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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 02:29 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard sent out the following

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with lots of wintry events in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. Whether you’re looking for a new Brawl experience in Overwatch or you just want to kick back and enjoy Winter’s Veil, we’ve got you covered.

 

OVERWATCH WINTER WONDERLAND

December 12 January 1

 

In Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017, group up with friends new and old and see if you can hunt down the Yeti—and do it in style with the newest seasonal cosmetic additions.

 

New Brawl: Yeti Hunt

This season’s Brawl is a 5v1 experience, pitting five Mei “Hunters” against one “Yeti” Winston. The Yeti must kill the Hunters five times to win; the Hunters must kill the Yeti once to claim victory. The Brawl takes place on a reskinned Nepal Village map—the perfectly snowy setting for a Yeti battle.

 

Yeti Winston has increased health and armor, making him a formidable foe. Meat packs are sprinkled around the map for him, which will fuel his ultimate. Mei has her usual abilities, but her Ice Wall and Ice Block times are reduced…and while she can freeze Yeti Winston, there’s one catch—she can only freeze him in Rage mode.

 

We’re also bringing last year’s Winter Wonderland brawl back for an encore: Mei’s Snowball Offensive!

 

Winter Wonderland Goodies

The Winter Wonderland collection features more than 140 items, including new skins like Ice Fisherman Roadhog and Avalanche Bastion.

 

To make your favorite Winter Wonderland cosmetics even easier to collect, we’ve lowered the cost of last year’s goodies; Legendary skins from 2016 are 1000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common prices have been lowered to 250, 75, and 25 credits, respectively. Winter Wonderland 2017 Legendary Skins are 3000 credits, while Epic, Rare, and Common Skins are 750, 225, and 75 credits, respectively. Alongside previous changes to goodies and cosmetics, that means it’ll be easier to nab your favorite 2016 and 2017 winter looks.

 

 

HEROES OF THE STORM WINTER VEIL

December 12 January 9

 

Bundle up and leap into the Nexus for a special Winter Veil quest chain, with special rewards for playing games during the event, from a Winter Veil 2017 Spray after 2 games to a Winter Veil 2017 Mount when you play 5 games!

 

Outside the game, you can purchase or gift the Winter Loot Chest through the Blizzard Shop. With new skins including Greatfather Winter Malfurion, Winter’s Helper Valla, and Season’s Reapings Malthael and a new Gingerbread mount, you and your friends will be warm for all of Winter Veil.

The new Foundation Bundle will also be available starting December 12, and includes 8 Heroes (E.T.C., Leoric, Greymane, Kerrigan, Li-Ming, Uther, Lúcio, and Zagara) for $20.

 

 

WORLD OF WARCRAFT FEAST OF WINTER VEIL

December 16 January 2

 

Visit the major cities of Azeroth and join in the Winter Veil seasonal celebrations! With holiday décor sprinkled across the world, it’ll be a festive experience. Check out the Giant Snow Globes in Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Dalaran.

 

You can also search for the Abominable Greench in the Hillsbrad Foothills or grab a shiny new red or green Finely Tailored Holiday Hat in several Legion dungeons and raids including the Seat of the Triumvirate and Antorus, the Burning Throne.

 

 

HEARTHSTONE WINTER’S VEIL

December 17 December 30

 

Jump into the season with Winter’s Veil–themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind, along with special seasonal emotes to spread some cheer to your opponents.

 

From December 20 – 24, stop by the Tavern for a new Brawl: Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil. Win up to three snowy Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs as you play through this chilly Brawl.

Blizzard is going all out with their games for the holidays. What are you looking forward to the most from these? Let us know!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 11:14 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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NIS America will be bringing the RPG series Fallen Legion to Switch. Previously released on PlayStation 4 and Vita as 2 games., Sins of an Empire and Flames of Rebellion, they will be released on Switch ,as one package.

 

About the Game:

Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory – Chronicles the story of Legatus Laendur and Princess Cecille. What side will you choose
to decide the fate of Fenumia?

