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Despite the name, this is the first in a series.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59416/egglia-rebirth-coming-to-north-america-february-10-rpg-developed-by-brownie-brown-founders

After a launch in Japan last month, an RPG from the founders of Brownie Brown (now 1-Up Studio) is headed west in February.

Egglia Rebirth has been listed for preorder on the Nintendo web store and system eShops in North America with a release date of February 10 and a price of $19.99 US / $26.99 Canadian. European details will come soon, according to the game's official Twitter post. The lead developers on the game, Kameoka Shinichi and Kouji Tsuda, previously worked on Square Enix's Mana series before founding Brownie Brown in 2000.

Originally released on mobile devices, the Switch version adds additional content and support for button controls. The game's original trailer is below (in Japanese):


2

Somehow not the biggest Microsoft-related gaming news of the day.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59415/banjo-kazooie-coming-to-switch-online-expansion-pack-on-january-20

The bird and the bear are about to drop into the Switch Online expansion pack.

Nintendo have confirmed that Banjo-Kazooie will be available in an update to the Nintendo 64 app this Thursday (January 20). This will mark the first re-release on a Nintendo platform for the 1998 platformer.

Although Paper Mario launched last month alongside a Genesis update, no game has been identified for February.


3

Along with an annual ranking of the year in Switch.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59413/nintendo-sales-panic-december-2021-us-npd-group-results

The Switch had another monster December in the US, according to the latest sales survey released by the NPD Group.

All monthly sales based on the period of November 28 - January 1, and based on revenue unless noted. Third parties can contribute digital sales on the eShop though Nintendo themselves do not participate.

Hardware saw the Switch emerge as the best selling hardware of both December and the year overall in units, though no total was specified. In dollar sales, the Switch and PlayStation 5 were "effectively tied", despite the PlayStation 5 selling for $399 - $499 US while the Switch ranges from $199 - $399.

Software saw Nintendo make one physical release in the period - December 3's Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain, which was priced at US$29.99 and did not make the top 20. The top Nintendo game in the combined list was Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl, which at 3rd trailed only the now-Microsoft duo of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite. Other Nintendo software in the top 20: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 6th, Mario Party Superstars 8th, Animal Crossing: New Horizons 10th, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 12th, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 19th, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WIld 20th. Third party titles in the top 20 were: NBA 2k22 9th, FIFA 22 11th, Minecraft 13th, Just Dance 2022 15th, and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (cloud version only on Switch) 17th. The Switch's top 10 had Just Dance in between the Nintendo published titles, with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Minecraft (Microsoft) rounding out the list.

NPD provided a list of the top selling games of 2021 in this report as well, and five Nintendo titles were in the top 20 there. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl was 4th, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 7th, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 10th, Animal Crossing: New Horizons 14th, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate placed 17th. For third parties FIFA 22 was 12th, Minecraft 13th, NBA 2k22 15th, and Mortal Kombat 11 was 19th.

The Switch's top 20 best sellers of 2021 in the US are below:

  1. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  8. Mario Party Superstars
  9. Pokemon Sword / Shield
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
  11. Metroid Dread
  12. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  13. New Pokemon Snap
  14. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  15. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  16. Super Mario Party
  17. Super Mario Odyssey
  18. Ring Fit Adventure
  19. Mario Golf: Super Rush
  20. Luigi's Mansion 3

4

That's roughly 9.1 Bethesdas.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59412/microsoft-enters-into-agreement-to-acquire-activision-blizzard-for-us687bn

Microsoft has taken another Western third party off the market in the largest video game acquisition ever.

The Redmond giant has entered into an agreement to purchase Activision Blizzard in a US$68.7bn deal, the largest all gaming acquisition in history. No closing date was given for the deal, and the current Activision Blizzard board including embattled CEO Bobby Kotick will remain on board until the closing of the deal, when Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer will become the head of the company.

Activision Blizzard was rocked by scandal through most of 2021 related to conduct of senior executives at the company ranging from sexual harassment to death threats, including multi-million dollar settlements with several state and federal regulating agencies. Currently, testers at Wisconsin-based Raven Studios are striking in protest of unfair termination of employees in December.

There were no Activision Blizzard games known to be in development for Switch, and none released since the remaster of Diablo II last September.


5

The kind of pricing you'd expect from a monopoly and a company who's going in on NF*censored*

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59411/kingdom-hearts-cloud-releases-get-release-date-and-pricing

The Kingdom Hearts cloud releases for Switch will be out in three weeks, and now we have pricing as well.

The trio of streaming packages - containing remastered versions of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, a remake of Dream Drop Distance from the 3DS, and Kingdom Hearts 3 - will be fully live on February 10. The 1+2 combo will be US$39.99/C$53.49, while "2.8" and 3 (including its DLC) will each be $49.99/$66.49. A combined package - the "KINGDOM HEARTS INTEGRUM MASTERPIECE for Cloud" will be US$89.99 / C$119.99.

As is standard for cloud releases, a connection test / demo is available.


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TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - January 20, 2022
« on: January 17, 2022, 03:00:00 AM »

The indies are getting out before they have to box with God.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59409/nintendo-downloads-january-20-2022

Prominent games from last week we missed in the text of the column: Radirgy Swag and Japanese Rail Sim 3D: Journey to Kyoto were joined by Picross S7 on Monday, Card Fighters Clash came with Shakespearean "simulator" To Be Or Not To Be on Wednesday.

This week's early releases see Windjammer 2 (late of the summer 2018 European indie show) joined by Baby Storm (the first of December's Indie World games that wasn't a shadowdrop). A rare non-Kemco Kemco Alert goes out to RPGolf Legends, which is another crossover of golf and RPG, a special shoutout and pending John review to shooter Blackwind, and the Obscure Remaster of the Week is Shadow Man for some reason.

