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)

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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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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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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Aftercharge’, ‘Outlast 2’, ‘Snake Pass’, and More

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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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SwitchArcade Roundup: eShop Sales for ‘L.A. Noire’, ‘Implosion’, ‘Portal Knights’, and More

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we’re discussing a bunch of Nintendo Switch eShop sales! Surprisingly, this is a slow release day for the Switch, with only one new Friday title, the 2D Dark Souls-inspired Castle of Heart, out today. And there isn’t a whole lot of news fit to print. So let’s run down a ton of the sales that are on the eShop now, because you need more Switch games.

Portal Knights ($ 26.99 from $ 29.99 until April 5th)

The popularity of Minecraft and its myriad mods has led to a burgeoning series of games with sandbox and creative elements, but also RPG-like elements with a story behind them. Portal Knights is another one of these titles, complete with multiplayer where you can work together to take on The Fracture and save the world, or just mine resources and build cool stuff. Just like real life!

Rocket League ($ 14.99 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

This game keeps shooting up the sales charts whenever it goes on sale on Switch, and for good reason: if you can handle the scaled-down resolution, you get the fun but incredibly hard car soccer game that you can play wherever you darn well feel like doing so, and with cross-platform multiplayer. The game regularly sees new content updates, too, so it’s definitely a smart investment. Warning: you will suck at it at first.

L.A. Noire ($ 37.49 from $ 49.99 until April 5th)

This noir adventure game incredibly well-regarded at its release, and seeing second life here on the Switch, is on a pretty nice sale. The game got some tweaks since its original release on consoles to change how users interact with suspects, so it might be a bit different than you remember, but otherwise, if it’s your first time playing this or you’re reliving this narrative-heavy action game, now’s a good time to check it out. Read our SwitchArcade impressions of it for more!

Oceanhorn ($ 11.24 from $ 14.99 until April 5th)

Do you like The Legend of Zelda? Well, this game takes definite inspiration from the Zelda franchise, but this FDG-published title brings some fresh elements to the table, its own visual style, and it fills a gap since the only official Zelda game you can buy right now is Breath of the Wild, and that’s quite the leap forward from previous Zelda games. So this helps to fill the gap of homage to the series, and presenting some fresh ideas that perhaps Nintendo wouldn’t pursue.

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King ($ 12.74 from $ 14.99 until April 5th)

Do you like The Legend of Zelda? Well, this game takes definite inspiration from the Zelda franchise, but this FDG-published title brings some fresh elements to the table, its own visual style, and it fills a gap since the only official Zelda game you can buy right now is Breath of the Wild, and that’s quite the leap forward from previous Zelda games. So this helps to fill the gap of homage to the series, and presenting some fresh ideas that perhaps Nintendo wouldn’t pursue.

Hey, wait a second. So these two games won’t win any awards for originality (though I like Castle Pixel’s art style on Blossom Tales), hopefully there’s some other, super-original titles on sale!

Binaries ($ 6.49 from $ 12.99 until April 5th)

Do you like games where you control two characters at the same time? Binaries challenges you to make the two sides of your brain work together, as you must find a way to solve tricky challenges while controlling the orange and blue characters on separate sides of the screen simultaneously. Expect tricky challenges and a game with a strong sense of atmosphere.

Semispheres ($ 6.99 from $ 9.99 until March 29th)

Do you like games where you control two characters at the same time? Binaries challenges you to make the two sides of your brain work together, as you must find a way to solve tricky challenges while controlling the orange and blue characters on separate sides of the screen simultaneously. Expect tricky challenges and a game with a strong sense of atmosphere.

Oh no it happened again! These games both look interesting, and Binaries and Semispheres are both quite different games, but still, it just goes to show: there’s no such thing as an original idea.

Brawlout ($ 14.99 from $ 19.99 until April 11th)

I’m not even going to mess around with you here, this is Super Smash Bros. Angry Mob Games makes some fun titles, but they definitely don’t hide their inspirations, between this and Muffin Knight. At least there’s some cool guest characters: the Guacamelee protagonist, and the Hyper Light Drifter. And there is online play! This might not make a lot of sense when Super Smash Bros. proper comes out on the Switch, so pick it up and enjoy it now while it makes sense!

