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The Week in Video Games – February 4, 2018

This week in gaming: Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed, Mario Kart goes mobile, plus new updates for Destiny 2 and PUBG. Here’s our digest of the week’s top video games news.

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This week in gaming: Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed, Mario Kart goes mobile, plus new updates for Destiny 2 and PUBG. Here’s our digest of the week’s top video games news.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

It’s been a typically busy week in the word of PUBG, both in the game and behind the scenes. The game’s latest patch addresses some Miramar-related issues by adding more cover, additional buildings, and new off-road routes, among plenty of other changes. The Xbox One edition of PUBG has also received updates to vehicle damage from grenades, and slight adjustments to player damage in certain scenarios.

As work on improving the game continues, the money keeps rolling in. According to a survey by SuperData, the game earned $712 million between its March 2017 launch and the end of the year.

And finally, a range of new anti-cheat measures have been announced and will roll out this week. Find out more at the PUBG Steam Community Blog.

Red Dead Redemption 2 release date confirmed

I suppose we should insert that famous Miyamoto quote about making video games here, right? The confirmation that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been pushed back to October is a little disappointing, but not surprising. Take as much time as you need, RockStar. Idiots on the internet who have assumed the game is in some kind of “development hell”, remain idiots.

Nintendo making money

There was a Nintendo Direct’s worth of information released this week as part of the company’s latest earnings call.

In summary, the Switch has sold almost 15 million units and passed lifetime sales of the Wii U, Mario Kart Tour is coming to mobile, the SNES Classic Mini has sold 4 million units, and the 3DS is still trucking, with an impressive 5.86 million units sold. All of this means that Nintendo is firmly back in the business of making big money, with $7.9b revenue earned in the last fiscal year.

Elsewhere, it was revealed that Nintendo Labo will include a Toy-Con Garage feature that supports home-brew creations. And details of the Nintendo Switch online service have also been confirmed. Its September launch surely points to the release of a new Super Smash Bros.

Oh, and Imagination – the studio behind The Lorax and Minions – are making an animated Mario movie. Joy.

Bungie detail new Destiny 2 updates

Bungie continue to nip, tuck, tweak, and fix Destiny 2. The game’s latest patch adds an increase in player speed and mobility, plus a lengthy list of other changes that covers Armor Masterworks, reward balancing, and UI.

Shadow of the Colossus review round-up

Bluepoint’s sumptuous remake of Fumito Ueda’s PS2 classic comes to PlayStation 4 this week. Critics have been impressed by its graphical makeover, and gameplay that stands the test of time.

Oli Welsh, writing in Eurogamer, says:

“Shadow of the Colossus is such a sad, beautiful, thrilling game. It’s so bold in its austerity; compared to the frantic busywork of today’s games, its sheer emptiness comes as a relief.”

The Telegraph‘s John Robertson says:

“In 2005 Shadow of the Colossus was a masterpiece and that remains so in 2018. This is one of the greatest games ever made and is an accolade that shows no sign of being detached from its monumental presence.”

And GameSpot‘s Edmon Tran says:

“Shadow of the Colossus is a tremendous journey, and one well worth taking and retaking. The visual overhaul is stunning, thoroughly enhancing every facet of Wander and Agro’s excellent adventure.”

No Nolan

GDC organisers have confirmed the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement, Ambassador, and Pioneer awards. Industry stalwarts Tim Schafer and Rami Ismail will be honoured with the first two, but the Pioneer choice of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell caused a swift backlash due to well documented examples of inappropriate behaviour. The award will now be dedicated to “the pioneering and unheard voices of the past.”

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Sega partner with Interior Night

Sega and Interior Night have announced a publishing partnership that will see both companies collaborate on the creation of brand-new, narrative driven IP.

Billy Mitchell in hot water

Noted Donkey Kong player – and hot sauce magnate – Billy Mitchell has been accused of recording high scores using MAME, rather than an original Donkey Kong arcade cabinet. The initial analysis – carried out by Donkey Kong Forum – indicates that frames from Mitchell’s official score submissions may have been spliced together. The evidence is now under review by Twin Galaxies, the US-based organisation that tracks video game world records.

The C64 Mini

The NES and SNES Classic Minis – but not the Sega Genesis Flashback – are a great way for ageing gamers to relive their youth, but what about those us who played games on home computers? Enter TheC64 Mini, a fully functional miniature version of the Commodore 64 that comes bundled with a joystick, and 64 pre-installed games. We assume (hope) the loading times have been shortened.

