Mastiff to Release Party Planet on Nintendo Switch This Holiday Season

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Compilation of 30 fun-filled party games to be made available digitally in the Nintendo eShop with a physical edition sold exclusively through Gamestop

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Hey! Pikmin (3DS) Review

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Title: Hey! Pikmin
Platform: Nintendo 3DS (played on a New 3DS)
Developer: Arzest
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 28th, 2017

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So here’s the latest collaboration between Nintendo and Arzest, the latter of which I happen to be a big fan of. This follows from Arzest’s two previous 3DS games with Nintendo, first being Yoshi’s New Island and Mario & Sonic at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 3DS, the latter reuniting Naoto Ohshima with the very blue hedgehog he designed and co-created. So how does Arzest’s take on the Pikmin franchise fare? Let’s find out!

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Sonic Mania (Switch) Review

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Title: Sonic Mania
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Christian Whitehead/Headcannon/Pagoda Games/Tantalus Media (Switch version)
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: August 15th, 2017

Review copy provided by Sega

So here it is, the first true new 16-bit style 2D Classic Sonic game since Knuckles Chaotix. People were hyped through the roof when this was unveiled by Sega at the infamous 25th anniversary party a year ago in July. When you finally get the buzzing out of your ears, we’ll begin the review!

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Virtuos porting a AAA title to Nintendo Switch

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This discovery comes from a user named Doctre81 who made a video on YouTube detailing his findings that Virtuos, the team behind recent remasters such as Final Fantasy X and X-2, Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection, and Batman: Return to Arkham, are underway with a AAA port to Nintendo Switch.

This news comes from the Linkedin profile of employee Xiaoyu Zhang, who showed the following information about the project:

WIP: Porting a AAA title to Nintendo Switch™
– Re-implement the renderer with Nintendo’s native graphics API(nvn)
– Design and implement the low level mechanism of graphics resource management and threading
– Exploit the performance advantages of the Vulkan-like API (UMA, explicit management of graphics memory, complete control over CPU/GPU synchronization, etc)

This follows a tweet made by Virtuos all the way back during the Nintendo Switch Presentation in January where they confirmed that they were underway with Switch development.

What game are you hoping, or at least think might be this mysterious AAA title on Switch? Let me know in the comments below!

EB Games leaks 505 Games-published retail release for Portal Knights on Switch

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I was at an EB Games in Toronto today and I spotted a few display boxes of this on the Switch shelf. So far the game was only confirmed to be coming to Switch back on February 28th in the Nindies Direct, but there was no word on a retail release at the time.

505 Games is already confirmed to be publishing Portal Knights, a Minecraft-style RPG developed by Keen Games on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles. The game is out now on Steam as well.

No word yet on a release date or price for the Switch version. When I asked an employee for information from the store’s database, there was nothing found, so I couldn’t even pre-order it if I wanted to.

Drancia Saga (3DS eShop) by Circle Ent. releases on May 18th in NA

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Drancia Saga is the newest game by Circle Ent. and Skipmore, the makers of the Fairune games on 3DS and most recently Kamiko on Switch. The game has already been out in Japan for awhile, and now NA will get the game on the eShop on May 18th for $5 in the US and $7.49 in Canada. Check out the link below for more information and a few screenshots.

Via Nintendo’s NA website.

Nintendo Switch Lifetime Japanese Sales Data Compilation

Update: (October 20th, 2017 10:07AM EST) Week 41 is done!

This will be the complete database of all up-to-date Nintendo Switch sales data in Japan. I will update this post multiple times a week as new data comes in! I will include data from all three trackers; Media Create, Famitsu, AND Dengeki!

All the data will be after the jump.

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Noah’s Cradle (3DS eShop) Review

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Title: Noah’s Cradle
Platform: Nintendo 3DS eShop (played on a New 3DS)
Developer: Silver Star Japan
Publisher: Circle Ent.
Release Date: September 22nd, 2016 (NA), September 29th, 2016 UK/EU)
Price: $5.00/$7.00 (US/CDN), £3.99 (UK/EU)

Review copy provided by Circle Ent.

This review is so long overdue. For the longest time this game boggled my mind. Mostly it had to do with the customization system and how to explain it. Honestly a lot of the mechanics are extremely difficult to explain to be perfectly honest. I should point out that hardly any website out there ever bothered to review this game at least in the west (in fact Metacritic shows that NO ONE reviewed it at all), and honestly, I can see why.

I always intended to get this review done, but months and months passed and I never felt I could do it justice, since I’ve written numerous reviews already and I ALWAYS strive to be as detailed and specific as possible all while trying to give every game I review a fair shake. I honestly tried with this game, I truly did. believe it or not, I’m not even calling it a bad game per se! The word I think I’m looking for is overly complex perhaps. There’s a few key things to go through, and I’ll do my best.

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