Train2Game News Pokémon Rumble Rush

The Pokémon Company International today confirmed a new entry in the Pokémon Rumble series, with the all new Pokémon Rumble Rush.

This free-to-start beat-‘em-up is available for download today for owners of Android mobile devices in Australia via Google Play; with an iOS version and full worldwide release coming shortly.

In Pokémon Rumble Rush players assume the role of an intrepid adventurer tasked with discovering new islands and the various Pokémon that inhabit each area.

As they explore each island players must overcome the hordes of enemy Pokémon that stand in their way. By tapping the screen, the players’ partner Pokémon will rush in and attack each oncoming wave. During each of these encounters there is a chance one or more of the Pokémon will befriend a player and in turn use those Pokémon in future battles. Each island adventure features Super Boss fights and, if victorious, players have the chance to get items that power up their Pokémon.

As they play Pokémon Rumble Rush, players will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of Pokémon. The more players explore the game world and take part in special events, the more Pokémon they will discover—possibly including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon! Exploration may also lead to players finding a previously undiscovered stage, and as a reward, players get to name it.

When exploring an area on their own, a hint function can display the Pokémon that inhabit that area. Also, when players view a map of an island, occasionally they’ll see some hot air balloons passing by. Tapping a hot air balloon will let players try a stage that other adventurers have already discovered, which means players may encounter Pokémon that they haven’t found before.

Find out more at http://www.pokemon.co.uk/

Train2Game News Oddworld Soulstorm

Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. proudly unveil the first look at gameplay from Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is the second game in a planned Oddworld pentalogy.

Oddworld Soulstorm is the first true follow-up to the critically acclaimed, best-selling Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which was a ground-up remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.

Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up from where New ‘n’ Tasty ended. Abe has defeated Mollusk the Glukkon, his former boss and RuptureFarms’ meanest inhabitant, overthrown RuptureFarms and liberated workmates.

Now, Abe – along with 300 newly emancipated Mudokons – find themselves without food, water or a place to call home. Stranded alone in the desert, they find solace in a strange new brew – a delicious drink that has insidious ramifications for their newfound freedom.

Oddworld: Soulstorm will continue to chew up the themes of environmentalism, capitalism, consumerism and addiction that critics and fans found so engaging in the “AAA Indie” release of Oddworld’s last pensive platformer, New ’n’ Tasty.

Oddworld: Soulstorm will launch on PC & consoles in 2020.

To feel the heat and find out more, please see visit oddworld.com

Train2Game News Escape Studios Game Jam

The Future is Creative and it’s time to make your mark on the games industry by joining your peers and taking part in the annual Escape Studios’ Game Jam.

This year in partnership with mobile games developer Outplay, games studio Creative Assembly and industry publication 3DWorld Magazine. Taking place on 31st May – 2nd June 2019 at 190 High Holborn, London.

This is not to be missed.

Escape Studios, Europe’s leading creative academy, part of Pearson College London, are calling on all budding game designers to take part in the Escape Studios Game Jam 2019. Team work, creativity, endurance and a desire to learn from your peers are all that is required in this annual game design competition, which is now in its fourth year.

The Escape Studios Game Jam is an opportunity for you to put your skills to the test against the clock to create the best game to fit the brief, as a way to build your experience. Running from Friday to Sunday, each team will have to create and present their game to a panel of judges; the winning team will be awarded an exclusive prize package by the end of the weekend.

Escape Studios has teamed up with Creative Assembly and 3D World Magazine to bring you top industry professionals to help build your ideas. Representatives will drop in over the course of the weekend, to offer advice and will be part of the final judging panel. Leading mobile games developer, Outplay has also supplied an exclusive prize for the winning team.

Additional judges also include Escape Studios’ Head of Games, Simon Fenton, who has more than 24 years’ experience in the games industry and has worked for the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Simon will also be on hand to provide mentoring and guidance across the weekend. In addition to Simon’s expertise, jammers will be joined by Juriaan Van Linschoten, Escape Studios’ alumni and currently an Associate Tutor at the institution.

You can sign up for the event via Eventbrite.

Train2Game News New NES Games

On May 15, classic NES™ games Donkey Kong Jr.™, Clu Clu Land™ and VS. Excitebike™ are coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection, bringing its total number of games to more than 40.

