The catch-up coffee: Monday, April 10, 2023

Finally, Final Fantasy.

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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)!

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series launches for PlayStation, Switch next week

It’s finally happening! The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series, comprising of Final Fantasy I-VI, is set to launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next week. I’ve been begging for this series to launch for Switch since its original release, and it feels surreal that it is finally about to happen. The games can be purchased individually or as a bundle.

These console versions have some changes from the original Pixel Remaster versions. Players will be able to switch between the original an rearranged soundtracks, as well as change between the default font and a new pixel-based font. Random encounters can be turned off so players can roam without being harassed by monsters; that being said, they also won’t gain that experience. Finally, boost features allow players to adjust the experience gained by up to four times, making the runthroughs easier.

Developed and published by Square Enix, the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series will be released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 19. It is currently available for PC via Steam and mobile devices.

Watch this new, beefy overview trailer for Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

It’s getting quite close to the release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. It’s been a long road, delayed due to the war in Ukraine (they thought it was inappropriate to launch when the war began, but apparently now is okay despite the fact it’s ongoing). One of the last trailers for the game pre-launch released last week: a six-minute overview trailer.

As a tactical advisor for the Orange Star Army, command, well, an army. Move land, air, and naval units across each battlefield. Take down enemy squads, capture towns, and consider terrain and weather while leading across multiple maps. Commanding officers will help out along the way, each with their own specialities and CO Powers. This remake includes the events of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. It also includes Versus Mode, where up to four players can battle on dozens of maps; each player chooses a CO to help them out.

Developed by WayForward and published by Nintendo, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 21.

Lil’ Guardsman announced for PC, consoles

Inspired by classic point-and-click adventure games, Lil’ Guardsman is a game of deduction. Play as an unlikely 12-year-old hero, Lil, covering your dad’s shift at the guard shed. Decide the fate of over 100 unique characters. It’s basically Papers, Please with fantasy creatures – and in my book, that’s a good thing! Question humans, elves, goblins, cyclopses, and other creatures, then use your power of deduction to choose who to admit or deny based on the answers to your questions and your handy tools. Who you let through will determine the castle’s fate.

See the Sprawl and its quirky citizens through a royal wedding to one of two kingdoms that want an alliance… and a siege by whoever’s been angered in the process! Spend your hard-earned gold wisely, powering up your guardsman toolkit, then strategically deploy these items to admit or deny the right people. It’s possible to go back in time to earn a higher score, but be careful not to break time and space!

Developed by Hilltop Studios and published by Versus Evil, Lil’ Guardsman will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One later this year.

Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles launching this August/September

Comprised of Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess and Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom, Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles is set to launch for PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch in a few months’ time. The game(s) is a continuation of Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, each being an RPG that brings improved visuals, enchanting music, and loveable characters.

In Rhapsody II: Ballad of the Little Princess, following. Kurfürstendamm as she follows in the footsteps of her mother on a journey to find her own prince. The game includes more songs, a new turn-based battle system, and a story that will make your heart sing. In Rhapsody III: Memories of Marl Kingdom, experience events that occur before, during, and after the previous Rhapsody titles, including a conclusion about Kururu’s grandmother Cherie. The battle system has been revamped and refined, and a 3D camera has been added.

Developed by Nippon Ichi and published by NIS America, Rhapsody: Marl Kingdom Chronicles will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on August 29 in North America, September 1 in Europe, and September 8 in Oceania.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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