Brawl ($ 7.99 from $ 9.99 until March 25th)

Oh thank God, this actually isn’t a Smash Bros. type game! Instead, it’s Bomberman! With evil bears and clowns! It’s still not as scary as that futuristic Bomberman game from the 360, though!

Gonner ($ 6.99 from $ 9.99 until April 5th)

Praise the sun, this is at least a game that’s not like much of anything I’ve ever played. This Raw Fury-published title is a 2D roguelike action-platformer, where you try to survive abstract environments, unlocking new abilities, but exploring procedurally-generated levels. Getting high scores is the goal here, along with discovering more of the story about the protagonist Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally. Be warned: this one is brutally hard, and you have to figure a lot of it out yourself.

Implosion: Never Lose Hope ($ 8.99 from $ 11.99 until April 5th)

Flyhigh Works publishes one of the best original mobile hack ‘n slash games onto the Switch. Fight using battle suits, and make your way through ever more chaotic desolated environments, with multiple playable characters, and massive bosses. This one’s a ton of fun on mobile, and while the game has controller support on mobile, if you don’t have one, maybe this is your chance to jump in?

Astro Duel Deluxe ($ 7.49 from $ 14.99 until April 5th)

Rusty Moyher’s game of battling your friends in space by blowing up their ships, then running over their pilots floating in space is still a ton of fun, and there’s a lot of fun to be had when you connect as many Joy-Cons as possible to your system and get some friends, and blast each other. You can play with up to six people at once, and there are some new modes not in previous releases of the game on mobile.

Thumper ($ 11.99 from $ 19.99 until April 5th)

Get ready for some trippy rhythm violence as you fly down the track, shooting and destroying everything in your path to the beat of the music. Seriously, wear headphones or use good speakers for this unique music game.

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Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for March 16th, where we’re covering the latest Nintendo Switch news and new releases, including Kirby Star Allies and Tesla vs. Lovecraft! It’s amazing to think that a week where there were at least a dozen games released feels like a slow week, especially when there’s a new Nintendo game, but perhaps that’s why. Then again, in the world of gaming, there’s never a ‘slow’ week, always a good time to go through the backlog of titles that you probably missed along the way. Seriously, we live in a world with too many cool games, enjoy it while you can!

News

Nindies showcase March 20th

Nintendo’s going to show off a bunch of indie games for the Switch in a live presentation on Tuesday, March 20th. While Nintendo does a great job at getting indie games in their Nintendo Direct presentations, they’re using this as an opportunity to show off some of the more promising upcoming games from independent developers. They need all the help they can get, for sure. You can watch the broadcast on Tuesday from this video:

Penny-Punching Princess

NIS America is bringing this princess-powered isometric brawler to North America on Switch on April 3rd in North America. The game looks ridiculous, as you collect a ton of cash and beat up all who stand in your way, and if you can’t, well, you can bribe them. Cash rules everything around me, y’all. Stay golden with this one when it hits in a few weeks! It’s also hitting the Vita around that time, but don’t expect any VitaArcade Roundups, unfortunately.

Tennis World Tour coming to Switch

Does Mario Tennis Aces look a bit too outlandish for you? Well, Bigben and Breakpoint have Tennis World Tour for you later this year. Available in a physical Legends Edition, you can play as some extra tennis stars, such as Andre Agassi. They’re advertising his 1995 outfit, but if you don’t go full mullet, you’re messing up. John McEnroe is also playable with this edition, as is some extra content for Roger Federer. Check it out on May 22nd.

New Releases

Tesla vs. Lovecraft

10tons delivers its latest dual-stick shooter, and it’s another fun one. If you liked Crimsonland, you’ll like Tesla vs. Lovecraft, as there are a ton of zombie-like creatures to slay here. The game features individual levels to play, but each level also features a mini-upgrade system in its own right, where as you slay more abominations, you get experience and can choose a new perk to help you out. This also carries over to the game’s true endless mode, where you survive against an unending onslaught of creatures, and can earn more of the crystals that unlock permanent upgrades if you do well.

