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Shantae Ultimate Day One Edition Sashays onto Switch

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Retro platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is getting the deluxe treatment. The Ultimate Day One Edition released this week as a special physical version exclusive for Nintendo Switch. It’s published by XSEED Games and available at most retailers for $39.99.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Day One Edition includes a 30-song soundtrack on CD, a 100-page art book, and all previously released DLC digital content. The Pirate Queen’s Quest lets you play as the villainous pirate Risky Boots in her own spin-off story. Friends to the End is another spin-off story DLC. It stars Shantae’s three allies as they try to rescue her during the final act of the main story. The Costume Pack adds three new outfits for the titular hero. They don’t just change her look but add new abilities and gameplay levels.

The Ultimate Day One Edition also features an extra Hard Core mode. This mode rebalances enemies, healing, and magic items to provide a much more challenging experience.

Developed by WayForward Technologies, Shante: Half-Genie Hero is the fourth game in the series. The series originally began on the Game Boy Color back in 2002. Half-Genie Hero is the first game to make the jump to home consoles, bolstered by a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter in 2013. Half-Genie Hero launched in late 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U before coming to Nintendo Switch last summer.

A digital version of the Ultimate Edition is also available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch for $29.99. It includes the DLC but obviously not the physical art book or soundtrack CD.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been rated T for Teen with Cartoon Violence and Suggestive Themes.

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Fortnite Teases Avengers: Infinity War Crossover

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One of the most popular video games of 2018 is crossing over with the biggest film of the year (and, uh, most likely all time). Earlier today the official Fortnite twitter account teased a single image that announced the limited time mashup with Avengers: Infinity War. The event begins tomorrow, May 8.

Entertainment magazine and website Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive details from Epic Games. It’s called the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup. The event will begin like any other Fortnite Battle Royale match, with 100 people dropping into an island in a free-for-all deathmatch. But this time, the Infinity Gauntlet is there.

The Infinity Gauntlet will be powered by all six Infinity Stones. The Gauntlet will be laying around for some lucky megalomaniac to pick up and wield. It will probably grant a wee bit of power to its wielder, and possibly unite everyone else against them. Epic is still playing coy with the details, despite the event starting tomorrow.

The crossover is the result of Avengers: Infinity War co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo being big Fortnite fans. They reached out to Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard and hashed out the basics for this limited time promotional event.

“Infinity War blew us away, and the Russos, Kevin Feige, and the whole team at Marvel have been incredible to work with,” Mustard told EW. “This kind of opportunity, where you have this mutual respect for someone’s work and you’re on the same page about doing something cool for fans, is rare and really exciting. We hope players love it.”

The Fortnite Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup begins Tuesday, May 8. Fortnite Battle Royale is available for free on Mobile, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed for Dragon Quest XI

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Square Enix has announced the pre-order incentives for upcoming RPG Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Pre-ordering the physical PS4 edition will grant unique bonuses from GameStop and Amazon. Dragon Quest XI releases September 4 on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Pre-ordering Dragon Quest XI from GameStop will grant the following digital goodies:

  • The Elevating Vest: Armor that grants extra experience from every battle.
  • Three Seeds of Skill: DQ fans will recognize these items as once per use consumables that add an extra skill point.

Amazon’s pre-order goodies are similar:

  • Arriviste’s Vest: Armor that grants extra gold with each battle.
  • Three Seeds of Skill: Same as above.

Dragon Quest XI can also be purchased digitally from the Square Enix store and via Steam.

According to the Steam store page, pre-ordering DQXI on PC includes the following bonuses:

  • Wallpaper set
  • 15 Seeds of Skill
  • Wings of Serendipity: Amulet that summons rare forms of monsters.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be the first main Dragon Quest game to release on a home console in the US since 2005’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Spin-off MineCraft-like Dragon Quest Builders released in 2016. Handheld remakes of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII released on Nintendo 3DS in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Dragon Quest XI released last year in Japan on PlayStation 4 and 3DS. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PC to the US on September 4, with a Switch version arriving sometime in the future. It has not yet been rated but previous Dragon Quest games range from E to T.

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Farm Together in Stardew Valley’s 1.3 Multiplayer Update on PC

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Today there shall be rejoicing! The highly anticipated multiplayer update for Stardew Valley is available now. There are a few caveats: it’s only available on PC (and even then, GOG users will have to wait a few more days) and it’s currently in Beta.

To opt into the open beta, right click on the game in your Steam library and select Properties. Go to the Betas tab and type in the password – jumpingjunimos – and click Check Code. That should open up the beta option from the drop down menu directly above it. Select that and your game should begin downloading the update from Steam.

The developers warn that as this is an unstable beta, everyone should back up their saved games before downloading the patch, and remove any mods that haven’t been updated to work with 1.3.

Save files are located in %APPDATA%\StardewValley\Saves on Windows, or ~/.config/StardewValley/Saves on Mac and Linux.

You can play multiplayer by starting a new game or even by using an existing save (though you should still back it up just in case). For an existing game you’ll need to get Robin to build some cabins for your friends, which opens the game up to allow for multiplayer. Alternatively you can start a new game with cabins pre-built by opening the co-op menu and selecting Host New Farm.

Players should be able to join their games through their Steam friends list, or by having the host invite them through Steam. An invite code may also be used so that GOG and Steam users can play together, though GOG users must be using the optional GOG Galaxy client.

Up to four total players can share a farm together. Players have their own inventories, skills, and NPC relationships but share money and obviously the farm space. You can even marry each other to able to live in the same house together.

The major 1.3 Update is also adding a bunch of new content outside of single player, such as hats on horses. A full detailed list of patch notes is still forthcoming.

Stardew Valley released in 2016 as the indie darling of the year, and was one of Pixelkin’s Games of the Year. It has been ported to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The developer has previously stated that the Switch will receive the multiplayer update before the other consoles.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard Sets Sail in July

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Game tie-ins for kid’s movies used to be a dime a dozen. Most of the licensed games are tied to LEGO games these days, yet Bandai Namco is producing a game based on Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation. It’s called Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard. It’s developed by Outright Games in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Monsters Overboard arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC the same day as the film, July 13.

“Following our long term strategic partnership with Outright Games, we now bring the famous monsters to a complete new story with Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard” said Hervé Hoerdt, Vice President at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “We want to keep offering the best entertaining experiences to the whole family and with this new title. All I can say is that new adventures are around the corner!”

The lovable monsters from Hotel Transylvania are washed up on an island following a storm while on a cruise vacation. Players control both Drac and Mavis as they form a crew of little minions called Impa. Impa are used to solve puzzles, battle enemies and save missing monsters. Basically it sounds a lot like Pikmin.

“Since 2012, families have enjoyed watching the humorous monsters of Hotel Transylvania go on fun filled adventures ,” says Jamie Stevens, EVP Worldwide Consumer Products at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Now, players can jump into the story and help Drac’s Pack save the day! It’s a completely new experience.”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard launches on July 13. Also coming July 13 is the film it’s based on, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation.