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SNK, maker of the Neo Geo, is releasing a new console in 2021
by João Carrasqueira
Back in 2018, SNK capitalized on the retro gaming boom kickstarted by Nintendo's NES Classic Mini with the release of the Neo Geo Mini, a miniature arcade machine that sold out very quickly upon launch. Now, the company appears to be trying to do it again with a new console launching in 2021.
SNK took to Twitter to announce that a new console is in the works, with a goal to "bridge the gap between passionate fans and console gaming enthusiasts". It's not really clear what the company means by that, but SNK games definitely have a legacy and a passionate fanbase for many of its franchises.
There is something that can be gleaned from the announcement tweet, though. Between the use of a Wi-Fi-like symbol and the tagline "who is the best player?", it's fair to assume that some sort of online functionality is at play here. Whether that involves real-time multiplayer titles or online leaderboards is up in the air, however.
Aside from that, there really isn't much in the way of information about the console. The Neo Geo Mini was mostly a way to relive some of the company's classic arcade titles, but there are some SNK franchises that still get new releases, or that have had more recent entries since the prime era of arcade games. It's possible that some of those titles will be available here, or that brand-new games will be developed for the platform. Again, that's all speculation, and we'll have to wait for the company to share more details at some point in the future.
By Namerah S
NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol. 1 and 2 coming to consoles and PC on June 18
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Japanese video game developer and publisher Bandai Namco has announced two collective compilations of its retro arcade games called the NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both installments are to feature 11 classic games each, making the combined offering of both volumes 22 titles.
Some of the titles included in Bandai Namco's upcoming classic arcade collection duo have never been released in Western countries before. A comprehensive list of games which will be included in each volume is given below.
NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 1:
Galaxian Xevious Mappy Dragon Buster Pac-Man Dig-Dug The Tower of Druaga Sky Kid Dragon Spirit: The New Legend Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti Pac-Man Championship Edition NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 2:
Battle City Pac-Land Dig Dug II Super Xevious Galaga Rolling Thunder Mappy-Land Legacy of the Wizard Dragon Buster II Mendel Palace Gaplus Both volumes of Bandai Namco Asia's newly announced two-part series NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES are developed in partnership with Japanese game maker B.B. Studio, one of its own subsidiaries. Both collections will offer features which the retro titles did not have previously such as save points, wide-screen support, better playability and more.
The NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 1 and 2 will be available on multiple platforms including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Both retro compilations are due out June 18, 2020.
By Namerah S
First Nioh 2 DLC titled 'The Tengu's Disciple' announced, with a July release date
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
It has been just a few months since the sequel to Team Ninja's Nioh made its debut on Sony's PlayStation 4 platform. Today, the Japanese developer announced an upcoming pack of DLCs for the game, starting with The Tengu's Disciple, due out July 30, 2020.
Creative director Tom Lee explained that Team Ninja has a trio of DLCs lined up for Nioh 2, with The Tengu's Disciple being the first to be released, and the other two scheduled for launch over 'the next several months'. He also detailed what these expansion packs will actually contain and add to the game.
Here is a summary of the storyline for The Tengu's Disciple provided in the announcing blog post:
Players who purchase The Tengu's Disciple will get to enjoy in-game items as well as additional chapters which add to the overall storyline of the game. Apart from the new chapters, new content in the DLC includes new armor, difficulty levels, skills, bosses, yokai, Guardian Spirits, and a weapon for players to fight with.
In addition to the announcement of the three DLCs planned for Nioh 2, a Photo Mode was also revealed along with nine new missions for the action RPG title as part of an update which started rolling out today. Photo Mode features new camera settings for players, allowing them to toggle exposure, lighting, gradation, dramatic filters and other options.
Team Ninja has promised that further information about The Tengu's Disciple will be revealed in the coming months. It can be expected that details about the other two DLCs scheduled to be released in the future will be made available around the same time, or perhaps a little after.
By Namerah S
PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 to be free on all platforms until May 10 starting today
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
In an effort to promote the stay-at-home movement to beat the spread of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Bandai Namco Entertainment is going to make PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 free for people to claim for a limited amount of time. Players will be able to download and play the arcade title for free on consoles as well as PCs.
Usually priced at $12.99 on all platforms, the PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 free promotion starts today morning at 10:00 am PDT and ends a little over two weeks later, at exactly 10:00 am PDT on May 10, 2020.
Speaking about the decision to give away free copies of the PAC-MAN title, the Japanese video game developer and publisher stated:
Those who are interested can claim the freebie through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 4 platform, the Microsoft Store for Xbox One users, and Steam for PC gamers. It should be noted that currently, only the Xbox One version is redeemable for free. The giveaways for PlayStation 4 and PC users are expected to go live at 10:00 am PDT.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is free to play on Steam until Sunday
by Florin Bodnarescu
If you've been eyeing Fatshark's 2018 action game Warhammer: Vermintide 2, but weren't quite sure about actually purchasing it, the title has now gotten a free weekend on Steam.
For folks not familiar, Vermintide 2 is a first-person action game in the Warhammer universe, with a focus on co-op, and is the sequel to 2015's Warhammer: End TImes - Vermintide. You can play as one of five different characters, each with three different careers - unlocked at different character levels. There are 13 campaign missions to experience (plus two more if you have the Shadows over Bögenhafen DLC), with players fighting against the Chaos army and a rat-men species dubbed the Skaven.
In case that sounds like something you'd enjoy playing, the free weekend lasts until November 24 at 6PM UTC, which is 10AM PT or 1PM ET. On the off chance that you find the gameplay of the title appealing, there's also a 75% discount in place until November 26, bringing the price down from $29.99 to $7.49.