Conan O'Brien Met With Hideo Kojima While He Was In Japan

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Conan O'Brien Met With Hideo Kojima While He Was In Japan

Earlier this year, talk show host Conan O'Brien made a claim that he was the most famous Conan in the world. He received information from fans that it was actually Japan's boy detective manga and anime Detective Conan in terms of revenue. The series is a somewhat serial procedural where a teen detective has been turned into a child through nefarious means and has to solve murder mysteries using adults as a proxy. The manga has been running since 1994 and has had 94 volumes and 25 movies, some of which rank among Japan's highest-grossing films. Obviously, Conan O'Brien realized this story was based on his life, so he asked creator Gosho Aoyama to pay him $300 million in royalties.

To collect on this, the former Tonight Show host took his show to Japan for a visit this past week and visited a town inspired by Detective Conan, appropriately named Conan Town. O'Brien was also okay with buying all 15,000 residents of the town as compensation.

While Conan was there, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, who is currently working on the PlayStation 4 exclusive Death Stranding, met up with the super tall redhead and showed him around the offices. Kojima is well-known to be an aggressive consumer of American media and has met O'Brien before through Conan's Clueless Gamer segment on his show.

Multiple Switch Games Including Pokémon, Splatoon, And Dark Souls Do Not Support Cloud Saves

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Multiple Switch Games Including Pokémon, Splatoon, And Dark Souls Do Not Support Cloud Saves

It seems likely that Nintendo was planning to detail their paid online plans, scheduled to go live this month, during their now-delayed Nintendo Direct. Much like the accidental misfire with Yoshi's Crafting World, some things have gone live on the website ahead of announcement, including some small details on the cloud saving. While Nintendo had previously said that not all games would support it, we now know a few Switch games do not have cloud saves.

On the page for Pokémon Let's Go Eevee & Pikachu, a message at the bottom indicates that cloud saves are a no-go for the two Nintendo-published games. The warning reads "Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. This game does not support Save Data Cloud backup. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features." This warning is also on the page for Splatoon 2.

We have also discovered the warning on Dark Souls Remastered, Dead CellsFIFA 19, and NBA 2K19. It is worth noting that all of these games support cloud saves on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

Marvel Strike Force Adds Storm To Roster Of Playable Characters

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Marvel Strike Force Adds Storm To Roster Of Playable Characters

Marvel Strike Force, the popular hero-recruiting turn-based mobile title, is adding its second member of the X-Men today in Storm. True to her abilities in the comics, Storm can manipulate the weather to attack and freeze enemies. Starting today, she's able to be recruited through the limited-time Eye of the Storm event campaign.

Similar to past event campaigns, Eye of the Storm allows players to battle through a series of story missions to earn orbs that contain character shards. The campaign features three difficulties, with higher difficulties yielding better rewards. To recruit Storm, players need to collect 45 Storm shards.

In March, I spoke with FoxNext VP and GM Amir Rahimi about working with Marvel for Marvel Strike Force. Though the development studio is under the Fox umbrella, Rahimi told me the team only acquired the Fox licenses as launch was nearing due to Marvel rarely licensing out Disney and Fox-owned properties for the same product. While the Marvel Strike Force team was able to justify having both licenses, it came later in the development cycle, so the team was only able to implement Wolverine for its March launch.

Firaxis Bringing Civilization VI To Nintendo Switch

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Firaxis Bringing Civilization VI To Nintendo Switch

Sid Meier's legendary Civilization series has fascinated turn-based strategy fans for decades, letting us build empires, explore foreign countries, develop new technologies, and ultimately conquer the world. Now, 2K and Firaxis have partnered with Aspyr Media to port Civilization VI to the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch version of Civilization VI does not include the Rise and Fall expansion that released earlier this year, but it does include a few additional post PC release content packs, so Switch fans will be able to colonize Australia in “Outback Tycoon,” defend Poland from invaders in “Jadwiga’s Legacy”, plunder Europe in “Vikings, Raiders, and Traders!”, or conquer the classical world in the “Conquests of Alexander.”

