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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Nov, 2017 At 09:49 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch has been doing spectacularly with indies lately. It was noted that Thimbleweed Park had its best console sales on the Switch, and now another indie success story has emerged.

Lizardcube has revealed (in response to Ron Gilbert’s comments about Thimbleweed Park’s success on Switch) that Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap had its best console sales on the Nintendo Switch as well. Lizardcube further noted that the Switch version far outsold the other consoles, which is impressive considering when the game was released.

 

The game is currently on sale on the Switch eShop right now, so if you haven’t bought it yet, you can do so now. if you have not yet seen our review, you can see it here and a second review here.

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I love classic style turn based RPGs. There is something about them that just takes me back to an older era and lets me enjoy myself without worrying about all new combat mechanics ( for the most part), and one company that makes this style of game still is KEMCO. I noted in my review of their game Revenant Saga that KEMCO had begun to move out of their paint by numbers approach to making RPGs. While the games they made are great, they had a problem of being formulaic and not deviating much. They were fun to play and lose yourself in for hours but eventually they all became the same. Revenant Saga brought some refreshing change and now Antiquia Lost pushes them further in that new direction.

Antiquia Lost follows a bit of the typical KEMCO formula but plays with it so much, that it becomes new. The game eschews the 3D battle screens KEMCO has been using lately, in favor of a classic 16 bit style battle screen. Its a nice touch and helps the general feeling of the game :making . I must also note that the visuals are surprisingly excellent on Switch, with the art looking sharper than in previous games. I must say though, that I am not happy about the miscrotransactions being in the console versions, as it feels like a step back from KEMCO’s work with consoles. Still they can be ignored, but locking some staples behind a paywall doesn’t feel right.

Antiquia Lost introduces new play mechanics as well, but keeps them grounded in their previous games and they don’t feel overwhelming. I do like that the way the characters interact is different, and using a different character is much more involved this time. The story of the game also immediately deviates from KEMCO’s normal pattern and I must commend them for that. Right away we are given an experience that uses what KEMCO utilized before, but doesn’t stay firmly in the past. Instead, Antiquia Lost takes what was done and uses those ideas to chart a new path, and it is a most excellent journey. It doesn’t overwhelm you and it is familiar enough while still being a fresh experience. Even with the flaw of microtransactions, I recommend it.

 

 

Disclaimer: A review key was provided by KEMCO

By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Nov, 2017 At 04:30 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Irem arcade classic Traverse USA will be coming to the Nintendo Switch next week on 11/30. This was revealed via a listing on Nintendo.com

A total of 3,700 miles await you! Challenge yourself to a ride across America!
“Traverse USA” is a racing game released by IREM in 1983. Hop on a motorcycle and ride across America, avoiding cars as you head to your goal of New York City. A variety of obstacles await off-road and on, so utilize all your techniques as you participate in this race.
The “Arcade Archives” series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces.
Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores.
Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games.

Will you be checking out this arcade classic?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Nov, 2017 At 04:36 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has fully detailed the launch of the Nintendo Switch in South Korea this year.

The following will be available at launch on December 1

 

Super Mario Odyssey
1-2-Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Disgaea 5
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
NBA 2K18
Puyo Puyo Tetris S
Sonic Forces
Fate/EXTELLA
Super Bomberman R
Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Version
Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers
Biohazard (Resident Evil) Revelations Unveiled Edition

 

The following games are listed for release in the time after launch.

 

 

December 15 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
December – LEGO World, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
January 18 – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Early 2018 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Spring 2018 – Portal Knights
Scheduled for 2018 – Snipperclips Plus, Splatoon 2

 

Here is hoping that the system has a good launch in Korea!

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Nov, 2017 At 03:27 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It has been 3 months since the launch of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and today we are happy to be sharing the final development diary in our 30 video series. In the diary we discuss how the Hellblade Independent AAA approach has turned from experiment into proven model, detailing key numbers from Hellblade’s launch:

  • Over 75k pre-orders across PC and PS4 before launch.
  • 250K units sold in the first week at $29.99.
  • Over $13m in revenue generated in 3 months.
  • 500k units sold in 3 months, which puts the project beyond breakeven and into profit. Our prediction was to be at this point in 6 months from release.
  • Development took 3 years and with an average team size of 20.
  • Game sold as digital-only.
  • About half the sales were on PC.

