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Toys-to-life figurines are popular. Skylanders might have made the genre famous, but Nintendo’s amiibo figures are by far the most popular toys-to-life toys. Nintendo basically breaks the Internet whenever it announces a new wave of figures, and yesterday, the company announced not one but four, possibly five, waves. You could say that Nintendo just announced a tidal wave of amiibo.

The first new wave consists of three entries in Nintendo’s continuing The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary line of amiibo: the Links from Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. Currently, all Legend of Zelda-themed amiibo, including the Super Smash Bros. ones, grant players extra items in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Each figure has a chance to spawn rare equipment associated with its games, and the same applies to the new figures that players can buy starting June 23rd.

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Yesterday, Nintendo announced a new Pikmin game, Hey! Pikmin, as well as an associated Pikmin amiibo. We do not know much about this figure other than how it looks, that it will have Hey! Pikmin functionality, and it will be available July 28th

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The third wave (if you can call a single Pikmin figure a “wave”) is the Splatoon 2 amiibo. As with the original Splatoon figures, these new figures will let players unlock weapons, abilities, and clothing in Splatoon 2. The Splatoon 2 amiibo will release July 21st alongside Splatoon 2 and will come in both single and three-packs.

blankThe fourth and final announced wave is the long-awaited last wave of Super Smash Bros. amiibo, which will consist of the last batch of DLC characters: Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta. Unlike other Super Smash Bros. figures, the new ones will come in player 1 and player 2 varieties. Player 1 figures include Cloud as he appeared in Final Fantasy VII, boy Corrin, and Bayonetta in her Bayonetta 2 outfit. Player 2 figures will consist of Cloud wearing his Advent Children clothes, girl Corrin, and Bayonetta with her original Bayonetta 1 costume. This marks the first time Nintendo has created Super Smash Bros. figures featuring a character’s alternate skin/model, Famicom R.O.B. notwithstanding. If these player 2 variants prove popular, in the near future we might just see amiibo of Alph, female Robin, Little Mac in his pink hoodie, and the seven Koopalings.

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While the Super Smash Bros. line is the latest officially announced wave, Nintendo might have accidentally leaked/teased a fifth wave of amiibo. Nintendo recently revealed that the turn-based RPG spin-off of Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter Stories, is finally coming to the U.S.

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As you can see, the game box has an amiibo icon on the upper right corner, which implies it will have amiibo functionality, potentially with Monster Hunter Stories figures that currently only exist in Japan. Granted, the package designers could simply have made a mistake, but somehow I doubt that.

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If Nintendo is indeed planning on releasing Monster Hunter Stories figures, you’re going to need a lot more shelf space, assuming you have any left after buying all the other amiibo in this article.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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