No More Heroes III Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com No More Heroes III RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network No More Heroes III Review: The Same Goodness and the Same Flaws https://www.gameskinny.com/7kkrj/no-more-heroes-iii-review-the-same-goodness-and-the-same-flaws https://www.gameskinny.com/7kkrj/no-more-heroes-iii-review-the-same-goodness-and-the-same-flaws Fri, 27 Aug 2021 00:00:01 -0400 George Yang

It’s been 11 years since we got the last mainline No More Heroes game, and two years since the spinoff, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. While many longtime fans, including myself, wanted a proper third entry in 2019, Travis Strikes Again was a nice detour, setting up story beats that would eventually coalesce into No More Heroes III.

Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51’s latest adventure is pretty much exactly what longtime fans asked for, for better or worse. It’s got the same fun gameplay, wacky characters, inventive boss battles, and funny writing. At the same time, it still has the same problems that plagued the first entry back in 2007.

No More Heroes III Review: The Same Goodness and the Same Flaws

No More Heroes III takes place in a fictional depiction of California called Santa Destroy, following the events of Travis Strikes Again. You’ll need to at least play that game to have any semblance of understanding the few opening scenes here.

Things start off with a heartfelt interaction between a young boy named Damon and a small alien named Fu. After Fu leaves Earth, he and Damon meet up years later, both grown up. However, Fu becomes homicidal and is bent on planetary destruction. He then returns to Earth and Santa Destroy, something that brings Travis Touchdown into the picture.

Travis kills an alien and inadvertently joins Fu’s Assassin ranking tournament; turns out the alien was in 10th place in the tournament. From then on, Travis must take down the next 9 ranking members of the tournament, with Fu holding the top spot.

The story isn’t very deep, but that's made up by the sheer ridiculousness of all the characters.

The Same High Octane Fun You Expect

The bosses, in particular, are an absolute delight. They all have distinct personalities, even if you don’t get much time to get to know them. At most, there are only a few cutscenes of them interacting with Fu.

These fights have unique formats; sometimes game mechanics can change entirely, some even copy-pasted from other well-known real-life games, such as turn-based RPGs or first-person horror. As such, each boss fight is incredibly memorable and fun.

The gameplay outside of these fights is largely unchanged from No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2. It’s real-time action, and you use Travis's beam katana to slice enemies. After depleting an enemy’s HP gauge, you can either flick the right stick or swing the Joy-Cons in the direction indicated on the screen to perform a finishing move.

If you dodge an enemy’s attack at the last moment, you’ll slow down time and be able to unleash your wrath on them. You’ll often take enemies on in groups, but Travis can really only fight one on one. What’s frustrating here is that you’ll very often get hit by an enemy’s attack from offscreen, and there’s no warning if or when it’s coming. If Travis gets knocked down, he takes ages to get back up.

A new addition is the Death Glove, which Travis can use to perform some special attacks. Every so often, you’ll have to recharge the battery on Travis’ beam katana in a masturbatory way, or if you manage to stun an enemy, you can use his wrestling moves to suplex it and regain your battery’s energy.

At the end of every fight, you’ll receive materials that you can use to craft chips that Travis can equip to improve his passive abilities. You’ll also earn skill points, called World’s End SuperNova (WESN), that you can use to invest in Travis’s stats and learn some new moves along his skill tree.

Although one disappointment is that there isn't a wider range of beam katanas. In previous entries, you can get new blades either by purchasing them or through story events. As far as I can tell, this has been replaced with the new catch-all stat system.

The Daily Life of an Otaku

Before you can face off with a boss, you have to pay a fee. By going around Santa Destroy and its surrounding areas, you can pick up odd jobs like mowing lawns, plunging toilets, or mining minerals in exchange for currency, called UtopiCoin.

You also need to participate in a certain number of designated fights. These are just points on the map where you’re whisked away to a battlefield to fight some enemies, and these offer more substantial rewards than the odd jobs.

Unfortunately, you have to repeat this same process for every single chapter in the game before any boss fight. It gets pretty repetitive after a while.

What’s really apparent as you go around the open world completing these mundane tasks is how empty it really is. Every area is sparsely populated, and it honestly doesn’t feel very lively at all. It doesn’t help that almost all of the NPCs look the same and their voices are in a garbled speech pattern like those in Animal Crossing. But unlike the NPCs in that game, the ones in No More Heroes III just have no personality.

