Hearthstone Midweek Reveal Roundup

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There has been no slowing the rate at which we have been getting the new Hearthstone[Free] expansion, the Witchwood, card reveals and there is a lot of speculation brewing over the new possibilities these cards will be bringing to the meta game. We’ve been wondering how they will all rank with the pre-existing in-game collection. Once again we’ve hand picked a few that really have some tremendous potential and will probably be the cause of joy or despair depending on which side of the table you’ll be on when they enter play later this month.


Toxmonger

There are not many one cost Charge or Rush minions, but they exist. There are also Taunt/Divine Shield minions that will pair very well with this card. While this may not necessarily revive quest Hunter, it stands to add some punch to various viable Hunter decks.


Duskfallen Aviana

From the land of the high cost high impact cards comes a card that might very well be the strongest removal magnet in the game. Druids have some amazing high cost cards. Ultimate Infestation might be the first card on your mind, but a late game combo of Medivh into the Infestation could prove even more devastating by getting an immediate trigger from Atiesh, a 7/7 and a 5/5 all in one turn. Add one more level of ridiculous with a Kun right after the Medivh and you have a very stifling combo.


Chameleos

This isn’t necessarily a super powerful card stat-wise, but getting a peek at your opponent’s hand one card per round is a little gross. This reminds me of the steal everything gimmick Priests of old where you would just take everything your opponent had, whether if it was in hand or on the table. While this does less to directly mess with the person across the board, it sure does feel cheeky (maybe even a mite cheaty) just like the old days.


Rat Trap

A 2 mana 6/6 beast seems ridiculous and thats because it is. Even if people know to play around this card and it never gets triggered as a secret, you could argue that a 2 mana spell that limits your opponent to only playing 2 cards a round is just as if not more powerful. I cannot see this card not seeing play in most competitive Hunter decks.


Holy Water

This is another nod to the Steal Everything Priest. Is it coming back for real? This just seems like a great card in general that will actually be able to combo with things unlike Mind Control. For a game with Rogues as a primary class, the Priests sure do seem to like to borrow a lot from their opponents.


Dollmaster Dorian

If any card is responsible for the return of Zoo decks, it’s going to be this guy. Any time a card like this gets announced I feel a visceral reaction of looking for a Polymorph or a Hex because it is such a force multiplier for any deck that has minions with strong passive effects. Just imagine this in a Murloc deck. I wouldn’t mind free 1/1 Warleaders =)

Did any other cards jump out at you last week? We’re liking a lot of what the Witchwood is bringing to the table and introducing to the Hearthstone environment. While not every card is destined for greatness, the lower impact cards are really cool too and you can check them out at the main Hearthstone site or come chat about them in our discord. Thanks once again to Hearthpwn.com for being a great Hearthstone resource.

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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Rocket League’ Tournaments Update, ‘Penny-Punching Princess’, Loads of Puns, and More

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Welcome to the latest edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup! We’re covering a few new releases today, some news and upcoming Switch titles, and running down some more sales. I apologize in advance for all the terrible puns you’re about to see in one sale post. Or do I? Regardless, there’s a lot of puns. And a lot of sales, so I must respond in kind.

News

Rocket League Tournaments Update

The Tournaments Update is now available for Rocket League on the Switch! This adds in a new Tournaments mode where you can arrange competitions against other players online, complete with easy tracking of results. Additionally, this update improves performance on the Switch, and adds in full-resolution modes if you prefer that the game look better in exchange for a locked 30 frames per second. I’m glad that Rocket League is seeing performance improvements on the Switch. It’s running on an older version of the Unreal Engine, and modern versions might deliver better performance, but it’s a sign of optimism for the Switch long-term if developers are still finding ways to squeeze out improved performance from the Switch’s current hardware. I doubt the Switch will last as long as a viable system as Nintendo hopes, but there’s still a lot of capability here.

13AM Games announces Double Cross

The developers of Runbow revealed Double Cross, a platformer with the ability to grapple and launch yourself from midair launch points, along with other abilities of much lesser importance. 13AM promises investigation elements along the lines of adventure games, which should make for an interesting combo with the action-platformer gameplay here! Expect this one this summer on Switch and PC!

Mighty Moth announces Above

This is a game where you explore a massive flooded world in your plane, helping your villagers, while fending off the evil seabeasts, and all sorts of ne’er-do-wells trying to make their way by crook in this watery universe. The game looks fascinating, but I’m mostly amused that we have a game called Above, and there’s also Below from Capy Games of Sworcery fame. Mighty Moth says this one is coming to “consoles” in 2019, without mentioning which systems, but I see no reason why this can’t be on the Switch. I hope we get both Above and Below on Switch.

What’s new in Dark Souls: Remastered?

IGN obtained a full list of what’s new and changed in Dark Souls Remastered, not just in the Switch version but all platforms. The Switch version will run at full resolution in handheld or docked mode (720p and 1080p respectively) but at 30 frames per second. Online play now supports six people at once, and uses dedicated servers. Check out the full list of changes here and prepare for the game on May 28th.

New Releases

Penny-Punching Princess

Do you like beat ’em ups, and bribery? Well, Penny-Punching Princess is the game for you, as you control the eponymous princess. You can beat up enemies, sure, but you can also shake them down for cash. Or you can bribe them to do your bidding. You can also bribe objects to use them against enemies, hopefully netting you enough financial value to be worth a profit, or to at least get what you want done at an efficient rate. Bribers don’t get anywhere going broke with their bribes, c’mon! I never thought beat ’em ups and calculators would mix, and yet…here we are.

The Adventure Pals

This platformer promises versatile giraffe action. Your giraffe buddy can slip into your backpack, or you can ride him. Or, you can use his tongue as a helicopter. This is impressive, considering that Tails needs two tails in order to fly, and this giraffe has only one tongue. The whole game claims inspiration from cartoons, and the visuals look like your modern, Adventure Time-style cartoon with added video game effects. This one looks pretty intriguing.

Games on Sale

36 Fragments of Midnight ($ 2.39 from $ 2.99 until April 15th)

Say what you will about the App Store, but at least they require that developers knock off at least a dollar off of prices. I fear that this sort of situation is to use the “Games on Sale” section more for promotion rather than sales, because is there anyone for whom that 60 cents was the dealbreaker? Anyway, in this spinoff to Midnight Deluxe, you have to make your way through procedurally-generated platforming levels, trying to collect all 36 fragments to help Midnight’s friends. Looks interesting enough, and I guess putting the game on sale for 60 cents off worked to get it more attention!

Super Ping Pong Trick Shot ($ 2.99 from $ 4.99 until April 12th)

The more I see this game, the more I find myself enjoying the aesthetic. It’s inexcusably an artificial, computer program aesthetic. It’s not trying to resemble something else, it’s artificial. And I kind of like that. If you dig it, the game’s on sale for a decent discount right now. Also, since I’m on the topic today, this is a totally reasonable sale. It’s a discount that’s enough to feel significant, but not harmfully excessive. And it’s saving the buyer two dollars, which isn’t a lot but enough to perhaps to tip their hand toward buying this!

Black The Fall ($ 8.99 from $ 14.99 until April 6th)

This sci-fi adventure game has you trying to escape a dystopian communist state with the help of a robot comrade. The game has a 68 on Metacritic, which aren’t some very impressive Marx. However, the art shows a high level of visual Fidel-ity on the Switch. It’s also one point away from being nice. If you don’t buy it, then Soviet, you don’t want it. But if you do want it at a discount, you need to quit Stalin. If you can’t afford it, perhaps you can find someone who is Lenin money? Are these puns making you sickle? Are you tired of me hammering them in? I’m a real proletariat at them. This game seems like a Kapital idea if you like side-scrolling narrative platformers!

Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Gate of Doom ($ 7.19 from $ 7.99 until April 5th)

Think about this kind of sale as Johnny Turbo paying $ 0.80 per install. The game got prime featuring in the “Games on Sale” category, earned it for a couple of weeks, and the cost to the publisher for the additional sales is minimal. Ask a mobile developer if they could pay $ 0.80 per install and they’d probably kill for it. Literally. Anyway, this is a Data East arcade action-RPG from 1990. Johnny Turbo is producing these emulation wrapper titles in the similar manner as HAMSTER, though we are all just waiting on Nintendo to reveal an actual Virtual Console once and for all. Until then, here you go!

