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Animal Crossing: New Horizons player selling designs in-game for real money

What an entrepreneur!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are bending the game to their will in all sorts of interesting ways, and now someone has cooked up a way to make some real-life money on their island.

A Chinese New Horizons player fancies himself quite the designer, and he's willing to offer his services for a bit of cash. The player has set up WeChat Pay and AliPay QR codes in-game that allow players to send him real money in exchange for custom-designed items.

This seems like the sort of thing Nintendo would frown upon, but they're yet to remove the in-game shop. With word spreading, I would imagine it's just a matter of time.

Niantic reworking Pokemon GO features due to coronavirus, re-imagining Pokemon GO Fest, Adventure Sync, and more

Keeping players safe and entertained

It's quite hard to find another game that's been impacted by the coronavirus like Pokemon GO. Plenty of devs/pubs are going to have their development schedules hit by coronavirus protection efforts, but Pokemon GO is a game all about being social and playing outside. Niantic was quick to change some elements of the title to accommodate those who wanted to play inside while practicing social distancing, and it seems that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Niantic has announced major plans to revamp big portions of Pokemon GO so that people can enjoy some of their favorite activities from the safety of their home. These tweaks were announced via a Niantic blog, which you can read in full below.

We are reaching out to extend our best wishes for your wellness at this time of unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased physical and mental strain can have a lasting impact on people, and we're here for you.

But the world has changed, so what can we do?

We created Niantic with a mission to help people get outside, exercise, and explore the world, with the ultimate goal of helping people connect with others. Today we support a global community of hundreds of millions of people who look to our games for regular entertainment and an opportunity to get outside and connect with friends.

We have always believed that our games can include elements of indoor play that complement the outdoor, exercise and explore DNA of what we build. Now is the time for us to prioritize this work, with the key challenge of making playing indoors as exciting and innovative as our outdoor gameplay.

We are adding to our product roadmap so we can enable more ways to play inside and around the home in the coming days and weeks, when the world needs it most.

While it’s impossible to predict when and how the situation with COVID-19 will evolve globally, we’re going to make the following changes to our games and live events:

Exercise: you can track your steps indoor with Adventure Sync so activities like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill count toward game achievements. We’re going to make improvements to Adventure Sync so it works even better with indoor movement and activities.

Social: we’re enhancing our in-game virtual social features to enable players to stay in touch when they can’t meet in real life.
You’ll soon be able to team up with friends and take on Raid Battles together in Pokémon GO from the comfort of home.

Explore: we’re also looking into how we can help players virtually visit and share memories about their favorite real-world places, until they can once again visit them in person.

Live Events: we're re-imagining what it means to participate in a Niantic live event this summer, and putting our creative energy towards bringing the excitement directly to your home. That means we're working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokémon GO Fest. More details coming soon!

As our community knows, we’ve already made a number of changes to adapt to the current environment where group play is no longer possible and outdoor activity may be restricted.

We just launched a new form of gameplay in Pokémon GO called GO Battle League that you can play from anywhere in the world, including at home. We reduced the walking requirements for GO Battle League from 3 km to zero and introduced deeply discounted Incense and Poké Balls so people can catch Pokémon without traveling far. Gifts have more useful content and we increased storage so you can send and receive more gifts.

For Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, we’ve increased the amount of content that’s near you on the map so players should see Spell Energy, more iconic Harry Potter content, and rare potions ingredients that help you make progress. We’ve made potion tuning adjustments so players can have Foundables spawn directly at their house. Among other changes, gifts have also been adjusted to include more helpful resources and we increased the amount of gifts that players can open each day.

Ingress Portals are now tuned to encourage at-home play and we’ve reduced the need to interact with multiple Portals. We've increased the number of Portal hacks before burnout, reduced cooldown period for Portals, and enabled the deployment of two L7 and L8 Resonators per Portal. In addition, Portal recharge has been added as a new means for daily credit towards the Sojourner Medal.

In areas where it is permitted by local authorities, outdoor walks, practiced with proper social distancing, will continue to be a great way to contribute to physical and mental well being and you'll still be able to play our games while you do that. The changes we are making offer an alternative when that’s not possible.

