July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July is here, and with the new month comes a new set of announcements and updates (and quite a lot of them, in fact). Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations We missed it in the rush of E3 news, but in addition to Grim Fandango Remastered, Broken Age is coming to the Switch. Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix has been announced for the Switch and PS4, telling a separate story in the Mercenaries Saga series. A job listing has revealed that Square Enix’s Business Division 8 is working on an action RPG for the Switch and PS4. The Darius Cozmic Collection has been announced for Japan, bringi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Welcome to Issue 22 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go through Nintendo’s history to see which video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s take a look… June 24 and 25 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE comes to the west. One of the most overlooked Wii U titles, the confusingly-named Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE came to North America and Europe on June 24, 2016 and a day later in Australasia regions. Already controversial due to not being what fans expected from a Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover, it didn’t sell well despite a fairly good reception, and remains one of the titles we’d love to see given a second chance on the Switch. June 26 ... »

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 ... »

June 24 – June 30: Nintendo News Bytes

June 24 – June 30: Nintendo News Bytes

As June comes to a close, we still have many new announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Localization of Inazuma Eleven Ares was quietly confirmed in a press release. Yo-Kai Watch 4 was officially unveiled with a short teaser trailer. An action-adventure game called Fimbul has been announced for all major platforms for November. Blacksad: Under the Skin is coming to all major platforms in 2019. SubaraCity is coming to the Switch in August in Japan. The Lion’s Song is coming to the eShop on July 10 for $9.99. Carnival Games has been announced for the Switch for $39.99, to be ... »

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... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 21

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 21

Welcome to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history. What video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look. June 18 and 21 – Pokémon Conquest comes to the west. A crossover between Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition is something no one saw coming, but Pokémon Conquest not only got made, it was brought to North America on June 18, 2012 and Australasia on June 21, 2012 (with the European release to follow the next week). While an unusual concept, this tactical Pokémon game proved to be one of the most popular Pokémon spin-offs. June 19 – Ghost Trick is released. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was a new DS gam... »

June 17 – June 23: Nintendo News Bytes

June 17 – June 23: Nintendo News Bytes

E3 is over, but Nintendo news never stops. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo and Disney have announced a new show called “Nintendo Switch Family Showdown” in which four families will compete in Switch games. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Visual novel Robotics;Notes Elite is coming to the Switch, with an icon for Memories Off: Innocent Fille shown alongside it. Aggelos, a 2D action-adventure game inspired by Wonder Boy, will come to consoles this year. Mobile game Heroki is coming to the Switch this summer. Shikhondo: Soul Eater is coming to consoles this summer. Release Dates June 28 – Limbo ... »

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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,... »

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular is an unusual piece of interactive fiction, sort of a cross between a visual novel and a text adventure game. You see the location you’re in–an underground train from which the game gets its title–and the characters present for the scene, but aside from selecting who you’d like to talk to, the gameplay is conducted entirely through dialogue. The game is set in a world where robots known as Teks now co-exist alongside humanity and have taken on many jobs. This theme is key to the story, and it takes a solid look at AI and their interactions with humans (including the idea that humans are predisposed to fear Teks because of how often fiction portraye... »

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... »

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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