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Cuphead Switch Review: Old Timey Fun & Challenge On A Small Screen

Cuphead and Mugman haven’t lost a step in their move to Switch. The game remains an immensely enjoyable and challenging romp at home or on the go.

Cuphead earned praise and mild infamy in 2017 for its faithful homage to 1930’s animation and its polished but challenging gameplay. That high quality hasn’t diminished in its move to the Switch. The Nintendo faithful will find to plenty to love (and loathe) about Studio MDHR’s deceptively tough platformer; a game that’s much more than a pretty face.

If this is your first rodeo, Cuphead and his pal Mugman wind up in hot water after an ill-fated night of gambling leads to a forced deal with the Devil. The duo must collect the soul contracts of the dark lord’s other debtors or face eternal servitude. Cuphead’s old-school art regularly turns heads and for good reason: it looks fantastic and unlike anything else out there. Animations look gorgeous. Smaller touches like the flickering film grain and muffled sound bites further sell the idea that you’re playing a cartoon from yesteryear. A varied and boisterous jazz soundtrack, one of the best in recent years, bolsters the incredible presentation.

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Cuphead’s run-and-gun side-scrolling gameplay takes inspiration from classics such as Contra and Mega Man. Finger-gunning down foes and nailing the snappy parry move feels as smooth as it did on Xbox and PC.  The game never skips a beat while playing in handheld mode as well. In fact, the smaller screen’s lower resolution actually compliments the vintage presentation. Super crisp resolution didn’t exist 80 years ago, after all. The only drawback of playing undocked comes from the hardware side. Expect a sore thumb after holding down the Joy-Con’s tiny fire button during longer sessions.  

A rogue’s gallery of elaborate boss battles act as the game’s centerpiece and remain among of the most imaginative in gaming. From a sweets-loving princess who chucks her own head to pugilist frogs that merge into a giant slot machine, no two bosses are alike. Watching them take on even wackier forms throughout the fight is both exciting and terrifying. That’s because, despite their whimsical veneer, overcoming bosses demands a high level of timing, precision, and, most of all, patience. Make no mistake: Cuphead is a very hard game. But no matter how crushing the loss, nothing ever feels cheap. Boss patterns are relatively easy to decipher, so you can always tell where you went wrong. The steep difficulty only makes each victory feel like a well-earned accomplishment. If you have a friend that’s up to the challenge, conquering foes in co-op play can be a raucous blast.

Sweetening the bitter spoonfuls of defeat is a wonderful progress meter that illustrates exactly how far players progressed during a fight. Seeing that a boss was only a shot or two away from falling can be equal parts inspiring and infuriating. Regardless, it’s a powerful motivator to keep trying as you literally see yourself getting better with each attempt.

Boss battles may be fantastic but the handful of traditional platforming stages remain the weakest part of package. Though adequate, there’s something less tolerable about enduring a hard, drawn-out side scrolling stage than a single large-scale fight. Run-and-gun stages aren’t worthless, however. They house coins used to purchase a myriad of helpful upgrades. Spread shots, teleport dashes, and special abilities like brief invincibility are among the fun and invaluable enhancements.

New features for Switch include the option to play the entire adventure as Mugman. The Luigi to Cuphead’s Mario had formerly been restricted to Player 2 in co-op. Mugman plays identically to his buddy so the choice is purely preferential, but it’s a welcomed change nonetheless. Beautifully animated cutscenes replace the original static scenes to further enhance the cartoon nostalgia. A range of additional language options helps in the accessibility department.

Whether you’re rage quitting at home or on the bus, Cuphead remains one of the most exhilarating indie titles out there. It may be tough, but the highs of toppling foe after zany foe feels amazing, and the tight gameplay makes every victory seem achievable. The much-lauded art direction hasn’t gotten old and really has to be seen in action to believe. Sadly, the only thing missing from this version is a wrist strap to prevent players from hurling their Switches after one too many losses to Mr. King Dice.

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Cuphead is out now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. Screen Rant was provided with a Switch download code for the purposes of this review.


2019-04-25 02:04:27

Marcus Stewart

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Outsells Wii U Console; Switch Outsells N64

Nintendo has updated its sales data, showing that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has actually outsold the lifetime sales of the Wii U, and the Switch has surpassed the Nintendo 64’s sales. Smash Ultimate has been available since December, and the Switch launched in early 2017.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released on Dec. 7, 2018 to critical and commercial success. It broke Halo: Reach’s record of being the most successful exclusive console title during launch month. The game continues to be a massive hit, and now with the latest update, fans can play as Joker from Persona 5, and create their own stages for battle. Of course, Ultimate’s success is owed to the overall popularity of the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s console is the first of its kind, focusing as both a home console, as well as a handheld. With a strong current library, and more to come in 2019, the Switch is going to remain in the spotlight for a long time.

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Now, Nintendo has released its latest financial earnings report, showing how far Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Switch have come in sales. As of March 31, Ultimate has sold 13.81 million copies worldwide. The Wii U’s lifetime sales are 13.56 million copies sold, meaning that in just a little under four months, Ultimate has outsold a whole modern console. Meanwhile, the Switch has moved over 34 million units, surpassing the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million.