North America

Switch eShop

RPGolf Legends (US$29.99/C$39.99)

Blackwind ($24.99/$27.99)

Shadow Man Remastered ($19.99/$26.59: Monday)

Windjammers 2 ($19.99/$26.59)

The Company Man ($19.99/$26.59: Friday)

Baby Storm ($19.99/$25.99: Friday)

Merek's Market ($19.99/$24.99: Friday)

Dragon Hills 2 ($17/$22.61)

Guild of Ascension ($16.99/$22.60: Wednesday)

Labyrinth Legend ($14.99/$19.94: Tuesday)

Vivid Knight ($14.99/$17.49: Wednesday)

Animal Revolt Battle Simulator ($14.99/$19.99)

Demon Hunter: Ascendance ($14.99/$19.99)

Pixel Game Maker Series Thunder Striker ($11.99/$15.95)

Scrapnaut ($11.99/$15.99)

Pyramid Quest ($9.99/$13.29)

Dungeons of Shalnor ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Hammer Kid ($9.99/$13.29: Saturday)

Racing Classics Pro: Drag Race & Real Speed ($6.99/$8.99: Monday)

Top Bike: Racing & Moto Drag ($4.99/$5.99: Monday)

JankBrain ($4.99/$6.64)

Kinduo ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Go Minimal ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Make the Burger ($3.99/$4.99)

Kubi Adventures ($2.99/$3.99: Monday)

Nature ($2.99/$3.9)

Dobo's Heroes ($1.99/$2.65: Monday)

Drowning Cross ($0.99/$1.32: Tuesday)

Alien Destroyer ($0.99/$1.32)

Road Bustle ($0.99/$1.32)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Cris Tales is half off until Thursday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier

Europe

Switch eShop

RPGolf Legends (€29.99/£26.99)

Concordia (€24.99/£22.49: Tuesday)

Blackwind (€24.99/£19.99: Wednesday)

Horrid Henry's Krazy Karts (€?/£24.99: Friday)

The Company Man (€19.99/£17.99)

Troll Patrol (€19.99/£17.99)

Windjammers 2 (€19.99/£17.99)

Baby Storm (€19.99/£17.99: Friday)

Merek's Market (€17.99/£14.99: Friday)

Shadow Man Remastered (€17.72/£15.89: Monday)

Guild of Ascension (€16.99/£15.29: Wednesday)

Dragon Hills 2 (€15/£13.49)

Labyrinth Legend (€14.99/£13.49: Tuesday)

Demon Hunter: Ascendance (€14.99/£13.49)

Animal Revolt Battle Simulator (€14.99/£11.99)

Vivid Knight (€12.49/£11.29)

Scrapnaut (€10.59/£9.49)

Pixel Game Maker Series Thunder Striker (€10.29/£9.29)

Pyramid Quest (€9.99/£8.99)

Dungeons of Shalnor (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Hammer Kid (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Cop Car Police Simulator Chase (€8.99/£7.99: Monday)

The Enigma Machine (€7.99/£7.19)

Kinduo (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Go Minimal (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

JankBrain (€4.44/£3.99)

Make the Burger (€3.99/£3.49)

Nature (€2.99/£2.5)

Kubi Adventures (€2.49/£2.29: Monday)

Dobo's Heroes (€1.99/£1.79: Monday)

Drowning Cross (€0.99/£0.89: Tuesday)

Alien Destroyer (€0.99/£0.89)

Road Bustle (€0.99/£0.89)

Japan

Lucky Dog 1 (¥5200)

RPGolf Legends (¥3000)

Windjammers 2 (¥2499)

The Company Man (¥2400)

Baby Storm (¥1999)

Lovelydoll / Wildmachine (¥1990)

Menhera Fresia -Flowering Abyss- (¥1980)

Scrapnaut (¥1399)

Demon Hunter: Ascendance (¥990)

Mindcell (¥600)

Go Minimal (¥500)

Nature (¥200)

Alien Destroyer (¥120)

Road Bustle (¥120)


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Given the timing it's probably nothing to do with gestures wildly but the publisher won't say for sure.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59380/cooperative-board-game-pandemic-to-be-pulled-from-eshop-at-end-of-july

One of the most successful board games ever will have its Switch digital version delisted this summer.

Asmodee Digital have begun the process to remove Pandemic, the co-op focused board game centred around defeating a global virus outbreak. The game is expected to be removed from the Switch eShop by the end of July: it has already been removed from sale on Steam (January 6) and mobile app stores, with removal from the Xbox store expected by the end of January.

It isn't clear why the game is being delisted now; a customer service response obtained by PCGamer said "This decision was made with a heavy heart for a multitude of reasons that we cannot disclose." Pandemic has also been removed from Asmodee's own website, though it can - for the moment - be played online via the Asmodee-owned Board Game Arena site. It was planned to be given away on the Epic Games Store in 2020, though the giveaway was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nintendo World Report gave the Switch version a 7 in a 2019 review.


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TalkBack / Action Arcade Wrestling Goes 12 Large On eShop In February
« on: January 13, 2022, 05:00:00 AM »

At one time, it could have been home to a Mad King and the late, great Brodie Lee.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59362/action-arcade-wrestling-goes-12-large-on-eshop-in-february

Some more over-the-top grappling action with a unique history has finally nailed down a release month for Switch.

A new trailer has been released for Action Arcade Wrestling, which previously released on Steam and PlayStation / Xbox consoles: the Switch version is due in February. The over-the-top wrestling game is claiming 60FPS performance in handheld mode, even with ten performers in the ring, and offers a cel-shaded art style.

When first released on Steam, AAW was branded "CHIKARA Action Arcade Wrestling", after the Philadelphia-based independent promotion which once employed the late stand-up comic and television star Bob Saget as their storyline commissioner. The game rebranded in 2020, removing the CHIKARA name following the promotion's folding in light of abuse allegations made toward company founder "Mike Quackenbush" (Michael Spillane) as part of the professional wrestling industry's "Speaking Out" movement.


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TalkBack / 13 Minutes Of Pokemon Legends: Arceus Gameplay Posted
« on: January 13, 2022, 04:22:00 AM »

Wait, is that crafting?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59365/13-minutes-of-pokemon-legends-arceus-gameplay-posted

A video has been posted that aims to answer many of the questions about Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

The Pokemon Company has posted a more than 13 minute video showing off the gameplay, which can be seen below:


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That would be tomorrow, as of press time.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59361/captain-toad-treasure-tracker-gets-surprise-switch-online-trial-in-north-america-on-january-13

Switch Online is continuing to offer game trials, and the next one may sway you toward a game in Nintendo's New Years sale.

North American Switch Online subscribers (Expansion Pass NOT required) will be able to play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for free this weekend. Unlike most game trials which provided a few day's notice, the trial period for Captain Toad will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET and run until 2:59 a.m. on January 21.

Another break from tradition may come with a corresponding sale: Nintendo first party titles that have been offered in the past as NSO trials have gone on sale at the same time and remained discounted for up to a week after the trial ends. Captain Toad is already a part of Nintendo's New Year's sale which ends at 2:59 a.m. (ET) on Monday. Nintendo's notification has not mentioned if the sale will be extended.


11

Sounds like a lot of you were looking for this one.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59359/neo-geo-pocket-color-classic-snk-vs-capcom-card-fighters-clash-now-out-on-switch

Perhaps the most demanded Neo Geo Pocket Color title has finally made its way to the Switch.

SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighter's Clash is now available for purchase on the eShop. As with other Neo-Geo Pocket Color releases, it retails for US$7.99 / C$10.07 or equivalents.

As the name suggests, Card Fighter's Clash is a "card fighting" game featuring the fighting game stars of Capcom and SNK, which released in 1999 and was the first crossover of the two fighting game titans. The original release had two versions - a SNK and a Capcom version - but the Switch release contains the option to maintain separate save data for each version, allowing for trading and battling with the same download. The eShop release also contains the Japanese and English versions; the eShop page in North America specifies that trading between languages is not possible but gives no disclaimer for battling.


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TalkBack / Kirby And The Forgotten Land Dropping In On March 25
« on: January 12, 2022, 03:48:34 AM »

In like a lion, out like a... whatever the hell Kirby is.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59356/kirby-and-the-forgotten-land-dropping-in-on-march-25

The "spring" release date for Kirby will actually be quite early in the month.

Nintendo have confirmed the fully 3D adventure will hit on March 25, with digital pre-orders now available. Players will have to rescue the entire Waddle Dee race.

2 player (local) co-op will also be available, with the second player controlling Bandana Waddle Dee.


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"Brotherhood" isn't just a subtitle, it's also why most of the Ubisoft C-suite wasn't sacked for abusing their employees.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59346/third-assassins-creed-compilation-coming-to-switch-on-february-17

Another round of older Assassin's Creed titles is coming to Switch next month.

"The Ezio Collection", which features Assassin's Creed II (2009), Brotherhood (2010), and Revelations (2011) has been revealed for a Switch launch on February 17. The collection will includes all of the singleplayer DLC for the three games, as well as two short films, though the multiplayer modes in the original release are not expected to be included. A similar compilation for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One released in 2016 featured only single-player content.

The $39.99 US package will be available digitally and in a physical release, though only ACII will be on the card with Brotherhood and Revelations as downloads. Although the Switch cartridge size hasn't been revealed, the combined file size of Assassin's Creed II and its DLC on the Xbox 360 (one of its original platforms) is roughly 8 GB.


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Good news for fans of Japanese rail sims or shooters.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59343/two-games-from-troubled-switch-publisher-dispatch-games-shadowdropped-in-north-america

A couple of games whose localization was in question have suddenly appeared on the North American eShop.

Japanese Rail Sim 3D: Journey to Kyoto and shooter/slasher Radirgy Swag both released today in North America: Rail Sim is US$49.99/$64.99 while Radirgy Swag is $19.99/$24.99. Both titles are listed as published by Dispatch Games.

Previously it was thought that Dispatch was out of business, as their registered office was a residence which was sold in June 2021. There is no word still on planned physical releases for the games.


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TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - January 13, 2022
« on: January 10, 2022, 03:03:00 AM »

15 can become 31 so fast it'll make your head spin.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59341/nintendo-downloads-january-13-2022

Last week saw the release count nearly double before the end of the day the list was first posted, and more than double by the end of the week (15 to 31), so expect similar shenanigans this week as we get back into the full swing of things. Some notable items that were dropped out of nowhere: Bandai Namco's spot-the-difference title QuickSpot, Super Pac-Man in the Archives while we're on the subject of Namco, Nintendo's New Year's sale (NA only) and for some godforsaken reason Demon Gaze became the priciest game of the week.

This week's headliner going in is Astroneer, the SPAAAAAAACE game that yes, John will be talking about. It was in this past August's Indie World as well. Shooter of the scrolling variety Eschatos, tower defense title Duel Princess, RPG Eternal Radiance, action title Headland (not to be confused with Head Lander, a Chris Johnston production) and the rescue of Nova-111 from the Wii U round out the Western week. (Zach gave that one an 8 back in the day.)

Japan's lineup is predominantly the same, barring a late launch of Dying Light.

North America

Switch eShop

Japanese Rail Sim 3D: Journey to Kyoto (US$49.99/C$64.99: Monday)

Vazial Saga XX ($34.00/$45.22: Wednesday, only Japanese text)

Astroneer ($29.99/$39.89)

Eschatos ($26.99/$35.9)

Duel Princess ($24.99/$33.24)

dweemixed: Thwee Pack ($19.99/$24.99: Tuesday)

Eternal Radiance ($19.99/$26.59)

Headland ($19.99/$25.99)

Radirgy Swag ($19.99/$24.99: Monday)

Space Stella: The Unknown Planet ($14.99/$20.99)

Demonica: Evelasting Night ($14.99/$19.99: Wednesday)

Pixel Game Maker Series Game Battle Tycoon ($14.99/$19.94)

Star Balls ($9.99: Monday/not releasing)

Aery - Dreamscapes ($9.99/$14.99)

Picross S7 ($9.99/$13.29: Monday)

The Shadow You ($9.99/$13.29)

Nova-111 ($9.99/$12.99)

Kansei: The Second Turn HD ($7.99/$10.99: Friday)

SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash ($7.99/$10.07: Wednesday)

Lost Lands: Redemption ($6.99/$9.30: Monday)

To Be Or Not To Be ($6.99/$8.99: Wednesday)

Cat Go! Ultimate Challenge ($4.99/$6.64: Saturday)

hocus 2 ($4.99/$6.50)

Sniper Time: The Shooting Range ($4.90/$6.50)

Unlock the cat ($3.99/$5.31)

Air Revo ($3.99/$4.99: Friday)

Pirate Treasure: Island of Mazes ($2.29/$3.00: Friday)

Turbo Shot (free to start)

Switch Archives

Gunnail ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: NoA's New Year's sale runs until the early morning of the 17th and includes the first sale on SMT V (30% off). PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier

Europe

Switch eShop

Vazial Saga XX (€30.00/£25.00: Wednesday)

Astroneer (€27.99/£23.74)

Eschatos (€22.99/£20.69)

Duel Princess (€20.99/£18.89)

Headland (€19.99/£17.99: Wednesday)

dweemixed: Thwee Pack (€17.99/£14.99: Tuesday)

Eternal Radiance (€16.99/£15.29)

Radirgy Swag (€16.99/£14.99: Monday)

Space Stella: The Unknown Planet (€16.99/£14.99)

Demonica: Evelasting Night (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

Pixel Game Maker Series Game Battle Tycoon (€12.89/£11.59)

Aery - Dreamscapes (€9.99/£9.99)

Nova-111 (€9.99/£8.99)

Teamfight Manager (€8.19/£7.39)

Kansei: The Second Turn HD (€7.99/£7.99: Friday)

SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash (€7.99/£7.19: Wednesday)

To Be Or Not To Be (€7.99/£6.99: Wednesday)

Drive Drift X (€7.50/£6.00: Monday)

Sudoku Zenkai (€4.99/£4.99)

hocus 2 (€4.99/£4.50)

Cat Go! Ultimate Challenge (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Unlock the cat (€3.99/£3.59)

Sniper Time: The Shooting Range (€3.90/£3.49: Wednesday)

Pirate Treasure: Island of Mazes (€1.99/£1.79: Friday)

Turbo Shot (free to start)

Air Revo (€3.5/£2.99: Friday)

Switch Archives

Gunnail (€6.99/£6.29)

Japan

Dying Light: Platinum Edition (¥6380)

Vazial Saga XX (¥3850)

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (¥3580)

Astroneer (¥3000)

Duel Princess (¥2780)

Eternal Radiance (¥2200)

Undead Horde (¥2200)

Headland (¥1980)

Pixel Game Maker Series Game Battle Tycoon (¥1500)

Animal Revolt Battle Simulator (¥1499)

Aery - Dreamscapes (¥999)

Nova-111 (¥999)

Kansei: The Second Turn HD (¥880)

Gunnail (¥838)

SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash (¥800)

hocus 2 (¥570)

Trigger Dungeon (¥549)

Dogurai (¥500)

Kamura - Gods and Contractors (¥500)

Unlock the cat (¥400)

Darkness Maze Cube (¥280)

Pirate Treasure: Island of Mazes (¥250)

Box Align (¥110)

Cosmonauta (¥110)

Turbo Shot (free to start)


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TalkBack / Star Wars Hunters Publisher Zynga Acquired By Take Two
« on: January 10, 2022, 02:40:13 AM »

One suspects that wasn't the main reason for the buyout.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59342/star-wars-hunters-publisher-zynga-acquired-by-take-two

The Take Two family has added another Switch publisher to its list - though they have a bit of a history.

Take Two have announced a deal to acquire Zynga - publishers of the upcoming Star Wars: Hunters - in a cash-and-stock deal worth US$12.7bn. The deal is expected to formally close by the end of June.

Despite their recent foray into console gaming with Hunters, the deal is focused on Zynga's strengths in mobile publishing including games such as Words With Friends and former Facebook phenomenon Farmville. They had been the subject of acquisition rumors for more than a decade.


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TalkBack / Inside The Numbers: 2021 In Switch Releases
« on: January 06, 2022, 04:20:19 AM »

It’s time like this the News Editor is glad weed is legal in Canada.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/editorial/59313/inside-the-numbers-2021-in-switch-releases

The NPD’s chief games analyst Mat Piscatella set tongues-a-wagging recently on Twitter when he made the following comment:

"Nearly 1.7k unique titles launched on Nintendo platforms in 2021. That's 63% more than the 1.0k titles released in 2020, and an average of 4.6 titles releasing per day. If you thought Switch was a far more crowded platform in 2021... well... it was."

I wasn’t really surprised at the number - it sure seemed like I was spending far more of my weekends adding game profiles both past and present to the site to keep the Downloads articles accurate. So I went through and counted up the list of games that were for Switch (including Archives and cloud games) in every Downloads article from December 31, 2020 to December 30, 2021 - the former covering January 1-2, 2021 and the latter cutting off on Friday of last week.

I counted a total of 1925 Switch releases in 2021.

This was 1.666...% of the games that came out the week of September 30.

I probably miscounted a game or two, explicitly left bundles of games out of the collection, and made sure to only count Digital Deluxe releases on their full release weeks. (Thanks, Atlus/Sega.) Yet I’m still more than 200 games off of what the NPD Group is quoting.

Either way, it’s still far beyond the release count of any Nintendo system in a single year, and it’s near the total of all games released on the Wii - counting retail, WiiWare, and Virtual Console. According to the Nintendo.com game list where I pull the game data from (because heaven knows that level of releases makes browsing the system eShop nigh-impossible) there were 881 Wii U games and 1107 3DS games as of January 4, 2022 - even allowing for delistings, a year of the Switch almost trumps the last generation of Nintendo hardware on its own.

Other fun with maths (full count found here):

  • The average number of releases in a week is 36.32 - and removing the two releases of January 1 only bumps the average to 36.98
  • The median release count (lining up all the weeks in order, which one is in the middle) is 38
  • The most commonly occurring release count is 41, which hit five times
  • The largest full week is 60 (week of September 30), while the smallest is 12 (week of January 7)
  • The releases were relatively consistent: 467 in calendar Q1 (January to March), 482 in Q2, 515 in Q3, and 461 in Q4, so there wasn’t a discernible Switch OLED bump unless everyone wanted to be out beforehand

So yeah, the Switch had a busy year. But what does it mean for the average person - or the indie dev looking to get their name out there?

One, it almost requires an Indie World or Direct bump - usually a shadow drop - to get attention, because you get scrolled off the easy parts of the eShop incredibly quickly. If you happen to come out on that 60 game week, I’m sorry but I probably missed you.

Two… look, I’m not going to say that Nintendo has relaxed their standards for developers, but the asset flip or stupid cheap mobile port epidemic is almost reaching the level of Steam. There are a few developers whose games look so bad that I’ve wanted them ejected from the eShop with prejudice. If you remember Maze or The Letter from the Wii U (not to be confused with The Letter on Switch, which is a well-written visual novel) imagine several of those coming out every week, burying stuff like Affordable Space Adventures or Freedom Planet. That’s the kind of stuff that would probably make me bust out the old Electronic Gaming Monthly magazines and see how much Seanbaby one can get away with in 2022.

"Dear Nintendo: There are too many publishers on the eShop. Please eliminate thirty. I am NOT a crackpot."

Three, I would love for NWR to have the bandwidth to review every Switch game but even if we had everyone who’s ever written a review for the site reviewing something it would take a couple of years to catch up. (Hey, if you want to sign up, we’re hiring! Just don’t be a dink in the Discord or Slack.)

2022 is off to a quiet start so far, but the announcements, press releases, and Indie World / Nintendo Direct shows can show up at any time. Do I think we’ll see the same thing in 2022? Absolutely. We’re already ahead of last year’s pace thus far and it’s the middle of week 2. Heaven help me if there’s a Switch OLED Lite or something this year, because an already out-of-control release pace will end up going to plaid.


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TalkBack / Former Nintendo Partner Acquired By iRacing Developer
« on: January 04, 2022, 06:49:00 AM »

In about a decade and a half they went from Super Sandwich to super speedways.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59311/former-nintendo-partner-acquired-by-iracing-developer

An old friend of Nintendo has been acquired by the developer of one of the most well known simulators in racing.

