Nintendo Details Fire Emblem Warriors DLC Plans

Nintendo has announced its DLC plans for Fire Emblem Warriors for both the Switch and 3DS versions (both out October 20), with the Switch getting its own special edition.

Here’s are the DLC details (text from Nintendo):

  • Season Pass (Oct. 20, $19.99): The Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass includes all three DLC packs, which become available as they release. Each DLC pack is filled with new playable characters and weapons. By purchasing the Season Pass for either the Nintendo Switch or New Nintendo 3DS version, players will receive a bridal costume for Lucina.

  • DLC Pack #1 (Dec 2017, $8.99): The content in this pack is inspired by Fire Emblem Fates.

  • DLC Pack #2 (Feb 2018, $8.99): Many of the characters and items in this DLC pack hail from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

  • DLC Pack #3 (March 2018, $8.99): Fans of Fire Emblem Awakening will love this DLC, as much of the content is themed after the classic game.

Meanwhile, the Switch special edition (shown) comes with the game, character cards, poster, and CD music set.

For more on the game’s Awakening characters, check out this trailer.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
While playing the game with different characters is certainly one of the draws of the title, is it disappointing that the DLC doesn’t includes new modes?

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[Update] Switch Version Of Attack On Titan 2 Confirmed For U.S.

Update: Koei Tecmo has confirmed that Attack on Titan 2 is indeed coming to the Switch system in the U.S. The company hasn’t provided a firm release date for the game in general, but says it will do so “in the coming weeks.”

 

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The sequel to the first Warriors-style Attack on Titan game was first announced back in August, bringing with it another round of high-flying giant murder next year. When it comes time to slash these monster in the back of their next, we may end up being able to do it on the go.

Speaking at this week’s Tokyo Game Show, Koei Tecmo announced a Switch version of its licensed action game. Previously, the game was announced for PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC (via Steam). The company has not officially announced the Switch version for the US just yet, but considering it’s already coming stateside, that seems likely.

[Source: Gematsu]

 

Our Take
Switch ports of PS4 games keep coming at a rate that makes me think Switch could end up being a more viable third-party platform than we thought. I hope these kinds of announcements keep coming.

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Nioh Complete Edition Is Arriving In Japan Later This Year

At Tokyo Game Show 2017, developer Koei Tecmo announced that Nioh is getting a complete edition. This will include the base game, along with the add-ons Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed.

The complete edition is currently only announced for Japan, with no word about whether it will eventually make its way to the West. Nioh Complete Edition launches digitally on November 7, with a physical release coming a month later on December 7. The physical copy comes with a CD soundtrack as well as an art book and strategy guide.

For more on Nioh, read our review and our tips guide.

[Source: Polygon]

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Everybody's Gone To The Rapture Studio The Chinese Room Lays Off Staff And Is "Going Dark"

The Chinese Room, a British studio best known for first-person adventure games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Dear Esther, announced today that it has laid off its staff and that it’s “going dark” for the next few months.

Co-founder Dan Pinchbeck wrote an extensive blog post that announces the news, explaining that this temporary closure was “in the cards since earlier this year.” Pinchbeck says that this decision has to do with financial pressures following a health scare, and a pause is needed to recharge. He writes, “To cut a long story short, the situation – between financial pressures, trying to keep the lights on for the employed team, the stress of end-of-development, health issues – just wasn’t a tenable thing anymore. It was time to take a break, recharge, recover and have a good think about the future.”

The Chinese Room had two games in the works, The 13th Interior and Little Orpheus, but Pinchbeck assures fans that those titles are still releasing as planned. He explains that he will still be interacting with the community through social media, but that the studio is no longer in “fully active development.” Pinchbeck says the team put their all into wrapping up these upcoming titles, and the studio’s employees were helped in their search to secure positions elsewhere.

Pinchbeck ends the post on a more optimistic note, saying, “Is it the end of The Chinese Room? No, I don’t think so. But it’s the end of a chapter, and we hope you can all be patient with us whilst we figure out what happens next.”

For more on The Chinese Room, read our review of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture by heading here.

[Source: The Chinese Room]


Our Take
I really enjoyed both Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and I’m sad about this news. Layoffs are always unfortunate, but it sounds like the studio was careful to help its employees secure other positions. The future is very uncertain for The Chinese Room, particularly following these layoffs. We’ll see in a few months time where the studio is at.

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Watch Star Trek: Discovery's Main Title Sequence Ahead Of Tonight's Premiere

Earlier today, CBS released a video showing off the main title sequence for Star Trek: Discovery. The show, despite a rocky production, is premiering tonight on CBS and CBS All Access.

The opening credits look pretty neat, with aesthetics that look like rough design plans for starships, gadgets, and more. It also features a catchy but mellow theme song composed by Jeff Russo. You can watch the video below.

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For more on Star Trek: Discovery, watch a couple trailers by clicking here and here.

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Reader Discussion – Did You Manage To Preorder A SNES Classic?

