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This is the paper. It lets me know when I've stopped being funny. (Enough already - Ed)

The Switch Online Expansion Pass is expanding just a bit more before the holidays.

Nintendo have revealed the first of the promised second group of N64 titles, the original Paper Mario, will release on December 10. A brief trailer is below:

The August 2000 release (in North America) sees Mario and a cast of helper characters trying to rebuild the Star Rod in order to rescue the perpetually kidnapped Princess Peach.


Clearly this is a game named by little Bobby Tables.

A collection of latter day PlayStation 2 RPGs that has appeared in multiple ratings authority has finally been confirmed for Switch.

Bandai Namco have announced the .hack//G.U Last Recode collection will come to Switch on 10 March 2022 in Japan, with an English release for southeast Asian regions (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan as examples). Although the announcement was only made for Asia, ratings authorities in Europe and the North American ESRB have also rated the collection.

Last Recode compiles remakes of the 2006-07 PS2 "MMO" volumes with a new fourth chapter. It was originally developed by frequent Bandai Namco collaborators CyberConnect2, and the collection previously released on the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.

TalkBack / Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp (Switch) Review
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:25:29 PM »

Hope: A JRPG in the Danganronpa universe. Despair: They added Mario Party to it.

Having stuck to the main adventure modes in the Danganronpa series previously, I was more than a bit confused when Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp was announced as part of the Danganronpa Decadence collection in June. After reading up on the minigame it was based on, I held out hope that it’d be something worth sitting down and grinding through. What ended up happening at the summer camp was a whole lot of grinding, which works for someone who wants a quick RPG, but will require the patience of a saint to 100% complete.

The plot of the Summer Camp is basic and in fact, the game explicitly tells you not to worry about it. Virtually every named main character in the Danganronpa series—all three games that come to Switch at the same time plus the Ultra Despair Girls spinoff—are taking part in a virtual graduation trip, with the children of UDG along for the ride and the mother of a character presumably serving as a chaperone. The virtual world is divided into six islands, but a group of monsters ends up blocking the path to each island. The person you pick to play starts out on a game board and has 50 “days” (turns) to grow their “talent” and open as much of the island as possible along the way. At the end of that time they can choose to apply Talent, an actual currency earned in the game, to learning skills that can be taken to the game’s “Battle” mode, known as the Tower of Despair. The Tower is a series of battles against the enemies encountered on the board at ever-increasing power levels, with 200 levels divided into four “towers.” There’s no actual plot in the tower that I was able to find in the review period.

Ultimate Lucky Student my butt, considering that's the starting square with 20 turns gone.

The board game portion has a wide variety of things to hit (or avoid). Battles can occur on the map, as well as event scenes either solo in a pixel art style or the “Friend Square” that plays out a scene between characters. Spaces are also present for boosting stats, whether through natural gains or by buying equipment, which get carried into various boss fights that open the way to different islands. Along the way, cards will be picked up that can change movement including warping the character, and also provide temporary buffs if a battle is about to happen. After the turn, random effects can happen where the money count, stats, or location of the character can be changed. I quickly found that a “success” card (which guaranteed the good outcome from one of these events) was vital to keeping stats up. When a battle happens, it’s a turn based affair that rips off Dragon Quest shamelessly. Considering every non-boss enemy in the game I could find had an appearance based on the series’s mascot Monokuma, there’s actually a lot of variety in the enemy designs even if they do have the same face. Experience levels are all based on 100 points, so the further into the game I went the more I would gain two levels after a single fight.

If you care enough about the Danganronpa series, you’re probably here for the fanservice of the “character interaction” variety. Although the other kind of fanservice is also present; the game’s set on a series of tropical islands for a reason. The character selection to start is slim, with just five characters, though it does give experience with the three “types” of characters (athletic, intelligent, or lucky). Getting more characters, however, requires going through the Tower of Despair or completing ingame achievements to earn one of the three different currencies, which are taken to the “school store” and used in a gacha machine. There are 62 characters to pick from, each one at one of four different rarity levels, and each one possibly having a “hype effect” that also comes out of the gacha. Said gacha also drops items for boosting stats in the board game. See the problem? Although all of the game’s content is supposed to be available through normal gameplay, I found the loop of “play board game for 30-45 minutes, run tower with units, spend coins, repeat” got old by the time I had a quarter of the characters available in any form. I can see where the temptation to spend money would come in, especially on the higher rarity versions, but I wasn’t able to see the microtransaction costs because the ingame “vending machine” soft-locked the game when I clicked on it. This will go live on launch day, but it’s easy for this game to become a game you pay for to spend money on currency (which is why I suppose it’s basically free if you’re getting the “Decadence” physical release).

This is what we meant by the "other kind of fanservice".

Aside from trying to hit a store that didn’t actually exist yet, I did have one soft lock after locking in skills at the end of a run; thankfully the autosave brought me back to the end of the last turn so it was easy to get back to that point. The characters are frequently represented in pixel art form on the board, which is normally fine both docked and handheld. The only graphical complaint I had came every time an island would open: the islands are obscured by some of the worst-designed fog on the Switch, and I’m not sure if it’s an example of stylistic suck or just bad design. Each of the areas in the board game has its own theme song which is more bombastic outdoors and muted indoors. There’s no full voice acting; even the opening sequence and Friend Squares use quick voice clips that are recycled from the source games.

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp is a good game for two distinct groups of people: those who went for 100% completion of the adventure game trilogy and those who want an incredibly brief RPG. If you’re in either one of those camps, then it’s worth signing up. Otherwise, stick to the adventure games.


“Massively singleplayer Phoenix Wright” doesn’t even start to sum it up.

Our “Port this to Switch you cowards” list has some regular entries on it, such as older Final Fantasies, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, and the Persona series. However, a regular on that list dropped off the list in June when it was announced that the entire Danganronpa trilogy—as well as a board game—were all coming as part of the “Danganronpa Decadence” collection. It’s probably coincidental that a bunch of fireworks went off near my apartment when that clip ran in the Direct…

...but it’s also appropriate for my own reaction. But as it comes out at the end of this week, in a year that’s seen other demanded Japanese adventure games come out in the Famicom Detective Clubs and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, what makes the Danganronpa series stand out?

Series History

If you're diving in now, expect to see this screen a lot.

For the record, the name “Danganronpa” is compounded from the words “bullet” and “refutation” (弾丸, dangan: 論破, ronpa). This refers to the series’s most well known element, the “truth bullet” that shatters an argument.

The Danganronpa series was developed by a team at Spike Chunsoft in 2010, and originally launched for the PSP. Although the PSP version and its 2012 sequel were never localized on that platform, it did become popular in the Let’s Play community; when the duology was ported to the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2013, this gave an opportunity for NIS America to localize the games for Western release in 2014. And yes, that covers both games: the original came out in February 2014 with the subtitle “Trigger Happy Havoc”  while the second came out in September as “Goodbye Despair.”

There was about a three-year hiatus for the series as far as new adventure games went, but this meant one thing: SPINOFFS. Specifically, two—or more accurately, three—series of anime aired between 2014 and 2016 in Japan: you should be able to see dubbed versions on your Switch via the Funimation app. The confusion about the numbering of the anime is that although the first one was a retelling of Trigger Happy Havoc, the second anime treatment was two distinct series that aired on consecutive days. One series was a prequel to Goodbye Despair, while the other was essentially a sequel to Goodbye Despair even named “Danganronpa 3.” There was also the 2015 spinoff third-person shooter Ultra Despair Girls, best known for the end of Chapter 3 which ended up spawning an early column from me asking what would happen to “games of questionable content” after the Vita died. Suffice to say, if you’d like Ultra Despair Girls to come to Switch, please leave a comment on some other website.

