April Fools’ Day 2017 compilation

Tactical and fighting games that look all too real.

Welcome to our annual April Fools’ Day compilation, where we find and compile all of this year’s April Fools’ Day jokes.

If something you read or watch between today and tomorrow sounds too good to be true, it is probably a joke, so be careful of what you believe.

Find our annual roundup of games-related jokes below. The list will be updated as new jokes arrive, so be sure to check back every so often.

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Added on April 1 at 5:50 p.m.

  • Bandai Namco Europe – Get the brand new Tekken 7 Eddy controller and start button mashing to crush your opponent with ease.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Bandai Namco Europe

  • Divinity: Original Sin IIDivinity: Original Sin II confirmed for a console release. That is, the Commodore 64 console. THe port will include full joystick support, 674 free floppy disks per purchase, crisp, 8-bit gameplay, and import possibility for save games.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Divinity: Original Sin II

  • Hotline MiamiHotline Miami 3.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Hotline Miami

  • Humble Bundle – Introducing the Humble Wikipedia Bundle. Pay what you want for collections of Wikipedia articles.
  • NIS America – Asagi finally gets her own game. Asagi Wars: The Vengeance of Asagi announced for PrinnyCannon.

    April Fools' Day 2017: NIS America

  • Ubisoft Canada – Due to a spelling issue, all new For Honor copies sold in Canada will come with an updated cover.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Ubisoft Canada

  • XSEED GamesStealth Kids of Ninja High (based on Senran Kagura) TV show announced and is coming this fall to your favorite family-friendly network. “The girls of Abe Lincoln High School are just your everyday school kids — except for being ninjas in training! Join Ashley, Katy, Isabella, Hilary, and Yvette as they practice their skills, celebrate their friendship, and battle the evil ninja students of Booth Prep! Rated TV-G.”

Added on April 1 at 3:25 p.m.

  • WayForward – Announcing Shantae: Demakeified, due out this fall on all consoles with an RF output.

    April Fools' Day 2017: WayForward

Added on April 1 at 12:45 p.m.

  • BlizzCon – Announcing BizzCon Textual Attendance. Experience BlizzCon for free, and exercise both your reading ability and perceived will.

    April Fools' Day 2017: BlizzCon

  • Chrono.ggHalf-Life 3 available on the Chrono.gg Shop.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Chrono.gg

  • SneakingFox – A trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for PlayStation 4.
  • Yacht Club Games – Top games that copied Shovel Knight.

Added on April 1 at 11:10 a.m.

  • Sonic Retro – Announcing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Turbo Edition for Switch, featuring nnew characters such as Opa Opa from Fantasy Zone, Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza 0, and Hatsune Miku from Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tune. Sonic Retro even put together an “official website.”

    April Fools' Day 2017: Sonic Retro

  • Sukeban Games – Announcing VA-11 HALL-A: A Good Boy Edition for Switch. Features HD rumble compatibility, 3D mode for Dreamcast quality models, new characters and collaborations, is developed by Imageepoch, plays like Papers, Please, and features new playable character Rad Shiba.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Sukeban Games

  • Yooka-Laylee – The Yooka-Laylee Rap has arrived.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Yooka-Laylee

Added on April 1 at 9:20 a.m.

  • Battlefield 1 – There’s a new kind of Cavalry coming to Battlefield 1.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Battlefield 1

  • Bound – Announcing the Bound standalone downloadable content, “Kratos’ Reminiscence.”

    April Fools' Day 2017: Bound

  • PlayStation Asia – Introducing the PlayStation Playr app, the only app you will need to find romance on the PlayStation Network.

    April Fools' Day 2017: PlayStation Asia

  • The Witcher – CD Projekt RED Consumer Business Analysis and Revenue Net Growth Divisions are thrilled to announce a new, unique and exclusively limited figure of Geralt of Rivia.

    April Fools' Day 2017: The Witcher

Added on April 1 at 3:30 a.m.

  • IGN – Announcing AMC’s Grand Theft Auto. Watch the official trailer.

    April Fools' Day 2017: IGN

  • The Pokemon Company – Introducing “MaChamps,” an exclusive new spring underwear campaign, which is already breaking records. Machamp is now the first Pokeon to land a high-profile modelling contract.

    April Fools' Day 2017: The Pokemon Company

  • SNK – SNK is proud to announce its newest RPG, Nariyuki Quest. It will launch on April 1, 2222 for one hundred million thousand dollars.

    April Fools' Day 2017: SNK

Added on April 1 at 2:10 a.m.

