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By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Jun, 2017 At 04:40 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis has shared a new clip of their upcoming fighting game Blade Strangers. The game has gorgeous 2D graphics and looks to be a lot of fun.

 

The crossover fighting will no doubt be a lot of fun on PS4 and Nintendo Switch when it launches.

Will you be checking it out?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Jun, 2017 At 11:45 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The upcoming PS Plus games for July have been announced

PS4
Until Dawn
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series
That’s You (4th July onward. This is a PlayLink title)
Don’t Die Mr Robot

PS3
Tokyo Jungle
Darkstalkers Resurrection

Vita
Don’t Die Mr Robot
Element4l

This is an interesting selection of titles. What do you all think of it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Jun, 2017 At 09:19 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Opinion, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch is getting a good amount of fighting games, with Ultra Street Fighter 2 having come already, and Arms having just released, with Pokken and BlazBlue coming. As well, there have been several great Neo Geo fighting games that have come to the Switch via Arcade Archives.  However, there is another fighting game coming to the Switch that people should not overlook, and that is Pocket Rumble.

Pocket Rumble is retro-inspired throwback to the Neo Geo Pocket Fighting games, and it has a lot to offer on its own, as seen in recent builds of the game. Pocket Rumble feels like it will be right at home on the Switch. It has a control scheme with a perfect setup and according to those who have played the Switch port, the game plays well the analogue stick.  Speaking of the analogue stick, this is another game that has built-in multiplayer via the Joy-Cons and that helps increase its value even more.

Pocket Rumble has a unique charm that will make it a perfect fit for a game on a Nintendo system. It combines the nostalgic feeling from a retro game along with the excitement you get from modern twists in fighting games. Some have said they feel that the art takes a little too much influence from the SNK games, but I do not feel that is a bad thing. Not too mention, you can alter the scan lines in the game, which does make the art look a lot more unique and offer more visual variety

The game’s simplified yet still intense controls are made even better with the fact that HD rumble is planned for the game to help create a more immersive experience. The multiplayer in the game promises smooth online with GGPO and the local multiplayer opportunities with the Switch will help make this game a fighter that feels like no other. Given the numerous additions since the game was shown in the Nindies direct, I feel this will be a truly epic experience.

I honestly feel this has the chance to help show that there is room for more creative and unique fighters on the Switch and I would like to see some tournaments for this game on the system. Nintendo is building up a roster of games that are outside of their usual titles for their systems and this only helps create more variety for themselves. This game is a match made in heaven.

 

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The above is the opinion solely of the author and not necessarily that of ROG or its staff

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jun, 2017 At 09:49 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The news from yesterday’s Nintendo Switch Firmware update is still coming out.

It has now emerged that fight sticks are compatible with the Switch now. there are reports that fightsticks with Brook Universal Fighting Board in them are compatible and players have reported using them already for Ultra Street Fighter II.

This is big news for fighting game fans and pretty exciting. Now bring on more fighters!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Jun, 2017 At 02:23 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is something surprising. The Nintendo Switch Firmware update 3.0.0 has made the Mayflash GameCube Adapter compatible with the Nintendo Switch. This is surprising as Nintendo’s own GameCube adapter is not Switch compatible yet.

This is likely due to the update also making the Pokken Tournament fightpad compatible, and this does provide some interesting opportunities. Maybe its time to pick one up for when Nintendo brings GameCube games to the Switch eShop? Or maybe it might be good to use this for Pokken Tournament? Or could this be a sign that Smash is coming? We will have to wait and see

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jun, 2017 At 08:42 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Here is some surprising news. Bandai Namco and Capcom have entered into a cross-licensing agreement for online matching for games like Street Fighter.

Capcom stated

The purpose of this agreement is to improve the user experience while accelerating the production of titles and reducing development costs for both parties. Further, with this cross-license for online matching, Capcom aims to effectively utilize the patents it has been granted in game series such as Street Fighter in order to deliver even more exciting content to game players.

With this agreement as a starting point, Capcom will continue to explore cross-licensing opportunities in order to safeguard its patents while improving the user experience and contributing to a healthier game industry.

This is really exciting news, as the two companies working together to use their patents to better online gaming could be a (no pun intended) game changer for the industry. This could usher in a new era for online gaming, for Street Fighter and Tekken and other such games.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Jun, 2017 At 02:11 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Dragon Ball Fighter Z is coming for PS4, Xbox One and PC next year, but Switch owners are not down for the count yet.

In an interview with Gamesblog, the developers revealed they may bring the game to Switch still, but there would need to be a large amount of demand for it.

Well, if that is the case, then fans should show demand and let Arc System Works and Bandai Namco know they want it on Switch,

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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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By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 12:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo is making it clear they want to get into the world of eSports and just took another step forward in that pursuit.

The company has opened a new twitter account called Nintendo Versus, which will serve as the company’s eSports focused twitter account. it will discuss tournaments and other evemnts.

You can see their first tweet below.

This is big for Nintendo and for eSports. Good on them for taking this step.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 10:31 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bandai Namco and Arc System Works have announced a new Dragon Ball fighting game, Dragon Ball Fighters.

Dragon Ball Fighters will use a three-versus-three team battle system, and allow players to determine  what compatibility they want and select a team. The game will also incorporate the “ultra high speed battles” and “flashy special moves” from the series..

According to producer Tomoko Hiroki, while Dragon Ball titles of recent years have been 3D, they chose 2.5D this time because there were some things that can only be done in that style. While it looks like 2D animation at first glance, it has a broader range of expression as they can shift camera angles and incorporate a lot of unique production not possible in 2D alone.

This is really cool news, and the game sounds absolutely amazing. A traditional 2D Dragon Ball fighting game is something many want and now we are getting it.