It feels like the open world is just an obstacle between getting from one place to the next. The main characters and their models look good, but everything else is pretty ugly. The low-res environmental textures just aren't pleasing to look at, either. It’s even worse when you’re playing in the Switch’s handheld mode. There’s also some really jarring pop in from bushes, street lights, and other random objects too.

In contrast, I absolutely love the game’s aesthetics when it comes to its user interface and transitions. There are side adventures that present Travis’ interactions like those in the Metal Gear Solid Codec screen. The menus have this 8-bit retro style that incorporates elements of a vaporwave look, similar to something like Paradise Killer. There's also an anime opening every time you go into the next chapter of the game after you beat a boss, as well as a loading screen modeled after Netflix's "next episode in 3...2..1.."

The game’s soundtrack is stellar as well. You can hear the calming beach music as you explore Santa Destroy, or rock out to the epic rock tunes played during boss fights. Musical Chairs is a smooth and sexy R&B song that fits perfectly into any contemporary playlist. My favorite is the rap song, ITADAKIMASU, that plays whenever you visit the Sushi Shop to eat food and obtain temporary buffs for battle. It’s a little over the top given that you’re only eating sushi, but it fits the wacky tone that the No More Heroes franchise is known for.

The writing and dialogue between characters are just as juvenile as previous entries, which is great because it's full of raunchy humor and non stop cursing. The game also introduces some new characters and some plot twists here and there. While some of them are predictable, they’re nevertheless entertaining and enjoyable.

No More Heroes III Review — The Bottom Line

Pros:

  • Fun gameplay and unique boss fights
  • Great soundtrack and UI aesthetic
  • Funny writing and interesting characters

Cons:

  • Really ugly environmental graphics, especially in handheld mode
  • Shallow open world
  • The tasks related to raising enough money can feel very repetitive after a few chapters in

No More Heroes III is just more of the same. This game feels a decade old and like it was made for its most hardcore fans. It has all the same charm, humor, and fun gameplay, but also the same issues, mainly the dreadfully boring open world and repetitive structure.

Those who played both of the two previous mainline games will know exactly what to expect here in No More Heroes III. There isn’t much evolution between them and this, and maybe there doesn’t need to be. But I still wish that the game would have matured a bit more along with its audience after all these years.

[Note: Grasshopper Manufacture provided the copy of No More Heroes III used for this review.]

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No More Heroes 1 & 2 Set to Release on PC This June https://www.gameskinny.com/w4aja/no-more-heroes-1-2-set-to-release-on-pc-this-june https://www.gameskinny.com/w4aja/no-more-heroes-1-2-set-to-release-on-pc-this-june Fri, 04 Jun 2021 14:41:35 -0400 David Carcasole

After coming to Nintendo Switch last October, No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2 are coming to PC. XSEED Games announced that action-adventure hack and slash titles will hit PC via Steam on June 9, 2021. 

The two games are set to look better than ever with support for HD resolution on PC and smooth 60fps gameplay. They'll both be available for $19.99, though they will be on sale for their launch week with a 10% discount until June 15, 2021.  

For the first time ever, those outside of Nintendo's ecosystem will be able to experience No More Heroes and Travis Touchdown's epic and insane adventure to be the number one assassin. 

No More Heroes 3 is currently set to release on August 27, 2021, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. If the response from the PC community is positive enough regarding the first two games finally making their way to a non-Nintendo platform, and that shows up in sales, it's not a stretch that fans could eventually see the third entry also migrate over. 

But maybe that's just our hope. We'll have to wait and see. Stay tuned. 

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No More Heroes 3 Release Date Announced During Nintendo Direct https://www.gameskinny.com/nb95v/no-more-heroes-3-release-date-announced-during-nintendo-direct https://www.gameskinny.com/nb95v/no-more-heroes-3-release-date-announced-during-nintendo-direct Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:50:21 -0500 Josh Broadwell

After what feels like an eternity of waiting and hoping, we finally have a No More Heroes 3 release date. Nintendo and Grasshopper announced the latest entry in Travis Touchdown's saga releases August 27 on Nintendo Switch.

Aliens have invaded the planet, and after reducing an entire city to rubble they're holding an intergalactic superhero tournament to decide Earth's fate. Travis takes part to save the planet, but it's not as simple as that.

No More Heroes 3's tournaments have a steep entry fee. Travis must take on odd jobs around the city to earn enough money and take part in each trial, meaning it's one of the only times where cutting the grass could actually save the world.