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire – Join Princess Cecille (and a saucy, talking grimoire) on her journey home as she
fights hordes of monsters and a coup led by Legatus Laendur. A crumbling empire is in your hands. Will you restore
glory to Fenumia?

Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion – Legatus Laendur, a brilliant tactician beloved by the people, fought on the
frontlines the Fenumian Empire, but when he discovers why it is rotting from within, he vows to overthrow the royal
family. Fenumia devoured his homeland – will you fight to reclaim it?

Key Features:

– Reclaim the World of Fenumia – Follow Princess Cecille or Legatus Laendur and experience the stories of Sins of an
Empire and Flames of Rebellion.
– A Legion Under Your Command – Control four characters simultaneously and master devastating combo attacks in
furious real-time battles.
– Ascend to the Throne – While clashing with rebel armies, make split second decisions on how to rule your kingdom.
– Will you side with the mercenary Prime Legion, the palatine Council of Princes or the cabalistic March Congress?
– Magnificent 2D Artwork – From the fangs on the game’s menacing manticore to each brick in Fenumia’s castle, all of
the artwork has been hand-drawn to create a stunning world.

This is excellent news. The Switch just keeps getting more and more great RPGs, and we cannot be more happy about this. Will you be getting these games?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Dec, 2017 At 10:22 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo sent out the following

 

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $9.99.*
On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select Pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.
In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.
As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Fans also have the option to play Pokémon Crystal on a New Nintendo 2DS XL system that resembles an iconic Poké Ball. The Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. (The Pokémon Crystal game and Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system are sold separately.)
For more information about Pokémon Crystal, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-crystal-version-3ds.
*Pokémon Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is only playable in 2D.

This is a great way to start off the new year. Pokémon fans should get ready because this is one great experience.

 

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I enjoy KEMCO’s RPGs, I think I have made that very clear with my reviews. I feel that even though many follow the same pattern, they have been trying new things with their recent games that actually add something new to the experience. When I heard about their new game Y?danji, I was curious and wanted to see more. It ended up being something quite different than I expected, but this was not a bad thing in the end.

Y?danji is a throwback to the classic rougelike games of the 1980’s computer scene. It definitely is different than KEMCO’s usual fare and I must admit I was disappointed with the game at first. The more I played the game, however, the more I began to appreciate what it was. That being said, I feel this game is not for everyone as it doesn’t explain how things work and players will be confused the first time they play. A throwback game like this is really targeting a niche audience and they do that well, as Y?danji  truly is a great throwback. However, a lot of what was done then has simply not aged well in terms of game design. A throwback is not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel that in this case the game takes too much from the past.

A good throwback game will adapt what worked and abandon what doesn’t. I feel Y?danji tried to do that but ended up retaining too much of what did not work and that holds it back. This may sound surprising therefore, when I say that I would like to see KEMCO try this type of game again, as I feel they can do this right even if Y?danji did not hit the mark. I do appreciate that this is a budget title, probably due to its niche appeal, and there is good to say about the gameplay, but I feel so much more could have been done and should have been done. If KEMCO does try this again, I would encourage them to take risks, they can do their own take on the genre well.

As it stands, if you like that genre of gaming, then you might want to check it out. Despite my complaints, there is a great deal to enjoy and the throwbacks done well, were done very well. KEMCO does not get the credit they deserve for how much they try and do new things with their games.  I have a big piece of praise to give Y?danji  as well, and that is that the game has made me interested in playing some of the classic games to learn more. That is the sign of a game that has done its job well. KEMCO should receive credit for looking to diversify their games and I urge them to continue, because after playing for a while I did like what Y?danji had to offer. The unique Japanese myth inspired design to the gameplay really did offer something new and I liked it. Kudos!

