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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Nov, 2017 At 09:28 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Box Hedge Games has revealed their new game Super Mighty Power Man, a spiritual sequel to the classic Mega Man 8 Bit games. The game will also take inspiration from games such as Ducktales, Castlevania, Kirby and Mario. The game is being designed by developers who worked on games such as Test Drive Unlimited, Kinect Disneyland Adventure, and Assassin’s Creed. The game will be coming to Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch and more details will be provided soon.

 

 

THE GAME

Super Mighty Power Man is a genuine 2D action?platformer reminiscent of video games from the late 80’s and early 90’s. It is like games found on the NES console when fun was more than QTE, lengthy tutorials, and never?ending cinematics.

Super Mighty Power Man (SMPM) is greatly inspired by the famous Mega Man game series as well as others including: Castlevania, Contra, Duck Tales, Kirby, Super Mario Bros. and more recent ones like VVVVVV, Retro City Rampage and Shovel Knight.

Besides being a true love letter to the NES legendary gaming era, it is above all a tribute to the renowned Blue Bomber and our passion for such games that has stayed with us since childhood.

Take control of Corey, a boy who accidentally finds himself caught in a most unexpected adventure to save the galaxy. Helped by a clumsy extraterrestrial robot named Robby, and armed with a mysterious device called ‘The Power Grasp’, Corey must defend the Earth from the spreading evil forces of General Mok. He will need to fight (and jump) his way through deadly environments, hordes of monsters, and other hazardous traps to free occupied planets from the tyranny of his enemy’s lieutenants.

‘The Power Grasp’ grants Corey superhuman powers, allowing him to merge with other lifeforms and become one of the many forms of Super Mighty Power Man!

FEATURES

  • Experience a 2D action?platformer in the purest NES form without sacrificing any of today’s technological advancements.

  • Ability to switch between 8 different suits and master their respective weapons and abilities!

  • Excellent responsive controls to test your skills in different environments filled with traps and enemies!

  • Cool gameplay elements and level design to top?up the fun!

  • True 8?bit NES aesthetics featuring colorful sprites and backgrounds!

  • A cute and appealing cast of characters introduced via short, humorous

  • Encounter countless of various creatures and defeat giant bosses!

  • Levels packed with secrets, alternative paths and items to collect!

  • Complete the full collection and the various objectives to unlock new features.

  • Awesome NES chiptune soundtracks with cool melodies and rousing rhythms!

  • Full controller support and customizable controls to feel right at home.

 

This is a truly awesome looking game. It is good that indie developers are taking it upon themselves to make the games they feel are missing today.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 1 Nov, 2017 At 09:53 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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With Black Friday quickly approaching, Nintendo is offering a variety of products to make holiday shopping a little bit easier and a lot more fun for everyone. These deals include two items that will make it easier for people of all ages and interests to get in on the fun and adventure of The Legend of Zelda series this holiday season.

The first is a Link green Nintendo 2DS system with bright orange buttons that comes pre-installed with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D game at a suggested retail price of only $79.99. This is ideal for young people who want to be introduced to one of the best games in The Legend of Zelda series on a durable and accessible portable system. The second is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Explorer’s Edition, a bundle that includes the critically acclaimed and award-winning Nintendo Switch game, a 100-page explorer’s guide and a two-sided map at a suggested retail price of $59.99.* The included guide and map are great for people new to the series, as well as people who haven’t yet had the opportunity to dive into the massive adventure.

But this isn’t all Nintendo is offering on Black Friday. In addition to these legendary deals, many other systems and bundles are currently in stores. These include a Nintendo Switch bundle that comes with the system, a download code for the Super Mario Odyssey game, Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers and a special carrying case at a suggested retail price of $379.99.

“Between Nintendo Switch, Super NES Classic Edition, all the systems in the Nintendo 3DS family and all of the fun games available for these systems, shoppers will have multiple options for their wish lists this year,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our Black Friday deals are a great value for people looking to pick up gifts for the Nintendo fans in their lives.”

