Potential release dates for the new trio of THQ Nordic Switch games


THQ Nordic today announced that three new games are being released on Switch; Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and The Raven Remastered. The latter two were known to be coming prior via the Brazilian rating board.

THQ Nordic only said in the announcement that all three are due in early 2019, but apparently we may already have actual dates for all three games.

First via its official trailer, The Raven Remastered is due on January 22nd, 2019. Next via its Amazon US page, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is due on January 29th, 2019. Finally via its own trailer as well, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is due on February 5th, 2019. See the pattern? All are due one week after another on Tuesday. For reasons unknown Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy didn’t get a trailer.

All are releasing at both retail and on the eShop for $29.99.

Are you looking forward to any of the three games? let me know in the comments below!

By Hero of Legend Posted in News

GameFly lists Yoshi’s Crafted World’s NA release date for March 29th, 2019


Pic of the game’s logo and Spring 2019 slide from the last Nintendo Direct

GameFly has just recently, possibly even today, updated their listed release date for Yoshi’s Crafted World for Switch as being March 29th, 2019.

When retailer sites list games, they typically list placeholder dates. These dates, when there’s a vague year or even month known, are usually listed as the last day of the month, or year. For example, if Yoshi was confirmed for March 2019, then they would list it as say, March 31st, 2019. Or if it’s just 2019, then it’d be December 31st, 2019.

March 29th, 2019 is an oddly specific choice for a placeholder date. So it’s very possible that GameFly spilled the beans on a possible release date for the game. All we knew so far was a Spring 2019 release period as confirmed in the last Nintendo Direct back on September 13th, 2018.

As a reminder, the game was revealed without a title back at E3 2017 during Nintendo’s E3 spotlight presentation. The game is developed by Good-Feel, the same team who also developed Yoshi’s Woolly World on Wii U and 3DS, as well as Kirby’s Epic Yarn on Wii (and its upcoming 3DS port called Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn), and before that Wario Land: Shake It! (or Wario Land: The Shake Dimension in EU) on Wii.

That’s all there is for now. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power rated for Switch by USK

Trine 3 Switch USK rating

The German rating board USK has rated Frozenbyte’s Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power for Switch. Frozenbyte has already released two games for Switch; Has-Been Heroes at launch, and Nine Parchments.

Frozenbyte also previously released Trine 2 and Trine Enhanced Edition for the Wii U eShop a few years back. Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power was already released on PC platforms in addition to PS4 back on August 20th, 2015, this will be the first time the game has released on a Nintendo platform.

What are your thoughts? let me know in the comments below!

Deponia Doomsday, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and The Raven Remastered rated for Switch in Brazil

So we have new leaks for Switch games from a familiar source; the Brazilian rating board! All three games titled are from THQ Nordic once again. Let’s go over the findings. Click the pics below to view their full sizes.

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Announcement regarding screenshots in future reviews

Until now, I’ve used my Elgato HD60 to capture high-quality screenshots for all of my reviews. This process is stressful because it not only takes awhile to set up properly, but also the device is unreliable in providing top quality and often gets garbled when capturing gameplay.

I’ve decided to only use the Switch’s internal capture function (if available) to take screenshots for my reviews. Note that these are unfortunately restricted to 720p and only provides screens in rather compressed jpg quality.

However, I definitely plan on providing Elgato-captured screens in the future. These will be provided in their own posts for handy viewing. Likely a bunch of games in one post. It’s FAR easier for me to use Elgato to grab screens of multiple games at once than doing them on different occasions.

So I wanted to give a heads up in advance for whenever my next review is made, that’s the direction I’m going for screenshots.

Hope that helps! 🙂

By Hero of Legend Posted in News

Virtuos porting a AAA title to Nintendo Switch


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!