June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

It’s the week leading up to E3, and everyone is waiting to see what Nintendo will announce. In the meantime, here are this week’s announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Marketing materials have confirmed NBA 2K19 for the Switch. In an interview with Game Informer, the Octopath Traveler producer said their division will focus on original titles for the Switch if Octopath Traveler does well. The Kickstarter-funded action RPG Wild Mage: Phantom Twilight will come to consoles, including the Switch. Mushroom Wars 2 is coming to the Switch on July 5 and a trailer is availab... »

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... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 18

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 18

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... »

May 27 – June 2: Nintendo News Bytes

May 27 – June 2: Nintendo News Bytes

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... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 17

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 17

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... »

May 20 –  May 26: Nintendo News Bytes

May 20 – May 26: Nintendo News Bytes

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... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 16

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 16

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... »

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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... »

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