NBA 2K20 Developer Is Dedicated To A Quality Switch Version

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We’ve discussed our disappointment with EA’s approach to Switch at length before. The company’s unwillingness to invest in Nintendo’s hit console by giving us a FIFA in line with versions on other platforms feels counter-productive, and for every glimmer of hope we get that things might have changed, we see further confirmation that the company just doesn’t care about Switch gamers.

Fortunately, not all developers of simulation sports games think the same way, and while basketball fans have had their ups and downs so far on Nintendo’s hybrid console, it appears that 2K studio Visual Concepts are all-in on Switch. In conversation with USGamer, Rick Boenisch has discussed the company’s commitment to Nintendo’s platform and releasing Switch versions with broad feature parity.

Boenisch, senior producer at the 2K studio, discussed the technical mishaps with NBA 2K18, something the team worked hard to rectify and a continuing challenge on Switch as technology advances with the upcoming NBA 2K20:

“Oh yeah, that was fun,” Boenisch laughs. “The locker room scenes were very intensive, because there are so many calculations going on with with the shadows, all the technology to make those scenes look as good as possible. And this year there’s even more technology to make it look even better, so on Switch we had to get it back to where it was, then improve upon it. So yeah, we’re always looking for ways to improve on the Switch version.”

He goes on to discuss the experience offered by Switch and how the market for a full-fat, undiluted version exists:

“I think when the demand is there, you get to see the audience who enjoys it, you take advantage of it…

“I put my Switch in my bag with me, and it’s awesome to get the chance to just focus in on the gameplay. The flexibility can’t be matched with that console.”

The Switch version of NBA 2K20 launches on the same date as other platforms – 6th September – and it’ll feature everything the other versions get, including the glittering MyCareer mode. Featuring some top-class acting talent with the likes of Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, we’re possibly most happy to see Ernie ‘Winston Zeddemore’ Hudson in the star-studded line up:

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We’ll be very interested to see how this new game holds up against previous entries in the series, and there’s not long to wait now.

No ‘Legacy Editions’ for 2K then! We’re obviously very pleased to hear it. Are you looking forward to NBA 2K20? Let us know your thoughts below and be sure to check out the rest of the interview over at USGamer.

Get Your House In Order With Wilmot’s Warehouse On Switch Next Week

Indie developer and publisher Finji has announced that Wilmot’s Warehouse, a puzzle game ‘for people who like to organise stuff’ is dropping on Switch (and PC) next week on Thursday 29th August.

You play as Wilmot, a square employee at A5 Logistics responsible for keeping a warehouse in order. Products are delivered in a random order and it’s your job to collect, catalogue and store the lot until they’re needed. Exactly how you go about doing that is left entirely up to you, as the official blurb tells us:

Organise by colour, type, the Dewey Decimal System, or some wild format that only you understand – it’s all good! Just remember where you put everything, because when the service hatch opens, you’ll need to find the things people want quickly, in order to earn the coveted Performance Stars required for all manner of upgrades to improve the warehouse.

Coming from developers Ricky Haggett and Richard Hogg, the pair responsible for indie games Frobisher Says and Hohokum, the game started out life as a Humble Original back in 2018, but this new version will feature new systems, modes and levels. Below are some screenshots, but this is one where you’ll really have to watch the trailer to get your head around what’s going on.

We love a good puzzler and there are plenty to choose from on Switch, but if this is as fun as the trailer suggests, we’ll certainly be investigating this package when it launches on Switch next week.

Reckon your organisation skills are up to the challenge of Wilmot’s Warehouse? Let us know by organising a brief and witty comment to be deposited below, but whatever you do, don’t mention the ubiquitous company named after a large river in South America.

Random: SpongeBob Artist Mashes Smash Bros. And Nickelodeon Characters

Well here’s an ambitious crossover (they seem to be all the rage these days). In honour of Nickelodeon’s annual Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, SpongeBob Squarepants storyboard artist Kurt Snyder has created a poster for this year’s internal studio event featuring famous Nickelodeon characters cosplaying as Smash fighters.

2019 will be the fourth Smash tournament held at Nickelodeon Animation and Snyder decided to mash-up the studio’s famous faces with Nintendo’s roster to produce the poster below:

Snyder was aided in the task by fellow SpongeBob storyboard worker Tim Prendergast, and as you can see, there’s a whole host of characters adopting the roles of Nintendo’s finest brawlers. Personal highlights include Rugrats’ Tommy as Ness, Michelangelo riding a Turtle-ised clown car and an evil little Ren as Mewtwo in the bottom left, but the entire thing is pretty special.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Nick’s Smash tournaments, check out this overview video of last year’s bout:

We’re sure working at Nickelodeon isn’t all Smash and SpongeBob, but it sure doesn’t look like bad working environment! Let us know how you think a Smash tourney would go down in your workplace by leaving a little comment below.

Capcom Takes A Bite Out Of Its Resident Evil eShop Prices In Europe

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It’s Thursday, which means it’s download update day, where Nintendo announce the horde of games shuffling their way onto the eShop over the coming days.

This week was no exception and, like usual, us mere survivors were thrown some scraps in the form of sale items, (AKA: health items for our weary wallets).

Whilst support from Capcom with the Resident Evil series on Switch has been very welcome, much like the Umbrella Corporation, the publisher has come under fire for its greed when the pricing of the classic games came in at £29.99 each.

If you’ve been thinking about picking up any of the older releases then maybe now will be your time to emerge from the shadows. Starting from 25th Aug Capcom will be reducing the prices of Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil Revelations 2.

Unsurprisingly, the latest soldiers in the form of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are still MIA as they release on the Switch later in the year. There’s absolutely no sign of the amazing Resident Evil 2 either, which, unfortunately, is presumed dead on Switch.

With the 34% discount, the older games will be closer to £19.99, which is definitely easier to swallow – but even then, our wallets will only just creep back to ‘Caution’ status rather than ‘Danger’.

What do you think of the pricing of these games? Has it put you off buying them on Switch? What would be a fair price for these games? Let us know in the comments below.

Nintendo Download: 22nd August (North America)

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The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it’s bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!

Nintendo Switch

Superhot (SUPERHOT, Mon 19th August, $24.99) Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SUPERHOT is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It’s just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing weapons off fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets. Read our Superhot review.

Hotline Miami Collection (Devolver Digital, Mon 19th August, $24.99) Hotline Miami Collection contains both legendary games in the neon-soaked, brutally-challenging Hotline Miami series from Dennaton Games.

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AER Memories of Old (Daedalic GmbH, Wed 28th August, $19.99) The gods of old are forgotten, lost in the events that shattered the world, leaving only fragments of islands in the sky. This mystic world of endless skies, colorful islands and ancient ruins is in danger of falling into darkness. As one of the last few shapeshifters, you are sent on a pilgrimage to the Land of Gods. Uncover the secrets that will help save reality itself.

Arcade Archives VS. GRADIUS (HAMSTER, Thu 15th August, $7.99) “VS. GRADIUS” is a KONAMI’s shooting game released in 1986. Control VIC VIPER to destroy the invading cosmic force BACTERIAN and save the planet GRADIUS. Enhance your machine with power capsules such as lasers and other options, and fight your way through all seven unique and exciting stages!

Deadlings (All In! Games, Tue 27th August, $7.99) Death is lonely. He has zero friends on his FaceTome account and no one to hang out with. So, in order to feel better he begins “Project Deadlings”. Death buys a factory where he can build his laboratory and begin training a massive army of zombie minions. As the army of Deadlings grows, the mazes within the laboratory become deadlier, loaded with puzzles and death-defying traps.

Duck Life: Battle (Wix Games, Sun 18th August, $4.99) Create, train and equip your duck fighter and watch it waddle its way to the top Train your duck’s power, health, defence, speed, and special attack abilities in 25 brand new mini games. Explore the world battling other ducks, entering tournaments and completing quests to become the greatest duck battler of all time.

Eight-Minute Empire (Acram, Tue 27th August, $14.99) Eight-Minute Empire, by Ryan Laukat, is a quick Civilization/Exploration game using card-driven area control. In Eight-Minute Empire, 2-5 players take turns selecting a card from the six displayed. This card gives the player a resource, and also has an action which the player takes immediately. Actions help players take over the map, but the resources are worth points at the end of the game, so players have to balance the two aspects. Players spread across the map in order to collect points at the end of the game by having majority control in regions and continents.

ESport Manager (Ultimate Games, Tue 27th August, $7.99) eSport Manager is a game based on the idea of e-sports competitions, especially the most popular – FPS AND MOBA. Create your dream team by selecting the players who suit you the best. Care for their constant development, train, sign advertising contracts and be active in social media. Thousands of fans aren’t going to come to you on their own, you have to work for it.

Everdark Tower (KEMCO, Today, $4.99) Too many games in the dusty shelf waiting to be played? No problem, this pocket-sized RPG provides you an adequate experience! Here you go an adventure packed with emotion and accomplishment! One day, the time has stopped across the world. Invited by a girl seeking help in the dream, you will be heading for the Curren Town. Solve the mysteries of the clock tower which marked the first passage of time in history, and retrieve the time!

