What's New in Video Games: June 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 lets players create their own Super Mario stages on Switch.

Summer is practically here! If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat indoors, two big-name, family-friendly releases are coming out in June, along with a side-scrolling role-playing game for teens, and a 3DS game that's ok for adults to play on their own.

Super Mario Maker 2
Rated E
Appropriate for: Kids who like creating things

Super Mario Maker 2 is the sequel to the original Super Mario Maker, which was released on Wii U in 2015. The game will allow players young and old to create their own Super Mario-style levels and share them with the world, as well as download and play levels created by other users. For this sequel, players will be able to choose from new themes and level elements, such as slopes and the Angry Sun. In addition, a brand new Story Mode will introduce players to some of the game’s many design elements as they complete 100 stages created by Nintendo itself. For more on Super Mario Maker 2, check out our guide, or this hands-on preview shared by our friends at Shacknews.

Great if your kids love: The original Super Mario Maker, Scribblenauts Showdown


Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Rated E10+
Appropriate for: Kids who are comfortable with fast-paced gameplay

This family-friendly kart racing game is a remake of the original Crash Team Racing, which was released on PlayStation in 1999. It stars characters from the popular Crash Bandicoot franchise, who must get behind the wheel on a variety of racetracks in order to protect their planet from the evil Nitros Oxide. Similar to other kart racing games, Crash Team Racing lets players collect items as they race, which they can use to sabotage their opponents or give themselves a temporary boost. While the game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch, PlayStation 4 players will receive access to exclusive “Retro” content based on the original version of the game.

Great if your kids love: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Team Sonic Racing


Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Rated T
Appropriate for: Teens who are comfortable with dark themes

In this “gothic horror side-scrolling role-playing game,” players are taken to 19th century England, where they must help an orphan named Miriam save the world by defeating demons inside a large castle. Players will be able to collect a variety of weapons and equipment to help Miriam on her quest. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is rated T for Teen by the ESRB, with content descriptors for “Blood,” “Partial Nudity,” and “Violence.”

Great if your kids love: Hollow Knight, Castlevania Reqiuem, Shovel Knight


Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is the sequel to Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, which hit 3DS in 2014. This role-playing game features the Phantom Thieves from Persona 5, who find themselves trapped in a mysterious movie world. The game also features characters from Persona 3 and 4. While the game’s cartoon graphics may make it appear family friendly, this one is rated M for Mature by the ESRB, with content descriptors for “Language,” “Partial Nudity,” “Sexual Themes,” and “Violence.”

Try These Games Instead: Octopath Traveler, Final Fantasy XV


Full List

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

Disclaimer: Release dates can change at any time.

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Timespinner, Switch, Xbox One

Warhammer: Chaosbane, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, PlayStation 4

Effie, PlayStation 4

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Super Blood Hockey, PlayStation 4

Neon Junctions, PlayStation 4, Vita

Legend of the Tetrarchs, PlayStation 4

The Savior's Gang, PlayStation 4

Super Skelemania, PlayStation 4

World Wheel by POWGI, PlayStation 4, Vita

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, 3DS

Trover Saves the Universe, PC

Stellaris: Ancient Relics [DLC], PC

Wednesday June 5, 2019

Asdivine Dios, Xbox One, PC

Neon Junctions, Xbox One

Thursday June 6, 2019

Slay the Spire, Switch

World Wheel by POWGI, Switch

Gal Metal Bonus Tracks Vol. 2 [DLC], Switch

Legend of the Tetrarchs, Switch

PixARK, PlayStation 4

MotoGP19, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Toki, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday June 7, 2019

Refunct, Switch, PlayStation 4

Neon Junctions, Switch

Stunt Kite Party, PlayStation 4

Omensight: Definitive Edition, Xbox One

Super Blood Hockey, Xbox One

Party Golf, Xbox One

Octopath Traveler, PC

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Battle Worlds: Kronos, Switch

Collection of Mana, Switch

Dragon Star Varnir, PlayStation 4

The House in Fata Morgana, PlayStation 4

Verlet Swing, PlayStation 4

Wednesday June 12, 2019

2URVIVE, Xbox One, PC

Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2 - A Bleaker Predicklement, Xbox One

Thursday June 13, 2019

Radiation City, Switch

Friday June 14, 2019

Verlet Swing, Switch, Xbox One

Tuesday June 18, 2019

Citizens of Space, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Mini-Mech Mayhem, PlayStation VR

Vacation Simulator, PlayStation VR

Date A Live: Rio-Reincarnation, PlayStation 4

Jurassic World Evolution: Claire's Sanctuary [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Cybarian: The Time Travelling Warrior, PlayStation 4

Crystal Crisis, PlayStation 4

Luna, PlayStation 4 [VR Compatible]

Mars Alive, PlayStation VR

Slum Ball, PlayStation VR

Neverwinter: Undermountain [DLC], Xbox One

Another Sight, Xbox One

Wednesday June 19, 2019

Another Sight, PlayStation 4

Cybarian: The Time Travelling Warrior, Xbox One

Antiquia Lost, Xbox One

Double Cross, Xbox One

Thursday June 20, 2019

Catan Universe, Switch

Muse Dash, Switch, PC

Project Lux, PlayStation VR

Underworld Ascendant, PlayStation 4

Super Neptunia RPG, PC

Friday June 21, 2019

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Bring Them Home, PlayStation 4

Captain Cat, Switch, Xbox One

Cybarian: The Time Travelling Warrior, Switch

Monday June 24, 2019

Heavy Rain, PC

Tuesday June 25, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Switch

Super Neptunia RPG, Switch, PlayStation 4

Redeemer: Enhanced Edition, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Samurai Shodown, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

We. The Revolution, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Car Mechanic Simulator, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Judgment, PlayStation 4

Monster Jam Steel Titans, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Attack of the Toy Tanks, PlayStation 4, Vita

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love, PlayStation 4

Akash: Path of the Five, PlayStation 4

Kid Tripp, PlayStation 4, Vita

Paper Dolls Original, PlayStation 4

Pool Nation FX, PlayStation 4

Counter Fight 3, PlayStation VR

Medusa and Her Lover, PlayStation VR

Spider-Man: Far From Home, PlayStation VR

Wednesday June 26, 2019

Shadow Fencer Theatre, Xbox One, PC

Attack of the Toy Tanks, Xbox One

Outbreak: Lost Hope, Xbox One

Thursday June 27, 2019

War Tech Fighters, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Furwind, Switch, PlayStation 4, Vita, Xbox One

Nekopara Vol.3, Switch, PlayStation 4

MotoGP19, Switch

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love, Switch

The Sinking City, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday June 28, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2, Switch

Attack of the Toy Tanks, Switch

F1 2019, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love, Xbox One