands, is DOA. No one even wants to touch it with big releases and audiences are saving their money for the big blockbuster about to land. Not so with this week, though, as the two new releases outperformed expectations, A Quiet Place rose back to the top, and even Rampage didn't drop as much as expected (only 41 percent off from last week).
We can all agree A Quiet Place deserves to be in number one in terms of quality, but it's still surprising it managed to climb back up there, especially with I Feel Pretty pulling in a surprising $16 million, and Super Troopers 2 pulling in an even more surprising $14.7 million. None of Broken Lizard's films have made $20 million in their entire run, and this sequel should do it by next weekend. That's especially good for a Kickstarted, cult comedy that got panned by critics.
Obviously, none of these box offices is going to hold a candle to Avengers: Infinity War when it lands, as it's already set to destroy every box office record ever, but it's nice to see a good movie get one more shot at the top.