Other systems and bundles that will be available in stores this holiday include:
For fans of Mario: A white-and-red Nintendo 2DS system pre-loaded with the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game at a suggested retail price of $79.99 (now available).
For fans of cool hardware: A white-and-orange New Nintendo 2DS XL system at a suggested retail price of $149.99 (now available).
For fans of Pokémon: A Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system at a suggested retail price of $159.99 (launches Nov. 3).
For fans of exploration: A special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that includes a sound selection CD, a special metal game case and a 220-page hard-bound art book at a suggested retail price of $99.99. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller themed around Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be available at a suggested retail price of $$74.99 (both launch Dec. 1).

To check out all the offerings from Nintendo this holiday season, visit Nintendo’s holiday gift guide at https://happyholidays.nintendo.com/. For more information about Nintendo, visit https://www.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
* The Expansion Pass, which is composed of The Master Trials and The Champion’s Ballad DLC, is not included as part of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Explorer’s Edition.

Nintendo is going all out for Black Friday. Will you be picking any of this up?

 

source: Nintendo PR

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Fire Emblem is one of the greatest tactical strategy games of all times. With this amazing game as the source, coupled with the fun and energetic warriors style gameplay, something amazing is born. The warriors games are known for having huge lists of characters with different powers, taking on all sorts of enemies. This game is no exception and the Fire Emblem characters really do shine. In what looks to be an example of what Fire Emblem will look like in a main series game in the future Fire Emblem warriors really does shine.

This game is one that you can get into for as long as you like. There is always something to do in it, like in all other warriors games. This game is just about busting at the seams with content and that is a good thing. You will probably never find an end to the fun, unless you really are a completionist, because these games are just like that. This game is so fun because if you have a limited time all you have to do is find a short mission and you’ll feel like you spent your time wisely!

This game has a robust story mode, that is longer than the Hyrule Warriors Story mode. With voice acting, this game surpasses that by really letting you watch a story unfold. The story itself is similar to Hyrule Warriors, because heroes from different universes are all falling into the one the main characters live in. This is actually a good thing as it provides a solid base for why the events are occuring in the first place. While it might seem odd, these characters could float between any of the games and probably find a home anyway.

This game has characters from many different Fire Emblem games, from Fates, to Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and even Gaiden. These characters all come with their own storied paths which fit in part into the story mode. With the way the story ends though you have to wonder what happened to them when they returned. Along with all of the characters people know and love, there are also a few new characters. Rowan and Lianna are twins heirs to the throne of Aytolis. Rowan is a brash upstart who at first seemed way to cocky for his own good, while Lianna is a voice of reason. They both aren’t too keen on becoming King or Queen of Aytolis, but they know they will most likely have too. There is also Darios who is there childhood friend, but something about him may not be so good.

All the characters play as you would expect them to play. Characters like Marth, Chrom, and Lyn are fast as they simply wield swords. Robin is a bit slower as he has to ready his spells, along with Elise and Leo. Camilla and Cordelia both fly so they also take a little longer but can bust up foes. Frederick is a tank as usual and his horse can mow down enemies just by charging through them. It all takes a little adjusting to figure out what type of characters you will play as. Though, you will probably just end up picking your favorites and will learn how to control them. This is certainly par for the course for this series, as the series itself is quite fanservicey in that regard.

There is also a History mode which is comparable to Adventure mode from Hyrule Warriors. In this mode you get to relive historic battles from the series. There are missions to complete and heroes to unlock like, Lyn, Celica, Female Robin, and Male Corrin. This mode is cool because it shows off what happened in these games while giving you more game to play. All of the missions have different directives and it is interesting seeing how things change. As you progress through the missions the battle field changes and different routes pop up changing the history. It is all very interesting to see things go differently.

Being a Fire Emblem game there is also a decent tactical side to the game. While you are playing you can adjust your characters locations to give you the edge. You can also order them to different locations midbattle so they complete objectives. They will devastate enemies as you do, and that is always a good thing. Traveling on foot isn’t always going to cut it and you will need to have a good assortment of weapon types to really get the job done.

As it is a Fire Emblem game there is also Pairing up. You can pair up units to devastate opponents with a combo attack if both of their gauges are full. They will also aid each other in battle which is the norm. The other cool thing is that when the relationship is maxed between certain characters, a scene will be shown. This is fun because most of them are between characters who would never normally meet. This leads to fun encounters that really need to be seen to be believed.

The game itself also has a robust achievement system which is great for adding play time, a good collection of things to collect, and a great soundtrack. The music is great because depending on the stage you can hear remixes of classic songs from the series. It is always cool to see what remixes the creators come up with. You never know when  you will hear a riff from one of the past games and that is wonderful.

Fire Emblem warriors is a fantastic game and one that is surely not to be missed. If you like either series you should do yourself a favor and at least try out this game. There is so much to do, and so much game to play. Plus, with DLC coming out including 9 new characters, 9 history maps, new costumes, and new support conversations this game could last till the end of time. So do yourself a solid, and engage in some exhilarating Fire Emblem Warriors Combat today!

 

 

By Stark Wyvern On 7 Oct, 2017 At 05:06 PM | Categorized As Featured, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Pokemon Silver brought me to my favorite region, and let return to Kanto as well. In an era now long since passed it is good to find myself playing this amazing game. This is actually the first time I’ve played it, in English, as the first time I played through it, it was a Japanese import. I had received it as a gift and the gifter had decided it would be cool to get an imported copy of both gold and silver. I needed a guide to play through the game, as obviously at the age of 8 I had no idea how to read Japanese.

Through playing that game though I developed a love of this region. Crystal followed after I had logged so many hours in my Japanese imports. I discovered my favorite Pokemon in Johto, and that Pokemon is Feraligatr. I also discovered a few other mainstays to a Johto team of mine, and that is always a good thing.

Coming back to Johto brings me back to a time now lost. A time where you couldn’t just wirelessly trade for Pokemon. You needed to have your friend nearby, literally next to you. My friends were around a lot as  8-year old which certainly is a good thing. Pokemon Silver was one of those amazing games that you wanted to play knowing friends were playing it as well. I logged hours upon hours in these old games even after my younger sister deleted my save files.

Johto will always be a stand out region to me because it brought us back to Kanto, the only time a game has done that. Two regions in one game, now that was revolutionary. I remember seeing Kanto for the first time in the game. Having just beat all the gyms it was time to head to the Elite Four. Surfing along I hop off Feraligatr and bam a man comes up to me, tells me I’m in Kanto. My young mind was blown, I was ecstatic.

Johto also has the distinction of having the first dark type Pokemon which in of itself is so cool. Pokemon that could stand up to the power of the wicked psychic types. Those psychic types really were so strong, it is actually a little shocking. I’ll always hope for a dark type gym, but of course in Japan, they are considered just a little too evil.

Pokemon Silver is just such a great game, with amazing music, great new Pokemon, and so many things to do and explore. Having 16 gym badges is also such a blast as you literally have double the fun. Battling Kanto Gym Leaders is also fun, along with facing Red and Blue again. I was a little disappointed that you couldn’t face your old team like in Twitch Plays Pokemon. That really would have been a great touch.

While it might have been weird playing a Japanese import I will always look back on that time with happiness. Playing Pokemon Silver will always have an effect on me, and I hope one day we get a next-gen remake of this game. I will always be down to jump back into this game, and relive the story, and remember what it was like, being 8. Playing a brand new Pokemon game before other kids, not understanding the game and using a guide, but loving it all the same.

