Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 14

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 14

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week throughout Nintendo history. Which video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look. April 29 – Xenoblade Chronicles X is released in Japan. Despite its title, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the third Xenoblade game. In between was Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, which released first on April 29, 2015 in Japan. Unlike its predecessor, it had a sci-fi setting and focused on exploration and world-building over storytelling. Nevertheless, many of us are waiting for a sequel… April 30 – The Resident Evil remake comes to North America. On April 30, 2002 the GameCube remake of R... »

April 29 – May 5: This Week in Nintendo News

April 29 – May 5: This Week in Nintendo News

As we leave April behind and head into May, we’ve got plenty of new announcements, including quite a bit of Touhou news this week. Nintendo Switch News Outright Games has announced Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard for all major consoles. It will be out on July 10 for $39.99. You’ll need to lead a group of creatures called the Impa to fight enemies and save the missing monsters. Arc System Works has announced Family Cards Games SP for the Switch in Japan. It will be out on May 10 and feature the Japanese card game Daifugo. This is the latest in the Family series, which has had numerous titles on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. Nicalis is bringing the 2001 arcade shoot ’em u... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 13

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 13

People might consider 13 unlucky, but our 13th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal isn’t! Let’s take a look back through this week in history to see which Nintendo games came out on these days. April 22 – The World Ends With You comes to North America. On April 22, 2008, an unusual Nintendo DS JRPG developed by Square Enix and Jupiter came to North America: The World Ends With You. (We also celebrate its Australian release this week, on April 24.) Set in an alternate dimension Shibuya and featuring an action combat system that made use of both screens, it won over a lot of fans. And after years of silence, now we can look forward to a new release on the Switch… April 23... »

April 22 – April 28: This Week in Nintendo News

April 22 – April 28: This Week in Nintendo News

We’ve seen a lot of Nintendo announcements so far in April, and this week was also filled with exciting news. Industry News Tatsumi Kimishima, who took over as Nintendo’s interim president, will retire from the position on June 28. He will be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa, who has been with Nintendo since 1994. Nintendo has also announced its E3 schedule! The main presentation will be shown on June 12 at 9 AM PT, with a look at upcoming 2018 Switch games including Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Treehouse will start with Super Smash Bros. and begin right after the presentation. The Splatoon 2 World Championship will be held on June 11 and 12, with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational st... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 12

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 12

It’s time for our twelfth issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this day in Nintendo history throughout the week and discuss some of the video game anniversaries we can celebrate. April 15 – Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is released. On April 15, 2004, a new Kirby game came out for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror took the Kirby style of gameplay and applied it to a Metroidvania-style world, for an experience that remains one of the most popular Kirby games to this day. April 16 – Pandora’s Tower comes to North America. The second of the three games in the Operation Rainfall campaign, Pandora’s Tower came to No... »

April 15 – April 21: This Week in Nintendo News

April 15 – April 21: This Week in Nintendo News

We’re partway through April now and the Nintendo news is still coming strong. Several new announcements and details came out this week as well. Nintendo Switch News An arcade-style racing game called Horizon Chase Turbo has been announced. Although it is just coming to the PS4 and PC first, on May 15, it will be coming to the Switch and Xbox One later this year. It is a new version of the mobile game Horizon Chase World Tour and features locations from around the world, split-screen multiplayer, an online competitive Ghost mode, 110 tracks, and more. Check out the announcement trailer. In Japan, Psyvariar Delta has been announced for the Switch and PS4. It is a remake of the arcade ver... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 11

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 11

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at this week in Nintendo’s history to celebrate games that came out on these days over the years. April 8 – Dr. Mario 64 is released. Dr. Mario 64 was an enhanced remake of Dr. Mario. It was released for the Nintendo 64 on April 8, 2001 and was the final Mario game to appear on the Nintendo 64. April 9 – Super Paper Mario is released. Super Paper Mario came out on April 9, 2007 for the Wii. It was the third entry in the Paper Mario series, and it made some dramatic changes, opting for an action platforming combat system rather than the turn-based combat of the previous entries. It was very story-heavy and has be... »