The Wii U was released in late 2012. This means that the console had been available for a number of years, and yet Ultimate surpassed its lifetime sales in under four months. That speaks volumes on how Nintendo bounced back after the Wii U’s commercial failure. Now, 2019 is going to be a strong year for Nintendo, with releases like Super Mario Maker 2Pokémon Sword and Shield, and more. The Switch’s sales aren’t likely to stop anytime soon.

It is interesting to compare the sales between Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Wii U game was popular, but sold under six million units. Ultimate doubled that in a short amount of time. Thanks to those sales, Ultimate has become a pop culture phenomenon. At its present pace, it should outsell Super Mario Odyssey, but it remains to be seen if it can surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the highest selling title on Switch with over 16 million units sold.

It isn’t surprising that the Switch outsold the Nintendo 64. The N64’s game library was notably smaller in comparison to other consoles. It will be very interesting to see where the Switch’s sales are one year from now.

More: 20 Things Only Experts Know The Nintendo Switch Can Do

Source: Nintendo


2019-04-25 01:04:09

Daniel Alvarez

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date For Switch Revealed

The release date for Super Mario Maker 2 has finally been announced. The sequel to the popular Super Mario Maker on Wii U was originally announced in February during a Nintendo Direct.

The first Mario Maker released in 2015, and quickly became one of the Wii U’s most popular titles. The game allowed players to create their own Mario platforming stages. You could create in the style of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. The tools were expansive, featuring all sorts of blocks, enemies, platforms, and more. Many players began successful YouTube and Twitch streams thanks to Mario Maker, thus helping the game to become a pop culture phenomenon. Even now, new stages are still being uploaded.

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Nintendo confirms the highly awaited Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019 for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo already confirmed a June release date in the announcement trailer, and now we know the game will launch during the last week of that month.

Although Nintendo has only showed one trailer for the game, a lot of new features were confirmed. Of course, it’ll have the highly requested slopes. There will even be a new theme to create in: Super Mario 3D World. Another new feature will be adding water to ground stages. In the first Mario Maker, you couldn’t combine water and ground in a single section. This adds another layer to the creation process. All of this just scratches the surface of new content, as there are new enemies (such as Bully from Super Mario 64, and the Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3), new platforms, and much more. The amount of new things almost makes the first game look like a prototype.

With Nintendo having distanced itself from the Wii U, it makes sense that the video game company would want to quickly get a new Mario Maker released. Being able to create challenging stages and share them online for the world to play is a fantastic concept. Even if one is not into making levels, there are going to be an endless amount of stages to play, making Mario Maker 2 a worthy pickup either way. It’s surprising that there’s been no footage since February, as there are still plenty of things that have yet to be unveiled. We’ll likely get at least one big overview trailer before release day. With Super Mario Maker 2, the Link’s Awakening remake, Pokémon Sword and Shield and more, Nintendo may have the best 2019 exclusive lineup.

More: 20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Super Mario Maker 2 will be released on June 28, 2019.

Source: Nintendo



2019-04-24 07:04:30

Daniel Alvarez

Saints Row: The Third – Nintendo Switch ‘Full Package’ Release Date Trailer



Saints Row: The Third “Full Package” is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 10.

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2019-04-22 18:01:22

20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Following the Wii U, which, despite strong sales of a few of its titles, was ultimately a commercial flop by most standards, a lot of people were ready to write Nintendo’s eulogy as a hardware manufacturer. However, as anyone who has been around for awhile is well aware, Nintendo should never be underestimated and is always ready to bounce back from the brink of failure in spectacular fashion.

The Switch just celebrated its two-year anniversary and is showing no signs of slowing down, breaking sales records left and right and is in striking distance of the Xbox One to become the second best-selling console of the current generation. Much of that success has to do with the Switch’s software library, which not only contains the usual greatness from Nintendo itself but stronger third-party support than a Nintendo console has had in quite some time. The Switch also just has a large number of titles period for this point in its lifespan… and unlike the Wii, it isn’t padded out by an excessive amount of party game shovelware and lazy license-based garbage (yet.)

As we go into the Switch’s third year, the console continues to have a bright outlook in terms of both the quantity and quality of its upcoming lineup. Here, we highlight some of the most noteworthy titles that have been confirmed to be releasing sometime in 2019, though of course release dates are always subject to change. And just for fun, we’ve sprinkled in a few titles that don’t yet have a concrete release window but just might surprise us by showing up for the Switch before the end of the year.

25 Possibly Coming: Doom Eternal

The Switch port of the 2016 Doom reboot surprised a lot of people, not only because it existed at all but because it was a technically proficient version of the game— and playable on a portable system, no less. Best of all, the Switch version of Doom actually sold well, which meant that Nintendo console owners were finally wising up and learning to support third-party games to help ensure that they get more of them.

And getting more of them they did, first in the form of a Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, followed by the announcement that the upcoming sequel Doom Eternal would be coming to Switch alongside the PS4, XB1, and PC versions. It’s unclear if the Switch version— or any versions— will be out this year, but here’s hoping.

