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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayFoward Technologies has revealed that Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest, the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half Genie Hero, will launch on August 29th.

 

Shantae Half-Genie Hero was an amazing game, and this expansion/dlc will no doubt be incredible. We will have a review shortly after launch.

Are you excited?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 03:57 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Crunching Koalas is bringing two new games to the Switch. These games are Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition and Butcher. Lichtspeer is “an unforgiving fast-paced lightspear-throwing simulator set in an ancient germanic future.” The Switch version has a new and exclusive co-op mode that has been added in. Butcher,  previously released on other platforms, is a tough 2D shooter that  has players taking on enemies and defeating them in all sorts of ways.

 

You can see trailer for the games below.

 

These are great looking games and it is awesome that they are coming to the Switch. The system is really building itself a decent library of indie games and that is awesome.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 10:06 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Sonic hasn’t had a good time as of late. Many of his games have been lacking and the fans have been divided. There were many who felt Sonic belonged in the past……and others took inspiration from that idea. Sega had worked with indie developers on ports and remasters of the original Sonic games in the last few years. These games were well received, and thus an idea was born, a new game would be made from a remix of classic levels with new ideas and content. The result is Sonic Mania, a game that returned to the past and proved why we fell in love with Sonic.

Sonic Mania is a beautiful tribute to the original games, and serves as a what if? type game, for what kind of Sonic we may have seen on the 32x or Sega Saturn. New ideas such as the drop dash are brought in and they fit wonderfully with the gameplay The new stages and content feel right at home in a Sonic game, and I have to give a lot of credit to the developers for doing this so well. In addition, the games pays homage to various Sega and Sonic games in a variety of ways, from small shoutouts, to a major point that I will not mention due to spoilers. The game definitely keeps things fresh and changes things at the right pace.

There are some issues, namely the Switch version has some delay when interacting with the home button and share button, and there are some bugs that still managed to seep through. It can get annoying but I have not personally noticed anything gamebreaking just yet.

One thing I must comment on is how the game has so much replayability to it, just playing the stages gives you many ways to progress but Playing as a different character really does change things up, especially if you play as Knuckles. It adds a lot to the game, and makes me want to keep playing and experience more. From the boss battles, to the levels, there is great music and animation. The tunes in this game are great and just give you an immersive feeling.

Sonic Mania is a Sonic game that just feels right, even with the bugs. It is a well made game and looks great, and has the right mix of nostalgia and new. It really does help remind people why Sonic became an icon. This is the best Sonic game made in years and I hope Sega continues this. You should definitely check this out.

 

This game was reviews on the Nintendo Switch.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 09:08 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Here is something you may not know. There is a Puyo Puyo game mode inside Sonic Mania. You can unlock Mean Bean Mode, but you need to get gold and silver medals in the Blue Sphere extra stages first.

 

See below for a video example.

 

This game just keeps getting better and better.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAtooi  sent out the following

 

 

Atooi announced today that new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle – from the creators of Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter – is now available to download via the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand for $14.99 / €14.99.

The response from players and press has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jools Watsham, owner of Atooi and designer of Chicken Wiggle, “the variety and quality of levels players are sharing on-line is eggcellent!

Play, Create, Share!

Chicken Wiggle offers an adorable PLAY mode with 48 levels jam-packed with fun and imaginative gameplay devices and enemies, which are all available for players to utilize themselves with the built-in robust level editor in CREATE mode.

Browse a wealth of levels created by players around the world in SHARE mode, where you can download, play, and rate levels found in various categories, including Popular (highest rated), Latest, and Official Atooi (made by Atooi level designers). You can also enter your own search tags or a specific level ID to locate a friend’s level.

Chicken Wiggle looks to be an amazing game, which is no surprise given its developer’s history. Will you be checking it out?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Aug, 2017 At 11:02 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo of Canada sent out the following

 

Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colourful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $499.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con colour combination.