Some words from Tameem Antoniades, Co-founder and Chief Creative Ninja, on the success of Hellblade:

“The escalating stakes in the AAA retail publishing model has killed off countless independent studios like us, many smaller publishers, and is now straining even the largest of publishers.  This isn’t survival of the fittest but a routing of the creative base upon which this industry was built.

The future isn’t written and we don’t believe that the writing is on the wall.  AAA will always exist but we need strong alternatives as well.

Three years ago we announced our intention to find a way to do our best work outside of the AAA retail model and have openly documented the journey in our thirty development diaries.

The final step is to share our commercial model and digital sales data for the benefit of other developers.  The more data we have for alternative business models, the more developers can take informed commercial and creative risks.  For the benefit of our beloved medium, we’d like to encourage other developers to share their own data as well wherever possible.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and made Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice a commercial and creative success.”

Hellblade Development Diary 30 can be seen here:https://youtu.be/sDvATt2VBxU

This is excellent news, and a great sign for the future of mid level game development. Have you bought the game yet?

 

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No one did arcade games like SNK with the Neo Geo. Everything with them was on a completely different level than the rest of the industry, with games that were both intense and fun. Sports games on the Neo Geo often took sports that didn’t seem like they would action packed and made it work, like with Neo Turf Masters. So imagine what they could do with Soccer/Football, a game known for its passionate fans.

Soccer Brawl was like an early predecessor to later games like Sega’s Soccer Slam and Super Mario Strikers/Mario Smash Football. It was less of a sports game, rather than an action game that used sports as basis for the action. The game is set in the future with soccer that is played with bionic people or cyborgs as the players. And with that description, how can this not be awesome?

Soccer Brawl is is a two-player game where your team is representing one of eight countries,. These countries are Germany, Japan, Brazil, The United States, Italy, Spain, England and South Korea. After selecting a team, you will then select one of two stadiums which will be a dome or an open field. Then you begin with a 5-on-5 match and the action gets intense. Forget all the rules for the game, because in this, there are no fouls and anything goes. This makes the game much closer to an intense brawler than you would expect.

Many cite Midway’s arcade sports games as being the games that defined what an arcade style sports game should be. Those people should look instead to SNK and games like this, because Soccer Brawl makes NBA Jam look tame in comparison. SNK threw out any pretense of realism and made it all about fun and action. This is a game that sadly hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Neo Turf Masters is well known ( deservedly so) and I cannot understand why Soccer Brawl doesn’t also get as much attention. Every modern sports game that uses arcade style action to differentiate itself ends up owing something to this game. I urge you all to check it out as it has just been released via Arcade Archives on modern systems. This is a damn good game, and one that I would love to see SNK revisit in the future.  It is too good to just be left in the past.

 

 

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Two things have stood out as key ingredients for a wonderful time in childhood, Comics and Lego. Both are tools of imagination and open the mind up to new possibilities we would not have considered before. This is why, despite many criticizing the Lego Adaptation Games, I love them immensely. They are a great take on the various media they adapt and often serve as a gateway series. The criticisms the games get often end up missing the point of the games. They are not meant to be pure adaptations, but celebrations that merge different methods to tell a tribute story.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 continues this tradition of merging different forms of creativity, and gives us a new world to explore that is once again a celebration of all things Marvel Comics. The first thing I must say is that the game is absolutely gorgeous. The visuals are well done and stand out so beautifully, creating a real comic book Lego feeling, which suits the setting perfectly. Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 brings in more characters from both the movies and the comics like Spider-Gwen and even makes some new ones, without giving spoilers, I was surprised to see some unique fusions of other characters.

Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 uses some new abilities, which are tied into the main storyline of the game. This time around, Kang The Conqueror is attacking not just the main universe but several universes and timelines. Taking inspiration from a certain other villain, he is capturing and taking cities  from these locations and merging them into his realm of Chronopolis in order to take over the world. However, this also means many heroes are there to fight back and try and stop him.

Chronopolis is a city of time which gives the player the ability to manipulate time and go to various locations and eras. You can travel to classic locations from the comics, and other media versions of Marvel Comics and this is a real treat for the fans. From going to the Noir universe, to a medieval era, there is something for every Marvel Comics fan here. This is also a great way to introduce younger players to the world of Marvel Comics, and I must say that this would be an excellent game for parents to play with their children. It is a game that will appeal to both generations and players of all kinds.