That’s dozens of classic games that can be played on the Nintendo Switch™ system anytime and anywhere with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, with even more games on the way!

  • Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong™ game. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.
  • VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike™ game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom™ disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.
  • Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

These three games join classics like Super Mario Bros.™ 3, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda™ and many others, all of which have been enhanced with online features.

Nintendo Switch Online members also have access to the free-to-download software Tetris® 99 as a special offer. The game includes online events like the Tetris 99 MAXIMUS CUP events.

Other features of the Nintendo Switch Online service include online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, plus a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games.

The Nintendo Switch Online app now includes Smash World, a new service for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. With Smash World, players can use a mobile device to view recommended gameplay videos and download custom stages created in the game’s Stage Builder mode directly to their game, providing more ways than ever before to share their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate experience with others.

To make playing NES games feel more authentic, Nintendo Switch Online members with a paid membership can purchase Nintendo Entertainment System controllers that are compatible with Nintendo Switch by visiting https://nesc.nintendo.com/nintendo-entertainment-system-controllers.

For more information about Nintendo Switch Online, to view membership options and to learn about a free seven-day trial for new users, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/.

TrainGame News Hyper Stylized PAC-MAN

One of the most iconic video game characters in history meets high-art as PAC-MAN gets his own hyper-stylized PAC-MAN figurine from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America and world-famous pop artist Richard Orlinski!

The collectible PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture is available now for pre-order and is scheduled to be released in June 2020.

The premium-quality resin figurine, which stands 7-inches tall, was designed in collaboration with Richard Orlinski, the best-selling contemporary French artist whose work is represented in more than 90 art galleries around the world. The collectibles will be available for purchase in both yellow and black variants at the official BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America online store:

PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture – Black –

https://www.bandainamcoentstore.com/product/561623/pac-man-x-orlinski-the-official-sculpture-black

PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture – Yellow –

https://www.bandainamcoentstore.com/product/561598/pac-man-x-orlinski-the-official-sculpture-yellow

To commemorate the official opening of pre-orders, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America has also released a new video showcasing a 360° view of the figurine:

Train2Game News GamerDating

After seven years in beta GamerDating.com, the world’s first dating site dedicated to gamers formally launches, the first dating site to allow single gamers to match one another with twinned dating and gaming profiles of PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo games.

The site has recently with its uptick in popularity seen two marriages, one divorce and one recent engagement.

“We’ve taken our time to make sure the service was the best available,” said GD’s Founder James Palmer.

“Without any marketing and publicity, 360,000 single gamers have already signed up – and another 20,000 are joining every month. We’re clocking more than 90,000 messages a week are being sent between our beta users” The elegant product design and ability to add and search games within users profiles being the main reasons the founders think the site is a hit. “We’re happily saying to gamers now, get off Tinder, the real gamers are here guys”.

GamerDating is a place for single passionate adults dedicated to gaming who are looking for real relationships, offering gamers an unrivalled level of specificity, functionality and product value. The core principle of the company is authenticity, allowing gamers to join only with their first names, and a mandatory profile picture along with their favourite games, something impossible to find in-game within the obscure world of gamer tags. The site does this through their unique MDR (Match dating rating) system, which for the gaming savvy is akin to multiplayer video games MMR (Matchmaking rating) systems like League of Legends.

“Up until now, “gamer dating” websites and mainstream sites have offered a large database of people who had mentioned somewhere in their profiles that they didn’t mind video games or possibly enjoyed a mobile game, together with the usual profile field suspects,” said Palmer. “The likelihood of being matched with someone who passionately loved games was low. These sorts of white label services are borderline offensive and are shining examples of the incorrect stereotypes of gamers from people building bad products to take advantage.”

“We’re offering gamers several unique features designed specifically to help find the gamer of their dreams. We’ve expanded on your standard dating profile so you can conduct honed searches to find others who love the same games, consoles and even habits. They might live around the corner – or the other side of the world. But they’re able to find fellow gamers with similar interests arrange a date and play games together.”

Seven years ago the founders used their passion for gaming – along with their own dating highs and lows – to set up the beta version of the site. While they quietly polished the service, tens of thousands of gamers were providing invaluable feedback.

