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Nintendo Names New President, European Head Returning To Japan

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:52:12 PDT

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All to take effect in June.

Some changes are coming to Nintendo at the top starting at the annual shareholder's meeting in June.

Tatsumi Kimishima, who served as the president of the company for two years following the passing of Satoru Iwata, is stepping aside in June. The 68 year old Kimishima will serve as an advisor to the new president, 46 year old Shuntaro Furukawa.

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Nintendo Releases Fiscal 2017 Earnings

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:37:36 PDT

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How close is the Switch to passing the Gamecube, and have "Nintendo-like profits" returned?

At the close of business today in Japan, Nintendo held a press conference to announce their financial results for fiscal 2017, which ended on March 31.

All monetary results quoted below are in yen, with a dollar figure based on current market rates in US$ ($1 = ¥109.26 at press time) for comparison.

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Blade Strangers Interview with Toshinobu Kondo

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:51:58 PDT

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We talk about the accessibility and character selection of the Nicalis-published Switch 2D fighter.

Blade Strangers, first revealed in mid-2017, is coming to Switch this summer. It's a 2D fighter with a distinctive art style that is focused on being accessible. The developer Studio Saizensen is no stranger to Nintendo platforms, having worked on the 3DS games Code of Princess and Yumi's Odd Odyssey... Read more...




Eternal Edge (Switch) Review

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:17:28 PDT

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We can't all be Zelda.

While open worlds have come into an insane level of popularity in recent years, they have their roots as far back as The Legend of Zelda on NES. Eternal Edge seeks to blend these two extremes by combining a modern open world, with retro-inspired visuals and gameplay. What results is an ambitious title that unfortunately finds itself a little lost when it comes to actual playability.

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Rogue Aces (Switch) Review

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:13:12 PDT

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I’ll get you, Red Baron!

A common game design trope in previous years involved adding RPG elements such as level building to games where they wouldn’t traditionally. Today, these usually take the form of roguelike elements: random generation of enemies, level building, and big death penalties. Rogue Aces adds some of these elements to a 2D side-scrolling shooter, and the combination ends up working quite well.

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Nintendo Sales Panic: March 2018 US NPD Group Results

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:07:43 PDT

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Oddball, oddly specific stat incoming

As the Switch enters its second year of sales tracking for the US, it's still putting up big numbers.

Although hardware spending was down year-over-year due to not being the launch of a platform, the Switch is still performing strongly in March. The red/blue Joycon Switch bundle was the best selling... Read more...




South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Switch) Review

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:15:48 PDT

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Farts, laughs, and some slowdown.

Somewhere along the line, licensed games gained the stigma of being generally inferior and forgettable experiences, but luckily the pendulum is on the upswing with the South Park franchise at the forefront. The 2014 release of The Stick of Truth took gamers by surprise, showing that you could take... Read more...




Wolfenstein II Tags June 29 Switch Release

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:28:53 PDT

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Take out Nazis IN AMERICA

Wolfenstein II is enlisting on the Switch at the end of June.

The critically acclaimed first person shooter will release on June 29. Panic Button, the specialist studio who worked on Bethesda's port of Doom (2016) have been officially confirmed as handling Wolfenstein II as well.

The motion control options that were added to Doom post-launch will be on the shipping game for Wolfenstein II.

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DragoDino (Switch) Review

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:13:50 PDT

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A colorful but merciless roguelike 2D platformer.

Most 2D platformers have typically shined through their level design. Recent games in this genre have abandoned this mastered formula and gone with random generation of levels and roguelike style. These games focus on different elements such as speed, combat, or defense as opposed to simply going... Read more...




Splatoon 2 Version 3 Launching Tonight: Adds Rank X And More

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:38:56 PDT

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For the truly hardcore among us.

Splatoon 2 is getting a bit more fresh tonight.

The 3.0 update will include the new Rank X, which will be granted to anyone who has reached S+10 following the update. X players will battle for X Power points, with top rankings in each Ranked mode being highlighted in Splatnet 2 and relegation to S+9 happening on the last day of the month beginning May 31.