We look forward to the day when we can return to the familiar places we dream about and once again safely play together with family and friends. When the world is ready for that, we’ll be ready too.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

RUMOR - Nintendo has ''big plans'' for Super Mario Bros' 35th Anniversary, remastering mainline games


According to multiple sources who have spoken to VGC, Nintendo has some big plans for the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, Nintendo is set to re-release most of the Super Mario main games, all remastered for Nintendo Switch. Titles like Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy are specifically mentioned. In addition, the previously rumoured Paper Mario game is part of those celebrations as well.

A special 35th anniversary event was planned for E3 2020, though due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Nintendo is now reviewing those plans. The company could opt for a digital showcase instead, if the time is right.

When asked for comment, Nintendo gave the usual spill of them not commenting on rumors or speculation. For what it's worth, this isn't the first time we've heard this ourselves. Super Mario has already made waves with the new LEGO set as well as the new Super Nintendo World information. We certainly wouldn't rule out a bigger push later in the year.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 763

The one where we talk about Yordo

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

Week 2 of the corona cast continues! Mom Brain and I hold down the fort, and there's certainly plenty of news to cover while we do. All the big topics of the week are discussed, Josh chimes in with his thoughts, and my Mom stops by (virtually) to see how we're doing!

Download Episode 763!

Warface hits 1 million players on Switch

That's a lot of soldier!

Looks like bringing Warface to the Switch was a pretty great idea. Publisher My.Games has announced that Warface has now reached 1 million players on Switch, and it took just one month after launch to get there. Check out some stats on the Switch version shared below.

- Players have completed 495,387 PvP matches
- Total playtime for Warface on Switch is over 83 000 days
- The most popular modes on Switch are PvE missions (1,285,309 played) and co-op Special Operations (148,507 completed)

My.Games isn't going to let that success go to their head, as there's still a bunch of work to be done. The team is toiling away on the game's next big update, which will hit sometime in Summer 2020. The update will launch simultaneously on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are creating custom content for a real-life museum

Blathers would be proud

In the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Blathers is the go-to guy when it comes to museums. In the real world, it turns out there's another museum that has tied itself to the Animal Crossing excitement.

The Museum of English Rural Life had to close its doors temporarily due to the coronavirus, but they're continuing the fun online with a request from their followers. The Museum has a real-life exhibit showcasing rural smocks, which were outer garments worn by shepherds and waggoners. Since people can't check out that exhibit right now, the museum curators thought it would be fun to create a digital collection.

The official Twitter account for the Museum of English Rural Life has put out the call for Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans to create custom smocks, along with fleshed-out backstories on the materials used, techniques applied, inspiration, and so on. There's a whole series of guidelines here, as well as suggestions on what items of clothing to use as a base.

When all is said and done, the museum plans to create an online gallery for everyone to scroll through and marvel at all the creations. It honestly sounds like a lot of fun, and a great way to pass some time while indoors! Make sure to check out the full Twitter thread for complete details.

This week's European downloads - March 26 (Shinsekai, Good Job, Panzer Dragoon and more)


Nintendo eShop (Switch)


Good Job! (Nintendo) - €19.99/£17.99
Rise through the ranks in your quest to become the new CEO of your dad’s company in Good Job! on Nintendo Switch! Together with a friend, climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business by tackling bizarre office problems – from building the company zen garden to delivering cubes of goo!

Bravely Default II Demo version (Nintendo) - Free
The team behind the Bravely series and OCTOPATH TRAVELER return with BRAVELY DEFAULT II, coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2020!

Expect an exciting new story, a brand new world, and new Heroes of Light in this successor to the original Bravely Default. BRAVELY DEFAULT II will feature new music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon).

Shinsekai Into the Depths (CAPCOM) - €19.99/£15.99
Capcom presents a fresh and original undersea exploration game, filled with unique visual and audio experiences for you to discover.

The land has slowly but steadily been covered with ice, forcing mankind to take refuge in the ocean. Even the sea cannot protect them forever. The ice overtakes the undersea home of a lone aquanaut, forcing an unplanned journey of exploration and discovery. Take control and follow a mysterious mechanical creature ever deeper... Could there be others still living on so far beneath the surface?

Manage your oxygen reserves as you make your way through this magnificent underwater world teeming with life. Maintain your suit's pressure resistance as you proceed deeper into the ruins of past civilisations. This hauntingly beautiful aquascape is truly the final frontier for this intrepid last aquanaut.

Panzer Dragoon (Forever Entertainment) - €24.99/£22.49
On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awaken from the ancient times. Armed with a deadly gun from the past, and the guidance of your armored blue dragon, you must fulfill your destiny and keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower.

