Welcome to the 18th issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at the video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. What are some of the Nintendo games that came out this week in video game history? Let’s take a look… May 27 – Dragon Quest begins. The Dragon Quest series has been around for quite a while, ever since the original Dragon Quest launched in Japan on May 27, 1986. It established the basic template for what we now call JRPGs, and the series has become quite popular. Now we’re waiting for news on the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI… May 28, 29, and 30 – Splatoon is released. Splatoon got its start three years ago, on May 28... »
As we approach the end of May, we’re treated to a host of Pokémon news, among other announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Pokémon Quest, a free-to-play action RPG, is available now from the Switch eShop and will be coming to mobile devices in June. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will launch worldwide on November 16, along with a special Poké Ball Plus device. The next core Pokémon game teased last year at E3 will be out in the second half of 2019. Sega has announced Team Sonic Racing for all major platforms, to be released this winter... »
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at some of the Nintendo games that released during this week in years past. What gaming anniversaries will we celebrate this week? May 20, 24, and 25 – Mario Tennis Open is released across all regions. As we look forward to Mario Tennis Aces, we can celebrate Mario Tennis Open, which came out for the 3DS on May 20, 2012 in North America, May 24 in Japan and Australasia, and May 25 in Europe. This 3DS Mario Tennis game saw a mediocre reception, as did the next Mario Tennis game, leading fans to see Mario Tennis Aces as potentially redeeming the series. May 23 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 is released. On May 23, 2010, Nintend... »
As we approach the end of May, new announcements continue to come out. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Nintendo announced the “Switch 2nd Unit Set” for Japan, a dockless unit that includes only the Switch, Joy-Cons, and Joy-Con straps. A deck-building roguelite RPG called A Long Way Down has been announced for the Switch and PC, for $14.99. Resident Evil 7 is coming to the Switch in Japan on May 24 as Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Edition, a version that will be streamed from the cloud with a 180-day subscription. Nurse Love Addiction is also coming to the eShop in Japan o... »
Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look at video game anniversaries throughout the past week. Which past game releases can we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look at a few. May 13 – Super Mario RPG comes to North America. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was the first Mario RPG, and it came to North America on May 13, 1996. This unusual collaboration, a Mario game developed by Square, not only paved the way for future RPG series like Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, but is to many fans the best of the Mario RPGs. It also introduced new characters such as Geno and Mallow, whom fans are still hoping to see more from to this day. May 15 – E... »
Last week was filled with intriguing Nintendo announcements, and this week also saw lots of interesting news. Nintendo Switch News FuRyu has announced Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero for the Switch. It will be out on October 25 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet. A competitive sports game called Super Sportmatchen will be out for the Switch and PC on May 24 for the United States and Japan, and on June 1 in Europe. It will cost $14.99 and feature local four-player multiplayer for ten different sports events. Check out the announcement trailer. If you enjoyed Cat Quest, you’ll be pleased to know that Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire has been announced for the Switch, PS4, and PC.... »
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 ... »
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After our interview about Quest of Dungeons, Upfall Studios sent us a review code for the Switch version so we could delve into the depths of its dungeons for ourselves. Quest of Dungeons is a turn-based dungeon crawler, although it does not make use of a menu the way many turn-based RPGs do. Instead, each action you take uses up a turn, whether it’s moving step by step through the dungeon or attacking enemies. This is a fun system that lets you fight quickly while still taking time to think through your actions. You pick your class at the start of the game, and that will determine the types of basic attack you can use. As you explore and defeat enemies, you’ll often find skill b... »
36 Fragments of Midnight is a procedurally generated 2D platformer. You play a white glowing square named Midnight, and the game begins with your shadowy friends asking you to find their 36 lost Star Fragments. The game has a pleasant aesthetic design, with black platforms and obstacles against a blue nighttime background. The 36 fragments are scattered throughout the single level the game takes place in. It’s a somewhat large level, with no map to guide you, and it is procedurally generated every time. Your goal is to gather all 36 fragments without dying and then return to the place you started to deliver them. The controls are quite simple. Midnight can jump and double jump, and you... »
League of Evil is a 2D platformer designed for quick gameplay sessions. While some platformers feature large stages to explore, League of Evil opts instead to feature a multitude of tiny levels. Each can be completed within seconds, and the game ranks you at the end of each level based on your completion time. However, they’re often quite challenging, which forces you to try repeatedly before you can finally reach the end. With 140 levels to play through, League of Evil provides plenty of content despite its quick levels. The game’s premise is simple. Rather than a lengthy introduction, you’re simply told you need to defeat nefarious scientists and placed into the levels to... »
