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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Jun, 2017 At 12:39 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Mighty No. 9 is an infamous game, there is no denying that. Pitched as a spiritual sequel to Mega Man, the game disappointed many, but that wasn’t the end for the series. Inti Creates had made Mighty Gunvolt as a tie in game to tie into Mighty No. 9, as a crossover between Mighty No. 9 and their own Azure Striker Gunvolt series. Now Inti creates has taken the time to create a second crossover, but this time as a much deeper game and as the main attraction.

Right off the bat, I am just going to say that Mighty Gunvolt Burst is the game that Mighty No. 9 should have been. It is a great throwback to the old Mega man games, while having some great new ideas. I have never played Mighty No. 9 or the Gunvolt series but I instantly fell in love with this game. Excellent artwork helped tickle my nostalgia bone, and the amazing retro inspired soundtrack just created a great feeling. In fact all the sound and art in the game is great, and this is a well put together presentation.

Now let’s talk about the gameplay. Mighty Gunvolt Burst offers a lot of innovations like the burst mechanic, and customization of your characters. Speaking of characters actually, you can pick Between Gunvolt and Beck at the start and there is actually a good narrative here for both. I like the touches Inti Creates put in, to make the game have real depth.   When playing there are numerous elements introduced, such as different ways to traverse the areas, hidden areas and items to find, and of course customization power ups. I found myself replaying this several times and loving it each time. It is a tough platformer that just feels like what the fans of the classic games have been wanting in a successor.  The gameplay can get pretty intense at times but it never stops being fun.

I don’t want to come across as just gushing over the game, and there are some faults with enemy design at times and some levels can be a bit awkward, but these are minor issues. The fact is, that this is a really well designed and developed game and is the successor to the Mega Man series we have been waiting for. Inti Creates just knocked it out of the park with this game and I love it.

I must fully recommend Mighty Ginvolt Burst, both for fans of the classic Mega Man series, and retro gaming fans in general, but also for those who want a challenge. This is a game, where if you put in the effort, you will feel a great sense of satisfaction. And that is a feeling that is missing from many retro throwback games, which makes this stand out even more. This game really just feels right, and I hope you will all give it a try at some point. It definitely makes up for the shortcomings of Mighty No. 9 and is also a worthy game in its own right.

 

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This game was reviewed on Nintendo Switch

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jun, 2017 At 12:21 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

Independent publisher/developer Nicalis, Inc. is revealing four upcoming console games during the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The announcements are sure to please fans of recent Nicalis neo-classics like The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Cave Story+.

The company’s 2017 line-up includes Tiny Barbarian DX (Nintendo Switch), Ittle Dew 2+ (Nintendo Switch), Blade Strangers (Switch and PlayStation 4) and The End Is Nigh (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4).

  • Inspired by heroic fantasy fiction, Tiny Barbarian DX is the action-packed adventure of one Barbarian’s quest for vengeance. Developer StarQuail Games has combined engaging 2D platform action and combo-based hack-and-slash combat with retro-style pixel art and a pulse-pounding chiptune soundtrack for Nintendo Switch. The game offers two-player cooperative action, unlockable game modes and multiple homages to classic 8- and 16-bit games in each of its four lengthy episodes.

  • Sassy adventurer Ittle and her reluctant flying friend Tippsie return in Ittle Dew 2+, an upgraded and expanded Nintendo Switch version of the action/adventure puzzle game from developer Ludosity. Stranded on a mysterious island and armed with a few weapons as well as a magical map, our heroine explores the three-dimensional landscape in search of valuable loot and the eight scattered pieces of a raft that could be her ticket home.

  • From veteran Japanese developer Studio Saizensen comes Blade Strangers, a hardcore old-school fighting game with online multiplayer battles for the Switch and PS4. Its refined four-button control scheme makes it easy for beginners to jump right in, but tournament-caliber players will relish the intricate combos, counters and specials. The fighter roster includes characters from previous Studio Saizensen games (like Code of Princess and Sayonara Umihara Kawase), Nicalis games (like Cave Story+) and other surprise entrants.

