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TalkBack / Dr. Mario World Closing Shop November 1
« on: Yesterday at 05:42:13 PM »

Dr. Goomba Tower was really just slightly more legit than Dr. Oz, let's be fair.

The practice of Dr. Mario World is closing after a bit over two years of service.

Nintendo have confirmed that the LINE-developed mobile puzzle game will end service on November 1, 2021 at 0600 UTC (2 am ET). The game's in game currency "diamonds" will no longer be available for sale starting at the same time tomorrow.

Nintendo's Japanese language page confirms refunds will be provided to consumers in the home country, but the above page refers players to in game notices for information on the shutdown.


That whole "global pandemic" deal has set the schedule back, but New Horizons will truck on.

The next Animal Crossing: New Horizons update drops this week, and Nintendo has publicly committed to more.

An update will be available tomorrow (US time) that will bring back weekly fireworks shows and add new seasonal items. Additionally, Nintendo of America tweeted the below:

New Horizons is currently at version 1.10 pending this week's update.

TalkBack / NEO: The World Ends With You (Switch) Review In Progress
« on: July 26, 2021, 07:00:30 AM »

The RPG crunch continues on Switch, but it’s looking like you should add it to the heap.

To say that I was shocked when Square Enix announced an actual, honest to goodness sequel to The World Ends With You is like calling World War II a minor skirmish. It had been teased for years, but it never seemed that the systems that used every aspect of the DS down to the original StreetPass could be adapted to a single screen. I reviewed the most recent attempt in 2018 in the form of the “Final Remix” version and it basically won our Biggest Disappointment that year by acclamation. Thankfully, we’ve had the chance to go through several days of NEO The World Ends With You, and it’s looking to be worth the wait.

As with the original, NEO takes place in the heart of Tokyo, specifically in and around the Shibuya district. The starting characters are a pair of young men named Rindo and Fret, who dodge a car one day in Shibuya yet still manage to end up playing the “Reaper’s Game,” which has returned after a seeming three-year hiatus. The rules of the game are simple: Complete a series of tasks in a seven day period or “face erasure.” Unlike the original which limited the party size to two, NEO rolls with a four person party for most of the game by adding the neurotic fangirl Nagi and Sho Minamimoto, a powerhouse who was a boss in the original game and whose propensity for speaking in math puns made him a fan favorite. The final slot is a rotating one, and you can probably guess who takes off eventually, but it generally keeps someone with experience—and more importantly, better stats—on the team. Since only the last place team is erased at the end of the week, it seemingly sets up a four-act structure, but most of the promised 50 hours of main story is likely tied up in the final four days of a week, so I wouldn’t be shocked if it all ended at the third week.

There's a reason the mask can be tucked like that.

Due to the multiplatform release of NEO, the “rub your stomach and pat your head” battle system of the 2008 DS was going to be off the table. Instead, this battle system puts the entire party on the battlefield at once and the “pins” that control attacks are assigned to a combination of the shoulder, X, and Y buttons. By default, pins cannot be assigned to the same button, but an ability can be unlocked to override this later on. Each pin has a certain number of uses represented by an action bar, and when the bar is drained there’s a few seconds of cooldown before it can be used again. Certain attacks when used pop up a “Drop The Beat” sign, and attacking successfully when that is active adds an amount to a “Groove” meter: filling the meter to a round percentage unlocks a super move (controlled by the A button) that deals massive damage. Since B is used on an optional “quick rise” ability, using a combo of the shoulder buttons and X/Y made for some pretty unusual finger dances, especially since I couldn’t get a pack together that I liked just using the shoulders. I could see a scenario where a fight stick is used for the battles here because it almost felt like combo dialing in Tekken at times.

The RPG quality of life is in full effect here; forced battles are the exception, and the player controls their level grinding to an absurd extent. In addition to unlockable easy and hard modes, the encounters with “Noise” can either be ignored entirely or chained for added drops and experience—if you can survive it. A new feature allows you to even lower your experience level to increase difficulty and reward quality (I might be level 20 right now, but what if I said I wanted to do this fight at level 15?). Even Easy difficulty is no cakewalk though; the Noise might be easy, but there’s more fights against other “players” than the original ever had, and the players are way more durable. At one point I had to grind to get almost, but not quite to, a level-up because I was forced into three player fights in a row, and the only way I could heal and do enough damage to win was to trigger a level increase midway through the second fight and get the health refill. It’s also really easy to fall behind in stats: the only thing increased at a level up is HP, and the other stats (Attack, Defense and “style,” which affects armor abilities) are gained by eating in an unintentional nod to River City Ransom.

It can be difficult to create an interesting world when you’re basically confined to about 15 square kilometres, but there’s enough variety in Shibuya that each part of the city has its own standout spots. Some classic techniques for affecting the world outside the Reaper’s Game are present, such as “imprinting” words onto people in the environment, but three party members have ways to affect the environment: Fret can unscramble hidden images to “remind” people of something, Rindo can travel back in time every couple of days, and Nagi can dive into the minds of others to trigger a series of challenge fights that also affect their emotions. Of the three, Fret’s is the most finicky: the directions on screen seem to suggest you should rotate the sticks, but it’s actually a matter of holding them in a particular direction until the image forms. This took way too long to figure out in the portion covered by the demo. Rindo’s time travel is easy to use once you realize that you can’t actually leave the area you’re in. A “social networking” system unlocks after the demo period which is where a lot of the game modifiers are, and the chart gets filled in by a combination of plot, sidequests, and buying a lot of stuff at the shops and restaurants around the city. It’s a cool system, and the time travel gives an easy plot out for replaying a day if you missed some sidequests.

There was a lot of worry in the run-up to the launch that the Switch version would be a technical mess—so far, this hasn’t borne out. There are some flashier attacks or particularly large crowds that can cause frame hits, and the load times are a little longer than I’d like in docked mode and annoyingly long in portable. I did have a single “crash to desktop” in my play so far, though reports from other players who obtained early copies were suggesting crashes became more frequent toward the endgame. If this is true, we’ll have to see how things go after a day 1 patch—which is part of the reason we don’t have a score yet for the review. Unlike the original where only the people with thoughts weren’t blobs, or other games set in the area where everyone’s monochromatic, crowd scenes do give distinguishable faces and outfits to most of the people in the crowd.

Not that there's anything wrong with rainbow colored crowds.

I don’t have access to a disc drive in my apartment, so I’m not just asking for NEO’s soundtrack to be put up for paid download; I'm demanding it. The World Ends With You is a top 3 soundtrack of all time for me, and NEO might be better than it? In addition to new remixes of old songs—the new version of “Transformation” being a personal highlight—the soundtrack hits its beats perfectly with new songs, too. Hearing “Breaking Free” in-context for the first time in an end-of-day boss fight as I’m trying to fight off other players just made a song I was already looping even better.

2021 is quickly turning into an argument for the Switch being a top 3 RPG console ever, and we’re only at the end of #JRPGJuly. NEO: The World Ends With You is living up to the hype I was feeling when it was announced and then some as it took everything I already loved about the original and made it work on a single screen in the modern day. Don’t miss it.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - July 29, 2021
« on: July 26, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

How is Donald going to get through all of the releases this week? "GALAXY BRAIN - ACTIVAAAAAAATE!"

Oh boy, am I glad this coming weekend is a long one for me.

About 80% of the retail releases are straight in my wheelhouse, headlined by the sequel I never believed would happen in NEO: The World Ends With You and the localizations with the fourth distinct appearance of Herlock Sholmes on Switch in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Also repping my interests are the scrolling shooter DariusBurst Another Chronicle EX+ and "that random adventure game that showed up in a Nintendo financial slide deck" Bustafellows. Given the lack of time, I will have to pass on Samurai Warriors 5, but that just opens the door for the follow-up to Solatorobo (late of the DS) Fuga: Memories of Steel. And yes, you DO sacrifice children to run a tank in that one.

And once those cause my backlog to finally reach critical mass and turn into a black hole, there's a few more download-only titles. Previous indie show reps include B.Ark (Indie World March 2020), Unbound: World Apart (Guerrilla Collective 20B21), Eldest Souls (multiple 2020-21 shows), and Blaster Master Zero 3 (GC 2021 again). Once THOSE are out of the way, there's Benjamin Rivers's final catalogue title Alone With You and Limited Run Games's final FMV rescue in Corpse Killer.

North America

Switch Retail

NEO: The World Ends With You (US$59.99/C$79.99: Tuesday)

Samurai Warriors 5 ($59.99/$79.79: Tuesday)

Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+ ($39.99/$53.99: Tuesday)

Bustafellows ($39.99/$53.19: Friday)

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles ($39.99/$52.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Fuga: Memories of Steel ($39.99/$53.19: Wednesday)

Christmas Tina ($26.99/$33.99)

Eldest Souls ($19.99/$26.59)

Paint The Town Red ($19.99/$26.59)

Unbound: Worlds Apart ($19.99/$25.19: Wednesday)

Clone Drone in the Danger Zone ($19.99/$24.99: Tuesday)

Banners of Ruin ($19.99/$22.79)

Skydrift Infinity ($14.99/$19.99)

The Long Gate ($14.99/$19.99)

Trigger Witch ($14.99/$19.99)

Corpse Killer: 25th Anniversary Edition ($14.99/$19.94: Tuesday)

Horror Tales: The Wine ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Xenogunner ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Blaster Master Zero 3 ($14.99/$18.89)

OS Omega ($13.99/$18.69)

Night Book ($12.99/$16.99: Tuesday)

10 Second Ninja X ($11.99/$14.99: Friday)

Super Squidlit ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

B.Ark ($9.99/$12.99)

Alone With You ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Papa's Quiz ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Cuccchi ($7.99/$10.63: Friday)

Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection ($7.99/$9.99)

Infection Maze ($7.3/$not releasing)

Dungeon of Crawl ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Easy Flight Simulator ($4.99/$6.99: Saturday)

Pets No More ($4.99/$6.64: Monday)

Alfonzo's Arctic Adventure ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Apple Slash ($4.99/$5.99: Friday)

Kosmonvates: Escape Reality ($3.99/$5.49)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: The latest Bandai Namco sale includes new lows for God Eater 3 and Ni no Kuni until July 30. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Samurai Warriors 5 (€69.99/£79.79: Tuesday)

NEO: The World Ends With You (€59.99/£49.99: Tuesday)

Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+ (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Bustafellows (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (€39.99/£32.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Christmas Tina (€22.99/£20.69)

Clone Drone in the Danger Zone (€19.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Unbound: Worlds Apart (€19.99/£17.99: Wednesday)

Eldest Souls (€19.99/£16.99)

Banners of Ruin (€17.99/£15.49)

Paint The Town Red (€16.79/£15.49)

10 Second Ninja X (€15/£11.99: Friday)

Ayo The Clown (€16.5/£14.89: Wednesday)

Blaster Master Zero 3 (€14.99/£13.49)

Trigger Witch (€14.99/£13.49)

Horror Tales: The Wine (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Skydrift Infinity (€14.99/£12.49)

Night Book (€12.99/£9.99: Tuesday)

The Long Gate (€12.59/£11.29)

Xenogunner (€12.49/£11.29: Friday)

OS Omega (€11.99/£10.79)

Alone With You (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Papa's Quiz (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Super Squidlit (€8.19/£7.39: Friday)

Cuccchi (€7.99/£7.19: Friday)

Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection (€7.99/£6.99)

B.Ark (€7.99/£6.87)

Apple Slash (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Easy Flight Simulator (€4.99/£4.99: Saturday)

Pets No More (€4.99/£4.49: Monday)

Dungeon of Crawl (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Alfonzo's Arctic Adventure (€4.49/£4.09: Friday)

Kosmonvates: Escape Reality (€4.49/£3.99)


True Trend God 3 (¥7678)

NEO: The World Ends With You (¥7480: Tuesday)

Kimi wa Yukima Nozomi (¥7150)

Mebius Susanoo Japanese Mythology Nihon Shinwa RPG (¥5478)

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (¥4990)

Fuga: Memories of Steel (¥4180)

World Splitter (¥3520)

Christmas Tina (¥3080)

Ayo The Clown (¥2420: Wednesday)

Paint The Town Red (¥2050)

Unbound: Worlds Apart (¥2050)

Cthulhu Mythos RPG - The Sleeping Girl Of The Miasma Sea (¥1990)

The Long Gate (¥1650)

Trigger Witch (¥1600)

Blaster Master Zero 3 (¥1480)

Terra Bomber (¥1300)

Terra Lander (¥1300)

Terra Lander II - Rockslide Rescue (¥1300)

Hunter Shooting Camp (¥999)

Aery - Calm Mind (¥899)

Infection Maze (¥800)

Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection (¥800)

Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire (¥600)

Kosmonvates: Escape Reality (¥490)

Mind Maze (¥499)

TalkBack / Lost In Random Receives Release Date At EA Play
« on: July 22, 2021, 10:26:15 AM »

And a couple of additional seasons for existing service games.

Electronic Arts have just wrapped their first EA Play presentation of the summer, with a few announcements of import for Switch:

  • Lost in Random, the action title announced at last year's show, received a new gameplay trailer and a release date of September 10. The trailer, which focuses on the game's card-based combat, is below.
  • Knockout City's season 2, previously announced to be starting on July 27, will be themed around Hollywood. "Fight at the Movies" will feature cinema-themed environments and new balls to fire.
  • The next season of Apex Legends, known as "Emergence", will follow on August 3.