Each trial is a massive boss fight that turns into more than just a simple beatdown. Every alien Travis faces has a special gimmick, from turning the arena into a first-person horror adventure to making the fight play out in Final Fantasy fashion.

No More Heroes 3 releases August 27 on Nintendo Switch and as yet, there's no word whether it will head to other consoles.

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No More Heroes 3 Releases in 2021, No More Heroes 1 and 2 on Switch Now https://www.gameskinny.com/fnb41/no-more-heroes-3-releases-in-2021-no-more-heroes-1-and-2-on-switch-now https://www.gameskinny.com/fnb41/no-more-heroes-3-releases-in-2021-no-more-heroes-1-and-2-on-switch-now Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:36:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo shadow dropped another Nintendo Mini-Direct Partner Showcase and packed it full of No More Heroes news.

Following a delay earlier in 2020, No More Heroes 3 releases in 2021 on Nintendo Switch, but if that's too long to wait for more Travis Touchdown, No More Heroes 1 and No More Heroes 2 are available on Nintendo Switch now.

No More Heroes 3 puts a twist on the usual formula. Instead of climbing to the top of the assassin rankings, Travis must work alongside fellow assassins to defend the planet from hordes of invading aliens.

While it's a standalone entry in the No More Heroes series, even the trailer recommends playing the prequels first.

HD remasters of No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are available for $17.99 each on the Switch eShop. Both games first released on the Nintendo Wii in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Travis struggles to prove he's the number one assassin in the first game, but his conquest has consequences. In No More Heroes 2, he's hunted by another assassin whose brother he killed in the first game.

Both games feature plenty of over-the-top beat-'em-up action. Travis switches between using his signature beam katana and melee-style wrestling moves to mow down foes with ease — when he's not chilling with his favorite retro-style mini-games, that is. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more No More Heroes news as it develops.

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Suda51 Says No More Heroes 3 is Delayed Until 2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/purik/suda51-says-no-more-heroes-3-is-delayed-until-2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/purik/suda51-says-no-more-heroes-3-is-delayed-until-2021 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:10:19 -0400 Josh Broadwell

No More Heroes 3 is delayed until sometime in 2021, Goichi Suda, the game's director, said. COVID-19 impacted Travis Touchdown's next adventure in unexpected ways, Suda said in an announcement on Twitter, and the team is working on getting back on track.

The statement reads:

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have unfortunately proven to be a real body blow to our schedule [and]... we have decided to focus on prioritizing quality.

Suda, aka Suda51, mentioned Grasshopper Manufacture, the No More Heroes developer, is working with illustrator Darik Robertson to produce No More Heroes 3's illustrations. Robertson is known for his work on The Boys series and Transmetropolitan, among other things. 

No More Heroes 3 was announced during Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation. Apart from a few scanty tidbits, the developers have remained reticent about what players can expect to see from Travis' return to Santa Destroy.

Though Suda teased No More Heroes 1 and No More Heroes 2 ports for PS4 in the past, and the Taiwanese Rating Board rated them for the Switch, there's still no word on whether these might happen at some point. Thus far, No More Heroes 3 is only planned for Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more No More Heroes 3 news as it develops.

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14 Upcoming Switch Games to be Excited About in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:39:27 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Developer: Traveller's Tales
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Another Lego Star Wars game? I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, it is another Lego Star Wars game — with a twist.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga includes Lego versions of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the two films that haven't yet been turned into Lego games (partly because The Rise of Skywalker hasn't actually debuted yet, of course).

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More importantly, the other seven Lego Star Wars games have been completely rebuilt. These aren't the same games you've already played with a fresh coat of paint. They take advantage of more recent changes to the Lego formula, like open worlds with big hubs, more emphasis on character abilities, and things like that.

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The galaxy changes as you progress too. While you might explore Tatooine in A New Hope and everything looks hunky-dory, when you go back under a later game to explore, portions of it (i.e. Luke's home) are completely unrecognizable.

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It's taking advantage of Star Wars mania, sure, but in all the right ways thanks to these changes. Here's a chance to experience the entire Lego Star Wars saga afresh, even after the Skywalker story ends this December.

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While Nintendo is still playing its cards close about first-party Switch releases in 2020, there's definitely not going to be a shortage of games to play on the Switch.

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Whether you're longing for escape to an island paradise, keeping Tokyo safe from Fire Emblem demons bent on world domination, or just casually carrying out corporate conquest on a planet far, far away, 2020 is going to be another busy year for Switch owners.