Following the huge success of the NES Classic last year, Nintendo revealed this summer that it was releasing a SNES Classic. Preorders have been selling out within minutes via online retailers, which has made it difficult for fans to snag the console. Have you managed to preorder a SNES Classic? How difficult was the process? 

A couple weeks ago, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company’s learned from its mistakes surrounding the shortage of the NES Classic Edition last year. He says that production has “dramatically increased” for the SNES Classic, and that we should be seeing the product on store shelves when it releases on September 29. Furthermore, the SNES Classic will be shipped out through 2018 rather than wrapping up by the end of 2017, and the NES Classic (which was discontinued last year) is making a comeback.

Our SNES Classic review is still in the works, but you can check out our unboxing photos by heading here.

Let us know in the comments whether you’ve managed to preorder the minuscule console, if you’re hoping to buy it once it releases in a few days time, or if you don’t have interest to begin with.

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Raw Data Is A Futuristic Sci-Fi Action Game Coming To VR This October

As of this October, Raw Data is exiting early access and officially launching on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. This action-packed VR title takes place in far future, where you play as a special operative from a hacker organization who embarks on secret missions.

You can choose from four heroes: Bishop, a “gun cleric” who wields dual pistols; Saija, a cyber ninja who defeats enemies with an electric katana; Boss, an ex-street mercenary with a large shotgun; and finally Elder, an elderly but proficient archer.

The official release will feature a solo campaign, co-op, and multiplayer. Cross-platform play for online co-op is supported, meaning that friends can team up despite owning different headsets.

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Raw Data arrives for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as of October 5, and comes to PlayStation VR on October 10.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Wraps Up Post-Production, Director Confirms

Director Rian Johnson confirmed recently that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has completed post-production, 19 months after shooting began. 

The news was shared via Instagram, where Johnson is seen with in a photo with the post-production crew. It’s caption reads, “Aaaand that’s a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers.”

You can view the post below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the latest upcoming film in the blockbuster franchise, which hits theaters on December 15. You can watch behind-the-scenes footage by heading here, as well as check out these The Last Jedi-themed Funko Pop figures.

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TGS Sidequest – Dining At The Capcom Bar

A few years ago, my colleague Ben Reeves dined at the Cap Bar, located in Shinjuku. As a big fan of many of Capcom’s series from Resident Evil to Ace Attorney, I was immediately jealous. This year, I had the opportunity to go and didn’t let it pass me by, ordering Capcom-themed food items from Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil. The entire space is decorated with all things Capcom, from figures to autographed memorabilia. In case you were wondering, the menu has changed a bit since Reeves went a few years, as you will see below. Sadly, no skits were performed with any of my meals. This is something that was previously done at the bar to great delight, but it’s unclear whether it’s been completely abandoned or not. Anyway, without further ado, here are some pictures from my trek.

Let’s start with the menus, so you can see the tough choices I had before me. 

Mega Man, known as Rock Man in Japan, has his share of delights, but Cut Man immediately caught my eye. His dish contains cheesy potatoes.

This is what happens once you start to dive in and eat him. Poor Cut Man. I am a monster.

I didn’t order anything from the Street Fighter section, but that donut drink was quite tempting.

Lots of series keep have fancy drinks to order. I like how Monster Hunter keeps it simple with basic beer.

The Sengoku Basara series never caught on in North America, but it remains popular in Japan. The same can be found at the Cap Bar’s food menu. A table of girls next to us ordered nothing but stuff from Sengoku Basara.

HOLD IT! It’s impossible not to stop on the Ace Attorney page. I love how Godot’s selection is just coffee.

I like adorable things, so I ordered Mitamaru pancakes. 

Next up is the Devil May Cry edition of the menu…

My pick? Welcome to the gun show! (It’s a cream puff and pudding).

So the Resident Evil menu has been updated to include that gross meal you’re served at the start of RE7…

I was too big of a chicken to try the RE7 meal, and instead ordered a refreshing herb drink. Needed to restore some health! You actually pour all three test tubes into the drink to make it complete. It’s pretty sugary.

The wonderful people at the restaurant heard it was our first time when the reservation was set up and gave us this delicious honey toast to welcome us to Japan. People are so nice here. I love it.

Turn to page two to see pictures of the atmosphere…

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Unseen64 Reveals The History Of The Lost Pilotwings Game

Pilotwings was never Nintendo’s biggest franchise. Though it had its fans during the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 days, there was a 15-year gap between the 1996 64 entry and the 3DS entry, the latter of which didn’t exactly light the world on fire.

Between those two games, however, exists a secret history of Pilotwing games, none of which came to fruition. Unseen64, partnering with Youtube channel Did You Know Gaming, lays out the history of Pilotwing projects that never made the light of day. Entries for the series were planned for both the Gamecube and Wii. The game would have been developed by Factor 5 (who made the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series) and taken place in the real world. The project was revisited for the Wii with a lighter tone. Both times, however, outside issues grounded the development of the game. You can watch the full history of the incomplete games below.

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