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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Steredenn: Binary Stars’, ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Not on Switch, ‘Death Squared’ Sale, and More

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Welcome to the March 8th SwitchArcade Roundup, covering the latest Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! There’s a whole lot going on in and around the Switch world today, before Nintendo drops their Direct, which is happening at 5:00 PM EST/4:00 PM CST/2:00 PM PST. You can watch via the embedded player below. We’ve got 10 new games to check out today, a few intriguing news items, and a sale on SMG’s fun Death Squared to check out. Let’s quit wasting time and get into the good stuff.


Activision reveals Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but not for Switch?

After being teased on James Harden’s hat, Black Ops 4 (stylized with Roman numerals as IIII, and not IV, though that shield logo actually looks kinda neat) was confirmed by Activision. While the teaser has some noteworthy details, such as zombies being back, as is the awesome remote control drone, there’s not a whole lot to glean from this trailer other than it’s a new Call of Duty game. The reveal happens on May 17th, and the game releases on October 12th, much earlier than the standard November release window for Call of Duty games. The announcement doesn’t mention the Switch yet, but there’s no reason why today’s Nintendo Direct might not mention it, or it gets confirmed at a later date. Or maybe some kind of Call of Duty will hit the system soon.

I’m curious to see what the reaction to this one is. Call of Duty: WW2 kinda saved the franchise by going back to boots on the ground, but the competitive CoD crew has started to shift over to Fortnite. Will CoD add a battle royale mode to compensate? I’m down for it. I will appreciate the irony if I get laid off from a company that went big into competitive Call of Duty, back to writing for TouchArcade…and then Call of Duty comes to the Switch. So far, it isn’t, but I hope it does!

Holy Potatoes! trilogy coming to Switch

Daylight Studios’ eccentric Holy Potatoes games are getting Switch ports courtesy of Rising Star Games. Shop management game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! hits this spring, with the space-based Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! hitting in the summer, with Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!, the game where you torture the potato-y damned by cooking them into recipes, hits this autumn. Yeah, that last game is real. While the games have historically worked best with mouse or touch controls, controller support is coming to the Switch ports so you can play on the TV. Preferably while eating some potato products.

Swim Out hits the Switch on March 20th

Lozenge Lab’s turn-based puzzle game where you help a swimmer cross a pool without hitting any other swimmers will dive on the eShop on March 20th. We enjoyed this one on mobile, so if you want this one on Switch, you only have a couple of weeks to wait. It’ll run you $ 5.99 on the eShop.

Death Squared on sale

This multiplayer puzzle game hit mobile not too long ago, but if you want to play with friends using a joy-con each, or to play in the game’s four player levels, you can do so at a 20% discount, as the game’s on sale for $ 11.99 until March 13th. Don’t let that death counter scare you, y’all have this! Unless your friends are idiots that can’t listen to your instructions, I suppose.

New Releases

Steredenn Binary Stars

The awesome roguelike shoot ’em up is out now on the Switch, and if you loved the game on other platforms, you should consider picking this one up on Switch. Ships now have a special ability (the default ship has a sword), there are new weapons, and the all-important co-op mode! The game is still really tough, and it seems a bit faster than the mobile version I’m accustomed to, but playing with physical controls all the time is a big help. Also, you can play a particular seed with the ship of your choice from the beginning, though some of the modes only unlock after you play so many times.

I love everything about the game: the challenge, the replayability, the fun and unorthodox weapons, and of course, the metal soundtrack. But if you want to listen to something else while you play, may I recommend some appropriate space metal: Vektor’s Terminal Redux? Much of what I wrote in my mobile version applies to this version, and I definitely recommend playing Steredenn on Switch either again or for the first time. Getting back into this myself has been a ton of fun.

World Conqueror X

You thought the iPhone jumping from 8 to 10 was bad? How about World Conqueror jumping from 4 to 10? It might actually just be the letter X this time, but don’t get in the way of my jokes. This is a World War II turn-based strategy game where you can undergo missions from the Axis and Allied forces, or build up your own empire from one of 20 countries in the Conquest mode. You can use touch controls or the controller, depending on how you prefer to play. Slitherine’s not on the Switch yet, so EasyTech’s World Conqueror X is gonna be the way to go if you want some turn-based strategic warfare on your Switch.

