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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 Jonathan Balofsky On 26 May, 2017 At 02:16 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Monster Hunter is already helping Nintendo out, and this is only hours after the game was announced for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo’s market value has risen by 2.2 billion dollars after the announcement of Monster Hunter XX for Switch. Yes, that number is real. This has resulted in an eight year high for the company, which is a sign of investors going all in on Nintendo and the Switch.  Monster Hunter is a major deal in Japan, and is considered a true killer app for any system. The fact that the Switch is receiving an entry may have caused investors to realize that the momentum of the system is not slowing down anytime soon.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 May, 2017 At 02:46 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PlayStation, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Guilty Gear has undergone a major resurgence of late. It began with Guilty Gear Xrd Sign and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The latest release in the series is Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2, but does it really offer much in comparison to Gulty Gear Xrd Revelator? Or should you avoid it?

I will begin by stating what I felt to be a key point. The combat has been refined yet again by Arc System Works and is smoother than ever. The game continues experimenting with different playstyles for players who do not want the standard inputs and that is highly commendable. Along with the amazing tutorial, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 has the unique nature of appealing to two different groups of players at the same time. I must say again about the tutorial, in that it is one of the best tutorials ever made for a fighting game. It teaches you exactly how to play a fighting game if you were unfamiliar and will help you not only in this game but others as well.

The revised combat has more than a few balance adjustments. I would say that most fans will notice them depending on the time they put in to the previous game, the more time the more you will notice and vice versa. More notably in my opinion, is that there are animation additions almost everywhere. This is just a gorgeous 2.5D fighting game and I do not think I have ever seen a better one. Everything just feels smooth and fluid. My complaints about the little moments of stiffness in Revelator are gone, and even the online works so much better. It seems Arc System Works took each and every criticism to heart and set out to make the ultimate Guilty Gear game. I have to say that in my opinion, they succeeded. The music is top notch as always in the series, but it just feels even more epic here. It feels that the music has been kicked up a notch or three and that gives the game a more exciting feeling.

In terms of the roster, there are two additions, Baiken and Answer. Answer is a difficult character to learn, but very rewarding, while Baiken is true to past iterations. I like that not much was changed in terms of the roster, but what was added, were well done and excellent additions.

There are of course multiple online modes and story modes, as to be expected in a Guilty Gear game, and to be honest, I feel this is one of the most complete fighting games around. With its cheaper price ( and even cheaper digital price if bought as a DLC  upgrade), I cannot recommend this enough. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2 is just an awesome game all around, and one of the best fighting games for both fans and newcomers to the genre. I urge you to check this out as soon as you can. You will not regret buying this game anytime.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 07:01 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter II launches tomorrow on the Nintendo Switch, but the publisher is not stopping there. Capcom, via the official Monster Hunter twitter account, has revelaed that Monster Hunter XX will receive a Nintendo Switch version

 

This is a really big deal and the Monster Hunter series was directly responsible for a lot of the success of the 3DS. Hopefully the game finds a big audience on the Switch, although it is almost guaranteed to do so. It is a good move by Capcom and this is the right time to do it.

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A new version of Street Fighter IV has been announced for iOS by Capcom. Street Fighter IV Champion Edition will come to mobile phones later this summer

 

Champion Edition adds Poison, Ibuki, and Dundley to the roster of characters, bringing the total up to 25. Players can fight against AI or online via Wi-Fi. The game is controlled with a four-button virtual pad on screen, which “allows players to execute moves through multiple key combinations and shortcuts,” according to Capcom. The game will also support external controllers and gamepads.

Champion Edition launches this summer, although Capcom has yet to give a firm release date. There’s no word on a price yet, either, but Street Fighter IV currently costs $4 on the iOS App Store. You can pre-register for news about the release of the game here.

This new version is likely coming to iOS due to updates to the operating system rendering older apps unable to continue being supported. It will likely be around the same price if not a dollar or two more, but all in all, this is just a replacement app really. Still it will hopefully be a good experience for those who choose to play it.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 06:44 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo departed the Brazil market in early January 2015. Games for Nintendo systems have been impossible to get legally for a decent price since hen, but now things are changing.

 

Coming from Vice Brazil

NC Games, a local importer for games in Brazil, will bring Nintendo games again. The official report comes from a register in the Diário Oficial da União (basically the “Federal Register”), indicating that the games are in the process of age rating and close to get into stores.

The list of the games registered are:

  • 1-2 Switch (Switch)
  • Mario Party Star Rush (3DS)
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  • Mario & Luigi Paper Jam (3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Fates Birthright (3DS)
  • Kibry: Planet Robot (3DS)

Other games not listed are Bomberman R and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, which NC Games is in negotiation with Konami and Capcom.

But not all the games will be exclusive to be distributed with NC Games. Ubisoft works in Brazil and will be the official distributor for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.

They’re still studying the market for prices and expect to put the games into stores costing R$330 to R$400 (US$90+ to US$120). They didn’t talk about the console price.

