Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 41

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 41

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at Nintendo’s gaming anniversaries. So, what are a few of the games that released this week in history? November 11 and 13 – Tales of Symphonia’s sequel comes west. Tales of Symphonia was a huge hit, so Namco followed it up with a spin-off sequel for the Wii. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World came to North America a few months after its Japanese launch, on November 11, 2008 and then to Europe a year later on November 13, 2009. It was… not quite as well received as its predecessor, and lives on in fans’ hearts as one of the most heavily-criticized games in the Tales series... »

November 11 – November 17: Nintendo News Bytes

November 11 – November 17: Nintendo News Bytes

We’re well into November now, and the announcements keep coming. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations A new entry in the tower defense Mamotte Knight series is planned for 2019. Bandai Namco has revealed a crafting game called Ninja Box for the Switch. Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration was announced for the Switch in Japan for February 28. THQ Nordic is bringing Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and The Raven Remastered to the Switch in early 2019 physically and digitally for $29.99 each. Kingdom Two Crowns was announced for all major p... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 40

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 40

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at video game anniversaries for Nintendo’s platforms. Today we’re looking at the start of November, so let’s see what games came out this week in history. November 5 – Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn comes to North America. A few weeks ago, we celebrated the anniversary of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and now it’s time for its sequel. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn came to North America on November 5, 2007. It directly continued the story of its predecessor and was fairly well-received. November 6 – Yo-kai Watch is localized. After two years of hoping and wondering, Yo-kai Watch was... »

November 4 – November 10: Nintendo News Bytes

November 4 – November 10: Nintendo News Bytes

November has begun, and with so-far-unconfirmed rumors of another Nintendo Direct on the horizon, let’s see what news Nintendo has for us this week. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Youtube is now available for the Switch through a free app. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Visual novel My Girlfriend is a Mermaid?! is coming to the Switch in Japan on February 28, with a western release also planned for February. Visual novel RPG Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 6 DX was announced for the Switch in Japan for March 14. Brawler Mother Russia Bleeds is coming to the Switch on November 15. TwinBee, Mighty Bomb Jack, and Metro... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 39

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 39

Welcome to the 39th edition of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back through Nintendo’s history at the games released for its systems. This week, we’ll be looking at anniversaries at the end of October and the start of November. October 30 – Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II comes to North America. As the first online RPG for consoles, Phantasy Star Online was a success for Sega, and after the Dreamcast was discontinued, they picked the GameCube as its next console. Released as Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II, with all-new content added as the second episode, it came to North America on October 30, 2002. Fans still hope Phantasy Star Online will return ... »

October 28 – November 3: Nintendo News Bytes

October 28 – November 3: Nintendo News Bytes

It’s the week of Halloween, and we still have plenty of news to discuss as we go into November. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Direct News There was a 40-minute Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct on November 1 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET, revealing new fighters, modes, and more. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Survival horror game Maid of Sker was announced for all major platforms for Q3 2019. Puzzle-platformer Elli was announced for December. Cooperative action game Demolition Robots K. K. was announced. Localization of Dragon Quest Builders 2 was confirmed for 2019, along with details about the online and of... »

Biggest Changes in the Luigi’s Mansion Remake

Biggest Changes in the Luigi’s Mansion Remake

Product provided by Nintendo. With the Luigi’s Mansion remake out now for the 3DS, you might be wondering what differences there are between this and the original GameCube version. Is it worth buying, or should you fire up your GameCube copy instead? While it’s largely the same game, let’s take a look at the biggest changes in the Luigi’s Mansion remake. Multiplayer One of the biggest additions to the Luigi’s Mansion remake is the new two-player co-op mode that lets you play together with a friend. If you and a friend both have 3DS systems and copies of the game, you can team up through the local wireless co-op mode to play through the main story or take on port... »

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The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter One on the Switch. This point-and-click adventure game game draws on Afro-Caribbean inspiration, most noticeably in its character designs, which are based on African masks. While the main character’s mask-like face occasionally makes him look stiff, I got used to it pretty quickly, although some areas do have a jarring difference between the 3D character models and 2D backgrounds. The soundtrack also deserves a mention, as the catchy music helps set the scene. The Journey Down: Chapter One begins with a hint of a conspiracy, as a sinister organization hunts for an important book, but then shifts to focus on a run-down gas station ... »

Pode (Review)

Pode (Review)

After our interview about Pode, Henchman & Goon sent us a review code. Pode is a puzzle game about a fallen star that teams up with a rock in order to find its way home. Together, the two set out to climb a mountain so the star can return to the sky. However, this isn’t just any mountain, but a mountain filled with puzzles. To overcome them and proceed through each chamber, you’ll need to make use of the characters’ abilities. Glo (the star) can bring plants to life and eventually teleport, while Bulder (the rock) can magnetize switches and pick up items. Figuring out where and how to use their abilities is key. Pode uses simple tutorials with no text, which leads to so... »

