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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 04:42 PM | Categorized As Books, Comics/Manga, News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It was previously noted that a Splatoon manga series will soon begin running in Japan, and now it turns out fans here in the west need not feel left out.

Viz Media posted the following.

Splatoon has quickly become an extremely big hit and a manga is a great way to expand it. It would be great if the manga is as well received as the game was.

Will you be reading it?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 06:12 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Silicon Studio has revealed that Advance Optical Effects Middleware’ graphics package YEBIS 3 is now fully running on the Switch. This is the tech that was used for  games like Figureheads, Dark Souls III, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse, in their development.

We already know Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is coming to Switch since it was shown at the Switch reveal event, but there has been a rumor for a while that Dark Souls III will be coming. This  news does make the rumors seem far more likely. We will still gave to wait and see.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Apr, 2017 At 04:00 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHere is some unexpected news that I doubt anyone saw coming.

Konami has announced Super Bomberman R is going to get some Gradius, Castlevania and Silent Hill-themed characters in a future DLC update.  These include the Belmont Bomber, Vic Viper Bomber and Pyramid Head Bomber.

 

This is really cool DLC, especially for old school fans.  Konami did say they would look at this game and how it performs, to determine more series revivals. This DLC is definitely a good sign for that.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Apr, 2017 At 02:48 PM | Categorized As Featured, Movie News, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I had to take some time to write this, and I felt waiting a few weeks after seeing it once and then going back, was the best way to go about getting what I needed for the review.

Power Rangers was a show I loved as a kid, I watched it all the time. I watched the various series up to Power Rangers: Time Force, and then fell off. For those who don’t know, Power Rangers used recycled footage from the Japanese series Super Sentai, and spliced in American footage as well to create a new show. It was cheesy, goofy and silly, but fun. It gave many of us a love of Japanese monster movies and rubber suit creatures.

So how does the newest film take on the series hold up? Surprisingly well.

I was very skeptical about the new film and everything I heard about it, but it actually was a great film to watch. The characters actually live up t the line “teenagers with attitude” this time, and they were all properly developed. Especially Billy Cranston, who was played brilliantly by RJ Cyler, in what was the most refreshing depiction of someone on the autism spectrum. He felt accurate and not like a forced attempt at pandering and I can appreciate that immensely.

Even Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa was good, and she was able to switch between hamming it up and being genuinely creepy at times. The only cast member who felt out of place to me was Bryan Cranston as Zordon, as he just didn’t seem right in the role. He is a good actor, but the portrayal was not the best. There was an alternate take on Zordon in this depiction which I liked, but again, I feel Cranston just didn’t pull it off that well.

Now, when it comes to Power Rangers, special effects and monsters are a necessity and the film does both well. The toy versions of Goldar and the Megazord that people saw before the movie, didn’t give the best depiction since they looked far better on screen. The putties actual looked like a real threat in this version as opposed to the TV show.

If I have any complains, its that the product placement felt very forced, like it interrupted the narrative. As well, the rangers took a long time to get into their gear, but that one is more understandable, and the action paid off well.

All in all, this was an amazing movie and a real treat for fans of the series. I loved it and would see it again!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Apr, 2017 At 01:20 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In a recent interview with Automoton, Takayuki Kawasaki of Epic Games Japan, revealed that there are currently 20 Unreal Engine 4 games being developed for the Switch.

Kawasaki also said that there may be “even more” in development now and added that there was progress being made on adding Switch support for the free version of Unreal Engine 4.

His comments included the following

“Unfortunately, there were not any Unreal Engine titles at launch, but in late March, Snake Pass, which was one of the titles playable at GDC, launched in America and Europe, and at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, there were titles such as Shin Megami Tensei. In Japan, there are about 20 titles being developed that use Unreal Engine, so I think that they’ll be announced gradually from here on.”

This is great news for the Switch. Now what could those games be?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Apr, 2017 At 01:26 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo keeps hitting the high points. The analyst firm Superdata is now estimating that the Nintendo Switch sold 2.4 million units in March, which is higher than the NPD numbers, but also comes from being Worldwide Numbers vs US numbers only.

Superdata collaborated with market researcher GFK and the Japanese gaming publication Famitsu for this research into the worldwide numbers. They managed to sort through the data and find  the number that made the most logical sense. There is no confirmation from Nintendo yet about these numbers but the financial briefing is in a couple of weeks.

Superdata has also changed their projected sales of the Switch for 2017, and has now increased it to 7.2 million and may increase further. This is up from 5 million earlier.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 05:45 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Grasshopper/Digital Reality developed shooter Sine Mora is coming to Switch.  This was found out thanks to a leak from the Brazilian ratings board. The game will coming to Switch via THQ Nordic.

Suda 51 had mentioned previously that his upcoming Switch game with Travis Touchdown will involve collaborations with indie games. Could this be one of the games that the project is in collaboration with in some way?

See below for a video of the original game

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 04:07 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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I am Setsuna is receiving some DLC exclusively on the Switch. The Temporal Battle Arena DLC launches for free this week.

Think you have raised the strongest guardians? Upon completion of I Am Setsuna’s story, enter the Temporal Battle Arena from the Last Lands, where you can test the might of your guardians against others that have also completed Setsuna’s pilgrimage in this upcoming party vs party update. Teams that emerge victorious will be rewarded with items belonging to the other team! This Nintendo Switch exclusive update is coming April 13, 2017. I Am Setsuna is AVAILABLE NOW in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch!

 

Will you be checking this out?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Apr, 2017 At 03:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED has begun teasing support for Nintendo’s new system. A representative from the company apparently told a fan that announcements will be made “soon”. That said, the fan was told, “it may not specifically be for the titles and series you’re looking for.”

 

XSEED said:

“We are big supporters of the Switch so you’ll definitely be seeing some announcements about it from us soon, though it may not specifically be for the titles and series you’re looking for.”

What could this mean? When might we see the announcements? We will have to wait.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Apr, 2017 At 04:27 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some very unexpected news. The new SNES fighting game Unholy Night, made by ex-SNK devs, who worked on King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown is coming to the west. It can even be preordered online right now via amazon.com. The game is being published by Retroism, which is nice to hear.

Here is the product description

Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter is a one-on-one SNES 2D fighting game developed by a team of ex-SNK staffers who had previously worked on the Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters series. The game story revolves around a group of monster hunters who have dedicated their lives to exterminating vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. Each unique fighter has eight special moves for the player to master as well as super moves that makes use of a three-level meter. When the fighter’s health is low, he/she gains bonuses similar to desperation moves from older arcade fighting games.

This is great news for retro fans and fans of fighting games. Will you be checking this out? I definitely will!

The game releases on June 19.

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