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Just Marvelous: XSeed bringing SENRAN KAGURA Reflexions to Switch

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Jason Nason

XSeed and Marvellous Games announced today that the new title SENRAN KAGURA Reflexions will be coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop in the summer.

After brutal melees, rhythmic cooking contests, and shockingly serious water gun fights, the SENRAN KAGURA series is ready to take on the world of interactive storytelling for the first time and give players a chance to get to know the shinobi heroine Asuka in surprising new ways.

SENRAN KAGURA Reflexions uses the unique properties of the Joy-Con to employ the art of reflexology and massage. Melt away Asuka’s worries and stresses by hand or through a variety of useful tools and explore deeper relationships than have ever been possible in the series before.

The advanced HD rumble technology provides a more realistic sense of interaction and feeling with Asuka, helping guide players to react to her signals and deliver some much-needed relaxation. Interacting with her in different ways will lead players across branching paths toward one of seven different story scenes and six unique endings—and that’s just for Asuka. Additional DLC characters including fan-favorites Yumi, Murasaki, and Ryona will be released after launch.

Developed by Honey∞Parade Games, Inc. and slated for digital release on Nintendo Switch, SENRAN KAGURA Reflexions will launch this summer. This title has not been rated by the ESRB.


Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns getting free update, paid DLC on November 9th

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games announced today that its upcoming DLC for life simulation series, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, will be released in North America on the Nintendo 3DS on November 9th. The new content will retail for $7.99 USD.

In addition to the DLC a new Nintendo 3DS custom theme will become available for purchase on the same day for $1.99 USD, alongside a free update featuring various gameplay improvements as well as four new outfits, which include Lest and Frey’s attire from Rune Factory 4.

Not only that but new friendship events, winter outfits, NPC dialogue, and story content, the upcoming Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns “New Neighbors Pack” DLC introduces two new romance candidates: Stephanie the contest MC, and Woofio the contest judge in the dog suit. This includes new friendship and romance events for these characters.

You’ll have to download the free Ver. 1.1 update to purchase the DLC package.

In Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns players settle on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, where they can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships.

Extensive customization and gameplay options are also on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops and livestock, lads and ladies to romance, pets to play with, festivals, furniture, decorations, and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island. Players can even boost their progress with four Super Mario Bros. themed costumes based on iconic characters Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad, each with its own player-amplifying effect.


Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star Coming To Nintendo Switch

Posted on May 1, 2017 by Les Major

Marvelous and XSeed Games latest entry in the Dynasty Warriors like combat Fate series is coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer! This version of the game even includes 35 previously released DLC costumes. Fate/EXTELLA is already available on PS4 and Vita. Take a look below for the trailer and here are a few press details.

Developed by Marvelous Inc. and expanding upon the extensive Fate universe with an original story from acclaimed series writer Kinoko Nasu (of Fate/stay night fame), Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star features a diverse cast of 16 playable “Servants” – ancient warriors of legend and imagination, always at the beck and call of their Masters – who survived the Holy Grail War that took place on the Moon. In a future watched over by the all-powerful lunar super computer, “Moon Cell Automaton,” these champions now battle for dominance over this digital realm, known as “SE.RA.PH.” This story takes place after the events described in Fate/EXTRA, and depicts the world as it appears following that previous Holy Grail War.

Players will experience the story of Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star from the independent perspectives of the three factions wrestling for control over SE.RA.PH. and face off against foes from a variety of Fate productions, including characters from Fate/EXTRA, Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order, in fast-paced combat. A new form change battle mechanic called Moon Crux debuts in this entry to match its series-first gameplay style, transforming the player-controlled Servants and granting them considerable powers that allow them to devastate enemies and take formidable challenges head-on. The game will contain the original Japanese voices, with the Nintendo Switch version featuring game text in English, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), and Korean.