I like the teleport dash in this game: it doesn’t necessarily do any damage, but it does allow you to quickly get away from any dangerous situation. You can also double-dash, so you can quickly change direction. There’s a short recharge on the dash, but nothing oppressive. Use your dash often, just don’t expect to dash halfway across the level in one shot. The other thing I like: the Tesla Mech. You start levels off in this ultra-powerful mech, and then can bust it back out once you pick up all the pieces, and it does extra damage to enemies. Plus, you get to ride around in a giant robot with Nikola Tesla. Who doesn’t want that in their lives?

I’m assuming 10tons is doing quite well with their dual-stick shooters, and I think what they’re doing is a smart strategy. Come up with a proficiency in a genre, develop the technology to make these games, and then iterate and vary your ideas from title to title, frequently releasing new titles and distributing them as widely as possible on every possible platform. This is the fourth dual-stick shooter since Neon Chrome provided a viable base, and each one of 10tons’ shooters does its own thing to stand on its own. And you can play their games on whichever platform you darn well feel like. It comes across as a smart business strategy, and if the shooters remain this solid, keep cranking them out for as long as it works, I say!

Kirby Star Allies

Nintendo’s second Kirby game of the year after their previous Kirby: Planet Robobot for 3DS. This one focuses on gameplay for up to four characters at once, as Kirby can turn enemies into allies, and use their powers to make it through a bunch of different levels. Some cool power combinations come into play, and you can either work with a surprisingly competent AI team, or with your friends in multiplayer, who probably aren’t as smart. It’s the rise of the machines!

The initial reviews for this one are coming in, and the game appears to be…alright. Nintendo makes Kirby games to be easy and accessible for a younger audience, so I wouldn’t expect an incredibly difficult platforming experience. If you don’t mind games that you can kind of auto-pilot if you’re skilled, and just want to sit back and enjoy some Kirby action (where the AI can solve puzzles for you!) and maybe get some friends involved, this seems like a good one to check out, if you know what you’re getting into. Give the demo a shot.

Last Day of June

This emotional adventure game has you trying to save the life of your beloved June, as you experience a gorgeous landscape and gripping story. This one got a ton of accolades back in 2017, and now you can experience it for yourself on Switch. The game also features collaborations from some notable artists, such as director Massimo Guarini, musician and producer Steven Wilson (now there’s a name I never thought I’d get to drop on TouchArcade), and writer/director/animator Jess Cope.

Neonwall

Here’s an interesting one: you have a physics puzzler that uses the two Joy-Cons’ motion controls, as you try to solve puzzles by manipulating the on-screen pointers to manipulate the colors of rolling balls, which interact with the environment and change the speed of objects, while also shooting away obstacles. This looks like quite the brain and reflex workout, especially with two different pointers to use. While this does support analog controls, I can see the pointer functions of the Joy-Cons making this a lot easier, or at least if you could use one in handheld mode. Early reviews seem rather promising, so take this one into consideration.

Gem Smashers

The Switch sometimes gets ports from earlier Nintendo systems, usually the Wii U or 3DS. But the Game Boy Advance?! While this is a much better looking game than the GBA original, the goal is the same: move around an arena, smashing gems and enemies, changing colors to help solve puzzles and complete the challenges that lie ahead of you I’m always curious when obscure old games get revived like this: does someone just really believe in the concept and try to revive it on modern platforms? This game might just inexplicably outlive us all!

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Welcome to the March 15th SwitchArcade Roundup, where we are covering the latest Switch news and releases! A busy day with nine releases, yet it’s tough not to look over the shoulder and see iOS players starting to enjoy Fortnite. It plays surprisingly well even on older mobile hardware, so a Switch version seems absolutely imminent, right? With controllers and Nintendo’s openness toward cross-platform play, it sure feels like this game is coming soon, it absolutely has to be. Battle royale needs a home on the Switch, and why not have it be the most popular battle royale game going right now? Oh well, until then we’ll have to entertain ourselves with this massive other cavalcade of games.