“Consumers in Japan and Europe have already had a strong response to Splatoon 2 bundles in their territories,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “This exclusive Walmart bundle gives people who have been waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch a great value and incentive to get splatting.”

Nintendo also announced the topic of its next Splatfest competition, which will run Sept. 1-2. Participants will pick a side to fight alongside in online Turf War battles by choosing which superpower they would prefer: flight or invisibility. Additional details about the Splatfest will be announced in the future.

The Splatfest is just one of many new elements in the slate of ongoing content updates and in-game events keeping Splatoon 2 fans engaged, with more and more players jumping into battle every day. There have already been more than 400 million online battles fought across the global player base, and after less than a month on store shelves, Splatoon 2 joins other global million-selling Nintendo Switch hits like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildMario Kart 8 Deluxe1-2-Switch and ARMS.

For additional details about Splatoon 2, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com. Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch.

This is an interesting choice for Nintendo to make, but not without precedent. We might see more retailer exclusive bundles soon.

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By John Kinsella On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:16 PM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This is the first day of the rest of your life. This opening line begins this crazy adventure., where our hero Stan is in the kitchen with his wife Pam,. They are discussing dinner, when he passes out and soon wakes up in another form. Upon landing, he is told to consult with a tree who grants him power, where after jumping into a portal, it begins. The dangerous journey through an unforgiving land.

Enemies appear and at first they run, but soon enough it doesn’t matter. They fight back, and they want you dead., and the game eventually begins locking you into battles. In this vicious game, there is no tutorial, you need to figure out how to play it and fast. Think quickly, as when you die you are sent back to the last checkpoint. Funny thing about this game, it sets you off on your journey on hard mode, and hard mode is beyond challenging. A true master might complete it…might.

In this game, you have three attacks. A quick dash which is fast but weak, a whip which draws enemies close, and a heavy attack which is clearly slow yet strong. Leveling these three up doesn’t actually help you on he surface, it just gives you more combos to unleash on your unsuspecting foes.

The characters are interesting in their own ways. You meet a few at the start and then more are peppered in. They are all a little weird and I think that is a good thing. The story of Stan is a nice diversion from the fighting chaos, and it is a story that will have you question things. It unfolds as you progress through your neon hell, and you learn how Stan is actually doing above.

You also get to collect things throughout the game. There are points where you might see something shiny. Dare you go collect it? You’ll always face more enemies, so best be healed up first. The bosses of course are all different and you will need to use all your skill to beat them. This is another unforgiving part of the game. While this game is ridiculously hard, it draws you in. It keeps you wanting to play it even if for only awhile. It punishes you but you can’t stop from coming back.

I will say that the game looks amazing as well. It’s such a shiny game and the world you explore looks great. The music however is not great. With only the title screen track and a main track it could have been better. Though the main track does change throughout the game subtly. Phantom Trigger is a game that will offer you no hand holding. But it is one that when you succeed at even a portion of, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Not a game for everyone with it’s hard hitting roguelike form, but one you may just want to try.

Phantom Trigger is available today on Steam and The Nintendo Switch. So come on, go save Stan, you get to be a Ninja in hell.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Aug, 2017 At 10:34 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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QUByte sent out the following

 

QUByte Interactive in partnership with podcast 99Vidas are very pleased to announce that we will be releasing soon 99Vidas in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

99Vidas released in Dec/2016 for PC and July/2017 for Sony Platforms: PS4, PS3 and PSVita. QUByte’s planning to release the Nintendo Switch version between Q3 and Q4 of this year (2017).

 

99Vidas captures the excitement of beat ’em ups like Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage featuring 16-bit retro graphics to bring back the nostalgia of those great classics from the 80’s and 90’s.

Unlike more traditional Beat’Em Ups, 99Vidas features two attack buttons –  Punch (fast but weak) and Kick (slow but strong), which players can alternate  to perform different combos.

