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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Aug, 2017 At 04:13 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Get ready to flex those cartography muscles again because Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be launching in the Americas on Oct. 17! All of the mysteries, dangers, and FOEs that inhabit the Yggdrasil tree will be revealed very soon, so make sure your calendar is clear of any distractions. The release date in Europe will be announced at a later time.
They say that whoever reaches the top of the colossal Yggdrasil will have their greatest wish fulfilled. So what’s so hard about hiking up a tree? Well, besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil tree is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying FOEs just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by. But don’t let that dampen your adventurous spirit because the Etrian Odyssey V launch edition contains many treasures that will strengthen your resolve! Here’s what you’ll get when you pre-order or otherwise grab the limited launch edition of the game:

24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.

  • 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
  • Outer Box – The Yggdrasil tree and eager adventurers adorn this colorful outer box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.
Fencer Class
It just wouldn’t be smart to traverse the Yggdrasil tree without someone who is pretty handy with a blade, so why not have an Earthlain Fencer watch your back when exploring? The Fencer is master of both rapier and shield, and let’s just say that during fights they really like to get straight to the point. Quick on their feet, Fencers excel at evasion, stabbing, initiating defensive buffs, stabbing, chaining together attacks with other party members, and stabbing. They can further specialize in their agility by sacrificing unnecessary equipment for speed or go all in with their swordsmanship to become a whirlwind of pain.
This is an awesome looking game. Will you be getting it when it launches?
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 11:24 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Sega has released the opening cinematic for Sonic Mania, which releases in a few days. You can see the cinematic here.

 

Here’s an early look at the opening animation for Sonic Mania, releasing August 15th!

Animated and Directed by Tyson Hesse, featuring custom music by Hyper Potions, this animation is our final gift to you before the game launches on Tuesday!

This is a beautiful opening and really shows how much love was put into this game.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 11:55 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Next week’s Neo Geo Game for Switch has been revealed, and it is the side scrolling action game Magician Lord

 

MAGICIAN LORD is a side-scrolling action game released by SNK in 1990 in Japan.

This fantasy-action game was one of the launch titles for NEOGEO.

Control the magician Elta on a journey to save the world from Gal-Agiese, who came back to life once again.

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 masterpieces that built a generation of video games

This game is a true classic and it is great that it is getting a re-release on the Switch, Will you be buying it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Retro City Rampage is a beloved indie gem and has now come to the Nintendo Switch. But does this version hold up well? Or is the game overrated? Well, if you saw the title, you might have a hint as to what I felt.

Retro City Rampage is many things in one. It is a demake of the GTA series as well as a loving homage to the 90’s and early 90’s. Pop culture references abound from movies, tv and of course gaming, but then there is the modern ideas that are celebrated as well. These include jabs, lighthearted and otherwise, at modern gaming, as well as references to other indie games. In fact, with some like bit.trip, this goes so far as including crossover content along with some internet personalities. It seems like an odd combination but it blends really well.

Gameplay is similar to the original GTA games but also with more throwbacks to the NES era to shake things up.  Platforming segments, swimming segments reminiscent of TMNT and more abound. But in addition to including parody, the game actually does have a decent narrative. It is completely bonkers but that is part of the charm and it just fits well. Plus running around in a rampage is oddly satisfying….and yes I realize how disturbing that sounds. But the best part of the game being a throwback are the cheats. Cheats aren’t done much today so this was a welcome addition. They will disable your ability to save, so it is more for having fun than completing the game. Enter some well known cheats from older games and you may be surprised.

The last thing I want to mention is how the game has a great 8 bit soundtrack and the developer went above and beyond to create and awesome audio variety for the game.it takes a great game and makes it even better, yes there are issues like the driving segments being awkward, but you get used to it. I fully recommend getting this on Switch!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 02:52 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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THQ Nordic sent out the following

 

 

Release the kraken, or ,in the world of Sine Mora EX, the Sentinel Hexapus Kolobok!

Sine Mora EX, the extended version of the critically acclaimed original Sine Mora, is out now on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4 on August 8th, 2017. The version for Nintendo Switch™ will follow later this summer. The game will be available as digital download for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4. A retail version for PlayStation™4 and Xbox One will also be out on August 8th, and there will be a retail version for Nintendo Switch™, too.

 

About Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot’em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

Sine Mora EX features:

  • 16:9 Aspect ratio (instead of 16:10 which still remains as an option)
  • Full English Voice Overs (Original Hungarian ones are still available as an option)
  • Local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode
  • 3 New versus modes: Race, Tanks, Dodgeball
  • New challenge levels
  • Improved Rendering

PLAYSTATION 4 PRO and PC ONLY: Native 4k at 60 FPS

Sine Mora EX is an amazing looking game and should no doubt appeal to many shoot em up fans.

 

Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 01:08 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Angry Mob Games sent out the following

 

Smash & bash indie platform fighter, Brawlout, is coming to Nintendo Switch™ this holiday season. Get ready to call out your friends in the next big fighter to hit the portable console!

Following a successful launch on Steam Early Access in April 2017, platform fighting game, Brawlout from Angry Mob Games, is headed to the Nintendo Switch™ in time for the holiday season. Brawlout packs a punch with couch and online play modes, blending platform fighter mechanics and traditional fighting game play into a stylish and fluid battle royale. To celebrate the announcement, Angry Mob is offering 50% off the Steam version to satisfy itchy controller fingers ahead of the Nintendo Switch™ release.

 

If that wasn’t enough, Angry Mob is also excited to announce a new playable character to their already stellar line-up: Hyper Light Drifter, from the hard-hitting indie gem of the same name. Developed by Heart Machine studio, the titular hero is set to unsheathe his light sword against the competitors of Brawlout today.