STAR WARS Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (Aspyr Media) - €19.99/£17.99
The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

MISTOVER - Dr. Faust Bundle (KRAFTON) - €31.33/£27.53
Includes:
- MISTOVER game
- Dr. Faust's Otherworldly Adventure DLC

Bug Academy (Ultimate Games) - €12.99/£11.69 (€11.04/£9.93 until April 1)
The Bug Academy consists of a series of lessons in which we overcome challenges based on logic and the physics system.They have to face various tasks - including delivering parcels, repairing damaged installations, building bridges, extinguishing fires, as well as playing musical instruments, painting, dancing, and even flying into space; all within the bounds of a physics system which, of course, leads to many funny situations.

Bohemian Killing (Ultimate Games) - €7.99/£7.19 (€6.79/£6.11 until April 3)
In Bohemian Killing the gameplay mechanics are based on the concept of two tightly interconnected timelines. The game offers a massive number of opportunities and ways by which the player can try to prove the protagonist's innocence. For example, the player can lie, support their testimony with additional evidence or even pretend to be insane in order to clear the protagonist of charges.

The way of achieving the goal here depends exclusively on the player's imagination and tactics they apply. Thus, each playthrough can be completely different. The game features a dozen of regular endings plus a hidden one.

Jeopardy! (Ubisoft) - £15.99
Enjoy JEOPARDY! to show off your knowledge and test your reflexes as you play the iconic game of “answers and questions”.

Compete against online contestants and challenge yourself with more than 2,000 clues, including visual or audio clues.

Level up answering enough clues correctly to unlock new categories and customize your game by choosing the type of categories you see on the board.

Have fun and rack your brain anywhere, anytime!

Wheel of Fortune (Ubisoft) - £15.99
Play as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune and enjoy an authentic TV-show experience at home or on the go.

Spin the iconic wheel and compete with friends, family or online contestants to put your brain to the test by solving more than 4,000 unique word puzzles!

Rhythm of the Gods (Nellyvision) - €4.99/£4.49
Solve the problems that the mortal realm faces in this auto-running, Greek-inspired rhythm game. Fight a variety of mythological monsters that are causing a chorus of chaos to impress each god and earn your right to challenge them one-on-one - in a battle of rhythm, of course. Keep in time and reveal each gods’ true tune to persuade them that you have what it takes.

Hyperspace Delivery Service (Zotnip Games) - €9.99/£8.99 (€8.99/£8.09 until April 1)
Located on the other side of explored space, the trip to Miridian V will be a dangerous yet lucrative journey full of mad robots and unpredictable stellar phenomenon.

Can you and your crew survive the trip? Will you die from the dreaded Telunian flu? Hyperspace Delivery Service offers an exciting and strategically challenging journey where you must manage your fuel, oxygen, food, and various other supplies to make your delivery within the target time.

Choose what kind of captain you will be. Work the trade routes, learn to use your crews’ unique attributes, mine for fuel, search for abandoned supplies, fight robot space pirates on the ground in retro FPS, experience thrilling space battles from the bridge of your space ship in retro 3D space shooting action.

Dogurai (QUByte Interactive) - €4.99/£4.49 (€2.49/£2.24 until April 13)
In a dystopian future, where Armies and the Police were replaced by robots and machines, their creator decided to take over the world. Now, it's up to Bones, a retired dog samurai from the Special Forces, to fight against the robot menace alone.

You will face several robot leaders in an action-packed platforming throughout the city, fighting in urban sewers, military facilities, factories and even in sky-high structures. Each level features several gimmicks and different challenges inspired by classic platformers from the past decades, as well as different enemies and memorable boss encounters!

R.B.I. Baseball 20 (MLBAM) - €26.99/£22.99
Unleash greatness with your MLB crew in R.B.I. Baseball 20. R.B.I. 20 redefines arcade baseball action with massive advancements including brand new batting, pitching and base running controls, all-new broadcast-style pitching camera, major visual improvements and more authenticity. Plus, all your favorite gameplay modes including Franchise, Exhibition and Home Run Derby are back!

Colorgrid (QUByte Interactive) - €0.99/£0.89
Find the correct positions for your lasers and mirrors to get the right mix of colors in each material.

70 hand-crafted levels with increasing complexity.
Originally composed music to help you focus and relax while solving the puzzles
Learn the basics of color mixing to solve the levels.

