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System: Switch
Release date: June 23, 2020
Developer: Purple Lamp
Publisher: THQ Nordic

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom would seem like an unlikely candidate for a remastering (or a rehydration) considering that – to the credit of the original – it’s merely an above average licensed 3D platformer of the GameCube generation. These games have almost completely vanished, but for its time these games were everywhere. I have an especially vague sense of nostalgia with this game: I actually can’t remember if I played Battle for Bikini Bottom specifically or if it was any of the other countless similar SpongeBob games that were released in the half decade following it. To further complicate this nostalgia, Battle for Bikini Bottom doesn’t just evoke the other SpongeBob games of its generation, but games like the now-forgotten Tak and the Power of Juju (which, as an aside, one might say was a trailblazer in the modern video-game-to-failed-TV-series pipeline.) Put aside the modern visual overhaul of Rehydrated in the Unreal Engine, which is competent but less than optimal on the Switch, and the game seems frozen in time. Rehydrated still feels like a game from 2003, but with the relative rarity of its kind in 2020, it’s hardly worse for it.

Ahead of the upcoming release, we have a look at the Switch verson of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated in action. View a half hour of gameplay below.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is due out on June 23.

Nintendo has shared the full presentation that just aired in which Masahiro Sakurai presented Min Min as the newest character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We have it below.

As is tradition for new fighters, Min Min has received a special piece of art to celebrate her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Check out the image above.

Min Min joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on June 29.


Nintendo has put out an announcement recapping the major news from today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, which revealed Min Min from ARMS as the latest DLC character.

Here’s the full press release:

During today’s live stream for the reveal of Min Min coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the next wave of Mii Fighter costumes were unveiled. Ninjara (Brawler), Heihachi (Brawler), Callie (Brawler), Marie (Gunner), and Vault Boy (Gunner). The latter character is a crossover from Fallout.

Here’s a trailer:

Since it was announced that a character from ARMS would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s been plenty of speculation regarding the fighter’s identity. During a presentation from director Masahiro Sakurai today, it was announced that Min Min is coming to the game with the Spring Stadium stage.

Here are some details about Min Min’s moveset:

Today is finally the day that we’ll be learning about the ARMS character joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In a 35-minute presentation, director Masahiro Sakurai will be unveiling the new roster addition.

You can watch the stream as it happens below. The broadcast should begin at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM in the UK / 4 PM in Europe. As always, we’ll have covering during and after the presentation.

Vinsmoke Judge was recently unveiled as a new DLC character for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4. Today, Bandai Namco shared the first official screenshots.

Here’s an overview of Vinsmoke Judge:

Fire Emblem Heroes has announced an exclusive promotion for Fire Emblem: Three House owners where they can get a 5 star version of Byleth.

To obtain this gift, players that have both Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes must make sure that the Nintendo account they have registered to their Switch is also registered on their Heroes app (tutorial here, if needed).

Then for those that own physical copies of the game, they must use their Switch to navigate to the Three Houses software page and hit “Earn Gold Points.” Once they have done this, Byleth will show up in their presents list in the Heroes app (they have until July 29, 2020 to do this). If players have already done this previously, Byleth should automatically show up in the presents list without having to hit the button again.

If players have purchased a digital version of Three Houses, then Byleth should automatically appear in the presents list in Heroes as well. There is a detailed list of steps here if there are any issues with following this guide.