Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo have introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.

“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions.

Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online or local wireless multiplayer.

For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/

Train2Game News The Next 10 Mega Drive Mini Games

Whoaaa, Nelly! It’s time to run and jump our way to the next lineup of timeless classics making their way to the SEGA Mega Drive Mini with some of the biggest characters in video game history.

SEGA Mega Drive Mini, Starring:

The GROOVY! worm himself, Earthworm Jim!

Sonic’s BFF, Tails, in his debut performance, in Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

The one and only, Mickey Mouse, in two classically-animated games, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, each with their own beloved casts of characters.

The Next 10

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi III
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Landstalker

SEGA Mega Drive Mini-FAQ:

Q. When does it launch?

A. September 19, 2019

Q. How many games will be included?

A. 40 games.

Q. Which games will be included?

A. The first 20 titles included with the system, with the rest to be announced intermittently over the coming months, are:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Shining Force
  • Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Castle of Illusion
  • World of Illusion
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi III
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Landstalker

Q. Which version of the Mega Drive is the Mini based on?

A. It’s based on the original Model 1 Mega Drive which launched in Oct. 1988 in Japan, Aug. 1989 in North America, and Nov. 1990 everywhere else.

Q. How big is it in comparison to the original console?

A. It’s approximately 55% of the original Model 1 size.

Q. What do you get in the box?

A. The Mega Drive Mini comes complete with 40 games, Two replica three-button USB Mega Drive controllers, One USB to Micro-B power cable, One power adapter (North America only), and One HDMI cable.

Q. Who handled the ports?

A. M2 is handling the porting process. They’ve previously worked on SEGA AGES and SEGA 3D Classics Collection, with a fantastic reputation based on the quality of their emulation projects and their faithfully recreated ports.

Q. Can I use original Mega Drive controllers with the Mini?

A. No, only the provided USB controllers.

Q. How much will it cost at launch?

A. £69.99

Q. Where can I find more information?

A. megadrivemini.sega.com

Train2Game News Guildford Games Awards

Today, Liquid Crimson and members of the Guildford Games Community announced that the Guildford.Games Awards, a brand new event sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson, will take place as part of the inaugural Guildford.Games Festival on 29th June 2019.

  • The Guildford.Games Awards aim to reward, promote, and celebrate talented individuals and games companies located in Guildford, UK.
  • The awards will be a key highlight of the inaugural Guildford.Games Festival programme.
  • Sponsors are Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson.

As part of the recently announced inaugural Guildford.Games Festival, the Guildford.Games Awards will be a cultural celebration of the talented individuals and studios living and working in the Guildford postcode area, further cementing its reputation of being the ‘Hollywood of Games’.

Sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson, the Guildford.Games Awards are now open via the website, with the deadline for nominations being 17th May 2019.

There are eight award categories that will focus on; Creativity, Collaboration, Community, Education, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Experience of the Year, as well as a Guildford Hero Award.

The Guildford.Games Awards Judges are hugely respected members of the Guildford Games Community, and will have the difficult task of whittling all the nominations down to 3 finalists per category, with winners being announced by hosts Lauren Carter (SEGA) and Kitty Powers (Magic Notion) on the night.

This year’s judges are:
Matt Webster – EA

Lorraine Ansell – Voice Artist and BAFTA Crew Games Member

Dan Thomas – Etch Play

Adele Cutting – Soundcuts

Chris Roberts – Stellar Entertainment

Matthew Wiggins – Mojiworks

Greg Howson – Supermassive

Richard Franke – Magic Notion

“We are delighted to be part of the biggest gaming hub in the UK, and the Guildford.Games Awards are a great way of shining a light on some of the amazing talents who work here.”

Sean Decker, Product Director at Wargaming UK

“Guildford is known as the Hollywood of Games, and Liquid Crimson is proud to be sponsoring and organising these awards which we want to feel as special as the Oscars! There will be free food from a pop-up kitchen South African BBQ, cocktails and local artesian drinks, plus music from the Bellefleurs. Most importantly, it will be a chance for all the people and companies in the area to unite in celebrating all the hard work they do and the fantastic games they make that are loved worldwide.”
Jason Lord, Founder of Liquid Crimson

More information is available at Guildford.Games/Awards

Train2Game News Guildford.Games Festival

Members of the Guildford games community, supported by Guildford Borough Council, the UK games trade body Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 LEP, have announced that Guildford.Games Festival, a major new consumer, cultural, and business event will take place from 27th – 29th June 2019.

