Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 Get the SEGA AGES Treatment Starting Today!

IRVINE, Calif. – February 20, 2020 – Sonic and Arle have joined forces to turn February into sequel month. SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 are now available for the Nintendo Switch for $7.99! With all the special enhancements both landmark titles have to offer here, you’ll find they make for great travel companions.

What more can you say about Sonic The Hedgehog 2 that hasn’t already been said? No other game at the time delivered the sense of speed and feel like this masterpiece, and SEGA AGES takes things a step further. That includes the return of the competitive two-player mode, the addition of the drop dash technique first seen in Sonic Mania, Super Sonic Mode that lets you transform into the yellow-quilled Super Sonic right from the start, a Time Trial mode with online rankings; and the ability to play the game as Knuckles the Echidna. Celebrate the release of the new movie with a blast to the past!

Get ready to drop garbage on your friends – Garbage Puyo, that is! Puyo Puyo 2 is widely considered one of the best entries in Puyo Puyo series history thanks to its upgraded ruleset, and this SEGA AGES release enhances the experience even further. With two-player online battlesonline rankings, a quick rewind function, and a colorblind mode, this is the perfect time to drop in!

About Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Hailed as one of the most successful games for the Genesis (Mega Drive), Sonic The Hedgehog 2 garnered critical acclaim swiftly after its 1992 release. Follow Sonic and Tails (in his series debut!) as they team up against the nefarious Dr. Eggman in order to save the Chaos Emeralds from the clutches of evil.

About Puyo Puyo 2

Puyo Puyo 2 (also known as Puyo Puyo Tsu) is considered one of the biggest arcade games of all time in Japan. This sequel introduced an improved ruleset along with the ability to offset Garbage Puyo sent by your opponent by creating Puyo chains of your own. Swap between Arcade, Versus, Endurance, and Online game modes for even more Puyo fun in this classic puzzle experience.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2 are now available individually on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the Americas and Europe for $7.99 (with commensurate European pricing).

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Plan Your Island Getaway Today! New Details Revealed For Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

VANCOUVER, BC., Feb. 20, 2020 – Tom Nook has an eye for business. That’s why the staple Animal Crossing character took time out of his very busy schedule to host a new video presentation about his latest endeavor, the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. In the presentation, he details the ins and outs of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on March 20. The video covers everything you, a potential Deserted Island Getaway Package customer, need to know to get started: an introduction to your new island life, the basics of home ownership, details about your new neighbors, land development, exploration, crafting and so much more.

“The Animal Crossing games offer players a unique and relaxing escape from the stresses of everyday life, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons builds on that by letting players build their own island utopia from scratch,” said Dominic Gross, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager. “When Nintendo Switch owners pack their virtual bags and move into their new island home, they will experience more ways to customize their Animal Crossing life than ever before. Just like Nintendo Switch itself, the game lets you play the way you want to play.”

Some of the highlights of Tom Nook’s information session include:

Features new to the series!

