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TalkBack / Amnesia: Later x Crowd (Switch) Review Mini
« on: September 26, 2022, 04:46:00 AM »

I can punch that caging jackass in the face. 10/10, would punch again.

As would befit a game as big as it became for Idea Factory following its initial release, Amnesia: Memories attracted more than its share of follow-up content. Two of the most famous “fan discs” for Amnesia, “Later” and “Crowd,” have been combined into one cart for Switch release, and though the content does feel a bit out of balance between the two games, it’s a solid package if you enjoyed the original stories.

The “Later” game is a collection of vignettes that are unlocked following a common route that gives the main character amnesia (again…) and sets them out on a non-specific route that features interactions with the suitors, their female friends, and the manager at their job. After going to the end of the common route with a character, it unlocks a brief route with the female friends, four routes with the manager (one per the original four route characterizations) and extended post-story scenes with the suitors. And much to my joy, the Diamond Route post-story does feature them getting exactly what they deserved for the end of that storyline. The suitor routes, although they do feature dialogue choices, don’t seem to have specific bad endings (just a “friend” and “romance” ending each) - though there is a special post-story route with the spirit that unlocks once all of the other characters are handled. It was a nice and breezy read, even if it was a little light on actual gameplay.

“Crowd” features a couple of different game modes and certainly has more interaction. There are a group of minigames that include falling block puzzles, a cross between “Simon” and memory, and even some quick math. (All of which is themed around the protagonist’s job.) The “Suspense” mode offers a route with each suitor that plays out as a combination of novel and point and click adventure in the style of a Zero Escape game, though on a much smaller scale. The “Love” scenes are a brief sequence that can lead to exclusive scenes, and everything feeds into points that can be used to unlock even more scenes.

It’s hard to fully rate these fan discs or compilations of post-game content because they’re so dependent on how well the base game clicked with you, or if you weren’t satisfied with the handling of a suitor and want to see them get their comeuppance. Later x Crowd is one of the better fandisc treatments on the Switch, however, with a good mix of modes and two games worth of fanservice. It’s a definite recommendation after clearing the original.

TalkBack / Amnesia: Memories (Switch) Review
« on: September 26, 2022, 04:46:00 AM »

I kind of wish I could forget one of the routes.

Idea Factory’s Otomate brand has a couple of cash cow franchises: the Hakuoki series based in the Meiji Restoration, and the Amnesia series that is set in the modern day. As loath as I am to put up with amnesia as a story trope (especially in Japanese media), I figured that since I first started playing romance games with Hakuoki, it’d be worth seeing how the other one holds up a decade later. It’s still mostly solid today, but it definitely shows its age and there’s one suitor in the game who has the rough combination of being bad at the time and aging like milk.

Amnesia: Memories plays out entirely in August of an unnamed year, in an unnamed Japanese city that is big enough to have two universities in it. The unnamed protagonist - there’s no default option as with most of the other releases - wakes up on August 1 with a spirit named Orion having forcibly replaced their memories for seemingly no reason. The initial conversation with Orion is where the route choice happens, with four possible suitors at the start represented by traditional card suits (though the club route is called the “clover” route instead) and the fifth “Joker” world unlocks after the first four suitors reach their good ends.

Warner Bros. Discovery has issued an edict removing the Joker route from all promotional material and commercials for Amnesia: Memories going forward.

The suitors are traditional archetypes but with mild twists; there’s the childhood best friend who can’t confess their love, the older brother figure who might be too protective, the womanizer who can literally induce love at first sight and has a gaggle of fangirls, and the hyper-intelligent older student who doesn’t understand love. The Joker has the most fantastical story and depending on the route might come across as a stalker, though their route definitely wasn’t the creepiest. (That honor falls to the Diamond route, in which the good end involves admitting love to someone who has literally drugged the protagonist AND locked her in a cage for more than a week in a sick form of protection. That was a route that I desperately hoped ended with a kick in the groin, but it never came.) There is a small cast of supporting characters along for the ride, including the protagonist’s manager at their job who manages to have a completely different characterization depending on the route, which was a nice touch. Aside from the Diamond route good ending, some of the bad ends have imagery that is as disturbing as the T rating in North America will allow. There’s no sexual content beyond kissing, though the protagonist and at least two suitors depending on the route work in a cafe that employs “maids” and “butlers.” At least they’re equal opportunity?

The Switch version isn’t the first time Amnesia has been localized (there  was an August 2015 release on the Vita), so there’s been plenty of time to fix up the text. There was one incident where I had to go into the log to see the end of a sentence because it used a three line text box when it should have been a four line, but that and a few repeated words were the only things that made me pull out the metaphorical red pen for editing.

The environments in Amnesia are largely urban, but there’s a good variety of backgrounds and environments apart from the mandatory locations (protagonist’s house, the cafe) and the characters are well designed. The Japanese voice acting is good, though I suspect using the voices of the dubbed version of the anime was both beyond the budget and would have required recasting since it wasn’t in the Vita version either (one of the suitors was played by the late Christopher Ayres in the dub). The music wasn’t all that noticeable or memorable, and it usually ended up with an episode of Connectivity in the background.

I can see why Amnesia: Memories ended up as a breakout hit for the developer, even if I had to bite my tongue for most of an evening working my way through a route. It contained a lot more of the little quality of life items I took for granted in their later works, and if you’re curious about romance games, this is a fine starting point.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 29, 2022
« on: September 26, 2022, 04:00:00 AM »

This nearly ended up late because I haven't been wrecked this hard by Fiona since high school.

Things we missed last week: In addition to Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival, we got shadowdrops on Midnight Fight Express, Serial Cleaners, Wylde Flowers, and Archives title The Return of Ishtar (the sequel to The Tower of Druaga).

Fiona kept me from playing a lot this weekend - and before you ask, I'm fine now, go give to Puerto Rico since they got it worse and STILL haven't fully recovered from Maria a few years back - but it's another hype week for me with the debut of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero. I'm especially ready to dive in after reading Jordan's review last week. Also hitting store shelves this week are Bamco trying to run up the score on Switch releases before Square Enix with another Sword Art Online (cc Anime World Report) and the annual FIFA roster update that might end up being the last one.

The download space is headed this week by Tunic, which is probably the biggest thing to come out of the game industry in Halifax since Greg Sewart. We also have Partner Showcase star Railgrade (our railroad specialist has been alerted), No More Robots's Let's Build a Zoo, Gamescom's Dorfromantik, and the newest Picross S title (S8) that has actually added local co-op and touch support that will also get patched back into the older games in the series.

One last note: Last year had 48 games going into the last week of September, and ended up on a then-record 60. This year has 44 + the Archives title, but based on recent weeks we might see the schedule in North America push past the current record of 66.

North America


Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (US$49.99/C$66.99: Friday)

PAW Patrol: Grand Prix ($49.99/$64.99: Friday)

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

FIFA 23 Legacy Edition ($39.99/$54.99: Friday)


Life in Willowdale: Farm Adventures ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

Martian Panic ($39.99/$52)

Airoheart ($39.99/$49.99: Friday)

Tunic ($29.99/$34.99: Tuesday)

Touhou Shoujo Tale of Beautiful Memories ($29.99/$39.56: Wednesday)

Lemon Cake ($29.99/$39.99: Friday)

The Spirit and the Mouse ($19.99/$22.79: Monday)

Moonscars ($19.99/$26.99: Tuesday)

Hokko Life ($19.99/$22.99: Tuesday)

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary ($19.99/$-: Wednesday)

Railgrade ($19.99/$26.79)

Crossroads Inn ($19.99/$26.59)

From Space ($19.99/$24.99)

Let's Build a Zoo ($19.99/$22.79)

Bunny Park ($19.99/$24.99: Friday)

Moon Dancer ($18.99/$24.61)

Caffeine: Victoria's Legacy ($17.99/$22.99: Friday)

Voodoo Detective ($14.99/$19.99)

Shirone: The Dragon Girl ($14.99/$19.94)

Dorfromantik ($14.99/$18.99)

C.A.R.L. ($14.99/$17.49)

Funtasia ($14.99/$17.49)

9 Clues 2: The Ward ($14.99/$-: Friday)

Penko Park ($12.99/$17.99: Tuesday)

Tip Top: Don't Fall ($9.99/$13.29: Wednesday)

Picross S8 ($9.99/$13.29)

Fashion Friends ($9.99/$11.99)

Sakura MMO 2 ($9.99/$13.99: Friday)

Shotgun Farmers ($9.99/$10.99: Friday)

Mission 1985 ($9.99/$13.00: Saturday)

Dinogotchi ($9.99/$-: Saturday)

Hazelnut Hex ($7.99/$-: Saturday)

Treasures of the Roman Empire ($6.99/$8.99)

One Hell of a Ride ($6.99/$8.99: Friday)

Host 714 ($4.99/$6.54)

Escape Goat ($4.99/$6.5)

Casual Challenge Players' Club ($4.99/$6.49)

Burger Patrol ($4.99/$5.99)

Neon Mine ($4.99/$6.29: Friday)

Frogice ($2.99/$3.99: Wednesday)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: A Humble Games sale runs until Friday including 30% off Dodgeball Academia. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier



Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (€49.99/£44.99: Friday)

Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero (€39.99/£35.99: Friday)

FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

PAW Patrol: Grand Prix (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)


Life in Willowdale: Farm Adventures (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Airoheart (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

Touhou Shoujo Tale of Beautiful Memories (€29.99/£26.99)

Lemon Cake (€29.99/£26.99: Friday)

Tunic (€27.99/£25.19: Tuesday)

Martian Panic (€27.99/£24.99)

Moonscars (€19.99/£15.99: Tuesday)

Hokko Life (€19.99/£15.99: Tuesday)

Q.U.B.E. 10th Anniversary (€19.99/£14.99: Tuesday)

Crossroads Inn (€19.99/£17.99)

Moon Dancer (€18.99/£15.99)

Railgrade (€19.99/£15.99)

Bunny Park (€19.99/£17.99: Friday)

Caffeine: Victoria's Legacy (€17.99/£16.19)

The Spirit and the Mouse (€16.79/£15.49: Monday)

Let's Build a Zoo (€16.79/£15.49: Wednesday)

Shirone: The Dragon Girl (€14.99/£13.49)

Funtasia (€14.99/£13.49)

Dorfromantik (€14.99/£12.99)

9 Clues 2: The Ward (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Penko Park (€12.99/£9.99: Tuesday)

C.A.R.L. (€12.49/£11.29)

Voodoo Detective (€12.49/£11.29)

Tip Top: Don't Fall (€9.99/£8.99: Wednesday)

Sakura MMO 2 (€9.99/£9.99)

Fashion Friends (€9.99/£8.99)

Picross S8 (€9.99/£8.99)

Dinogotchi (€9.99/£8.99: Saturday)

Mission 1985 (€9.99/£8.99: Saturday)

Shotgun Farmers (€8.19/£7.39: Friday)

Treasures of the Roman Empire (€6.99/£6.29: Wednesday)

One Hell of a Ride (€6.99/£6.29: Friday)

Hazelnut Hex (€6.99/£6.99: Saturday)

Isekai Bride Hunting - Fia Edition - (€6.1/£5.49)

Kids: ZOO Puzzle (€4.99/£4.49: Monday)

Burger Patrol (€4.99/£4.49)

Casual Challenge Players' Club (€4.99/£4.49)

Escape Goat (€4.99/£4.49)

Host 714 (€4.99/£4.49)

Neon Mine (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Frogice (€2.99/£2.69: Wednesday)

Poly Link - RPG Aime Girls (€2.99/£2.99)


Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (€49.99/£42.99)


Prince of Tennis Let's Go - Daily Life (¥7480)

La Campanella Della Eterno (¥6800)

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (¥6248)

Airoheart (¥5500)

Commandos 3 (¥4470)

FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (¥4300)

Tunic (¥4085: Tuesday)

Labyrinth of Zangetsu (¥3520)

Lemon Cake (¥3500: Friday)

Touhou Shoujo Tale of Beautiful Memories (¥2980)

Bunny Park (¥2350: Friday)

Railgrade (¥2200)

Hokko Life (¥1999: Tuesday)

Moonscars (¥1980: Wednesday)

Bullet Soul -Dankon- (¥1980)

Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst- (¥1980)

Squish (¥1980)

Dorfromantik (¥1690)

Funtasia (¥1520)

Voodoo Detective (¥1520)

Archaica: The Path of Light (¥1500)

Shirone: The Dragon Girl (¥1500)

Happy Girl -I Fight With Summer- (¥1320: Friday)

Our Flick Erasers GP (¥1200)

Treasures of the Roman Empire (¥1150)

Picross S8 (¥1000)

Tip Top: Don't Fall (¥990)

Lucky Happening -Illustration Quiz- (¥980)

Burger Patrol (¥649)

Poly Link - RPG Aime Girls (¥299)

TalkBack / Nintendo Sales Panic: August 2022 US NPD Group Results
« on: September 20, 2022, 06:01:41 AM »

Was Xenoblade 3's halo effect enough to carry the day?

A relatively quiet month for the Switch and the release of a series that has skipped Nintendo consoles for a decade led to a slight sales slump for Nintendo in the US, according to the latest NPD Group sales survey.

Data is from July 31 - August 26, based on dollars unless noted otherwise, publishers can contribute digital data but Nintendo does not.

Hardware saw the PlayStation 5 take top honours in both dollars and unit sales, besting the Switch which had held the unit sales crown the previous six months (February -> July). The Switch still leads in unit sales for the year, though no specific unit counts have been provided.

There were no major retail releases for the Switch in the period and only one first party release (the $20 digital only Kirby's Dream Buffet) so catalogue titles dotted the top 20 in the software charts. For first party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe topped the Switch-eligible releases in 6th, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 held on in 10th following a 4th place finish in the July report, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate placed 16th, Kirby and the Forgotten Land 18th, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus 20th. Third parties checked in with Minecraft (7th), LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (8th), MLB The Show 22 (9th), Digimon Survive (11th), and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (19th). The top two sellers overall were the annual Madden release and the reboot of Saints Row at 1 and 2.

The top 10 Switch sellers in the period:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  5. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  7. Nintendo Switch Sports
  8. Digimon Survive (Bandai Namco)
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  10. Minecraft (Microsoft)

The five-week September report will contain first noted US sales for the TMNT Cowabunga Collection (Aug 30), NBA 2k23, and Splatoon 3 (Sept 9) among others.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 22, 2022
« on: September 19, 2022, 04:00:00 AM »

Memo to Idea Factory International and Aksys: NEVER DO THIS AGAIN.

Things we missed last week: Festivus (aka a Nintendo Direct) WAS declared, with three shadowdrops (Easy Come, Easy Golf/Various Daylife/Radiant Silvergun) among the number. For reasons still unclear, the last one was yanked from the eShop immediately in North America... hopefully just a ratings board snafu that can be fixed quickly, especially since it's in Europe and Japan still.

We're starting to get into the big retail season, with six games (we don't have pricing for Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival outside Japan yet, but it's also due), and the most prominent of those being The DioField Chronicle from Square Enix - the third of twelve games they will publish on Switch between last week and the end of February. However, I need to express my displeasure toward Aksys Games and Idea Factory who have apparently decided to take me out of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and the Turtles collection with three novels to read releasing 48 hours apart. From the same developer, no less. Thankfully, I will have the two Amnesia games ready to go tomorrow pending any day one patches so I can go right into Piofiore 1926 as soon as the code hits.

A big week for the download space as well, headed by the pending release of Return to Monkey Island. Sadly, if you're reading this, you probably missed the horse armor: thankfully, it has no practical effect. Shovel Knight: Dig finally blows onto the scene, puzzle game Moncage, RPG Jack Move, adventure title Beacon Pines, long-awaited RPG No Place for Bravery... all of which have some of my interest. Finally, it's nice to see that the "sexy puzzle game" genre is finally expanding to manservice - even if it is members of Japan's community of crossplayers.

North America


The Diofield Chronicle (US$59.99/C$79.99)

Amnesia: Later x Crowd ($49.99/$67.99: Tuesday)

Amnesia: Memories ($49.99/$67.99: Tuesday)

Piofiore: Episodio 1926 ($49.99/$66.49)

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival ($49.99/$66.99: Friday)

DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms ($49.99/$64.99: Friday)


Return to Monkey Island ($24.99/$27.99: Monday)

Wylde Flowers ($24.99/$28.99: Tuesday)

Serial Cleaners ($24.99/$32.99)

Blind Fate: Edo no Yami ($24.99/$27.99)

Shovel Knight: Dig ($24.99/$25.99: Friday)

Midnight Fight Express ($19.99/$26.99: Tuesday)

Jack Move ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

SongPop Party ($19.99/$25.99)

Drift King ($19.99/$25.76)

Beacon Pines ($19.99/$25.19)

No Place For Bravery ($19.99/$24.99)

Potion Permit ($19.99/$23.99)

Camped Out ($19.99)

Slap City ($19.99/$22.79: Friday)

Counter Crossline: Crime War ($14.99/$20.99)

OneShot: World Machine Edition ($14.99/$19.24)

SpiderHeck ($14.99/$17.99)

Moncage ($14.99/$17.49)

Draw and Color: Kawaii ($12.99/$16.69: Friday)

