Taiko no Tatsujin, Bandai Namco's outstanding rhythm action game, is coming to the Switch on July 19th in Japan. That's soon! But it also looks like we'll be getting a western release, or at the very least an announcement of one, with the game popping up on the Australian classification board recently.
The Octopath less travelled - inside the making of the Switch's big summer game.
Shu Yoshida reflects on 25 years at PlayStation, and the difficulty of hardware transitions.
Sega has given a final release date for its Shenmue HD collection, with the bundle that pairs the original two games with a gentle makeover coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 21st.
Taito's legendary Darius series is heading to Switch via a new compilation that's coming out early next year.
Rockstar's greatest ever character? There's no contest, really. He's everything I love in a video game hero; cool, composed and with a sharply- defined cocky edge. And the best thing is, he never utters a single word.
UPDATE: And it's fixed - Ubisoft has worked with Valve to get The Crew 2 back up and running on PC, and supplied us with the following statement: The Steam key activation issue should now be resolved, and affected players should be able to launch the game. A Steam restart might be necessary. Thank you for your patience.
Finland has provided its fair share of classics over the years - from Resogun to Trials through Alan Wake and Angry Birds - but here's one of a different vintage; a game that draws upon a Finnish classic from the 19th century. Kalevala is an epic that's informed much of Finland's national identity, drawing upon Finnish folklore (and proving influential to Tolkien as he built his own mythology) - and all this without a voxel in sight.
Is there anything more wonderful in gaming than those rare moments where hardware and software come together in perfect unison? Call it synergy, if you must, but really it's some fantastical alchemy at work where both parts help elevate each other, until you've got something truly special. Back in 2004, Q Entertainment and producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Lumines offered up one of those moments, arriving in tandem with the PSP and becoming an unexpected highlight of the handheld's launch line-up.
For all the genteel imagery it evokes - crisp summer lawns, fresh strawberries and Cliff Richard singalongs - tennis can be a remarkably angry game. Kudos, then, to Mario Tennis Aces for getting you straight to the pure vitriol that spills forth when a fiercely contested point doesn't quite go your way, your racket breaking as an almost impossible-to-block shot tears through it, granting an instant win to your opponent. You cannot be serious.
It is, if nothing else, quite the double act.
Rage 2, id's collaboration with Avalanche Software, is going to be a strictly single-player game, with nothing by way of multiplayer diversions.
I hope you like Smash! All the news as it happened.
Sega's continuing to show the PC some love, bringing two Yakuza games and Valkyria Chronicles 4 to Steam in the coming months.
Nioh 2, a new Remedy game and a fair bit of weirdness. All of the news as it happened.
The Division 2! Beyond Good and Evil 2! Assassin's Creed Odyssey! Some typical Ubisoft strangeness? All this and more from 9pm BST.
The Yakuza team's take on Fist of the North Star is coming westward, with Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, as it's now known, coming to PlayStation 4 on October 2nd.
The Quiet Man, a new PlatinumGames joint and a very quiet conference all in all. All the news as it happened.
Elder Scrolls 6? ELDER SCROLLS 6! (Elder Scrolls 6). Everything as it happened.
Gears, Halo and Forza (of course) - but also Miyazaki's latest and plenty more. All the news as it happened.
E3 is here! And EA's kicking things off nice and early this year with its EA Play event, which is live from 7pm BST. What to expect? Well, you kind of know that already - there'll be Anthem, Battlefield 5 and FIFA, the token indie game announce to try and convince everyone EA's not totally evil and maybe a surprise or two. Maybe. Join us to watch it all unfurl tonight!
Taiko Drum Master is coming to Nintendo Switch next month in Japan - and the good news is it look like it'll be possible to play it in English not too long after its release on July 19th.
In all the excitement around the Switch's first year, it's been easy to lose sight of what's been lost now that Nintendo has effectively brought its handheld and homebound hardware together. Handheld gaming, Nintendo-style, was never just about being able to take your games anywhere with you; it's about a subtly different philosophy of design, and a subtly different flavour of gaming.
Enhance Games, the studio founded by Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi, has just announced it'll be taking on the iconic puzzle game Tetris in an all-new game coming to PS4 and PSVR later this year.
Okay let's get the big one out of the way first, seeing as it comes up every time there's a Sonic racing game. Why is Sega's mascot, renowned for his breakneck speed, reduced to sitting behind the wheel of a car every time him and his crew get together for a racer? Well, if you'd been paying attention you'd know the answer already; it's because Sonic's so fast, if he was to go on foot it'd be plain unfair. So, there you have it in black and white. Let's move on swiftly, shall we?
Bacon cornflakes. That's what Gareth Wilson said of Blur as he pondered the reasons where it all went wrong for one of the last great arcade racers; how Bizarre Creations mashed together Mario Kart with authentic cars and a downbeat aesthetic for a concoction that plain confused most people. Onrush, the new game from the studio formed from the remains of Evolution Studios, seems to have thought to itself that bacon cornflakes isn't quite unique enough a concoction. How about tossing some eggs in, too? And then how about smothering it all in a sweet layer of strawberry jam?
Now this is more like it. Last May, still uncertain about the prospects of Nintendo's Switch, Capcom tentatively tested the waters with Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers. The end result, though, felt more like a kick in the face; a bastardised version of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Capcom filled out the package with a suite of unwelcome extras in a clumsy attempt to justify the full-fat pricetag. People were upset at the unconvincing results, and you can understand perfectly well why. Street Fighter is more than just a game. It's a cult at times, a worldwide cultural phenomenon at others; a cornerstone of communities that bring people from around the globe together, or just the best place to play with a friend for an evening of bawdy brawling. Street Fighter matters.