SNK will bring a collection of their older games in one package to the Nintendo Switch in order to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Despite SNK being best known for classic fighting game franchises like FATAL FURY and The King of Fighters but they’ve also published a number of other games in a variety of genres. We knew that the 40th Anniversary Collection would include classic SNK games like Ikari Warriors (and it’s sequel), Chrysalis and P.O.W but now SNK has also revealed 5 of the 10th free DLC add-on games that will launch later on.
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection will be released on November 13th 2018 with a special Collector’s Edition available through the NIS web store.
These additional games include:
In Munch Mobile, control a car with a human limb and cruise through various scenic routes to reach your ultimate destination: the garage. Pick up various objects along the way, such as fruit and gas canisters. What a handy vehicle, don’t you think?
Your sweetheart has been captured and it’s time to get her back in Fantasy! To rescue your loved one, trek through the wild jungles and soar above the sea—seems like nothing can get in between you and Sherry!
Sasuke vs. Commander
As the title suggests, in Sasuke vs. Commander, you are the legendary shuriken-wielding ninja Sasuke. You must protect your master, the Shogun, against enemy ninja. Fulfill your duty in this classic set in feudal Kyoto!
“Emergency! This is not a drill!” It doesn’t get much more metal than this! Shoot up tanks, ships, planes, and more to defend against enemy troops. See if you’ve got enough firepower to carry out your mission in Chopper I!
Traverse through time with the “D-Scanner” to rescue your comrades in Time Soldiers. There’s just one caveat: if you’re not in the correct place in history, you must defeat that era’s boss before making the leap to the right time period your fellow soldier is trapped in.
SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy is a fast, colourful tag-team fighting game from NIS America. While the game is a little bit light and has a few small flaws, it’s an enjoyable and unique fighting game that is pretty fun to play. It’s not an instant classic that is going to become a tournament staple, but it holds its own.
The game has a brief single player story mode. The heroines suddenly awoke to find themselves in a strange mansion they’d never seen before. And to top it off they find themselves dressed in strange new outfits as they begin to explore the mystery mansion. So begins their battle to discover the truth behind these strange events. They have been summoned to this pocket dimension by a strange hooded figure who is pitting the heroines against one another.
It’s a weird but simple story. Kudos to SNK and NIS America for leaving the clearly weird Japanese story and characters in tact. It’s strange but satisfying.
Each team has an Attacker and a Supporter character for a total of 4 characters per battle. You’ll control one character at a time and swap in the other character as needed. You share a total life value through the battle, though each character has a unique special charge meter. While this meter depletes as you use special moves during the battle, it will slowly regenerate through the match. The character which isn’t in the active role will have their meter charge more quickly, so tagging between characters can be key to winning the battle.
Interestingly you don’t win a battle by simply getting your opponent’s life gauge to zero. When their life gauge does fully deplete they will become stunned but the match won’t be over. When your opponent’s gauge turns red, you can end the match with a Dream Finish. The winner of the match is the first one to whittle their opponent’s health down to red and land a Dream Finish. You’ll need to have your special gauge charged up enough to execute the move though.
Most characters have a basic control scheme for moves like punch, kick, special, etc. With very limited deviation it makes it easy to play any character. Each character also has two different Dream Finish moves, one with just the button press and another by pressing down plus the finishing button. The various dream finish moves for each character also have different ranges, from up close to distance strikes, so it does take some practice with each character to perfect necessary these attacks.
It’s a little disappointing though that not all button combos are utilized for different movesets, i.e. pressing the punch button plus up, down, front, or back does the same move. It would have been nice to have a little bit more variety for moves.
In all there are 14 playable characters available right off the bat, with more being planned for release after release. The characters have four different coloured skins for their default costume but you can also purchase two additional costumes in game using coins that you earn by playing. These alternate costumes are, for the most part, significantly different from one another so when you do change a costume it feels essentially like playing with an entirely different character.
The game also has a pretty healthy customization mode as well. There are a ton of different costume elements and decorations to choose from. While some of these are downright silly (who wants to have a ringing phone on the top of the character’s head) there are a quite a few great ones. Plus as you purchase / unlock alternate costumes from the various characters, some of those costume elements become available for use in other characters. Not only that but each costume unlocked has four different colour skins to choose from.
The customization is pretty fun to play around with, even if you can’t do the same with the movesets.
