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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company has announced The 2017 Pokken Tournament Championship Series

Take a shot at becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion when the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series returns in 2017! In addition to the title, a combined $25,000 in prizes are on the line at the qualifying competitions in June and the World Championships event in Anaheim, California, this August.

This year, 16 players will qualify for the World Championships, and there will be only one age division for all competitors. Four players will receive invitations from each of the two qualifying events, plus four more players will be chosen from Japan, and the four top players from a Last Chance Qualifier occurring right before the main Worlds event will be the final contenders.

Good luck battling to become the next Pokkén Tournament World Champion!

The Pokémon Company continuing to support the game’s competitive scene is a great sign for the game’s future. Not only does it help the competitive scene grow but it also means it is likely we will see a Switch version of the game, as that is the system Nintendo is focusing on now. Perhaps we will even see the content that didn’t come tot he Wii U version, in a Switch version

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We knew it was coming thanks to Nintendo of Europe showing it in an image, but now it has been made official. Bloodstained: ROTN will be coming to the Switch, while the Wii U version has been cancelled.

A kickstarter update was put out where Iga stated that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” While it had made sense to include Wii U during the campaign that is no longer the case due to Nintendo shifting their focus to the Switch,

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 “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,”

If you supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter , there is an option change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version, or other versions to Switch. I already changed my platform of choice on the backer survey, from PS4 to Switch. The option is there already.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Mar, 2017 At 08:43 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for fans of Splatoon and fans of comics. As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of CoroCoro, there will be a Splatoon full color comic book featured in  an issue due out April 15th,
But that is not all. There will be a Splatoon comic series appearing monthly, starting in the June issue. This is likely to coincide with Splatoon 2, as it will be a great bit of promotion for the game. Hopefully we can get these comics in the west as well, perhaps by Dark Horse, who seem to have a working relationship with Nintendo.

 

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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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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Mar, 2017 At 09:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAnother big name indie game is coming to Nintendo Switch, as Bloodstained Ritual of the Night is confirmed for the system. Nintendo of Europe sent out a notice to system users about upc0ming indie games on the system and the game’s logo is featured clearly in it.

The logo in the second to last column below and towards the middle. This is a similar image to the one Nintendo sent out after the Nindies showcase but Bloodstained is a new inclusion.

While it is good news that the game is coming to the Switch, it hasn’t been revealed yet if backers can move platforms.

A Disclaimer: I Backed the game myself, and I would like to move my platform to Nintendo Switch so I hope this is possible.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Mar, 2017 At 09:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWayForward Technologies sent out the following

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the latest entry in the esteemed Shantae series by developer WayForward. It’s been two months since launch, and in that time Shantae: Half-Genie-Hero has quickly become a fan favorite, earning universal praise and numerous 9/10 scores and awards from gaming press!

The product was crowd-funded by fans that generously backed multiple tiers of bonus content, including extra levels (which were included in the release version) and extra characters and costumes which are now in development.

The first game stability update (Update 1.01) will arrive on March 6th, and includes:

Bug fixes for all platforms

PSTV support (Playstation Vita version)

Free bonus content: HARD CORE MODE

Hard Core Mode is a new difficulty setting for the main “Shantae” mode in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This mode is designed to provide an old-school, tough-as-nails challenge to players who miss the days of rage-quitting and throwing controllers. This mode offers a stiff challenge to any player daring to test their mettle. The same studio that developed such unforgiving brutal bliss as Contra 4, Bloodrayne Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon, and the original Shantae has returned to its roots, preparing for you a scalding hot platter of anger food. Trust us, there is no mercy to be found in this new mode, and if you want to survive you’ll need to master the game completely. There is no mercy to be found here – it’s Hard Core!

Warning! This new mode is not for everybody! On the other hand, it IS for everybody since it will be FREE to Backers, and anyone who bought the game.

What to expect in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero HARD CORE MODE:

Pain and suffering!

Harder hitting enemies!

Faster enemy patterns!

Faster scroll speeds!

Remixed enemy locations, and more of ‘em!

New Boss patterns, attacks, and stats!

Healing Items capped at six!

Re-balanced magic items!

Poor Shantae!