  • Life on the Island: Nook Inc. confidently recommends a trip to a remote deserted island. And that’s not just because it’s the only company that offers this type of package! On the island, life is as peaceful and relaxing as it gets. Since the island is deserted, you can create your new life from the very beginning – just like a pioneer! Time flows as naturally as in the real world, including seasons and day and night cycles that mirror real time.
  • DIY: By collecting specific materials around the island, you can craft a wide variety of things, including tools and furniture. DIY workshops teach you how to enrich your life by crafting DIY recipes. As you become more familiar with DIY, you can even learn special skills like changing the colour of your DIY furniture or decorating them with custom designs.
  • NookPhone: Nook Inc. will provide some basic necessities and services, including your very own NookPhone. It has standard apps, like a camera and map, but over time, new applications will be added to support your island needs. The camera can be used to take in-game photos all over the island – you can even add fancy filters like all the cool kids are doing!
  • Nook Miles: For players looking for more concrete goals, and to help offer guidance and inspiration on the island, you can take advantage of the Nook Mileage program. As you fulfill certain challenges and experiences, you will earn miles to pay off the cost of the getaway package or, eventually, to exchange for in-game rewards. Rewards range from in-game Nook Inc. merchandise and helpful items that can enrich your time on the island, to tickets that you can use to visit distant islands.
  • Island Tours: These “mystery island tours” are at the whim of the pilot, so you never know where you will end up! Once on these smaller islands, feel free to gather as many items as you want – like DIY materials and creatures – and take them back with you to your island.
  • Party Play: With the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway package, up to eight people can live on one island.* In Party Play, you can call up to three other players to explore the island at the same time. Whoever calls the others will be the Leader, making the others the Followers. It’s easy to change out the Leader, letting others quickly take charge. Any creatures or items found by Followers will be stored in a recycle box at the Resident Services building!
  • Land Development: While you can cross rivers on your island by pole-vaulting and climb elevated land using ladders, you can also change the landscape by adding bridges and slopes. Once your island is fully decked out, you’ll receive a permit to freely pave your own paths, as well as perform major construction like changing the paths of rivers or building and demolishing cliffs. With your own maintenance and construction permits, you can flex your creative muscles on the land itself, not just the stuff on it.
  • NookLink: Yes, Tom Nook likes to put his name on everything. But when it’s a Nook product or service, you know you are getting something that’s high quality. With NookLink, which is part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, you can scan a Custom Design QR Code pattern from previous games Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer with your real-life smartphone and then download them to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When connected online, you can talk with friends who also have the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app using your smartphone as a keyboard or for voice chat. NookLink will launch in March, soon after the selected departure included in your Deserted Island Getaway Package.

A detailed breakdown of the Getaway Package experience!

  • Choose Your Island: Before boarding your flight to the island, you will choose the island from a range of options. Choosing to live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, for example, will affect the timing of the seasons, so select the location that suits you best. When the seasons change on the island, so do the activities. For Northern Hemisphere residents, spring will just be starting when the game launches on March 20, so expect blooming cherry blossoms to show up soon!
  • Orientation: After landing on the island, you will receive a helpful orientation session from the Nook Inc. staff. At this time, you’ll be provided with the tent that’s included with your getaway package. You can chat with other island residents about where you want to set up your new home, and help them choose their home locations as well.
  • Resident Services: The Resident Services facility is available to support your daily needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide you with services such as the sale of everyday goods, the purchase of unwanted items and helpful advice.
  • Become a Home Owner: The tent provided to you by Nook Inc. is great, but have you considered a house? Home loans have no deadlines, interest or assessment, and you can pay your loan back at your own pace. A house offers much more space than a tent and also includes storage space for any extra furniture and baggage. Once you own a home, you can channel your inner interior designer, setting up the walls, flooring and furniture however you like. You can also use extension and remodeling services to expand and customize your home even more.
  • Customization Deluxe: Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers more customization options than ever before, from personalizing the look of your character all the way down to skin tone, hairstyle and clothing, to placing buildings and items wherever you want on the island. You can even decorate the inside and outside of your home! Turn that island into a MY land!
  • Airport: This is the first place you will land on the island. (It is an airport, after all.) It’s also available to use 24 hours a day, beginning on the day after your arrival. At the airport, you can invite residents of other islands to your own island via the internet or local wireless.You can also travel and visit other islands yourself! Up to eight people can play on a given island at one time**, so feel free to get a good group together and make some fantastic memories.
  • Island-wide Broadcasts: At the start of each day, Mr. Nook, CEO of Nook Inc., will make a broadcast to all residents, updating them with the latest on important island events and advice about how to best enjoy island living.

Features and updates to further your island enjoyment!

