InkyPen Arrives on Switch Next Week

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InkyPen Arrives on Switch Next Week

Comics are wonderful, but they sure aren’t very portable. In my youth, a whole lot of my comics were beat up or just plain ruined on family road trips, the bus to school and just about everywhere else I’d tote them. Today’s youth has it a little easier thanks to digital comics and apps like Comixology and Marvel Digital Unlimited. Unfortunately, Switch hasn’t had an option for comic readers, but that will all change next week with the debut of the InkyPen app!

InkyPen will allow subscribers to read comics published by IDW, Dark Horse, Valiant, Dynamite, Titan, Papercutz, Archie Comics and more. In addition, the company has signed on writers and artists from the webcomic and newspaper scene, as well. Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, Stephen Pastis’ Pearls Before Swine and Daniel Lieske’s The Wormworld Saga are just a handful of the comics that the service will boast.

As a comic creator myself, it’s certainly exciting to see InkyPen draw a number of big names to their service. While some readers will likely lament the absence of Marvel and DC (both have subscription services of their own), readers young and old should be able to find a lot to love when the service goes live December 17.

El Hijo Announced for Switch

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El Hijo Announced for Switch

Developer HandyGames has announced it’s latest game, El Hijo, a  spaghetti-western stealth game, which is coming to Switch, Playstaion 4, Xbox One and PC/Mac in 2019.

The game follows a 6 year old boy, El Hijo, on his quest to find his mother after the family is attacked by bandits and their farm razed to the ground. Your role as a small boy is reflected in the gameplay, which centres on non-violent stealth. Apparently, you will have to hide often but your skills will gradually expand naturally throughout the story.

The initial teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much actual gameplay, but it does do a great job of showing the art style and the tone that HandyGames is hoping to strike:

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Officially Unveiled

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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Officially Unveiled

When Pokémon: The First Movie arrived in theaters back in 1999, it was a very big deal. With a giant set of Burger King toys, a comic book adaptation, a CD soundtrack and tons of other tie-ins, Pokémon the First Movie received a multimedia push that helped solidify the franchise’s pop culture standing. After all, Pokémon had only been around in North America for about a year at that point! As a result, it’s no wonder most fans seem to hold it in high regard. Those same fans may be excited to know that the next Pokémon movie seems to be a remake to that film, entitled Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution!

The news had been rumored earlier this year, but this is the first official announcement. At this time, no other details have been given regarding Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. While this year’s animated film release was a bit ambiguous regarding its place in any sort of timeline, a remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back would likely position this film in the continuity of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, released in 2017. In that film, Brock and Misty were replaced by a new pair of characters named Verity and Sorrel. It will be interesting to see if the pair return for this remake, or if Ash’s original traveling companions will appear as they did in Pokémon: The First Movie.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Replays are Getting Erased Next Week

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Replays are Getting Erased Next Week

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was only released on December 7, but it seems that the upcoming Version 1.2.0 will delate all existing replays when it goes live next week.

If you load up the game now, you will see that the new update is coming “within the next week” and, while no information has been given yet on what changes it will bring,  the message states that “you won’t be able to watch replays made with previous versions”.

If there are any particularly smashing replays that you want to keep though, you are in luck — the message also gives instructions on how they can be exported and kept. You can read this below for easy reference:

Nintendojo At The 22nd Annual Natsume Holiday Party

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Nintendojo At The 22nd Annual Natsume Holiday Party

It was the second time in as many years that I was fortunate enough to walk through the doors of Sakae Sushi & Grill in Burlingame, California for Natsume’s annual holiday party. The posh, Micheline-recommended eatery is resplendent, with its warm, lavish interior providing a most luxurious respite from the cold outside its doors that night. With contributor Angela Marrujo and her boyfriend Zack in tow, the trio of us were immediately greeted by Hiro Maekawa (the President of Natsume) and his wife, both of whom were incredibly gracious and friendly as they excitedly shook our hands and directed us to the plethora of food on offer.

It felt as though every open surface had a platter of food on it, from sushi to roast beef, all of which was incredibly delicious. A host of industry members were there, including Nintendo Minute hosts Krysta Yang and Kit Ellis who were there representing the Japanese company for the first time at the event. Everyone was in a cheery, celebratory mood as we all feasted, drank, and eventually gathered around Mr. Maekawa for his yearly speech. Maekawa was quite enthused to announce that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope had not only exceeded sales expectations, but that the title also now holds the sales record for the series overall.

Viviette Announced

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Viviette Announced

Take a brief look at a screenshot from the recently announced Viviette and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a Japanese RPG for the Super Nintendo. While the visuals are definitely reminiscent of many old classics, the game is actually a survival horror adventure, and it’s coming to Switch.

Developed by DYA Games, Viviette uses 16-bit graphics to render Neuville Mansion, a classically creepy horror setting your character must explore in order to uncover the mysterious secrets somehow tied to your character’s past. Discovering the narrative involves more than just digging around in the dark for clues, as there are puzzles to solve and at least one creature roaming the halls that wants to plunge a knife into your face, so you’ll need to run and hide as well. Check out the trailer below for a taste of what to expect.

If this concept has caught your interest then there’s more good news because you won’t have to wait long to download it. Viviette will sell for $9.99 when it releases on eShop on December 20.

First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Poster Revealed

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First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Poster Revealed

It’s news to nobody that movies based on video games generally don’t do very well, often failing to strike a chord with passionate fans and even more rarely earning the respect of critics. Regardless, every few years Hollywood comes along and has another crack at it. Their next attempt at breaking that trend is Sega’s venerable mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, and we’ve just gotten our first look at the titular hero in a recently released motion poster.

We are first greeted with Sonic’s signature blue blur before he stops so we can get a better view of his heavily shadowed form. While we can see little of the character’s details, what little is shown has already created some rather divisive discussion as some people are doubting the efficacy of rendering Sonic in a more realistic manner. Of course, given that Sonic will be a CG character inserted into an otherwise live action film, it’s questionable whether his normal, cartoony look would have worked. Regardless, whether this new take on the character is flawless or falls into the uncanny valley, the chances of all fans being satisfied is almost certainly nonexistent.

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Gunman Clive HD Collection Coming to Switch

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Gunman Clive HD Collection Coming to Switch

Gunman Clive got its start on Nintendo systems with a release on 3DS back in 2012 and then had a sequel release on the handheld in 2015. Later that year, the two games were bundled together as Gunman Clive HD Collection, which we thought was great. Now, that collection will soon be coming to Nintendo Switch as well.

Both games were generally well-received, offering simple yet satisfying side-scrolling action with a cool, pencil drawn art direction and obvious sense of humor to everything. The games were also relatively short, but their concentrated gameplay, multiple characters, and low price tag more than made up for that for many gamers.

We don’t know the exact release date for this new version of the compilation but it will likely be much sooner rather than later. Bertil Hörberg, the games’ developer, said development on the port was complete and had been sent to Nintendo for approval.

Yo-kai Watch 3 Combines All 3 Versions into One Game for Western Release

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Yo-kai Watch 3 Combines All 3 Versions into One Game for Western Release

Three versions of Yo-kai Watch 3 have been released in Japan: Sushi, Tempura, and Sukiyaki. But for the western release of the game, Level-5 has done something a little different and combined all three versions into one game, which Level-5 describes as a “Sukiyaki+” or “Gold Edition.”

This means that every Yo-kai can be obtained in one save file, which is a relief for players who weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of having to trade Yo-kai between three different version of the game (Level-5, however, still encourages trading.) For comparison, Yo-kai Watch 2 originally released in the west with two versions: Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. The third title, Psychic Specters, released a year later. Luckily, players will avoid having to deal with a similar situation this time around.

Yo-kai Watch 3 was recently released on Nintendo 3DS in Europe on December 7 and is coming to North America on February 8, 2019.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Coming to Nintendo Switch

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Coming to Nintendo Switch

Crash Team Racing is making a return next summer with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, a HD remaster of the classic PS1 racing title.

Developed by Beenox and published by Activision, the game is “built from the ground up” and remasters the original game with sharp, HD graphics. All the tracks are back, and the roster of available racers includes familiar faces like Crash, Coco, Dr. Neo Cortex, and other Crash Bandicoot characters.

Players must race to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the egomaniacal Nitros Oxide, and Nitro-Fueled will see the return of Adventure, Arcade Single Race and Cup Race, Time Trials, and Battle Mode. There is also the option to go head to head against friends, either online or offline.