Bleed 2

Need more fast-paced, high-ranking chasing action on your Switch? After publishing Bleed not too long ago, Digerati now has Bleed 2, just a month after the game’s console release (and a year after the Steam release). You use a sword and a ton of ammo to shoot a ton of enemies, and fight a ton of boss fights. And then you get ranked for how fast, how much damage, and how much style you had in killing everything. Get that S rank, folks. I dug the original Bleed, this might be worth checking out!


It’s really weird to think that the late 1990s are so far in the past that now game developers are making unabashed tributes to games from that time. While the game saw release in 2017 with the Festival of Magic subtitle, this release is what they’re calling the “Shouldhavebeen Edition” with a massively overhauled story, side quests, and improved visuals. The other versions get all this new content the same time as the Switch release, so unfortunately, older reviews for other platforms might not represent what the current experience is like. Hopefully it’s a much better game!

Bit Dungeon Plus

Dolores Entertainment publishes this popular mobile roguelike action game onto the Switch. The big addition here from the mobile version is couch co-op for up to four players! That sounds like a good reason to check this one out again if you’ve already played one of the mobile versions.

I, Zombie

Awesome Games Studio brings their game where you control a massive zombie horde to the Switch. Ever wonder where the endless amounts of zombies from other games came from? Apparently, they came from I, Zombie (not to be confused with the TV show iZombie), as you have to turn humans and command them to build giant hordes. There’s a level editor in the game if you desire more content or want to start creating things for yourself. I mean, there’s no Super Mario Maker on the Switch yet…

The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya

D3 Publisher brings this visual novel to Switch, and it might just be the sexiest game available on the Switch, by far. As the description states, “Once at the banquet, you find yourself presented with men so beautiful you can scarcely believe they’re of this world. They beguile you with tempting eyes and practiced movements.” One of the men has an eyepatch. This game is possibly TOO SEXY. Unrelated question: can you play this one with a single Joy-Con?

Real Bout Fatal Fury

Only one game this week, HAMSTER? I’m disappointed. Here’s the 1995 entry into the Fatal Fury series, which makes the controls only have three attack buttons, while adding in the front, middle, and back lanes from Fatal Fury 3, so you can dodge attacks just by changing lanes. Sounds interesting! It’s hard to go wrong with an SNK fighter, if you’re into the genre and can pull off some of the ridiculous joystick motions required to do super moves in SNK’s titles.

Midnight Deluxe

Ratalaika Games drops a golf-inspired game onto the Switch. You launch the eponymous fairy, Midnight, around different levels, trying to avoid hazards like spikes and saws. Those are things that professional golfers rarely have to deal with, but you’re gonna have to deal with ’em. You’ll try to get three stars on the game’s 70 levels, using either touch controls or the joystick to aim and launch yourself.

The Trail: Frontier Challenge

After the recent EU release, now the US gets this version of Peter Molyneux’s game where you explore a trail, and steadily discover the world and build up a community in Eden Falls, while interacting with other players exploring the trail. You can also get a pet dog, which is the key here. It is funny seeing what are essentially mobile ports like these getting regular-priced Switch releases. Hmm!

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date Announced

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If you're a fan of military-style first person shooters sometimes set in the future that have zombie DLC modes, you're in luck. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Friday, October 12th. Developer Treyarch announc…
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming this October

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As expected, the next Call of Duty is coming later this year. Today, Activision announced that the latest entry in the military shooter series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (inexplicably styled Black Ops IIII in the official logo), will be launching on October 12th. It’s the first entry in the Black Ops subseries since 2015, and it follows last year’s Call of Duty: WWII. As with all previous Black Ops games, the new title will be developed by longtime Call of Duty studio Treyarch.

That’s about all we know right now. Activision says the new title “represents a game-changing experience,” but it isn’t providing anything in the way of details just yet. Instead, the company will be revealing more during a live-streamed event on May 17th.

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Best Heavy Duty Cases for iPhone X

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With the release of the iPhone X just around the corner, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to protect the gorgeous phone. After all, you really don’t want to break something that costs you about 1,000 dollars.

Heavy duty cases are built for protection and if you want to keep your iPhone X looking like brand new, the more protection, the, better. Although the iPhone X has yet to launch and more manufacturers will likely have more cases to choose from in the coming weeks and months, here are our favorite heavy duty cases for the iPhone X!