Cthulhu Pub ($9.99: Wednesday)

I Love Finding More Pups: Collector's Edition ($9.99)

Real Truck Simulator 2022 ($9.99/not released)

League of Enthusiastic Losers ($9.99/$11.99: Friday)

Puzzle Battler! Mirai ($7.99/$10.40)

Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Mahjong Solitaire ($6.99/$8.99)

Learn & Play: Dinosaur Coloring ($4.99/$6.64: Wednesday)

The Zombie Smasher ($4.99/$6.99)

After World ($4.99/$6.55)

SLICE ($4.99/$6.50)

Roar of Revenge ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Car Mechanic Pinball ($4.99/$6.49: Friday)

Classic Games Collection Vol 2 ($4.99/$6.29: Friday)

Car Mats ($3.99: Tuesday)

Cubic Figures ($3.99/$4.65: Wednesday)

Birfia ($2.99/$3.99)


The Return of Ishtar ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Nintendo's "Blockbuster" sale runs until September 25, and includes first discounts on items such as the Capcom Fighting Collection and the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier



The Diofield Chronicle (€59.99/£49.99)

Amnesia: Later x Crowd (€49.99/£44.99: Tuesday)

Amnesia: Memories (€49.99/£44.99: Tuesday)

Piofiore: Episodio 1926 (€49.99/£44.99)

DreamWorks Dragons: Legends of the Nine Realms (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)


Return to Monkey Island (€24.99/£22.49: Monday)

Blind Fate: Edo no Yami (€24.99/£19.49)

Serial Cleaners (€24.99/£19.49)

Shovel Knight: Dig (€24.99/£22.49: Friday)

Wylde Flowers (€20.99/£19.49: Tuesday)

Midnight Fight Express (€19.99/£15.99: Tuesday)

Jack Move (€19.99/£15.49: Tuesday)

Camped Out (€19.99/£19.99)

Beacon Pines (€19.99/£17.99)

Drift King (€19.99/£17.99)

No Place For Bravery (€19.99/£17.99)

SongPop Party (€19.99/£17.99)

Potion Permit (€19.99/£16.99)

Counter Crossline: Crime War (€16.99/£14.99)

Slap City (€16.79/£15.09: Friday)

Moncage (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

Piratepoly Gold: Caribbean Treasure (€14.99/£12.99: Wednesday)

OneShot: World Machine Edition (€14.99/£13.49)

SpiderHeck (€14.99/£13.49)

Draw and Color: Kawaii (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Real Truck Simulator 2022 (€9.99/£9.99)

I Love Finding More Pups: Collector's Edition (€9.99/£8.99)

Blaloon Blalympia 2 (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

League of Enthusiastic Losers (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Puzzle Battler! Mirai (€7.97/£7.09: Wednesday)

Kraken Smash: Volleyball (€5.00/£4.49: Saturday)

Learn & Play: Dinosaur Coloring (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

After World (€4.99/£4.49)

Car Mechanic Pinball (€4.99/£4.49)

SLICE (€4.99/£4.49)

The Zombie Smasher (€4.99/£4.99)

Roar of Revenge (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Cubic Figures (€3.29/£2.89: Wednesday)

Birfia (€2.99/£2.49)

Japanese Goblins (€2.49/£2.29: Friday)


The Return of Ishtar (€6.99/£6.29)


The Diofield Chronicle (¥7678)

Jusanshi Engi: Engetsu Sangokuden 1 and 2 (¥7480)

My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu Game Collection (¥7480)

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival (¥6578)

Valis Collection II (¥6380)

Blind Fate: Edo no Yami (¥3410)

Return to Monkey Island (¥3240: Monday)

No Place For Bravery (¥2980)

Prodeus (¥2750: Saturday)

Drift King (¥2664)

Wylde Flowers (¥2570)

Shovel Knight: Dig (¥2530: Friday)

Nonet Ensemble Magical Labyrinth (¥2480)

Jack Move (¥2390)

Wayward Strand (¥2200)

Koi x Mitsu ~A Promise of Silk Doves and the Land of Sweets~ (¥1980)

Koi x Mitsu ~Saki Yaegerizu and the Prince of Red Thread~ (¥1980)

Koi x Mitsu ~Seiku Chiba and Cactus's Letter~ (¥1980)

Midnight Fight Express (¥1980)

Counter Crossline: Crime War (¥1800)

Draw and Color: Kawaii (¥1743)

New Nekketsu Kouha Kuniotachi no Eki (¥1650)

OneShot: World Machine Edition (¥1650)

Moncage (¥1520)

Real Truck Simulator 2022 (¥1499)

SpiderHeck (¥1490)

Elite Soldier Shooter (¥1399)

After World (¥1120)

Puzzle Battler! Mirai (¥1100)

League of Enthusiastic Losers (¥1099)

Find It: Picture Of The Emergency Exit (¥980)

The Return of Ishtar (¥838)

Otoko Cross: Pretty Boys Mahjong Solitaire (¥800)

Devoured By Darkness (¥799)

The Zombie Smasher (¥699)

Roar of Revenge (¥500)

Cubic Figures (¥410)

Birfia (¥389)

SLICE (¥137)

TalkBack / First Two Suikoden RPGs To Be Remastered On Switch In 2023
« on: September 16, 2022, 03:16:00 AM »

216 Stars of Destiny all up in here.

Konami has joined the chorus of companies bringing classic RPGs to the Switch.

Suikoden I and II, the first two games in the recently-dormant franchise released in North America in 1996 and 1999 on the PlayStation, will receive remasters on all platforms in 2023 according to a Konami Tokyo Game Show presentation. The trailer is below, which confirms the official subtitle of "Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars".

Suikoden is best known for its "108 Stars of Destiny", the potential party members who battle in turn-based RPG combat. The series was previously represented on Nintendo systems with a 2001 card-based spinoff that was not localized (though a fan translation exists) and 2008/9 DS spinoff Suikoden Tierkreis.