The weekend-long festival is designed for the general public, media, and international games businesses to learn about the dynamic nature and importance of games companies located in Guildford, UK.

Key highlights of the programme include an opening night industry charity fundraiser, an industry and business day, a consumer expo, and the first ever Guildford.Games Awards.

Guildford is a recognised epicentre for games development, games publishing, and technology in the UK. The region has a long and highly respected track record for delivering globally successful and industry defining video games, earning its reputation of being the ‘Hollywood of Games’.

Funded and run by members of the Guildford games community, Guildford Borough Council, Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 London Enterprise Panel (LEP), the Guildford.Games Festival will highlight Guildford’s creative talent and contribution to a market that globally is worth around $81bn, and will celebrate its cultural recognition as the UK’s ‘Hollywood of Games’.

The festival aims to attract investment and skilled talent to the region to work with and in local games companies. It will also showcase to the public and wider sector, the cultural and economic output of the Guildford games community; a hotbed of creative talent with a huge amount of potential to expand and grow.

Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager at Guildford Borough Council said, “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting event. Guildford is a thriving centre for high growth start-ups and our economy is now worth over £5billion annually. We have seen the digital games sector continue to grow steadily over the last decade and it now employs over 1000 people locally. We recently adopted a new Innovation Strategy and a central objective in that document is to support the digital games sector as a priority going forward. The Guildford.Games Festival will be an excellent opportunity for businesses and residents to discover more about this dynamic and exciting sector.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie said; “Ukie are delighted to be supporting the first ever Guildford.Games Festival this June. It is great to see the local council and games businesses working in tandem to showcase the incredible work of local games studios, publishers, and supporting organisations. It is particularly gratifying to see the engagement with local schools, colleges, and the University of Surrey to promote and encourage the next generation of games makers to extend the historic legacy of game development in and around Guildford.”

The 2019 Guildford.Games Festival takes place from 27th June to 29th June at GLive and across venues in Guildford. Highlights of the festival programme are:

Thursday 27th June:
Guildford Games Industry Night for GamesAid sponsored by Supermassive Games.

“We’re really excited to run our annual Guildford Games Night for GamesAid as part of the Guildford Games Festival this year, and look forward to a night of multiplayer fun with many of our local studios.”

Greg Howson, Communications Director, Supermassive Games

Friday 28th June:
Industry Day at GLive sponsored by The University of Surrey / G3, and Enterprise M3 LEP

“Guildford’s creative prestige is a story worth sharing. The festival marks the start of a new chapter, as its game development community comes together to celebrate the past and strengthen its future.”

Samuel Read, Games & Immersive Technology Partnerships Manager, University of Surrey / G3

“Enterprise M3 LEP are delighted to continue their support of the region’s digital creative economy, through sponsorship of this important event for the highly renowned Guildford and its creative area hinterland games industry. Our area enjoys a digital, design and knowledge-based economy with a strong record for exports. The talent and innovation found within our games industry are an outstanding example of that, and Enterprise M3 will continue to support this high value, high growth sector to continue to grow, diversify, and find new international markets.”

Kathy Slack OBE, Executive Director of Enterprise M3 LEP

Saturday 29th June
Consumer Day at GLive

Guildford.Games Awards sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson

“We are delighted to be part of the biggest gaming hub in the UK and the Guildford.Games Awards are a great way of shining a light on some of the amazing talents who work here.”

Sean Decker, Product Director at Wargaming UK

“I am very proud to be a part of the Guildford games community and look forward to all the people and companies in the area being celebrated and recognised in this awards ceremony for all the hard work they do, and the fantastic games that they make which are loved worldwide.”
Jason Lord, Founder of Liquid Crimson

More details about Guildford.Games Festival will be announced soon. Further information can be found at Guildford.Games/Festival

Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.

Train2Game News London Games Festival Parade

The Guildhall Yard in the historic City of London will turn into a celebration of cosplay and games culture when the London Games Festival’s annual Games Character Parade and Family Day returns on Saturday 6 April.

The parade is part of the twelve-day Festival of video games and interactive entertainment across the capital and is back in 2019 for its third year. The family day boasts a range of free activities for the whole family throughout the day including game exhibits, costume making and a unique VR experience in a historic location.

