Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season To Get Physical Release March 26th

Skybound Games has announced that the final season of the now defunct Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead will be seeing a physical release starting March 26th, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

In a blog post from the publishing arm of Skybound, the company announced that the physical release of the game would accompany the release of the game’s final episode, Take Us Back, to complete not only the season, but the entirety of Telltale’s vision of the story.

“We’re excited to announce that when Episode 4, Take Us Back, launches on March 26th, we’ll be releasing a physical boxed edition that includes the entire Final Season for Xbox One, PS4, and Switch” Sally Jack of Skybound stated. “This version will be available at all major retailers, including right here in the Skybound Shop. So, for fans looking for a great gift to give, or to actually hold the final chapters of Clem’s story in your hands, well, you’ll soon have that chance!”

Skybound Games officially took over development of the final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, in October 2018, after the latter studio announced a major closure less than a month earlier. While it is unclear what the studio’s plans are with The Walking Dead IP once the final episode is released, there seems to be optimism surrounding the future of the series in some capacity within the new developer/publisher.

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WarGroove Has Already Covered Development Costs In Its First Three Days Of Sale

The indie smash hit WarGroove hit an important milestone, by already covering development costs in its first three days on sale.

In a blog post from developer Chucklefish, the indie darlings touched on a number of topics, but started their release by acknowledging the financial mark. “First of all, I want to say how humbled and thankful we all are here at Chucklefish for the incredible launch weekend. It’s truly been amazing, we’ve already covered the cost of development and are throwing ourselves into improving the game further.”

Along with the announcement, the team behind the 2D tactical strategy game also laid out their plans for the game. In the really short term, the team is currently waiting for approval on their first post-launch patch that has been submitted to each platforms respective stores. The patch includes various bug and stability fixes. A number of quality of life fixes are currently being addressed by the team as well, including the ability to skip battle scenes more quickly and the ability to force fast map movement to ‘always on’. Lastly, the team also announces they have began looking into a larger content update, DLC and more, but preface that it may not arrive for a bit.

WarGroove is now available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC (Steam).

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Sells Over 12 Million Units, Fastest Selling Nintendo Home Console Game Ever

Nintendo has officially released sales numbers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the results are staggering. Currently, the ‘ultimate’ iteration of the storied arena fighter has sold 12.08 million units, resulting in the title becoming the fastest selling Nintendo home console game in the company’s history.

In a flurry of announcements pertaining to the company’s fiscal results of its previous quarter, it is important to note that these results end on December 30st, 2018, meaning the game achieved this feat in a matter of 23 days.

Previously, the title of fastest selling Nintendo home console game was held by New Super Mario Bros. for Wii, selling 10.55 million. In comparison, the Wii iteration of New Super Mario Bros. hit that sales statistic between its November 11th, 2009 release date and December 30th, 2009; over a month and a half sales period.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on December 7th, 2018 to critical and consumer acclaim. Nintendo announced plans for multiple DLC packs coming to the game through February 2020, in the form of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass. The pass in total will include five new fighter, five new stage, and additional music tracks, with packs of one fighter, one stage, and chunks of music tracks releases throughout the scheduled time frame. Each pack will be individually sold as well, outside of the Fighters Pass. With a stead flow of additional content on the horizon, things only look positive in terms of sales for Nintendo’s newest Super Smash Bros. entry.

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Breaking: Nintendo Confirms Restart on Metroid Prime 4 Development, Bringing On Retro Studios

In a shocking turn of events, Nintendo has confirmed that development on the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 will be restarted, with the series’s original creator Retro Studios being brought in to help with the process.

In a video released on Nintendo’s YouTube page, Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer, released the statement regarding the status of the newest entry in the beloved Sci-Fi series. “We deeply understand the high anticipation that Metroid Prime series fans have for this title” Takahashi began. “Ever since the announcement, we have not been able to give you an update but as a result of the continuing development since that time – although this is very regrettable – we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series. We have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure itself and change it. Specifically, we decided to have the Producer, Kensuke Tanabe, to work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States, and restart development from the beginning.”