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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘ARMS’ Testpunch, ‘Toki Tori’ Impressions, ‘Punch-Out’ and More

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Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for March 30th, where we’re covering the latest Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! A happy Easter to everyone, and if you’re spending the time with (or away from) family, then you’ve got plenty of games on the Switch to pass the time. ARMS‘ Testpunch begins tonight, the arcade Punch-Out is now available on Switch, and I reminisce about Toki Tori with its Switch version now available. Let’s dive right into the news, today’s jam-packed:

News

ARMS Testpunch Starts Tonight

Get the Testpunch downloaded, and prepare, as the most obviously-named game since Game of War starts its free trial tonight at 9:00 PM PDT in North America. It ends on Monday night at 8:59 PM PDT, and the game is on sale for $ 41.99 on the eShop until April 6th!

Rocket League sees visual quality improvements in the Tournaments Update

This Tuesday, April 3rd, Rocket League will look a lot better when the tournaments update goes live. The resolution will be 60 frames per second in handheld mode, and 1664×936 in docked mode. Additionally, a new Performance mode will run the game at full resolution, locked to 30 frames per second, and enable Lens Flares, Light Shafts, Dynamic Shadows and Depth of Field. Oh, and there will be video capture!

New Releases:

Toki Tori ($ 4.49)

I got an early copy of Toki Tori, and I gotta say: this game holds up well. First released in 2001 for the Game Boy Color, this puzzle-platformer has you using a variety of tools to collect all the eggs in each level while avoiding harm…or getting yourself stuck because you misplaced a bridge, or used your giant freezing bazooka on the wrong enemy. Or just did things in the wrong set of steps. It’s gonna wrack your brain once you get past the first world, and new hazards keep popping up. It’s a load of fun if you get satisfaction from not only facing difficult puzzles, but solving them.

The tools you get to use are a lot of fun, such as the giant freezing bazooka, or warping a couple of tiles away. Some of the timing-based elements prove to be a bit annoying, such as one early puzzle where you have to time your warp to go past an enemy to beat the level. And the game really throws some devious puzzles at you as time goes on. But, Toki Tori as a protagonist is still super charming, and it feels great to solve those difficult puzzles. Plus, some levels let you shoot your freeze bazooka an unlimited number of times, and watching a yellow chick shoot a freezing bazooka is always fun.

The best modern addition beyond just remaking the game in 3D is the rewind feature. If you die or screw up, you can rewind a few previous steps and fix where you messed up. It helps make the experience so much less frustrating. Combine this rewind feature with the portability of the Switch version, and this is the definitive Toki Tori release. I never thought I’d be talking about Toki Tori 17 years after it seemed like an ill-fated indie Game Boy Color release, but oh does this throw me back to those days.

Arcade Archives: Punch-Out!! ($ 7.99)

The original arcade Punch-Out, complete with green wireframe protagonist, is now on the Switch. While the game that popularized the series is still Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for the NES, this game is the bedrock of the series. Also, HAMSTER made sure to throw in portrait mode for the game. Prop up your Switch or get a stand to display your monitor in vertical orientation and check out this classic.

Shadow Bug ($ 8.99)

The mobile action-platformer makes its way to the Switch. You dash to move and attack, and just constantly slice your way through enemies to make your way through the game’s whole speedrunning gameplay. It was a lot of fun as a mobile title, and if you never checked it out, the Switch is a good way to play this gem.

Alteric ($ 4.49)

This platformer has you making your way through devilish platforming levels, with a parallel world to navigate, and some tricky physics to play with. If you dig that minimalist, Thomas Was Alone-style look, and want some challenging platforming for your Switch, this might be the time to check out Alteric. It’s pretty cheap, too.

Farm Expert 2018 for Nintendo Switch ($ 29.99)

Originally released on mobile, as one of these riffs on the popularity of Farming Simulator, you can now play a fully-premium version of this on your Switch. There seems to be an extreme pricing premium to get this on Switch (the paid version costs $ 4.99 on iOS), and a real Farming Simulator is on the Switch, but I guess if you want to save a few bucks, this is the way to go.

Devious Dungeon ($ 6.79 launch sale price)

I’ve always had a weird relationship with Ravenous Games, where some of their titles feel like they’re better on paper than in execution, perhaps. Still, Ravenous has good production values, and their titles might click with you better than they do for me. This is a their take on the roguelike action-platformer, with procedurally-generated levels and RPG-style character progression. And deviousness, don’t forget that!

