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)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

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)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

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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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Switch) Review

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Title: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Vicarious Visions/Toys For Bob (Switch version)
Publisher: Activision
Release Date: June 29th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Activision

It’s finally happened. The first three original Crash games crated by Naughty Dog that Sony-published on the original PlayStation (or simply PS1) have finally landed on a Nintendo platform. Releasing last year on the PS4 in a 3-in-1 trilogy pack, all three said games got full-fledged remakes by Vicarious Visions. So how do all three games fare on Switch? 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)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

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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Dragon Ball GT Final Bout (PS1) Review (via Wayback Machine)

Didn’t expect this did ya? Here’s a very special gift from the depths of Wayback Machine; my first EVER review! Written wayback on July 26th, 2005 at IGN’s Reader Reviews section!

The site’s changed a billion times over the last decade plus and the section no longer exists natively. Thanks to Wayback Machine, I was able to dig it up, and screen-cap it in its original glory, typos and all!

I was 16 at the time and at my peak Budokai craze so I was VERY easy on the game despite its obvious poor quality (bar the music, that’s ABSOLUTELY amazing!). So with that, click on and have a look at the image with its Wayback Machine link at the end. Click the image to load it in a new window/tab for the full size!

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Heroki (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Heroki
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Picomy
Publisher: Picomy
Release Date: July 20th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Picomy

Here’s a charming little 2.5D platformer starring a little blue guy with a propeller on his head named Heroki. This is created by a small team called Picomy who actually contributed to Level Design in Sonic Mania, true story!

In fact, this game originated on iOS and was even published by Sega. However the Switch version had no involvement from Sega, though Sega are still credited in the credits which you can view from the main menu. So how is this game? Does it fly or does it crash and burn? Let’s find out!

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (Switch) Review

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Title: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nihon Falcom/Nippon Ichi Software (Switch version)
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America
Release Date: June 26th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

This is a game few Nintendo fans ever expected to see on Switch. Falcom are infamous for their reluctance in supporting Nintendo hardware, and only ever support Nintendo platforms via handing their games to other devs and publishers. We saw this last time with Gurumin 3D on 3DS by Mastiff (in fact check out my review on that game!). Luckily Nippon Ichi Software took the initiative and went to Falcom and they themselves arranged to get a Switch port of Ys VIII done, and they did indeed, and now it’s here!

Nippon Ichi Software America handled the localization on PS4 and Vita, and after some bumps in the road, and with their Japan HQ handling the Switch port directly, how did it all turn out on Switch? Read on and see!

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Happy Birthdays (Switch) Review

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Title: Happy Birthdays
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Toybox/Tabot
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America/Arc System Works (Japan)
Release Date: June 5th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

This is a game that was created by Yasuhiro Wada, the very same man who created Havrest Moon (well technically Bokuj┼Ź Monogatari, as its current English name is now Story of Seasons). This started out on PS4 and Steam under the name Birthdays the Beginning.

This is what some might call a “god simulator” or a “god game”, because your job is creating and nurturing many forms of life, from plankton to mighty dinosaurs and other animals. You also control the passage of time, form the world you’re given, etc. It’s a very big job, but how does it fare? Let’s find out!

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Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory (Switch) Review

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Title: Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: YummyYummyTummy, Inc.
Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software America/Arc System Works (Japan)
Release Date: May 29th, 2018 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

This is a game created by Spencer Yip, who some may know as the founder of the popular gaming news site Siliconera. This is actually a two-pack of games previously released on PS4, Vita, and Steam; Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion, and Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire. What’s this game like and is it fun? Read on and find out!

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