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star is developed by Marvelous Inc. and is published in North America by XSEED Games. In addition to standard retail and digital formats for the Nintendo Switch version, the game is available on the PlayStation®4 and “PSVita” systems in a limited Noble Phantasm Edition bundle, which contains a 7.5″ by 6.3″ hardcover art book featuring over 100 pages of high-quality artwork and backstory from the Fate/EXTELLA universe, a pack of sixteen collectible 3″ by 5″ cards depicting each of the game’s Servants, and a 24″ by 17″ cloth poster, all housed in a custom collectible box. The PlayStation®4 and “PSVita” system versions of this title have been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB, while the Nintendo Switch version has not yet been rated. Further details will be revealed in the coming months.


Capy-san Reveals Dapper Dudes of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games has announced details on the five eligible bachelors players can court in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, the 20th anniversary entry in the farming-sim franchise.

The developers have put one of the characters from the game Capy-san, the in-game capybara pet and pocket plushie, to describe the bachelors of the game.

By day, Hinata uses his gift of the gab to sell items in a Tsuyukusa shop, but in his spare time he gets closer to his dream of becoming the star player in an acting troupe. Making accessories in his grandparents’ workshop in South Tsuyukusa, Yuzuki always has two things on his mind; his next design and his next dessert. Ford has found his life’s calling as Westown’s doctor, but he’s so high-strung. Hopefully someone will come along and teach him how to relax. Ford’s best friend, Wayne, is the town postman. He was nervous about moving to the countryside, but the fresh food, air, and friendly folks have won him over. Offering various services in his shop, Ludus is a “jack of all trades,” the village handyman who helps residents of Lulukoko Village with everything from construction to tailoring.

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Love Blooms in new Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns trailer

Posted on February 11, 2017 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games today announced details on the five eligible bachelorettes whom players can woo in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns with the first trailer in a series of upcoming videos. The company also tapped the honorable and adorable in-game capybara pet “Capy-san” to introduce the video series priming farmers for the game’s February 28th launch on Nintendo 3DS.

Capy-san, the in-game capybara pet and pocket plushie had this to say: It makes me squeal with excitement to introduce the bachelorettes of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns in the first of a series of weekly videos. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’m sure everyone has romance on their minds, so next week I’ll be sharing the bachelors, too, ensuring all will find the perfect mate!

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns arrives February 28th

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games announced on Friday that the latest iteration in its farming and life simulation series, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, will launch in North America for Nintendo 3DS on February 28th, 2017.

The game has a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD.

The company also revealed that costumes and headgear based on fan-favorite characters Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad from the Super Mario Bros. franchise will make a special appearance in the game.

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Exile’s End | REVIEW

Posted on December 18, 2016 by Jason Nason

The Metroidvania style of game is one that many people have fond memories of, especially if you grew up in the days of the original Metroid and Caslevania games (where the genre name comes from) on the original NES. They were notorious for their immersive gameplay, huge environments, and very little room for error. Healing items were sparse, you had to defeat enemies in order to get “drops” of items, and there was always the sense of fear for your life. That style of gameplay and experience is emulated well in Exile’s End which is a great homage to the genre.

Much like the games from which it is inspired, Exile’s End throws you right into the thick of things.

In the far future, a massive corporation called Ravenwood controls commerce on Earth and on numerous other worlds across the galaxy. They are not unlike a nation, with their own army, economy, and would-be government.


When the son of Ravenwood’s president goes missing on a remote mining planet, and all contact with the miners’ colony is lost, a mercenary team is hastily assembled and sent out to determine just what happened. Among the members of this team is Jameson, an old soldier with a dark past he’s trying to forget.

Just as the ship carrying Jameson and his team arrives, however, it experiences a catastrophic electrical failure and crash-lands upon the planet’s surface, with Jameson the only apparent survivor. Trying to reopen communications with the Ravenwood corporation, he comes across what’s left of the mining operations upon this desolate planetscape, and learns a truth far more sinister than he ever could have imagined.