Sales

Unholy Heights ($ 3.99 from $ 4.99 until April 12th)

Look, the reality is that all heights are unholy. Brush up on the Tower of Babel sometime. Keep your buildings to a reasonable number of stories, or storeys for our British audience, such as Rob “The Funnell” Funnell. I actually kind of like that spelling, same with tyre for your car wheels. But I digress. This tower is particularly unholy because your landlord is the devil, and you’re collecting rents. But the realistic part is that you use the rent to improve your living environment. You know, instead of just being some weird dude that spends the money on doing weird landlord stuff. Like being the literal devil. That’s what you do in this game.

Slain: Back From Hell ($ 16.99 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

Miss a payment in Unholy Heights, then you can go to hell in this game, and get out of hell. Where you can then rent another apartment, and eventually get sent to hell again. Repeat the cycle endlessly. You can transform into a giant wolf in this game and a former member of Celtic Frost (albeit from the Cold Lake era, but still) did the music.

Heroes of the Monkey Tavern ($ 6.99 from %9.99 until April 5th)

Like those dungeon crawlers where you navigate in first person through mazes that are way too easy to get lost in, while you avoid traps, and fight monsters? Well, former reader of the RPG Reload column, this game is for you!

Chess Ultra ($ 9.99 from $ 12.49 until April 12th)

IT’S CHESS ULTRA, BROTHER!!!! flips a table, upsetting everyone at the local library

Actually, this does seem pretty cool. There are 10 AI levels, all approved by a Grandmaster of chess. And there’s cross-platform online multiplayer with the other versions of the game, with a whole Elo ranking system. You can watch and participate in official tournaments! There are tutorials that will help your lizard brain become a galactic brain! Also, there is a free Easter Island chess set DLC! Neat!

Don’t Knock Twice ($ 7.49 from $ 12.49 until April 5th)

Apparently this is a game based on a horror movie released last year starring Katee Sackhoff. Glad to see she’s still getting work well after Battlestar Galactica went off the air. Anybody ever watch Caprica? Feel like that show should’ve been so much better. I liked that the show was DOA soon enough for the creative staff to make an ending montage showing where things would have gone if the show had been good and continued onward. It was a nice bit of closure, for sure. I’m just ranting at this point, the game got way better reviews than the movie did, and the game is cheaper than buying the movie. Choose wisely, friends.

Riptide GP Renegade ($ 4.99 from $ 9.99 until April 5th)

I don’t have anything snarky to say here! Vector Unit makes some fun racing games that look really good, and now multiplatform releases are totally their thing. You can do split-screen racing in your hydrojets with up to four people at once, and do eight-person online races. Also, you can out run the hydrojet police. Hell yeah!

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools’ Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

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April Fools’ day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early. Google’s various divisions do a decent job each year. Last year’s Google Gnome was a pretty good one, and the Maps team’s 2014 Pokemon prank was a memorable one. OnePlus even does a good job.

It can be tough keeping track, though, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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Weekly Roundup: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, Mi TV 4S, Huawei P20, P20 Pro, OPPO F7 and more

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This week Xiaomi introduced the most expected Mi MIX 2S smartphone as well as several Mi Gaming Laptop, Mi AI Speaker Mini and Mi TV 4S. Huawei introduced the P20, P20 Pro and Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS . OPPO launched the F7,  SHARP introduced the AQUOS S3, Garmin launched the Vivomove HR, and lots more from this week in our weekly roundup. Xiaomi announced Mi MIX 2S It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 8GB RAM, support for Google ARCore and runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with support for AI voice assistant. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, Dual Pixel auto focus and a secondary 12-megapixel rear camera for AI portraits and has AI scene recognition that can detect 25 categories and 206 kinds of scenes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2IVNDAUZY It has support for AI portrait selfies with real-time background blur and the phone also has face unlock. It has a ceramic body with an aluminium frame, has a fingerprint sensor on the back and packs a 3400mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging as well as wireless charging. It has support for 43 global bands and has network support in 226 regions. It comes in Ceramic White …
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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Clusterpuck 99’, ‘Not Tonight’, New Switch Releases

