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Indie games often take inspiration from the past and sometimes it is done poorly. Other times however, the experience is nothing short of amazing. Axiom Verge falls into the latter category. Clearly inspired by a classic Nintendo series, the game has now come to the Wii U. Axiom verge wears its inspiration on its sleeve but at the same time puts its own spin on everything. It is a Metroidvania that takes the genre back to its roots to explore why the genre is so beloved while also bringing new ideas.

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You start off alone on a hostile alien world with only vague hints of what to do at first. You gather weapons and find power-ups like in many games, but the weapons serve multiple purposes. While some weapons and items are required for solving puzzles and progressing, you will soon find inventive ways to use the items to progress and attack enemies. Speaking of enemies, Axiom Verge has some of the best enemy design in an indie game in a long time. The common ones are actually are varied and unique, while the bosses stand out above all others and have real character to them. The boss battles are difficult and you will die, but the fun is in finding the best method of attack to defeat your foes. Like I said, you will die several times but its all part of the game.

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The music in this game is nothing short of incredible. From the intro music to the boss battle themes, Axiom Verge is an audio masterpiece. Do not be surprised if you end up going back to certain areas just to listen to the music several times in a row. The audio in general including the sound effects are also well done and this just feels more complete of a game than many AAA games.

A big part of the fun is finding new ways to explore areas and progress and I guarantee you that one item in particular will stand out above all others. It will certainly help you find a new love of glitches. The other weapons and items all have various uses as mentioned above. For example, the drill is used to progress through certain areas but is also a good weapon in skilled players’ hands.

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The Wii U gamepad is great for fast inventory changes and having a clear map handy. Its a small thing but makes all the difference. Plus it is just as fun to play on the gamepad as it is on the TV.

 

Do I think you should buy this game? Oh definitely yes. This is a must play for any Nintendo fan out there!

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Aug, 2016 At 10:38 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There will be a Nintendo direct this Thursday focusing exclusively on Nintendo 3DS games. Nintendo has said there will be no discussion of the NX at this time. Will you be watching?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Aug, 2016 At 11:39 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarTallowmere is coming to the Wii U this week and we now know the download size for the game. Tallowmere is an indie 2d action platformer, developed by Chris McFarland. The ever-changing dungeons and up to 4 player local co-op is one of the many features available on this version of the game. Tallowmere is also available on Steam.

To download the game, you will need a spare 326 mb.

We will have a review of the game up shortly after launch.

 

No Gravatarrenegade_kid-656x427Renegade Kid Announced the following

Renegade Kid has announced that its co-founders, Jools Watsham and Gregg Hargrove, have made the difficult decision to bring their 10-year partnership of developing games together as Renegade Kid LLC to an end.
With their friendship and respect for each other still very much intact, Watsham and Hargrove will continue developing videogames under the names of their new companies: Atooi and Infitizmo.
The award-winning library of Intellectual Properties that Renegade Kid has created over the past decade will be finding new homes. All of Renegade Kid’s “2D” games, including the Mutant Mudds series and Treasurenauts, will become the property of Atooi. All of Renegade Kid’s “3D” games, including the Dementium series and Moon Chronicles, will become the property of Infitizmo.
We hope you will share in the excitement that both Jools and Gregg feel for their new journeys. You can follow their progress on twitter: @AtooiLLC and @InfitizmoLLC.

While it is sad to hear of the studio’s demise, it is good to know that the IPs will continue and both studios will still be making games.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 Aug, 2016 At 02:22 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo sent out the following

SummerJam

 

As Nintendo prepares to show off a number of cool indie games at PAX West in Seattle, the video game maker is making sure that game lovers all across the country can get in on the action from afar: The esteemed “Nindie” community has come together to put the spotlight on independent games in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Every Thursday in September, a new digital release will hit Nintendo eShop for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or both at an introductory pricing promotion of 10 percent off during the first week of launch. Additionally, the featured developers will share video stories about their projects’ development in Nintendo eShop. The featured developers will also curate a shelf in Nintendo eShop highlighting some of their favorite games.

