Nook News – 3/21/21

Visual Novel News:

This week has brought us quite a few visual novel releases, both indie and from more well known publishers. Starting off with a more well known title, Love’s Sweet Garnish 2 has been out on Steam for some time, but the English translation was only added this week. It is currently on sale on the Denpasoft store.

Megasuki: Love Through Lenses with Ayumu Sakura (NSFW Link) was a surprise release. These two are localized from Japanese to English and include adult content.

Within the indie area, Magical Otoge Iris has just been released. This is an Otome title with some wonderful-looking artwork. Venus: Improbable Dream tackles themes related to mental health an attempt to change. I’ve been keeping an eye on this title for a while since the idea is interesting. One that snuck up on me is Gwan Moon High School : The Ghost Gate, which is a horror Visual Novel with a point and click system. It has a free demo for anyone wanting to try it out.

Magical Otoge Iris
In other news, we mentioned NekoNyan’s announcement of the Nintendo Switch version of Kinkoi: Golden Loveriche and the translation of the fandisc Golden Time if a stretch goal was reached. We’re happy to share that this goal has been met. While not officially confirmed on the KickStarter page at the time of writing, we expect this to be updated soon.

As an unexpected surprise, Hakuchuumu no Aojashin has been announced as releasing on Steam in English and Chinese. Details are quite sparse at the moment, but this visual novel is quite highly rated on VNDB and takes place in the same universe as Newton and the Apple Tree.

Gaming News:

After last month’s announcement of PlayStation’s new VR technology, Sony unveiled the new controller for their next VR platform on the PS5. It includes tracking from the headset via a tracking ring across the bottom of the controller and all the features from the Dualsense controller, specifically the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. It also has a feature called “finger touch detection,” which means that the controller can detect where your fingers are on the controller, leading to more natural gestures with your hands when playing a game.

On the topic of Sony, they recently made quite a surprising move by choosing to purchase the Evolution fighting game tournament, better known as EVO. It’s unclear how the purchase will affect the future game lineup, especially Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Ultimate, but the announcement also came with the lineup for this year’s EVO Online tournament. It will include games such as Street Fighter V: Championship Edition, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, and the soon-to-be-released Guilty Gear Strive.

EVO Online will be held across two weekends: August 6th-8th and August 13th-15th.

The highly anticipated HD Remaster of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne finally has a release date: May 25th! Plus, if you pre-order the digital deluxe edition, you’ll gain access to the game four days earlier, along with a bunch of new features including Dante from the Devil May Cry series… yes, this is where the meme came from.

Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster launches on May 25th for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and PC via Steam.

Square-Enix recently hosted an online showcase for some of their latest games, with the biggest announcement being the final one: the previously announced Project Athia, or as it’s now officially called, Forspoken. Actress Ella Balinska will be playing the lead character, with one of the cutscenes and a snippet of gameplay being showcased.

Forspoken will release on Playstation 5 and PC in 2022.

Watch the Forspoken trailer

As a follow up to last week’s article regarding the new Steins;Gate announcement  Was it a new game? A new anime series? Nope. Turns out all this hype and build-up was for a mobile game collaboration with Revue Starlight Re Live. This limited-time event will be adding various characters from the series and a story to have them fit in the mobile game. Currently, this collab is only available in the eastern version, with no announcement if it will be coming to the English version of the app.

It’s been teased for what seems like an eternity, but Bandai Namco’s Scarlet Nexus finally has an international release date: June 25th! This action RPG focuses on a group of psychics in a world of abominable monsters called Others. To announce the release date, a brand new trailer focusing on one of the game’s primary characters, a girl named Kasane was released.

Scarlet Nexus launches for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, and PC via Steam on June 25th.

Watch the Scarlet Nexus Kasane trailer 

Anime News:

We’re not done with Scarlet Nexus yet, as an anime series based on the game was also announced along with the game’s release date. Not too much is known about the series other than the general premise, but what we do know is that production will be handled by Sunrise, the same studio behind classic series such as Mobile Suit GundamCowboy Bebop, and Code Geass. A short teaser was also released to announce the project.

The Scarlet Nexus anime series will premiere this Summer.

Watch the Scarlet Nexus anime teaser trailer

Though speaking of Cowboy Bebop, the first season of the live-action Netflix adaption has recently finished production. While it wasn’t officially announced, the series’ female lead, Daniella Pineda posted on Instagram about the first seasons’ production coming to an end. This is notable because she is playing the role of Faye Valentine in the adaptation.

The live-action Cowboy Bebop series has no set release date at this time.

Given the larger scope of the series, it was only a matter of time until the modern Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni anime adaptation got a second season. Well good news, a second season was confirmed and named: Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni- SOTSU! A short teaser and key visual for the season were also unveiled for the announcement.

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni-SOTSU will premiere this July.

Watch the Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni-SOTSU teaser trailer

While it’s been breaking records for the better part of a year now, the Demon Slayer film has yet to make it stateside… until now. Demon Slayer Mugen Train has been officially announced for an American theatrical release in both subbed and dubbed formats! Those of you who are looking forward to the series’ second season, you’ll want to check this film out, as it serves as a continuation of the events from the first season. Tickets go on sale on April 9th, though if going to a local screening isn’t an option for you, the film will release digitally on June 22nd.

Demon Slayer Mugen Train begins screenings in US theaters on April 23rd.

Watch the Demon Slayer Mugen Train western theatrical release trailer

On a sad note, famed character designer and animator Minako Shiba recently passed away at the age of 50. She was most well known for her work on Black Butler, Tegami Bachi Letter Bee, and Yowamushi Pedal. Also, Yasuo Otsuka, legendary animator and mentor passed away at 89. He was notable for being the mentor to famous figures from Studio Ghibli such as Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki. We at Nook Gaming offer our condolences to the friends and families affected by their passing.

Upcoming Releases:

Quite literally out of nowhere, Crypton Future Media announced that their mobile game, Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S is coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s a picross puzzle game themed around the iconic Vocaloids and adds a bunch of new features for this port. What’s more, the game is 25% off from March 18th to March 31st on the eShop.

Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Watch the Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S trailer

The popular Japanese rhythm game is making its console debut worldwide with Love Live! School Idol Festival ~after school ACTIVITY~ Wai-Wai!Home Meeting!! The game will work under a DLC release system, with the base game being free and including eight songs, while the rest will need to be accessed via paid DLC.

Love Live! School Idol Festival ~after school ACTIVITY~ Wai-Wai!Home Meeting!! launches for the Playstation 4 on March 24th.

Undoubtedly, the biggest release of the week is Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise. This is the sixth mainline entry in the series following the phenomenally successful Monster Hunter World from 2018. Currently, the Switch version is releasing this month with a PC release planned for early 2022.

Monster Hunter Rise launches for Nintendo Switch on March 26th.

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