Grandia HD Collection (GungHo America, Fri 16th August, $39.99, Fri 16th August, $35.99) Two quintessential RPGs have finally gone portable on one of gaming’s most popular console/handheld hybrid platforms. The highly anticipated GRANDIA HD Collection for the Nintendo Switch is here.

Gurgamoth (QuantumAstroGuild, Fri 23rd August, $9.99) Gurgamoth is the perfect mix of party chaos and competitive strategy, ideal for sitting around on the couch with a couple of friends. Your only weapon is the level itself: a shifting battlefield with different hazards. Gurgamoth is fast, relying on quick timing, but also your ability to read your opponent. Get inside their minds and earn the honor of awakening Gurgamoth.

Hookbots (Tree Interactive, Wed 28th August, $19.99) Battle & challenge your human friends on this multiplayer robot party game: 52 ways to customize your bots & 14 game modes. From knights and dinosaurs, to bounty hunters and space warriors. Choose, customize and crush tons of different bots.

Instant Sports (Plug In Digital, Fri 16th August, $24.99) – 6 sports : tennis, goal keeper, bowling, baseball, rafting and hurdle race. – 20 characters to customise (name, outfit, accessories, hair…).Varied game modes, single player or multiplayer with up to 8 players, 18 playable environments and tons of items to unlock!

Invisigun Reloaded (Sombr Studio, Today, $19.99) Risk versus reward guides your journey through the full-length single player campaign and local/online multiplayer. Vigilance is key as environmental tells such as footprints and other disturbances will point out careless cadets. A massive amount of lovingly-made environments, maps, modes, and abilities – all obsessively balanced – combine for high replayability and a deep path to mastery.

Lines Infinite (Nestor Yavorskyy, Today, $1.99) Lines Infinite is a Numberlink-based puzzle game involving finding paths to connect colored tiles in a grid. 99 brain-teasing Numberlink puzzles, Random level generator, beautiful abstract design, more than 10 color themes, 8 ambient relaxing soundtracks.

Mekabolt (Ratalaika Games, Fri 23rd August, $4.99) Players take the role of a theme park technician that needs to collect batteries to repair the haywire robots. With your handy Mekabolt, use the out of control robots to your advantage to overcome obstacles and obtain the batteries across 100 puzzle platforming challenges. Shoot your trusty Mekabolt to deactivate the robots, use them as platforms, ride them to new heights, and burn pesky underbrush to reach the battery at the end of the stage.

Milkmaid of the Milky Way (Machineboy, Today, $5.99) Experience a story-based puzzle game unlike anything you’ve ever played before! Raved by critics and players around the world, you play as milkmaid Ruth who lives alone on a remote farm in a faraway fjord. Then one day a spaceship arrives and turns Ruth’s life upside down, sending her on a quest that will change her life forever. Milkmaid is a modern take on a much loved genre from the 90’s, the point’n’click adventure game. Solve puzzles, explore intriguing settings and experience a gripping story that twists and turns.

Mr Blaster (Forever Entertainment, Today, $1.99) This fast-paced, casual game is set in the colorful cosmic environment with incredibly fun ragdoll physics and easy, well-known mechanics – with a twist! Join a space adventure and take aim at your enemy, shoot with precision and dodge their attacks – with random encounters like flying satellites or asteroids making things more interesting!

Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s (Sometimes You, Wed 28th August, $12.99) Share a heart-to-heart talk, watch a movie together, take a bath, remove a computer virus, help a girl in a tough spot and – if you’re lucky – find the love of your life using the color and pattern of her panties. Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s is an adventure game with point-n-click elements (with a risk of swift loss) that tells the story about a guy looking for love renovated in a nostalgic 80s and 90s anime style. To his aid have come the most unexpected of all things: Panties!

Path of Sin: Greed (Artifex Mundi, Today, $14.99) A rookie inspector on her first assignment and her experienced copartner arrive at the scene – a luxurious island in the middle of the ocean owned by a young millionaire, who wants the matter concluded as quietly as possible. A seemingly routine case turns into a tale of machinations driven by greed and a suicide investigation reveals multiple murders. Is anyone innocent? Will you be able to predict the assassin’s next step?

Please Teach Me Onedari Shogi (SILVERSTAR, Thu 15th August, $7.99) The Onedari Girls are Shogi novices. When they face a difficult situation, they request a “Do-Over” or “Hint. ” Accept their requests to get along with the girls! When you get to know them better, you will receive a special treat. . . Equipped with a function that helps you feel like you can teach the girls Shogi even if you are a beginner! Shogi game for adults.

Plunge (Spooky Buns Games, Fri 23rd August, $7.99) It’s time to take the Plunge! Enter the adventure of Billie, the billionth prisoner of a wacky medieval mega-prison, who longs to find freedom on the other side. Rather than try to climb her way out, Billie realizes the only way to freedom is to escape further into the depths below! Dodge, dash, and defeat a wide variety of guards, creatures, and otherworldly beings bent on preventing passage in this exciting turn-based dungeon plunger!

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo (SEGA, Today, $7.99) Return to the game that started the successful Puyo Puyo series, one of the most celebrated games in Japan. Strategically stack Puyos to chain your combos while sending devastating Puyos to hinder your opponent. First to clear the screen wins! Revived for Nintendo Switch™, experience a new spin on classic Puyo Puyo with online network battles, rankings, and reverse rotate control.

SEGA AGES Space Harrier (SEGA, Today, $7.99) Goal: Destroy all enemies. Harrier is in a constant state of motion as he traverses the Fantasy Zone. Can he eliminate all evil, supernatural beasts in order to save Dragon Land? Use your jet laser cannon to shoot while dodging obstacles. Can you beat all stages and reach the end? Play SEGA AGES Space Harrier today! Read our SEGA AGES Space Harrier review.

Snooker 19 (Ripstone, Fri 23rd August, $34.99) Play in every officially licensed tournament as any of the top 128 players in the world including: Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui and legends of the sport like Ken Doherty and Jimmy White. This is the most authentic simulation of the sport ever created, with TV-style presentation and commentary, true-to-life physics and advanced artificial intelligence.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts, Thu 15th August, $19.99) You play the game as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into. Inspired by the weird fiction and other tales of the macabre from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games.

Whipseey and the Lost Atlas (Blowfish Studios, Tue 27th August, $5.99) In Whipseey and the Lost Atlas you play as Alex, a young boy who’s curiosity has landed him in a world of trouble. After finding himself lost in a strange world and being transformed into a magical creature named Whipseey, he must to solve the mystery of the Lost Atlas to return to his original form and go back home.

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Kung-Fu Heroes – Monsters have taken Princess Min-Min and the 10 treasures of the land, and the people have fallen into sorrow. Only Kung-Fu Masters Jacky and Lee can save the princess and retrieve the treasures. Their journey will take them to eight different castles filled with hosts of traps and obstacles. Use punches and the Miracle Kick to defeat the enemies. You will need quick wits and lightning reflexes to make it to the last castle.

Vice: Project Doom – There exists a group of undercover detectives who dare stand up to the evil in the world… They are known as Vice. Officer Quinn Hart, a member of Vice, is on the case and after the truth. High-speed car chases, action-packed battles employing three types of weapons and a mode with three 3D rail-shooting stages all bring this cyberpunk world to life.

Nintendo Switch – Demos

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Square Enix, Fri 27th September, $59.99) Ready for a grand adventure filled with memorable characters, an enchanting story and classic RPG gameplay that can be taken on the go? This definitive version of the critically acclaimed game features the same sprawling content of the original, but with newly added character-specific stories, fully orchestrated field and battle music, and the ability to switch between not only between HD and retro-inspired 16-bit visuals, but also Japanese and English voice track.

Our Flick Erasers (SAT-BOX) Relive memories of playing with friends in school! Flick your opponent’s eraser off the desk! Have a great time playing up with to 4 players in a variety of modes! Play with your family or friends anytime, anywhere! You can use more than 300 types of erasers! You can also create your very own eraser!

World Cruise Story (Kairosoft) Get ready to take the helm of history’s grandest, most over-the-top luxury cruise liner for an unforgettably addictive excursion at sea! Deck your own ship with everything from lavish suites and first-class restaurants to casinos and hot tubs! You call the shots as you travel the world, visiting every country on the map–even entertaining royalty with tours truly fit for kings! Put the right facilities next to each other and you’ll score big points with passengers and reviewers. Amass enough fame and even celebrities will come flocking when you’re in port!

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Check out the full list of deals available this week here.

So that’s your lot for this week’s North American Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!

Pig Eat Ball Will Hog Your Nintendo Switch In October

The Switch continues to bring us interesting new games which aren’t quite like anything we’ve seen before, and Pig Eat Ball from publisher Mommy’s Best Games looks like it’s going to be a fun slice of multiplayer madness when it comes to the Switch on 18th October, priced at $14.99.

The game is an insane action-adventure about eating, getting fat, and barfing on things. In the game, you fight, eat, and solve your way through 200+ action levels using amazing, ‘neo-arcade’ gameplay.

Here’s a bit more from Mommy:

King Cake, the dessert-headed monarch, has decided it’s time for his daughter to get married, but she other plans!

