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Wales Interactive, the publisher behind The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, has revealed their next project and, while it too is a murder mystery FMV game, it definitely changes things up. This time around you assume the role of a shapeshifting detective, hence the title- The Shapeshifting Detective.

The game features 1600 videos to tell the story in its many variations. You can change into the form of nine different characters, so the cast will react differently based on what form you take along with what questions you ask. To add further variety, the identity of the murderer is randomly selected from three potential suspects at the start of each play-through. Check out the trailer below for a glance at the charming, B-movie style approach the developers have appeared to embrace.

The Shapeshifting Detective is currently scheduled to release on Switch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: Wales Interactive

The breadth of content in Mario Kart 8 easily eclipses that of previous entries in the serious, but recent comments by Shinya Takahashi, head of software development at Nintendo, reveal that even more content is coming to the game in the near future.

Nintendo tweeted the following video of Mr. Takahashi discussing some of his favorite Nintendo titles, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2, where he makes some interesting comments:

Mr. Takahashi answered a few questions on some of his favorite #NintendoSwitch titles, including The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and #Splatoon2! pic.twitter.com/UsKJKHNfLT — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 12, 2018

After noting that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can be played using the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Motorbike, he says, “There will be further updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so please look forward to it.” What those updates will include is unclear, but hopefully they won’t just relate to Nintendo Labo. Of course, more DLC in the form of new tracks and playable characters would be amazing, but we’ll have to be patient to see what Nintendo has up their sleeve.

What would you like to see in future updates of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo Life

Although the latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story, only just premiered in Japan on July 13, fans are already looking ahead to 2019’s movie, thanks to an exciting announcement.

At the end of Everyone’s Story, the title for the next film, accompanied by a short CGI trailer, was shown: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Though no other details have been released, we can expect to hear an official announcement and get a first look sometime soon.

This is exciting news for fans who loved Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back and have been waiting almost 20 years for Mewtwo to make his return to the big screen (because Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns doesn’t quite count, since it was a direct-to-video release and wasn’t particularly well received). The wait won’t be long now!

Are you excited for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution? What do you hope to see in the film? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Siliconera

North American My Nintendo members now have a couple of special, brand new Octopath Traveler rewards they can redeem their coins for.

Printable box art for the game is now available for 50 coins, and there are eight designs representing each of the main characters.

You can also pick up a new Octopath Traveler wallpaper for PC, mobile, and tablets, also at a cost of 50 coins.

This isn’t the first time My Nintendo has offered printable alternate box art for a game — last month, art was made available for the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion, which is still available for 30 coins.

Will you be downloading the Octopath Traveler box art or wallpapers? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Level-5 has announced that Yo-Kai Watch 4 will be released  on Switch this winter in Japan.

The news was shared in the latest issue of CoroCoro Comic, where the game’s genre was interestingly listed as “RPG (Cross-media Project)”. It will apparently feature a grand journey that goes beyond the time and space of the world in which Natsume Amano, Keita Amano (Nathan Adams), and Shin Shimomachi live.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 was originally announced back in April but it’s good that we now have a release-window for it. Of course, there is no indication on whether the game will be made available outside of Japan at a later date.

While the Yo-Kai Watch series has always been well-received, it’s failed to really build up a strong following outside of Japan — indeed, we questioned earlier this year whether the series has a place outside of Japan.

Source: Siliconera

Nintendo fans that also like to collect toys have had a lot to celebrate over the last few years. Between the Amiibo line, Jakks Pacific’s World of Nintendo series and even Happy Meals, Nintendo merchandise seems to be everywhere, these days. A pair of new toys were revealed today, and they should certainly excite fans of the company!

First out of the gate is Nintendo’s new Wolf O’Donnell Amiibo. Last month at E3, Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Alongside the title, the company showed off a pair of Amiibo based on newcomers to the game: Ridley and an Inkling Girl. Nintendo also pledged that returning characters that weren’t in the previous game in the franchise will also receive figures, as well. Wolf O’Donnell, leader of Star Wolf, is the first Amiibo we’ve seen for a returning character, and his Amiibo will release alongside Ridley, Inkling Girl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7.

