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Konami has reached licensing agreements for boardgames to be developed based on two of their iconic video game titles: Contra and Bomberman.

Blacklist Games and Kess Co. will publish a cooperative 1-4 player game inspired by the Contra video games in 2020. The designers at Blacklist Games are Brady and Adam Sadler. They designed Street Masters, Brook City, and Altar Quest. All three of those games feature the Sadler brothers’ signature modular deck system. Implementing that system for Contra will allow players to select a unique commando deck, stage, and enemy.

IDW Games will publish a boardgame based on the Bomberman series of games, specifically 2017’s Super Bomberman R. This will IDW Games’ second implementation of a Konami video game to a board game, as they also are publishing the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game. The Bomberman video games traditionally have both cooperative and competitive modes of play, so it will be interesting to see if the board game version follows suit.

IDW Games is announcing Naruto Shippuden Village Defenders card game for a November 2019 release.

While most of the ninja are out are away, Leaf Village is attacked leaving a handful of ninja and friends to defend the village. A team of 1-4 players take on the roles of their favorite TEAM 7 characters and are the last line of defense against classic villains. Players must cooperate to create powerful combos to fight back the invaders in a fast-paced game lasting approximately 30 minutes.

IDW Games is publishing a family update to their 2017 release Seikatsu. Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life features adorable artwork by Neytirix and reunites the design duo of Matt Loomis and Isaac Shalev for the same core tile-laying as the original.

In Seikatsu, players place tiles containing a bird of a certain color and a flower of a certain color in a shared garden. Players score groups of birds when tiles are placed, and score rows of matching flowers at the end of the game. Similarly, in Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life, players place tiles containing a type of animal and a color of pillow upon which the animal is sitting in a shared living room. Upon placing tiles, players will score for groups of the same type of animal. Then, at the end of the game, players score rows with pillows of the same color.

Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life has a player count of 1-4, and releases on August 30, 2019.

Last year, IDW Games published a board game based on the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon which may have flown under the radar among the deluge of games released at the time. While Batman’s enemies were defeated in the first game, the revolving doors of Arkham Asylum have allowed the villains to return in Batman The Animated Series: Gotham City Under Siege — Masterminds and Mayhem. Both the base game and this expansion are designed by Michael Guigliano, and Richard Launius (known for Arkham Horror).

The goal of the game is for 1-5 players, taking on the role of Batman and the rest of the Bat family, to thwart the plans of the Masterminds who have deadlier weapons and improved tactics. Alongside armored cars and explosives, the villains now join their hired goons on the streets to fight Batman and his team directly. New Rooftop Villains and Act Leader Target mechanisms are also added. New Mastermind cards include The Joker, Two-Face, and The Riddler.

The game is aimed at players aged 14+ and plays in 45-60 mins. It’s expected to release in October of 2019.

IDW Games has announced Tonari, a new 2-4 player tile collection game from master designers Bruno Faidutti (Diamont, Mission: Red Planet) and Alex Randolph (Inkognito, Twixt), featuring delightful art from Kwanchai Moriya. In Tonari, a hex board is randomly filled with gorgeous acrylic tiles, and a fishing boat is placed in the middle. Players take turns moving the boat, collecting tiles as they go. The tiles may be sets of fish or shellfish which can grant or remove points. Additionally, skill tiles can be collected, giving bonus abilities, manipulating tiles on the board, or changing tiles in a players pile. The unique “hook” in this game is that a players’ final score is the sum total of their own score and that of their neighbor to the left. Look for Tonari at your FLGS in August 2019.

In Ghostbusters: Blackout, a major power outage strikes New York, and the Ghostbusters are called in to capture ghosts who escaped their containment units. Ghostbusters: Blackout is a fully cooperative board game, published by IDW Games, for 1-4 players, aged 12+.

The players are tasked with taking on the role of the Ghostbusters to bust the ghosts and save the city from the onslaught of ectoplasmic activity. Players roll dice and allocate them to move around the city, capture ghosts, buy upgrades for their ghost-busting equipment, and keep the city from collapsing into chaos.

Ghostbusters: Blackout is designed by Jon Cohn, and is expected to release in July of 2019.

