SNK Teasing Its Own Classic Compilation Console

SNK is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a company this year by teasing new hardware invoking its classic lineup.

The company, which has been around in various forms in the last forty years and not always strictly a game developer, made the announcement in a tweet with the image above. The shrouded console is hard to make out, but it’s clear to see an arcade stick poking out from the bottom, indicating the mini-console might instead be a mini-arcade cabinet.

The Japanese tweet references SNK’s long history of games, including King of Fighters, Metal Slug, Fatal Fury, and Samurai Shodown, so those series likely have representation on the new product. 

In addition, the company recently announced a game compilation for Switch for its 40th anniversary, so the company has you covered however you want to immerse yourself in its history.

 

Our Take
It looks like an arcade cabinet, but I hope it is something that can be hooked up to a TV. I suppose that’s already covered by the Switch compilation, anyway, though, so maybe this will be a cool little thing that doesn’t need to fulfill every need.

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New "Shock Operations" Mode Coming To Battlefield 1 In June

While everyone’s speculating on what the 2018 edition of Battlefield will be, DICE continues to tinker with its World War I entry. The studio has plans to support the game throughout the year.

The most interesting new feature coming to the game is Shock Operations, a more quick-hitting version of the popular Operations mode that focuses the 40-player, sectors-based firefight around one map. This should make the matches go much more quickly than the expansive skirmishes of the original mode. Shock Operations is coming to five maps – Giant’s Shadow, Prise de Tahure, Lupkow Pass, Zeebrugge, and River Somme. Though many of these maps are reserved for Premium members or those who bought expansions, they will be available to all players for Shock Operations, which launches in June. 

In addition, DICE plans to roll out the They Shall Not Pass maps to all players over the year, starting with Rupture, which is available to play now for all Battlefield 1 players. Throughout the year, Battlefield 1 will continue to receive new gameplay updates as well.

 

Our Take
Continuing the support for Battlefield 1 is a smart move, as Battlefield 4 demonstrated these titles can have tails that extend well beyond the first couple of years after release. 

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 19, 2018)

Blog Herding is back this week with thoughtful musings from readers about A Way Out, Pokemon Go, Bravely Default, and more. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs
For April 5 – April 18:

Opinion:
Ghost Recon Wildland’s Persistent Performance Problems Present Barrier To Entry

Boo is here to write about Wildlands, which really interested me after I got hooked on The
Division (I picked it up post-updates for roughly $20).
Boo got to try Wildlands while it was free to play, and… the blogger isn’t
impressed. “If I don’t want to play your game for free, what makes you think I
would want to buy the full product?” Ouch.

Golden
Sun Needs to Rise Again

When you see a blog about Golden Sun, you read it. Why? Because just like
MightyMagikarp writes in his post, this series is good – and Nintendo needs to
bring it back. My brother and I own every game in the series (he’s since given
me his games because he’s nice like that), and I replay each one from time to
time, even if just a little. And forget Dark Dawn. I want a real sequel on the
Switch. Okay, I’m being silly there, but surely the developers had something else
in mind for their grand series?

The
List

Game Informer’s top 300 games list was always going to be joyful, painful, and
more, for everyone who reads it. For Psydswipe, not one of his personal top 10 games made the list. I
can’t remember what is all on the list, and I know a lot of my favorites didn’t
make it, but I am surprised some of these weren’t on there. What games do you
think deserved a spot in the 300?

A
Way Out’s Unapologetic Vision is Refreshing

MightyMagikarp has totally grabbed my attention with this write-up on A Way Out.
I knew nothing about it until this blog, and though I had to skip the part
about the ending, it sounds like a good game, especially with the unique, co-op-only mechanic.

The
Underground: Pokémon Sinnoh Region

Sometimes a mini-game can absorb you more than the main game (here’s
looking at you, Triple Triad and Blitzball). In Dawson’s case, it was the
underground in Pearl and Diamond. I didn’t partake in it too much, but I do
have fond memories of this part of the game.

The
Best Games Period – Episode 94 – Pokémon Go

Jack Gardner and company talk about Go, which is only two years old, as being
quite the achievement. I think it deserves a spot on this list simply because
my coworker, who has never played Pokémon before, plays it daily. Plus, her
names for Eevee’s evolutions are the best: water dog, fire dog, and lighting dog.

