It is with a heavy heart I type these words.
Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.
News broke today that the Telltale studio is closing, laying off over 200 employees and only keeping a few on. In the statement by CEO Pete Hawley reads
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”
Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.
This crushed me. This has been one of my hardest weeks to date, and I would relive this a thousand times over to make it so I don’t have to say goodbye to a studio I have loved so much. I have played and 1000 every Telltale game but one. I originally found out about the studio due to the fact it had such easily achieved achievements. But, they did the impossible. They made me put down my sports games and first person shooters, to enjoy their stories. Their blend of catching you off guard with amazing moments and taking you on a journey unlike any I had been on before changed they way I played and viewed games.
To this day, Minecraft Story mode is one of my top 5 favorite games of all time. If I look back to my top 20 I see more and more of their games pop up, like the Walking Dead Last Frontier and Walking Dead Michonne. I loved these games, I bought them and shared them with friends because I just felt in my heart they needed to be played and so many passed them up. Could that be why Telltale fell? Honestly, I don’t know why Telltale failed. I can guess though and when I do, I blame myself. I always wait for the physical release of their games, so I can beat them in one or two sittings and trade it in once I have beaten the game. I only own two of the digitally due to the fact they are my favorites and I want to replay them over and over again.
Goodbye Telltale, best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.
I think there are more achievement hunters like myself who did the same, and waited. The waiting lead to the early fall of Telltale. As we found ourselves waiting to buy, they found themselves waiting to make or finish chapters. Eventually the waiting stopped and now they are gone. Wonderful writers will now hopefully catch on at other places and more stories will come from this, I hope.
I wish I was ready to say goodbye to this studio. I thought we had more games, more experiences, more tales… to tell. Sadly, it seems this is over. I can dream of a company like Microsoft saving them, I can wish for it even. But something like this doesn’t get fixed in a day. I’m not going to walk up Saturday morning to Telltale is saved. So I will simply say goodbye to this developer, thank them for giving me so much, and hope they find new homes and are able to create more worlds for me to fall in love with.
Goodbye Telltale, Best wishes Clem, RIP Reuben.
Those who made these characters and worlds may never know how much I loved them, but if you are one of those Hero’s, I hope you know how grateful I am and how sorry, because I waited.
Best wishes Clem.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country– Start your Xenoblade Chronicles 2 journey at the beginning. Guide a group of legendary warriors through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of a refined battle system that allows you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers. The Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country game will be available on Sept. 21.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight for freedom in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory. The strategy-RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4 is available on Sept. 25.
The Gardens Between – Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Lost in a mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable, the friends find that time flows in all directions. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle.
FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD – Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV with a cast of cute and cool characters. After years of fighting, the nations of Lucis and Niflheim at last agree to an armistice. As a symbol of this promised peace, Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, is to wed the Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae. The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, sent off by his father, King Regis. Unbeknownst to Noctis, however, the journey ahead is fraught with perils…
Cities: Skylines – Nintendo Switch Edition – Cities: Skylines is a modern take on a classic city builder, with original gameplay to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city. Boasting fully realized transport and economy systems, Cities: Skylines is designed to suit any play style. And on the Nintendo Switch system, it can now be played anytime, anywhere.
Nintendo Switch Online: More Games. More Features. More Fun. – Introducing a new online service from Nintendo! With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you’ll get access to online play in compatible games, a growing catalog of classic NES titles with newly added online play and cloud backup for your save data in compatible games. Plus, you can receive special offers and enhance your online experience with features available through the smartphone app.
NBA 2K19 – The NBA 2K franchise celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from graphics and gameplay to unique game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood”. The NBA 2K19 game continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture. NBA 2K19 is available Sept. 11 and the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition is available Sept. 7.
Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition – Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies. Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action-adventure-RPG in the vein of the best 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.
Gone Home – You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in the Gone Home game, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company. Read More
This week’s Nintendo eShop drops another great week full of indie options to choose from highlighted most by Into the Breach and The Messenger.
The Messenger – As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises and humor.
Reviews kind of speak for themselves on this one
Into the Breach – The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of the FTL game.
In case you missed the Dragalia Lost Direct late last night here’s the latest PR update from Nintendo and the video above.