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade roundup, covering the latest in Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! If you’re still playing Super Mario Odyssey, two new outfits are available: an outfit inspired by the Satellaview, an SNES add-on, and a baseball helmet and uniform. Those pinstripes sure look like the Seattle Mariners’ shade of Northwest Green that they use, hmm…

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Not Tonight announced and coming to Switch

No More Robots is an indie publisher founded by former game journalist Mike Rose, who helped grow tinyBuild into one of the most prominent ‘indie publishers’ in gaming. The studio’s second title after Descenders is Not Tonight, a game developed by Panic Barn. It takes place in near-future Britain where Brexit is in full effect, and you play as a government worker, checking the IDs of citizens as they try to get into buildings, trying to stop anybody who’s set to cause trouble. Considering that political satire is barely fake at this point, this might be a preemptive documentary.

New Releases

Clusterpuck 99 ($ 9.99)

Coatsink delivers a fun local multiplayer game to the Switch this year. I played a bunch of this one at PAX South, and had a lot of fun. It’s basically hockey, where each team is trying to get the puck into their opponent’s goal, but you have wacky arenas to play in, with the ability to do charge moves to make aggressive plays. Pick up a bunch of controllers and/or Joy-Cons, and play with some friends.

Zombillie ($ 4.99)

This looks a whole lot like Millie, a game from the same publisher that also involves a many-legged creature making its way through mazes where the player can’t collide with themselves. The theme is darker, so if that intrigues you, perhaps this is the one to go with!

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The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business ($ 4.99)

This wacky point-and-click adventure game makes its way to the Switch for the first time. There’s plenty of puzzles to solve, and a goofy detective story to take in. This series released on PC and mobile a few years ago, so if later installments don’t wind up on the Switch, you at least have some recourse to complete the adventure for yourself.

Lode Runner Legacy ($ 11.99)

I often wonder if Lode Runner is a genuine classic, or just a game that a bunch of people remember. Regardless, if you like climbing ladders and picking up trinkets, here’s a new version of Lode Runner for you. There are user-created levels, and even the ability to create a blocky protagonist of your own.

The Charming Empire ($ 24.99)

D3 Publisher delivers its latest Japanese title, a dating simulation from the Taisho Roman era of Japan. You play as the sister of the current emperor, though a conspiracy may be afoot. All the while, you’re out there looking for love from the empire’s most eligible bachelors. If you’re a fan of some of the other D3-published titles, this might be perfect for you.

Gotcha Racing 2nd ($ 9.99)

ARC System Works delivers a racing game that’s all about gacha randomness: you have to assemble a car from randomly-drawn parts from the gacha machine, and try to keep building better cars in order to advance through the game’s circuits. You also have multiplayer in a four-column, split-screen format. Might be an intriguing top-down racer to check out.

Tengai ($ 7.99)

More Psikyo side-scrolling shoot ’em up action is here! This game, also known as Sengoku Blade, has you controlling flying heroes as you try to fight through a fantastical historic Japan and stop the Yorishiro ceremony. Psikyo sure makes some ridiculous-looking games, don’t they?

Sengoku 3 ($ 7.99)

No relation to the Zerodiv-published Tengai which is also a Sengoku-period game, this SNK title is a side-scrolling beat ’em up where ninjas fight the undead. Should be fun if you like the Neo Geo era of gaming.

Games On Sale

Bleed 2 ($ 13.49 from $ 14.99 until April 12th)

The original Bleed was on sale not long ago. Picked it up and enjoyed its speedrun action gameplay? You can pick up the sequel for a discount now! If you haven’t played the original, well, expect to fight for high scores and fast times, using your sword and gun – and your pink hair – to defeat hordes of enemies and bosses. Make them bleed. Make them all bleed…2.

Xenoraid ($ 6.69 from $ 9.99 until April 4th)

10tons doesn’t just make dual-stick shooters. They made a true vertically-scrolling shoot ’em up called Xenoraid, and it’s well worth checking out. You control a squadron of ships, and can switch between pilots with different abilities in order to get the best possible advantage on the enemies. You make your way through a series of levels, and can buy upgrades between levels, fighting the boss at the end of the series. Unusual for a virtually-scrolling shoot ’em up, the game actually takes place in landscape, so no worries about getting a game that’s only using up a tiny amount of the screen. Definitely give this one a shot if you haven’t yet.

