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Flashy 2.5D Arcade Shooter Asterbreed Now Available On Nintendo Switch

Posted on November 8, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

“Another 2D arcade shooter on Nintendo Switch?” you may be asking, hypothetical reader, but wait a second before closing the red X in the corner of your web browser. It’s true that there is no shortage of budget, classic and premium shoot’em ups on the portable Nintendo Hybrid but Asterbreed from Playism might still be worth a look – even if you own Ikaruga, 1945, Gunbird and all of the other classics.

One of the hooks of Asterbreed is the way that gameplay seamlessly shifts from side-scroller shooter to an almost Armored Core 4-ish 3D behind the camera mode that has your speeding through levels to a top-down shooter. Intricate looking mech designs fused with anime-inspired 2D artwork and colorful/flashy particle effects create a game that instantly grabs your attention. Visually, Asterbreed looks like a fast-paced and fun ride.

Asterbreed is priced at $19.99 USD on the E-Shop, offers support for both Japanese and English languages and packs in several modes including a full campaign narrative. Here’s a brief rundown of the game’s feature as provided by the publisher:

  • Features:
  • A thrilling 2.5D action shooter
  • Multiple shooting perspectives that seamlessly transition
  • Multiple game modes to boast hours of fun
  • An enticing story as humanity stands on the edge of destruction
  • For the first time ever, available on a portable device


The Original Valkyria Chronicles Available On Nintendo Switch

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA’s classic mix of Real Time Strategy, Visual Novel Storytelling and watercolor inspired aesthetics – Valkyria Chronicles – is now available digitally on the Nintendo E-Shop for Switch. It’s hard to believe that the original tale of Squad 7 was released a decade ago on the PS3, I remember buying it’s original release on day 1! Now veteran commanders and fresh recruits alike can join Alicia, Welkin and the other members of Squad 7 in the game that kicked off the Valkyria franchise. There wasn’t anything like it upon release, and to this day it remains a solid JRPG worth your time, even if it has quite a few harsh difficulty spikes.

Valkyria Chronicles is priced at $19.99 USD or $29.99 CDN and is actually smaller in file size than the PlayStation 3 original. While this release doesn’t support the 60 Frames Per Second that the Remastered version supports on PC and PS4 – it does include all of the DLC an EX missions made for the game.


  • Valkyria Chronicles – Everywhere, 23/7 – Play on your TV or via the Nintendo Switch’s built-in screen, the troops are ready to move out.
  • The complete Valkyria Chronicles experience  –  all additional downloadable content from the first game in the series is included in this Switch version.
  • A war, two fronts –  Set during the Second Europan War, in this fantasy version of the 1930s. In Valkyria Chronicles, we follow Lieutenant Gunther and his Squad 7 in their fight against the Imperial Alliance.
  • Experience the CANVAS engine BLiTZ Battle System –  Valkyria Chronicles is a watercolor come to life thanks to the CANVAS engine and gameplay mixing real-time and turn-based battle. The BLiTZ Battle System ensure an original and fascinating experience in more than one way.
  • A legendary composer for a legendary series –  The great Hitoshi Sakimoto animates the battlefield with mastery thanks to a soundtrack that remains memorable.

Source: SEGA PR


Gamescom: Arena of Valor Coming To Nintendo Switch This September

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Tencent games confirmed today via an official trailer that their free to play MOBA Arena of Valor (known as Honor of Kings in China) will be officially launching on the Nintendo Switch this September. Features enhanced from the original mobile phone release for this Switch port include enhanced graphics, physical controls via the system’s Joy-Cons and the option to play a single world wide server.

Having played the mobile version of Arena of Valor quite a bit, I’ve found the gameplay to translate fairly well from other MOBAs on PC, which arguably have much more fluid control options than on touch screens. Offering over 30 heroes, several of which are unlockable for free with minimum grind thanks to the ‘Road to Glory’ tutorial system, Arena of Valor does make a genuine effort to make AOV accessible for those of us who do not wish to put down any cash initially.  Each hero has a unique set of abilities and passive traits, as you would expect – from ranged assassins that utilize physical weapons to dangerous spell casters capable of attacking multiple enemies from afar, a lot of different archetypes within the MOBA genre are present and accounted for. One other thing that has stuck out about AoV when compared to other games like Heroes of the Storm or League of Legends is the number of different modes on offer. Only have 5 minutes to play AoV before heading out? No problem there’s a 3v3 deathmatch mode for that! AoV does a good job of offering up a number of different modes that offering varying lengths and objective types.

Arena of Valor will launch on Switch this September.


Indie Platformer 20XX Is Now On Nintendo Switch!

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

There is no shortage of brand new indie titles to play on the Nintendo Switch these days, especially since Ninty’s stated goal is to get at minimum 30 brand new titles per week up on the shop in the not so distant future.  

If you’re looking for something new to play it’s pretty easy to recommend Megaman inspired rogue-like platformer 20XX to fellow indie game enthusiasts and lovers of gorgeous pixel graphics. Defeating powerful bosses, making daring leaps of faith and collecting devastating powers from your foes is of course the name of the game in 20XX but the developers at Batterystaple games have incorporated some modern approaches to game design to spice things up.  

Levels found within 20XX are procedurally generated meaning while they’ll share similar enemies and mechanics between iterations, the placement of baddies and layout will always be different. Throughout the adventure players collect silver bolts which are used to purchase to re-equip upgrades that remain unlocked, even after death.  Also on offer are two playable characters – ACE or Mina, brutal daily challenges and multiple difficulty setting. 

