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Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 5:48 PM

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is almost here, and from the looks of it, the enigmatic faction called the Zonai may play a big role in the sequel after mostly existing in the background of Breath of the Wild. If you're feeling like you're walking in on something or like you missed a big plot beat in the…


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 4:50 PM

Every new PC requires the obligatory christening of your browser of choice, Steam, other game storefronts, and miscellaneous productivity apps (in my case, that's Obsidian, VCV, Reaper, Guitar Pro, and Reason..new computer days are super busy for me) are obvious immediate downloads. But once you've got the basics,…


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 4:45 PM

Hello, you join us in the middle of the ongoing culture war between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company. This week, DeSantis seems mad that people are (rightfully) claiming Disney outsmarted him and his cronies. And he's promising to escalate the war between him and Disney with new taxes and…


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00 PM

Red, Green, and Blue are the bestselling Pokémon games of all time, and as the games that first launched the franchise on Game Boy in Japan way back in 1996, they're old enough that I was convinced I'd seen every form of homage and fan media dedicated to Pokémon's humble beginnings. I was wrong. I recently discovered


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 3:20 PM

A YouTuber was shot in the stomach on April 2 in a Virginia mall after attempting to play what he called a "simple practical joke" on a man.


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 2:50 PM

Skips and speedruns are basically like magic, to me. The tenacity it takes to find ways to break a game and circumvent entire sections is a skill and patience I don't have. That being said, I'm always glad to watch someone just walk or drive through a wall and end up somewhere they weren't supposed to be yet. It's…


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 2:20 PM

Star Wars: Clone Wars and Rebels fans, rise up. We've been waiting a long time to be properly fed, and with the latest news and trailers coming out of Star Wars Celebration, we're finally getting a good look at the Rosario Dawson-led Ahsoka series.


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 2:15 PM

By now the gaming community has reached critical mass when it comes to online discussions surrounding the Super Mario Bros. Movie. While we can debate whether or not the film's legacy will be etched into the annals of video game history as the most expensive crowd-pleasing advertisement committed to film, the Mario


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 1:30 PM

Star Wars Celebration 2023 kicked off on April 7 in London and already, just a few hours into the large weekend-long event, Lucasfilm has revealed a load of new information about upcoming Star Wars movies and projects. Don't worry about searching around for all the news, as we've collected all the big, cool Star Wars


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 1:22 PM

The Resident Evil 4 remake released its free The Mercenaries DLC, a "reimagined" original game mode that lets players take on enemy flocks in timed challenges, along with a perhaps less welcome addition: microtransactions.


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 11:58 AM

YouTuber and speedrunner Eric "PointCrow" Morino released a brand new multiplayer mod for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on April 4. It basically transforms the hit 2017 Switch game into a modern open-world version of the beloved co-op Zelda spin-off Four Swords Adventures. A couple of days later, Morino says…


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 11:45 AM

Dying Light rules. Techland's open-world RPG does an excellent job of instilling the fear a zombie virus can bring. With its smorgasbord of brain-eaters and limb-munchers, coupled with their heightened intensity and ferocity at night, Dying Light is one of those games that can leave a lasting impression on you, and


Kotaku Friday, April 7, 2023 10:20 AM

Daisy Ridley's role in the Star Wars universe isn't over. Disney announced that The Force Awakens actress will return as Rey "Skywalker" in a sequel to the most recent Star Wars trilogy as the character seeks to bring back the Jedi Order again.


PCGamesN Friday, April 7, 2023 2:30 PM
     Tempest Rising captures classic C&C vibes in full multiplayer match

If you're desperate for a new Command and Conquer, or are just a fan of RTS games in general, then Tempest Rising should be high on your priority list. The project, which comes from developer Slipgate Ironworks, is the brainchild of several developers who have a long history with C&C and the genre in general. In a new update, the team shows off what a Tempest Rising multiplayer match looks like right now in a gorgeous 1-on-1 showdown video.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Tempest Rising announcement, The best RTS games, The best PC strategy games

PCGamesN Friday, April 7, 2023 11:46 AM
     Frontier Steam sale offers top strategy and management games for cheap

We love games here at PCGamesN (the clue's in the name), and we love great deals on cheap games even more. They're a great way to snap up some games you might have missed, and a Frontier Steam sale taking place right now has fantastic offers on some of the best management games in the publisher's catalogue such as Jurassic World Evolution 2, along with some other top games such as Elite Dangerous and Deliver Us Mars.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Elite: Dangerous mods, Elite: Dangerous Thargoids, Elite: Dangerous system requirements

PCGamesN Friday, April 7, 2023 11:20 AM
     Destiny 2 Titan exploit for instant shoulder charges is seriously OP

A Destiny 2 Titan exploit gives players instant shoulder charges without running, allowing Guardians to move quickly across areas and do serious damage when used with the right builds in the FPS game. YouTuber InSaNeGaMeR300 posted a video of the exploit titled 'Instant Shoulder Charge Without Running' that claims they discovered it while testing the Titan Burning Maul Super ability.