The first Danganronpa adventure game to be designed ground-up for the Vita was “New Danganronpa V3” in Japan in December 2016, which came out in the West in September 2017, from NIS America again. There are two reasons why this was named “V3”: the aforementioned anime burning the name “Danganronpa 3”, and


So yes, they couldn’t exactly recycle the name. Danganronpa V3 also launched day and date on the PlayStation 4, marking the series’s console debut, with the remainder of the series being ported to PS4 in the interim. V3 also released on PC via Steam—published by Spike Chunsoft themselves, who had opened a publishing arm and ended up taking back the series from NISA in 2019. Today, the Danganronpa series can only be purchased on Steam prior to its Switch release. Several of the original series creators have moved on, working on titles such as May 2021’s World’s End Club—which adopts many Danganronpa themes—and the AI: The Somnium Files games.

Game Flow

Let me see, where's the "the jerk store called, they ran out of you" bullet?

The adventure games will have the same setup, though the setting can differ slightly. Sixteen high school students who are the best in Japan/the world at something are brought to “Hope’s Peak Academy,” which is basically an international baccalaureate school taken to its logical extreme. There, they are trapped in the school and forced to play “The Ultimate Killing Game;” the only way to escape the school is to either get away with murdering a fellow student or be the last person standing. After a few free days for exploration and plot, a body is discovered (with appropriate announcement) and the “Deadly Life” begins. Deadly Life involves gathering all the evidence for the Class Trial, the endgame of every chapter.

A Class Trial is basically what happens when everyone in a Phoenix Wright trial is simultaneously the accused, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and jury (School headmaster and series mascot Monokuma—a multi-colored bear—serves as the judge and executioner when necessary). The remaining students discuss the circumstances of the murder, but the constant talking is interrupted by frequent “Nonstop Debates,” where the student’s words appear on the screen and you have to literally shoot one of the statements with a counteracting one in the form of the Truth Bullet. Later games in the trilogy mix this up with the ability to support statements or even commit “perjury” to force the case forward. Depending on the difficulty level, “white noise” may appear on the screen during one of these sequences: it has to be shot out before the proper word can be used.

The Nonstop Debates are not the only minigames that break out in the midst of the trial. It is sometimes necessary to remind people by way of the “Hangman’s Gambit,” which needs to create a word to serve as a reminder. There are also ways to have a one-on-one debate with another student, which usually takes the form of a rhythm game, and later games tack on a choose-your-path racing game called the “Psyche Taxi.” V3 also enables “Scrum Debates,” where the students are divided evenly and the player has to use the right teammate to refute the other side. All games end chapters with the “Closing Argument,” which sets up the case as a manga with panels missing that have to be placed properly to sum up the case.

How It Gets Rated M

This will escalate quickly. And not in a way you might like, depending on the character.

Although Danganronpa 2 did have a less violent version in Japan, all of the Danganronpa games released in the West have been rated M or 18+. The murders are explicit, even with the blood being bright pink instead of red in all localized games, and the executions after someone is found guilty can be brutal. One of the first executions in the series involves someone getting pelted with enough baseballs to run Major League Baseball for a season, all being fired gatling-gun style out of a pitching machine set to 100+ mph.

It also picks up the “Sexual Themes” descriptor from the ESRB, and not just because of the presence of particular characters designed for fanservice. The main games each offer a social rank with the other 15 students, with a non-canonical mode that offers unlimited opportunities to woo them. Unlike other games where the reward is some hyper-powered items, the Danganronpa series awards… the character’s underwear.

I probably should have said this up front: I am not making ANY of this up.

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp

Dragon Quest battles? In MY board game? It's more likely than you think.

The fourth game in the Danganronpa Decadence physical collection is a new game never released in this form before. Known as “Ultimate Summer Camp”, it’s an expanded version of the “Ultimate Talent Development Program” post-story game from Danganronpa V3, and combines dungeon crawling with Fortune Street. Players are rolled via a gacha system, covering the entire series, including Ultra Despair Girls, and build their stats by rolling around a giant board game for 50 days (turns). At the end of the game, a party of four is formed to explore the “Tower of Despair,” a 200-floor monolith, and obtain more materials and characters to try and reach the 200th floor.

The purpose of this game is going to be fanservice of the “hey, this is a neat interaction” variety, as though the board game portion looks fun the battles are incredibly brief. Also, there's going to be real money gacha involved - though Spike Chunsoft swears that all characters, including the Ultra Despair Girls ones, will be available if you're "F2P btw". (Which in this case, you may want to be.) Other major rewards will include more characters—including some guaranteed top-tier drops from the gacha—and collaboration illustrations that Japanese fans will be able to buy on their own.

With usual series writer Kazutaka Kodaka departing for World’s End Club developers Too Kyo Games, this will actually be the first Danganronpa game he hasn’t written. The original director of the Ultimate Talent Development Program game and the writers of previous free time events have been left to write the game instead.

Closing Argument

Aside from the inevitable overdoses on hope and despair, I’m really looking forward to returning to Hope’s Peak Academy this Christmas. Am I going to 100% the games? Well, I didn’t the first time, but that was just due to time. Maybe this time, I go for it… or at least stop right before the underwear.

I’m also intrigued with the possibility of new stories in that universe—if Ultimate Summer Camp is good enough, I’d really love to see them try something else in that universe. But even if it ends up on the pile of “franchises that should just be re-released” with Earthbound and Final Fantasy, I’m just glad that the series is preserved.

And one last hint: Pack a lunch for the class trials. I replayed case 1 of Trigger Happy Havoc recently and recorded it - the file is four hours long.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - December 2, 2021
« on: November 29, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »


Well, it's now the week of hope (or despair, depending on your choices) as the Danganronpa Decadence collection is split up for individual release on the eShop this Friday. All four of them. There is a preorder discount for all four of them... and we'll have more on why this is important shortly. (Reviews for them will be out later in the week.) The other major title is a Nintendo first party game - which was to be two, but Advance Wars got delayed, so we got Big Brain Academy instead. Meanwhile, the week of my BS is actually kicking off Thursday with Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani from Aksys, and we get an enhanced 3DS title with Disney Magical World 2 (a magical world for me being one where Disney doesn't exist).

The eShop headliners are the bullet hell RPG Archvale and adventure title Miracle Snack Shop, with the oddest title of the week (and the one that is definitely not related to the head-asplodey movie) is Mind Scanners.

North America

Switch Retail

Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani (US$49.99/C$66.49)

Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition ($49.99/$64.99: Friday)

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain ($29.99/$39.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony ($29.99/$39.89: Friday)

Miracle Snack Shop ($19.99/$26.59)

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp ($19.99/$26.59: Friday)

Mind Scanners ($16.99/$22.60: Tuesday)

The Kids We Were ($15.99/$19.99)

Ghost Sync ($14.99/$20.99)

Jigsaw Fun: Wonderful Nature ($14.99/$19.99)

Archvale ($14.99/$19.94)

Castle on the Coast ($14.99/$19.94)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Paradise Lost ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Guardian of Lore ($13.99/$18.61: Monday)

Construction Site Driver ($13.99/$18.61: Friday)

Monobot ($12.99/$17.50)

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders ($12.99/$17.28: Friday)

World Quiz ($9.99/$13.29)

6Souls ($7.99/$10.99: Friday)

Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire Blue/Green ($5.99 ea/$7.99 ea)

Tank De La Muerta ($4.99/$6.64: Tuesday)

Word Forward ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Football Battle ($2.99/$3.99)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Nintendo's Black Friday sale ends at 2 am ET Wednesday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani (€49.99/£44.99)

Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition (€49.99/£44.99: Friday)

Beyond a Steel Sky (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

My Universe - Doctors & Nurses (€39.99/£34.99)

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain (€29.99/£24.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (€29.99/£26.99: Friday)

Unreal Life (€24.99/£22.49: Friday)

Clockwork Aquario (€19.99/£16.99: Tuesday)

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp (€19.99/£17.99: Friday)

Miracle Snack Shop (€17.29/£15.59)

Castle on the Coast (€14.99/£13.49)

Ghost Sync (€14.99/£13.49)

Jigsaw Fun: Wonderful Nature (€14.99/£12.99)

Archvale (€14.99/£11.99)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Paradise Lost (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Mind Scanners (€13.99/£13.49: Tuesday)

The Kids We Were (€13.99/£12.59: Wednesday)

Construction Site Driver (€13.99/£12.59: Friday)

Beastie Bay DX (€13/£11.69: Wednesday)

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Monobot (€10.99/£9.99)

World Quiz (€9.99/£8.99)

Splotches (€7.99/£7.19: Wednesday)

6Souls (€7.99/£7.99: Friday)

Word Forward (€6/£4.99: Friday)

9-Ball Pocket (€5.99/£5.39: Monday)

Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire Blue/Green (€5.99 ea/£5.49 ea)

Tank De La Muerta (€4.99/£4.49: Tuesday)

Football Battle (€2.99/£2.69)


Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition (¥5478)

Sumikko Gurashi Movie World (¥5280)

Angry Alligator (¥4180)

Beyond a Steel Sky (¥3999)

Clockwork Aquario (¥3828)

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain (¥3200: Friday)

Miracle Snack Shop (¥2178)

The Forbidden Arts (¥1999)

The Kids We Were (¥1800)

Castle on the Coast (¥1750)

Paradise Lost (¥1650)

Pioneer Survival Island DX (¥1500)

Jigsaw Fun: Wonderful Nature (¥1499)

5 Nate+ (¥1490)

Monobot (¥1399)

Ghost Sync (¥1320)

RazerWire: Nanowars (¥1199)

Meteoroids (¥1100)

Him & Her 3 (¥1000: Friday)

Krystopia (¥899)

6Souls (¥799: Friday)

Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire Blue/Green (¥600 ea)


And somewhere, James's heart grows three sizes.

One of the most bizarre yet beloved games of 2020 will hit Switch next spring.

Atlus announced a Switch version of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim will release in April of 2022 in Japan during a celebration of the game's second anniversary in the country: the Western branch have announced it will release outside Japan on April 12. It was previously on the PlayStation 4, while a PlayStation Vita release was scrapped due to the system's end of life.

13 Sentinels is a hybrid adventure and real-time strategy game that uses nonlinear progression to tell a story of time travel. It was developed by Vanillaware, their first project since 2013's Dragon's Crown: their last release on a Nintendo console was 2009 action game Muramasa: The Demon Blade on Wii.

TalkBack / Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon Digging Into eShop December 13
« on: November 23, 2021, 12:25:19 PM »

The perfect (?) game for those holiday travels.

Yacht Club Games is not afraid to drop things in December, and we received another example of that today.

Preorders have now opened for Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, the Wario's Woods-styled puzzle game / dungeon crawler set in the Shovel Knight universe. The game is slated for release on December 13.

Originally announced in February 2020, Pocket Dungeon was tagged for a "holiday" release in the last Indie World presentation, which also outlined support for the Shovel Knight Amiibo.


Bowser spitting internal fire on this one.

An email from Doug Bowser sent to all Nintendo employees on Friday has clarified Nintendo's stance on the ongoing culture of harassment at Activision Blizzard.

Following the publishing of an expose in the Wall Street Journal (possibly paywalled) this past Tuesday, Nintendo of America sent an email to all hands at Nintendo of America on Friday that was obtained by Fanbyte. In the email, Bowser underlined the seriousness of the allegations:

“Along with all of you, I’ve been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity at the company,” Bowser begins. “I find these accounts distressing and disturbing, They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies.”

Bowser confirmed further in the email that some kind of action was taken against Activision Blizzard with others being assessed, though no specifics were provided. Additionally, the company has been working with the Electronic Software Association to try and curb the ongoing issues that were first brought to light by a lawsuit filed by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing this past summer, and then brought back into the focus by the WSJ article.

Similar internal emails were sent at Sony and Microsoft, with Sony head Jim Ryan saying “We outreached to Activision immediately after the article was published to express our deep concern and to ask how they plan to address the claims made in the article... We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation." Microsoft's Phil Spencer followed up by stating the company was "evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments."

At last report a small group of Activision Blizzard shareholders, and at least 500 employees of the company, have called for Kotick to resign or be fired; the board, largely appointed by Kotick due to his ownership of Activision for more than three decades, is standing behind the embattled CEO.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - November 25, 2021
« on: November 22, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »

Let's face it, we know what you're here for.

In a week that's totally devoted to the sale that has already kicked off in Europe and will hopefully start a few hours away from starting in North America, there are a few new releases to talk about. The big one for me is DoDonPachi Resurrection from the eternally popular bullet hell franchise, with The Man also stepping up to provide Death's Door from Devolver Digital.

Poker Club from Ripstone, the super-polished looking poker title from Ripstone is also dropping this week, along with Date Night Bowling from Serenity Forge (Doki Doki Literature Club+). Also, the newest Doctor Who game which has been teased for a couple of months is supposedly hitting this week... and if it doesn't, I'm tempted to slap a cancelled tag on it.

North America

Switch Retail

Let's Sing 2022 (US$39.99/C$53.49: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

My Universe: Puppies And Kittens ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality ($24.99/$32.99)

My Last First Kiss ($24.99/$29.99)

Poker Club ($21.99/$34.99: Wednesday)

Death's Door ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

DoDonPachi Resurrection ($19.99/$26.59)

Deeeer Simulator ($19.99/$26.59)

Crazy Trucks ($14.99/$19.99: Friday)

Real Boxing 2 ($14.99/$18.99: Friday)

Little Bug ($12.99/$17.28: Friday)

Our Summer Festival ($12.72/$15.89)

Armed to the Gears ($11.99/$15.95)

Starlight Shores ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

Date Night Bowling ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Cabin Fever ($9.99/$11.49: Friday)

FarmQuest ($9.99/$13.29: Saturday)

Road Z Survival: The Last Winter ($7.99/$9.99: Monday)

Drizzlepath: Deja Vu ($6.99/$8.99: Wednesday)

Aliens Strike ($4.99/$6.99)

Puzzle Frenzy ($4.99/$6.64)

Shiro ($4.99/$6.50)

RoboShark Rampage ($4.99/not releasing)

Night Lights ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

#1 Sudokus ($3.99/$4.99)

Astro Rangers ($2.29/$3.00: Friday)

Switch Archives

Phozon ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: The Double Dragon and Kunio-Kun Bundle is 75% off until November 30, and Nintendo is expected to initiate a Black Friday sale by noon ET Wednesday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Let's Sing 2022 (€39.99/£35.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Airport Simulator: Day and Night (€29.99/£26.99)

My Last First Kiss (€24.99/£19.99: Wednesday)

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality (€24.99/£19.99)

Poker Club (€21.99/£19.99)

Death's Door (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

DoDonPachi Resurrection (€16.99/£15.29)

Deeeer Simulator (€16.79/£15.09: Wednesday)

Real Boxing 2 (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Crazy Trucks (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Little Bug (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Armed to the Gears (€11.99/£10.90)

Date Night Bowling (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Cabin Fever (€9.99/£7.49: Friday)