  • The brand-new game from The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel, The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure/platformer. Players control Ash, a little black glob trying to make a friend out of the body parts he finds scattered throughout a post-apocalyptic world. As Ash leaps his way through a never-ending onslaught of decaying, mutant creatures, he can collect assorted tumors and hidden video-game cartridges that unlock fully playable mini-games.

This is a really cool lineup, with some awesome games.  Blade Strangers sounds interesting as does Tiny Barbarian DX. Nicalis is making a lot of great moves here.

 

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Bethesda had their E3 conference and it was certainly a unique one

It opened with the employee’s kids talking about their parents job making games. This was a cute video.

 

 

We had a an introduction to Bethesdaland and the mostly prerecorded footage.  This was the theme of the event and it really created a good mood.

 

Bethesda started about games proper with their Virtual Reality projects with Doom VFR announced and Fallout 4 VR announced

 

Next, they discussed Elder Scrolls online. The game has 10 million players, and they talked about the Morrowind expansion. They showed a video montage of players with the game before showing upcoming content with “Horns of the Reach”  and “Clockwork City”.

 

They then went on to discuss how modding has been big for their games. There have been 300 million mod downloads and now they are shaking up mods with the announcement of Creation Club.  A new way to get mods which won’t interfere with achievements and are higher quality. This is coming summer 2017, but may involve paid mods

 

Speaking of Elder Scrolls, the next subject was Elder Scrolls Legends. Content like the Dark Brotherhood story and more was discussed with the main focus being the reveal of the Skyrim expansion. Titled “Heroes of Skyrim” it releases 6/29/17.

 

And on the subject of Skyrim, we finally got a true look at the Switch version. It looks like a well-made version and has something surprising. Amiibo support. This includes all the Zelda amiibo ever released and the Smash Bros amiibo. There are also motion controls but no word on HD rumble.

From there, we moved to a new Dishonored II expansion being shown. In this, Daud is back with Billie Lurk in Dishonored Death of the Outsider.

Next Bethesda announced the Quake world championships and revealed BJ Blazkowicz for Quake champions.

 

Last up were two new reveals, with The Evil within 2 announced for  Friday, October 13 release.

 

and Wolfenstein 2 the new colossus was officially announced.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 05:16 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has come to Nintendo Switch and it feels like a match made in heaven. Shantae has a long history on Nintendo systems and Half-Genie Hero is right at home on the system thanks to its hybrid nature and HD Rumble.

Much of what was said in the original review is still the case, so I will discuss some different things here. First and foremost, the HD rumble is implemented brilliantly. From specific events to just using attacks, and dancing, the HD rumble felt like something that was always meant to be in the game. That is how well it was done. In fact, the dancing and transformations actually felt like they had more of an impact this time than in previous games, and the other versions of Half-Genie Hero.

Next, I must mention that the game’s visuals feel more lively than in the Wii U version, for lack of a better word. The visuals held up on both docked mode and handheld mode and the framerate was stable. The music felt great, and as stated, the HD rumble was used perfectly such as with the dancing music. It worked in sync with the beat and that was a great touch.

I did notice some control issues though, but it might have been an issue with the Nintendo Switch pro controller. When I crouched to attack, I kept turning to the left even when I was trying to attack enemies facing right. The issue was not present on the Joy-Cons, so I am not sure if that is an issue with the game, or with the Pro controller.

That said, I must say that this is still an amazing game, and a near perfect experience. Shantae HGH is a fun game and full of excitement. On Switch, it is a far improved version over the Wii U, and I daresay that this may in fact be the definitive version. If you have a Switch, then get this game.