"You can constantly spam shoulder charge without any run up. To do this you need to be on Burning Maul and the Hammer Strike melee. Next, while mid slide activate your super and that's it," the video's description says. "Now you can spam shoulder charge and even fly with Lion Rampants and catapult jump. With Insurmountable Skullfort and the Arc shoulder charge you have unlimited melees and crazy movement with the thruster ability."

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 Lightfall review, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Friday, April 7, 2023 10:20 AM
     Underwater city builder Aquatico puts humanity's future in your hands

If you haven't played Aquatico, the underwater city-building game on Steam just got a huge update that makes it the perfect time to jump in. For those of you that have, the submerged simulator that gleefully smashes together the likes of Subnautica and Cities Skylines is now even better than before. The second major Aquatico update adds a lengthy story quest that spans the entire game, along with the option to play in a freeform creative mode.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best strategy games, Best city builders, Best management games

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, April 7, 2023 2:30 PM

Last August, THQ Nordic and Slipgate Ironworks - the devs behind Ghostrunner and Graven - announced their new retro-inspired real-time strategy game Tempest Rising. It's an alternate history story about three factions who duke it out over a rare mineral, the titular Tempest, and we had previously seen two of them in a campaign walkthrough. The third faction is only available in the game's multiplayer modes, which the team have released footage of today. Catch the 20-minute 1v1 match below:

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, April 7, 2023 2:00 PM

You might not know what Muv-Luv is. I hadn't even heard of it till a few years ago. Which is strange, since Muv-Luv is considered by many to be one of the most greatest visual novels of all time. What begins as a light-hearted slice-of-life high school romantic comedy eventually pulls the rug out from under the player, and transforms into a war epic featuring mechs and aliens with a much darker tone. In Muv-Luv's original Japanese release, this twist was hidden and only briefly hinted at in the marketing.

Today both Muv-Luv games are easily available on Steam, marketed specifically with this twist, and where they sit fully-translated and with Overwhelmingly Positive reviews. iOS and Android ports are apparently in development, and other Muv-Luv spin-offs continue to get translated. But the first time anyone experienced a complete English language version of Muv-Luv was in July 2010, when a fan translation group called Amaterasu released a patch localising the first game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, April 7, 2023 12:18 PM

There are so many ways to cut this cake. I could call it a weird game, and bang on about those for a bit. I could call it a 2D beat 'em up with your classic heavy/light attacks (actually punch/kick, but whatever), which is important to mention. It's also tempting to namedrop the things it reminded me of, like Hotline Miami, Beraltors, and a tiny hint of The Cat Lady, but that could get you picturing just about anything, and is unfairly reductive to a game that has the right to stand on its own.

Pill Baby is, obviously, all those things. It's far better and more coherent than any of those descriptions would make it sound.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, April 7, 2023 10:10 AM

Sons Of The Forest continues its early access journey, but what was once a peaceful woodland stroll is turning into a totally rad zooming session, all thanks to the game's third patch adding in a new vehicle, tweaks to, er, dead bodies, and much more.

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Twinfinite Friday, April 7, 2023 5:00 PM
     Just say yes to melons!

Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 6:00 PM

FFXIV male Viera

Square Enix released a new Final Fantasy XIV Japanese promotional video featuring a male Viera as the chosen Warrior of Light. Under the title, "Let's start your adventure," the video focuses on the adventures in Eorzea of the character, along with his companions and the friends he makes on his journeys.

While the video plays, the remix of the classic Final Fantasy main theme plays in the background. The video includes several captions in Japanese, with the first one being "This is where it started, my adventures and my companions'." This is set against a view of Limsa Lominsa as this Warrior of Light's starting place.

Afterwards, several hashtags appear on screen. They translate to #DungeonChallenge and #Sastasha. During this and other dungeons, the male Viera Warrior of Light meets his FFXIV #FirstCompanions and they #BattleTogether. The video then shows the Viera enjoying himself in several locations of Eorzea, and it ends with the question "What adventure will you experience in this world?"

You can check out the new FFXIV promotional video featuring the male Viera Warrior of Light below.


Male Vieras were not originally part of the game. They were only added to FFXIV alongside Endwalker, the latest expansion which released on November 23, 2021. Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida also commented back in 2021 that the team is planning to add female Hrothgar as a playable race sometime in the near future.

Final Fantasy XIV is readily available for the PS4, PS5, and Windows PC. Patch 6.38 released on April 4, 2023, and the full patch notes are out now.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 5:30 PM

Best Fire Emblem Engage Zelestia Classes, Skills, and Emblem Rings

When Fire Emblem Engage launched, people may have wondered if the Four Hounds characters would become playable and, while most of them like Zephia aren't, their Four Winds counterparts like Zelestia are. Zelestia is even an especially unique situation, as she's a character with a unique class like the members of the royal family or dragons. Once someone recruits her, they might wonder what to do with their new unit. Well, here are some possible ideas for other classes, Emblem Rings, and skills that could work for Zelestia in Fire Emblem Engage after Fell Xenologue.