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Nintendo Labo Robot Kit (Switch) Review

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:49:00 PDT

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Still trying to figure out where this falls in the Star Fox timeline.

As the higher priced of the two currently available Labo kits, the Labo Robot Kit has quite a bit to prove. While it was immediately obvious that the build itself would be significantly more intensive that the Toy-Con available in the Labo Variety Kit, I also went in hoping for a more substantial game experience rather than a series of minigames.

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It's Spring Again (Switch) Review

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:58:09 PDT

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A quick and colorful educational toy for the youngin’s

It’s always nice to enjoy something a little calmer, and simpler to play. It’s Spring Again is that experience to the extreme. It’s about 5 minutes long total, but it’s also aimed at toddlers who are still learning basic concepts. Using the touch screen to teach logical problem solving... Read more...




Episode 568: The Black and White World of Idioms

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:02:00 PDT

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Is "dumpster fire" an idiom?

Normally, we start the show off with a plan. Most of us have a game to talk about, then we roll over into some "carefully selected" email. So what happens when, by crazy coincidence, none of us really have any games to talk about? Normally, we fall back to one of our all-email shows; they're well-liked and fun episodes. So then, how do we address an unusual quiet in the inbox? The ideal way would be to lean into our New Business segment.

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Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired By Valve

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:12:06 PDT

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At least for now, it's business as usual.

The developers of Firewatch now have a new home.

Originally reported by Kotaku, Campo Santo have confirmed that they have sold the company to Steam administrators Valve. Specific financial terms have not been disclosed, and although Campo Santo will relocate to Seattle from their current San Francisco home the team will remain together rather than being absorbed by Valve.

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Labo Day 1 Video Archives

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:08:35 PDT

Project Giant Robot lives!

We're now in a post-Labo world, and the Nintendo World Report crew has been spending the day getting down with the cardboard.

John Rairdin and Casey Gibson streamed their building of the Robot and Variety kit today, and you can check out the archives below:

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (Switch) Review

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:33:00 PDT

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I’ve spent dozens of hours synthesizing the best paper possible and yet I still feel empty inside.

Somewhere in my second hour, trying to catch a Balloon Fish so that I can take an alchemy exam, I broke. Atelier Lydie & Suelle The Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting had been plucking on my nerves for a while. The Atelier series has a good hook and at its best is an addictive, Switch-perfect... Read more...




Pinball FX3: Bethesda Tables Review

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:48:33 PDT

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The Doom table makes me want to play Doom real bad.

I like that my Switch has become a pinball machine, though I’m becoming less and less enthusiastic about playing it on anything but my TV. Handheld or Tabletop modes are fine in a pinch, but these pinball tables are detailed and should be displayed on your TV for maximum enjoyment. This point was... Read more...




Night Trap Finally Comes To Switch, Limited Run Games Physical Release Included

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:30:03 PDT

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Did the Plato estate sign off on this?

One of the most infamous games in history is coming to a Nintendo platform after more than a quarter century.

Night Trap, the Sega CD full motion video game, has been tabbed for a Switch release "soon". A physical version has been announced for release by Limited Run Games according to the latest issue of Nintendo Force magazine.

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Yoku's Island Express Launches At End Of May

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:06:25 PDT

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The cross of pinball and platformer is finally on the way.

Yoku's Island Express is about to take off.

The pinball platformer has been tapped for a May 29 release, published by Team17. The launch price will be US$19.99/€19.99/£15.99.

A new developer diary is also available as of today:

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Runbow Switch Release Moved Back For Further Polish

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:36:56 PDT

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And ducking the busiest week of the year to date in the process.

Runbow for Switch is slowing down a bit to get more polish.

Originally slated to release Tuesday (April 24), the game will be delayed for "a matter of weeks" according to physical publisher Headup Games. Both the retail and eShop versions will be affected, as well as a planned PlayStation 4 version.