FarmQuest (€9.99/£8.99: Saturday)

Drizzlepath: Deja Vu (€6.99/£6.29: Wednesday)

Aliens Strike (€4.99/£4.99: Wednesday)

Night Lights (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Puzzle Frenzy (€4.99/£4.49)

Shiro (€4.99/£4.49)

#1 Sudokus (€3.99/£3.99)

Switch Archives

Phozon (€6.99/£6.29)


Furuki's SS (¥8360)

Asatsugutori (¥7678)

Parfait Remake (¥7370)

eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball Pocket R (¥5995)

Let's Sing 2022 (¥4450)

Gear Shifters (¥2980)

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality (¥2900)

Tandem: A Tale of Shadows (¥2790)

My Last First Kiss (¥2480)

DoDonPachi Resurrection (¥2050)

Death's Door (¥2050)

A Gummy's Life (¥2000)

Crazy Trucks (¥1999)

Deeeer Simulator (¥1980)

Clan N (¥1499)

Little Bug (¥1499)

FarmQuest (¥1199)

Phozon (¥838)

Aliens Strike (¥599)

Clay Skeet Shooting (¥599)

Shiro (¥590)

Whiskey Mafia: Leo's Family (¥549)

Red Square Escape 2 (¥399)

TalkBack / Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel Sprinting Into eShop 7 December
« on: November 18, 2021, 04:36:00 AM »

It doesn't matter if you win, lose, or DRAW A MONSTER CARD!!

It looks as though the latest entry in the Yu-Gi-Oh series will be coming west after all.

Konami's European branch have confirmed a release for Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Rush: Dawn of the Battle Royale in the region on 7 December. The "high speed" version of the popular children's card game released in Japan this past August.

The original Japanese release of the game included special cards with Amiibo functionality; the western release appears to be digital-only, so the fate of the cards is unknown.

TalkBack / Massive European eShop Black Friday Sale Now Underway
« on: November 18, 2021, 04:23:54 AM »

...can we just ask you to check your wishlist and be done with it?

Nintendo has kicked off their Black Friday offers in Europe and Australia with an absolutely gigantic sale.

The eShop update a few moments ago has brought with it more than 1000 new titles on sale around "Black Friday". Several Nintendo first party published games - notably Bravely Default II, Astral Chain, and Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition - are 33% off, and other publishers including Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Electronic Arts are also on board. The sale will end on 30 November.

As of press time, Nintendo of America has not announced a similar sale, though they traditionally have a sale announced closer to Black Friday (2020's came on the preceding Monday, while 2019's began on the Wednesday before).

An updating list of titles in the sale can be found on Vooks: note that prices quoted there are in Australian dollars, though the percentage discounts will be similar for European and UK players.

TalkBack / Loop Hero Recurses Onto Switch December 9
« on: November 18, 2021, 04:12:54 AM »

This is the game that doesn't end, yes it goes on and on my friend...

A beloved roguelike will make 2021 on Switch as promised.

Devolver Digital have announced a December 9 release for card-based "endless RPG" Loop Hero, which released on PC earlier this year. The game will be $14.99 US, with a 10% preorder discount.

The game takes place in a world destroyed by an evil lich that the player is working to rebuild.


They literally could not have timed this any better considering it's going on sale soon.

Just ahead of its Black Friday sale, more content has come to Mario Kart Live.

The app update, available now, allows for two karts to race splitscreen on the same Switch and also adds a new "Relay Race" multiplayer option that supports up to 4 players. Relay Race can be played with any Grand Prix course set.

A three-track "Luigi Cup" is also included in the update: finishing in the top 3 in it will unlock a Luigi's Mansion-themed go-kart (the "Poltergust G-00") and also a "Spooky Horn".

TalkBack / Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs Brain Demo Out Now
« on: November 16, 2021, 03:26:52 PM »

Good job, brain(s)!

A demo for the last Nintendo release of 2021 is now available.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain - due for launch December 3 - now has a demo available on the eShop. According to Nintendo's announcement post, a "selection of activities" will be available for the multiplayer brain game.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - November 18, 2021
« on: November 15, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »

Can I really say I didn't pay for Brilliant Diamond if I had to spend $1600 to get it?

It's a light week because of the Steelix in the room - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are your monstrous games of the week. And considering I technically paid no money for Brilliant Diamond (thanks to Gold coins) I'm looking forward to being able to play Diamond and Pearl without an effective party size of four and with access to Fire types that aren't Infernape, Rapidash, or Flareon. Other retail titles this week include a game based on the short-lived Marsupilami cartoon, Greg Sewart's NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition, and Humble Bundle's The Wild at Heart.

The download space is small this week - there's a pair of BloodRayne games (speaking of Pokemon, here's something categorically opposite of it) and a Choice Provisions-developed runner based on League of Legends, but that's pretty much it. (Barring shadowdrops: this week feels like it'll be rife with them.)

North America

Switch Retail

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Nerf Legends ($49.99: Friday)

NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition ($39.99/$53.19: Friday)

The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

Marsupilami - Hoobadventure ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

The Wild at Heart ($24.99/$33.24: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Airport Simulator: Day and Night ($34.99/$46.54)

Ruined Kings: A League of Legends Story ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Surviving The Aftermath ($29.99/$33.99: Tuesday)

Grow: Song of the Evertree ($24.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Dead Effect 2 ($19.99/$26.99)

Root ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

Bloodrayne Revamped ($19.99/$26.59)

Bloodrayne 2: Revamped ($19.99/$26.59)

Klang 2 ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

Neurodeck ($13.99/$14.49)

Smoots Golf ($12.99/$17.28)

City Traffic Driver ($11.99/$15.95)

H.I.C.H ($11.49/$15.28)

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story ($9.99/$12.99: Tuesday)

Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe? ($9.99/$13.99)

NinNinDays 2 ($9.99/$13.29)

Poker - Texas & Omaha Hold'em ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

RazerWire: Nanowars ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Space Moth Lunar Edition ($7.99/$10.63)

New York Mysteries: The Outbreak ($6.99/$9.30: Monday)

Kosmonavtes: Academy Escape ($5.99)

Mastho is Together ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Wax Museum ($4.99/$6.64)

Ice Station Z ($4.99/$5.99)

Dumpy & Bumpy ($4.99/$5.69)

Whiskey Mafia: Leo's Family ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

All in Casino Girls ($4.99/$5.99: Friday)

20 Ladies ($4.99/$6.49: Friday)

Exertus: Redux ($4.39/$5.84: Friday)

Shapeshooter ($3.99/$4.99)

Romeow: In The Cracked World ($2.99/$3.99)

Switch Archives

Raimais ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Dicey Dungeons is 75% off until the 24th. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

Nerf Legends (€49.99/£39.99: Friday)

NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition (€39.99/£35.99: Friday)

Marsupilami - Hoobadventure (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

The Wild at Heart (€24.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Surviving The Aftermath (€29.99/£26.99: Tuesday)

Ruined Kings: A League of Legends Story (€29.99/£24.99: Tuesday)

Grow: Song of the Evertree (€24.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Bloodrayne Revamped (€19.99/£17.99)

Bloodrayne 2: Revamped (€19.99/£17.99)

Root (€17.22/£15.49: Tuesday)

Klang 2 (€14.99/£14.99: Wednesday)

Smoots Golf (€12.99/£11.69)

Neurodeck (€11.99/£10.99)

City Traffic Driver (€11.99/£10.79)

Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe? (€9.99/£9.99)

H.I.C.H (€9.99/£8.99)

Poker - Texas & Omaha Hold'em (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

RazerWire: Nanowars (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story (€8.99/£8.09: Tuesday)

NinNinDays 2 (€8.19/£7.39)

