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Do not let your summer go by without checking these games out

Whether you like fighting games, platformers, or a simple arcade game to play with friends, here are a few games that will be releasing later this year.

Tekken 7 (June 07) [PlayStation 4, XBox One, PC]

The latest addition in a revered fighting game series. Once a limited-time arcade game in Japan released in early 2015, “Tekken 7” is scheduled to be re-released in early June 2017.

“Tekken 7” follows the usual gameplay we can expect from this classic fighting game, 1-on-1 battles full of button mashing until one character is knocked-out and the other declared the winner. In this version of the game, long-time fans can look forward to brand new game mechanics as well as a new character customization feature, allowing the player to modify their character’s appearance with items obtained through in-game rewards. Fans should also expect a darker storyline than we’ve seen before, as hinted by the game’s producer Katsuhiro Harada during the game’s first release in 2015.

Arms (June 16) [Nintendo Switch]

Announced at Nintendo’s presentation in January 2017 to highlight their latest gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, “Arms” was shown as an alternative to the standard fighting game.

In this unique fighting game, up to four players a round are able to choose from a variety of fighters, each with their own strengths and abilities, and battle using extendable, spring-like arms and gloves to knock out opponents. Along with the typical 1-on-1 battle system in fighting games, “Arms” offers a 2-on-2 battle mode which allows friends to team up and battle in pairs.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (June 30) [PlayStation 4]

After years of subtle hinting, this beloved franchise will finally return, bundled into a collection of the game’s first three titles, “Crash Bandicoot,” “Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back,” and “Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.”

Fans can take the role of the Crash Bandicoot as he ventures through levels and jumps from dimension to dimension while trying to stop Dr. Neo Cortex from taking over the world. Players can look forward to a remastered appearance to the game as well as elements like new save systems and unified checkpoints.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy (July 20) [iOS, Android]

The latest release in the popular Professor Layton puzzle game series, “Layton’s Mystery Journey” will include brand new puzzles as well as a brand new protagonist.

This version of the game follows Katrielle Layton, daughter of the previous game's main character, Professor Hershel Layton. When the Professor mysteriously goes missing Katrielle goes off in search of him, using the skills she inherited from her father to solve puzzles and gather clues along the way. A Nintendo 3DS version of this game is also slated for release later this year.

Splatoon 2 (July 21) [Nintendo Switch]

Two years since the release of the franchise’s original game “Splatoon,” the sequel to this popular third-person shooter has been scheduled for a worldwide release in July.

At the time of its announcement, game developers also revealed that “Splatoon 2” will include all the features the original game provided, like character customization and interaction with online players around the world, as well as brand new maps and weapons.