November 11 – November 17: Nintendo News Bytes

November 11 – November 17: Nintendo News Bytes

We’re well into November now, and the announcements keep coming. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. We’ll update this post throughout the week. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations A new entry in the tower defense Mamotte Knight series is planned for 2019. Bandai Namco has revealed a crafting game called Ninja Box for the Switch. Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration was announced for the Switch in Japan for February 28. THQ Nordic is bringing Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and The Raven Remastered to the Switch in early 2019 physically and digitally for $29.99 each... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 40

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 40

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at video game anniversaries for Nintendo’s platforms. Today we’re looking at the start of November, so let’s see what games came out this week in history. November 5 – Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn comes to North America. A few weeks ago, we celebrated the anniversary of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and now it’s time for its sequel. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn came to North America on November 5, 2007. It directly continued the story of its predecessor and was fairly well-received. November 6 – Yo-kai Watch is localized. After two years of hoping and wondering, Yo-kai Watch was... »

November 4 – November 10: Nintendo News Bytes

November 4 – November 10: Nintendo News Bytes

November has begun, and with so-far-unconfirmed rumors of another Nintendo Direct on the horizon, let’s see what news Nintendo has for us this week. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Youtube is now available for the Switch through a free app. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Visual novel My Girlfriend is a Mermaid?! is coming to the Switch in Japan on February 28, with a western release also planned for February. Visual novel RPG Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 6 DX was announced for the Switch in Japan for March 14. Brawler Mother Russia Bleeds is coming to the Switch on November 15. TwinBee, Mighty Bomb Jack, and Metro... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 39

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 39

Welcome to the 39th edition of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back through Nintendo’s history at the games released for its systems. This week, we’ll be looking at anniversaries at the end of October and the start of November. October 30 – Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II comes to North America. As the first online RPG for consoles, Phantasy Star Online was a success for Sega, and after the Dreamcast was discontinued, they picked the GameCube as its next console. Released as Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, with all-new content added as the second episode, it came to North America on October 30, 2002. Fans still hope Phantasy Star Online will return ... »

October 28 – November 3: Nintendo News Bytes

October 28 – November 3: Nintendo News Bytes

It’s the week of Halloween, and we still have plenty of news to discuss as we go into November. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Direct News There was a 40-minute Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct on November 1 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET, revealing new fighters, modes, and more. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Survival horror game Maid of Sker was announced for all major platforms for Q3 2019. Puzzle-platformer Elli was announced for December. Cooperative action game Demolition Robots K. K. was announced. Localization of Dragon Quest Builders 2 was confirmed for 2019, along with details about the online and of... »

Biggest Changes in the Luigi’s Mansion Remake

Biggest Changes in the Luigi’s Mansion Remake

Product provided by Nintendo. With the Luigi’s Mansion remake out now for the 3DS, you might be wondering what differences there are between this and the original GameCube version. Is it worth buying, or should you fire up your GameCube copy instead? While it’s largely the same game, let’s take a look at the biggest changes in the Luigi’s Mansion remake. Multiplayer One of the biggest additions to the Luigi’s Mansion remake is the new two-player co-op mode that lets you play together with a friend. If you and a friend both have 3DS systems and copies of the game, you can team up through the local wireless co-op mode to play through the main story or take on port... »

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection (Review)

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection (Review)

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection is a bundle of two games, released now for the first time on the Switch, Yomawari: Night Alone and its sequel, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. When you look at the graphics and child protagonists of the Yomawari games, you might assume these are cute games… but make no mistake about it, they are horror games through and through, and each game begins with a startling scene to make sure you realize it. The two games have similar premises: you’re a child exploring the town at night while spirits and monsters roam. In Night Alone, you play as an unnamed protagonist searching for her sister. In Midnight Shadows, you primarily play as a girl named Haru a... »

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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection (Review)

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection (Review)

