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You might have missed a one-off opportunity to become a cryptocurrency multi-billionaire. It appears popular exchange desk Coinbase suffered from a flaw in its Ethereum smart contract setup, which made it possible to reward yourself with a virtually infinite sum of ETH, according to newly surfaced vulnerability report. The jarring vulnerability was discovered by Dutch fintech firm VI Company, which reported the issue to Coinbase back in late December last year. The exchange desk fixed the issue a month later in January and has since rewarded the Dutch company with a $ 10,000 bounty. “By using a smart contract to distribute…
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?
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.
"Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse” is coming to Nintendo Switch on March 20! Includes HD Rumble and Super Shantae Nab mini-game! pic.twitter.com/EjFJckoolJ
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Domestic wireless carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have long engaged in guerrilla style marketing tactics in a bid to bolster their user base and flaunt their respective networks as second-to-none. This week, however, it was Sprint who found itself in the crosshairs of an independent investigation that was conducted by the National Advertising […] Read More… iDrop News
T-Mobile confirmed to TmoNews today that it’s raising the price of its T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+ plan on March 15. On that date, the price will increase to $ 70 per month. Taxes and fees are included in that price, and customers will need to enroll in autopay to get that price.
The features of the Unlimited 55+ plan will remain the same after the price increase, meaning customers will get two lines of unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE smartphone data. And just like the current $ 60 plan, only customers who are age 55 or older will be able to sign up, and age verification will be required.
Customers who are enrolled in the Unlimited 55+ plan before March 15 will not be affected by this price increase. So if you’re interestd in signing up for that T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+ rate plan, you may want to do it sometime in the next week.
Welcome to another SwitchArcade Roundup, full of new games and some interesting sales for the Nintendo Switch. Perhaps it’s because the end of the fiscal year is coming up, but it seems like a particularly busy time of year. Or perhaps the Switch gold rush of 2017 that’s spurring other developers to get on board is finally seeing work come onto the system, making the Switch release schedule incredibly jam-packed. You might not ever run out of content for the Switch between ports and new releases, unless it becomes financially un-viable, but for now…enjoy the madness.
Splatoon 2 adds Goby Arena map
Seriously, if you’re not playing Splatoon 2, you’re missing out on a game that is getting a ton of free content on a regular basis. The latest update adds in Goby Arena, a basketball arena. The center court area is key, as it’s tough to push to the enemy base with un-inkable ramps. You’ll see it a lot in the map rotations. Do keep in mind that Arowana Mall is also not in map rotation at the moment due to some bugs that need to be fixed with it. There’s also a new weapon to check out, the Dark Tetra Dualies.
Is Blizzard teasing Diablo 3 coming to the Switch? That sure looks like the lord of evil and a switch…hmm! Blizzard’s PR is denying it, but I mean, it’s not like they’re gonna be like “you got me” and suddenly spill the beans. They’ll do so when they’re ready. In a previous life, when social engagement numbers were important, maybe some content manager was looking to goose up those numbers by trolling the “we want everything on the Switch” crowd. But to be fair, we should get Diablo 3 on Switch. To quote Jonah Hill, it would be “clean and rad and powerful.”
Tribute Games has a release date for the Switch version of their hookshot roguelike-inspired platformer, Flinthook. And it’s coming at you fast: March 9th! You explore ships for treasure, take on bosses, and most importantly, use your hookshot to launch from place to place. It’s pretty fun, and while I prefer grappling hooks to hookshots, I am here for anything involving hooks. This should be rather fun on the Switch, particularly with the roguelike replayability.
I don’t know if Micro Machines was just super-influential, or if the idea of toy cars racing around normal, human-sized environments is just something that keeps getting game developers to keep cranking these outs. Regardless, Super Toy Cars lets you drive around courses full of decorations and obstacles like food, and shoot giant eight-balls as a weapon.
Qubic Games brings a logic-based puzzler to the Switch. You have to move balls around the grid to put each ball in its correct color spot, with rules variations across four different game modes. There are 170 levels in total, and this one will only run you $ 3.99 if you have some extra eShop credit that’s burning a hole in your pocket.
Finally, triangles get their shot at wreaking havoc on other, more efficient shapes. And, uh, weird non-polygonal creatures? You can only walk and jump in this one, but you can play in four player mode in either a cooperative campaign, or a combat arena where everyone’s trying to bop each other.
Ooh, this one seems interesting. Each player in this battle arena game starts with a single bullet, and if you miss, you have to go pick it up before firing again. It reminds me a bit conceptually of Towerfall, but only having the one shot means there’s more risk to start off with. First step: get some friends. Second step: try out this game.
iFun4All revives its early-2010s mobile and Wii game for the Switch. Once known as Crap of Defense, you have to assail the neverending paper enemy hordes in a castle-defense-style gameplay. The concept was amusing back in the day, I’m curious if this one holds up all these years later.
Described as an active solitaire game where you divide packets and put them in solitaire-style hands, this seems to be a game for people who think their puzzle games need to be very anime. The good news is that this has online multiplayer and a story mode, so you should get your $ 4.99 worth out of this one. A savage note in the description: “online service may be terminated without notice, so please be forewarned.”
($ 39.99 from $ 44.99 until March 16th) I remember when this was introduced as an Apple TV racing game, then a mobile title. Taking a mobile free-to-play title, with all its expansive amounts of content, and reworking it for the console audience, is an intriguing idea, particularly when the core games are often really well made beyond the monetization trappings.
