March 18 – March 24: This Week in Nintendo News

March 18 – March 24: This Week in Nintendo News

Between the Nindies showcase and GDC 2018, this week was filled with announcements. Nindies Showcase On Tuesday, Nintendo held a Nindies Showcase, highlighting some of the indie games coming to the Switch. If you missed it, you can check out the full presentation below. Although short, this showcase still had some great announcements. First, the highly-praised action stealth game Mark of the Ninja is being remastered. Mark of the Ninja Remastered will be out this fall. Next, the fighting game Fantasy Strike is coming to the Switch this summer. It features unusual weapons, such as paint or time, and emphasizes strategy over button-mashing. Also coming this summer is Just Shapes & Beats, a... »

Kirby Star Allies – Watch Our Let’s Play [Nintendo Switch]

Kirby Star Allies – Watch Our Let’s Play [Nintendo Switch]

Watch our Let’s Play of Kirby Star Allies for Nintendo Switch! Product provided by Nintendo! Visit our playlist! Join Eddy as he befriends enemies in Kirby Star Allies for the Nintendo Switch! About the Game: The pink puff is back—in HD—and he’s not alone. Kirby™ is back—and he’s finally on the Nintendo Switch console in HD! But this time, he’s not alone. Recruit enemies by hitting them with hearts and gather helpers for a party of up to four characters. On top of that, you can join with up to three friends for a different kind of team-up action! Features: The newest Kirby title comes to the Nintendo Switch console in HD Recruit up to three enemies as helpers by hitti... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 7

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 7

Welcome to our seventh week of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take look back at notable events that took place this week in Nintendo history. March 11 – Chrono Trigger is released in Japan. Chrono Trigger is one of the biggest names in the JRPG genre, and on March 11, 1995, the original version was released in Japan. Designed by a “dream team”  (Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yuji Horii, and Akira Toriyama), it became a best-seller in Japan, went on to be a huge success worldwide, and is still considered to be one of the best games in the genre. March 13 – Attack of the Friday Monsters! is released in Japan. If you haven’t heard of this one, that’s because itR... »

An Interview With the Developers of YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

An Interview With the Developers of YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is a stylish RPG coming to the Switch this year, and we got in touch with Ackk Studios to learn more about it. Check out one of the trailers for a taste of what this strange game is like, and then read on for our interview. From its style, YIIK brings to mind games like Persona and EarthBound, but the demo description also called out Paper Mario, Wild Arms, and Lufia 2. What inspirations from these games went into YIIK? I really like this question! Wild Arms is essentially a spaghetti western remake of Lufia 2. Story beats, interface, and gameplay. We really liked how both games had a unique take on the RPG dungeon. So, in Final Fantasy you essentially have hallways a... »

The Alliance Alive – The Recon Guild Tower [Nintendo 3DS | Atlus]

The Alliance Alive – The Recon Guild Tower [Nintendo 3DS | Atlus]

Product provided by Atlus. Join Eddy as he previews The Alliance Alive for the Nintendo 3DS! The game launches in North America on March 27th! General Info About the Game: -The Alliance Alive is a standalone RPG developed by FuRyu, makers of The Legend of Legacy and The Caligula Effect. -Story / character development is a major focus – the game includes 9 (maybe more!) playable characters; up to 5 characters can participate in a battle at any given time. Characters can be placed in various formations to maximize offense, defense, or support, and a combination of 8 weapon types and unique sorcery and sigil abilities. -With writing by Yoshitaka Murayama, game design by Kyoji Koizumi, a vision ... »

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... »

March 11 – March 17: This Week in Nintendo News

March 11 – March 17: This Week in Nintendo News

Last week was filled with excitement thanks to the Nintendo Direct. And even though we just had a Nintendo Direct, indie game fans have another event to look forward to next week! Nintendo has announced that on March 20 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET, there will be a new Nindies Showcase. Tune in 3/20 at 9am PT for a #Nindies Showcase highlighting the hottest upcoming indie games for #NintendoSwitch! Watch it live here: https://t.co/qcN9Tqh7LZ pic.twitter.com/nbbW5w49uQ — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 16, 2018 Nintendo Switch News The version 5.0.0 system software update is now available for the Switch. This update adds friend suggestions based on link Facebook and Twitter accoun... »

