September 2 – September 8: Nintendo News Bytes

September 2 – September 8: Nintendo News Bytes

The last few weeks were packed with Nintendo news. Here’s what this week has to offer. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Direct News A new Nintendo Direct was announced for September 6 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET, to focus on upcoming Switch & 3DS games. Update: The Nintendo Direct has been delayed due to the recent earthquake in Japan. Nintendo Switch News Capcom will have an Ace Attorney panel at TGS on September 22. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Kemono Friends Picross was announced for Japan for October 4. Chou Tousouchuu & Chou Sentouchuu Double Pack was announced for Japan. Forgotton Anne is coming to the Switch in spr... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 30

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 30

It’s the 30th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history to see which Nintendo game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s see what this week held over the years. August 27 – Mario Kart: Super Circuit comes to North America. The third Mario Kart game and first Mario Kart game for a handheld system was Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance. After a July release in Japan, it came to North America on August 27, 2001. It was a big success and is currently the best-selling non-Pokémon Game Boy Advance game. August 28 – Mario Tennis comes to North America. One year earlier was the North American release of a game we recent... »

August 26 – September 1: Nintendo News Bytes

August 26 – September 1: Nintendo News Bytes

As August comes to a close, we have another week of news to discuss. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News The Nindies Summer Showcase on August 28 included many announcements and updates detailed below, as well as the announcement of a new Switch channel for indie game news. Nintendo also announced the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pro Controller Bundle for $139.99, as well as the standalone controller for $74.99. New Games, Ports, & Localizations NIS announced Lapis Re Abyss for the Switch and PS4. Damnview: Built From Nothing has been announced for all major platforms. Aragami: Shadow Edition will be coming physically and digi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 29

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 29

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we look back at this week in Nintendo’s history to celebrate some of the great games that came out over the years. August 19 – New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes to North America. While New Super Mario Bros. had already been followed by New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Nintendo made another sequel called New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS. It came west in August and reached North America on August 19, 2012. This entry focused on collecting as many coins as possible. It saw positive reviews, but never quite stood out as much as the others. August 22 – The Legend of Zelda came to North America… probably. The original Legend of Zelda... »

August 19 – August 25: Nintendo News Bytes

August 19 – August 25: Nintendo News Bytes

Gamescom takes place this week, and we have a lot of news to discuss. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo UK posted a surprise Indie Highlights presentation, with many announcements described below. Meanwhile, Nintendo of America announced a Nindies Showcase for August 28 at 9 AM PT. Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Night Call is coming to the Switch as well as PC in early 2019. This War of Mine is coming to the Switch in November. Everspace: Stellar Edition is coming to the Switch both physically and digitally in December. Baba is You h... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 28

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 28

Welcome to the Nintendo Time Portal for August 12-18, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to see which game anniversaries we celebrate this week. August 14 – Rune Factory comes to North America. Developed as a spin-off to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Harvest Moon, Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon came to North America on August 14, 2007, almost a full year after its Japanese release. It spawned its own series that unfortunately ended after the fourth entry… but with Marvelous acquiring the developer, maybe there’s still hope. August 14 – The Last Story comes to North America. On the same day, we celebrate the third and final of the Oper... »

Tetra’s Escape (Review)

Tetra’s Escape (Review)

We received a review code for Tetra’s Escape on the Switch. Tetra’s Escape is a puzzle game about little block-like creatures called Tetras. Your goal is to get a Tetra to the portal in each level. Tetras can climb up a single block in height, so you’ll need to create a path it can traverse to get it to the end. Fortunately, Tetras can transform into tetrominoes – shapes most famous for their use in Tetris. Different Tetras can transform into different shapes. As you progress through the levels, you’ll gain the ability to rotate and flip these shapes as well, giving you many options for how to put your Tetras together. But once you transform a Tetra into a tetro... »

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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... »

Guilt Battle Arena – Review

Guilt Battle Arena – Review

Guilt Battle Arena is a chaotic 2D shooting game that you play with or against friends via local multiplayer. Bang – Bang – FIRE POWER!… well not quite! The games main mechanic involves the player shooting his or her weapon, however you only ever have one round of ammunition. After you fire a shot, you’ll have to quickly move towards the round to reload before being able to attack again. This makes it all the more challenging as you’ll have to pick the best opportunity to go on the offensive and yet maintain control to dodge enemy attacks. Aside from the unique shooting mechanic you can jump, double jump, dash left or right, air dash left or right, and also dash... »

Detention (Review)

Detention (Review)

After our interview with Red Candle Games about their horror game Detention, they sent us a review copy so we could see what it was all about. Detention takes place in 1960s Taiwan, during the period of martial law known as the White Terror. If you aren’t familiar with the historical context, however, don’t worry. Notes and documents throughout Detention do an excellent job of building up the atmosphere and conveying the situation. Detention is set in a school that has been abandoned due to a sudden typhoon warning. Left behind, you must explore the school and survive the supernatural forces that have appeared. Although you’ll encounter enemies, there is no combat. Instead,... »

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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