 

This is quite the update for the game. Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero is a great game that has received excellent reviews and deserves the praise it gets. Whatever WayForward has planned for the game, can only be a good thing. Hard Core Mode sounds like the perfect mode for gamers who need a challenge in their life.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Mar, 2017 At 02:05 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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This week may see the launch of Nintendo Switch, but tomorrow still has two amazing classics coming to the Wii U eShop.

Neutopia

Take up the sword, and prepare for battle!

In this action role-playing game, you take control of a brave boy who sets off on a journey to rescue the kidnapped princess and reclaim the 8 medallions that were stolen by the evil demon, Dirth. You’ll need to rely on your magic compass and information you’ve gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Solve puzzles, avoid traps, move blocks, and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms in the labyrinths. Carefully use your map to uncover hidden treasure and powerful equipment. Travel the land, underground, sea, and sky on your quest to recover the medallions.

Dungeon Explorer

Embark on an epic adventure!

Dungeon Explorer is a multiplayer Action/RPG where up to 5 players can play at the same time. You can choose from 8 different character types: Fighter, Thief, Warlock, Witch, Bishop, Elf, Bard, or Knome. Depending on the character, the types of magic you can use, your attack strength, and your movement will all vary. To survive, you most know all about your enemies’ weaknesses. You must also know about the special attributes of each magic spell and use them to your greatest advantage. In team-play games, working together is the key to victory.

These were amazing games for the time, and still hold up well, especially Dungeon Explorer which is an underrated classic. If you are not picking up the Switch this week, or want a game to play while you wait for it, one of these two would not be a bad choice to play.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Mar, 2017 At 11:29 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Switch may be upon us, but we at Real Otaku Gamer still have one last game to review for the Wii U. In this case, Plantera, a gardening game that has a unique flair to it. But is that a good thing? Or does the game fall flat?

Well, I can say that Plantera isn’t really what I expected, but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect. There are simplistic controls and a minimalist setup, but it works well for the game. You are thrust right into the garden and put to work, and this can be a big of a struggle for a few minutes as you figure things out. Once you do figure everything out though, it all becomes simple and rote, and that isn’t a bad thing in this case.

The game is very basic in that you planet and tend to the garden, you obtain what you need, and you fight off pests. Yet in doing so, the game gives you a relaxing feeling. I do not know how else to describe it but as therapeutic in some ways. You wont have any tense moments, you wont have a big adventure, you are just tending to a garden and helping keep it safe.

On Wii U, you can play this entirely on the GamePad, as the TV screen only shows the garden and cannot be used to interact with the game . You need the touch screen to interact and on the GamePad,  you see the garden as well as the shops where you buy things.  Regarding buying things, there are a few categories. These include vegetable patches, bushes, trees, animals and specials,  with the first 3 for crop growing and the animals for other products to obtain. Specials help improve your garden and make it more efficient and you can even expand the garden.

Plantera has very simple music but it just works so well with the game, in that it is calming and brings a sense of peace to the player. If nothing else, this is a great game to relax and distress with.

Would I recommend it? This one solely depends on your tastes. For me, I enjoyed it as it helped me relax.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Feb, 2017 At 12:07 AM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Mega Man Legacy Collection producer and director Frank Cifaldi  revealed during an interview with The Watch podcast that his company Digital Eclipse are working on a new Capcom game compilation and it could be announced relatively soon.

 Cifaldi stated

I shipped a collection called Mega Man Legacy Collection the year before last (it’s been a while), and we’ve got another one coming out soon that they’re gonna announce any day now. I don’t know when – I wish I could talk about it but it’s really cool.

It is not yet known if this is Mega Man related or not, but it is worth noting that this is the 30th anniversary of Mega Man this year. Could this be an X collection? We shall see soon.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Feb, 2017 At 04:20 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAfter 10 years at EA, Peter Moore will be leaving this year to join Liverpool Football Club as its new chief executive officer. Moore will begin in June and report directly to the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group.

During his 10 years at EA, he was in a number of leadership positions, including chief operating officer and president of EA SPORTS, notably managing the FIFA series. This is a big change for EA and will lead to some big changeups being made at the company.

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