For decades, the Japanese gaming giant has been known for its development philosophy that iconic company figure Shigeru Miyamoto made famous, that “a delayed game is eventually good, and a bad game is bad forever”; which Takahashi touches on in the statement. “Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis. If we’re not satisfied with the quality, we aren’t able to deliver it to our customers with confidence, and the game will not live up to our fans’ expectations. From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team.”

Takahashi emphasizes that it will be quite some time before fans see the product in full, with development restarting, but expresses confidence that the wait will be worth it, as the company hopes to bring fans of the long running series an entry that fans will hold in high regard.

Metroid Prime 4 was originally announced at Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight Direct, with no additional information provided at the time or since then regarding the development of the game, including a release date or even an attached development team. Rumors began circulating after E3 2018 that the company had planned to reveal the game later that year at the Game Awards 2018 for a release the following year, along with a Metroid Prime Trilogy collection for the Switch, but neither were heard of or seen at the event in December.

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The Walking Dead Final Season Episode 4 Set to Release on March 26th


The end to the final season of the former Telltale Game’s the Walking Dead series is right around the corner, with a now confirmed release date of its fourth and final episode on March 26th, 2019.

As first reported by DualShockers, the episode titled “Take Us Back” now lists a specific release date of March 26th, 2019 on the game’s episode selection page. While Skybound Games, who officially took over production of the final episodes in the series following Telltale’s closure, has yet to officially announce the game themselves. Yet, it doesn’t look like fans will have to wait long to experience not only the end of the season, but the conclusion to Clementine’s overall story as well.

The original season of Telltale’s the Walking Dead first released in April 2012 to critical acclaim and commercial success, claiming multiple Game of the Year nominations and awards in the process. Many could argue that the success of Telltale’s the Walking Dead helped catapult the graphic adventure genre into mainstream popularity, with many studios following the formula after. Due to the unfortunate financial events last September, Telltale Studios was forced to suffer a major studio closure after their last investor pulled out of funding the studio. Over 250 employees were let go from the studio, with only 25 remaining to finish previous obligations including a port of Minecraft: Story Mode to Netflix.

The first three chapters of the Walking Dead’s Final Season are available now on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Coming April 16th to Nintendo Switch

Another Final Fantasy entry is making its way to the Nintendo Switch, in the form of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster launching on April 16th, 2019.

In a tweet released by Nintendo of America’s twitter account, the company detailed the launch of one of the PlayStation 2’s most popular titles to come in the following months. First announced during a September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Final Fantasy X/X-2 joins a deep list of Final Fantasy titles that were revealed to be making their way to Nintendo’s hybrid home console.

Originally released on the PlayStation 2 in December 2001, Final Fantasy X became one of the system’s most popular titles to own, succeeding both commercially and critically currently sitting at a 92 on MetaCritic. It was the 8th best selling PlayStation 2 game, and became the first PlayStation 2 game to reach two million and four million sold copies. Final Fantasy X-2, which was released in November 2003 on the PlayStation 2, was a direct sequel to the main story line found within X. X-2 follows Yuna from its predecessor, as she seeks to resolve political conflicts in Spira before they lead to war, while also searching for her lost love Tidus from X. The game was also the first entry in the series to feature an all female cast. The original version of the game currently sits at an 85 on MetaCritic. The HD Remastered bundle of both games, which was released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC, currently sits at an average 84 on MetaCritic between the three releases.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Gets April 30th Release Date on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has announced that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is coming to Nintendo Switch on April 30th, 2019.

In a tweet released by Nintendo of America’s Twitter account, the company revealed the new release date for the port of the popular entry in the fan favorite series. Included in the tweet was also new artwork by the game’s character designer Akihiko Yoshida.

