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The Week in Video Games – July 9th, 2017

Here’s your weekend roundup of the most important video games news from around the web, and here on Thumbsticks.

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Here’s your weekend roundup of the most important video games news from around the web, and here on Thumbsticks.

Amazon cancel SNES Classic Mini preorders

With the entire population of Earth seemingly in the market for a Super Nintendo Classic Mini, it appears that unscrupulous types have been pre-ordering multiple consoles. In response, Amazon UK has retroactively restricted pre-orders to one per customer. That’s bad news for my grandma – who was in line for the best Christmas present ever – but good news for the rest of you.

Just deserts for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Brendan Greene has tweeted that a brand new desert-based map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is in now development at the company’s new Madison office. And very nice it looks too. In other PUBG news, the full release of the game has been pushed back by a few months to the end of 2017.

GTA Online gets a familiar-feeling new mode

Kotaku writes about GTA Online‘s new Dawn Raid mode. It sounds pretty good, and you’re a fan of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you might notice a few similarities.

The Inside story on Somerville

“A lot of games value being done on time before they value quality.”

Eurogamer continue their conversation with Dino Patti, co-founder and former CEO of Playdead, on his intriguing new game, Somerville.

Evil Genius 2 is in development

Mwahahaha! Rebellion has begun work on Evil Genius 2, the sequel to the cult-classic 2004 PC game. Polygon has the lowdown on the studio’s dastardly game development scheme.

It looks like Bayonetta is heading to Switch

We don’t want the Switch to be swamped with Wii U ports, but with Bayonetta 1 & we’re happy to look the other way. Platinum Games has teased their arrival via a striking piece of artwork. In case you didn’t pick up on the hint, USGamer has provided a helpful comparison image of two Joy-Con controllers. Oh! Now we get it.

…and Thimbleweed Park too!

And what’s this? Ron Gilbert teases the announcement of Thimbleweed Park on Switch – as well as other platforms – with this spectacular unveiling video. Now that’s how you reveal a game.

Splatoon 2 Direct

This week’s Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct gave us our first look at the new Nintendo Online app. Leaving aside the question of why we should need an app in the first place, it actually looks rather cool. The Splatoon-dedicated SplatNet 2 app tracks your last 50 battles, including win rates for each stage, and your lifetime “Inkage”. Always good to know.

Eugene Jarvis interviewed

If you’ve been enjoying the recent PS4 release, Nex Machina, the US PlayStation blog is carrying an interview with game design legend, Eugene Jarvis. Jarvis talks more about the game, and its relation to Robotron: 2084 and Smash TV.

Doomfist comes to Overwatch

Blizzard have released Doomfist into Overwatch‘s Public Test Realm. We’re all shedding a tear that he’s not voiced by Terry Crews, but response to the character continues to be positive, if not without a few snaggles.

Rocket League in numbers

Rocket League is celebrating its second anniversary, and in addition to a big new content update, developer Psyonix has also released an infographic detailing the game’s success in numbers. So far there have been over 1.5 billion matches played, over 300,000 training sets created, and a whooping 6,916,812,276 goals scored.

Knights of the Frozen Throne comes to Hearthstone

Blizzard have revealed details of the latest Hearthstone expansion: Knights of the Frozen Throne. The expansion includes 135 cards and introduced the new Lifesteal mechanic. Polygon summarises everything you need to know.

Hello, Newman.

Warner Bros is releasing a new update to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that allows players to export their top Nemesis and Follower from the game into the upcoming sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Halo 5 will get an Xbox One X 4K update

343 Industries have confirmed that Halo 5 will receive a 4K update for play on the new Xbox One X console. In addition, four legacy Halo games – Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary are coming to Xbox One backward compatibility later this year. All four titles will support LAN play, including both Xbox One and Xbox 360 on the same network.

Out now and on sale

In the market for something new? Here are next week’s Xbox One Game Store releases, and details of the twenty games coming to the PlayStation Store. Sony are also running two big PlayStation Store sales, and you have until Monday July 10th to pick something up in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale.

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Save up to 80% in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale

More than 350 Switch games are discounted in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale.

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More than 350 Switch games are discounted in the Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale.

