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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 04:20 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap was a classic game for the Sega Master System. Regarded as one of the all time greats, it has now been given a modern remaster thanks to Lizardcube and Dot Emu, but is it any good?

WonderBoy; The Dragon’s Trap is a beautiful game that takes great pains to replicate the classic 8 bit game and turn it into a modern experience. It has gorgeous hand drawn art that is full of detail and liveliness. The music is also lovingly redone in tribute to the original. You can switch between the original and modern look and sounds at the touch of buttons, and just comparing the soundtrack between the retro and modern really shows how much care was put in to be true to the original music.

Everything has been given an overhaul, for example instead of passwords, you get hints ( the game autosaves now), the nurse is now full of snarkiness, and most useful of all, you can use the shoulder buttons to scroll though your sub weapons. This does come with a drawback however, in that the awkward parts of the game are retained as well. The game has a way of registering hits that is straight from the original game, but feels out of place in a modern game. This gets really annoying during boss fights, and can throw you off. As well, the confusion about where to go next is still here. You can get lost for a while and just wander around looking for wear to go, which is one way of expanding the play experience, which is only 3-5 hours.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good game and I love it. I love finding all the secrets and the ways to progress and there is just a sense of charm that the game has, that most other retro revivals just miss out on. The different weapons and armors are great, the transformations are awesome ( but actually transforming has a bit too strong of flashing lights), and  the overall experience is really well done. If it weren’t for trying too hard to preserve what the game was in full, instead of filtering it to get only the good, this would have been much better. Still this is a game that is rewarding, that gives you a sense of satisfaction when you make progress and gain new abilities. People often forget how hard the master system games could be, so the challenge is welcome, even with the difficulty settings. Plus there is now the option to play as a female protagonist and if that is chosen, the title screen will say WonderGirl: The Dragon’s Trap. It is a nice touch and really adds to the experience.

Overall I really liked WonderBoy: The Dragon’s Trap. It is a retro game done right (with a few issues) and is genuinely fun and charming. I fully recommend it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 06:12 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Silicon Studio has revealed that Advance Optical Effects Middleware’ graphics package YEBIS 3 is now fully running on the Switch. This is the tech that was used for  games like Figureheads, Dark Souls III, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse, in their development.

We already know Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is coming to Switch since it was shown at the Switch reveal event, but there has been a rumor for a while that Dark Souls III will be coming. This  news does make the rumors seem far more likely. We will still gave to wait and see.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 04:00 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHere is some unexpected news that I doubt anyone saw coming.

Konami has announced Super Bomberman R is going to get some Gradius, Castlevania and Silent Hill-themed characters in a future DLC update.  These include the Belmont Bomber, Vic Viper Bomber and Pyramid Head Bomber.

 

This is really cool DLC, especially for old school fans.  Konami did say they would look at this game and how it performs, to determine more series revivals. This DLC is definitely a good sign for that.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Apr, 2017 At 08:48 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We now have the full details on what the patch for Super Bomberman R contains, and there is some interesting things.

?Four new VS stages have been added to the shop (White Cross, Lagoon, Max Speed, Power Zone).

?Two new series of accessories have been added to the shop (Crowns, Bombs).

?The frame rate of the entire game has been improved. We also made slight adjustments and improved the controls as well.

?Less lags are likelier to happen when every participant in the Online Battle have good network connection.
(If you want to find opponents with good connection, set Other > Basic Settings > Network Settings to the very left.)

?Made it possible to press L/R to change the inclination of he map in the Story Mode. Other > Basing Settings will also allow you to fix the camera position as well.

?You can now choose the strength of the COM on the Multiplayer Battle Mode.

?The strength of the Five Dastardly Bombers on the Story Mode have been adjusted.

?The difficulties of Beginner and Normal have been reduced, making it easier to beat them.

?Adjusted the heights and slopes on some maps to improve the visibility.

?If you continue a certain number of times in the Story Mode, you will be able to continue without paying anymore gems.

?Changed the BP (Battle Point) increase/decrease rate for the League Battle.

?Fixed other various small bugs.

. Reports from people playing the game say that the game now runs at or very near to 60fps. Best of all, that is for both docked and undocked. Konami really outdid themselves with this patch,

Does this patch make you want to check out the game now? Let us know.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Apr, 2017 At 05:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch had a very good time in March according to NPD analyst Sam Naji who revealed that Nintendo broke records. The Switch had the best launch for Nintendo hardware and the second best hardware launch since 1995 for any platform. 1995  being the time when NPD began tracking such sales.

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In this debut month (month 1), the Nintendo Switch sold 31K more units than previous best-selling Nintendo month-1 platform, the Game Boy Advanced, which released back in June 2001. The two Nintendo Switch SKUs, the 32GB Gray Joy-Con, followed by the 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con, were the best-selling systems for the month.”

What was also amazing that he mentioned, was the fact that the total Zelda franchise sales from 1995 to the present comes in at around $1.4 billion. Zelda is actually the top-selling property of all time within the Adventure super genre, and has sold 54 percent more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, which is Resident Evil, meaning that is a wide super genre.

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Mr.Shifty which was created by Team Shifty is coming out tomorrow, on Nintendo Switch and Steam. I was lucky enough to score a review copy and let me tell you, I enjoyed it. This crazy game is similar to certain top down games like Hot Line Miami but has its own twist. The main character Mr.Shifty can teleport. It honestly is quite similar to Nightcrawler of the XMen and his teleporting skill.

This game may seem simple on the surface in that you just need to climb a tower and take down goons, but it gets hectic fast. This game is unforgiving in that if you die you start the stage over.

Enemies appear seemingly out of nowhere in certain stages. In other stages they are planned, but they do tend to walk towards sounds. You need to have quick reflexes in order to take down all of the goons.

Mr.Shifty’s power is hard to handle sometimes especially in moments of high stress. Taking down 50 enemies who all can one shot kill you makes things tense. This mission that Shifty and his assistant are on is something clearly worth it all, but it certainly isn’t a game for those who hate to lose.

I died plenty of times but honestly it felt good to start floors over. You honestly learn how to play the game as you die. You learn where you need to go and how you can wipe out more men in a single attack.

This game is certainly worth picking up if you need another game worth playing. It might fill some of the void of time you may now have after beating Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch!

So, if this game sounds at all interesting it is certainly worth the 15$. If you need some convincing they did release a demo online in February for people to try!

Feel free to watch the trailer below to find out if you may like it, and get ready to Shift into crime with Mr. Shifty tomorrow!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Apr, 2017 At 04:08 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We will be getting a new look at Minecraft on the Switch this Tuesday. This is according to Minecraft’s executive producer

 

 

Are you planning on getting Minecraft on the Switch? Do you think there will be anything new that wasn’t in the Switch version? Let us know

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Apr, 2017 At 03:19 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There has been another tease of Nidhogg 2 coming to Nintendo Switch. This time from Creative director of Messhof, Mark Essen.

Gamereactor asked him about the possibility of a Switch version of the upcoming Nidhogg 2, and he responded.

 “Yeah, definitely, I mean it’s two players so it makes sense, simple control scheme, so…”

Hopefully the game does indeed come. It would be an excellent fit for the Switch.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Apr, 2017 At 03:18 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This past week Nintendo held a direct in which they showed many things, but one thing that stood out was Project Mekuru. many might dismiss this game as being filler, or eshop junk, but old school fans have been looking at it differently. Given what was shown of the gameplay, there is a strong feeling by many that Project Mekuru is the spiritual sequel to the Bomeberman series, done by Nintendo themselves.

After some thought, I have come to agree with these thoughts. Project Mekuru shows a lot of innovation but clearly is built on the same premise as Bomberman. It has a different style and mechanics, but the essence is still there. This isn’t a bad thing by any means. Konami has been very…spotty of late and while Super Bomberman R is a nice return to form, a Bomberman successor made by Nintendo will appeal to many who have grown frustrated with Konami. As well, it already looks to have that Nintendo polish and charm. It has more than enough to set it apart.

It would be nice for Project Mekuru to have identifiable protagonists and not just miis, but right now the game looks like the best twist on the formula we have ever seen. It takes the puzzle elements of Bomberman and adds an Othello element to them for deeper gameplay. As well  it brings in elements of Mario Party and Super Smash Bros as well for a new way of looking at it. Plus the promised items already make this even more intriguing.

I hope Project Mekuru is a major hit for Nintendo and that they have even more to show. Right now, it looks like they are giving fans what they have wanted for a long time, and that is good. This makes me hopeful that Nintendo will do more projects like this going forward.

 

 

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The above was the opinion solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Apr, 2017 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Nintendo Switch has proven itself to be a major hit, with confirmed US sales of 906 000 in March and speculation putting worldwide sales at 2.4 millions in the same time period. More and more developers are announcing their games for the Switch. One publisher that was on board from the beginning announcement of the system is Bethesda Softworks, who are bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the Switch. This is a welcome addition to the library and even though it is coming late, many are excited at the prospect of Skyrim on the go ( and there is speculation the port will have some unique elements). That said, I  feel Bethesda has another game that would also be a great fit for the system.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends would work perfectly on the Switch. The game is already a hit on PC, and it is also on mobile devices. If anything, Legends could be a good way to introduce Nintendo fans unfamiliar with the series, to The Elder Scrolls. As Switch is a handheld/console hybrid, it offers unique opportunities for play that are simply not available on PC or mobile. Add in that the game is still actively being supported wit new content, like the dark brotherhood expansion, as seen in the trailer below, and you will understand why this has  a lot of potential.

 

Some may write the game off as a wannabe Hearthstone, but it really isn’t. It is different in all the right ways, and manages to feel at home in the Elder Scrolls universe and that alone should appeal to possible new fans. The game is good and has a lot of unique ideas and elements and really helps draw you into the story. The other factor for why this is a good introduction to Elder Scrolls for Nintendo fans is simply the price. That is, the game can be started for free, and is the epitome of the Free to Start model that Nintendo seems to like.

Elder Scrolls legends is a legitimately fun and detailed game. It is something different, it is something of high quality, and it is something that would both benefit from being on a unique platform like the Switch, as well as benefit Nintendo and Bethesda by bringing in new players, which will end up helping sales of Skyrim on the Switch.

You may disagree with me on this, and you are free to do so. That said, I do want to know what you all think of this. So please, do share your thoughts.