Minnesota-based Monster Games have been acquired by iRacing Motorsports Simulations, the makers of the iRacing simulation that covers multiple formats of racing including stock cars, open wheel (IndyCar / Formula 1), and rally racing. iRacing was actually used in lieu of track racing by multiple organizations during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.

Monster Games was a development partner of Nintendo's beginning with Wii launch title Excite Truck and following with 2009's Excitebots: Trick Racing. They moved into a support role at Nintendo after that, most famously porting Xenoblade Chronicles to New 3DS as one of the few exclusive titles for the revised hardware. In recent years, they returned to their roots as a racing developer, producing four games under the NASCAR Heat banner and a pair of titles from former multiple-time NASCAR champion Tony Steward for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


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TalkBack / Re: Donald's Top 5 Games Of 2021
« on: January 03, 2022, 06:15:29 PM »
Quote
thanks to Fata Morgana I BROKE METACRITIC this year.

Huh?! :o  I would like to hear more elaboration on this...

We were one of the first four reviews for Fata Morgana to be published, and all of (IIRC) the first seven reviews for it were recorded by Metacritic as 100. I didn't think they had a setup that allowed for a three-digit score, and it was also atop their Best Games Of All Time list ahead of Ocarina of Time.

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TalkBack / Donald's Top 5 Games Of 2021
« on: January 03, 2022, 05:00:00 AM »

The only GOTY list from Nintendo World Report guaranteed to be 100% Kraid-free.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/59310/donalds-top-5-games-of-2021

The only thing that didn’t manage to disappoint me in 2021 compared to 2020 (a year in which I gave a roguelike GOTY - to be fair, Hades is the best one since Rogue) was honestly video games. And since Nintendo had a down year by my standards, third parties definitely picked up the slack with some games I’ve been wanting for years paying off even beyond my wildest expectations.

I’m not really sure what a top 10 list would look like - aside from #1, that’s been etched in stone since April. But the other games on the list move up and down the list depending on my mood that day, and I still don’t know what 6-10 would be. (Hence my wish that we were doing “Game of the Fiscal Year”.) Shoutouts to the following titles which are on my "possibly top 10 if I had time to play them" list, in chronological order:

  • Bowser's Fury
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Bravely Default II
  • Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • BustaFellows
  • Dodgeball Academia
  • A Monster's Expedition (disclaimer: NWR contributor Syrenne McNulty was a producer)
  • Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon

And now, the top 5.

GOTY: The House in Fata Morgana

You know this was my first top score ever on this site?

Developer: Novectactle - Publisher: Limited Run Games - Release: April 9 - Review: Here

I had heard a lot about this visual novel in its previous English releases, and it’s not just because I’ve been following one of the localizers on Twitter for years. Straight visual novels (as opposed to Phoenix Wright or Danganronpa games) tend to get a lot of flack for carrying limited interaction - but the tale of the lost soul was so gripping from the first minute that I didn’t even care that I was going entire sessions without having to make a decision. The original story is grand enough, but the Switch version also brings along a pair of side stories; one providing more background and the other providing some dearly needed catharsis. (My condolences to the kid in the orange coat who kept dying in that animated movie I had the main characters see.) If nothing else, thanks to Fata Morgana I BROKE METACRITIC this year. No wonder it’s in my top 5 of all time.

Monster Hunter Rise

That's not my hunter, I always rock females.

Developer / Publisher: Capcom - Release: March 26 - Review: Here

According to Nintendo’s end-of-year stats, I played Rise for 202 hours this year - and that doesn’t even account for the time I spent playing it on a different account for the review. It was a unique experience to get in on the ground floor of a multiplayer game outside of Pokemon, and the content drops kept it top of mind even into the summer. (I’m a bit behind on event quests now, but one of them features Sonic and I have standards.) Most importantly, after six years of maining a weapon that’s somewhat ponderous in the Switch Axe, swapping to the Dual Blades meant that I was playing in a fashion I hadn’t even considered before. I don’t like to play defence, so I loved being able to constantly chop the length of an 80-foot long flying serpent and get rewarded for it - and use a variety of elemental builds too. Here’s hoping Sunbreak brings the Mega Dash Juice back so I can rip even more dragons apart. And if I can inscribe "love" and "hate" on the dual blades, even better.

NEO: The World Ends With You

I spent way too much time diving this year.

Developer / Publisher: Square Enix - Release: July 27 - Review: Here

In my review I asked for the soundtrack to be made available for download so I could always have it - and it hit iTunes in early August. Since then, it’s been my grocery shopping music about 95% of the time. (Standout tracks are “Kill the Itch” and “Unpainted”.) Along with the killer soundtrack comes a great story that pays off every tease in the thirteen years since the original DS game, alongside a battle system that still requires dexterity but actually adapts to console play in a way that the Final Remix (2018) could only dream of. Maybe if Square Enix actually bothered to show NEO in their June presentation instead of 25 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy that actually made me anti-hyped for the game, they wouldn’t have been disappointed in NEO’s sales. (Though my worst week all year wasn't Christmas week when I was stuck in temperatures between stupid and Fairbanks while working, it was the week between losing access to NEO and the preload unlocking.)

Shin Megami Tensei V

Even on Nintendo Switch, F.O.E! Even in a Megaten, F.O.E!.

Developer / Publisher: Atlus - Release: November 12 - Review: Here

Although not explicitly mentioned as a sequel to SMT III: Nocturne, Shin Megami Tensei V really feels like an exploration of what happened after the true ending of the 2003 game (right down to Tokyo’s nuking happening eighteen years earlier). The “now what?” JRPG also felt like the closest thing we’re getting to an Etrian Odyssey outside of a dual screen system, which makes sense as they share key dev staff. The idea of getting to a save point, grinding out treasures and retreating to recover felt a lot like what I remember from the Etrian or Persona Q games - and really, what’s the Oyamatsumi wandering around the first area if not an F.O.E? I also have to give credit to the Demi-Fiend DLC, which went from “OH GOD THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE” to “I can cheese this on Safety” to “I think we can cheese this on Hard” to “Oh, we beat it in three minutes” in near record time which I found utterly fascinating.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

ermehgerd, nerg.

