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Everything announced on the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct

The E3 2018 Nintendo Direct lifts the lid on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

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The E3 2018 Nintendo Direct lifts the lid on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo came into E3 2018 with a spring in its step. 2017 was a vintage year for the Japanese gaming giant, with the Nintendo Switch performing well, with games like Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all finding critical acclaim and commercial success.

Expectations were therefore a little lower for this year’s event, but there was still enough to get excited about. A deep deep deep deep deep deep deep-dive on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the focus of this year’s Direct, but there was also information on a bunch of new titles coming to the Switch, including Fire Emblem Three House, and Super Mario Party.

Here’s the full rundown on all the news from the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct.

List of E3 2018 Nintendo Direct announcements

Daemon X Machina

  • A mech combat game from Marvellous with an anime art style, and bright shiny laser beams. Zap!
  • Coming in 2019.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gets a new expansion called Torna – The Golden Country.
  • “It’s just an easy cure for the tedium of being,” apparently.
  • Coming in September, 14 2018.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

  • A brief roundup of the game’s features, including the Pokéball Plus.
  • Mew is exclusive to every Pokéball Plus
  • Released on November 16, 2017.

Super Mario Party

  • Multiplayer shenanigans returns
  • Demo includes portable play with some interesting new ways of interaction between multiple Switch systems.
  • Released October 5, 2018, along with the new Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand.

Fire Emblem Three Houses

  • The Fire Emblem series returns with a new mainline entry on Nintendo Switch.
  • The series’ traditional gameplay looks intact but is now resplendent in a new 3D engine.
  • Released in Spring 2019.

Fortnite Battle Royale

  • The reasonable popular Fortnite Battle Royale comes to Nintendo Switch.
  • We don’t need to describe what Fortnite is.
  • It’s available now. Go play.

Overcooked 2!

  • As rumoured, Team17’s multiplayer cooking sequel is Switch bound, and will be released on August 7, 2018.

Killer Queen Black

  • The arcade hit comes to Switch later in 2018.

Hollow Night

  • Team Cherry’s beloved platformer comes to the Switch eShop today, and includes all previously released DLC

Octopath Traveller

  • A reminder of the game’s July 13, 2018 release date.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Masahiro Sakurai introduces the game’s full roster of fighters which includes every character who has ever appeared in a Smash Bros game, including all DLC characters.
  • There are new costumes for Mario, Link and Zelda among many others
  • Other characters have been tweaked and improved, and there’s a bevy of new Final Smash moves.
  • The starting roster is small with constant character unlocks.
  • Fighters include Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Falco, Marth, Zelda, Sheik, Villager, Mewtwoo, Meta Knight, Sonic, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers, Inkling, Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Wii FIt Trainer, Ness, Pokemon Trainer, Lucas. Ryu, Ganondorf, Ike, Cloud, Snake, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Diddy Kong, Olimar, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Bayonetta, Greninja, Mr Game and Watch, R.O.B., Pit, Dark Pit, Corrin, Bowser Jr, Toon Link, Young Link, King Dedede, Three Miis, Wario, Little Mac, Pac-Man, Shulk, Wolf, Megaman, and Luigi to name just a few.
  • It will support new editions of the GameCube controller, as well as all existing amiibo’s based on characters in the game.
  • Released on December 7, 2018.

And also….

  • Other games announced in the Nintendo Direct were Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Arena of Valour, Minecraft, PixarkDragonBall FighterZ, Splatoon 2 DLC, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Crash Bandicoot N’ Sane Trilogy, Ninjala, Carcassonne, FIFA 19, Wasteland 2, ARK Survival Evolved, Dark Souls, SNK Heronies, Monster Hunter Generations, Wolfenstein II, The Worlds Ends with You, Mega Man 11, and the soon to be released Mario Tennis Aces.

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Release date, pricey special editions revealed for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

Remember Flight Simulator? It was one of those things that everyone had, but nobody could really remember buying. Where the cool kids were having fun blowing things up on X-Wing or Tie-Fighter (or, indeed, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) the Flight Simulator aficionados were trying not to blow anything up. It was the corduroy of flight simulators. Even its name is the video game version of a tin of Ronseal wood stain.

The new Flight Simulator – called Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very imaginative – looks rather interesting, though. Gone are the weirdly flat worlds with, you know, the thing you could land at or on, like the airport or aircraft carrier, being actually 3D. Microsoft Flight Simulator utilises data from Bing Maps and processing power in Microsoft’s Azure cloud for beautifully realised, accurately scaled 3D worlds.

It still promises to be technical in the extreme (and potentially corduroy dull), sure, but being able to flypast places you know in real life that are realistically recreated? It’s suddenly a lot more appealing.

But if one of those places you wanted to see was Heathrow Airport? Well, that’s going to cost you. (We’re not quite sure why it would be, but to each their own.)

There will be three versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it releases on August 18, 2020. They are the Standard, Deluxe and Premium editions – priced at £59.99, £79.99, and £109.99 respectively – come with different selections of aircraft and airports.