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition (1C Entertainment) - €24.99/£22.49
In a grim dystopian future, where mankind has scattered across the galaxy and the human society has split into two distinct classes, you are a poor stateless outcast forced to live off scraps from derelict alien stations and ships in the outer space. A fabled alien derelict ship somewhere within the Deep Sky sector of space is your voucher for a citizenship and a promise of cozy life on a hospitable planet.

Experience Deep Sky Derelicts in its definitive edition, which brings together the base game and its two DLC, New Prospects and Station Life. Both adding new features, content, areas, gameplay mechanics and much more!

Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York (Draw Distance) - €19.99/£17.99 (€17.99/£16.19 until April 1)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York presents the conflict between two vampiric factions: the traditionalist Camarilla and the fiercely independent Anarchs. It's a unique, atmospheric, single-player narrative experience, set in the rich universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.

Slot (Sabec) - €8.99/£8.09
Feeling lucky? Then try you luck with Slot, a fun and easy to play slot machine simulation game that brings you all the glitz and glam of the Vegas Strip, anytime anywhere.

Kick-start your wild Vegas adventure with 1,000 coins. How much can you win?

Slot comes with 5 different easy to play slot machines, from slick classic 3-reel and 5-reel games to the big jackpot chest or wheel mini games!

JigSaw Abundance (Playstige Interactive) - €4.99/£4.49
JigSaw Puzzle game with touch-screen support! Use your finger to play your favorite jigsaw puzzle games.... Now with more themes and more puzzles!

50 Different High-Quality Puzzle Images...10 different themes to choose from...14 calming puzzle music tracks...

Card Game Bundle Vol. 1 (Digerati) - €23.99/£21.59
Includes:
- Frost
- Monster Slayers

CHAOS CODE -NEW SIGN OF CATASTROPHE- (ARC SYSTEM WORKS) - €9.99/£8.99
Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe- now appearing on the Nintendo Switch!

Enjoy high speed 2D combat with a wide variety of special moves, anytime and anywhere. Chose from a robust roster of 16 unique characters, including a government agent, a ninja, a magical girl, a manga artist, an android and more. Every fight is unique with selectable attacks, movement styles and color options making each character your own!

Choose from 6 different battle modes, including Arcade, Versus, and Mission Mode.

Ara Fell Enhanced Edition (DANGEN Entertainment) - €17.99/£16.19
Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition is a 16-bit era Japanese-style RPG by Stegosoft Games. The new Enhanced Edition features a slew of upgrades, including a revamped battle system, new character classes and skills, new side quests, an overhauled UI, upgraded crafting system, new enchanting system, enhanced aspect ratios, new difficulty modes, an autosave feature and more!

Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition combines the best parts of Japanese-style role playing games with the best parts of western RPGs, as well as including elements of visual novels and adventure games to create a truly unique experience. Atmosphere, emotion and surprise lie at the forefront of Ara Fell's story, driven by deep and accessible characters, each with his or her own past, their own desires and their own motivations for joining the protagonist’s quest. Join Lita and relive the golden age of RPGs with a game that both pays homage to the past greats, as well as blazing its own trail.

Indie Darling Bundle Vol 2 (Digerati) - €34.99/£31.49
Includes:
- Bleed 2
- Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut
- The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human

Wanba Warriors (Zodiac Interactive) - €9.99/£8.99
Have you got what it takes to be a Wanba Warrior? Step into the absurd world of calligraphy combat and prepare to lay the smackdown upon all who dare to oppose you, dishing out damage with your chosen ink brush of brutality!

Utilizing hilarious swing-based fighting mechanics, in addition to a range of insane supernatural abilities, get ready to push your skills (and friendships!) to the limit as you fight to become the best there ever was.

Set in the long-lost ancient past (or perhaps the far-flung distant future) warriors from across time and space have assembled to settle their differences. A battle for the ages is about to commence. A battle of Wanba Warriors!

Dream Gallery (Funalter Games) - €5.49/£4.99
In this marvelous sunny world, fallen flower petals lie in profusion. The clear mountain creek gently bubbles. Red-crowned cranes leisurely stroll across the creek, casually pecking fish from the water. The gentle breeze rustles the edges of your clothing. And following the footsteps of the wind, a flower petal roams through the grand halls, and gently lands on your shoulder. By the fountain of dreams, you gaze into the fragments of memory, and begin to ponder.

