Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 25

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 25

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip through video game history and look at the video games that came out this week over the years. Let’s take a look. July 22 – The Thousand-Year Door is released. After the success of Paper Mario, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems followed up with a sequel. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door first came out on July 22, 2004 in Japan. It was a huge success, taking pretty much everything the original did and doing it better. Fans are still waiting for a true successor to it… July 24 – Wario Land: Shake It! is released. On July 24, 2008, Wario Land: Shake It! came out for the Wii in Japan, the first game with the... »

July 22 – July 28: Nintendo News Bytes

July 22 – July 28: Nintendo News Bytes

A new week means another seven days’ worth of Nintendo announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. We’ll update this post throughout the week. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo has announced a third Nintendo Labo kit, the Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit, which will launch on September 14 for $69.99. New Games, Ports, & Localizations The rhythm fighting game Phrasefight is coming to the Switch. Megaton Rainfall is coming to new platforms, including the Switch on August 9. The action-adventure game Incredible Mandy is coming to the Switch in addition to the PC. The rhythm game Cytus is being remade for the Switch as Cytus Alpha. Warlocks II... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 24

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 24

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back to see which video games came out this day in history for the current week. We’ve got a couple iconic ones to talk about this week. Let’s take a look… July 15 – Nintendo releases the Famicom. It all began on July 15, 1983, when the Famicom hit the shelves in Japan. Two more years would pass before it came to the west as the NES, but this marked the beginning of the Nintendo platforms we love today. Of course, many classic NES titles share this anniversary as well. July 16 – Shin Megami Tensei IV comes to North America. After the success of Strange Journey, the next numbered Shin Megami Tensei ti... »

July 15 – July 21: Nintendo News Bytes

July 15 – July 21: Nintendo News Bytes

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with another week of Nintendo news! Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations The real-time thriller STAY is coming to the Switch this summer. The story-driven puzzle game WILL: A Wonderful World is also coming to the Switch this year. N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure is coming to the Switch both physically and digitally on October 26, with a new trailer available. South Park: The Stick of Truth will be on the eShop by September. Redeemer: Enhanced Edition is coming to consoles in August for $24.99 on the Switch, with an announcement trailer available n... »

Top Three Differences Between Limbo and Inside

Top Three Differences Between Limbo and Inside

In addition to the code for our Inside review, Playdead also sent us a review for coverage of Limbo, their first 2.5D platformer that came to the Switch at the same time as Inside. At first glance, Limbo and Inside seem quite similar. They’re both dark side-scrolling games with puzzles to solve and enough ambiguity to keep fans speculating and theorizing. However, they actually do have a few key differences that distinguish them, and a fan of one won’t necessarily love the other. Let’s take a look at three important differences between Limbo and Inside. Art Style This is the simplest difference and also the one you’ll notice first. Both opt for similar approaches in t... »

The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Three on the Switch. The third and final entry of this point-and-click adventure game series brings Bwana’s story to a close. Chapter Three more or less assumes you’ve played the first two chapters already, as it tosses you right into the thick of the story. Bwana, Kito, and Lina finally learn what the Armando Power Company is planning and split up to put an end to their nefarious plans. It’s a noticeably more story-driven this time around, with a greater focus on lore, more cutscenes, and a story that feels epic despite being shorter than Chapter Two. Unfortunately, if you play these games for their gameplay, you migh... »

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Two on the Switch. The second entry in this point-and-click adventure game trilogy picks up where Chapter One left off, with Bwana, Kito, and Lina in a bit of a predicament after their ill-judged escape in Bwana’s plane. While there are a few different locations in this one, the bulk of the game takes place in Port Artue, where the trio is detained by the corrupt police because of the book they have. Despite a more serious tone to the story, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is still filled with humorous moments and a new selection of wacky characters to interact with. The characters and backgrounds mesh better this time around and ha... »

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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,... »

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... »

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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