This week Twitch Partner Streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys announced that she is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of RTS, a new talent management firm. In March of this year RTS became joint owner of the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament alongside Sony. As co-founder and CCO, Pokimane is legally part-owner of the premier fighting game tournament. As of this time it is unknown if Pokimane will become involved with the operation of EVO.
RTS is a talent management and brand marketing firm. According to the website, the company aims to work with creators, brands, and game publishers to “make a long-term impact across the gaming industry”. The website currently lists Pokimane herself as the only content creator working with the company. The site also lists PlayStation, Riot Games, Epic Games, and PUBG as game publishers that RTS is working with. Facebook and Ballantine’s are among the list of brands partners for RTS.
Pokimane has faced criticism in the past for an incident where she sent her audience after smaller content creators, and used the copyright claim system to have videos that were critical of the 26-year old streamer taken down. Pokimane backtracked on these actions after receiving backlash.
EVO started in 1996 as the “Battle by the Bay” and over the following years has grown into the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, and one of the largest gaming events. This year the Evo Online 2021 event replaced the in-person tournament. As a result of the purchase this year, all of the games featured were on PlayStation consoles. EVO has claimed that the Sony ownership will not affect the presence of non-PlayStation games at future tournaments, however at this time it remains to be seen if that will be the case. No details about next year’s EVO have been announced at this time, and it is yet unknown to what extent if any RTS and Pokimane will be involved.
Today in the final Mr. Sakurai Presents Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Super Smash Bros. and director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announced that the final DLC coming to the game will be Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series.
The fighter, who was at the top of the character poll for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18th.
Today the Pokémon Company International released a new trailer for the upcoming game Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This trailer revealed several new features along with some new characters as well as a brand-new Pokémon.
This trailer establishes that the boss encounters of this game will be in the form of “Frenzied Nobel Pokémon”. Nobel Pokémon have been blessed with a mysterious power that makes them powerful and normally the serve as lords protecting their various territories. However, a strange force is driving the Nobel Pokémon into a frenzied state, and it is the player’s job to calm the Frenzied Nobel Pokémon by battling them to stun them so they can be hit with balms made from their favorite foods. Throwing the balms has the same mechanic as throwing Poké Balls, so aiming is key.
New Pokémon: Kleavor
This Rock/Bug Nobel Pokémon is the lord of the Obsidian Fieldlands. This Pokémon is an evolution of Scyther that has huge axes on its forearms rather than scythes. It uses fast and powerful slashing attacks that the player must carefully avoid in order to subdue it. At this time it is unknown how Scyther evolves into Kleavor.
The Wardens are humans whose job it is to protect the territory of a Nobel Pokémon and to bring them offerings of food and water to look out for them. The Wardens introduced in the trailer are Mai, an ancestor of Marley from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Iscan, Lian who appears to be an ancestor of Clay from Pokémon Black and White versions, and Arezu, who is an ancestor of Mars from the Diamond and Pearl versions.
Mai is the Warden responsible for looking after a special Wyrdeer, this Wyrdeer will become a ride Pokémon for the player to use.
Iscan as a Warden that lives near the sea and is responsible for looking after a special Basculegion that will eventually become a ride Pokémon for the player. Iscan is somewhat timid and easy to frighten by nature and is not fond of ghosts.
Lian is a young prodigy that has earned the role of Warden. He is responsible for looking out for Kleavor, the Nobel Pokémon that is the lord of the Obsidian Fieldlands.
Arezu is a Warden that feels a great deal of responsibility in the role, which leads her to try and resolve all problems on her own. At this time it hasn’t been revealed what Pokémon she is responsible for looking after, the website gives the hint that she is responsible for “a certain lady Pokémon”.
The trailer showed off more of the things players can do in Jubilife Village. There is a studio where players can take photos with their Pokémon. In the city there are shops where players can buy and craft various items, There is also an outfit shop where players can customize their trainer’s outfit, hair, skin, and eyes.
There is also a Pasture where players can keep their Pokémon. This will serve as the replacement for the Pokémon PC were players usually store their Pokémon in the games.
During their journey the player will receive the Celestica Flute, an item that summons the ride Pokémon the player can use throughout their adventure; Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Hisuian Braviary.
The player will also receive an item called the Arc Phone. This item has a mysterious power and a strong resemblance to the god Pokémon Arceus. It will guide the player by showing maps, locations and waypoints, and quest-markers.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release on January 28th, 2022, people that preorder the game will recieve an Hisuian Growlithe kimono outfit for their in-game character.
SunBreak DLC coming to Monster Hunter Rise in summer of 2022 This will be a massive paid DLC that will add new Stories, Locals, Monsters, Quest Ranks, and Hunting actions.
The classic Mario Party game boards Woody Woods (from Mario Party 64), Yoshi’s Tropical Island, and Horror Land have been confirmed in Mario Party Super Stars. It was also revealed that the game will have full online play including a global online minigame mode were players can compete in survival mode or cooperate in tag team mode. The game is set to release on October 29.
