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By Jonathan Balofsky On 17 Nov, 2017 At 06:06 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 1 Comment

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Hamster will be bringing two more classic arcade games coming to Switch  very soon. VS. Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon are coming this December to the Switch.

According to a listing in a Japanese software catalog, VS. Super Mario Bros. will come on December 22., and Double Dragon on December 28,

These are amazing arcade games and well worth getting!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Oct, 2017 At 09:25 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Raw Thrills, the company keeping arcade gaming alive in North America, has announced a new multiplayer beat em up game based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 

With the IAAPA 2017 trade show only a few weeks away, I was surprised to find out that the game would be showing up and that it brings back a genre many of us have longed to see grace the arcade scene again: the brawler / beat ’em up. Long time readers of the site might recall my lamentations over the lack of brawlers in the modern age…looks like that article might need a refresh soon.

Many of you are familiar with Raw Thrills’ other game that has been on test this year, Injustice Arcade. I’ve heard from some in the “fighting Game Community” (FGC) that they are disappointed in that. However, if you are into 1v1 fighting games, you have to realize that IJ was not made for the FGC audience. It was made for card collectors, casual gamers and comic book fans. By the reports I’ve been hearing so far, it’s doing extremely well earnings wise with that crowd.

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This is a “new game, built from the ground up” by Raw Thrills. All of the game assets are based upon the most recent TV series that is found on Nickelodeon. RT added that the company has been working to create novel forms of entertainment, particularly something multiplayer that brings four people close to each other, working together to play through the game and defeat bosses

It was also noted that Raw Thrills intends this to be a total re-imagining of the brawler genre, and this includes more moves and more environmental interaction,. Also planned are Turtle Power special attacks, and voiceover work from the entire cast of the show.  Raw Thrills then went on to say that they have received excellent feedback so far for improvements and the response has been very positive tp the game thus far. Perhaps this will receive a console version sometime soon.

 

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By Stark Wyvern On 10 Oct, 2017 At 01:49 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Arcade Beat Em Ups are things you rarely get to play in this day and age. What was once the norm is now lost to the sands of time, except in places that still have arcades. In an attempt at reviving this game style, Wako Studios has done it with Samurai Riot. Playing this game, I felt like I was standing at an arcade cabinet playing through a brutal game, where quarters would start vanishing the longer I played. A tried and true Side-Scroller that will send you back to a time, where you didn’t always have your own systems to play, a simpler yet more troublesome time.

This game might take on the guise of an arcade cabinet but it is actually far deeper. You have two characters Sukune and Tsurumaru who both play quite differently. Sukune has a magic kitsune and fights barehanded, so clearly, she isn’t always so strong against all the armed opponents. Tsurumaru has a katana and grenades, which makes him the stronger choice. You also get to select different styles which affect your strength, lives, and other aspects. Play the game enough, and you can unlock and level up the styles.

There are eight different levels with actual story intertwining them all together. You even get to make choices which change how things play out. The coolest thing about this game though is that there is in fact co-op. While it is only local, it still allows for a fun experience. You can both play as a character and work together to complete the game. It adds another layer and makes it feel even more like you are in an arcade playing together.

It would be interesting to see online multiplayer implemented in the future. But local co-op really is just the best. As you progress you can even disagree with the choices made and fight it out. This game is a fluid story that can certainly change depending on your choices, and with 8 different endings, there is so much fun to be had. This game certainly isn’t a one and done game, as if you grew up on this style of game, you will be yearning for more.

Samurai Riot is certainly a nostalgia-driven game, but it has amazing artwork and a compelling story. The characters each play differently and you need to work fast to take down waves of opponents. This game is brutal and unforgiving in the best types of ways, and if you enjoyed arcade games in your youth, it is one to try out at least. Plus, you can play for hours and only buy it once, no quarters required!

Samurai Riot is available on Steam right now. Put away your quarters, and travel back in time, save Japan, and have fun like you used to when you were a kid!

A code was provided by the publisher.

 

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Bandai Namco has brought their first game to the Switch, and what better way to start than with a collection of their classics. Namco Museum brings classics like Pac-Man, The Tower of Druaga, Splatterhouse, Rolling Thunder and more, along with Pac-Man VS as well. This is not just another collection however, as numerous additions have been made to enhance the experience.

The games included in this collection are:

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • The Tower of Druaga (1984)
  • Sky Kid (1985)
  • Rolling Thunder (1986)
  • Galaga ’88 (1987)
  • Splatterhouse (1988)
  • Rolling Thunder 2 (1990)
  • Tank Force (1991)
  • Pac-Man Vs. (2003)

 

Among the changes made to the games in this collection, include a challenge mode for the games that help provide additional replay value and help give more fun to the experience. In addition, Namco Museum on Switch takes full advantage of the system’s HD rumble. This is excellent with games like Splatterhouse, with the HD Rumble giving more of a sense of immersion to the game. This is not always for the best though, as some games like The Tower of Druaga do not really need HD rumble and it ends up taking away from the experience.