24 Confirmed: Yoshi’s Crafted World

While Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a bonafide classic that some people even call their favorite “Mario game,” subsequent attempts to keep Yoshi’s Island going as its own separate franchise have largely fallen short. It wasn’t until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U that the usually-green dinosaur finally got to star in a decent platform game that wasn’t just another disappointing Yoshi’s Island remake/sequel.

Sticking with Woolly World‘s basic gameplay formula but going with an aesthetic that is more cardboard than yarn, Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like it’ll be another fun, visually-arresting platformer for kids and families when it hits the Switch later this month. We appreciate all these Switch ports of Wii U games and all, but we like it even more when a Wii U game gets an actual sequel on the Switch instead.

23 Confirmed: Mortal Kombat 11

A lot of people like to still retroactively rag on Nintendo for censoring the original Mortal Kombat when it came to the SNES, but that’s a pretty silly complaint given that every single subsequent MK that has come to a Nintendo platform has made the transition with all the mature content intact. In fact, the Wii U is the first Nintendo console to ever lack a Mortal Kombat game, something that won’t be repeated with the Switch.

Furthermore, unlike what often happens with MK games coming to a Nintendo system, Switch owners won’t even have to wait that long to get their hands on Mortal Kombat 11— the game is slated to hit Switch in May, only a month after the other versions. Just don’t hold your breath for any Nintendo-exclusive characters in the game!

22 Confirmed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

One surefire way to know that a console is doing well is when third parties start bringing out AAA games exclusively for the platform. It’s easy enough for cynical people to say they don’t need a Switch because they don’t care about Mario or Zelda, but when games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 start showing up, it takes a lot more effort to objectively dismiss the Switch’s lineup.

The long-awaited sequel to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series— which itself was the follow-up to the X-Men Legends games—  Ultimate Alliance 3 brings back classic characters from the franchise while also introducing ones that have gained popularity since the release of the last game thanks to the MCU. See the Guardians of the Galaxy mixing it up with the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more sometime in the summer/fall 2019 range.

21 Confirmed: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

When Squaresoft and Enix merged into Square Enix in 2003, it effectively brought an end to one of the biggest rivalries in gaming history: Final Fantasy vs Dragon Quest. Of course, Western territories had long since chosen Final Fantasy as the preferred franchise, while in Japan, Dragon Quest was and continues to be the bigger series. But one thing that can’t be disputed is that the DQ franchise has been far more consistent, and that tradition continues through the 11th installment, finally being released outside of Japan last September for PS4 and PC.

An enhanced version of DQXI is now coming to the Switch, and will be out in the U.S. by the end of the year. It features new orchestral music and the option to play in a special 16-bit graphics mode carried over from the Japan-only 3DS version.

20 Possibly Coming: Shin Megami Tensei V

As one of the games first shown alongside the public reveal of the Switch itself, Shin Megami Tensei V has been one of the most-anticipated titles for the system. Two years on, Atlus still hasn’t committed to anything resembling an official release date, though they did at least finally confirm a North American version this past fall.

Part of the larger Megami Tensei brand that also includes the Persona and Devil Summoner offshoots, Shin Megami Tensei is technically the main series and goes all the way back to the 1980s. But in that time, there have only been four core numbered installments, making a new one a huge deal— and an even bigger one for Switch fans as it is exclusive to that platform. Maybe a 2019 release, especially in the West, is a long shot… but it’s not impossible.

19 Confirmed: Super Mario Maker 2

The original Super Mario Maker was one of the killer apps for the Wii U as well as perhaps the best example of a game that wouldn’t have been nearly as effective without a tablet controller. A sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion, but it was still exciting when Nintendo officially unveiled one in February— especially since it was also revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 was coming as early as June.

Among the confirmed additions to the game this time around are the ability to make sloped terrain, and the inclusion of assets and mechanics from Super Mario 3D World. Luigi is heavily featured in the promo art, hinting at a multiplayer component, but that has yet to be confirmed. Our fingers are definitely crossed that we’ll be able to create co-op levels.

18 Confirmed: Team Sonic Racing

There’s no denying that Mario is king of video game kart racing, but that’s not to say that his former rival, Sonic, doesn’t also know his way around a track. After a rough start with the Sonic Drift series, Sonic and company became legitimate contenders in the genre with the two Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing games— even if their titles are an awkward mouthful.

Abandoning the Sega fan service and focusing on just the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Team Sonic Racing is going to be a more story-driven affair but is still expected to have the same level of polish and fun on the track. While this means less character and level variety, that doesn’t mean the game itself won’t still be a blast. But we’ll all find out for sure when it hits the Switch this May.

17 Confirmed: Super Meat Boy Forever

One of the early success stories of the big indie gaming movement of the late-2000s, Super Meat Boy hearkened back to a time when games were easy to learn but difficult to master, humbling a generation of gamers who had gotten lazy with the the comparative easiness of modern gaming.

Original programmer Tommy Refenes is once again the sole credited programmer on Super Meat Boy Forever, which began life as a merely a mobile version of the original game but eventually evolved into a full-on sequel. Among the major differences this time around are randomly-generated levels said to be based on how the game is reading the player’s skill, and the ability to kick and punch. Nintendo proudly showcased the Switch version back in the summer of 2017, and it’s finally set to release this April.

16 Confirmed: Animal Crossing

It’s hard to believe, but the last traditional Animal Crossing game was New Leaf, released all the way back in 2012 for the 3DS. If you need proof that Nintendo had quickly lost faith in the Wii U, look no further than the company not even bothering to put a core AC game on the system.

Hopefully, that extra time has meant that the company has been working hard to finally reinvent the formula that they have essentially been recycling since the original installment when the AC series finally gets a new mainline entry for the Switch later this year. Though, after the insult that was Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U, we’ll just be happy to play a good AC game again even if it is just more of the same ol’ Tom Nook servitude.

15 Confirmed: Astral Chain

While they sometimes have to take on ill-fated licensed fare to help keep the lights on, Platinum Games has largely developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent and reliable game developers of the last decade, especially in the realm of action games. And while they are also hard at work on the third installment of a certain trilogy starring a certain curvy witch— more on that later— for Switch, the always-busy team recently unveiled yet another Switch game that have in the pipeline that is slated for release this summer.

Little is known about Astral Chain beyond what can be culled from the debut trailer, but so far it looks like the typical stylish, over-the-top action that Platinum is best known for. We can’t wait to learn more about this promising title in the coming months.

14 Possibly Coming: Bayonetta 3

Nintendo did a lot wrong with the Wii U, but there are also some things they at least tried to do right— one of which was snatching up the sequel for cult hit Bayonetta and announcing it as a Wii U exclusive. From that point on, Bayonetta has essentially become a Nintendo-exclusive franchise, and we’re going to see more of her on the Switch beyond the ports of the first two games and her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

All we’ve seen so far of Bayonetta 3 is a very brief teaser, but there are few game characters that we’re content to be teased by. The lack of new footage means it’s likely still a ways off, but Bayo likes to keep us on our toes, so we wouldn’t count her out for a surprise return sometime this year.

13 Confirmed: Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

With the launch of Kickstarter, Keiji Inafune and Koji Igrashi— key figures behind Mega Man and Castlevania, respectively— saw an avenue with which to leave behind companies they felt stifled by and create true spiritual successors to the franchises that were being mishandled by their parent companies. Inafune’s attempt, Mighty No. 9, fell far short of that goal. We can only remain optimistic that IGA’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fares much better.

The much, much delayed game was originally supposed to have a Wii U port— that’s how long ago Bloodstained was meant to be released. But its Nintendo representation moved to the Switch, and all signs point to Bloodstained finally being released sometime in the next few months. Don’t let us down, IGA. Castlevania fans have been put through enough heartbreak already.

12 Confirmed: Dragon Quest Builders 2

It might seem like a really short lead time between Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the original game, the latter of which only just hit the Switch last February. So how can the sequel be promising a July release of this year already? Well, Dragon Quest Builders was actually first released for the PS4 and Vita in Japan way back in January of 2016, so the developers have already had three years to work on part two even though Switch owners only just got the first game.

If anything, Square Enix are probably taking a risk releasing the sequel while so many people are probably still enjoying the original, but we’ll never complain about too many DQ games getting localized for the West— sometimes, we don’t see one for years at a time.

11 Confirmed: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

One of the most unfairly overlooked games of Nintendo’s jam-packed February Direct was the Switch port of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, originally released for PS4 and PC in 2017. Considering that developer Ninja Theory took a year bringing it to Xbox One and then another year on the Switch port, it’s obvious that they want each version to be the best that it can be. And if any version has a lot to prove in terms of what it can accomplish from a technical standpoint, it’s the Switch version.

Like most Ninja Theory games, Hellblade is a fast-paced action game at its core, but the story also explores complicated themes of psychosis, the depiction of which earned the game praise from neuroscience experts. If you missed the other versions, give it a try on the Switch when it releases this spring.

10 Confirmed: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Even though Switch owners still haven’t been told for sure that they’re getting their own version of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy— though we have to imagine it’s a matter of “when” instead of “if”— Activision has at least confirmed a Switch version of their next PlayStation-era remaster coming this June.

Though they cheaped out a bit this time by only remastering one game instead of a collection of them, the original Crash Team Racing is the one that’s most worth having anyway. And as people are no doubt finally starting to get a little tired of Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCrash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a great way to keep busy until the Switch finally gets its first truly new Mario Kart installment. Still, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing, while not amazing, would’ve been a nice inclusion…

9 Confirmed: Dead By Daylight

While the words “online shooter” in terms of a Nintendo Switch game typically conjures images of cute octopuses spraying ink and characters popping llama piñatas while dabbing, there are actually more hardcore shooters on the Switch already and even more on the way. And one of the most interesting upcoming games that hopes to change the way people think about online shooters on the Switch is Dead by Daylight.