Reviewed on Nintendo Switch

 

Disclaimer: A review code was provided

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 10:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

Nicalis, Inc. announces today that the eagerly awaited Nintendo Switch™ action game Runner3 will speed into retail next year. The all-new chapter of the critically acclaimed Runner series will appear in North American retail stores in early 2018 with a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Developed by Choice Provisions, Runner3 continues the endless platforming adventures of the stoic, unflappable CommanderVideo. The “hero in high tops” leaves a multicolored trail in his wake, punctuating the beat of the game’s infectious soundtrack with every step. Like Runner2, the new game will also feature the voice-acting talents of none other than Charles Martinet, legendary voice of Mario and dozens of other popular Nintendo characters.
“Some games just belong on physical cartridges, and this is clearly one of the most deserving,” says Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez. “We can’t wait for people to get their hands on Runner3—literally.”
“We know everyone’s going to love Runner3, but I’ll bet you’re going to love it even more in tiny little cartridge form,” says Choice Provisions co-founder Alex Neuse. “Just try not to lick it—play it!” adds Mike Roush, also a co-founder of Choice Provisions.
Runner3 includes some surprising new features, like branching paths, item shops and vehicles that CommanderVideo can take for a ride. The game also features new playable characters, new gameplay modes, new moves and an assortment of Hero Quests and retro challenges.
Nicalis’ retail edition of Runner3 for Nintendo Switch is currently planned for release in the first quarter of 2018. More details and a specific street date will be announced in the near future.

Nicalis is continuing to go all out with their physical versions. Kudos to them for helping indies like this.

 

Will you be getting this game physically?

Source: Nicalis PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 01:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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As we noted previously, VS. Super Mario Bros will be coming to the Switch next week.

Hamster will be bringing the arcade classic to the eShop on Dec 22. For those unaware, this was an arcade port of the original Super Mario Bros. with some alterations made to create a new experience. It is a great game, and well worthy getting.  Also a reminder, that next week, the original arcade Double Dragon will come to Switch on December 28, so there is plenty of retro greatness coming to Switch.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:44 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

Curve Digital are pleased to announce today that Human: Fall Flat has received an update on the Nintendo Switch.

This update means that local 2 player co-op, can be played on a split pair of Joy-Con controllers, as well as 2 Joy-Cons per player, or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

The Patch goes live worldwide later today, however if players proceed to the Software Update screen, they can update the title manually.

About No Brakes Games
No Brakes Games was established 2012, while the core team is together since 2007. Experience, talent and motivation are the key factors enabling such a small team to succeed.

About Curve Digital
Curve Digital is one of the world’s leading publishers of games on PC and consoles.
Since 2013, we’ve been working with some of the world’s best game developers to help bring their games to the widest possible audiences all over the world.
From celebrated indie hits like Thomas Was Alone, The Swapper, Dear Esther and The Flame in the Flood, through to brand new titles like Human: Fall Flat, Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure and Action Henk, we’re passionate about what we publish.
In July 2017 we were recognised by the celebrated Develop Industry Excellence Awards as “Publishing Hero” for our recent work.

© 2017 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are trademarks of Nintendo.

This is a great update for the game. Have you been playing yet? We will have a review up shortly.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:04 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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FDG sent out the following

 

We’re excited to announce that Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King will be available on December 21st, 2017, console-exclusive for Nintendo Switch. 

Explore a vast open game world in classic action-adventure fashion as Lily, Knight of the Rose! Slash your way through monster-infested dungeons to save the Kingdom of Blossom from eternal darkness.

A delightful mix of “Zelda” and “Princess Bride”, Blossom Tales’ narrative will unfold in the form of a fable being passed down from grandfather to grandchildren. Unable to resist their adorable plea, the old storyteller weaves a tale in which Lily, a heroic girl becomes one of the esteemed Knights of the Rose. However, that same day the evil wizard Crocus places the King into an everlasting sleep with one of his dreaded spells, forcing Lily to go on a grand quest in search of a remedy. Drawing inspiration from the beloved top-down adventure games we grew up with, Blossom Tales is a refreshing combination of classic Action-RPG gameplay and modern design. Players can expect a one-of-a-kind experience as they explore hand-crafted dungeons. The young Lily and her brother Chrys will also keep players on their toes by occasionally introducing enemies, story events, and more as they help their Grandpa tell the tale. Featuring a vibrant world to get lost in, challenging quests to complete, and memorable characters to meet, our hope is for players to feel as though they’ve been transported back to the glorious days when pixelated visuals and chiptune music captivated us for hours on end.

