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

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

News

ARMS Testpunch Starts Tonight

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

Rocket League sees visual quality improvements in the Tournaments Update

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

New Releases:

Toki Tori ($ 4.49)

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

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

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

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

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

Shadow Bug ($ 8.99)

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

Alteric ($ 4.49)

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

Farm Expert 2018 for Nintendo Switch ($ 29.99)

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

Devious Dungeon ($ 6.79 launch sale price)

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

Sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple has two-year head start on Android in 3D sensing arms race, report says

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Levi’s arms robots with lasers to create sustainable jeans

Sustainable fashion: Denim brand Levi’s has combined lasers with robotics to produce its famous jeans in a way that’s better for the environment.

Judging how bad a pair of jeans is for the environment is a tricky business, but a good rule of thumb is that the more distressed they look, the more stressed the environment is likely to be. Vintage feel comes with an environmental price tag.

Fading denim and creating tears to look as authentic as possible relies on a number of harsh ingredients and gruelling manual processes. Sandpaper, chemicals, and multiple washes are permanent fixtures on the production line.

Speaking to Fast CompanyBart Sights, head of Levi’s innovation centre, the Eureka Lab, admitted as much. “Our company alone offers over a thousand different finish looks per season, which is mind-boggling,” he said. “They’re all produced with very labour-intensive, repetitive-motion jobs, and a long list of chemical formulations. That’s a pretty dark picture of how things have been.”

The sustainable robot

Fortunately for Levi’s public stance on sustainability, the company has developed a new methodology to give its jeans that authentic look. It has introduced new practices that reduce both its carbon footprint and the number of hazardous materials used in the manufacturing process.

These come together to form F.L.X: Future-led execution.

The main component is revolutionising the way jeans are finished. For years, hand-finishing has been common in the denim industry: it’s long been the best way to create worn and faded designs.

Instead of hours of washing, scrubbing and intensive manual labour, a robot has been tasked with using infrared lasers to etch off thin layers of indigo and cotton. The result: that familiar faded finish and tears that are just as precise, but in as little as 90 seconds.

Compared with two or three pairs per hour when using the manual process, the laser-equipped robots represent a huge step forward. “It’s definitely not an incremental change,” Sights said. “It’s radical.”

Levi’s have developed the laser finishing system with the help of Jeanologia, a company dedicated to finding eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing.

Levi's robots and laser are developing greener jeans
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Read more: Adding additive manufacturing to the smart factory set-up

Read more: Ralph Lauren deploys wearable tech for Team USA’s Winter Olympics uniform

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While the focus of much public debate about robotics, automation, and AI has been on the potential impact on jobs or ethical practise, too little attention has been paid to their sustainability benefits. Personalised, automated, and localised production (PAL) processes will help minimise the need for offshore outsourcing, monolithic production, and global supply chains. And as Levi’s has discovered, they may also reduce the need for environmentally damaging production techniques that are harmful to human workers.

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Robotic Arms, VR football and movie magic: Sony is heading to SXSW 2018

We’re heading back to Austin for SXSW 2018. Last year Xperia Touch was the star of the show, this time we’re packing an Xperia XZ1, 3D Creator and a robotic arm in our suitcases.

From Saturday 10th until Tuesday 13th March, Sony will host the ‘WOW Studio” inviting visitors to try out some of our most exciting prototypes and previously unseen tech, along with our popular 3D Creator feature.

Our 3D Creator showcase will bring the joy of 3D creation to each visitor as a robotic arm wielding an Xperia XZ1 will scan and create 3D renders of guests heads, who will each receive a video to view on their smartphones and share their experience.

State of the art VR technology will be on display as visitors have the chance to face off in a penalty shoot out against a world-class goalie. Festival-goers will even be able to star in their own movie as Sony’s Free-Viewpoint Visual Technology works to create 3D avatars for users to star as the lead in their very own short film.

Click here to find out more about Sony’s WOW Studio and our other exhibits.

