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Weekly Wrapup – Nintendo Direct Edition

Michael Kenney February 16, 2019 10


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via Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann on Twitter

Here are some of the week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and other nerd-related news:

  • Apex Legends, the newest popular “battle-royale” flavored shooter from Titanfalldeveloper Respawn Entertainment has reached 25 million players within its first week of release
    • Some special Valentine’s Day related cosmetics were released on Wednesday 2/13, and the first season of content updates is planned for March (via Polygon)
  • The Division 2 will host a public beta from 3/1 – 3/4, open to all platforms with content from the previous private beta (via Ubisoft)
  • Activision-Blizzard has cut approximately 800 jobs, despite a year of “record-revenue” according to reports (via Polygon)
  • Along with the reports of record revenue, Activision revealed the existence of a single-player campaign in this year’s Call of Duty during its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday.
    • Last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 did not feature a single-player campaign, choosing to focus on multiplayer (via Polygon)
  • Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct announcement stream of 2019, and it came with a bunch of new game announcements, including:
Super Mario Maker 2 – coming in June 2019
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will release this summer
  • Updates to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be coming this Spring, including new character Joker from Persona 5
  • An updated version of Dragon Quest XI will release this fall on Switch, coming with an updated soundtrack, retro mode, and other new features
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will release on Switch 7/26
  • A new game from  Platinum Games, developers of the Bayonetta series and Nier: Automata, has announced a brand action game IP named Astral Chain
  • Final Fantasy IX released on the Switch eShop on 2/13, and Final Fantasy VII will release on 3/26
  • DELTARUNE, the followup to Toby Fox’s hit indie game UNDERTALE, will release for free on 2/28 on the Switch eShop
    • The game originally released for free on PC last year
  • A demo for the mech shooter Daemon X Machina was released during the direct on 2/13
Tetris 99, a mutiplayer free-to-play/battle-royale version of the classic puzzle game released on 2/13
A demo for Yohi’s Crafted World announced/released on 2/13
  • Saving the best for last, Nintendo announced a remake to the classic Game Boy Zelda game, Link’s Awakening, set to release sometime this year on Switch
  • A full sequel to Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight, titled Hollow Knight: Silksong has been announced. The game is set to release on Nintendo Switch, PC, and MAC
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set to release on PS4 and Switch this summer
  • Two new Australian operators, Gridlock and Mozzie, have been announced for Ubisoft’s popular Rainbow Six Siege as part of its latest content update
  • Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has released a live-action trailer for Bioware’s upcoming loot shooter Anthem
  • In movie news, Disney released its first full look at the Aladdin live-action remake set to release on May 24; including the first look at Will Smith in blue CGI form as the Genie
  • A new trailer for Warner Bros. Detective Pikachu movie was released, showing off several new CGI depictions of Pokemon

And now a list of some of this week’s notable releases in games and movies

Games

2/15: Jump Force (PS4, XBONE, PC) – Bandai Namco
2/13: Tetris 99 (Switch) – Nintendo/Tetris Company
2/13: Final Fantasy IX (Switch) – Square-Enix
2/15: Far Cry: New Dawn (PS4, XBONE, PC) – Ubisoft
2/15: Crackdown 3 (XBONE) – Xbox Game Studios
2/15: Metro Exodus (PS4, XBONE, PC)

Movies

Alita: Battle Angel – 2/13
Happy Death Day 2U – 2/13
Fighting With My Family – 2/13

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