  • Ace Combat Infinity – “Nuggets vs. Sweetie” Team Deathmatch ranking event announced.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Ace Combat Infinity

  • Frozenbyte – Frozebyte announces My Space Van, a collaboration project with the creator of My Summer Car.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Frozenbyte

  • Granblue Fantasy – New Vee battle event.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Granblue Fantasy

Added on April 1 at 12:10 a.m.

  • Injustice 2 – Ed Boon teases Wonder Twins.

    April Fools' Day: Injustice 2

  • r/Zelda – Reskinned with Horizon: Zero Dawn. Likewise, r/Horizon has been reskinned with Zelda.
  • World War ToonsWorld War Toons Remastered announced for “Nintendo’s most innovative console to date,” Virtual Boy. It uses a new Hyperfuse Graphics system, so you will no longer need to worry about your eyes targeting all of the different colors on the spectrum.

    April Fools' Day 2017: World War Toons

Added on March 31 at 11:10 p.m.

  • Final Fantasy XV – Introducing Final Fantasy XV: Episode Kenny. In order to become the true chosen mascot, Kenny must go on a journey to collect the King’s salmon. What will be this story’s shocking conclusion? The DLC will cost 1.5 billion yen when it launches. Watch a gameplay video showing Kenny’s “Phantom Summon” here.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Final Fantasy XV

  • Press StartPokemon Snap GO announced for Switch.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Press Start

Added on March 31 at 9:30 p.m.:

  • Bayonetta – “8-Bit Bayonetta released for PC via Steam as a free download. Pairing together a couple of the game’s achievement icons results in the URL to a countdown website that hasn’t begun yet. Read more here.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Bayonetta

  • CrossCode – Version 0.9.1 update adds voice acting.
  • Nvidia GeForce – Introducing the GeForce GTX G-Assist, which plays your games for you through the power of artificial intelligence.
  • Rocket League – Ranking system updated because the current ranks “aren’t flavorful enough.”

    April Fools' Day 2017: Rocket League

  • Senran Kagura: Estival VersusSenran Kagura: Estival Versus Mobile coming to smartphones this summer.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Mobile

  • Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag – Announcing PopStar Online, starring the girls of Sword Art Online as idols.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag

Added on March 31 at 6:50 p.m.:

  • Danganronpa Re:Birth – Introducing Danganronpa Re:Birth. The website notes that it is a secondary work of the Danganronpa series created by fans, and that the original author, companies, and copyright holders are completely uninvolved. The specs for the game note it’s for “P5 Vita” and that the genre is “April Fools.” The characters on the website are Ayumu Fujimori (Ultimate Misfortune), Mikoto Itsuki (Ultimate ???), Mitsunari Koga (Ultimate Ventriloquist), Niko Himuro (Utimate Poet), Kasumi Izumo (Ultimate Psychic), Saiji Rokudou (Ultimate Mortician), Maiko Kagura (Ultimate Dancer), Akira Michiya (Ultimate NEET), Misuzu Aisaka (Ultimate Shrine Maiden), Narumi Oosone (Ultimate Foodie), Keego Sakuma (Utimate DJ), Aruma Todoroki (Ultimate Trainer), Mariso Mizuta (Ultimate Meteorologist), Kazuomi Samejima (Ultimate Karate Master), and Seishi Yodogawa (Ultimate Mystery Writer). The website has a trailer, and each character description has a four-minute gameplay video. Add this one to the list of remarkably well done.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Danganronpa Re:Birth

Added on March 31 at 1:05 p.m. (Original Publishing Time)

  • 5pb. – 5pb. has leveled up and is now 6pb.

    April Fools' Day 2017: 5pb.

  • Arc System Works – Welcome to the Arc Idol Choice Election. Vote for your favorite from among three idols across Team Animal, Team Rock, and Team Cute, featuring characters like Leo Whitefang, Kum Haehyun, and Misuzu.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Arc System Works

  • ArikaStreet Fighter EX series developer Arika has published a video of a fighting game featuring Street Fighter EX characters Kairi, Hokuto, and Garuda. The video description mentions a “fighting tournament” event on April 1, the location of which will be announced on the Arika official Twitter account on April 1 at 11:00 JST, which 30 people will be able to attend at 13:30, 14:30, and 15:30 (10 users per hour). We’re assuming this game will be playable.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Arika

  • Capcom Fighting Network – Come play QUIZ Street Fighter Academy in your browser. Sheng Long has also been added to the character encyclopedia.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Capcom Fighters Network

  • Capcom Sound Team – Trailer for Capcom Sound Team’s Shadow Cinema, a fiml selection for Capcom Sound 2077. Please enjoy with headphones for 360-degree sound.
  • Chaos;Child: Love Chu Chu!! – A boys love Chaos;Child game is now in production.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Chaos;Child: Love Chu Chu!!