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Nintendo News Report: Labo Eve

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:36:22 PDT

Sixty dollars and time served, next.

Hey everyone! After a week off to shake off the remnants of PAX pox - and the panel is on the feeds - we're live tonight at about 10pm to cover a mess of news. Alex, Donald, and Justin will look ahead to cardboard conquering the world, some big news from the world of Sega, and Capcom continuing the trend of pumping out download codes.

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Episode 83 - A Perfectly Harmless Ghost

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:09:00 PDT

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We're past the PAX tidal wave, but that doesn't mean we don't have a ton of games to talk about! Brakes Are For Losers, Lode Runner Legacy, Darkest Dungeon, Shovel Knight, and Ninja Striker just to name a few!

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PAX East has come and gone and we’ve finally finished yapping about all the games we saw. So naturally it’s time to get back to the normal swing of things and... talk about more games. Yessiree Jim, we’re back on that... Read more...




Ninja Striker! (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:56:58 PDT

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Seriously fun combo action.

When looking for a classic action platformer, finding a number of offerings that fit the bill usually isn’t much of a problem, but finding one that feels right while adding an addicting hook is another story. Luckily for us, the fine folks over at Flyhigh Works were able to capture just that with... Read more...




Skies of Fury DX (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:46:00 PDT

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Soaring from mobile to Switch

If you are unaware of Skies of Fury DX, it started out as a mobile game. What seemed like a serviceable cartoony flight simulator on iOS and Android is soaring high in its transition to the Nintendo Switch.

Skies of Fury is set in the year 1917 during a time also known as Bloody April. You... Read more...




Garage (Switch) PAX East 2018 Preview

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:50:56 PDT

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In the garage, I feel safe. No one cares about my ways.

There are roguelikes, there are soulslikes and, in my opinion, a few smashlikes exist now too. But I also feel like we’ve reached the point where we can now confidently use the term, “hotlikes.” That is, games inspired by and designed in the spirit of Hotline Miami. We got a pretty solid one... Read more...




12 orbits (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:53:22 PDT

A multiplayer game that really tries, but never reaches it's true potential.

Multiplayer games come in various flavors and sizes. When 12 orbits rolled onto my doorstep, it seemed interesting. The ability to play with 12 players with the usage of just a button each is incredible. With simple taps, everyone would take control their character without losing focus on what lies... Read more...




Manticore: Galaxy on Fire (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:07:00 PDT

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The Switch checks off another genre on the list.

Let’s start off on the right foot. I absolutely despise the current mobile phone game climate. It is largely a market based less on rewarding game design and more on encouraging the player to gamble their money away one micro-transaction at a time. It has less to do with the art form of video games,... Read more...




Nintendo Downloads - April 19, 2018

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:05:00 PDT

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Everybody's saying Labo this and Labo that, but nobody's saying Reloaded this or Manticore that.

Today's release schedule is a bit of an oddity, as there's... not a whole lot. Whether this is due to Labo or not is up for debate, but there's already *23* Switch games confirmed for next week. Still, we'll take the breather while it's there. The non-cardboard big ones are Wild Guns Reloaded from... Read more...




BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:01:26 PDT

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Buckle up! It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

I’m not what you would call the best driver. Sure, I can get from one place to another, but not without worrying at least a bit about the lives of those around me. Maybe driving would be easier if we just take away the car’s brakes. It would be one less thing to think about, right? Brakes Are For Losers does that and I was wrong- it is definitely easier to drive with brakes.

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Warp Shift (Switch) Review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:42:06 PDT

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This celestial puzzler packs a pretty punch.

Warp Shift begins by introducing you to its heroine, Pi, who must overcome a series of puzzles in order to find her way home. In the intro, we meet her sidekick: a floating cube that assists you along your journey. Mesmerizing music and a beautiful setting draw you in for a relaxing puzzler that is great fun.

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Flinthook, Mercenary Kings Physical Release Period Announced

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:52:54 PDT

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For the superfans, you can get both in one box.

The promised physical releases of Flinthook and Mercenary Kings: Reloaded will be available early next week.

Limited Run Games, who is handling the distribution, will put both games up for open preorder on Monday (April 23) at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The preorders will be open for two weeks.

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Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san (Switch) Review

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:32:26 PDT

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Eat to the beat to become buff!

Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san is a single-player rhythm game that is not only super fun but cute as heck. The game was originally released internationally for both iOS and Android in February 2015 and has now graced us with its presence on the Switch. While it is based on the BlazBlue series, it requires no previous knowledge about the series. It’s good for both fans and non-fans of BlazBlue

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The Messenger (Switch) PAX East 2018 Preview

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:07:02 PDT

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The Messenger delivers more than it seems.

The first time many of us probably saw The Messenger was during the Nindies Showcase back in March and immediately I was excited to see how the game would incorporate the graphical change between the 8 and 16-bit style. Upon sitting down with creative director, Thierry Boulanger, I quickly learned... Read more...




Episode 243: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:43:17 PDT

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Nick interviews Derek Andrews from the NES homebrew developer Gradual Games

Welcome to episode 243 of Connectivity.

On this episode, Nicholas has a chat with Derek Andrews from Gradual Games, who creates original homebrew NES games. We discuss how his company Gradual Games got started, delve into how the games were made and of course talk about the games themselves.

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Word Search by POWGI (Switch) Review

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:53:10 PDT

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Dueling dictionary detectives

Word searches have been a popular form of pen and paper puzzle games and educational aids since the 1960s. As a form of entertainment that has been easily portable since its beginning and has already existed in various electronic iterations, there doesn’t seem to be much to gain from bringing word search puzzles to the Nintendo Switch.

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Wild Guns Reloaded (Switch) Review

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:54 PDT

A memorable and fun remaster of a SNES classic that is mostly worth diving into.

Wild Guns Reloaded is an oddity. The original incarnation dates back to a 1994 Super Nintendo release that was generally well received and over the years, fell firmly into cult classic status. Thanks to Virtual Console, the game resurfaced on Wii and Wii U, which led to members of the original development team at Natsume to update and upgrade the peculiar blend of shooting gallery and action with out-there space and western theming.

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NBA Playgrounds 2 Tipping Off In 2018

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:46:58 PDT

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Maybe Kahwi will show up for the games.

The Switch is going to hoop it up around the world in 2018.

Saber Interactive has announced NBA Playgrounds 2 will release this year. New to the 2-on-2 basketball game for 2018 are online ranked leagues for solo and co-op play, new courts, and a full season mode.

More than 200 past and present NBA stars will be playable.

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Dark Souls Remastered, Solaire Amiibo Delayed

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:27:00 PDT

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Still trying to track down a corpse.

There will be more time to prepare for Dark Souls.

Bandai Namco has announced that the RPG remaster has been delayed to "summer", from a previous release date of May 25. The limited edition Solaire Amiibo has also been pushed back.

No specific cause was given for the delay.

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Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery (Switch) Review

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:31:09 PDT

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This game was supposed to be relaxing.

Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery is at least well named. It features ten animated jigsaw puzzles with ten-second Shutterstock video clips of Japan. While it runs fine, the bare-bones features and an annoying glitch make these puzzles more difficult than they’d be in real life.

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Rhythm Adventure Figment Imagines May 31 Launch Date

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

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A PC hit tunes into the Switch.

A cerebral rhythm title will serve as the second release from Bedtime Digital.

The developers of Wii U title Back to Bed will launch their second title Figment on Switch May 31. The game launched on PC last year and has already won several awards for its music and art style.

Figment is set in the recesses of the human mind, and sees the expression of human courage Dusty seek to free the mind from an encroaching threat of nightmares.

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Shelter: Generations (Switch) Review

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:33:52 PDT

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A game about lynx in the food chain.

