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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Dec, 2017 At 08:02 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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 The Deer God, the breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure from Blowfish Studios and Crescent Moon Games, will release December 21, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch™.
 
Downloaded by more than 1.5 million players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PC, and mobile platforms, The Deer God will challenge players’ religion and platforming skills in a gorgeous world filled with challenging puzzles and dangerous wildlife.
 
The journey begins with a weary hunter tracking a deer. Just as his scope looms over a majestic buck, wolves attack him and his shot misses, killing a nearby fawn. The hunter awakens in the afterlife and finds himself face-to-face with the Deer God, who in an act of karmic retribution reincarnates the hunter as a fawn.
 
The hunter seeks to regain his humanity, but quickly acclimates to his new body, utilizing his newfound strength and speed to survive in the wild. Behind every cliff, canyon, and crevasse lay quests to help him acquire new skills. As each day passes, the deer grows older and stronger, eventually allowing players to mate and reproduce, which in turn provides extra lives to continue the cycle of reincarnation on the road to enlightenment.
 
Depending on which creatures players pacify or harm along the way and how they interact with humans they come across, the hunter can become purer or more evil, either satiating the Deer God, or acquiring the destructive powers that evil karma offers.
 
“It’s been an amazing journey bringing The Deer God and its tale of karmic retribution to so many players across so many platforms, and now we’re thrilled continue this ride by sharing the experience with the Nintendo Switch community,” said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. “The Deer God‘s procedurally-generated levels lend themselves incredibly well to being able to play on the go, and we’re delighted to allow players to take the game with them on adventures.”
 
The Deer God will be available for $7.99 USD / €7.99 on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch™.
For more information, please visit The Deer God‘s official website.
 

The Deer God is an incredible 2D experience, and it is excellent to see it coming to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch has been seeing a lot of indie support  since launch, and for it to continue is wonderful.
Will you be getting this?
Source: PR Email
By Jonathan Balofsky On 7 Nov, 2017 At 02:51 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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While Nintendo has yet to give a concrete date for when The Champions’ Ballad DLC for Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be launching, the European eShop seems to have given us a window.

The European Switch eShop contains a listing for the DLC, that clearly says that The Champions’ Ballad is planned for December.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s new DLC pack features a new dungeon, an original story, and more new challenges. Hopefully we get an official announcement soon but this sounds like very reliable information.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 Nov, 2017 At 09:51 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Opinion, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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Last week I wrote an editorial about when it is appropriate for games to be political. Today I want to look at another side of the debate, namely if Nintendo is playing things too safe when it comes to politics.

 

To begin with, Nintendo obviously should not put politics into a game like Mario, as it is just a poor fit for that series. However, Nintendo has several other series where politics would make sense, such as Fire Emblem for example. Nintendo has said that they do not want political statements in their games, but some can argue that is a political statement in itself. Nintendo has actually dabbled into deeper messages in games like Pokémon at times, but not very deep. Is Nintendo truly trying to keep things for everyone, or are they just playing things far too safe politically?

A game like Advance Wars for example, would be a good place to discuss deeper issues of war and society. Nintendo has made a darker and edgier entry in the series, but it isn’t exactly what I mean. The thing is, a political message doesn’t need to be beat over someone’s head over and over again, but can be told subtly and through actions. Nintendo could also go deeper into themes previously seen in the DS era Pokémon games about the nature of the world of Pokémon and how the relationship between people and Pokémon can be cruel  at the hands of certain trainers, while others are truly good people.

Again, Nintendo should obviously not put politics into things like Mario and Splatoon, and even Zelda doesn’t feel like a good fit. But Nintendo’s RPGs and games like Fatal Frame ( Which Nintendo co-owns) are a good place to discuss deeper issues. Fatal Frame in particular is a good place, since horror games are a good place to discuss themes of humanity and darker issues. Even Metroid, if it should follow up on the plot of Metroid Fusion one day, will need to delve into more serious issues alongside the game. Given that story in a Metroid game is a controversial issue in itself, it would need to be told via log entries and such, but it could be one of the most interesting games made.

Obviously Nintendo is in a difficult position given their Japanese roots, but given their audience in America, and that many games are made with a western audience in mind, some might argue Nintendo has an opportunity or even a responsibility. In the end, I leave it up to you all to decide if this is something Nintendo should address. Do you feel they should tackle these issues? Or should they stay the path they are on?

 

 

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Disclaimer: The above is the opinion solely of the author and not necessarily that of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Sep, 2017 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThere are two things that are awesome in gaming., namely Pokémon and Fighting games from Bandai Namco. Thus a Pokémon Fighting from Bandai Namco is a dream come true to me. I didn’t get to play Pokken Tournament on Wii U, but with the Nintendo Switch getting an enhanced port, I finally got a chance to play it. But was it good in the end?

The first thing I noticed was that despite the name, Pokken isn’t exactly Pokémon with Tekken gameplay due to the dual phases of the battle. The Field Phase plays more akin to a Naruto or the older Dragon Ball Z fighting games. It takes a while to get used to if you are unfamiliar with it, but the game has a great tutorial that helps explain things well. Duel Phase though, does play more akin to Tekken and thus feels a lot more natural to players more used to traditional fighting games. Learning how to switch between the phases and when to do so, is a major part of the gameplay.

Pokken Tournament DX does offer some great additions to the experience, for those unsure about the Switch port. In addition to new Pokémon, there are new modes such as 3 vs 3, similar to the King of Fighters series, and new more refined online modes. I had a great time playing online and experienced no lag or connectivity issues. In addition, there is some great implementation of HD rumble in the game. It feels subtle but it really does help the experience feel more immersive.

In terms of single player, there is the Ferrum League which serves as the story mode, as well as single fights.  These are a great way to learn about how to play the game for when you go online, and to be honest, playing some single matches against a CPU is a great way to just have fun. There are also daily missions which offer some good variety to the gameplay. It isn’t as much as a game like Mortal Kombat X or Injustice 2, but it is still a good amount of single-player content. This is especially true for someone who just wants a few matches now and then and has no interest in playing online. There may not be a massive amount of single-player content, but what there is, is high quality.

The game actually feels like it takes a bit from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Considering both games were made by Bandai Namco this makes sense, and it is perfectly reasonable that a Pokémon fighting game would take influence from another fighting game based on Nintendo characters. As such, this is a game that would also appeal very much to Smash Bros players, and those waiting for a Smash game on Switch might want to look at this one while they wait.

Pokken Tournament DX is a fun game, and while I never played the Wii U version myself, I did follow its competitive scene and what people said about it. From everything I’ve experienced, this feels not like an enhanced version but like a truly fleshed out version that feels like what the Wii U version should have been. It isn’t a perfect game though, as parts of the combat just feel off. I can’t explain it, but even in Duel Mode, the game just feels different. And in a way that is good, as it fits the nature of Pokémon. I wouldn’t say that this is an ideal game for fighting game fanatics, but it is definitely one worth checking out. For Pokémon fans, Nintendo fans and also Smash Bros fans, this is a must buy. I highly recommend it!

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by Nintendo.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Sep, 2017 At 09:29 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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RCMADIAX was one of the most prolific indie developers for the Wii U. However, with the system at the end of its life,  RCMADIAX is moving on.

 

The following tweet was sent out.

 

RCMADIAX had hit and miss games. Some were not good, but some like Super Robo Mouse were amazing. The games are cheap and if you are a Wii U owner, who wants something to play, you could do a lot worse.

 

 

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Before PAX West in Seattle could even get underway, the surprises are starting to flow. During the Nintendo’s Nindie@Night event in Seattle, Yacht Club announced a new Shovel Knight amiibo 3 pack featuring characters from the game’s Treasure Trove saga.