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection is a bundle of two games, released now for the first time on the Switch, Yomawari: Night Alone and its sequel, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. When you look at the graphics and child protagonists of the Yomawari games, you might assume these are cute games… but make no mistake about it, they are horror games through and through, and each game begins with a startling scene to make sure you realize it. The two games have similar premises: you’re a child exploring the town at night while spirits and monsters roam. In Night Alone, you play as an unnamed protagonist searching for her sister. In Midnight Shadows, you primarily play as a girl named Haru a... »

2064: Read Only Memories Integral (Review)

2064: Read Only Memories Integral (Review)

We received a review code for 2064: Read Only Memories Integral on the Switch. 2064: Read Only Memories Integral is an adventure game that takes place in a cyberpunk futures where robotic helpers called ROMs have become commonplace and advanced gene therapy has led to a number of people becoming hybrids. When you wake up one morning to find the world’s first sapient ROM, Turing, in your apartment asking for help after the disappearance of their creator, you’re swept into a conspiracy that goes far deeper than just one man’s disappearance. The game often comes across as more of a visual novel, with the bulk of your time spent reading and selecting dialogue choices. Your choi... »

Tetra’s Escape (Review)

Tetra’s Escape (Review)

We received a review code for Tetra’s Escape on the Switch. Tetra’s Escape is a puzzle game about little block-like creatures called Tetras. Your goal is to get a Tetra to the portal in each level. Tetras can climb up a single block in height, so you’ll need to create a path it can traverse to get it to the end. Fortunately, Tetras can transform into tetrominoes – shapes most famous for their use in Tetris. Different Tetras can transform into different shapes. As you progress through the levels, you’ll gain the ability to rotate and flip these shapes as well, giving you many options for how to put your Tetras together. But once you transform a Tetra into a tetro... »

The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Three on the Switch. The third and final entry of this point-and-click adventure game series brings Bwana’s story to a close. Chapter Three more or less assumes you’ve played the first two chapters already, as it tosses you right into the thick of the story. Bwana, Kito, and Lina finally learn what the Armando Power Company is planning and split up to put an end to their nefarious plans. It’s a noticeably more story-driven this time around, with a greater focus on lore, more cutscenes, and a story that feels epic despite being shorter than Chapter Two. Unfortunately, if you play these games for their gameplay, you migh... »

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Two on the Switch. The second entry in this point-and-click adventure game trilogy picks up where Chapter One left off, with Bwana, Kito, and Lina in a bit of a predicament after their ill-judged escape in Bwana’s plane. While there are a few different locations in this one, the bulk of the game takes place in Port Artue, where the trio is detained by the corrupt police because of the book they have. Despite a more serious tone to the story, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is still filled with humorous moments and a new selection of wacky characters to interact with. The characters and backgrounds mesh better this time around and ha... »

Inside (Review)

Inside (Review)

We received a review code for Inside on the Switch. Inside is an unusual game, a dark puzzle-platformer that raises questions almost immediately. It gives no context, but instead immediately puts you in the role of a boy traveling through a forest while avoiding guards. You must solve environmental puzzles in order to progress, while elements of stealth and even horror also come into play since you’re entirely vulnerable. Unlike its predecessor, Limbo, difficult puzzles aren’t the centerpiece here. It features puzzles that might take you some time to think through, and there are plenty of ways to die (mitigated by a forgiving checkpoint system), but both of these aspects take a b... »

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter One on the Switch. This point-and-click adventure game game draws on Afro-Caribbean inspiration, most noticeably in its character designs, which are based on African masks. While the main character’s mask-like face occasionally makes him look stiff, I got used to it pretty quickly, although some areas do have a jarring difference between the 3D character models and 2D backgrounds. The soundtrack also deserves a mention, as the catchy music helps set the scene. The Journey Down: Chapter One begins with a hint of a conspiracy, as a sinister organization hunts for an important book, but then shifts to focus on a run-down gas station ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Pode

