F-Zero look-alike on Switch, Build-A-Bear with Animal Crossing

Today: Nintendo may have forgotten about F-Zero, but indie developer Zerouno has not — Microsoft is about to stream the future of the newly acquired ZeniMax studios — Track your face with Vive

Animal Crossing gets its merch on

Nintendo and Build-A-Bear Workshop have put their heads together to produce a whole range of Animal Crossing: New Horizons plushies for the US and UK.

Build-A-Bear ‘took notes’ in May 2020 for Nintendo crossovers

It's not the first time Build-A-Bear embarks on a videogame partnership: You can already get Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon plushies, but Animal Crossing merchandise has been relatively thin on the ground despite its growing popularity and adorable characters.

Made official: “Get ready to create and customize with our new Animal Crossing: New Horizons collection!” says the US and UK Build-A-Bear Workshop websites. No firm launch date has been announced yet.

Coming soon: If you can't wait to snuggle up to your Animal Crossing plushies, you can sign up to be notified when they go on sale. Animal Crossing is sure to prove popular, so keep your eyes open and your fingers nimble.

Which TMNT game was not released for Nintendo consoles?

a) Turtles in Time
b) The Hyperstone Heist
c) Tournament Fighters
d) Fall of the Foot Clan

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Red card for English Captain Tsubasa

Captain Tsubasa: New Kick Off for DS was the first Western version of the long-running videogame series since the heavily localized Tecmo Cup Soccer from 1992, but it was only available in French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Captain Tsubasa: New Kick Off was the first western release

New Kick Off was released in 2010 to coincide with the Captain Tsubasa series’ 30th anniversary, and was the 15th game based on the popular manga and anime.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

FAR S Ultra helps fill F-Zero void on Switch

Futuristic racers have gone slightly out of fashion since their late 90s and early 2000s heyday, but FAR S Ultra looks set to change that on March 26th.

Now this is aero racing!

Nintendo hasn't exactly lavished attention on the F-Zero series since F-Zero GX in 2003, so FAR S Ultra should come as a welcome surprise to fans of ludicrously high-speed future motorsports. You can look forward to colorful retrofuturism and chunky, formula 1-styled hovercrafts screaming through a variety of locations.

Future Aero: “Evolve your pilots and upgrade your cars winning races in Championship and Custom Championship modes” across over 15 circuits with different weather conditions, playable either alone or online.

Switch circuit: FAR S Ultra is already available from Itch.io, Microsoft Store and Steam if you can't wait for the Switch version.

Live Bethesda and Xbox Roundtable today

You probably wonder what’s next for Bethesda Softworks now that they are part of Xbox Game Studios, and they will host a roundtable talking about the future later today.

Bethesda Softworks is now part of Team Xbox for $7.5bn

The event is “a conversation with key leaders celebrating Bethesda joining Team Xbox,” and will most likely help fans understand what kind of impact the acquisition will have on the different studios under the ZeniMax Media umbrella, and what they can expect from the future.

Talking shop: It seems unlikely that there will be any new announcements or major revelations, but there might be some tidbits about upcoming projects like Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI. It also seems likely that they will talk about which upcoming games will remain multiplatform, and which ones will become exclusive to PC and Xbox.

VIP invites: Expect bigwigs from Microsoft and Xbox as well as ZeniMax Media studios like Bethesda and id Software. We will bring you the highlights from the broadcast as soon as we can.

Hurl yourself face first into uncanny valley faster with the new Vive Facial Tracker for the low, low price of $169.99. The add-on can be attached to the HTC Vive and accurately captures facial expressions and mouth movement.

It can “read intentions and emotions in real-time,” according to HTC, who promises “almost-zero latency”. SDKs are already available so developers can get started integrating support into their games.

Unleash the force across 8 different tables in Zen Studios' Star Wars Pinball VR, available on all major virtual reality platforms from April 29th.

The VR version adds two new boards based on The Mandalorian and Star Wars Classic Collectibles. Check out the new Star Wars Pinball VR announcement trailer to learn more.

Discover a new Humble Bundle

If you enjoy science-fiction and 4X strategy games, then you need to play Stellaris, which brings the signature Paradox depth and complexity to infinity and beyond, where you will vye for control over entire galaxies.

Stronghold Warlords is 10% off

Featuring fantastic events, epic battles and a sprawling modding community which makes Stellaris into Paradox's most varied and replayable grand strategy game to date.

The game plus all DLC usually costs $137, but for the next two weeks you can get the whole package for just $15 – or give the base game a go for just $1. There's nothing humble about the scope of the Stellaris Discovery Bundle.

Win the entire We Were Here series

What's better than winning a game? Why, winning three games, of course! The entire We Were Here series of first-person puzzle adventures could be yours since we have codes for all three games in the series to give away.

We Were Here first released in 2017

The trilogy was developed by the Dutch studio Total Mayhem Games, and challenges you to guide a team through challenging situations deep in the Antarctic. Check out the We Were Here Series Giveaway to find out how to enter the competition.

Which TMNT game was not released for Nintendo consoles?

ANSWER: The Hyperstone Heist!

Turtle Power!

The Teenage Ninja Turtles weren’t just the most popular cross-media phenomenon of the late 80s and early 90s, they also starred in some of the greatest beat’em-ups ever made, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade and Turtles in Time. Genesis had its own turtle-themed brawler named Hyperstone Heist, a veritable pizza pie of half-shelled heroics.

Hyperstone Heist looks a lot like Turtles in Time, but it’s more fast-paced and has a different story, as well as featuring longer levels. It might not be as fondly remembered as Turtles in Time, but it’s still impressive and arguably a more hardcore and interesting challenge. Oh, and it’s a lot better than Turtles in Time: Reshelled.

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