Possible Zelestia Classes in Fire Emblem Engage

I know I said this for Nel and her brother already, but there's really no need to change Zelestia's class. Melusine is unique to her and it is great. Soulblade is an amazing skill that's super well-suited to her, as Soulblade uses an enemy's Def and Res stats to determine her sword damage. Give her a good sword. Give her a Levin sword. Give her a fantastic tome or two. You're set.

But if you do want to play around with other classes, Zelestia's stats make her an incredibly fast character with high speed growth. Her magic and strength base stats are about equal and have identical growth. Her luck and her build are her only failings, really. Everything else is pretty great, though her resistance is higher than her defense and has better growth rates.

If you want her to be a physical attacker and want to switch classes, it might be fun turning her into a Wolf Knight or Wyvern Knight. Her speed will help her in both, and she does have good strength growth rates.

She also makes a fantastic mage, though. So another possible path if you want to switch things up is to make her a Mage Knight (she can still use Levin Sword) or maybe even a Sage.

Possible Zelestia Emblem Rings in Fire Emblem Engage

When it comes to Emblem Rings for Zelestia in Fire Emblem Engage, it depends on if you want to focus on her dealing magical or physical damage. If you'd want to go with physical damage, it might be smart to pick Camilla or Eirika. With Camilla, you give her Decisive Strike to deal more damage after critical hits, inflict Dragon Vein effects, and unleash the Dark Inferno to spread fire. As for Eirika, her Lunar Brace could be great for dealing additional physical damage with Lunar Brace and increase her ability to avoid attacks.

As for magical damage, I found Celica and Soren to be helpful for Zelestia. Celica increases her tome damage with Resonance, allows her to use Echo to attack with magic at 50% damage and then perform a second magical attack, and gives an already incredibly mobile unit Warp Ragnarok. Meanwhile, Soren gives her Flare to inflict -20% Res on foes and recover health when attacking with a tome and lets her inflict status effects when using different elemental magic with Anima Focus.

Possible Zelestia Skills in Fire Emblem Engage

Here are a few I've been considering and working toward teaching Zelestia with a physical build.

  • Assign Decoy: 1,500 SP and level 5 bond with Soren. "Use to make one chosen ally more likely to be targeted by enemies for 1 turn. Effect is removed after ally is targeted by or otherwise damaged by foes 3 times."
  • Decisive Strike+: 1,000 SP and level 18 bond with Camilla. "If unit initiates combat and lands a critical, deals 10 damage to foe after combat."
  • Dodge+30: 2,500 SP and level 19 bond with Eirika. "Grants Ddg+30."
  • Keen Insight+: 3,000 SP and level 18 bond with Soren. "When unit deals Effective damage, deal +7 damage."
  • Lunar Brace+: 5,000 SP and level 13 bond with Eirika. "If unit initiates combat with a physical attack, deals extra damage=30% of foe's Def."

And here are some that might work for her if you're prioritizing her magical attacks.

  • Anima Focus: 800 SP and level 5 bond with Soren. "When using tomes, unit inflicts Def-3 with fire, Hit-20 with thunder, or Mov-2 with wind magic for 1 turn."
  • Block Recovery: 1,500 SP and level 13 bond with Soren. "When attacking a broken foe with a tome, grants a cahnce the foe will remain broken. Chance increases with high Spd."
  • Magic Guard 5: 1,000 SP and level 19 bond with Soren. "If foe is equipped with a tome, unit takes 5 less damage during combat."
  • Resonance+: 3,000 SP and level 16 bond with Celica. "When equipped with a tome, if unit's HP is 2 or more, unit loses 1 HP at start of combat and deals +3 damage during combat.
  • Tome Precision 5: 2,000 SP and level 17 bond with Celica. "Grants Hit/Avo+15 when using a tome.

Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch, as is the Fell Xenologue DLC.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 5:00 PM

Ifrit Beats Up Bahamut in New Final Fantasy XVI Footage

Square Enix is continuing its new tradition of sharing Final Fantasy XVI fight footage on its official Twitter account, and the latest is a bout between Ifrit and Bahamut. Clive, as Ifrit, faces off against the Eikon. While it's only a brief clip, it offers a better look at how this rendition of Bahamut will look.

The Final Fantasy XVI Clive and Bahamut footage already begins with the legendary Dragon King at a disadvantage. The Eikon's health is below half, while Clive, as Ifrit, is still almost at full health. The fight appears to be taking place in the air. Ifrit is in the midst of a combo as it all begins, which leads into a Fireball Burst attack and ends with a Backdraft Finish. Bahamut backs off after that, leading to the player having Ifrit use a Charged Shot to continue to deal ranged damage. There's also a Precision Dodge and Counter Shot to deal with Bahamut's ranged attacks. This leads into another Fireball Burst and Burst Finish combo. However the video ends with Bahamut dealing some damage to Ifrit with a Mortal Coil attack.

As a reminder, Prince Dion Lesage of the Holy Empire of Sanbreque is the Dominant of Bahamut in Final Fantasy XVI. He's also a dragoon.

These sorts of clips are common social media additions at this point. In April 2023, Square Enix also showed Clive fighting Ifrit and a Salamander.

