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By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2017 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It seems Disgaea 5 will be a hit on the Switch, at least in the west.

Speaking with MCVUK, Takuro Yamashita revealed something very interesting.

“The UK has been historically the biggest market in Europe for the Disgaea series,” Yamashita stated. “However, talking about Disgaea 5 Complete, the UK is not the biggest one [any more]. I am not sure why this happened. We really need to improve the UK situation for Disgaea 5 Complete.

“The best country in Europe is France because the country has been booming up with the Japanese culture for over last decade,” Yamashita continued. “Another key factor of performing well in France is Disgaea 5 Complete’s support for French text.”

The US, of course, still remains the biggest market for Disgaea outside of Japan, with Yamashita saying it has “a larger JRPG fan base than any other country” besides its native homeland. He also says Disgaea is “one of the well-recognised JRPGs among such US communities.”

Indeed, the western market is becoming increasingly important for NIS America: “The era is over for [Japanese games companies] to just rely on the Japanese market,” says Yamashita.

“In order to make the NIS Group’s consolidated figures better, our western sales is very important. While the Western pre-order units of Disgaea 5 Switch exceeded 110,000 units, the Japanese sell-in number on the game was unfortunately less than 20,000 units. We had predicted this would happen to some extent. However, we were surprised that the gap was much bigger than we thought.”

Why this is so important however, is the fact that with these preorders, the game has outpaced the PS4 version which sold 112 000 copies in the west after release. Again, the Switch version numbers are all preorder numbers, so this means the Switch version of the game will have outsold the PS4 version. This is a big deal for the Switch, as it shows third parties that their games can do even better on the platform than on the PlayStation 4, which could lead to more third party support.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 May, 2017 At 02:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch has developed a good library in a short time. There are games of all varieties and one that cannot be ignored is Kamiko. The game is an arcade style action game that is reminiscent of the original legend of Zelda while still being different in its own way.

In Kamiko you play as one of 3 shrine maidens, each wielding a different weapon. There is a sword, a bow and a mirror which is used for throwing along with a short sword. The different weapons open up different possibilities for playing and does give the game a good amount of replayability, if not true variety. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of different enemies and environments but it all goes by fast. That said, the game is designed to be played in short spurts like an old arcade game. It isn’t meant to be an epic adventure like the Legend of Zelda despite the seeming similarities in design.

The music in the game is charming and fitting. It has an old school vibe that fits with the art style giving you a retro feel while still being a modern indie game. In fact, design wise this game feels more like a “what if” type scenario. What if Zelda was a coin-op arcade action game?. Granted, Nintendo themselves sort of made a game like that on the famicom with Nazo No Murasamejo ( The Mysterious Murasame Castle, a game that should be brought back), but this has the advantage of being a modern look back rather than a contemporary.

The game can be completed in a short time, but that is why there are 3 different characters. You play through the game more than once and enjoy it more than once. Its a nice addition and I approve of it. Overall, Kamiko doesn’t do that much different or new but it is a very competent game for what it does do. It has a very cheap price that is hard to pass up and to be honest, I see no reason not to try it.  It is a game that, while not perfect, does deserve your attention. I recommend it.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 May, 2017 At 10:38 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, Playstation Vita, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Kemco sent out the following

 

 

KEMCO proudly announces the release of Revenant Saga for PlayStation® set to hit the North American PlayStation®Storetoday. The game will be made available for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita supporting Cross Buy. Standard price is $14.99, but PS Plus users will have a special 10% OFF discount during the first two weeks! For more information, please visit the PlayStation Store.

Story

After his childhood friend’s parents are stricken with the plague, Albert meets one Dr. Moreau, and agrees to participate in a trial experiment for the promise of a potential cure. However, when the experiment itself proves to be a facade for turning humans into revenants and the Rystorian Order suddenly intervenes, Albert is left with the soul of a demon inside him vying for control of his body. Realizing the same mad scientist who tricked him is also responsible for his childhood friend’s death and many others close to him, he sets out on a journey alone to exact revenge on the man who ruined his life…
However, after crossing paths with revenant hunter slash potential valkyrie, Esther, and being pushed into joining her cause, Albert begins to seriously wonder if or how long he will be able to keep his secret from his new companion. To make matters worse, she has been endowed with the very powers capable of vanquishing those like him!

