Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 17

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 17

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at some of the Nintendo games that released during this week in years past. What gaming anniversaries will we celebrate this week? May 20, 24, and 25 – Mario Tennis Open is released across all regions. As we look forward to Mario Tennis Aces, we can celebrate Mario Tennis Open, which came out for the 3DS on May 20, 2012 in North America, May 24 in Japan and Australasia, and May 25 in Europe. This 3DS Mario Tennis game saw a mediocre reception, as did the next Mario Tennis game, leading fans to see Mario Tennis Aces as potentially redeeming the series. May 23 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 is released. On May 23, 2010, Nintend... »

May 20 –  May 26: Nintendo News Bytes

May 20 – May 26: Nintendo News Bytes

As we approach the end of May, new announcements continue to come out. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Nintendo announced the “Switch 2nd Unit Set” for Japan, a dockless unit that includes only the Switch, Joy-Cons, and Joy-Con straps. A deck-building roguelite RPG called A Long Way Down has been announced for the Switch and PC, for $14.99. Resident Evil 7 is coming to the Switch in Japan on May 24 as Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Edition, a version that will be streamed from the cloud with a 180-day subscription. Nurse Love Addiction is also coming to the eShop in Japan o... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 16

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 16

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at video game anniversaries throughout the past week. Which past game releases can we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look at a few. May 13 – Super Mario RPG comes to North America. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was the first Mario RPG, and it came to North America on May 13, 1996. This unusual collaboration, a Mario game developed by Square, not only paved the way for future RPG series like Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, but is to many fans the best of the Mario RPGs. It also introduced new characters such as Geno and Mallow, whom fans are still hoping to see more from to this day. May 15 – E... »

May 13 – May 19: This Week in Nintendo News

May 13 – May 19: This Week in Nintendo News

Last week was filled with intriguing Nintendo announcements, and this week also saw lots of interesting news. Nintendo Switch News FuRyu has announced Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero for the Switch. It will be out on October 25 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet. A competitive sports game called Super Sportmatchen will be out for the Switch and PC on May 24 for the United States and Japan, and on June 1 in Europe. It will cost $14.99 and feature local four-player multiplayer for ten different sports events. Check out the announcement trailer. If you enjoyed Cat Quest, you’ll be pleased to know that Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire has been announced for the Switch, PS4, and PC.... »

Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Product provided by NIS America! Assault Spy is an interesting take on the hack-and-slash genre and focuses the story on 1 of 2 characters, Asaru – a corporate spy – or you can play as Amelia – a CIA agent. As of right now, only Asaru can be played, due to the fact is currently available on the Early Access on Steam. Due to the incomplete nature of the game, there’s only so much that can be said and done about it, so at the time of writing not everything is going to be perfect or necessarily set in stone, so do keep that in mind before reading on. Let’s start off with the most noticeable part of any game, the visuals. With Assault Spy, the visuals are somewhat of a mixed bag, as they aren’t ... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 15

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 15

Welcome to Issue 15 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip back through Nintendo history and look at some of the games that came out for Nintendo platforms this week over the years. May 6, 8, and 9 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is released. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow was the third and final entry in the series released for the Game Boy Advance, and it came out in three regions in quick succession: May 6, 2003 in North America, May 8 in Japan, and May 9 in Europe. It was praised as one of the best Castlevania games and is still viewed as one of the best today. May 7 – Mario Party 3 comes to North America. Next, what about the third and final entry of Mario Party on the... »

May 6 – May 12: This Week in Nintendo News

May 6 – May 12: This Week in Nintendo News

The start of May brought us several Nintendo announcements and updates, and this week started out strong with the long-awaited explanation of the Switch’s online service and other exciting news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo has finally unveiled the online service that will launch in September. In addition to online gameplay, it will also include cloud save data backups, the Nintendo Switch Online app, NES games with added online gameplay, and special offers. The games in the starting lineup include Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3. Twenty games will be included when the servi... »

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Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

