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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 05:49 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo of Canada sent out the following

 

Nintendo premiered a new Nintendo Direct video presentation all about its upcoming ARMS game for the Nintendo Switch console – with a little surprise from everyone’s favourite Inklings in the Splatoon 2 game as part of a bonus trailer at the end. ARMS was created by many of the same team members that developed the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game for Nintendo Switch, promising the same level of polish and competitive action as the hit racing game. The Nintendo Direct video detailed many new features about ARMS, including key characters, attributes and the game’s numerous multiplayer battle modes, as well as information about a free Global Testpunch demo for the game that starts at the end of May.

“With games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Splatoon 2, the next few months will be a summer of social competitive gaming on Nintendo Switch,” said Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director. “This Nintendo Direct presentation offered great reasons why ARMS is perfect for players of all ages, whether they are familiar with fighting games or not.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

ARMS

·      Combat Customization: After selecting a character, players will have the opportunity to equip two ARMS, one on the right and one on the left. These ARMS range from standard fists to things like boomerangs and missiles, offering a wide variety of close- and long-range attacks, as well as offensive and defensive options.

o   Types – Dozens of ARMS can be selected in the game, each with its own special power and handling ability. Different types range from the Toaster, which unleashes a flaming punch, to the Tribolt, which shoots three bolts horizontally. Some ARMS even boost defense, like the Guardian, which can be used as a shield.

o   Attributes – There are seven different ARMS attributes in the game, each with its own specialty: Fire, Electricity, Wind, Ice, Stun, Explosion and Blind. Different ARMS have different attributes, so it’s a good idea to mix and match for a strategic advantage.

o   Weight – When equipping the many different types of ARMS, weight is an important factor in determining performance. Weight affects momentum, so players have to keep this in mind when selecting ARMS. Stronger ARMS are more powerful but slower, while multi-hit ARMS are quick but have lower individual power. Punches can even run into each other while fighting, with the heavier ARMS knocking the lighter ones away.

o   Upgrade ARMS – As players fight through ARMS, they will rack up hard-earned in-game currency for use at the ARMS Getter, where players can use their skills to earn new ARMS and the ability to upgrade previously owned ones.

·      Versus Mode: ARMS is filled to the brim with fun modes that offer a variety of ways to challenge other fighters.

o   Fight – In this main multiplayer* mode, two fighters battle against each other one-on-one to claim victory. During the fight, bombs and other healing items drop in, adding some strategic options to the proceedings.

o   Team Fight – In this mode, two players are attached by strings and must team up to battle another team of two. Attacks can hit allies, so watch out for friendly punches!

o   V-Ball – Similar to volleyball, but much more awesome. V-Ball is a sport that involves knocking an explosive ball into the opponent’s court.

o   Hoops – Grab opponents and shoot them into the net (or even dunk them for extra satisfaction) in this hard-core game of ARMS-style basketball.

o   Skillshot – Break as many targets as possible using the versatile powers of ARMS.

o   1-on-100 – Defeat 100 enemies in a row, one at a time, in this progressive battle mode.

o   ARMS Test & Training – In Test mode, players can try out randomized ARMS combinations, while Training lets them practice a number of varied drills.

·      Multiplayer* Gaming: Playing with friends either locally or online is easy when using one of the various multiplayer modes in ARMS.

o   Grand Prix – Win 10 straight matches in Grand Prix and players will face a final opponent to be crowned the ARMS champion. (This mode is played locally with one or two players.)

o   Party Match – By connecting the Nintendo Switch console to the internet, players can battle with up to three other ARMS players at a time that are in the same lobby as them. One lobby can hold up to 10 systems, but with up to two players per system, 20 players can potentially get together in the same lobby.

o   Ranked Match – In this time-honoured coliseum, players compete online in 1-v-1 battles. By winning a match, a player’s rank goes up, while, conversely, losing will make that rank go down. While waiting to play a Ranked Match online, players can participate in any other mode to pass the time (and tighten up their skills).

o   Local Wireless Mode: When playing in Local Wireless mode, up to eight players with eight separate systems in the same room can gather in an in-game lobby and battle up to three other players at a time like in Party Match.

·      ARMS Update: In the future, Nintendo will release free software updates that add new fighters, stages and ARMS to the game. These free updates will occur after the game launches, so watch for additional details!

·      Global Testpunch: Like Splatoon 2 and Splatoon before it, ARMS is offering free trial periods to try out the game and get a taste of what it’s like before launch. But instead of a Global Testfire, these free demos will naturally be called the Global Testpunch. The first blocks of time will be allocated throughout the weekend of May 26-28, and the second blocks on June 2-4. To participate, simply download the free Global Testpunch demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch before the trials begin. Check http://arms.nintendo.com/ for updates about specific timing.

·      Characters: Over the course of the Nintendo Direct presentation, the 10 key playable fighters in ARMS were unveiled. Each with his or her own fighting style, the game’s playable characters are full of personality.

o   Spring Man – This passionate fighter’s bouncy hairstyle might look fake, but his passion for fighting is definitely real.

o   Ninjara – Using his nimble movements and ancient ninjutsu, Ninjara can disappear and warp somewhere else even in mid-air or when guarding.

o   Master Mummy – As the only character that can restore health while guarding, Master Mummy is a force to be reckoned with.

o   Min Min – With her ramen noodle arms, Min Min’s spin kick and throws are deliciously powerful.

o   Kid Cobra – A fan of selfie sticks and livestreaming, this hip fighter pounces on opponents with a charged-up dash.

o   Ribbon Girl – Possessing next-level jumping skills, Ribbon Girl violates the laws of physics with her unbeatable power.

o   Helix – Who is Helix? He’s an experiment gone wrong, that’s who. His springy body lets him move in unpredictable ways.

o   Mechanica – This mechanical genius dons a homemade power suit that can hover above the competition.

o   Byte & Barq – Two fighters in one! This robot fighter and his robot canine companion battle together to unleash devastating combo attacks.

o   Twintelle – As an A-list actress, Twintelle uses her celebrity status to render her opponents utterly star struck as she walks the red carpet to victory.

Splatoon 2

·      Splatoon 2 Single-Player Mode: At the end of the Nintendo Direct presentation, a new trailer for Splatoon 2 debuted, showing off the game’s single-player mode. In a shocking twist, Callie – of Squid Sisters fame – has gone missing and her right-tentacle squid Marie tasks the player to search for Callie and the Great Zapfish. Players can use different weapons in single-player mode to overcome obstacles, defeat enemies and take down towering bosses – weapons like the Roller, Slosher, Splatling or the new Dualies. The single-player mode is designed to teach players tips and tricks that they can then use in multiplayer. For more on the Squid Sisters, check out the Squid Sisters Stories here.

ARMS launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16. For more information about the game, visit http://arms.nintendo.com/. Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. For more information about the game, visit http://splatoon.nintendo.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/.

We will have a more in depth breakdown of the direct later. This direct really did show off just how incredible a game Arms is and that Nintendo can create a unique fighting game just as well as the next company.

Source: Nintendo of Canada PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:54 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 was announced for Switch during the reveal event., but there was a distinct lack of information about the game after that. However, we now have new information thanks to Famitsu, and there are some very interesting details.

The game has  mechanics and systems in this version to add a new experience.

  • Ad-Hoc Co-Op Play – A first for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series, using ad-hoc correspondence, you can play with up to six nearby players.
  • Ultimate Techniques with the Motion Sensor – For example, by using the Joy-Cons with both hands, you can trigger a “Kamehameha.”
  • Two-Player Joy-Con Battles – Battle against a friend on the same Switch using the two Joy-Con controllers.

The Switch version will also have some great bonuses as well.

  • Limited Time Bonus – Experience the “Time Patrol” main story from the first Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • For Early Buyers – A code to unlock the characters from the main story early. By using this code, you will have access to more than 70 characters from the start.

Bandai Namco may have taken their time revealing information on the Switch version of the game, but it was worth it. This sounds like an incredible version of the game with a ton of great content.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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NIS America is bringing another game to the Nintendo Switch with Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle. It will launch alongside the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions in September.

Engage in exhilarating battles on the Nintendo Switch wherever you go!

Reimu is spending her time at the Hakurei Shrine like any other day until a few people visiting the shrine spoke of rumors that a vampire is joining forces with the yokais to assault human beings. Concerned, Reimu steps up and goes to the Scarlet Devil Mansion to investigate the vampire.

What mysterious figure is behind all of these escalating attacks…?

About the Game:

Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a bullet-hell battle game that takes place in the Touhou universe. Take control of one of nine Touhou characters and eliminate your opponent using bullet-hell patterns, melee attacks, or spell cards! Featuring ear-tingling beats for each character, you might just find yourself dancing while you play!

Key Features:

Return to the World of Touhou – Jump back into the world of Touhou and play as some of your favorite characters in a brand-new 3D square arena.
High-flying Combat – Outwit your opponent by taking your bullet-hell battles to the sky! Perform dashes, doublejumps, and mid-air dashes to avoid bullets and demoralize your opponent!
Climb the Rankings – Compete at home with friends, or online against everyone to climb the rankings and become the ultimate Touhou fighter!

This is great news, as it shows that more third party support is coming to the Switch. This is especially true of niche third party games which have found a market on the system, similar to how Disgaea sold well. Hopefully even more companies will get on board with the platform.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:37 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In a recent issue of Famitsu, Inti Creates announced Mighty Gunvolt Burst, a sequel to Mighty Gunvolt that and has new features like a character growth system to build on the experience. The game will come to both 3DS and Nintendo Switch. There are new features as well, like the Burst Combo that adds a bonus score when taking down adjacent enemies.

Beck and Gunvolt are both playable in the game and will no doubt be reminiscent of the original game and their respective series. The Switch version will offer HD Rumble with item dowsing as well.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 12:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has disclosed some information from NPD about their sales in April and the data is very interesting.

The  Switch was the best-selling gaming hardware in the U.S. in April with more than 280,000 units sold. This is the second month in a row that Switch was the best selling system in America, even with a constrained supply. Nintendo further  stated

“April sales of Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems (more than 68,000 units sold) combined to make up almost half of all hardware sales across all dedicated video game systems.”

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also did well, with 460,000 copies at retail, or 550,000 copies when factoring in digital sales. This is only counting two days of sales for the game, as the cutoff date was April 29th for NPD tracking.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  was the third-highest-selling game in April, continuing that game’s triumphant run. Nintendo then noted that “1-2-Switch and digital-only game Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! also saw strong sales in April.”

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 May, 2017 At 07:00 AM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Natsume sent out the following

 

In celebration of Harvest Moon’s 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, and Rising Star Games, European video game publisher and long-standing partner of Natsume, today announced an all-new title, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The new game will encompass twenty years of spirit that has made the franchise what it is today, and will be available on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PlayStation 4! This is the first time the Harvest Moon brand will be on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. The title will be playable on both Switch and PC in the Natsume booth at E3 2017 in South Hall, Booth 2047 in June.

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume.  “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

“Partnering with Natsume for over a decade, we’ve been delighted to bring the joyful gameplay of Harvest Moon to fans in Europe and beyond”, said Martin Defries, Managing Director, Rising Star Games. “We are excited to be part of the unveiling of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope at E3″.

As part of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume has also unveiled the re-release of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the PlayStation 4, and Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo Wii U. Rising Star Games, in cooperation with Natsume, announced its first ever app for smart devices, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers. The history of the franchise can be seen at a new site with official release dates, artwork, box art, and interesting trivia. http://www.natsume.com/current_game/games/hm20th/index.html

 

 

While Natsume’s recent games in the Harvest Moon series have been somewhat lacking, this one sounds very promising. A SNES style game for nostalgic fans certainly sounds appealing, so hopefully the product is a good one. It would be nice to see Natsume’a take on the series do well and be received warmly.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 04:23 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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This is unexpected. A new name has entered the arena of E3 as Devolver Digital will be holding a conference.