Our Nindie partners have been hard at work creating amazing content for Nintendo fans,” said Damon Baker of Nintendo of America’s Publisher and Developer Relations. “The #Nindies Summer Jam promotion not only makes it easy for fans to check out all the latest and greatest indie games on Nintendo eShop, but to also learn more about the developers that have worked so hard to create them.”

The release schedule is as follows:

Sept. 1
Axiom Verge from Thomas Happ Games – In this retro-style action-platform-exploration game, use the Wii U GamePad as your map, a way to easily swap between weapons or for Off-TV Play. A failed scientist dies in an accident, only to awaken in a mysterious, alien world. Where is he? How did he get here? And why do the fundamental laws of reality appear broken? Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. It’s Axiom Verge. Available on Wii U.

Sept. 8
Jotun: Valhalla Edition from Thunder Lotus Games – Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Norse warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Jotun: Valhalla Edition features Valhalla Mode, a boss rush mode with even fiercer versions of the already challenging jotun. Exclusive to the Wii U version, the map is always displayed on the GamePad and God Powers can be activated using the touch screen. The game launches on Wii U first, and its GamePad features make this the definitive version. Impress the Gods!

Sept. 15
Noitu Love: Devolution from MP2 Games – The year is 2288. The city is protected by an organization called “The Peacekeepers League” and everything is swell except that it’s under attack by a robot army lead by professor Darnacus Damnation! Or is it… ? Available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with intuitive, touch-screen controlled gameplay.

Sept. 22
Severed from Drinkbox Studios – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Available on Wii U. Features include: Cross-Buy between Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Off-TV Play, in-game Achievements, HD graphical optimizations.

Sept. 30
Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 from INTI CREATES – Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 is a 2D action-platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics and epic boss battles from the first installment are all here, along with a host of new features. Available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.

You can see the trailer for the promotion below

This is extremely cool and we hope to cover most if not all of these games in the future.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 Aug, 2016 At 01:05 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here are the Nintendo eShop Downloads for North America for the week of August 25th 2016

 

Wii U Download

Shadow Archer – $2.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario 64 DS – $7.99

3DS Download

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Monorail Trip to Okinawa – $19.99
Pixel Paint – $3.99
The Legend of Kusakari – $4.99

New 3DS Virtual Console

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – $7.99
Street Fighter Alpha 2 – $7.99
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers – $7.99

3DS Demo

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

eShop Sales

Wii U / 3DS

– Summer Savings – There’s one week left of the Summer Savings event, so don’t miss out. Nintendo fans are invited to celebrate the last days of summer with our Summer Savings event, which offers discounts of up to 30 percent on select games. Shop online at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals or on Nintendo eShop during the sale, which runs through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
– The Delusions of Von Sottendorf and His Square Mind (Nintendo 3DS) and The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Wii U) are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.

Wii U

– Journey of a Special Average Balloon, The Letter and more games from TreeFall Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 31.
– Kung Fu FIGHT! is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.

3DS

– Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1
– Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is 75 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 5.
– Toy Defense, Wakedas and more games from Circle Ent. are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2016 At 06:03 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today Nintendo discussed their full plans for PAX West 2016, which includes and indie game show with another round of Nindies at Night and more footage of their previously announced games.

Here are Nintendo’s full plans for Pax West 2016.

Nindies@Night: For the second year, Nintendo will kick off its PAX West activities with an event at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The event is free and open to the public and will give people a chance to sample both first playable and anticipated video games from our Nindie community. Playable games include Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games), Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games), Shantae Half-Genie Hero (WayForward/XSEED), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), World to the West (Rain Games), FAST Racing NEO – NEO Future Pack (Shin’en) and SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form) for the Wii U console, and Runbow Pocket (13AM Games), Punch Club (tiny Build Games), Severed (Drinkbox Studios), Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 (INTI CREATES), Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games) and Gurumin: A Monsterous Adventure (Mastiff) for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Attendees will also have the chance to snag some giveaways and prizes, while supplies last. Additionally, all attendees will have access to EMP’s Indie Game Revolution exhibit, which includes newly installed titles from the Nintendo independent community. The Nindies@Night event takes place 8 p.m.-midnight on Sept. 1 at the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N in Seattle.