Originally released on the PlayStation 2 in March 2006, the 12th numbered-entry in the long-running franchise introduced a multitude of new features and aspects to the series, including an open world, a seamless battle system, a controllable camera, a customizable “gambit” system (letting players control AI characters in battle), and hinting side quests. The Zodiac Age version of the game, which was released in July 2017 on the PlayStation 4 and on PC months later, remasters the experience in high definition, along with upgraded technical performance and new music tracks. The Zodiac Age release currently sits at an 86 on MetaCritic.

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Zelda II and Blaster Master Headed to Nintendo Switch Online’s NES App on January 16th

Two well known classic titles are making their way to Nintendo Switch Online’s NES App next week, with Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master finding a home in the subscription service’s online library. The two titles join an ever growing list of classic Nintendo Entertainment System games available through the Nintendo Switch’s online service, which now spans over 30 entries.

Originally released in January 1987, Zelda II: The Adventures of Link pits players back into the classic fantasy world of Hyrule. Per the eShop‘s description: Known for its drastic change from its predecessor, the Legend of Zelda, the sequel sees Link return to Hyrule to search for the Triforce and to awaken Zelda from an endless sleep. Embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage and save Hyrule from ruin. Learn magic spells, talk to people in towns to get clues, collect items to increase your power, and explore six palaces where the underlings of the evil Ganon await you. This sequel to the adventure classic uses a side-scrolling visual engine unique to the series for more technical combat, and it features more in-depth world roaming as Link encounters townsfolk while on his quest.

Released in June 1988, Blaster Master is the story of a normal guy and his epic underground adventure. Per the eShop’s description: Jason, in search of his pet frog named Fred, has fallen down a manhole into a world of danger. Mutant-sized creatures of which the likes he never imagined, await him at every turn. In order to survive, Jason must pair up with an armored combat vehicle codenamed SOPHIA. It’s panic or perish as you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape. Destroy the Plutonium Boss and his mutant cronies before these warlords destroy the Earth. Load up your arsenal, and get ready for the final encounter!

New users to the service can get a 7-day free trail of Nintendo Switch’s online service, and receive full access to all games available in the NES App’s catalog, along with Zelda II: The Adventures of Link and Blaster Master starting January 16th.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World Get’s Release Date of March 29th

The newest installment in Nintendo’s favorite green dinosaur’s franchise has just received a release date, as Yoshi’s Crafted World is now set to launch March 29th, 2019 on Nintendo Switch.

In a tweet released by Nintendo of America, Yoshi is set to make his first solo appearance on Nintendo’s hybrid home console within the coming months. First announced at during Nintendo’s E3 2017 Direct, Yoshi’s Crafted World was originally planned for a 2018 release. After multiple info drops from the company, fans disappointingly saw Yoshi’s upcoming adventure pushed into the new year. Nintendo Also released a new trailer detailing the story of the upcoming adventure.

Sporting a unique art style, Yoshi’s Crafted World sees the long time Nintendo staple enter a world resembling a science project. The mix of 2D platforming and the 3D environments themed like a pop-up book will offer another layer of fun.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Announced for Nintendo Switch, April 23rd Release

Dragon’s Dogma, the hack and slash action RPG series from Capcom is making its way to the Nintendo Switch on April 23rd, 2018.

In a tweet from the series’s official Twitter account, the cult-classic last generation game  is bringing it’s Dark Arisen release to Nintendo’s hybrid home console, which includes additional content, an extra dungeon Bitterblack Isle, with additional weapons and armor exclusive to that area.

Release in May 2012 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Dragon’s Dogma sets players in the high fantasy world of Gransys and control the Arisen, on their quest to defeat the Dragon, a being said to herald the world’s end. Dark Arisen, a expanded version of the game, was released in 2013 and was received favorably well, sitting around an average 80/100 on MetaCritic across all available platforms.

Fans will be able to pick up the digital version of the game on April 23rd, 2018 from the Nintendo eShop. No information has been stated in regards to a physical release.

 

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