Road Z Survival: The Last Winter (€7.99/£6.99: Wednesday)

New York Mysteries: The Outbreak (€6.99/£6.29: Monday)

Kosmonavtes: Academy Escape (€6.99/£5.99)

Space Moth Lunar Edition (€6.99/£5.79)

Mastho is Together (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Ice Station Z (€4.99/£4.99)

RoboShark Rampage (€4.99/£4.49)

Wax Museum (€4.99/£4.49)

Whiskey Mafia: Leo's Family (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

20 Ladies (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Dumpy & Bumpy (€3.99/£3.99: Wednesday)

Shapeshooter (€3.99/£3.59)

Exertus: Redux (€3.79/£3.39: Friday)

Romeow: In The Cracked World (€2.99/£2.69)

Switch Archives

Raimais (€6.99/£6.29)


Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (¥6578)

Airport Simulator: Day and Night (¥3990)

Eschatos (¥3300)

Ruined Kings: A League of Legends Story (¥3090: Wednesday)

Illmatic Womb (¥2980)

Grow: Song of the Evertree (¥2860: Wednesday)

The Wild at Heart (¥2570)

Idol Mahjong Final Romance R (¥2480)

Marsupilami - Hoobadventure (¥1999)

The Plane Effect (¥1540)

Klang 2 (¥1500: Wednesday)

Everyone's Job Challenge (¥1450)

H.I.C.H (¥1289)

Sheepo (¥1200)

Tomb of the Mask (¥1199)

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story (¥1019: Wednesday)

NinNinDays 2 (¥1000)

Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe? (¥1000)

Raimais (¥838)

Space Moth Lunar Edition (¥770)

Kosmonavtes: Academy Escape (¥730)

9 Ball Pocket (¥600)

Ice Station Z (¥600)

Pukan, Bye-Bye! (¥549)

Dumpy & Bumpy (¥520)

Mastho is Together (¥500)

Shapeshooter (¥400)

Wood Block Escape Puzzles 2 (¥359)

TalkBack / Nintendo Sales Panic: October 2021 US NPD Group Results
« on: November 12, 2021, 08:28:00 AM »

Hey, we got actual numbers this time!

Nintendo's first month of US sales for the Switch OLED kicked off what the company hopes will be a new, extended winning streak in the console realm, according to the NPD Group.

All data based on dollars from October 3 - 30, unless otherwise noted. Nintendo does not present digital sales to the survey, though some third parties do present their eShop sales as applicable.

The Switch was the top selling console in the country in October, for both revenue and units - following the PlayStation 5's unit win in September. In an interview with the Washington Post (possible paywall), NoA President Doug Bowser confirmed total sales in the four week period as 711,000 for all Switch versions combined, 314,000 of which were the OLED. According to the same interview, sales overall were only 3% lower than 2020 (which did not have the US$350 OLED model).

Nintendo's two retail debuts in October hit the top 10 for the combined sales chart. Metroid Dread (October 8) was the third best selling game of the month, trailing only the multiplatform Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft) and Back 4 Blood (2K). The same WaPo interview confirmed unit sales of Metroid Dread as 854k in the 23 day sale period, though it isn't clear if Bowser's quoted figure is including eShop sales or just the game's physical sales. We have contacted Nintendo for clarification. NPD confirmed that dollar sales for Metroid Dread are the highest in the history of the series, "nearly doubling" the launch month of Metroid Prime: note that Dread's MSRP is $10 higher. The other debut, Mario Party Superstars (October 29) placed 8th despite only having two days on sale.

Other Nintendo titles in the top 20 include: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (11th), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (14th), Animal Crossing New Horizons (15th), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (20th). Third parties with Switch releases include FIFA 22 (6th), Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (7th, only on Switch as a cloud version), NBA 2k22 (10th), Minecraft (16th), Diablo II Resurrected (18th), and Mortal Kombat 11 (19th).

The full Switch top 10 for the period:

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

TalkBack / Twitch Viewing App Now Available On eShop
« on: November 11, 2021, 10:57:17 AM »

Perfect for our launch day SMT V stream tomorrow.

It's now possible to see NWR TV on Twitch on the Switch.

A Twitch viewing app has now been added to the eShop as a free download. Currently, it only supports viewing of existing channels and cannot be used for live streaming directly from the console.

Streaming apps have been added to the Switch at a pace of approximately one a year, with Twitch joining Hulu (Plus), Youtube, and anime streaming service Funimation.


Well, it's not like we needed Pal Park anyway.

The Pokemon Company has revealed what will replace one of the more famous structures in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl - and it'll be legendary.

A new trailer has revealed Ramanas Park, which appears to be replacing the "Pal Park" which was used for catching Pokemon brought from the original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games. This area will allow for encounters with legendary Pokemon, and even a couple of Mythical Pokemon. Beating the Elite 4 and champion is required for entry, and legendaries are unlocked by installing "slates" found in the game world.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond players will have access to Ho-oh and the "legendary gerbils" Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Pokemon Shining Pearl will have Lugia and the original legendary trio Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Additionally, a "link" can be established with other Switch Pokemon games (how was not disclosed) to get a pair of Mythical Pokemon: Linking a Let's Go game will unlock Mew, while linking Pokemon Sword or Shield will unlock Jirachi.

As some copies of the game have been released early by retailers, Ramanas Park will be included in a patch scheduled for release tomorrow.


If that seems abrupt, it is for Switch owners.

Licensing hell is about to make another 2020 game a limited time event.

Bandai Namco have announced a two stage shutdown plan for Jump Force: Deluxe Edition, the crossover anime fighter that released on Switch in August of 2020. The game will be delisted from the eShop (along with its DLC) on February 7, and only basic online play (no rankings or rewards) will be available after August 24, 2022.

Jump Force originally released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 15, 2019, but the Switch version will have been available for approximately a year and a half prior to its removal. A physical version is available for the game, and it has been discounted regularly by up to 50% on the eShop with the last such sale occurring in July.


No OLED deals this year from the big N.

Nintendo of America has announced their plans for the annual rendition of late stage capitalism known as Black Friday.

The standard Black Friday hardware bundle will return for the week of November 21 (Sunday), with a Switch system, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three month individual Switch Online membership for US$299. As with last year's, this will use the 2019-revision of the Switch (increased battery life).

Software appears to be the focus this year, as Nintendo have announced discounts on a dozen titles. Mario Kart Home Circuit will be $40 off, Ring Fit Adventure will be $25 off, and the following titles will be $20 off during the same week:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Splatoon 2
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Astral Chain
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Nintendo of Canada's Black Friday sale makes the following changes:

  • The Switch bundle is $379.99
  • Ring Fit Adventure is $30 off
  • The other titles are C$25 off, and only covers 8 games: Three Houses, Astral Chain, and Xenoblade Chronicles are replaced by Bravely Default II

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - November 11, 2021
« on: November 08, 2021, 03:00:00 AM »

This week's downloads are brought to you by the letter M and the number 18.

Well, we all know what the headliner is this week because I reviewed it last Thursday and this is my goddamn column, if you have a problem with that send your application for news writing to johnrairdin at nintendoworldreport dot com*, Shin Megami Tensei V. The long, long awaited demon RPG drops Friday, so it's time to get your hee-ho on once again. It's a big week for the M rating though, with no less than six different games including SMTV getting it, headlined there by the Grand Theft Auto trilogy. Not quite as raunchy is Koei Tecmo's Blue Reflection: Second Light, which we'll have a review for shortly.