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For more lists detailing the biggest games coming in 2020, be sure to check out the list of articles below: 

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DOOM Eternal

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Developer: id Software
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Doom Eternal is a good metaphor for the series' relationship with Nintendo. It starts promising but ends up hitting so many complications on the way.

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Doom Eternal was supposed to be out this year for all platforms. Then it got pushed back to March 20, 2020 — and the Switch version got a TBA for 2020.

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Really, it's okay because a finished game is better than a crap one, and hopefully it gives the dev team time to work without having the life completely crunched out of them.

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Whenever it launches, Doom Eternal looks like it's going to be well worth the wait. It takes a slightly different approach from other Doom games, since it takes place on Earth, plus it's said to be twice as long as the usual Doom games.

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Other than that, it's the same over-the-top combat against hordes of demonic aliens, with wild weapons, showers of blood, more blood, and more demonic aliens bent on murdering you — definitely not for the squeamish or anti-violent.

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Disappointing though the delay may be, Doom 64 is still set to launch on the Switch on March 20, 2020.

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No More Heroes 3

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Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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E3 2019's announcement of No More Heroes 3 was a welcome surprise.

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Suda51's cult classic No More Heroes series first debuted in the Wii era as a tribute to hardcore action fans. Protagonist Travis Touchdown takes on the role of hero by using his modified lightsaber-ish beam sword to essentially hack anything and everything to pieces.

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That irreverent attitude towards the establishment, plus some equally unorthodox gameplay mechanics (like how you recharge your weapon and save), carved a niche for the series and created an intense demand for more.

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There was a sequel in 2010. 2010. Almost ten years ago, ten years with no more No More Heroes.

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That changed a bit with Travis Strikes Again, but it didn't really scratch the itch. Finally at E3 this year, a proper sequel was announced. Other than knowing No More Heroes 3's release date is 2020 and that it features Travis returning to Santa Destroy after ten years to find an artificial city hovering over the real one.

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From there is anyone's guess what happens and why. This is Suda51 after all.

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The Outer Worlds: Nintendo Switch

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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch early in 2020. Let that sink in for a minute.

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The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi game set in a distant world you're tasked with bringing under the control of a massive intergalactic corporation. The story and gameplay elements aren't anything revolutionary, true. But The Outer Worlds gets its characters just right, with each party member and even NPC playing an important role alongside your own. It's the kind of depth Obsidian is known for, and it makes every playthrough unique.

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Not only is it one of 2019's most anticipated — and successful — AAA titles, but it's a tremendously short span of time from its launch on other consoles to its Switch launch. Where Skyrim took six years to arrive on a Nintendo console, The Witcher 3 took four, and now The Outer Worlds is potentially going to take less than a year. It's quite an achievement and bodes well for the Switch's future, as we predicted would happen.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the Wii original Xenoblade Chronicles — and that's about all we know. It was first shown off in the September Nintendo Direct, and other than boasting gorgeous new graphics, releasing sometime in 2020, and potentially using material cut from the original, there's still a lot that's unclear about this remaster.

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Fortunately, we know the most important part: it'll be amazing. The original Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs of its era. Granted, that isn't saying much seeing as it launched in a period with relatively little competition. But the narrative scope, massive and intricate settings, blending of fantasy with sci-fi, and unique battle system still stand strong after almost ten years.

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If you've played Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you'll notice a few key differences, namely that combat is simplified with no Blades and relatively fewer combo opportunities. That's a trade-off for a streamlined narrative that starts strong and never lets up and massive areas to explore that somehow seem more open than the sequel's.

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Most important is the graphical update, though. It's not like the original was nightmare-inducing, but...oh wait, yes it was.

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Rune Factory 5

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Developer: XSEED
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Marvelous has been keeping a tight lid on Rune Factory 5, so tight, the above trailer showcasing a few bits of monster art and maybe the protagonist's house is all we've seen about the upcoming Rune Factory game. Other than knowing it'll be out sometime after Rune Factory 4 Special and has some kind of crossover connectivity, that's it.

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Sure, we could put Rune Factory 4 Special on here instead, but RF5 is kind of a big deal. By the time it releases, it'll be the first new Rune Factory game we've seen in seven years. That's a long time in general, but even longer considering the release gaps between the first four Rune Factory games were even longer.

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The series might be a spinoff, but it has plenty of strong points to make it worth looking into. For one, it's the reason we have monsters and dangerous exploration in Stardew Valley, being the first of its kind to introduce monster hunting and ranching into the usual farming mix. It also goes a step further Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons with the detail of its world map and characters. While there might be plenty of other farming-sim games vying for your attentionRune Factory offers a completely different kind of experience.

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Digimon Survive

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Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Digimon games have been on a roll in recent years. The Cyber Sleuth games revitalized the series in the West — which I ramble about at length elsewhere — and encouraged the development team to keep localizing games for international distribution.

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That's a good thing, because Digimon Survive is looking like another big step forward for the franchise, and it's set to launch sometime next year on all platforms, including Nintendo Switch.

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Survive takes elements of visual novels, adventure games, and strategy RPGs as it tasks players with choosing which friends to bond with, how they bond with their Digimon, and then how they manage these bonds on the battlefleds to try and, well...survive...in some sort of alternate, post-apocalyptic world.

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Outside time and bond management, Digivolving will play an even bigger role than usual, as Digimon can evolve or devolve at any point during a battle, if certain requirements are met. Normally, Digivolution depends on the Digimon's stats, but in Survive, it'll all relate to how you've forged your bonds outside battle.

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It's been delayed already, but it certainly seems worth the wait and might just be the most ambitious Digimon game yet.

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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: January 14, 2020

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Gust and Koei Tecmo have been busy pumping out games in the long-running Atelier franchise this year, with Atelier Lulua earlier, that building-sim disaster we won't talk about, and Atelier Ryza just last month. All these and the original Arland trilogy are available on the Switch, which leaves one noticeable gap: the Dusk trilogy.

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Koei Tecmo America is filling that gap first thing in the new year with the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack. It's the DX, expanded versions of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, and Atelier Shallie, all of which were previously only available on the Vita, though the vanilla versions were on the PlayStation 3.

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The Dusk trilogy is praised for moving the series forward in terms of narrative scope and character development. While it's still very much a case of cute girls doing cute things and making items, there's an overarching narrative tying their stories together. Plus, it brought some much-needed changes to the brutal time system and improved item synthesis a good bit as well.

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Like the Arland trilogy, all three will be available separately on the eShop as well.

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Minecraft Dungeons

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Developer: Mojang
Release Date
: April 2020

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Minecraft Dungeons is Minecraft meets Diablo, and that's not a bad thing by any account. The above footage is from an Xbox event, but it does a much better job showcasing what the game is about than the original reveal trailer.

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The idea is your party of adorable little Minecraft figures explores a variety of dungeons built in Minecraft fashion, takes on hordes of enemies, gathers loot, then uses said loot to get even stronger by making weapons, armor, and the like.

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The focus is on everything you can't do in regular Minecraft, like explore for a purpose or deck your avatar out in gear that makes them a complete killing machine. It's looking like you'll need that gear too, since Minecraft Dungeons doesn't appear to skimp on the mob hordes. Luckily, you'll get special abilities and magic to help keep you alive too.

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It's a clever twist to the usual build-and-craft formula. It's surprising this didn't happen earlier, really, though it's in keeping with Microsoft's desire to expand the Minecraft property in new ways.

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Trials of Mana

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Developer: Square Enix
Release date
: April 24, 2020

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Remember how we pined for any release of Seiken Densetsu 2 — now known as Trials of Mana — before 2019, even if it was just a fan translation? Well, not only did Square Enix (finally) bring the Collection of Mana west over the summer, complete with the (finally) localized Trials of Mana, but the game is being completely remade from the ground up for a standalone release in 2020.

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Secret of Mana is widely regarded as a masterpiece of an RPG, and Trials of Mana manages to do one even better. It builds on Secret of Mana with branching storylines, multiple job classes, and an overall more epic narrative scope. Part of that scope is because the story can change depending on how you construct your party; it's not necessarily a huge deal now, but for the SNES era, it was something we didn't typically see outside the SaGa games.

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The Trials of Mana remake boasts completely redesigned 3D maps and models and a revamped battle system. While some of the character modeling looks a bit iffy, and it seems the characters are definitely on the chatty side during battle, this is an RPG to keep an eye on.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Developer: Nintendo
Release Date
: March 20, 2020

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E3 2019 gave us a delicious glimpse of the newest Animal Crossing game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons — and then told us it wasn't out until March 2020. Investors might have flipped out over that fact, but it definitely looks worth the wait.

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New Horizons moves away from the town mayor feature of New Leaf — which is the only thing it could do to stay fresh — and instead puts everyone on a deserted island. You're tasked with building a town there, but the major gameplay elements and flow of progression remain largely the same, with a few notable exceptions.

