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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 05:33 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Prepare for bullet-hell! Sine Mora EX, the extended version of the critically acclaimed original Sine Mora, will be out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4 on August 8th, 2017. The version for Nintendo Switch™ will follow later this summer. The game will be available as digital download for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4. A retail version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is also out on August 8th, and there will also be a retail version for Nintendo Switch™.

 

About Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot’em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

Sine Mora EX features:

  • 16:9 Aspect ratio (instead of 16:10 which is still an option)

  • Full English Voice Overs (Original Hungarian ones are still available as an option)

  • Local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode

  • 3 New versus modes: Race, Tanks, Dodgeball

  • New challenge levels

  • Improved Rendering

 

Sine Mora EX promises to be a shooter like no other. Will you be getting it when it releases?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Jul, 2017 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Ultra Street Fighter II came out a short while ago for the Switch and a new secret was just revealed.

Capcom has revealed that Shin Akuma can actually be unlocked in Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers.

The process to unlock him is as follows.

1. Select Ryu, cancel on Color 1
2. Select Ken, cancel on Color 9
3. Select Sagat, cancel on Color 8
4. Select M. Bison cancel on Color 7
5. Place the cursor on Random, press L & R at the same time

 

Capcom revealed this at Comicon today.

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By John Kinsella On 20 Jul, 2017 At 01:31 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the 90’s a new game style arose, a scary and brutal game style with games like Resident Evil coming out,showing a scary new world. Vaccine which came out on the Nintendo Switch on July 6th is trying to bring this back. In a world where graphics and beauty have become amazing, this game wants to bring back what was lost. It is really like a game from the past and while the idea is novel, it is also not really a good thing, as this style of game has aged horrendously. The characters look melty and it is hard to distinguish things. This of course is also because that is how the games in that era were, but still.

Though that isn’t to say that the game is actually bad. Vaccine tells the story of two people and one of them is always infected with a terrible virus, with you being given a half hour to save the victim before they die. The story isn’t all that important as it stays the same no matter which protagonist you choose. The whole mansion is always different after the first room where you will always find a knife. You might find a gun or other items but usually you just find the undead. You can’t just go and learn the mansion which makes the game all the more tense and strategic. One playthrough, you might even be lucky enough to instantly find the antidote.

This game is unlike other games like this though, because of an RPG like experience system. Your characters gain experience which will carry through if you win. This game also has one more twist up its sleeve. When you win, you can play again of course. But this time you will have less time and this continues to decrease with each victory. Not only does this game pose the challenge of changing up the mansion with each playthrough, but each win subtracts precious time.

Personally, I cannot for the life of me, see myself playing through this game enough times to see how many minutes get taken off, but it is an interesting idea. Certainly there will be people who play it until the clock will not drain anymore and I salute them for that drive.

While this game might have a lot going for it, it really shows how far we have come. To see a company decide to make a game in part for nostalgia shows that this is important in a way. But, honestly this style really has aged poorly. The game looks terrible blown up on a TV, but it does look good on the Switch in handheld mode. The music drives the tenseness as well, and makes it worth playing in handheld mode. CRT mode is also usable though, which brings on even more nostalgia. So turn on CRT mode and plug in some headphones and try not get to scared.

All in all, Vaccine is a game that is worth playing. If you want a cheap horror game and were a fan of 90’s horror games than this is for you. Younger gamers may not enjoy this game simply because of how it looks but it really is worth it. Really though this game could be the start of a younger gamer’s new fascination with older games and that really would be cool.

So, take your Switch, turn off the light and save your ally from the terrible virus. With only a will to succeed and a knife you will be in for a long fight.

Vaccine is out right now on the Nintendo Switch!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jul, 2017 At 10:42 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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A listing on the European eShop has revealed that next week’s Nintendo Switch Neo Geo game will be Super Sidekicks.

 

Super Sidekicks is a soccer game released by SNK in 1992. This is the very first realistic-looking soccer game released for the NeoGeo system.

Use a variety of techniques such as dribbling and passing to compete against the best teams from around the world! Take part in an exhilarating matches on your way to seizing the Champion Cup!

This is a well regarded classic for the Neo Geo and a favourite of many. Will you be getting it?

Source: Switch eShop

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jul, 2017 At 09:33 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is something interesting. Nintendo filed trademarks for four different controllers in Europe on July 18. Among these were the NES, SNES, and Switch controllers. However, in addition to these, they also filed one for the N64 controller.