An Interview With the Developers of Pode

One of the new games shown off during the recent Nindies presentation was an exploration game called Pode. Afterwards, we got in touch with the developers, Henchman & Goon, to learn more about it. Take a look at the announcement trailer and then read on to see what we learned. Q: Pode looks like a beautiful game. According to the announcement, it was inspired by Norwegian culture. Could you go into more detail about how Norwegian culture influenced it? The Norwegian influence is mainly on the visual side where we have taken inspiration from the national romantic era. This was a very brief, but significant part of Norwegian cultural history, and a period that in many ways still define us ... »

An Interview With the Developers of YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

An Interview With the Developers of YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a stylish RPG coming to the Switch this year, and we got in touch with Ackk Studios to learn more about it. Check out one of the trailers for a taste of what this strange game is like, and then read on for our interview. From its style, YIIK brings to mind games like Persona and EarthBound, but the demo description also called out Paper Mario, Wild Arms, and Lufia 2. What inspirations from these games went into YIIK? I really like this question! Wild Arms is essentially a spaghetti western remake of Lufia 2. Story beats, interface, and gameplay. We really liked how both games had a unique take on the RPG dungeon. So, in Final Fantasy you essentially have hallways a... »

An Interview With the Developers of Darkest Dungeon

An Interview With the Developers of Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon came out on the Switch on January 18, with a physical release planned for March. Intrigued by this dark turn-based dungeon-crawling RPG, we got in touch with Red Hook Studios to learn more about it. One of the biggest things that sets Darkest Dungeon apart from other dungeon crawling RPGs is its use of stress and the need to keep an eye on your characters’ mental states. What inspired you for this aspect of gameplay? We looked at a lot of movies and books that modeled what happens to a small group of people under extreme duress – Band of Brothers, Alien(s), The Thing.  We wanted to explore heroism by contrast, not by power fantasy.  The darkest, most dire circumstances ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy

An Interview With the Developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy

Layers of Fear: Legacy is a psychedelic horror game coming to the Switch on February 21. If you haven’t already seen the latest trailer, check it out now, and then read on to learn more about the game. We got in touch with the developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy to learn more about this horror game and what the Switch version will be like. Rather than survival horror or psychological horror, Layers of Fear is described as “psychedelic horror.” Could you shed a little light on what you mean by this? The game is often described as both psychological and psychedelic. Psychological because of issues presented in the game, psychedelic because of the gameplay nature of the game – an ever-ch... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Darkside Detective

An Interview With the Developers of The Darkside Detective

The Darkside Detective comes out for the Nintendo Switch today, and we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Check out the Switch trailer below. Sound interesting? Check out our interview to see what we learned about it from Spooky Doorway, the team that developed it. The Darkside Detective has been described as a classic point-and-click adventure game, but there are several variations even within the genre. What games would you use as comparisons for The Darkside Detective’s gameplay style? What were your biggest inspirations? It’s quite humorous like a lot of the classic LucasArts games, such as Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle, but the interface is a lot more stream... »

An Interview With the Developers of Detention

An Interview With the Developers of Detention

Detention is a horror game set in Taiwan. It came out last year to a positive reception and is now planned for a Switch release sometime this year. Take a look at the original launch trailer. Intrigued by Detention, we got in touch with Red Candle Games to learn more about it. What inspired you to pick 1960s Taiwan as the setting for Detention? Detention started out as a solo project by Coffee Yao. The original idea was simple, to tell a story of Taiwan. At first, the time was set in the 1980s, as it was when Coffee grew up and could reflect to. But to create the background for this atmospheric horror game, we dived deep into our own history and came across the martial law period White Terro... »

An Interview With the Composer of Celeste

An Interview With the Composer of Celeste

Celeste, the upcoming platformer themed around climbing a mountain, will be out on the Nintendo Switch eShop tomorrow, January 25. Ahead of its launch, we got in touch with Lena Raine, who composed the original soundtrack for Celeste, to learn more about the game and her work in the industry. How did you get into the video game industry? What was the first game you composed music for? My intro to making games was a bit of a sputtering start right out of college. I went to school for music, and was very optimistic about just finding a job straight out of school. I went to two GDCs, met a lot of people–mostly other composers–and got a couple gigs writing additional music for fairly... »

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