Sony profits

Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues to dominate, with worldwide console shipments reaching 76.5 million. Sony forecasts a further 19 million PlayStation 4s will hit stores during the remainder of this financial year, which ends on March 31, 2018.

Sony’s Kaz Hirai to step down

Despite the ongoing success of the PS4, Sony’s Kaz Hirai has announced that he will step down from the role of CEO in April. He will stay on as company chairman, and will be replaced by current CFO, Kenichiro Yoshida. In a statement, Hirai-san said:

“As the company approaches a crucial juncture, when we will embark on a new mid-range plan, I consider this to be the ideal time to pass the baton of leadership to new management, for the future of Sony and also for myself to embark on a new chapter in my life.”

Demon Souls to lose online play

FromSoftware have announced that Demon’s Souls’ online servers are shutting down at the end of the month, nine years after the game’s release.

The next Gran Turismo is in production

Never mind that GT Sport still feels like a half-finished game, series creator Kazunori Yamauchi says he’s already hard at work on the next entry in the Gran Turismo franchise.

Latest video game releases

There are plenty of new games coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this week. Follow our new releases page for regular updates, and check back on Monday for this week’s Nintendo eShop lineup.

Sunday reading

Our own Josh Wise explores how video games like Oxenfree, Firewatch, and Alan Wake tune into the wonder and fear of radio.


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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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Sega announces the Game Gear Micro

That Sega rumour turns out to be a delightful thing. Say hello to the teeny-tiny Game Gear Micro.

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That Sega rumour turns out to be a delightful thing. Say hello to the teeny-tiny Game Gear Micro.

We’ve heard all sorts of rumblings around Sega in the last week or so, including the possibility that the company was being purchased by Microsoft, and that it was about to release a brand new video game console.

It turns out that the new console story was a ‘tiny’ bit right. The Game Gear Micro has been announced for release in Japan on October 6, 2020. It’s priced at ¥4980, which – checking XE.com for rough exchange estimate – puts it at about $45 in the US and £35 in the UK.

Game Gear Micro - Four Colours

The Micro moniker is no joke, either. The console is a mere 80mm wide and has a 1.5-inch screen. It also features a mono speaker and headphone jack. Nicely, it can be powered by two AAA batteries or charged via USB.

Oddly, the handheld will be released in four ‘collectable’ variants: black, blue, yellow and red. Each one contains four games.

Sega Game Gear Micro – Black

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Out Run
  • Royal Stone
  • Puyo Puyo Tsu

Sega Game Gear Micro – Blue

  • Sonic Chaos
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sylvan Tale
  • Baku Baku Animal

Sega Game Gear Micro – Yellow

  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining Force: Final Conflict
  • Nazo Puyo Aruru no Ru

Sega Game Gear Micro – Red

  • Revelations: The Demon Slayer
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • GG Shinobi
  • Columns

Fans who preorder all four colours will find their playing experience improved by a free replica of the Big Window magnifying peripheral.

At the time of writing we don’t have confirmation of a Western release, but here’s a hoping. Take a look at the console in the full reveal trailer.

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Sony does the right thing, postpones PlayStation 5 game reveal

This week’s PlayStation 5 event, which promised to showcase PS5 games for the first time, has been postponed.

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This week’s PlayStation 5 event, which promised to showcase PS5 games for the first time, has been postponed.

In a simple statement on Twitter, the official PlayStation account announced that this week’s event – scheduled for June 4 – is postponed.

“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games,” begins the statement, “we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”

Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the United States after a Black Minnesota man, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer on May 25, 2020. That police officer knelt on his neck and back for almost nine minutes, while Floyd called out that he couldn’t breathe and three other officers stood and watched. The killing was filmed and widely shared, which led to protests; first in Minnesota, then nationwide.

In the days of protest since, police forces and national guard have responded with force, pelting protesters and press alike with tear gas and batons and rubber bullets.

We know you all love video games. So do we. And let’s be honest: when it all gets too much, having something to escape to, for the sake of your own mental health, is important.

But there are more important things going on than the next generation of video game console. So while there have been negative responses to Sony’s decision from the usual suspects, the positive responses have been the overwhelming majority. It’s absolutely the right thing to do.

Video games will still be here tomorrow. The PlayStation 5 and PS5 games can still be revealed when this is all over. But people are irreplaceable, and fighting for them is more important.


If you’re looking for ways to help, this Black Lives Matter Carrd site features a wealth of information on ways to help, funds you can donate to, and resources covering everything from protesting to mental health.

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