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This Week’s Most Exciting New Video Game Releases – Press Start Australia

We’re already nearly into a new financial year, and although I’d assume most of us are busy toiling away in Elden Ring’s huge Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, there’s still some life left in June when it comes to new game releases.

The headliner this week is Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, a newly-minted Switch version of a sequel previously trapped on the Nintendo 3DS. James wrote about his early impressions here, calling it a modest but still gorgeous and playable update to a game that many may have missed. Continuing on the re-release trend is Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition, which is finally launching after numerous leaks and rumours.

As far as brand-new content goes, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio is bringing us Super Monkey Ball: Banana Rumble this week, and Melbourne’s own Summerfall Studios is launching a very exciting DLC for Stray Gods, titled Orpheus.

Take a look at what’s coming this week:


Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD

Release Date: June 27th

Platforms: Switch

The best deal: $68 at Amazon with free release day delivery for Prime members.

Investigate an array of mysterious mansions full of spooky specters as you solve puzzles and seek out the missing shards of the Dark Moon. Help Luigi master the trusty Poltergust 5000 to suck up ghosts, illuminate the dark, and uncover mysteries in this remake of the 3DS entry in the Luigi’s Mansion series.

Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: June 25th

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Rediscover the cult classic in a special edition celebrating its 20th anniversary. Embark on this epic adventure in up to 4K, 60fps with improved graphics, controls and audio. Explore the anniversary gallery, and discover more about Jade’s childhood in the new treasure hunt.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Rumble

Release Date: June 25th

Platforms: Switch

The best deal: $59 at Amazon with free release day delivery for Prime members.

AiAi and the gang are back in the first all-new Super Monkey Ball game in over a decade. For the first time in series history, up to 16 players can now battle it out online across multiple game modes! Hungry for more? Grab your favorite bunch and slip into a wonderfully crafted story either locally or online in Adventure mode. Featuring over 300 ways to customize your character and their Monkey Ball, along with a new Spin Dash technique, you can bounce, tilt, roll, and now dash past the competition in style as you aim to become Top Banana!

Stray Gods: Orpheus

Release Date: June 27th

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Play as Orpheus in this brand new story for Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical! Orpheus’ story is arguably finished – until Hermes brings him back to the world of the living. With their help, you’ll guide Orpheus through the depths of mortal decision making – who to date, what to hope for, what instrument to rock out on…

Starring Anthony Rapp (*RENT, Star Trek: Discovery*), and written by David Gaider, Stray Gods: Orpheus is a comedic feature length experience that history buffs, hopeless romantics, and rock stars alike can enjoy.

Tchia (Switch Release)

Release Date: June 27th

Platforms: Switch

Tchia is coming to Nintendo Switch! Get ready to explore a vast archipelago inspired by New Caledonia! Inspiration was taken from the rich and varied local landscapes, cultures, music, languages, folklores, and traditions to create a fictional world and to tell a universal story that anyone can understand and enjoy.

Riven (Remake)

Release Date: June 25th (26th AEST)

Platforms: PC, PC VR, Quest

Created by the legendary indie developer Cyan Worlds and based on the smash-hit original released in 1997, Riven has been lovingly revisited by its key original visionaries to expand the epic narrative of the Myst universe.

This brand-new, re-imagined, and expanded version of Riven offers a deeper story, new captivating visuals, and a journey that stays true to the original release while also expanding on Riven’s breathtaking world.

Graven (1.0 Launch)

Release Date: June 25th (26th AEST)

Platforms: PC

Action, mystery, and a chance for redemption await you in the gritty first-person action-adventure GRAVEN. Explore a dark fantasy world as a wrongly convicted man of faith. Battle the horrors of humanity, the wilds, and beyond using armaments, magic, and the environment.

Frogun Encore

Release Date: June 25th

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Guess who’s back? Frogun returns with more frog-grappling action in Frogun ENCORE, a dashing standalone expansion/sequel to indie hit FROGUN! Join a now-older Renata and Jake in a trek around the whole world to prevent the return of Beelzebub.

Exo One (PlayStation Launch)

Release Date: June 27th

Platforms: PS5, PS4

Get it cheap on Amazon.

On the anniversary of the Jupiter disaster, an alien signal transmits construction blueprints for an alien craft, which humanity builds, called Exo One. Master a truly alien traversal system and navigate through enigmatic and desolate alien landscapes. Control gravity itself and build momentum to reach colossal speeds and exhilarating heights.

Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate

Release Date: June 27th

Platforms: PS5, PS VR2, PC

Step into the unknown and embark on an epic, time travel adventure, completely re-imagined for the next generation of VR. Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate is a remake of the award winning, critically acclaimed VR time travel adventure game – Wanderer. Leave your passports at home, there’s no telling where you’ll go and who you’ll become as you venture back through the ages and unravel the mysteries of time.

Until Then

Release Date: June 25th

Platforms: PS5, PC

In a world still recovering from catastrophe, Mark Borja and his friends navigate the joys and woes of another year of high school. Wake up in a typical teenage bedroom, practice piano, race to meet homework deadlines, and build (and burn) relationships, as you reminisce about the daily insecurities of high school life.

That is, until a fateful meeting sets off a chain reaction, upending Mark’s life. People disappear and memories prove unreliable. Uncover a hidden truth with Mark and his friends in this narrative adventure and race to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.


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