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Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone to Become LEGO Set

The latest LEGO IDEAS review results have yielded quite an interesting suprise. For the review board has given Viv Grannell’s (aka toastergrl on LEGO Ideas) Sonic Mania – Green Hill Zone the green light. LEGO will be collaborating with SEGA and Viv to bring one of the most iconic game characters and brands to life via LEGO bricks on the basis of Viv’s colourful and fun creation.

FAN MODEL – NOT FINAL PRODUCT

Here’s the announcement video:

Source: LEGO IDEAS

New Details Bravely Default II

Square Enix has released some new information for Bravely Default II concerning the country of Holograd, new jobs, Counters and Jammers, and consecutive battles.


Holograd, The Militant Nation

300 years ago, a hero brought together numerous clans that were living in barren wastelands. That is how Holograd began. It has since annexed neighboring countries, and now other countries are strengthening their guard.


Characters: Holograd

Adamas Holograd (voiced by Rikiya Koyama)

  • Hellblade Asterisk Holder.

A descendant of the hero that brought Holograd together. An advocate of military arts, he believes that the world will attain peace under the rule of the strong. He is the “Militant King,” which is what the ruler is called in Holograd.

Maddock Lonsdale (voiced by Shigeru Ushiyama)

  • Bastion Asterisk Holder.

Shogun of Holograd. As Sloan’s former mercenary companion, his skills in the military arts compare favorably. He is a righteous military man who is both self-sacrificing and loyal to the supremacy advocated by Adamas.

Mora (voiced by Ruriko Aoki)

  • Phantom Asterisk Holder.

One of Adamas’ subordinates. A woman who has mastered the art of shapeshifting to disguise her gender and age. She is fond of Adamas and is prepared to throw everything away to serve him.

Vishnu Isaac (voiced by Taisuke Nishimura)

  • Arcanist Aserisk Holder.

One of Adamas’ subordinates. A mage who claims to have mastered the art of death magic. He once lost a battle against Elvis’ teacher Emma and has has held a grudge ever since.


Jobs

Bastion

A tank job balanced in offense and defense. They can generate a barrier for all party members and nullify damage just once.

Phantom

A job that specializes in quick attacks using a short sword. With their high evasion rate and overwhelming number of hits, they can use their two blades to defeat the opponent without giving them time to attack.

Arcanist

A job that specializes in powerful magic that hits all enemies. This includes super powerful magic that can even involve party members.

Hellblade

A job that wields a cursed blade that risks taking their life. Attributes can be freely assigned to the blade to slaughter every enemy.


Systems

In battle, it is necessary to look out for the “Counters” and “Jammers” that many strong enemies possess. And if you feel like you are not strong enough, you can level up your jobs through “consecutive battles.”

Counters and Jammers

Certain monsters and many strong enemies may have a skill to counter your actions. These are “Counters,” which counter against attacks, and “Jammers,” which counter against actions other than attacks, such as a counter to using an item. In battles against strong enemies, plan your strategy to avoid severe counterattacks from these skills.

Counters and Jammers have a fixed chance of being triggered by your actions.
The Hunter’s support ability, “Retaliation Evasion,” can evade physical attack Counters and Jammers.

Consecutive Battles

When you touch a monster on the field and break into battle, any nearby monsters will get dragged in, triggering “consecutive battles.” While there are risks involved since you will have to battle as many monsters as you drag in, you can earn a significant payout of Job Points depending on the number of consecutive battles. If you want to earn Job Points, round up enemies and aim for a consecutive battles bonus.

Your BP will remain the same from the first battle to the second. Consider pacing yourself so you do not run out of breath in the first match.

Bravely Default II launches worldwide on the 26th of February for the Nintendo Switch.

Source: Gematsu

Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack Announced

Publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Gust have announced Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It will see a worldwide launch on the 22nd of April.

The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack includes Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DXAtelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX. All three titles will include most of the DLC from their initial release, alongside new content.