Final Fantasy XVI will come to the PS5 on June 22, 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 4:30 PM

Luis Serra Resident Evil 4 Remake The Mercenaries

Luis Serra joined the roster of The Mercenaries in the Resident Evil 4 remake. Previously, he was not one of the available characters players could unlock in the original game, and instead served a minor role in the story. In the Resident Evil 4 remake, players can actually play Luis Serra for the first time, and thankfully you can unlock him in The Mercenaries with relative ease. The only thing players need to do is to get an A rank on any stage in The Mercenaries as Leon S. Kennedy to unlock Luis. Given that everyone starts with Leon, he will be the first character you unlock regardless.

In the remake version of Resident Evil 4, characters now have unique "super" abilities. These abilities can be accessed by killing enemies during the stage to fill up a bar that appears in the center of your screen. Once this is full, you can activate "Mayhem Mode." In Luis' case, he can lob dynamite at enemies while this is active in Resident Evil 4 remake.

He is one of four playable characters in The Mercenaries, with the two other unlockable characters being Jack Krauser and HUNK. Players can unlock them in a similar fashion to Luis in Resident Evil 4 remake's The Mercenaries mode.

The Resident Evil 4 remake is immediately available on the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5. The Mercenaries mode is immediately available as free DLC.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00 PM

New Genshin Impact TCG Ayato, Itto, and Tighnari Character Cards Detailed

When the 3.6 update rolls around, people will be able to get new Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG character cards for Ayato. Itto, and Tighnari. Head of that, HoYoVerse went over what to expect from each card. It went over each card's Normal Attack, Elemental Skill, and Elemental Burst. It also showed the Talent Cards that will be available for all three characters.

First, here is the list of Ayato Character Card abilities.

  • Normal Attack: Kamisato Art: Marobashi - Deals two physical damage for one Hydro die and two other elemental dice.
  • Elemental Skill: Kamisato Art: Kyouka - Deals two Hydro damage and grants the Takimeguri Kanka effect that turns Normal Attack damage to Hydro and increases its damage to three instead of two for three Hydro dice.
  • Elemental Burst: Kamisato Art: Suiyuu - Deals three Hydro Damage and summons a Garden of Purity for two turns that deals two Hydro damage to the enemy at the end of each phase and increases all player characters' normal damage by one for three Hydro die and three energy.

Ayato's Kyouka Fuushi Talent Card can be equipped for three Hydro dice if you pull it. When used, he'll immediately perform his Elemental Skill. He'll also do one more damage to enemies who have over six health when he has the Takimeguri Kanka effect. So a normal attack would deal four damage instead of two.

Next, here's the list of Itto's character card abilities in Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG.

  • Normal Attack: Fight Club Legend.- Deals two physical damage for one Geo die and two other dice.
  • Elemental Skill: Masatsu Zetsugi: Akaushi Burst - For three Geo dice, deals one Geo damage and summon Ushi. Ushi decrease taken damage by one once and can be used to give Itto Superlative Strenhth and deal one Geo damage when used and discarded. Itto can have up to three Superlative Strength stacks and deal an additional point of damage.
  • Elemental Burst: Royal Descent: Behold Itto the Evil - Deals five Geo damage and gives Itto Raging Oni King to turn all damage to Geo damage, increase Normal Attack damage by two for two rounds, and grant one stack of Superlative Strength for each Normal Attack each round for three Geo dice and three energy.

Itto's Arataki Ichiban Talent Card requires one Geo die and two other dice of another element. When equipped, he uses Fight Club Legend and deals one extra damage if he uses Fight Club Legend more than once in a round and has Superlative Superstrength.

Finally, here are the Tighnari Genshin Impact TCG character card skills.

  • Normal Attack: Khanda Barrier-Buster - Deals two physical damage for one Dendro die and two other elemental dice.
  • Elemental Skill: Deals two Dendro damage and grants the Vijnana Suffusion effect that changes Charged Attack damage to Dendro damage and summons a Clusterbloom Arrow that deals one Dendo damage at the end of the phase for three Dendro dice.
  • Elemental Burst: Fashioner's Tanglevine Shaft - Deals four Dendro damage to active enemy and one piercing damage to standby characters for three Dendro dice and two energy.

His Keen Sight Talent Card requires four Dendro dice. He uses Vijnana-Phala Mine when you equip it, then his Charged Attacks cost one less unaligned die when he has the Vijnana Suffusion effect.

Here are how all three of their character cards will look.
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Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices and the 3.6 update arrives on April 12, 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 3:30 PM

Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles

NIS America Shared a new Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles trailer announcing its official release date. The game will first release on August 19, 2023 for people in North America. About two weeks later, it will appear in Europe on September 1, 2022. Finally, people in Australia and New Zealand will see it on September 8, 2023, according to the game's official site.

This marks the first time both Rhapsody II: The Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom are being officially localized for Western audiences since their original releases in Japan on November 1999 and December 2000 respectively.

Check the latest trailer for Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles confirming the release date below.