What is important to note was that each filing was registered under the same goods and services category. This  is connected to physical products rather than digital, which has led to speculation that an N64 mini is coming. We need to wait and see, but what games would you want on it?

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By John Kinsella On 19 Jul, 2017 At 05:56 PM | Categorized As Featured, Games To Watch, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Picture this if you will, a young boy on Christmas opening a package to find a Nintendo Gamecube. That in and of itself is exciting but when this console is accompanied by Super Smash Brothers Melee and Pikmin this young boy knows he is in for something new. Back in 2001 I remember opening up Pikmin and popping it into my Gamecube. I was so excited to play this game, little did I know I was going to regret this excitement. Pikmin is one of those games where everything you do is critical. As a young boy I had never come across a game like it before. I had never played a game where if you do something wrong, you risk even being able to complete the game. I was and still am not the best and these types of games. It can often take the fun out of it for me.

Hey Pikmin however, feels like a great introduction to this cute series. You meet all of the wonderful Pikmin and Olimar, and it is like a simpler game that could certainly bring in new fans to the series. I am sure my younger self would have enjoyed playing this game before being dropped into an alien world. Through ultimately playing Pikmin I learned something new about games, that this kind of challenge can be good for you.

Hey Pikmin starts off like all other Pikmin games with Olimar traveling through space. He soon crashes and is told he needs to collect. This time he has to collect Sparklium and 30000 pieces of it. This is done primarily by collecting shiny buds. The game itself is a platformer like anyone knew from Nintendo and their footage. It throws out the old style in favor of a platformer and it works surprisingly well. The demo itself only shows off two levels, and both contain red Pikmin , with additionally containing Rock Pikmin as well. The Red pikmin are light and the Rock Pikmin break whatever they hit if possible, and you lead them and use them like in any other Pikmin game. Of course, you collect items that Olimar nicknames., and there is one item in the demo that made me smile.

All in all this demo is in a way like a soft reboot. Now, obviously we won’t lose the original style games but this like a simpler game to entice younger players in. Again I really think my younger self would have enjoyed playing this instead of the original Pikmin games. But honestly, I realize that Pikmin might not have become what it is today if this was its start. It is a solid game but it does leave some to be desired, then again it really isn’t meant to be all that challenging.

 

Hey Pikimin launches July 28th for the 3DS Family of Systems, the same day as Miitopia.Feel free to try out the demo and find out for yourself what you think of this new entry in the loved Pikmin series! While it may not be the best game in the series the demo is at least worth giving a chance too!He

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 04:12 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Shakedown Hawaii isn’t finished quite yet but that’s okay because VBlank is bringing their earlier game, Retro City Rampage to the Switch as well.

 

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

SURPRISE! ‘Retro City Rampage DX’ is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop! This marks the award winning send-up’s 14th(?!) platform to officially launch (I think?!).

Although ‘Shakedown: Hawaii’ is still on the way, it’s not quite finished yet. In the meantime, you can get your Nintendo Switch open world fix, with Retro City Rampage DX!

Like each port before it, it contains little tweaks that polish the game even further (I just can’t help myself!). From little things like the slightly more stylish score display, to improved enemy stomp and swimming controls, to improved lock-on targeting, and mission difficulty tweaks. If you couldn’t beat Death Cam VHS before, you’ll have a leg up on Switch!

As for Shakedown’s release, don’t worry! This surprise port hasn’t lead to any sort of delays with that. If anything, this’ll ensure that once ready, Shakedown gets through Nintendo Switch certification quickly, since our road’s been paved by RCR:DX.

The release date for RCR:DX on Switch is still being locked down. We’re aiming for next week, but if it doesn’t quite make that, hopefully it’ll land the week after.

You can see a trailer for the game here

 

Retro City Rampage is a truly awesome game and if you have not played it yet, you really should. What began as a GTA Demake, ended up becoming a love letter to classic games.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 02:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

 

Nicalis, Inc. announced today that physical copies of Tiny Barbarian DX, the company’s upcoming sword-and-sorcery platform game for Nintendo Switch, will feature a dynamic cover illustration by world-renowned artist and character designer Susumu Matsushita. The game is currently scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an MSRP of $29.99.

