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Nook News – 6/16/21 – E3 Round-up

Visual Novel News:

On Miyajima Island, known for its mythical history, a phantom thief has arrived. Ura, known throughout the world as a cunning trickster, has his name is tarnished by an unknown foe masquerading as him. But on this island reside the Three Great families, descended from some of legend’s most storied heroes; Momotarou, Kintaro, and Otohime. These families work together to protect the Mystical Treasures and are sworn enemies of the phantom thief. Their youngest descendants, all high schoolers, have taken this oath and vowed to hunt down Ura. The twist? They’re all schoolmates now! Join Phantom Thief Ura as he seeks out his impostor and befriends his rivals in a story centuries in the making… and perhaps snag a few Mystical Treasures along the way!

JAST USA has today announced that they will be release Onigokko! on June 29th 2021. This title is by Alcot, who are well known for the political parody visual novel My Girlfriend is the President. Pre-orders will be accepted for a physical version, with a download code being sent to anyone ordering the physical copy.

Gaming News:

Before we get to everything E3 showed us, there were a few announcements made before the event. The first one was a new JRPG from former developers of Shin Megami Tensei called Monark. Revealed by NIS America, the game is coming over to the west, which was announced in a debut trailer.

Monark releases on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in early 2022.

Watch the announcement trailer for Monark

Announced back in 2019, the collaborative effort between From Software and George R. R. Martin, Elden Ring has finally got a new trailer! This decently long gameplay showcase reveals many of the environments, enemies, and mechanics that will be in the final game.

Elden Ring launches for Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on January 21st, 2022.

Watch the new Elden Ring trailer

Now, on to some of the biggest announcements from E3 2021:

Ubisoft:

The first of the two big announcements was a sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle called Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. The other is a game set in James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which aims to be an ambitious open-world title.

Microsoft & Bethesda:

They opened their presentation with Bethesda’s highly anticipated Starlink. While we didn’t get any gameplay, we got the release date of November 11th, 2022. Halo Infinite got more information regarding its single-player campaign but also provided information on its online multiplayer, which they announced will be free-to-play. Sea of Thieves is getting a Pirates of the Caribbean update with players assisting Jack Sparrow against the underwater fiend Davy Jones. Eiyuden Chronicle, a JRPG aiming to be a successor to Suikoden 2 was given a new trailer, and they also announced a new game in the series called Eyuden Chronicle Rising, which looks like a 2D action game.

Square-Enix:

We’re getting a single-player action game of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, one where you take the role of Starlord and join the rest of the guardians in a 3D action game with an emphasis on character interaction. On top of that, Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo are working on an action RPG in a similar style to Nioh set in the Final Fantasy universe called Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. It has a demo that is now available to download on the Playstation 5.

Nintendo:

Their E3 Direct was jam-packed with a ton of announcements! Kazuya from Tekken will be the next DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Shin Megami Tensei V finally got a gameplay trailer. Advance Wars is getting a remake of its first two titles. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is a celebration of the 20th anniversary with remastered levels. WarioWare: Get it Together is a new entry in the series that includes multiplayer. Danganronpa Decadence is a port of the three main entries and a new board game spinoff title. And last, but not least, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally received gameplay footage with it now including islands in the sky.

Anime News:

Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film BELLE is getting a North American theatrical release! Thanks to the efforts of GKIDS, the film is getting a Winter 2021 release in the US and are even planning to put the film up for the future award season.

Watch the English subbed trailer of BELLE

In a shocking move, popular VTuber Kiryu Coco, along with her agency hololive has announced her graduation from the group on July 1st. For those unaware, graduation in this context refers to a person leaving an agency. Coco announced the news in a video and her final stream will be live on July 1st. She leaves behind over 1.7 million subscribers, but we at Nook Gaming wish her all the best for her future endeavors!

While the Castlevania Netflix series is over, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story! A spinoff of what Netflix is now calling the Castlevania Universe was announced, with it taking place during the French Revolution and focuses on Richter Belmont, the son of Trevor Belmont. No release window has been announced at this time.

The Cowboy Bebop live-action Netflix series is fast approaching, but an important aspect that wasn’t discussed until now was the music. Fans of the original series will be thrilled to know that the series’ original composer Yoko Kanno has a hand in the project.

The Cowboy Bebop Netflix series premieres this Fall.

Japanese composer Asei Kobayashi recently passed away at the age of 88 due to heart failure. His first anime role as a composer was Wolf Boy Ken, with other series he worked on including GatchamanUltraman vs. Kamen Rider, and the opening theme to Turn A Gundam. Rest in peace, Asei Kobayashi.

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