The trailer showcases the series' second title, Rhapsody II: The Ballad of the Little Princess. This game follows the story of Kururu, princess of the Marl Kingdom, on her quest to find her true love while avoiding many evil schemes and obstacles. Unlike the first game, combat takes a more traditional turn-based style, leaving behind the tactical RPG system.

The collection does not include the first game of the series, but players can already find it on Steam or as part of the NIS Classics Volume 3: La Pucelle: Ragnarok / Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on Switch.

Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles will be available for the PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam in North America on August 19, 2023, Europe on September 1, 2023, and Australia on September 8, 2023. Rhapsody II and Rhapsody III will be sold separately on PC. A limited edition for the Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles collection was previously announced as well.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 3:00 PM

xbox emulator

In response to a Twitter user noting that Microsoft blocked emulators in the Xbox store front, Azure Developer Alyanna McKenna has replied with an e-mail from the Xbox QA team. According to the official message, the main reason for the ban has to do with Nintendo. Though emulating itself is not illegal, players can emulate games "from consoles that are still under copyright protection without permission," which Nintendo is not happy about.

The full e-mail is available on Alyanna McKenna's Twitter as an image. To summarize, aside from the legal issues with Nintendo, there is a security risk involved with emulators. Microsoft only banned emulators in retail mode. As for why Nintendo has issues with a Microsoft console, you could install Dolphin onto your Xbox Series X or One. Dolphin is a Wii and GameCube emulator. You will still be able to use emulators in dev mode. Since Microsoft considers it safe, it does not plan on changing this any time in the future. However, Microsoft is in the process of bringing "safe and legal" emulation onto the Xbox. More information on that will appear in the future.

While emulating is legal, there are some gray zones around it. Using emulators is fine, but downloading or uploading ROMs that you do not own are not. That would fall under pirating. When Nijisanji terminated VTuber Zaion LanZa, one of the reasons she broke her contract was because she "expressed her will to perform streams using illegal games," which could mean that she wanted to play emulated games using ROMs that she had downloaded from the Internet.

Xbox is working on bringing "safe and legal" emulation onto the Xbox but until then, emulators are only on dev mode.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 2:30 PM

Blue Protocol full opening

Bandai Namco revealed the opening animation for Blue Protocol, as well as releasing a full version of its theme song. The song is called "Mirai," and it is performed by Japanese rock band L'arc en Ciel. Bandai Namco shared the game's opening video to celebrate the recent successful network test of the game in Japan.

Bandai Namco also shared that the opening video includes story spoilers, so viewer discretion is advised. You can watch the full Blue Protocol opening animation with its L'arc en Ciel theme song below.


The Japanese network test for Blue Protocol ran from March 31, 2023 to April 2, 2023. Bandai Namco thanked players for participating on the network test for Blue Protocol through the game's Twitter account.The company also shared that it is currently reviewing the feedback and the results from the test, and that the team will make adjustments and changes to the game accordingly. Bandai Namco will release the results of their report on the network test sometime in the near future.

Additionally, Bandai Namco released a benchmark program that includes the character creator for the game. Its data can be exported to the final version of the game once it releases.

Blue Protocol is currently in development for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC. It will release first in Japan on PC sometime in Spring 2023, and after that it will appear in other platforms and other regions later in the year.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 2:00 PM

Elden Ring x Leathers and Treasures Collaboration

Jewelry company Leathers and Treasures announced via its official website that it will offer a series of jewelry based on From Software's Elden Ring. The collection will consist of two different items, both of which will be made to order and available to pre-order from April 15, 2023 to May 31, 2023. They are expected to ship in mid-July 2023.

The first item from the collaboration is a ring featuring the likeness of the character King Godfrey. The image is adapted from a legendary talisman from Elden Ring known as "Godfrey's Portrait." According to Leathers and Treasures' website, the ring will run from Japanese sizes 5-19 and cost ¥63,800, which is about $482.

The second piece of jewelry in the collection is a necklace featuring the "Lance Talisman" from Elden Ring as a charm. The necklace features the image of a knight with a spear riding a horse and is made of silver. It will also come with a chain. The necklace will cost ¥33,000, which is about $249.

You can view both of these items below:

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Each piece of jewelry in the collection will also ship in a box featuring the Elden Ring x Leathers and Treasures logo.

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Elden Ring is an open-world fantasy action-roleplaying game developed by From Software which was released in February 2022. It takes elements of many of the developer's prior games, such as Dark Souls, and places them in a huge open fantasy world. Leathers and Treasures is a jewelry brand that, according to their website,  was founded in 1980 in Los Angles and later spread to Japan. Their motto is "God is in the Details."

Orders for both items will be open on Jewelry Connection's website from April 15, 2023 until May 31, 2023 and will ship mid-July 2023. Elden Ring is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 1:30 PM

Uniqlo released eleven t-shirts based on the The Super Mario Bros Movie. They are readily available in both physical stores and online. There are five options for adult tees, all costing $24.90. The six kids' tees all cost $14.90.

