What's New in Video Games: April 2019

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit lets players experience virtual reality while using cardboard controllers.

So far, 2019 has been jam-packed with big video game releases, from Kingdom Hearts 3 and Resident Evil 2 in January to Yoshi’s Crafted World in March. While April’s calendar is a bit less packed than those of recent months, there are still some big-name games coming out in April for families to enjoy together, and for adults to enjoy when littles leave the room.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Kids 7+ who are interested in virtual reality

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit is the fourth entry in the Nintendo Labo series (the Variety, Robot, and Vehicle Kits were released in 2018). It lets kids and adults construct six new Toy-Con controllers out of cardboard (a blaster, camera, elephant, bird, wind pedal, and the VR goggles) and then try dozens of different games and experiences in basic virtual reality. Kids can use the camera to take pictures of underwater creatures, shoot aliens with the blaster, and much more. Nintendo said the VR component is only appropriate for kids 7 and up, but parents can turn off the VR feature and let younger players try the kit’s games and experiences in 2D. For more information on Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, check out our list of some of the many games and activities it will include.

Great if your kids love: Other Nintendo Labo kits, building things


My Time at Portia
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Older kids who are comfortable using console controllers

This life simulation game will allow players to grow crops, take care of animals, craft items, mine for materials, loot dungeons, fight monsters, and interact with Portia’s citizens, all while trying to restore their Pa’s workshop. Players will be able to form friendships with the town’s residents, and even get married, if they’d like.

Great if your kids love: Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Minecraft


Mortal Kombat 11
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest entry in the popular fighting game series, which has been no stranger to controversy over the years. This new installment is full of over-the-top violence and gore, and has earned an M rating from the ESRB, meaning it contains content that’s been deemed inappropriate for players under 17. The game’s ESRB rating contains content descriptors for “Blood,” “Intense Violence,” and “Strong Language,” and you can see a glimpse of the game’s mature themes in the trailer above.

Try These Games Instead: Soul Calibur VI, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid


Days Gone
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

In this action-adventure game, players will become a bounty hunter named Deacon, who must fight for survival in a dangerous post-apocalyptic world filled with enemy creatures called Freakers (humans who were infected with the virus that caused the end of the world), as well as hostile humans and animals. Players will be able to explore a large open world and collect materials that they can use to craft new items, while the game’s combat system will let them deal with threats using a variety of weapons, traps, and more. Days Gone has earned an M rating from the ESRB, with content descriptors for “Blood and Gore,” “Drug Reference,” “Intense Violence,” “Sexual Themes,” and “Strong Language.”

Try These Games Instead: Horizon: Zero Dawn, Minecraft


Full List

Noteable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Disclaimer: Release dates can change at any time

Monday April 1, 2019

Darkest Hunter, Switch

Tuesday April 2, 2019

AngerForce: Reloaded, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Switch

SpellKeeper, Switch

FAR: Lone Sails, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, PlayStation 4

Sword & Fairy 6, PlayStation 4

Modern Tales: Age of Invention, PlayStation 4

Monster Dynamite, PlayStation 4

Sephirothic Stories, PlayStation 4

Serious Sam: Tormental, PC

Wednesday April 3, 2019

Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing, Switch, PlayStation VR, Xbox One, PC

Shadow Blade: Reload, Switch

Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Zaccaria Pinball, Xbox One

Thursday April 4, 2019

Pitfall Planet, Switch

The friends of Ringo Ishikawa, Switch

Mechstermination Force, Switch

War Theatre, Switch

OVERWHELM, Switch

SMASHING THE BATTLE, Switch

Hob: The Definitive Edition, Switch

Sephirothic Stories, Switch

Skorecery, PlayStation 4

We Happy Few: Roger & James in They Came from Below [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday April 5, 2019

Yet Another Zombie Defense HD, Switch

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, Switch, PC

Monster Slayers, Switch

Circuits, Switch

Zombie Scrapper, Switch

Beat Blaster, PlayStation VR

Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey, Xbox One, PC

Smoots World Cup Tennis, Xbox One

Modern Tales: Age of Invention, Xbox One

Royal Roads, Xbox One

Tuesday April 9, 2019

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning, PlayStation 4, PC

Dangerous Driving, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Falcon Age, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR

Vaporum, PlayStation 4

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, Switch, Xbox One

The Mystery of Woolley Mountain, Switch

Switch ‘N’ Shoot, Switch

Vaporum, Xbox One

Thursday April 11, 2019

Back to Bed, Switch

Shadowgate, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Vaporum, Switch

Bot Vice, Switch

Super Star Path, Switch

Way of the Passive Fist, Switch

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, PlayStation 4

Friday April 12, 2019

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, Switch

Street Basketball, Switch

Monday April 15, 2019

One Finger Death Punch 2, PC

Tuesday April 16, 2019

My Time At Portia, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, Switch, Xbox One

Tanks Meet Zombies, Switch

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions, Switch

World War Z, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Heaven’s Vault, PlayStation 4, PC

World of Warships: Legends, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Ghost Giant, PlayStation VR

Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown, PlayStation VR

Eternity: The Last Unicorn, Xbox One

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Truberbrook, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Snooker 19, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Revenant Saga, Xbox One

Thursday April 18, 2019

Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Cuphead, Switch

Katana ZERO, Switch, PC

Overcooked! 2: Campfire Cook Off [DLC], Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

God’s Trigger, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Iron Snout, Xbox One

Monday April 22, 2019

Jupiter & Mars, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR

Zeroptian Invasion, PlayStation 4, Vita

A Chair In a Room: Greenwater, PlayStation VR

Tuesday April 23, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Switch

Wednesday April 24, 2019

DayD: Through Time, PlayStation 4

Zeroptian Invasion, Xbox One

Unknown Fate, Xbox One

Thursday April 25, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, Switch

Friday April 26, 2019

Moero Chronicle Hyper, Switch

UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, Switch

Super Blood Hockey, Switch

Days Gone, PlayStation 4

Tuesday April 30, 2019

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Switch, Xbox One

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes DLC:02 Bubblegum Fatale [DLC], Switch

Fade to Silence, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC