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By Stark Wyvern On 14 Oct, 2017 At 12:07 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PC Games, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSplasher a colorful indie game out now for Steam is a quickly paced side-scroller, that will test your mettle at every turn. Using different types of ink and water, you will traverse trap filled areas to get to the end and rescue workers. This game is not for light-hearted as it is a no-nonsense platformer that will continuously work to undermine your success. Splasher is a fast game and one that will always keep you on your toes.

In Splasher it is your duty to get out of this scientific hell house, as you dodge all sorts of traps. The area is filled with machines that will make your progress difficult by forcing you to time your jumps right. If you get hit, you get sent back to checkpoints at least. In this game, there is only one way to get through it and that is without a scratch. It is intensely rigorous and will have you really planning every action.

The different things to help you really do assist in your playthrough. Bounce Ink, of course, makes you bounce which can be helpful but obviously could lead to trouble. Stick Ink allows you to run up walls but will go away if water is sprayed on it, which happens a lot. Water can move all sorts of things and that helps you move forward. While the world of the game might be trying to kill you, it is also aiding you of course.

Splasher is certainly a well-designed game, in that you can see how much work went into it. The art style is fun and cheery and you wouldn’t assume it would be hard, but it is. Though I’m also not a platformer master, I felt that it was a little too fast in the beginning. It has decent music and you want the character to succeed.

There are also other reasons to play this game and that is the integration of speed running and time trials. This game is a fast game and if you are a speed runner you will most likely love this game. Time Trials make sense in a game as fast as this, and they make you really feel the need to learn the areas to really maximize your times. One wrong move and you’ll have to start over. Speed running is also obviously a thing as this game really is just that fast. You’ll probably clear this game in a few hours, and feel like you want to play it again, and see how fast you can clear it.

Splasher is certainly a game worth playing or at least trying out. It is currently available on Steam and if you enjoy platformers it may just be right up your alley. So head out into the laboratory, and dodge, jump, and run your way to victory in Splasher!

By Wade Hinkle On 11 Oct, 2017 At 05:16 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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This coming Thursday, October 13th, will be the first anniversary of the Playstation Virtual Reality(PSVR), also known as the Playstation VR was released. In celebration, Zen Studios is hosting a sale with deep discounts for the US and European regions.

Almost all the titles that are on sale are for the PSVR, though those whom may still not have the headset, don’t stop reading quite yet as there is one game you might be interested in. The studio has discounted Infinite Minigolf by 30% off for the Steam, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions. For all the Playstation deals check out the table below:

Game Title US Region EU Region
Infinite Minigolf 15% PSN / 30% PSN+ 25% PSN / 30% PSN+
Pinball FX2 VR 35% PSN / 50% PSN+ 15% PSN / 50% PSN+
Pinball FX2 VR: The Walking Dead 35% PSN / 50% PSN+ 15% PSN / 50% PSN+
Pinball FXR VR: Season 1 35% PSN / 50% PS+ 15% PSN / 50% PSN+
CastleStorm PSVR 30% PSN / 50% PS+
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The deep discounted prices are great, though don’t take too long to partake, as the sale ends next week Tuesday, October 17th, 2017.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Oct, 2017 At 10:17 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Breakfast has always been the most important meal of the day. Now it’s a great meal for anyone who wants a chance to win a Nintendo Switch video game system. This fall, fans can enter a PIN found in specially marked packages of Post cereals for a chance to win one of 60 Nintendo Switch Prize Packs, consisting of a Nintendo Switch system and the Super Mario Odyssey game.

“Post Cereals evoke feelings of fun and nostalgia for people of all ages and Nintendo of Canada is very happy to partner with a like-minded company to bring smiles to the faces of Canadian kids” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager. “Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Odyssey are must-haves for the holidays, and this promotion gives Canadians a chance to win both of them.”

This holiday, PINs can be found inside 1 million specially-marked Post cereal boxes, including Honey Bunches of Oats, Honeycomb, Sugar Crisp, Alpha-Bits and Shreddies.

“Post Consumer Brands continues to prioritize and invest in family and millennial consumers to drive growth across our portfolio of cereal brands,” said Post Consumer Brands VP Marketing, David Bagozzi. “Partnering with a highly recognized and family-friendly brand like Nintendo allows us to deliver a special experience to consumers.”

In addition to a contest entry for the chance to win one of the Nintendo Switch Prize Packs, each PIN can be redeemed for a reward of 50 My Nintendo Platinum Points, which can, in turn, be redeemed for select downloadable rewards through the My Nintendo rewards program. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo Platinum Points.

The promotion runs Oct. 9, 2017, through January 31, 2018*. For official rules and more information about the promotion, visit http://www.postconsumerbrands.ca/NintendoSwitch. For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/. For more information about Super Mario Odyssey, visit http://supermario.com.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/.

*No purchase necessary. PIN required. Contest begins October 9, 2017 at 12:00:01 p.m. ET and closes January 31, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET. Open to legal residents of Canada who are over the age of majority. Correct answer to mathematical skill testing question required. Sixty (60) Nintendo Switch prize packs available to be won, approximate value of $479.98 each. Each prize consists of (1) Nintendo Switch system and (1) Super Mario Odyssey game. Regardless of the win or non-win Notification Entrant receives, every Entrant who registers for the Promotion and enters a valid PIN will receive a code valid for fifty (50) My Nintendo™ Platinum Points (the “Points Code”). The Points Code can be redeemed at www.mynintendo.com.  Odds of instantly winning depend on number and timing of eligible entries. Limit of one (1) entry per unique PIN. Limit of one (1) prize per household. Limit 1 x 50 Points Code (valid until 12/31/18) per PIN. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo Platinum Points. By creating a Nintendo Account, user is automatically enrolled in the My Nintendo rewards program. My Nintendo Rewards Points Terms of Service apply https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point. Conditions apply. Visit www.postconsumerbrands.ca/NintendoSwitch for full Contest Rules. Nintendo is not a sponsor, co-sponsor or administrator of this contest.

 

This is really cool news, and it is always nice to see Nintendo promoting in new ways. Does this make you hungry for cereal?

 

Source: Nintendo PR

By Stark Wyvern On 7 Oct, 2017 At 11:43 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNever would I have thought that I would enjoy a golf game, but here I am invested in a golf game. Golf Story is a wonderful game, from what I have played so far. The game has a great story and much exploring to do. Following a young boy who just wants to golf, you will meet a cast of characters, some you’ll hate and some you might adore.

The main character is a lovely chap, who just wants to be a pro golfer. He puts it off for years but eventually gets out there. He might have it rough, even though at a young age he was a pro, or he could have been. Playing with his father, he helps you learn how to play the game and at the same time warms your heart.

The game is simple yet you will certainly make mistakes. It might seem easy and depending on where the ball is, just like in real life, it can be. But watch out, there will be traps and other things to mess you up. One wrong swing can have you lose a 9 hole game and make you play it all over again!

There is a pretty nice map to walk around on, that shows off the different areas you can visit. Each of these areas, of course, houses quests, story, and challenges. You will always have to be on your watch and make sure you equip the right gear. That’s right this game has the equipment and using the right or wrong equipment can change the course of your game.

Challenges are given by people and passing them is tantamount. Fail a challenge and see the words Too Bad appear on your screen. Of course, this makes you want to complete the challenge all the more. This game gives you money and experience which of course level up your game. Get money and you can buy new equipment as well pay certain characters.

The experience system opens up a whole nother layer of gameplay in that it affects how your character plays. Leveling up certain attributes will, in fact, lower other ones. There is a distinct give and take, and while it might seem simplest to just level them up evenly, it may work against you, in the longer term. This game is certainly one where you need to invest your points wisely not unlike other RPG’s. 

The game itself is also so lovingly created. It is truly a game made with love, and you can see that so clearly. The first game from a company with this much heart shows how much they want to succeed. It is just so beautiful to see a world crafted with such creativity in the style that this game is crafted in.

Golf Story is certainly a game that you should play, a solid Golf based RPG, something, unlike anything I’ve seen before. The writing is witty, and the characters are great. You’ll want to play it and see what happens next as it really is just that type of game. Golf Story is available now on the Nintendo Switch and I wholeheartedly think it is worth anyone’s time. This is one of those weird games that while it may not seem appealing it will change your mind. So tee up for some fun in Golf Story!

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By Stark Wyvern On 7 Oct, 2017 At 11:18 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Thimbleweed Park is truly a game unlike any I’ve ever played before. A true mystery game that takes on the majesty that is point and clicks adventure, but allows you to bring it on the go with you. This game has amazing voice acting all the way through, and really goes the extra mile to tell you a magnificent story.

Thimbleweed Park is set in the 80’s mostly but there are some bits of time travel. I won’t spoil the game for you, but it does get quite crazy. You control a few different characters first be two agents Ray and Reyes. They are looking for a murderer and it is up to the three of you to solve it. Along the way, you will learn about the other weirdos in this town and even control a few of them. There are some super annoying characters that actually are the same person because it isn’t so easy making so many characters. But, in hindsight, it was actually quite humorous.

The story is rife with exploration and so many different things to pick up. You cannot be sure what you might or might not need. So if you can pick it up, do so. This game will give you so many items that you will have quite a stuffed inventory but it’s interesting seeing how the characters react to certain items.

This game offers up a decent mystery and you may find yourself stuck. Don’t worry though, there is an automated tip line in-game. Just find a phone and call the given number and bam, you can get help on just about anything in the game. There are moments where it won’t work, and that just means you are already doing the right things.

Thimbleweed Park is clearly a game that the creators put a lot of time and effort into. It is one of those labor of love games, that you play and you smile. As a Kickstarter game, it also is just so cool to see that so many people wanted this game to exist. With the creators of the game being backed by so many no wonder they truly put their heart and souls into this game.

If you need a great mystery to solve then this is certainly a game for you. When I played this game I was in the throes of practicing for a production of Sherlock Holmes the Hound of the Baskerville, and this game just fit right into my mental state. This game is truly something worth playing. The voice acting is top notch, the game is well done and reminiscent of classic games, and it will have you yearning to find out how this all ends. So, head down Thimbleweed Park and help the “federinos”, they need your help, there’s a murderer on the loose!

A Code was given by developers.

By Stark Wyvern On 6 Oct, 2017 At 01:52 AM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Piczle Lines DX is a new game for Nintendo Switch and a pretty interesting puzzle game. This game relies on the player to make lines and create pictures. With a story that is rather simple, it might seem like a simple game. But the puzzles do in fact get harder as you go along. One wrong move and you have to start the puzzle all over again.

Solving puzzles takes only a drag of a line, through the right number of spaces. But don’t move too quickly, as you may just make a mistake and then you will have to start it all over. The puzzles do actually get bigger fairly early on, and then you have to deal with filling an even bigger space.

This game is certainly playable by just about anyone because it is rather easy to play. It lends itself to being a game you can pick up and play at any time, you might be in the mood for a puzzle. The game itself is cute and well designed for what it is.

This game won’t be for everyone, but for those who like puzzle games and cute main characters, this may be the game for you.

Piczle Lines DX is available for Nintendo Switch!

By Stark Wyvern On 5 Oct, 2017 At 09:41 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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One Piece is a celebrated anime and my all time favorite, so naturally, I had to play this game for Switch. While it was previously available on 3DS, PlayStation 3 and XBox360, it is finally here for Switch. This game is an awesome game that gives you a solid story and sets you on an adventure with the Straw Hat Crew.

There is a new but old villain in town, named Patrick Redfield, a former great pirate who once stood on par with Roger and Whitebeard. This man is back and that means nothing good for our favorite rubber pirate and his crew. The heroes are due for a little downtime when they find Trans Town. Little do they know, they are in for quite an adventure.

With Luffy leading the charge they find this town needs help, and then it happens. The crew vanishes in a weird scene. Luffy and his game only friend Pato, head off on a journey. Heading to familiar places like Punk Hazard and some other classic venues they find the crew. The game continues to tell a story of the crew working to take down Redfield. Heading to other iconic lands and facing all sorts of baddies from the past. Using the crew you can fight them with whoever you want.

Watching Franky, Robin, and Chopper take on foes they never faced is a treat. This game has some welcome fanservice, which adds to the appeal. Will Luffy and his crew defeat the deadly pirate with his wicked ability or fall flat?

Alongside the normal story is a coliseum mode. As this game came out in the throes of the Dressrosa Arc, its time to enter the Doflamingo hosted Corrida Coliseum. Use whatever characters you’d like from the crew or even use other characters, like Jinbe, Ace, and even Admiral Fujitora. In a challenging round based tournament. Lose a match and drop down to the beginning. Once you lose you start over, and have to work back to the top.

The last great thing about this game is that you get all the DLC. So you can fit your characters in different costumes, that while they are just for show add some customization. It is just a cool little feature to make your playthrough fun.

One Piece Unlimited World Red Deluxe is a solid game. It’s Musou styled gameplay is quick and easy to pick up. You can grind, and gather items, which make the town grow. Learn secret words to gain new attacks. Relive some amazing fights and use whatever characters you might want. Head out on the Grand Line and help Luffy take down one of his greatest foes he’s ever faced. You can get One Piece Unlimited World Red on Switch right now!

By Stark Wyvern On 5 Oct, 2017 At 05:03 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Yokai Watch 2 was an awesome game and of course, following the Pokemon model, it is time for Yokai Watch’s first third game. In Psychic Specters, you, play the same game mostly, but there are little moments here and there that are different. It is really still just such a solid game, and one that will hold fans attention until Yokai Watch 3 and Yokai Watch Busters finally come westward.

Yokai Watch 2 Psychic Specters is certainly just as fun even if you have played the game before. The world is always such a fun place to explore and there are so many Yokai to befriend. All of the QR Codes of work again for this game, so you can use them to your heart’s content. This game really allows you to play how you want and that is a good thing.

