First Nintendo Store Opening In Japan

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This fall, Japan is getting its first Nintendo Store. Called Nintendo Tokyo, the official shop will be located in the brand new Shibuya Parco building.

Like the Nintendo New York, Nintendo Tokyo will be packed with merch, games, hardware, demo stations and more. Nintendo says it will also use the new store to make announcements for Japan.

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The Shibuya Parco buildings have long been Tokyo landmarks. The new Parco building, complete with a new Nintendo store, looks to follow suit.


Anthem Open Beta Demo PC Gameplay Live

Aaron and Erick jump back into their javelins as they try out the Interceptor and more in the open beta for Anthem.

Big Time Adolescence shows Pete Davidson for who he is and who we think he is

When describing Big Time Adolescence to a Sundance Film Festival audience, writer-director Jason Orley aptly characterized his debut film as “a John Hughes film layered in weed smoke.”

Indeed, the film hits those Hughesian beats of friendship, tricky father/kid relationships, and high school crushes, but there’s enough debaucherous substance use to separate Orley’s film from, say, Pretty in Pink. But that’s not the major factor: A hilarious-but-heartbreaking coming-of-age story about outgrowing your heroes, Big Time Adolescence finds star Pete Davidson playing up his media persona and skewering it at the same time.

Davidson plays 23-year-old college dropout Zeke, the best friend of 16-year-old Mo (Griffin Gluck), whose sister he dated six years ago. To Mo, Zeke is a big brother and role model: he asks for advice when he’s interested in a girl, tells him stories about school, and even does his homework at Zeke’s house. The older guy also introduces Mo to drinking and smoking, and gives him drugs to sell to his classmates.

The relationship between Mo and Zeke, and the chemistry between Gluck and Davidson, is everything in a movie like Big Time Adolescence. There’s a lot of sharp back-and-forth between the two, aided by Davidson’s dry delivery and childish petulance, which, in terms of maturity, tells us without telling us that he and Mo aren’t far off. At one point in the movie, Mo surprises Zeke with an errand to his sister’s house. Zeke is visibly uncomfortable going to his ex’s house, amusing Mo to no end. “It brings me a lot of joy to see you flustered, I’ve never seen you like this,” Mo says smuggly. “…YOU’RE MEAN,” Zeke whines. The line killed at Sundance.

Mo realizes the hard way that emulating Zeke will make his life stagnant. He gets expelled for selling drugs and a court orders him to mandated community service and drug testing. Breaking off his relationship with Zeke winds up being the pathway to shaping his own identity. But when Zeke and Mo run into each other months later, Big Time Adolescence makes its big play about outgrowing your past and moving to better things — even if there’s turbulence getting there. Based on what we’ve seen of his transparent life, perhaps Davidson can relate.

There’s no escaping Davidson’s public identity while watching him play a stoner. His many tattoos, his half lidded eyes, and his propensity to have a joint in hand line up with his Ariana Grande-fueled tabloid headlines and Instagram mayhem. But Big Time Adolescence proves Davidson also has range; in a scene in which he drinks and karaokes alone, Zeke finally expresses the grief he suffered after a break-up with most recent girlfriend, Holly. He may be drunk, but there’s an arresting level of sadness behind those eyes.

Davidson might break character while performing in Saturday Night Live sketches, but as an actor who can flex comedy muscles to convey something deeper, he’s has found success — and others are taking notice. After Big Time Adolescence premiered at Sundance, Judd Apatow announced that his next film would be a semi-autobiographical dramedy about Davidson’s own life. After being open with his mental health struggles and a very public breakup, a renewed focus on being lowkey seems to be working in his favor.

Joi Childs is a freelance writer and sarcasm enthusiast. Born and raised in NYC, she loves writing and talking about the intersection of marketing and nerd life. Her work has appeared at The Hollywood Reporter, The Verge, Okayplayer, and many other outlets.


New Xbox One Console Exclusive Announced, Launches Day One On Game Pass

Zen Studios has announced its upcoming RPG, titled Operencia: The Stolen Sun, will release as an Xbox One console exclusive. The game will also be enhanced on One X and launch day one on Xbox Game Pass.