For the first time ever, Nintendo is introducing a new IP directly on smart devices! With the Dragalia Lost game, players can enjoy a fast-paced action role-playing game set in a fantasy world of warriors, magic and dragons that’s specifically designed to play on smartphones, but with the depth typically reserved for dedicated video game systems. With intuitive touch-screen controls, colorful fantasy graphics that pop off the screen and the option to join up online with up to three other players in co-op story quests, events and Raid Battles, the game can easily be enjoyed in short bursts or longer play sessions. Read More
The SHACK is BACK! This week in the Nintendo Shack Bobby @NintendoGurus joins Caro & Donnie to break down all of the Nindie News from Gamescom, Nintendo’s continued healthy sales success, what we hope to see from this Nindie Direct next week, but not before we have a mini-reflection on the Make Us Better Movement.
Are you interested in winning a free video game? Of course, you are! How can you do it? Simple! Participate in the Board With Video Games MetaFall Contest!
The rules are simple. Try to predict the Metacritic scores of the 10 games listed below coming out this fall. Accuracy is what matters, so the closer you are, the fewer points you get. At the end of the contest, the person with the fewest points wins! Need an example?
Say your prediction is Battlefield V is going to get a Metacritic score of 85 and the actual score ends up being 89. You would receive four points. If you had predicted 88, you would receive one point. So, the person who scores the lowest total number of points has the most accurate predictions and will be the winner of the contest!
How to Enter: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your scores for the 10 games below.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch system. Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode. The Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate game features the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favorites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters. Monster Hunters Generations Ultimate will be available on Aug. 28. A free demo of the game is available to download now on Nintendo eShop.
Little Dragons Café – Little Dragons Café opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café with their mother. All was routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears and tells them that they must raise a dragon to save her. Working with three quirky café employees, the twins must wrangle a dragon and run the family business while finding a way to save their mother. Available Aug. 24
Bad North – Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Season Pass – After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.
🏃♀️ “Done Running” – August 14
🚸 “Suffer the Children” – September 25
🔥 “Broken Toys” – November 6
😭 “Take Us Back” – December 18 pic.twitter.com/YyX7VZOjTr
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) August 15, 2018
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
DONT FORGET ABOUT THE VALKYRIA CHRONICLES DEMO!
- Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
- Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
- Reviewed On: Xbox One, releases August 15th, 2018
- Also playable on: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 & PC
Note: The review embargo for State of Mind is today, Monday August 13th 2018 however the developer, due to State of Mind’s focus on narrative and storytelling, has asked that we hold any video footage after the game’s introduction until the game releases on the 15th. This post will be updated with more video content on Wednesday.
Out this Wednesday is the latest point-and-click adventure game State of Mind from German developer & publisher Daedalic Entertainment. Daedalic, since it’s creation in 2007, has been making a name for itself as a standout in the narrative adventure & point and click genre with highlights such as the Edna & Harvey series, The Pillars of the Earth and the tactical turn-based RPG series Blackguards. Read More
OKAMI HD – Take the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui. Use magical abilities, attacks, and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color.
Minit – Minit is a peculiar little adventure played 60 seconds at a time. Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets and overcome dangerous foes, all in the hope of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.
DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ – Open Beta – Go head to head in VS Online* with no fewer than 23 characters and 13 stages. Don’t forget to also stop by the Battle Tutorial to sharpen your skills and master all kinds of devastating techniques. The Open Beta servers are scheduled to be on between 9 p.m. PT on Aug. 9 and 11:59 p.m. PT on Aug. 11. Read More
Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help trapped ghosts with your trusted scythe. Flip the entire world around to solve puzzles on both the living and the dead side and slowly uncover the mystery surrounding your own demise.
Key Gameplay Features
● Unique mix of adventure and platforming set in a twisted, rich and colorful world
● Flip the entire world with the press of a single button!
● Possess the living and use them to solve puzzles
● Innovative physics combined with an immersive story told over several different chapters
● Spiritual successor to our previous well-received game Stick it To The Man!
Check out our Review Done Quick Here:
Release date: August 7, 2018. Price: $19.99 / €19.99
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam (PC)
Languages: English, French, Italian, German and Spanish
Developer and publisher: Zoink Games
You can also watch Donnie’s stream of the first hour if you want further details:
Overcooked! 2 – The unbread have risen! Only you have the cooking skills to put their yeast to rest. The steaks have never been higher, so prepare to save the Onion Kingdom … again. Buddy up or go it alone as you cook up a storm, chopping, steaming and frying your way through dynamic and outright crazy levels. The Overcooked! 2 game will be available on Aug. 7. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.)
Dead Cells – The Dead Cells game puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what’s happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and cursed island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls and challenging foes make for a demanding and cathartic action game. Dead Cells will be available on Aug. 7.
