Nintendo Switch Showcase Games: All The New Titles Available To Purchase Today

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Nintendo's Direct-style Nindies stream brought a bunch of new game announcements for Nintendo Switch. Titles such as Cuphead, Neo Cab, and Cadence of Hyrule were all revealed and look exciting. However, many of the games unveiled during the stream are available to purchase right now, so let's take a look at those.

First up, Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne is out today for Switch. The roguelike first launched for PS4, PS Vita, and PC in 2015, but will be available for download today on Nintendo's hybrid console.

Blaster Master Zero II, meanwhile, is another of those that'll be available to download in the next few hours from the Switch Eshop. It's a sequel to the 2017 3DS platformer Blaster Master Zero, itself a remake of the NES's 1988 title Blaster Master.

Is Google Stadia What The Next-Gen Of Gaming Will Look Like?

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Is Google Stadia What The Next-Gen Of Gaming Will Look Like?

OPINION: If the reality of what Google is promising with Stadia is accurate, then we're looking at the future of video games.

Yes, that could read a little hyperbolic given that outside of the Project Stream beta last year (successful as it was), we're not exactly sure just how well Stadia will cope with fluctuating latency in widespread, real-world conditions. And no, we're not saying that Google and specifically Stadia is the one and only future for games. But Stadia's promise--a hardware agnostic world for consumers that can deliver the best gaming has to offer on whatever device you happen to have in front of you (as long as you have a decent internet connection)--feels like where we're all headed. And while we've had other companies try to deliver on this, Google seems uniquely positioned to actually make it work.

That promise is certainly intoxicating. A new gaming platform, delivered completely online and with all the processing handled in the cloud, is revolutionary for consumers in a few ways. It removes a lot of the friction we normally associate with playing games: having to spend hundreds of dollars on console or speccing up a PC to run the latest and greatest; having to buy physical discs or download gigabyte upon gigabyte of data to local drives; or being surprised by hefty patches or updates when all you want to do is play.

Switch Gets Zelda-Themed Crypt Of The NecroDancer Crossover This Spring

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Nintendo's "Nindies" showcase ended with a surprise crossover. The rhythm game Crypt of the NecroDancer is getting a new spin-off featuring characters and enemies from The Legend of Zelda called Cadence of Hyrule. It's launching on Nintendo Switch this spring.

The game is being developed by Brace Yourself games, the studio behind the original Crypt of the NecroDancer. The art style has been revised heavily, appearing similar to games like The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, and it features both Link and Zelda has playable characters. Link can be seen doing his signature spin attack, while Zelda wields magical attacks.

Crypt of the NecroDancer was a rhythm-based roguelike released in 2015, and received a positive reception for its clever twist of a genre mash-up. The original game is available for $20 on the Nintendo Switch through the Eshop.

Cuphead Coming To Nintendo Switch Next Month

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Nintendo kicked off today's Nindies Spring Showcase with a big announcement: Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch next month. The game launches in the Switch Eshop on April 18, and it's available to pre-purchase from the digital store now.

"Cuphead has been a longtime coming, and it's great to see that it lives up to its initial promises," critic Peter Brown wrote in GameSpot's Cuphead review. "It's beautiful to look at, and with a pitch-perfect soundtrack, it flawlessly captures the era its developers so clearly revere. It's also an intense action game that pulls no punches."

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Epic Giving Away $100 Million To Aspiring Game Devs, Thanks To Fortnite

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As part of its presentation at the Game Developers Conference, Epic Games announced a massive grant program, and it's thanks to the popularity of Fortnite. The Epic MegaGrants program will award shares of $100 million over the course of five years to aspiring game developers, educators, and other professionals using the Unreal Engine and open-source tools.

This is the next stage in Epic's grants program, which started in 2015 with a $5 million pool. That funding has expanded significantly, which Epic chalks up to "Fortnite's unbelievable success."

The grants will be awarded ranging from $5,000 to $500,000. Those who receive grants will still own their IP and be allowed to publish. Epic says that these grants have no strings attached, which means you don't need to sign any kind of exclusivity arrangement to receive them. There is no firm deadline for grant applications.

Oculus Rift S Revealed, New VR Headset With Built-In Sensors For $400

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Oculus Rift S Revealed, New VR Headset With Built-In Sensors For $400

Oculus has revealed its next PC-based VR headset called the Rift S as part of GDC 2019. The most notable improvement is the inclusion of built-in sensors for inside-out tracking; this means you no longer need to set up external sensors if you use a Rift S. Additional details on Oculus Quest have also been announced as well, which is the company's upcoming standalone headset.

The built-in sensors make up what's called Oculus Insight and it's capable of free-roaming room scale VR gaming. The Rift S features five separate sensors on the headset while the Quest has four. Rift S also comes with a bump in visual quality--it'll have a total resolution of 2560x1440 (1280x1440 per eye) on a fast-switch LCD display. However, refresh rate has been slightly dropped down, going from 90 Hz to 80 Hz. Oculus stated that this was done to offset the increase in resolution in order to maintain the same required PC hardware specifications to run Oculus games properly.

As for the Quest's specs, it's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with storage options starting at 64 GB. Oculus states that the headset's resolution is 1600x1440 per eye on an OLED display with an overall refresh rate of 72 Hz.

Outdrink Satan To Escape Hell In Oxenfree Dev's Next Game, Afterparty

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Outdrink Satan To Escape Hell In Oxenfree Dev's Next Game, Afterparty

Night School Studio's Afterparty captures the same colorful graphic novel art style--complete with speech balloons--as the developer's first game, Oxenfree. Its hilarious writing is brought to life through an excellent assortment of voice actors as well. However, the simpler mechanics in Oxenfree have become more complex in Afterparty, and the world feels larger and more alive. The writing, though still humorous, is definitely intended for a more mature audience as well.

During GDC 2019, I had the opportunity to talk to Night School co-founders Sean Krankel and Adam Hines, as well as see 20 minutes-or-so of gameplay from early in Afterparty's story. You can read my interview with Krankel and Hines below.

Gameplay wise, Afterparty handles a lot like Oxenfree, with the major mechanics at your control being walking around and choosing dialogue options during conversations. Afterparty does shake up the formula a bit with mini activities, like beer pong, sprinkled throughout and a system where getting drunk opens up new dialogue options--such as angrily insulting someone or flirting. You also have access to hell's version of Twitter, called Bicker, which gives you insight into what people are thinking or feeling.

The Best Xbox One Game Deals On Xbox Live This Week

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The Best Xbox One Game Deals On Xbox Live This Week

Another batch of deals is now live in the Xbox Live store, including a new publisher sale, controller discounts, and price cuts on dozens of great games. Last week, Square Enix ran a publisher sale in the PlayStation Store, and this week, that sale jumps over to the Xbox Store, where you can find 70 games from some of its best series marked down.

Released less than two months ago, Kingdom Hearts III is already discounted at $45. Life Is Strange fans, this is a great time to pick up the complete first season if you're looking to own it on Xbox One, as it's only $4. You can also grab the complete season of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm for only $5.10 and the first episode of Life Is Strange 2 for $4.

Final Fantasy XV is also marked down this week--you can grab the Royal edition for just $25 and the season pass for only $7.50. Released in 2016, the JRPG received an 8/10 in GameSpot's Final Fantasy XV review. "It would be hard for anyone to deny that Final Fantasy XV is a fascinating game after giving it a chance," wrote critic Peter Brown. "Where its characters fail to impress, Final Fantasy XV's beautiful world and exciting challenges save the day."