Nintendo Download – July 19, 2018

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Welcome back to the PSVG Nintendo Download! As a long-time fan of the series, can I just say that I love seeing Mega Man back in the conversation? Mega Man X highlights this week’s download with the release of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection. Here’s the rundown for the Nintendo Switch:

  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection – The celebrated Mega Man X series returns. Play as Mega Man X – the powerful successor of classic fighting robot Mega Man – as he battles a variety of deadly bosses known as Mavericks in four hit titles. Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes the legendary 16-bit titles and the series’ exciting foray into the 32-bit era: Mega Man XMega Man X2Mega Man X3 and Mega Man X4. Test your skills in the new X Challenge mode, which pits players against two deadly bosses in two-on-one battles. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24.

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 – Complete the Mega Man X saga with this collection of four action-packed titles. Spanning two gaming eras, this collection showcases the evolution of the series with Mega Man X5Mega Man X6Mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8. Both Mega Man X and his ally Zero return as playable characters, allowing players to jump and shoot through challenging stages with X’s arm cannon, or slash through enemies with Zero’s energy saber. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24.

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Bomb Chicken – Who doesn’t love chicken… especially when it’s smothered in delicious blue hot sauce? After a freak accident a seemingly ordinary chicken becomes a bomb-laying, free-range hero. Explore the versatile mechanic of laying bombs in this explosive exploration platformer, and answer the ultimate question: Which came first the chicken or the bomb?

Want a wacky demo on your 3DS? Nintendo has you covered!

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  • WarioWare Gold Demo – Wario has a special treat for you! Better think fast if you want to succeed in this demo of his upcoming WarioWare Gold game. You’ll use the touchscreen, tilt the system and push buttons as you laugh your way through the fully voiced story introduction, featuring new and classic characters!

Let’s see what else is happening in the might Nintendo-Sphere:

  • The Second Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Enter for a chance to win a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. The contest runs July 19 at 11 a.m. PT through Aug. 20 at 10:59 a.m. PT. For more details about how to enter, please visit https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest/.
  • Octopath Traveler My Nintendo Rewards: To celebrate the launch of the Octopath Traveler game, My Nintendo is offering eight different box art covers (one for each of the main characters) for the case of your Octopath Traveler game (sold separately). Redeem your points and choose your character for your box art cover! Plus, we’re also offering downloadable wallpapers for your PC or smart phone. Check out the details at My Nintendo: https://my.nintendo.com/news/6b677325fde74ff4
  • Pixel Toads Lead to Platinum Points: Captain Toad is starring in his own puzzling quest in the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game for the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. My Nintendo members can join the adventure with a special “hide-and-seek” mission to earn My Nintendo points. Here’s the mission: Log in to My Nintendo, then find all four Pixel Toads hidden on the official game website and earn 100 Platinum Points – that’s 25 Platinum Points for each Pixel Toad you find. Good luck!
  • Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of Splatoon 2 with a Splatfest and My Nintendo: July 21 marks the first anniversary of the Splatoon 2 game, and we’re celebrating with a global Splatfest! Which sea creature is your favorite, Squid or Octopus? This hotly contested Splatfest will occur from 9 p.m. PT on July 20 until 9 p.m. PT on July 21. To help celebrate, My Nintendo is offering Inkling and Octoling printable posters, as well as downloadable wallpaper. Redeem your points for these rewards today.

Sales

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Everything Else

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So many games dropping all the time! How do we keep up? I’m going to keep an eye out on Pool Panic, but let’s face it, I have a ton of Octopath Traveler to keep playing!

Hope you are having a great summer, come back next week for more Nintendo Download!

-Jason

Nintendo Download – July 5th, 2018

This week on the Nintendo eShop has some surprises, some of which the Shack staffers have their hands on and will be discussing on a podcast soon 🙂

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The Lion’s Song – It is steeped in early 20th century history and focuses on a cast of Austrian artists and scientists with each episode taking a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available July 10

Pocket Rumble – The Pocket Rumble game retains gameplay elements that make traditional fighters great, but reduces the level of necessary execution and memorization. This way, players of all skill levels can get to a competitive level.

Miles & Kilo – Miles and Kilo have been attacked by a mischievous specter! With their plane in pieces and a gang of thieving scoundrels running off with the important parts, the unfortunate duo’s only hope of escape is to embark on a thrilling chase across a haunted island. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

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Soccer Slammers Review for Nintendo Switch

Donnie had the opportunity to review Soccer Slammers, the latest game from Atooi, the developer behind Mutant Mudds, Chicken Wiggle and Xeodrifter. What did he think about this arcade button-smashing soccer game? Watch below to find out.

Also, if you’d like to watch Donnie and his son Jack check out the local coop, watch the let’s play video.

You can buy Soccer Slammers here on Nintendo’s website.

Follow the Atooi team to keep up with the latest on Chicken Wiggle and Treasurenauts.

Shack talks over today’s Direct & Treehouse Live

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It goes without saying – The Nintendo Shack was more than pleased by today’s announcements. Nintendo Shack records the podcast tomorrow 😉

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Every year during E3 week, video game publishers talk about the games they’re planning to release in the next couple of years (or, sometime in the next decade at least…). It’s an exciting time to be a gamer, as we learn about the worlds we will be inhabiting.

A host of companies hold live presentations to reveal the latest games, and the bevy of gaming media across the globe grade these companies on how well the presentations went. (Hey, we’ve got coverage of every conference here at PSVG. Subscribe to the podcast feed!)

But we spend too much time talking about how the presenters did. Was there enough gameplay? Were there enough surprises? Too much time on mobile games? Why’d they waste so much time on live music and YouTube personalities!?

The thing is, the world and how we consume media have changed greatly since the first Electronics Entertainment Expo more than two decades ago. Gaming itself has broken into the mainstream, with millions of people watching and playing games all over the world. More people watch eSports. More than 100 million people watch the largest League of Legends tournaments online.

Many hardcore gamers get their gaming news straight from the source — the Playstation Blog debuts games on a near-daily basis. YouTube personalities play a role in showing off developers’ hard work.

And, yet…we sit and watch as EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver, Ubisoft, Square Enix and PlayStation get up on stages and talk about games. Everything between gameplay is derided as pointless, unless you have a charismatic person like Todd Howard who doesn’t fully rely on a teleprompter.

