Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 38

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 38

Welcome to the 38th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see what video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. And with Halloween approaching, surely we have some spooky anniversaries… October 22 – Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water comes west. There was significant concern that the fifth main Fatal Frame game wouldn’t be localized, but Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water did indeed come to the west, starting with its North American release on October 22, 2015. The Wii U felt like a perfect fit for the series, and the reviews were decent although somewhat mixed. When will we hear from Fatal Frame again? October ... »

October 21 – October 27: Nintendo News Bytes

October 21 – October 27: Nintendo News Bytes

Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Level-5 announced that Ushiro has been moved to the Switch. Atelier Lulua: The Alchemist of Arland 4 was announced for the Switch and PS4 and will be localized in spring 2019 (for the Switch, PS4, and PC) under the title Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland. Project Monolith was announced for all major platforms. Localization was confirmed for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (known as Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX in Japan) for December 27 for $39.99. Ion Maiden is coming to consoles in Q2 2019. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince was an... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 37

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 37

Welcome to the latest issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go back through Nintendo’s history to see which games released over the years. Today, we’ll be looking at a few Nintendo game anniversaries from October 14-20. October 14 and 17 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn is released. On October 14, 2010 in Japan, and then on October 17, 2010 in North America, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was released for the Wii. While originally planned as a new IP about a yarn-filled world, it was switched over to a Kirby game, and the original main character, Prince Fluff, took on a supporting role. The game was quite well-received and has an enhanced 3DS port planned for 2019. October 14 and 1... »

October 14 – October 20: Nintendo News Bytes

October 14 – October 20: Nintendo News Bytes

Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo announced the Diablo III: Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch Bundle for $359.99. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Maid-san wo Migi ni Mi (or Super Zangyura) was announced for the Switch. Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso was announced for the Switch. A Switch version of Omensight is in development for November. Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition DX was announced for Japan for December 27. Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission was revealed for the Switch. The Art of Cooperation was announced for the Switch and PC for November 7. Kaitou Twins was announced for Oct... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 36

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 36

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at the various games that have come out over the years for Nintendo systems. Today, let’s look back through the history of October 7-13… October 7, 11, and 12 – Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 come west. With the increased emphasis on story in Pokémon Black and White, maybe it should come as no surprise that they were the first mainline Pokémon games to get direct sequels. After their Japanese release, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 came to the west on October 7, 2012 in North America, October 11 in Australasia, and October 12 in Europe. Set two years after the original Pokémon Black and White, they included ne... »

October 7 – October 13: Nintendo News Bytes

October 7 – October 13: Nintendo News Bytes

Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News System update 6.0.1 is now available. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is out now for $14.99, with Guacamelee! 2 coming to the Switch in December. Nightshade is coming to the Switch on December 20 in Japan, with an English language option. Touch Detective: Nameko Dai Hanshoku is coming to the Switch in Japan on December 20 as The Nameko no Puzzle: Nameko Dai Hanshoku, with an English language option. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is coming to the Switch on October 25. 7 Billion Humans is coming to the Switch on October 25. Fate/Extella Link wi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 35

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 35

Welcome to Issue 35 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history at some of the great games that released this week over the years. September 30 – Seiken Densetsu 3 is released. Seiken Densetsu 3 is the third game in the Mana series, and one fans have been waiting for localization news about ever since its Japanese release on September 30, 1995. It’s considered a classic, and since last year saw the release of the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Switch, maybe there’s still hope that it will one day make it west. October 1 – The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass comes to North America. On October 1, 2007 the first Legend o... »

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ICEY (Review)

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Assault Spy – Review [Steam]

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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Review)

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Review)

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Mulaka (Review)

Mulaka (Review)

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An Interview With the Developers of Feudal Alloy

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An Interview With the Developers of Legrand Legacy

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An Interview With the Developer of Save me Mr. Tako

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An Interview With the Developers of Wandersong

An Interview With the Developers of Wandersong

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An Interview With the Developers of Super Mighty Power Man

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An Interview With the Developers of Cat Quest

An Interview With the Developers of Cat Quest

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An Interview With the Developers of Super Meat Boy Forever

An Interview With the Developers of Super Meat Boy Forever

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