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Nook News – 2/26/24 | Nintendo’s Partner Showcase Reveals

Visual Novel News:

Shiravune have announced the upcoming release of Mashiroiro Symphony HD -Love is Pure White- and the single route standalone expansion, Mashiroiro Symphony HD -Sana Edition- by Palette. Readers may know this from it’s 12-episide anime adaption released in 2011. This version is based on the HD remake with 1920×1080 resolution.

Both titles will launch on Steam and Johren in a Q2 2024.

Shingo Uryu is a normal young man from the new side of town, but the academy that he attends is about to be integrated with a venerable edifice of the town’s older side—the prestigious Yuihime Girls Private Academy. Thrust into a combined class to help test the upcoming merge’s effects, Shingo begins commuting to Yuihime… and his life starts to change. A somewhat strong-willed young woman who’s firmly against the schools coming together… A girl who aspires to become a maid due to her mother’s influence… A young lady as gentle as she is mysterious… His one and only little sister… The time he spends with these young women begins to lend his humdrum days a different hue.

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SukeraSomero have launched LipTrip ~My Boss Is My Heat Suppressant?!~, a yuri romance involving an employee and her editor-in-chief based on the Omegaverse concept. This is from the same developer as OshiRabu: Waifus Over Husbandos and was translated by Meru of LoveLabJapan/Fakku.

At the time of writing, LipTrip has launched on JAST USA and Denpasoft, but the Steam Store page still says Coming Soon, despite the Steam 18+ DLC being available via JAST USA.

In the Omegaverse, everyone is born into one of three secondary genders: Alpha (α), Beta (β), or Omega (Ω). The majority of the population are Betas, while Alphas sit at the apex of society with their superior looks and abilities. Meanwhile, Omegas have a special characteristic: they periodically go into heat, at which time they become irresistible to Alphas. Rino is an Omega, and a new recruit working for a digital travel magazine. Chizu is an Alpha, and Rino’s boss. “Um, Boss! It’s my first day, and…” The moment Rino hears her boss’s voice, she suddenly goes into an off-cycle heat! Chizu respects the fact that Rino doesn’t want to quit her job just because of her natural urges as an Omega and makes a decision to help her. “Just bear with it. I’ll get it over with soon.” Entranced by her cool fingers and sweet scent, Rino gives her body over to Chizu. Fate begins to toy with the two as their feelings dance the fine line between reason and instinct…

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Following a mobile release, Abracadabra Studios have released Blood Domination on PC through Steam. This is a boy’s love visual novel following five different couples as they navigate sub/dom relationships.

In Blood Domination, the world of vampires is divided into two types: Doms who control, and subs who are controlled. Many have passed through the prestigious Éclair Gymnasium Academy, learning to tap into their full potential as Doms or subs in order to preserve the noble vampire bloodlines. This is a story of hunger and longing; quenched only by D/s acts in which subs offer themselves to the mercy of their Dom’s pleasure, for which the sub receives a reward in return. Now, five different couples have arrived to pen the newest pages of the Academy’s chronicled history. Their objective is simple: to get through a temporary contract with their respective partner. Will they discover love and happiness, or will their D/s relationships break down under the weight of their own ambitions and tragedies? Your choices will decide their destiny.

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Gaming News:

In typical Nintendo fashion, they announced a Nintendo Direct presentation just shortly before it premiered. This showcase was specifically about their many publishing partners and what new games they’ve got in the pipeline for 2024. Here are the highlights:

Remember Epic Mickey? It was a pretty big Nintendo Wii exclusive back in 2010 directed by Warren Spector, the director of the sci-fi classic, Deus Ex. Unfortunately, it was stuck on one platform for over a decade, but now this cult classic game is getting a second chance! Epic Mickey: Rebrushed is a modern remake developed by Purple Lamp, the same studio that remade Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom. Not much is known about how this new remake is going to be changed or how it’ll adapt the previously existing motion controls, so be sure to watch this space.

Epic Mickey: Rebrushed launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2024.

Watch the announcement trailer for Epic Mickey: Rebrushed

Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist is a dark and bleak Metroidvania and a sequel to Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights. The game has you tackling fearsome enemies and bosses, with you then being able to use their abilities to aid you in combating the many foes you’ll face.

Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2024.

