Doraemon: Story Of Seasons Gets A Release Date In The West

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Doraemon: Story Of Seasons Gets A Release Date In The West

Currently available in Japan, Doraemon: Story of Seasons is set for release in the West on October 11 for Switch. This crossover title brings the beloved characters from the long-running Doraemon series together with the farming mechanics of Story of Seasons.

Play as Nobita and engage in a plethora of activities such as plowing your fields, taking care of cattle, fishing, decorating your home, capturing and collecting insects, celebrating holidays and festivals, and much more. You’ll even get to interact with other Doraemon characters who can help you on your journey.

For more on games Like Story of Seasons, check out the latest news on Harvest Moon: Mad Dash here.

Take-Two CEO Says Next-Generation Consoles Could Achieve Photorealistic Graphics

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Take-Two CEO Says Next-Generation Consoles Could Achieve Photorealistic Graphics

With both new consoles in that phase where they have been technically announced but we haven't really seen anything in terms of software yet, we're still left guessing on how powerful the Project Scarlett and what will presumably be called the PlayStation 5 might actually be. Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has presumably seen these new consoles and has come away impressed by their visual fidelity. The head of one of the world's most profitable game publishers thinks that next year's consoles might push games to a photorealistic milestone.

Speaking on CNBC to analyst Jim Cramer, Zelnick commented on the next generation of video game consoles. 

"We have a new console generation coming, and that's going to allow us to do some things that we haven't been able to do before creatively, and that's exciting," he told Cramer. "But as I've said before, we're going to reach a point where you won't be able to tell the difference between what's created in the computer and what's real."

Square Enix Illustrates The Level Of Improvements In Final Fantasy VIII Remastered With A Joke

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Square Enix Illustrates The Level Of Improvements In Final Fantasy VIII Remastered With A Joke

At E3 this year, Final Fantasy VIII got a remastered edition announced, which is partially significant for how the game just never seemed to get ported anywhere else after release unlike the other PlayStation titles in the series. It was also a big deal because it seemed like, from the brief trailer, that significant work was being done to update the graphics. While it wasn't a Final Fantasy VII Remake-style overhaul, it was not a simple resolution bump, either.

Today, Square Enix used a well-known joke about the game to advertise how big that difference can be. The image below circulates around social media sites, showing Rinoa Heartilly complimenting protagonist Squall Leonhart in order to convince him to dance. She tells him that he's the best looking guy there, while the next image shows a close-up of Squall's PS1-resolution face.

Today, Square Enix tweeted this from the Final Fantasy Twitter account, referencing the same joke.

Video Game Consoles Get A Temporary Reprieve From Higher Tariffs

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Video Game Consoles Get A Temporary Reprieve From Higher Tariffs

In the United States, President Trump has openly threatened China with an increased 25 percent tariff on all products coming from China. This has alarmed console manufacturers as the heightened taxes would force hardware prices higher in the U.S. unless those companies can move their manufacturing out of China or make them eat a quarter of the MSRP themselves. Sony has been upfront that this means higher-priced PlayStations, while all three manufacturers signed a joint letter to the White House discouraging these tariffs.

The administration today released a list of exceptions to these upcoming fees, but only a temporary one.

In a statement released today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) listed out exceptions to the upcoming tariffs, which were scheduled to go into effect in just a few weeks on September 1. Those exceptions include but are not limited to "cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.”

Skater XL Announced For Xbox One

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Skater XL Announced For Xbox One

Easy Day Studios has announced that Skater XL will release on the Xbox One home console in 2020. Until now the game has been in Steam Early Access since December, where fans have been playing its L.A. Civic Center spot, sharing videos, and even creating mods for the game involving new maps and deck designs.

To go along with that well-worn level, the studio has also announced a second location based on a real southern California skatepark, as well as the customizable character model. You can check out both below in a new batch of screens for the game.

Last week Easy Day showcased its mo-cap technology and how it's being integrated into the game's fluid trick system, and you can take a look at early gameplay of the title from this New Gameplay Today episode using a much-earlier version of the title.