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... »

An Interview With the Developers of Feudal Alloy

An Interview With the Developers of Feudal Alloy

A couple weeks ago, we learned about Feudal Alloy, an upcoming action game from Attu Games featuring fishbowl-powered robots. Sound interesting? It’s coming to the Switch, so take a look at the teaser trailer if you haven’t already seen it. After the announcement, we got in touch with Attu Games to learn more about Feudal Alloy. Feudal Alloy shows an unusual juxtaposition of robots in a medieval world. What inspired you to bring these two styles together? We had our fish-robot characters and we thought what environment we could put them in. We wanted something uncommon and weird, so we came up with a crazy medieval world in the far future where the fish built mechanical bodies fr... »

An Interview With the Developers of Legrand Legacy

An Interview With the Developers of Legrand Legacy

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds is an upcoming turn-based RPG inspired by classic JRPGs. It is due out in early 2018 for the PC, but console versions will follow in early 2019, including a Switch version. Take a look at this overview trailer. 2019 might be a long way off, but we got in touch with the developers of Legrand Legacy to learn more about what we can expect from this RPG when it arrives. We were excited to learn that Legrand Legacy will be coming to consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. Is this something you always had hopes for? All of us grew up playing JRPGs on consoles, so since the beginning of our journey in creating Legrand Legacy for PC, we dreamed of seeing our g... »

An Interview With the Developer of Save me Mr. Tako

An Interview With the Developer of Save me Mr. Tako

After learning that the retro-style platformer Save me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San is planned for the Switch, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about this Game Boy homage. What inspired you to develop Save me Mr. Tako? What would you describe as the biggest influences on this game? I started the project at a time where I was kind of depressed with the job I had, working on a personal game was like a reward at the end of the day. I got the idea of an octopus character after eating Takoyaki for the first time, and thought that it may be fun to play as a nice octopus. Even if I’m 23, I grew up playing a lot of retro games, especially JRPG and Nintendo games. Games like Kirby Dream... »

An Interview With the Developers of Wandersong

An Interview With the Developers of Wandersong

Last week, we learned that the musical side-scroller Wandersong is now planned for the Nintendo Switch. Intrigued by its premise and curious about its gameplay, we got in touch with the developers of Wandersong to learn more about it. Wandersong is described as a musical side-scroller with puzzles to solve through the use of music, but we still don’t have a solid grasp on what the gameplay mechanics will be like. How will puzzle-solving work? What would you compare the gameplay to? It’s very very hard to compare it with other games because we don’t know any other games like it. Which is surprising for us, because the premise is so simple in practice! It’s a sidescrolling pl... »

An Interview With the Developers of Super Mighty Power Man

An Interview With the Developers of Super Mighty Power Man

Last week, we learned about Super Mighty Power Man, an upcoming action platformer planned for multiple platforms, including the Switch and 3DS. Intrigued, we got in touch with Box Hedge Games to learn more about their plans for Super Mighty Power Man. While Mega Man is the clearest inspiration for Super Mighty Power Man, your description of the game also lists Castlevania, Contra, Duck Tales, Kirby, Super Mario Bros., VVVVVV, Retro City Rampage, and Shovel Knight as inspirations. What elements from these games inspired the gameplay of Super Mighty Power Man? Indeed, Super Mighty Power Man borrows game mechanics and game loops from the Mega Man series, like any other games borrow from other t... »

An Interview With the Developers of Cat Quest

An Interview With the Developers of Cat Quest

The cat-themed RPG Cat Quest is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it will be available from the eShop this Friday, November 10. Intrigued by this concept, we got in touch with the developers to learn more about Cat Quest and its upcoming Switch release. It probably goes without saying that you must be cat lovers, but what inspired you to create Cat Quest? Its actually quite a long and interesting story that we documented here: https://thegentlebros.com/blog/ Is there any particular reason you picked the Switch as one of the first consoles your game would appear on? Will it make use of the Switch’s special features, such as HD Rumble? It was actually a purely chance thing. We managed to get ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Super Meat Boy Forever

An Interview With the Developers of Super Meat Boy Forever

Fans of the challenging platformer Super Meat Boy were thrilled to see the announcement of a new game in the series, Super Meat Boy Forever for the Nintendo Switch. We got in touch with the developers to learn more about Super Meat Boy Forever and what fans can expect from the new style of gameplay. The original Super Meat Boy was announced for the Switch not that long before the announcement of Super Meat Boy Forever. Did you already have plans then to bring the new game to the Switch? Yes. What would you say are the biggest differences between Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever? The biggest and most noticeable change is the controls. For the sequel we wanted to see if we could simpl... »

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