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In a surprise announcement, Bamboo the creator of Go! Go! Nippon has said that if the Go! Go! Nippon! Live With You! channel reaches 10,000 subscribers, he will make a new Go! Go! Nippon game. While noting that OVERDRIVE will be “fully shut down next year,” he said that he would take it upon himself to make the new title. Bamboo also added, “I’d like to include voices too if we can”.
Shiravune have recently released Harem Kingdom (see our review here) and Ninki Seiyuu via the Johren platform. They are now coming to Steam, with an announced release date of October 15th (Ninki Seiyuu) and ‘soon’ (Harem Kingdom). Patches to restore the 18+ content will be available via Johren for each game.
Two new games from Medibang are available on the JAST Store. Idol Days follows the story of a delinquent girl on the road to becoming an idol, while Kirakira stars idol project AI has you manage your childhood friend as she becomes an idol. Both titles use the ‘E-Mote’ engine to animate expressions and bring the characters to life.
In indie OELVN news, Cooking Companions has just released onto Steam with a 34% launch discount. It features Eastern European folklore and is a “dating sim” psychological horror title.
The 11th and final DLC character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed last week! Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series will be joining the roster, making the total character count in the game a staggering 89 fighters! All of Sora’s moves, costumes, and stage were also revealed, all of which were shown to us in an event hosted by Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s director, Masahiro Sakurai.
Sora will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18th.
On a related note, on the same day as that announcement, Square-Enix announced details for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series. Among the things announced, it was confirmed that all of the Kingdom Hearts games are releasing on the Nintendo Switch as Cloud games, the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Dark Road will be concluding sometime in Winter, and new merchandise is available to pre-order. On top of that, an anniversary event was also announced, with more details to be revealed at a later date.
After the huge success of Way Forward’s entry into the Kunio-kun series, a sequel to River City Girls is currently being developed! While the game was announced a while back, footage has finally been revealed in a new trailer released by Arc System Works.
River City Girls 2 launches on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2022.
While there certainly isn’t a shortage of platforms to play the original Corpse Party on, an enhanced version of the game is making its way to current consoles. Not only will it be getting an updated UI, two extra chapters are also being added, which introduce two new characters.
The enhanced version of Corpse Party arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 20th.
While Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate is still a ways off, the renowned JRPG series was recently dealt a heavy blow with the recent passing of Koichi Sugiyama. Ever since the original Dragon Quest on the Famicom back in 1986, he served as the game’s music composer, working on every mainline entry in the series until his death. He was also known for being the first video game composer to record with a full live orchestra. Rest in peace, Koichi Sugiyama.
New York Comic-Con recently took place and it gave us a new look at the next film in the Dragon Ball franchise. The preview was less than a minute long, but it confirms that the movie will be animated in 3D and gives us a look at the various characters that will be making appearances.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero premieres in 2022.
Speaking of films from Toei Animation, the fan-favorite film One Piece Film: Strong World is coming to US theatres! Originally released in 2009, it is the 10th film in the One Piece series, with the script being written by series creator, Eiichiro Oda. It will be getting a limited release on November 7th and 9th, with the short film, One Piece: Mugiwara Chase being played too. Tickets for the film can be purchased now!
The Prince of Tennis recently celebrated its 20th anniversary! The anniversary also gave us the announcement that a new anime series is being produced; the first in a decade! A key visual and teaser were released as well.
The Prince of Tennis II: U-17 World Cup will premiere in 2022.
We’ve received more information regarding the new Black Rock Shooter anime series. The series now has an official title: Black Rock Shooter DAWN FALL, and is being produced by Bibury Animation Studios, who recently worked on the second season of The Quintessential Quintuplets. A new teaser image for the series was also revealed.
Black Rock Shooter DAWN FALL premieres in Spring 2022.
Also announced at New York Comic-Con, an animated series based on the popular Shenmue series from SEGA was given its first trailer. The series is being promoted as a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original and was given a premiere window of 2022.
While Valve may never release a third entry in their beloved Left 4 Dead series, another studio took the task of creating a spiritual successor. Back 4 Blood was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which includes some of the creators of Left 4 Dead, and includes 4 player cooperative modes and PVP options with support for up to 8 players.
Back 4 Blood releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th.
Right off the heels of the series returning to the airwaves with its second season, Demon Slayer is getting its first video console video game, courtesy of CyberConnect2! Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is similar to the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series, with it retelling the events from the original series with incredible production values, all in the package of a 3D arena fighting game.
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on October 15th.
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