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By Jonathan Balofsky On 13 Jul, 2017 At 03:41 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are this week’s Nintendo Downloads for North America

 

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Miitopia: Casting Call Demo – Get ready to be the star of the show! In this free demo available now, pick some pre-made Mii characters or create your own. Assign each character a role and then cast them in one of three different in-game video trailers for upcoming RPG Miitopia game. With humor, intrigue and adventure, the video trailers will keep you wanting more until the game launches on July 28.

Hey! PIKMIN – Demo Version – The first Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS is launching on July 28! Try out this new type of Pikmin game before the game launches by downloading this free demo, available now. Use the touch screen to throw Pikmin into action, solve environmental puzzles and survive hostile wildlife. Game in 2D.

Nintendo eShop sales:

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.

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My Nintendo Rewards: Sink Your Teeth Into Castlevania Discount Rewards! – Brace yourselves for horrifying news, vampire hunters: My Nintendo is scaring up fantastic rewards to help you get your hands on the first three Castlevania series NES games. Redeem your My Nintendo points to get 40 percent discounts on each these classic games, available for digital download via the Virtual Console service on both the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems:

Castlevania – Step into the shadows of the deadliest dwelling on earth. You’ve arrived at Castlevania, and you’re here on business. Take arms as Simon Belmont in this first chapter of the original Castlevania series. Battle your way to Dracula’s chamber and to the ultimate duel of good versus evil.

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Guide Simon Belmont in his quest to discover Count Dracula’s five missing body parts. Upon finding these gruesome items, proceed to Dracula’s Castle. Confront the villain and end the curse cast upon the Belmont family once and for all.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – In the third chapter of the Castlevania series that released on the original NES console, Trevor Belmont must take arms against the young but immortal Dracula. Use powers to transform into three different spirits, as well as an assortment of weapons to confront an army of horrors.

For more info, visit my.nintendo.com.

My Nintendo Rewards: ARMS Wallpapers – To celebrate the first DLC release for the ARMS game, My Nintendo is offering three new ARMS wallpapers to download.
Wallpaper – ARMS – Spring Man
Wallpaper – ARMS – Min Min
Wallpaper – ARMS (black)

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
Hey! PIKMIN: Adventure Together

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY SPECIAL (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
I and Me (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
De Mambo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Death Squared (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Levels+ : Addictive Puzzle Game (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Asdivine Cross (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Cursed Castilla (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Bit Dungeon Plus (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
BOX UP (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

 

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jul, 2017 At 09:31 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Kemco sent out the following

 

KEMCO proudly announces the release of Revenant Saga for Wii U set to hit the Nintendo eShop today. Standard prices are USD 9.99 / EUR 9.99 / GBP 8.99 / AUD 13.00.

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!

Kemco has released some great RPGs on the Wii U, 3DS, mobile devices and more platforms. They are great throwback RPGs and offer a great amount of content. This may be worth looking into for fans of the genre who own a Wii U.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jul, 2017 At 07:05 AM | 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 3DS
Kirby’s Blowout Blast – Kirby is ready for action in a whole different dimension – the third dimension! Have a blast inhaling foes and blowing them away in 3D environments across 25+ stages. Inhale enough enemies and you can launch one huge Blaster Bullet capable of wiping out a troop of Waddle Dees. Now’s your chance to battle iconic bosses like Kracko Jr. and King Dedede in 3D!

Wii Retail on Wii U
Rayman Raving Rabbids – Hordes of crazed, out-of-control bunnies have invaded, enslaving Rayman and forcing him to participate in gladiator-style trials. Help Rayman win his freedom back by entertaining and outwitting these furry foes. Use the most hilarious fighting moves imaginable, run races on animals, fight in the arena or mesmerize the bunnies with your dance moves. You can even milk pigs or engage in plunger-shooting madness! The possibilities for fun are endless.

