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No GravatarNintendo surprised many people back at E3 2010 with the reveal of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It was a radical departure for the series and one that many were surprised by, yet the game was incredibly well received.  It may not have been a traditional Kirby game but it was a fun experience. Then Nintendo and Good Feel surprised everyone with Yoshi’s Wooly World, a game that took the same ideas and applied them to Yoshi, where it fit better. Not only was this game well received, but it is getting a sequel next year.

Now we come to the Starfy series. The series was mostly Japan exclusive until the 5th game and after that, the series went dead. It was a cutesy platformer series dubbed as “marine action”. It also made use of costumes and transformations during gameplay to alter the experience. Why do I bring this up? Because the Starfy series would be the perfect choice to receive a Yarn style game. The Yarn games are known for their cutesy look, and innovative gameplay, and have opened peoples’ eyes to new possibilities in gaming. The Starfy series could be successfully revived with this type of game, considering the new attitudes players now have.

In addition, the style would work wonderfully with Starfy, as the Yarn world could be made in a way that incorporates the mechanics of the Starfy series, including the costume transformations and the “marine action”. This could actually be a Yarn game that truly shows off new environments and ideas that people have not otherwise thought of. Most importantly, Starfy is unlikely to return as of now, but I feel the series has potential still. Transitioning the series into a new style like this could not only revive it successfully, but also give it the attention it deserves from gamers. The series just deserves better than what it got.

The other part of this is that a revival like this could also inspire Nintendo to revive other dormant IPs in new ways. It may not be apparent at first, but many games can succeed if they are just presented differently.

I would like to know what you all think of this. Please share your thoughts and I will respond to them.

 

 

The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Sep, 2017 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Zerodiv previously brought arcade games Strikers 1945 and Gunbarich to Switch, and has now outlined other arcade ports they will be bringing to the system.

Zerodic will next be bringing the 3D shooter Zero Gunner 2 to Switch, “sooner rather than later”.  They will also be bringing an entry in the Sengoku series and then a game from the Gunbird and Strikers 1945 franchises at some point this year. It is also noteworthy that Zerodiv seems to have plans that go beyond ports, and it seems they have something original in the works as well.

 

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Double Dragon is a beloved beat em up franchise that has endured for years. When I was young, I would play Double Dragon II on NES with my older brothers all the time, and it was great fun. However, some of the later games were not as good, such as Double Dragon III on NES, and when Double Dragon V came out on the SNES, it was just bizarre. It was a fighting game and while it had its good points, it wasn’t particularly good as a fighting game. Most agreed that the series should be strictly a beat em up, but thankfully Tecnos did not agree.

1994 was the year that Double Dragon was adapted into a poorly received movie. That movie, received a video game adaptation that stood out. Most video game adaptations of movies are not great and games based on movies based on fighting games…..well you all remember Street Fighter: The Movie :The Game. Double Dragon for Neo Geo was something else entirely, as it was an SNK style fighting game, and was also the last game Tecnos made before going under.

It was criticized as generic and poorly designed at first, but like many other hidden gems, it has aged very well. The fighting is well done, and even though the announcer has poor English even by fighting game standards, the game has a lot of charm, It is remarkably well polished and has animations that are better than many fighting games from the last 15 years. The stages feel different than stages in fighting games from today, and all feel like unique. For instance, Dulton’s stage starts with him jet skiing to the platform while the jet ski continues going off in the background till it crashes into a building that explodes. That is not the only example, however, as the backgrounds all had something going on that felt unique. . Each fighter while having some generic moves, still felt unique in their own way like Burnov, a character from Double Dragon II. It made great use of the camera view and even helped make a few visual innovations for fighting games.

Forgive me for my fandom heresy, but this is actually my favourite game in the series and as the last game Technos made before they went under, it was an excellent game to leave on. I would love it if this could be brought to modern systems, even though some changes would need to be made.  With proper online support, this could even develop a scene around it and that would be amazing, since more people should experience the awesomeness of Double Dragon on Neo Geo!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:40 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Arc System Works is going all out to celebrate Kunio Kun.  Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection has been announced for  release on Nintendo Switch, PS4 Xbox One and Steam in 2018.

This collection will contain all 11 Famicom games as well as the 4 NES variants. In addition there will be online play! No word on an English version yet.

