The catch-up coffee: April 8, 2024

A double dose of Neptunia.

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Here’s what’s included with the Digital Deluxe Edition of Neptunia: Game Maker R:Evolution

Idea Factory International has announced the contents of Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution’s Digital Deluxe Edition. Available for all three platforms that the game will launch for, it includes a digital copy of the game, a 32-page digital artbook, a 15-track soundtrack, and a swimsuit costume set. The swimsuit costume set is available only with the Digital Deluxe Edition, and includes one swimsuit for each of the 12 playable characters (Older Neptune, Neptune, Pippih, Jagaa, Reedio, Noire, Blanc, Vert, Nepgear, Uni, Rom, and Ram). The physical editions have already been revealed; read about those here.

Play as Older Nep and transform a defunct gaming studio into a successful business, hiring strong developers to create cutting-edge video games. Creating games actually helps boost your party’s stats through disc development. There is a party of four to help get the company to the top, but be wary of other game studios vying for the same place. Ride through dungeons with a purple motorcycle, challenging enemies or testing racing skills. The game features a revamped battle system, chained attacks, and transformative specials.

Developed by Idea Factory/Compile Heart and published by Idea Factory International, Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on May 14.

inKONBINI: One Store, Many Stories. announced for PC, consoles

I remember visiting a small-town convenience store many times when I was a kid in the 1990s. It was in my mom’s hometown, which we visited often. When I think about it, I remember small details like the buzzing of the lights and the very specific way that it smelled. There was always an excitement about what might be hiding inside. And I’m sure that I’m not alone in having memories exactly like these. All that is to say that I’m really interested in recently-announced slice-of-life narrative-driven game inKONBINI: One Store, Many Stories. It revolves around a small-town convenience store during the early ’90s.

The meditative third-person experience follows Makoto Hayakawa, a college student who has put her studies on pause to help her aunt at a small, cozy convenience store. She will shelve goods, engage in meaningful conversations, and explore how her decisions can impact the customers’ lives. There are several mini-games made to recreate a store clerk’s routine (stocking products, making phone calls, scanning goods, and checking out customers).

Developed and published by Nagai Industries, inKONBINI: One Store, Many Stories. will be released for PC/Mac via Steam, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series in early 2015.

Motorcycle action game Neptunia VS Titan Dogoo announced, set to launch in Japan this June

That’s right, two Neptunia stories in one catch-up! Neptunia VS Titan Dogoo is pretty out-of-the-box when it comes to Neptunia games. It is described as a motorcycle action game and has only been confirmed to launch in Japan. If it does come West there’s a good chance the title will be different. Instead of being set in Gamindustri, Neptunia VS Titan Dogoo is set in what might be called a different dimension. A variety of dogoos are appearing through the land, threatening it. One girl will have to ride her motorcycle (interesting that this has become a theme in recent Neptunia games) to escape before it’s too late. Here is the opening movie:

The main characters are Uzume Tennouboshi, Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert. Players will race around stages full of dogoos, trying to round them up. A fixed number of dogoos must be rounded up for each stage to be cleared. There’s one problem though: enemies (also on motorcycles) are waiting. Gather a good amount of dogoos to launch an attack at the enemy and, if successful, snatch a bunch of their dogoos.

Developed and published by Compile Heart, Neptunia VS Titan Dogoo will be released in Japan for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on June 27.

Hatsune Miku has arrived in Crypt of the NecroDancer

I’ve never heard of Crypt of the NecroDancer but nobody can work for DDNet and not know about Hatsune Miku, which is why this news caught my attention: Hatsune Miku DLC has been released for Crypt of the NecroDancer. Armed with her trusty leek, iconic outfits, and dazzling dance moves, Miku is ready to face enemies with style. She even has a special new ability: sing! This DLC is available now.

There are 15 tracks included: Too Real by Danny Baranowsky, Wonder Style by colate, SURVIVE (Foxsky Remix) by Umetora, Ten Thousand Stars by Circus-P, Lucky Orb (Clean Tears Remix) by emon(Tes.), UNDERWATER (Rexium Remix) by Hylen, Highlight by KIRA, Intergalactic Bound by CircusP and Yunosuke, Hello Builder by Utsu-P, MikuFiesta by AlexTrip Sands, Can’t Make A Song!! by beat_shobon, Be Furious (Reno Remix) by Ocelot, sweety glitch by gaburyu & nyankobrq, Thousand Little Voices by Vault Kid & FlangerMoose, and My One and Oni by Danny Baranowsky.

Developed and published by Brace Yourself Games, Crypt of the NecroDancer is available for PC via Steam/GOG, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

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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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