Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the Highest Grossing Video Game Film

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the Highest Grossing Video Game Film

The first live action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, has gone on to make $436 million globally, propelling it past Warcraft to become the highest-grossing video game film of all time.

The previous record set by Warcraft was $433 million, which was enough to beat Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Of course, it helps that Detective Pikachu was reasonably well received critically. It currently holds a 67% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and also had the star power of Ryan Reynolds playing pikachu himself.

This is great news for Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures and bodes well for future live action Pokémon films. In fact we already know that a sequel to Detective Pikachu is already in the works.

Hundred Days Brings Wine Making to Switch

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Hundred Days Brings Wine Making to Switch

While most gamers are likely to think about intense action or epic exploration when they consider their favorite hobby, plenty of folks love the pastime for how versatile it is in simulating a broad variety of activities. You can do everything, from managing a farm to flying a plane and now, thanks to Hundred Days, you’ll soon be able to add wine making to that list.

The developer, Broken Arms Games, is promising a pretty in-depth sim. You’ll choose the best grapes for your soil, protect your crops from weather and disease, select when to harvest, decide on the best type of wine for the conditions, and even design the bottle before sending it on to your sales network. It might not be the most exciting sounding experience for action fans, but it seems like it might have the depth for sim lovers.

Hundred Days does not have a release date, but seeing how a good wine requires aging it would only be appropriate that the developer not rush things.

Nintendo Announces Another New Switch Model and New Joy-Con Colors

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Nintendo Announces Another New Switch Model and New Joy-Con Colors

If there has been one major complaint about Switch from the start, it’s the system’s battery life. While the upcoming Switch Lite model addresses this issue, fans that want to split their time between handheld and docked mode seemed out of luck. That is, until now. Nintendo announced a new model for the Switch this morning, with the only real change being to the system’s battery life.

The current Switch model has a battery life that lasts between 2.5 and 6.5 hours. The latest version of the hardware will last between 4.5 and 9 hours. For comparison’s sake, Switch Lite’s battery life will last between 3 and 7 hours. The model can be identified by its slightly altered box art, as well as its updated serial number, which is HAC-001(-01). The previous model uses the serial number HAC-001. The updated version is expected to arrive in August.

Since the system will utilize Joy-Con controllers (unlike Switch Lite), new Switch owners might want to pick up an extra pair, and Nintendo has fans set with two new color sets. One set will contain Blue and Neon Yellow Joy-Cons, while the other will feature Neon Purple alongside Neon Orange. The new Joy-Con sets will arrive October 4.

Improved Load Times Coming to Crash Team Racing

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Improved Load Times Coming to Crash Team Racing

Kart racers are known for providing fast, frenetic and fun gameplay and, for the most part, Crash Team Racing delivered that experience. However, there was one area where things took a turn for the slow- load times. Thankfully, it looks like that issue might soon be a thing of the past.

Activision is pushing out updates across all platforms for the game with the Switch version being bumped up to version 1.05. Every console will be getting the usual stability, bug and exploit fixes, but the update notes also makes sure to mention load times with the Switch version getting a special note specifying the update will use the system’s Boost Mode to help address the issue.

While this update doesn’t have an exact release date, it should be available sometime within the next week, so players shouldn’t have long to wait.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Had More Than 3000 Entrants for EVO 2019

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Had More Than 3000 Entrants for EVO 2019

While eSports and competitive gaming in general have taken off in popularity recently, Evo has long stood as one of the biggest events in the industry, especially for players of the fighting games the event is focused on. Naturally, Smash Bros. has been represented for quite a while; the series often showed up twice in each tournament thanks to the longstanding popularity of Smash Bros. Melee.  This year, however, Melee is out and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is on its own, meaning that the player base is no longer split across multiple titles.

Last year, between the GameCube and Wii U iterations of the series, over 2,700 players signed up to compete in a Smash Bros. game at the tournament. This year, with Smash Bros. Ultimate being the only option, the number has jumped up to an impressive 3,492 players, making it the most popular game at the tournament by far. Street Fighter V comes in at number 2 with a mere 1,929 contestants.