“What I remember most about the sites that were around when we first started looking was how gross they made me feel as a girl gamer,” said Melissa Walther, Community Director at GamerDating.

“On one hand you pay to game with a girl who would moan sexually in chat since 2016 I think we rebranded those to Thott’s – others slapped their logo on some tank tops and had girls in underwear talk about how women want men to buy them things. Why would I join these sites?

Serious gamers just aren’t served by existing products, and there are hundreds of millions of them – The best piece of feedback we had this year was in our email though, and quote, I joined because I: “hate Match and wanted to get off”. What else do you need to say?”

So obsessed with authenticity in the wake of recent fake profile and hacking scandal’s at Facebook is the GamerDating team, the service rewards others for finding fake profiles and spammers with premium time on the website.

“We had one lovely story recently, it’s so typical of why we love the gaming community” Palmer added “A guy joined the site, and noted that – uniquely – we have a reward system for our users when finding bad actors, and that’s true, we award people with premium time on the site for finding spammers and fake profiles. Wouldn’t you know it the guy spent hours just running around the site finding these fakes for us! We gave him a day per spammer or fake profile found, I think he must have ended up with at least 2 months, but that’s the spirit of the gaming community, we didn’t ask him to do this, but he saw the mission, gamers need to feel support and authenticity and when they do, they give back”.

What GamerDating.com is offering:

– a free basic account allowing gamers to join, search, add games, matchmake, message, read messages from premium members and be matched on GamerDating

– a paid subscription allowing members unlimited communication, a Twitter-like feed to share their story and the ability to read messages from all members including free members, who can, in turn, read messages from them and respond

– members are charged $35 for two months, or $70 for four months … this compares well to the industry’s standard fees of $30 – $60 a month on sites like Match, including a game offering an excellent value by comparison

– members’ details are protected by GamerDating’s strict privacy policy … they will not be sold for marketing by other third-party companies

– the first dating service to pioneer bundling video games and gaming gift cards with subscriptions, offering both tangible and intangible benefits from subscription

Uniquely in the past, each member of the GamerDating team struggled with compromising their love of games in the hope of holding onto relationships with non-gaming partners who didn’t understand their passion.

“When I started dating, it became apparent the girls I was seeing had no interest in games. In fact, some of them outright hated them,” said Alexander Brown, GamerDating Chief of Operations and Co-Founder.

“I accepted this as ‘normal’. I was told games were childish – that they were anti-social and caused bad habits. When I was in those sorts of relationships, I had to give up gaming. I changed as a person. I tried to be the happy-go-lucky guy that I am, but I slowly stopped being me. Being gaslighted into selling my gaming rig was the turning point.”

“GamerDating is about finding people who love games, who identify with the lifestyle of gaming. But crucially it’s about accepting yourself and being proud about who you are, who for many people means as a gamer.

This is absolutely necessary to be happy in any partnership” said Brown “Whether you’re a gamer or not.”

To sign up or find out more visit GamerDating.com

Train2Game News Razer Launches Star Wars PC Peripherals

RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today introduced a special collection of Imperial Stormtrooper-inspired peripherals in collaboration with the beloved Star Wars brand.

This new collection includes the Razer BlackWidow Lite mechanical keyboard, the Razer Atheris wireless mouse, and the Razer Goliathus Extended gaming mouse mat – all now available in a stylish white and black Stormtrooper themed edition.

Donning the iconic stormtrooper design, the Razer BlackWidow Lite mechanical keyboard and Atheris wireless mouse are built for productivity and performance, tuned for both the office and home environments. The Star Wars-themed Razer Goliathus Extended gaming mouse mat completes the set with a massive surface area for intense work sessions and high-adrenaline gaming.

“Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon with a rich history not only in cinema but also in gaming,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan.

“We are excited to join forces with Lucasfilm to create this special collection for our biggest fans and to bring the design of the saga’s most iconic characters to gaming peripherals.”

For Star Wars aficionados, the new stormtrooper themed peripherals are must-haves to bring order to any desktop collection.

Discover the entire Star Wars family of products here:
www.razer.com/campaigns/stormtrooper.

