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Splatoon 2’s Background Begins After the Last Splatfest

Splatoon 2’s Background Begins After the Last Splatfest

Last July, Splatoon players competed in one final Splatfest. Splatfests were special events where players would pick a team (based on some sort of preference, such as Cats or Dogs, Pirates or Ninjas, Burgers or Pizza, etc.) and fight battles to see which team would be declared victorious. The final Splatfest asked players to pick between the game’s Squid Sister mascot characters, Callie and Marie. Marie’s team won, and it sounds as though this might actually play into Splatoon 2’s story. Only Marie appeared in Splatoon 2’s initial trailer, which led some players to speculate that Callie died until Nintendo clarified that both Squid Sisters would return in Splatoon 2. ... »

Layton’s Mystery Journey Launches for the 3DS This Fall in the West

Layton’s Mystery Journey Launches for the 3DS This Fall in the West

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy (previously known as Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy) recently received a release date of July 20 in Japan for the 3DS and mobile versions, with the worldwide mobile release also being set for July 20. Level-5 has now unveiled the official English website and revealed that the 3DS version will be available in the West this fall. Rather than a single large mystery, Katrielle’s story will involve “many smaller mysteries woven into an intriguing overall plot.” She is Professor Layton’s daughter, and she became a detective to try to find her father after he disappeare... »

Local Co-Op Added to River City Ransom SP in Japan

Local Co-Op Added to River City Ransom SP in Japan

River City Ransom SP, a 3DS revamped version of the original River City Ransom, came out in Japan last October. It has now been updated to version 1.1, and this new update added local co-op. This is a two-player co-op mode to allow two people to play locally together. Along with this major addition, the update also brought with it several helpful new features: You can check events on the lower screen’s map, with icons Cleared events from the event encyclopedia can be displayed You can collectively sell equipment at the second-hand shop You can collectively purchase items The update also included bug fixes. It’s unclear if River City Ransom SP will be brought to the West, but sinc... »

Kamiko Launches for the Switch on April 27 in the West

Kamiko Launches for the Switch on April 27 in the West

Kamiko is a pixel graphics action game for the Nintendo Switch, developed by Skipmore and published by Flyhigh Works. It came out in Japan on April 13, and it will be available in the West on April 27. It is a digital-only game available from the Nintendo eShop for $4.99. Kamiko puts players in control of three priestesses who might fight demons, solve puzzles, and break the seals on magical gates called Torii. It describes itself as “an arcade action game.” The developer, Skipmore previously made Fairune, a puzzle-based action RPG that is available on the 3DS. Like Fairune, Kamiko is a short game, but it received a positive reception in Japan (and since the Japanese version can ... »

Dragon Quest XI Has a Release Date; No Word on the Switch Version

Dragon Quest XI Has a Release Date; No Word on the Switch Version

Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time is the next mainline entry in the popular JRPG series. It’s notable for having at least two distinct versions, one for the PlayStation 4 and one for the Nintendo 3DS, or three, if you count the two visual styles available in the 3DS version.   Both versions will be available on July 29 in Japan. Early purchases will include bonus in-game equipment to increase your experience and gold, and a special edition including both the PS4 and 3DS versions will be available as well. There is still no localization news, but due to the success of recent Dragon Quest games in the West, it doesn’t seem unlikely. Unfortunately, Square Enix has yet... »

Super Bomberman R Update Available, Future Characters Announced

Super Bomberman R Update Available, Future Characters Announced

The promised free update for Super Bomberman R is now available. This brings the game up to Version 1.3, which adds: Four new VS stages (White Cross, Lagoon, Max Speed, and Power Zone) Two new accessories (Crowns and Bombs) Frame rate improvements Less lag when all participants in an Online Battle have a good network connection, which you can search for from Other > Basic Settings > Network Settings The ability to change the inclination of the map in Story Mode with L/R, and change the camera position from Other > Basing Settings The ability to choose COM strength in Multiplayer Battle Mode Adjusted strength for the Five Dastardly Bombers in Story Mode Lessened difficulty for Beginn... »