You can check out the pictures for the The Super Mario Bros. Movie Uniqlo t-shirts here:

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The Super Mario Bros Movie debuted on April 5, 2023 in the United States and has grossed over $66 million on its opening day. It tells the story of Mario and Luigi, who have started their own plumbing business. However, it's a bit of a failure. One day, Mario gets sucked into the Mushroom Kingdom, where Bowser wants to blackmail Peach into marrying him. Not only does Mario need to help Peach, but he also needs to save his brother Luigi from Bowser's clutches.

Other than The Super Mario Bros Movie T-shirts, Uniqlo started selling T-shirts of Attack on Titan. There are eight designs in total for this one. It appeared first in Japan before becoming available worldwide. The Uniqlo T-shirts use signature panels and art from the manga for the designs.

The The Super Mario Bros Movie T-shirts are available at Uniqlo stores worldwide. You can purchase them online or in physical stores. The film is now in theaters.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Resident Evil 4 Remake Japanese Voice Cast

Added alongside Resident Evil 4 Remake's Mercenaries mode were several microtransaction options, including paid weapon upgrade tickets that can be used to fully upgrade a weapon. This bypasses having to use the limited tickets earned in game via sidequests or grinding out the upgrades with Pesetas. Previously, Capcom made cosmetics and treasure maps available for purchase that were available through Resident Evil 4 remake's special editions once the game officially released. [Thanks, Wario64!]

The Resident Evil 4 Remake weapon upgrade tickets microtransactions are purchasable in packs of 1 for $2.99, 3 for $6.99, or 5 for $9.99. Each ticket allows you to fully upgrade a weapon of your choice for no in-game cost and access the weapon's exclusive upgrade, even without the required weapon level. Two tickets are earnable in game with Spinels, a currency gained through completing side quests. The first costs 30 Spinels, and the second costs 40 Spinels.

Also available are the bonuses previously included in the Digital Deluxe Edition. These include the Treasure Map expansion, two sets of costumes for Ashely and Leon, two sets of a costume and a filter for Leon, a pair of sunglasses for Leon, and an "original version" soundtrack option. The two digital deluxe exclusive weapons, the Skull Shaker shotgun and Sentinel 9 pistol, are also available for purchase.

These additions come alongside the free Mercenaries mode, an action focused score attack mode. Capcom also plans to support the game with patches to fix progress-blocking bugs.

The Resident Evil 4 remake is immediately available on the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 12:30 PM

10 Best Naruto Fights Shown in Narutop 99 Poll Video

Alongside the Narutop 99 best character poll, a number of other polls appeared to have fans weigh in on other elements of the series. One was a March 13-24, 2023 "Naruto Best Bout" survey dedicated to finding the best fights in the series. Now that the results are in, they've been shared in a Studio Pierrot video with actual examples from the top 10 fights in the anime.

First, here's the video going over all the match-ups. Note that if you haven't kept up with the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime adaptations and manga, this 10 best fights video will contain spoilers.

And here's the full list of the top 10 fights, with direct links to each one in the showcase.

  1. Sakura Haruno and Chiyo vs Sasori (Kazekage Rescue)
  2. Naruto Uzumaki vs Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto and Sasuke)
  3. Rock Lee vs Gaara (Chuunin Exams)
  4. Kakashi Hatake vs Obito Uchiha (The Great Ninja War: Obito Uchiha)
  5. Naruto Uzumaki vs Pain (Two Saviors)
  6. Sasuke Uchiha vs Itachi Uchiha (Master's Prophecy and Vengeance)
  7. Might Guy vs Madara Uchiha (Infinite Tsukuyomi: The Invocation)
  8. Minato Namikaze vs The Masked Man (Nine Tails Taming and Karmic Encounters)
  9. Neji Hyuga vs Kidomaru (Sasuke Retrieval)
  10. Sasuke Uchiha vs Deidara (Master's Prophecy and Vengeance)

The full results for the Narutop99 character popularity poll will be revealed in April 2023. The winning character will star in their own short manga.

People can find the Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, and Boruto anime on Crunchyroll, and Viz Media handled the English release of the manga.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 12:10 PM

Production Kawaii 3rd Generation Enchantasia VTubers Abruptly Graduate Aletta Sky, Peony Aeria, Sava Safari, and Miryu Kotofuji

Production Kawaii announced that the four remaining VTubers who are part of its 3rd generation all graduated on April 7, 2023. Aletta Sky, Peony Aeria, Sava Safari, and Miryu Kotofuji all ceased activities. There is no final goodbye stream for any of the performers. Their YouTube channel's content will only remain online until April 30, 2023 before being deleted, and merchandise sales will end on April 30, 2023 as well. The official announcement cited "disagreement over the directions of the production" between the four remaining members of this generation and the company.

Here's the official Production Kawaii announcement about the 3rd generation of its VTubers all graduating at once. It noted that this group, which initially consisted of five members and debuted on August 28, 2023, was only active for seven months. It also noted that people who took part in the Aletta and Sava donothon can request refunds. The announcement didn't disclose what disagreement between management and the VTubers resulted in the mass graduation.

All four of the performers shared farewell messages on Twitter. Here's one from Aletta Sky.

Here is Miryu Kotofuji's final message.