($ 7.49 from $ 14.99 until March 22nd) This includes Mutant Mudds Deluxe, the well-known platformer with its clever foreground and background action. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge throws 40 difficult levels at players. Finally, Mudd Blocks is a puzzle game set in the universe, making this package come off as a unique set of titles, and not just three different versions of the same experience.
($ 19.99 from $ 29.99 each until March 16th) Benoit Sokal’s well-received adventure games are on the Switch, and if you missed your chance to explore Europe and solve puzzles that would take you to the mythical island of Syberia, well, now you can do so on your Switch at a discount. The games are full of gorgeous art, and they’re a great fit in the modern era of gaming where adventure titles have seen a resurgence.
Way back in late 2015 when Binge On originally launched, T-Mobile offered a free Vudu rental for every month of 2016 to Simple Choice Unlimited customers. That offer was extended through early 2018, but now it looks like it’s coming to an end. T-Mobile is notifying customers that it’s ending its Binge On promotion that gives Simple Choice Unlimited customers a free Vudu movie rental each month. The offer is coming to an end on March … [read full article]
AT&T changed the cost of its single-line, unlimited data plans today by simultaneously raising and lowering prices for new customers, according to Ars Technina. The telecom’s Unlimited Choice plan is going up to $ 65 from $ 60, and its Unlimited Plus Enhanced plan is dropping to $ 80 from $ 90. Family plan prices went up $ 5. Both plans have existed for nearly a year now, and the pricing adjustment comes with some changes to service.
Ars reports that the cheaper Unlimited Choice Enhanced plan used to limit internet speeds to 3Mbps and video streaming to 1.5Mbps. Now, the 3Mbps limit doesn’t exist, although these customers will get slower speeds if the network is congested. The limit still exists if customers stay on their original Unlimited…
Welcome back to the SwitchArcade Roundup, where we’re chatting new releases including Payday 2, some news, and pointing out some new and soon-to-expire sales! The world of the Switch is staying busy, with a ton of titles continually popping up, including the interesting dilemma of mobile games releasing on the platform. It’s interesting how the Switch is basically an Android tablet, and yet people are willing to pay console game prices on the platform, yet won’t on iOS or Android, hmm? Always worth keeping in mind. Perception is an interesting beast…
SN30 and SF30 Pro Firmware Update
The Pro Controller is full of technology, but it is also really expensive. You can get some decent wired controllers for $ 20-$ 30 (the PowerA one is quite competent), but only 8Bitdo has wireless controllers in that midrange, that are compatible with the Switch and many other platforms. The company does have to play whack-a-mole with the Switch’s firmware updates to maintain compatibility, but they’ve caught back up to Nintendo with their controllers. This latest firmware update, version 1.25, enhances analog performance in Switch mode. Now if only this controller would support MFi controls…
The popular indie shoot ’em up is getting a Switch release after its 2017 release on Steam and mobile. If you enjoy a little bit of bullet hell to go along with a ton of flashy effects, this is the game for you. While it works really well as a mobile game. The game will support portrait orientation in “tate” mode, along with an ultra-wide mode. Expect this one to hit on March 13th for $ 9.99.
Psyonix announced a crossover with the WWE, which will include some in-game customization items along with a bunch of appearances on WWE properties. I hope we get a John Cena skin…invisible rocket car!
Now you can play Payday while robbing a bank. The one issue with the game is that while it has online, it doesn’t support voice chat, so coordinating with teammates to successfully rob some banks and avoid the fuzz will be tricky. The game is a few months behind the content on PC, and you’ll have to put up with some framerate and resolution dips a times, but otherwise this is the full Payday experience, just on the go.
This Metroidvania-style puzzler is available for an “introductory price” of $ 9.99, though it’s not listed as a sale on the eShop, so we’ll see if this stays at that price or not. It’s a unique puzzler, complete with an intricately-designed style of puzzle where everything is just about learning how to use your core abilities, rather than having any artificial barriers to progress. Amazing that a puzzler released on the Game Boy Color after the Game Boy Advance came out would still be kicking all these years later.
tinyBuild’s first Switch title has you traveling through a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled, landscape, trying to rescue survivors and fend off the undead with the help of your train. You’ll have to keep your train up and running, and go through deadly scenarios to try and rescue the living…or perhaps let them die and loot their corpses. It’s a harsh world, after all.
($ 9.99 from $ 14.99 until March 12th) The Switch exclusive is now on PC, though to tempt you to pick up the Switch version, it’s on sale. This is a parody of Metal Gear Solid‘s ridiculous melodrama, complete with that PS1-style low-polygon look. The whole game has the structure and controls of a mobile game, to where the whole thing works on touchscreen, and is best enjoyed in short bursts. It’s an amusing diversion, and if you love Metal Gear Solid but also like to joke about it, this is worth checking out.
($ 5.99 from $ 9.99 until February 28th) Santa Ragione, the developers of the fantastic FOTONICA, have an intriguing interactive fiction game available on the Switch. Each playthrough is short, but there are 16 different endings as you explore a bunch of different stories through the Via Aurelia in Italy. This sale ends tomorrow, so get on it now if you’re intrigued.
$ 3.99 from $ 4.99 until March 15th) Need some turn-based strategy with cars? That’s what Mad Carnage provides, as you duel with opponents in a dusty post-apocalyptic environment. There’s a 20-level campaign to go along with local multiplayer. At that price, if you’re intrigued, why not?