News

Hex Gambit new trailer, comes to Switch later this year

One Man Left has a new hex grid strategy game in the works called Hex Gambit. It’s in the works right now for Steam and Switch, and it will hit Early Access on Switch in April. To commemorate the occasion, One Man Left has a new trailer. Check out all the bop-based transportation you’ll do in this one! Matches are designed to take 15 minutes tops, and there’s both 1v1 and 2v2 play in a system that features both asynchronous and real-time play, with a natural transition when players drop out. Looks like another potential winner from One Man Left, and here’s hoping that we see the Tilt to Live games on Switch someday. Or perhaps a second life for Outwitters?

Runner3 Switch release date and physical release revealed.

Choice Provisions’ latest Runner game, initially part of the Bit.Trip series, has a release date: May 22nd. Their auto-running platformer starring Commander Video will feature new abilities, new alternate-path levels, and plenty more quick-reflex challenges to tackle. The physical release will include an instruction manual (a rarity these days with physical releases!), a light-up PVC character strip, and a 3″ CD with a sampling of the game’s music.

Fangamer has a vertical grip for the Switch in the works.

When I wrote about Danmaku Unlimited 3 the other day, I lamented that there wasn’t a great way to play handheld games in portrait mode, perfect for shoot ’em ups and other arcade titles that support rotating the screen. It appears this void in the Switch’s accessory lineup might be filled, with Fangamer partnering with game journalist Jeremy Parish for this grip project. If this covers the vent, then it might prove to be problematic, as that is quite necessary to keep the system’s innards from melting. That would be bad, but I’m pretty sure this has been taken into consideration.

New Releases

Sparkle 3: Genesis

Forever entertainment’s Sparkle series of games comes to the Switch. You control a strange, sea-creature-esque organism, and make your way through 12 surreal levels in a dreamlike atmosphere, controlling and evolving your creature the way you want by consuming elements throughout the digital ocean. Sparkle 3 Genesis feels like the perfect kind of title to rejuvenate itself with a new audience on the Switch, or even just with a group of players that maybe missed it the first time around.

Clustertruck

tinyBuild’s latest Switch port has you trying to drive trucks through chaotic tracks. The floor is lava, the trucks go fast, and eventually lasers get involved. Thankfully, you’ll have a grappling hook, a truck cannon, and time control abilities to help you through this trucky situation. This is the kind of game that will give your screen recording function a workout, as you will constantly find new and ever more hilarious ways to watch your trucks crash and explode through the game.

WorldNeverland – Elnea Kingdom

This is the paid Switch port of the free-to-play iOS/Android game of the same name. You immigrate to a faraway kingdom, and enjoy a new life, possibly finding love and forming a party of heroes to fight monsters. You know, the typical immigrant experience. There are still a few cosmetic in-app purchases for this one, but otherwise, this is essentially what happens if a free-to-play game gets converted into a paid one. This likely is more for Asian markets than western ones, but perhaps there’s an appeal here for people who might have avoided a free-to-play, online only title on mobile like this, that would love it on their Switch.

Bingo for Nintendo Switch

Exactly what it says on the tin. Play in four different types of Bingo with up to four people at once. Hey, this might not be for the gaming enthusiasts who pick up a bunch of the retro shoot ’em ups, but the Switch is for everyone. There’s surely an audience for a simple party game like this, and it only costs $ 4.99, and looks like it has some decent production values to it.

Enchanting Mahjong Match

Another simple title, albeit one for those looking for ladies named after Chinese constellations. If you want to unlock these artworks, you’ll have to play through 140 levels of increasingly difficult Mahjong. puzzles. Probably not for the grandparents, unless they’re really cool.

Aero Fighters 3

HAMSTER announced the other day that they were working on bringing other Video System titles to modern consoles, and the Neo Geo title Aero Fighters 3 is now out on the eShop. This shoot ’em up gets a little weird, as enemies vary from standard military hardware to giant sea creatures. Oh, and the playable characters include two animals. There are branching paths and multiple endings for the intrepid player to discover. An intriguing choice for the discerning shoot ’em up fan.

