Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. With each issue I will bring you the best news 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 favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!
Meet Iono’s partner Pokémon: Bellibolt!
I. Am. Obsessed. Earlier this week, The Pokémon Company teased us with a video about gym leader Iono, but without sharing who her partner Pokémon was. Sure, she gave us hints, but that wasn’t enough to know what it would be since it’s actually brand new! Iono specializes in Electric-type Pokémon, and her partner Bellibolt is as adorable as she is. “Bellibolt” is also super fun to say, which is a bonus.
Iono is Levincia’s leader; it is one of the region’s most prominent cities. She’s also known as the Supercharged streamer, popular because she hosts her own show and streams her work as a Gym Leader. She’s all about viewer engagement! She has two catchphrases: “Your eyeballs are MINE – caught in my Electroweb!” and “‘Ello, ‘ello, hola! Ciao and Bonjour!”
Bellibolt is an EleFrog Pokémon, an Electric type, with the abilities of Electromorphosis and Static. It expands and contracts its electric body, generating electricity in an organ that looks like a belly button. This electricity is then discharged though two bumps on its head that resembles eyes. That’s right: those aren’t eyeballs sticking out! The eyes are the two little ovals that actually look more like nostrils than anything else. Bellibolt is easy-going, not noticing an opponent until it attacks. Its ability of Electromorphosis is new to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet; it charges up when it’s attacked, boosting the power of its next Electric-type move.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales coming to PC next month
Miles is perhaps my favourite Spider-Man; at the very least, I think he’s funnier and more innocent than Peter Parker. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set after the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man, with Miles adjusting to life in a new home while also following in Peter’s footsteps. It turns out something is trying to destroy his new home, so he learns the usual quote associated with Spider-Man: with great power, there must also come great responsibility. It’s up to Miles to save all of New York.
Miles isn’t exactly Peter’s copy, though, and he has his own powers that set him apart; namely, his bio-electric venom blasts and covert camouflage ability. A battle for New York has broken out between a devious energy company and a high-tech criminal army, neither of which sound very good. Miles will learn what he needs to sacrifice for the greater good. The PC version of the game features optimized graphics, ray-traced reflections and shadows, ultra-wide monitor support, and mouse and keyboard support with customizable control options.
Developed by Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software, and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be released for PC on November 18. It is currently available for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, where it first launched almost exactly two years ago from its PC date.
Here’s the opening movie for Samurai Maiden
I’m intrigued by Samurai Maiden, and not just because you unlock abilities by kissing girls. I love the idea of a sword-fighting game led by female characters. The game launches this December (more information below) but for now, we can all enjoy the opening movie. It features the theme song, Divine Tuning sung by Yuki Yomichi.
A young, 21st-century woman is transported back to Honnoji during the Sengoku period. A temple is in flames, and the one and only Nobunaga Oda is there to help guide her. She’ll fight alongside a trio of ninjas, also all women, as they race through the Underworld. When things get difficult, our young samurai can kiss one of the ninjas to enhace their abilities with the Devoted Heart technique. You can learn a bit more about the game here.
Developed by Shade and published by D3 Publisher, Samurai Maiden will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on December 1 in Japan; it will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on December 8 worldwide.
There’s a new trailer for Witch on the Holy Night
It’s time for the second trailer for Witch on the Holy Night; it features the ending theme song, Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni by supercell. Along with the trailer, it was announced that a demo will be released sometime in November.
It’s the late 1980s, the end of an age of extravagance and liveliness. A boy crosses paths with two witches who live in a mansion on top of a hill. Each of them has their own path in life, and these paths aligning was unthinkable. But soon, they begin living together.
Developed and published by Type-Moon, Witch on the Holy Night will be released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on December 8 (worldwide).