The information revealed in these staid presentations could easily be included in standard press releases, accompanied by videos. Nintendo’s Directs have this flavor, but the idea could easily be adapted to fit each company’s corporate flavor. This year’s Direct was fantastic, with about 20 minutes of fast-hitting trailers and announcements, followed by a 25-minute deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The best part of E3 — for me — is in perusing through the deluge of news and picking out what I’m interested in learning more about. The coverage that mainstream sites like IGN, Kinda Funny, Polygon and more put up throughout the event is worth far more than the presentations themselves. PlayStation and Nintendo’s livestreams are far more interesting and informative than the presentations.

I’m not calling for an end to E3 itself, but instead a reimagining of how the information is released. It can cost less, take less time and be for efficient, all while still stoking conversation and getting gamers excited.

There is plenty to be excited about, as well. Personally, I’m super excited for Fallout 76, StarLink, Anthem, Spider-Man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more. But I don’t need to watch hour-long “conferences” to stoke the fire of excitement. I need informative gameplay sessions with insightful commentary and interviews.

These are the views of the author, and not PSVG as a whole.

Nintendo Download – June 7th, 2018

The last week before E3 brings a brand new Nintendo game in Sushi Striker to 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Also, Banner Saga 2 & the Legendary Eleven drop to offer some choices for you to consider.

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Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Help Musashi end the Empire’s tyrannical monopoly of the world’s sushi supply by becoming a Sushi Striker. Devour conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and sushi types to defeat any enemy or boss who stands between you and victory. Befriend Sushi Sprites and use their powerful skills in battle. The Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushidogame for the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will be available on June 8. A free Nintendo Switch demo is also available in Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS version playable in 2D only.

Banner Saga 2 – The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2. This epic story-based role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your Viking clans make it through alive. Your choices will carry over from the first game, or you can start fresh with new preset characters.

BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE – An unrivaled clash of explosive proportions! Created through an all-star collaboration between BLAZBLUE, ATLUS’ Persona, French Bread’s Under Night In-Birth and Rooster Teeth’s hugely popular RWBY web series, CROSS TAG BATTLE celebrates the fighting genre for pros and newcomers alike. Choose your team in fast-paced 2v2 battles filled with the craziness you’ve come to love from BLAZBLUE, with all the tight mechanics, smooth gameplay and gorgeous 2D graphics you expect from Arc System Works.

Activities:

  • Earn double Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of Mario Tennis Aces! – Receive a bonus of 300 My Nintendo Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of the Mario Tennis Aces game through Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com (where available). Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 21. Bonus points will be issued a few days after the release day of the game, are earned based on the original list price of the game on Nintendo eShop, and will vary by country and currency.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes 2.6 Update – Accessories for Heroes’ mini units have been added. These accessories can be seen by other players in the Arena, so you can customize the look of your Heroes and show them off. Accessories are planned to be available through events and quests. Note: Accessories will not alter a Hero’s stats or skills.

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Nintendo Download – May 17th, 2018

BA DA DA DAAAAAAAAA!

It’s time to share all that downloadable Nintendo goodness with you, here, in blog form! Ready to go back to Hyrule? No? Well, then you better play a  few rounds of golf in the PSVG Mario Golf lunch club!

Let’s see what’s cooking this week!

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Cut down enemy hordes as characters from the Legend of Zelda series. You even play co-op multiplayer with a friend on one system! All features and downloadable content from past versions of the game, including My Fairy mode and elements from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, can be enjoyed in crisp HD on the Nintendo Switch system. The fate of Hyrule rests in your hands! The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Editiongame will be available on May 18.
    • Runner3 – The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He’s ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick, float, drive, fly and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging and joyous levels. The Runner3 game will be available on May 22.
    • Little Nightmares Complete Edition – Do you remember your childhood fears? Immerse yourself in the Little Nightmares Complete Edition game, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears as you help Six & The Kid escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal. Little Nightmares Complete Editionwill be available on May 18.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection – The Mega Man Legacy Collection game is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind longtime fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will be available on May 22.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 – The Blue Bomber is back in this second collection of classic Mega Man games. Featuring faithful reproductions of Mega Man 789, & 10, this collection spans the iconic series’ evolution and retro revolution. Take on the nefarious Dr. Wily and his diverse Robot Masters in these timeless 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit adventures. The Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 game will be available on May 22.

 

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There you go gang! Get out there and get gaming! Stay funky!

Nintendo Download for May 3rd, 2018

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Welcome to May! It’s time for the first Nintendo Download of the month and this time we are getting FUNKY! Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze headlines our new releases this week. What else is out there for us to enjoy?

The Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game will be available on May 4. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Barrel blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a (banana) bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode for a more approachable experience for players of all ages and skill levels. The Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game will be available on May 4.
    • Nihilumbra – Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow, he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This begins his long odyssey, during which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition – Save the day as belly dancing half-genie Shantae, conquer Sequin Land as the evil Risky Boots in “Pirate Queen’s Quest” and swap between Sky, Bolo and Rottytops in “Friends to the End!” Use multiple abilities while in different forms: wall jump as Ninja Shantae, soak up sun as Beach Shantae and serve justice as Officer Shantae. The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition game will be available on May 8.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Too Cool for Hyrule: May My Nintendo Rewards – May is a special month for The Legend of Zelda fans! The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition game for the Nintendo Switch system launches on May 18. To celebrate the game’s launch, My Nintendo is offering the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Dire Moon Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem your My Nintendo points up to five times to receive up to five codes for the theme. Don’t forget to redeem your points for a wallpaper and a May calendar featuring the Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition game. Enjoy the month of May with great discounts on select games in the Legend of Zeldaseries. For more info, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/e5335141c5d8c4dd.

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I will be playing DKC:TF. I definitely didn’t give it the time it deserved on the Wii U. Playing on the Switch will totally change that.

Nintendo Download for April 26th, 2018

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Here’s this week’s Nintendo Download which provides a few options which should spice up anyone that’s been looking for something new to play. Personal highlights we discussed on Nintendo Shack this week – Late Shift, Light Fall, South Park & Jotun.

Headliners

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  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a hand-drawn, action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Explore vast regions of Norse Purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, giant Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your skills. Jotun: Valhalla Edition launches April 27.
  • Light Fall – Explore the Forgotten World of Numbra to uncover your mysterious past and save the land and its inhabitants from an imminent threat. In this land of eternal night, you will rely on your Shadow Core to brave the many challenges and foes standing in your way. Do you have what it takes to survive in perilous Numbra?

DLC & Updates:

  • Splatoon 2 Update Now Available – Nintendo has dropped some fresh (and free!) new content for the Splatoon 2 game on the Nintendo Switch system this week! After downloading a major new update (Version 3.0) to the Splatoon 2 game, players will have access to a huge amount of new content. This includes the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, new songs, the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, weapon balance adjustments and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. For more information about this free update, please visit the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.4.0 Update – The Version 1.4.0 free update, which will be available later today, includes the ability to recruit and resonate the Rare Blade T-elos from the Xenosaga series after clearing the main game story. Get full update notes at the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass: Rare Blade Pack – Expansion Pass owners can now receive the first additional Rare Blade from the Expansion Pass, Poppibuster! Learn more about the Expansion Pass here: https://xenobladechronicles2.nintendo.com/dlc/.

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Activities:

  • My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest – Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Create your masterpiece using a Nintendo Labo kit and a Nintendo Switch system, then post a video or image of your creation to the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest official site. The winning My Nintendo members will each receive:
    • a Nintendo Labo Variety Kit or Nintendo Labo Robot Kit
    • a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket
    • a framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers

    My Nintendo members can submit entries in three categories:

    • Best Decorated Toy-Con – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 11
    • Best Toy-Con Mod using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 25
    • Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on June 15

    You can also look at My Nintendo members’ contest submissions here. To learn more about the contest and submit your creation, please visit the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest site.*

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Nintendo Download for April 5, 2018

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Welcome to another week of the PSVG Nintendo Download!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really had a chance to go over what is available this week yet. I’m really itching for some random new indie game to play and I really think that “The Adventure Pals” might be the one. At first glance, it has a visual vibe that really reminds me of “Castle Crashers”. That alone might get me to bite, but I really need to do some research first.

Let’s see what we’ve got this week….

Headliners

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Urban Trial Playground – This installment of the stunt bike racing series takes the action to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in crazier tricks, flips and combos than ever before. Backflip from rooftops and over palm trees to become the ultimate stunt racer.
    • The Adventure Pals – The Adventure Pals sets you and your best friends (a giraffe and a rock) out to save the world and your dad from turning into hotdogs. Explore the mystical forests of Treevale, hike the haunted craters of the moon and dive into the depths to find the lost city of Crablantis.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Detective Pikachu – Special Demo Version – Crack the case in the new Detective Pikachu game by interacting with a unique, tough-talking Pikachu! As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with a self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! Game in 2D.

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And there you have it! Download away boys and girls, but remember, NEVER STOP GAMING!

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Nintendo Download for March 29, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings! This week the Switch eShop is full of DLC for Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, indies or ports of 3DS / Wii U indie games.  Let us know if you’re interested in jumping into any of these.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

New DLC:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 site. (Full version of game required to use DLC.)
    • New Quests Pack 2 – Launching at 10 p.m. PT today
      • Nopon of Good Tastes (Talk to Bipopo near Galad Residential Zone in Gormott. Available after adding Poppi.)
      • Cleared of All Charges (Talk to Strath in Fonsett, Leftheria. Requires Perun, Godfrey and Perceval.)
      • Beneath the Aurora (Talk to Len at Rigitte Harbor in Leftheria. Available from Chapter 6.)
      • Upgrades and Tinkering (Examine the table in Tora’s house. Requires Tora. Available from Chapter 8.)
      • Most Awful News?! (Stay at the inn in Tantal. Requires Finch’s Birdbrain Lv.3 and Zeke. Available from Chapter 10.)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass (for Nintendo Switch/New Nintendo 3DS) – Expand your Fire Emblem Warriors adventure with DLC. All three DLC Packs for the Fire Emblem Warriors game are now available! Here’s what’s in the new Fire Emblem Awakening DLCpack release: three new playable characters (Owain, Tharja and Olivia), three new History Maps, new costumes, new armor break models, new support conversations, new weapons and new weapon attributes. If you already purchased the Season Pass, this DLC Pack, as well as the Fire Emblem Fates Pack and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Pack, are available to you at no additional cost. The Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass, as well as the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC Pack, can be purchased on the game’s site. Note: new costumes, character-exclusive weapons and weapon attributes must be unlocked as rewards from playing through the new History Maps. The full version of the game is required to use the DLC.

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Other Nintendo Items This Week:

Upcoming ARMS Events – Exciting new ARMS events are stretching your way! It’s hard to believe, but ARMS, the stretchy fighting game for the Nintendo Switch system, is almost a year old. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a seasoned veteran, there’s no better time to get into the game, thanks to three upcoming ARMS events:

  • ARMS U.S. & CANADA ONLINE OPEN – After fighting through a tough online qualifier, eight top ARMS players and four alternates will meet in the online finals at 10 a.m. PT on March 31. The finals will be streamed online for all to see, so be sure to check it out.
  • ARMS Global Testpunch – A global Testpunch demo for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30 and ending at 8:59 p.m. PT on April 2. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Save on ARMS – Ready to buy? Starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30, you can get the ARMS game for 30 percent off in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com. Act fast, though, as the sale ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on April 6.

Don’t forget to redeem your Gold Points toward your purchase of the game. For more info about My Nintendo rewards, visit https://my.nintendo.com. For more information about ARMS, head to https://arms.nintendo.com/.

  • April My Nintendo Rewards – There’s a lot to love about the month of April, but nothing says, “I love you, sis!” or “I love you, bro!” like National Siblings Day on April 10. It’s a great day to show your brothers or sisters that you really appreciate them. You can even let them win at a video game for once! In honor of this special day, My Nintendo is offering wallpapers and an April calendar featuring the Mario Bros. You can redeem your My Nintendo reward points and plaster your PC or smart device with Mario and Luigi, the most famous siblings in the Mushroom Kingdom. My Nintendo is also offering discounts, using your My Nintendo reward points, for select games that feature Mario and Luigi. For more info, visit http://my.nintendo.com/news.

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Nintendo Download for March 22, 2018

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

  • Outlast 2 – The Outlast 2 game introduces you to Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who left our wicked world behind to give birth to the Temple Gate town deep in the wilderness and hidden from civilization. Knoth and his flock are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times and you’re right in the thick of it. Outlast 2 launches on March 27.
  • OPUS: Rocket of Whispers – Throughout the OPUS: Rocket of Whispers game, you will play as two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. Help them achieve the unimaginable goal of building a rocket, so they can return the deceased to their cosmic homeland through the ancient tradition of space burials.
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack Wave 2 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started! Wave 1 released on Jan. 31, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items. Wave 2 releases on March 23, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items. Full version of game required to use DLC.

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Other Nintendo Items This Week:

  • Detective Pikachu – Crack the case in this new detective adventure game by interacting with a unique, fully voiced Pikachu. As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! The Detective Pikachu game will be available on March 23. Game in 2D.
  • The Alliance Alive – One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world of Humans. They subjugated Humanity and created the Great Barrier to separate the realms. Now the time for resistance has come. The Alliance Alive game evokes the nostalgia of JRPG greats with huge world exploration and intertwining stories of nine protagonists. The Alliance Alive launches on March 27.
  • My Nintendo Presents Nindie Game Gold Point Rewards Vol. 4 – Got Gold Points? Get select games! My Nintendo users can now redeem Gold Points for some fun indie games on Nintendo platforms. For a limited time, you can redeem points to download select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games from our talented independent developers. Users will receive a download code that is redeemable in Nintendo eShop. Please visit https://my.nintendo.com/news for more details.
  • Super Mario Run – Time is running out! The Super Mario Run game is 50 percent off until 11:59 p.m. PT on March 25. Pay once to play all of the courses as much as you want. If you haven’t bought it yet, now is your chance! You can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free in the App Store or on Google Play.

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Nintendo Download for March 15, 2018

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Let’s see what Nintendo has up for grabs this week across their digital network. Brave the wild west of the Switch eShop, let’s find some gems!

My top pick this week, “The Long Reach“, I cannot wait to start playing this one!


 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

  • Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)
  • Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

New DLC:

  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – INKoming DLC! Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure launches this summer and spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Octo Expansion launches this summer, but players can purchase this content in advance today for $19.99 for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear. (The full game is required to use the DLC. Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode.)

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Mario Jumps to Google Maps – We’ve collaborated with the team at Google to let Mario accompany you on all your driving adventures with Google Maps. Just remember to practice safe driving on the road – we don’t encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life. Navigate with Mario in Google Maps and share your #MarioMaps experience with us. Check out the limited-time event before it ends March 17 at 9 p.m. PT.

 

Also new this week:

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Subsurface Circular [Switch] Review

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The game — really a visual novel with light puzzle-solving elements through text — was released recently on the Switch, after coming out last year on Steam. It’s a short story from Mike Bithell, the creator behind Thomas Was Alone and Volume.

Bithell is one of my favorite indie creators, and Subsurface Circular fits in well with his previous work, despite being a functionally different game. The story is immediately engaging, moves fast and doesn’t get bogged down by things that don’t matter.

The player’s bot — known as James in my playthrough, though there are other choices — is a detective that begins investigating an off-the-grid case proposed to him by a fellow traveller, who is sad because a friend has disappeared.

During the ride you come into contact with a robot nanny, priest, soldier and more, as the story fills in the gaps on just how robots are used in this future society. There are easter eggs for fans of Bithell’s prior work, as well as some other current pop culture references.

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The tale comes to a satisfying conclusion, with an interesting take on the future of artificial intelligence and its role in society.

My only detraction in the game is that the text would sometimes pause during the flow of conversation. While this makes sense in the narrative, it felt at times like the pauses were simply padding the length of this brief game.

Subsurface Circular comes with a couple extras, such as director commentary and artwork examples. The music, too, is unobtrusive but fits in the game world.

I wholeheartedly recommend Subsurface Circular to fans of Bithell’s previous games, as well as science fiction and visual novels. It’s wholly text-based, so may not appeal to some, but if you give it a shot, I think you’ll find a thoughtful story worth experiencing.

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Nintendo Download for March 1, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

This week’s Nintendo eShop update has been released. This week is yet another showing of how much developers are focused on the still booming Nintendo Switch console as another 20 games arrive on the system today highlighted by Xenoblade 2 getting more DLC (if you bought the expansion pass), the stealth launch of Outlast, as well as some indie / steam hits Detention and Subsurface Circular.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

Mulaka – Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Embark on the journey of a Sukurúame, a Tarahumara shaman known for impressive running abilities. Fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods.

Scribblenauts: Showdown – Use your imagination and go head-to-head in the ultimate multiplayer showdown. Enjoy a party-style Scribblenauts experience, conjuring more than 35,000 objects from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary to outsmart your opponent in more than 25 mini-games. Scribblenauts: Showdown launches on Nintendo Switch on March 6.

Subsurface Circular – A detective stationed on the Subsurface Circular investigates a series of disappearances among the city’s robotic working class. Collect words and phrases, and then use them in dialogue puzzles to uncover the world’s secrets and determine its future.

New Updates and DLC:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the officialXenoblade Chronicles 2 site.

Helpful Items Pack 4 – Launching on March 1 at 9 p.m. PT

  • Upgrade Parts for Poppi 2: 30,000 Ether
  • Driver Essentials Set 3: Legendary Core Crystal x 8, Overdrive Protocol x 3

And that’s not all! New free content is releasing for all Xenoblade Chronicles 2 players at the same time in a free software update, including a new “New Game Plus” mode for players with save data from the final chapter who have cleared the game. This mode carries over some elements from the save data and unlocks many new features.

A Normal Lost Phone (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

ACA NEOGEO SENGOKU 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Air Hockey (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Arcade Archives STAR FORCE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Detention (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Fear Effect Sedna (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 6

Grid Mania (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 2

GUILT BATTLE ARENA (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Little Triangle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

NORTH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 6

Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Packet Queen # (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Poisoft Thud Card (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Star Ghost – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Super Toy Cars (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available March 2

Totes the Goat (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

Happy Pokémon Day! – Feb. 27 is the day to celebrate all things Pokémon. The holiday commemorates the launch of the very first Pokémon games in Japan way back in 1996. To celebrate, My Nintendo is offering wallpaper inspired by the upcoming 2D Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. You can redeem your My Nintendo points and plaster your PC or smart device with detective Pikachu’s adorable face!We’re also offering a Pikachu & Poké Ball inspired Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem your My Nintendo reward points up to three times to receive up to three codes. Use this printable card to share codes or wish your friends a belated Happy Pokémon Day.

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Nintendo Download for February 22, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

Pretty good week over there on the Nintendo eShops this week but before we get into that….

This week, Bayonetta ranked as the No. 1 best-selling Nintendo Switch download title at the Nintendo eShop. So if you didn’t know or didn’t get to it yet…. umm… do that. Thanks.

Now back to this week. Nintendo’s got you covered both on the Switch & 3DS this week with arcade games, first person shooters, and some digging action.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS – The highly acclaimed PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION series has finally come to Nintendo Switch. Featuring eye-popping high-resolution 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level.

PAYDAY 2 – PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew – Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains – as they descend on Washington, D.C., for an epic crime spree. (Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.) PAYDAY 2 launches on Feb. 27.

Super Mario Odyssey Update – Starting today, you can download a free update for the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Nintendo Switch system. The free update adds a fun new minigame called Balloon World (internet access required*), which you can play after finishing the main story. To get started, just find Luigi in a kingdom and talk to him! In Hide It mode, you can take a balloon and hide it somewhere in that kingdom for other players to find. In Find It mode, you must find balloons hidden by other players. There’s a limited time to hide and find the balloons, so act fast! All the secret and out-of-the-way areas you found while playing the game will come in handy! The update also adds new outfits and filters to use in Snapshot Mode!

Also new this week:

 

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

SteamWorld Dig 2 – SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath. Dig your way underground and explore vivid worlds riddled with treasure, secrets and traps.

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Nintendo Download for February 8, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

Back again (albeit a little late to the party) with another eShop update. Nintendo already got the day started with a little update to My.Nintendo Rewards program. Starting in March, we’ll be able to use Gold Coins for discounts on Nintendo eShop, including Switch. How this process exactly works out is still yet to be fully detailed, but we’re excited to find out more.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

      • Dragon Quest Builders – Gather, craft and build the kingdom of your dreams to restore the ruined world of Alefgard. As the legendary Builder, you’ll construct rooms, towns and defenses while fighting monsters. In Terra Incognita, build freely, share creations online, battle in an arena and access exclusive content to the Nintendo Switch version of the game—gather special materials with the Great Sabrecub to unlock retro customization options, including the Dragon Quest Game Pak (Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018). Dragon Quest Builders will be available on Feb. 9. A free demo version of the game is available now for download in Nintendo eShop.
      • Owlboy – Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game in which you can fly and explore a world in the clouds. Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome great obstacles and even greater enemies when Owlboy launches on Feb. 13.
      • Aegis Defenders – Explore, build and defend in this unique mashup of action-platformer and tower-defense-strategy. Play as a team of Ruinhunters searching for the one thing that can save their village: a legendary weapon known as Aegis.

    Also new this week:

 

But wait, there’s more!

  • Nintendo Switch eShop Sale – Looking for something new to play? Download great digital games to play anytime, anywhere—and in a whole new way—with Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system. Starting at 9 a.m. PT, you can get up to 30 percent off select digital games for Nintendo Switch. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. Act fast, though, as this sale only runs until Feb. 1 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

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Other Nintendo Stuff This Week:

  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – Unlock the time-traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded version of the original Nintendo 3DS game, and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, an updated presentation and new ways to experience the adventure. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches on Feb. 13.

 

Nintendo Download for Feb 1, 2018

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Welcome to February!

A new month awaits and so does this Nintendo Download Update! Let’s see what’s hitting this week! I personally just jumped into “Celeste” but cannot wait to get my hands on “Night in the Woods”!

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: Wave 1 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. (The full game is required to access the DLC.) The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started.
    • Wave 1 launched on Jan. 31 and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items.
    • Wave 2 releases on March 23 and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items.
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition – Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award-winning, hardcore rhythm-based dungeon crawling game. Players must move on the beat to navigate randomly generated dungeons and battle dancing skeletons, zombies and dragons, while grooving to the game’s award-winning Danny Baranowsky soundtrack. Players can even team up with a friend in local co-op mode.
  • Dandara – Welcome to a unique 2D platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression. Dandara will be available on Feb. 6.
  • Night in the Woods – Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. Break stuff, play bass, hang out, walk on powerlines, jump between roofs, and discover strange and amazing and terrible things you never asked for. Come home and waste your life away in Possum Springs.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Activities:

  • Fire Emblem Heroes One-Year Anniversary Celebration! – We’ve reached our one-year anniversary! Thanks for your support. To thank everyone for playing the game, we are holding a celebration with five different events:
    • Summoning Focus: One-Year-Anniversary Hero Fest, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 8 at 10:59 p.m. PT. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Fire Emblem Heroes, four dependable Heroes are part of a 5-star summoning focus. Also, the initial summoning rate for 5-star Focus Heroes will be set to 5%. For new summoning events, the first time you summon, you won’t have to use Orbs. Check it out from the Summon menu.
    • One-Year-Anniversary Present, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to March 7 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, anyone who logs in can receive 50 Orbs, one time only.
    • One-Year-Anniversary Celebration Log-In Bonus, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 16 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, you can receive a Log-In Bonus up to 10 times, for a total of 20 Orbs.
    • Daily Special Maps, Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. PT. Daily Special Maps will be sent out every day for 25 days. There are two difficulties for each: Normal and Hard. You can earn up to 50 Orbs by playing.
    • Double EXP and SP Event, Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 8 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, the EXP and SP you earn in battle will be doubled.
  • A Hero Rises – Now that the Choose Your Legends event is over, it’s time to decide who the No. 1 Hero is in all of Fire Emblem Heroes. Get ready for a new event, A Hero Rises, which runs from Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. PT to Feb. 19 at 6:59 p.m. PT. The top Hero will be given to players as a 5-star unit at a later date. Check out the voting website, and choose your favorite Hero.
  • Illusory Dungeon – A new event, Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon, will be here, with the Labyrinth of Mists. The event runs from Feb. 8 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 22 at 10:59 p.m. PT. Illusory Dungeon is a simple battle game in which you time your taps on the screen to defeat enemies. You can even use Heroes who have not yet been leveled up, so feel free to choose your four favorite Heroes. During this time there will also be daily quests where you can earn different rewards each day. Starting on Feb. 11 at 11 p.m. PT, there will be two types of Tap Battle quests. Thanks again to everyone playing Fire Emblem Heroes, and happy anniversary! For more information about Fire Emblem Heroes, visit the official site.

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My Nintendo Activities:

  • My Nintendo February Rewards
    • Get set for Valentine’s Day with new My Nintendo rewards:
      • My Nintendo is offering a cute Super Mario: Pastel Pink Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem points for the reward up to five times, so you can share it with someone special. The offer ends on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
    • February is shaping up to be a great month for classic Nintendo game fans. Three beloved Nintendo 3DS games – Super Mario 3D LandThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Ultimate NES Remix – have just been added to the Nintendo Selects series.
      • To celebrate, My Nintendo is offering the official Prima eGuide for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Redeem your points and get the eGuide to maximize your adventure.
      • My Nintendo is also offering discounts for some awesome games, including certain Nintendo Selects games. Redeem your points and get discounts for games at great values – many participating titles are under $18. Not a My Nintendo member? Sign up now for free at my.nintendo.com.

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Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Theme
    • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Chibi Theme
    • Pokémon: Team Plasma (Pokémon Black and Pokémon White)
    • Pokémon: Team Plasma (Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2)

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And there you have it!

Leave us a comment below with the games you’ll be jumping in with. Want immediate feedback? Come find us on Discord!

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The Long Reach dated for Switch, Xbox One, PS4 & PC

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You know how every now and again a trailer or a screenshot comes across the screen and catches your eye? I just had one such moment when I watched the trailer for The Long Reach for the first time and rushed over here to make sure I shared the experience. The game immediately reminds me of other video games like Lone Survivor and The Coma. And as our listeners already know, you don’t have to try too hard to get me interested in a horror video game.

The game is arriving on Nintendo Switch! (and yes Xbox, PS4, and PC lol) on March 14th for around $20. Here’s the quick breakdown from the game’s website:

The Long Reach is an intricate adventure, where you solve puzzles, run, and hide. The story takes place in Baervox, fictional American town. The scientific institute designs a revolutionary system of accelerated knowledge transferring. As it usually happens, everything went wrong. Technology went out of control. As an aftermath, Institute, and the whole town turned into a real nightmare, and the experiment participants grew into… well, we cannot tell you that for now, because we hate spoilers! 🙂

 

Furthermore, the developers (Painted Black Games) goes on to provide some motivation and extra features.

History

We wanted to make a meaningful story for the gamers, after completing it, to breathe out: “Wow, I should think it over!”, instead of getting into the fridge to take some snacks. Listing all sources of our inspiration is hard. We’ve taken a little from Matrix, from Resident Evil and Lone Survivor . We’ve been inspired by The Last Door, True Detective, Fargo, etc. As an aftermath, our narrative designer Evgeni made one hell of a story. In a nutshell, the idea of The Long Reach game is that any progress indirectly leads to unexpected consequences. The consequences that can be terrible. Indeed terrible.

Features

  • Magical realism. We’re going for a usual and mundane exposition parts that are trashed and twisted and as the story unfolds.
  • Your enemies aren’t faceless zombies or possessed puppets. They are humans whose lives and stories matter and we make sure the player knows that.
  • Solo mode for adventure lovers. Control Steward, the junior researcher at the scientific institute. He is an ordinary person who will have to untangle the story, save the world and survive.
  • Unforgettable narrative. It is a thrill story, flavored with sci-fi idea, psychological context, and skeptical view on the progress and human actions.
  • The Long Reach is the almost 100% classic adventure game but dressed up with a little haunting element.
  • More than fifty locations.
  • For about twenty main and background characters.
  • More than sixty items, which you will have to collect and apply.
  • More than 12 000 words in dialogs and script.
  • Mad folks will haunt you. There are few of them, but they won’t let you relax.
  • Handmade pixel art, created pixel by pixel from scratch.
  • Original atmospheric music. Our composer’s indeed music maniac. He brings strange things into the studio and turns them into the pieces of music. We don’t understand what he’s doing, but his work can’t be overestimated.
  • Lots of game platforms: PC, macOS, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

 

Nintendo Download for Jan 25, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

This week can be summed up in two words – Pokemon & Celeste. Thos will be the two games that get the most buzz around social media today but Space Dave, Fantasy Hero, and Tennis are at least worth the click through to see the screenshots – they look pretty decent at face value (and price).

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

 

But wait, there’s more!

  • Nintendo Switch eShop Sale – Looking for something new to play? Download great digital games to play anytime, anywhere—and in a whole new way—with Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system. Starting at 9 a.m. PT, you can get up to 30 percent off select digital games for Nintendo Switch. My Nintendo members also earn Gold Points on qualifying digital purchases, so it’s a win-win. Act fast, though, as this sale only runs until Feb. 1 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

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Other Nintendo Stuff This Week:

  • Pokémon Crystal Version – Originally released for the Game Boy Color system in 2000, the Pokémon Crystal game added several new features to the Pokémon franchise. For the first time, players could choose a female or male character, and Pokémon battles featured animation. And now, this game is available in 2D via the Virtual Console service and invites you to explore the Johto region again—or for the first time. The Pokémon Crystal Version game launches on Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. PT.
  • My Nintendo Presents Nindie Game Gold Point Rewards Vol. 3: Got Gold Points? Get select digital games! My Nintendo users can redeem Gold Points for some of the hottest digital indie games on Nintendo platforms between Jan. 26 and March 25. During this limited time, users can redeem Gold Points to download select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U digital games from talented independent developers. Users will receive a download code that is redeemed in Nintendo eShop. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/news to see a list of the games.

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Nintendo Download for Jan 18, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

Decent little week on the eshops. On Switch, Darkest Dungeon arrives to the portable space and it comes with some high praise from its time over on PC / Steam and PlayStation 4. Lost Sphear, the newest RPG from Tokyo RPG Factory (I Am Setsuna) comes to Switch next week and finally Kirby Battle Royale drops on that still-going-strong Nintendo 3DS.