You know, I really preferred one of them when it was known as "Kablooey".

Nintendo will be updating the Super Nintendo app for Switch Online on July 28 with three new titles. The new arrivals are:

  • Claymates is a 1993/94 (Europe/NA) 2d platformer from the same Interplay development team as the ClayFighter series. The main character is transformed into clay and has to find doses of a serum to transform into a series of animals to rescue his kidnapped father.
  • Jelly Boy, previously only released in Europe in 1995, is another morphing platformer where the main character tries to meet the managers of factories by transforming into objects. It was developed by porting specialists Probe Software and published by Ocean.
  • Bombuzal, also known as Kablooey in North America, is a 1991 puzzle game where the goal is to set off a series of bombs in a way that the player character won't be caught in the blowback.

The Japanese lineup (available to Switch Online subscribers in other countries) has Bombuzal, Tuff E Nuff (as Dead Dance) and Shin Megami Tensei if.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - July 22, 2021
« on: July 19, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

In this case, the "C" in "CRPG" would stand for Colombian.

It's hard to say what THE GAME of the week is, but I'm going to give the honor to Cris Tales, the long-awaited indie RPG that leans heavily on the eastern tradition but is actually by way of a Colombian developer. Though that may be because the alternative is the stripping action RPG Akiba's Trip - the original, not the sequel that I somehow ended up with DLC for on the Vita.

Other than that, there's also a new version of the Success shooter series Cotton (it's literally called Reboot), and a couple of takes on the adventure with the eastern style VN Fatal Twelve, or the Annapurna-published Western take Last Stop. In "not to be confused" news, Steam: Rails to Riches is a board game and not a game download service that crashed on Friday when everyone tried to preorder the Gabe Gear (tm John Ricciardi / 8-4 Ltd, all rights reserved). In late breaking news that I totally didn't miss due to the after-effects of Dose Dos, Pokemon Unite comes out on Wednesday (NA time).

And if you thought it was busy for adventure in the West, Japan would like you to hold its beer: there's only one new game (not counting an Overcooked bundle) that ISN'T an adventure game this week.

North America

Switch Retail

Cotton Reboot (US$39.99/C$53.99: Tuesday)

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

Cris Tales ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Fatal Twelve ($39.99/$53.19: Wednesday)

Last Stop ($24.99/$29.99)

Steam: Rails to Riches Complete Edition ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

112 Operator ($19.99/$24.99: Friday)

Timothy vs the Aliens ($16.99/$22.60)

Driving School Sim ($14.99/$19.99: Friday)

Truck Simulator 2 ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

Terra Bomber ($9.99/$13.29)

Terra Lander ($9.99/$13.29)

Terra Lander II: Rockslide Rescue ($9.99/$13.29)

Dininho Space Adventure ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Aery - Calm Mind ($8.99/$11.99)

Gaps by POWGI ($7.99/$9.99)

Hunter Shooting Camp ($7.99/$9.99: Friday)

Racing Xtreme 2 ($6.99/$8.99)

Heinosis ($6.50/$8.20: Monday)

Bishoujo Battle Mahjongg Solitaire ($5.99/$7.99)

Wood Block Escape Puzzles 3 ($5.99/$7.99)

Pinocchio, Super Puzzles Dream ($5.99/$7.97)

Freddy Spaghetti 2 ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

US Navy Sea Conflict ($4.99/$6.99: Saturday)

SpaceEx Commander ($4.99/$6.64: Sunday)

Mind Maze ($4.99/$6.64: Tuesday)

Nyakamon Adventures ($4.99/$6.60)

Sound Waves ($4.98/$6.50)

Mousebot: Escape from CatLab ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Bunny Bounce ($4.99/$5.99)

Super Hoops ($0.99/$1.32)

Pokemon Unite (free: Wednesday)

Switch Archives

Vendetta ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: A Limited Run Games sale running until the 29th of July includes the first digital sale for The House in Fata Morgana. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Cotton Reboot (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Cris Tales (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Fatal Twelve (€39.99/£35.99: Wednesday)

Last Stop (€20.99/£19.49)

Steam: Rails to Riches Complete Edition (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

112 Operator (€19.99/£17.99: Friday)

Driving School Sim (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)


Timothy vs the Aliens (€14.99/£13.49)

Truck Simulator 2 (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

Terra Bomber (€9.99/£8.99)

Terra Lander (€9.99/£8.99)

Terra Lander II: Rockslide Rescue (€9.99/£8.99)

Dininho Space Adventure (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Aery - Calm Mind (€8.99/£7.99)

Hunter Shooting Camp (€7.99/£7.99: Friday)

Gaps by POWGI (€7.99/£6.99)

Racing Xtreme 2 (€6.99/£5.99)

Bishoujo Battle Mahjongg Solitaire (€5.99/£5.49)

Pinocchio, Super Puzzles Dream (€5.99/£5.39)

Wood Block Escape Puzzles 3 (€5.99/£5.39)

Heinosis (€5.50/£4.70: Monday)

Bunny Bounce (€4.99/£4.99)

Freddy Spaghetti 2 (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

US Navy Sea Conflict (€4.99/£4.99: Saturday)

SpaceEx Commander (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Mind Maze (€4.99/£4.49: Tuesday)

Mousebot: Escape from CatLab (€4.99/£4.49: Tuesday)

Nyakamon Adventures (€4.99/£4.49)

Super Hoops (€1.09/£0.99: Monday)

Pokemon Unite (free: Wednesday)

Switch Archives

Vendetta (€7.99/£9.87)


Sengoku Koihime: Otome Kenran Sengoku Emaki (¥8030)

Borrowed Love (¥7370)

Sweet Clown: Gozen Sanji no Okashi-na Doukeshi (¥6380)

Fatal Twelve (¥4300)

Cris Tales (¥3980)

Onima - Sweet Me, Brother (¥2970)

Last Stop (¥2700)

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (¥2178)

Dininho Space Adventure (¥2000)

Knights and Bikes (¥1980)

Vendetta (¥838)

Heinosis (¥711)

Beach Valley Girl Drop 3 (¥500)

Dungeon Bricker (¥500)

Freddy Spaghetti 2 (¥500)

Moe Suro Beach Drop (¥500)

Pokemon Unite (free: Wednesday)

TalkBack / Nintendo Sales Panic: June 2021 US NPD Group Results
« on: July 16, 2021, 05:55:46 AM »

Odd that a golf game being "over par" could be seen as a compliment.

The major retail releases for Switch were backloaded in June, and the system's hardware sales streak continued though there was a mild upset in the NPD Group's tracked revenue.

