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Stuff We Want to Discuss – The Weekly Gaming Round-up (04/03/19-10/03/19)

Here are our thoughts on some of the major gaming news stories from the past week. The selection of references is based entirely on personal interest level. End of. Also; it might not be weekly.

Alright, let’s take step on this week’s tail.

Octopath Traveler Prequel to Hit Mobile

Square Enix are releasing an Octopath Traveler prequel in Japan this year! On mobile.

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent is set to release on iOS and Android at some point in 2019 and it’s clear Squeenix aren’t wasting any time setting their new 2D-HD trademark to work, matching the visual style of the Switch’s breakout success.

Let’s not deny it, your mind, like mine, went straight to a gachapon hellscape and, while that may still be on the cards, the trailer marksChampions of the Continent as a single player venture.

Intriguingly, the hook here is that your party is comprised of eight characters who fight simultaneously during battle. If the UI is limited to what’s on display, it’s fairly clear that the combat is likely going to be simplified but either way, this is still one to keep an eye on.

Hopefully it will see release in the West in time. If it’s any good. And not gatcha. [via Gematsu]

VR on Switch? Card you Believe it?

Labo’s next kit is here and this time, Nintendo’s looking to pitch a child-friendly take on VR.

Yes, this is the Big N’s gaming crafting kit meets Google Cardboard. The 720p 60hz screen isn’t going to blow anyone away, and is arguably not sufficient for any, VR application, but with some simple, bold, colourful, Nintendo magic this could be an interesting prospect if they pull it off.

With pre-orders open in some places, it’s interesting to see that Nintendo have opted to release a starter kit and separate packs, as well as the usual all-in-one pack, for their latest folded creations. Better yet the cumulative price is the same whether you chose to gradually buy all units or buy the full pack in one go. Classy move.

The due-to-be-stealthily-thrown-in-the-recycling-bin-in-2020 builds are: Blaster, Wind Pedal, Bird, Camera and… Elephant. That’s right.

Now, Nintendo, do the right thing: Pokémon Snap. You know it makes sense [via Nintendo Labo]

Y’all Digital – Microsoft’s Next Box… Scratch That

Windows Central reports the recently rumoured discless Xbox One S model now has a name, according to their sources. Hold your breath everyone as this name will blow your socks off.

Project Maverick, no more; the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is said to be lauching in May of this year. Couple this with Xbox Game Pass and, providing it’s not too expensive, this could be a fantastic entry point.

No word on pricing yet but you’d hope to see them shave a good £50 off. Or you might as well just buy one that takes discs, obvies. Also, they should have gone for ‘Xbox Onesie’. [via WindowsCentral.com]

That’s your lot for this week, folks! Any news in particular this week that caught your attention? Sound off in the comments or via Twitter (@Reggie_Reviews and @2DMike3D).

References / Sources:

https://gematsu.com/2019/03/octopath-traveler-champions-of-the-continent-announced-for-smartphones (viewed 10/03/19)
windowscentral.com/xbox-one-s-all-digital-edition-preorder (viewed 10/03/19)
https://labo.nintendo.com/kits/vr-kit/ (viewed 10/03/19

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