KINGDOM HEARTS III TO INCLUDE BIG HERO 6

Finally, some Kingdom Hearts 3 news that isn’t a delay!

LOS ANGELES (August 16, 2015) – SQUARE ENIX® and Disney Interactive today announced that the beloved characters and world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning film Big Hero 6 will make their debut in the ever-expanding narrative of KINGDOM HEARTS III.

The much-anticipated addition to the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise will take Sora and a cast of Disney companions to the urban setting of San Fransokyo, home of lovable robot Baymax, continuing the events of the animated film.

At D23 Expo 2015, Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli delighted fans with the announcement that Big Hero 6 characters will be an integral part of KINGDOM HEARTS III. In a video message for D23 attendees, Conli draws parallels between core elements of the animated film and the overarching KINGDOM HEARTS story, remarking: “Big Hero 6 is such a special film for me – and we always made sure that each action sequence had a very special meaning. The themes in KINGDOM HEARTS and Big Hero 6 match very well. For instance there’s friendship, really important to both stories, and then of course light over darkness.”

I can personally state that I’m very, very excited for this. What about you guys? What worlds would you like to see in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Welcome to the Amagi School of Dance — Yukiko Amagi At Your Service! (Plus FREE DLC!?)

Things are getting nice and steamy now! The wonderful Yukiko shows off her moves, and there’s even news about FREE DLC?! Slap on some sunscreen, the girls are getting their swimsuits!

From demure innkeeper to unstoppable on the dance floor, Chie’s best friend Yukiko Amagi is in the spotlight for this character video. Known for her elegance and beauty, Yukiko definitely emanates class and grace infusing ballet and traditional Japanese dance into her routines! Yukiko cares for her friends and family deeply, and vows to become stronger to protect everyone around her — she doesn’t hesitate to help when Yu and the Investigation Team venture into the Midnight Stage to save Kanamin Kitchen!

But that’s not all! Straight from Atlus themselves:

Like previous Persona titles (Q, Ultimax) and other ATLUS titles released this year (so much free launch DLC! We love you all!), Persona 4: Dancing All Night will have a set of free DLC at launch! Specifically, the Girls’ Swimsuit Set! DLC only affects Free Dance Mode, but it allows you to take full control of your character’s look and their dance partner’s look as well! Costumes are a big part of in-game items as well as DLC, so you’re not going to want to miss out on this! But act quickly, the free launch DLC will only last for ONE week following the game’s launch on Sept. 29.
The Girls’ Swimsuit Set unlocks the swimsuit costumes for Rise, Yukiko, Chie, and Naoto!
So what do these look like? Well…

Zombie Vikings coming to Sony’s “Vote to Play” campaign!

Woah, a game about Zombie Vikings? Alright, you’ve got my attention. And you could possibly get it for free if you’re a PS+ member?!

From the creators of indie smash hit Stick It to The Man! comes a new one to four-player co-op stab-you-in-the-gut-a-thon with a grand story written by Zach Weinersmith. Embark on a dead funny adventure with the Zombie Vikings – a putrid posse sent on a mission through the most epic of worlds to retrieve Odin’s lost eye.

Play as the most fearsome Vikings ever raised from Norse soil – Gunborg, Seagurd, Hedgy and Caw-kaa. Hack through the gingerbread swamps of Molgaga! Cruise through the intestines of the Midgaard Serpent! Fight giant poultry!

Sound and look interesting? Well you’re in luck! You’ll be able to vote for Zombie Vikings as part of Sony’s “Vote to Play” Campaign soon!

Super Mario Maker Overview Trailer & Amiibo Support Details!

Today Nintendo has shared a new update about Super Mario Maker, with some awesome new features!

  • New sound effects and music block customization – You can create your own sound effects in Super Mario Maker, with some sounds even generating fun visuals! And by shaking a classic Note Block during level creation, it becomes a Music Block. When something activates one of these Music Blocks, it will play a note based on its height, allowing players to arrange songs of all types.
  • Ease into creation – Start creating with a set number of tools to help you learn, then watch the number of tools at your disposal expand more and more every day you play!
  • Compatible with more than 50 amiibo – Many amiibo are compatible with Super Mario Maker, including classic figures like Link, Wii Fit Trainer and Kirby. With the special 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo, you can take on mustachioed enemies in levels using Big Mario!