This is the one from Peony Aeria.

Here is Sava Safari's message.

When Enchantasia debuted, it consisted of five members. Oceane Otoishi graduated on February 1, 2023 after just over five months. Her contract was terminated for spreading false information, slander, and "inappropriate contact with individuals outside the company."

Here is the reveal video for Enchantasia.

People have until April 30, 2023 to watch Production Kawaii 3rd generation VTuber videos and purchase their merchandise.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 12:00 PM

Super Mario Bros Movie Blu-ray and DVD Pre-orders Open

While there's no exact release date yet for The Super Mario Movie Blu-ray, DVD, or digital release, a number of stores are already accepting pre-orders or putting up product listings. There are also some special offers at a few of them. Pre-orders for physical copies are open at Target and Walmart already. Best Buy has a listing live, but isn't accepting orders yet. Amazon has options to pre-order digital copies of the film.

At Walmart, the option is a The Super Mario Bros Movie Limited Edition gift set in a tin star shaped like the invincibility power-up. That gives people the Blu-ray, 4K ultra HD, and digital copy. There is also a display stand for the star. It costs $37.96.
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The Target The Super Mario Bros Movie option gives people the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital version of the film in one package. It costs $26.99. The special offer here is that the box has 3D lenticular art of Mario on it.
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The Best Buy version will cost $36.99 when it is available. It will involve the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray. Its exclusive element is a Steelbook case with the Super Mushroom power-up on it.
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As for Amazon, it only offers pre-orders for the digital release. The SD, HD, and UHD versions are all available for $29.99 each.

The Super Mario Bros Movie is in theaters now, and pre-orders are open for the Blu-ray and DVD at various retailers. The film will show up in Japan on April 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 11:30 AM

pokemon unite chandelure

Chandelure, as well as the option to challenge Cynthia to a battle, will appear in Pokemon Unite in late April 2023. As part of Battle Season 15, you will also be able to get Ayakashi Style versions of Talonflame and Zoroark. You can also give Japanese-themed outfits for your trainers to wear. Season 15 will run from April 21, 2023 to June 12, 2023. [Thanks, Gamer!]


More information on how Chandelure will play in Pokemon Unite will come out later. In mainline Pokemon games, Chandelure is the final form of the Litwick evolution line, and is a dual Ghost/Fire Type. It previously appeared in Pokken Tournament as well as a playable fighter. Competitively speaking, Chandelure has very high Special Attack, and its typing makes it immune to many dangers such as Stealth Rock.

Aside from Chandelure, Cynthia and her team of champion-level trainers will appear in random battles from April 21 to May 22, 2023. She will have her signature Garchomp with her. Other trainers on Cynthia's team are Leon, Korrina, Raihan, and Green. You can get a Trainer Battle Challenge Trainer for free once every day, or you can use Aeos Coins to purchase them. After you save up enough Trainer Battle Coins from fighting Cynthia, you can get her outfit.

