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Dave the Diver physical

February 28: Arc System Works revealed today that it will produce a physical version of Dave the Diver for Switch in Japan known as the “Anniversary Edition”. A release is planned for May 30, 2024.

This is going beyond just a standard boxed copy for retail as Dave the Diver’s physical release will actually include collaboration content with Guilty Gear Strive. Players can get their hands on special items such as boat paints and customers will show up at the restaurant wearing new costumes. If that wasn’t enough, the rhythm mini game will provide access to the song “The Disaster of Passion”.

DNF Duel Monk

February 14: Nexon, Neople, Arc System Works, and Eighting have announced Monk as the latest DLC character for DNF Duel. As of now there’s no word on a release date.

The official description reads: “Brace yourselves, Monk is coming! Get ready for intense Holy Fist battles in DNF DUEL. The stage is set for divine justice—are you up for the challenge?”

Under Night In-Birth II Sys Celes gameplay

Gameplay has dropped for the Switch version of Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes. This past week, Arc System Works launched the new fighter.

More information about it can be found in the following overview:

Another Code Recollection review

System: Switch
Release date: January 19, 2024
Developer: Arc System Works / Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

It’s really a bit remarkable that, of all the long-dormant franchises Nintendo could have chosen to resurrect next, it was Another Code that they decided to give another chance. I’m totally here for it, both as a fan of narrative-driven adventure games, and as an advocate for the preservation and accessibility of older titles; I’m just surprised that it actually happened. Another Code: Recollection is a full remake of the 2005 DS game Another Code: Two Memories, as well as its Wii sequel, Another Code R: Journey into Lost Memories – the latter which never released in North America. While these puzzle-tinted mystery games have always been well-regarded by fans for their compelling premises and overall atmosphere, they never sold particularly well globally and generally received mixed reviews from critics; furthermore, the original development studio no longer exists, and both games were built around hardware features unique to their original platforms. Well, against all odds, we now have a reimagined collection of both titles sporting improved visuals and presentation, and even some narrative and gameplay changes. While I ultimately enjoyed my time getting to know the game’s charming protagonist and unraveling a moderately captivating mystery, Another Code: Recollection’s toothless writing and shallow moment-to-moment gameplay makes it a slightly niche recommendation.

Under Night In-Birth II SysCeles Uzuki, Ogre, and Izumi DLC

Arc System Works and French-Bread today announced Uzuki, Ogre, and Izumi as DLC characters for Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes. All three will be included in Season One. 

Those who purchase the physical limited edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition will obtain the Season One DLC characters for free, alongside 25 bonus character announcers. The limited edition also has special box art featuring Seiichi Yoshihara’s illustration, Memorial Art Book featuring various concept art and web exclusive illustrations, original soundtrack that has in-game music and a Blu-ray disc collection of past series OP animation videos.

Uzuki launches in August 2024. Ogre will follow in February 2025, and Izumi will close things out in August 2025.

Another Code Recollection gameplay

Gameplay is here for Another Code: Recollection now that it’s officially come to Switch. You can see footage from the first two chapters.

For a reminder about what to expect from the release, read the following overview:

Another Code Recollection launch trailer

Nintendo just shipped Another Code: Recollection today, and we have a new trailer to celebrate. This marks the return of the DS and Wii games.

Find more information in the following overview:

Library of Ruina

Arc System Works and ProjectMoon are teaming up to bring Library of Ruina to Switch, the two sides announced today. A release is scheduled for April 25, 2024 in Japan and Spring 2024 elsewhere.

Library of Ruina is a library battle simulation game in which players invite guests to the library and engage in combat with them to gain ‘Books’ with their stories. Learn more in the following overview:

Under Night In-Birth II SysCeles Kuon

Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes rolled out its latest character today, and this time around, Kuon has been shown off. Yuma Uchida is behind the voice.

Learn more about Kuon with the information below, which was provided by the official website:

Battle Mage has been announced as the next DLC character coming to DNF Duel via its first Season Pass. The character is set to release this December.

Gameplay for the character has yet to be revealed, but a teaser trailer has been shared with the following note: “Prepare to encounter the brilliant and noble goddess of war, the guardian of light and justice. Immerse yourself in the captivating origins of elemental power!”

Here is the teaser trailer for Battle Mage:

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