Watch the announcement trailer for Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist

Looking for a new Soulslike to play, but one with a bit of a twist? If you are, you’ll be curious to hear about this next game! Another Crab’s Treasure sees you play as a small hermit crab on a quest to get his stolen shell back. The big difference between this game and other Soulslikes is the ability to pick up objects to use as a temporary shell, with each one granting you different abilities.

Another Crab’s Treasure releases for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 25th.

Watch the release date announcement trailer for Another Crab’s Treasure

While the sequel to Monster Hunter Stories has been out for a few years, there’s been no way to play the original game outside of the Nintendo 3DS. However, the original game is getting a HD remaster and includes new voice-overs, a museum mode, and content that was previously exclusive to the Japanese version.

Monster Hunter Stories is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Summer 2024.

Watch the trailer for the re-release of Monster Hunter Stories

A brand new entry in the Super Monkey Ball series is coming this year! Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble brings back the tried-and-tested tilting gameplay with tons of courses to tackle. New to the series is the Spin Dash, which allows you to change direction and grants you a big boost in speed. The game also includes co-op gameplay and 16-player online matchmaking.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 25th.

Watch the announcement trailer for Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble

Released back in 2021, Shin Megami Tensei V is getting an enhanced version with brand-new content. Alongside the original game, this new version includes a new story path called Canon of Vengeance with brand new characters and plot points.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance arrives for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on June 21st.

Watch the announcement trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Vanillaware’s next game, Unicorn Overlord, is less than a month away! This new strategy RPG sees you selecting from over 60 characters as you make your way across the five nations that make up this world. If you’d like to play it ahead of release, a new demo for the game has been released to give you the opportunity to see if this game is one you’ll enjoy.

Unicorn Overlord releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch on March 8th.

Watch the Unicorn Overlord demo trailer

The latest game from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise was revealed and it’s a return to a long-running game series! Gundam Breaker 4 allows you to mix and match parts from over 250 model kits to create a mobile suit all your own. Alongside the third-person action combat, you’ll also be able to pose and display them in a diorama mode.

Gundam Breaker 4 launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2024.

Watch the announcement trailer for Gundam Breaker 4

To close out the showcase, a brand new entry in the Endless Ocean series was announced: Endless Ocean Luminous! Made up of two prior entries on the Nintendo Wii, this series is getting a brand-new entry after 15 years. Dive into a vast unknown ocean and explore the many species of fish and secrets that are waiting to be discovered. You’ll also be able to join up to 30 players online to explore together.

Endless Ocean Luminous releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch on May 2nd.

Watch the announcement trailer for Endless Ocean Luminous

Outside of the Nintendo Partner Showcase, Bandai Namco and FromSoftware finally unveiled more information on the highly anticipated DLC expansion for Elden Ring! Titled Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, we got our first proper look with an announcement trailer that reveals a brand new location to explore, along with the many bosses you’ll be facing.

The Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC expansion launches on June 21st.

Watch the trailer for the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC expansion

Anime News:

Rimuru and their group of friends are returning for a third season of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime! We got our first look at a bunch of new characters and even a brand-new trailer ahead of the premiere.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime season 3 premieres on April 5th.

Watch the trailer for That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime season 3

It’s been four years, but Tower of God is ready to return for a second season! During IGN’s Fan Fest, we got our first look at the new season in action, along with the premiere window.

Tower of God season 2 premieres this July.

Watch the Tower of God season 2 reveal

With 2B recently being added as DLC for Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising, it seemed like the perfect time to announce the continuation of the NieR: Automata anime adaptation! The second cour of the series was announced in the form of a brand-new key visual, with it premiering sometime in 2024.

It seems the live-action anime adaptations aren’t slowing down anytime soon with this new update on the Naruto live-action film! It’s been quite a long time since we heard anything about the film, but we finally got more information on the project. This film being produced by Lionsgate has now secured a writer and director: Destin Daniel Cretton, who previously directed and wrote Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Upcoming Releases:

The next chapter in the Final Fantasy VII remake series is finally ready for release this week! Final Fantasy VII Rebirth finally sees Cloud and his allies leave Midgar and explore the massive world that surrounds it. Alongside the continuation of this classic RPG story, we’ll be getting enhancements to the combat system and a plethora of new and diverse mini-games to partake in.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches exclusively for PlayStation 5 on February 29th.

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