 

Hopefully the Super Famicom games also get such a collection and receive a localization. They were certainly amazing.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow’s Neo Geo game for Switch is now known. The classic fighting game, Art of Fighting will be coming to the system.

 

The 1st 100 Mega Shock Series title! Experience ultra-realistic battles!

“ART OF FIGHTING” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1992.

Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia fight against numerous enemies to to free Yuri Sakazaki who was kidnaped by a mysterious person.This game is known as an ambitious title via the introduction of spirit gauge and representation on characters of the damage received by the enemy.

The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces.

Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

Will you be picking this up tomorrow?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

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Who remembers the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch? If you do, you may be interested in knowing that a new Sabrina series is in the works at the CW. Except, this is not Sabrina as you remember her.

 

The hourlong drama reimagines the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft, naturally. The new iteration is described as in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is penning the adaptation, which is being eyed as a companion for Riverdale that would potentially debut in the 2018-19 TV season. He will exec produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger, who will direct the pilot should the project move forward. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.

 

 

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina also represents a homecoming of sorts for the character of Sabrina Spellman. Melissa Joan Hart memorably played the character in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The half-hour, produced by Viacom Productions, ran on ABC for four seasons before moving to The WB its final three seasons. The comedy wrapped in 2003, three years before The WB would merge with UPN to become The CW.

In recent years, Archie has been playing up the horror aspects of Sabrina in various comics. This TV show has a lot of potential, and is one to keep your eyes on.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 11:24 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some big news. Nintendo Switch is officially launching in Taiwan and South Korea.

 

The launch lineup in Korea includes, Super Mario Odyssey, 1-2 Switch, Disgaea 5, Skyrim, Monster Hunter XX, Ultra Street Fighter 2, Super Bomberman R, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sonic Forces, Fate Extella, Xenoblade 2 and Wonderboy. It will be released Dec 1.

 

It will launch in Taiwan on the same day for NTD 9,780.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 11:18 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

The Nazis have taken over America. They’ve turned Manhattan into a wasteland. They’ve walled off New Orleans and are systematically purging the city, burning people and homes to the ground. And they brazenly walk the streets of small-town USA – going where they want, taking what they want and behaving however they please. But this is not BJ Blazkowicz’s America. The United States will never be broken – especially with BJ on the job, rallying the Resistance and igniting a revolution. Watch the Resistance rise up to strike fear in the Nazis in the latest trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the highly-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order, will be available worldwide on October 27, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

You can see the trailer below

 

Wolfenstein II looks amazing and this new trailer is incredible. Will you be buying the game?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 07:30 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarInti Creates sent out the following

 

 

The “Gal*Gun” games are unique shooting games where you control a protagonist who has become popular beyond control. He must fend off approaching girls with his Pheromone Shot in order to find love with his destined partner before it’s too late.

Since the first “Gal*Gun” was released in 2011, there have been two other entries to the series. The second title, “Gal*Gun Double Peace,” was the first released outside of Japan. “Gal*Gun VR,” released in August this year, brought the series to a new dimension. “Gal*Gun” games have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide, bringing laughs, shenanigans, and pantsu to fans around the world!

 

Now, with the fourth “Gal*Gun” title, Inti Creates decided it’s finally time to make the leap to “Gal*Gun 2?! With the same silly and irreverent style, but new characters and mechanics, “Gal*Gun 2? represents a big step forward for the series. Big enough for a number, even!

“Gal*Gun 2? will be available this winter on the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch platforms! More details about the game will be revealed as time goes on, so stay tuned!

Lastly, we’ve got some great news for the diehard fans out there! This week is the Tokyo Game Show, and Inti Creates will be there in force with a playable demo of the Playstation 4 version of “Gal*Gun 2?! Trust us when we say it will be an “experience”! We’ve also got special events and even swag to hand out at the booth, so if you’ll be there, definitely come by!

Well this is a nice surprise. Are there any fans of Gal Gun here? If so, will you be getting this?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Sep, 2017 At 06:47 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Konami is teasing news for Super Bomberman R. Yesterday, the image above was posted on the series’ official Facebook page, and the following was said : “…!”

Also added in the comments: “Hmmm why would we post this….”

Konami may announce something new at Tokyo Game Show this week. We will keep you updated.

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