But aside from these additions, is the game worth getting? Well that depends on how much you like retro games. If you do not like the older era which could be more simplistic, then you will not like this collection all that much. That said, these are excellent games, and the addition of Pac-Man VS. is a great one, even with the need for multiple systems to use the multiplayer to its full effect.  With the games included, it comes out to a reasonably priced package and could be a great introduction to the retro scene. HD Rumble and challenge mode may not appeal much to some, but if you are curious about the older games but need just a little more to push you into buying them, you could do a lot worse.

For retro fans, I would definitely recommend this collection. For fans of modern gaming, I would say take a look before you buy. These aren’t the 90’s era bombastic arcade games but a more simplistic style. That said, I think I for my money’s worth with games like Splatterhouse, Sky Kid, The Tower of Druaga, and Rolling Thunder. It is worth checking out, but be aware it may not be to your liking.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Apr, 2017 At 04:19 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Tomorrow, the Nintendo Switch will receive an amazing Neo Geo classic. Over Top, widely regarded as a true gem, will be coming to the Switch on 4/27.

The ultimate NEOGEO Racing Game! The game features branching paths and a variety of car models for maximum replayability!

“OVER TO”P is a racing game released by SNK in 1996.

Players will participate in breathtaking races through urban areas, mountainous regions, and snowy roads. The courses also feature weather variations to add more variety to the game.

In addition to the various vehicles with different performance factors which players can use, they can also enjoy the thrill of drifting their way through corners to clear courses.

The “ACA NEOGEO” series has faithfully reproduced many classic NEOGEO 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.

This is one of the best racing games ever made for arcades, and hopefully people can still appreciate how good it is.

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Neo Geo games are now available on the Nintendo Switch worldwide and many are enthusiastic to play Metal Slug 3 and King of fighters 98 on the system. But there is another game that is far more noteworthy than those.

Also having come out on the Switch is Waku Waku 7. This is one of the most unusual and off beat fighting games ever made, The characters are parodies of other games, of anime, manga, comics and of movies, both Japanese and western made, such as shotoclones, sword fighters and anime action girls. It is hard to explain but this is one of the most awesome fighting games you can play. Easy to learn but difficult to master, this is just fun to play and enjoy.

The game had a western release in arcades….but not on the home console scene. It only received home console releases in Japan. That is why this release is so notable, this is one of the first times western players will get to play this. And to be honest, this is a game everyone needs to try.

The fighting is great as mentioned earlier, the visuals are excellent and while blurry on Switch, Hamster is patching the Arcade Archive series to fix that. It has that look that games like Street Fighter III and Darkstalkers had ( one character is a parody of a Darkstalkers character in fact), while still being in the SNK style, which still looks amazing today. And the music is absolutely fantastic. It is a great soundtrack for a fighting game and extremely energetic, and really gets you into the fight.

With great characters, a ridiculous yet decent plot that works, and fun gameplay, I cannot understand why this game languished in obscurity for so long. It has now received an arcade perfect port on the Switch and I have had a great time with it. I would love to see a modern sequel that continues the story and adds to the parodies.  As I mentioned earlier, this is a very significant release for the game, and I am hoping it sells well enough that there will be interest for a new game. That would be the best case scenario here. If you have a Nintendo Switch, I implore you to get this game.

See a trailer below to see what kind of game this is!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Feb, 2017 At 07:55 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Konami has announced a new game for arcades surprisingly. Bombergirl is a 4v4 co-op game where players team up to defeat an enemy base, with 4 arcade cabinets side by side. The art style has a very strong anime look, which will no doubt be off-putting to some.

 

However, before people get angry, allow me to play devil’s advocate.  This game, while being extremely different from a true Bomberman game, is not necessarily a bad thing. Konami is trying new things, yes, but this is still a real game and not a pachinko game. As well, we have a true Bomberman game coming in under a month, so there isn’t a need to be angry about this.

To me, this game represents Konami trying to get back into game and starting to atone for their poor actions in recent years, such as severely mistreating employees and ruining franchises and games. I will say though, that while I am willing to give Konami a small chance to win back their fans, I will state that they have a lot of work to do before they get the fans back. We should let them try to win us back, but not let them off the hook for what they did in the past.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Aug, 2016 At 11:15 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarKoei Tecmo has released a new trailer showing off Mai from King of Fighters and Fatal Furry, in Dead or Alive 5 and her various combos that she can do. Japan’s #1 woman is shown laying the beat down on a variety of foes and looking great doing so. You can see the trailer below.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jul, 2016 At 08:12 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Wild-Guns-Reloaded

Natsume sent out the following Press Release

Wild Guns: Reloaded (PlayStation 4)

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Natsume Atari Co. Ltd. (Formerly Natsume Co., Ltd.) and in celebration of this major anniversary, the two companies are remaking Wild Guns and bringing it to the PS4 for the first time with Wild Guns: Reloaded.