 

 

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A code was provided for the purposes of this review.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 12:22 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We now know next week’s Neo geo game for the Nintendo Switch. The classic Beat em up Sengoku will come to the eShop on June 15,

 

“Sengoku is an action game released by SNK in 1991. Players will fight against past ghosts that have been revived to the present age in a devastated Washington City. Players can use special characters who are confirmed, after releasing them. Fighting by switching to Armor-clad Wolf, Samurai, or Ninja according to the situation will be your key to success.”

This is the beginning of an excellent beat em up series. Will you be getting this?

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Sega sent out the following

 

 SEGA® and ATLUS® today announced a bumper line-up for E3 2017 across two neighboring stands in the West Hall, showcasing a diverse selection of games in the publisher’s biggest E3 showing since 2013.

 
“We’re really pleased to see Yakuza and Sonic back on the biggest stage for video games, and having the first public hands-on for Total War: WARHAMMER 2 underlines a really strong showing from SEGA and ATLUS this year!” said John Clark, Senior Vice President for SEGA Europe Ltd. “We look forward to welcoming trade visitors but we’re especially looking forward to having the public come and see our line-up this year, it’s great for E3 and it’s great for publishers. We’re confident there’s something for everyone on the SEGA stands this year.”
 
“From a bleak story about 13 heroes and their mechs in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, to the emotional, final story arc of Kazuma Kiryu in the Yakuza series as he goes from a lone fighter to a loyal protector, to nostalgic gameplay from titles like Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, and longed-for sequels such as Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, SEGA and ATLUS are positioned to deliver a very gratifying line-up for all E3 attendees this year,” said Naoto Hiraoka, President and CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and Senior Vice President of Publishing for SEGA of America, Inc.
 
“We’re thrilled to have not just one, but two great Sonic games coming out this year for all the major consoles plus PC,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “Both games will be on the E3 show floor for everyone to try. Sonic Mania, which we recently announced is available for pre-order, will be showcasing new demo stages while Sonic Forces will have its first ever hands on experience. Come by and see why this is the year of Sonic.”
 
West Hall, Booth #4312
 
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza Kiwami
 
Visitors will be able to reacquaint themselves with the legendary Kazuma Kiryu in a double header of hard-hitting Yakuza™ action, playable on the show floor: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the latest entry in the long-running series and Yakuza Kiwami, a rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake of the original 2005 PlayStation 2 hit, Yakuza. Attendees who visit the booth will also have the opportunity to receive special Yakuza-themed swag (as long as supplies last).
 
Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
If breakneck speed is more your thing, we’ve got you covered! Booth #4312 will feature playable stations for the ultimate celebration of past and future with Sonic Mania™, an all-new 2D adventure with stunning HD retro style graphics running at a smooth 60FPS and featuring all your favorite classic characters. Sonic Forces™, from the development team behind Sonic Colors™ and Sonic Generations™, will be your second dose of speedy Sonic action where you will get to experience fast-paced gameplay as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and powerful gadget action as your own custom Hero Character! Those who come by to play Sonic could receive a special Sonic E3 giveaway item.
 
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
 
ATLUS will have an exclusive new trailer for the hotly anticipated Western release of Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, a story of battle-ready youths, humanity and…giant mechs. Plus, be sure to  take a photo with the 13 Sentinels mech standee to receive a gorgeous poster featuring Vanillaware’s signature flair (while supplies last).
 
Three Highly Anticipated Nintendo 3DS Titles
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth — Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Practice your map-making and FOE slaying skills with the playable hands-on demo on the show floor. Oh, and there will also be a live demo! 
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology — Once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines in this enhanced retelling of a JRPG classic. Watch a live demo of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, only for show attendees.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux — Demon aficionados can look forward to a new Redux trailer. New story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore and more await those who wish to brave the spatial distortion known as the Schwarzwelt! 
Be sure to check out the demos and trailers for a chance to get a colorful assortment of stickers!


