Paper Mario: The Origami King

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In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed a new installment in the Paper Mario RPG-platforming series. Titled Paper Mario: The Origami King, it features a brand new story that involves Princess Peach being turned into an origami by King Olly, the ruler of the Origami Kingdom.

In contrast to the turn-based 2D combat of the previous Paper Mario titles, The Origami King features a new 360° ring-based battle system where Mario has to line up enemies to cause the most damage and chain attacks. Mastering the new system is said to require both puzzle-solving skills and a quick wit.

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PGA Tour 2K21

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PGA Tour 2K21 is an officially licensed golf simulator developed by HB Studios and published by 2K Games. It includes a new PGA Tour career mode where the player can take on pros like Justin Thomas in courses such as TPC Sawgrass and East Lake Golf Club as they compete to win the FedExCup. Similarly to the other titles in 2K’s sports game lineup, the MyPLAYER feature allows the creation and customization of a player with equipment and apparel from real-life brands.

In addition to the career mode, PGA Tour 2K21 also offers local and online multiplayer with modes like Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, Skins, and 4-Player Scramble, as well as Online Societies with full seasons and player-run tournaments.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

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The first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles are being remastered by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision as a bundle. The games are rebuilt from the ground up and contain familiar pro skaters, levels and tricks. On top of that, the Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater features have been upgraded, and online multiplayer modes with leaderboards have been added.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is available for pre-order in Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s editions as detailed below.

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NASCAR Heat 5

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This year’s installment of NASCAR Heat features all the official drivers, teams, and cars from the 2020 season NASCAR Cup Series and the support series. The Career Mode where the player has to work their way to the top starting with Xtreme Dirt Series, moving through the Gander RV & Outdoor Truck and Xfinity Series, and finally reaching the NASCAR Cup Series is making a return. New to the franchise is the Testing Mode that lets the player experiment and find the best car setup for each track to increase their chances of victory. NASCAR Heat 5‘s multiplayer mode supports 2-player offline split-screen and up to 40 players online.

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Trails of Cold Steel III (Switch)

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is a JRPG with turn-based battles developed by Nihon Falcom and published outside Japan by NIS America. It picks up over a year after the events of the previous game, and centers around the returning Rean Schwarzer. As an instructor at the newly opened Thors Branch Campus, he takes lead of Class VII and has to guide the new generation in the face of an uncertain future.

Like with the previous launches of Trails of Cold Steel III on PlayStation 4 and PC, the upcoming Nintendo Switch release in the West is accompanied by some modest pre-order bonuses and special editions detailed below.

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Outriders

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Outriders is a third-person RPG shooter from People Can Fly and Square Enix. The game takes place in a hostile planet of Enoch where the titular Outriders – hardened mercenaries and explorers – search for a mysterious signal that might hold the key to humanity’s survival.

Outriders is said to combine brutal gunplay with an extensive RPG system. Players create their Outrider from scratch and pick one of the four classes that come with unique supernatural abilities such as manipulation of fire or time. The weapons too can be crafted and customized with mods. Up to four players can join in a drop-in co-op, and the entire story campaign can also be tackled solo.

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Hunting Simulator 2

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Neopica’s niche Hunting Simulator returns for a second installment that promises bigger and more varied natural environments in Texas, Colorado, and Europe, over 33 animal species to track, 75 official weapons and gear from manufacturers like Browning, Winchester, Verney Carron, and more.

Perhaps the most interesting addition is the hunting dog that will accompany the player and sniff out animals and trails. Dogs can be trained to get better at tracking, and different breeds are better at different tasks.

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