The Long Reach

This pixel-art thriller makes its debut on the Switch. The Ukrainian developer Painted Black Games puts players into modern-day New Hampshire, as the protagonist Calvin explores a strange facility and discovers what’s happening just around the corner from where he lives. Or, don’t: players don’t have to discover everything happening in this game, and features plenty of deception and trickery to screw with players. Sounds like an interesting experience if you’re up for a game that claims inspiration from The Cave and Lone Survivor.

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we’re talking about the latest Nintendo Switch news and covering the latest releases, including a deeper dive into shoot ’em up Danmaku Unlimited 3. There are a few interesting titles that hit the store today, though even if the Switch took a month off of new release there would still be so many games to play. Enjoy these days, folks. You never know if the flood will slow down, or if say, free-to-play comes and takes over everything on the Switch. I’m fine with free-to-play, hopefully the system gets a nice balance of paid games and free-to-play experiences to return to over time…but we’ll see how it all plays out, shall we?

News

Switch Software Update 5.0

The latest Switch firmware update is out now. You can now find Switch friends through Twitter and Facebook, using Friend Suggestions. The parental controls app get an update, with a new software whitelist, restricting video captures for restricted software, and a new PIN entry using the control stick and buttons instead of just the number pad. 24 new icons are available, featuring ARMS and Kirby characters. If you buy a game from the web, then it’ll download sooner than it previously would have started. New filters for news are also available. Plus, if you have a Pro Controller with a special grip color, that will now show in the controls menu. Thankfully, this doesn’t break the 8Bitdo Wireless Controller Adapter, which I was concerned would happen. It’s not a groundbreaking update, but it does have some nifty new features! And hey, at least Nintendo isn’t updating the system software as often as Sony liked to do. The PS3 was a nightmare with that.

GameMaker titles Super Hydorah and Cursed Castilla will come to Switch

Abylight Studios is bringing the Ghouls and Ghosts-inspired Cursed Castilla and the shoot ’em up Super Hydorah to the Switch, thanks to GameMaker adding Switch compatibility soon. While compatibility won’t arrive until the summer, expect plenty of studios that want to satiate their fans’ desires to have everything on the Switch (a rational desire!) by making these kinds of pre-announcements. Abylight has a particular experience with trying to port a game to a platform without native GameMaker support, so these titles should be a piece of cake in comparison.

WayForward Announces Switch release date for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

The third game in the Shantae series of Metroidvania platformers will get a Switch release next Tuesday, March 20th. Half-Genie Hero is the latest, and is on Switch already, so if you missed this title, or only played the first two, then here’s your chance to check out this entry in the series. I’m kind of amazed that this and Toki Tori are still relevant in 2018. They were both Game Boy Color games that released after the Game Boy Advance came out, which should have been death sentences, and yet both series have multiple entries on Nintendo’s latest handheld. Crazy stuff.

Hazelnut Bastille will release on Switch, with Secret of Mana composer

It can be easy to fall into the trap of hearing about new Switch release, and just focusing on the ports. Which are exciting because they’re on such a convenient new platform, sure. But there’s plenty of originals in the works for the Switch too. Indie RPG Hazelnut Bastille is now confirmed as coming to the Switch, with its action-RPG gameplay inspired by the Super NES. And it’s going to feature a guest composer, Hiroki Kikuta, who worked on Secret of Mana, as he will contribute to the soundtrack and hopefully add to that SNES authenticity.

New Releases

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Sunny Tam brings his long-running shoot ’em up series to the Switch with Danmaku Unlimited 3. Previous games graced PC and mobile, and now you have a new way to play it on the go with a controller, on Switch. It’s a great addition to the system, and also a great introduction to bullet hell shoot ’em ups.

One of the core elements of Danmaku Unlimited 3 is bullet-grazing, where you come within just close enough proximity to bullets that it fills your trance gauge, but it doesn’t actually touch you. Trance mode makes you incredibly powerful, and lets you destroy enemies more quickly, along with racking up high scores from the gems that enemies generate upon death. You’ll know you grazed a bullet when you hear an audible click, so play this game with headphones or good speakers if you can. Sound really is key, and you have to get good at bullet-grazing to do well.