Nintendo eShop sales:

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.
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A free, new update to the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game is here! Update version 1.5.0 features two new modes, adding Chain Challenge and Squad Assault to the Story Maps. Be sure to check out the following three special events, which are coming soon:

Bound Hero Battle – A new type of Hero Battle has been added to Special Maps. Heroes who share a special connection are waiting for you to challenge them. Alm and Celica from the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game are available on Special Maps until 11:59 p.m. PT on July 12.

Tempest Trials – Resonating Fangs – Available from 12:01 a.m. PT on July 7 through 11:59 p.m. PT on July 20, this is the second Tempest Trials event, drawing from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. It promises fierce battles featuring Alm and Celica and their allies.

Special Hero Summoning Event – Ylissean Summer – Going on now through 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31, popular Heroes from the Fire Emblem Awakening game (Robin, Frederick, Tiki and Gaius) appear in swimsuits. These Special 5-star Heroes have new skills related to their new summer looks.

Also new this week:
ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Bulb Boy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Implosion (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Shephy (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Vaccine (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
Stack ’em High (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Table Tennis Infinity (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
A Day at the Carnival (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Space Hunted (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Revenant Saga (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 Jun, 2017 At 06:21 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WayForward technologies has released a trailer for the upcoming Risky Boots DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The pirate queen is taking names and showing off her awesomeness in this trailer.

Take a look below.

 

WayForward knows how to make everything better. This DLC looks awesome and should be great.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Jun, 2017 At 12:18 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo is making it clear they want to get into the world of eSports and just took another step forward in that pursuit.

The company has opened a new twitter account called Nintendo Versus, which will serve as the company’s eSports focused twitter account. it will discuss tournaments and other evemnts.

You can see their first tweet below.

This is big for Nintendo and for eSports. Good on them for taking this step.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Jun, 2017 At 12:56 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Two classic Turbo Grafx 16 games are coming to the Wii U eShop tomorrow.

 

Neutopia II

An RPG that everyone can enjoy.

Experience improved graphics and controls in this exciting sequel to the action RPG Neutopia. Take on the role of the main hero’s son and watch as the story begins with the apparent revival of Dirth, the evil demon. Once again you’ll need to rely on your magic compass and the information you’ve gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Make your way through the field, which can be tricky at times, to search for and find hidden information and items, or move blocks and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms.

 

As well as Alien Crush

Enjoy intense pinball action!

Alien Crush is a pinball game that features realistic pinball action and superb “biomechanical” graphics. Complete with a function to nudge the machine, this game feels like you’re playing on a real pinball machine! Extra balls and bonus points are your keys to getting high scores.

 

These are amazing games, and hopefully will come to the Switch when that system gets its virtual console. Alien Crush is an amazing pinball game that all should try.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 12:38 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for fans of Pokken Tournament who are planning to get the deluxe port for Switch. The game is in fact compatible with the fight pad that was released for the game on the Wii U.

 

This information comes directly from the official site, so if you want the game and a fightpad, you better get one now.

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After Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s success on the Nintendo Switch, I began to think of what other games might come from Wii U to Switch. There is one game I want more than others and that is Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.

This might just be the best Donkey Kong game ever made. The Music by David Wise is excellent, and it had some truly amazing visuals that went against the grain for 2D platformers, even HD ones. Tthe enemies are memorable and great, especially unlike the Tikis from Returns, and were a worthy successor to the Kremlings. But most importantly, this has the best gameplay and level design in the series, with every level  being and feeling alive and bursting with energy. Every area, from the beaches to the frozen islands have a truly epic feel to them, which is greatly helped by the awesome David Wise soundtrack.

In addition, the characters are probably the best they have been in the series.feel great as well. Dixie Kong makes her return and truly shows why she was a beloved character. Also, for the first time in the series, you can play as Cranky Kong. Cranky plays like Scrooge McDuck from the Ducktales video game adaptations and is a truly worthy addition to the roster. Plus when you add in the hard modes, you could play as a different character than DK in single player. You could play as Diddy, Dixie or Cranky for the whole game, which opened up entire new play possibilities. This isn’t getting into the Time Trials, with the game encouraging speed running and allowed you to upload your replays for others to see.

