The 8th generation of Pokémon has been announced on February 27th, 2019 in Pokémon Direct. These two newest titles in Pokémon series are named Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The games are designed for Switch (Nintendo) exclusively by Game Freak, and will be published by Nintendo. The publisher planned to release them worldwide in winter 2019, however specific date as well as estimated price aren’t yet declared. Same as other titles in the series, the games still follow turn-based RPG genre with anime-style art under 3D graphics. Sword & Shield is set in Galar region where its environment is diverse from quiet rural landscapes, modern cities, great grasslands to steep snow mountains. People in this region are together with Pokémon developing the industries. The protagonist starts his/her own adventure as well as tries to challenge and defeat the gym leaders of Galar to become a great Champion. Three Pokémon that can be chose to become the protagonist’s partner, including: Grookey – a mischievous chimp Grass type Pokémon, Scorbunny – an active rabbit Fire type Pokémon and Sobble – a timid lizard Pokémon.
RemiLore Lost Girl in Lands of Lore has started its service on Xbox One (Microsoft) and Switch (Nintendo) consoles on February 26th, 2019 in North America (※NOTE: According to the publisher, the service supposed to be also started on PlayStation 4 (Sony), however currently PS4 is no longer available in purchase option on Nicalis’s website, plus some players already reported that their PS4 pre-orders has been canceled by Amazon, so there is a high chance that PS4 platform has been delayed or canceled). For players who prefer Japan version, will need to wait until March 28th, 2019 (※NOTE: PS4 option isn’t guaranteed, the publisher may or may not provide it as there are two different publishers handle each region). For PC players, it is said that the game will be available at a later date via Steam but specific date isn’t declared. The game is developed by the joint development between Pixellore and REMIMORY. It has been published by Nicalis in North America and will be published by Pikii in Japan. In North America, players can purchase a digital license at $39.99 (tax excluded) (※NOTE: This is US Dollar, the currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus some retailers may offer cheaper price). There is an original PS4/Switch exclusive physical package including x1 disc/cartridge of the game, x1 instruction booklet and x1 microfiber cloth, however, there is no trusted information as Nicalis’s website doesn’t have any link lead to this package but instead it is showing on some websites such as Amazon, Play-Asia, etc. but each provides a different retail price so players have to pre-order purchase it with own risk if want. In Japan, Pikii offers both two purchase options including physical disc/cartridge and digital license with estimated prices are ¥4,000/disc or cartridge (tax excluded) and ¥3,700/license (tax excluded) respectively. The game follows hack and slash genre and owns an anime-style art under 3D graphics.
Ys: Memories of Celceta will come to PlayStation 4 (Sony) console on May 16th, 2019 in Japan. The game was originally designed for PS Vita and first released in September 2012 (Japan), in November 2013 (North America) by Nihon Falcom. It then was ported to PC and released globally in July 2018 via Steam. The company offers two purchase options including digital license and physical package with the prices are ¥3,380/copy (tax excluded) and ¥3,980/package (tax excluded) respectively (※NOTE: This is Japanese Yen, the currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus some retailers may offer cheaper price). The package will be served as first-run limited package “Ys Celceta 25th Anniversary” including x1 copy of the game, x1 music CD that contains all best songs of the Ys series as well as remixes. Beside porting to PS4, the game is also a remastered version, with enhanced sounds and graphics up to 60 FPS, some additional features such as mini-games and puzzles that required the touch screen in the PS Vita have been optimized for PS4. It follows action RPG genre with anime-style art under 3D graphics.
An indie game developers group named Visualnoveler just revealed that their brand new title, Eternal Radiance will also can be played on Switch (Nintendo) console alongside with PlayStation 4 (Sony) console and PC via Steam. This decision has been made after Eternal Radiance’s Kickstarter campaign achieved the funding goal. Because the game is indie game so there is no retail price, but instead players can get a physical disc (※NOTE: Currently the disc option is PC exclusive) or digital license by pledging a certain amount of money via its Kickstarter page (※NOTE: Refer on the website by clicking Visit Official Website button at below of this post). The game follows action RPG and owns an anime-style art under 3D graphics.
