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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jul, 2017 At 02:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis sent out the following

 

 

Nicalis, Inc. announced today that physical copies of Tiny Barbarian DX, the company’s upcoming sword-and-sorcery platform game for Nintendo Switch, will feature a dynamic cover illustration by world-renowned artist and character designer Susumu Matsushita. The game is currently scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an MSRP of $29.99.

Mr. Matsushita is best known as the legendary artist who created cover art for hundreds of issues of Famitsu, Japan’s longest-running and most highly respected video game magazine. He is the creator of Necky the Fox, Famitsu’s mascot who appeared as a playable character in Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker via the Mario Costume mechanic.

Tiny Barbarian DX is an action-packed side-scroller that combines platform jumping with sword swinging, expertly blended with retro pixel art and loincloth-stirring chiptunes. After seeing gameplay footage and studying the production art created by StarQuail Games, Mr. Matsushita agreed that his immediately recognizable character rendering style would be perfect for the game’s box art. “Tiny Barbarian DX is a game I’d like to play,” he says, “and it’s been a while since I felt that!”

In addition to magazine covers, Mr. Matsushita’s acclaimed artwork has graced the packaging of many other video games over the past 40 years, including Motor Toon Grand Prix, Maximo and even the original Hudson’s Adventure Island for the NES and TurboGrafx-16. His Tiny Barbarian DX illustration shows the Tiny Barbarian and his counterpart Tiny Barbarina riding on the fearless Wasteland Wildcat while enemies from the game surround them on all sides!

Retail copies of Tiny Barbarian DX will also contain a full-color instruction manual that includes a featurette on the making of the box art. It describes Mr. Matsushita’s creative process, details his preferred art supplies, shows photos of him working at his drawing table and even identifies the 1960s rock instrumental that he listened to while he created the cover!

Developed by StarQuail Games and published by Nicalis, Tiny Barbarian DX is planned for release on Nintendo Switch in the fourth quarter of 2017.

 

This is really cool news, and it shows that Nicalis is really trying to make sure that the physical versions of their games on Nintendo Switch do appeal to people, with various incentives like this.

 

Will you be buying it?

 

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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 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 3 Apr, 2017 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Nicalis’ Tyrone Rodriguez shared an image of Switch’s Home Menu a little while back. that showed the icons of games including The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Cave Story. Cave Story was then further teased several times for Switch, and now we have official confirmation that it is coming..

Cave Story will come to Switch as Cave Story+, and it will have a physical release. There will be upgraded HD graphics,  and will also have seven play modes such as Wind Fortress and Boss Rush, more than twenty boss battles, fifteen levels, ten unique weapons, and four unique endings.

This all sounds amazing. Cave Story+ will come to Switch on June 20, and will cost $29.99.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Feb, 2017 At 07:48 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNicalis put out the following

 

 

Herro!

Ed is sleeping so you’re stuck with me for now.

A few updates today:

THE BINDING OF ISAAC: AFTERBIRTH+ for NINTENDO SWITCH  
For those of you who have pre-ordered already you may have noticed your order shifted date. We were unable to confirm the revised release date until now (due to issues way beyond our control), but can confirm that the Release Date for The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on Nintendo Switch has been pushed back. It’s still March, but we won’t make 3.3 (insert sad face here).

HOWEVER, we’ve got a big surprise

Included in every launch edition (and you probably already know this are two limited sticker sheets and the reversible alternate cover.

We’re also going to include the Isaac face sticker everyone loves. Here’s where it gets really good, a full-color 20-page Instruction Booklet.

This beautiful homage to an 8-bit era gone-by features little details on the game and some never-before-seen art inside.

And, reminder, this is for the launch edition only. We WILL NOT be including this manual in any future Switch production runs.

BOOSTER PACKS
We’re still working very hard implementing and testing all the initial mods from January into the first booster pack. Expect maybe one or two more updates before the Booster Pack kicks in, but it’s coming. And keep your mods coming into the workshop, we’re reviewing as many as we can.

This is upsetting that we are down a launch game but it is still coming within the launch month and it should be a good experience. Plus the pack in content sounds amazing, at least to me.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Feb, 2017 At 09:45 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Cave Story will be coming to the Switch, which is something we all know. But now publisher Nicalis is teasing a physical release for the game on Nintendo’s new system.

This is not a confirmation that it will be happening, but it seems Nicalis either wants it to happen, or is slowly letting us know it will be coming. Will you buy a physical copy on the Switch should it come?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jan, 2017 At 12:53 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNicalis previously announced that The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ will be coming to Switch . However they have now revealed two more games for the system, with 1001 Spikes and Cave Story confirmed for the System.

More interesting is the picture they posted which shows off the Switch UI. it seems to show that Notifications have the little color bubbles, you can change users, and software can be suspended. It also seems to show that users now can have avatars or pictures instead of Miis.

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