The fact is that this is just too good a game to leave on the Wii U. This game deserves a second chance to make an impact and get a new audience and it should come to the Nintendo Switch. It could do very well there, especially with the overall momentum of the platform, and get better sales. the fact is that this is one of the most creative games on the Wii U, and I would even say among the most creative platformer games ever made. It is just that good and should be experienced by more.

 

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The above was the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect that of ROG or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 May, 2017 At 06:48 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Opinion, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Switch has been out for a while now, and two of its biggest games were ports from the Wii U, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There has also been a port of Lego City Undercover and there has been speculation on more coming. Some have started complaining and feel they do not want Wii U ports as they would rather have new games and new experiences. as they see the large amount of ports on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a bad route for Switch.

This however, somewhat misguided. The Wii U did not sell well, and most of its game have not reached a wide audience. Ports to the Switch would be an opportunity for more to experience games like Pokken Tournament, like Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and so on. Games like Fatal Frame Maiden of Black Water and  Bayonetta 2 would be given a wider audience this way, and we could potentially see new sequels because ports do well. The fact is, the games did low numbers and they can be saved by ports.

Ports to the Switch would help by giving more games that can fill out the release scheduled and avoid droughts. Ports will likely be handled by outside parties and not Nintendo themselves, and there is nothing stopping Nintendo from releasing both new games and remasters on the Switch. I would even say that it comes off as rather selfish to not want ports and remasters, because while you may have played these games on Wii U, others may not have because of the Wii U’s sales numbers. The Switch is bringing a large new audience to Nintendo, these new players  may want to play games they may have missed on the Wii U. It just makes sense to have ports, and not doing it would be leaving money on the table. I hope you can understand where I am coming from with this. It feels elitist and reeks of snobbery to hate ports this way.

 

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The above was the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect ROG or its staff

By Nate VanLindt On 10 May, 2017 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Opinion, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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If you’ve made it past the title of this article, you’ve probably already formed an opinion on this issue.  However, let’s set the record straight.  I love Nintendo’s games.  They make fantastic first party software and many of their games are quite fun.  They also make some durable hardware and their handhelds have excellent battery life.  I’m not a fanboy for any system, I’m just a gamer who likes to play a variety of games.  Unfortunately, Nintendo is making it harder and harder to do just that.  I simply want to buy a system, buy a game, play the game.  It should be a simple recipe, but things have somehow gone wrong.

First up is the hardware.  Forget about all the older systems as we already know how great those are.  Let’s only look at the newer systems.  The WiiU has a painfully paltry 32 GB of storage space without buying a hard drive for your system.  Essentially there is no storage for modern games, especially with the trend towards digital distribution that Nintendo is trying to push.  The same goes for the Switch: a brand new console that has 32 GB of storage space (expandable with MicroSD).   Add the fact that Nintendo’s systems rely on gimmicks like the WiiU tablet and the Switch’s portability instead of raw power for higher-end software like the Xbox and the PS4 and you have an underwhelming experience.

On the portable front, Nintendo is also shooting themselves in the foot.  Since the original Game Boy Advance, they’ve made multiple hardware revisions to every single system they’ve released without offering any rebates to the consumer.  Being an early adopter with Nintendo is a punishing experience.  The 3DS is on its third revision since its release currently (the New 3DS XL) and the announcement just came that  they’re putting out a 2DS XL system and are likely to retire the 3DS line altogether.  As an early adopter to the 3DS line, I lost money replacing the 3DS with the 3DS XL when it came out due to the vastly superior screen and system design.  I did the same on the New 3DS XL which could play some games that the previous iterations couldn’t in addition to a more stable 3D experience and better battery life and screen quality.  In looking at the 2DS XL reviews, it also appears that the build quality has cheapened on the new units with thinner, flimsier top screens and a messy and easily fingerprinted matte color scheme to save fifty dollars on the price.

