June 17 – June 23: Nintendo News Bytes

June 17 – June 23: Nintendo News Bytes

E3 is over, but Nintendo news never stops. 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 Nintendo and Disney have announced a new show called “Nintendo Switch Family Showdown” in which four families will compete in Switch games. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Visual novel Robotics;Notes Elite is coming to the Switch, with an icon for Memories Off: Innocent Fille shown alongside it. Aggelos, a 2D action-adventure game inspired by Wonder Boy, will come to consoles this year. Mobile game Heroki is coming to the Switch this summer. Release Dates June 28 – Limbo June 28... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 20

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 20

E3 week is also the 20th edition of our Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through the years at the video game anniversaries we celebrate. So, what came out this week in Nintendo history? June 11 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is released in North America. On June 11, 2001, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon came out in North America. Why June 11, just under three months after its Japanese release? Because in all regions, Circle of the Moon was a Game Boy Advance launch title, releasing on the same day as the GBA in each respective region. Circle of the Moon was a popular game among fans, but in 2002, it was removed from the official Castlevania timeline to be considered a... »

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Episode 02 – Presto! It’s Penzo. [Nintendo 3DS]

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Episode 02 – Presto! It’s Penzo. [Nintendo 3DS]

Product Provided by Nintendo! Nintendo offered either the Nintendo Switch version or the Nintendo 3DS version, I opted for the 3DS one… so enjoy! Learn the Way of Sushido Help Musashi end the Empire’s tyrannical monopoly of the world’s sushi supply by becoming a Sushi Striker! Devour conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and sushi types to defeat any enemy or boss who stands between you and victory. Befriend Sushi Sprites and use their powerful skills in battle. Deliciously strategic action-RPG-puzzle battles await!   »

June 10 – June 16: Nintendo News Bytes E3 Edition

June 10 – June 16: Nintendo News Bytes E3 Edition

It’s the week of E3 2018 and everyone is waiting to see what Nintendo announces! Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo at E3 Marvelous announced a mech game called Daemon x Machina, to launch in 2019. Super Mario Party will be out on October 5 and Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been officially unveiled for spring 2019. Overcooked! 2 was announced for all major platforms. An eight-player action platformer called Killer Queen Black is coming to the Switch and PC in the first quarter of 2019. Fortnite is available now for the Switch, as is Hollow Knight. Dragon Ball FighterZ is also coming to the Switch. The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 19

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 19

Welcome once again to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history and discuss some of the current video game anniversaries. Quite a few games came out this week over the years, so let’s take a look at a few… June 5 – EarthBound comes to North America. Mother 2 came to North America under the title EarthBound on June 5, 1995. Although it didn’t sell well at the time and saw a mixed critical reception, it become a cult classic in later years. Now EarthBound is highly praised, and fans are still waiting for its sequel to come west… June 6 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is released. The Legend of Zelda se... »

The Best and Worst of the Mario Tennis Series

The Best and Worst of the Mario Tennis Series

Mario Tennis Aces is due out on June 22 for the Nintendo Switch, and it will be the seventh game in the Mario Tennis series. But not all games in this series have been received equally. Some are beloved by fans… and others are better left forgotten. Let’s take a look through the the series’ history and see how these games stack up. 1995 – Mario’s Tennis The Virtual Boy isn’t exactly a system most people associate with fantastic gaming, but Mario’s Tennis can’t be considered one of the worst in the series. Not only did it start the tradition of Mario sports games, but it’s also considered to be one of the earliest successful tennis video g... »

June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

It’s the week leading up to E3, and everyone is waiting to see what Nintendo will announce. In the meantime, here are this week’s announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Marketing materials have confirmed NBA 2K19 for the Switch. In an interview with Game Informer, the Octopath Traveler producer said their division will focus on original titles for the Switch if Octopath Traveler does well. The Kickstarter-funded action RPG Wild Mage: Phantom Twilight will come to consoles, including the Switch. Mushroom Wars 2 is coming to the Switch on July 5 and a trailer is availab... »

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ICEY (Review)

ICEY (Review)

After we received a review code for ICEY on the Nintendo Switch, I played through this side-scrolling action game to see what it’s all about. On the surface, ICEY is a 2D action game with light RPG elements. You’ll mix light and heavy attacks together to pull off stylish combos, along with a few other moves. Winning battles rewards you with money you can use at the many upgrade stations to power-up your skills, giving you a decent array of abilities with which to crush your robotic enemies as you fight toward your ultimate goal: defeating an enemy known as Judas. Arrows guide you through each level and the Narrator urges you onward… but if you go in a different direction an... »

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,... »

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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