Mr. Matsushita is best known as the legendary artist who created cover art for hundreds of issues of Famitsu, Japan’s longest-running and most highly respected video game magazine. He is the creator of Necky the Fox, Famitsu’s mascot who appeared as a playable character in Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker via the Mario Costume mechanic.

Tiny Barbarian DX is an action-packed side-scroller that combines platform jumping with sword swinging, expertly blended with retro pixel art and loincloth-stirring chiptunes. After seeing gameplay footage and studying the production art created by StarQuail Games, Mr. Matsushita agreed that his immediately recognizable character rendering style would be perfect for the game’s box art. “Tiny Barbarian DX is a game I’d like to play,” he says, “and it’s been a while since I felt that!”

In addition to magazine covers, Mr. Matsushita’s acclaimed artwork has graced the packaging of many other video games over the past 40 years, including Motor Toon Grand Prix, Maximo and even the original Hudson’s Adventure Island for the NES and TurboGrafx-16. His Tiny Barbarian DX illustration shows the Tiny Barbarian and his counterpart Tiny Barbarina riding on the fearless Wasteland Wildcat while enemies from the game surround them on all sides!

Retail copies of Tiny Barbarian DX will also contain a full-color instruction manual that includes a featurette on the making of the box art. It describes Mr. Matsushita’s creative process, details his preferred art supplies, shows photos of him working at his drawing table and even identifies the 1960s rock instrumental that he listened to while he created the cover!

Developed by StarQuail Games and published by Nicalis, Tiny Barbarian DX is planned for release on Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2017.

 

This is really cool news, and it shows that Nicalis is really trying to make sure that the physical versions of their games on Nintendo Switch do appeal to people, with various incentives like this.

 

Will you be buying it?

 

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jul, 2017 At 12:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Ubisoft released its financial results today, and CEO Yves Guillemot revealed something interesting during the briefings call.  Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is coming next month, but the CEO has revealed that the publisher will also be announcing new Switch games “quite soon”. No further details were given,

We know that, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, Monopoly, and Just Dance 2018 are planned, so it will be interesting to see what else gets announced.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo Downloads for North America

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Miitopia: Casting Call Demo – Get ready to be the star of the show! In this free demo available now, pick some pre-made Mii characters or create your own. Assign each character a role and then cast them in one of three different in-game video trailers for upcoming RPG Miitopia game. With humor, intrigue and adventure, the video trailers will keep you wanting more until the game launches on July 28.

Hey! PIKMIN – Demo Version – The first Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS is launching on July 28! Try out this new type of Pikmin game before the game launches by downloading this free demo, available now. Use the touch screen to throw Pikmin into action, solve environmental puzzles and survive hostile wildlife. Game in 2D.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at: http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities:

My Nintendo Rewards: Sink Your Teeth Into Castlevania Discount Rewards! – Brace yourselves for horrifying news, vampire hunters: My Nintendo is scaring up fantastic rewards to help you get your hands on the first three Castlevania series NES games. Redeem your My Nintendo points to get 40 percent discounts on each these classic games, available for digital download via the Virtual Console service on both the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems:

Castlevania – Step into the shadows of the deadliest dwelling on earth. You’ve arrived at Castlevania, and you’re here on business. Take arms as Simon Belmont in this first chapter of the original Castlevania series. Battle your way to Dracula’s chamber and to the ultimate duel of good versus evil.

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Guide Simon Belmont in his quest to discover Count Dracula’s five missing body parts. Upon finding these gruesome items, proceed to Dracula’s Castle. Confront the villain and end the curse cast upon the Belmont family once and for all.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – In the third chapter of the Castlevania series that released on the original NES console, Trevor Belmont must take arms against the young but immortal Dracula. Use powers to transform into three different spirits, as well as an assortment of weapons to confront an army of horrors.

For more info, visit my.nintendo.com.

My Nintendo Rewards: ARMS Wallpapers – To celebrate the first DLC release for the ARMS game, My Nintendo is offering three new ARMS wallpapers to download.
Wallpaper – ARMS – Spring Man
Wallpaper – ARMS – Min Min
Wallpaper – ARMS (black)

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Hey! PIKMIN: Adventure Together

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY SPECIAL (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
I and Me (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
De Mambo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Death Squared (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Levels+ : Addictive Puzzle Game (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Asdivine Cross (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Cursed Castilla (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Bit Dungeon Plus (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
BOX UP (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

 

Source: Nintendo PR