  • New Residents: When you first land on the island you will only have a few animal residents living there with you. But as you develop your island from the ground up, more neighbors will visit and choose to move in. You can even invite some of the new residents to live there yourself! There’s nothing better than a welcoming neighbor.
  • Free Updates: Free updates will be added after the game launches, with seasonal events continually added throughout the year. The first free update will be on launch day, March 20. By installing this update, you can celebrate Bunny Day with a special event in April. If you own both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile devices and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll receive special items in each game. Details will be announced at a later date on the official Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account.
  • Additional Facilities: As you grow your island, more facilities will be built. This includes a museum showcasing the rich ecosystem of the island, a shop full of ready-made furniture and goods you can’t craft yourself, a tailor offering clothing and fashion items, and a campsite where you can invite guests for recreational purposes.
  • Tourists & Events: Your island will not only be home to new residents, but also tourists as well! These temporary visitors are always welcome and can offer up items that cannot be crafted on the island. Visitors can also participate in fun events like Fishing Tourneys and Bug-Offs, which will pop up throughout the year. Through free updates to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, new special events and seasonal guests will be introduced.
  • amiibo Support: Animal Crossing: New Horizons supports amiibo figures and amiibo cards from the Animal Crossing series. You can also invite these familiar faces to Photopia, an island that exists in the game, where you can place models in creative photo shoots.
  • Twitter Takeover: Keep an eye out for social media savvy Tom Nook, who is rumored to take over the @AnimalCrossing Twitter account right after today’s video presentation.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com on March 20 at a suggested retail price of $79.99. In addition to the game, players can accessorize with Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite Carrying Cases, available in stores at a suggested retail price of $32.99 each.

A special-edition Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch system will also be available in stores on March 13 at a suggested retail price of $399.99. The system takes design inspiration from Animal Crossing: New Horizons (sold separately), with lovely pastel green and blue Joy-Con controllers that are white on the back, with matching pastel green and pastel blue wrist straps and a white Nintendo Switch dock, adorned with images of characters Tom Nook and Nooklings Timmy and Tommy.

*Up to eight Nintendo Account holders can live on the same island within each game. With one Nintendo Switch system and one game, up to four of those Nintendo Account holders can play on the same island at the same time (additional accessories required). With additional systems and games, up to eight players can play on the same island at the same time via local wireless or online play. Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. Games, systems, additional accessories and Nintendo Switch Online membership sold separately.

**Additional games, systems, accessories and/or Nintendo Switch Online membership required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.

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Halo Infinite Co-Developer Brings Stela to Nintendo Switch This March!

VANCOUVER – Feb. 19, 2020 – Halo Infinite co-developer SkyBox Labs will bring Stela, a cinematic platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world, to Nintendo Switch and Steam for Windows PC on Friday, March 13, 2020. This definitive version will include post-release content already available on Xbox One and Apple Arcade, plus a final update coming to those platforms alongside the Nintendo Switch and Steam launches.

An expanded ending, visual improvements throughout the game to emphasize story elements and an array of bug and quality-of-life fixes will debut on Xbox One alongside the Nintendo Switch and Steam releases, with an Apple Arcade update to follow within days. These join December’s update for Xbox One and Apple Arcade, which added 15 secret areas and unlockable 3D dioramas unveiling a prophecy about the world of Stela, and shed more light on the setting and apocalyptic narrative.

Escape monstrosities ranging from dormant beasts to haunting shadows and giant beetles. Solve massive puzzles intertwined with beautiful-yet-decaying landscapes including pale snow drifts, abandoned farms and massive catacombs. Experience the events leading to the end of a world accompanied by the refrains of an original ambient soundtrack.

“Everything in Stela – the music, the monsters, the environments – exists in service of the story,” said Shyang Kong, Co-Founder, SkyBox Labs. “We’ve received lots of great feedback from Stela’s players and have worked to improve the narrative experience alongside ports to new platforms, making it the perfect version for new fans while offering those who tried it the first time around plenty of reasons to revisit the tale.”

Stela will come to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch and Steam on March 13 for $19.99 USD. The game is currently available on Xbox One and Apple Arcade.

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Little Town Hero – Big Idea Edition For Nintendo Switch Releasing in June 2020!

Santa Ana, CA (February 18, 2020) – NIS America is excited to announce that in collaboration with GAME FREAK, the Little Town Hero Big Idea Edition for Nintendo Switch™ will release on June 2 in North America, June 5 in Europe, and June 12 in Oceania. This edition contains the physical game, art book, poster, lapel pin set, and official soundtrack all within a beautiful collector’s box.

About the game:

In an isolated village at the edge of the world, a young boy named Axe dreams of seeing the outside world, although everyone is forbidden from venturing beyond the town borders. However, everything changes when a giant monster suddenly attacks the village, and Axe discovers he can fight using the power of a mysterious stone that turns his ideas into attacks. Through his trials of defending the village, he gradually unravels secrets of how the stones and the monsters came to be.