So if you want to fly the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, for instance? You’ll need the Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium edition. You don’t get to land at Amsterdam Schiphol, Cairo International or Chicago O’Hare unless you buy the Deluxe edition, while Heathrow, San Francisco, Dubai, Frankfurt and, weirdly, Denver are all gated behind the Premium edition.

No, we don’t get it either but, as we said before, to each their own.


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Save 95% on this cool Nintendo Switch game creation tool

Channel your inner Miyamoto with a massive discount on Nintendo Switch game creation maker, PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker.

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Channel your inner Miyamoto with a massive discount on Nintendo Switch game creation tool, PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker.

If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner with  a desire to make your own games, the obvious choice is Super Mario Maker 2. However, another excellent game creation tool is currently discounted by 95% on the Nintendo eShop. PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker is down to just $0.99 in the US, and £0.79 in the UK.

The game creation kit is from UK-based studio Super Icon, who we spoke to back in 2015 when the charming retro platformer Life of Pixel was released for Wii U. (It’s a lovely game that is also on Switch.)

PlataGO! features a comprehensive suite of tools, enabling users to create platform games using a large selection of assets, items, and characters. You can also recreate the feel of your retro favourites with a range of filters that evoke the visuals of the SNES, Commodore 64, and Game Boy, to name a few.

It’s a full-featured package with an impressive array of variables to configure as you attempt to create the perfect platformer. You can also share your efforts with other players, and download creations from the PlatGO! Steam Early Access Community Contest.

Making games is hard, so don’t expect PlataGO! to turn you into a design genius overnight. However, it’s a full-featured and accessible application, and hard to resist with the discount.

The Nintendo Switch is quietly becoming a hotbed of game dev tools. In addition to Super Mario Maker 2 and PlataGO!, the console is also home to the FUZE coding application and Labo. RPG Maker MV is set for release in September.


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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

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Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Another month, another eagerly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive. This time it’s open-world action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions.

We recall playing Infamous Second Son shortly after the launch of the PlayStation 4, so it feels appropriate to bookend the generation with a demonstration of how far the studio has come. We have a suspicion that Ghost of Tsushima is going to do very well. It’s also another late-generation example of how much power the PS4 still has to give.

We’re not so sure about Rocket Arena, which, following a long period of development, was unveiled at month’s EA Play Live. It’s an artistically bland 3v3 third-person shooter that looks both fun and forgettable.

We’re more excited to get our hands on Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The game began life as DLC for Superhot Team’s acclaimed time-bending action game, before becoming a full-blown follow-up. If you purchased the first game – i.e. you paid cash and didn’t get it through PS Plus – you can download Superhot: Mind Control Delete for free. It’s a fantastic gesture from a talented studio.

Other new PS4 releases include Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Neversong.

We are still waiting on release date confirmation for a couple of new PS4 titles. We’ll update this page as soon as we get it.

New PlayStation 4 releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Everything announced on last night’s Ubisoft Forward

Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

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Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

We like to get excited by new video games, but it was hard to be too enthusiastic about last night’s Ubisoft showcase.

Another wave of allegations concerning sexual misconduct and toxic work culture has reached the top of the company, resulting in the departures of chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, Canadian studios head Yannis Mallat, and global head of HR, Cécile Cornet. They follow the recent resignation of Maxime Béland, and the suspension of Tommy Francois and Andrien Gbinigie following multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

In a statement addressing the problem, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot promises change:

“Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised – and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture.”

By all accounts, it’s a deep-rooted problem. We just hope that Ubisoft takes the situation as seriously as Guillemot indicates.

Oh, yeah, and here’s a quick rundown on every announcement from the first Ubisoft Forward of 2020.

Ubisoft Forward – July 2020

  • Watch Dogs Legion – Ubisoft Toronto’s upcoming dystopian open-world game is introduced with a short film from Emmy Award-winning director Alberto Mielgo. New gameplay footage shows the game’s flexible character options and approach to missions. Releases on October 29, 2020.
  • Brawlhalla – The cartoon fighter is coming to iOS and Android devices on August 6, 2020.
  • Might and Magic: Era of Chaos – A sizzle reel trailer for the popular mobile battle RPG.
  • Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – Please be excited for the upcoming Clancyverse mobile game. Please. Released on August 27, 2020.
  • Rainbow Six Siege – A thank you video from Ubisoft Montreal to celebrate the game’s fifth anniversary
  • Hyper Scape – Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter gets a new story trailer. The open beta is now live.
  • Watch Dogs Legion – Confirmation from plucky Phil Spencer that Watch Dogs Legion supports Xbox Series X Smart Delivery.
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – A new gameplay deep-dive details Valhalla’s combat mechanics, environments and missions. It looks too sunny to be Britain, but it does look lovely. Released for current-gen consoles on November 17, 2020.
  • Far Cry 6 – Giancarlo Esposito and Anton Castillo star in the next Far Cry instalment. An overwrought story trailer ignites a small modicum of excitement. Released on February 18, 2021.

You can watch the full 50-minute show below. Another Ubisoft Forward presentation is due later this year.

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New Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One next week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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