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The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

Product provided by NIS America. The Longest 5 Minutes released on the Nintendo Switch not long ago and I have completed a full let’s play of the game which will be publishing to our YouTube channel later this month. The game is set in a classic 8-bit style setting and features classic RPG game-play. The game starts off however in a very unusual scenario where you, the hero are in a final battle against an evil overlord… aka The Demon King. The problem is you have no idea why you’re there, who you are, or even who you are fighting. This sets up the entire game as you’ll have to unravel all of these questions and gain your memory back. As you regain your memory and com... »

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

After our interview with the developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy, they sent us a review code so we could experience this journey through madness. Layers of Fear puts you in the shoes of an artist who returns to his old home to complete the masterpiece he’s been attempting to paint. After a brief exploration of the house, you unveil your canvas and get to work. Simple, right? Not when reality warps the moment you leave the room, and you find yourself in another version of the house as it twists and changes around you. Layers of Fear depicts the artist’s madness through an ever-shifting environment, with imagery that is often symbolic and always surreal. These changes often come i... »

The Darkside Detective (Review)

The Darkside Detective (Review)

After our interview about The Darkside Detective, its developers sent us a review copy so we could see just what this humorous supernatural adventure game was all about. And so, I stepped into the shoes of Francis McQueen, an underpaid and undervalued detective who takes on the weird, supernatural cases that plague the city. Or, more often than not, he stumbles onto them. The Darkside Detective is split into six different cases, each of which is fairly self-contained, but only the first one has the police intentionally put the Darkside Division on the case. McQueen and his partner, Officer Dooley, are usually just in the right place at the right time – or the wrong place at the wrong t... »

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon is an unexpected blend of genres, a first-person shooter with pixel art graphics and roguelike dungeon crawling. It tosses you into a dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and challenges you to use melee weapons and ranged magic to explore each floor, defeat the boss, and proceed to the next floor without dying along the way. If you die, you’ll need to start over from the beginning with new procedurally generated environments. One More Dungeon can be brutal. If you don’t take them out quickly, enemies can quickly destroy you, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a group of them at once. Your magic attacks are quite useful, but with random i... »

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

After our interview about Battle Chef Brigade, the developers sent us a review copy so we could see just how the different elements of this genre-blending cooking game come together. Any fantasy world filled with monsters needs heroes to defeat them… and in the realm of Victusia, people realized defeated monsters shouldn’t go to waste. As a result, Victusia is home to the Battle Chef Brigade, elite warrior chefs that fight monsters and then prepare them into fantastic dishes. To enter the Battle Chef Brigade, hopeful cooks come from all around to compete in an intense cooking competition. In practice, this presents us with two very different styles of gameplay. First, you’l... »

Earth Atlantis (Review)

Earth Atlantis (Review)

After our interview about Earth Atlantis, Pixel Perfex sent us a review code of the game so we could dive into its post-apocalyptic underwater world and see what it’s all about. The game begins with a quick explanation about how the world is underwater and you must hunt down dangerous monsters, and then it sets you loose. With this premise, you might expect an open world filled with monsters for you to discover and pursue. However, Earth Atlantis is structured more like a Metroidvania, with maze-like passages, upgrades to find, and new sections that open up as you defeat monsters. Only a handful of these bosses are available at a time, so you’ll spend much of your time fighting t... »

Wulverblade (Review)

Wulverblade (Review)

After our interview with Fully Illustrated about Wulverblade for the Switch, we received a review code so that we could dive into this bloody side-scrolling beat ’em up and see just how brutal it is. Set in Roman Britain at around 120 AD, Wulverblade follows three warriors attempting to drive out the Roman forces and their allies. While the story mainly follows Caradoc, the most balanced character, you can also choose to play as his brother Brennus (higher power and lower speed) or his sister Guinevere (higher speed and lower power). Two people can also play together in co-op mode. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon find yourself hacking through enemies in a bloodbath that includes... »

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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