All rankings based on dollar sales from May 30 - July 3 unless indicated: Nintendo titles are not counted digitally but most third party titles are.

The Switch's consecutive month streak atop the sales charts now stands at 31, as it was the top selling system by units in the country. The Xbox Series devices, which are $299/$499 as opposed to the $199/$299 of the Switch, were the top sellers by revenue. The period ended before the announcement of the Switch OLED on July 6.

Software saw June 25's Mario Golf: Super Rush claim a 3rd place finish in the overall chart, behind Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Black Ops Cold War. The other major retail release for Switch was Activision's Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, which finished combined in 17th due to the new release (for comparison, it was 54th combined in May).

Other Nintendo titles in the top 20: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 7th, Animal Crossing New Horizons 11th, Super Smash Bros Ultimate 13th, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 15th, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 18th, and Pokemon Sword/Shield 19th. Third parties also appeared with Minecraft (8th) and Mortal Kombat 11 (10th).

The full Switch top 10 sellers:

  1. Mario Golf: Super Rush
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  5. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
  6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  7. Pokemon Sword/Shield
  8. New Pokemon Snap
  9. Super Mario Party
  10. Minecraft (Mojang/Microsoft)

TalkBack / Switch OLED Preorders Opening Today In United States
« on: July 15, 2021, 06:05:41 AM »

Thanks for the warning, y'all.

For those wondering when the Switch OLED model would go up for sale, it's going to be sooner than you think.

Nintendo of America have posted an announcement that the preorders will open today (July 15) at 3 p.m. ET / noon Pacific for the US. Similar options have not gone live for other countries as of yet.

TalkBack / The Silver Case 2425 (Switch) Review
« on: July 15, 2021, 03:08:51 AM »

A tale of the sublime and the profane, but mostly the latter.

Grasshopper Manufacture is more known for stylish action games - the No More Heroes series, Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer 7 - but their debut title was actually a point and click adventure for the original PlayStation. The Silver Case was one of the many games that remained in Japan during that generation, and its sequel, The 25th Ward, was designed for pre-smartphone mobile devices in Japan, so it took until the late 2010s for the games to get an official localization. Now brought to the Switch, the adventure titles are definitely a product of their eras, but also have some of the later hallmarks of Goichi Suda.

Me when seeing the "who invented the Dragon Suplex" question.

Both titles are set in late-90s Japan, in a pair of fictional cities that are meant to be a utopian environment free from the typical government structure of the time. The Silver Case is set in the “24 Wards” and sees your unnamed character start out in a special forces team that quickly transitions to the police department’s Heinous Crimes Unit. Working with an eclectic mix of personalities in the unit, the department is solving cases revolving around the potential return of a serial killer who was found mentally unfit to stand trial by the Japanese courts. The 25th Ward is an episodic adventure set in a “25th Ward”, and has three different point of view characters: a pair of private investigators, a politician, and one of the members of The Silver Case’s squad. It took less than two cases before I figured out why the game got the M rating in North America with a language note: the squads combine for more uses of George Carlin’s Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV than some Mario games have coins. (The versatility of “F**k” is on full display, usually multiple times per statement.) The standalone cases seem out of place at first, but do wrap around to larger mysteries later on.

Although ostensibly adventure games, both titles break out into odd minigames at points. Silver Case throws a series of 100 multiple choice questions on subjects ranging from the case to geography to the inventors of specific professional wrestling holds, while 25th Ward has an entire chapter that is navigated by combat out of a turn-based RPG. It’s not just the random wrestling references that have Suda’s imprint; The 25th Ward especially has sound effects that are identical to ones in No More Heroes (the confirmation sound effect, most notably).

Mechanically, most of both stories are conducted with menu based movement and selection. Silver Case’s menus took some getting used to: it took about two chapters before I got the hang of using the game’s menu-based movement commands and found the shortcut button for interacting with people or objects (X). This made the opening chapters take a lot longer than perhaps would be expected for an adventure game. 25th Ward’s menu is simpler due to its mobile design, and was easier to pick up even if the “multi-sided dice” appearance to that menu had a lot of blank spots that necessitated additional fiddling. Two items not present in The Silver Case 2425 that have since become common in adventure games are an option for auto-scrolling text and any sort of fast travel: it’s especially glaring in Silver Case when you have  to climb up five different sets of stairs in an apartment building at one point. This would’ve made sense in 1999 when it came out - the scene transition could hide a load screen - but it’s more glaring in 2021.

Oooh, the "fancy ward".

Silver Case has a very unique look to it - the storyline is playing out on a part of the screen, with an ever-changing background behind it. The “story” part can have the game’s polygonal graphics but also works in film footage and animation, and they don’t look out of place on an HD console 20 years later. I did have to turn the game’s music and especially sound effects down quite a bit though; every bit of text that appears is accompanied by a loud typing sound that the resident feline did not appreciate. 25th Ward maintains the look, though the story scenes take up more of the screen this time.

Suda-written games have a lot of author appeal in them; the wrestling fandom (he used to write story modes for Fire Pro Wrestling games), violence, and language are definitely Grasshopper trademarks. The Silver Case 2425 puts it into a unique package, and it’s worth digging into if you’re already predisposed to digging into some good mysteries. Just maybe play with headphones and not in front of younger people.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - July 15, 2021
« on: July 12, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

Featuring the original sins of the Zelda series, both in-universe and out.

The newest remake in Nintendo's quest to prove that The Legend of Zelda is actually their Sonic comes out this week with Skyward Sword HD - and I'm a little tied up with last week and next, so if you want to put up with a Zelda game that even with its QoL fixes has a stamina meter affecting movement (ergo, a bad one) feel free. Other things I'll be watching instead are Indie World veteran Labyrinth City, the time focused deduction game Lotus Reverie: First Nexus, and the scrolling shooter for those with an Icarus complex in Risk System.

Some other things to note: There's a sequel on the list to a game whose original Zach gave a 1.5, the lowest score we've given all year and just the third time we've gone that low since Switch's launch. Maybe... pass on that one?

Japan gets a nice summer vacation, more EDF, and a game whose title I thought would break our system for game titles so it's in  under a blessedly short six character name instead.