Games fans will gather in Guildhall Yard for the annual Games Character Parade and an onstage fashion show hosted by Costume and Play, while retro games come to life with interactive exhibits by Actual Reality Arcade.

Meanwhile, in Guildhall Art Gallery, young people can create their own costumes for the Character Parade with Boxhead Craft and SamiArts, and use Minecraft game technology to understand traditional crafts in Minecraft Knit, with help from its creator Gemma May Latham.

Minecraft Knit will return to the Gallery the following weekend on Saturday, April 13 as part of the Family Day for Seen and Heard: Victorian Children in the Frame (23 November 2018 – 28 April 2019).

In the Gallery’s ancient Amphitheatre, an interactive virtual reality experience by Professor William Latham will introduce new audiences to the latest innovations in digital art in the historic home of games in London. Professor Latham will also lead a lunchtime symposium for game developers, digital artists and academics working at the cutting edge of digital art.

For more details and information on how to attend, head to www.games.london/parade2019

London Games Festival runs from 2 to 14 April and is organised by Games London, a partnership between the capital’s screen industries agency Film London and games trade body Ukie, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The event is supported by the City of London Corporation and Arts Council of England. It is free to attend but those wishing to participate in the cosplay parade are required to register in advance at www.games.london/parade2019

The London Games Festival Character Parade and Family Day is just one of 40+ cultural or B2B events across 30 venues from 2 to 14 April.

London Games Festival is responsible for a series of thought-provoking summits and conferences, plus the Games Finance Market welcoming financiers with over £200m to spend on games investors. Other highlights include EGX Rezzed (4-6 April), Now Play This at Somerset House (6-14) and the BAFTA Games Awards (4 April).

More information and details on how to buy tickets can be found at www.games.london.

Train2Game News Games Media Brit List

Simon Miller will once again be laying the smackdown as host of the second annual Games Media Brit List awards.

That’s right people, the games media legend, host of The Miller Report, pro wrestler and all-around badass will be keeping order at what will be the best night of the year if you work in, around or with the UK’s games media.

The Games Media Brit List will once again celebrate the very best in games writing and broadcasting on Thursday, May 16th 2019 at London’s Rix Mix.

Returning after a rip-roaring inaugural 2018 event, the Games Media Brit List awards are open to anyone involved in the games and esports media – specialist consumer journalists, B2B reporters, vloggers, media brands, national media reviewers and more.

Miller said: “It’s a pleasure to host the second-ever Games Media Brit List, especially as there was that one Tweet which said it would never last that long. Just goes to show you can never truly rely on social media.

“I do look forward to seeing the industry’s best (and Chris Bratt) gathered in one place, though, to give much-deserved credit to all those who work so hard and show so much passion for games. You’re only as young as you feel! That doesn’t really tie in. I just thought it would be a nice way to end a quote…”

The Games Media Brit List awards provide a showcase of UK games media talent and will highlight achievements from the previous 12 months – whether for excellent reporting, influencer reach, or creative ingenuity.

The nominations period closes on Friday, February 28th – for a full list of categories and to nominate click here: https://www.gamesmediabritlist.com/enter-the-awards

As well as the awards themselves, the Games Media Brit List will once again bring together the games media community and the wider industry for an evening of entertainment and networking in the buildup to E3, the global industry’s leading trade event in LA.

And for finalists, the Games Media Brit List will once again be completely free to attend.

Train2Game News Games Finance Market 2019

Momentum is building behind the upcoming fourth annual Games Finance Market, part of London Games Festival, which has secured participation from a number of world-renowned investors and game funders.

60 different investors are expected to attend the event on 3 and 4 April in central London, running during the wider 2-14 April 2019 London Games Festival. The event has grown in popularity since its 2016 debut and continues to attract investor heavyweights looking to fund new games businesses and hear innovative pitches.

Recent research has shown that the global appetite for games investments is soaring, with $5.7bn spent on games companies in 2018 – double the amount in 2017.

New to the Market in 2019 are a range of established world-famous investors who haven’t visited before but have been attracted to London and the Games Festival by its unique mix of talent, culture and cost-effectiveness. These include Accel, Balderton Capital, BigBen Interactive, Chucklefish, DMM, ExWorks Capital, Finstock Capital, Gameforge, Kowloon Nights, Private Division, and Triple Dragon.