In a statement the founder of Batterystaple Games had this to say about today’s launch: 

20XX is a celebration of classic action-platforming remixed with modern roguelike design …After a wonderful reception on PC, we’re so excited that console players can finally get their hands on the game.”  

20XX is available for the Nintendo Switch E-Shop in North America for a suggested retail price of $17.99 USD. It is also available on Steam for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 



Advanced Wars Inspired ‘Tiny Metal’ Delayed Until December 21st

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Tiny Metal a Japanese developed turn-based strategy game heavily inspired by Nintendo’s own Advanced Wars series has been delayed and will no longer be releasing tomorrow. Fans looking forward to some chibi tactical strategy on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch will have to wait until the game releases on December 21st. 

The official announcement was made on the Tiny Metal twitter account and was originally posted in Japanese. Roughly translated for clarity it states: 

“[TINY METALdelivery delay announcement] decided today, [we] determined to postpone the delivery [until] 12/21. We look forward to the release we apologize.”

Tiny Metal passed through Steam’s Greenlight program back in September of 2016, which is when the developers also raised over $32,000 to bring the project to life. The final version of Tiny Metal is expected to include a 10-hour single player and according to the Canadian Switch e-shop will be priced at $24.99 CDN. 

Nintendo’s own Advanced Wars series began in 2001 with its titular entry and would also see two sequels on the Nintendo DS – Advanced Wars: Dual Strike and Advanced Wars: Days of Ruin. It has been a number of years since we’ve had an original entry in the now dormant franchise with the most recent activity being a re-release on the Wii U E shop in 2014. 



Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water May Be a Digital Only Release

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Horror game fans haven’t had many AAA games to look forward too after the demise of Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills earlier this year. Koei Tecmo is looking to this gap in the genre with release of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for the Nintendo Wii U sometime during the third quarter of this year but fans looking forward for a physical release of Fatal Frame may be disappointed to learn that the game may be heading westward in digital form only.

The game’s Nintendo.com has been updated with information suggesting that it will only be released on Nintendo’s digital distribution service. The page features no box art but instead includes the familiar orange “Nintendo E Shop banner”.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a prequel of sorts for the long running franchise. The game’s main protagonist Yuuri Kozukata is able to see ghosts and other spiritual apparitions and must use her powers to help solve a missing persons case. Like other games in the Fatal Frame franchise Maiden of the Dark’s main gameplay mechanic revolves around taking photos of spirits using a camera, with the Wii U Gamepad being a stand-in for the camera this time around.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water was originally released in Japan on September 27th 2014.



Nintendo 64 Games Launching On The Wii U E-Shop

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Nintendo 64 didn’t get as much love as other classic Nintendo consoles in terms of Virtual Console in the 7th generation but hopefully the second time around is a bit better with the announcement of N64 games for the Wii U Virtual Console.

Announced for the VC were Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64. The former is available right now on the North American E-shop while DK64 is expected to launch sometime in the near future. Prices for N64 titles range from $6.99 to $9.99 USD.

Super Mario 64 launched on June 23rd 1996 and was released on the Nintendo DS in 2004. Donkey Kong 64 was released on November 24th 1999 and has yet to see a re-release on modern Nintendo consoles. Could this mean that other Rare greats like Perfect Dark or Jet Force Gemini could be re-released on the Wii U?


Mario Kart 7, Star Fox and Zelda OOT Added To JPN 3DS E-Shop

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo’s latest update to the Japanese E-Shop almost reads like a best of list for any 3DS newcomer. If you’ve got spare change to burn, a Japanese 3DS and a large memory card then you my friend are in for one hell of a gaming experience.

According to this very Japanese web page – what appears to be a list of 3DS E Shop release dates – Nintendo is poised to add The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 7 and Mario 3D Land to the roster of downloadable titles available in their native Japan.

Here’s the full breakdown (all games releasing digitally November 1 supposedly)

Mario Kart 7 priced at 4,300 YEN
Super Mario 3D Land priced at 4,300 YEN
Ocarina of Time priced at 4,300 YEN

If we get any news about these possibly coming stateside we will let you know. If you can read it – check out Nintendo’s official 3DS Eshop page.


Nintendo Download UK Edition – 09.7.12

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

It’s Monday and that can only mean one thing for our friend across the Atlantic, time for new releases on the Nintendo E-Shop and 3DS shop. Headlining this week’s release are Sparkle Snapshots from Nintendo, a 3DS application that lets you customize your photos and share them wirelessly.  For 200 DSi points you could also snag “99Seconds” – an 8 bit game that involves the manipulation of time.

If you’re not looking for full games on the go why not snag the Hyper Arcade edition of Konai’s Frogger for Wii or the first downloadable songs for Square Enix’s  THEATRHYTHM.

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Pokemon Dream Radar & PokeDex 3D Pro Work With Black & White 2

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo reaffirmed that owners of Pokemon Black & White 2 will benefit from playing the game on a 3DS, even though the game was designed for the original 3DS.

Details were sparse but players will be able to use the Dream Radar to locate hard to find & rare Pokemon via an augmented reality mini-game using the system’s rear camera. Who wouldn’t want to shoot a Lugia in the face with a yellow beam? Pokemon captured through Dream Radar will be transferable on to the Black & White conference.  PokeDex 3D Pro is an updated version of the PokeDex 3D application that was released last.

No price was available for either game but as soon as we hear a price or release date we will bring it to you.


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