Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch artwork

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch Story Trailer Revealed

A new story trailer was shown off in Nintendo’s E3 Direct for the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

We get to see the central premise of the game with what is set to be an epic war between former friends and classmates — ‘sweet memories, twisted by time’s cruel hand’:

Three Houses has been in development for quite some time, so we’re hoping the delays are justified. As the first authentic home console Fire Emblem since 2007’s Radiant Dawn, expectations are high.

It’s out next month on Switch, July 26th.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Switch

Link’s Awakening Remake Release Date Confirmed

Nintendo confirmed during their E3 Direct the release date for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake.

A trailer also showed us some brand new gameplay, which you can see here:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening released initially way back in 1993 for the Game Boy. A second version, that literally added more colour to the game, released in 1998 for the Game Boy Colour.

When’s the remake out for Switch? September 20th.

Astral Chain on Nintendo Switch

Astral Chain Confirmed For August Release

A new trailer has been released for Astral Chain in Nintendo’s E3 Direct.

The title, from Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya, is set in a cyberpunk city known as ‘The Ark’. You must work together with the Legions to fight back against the invading Chimera and save humanity — naturally.

Astral Chain appears to feature the awesome action-gameplay we’ve come to expect from the talented studio:

It’s set for release on August 30th.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gets A Detailed E3 Trailer

The upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3 has been detailed in a new trailer shown off at Nintendo’s E3 direct. This time around Luigi gets invited to a spooky hotel, so technically, it’s ‘Luigi’s Hotel’ then…?

Besides that, the green brother gets some fancy new moves in the sequel, including the ability to slam ghosts, use suction shots to destroy furniture, disperse enemies with the burst shot and our new favourite: he can turn into ‘Gooigi’.

Gooigi, a gooey doppelgänger of Luigi, can slip through traps and gates, and, most importantly, enables co-op play with another. It’s all looking pretty impressive:

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is set for a 2019 release, but we don’t know exactly when yet.

Final Fantasy 8 is coming to Switch

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Is Heading To Switch

Square Enix has revealed that a remaster of Final Fantasy VIII is finally coming to the Switch (and other consoles/PC) later this year. Yes, that one.

Announced during the E3 Live event, the remaster brings the game’s classic story to modern platforms, now with new visuals that help bring the game’s characters to life

You can see an example of the graphical update below:

The story of Final Fantasy VIII involves the military nation of Galbadia declaring war on the Dukedom of Dollet, who must hire the mercenary force, SeeD.

Squall Leonhart, a new member of SeeD, together with his friends and Rinoa Heartilly, a member of a resistance group, get pulled into the war, unaware of their fated task to save the world:

We don’t have an exact date for release, but it’s due out this year.

The Last Remnant on Switch

The Last Remnant Remastered Is Out Now On Switch

Released way back in 2008, The Last Remnant captured the minds of gamers with its enthralling story, likeable characters and intricate battle system.

Now it returns — this time on Nintendo Switch in a remastered, portable form:

Features of the Switch remaster include the following:

  • Enhanced graphics enabled by Unreal Engine 4, allowing for a more immersive adventure
  • UI updates to make it look and feel better
  • Over 100 hours of gameplay
  • A unique morale system that changes the outcome of battle
  • A battle system where commands change depending on the status of allies and enemies

A developer featurette was also released, providing an in-depth look at some of the secrets behind the creation of the adventure:

It’s yours for £15.99 in the UK.

XIII

Cult Shooter XIII Returns This November

Cult shooter XIII — from 2003 — is returning in the form of a remake, not a remaster, this November. The surprising announcement concerning the obscure title first appeared on PlayStation’s official blog here. 

XIII wasn’t your typical FPS — not at all. Instead, it utilised stylish cel-shaded graphics combined with an engaging conspiracy story that featured ‘XIII’, a soldier who loses his memory and has been accused of killing the President of the United States.

The only clue XIII has to go on? A small key and a mysterious tattoo. Here’s a teaser to whet our appetites:

Back in the day, XIII featured an impressive 34 levels in the solo campaign — it was loved, by the few who bought it, for its intense gunplay and often brutal takedowns.

“This remake’s idea came naturally as we felt this unique kind of story-driven FPS experience was missing in today’s gaming landscape.

Our goal is to bring XIII’s compelling story to a new generation of players with the best possible graphics and animation.”

The XIII remake is being developed by Playmagic and will be published by Microids for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It’s released, if you haven’t already guessed, on November 13th.

The weirdest thing of all? This writer was thinking about the game and the possible future of the franchise just last week. Freaky.

Mario Odyssey And Breath Of The Wild Will Feel The VR Love

We just had April Fool’s Day, so the revelation that both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are getting official VR support may come as quite the surprise.

Yes, through the enhanced functionality of the Toy-Con VR Goggles, you’ll get to play both of these games from a new dimension.

Mario Odyssey and Zelda VR

Odyssey is getting a small update in which you’ll be set challenges in three new mini-missions that involve collecting coins and music notes, and will no doubt have you wondering about the future of Mario in VR.

While the bigger surprise is that Breath of the Wild will be fully playable in VR — no, not just a small section of the game, the complete experience.

To get it all up and running you’ll need the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit that’s out on April 12th. The Kit starts at £34.99 for the basic set and £69.99 for the complete set.

The VR updates for Odyssey and Breath of the Wild go live on April 25th.

So, given the relatively weak power of the VR Kit compared to the others out there, it’s undoubtedly going to be of great interest to see how these games translate over. With that said, early hands-on reports indicate that Labo VR is proving to be better than expected, although it’s not clear how comfortable it is for long sessions.

It’s even more interesting to see Nintendo, who was once seemingly unfazed and somewhat distant about the technology, add it to its two flagship franchises.

The idea of the next Mario and Link games on a fully featured VR-enabled Nintendo system suddenly isn’t that implausible. And that would be quite something indeed.

Final Fantasy VII Switch

Final Fantasy VII Is Out On Switch Today

The beloved Final Fantasy VII finally hits the Switch today… I can already hear you asking: how is this newsworthy?

Final Fantasy VII Switch

Well, it’s the first time the game has been released on a Nintendo console, and that’s a pretty significant milestone considering it originally started life as a SNES title.

You see, back in 1994 Square moved production of Final Fantasy VII to the PlayStation 1 after technical issues and a series of delays plagued their development on SNES.

In addition to that, there was the allure of the shiny new CD-ROM format being offered by Sony with increased storage options — long story short, it was hard for Square to resist a change in direction.

It’s worth mentioning that the following extra features are included in the Switch edition out today:

  • A 3x speed mode
  • The ability to turn battle encounters off
  • A battle ‘enhancement’ mode

You can check out the launch trailer for Final Fantasy VII below:

So, this particular slice of gaming history will set you back £12.79 in the UK and $15.99 in the US. It’s never too late to jump in if you haven’t already, right?