It's Labo Day (for everyone except Switch owners in the UK). To celebrate, Ric tells James and Em all about how he built a remote control bug out of cardboard at Nintendo HQ, and also how he broke a robot's shoe and had to have it fixed. In addition there's chat about the excellent new platformer Oddmar, mysterious adventure The Mooseman, and Platinum Games's upcoming mobile debut World of Demons. Download episode 439: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
With Nintendo Labo finally available for mostly everyone outside of Europe, I've no doubt players are tucking into their kits with glee. But, the question of what happens when a piece breaks has been somewhat of a mystery until recently. Now that our own Editor Ric Cowley has and people have starting revealing their various unboxing videos, we know that you're encouraged to keep the templates in case you want to make a replacement. Of course, there are structions for fixing items too - my guess is with lots of tape. However, Ninty launched another part of its today where you can buy replacements for broken pieces. So far there are 11 listings across the robot and variety kits, but they're not exactly cheap if you're replacing a lot of them.
With May only a stone's throw away it looks like new details about the monthly Community Day have leaked online, so get ready to burn up with excitement, GO players. Coming from the , pointed out , and then confirmed for the most part on the , Pokemon GO's next Community Days kicks off on May 19th from 10 AM to 1PM UK time. This event will be all about everyone's favourite flamey friend, Charmander. The usual rules will apply in the time frame and evolving your Charmander up to Charizard is the ultimate goal. If you manage to do it in the time frame, Charizard will be able to learn the move 'Burn Blast' which sounds pretty cool.
Wait. Hang on. You're telling me you didn't check out our stream of Catan VR last week? Ah that's okay, I know we're all busy, plus you've got a chance to catch up. How can you do that? . Not only will you be able to watch the Catan VR stream, but you'll be able to watch videos of our Terraforming Mars and Scythe: Digital Edition streams too. And make sure you to find out when we're next going to be taking to Twitch. I promise it's going to be great.
has found some enticing new details about the upcoming game Dragon Quest Builders 2, based on a translation of the original Japanese news site. We now know the game will pick up the storyline of the NES game Dragon Quest II, after the cleric Hargon and the God of Destruction, Malroth, were defeated. In Dragon Quest Builders 2, you'll be tasked with overcoming the Hargon Order, a group who once followed your old enemy. , but this is the first we've heard word about who the main antagonist will be. We'll continue updating when more details appear.
Foxnet Games's MARVEL Strike Force has teamed up with Dave Bautista—the actor who plays Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War—to raise money for the charity Frankie's Friends, and you can help. If you watch the video below, you'll see Bautista discussing his own ultimate MARVEL Strike Force team, and talking about Frankie's Friends, whose mission is to help save pets from life-threatening medical conditions. Depending on the number of views the video gets, Foxnet Games will donate up to $50,000 to Frankie's Friends, so by viewing, you'll be contributing towards saving the lives of beloved animals. If you've yet to play MARVEL Strike Force, you probably should. , noting that "Even if you don’t like superheroes, MARVEL Strike Force is an extraordinary experience."
It's been since we saw a huge selection of brilliant Switch and mobile games nominated at the BAFTA Games Awards, and the results are in. We can't ignore the fact that Ninja Theory's Hellblade deservedly dominated the evening with a whopping five wins, but Gorogoa, Night in the Woods, Golf Clash, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: BotW also came out swinging in the following categories:
The time is fast approaching! In an hour and a half we're taking to Twitch to show you something really pretty special. The lovely James Gilmour is going to play some Catan VR. That's right, the VR version of one of the most famous board games in the world, played specifically for your entertainment. Catan VR is, as the name suggests, is Catan, but in VR. There are some really interesting ideas in the game, like music, blowing wind, and plenty more besides. And you'll be able to check them all out with your eyes, as Mr. Gilmour uses his smooth voice to explain them to you. The stream will kick off at 5PM GMT, and you won't want to be late to this one. Because you might miss something, and then all of your friends will laugh at you for the rest of your life.
To help promote their newest game, Idle Tuber Empire, Futureplay Games has launched an event that allows players to raise money for real-world charities. The goal of Idle Tuber Empire is to be the most popular streamer by creating videos, getting likes, and earning funds to help build your livestream empire, and creating an entourage who can manage your channel while you're away. This includes being able to team up with celebrity streamers, who are based on real-life YouTube personalities from around the world. As part of the celebration, choosing a celebrity streamer to help in your quest will earn money for the actual streamer's chosen charity, some of which have . It's a unique way to promote the game, while doing some real-life good.
Oh you lucky lot, have we got a treat for you. Tomorrow at 5pm GMT (that's Thursday 12th April if you're calendar fan), we're taking to the Twitch streams again to show off some more board game goodness. And this time we've got something pretty special to show you - Catan VR. So not only will everyone's favourite Twitch host James Gilmour be talking to you, he'll also have a VR headset strapped over his face. Honestly, it doesn't get much better than that. If you're unfamiliar with Catan VR, it's the classic board game, reimagined for the 21st century. Using the latest VR technology, the game transports you to the titular island, where you can get to grips with single or multiplayer versions of the game. You can . But click there now and you'll be able to see archived video of our first two TableTap streams, where James plays engine building games and .
