TUBBZ Cosplaying Rubber Ducks Coming Soon

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TUBBZ Cosplaying Rubber Ducks Coming Soon

Here we go. At this point your body being ready isn’t enough; your body, wallet, and bookshelves must all be prepared. Numbskull, which makes everything from keychains to mugs, has revealed a whole new line of collectibles to tempt every inch of pop culture fandom it can. That line is called TUBBZ… and it’s all about rubber ducks in cosplay.

No, that’s not a typo, but rather a shot across the bow of collectors the world over. Even your bathtubs aren’t safe from nerd-focused tchotchkes! Here’s the initial lineup of quackers:

Second Wave

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Announced

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Announced

Bubble Bobble is one of those franchises that just cracks a smile on to so many faces. Bub and Bob have been part of the video game landscape for decades now, although for many fans their memories of the twin Bubble Dragons will likely be of their other game series, Bust-a-Move. Bubble Bobble hasn’t seen a new entry since Bubble Bobble Plus! on WiiWare back in 2009. The drought is about to come to an end, thankfully, now that it’s been revealed that Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is coming to Nintendo Switch! Peep the trailer:

Here’s what fans can expect from the title (which is the first game to come from TAITO since its reemergence as a game dev!):

As in the previous highly popular series, the thrilling and epic bubble fight starts again!

Bethesda Finally Fixed the Log-In Problem in Doom and Doom II

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Bethesda Finally Fixed the Log-In Problem in Doom and Doom II

There was a lot of furor over Bethesda’s recent ports of Doom and Doom II on Nintendo Switch. The games (alongside Doom 3) themselves were a welcome sight on the eShop, but for many fans it was quite disheartening to find that they couldn’t be played unless users were logged into their Bethesda.net user accounts. Needless to say, this was quite frustrating for those without an account and/or who weren’t anywhere near a WiFi connection but wanted to play Doom/Doom II on the go.

We’ve deployed a patch for the re-releases of DOOM and DOOM II, which now adds an option to skip the Bethesda net login requirement and removes the disconnect notification during gameplay. pic.twitter.com/KtlbRvmRyJ

— Bethesda (@bethesda) August 15, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Online Details Revealed

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Online Details Revealed

When Pokémon Stadium released in 2000, the title had a special option for newer trainers: rental Pokémon. These Pokémon allowed trainers that hadn’t played through the Game Boy games a chance to battle. With Pokémon Sword and Shield bringing a focus back to gigantic stadiums, it seems only natural that the titles would follow a few cues from the N64 classic.

In Sword and Shield, Rental Pokémon return, but with a new twist: players can actually make their teams available for rental to other players online. By sharing their specific team code, players across the world can battle with one another’s Pokémon! It’s just one of the ways the new games are making things easier for casual fans to get in on the action. There are also Casual Battles, which are more relaxed affairs, and even allow trainers to bring in some legendary Pokémon.

Hardcore fans haven’t been forgotten, however. Ranked Battles are far more serious, with different ranks belonging to different tiers. Each tier is based on a different Poké Ball. Ranked Battles take place in different seasons; when one season ends, ranks are adjusted and a new one begins. It sounds a bit similar to seasons in professional sports!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Shatters US Sales Record

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Shatters US Sales Record

It’s funny to think how far the Fire Emblem franchise has come. When Marth and Roy appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, most players outside of Japan had never heard of Fire Emblem. Since then, the series has become one of Nintendo’s most reliable franchises globally. The latest entry, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, is proving to be every bit as reliable: the title is now the fastest selling Fire Emblem title in the US!

According to the NPD group, Three Houses outsold Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia by triple in its debut month. The 3DS title was the previous record holder for the franchise. Fire Emblem: Awakening is currently the best-selling game in the series in the US, but Three Houses is already closing in on second place. Three Houses was the second best-selling game of the month, falling to the combined numbers for Madden 2020 on PS4 and Xbox One. That said, it should be pointed out that these numbers only account for physical sales. Nintendo keeps digital sales close to their chest, so the title could very well have sold quite a bit better than we know!