Up to four players can compete or cooperate in world diplomacy via wireless play when Civilization VI finds its way onto the Switch on November 16.

Firaxis Bringing Civilization VI To Nintendo Switch

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Firaxis Bringing Civilization VI To Nintendo Switch

Sid Meier's legendary Civilization series has fascinated turn-based strategy fans for decades, letting us build empires, explore foreign countries, develop new technologies, and ultimately conquer the world. Now, 2K and Firaxis have partnered with Aspyr Media to port Civilization VI to the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch version of Civilization VI does not include the Rise and Fall expansion that released earlier this year, but it does include a few additional post PC release content packs, so Switch fans will be able to colonize Australia in “Outback Tycoon,” defend Poland from invaders in “Jadwiga’s Legacy”, plunder Europe in “Vikings, Raiders, and Traders!”, or conquer the classical world in the “Conquests of Alexander.”

Up to four players can compete or cooperate in world diplomacy via wireless play when Civilization VI finds its way onto the Switch on November 16.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Comes To PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And Switch

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Comes To PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And Switch

Another of what is likely to be a Nintendo Direct reveal today, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was abruptly given a launch trailer announcing release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and soon Nintendo Switch. You can catch the trailer below.

The remade title is based on Final Fantasy XV but optimized for mobile devices. The story and voice acting are identical to the console game, but it has been transformed into a more streamlined and cutesy version. At the time of announcement, Square Enix intimated that it would also be a good fit for Switch, but they had not revealed anything then.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One store page listings for the title are up, but not the Switch page yet.

MMORPG Wildstar Shutting Down, Developer Carbine Closed

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MMORPG Wildstar Shutting Down, Developer Carbine Closed

Wildstar, a sci-fi western-based MMORPG, is shutting down as the developer Carbine closes. The studio confirmed their closure in a statement to Kotaku today, culminating after months of pulling away from community engagement in the game.

“Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” Carbine parent company NCSoft said in a statement to Kotaku. “WildStar players who have spent money within the game will be refunded purchases from July 1, 2018 until the payment system is shut off. We are also in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close. These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organization.”

Wildstar was first announced at Gamescom 2011 with a stated intention to differentiate itself from World of Warcraft, which many of the Carbine staff worked on. The game finally released in June 2014 with a monthly subscription. After a few months, NCSoft announced that the game would instead go free-to-play, which itself seemingly did not catch on. An exact date for the shut down has not been given.

Mega Man 11 Demo Released on Switch

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Mega Man 11 Demo Released on Switch

In what was likely supposed to be timed with the now-delayed Nintendo Direct, Mega Man 11 has gotten a Switch demo available now on the eShop.

Jump in to the Mega Man 11 Demo, available now for Nintendo Switch in NA and EU, and coming to PS4 and XB1 starting tomorrow, Sep 7! ▶️ https://t.co/zRsfWCKOhX pic.twitter.com/YN1pODD9Sz

The demo puts players in Block Man's stage, the pyramid-themed level puts Mega Man against conveyor-filled hazards and emphasizes learning how to use both the Power and Time gears. You face off with Block Man himself at the end and you have to be prepared for the way the fight changes when he feels cornered.

The Occasional Video Game Roles Of The Late Burt Reynolds

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The Occasional Video Game Roles Of The Late Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds, the star of Smokey and the Bandit and a lifetime of other roles, passed away today at age 82.

While Reynolds was certainly best known for his roles in late-70s and early-80s movies, he also made an imprint on some pretty notable games. Reynolds voiced the billionaire tycoon Avery Carrington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The character appeared in Liberty City Stories, which takes place 12 years later, voiced by a different actor.

More recently, Reynolds appeared as himself in Volition's Saints Row: The Third, playing the Mayor of Steelport. Reynolds sends the player on a mission to rid Steelport of zombies. By completing the mission and dumping the truck of chemicals as the mayor asks, Reynolds joins the Saints and will come to the player's aid when called.