Character moves, including combos, can be upgraded by spending Experience Points acquired during gameplay, expanding damage inflicted, adding elemental damage, modifying the each character,  both visually and gameplay-wise.

Key Features

  • Up to 4 players co-op
  • 11 Playable characters
  • Story Mode with 6 levels
  • 2 Bonus Levels
  • Versus Mode
  • Survival Mode
  • 6 Challenging Boss Fights
  • Multiple Upgradable skills
  • Multiple Weapons and Special Attacks

For more information, please visit: http://99vidasthegame.qubyteinteractive.com/

 

About QUByte Interactive

QUByte Interactive is an exciting new game development located in Brazil currently focused on providing consumers with the highest quality action and shooting-based arcade games. We have strategic partnerships with companies in the United States, Canada, Germany and China. These partnerships give us access to the technology for all platforms on the current market.

Copyright (C) 2017 QUByte Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

 

About 99Vidas

Created in 2010, 99Vidas is the #1 Gaming Podcast in Brazil. It brings weekly discussions on both classics and current gen videogames, as well as sharing experiences of growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. A podcast made by gamers to gamers of all ages. For more information, please visit 99vidas.com.br.com and follow us on Twitter at @99Vidas

99 VidasL The Game is an amazing beat em up and one of the best retro throwbacks ever made.

Check out the trailer here

 

You can see our review of the steam version here . We will have a review of the PS4 version soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Aug, 2017 At 11:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Frozenbyte sent out the following

 

 

Frozenbyte has released a video introducing the diverse cast of playable characters of the upcoming blast-em-up game of magic mayhem, Nine Parchments!

The cast includes eight wizarding apprentices from various backgrounds, including a surprise appearance by the master of boxes himself from the Trine series, Amadeus!

 

Nine Parchments will be playable at gamescom at the Indie Arena Booth, and at the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX West, and will be shown for the first time ever on Nintendo Switch! The demo will have four player co-op, and includes a boss battle against a dangerous, firebreathing Treasure Mantis.
In September, the Japanese version will be playable at Tokyo Game Show!
Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen commented on the playable Nintendo Switch version: “We’re huge fans of Switch here at Frozenbyte and are ecstatic to show a playable version of Nine Parchments! It’s going to be a blast in co-op!”
Nine Parchments is in the final stages of development, and set to launch later this year on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with a more precice launch date still to be announced.
About Nine Parchments
Nine Parchments is a co-operative blast ’em up game of magical mayhem from Frozenbyte!
Runaway apprentice wizards seize the opportunity to complete their spellbooks by going after the lost Nine Parchments. As the would-be wizards rapidly acquire powerful new spells without learning proper safety measures, it’s natural their hasty progress results in plenty of deadly accidents…
Nine Parchments combines real-time spell-shooting action with RPG elements – level up your character and collect magical loot, filling your wardrobe with a myriad of wizard hats and powerful staves.
Features
•  Wield the power of the elements and master a diverse and ever-changing arsenal of spells
•  Unlock new playable characters, wizard hats and magical staves
•  Level up and train your characters in the magical arts, but choose your path wisely!
•  Battle strange creatures & mighty bosses in a breathtakingly beautiful world, set in the Trine universe
•  Online and local co-op with 1-4 players
•  Coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2017
You can see the new trailer here

This game looks amazing and will no doubt be a big hit when it releases. Are you looking forward to it?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Aug, 2017 At 07:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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More games have been announced for Switch, as Unepic and Ghost will be coming to the system.

Unepic, is a 2D RPG with a mixture of platforming elements. Fans of the metroidvania genre and the IGAvanias in particular, will enjoy it.

As for Ghost, it is a Metroidvania game “where two super hackers hire a mysterious agent in order to infiltrate the Nakamura Space Station and steal the greatest electronic secret ever.”  Unepic did extremely well on Wii U, so it is likely that the games will do well on Switch also.

Are you excited for these games coming to Switch?