The King has devised “The Royal Games” in which the winner will marry Princess Bow. Since she can’t talk her father out of it, Bow decides to put on a disguise and enter the competition herself. Along the way, she discovers a nefarious plot that threatens all life aboard the Space Station Kingdom.

Can she get to the bottom of things before it’s too late… and win the Royal Games at the same time?

TWISTED ARCADE GAMEPLAY Get bigger as you eat. Barf to squeeze down to size. Barf on anything that moves. Reap the rewards.

EXPLORE INTRICATE WORLDS Giant interconnected overworlds are filled with strange life, and secret rewards. Travel to five completely unique areas including Sushi Gardens, Kitchen Chaos, and Astro Farm.

HAND-CRAFTED CHALLENGE Each hand-made, non-procedural level has a unique hook or puzzle from dodging alien bulls, spitting bombs, eating flying pies, or bowling while on conveyor belts—there’s always something new.

MASSIVE, WILD BOSSES Nearly a dozen bat-barf crazy bosses will be coming your way. How will you beat the Accordion Centipede? Or a living pile of nachos? Use your BRAIN, your SKILLS, and your MOUTH!

INCREDIBLE SOUNDTRACK Amazing tunes to get you into this surreal world!

ONE-OF-A KIND POWERUPS Throughout the Space Station Kingdom there are dozens of special Disguises. These look cool and also give you special abilities! Each Disguise has a Pro and a Con. Swap Disguises to find the best one for each situation.

OPEN-ENDED ANTICS Charming Pillbugs roam these space stations. They may want to play a nice game of tennis, or may steal your balls! Watch out for their lawn darts, bombs, flying pies, and tractors! Barf on them, bump them, torch them, or knock them into open space. Don’t worry they can hold their breath a long time!

HOURS OF ADVENTURE The main story is 8-12 hours alone on the first playthrough. Getting the “Gold Medal” for quick completions on each level opens a special CHALLENGE SECTION in each world!

WILD CHARACTERS Talk to dozens of interesting aliens on your journey including Cupcake people, Scrounger Goblins, sentient shrimp, and of course your insane father King Cake.

MANIC MULTIPLAYER MAYHEM The 4-player, OFFLINE couch competitive mode is the definition of PARTY TIME. Dozens of custom levels give you a variety of goals to compete to win. Casual and Hardcore players can boost it out, bumping bums, barfing blobs, and belching balls!

ONLINE LEADERBOARDS Each action level lets you compete for the fastest time with the world!

Will you be checking this one out in October?

Nintendo Download: 22nd August (Europe)

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The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it’s bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!

Switch Retail – New Releases

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution! (KONAMI, 20th Aug, £39.99) – It’s Time to Duel! Experience over 20 years of Yu-Gi-Oh! history with Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution! Build your Deck from over 9,000 cards and take on the most iconic Duelists from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. Relive the stories from the original animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series through Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V and challenge the newest generation of Duelists from the virtual world of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS!

ONINAKI (SQUARE ENIX, 22nd Aug, £44.99) – The new Action-RPG, ONINAKI tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to protect Life, after Death. ONINAKI features exciting hack and slash style battles, with deep customization of your daemons and weapons. Experience unique action gameplay combined with a deep and satisfying story. – Read our ONINAKI review

Snooker 19 (Ripstone Publishing, 23rd Aug), £29.99) – Play in every officially licensed tournament as any of the top 128 players in the world including: Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui and legends of the sport like Ken Doherty and Jimmy White. This is the most authentic simulation of the sport ever created, with TV-style presentation and commentary, true-to-life physics and advanced artificial intelligence.

Switch eShop – New Releases

SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT, 19th Aug, £17.99) – Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SUPERHOT is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It’s just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing weapons off fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets. With its unique, stylized graphics SUPERHOT finally adds something new and disruptive to the FPS genre. – Read our SUPERHOT review

Hotline Miami Collection (Devolver Digital, 19th Aug, £22.49) – Hotline Miami Collection contains both legendary games in the neon-soaked, brutally-challenging Hotline Miami series from Dennaton Games.

RAD (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, 20th Aug, £15.99) – RAD is a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice. Playing as a teenage protagonist, you must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It is here that you will find the solution to heal the world, and transform the cracked, barren landscape into a lush source of new life.

IN-VERT (Victory Road, 20th Aug) – Distinct features of IN-VERT are it’s hardcore approach to platforming genre with puzzle elements and unique art-direction. Game narrates the story of lone robot in search of his disappeared master. In his quest to find the long-lost friend, our hero has to conquer two universes at once, relentlessly switching between two dimensions. Be prepared for some tough puzzles, jumping sequences and retro graphics like you’ve never seen before.

Farm Mystery (Ocean Media, 22nd Aug) – The Happy Orchard Farm is trapped in a nightmare! People are disappearing into the mist that surrounds the town at night in this Farm Mystery. It’s up to you to solve the chilling case of this haunted place. Search for clues, solve puzzles and play mini-games to uncover the secrets of the Happy Orchard nightmare. Will you solve the Farm Mystery?

Invisigun Reloaded (Sombr Studio, 22nd Aug) – Risk versus reward guides your journey through the full-length single player campaign and local/online multiplayer. Vigilance is key as environmental tells such as footprints and other disturbances will point out careless cadets. A massive amount of lovingly-made environments, maps, modes, and abilities – all obsessively balanced – combine for high replayability and a deep path to mastery. ★ Single Player Campaigns Challenge yourself in the Hero’s Journey: individually tailored hero campaigns filled with puzzle rooms, skill challenges, and boss fights. The unique abilities have entire journeys built specifically to teach you to properly use that hero’s playstyle – all while the art of stealth and mastery of movement becomes second-nature. ★ Battle Online Once you’ve honed your skills in the Hero’s Journey and defeated all of your friends, you’ll want to challenge the world!

Milkmaid of the Milky Way (Machineboy, 22nd Aug) – Experience a story-based puzzle game unlike anything you’ve ever played before! Raved by critics and players around the world, you play as milkmaid Ruth who lives alone on a remote farm in a faraway fjord. Then one day a spaceship arrives and turns Ruth’s life upside down, sending her on a quest that will change her life forever. Milkmaid is a modern take on a much loved genre from the 90’s, the point’n’click adventure game. Solve puzzles, explore intriguing settings and experience a gripping story that twists and turns. Features – A lovingly crafted universe with hand-painted backgrounds combined with old school pixel art – An exciting, intriguing story filled with wonder – 2-4 hour playtime – All dialogue and game text written in rhyme! – English, French and Norwegian languages – Autosave and custom save games – Four earth-based cows – Absolutely no microtransitions, loot boxes or pay to win – Lovely, original soundtracks – Made with passion by one guy from Norway

Mr Blaster (Forever Entertainment, 22nd Aug, £1.61) – This fast-paced, casual game is set in the colorful cosmic environment with incredibly fun ragdoll physics and easy, well-known mechanics – with a twist! Join a space adventure and take aim at your enemy, shoot with precision and dodge their attacks – with random encounters like flying satellites or asteroids making things more interesting! SOLO Test yourself in solo mode by fighting against bots – it may sound easy but beware, your opponents will get harder to beat with your progress and you might end up with a rocket in your. . . Face! Train your aim by destroying computer AI in an epic duel – this will help you become the best amongst other Blasters! MULTIPLAYER Verify your skills in multiplayer mode! Play with your friends in a local split screen 2-men battles! Feeling competitive? Want to be snazzy? Conquer your opponent’s planets to unlock new platforms and flags.

Path of Sin: Greed (Artifex Mundi, 22nd Aug) – A rookie inspector on her first assignment and her experienced copartner arrive at the scene – a luxurious island in the middle of the ocean owned by a young millionaire, who wants the matter concluded as quietly as possible. The question in this case appears simple enough: was a security guard’s death a suicidal plunge, or maybe an unfortunate fall? The residents of the island – the Bradford family – at first seem cordial and beyond reproach, even shocked by the death of a friendly employee. But upon closer inspection it becomes clear that they harbor animosities and deep hidden motives. The more you delve into this secluded island and the twisted family relations on it, the more complicated and unclear the matter becomes. A seemingly routine case turns into a tale of machinations driven by greed and a suicide investigation reveals multiple murders. Is anyone innocent? Will you be able to predict the assassin’s next step?

SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo (SEGA, 22nd Aug) – Return to the game that started the successful Puyo Puyo series, one of the most celebrated games in Japan. Strategically stack Puyos to chain your combos while sending devastating Puyos to hinder your opponent. First to clear the screen wins! Revived for Nintendo Switch™, experience a new spin on classic Puyo Puyo with online network battles, rankings, and reverse rotate control.

SEGA AGES Space Harrier (SEGA, 22nd Aug) – Goal: Destroy all enemies. Harrier is in a constant state of motion as he traverses the Fantasy Zone. Can he eliminate all evil, supernatural beasts in order to save Dragon Land? Use your jet laser cannon to shoot while dodging obstacles. Can you beat all stages and reach the end? Play SEGA AGES Space Harrier today! – Read our SEGA AGES Space Harrier review

Mekabolt (Ratalaika Games, 23rd Aug) – Players take the role of a theme park technician that needs to collect batteries to repair the haywire robots. With your handy Mekabolt, use the out of control robots to your advantage to overcome obstacles and obtain the batteries across 100 puzzle platforming challenges. Shoot your trusty Mekabolt to deactivate the robots, use them as platforms, ride them to new heights, and burn pesky underbrush to reach the battery at the end of the stage. The robots can be manipulated to help you reach your goal. Watch out for dangerous traps, waiting to impede your progress. Only you can save the day! Features: * 100 levels of intricate puzzle platforming challenges * Colourful 2D art * Unique robot manipulation gameplay

Arcade Archives WATER SKI (HAMSTER, 22nd Aug)

Everdark Tower (KEMCO, 22nd Aug, £3.14)

Lines Infinite (Nestor Yavorskyy, 22nd Aug, £0.89)

Pacific Wings (Sprakelsoft, 23rd Aug)

Deadly Fighter 2 (Cool Small Games, 24th Aug)

Switch eShop – Demos

Dragon Quest® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition Demo (Nintendo)

Devious Dungeon 2 DEMO (Ratalaika Games)

World Cruise Story Demo (Kairosoft)

Pacific Wings Demo (Sprakelsoft)

Switch eShop – Pre-Orders

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt –Complete Edition (CD PROJEKT) – Winner of over 250 Game of the Year awards, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, open world adventure set in a dark fantasy universe. You are Geralt of Rivia, mercenary monster slayer. At your disposal is every tool of the trade: razor-sharp swords, lethal mixtures, stealthy crossbows, and powerful combat magic. Before you stands a war-torn, monster-infested continent you can explore at will.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo) – 26 years after its original release on Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be reborn as a new experience on Nintendo Switch. Buffeted by a storm, Link washes ashore on the mysterious Koholint Island. Note: As a special offer, you will get double Gold Points if you download The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, purchased from Nintendo eShop or via download code. This offer is valid from now until 22.09.2019! Use these points on your next Nintendo eShop purchase to save up to £5.00 / €6.00 / SEK 60 / DKK 45 / NOK 59 / CZK 150 / 25 PLN / ZAR 93! If you redeem a Nintendo Switch Game Voucher to download this title, you also qualify for the same bonus amount given in this promotion. The bonus equates to half of the above listed values in Nintendo eShop. The bonus points will be granted to your account within one week of the release of the game.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (SEGA) – Join Mario, Sonic and friends for their greatest adventure yet at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020! Go for gold as you compete in action-packed sports games, including four brand new events to Tokyo 2020 — Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing, and Sport Climbing, as well as a large selection of classic events. Get the party started on your Nintendo Switch with a variety of ways to play, including button play and motion controls in multiplayer game modes that support up to four players locally and up to eight players online. Play as Mario, Sonic, Yoshi, Amy Rose, Luigi, Dr. Eggman, and many more of your favourite characters.

Dragon Quest® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Nintendo) – Ready for a grand adventure filled with memorable characters, an enchanting story and classic RPG gameplay that can be taken on the go? This definitive version of the critically acclaimed game features the same sprawling content of the original, but with newly added character-specific stories, fully orchestrated field and battle music, and the ability to switch between not only HD and retro-inspired 16-bit visuals, but also Japanese and English voice tracks.

Northgard (Shiro Games) – After years of tireless explorations, brave Vikings have discovered a new land filled with mystery, danger and riches: Northgard. The boldest Northmen have set sail to explore and conquer these new shores, bring fame to their Clan and write history through conquest, trading, or devotion to the Gods. That is, if they can survive the dire Wolves and Undead Warriors roaming the land, befriend or defeat the giants, and survive the harshest winters ever witnessed in the North.

Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio) – Creature in the Well is a top-down, pinball-inspired, hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. As the last remaining BOT-C unit, venture deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility, haunted by a desperate Creature. Uncover and upgrade powerful gear in order to free the city of Mirage from a deadly sandstorm.

CONTRA: ROGUE CORPS WITH SEASON PASS (KONAMI) – Two years after the Alien Wars ended, the Damned City erupts from the final battleground. From the midst of the chaos, a group of scoundrels emerge. They might not be typical heroes, but they’re here to save the world… or get rich trying. SEASON PASS consists of 4 DLC packs including Skins and in-game items. Pre-order bonus until 26/09/2019, 00:59 CEST: Two T-Shirt skins for Hungry Beast. One featuring the iconic duo Bill and Lance, the other featuring the classic Contra logo.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (Saber Interactive Incorporated) – The beloved and critically acclaimed Ghostbusters video game is back and remastered for Nintendo Switch! Strap on your proton pack once again and join the Ghostbusters on the adventure with the voice and likeness of the original crew as you battle to save New York! Authentic Ghostbusters Experience – The game features the voices and in-game likenesses of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson in an original story penned by the writers of the original films – Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