One Step From Eden (Humble Bundle) - €19.99/£17.99
One Step from Eden combines strategic deck-building and real-time action with rogue-like elements, allowing your character the chance to carve a path of mercy or destruction. Fight alone or with a friend in co-op as you cast powerful spells on the fly, battle evolving enemies, and collect game-changing artifacts. Can you make it to Eden or will your destruction be imminent?

Sin Slayers: Enhanced Edition (Black Tower Games) - €19.99/£17.99
Create, equip and lead a team of heroes. Each unit will have its own abilities and weaknesses, so plan your combat strategy accordingly. You’ll journey through stinking primeval forests, boneyards riddled with crypts and the graves of fallen warriors, and other places even the bravest adventurer would fear to tread.

Battles, traps, and bizarre enemies... Everything and everyone wishes to take your life, but don't succumb to despair. Between fights your party can take their rest at a fountain, or while on the road in an old church which leaves its doors open to the weary and wounded.

Travel every path and byway of the Valley, obtain new weapons on the field of battle or by fulfilling quests, gather ingredients for magical elixirs and resources to craft armor and amulets. If a certain item is beyond your crafting ability, ask the blacksmith in the Old Church for help. The best gear will allow you to challenge the deadliest monsters.

Trailer Trashers (Sakari Games) - €9.99/£8.99 (€7.99/£7.19 until April 9)
Challenge your friends in Death-match, Last Man Standing, Shotgun Soccer or crown yourself king of the couch in the all-including Party Mode! All bullets will bounce off the walls, giving your friends no place to hide, but watch out since your bullets might end up biting you in the ass! There are 3 weapon types in the game. By default you carry a shotgun and every stage has two extra weapon pickups.

NecroWorm (Walkabout Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (€2.99/£2.69 until April 11)
Chew your way through 120 levels of addictive puzzle gameplay, where your only goal is to devour everything but your own wormy self. It's quick, tasty, and hard to resist. Just like a late-night snack.

How hard can it be to grab a bite? Quite hard, when you're an abominable serpent dwelling in a cemetery. Collect keys, open doors, and plan your every move so you don't paint yourself into a corner. Like it EXTRA SPICY? Hurry up and make it within the time limit—but watch out for the cramps.

Grand Guilds (Keybol Games) - €17.99/£15.99
Grand Guilds is a story-driven, tactical RPG with unique card combat mechanics. You and your comrades will journey the lands of Irin, a continent on the brink of another war, while engaging in challenging tactical combat. Each playable character has unique mechanics and abilities that, when combined properly, will make the difference between complete victory or utter defeat.

Wenjia (indienova) - €6.99/£6.29 (€5.59/£5.03 until April 8)
Wenjia is a 2D platform game with puzzle-solving elements. Players can freely travel between two realms (the material world and the energy world), each of them with different challenges and obstacles. Players must utilize both realms’ mechanisms to reach their final goal.

WENJIA’s exquisite hand-drawn graphics bring out both the vivid colorfulness of the Matter Realm and the fantastical strangeness of the Energy Realm. The sharp contrast between the two realms offers the players a unique visual feast.

Mekorama (Rainy Frog) - €4.99/£4.49
Guide the adorable robot "B" (because he looks like a Bee) to safety after he crash lands on a strange cubic planet.

Explore each level, rotating it in 3D to see all sides, looking for a way through to the goal. Make use of lifts and slide platforms to get around while looking out for dangers. Think outside of the box to find solutions sometimes in unconventional ways to find a way forward. You'll be amazed at what's possible (and necessary!) and before long captivated to get to the end.

100 varied levels continuously throws up new surprises that you'll never know what to expect.

Arcade Archives IKARI III -The Rescue- (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"IKARI III -THE RESCUE-" is an action shooting game released by SNK in 1989. Players assume the roles of elite soldiers RALF and CLARK, and infiltrate a terrorist base in order to rescue the presidential candidate's son, who is being held hostage. While the players battle one tough foe after another, they must not take too long to rescue the hostage, or the main terrorist forces will catch up with them.

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27) - €69.99/£49.99
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 Deluxe Edition (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27) - €94.99/£69.99
The PIRATE WARRIORS series has successfully combined the popular anime ONE PIECE with the thrilling action of the WARRIORS series to create a worldwide phenomenon selling more than four million copies!