North America

Switch Retail

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Lotus Reverie: First Nexus ($15.99/$21.27)

Rogue Wizards ($14.99/$19.99)

Fates of Ort ($14.99/$19.94: Monday)

Guild of Darksteel ($14.99/$19.94)

Rogue Star Rescue ($14.99/$17.49)

Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well ($14.99: Friday)

Dark Knights With Poe and Munro ($12.99/$16.99)

Macrotis: A Mother's Journey ($11.99/$14.99)

Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective ($11.99/$15.95)

Within The Blade ($10.99/$13.99: Friday)

Car Wash - Cars & Trucks Garage Game For Toddlers & Kids ($9.99/$12.99)

Risk System ($9.99/$12.99)

Zoo Dentist ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

scribbled ($9.99: Saturday)

Our Battle Has Just Begin Episode 1 ($9.99/not releasing)

Induction ($8.99/$10.29: Wednesday)

Red Colony 2 ($6.99/$9.30)

3D Air Hockey ($4.99/$6.99: Wednesday)

Junkyard Builder ($4.99/$6.64)

Wizodd ($4.99/$6.64)

Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Restless Night ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Akinofa ($4.99/$5.99)

Defend The Kingdom ($4.99/$5.99)

Word Crush Hidden ($4.99/$5.99)

Escape from a Deserted Island ($4.90/not releasing)

Dungeon Bricker ($3.99/$5.31: Friday)

ASMR Journey - Jigsaw Puzzle ($3.99/$4.99: Tuesday)

Lambs on the road: The Beginning ($2.99/$3.99: Friday)

Squeakers II ($2.99/$3.98: Friday)

Switch Archives

Darwin 4078 ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: The Trine Ultimate Collection is 70% off until Wednesday, and Mortal Kombat 11 is at the same discount until July 20. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Curved Space (€19.99/£14.99: Tuesday)

Guild of Darksteel (€14.99/£13.49)

Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Lotus Reverie: First Nexus (€13.99/£12.59)

Rogue Star Rescue (€12.49/£11.39)

Fates of Ort (€12.49/£11.29: Monday)

Macrotis: A Mother's Journey (€11.99/£10.99)

Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective (€11.99/£10.79)

Rogue Wizards (€11.99/£10.79)

Dark Knights With Poe and Munro (€11.99/£9.99)

Within The Blade (€10.99/£9.99: Friday)

Car Wash - Cars & Trucks Garage Game For Toddlers & Kids (€9.99/£8.99)

Risk System (€9.99/£8.99)

scribbled (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Zoo Dentist (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Induction (€7.39/£6.19: Wednesday)

Red Colony 2 (€6.99/£6.29)

3D Air Hockey (€4.99/£4.99: Wednesday)

Akinofa (€4.99/£4.49)

Defend The Kingdom (€4.99/£4.49)

Junkyard Builder (€4.99/£4.49)

Wizodd (€4.99/£4.49)

Word Crush Hidden (€4.99/£4.49)

Restless Night (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

ASMR Journey - Jigsaw Puzzle (€3.99/£3.59: Tuesday)

Dungeon Bricker (€3.99/£3.59: Friday)

Lambs on the road: The Beginning (€2.99/£2.99: Wednesday)

Squeakers II (€2.99/£2.69: Friday)

Theofil (€1.99/£1.79: Monday)

Is It Wrong To Try To Shoot 'Em Up Girls In A Dungeon (€0.99/£0.99)

Switch Archives

Darwin 4078 (€6.99/£6.29)


Crayon Shin-Chan's Summer Vacation (¥6580)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (¥6578)

MonYuu (¥5480)

Wan Nyan Pet Shop: Kawaii Pet to Fureau Mainichi (¥5280)

Earth Defense Force 2 (¥3980)

The Colonists (¥3410)

Spelunker HD (¥2640)

Go Home (¥1990)

Lotus Reverie: First Nexus (¥1769)

Rogue Star Rescue (¥1520)

Car Wash - Cars & Trucks Garage Game For Toddlers & Kids (¥1399)

Zoo Dentist (¥1299)

Within The Blade (¥1200)

Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective (¥1180)

Macrotis: A Mother's Journey (¥1180)

Classic Pool (¥1047)

Escape from the Alma Matter (¥990)

Lost Grimoires 3: The Forgotten Well (¥990)

Our Battle Has Just Begin Episode 1 (¥980)

Induction (¥930)

Drums (¥899)

Hunt (¥899)

Rainbocorns (¥899)

Spot the Difference (¥899)

Darwin 4078 (¥838)

Eight Dragons (¥800)

Red Colony 2 (¥790)

Nyakamon Adventures (¥600)

3D Air Hockey (¥599)

Akinofa (¥500)

Escape from a Deserted Island (¥490)

Egg Up (¥349)

Squeakers (¥349)

TalkBack / FIFA 22 Coming To Switch As Legacy Edition Again
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:03:18 AM »

I guess that means it's not coming home for a lot of you.

Electronic Arts's one guaranteed Switch release per year will be similar to the last few.

Ahead of today's European championship final match between sides from England and Italy, EA confirmed the Switch version of FIFA 22 will be a Legacy Edition, and will launch on October 1. This will continue a trend for the Switch: the last FIFA release without this tag was FIFA 19, released in the fall of 2018.

A "Legacy Edition" refers to the teams in the game - both club and national - being updated, but no major improvements to the game proper. Perhaps as a result of this, preorders are pricing at US$39.99 on Switch compared to $59.99 for PlayStation 4 / Xbox One and $69.99 for PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series.

TalkBack / Doomsday Vault To Open In Early August
« on: July 08, 2021, 07:00:00 AM »

Now it's your job to fill the thing.

August will start with a game that involves trying to fill a doomsday vault.

Developer Flightless have announced their isometric adventure Doomsday Vault will release on Switch August 5. Players will have to explore a devastated Earth and find seeds to restock a vault inspired by the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, traversing flooded areas, desolate plains, and destroyed buildings.

Gameplay can be found in the trailer below:


There's at least one staffer who always despairs in December, so this checks out.

The month of ultimate despair for Switch owners will actually be in December this year.

Nintendo have confirmed December 3 as the release date for the Danganronpa series of adventure games as well as the new "Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp". The Danganronpa Decadence limited edition will also be available in same day.

The former PSP, Vita, and PlayStation 4 series will be sold separately or in the Decadence collection, though pricing is not available as of yet for the standalone releases.

TalkBack / Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Switch) Review
« on: July 07, 2021, 07:00:00 AM »

Where are Bibarel and Tropius when you need them?

After the runaway sales success of Pokemon Sword and Shield, two years is about the right amount of time for the monster handling titles to start pouring in on the Switch. Capcom took a crack at the genre in 2017 with Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS, which seemed like a fun effort but wasn’t going to be a breakout hit as a post-Switch 3DS game. Now that it’s on a system of record, and Monster Hunter has broken out into the mainstream outside Japan, Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a fuller realization of what was originally intended for this spinoff series.