With strong physical sales and a mobile game generating quite a bit of cash for Nintendo, it’s safe to say the Fire Emblem franchise has grown quite a bit over the last 18 years! Have you played Fire Emblem: Three Houses yet? Let us know what you think of the title in the comments below!

First Shantae and the Seven Sirens Details Revealed

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First Shantae and the Seven Sirens Details Revealed

Earlier this year, WayForward announced Shantae 5, but the developer gave no additional details. Today, the game received a new title and plenty of information for fans of the half-genie hero!

Now known as Shantae and the Seven Sirens, the new game will see the titular hero exploring an all-new, interconnected, nonlinear, tropical world. Shantae will boast plenty of new abilities, including new Fusion Magic forms (such as a newt) and new dance abilities. The game will also implement a new Monster Card collecting mechanic, in which players can alter Shantae’s abilities to best fit their specific play style. Finally, longtime fans can also expect to see supporting characters such as Rottytops, Risky Boots and more!

Shantae and the Seven Sirens has no set release date at this time. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more as it develops!

Ellen Coming to Switch

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Ellen Coming to Switch

If I were to tell you that a game called Ellen is coming to Switch, you might jump with excitement that Ellen Degeneres is finally getting the video game she deserves. While that might be something some people want, in reality Ellen is a new indie horror game, something I imagine is more exciting for core gamers.

Published by JanduSoft, Ellen is a 2D pixel-art, side-scrolling horror adventure game in which your main character, an investigator named James, has to solve the murder of the Smith family. An extra layer to the mystery is that all of the family members’ bodies were discovered except that of their young daughter, Ellen, and some people have reported seeing what appears to be a young girl in the old home. James has to investigate the mystery by exploring, solving puzzles, and escaping the evil supernatural forces apparently at play.

Ellen will be available for download from the eShop September 13.

Final Fantasy VIII Physical Release May be Inbound

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Final Fantasy VIII Physical Release May be Inbound

While the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII is probably the most anticipated release in the Final Fantasy fandom at the moment, an actual remaster for Final Fantasy VIII was an exciting surprise after Square Enix lost the original source code. Of course, it’s also nice that Switch will get a taste of this RPG adventure, too. Now, it’s looking like those who love to get physical copies of their games might have even more reason to be excited.

While multiple retailers have listed the game on their sites, it wasn’t until recently that one of them, Play-Asia, actually made it available for preorder. Of course, we still don’t have a release date and the full $59.99 price point seem questionable seeing how none of the other Final Fantasy remasters released recently have carried that full price. Then again, it does look like FF VIII has received a bit more work.

Stay tuned for more info about when you’ll finally be able to get your hand on this long awaited re-release.

Green Joy-Con Controller Coming This October

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Green Joy-Con Controller Coming This October

While game controllers have long been made available in many different colors, Switch opened a whole new world of customization with the Joy-Cons. Beyond their flexibility as controllers, there has always been the option to mix and match different colors from various sets. Now, it looks like we’ll have yet another color option in just a few months.

On Halloween this year, Nintendo will release Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Switch, and if there’s any one color best associated with gaming’s best sidekick, it’s green of course! So, you can get ready for Luigi’s next big adventure on October 27 by equipping your system with green Joy-Cons.

The new set has already been listed for preorder on Best Buy’s US site.

Big Update Coming for Dragon Quest Builders 2

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Big Update Coming for Dragon Quest Builders 2

In a livestream by Square Enix on August 8, the company went over quality of life adjustments and new features coming to Dragon Quest Builders 2 August 20. The free update has so far only been announced for Japan.

Currently, the game only allows for one Buildertopia, one manual save file, and one auto-save file, but the update will allow for three three manual save files and three Buildertopias. Additional Buildertopias will be unlocked during the game’s upcoming new epilogue.

While no details were provided on the epilogue’s story, Square Enix did reveal that in order to access it, players must have beaten the game, visited a Buildertopia, completed every Explorer’s Shores island checklist, and unlocked 45 crafting recipes. Players will then receive a letter in their in-game inbox that will activate the new content. It’s also looking as though characters met towards the end of the game might play into accessing the epilogue, somehow.