Today’s other big toy reveal is a Funko Pop vinyl figure of Pikachu! Funko has released a number of Funko Pops based on video games, but Pikachu is the first Pokémon Pop ever. The item will be a Target exclusive, and...

It seems fairly safe to say that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are two of the year’s most anticipated games. A Switch Pokémon RPG was always guaranteed to sell well, but with the game promising a return to the Kanto region, even lapsed fans will likely want to check it out. The Pokémon Company released a new trailer for the twin titles today, and while it doesn’t give us a whole lot of new info, it does give us our first look at one of the most popular Gym Leaders in the franchise: Misty!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are scheduled to release November 16. Does the new trailer make you more likely to pick up one or both versions? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The Pokémon Company

After a succesful launch at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone in Tokyo last year, the Mario Kart GP VR experience is now heading to the UK this summer.

The game is a multiplayer only VR experience that has four players to sit in specially designed ‘karts’ wearing HTC Vive VR headsets which allows them to race through iconic Mushroom Kingdom locations. The set-up also includes the Vive’s controllers, so you can reach up to grab items, and you can see it in action below.

The experience will initially be available to try this August in the O2 Arena in London, and will eventually be rolled out to other sites in Tumbridge Wells and leeds. Of course, you’ll need to book a place in advance, and can find the details for this on the official website.

While there were initially rumors that Switch may offer opportunities for virtual reality games, it seems that this wasn’t to be the case. Still, experiences like this always make us wonder what a full-fledged VR game from Nintendo might look like.

Source: Nintendo Life

Before the Pokémon franchise even arrived in North America, it had a reputation that preceded it. It was, after all, the cartoon series that had accidentally induced seizures in children with the episode of the series Electric Soldier Porygon. That episode nearly stopped the phenomenon dead in its tracks and, as a result, has never been aired again, even without the special effects that caused the incidents. A handful of episodes since have been deemed unfit to leave Japan, though the number is on the smaller side. That number, however, has apparently grown by one.

The 64th episode of the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime will apparently not air outside of the country, according to a programming schedule released by Disney XD. While The Pokémon Company has given no official reason for the omission, the suspected reason behind the decision is because Ash dresses up as the Pokémon Passimian in the episode, painting his face black as part of his disguise. While the choice on the part of the animation team was likely an innocent one, blackface has long been a controversial topic in North America, and the choice was likely made to avoid offending viewers. In the past, episodes involving the Pokémon Jynx have been similarly banned over concerns regarding the character’s appearance.

As Pokémon has grown into a global brand,...

Mario and McDonald’s have had a strong relationship since the days of Super Mario Bros. 3. Since then, Nintendo’s mustachioed plumber and pals have been offered in Happy Meal promotions a number of times, including one just last year. Well, Nintendo fans will have yet another reason to head on over to the fast food chain starting this month, as another Mario promotion is set to begin soon!

McDonald’s is currently offering toys based on The Incredibles 2, but a teaser for the next promotion on HappyMeal.com is “Level up to a new super adventure!” This seems to be a fairly obvious teaser, particularly since a Mario promotion featuring the toys below is nearing its conclusion in Europe. There is no firm starting date for the toys just yet, but they should be available soon!

Do you plan on picking up any of Mario toys at McDonald’s? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: McDonald’s

The flow of celebrated indie games coming to Nintendo’s latest console continues. Hand of Fate was released to positive reviews back in 2015 and its unique approach to the RPG genre garnered strong sales, enough to warrant a sequel released last year. Switch owners will have to continue looking elsewhere for the original game, but they will soon be able to experience Hand of Fate 2 on the console.

