Toki Tori 2+ (Switch eShop) Review

Title: Toki Tori 2+
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Two Tribes
Publisher: Two Tribes
Release Date: February 23rd, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Two Tribes

Toki Tori is a little yellow bird (not related to Tweety) that was created by Two Tribes way back in 2001 when he debuted on the Game Boy Color. Then at around 2008 he made his comeback with a remake of that game on WiiWare in beautiful Donkey Kong Country-esc pre-rendered graphics. Then on April 4th, 2013 Two Tribes released the sequel Toki Tori 2 on the Wii U eShop. Two Tribes actually then only a few months later on September 12th, 2013 released an enhanced version, free of charge for Wii U owners of the game titled Toki Tori 2+.

Unfortunately the game’s extended development caused the budget to balloon and the sales didn’t make up for the increased costs, and thus caused the team to heavily downsize to the point where after their follow-up game RIVE (also on Switch eShop), the team would no longer create new games, just re-release their prior games as needed. RIVE on Switch was ported from Steam by Engine Software (the same team behind Toki Tori 3D on 3DS eShop), where as Toki Tori 2+ on Switch is actually by Two Tribes themselves.

So with the history lesson out of the way, how does the game fare? Let’s find out!

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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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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)

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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Stick it to the Man (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Stick it to the Man
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Zoink Games
Publisher: Zoink Games
Release Date: November 23rd, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by Zoink Games

This game was by a company called Zoink Games, who’ve had a rocky time during the 2000’s. That’s because they were attempting to release a game called The Kore Gang. Initially being made for the original Xbox, the game ended up being cancelled. This changed upon the announcement that the game would be revived as a Wii game in collaboration with Snap Dragon Games. After numerous delays, it would finally come out at around 2012 in NA under Atari. The game got so-so reception, but one thing that shined was the talent behind the art, voice acting, and the like, which is credited to Zoink Games.

After that chapter was closed, Zoink Games attempted another Wii game called WeeWaa, that too got cancelled. Finally, they managed to create a new game and release it to the world all on their own on digital store fronts. This is that game. Initially released to a variety of platforms, including Wii U, it enjoyed positive reception and seemingly good sales with it. Today the developer is underway with a sequel/successor called Flipping Death, and another game called Fe (pronounced as “fee-uh”!), both of which are Switch-bound. But their first Switch game is indeed a port of Stick it to the Man. How did it turn out? Let’s find out!

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Sonic Forces (Switch) Review

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Title: Sonic Forces
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: November 7th, 2017 (NA)

It’s finally here, the long awaited debut of 3D Sonic for the mysterious NX that was announced alongside other platforms at the 25th anniversary party last year in July. We did get Sonic Mania on the Switch first, however for reasons unknown the existence of the Switch version wasn’t known until the Switch presentation back in January. So it’s here, and how did it turn out? Is it as bad as multiple reviewers and fans say it is? The answers in this review, may just surprise you!

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) Review

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Title: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nintendo EPD Kyoto
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: March 3rd, 2017 (NA)

Here’s something a little different, and by that I mean I now intend to publish more reviews of games NOT based on review copies but just games I’ve bought on my own and feel like reviewing!

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