Developer / Publisher: Capcom - Release: July 9 - Review: Here

I was really burned out by the Monster Hunter series when the original came out in 2017 on the 3DS, so the summer sequel was the first time I had been exposed to that side series. I was curious about it mostly from exposure in the Rise videos, but it turned out to be a top-class monster catching (sorry, “monstie catching”) RPG. Immature terminology aside, Stories 2 brought me nearly 100 hours of monster strategy, filling that “gotta catch ‘em all” urge beautifully until SMT V and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl dropped within a week of each other. The combat system is far deeper than a standard Pokemon battle, and I don’t even think it’s necessary to give the player control over the partner characters because dealing with the AI is a key part of the strategy. When my torrid affair with Neo TWEWY came to an end on my birthday, I immediately jumped back to Stories 2 because I still had a postgame dungeon to clear. Need I say more?


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TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - January 6, 2022
« on: January 03, 2022, 03:00:00 AM »

Still holding on to that eShop credit, I guess.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59309/nintendo-downloads-january-6-2022

It's another quiet week - though at least Japan does have a few releases planned for the week. Perhaps the priciest of the bunch is "modern fantasy" visual novel Arcadia Fallen, which before I read up on it thought it would trigger the Kemco Alert. (Instead, that falls to Justice Chronicles.) Also, for some reason one of the most notorious pieces of Wii U shovelware released BEFORE the Old Yellering of the console is getting a sequel with a really lame name? We dare not speak its name, for that would give it power.

Things should pick back up next week however, just in time for a major North American sale (while Europe's is already on).

North America

Switch eShop

Demon Gaze Extra (US$59.99/C$79.99)

Biker Garage: Mechanic Simulator ($24.99/$33.24: Monday)

Arcadia Fallen ($24.99/$29.99: Wednesday)

FightNJokes ($19.99/$26.59: Monday)

QuickSpot ($19.99/$24.99)

Day of the Dead: Solitaire Collection ($19.99: Friday)

Justice Chronicles ($14.99/$20.99)

Crumble ($14.99/$19.99: Monday)

Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell ($14.99/$19.99: Monday)

Putt-Putt Travels Through Time ($14.99/$19.99: Monday)

Pixel Game Maker Series Medium-Naut ($14.99/$19.94)

Heaven Dust 2 ($14.99/$18.99)

Work It Out: Job Challenge ($12.72/$15.89: Monday)

Chess: Clash of Kings ($9.99/$13.29: Monday)

Splotches ($9.99/$13.29: Monday)

McDroid ($9.99/$13.29: Wednesday)

Breakneck City ($9.99/$12.99: Wednesday)

Teamfight Manager ($9.99: Wednesday/not releasing)

Dual Souls: The Last Bearer ($9.99/$13.29)

Faircroft Antiques: The Forbidden Crypt Collector's Edition ($9.99/$13.29)

I Love Finding Cats! Collector's Edition ($9.99/$13.29)

Theatre of Sorrows ($9.99/$13.29)

Warshmallows ($9.99/$10.99)

Jigsaw Master Kids ($7.99/$10.63)

Geography Quiz Festival: Guess The Countries ($4.99/$6.64: Monday)

Racing Karts ($4.99/$5.99: Monday)

Alone Music ($4.99/$6.64)

Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins ($4.99/$6.64)

Watermelon Blocks ($3.99/$5.31)

Minepull ($2.99/$3.98: Monday)

Switch Archives

Super Pac-Man ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: NEO: The World Ends With You is 50% off until Thursday and Disco Elysium is 35% off until the 13th. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier

Europe

Switch eShop

Demon Gaze Extra (€59.99/£49.99)

Flakylypa Grand Prix (€53.99/£49.99: Monday)

Biker Garage: Mechanic Simulator (€24.99/£22.49: Monday)

Arcadia Fallen (€20.99/£18.89: Wednesday)

FightNJokes (€19.99/£17.99: Monday)

Day of the Dead: Solitaire Collection (€17.99/£16.19: Friday)

Crumble (€14.99/£14.99: Monday)

Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell (€14.99/£13.49: Monday)

Putt-Putt Travels Through Time (€14.99/£13.49: Monday)

Heaven Dust 2 (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

Justice Chronicles (€14.99/£13.49)

Pixel Game Maker Series Medium-Naut (€12.89/£11.59)

Sports Car Driver (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

Chess: Clash of Kings (€9.99/£8.99: Monday)

Star Balls (€9.99/£8.99: Monday)

Breakneck City (€9.99/£8.99: Wednesday)

Faircroft Antiques: The Forbidden Crypt Collector's Edition (€9.99/£8.99)

I Love Finding Cats! Collector's Edition (€9.99/£8.99)

Theatre of Sorrows (€9.99/£8.99)

Warshmallows (€9.99/£6.99)

Dual Souls: The Last Bearer (€8.99/£8.09)

Lost Lands: Redemption (€6.99/£6.29: Monday)

Jigsaw Master Kids (€6.99/£6.29)

Alone Music (€4.99/£4.99)

Racing Karts (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Minepull (€4.99/£4.49: Monday)

Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins (€4.49/£4.09)

Geography Quiz Festival: Guess The Countries (€3.99/£3.59: Monday)

Watermelon Blocks (€3.99/£3.59)

Trigger Dungeon (€3.99/£3.49: Sunday)

Switch Archives

Super Pac-Man (€6.99/£6.29)

Japan

Troll Patrol (¥2222)

Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell (¥1700)

Putt-Putt Travels Through Time (¥1700)

Heaven Dust 2 (¥1540)

Justice Chronicles (¥1320)

Teamfight Manager (¥1200)

.cat Milk (¥900)

Super Pac-Man (¥838)

Attack on Beetle (¥660)

Jisei: The First Case HD (¥550)

Castle of Pixel Skulls (¥500)

Super Bit Blaster XL (¥400)

Watermelon Blocks (¥400)

Ding Dong XL (¥120)

Orbt XL (¥120)


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TalkBack / John Madden: 1936 - 2021
« on: December 28, 2021, 02:49:27 PM »

A great in football, game design, and turducken.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59281/john-madden-1936-2021

A sports Hall of Famer who had a profound impact on video games has died.

The NFL issued a statement today announcing the death of John Madden at the age of 85. No cause of death was disclosed for the Super Bowl-winning coach and commentator.

Madden is best known in video games for being the nameskae of John Madden Football, which released on Apple II and other PC platforms in 1988 and spawned a multi-billion dollar game franchise. Notably, Madden insisted the game be a full 11-on-11 simulation when that would have been difficult for sims of the time. The "Madden" series was represented on Nintendo platforms from the Super Nintendo to the Wii U, with a NES release originally planned but cancelled.