You start the game marooned on this planet with nothing to your name, not even a weapon. Thus begins your odyssey to try to escape the planet, and survive.

As you progress through the game you’ll get upgrades to your suit armour, find weapons, and other items to use. You’ll also have to solve puzzles by riding wind currents, draining waterways, weighing down switches, and more.

The environments is frought with dangers too, including armed soldiers, wild animals, and other creatures to do you harm. There are also spikes to contend with, both above and below. Word to the wise. Don’t land in the spikes. This game treats them just like they would were this a real survival experience. Falling into a pit of spikes equals instant death.


While the game can be brutal with healing items and death, it is very forgiving in the way of saving. In the game (the Wii U version was played for this review) the game auto-saves at every load screen, so if things go horribly wrong you lose very little progress. So one wrong move, while resulting in death, won’t cost you much time.

Exile’s End looks great in a nice retro SNES pixelated style. You’d swear that you were playing a Virtual Console SNES title on your Wii U. The game even adds to that retro feel by having an option in the settings which makes the game’s visual presentation mimic the look of an old tube television.

Going along with the retro look is an amazing retro soundtrack. The game’s soundtrack was composed by Keiji Yamagishi, the legendary composer for Ninja Gaiden for the NES, Tecmo Super Bowl, and Dynasty Warriors. The music varries from intense to silently unsettling, which adds to the atmosphere of the game.

Exile’s End also supports off-tv play on the GamePad.

The game is massive, with hidden treasure chambers and more than 1,200 separate screens to explore through. These screens are spread between multiple different environments, which you’ll be treated to multiple times. In true Metroidvania-style progression, acquiring a new item or ability may open up new areas to explore in past areas.

And exploration is key in the game.


Multiple times I became stuck in the game, wondering where I was supposed to go next. At times it isn’t clear what the next objective is, especially after finding a new item or skill. Since the game autosaves, playing around with items can help figure things out without worry of “wasting” items. Using the right item in the right place, or finding a wall that can be broken through can be key.

When I wasn’t getting stuck and lost this game was really fun. Exile’s End is one of those games where you sit down and play it for a long time before putting it down, and then think about it when you’re not playing it. Where you go back and forth between screens so that enemies respawn so you can kill them for their item drops, hoping for a little bit of health. Often ending up with less than you started out with.

If you’ve ever played a Metroid or a Castlevania game and you love the look and feel of retro SNES-styled games, then Exile’s End will fit right into your digital collection. The game is available for Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, and is also available on Steam.


XSeed bringing Exile’s End to Wii U eShop next week

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Jason Nason

XSeed Games is bringing their cool retro-looking side scrolling action game Exile’s End to the Wii U eShop next week, with the game landing on Nintendo’s digital service on November 22nd.

Exile’s End is a collaboration between Tokyo-based independent game developer Matt Fielding and several talented Japanese game industry veterans, backed by Japanese publisher Marvelous. The game is a remake of Fielding’s first independent release, Inescapable, building and expanding on the original idea by adding an atmospheric soundtrack, significantly more enemies, animated cutscenes, greater story depth, a greatly expanded world, and multiple endings.

The game plays out as an exploration-driven side-scrolling adventure through a massive, interconnected laboratory and mining complex on a moody, lonely alien world, and offers a variety of diverse locations to explore and puzzles to solve through skilled platforming and clever usage of the game’s myriad weapons.

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XSeed to distribute Shante: Half-Genie Hero; will be shown at E3

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Jason Nason

While not officially announced by WayForward that I’ve seen, XSeed announced today that Shante: Half-Genie Hero will be among the upcoming games being released by XSeed Games to be shown off at E3 next week.

With vibrant, high-definition graphics bringing new detail to the series’ charming hand-drawn sprites, the newest entry is set to be released in the near future. According to XSeed’s release, they will be handling the physical release for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and the Wii U.

