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)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

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)

Review copy provided by Nippon Ichi Software America

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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Ms. Splosion Man (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Ms. Splosion Man
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Twisted Pixel Games
Publisher: Twisted Pixel Games
Release Date: November 22nd, 2018 (NA)

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This is a shocker. What we have here is the first ever non-Microsoft console game by the formerly Microsoft-owned developer Twisted Pixel Games. Microsoft bought them back in 2011 but spun them off in 2015. Every one of their projects before and after they were owned by Microsoft were (console-wise) only on Microsoft consoles (exceptions being PC and mobile devices, which Microsoft release games on anyway).

Ms Splosion Man was Twisted Pixel Games’ fourth title (released back in 2011 on Xbox 360) and is the sequel to the original Splosion Man released back in 2009. For the Switch version, Twisted Pixel Games made a number of enhancements. Most notable is the framerate being doubled from 30fps to 60fps, and it’s apparently higher resolution to boot (though I don’t know the exact numbers). HD Rumble is also supported, AND single-Joy-Con play is as well! So how is this game anyway? Read on and 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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Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch) Review

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Title: Valkyria Chronicles 4
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: September 25th, 2018 (NA)

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This is the newest entry in the war-themed strategy RPG series created by much of the team that created Skies of Arcadia. The series debuted exclusively on PS3 way back in 2008 with the original Valkyria Chronicles (in fact, the first game is out now on Switch!).  The series moved from the PS3 to the PSP with Valkyria Chronicles II, and then Valkyria Chronicles 3 (which remained exclusive to Japan). Finally after a quiet period, the series is back on consoles. Originally on PS4 earlier this year in Japan, it’s now on Switch worldwide!

How does the game fare on Switch? Does it make you feel like a tactical genius, or will you feel like the game’s enemies put more holes in you than Gallian cheese? 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)

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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)

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It finally happened. The first three original Crash games created 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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