Role Queue And Sigma Out Now In Overwatch

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Role Queue And Sigma Out Now In Overwatch

A few weeks ago, Blizzard revealed not only their newest character Sigma, but also a new method of matchmaking for Overwatch. While they went up on the playable test servers the day they were announced, both the character and the role queue structural change are live for everyone now.

Role queue, which mandates players choose a role like support, attack, or defense before searching for a match and then only choose characters, is designed to keep Overwatch more balanced and competitive. It's a fairly big change to how Overwatch is played, but there are Arcade mode options for players who want to play the old way where character choices were open for everyone.

Sigma is also available after being announced in July. The new gravity-controlling character has had a strong response in the test servers, so new players and old hands alike might find something to like in the new character.

Destiny Director Outlines Changes To Quest Log, Gambit, And More

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Destiny Director Outlines Changes To Quest Log, Gambit, And More

Destiny franchise director Luke Smith has posted the first of three sprawling "director's cut" write-ups commenting on the state of the game. In this first post, Smith reflects mostly on two of the three seasons from Destiny 2's first year of annual past content, focusing on the latter two season, Season of the Drifter and Season of Opulence. It's a long, fascinating read that's less about new info and more context for why Bungie made many of the decisions it made throughout the last year. It's worth reading if you're a Destiny fan, but there is some new info scattered through this first entry.

Perhaps the most immediately exciting change is a change to one aspect of Destiny 2's interface, though the process that lead to this change was a difficulty one. When the "pursuits" tab (read: quests and bounties) was moved from the character screen to the director screen, fans mostly reacted negatively to the change, saying it messed with their muscle memory and didn't actually make selecting and tracking questlines any easier.

New Greedfall Companion, Aphra, Revealed

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New Greedfall Companion, Aphra, Revealed

It's finally time for audiences to meet Aphra, one of the many companions players can interact with on their journey though Greedfall. In a tweet from the official Greedfall page, it's revealed that Aphra is a naturalist looking to cure the Malichor, a sickness among Teer Fradee.

Meet the brilliant Aphra, a scientist fascinated by Teer Fradee. pic.twitter.com/Td5WGcNxZy

In Greedfall, there are multiple factions to choose from. Aphra's allegiance goes to the Bridge Alliance, a faction filled with scholars seeking to learn more about the world around them.

Sega Compares Original Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Character Model With Upcoming HD Version

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Sega Compares Original Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Character Model With Upcoming HD Version

Monkey Ball's Japanese Twitter released a comparison shot of Monkey Ball's lead primate, AiAi, from the original Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz on Wii on the left and the upcoming HD version on the right. Cel-shading has helped the Wii version age gracefully, but the model on the right is undeniably sharper.

Sega also released a short developer interview with the remake's producer and director, Masao Shirosaki, on Monkey Ball's inception. You can watch the interview here:

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD launches October 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A PC version is coming at a later date. For more on the game, check out its annoucement trailer, as well as its most recent gameplay trailer

New FCC Filing Suggests That SNES Games Are Coming To Switch Soon

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New FCC Filing Suggests That SNES Games Are Coming To Switch Soon

Ever since Nintendo first announced that the Switch's online service would involve NES games, fans have requested and pleaded with Nintendo for further consoles from Nintendo's history to be added to the service. For a lot of players, this specifically means the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, where a lot of the world's most well-loved games, but Nintendo hasn't really shown any official indication that they're willing to add SNES games despite some metadata left in Switch update. That could soon be changing.

On gaming forum ResetEra, user Link83 noticed a new FCC ID filing by Nintendo for a wireless controller. The silhouette is the unmistakable shape of the SNES controller, and the filing information indicates that this would specifically be for Switch. The controller seems to be similar in function to the NES virtual console controllers that Nintendo sells to Switch Online subscribers, but obviously modeled after the successor system.

At a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo indicated that the company is looking to expand their Switch online offerings, which might be an addition of SNES games. Maybe they will also eventually add N64 and Gamecube games, but considering how long it took to even get NES and then theoretically SNES games, that would probably be an extremely long wait.