At this point you may be wondering why anyone even bothers, with 5 versions of the hardware out there.  Nintendo really needs to take the time to determine a solid design and stick with it.  Every version of hardware I have to buy means less games that I buy for that system.  And software makes more money than hardware.  Simple, right?   Don’t even get me started on the NES Classic, one of the most high demand Nintendo products in recent memory, which was under-manufactured, poorly distributed, and then shut down before demand was ever filled.  It was essentially a console that was one big ad to remind people that Nintendo was still around and it was purposely made scarce to fuel demand for Nintendo products.

Now we come to software.  Nintendo, like all game companies, is putting out software that’s unfinished, requiring internet connections and updates for optimization.  In addition, they’ve begun catching up on the DLC market that other consoles and computers have been exploiting for over a decade.  But Nintendo has terrible internet connectivity in their devices, a poorly optimized digital storefront, and worst of all, their digital content is extremely expensive.  If they run sales on DLC, the sales are 10-20% off, not the deep discounts everyone else does.  And now they are leaving out large chunks of their games and charging full price for the remainder of the games too.

Look at the forthcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.  It’s a $40 game which you can buy the season pass for, providing all five DLC packs for the low discount price of $45, five dollars more than the game itself!   And that $45 is a 30% savings off of the retail price of the downloadable content!  On top of that, the game has a pair of Amiibos that can only be bought in a set for $24.99 which unlock additional content.  In the end, to get the complete game with all content works out to $110 plus tax!  This is becoming a standardized marketing tactic and a large number of consumers are falling for it.  I’ve purchased every North American Fire Emblem game since the original release on the Game Boy Advance  and due to this style of predatory sales, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the first Fire Emblem I will not buy.  I feel confident in saying that it won’t be the last one I skip either.

This isn’t an isolated incident either.  Many of Nintendo’s larger first party titles have expensive Amiibos that had very little to actual gameplay.  The much-lauded Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU, Switch) which only came out a month ago suffers from Amiibo diarrhea.  Eighteen (yes, you read that right) Amiibos add content to this $60 title, five of which were released just for the game totalling an MSRP of $84 plus tax excluding the other 13 figures.   It also already has an Expansion Pass available at a whopping $20.  It’s a large pack, to be fair, but it brings the grand total for the official Breath of the Wild content and main game to a ridiculous $164.   And don’t forget that if you don’t rush to get these short-printed Amiibos, the price goes up quickly on the secondary market and you may end up paying as much as $60 on eBay for an ‘out-of-print’ figure that was just released.  Not all consumers will buy all the extras, but the point is that they shouldn’t have to in the first place.  A game should be overall self-contained when it is released and this is certainly going overboard.

Finally, Nintendo also has a unique view on digital rights management which only allows the transfer of your digital content to another console a total of eight times.  With my upgrades to various iterations of Nintendo systems, I’m personally up to five transfers on some items and that’s without ever having broken a system or had one stolen.  A few more upgrades and I won’t even own the content I paid for anymore, whether I’ve had a chance to play it or not.  No other company does this.  Not Sony, not Microsoft, not Steam.  For everyone else, once you buy it, it’s yours as long as it’s on your system or still available on the server.  What makes Nintendo so different about this?  As far as I can tell, simple greed.  There’s absolutely no excuse for this system of DRM.

I’m tired of paying for inferior processing power on my hardware, multiple hardware upgrades, add-ons that don’t add-on and content that should by all rights be free downloadable additions or already in the game.  As consumers, why are we tolerating this ridiculous amount of nickel and dime-ing for a sub-standard payoff?  I find that for the amount of money I have to spend on Nintendo’s products, I’m simply not getting enough enjoyment out of them anymore.  As gamers, we need to speak with our wallets if we ever want this to stop and Nintendo is the place to start that conversation.   We need to ask ourselves if we are buying for the love of gaming anymore or just simply buying because we can’t stop ourselves.  And we need to be aware that the money we spend, even if it’s just a couple of bucks on a random DLC that interests us, equates to millions of dollars worldwide for companies that don’t put out a better product with that money.  I’ve loved your products for a long time, Nintendo, but I just don’t think I can support your company any longer.

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