Switch it up!
After a minor kerfuffle with the North American version, I was able to download the patch for WayForward’s excellent Mighty Switch Force, and spent the next few hours conquering it. The patch adds three important things: improved 3D layering, a “retry” option in the pause menu, and—most importantly—five new missions. People who buy the game for the first time will have access to this new stuff right off the bat.
The enhanced 3D effect is immediately noticeable, and I’d compare it (favorably) to Resident Evil: Revelation’s “strong” 3D enhancement. This effect seems to be accomplished by pushing more layers in the backgrounds. The enhancement is strong enough that you see its benefits with the slider halfway up; at full power, it’s really eye-popping. I’m of the mind that these sorts of 3D effects are best used in multi-layer 2D games, and Mighty Switch Force undoubtedly benefits from their inclusion.
The retry button is also an excellent addition and will help you get those nefarious par times without as much hassle. I found myself using the retry button extensively, especially when I made a stupid mistake I knew would cost me time. May as well just restart!
The new missions play out like a sampling of the main game’s block gimmicks. The first mission is a standard block puzzle; the second involves manipulating bomb enemies to destroy big blocks; the third presents a fairly complex lock-block obstacle course; the fourth gives you a “barrel cannon” maze; and the final bonus mission uses the forced switching mechanic found in the main game’s last stage. No boss this time, though. The par times are definitely challenging, although the use of Patricia’s trusty Mega Buster makes your job a little easier (especially in the second mission).
It’s a great update, and I hope WayForward continues to support Mighty Switch Force down the road. The one thing I’d still like to see is an alternate character sprite for Patricia, without her armor—a Zero Suit Patricia, if you will. It’s such an obvious unlockable, but I imagine it would take a lot of work to implement. Still, Mighty Switch Force is a fantastic game, and this bonus content just cements that status. If you don’t have it yet, what are you waiting for?