While a brief glance might suggest the series holds true to standard fantasy action-RPG ideas, the crux of the game is built around decks of cards that determine everything from what challenges your character faces to what gear he or she brings into combat. This gives the game an element of strategy and randomness as you try to craft the best decks for whatever challenges come your way. Of course, it’s also nice that both games were released to positive reviews.

The price for the Switch version hasn’t been revealed yet, however we do know it is coming out on July 17.

Source: Nintendo Life

 

Whether it’s the plethora of retro-inspired indie games or the actual arcade ports from big publishers, Nintendo included, Switch has proven to be an exceptional system for those looking for old-school gameplay experiences. Soon, gamers with preferences going back decades will have yet another option to whet their appetites. Toki, a lesser known arcade title from 1989, is getting a significantly updated version on Switch.

In the game, players assume the role of the titular warrior who sets out to save his love, Miho, from an evil wizard and demon who also happened to turn Toki into a chimp. While the gameplay remains an action-platformer like the original, the visuals have been completely redone with hand-drawn assets while the music has received similar modernization. The game also has a new, less challenging difficulty mode for those who don’t want to relive the quarter-devouring difficulty common at the time of Toki’s initial release.

For those especially keen on revisiting Toki, a special Retrollector Edition is also being offered. This version includes an original comic book, stickers, art prints, and an arcade cabinet shaped Switch stand to further sell the whole arcade revival concept. Unlike Nyko’s upcoming offering, this one seems to be made out of plastic. The game and its Retrollector’s Edition will arrive November 22.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Ever since Doom released on Switch, Panic Button went from a small, workman like developer to a team of living legends for their ability to take technically demanding games and port them to the relatively under-powered system. They recently reaffirmed their reputation with another impressive port, this time of Wolfenstein II. As a result, gamers were naturally curious to know what their next project would be. Now we know it is Warframe, the incredibly popular, free-to-play co-op focused action game.

Created by Digital Extremes, Warframe is a sci-fi action game about what are effectively cyber-ninja super warriors in power armor battling a number of factions for supremacy of a far off solar system. Of course, it’s also about collecting lots of loot so you can customize your character to look cool and kill things in a way that you find most enjoyable. Also, given the game’s continued success and dedicated community, it seems they have generally done a good job of balancing upgrades that cost real-world money with those unlocked via in-game progression.

Unfortunately, beyond the fact that Panic Button is working on the game, nothing else was really said regarding this version of Warframe. Big questions remain, such as: will it support cross-play with other systems? Will it be the complete version of the game including all the latest updates? And, most importantly, when will it come out? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to...

Lab Zero Games recently announced at Anime Expo 2018 that Skullgirls 2nd Encore is coming to Switch, both digitally and physically.

While a release date has yet to be announced, there is a new announcement trailer:

“Challenges, trials, and survival mode” will be in the game, and every character will have both English and Japanese voice work.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore is an enhanced version of Skullgirls Encore and was originally released on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita back in 2015. The Switch version of the game, meanwhile, is coming soon!

Source: Nintendo Everything

7-Eleven in Japan is getting some special bundles of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee!

The first bundle will include a copy of the game and an acrylic keychain featuring one of the drawings seen in the below image, depending on which version of the game is purchased.

A different bundle will include a copy of the game, a Poké Ball Plus, the keychain, and a steel book game case, which will incidentally be the first official Pokémon Nintendo Switch game case.

The final (and biggest) bundle is the “Christmas Set,” which comes with a copy of the game, the Poké Ball Plus, the keychain, the steel book game case, and a Nintendo Switch console.

Sadly, there’s been no confirmation on whether any of these bundles will be releasing outside Japan, and all of the special content included in them is exclusive to Japanese 7-Eleven stores. Regardless, they’re preorderable now.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee both release on November 16.

Source: Siliconera

The Pearl and Marina amiibo release this week and they’ve got a couple of cool functionalities when used in Splatoon 2.

Each figure will provide your squid with a complete set of gear based on that respective character’s outfit from the Octo Expansion which was released last month. They will also unlock the ability to take photos with Pearl and Marina in either their regular clothes or their outfits from the Octo Expansion, and players can take photos with the pair on stage during Splatfest events.