We can’t WAIT to play Super Mario Maker, and perhaps even run a contest or giveaway to go alongside the title!

Keeping the Bromance Alive — Yosuke and Yu Reunited for Another Mission!

Woah, more characters for Persona 4: Dancing All Night? Don’t mind if we do! This time we’ve got the true OTP of the series, Kanji and Yosuke! Two hard working dudes that just want to dance!

YA WANT SOME?! WELL OK THEN! Up next on the Midnight Stage is Kanji Tatsumi! The notorious delinquent has a tough exterior, but deep down, Kanji has a soft spot for anything cute, which is why he won’t let anyone stop him from rescuing the members of Kanamin Kitchen! Persona 4 fans get a chance to see Kanji prove he’s all man with his powerful dance moves as he and his Persona defeat Shadows and bring down the house!

Debuting next is Yu’s #1 Best Bro, Yosuke Hanamura! Despite his moments of clumsiness in Persona 4, Yosuke is agile and specializes in fast-paced songs. He comes into Persona 4: Dancing All Night strong with some stylish hip-hop inspired dance moves! Team up with Yosuke and the rest of the Investigation Team as they dance their way to rescue Kanamin Kitchen. Check out his trailer video to see him strut his stuff in some hilarious costumes!

Forget what Persona 4: Dancing All Night is about? Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a story-driven music game that takes place after the events in Persona 4. Players get pulled onto the MidnightStage when the spotlight turns to mega-idol Rise and her junior group, Kanamin Kitchen. Members of Kanamin Kitchen have disappeared and it’s up to the Investigation Team to mount a rescue mission – only they discover the same monstrous Shadows from the Midnight Channel. To make matters even worse, their Persona abilities are rendered ineffective, and the Shadows in P4D can only be defeated by dance, so bust out powerful dance moves to save the day!

With more characters being shown as we get closer to the release, who do YOU want to dance as?

COME AND SERENGET-IT! PRE-ORDER INCENTIVE AND LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED FOR TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT

GameFreak is most known for Pokemon, but every so often they do something a bit weird.
This is what happens when you let them go crazy, and it looks fantastic.

LONDON and LOS ANGELES — July 10, 2015 — SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd and GAME FREAK Inc., have today announced the launch date for TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT™ for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft,PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC as a digital download on each platform, will be July 21, 2015. Part Commando. All Elephant. TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT is a larger than life, 2D side-scrolling action adventure from the creative geniuses behind thePokémon games.

 Steam users who pre-order TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT beforeJuly 21st will enjoy a 10% discount on the SRP of £9.99/$14.99/€12.99, while PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members will receive a 10% launch discount, making the whole package at least 10% more awesome.TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT features 18 action filled levels, packed with charm and cleverly designed platforming action all wrapped in a unique art style with a tongue-in-cheek humour that encapsulates classic console mascot games, with a nod towards 80’s action movies. Put simply, it’s seven and a half tons of fun!

 “We’re very excited to be able to confirm the release date for TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT.” said John Clark, VP of Commercial Publishing for SEGA Europe, “We don’t think there’s a single game out there with a better name and hope that consumers will stampede the digital marketplaces in order to get their hands on this mammoth adventure!”

The Brightest Stars of Persona 4: Dancing All Night — Yu Narukami and Rise Kujikawa

I know we just posted a couple of funny videos from Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but we’ve got to start getting ready for the game. Luckily, Atlus just sent us some brand new trailers and screenshots!

You don’t have an Idol Group without cast members, so it’s time to start meeting Persona 4: Dancing All Night’s cast! We’re starting off with two character videos.

First up? The Mega-Idol Star herself, Risette! She needs the help of the Investigation Team to save her Junior Idol group, Kanamin Kitchen when they go missing. Rise calls upon her old friends to go into the Midnight Stage and take on the Shadows that dwell within. Here’s her P4D Character Video and some screenshots (showing off her various costumes and accessories).

Next up, the head of the Investigation Team and the Persona 4 protagonist himself, Yu Narukami. Once Rise sends out the call for help, Yu and the rest of the Investigation Team are more than eager to help out. So Yu leads the rest of the investigation team as they bust out some crazy dance moves to help fight off the Shadows!