SquareEnix revealed a new RPG game from Neir creator Yoko Taro. Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, is an RPG game where everything in the entire world is represented by cards and the game plays as a tabletop RPG. The game will release on October 28. A free demo of the game is available now on Nintendo Eshop.
The Enhanced Port of 2019’s hit Disco Elysium is coming to Nintendo Switch. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is a role-playing mystery game where the player takes on the role of an amnesiac detective and makes choices that shape hos character along with the story as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery. The game launches digitally on October 12 with a physical version coming in early 2022.
During the direct it was announced that the final DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be revealed in the Final Mr. Sakurai Presents which will air on October 5th, and in the presentation Sakurai will reveal the character and show game play.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC Wave 2: Guardian of Remembrance is scheduled to release on October 29th.
Chocobo GP, a Mario Kart styled arcade racer featuring characters tracks, and powers based on the Final Fantasy series will becoming to Nintendo Switch in 2022.
A brand new Kirby game, Kirby and the Forgotten Lands, was revealed. This game will be the first open-world 3D Kirby game. The story seems to involve Kirby landing on a post-apocalyptic world and trying to find out what happened to the world and rescue captured dreamland denizens. The trailer game play shows that Kirby will have is usual copy abilities. The game is expected to launch in spring of 2022.
The direct announced that a new free content update will be coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons in November. An Animal Crossing Direct that will detail all the new content will be coming in October. The teaser indicates that among the updates Brewster’s Cafe “The Roost” will be added to the game.
A new free content update was added to Mario Golf Super Rush. The content adds Koopa Troopa and Ninji as playable characters, and adds 2 new courses to play on.
Disney’s Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition is an enhanced port of the Nintendo 3DS game that includes all of the DLC. It is coming to Nintendo Switch this winter.
The original Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is coming to Nintendo Switch. This classic launches on November 11th.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human Cloud Edition will be coming to Nintendo Switch February 4th 2022.
Dying Light Platinum Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch in a physical and digital edition on October 19th.
Triangle Strategy will be releasing on March 4, 2022. The feedback from the demo survey has been applied to the game and the UI has been streamlined, camera controls have been added along with the ability to review previous dialogue and overall improvements to graphic effects and reduction in loading time.
More details on Metroid Dread were revealed including that a certian boss will be in the game. The trailer also reveals that planet ZDR may have been the homeworld of the Chozo in the ancient past.
The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack was announced. This will be a new subscription tier that users can upgrade to. This new tier brings Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to the service, the Nintendo 64 titles include Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, and more. The game’s multiplayer features have been adapted so they can be played online. Nintendo is making a classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers that will be available for $49.99 USD to all Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers.
Castlevania Advance Collection is a collection of the 4 Game Boy Advance Castlevania games. It has Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and Castlevainia: Dracula X, the remake of Rondo of Blood. The collection will also feature quicksaves, button mapping, and a gallery containing never before seen character art from the games.
Shadowrun Trilogy brings the classic cyberpunk RPG series to the Nintendo Switch. The collection contains all three Shadowrun franchise games.
A remake of the Super Nintendo classic, ActRaiser was announced for Nintendo Switch. ActRaiser Renaissance is a remake that features updated graphics, new content including new bosses and areas, and the choice to play using the the original or updated OST.
Deltarune Chapter 2 is now available on Nintendo Switch Eshop as an update to Deltarune Chapter 1.
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Hot Wheels Unleashed – September 30th
Surviving the Aftermath – Holiday 2021
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New details on the upcoming Super Mario Movie were revealed. The release date was confirmed as Holiday 2022 with a December 21st 2022 release in North America. The voice cast was also revealed along with the detail that Mario will be doing a lot of talking during the film. The voice cast will be:
Chris Pratt as Maro
Charlie Day as Luigi
Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach
Keegan Michael Key as Toad
Jack Black as Bowser
Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong
Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario and many other characters in the games, will be making cameo appearances throughout the movie
Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek
Fred Armisan as Cranky Kong
Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike
More details were given on Spaltoon 3. The game takes place in Splatsville: The City of Chaos, this is likely the outcome of the final splatfest from Splatoon 2, where chaos won over order. The story mode will see the return of Callie and Marie and more as the player discovers that mammals are returning to the world of Splatoon which has only been occupied by sea creatures. Where did the mammals go, and why are they returning now? These mysteries will be solved in the Return of the Mammalians story mode of Spaltoon 3. The game play shows off some of the new mechanics and weapons including a hookshot-like grapple ability and a crab mecha that inklings can ride in.
The direct closes with the reveal of Bayonetta 3 the game looks to be true to Bayonetta form with the over-the-top frantic action game play and the wit and sexiness of Bayonetta are as sharp as ever. The game is expected to release in 2022.
This week Sony Posted to their official social media that a they will be holding a PlayStation Showcase streaming event next week on September 9th 1 P.M. PDT/ 4 P.M. EDT. The stream will run for around 40 minutes and will be focused on upcoming games for the PlayStation 5 from PlayStation Studios, and from third-party developers. In the posts Sony made it clear that there won’t be any information on games for the PlayStation 5 VR.