TalkBack / Expansion Pack Genesis Library Adds Three More Titles
« on: September 15, 2022, 05:21:00 PM »

You thought Pilotwings 64 was the only news we'd get for the pack this week. Don't worry, we did too.

The Genesis library for the NSO Expansion Pack has picked up three more titles in a just-released update.

  • Alisia Dragoon (1992) is a side-scrolling platformer originally developed by Game Arts, where the lightning-shooting heroine Alisia and her pet companions must fight through eight stages to avenge their father's death and save the world
  • Earthworm Jim (1994) is the original version of the irreverent run-and-gun platformer, with a bit more of a focus on the platforming than the sequel (released into the SNES library in March of this year)
  • Beyond Oasis (1994-95) is an overhead action-adventure title developed by Ancient, the studio helmed by famous Sega composer Yuzo Koshiro (who recently released Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness on Switch). The game was re-released on Wii Virtual Console in 2007 and has also appeared in some Sega compilations


Everyone is going to be connected in the Legacy Collection - and they took that literally.

Capcom's Tokyo Game Show showcase has given updates on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak and the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection.

Sunbreak's second major title update will come out on September 29 and add three new monsters: the previously announced Flaming Espinas, the Violet Mizutsune, and the Risen Chameleos - the last of whom will not unlock until Master Rank 110 (the previous high for quest unlocks being 100). New Anomaly research quests will also be available for monsters such as Rajang and the Gore Magala, and the "layered armor" appearance system will be expanded to weapons as well with the ability to use any weapon up until this update.

Although the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection was only given a "2023" release window, it did unveil a fully voiced Mega Man that will serve as a navigator in the menus. Online functions - battling and trading chips - are also being implemented into the games. The digital split has also been confirmed: purchasing the Volume 1 on the eShop will give Battle Network 1, 2, and both 3 versions while volume 2 will have the pairs for 4, 5, and 6.

A Resident Evil showcase was announced for next month during the presentation, which may contain release dates for the other cloud Switch releases announced in Tuesday's Nintendo Direct.

TalkBack / PowerWash Simulator Announces Switch Release: Coming Soon
« on: September 15, 2022, 05:12:02 AM »

Taking the one GOOD part of Super Mario Sunshine.

Great games can come from unexpected concepts, and so it is with the newest title from the developers of Velocity2x.

FuturLabs have announced that PowerWash Simulator, which launched in July on PC and Xbox consoles, will come to Switch "soon". As the name implies, it involves cleaning dirt off of houses with a power washer in the town of Muckingham.

Completing jobs unlocks more money which can be used to upgrade the equipment, and eventually it will be possible to spray down an intergalactic rover.

TalkBack / Re: Pikmin 4 Announced (Re-Announced?) for 2023
« on: September 13, 2022, 05:19:49 PM »


So you know when to dodge SaGa or stampede the eShop for the Neo The World Ends With You tracks.

Thanks to the eShop, we have estimates for most of the DLC for the recently-announced Theatrhythm Final Bar Line - this information may change before launch, but as a Digital Deluxe Edition and Premium Digital Deluxe Edition are available for $30 and $50 US over the main price, it should be examined.

All prices in US$.

The "Digital Deluxe Edition" (US$79.99) contains the following planned packs, along with listed prices and their estimated release dates:

  • February 16 - "SaGa Pack" - $4.99, contains tracks "Enraged Battle", "Struggle to the Death", "The Conflict", "Horrible Shadow", "Beat Them Up", "Coup de Grace", "Passionate Rhythm"
  • March 1 - "Live A Live Pack" - $2.99, contains tracks "Go! Go! Steel Titan!", "LIVE * A * LIVE", "Birds Fly, Fish Swim", "Megalomania"
  • March 15 - "The World Ends With You Pack" - $4.49, contains tracks "World Is Yours", "Your Ocean", "Breaking Free", "Twister", "Calling", "Someday"
  • March 29 - "NieR Pack" - price not listed, contains tracks "Dependent Weakling", "Weight of the World", "Amusement Park", "A Beautiful Song", "Emil's Shop"
  • April 12 - "SaGa Pack Vol. 2" - $5.99, contains tracks "The Celestial Protectors", "Battle #4", "Alone", "Battle #5", "Last Battle -T260G-", "Feldschalcht III", "MiBgestalt", "Battle Theme I"

The Premium Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) contains the above pack as well as the following:

  • April 26 - "NieR Pack Vol. 2" - $4.49, contains tracks "Fleeting Words / Outsider", "Song of the Ancients / Devola", "Hills of Radiant Winds", "Kaine / Salvation", "Song of the Ancients / Fate", "Shadowlord
  • May 17 - "Chrono Pack" - $4.49, contains "Wings That Cross Time", "Radical Dreamers -Le Tresor Interdit-", "Chrono Trigger", "Boss Battle 2", "Battle With Magus", "Corridors of Time"
  • June 7 - "Chrono Pack Vol. 2" - $4.49, contains "Robo's Theme", "Chrono Cross -Scars of Time-", "Wind Scene", "Frog's Theme", "World Revolution", "To Far Away Times"
  • June 28 - "Mana Pack" - $4.99, contains "Nuclear Fusion", "Battle 2", "In Search of the Sword of Mana", "Swivel", "Powell", "Meridian Child", "Sacrifice Part Three"
  • July 19 - "Octopath Traveler Pack" - contains "Battle At Journey's End", "Primrose, the Dancer", "Daughter of the Dark God", "Octopath Traveler -Main Theme-", "Decisive Battle II"
  • August 9 - "SaGa Pack Vol. 3" - $4.99, contains "Ever Higher", "Title Screen" (pack art shows Romancing Saga 2/3), "Encounter With The Seven Heroes", "The Ultimate Confrontation", "Four Sinistrals Battle I", "Four Sinistrals Battle 2", "The Ultimate Confrontation"
  • August 30 - "Mana Pack Vol. 2" - $4.49, contains "Darkness Nova", "Into the Thick of It", "Danger", "Meridian Dance", "Hometown of Domina", "Bejeweled City In Ruins"
  • September 20 - "Xenogears Pack" - $2.49, contains "Awakening", "Blazing Knights", and "Soaring"
  • October 11 - "DLC Pack Vol. 14" - price and specific contents unknown, six tracks
  • November 1 - "DLC Pack Vol. 15" - price and contents unknown, eight tracks

The songs that are intended to be exclusive to these packs have not been disclosed in full.