IDW Games gives players a chance to play their favorite villain in Gotham City in Batman The Animated Series: Rogues Gallery. Each player then goes on crime sprees, steal powerful upgrades and recruit nefarious accomplices to accomplish their master plan and be the first to defeat Batman.

Designed  by Sen-Foong Lim (Belfort and Junk Art) and Jessey Wright, Batman The Animated Series: Rogues Gallery is a push your luck game, which is certainly the case anytime you go up against the Batman.  Artwork by comic artists Chris Fenoglio, Jack Lawrence, Dario Brizuela, and Marcelo Ferreira will delight fans of the original Batman The Animated Series cartoon.

Batman The Animated Series: Rogues Gallery plays 3-5 players, ages 12+, in 30-45 minutes.  Contents include a Bat Signal board, 11 Villain player sheets, 7 Common dice, 4 Power dice, 3 Batman cards, 8 Advanced Hero cards, 16 Basic Hero cards, 29 Upgrade cards, 37 Accomplice cards, 35 Scheme tokens, 18 Lucky Coin tokens, 5 Power tokens, a Bat Signal token, and Rulebook. Pre-orders are not available until the end of March.  Look for Batman The Animated Series: Rogues Gallery in stores on 5 June 2019.

IDW Games announces a new tile-laying game by HG Game Worx. In Amoeba, designed by Heidi and Greg Preslicka, players draw and place tiles in order to build the biggest amoebas then claim those amoebas by placing their nuclei markers on them.  But here is the twist, players can place tiles on top of completed amoebas to split them up and reduce their opponent’s score.  There are 12 unique tiles that will require pattern recognition and strategic thinking to grow the biggest amoeba. The game ends when all tiles are played, and the player with the biggest amoeba wins.

Amoeba plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 30 minutes.  Contents include 84 Amoeba Tiles, 40 Nuclei Markers, 1 Custom Die, and a multilingual rulesheet.  Amoeba is scheduled for release in June 2019.

During the 2018 PAX Unplugged Conference, IDW Games announced that there would be a Metal Gear Solid board game designed by Emerson Matsuuchi. The board game community went wild with speculation as no other details were revealed … until now.

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will be a fully cooperative, miniatures board game for 1-4 players, which follows the story of the first Metal Gear Solid video game. Artwork is to be provided by Kenneth Loh, and Francesco Orrù. Players take on the roles of Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich, and Gray Fox the Cyborg Ninja. Each character has their own unique skill sets that allow them to avoid detection. The game will feature a dynamic A.I. system and sandbox game play where missions can be completed in multiple ways. Numerous objectives will need to be completed across campaign scenarios.

“I’m probably the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid. Ever since playing the first Metal Gear Solid, it has forever altered the way I view games. The story it told was so memorable and the gameplay experience so rich that it has shaped my expectation of games as both a designer and gamer. So the opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the table has been an honor and dream come true. I’m excited to be able to capture the tactical stealth action that is the hallmark of the franchise as well as create a new experience and story for the Snake fans. Age hasn’t slowed him down one bit.” – Emerson Matsuuchi [source]

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game will debut at E3 2019 where IDW Games will allow the media to book play sessions. The general public will be able to demo the game at Origins Game Fair 2019, Dice Tower Con 2019, San Diego Comic Con 2019, and Gen Con 2019. Expect the game to be released in late 2019.

IDW Games have steadily been adding licensed properties to their board game portfolio and the addition of Metal Gear Solid, as announced via Twitter at PAX Unplugged, has many fans excited. Emerson Matsuuchi has been tasked with the game’s design, which makes perfect sense considering he also designed the stealth driven game, Specter Ops (and it’s follow-up, Specter Ops: Broken Covenant), from Plaid Hat Games. Up until now, fans of the franchise had to settle for the lesser known Risk: Metal Gear Solid board game, which completely ignored the stealth aspect of the video game.

PAX Unplugged is a tabletop games focused event organised by the same team who run the more video game oriented conference, PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Metal Gear Solid is an action-adventure stealth game written and produced by the legendary Hideo Kojima, developed for the Playstation by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan.