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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 11:06 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Difficult games are becoming more and more popular, thanks to games like Dark Souls, and the idea of a 2D sidescrolling game in that fashion is something many have tried to do. Slain! Back From Hell is a mix of punishment platformer, hack n slash gaming action adventure. But is it a good game? Or is the difficulty more on the side of being unpleasant?

Slain! has been compared to the Castlevania games, but I feel that comparison does not work. Perhaps if it was comparing the game to the original NES Castlevania games I could see it somewhat, but otherwise Slain! Back From Hell is its own entity. It is true that people like punishing and difficult games but something needs to be understood, and that is that some games are enjoyed for their difficulty and punishing nature, because they make you want to continue and persevere. You get a true sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from them. Then there are games that just feel cheap, with controls that don’t respond the way they should, with the difficulty feeling artificial.  To me, Slain! falls into the later category and that is a shame because I wanted to enjoy it so much.

What is the issue? Well, its not the music because that is amazing. The metal soundtrack is the highpoint of the game for me and helps set Slain! apart from other games. What brings it down is the actual gameplay, with controls being awkward and sometimes not responding. Certain attacks don’t work sometimes, and I know I am not doing them wrong because they do work some of the time.. This isn’t even mentioning that jumping is just atrocious and ruins part of the experience. I have heard that Slain! plays differently on PS4 and Steam so I will have to compare another time, and perhaps these are issues that can be resolved via a patch to the Switch version. That being said, the game launching with these issues is not a good sign.

Difficult games are not a bad thing, they just need to be perfectly polished or they become unfair which leads to a bad experience. 2D games like this can be done and I have faith that the experience can be a good one. I just do not feel Slain! is the experience gamers may want on the Switch, at least for now anyways. I am willing to take another look at the game should there be a patch, but for now, my view of the game is not positive.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 10:57 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Wired Productions, an established computer games publisher, in partnership with Nosebleed Interactive, are delighted to announce cult favourite, Vostok Inc., is available to buy now from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch™ for an SRP of £12.99/$14.99/€14.99.

 

The only idle game you’ll never want to put down – Vostok Inc. for Nintendo Switch features exclusive new content on a planetary scale, with the inclusion of Pluto on its new planetary debut. Experience maddeningly-addictive gameplay, frenetic twin-stick shooting action, and a downright disgusting quest for self-enrichment that brought Vostok Inc. so much adoration from players throughout the solar system.

Andreas Firnigl, Studio Head at Nosebleed Interactive said, “Citizens of the galaxy rejoice! Now you can fulfil your wildest dreams and play Vostok Inc. anywhere. In short bursts on the sofa or in prolonged therapeutic sessions atop your gilded porcelain thrones.”

“Capitalism is in our blood,” added Al Hibberd, Product Manager at Wired Productions, “Trump is proof. 2017 is the year that orange faced yuppies finally take over and we’re delighted to see Jimmy Goldman of Vostok Inc. join that quest for intergalactic domination.”

 

In Vostok Inc., you play as a corrupt, narcissistic yuppie, hell-bent on raking in as much money as possible in a greed-driven, twin-stick shooter without a conscience. As the newly-appointed CEO of Vostok Inc., you have one goal: to become filthy, stinking rich. Piloting your very own ship, explore and exploit more than 40 planets across six different solar systems in your quest to earn ludicrous amounts of MOOLAH!

Start by landing on any planet to begin colonisation, build factories, and rake in the big bucks. Once the filthy lucre starts flowing, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship’s weapons and augmentations. Increase profits even further by finding and recruiting managers, consultants, and executives scattered throughout the galaxy.

Key Features:
• Explore more than 40 planets over 6 solar systems.
• Land on any planet to begin extracting resources.
• Craft and upgrade an arsenal of 40+ diverse weapons and ship augmentations.
• Collect loot from fallen enemies, bosses or environmental hazards.
• Find and recruit managers, consultants, and executives scattered throughout the galaxy, and keep them happy to boost planetside production.
• Play 13 minigames to unlock massive ship and weapon upgrades.
• Enjoy an adaptive audio system, with music that constantly evolves as you play!
• Use the same save game across a variety of devices.

 

The Switch is building up a major library of indie games, will this be one you add to your collection?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 10:53 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Digerati Distribution sent out the following

 

Digerati Distribution, in partnership with Bootdisk Revolution and Nephilim Game Studios, is thrilled to announce heroic indie hit Bleed will be air-dashing and bullet-dodging its way to Nintendo Switch™. The hyperactive action-platformer – which features Story, Arcade and Challenge modes available to play solo or in 2-player local co-op – will release in a flurry of pink-haired fury next week, Thursday 14 December.

 

Originally launched for Xbox 360 as part of the Xbox Live Indie Games service and released shortly afterwards on Steam, Bleed has been a big hit with players and press. The game currently has a 93% positive rating on Steam (out of 1,266 user reviews) and GamesRadar has hailed it as one of the best Xbox Live Indie Games of all time.

 

About the game

Wryn is a girl with a big arsenal and big dreams – she wants to be the ultimate videogame hero! Help her take down the Greatest Heroes of All Time in an action-packed bid to claim the title for herself and show the world what a true hero looks like!

Bleed is an action-platformer focused on stylish, acrobatic dodging and fluid, challenging gameplay. There’s no filler – just you and your skills against seven levels of enemies, obstacles, breakneck set-pieces and inventive bosses!

Key Features
Unique control scheme enabling crazy fast action
7 levels packed with multiple set-pieces and bosses
4 difficulty levels that remix enemy placement and boss patterns
2-player local co-op for all modes
3 unlockable characters with their own gameplay twists
Survive the entire game on one life in Arcade Mode
Select and battle up to three bosses at once in Challenge Mode
Trophies and Achievements added for PS4 and Xbox One versions
Localized in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German

This is an excellent looking game. Will you be checking this out on Switch?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Dec, 2017 At 08:17 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED sent out the following

 

 XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the hit crowdfunded action platformer developed by WayForward, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, will receive a limited “Ultimate Day One Edition” physical release for Nintendo Switch™ in Spring 2018, priced at an MSRP of $39.99 and available at select retailers throughout North America. The Nintendo Switch exclusive “Ultimate Day One Edition” physical release includes the game’s groovy 30-song ‘Risky Beats’ soundtrack on CD, a dreamy new art book, and plenty of company for Shantae with the bundled ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’ DLC, as well as the brand new ‘Costume Mode’ and ‘Friends Mode’ DLC.
Don the fancy hat, trade magic for good old-fashioned weapons and tools, and play the role of the bodacious (and ambiguously evil) buccaneer Risky Boots with the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC. Having successfully stolen the powerful Dynamo from Shantae’s uncle, Risky Boots must now traverse the game to uncover the five mysterious components needed to upgrade the machine and bend Sequin Land to her will in this all-new adventure!
The “Ultimate Edition” also includes the new Costume Mode and Friends Mode DLC, because no dance party is complete without friends and costumes! Friends Mode takes Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops into her nightmare where they must find and save her from certain doom. This all-new storyline features ethereal new levels and a special boss encounter. Shantae’s wardrobe gets expanded, too, with the Costume Mode DLC, which provides three new arcade-style adventures for her to sashay her way through in style. Stick to the shadows as Ninja Shantae, soak in the sun as Beach Shantae, or lay down the law as the Mighty Switch Force-inspired Officer Shantae in these arresting new arcade adventures!
Following three highly successful releases with Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero reacquaints players with the cast of Shantae in full HD. The magical world of Sequin Land is more vibrant than ever with high-definition graphics that retain the charm of the original 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for. Shantae, the spirited young half-genie, must once again defend Scuttle Town from the pirate captain and self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots, who plots to steal a newly discovered limitless source of power.
Shantae has previously protected her hometown from all forms of evil including steam-powered pirates, undead evildoers, and militaristic madmen, and is ready to take on Risky Boots with her trademark Hair Whip attack and Belly Dance moves, which give her the power to transform into eight different creatures. Non-stop action with immersive 2.5D environments and a new relic system give novice and expert players a uniquely tailored platforming experience. All of Sequin Land becomes a fully explorable world — after conquering massive bosses, the Arcade-style action stages can be revisited to discover new items and secrets based on new abilities Shantae has gained in later areas.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is developed by WayForward for PS4™, “PS Vita”, Wii U™, and Nintendo Switch. XSEED Games has previously published the “Risky Beats” physical editions, each packaged with a musical selections CD, as well as the digital “PS Vita” release. The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero “Ultimate Day One Edition” retail release for the Nintendo Switch will come packaged with the ‘Risky Beats’ CD soundtrack and a new art book, and is scheduled for release in Spring 2018 at an MSRP of $39.99. More information on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero can be found at www.shantaehgh.com. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB with the descriptors of Cartoon Violence and Suggestive Themes. PQube will be the publisher of the physical “Ultimate Day One Edition” in Europe, and more information can be found on their website at http://www.pqube.co.uk/.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a game that truly pushed its series ahead. This physical release on Switch is one everyone should keep their eyes on.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Dec, 2017 At 10:39 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dec 12th will be an excellent day for Nintendo Switch owners. That is the day, that one of SNK’s best fighting games comes to the system via Arcade Archives, with The Last Blade.

 

Originally released in 1997, The Last Blade is a fighting game set in the “Bakumatsu” period of Japanese history, where 10-plus swordsmen are fighting for different purposes. The game is similar to its predecessors from the Samurai Showdown series released by the same company, but it differs in allowing players to choose between two sword types; the damage-focused “Power” or “Speed,” which promotes speedy play. Other game elements include maneuvers like “Repel,” which allows players to deflect enemy attacks, and “Sublime Slash,” which cancels “Super Slice” and can be combined with “Super Secret Slice.” Don’t miss out on powerful -moves like “Super Secret Slice” and “Hidden Secret Slice.”

Will you be picking this up?

 

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The following was sent out

“Hello and welcome back to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment center.”

We welcome all lucky applicants to Bridge Constructor Portal with our new vehicle-based test chambers, Quantum Tunnels and patented Aperture technology!

For the last year we’ve been secretly working in our underground labs on the next iteration of the million-selling Bridge Constructor series. This new stand-alone title will release on PC, MacOS, Linux, mobile devices, and console, and fully embraces the Portal license, one of the most beloved video game franchises of the last decade.

Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.

 

Bridge Constructor Portal will be released on December 20 2017 for Windows, MacOS and Linux as well as for mobile devices. The console versions will follow in early 2018.

“If you’ve been paying attention the solution should be obvious. As the case may be… good luck!”

This was certainly unexpected. A crossover between Bridge Constructor and Portal was not one of the games we would have seen coming. Still, there is a lot of potential here.

Will you be checking this out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Dec, 2017 At 12:44 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The GBA beat em up Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge  will be coming to the Switch. The announcement was made by Naps Team on twitter. Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge was a 2003 beat em up that was the sequel to the PlayStation game Gekido. The game was a good beat em up with great visuals. Hopefully, this new version will have some cool enhancements included.

 

 

Will you be checking this out?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Dec, 2017 At 05:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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2K sent out the following

As previously announced, WWE 2K18 is in development for Nintendo Switch, but fans have been left wondering when they could get their hands on the game.

The answer is finally here! WWE 2K18 will be available for Nintendo Switch this week as it rolls out worldwide in physical and digital formats starting December 6*.

Those who pre-order the physical version of WWE 2K18 on Nintendo Switch will receive two playable versions of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle: his WWE “American Hero” persona (2001) and his ECW “Wrestling Machine” persona (2006)‡. Digital WWE 2K18 customers will be able to download the Kurt Angle pack at no additional cost through December 13, 2017.

The Nintendo Switch edition is a robust offering featuring the new grapple carry system, new weight detection, thousands of new animations, a massive backstage area, and up to six characters onscreen at once. Play on TV or in handheld mode with up to four people in online and local multiplayer. All of the big modes are included as well: 

MyCAREER

The MyCAREER experience puts you on the path to greatness as you journey along on the road to WrestleMania. Explore WWE like never before through a free-roaming backstage, conversing with WWE Superstars, forming alliances, making enemies, seeking out quests, and strategizing for upcoming matches. 

Road to Glory

Introducing the all-new Road to Glory! Compete with opponents online to improve your MyPLAYER by earning unlockables, boosts, and upgrades, all while securing your entry into special events that are held alongside real-life WWE special events, such as pay-per-views. 

Dynamic Creation Suite

Customize WWE like never before with an even deeper set of customization tools and the new Custom Match option! The robust Creation Suite also offers even more detailed features for Create-a-Superstar, Create-a-Video, and Create-an-Arena. 

The Biggest Roster Ever

Dominate the ring with TONS of your favorite WWE, NXT and legendary Superstars! We’re not kidding. WWE 2K18 offers the most complete roster of the biggest and brightest WWE and NXT Superstars and Legends to ever grace a WWE ring!

Universe

Recreate the WWE broadcasting experience in Universe. WWE Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT shows happen every week with Superstars competing against one another. Incorporate custom Superstars, tag teams, championships, arenas and shows to create your personal WWE experience.

WWE 2K18 Standard Edition (physical and digital)
Pre-order the physical version and get access to the Kurt Angle pack‡.
Purchase the digital version and download the Kurt Angle pack from the Nintendo eShop at no additional cost through December 13, 2017.
MSRP: $59.99
WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition (digital only)
Digital copy of WWE 2K18;
Kurt Angle pack;
WWE 2K18 Season Pass digital content;
Accelerator;
Enduring Icons Pack;
MyPlayer Kick Start;
New Moves Pack;
NXT Generation Pack;
WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) pack, including two playable versions of John Cena (ECW One Night Stand and WrestleMania 26) and playable characters Batista and Rob Van Dam.
MSRP: $89.99
DLC OPTIONS†
WWE 2K18 Season Pass:
Accelerator;
Enduring Icons Pack;
MyPlayer Kick Start;
New Moves Pack;
NXT Generation Pack.
Available for purchase on launch day for $29.99, a savings of over 23% percent versus individual content purchases.
Players will receive the items as they become available on the Nintendo eShop.
WWE 2K18 Kurt Angle Pack:
Two playable versions of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle: his WWE “American Hero” persona (2001) and his ECW “Wrestling Machine” persona (2006).
Available for purchase for $4.99 after December 13th, 2017. This pack is available at no additional cost to anyone that purchases WWE 2K18 prior to December 13, 2017.
WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Pack:
Playable characters Batista and Rob Van Dam;
Two playable versions of John Cena (ECW One Night Stand and WrestleMania 26);
Available for purchase on launch day for $7.99.
Accelerator:
Players will gain access to all unlockable content available at launch in the game’s VC Purchasable section (excluding downloadable content);
Players can also decide the overall rankings and attribute levels for all playable characters throughout the life of the product;
Available for purchase on launch day for $4.99.
Enduring Icons Pack
Playable WWE Superstars: The Hardy Boyz;
Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Beth Phoenix and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express;
Available for $9.99 at a later date.
MyPlayer Kick Start
Players will be able to unlock and boost MyPlayer ratings and attributes via a 50,000 VC starting bonus;
Players will begin with 10 additional Attribute Points for MyPlayer and can boost any Attribute tower by 10 levels or spread the upgrades throughout multiple Attribute towers;
Available for purchase on launch day for $9.99.
New Moves Pack
Explore a wide variety of new in-game moves, including the Tie Breaker (made popular by WWE Superstar Tye Dillinger); the Crash Landing (made popular by NXT Superstar Kassius Ohno); the Pumphandle Death Valley Driver (made popular by NXT Superstar Akam); and the Swinging Sleeper Slam (made popular by WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page);
Available for $3.99 at a later date.
NXT Generation Pack
Playable WWE and NXT Superstars: Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Elias, Lars Sullivan and Ruby Riot;
Available for $9.99 at a later date.

The wait has been long but its here at last. Will you be getting WWE 2k18 on Switch?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Dec, 2017 At 12:47 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Another big piece of news has dropped from the Mega Man Anniversary stream.

 

Capcom has announced that they regretted Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 were not on Nintendo home systems, but now with the Switch out, they will be changing that.

Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 will receive ports for the Switch, and they will include amiibo support. What the amiibo support is, what not clarified as that is apparently for a later date.

 

Are you excited for this port?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Dec, 2017 At 08:02 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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 The Deer God, the breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure from Blowfish Studios and Crescent Moon Games, will release December 21, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch™.
 
Downloaded by more than 1.5 million players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PC, and mobile platforms, The Deer God will challenge players’ religion and platforming skills in a gorgeous world filled with challenging puzzles and dangerous wildlife.
 
The journey begins with a weary hunter tracking a deer. Just as his scope looms over a majestic buck, wolves attack him and his shot misses, killing a nearby fawn. The hunter awakens in the afterlife and finds himself face-to-face with the Deer God, who in an act of karmic retribution reincarnates the hunter as a fawn.
 
The hunter seeks to regain his humanity, but quickly acclimates to his new body, utilizing his newfound strength and speed to survive in the wild. Behind every cliff, canyon, and crevasse lay quests to help him acquire new skills. As each day passes, the deer grows older and stronger, eventually allowing players to mate and reproduce, which in turn provides extra lives to continue the cycle of reincarnation on the road to enlightenment.
 
Depending on which creatures players pacify or harm along the way and how they interact with humans they come across, the hunter can become purer or more evil, either satiating the Deer God, or acquiring the destructive powers that evil karma offers.
 
“It’s been an amazing journey bringing The Deer God and its tale of karmic retribution to so many players across so many platforms, and now we’re thrilled continue this ride by sharing the experience with the Nintendo Switch community,” said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. “The Deer God‘s procedurally-generated levels lend themselves incredibly well to being able to play on the go, and we’re delighted to allow players to take the game with them on adventures.”
 
The Deer God will be available for $7.99 USD / €7.99 on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch™.
For more information, please visit The Deer God‘s official website.
 

The Deer God is an incredible 2D experience, and it is excellent to see it coming to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch has been seeing a lot of indie support  since launch, and for it to continue is wonderful.
Will you be getting this?
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