In addition, a Pearl and Marina mode will also be added to the Squid Beatz 2 rhythm game.

Source: Nintendo Life

Nintendo Labo was a surprising and pleasing addition to Switch, bringing a mixture of software and physical constructs to the hybrid console. One of the coolest parts about the experience is bringing one’s own personal creativity to bear, decorating the signature cardboard of Labo with everything from markers to stickers. Peripheral and accessory maker Nyko has taken note of the Labo phenomenon and decided to bring both cardboard and creativity to its own upcoming PixelQuest Arcade Kit.

At E3, I had the pleasure of getting to mess around with the Arcade Kit, which is a cardboard housing for Switch shaped like an arcade cabinet. However, rather than fill an entire corner of your home, the Arcade Kit instead is roughly the size of a something like a blender and will easily fit on a tabletop or a shelf. You can check it out in the gallery, below:

Isn’t it great?! I loved the thing. The Switch itself sits in the center as the arcade cabinet “screen,” while the Joy-Cons rest in place...

Over the last fifteen years or so, strategy guides changed from an industry staple, to a niche collector’s item. As a result, very few franchises still regularly receive strategy guides. Pokémon, however, has consistently proven a rare exception. In fact, ever since the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, most entries in the series have offered two guidebooks: one for the actual walkthrough, and one offering a Pokédex to help players compare stats and see when Pokémon evolve or learn different moves. A Pokédex was offered in the official guidebooks for Red, Blue and Yellow, but as the sheer number of Pokémon grew over the years, it became necessary to split the information up.

When Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! release on Switch this fall, the twin titles will receive their own strategy guide with the Kanto Pokédex data inside the same book! At this time, the book appears to be a direct release from The Pokémon Company, rather than Prima, the company that handled the guide for Pokémon Sun and Moon. As a result, it appears that a hardcover option may not be in the cards for this release, sadly!

The guidebook is scheduled to release November 23, the same day as the games. It will retail for $24.99.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Pokémon Go has been a huge hit for Nintendo and Game Freak ever since its launch back in July of 2016. In the two years since its release on Android and iOS, the game has garnered millions of users. That’s no exaggeration, either: as of this past May, Pokémon Go has seen a spike in users and profits greater than anything previously seen. That would be 147 million users and $104 million in revenue. Crazy!

What’s even crazier is that developer Niantic is just now getting around to incorporating some of the features that users have been wanting since day one. With the latest update to the game, Pokémon Go is finally allowing Trainers to “Friend” one another. As is often the case with a Nintendo product and adding pals, there’s a required Trainer Code that must be exchanged in order to link up. The code is easy to find, however; simply tap your player icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen and touch the new “Friends” tab. From there, hit “Add Friend” and it will allow you to see your Trainer Code as well as exchange the information with whomever you’d like.

Having Friends brings with it perks. You can send Gifts that you receive at PokéStops and Gyms to anyone who you’ve registered as a Friend. This is a great way...

Nintendo recently saw the release of two games from long running, big name franchises: Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the long line of Mario’s sports spin-off titles, while Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a compilation of remastered versions of the mascot’s first three titles. While there was probably little doubt these games would succeed, both had factors working against them: Mario sports games generally don’t carry the fanfare of mainline titles while Crash’s collection has already been out on other platforms for a while. Regardless of this, both games have found very strong early sales in a couple of the industry’s most significant markets.

First, Mario Tennis Aces released on June 22 and Japan has apparently been quite keen on the game. First week sales figures came out to 123,774 units, which is about 75 percent of the initial shipment. What’s more impressive is how the game has performed compared to other entries in the series. Despite the 3DS having a larger install base, Mario Tennis Open only sold 102,000 units in its first week and poor Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and its 55,000 copies sold were utterly crushed.

Moving over to the UK, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy saw a major boost thanks to its release on Switch, pushing it up to the top of the weekly sales chart....