Stunning 3D Battles

Smooth controls and a fluid camera make 3D battles in Revenant Saga stress free and perfect for PlayStation! In addition, powerful skills with brilliant effects enhance the RPG experience like never before! And with auto and semi-auto functions, battles are as simple as the touch of a button!

Features

What you should know: Revenant Saga will incorporate over 30+ hours of gameplay woven around Albert’s elaborate journey. This includes a variety of unique subquests, in-battle transformation systems, as well as a weapon forging system allowing players to make entirely unique weapons! Also, Revenant Saga will provide an entirely brand new feature to the PS KEMCO gaming experience: players will be able to earn platinum trophies as a reward for progress and effort spent throughout the game!

 

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Kemco’s RPGs , while not the most original, have been great games and a lot of fun.  Revenant Saga looks like it will continue this trend and be a great game to spend time on.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 May, 2017 At 01:34 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has filed an interesting new trademark in Japan for Koopa, the character known in the west as Bowser. What makes this trademark stand out is that it includes the mention of ‘Program for home video game console etc’ and for ‘Clothing etc’.

The clothing trademark is understandable  but the other trademark raises an interesting possibility,. Could Nintendo be planning a Bowser spinoff for the Mario series, and thus needed another trademark? The specific wording of the trademark itself may be a sign. Nintendo has pushed the character more when it comes to RPGs and such, and they have done spinoffs before like was the case with Super Princess Peach and captain Toad Treasure Tracker.  It is something we will need to keep an eye on for now.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 May, 2017 At 07:42 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for Nintendo. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had an amazing launch weekend.

According to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the game sold over 1 million copies during its first weekend.

This is good for Nintendo and continues the Switch’s strong rise. Hopefully this trend keeps up.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 May, 2017 At 05:46 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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XSEED sent out the following

 

XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., is proud to announce the launch of the highly anticipated final entry in the Trails in the Sky arc of developer Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd. The game is now available on Windows PC via Steam®, GOG.com, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle, and is accompanied by a brand new launch trailer.

 

“Bringing the Trails in the Sky games to the West has certainly been a journey for us,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President of Marvelous USA. “We’ve had to overcome many challenges in the process of bringing these titles to our patient fans, but their extraordinary response has made it well worth the effort. We’re elated to deliver Trails in the Sky the 3rd, and we hope fans are as pleased with the final product as we are. We would like to sincerely thank our fans and the community for all of their support along the way.”

 

About The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd

Half a year after the events of Trails in the Sky Second Chapter, Liberl has settled into peace once again—but even during peaceful times, there are many among the distinguished and fortunate burning with greed thanks to the influence of ancient artifacts. Most of the population remains unaware of their abuses of power, but to the most enigmatic order of the beloved Septian Church, the Gralsritter, snuffing out these would-be villains and claiming artifacts in their name is as everyday as professing one’s faith in the Goddess.

 

On the eve of another successfully completed mission, high-ranking member Father Kevin Graham is immediately assigned to retrieve one more artifact that rests beneath Grancel Cathedral. What’s more, even though this is a task he could easily complete on his own, he must reluctantly do so in partnership with his newest recruit, rookie Gralsritter and childhood friend Sister Ries Argent. Thus begins the start of a routine mission that becomes anything but, delving into a new and mysterious realm that follows an unnaturally strict set of rules: Phantasma. Therein, the history of the Septian Church and the pasts of the many familiar faces who took up arms for the sake of Liberl’s future will be laid bare – and some may have been better off staying forever sealed behind closed doors.

 

Widely considered the most challenging title in the series, players are encouraged to iterate upon the combat style they’ve come to know in the 3rd’s predecessors by either enjoying its in-depth story on Easy or crying with frustration on its unforgiving Nightmare difficulty. The brilliant music that the Trails in the Sky series is known for also returns, adding dozens of memorable new tracks as players work their way through the mysterious new realm of Phantasma.