History

To make high quality old school games with today’s technology is Castle Pixel’s mentality. Tyler and Rob started the development of Blossom Tales in 2014 manifesting this idea. After the game got Greenlit by the Steam community, Castle Pixel reached out to FDG Entertainment to find a publisher with the same mindset. The project took big steps since then and grew into its current form, a retro action adventure with a new livery and vivid story.

Features

4 unique themed dungeons
Diverse Overworld to explore
Action focused combat
Vast amount of usable items
Vivid narration

 

This is a truly amazing looking game. We hope to have a review up sometime around launch.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 11:00 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Psyonix has announced that a retail version of Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The release dates for the version are

  • January 16 for North America

  • January 24 for Australia and New Zealand

  • January 25 for Central Europe

  • January 26 for remaining Europe, Israel, Middle East, Russia, and South Africa (players in Europe should contact their local retailer for availability details)

 

They then further noted

 

This new, physical Switch version will also be distributed by our new partner, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Dubbed Rocket League Collector’s Edition, the retail version of Rocket League on Switch will mirror those available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with an MSRP of $39.99. What’s in it? This!

  • Rocket League Full Game

  • Supersonic Fury DLC Pack

  • Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC Pack

  • Chaos Run DLC Pack

  • Aftershock DLC Car

  • Marauder DLC Car

  • Esper DLC Car

  • Masamune DLC Car

  • Customization Items inspired by DC Comics’ The Flash

  • Limited Art Print by Psyonix Concept Artist, Jay Zhang

They then commented on the pricing issue for the game.

As many of you have likely noticed, the MSRP for Rocket League Collector’s Edition is $10 more on Nintendo Switch than the same version on other platforms. As much as we tried to keep the retail price down, the reality of the Switch’s increased cartridge manufacturing costs meant that the MSRP had to be higher as well. That said, we are still VERY confident that players who join us from the retail side will get plenty of enjoyment from what Rocket League has to offer and we look forward to welcoming them to the community next month!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Dec, 2017 At 08:23 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Earlier this year the 3DS received the game, Of mice and Sand. Now the Switch will be getting the game with extra content as Of Mice and Sand: Revised.
The game has you handling a desert craft and its rodent crew and building facilities and make food for breeding the mice with different items. The Switch version will have new events, maps, and enemies to provide a new more fulfilling experience.

“Of Mice and Sand: Revised” puts you in charge of a desert craft and its rodent crew. Brave an alien planet, and turn your squeaking subordinates into first-class shipmates, all in the name of adventure!
– Navigate the dunes in search of treasures!
Intriguing items await your discovery in the scorching sands.
Steer your ship from settlement to settlement, filling it with riches.
– Craft items to boost your success rate!
Not many people know, but mice are master crafters!
After adding a factory, workbench, lab, and other such rooms to your ship, you can turn your scavenged materials into rarer items and make food for your mice.
Sell crafted items at settlements to raise funds for more thrilling adventures!
– Construct a multitude of rooms, and power up!
Create more than just rooms for crafting: Add sleeping quarters so your crew can catch some Zs, or even a jukebox to give them a boost. And if any hostiles block your path, the machine gun will make them wish they’d stayed home.
Utilize crafted items to build a variety of rooms and enhance your ship.
– Encounter surprises in the desert!
On your trek, you may come across an oasis, perfect for replenishing your water supply, or befriend a fallen mouse in need of aid. And who knows? You may even find some precious items in crashed spaceships!
No adventure is complete without dangerous enemies, so install turrets, craft powerful ammunition, and…BOOM! Make ’em wish they’d stayed at home!
– New events, maps, and foes!
“Of Mice and Sand: Revised” is full of brand-squeaking new discoveries!
And did you hear? There are rumors of snowfall at the desert’s edge.
What events and enemies await…?!
Scour the searing sea of sand!
Wander the windswept wilderness!
Adventure in ancient, atrophied architecture!
Steer a sturdy, steel vessel! Hear the mice roar!

Will you check this out?

 

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