The second Stories contains a lot of references to the first, but as someone who was burned out on Monster Hunter in 2017, I still found the plot easy to follow. After creating a character, they appear on the tropical Hakolo Island and quickly become a “Rider:” a person who protects their home from out of control monsters by taming them. Early on, all of the Rathalos have disappeared, including one who is the guardian of Hakolo Island, but your rider receives a Rathalos egg and then has to hatch and tame a Rathalos while not simultaneously causing it to go feral and destroy the known world. The created character does scream during combat, but they’re otherwise silent, which requires the returning Palico Navirou to speak for you—and I’m not sure if it’s his voice or the lines, but I found myself skipping through his all-too-frequent dialogue.

Any Monster Hunter worth its salt has quality combat, and Stories 2 does a fine job of adapting to turn-based combat. There is both a weapon triangle based on attack types—speed beats power, technical beats speed, power beats technical—and monsters also take additional or reduced damage depending on the type of weapon the hunter uses (bladed, blunt, or piercing). Riders can also attack, and if the “Kinship” gauge is high enough, they can request their monster do a special move: otherwise the monster and any of the rotating party members known as “Battle Buddies” act independently. Successfully using the weapon triangle increases the kinship a bit, and if two party members have triangle advantage on the same enemy they perform a double-team move that skips an enemy action and does big damage. There is a “lives” system measured by hearts; as in Monster Hunter proper, if you or the monster combine to lose three hearts, you return to the last village visited. The Battle Buddy and any monsters they have share a separate count. During the story and optionally online, you can have a fight against another Rider where the first to take three hearts wins the match.

Two nice quality of life features are the ability to kill a fight on the spot if you’re guaranteed to win it (also awarding maximum points that determine item drops), and since you can have a party of five monsters, those that are lower leveled get an experience bump up to a 500% boost. The party is built by finding eggs in the environment and them returning to a town’s “Stables” to have them hatched: the dens that contain the eggs have random maps and appearances, but you can use items and equipment that force monsters to “retreat” and create a quick den with a forced egg at the end. Duplicate monsters can be released, though it may be better to hold onto them early on because of the ability to use the “Rite of Channeling” to pass on abilities to the ones you’re using. Each monster has nine slots to use, and the abilities have their own icon and color, so aligning three of the same icon or color creates a “bingo” that increases the effectiveness of an element or attack type. Some monsters even come with “wild card” abilities that can be any color or icon.

If you need a lot of side quests, Stories 2 delivers in spades. At about the 30-hour mark, I had TEN pages of quests between completed and accepted ones at ten per page. The sidequests are a combination of fetch quests and monster fights both small and big—note that the ones marked “Hard” aren’t kidding and I had to be about ten hours ahead of when the quest opened before I beat the first one. Additional challenge quests can be taken on, and there’s multiplayer both local and online, which held up well, though I question if it’s going to see much use. My only complaint is that navigating the world requires a very fixed party: there are six different environments in the world that require monster abilities to navigate. If I want to clear out maps on the first try, I need monsters that can jump, swim (through either water or lava), climb ivy, break rocks, and dig through holes; no monster has more than one of these abilities that I’ve been able to find. You theoretically have six party slots, but one slot is fixed for your pet Ratha who’s either useless or flatout gone from the party for plot reasons for a large portion of the story. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl might have required two HM mules to navigate the world, but at least I could use four combat Pokemon in my party otherwise. I would love to use the stealthy Nargacuga or the poisonous Pukei-Pukei, but they don’t have navigation abilities so they had to sit on the bench.

If I tried to eat a donut hole this big, I'd probably die.

Clearing the portion of the game covered by the demo took about four and a half hours, though I didn’t go for 100% demo completion. Getting to credits in Stories 2 is roughly 7-8 times that, and there’s some postgame story and a full content roadmap through October, so there’ll be reasons to duck back in. If you’re going for 100% completion of sidequests or having every monster from the in-game compendium, it’s not out of the question that the clock could run up to 150 hours. Short for a Monster Hunter game’s 100% completion, but long for a turn-based RPG.

If there are any technical fixes in the day one patch for Stories 2, I couldn’t tell: the patch was not distributed during the review period: I did see a few frames of white screen both in the early game and afterwards, and couldn’t quite place why they were appearing. I’m not sure if the frame rate is capped; it seems to be aiming for 30 but there were a few times where it slowed down even when in docked mode. The transitions to battle also take about 7-9 seconds between contact with the monster and the menu coming up for commands using a second-rev Switch docked. On the aesthetic side, the environments are basic and do the job, while the monsters are clearly delineated and stylized differently from the main games but still look good. The music is mostly unmemorable and the voice acting good outside of Navirou; I do like the use of British accents for the “wyverian” or elf characters to reflect them being different.

I don’t think I’ll ever get 100% completion in a Monster Hunter game, though it certainly won’t be for lack of trying in Rise. That said, Stories 2 might end up being the game I get the closest to a “perfect game” in. There’s plenty to play with here, and honestly I’d like to double back and check out the original to fill in some of the gaps in the story. This JRPG July is off to a pretty good start.


Bigger screen, same shell... and is that a LAN PORT?

The long-rumored Switch with larger screen has finally been revealed.

Nintendo have announced a "Switch (OLED model)" for release on October 8 at a MSRP of US$349.99/C$449.99. It will launch in two combinations: a white dock / Joy-Con model, and a black dock / red and blue Joy-Con model.

Aside from the new screen tech, the Switch OLED will have a 7" handheld screen, 64GB onboard storage, a wider portable mode kickstand, enhanced portable speakers, and the dock will have a LAN port for online play.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - July 8, 2021
« on: July 05, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

Featuring a single finger curling on a monkey's paw over in Japan.

The big game of the week, which is already downloaded and waiting for me to put multiple hours into on a weekend as part of #JRPGJuly, is Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. I, for one, welcome our apparently flight-capable Rathalos overlords (based on the game icon) and look forward to it burninating entire continents. I'll also be snagging The Silver Case 2425, a game whose localization I apparently willed into existence in early March, and eventually will get around to picking up Ys IX in the parade of giants this week.

Although it's not retail class, we are also expecting a cloud version of A Plague Tale: Innocence this week in the rare "debut of a new header", and your Devolver Max Pass+ will get some premium content with Boomerang X. The oddball item of the week I found getting the list ready is action title Ruvalo: Original Complex.

Japan has a somewhat painful one, as a week after I had to "rebuild" my Vita for reasons I probably shouldn't get into here, the original Trails of Cold Steel is coming out in Japan this week. Sadly the supported languages are Japanese, Korean, and traditional Chinese - none of which I speak. I guess I can hope for an appearance on one of the east Asian eShops with English support? Also coming in Japan this week: Stories 2, the yearly Nippon Professional Baseball sim, and a Japanese version of the Lady Layton game we got on Switch two years ago in a recursive localization.