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

  • LOST SPHEAR – The adventure of LOST SPHEAR begins in a remote town of Elgarthe, where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing. To stop the world from disappearing forever, Kanata and his comrades set out to rebuild the world, mustering different Memory and crafting the world around them. The LOST SPHEAR game launches on Jan. 23.
  • Darkest Dungeon – Darkest Dungeon is a challenging, gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, famine, disease and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass DLC – If you purchased the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass, new content is available at 9:00 p.m. PT!

Expansion Pass: New Quests Pack 1

  • Passion of the Artisan (Quest available in Chapter 2)
  • M.I.A. Nopon (Quest available in Chapter 3)
  • Industrial Sort of Tour (Quest available in Chapter 5)
  • Midnight Feasting (Quest available in Chapter 7)
  • The Lone Watchman (Quest available in Chapter 10)
  • Expansion Pass: Helpful Items Pack 3

Driver Essentials Set 2: Rare Core Crystal x10, Legendary Core Crystal x1, Overdrive Protocol x1

  • Tora’s Favorite Thing: Juicy Samod x3
  • Poppi α’s Favorite Thing: Fizz Juice x3
  • Charming Driver Gear: Auto-Balancer x1

Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to new content, including the above packs and a new story in Fall 2018! To learn more, visit the official Xenoblade Chronicles 2 site.

 

But wait, there’s more!

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Other Nintendo Stuff This Week:

  • Kirby Battle Royale – Kirby is entering a tournament against his toughest rival yet … himself! One to four players can fight in local or online battles (additional games and accessories required; sold separately). Pick from more than 10 abilities and 10 battle types to compete in countless matchups. Hoard treasure in Ore Express, knock out opponents in Slam Hockey and shoot missiles in Robo Bonkers. There’s a single-player story mode, too! The Kirby Battle Royale game launches on Jan. 19. A free demo version of the game is available now for download in Nintendo eShop. Game in 2D.
  • Link-a-Pix Color (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Raining Coins (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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Nintendo Download for Jan 11, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

While attentions are going to be focused on this morning’s Direct, remember new games also dropped on the eShop today. Demo’s to try out, Furi arrives on Switch as does some older, but goodies, in Super Meat Boy & The Escapists 2. The Nindie Invasion continues with Brawl & Innerspace.

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

  • Dragon Quest Builders – Demo Version – A free demo for the Dragon Quest Builders game is available today in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. Gather, craft, and build the kingdom of your dreams to restore the ruined world of Alefgard! As the legendary Builder, you’ll construct rooms, towns and defenses while fighting monsters. The full version of Dragon Quest Builderslaunches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 9.
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack – The Battle Pack is now available for purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and includes two Waves of Battle Pokémon and Support Pokémon Sets. Wave 1 of the Battle Pack contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Aegislash can change between two formes, and players can wield them both. Wave 2 includes the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mew and Celebi. Wave 1 will be available Jan. 31, and Wave 2 is scheduled for March 23. Both Waves of DLC are only available with purchase of the Battle Pack; they are not sold individually. Content will be available as it is released.
  • InnerSpace – InnerSpace is an exploration flying game set in the Inverse, a world of inside-out planets with no horizons. Soar through ancient skies and abandoned oceans to discover the lost history of this fading realm, where gods still wander. Your greatest journey is within. InnerSpace launches on Jan. 16.
  • Furi – Fight your way free in this ultra-responsive, fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting game. Feel the tension and adrenaline of one-on-one duels against deadly adversaries. You will need absolute focus and skill to defeat each of the guardians

But wait, there’s more!

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Other Nintendo Stuff This Week:

  • Pokémon Crystal Version – When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silvergames, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, and also was the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles. And now, this 2D Nintendo eShop release invites you to explore the Johto region again – or for the first time. The Pokémon Crystal Version game is now available for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop, with a launch date of Jan. 26.

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  • Digital Deals – Nintendo is kicking off its first digital sale of the year. During the Digital Deals event, fans can save up to 30 percent on select digital games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Plus, My Nintendo members earn Gold Points on qualifying purchases. Shop now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 18 to save. See the details at www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

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Nintendo Direct – Live Reactions & Recap

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The full Nintendo Direct Mini presentation can be viewed at https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/01-11-2018/. A sampling of some of the announcements includes:

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED: The first title in the genre-defining action role-playing franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as well as improved framerate and resolution from the original DARK SOULS game for an exhilarating return to Lordran. This marks the franchise’s debut on a Nintendo platform, and now for the first time ever, this revered (and challenging) game can be played on the go. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED launches on May 25.

Mario Tennis Aces: A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles. The game launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong return for the franchise’s debut on Nintendo Switch. This title includes all the fun and challenge of the original game, plus a new beginner-friendly mode that lets players enjoy this critically acclaimed adventure as groovy surfing simian Funky Kong. Funky Kong can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls and even perform infinite underwater corkscrews. Thanks to his sturdy surfboard, even spikes can’t slow him down. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 4.

Kirby Star Allies: Kirby’s debut on Nintendo Switch is a grand new adventure packed with content. The new Artist ability lets Kirby unleash his creativity, while the new Spider ability lets him ensnare enemies in webs. Kirby also can hurl new friend hearts at enemies to win them over with love and add them to his party. Plus, up to four friends* can team up and combine Kirby’s unique abilities with ally abilities for powerful new Friend Abilities. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on March 16.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix: This 2008 Nintendo DS game has been updated for Nintendo Switch with HD visuals and a new epilogue that sheds new light on the game’s story. Players can join rhythmic battles using either Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch touch screen. The game is scheduled to launch this year.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe will include every map and mission, plus all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, along with all of the previous paid downloadable content. Play as Link, Zelda, Midna, Skull Kid and dozens more in action-packed battles at home or on the go. Additionally, the game includes new outfits for Link and Zelda based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. This new version launches for Nintendo Switch in spring.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~: Play as iconic heroines from SNK’s history in a new, two-on-two tag-team fighting game. Players can activate a variety of Special Moves with the press of a button, and make use of special items to turn the tide of battle. One of the competitors will be Yuri Sakazaki from ACA NEOGEO Art of Fighting 2, which launches today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana: When the passenger liner he was aboard sank, the adventurer Adol drifted to a deserted island inhabited by vicious creatures that have evolved in many different ways. To survive, Adol must gather fellow shipwreck survivors and build a base. High-speed battles require players to change between three types of characters at a moment’s notice. The epic RPG launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.