Top 3 Banjo-Kazooie Worlds

Top 3 Banjo-Kazooie Worlds

With Yooka-Laylee out on other systems and the Nintendo Switch version on the horizon, let’s look back at one of the games that inspired it: Banjo-Kazooie. The original game features nine main worlds, in addition to its starting area and hub world, and each world has its own theme. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites. 3. Freezeezy Peak   This winter-themed world features sledding, a gigantic snowman, a Christmas tree, and festive music. It’s a fantastic, fun-filled world if you love winter, and its theme song never fails to bring a smile to my face. 2. Mad Monster Mansion If Freezeezy Peak provides a Christmas theme, then Mad Monster Mansion is there to represen... »

Two New Sonic Games Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Two New Sonic Games Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Sonic fans who own a Nintendo Switch should be excited by the news from this Nintendo Direct. Not only will Sonic Forces be coming to the Switch, but Sonic Mania will as well. Sonic Forces Sonic Forces is an upcoming platformer that combines various styles of Sonic gameplay, as Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic team up. Modern Sonic’s stages will be 3D action stages, while Classic Sonic’s will be the 2D side-scrolling gameplay from classic Sonic games. A third character will also be available, and the Nintendo Direct teased fans with a brief glimpse of this as-yet-unannounced character. Sonic Mania If Classic Sonic isn’t classic enough for you, there’s even more side-scr... »

Release Dates Revealed for Ever Oasis, RPG Maker Fes, Hey! Pikmin, and Culdcept Revolt

Release Dates Revealed for Ever Oasis, RPG Maker Fes, Hey! Pikmin, and Culdcept Revolt

The recent Nintendo Direct was filled with announcements, including the release dates for four anticipated Nintendo 3DS titles. Ever Oasis Ever Oasis, the adorable action RPG announced last E3, will be available on June 23 in North America and Europe, and on July 13 in Japan. This game tasks you with managing an oasis, helping travelers, and exploring dungeons in a desert. It is being directed and produced by Koichi Ishii, the creator of the Mana series. RPG Maker Fes We knew the RPG-creation software RPG Maker Fes was due out this summer, and now we have a date. You’ll be able to create your own 3DS RPGs on June 23 in Europe and June 27 in North America. Hey! Pikmin Remember the side-... »

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is Now Available on the Switch

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is Now Available on the Switch

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is now available on consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. It can be purchased from the eShop for $19.99. This action-adventure platforming game is a remake of 1989’s Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. It features a re-orchestrated soundtrack and new hand-drawn graphics, although you can switch between the remade graphics and the original graphics at any time. You can even use the original game’s passcodes with it. If you enjoy Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, you might also want to look into another upcoming Switch game, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. This game, which could receive a physical Switch release, will be a spiritua... »

Three New Kirby Games Announced for the 3DS

Three New Kirby Games Announced for the 3DS

It’s Kirby’s anniversary, and Nintendo is celebrating with not one, not two, but three new entries in the popular series, all announced during the recent Nintendo Direct. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe The first new Kirby game is a free-to-start multiplayer action game in which four players take on different roles (Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Beam Mage, and Doctor Healmore) to defeat bosses, complete quests, and overcome challenges. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, which is an expansion of the mini-game found in Planet Robobot, is available right now on the Nintendo eShop. Kirby’s Blowout Blast Also based on a mini-game, Kirby’s Blowout Blast is an upcoming game focused on inhaling ene... »

Localization Confirmed for Monster Hunter Stories, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, and Miitopia

Localization Confirmed for Monster Hunter Stories, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, and Miitopia

In addition to release dates and new game announcements, the recent Nintendo Direct also confirmed the localization of three exciting JRPGs for the 3DS. Monster Hunter Stories This game may be part of the Monster Hunter series, but it’s a unique spin-off that had RPG fans hoping for its localization for a long time. It is a turn-based RPG in which you raise and befriend a party of monsters. It will be available this fall. Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters When the first two versions of Yo-kai Watch 2 were brought West, many players wondered if the third version (Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi) would follow. Now we know for sure. The third version of Yo-kai Watch 2, which includes new Yo-kai, ... »

 

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