Smaller titles (aside from Pups & Purrs: Animal Hospital) are headlined by Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - not the recently announced remake, but still a combination of dice rolling and lightsabers with an actual legitimate twist. American Hero is apparently a lost FMV game that was originally slated for the future dental camera that is the Jaguar CD, while the Steins;Gate writers at Mages try their hands at a rhythm game in TIMINGooo!, and retro shooter Gyonug also drops.

Japan's headliners include the long-delayed Megaton Musashi from Level-5.

* Don't bug him on Discord, it's a good way to get mocked.

North America

Switch Retail

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition (US$59.99/C$79.99)

Shin Megami Tensei V ($59.99/$79.99: Friday)

Blue Reflection: Second Light ($59.99/$79.79: Tuesday)

My Singing Monsters: Playground ($39.99/$53.19: Tuesday)

Pups & Purrs: Animal Hospital ($39.99/$53.19)

Real Farm - Premium Edition ($39.99/$52.99: Wednesday)

Switch eShop

Football Manager 2022 Touch ($39.99/$49.99: Monday)

Airborne Kingdom ($24.99/$33.99: Tuesday)

Epic Chef ($24.99/$31.49)

Beyond Blue ($19.99/$26.59)

Mercenaries Rebirth: Call of the Wild Lynx ($19.99/$26.59)

Treasures of the Aegean ($19.99/$26.59)

FishWitch Halloween ($19.99/$26.59: Saturday)

BeatTalk ($17.99/$23.93)

The Adventures of Ravi 'n' Navi ($15.00/$19.95: Wednesday)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($14.99/$20.94)

American Hero ($14.99/$19.94)

TIMINGooo! ($12.00/$15.00)

Zombie Is Planting ($10.99/$14.99)

Forklift Simulator ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Emoji Music ($9.99/$13.29: Saturday)

Venus: Impossible Dream ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Joojee's Journey ($8.99/$12.00)

Amazing Princess Sarah ($8.00/$10.64: Friday)

X-Force Genesis ($7.00/$7.35: Friday)

Gunkid99 ($6.99/$9.30: Wednesday)

Hoplegs ($6.99/$9.30: Friday)

Air Strike: WW2 Fighters Sky Combat ($6.99/$8.99: Tuesday)

Gynoug ($6.99/$8.99: Friday)

Retro Highway ($5.99/$7.99)

Gravity Light ($4.99/$6.64: Monday)

890B ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

A Pretty Odd Bunny ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Pukan, Bye-Bye! ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Chess Brain ($3.99/$4.99)

Panmorphia: Enchanted ($3.99/$4.99)

Sky Races ($3.49/$4.59: Friday)

Island Farmer ($2.99/$3.99)

Box That Ball ($2.99/$3.49)

Twitch (free to start)

Switch Archives

Libble Rabble ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: XCOM 2 Collection is 75% off until the 18th as part of a 2K sale. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition (€59.99/£49.99)

Shin Megami Tensei V (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

Blue Reflection: Second Light (€59.99/£49.99: Tuesday)

Real Farm - Premium Edition (€39.99/£35.99: Wednesday)

My Singing Monsters: Playground (€39.99/£29.99: Tuesday)

Pups & Purrs: Animal Hospital (€29.99/£24.99)

Switch eShop

Football Manager 2022 Touch (€39.99/£29.99: Monday)

Epic Chef (€24.99/£19.99)

Airborne Kingdom (€21.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Treasures of the Aegean (€19.99/£16.99)

Mercenaries Rebirth: Call of the Wild Lynx (€17.99/£16.19)

Dead Affect 2 (€17.99/£15.99)

FishWitch Halloween (€16.99/£15.29: Monday)

Beyond Blue (€16.79/£15.09: Friday)

American Hero (€14.99/£13.49)

BeatTalk (€14.99/£13.49)

The Adventures of Ravi 'n' Navi (€13.00/£11.69)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (€12.49/£11.24)

Zombie Is Planting (€11.99/£10.99)

TIMINGooo! (€10.00/£8.99)

Forklift Simulator (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Venus: Impossible Dream (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Joojee's Journey (€8.99/£8.09)

Emoji Music (€8.99/£7.99: Saturday)

Gunkid99 (€6.99/£6.29: Wednesday)

Hoplegs (€6.99/£6.29: Friday)

Amazing Princess Sarah (€6.49/£5.89)

X-Force Genesis (€6/£6.00: Friday)

Gynoug (€5.99/£5.99: Friday)

Zombie Call: Trigger 3D (€5.99/£4.99: Tuesday)

Retro Highway (€5.99/£4.99)

890B (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

A Pretty Odd Bunny (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Pukan, Bye-Bye! (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Panmorphia: Enchanted (€4.49/£3.99)

Gravity Light (€4.29/£3.89: Monday)

Chess Brain (€3.99/£3.59)

Sky Races (€3.49/£3.19: Friday)

Island Farmer (€2.99/£2.69)

Twitch (free to start)

Switch Archives

Libble Rabble (€6.99/£6.29)


Shin Megami Tensei V (¥9878: Friday)

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition (¥7700: Friday)

Laid Back Camp: Have A Nice Day (¥7700)

Megaton Musashi (¥6974)

Labyrinth of Galleria: Coven of Dusk (¥6578)

Real Farm - Premium Edition (¥5099)

Airborne Kingdom (¥3300: Tuesday)

Tetragon (¥2970)

Epic Chef (¥2735)

Beyond Blue (¥2050)

Littlebird / TrueEyes (¥1999)

BeatTalk (¥1980)

The Adventures of Ravi 'n' Navi (¥1700)

TIMINGooo! (¥1496)

Zombie Is Planting (¥1300)

Dadish (¥1144)

Hentai vs Evil (¥1000)

Teacup (¥1000)

Joojee's Journey (¥999)

Libble Rabble (¥838)

Gynoug (¥720: Friday)

Spacetime Odissey (¥699)

X-Force Genesis (¥680)

Paratropic Deluxe (¥655)

Retro Space Fighter (¥600)

America Wild Hunting (¥599)

Star Melody Yumemid Dreamer (¥550)

Zombo Buster Rising (¥549)

Mahjong Masters (¥499)

Panmorphia: Enchanted (¥490)

Sky Roll (¥459)

Chess Brain (¥400)

Eat Your Letters (¥399)

Marbles Rush (¥399)

Solitaire Card Games (¥399)

Word Crush Hidden (¥399)

Ball Physics Draw Puzzles (¥379)

Blocky Puzzle (¥379)

Pipe Fitter (¥379)

Shark Pinball (¥300)

Twitch (free to start)

TalkBack / Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) Review
« on: November 04, 2021, 06:00:00 AM »

My internal apathetic agnostic is having a Real One right now.

In a year that has been full to bursting with third-party RPGs on Switch, Shin Megami Tensei V has a lot to live up to. It’s got five years of hype behind it, marks Atlus’s maiden effort with Unreal Engine, and is the major third-party game for Switch at holiday 2021 with a Pokemon game following the week after its launch. But for those who aren’t necessarily ready to rip through fantasy Japan with a land shark, you do have an alternative that lets you take gods, demons, and icy dolls through Tokyo.

Shin Megami Tensei V is quite possibly the most open world any Atlus RPG has ever had. Its size isn’t comparable to Xenoblade Chronicles X and the Fallouts of the world, but every square inch of the thoroughly nuked Tokyo has spots to explore. And much like XCX, I spent more time than I cared to admit just merrily jumping around trying to figure out just how to get a hold of that treasure. There are some spots in the first area of the game that show off an incredibly impressive draw distance for the Switch, and load times only come up for major area transitions. The review copy wasn’t perfect, though: there was an instance or two where the scene went to a ground texture and during a particularly bright cutscene later on, the text had some odd behavior. A day one patch will be available so they may not be in the version you’ll be playing—and there were some very specific circumstances with the ground texture zoom that it would be difficult to recreate.