Pokemon Silver will always be one of those comfort games, and I’m glad for it. I shocked myself this time playing the game through in only 15 hours, and to me that is extraordinary. So, thank you to my team of Feraligatr, Girafarig, Ampharos, Togetic, Donphan, and the Shiny Gyarados, you were all amazing. Pokemon Silver is available now on the Eshop, and if you’ve never experienced it I wholeheartedly think you should!

By Stark Wyvern On 5 Oct, 2017 At 05:03 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Yokai Watch 2 was an awesome game and of course, following the Pokemon model, it is time for Yokai Watch’s first third game. In Psychic Specters, you, play the same game mostly, but there are little moments here and there that are different. It is really still just such a solid game, and one that will hold fans attention until Yokai Watch 3 and Yokai Watch Busters finally come westward.

Yokai Watch 2 Psychic Specters is certainly just as fun even if you have played the game before. The world is always such a fun place to explore and there are so many Yokai to befriend. All of the QR Codes of work again for this game, so you can use them to your heart’s content. This game really allows you to play how you want and that is a good thing.

Psychic Specters also comes with a lot of extra content, to build upon the first two entries. You can now befriend the Wicked Yokai which is a cool thing. Those Wicked Yokai looked really cool and I am glad to be able to befriend them. They certainly act nicer once befriended but it just is cool to have former baddies on your side.

There is also a full story for Dame Deadtime, who in my opinion is a truly terrible villain. Her boss fight can be tedious, and her character to me just seems weak. But it is always interesting learning about characters. You also get the whole story on Darknyan which is another interesting one. Far more interesting to me than the Dame’s story.

You can also befriend other strange Yokai including the Jewelnyans and the nose picking Snottle. After completing the main story head to Yokai Land and experience a whole new area. Psychic Blasters is a revamped version of Yokai Watch Blasters and the perfect lead up to the full game which should come westward in the future.

All in all, if you liked Yokai Watch 2 you will certainly enjoy this game. If you have the first one you can transfer your save file and continue from where you left off. Or start fresh, and experience the game all over again. This game is also great for anyone who has only played the first game or never at all. It has a good beginning section and allows you to see all the Yokai from both games.

Yokai Watch 2 Psychic Specters is a great RPG and one that you’ll probably enjoy. If you haven’t yet, you can get this game on your 3DS in stores or on the Eshop!

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I don’t play too many 3DS games, but one that caught my eye was Chicken Wiggle. It had a sense of wonder and adventure to it that I found immensely attractive. The great visuals and excellent looking gameplay had me hooked from the first time I saw it and I needed to experience it. After playing it, I have to say that Atooi has another masterpiece on their hands.

Chicken Wiggle is a 2D platformer with excellent controls, and lovable protagonists. Normally 2D platformers these days feel a need to guide you through every last detail but Chicken Wiggle lets you jump right in and learn it for yourself. I found this refreshing, and despite needing a few minutes to get the hang of it, it was all for the best. The learning curve is not that bad and honestly, this is a game for platformer fans of all degrees of experience.

There is an issue with the difficulty varying wildly at times, which can be annoying but I don’t feel its a major problem. Overall, I find the gameplay amazing, as while the protagonists moves are basic, there is a lot that can be done with them. Chick can jump run, and attack enemies and obstacles, while the worm can reach far-away platforms and walls with stickiness. Using them both in creative ways makes a things a lot more interesting and opens new possibilities. The levels are well designed and give you a lot of room to experiment in, and this isn’t even considering the various power ups you get throughout the levels.

Chicken Wiggle has some incredible music as well, and the soundtrack just feels fun. The soundtrack perfect companion piece to this game and helps further the experience, so my hat goes off to Atooi for that as well. Visually the game is excellent as well, and has a great art style that just works for it.

If anything, it is sad that the game does have an end to it, but even then it doesn’t have to end. The game has an excellent level editor that seems to take after Super Mario Maker, and lets you share your levels with others. Its does have a drawback though, in that the interface is a bit unintuitive and can be more cumbersome that you would expect. Still sharing and playing levels is fun, and I had a blast with the levels I played from others.

