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Genres the Switch is Still Lacking

Genres the Switch is Still Lacking

The Switch has been a huge success so far, and there are already games from many different genres available for it. It’s building up a good line-up of RPGs, visual novels are on the rise (at least in Japan), and it’s even getting more and more horror games. Still, there are some genres it’s lacking. Here are a few areas where the Switch could use more support. Card Games   We don’t mean more games like Uno or Shephy, but rather collectible card games and competitive card games, the sorts of digital card games that have risen in popularity over the past few years. Gwent, Hearthstone, a new Pokémon TCG video game, a new Yu-Gi-Oh game… the Switch feels like a ... »

The History of Scribblenauts and Nintendo

The History of Scribblenauts and Nintendo

With the official announcement of Scribblenauts Showdown, which will be coming to the Switch, let’s take a look back at the history of the Scribblenauts series on Nintendo systems. Scribblenauts – Nintendo DS In 2009, developer 5th Cell released Scribblenauts for the Nintendo DS. This was their third DS game, after Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest. The appeal of Scribblenauts was that you would be able to write the name of any object to summon it into the game, allowing for a wide variety of methods to overcome the game’s puzzles and obstacles. Despite some flaws, it saw a generally positive reception, which soon led to sequels. Super Scribblenauts – Nintendo DS S... »

January 14 – January 20: This Week in Nintendo News

January 14 – January 20: This Week in Nintendo News

Last week turned out to be an exciting one for Nintendo fans thanks to the sudden mini Nintendo Direct, and this week also had some unexpected announcements. Nintendo Labo Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo for the Switch, a line of “build-and-play” experiences in which you build special cardboard peripherals from “Toy-Con” kits and then use the Nintendo Labo software to play games with them on your Switch. It’s certainly an unusual idea, and not quite what anyone was expecting. Take a look. So far, Nintendo has announced two Toy-Con kits. Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit will cost $69.99 and include the Variety Kit software and all of the materials needed for five Toy... »

The Strange Saga of the Unannounced January Nintendo Direct

The Strange Saga of the Unannounced January Nintendo Direct

We don’t usually give rumors their own articles (we have a rumor list for that), but the situation surrounding the rumored Nintendo Direct has reached the point where we can’t ignore it. This is either a crazy case of miscommunication and misplaced hype or an insane PR stunt. The Nintendo Direct Rumors It all started in November, when reports surfaced of a leaked email from EA discussing Fe, an action-adventure game coming to the Switch. It included a timeline that claimed information about Fe would be revealed at the January Nintendo Direct. This got fans anticipating a new Nintendo Direct… especially when, on December 31, eighteen placeholder listings for Switch games app... »

Biggest Upcoming 3DS Games of 2018

Biggest Upcoming 3DS Games of 2018

While the 3DS saw strong support throughout 2017, new announcements for it have begun to dwindle. Nevertheless, 3DS owners still have several games to look forward to! Here are some of the biggest 3DS games that have already been announced for 2018. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Radiant Historia, an RPG developed by Atlus for the DS, was a successful game and is considered underrated by many fans. Now it’s receiving a remake, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, due out for the 3DS on February 13. In addition to the original story, this remake adds a new timeline scenario, a follow-up attack gameplay mechanic, and revamped graphics. While the art changes have proven controversi... »

January 7 – January 13: This Week in Nintendo News

January 7 – January 13: This Week in Nintendo News

The start of the year is always a slow time for video game news, and last week was no exception. This week, however, proved to be a little crazy thanks to an unannounced (but heavily rumored) Nintendo Direct Mini. Nintendo Direct Mini After rumors of a January 11 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo surprised fans by releasing an unannounced, 14-minute Nintendo Direct Mini with a short overview of new announcements for 2018. You can watch the full thing below. First up, the DS action RPG The World Ends With You is being remastered as The World Ends With You: Final Remix for the Switch. It will feature HD visuals, both touchscreen and Joy-Con controls, and a new epilogue scenario featuring a character w... »