Train2Game News NEW Earthworm Jim

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Earthworm Jim, Intellivision Entertainment is proud to announce it has gathered together and reunited the original Earthworm Jim team to create a brand new video game adventure exclusively for the upcoming Intellivision Amico home video game console.

Ten of the original programmers, artists, audio team and level designers are taking part in bringing back the uniqueness and humour of the Earthworm Jim series.

To celebrate the reunion with the fans, a 20-minute live interactive simulcast streaming event will take place on Saturday, May 4th at noon Pacific during the first Earthworm Jim design meeting with the original team. As part of the live simulcast, the team will engage with fans to hear their new vision firsthand, multiple original art pieces will be hand-drawn by the artists, signed by the entire team and given away to people viewing the live stream. In addition, 50 brand new posters will be signed and numbered for live chat prizes.

“We have been talking about this moment for many years, it’s a dream come true to finally get the entire team back together. We’re looking forward to sharing a small part of our reunion and initial design meeting with fans from around the world,” said Tommy Tallarico, Intellivision Entertainment CEO/President and original Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 composer and sound designer.

“Intellivision Amico is designed to bring friends and families together and we are excited for fans and those just being introduced to the series to get a first look as we kick-off the design of the game.”

Earthworm Jim is just one of the many new titles that will be coming to Intellivision Amico. Voted “GAME OF THE YEAR” in 1994, the last time the Earthworm Jim team worked together was in the follow-up award-winning hit sensation Earthworm Jim 2 (released in 1995). Original team members including Doug TenNapel, David Perry, Tommy Tallarico, Nick Bruty, Mike Dietz, Tom Tanaka and Joey Kuras all went on to create their own highly successful companies, technology, video games, TV shows, comic books, albums, movies, graphic novels and world touring live events.

About Intellivision Amico: Intellivision Amico, launching October 10, 2020, is a home video game console designed to bring social fun back to the living room. Amico is the Italian word for “friend” or “buddy” and Intellivision Amico encapsulates this meaningfully with a home entertainment system that has multiplayer, togetherness at its core. All new games as well as reimagined classics coming to the system invite up to eight to play using easy to use controllers and even mobile phones.

Designed to appeal to a broad audience from nostalgic gamers to families, all titles will be rated E for Everyone or E10+ making it a great addition to everyone’s home. For more information, visit www.intellivisionentertainment.com.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LIVE EVENT:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Intellivision/

YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/c/Intellivision

TwitchTV: https://www.twitch.tv/intellivisionamico/

Train2Game News Pixel Player Handheld System

My Arcade, the go-to source for all things retro gaming, announced today the European shipping of the Pixel Player™ Handheld Gaming System.

Available across Europe for the first time, the Pixel Player™ packs an incredible 300 8-bit style games into its diminutive frame, offering an exhausting choice of nostalgia-driven challenges to gamers of all ages.

Ideal for those yearning for the classic days of gaming, the Pixel Player™ is endlessly comfortable to play with a landscape orientation for the screen and an ergonomic grip ensuring you don’t drop your game in the heat of the action. Astonishingly, for those preferring the portrait design of old, My Arcade has you covered, with the very same product available in an alternative design available under the name Pixel Classic™.

Pre-loaded with eight Data East™ titles, including BURGER TIME™, KARATE CHAMP™ and BAD DUDES™, the Pixel Player™ brings the classics back to life wherever you are!

Ideal for gaming on the go, the Pixel Player™ features volume control and a 3.5mm headphone jack to connect headphones and is powered by batteries or any micro-USB cable.

“My Arcade is dedicated to bringing the joys of arcade and retro gaming to today’s gamers, and the Pixel Player™ has been developed to replicate the 8-bit thrills of gaming’s greatest era,” commented Amir Navid, Creative Director for My Arcade.

“Classic titles like BURGER TIME and KARATE CHAMP are fan-favourites and we’re delighted to bring them to existing and new players alike alongside a great roster of titles they’ll fall in love with too.”

The Pixel Player™ from My Arcade is available in store and online from Amazon and other leading game retailers.

For more information on My Arcade and its wide array of retro gaming products, please visit myarcadegaming.com and facebook.com/MyArcadeRetro and follow on Twitter @MyArcadeRetro.