Mario Tennis Aces Review

Playing a match in Mario Tennis Aces is like challenging someone to an arm wrestle and a staring contest simultaneously. Muscling your opponent around the court with clever shot selection and proper baseline positioning during a rally is as essential as ever, but it’s the layer of fighting game-inspired mechanics applied on top that adds unblinking tension and strategy to each and every point you play. As a result, Mario Tennis Aces serves up some of the most refined and rewarding gameplay in the series to date, but passes up the opportunity to make the most of it with an underdeveloped single-player mode and slight customisation options.

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Pokémon Quest Coming to Mobile Next Week

Pokémon Quest is coming to mobile on June 28.

According to a tweet from the Japanese Pokémon Twitter account, RPG Pokémon Quest is coming to iOS and Android devices. The tweet reveals that Pokémon Quest has been downloaded on the Nintendo Switch 2.5 million times worldwide, and that pre-registration for mobile versions of the title start from today.

Earth Defence Force: Iron Rain Delayed Into 2019

Earth Defence Force: Iron Rain has been delayed until 2019.

D3 Publisher announced in this week’s issue of Famitsu (via Siliconera) that the latest addition to the Earth Defence Force series will not launch until next year, rather than its original release window of 2018. However, a reason was not given for the delay.

Earth Defence Force is a third-person shooter which focuses on a unified multinational military that’s been created to defend against hostile aliens. Each title in the series is a light-hearted splat-fest which sees you taking on the role of an EDF soldier during an alien invasion.

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Creed 2 Movie Trailer Sets Up An Iconic Rivalry For Michael B. Jordan

The first trailer for Creed II is here. The sequel to 2015’s hit spin-off from the Rocky series arrives in theaters in November. It stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as veteran boxer Rocky Balboa, with Dolph Lundgren reprising his role from 1985’s Rocky IV as Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago.

The trailer shows Creed after he’s suffered defeat and is trying to fight his way back. Adonis is also struggling with his legacy, trying not to make the same mistakes his father did. His mentor, Rocky Balboa, advises him to reconsider fighting, indicating that Creed’s opponent may be too dangerous. That opponent happens to be Viktor Drago, son of Rocky’s former nemesis Ivan Drago. And thus, another underdog story is set up. Check it out above.

Creed II also stars Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld), Wood Harris (The Wire), and Phylicia Rashad (Empire). The movie is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who previously made the acclaimed 2016 indie hit The Land.

Stallone himself was originally set to direct–as well as co-write–the movie, but he ultimately stepped aside. In December, the action icon explained this decision. “The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges,” he said. “I believe it’s important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible.”

Stallone won a Golden Globe for his performance as the aging Rocky in Creed and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The movie made $173.6 million at the worldwide box office. Creed II hits theaters on November 21.

An Unravel 2 Switch Version Would Have Added 6 Months to the Release Date

When Unravel 2 was announced last week during EA’s press conference at E3 2018, it was a welcome surprise. What was even more surprising was that the puzzle platformer became available immediately on all major platforms except the Nintendo Switch. However, it has now been revealed that a Switch version of Unravel 2 would have added six months to the release date.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, developer Coldwood Interactive explained that, despite thinking the indie title would be perfect for the Switch, the team didn’t have time to make it happen as there are technical barriers in place which make it difficult.

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PUBG Getting Its First Event Pass This Week

A new map isn’t the only thing coming to PUBG on PC this week. On Friday, PUBG’s PC version will also get its first Event Pass, a limited-time system that will unlock in-game item rewards when players level up by completing specific missions. It seems very similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass.

“The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system,” reads a PUBG Steam post.

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