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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Mar, 2017 At 10:18 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It is the end of an era for PlayStation, as the PS3 is ending production in Japan.

 

PlayStation 3 will be ending production in Japan, according to the official Japanese PlayStation website. The page for the 500 gigabyte model noted that production is coming to an end and shipments will end very soon.

We do not have a specific date for this but some stores are saying this will occur in March.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 10:07 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Arc System Works Co., Ltd. is proud to announce Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastophe, the latest installment of the hi-speed 2D fighting game developed by FK Digital will be available today on Steam (PC) and the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4.

“Chaotics” has become the sole source of energy in the entire world but the inventor of Chaotics, Dr. Tesla has suddenly disappeared and left the mysterious words, “CHAOS CODE” behind. The United Earth government has tried desperately to cover up both the scientist’s disappearance and his cryptic message, but the information had already gone viral.

The United Earth Government, left with little choice has offered a bounty to anyone who could solve the mystery behind the doctor’s mysterious words.

What exactly is “CHAOS CODE”…? Individuals from around the world take up the challenge, each with their own agendas. Some seek to control the power of Chaotics, there are those who seek to wrest control from the government, and others still are in it for simple financial gain. Thus begins the fight for the “CHAOS CODE”!

Key Features:

  • I Can’t Lie, They’ve Got Moves Like… Lupinus and Ray, newcomers to the series, join the rest of the chaos cast! Not only that, but each of the 16 unique characters have an additional four moves not present in the original that players can choose from to suit their play style.

  • Modes, Modes, Modes A variety of game modes such as Arcade Mode, Versus Mode, Mission Mode and more!

  • Such Color, Much Wow  Let your unique style shine through! Use the “Color Edit” Mode to customize the color scheme of your favorite character for that personal touch!

  • I Wanna Be the Very Best Play online with everyone from your friends to the best fighters from around the world, and battle them to compete for the highest rank!

You can see a trailer below

We will have a review of the game up within a few days. The game looks amazing and we hope we will enjoy it. Look out for the review.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Mar, 2017 At 09:04 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The King of Fighters XIV is getting some great DLC characters, but who could the final character of this (initial?) DLC be? Could we finally see the long desired King of Fighters debut for Rock Howard? I for one would like to see that! Let us know what you think?

 

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Okay, this time on Games That Should Be Revived, I  am tackling a game from Nintendo/HAL Laboratory that most don’t remember and flew mostly under the radar. I do not think it even got a virtual console release.Arcana, known in Japan as Card Master: Rimsalia no Fuuin, was a card based RPG dungeon crawler released in 1992. It took a lot of influence from the Wizardry games and games like Shining In The Darkness, Dungeon Master and more,. It also had has a detailed story with a unique twist on the gameplay. The game had a look where all the characters and enemies were represented by cards. Cards were also used in combat at times, but they were not the only part of the game.

The game had numerous issues such as pacing and poor use of the combat that it had, as well as an unforgiving difficulty. This is a shame because it had a lot of potential. In addition to the aforementioned influences,  many people I have spoken to about this game have stated that it actually reminded them of Arena, the first game in The Elder Scrolls series. Obviously they are two different styles of RPGs and Arena came out years later on more powerful tech, but people have found some comparisons. They commented that it reminded them of Arena in terms of immersion and atmosphere, if not in actual gameplay. They felt the dame feeling of being drawn in to a great experience, but feel more could have been done with Arcana.

I feel Arcana has a lot of potential to actually be a big series for Nintendo/HAL Laboratory. I do not mean as big as Mario or Zelda, but it could be a very serviceable mid tier series for the publisher. Dungeon Crawler RPGs have seen a big resurgence in recent years, and the game having a unique story and enough of its own identity, with a setup that is entirely its own, Arcana could stand out well among games today. There have been some similar games since, but I would like to see what Nintendo/HAL Laboratory can do with the IP in the modern day,

Obviously there would need to be changes done to it, but the series could be revived as an RPG with a strong dungeon crawler focus but with more emphasis on the overworld as well. Or it could well follow the pattern of Diablo and the Rougelikes but with its own spin on the genre to keep its identity intact. The point I am making is that Arcana was written off far too soon. Nintendo and HAL Laboratory should really consider bringing this game back because it could stand out well for Nintendo today. A title like this would do especially well on the Switch, since the immersion can be had on the go or at home and feel seamless.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Mar, 2017 At 09:01 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has done very well so far with the Switch it seems. Research group SuperData has crunched the numbers and determined that Nintendo has already sold 1.5 million Switch systems worldwide.

SuperData research stated that Switch sold 500,000 systems  in the US,  with 360,000 sold in Japan, and Europe “not far behind”. What is important to note, is that most of these numbers are from first week sales, and since the Switch has continued selling whenever and wherever units are available, the sales are likely higher by now. It seems Nintendo’s goal of selling 2 million units in March is now very likely to happen..

When it comes to games, the best-selling Switch title so far is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which makes perfect sense.. SuperData has stated that by their estimate, 89% of Switch owners also bought Zelda , which would put the game at around 1.34 million copies sold. However, the number is likely even higher by now since those numbers are also based on week 1 sales.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Mar, 2017 At 12:55 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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News on Smash Bros might be coming very soon, which should excite a lot of people.

Four new CPSIA certificates appeared on Nintendo’s website, and all seem to be tied to the Smash Bros. amiibo line. Those amiibo start with “AA”, and these ones do as well, indicating a connection.