I recommend playing Danmaku Unlimited 3 with a good controller if possible. The Joy-Con’s analog stick and buttons are fine, but you might want a controller with an actual d-pad for this one. And preferably wired, too: while Sunny Tam knows how to make a responsive shoot ’em up for virtually any control scheme, take any advantage you can get into your hands. Don’t give an inch to the enemy forces! This is the kind of game where “Easy” difficulty is still ridiculously tough, though you do start to unlock features like extra bombs and continues as you do better through the early parts of the game.

Thankfully, Danmaku Unlimited 3 does include the ability to rotate the screen 90, 180, or 270 degrees, so you can play in portrait mode or in upside-down landscape mode if you so desire. Playing in portrait mode on the Switch screen, propped up on a stand, is certainly cool, sure. But what I recommend is playing it on a monitor in portrait mode. It’s surprisingly easy to do, as you can get gas-lift monitor stands for $ 30 on Amazon that let you raise and rotate a computer monitor to whatever height you want. I coincidentally bought one just before I played Danmaku Unlimited 3, and I’ve had a ton of fun playing the game by rotating my monitor. Give it a shot if you have the means.

You really have to be patient and willing to improve if you play a bullet hell game like Danmaku Unlimited 3, but I find it quite rewarding when I sit down and just keep trying to do better, and learn the patterns and bullet grazing. And especially now that I have the ability to play in portrait mode on my monitor setup, I’m probably going to have to dive into more shoot ’em ups with the functionality. Also, I dig BLANKFIELD’s soundtrack, which sounds like Periphery-style djent with a bit more of a shred flavor to it. If you like shoot ’em ups, and want a good original one for the Switch that isn’t just a HAMSTER port of a classic game, definitely check out Danmaku Unlimited 3. If my impressions don’t convince you, check out our review of the mobile release.

Coffin Dodgers

It’s kart racing featuring old people! Make your way through the Sunny Pines Retirement Community, where you try not to finish in low enough position that the Grim Reaper comes and steals your soul. Eventually, in order to try and grind out another miserable day, you have to race against the Grim Reaper themselves. Or, you can race against your friends in split-screen multiplayer. If you’ve already played the heck out of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, or want a multiplayer racing game without paying the $ 60 price for Mario Kart, this is the way to go. Also, the game title has a great spoonerism in Doffin Codgers.

Spiral Splatter

Sometimes You is picking up a lot of Switch releases recently, and mobile port Spiral Splatter is their latest. You try to make your way to the goal as you navigate ever-trickier mazes full of dastardly obstacles. This one was pretty solid on mobile, and if you want to give it a spin with physical controls, this is your chance!

Kona

This one released last week after the rest of the Friday releases, which is appropriate, since this is a horror title. You have to survive Northern Canada’s Atamipek Lake, as you try to investigate the mystery of who vandalized a rich industrialist’s property. Things quickly get weird, and you have to try and battle the elements to get to the bottom of the surreal mystery. The developer is hoping to make this the first of four games, and it might help if the Switch version picks up some extra popularity along the way.

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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we have a bunch of Nintendo Switch news and eShop sales to discuss! Thankfully, Monday is a slow day for new releases for your dear author, but the releases kick back up in intensity tomorrow. But thankfully, there’s plenty to still talk about with a bunch of ports from other platforms announced for the Switch, and some deep discounts on intriguing titles as well! Let’s dive right into it, shall we?

News

Tesla vs. Lovecraft on Switch this week

10tons keeps cranking out the fun top-down dual-stick shooters in the vein of Neon Chrome, each with their own unique twists. Their latest, Tesla vs. Lovecraft, has you playing as Nikola Tesla as he tries to fend off Lovecraftian abominations with electric weapons, including the Tesla-Mech! This looks like a lot of fun, and has hordes of enemies akin to 10tons’ classic Crimsonland. If you like their selection of games, this should be perfect on the Switch, and you can check it out this Friday, March 16th: the same day as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases.

The original Toki Tori comes to Switch soon

If you played Toki Tori 2+ for Switch and want to see what the original is like, well, good news: the original puzzle-platformer’s enhanced version hits the Switch soon, with preorders starting on Wednesday, March 14th. Sometimes, it’s tough to go back to prequels after playing the sequel, but Toki Tori has a level-based structure with items to use, so it might just be different enough that it won’t feel inferior.