After our interview about Phantom Trigger and its Nintendo Switch release, tinyBuild games sent us a review code so we could dive into this “hardcore neon slasher” and see what it’s all about. Phantom Trigger is a hack-and-slash game focused on exploring dungeons and defeating difficult enemies, and there’s more to this game than is first apparent. In Phantom Trigger, you wield three different weapons, each of which is controlled by one of the Switch’s face buttons. The fourth face button lets you dash to evade attacks or quickly move across the map. Each of the three weapons has strengths and weaknesses, as well as its own neon color used for certain color-base... »
With its bright, colorful graphics, upbeat soundtrack composed by David Wise, and cartoonish animal protagonists, Sumo Digital’s Snake Pass immediately calls to mind classic 3D platformers. However, while Snake Pass is a puzzle platform game, its gameplay is quite different from most entries in the genre because the main character can’t jump. The game stars a snake named Noodle and his hummingbird friend Doodle. They’re on a quest to save their home, although a bare minimum of story details are given to send the duo on their quest. Doodle can give Noodle a tiny boost, but for the most part, you’ll be slithering and winding your way through various obstacles and hazard... »
As you start a new game, an ominous voice says the game’s name: “Vaccine.” You take control of either a male or female character, grab the knife on the ground, and venture out to explore a creepy mansion filled with zombie-like creatures and other monstrosities. Vaccine’s classic Resident Evil inspiration is visible everywhere, right down to its graphics and awkward tank controls. Your friend has been infected, and it’s up to you to search the mansion for the vaccine… or rather, the antidote, but “Vaccine” makes for a cooler game title. Since you have to make it back before your friend succumbs to the infection, you’re on a timer. It star... »
Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale was a game no one saw coming, a crossover between the rarely-localized PopoloCrois JRPG series and the farming simulation series Story of Seasons. Set in between the original two PopoloCrois games, the story begins on Prince Pietro’s 13th birthday. When he leaves his world behind in search of a way to stop the mysterious “black beasts” threatening PopoloCrois, he finds himself trapped in the barren world of Galariland. His only hope to save both worlds from darkness is to restore the four Farms of Light and revive the goddess Galariel. Considering its premise, you might expect it to be evenly divided between its PopoloCroi... »
Near the end of June, at the Gamelab gaming event in Spain, Ratalaika Games revealed that it would be bringing Baroque Decay’s horror adventure game The Count Lucanor to the Nintendo Switch. The Count Lucanor follows a young boy named Hans who enters a spooky castle in the hopes of earning wealth by passing a kobold’s trial. Intrigued by this spooky game, we got in touch with Baroque Decay to learn a little more about The Count Lucanor. According to its description, The Count Lucanor was inspired by games like The Legend of Zelda and Silent Hill, which is quite an intriguing combination. Why did you decide to combine these styles? Well, we didn’t decide that, we just simply... »
After a successful Square Enix Collective campaign, Magnus Games opened up the Kickstarter for Re:Legend, their upcoming monster-raising RPG. Since a Switch release is also planned, we got in touch with Magnus Games to learn a little more about Re:Legend. First, let’s talk about the title. “Re:Legend” certainly calls to mind other JRPG titles, but what does it mean in the context of the game? The title means the Reborn of a Legend. It has something to do with the main story which we’re not going to spoil too much right now. 😉 There’s also a hidden meaning behind the title outside of the game’s context where it was a reborn of a project we used to call “Legend of Lumin... »
Back in April, the indie developer Ore Creative announced that after they contacted Nintendo with interest about bringing their adventure game Ira to the Switch, their hope became a reality. Act 1: Pilgrimage will be out for the Switch as well as other platforms later this year. We got in touch with Ore Creative to learn a little more about this intriguing adventure game. Ira is an adventure game, but it sounds as though it isn’t the traditional point-and-click interface found in many adventure games. How would you describe Ira’s gameplay? That’s very true, Ira isn’t your standard point and click adventure, it’s a hybrid. Ira started with a basic point and click mechanics system, but w... »
At Anime Expo 2017, it was announced that the 3DS horror game Creeping Terror would be brought West later this year. Creeping Terror is an exploration-driven game about a girl named Arisa who goes to an old mansion with her friends and later finds herself all alone. After the announcement, we got in touch with Sushi Typhoon Games to learn more about Creeping Terror. As a big fan of horror games, I was excited to see the announcement that Creeping Terror is coming West for the 3DS. Hello, this is Yoichi Sumida of Sushi Typhoon Games. Thank you for your interest in Creeping Terror. As a video game producer, I am very happy to know via SNS that so many overseas gamers are interested in the titl... »
Blasphemous, a dark action platformer being developed by The Game Kitchen and funded through Kickstarter, was recently announced for consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. After this announcement, we got in touch with The Game Kitchen to learn a little more about Blasphemous, its themes, and its Nintendo Switch release. First, congratulations both on your Kickstarter’s incredible success so far and on getting a partner for a simultaneous console release for Blasphemous. According to your Kickstarter, gameplay influences for Blasphemous include Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Castlevania, and Dark Souls. What can fans expect from Blasphemous’s gameplay? Thank you! We are still in a very early prototypin... »