Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 34

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 34

Welcome to the 34th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go back through history and take a look at the video games that released for Nintendo platforms on this week over the years. September 23 – Nintendo is founded. Happy Birthday to Nintendo itself! The company, which started out selling playing cards and tried several different ventures before becoming the video game company we know and love today, was founded on September 23, 1889. That was 129 years ago. Nintendo has definitely been around for a long time. September 23 and 27 – Dragon Quest I & II are released as a bundle. As the Dragon Quest series continued, remakes were eventually made of the original two game... »

September 23 – September 29: Nintendo News Bytes

September 23 – September 29: Nintendo News Bytes

As TGS draws to a close and we head toward October, we still have many exciting announcements to discuss. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Dragon Quest XI S was officially announced. Neko Navy is coming to the Switch as Neko Navy: Daydream Edition. Little Friends: Dogs & Cats was announced for December 6 for Japan. Back in 1995, which is already out for the 3DS and PC, is now coming to the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita. Art of Balance will be ported to the Switch on October 4 for $8.99. Vertical Drop Heroes HD will also be ported to the Switch on October 4. JackQuest: Tale of the Sw... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 33

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 33

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through Nintendo’s history to celebrate some of the games that were released this week over the years. This week, we’re looking at September 16-22. September 17 – Crash Bandicoot comes to Nintendo for the first time. On September 22, 2002, the one-exclusive Crash Bandicoot series came to a Nintendo system for the first time with the GameCube release of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. It had a mixed reception, as some people felt it was too similar to the originals, and the GameCube version in particular saw unusually varying reviews. September 18 – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon comes to North America.... »

September 16 – September 22: Nintendo News Bytes

September 16 – September 22: Nintendo News Bytes

TGS is almost here, and we had another exciting week of announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch: Fortnite – Double Helix Bundle for $299.99, to be released October 5. Switch system update version 6.0.0 is now available. New Games, Ports, & Localizations Silver Chains was announced for all major platforms for spring 2019. Alwa’s Awakening will be ported to the Switch on September 27. Tricky Towers will be ported to the Switch on October 11 for $14.99. Puyo Puyo eSports was announced for Japan for October 25. Arcade Archives: VS. Excitebike was announced for Japan f... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 32

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 32

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through history at the games released for Nintendo’s platforms. This week, we’ll be looking at some of the notable game anniversaries from September 9-15. September 10 – Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge is released. While nowhere near as popular as the first two games in the series, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge came out on September 10, 2003 – and yes, that’s after Microsoft acquired Rare. Grunty’s Revenge had an overhead view, but otherwise played like its predecessors. Set in between Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, its reviews ranged from positive to mediocre, and it tends t... »

The VideoKid (Impressions)

The VideoKid (Impressions)

We received a code for The VideoKid on the Switch. The VideoKid is an homage to the 80s, both in gameplay (largely inspired by the 1985 arcade game Paperboy) and the numerous references, shout-outs, and parodies you’ll see as you play. Your goal is to deliver video tapes as you skateboard down the streets, but the town is filled with dangers. It’s an auto-runner where you need to dodge vehicles, collect coins, perform skateboarding tricks, and toss tapes at mailboxes to earn as much money as you can before you die. It’s immediately apparent that this is no easy game. You only have a single life in The VideoKid, so every time you ride into a fire hydrant or get hit by a car,... »

September 9 – September 15: Nintendo News Bytes

September 9 – September 15: Nintendo News Bytes

The second full week of September is once again filled with lots of exciting Nintendo announcements and details. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Direct News The Nintendo Direct was re-scheduled for September 13 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. It showed: Luigi’s Mansion 3 Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn (3DS) January 11 release date for Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Story (3DS) Details about the Luigi’s Mansion port (3DS) Details about the Moon Rabbit update to Yo-Kai Watch Blasters (3DS) Splatoon 2 Ver. 4.0 update Mega Man 11 details New characters for Mario Tennis Aces – September 19 Capcom B... »

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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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