North America

Switch Retail

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox ($59.99/$79.79: Tuesday)

The Silver Case 2425 ($39.99/$53.19: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Aria Chronicle ($39.83/not released)

The Sisters: Party of the Year ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Heart of the Woods ($19.99/$26.99)

Boomerang X ($19.99/$26.59)

Metro Simulator ($19.99/$26.59)

Crash Drive 3 ($19.99/$24.99)

Glitchangels ($14.99/$19.99: Monday)

Songs for a Hero: Definitive Edition ($14.99/$19.99)

Dogworld ($14.99/$19.99: Friday)

Ruvato: Original Complex ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

Indigo 7 ($14.99/$19.90)

Unavowed ($14.99/$16.99: Wednesday)

Masagoro ($12.99/not released)

Shopping Mall Parking Lot ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

Bai Qu: Hundreds of Memories ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Connect Bricks ($9.98/$12.98)

Classic Pool ($7.99/$10.63: Saturday)

Monument ($7.00)

Connect the Dots ($6.99/$9.99: Friday)

Reverse Memories ($6.99/$8.49)

Super Archer ($4.99/$6.64: Sunday)

Infinite Golf 2 ($4.99/$6.64)

Woodcutter ($4.99/$6.64)

My Maite ($4.99/$6.50)

Blitz Breaker ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Fantasy Cards ($4.99/$6.49: Friday)

Marbles Rush ($4.99/$5.99: Wednesday)

Beauty Bounce ($4.99/$5.99)

Rubix Roller ($3.99/$5.31: Monday)

My Little Fruit Juice Booth ($3.00/$4.00: Monday)

Egg Up ($2.99/$3.99: Saturday)

Switch Streaming

A Plague Tale: Innocence ($39.99/$53.99: Monday)

Switch Archives

Sea Fighter Poseidon ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Celeste is 75% off until Friday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (€59.99/£53.99: Friday)

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

The Silver Case 2425 (€39.99/£35.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Aria Chronicle (€32.75/£28.12)

The Sisters: Party of the Year (€29.99/£39.99: Tuesday)

Boomerang X (€19.99/£17.99)

Metro Simulator (€19.99/£17.99)

Songs for a Hero: Definitive Edition (€17.99/£16.19)

Crash Drive 3 (€16.99/£14.99)

Heart of the Woods (€16.99/£15.29)

Treachery in Beatdown City (€16.49/£14.89: Wednesday)

Unavowed (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

Indigo 7 (€14.99/£13.49)

Ruvato: Original Complex (€12.29/£11.09)

Dogworld (€12.50/£11.50)

Shopping Mall Parking Lot (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

Glitchangels (€11.99/£9.99: Sunday)

Out of Line (€10.99/£9.89: Tuesday)

Masagoro (€10.79/£9.69)

Bai Qu: Hundreds of Memories (€9.99/£9.99: Friday)

Connect Bricks (€9.98/£8.89)

Pictooi (€8.29/£7.49: Wednesday)

Classic Pool (€7.99/£7.19: Saturday)

Connect the Dots (€6.99/£6.99: Friday)

Monument (€6.00/£5.39)

Reverse Memories (€5.99/£5.39: Wednesday)

Beauty Bounce (€4.99/£4.99)

Super Archer (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Blitz Breaker (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Infinite Golf 2 (€4.99/£4.49)

Woodcutter (€4.99/£4.49)

My Maite (€4.99/£4.49)

Fantasy Cards (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Rubix Roller (€3.99/£3.59: Monday)

My Little Fruit Juice Booth (€3/£2.69: Monday)

Egg Up (€2.99/£2.99: Saturday)

Switch Streaming

A Plague Tale: Innocence (€39.99/£35.99: Monday)

Switch Archives

Sea Fighter Poseidon (€6.99/£6.29)


eBASEBALL Professional Baseball Spirits 2021 Grand Slam (¥7678)

Furaiki 4 (¥7678)

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (¥6990)

Layton's Mystery Journey - Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy DX+ (¥4950)

Sen no Kiseki I (¥4378)

Aria Chronicle (¥4356)

Boomerang X (¥2050)

Crash Drive 3 (¥2050)

Dogworld (¥1700)

Ruvato: Original Complex (¥1600)

Masagoro (¥1320)

Bocce (¥999)

Connect Bricks (¥998)

Piano (¥899)

Sea Fighter Poseidon (¥838)

Monument (¥750)

Fantasy Cards (¥599)

Mermaid Castle (¥599)

My Maite (¥550)

Barrage Test Death Test (¥500)

Blitz Breaker (¥500)

TalkBack / Monster Hunter Stories 2 Update Roadmap Released
« on: July 02, 2021, 03:56:56 PM »

By Halloween, you'll be walking around with the scariest thing of all: SILVER Rathalos.

Just as Rise did, the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2 will have an update roadmap.

Capcom unveiled the plan to add additional content to the RPG launching next Friday, beginning on July 15 and proceeding from there until the end of October. The updates will include new quests and Monsties (party members).

The Monsties and their main series debut appearances will be:

  • July 15: Palamute (Rise)
  • August: Hellblade Glavenus and Boltreaver Astalos (Generations)
  • Early September: Soulseer Mizutsune, Elderfrost Gammoth (Generations Ultimate), Oroshi Kirin (4 Ultimate)
  • Late September: Dreadking Rathalos (Gen Ultimate), Molten Tigrex (4 Ultimate)
  • October: Silver Rathalos, Gold Rathian (Freedom Unite)

New battles including co-op options will come in August and late September, with two fights against the elder dragon Kulve Taroth (World). An unannounced monster fight will also come with the October update.


Oil, barrels, and geysers - oh my!

An update has added new elements to last year's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

Available now for owners, the update adds a new Grand Prix series (Mario Cup) as well as optional obstacles to the courses. The view of the cart will add oil (causes spinouts), barrels (normal colored ones cause crashes, gold ones gain coins) and a combination of a geyser (which disguises coins when it fires) and a dinosaur whose scream slows down the cart.

A Yoshi cart was also added, with a horn that makes a Yoshi sound effect when honked. Finishing on the podium (a top 3 finish) in the Mario Cup will unlock the cart per Nintendo of America's Twitter account.


...please tell us that's not a tease for the Nonary Games on Switch as well...

More mysteries in the universe of the oddest game of 2019 are coming next year.

Following hints on a teaser site, Spike Chunsoft have announced AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative (official spelling) for a launch next spring. The trailer for the game is below, which also identifies the team behind the Zero Escape series from 3DS as responsible for the game's writing:

The wiseacre AI Aiba will return, but will accompany a different character: Mizuki Okiura, who was raised by the original title's main character.

TalkBack / Kazuya Joining Smash Roster June 29
« on: June 28, 2021, 06:40:24 AM »

Amazingly, there doesn't seem to be a volcano in the background.