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a story-driven music game that takes place after the events in Persona 4. Players get pulled onto the Midnight Stage when the spotlight turns to mega-idol Rise and her junior group, Kanamin Kitchen. Members of Kanamin Kitchen have disappeared and it’s up to the Investigation team to mount a rescue mission – only they discover the same monstrous Shadows from the Midnight Channel. To make matters even worse, their Persona abilities are rendered ineffective, and The Shadows in P4D can only be defeated by dance, so bust out powerful dance moves to save the day!

Which of the Persona 4 Investigation Team are you looking forward to playing as?!

Persona 4: Dancing All Night video mashups become internet gold!

News is always a bit slow during the summer, so why not something a little silly?

The idea of Persona 4: Dancing All Night is crazy enough:
Dance to music from Persona 4 to defeat the enemies on the mysterious Midnight Stage. What if you weren’t just dancing to Persona music? Persona fans have found that making the Persona 4 cast dance to various songs turns out to be over the top and silly, with a few great examples below!

Who would YOU have dancing, and what would they be shaking it to? Let us know!

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Lab Zero Games, creators of the critcally-acclaimed Skullgirls, announce their next project, Indivisible!

Indivisible is a new action/RPG IP, starring Ajna (AHZH-na), a girl who sets out on a globe-spanning journey to discover the truth behind her mysterious powers. On her quest she’ll be joined by a variety of unique heroes and gain new abilities to traverse the environments and defeat the enemies they’ll encounter along the way.

Indivisible is inspired by classics like Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid, but with the unique characters and gameplay depth Lab Zero is known for. In addition to a fresh spin on action/RPG gameplay, Indivisible features a deep storyline inspired by southeast Asian and other world mythologies, Lab Zero’s trademark feature-quality 2D hand-drawn animation, and a lush soundtrack from legendary Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta.

Personally, I can’t WAIT for this. Skullgirls was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to see what they can do with a new genre!

Square Enix Unveils E3 2015 Lineup

LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2015) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today revealed its E3 2015 lineup. Working on beloved franchises with talented internal and external developers, Square Enix continues to introduce the industry to exciting and innovative games at E3, such as Just Cause® 3, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided®, games from the FINAL FANTASY® franchise, and Hitman® –– among others.

“This year’s E3 lineup continues to show the passion and dedication of Square Enix’s talented international development teams,” said Yosuke Matsuda, president and representative director of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. “The powerful and diverse line up of games we are showcasing not only demonstrates our devotion to iconic franchises, but also our commitment in creating games for all types of audiences across different platforms.”

For a first-hand look at upcoming Square Enix games, please visit booth #2001 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For the audience not attending the show, Square Enix will host a live online broadcast – “Square Enix Presents” – directly from its booth. Fans will get an exclusive look at titles in the E3 lineup and a chance to interact with creators throughout the show.

Click on to read the full PR…

Nintendo Transforms Iconic Franchises to Give Players Unique Gaming Experiences

Some saw Nintendo’s E3 showing as a disappointment, I personally thought it was crazy. With a total of SEVEN newly announced titles, and showing EIGHT titles we had previously known about, there’s tons of games to look forward to if you’re a Nintendo fan.

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2015 – This year Mario reaches an impressive milestone in video gaming: 30 years as a leading man in Nintendo’s timeless  Super Mario Bros. series. At E3, Nintendo celebrates Mario’s longevity with a new installment in the franchise called  Super Mario Maker, one of many games at the show that transforms familiar characters and their games with unique new looks, styles and game-play features. Players will see new installments of beloved franchises like Star FoxYoshiAnimal CrossingMario & LuigiXenoblade and  Metroid, and enjoy the reimagining of Bowser and Donkey Kong as Skylanders figures that also have amiibo functionality with compatible Nintendo games.

During the  Nintendo Digital Event video on the opening day of E3 2015 in Los Angeles, Nintendo announced games launching in the near future, with a focus on what fans can enjoy in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. The Nintendo Digital Event in its entirety is available to view above. Nintendo will continue to share information on future games and initiatives in the months ahead.

“Millions of video game players worldwide look to Nintendo to deliver surprises and smiles,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “That’s what we have on display at E3 – familiar characters and franchises transformed in unexpected ways that can only be found on Nintendo systems.”

For a roundup of some of the news and games Nintendo is showing this week including trailers, follow the jump!  Click on to read the full PR…

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