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One is crafting. You'll be making a lot of your items, tools, and possibly even furniture in New Horizons with the materials you find on the island. Then, a la Happy Home Designer, you can put your furniture anywhere you want, on the beach, near a tree — whatever floats your handicraft boat. In typical Nintendo fashion, it's a small change that simultaneously opens up a huge range of new possibilities (and it's one of the Animal Crossing changes this writer was hoping for the most).

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Whatever New Horizons does or doesn't change, we just hope that jazzy tune from the trailer makes a reappearance.

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Fairy Tail

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: March 19, 2020

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Gust, makers of the Atelier and Ar Tonelico games, are behind the brand-new video game version of the popular manga and anime series Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail follows protagonists Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia as they join a guild and journey across the dangerous land of Fiore.

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It's your typical shonen-style anime, with big hair, bigger attacks, and even bigger personalities, but those characters are what make Fairy Tail stand out for so many people. There are a lot of stories to follow, and each one's usually interesting enough to stand on its own. You can catch a glimpse of some of those characters in the release date trailer that was just unveiled too.

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Like Sword Art Online it's looking like Fairy Tail for Nintendo Switch is really going to be for fans of the franchise, with a boatload of familiar figures, places, and concepts featuring in every trailer so far. The game's goal is to be faithful to the manga, though, so it very well could be a decent entry point for anyone unfamiliar with the series too.

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Langrisser 1 & 2

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Developer: NIS America
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Langrisser was one of those somewhat elusive strategy RPG series most Western fans couldn't get their hands on — legally, at least. Most of the games and their remakes stayed in Japan, but now, partly thanks to the mobile version's success and probably thanks to Fire Emblem's roaring rebirth in recent years, that's about to change.

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Langrisser 1 & 2 is a full remake of the series' first two titles (y'know, in case that wasn't obvious) with new designs, plenty of quality of life improvements, dual voice, and brand-new orchestrations.

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Gameplay-wise, Langrisser is a lot like Fire Emblem, with an emphasis on character class and army organization. One thing that Langrisser does differently, though, is its story. The entire series centers around an ages-old conflict between divine beings that regularly plays out in the normal world. This time, it takes the form of invasions from kingdoms suddenly turned aggressive and the forces of darkness working behind the scenes.

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"So... like Fire Emblem" you say. Yes, but these stories and the lands they're set in are connected; the games take place on the same continent with connections between characters and kingdoms stretching back to the past.

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Right now, it's not completely clear when the collection will launch; some listings say February, others don't. Just expect it sometime early 2020.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

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Developer: Atlus
Release Date
: January 17, 2020

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It's name is certainly a mouthful, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is definitely not an RPG to overlook. On the surface, it's a bizarre mashup of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series and Nintendo's Fire Emblem, with a huge portion of J-pop on top.

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Underneath that, it's still a bizarre mashup of all those things, but its seamless execution and exhilarating, over-the-top battles make it a strong RPG that was sadly trapped on a dying system, the Wii U.

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It's coming to the Switch almost first-thing in 2020 and brings with it even more content than the original.

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The mashup works like this: basically, the setting and battle system are SMT, while characters and narrative influences are Fire Emblem. You've got the evil forces from beyond this world trying to invade, and battle requires careful exploitation of enemy weaknesses to get an advantage, just like SMT. But you'll be summoning Mirages instead of demons, and these Mirages just so happen to be famous Fire Emblem heroes.

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Oh, and your party is an aspiring band of J-pop Idols and every battle is a performance, because Japan.

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When Tokyo Mirage Sessions first released, Fire Emblem Fates and Awakening were "the" big Fire Emblem hits, so most of the FE portions revolve around those characters. Even though Three Houses has taken over that top spot and Encore includes new material, don't get your hopes up for an Edelgard Mirage.

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The Nintendo Switch had a stellar year in 2019, from excellent ports like Dragon Quest XIS to new entries in long-running franchises like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield. With such a jam-packed year, it's hard to imagine 2020 could have anything similar in store.

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That goes double when you consider a lot of the big hitters are still missing from next year's schedule. Persona 5 Scramble might not release in the West next year, Shin Megami Tensei V might get a new trailer for 2020, and Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are still just distant blips on the radar.

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Fortunately, there's still plenty of goodness ahead, making owning a Switch in 2020 still worth it.

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There's first party goodness like Animal Crossing: New Horizons to look forward to and a veritable ton of third party software on its way, from The Outer Worlds and Trials of Mana to Doom Eternal and a new Minecraft game.

