Gaga Wrecker.

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Pokémon Sun & Moon cartridges might be in the slots of countless 3DS systems right now but Pokémon isn’t the only game developers GameFreak have doing the rounds. Gaga Wrecker is a 2D action adventure which sees players explore a world ruled by machines while manipulating the junk around them into useful tools. Why not take a look at exactly what GameFreak can do without Pikachu & co. here.

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The Hunt Is On.

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While the name Jake Hunter isn’t immanently recognisable in the west, Japanese and dedicated adventure gamers alike will know who Jake Hunter is and they’ll be delighted to know Arc System Works are now not only in control of the franchise but working on brand new games. Unfortunately as has been the case with Hunter titles in the past, the forth coming Ghost of the Dusk has of yet been confirmed for release outside of Japan but hopefully Arc System Works will take a risk given the franchises’ 30th anniversary is just around the corner.
Jake Hunter Ghost of the Dusk is scheduled for release later this year in Japan on mobile devices.

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Home or Handheld?

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One of the biggest debates circling the Nintendo Switch currently is what Nintendo’s hybrid console actually means for the future of the 3DS or it’s successor? This week we got an indication as to the direction Nintendo may end up heading with both President Tatsumi Kimishima & Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma commenting that the Switch doesn’t mean “the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear” but it could become a “first” games console for children.
Neither message (which you can read in full below) is likely to satisfy DS fans or settle their fears, in fact their tone is likely to do the opposite. Time will tell, it did for the GameBoy.

“There’s an element of that, but it doesn’t automatically mean things will happen more quickly or more easily. Plus, Nintendo 3DS still has plenty of titles in development. The concept of the Switch is that you have a home console that you can take with you on the go, and in that respect it is both home console and handheld, but it doesn’t mean for us that the concept of a dedicated handheld will just disappear.” Eiji Aonuma.
“I believe that for the time being, the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch can co-exist together. Compared to the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintnedo Switch is different in shape, size, and price, and the variety and quantity of games that are currently playable now are different between the two. With those differences in mind, I believe that a Nintendo 3DS would work well for parents that are looking into getting their children their first games. Therefore, as a portable gaming device, I believe the Nintendo 3DS has a different demand and market than the Nintendo Switch, and as we’ve gone about with portable consoles until now, we will continue considering a successor.” Tatsumi Kimishima.

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Pay to Play the Nintendo way.

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Nintendo more than shocked a number of gamers when they revealed that gaming online with the Switch will come at a cost & while that cost remains undisclosed, what you’ll get for your money has been outlined & it doesn’t seem like a lot. So for your money you’ll of course get online access to the likes of Mario Kart 8 & Splatoon 2 in addition to Nintendo’s voice chat app & a virtual console game a month. Much like a PSN or XBox Gold subscription, access to these games, rental games and additional discounts will expire should you decide not to renew your subscription, if any of that convinces you to take one out in the first place.

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Fire Emblem.

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The Fire Emblem franchise is now firmly one of Nintendo’s big hitters, so unsurprisingly the Mario Factory have dedicated a Direct event to the franchise revealing three new Emblem titles for the 3DS, mobile devices and the Switch. Of the three titles announced Fire Emblem Heroes received the most attention unsurprisingly as it’s the first time the series will make an appearance on Android and IOS devices offering players the chance to take on a number of missions with a wealth of characters from the series’ past, a past Intelligent Systems will be looking towards for Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia, a remake of the NES’s 1982 Fire Emblem Gaiden coming to the 3DS this May. When & what form the forthcoming Switch Emblem will take however remains something Nintendo weren’t willing to reveal just yet however this direct made one thing very clear, the Fire Emblem franchise is a very important one to Nintendo these days.

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Square Marvel.

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Marvel are no strangers to licensing out their characters having partnered in the past with the likes of Capcom, Sega, Activision & now Square Enix who’ll take up the challenge of creating a digital Marvel universe in a deal spanning multiple years & titles starting with an Avengers game.
Developers Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex) & Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) will be tasked with creating all these shiny new Marvel titles & while it’s still far to early to see said titles in action, Square Enix have released a teaser trailer.

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Switch.

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Last week after what felt like a lifetime of waiting Nintendo finally lifted the curtain on their newest console, the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure by now you’ve seen or at least read the event highlights as everyone seemed to have an opinion on the unveiling, hell I too would have like to offer my immediate thoughts on the event but real life got in the way. That said however perhaps such was for the best, now having had time to digest what Nintendo served up a more measured response can be issued so here goes.
I’m not going to rehash the whole event again here, as I said I’m sure you’ve seen or read about it elsewhere already but what I will say is how struck I was with how clearly this presentation demonstrated Nintendo’s gear change, marketing wise from the Wii U to the Switch. It reminded me very much of the Wii era Nintendo, as did the likes of 1-2-Switch & to a lesser extent, Arms. Thankfully however my nerves were eased with the impressive wave of titles that came after, Fire Emblem Warriors, Project Octopath Traveler, Shin Megami Tensei, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and of course Super Mario Odyssey which looks amazing. Heck even Bomberman made a surprise comeback after the show with Super Bomberman R making the Switch software line for the year ahead one to be excited about, sadly the same cannot be said for the console’s price, Nintendo’s decision to charge for online usage, the system’s shocking battery life or the limited number of titles available.
By the end of the event and more than a week on the Switch’s issues are clear for all to see but very difficult for Nintendo to resolve at this point, posing the question, will the Switch really be worth investing in? Well I certainty think so & as such will be pre-ordering mine next week however I’m doing so with realistic expectation, I’m buying the Switch for Nintendo games & oddities like Super Bomberman R, if games like that are enough for you then so should you.

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Descaled.

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In a move that sent shock waves throughout the XBox fan base, Microsoft announced this week that they’ve decided to shut down development of Platinum Games’ action-RPG Scalebound, completely. Unveiled to noteworthy fanfare during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 conference, Scalebound was at one point billed as a AAA title for the XOne, making the game’s cancellation and Microsoft’s subsequent vague reasoning for such all the more unexplainable. At least director Hideki Kamiya has shared his sadness for the game’s demise via twitter and the fact that he was truly sorry to all the fans awaiting the game.

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SuperBoy.

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Retro-Bit have done well in establishing themselves as the brand when it comes to retro gaming in a modern setting and the hardware producer is hoping to build on that growing recognition with the Super Retro Boy, a Game Boy inspired device that offers up to 10 hours of play time and compatibility with all your favourite Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games.
No solid price or release date as of yet but toward the end of 2017 is being whispered.

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Good Switch?

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The Nintendo Switch is drowning in a sea of rumours at the moment and the latest of these revolves around Ubisoft’s long awaited Beyond Good and Evil sequel and it goes a little something like this.
Jade and Double H’s next adventure is now not only heading to the Nintendo Switch but its heading there exclusively for a whole year and will be showcased at Nintendo’s big Switch event next week. Now of course this is a rumour and should be taken with a pitch of salt but given that Ubisoft have already pledged to strongly support Nintendo’s next console as well as Beyond Good and Evil 2 being in the works, this might indeed be one of those rumour that turns out true.

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