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No GravatarNintendo surprised many people back at E3 2010 with the reveal of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. It was a radical departure for the series and one that many were surprised by, yet the game was incredibly well received.  It may not have been a traditional Kirby game but it was a fun experience. Then Nintendo and Good Feel surprised everyone with Yoshi’s Wooly World, a game that took the same ideas and applied them to Yoshi, where it fit better. Not only was this game well received, but it is getting a sequel next year.

Now we come to the Starfy series. The series was mostly Japan exclusive until the 5th game and after that, the series went dead. It was a cutesy platformer series dubbed as “marine action”. It also made use of costumes and transformations during gameplay to alter the experience. Why do I bring this up? Because the Starfy series would be the perfect choice to receive a Yarn style game. The Yarn games are known for their cutesy look, and innovative gameplay, and have opened peoples’ eyes to new possibilities in gaming. The Starfy series could be successfully revived with this type of game, considering the new attitudes players now have.

In addition, the style would work wonderfully with Starfy, as the Yarn world could be made in a way that incorporates the mechanics of the Starfy series, including the costume transformations and the “marine action”. This could actually be a Yarn game that truly shows off new environments and ideas that people have not otherwise thought of. Most importantly, Starfy is unlikely to return as of now, but I feel the series has potential still. Transitioning the series into a new style like this could not only revive it successfully, but also give it the attention it deserves from gamers. The series just deserves better than what it got.

The other part of this is that a revival like this could also inspire Nintendo to revive other dormant IPs in new ways. It may not be apparent at first, but many games can succeed if they are just presented differently.

I would like to know what you all think of this. Please share your thoughts and I will respond to them.

 

 

The above was the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Sep, 2017 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Zerodiv previously brought arcade games Strikers 1945 and Gunbarich to Switch, and has now outlined other arcade ports they will be bringing to the system.

Zerodic will next be bringing the 3D shooter Zero Gunner 2 to Switch, “sooner rather than later”.  They will also be bringing an entry in the Sengoku series and then a game from the Gunbird and Strikers 1945 franchises at some point this year. It is also noteworthy that Zerodiv seems to have plans that go beyond ports, and it seems they have something original in the works as well.

 

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Double Dragon is a beloved beat em up franchise that has endured for years. When I was young, I would play Double Dragon II on NES with my older brothers all the time, and it was great fun. However, some of the later games were not as good, such as Double Dragon III on NES, and when Double Dragon V came out on the SNES, it was just bizarre. It was a fighting game and while it had its good points, it wasn’t particularly good as a fighting game. Most agreed that the series should be strictly a beat em up, but thankfully Tecnos did not agree.

1994 was the year that Double Dragon was adapted into a poorly received movie. That movie, received a video game adaptation that stood out. Most video game adaptations of movies are not great and games based on movies based on fighting games…..well you all remember Street Fighter: The Movie :The Game. Double Dragon for Neo Geo was something else entirely, as it was an SNK style fighting game, and was also the last game Tecnos made before going under.

It was criticized as generic and poorly designed at first, but like many other hidden gems, it has aged very well. The fighting is well done, and even though the announcer has poor English even by fighting game standards, the game has a lot of charm, It is remarkably well polished and has animations that are better than many fighting games from the last 15 years. The stages feel different than stages in fighting games from today, and all feel like unique. For instance, Dulton’s stage starts with him jet skiing to the platform while the jet ski continues going off in the background till it crashes into a building that explodes. That is not the only example, however, as the backgrounds all had something going on that felt unique. . Each fighter while having some generic moves, still felt unique in their own way like Burnov, a character from Double Dragon II. It made great use of the camera view and even helped make a few visual innovations for fighting games.

Forgive me for my fandom heresy, but this is actually my favourite game in the series and as the last game Technos made before they went under, it was an excellent game to leave on. I would love it if this could be brought to modern systems, even though some changes would need to be made.  With proper online support, this could even develop a scene around it and that would be amazing, since more people should experience the awesomeness of Double Dragon on Neo Geo!

 

By Jessica Brown On 23 Sep, 2017 At 11:28 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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Case designer Caudible has just unveiled its new line-up of cases for the upcoming iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus phones from Apple. Like with their other products, these new cases will fit with the company’s design philosophy of producing sleek, minimalist, and smart products to protect your investment.

Here’s some quick info from today’s press release:

In addition to the Veil XT, the gold standard for ultra thin cases, this year’s lineup includes cases like the popular Sheath and Synthesis, both of which feature drop-tested shock absorption in an ultra sleek design, and Lucid Clear, a crystal clear, impact-resistant case made from the same polymer used in bulletproof glass.

These new cases will be available for purchase from the company’s main website as well as worldwide resellers in October of 2017, but you can visit their website now to get a preview of what’s to come!

By Jessica Brown On 23 Sep, 2017 At 11:29 PM | Categorized As ROG News, ROG Tech | With 0 Comments

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Ninety7 Life, creators of the VAUX portable speaker, has come up with a wireless power solution for Google Home and Amazon Dot smart assistants! “These enormously popular devices provide an amazing array of features,” a September 20 press release states, “but need to be plugged-in to work.” Soon, this won’t be an issue!

The company has two new portable battery bases that are available for pre-order and will solve this issue: the LOFT for Google Home ($39.99) and the VOX for Amazon Dot ($29.99). Both will begin shipping in October of 2017.

For more information, head over to the Nintety7 Life website!