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So buckle up (your wallet) as we take you through the top 13 upcoming Switch games for 2020 in the order of release dates.

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Nintendo E3 2019 Recap: Surprises, Sequels, and Remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/p2w4z/nintendo-e3-2019-recap-surprises-sequels-and-remakes https://www.gameskinny.com/p2w4z/nintendo-e3-2019-recap-surprises-sequels-and-remakes Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:35:48 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo got in on the name pub fun introducing new NOA president Doug Bowser after a slight mixup where the other Bowser tried to take the stage first. Poor big guy.

Order was restored, and things really kicked off from there. The company's E3 2019 Direct wasn't as long as some others, but there was a lot of information to be had. 

Smash Ultimate Fighter Pass DLC Characters

The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct opened with a look at the next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter: the Luminary, aka Hero, from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Not quite Erdrick, but not too far off. The Hero will use a sword for melee attacks, but they also have access to magic spells like Zoom for recover and Zap for ranged attacks.

But they're not alone. The heroes from Dragon Quest IV and Dragon Quest VIII, plus Erdrick himself, are making their way to Smash Bros Ultimate as well. Each has access to a similar skill set, including Zap, Kamikaze, and Zoom. While we didn't get a firm release date, fans can expect them in the game this summer sometime.

Speaking of Dragon Quest XI, the Definitive Edition coming to Switch got a new trailer, showing off a special speed-up feature, previous worlds from the Dragon Quest universe, and that lovely 2D sprite-work as well. Look for it on September 27.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 was up next, with a brand-new trailer showcasing some of the game's overarching story. Luigi, Mario, Toad, and Peach are invited to a luxurious hotel, but things soon go awry when Luigi finds himself alone, at night, in a storm.

Luigi's new Poltergust G-00 sports lots of new features, like the Slam. While Luigi attacks a ghost, he can use Slam to inflict extra damage, including on other ghosts.

The Suction Shot lets Luigi destroy furniture, take on specific ghost types, and deal extra damage.

When Luigi faces a swarm of ghosts, he can use Burst, a powerful, well, burst of air that evens the field a bit.

Then there's Prof. E Gadd's new Gooigi. Gooigi can slip through metal fences, walk on spikes, and overcome many other obstacles regular Luigi can't handle. He can also be controlled by another character in co-op mode.

The ScareScraper makes its return as well, challenging players to defeat as many ghosts as possible in a set time in local and online multiplayer.

No firm release date for this one either, but it is set for a 2019 release still, with plenty of gameplay coming up during Treehouse Live.

Dark Crystal Tactics

The next game shown off was The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a tactical RPG featuring medieval style combat and lots of Jim Henson style. It's based on the Netflix show of the same name, only the game will delve further into the world's lore and the Gelfling clans. Players can choose from 15 different job classes, each with customizable equipment and abilities that lend themselves to high replay value.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch

Link's Awakening's remake got a lot of love in a new trailer showing off the game's gorgeous visual upgrades and an excellent soundtrack to boot. From the looks of it, there are going to be new areas players can explore on Koholint Island and some new puzzles to tackle as well.

Players can earn special chambers over the course of the game and arrange them to create their own Chamber Dungeons for near-endless exploration — and lots of rewards. All this and more is coming September 20.

Collection of Mana and Trials of Mana

Square Enix's recent trademark filing for the Mana Collection is paying off in form of Trials of Mana and the release of the Collection of Mana. The first game is getting a global release on Nintendo Switch and is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3. It'll be shown off more this week, but it's expected to launch in early 2020.

The Collection, featuring the Game Boy Adventure of ManaSecret of Mana, and Secret of Mana 2 will be available in the Nintendo eShop starting...now. And yes, this is the original Trails of Mana, aka Seiken Densetsu 2, which means we're getting it twice now. When it rains and all...

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Switch

Rumors of The Witcher III making its way to the Switch turned out to be true as well, with Wild Hunt: Complete Edition coming sometime later this year. It will bring all of the game's currently-released content. It's worth noting all of this content is on one game card too, and the visuals don't seem to be taking much of a direct hit from the required compression.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses got a meaty new trailer giving players a glimpse at the game's story. It's one of truly epic proportions and emphasizes the three main heroes' missions to bring order and justice to their lands. And voice acting — lots of voice acting.

