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Friday, April 22, 2016

04/22/2016 - Star Fox Zero Out Now on Wii U
Be a Hero in Star Fox Zero!


Hop Into the Pilot’s Seat for an Intense Space Adventure in Star Fox Zero for Wii U

REDMOND, Wash., April 22, 2016 – ALERT! ALERT! This is not a drill! The galaxy as we know it is in jeopardy! The evil Andross has taken over the Lylat System and only you and the Star Fox crew can stop them! The Star Fox Zero game is now available exclusively for
Wii U consoles, so pin on your pilot wings and dry clean your flight suit – it’s time to report for duty in this action-packed interplanetary adventure.

The Star Fox series makes its Wii U debut in Star Fox Zero, once again reuniting leader Fox McCloud with his memorable team composed of hotshot Falco Lombardi, reliable Peppy Hare and engineer Slippy Toad. For this new adventure, you take on the role of Fox McCloud as he pilots multiple transforming vehicles using a unique control scheme that lets you shoot in one direction while flying in another. Star Fox Zero is the first game in the series to employ independent controls for flying and aiming your lasers. By looking at the TV to identify your target and using the motion controls on the Wii U GamePad controller to aim and shoot with precision, the game lets players feel like they are right in the pilot’s seat, especially when using the game’s “3D Voice” feature to hear squad-mate audio directly from the GamePad.

Star Fox Zero is a game that’s only possible through the second-screen experience of the Wii U GamePad,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Many video game fans have experienced the Star Fox series through the years, but never with this level of full-throttle action.”

Co-created by Nintendo and PlatinumGames, developers of the Bayonetta series, Star Fox Zero provides the planet-hopping action that fans have come to love, while introducing new vehicles, missions and a unique control scheme. In addition to flying the now-iconic Arwing vehicle, you can also pilot the ground-based Landmaster Tank and new GyroWing, a hovering drone ideal for stealth-based missions. The Arwing can also transform into the bipedal Walker, allowing for further exploration in the game’s varied levels.

The levels in Star Fox Zero aren’t just about going from point A to point B. Many of the game’s gorgeous locales contain secret exits and hidden collectibles, inviting you to retry missions to discover everything. Just like previous Star Fox games, exploring and discovering new things is part of the fun. By using your stellar piloting skills, you can destroy as many enemies as possible to try to get the highest score. You can even have another player sync up a Wii U Pro controller or Wii Remote controller and Nunchuk (sold separately) and assist in missions by flying the Arwing while you aim and shoot using the motion controls of the GamePad to take out even more enemies.

Star Fox fans are in for a special treat by tapping a
Fox or Falco amiibo figure (sold separately). Tapping the Super Smash Bros. series Fox amiibo replaces the normal Arwing with a low-polygon Retro Arwing from the Super Nintendo days (complete with retro music for Corneria). Tapping the Falco amiibo unlocks a special Black Arwing: a high-powered spacecraft created for brave pilots willing to fly with very little shielding.

Every retail version of Star Fox Zero also comes with the Star Fox Guard game on a second disc. This fun and frantic game finds you defending a mining facility owned by Grippy Toad (Slippy’s uncle) from waves of enemy robots using the second screen on the Wii U GamePad controller. A full-fledged Star Fox experience in its own right, Star Fox Guard features 100 stages for players to take on, and also allows players to create and share their own challenges with other players online.

Barrel roll into this unforgettable adventure by purchasing the game in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Star Fox Guard is included in every physical version of Star Fox Zero. Both Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard can also by purchased digitally in Nintendo eShop on Wii U or at Nintendo.com for $49.99 and $14.99, respectively. If you purchase the digital version of either game separately, you will receive an automatic discount of $4.99 through Nintendo.com or Nintendo eShop upon purchase of the other game.

To learn more about the characters and story of Star Fox Zero, you can view the Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins animated short at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2-0nTxaGg . Created in partnership with Shigeru Miyamoto, Production I.G and WIT STUDIO, the short explores the backstory behind the game and its first level, Corneria.

For more information about Star Fox Zero, visit
http://starfoxzero.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit
http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu .

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at
http://www.nintendo.com

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

04/21/2016 - Fallout Shelter Launches 1.5 Update
Fallout Shelter’s Update 1.5 is here to make your life as an Overseer easier!


With Update 1.5, you can now scrap your unwanted items and turn them into Junk to build even more gear. This is your chance to clear out the clutter in your Storage rooms and craft some cool new stuff.

We’ve also added new customization options to the Barbershop and new civilian outfits to craft or find in lunchboxes.  You’ll hardly even recognize your dwellers when you’re done with them. You can even make them look like Ghouls!

Overseers using an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus can now take advantage of Fallout Shelter’s new 3D Touch support. With 3D Touch you can load directly into your vaults, skipping the main menu. You can also use 3D Touch to assign dwellers to rooms and access storage just by tapping on any Storage Room.