Although SMTV starts out at a school, it quickly bounces you into the open world, and the school only gets used as a meeting place and briefly as a dungeon. Within 10-15 minutes, your self-named player character gets thrust into a wasteland version of Tokyo and has to start fighting against demons to try and save their hometown. In exchange, they get the ability to command demons and a FABULOUS hairdo. In addition to saving Tokyo, the character also has to make a choice that definitely felt familiar after playing SMT IV on 3DS and especially Nocturne earlier this year: there were plenty of times in which I spent several minutes trying to decide what text option I’d have to pick to avoid getting railroaded into an ending I didn’t want. The characters are mostly high school aged with a few adults of questionable utility along for the ride, but the only things that are sexualized are the obvious demons like Succubus and Mermaid. If you’re concerned about hitting what the boss would call “the Atlus line,” V avoids it with aplomb; the M rating is for violence, themes, and the inevitable Mara.

The minimum requirement for Mara is level 67... it would've been nice if it was two levels higher.

The combat system puts all of the demons on the map, and mission control will warn you when a major demon is about to show up. The turn-based “Press Turn” system returns, though it’s seemingly nerfed: at most, you get one additional turn per member of the party active and the party size caps at the player character and three demons. But this being an SMT game, the enemies have no such compunction: enemy encounters can get to as much as a 6-on-4 disadvantage, for instance. Demon negotiation is also present, and requires a bit of guesswork to navigate each of the monster’s personalities, but once you build up a good supply of demons you can get hooked into the incredibly addictive Fusion systems. Once I was able to build up a good supply of money, I was able to take advantage of the ability to fuse from the ingame Demon Compendium to really streamline the process of fusing demons. Previously, such as in SMT III, I would have to figure out a chain for a particular demon, summon components from the compendium if they weren't present in my party, and then fuse the addition to get to the end goal. “Reverse Compendium Fusion” is a godsend for this, eliminating the first two steps of the process and simply making it possible to pick the killer star Decarabia and showing every possible combo plus giving the option to essentially buy it.

There were three difficulty options available in the review copy: Casual, Normal, and Hard. Hard is the default setting for people who played SMT II on the Japanese Super NES app for Switch Online, and can only be selected from the start of a file. If you pick Normal at any point, Hard is locked out permanently. But even Casual isn’t a cakewalk; if you’re looking for a tourist experience, you’ll probably want to pick “Safety,” when it’s available on launch day. Playing on Casual, I lost about 5-6 hours of progress from deaths—save points are frequent, but so is death. One particularly annoying sequence mid-game basically required me to take an afternoon to reset my character’s weaknesses, grind up completely new demons who also didn’t have those weaknesses, and then go through a two stage boss fight with the following factors:

  1. A long pre-fight cutscene that thankfully is skippable, but has to be skipped twice due to a dialogue choice
  2. I had to take off eight different parts before I could attack the core
  3. One of the moves they had not only healed any residual damage from multi-target attacks but also “slowed” a character; when the character’s turn came up, a turn icon would be lost
  4. Said boss could hit with four different elements
  5. After beating it, you get thrown into a second fight immediately with no opportunity for healing in between
  6. The second form has a completely different weakness set than the first form

So yes, we have a new entry in the “That One Boss” page. It’s not as bad as Nocturne was, but Nocturne is “That One Boss: The Role-Playing Game” so it doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Atlus made a big deal of the voice cast for SMT V pre-launch, and as well they should: there’s a lot of really good voice acting in the game. My only complaint is that there’s no option to play a female main character, and your mission control / possessor refers to the player character as “Young Man” quite regularly. I know it’s a series tradition that the MC is male unless you’re playing a spinoff visual novel with RPG elements, but their look is so androgynous that I thought I’d be able to pretend they were a “bifauxnen.” Script issues aside, what the actors had to work with they pulled off extremely well. There’s also a lot of rocking music, especially on the battle themes. They could get an entire album out of the battle themes here.

Bifauxnen (bee-foe-nen) (n) Person who looks like an anime pretty boy but is actually female.

Now that we’ve finally closed the book on the 2017 Switch presentation, I think Shin Megami Tensei V might be my favourite game to emerge from that show. That’s not a comparison I make lightly given the other games that appeared that night, but for my money and time it was worth the wait. Pokemon might be ending the year of RPGs on Switch, but SMT V is the best monster catcher for your buck yet.

TalkBack / Nintendo Releases Second Quarter Results For Fiscal 2021
« on: November 04, 2021, 02:53:00 AM »

The pandemic giveth and the pandemic taketh away.

Nintendo released their fiscal second quarter sales results at the close of business in Japan today, and a slow second quarter release-wise still resulted in major gains from the last non-pandemic year of 2019 - though YoY comparisons are still unfavourable compared to 2020. As well, Nintendo has made revisions in both directions for their projections.

All numbers reported in yen: a rounded comparison based on an exchange rate of 114.181 yen to the US$ is provided for clarification only.

Financial Indicators

Revenue: ¥301.625bn (~US$2.641bn) - 2019 was 271.856bn while 2020 was 411.48bn

Operating income: ¥100.207bn (~US$877.7m) - 2019 66.794bn, 2020 146.697bn

Ordinary income: ¥107.676bn (~US$943m) - 2019 62.941bn, 2020 147.167bn

Digital sales: ¥68.3bn (~US$598m) - 2019 41bn, 2020 70.5bn

Mobile/IP revenue: ¥12.4bn (~US$108m) - 2019 9.9bn, 2020 13.5bn

Hardware Shipments

Switch and Switch Lite combined for total shipments of 3.83m in Q2 (split roughly 3:1 in favor of the docked Switch), for a new LTD of 92.87m systems. The Switch will pass the Wii with shipments of more than 8.76m units, which barring catastrophic meltdown will happen before the end of the fiscal year and likely before the end of the calendar year: the lowest Q3 (which includes Christmas and New Year's Day) for Switch shipments was 7m in calendar 2017.

No estimate was provided for the Switch OLED's initial shipments.

Software Shipments

Nintendo had two first party releases in the quarter: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD shipped 3.6m units, while WarioWare: Get it Together failed to crack a million in its debut month.

For catalogue titles, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shipped 1.66m copies and is now the best selling Mario Kart game ever in terms of packaged sales (surpassing Mario Kart Wii). Animal Crossing New Horizons shipped 960,000 copies (LTD 34.85m) ahead of its final major update and DLC, while Smash Bros. Ultimate added 940k (25.71m). Other milestones: Pokemon Sword and Shield's 790k brought it to a LTD of 22.64m, seeing it about to surpass lifetime shipments of Pokemon Gold and Silver (23.1m) to become the second best selling pair of Pokemon games. Additionally, Ring Fit Adventure shipped 950k copies for a LTD of 12.21m which brings it into the top 10 best selling Switch titles.

Other News

Due to supply chain concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nintendo has reduced their forecast of Switch shipments by 1.5m - the company now expects to ship 24m systems in the fiscal year. However, the company expects to sell almost all of the manufactured systems as they have raised their forecasted operating profit by 4% and "ordinary profit" by 4.2% (citing an improved exchange rate with the Euro to the Japanese yen).


Hey, maybe they can start selling it again for the holiday? Or permanently? Permanently is good.

Eight months after its discontinuation, Super Mario 3D All-Stars has received an update to include another controller for one of its contingent games.

The update is now available for download and adds support for the Nintendo Switch Online-member exclusive Nintendo 64 controller to Super Mario 64. A similar update was released about one year ago that added support for GameCube controllers (via the adapter) in Super Mario Sunshine.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - November 4, 2021
« on: November 01, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

There's a lot to unpack this week.