This is excellent news for Nintendo fans in Brazil. This is a market that could be great for Nintendo and this opens up so many possibilities. Hopefully this foray into Brazil goes better than their previous attempt. Right now, this is a good start.

 

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EA sent out the following

 

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA PLAY 2017 in Hollywood will feature performances by the eight-time platinum recording artist Nas, DJ Green Lantern and Dave East. All three will perform on Saturday night, June 10th from 6-8pm PST, at the EA PLAY FanFest, one of the biggest pop culture events of the summer. The FanFest is at the heart of EA PLAY 2017, featuring more than 140 hands-on gaming stations where fans will be the first to play EA’s newest lineup of games including:

 

  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II
  • FIFA 18
  • Madden NFL 18
  • NBA LIVE 18
  • The latest Need for Speed™ experience
  • The Sims™ Mobile and The Sims™ 4
  • Battlefield™ 1: In The Name of the Tsar
  • New content from Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes and Titanfall 2
  • Madden NFL Mobile
  • NBA LIVE Mobile
  • EA SPORTS™ FIFA on the Nintendo Switch

 

Widely celebrated as one of the greatest artists of all-time, Nas has received more than a dozen Grammy nominations since his debut album *Illmatic* in 1994. Joining the stage with Nas is DJ Green Lantern, a long-time DJ for some of hip hop’s top artists, and Dave East whose mixtape *Kairi Chanel* hit the US Billboard 200 last year. These three artists will headline a lineup of musical talent that will perform each day at EA PLAY from June 10-12 at the Hollywood Palladium.

 

EA PLAY is open to the public and tickets are free. The FanFest schedule is:

  • Saturday June 10 from 4pm – 8pm
  • Sunday June 11 from 12pm – 6pm
  • Monday June 12 from 12pm – 5pm

 

For those that attend in-person at the Palladium in Hollywood, they can experience even more surprises. Each day of the show, the first 2000 fans that play Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II will receive a numbered, limited edition poster. On Sunday and Monday, the first 500 people to play Madden NFL 18 and EA SPORTS FIFA 18, will receive a free copy of Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 respectively.

 

For anyone joining digitally around the world, EA PLAY will come to life through a variety of different content including livestreams. From behind-the-scenes looks and developer interviews to in-depth gameplay walkthroughs and new gameplay footage, learn more about EA’s upcoming games and experiences directly from those behind them. EA is also empowering the creative storytelling of more than 300 of the best content creators in the community to develop their own unique way of sharing their gameplay impressions with their fans all over the world who love to watch them most.

 

Please visit http://www.ea.com/eaplay2017 to learn more about the event, and visit https://eaplay17.fishsoftware.com/public/ to get your free ticket. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more EA PLAY news and information.

This is a very interesting lineup and some cool performances. It is very interesting that the Switch version of FIFA is mentioned separately. Still, the event looks like it will be a good time and is well planned. Hopefully it all goes off well.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 04:55 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Baldur’s Gate is a legendary and beloved CRPG series, and one that has recently been remastered by Beamdog. After being asked by a fan on twitter about the possibility of the Baldur’s Gate games coming to the Nintendo Switch, Beamdog responded by saying that is an interesting idea and they will make the suggestion to the team. However, they also said they can make no promises yet.

To have  the series on the Switch would be absolutely amazing. I would hope that not only would these come but also Planescape: Torment. These games would take advantage of the system, especially the touchscreen, which not many games have been using.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 12:12 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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June is soon upon us and along with E3 this coming month, there will also be a new month of Xbox Live Games Wwith Gold.

 

In addition to the two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games that can be play through Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live Gold members will also get free DLC for Phantom Dust in June.

Now for the games! On Xbox One we’ll have the competitive racing game Speedrunners available from June 1 – 30 followed by the open-world hacking adventure of Watch Dogs from June 16 – July 15. On Xbox 360, and on Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, explore the American frontier in Assassin’s Creed III from June 1 – 15 followed BioWare’s classic fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins on June 16 – 30.

All games will be available for a limited time only as part of Games with Gold, so get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

  • Speedrunners ($14.99 ERP): Available June 1-30 on Xbox One
  • Watch_Dogs ($29.99 ERP): Available June 16-July 15 on Xbox One
  • Assassin’s Creed III ($19.99 ERP): Available June 1-15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
  • Dragon Age: Origins ($14.99 ERP): Available June 16-30 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
  • DLC for Phantom Dust ($14.99 ERP): Available June 1-30 on Xbox One

This is a very good month for Games With Gold, containing some truly amazing games to experience.  If you have not yet played these gems, now is the chance to experience some truly great gaming.  Microsoft is hitting it out of the park with Games With Gold lately and this is no exception.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 12:12 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle  has received even more proof of its existence. This time from a source that has consistently been right.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has received a classification from the Brazilian ratings board. The game was officially added in a listing today, with Ubisoft is also listed as its producer, which is a sign that Nintendo will not be publishing. It seems Ubisoft is the primary part here.

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