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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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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Feb, 2017 At 01:43 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Nintendo Switch is a big deal in terms of gaming. It is opening new ways to play, just like Nintendo intended. The console/handheld hybrid is poised to be a must have gadget this year, but I cannot help but think of a game that was doomed to obscurity on the Wii, received a horrible port on Wii U, and can be saved by the Switch.

Rodea The Sky Soldier was Yuji Naka’s spiritual sequel to Nights into Dreams for the Wii that almost became vaporware. It was seemingly saved from development hell with ports for 3DS and an HD Port for Wii U. But the problem became tat the Wii U port was a port of the inferior 3DS version and not a true HD version of the Wii game. The Wii game was packed in with the Wii U retail release’s first run but now is lost to all, with it never being available in any form to anyone again. Or is it?

The Nintendo Switch has multiple playstyles, and using the Joy Con controllers. you can replicate the Wii gameplay to an extent.  If Kadokawa Games and Prope were to work together again, they could remaster the original Wii release in true HD and bring it to the Switch. This way, Yuji Naka’s true vision of the game could be experienced by everyone. In fact, the game would benefit greatly from the HD rumble and improvements could be made. This could in fact become the definitive version of the game.

I realize that this will be a lot of work, and for a game like Rodea, this might be risky. This is especially the case since the game didn’t sell very well and the publisher and developer might be hesitant to give this another try. However, the truth is that the Wii u and 3DS versions were simply not good, while the Wii version was excellent. If the Wii version was given a true update with better visuals and factoring in what the Joy Cons can add to it, while not detracting from the original experience, then the game will be much better received. As well, given the massive hype around the Nintendo Switch, this game might even get a much better audience than it ever could have had on the Wii U or Nintendo 3Ds.

I really want to see the original game get a second chance to wow people, and I acknowledge that this is a long shot, but this is exactly the type of game that the Switch can save. It was in development hell for the Wii, suffered on the Nintendo 3Ds and Wii U, but can thrive on the Nintendo Switch. I Hope the developer and publisher consider this.

 

 

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The above is solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the rest of Real Otaku Gamer or its staff.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Feb, 2017 At 11:34 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Harvest Moon 64 was a game that was thought to be impossible to emulate according to Natsume, hence why it couldn’t come to the virtual console. However, things have now changed with that regard.

North America and Europe will receive the game on the virtual console this week.. This is especially notable for Europe, as they never received the game to begin with. Since this was a game that was said to be impossible to emulate, this raises  possibilities for other games likewise thought impossible to emulate. Hopefully now people will try to bring some of those games to modern systems.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Feb, 2017 At 05:36 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow’s Wii U VC game for North America is the long awaited N64 Classic Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It arrived recently on the European eShop and now is coming to North America.

It’s up to you to defeat the Empire!

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber is a tactical RPG originally released for the Nintendo 64 system. The game tells the story of Magnus Gallant, a recently graduated officer of the Palatinean Army who is assigned to the troubled southern region of his native land. There he witnesses the plight of the lower classes – the victims of a tyrannical ruling elite whose only thought is for the preservation of their own lofty status. With civil war brewing, Magnus is faced with a terrible choice: to betray his own noble origins in the name of liberty, or turn a blind eye to the evils of his rotten society.

Will you be buying this game when the eShop updates tomorrow? Let us know!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Feb, 2017 At 12:46 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has revealed DLC is coming to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,.

There will b an Expansion Pass for the game at launch for $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99. By buying it, you will receive three new treasure chests that can be found at the Great Plateau. One contains a shirt with a Switch logo that Link can wear, which is exclusive to the Expansion Pass. Nintendo has said that “The other two will deliver useful items.”

The first DLC pack launches around this summer. It will come with  the following: A Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode, & a new feature for the in-game map.

The second pack will come at the holidays. Thus DLC adds “new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story.”

Nintendo has stated that the Expansion Pass will be available for both the Switch and Wii U versions of the game.

Nintendo said the following about the DLC announcement.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles is one of the largest, most engaging video games Nintendo has ever created. While the main game offers players an engrossing quest that will keep them entertained for hours, as well as the freedom to explore the vast Hyrule at their own pace, the game world provides a rich canvas that offers the opportunity for additional adventures. As a result, the first-ever downloadable content for the main-line Legend of Zelda series is in development.”

You can see the video announcement below.

Source: Nintendo PR