A massive sale of Nintendo Switch games has launched on the European eShop with discounts available on some of the system’s very best games. There aren’t any big first-party titles to snap up, as per usual, but there’s quality in abundance.

This week we reviewed The Outer Worlds on Switch and came away disappointed with the quality of the port. If you’re looking a high calibre RPG adventure that is a better fit for Nintendo’s little console, you can’t go wrong with Divinity: Original Sin 2 or Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch. Even CD Projekt Red’s port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a better choice. All three are now on sale.

On the subject of ports, we’re also impressed with Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection, Grid Autosport, and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

The Digital Days sale is also chock-full of excellent indie games. Our picks include the majestic Gris, the deliciously violent Katana Zero, and Mediatonic’s wild tale of pictorial deduction, Murder by Numbers.

One game we haven’t played – but one we thoroughly enjoyed watching others play at E3 – is Heave Ho. It’s a joyous game of local multiplayer mayhem.

The sale runs until June 14, 2020. Visit the Nintendo eShop for the full sale lineup. We’ll be sure to let you know if a similar promotion starts in North America.

Nintendo eShop Digital Days sale highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed III Remastered
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection
  • Bastion
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Children of Morta
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Dead Cells
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 20
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Gato Roboto
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
  • Golf Story
  • GRID Autosport
  • GRIS
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Heave Ho
  • Hob: The Definitive Edition
  • Hotline Miami Collection
  • Katana Zero
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Murder by Numbers
  • Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
  • Resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Rune Factory 4 Special
  • Sega Mega Drive Classics
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sonic Mania
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • State of Mind
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Terraria
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  • Transistor
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Unravel Two
  • Wargroove

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This week’s Epic Games Store freebie has been given away before

Overcooked, Team 17’s hectic co-op cooking game, is free until next Thursday on the Epic Games Store. But, this dish tastes familiar.

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Overcooked is free right now, but for longtime Epic Games Store users, this is a serving of leftovers.

From now until next Thursday, Epic is offering Ghost Town Games’ hectic co-op cooking game for free to anyone with the launcher. But, if you’ve been scooping up freebies since last year, this offer is a little stale. Epic offered Overcooked as a free game last July.

This is the first instance of the company doubling up on its giveaways. And, while it’s disappointing for me as an eager deal-hunter, it’s still a fun (occasionally friendship-ruining game) and well worth picking up.

Giving away Overcooked again is also very timely, given that much of the world is still under some degree of lockdown. It might not be educational, but Overcooked is a great game to play with your kids; it will help teach them teamwork, coordination, and possibly some swear words if you can’t keep your tongue.

Next week’s game is still shrouded in mystery. But, you can grab Overcooked here until June 11.


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June’s My Nintendo rewards: Save on Fire Emblem and Pokémon

The latest crop of My Nintendo rewards includes a discount on one of the all-time great Fire Emblem games.

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The latest crop of My Nintendo rewards includes a discount on one of the all-time great Fire Emblem games.

Fire Emblem Awakening was the first game in the series to really breakthrough in the West. Originally released on Nintendo 3DS in 2012, this excellent tactical strategy game opened the door for the franchise to become one of Nintendo’s big hitters. If you enjoyed Fire Emblem Three Houses on Nintendo Switch, it’s worth going to back to see how far the series has come. European My Nintendo members can get a 50% discount in exchange for 220 Gold Points.

Other new rewards include price reductions on the fun Game Boy puzzler Pokémon Puzzle Challenge and the above-par sports game, Mario Golf: World Tour. You can also pick up 3DS themes based on the Animal Crossing and Metroid franchises.

Here’s the full lowdown on June’s new rewards. We’ll update this page if we get news of any new addition.