The fact that Melee was dropped from the tournament all but guaranteed Ultimate’s player base would dwarf previous games, but the massive increase in overall Smash Bros. players is quite impressive. Of course, seeing these folks play will undoubtedly be even more impressive when the tournament kicks off August 2.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Coming to Switch

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Coming to Switch

Hard as it might be for younger gamers to believe, Sega’s Super Monkey Ball franchise was once a pretty big deal. Between the series’ puzzle-based single player campaigns and massive number of multiplayer offerings, there was an awful lot to enjoy! Thankfully, those younger fans will finally get to see what the fuss is about when Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz arrives on Switch!

Rumors had been swirling about an upcoming Switch release, and the latest issue of Famitsu has confirmed the game will arrive later this year. Originally released as a Wii launch title, Banana Blitz upped the number of party games available to 50, bringing back classics like Monkey Target and Monkey Bowling and adding some new options, such as Monkey Snowboard and Monkey Fencing (notice a pattern?). As a Wii launch title, the game naturally included motion controls. Those proved a bit controversial at launch, so it will be interesting to see if Sega has retained them.

As of this writing, a North American release date has not been confirmed for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. The title will release in Japan October 31. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more as it develops!

Funko Reveals New Pokémon Products

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Funko Reveals New Pokémon Products

Funko has given Pokémon fans a lot to celebrate over the last few months. Between their traditional line of Funko Pops and the monthly A Day With Pikachu line, the company has provided plenty of neat options to adorn the shelves of fans. The company has pulled back the curtain on two upcoming options, including the final Kanto starter: Squirtle!

The Squirtle announcement should come as little surprise given the previous releases of Bulbasaur and Charmander, but it’s still nice to see some confirmation. Funko is known for offering a plethora of Pop variants, which has already led to a number of Twitter users asking the company for a Squirtle Squad version. We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed!

Funko has also revealed their next A Day With Pikachu vinyl figure, as well. The August release, known as Splashing Away Summer, features Pikachu lounging on a Psyduck pool float! Interested fans should take note: these figures tend to sell out very fast, so you’ll want to keep an eye open for preorders in the next week or so!

World Cruise Story Coming to Nintendo Switch

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World Cruise Story Coming to Nintendo Switch

Kairosoft’s World Cruise Story is coming to Nintendo Switch next week, according to eShop listings, which have the game slated for a July 18 release in North America, Europe, and Japan.

Players can create their own lavish, over-the-top cruise ships, decking them out with facilities ranging from first-class restaurants to casinos, hot tubs, and luxury suites. The game isn’t without strategy and players will score big points with passengers and reviewers if the right amenities are placed near one another.

The more popular your cruise ship, the greater its fame, attracting celebrities and even royalty. You can see the game in action in the below video from 2014:

The Original Yo-kai Watch is Coming to Nintendo Switch

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The Original Yo-kai Watch is Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Yo-kai Watch series has been around for a decent chunk of time at this point. In the last six years, it’s seen multiple entries on  Nintendo 3DS, and in Japan, Yo-kai Watch 4 released on the Nintendo Switch recently, marking the first time the series has been on a system other than 3DS.

In a move that will introduce new players to the series as Nintendo phases out the 3DS, Level-5 announced in the latest episode of its YouTube series that they’re bringing the original Yo-kai Watch 3DS title to Switch. The Yo-kai Watch announcement apparently starts at 1:22 in the video below, though you’ll have to be able to understand Japanese for the details:

For those who don’t speak Japanese, it will launch on September 30 alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level-5’s next anticipated title.

Expansion Pass Details for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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Expansion Pass Details for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

At E3 2019, an expansion pass was announced for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and it was confirmed to include additional characters from three Marvel franchises. More details have now been revealed about how to gain access to the upcoming DLC.

The Expansion Pass, which will cost $19.99, is the only way to access the three upcoming DLC packs for the game. The packs won’t be available for individual purchase and will release one at a time after the main game launches on July 19.

The first DLC pack is coming Fall 2019, with the others following in late 2019 and sometime in 2020. Story content and characters from Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Marvel Knights will be included, as well as the Chef Deadpool costume.