Otterbox Defender series

Otterbox is a household name when it comes to heavy duty cases, and its Defender series is the toughest offered.

The Defender series has a two-layer protection system to keep your iPhone X safe and sound. It has an inner shock-absorbing shell that protects the rest of the phone from damage, and a hard outer slipcover that seals up the Lightning port to prevent dust and dirt from getting inside. Interestingly enough, the iPhone X version of the defender series doesn’t come with a front cover like it does on other phones.

Otterbox rigorously tests all of their cases with drop tests and tumble tests, allowing you to rest easy knowing your iPhone X won’t be harmed should harm befall it. The Otterbox Defender series will cost you about $ 41.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO series

The Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro series has everything you need in a heavy duty case and will cost you about $ 20. A hard polycarbonate shell protects all sides and edges of the iPhone X, and a built-in screen protector and dust covers protect the Lightning port. Plus it comes with a front cover that acts as a screen protector, meaning that huge almost bezel-less display won’t get scratched.

The case easily snaps into a belt clip that attaches to the back of the phone. Now wearing your phone on your waist isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; however, the option of having easy access to your phone, right on your hip, is super useful.

It comes in a wide array of colors such as blue, red, gold, black, and white, so you should have no problem finding the perfect hue for you.

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UAG Metropolis series

While most heavy duty cases focus solely on protection the UAG Metropolis series aims to protect your iPhone X while also making your life easier.

The two-layer protection system includes a soft silicone inner sleeve to help reduce the shock of an impact and a hard polycarbonate outer shell to avoid scratches and scuffs. If with all that protection the UAG Metropolis series is a little thinner than some of its competitors.

The bonus on top of all that protection is that the Metropolis series is also a functioning wallet case allowing you to carry up to two cards at a time. The wallet portion of the case also acts as a screen protector when you’re not using your iPhone X, meaning you don’t have to worry about your phone while it’s in your pocket.

The military-grade drop tested UAG Metropolis series only comes in black and will cost you about $ 35.

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Speck Presidio

If you want a protective case that doesn’t diminish the aesthetic of your iPhone X, Speck’s Presidio case is a clear choice. The case provides a solid layer of protection that is designed to take an impact to the phone, and it won’t yellow over time, so it will remain crystal clear.

The case has a scratch-resistant coating that ensures that both your phone and case stay looking great, and the cutouts make accessing your ports a breeze. You’ll find the Speck Presidio on Amazon for about $ 30.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen’s Tough Armor may not have a screen protector, but with the edges of the case protruding at least 2mm above the screen, it will still protect the glass on flat surfaces and from falling screen-side-down. On top of that, the dual-camera system of the iPhone X also has lots of protection from table scratches, thanks to the high edges of the case as well.

Spigen’s Tough Armor is certified military grade drop-tested and features a dual-layer design. The soft TPU offers protection from impacts while the hard outer shell will prevent any scratches or scuffs from marking up your iPhone X.

The added feature of a metal kickstand, which allows you to prop the phone up (ideal for watching videos) is just the icing on the cake.

You can pick up a Spigen Slim Armor in a bunch of different colors all starting around $ 17.

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Which heavy duty case will you pick up for your iPhone X?

Let us know in the comments down below!

Updated February 2018: These are still my top picks for heavy duty cases for your iPhone X!

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Cheetahs’ ears help them run, and they’re not the only animal whose ears do double duty

Animal ears may not get as much attention as cool eyes or weird noses, but the glorious cheetah owes its running prowess in part to its inner ear.

The cheetah is, famously, the fastest land animal; it can run up to 65 miles per hour. During these sprints, its muscles are straining hard, but its head remains completely still so the cheetah doesn’t lose balance. New research, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests this is because the cheetah’s inner ear (the part inside, which we don’t see) is unique among large cats.

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Call of Duty player’s swatting prank results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man

A feud between two Call of Duty players, who argued after an online wagered match reportedly worth just $ 1.50, led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent SWAT team call sent a small army of police officers to the man’s private home. The news was first reported by local newspaper The Wichita Eagle, which cites numerous now-deleted tweets in which Call of Duty players take responsibility for participating in or observing the intended prank. One player allegedly provided a fake address to another, who proceeded to embroil the innocent stranger in the feud without thinking of the consequences.

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