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Super Bomberman R FREE DLC is on the way

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Did someone say free? Yup, you heard right. Super Bomberman R will have DLC released for the Nintendo Switch and it will be 100% FREE. So what kind of DLC should we expect to see?

Well at this point we’ve only been given a very small teaser of this DLC package. This was all teased during a Konami live stream hosted by, The Game Theorists. You can check out the full stream below, but the actual DLC footage can be found at 51:08.

There appears to be at least a handful of new maps and there was definitely some new characters teased in there. I was unable to make out those new characters, but I can’t complain with a free DLC update regardless of what they add! Who else is excited to see the content of this new DLC? We will keep everyone posted when we here further updates.

Splatoon 2 Testfire FULL Recap

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The Splatoon 2 test fire has come and gone, and it gave us a good taste of the game and an idea of what to expect from the coming sequel. The game seems nicely suited for the sort of online traffic that can be expected, with most users reporting only an occasional disconnect during the session (and usually all of those at the same time). I can also confirm that seeing the game run on the Switch’s screen at 60 frames per second looks really sweet!

Making their return from the original game are the Splattershot, Splat Roller, and Charger. The familiar Turf War rules are also returning, where splatting your opponents slows them down, but the real goal is to cover as much turf as possible with your team’s color of ink. Because these are familiar to fans of the series, we’ll be focusing more on the new additions and what we learned by trying them out. Each weapon comes with a brand new special attack, and there’s a whole new weapon to check out: the Splat Dualies.

Splat Dualies

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Choosing your weapon in Splatoon is similar to choosing a character class in other shooter games, giving you different abilities and play styles. The Splat Dualies seem like a good aggression weapon, giving you extra fire power and mobility. You get two aiming reticles instead of one, and while they can’t be aimed separately, they give you a wider range to hit your target when you get firing. The weapon also allows you to use the jump button to do a quick dodge while firing. You can chain a few of these dodges together to move around quickly, but you leave yourself vulnerable when you come out of them.

The subweapon that comes with the Dualies is the Curling Bomb. This is similar to the Seeker from the first game, which would crawl out in a straight line with a trail of ink behind it. While the Seeker’s specialty was that it could lock onto and chase enemies and then explode, the Curling Bomb can bounce off walls and make its way around… until it explodes. Tricky players can use this to swim behind it (refilling their ink while moving quickly), though even trickier players can counteract it—one enemy charger managed to splat me while I was following mine.

On a slight tangent, there’s a helpful new feature added when you refill ink. Your tank indicator now has a line and an arrow showing how much ink you need to use your subweapon. This will be a very welcome addition for me, as I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pressed the button to use my subweapon and gotten a “low ink” message.

Inkjet

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Accompanying the new weapon is the Inkjet special, which allows you to briefly take flight and fire at will with powerful shots. This is comparable to the Inkzooka from the original, except that it doesn’t cover a huge vertical distance (meaning you’ll have to aim at the spot you want to shoot, not just in the general direction). You fly a set distance above the ground, and you can use this to get into areas that you couldn’t jump up to or swim up the wall to reach. This means it’s actually possible to venture into the area around the enemy spawn point and wreak havoc, which was sometimes impossible on maps that we know.

When time is up, you super jump back to the position you started the attack from (though when you see someone else do this, it looks like they just explode in the air). Part of the reason for this is probably so you can’t simply walk around in an area you couldn’t normally reach once it’s finished.

This is fun to use because taking flight is a nice advantage and the shots are powerful. It’s fine to play against because the flying player is vulnerable and moves slowly.

Tenta Missiles

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Connected to the Splattershot we saw the Tenta Missiles. This fun looking set of guns gives you a moment to lock on to your opponents, then fire a flurry of missiles at their locations. To lock onto an enemy, they only need to be vaguely in front of you when you fire. When the missiles come raining down, there will be markers on the ground warning of where their impact will be. If the target doesn’t dodge all the missiles, they can probably consider themselves splatted.

This is fun to use because it looks amazing and gives you a chance to wreak havoc on the enemy team, especially if they’ve grouped together in one place. It’s fine to play against because the missiles give you adequate warning and a chance to get away before they make their impact.

Splashdown

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The Splat Roller brought the ever exciting and powerful feeling Splashdown attack. This is a one-shot attack on your current location that covers a wide radius around you, splatting any fool who got caught within it. This is similar to the Inkstrike from the first game, except that your position is where the impact happens. From the moment you activate the attack to the moment it finishes, you’ll be invincible to enemy attacks (making it a nice defensive maneuver if you’re getting hounded).

This is fun to use because it lets you shake up any area you’re moving to and gives you a chance to get rid of enemies who thought they could approach you. It’s fine to play against because the wind-up time before the attack actually happens is quite slow, giving you a chance to get away if you see it coming.