Pokemon Unite is available on the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, April 7, 2023 5:13 PM
     How To Get The Highwire Fortnite Skin Unlock MegaThe Chapter 4 Season 2 Battle Pass for Fortnite adds a fresh group of player skins to the game, and the Highwire skin is a popular one players want to know how to get. Fortunately, it's an easy skin to unlock that doesn't require any specific Quests to be completed as prerequisites. Highwire has multiple styles and colors from the bunny agent aesthetic to the cyber wolf hunter. The default look consists of the black and pink aesthetic, but the bonus skins include neon pink and green animated variations and a gold on black look if you're willing to put in enough time. How to get the Highwire Fortnite skin You can unlock the base skin for Highwire at level 70 of the Battle Pass. At level 78, the wolf "Packleader" version can be unlocked. From there you'll need to do some serious leveling up to get to the bonus skins which begin on page 3 of the bonus rewards. You can get the neon pink Kinetic Rush look on page 4 of the bonus rewards, green Neon Citrus...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, April 7, 2023 4:49 PM
     Discover the Eagle in Terra NilOne of the main objectives in Terra Nil by Devolver is the discovery of the returning fauna and flora. As you terraform the land into new usable territory, plants and animals will return to the luscious pastures and tundra. A few of these animals are easier to find than others, a number need some landscaping to achieve; the eagle being one of these. Knowing how to discover eagles in Terra Nil will help you get that one step closer to 100% completion. How to Discover the Eagle in Terra Nil There are a few little parameters to meet before finding the eagle in Terra Nil. The first of which is being within the Continental Biome. This biome requires the completion of the previous three areas before unlocking. This sunken city is home to the final stages of the game. Mines, satellites, and other gadgets become available. The second requirement is to have found boar in the biome. These grunty little piggies require 8 greenery tiles and 12 deciduous tiles to be happy. Once you have found these...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, April 7, 2023 4:47 PM
     How To Complete 'the Hall Of Herodiana'For the few who didn't get enough of Sophronia Franklin from her previous encounter, did you know she shows up in another side quest in Hogwarts Legacy? Unsurprisingly, her next quest involves quite a lot of thinking as well, as it's full of puzzles revolving around two specific spells. Here's how to complete 'The Hall of Herodiana' in Hogwarts Legacy. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. The Hall of Herodiana: Starting location and NPC Screenshot by PC Invasion Sophronia Franklin is not obstructing you this time, she's just in Charms class keeping to herself when you find her. She tells you about Herodiana Bryne, the single greatest Depulso master in history who even briefly taught at Hogwarts before disappearing. She apparently built a secret Depulso training room in Hogwarts- as one just does- and her signature outfit is contained inside. Sophronia wants you to retrieve it. Screenshot by PC Invasion...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, April 7, 2023 4:15 PM
     Resident Evil 4 Remake Mercenaries ModeA classic Resident Evil mode called Mercenaries makes a comeback. On April 7, Capcom released Mercenaries mode for Resident Evil 4 remake. In this action-packed minigame, waves of enemies crash through the stage, while you're trying to defeat them on the clock. But how can you unlock the Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil 4 remake? We'll explain everything below. Note: For more information, check out our Resident Evil 4 remake guides and features hub. How to get Mercenaries Mode in Resident Evil 4 remake If you update you game, you won't magically see the Mercenaries mode pop up. This is because to unlock Mercenaries, you have to download it digitally. If you're playing through Steam, you can find Mercenaries mode as a free download. Scroll down the Resident Evil 4 remake store page until you see 'Content for this game.' It's called 'The Mercenaries,' and it shouldn't take long to download. Now, once you boot up Resident Ev...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, April 7, 2023 4:10 PM
     Unlock Minecraft Rocks! AchievementWith an impressively high 42% of players currently with the Minecraft Rocks! achievement, there are definitely harder goals to go for. The Issue with being able to unlock the Minecraft Rocks! achievement in Terra Nil is that it comes with no description. It is quite simple to get and will be in most people's regular playthrough, but it does take a little know-how. What to have before you unlock Minecraft Rocks This is a throwback to the hit game Minecraft and requires you to be on a map with lava, water, and snow. Anyone who has played Minecraft will know all about how obsidian is formed by rapidly cooling flowing lava, allowing the player to mine a much better material. That's pretty much what you're trying to do here. It is important to attempt this goal on a map that has lava flow and water available. If you have loaded in and the map doesn't have the right layout, it is worth simply reloading it. This will help to unlock the Minecraft Rocks! Achievement in Terra Nil. Sc...

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Friday, April 7, 2023 6:00 PM
     Taiwan Night Market, the latest game by TBD Games, has recently launched on Kickstarter. The game offers a unique experience where players can make their fortune by bidding on crucial stall locations to sell delicious street food. In Taiwan Night Market, players take on the role of ambitious vendors, bidding on the best locations for …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00 PM
     Forge World has announced the pre-order availability of six more resin upgrade sets for the Contemptor Dreadnought chassis. These sets will let players adorn their favorite champions from six different Legions with unique, stylish, and practical designs. The Blood Angels, known for their artistry and ferocity in battle, are getting a set that includes sweeping …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Friday, April 7, 2023 2:00 PM
     Exalted Funeral's latest project, Portents of the Degloved Hand, has exceeded its $15,000 goal on Kickstarter by raising $25,000 in just a few days. With 27 days still remaining in the campaign, fans of tabletop RPGs and MÖRK BORG enthusiasts have plenty of time to get their hands on this Omen Sacrifice Deck. The Portents …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Friday, April 7, 2023 1:29 PM
     Chaosium has just announced the release of its Universal Game Engine, which is now available for personal and commercial use under the Open RPG Creative (ORC) license. This means that users can utilize the engine to create their own games and scenarios, without worrying about royalties or licensing fees. The Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine …

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     Tabletop Gaming News (TGN) is currently looking for a talented and passionate individual to join our team as a journalist/content creator for our YouTube channel. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves tabletop gaming and has a passion for creating high-quality video content. As our ideal candidate, you do not need to have …

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00 PM
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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, April 7, 2023 3:00 PM
     Initiate your team's counter-attack on Haven with these simple yet effective Sova Recon Dart Lineups. Attacking on Haven is arguably much easier since the Defending team is typically spread out between any of the three bomb sites on the map. Since the Defenders are generally spread out, bombsites often lack the necessary workforce to deal […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, April 7, 2023 2:00 PM
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     Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in the early days of the Pokemon universe when humans and Pokémon were far from friends. This game takes place in the Hisui region of the Pokemon universe before it was renamed the Sinnoh region. The Galaxy Expedition Team (also known as the Galaxy Team) in Jubilife Village will assign […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, April 7, 2023 12:00 PM
     Upgrade your character's flashy moves. Skills are an important aspect of Diablo Immortal gameplay and separate classes from one another. Each class will feature a completely different Skillset, effectively dictating how you move around the battlefield. Some classes will play a more head-on approach, such as the Barbarian, while the Necromancer will settle for the […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, April 7, 2023 11:00 AM
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"An immersive blend of first person shooter and real time strategy"

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A new launch trailer for the DLC was also released.

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Here is how Diablo 4 Endgame Will Play Out

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