Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) Review

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Title: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft Montpellier
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: August 29th, 2017 (NA)

Next comes a game I don’t think ANYONE ever imagined would ever exist. A Mario game, crossing over with Ubisoft’s Rabbids, as a turn-based strategy game? Madness I tells ya! But was this idea crazy enough to work? Let’s find out!

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Snake Pass (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Snake Pass
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Sumo Digital
Release Date: March 28th, 2017 (NA)

This beaut comes from Sumo Digital, the makers of the Sonic All-Stars series which included Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and its sequel Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Snake Pass is the team’s first original IP and it’s a puzzle platforming game starring a snake and a hummingbird. How is it? I’ll tell you!

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Sparkle Unleashed (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Sparkle Unleashed
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: 10tons
Publisher: 10tons
Release Date: December 25th, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by 10tons

Today we have a small puzzle game from a recent newcomer to Nintendo systems named 10tons. They’ve already brought quite a few games so far to the Switch, and today we’re looking at the newest one named Sparkle Unleashed. What is it and how is it? Read on and find out!

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Current list of Arcade Archives releases on Switch

Hamster has been on a roll releasing at least one Arcade Archives game each week on Switch since launch, and it seems the Hamster wheel isn’t stopping there!

I’ve decided to compile a list with links to NoA’s page of every single Arcade Archives game released to date, as well as what’s to come that we know of! The list starts from the oldest released at launch to the latest at the bottom in NA by date. Most if not ALL games seem to be released simultaneously worldwide. Full list is after the jump.

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Kamiko (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Kamiko
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Skipmore/Kan.Kikuchi
Publisher: Flyhigh Works/Circle Ent.
Release Date: April 27th, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by Flyhigh Works/Circle Ent.

This is a very long overdue review. This game came out nearly two months after the Switch’s launch, but it doesn’t matter how old a game is, as long as it’s a good game, why would that matter, right? 🙂 Kamiko is by the same team that brought you the Fairune series on 3DS. This game is a top-down action game very similar to the original The Legend of Zelda on the NES, but considerably modern in its presentation, even if it features that low-res pixel art-style as well. With that, let’s jump right in!

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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: 5pb./MAGES.
Publisher: 5pb./MAGES.
Release Date: December 7th, 2017 (NA)
File Size: 1.7GB

Review copy provided by 5pb./MAGES.

Well isn’t this a nice surprise! Out of nowhere 5pb. announced that they were porting the side-scrolling beat-em-up Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive to the Switch and be out in such short notice. This game was originally on XBLA (sans the Overdrive name) and later ported to Vita and PC, and then later to PS4 as Overdrive which came with paid DLC, alternate routes, and other enhancements. The Switch version actually is not only cheaper than the PS4 version, but now includes the DLC free of charge, but the alternate routes were omitted to prevent over complication (says 5pb.’s website). Another note is that like on PS4, the Switch version does feature online multiplayer… to be added in 2018 when Nintendo launches the paid online service, but the update will be free. So with that out of the way, how’s the game? Let’s find out!

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Party Planet (Switch) Review

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Title: Party Planet
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Teyon
Publisher: Mastiff
Release Date: December 12th, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by Mastiff

Party Planet is a legit surprise release. This is the first retail release from Mastiff since Band Fuse: Rock Legends on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 way back on November 19th, 2013, so just over 4 years ago! Another interesting fact is that this game is developed by Teyon, who’ve had quite the history with Teyon, developing the Heavy Fire titles on Wii (as well as PS3 and 360) as well as the Remington (later retitled Outdoor Adventures) titles on Wii and 3DS. So this game is basically a revival of something commonly seen a gen ago but thought to never be seen again. Mastiff to Nintendo fans are very crucial in the fact that it was they who are responsible for Gurumin being ported to 3DS (check out my review of this!), literally doing something its creator Falcom would never do on their own (they famously hardly ever touch Nintendo hardware). Nintendo fans owe a lot to Mastiff in my opinion. I in particular am VERY grateful!

So Party Planet is here and just sort of came out of nowhere (initially leaked via GameStop’s website, the game’s exclusive retail release provider). It’s certainly different from Gurumin (sadly lacking a blue dude dancing to the killer beat of a boom box). So how did this mysterious game turn out? Let’s find out!

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