Looks like TT Games and Lego Games has yet another title on the way. After revealing that The Incredibles was to receive its own adaptation, WB Games revealed today that another Lego game was on the way. This one is based around DC’s super villains and focuses on a world where “The Justice League has disappeared.”

WB broke the news with a teaser trailer featuring The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and others. The teaser trailer strongly suggests you’ll be playing as a custom character.

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The game arrives on October 16, 2018.

For more on on Lego games, be sure to check out our review of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Our Take
More games aimed at kids is, in the end, always a good thing.

Sega has revealed the newest Sonic the Hedgehog game, making good on their teaser at SXSW of a Sonic racing title by announcing exactly that. Team Sonic Racing is a new Sonic-based racing title from Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed developer Sumo Digital releasing on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

While functionally similar to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed, the cast in this game is limited to Sonic and fourteen of his friends broken down into three types of Power, Technique, and of course, Speed. Players can take the rubber to the road in Grand Prix, Time Trial, and a new mode called Team Adventure.

True to its name, Team Sonic Racing focuses on racing as a team. Racers work as a team to knock out opponents, use team moves, and use a Team Ultimate together. It’s not clear if the team-based gameplay is only for Team Adventure mode or if the entire game centers around it, though it is likely we’ll find out more about the game at E3.

Team Sonic Racing releases this Winter for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Our Take
I really liked the Sega fanservice of the Racing Transformed, so losing that is a bit of a bummer. It seems like Sega is aiming squarely for Mario Kart, though.

Pre-orders have begun at Indigogo for two Atari VCS models. The VCS is a gaming platform that comes with over 100 arcade and home classic Atari titles like Missile Command and Yars’ Revenge. The unit is also Linux based, so users can add their own titles and customize it as they see fit.

The Day One Collector’s Edition ($299) is an Indigogo exclusive and is only available for a limited time, while the the Onyx edition ($199) is not exclusive but still limited. The former has a real-wood front, and the latter a illuminated red Atari logo.

The system is expected to ship out in mid-2019.

For our hands-on impressions of the unit, check out this report from Brian Shea.

Fallout 76 Announced

Bethesda has announced Fallout 76 – a Bethesda Game Studios title appearing on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Nothing is known about the game at this time – whether it will a Fallout title as we’ve come to know them, an online-focused title, or something else entirely.

However, we do know a little about Vault 76. It was a control Vault likely in West Virginia that was to open up 20 years after a nuclear war.

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Update: To go alongside the announcement of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, the first Alolan Pokémon is now available and it’s the best one.

Just in time to sweat through your Ash Ketchum cosplay, Niantic is releasing a host of new Pokémon into the wild. 

Since its release almost two years ago, Pokémon Go has been steadily releasing new crops of the collectible critters for players to catch. This new batch hails from the Alola region, featured in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on the 3DS.

The Alolan variants include some tropical flair; Exeggutor sprouted into a palm tree and grown an extra head, and Raichu learned to surf.

Niantic says the Pokémon will be out and about within the next couple weeks. 

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Our Take
Pokémon Go doesn’t have the fanbase it once did, but committed players will doubtless enjoy the new content. Simply adding new varmints won’t solve the games more deep-seated issues, like the lack of trading and PVP – features that were promised long ago and still have not been implemented. 

Tonight The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for Switch – but those are separate from the Pokémon RPG that was teased at E3 2017.

The Pokémon Company says that Switch game will be more in the vein of previous Pokémon RPGs like X and Y and Sun and Moon and had one additional detail. Tucked at the beginning of its press release was a release window for the next Pokémon RPG on Switch:

Pokémon also announced that the next introduction to its popular core RPG series, which was teased last year at E3, will arrive in late 2019 on Nintendo Switch for the first time.

For what very little we know about the next Pokémon RPG outside of its newsly revealed late 2019 release window, head here.


Our Take
Well… it’s better than nothing.

The Pokémon Company has announced (and confirmed) what it is calling the next mainline Pokémon RPG games and a dedicated, Pokémon-themed accessory are coming to Switch in November.

Firstly, it’s worth noting these games are not the Pokémon Switch RPG that was announced with few details at E3 2017. That game is coming in 2019 and these two games are separate.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! are inspired by Pokémon Yellow, take place in Kanto, and serve as a console counterpart to Pokémon Go. They are designed and geared towards younger players “taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world.”

Although the exploration segments in the Let’s Go games look similar to Sun and Moon’s (albeit with higher-res but slightly more cutesy graphics), tn these games players will be able to catch Pokémon using the Switch’s motion controls, the interface for which looks nearly identical to Go’s (the Pokémon also look nearly identical to their Go incarnations, albeit with smooth edges and higher textures).

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The Pokémon Company also wants the Let’s Go games to serve both newfound fans brought in by Go as well as the mainline RPG games. Your central partner (whether it’s Eevee or Pikachu) will be a bigger part of your team: You can pet it, deepen your bond with them and customize them with different outfits. You can also have one other Pokémon in your party follow your around – and you’ll ride around on the larger ones, such as Onyx or Charizard.

