R-Type Dimensions EX Announced for Switch

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R-Type Dimensions EX Announced for Switch

Developer Tozai Games has announced that R-Type Dimensions is coming to Nintendo Switch and Steam later this month.

R-Type Dimensions EX is an enhanced port of the arcade shooter originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2014, which bundled together arcade titles R-Type and R-Type II.

This version of the game allows players to switch between 2D and 3D graphics during gameplay and features reworked music and sound effects. It also includes a new infinite lives mode, stage select option, offline co-op and in-game achievements.

Nintendo Celebrates 1000 Switch Games

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Nintendo Celebrates 1000 Switch Games

In the last year and a half, Switch has become home to a wide variety of games and according to Nintendo the console’s library now features more than 1,000 titles.

The milestone was marked with a brand new trailer showing off some of the highlights and features upcoming games that owners have to look forward to.

The fact that the Switch hit this number so soon is particularly impressive given the lackluster support that Wii U previously received. It’s fair to say Nintendo faced an uphill battle from the outset, but this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that third party developers have been flocking to the system.

Abzû Coming to Switch

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Abzû Coming to Switch

At this point in the system’s life cycle, one would almost be hard pressed to find a critically-acclaimed indie game that isn’t in the works for Nintendo Switch. The latest is Abzû from developer Giant Squid and publisher 505 Games. The underwater exploration game will release later this month, and we have our first trailer of the game running on Switch!

Abzû originally released on PS4 and Xbox One back in 2016 and was met with strong reviews. Though some critics found it to be less of a game and more of an experience, Abzû’s music and visuals were highly praised, earning the title a BAFTA award for Artistic Achievement.

Abzû will arrive on Switch November 29, for $19.99. Those who preorder the game now on eShop will receive 10 percent off.

Keep Your System Safe With Switchblades

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Keep Your System Safe With Switchblades

The success of Nintendo Switch has generated some very interesting peripherals and products from third party manufacturers. Take Gravilogic’s Switchblades, for example; the upcoming peripheral is designed to click on to the sides of the Switch unit when the Joy-Cons are detached. The intended purpose is to protect the Switch’s electrical components from dust and debris while also giving the system a look that the company calls “bold and refined.” Gravilogic was kind enough to provide a couple of product samples, and the results are fairly encouraging!

Switchblades will be available in a number of different colors and varieties, but the company sent me two to start with: one made out of wood, the other acrylic. Right out of the gate, one of the most noticeable things about the Switchblades is that they look and feel high quality. The acrylic Switchblades have a nice, glossy finish that reminded me of the New Galaxy Style 3DS Nintendo released a few years back. While I thought the acrylic Switchblades seemed nice, and some Switch owners will no doubt appreciate the vibrant colors, I really liked the hardwood designs a lot more. They look spectacular, and those that have their system in an entertainment stand or on a desk will appreciate how the wood just gives the system a more refined look. Gravilogic will also offer an aluminum alloy design, as well.

Ninja Box Announced

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Ninja Box Announced

Minecraft‘s immense success left a huge impact on the gaming industry, effectively creating a new genre and influencing games ranging from its fellow indies to massive AAA titles. While this led to plenty of direct imitators, it also allowed for some new twists on established properties, like the well-received Dragon Quest Builders. Now it looks like Bandai Namco will be taking a crack at the crafting genre, only their version will involve ninjas!

The publisher announced Ninja Box for Switch in a recent issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Comic, though the revelation was a little light on details. The game will feature at least two characters, a normal kid named Hiroto and Tonkachi-kun, the requisite ninja. As for gaming, all we have right now is the promise of “super large-scale crafting” and the ability to create weapons, buildings, and many other items.

Hopefully more information will be available soon, such as more gameplay details, release date, and confirmation that it will be released outside Japan.

Five Nights at Freddy’s is Coming to Switch

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Five Nights at Freddy’s is Coming to Switch

Five Nights at Freddy’s is one of the biggest indie success stories in the history of gaming. Not only did the game and its sequels define a new brand of jump-scare filled horror, but it helped launch the careers of countless YouTubers who discovered the internet wanted to watch people scream while playing video games. Soon, you will have the opportunity to scream in comically overwrought horror on your Switch as well!

Scott Cawthon, creator of the series, recently revealed he is working on improving the game’s visuals and bringing it to pretty much every home and mobile console on the market, which of course includes Switch. He also confirmed they are working on all of the games, not just the original.

Unfortunately that’s pretty much everything that was said. It’ll be interesting to see if the games are released individually or as a bundle. Regardless, stay tuned for more information such as release date and pricing.

THQ Nordic Bringing Three Games to Switch

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THQ Nordic Bringing Three Games to Switch

THQ has been bringing a steady of supply of content to Switch since the system released; while this has included newer indie titles, they’ve also been bringing over older games as well. The company has announced their next batch of titles, and it seems like a selection geared toward gamers interested in different takes on video game adventures.

First up is Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, an HD remaster of a 2003 action adventure title originally released on GameCube. The game’s mix of combat and puzzles begged comparisons to Zelda from some, but it also featured platforming as well as a colorful, ancient Egyptian themed setting and story. The game gives players control of two characters: Sphinx, the sword swinging, high-jumping hero, and the titular Mummy, whose sections are more stealth-focused.

The next two titles are both point and click adventure games developed by King Art Games. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 first came out in 2015 and is a comedic adventure game based on, and frequently making fun of, classic high fantasy tropes. The other is The Raven Remastered, which is based on 2014’s The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, a detective story about a cop who gets caught up in the mystery surrounding a high stakes theft.

Rival Megagun Coming to Nintendo Switch

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Rival Megagun Coming to Nintendo Switch

The competitive, split-screen, vertical shmup, Rival Megagun, is coming to Nintendo Switch after two years of development by the one-man team at Degica Games.

Transform into a mega boss ship — called your Mega Gunship — and invade your opponent’s screen. The game is a traditional shoot ’em up, but with a “competitive twist,” according to Degica Games. Players can engage in intense couch-competitive local versus battles, or online battles with friends or strangers via matchmaking. There’s also a single player arcade mode.

There are multiple playable heroes to choose from, each with their own special weapons and Mega Gunship boss form, as well as unlockable gear and weapons for customizing your ship.

A Super Mario Party Bundle is Coming

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A Super Mario Party Bundle is Coming

Whether you just haven’t yet snagged yourself a copy of the game or are looking for a snazzy new pair of Joy-Con, look no further than the upcoming Super Mario Party bundle.

This exciting bundle comes with the game itself and a set of neon green and neon yellow Joy-Con, at a cost of $99.99. The price saves consumers $40 compared to buying a copy of the game and the controllers separately.

The bundle will be available in the U.S. from November 16, but you will need to act fast as it’s been selling out fast across various sites.

Prima Games is Closing Down

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Prima Games is Closing Down

After 28 years, Prima Games, the biggest video game strategy publisher in the U.S., is shutting down.

Dorling Kindersley (DK), Prima Games’ parent company, called the decision to halt all Prima Games operations by Spring 2019 “extremely difficult” and that it was due to a “significant decline” in the market for physical video game guides. Staff are currently working on completing guides that have already been commissioned before the company closes. Meanwhile, the company’s Roseville, CA location could be shuttered as soon as mid-November, with its Indianapolis and New York offices to follow.

Sadly, this announcement doesn’t totally come as a surprise. As video game magazines and print publications continue to disappear due to the ease, convenience, and affordability of free online resources, it was only a matter of time before Prima Games, in its current form, could no longer keep up with changing preferences in consumer consumption of this media.