Bayonetta, Cloud, and Corrin amiibo were already announced, but who is the fourth? This could be a sign that the rumors are in fact true, and Smash Bros on Switch will be coming with a new character. But who could this new character be?  It could be the inklings, but they all have several amiibo already and would not just have one amiibo since there are the boy and girl inkling. Could it be that we actually be seeing more than one new character coming to Smash on the Switch?

Hopefully we do not have much longer to wait for more information.

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Neo Geo games are now available on the Nintendo Switch worldwide and many are enthusiastic to play Metal Slug 3 and King of fighters 98 on the system. But there is another game that is far more noteworthy than those.

Also having come out on the Switch is Waku Waku 7. This is one of the most unusual and off beat fighting games ever made, The characters are parodies of other games, of anime, manga, comics and of movies, both Japanese and western made, such as shotoclones, sword fighters and anime action girls. It is hard to explain but this is one of the most awesome fighting games you can play. Easy to learn but difficult to master, this is just fun to play and enjoy.

The game had a western release in arcades….but not on the home console scene. It only received home console releases in Japan. That is why this release is so notable, this is one of the first times western players will get to play this. And to be honest, this is a game everyone needs to try.

The fighting is great as mentioned earlier, the visuals are excellent and while blurry on Switch, Hamster is patching the Arcade Archive series to fix that. It has that look that games like Street Fighter III and Darkstalkers had ( one character is a parody of a Darkstalkers character in fact), while still being in the SNK style, which still looks amazing today. And the music is absolutely fantastic. It is a great soundtrack for a fighting game and extremely energetic, and really gets you into the fight.

With great characters, a ridiculous yet decent plot that works, and fun gameplay, I cannot understand why this game languished in obscurity for so long. It has now received an arcade perfect port on the Switch and I have had a great time with it. I would love to see a modern sequel that continues the story and adds to the parodies.  As I mentioned earlier, this is a very significant release for the game, and I am hoping it sells well enough that there will be interest for a new game. That would be the best case scenario here. If you have a Nintendo Switch, I implore you to get this game.

See a trailer below to see what kind of game this is!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2017 At 10:05 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom has revealed a new Monster Hunter XX collaboration at an event today. This new collaboration is between Monster Hunter and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is a pretty big event considering how well that game is doing.

The new collaboration content for Monster Hunter XX will be distributed via 7-Eleven spots between April 24 to May 31.

The following are part of the collaboration:

– Hylia series costume
– Ancient Weaponry – Bow weapon
– Palico armor: Warm Korok
– Palico weapon Korok’s Branch
– Event Quests: The Legend of Zelda – Trial of Power / Trial of Courage / Trial of Wisdom
– Guild Card Backgrounds
– Titles

 

It is great to see Nintendo and Capcom collaborating more on the Monster Hunter series. Hopefully we will soon get an announcement of a Monster Hunter game for the Switch.

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You can see a trailer for the collaboration below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2017 At 10:55 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch released last Friday and has accomplished  great things so far. The system and has sold well in all markets for Nintendo and Zelda has broken sales records.  And now it seems, the other launch games are also doing well. We have some sales data for Super Bomberman R and things look good for the series.

Super Bomberman R sold 39.609 copies in Japan according to the Media Creates charts, making this the highest opening week for the series in nearly 20 years. This is big considering how the series had been put on hold for a while.

For reference:

[SWI] SUPER BOMBERMAN R – 39.609 / 2017
[NDS] CUSTOM BATTLER BOMBERMAN – 1.600 / 2008
[WII] BOMBERMAN BLAST – 3.600 / 2008
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 3.038 / 2007
[NDS] BOMBERMAN STORY DS – 4.359 / 2007
[PSP] BOMBERMAN LAND PORTABLE – 1.648 / 2007
[WII] BOMBERMAN LAND WII – 6.241 / 2007
[360] BOMBERMAN ACT: ZERO – 2.035 / 2006
[NDS] TOUCH! BOMBERMAN LAND – 9.044 / 2006
[PSP] BOMBERMAN PORTABLE – 3.712 / 2006
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 3 – 6.284 / 2005
[NDS] BOMBERMAN – 7.351 / 2005
[PS2] BOMBERMAN LAND 2 – 14.968 / 2003
[GBA] BOMBERMAN JETTERS – 3.608 / 2002
[NGC] BOMBERMAN GENERATION – 10.829 / 2002
[GBA] BOMBERMAN STORY – 18.072 / 2001
[PS1] BOMBERMAN LAND – 32.595 / 2000
[N64] BOMBERMAN 64: THE SECOND ATTACK! – 12.257 / 1999
[GB] BOMBERMAN QUEST – 15.325 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN: PARTY EDITION – 34.945 / 1998
[N64] BOMBERMAN HERO – 14.666 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WARS – 6.929 / 1998
[PS1] BOMBERMAN WORLD – 76.801 / 1998

We don’t know how the game performed outside Japan but this is a good sign. Perhaps we will get more classics revived by Konami!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Mar, 2017 At 01:09 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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April 5 is a great release date, not too far away and it lets us build up anticipation for the character.  Whip will cost $4.99 on release which is a very good and fair price. I love what SNK is doing with the game’s DLC, and I hope we get the rest of the reveals and release dates soon.

See the trailer below.

Whip looks excellent to play as, and should be a lot of fun. Whom do you think the other DLC characters might be? Let us know!