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Monday, February 15, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: February 15

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our newest news anchor, Dee Dee)!

Sekai Project announces three new games

Over the weekend, Sekai Project announced three new titles while at Animation On Display in California. The first, for which the trailer can be seen above, is Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish Upon a Shooting Star- (developed by Favorite). It is a romantic visual novel with branching plotlines and an emotional narrative that has multiple endings based on player choices. The second game announced is Sakura Dungeon, developed by Winged Cloud; it is a first-person dungeon-crawling RPG set in a world where humans and monsters have been at war for generations. The final game announced was Karakara from production studio calme, which is a visual novel set in a time where the “Others” (alien hybrids) are growing in numbers.

New Shiren the Wanderer game coming to PS Vita

The franchise Matt describes as being "at the forefront of the roguelike genre” is back, this time as an exclusive for the PlayStation Vita. From Aksys Games and Spike Chunsoft, Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate will be released on July 26 in both retail and digital formats. The game promises beautiful locals, devious dungeons, fantastic loot, and glorious adventure - what’s not to love?!

New Twilight Princess HD trailer highlights graphics, GamePad function

The day Zelda fans have been waiting for is almost here, as the Twilight Princess HD remake releases for Wii U on March 4. Nintendo has released a new trailer showcasing the graphics upgrade compared to the original GameCube version. At 1:25 the trailer shifts focus to what I discussed last week, which is how the GamePad can be used in different ways while playing the game. There is also a brief look at Hero Mode and stamp collecting before the video demonstrates what various Amiibo can do. Wolf Link Amiibo opens The Cave of Shadows bonus challenge. Link and Toon Link Amiibo refill arrows. Ganondorf Amiibo increases the damage Link takes, while Zelda and Sheik Amiibo replenish hearts.

All of the Quantum Break news in one place

There was an excessive amount of Quantum Break news this week, and while I’m not usually gung-ho about Microsoft exclusives this one has me intrigued with it’s mix of media (and, okay, a lot of my interest is in Shawn Ashmore). Perhaps the biggest news is that those who preorder Quantum Break for Xbox One will also receive the Windows 10 version at no additional cost; this applies to those who purchase the game through the Xbox Store or as a digital token at retailers. And while not the biggest news, my favourite is that people who preorder will also receive Alan Wake (and two add-on packs) and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Both deals will also apply to those who purchase a special Quantum Remedy bundle (500GB Cirrus White console, matching wireless controller, full-game download). And now for the cherry on the sundae: there’s a new live-action trailer showing Jack Joyce being hunted by agents.

Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor

Catch-up coffee Monday: February 15
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