Indie Lounge at PAX West: For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the Nindies@Night event, we are bringing the same playable Nindie content to PAX West in the convention center on the sixth floor in Room 612. Developers will be there to demonstrate their games and answer questions, and giveaway free swag. Indie Lounge hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday, and noon-6 p.m. on Monday.

Nintendo’s Booth: PAX West attendees can swing by the Nintendo booth (South Hall, Booth No. 2335) to check out a variety of fun games and products. In addition to a number of fun activities themed to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo plans to have playable versions of the Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and YO-KAI WATCH 2 games on hand. Additionally, visitors can check out cool displays of amiibo figures and the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition hardware, which launches Nov. 11.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Photo Experience: A photo booth will be set up at the Nintendo booth for fans to take some fun photos with two legendary Pokémon and Pokémon trainers. Additionally, fans who pre-order Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon onsite will receive a collectable gift.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Developer Discussion: The producer of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past from Square Enix will host a game-focused developer discussion at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Hydra Theater.

PAX West 2016 runs from September 2 to September 5.

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2016 At 06:26 PM | Categorized As News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarA new trailer is now available for the upcoming DLC for Fast Racing Neo, which can be seen below. Fast Racing Neo was a smash hit on the Wii U and the upcoming DLC will no doubt be excellent.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2016 At 06:22 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarShinEnMultimedia_FE_ZACK-656x656In a recent interview, Shin’en revealed they are working on a new project and it will be on a Nintendo console. However they also noted that it is too early to discuss the finer details

 

The problem is I can’t talk about it. I’d really like to talk about it, but if I say anything…. let me put it this way: we’re very happy to work with Nintendo, we’ll keep doing it and our next project will be with them. We’re also carrying out new experiments and creating new prototypes, but I can’t talk about this either, because they’re so deep in their initial stage that there would be no point talking about it now.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Aug, 2016 At 05:56 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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One of the most beloved FPS games of the 90’s was Heretic and its sequels Hexen and Hexen II. These games were fantasy themed FPS games where instead of guns, you used magical weapons. While it was heavily influenced by Doom, it was able to establish its own identity and is a series I truly wish would return one day. While that has not happened yet, it seems a spiritual sequel has emerged in the form of Ziggurat.

Ziggurat is a rougelike with procedurally generated scenarios and encounters through the Ziggurat. You play as different characters, each with their own stats, who are unlocked as you progress through the game. By accomplishing various tasks or goals, you gain access to the new characters and their abilities, in addition to the starting characters. The game, much like the aforementioned Heretic and Hexen games, is a first person game with magical weapons and mystical enemies and it is excellent. The game just feels great as you play it and you can really feel the attention to detail put into the game with the various weapons, characters and enemies.

That said, this is not perfect. On the Wii U version, there is a large amount of loading and even pausing the game caused loading and waiting for me. As I understand it, this can be remedied with putting the game on the internal memory and not on an external hard drive. This helps with some of the issues but not all of them.

That said, aside from the loading issues, the game is good. I had a lot of fun playing it and the FPS mechanics and rougelike mechanics worked well. Visually it was stunning and the weapons effects all worked great. The music was great and really worked in well to give the game a classic feel. It really feels like a fun combination of old and new, with the rougelike elements blended with old school FPS game mechanics. It really si unlike anything else. It might be strange to call it a successor to the Heretic and Hexen Games but I truly get the same feeling from this game that I did from those ones. I must recommend this, although I hope there is a patch soon to fix the loading issues.