Anyone can become a hero! Dive into the world of the young, budding hero Axe as he rises up to defend his home, gains the support of fellow villagers, and uncovers the truth behind the giant monster attacks. With the unique “Ideas” combat system, you can defend against enemies, plan your attacks, and adapt on the fly without needing to grind! This charming title features game design by GAME FREAK and music composed by Toby Fox
(UNDERTALE).

Key Features:

Izzit? Dazzit! – Use your Ideas to outwit and defend against enemies, then strike back with strong attacks.

Charming Locals – Befriend the townspeople to gain their support, as well as unlock more Ideas to use in battle.

There’s No Place Like Home – Enjoy life in this little town with a whimsical soundtrack by Toby Fox (UNDERTALE) and cozy art style by GAME FREAK.

To learn more about this game, click here!

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Red Wings: Aces of the Sky Featured in New Trailer!

Krakow, Poland – February 18, 2020. Publisher All in! Games has released a brand-new live-action trailer for Red Wings: Aces of the Sky! It’s an arcade action game that lets you become a flying legend of the Great War! Pilot warplanes of Entente Powers and the Triple Alliance on your PC and consoles. The excitement takes off on Nintendo Switch first!

In the beginning of 1917, Manfred von Richthofen became the leader of the No 11 Fighter Squadron Jasta 11. Under his command, the squadron gained many of the best German pilots of the time. Since the dominant color of the planes in the squadron was red, von Richthofen’s nickname comes from this period: the Red Baron.

102 years later the Red Baron’s story returns with the new Red Wings: Aces of the Sky live-action trailer.

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Giraffe and Annika Heading to Switch Later This Year!

TOKYO – Feb. 18, 2020 – Giraffe and Annika, a musically charged 3D adventure from publisher PLAYISM and developer Atelier Mimina, warms hearts on PCs via Steam today with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions taking a half-rest until later in 2020.

Annika, a bright-eyed girl with cat ears, works with Giraffe, a cat-boy with an old soul, to recover her memories. Follow a manga-style comic narrative and help the duo collect three shimmering star fragments housed deep in the vivid dungeons of the curious and calm Spica Island. Each glittering gem gives Annika a new power, unlocking previously unreachable areas, opportunities to collect additional outfits, and cat-tastic meow-sterpieces of art to view at the local museum.

From the lead designer of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Giraffe and Annika features handcrafted rhythm boss battles against operatic opposition, like the colossal crustacean called the Crab King, and Lily, wily witch of the forbidden forest. Defeat these formidable foes to the beat, synchronizing attacks to each boss’ custom track.

“Giraffe and Annika has been a passion project with rhythm sections inspired by Elite Beat Agents, which was in turn influenced by my team’s work on Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!” Atsushi Saito, sole developer, Atelier Mimina. “Creating the adventures players will have with Annika has really been an adventure in itself. I hope players enjoy how her journey with Giraffe unfolds, punctuated by the rhythm boss fights, which were so much fun to make.”

Giraffe & Annika will be available on Steam in English, Japanese, and Chinese (simplified and traditional) for $19.99 USD.

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Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo is Out Now on Nintendo Switch!

Experience the blistering action of Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo, which launched today for Nintendo Switch in North America! This collection will launch on February 21 in Europe and February 28 in Oceania.

Download the digital standard version at Nintendo eShop!

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Score-attack Synth Nightmare TERROR SQUID is Coming to Switch This Spring!

Oslo, Norway – February 14th, 2020 – Apt Games is unleashing its score-attack synth nightmare TERROR SQUID unto the masses this Spring on Nintendo Switch and Steam. Prepare to wreak havoc upon the world as the eponymous TERROR SQUID.

TERROR SQUID is an easy to understand but difficult to master arcade game in which every enemy projectile is emitted by you, the TERROR SQUID. Set around a doomed planet, you’re a cosmic chaos entity spinning around the world emitting all manner of hazardous projectiles. What goes around comes around, as your inky bullet reign of terror circles around the globe creating an apocalypse of your own design. TERROR SQUID obliterates genre conventions of tightly choreographed patterns, and instead puts you in the role of your own worst enemy. Think fast and strategically as you weave through a bullet hell of your own making!