Byleth's role in all this still isn't completely clear, but it seems like it's going to be a tragic one. The possibility of time travel is there too, with the three heroes looking back on their school days before engaging in a new battle. Expect more soon, and don't forget the game launches July 26.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6

Those who forgot Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 are on the Switch now got a friendly, creepy reminder in a new trailer that really served as a way to lead into this announcement: Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are coming this fall to Nintendo Switch.

No More Heroes III

Next up was an irreverent pop-culture based game with plenty of mech action, a smooth anime style, and lots of self-referential humor. Yep, it's Travis Touchdown, in No More Heroes III. The latest entry in the franchise is set for a 2020 release date.

Contra: Rogue Corps

The storied Contra franchise is getting a new release too: Contra: Rogue Corps, coming September 29. It's a hectic, mad mix of third-person action, destruction, aliens, bugs, and more destruction.

The Contra Collection is available today in the eShop for those who can't wait for more alien-shooting action.

Daemon X Machina

After a long silence, we got to see more of Daemon X Machina today. A short cinematic trailer showed off some of the game's characters and vast environments, along with on-foot combat, huge enemy ships, and lots of cel-shaded explosions. Expect it on the Switch September 13.

Panzer Dragoon

Missing Panzer Dragoon? Nintendo was, too. That's why it's getting a reboot on the Switch this winter, plus this new trailer.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

As promised, Pokemon Sword and Shield got a short update as well, following on from the big June 5 Pokemon Direct.

There wasn't really anything new except showing off the water Gym and leader Nessa, as well as the announcement that the Pokemon Plus accessory is compatible with Sword and Shield. It's like the Pokewalker and lets players take their favorite 'mon out for a walk. It doesn't work as a controller, though.

Astral Chain

Astral Chain, first revealed during the February Direct, got a story trailer, too.

Evil creatures called Chimeras are trying to pull humanity into another dimension, and a team of researchers banded together to create an anti-Chimera weapon merging humans with The Legions. Those Legions are the player character, but the special power has some negative drawbacks that cause some kind of havoc in the host body.

Look forward to more when the game launches August 20.

Empire of Sin

If you like guns, gangsters, and death, then Empire of Sin, a new game also set for a 2020 launch, might be one to check out. For now, make do with the trailer below.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance III: The Black Order

The Switch's exclusive Marvel game got some love during the Direct with an intense new story trailer showing off villains and heroes and announcing some new DLC content players can get now. The game itself will be available July 19.

Cadence of Hyrule Gets a Release Date

After a month of speculation and several of waiting, Cadence of Hyrule got another new trailer showcasing enemies players will take on as Link or Zelda — and a release date: July 13. Check out the trailer below.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

It wouldn't be the year before an Olympics year without a new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, and this year is no exception. The game will feature the usual mashup of Mario and Sonic characters doing Olympic sports like fencing, tennis, and the long-jump.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It's here! The first Animal Crossing Switch news, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, was shown off in an adorable new trailer. The game centers on populating a deserted island and crafting tools after flying there as part of the Nook Inc Getaway Package. Nook apparently wields great influence here, as not only will the player purchase homes from him, but furniture and other items will be crafted using the special Nook Crafting Bench.

There will be plenty of new ways to interact with the environment and neighbors, including pole jumping and, of course, paying Tom Nook for everything, even your tent. It is his island getaway package after all.

The bad news? It's delayed to March 20, 2020, to help ensure the game is the best it can be. On the bright side, it's gorgeous, with a bright, yet muted color palette that reeks of coziness, a chilled out soundtrack with tones of New Leaf, and a sense of unity that only comes from trying to survive together in a lonely island.

Upcoming Games Highlight Reel

It's tough to follow an act like that, but Nintendo managed to with a sizzle reel highlighting the year's upcoming releases, including Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Ni No Kuni, Minecraft Dungeons,  Dauntless, The Sinking City, and  a lot more.

Banjo-Kazooie Coming to Smash Ultimate

One final Smash Bros. announcement was the long-awaited and much-hoped-for addition of Banjo-Kazooie to Smash Bros Ultimate, with plenty of character footage and what looked like a glimpse at the duo's special stage, Gruntilda included.

These are the next, next Fighter Pass DLC characters and will be added to the game in Fall this year.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

The Direct ended with the usual surprise announcement, and this one was a pretty big surprise. It's a Breath of the Wild sequel set in what looks like a post-Calamity world.

Link and Zelda approach the skeleton of Ganondorf who gets revived by the creeping purple darkness associated with the Calamity. It's only in development as of now.

That's it. Looking for more E3 2019 coverage? Be sure to head over to the other recaps below: 

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