Developed by Might and Delight, Shelter Generations combines the previously released Shelter 2 and Paws (a prequel of sorts) into a single package. There are also two interactive books and soundtracks for each game that round out the collection. In Shelter 2, you play as a mother lynx who must protect... Read more...




Sumer (Switch) Review

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:15:42 PDT

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A digital board game that lives up to the real deal.

In a lot of ways, I’ve been waiting for a game like Sumer for years. Outside of video games, I enjoy board games, especially those that fall into the worker placement category. When those games are translated to video games, it’s generally done in a way that only mimics the physical experience.... Read more...




Raging Justice (Switch) PAX East 2018 Preview

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:04:02 PDT

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A nostalgic rather than retro side-scrolling brawler.

The side-scrolling brawler was once king of the arcades and early home consoles, but has since seen a decline in popularity. However it was not lost to Nic of Makin Games, who is bringing it back to the Switch with what he calls a, nostalgic over retro approach. Often developers want to bring a truly nostalgic feeling in both look and feel, but instead Raging Justice brings the gameplay of a classic brawler with a modern and stylized look.

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#Breakforcist Battle (Switch) Review

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:57:22 PDT

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Evil breakfast food must be stopped in this Breakout styled experience.

#Breakforcist Battle is easy to glance at and set aside due to its colorful simplicity. The game has a Breakout attitude that is undeniable. We've seen plenty of those over the years, so when the hook seems to be “Breakout but with food,” writing it off isn’t tough. #Breakforcist Battle doesn’t... Read more...




Alteric (Switch) Review

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:12:36 PDT

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You know what they say about square pegs and round holes.

First released in 2016 for PC and developed by goonswarm, Alteric is a puzzle platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy and Thomas Was Alone. The description on the eShop suggests that Alteric is the nefarious concoction that arises from the mixing of Thomas Was Alone and Dark Souls, but it ultimately... Read more...




Episode 567: Revealed Preferred

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:03:47 PDT

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I hope to God that nobody is using this show for scientific purposes.

We promised ourselves a shorter episode this week, and for once we deliver. Guillaume kicks off New Business with a look at the now-patched Rime for Switch. Performance is still an issue, but the game is playable in portable mode. He then has a look at newly-released brawler Streets of Red. Full of... Read more...




Opus: Rocket of Whispers (Switch) Review

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:55:01 PDT

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This one launches with high hopes.

Opus: Rocket of Whispers is a game heavily dependent on its story - and it’s weird one. John is one of the last humans who teams up with a witch named Fei so they can send the spirits of the dead to the afterlife in space using rockets. Yea, it’s wild, but they take it seriously. Unfortunately,... Read more...




Valkyria Chronicles And More Sega Ages Titles Announced

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:49:05 PDT

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Some grand strategy awaits the Switch.

The Sega fan festival which saw the launch of the Sega Ages line added a couple of additional titles as it wrapped up earlier today.

Sega Ages will include Gain Ground and Alex Kidd In Miracle World among its first releases. An original arcade title, Alex Kidd was later a key game for the Sega Master System and was chosen due to high Virtual Console sales in Europe. Strategy title Gain Ground will include vertical Switch screen support.

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Clusterpuck 99 (Switch) Review

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:01:47 PDT

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Get some friends together for anything up to 4 v 4 match-ups in this strange, team-based twist on the classic air hockey.

Competitive party games are a tricky thing to get right. Somehow you need to create something simple enough that people can quickly understand and acclimate to it, but at the same time you don’t want it to be so simple that it’s dull. Of course, if you’re shooting for the stars, you can try... Read more...




Toki Tori (Switch) Review

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:49:25 PDT

Don’t let the cuteness fool you, Toki Tori is a smart puzzler with lots of charm.

The original Toki Tori making its way to the Switch isn’t much of a surprise, as Toki Tori 2 has already been released on the system. This is definitely a good thing, as the original is just as good as the sequel. With its charming aesthetic and clever puzzles, Toki Tori is a wonderful reimagining of the original Game Boy Color release, constantly testing my brain in the best ways imaginable.

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