After last week's wedding-related hiatus, James is back with Ric to cover the most exciting games to emerge from GDC 2018. Fresh from San Francisco, Ric flags up graffiti-inspired puzzler Vandal, one-handed brawler Dragon Ball Legends, and the incoming Westworld tie-in. There's also chat about PUBG Corp suing Netease, and new releases including Fortnite, Trick Shot 2, and The Pillars of the Earth. Download episode 437: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
Pokemon GO is teaming up with Mission Blue to host a real-world event on April 22nd to promote litter cleanup with in-game rewards. Fans of the game willing to get their hands dirty will work with local non-profits to help pick up litter and clean natural areas, all in the name of Earth Day. If 1,500 people attend, the entire Pokemon GO community will receive 2x Stardust for catching Ground, Water, and Grass-type Pokemon for 48 hours after the event. At 3,000 players, the rate increases to 3x, which isn't bad for a day's work. You can register for events or suggest an event in your area on the , if you're so inclined. The event page currently only has a few locations featured, the site does promise that more events will be coming soon.
If you're a fan of indie mobile games and have often wondered "how come there's no big event where I can play the latest indie games?", then you're in luck – we're launching one of our own. In collaboration with Austrian games event ReVersed, we're hosting our first ever on July 5th-8th, with two full days where mobile fans like you can go and play a bunch of amazing games. It's a bit like one of our Big Indie Pitches that you've probably heard about, only this time everyone's welcome and you'll have a bit more than four minutes to play each game. Game on It all takes place in Vienna's gorgeous MuseumsQuartier, with two halls dedicated to the games and a bunch of other events happening around the area, so there's plenty to hold your attention while you're out there.
Earlier today I came across an article where I read that Fortnite is becoming increasingly popular with women as well as men. While this initially made me happy to hear, upon reading further down the article I grew more and more disappointed that this wasn't the progressive news I'd been hoping for. It's a bit of a mixed bag. People out there who've been gaming for a while will know that while this industry and community is a fantastic one to be a part of, there's also a darker side to it that really is a bitter pill to swallow at times. A lot of tweets about girls playing Fortnite were just harmless jokes about the surge causing the WiFi at their school to crawl and how now it's the boyfriends trying to get their girlfriends' attention, but there were also some more typical ones further down :
Earlier today the shortlist was revealed for the very first and we were pleasantly surprised to see Pocket Gamer and other talents from our parent company, Steel Media's, sites across different categories. The Games Media Brit List celebrates the very best in games writing, publishing, and broadcasting, and the awards ceremony takes place in London on May 17th 2018. Though we're up against some incredible publications - including Eurogamer, Kotaku, and GameSpot - it's pretty awesome to be recognised for such hard work.
As we are want to do, we hosted yet another of our Big Indie Pitches out at GDC last week, and boy, it was a good 'un. There was a bunch of great games covering just about every genre you can think of, each one bringing its own unique twist to the world of mobile. But there can be only one winner, and it was a great pleasure to hand that award to Triband's madcap golf game What The Golf? You may have already seen What The Golf? kicking around, but here's the skinny if you've missed it – it's a golf game, except it's not a golf game, except that it is a golf game. It starts with you hitting a ball into a hole, and almost immediately descends into chaos as you begin thwacking houses, cars, and even yourself at the flag at the end of the course.
Excitement this week as James and Em review what may be the best shooter of 2018 - and it's not PUBG or Fortnite! (It's Shadowgun Legends btw.) They also mark the official launch of PUBG Mobile, and cover GDC announcements including a new trailer for Oceanhorn 2, and The Banner Saga 3 coming to Switch. Finally, James chats to the developer of Guru Gloo about the passion it takes to be an indie on the App Store. Download episode 436: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
Yes, we know that things have been pretty PUBG crazy this week, and we're not stopping just yet. We've just launched the , compiled a list of filled with helpful tips and tricks, and now it's time to get some friends. Anyone who's played the game will know that while it's fun to go it alone, it's doubly fun to buddy up with some fellow fighters and take on other teams. So, why not do that here? If you're looking for some kindred spirits, pop your profile name in the comments below and start some beautiful friendships. If you're not sure how to add friends, it's super easy:
This will be a hard-to-swallow pill for some if it turns out to be true, but Tencent might be making your introduction to a little easier than it's letting on. After only soft launching in Canada last week, PUBG Mobile's been quickly popping up in a variety of areas including and . This might've been a snap decision after Fortnite proved its worth already on iOS, but it's good news all around. It looks like a lot of people have been tucking into delicious chicken dinners recently. Not just people - newbies. As and then caught on, the ratio of (potential) bots to players for new blood seems higher than those more experienced, and that's kind-of wonderful.
I don't need to tell you what a craze Fortnite has turned into these past couple of months, but now it's coming to mobile it's a different story entirely. Well, the figures are in and the popular battler certainly isn't disappointing. Yesterday, Sensor Tower on the game's performance using ST's Store Intelligence data. Fortnite took up a top spot on the App Store in over 40 countries but once the IAPs went live it easily out-grossed NetEase's two battle royale rivals, Rules of Survival and Knives Out. There's no data on FortCraft as of yet.