TalkBack / New Bayonetta 3 Gameplay Trailer Released
« on: September 13, 2022, 10:47:59 AM »

Study the combat and you too may get a Pure Platinum.

A new trailer focused on gameplay has been released for Bayonetta 3 following a Nintendo Direct tease.

The nearly eight minute long trailer - presumably cut from the Direct for time - outlines the core Bayonetta gameplay including details on both the existing systems and new Bayonetta 3-specific items.

The trailer is embedded below: due to age restrictions, we have embedded the UK version.

TalkBack / Other News From The September 13 Nintendo Direct
« on: September 13, 2022, 08:02:00 AM »

Between Harvestella and this, there's literally a farm RPG for all seasons.

Other items that appeared in the Nintendo Direct today:

  • A summary trailer for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was shown ahead of the October 20 launch.
  • Management simulator Factorio will build a Switch release on October 28.
  • A cloud edition of Resident Evil: Village (RE8) will launch on October 28, and its DLC expansion launching the same day on other platforms will follow on December 2. The cloud version of Resident Evil 7 previously released in Japan, as well as cloud versions of remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 will also release this year.
  • It Takes Two, the critically acclaimed co-op game published by Electronic Arts, will release on November 4.
  • Brawling roguelike Sifu will come to Switch November 8.
  • Just Dance 2023 confirmed its launch date as November 22 following its unveil last Saturday.
  • The Front Mission remakes announced previously received updates; Front Mission 1 will launch in November, while the sequel will hit sometime in 2023. The third Front Mission is also going to receive a remake in the future.
  • Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song will curse Switches worldwide on December 1.
  • Crisis Core Reunion, the remake of the PSP RPG, has confirmed a December 13 debut.
  • Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key will complete the Gust RPG trilogy on February 24.
  • You will already be dead of exhaustion when Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star launches in March of 2023 - unlike prior titles, this will be published in North America by Imagineer
  • Ubisoft debuted a new six player dodgeball-like sports title called Oddballers for early 2023 release.
  • A new farming RPG called Fae Farm will offer multiplayer farming when it hits in spring 2023.
  • Playism revealed a horror adventure called Ib, due in spring 2023.
  • The development staff behind Danganronpa have started a new series called "Master Detective Archives", with the first title slashing words in spring 2023.
  • The next Story of Seasons remake will be the GameCube's A Wonderful Life, and it will sprout next summer.
  • Rune Factory 3 Special - another farming remake - will be available sometime in 2023 and the next new Rune Factory title is confirmed to be in development.
  • Sega unveiled a new three-player roguelike called Endless Dungeon, which will release next year.


One RPG and one of the most famous shooters ever

Three items are now available on the eShop that were announced in the Nintendo Direct:

  • Radiant Silvergun, the Treasure-developed shooter that preceded Ikaruga, is now available for US$19.99 or equivalent
  • Various Daylife is a role-playing game which had key staff from Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default, which previously released on the Apple Arcade service
  • Originally shown only in the Japanese Direct, "Easy Come, Easy Golf" is a new game created by former Camelot staff (Mario Golf and the "Everybody's Golf" series)
  • A demo for Harvestella is now available, which covers the first few days of the game and features the now-traditional carryover of save data to the final game.

TalkBack / Updates For Existing First Party Titles Outlined In Direct
« on: September 13, 2022, 07:24:25 AM »

The golf is going to have to hold off a little longer than originally anticipated.

Several released titles had new update information or windows released during the Direct today:

  • The second update for Mario Strikers: Battle League will be out this month, which will add Pauline and Diddy Kong as playable characters and a new "Planetoid" stage
  • The second portion of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass will be out on October 13, adding the new mechanical hero Ino and the challenge battle mode - clearing consecutive battles will unlock rewards including new costumes for the main party
  • The golf update for Nintendo Switch Sports was detailed, with 21 holes representing prior Wii Sports games among the options. "Survival" golf, in which 8 players play simultaneously and the highest-scoring player is knocked out, was also added. The update has been delayed to "holiday"
  • Also coming "holiday" is the 3rd pack of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, which will include Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour and Peach Garden from Mario Kart DS among its courses


Only fifteen years after the fact.

Western players are about to experience a lost Wii horror title.

The fifth Fatal Frame game, which was released as a Japanese Wii exclusive in 2008, will be localized for the first time as Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse in early 2023. Koei Tecmo will be the publisher for the release as it is multiplatform, even though Nintendo did have some ownership of the property at the time of its release.

TalkBack / Kirby Re-Returns To Dream Land In Deluxe Edition February 24
« on: September 13, 2022, 07:01:00 AM »

You might've missed this one the first time since it was a 2011 Wii game.

Kirby's 30th anniversary is going to get at least one more game out the door.

A "Deluxe" edition of 2011 Wii action game Kirby's Return to Dream Land has been announced for release on February 24. The four player action game - which includes the ability to play as four Kirby - will also include new minigames in addition to the existing titles in the Wii version.


More Final Fantasy music! MORE, I SAY!

After the curtain call comes the final line for Square's beloved rhythm series.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line was revealed in today's Nintendo Direct for a February 16 launch. As with the 3DS originals, players will control avatars of Final Fantasy characters in rhythm games spanning the series, and the Switch edition will include 390 songs.