Transcripted ($ 6.79 from $ 7.99 until April 5th)

This is a curious combination of dual-stick shooter with Zuma-style gameplay where you have to shoot and match colors to make your way through levels. Definitely a clever combination, and I’ve probably not played a match-3 game in long enough that I can’t complain about how there are too many match-3 games that are same-y. Because this definitely isn’t.

Pan-Pan ($ 4.00 from $ 5.00 until April 12th)

This is a fun puzzle-based Metroidvania. You crash-land on a strange planet, and have to find all the lost parts of your spaceship to reassemble them and get off the planet. The entire game lacks dialogue and the story is told entirely through actions. Not a perfect game, but an entertaining experience for sure.

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SwitchArcade Roundup: Third-Party Docks, ‘Thimbleweed Park’ Sale, and ‘Vostok Inc.’

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we’re covering today’s latest Switch news, sales, and providing some impressions of twin-stick shooter/clicker Vostok Inc. No new releases today, so it’s a good time to catch up on that backlog and check out some of the sales. Also, try not to let your system explode, of course. Nintendo has some advice on that topic, as users are reporting that the Nyko Switch dock is bricking Switch systems on 5.0. Also, Nintendo provided a rare on-record response about third-party Switch docks:

Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.

The problem is that a market for third-party docks exists because the official Switch dock is a whopping $ 90 new. This isn’t necessarily a crazy price, especially if you look on Amazon for high-quality USB-C PD chargers and USB-C HDMI and USB docks with charging passthrough. But it’s still prohibitively expensive for someone that just wants to have a second dock to have by another display, or something for traveling. Especially for traveling, a more portable dock solution would be great.

I’m not sure why all these third-party docks are causing such issues, but USB-C is proving particularly problematic despite its promise of standardization through one connector. Many early USB-C cables were also dangerous products due to cheaping out on materials. But it seems like manufacturers should have caught on a lot earlier than now.

But also, seriously, that Nintendo Switch dock doesn’t need to cost $ 90.

Kirby Star Allies gets new friends

Staff writer Mikhail Madnani’s game of the year so far, Kirby Star Allies, just got some new friends available. Rick, Kine, and Coo from Kirby’s Dream Land 2 are in the game now. So is Gooey from Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and Marx from Kirby Super Star. I miss Kirby’s Dream Land 2, hopefully that winds up on the Switch’s Virtual Console…if it ever comes.

Dragon Quest XI coming someday to the Switch

Western players waiting on the most recent mainline Dragon Quest game will get it on PC and PS4 later this year. However, the 3DS version isn’t coming this year, and a Switch port isn’t coming in 2018 at all. Hold out hope, gamers who want to play Dragon Quest XI on the toilet without having to bust out their Vita and doing Remote Play from their PS4! Such an act would be way too dirty.

Game Spotlight: Vostok Inc.

The problem with having a writing job is that it means that you’re constantly thinking. Physical work is tiring in its own way, but mental work can be draining in its own way. What this means is that when I’m looking to entertain myself in the down time I have, I want things where I can turn my thinking brain off, and don’t have too much of a commitment. Even some of the battle royale games work great because they’re so much about reaction, less than planning. And they are a great distraction from whatever’s on my mind. Vostok Inc. has quickly taken up a lot of time in my Switch-playing because it’s so mindless.

The progression of the game is exactly like a clicker, where you build outposts on different planets and fly to them, collecting your money and building bigger and better resource-generators. It provides that same sort of feeling of not having to do much work mentally, but giving off a lot of satisfaction. Perfect for mindlessly sitting back, watching some sports, and just taking your mind off of life, perhaps freeing up your brain from the stresses of the day to come up with good ideas.

The catch, of course, is that Vostok Inc. is actually a dual-stick shooter. You have to fly around from planet to planet to manage your planets, and you can not only upgrade resource collectors, but items and weapons for your ship. Instead of clicking, you shoot asteroids and enemies to mine Moolah, the game’s currency. Other organizations in the galaxy don’t like you intruding on their business, so you occasionally have to deal with bosses and their lackeys in the preferred way: blowing them up. Which nets you more Moolah, of course.