PAYDAY 2: As players join with friends* locally or online to execute elaborate heists, full touch-screen support makes menu navigation easier than ever, while the HD Rumble feature lets them feel everything from explosions to weapon recoil right in their hands. Debuting in the Nintendo Switch version of the game, a new playable character named Joy will be introduced. Joy is a Japanese computer whiz who wears a custom LED light mask that changes her appearance as she sees fit. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 27.

Fe: In this new type of platforming adventure, players run, climb and glide their way through a dark Nordic forest to explore its living, breathing world. Use the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers to sing in tune with creatures and plants to unlock new abilities. Each song has a distinct sound and feel thanks to HD Rumble. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16.

Celeste: This modern take on the pure action platformer lets Madeline climb any surface on Celeste Mountain if she has the stamina. Playing in Assist Mode lets players tweak the difficulty, from a slower pace to full-on invincibility. Unlockable B-side chapters offer even more challenging adventures. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Jan. 25.

Game Updates & DLC

Super Mario Odyssey: A new mini-game called Balloon World is coming to one of the highest-rated games of all time. Once players download the free update and complete the main story, Balloon World will become available. In “Hide It” mode, players have a certain amount of time to hide a balloon. In “Find It” mode, players have the same amount of time to locate balloons hidden by other players from around the world. Players can move up the rankings** by finding hidden balloons and becoming expert hiders. The free update will be released in February with new Snapshot Mode filters and new outfits.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: A new hero swings into action! Donkey Kong is headed to the game as a playable character, complete with an exclusive new storyline and world to explore. The DLC pack will release in spring and will be available for purchase individually, or as part of the Season Pass or Gold Edition of the game.

Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: The Battle Pack is now available for purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and includes two Waves of Battle Pokémon and Avatar items. Wave 1 of the Battle Pack contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Aegislash can change between two formes, and players can wield them both. Wave 2 includes the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mew and Celebi. Wave 1 will be available Jan. 31, and Wave 2 is scheduled for Mar. 23.

Demos

Kirby: Battle Royale: The free demo is available in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Dragon Quest Builders: The free demo is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Download for Jan 4th, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

 

I don’t believe it, for once an easy to digest eshop update! Slim pickings this week, but I’m sure everyone already has mighty backlogs to dig thru!

I’m not a HUGE Kirby fan myself, but hey, there’s a demo out there for you to check out.

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

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This Week On 3DS & Wii U:

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    • Kirby Battle Royale – Demo Version – In this demo, Kirby enters a tournament against his toughest rival yet…himself! The demo allows players to try three battles in the single-player and multiplayer* modes. Try the Sword, Cutter and Beetle ability, and transfer Meta Knight and coins as a bonus to the main game once you purchase the full version! The full version of the Kirby Battle Royale game launches Jan. 19 and is now available for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop. Game in 2D.

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Why Are Current-Gen Games Still $60?

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With all of the controversy going on with Star Wars Battlefront 2 and micro-transactions, this question crossed my mind. We all know that development costs of Triple-A games can be in the millions. Yet with the rise in cost to produce these titles, the cost of a game in the United States rarely eclipses the $59.99 USD price. That is unless it’s a special edition or a collector’s edition. To recoup these high development costs, developers have begun to implement micro-transactions more often within games. These micro-transactions allow a person playing a game to spend real-world money for in-game credits for use to purchase in-game items such as weapons, costumes, or other cosmetic enhancements. In some cases, micro-transactions can provide a boost in a player skill level or provide an upgrade to give a player a foot up on their opponent.

One could say that this trend started with developers offering season passes. Season passes allowed players to pre-purchase any future downloadable content released post-launch of a given game. There were times when season passes cost almost as much as the game itself. I can remember specifically of the cost of the season pass for Fallout 4 costing $50 USD, whereas the game itself cost $59.99 USD at launch. My apprehension on buying the DLC came when the developer stated that they were not sure what would be included in the season pass, but only that it would be well worth the $50 price tag. For me, that isn’t a satiable enough reason to entice me to spend an additional $50 after I already paid $59.99. In my opinion, the developer spent a lot of money promoting and creating this game and they knew that only charging $59.99 would not provide the return on investment that they were seeking. So, therefore, they felt the need to create the season pass and to price it as such. Initially, when first revealed, the season pass for Fallout 4 was $30. However, over the course of development of the extra content, the developer realized that price point was too low. They did offer consumers a chance to purchase the pass at the original $30 price point; however, this would be only for a limited time as the season pass would eventually go up to $50. I honestly considered getting the pass for $30 but I didn’t like that I felt forced to buy it immediately or pay the higher price down the line, so I decided against purchasing the extra content even though I really enjoyed Fallout 4. Now looking back I do not regret my decision to not purchase the content. In this case, I voted with my wallet. Something I feel if done correctly will allow consumers get what they want from developers. This way they know when we like or do not like something by not purchasing it.

This brings me to my point. If game development costs more and more, why haven’t companies raised the price for games? In the 90’s, NES games costed around $50 USD. With inflation, that figure is $90 or more today. So if we were paying that much for games that are far less technologically advanced than the games of today, why are they so cheap? I feel that if developers raised the price of games this may negate the need for micro-transactions or season passes. Maybe this is naive but hey, it’s a thought. At least for the time being, it will detract from the controversy of micro-transactions being considered gambling. In fact in Belgium they have deemed loot boxes/micro-transactions as gambling and they want them removed from games. In my opinion, this is a huge blow to companies such as EA and Activision. These companies make so much money on micro-transactions that decided to incorporate them in all future titles moving forward. As a consumer, I have no interest in supporting the micro-transaction model. I would rather pay a higher amount for the game than be nickel and dimed for content. The only way paying to play or to win makes sense to me is if the game were free to play. But when there is an entry price to play the game it just doesn’t seem fair to consumers to have to keep pumping money in a game to advance or to explore content locked behind a paywall.

Unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at it, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is being made a martyr for the sins of micro-transactions. With the bad press this game is receiving, developers may need to re-think their approach to making games more profitable. I for one do not intend to purchase Battlefront 2 because I do not like micro-transactions. I can only wonder how many others feel the same way. Only time will tell once sales figures are released. Let’s just hope that for the sake of all gamer’s that a resolution to this growing issue is made sooner rather than later. Even if means raising the standard prices for games, all options should be explored.