 

Developed by Nihon Falcom and published on Windows PC worldwide by XSEED Games, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is now available on Windows PC via Steam®, GOG.com, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle for $29.99, €29.99, and £24.99 (other international pricing may vary) plus a 10% discount for the first week after launch. This title is not rated by the ESRB. More information on the game can be found on its official product site at http://www.trailsinthesky.com/3rd/

For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.

 

©Nihon Falcom Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

This is a long time coming, and its good that the trilogy is now available in the west. Will you be checking it out?
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 May, 2017 At 11:02 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Thanks to a listing on the EU eShop, we know what will be coming next week for Switch in terms of Neo Geo Arcade games. We will be getting the legendary Garou: Mark of The Wolves on 5/11. The game was the finale of the Fatal Fury series, and was SNK’s equivalent to Street Fighter III.

 

“Garou: Mark of the Wolves is a fighting game released by SNK in 1999. The son of Geese Howard, Rock Howard, who has been raised by Terry Bogard is the main character in this first episode of a new generation in the Fatal Fury series. Numerous new game mechanics such as the ‘Breaking’ feature have been introduced in this acclaimed fighting masterpiece resulting in a game with a variety of deep strategies available to players.”

This is a classic game and Nintendo fans should really take the time to check this out. You wont regret it.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 May, 2017 At 12:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Inti Creates has released a new update for Blaster Master Zero, bringing this to version 1.2.

This update brings a new mode for more of a challenge and also brings the start of the DLC. There is also a demo of the game. This update is out now on Switch and will be out soon on 3DS.

 

Destroyer Mode

In this mode, it calls for you to make the right call at every turn and make use of your entire arsenal if you want to have a chance at defeating these powered up mutants.

Destroyer Mode provides a whole new type of challenge for those who have completed the game once before, so be sure to give it a try!

In Destroyer Mode, Jason and SOPHIA II receive a little color makeover!

EX Character Mode

Version 1.2 also comes with EX Character Mode, which allows you to play through the entire game as one of many brand new DLC characters that will be available. These characters aren’t just skins, though! They have their own set of abilities and weapons that create a gameplay experience completely different from that of the main protagonist, Jason.

 

The first two EX Characters currently planned are Gunvolt  from Azure Striker Gunvolt on May 4 and Ekoro  from Mighty Gunvolt / Gal*Gun on June 1.  The DLC characters can be downloaded for free for the first two weeks and then will cost $1.99 to purchase.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Apr, 2017 At 08:57 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Koei Tecmo has a long history with Nintendo and when it comes to the Switch, they have been has been one of the stronger third party supporters. They have already released  Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII and Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence in Japan and have more announced. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi and Nights of Azure 2, were announced recently and they are developing Fire Emblem Warriors as well.

The company has a lot more in the works for Switch apparently. Keiko Erikawa, the company chairman, stated that the company’s multiplatform engine has Switch embedded, which means they can now generate PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch titles all automatically which will make development much easier.. Erikawa also spoke positively about Switch’s hybrid concept and play anywhere motif, as a reason why they will support it.

Most notably however, was that Erikawa confirmed that Koei Tecmo has several Switch exclusives in the works and the company plans to release as many Switch games as possible, one after the other.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Apr, 2017 At 04:19 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow, the Nintendo Switch will receive an amazing Neo Geo classic. Over Top, widely regarded as a true gem, will be coming to the Switch on 4/27.

The ultimate NEOGEO Racing Game! The game features branching paths and a variety of car models for maximum replayability!

“OVER TO”P is a racing game released by SNK in 1996.

Players will participate in breathtaking races through urban areas, mountainous regions, and snowy roads. The courses also feature weather variations to add more variety to the game.

In addition to the various vehicles with different performance factors which players can use, they can also enjoy the thrill of drifting their way through corners to clear courses.

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.

This is one of the best racing games ever made for arcades, and hopefully people can still appreciate how good it is.

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