Based on the concept of "fighting hordes of enemies while adventuring with trusted allies," experience awesome ONE PIECE action lifted straight from the anime!

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 is the latest evolution of PIRATE WARRIORS action! Based on the concept of "experiencing a real ONE PIECE battlefield," buildings will come crashing down during the action and attacks will throw up smoke and dust, placing you in the thick of the ONE PIECE world!

Injecting fresh elements that couldn't be achieved in previous entries has now realized an even more thrilling brand of PIRATE WARRIORS action!

CopperBell (Ultimate Games, available March 27) - €6.99/£6.29
Copperbell is a hand-drawn adventure game where a demon lurks in the forest and only you can banish the evil. Test your wit and will by fighting enemies and evading traps. Explore and master dangerous environments. Uncover secrets and defeat challenging bosses!

Repressed (Ultimate Games, available March 27) - €7.99/£7.19
In Repressed, the standard physical hero is abandoned, which affects the change in the environment in which he is able to function. As a shadow, the player must make sure to stay in the light and have space to bounce back. It is therefore important to use the right perspective. Changing the angle of the camera can unlock previously unseen paths.

As they travel through the world, players collect fragments of their memories, which then have to be reassembled.

Duck Souls+ (Ratalaika Games, available March 27) - €4.99/£4.99
Duck Souls+ is a fast-paced, action platformer about a little duck with an incredible skill to dash and a mission, find all the eggs to save his species.

Duck Souls+ is set in a cute and deadly fantasy world, where many traps will rip your wings off your body while you struggle to grasp the frail, fragile egg.

Run, jump and dash through a colourful and treacherous environment to save everyone and become a hero, if you can.

Gigantosaurus The Game (Outright Games, available March 27) - €39.99/£34.99
Explore and race across the prehistoric world of Gigantosaurus. This Disney dino tale is part saving the world, part super race, and all giant fun!

Rocky, Tiny, Mazu and Bill have scary problems – like the meteor that’s blocked up Giganto’s volcano! Only you and your dino friends can dare to solve puzzles and save the day – but you might need Giganto’s powers too! And the end of each story is the start of a super rally to the next zone. Will you be the most roarsome adventurer or the fastest racer?

Children of Zodiarcs (Plug In Digital, available March 27) - €17.99/£15.99
Take control of Nahmi and her fellow outcasts, utilising a brand new deck and dice based combat system to strike a blow to the noble Lords’ and Ladies’ unquenchable thirst for profit.

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (Koch Media, available March 27) - €39.99/£34.99
You are the President of the United States of America, and you must save all of us on Earth. The Boss of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States but the Saints are just getting started.

After a catastrophic alien invasion of Earth, led by the evil Overlord Zinyak, the Saints have been transported to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. With homies new and old at their side, and an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons, they must fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp.

The Saints have gone from the poorhouse to the Penthouse, to The White House – but now it’s up to you to free the world from Zinyak and his alien empire, saving the world in the wildest open world game ever, playable for the first time on Nintendo Switch.


Downloadable Content

Mortal Kombat 11: Spawn (Warner Bros. Interactive) - €5.99/£4.99
Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn. Now he is thrust into the world of Mortal Kombat, where he will fight for supremacy against all Kombatants.

Mortal Kombat 11: Matinee Skin Pack (Warner Bros. Interactive) - €5.99/£4.99
This item is already included in the Kombat Pack.

Three new character skins. The Matinee Skin Pack includes Osh-Tekk Vandal Kotal Kahn, Swashbuckler Erron Black, and Space Marine Jacqui Briggs.

GROOVE COASTER WAI WAI PARTY!!!!: Original Pack (Taito) - €14.99/£12.99
A new pack featuring 10 songs, navigators, and avatars from the GROOVE COASTER series!

Tangledeep: Dawn of Dragons (Impact Gameworks) - €4.49/£4.09
The ancient dragons have returned to Tangledeep! Challenge diabolical new dungeons, monsters, and bosses, while collecting new powers and items.

ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Charlotte Katakuri Early Unlock (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Vinsmoke Niji Early Unlock (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Vinsmoke Ichiji Early Unlock (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Vinsmoke Yonji Early Unlock (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Hancock Wang Yauanji costume (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)
ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4: Trafalgar Law Cao Pi costume (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, available March 27)

Lethal League Blaze: Heavyduty R. Evolution Outfit for Raptor (Team Reptile, available March 27) - €3.99/£3.59


Demos

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 (NIS America)
As a hero of war turned instructor, Rean must lead a new generation of heroes and fight for a brighter future. They must draw upon their strength of their steel, as well as their bonds, if they hope to stop the unknown threats that await them! Dress up your adventure with 26 bonus additional cosmetic items, all in game!


Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter will be from ARMS, and will release in June 2020

Up in ARMS

The first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be joining the battle from the Nintendo Switch game ARMS! The fighter will be announced and released this June.

Nintendo decided not to mention which ARMS fighter would make the cut for Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means we have until June 2020 to hedge our bets!

New Nintendo Direct Mini Highlights a Wide Variety of Games Coming to Nintendo Switch This Year

Surprise!

During the latest Nintendo Direct Mini video presentation, Nintendo shined the spotlight on a breadth of different types of games launching for the Nintendo Switch system in 2020 – some of which are available today! Games featured in the video include sprawling role-playing adventures like Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and BRAVELY DEFAULT II; classic franchises like Borderlands, XCOM 2 and BioShock coming to a Nintendo system for the first time; remakes of fan favorites like Burnout Paradise Remastered and Panzer Dragoon: Remake; and titles perfect for both casual and longtime gamers like Good Job!, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The Nintendo Direct Mini also revealed upcoming content for currently available Nintendo Switch games like a free update for Ring Fit Adventure, more details about the upcoming paid DLC for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as well as news that the first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is arriving from the ARMS game.

“No matter what type of experience you are looking for, Nintendo Switch has you covered,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In addition to Nintendo franchises, 2020 will see the Nintendo Switch library grow even more with strong support from a diverse field of publishing partners like 2K, Electronic Arts and SQUARE ENIX.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Now available!

Good Job!: In this madcap action-puzzle game from Nintendo, perform hilarious and challenging tasks around a sprawling office building to get the job done by any means necessary, alone or in two-player mode*! Good Job! launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch … today!

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: It’s Doctor Doom vs. Marvel’s first family when the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom launches for the Nintendo Switch game today. The new pack adds the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom as playable characters as they fight through a new story campaign. The Expansion Pass**, which also includes Pack 1 and Pack 2, can be purchased for $19.99.

Ring Fit Adventure Update: A free update is coming to Ring Fit Adventure later today! The update adds a new Rhythm Game mode, an option to switch to a female voice and to change the language of the in-game voice, and more. In the Rhythm Game mode, move to the beat of a dozen music tracks from Ring Fit Adventure and a few tracks from popular Nintendo games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Shinsekai: Into the Depths: In this deep-sea exploration game, players collect resources to upgrade their gear, craft items and dive deeper into the abyss. As they explore increasingly mysterious environments, players have to monitor their oxygen and pressure levels to survive. Shinsekai: Into the Depths launches for Nintendo Switch … today!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake: In this remake of the dragon-riding classic, players pilot the Blue Dragon through incredible landscapes, battling giant creatures and lethal battleships using 360-degree controls and lock-on targeting. Panzer Dragoon: Remake launches first on Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive … today!

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Enter Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy to learn the ways of the Force! Players can customize their Jedi looks and battle online with up to 16 players when Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy launches on Nintendo Switch … today!

Launching in 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition: The original Xenoblade Chronicles game, which marked the debut of fan-favorite character Shulk, comes to Nintendo Switch with a new epilogue story, Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected. This definitive edition of the RPG also looks better and plays smoother than ever before. The battle HUD and menu screens are easy to read and easy to use. Some of the music tracks have been remastered or remixed! Experience the majesty of the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition game when it launches for Nintendo Switch on May 29. On the same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set will also launch, featuring a 250-page artbook full of beautiful landscapes, imposing monsters and more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Now that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has launched for Nintendo Switch, the first seasonal event is on its way! Between April 1 and April 12, residents of the island can participate in Bunny Day to find eggs hidden by bunny visitor Zipper and craft special items with them. The next free update to the game hits in late April, which adds the Earth Day event. Follow the Animal Crossing Twitter account for the latest news and updates about the game.

Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass: With the new Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, the sprawling island in the sea, the Isle of Armor, and the frozen snowscape known as the Crown Tundra will be available in the Galar region. On the Isle of Armor, Trainers can gather at a new dojo for Pokémon Battles to master their skills. By training at this dojo, players will receive the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu from the master, Mustard. Through training with Kubfu, Trainers will receive permission to challenge the Towers of Two Fists on the Isle of Armor. Once one of the two towers has been conquered, Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu. In addition to new outfit items and hair styles, the Expansion Passes will also add new league card backgrounds, effects and frames. The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 1 – The Isle of Armor launches by the end of June. Additional information about the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 2 – The Crown Tundra will be revealed in the future. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Passes, which include The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra as they release, can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.**

BRAVELY DEFAULT II: In this follow-up to the original BRAVELY DEFAULT, four new Heroes of Light embark on a grand and glorious mission guided by the elemental crystals. Like the first game, BRAVELY DEFAULT II features a battle system that emphasizes strategy, with players deciding when to attack (Brave) or hold back and wait for the right moment to strike (Default). With beautiful places to explore and new jobs to acquire, some of which can even be combined, BRAVELY DEFAULT II is another epic RPG in the Nintendo Switch library. A free demo is available today!

A Wealth of 2K Games: Many games from publisher 2K are coming to Nintendo Switch on May 29, including sci-fi classic XCOM 2 Collection – which contains XCOM 2, 4 DLC packs, and the War of the Chosen expansion – as well as Borderlands Legendary Collection, which contains the original Borderlands, its sequel, Borderlands 2, and its “pre-sequel,” Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 2K is also bringing its acclaimed BioShock series to Nintendo Switch, with BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, as well as BioShock: The Collection, which includes all three BioShock games in one package.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be joining the battle from the Nintendo Switch game ARMS! The fighter will be announced and released this June.

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics: Four-in-a-row, Mancala, Slot Cars, Sliding Puzzle and Texas Hold’em are only a handful of the 51 games from around the world included in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. Some of the games are multiplayer, including options for up to four people to play locally*** or online****. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics launches for Nintendo Switch on June 5. Anyone who wants to pre-purchase the game can do so starting today.

Burnout Paradise Remastered: 10 years later, the classic high-octane racer is back with this remastered version. Featuring breakneck racing, high-flying stunts and, most importantly, shameless amounts of automotive destruction, Burnout Paradise Remastered crashes onto Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Fuser: Take on the role of a DJ in this upcoming rhythm game from Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band. Fuser launches for Nintendo Switch this fall.

King’s Bounty II: Since 1990, the King’s Bounty series has been influencing the evolution of western RPGs. In this new sequel, the series is back with a fresh look and a new approach. In King’s Bounty II, the graphics are more realistic, in-game choices matter more than ever, and a new character development system informs the ethics and affinities of new characters. King’s Bounty II launches on Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Ninjala: In this free-to-play game, up to eight players* must battle it out to earn points and claim victory. As ninjas, players can sprint across stages, disguise themselves and wield an arsenal of skills, like heavy-hitting hammers, fast and flashy katanas, and tricked-out yo-yos. Cement supremacy in free-for-all battles or work together in 4-on-4 team matches. Ninjala sneaks up to Nintendo Switch this May.

Catherine: Full Body: The unique puzzle-adventure game is coming to Nintendo Switch as Catherine: Full Body, a remake of the original game. Climb a tower of puzzle blocks and dive into a mature, intense and intoxicating story when Catherine: Full Body launches for Nintendo Switch on July 7.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer: Strap into a pod racer and go for first place in Star Wars Episode I: Racer, launching soon for Nintendo Switch.

Even more games are coming to Nintendo Switch in the coming months, including Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (March 27), Trials of Mana (April 24), The Elder Scrolls: Blades (Spring 2020), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May), MR. DRILLER DrillLand (June 25), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (June 30) and Vigor (fall).

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

Parent hosts surprise birthday party for their daughter in Animal Crossing: New Horizons when a real event was called off due to coronavirus

Happy birthday, Sophia!

It seems that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is quickly becoming the place to hold virtual gathers to replace real-life events that have been postponed. First we had a surprise wedding in New Horizons, and now we have a birthday party!

Alexia Christofi knew her daughter was bummed about not being able to have a birthday party due to coronavirus concerns, so she came up with a new plan. She reached out to her daughter's friends and got them to put together a surprise party in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In the video above, you can see the moment Alexia's daughter Sophia finds out what's going on.

We can all agree that a real-life birthday party with friends would be better, but a virtual gathering means just as much in times like these.

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