CONTRA: ROGUE CORPS (KONAMI, pre-order from 20th Aug)

Deadlings (ALL IN! GAMES, pre-order from 20th Aug)

Little Racer (ALL IN! GAMES, pre-order from 20th Aug)

Grand Brix Shooter (Intragames, pre-order from 21st Aug)

A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher (Ask An Enemy Studios, pre-order from 22nd Aug)

Damascus Gear Operation Osaka (ARC SYSTEM WORKS, pre-order from 22nd Aug)

Hyperforma (HeroCraft, pre-order from 22nd Aug)

Space Cows (ALL IN! GAMES, pre-order from 22nd Aug)

Vambrace: Cold Soul (Headup Games, pre-order from 22nd Aug)

Switch eShop – Special Offers

DLC / Add-On Content

Nintendo Switch

  • Dragon Quest® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition Champion’s Pack (Nintendo)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – Klassic Arcade Fighter Pack (WB Games)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – Nightwolf (WB Games)
  • RAD – Arcade Pack (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)
  • Block-a-Pix Deluxe: Extra Puzzles Pack 6 (Lightwood Games)
  • Farm Together – Season 1 Bundle (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Mistletoe Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Chickpea Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Supporters Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Jalapeño Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Ginger Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Farm Together – Wasabi Pack (Milkstone Studios)
  • Cluedo: Season Pass (Marmalade Game Studio)

So that’s your lot for this week’s Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!

The Ninja Saviors: Return Of The Warriors Gets A Delay In North America

It has been revealed that The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors will be subject to a delay in North America, while the European release remains unaffected.

The game – which is a sequel to the brilliant SNES title – hits Europe on August 30th, as was originally planned. However, the North American release has been pushed back to October 15th.

We reviewed the Asian version of the game recently, and said it contained “huge, lush backdrops, silky animation, and tight, mob-levelling ninja moves.” It scored 9/10.

Here’s the official line:

The reason for the short-term postponement in North America are unforeseen logistical challenges, which could not be solved in time despite intensive efforts. ININ would like to apologize formally to the many fans who are already eagerly waiting to play this masterpiece. As small compensation for a longer wait time, the physical release will contain some extra items that will be revealed later.

ININ also adds that the western version of the game will arrive completely uncut:

There is more good news: The game will be released as a completely uncut experience in Europe and the US, including the option to change the color of the hit effects to red. It will also include enemies which were not included in the Western Super Nintendo version at that time. An extensive insight into the features and characters is provided by the six-minute XXL trailer which was released today.

How does this delay impact you personally? Let us know if you’re a North American player who was waiting patiently for this release, and if the delay will test your resolve the force you to order the game from overseas.

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Random: We’ve Now Seen Wario Topless, And We Have All Kinds Of Questions

Wario

Remember when Mario went topless and the entire internet seemed to grind to a halt in order to discuss his nipples? What a ride that was. Well, 2019 has its own version of ‘nipplegate’, although this time around, it’s the lack of nipple that is causing consternation.

Recent footage from Switch exclusive Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 shows the bare-chested duo of Dr. Robotnik (or Dr. Eggman, if you prefer) and Wario standing proudly on the podium. Nothing wrong with that, you might assume – after all, many sporting events require the participants to wear a limited amount of clothing.

However, upon closer inspection, it would seem that poor old Wario has no nipples. This phenomena – as noted by Games Radar – has caused quite a stir online.

Now, before we start assuming that a nipple-less Wario is now canon, it’s worth noting that other Twitter users have posted visual rebuttals to this stance, citing slightly shaded areas which could be nipple-like in nature.

However, the jury would still appear to be out on the whole topic, as Wario’s nips are certainly less pronounced than Mario’s. Also, why do both characters in this shot lack belly buttons?

And they say games journalism isn’t glamorous.

This Super Mario Maker 2 Level Flips An Old Classic On Its Head

Super Mario Bros

How many times have you played through the opening level of Super Mario Bros. on the NES? Considering how many systems it has been released on over the years, we’re willing to be that it’s more than just a handful. World 1-1 lays down the foundations for what has become one of the most famous video game franchises of all time, and most Nintendo fans will know its layout like the back of their hands.

That’s what makes this Super Mario Maker 2 stage from DannyB so compelling; it’s World 1-1, but in a way you’ve never experienced it before. The entire stage layout has been turned 90 degrees, making it a vertical-scrolling challenge rather than a horizontal one.

We’ve seen some brutally creative Mario Maker levels in the past, and while this one isn’t as challenging as some, it’s unique in that it presents a familiar location in a new way. Give it a spin and let us know what you think by posting a comment below.