In the game Shantae is roused from a deep sleep, suddenly alert. She plunges into the moonlit forest in search of answers. In nearby Scuttle Town she discovers a mysterious trapdoor, and beyond that, a luminous subterranean cavern. A familiar voice calls out, drawing Shantae to a beautiful fountain. Touching its waters she is immediately spirited away to the fabled Genie Realm. At her feet a magical seal swells as some powerful evil seeks escape. The chamber trembles with a deep, bellowing roar and everything goes white. Shantae sits upright, back in her bed. Was it just a dream? Or a vision of things to come?

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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson | Review

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Jason Nason

Let’s be honest. It was the girls that first drew me to this game. Just like other video games where “giggle physics” has become a thing, I liked the look of the girls in the game. What can I say. But beyond the look of the girls themselves, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a fun game to play.

Parallel to the look of the girls in the game is the fact that the game has a look and feel of anime. I’ve long enjoyed anime and the culture of Japan itself. I’m a regular watcher of anime on Crunchyroll and am an annual attendee at various anime conventions. Playing Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson feels like I’m playing an anime, albeit more on the ecchi side of things.

So what is this game anyway? Here’s the plot of the game:

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XSeed Announces Corpse Party for 3DS

Posted on April 17, 2016 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games has announced it plans to release brand new versions of the much-lauded horror adventure, Corpse Party, for the Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC, both with exclusive content never before seen outside of Japan.

Originally developed as an independent title by Team GrisGris, and previously released by XSEED Games for the PSP, Corpse Party is a chilling visual novel-style experience that takes players on a terrifying journey where each step could be their last.

This summer, Corpse Party will receive a limited ‘Back to School Edition’ physical release for Nintendo 3DS priced at $49.99 USD, which will include high-quality miniature figurines of characters Naomi Nakashima and Seiko Shinohara, as well as a soundtrack CD containing nearly 80 minutes of music from the game not previously featured on the ‘Songs of the Dead’ compilation, including three tracks exclusive to this Nintendo 3DS version.

Corpse Party will also see a digital release in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS for $29.99 USD. Remastered from the 2011 PSP game, the Nintendo 3DS rendition of Corpse Party will feature redrawn, high-resolution character sprites, newly arranged music tracks, and 3D art stills, as well as four new Extra Chapters exclusive to this version that provide insight into lesser-shown characters and plot elements previously left unexplained.

This title has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB. The game is set to be released this Summer.

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New Gameplay Trailer for Nitroplus Blasterz

Posted on January 17, 2016 by Jason Nason

XSEED Games has released a new gameplay trailer from its upcoming 2D crossover fighter, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel. The game will be released in North America on February 2nd for both the the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is being developed EXAMU, the studio behind the Arcana Heart series of 2D fighting games. The game promises intense and balanced fighting and is being promoted as being approachable for gamers of all skill levels. The game’s intuitive battle system is on full display in this latest trailer, complete with detailed descriptions and action-packed sequences that show off the fiery fury of the game’s femme fighters.

After selecting a main character, players will duke it out while charging up the abilities of their two chosen Partners, who – once called into the fight – will contribute with battle damage and various other effects. As the combatants exchange blows, their Power Gauge builds at the bottom of the screen. Filling this gauge meter by meter, up to a maximum of three, the players will then gain access to devastating abilities, including character-specific super moves and a massively powerful “Lethal Blaze” attack that deals incredible damage but costs all three meters.

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Ragnarok Odyssey | Review

Posted on December 9, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Everyone has their own vices when it comes to video games. Whether it is killing civilians in Grand Theft Auto or enjoying social media games, there’s a guilty pleasure you don’t really talk much about. My guilty pleasure has been mob grinding dungeon crawlers filled with lots of loot and potential upgrades for my character. Sure, it is a JRPG sub-genre that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but that is why I was so excited to hear that Xseed was bringing Ragnarok Odyssey to the West. Unfortunately, I haven’t been this disappointed with a game in quite sometime.Read More


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