There is also a four-player competitive super hero battling mode in the game, which enables players to fight each other in battle arenas. This isn’t a main attraction for the game, but it is a great side mode and offers some great replay fun. In general the game has very few flaws, but I do feel that one issue is that the camera feels awkward at times, for me at least. This is not a deal breaker, but the camera, and in fact a few other minor control issues do pop up from time to time, along with an audio issue, but that is a lot more rare. Still, I do know these will be patched soon, and the game is one of the best in terms of design, but this is still something I have to mention.

Overall, I feel Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is one of the best Lego adaptation games ever done. It is a loving tribute to everything Marvel Comics, while also bringing some new ideas to the games overall. If you are a comic fan, or a parent of a young child, this is a must play. For those who just want a fun game, this is also a good choice to consider.

 

 

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by the publisher.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Nov, 2017 At 10:17 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Switch success for Indies continues. Ron Gilbert has revealed that his new game, Thimbleweed Park, the successor of sorts to Maniac Mansion, has sold best on Nintendo Switch. the reveal was made via twitter.

 

 

We published a review of the Switch version earlier this year. If you haven’t seen it, it is available here

 

Let’s hope the indie success keeps up!

Have you bought the game yet? Let us know!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Nov, 2017 At 10:08 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo will be running a Cyber sale starting today until December 11. The following games are on sale.

 

Game System Discount

1-2 Switch

Nintendo Switch 20%

Super Bomberman R

Nintendo Switch 20%

I Am Setsuna

Nintendo Switch 40%

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Nintendo Switch 15%

LEGO City Undercover

Nintendo Switch 30%

LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game

Nintendo Switch 30%

Disgaea 5 Complete

Nintendo Switch 16%

Mario Sports Superstars

Nintendo 3DS 30%

Bravely Default

Nintendo 3DS 30%

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Nintendo 3DS 20%

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Star Fox 64 3D

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Nintendo 3DS 50%

FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Nintendo 3DS 40%

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Nintendo 3DS 30%

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Nintendo 3DS 50%

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Dragon Ball Fusions

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Blaster Master Zero

Nintendo 3DS 30%

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Nintendo 3DS 60%

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Castlevania

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Nintendo 3DS 66%

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Breath of Fire

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Nintendo 3DS 50%

THEATHRYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL

Nintendo 3DS 50%

SteamWorld Dig

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Story of Seasons

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Demon’s Crest

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Dillon’s Rolling Western

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Gargoyle’s Quest

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Gunman Clive

Nintendo 3DS 50%

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Mutant Mudds

Nintendo 3DS 50%

Axiom Verge

Wii U 50%

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Wii U 20%

FAST Racing NEO

Wii U 33%

Hive Jump

Wii U 33%

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Wii U 50%

Bit.Trip Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Wii U 75%

SteamWorld Dig

Wii U 50%

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Wii U 50%

Runbow

Wii U 50%

CastleStorm

Wii U 50%

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Wii U 50%

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

Wii U 50%

Gunman Clive HD Collection

Wii U 50%

All games included in the sale will be available for purchase in Nintendo eShop, as well as directly at https://happyholidays.nintendo.com/cyber-deals.

 

What will you be buying?

 

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Nov, 2017 At 11:22 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Shoot em Up games are awesome, there is no denying that. But then there are games that are pushing the genre is new directions. Whether it be through adding story, platform elements, or more ways to interact with the environment, developers are now realizing that there is a lot more that can be done than was previously thought. Enter Two Tribes with Rive Ultimate Edition on Nintendo Switch, the definitive edition of Two Tribes genre bending shooter.

Rive Ultimate Edition is certainly unlike other shoot em ups, and not just because it involves more of a narrative. The game truly gives the shooter genre some new ideas ,by forcing you to think of how you are supposed to progress. This is not to say the game is slow paced in any way, as the action is fast and intense and will keep you coming back for more. It is just that Rive is a different beast altogether. I called this a genre bending shooter above, and I feel that is the best way to describe this game. Rive changes the rules and innovates on the shoot em up genre in ways that have not been considered before. Is this even a shooter? Or has it become something else altogether?

Rive uses the Switch to its full potential, with full HD Rumble support, new modes and more achievements. What new modes? Co-Pilot mode, where two players can play simultaneously with one Joy Con each. Both players control the same ship, and must work together to progress. It sounds awkward but makes for a surprisingly fun time. The HD Rumble is also very well integrated, which makes the experience more immersive and intense.

I feel that Rive: Ultimate Edition is one that Nintendo Switch owners should not pass up. While the Switch has a lot of great shoot em ups, this is one that sets itself apart in a good way. I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: A review key was provided by Two Tribes.