Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Today on PC and Xbox

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Microsoft and developer Moon Studios have released Ori and the Will of the Wisps on PC (Steam, Windows 10 Store), and Xbox One, for $29.99.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to 2015’s gorgeous 2D action-platformer, Ori and the Blind Forest. The sequel features an improved combat system, and spirit shards that let players customize Ori’s powers. Players can also choose between three difficulty levels to help tailor the experience.

The sequel continues the series tradition of beautiful environments, large enemies, and a sweeping musical score composed by award-winning composer Gareth Coker.

“Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game that everyone at Moon Studios has poured their hearts and souls into developing over the last five years so that our community can play the best version of the game possible,” said Thomas Mahler, Co-Founder of Moon Studios. “We believe we’ve delivered on that promise to players and are looking forward to the response from the community.”

To celebrate the launch, Microsoft teamed up with the San Diego Zoo to host a livestream event, where they revealed the name of the Zoo’s newly hatching owl. Naturally the owl is named Kuro after the large, prominent owl antagonist from the Blind Forest.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is now available on PC and Xbox One. It’s also part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (as is Ori and the Blind Forest). A Limited Collector’s Edition is also available for $49.99, which includes a Steelbook case, soundtrack CD, and art book.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Remake Now on Switch

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now available on Nintendo Switch in physical retail and digital eShop, for $59.99.

Rescue Team DX is an enhanced remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Game Boy Advance) and Blue Rescue Team (Nintendo DS), both released in 2006. Unlike the core Pokémon series, this spinoff series let you play as an actual pokémon from 16 different choices (or at least a human who’s been turned into one).

As part of the rescue team, you’ll delve into randomly generated dungeons to defeat rogue pokémon while rescuing others. You’ll also be able to recruit other pokémon into your party. Over 400 pokémon can be found, including Mega Evolved pokémon like Charizard and Gengar.

This new enhanced remake includes updated visuals to create a storybook-like world, as well as Auto mode in dungeons and other new additions. Rescue requests can also be sent and received online to receive extra rewards.

Online functionality requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

“Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a different type of Pokémon adventure that allows fans to actually become a Pokémon and interact with some of their favorite characters in a special way,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America. “This game can be enjoyed by Pokémon fans of all ages, with tons of enemy Pokémon to battle and treasures to discover.”

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is rated E for Everyone.

Microsoft Unveils Two New Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controllers

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Microsoft has announced two new Special Edition Wireless Controllers: Phantom Magenta and Arctic Camo. Both controllers are Bluetooth compatible with Xbox One, Windows 10, mobile devices, as well as the upcoming Xbox Series X console this Holiday Season. They’re available for pre-order now.

The Phantom Magenta Special Edition wireless controller is the third in the Phantom series. The ultra-saturated purples, pinks, and black transitions from opaque to translucent. It’s inspired by cyberpunk sci-fi like Ghost in the Shell, and could fit perfectly with upcoming action-RPG Cyberpunk 2077. It’s releasing on March 17 for $69.99 at Microsoft Stores and select online retailers.

The Arctic Camo Special Edition wireless controller is the second Camo series controller, and features a white and grey camo design. The controller uses a frosted transparent resin to appear camouflaged from the inside-out, and features diamond-texture on the triggers. The Arctic Camo Special Edition is launching in May exclusively at Walmart and Microsoft Stores.

Both controllers will also feature optional matching charging stands. Each charging stand includes a battery cover, rechargeable battery, and 6-foot power cord for $49.99. The Phantom Magenta charging stand will be available the same day as the controller, March 17. The Arctic Camo charging stand will release April 27.

From Disney Villainous to Marvel Villainous, Dominating this Fall

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Disney Villainous is one of our favorite strategy card games. Now developers Prosper Hall and publisher Ravensburger are exploring another Disney-licensed game with Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power, releasing August 2020.

Infinite Power supports 2-4 players (recommended age: 12+) and will include five Marvel villains, but only three have been revealed so far: Thanos, Hela, and Ultron. The game will play similarly to Disney Villainous (and its many expansions). Players take on the role of asymmetrical villains, each with their own goals, unique player boards and decks, and gameplay styles.

Marvel Villainous also differs in a few key ways, however. Instead of each villain having their own Fate deck of pesky heroes, players will use one big common Fate deck as a nod to the shared universe of the comics and movies. Marvel Villainous will also include three different game modes with different levels of difficulty and length through the number of Events that appear.

These differences sound like Marvel Villainous will not be compatible with Disney Villainous without some special home-grown rules. Given that Marvel includes universe-conquering Thanos and goddess Hela versus the likes of Prince John and Queen of Hearts, that may be for the best.

 

“Ravensburger is extending the Villainous franchise to the Marvel Universe because of passion. We’ve heard from many Villainous fans that the Marvel Universe would be an exciting place to play,” said Florian Baldenhofer, Executive VP, Ravensburger. “Marvel’s shared universe allows for crossover between storylines which provides a new, interactive way to play the game.”

Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power will release this August.