Today there was a surprising bit of Pokémon animation news today. The Pokémon Company announced that they are airing an 8-episode miniseries in the vein of the Pokémon Generations, and Pokémon Twilight Wings, webseries. Pokémon Evolutions will feature stories focused around the main legendary Pokémon encounters from every generation so far. The episodes will start off with the Galar Region and travel back through the generations culminating with the Kanto region.
The episodes are set to be released globally on the Pokémon YouTube channel, and the Pokémon TV app starting with the debut episode on September 9th and new episodes airing biweekly until the finale on December 23rd. At this time it is unknown what the length of the episodes will be, but the Pokémon Company has posted the title and air date for each episode.
September 9, 2021: “The Champion” featuring the Galar region
September 23, 2021: “The Eclipse” featuring the Alola region
October 7, 2021: “The Vision” featuring the Kalos region
October 21, 2021: “The Plan” featuring the Unova region
December 2, 2021: “The Rival” featuring the Sinnoh region
December 9, 2021: “The Wish” featuring the Hoenn region
December 16, 2021: “The Show” featuring the Johto region
December 23, 2021: “The Quest” featuring the Kanto region
This new miniseries is exciting because it offers a great chance to experience the stories from the games once more with a new perspective. It also presents a chance to give a proper animated debut to many game story elements that ended up either poorly handled in, or dropped entirely from, the main Pokémon anime. It is possible that this new series, means that the Pokémon Company will continue the trend of making these extra animated series that serve to flesh out the Pokémon world both by going in-depth with the stories from the games, as well as by creating new original stories as they have with the PokéToons animated shorts that currently play exclusively on the Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel.
Goodboy Galaxy is a Metroidvania game being developed by U.K. based independent developer Richard “Rik” Nicol, and his friend Jeremy. The duo are big fans of Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance hardware and wanted to create a new game for the platform. Goodboy Galaxy is planned for release on a physical Game Boy Advance cartridge with a box, instruction manual, and stickers. The game will also have digital releases on the Nintendo Switch and PC.
The game is being crowdfunded through Kickstarter, and currently has raised over $79,000. The campaign has reached the funding goal for the Switch and PC versions of the game to be enhanced ports featuring couch co-op, modern aspect ration, and enhanced audio.
Goodboy Galaxy will be the first new Game Boy Advance game since Samurai Deeper Kyo, which was localized and released in 2008 for the handheld.
The Arizona-based Gaming PC store Meta PCs took to social media today to reveal a new creator program where the company will be sponsoring various creators in the gaming sphere. In the announcement post the company revealed a huge roster of major gaming personalities.
The video in the post reveals the first round of creator partners, the list includes:
The company concludes the announcement post with a link to apply for their affiliate program. The website for Meta PCs went down shortly after the announcement due to the influx of traffic. As of this time the website is still down, the company has posted to social media that they are working on the problem and expect the site to be back up soon.
Today Nintendo posted to social media that a new Pokémon Direct presentation will stream next week on August 18, 2021 at 6 A.M. PDT/ 9 A.M. EDT. The presentation will give more details on the upcoming games PokémonBrilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Today Melonie Mac, a gamer, content creator and influencer, posted a video in which she speaks out against the toxic culture in the gaming industry. In the 22-minute video she speaks on how early in her career she faced mistreatment and abuse from others in the industry over her being a christian and a republican at the time. She also recounts how the social pressures and mistreatment she faced forced her to adopt extremist left ideals and become anti-christian just to “fit in” and be accepted among her industry peers.
Later in the video Melonie Mac speaks on how there are so few people republicans and people with christian beliefs in the industry because of a rampant culture of intolerance that drives out these perspectives. She also notes that a lot of Christians and republicans in the industry just keep those views hidden to avoid the inevitable onslaught of abuse from industry peers that will come to them.
She continues by saying that part of what has inspired her to come out with this video is the rise of cancel culture being used as a weapon to oust people from the industry for having perspectives that don’t line up with the dominant extremist left-wing ideals of the industry. Mac has returned to her christian faith, and has started to see the abuse increasing towards her, and then she started making social media posts about respecting people’s bodily autonomy which has resulted in a full-on cancel culture campaign on Twitter with Mac’s industry peers digging up forum posts from 17 years ago, which hold views that Mac no longer believes and has long since grown from, in an attempt to ruin her reputation.
Mac concludes by saying that she doesn’t expect others to speak up and risk their livelihoods, and that she is speaking up for the people that feel the same but have no voice as well as herself. She states that she has reached a stage in her life where the industry pressures and threat of cancelling no longer intimidate her, and speaking her mind and being honest with herself is more important.
Melonie Mac is currently the host for GameStop TV, and is sponsored by GFuel and there has been no sign, as of this time, that she will be removed. She has a Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch where she creates content and posts frequently.