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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Blizzard Announces the ‘Hearthstone’ Year of the Raven, In-Game Tournaments, and More

One of the best changes made in the lifecycle of Hearthstone [Free] was the addition of a well structured card rotation cycle. If that’s all gibberish to you, effectively what Hearthstone does is the same as many other collectable card games in that they’re constantly releasing new sets of card but to make the game approachable to new players (and to keep the metagame evolving) they “rotate” card sets. In the case of Hearthstone, they do this via annual rotations. We’ve already gone through the Year of the Kraken and the Year of the Mammoth, so this and this year Hearthstone takes to the sky with the Year of the Raven. Once the first card set of 2018 is released (which will be announced next month), cards from Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan, and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will only be playable in the anything goes Wild format. Standard will then be limited to cards from Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, Kobolds and Catacombs, as well as the three future card sets released in 2018.

With these rotations, Blizzard often moves cards from the Classic set to the Hall of Fame, which retires them from Standard play. In this particular rotation, three cards are being smoked out and Ben Brode took time to explain the methodology behind these decisions. First off, the Mage card Ice Block is out. The idea behind these Classic cards is to give decks the class flavor without necessarily being cards you would specifically build a deck around. Ice Block, basically forever, has been a definite “build around.” Brode made sure to mention to us that there are many more exciting Mage cards coming in the first set of 2018, so, I feel pretty confident in waiting to see what’s going to happen surrounding the Mage meta before getting too worked up about Ice Block going away.

Additionally, Coldlight Oracle is getting Hall of Fame treatment, largely due to it having one of the most powerful battlecry effects in the game. Coldlight Oracle, like Sylvanas in rotations past, was preventing them from releasing certain kinds of cards that interacted with battlecries and bounce effects just due to the strength of Coldlight Oracle. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for cards coming out in 2018 that might’ve allowed us to really abuse its battlecry.

Last, but not least, is Mountain Giant. Ever since it got nerfed to be a 25 mana card instead of a 20 mana card, it hasn’t seen tons of play. So, it’s going to the Hall of Fame and getting un-nerfed so all the Giants decks of days of yore will be once again alive in the Wild format.

The thing I’m most excited for is the new in-game tournament mode that Blizzard is planning on rolling out this summer. In a nutshell, anyone will be able to roll their own tournament either by inviting friends or providing some kind of alphanumeric invite code. Tournaments have a start time, and once you’re signed up and online when it starts you’ll be automatically matched with other players in a swiss tournament that’s entirely managed inside the game itself. Blizzard repeatedly reiterated that this is something that they want to continue improving, and while it won’t likely be an instant replacement for the tournaments manually run by esports organizations, that seems like a noble goal to have one day.

Oh, and quests will be getting easier to complete. Quests that might’ve required you to win 3 games will only require 2. Similarly, quests that had you play 50 quest cards will go down to 30. All 40 gold quests are getting buffed to 50 gold, and they’re shooting for all players to easily be able to farm up a half a pack a day just from playing quests.

While the dates are still fairly nebulous with the new set being announced “next month” and the in-game tournament mode coming “this summer,” these massive rotations are an exciting time for Hearthstone. Even if you don’t plan on buying any new cards, it’ll still be worth paying attention to in order to unlock the free Druid hero Lunara which you’ll get from playing 10 standard games! Pretty sweet.

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