The whole concept works as a clicker with a feeling of actual gameplay, making it feel as though you’re not wasting your life on something dumb. However, managing different planets gets to be a bit annoying when they’re constantly in orbit around their galaxy’s sun and you have to track where they are. In the long term, that might suck a lot of the enjoyment I have out of Vostok Inc. Until then, I’m going to enjoy just mindlessly managing my intergalactic capitalist empire.

Do note that the game is on sale and has a free demo, but your progress doesn’t transfer from the demo to the paid version. The demo gives you a decent amount of playtime out of it, but at least it means that your time spent when you pick up the full version will be a bit more efficient since you know what you’re doing now?

Sales

LEGO Franchise Sale

  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 $ 29.99 from $ 59.99 until April 1st
  • LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game $ 24.99 from $ 49.99 until April 1st
  • LEGO Worlds $ 14.99 from $ 29.99 until April 1st
  • LEGO City Undercover $ 14.99 from $ 29.99 until April 1st

A whole bunch of LEGO on sale! The first two are if you prefer your LEGO action more based off of the Traveller’s Tales licensed titles that lightly joke around with their subject matter. If you want a more original adventure, Worlds boasts Minecraft-style creative gameplay, and Undercover is an open-world game where you play as a LEGO cop, taking down criminals. Those last two at those prices might be especially great for the kids.

The Jackbox Party Pack 2 ($ 16.24 from $ 24.99 until April 5th)

Need a party game experience that’s great for the extra $ 90 official “won’t blow up your system” dock you’ve got? Another one of Jackbox’s Party Pack compilations is on sale, containing the popular Quiplash. Each player gets two prompts on their phone, and they try to write a funny answer in response to the prompt. Players then vote for the best response, and the player with the most points wins. That sounds like a boring way to describe a game that’s really funny at parties, but if you have some friends with an absurd sense of humor, you’ll get a ton of fun out of this, and the other party games in this pack.

Thimbleweed Park ($ 9.99 from $ 19.99 until March 31st)

Do you want a LucasArts-style point-and-click adventure? Do you want it to be from one of the masterminds behind said LucasArts point-and-click adventures? Well, Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park is the game for you. It pays homage to the game genre he helped to define in its formative years. It features an absurd mystery-solving story that jumps perspective from character to character, and plenty of puzzles that will having you use item x with thing y, and seeing what happens.

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we are covering the latest in Nintendo Switch game announcements, releases, and sales! After a slow Monday, perhaps the industry resting up after GDC, Tuesday brings some fresh news and some new releases to brighten up the Switch-owner’s day. We’ve got some news about the intriguing multiplayer shooter Aftercharge, a new ARMS trial, and a horror experience in Outlast 2 among other games. Let’s jump in and see what’s new in the world of the Nintendo Switch:

News

Aftercharge coming to Switch this summer

The 3v3 objective-based shooter Aftercharge is not only releasing publicly this summer, but also the game is coming to the Switch…with full cross-platform multiplayer support. Here, you either play on a team that can turn invisible and attack the energy cores on the map, trying to destroy them all. The other team has guns and are invincible, trying to wipe out the other team in its entirety before they destroy all cores. It’s fast, frantic, and makes for some interesting matchups, as I saw at PAX South earlier this year.

I’m excited for this one on Switch, especially since it’s going to support cross-platform between the Xbox and Steam versions. If you have a PC, you can check out the next public alpha playtest on April 14th, ahead of the game’s release this summer. This sort of multiplayer shooter feels like an underrepresented genre on the Switch, so Aftercharge could be an intriguing fit.

ARMS Testpunch starts on Friday

ARMS is one of those games that I’ve been curious about, but haven’t wanted to drop the full price on the game without spending some time on it. Thankfully, a Global Testpunch is available this weekend, starting on Friday and running through Monday. You can download the Global Testpunch version from the eShop, and participate in this trial version this weekend, and see what the game is about. Perhaps there’s a future for this game if enough players pick this one up, especially with so many new Switch owners since Christmas?

Manticore: Galaxy on Fire delayed indefinitely

One of the more fascinating mobile ports unfortunately saw a delay due to bugs with Switch software version 5.0. Deep Silver closed off preorders for the game until they can get the game ready for re-launch. Manticore is a paid-only Switch version of Galaxy on Fire 3, which controversially was a free-to-play title on mobile. Hopefully the bugs get fixed soon, or the recent Switch software update 5.0.1 clears up the bugs and makes this game ready for release soon. You can get a refund if you desire, though.