Overall the characters and environments look beautiful. The only glaring oddity that doesn’t look beautiful comes in a strange place. For some reason the hands on the character models all look too large. Hands are one of the hardest things to draw, but I’ve never noticed character models with such large hands. I’m not sure if they are the same way during battles, and the drawn art looks flawless, but during cutscenes the large hams are laughably noticeable.
The one thing I love about playing this sort of game is the Japanese language track. In all honesty I usually like the original Japanese better than the dubbed English – it just feels more natural. Well, in SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy there isn’t even an English language track to choose from so all of the cutscenes are subtitled in one of five languages. There is only one small issue – the subtitles are tiny on the screen. While it’s a very small problem, and the story isn’t really all that important in the story mode, it would have been nicer to have an easier time reading the text. Thank goodness for handheld mode, though the text is even smaller on the smaller screen.
Speaking of handheld mode, why isn’t there touch screen support for the menus? It seems like the large on-screen icons are wasted as they look like they’re meant to be tapped.
But enough of the negatives – SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy is incredibly fun to play. The game has scaling AI difficulty which can be amped up or turned down if you’re finding battles too easy or too tough. Grab a friend and enter the SNK dream match in this frenetic fighting party game featuring everyone’s favorite female fighters.
The RPG Maker series’ newest installment arrives to consoles next year and has now been given a release date. NIS America announced the offical release date at PAX West over the weekend. RPG Maker MV will be released on February 26th, 2019.
This version of RPG Maker MV has been ported from the PC version, which released in 2015, and has been fine tuned for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One to make game building and gameplay more streamlined for home consoles. As long as you have an internet connection, you can upload and share your original RPG with the world by accessing the “Maker Forum” menu in RPG Maker MV.
You can play your own creations with RPG Maker MV, or download the RPG Maker MV Player and play other users’ games for free.
The console version of RPG Maker MV contains twice as many assets as the PC version. Compared to previous installments, this software has the most resources ever. Brand-new character voices, songs, and lyrics have been added. Compared to past RPG Maker titles, RPG Maker MV allows you to make a completely new type of RPG!
RPG Maker MV will be released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on February 26th, 2019.
In addition to the original cast of colorful characters, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded boasts a brand-new set of new faces you’ll set out on your new adventure with. A roguelike adventure with a burst of Touhou flavor, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded allows gamers choose their own pace when exploring the land of Gensokyo.
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is the definitive edition of a roguelike masterpiece, filled with new dungeons to explore, new items to collect, and new faces to meet. Newcomers and veterans of the Touhou series will love journeying through the land of Gensokyo with Reimu Hakurei, the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, as well as new faces such as the spunky magician Marisa Kirisame, and wind priestess Sanae Kochiya!
Check out the Character Trailer to learn more about Reimu, Marisa, Sanae, and more. Also check out the latest gameplay trailer too!
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded launches on Nintendo Switch and PS4 on July 17th in North America (both in physical and digital) and July 20th in Europe (digital only).
NIS America introduced the three main characters in Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk today. Each character has an important part to play in this grim tale.
The first character is Dusk Witch Dronya, a beautiful raven-haired witch, cloaked in black robes. Dronya serves the Haltz Kingdom as a royal court witch, and is called the Dusk Witch due to her brilliant red-and-blue eyes. She has come to Refrain for the sole purpose of exploring the labyrinth beneath the town, though her true motive for doing so remains a mystery.
Next is little Luca, Dronya’s young apprentice and traveling companion. An upbeat, excitable child who is easily moved to tears and laughter, often alternating between the two. Despite her young age, Luca can perform a variety of household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and doing laundry.
She also personally handcrafts each puppet soldier that Dronya sends down into the labyrinth.
Finally is the Tractatus de Monstrum, a legendary cursed book that contains the player’s soul. It is said to have been scribed by the only man to uncover the secrets of the labyrinth and survive. Now, the Tractatus de Monstrum—or “Tractie,” as Luca calls it—must lead Dronya’s puppet soldiers into the labyrinth of Refrain and unearth the secrets buried within.
There’s still a lot left to be revealed. Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk arrives on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in the Fall.
Who will be the belle of the brawl? NIS America has introduced an expansive customization mode for their upcoming fighter SNK HEROINES: Tag Team Frenzy which allows you to modify and stylize your fighter.
“We are excited to bring character customization to SNK HEROINES, a franchise first. We can’t wait to see what our fans will do with all the photo editing and costume options,” said SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy Director Kaito Soranaka.
Choose from over 100 different accessories from hats, glasses, ears, wings, to even pixelated character tattoos.