Due out in the fall, the Switch port of the PS4, XB1, and PC game is an online-only multiplayer game where five people play asymmetrically in teams of one versus four, with the four having to hide from and escape the one. Reviews for the other versions have been somewhat mixed, but most agree it’s an intriguing concept and it might find a nice home on the Switch.

8 Possibly Coming: Digimon Survive

While Digimon fans take offense when the franchise is dismissed as a Pokémon rip-off, there’s no disputing that it has failed to maintain the popularity of Nintendo’s monster battling brand. But Digimon has never really gone away, at least not in Japan— it just hasn’t had as much of a presence anywhere else in recent years. Bandai Namco is hoping to turn that around, however, with the upcoming Digimon Survive.

Looking to reinvent the brand a bit with a different gameplay style and a darker tone, Digimon Survive, true to its title, is about trying to keep your creatures alive under harsh conditions rather than capturing and battling them. Not much else is known about the game, including when it is actually going to come out, but a 2019 release isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

7 Confirmed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series actually dates all the way back to 1990, but the franchise stayed mostly in Japan until Marth and Roy showed up in 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee and got non-Japanese gamers curious. Nintendo then decided to test the waters by localizing the next entry in the Fire Emblem series in the West, and the franchise has been a worldwide property ever since.

Unfortunately, that also began a period where the number of new Fire Emblem games began to slow significantly, with only three core entries released since 2012. This makes the upcoming Three Houses— due this summer— a really big deal, especially since it’ll be the first mainline game not released for a strictly handheld system since 2007’s Radiant Dawn for Wii.

6 Confirmed: Luigi’s Mansion 3

The GameCube marked the first time a new Nintendo console didn’t have a Super Mario game ready to go on the first day of its release in the U.S. The shock and disappointment of this revelation put an unfair amount of pressure on launch game Luigi’s Mansion, which people were too hard on because it wasn’t a sufficient replacement for a Super Mario game— even though it was never trying to be.

Luckily, most people have come around on Luigi’s Mansion since, and the game eventually earned enough retrospective love that Nintendo finally gave the game both a sequel and a remake on the 3DS. Now, after nearly 20 years, the series returns to consoles with the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which doesn’t have a firm release date yet but Nintendo assures us will be sometime this year.

5 Confirmed: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Nintendo likes to save the biggest surprises for the end of its Nintendo Directs, and they certainly had a big one ready to cap off their February one— a full-on remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch. And coming by the end of this year, no less!

A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time get most of the love in terms of retro Zelda games, but everyone who has played Link’s Awakening—  which also saw a colorized re-release on Game Boy Color— knows that it deserves its place among the best and most unique Zelda adventures. It’s definitely a great candidate for a remake, especially since it essentially marks the return of classic 2D-style Zelda on a Nintendo home console for the first time since the series went 3D.

4 Confirmed: Oninaki

In between the latest new installment of Final FantasyDragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix have been releasing a bunch of smaller-scale RPGs that hearken back to their 90s heyday. Following in that tradition of games like Bravely Degault for 3DS and Octopath Traveler for Switch comes the upcoming Oninaki, which feels like something of a bridge between those two halves of Square Enix’s portfolio and is headed up by one of the directors of none other than Chrono Trigger.

Another of the more mysterious games on this list, all we really know about Oninaki at this point is that its an action/RPG with gorgeous visuals, and impressive pedigree, and is due to hit the Switch sometime in 2019. And, really, what else is there to know in order to be excited for this game?

3 Confirmed: Daemon X Machina

Not sure what to make of this game’s weird title that reminds us of what bounced-back emails used to say? Hop on Switch right now and download the free demo for yourself, as that’ll certainly tell you far more about the game and whether you should care about it than we possibly could.

That aside, it’s a third-person mech action game that is playable by up to four people at once and comes courtesy of the developers of the Senran Kagura games. Whether or not Dameon X Machina will have any “bounce” remains to be seen, but it thus far seems unlikely. Snarkiness aside, it’s a really cool-looking games that should scratch a lot of itches when it comes out later this year.

2 Confirmed: Pokémon Sword/Shield

For all of Pokémon‘s history up to this point, there has been a clear division between the console games and the handheld games. Most importantly, only handhelds ever got the real, core installments in the series, with consoles just seeing spin-offs and such. Well, with the Switch blurring the lines between what is a console and what is a handheld, a new mainline Pokémon game will finally technically come to a console this year with the release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. And, no, don’t believe the rumors of a third game, Pokémon Gun— that was simply a joke that got taken too far.

Three brand new starters have already been shown for Sword and Shield, and we’re sure that’s just the start of the reveals that Nintendo will slowly dole out in the coming months.

1 Possibly Coming: Metroid Prime Trilogy

We wanted to mostly stick to games that have at least been officially announced for this list, but for the final spot, we couldn’t resist jumping on the speculation bandwagon for Metroid Prime Trilogy HD/Remaster/whatever it’s going to be called if and when Nintendo finally just confirms it.

Following the heartbreaking announcement that Metroid Prime 4 is likely still years away, Nintendo needs to do something to keep Metroid fans happy and the franchise in people’s good graces. What better way to do that then to release a remaster of the Wii’s Metroid Prime Trilogy, only in HD? The many supposed leaks of the game seem to point to there being a pretty good chance it’s in development, and maybe even coming fairly soon. Just make it official already, Nintendo— and for a 2019 release, preferably.