Build-A-Bear toy shop has opened 30% SALE OFF event applying for all Pokémon fluffy toys as well as their accessories to celebrate Pokémon Day. The event lasts for 3 days from February 25th, 2019 to February 27th, 2019. For buyers who are living outside United States, the shop offers many shipping services which cover almost all countries in the world with some additional fees.
Western Digital’s SanDisk and Micron brands both just introduced their newest UHS-I microSDXC products at Mobile World Congress, those are also the world’s first 1 Terabyte microSD cards. As for SanDisk card, it is able to achieve up to 160MB/s read speed. While Micron card only reaches 100MB/s, however, its write speed is 5MB/s faster at up to 95MB/s making it became the winner of max write performance. Western Digital revealed that their 1TB microSD card will be available on the market in April 2019 with the retail price is $449.99/card (tax included) (※NOTE: This is US Dollar, the currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus some retailers may offer cheaper price). Micron hasn’t yet declared the release date as well as the price, however they promised that the card will be competitively priced when it is released in the second quarter of 2019.
A new title called Team Sonic Racing will start the service globally on May 21st, 2019. The game is designed and will be published for PlayStation 4 (Sony), Switch (Nintendo) consoles and PC via Steam. For consoles, the company offers both physical disc/cartridge and digital license, players can choose one out of three editions to purchase the game including: Standard, DX Pack and DX Pack 3D Crystal Set with the prices are ¥5,990/copy, ¥10,090/pack and ¥13,590/pack respectively, all are tax excluded (※NOTE: This is Japanese Yen, the currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus some retailers may offer cheaper price). DX Pack consists of x1 copy of the game, x1 postcard box, x2 rock glasses, x1 motel keychain, x2 flat pouches. DX Pack 3D Crystal Set is same as DX Pack but adds x1 3D crystal, however sample image isn’t shared yet. For Steam, they offer only digital license with Standard edition, players can purchase directly via Steam software/app with the price is ¥5,990/license (※NOTE: The currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus Steam may make the price more affordable for some countries based on their living costs). The game follows sport genre, exactly is racing style with cartoon-style art under 3D graphics. It supports up to four players in local mode and up to 12 players in online mode.
LINE just revealed a new title for Mario series called Dr. Mario World. The game is designed for Android and iOS by the joint development between LINE and NHN Entertainment, then it will be released by Nintendo. The publisher planned to release it in Japan and North America in summer 2019 first before expand to global in more than 60 countries. Due to worldwide launch, the game offers many in-game languages including English, Japanese, and some other languages in the future. It will be launched as free-to-play app with in-app purchases (price range: ¥100/item 〜 ¥9,800/item, ※NOTE: This is Japanese Yen, the currency may change based on buyer’s region), there is a high chance that gacha system will be implemented just like other mobile games. The game follows puzzle genre, however in-game graphics isn’t showed yet.
Nippon Ichi Software just revealed a brand new title called Murder Detective: Jack the Ripper as well as opened an official website for it. The game is designed and will be published for PlayStation 4 (Sony) and Switch (Nintendo) consoles by Nippon Ichi Software. The company planned to release it on April 25th, 2019 in Japan. They didn’t reveal any plan regarding to global release so the language in game may only have Japanese. The company offers both physical cartridge and digital license with the price is ¥7,538/copy (tax included) (※NOTE: This is Japanese Yen, the currency may change based on buyer’s region, plus some retailers may offer cheaper price). The game follows visual novel genre, adventure style with traditional crime and suspense theme, players can run into either good or evil route as “Detective” and “Murderer” roles are changed based on the choices, besides the main story, there are various sub stories where players can unlock if meeting some certain conditions, and the game also has some bad ends, however those are depicted in the chibi art style which helps players feel something unique when seeing them.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment just revealed a teaser trailer for their new title called Dragon Ball Game Project Z as well as opened an official website for it. The game is designed and will be published for PlayStation 4 (Sony) and Xbox One (Microsoft) consoles by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment. The company planned to release it globally within 2019, however specific date isn’t shared. Plus, they also didn’t mention about the price. Details information regarding to the game is still very limited but the company confirmed that it will follow action RPG genre. Furthermore, if looking at the trailer, there is a high chance that the game will own anime-style art under 3D graphics.