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A new Pokémon game and development problems for Call of Duty are this week’s gaming news headlines.

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Development problems for Call of Duty, and new Pokémon and Minecraft games are among this week’s video game news headlines.

The House of Mario captured many headlines this week with a jam-packed Nintendo Direct showcasing the gazillion items and features included in upcoming Switch game, Super Mario Maker 2.

The Epic Store also launched its first major sale, although things didn’t quite go to plan, with some publishers delisting their games.

And if you’re excited for the series finale of Game of Thrones, make sure you read Tom’s analysis of how the HBO series has become just like a video game.

Here are nine other stories we think are worth catching up on.

Happy Birthday Minecraft

To coincide with the Minecraft‘s tenth anniversary, Microsoft has revealed a new free-to-play mobile AR game called Minecraft Earth. The game lets players add their creations to the real world and is set for release later this year. It was also announced that Minecraft has now sold 176 million copies worldwide, very likely making it the best-selling video game of all time.

Red Dead Redemption 2 updated

Take Two confirmed in its earnings call that Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 24 million copies since its release in October, 2018. Last week, the game’s online component also left beta with a huge update that includes new missions, new open-world events, and hundreds of items to buy and earn. There are also new settings to improvement the performance of HDR on PlayStation 4.

Studio Istolia closes

Square Enix’s Studio Istolia has closed down. Project Prelude Rune, the game the studio was developing under the leadership of Hideo Baba, has been also cancelled.

Epic Games awarded special Bafta

Epic Games will receive a Bafta Special Award next month. Tim Sweeney will pick up the award which honours the company’s contribution to the industry, both for its games and work with the Unreal Engine development platform.

Pokémon Rumble Rush announced

The fifth game in the Pokémon Rumble series has debuted in Australia. The free-to-start beat ’em up is initially available on Android devices, with an iOS release and worldwide rollout coming soon. In summary: tap, tap, tap to defeat waves of Pokémon.

Save with Nintendo Switch Vouchers

Nintendo has launched a new voucher promotion for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Members can purchase two vouchers for $99.99/£84.00 and redeem them against a list of first and second-party Switch games. The vouchers offer combined savings of up to $19.99/£36.00.

Call of Duty 2020

Kotaku news hound, Jason Schreier, reports on the troubled development of next year’s Call of Duty game. Studios Raven and Sledgehammer have been moved to support status, with Treyarch taking the lead on what it is now likely to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 5.

Sony and Microsoft announce cloud partnership

Microsoft and Sony have announced ‘a memorandum of understanding’ to share information and technology on their future cloud infrastructure and image sensor initiatives. Although the partnership has surprised many, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida said of the relationship:

“For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Full steam ahead for Octopath Traveler

Pre-orders for the PC version of Octopath Traveler have opened on Steam. Players who purchase the game ahead of its launch will receive a collection of eleven desktop wallpapers featuring artwork of the game’s heroes and locations.

This week’s new video game releases

As usual, you can keep on top of the latest video game releases with our weekly updates for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Nintendo Switch releases – February 24-28, 2020

Two Point Hospital, Bloodroots, and two Metro Redux games are the highlights of this week’s Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Two Point Hospital and two Metro Redux games are the highlights of this week’s Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

The Nintendo Switch continues to punch above its weight this week with impressive ports of Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux. If you like tough as nails shooters set and post-apocalyptic hellscapes, they should bring a big smile to your face.

Another of this week’s Nintendo Switch highlights is the quirky business simulation, Two Point Hospital. The spiritual successor to Theme Hospital that was a big hit on PC in 2018. Hopefully, this promising looking port will play nicely with console controls.

If you like the Picross series, you should also check out Depixtion, which gives the age-old puzzle format a colourful twist. And fans of top-down action games like Hotline: Miami should investigate Paper Cult’s stylish and bloody Bloodroots.

Finally, Capcom’s Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection brings together six classic games starring the Blue Bomber that were originally released on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.

Here’s the current lineup of new Nintendo Switch releases. We’ll keep the list updated throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • MathLand

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Arcade Fuzz
  • Broken LinesPortal Dogs
  • Hayfever
  • Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection
  • Rune Factory 4 Special
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Two Point Hospital
  • The Unholy Society

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • Vasilis

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Animated Jigsaws Collection
  • Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary
  • Dual Brain Vol. 3: Shapes
  • Heaven Dust
  • Hero must die. again
  • Kingdom Rush Frontiers
  • MouseCraft
  • Served!
  • Soul Axiom Rebooted
  • UnderHero
  • Voxelgram
  • Wanderlust Travel Stories

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • BE-A Walker
  • Bloodroots
  • Bucket Knight
  • Depixtion
  • Ganbare! Super Strikers
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro Last Light Redux
  • LocO-SportS
  • Profane
  • Ski Sniper
  • Skull Rogue
  • Spartan Fist
  • Stab Stab Stab!

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Xbox One releases – February 24-28, 2020

Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

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Two Point Hospital and Sayonara Wild Hearts headline next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

There’s a busy week ahead with some great games coming to the Xbox One. First to be admitted is Two Points Hospital, the lovingly crafted business simulation game from Two Point Studios and Sega. It’s a spiritual successor to the classic Theme Hospital and includes that game’s Mark Webley and Gary Carr among its dev team. It’s a smart and humorous sim that will hopefully transfer well to console.

Another highlight is Wasteland Remastered, an update of the classic 1988 post-apocalyptic RPG from inXile Entertainment. The game features revamped graphics, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and an expanded musical score.

Other new releases include the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC and a collection of six Blue Bomber games in the Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection. The long-awaited Xbox One release of Sayonara Wild Hearts is also something to be savoured.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Ark: Survival Evolved – Genesis – Part 1
  • Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind
  • Hayfever
  • Infliction Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Wasteland Remastered

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Castle of No Escape
  • Castle of No Escape 2
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac
  • Grizzland Ganbare! Super Strikers
  • One Finger Death Punch 2
  • House Flipper
  • Vasilis
  • Yakuza 0

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Spartan Fist
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Stab Stab Stab!
  • Bucket Knight

Read about the latest games coming to Xbox Game Pass.


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PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store in the next week.

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A refreshingly eclectic lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita games is coming to the PlayStation Store in the next week.

We like weeks like this. A week where there’s a wide range of video games to enjoy from a wide range of genres. Just thinking about our pick of the week gives us a fever, especially as it’s Two Point Hospital, the marvellous medical simulation game from Two Point Studios.

Pitched as a spiritual follow-up to Bullfrog’s iconic Theme Hospital, the game found a rabidly enthusiastic audience on its 2018 PC release. If the transfer to PS4 is as successful we’ve seen with other PC sims – like Cities: Skylines – we predict it will be a big hit.

An old favourite also returns with the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. The package brings together remasters of six classic games staring the mighty Blue Bomber. A cult Dreamcast favourite also gets a modern update in Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash for PS VR. Remember to wipe that headset clean after dancing.

Other new releases include Spike Chunsoft fighter One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows, and Khud0’s endearing low-fi platformer, Grizzland. It’s also nice to see Mega Cat’s retro-style brawler Coffee Crisis finally make it to PlayStaton 4.

Here’s the current lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases. Check back throughout the week for any late additions.

New PlayStation 4 releases – February 24-28, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

  • Ganbare Super Strikers (+ PS Vita)
  • Grizzland
  • Hayfever
  • House Flipper
  • Infliction: Extended Cut
  • Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection
  • Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!
  • Tempest
  • Two Point Hospital

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Hero Must Die. Again
  • Vasilis (+ PS Vita)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Diadra Empty
  • MX Nitro: Ultimate Edition

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Bloodroots
  • Bucket Knight
  • Coffee Crisis
  • One Punch Man – A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Ritual: Crown of Horns
  • Spartan Fist
  • Stab Stab Stab!

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Pokémon Home hits impressive first week numbers

Pokémon Home reaches 1.3 million mobile installs in its first week.

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Pokémon Home reaches an impressive 1.3 million mobile installs in its first week.

New data from Sensor Tower estimates that Pokémon Home has generated 1.3 million installs on iOS and Android since launch.

The Pokémon Home mobile app – and its companion Nintendo Switch app – lets users organise and trade their Pokémon collection. The apps sync with Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee and Pokémon Sword and Shield on Switch, and the mobile version be updated to work with Pokémon Go in future.

In the week following release, Sensor Tower estimates that the Android and iOS app was installed by 444,000 users in the US, 299,000 in Japan, and 74,000 in the UK.

Although the app is free to download and use, a subscription is required to access the full suite of monster management and trading tools. Sensor Tower says the app has generated approximately $1.8 million in mobile user spending so far. Subscriptions are priced at $2.99 for one month, $4.99 for three months, and $15.99 for a full year.

Unfortunately, as Pokémon Home is not included in the Nintendo eShop’s chart listings, we don’t have any indication of how well it’s performing on Switch. We expect it’s doing just fine, however.

Via: Sensor Tower


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Save up to 70% in the PlayStation Big in Japan Sale

More than 500 PlayStation 4 games get discounts in the new PS Store Big in Japan sale.

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More than 500 PlayStation games get discounts in the new PS Store Big in Japan sale.

Following hot on the heels of the PlayStation Essentials sale comes yet another PS Store promotion. The Big in Japan sale begins today and focusses on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games from Japanese publishers and studios.

Highlights include some of Square Enix’s biggest titles, headlined by Kingdom Hearts III and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts All-In-One package. Other games to catch the eye are Final Fantasy XV – in both full-fat and Pocket Editions – and Platinum’s NieR: Automata.

Other recommendations include Sega’s tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4, the long-awaited Shenmue III, and the acclaimed Dark Souls III. Capcom is also bringing the goods with Okami HD, Street Fighter V, and Resident Evil 7 all getting tempting price cuts.

The PlayStation Big in Japan sale ends on March 3 in Europe and March 3 in North America. Head over to the PS Store before then to see the full list of discounted games in your region. Here are some more highlights.

PlayStation Big in Japan Sale Highights

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dmc Devil May Cry
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI – Digital Edition of Light
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 Complete Edition
  • Earth Defense Force 5 Deluxe Edition
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Little Nightmares Complete Edition
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience
  • Nioh – The Complete Edition
  • Okami HD
  • Oninaki
  • Pixeljunk Monsters 2
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2
  • Secret of Mana
  • Shenmue III
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition
  • SNK Heroines
  • Star Ocean First Departure R
  • Steins;Gate Elite
  • Street Fighter V
  • Tekken 7
  • The Silver Case
  • The Ultimate Sonic Bundle
  • Thief
  • Trails Of Cold Steel III Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition
  • Windjammers
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

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