Ravenous Games makes Switch debut with Devious Dungeon

Long-time mobile developer Ravenous Games is making its way to the Switch courtesy of Ratatalka Games, as Devious Dungeon, their roguelike-inspired platformer, is set to release soon. Hopefully this is the first of many games from them to hit the eShop: the League of Evil titles in particular are fun trial platformers, and they deserve another look from a console market.

Everspace coming to Switch

While Galaxy on Fire 3 comes to the Switch soon, people who prefer the first two games are in luck, as former Fishlabs founders at Rockfish Games are bringing their latest space action game, Everspace, to the Switch. [Interestingly, in an interview Rockfish did about the game](https://wccftech.com/everspace-interview-future-plans-switch/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter, they say that “our mobile gaming background already paid off: Everspace runs super smoothly, and it looks just gorgeous on the device. We still have to optimize the performance when running on the big screen, but we are getting there.” No release date announced yet, but there is a retail edition coming on May 29th to PS4, so possibly sometime around then?

OPUS: Rocket of Whispers hits the Switch on March 22nd

Flyhigh Works and Sigono’s narrative-driven adventure sequel comes to the Switch next week, with preorders starting on March 15th. You’ll be exploring an icy world, trying to build a rocket that will serve as a space burial for the victims of an apocalyptic plague. You’ll have a number of items to discover, and new parts of the world to find throughout your journey. This is a different experience from the original OPUS, but if you like narrative-based, atmospheric adventures, this should be up your alley.

Games On Sale

OPUS: The Day We Left Earth

($ 4 from $ 5 until March 22nd) Oh hey, what a coincidence. The original OPUS is on sale. Here, you help the robot Emeth use a space telescope to help find Earth, as you discover many other planets throughout the game’s galaxy. Wear headphones or use good speakers while playing this as the music really helps to set the mood for this mysterious adventure.

Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back

($ 2.49 from $ 4.99 until March 22nd) Again, the nice thing about the Switch is that because it sits at this convergence point between mobile and console gaming, it’s a great spot for mobile ports such as Frederic 2. Here, you engage in music duels in rhythm game format, as you play the piano to notes that keep falling down, though you’re trying to out-do your opponent while also playing your track. This one has some glorious keytar action, and it’s super-cheap.

Tachyon Project

($ 7.99 from $ 9.99 until March 19th) If you need a fun dual-stick arena shooter for yourself, Eclipse Games has its glowy shoot ’em up on sale for a few days. While it does boast endless play for high score chasers, the story mode is a unique element that provides a bit structure to the proceedings. Word from reviews is that this one is quite tough, but is a solid entry in the dual-stick shooter genre.

Baseball Riot

($ 3.99 from $ 4.99 until March 14th) The nice thing about 10tons is that they release pretty much every single game they make on every platform possible. This physics puzzler has you hitting baseballs around rooms to try and knock out all the targets without having the glove-wielding players just catch the ball, so you have to come up with some tricky angles to hit all your shots. It’s a fun, chaotic game, and if you didn’t pick it up on any other platform, you can save a buck on the Switch!

Plague Road

($ 6 from $ 15 until March 15th) Arcade Distillery is here to bring you a massive sale, as their procedurally-generated strategy-survival game is 60% off for a few days. You rescue survivors from the plague-ridden landscape, either using them as traveling companions to help you in battle against the plague-ridden forces, or to assign them to your farm to help you in your quest to rid the world of the plague. The game features some detailed art and animation as part of its unique visual style, and the game as a whole seems quite intriguing, especially at this low price. On the one hand, I like that the Switch is avoiding the race to the bottom. On the other, I like some huge discounts.

Mecho Tales

($ 3.99 from $ 9.99 until March 15th) Remember Mecho Wars, the Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy game? While that game is not on the Switch, the universe continues in Mecho Tales, a chaotic action-platformer that features multiplayer for up to four people at once. Also from Arcade Distillery, it has more of that unique artwork that Plague Road has, and its multiplayer chaos might work well for players that need a new game for when they’re entertaining guests. At this massive discount, why not?

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