 

“We love indie games; one of the first, and most iconic, characters that came to mind was Hyper Light Drifter,” says Bogdan Iliesiu, CEO of Angry Mob Games. “He fit into the Brawlout universe perfectly, as he is already built for the type of battle we see in the game. We collaborated closely with Heart Machine to make sure The Drifter remained true to the original, working in his iconic light sword and making his signature dash a character specific move. The Drifter brings a more technical style of combat to Brawlout, with tons of movement options and both defensive and offensive play, that we think he’s going to become a staple for those looking for a competitive edge.”

 

Whether players are looking for a casual couch experience with friends, or to challenge pros in worldwide online tournaments, Brawlout caters to anyone looking to create a little chaos. For those wanting to take part in the mayhem from a safe distance, Brawlout TV is available for spectators to watch ongoing matches.

 

FEATURES

 

  • Choose from six original characters, each with unique combat styles, or try your hand at Hyper Light Drifter from the indie hit of the same name + more surprise fighters in the works
  • Host up to 4 players in online and local battles, with several modes including timed, stock or team matches
  • Fuel your Rage Meter to power up for hard-hitting Special Attacks and unleash your Rage Mode
  • Action is kept fast and fluid with advanced techniques like air dodging, wavedashes, directional influence on stun, ledge grabs or Rage Bursts.
  • Brawlout does away with shields and blocking, focusing heavily on the aggressive, fast-paced combat which has made platform fighters so fun to both play and watch.

 

Download Brawlout on Steam Now, with a 50% discount, for $9.99 USD; Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions coming soon.

 

Brawlout is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB and PEGI 3+.

Brawlout is a fantastic platform fighting game, and to have it come to Switch is excellent. This will no doubt appeal to many Nintendo fans due to the nature of the game. We will have a review of the Steam version up on the site later this week.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 07:34 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced the Nintendo World Championships 2017

 

This October, Nintendo fans will put their gaming skills to the ultimate test in an epic battle to win the Nintendo World Championships 2017.

It all kicks off with eight qualifying events at select Best Buy stores across the U.S.* Join the celebration of Nintendo’s past, present, and future—and maybe even win a trip to NYC for the finals!

 

 

Qualifiers: Four weekends, eight locations

August 19 and 20
New York
SF Bay Area

August 26 and 27
Chicago
Los Angeles

September 2 and 3
Minneapolis
Dallas

September 9 and 10
Seattle
Miami

Exclusively at select store locations.

 

This is exciting news. Will you participate?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Aug, 2017 At 09:07 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Builders 2. The game will be coming to both PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

 

New features in the game are underwater exploration, gliding as well as multiplayer/co-op.

More details will be coming in the future.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Aug, 2017 At 03:20 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atooi sent out the following

 

Atooi announced today that new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle – from the creators of Mutant Mudds and Xeodrifter – will be available to download via the Nintendo 3DS eShop on August 17, 2017 in North America and Europe for $14.99 / €14.99.

The stars of Chicken Wiggle are an improbable duo: a young chicken and his new best buddy – a wiggly worm – nestled in his backpack! Together, they team up for adventure to jump, peck, and worm-grapple across a myriad of perplexing platforming levels – full of fun gadgets, tricky hazards, and sneaky foes – determined to rescue their friends from the wicked witch in her sky towers.

Create & Share Levels On-line!
But wait, there’s more! Aspiring game designers and playful doodlers alike can spend hours of fun hatching their own levels with the user-friendly level creator included with the game. You can even choose different gameplay rules, art themes, and provide custom hints, tips, and search tags. Once you’re ready, it’s easy to share your creations on-line with other Chicken Wiggle players via the community portal. Now, anyone can be a game designer on the go!

Players seeking more levels to play after completing Chicken Wiggle’s main story mode will find a wealth of unique levels to download, play, and rate for free! Level categories include Official Atooi (made by Atooi level designers), Popular (most hearts), and Latest. You can also enter your own search tags or a specific level ID to locate a friend’s level.

You can see a trailer here

A website for the game can be found here

 

Atooi, one of the two studios to come from the split of Renegade Kid, has some great pedigree behind their game design and a lot of experience. This looks like another classic in waiting and should be an awesome experience.

 

Will you be buying it?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Aug, 2017 At 11:44 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Almost a decade after release, footage of Mario Kart Wii’s scrapped mission mode has been found by MrBean35000vr.

 

MrBean35000vr explained

So, you may be wondering, how has nobody found this before now? The reason all this took so long to find is just because the game doesn’t try to load these screens at all, ever, even on the menus that would once upon a time have contained them. So in order to get at them, you’d have to convince the game it was supposed to load them first, which I did, and then politely asking them to render actually works! Moreover, these screens change the game state into an unused mode, similar yet different to that of Competition and Tournaments, revealing a bunch of features that were once part of Mario Kart DS, hiding away in the depths of Mario Kart Wii’s code.

The menus for Mission Mode have no available text, but the game is trying to load them; they’ve simply been erased. Similarly, a massive file that would’ve contained mission parameters is not present, and without it, the mode can’t start – UNLESS you simulate its existence, which is what I did. It attempts to load files out of the /Race/MissionRun folder on the disc, but that folder is empty, but that affects nothing since that folder would only have contained extra data (like where to place goombas or similar). As such, I was actually able to play a few games with the game in Misson state, and show off some of the game modes.

This is really cool, and a mission mode is something that is missed in recent entries after being in Mario Kart DS. Hopefully in Mario Kart 9, it will make a return.

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