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An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

Another game that caught our eye from the upcoming Switch indies was Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure based on the culture of the Tarahumara people. After the Nindies showcase, we got in touch with the developers to learn a little more about Mulaka and what we can expect when it launches in 2018. The description for Mulaka mentions hand-to-hand combat, platforming, and puzzle-solving. How would you describe the core gameplay? What would you compare it to? Mulaka’s gameplay is being designed in a way that appeals to the biggest audience we can because we believe that the stories we’re telling deserve to be heard by many people. The game plays as a 3D action game with equal emphasis o... »

36 Fragments of Midnight (Review)

36 Fragments of Midnight (Review)

36 Fragments of Midnight is a procedurally generated 2D platformer. You play a white glowing square named Midnight, and the game begins with your shadowy friends asking you to find their 36 lost Star Fragments. The game has a pleasant aesthetic design, with black platforms and obstacles against a blue nighttime background. The 36 fragments are scattered throughout the single level the game takes place in. It’s a somewhat large level, with no map to guide you, and it is procedurally generated every time. Your goal is to gather all 36 fragments without dying and then return to the place you started to deliver them. The controls are quite simple. Midnight can jump and double jump, and you... »

September 17 – September 23: This Week in Nintendo News

September 17 – September 23: This Week in Nintendo News

After last week’s Nintendo Direct excitement, what new announcements will this week bring? Tokyo Game Show 2017 begins this week, after all. This post will be updated as the week goes on. Nintendo Switch News First, in a piece of good news for horror fans, the “psychedelic horror game” Layers of Fear is coming to the Switch as Layers of Fear: Legacy. Next, in an unexpected announcement from Inti Creates, Gal*Gun 2 is coming to the Switch. It will be out this winter. Steins;Gate Elite, a “full animation adventure game” adaptation of Steins;Gate, has added the Switch to its list of platforms and will be out in Japan in sprint 2018. It will use animation from the a... »

Top 3 Pirates in Nintendo Games

Top 3 Pirates in Nintendo Games

Ahoy, me hearties, September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Aye, and in honor o’ this great holiday, we’re takin’ a look at some o’ our favorite pirate characters. Avast! These be th’ top three pirates in Nintendo games! The Blue Rogues Skies of Arcadia was a Dreamcast game first, but a director’s cut called Skies of Arcadia Legends was released for the GameCube in 2002. It follows Vyse and a group of lovable air pirates known as the Blue Rogues. Air pirates both good and evil fill this turn-based JRPG, and it’s still viewed quite highly. Arr, now where be our sequel, ye scallywags? Risky Boots The Shantae series has always had a good re... »

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

One of the most intriguing upcoming Switch games shown at the recent Nindies showcase was Earth Atlantis, a side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex set in an underwater world. After seeing the trailer, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about the game and spoke with Anucha Aribarg, the director and designer of Earth Atlantis. Earth Atlantis is a side-scrolling shooter that combines arcade-style shooting with “Metroidvania” exploration elements, along with a focus on defeating large enemies in an underwater world. That’s an interesting combination. What were your greatest inspirations for the premise and gameplay? We really like side-scrolling shmups. We played all the classic ... »

3 Reasons to be Excited for Pokken Tournament DX

3 Reasons to be Excited for Pokken Tournament DX

Pokkén Tournament DX, the Switch’s enhanced port of Pokkén Tournament, will be out this Friday. If you’re on the fence about this title, here are a few reasons to be excited for Pokkén Tournament DX. 1. It’s another chance for Pokkén. A Pokémon fighting game seems like a natural idea, and Pokkén Tournament sold quite well despite the Wii U’s struggles. The popularity of the Switch and the additional multiplayer potential allowed by the Switch’s design will give Pokkén Tournament another chance to shine. (And for players who skipped the Wii U but got a Switch, this gives them a chance to experience Pokkén.) If it does well, could it become a new series? 2. It has... »

League of Evil (Review)

League of Evil (Review)

League of Evil is a 2D platformer designed for quick gameplay sessions. While some platformers feature large stages to explore, League of Evil opts instead to feature a multitude of tiny levels. Each can be completed within seconds, and the game ranks you at the end of each level based on your completion time. However, they’re often quite challenging, which forces you to try repeatedly before you can finally reach the end. With 140 levels to play through, League of Evil provides plenty of content despite its quick levels. The game’s premise is simple. Rather than a lengthy introduction, you’re simply told you need to defeat nefarious scientists and placed into the levels to... »

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

During the Nindies showcase, we were intrigued by the entertaining concept of Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios. After the presentation, we got in touch with Trinket Studios to learn more about Battle Chef Brigade and its Switch release. Orcs, elves, and humans hunting for ingredients and then showing off their cooking prowess in a sort of fantasy Iron Chef? There must be a story there. What inspired you for the premise of Battle Chef Brigade? We spent quite a long time brainstorming ideas and really struggled to come up with anything that excited us. After one particularly fruitless morning brainstorming session, we started making lunch and turned on the Food Network. We immediately ... »

September 10 – September 16: This Week in Nintendo News

September 10 – September 16: This Week in Nintendo News

It’s another exciting week for Nintendo, with a Nintendo Direct on Wednesday and big announcements for fans, so let’s take a look. NES Classic and SNES Classic News If you’ve had trouble finding a SNES Classic or the earlier NES Classic, we have good news! Nintendo announced that due to the high demand, shipments of the SNES Classic Edition will continue into 2018. There will also be more units available on launch day than there were of the NES Classic in all of last year, with regular shipments after that. Not only that, but the NES Classic Edition is coming back! Although it was discontinued, it will return to shelves in Summer 2018. More details will follow. Nintendo Dir... »

September 3 – September 9: This Week in Nintendo News

September 3 – September 9: This Week in Nintendo News

After last week’s rush of Nintendo news, it’s no wonder this week was a little quieter. Let’s take a look. Nintendo Switch News The biggest news was probably the announcement that L.A. Noire will be coming to the Switch on November 14.  The Switch version of Rockstar’s detective game will include the original game and all its DLC, with a gyroscopic Joy-Con mode, touchscreen controls in portable mode, HD rumble, and new camera angles. If adventure games are more your style, you’ll be pleased to hear Syberia is also on its way to the Switch. In fact, it will be out on October 20. Meanwhile, Nicalis teased its upcoming Switch games with a new image, with five title... »

Everything You Need to Know About Metroid: Samus Returns

Everything You Need to Know About Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns will be out for the 3DS on September 15, and it should be a treat for fans of side-scrolling Metroid games. As we look ahead to the game’s launch, let’s discuss everything you should know about Metroid: Samus Returns. What It Is Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake/reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus, which originally came out for the Game Boy in 1991. It has been remade from the ground up for the 3DS. What’s New While the core gameplay is the traditional style fans will expect, you can now aim freely in any direction, perform a melee counterattack, and use special Aeion abilities, such as one that lets you scan the environment. Other abilities c... »

Why We’re Excited for Monster Hunter Stories

Why We’re Excited for Monster Hunter Stories

Monster Hunter Stories comes out today for the 3DS, and we can’t wait to play this Monster Hunter RPG spin-off. If you’re still undecided about this one, here are a few reasons why we’re excited for Monster Hunter Stories. It’s a Story-Driven Monster Hunter Game Unlike main entries in the Monster Hunter series, which focus primarily on hunting down and defeating monsters, Monster Hunter Stories is a traditional, story-driven JRPG following a Rider. It includes towns, quests, and everything else you’d expect from an RPG. For players who are interested in the Monster Hunter universe but haven’t gotten into the main series (or for fans of the main series who ... »

 

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