Soon you can get physical with Shantae (Half-Genie Hero) on Switch

Soon you can get physical with Shantae (Half-Genie Hero) on Switch screenshot

Gaming’s official belly dancer, Shantae, has made quite the name for herself over the last decade. Beginning as a late era Gameboy Color title, the series has spawned several sequels on various platforms and garnered a cult following. The latest game in the series, Half-Genie Hero, actually wound up seeing a physical release on the Wii U, of all consoles, so it comes as no surprise that the Switch would be receiving the same thing.

If you’ve held out, then your time has come. XSEED Games has announced that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition will be heading to retail outlets soon. Included with this package will be the expansion, Pirate Queen’s Quest, and a couple of extras in the form of “Costume Mode” and “Friend’s Mode”. While those last two seem like superfluous extras, bonus goodies is always appreciated.

There isn’t any pricing mentioned, but I can’t see it being more than $30. You can nab the download for $20 from the eShop and I doubt the Switch tax will account for a dramatic increase in price.

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Top Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite digital deals for release week

Top Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite digital deals for release week screenshot

Pre-load has started for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and if you’re thinking about picking the game up on release week, digital copy is probably the way to go for those without membership with Best Buy GCU or Amazon Prime. As of writing, you can score up to 35% off on digital version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite depending on the edition and platform you choose.

Here’s the quick breakdown: PS4 gamers gets a nominal 10% off while PC gamers can pick up Steam version from 25% to 35% off. If you’re buying on PC and you pre-order before its official launch time (should be 9am Pacific) – you should still be able to get the pre-order bonus of DLC costumes. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Digital Deals


  • Standard (Steam) — ~$40.47  (list price $60) <- after GBP to USD
  • Deluxe Edition (Steam) — $67.49  (list price $90)


Pre-load has been live for the game across all platforms and all retailers above are sending out keys as of writing. Xbox One gamer? You’re SOL because we haven’t spotted any deals on the game, digital or physical (except for aforementioned membership route). If we spot some deals on the game, we’ll be sure to add them above during release week.

Deluxe Edition of the game gets you the 2017 character pass which contains access to six additional characters post-launch. Pre-order the PC Digital Deluxe also gets you 4 costumes vs 2 in the Standard Edition.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite releases in the US/EU on September 19, 2017. For gamers in Japan and Asia, you need not apply to the deals above given the game is region locked and releases later on September 21, 2017. You can read the review of the game here.

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Screw Raiden, I’m playing as Black Lightning in Injustice 2

Screw Raiden, I'm playing as Black Lightning in Injustice 2 screenshot

When Raiden was confirmed as a DLC character for Injustice 2, I really wasn’t on board with the decision. I thought it was a slot that could be better used by one of the superb lightning-based heroes or villains of the DC Universe. Somebody like Livewire, Static or Black Lightning.

Well, looks like I got my wish because while Raiden is coming to the game, so is Black Lightning by way of a premier skin. Take a look at them in action with this freshly dropped trailer.

5 Android gaming stories you should have read this week

It’s Saturday. This means, according to the comprehensive personalised data we collect from our readers using illegal software that we stole from the NSA, that you are either a) at a disco, or b) reading this article.

Hello and welcome to our weekly round-up of all the Android gaming news stories that you didn’t get around to reading this week, but should have.

Into the Dead 2 has a release date

Into the Dead 2 screenshot

You remember Into the Dead. It was that one with the zombies. No, not that one, the other one… right.

Well, now it’s time for Into the Dead 2. This sequel from PikPok is a much bigger and bolder offering than its predecessor, with a storyline, lots of different weapons and level types, and attack dogs.

If the trailer is anything to go by it’s also a blatant “tribute” to The Walking Dead. But then again, so was The Last of Us in a way, and that turned out fine.

It’s out on October 13th.

The developer of Kingdom Rush announces Iron Marines

Kingdom Rush

You’ve played Kingdom Rush, right? No? Well, you’ve heard of it at least. Really? What the hell is going on with you anyway?

Kingdom Rush is a tower defence game that stands out from all the other tower defence games thanks to its absolutely superlative level of polish and care. Play it.

And then play Iron Marines, the RTS follow-up from Ironhide Studio that looks far more ambitious and sophisticated than the series that came before it.

The game costs a relatively eye-watering £4.59 to download, but for that you’ll get lots of campaign missions, loads of weapons, and a cartoony cast of underwater beasts and robot armies to destroy.

Sonic Forces is coming to mobile

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

Actually, Sonic Forces has already come to mobile, but only in the Philippines, where it’s in soft launch.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, to give this spin-off its full title, is an endless runner but also a racer. It’s a reskin of Sonic Dash, 2013’s hugely successful 3D endless runner, but with Sonic Forces’s darker stylings.

Plus, as we literally just said, racing. So far it’s only on iOS, but we expect the Android version to be available soon.

The Squeenix GO games are on sale for 10p each

Square Enix has discounted its mobile strategy trio Lara Croft GO, Deus Ex GO, and Hitman GO by 80%, meaning you can grab all three of them right now for about half as much as you spend every single day on Maltesers.

You could of course be conservative and just buy one of them. But come on. COME ON. It’s 30p. You can afford it.

Buy them all now, before the sale ends, and then enjoy their ingenious, inventive puzzle-strategy gameplay at your leisure.

Crazy Taxi and Space Harrier II come to Sega Forever, plus there’s a 50% sale

Sega Forever is a nice idea, but its first few months have been beset by grumbles arising from performance issues – the bane of any studio making software that needs to work on approximately 43 trillion different devices.

Sega has issued a massive update, and in celebration of this fact it has added two more games to the service and slashed the prices of the ad-free updates for the entire Sega Forever library by 50%.

The new games are Crazy Taxi, a fun arcade game about taking fares in the age of skate punk, and Space Harrier II, a deeply strange, fit-inducing shooter that’s probably one for the nostalgics.

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