West Hall, Booth #4300
 
Total War: WARHAMMER II, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
In neighboring booth #4300, Creative Assembly™ are unleashing the Lizardmen on the public for the first time in Total War™: WARHAMMER® II. The second game in the Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy is set in a whole new part of the Warhammer world, introducing four new playable races in an epic narrative campaign. In a spectacular quest battle taken from the game, E3-goers can seize control of a Lizardmen army as they march against the High Elves, who they’ve caught meddling in the dormant ruins of an ancient Lizardmen portal. Additionally, there will be playable stations for Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania at the booth.
This is a great lineup of games, and I would not be surprised to see some new announcements as well. E3 is just in a couple of days, its time to get excited.
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By John Kinsella On 8 Jun, 2017 At 09:09 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIroncast is a new game coming to the switch, and boy howdy is it a doozy of a game. Published by Ripstone and developed by Dreadbit, The story revolves around awar inn 1886 where a mystical power source, Voltite powers robots. These mechanoid beings are called Ironcast and it is up to the player to choose a leader and lead either Britain or France to victory. The Ironcast clearly have some steampunk ideas behind them but do to this power source they are able to work without steam.

After choosing their leader they are now ready to begin, fighting with robots. While it may just look like a simple puzzle game, it is anything but. Ironcast is a game that will test your mettle as you only have so many days before the invasion. You gain money which allows you to beef up your robots, and gain advantage in war. Never underestimate your opponents either as this puzzle game really offers serious strategy. The combination of both customizing your robot and the tactile nature of the puzzle game are sure to engage players.

Coming to both Steam and the Nintendo Switch, Ironcast is sure to be a game that people will enjoy playing. Plus who doesn’t like battling robots, in a historical setting? The game itself is fully playable with touch screen controls which is always a good thing for a Switch Game. Plus it is coming out this summer and at only 500 mb it won’t take up to much space. So, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, give it a watch and see for yourself if you can handle the Ironcast driven tactical puzzle game! May you lead your army to victory.

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The Game Kitchen has been running a Kickstarter for upcoming 2D platformer Blasphemous. The $50,000 target was surpassed and $150,000 has been raised with more time still left.

The Game Kitchen has announced that the game will be coming to Switch. Those who have backed the game between $40 to $120 can move their pledge to Nintendo’s console. The game is also slated for PS4 and Xbox One as well as PC.

Blasphemous is currently slated for Q1 2019.

 

“Hand-crafted by The Game Kitchen, the makers of the award-winning The Last Door. Blasphemous is an action-platformer that combines the fast-paced, skilled combat of a hack-n-slash game with a deep and evocative narrative core, delivered through exploration of a huge universe comprised of non-linear levels.

Playing as The Penitent One, a rogue nomad tackling the evil of this world alone with only its trusty sword by their side, players will explore the savage land of Orthodoxia. Fight and slay creatures, each one bigger and more fearsome than the last. Engage in epic boss battles and have your skills truly challenged by the enormous and fierce creatures that rule this damned universe.”

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Jun, 2017 At 11:42 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow’s Neo Geo game for Nintendo Switch has been revealed.

The Neo Geo Classic  SHOCK TROOPERS 2nd Squad will be coming to the Switch on June 8.

 

Four mercenaries armed to the teeth suit up to put an end to a reckless giant corporation.

“SHOCK TROOPERS 2nd Squad” is a military action game released by SNK in 1998.

Four mercenaries have risen up to thwart the ambitions of a massive corporation. In addition to a main attack, weapon, and jump abilities, vehicles have also been added to the gameplay, which together with branching paths give the player the ultimate freedom in choosing how they will take on stages.

The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO masterpieces.

Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.

Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

 

Will you be getting this?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 12:38 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for fans of Pokken Tournament who are planning to get the deluxe port for Switch. The game is in fact compatible with the fight pad that was released for the game on the Wii U.

 

This information comes directly from the official site, so if you want the game and a fightpad, you better get one now.

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