I have to encourage everyone to play this game. It is amazing and deserves attention.

 

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A review key was provided by Atooi

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Sep, 2017 At 10:26 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atooi sent out the following

 

Atooi announced that their new platforming adventure Chicken Wiggle will go on a special two-week flash sale from September 14 to September 28 – dropping the price from $14.99 to $9.99 in North America on Nintendo 3DS eShop. A savings of 33%. The two-week flash sale will begin in Europe on September 21.

“For anyone who was on the fence about buying Chicken Wiggle, this is a great time to take advantage of the promotional price and join our egg-cellent community,” Atooi Owner Jools Watsham says of the flash sale. “There are already over 400 unique levels available to download for free on-line, and the number continues to grow each day, which is a testament to the power and ease of Chicken Wiggle’s on-line level sharing features.”

Chicken Wiggle is an amazing game that everyone should try and this sale is one that is not to be missed.

 

We will have a review up of the game very shortly.

By Stark Wyvern On 14 Sep, 2017 At 08:30 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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As someone, who has never found much interest in the Monster Hunter Series, I was happy to jump into this new game. Monster Hunter Stories introduces a new side to this world that has been in hiding in a way, and helps change things up. This game, the game follows a young rider, someone who tames monsters rather than strictly hunting them, which makes this game more akin to a Pokemon game, and therefore right up my my alley.

The story revolves around the hero traveling the world to snuff out an ancient evil that is rearing its ugly head. A plant that can cause monsters to rampage is back and warping the world and needs to be stopped. Along the way, many interesting things happen and you will meet a good bunch of insane characters. For me, it is really good that there is actually a story, as from what I know, monster hunter games are usually devoid of such a thing.

In Monster Hunter Stories you assemble a team of monsters or Monsties as they are called. There are about 200 to choose from so you have quite a good group to gather, that of course have their own skills, and abilities that long time fans should know at least. To gather monsters you must steal eggs, and the only way you can do so is to head into nests. These nests are randomly generated so the only thing you will really know is what kind of monsters you might fight.

Sneaking in, you often come across a monster, who if you wake up or you scared back its nest will be angry.  Anger is a great power up for monsters, as why would they not be upset that some small human can actually defeat them? After this, you get to pick up eggs, and Navirou, your Felyne pal, will tell you a few hints about your egg. It is quite fun, as there are many patterns, and you don’t always know what kind of monster you will get. The fighting system is based on a sort of Rock Paper Scissors game, though you do need to figure out patterns, as if you successfully do, you will inflict more damage. There are special attacks and even combo attacks, the latter done through riding your monster in battle, that are amazing.

Monster Hunter Stories truly is a game unlike any Monster Hunter game before it. A true RPG, where the world is your oyster. With so many quests to complete, weapons to buy, and monsters to hatch, you won’t be putting this game down anytime soon. Plus, it really is a good first monster hunter game. Playing this will allow anyone to jump in and get a taste for what the true games are. But, this game also has all the intricacy of that game, albeit in a far more cartoonish form.

Monster Hunter Stories is certainly a game, that I am enjoying and I cannot wait to see how it ends. You can get Monster Hunter Stories right now on the 3DS Family of Systems!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Sep, 2017 At 09:30 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced they will be holding a Nintendo Direct on September 13th for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games such as Mario Odyssey. The direct will begin around 6 p.m. Eastern time and will last around 45 minutes.

 

What do you hope to see?

 

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Inti Creates has just released Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, and has announced Dragon: Marked for Death, both for Nintendo Switch. They have been very busy on the system and one might think they had moved on from their first Switch games, Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, but that is not the case.

Inti Creates has confirmed on twitter that they have more plans for those games. Whether that means more DLC characters, modes, or simply updates is not known yet. What we can say however, is that Inti Creates gives their games their all and any new content Inti Creates brings will be welcome.

 

Have you played these games yet?