“By tapping three new amiibo figures based on King Knight, Plague Knight and
Specter Knight while playing Shovel Knight, players can unlock exclusive armor
sets, new challenge stages and the ability to summon fairy companions to accompany
players on quests.”

 

Here is the trailer: 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Aug, 2017 At 11:26 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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All good things must end sometime. That sometime for Miiverse, Wii U chat and Nintendo TVii is November 8th. This is according to a tweet sent out by the official Nintendo twitter account.

 

Did you use these services? If so, how often. Let us know and share your memories.

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WayForward Technologies sent out the following

Raise anchor and prepare your body for a total re-imagining of the base game’s play style, theme, and storyline. You’ve played the genie-half, now experience the other side of the story!

As the villainous pirate Risky Boots, your quest is to travel the world in search of the components needed to conquer Sequin Land and defeat the Half-Genie brat

 

Game Features:

  • The fan-favorite control scheme from Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse returns, placing a plethora of pirate skills right at your fingertips!
  • Take on any world in any order!
  • Slice your foes to ribbons with Risky’s Scimitar, or blast away with her Pistol!
  • Collect and master Risky’s Pirate Gear! Bomb Shot, Grappling Hook, Hat Glide, Cannon Jump, and more!
  • Deploy your Tinkerbat crewmen to turn the tide of battle!
  • Collect Cursed Magic to customize Risky’s abilities any way you like!
  • Includes brand new monsters and classic foes, now in HD!
  • New puzzles, storylines, and game endings!

NOTE: This product was crowd-funded by fans that generously backed multiple tiers of bonus content, including this expanded content! Thank you to all of our Backers!

The game will cost $9.99 USD.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest is an awesome looking expansion to an amazing game. We will be covering it more when it comes out.

Source: PR Email

By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Aug, 2017 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayFoward Technologies has revealed that Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest, the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half Genie Hero, will launch on August 29th.

 

Shantae Half-Genie Hero was an amazing game, and this expansion/dlc will no doubt be incredible. We will have a review shortly after launch.

Are you excited?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2017 At 12:59 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo downloads for North America

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Retro City Rampage DX – The Retro City Rampage game reimagines the open-world crime genre of the ’80s. Rampage the city, steal cars or play over 60 Story Mode missions. This remastered pop culture sendup features a full Story Mode of open-world missions, along with Arcade Challenges for quick pick-up-and-play action. Explore the city by foot or by car, and discover minigames, customizations, collectibles and special guest stars.
Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
I Am Setsuna – Download the authentic JRPG style of yesteryear on the Nintendo Switch console and save 33 percent for a limited time. Offer ends Aug. 10 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities
Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with activities throughout August – It’s been 25 years since Kirby debuted in the Kirby’s Dream Land game on the Game Boy system. That’s worth celebrating! Fans can enjoy up to 25 percent off select digital Kirby games for the Wii U console and Nintendo 3DS family of systems now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 8.

While we’re enjoying 25 years of Kirby, there’s another famous Nintendo series having an anniversary right now: The Star Fox 64 game was released a little more than 20 years ago! With the long-awaited release of Star Fox 2 coming on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system on Sept. 29 as well, we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate all things Star Fox with some My Nintendo rewards. Check out some of the great stuff you can get with your My Nintendo points!

Star Fox Zero (Wii U) 30 percent off
Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS) 30 percent off
Star Fox Command (Wii U) 40 percent off

This month’s game picks are Nintendo exclusives from a wide variety of genres! With discounts of up to 50 percent off, now is a great time to try these fun titles you might have missed.

An epic action RPG: Pandora’s Tower (Wii U)
A quirky classic: Earthbound Beginnings (Wii U)
Two top tower defense games: Dillon’s Rolling Western (Nintendo 3DS) and Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO AERO FIGHTERS 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Slime-san (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
GUNBARICH for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Puzzle Adventure Blockle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Use Your Words (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Infinite Minigolf (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
VoxelMaker (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Flight of Light (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Source: Nintendo PR