2019-04-20 08:04:24

Chris Hodges

10 Things We Already Know About The New Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch set the gaming world on fire when it was released in 2018. The landmark device combines the ease of portability of a handheld machine as well as the ability to dock and play at home. This level of flexibility is a first in the video game industry.

Rumors have been circulating about what’s next for the Switch. It seems Nintendo may have something up their sleeve for fans who are ready for an upgrade. The changes will likely lure in new customers who weren’t swayed by the original model. What changes are in store for the console you ask? We’ve rounded up 10 theories that have either been confirmed or make too much sense to ignore.

RELATED: Two New Nintendo Switch Models Might Launch This Summer

10 Portable Play

There are a lot of rumors about what changes we can expect in the Switch 2. The most exciting is that Nintendo will be releasing not one iteration of its popular console but two. The first will pack all of the portability of the original into a smaller and more intentionally designed package.

The target audience for this new device is the avid gamer who’s always on the go. It will feature some hardware changed that don’t support the easy of in-home play of the original. Attached controllers and a downgraded display make the smaller version of the new Switch the perfect console for those who spend a lot of time away from their TVs.

9 Home Console

Nintendo’s second release of the new switch is a high powered upgrade from its predecessor. This console aims to provide a more traditional in-home gaming experience. The machine will feature the same ease of use with an external display as the original. There are rumors of hardware upgrades that could give the premium version of the console an edge for use with larger screens.

This iteration would move the Switch away from its original concept. What made the device so unique was its blend of home console and portable play. For players who value display and performance over ease of portability, this version may be just what it takes to get them on board with the Switch.

8 Upgraded LCD

A likely upgrade for the switch would be to it’s LCD display. The layout and design of the screen may see a reduction in its bulky bezel. Extending the screen would be keeping on trend with most digital devices today.

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Many would like to see the capability for 1080op resolution in the handheld device. This would be a major improvement over the current version at 720p. Nintendo fell slightly behind the curve with HD gaming. The company has said the technology became mainstream a few years earlier than anticipated. The regret of not jumping on that bandwagon right away may be what has compelled Nintendo to release such incredible 3D display technology.

7 New Software

When it comes to handheld consoles Nintendo is yet again at the cutting edge with the original Switch It’ll have to push the envelope further to remain there with this second iteration. A software update is one of the most obvious changes that will be coming to the console.

Nintendo has made statements that they want to target the avid gamer. In order to keep the hearts and minds of the most devoted players, Nintendo will have to improve their software to reap the benefits of the hardware upgrades throughout.

6 Controller Support

The last thing Nintendo wants to do is irritate and alienate it’s existing customers. There are millions of Joycon controllers and accessories out there today. Switch players would be out a lot of money if the new device couldn’t be used with these peripherals.

This means the basic design of the home use model wouldn’t stray far from the original. The detachable joycons would remain a central part of the design.

5 Better Battery Life

A common complaint from Switch users is that the 3-hour battery life is just not enough. The hardware upgrades rumored to be coming to the switch provide the perfect opportunity to increase the amount of time the console can be used between charges.

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A smaller version geared specifically toward handheld play is just begging for extended battery life. The upgraded home version is meant for mostly in home use where players would have free access to charge the device. A longer lasting battery makes sense for either version. The console’s main distinguishing feature is that it was designed to be played on the go. That’s hard to do if you have to stay plugged in.

4 Release Time Frame

The Nintendo Switch was just released in 2018 making it a relatively young console. With the average generation lasting about 5 years between version, it’s still got a lot of life left in it. Nintendo has been a believer in mid-generation hardware upgrades with new versions of consoles like the 3DS every couple of years.

Following that paradigm, the Switch could see new iterations in the second half of 2019 and again in 2021. These upgrades wouldn’t render the current model obsolete but would serve to bring in new customers while giving an existing owner the option to beef up their experience.

3 Hardware Upgrade

The Nintendo Switch’s 5.0 firmware update provides an interesting clue about future hardware upgrades. Hackers on Switchbrew decided to tear apart the update and get a feel for the changes. There they found references to a T214 chip, an upgrade from the current model’s T210. They also saw evidence that Nintendo plans to double the system’s RAM from 4 gigs to 8. The circuit board would also be in for an update as well.

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You could easily write off the chip upgrade as a response to security issues such as pirated games. The massive jump in memory and improved PCB tell a different story. All of these things suggest a more powerful machine is on the horizon.

2 Price Points

If speculations are true and the Switch 2 will be released as two separate models they’ll each represent different price points. The smaller handheld console will appeal to the budget gamer. Nintendo cut the cost of the device by replacing removable joycons with affixed versions. The HD rumble display would also be downgraded to make the machine more cost friendly.

It would be harder to play on an external display with this configuration without purchasing an additional controller. The console as it exists now would now be at the middle of the Switch price range. A premium version of the console would be designed more for in-home play on a larger screen.