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Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Review)

Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Review)

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... »

Disgaea 5 Complete – Nintendo Switch (Review)

Disgaea 5 Complete – Nintendo Switch (Review)

Thanks to NIS America for providing the product for review. Intro Disgaea 5 Complete is a tactical based strategy RPG for the Nintendo Switch. It previously graced the PS4 however the Nintendo Switch version includes all 8 bonus scenarios, four of the fan favorite characters, and three classes that were all part of the DLC for the PS4 release: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengence.  This really is the complete version, chocked full of great RPG content! Disgaea 5 Complete releases May 23rd which seems like a perfect time for gamers. With many Switch fans transitioning from Breath of the Wild, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Disgaea 5 Complete is the perfect fit to solve that craving for RPG gaming. The S... »

Reviewed: Pocket Card Jockey

Reviewed: Pocket Card Jockey

When Game Freak decided to make a game about an aspiring jockey, they realized the one thing horse racing games have been missing all these years: solitaire. In Pocket Card Jockey for the Nintendo 3DS, you play a young jockey whose first attempt to race a horse ends in a fatal accident. However, thanks to an angel who enjoys horse races, you’re given a second chance at life with a special power that lets you channel your solitaire skills into racing. Horse racing and solitaire might not seem like the most obvious combination, but Pocket Card Jockey makes it work. In each leg of the race, you use the touchscreen to position your horse and gather energy, and then you play a round of golf... »

Reviewed: Metroid Prime Federation Force

Reviewed: Metroid Prime Federation Force

  Personally, I am a fan of the Metroid Prime series, and I was waiting impatiently to get the new Metroid Prime Federation Force last week. I might have been the first to get to the store to pick my copy. Now I have completed all missions; I’ll share with you some of what I’ve learned and some tricks. The Story I am not giving up much detail to avoid spoiling the game for you. In the Metroid Prime world, this is one of the most engaging stories released until now. 22 missions were enough to keep me entertained for a while. It is consistent with Samus’ storyline, but if you are not familiar with the original game, you can still enjoy the story. There are some differences if you play sol... »

Reviewed: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Reviewed: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has changed a lot over the years, and one of the biggest changes in Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is right in the title. You won’t be fighting Donkey Kong. Instead, you’ll guide mini versions of Mario, Donkey Kong, Peach, Toad, or Pauline through a series of puzzles. There are four main modes, but the basic gameplay remains the same in each. Your Minis move on their own, and you must lay down paths for them to follow to the door. In Mario’s Main Event, random tiles are dispensed for you to use to create your path. Puzzle Palace gives you a set number of tiles instead, while Many Mini Mayhem fills the board with tiles you must arra... »

Reviewed: SEGA 3D Classics Collection on 3DS

Reviewed: SEGA 3D Classics Collection on 3DS

Game Review of SEGA 3D Classics Collection Release Date: April 26th, 2016 NA Publisher: SEGA Retail: $29.99      – Recommended! Classics will always be excellent games. Sega has brought us the best possible remake of 9 classics. In general, all games are just the old classics but with 3D features now. The possibility to save game plays for later in any of the games makes it possible to have better achievements over time. The replay option is also useful to share with friends the most amazing moves and plays. To watch them in 3D makes it especially attractive, and the fast forward option is catchy. After playing them all, I’ll share my best picks. Like many of you after playin... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Count Lucanor

An Interview With the Developers of The Count Lucanor

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... »

An Interview With the Developers of Re:Legend

An Interview With the Developers of Re:Legend

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... »

An Interview With the Developers of Ira

An Interview With the Developers of Ira

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... »

An Interview With the Developers of Creeping Terror

An Interview With the Developers of Creeping Terror

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... »

An Interview With the Developers of Blasphemous

An Interview With the Developers of Blasphemous

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... »

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