Sling Ming releases on April 5th

I’m a big fan of swinging/grappling hook mechanics in games, and Sling Ming looks like a swinging puzzle platformer I can dig into. Plenty of levels, a compelling visual style, and lots of swinging should make this an entertaining one. It hits Switch and Steam on April 5th.

Morphite updated to support motion controls

Have you played the Metroid Prime-esque Morphite yet? If not, then now’s a great time to dive into the Switch version, as an update just added motion controls. I’m glad to see this control method starting to take off after Splatoon 2 reintroduced to the world just how powerful they can be. Combined with the joystick for large movements, pointing with the Joy-Con lets the player easily tack opponents and make subtle aiming moves. It just feels better once you get used to it. When Fortnite hits the Switch, I’m going to play a bunch with motion controls just to maybe finally rack up my first solo Victory Royale on people who will default to joystick controls at first. Joysticks are the past…motion is the future. Train on Morphite first. Also, this makes me want to bust out the Wii and give Metroid Prime 3 a fair shake, perhaps.

New Releases

Outlast 2

Are you recovered from the first Outlast and its DLC on Switch that released last month? Hope so, because Outlast 2 is out now, taking you into the Arizona desert to deal with a cult fearing the Anti-Christ, and plenty of supernatural horror elements. The game seems extremely messed up, and if you like that sort of theme in your games, you might want to check this out now that it’s on Switch!

Atelier Lydie & Suelle “The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings”

This is a new JRPG, the latest in the long-running Atelier series, and the close of the “Mysterious” series. I’m pretty sure this is one of those titles that has a built-in audience, since the trailer’s all in Japanese voiceover, and the eShop page doesn’t even have any screenshots of the game. This sounds like one of those games where if you know what it is, you know you what you’re getting into. If not, well, there’s always YouTube.

Warp Shift

There’s only room for one “originally released on mobile by Fishbits port to the Switch” game today on the eShop, and that’s Warp Shift. You have to make it to the end of levels not just by manipulating your character, but through manipulating the layout of the mazes themselves. This is another mobile title that should hopefully see a fresh new audience on a more traditional console.

D/Generation HD

Robert Cook’s 1991 action-puzzler gets a modern revival with a look that combines retro appeal with more modern visuals. Also, the eShop page is totally unreadable due to the font and color choice. I’m glad that creators can revive titles that perhaps could use a fresh audience, especially with the change in tastes since 1991, and with console gamers having a wider palate than they were once perceived to have. But seriously, buy this one from Nintendo’s site, not from the on-device eShop lest you permanently sear your retinas.

Sales

Scribblenauts Showdown ($ 19.99 from $ 39.99 until April 1st)

Huh, this new Scribblenauts game went on sale really soon, isn’t it? The game avoids the traditional Scribblenauts structure to focus on a multiplayer party game experience centered around the series’ word-based mechanics. If this intrigued you, perhaps now’s a good time to check it out at this deep discount!

Snake Pass ($ 9.99 from $ 19.99 until April 10th)

Sumo Digital updated one of the first Switch titles, Snake Pass with a new Arcade mode, adding a new speedrun element to the existing levels. And it’s half-off! But more importantly to some folks: the game includes a new icon that’s not just a giant snake face any more.

Hollow ($ 9.79 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

I’m not sure I see the appeal of horror titles on a system that costs $ 300 to replace if you get bad luck if you drop it in terror, unless you’re only playing horror games in TV mode. You do you, SwitchArcade readers. And hey, if you like sci-fi horror as opposed to Outlast‘s more contemporary theme, maybe check this one out while it’s under ten bucks. It also launched just last month, and this kind of half-off discount already seems a little worrying. Same with Scribblenauts Showdown, which launched three weeks ago. Not really a healthy sign, is it?

ChromaGun ($ 13.99 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

The setup of being dropped into a surprisingly-dangerous test chamber facility with only a special gun to help you sure seems familiar! Here, you use the eponymous color-shooting gun to shoot red, blue, and yellow through different test chambers, mixing colors and trying to survive the deadly traps that are set. The game has a demo if you want to check this out while you wait for Valve or some publisher to release Portal on the Switch!

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