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In 2014, Yokai Watch’s popularity exploded in Japan. The 3DS game and its anime became a nationwide phenomenon, with kids singing the theme song (and doing its catchy dance) and begging their parents to buy them Yokai Watch toys.
It seemed like Yokai Watch was on track to surpass Pokémon, but by late 2016, the fever had passed. Yokai Watch, while popular, was no longer the cultural juggernaut it was previously.
Enter Yokai Watch 4. The first three games in the series were cutesy role-playing games for the Nintendo 3DS, but the latest sequel is more grown up and headed for the Nintendo Switch.
The original [...]
One of the biggest booths at this year’s Tokyo Game Show is for Ninjala, a multiplayer action game for Nintendo Switch. The character design and the color palette are reminiscent of Splatoon, but I wondered if that’s where the similarities end.
You gotta be charmed by a video game in which one of the central mechanics is based around bubble gum.
Ninjala was designed by Takeshi Arakawa, best known for producing Dissidia Final Fantasy, and created by GungHo boss Kazuki Morishita.
The characters are supposed to be ninja, which was honestly something I couldn’t really follow. I [...]
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Surprise! There’s a new Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch bundle on the way. This one includes a download code for the game, Smash-themed Joy-Con, and a unique Switch Dock with all of the original N64 game’s characters tastefully embossed on the front. It’s up for preorder now for $360, and comes out November 2, though the game won’t unlock until December 7.
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Already have a Switch? You can preorder the game by itself here, and Prime members will get a $10 Amazon credit added to their account about [...]
Update: Telltale has issued a statement in which it confirms fears that the studio is at least partially shutting down. It does not address the specific fate of its games, only saying more details will be shared in the coming weeks. It reaffirms that 25 people remain with the studio for the time being, but it’s unclear how long they will be employed. The full statement follows.
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to [...]