By Stark Wyvern On 22 Sep, 2017 At 02:05 AM | Categorized As NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Octopath Traveler as it is now known as an exclusive title for Nintendo Switch. A rather ambitious old world styled RPG where all the decisions to be made are yours. A beautifully designed HD 2D world is yours to explore and with so much to see it certainly is going to be a huge journey.

The true game has 8 different characters to gather, who all have different abilities. Though the demo only allows you to play as Olberic and Primrose. Olberic’s ability allows you to challenge anyone to a duel. This power is perfect for when someone won’t get out of your way, or you want to uncover someone’s evil inside. Primrose is a dancer and can allure anyone to follow her, so she’s perfect for rescue missions and luring enemies into traps. Both of these characters play differently and really guide their stories in their own ways just like the other 6 will do with them, when the full game launches next year.

In this demo, it starts you at the beginning of either of the character’s stories and you learn a decent amount of information about their past and why they are doing what they are doing. Both of the characters have different motivations but they are both nonetheless very interesting stories.

Olberic is a knight out for justice and Primrose is also as out for justice. They both play differently, and of course will interact with characters differently as well. Olberic’s duel power will certainly be fun to use, as it really does let you gauge how strong people are. As an avid RPG fan, I’ve always been curious how non-hero types were living in certain places. Now, many of them are weak sure, but the guards can often be quite formidable.

This game really does in some ways turn RPG battle on its head, but it does follow rules too. Similar to Bravely Default, you get points for battle. Though in this every action gives you a point, and not every turn. You can slam the foe for up to a times four and as Olberic, I was able to deal massive damage by using abide, and then slamming home a baddie with a four times attack. Of course, this is also strategic so doing that may not always be beneficial.

One thing I did find annoying was, that I died a few times against the boss of the chapter, due to the boss suddenly doing massive damage as I figured out his patterns. Could not skip the scene before the fight. I’d honestly hope for auto scroll, as the voice acting when used is quite brilliant. In a game that has voice acting, auto scroll could be very beneficial.

The music in the game is also pretty good and works with the world itself. The artwork is the standout as the game looks amazing. It’s like playing an old school RPG but in a new cleaner way. I cannot wait to see what the world looks like and am stoked to play more.

Octopath Traveler is certainly a game to look out for and with so much customization of the plot, it will be a game, to get. This game really is something that all RPG fans will enjoy and I am so glad we were given a demo! Go download it now, and lead your hero to victory!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:40 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Arc System Works is going all out to celebrate Kunio Kun.  Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection has been announced for  release on Nintendo Switch, PS4 Xbox One and Steam in 2018.

This collection will contain all 11 Famicom games as well as the 4 NES variants. In addition there will be online play! No word on an English version yet.

 

Hopefully the Super Famicom games also get such a collection and receive a localization. They were certainly amazing.

 

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By Jessica Brown On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:36 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Casual Bit Games has just released a new teaser-trailer for Battle Princess Madelyn, which shattered its KickStarter goals with more than quadruple what they asked for, and is set to hit the PC, PlayStation 4, Vita, XBox One, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch in Q1 2018.

The game is set in a fantasy medieval Ireland but will take Madelyn on an adventure all around the world. The gameplay and aesthetics are very reminiscent of the older Ghosts N’ Goblins games as well as the more recent Cursed Castilla, which is certainly a good thing!

Here are some key features we can look forward to!:

  • Story mode allows players to explore the vast world of Princess Madelyn – uncover the secrets of the kingdom and beyond.
  • A 10 level Arcade mode for the action hungry old school game player – levels designed specifically for a fast action arcade experience.
  • Join Madelyn on her quest of self-discovery as she helps others, and not just herself, to becomes a wiser more mature knight and to save her family and kingdom from the clutches of evil.
  • An array of weaponry to choose from, each with its own unique abilities, which are also modified by the three different types of armor the player can receive on their way through the game.
  • Meet many different characters as Madelyn builds a support system throughout the kingdom.
  • Loads of ghouls, demons and bosses to crush on your way to becoming the kingdom’s most powerful defender.

For more news, keep an eye on Casual Bit Games’s main website!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow’s Neo Geo game for Switch is now known. The classic fighting game, Art of Fighting will be coming to the system.

 

The 1st 100 Mega Shock Series title! Experience ultra-realistic battles!

“ART OF FIGHTING” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1992.

Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia fight against numerous enemies to to free Yuri Sakazaki who was kidnaped by a mysterious person.This game is known as an ambitious title via the introduction of spirit gauge and representation on characters of the damage received by the enemy.

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 picking this up tomorrow?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2017 At 02:26 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

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Who remembers the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch? If you do, you may be interested in knowing that a new Sabrina series is in the works at the CW. Except, this is not Sabrina as you remember her.

 

The hourlong drama reimagines the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft, naturally. The new iteration is described as in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is penning the adaptation, which is being eyed as a companion for Riverdale that would potentially debut in the 2018-19 TV season. He will exec produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger, who will direct the pilot should the project move forward. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.

 

 

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina also represents a homecoming of sorts for the character of Sabrina Spellman. Melissa Joan Hart memorably played the character in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The half-hour, produced by Viacom Productions, ran on ABC for four seasons before moving to The WB its final three seasons. The comedy wrapped in 2003, three years before The WB would merge with UPN to become The CW.

In recent years, Archie has been playing up the horror aspects of Sabrina in various comics. This TV show has a lot of potential, and is one to keep your eyes on.

 

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