Wild Guns is a fast paced gallery style shooter mixing the Wild West with steampunk. Players can play as Clint, Annie or two new characters, or all together in multiplayer action!  Each can jump, dive and roll to get out of the way of the barrage of bullets enemies let fly – or shoot them down with their own gun!

Wild Guns: Reloaded adds numerous improvements to the original, including:

Two new characters, each with their own weapons and tactics
1-4 player mode, where each player can take on one of the four characters
Classic and NEW Stages!
NEW Boss Enemies and Special Weapons!

In Wild Guns: Reloaded, Annie has tracked down the famed bounty hunter Clint to get revenge on the Kid gang. With eight stages, each with three zones, there’s plenty of bad robots to blast away. With a true arcade game feel, Wild Guns was the first sci-fi western to arrive on home consoles and, to this day, there really isn’t any other game like it!

 

Personally, we here at Real Otaku Gamer are extremely excited for this game and were big fans of the original.

You can see the new trailer below

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jul, 2016 At 07:33 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The following press release was sent out yesterday morning.

Revisit the Classics Like Never Before
with Retro-Bit® Generations

Pomona, CA (July 28, 2016) – This past
June, Innex
Inc®., an exclusive distributor of  Retro-Bit®
unveiled the brand’s newest product at the 2016 E3 Expo –  Retro-Bit
Generations, a plug and play console loaded with more than 100
classic retro games estimated to be available in the Fall of 2016 for
$59.99*.

Unlike the previous Retro-Bit consoles,
which ran and read gaming cartridges, Retro-Bit collaborated with
world-renowned gaming developers like Capcom,
Data EastTM, Jaleco
LTD., IREM and more to provide a full-fledged
roster of titles easily recognized and admired by the retro-gaming
community such as, Ghosts’N Goblins™, Gun.Smoke™, Kid Niki Radical
Ninja, Kung-Fu, Captain Commando™, Kickle Cubicle, Rival Turf, Super
R-Type, The Super Bases Loaded Series, Knights of the Round, Brawl
Brothers, Ring King and more!

Along with a catalog of popular gaming
titles, the Retro-Bit Generations is accompanied with two USB
retro-style six button controllers and designed with a sleek
user-friendly interface and AV and HDMI ports.  The console also
includes an SD card slot allowing users to save or transfer archived
game progress to other consoles.

“Retro-Bit has been known to make products
for the hardcore retro gaming crowd, and we are thrilled that Retro-Bit
created a product that is aimed at a wider audience. We believe that the
Retro-Bit Generations is a fantastic introduction for beginners into the
world of retro gaming, however, it includes a lot of titles that
resonate with experienced gamers.” Said Ron Pang, Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for Innex Inc.

With the success of Retro-Bit’s previous
consoles (Super Retro-Trio® and the Retro-Duo®),
which operates on gaming cartridges, the Retro-Bit Generations opens
retro gaming to new patrons of all ages.  Retro-Bit continues to
make great strides to bridge the gap of between gamers past and present.

* MSRP (Tax not included) – Subject to
change without notice

“Innex Inc” is a registered trademark of
Innex Incorporated.

“Retro-Bit” is a registered trademark of
Retro-bit. “Retro-Bit Generations,” “Super Retro-Trio” and “Retro-Duo”
is a trademark of the same company.

Ghosts’N Goblins, Gun.Smoke, and Captain
Commando are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co.,
Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries.

“Data East” is a registered trademark of
the Data East Corporation.

“IREM” is a member of the IREM
Corporation.

Jaleco LTD., is a limited liability
company

About Innex
Inc.

Since 2004, Innex was founded on the
principles of innovation, fun and a commitment to customer
service.  While initially established as a distributor of videogame
peripherals, Innex has grown to include videogame-related toys, gifts,
mobile and audio accessories.  With a decade of operation, Innex
has become an award-winning leader in global distribution, providing its
business partners with various services, which include but are not
limited to, manufacturing, sourcing, marketing and design.
Resources in North America and Asia ensure that Innex has a logistical
and shipping expertise to deliver its products and services on time and
under budget.

About
Retro-Bit

Since 2007, Retro-Bit® has been
at the forefront of the retro gaming world, introducing innovative and
exciting platforms to re-experience a classic gaming era. Continuing
with that tradition, Retro-Bit aims to bring all the great aspects of
old school gaming to the modern gamer, specializing in manufacturing
third party accessories for all of your favorite Retro gaming consoles.
With systems and hardware to support the NES®,
SNES®, and Genesis® entertainment system,
Retro-bit brings the classics to real time.

 

My thoughts: This is a really cool plug n play console and I for one am definitely interested. The games look good and hopefully the system will be good as well