Flipping Death – Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help trapped ghosts with your trusted scythe. Flip the entire world around to solve puzzles on both the living and the dead side, and slowly uncover the mystery surrounding your own demise. The Flipping Death game will be available on Aug. 7.
Salt and Sanctuary – A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man. The Salt and Sanctuary game seamlessly combines fast, brutal and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics. Discover, craft and upgrade more than 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells and items as you explore a cursed realm. Read More
Greetings Koopalings! Here’s this week’s eShop update! Highlights include the final chapter to the Banner Saga, more Xenoblade 2 DLC and Momocon standout Sleep Tight! Also don’t forget that Paladins is now free to play on Switch so give the team-based shooter a try.
Banner Saga 3 – Banner Saga 3 is the dramatic final chapter in the mature, story-driven Viking RPG series, which has won more than 20 awards and has been nominated for four BAFTAs. As the world continues to crumble around you, who can you trust, how will you protect your allies and what choices will you make as the Darkness draws near?
Sleep Tight – This unique twin-stick shooter, base-builder hybrid comes wrapped in blankets of nostalgia! Construct your strongest pillow fort during the day and defend your bedroom from endless hordes of monsters each night. This fast paced arcade style game packs some deep strategy, and you’ll need to use your wits if you’re going to survive to the top of the leaderboards. With 12 unlockable characters, mix and match playstyles, an abundance of silly monsters, a charming score, and an endless amount of nights that increase in difficulty as you progress, good luck putting Sleep Tight down to rest!
Go Vacation – Welcome to Kawawii Island, a paradise resort where friends and family can enjoy 50+ co-op and competitive activities. There are all sorts of exciting ways to explore the island, from horseback to buggies, snowmobiles to in-line skates. And to add to the fun, up to four players can enjoy visiting and discovering every corner of the island together. Go Vacation will be available on July 27. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.)
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 Challenge Battle Mode as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, available this September. Read More
So I am sitting here eating my whole wheat bbq chicken TBLT (turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato) and staring at my twitter feed hoping for more Bears news. Another teacher walks in and does the head nod signaling of course hello. Most people use the head nod in my experience because of fear. They are scared to say hello or scared to interrupt you. Some think it looks cool (it doesn’t) but I try to spend less time thinking of those people than I do eating tofu.
This teacher warmed up their food in the microwave and sat two tables away from me. Not far enough to say hey don’t talk to me, but not close enough to say hey lets talk right now.
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 X, Mega Man X2, Mega 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.
- 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 X5, Mega Man X6, Mega 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.
- 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!
- 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!
Huge week on the Nintendo eShop with two major items on Switch. System exclusive JRPG Octopath Traveler arrives and the monster Fortnite begins season 5 “World’s Collide” with an all-new battle pass and now GYRO controls on Switch. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker hits both 3DS and Nintendo Switch to round an awesome week. Read more for details, video reviews, etc.
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 🙂
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)
Mario Tennis Aces – Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. Whether you play locally*, online** or using simple motion controls, intense rallies await. In Adventure mode, experience a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles. The Mario Tennis Acesgame will be available on June 22.
Minecraft – The Minecraft game is bigger, better and more beautiful than ever! Build anything you can imagine in Creative mode, or go on grand expeditions in Survival across mysterious lands and into the depths of your own infinite worlds. This new version will let you discover tons of community creations in the Minecraft Store and let you share the adventure with friends on phone, Windows 10 or console. Plus, current owners of the Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition game will be able to upgrade to the new version of Minecraft by downloading it from Nintendo eShop for free!
LUMINES REMASTERED – The critically acclaimed puzzle game produced by legendary creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi arrives on Nintendo Switch. An HD remaster of the original game, LUMINES REMASTERED beautifully marries the elements of sound, light and puzzle-action into one addictive, yet easy-to-play game. You’re at the center of the high-energy, block-dropping action while you groove to awesome house, trance and techno beats. LUMINES REMASTERED will be available on June 26.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA – Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and explore mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amid this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA game, available on June 26.
Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
- Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
Also new this week:
- 1917 – The Alien Invasion DX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- ACA NEOGEO THE LAST BLADE 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Air Mail (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 26
- Anima: Gate of Memories – Arcane Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Caveman Warriors – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Cubikolor (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 26
- de Blob (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 26
- Destiny’s Princess: A War Story, A Love Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Drawful 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- GUNBIRD2 for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Wizard Fire (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Lost in Harmony (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Mahjong Deluxe 3 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- MUSYNX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Pode (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- The Journey Down: Chapter One (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- Vegas Party (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
- WHIP! WHIP! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)