DLC for related properties Saga, Nier, Live a Live, and Octopath Traveler will be available post-launch: a digital deluxe version of the game will also be available with exclusive songs including FFIX's theme "Melodies of Life".


One more for the road.

The mystery of the next Zelda has finally been solved.

As the final trailer for the Nintendo Direct, the sequel to Breath of the Wild was officially named "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" and will launch on May 12, 2023.

The brief trailer showed Link climbing through the environment and surfing through the sky on a glider-like object of unknown origin.

Podcast Discussion / Re: Episode 788: Bullets Are for Demons, Not for Walls
« on: September 13, 2022, 08:14:16 AM »
Just chiming in to confirm CB is in three of the four N64 wrestling games (only Wrestlemania 2000 is immune). Though I suppose you could swap in Bryan Danielson.

TalkBack / Nintendo Direct To Air September 13
« on: September 12, 2022, 06:06:00 AM »

Line forms for the happening bunker on the left, please.

The traditional pre-Tokyo Game Show presentation for Nintendo will return for another round.

Nintendo have announced a Direct tomorrow, to air at 10 a.m. EDT, 7 a.m. PDT, and 1600 CET. It is slated for roughly 40 minutes, and will focus on "Nintendo Switch games launching this winter".

This represents the first full Direct since February, with two game-specific shows (Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Splatoon 3) and a Partner Showcase in the interim.

Due to a period of national mourning in the United Kingdom, Nintendo UK will not be airing the Direct live: the announcements will be posted on the Nintendo Europe social channels and the show will be available as video-on-demand an hour later (1700 CET, 1600 BST).

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 15, 2022
« on: September 12, 2022, 04:00:00 AM »

So, uh, anything important happening this week?

Things we missed last week: Champion Wrestler from Taito was the Archives game. Biting not included.

Last week had Splatoon 3, next week is nuts for me personally, and this week has the spectre of a potential Festivus declaration from Nintendo within an hour or two of this list going live. But in the meantime, it's a week of quantity if not necessarily qualtity outside of Japan. The most interesting items for this week for me personally are the third Voice of Cards title and indie darling Wayward Strand - say a prayer for Joe, he's going nuts with all the major indies this month - while the expensive titles of the week are the oft-delayed remake of the 2003 GameCube et al shooter XIII and the exactly-as-described Dungeons 3.

Japan has the major titles of the week overall, as I am about ready to storm Square Enix HQ to get them to announce a localization of Dragon Quest X's "Offline" edition. Other RPGs hitting this week are the recently announced for localization Trinity Trigger and Fairy Fencer F going tactical RPG.

North America


XIII (US$39.99/C$49.99: Tuesday)


Dungeons 3 ($39.99/$45.49)

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Mozart Requiem ($29.99/$38.99)

Various Daylife ($28.99/$38.99: Tuesday)

Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy ($24.99/$28.99)

Easy Come, Easy Golf ($19.99/$25.50: Tuesday)

Radiant Silvergun ($19.99/$22.99: Tuesday)

Family Man ($19.99/$21.99: Wednesday)

Innocence Island ($19.99/$25.99)

Ankora: Lost Days ($19.99/$24.99)

Wayward Strand ($19.99/$24.99)

Bear and Breakfast ($19.99/$22.79)

Foretales ($19.99/$22.79)

Queen's Garden - Sakura Season ($19.99/$-)

Plunder Panic ($19.99/$24.99: Friday)

Svoboda 1945: Liberation ($17.99/$22.99: Tuesday)

fault - StP - Lightkravte ($17.99/$20.41)

Accident ($14.99/$19.99: Friday)

Unichrome: A 1-Bit Unicorn Adventure ($14.99/$18.99: Friday)

Brutal Chase Turbo ($13.99/$16.99: Friday)

Little Orpheus ($12.99/$17.99: Tuesday)

Venice Taxi Boats ($12.99/$16.99: Friday)

Space Raiders In Space ($12.99/$16.87: Friday)

Silent Sector ($12.99/$16.89)

Dead Rain: New Zombie Virus ($10.99/$14.99)

Last Beat Enhanced ($9.99/$12.99)

Japanese Escape Games The Mansion Of Tricks ($9.99/$12.49)

The Dark Prophecy ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Kakyo and Kokosh Coloring Book ($9.99/$12.93: Friday)

Gunslingers & Zombies ($8.99/$11.64)

Kitten's Head Football ($7.99/$9.99: Friday)

Dead Invaders; Modern War 3D ($6.99/$8.99: Monday)

Magicians' Chase: Missing Curry Recipe ($6.99/$9.99: Friday)

Paddles ($5.99/$6.99)

Devoured by Darkness ($5.99/$7.97: Friday)

Kraken Smash: Volleyball ($5.00/$6.50: Saturday)

Sacred Valley ($4.99/$6.64: Tuesday)

Reknum DX ($4.99/$6.50: Wednesday)

Maggie the Magnet ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Animals Transport Simuator ($4.99/$6.99)

Gold Crusader ($4.99/$6.49)

Puzzle by Nikoli S Sudoku ($4.99/$6.46)

Animal Drifters ($4.99/$5.99: Friday)

Eagle Simulator ($3.99/$5.99)

Saomi ($3.99/$5.31)

Poly Link - Origins ($2.99/$3.99)

Reasoning of Courage ($1.50/not released)

Blobufo ($0.99/$1.29: Friday)

Game of Dragons (free to start: Friday)


Rompers ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: An NIS America sale has multiple record lows including both of the Switch Trails of Cold Steel games until September 19. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier



XIII (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)


Dungeons 3 (€39.99/£35.99)

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden (€29.99/£24.99: Tuesday)

Mozart Requiem (€29.99/£38.99)

Various Daylife (€28.99/£24.99: Tuesday)

Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy (€20.99/£19.49: Wednesday)

Ankora: Lost Days (€19.99/£17.99)

Foretales (€19.99/£17.99)

Innocence Island (€19.99/£17.99)

Wayward Strand (€19.99/£17.99)

Plunder Panic (€19.99/£14.99: Friday)

Easy Come, Easy Golf (€19.49/£17.59: Tuesday)

Queen's Garden - Sakura Season (€17.99/£16.19)

Svoboda 1945: Liberation (€16.99/£16.50: Tuesday)

Radiant Silvergun (€16.99/£15.29: Tuesday)

Bear and Breakfast (€16.79/£15.49)

Family Man (€15.99/£14.99: Wednesday)

fault - StP - Lightkravte (€14.99/£13.99)

Unichrome: A 1-Bit Unicorn Adventure (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Brutal Chase Turbo (€13.99/£11.99: Friday)

Little Orpheus (€12.99/£9.99: Tuesday)

Silent Sector (€12.99/£11.59)

Accident (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Space Raiders In Space (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Venice Taxi Boats (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Dead Rain: New Zombie Virus (€11.99/£10.99)

Last Beat Enhanced (€9.99/£8.99)

Cthulhu Pub (€9.99/£8.57)

Kakyo and Kokosh Coloring Book (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

The Dark Prophecy (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Japanese Escape Games The Mansion Of Tricks (€8.99/£7.49)

Gunslingers & Zombies (€8.99/£8.09)

Kitten's Head Football (€7.99/£6.99: Friday)

Magicians' Chase: Missing Curry Recipe (€7.49/£6.79: Friday)

Dead Invaders; Modern War 3D (€6.99/£5.99: Monday)

Devoured by Darkness (€5.99/£5.39: Friday)

Sacred Valley (€4.99/£4.49: Tuesday)

Maggie the Magnet (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Reknum DX (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Animals Transport Simuator (€4.99/£4.99)

Gold Crusader (€4.99/£4.49)

Paddles (€4.99/£4.49)

Puzzle by Nikoli S Sudoku (€4.99/£4.49)

Animal Drifters (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Eagle Simulator (€3.99/£3.99)

Saomi (€3.99/£3.59)

Loot Box Simulator - RPG Anime Girls (€2.99/£2.99)

Blobufo (€0.99/£0.89: Friday)

Game of Dragons (free to start: Wednesday)


Rompers (€6.99/£6.29)


Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Races Offline (¥8580)

Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord (¥8580)

Trinity Trigger (¥8580)

Dungeons 3 (¥5960)

Various Daylife (¥3850: Wednesday)

Ooblets (¥3680)

Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden (¥3520: Tuesday)

Redout 2 (¥3520)

Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy (¥2570)

Radiant Silvergun (¥2500: Wednesday)

Easy Come, Easy Golf (¥2480: Wednesday)

Svoboda 1945: Liberation (¥2345)

Plunder Panic (¥2200)

Queen's Garden - Sakura Season (¥2200)

Unichrome: A 1-Bit Unicorn Adventure (¥1800)

Brutal Chase Turbo (¥1799)

Space Raiders In Space (¥1797)

fault - StP - Lightkravte (¥1780)

Death Road to Canada (¥1500)

Last Beat Enhanced (¥1500)

Reason - Casual Puzzle (¥1399)

Kakyo and Kokosh Coloring Book (¥1366)

Dead Rain: New Zombie Virus (¥1300)

Kitten's Head Football (¥999)

Narona Sports (¥999)

Rompers (¥838)

Magicians' Chase: Missing Curry Recipe (¥800)

Kraken Smash: Volleyball (¥700)

Animals Transport Simuator (¥699)

Paddles (¥660)

Maggie the Magnet (¥600)

Eagle Simulator (¥599)

Animal Drifters (¥540)

Puzzle by Nikoli S Sudoku (¥500)

Saomi (¥400)

Poly Link - Origins (¥299)

Reasoning of Courage (¥150)

Game of Dragons (free to start)

TalkBack / Splatoon 3 Inks Opening Weekend Sales Record In Japan
« on: September 12, 2022, 03:26:34 AM »

Probably not worth extrapolating but a historical curiosity nonetheless.

Splatoon 3 has dominated the Japanese game sales charts with historic numbers.

Nintendo have confirmed that opening weekend sales for the shooter sequel totaled 3.45m units - the largest opening weekend game sales in Japanese history. Digital sales were included in the total.

The previous Switch record was held by Animal Crossing: New Horizons (1.88m physical according to Famitsu plus no more than 750k digital sales), while the previous best opening weekend was the 2010 launch of Pokemon Black and White which combined to sell 2.63m units. Splatoon 3 has managed to sell roughly 2/3 of the lifetime shipments of the Wii U original already.

TalkBack / Just Dance 2023 Announced
« on: September 10, 2022, 12:00:00 PM »

It's inevitable, like the news desk not knowing any of the musical acts in it.

One of the top third party sellers on Nintendo platforms is returning with a new online focus.

Just Dance 2023 was announced in the Ubisoft Forward presentation for a holiday release on Switch, with a new emphasis on "playing with anyone" (implying cross-platform multiplayer) and the ability to form private groups of up to 6 dancers.

New songs in the game include performances from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Zara Larsson.

Retail preorders for the game have opened but all indicate the game is a "code-in-a-box" release, meaning it would be digital-only.

TalkBack / Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope Announces DLC Plans
« on: September 10, 2022, 11:18:12 AM »

And this time, the hyped character is playable.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope has unveiled what will be a part of the Gold edition, including a new playable character who has some history with the Rabbids.

During the Ubisoft Forward presentation today, it was announced that Sparks of Hope would have three DLC expansions in 2023, and the last one will add Rayman - who the Rabbids were originally spun off from - as a playable character.

A full battle sequence was also shown, including a fight against a giant berserk Wiggler:

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