The Let’s Go Games, being on a console, also have co-op. In co-op mode, each player can hold a Joy-Con and manage a single Pokémon in battle. Two players can also explore the field at the same time, and make it easier to catch Pokémon in the catching interface.

The new Poké Ball Plus accessory can replace the Joy-Con while playing. It lights up and rumbles as you’re playing. Leter, you can store a Pokémon in your Ball Plus and take it with you. As you walk around outside, The Pokémon Company’s Shinya Takahashi said “some fun things might happen,” which the company will talk about at a later date.

Alongside the games, The Pokémon Company also announced the Poké Ball Plus accessory. It can be used in place of a Joy-Con and will light up in a variety of colors, and rumble, which will let players feel the Pokémon inside of them (presumably with the Switch HD rumble). It will also let you take your Pokémon out into the real world (presumably like the Pokéwalker included with HeartGold and SoulSilver) and, finally, it can function as a Pokémon Go Plus for Pokémon Go.

The Let’s Go games are also inspired by Pokémon Go, and will connect to it as well. Kanto-region Pokémon captured in Go can be transferred to Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee by connecting your Switch and Go accounts. They’re also visible inside the tall grass, removing a degree of randomness to Pokémon battles. You can play the entire game with just a single Joy-Con, catching Pokémon by swinging it in various directions.

The Pokémon Company also offered the following promise: “Something special will also be coming to the world of Pokémon Go, making the connection between both games even more appealing for Trainers. Details for this will be revealed in the near future.” The trailer for the game also said Go players would meet “a special” Pokémon in Go by playing the Let’s Go games.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee, and the Poké Ball Plus will all be available on November 16.

 

Our Take
I’m a little surprised it has taken so long for a Pokémon game to communicate with Go. I know everyone (myself included) is excited for details about the next true Pokémon game and what it will look like on Switch, but this is an interesting spin-off, especially for young players. Also, if I can ride an Arcanine, this is already a top-five Pokémon game.

Pokémon Quest is a “free-to-start” (Nintendo’s frankly more accurate terminology to describe free-to-play games) action RPG that takes place on Tumblecube Island, “where everything’s a cube.– including the Pokémon.” Players will be able to explore the island for a hidden treasure, hunt treasure, make friends, cook, battle wild Pokémon called “Pokéxel” (this is done by tapping), customize their base camp to improve both its looks and gameplay benefits.

To power up your Pokémon, you can find loot and upgrades called “power stones,” which allow you to customize their upgrade path. Your base camp will have the various Pokémon you’ve made friends with interacting. In the center of your camp is the cooking pot, as you find and cook different food, you’ll attract different Pokémon, expanding your Pokédex.

As you head out with your team of three pokemon, you can see the difficulty of the stage you’re exploring as your Pokémon explore the stage automatically, fighting any Pokémon they encounter (players only tell Pokémon which moves to use).

The game will feature mostly Pokémon from the first generation and can be controlled entirely through the Switch’s touch screen, but can be controlled through a controller as well.

The game is available today for Switch through the eShop, but will be making its way to iOS and Android devices in late June.

 

Our Take
The tap-to-battle concept is a bit concerning (especially since Go’s battles aren’t all that exciting or strategic), but this certainly has potential. It’s always interesting to see Pokémon adopt a new art style.

Mega Man 11 is coming to, well, every modern system, but the Switch version will get an extra bit of plastic the other versions don’t.

The new Mega Man amiibo, which is based on his Mega Man 11 design, is also being offered from Capcom as a Gamestop exclusive. The amiibo can be procured through the Mega Man 11 amiibo version, which includes the Switch game, a Dr. Wily patch, some stickers, the aforementioned amiibo, and a microfiber cloth of the game’s boss select screen.

The amiibo edition is only available in U.S. and Canada at this time. We reached out to Capcom about whether the amiibo itself would be sold separately and were simply told “There are no additional details at this time regarding availability of the amiibo.”

Mega Man 11 releases October 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. You can read our new hands-on preview with the game here.

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Our Take
I already have a Mega Man amiibo, but honestly I could probably go for another. If he stays in Smash Bros., I wonder if the two will have identical functionality.

During a Yakuza-themed livestream this morning, Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi mentioned that the recently announced remasters of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are being done primarily for Yakuza fans outside of Japan.

Nagoshi talked on the stream about the new remasters, saying that the three games are being redone without any missing content. This is likely referring to Yakuza 3’s infamous localization, which cut trivia minigames and hostess clubs from the U.S. release. Nagoshi did mention, however, that some hostesses wouldn’t make it into the remaster, since they are based on real actresses and some contracts could not get renewed.

While Nagoshi’s statement is not a guarantee that the remastered games will be coming to America, it is a very strong hint toward those titles coming westward before too long. After the success of Yakuza 0, and the seeming drive to fully remake Yakuza 2 for the PlayStation 4 because of that success, it looks like the once extremely niche series that had been sitting on a tenuous edge is now firmly entrenched here.

We asked Sega for comment and were told that they have nothing to announce right now.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 releases for the PlayStation 4 on August 28.

 

Our Take
I will never stop bothering Sega about Yakuza Isshin. This only emboldens me!