The next couple of weeks will be crazy, but this week is more of an odd duck. Up front, the most expensive game (in North America) is Cupid Parasite, which we would have had a review for by the end of the week... but we've been alerted to a major patch coming for the visual novel that fixes text on a couple of routes. So we're going to hold off until that patch is out so we can give it a fair shake. Other big games this week are the annual Just Dance release that isn't coming to Wii, or a FPS based on the Maxx Brooks book World War Z (the rare example of a dead-tree book I've read that gets a game adaptation).

In the download space, I'll be keeping an eye on Humble Games's Unpacking, as well as Where Cards Fall (aka That Game From The Blaseball Writers) and the living hug button of A Boy And His Blob. Other titles of note from indie shows are Tunche (Indie World), The Legend of Tianding, and Demon Turf (from Slime-San developers Fabraz and published by the new Playtonic Friends label). We also had a review from Ted for Stilstand which considering the cost is probably worth blowing some Gold coins on.

In Japan there's a few exclusive releases and the arrival of the Danganronpa series (all four games) - and I have to say, the key art for Byakuya isn't supposed to have him with a 24.

North America

Switch Retail

Cupid Parasite (US$49.99/C$66.49: Tuesday)

Just Dance 2022 ($49.99/$59.99)

World War Z ($39.99/$53.19: Tuesday)

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R ($39.99/$50.39: Friday)

Switch eShop

Encodya ($29.99/$39.89: Friday)

Instant Sports Winter Games ($24.99/$33.24: Wednesday)

Demon Turf ($24.99/$31.99)

Unpacking ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

The Suicide of Rachel Foster ($19.99/$24.99: Sunday)

The Legend of Tianding ($19.99/$25.99: Monday)

Tunche ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

Bloody Rally Show ($19.99/$26.59)

Where Cards Fall ($19.99/$26.59)

Skeletal Avenger ($16.99/$22.90)

Super Mombo Quest ($15.90/$20.90)

Ektase ($14.99/$19.94: Monday)

Bloodshore ($14.99/$19.99: Wednesday)

A Boy And His Blob ($14.99/$19.93)

Magic Potion Millionaire ($14.99/$19.94)

Super Sami Roll ($14.99/$18.99)

Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic ($14.99/$19.94: Friday)

Emergency Driver Simulator ($13.99/$18.61: Friday)

Popeye ($12.99/$17.28)

One Last Memory ($9.99/$14.99)

Handpan ($9.99/$13.29: Wednesday)

Captain Backwater ($9.99/$13.29)

Lone McLogan: A Western Adventure ($9.99/$12.99)

Circa Infinity ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

The Gardener and the Wild Vines ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

.dog ($9.99/$13.29: Saturday)

The Prince of Landis ($7.99/$10.99: Friday)

QB Planets ($6.99/$9.30: Monday)

New York Mysteries: The Lantern of Souls ($6.99/$9.30: Sunday)

Pretty Girls Panic! Plus ($5.99/$7.99)

Air Stunt Racing ($5.99/$7.99: Friday)

Spacetime Odissey ($5.99/$7.99: Friday)

Destructivator SE ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Galaxy Shooter ($4.99/$6.64: Tuesday)

Om Nom Run ($4.99/$6.20: Friday)

Air Racers ($4.99/$5.99: Monday)

Occultism Interrogation: The Ritual of Little Nightmares ($4.99/$5.99: Monday)

Plumber Puzzles ($3.99/$5.30: Friday)

Stilstand ($2.99/$3.99: Friday)

Dungeon Adventure ($0.99/$1.30: Friday)

Switch Archives

Black Heart ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: NIS America titles are on sale until November 8. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Just Dance 2022 (€59.99/£49.99)

Cupid Parasite (€49.99/£44.99)

World War Z (€39.99/£35.99: Tuesday)

My Universe: Interior Designer (€39.99/£34.99)

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Encodya (€29.99/£26.99: Friday)

Instant Sports Winter Games (€24.99/£22.49: Tuesday)

Demon Turf (€21.99/£19.99)

The Legend of Tianding (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

Tunche (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

Unpacking (€19.99/£17.99: Tuesday)

Bloody Rally Show (€19.99/£17.99)

The Suicide of Rachel Foster (€19.99/£16.99: Sunday)

Where Cards Fall (€17.25/£15.49)

Skeletal Avenger (€16.99/£15.29: Wednesday)

Ektase (€14.99/£13.49: Monday)

A Boy And His Blob (€14.99/£13.49)

Super Mombo Quest (€14.99/£13.00)

Bloodshore (€14.99/£12.99: Wednesday)

Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic (€14.99/£11.99: Friday)

Popeye (€14.39/£12.99)

Emergency Driver Simulator (€13.99/£12.59: Friday)

Super Sami Roll (€12.49/£11.00: Wednesday)

Magic Potion Millionaire (€11.99/£10.79)

Lone McLogan: A Western Adventure (€9.99/£9.99)

One Last Memory (€9.99/£9.99)

Circa Infinity (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

.dog (€9.99/£8.99: Saturday)

Handpan (€8.99/£8.09: Wednesday)

The Gardener and the Wild Vines (€8.19/£7.39: Friday)

The Prince of Landis (€7.99/£7.99: Friday)

New York Mysteries: The Lantern of Souls (€6.99/£6.29: Sunday)

Destructivator SE (€6.00/£4.99: Friday)

Spacetime Odissey (€5.99/£5.99: Friday)

Pretty Girls Panic! Plus (€5.99/£5.49)

Occultism Interrogation: The Ritual of Little Nightmares (€4.99/£4.99: Monday)

Air Strike: WW2 Fighters Sky Combat (€4.99/£4.49)

QB Planets (€4.99/£4.49: Monday)

Galaxy Shooter (€4.99/£4.49: Tuesday)

Om Nom Run (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Plumber Puzzles (€3.99/£3.59: Friday)

Stilstand (€2.99/£2.69: Friday)

Box That Ball (€1.99/£1.79: Monday)

Dungeon Adventure (€0.99/£0.89: Friday)

Switch Archives

Black Heart (€6.99/£6.29)


Model Debut 2: Nicola (¥6908)

Just Dance 2022 (¥6380)

Oshiritantei Pupupu Mirai no Meiten Teitojo (¥6380)

Mighty Fight Federation (¥2499)

Tunche (¥2390)

Where Cards Fall (¥2300)

Fish Witch Halloween (¥2260)

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp (¥2200)

The Legend of Tianding (¥2190: Tuesday)

Unpacking (¥2090: Tuesday)

Encodya (¥1998)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (¥1960)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (¥1960)

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (¥1960)

Detective Ryosuke Akikawa Case Tan Vol.8: Masked Phantom Murder Case (¥1800)

A Boy And His Blob (¥1750: Friday)

Kathy Rain: Director's Cut (¥1520)

One Last Memory (¥1499)

Popeye (¥1499)

Magic Potion Millionaire (¥1480)

Circa Infinity (¥1199)

The Gardener and the Wild Vines (¥1010)

Escape From The Light And The Mirror (¥980)

Handpan (¥899)

Black Heart (¥838)

Pets No More (¥770)

Air Stunt Racing (¥699)

Pretty Girls Panic! Plus (¥600)

Plumber Puzzles (¥530)

Defend the Kingdom (¥499)

My Little Ramenbar (¥499)

Mandalas (¥399)

Stilstand (¥390)

Bring Honey Home (¥379)

City Pipes (¥379)

Sweets Swap Classic (¥379)

My Little Fast Food Booth (¥359)

Neon Hell (¥260)

Dungeon Adventure (¥130)

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