“Much of our development team grew up on classic RPG series like Wizardry, The Bard’s Tale, and Eye of the Beholder–and we’re just not seeing many games like those these days, especially on console. So not only would creating a CRPG for Xbox One be something we want to play–it would also fill a void,” Zen Studios creative director Chris Baker wrote in a blog post.

Operencia represents yet another title that the Epic Games Store has managed to nab away from Steam. The RPG was originally scheduled to launch on Valve’s store when it was first revealed during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase. However, in a blog post, Zen Studios announced that Operencia caught the eye of Epic after the showcase, and a deal was made. Epic has quickly become a competitor to Steam’s dominance of the PC gaming market by grabbing impressive exclusives, like Hades and Ashen, and securing triple-A games that were originally scheduled for Steam, such as The Division 2 and Metro Exodus. Valve described the loss of Exodus as “unfair” to customers.

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Operencia takes place in the fantastical, titular place. The land of Operencia is referred to in several folktales told in Central Europe, and the game takes the concept of these fictional stories to deliver an expanded universe that incorporates both fantasy creatures and real historical figures. The game is played in first-person and has tile-focused, turn-based combat. For a more challenging experience, you can turn on permadeath mode and/or turn off automapping.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun is scheduled to launch on Xbox One and PC in Spring 2019.


Persona Q2 Won’t Have English Voice Work, Will Have Subtitles With Japanese VAs

The upcoming spin-off RPG starring an ensemble of Persona characters, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, was recently confirmed to come to North America and Europe later this year. It’s the Nintendo 3DS exclusive that gives the casts adorable chibi designs and brings them together in an alternate, sinister movie-themed dimension for a wild ride. But despite Persona 3, 4, 5, and all other spin-off games having an English voice cast, Persona Q2 will not.

Atlus USA confirmed to us and other outlets that the game will only feature the Japanese voice track with English subtitles. This may come as a disappointment to some fans, especially since the localized versions of Persona 3 and Persona 4 had English voice work exclusively and didn’t offer the opportunity to enjoy the Japanese voice overs. It’s not entirely surprising, however. Considering the deep cast of characters spanning three other games and the fact that the 3DS is at the end of its life cycle, bringing in the necessary number of voice actors may not have been cost-effective for Atlus, unfortunately.

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Along with the announcement of the North American/European release date, Atlus also showed off the collector’s edition called the “Showtime” Premium Edition. It includes a plushy of good boy Koromaru, a deck of cards with character designs, an art book, a four-button set with each protagonist, and an exclusive box along with the game.

Persona Q2 launched in Japan on November 29, 2018 and will make its way to the West on June 4, 2019 for Nintendo 3DS. Prior to the announcement, I was confident enough in the game getting localized that I declared it my most anticipated game of 2019.


Pokémon Go update adds more Sinnoh evolutions

Pokémon Go has been updated to introduce several new Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, which debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. These primarily include evolutions, requiring a special item to access.

The Pokémon cited in the update included Lickilicky and Tangrowth, which evolve from Lickitung and Tangela respectively. Players must have Sinnoh Stones in order to evolve these Kanto-region Pokémon into their Sinnoh counterparts, and those aren’t easy to come by. Additional evolutions, as hinted at by attached art heralding the update (and seen above), are Ambipom, Gallade, and Yanmega — which come from Aipom, Kirlia, and Yanma.

There are also Pokémon that won’t require the rare Sinnoh Stones to capture, however. Cranidos and Shieldon, among others, can be found in the wild as of today’s version update. Niantic also hints at the inclusion of new Pokémon from the region in Pokémon Eggs.

But for competitors, not just collectors, Raid Battles are seeing a tweak too.

“You may notice that Pokémon that appear in Raid Battles are more powerful and sturdy when you challenge them,” reads the official update. “Plus, some moves that certain Pokémon know may be stronger or weaker when used in battle.”

Have fun testing that out starting now, with the update already live in Pokémon Go on both Android and iOS.