1 VR Unlikely

Augmented and Virtual Reality consoles seem like the wave of the future but it’s unlikely that the Switch 2 will catch it. Nintendo has released several statements, as recently as 2018, that the company has no intention of venturing into that arena. Nintendo prides itself on being set apart from most other gaming institutions. They’re comfortable shaping their own culture and avoiding trendy bandwagons.

Nintendo’s focus on peripherals demonstrates their desire to keep players’ feet planted firmly on the ground. They aren’t turning video games into reality but inviting players to take the game into 3D space. There have been rumors about 4K capability as well as 3D display technology but both of these seem unlikely.

NEXT: New Switch Controller Finally Supports In-Game Chat


2019-04-15 05:04:34

Danyell Marshall

Mike Tyson Blasts Nintendo For Excluding Him From Switch Punch-Out

Former boxing world champion Mike Tyson has taken a jab at Nintendo for being excluded from Punch-Out!! on Switch. Tyson famously starred as the final boss in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the NES.

Although Punch-Out!! previously existed in arcades and on the Game & Watch handheld in the mid ’80s, most people tend to remember the 1987 NES version the best. The boxing title puts players in the boots of underdog fighter Little Mac as they square off against a wacky roster of opponents. The game culminates in a final bout against Mike Tyson, a showdown that’s still considered one of the most difficult boss fights in video games (although this long-hidden trick might help). When Nintendo lost the license to the boxer’s name and likeness, the game was re-released in 1990 as simply Punch-Out!!. That version sees Tyson’s character model replaced with fictional boxer Mr. Dream. Outside of the aborted pseudo sequel Mike Tyson’s Intergalactic Power Punch, Iron Mike hasn’t appeared in a Punch-Out!! game since.

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Perhaps Mike has caught the gaming itch again. Today he tweeted his displeasure over getting shafted from appearing in what he describes as “the new Punch-Out.” The problem with his tweet is that, if taken literally, Nintendo hasn’t actually announced a new Punch-Out!! game, so one could only assume that Tyson is referring to the recent news that Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is heading to Nintendo Switch Online’s NES catalog. If not that, then maybe Mike has some insight about Nintendo’s upcoming portfolio that the rest of us don’t. Check out the tweet below:

It’s worth noting that Tyson only appeared in the 1987 version of the game, meaning that Punch-Out!! did, in fact, exist before his inclusion. Regardless, it’s a bit hard to tell if Mike is merely joking or is sincerely miffed. He seemingly didn’t have a problem missing out on Super Punch-Out!! for Super Nintendo or the 2009 Punch-Out!! for Wii. As the gaming world waits for answers, Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to playing the Tyson-less version of Punch-Out!!, along with Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, and Star Soldier on April 10.

It’ll be interesting to see if Mike decides to elaborate on his gripe or if Nintendo offers any sort of response. A fun, though improbable outcome would be if the company worked out a new deal with Tyson to re-release the original Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! on Switch. At the very least, a stretchy-armed Tyson appearing in an Arms sequel would probably be welcomed with open… arms.

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Source: Mike Tyson



2019-04-04 05:04:53

Marcus Stewart

Nintendo & Twitch Team Up To Bring Switch Online To Prime Members

Twitch Prime and Nintendo are partnering up to offer Twitch Prime members up to a full year of Nintendo Switch Online’s services, including access to the platform’s collection of classic NES games with added online play. Twitch Prime has been aggressively expanding its offerings over the past year, adding a focus on its lineup of free game offerings alongside skins and other add-ons for popular multiplayer titles.

Twitch Prime offered members over 70 free PC games during 2018, as well as in-game loot in 20 popular games including Overwatch. Twitch Prime is a popular service that offers more than just video game access, thanks to a partnership with Amazon that also offers free-day delivery of items and access to Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming platform that features many exclusive and popular television series. Twitch Prime plays a major role in supporting the streaming industry as well, as the subscription offers users one free sub they can use each month to support their favorite content creator.

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Starting yesterday, Twitch Prime members can now claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online by visiting this link. After 60 days, members can go back to the link and claim another nine months of Nintendo Switch Online, which amounts to the full year being advertised by the partnership. Twitch Prime members have until September 24, 2019 to claim their three months, and January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine that will extend the service. The only catch is that interested parties will need to link a credit card or PayPal information to their Nintendo account to access the service through the partnership. Screen Rant confirmed this through Nintendo PR, who released this statement:

You’ll be required to link your Twitch and Nintendo accounts. After that, for users age 18+ in certain countries, register a credit card or link a PayPal account on the Nintendo website. Finally, you’ll be able to redeem your Nintendo Switch Online membership on your Nintendo Switch.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary for deals that offer free access to subscriptions, as having payment information saved to an account means it’s easier for consumers to resub should they be on the fence about continuing their time with the service past the free trial period. Those Prime members with a Nintendo Switch Online account won’t be left out of the offer, as they’ll be able to claim an additional twelve months onto whatever time they already had remaining on their subscription.