They join other previously-confirmed attendees including All 4 Games, Altered VC, Authentic Media Group, BFI, Curve Digital, Goldfinch Entertainment, Greenlight Games, Green Man Gaming Publishing, ID@Xbox, Microsoft, London Venture Partners, Marvelous Europe, Miniclip, Northern Ireland Screen, PlayStack and SEGA.

Developers can still apply to be part of the market and get a chance to meet these visiting investors – more information can be found at http://gfm.games.london, while the deadline to apply is midnight GMT on Monday, 18 February 2019.

The Games Finance Market is part of London Games Festival and is backed by the Mayor of London. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Find out more at www.games.london and follow @londongamesfest for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Casual Connect 2019

After a successful event in 2018, Casual Connect is coming back to The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK on May 28-30, 2019.

At Casual Connect Europe 2019, all attendees get access to three days of lectures, official networking parties, and 90 of the world’s best indie games with developers.

Organized in part by CGA and Greenlit Content, the venue will also feature a large expo area where you can talk one-on-one with industry-leading companies.

Casual Connect brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for gaming professionals since 2005 four times every year in USA, Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.

Additionally, all attendees have unlimited access to our meeting and scheduling app to network with games industry professionals like yourself.

INDIE PRIZE SUBMISSION DEADLINE

More than 1,500 developers apply to Indie Prize during the year and judges from throughout the games industry select the most promising games to participate at international Indie Prize showcases during Casual Connect conferences. Submit your game for the international Indie Prize London 2019 scholarship program before March 20 with more details can be found in the submission form.

You can also join industry leaders as an established developer with the Developer showcase.

For more information visit Casual Connect.

Train2Game News 2018 Mobile Game Awards

The Tabby Awards has announced the winners of the 2018 Mobile Game Awards competition.

Winning games included Fortnite, MARVEL Contest of Champions, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends, REAL Racing 3, and My Talking Tom 2.

Game publishers with multiple award winners included Lion Studios, Gameloft, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Netmarble, and Square Enix.

“With over 1.1 mobile games available today on Android and iOS combined, our mobile gaming award winners represent the top 0.005% games. These are the ‘best of the best of the best’,” commented Paola Schaw, Executive Producer of the Tabby Awards.

The analytical evaluation component of the award focused on app store user review scores submitted over the course of 2018 to measure user engagement. The qualitative component – benefiting from the Tabby Awards expertise in judging app and game awards since 2012 – focused on user interface, design, and innovation. The degree of tablet-optimization was also a key factor in the assessment of iPad and Android tablet games.

The 2018 Mobile Game Award winners are presented below by device type and operating system category:

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – ANDROID PHONE:

Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Game
Badland Brawl
Battleheart 2
Big Big Baller
Billiards Master 2018
Cash Inc
Command & Conquer: Rivals PVP
Commando Sniper Game: Cover Fire Gun Shooting 2018
Dream Walker
Fantastic Chefs
Garena Free Fire
Gunner’s Battlefield World War 2018
Happy Glass
Hero Hunters
Love Balls
MARVEL Spider-Man Unlimited
Popular Wars
Sago Mini Space Explorer
Shadowgun Legends
Snake Dot
Star Trek Fleet Command
Turn Undead 2: Monster
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realm War

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – ANDROID TABLET:

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion
Faraway 3: Arctic Escape
Life is Strange
N.O.V.A. Legacy
PUBG Mobile
Real Car Parking 2: Driving School 2018

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – IPHONE:

Asphalt 9: Legends
Brawl Stars
Candy Crush Friends Saga
Cube Escape: Paradox
Donut County
DRAGON BALL LEGENDS
Draw In
Flip Trickster
Hooked Inc.
Into the Dead 2
Lara Croft Go
MARVEL Contest of Champions
My Talking Tom 2
Noblemen: 1896
Playdead’s INSIDE
Real Racing 3
The Sims Mobile
Ultra Sharp

MOBILE GAME AWARDS – IPAD:

Battlelands Royale
Lineage 2: Revolution
MARVEL Future Fight
Offroad Bus Simulator: Real Coach Bus Driving
Riptide GP: Renegade
ROME: Total War

This list is also published on the Tabby Awards website (http://tabbyawards.com/winners/mobile-app-game-awards-2018) where these category-leading games can also be downloaded.