My Nintendo rewards – June 2020

EU Gold Point Rewards

  • Fire Emblem Awakening – 50% discount – 220 points

EU Platinum Point Rewards

  • NES Samus Aran (Theme) – 100 points
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Colourful Pattern (Theme) – 100 points
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge – 50% discount – 70 points
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – 40% discount – 110 points

US Gold Point Rewards

  • Style Savvy: Styling Star – 30% discount – 90 points
  • Pilotwings Resort – 40% discount – 120 points

US Platinum Point Rewards

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Colourful Pattern (Theme) – 100 points
  • Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone – 40% discount – 300 points
  • Picross 3D Round 2 – 40% discount – 300 points
  • Mario Golf: World Tour – 30% discount – 200 points
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge – 30% discount – 50 points

Many of last month’s rewards – including discounts on Dr. Mario Miracle Cure, Yoshi’s New Island, and Mario Kart 7 – also remain available. And it’s worth remembering that Gold Points can also be used towards the cost of Nintendo Switch games on the eShop. Read our roundup of the latest Switch releases to see what’s available.


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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (June 1-6, 2020)

The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

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The Outer Worlds and Clubhouse Games headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases.

For all of Nintendo’s innovations, the company is always happy to revisit and reinvent past glories. Ring Fit Adventure is this generation’s Wii Fit. 1-2 Switch is Wii Play. And Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training is, erm, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.

Nintendo DS owners may recall Clubhouse Games/42 All-Time Classics, a delightful collection of parlour and board games released back in 2006. The Switch gets its own version this week with Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (or 51 Worldwide Games in Europe). It’s another elegantly presented collection of low-key pastimes that are perfect to play with friends and family.

After a short delay in orbit, The Outer Worlds also lands on Switch this week. Obsidian Entertainment’s sci-fi RPG was well-received on its original release late last year, conjuring up some of that Fallout: New Vegas magic for many players. Virtuos, the company behind the recent Switch versions of Bioshock and XCOM-2, is handling the port. We’ll have a review for you on Thursday.

Other new games include retro-platformer sequel Awesome Pea 2 and the dungeon-crawling Knight Squad. WayForward’s Shantae and the Seven Sirens also get its European release.

We’ll keep this page updated throughout the week with any late changes. In the meantime, here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases as it stands.

New Nintendo Switch releases: June 1-6, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Do Not Feed The Monkeys

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • Liberated

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Arcade Archives Naughty Boy
  • Aqua Lungers
  • Depth of Extinction
  • The TakeOver
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (EU)

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Bridge Strike
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics/51 Worldwide Games
  • Knight Squad
  • Outbuddies DX
  • Pinball Lockdown
  • The Outer Worlds
  • They Came From the Sky
  • Strawberry Vinegar

Saturday, June 6, 2020

  • Potata: Fairy Flower
  • Super Holobunnies

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Save up to 85% in the PlayStation Days of Play sale

Sony unleashes the first wave of Days of Play digital game discounts on the PlayStation Store.

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Sony unleashes the first wave of Days of Play digital game discounts on the PlayStation Store.

Our European readers can now pick up some excellent games at low prices in the first batch of PlayStation Days of Play digital discounts. The North American sale begins later today.

Highlights include a whopping 85% off FIFA 20. That’s a great price for a game that is consistently rooted in the upper reaches of the UK chart.

It’s also a terrific sale for PS4 exclusives. Offers include 55% off Marvel’s Spider-Man, 70% off Days Gone, 25% off Persona 5 Royal, and 48% sliced from God of War.

PS VR is also well-represented with Blood & Truth, Superhot VR, and Farpoint, among the immersive experiences on offer.

Other games to catch our eye include Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake, which is reduced by 30%, and a massive 70% price cut for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. If you start now, you might just complete the game before the arrival of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

One-year PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions are also cut by 30% throughout the Days of Play promotion,

These deals run through to June 17. Visit the official PlayStation Store in your country for the full lineup of discounted games. Here are some more Thumbsticks picks.

PlayStation Days of Play Sale Highlights

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • Apex Legends – Bloodhound Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ultimate Edition
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • Bioshock: The Collection
  • Blood & Truth
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bravo Team
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered
  • Code Vein
  • Concrete Genie
  • Control Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dark Souls III
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
  • Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition
  • Dreams
  • EA Sports FIFA 20
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Farpoint
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • God Of War Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game Of The Year Edition
  • Medievil
  • Metro Exodus
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Overwatch Legendary Edition
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Sims 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Street Fighter V
  • Superhot VR
  • Tropico 6
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Vampyr
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • World War Z

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