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TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - December 30, 2021
« on: December 27, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »

We end the year with... crickets?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59276/nintendo-downloads-december-30-2021

2020-2: Electric Boogaloo is ending with a definite whimper: Japan, for instance, is taking the entire week off barring the inevitable TBA Archives game. A major game is coming west anyway however, with the shooter compilation Deathsmiles I + II coming over (along with some DLC) - and aside from adventure title Lacuna, that's basically it for major releases to round out the year.

There's no sense in keeping you any longer than this, so stay safe (or home) this week, definitely stay off the roads on Friday night, and we'll see you in 2022.

North America

Switch eShop

Deathsmiles I&II (US$39.99/C$53.19)

My Universe - Interior Designer ($29.99/$39.99: Monday)

Lacuna ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

Hollow 2 ($19.99/$26.99)

Sky Games ($14.99/$19.99: Monday)

Sorcerer Knights ($14.99/$19.99: Saturday)

Frogs vs. Storks ($9.99/$13.29)

Pawn of the Dead ($9.99/$13.29)

Eufloria HD ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Drive Drift X ($8.59/$10.86: Monday)

Canceled: Super Puzzles Dream ($5.99/$7.97: Friday)

Menseki: Area Maze puzzles ($5.00/$6.65: Monday)

Cold Silence ($4.99/$6.50: Sunday)

Unstrong: Space Calamity ($4.99/$6.59: Monday)

Cartoon Tower Defense ($3.99/$5.99: Wednesday)

Superpanda ($3.99/$5.49: Tuesday)

3DS eShop

Gal Galaxy Pain ($0.50/$0.63: Monday)

Switch Archives

Mutant Night ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Nintendo's Indie World sale includes a new record low for Hades (35% off) until Saturday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier

Europe

Switch eShop

Deathsmiles I&II (€39.99/£35.99)

Lacuna (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

Hollow 2 (€19.99/£17.99)

Wytchwood (€17.49/£14.99: Monday)

Sorcerer Knights (€14.99/£12.99: Saturday)

Sky Games (€12.99/£11.99: Monday)

Our Summer Festival (€11.22/£9.42)

Work It Out! Job Challenge (€11.22/£9.42)

Picross S7 (€9.99/£8.99: Monday)

Frogs vs. Storks (€9.99/£8.99)

Pawn of the Dead (€9.99/£8.99)

Eufloria HD (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Asteroids Recharged (€8.99/£7.99: Monday)

The Shadow You (€8.19/£7.39: Wednesday)

Canceled: Super Puzzles Dream (€5.99/£5.39: Friday)

Menseki: Area Maze puzzles (€5/£4.49: Monday)

Cold Silence (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Superpanda (€3.99/£3.99: Tuesday)

Cartoon Tower Defense (€3.99/£3.99: Wednesday)

Astro Rangers (€1.99/£1.79: Friday)

Switch Archives

Mutant Night (€6.99/£6.29)

Japan

Mutant Night (¥838)

Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (¥4950)


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TalkBack / Cupid Parasite (Switch) Review
« on: December 22, 2021, 04:25:24 PM »

It’s the War and Peace of romance visual novels, in that it took me two months to finish it.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/59253/cupid-parasite-switch-review

Usually I can reach a reviewable state for an otome in a week to ten days, so Cupid Parasite holds a dubious distinction as the longest review for a short game I’ve ever done. Between waiting for a patch that apparently took three weeks to get through Nintendo lotcheck and not really having time to clear it before my holiday travels, it took roughly two months for me to get to the point of putting fingers to keyboard. Was it worth it? Hard to say, as a decent romance story is held back by questionable controls and editing issues even post-patch.

Cupid Parasite is largely set in the city of Los York, which is meant to be an amalgamation of major American cities (one prominent landmark is a “Silver Gate Bridge”). Our heroine - default name Lynette Mirror - is ostensibly a “bridal advisor” at the matchmaking agency Cupid Corporation, but is actually the company’s namesake in an attempt to stick it to her father. She is challenged with marrying off five of Cupid Corp’s least attractive male members (the “Parasite 5”) whose obsessions make them completely unsuitable for a typical relationship. Each suitor is designed to represent one of the types of the color-wheel theory of love, which is honestly something I never knew about before starting.  There’s a large group of side characters both named and otherwise, who end up all coming into play during at least one of the romances, but the suitors show some neat depth when it comes time for their personal stories. Although the game is set in what is supposed to be the US, some of the terminology used (“share house”, most notably) felt a little out of place in the story. I did appreciate the writing around trademarks the game employs, as it’s definitely set in the modern day with “Instergrimm”, “Wackypedia”, and other forms of social media all being included.

Thanks to the T rating, all nudity is above the waist.

There aren’t numbered chapters in Cupid Parasite as seen in other visual novels, but I suspect the opening act (pre-route split) path is the longest I’ve played in years. Despite that, there’s not really many chances to start down the love paths; by my count there’s maybe two chances per suitor before the split. A lot was made in the pre-launch about the “Love Match Test,” which shows what romantic path you’re supposed to be targeting, but good luck determining that based on 14 yes-or-no questions without a guide. Second playthroughs allow a love type to be directly chosen; it’s worth taking advantage of if you’re looking to see everything. Three options are available by default for the ending, with the remaining suitors unlocking upon clearing the first three and the sixth love type only unlocking upon getting the best ending on all five suitors (and notably, having no choices whatsoever). The first three routes tend to be more grounded in reality, while the last three let the mythological freak flag fly at full mast and get a little exhausting at points.

If this review had come out even a couple of days ago, it would have been based on the launch version 1.0.0 and I would be ripping it a new one on the technical aspects. There were two routes that I played in the launch version that seemingly had a typo every other line, it was frequently unclear if the text was speech or inner monologue, and the game would occasionally freeze for a few seconds longer than normal in a scene or text transition. The 1.0.1 patch re-edited the two questionable routes, though more typos than I would have expected came up on the other routes anyway. The default controls also were unclear: it took quite a while to locate quick save and load, the text log is found by hitting up on the left analog, and I frequently unintentionally swapped between “all skip” and “read skip” while reading in handheld (which is how about ¾ of the game played out).

...how in Athena's name do you leave a typo in a DIALOGUE CHOICE? This was fixed in the patch.

I do have to give credit to Cupid Parasite as Los York is one of the most colorful settings I’ve seen in a novel game. Even my sister-in-law was impressed when she happened to catch a glimpse of it. The city’s bursting with life, and though there are common backgrounds, they cycle through enough of them that it didn’t really get boring. The characters are incredibly attractive in both genres, though perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the Roman gods are more attractive than the suitors. This includes our protagonist. The music didn’t really stand out much, though I did admit to being surprised when the original English tracks from the Japanese version were kept intact for a newscaster character. I shouldn’t have been; every single Otomate game on Switch is in Japanese voice only, and this is no exception.