December 31 – January 6: This Week in Nintendo News

December 31 – January 6: This Week in Nintendo News

Happy New Year! Nintendo only saw a few announcements in this first week of 2018, but don’t take that to mean things are slowing down. The Switch has sold 4.8 million units since it launched in March, making it the fastest-selling console in U.S. history. Previously the Wii held that record. Nintendo Switch News Circle Entertainment has announced that the Mercenaries Saga trilogy is coming to the Switch as a single collection called Mercenaries Saga Chronicles. This is the first time the original Mercenaries Saga game will be available in the west. The second and third were previously released on the 3DS eShop. It is a tactical RPG series. It will be out on January 18 in Japan, but the... »

5 Games We’re Excited for in 2018

5 Games We’re Excited for in 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us, and we have a whole new year of games to look forward to. Here are five Nintendo games we’re excited for in 2018. Bayonetta 1 & 2 (Switch) They might not be new games, but as someone who loved Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 when I played them for the first time on my Wii U, I’m thrilled that they’re coming to the Switch on February 16. Of course, the development of Bayonetta 3 is even more exciting, but we don’t know when that will be released yet. Nevertheless, for those who haven’t played them or fans who want to play them again, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will bring plenty of stylish action combat this year. The Alliance Alive (... »

December 24 – December 30: This Week in Nintendo News

December 24 – December 30: This Week in Nintendo News

With one final full week in 2017, what announcements closed out Nintendo’s year? Nintendo Switch News Cube Creator X, the latest entry in the cube-based sandbox series, has been announced for April 26 in Japan. It will include local and online multiplayer, a stage builder, temperature, pets, and more. Japan also saw the release of Ambition of the Slimes this week, an RPG that was previously released for mobile devices and the 3DS. Here is the trailer for the Switch version. No localization news has been announced yet. There is a new trailer available for Valkyria Chronicles 4, which will be out in 2018. Sega also streamed 40 minutes of gameplay. The gameplay footage starts at around 1:... »

Nintendo’s 2017 Highlights

Nintendo’s 2017 Highlights

There’s no denying that 2017 was a great year for Nintendo. Let’s take a look back over the past year and point out some of the biggest highlights for Nintendo. The Nintendo Switch By far, the biggest event of 2017 for Nintendo was the release of the Nintendo Switch. Although it had been officially announced in October 2016, with an announcement trailer that hinted at several of its upcoming games, caution after the Wii U’s life cycle left many fans cautious. However, the Switch had a strong first year and has already crossed 10 million sales, putting it at nearly 75% of the Wii U’s lifetime sales already. The Super NES Classic Edition While the Switch was Nintendo... »

A Year of Nicalis and Nintendo

A Year of Nicalis and Nintendo

Nicalis has supported Nintendo platforms for years, but 2017 was an especially good year for fans of their games, as Nicalis brought numerous indie games to the Nintendo Switch and announced more for 2018. Let’s take a look back and see what 2017 was like for Nicalis and Nintendo. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ – March 17 Nicalis announced its first Switch ports before the Switch was even out, and on March 17, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ was released for the Switch. This dark roguelike was developed by Nicalis and Edmund McMillen (who designed Super Meat Boy), and the Switch version included both of its previous expansions. Cave Story+ – June 20 While not everyone ... »

5 In-Game Holiday Events to Enjoy This Season

5 In-Game Holiday Events to Enjoy This Season

Whether you take advantage of holiday breaks to get in a little extra gaming time or just want a little Christmas cheer in your video games, in-game holiday events are always exciting. Here are five games with special holiday events that you can check out this year! Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) If you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf this month, the villagers might have already hinted about what they want for Toy Day, December 24 (and you may have seen a Santa Claus outfit for sale, too). On December 24, you’ll be able to talk to Jingle at 6 PM about Toy Day and learn that he’d like you handle the gift-giving. So put on your Santa suit and deliver those presents... »

 

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