 

There are no full details yet, but this is a pretty big deal as Devolver is one of the fastest growing publishers and a new conference at E3 is always big news. Hopefully new details come soon.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 12:49 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During last month’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that a demo for Disgaea 5 Complete would be coming shortly before launch. The demo has now arrived and is available on the eShop. today

Going to the “Coming Soon” section and visiting Disgaea 5 Complete’s page, you will to see the demo is available and be able to download it. The demo comes it at about 999MB, so there should not be too many space concerns.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 11:10 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Disgaea is a well loved Strategy RPG series that made its home on PlayStation systems, although it did have an entry on the DS. Now the series has returned to Nintendo systems with Disgaea 5 Complete on the Switch. This contains Disgaea 5 as it was on PlayStation 4, and has all the DLC that came with it.

Disgaea 5 is about a conflict between demons in the various netherworlds and has a fully realized plot and characters. In fact, the characters are a major selling point for this game. There is the protagonist Killia, the overlord of Gorgeous Seraphina, Red Magnus and more. Each character has a unique personality and mannerisms and the various interactions they have in the game are always great to watch. Sometimes they are downright hilarious, especially Red Magnus, who is based off pro wrestlers like the Rock.

The gameplay, for those who are not familiar with Disgaea, is similar to the Final Fantasy Tactics series, with battles set up in the same way. You advance around the battlefield and plan your moves carefully. You can team up characters for attacks, throw characters to move farther, and combo your moves. Different battlefields will have different obstacles and each character has unique abilities, including passive abilities that will provide either new challenges or new ways of winning. Disgaea is essentially a 3D game of chess with better visuals and great storytelling. Once you get the idea of what to do, you will start to have a lot of fun and lose yourself in it. Characters have unique moves as well such as the overload, and the different moves for the monsters. Each character has to be handled differently which offers a challenge and a good sense of reward. When you hit the right move, you will be amazed at what you can do.

Then there are the recruitable classes, whom you can interact with when off the battlefield. There are numerous classes that you can hire and customize, including their personalities. This means you can set up your party to be exactly the way you want it, which is a great touch. Speaking of being off the battlefield, there is a great overworld of sorts, with Seraphina’s pocket netherworld serving as your base. there are shops to go to, different characters to interact with, and more skits available. As you progress in the game, you unlock more characters and the world changes a bit each time. The characters are great, with witty dialogue and good voice acting. In fact now is the time to mention that Disgaea 5 has some of the best voice acting ever in a game, along with some amazing music. The visuals are a perfect match for the sound and the skits become great to watch as a result.

If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of a tactical RPG, Disgaea 5 offers several tutorials on how to play the game, each offered when starting a new part of the game or exploring a new mechanic. These do a great job of explaining things and getting you up to speed. If you feel these tutorials aren’t necessary though, then they can be skipped completely and you wont need to worry about hand holding the entire time. The game has a perfect balance with the tutorials and I recommend checking some out.

One thing I found very cool, is that the game still has Trophies from the PS4 version. They even sound have the same sound effect and can be seen by talking to a character in Seraphina’s base.

As mentioned, this version of the game has all the DLC and it is obtainable right away. You have your choice of when you access it though, so don’t feel rushed to use it all.

Disgaea 5 is an excellent experience on the Switch. Whether docked or in handheld mode, this was a lot of fun, and I lost hours to this. I highly recommend checking this out as it is one of the best games for the Switch right now. You will not regret this.

 

A code was provided for this review.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 09:28 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo direct for tomorrow May 17. This will show off new content for Arms, presumably different modes and maybe characters. They will likely focus on the different multiplayer options as well.

In addition there will be a new trailer for Splatoon 2 as well. This is interesting as these games already had a direct focusing on them. Nintendo is really pushing these IPs as their big new franchises.