Your objective is to survive for as long as possible without getting hit by your own projectiles. Survive for long enough and you can release a primordial blast of dark energy, detonating your projectiles in glorious chain reactions.

Inspired by the spherical maps of Super Stardust and the short, intense action of Devil Daggers, TERROR SQUID is an endlessly addictive test of strategy and reflexes. Only the best players will manage to survive for even a minute in this unholy vector graphics apocalypse. Destroy worlds, ascend the leaderboards, and become one with the void in TERROR SQUID.

TERROR SQUID is the first Norwegian developed arcade game. Having won the grand prize in the Norwegian Gameplay Championships, the Norwegian Film Institute funded the creation of a real TERROR SQUID arcade cabinet, which can be played at Tilt, the largest arcade bar in Europe.

“It’s such a simple premise, but we fine-tuned it to have plenty of tactical, score-chasing depth, and playthroughs are brief and tense enough to feel like an epic odyssey in the span of a minute. The true terror is how much time you’ll procrastinate on work playing the damn thing!”  said TERROR SQUID Creative Director Syver Lauritzsen.

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Langrisser I & II Demo Lands February 20 on Nintendo Switch!

We’re excited to reveal the demo for Langrisser I & II will be available on Nintendo eShop and PS Store on February 20. Try out both the Classic and Remastered art styles in the demo, which covers Chapters 1-3 of Langrisser I and Chapters 4-6 of Langrisser II.

Creating demo save data will grant an extra 5,000 gold and 2 CP at the start of the main game. Four sets of classic BGM from previous releases of the two classic Langrisser titles (1993-1998) will be available upon the game’s full release in the Legacy BGM Pack!

Try the new Trial of Morality campaign, which places you into one of three factions. Answer weekly questions for a chance to win amazing prizes!

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30XX Coming to PC and Consoles in 2021!

POST-HUMAN EARTH – Feb. 13, 30XX – Batterystaple Games, the studio behind 20XX which was named one of the Top Early Access Graduates of 2017 by Valve and purchased by more than 200,000 fans of co-op roguelike platformer action, is proud to announce a follow-up to its hit first effort, 30XX. Developed with support from Kowloon Nights, 30XX will make its debut at PAX East 2020 before double jumping and dashing to Windows PC and consoles in 2021.

Inspired by classic Mega Man titles and infused with modern design, 30XX builds upon 20XX’s Megaroguelike foundation with a plethora of new features including a new hi-bit art style from art director Glauber Kotaki (Rogue Legacy, Duelyst, and Chasm) and a fresh set of eight new worlds to explore, each with their own identity, platforming mechanics, and fearsome Guardian.

Beyond the aesthetic overhaul, 20XX heroes Nina and Ace return with a myriad of new abilities. No longer merely wielding different primary weapons, in 30XX the powerful pair possess entirely distinct move sets allowing greater freedom of expression for both exploring levels and beating back the machines holding Earth prisoner.

Nina’s new Power Fusion system allows her to meld together abilities earned from vanquishing bosses and tailor them to the situation at hand with 64 separate attacks. Meanwhile, the blade-brandishing Ace boasts a versatile set of Techniques, which can be chained together with standard attacks to unleash fierce combos, adapt to any situation, and reach new heights.

30XX also introduces a fresh level of roguelike challenge and reward with its new metagame currency, Memoria. Collected during runs, Memoria can augment the experience, boosting character abilities, giving keen insight into the challenges to come, or altering how stages generate other helping hands. Once certain criteria are met, turn up the heat with Entropy Conditions, introducing optional layers of additional difficulty in exchange for Memoria and other rewards.

“The response to 20XX has been incredible, but we still see many ways we can continue to improve and expand upon the wonderful game our community helped us build,” said Chris King, founder of Batterystaple. “With 30XX, our mission is to realize the limitless potential the genre offers, and we can’t wait to bring our fans into the fold to help shape the process.”

30XX will be available for hands-on demos in the Indie MEGABOOTH at booth 21027 during PAX East 2020 in Boston, Mass. Feb. 27-March 1 ahead of its full release across Windows PC and other video game platforms in 2021.

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