The Princess Guide (Switch) Review

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Title: The Princess Guide
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: March 26th, 2019 (NA)
ROM File Size: 1.5GB
Amazon retail purchase pages: US/UK/JP
eShop purchase and info pages: US/UK/JP

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

Today’s NISA game comes from the same team that created Penny-Punching Princess (here’s my review of that) and evidently so. You can see from screenshots alone that the visual style is very similar, but with less pixelated sprites. Does this game guide you to fun, or will it be so bad that it’s INCONCEIVABLE! Let’s find out!

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose (Switch) Review

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Title: The Caligula Effect Overdose
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Aquria (Vita original)/Historia (PS4 remake)/Engine Software (Switch version)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: March 12th, 2019 (NA)
ROM File Size: 5.3GB
Amazon retail purchase pages: US/UK/JP
eShop purchase and info pages: US/UK/JP

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

This is a port of a remake so to speak. The game originated as simply The Caligula Effect on Vita which was localized by Atlus some bit ago. Last year the game was sort of remade for PS4 by a different dev called Historia. The PS4 version was made on Unreal Engine 4 instead (I don’t know what engine the Vita original used), had numerous changes including rewriting the script and changing some things around, and added a female playable character (you could only play as a male in the Vita original). The Switch version is a port of the PS4 version. This port was by Engine Software, a dev well-known by Nintendo fans for a variety of ports.

Engine Software did the Switch ports of games such as Little Nightmares: Complete Edition, Monopoly, Risk, RIVE, Into the Breach, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, etc. How does the game and Engine’s port work handle on Switch? Let’s find out!

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The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Switch) Review

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Title: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: February 12th, 2019 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

The first NISA Switch game of 2019 is here! This is another in NIS’s “indie” sort of projects where they hold a sort of internal pitch contest and the winning ones get made into smaller budget games. Prior examples include Penny-Punching Princess and the original Yomawari: Night Alone. You can read my reviews of both on Switch here and here.

So how does this one fare? Let’s find out!

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (Switch) Review

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Title: SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: November 13th, 2018 (NA)

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SNK was a titan in the arcade business with their signature Neo Geo arcade and home console systems. They created numerous franchises including Metal Slug, The King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, etc. They just recently with NISA put out SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~ on Switch (here’s my review!). Most today know them from their Neo Geo days, but what about their beginnings, before the Neo Geo? That’s where this collection comes in. This is a compilation of many of SNK’s earliest arcade and console games, generally from the 8 and 16-bit era (vs the 32-bit era that the Neo Geo was from).

This review will be a bit different from normal. Normally I’d be focusing on the games in the collection, but there’s a lot of games. On top of that, one of the main people behind the collection at Digital Eclipse, founder Frank Cifaldi, actually wants reviewers to focus on the sheer hard work they poured into the details and options in the collection. And so, I will happily grant him that request and will focus on that. It’s far easier for me, so win-win! 😛 So how is the collection? Let’s dig right into it!

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Disgaea 1 Complete (Switch) Review

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Title: Disgaea 1 Complete
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: October 9th, 2018 (NA)

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At the Switch’s launch in Japan, NIS released a port of the formerly PS4-exclusive Disgaea 5 on Switch as Disgaea 5 Complete, which contained all the DLC. Fast forward to now, and NIS has released a remake of the original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, originally for PS2, on the Switch in HD! This is actually the game’s second go on Nintendo platforms, after Disgaea DS on the, you guessed it, DS.

How is the game? Will it be fun as hell or make you feel like hell? Let’s find out!

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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection (Switch) Review

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Title: Yomawari: The Long Night Collection
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: October 30th, 2018 (NA)

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This is a 2-pack of both Yomawari games previously released primarily for Vita; Yomawari: Night Alone, and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. Aside from the PC versions, this is the first HD release of Night Alone, since only Midnight Shadows came out on PS4 as well.

So both games are now on Switch in one single package with both games in one cart. How are the games? Let’s find out.

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Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk (Switch) Review

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Title: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: September 18th, 2018 (NA)

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This is the newest high-profile RPG by NIS. This was initially a Vita-exclusive and released only in Japan. Then it got a PS4 port later on, and finally got a Switch and PC port this year. Now all but the Vita version got localized. So how did this turn out? Let’s find out!

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God Wars: The Complete Legend (Switch) Review

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Title: God Wars: The Complete Legend
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Kadokawa Games
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America/Kadokawa Games (Japan)
Release Date: September 4th, 2018 (NA)

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This is a tactical RPG that was previously released on PS4 and Vita. The Switch version has over 100 hours of new content and all the DLC from the other versions included, which a pretty sweet deal! How is the game itself though? Let’s find out!

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SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~ (Switch) Review

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Title: SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: SNK/Abstraction Games (Switch version)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America/SNK (Japan)
Release Date: September 7th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

After seeing big success from the Neo Geo games on Switch via Hamster’s Arcade Archives line-up, SNK has brought its newest fighting game to Switch! This game stars an all-female cast of familiar characters from SNK franchises such as The King of Fighters and Fatal Fury. How does this game fare on Switch? Is it a knockout or a bust? Let’s find out!

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Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Switch) Review

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Title: Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Aqua Style
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America/Unties (Japan)
Release Date: July 17th, 2018 (NA)

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This is a classic rogue-like dungeon crawler RPG. This is part of a franchise that already showed up on Switch before in Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, but that was more of an action arena fighting game. So how is this game? Let’s find out!

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