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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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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Hey! Pikmin (3DS) Review

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Title: Hey! Pikmin
Platform: Nintendo 3DS (played on a New 3DS)
Developer: Arzest
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 28th, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by Nintendo

So here’s the latest collaboration between Nintendo and Arzest, the latter of which I happen to be a big fan of. This follows from Arzest’s two previous 3DS games with Nintendo, first being Yoshi’s New Island and Mario & Sonic at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 3DS, the latter reuniting Naoto Ohshima with the very blue hedgehog he designed and co-created. So how does Arzest’s take on the Pikmin franchise fare? Let’s find out!

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Sonic Mania (Switch eShop) Review

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Title: Sonic Mania
Platform: Nintendo Switch eShop
Developer: Christian Whitehead/Headcannon/Pagoda Games/Tantalus Media (Switch version)
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: August 15th, 2017 (NA)

Review copy provided by Sega

So here it is, the first true new 16-bit style 2D Classic Sonic game since Knuckles Chaotix. People were hyped through the roof when this was unveiled by Sega at the infamous 25th anniversary party a year ago in July. When you finally get the buzzing out of your ears, we’ll begin the review!

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