On the surface, this move makes a lot of sense. Nintendo has often struggled to attract people to its online services after ignoring them for so long, only developing a serviceable platform over the last few years thanks to the Nintendo Switch. For Twitch Prime, it’s just another addition to an already long list of incentives for people to consider the subscription service. Honestly, Nintendo Switch Online isn’t a big get for something already as alluring as Twitch Prime, but for Nintendo, the partnership could mean the world as the company continues to try to develop its online presence.

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2019-03-29 10:03:14

Cody Gravelle

Nintendo Switch Comics Service Releasing Free Content

A Nintendo Switch comics service is now a thing, thanks to comics subscription service InkyPen. The company has stated it has the intention of creating a “Netflix for comics,” and apparently that goal begins with offering an expansive catalog of content for Switch owners, who will be receiving some free comics out of the deal.

The idea of a Nintendo Switch comics service is a tantalizing one for many users, who already use the device primarily because it allows them to take their gaming wherever they like. The portability of the Switch has made it one of the most successful consoles Nintendo has launched, and it continues to churn out first-party titles that are Game of the Year contenders with a reliability many studios could only dream of. Any service that brings easily-consumed content to the Nintendo Switch will immediately begin garnering attention simply because of the console’s flexibility.

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According to an InkyPen press release, the company boasts “one of the largest” subscription catalogues in the world, ranging from new indie hits to big-name corporate properties that comics fans need access to when it comes to justifying a subscription. The Nintendo Switch comics service delivering free content is part of an initiative from the company to attract new readers, especially because InkyPen has managed to iron out many of the bugs that were affecting its service previously. With “new publishers coming on board in the weeks ahead” it makes sense to give potential customers a sample of what the subscription service entails.

InkyPen also seems like one of the best places to offer a Nintendo Switch comics service because it boasts a more eclectic catalogue than some of its competitors. InkyPen doesn’t focus on a specific genre or region, instead offering a wide range of comics from the United States, Europe, the webcomics scene, and manga from Japan. The company is also making the expansion of the manga section a “main priority,” which makes sense since the Nintendo Switch is such a dominant force in Japan and there’s a substantial amount of crossover between fans of anime and manga and gamers who enjoy Nintendo products.

InkyPen is only available for the Switch at the moment, but the company has also noted that as the service expands, it will support the ability for other user accounts to carry over. There aren’t any other platforms currently mentioned as being a target for InkyPen’s services, but it’s clear the intent exists, and it will be interesting to see how a Nintendo Switch comics service fares. The device certainly seems like a perfect fit, and if InkyPen manages to find success with a newly improved system and some free samples, there’s a chance other subscription based content services begin to consider the Nintendo Switch for their needs as well.

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Source: InkyPen (via CBR)


2019-03-22 10:03:22

Cody Gravelle

Devil May Cry 5 On Switch Could Happen If You Buy This Game First

It looks as if Devil May Cry 5 could receive a port to the Nintendo Switch, provided that gamers are willing to purchase another Capcom game on the platform beforehand. The latest entry in the series has received an abundance of praise, with Devil May Cry 5 accumulating some of the highest review scores of any game in 2019 so far. The immense excitement and praise for title, alongside several others from the studio, have reaffirmed Capcom as a top developer in the eyes of some gamers.

Because of the overwhelming positivity surrounding Devil May Cry 5, Nintendo Switch owners have been pining for Capcom’s AAA games to arrive on their console of choice. To Capcom’s credit, the company has been finding ways to cater to fans eager for its games on Switch. Several major releases from the publisher have arrived on the platform, but major software like the critically-praised Resident Evil 2 remake and Devil May Cry 5 are nowhere to be found. With that said, there’s still a chance that the latter could make its way to Nintendo’s console.

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During an interview between Devil May Cry 5 director Hideaki Itsuno and German magazine M! Games (via Reddit), it was confirmed that DMC5 may receive a Nintendo Switch port. The caveat? Fans will have to show Capcom some support by voting with their wallets, opting to buy Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on Nintendo Switch when it releases on April 23, 2019.

According to Itsuno, this is the best way to showcase to Capcom that a Devil May Cry 5 Switch port is viable. During that same interview, Itsuno claimed that the reason Devil May Cry 5 isn’t on Switch is because work on the game began before they had kits from Nintendo. This meant that the team instead focused on PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms during development. The fact that it’s not there at launch makes sense, despite being disappointing for consumers that would love to see Dante shred some demons on the go.

Now, it’s no secret that a port of that magnitude would require a hearty investment from the publisher, but to suggest that the success of Devil May Cry 5 on Nintendo Switch rides on the performance of an entirely different Capcom game doesn’t hold much logic. Considering the fact that the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console this generation, studios should be making games on that platform a priority. The lifetime sales of the Switch are also gaining on Xbox One and could pass the Microsoft-owned system as soon as this year. If that’s not enough reason to port Devil May Cry 5 to Nintendo Switch then that’s ultimately Capcom’s mistake to make. Truthfully, measuring demand based on Dragon’s Dogma just makes the company look undeservedly cagey about its own IP.

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Devil May Cry 5 is currently available across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One devices.

Source: M! Games (via reddit)


2019-03-08 10:03:17

Riley Little