Choose from 4 different styles of in-game voices.
Select different backgrounds and frames from a plethora of options.
Pose your fighter to make your new cool in-game calling card or your cutest wallpaper yet.
All items can be unlocked through in-game currency earned from battles and completion of various game modes.
SNK HEROINES arrives on Nintendo Switch and PS4 (digital) on September 7th.
Adol Christin, the fearless red-headed adventurer, embarks on a new adventure in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA. A seasoned traveler, Adol boards the Lombardia passenger liner, only to wash ashore on a cursed isle after a mysterious monster attacks the ship. On this island, he must find fellow castaways, build a village, and look for a way to escape the Isle of Seiren.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA arrives on the Nintendo Switch on June 26.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this zany, over-the-top franchise, Disgaea 1 Complete heads to Nintendo Switch and PS4 this fall. Join Laharl, his devious vassal Etna, and angel trainee Flonne as they use crazy skills, explosive magic, and Prinnies to reclaim the throne
Disgaea 1 Complete is the high-definition remake of an RPG classic. The game will also see a limited edition released exclusively from the NISA Online Store.
NIS America has released some new gameplay footate for their upcoming Nintendo Switch edition of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA. The gameplay is still a development build of the game, but should be pretty close to what we can expect from the game when it is released in June.
The graphics and textures in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA look very smooth and the game appears to run smoothly on the Nintendo Switch.
NIS America has also updated the official website to reflect the re-localized version of the game. You can find everything from character profiles to gameplay information about Ys VIII. The developers have also uploaded some alternate Nintendo Switch cover sheets for the game. These designs did not win in the recent reverse cover contest for the title, but fans can download them nonetheless on the official website.
SNK and NIS America have announced that SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy will be released in North America and Europe on September 7th. The game will be available on Nintendo Switch in physical and in the Nintendo eShop and will also be available for PS4 digital only.
In addition to the dating of the game, NIS America has also revealed another character from the SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy roster – Shermie.
In the game you can play online or with friends as SNK’s iconic heroines in the brand-new 2 vs 2 fighting game. Activate Special Moves with a single button, and make use of special items to change the tide of battle. There is also the option to spectate on other battles online, use your winnings to buy voice clips and accessories in an all-new costume system, and customize your favorite heroine.
NIS America has announced that Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA will be released for the Nintendo Switch on June 26th. The release will follow the release of the game for Steam, which is set for next week, April 16th.
This year marks the 31st anniversay of the Ys franchise and will be the first Ys game on the Nintenso Switch. In addition, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will include content fromboth the PS4 and PS Vita versions of the game.
Ys returns with a brand-new adventure for the first time in 2009. 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 mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst 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 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA.
Soon you’ll be able to join the colorful cast of Touhou characters on an incredible journey through the Tower of Desire. Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is the definitive edition of a roguelike masterpiece, filled with new dungeons to explore, new items to collect, and new faces to meet.
Newcomers and veterans of the Touhou series will love journeying through the land of Gensokyo with Reimu Hakurei, the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, as well as new faces such as the spunky magician Marisa Kirisame, and wind priestess Sanae Kochiya! And now, with a ton of new content, new and veteran players can experience the world of Touhou wherever they go.
The game will be a definitive experience as gamers can relive the complete journey through the Tower of Desire and embark on all-new adventures. Become an unstoppable duo as you and your partner fight against evil and cast powerful bullet-hell spells. Craft items, upgrade weapons, take a break with other Touhou girls at the cafe… Enjoy the story and solve its mysteries at your own pace.
In addition to the game, a limited edition will be released for both the Switch and PS4 and will include a copy of the game, an acrylic parade stand, a Daring Damsels button set, hardcover art book, the official soundtrack for the game, all inside a collector’s box. The collector’s edition will retail for $99.99 CAD.
The game, from NIS America, will be released on July 17th.
For the first time in North America and Europe, Suda 51’s The Silver Case: The 25th Ward is coming to home console. On March 13th “The 25th Ward” will be released in North America on PlayStation 4 and globally on Steam with a European release to follow on March 16th.
Set 5 years after the events of The Silver Case, a woman is found murdered in the Bay Side Tower Land” apartment complex under mysterious circumstances. Now multiple protagonists, including Tokio Morishima from the first Silver Case game, must connect seemingly random events together to solver this woman’s murder.
Get ready to re-enter the “Kill The Universe” world created by Suda 51, as The 25th Ward offers up similar circumstances from three different perspectives in this unique sounding sequel.