Psychic Specters also comes with a lot of extra content, to build upon the first two entries. You can now befriend the Wicked Yokai which is a cool thing. Those Wicked Yokai looked really cool and I am glad to be able to befriend them. They certainly act nicer once befriended but it just is cool to have former baddies on your side.

There is also a full story for Dame Deadtime, who in my opinion is a truly terrible villain. Her boss fight can be tedious, and her character to me just seems weak. But it is always interesting learning about characters. You also get the whole story on Darknyan which is another interesting one. Far more interesting to me than the Dame’s story.

You can also befriend other strange Yokai including the Jewelnyans and the nose picking Snottle. After completing the main story head to Yokai Land and experience a whole new area. Psychic Blasters is a revamped version of Yokai Watch Blasters and the perfect lead up to the full game which should come westward in the future.

All in all, if you liked Yokai Watch 2 you will certainly enjoy this game. If you have the first one you can transfer your save file and continue from where you left off. Or start fresh, and experience the game all over again. This game is also great for anyone who has only played the first game or never at all. It has a good beginning section and allows you to see all the Yokai from both games.

Yokai Watch 2 Psychic Specters is a great RPG and one that you’ll probably enjoy. If you haven’t yet, you can get this game on your 3DS in stores or on the Eshop!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Oct, 2017 At 11:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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When a game starts out by telling you the easiest setting is Hard Mode, you know you are in for an experience. This was indeed the case for me, with Butcher on Nintendo Switch, a 2D action game that made no false claims about its intensity or action.

Butcher can best be described as Doom meets Metroid meets Battletoads on NES. Its an intense action game, in a wonderfully crafted 2D world, and is one of the hardest games you will ever play. The action kicks off immediately with your character setting out to kill the humans, and the gore just keeps ramping up as you go along. I have no issue with gory games when done well, and this is one of the cases of gore being done well. The HD rumble is even incorporated well into the game to create a more immersive experience, and certain weapons were really well done with HD rumble integration.

I’ve seen some people complain that the game is too difficult even for its claims. But to those people I say, “Did you not see the trailer? The game’s entire selling point is hard gameplay and intense action”. It isn’t a one-hit death type of game either, with strategy being necessary in order to progress. Plan your moves and you will make it far. Rush in with guns blazing and you will be racking up deaths like there will be no tomorrow.

I also liked the option of bringing in a CRT filter, to give the pixel art style a true retro feel. It just felt almost natural for the game, and while this is definitely not a game you would have seen on an older Nintendo system, it is fun to imagine. If I had any complaints, its that certain button inputs felt awkward and some changes needed to be done. Still that is a minor complaint, and the game is well worth getting. This is not one to pass up!

 

 

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A review key was provided by the publisher.

By Stark Wyvern On 1 Oct, 2017 At 10:47 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo loves mixing up genres, and Arms is their retooled version of a fighting game. A game that can literally make you sweat if played right, this game will test your mettle.

Imagine yourself with arms made of rubber, or at least arms that stretch, that is the crux of this amazing games. Fighters enter an arena and using their amazing arms do battle.

The characters themselves are so varied there is a lot to think about when choosing who you want to play as. Besides the different colors, and what they use as a weapon, you also have to think about their abilities. You see, like any other fighting game, these characters all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Say you choose, Ninjara, while fast you also have a teleport attack which can change how you play. Ribbon Girl can literally jump with music and Master Mummy can heal while blocking. Then you have characters like the newly added Lola Pop who can inflate herself just like a balloon. These characters really all do take some getting used to just because they are all so unique.

Arms is a game that you can certainly play for any amount of time. It is a game that has quite a few game modes for short sessions. Winning fights and these other games net you funds for purchases. The fights you will get into will get harder, and maximizing your success will come a little easier depending on the Arms you have at your disposal.

It is also a treat gathering arms as it takes money and your punches to even gain more. It might not be easy all the time, but collecting Arms is fun. Plus if you collect the same Arm it will increase its power which is quite a cool thing. Arms is a game that really wants you to succeed and doesn’t want you to feel like you are wasting time and in-game money on gathering more Arms.

Arms really is a game that is worth playing. You need to see this game to believe it. It can also be quite the exercise if done using the standard thumbs up grip. Playing for a few hours can cause your muscles to ache the next day which proves it is a solid fighting game. You do feel like you are actually throwing the punches as you really are. It just makes this game that much cooler.

So, pick up your joy cons, pick a fighter and jump into the ring. ARMS is available now on the Nintendo Switch and is an absolutely great fighter with a lot of heart!