Product provided by NIS America! Assault Spy is an interesting take on the hack-and-slash genre and focuses the story on 1 of 2 characters, Asaru – a corporate spy – or you can play as Amelia – a CIA agent. As of right now, only Asaru can be played, due to the fact is currently available on the Early Access on Steam. Due to the incomplete nature of the game, there’s only so much that can be said and done about it, so at the time of writing not everything is going to be perfect or necessarily set in stone, so do keep that in mind before reading on. Let’s start off with the most noticeable part of any game, the visuals. With Assault Spy, the visuals are somewhat of a mixed bag, as they aren’t ... »

The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 – PS4 Review!

The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 – PS4 Review!

Product Provided by NIS America! We have another PS4 review for you, this time for The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2! The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a sequel to the original of the same name (minus the 2), and has been developed by Nippon Ichi Software, the same developers that brought the world the SRPG known as Disgaea. Also published by Sega, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 takes a lot of what the original did so well and fleshes those mechanics out, all the while creating a new story to focus our time on. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the stories are connected, because even though the lore and the world they share is similar, the story f... »

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Review)

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Review)

After receiving a review code for The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, we’re here with something a bit unusual for us – a review of a PlayStation 4 game. (The 25th Ward is also available for the PC.) The 25th Ward is set five years after the events of The Silver Case, and while you don’t need to play The Silver Case first, doing so will give you a better appreciation for The 25th Ward. Originally released for phones back in 2005, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case has now been remade and released outside of Japan for the first time, and it’s one of the strangest games I’ve ever played. In some ways, it resembles an adventure game, but it’s better to think of The 25... »

Mulaka (Review)

Mulaka (Review)

After our interview with the developers of Mulaka, they provided us with a review code so that we could experience Mulaka’s journey for ourselves. Mulaka is based on the culture and folklore of the Tarahumara people of Mexico. It puts you in the role of a Sukurúame, or shaman, fighting to save the land from the growing darkness and corruption. Mulaka is an action-adventure game with a fairly straightforward setup. In each area, you’ll need to gather three stones that will open the way for you to progress to the boss battle and your goal. Along the way, you’ll fight enemies in a basic combat system using light attacks and heavy attacks, as well as a spear throw. Some enemies... »

Guilt Battle Arena – Review

Guilt Battle Arena – Review

Guilt Battle Arena is a chaotic 2D shooting game that you play with or against friends via local multiplayer. Bang – Bang – FIRE POWER!… well not quite! The games main mechanic involves the player shooting his or her weapon, however you only ever have one round of ammunition. After you fire a shot, you’ll have to quickly move towards the round to reload before being able to attack again. This makes it all the more challenging as you’ll have to pick the best opportunity to go on the offensive and yet maintain control to dodge enemy attacks. Aside from the unique shooting mechanic you can jump, double jump, dash left or right, air dash left or right, and also dash... »

Detention (Review)

Detention (Review)

After our interview with Red Candle Games about their horror game Detention, they sent us a review copy so we could see what it was all about. Detention takes place in 1960s Taiwan, during the period of martial law known as the White Terror. If you aren’t familiar with the historical context, however, don’t worry. Notes and documents throughout Detention do an excellent job of building up the atmosphere and conveying the situation. Detention is set in a school that has been abandoned due to a sudden typhoon warning. Left behind, you must explore the school and survive the supernatural forces that have appeared. Although you’ll encounter enemies, there is no combat. Instead,... »

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular is an unusual piece of interactive fiction, sort of a cross between a visual novel and a text adventure game. You see the location you’re in–an underground train from which the game gets its title–and the characters present for the scene, but aside from selecting who you’d like to talk to, the gameplay is conducted entirely through dialogue. The game is set in a world where robots known as Teks now co-exist alongside humanity and have taken on many jobs. This theme is key to the story, and it takes a solid look at AI and their interactions with humans (including the idea that humans are predisposed to fear Teks because of how often fiction portraye... »

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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