Amazon And Electronic Arts Submit Bids For Nexon Holding Firm

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Amazon And Electronic Arts Submit Bids For Nexon Holding Firm

Nexon, the Korean company behind games like Maplestory and plenty of huge international successes especially on mobile platforms, is selling off their holding firm and a lot of major companies are looking to invest. Most relevantly, Amazon, Comcast, and Electronic Arts have submitted bids to the first round for NXC Corp.

Basically this isn't actually purchasing Nexon, but rather the holding firm that holds a large amount of stock in Nexon. What these companies want is that seat at the Nexon's table to be able to influence how the South Korean gaming firm, likely in ways that benefit the bidding company.

Nexon is best known in the west for games like Maplestory 1 and 2, as well as Vindictus. While there is a western branch, Nexon America, having investment from major distributors like Amazon or EA would probably benefit them with a stronger foothold in the west. There's no guarantee, however, as Reuters reports that other bidders include companies like Kakao and Netmarble.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Coming To The West On April 9

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Coming To The West On April 9

Last year, Capcom announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, an HD remaster of the first three games in the series that originally launched on the Gameboy Advance, will be coming to consoles and PC. Now that the trilogy has been released in Japan, Capcom has revealed that it will be coming to the west in under two months as a digital release.

The three games include Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations. They're the three titles before Phoenix Wright retired and Apollo Justice took over, but then Capcom simply...brought Phoenix Wright back again after fan outcry. Fans commonly consider the original games, penned by Capcom writer Shu Takumi, to be the best in the series, so I doubt few will complain about the chosen collection.

The remasters have redrawn most of the game's GBA-resolution sprites, which in some cases has left art that was up to interpretation to look a little strange when blown up to 1080p and cleaned. Capcom has mostly moved the series away from physical releases in the west, as even the most recent new games have only been available digitally. If you for some reason can't wait until April, the Japanese version of the game contains an option for English text, as well.

Report: Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Teases Story DLC

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Report: Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Teases Story DLC

New details about Kingdom Hearts III's teased DLC surfaced this morning, including confirmation of a harder difficulty setting and new story content.

Speaking to Dengeki Online, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that Critical Mode – a harder difficulty setting that was noticeably absent from Kingdom Hearts III – will eventually make it into the game. According to the interview, Nomura doesn't want the new difficulty setting to simply increase enemies' health bars. He explains that the mode will make adjustments that "pinpoint a level of fun unique to Critical Mode."

Nomura teased new story content, as well, but didn't detail how much it would cost or how it would be distributed. The DLC will center around Xion and her fate, as well as tying into the conclusion of Kingdom Hearts III.

Report: Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Teases Story DLC

about X hours ago from
Report: Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Teases Story DLC

New details about Kingdom Hearts III's teased DLC surfaced this morning, including confirmation of a harder difficulty setting and new story content.

Speaking to Dengeki Online, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed that Critical Mode – a harder difficulty setting that was noticeably absent from Kingdom Hearts III – will eventually make it into the game. According to the interview, Nomura doesn't want the new difficulty setting to simply increase enemies' health bars. He explains that the mode will make adjustments that "pinpoint a level of fun unique to Critical Mode."

Nomura teased new story content, as well, but didn't detail how much it would cost or how it would be distributed. The DLC will center around Xion and her fate, as well as tying into the conclusion of Kingdom Hearts III.

Witness March's Free PlayStation Plus Lineup

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Witness March's Free PlayStation Plus Lineup

Returning with an impressive showing for March, the free games for PlayStation Plus members are both first-person games, but otherwise couldn't be more dissimilar. Fans of Call of Duty that haven't put down cash for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered can snag the game for free along with Jonathan Blow's excellent puzzle game, The Witness.

If you missed either of these games, then they will be available for free starting on March 5. February's free games, Hitman and For Honor, will be leaving the service the same day.

More importantly though, for anyone who still downloads the free PlayStation Plus games on PS3 or Vita, not only will last months games (Metal Gear Solid 4, Divekick, Gun House, and Rogue Aces) be leaving on March 8, they will not be replaced with a new batch. February was the final month for either of those systems as part of the service, so scoop them up now while you still have the chance.

Witness March's Free PlayStation Plus Lineup

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Witness March's Free PlayStation Plus Lineup

Returning with an impressive showing for March, the free games for PlayStation Plus members are both first-person games, but otherwise couldn't be more dissimilar. Fans of Call of Duty that haven't put down cash for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered can snag the game for free along with Jonathan Blow's excellent puzzle game, The Witness.

If you missed either of these games, then they will be available for free starting on March 5. February's free games, Hitman and For Honor, will be leaving the service the same day.

More importantly though, for anyone who still downloads the free PlayStation Plus games on PS3 or Vita, not only will last months games (Metal Gear Solid 4, Divekick, Gun House, and Rogue Aces) be leaving on March 8, they will not be replaced with a new batch. February was the final month for either of those systems as part of the service, so scoop them up now while you still have the chance.

Get Your First Look At The Region And Starters Of Pokémon Sword And Shield

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Get Your First Look At The Region And Starters Of Pokémon Sword And Shield

Today's Pokémon Direct lasted only seven minutes, but it gave aspiring Pokémon Masters a lot to chew on. In addition to finally giving players the official names of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as well as showing the first gameplay footage of the first all-new Pokémon RPG for a console, the Pokémon Direct also gave information on the new region players will explore and the starters they can choose from at the dawn of their journey.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, players explore the Galar region. Director Shigeru Ohmori describes the Galar region as, "an expansive region with many environments, containing idyllic countryside and contemporary cities, vast planes and craggy, snow-covered mountains."

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Pokémon Switch Is Officially Called Sword And Shield

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Pokémon Switch Is Officially Called Sword And Shield

The Pokémon Company revealed the names of the next Pokémon games this morning. The titles are Pokémon Sword and Shield taking place in the Galar region. The game is being directed by Pokémon Sun and Moon's director, Shigeru Ohmori. You can head here to learn more about the game's starters and new region.

The games will release in late 2019. You can check out the full Pokémon Direct below.

You can also check out some screenshots from the game below.

Evo Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Its Main Stage Titles

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Evo Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Its Main Stage Titles

Each year, the fighting game tournament Evo takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and brings in the best fighting game players in the world to compete on the genre's biggest stage. This year will be no different, as the tournament brings together both traditional and new choices for its main stage roster with its newly announced picks.

While some games are mainstays, a lot of titles are more fluid, and may be up to the whims of the community, the organizers, or even whether the publishers or other rights-holders want the game to be at the tournament. Here's the list of nine games Evo has announced for this year:

This is the first year since the 2013 debut of Super Smash Bros. Melee at Evo that it isn't present on the Evo mainstage, usually pushing Super Smash Bros.' newest game to the background in terms of stream schedule. Evo head Joey Cuellar explained that the game had a great run, but won't be making a return.