  • Digimon Adventure Tri. – A sequel to Digimon Adventure Tri. has been announced. Here’s the poster for Sukamon Adventure Tri.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Digimon Adventure Tri.

  • Dragon Ball Super – The next chapter of Dragon Ball Super is the “Working Adult Survival” chapter!

    April Fools' Day 2017: Dragon Ball Super

  • Earth Defense Force 5 – This is not Earth Defense Force 5. This is Earth Defense Force 4.4! What could this be? A new title before Earth Defense Force 5 with minor changes from Earth Defense Force 4.1?

    April Fools' Day 2017: Earth Defense Force 5

  • Enlisted – Announcing Xenos vs. Marines, a new tactical command first person shoote from Gaijin Entertainment and Darkflow Software where you play as Space Marines who come face to face with alien races.
  • Exile ElectionExile Fish. It’s Exile Election, but with fish. Use by April 3.

    April Fools' Day: Exile Election

  • Fate/Grand Order – Introducing Fate/Grand Order Gutentag Omen (GO), a new app that lets you walk in the virtual world (without having to go outside, explore, and capture Servants.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Fate/Grand Order

  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: Introducing Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution, an Edo period-set Fire Emblem game for Switch and 3DS due out on April 20.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Fire Emblem Echoes

  • Final Fantasy XIV – Introducing Tactics Alexander, a new tactics RPG spin-off game from Square Enix.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Final Fantasy XIV

  • Google Maps App – Open your Google Maps app to be transported to a random location and play a game of Ms. Pac-Man.

    April Fools' Day: Google Maps App

  • Green Man GamingAquaman 2: Atlantis Has Fallen coming August 22, 2017. IGN calls it “shallow,” “repetitive,” and “unoriginal.”

    April Fools' Day 2017: Green Man Gaming

  • Lantis – Introducing Love Live! Sunshine!!, the long-awaited live action puppet adaption of the Love Live anime.
  • Let It DieLet It Die is running a collaboration with Let It Die. Everyone who logs in between April 1 and April 7 will be able to claim a Lily Bergamo premium decal.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Let It Die

  • Monster Hunter Explore – Bad at Monster Hunter Explore? Luckily for you, Capcom is now offering “Pro Hunter Lectures.”
  • New Frontier Days – A high-quality, hand-made trailer for New Frontier Days.
  • Nitro+Chiral – Introducing Boy’s Love Nitro+Chiral, which is based on the world of the games made by Nitro+Chiral, and depicts the “love and life” of over 60 characters. Videos available include the opening movie, Chapter 27, Chapter 28, Chapter 29, and Chapter 30.
  • Omega Labyrinth Z – Announcing Omega Labryinth ZZ, a new simulation RPG set in space date 8102, and the sequel to the July 6-due Omega Labyrinth Z. A few still in development battle and dialogue screenshots were shared.

    April Fools' Day: Omega Labyrinth Z

  • Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash – Sayuri (voiced by Reiko Suzuki) added as a playable character. The 71 year old bride of Hanzo and Asuka’s grandmother. She participated in the Peach Beach Splash tournament in the past. Described as a powerful woman who once made Hanzo tremble, she’ll grasp a water gun again this time to do the same to NewTube viewers.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

  • Stairs – Introducing “Megalo VR,” a new virtual reality headset that offers a 4D, 560-degree real expreience, weighs only 1.6 grams, and even has a “FR Mode” that reads your emotions to optimize characters and stages how you want them to appear.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Stairs

  • Super Sonico – Nitroplus Fantasy Special Effects Series #3: “Ultra Sonico” preview trailer. Set to broadcast weekly on SBT from April 4, 2106 at 7:00 a.m.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Super Sonico

  • Taito – The Taito classic 1986 Famicom title Takeshi’s Challenge is getting an update with Takeshi’s Challenge VR 2017. Visit the link for a look at how the new VR version compares to the original Famicom release. In actual news, Taito announced that it is planning to release the original Takeshi’s Challenge for smartphones in Japan this summer.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Taito

  • Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin – The main character from The Adventure of Valkyrie: The Legend of the Time, Valkyrie, will join Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin as a new valkyrie.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin

  • Vooks – Introducing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-themed jelly beans, available in flavors such as “Electro Elixir,” “Keh Namut,” “Daruk’s Jock Strap Sweat,” and more.

    April Fools' Day 2017: Vooks

  • World of Tanks: “Mars Mode” available from March 31 to April 2.

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