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ARM’s CEO on Spectre and Meltdown, plus hot CES 2018 takes

Google was really pushing Google Assistant and the Google Home.

This week. the Internet of Things Podcast crew went to CES to discover that the consumer electronics industry was ALL OVER the internet of things. Yes,  Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant starred in everything, and we explain what that means.  Plus, we answer a question about bathroom fans taken from the listener hotline. After all that Simon Segars, the CEO of ARM, kindly talks about how to be safe with the massive Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities and gave some context about what this means for the internet of things. Listen up.

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Ubtech Walker is a biped butler robot with no arms but a lot of charm

Humanoids are the hardest. Atlas is the state of the art, and you might think that because Atlas has solved backflips, building a full-sized biped robot that can just walk around should be easy by now. But it’s very much not easy, especially in the home.

For starters, there’s the noise. Many of the best and strongest humanoids use hydraulics for strength. Even electronic servo-based robots can be loud. But more importantly, bipeds are expensive, fragile, and fall over a lot. Why would you want that in your home?

The people at Ubtech, a China-based robotics company that sells a wide range of home and toy robots, are working on the impossible, and possibly the impractical: Walker, a human-sized biped for the home.

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A New Futuristic Robot Lets Your Arms Lift Half a Ton

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Elon Musk recently made headlines asserting that, in order for us to both progress and survive as a species, we must merge with machines and become cyborgs. And, as climate change rages onwards and the biological difficulties of completing a human mission to Mars become ever more apparent, many are beginning to agree.

It is no surprise, then, that researchers at Sarcos Robotics have created Guardian GT, a set of seven-foot robotic arms that can each lift 230 kg (500 lbs), giving whoever uses them superhuman strength. And to ensure you can really experience this superhuman ability, the arms allow you to actually feel what’s going on.

These robotic arms can reported lift half a ton, but in operating the machine, the user feels only two kilogram (five pounds) of force, according to Wired. The dimensions of these arms are designed to be parallel to those of an adult human, so users should find them natural-feeling and easy to operate.

Sarcos Robotics intends these arms to be used for emptying disposal bins, moving metal pipes, and accomplishing other tasks with massively heavy materials. The arms are powered by a diesel motor and are said to be capable of moving at 6 km/h (4 mph) for a 7 hours — enough time to move a lot of heavy objects.

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From science fiction to developing artificial limbs (such as these robotic arms), augmenting human strength and ability remains at the forefront of many efforts. Boldly referred to as “cyborg eyes,” researchers are developing wireless, prosthetic eyes for those without sight; cyborg bacteria promote the hope of achieving artificial photosynthesis; and companies around the world are considering, and sometimes implimenting, microchipping their employees. In short — we are well on our way to truly becoming a planet of cyborgs.

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But this might not be the science fiction nightmare that Star Trek promised with the Borg. The Guardian GT arms are not inherently weapons and are designed specifically to be used with a human counterpart while steering clear of any sci-fi-reminiscent interaction with the brain. And, while it is easy to feel distrust toward technologies with the word “cyborg” attached, merging human with machine isn’t necessarily bad.

Prosthetics have provided assistance to those lacking limbs or abilities for quite a long time. But, while antique models had limited or non-existent functionality, modern prosthetics, like Guardian GT, are being designed to give users abilities beyond what is naturally possible.

It is yet to be seen whether this means that, in the future, we will all walk around with cyborg attachments giving us superhuman abilities. But one thing is for certain — this innovation will change the way we move heavy objects.

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Samsung manufacturing arms poised to make $4 billion more from iPhone X than Galaxy S8

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If estimates and supplier predictions are correct, Samsung is poised to reap $ 14.3 billion in parts delivery alone from just the iPhone X through 2019, with the Galaxy S8 gathering only $ 10.1 billion.
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The World’s First Drone Equipped with Robotic Arms

Prodrone’s PD6B-AW-ARM drone is the first ever large-format drone equipped with two robotic arms. This new versatility could mean a drone’s job could soon extend beyond filming, surveying and simple parcel delivery.

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