News by Lindsay M.

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)!

Koei Tecmo revives Romance of Three Kingdoms for franchise’s 30th anniversary

After a whopping nine-year hiatus, Koei Tecmo has announced the return of an old favourite just in time for its 30th anniversary: Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII is based on the historical novel of the same name, the game follows the story of a collapsing dynasty and the emerging factions during second century China. Koei Tecmo promises the game will be a deeply challenging yet rewarding blend of strategy and historically accurate warfare, where you’ll be creating cities, fostering or breaking alliances, and building armies. Armies consist of multiple units, including foot soldiers, cavalry, artillery, and navy. There are two game modes, campaign and Hero (which sounds more like a glorified tutorial). Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII will have endless customisation options as players can take control of one of 700 historical characters or create their own. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII will be released in Europe on 8 July 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam). For more about how the series plays, check out Matt’s review of Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire, released on Wii U’s virtual console.

Crunchyroll is on a roll

That’s right, I went there with the puns. Seriously though, Crunchyroll is currently where it’s at for your anime fix and your vocalic fix. WHAAAAAAT?! You read that correctly. In every country minus Japan and China, the anime streaming service has Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 – New York ready for your viewing pleasure. That’s certainly not all that’s coming from Crunchyroll, as they’ve also announced they will be streaming the Ace Attorney anime as it streams in Japan. New episodes will be available each Saturday at 7 a.m. EDT in all regions outside of Asia.

The team behind Starwhal bringing us Pizza Titan Ultra

Breakfall, a small indie company based in Ottawa (Canada), is best known for Starwhal. Over 50k of the Global Game Jam-created game were sold across various platforms, and now the company is looking to the future. And what does the future hold? Pizza, and a lot of is. Breakfall’s next game will be Pizza Titan Ultra, a 3rd-person action platformer that will have you smashing through a futuristic city in a giant mech, delivering pizza. The mech is actually the entire pizzeria, and it’s up to the player to control the ten-story monstrosity while still deliver the ‘za to those who need it most.

Miitomo launches worldwide

I maintain that Miitomo is a Nintendo app, not a game, but regardless of the semantics Nintendo’s newest thing has arrived for smartphones worldwide! And there’s a super weird commercial (above) to celebrate the launch, which I’ve watched a handful of times but still cannot make sense of. Miitomo is a new form of social media app, as you create (or import) a Mii then use it to answer questions and interact with your friends’ Miis and their answers. The app connected with My Nintendo, Nintendo’s new rewards app; with enough points, you can get Zelda picross on 3DS for free! And there’s a shop so you can choose whatever outfit best suits your Mii. Needless to say, my Mii is decked out like a Princess right now — although she’ll likely be a crazy cat lady within moments. Miitomo has surpassed three million users worldwide, so what are you waiting for?

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.
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