Further additions include:

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX

  • Four additional vehicles, including a submarine and bulldozer.
  • Seven additional subjugation quests and enhanced boss Palmyra added.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX

  • Additional, more mature-looking costume.
  • Additional story of Sophie’s growth following in the steps of her grandmother.
  • Three additional alchemy pots.

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX

  • Additional painting that connects to the world of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, including a scenario featuring Nelke and boss battle.

Source: Gematsu

Autumn’s Journey Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • Genre: Visual Novel
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC
  • Developer | Publisher: Apple Cider | Ratalaika Games S.L.
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3| ESRB Everyone 10+
  • Price: UK £4.99 | EU €4.99 | US $4.99
  • Release Date: 11th December 2020

Review code used, with thanks to Ratalaika Games! This is actually my first visual novel game, so let’s see what I made of it!

Story / Characters

The story centers on Auralee, who has always dreamed about becoming a knight. On one of her patrols she meets Kerr, an Earth Dragon, who is in a humanoid form and needs to complete a task to return to his original form. Another dragon named Ilmari joins them on their quest.

As the story progresses we learn more about these three characters and their relationships grow. Unfortunately, we don’t really learn anything about any other characters, like Auralee’s mother who makes a few appearances. The amount of dialogue is fairly limited, though.

Now the story is quite short (nine chapters), but there are a few moments where you’re able to make a choice that will influence the ending. To be fair though, there are only 3 possible endings that will determine your relationship with the two dragons at the end of your adventure.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

The visuals are quite colourful, which adds a vibrant touch to this autumn tale. The charachters have several limited animations and there are some action scenes where a larger image moves across the screen to simulate movement.

There’s partial voice acting for all three main characters, though it only consists of exclamations, but is still adds some depth to the characters.

If you’re tired of pressing the A button to move the text ahead you can switch to Auto mode. And of course you can go back if you missed something, or skip large parts of the text.

Conclusion

It was short. I feel like the story and characters could have been fleshed out more. Though, I did enjoy the interactions we got. Replay value is limited, though, since the story is so short. I guess the closest thing I should compare it to is a book. And in that case it was okay, but not something I’d read again.

Verdict
An okay visual novel with limited replay value.

Google to Shut Down Internal Stadia Game Studio

Stadia GM and vice president Phil Harrison announced the closure of Stadia Games and Entertainment on Monday on the Stadia blog.

Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. 

Instead, the company will be focusing on third-party games.

In 2021, we’re expanding our efforts to help game developers and publishers take advantage of our platform technology and deliver games directly to their players. We see an important opportunity to work with partners seeking a gaming solution all built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools. We believe this is the best path to building Stadia into a long-term, sustainable business that helps grow the industry.

Most of the current workers at Stadia Games and Entertainment will be moving on to new roles.

Source: Polygon

Nintendo Financial Report Q3 2021

Nintendo has released their financial report for the 3rd quarter of this fiscal year and there are some interesting tidbits to gloss over.


First up: the Nintendo Switch has sold 79.87 million units worldwide, which is more than the install base of the 3DS (75.94 million). It’s also close to lifetime sale numbers of the GBA, which stands at 81.51 million units.


Pikmin 3 Deluxe sold 1.91 million units since launching at the very end of October. This makes it the best-selling Pikmin game of all time.


Pokémon Sword and Shield are a huge success, with 20.35 million units sold worldwide. The last Pokémon titles to sell over 20 million units were Pokémon Gold and Silver back in 1999. (I feel old.)


Animal Crossing New Horizons is an absolute unit and has sold 31.18 million units. It hasn’t even been out yet for a year! This also makes it the first console exclusive title to sell over 30 million units in a calender year.


Here are some further images from the explanatory material:

So what do you think of these sales numbers? Let us know!

Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo to Replace its Multiplayer Server System

Ever since the days of the WiiU and the 3DS Nintendo had been using a server system referred to as NEX.

According to twitter user OatmealDome the servers are actually 18 years old.

The new system, called NPLN, is in a preview phase currently. Monster Hunter Rise will be the first game to utilise the new system, but don’t expect to notice any difference any time soon.

Source: Nintendo Everything