May 3, 2018

Natsume reveals DLC planned for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Jason Nason

Natsume Inc. today announced upcoming planned DLC for their upcoming Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition. The game will be released for both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch on May 29th.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE Season Pass will give you access to all four upcoming DLC packs at a discounted price. The season pass is $9.99 USD and will be available digitally day of launch. As well a Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE bundle is available through the PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop that includes the full game and the Season Pass for $49.99 USD.

If you pre-order or pre-purchase the Harvest Moon: Light of Hope SE Bundle in North America you’ll also save 10%, which is basically like getting the Season Pass at half off.

Here are details of the four DLC packs:

Decorations & Tool Upgrade Pack | Release Date: May 29th | Retail Price: $1.99
Completely customize and beautify your farm with 7 different decorative fence sets and 2 statues. You will also be able to upgrade your Hoe and Watering Can two additional levels, making growing crops easier and faster!

New Marriageable Characters Pack | Release Date: June 19th | Retail Price: $5.99
Expand your experience with new and exciting content! Two new eligible residents have moved into Beacon Town! Shirlock, a fledgling journalist and self-proclaimed detective who is studying under the tutelage of Naomi, and Michelle, Doc’s research partner.

Doc’s and Melanie’s Special Episodes | Release Date: July 10th | Retail Price: $5.99
Help out Melanie and Doc in two side stories that will unlock new shops! Melanie is in a designing slump, and needs your help for inspiration! Meanwhile, Doc is having trouble in the romance department! Can you help him out? And what rewards will they give you?

Divine Marriageable Characters Pack | Release Date: July 31st | Retail Price: $3.99
Ever wonder what it’d be like to woo the Harvest Goddess or Gorgan? Well, now you can! Get to know the Harvest Goddess and Gorgan on a deeper level and marry them!

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a storm and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!


May 3rd Nintendo Download

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Jason Nason

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Barrel blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a (banana) bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode for a more approachable experience for players of all ages and skill levels. The Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game will be available on May 4.

Nihilumbra – Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow, he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This begins his long odyssey, during which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition – Save the day as belly dancing half-genie Shantae, conquer Sequin Land as the evil Risky Boots in “Pirate Queen’s Quest” and swap between Sky, Bolo and Rottytops in “Friends to the End!” Use multiple abilities while in different forms: wall jump as Ninja Shantae, soak up sun as Beach Shantae and serve justice as Officer Shantae. The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition game will be available on May 8.

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MomoCon Announce SUDA 51, Warren Spector, Blizzard Talent As The Big Draws For 2018

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Anime conventions are pretty dang fun aren’t they? I’ve been attending conventions for at least the past 15 years – both as a fun activity with friends but also in a work capacity for coverage here. Anime and gaming fans in Atlanta, Georgia are going to have a lot to do at MomoCon This coming May 24th – 27th with the announcement of their special guests line-up.

SUDA 51 – the founder of Grasshopper Manfucture and creator of Killer Is Dead, No More Heroes and Killer 7 is joining representatives from Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) to make a mysterious special announcement. Perhaps with Travis Strikes Again coming out for Nintendo Switch this year we will see the first two No More Heroes titles on Nintendo’s hybrid handheld console?

Cossplay photo from MomoCon 2017 via MomoCon PR

Blizzard, not being content to just attend their own multi-day convention will be at MomoCon as well. Joining developers from the Heroes of the Storm Team and Overwatch Team are the voice actors for Mercy (Lori Pohl), Junkrat (Christopher Parson), Pharah (Lucie Phol) and Soldier 76 (Fred Tatasciore) will band together to defend the payload.. I mean help out with Blizzard’s selection of panels.

MomoCon 2018 takes place from Thursday May 24th through Sunday May 27th at the Georgia World Congress Center.


Lastly voice actors from a number of DragonBall fighting games from the last few generations of consoles will be on hand to share their experiences playing Akira Toyayama’s iconic characters. The voice actors from the latest Dragon Ball Fighterz, the Budokai series of games, Raging Burst and of course the Funimation dub of DBZ will be on hand. The recognizable voices of Sean Schemmel (Goku), Kyle Hebert (Gohan, Narrator), Christopher Sabat (Piccolo, Vegeta) and Josh Martin (Majin Buu) will all be present and sharing their experiences with attendees.



Kirby Star Allies | Nintendo Switch Review

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Meghan Kass

I have followed the Kirby franchise since I was but a wee lass. Since about the age of five years old, Kirby has been in my life. I remember playing through Kirby’s Dreamland with my older sibling and being mesmerized by the environments, enemies and of course the little pink guy himself, Kirby. I always have been a fan of platformers, and Kirby’s particular style of gameplay has always resonated with me. In my experience, it has been a bit of a slower pace, but much more relaxing than other platformers, even at the hardest bosses. Even though Kirby has gone through many interesting experiments over the years with style and difficulty, they have for the most part been at least pleasant to play and look at. Does the new entry, Kirby Star Allies fall among the best of the franchise? Or is it just another average platforming starring everyone’s favorite pink puff ball?

For the most part, Kirby Star Allies is much like classic Kirby entries such as Kirby’s Adventure or Kirby’s Dreamland. You go through various levels and platform your way to the end. You inhale enemies to either use them as projectiles or absorb their powers for fun new abilities. At the end of each level is the classic bonus jump game, which to this day, I am still bad at.

The plot revolves around and evil entity from a distant world that has possessed the likes of Meta Knight, Dedede and many other characters. Kirby was also hit, but instead of being possessed he has gained the ability to befriend his enemies and gain help to find and defeat the evil that is engulfing the universe.  

One notable difference is the fact that yes, this can be a local co op experience. You can recruit either enemy AI or your real life friends to help you in your fight to save the world, and even other worlds, from evil. You can have various forms of help like those who can assist you with fire, ice, water, rock or even sweeping! Each has their use and sometimes you need them to access specific parts of the level with a particular power. It won’t be hard to tell which ability you will need to use, but sometimes you will just be the bad luck of not having the right power at the right time.

Another difference is the combined ability feature. You can have yourself and your allies combine to work together to make a bridge for a mischievous key carrying waddle dee to open new doors for you, a friend circle to plow through enemies, a friend star to fly through levels and shoot enemies mid air and more! These are fun to initiate and fun to make use of when prompted.

But what you really want to hear about is the abilities, after all, that is what Kirby is most known for.  I am happy to say, there are quite a few new abilities to be found in Star Allies. My personal favorite is the artist copy ability, which allows you to splatter paint at enemies and also paint masterpieces that give you health boosts which helps if you’re fighting a boss. You also have new abilities like spider to trap enemies and festival which destroys enemies on the screen. There are more, but I won’t give them away as part of the fun is discovering them for yourself.

Among new abilities are also new mini games that you can play with friends.One is a tree cutting contest using the joy con motion controls, the other is a home run contest hitting meteors with your charged bat while avoiding things such as spiders and bugs.


Overall, this is another strong entry for Kirby and if you have been a fan of the platforming part of the franchise, you will love this game’s charm and game play as well. I recommend purchasing this game and experiencing the joy of Kirby by yourself or with a good friend and sharing the love.


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