The second to last fighter from Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be available soon for owners of the second Fighter's Pass.

The update to add Kazuya Mishima will go live tomorrow (June 29). Also announced was a Min-Min amiibo with a "2022" release date.

Along with the update will be 39 songs (8 new arrangements), and the following Mii costumes: swordfighters Lloyd (Tales of Symphonia), the Dragonborn (Skyrim), Dante (from the Devil May Cry series), and a brawler Shantae who comes with a music track.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - July 1, 2021
« on: June 28, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

Having a holiday on a Thursday is the Joey Marella of weekly planning.

We've got four things vying for my personal attention this week, and I'm already in for one: The modern release of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its straight-to-Blockbuster sequel Ghoul Patrol. I'll also be picking up probably the cheapest retail release in a while (as a download, those cards ain't cheap y'all), Doki Doki Literature Club+. Now, the question is, did they just pull an Undertale for it?

The other major items of note are Disgaea 6 - check out our review, dood and the first ever release on Switch from thatgamecompany in Sky: Children of the Light. The Procession to Calvary sounds like it's a gaming twist on The Life of Brian, so we'll find out if it's the messiah or just a very naughty game.

Notable late releases in Japan include Treachery in Beatdown City and Layers of Fear 2.

North America

Switch Retail

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (US$59.99/C$79.79: Tuesday)

Destroy All Humans! ($39.99/$: Tuesday)

Doki Doki Literature Club+ ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

Switch eShop

VasterClaws 3:Dragon slayer of the God World ($30.00/$39.90: Wednesday)

Car Driving Simulator ($19.99/$24.99: Wednesday)

Anna's Quest ($19.99/$23.99: Wednesday)

Hope's Farm ($19.99: Saturday)

A Tale of Synapse: The Chaos Theories ($17.99/$23.90: Wednesday)

Foodtruck Arena ($15.99/$21.27: Friday)

Alphadia Genesis 2 ($14.99/$20.99)

Mythic Ocean ($14.99/$20.00: Friday)

Lucasfilm Classic Games: Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol ($14.99/$19.94: Tuesday)

Onirike ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

The Procession To Calvary ($14.99/$19.94)

Best Day Ever ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Epistory - Typing Chronicles ($14.99/$17.99: Friday)

Kirakira Stars Idol Project Reika ($10.00/$12.00)

Discolored ($9.99/$13.29)

Pictooi ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Mariozza Cops ($9.80/$13.02: Tuesday)

Moto Rider Go: Highway Traffic ($8.99/$11.99: Wednesday)

Revolver and Co ($7.99: Friday)

Red White Yellow ($7.00/$9.31)

New York Mysteries: Secrets of the Mafia ($6.99/$9.30)

Snake It 'Til You Make It ($6.99/$7.99: Wednesday)

Path: Through The Forest ($5.99/$7.97)

Spider Solitaire Collection ($5.79/$7.19)

Mighty Aphid ($4.99/$6.64: Monday)

Arkan: The Dog Adventurer ($4.99/$6.64: Wednesday)

Merrily Perilly ($4.99/$6.64: Wednesday)

Pigeon Fight ($4.99/$6.64)

Colossus Mission ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Kids: Farm Puzzle ($4.99/$6.59: Friday)

Mina & Michi ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Kickerinho World ($4.99/$6.49)

Super Destronaut DX-2 ($4.99/$5.99: Friday)

Dragon Question ($3.99/$5.00)

Flatland Vol.2 ($3.99/$4.99: Tuesday)

Sky: Children of the  Light (free to start: Wednesday)

Wii U eShop

SturmFront - The Mutant War: Übel Edition ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Switch Archives

Raiden ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Falcom titles (Ys VIII, Trails of Cold Steel III/IV) are on sale until July 5 as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (€59.99/£53.99: Tuesday)

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The office being sold isn't exactly a GOOD sign...

A boutique publisher may have been forced into bankruptcy while still taking preorders for product that has never been delivered.

Dispatch Games, who were serving as a Western publisher for the games of City Connection (the former Jaleco) including Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase and Penguin Wars has not communicated anything on social media since March (with replies set to "only those mentioned" on Twitter, allowing no replies). Their outstanding Switch localization projects were Game Paradise (aka Game Tengoku), Radirgy Swag, and Japanese Rail Sim Journey to Kyoto, along with a pair of PlayStation 4 projects. Preorders had been charged for major collectors editions including vinyl soundtracks that stand little chance of being delivered, according to an investigation from Seafoam Gaming, who have been following the company for years.

Seafoam's writer, known as "Connor the Dreamer", also found that the address listed for the company was actually a residence that was sold on June 18 of this year. The company was publishing smaller indie titles on Switch, but the releases have shifted to another company known as the Digital Games Group.

At this point, the status of the outstanding collector's editions as well as the availability of their released titles digitally (Soldam, Penguin Wars, and Psyvariar Delta) is unknown. We will continue to monitor the situation.


The 15-18 month lead time might let you replay the two Cold Steel games on Switch.

At a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Falcom, NIS America made four announcements for localizations of Legend of Heroes titles over the next 24 to 30 months.

  • First out of the gate will be The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero, the first game in the famed Crossbell duology of turn-based RPGs. Originally released in Japan on Switch in February, Zero will come to the west in fall of 2022.
  • Zero's followup, The Legend of Heroes: Trails To Azure, will follow in 2023. Notably, a fan translation patch originally planned for the Steam version from the "Geofront" will be used for the basis of this localization as well as Zero's. Save import from Zero will also be included, and a save will provide bonuses in the next title.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails Into Reverie will come west in 2023, following its August release in Japan for Switch. The game is a crossover starring Rean Schwarzer, Lloyd Bannings (the protagonist of the Crossbell games) and a character only identified as "C", where characters from across the series can be recruited.
  • Finally, The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails will also come out in 2023. Unlike the previous titles Boundless Trails is an action RPG, and is meant to be the starting point for a new set of stories in the universe. It was only previously released in Japan on PlayStation Portable in 2012 and on PlayStation 4 in Japan yesterday: it hasn't even had a Switch release announced in Japan yet.

TalkBack / NEO: The World Ends With You To Receive Demo Tomorrow
« on: June 24, 2021, 05:04:00 AM »

For quality of choices, only Sophie's is comparable - Donald's in a bind because the timing's terrible.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 isn't the only major RPG of July getting a demo tomorrow.

After an inadvertent tweet (since deleted) from Square Enix for NEO: The World Ends With You included "Play the demo now" in the attached video, SE have confirmed a demo for the July 27 release will be available tomorrow starting at 0200 JST Saturday morning - which is roughly 1 pm ET.

The demo will contain the first portion of the game and progress will carry over to the final game.

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