Now that a third of the game isn’t enough to make my inner English teacher want to have someone at the publisher see me after class, I think there’s a decent effort in Cupid Parasite. There’s still typos which I’m becoming more sensitive to, and the controls are a bit irritating if you’re trying to do anything beyond advancing text, but it’s a unique take on the legends of Cupid.


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TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - December 23, 2021
« on: December 20, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »

It will take all of Donald's strength this Festivus to not hold the Airing of Grievances in the middle of a client phone call.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/59249/nintendo-downloads-december-23-2021

Initially I thought about doing this as a Night Before Christmas ripoff but when I still have to do my non-NWR job all week after flying more than 3000 miles (4800 km), right after "the arse fell outta her", my usual lack of Christmas spirit is only exacerbated. So instead, we note that at least Nintendo and developer friends are taking the rest of the year off in the west: North America has 14 games this week pending the inevitable Archives release while Europe has 11. (Since Japan's major holiday is a week later, their list... is more than NA and Europe combined including early Picross S7.)

As far as things that are deciding to launch this week, there's a possibly neat arcade racer in Pure Chase 80's, the latest Kairosoft joint (Beastie Bay DX) finally hits North America, plus we get to drink a Madness Beverage. (Presumably that's what egg nog becomes around the 27th.)

Still, for those who are hoping to see eShop cards aplenty this week in their stockings or Christmas cards Europe's major sale has already kicked off and the third parties will be right behind them in North America. (Square Enix has already kicked off theirs, for instance.) Stay safe, get jabbed if you can, and we'll wrap this year up right after Boxing Day. Happy holidays.

North America

Switch eShop

Windstorm: Start of a Great Friendship (US$29.99/C$39.99)

Carebotz ($18.99/$25.26: Monday)

Jigsaw Fun: Greatest Cities ($14.99/$19.99)

Madness Beverage ($14.99/$19.95: Friday)

Pure Chase '80s ($14.99/$19.95: Friday)

Beastie Bay DX ($14.00/$18.00)

Tunnel of Doom ($13.99/$18.61)

Moorhuhn Jump and Run: Traps and Treasures ($12.99/$17.28)

Zombie Watch ($12.00/$15.96: Tuesday)

8 & 9 Ball Pocket ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

Planet Quiz: Learn & Discover ($11.99/$15.95: Saturday)

Match Three Pirates II ($9.99/$12.99: Monday)

Real Time Battle Shogi Online ($9.99/$12.99)

Teratopia ($9.99/$12.99)

Crazy Zen Codeword ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

American Man ($9.99: Saturday)

Santa Throw ($9.89/$13.15)

Shinya Ichizoku The Battle For Hokkaido's Delicious Foods ($8.99/not released)

Lynn, The Girl Drawn on Puzzles ($7.99/$10.63)

Horatio Goes Snowboarding ($6.99/$9.29: Wednesday)

Creepy Balls ($6.99/$8.99: Monday)

Merry Christmas Snowball Bubble ($5.99/$7.97: Friday)

Gardener's Path ($4.99/$6.99: Wednesday)

Christmas Racing ($0.99/$1.30: Friday)

Switch Archives

Orius ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Among sales ending December 31 are the aforementioned Square Enix sales which includes discounts on Dungeon Encounters and Voice of Cards - plus, for no readily explainable reason Saints Row IV is 93% off ($2.79 US / $3.49 Canadian). PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier

Europe

Switch eShop

Windstorm: Start of a Great Friendship (€29.99/£39.99)

Twelve Minutes (€20.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Carebotz (€14.99/£13.49: Monday)

Pure Chase '80s (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Jigsaw Fun: Greatest Cities (€14.99/£12.99)

Madness Beverage (€14.99/£12.99)

Tunnel of Doom (€13.99/£12.59)

Moorhuhn Jump and Run: Traps and Treasures (€12.49/£11.29)

Zombie Watch (€11.99/£10.79: Tuesday)

8 & 9 Ball Pocket (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

Planet Quiz: Learn & Discover (€11.99/£10.79: Saturday)

Match Three Pirates II (€9.99/£8.99: Monday)

Real Time Battle Shogi Online (€9.99/£8.99)

Teratopia (€9.99/£8.99)

American Man (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Santa Throw (€9.89/£8.89)

Lyn: The Girl Drawn On Puzzles (€7.29/£6.59)

Horatio Goes Snowboarding (€6.99/£6.29: Wednesday)

Creepy Balls (€5.99/£5.99: Monday)

Merry Christmas Snowball Bubble (€5.99/£5.39: Friday)

Gardener's Path (€4.99/£4.99: Wednesday)

Christmas Racing (€0.99/£0.89: Friday)

Switch Archives

Xexex (€6.99/£6.29)

Japan

Sakura no Kumo * Skaareto no Koi (¥7810)

Rail Sim 3D! Sangi Railway (¥7678)

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (¥7480)

Cotton Rock and Roll -Superlative Night Dreams- (¥6380)

Uta no Prince-same All Star (¥6380)

Aikis - Just The Way You Are (¥6270)

Melkis - Spend Days With You (¥5980)

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (¥2640)

Storm Tale 2 (¥2200)

Star Wars: Episode I Racer (¥1980)

Star Wars: Republic Commando (¥1980)

Sky Games (¥1699)

Maker Series Medium-Naut (¥1500)

Jigsaw Fan: Big City (¥1499)

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (¥1320)

Hammer Kid (¥1299)

Match Three Pirates II (¥1299)

Golf Club Wasteland (¥1290)

Lacuna (¥1200)

McDroid (¥1111: Saturday)

.dog (¥1000: Friday)

Picross S7 (¥1000)

Teratopia (¥1000)

Escape from the ward (¥990)

Oh My God! Yakabami (¥990)

Shinya Ichizoku The Battle For Hokkaido's Delicious Foods (¥990)

Drive Drift X (¥980)

Lyn: The Girl Drawn On Puzzles (¥880)

Suddenly The Demon King (¥880)

Orius (¥838)

Detective Ryosuke Akikawa Case Tan Vol.9: May Rain is a Dull Color Investigation (¥800)

Horatio Goes Snowboarding (¥700)

Act: Summit Battle (¥590)

Badland: Game of the Year Edition (¥590)

Tiny Lands (¥590)

Cold Silence (¥580)

Sniper Time: The Shooting Range (¥549)

Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai Milky's Ambition (¥500)

Super Jumpy Ball (¥249)

Swing Saga (¥199)

Christmas Racing (¥128)

Abema (free)


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