Community
Reviews:

Detective
Pikachu

I don’t even understand this game yet, but Zack Burrows is here to shed some
light on the insanity. I impulse-bought this and the overly larger amiibo (yes,
those are still a thing) after watching a preview late one night. I still
haven’t played it, mostly because I wish Danny DeVito voiced the character like
in the fan-made trailer. It sounds like Zack likes it, but it’s an imperfect
side-story in the long pantheon of Pokémon games that exist just because
someone had a crazy whim. Nintendo is weird.

Bravely
Default – The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Insane_Buffoon gives us a review on a fantastic JRPG that can never be written
about enough. It may not be perfect, and very rarely is any JRPG, but it’s a
great game for those looking for something more akin to early-day Final
Fantasy.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness Being Remastered In Disgaea 1 Complete

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness made our list of Top 50 RPGs of All Time, and this fall you’ll be able to see what our fuss was about on the PS4 and Switch courtesy of Disgaea 1 Complete.

The title naturally features HD graphics, and Nippon Ichi is currently taking pre-orders for a Rosen Queen’s Finest Edition on both systems for $99.99.

You can see the full contents of the special Finest Edition here, and it includes an official soundtrack, hardcover art book, Prinny Pouch Collector’s box, and much more.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog and NIS America] 

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Croteam Teases Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass In First Trailer

Croteam has revealed a teaser trailer for its upcoming Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass, which shows the titular character and a bunch of his closest friends.

There’s not too much to the clip, but it’s fun to see Sam again, as well as one of those creepy headless guys with bombs for hands. We won’t have to wait too long for additional information – Croteam says more information, including the official announcement for the game, will be coming at E3, during Devolver Digital’s press conference. 

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Fortnite Bringing Back 50v50

Epic is bringing back an improved version of 50v50 limited-time game mode, as well as encore missions and neon weapons for Save the World, and more.

The changes are part of the game’s 3.5 and 3.5.2 updates, which also include a double XP weekend starting today (Thursday, April 19) until Sunday, April 22, a reversal of the peeking feature back to what it used to be before 3.5, and the addition of a LMG with 100 rounds of medium ammo.

For the full patch notes, click here.

[Source: Epic Games] 

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Infinity War DLC For Marvel Super Heroes 2 Lets You Play As Thanos

Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a game that’s big on referencing all your favorites from the Marvel universe, and it’s about to get a little more jampacked. To coincide with the release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel and Warner Bros. have announced that a new DLC is on the way that includes characters and a level inspired by the film.

The DLC will let you play as the big purple dude himself, according to Warner Bros:

This action-packed level offers players the chance to control Thanos, one of the most dangerous Super Villains in the Marvel Universe, and his ruthless army.

No word on when the DLC actually comes out but considering the movie’s out on April 27, it’s probably fair to assume the DLC will hit around then.

For more on Marvel Super Heroes 2, check out our review here.

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This Nioh Statue Will Only Set You Back $1,000

Prime 1 Studio’s latest video game statue immortalizes Nioh’s William Adams and his guardian spirit in polystone. This statue falls into Prime 1’s Premium Masterline series, and stands in at 24 inches in height. Prime 1 hopes this collectible will be available between June and August of 2019.

Only 750 units are being made of this limited edition version, which retails for $999. If that price tag is too steep for you, another statue of William that doesn’t have the guardian spirit, and only stands in at 17 inches in height, retails for $599. This lower-end model isn’t limited in quantity.

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Map Selection Coming To PUBG

In a blog post on Steam, PUBG Corp. has not only announced that the PC version of the title is getting map selection, but the post explains the process of doing so.

The developer says the actual final U.I. may be different in the game from the one above, but you can select multiple maps and the game will randomly select one for you.

No specific timeframe has been announced for the feature, but it should be available “soon” – first on the test server and then for everyone shortly after.

[Source: PUBG Corporation] 

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Pokemon Go Focuses On Charmander In May Community Day

In April, Pokemon Go was all about sheep. In May, it is all about everyone’s favorite flaming tail lizard.

While choosing Charmander in Red/Blue was essentially hard mode considering the first two gyms were Rock and Water, those that stuck it out got Charizard in the end. Starting May 19, you can relive that feeling with increased Charmander spawns, finally letting people easily attain Charizards of their own. 

As with most Pokemon Go special events, evolutions proffer special skills onto certain Pokemon. In this case, Charmeleons that become Charizards will get an exclusive move. In addition, shiny Pokemon are more likely during events, so getting a shiny Charizard is not unlikely.

Event times vary by region, so consult this chart provided by Niantic to find out when you can start catching on May 19.

  • The Asia-Pacific region: from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
  • The Americas and Greenland: from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)

You can find the full post at the Pokemon Go hub here.

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