Since its launch, Fallout Shelter has added a ton of new features – including new rooms, characters from Fallout 4, pets, new outfits, and weapons. In the last update (Update 1.4), crafting was added to the world of Fallout Shelter giving you the ability to make weapons, armor, and outfits. We also introduced the ability to collect Junk by sending your dwellers into the Wasteland and from Lunchboxes because the better the Junk, the better items you can craft! There’s even more on the way, so stay tuned for upcoming updates.

Fallout Shelter was an instant smash hit when it launched on iOS on June 14, 2015, climbing to the top of the charts and beating Candy Crush to become the third-highest-grossing game on the App Store in its first week. Since launching on iOS and Android devices, Fallout Shelter has received top honors from some of the industry’s leading outlets, including winner of ‘App Store Best of 2015’, ‘Google Play Best of 2015’, and ‘Best Handheld/Mobile Game’ at the 2015 Golden Joystick Awards. Most recently, Fallout Shelter was named ‘Mobile Game of the Year’ at the 2016 D.I.C.E. Awards.

Fallout Shelter is available for free on the
App Store or Google Play.

For full details on the update see below, or visit Bethesda.net:
https://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/fallout-shelter-update-1.5/2016/04/21/109

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

04/20/2016 - Rocket League Launches new Hoops Mode on April 26th
ROCKET LEAGUE’S NEW "HOOPS" MODE TAKES TO THE COURT ON APRIL 26

SAN DIEGO, CA – April 20, 2016 – Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, April 26, Rocket League fans can download the highly-anticipated basketball-inspired "Hoops" mode for FREE as part of a regularly-scheduled game update. In addition, an officially-licensed "NBA Flag Pack," containing the logos of all 30 NBA teams represented as in-game flags, will also be available for sale as premium DLC.

Following the positive community reaction to the "Snow Day" Hockey Mode released late last year, Psyonix's new "Hoops" Mode adds a dynamic basketball twist to the wildly-successful soccer-meets-driving concept. In addition to the mode itself, Rocket League Hoops will also come with a FREE new arena called "Dunk House," where the net itself can be used as a ramp for the ball, and Aerials and wall-play is the key to victory. The new Hoops Mode update is free on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam and includes a free NBA logo flag for all players.

For basketball fans eager to represent their favorite NBA team on the Rocket League hardwood, the NBA Flag Pack retails for $1.99 USD (or regional equivalent) and gives players immediate access to all 30 teams.

Watch the new Hoops Mode on YouTube HERE: https://youtu.be/GcT706B4eZI
 
Winner or nominee of more than 100 game of the year awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2015. Boasting a community of more than 14 million players, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem that offers easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Available digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam, Rocket League includes more than 100 billion possible customization combinations, a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, casual and competitive online matches, and special "Mutators" that let you change the rules entirely.

To learn more about  Rocket League, please visit 
www.RocketLeagueGame.com , "Like" it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter (at)RocketLeague for all the latest developer updates and news.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

04/19/2016 - Harvest Moon Seeds of Memories Launches on Google Play Store
HARVEST MOON: SEEDS OF MEMORIES LAUNCHES ON THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE

The Original Farming Simulation, Harvest Moon, Comes To Android Devices For The First Time

Burlingame, CA. – April 19, 2016 - After a successful launch on the Apple App Store earlier this year, Natsume Inc. is proud to bring their latest game, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, to Google Play Store today. Available for $9.99, the game is the first-ever full Harvest Moon experience to be available to Android users. The game can be found HERE

"Since we announced Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, Android fans have been frantic to get in on the fun!" said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "Now, Android users can finally play the first Harvest Moon game ever available for Android, and players can grow crops, cook, fish, forage and mine to their hearts content!"

In Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, fans will enjoy the return of cows, sheep, and chickens to help their farm, horses to ride, and dogs to raise as pets. New to the game is the bobcat, a wild animal that, over time, players can befriend and make into their loyal pet!

Key Features in Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories:

  • Grow a variety of crops, flowers, and trees! See if you can discover new kinds of mutations!
  • Raise livestock like cows, sheep, and chickens!
  • Take your horse for a jaunt around town!
  • Take care of pets like your trusty dog!
  • With 10 marriageable candidates - 5 guys and 5 gals - everyone will be able to find that special someone they're looking for!
  • Upgrade your tools to find the highest-quality items!
  • Participate in contests and festivals like the Cooking Contest and Starry Night Festival!
  • Excavate rare ore and crafting materials in the mine. How far can you go?

See the launch video HERE

Players can follow the latest news for all of the beloved Natsume franchises at  www.natsume.com  and by scooping all of the latest Natsume updates, contests, screen shots and more at  www.natsume.com/facebook  and  www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

04/18/2016 - Free-to-Play Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG Coming To Windows Store
Free-to-Play Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG Coming To Windows Store


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 18, 2016 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced a Windows Store version of Neverwinter coming to Windows 10. Upon this release, adventurers will be able to visit the Windows Store to download and play the free-to-play action-MMORPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast.

Originally launching in 2013, Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC and digitally for Xbox One, available free-to-play with Gold* from the Xbox Games Store.

*On Xbox, Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required.

For more information about Neverwinter, and to play now for free, visit
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter  

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