Sting Ray

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Last but not least is the Sting Ray, partnered with the Charger during the test fire. This gives you a high pressure stream of ink that can fire through surfaces which you can aim around until it runs out. Anyone caught it this stream will be splatted. The best way for veterans to think of this one is like a Killer Wail with a smaller radius that you can aim while it fires. Normally when you see this much ink coming your way, your instinct is to take cover until it passes. That won’t help you much against an attack that works through walls!

This is fun to use because it’s a powerful, concentrated beam that lets you control even more area than you would be able to with a long-range Charger. It’s fine to play against because the speed the user can turn is low, making them vulnerable to anyone nearby and possible to outrun if you’re close enough.

Closing Thoughts

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In the original Splatoon, I’ve had a number of frustrating incidents where I got close to an opponent only to have them whip a Kraken or Bubbler against me and splat me instead. From what I can see so far, it looks like we won’t have those kinds of frustrations here. All of the special attacks we’ve seen so far are skill based, giving you good opportunities to use them well or work against them when you see them coming.

Not having the Wii U gamepad screen doesn’t seem to hurt the experience much since the map can be brought up at the touch of a button. Super jumping is also quick and easy to use with no touches required, so it should just take a bit of getting used to for returning players. The small visual touches like showing how much ink is needed for a subweapon are looking nice and helpful without getting in the way, so we have quite a bit to look forward to!

There’s just one thing I hope can be changed in the final game. In this game, B is the jump button and X opens the map. Because the X button was jump originally and B was unused, I kept opening and closing the map rapidly when I wanted to jump. I hope these buttons can be switched with each other!

What are your thoughts? Which aspects of the game will you be the most excited to see more of?

SteamWorld Dig 2 Latest Update

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SteamWorld Dig 2 is quickly heading towards the Nintendo Switch, but what do we know so far? The developers have provided us with a brief update which gives us some interesting information!

To start off, a new episode of “The Engine Room’ was released. This episode is a recap on the Q & A which was hosted on Reddit. To briefly touch up on what was covered I put together some bullet points below:

  • SteamWorld Dig 2 may release in physical formats
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 will be the biggest SteamWorld game to date
  • There will be more bosses than in previous titles
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 is set to release in Summer 2017
  • Plus more….

You can watch the full video here:

We are definitely stoked to see some more gameplay of SteamWorld Dig 2. Is anyone else looking forward to this title?

Nintendo Switch eShop Update 3/16/17

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The Nintendo Switch eShop update has rolled around, and it is time to take a look at what new games we are getting this week!

Today in the eShop you can now download Human Resource Machine, World of Goo, and Little Inferno! After being delayed from the Nintendo Switch launch these titles are now available for $9.99 each. World of Goo and Little Inferno are both implementing local co-op which should make for a great time.

Also available today via the eShop are several NEO GEO titles including: The King of Fighters ’94, The King of Fighters ’98, NAM-1975, Shock Troopers, Waku Waku 7, World Heroes Perfect, and Metal Slug 3. These are all digital only and cost $7.99 each.

Slated to release tomorrow on 03/17/17 is another delayed launch title, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ for $39.99.  None of these are necessarily new titles for the gaming world, but they are all great games nonetheless. I can’t wait to buy the physical copy of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to add to my collection! Here’s a brief summary of each of the games below for those who are interested:

  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is a dungeon-explorer shoot-’em-up that thrives off the randomly generated maps. There are over 10,000 unique room configurations. Each of these have almost an infinite amount of enemies, items, challenges and more.
  • Human Resource MachineHuman Resource Machine is a puzzle game where you must complete a task for your boss. You can accomplish this by programming your office worker.
  • Little InfernoLittle Inferno is an adventure game that evolves around burning items. You really can’t go wrong with this game!
  • World of GooWorld of Goo is a physics-based puzzle/construction game, and it is all sorts of fun.

This wraps up the eShop update for 03/16/17. Stay tuned next week for all of the new releases that will be announced!

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Available April 18th on the Switch

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Wonder Boy is back and better than ever! The developers, LizardCube just officially confirmed that Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap will be available April 18th on the Nintendo Switch along with Xbox One, PS4, and PC (PC will release slightly after the other consoles release).

LizardCube really left us hanging with news as to whether or not the Switch will get a physical release, but they did mention on their Blog that they will have more news to share on March 22, 2017! Until then, here’s a nice little trailer which explains the game better than words can:

 

The ability to “Switch” from HD graphics to classic 8-bit graphics is insane and very appealing! I personally can’t wait to get some hands on time with this 2D platformer.

We will keep you posted on the latest news from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap as soon as we receive it so stay tuned! Anyone else excited for this little gem?

FIX for Nintendo Switch Wifi Issues

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Gamers have been complaining of Wifi on the Switch being spotty, slow, or just outright disconnecting while trying to upload screenshots or browsing the eshop. If you are one of these unfortunate gamers Nintendo posted several “fixes” over on their support page you can try. Look below for some of the “fixes” Nintendo has recommended:
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Wifi is always great to have, however when multiplayer games do come out it may not cut it. Buying the Official Nintendo Switch Lan Adapter may be the best bet, if you’re serious about online gaming.

As always tell us what you think. Are you one of the gamers experiencing wifi issues? How has it affected you? Will you buy the Lan Adapter?

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Nintendo Switch Dead Pixel Problems

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Since the Switch has released last Thursday many gamers have reported dead pixels on their screens. Dead pixels are nothing new. Yes they are becoming less and less common, especially since companies are mastering the creation of LCD and LED screens, but it’s still something that unfortunately happens. What shouldn’t happen especially since we have gotten so good at creating LCD and LED screens is for a company to basically say “Dead pixels happen, get used to it”.

Unfortunately this is what Nintendo is doing, on their own support page. Nintendo has recently released a comment on the topic stating, “Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens.” I consider dead pixels to be damaged product so I would hope Nintendo would be more willing to replace the damaged products. Nintendo had a VERY successful launch, and Legend of Zelda is honestly one of the best games I have ever played.. I would even put it next to Skyrim in terms of sheer enjoyment. However, if there’s one thing that can kill all this good media it is definitely this dead pixel problem.

While Nintendo may not officially replace consoles with this issue, your retailer normally will. Especially if you have a warranty on your Switch. Even without it many stores will take returns regardless of if there is any damage to your product within a designated time frame.

As always, tell us what you think. Do you have any dead pixels on your switch? Should Nintendo accept exchanges on switches with dead pixels or are dead pixels a characteristic of LCD?

We also have a Discord Channel! Come join us for friendly banter or to vent, we’re all Switch fans here.

 

Over 60 Nindies revealed for the Nintendo Switch!

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Woah.. Nintendo just hosted a live event to showcase upcoming nindie titles (Nintendo Indies), and there was more revealed than we imagined. Over 60 titles are currently confirmed to be coming to the Switch THIS YEAR alone! Did someone say the Nintendo Switch has no games?

During this live presentation Nintendo revealed and showcased many of the games that are in development for the Switch. Here’s what Nintendo’s Vice President of Press Relations had to say,

“Our Nindies Showcase gives fans a taste of some of the great content on its way to Nintendo eShop. “We’re working with both mainstream and independent developers to make Nintendo Switch the destination for entertaining games and experiences.”

Want to watch the whole presentation yourself? Go right ahead and watch it HERE:

Here’s a full list of the titles showcased during the presentation:

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  • Runner3 from Choice Provisions: (RELEASE DATE: FALL) Runner3 continues the joyous adventures of CommanderVideo from BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2. Players will encounter quests, branching paths, item shops, new Retro Challenges, new character moves, new dance moves and a roster of characters that somehow manages to rival the strangeness of Runner2.
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form Games: (RELEASE DATE: SUMMER) In the sequel to the award-winning original, you must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger.
  • Yooka Laylee from Team 17 and Playtonic Games: (RELEASE DATE: N/A) Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose). The buddy-duo platformer is coming to Nintendo Switch soon, with multiplayer functionality perfect for the system.
  • Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates: (RELEASE DATE: March 9th) The same elements that made the original Blaster Master a hit are back, including side-scrolling vehicular combat, top-down adventuring and a huge sci-fi landscape, in addition to a host of new and improved gameplay systems. The game includes a two-player mode and will have numerous character cameos coming soon. Blaster Master Zero will launch exclusively on both the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family systems
  • Pocket Rumble from Chucklefish Games and Cardboard Robot Games: (RELEASE DATE: March) This deep 2D fighter makes players want to throw down, anywhere, anytime. The battles get even more intense with the inclusion of HD rumble: When players get hit by a weak attack, it’ll feel very different from getting rocked by a strong one.
  • Flipping Death from Zoink Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help the ghosts with their peculiar problems on The Otherside.
  • Mr. Shifty from tinyBuild and Team Shifty: (RELEASE DATE: April)Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in a new kind of action game. Mr. Shifty follows a teleportation-fueled heist to break into the world’s most secure facility. Shift through walls, through bullets, cover huge distances and be everywhere at once. One shot kills. Survive on skills. HD rumble allows players to feel every punch, shot and crash.
  • Wargroove from Chucklefish Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) This turn-based strategy game offers local and online matches for one to four players.
  • Stardew Valley from Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe: (RELEASE DATE: Summer) Nintendo Switch will be the first console to support the game’s new multiplayer feature.
  • Shakedown Hawaii from vBlank: (RELEASE DATE: April) This 16-bit spiritual successor to Retro City Rampage aims to be twice as good with twice the bits. From the boardroom to the streets, Shakedown Hawaii parodies big business and the white collar crimes that go alongside. Build your empire, monopolize the markets and collaterally re-zone the island’s destructible sandbox.
  • Graceful Explosion Machine from Vertex Pop: (RELEASE DATE: April) Skillfully pilot the advanced Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) fighter while blasting swarms of crystalline enemies with your ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array. This side-scrolling arcade shooter features HD rumble support, which means players will really be able to feel those machines explode.
  • Tumbleseed from aeiowu: (RELEASE DATE: Spring) A small seed heads up a mountain to save his home in this physics-based game. More than 30 unique upgrades help the seed overcome challenges and enemies. HD rumble means players will feel seeds traversing across the screen.
  • Overcooked: Special Edition from Team 17 and Ghost Town Games: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) In Overcooked, players must journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land. Play solo or engage in classic, chaotic couch co-op for up to four players in both co-operative and competitive challenge modes. The special edition features the original game, plus all of the DLC. HD rumble integration means they can feel every chop through a tomato and the slosh of soup in a pot.
  • The Escapists 2 from Team 17 and Mouldy Toof: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) The sequel to the hugely popular prison escape series supports drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to four players (additional accessories are required for multiplayer modes, and are sold separately). Players can tie together knotted sheets and use them to climb down high windows in new multi-level prisons, and find other new ways to make a break for freedom. 
  • GoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) GoNNER is a tough-as-hell, score-based, procedurally generated platformer with roguelike elements. GoNNER is also a story about friendship between Ikk, Death and a space whale named Sally. You will die. A lot.
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Noio: (RELEASE DATE: 2017) In Kingdom: Two Crowns, attend to your domain, border to border, or venture into the wild to discover its wonders and threats. First revealed today, two players can come together in co-op mode to rule a kingdom. Their choices bring hope or despair to their subjects.
  • Dandara from Raw Fury and Long Hat House: (RELEASE DATE: Summer) Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. In this strange world of quirky characters, nothing is at it seems. In this bizarre, gravity-bending world with hidden beauty, it’s up to Dandara, jumping from surface to surface, to restore order and direct a directionless world.

Were you as impressed as I was reading through that whole sea of text? There’s some REALLY promising games lined up. On Day 1, an update will be required to access the eShop store. The updated does download in the background though which means it won’t mess up your gameplay and it should be a quick install.

Also, Nintendo confirmed after visiting the eShop, gamers can purchases digital games via Nintendo.com. Once purchased through the website, gamers have the option to have the game automatically begin downloading on their Nintendo Switch. As long as you have a Wifi connection you would be good to go!

I hope you enjoyed reading through this recap! What are your thoughts on all these announcements? Which title announced was your favorite? Let us know!

 

GameFly will have Switch Games Available

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Are you interested in trying 1-2 Switch, but don’t want to touch the $50 price tag (and don’t want to deal with the politics of splitting the price with friends)? Are you interested in ARMS, but aren’t sure if it will grab you or not? Perhaps you’re curious about Super Bomberman R but aren’t committed to buying it until you’ve tried it yourself.

For all these on-the-fence cases and more, GameFly has you covered with game rentals for the Nintendo Switch!

You can click this link to be taken to GameFly’s Nintendo Switch lineup.

For those not familiar, GameFly offers rentals through a subscription service. You pay a monthly fee according to the plan you choose, and they send you games according to a queue you set up. When you’re done with a game, you send it back to them, and they send you the next one in your queue. Because it’s a subscription service, there are no due dates or late fees and you can keep each game as long as you please. But because it’s a subscription service, it’s not ideal for games that you intend to play for a long time (though they do offer a way to buy the games at a discount).

GameFly deals strictly in physical copies of games, so you won’t have a chance to try download only titles this way. But if you’re interested in trying out a lot of the more expensive physical titles, this might be a good option for you. As we wait the final week for the Switch release, think about how you might be able to schedule a rotation of rental games. Perhaps you could allow yourself a number of days per title and stick with it to try as many titles as possible for your money. Or you could give each title more time to get a satisfying one-time experience out of it before going on to the next. If you’re really good with your scheduling, you could even have your queue ready to try new games as they release later in the year!

GameFly seems like a good way to try some of the okay looking titles whose price tags may look too high.

Joy-Con fix will be included in Day 1 Update

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After worrying reports of the left and potentially  right joycon losing its connection to the switch started showing up from various news outlets twitter user @Steath__ stated that his contact from Nintendo of America says the issue is known and will be resolved before launch.

When I first heard of the issue I was very concerned. With a system as versatile as the switch you want to be able to play in many situations without problems. And an issue like this could severely hinder the experience. So it’s great news that it is being dealt with swiftly and something that can be fixed via a software update and not due to faulty hardware.

@Steath__  has so much faith in what his contact has said that he wants his tweet retweeted as much as possible to spread the good word. So what are you waiting for get tweeting!!