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Kickstart This! Pine

Those of you who were hoping for a game based around the life of Star Trek captain and Wonder Woman love interest Chris Pine are going to be sorely disappointed, and then pleasantly surprised, with Pine. This Kickstarter campaign launched just as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizons: Zero Dawn landed on shelves, reinvigorating the open world adventure genre, and leaving gamers ready to embark on another big quest. Pine limits its open world by setting it on an island, a smart design choice for an indie open world game, but more intriguingly, it asks the question, “What if man never made it to the top of the food chain?”

Let’s find out! (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Mario Sports Superstars, Has-Been Heroes, New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, more

Between the Final Four, the Masters, the NFL Draft, and Opening Day, sports fans are always busy busy busy during March and April. And it’s no different in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Beginning tomorrow, 3DS owners will be able to download Mario Sports Superstars from the Nintendo eShop. The package includes all your favorite outdoor activities including baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, and horse racing. And a new series of Amiibo Cards will give players the chance to bulk up their team without resorting to illegal steroids.

The Switch is also in line to receive several new games this week, including the action/strategy roguelike Has-Been Heroes. Published by GameStop’s GameTrust label, Has-Been Heroes follows a group of knights who have to escort a pair of princesses to a far off academy. It’ll be available to download on Tuesday, March 28.

Switch owners won’t have to wait that long to download New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers… it was added to the Nintendo eShop earlier today. The town-building sim will take players back to frontier times, tasking them with building a bustling metropolis on an empty piece of land.

You can more more about this week’s new additions to the Nintendo eShop (including even more games for the 3DS, Switch, and Wii U) after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo releases NINE mini-trailers for Splatoon 2’s weaponry ahead of this weekend’s Global Testfire

If you’ve put down The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild long enough to explore the Nintendo eShop, you might have noticed that Splatoon 2‘s Global Testfire is now available to download for the Switch. The consolemaker plans to put their upcoming team-based shooter to the test this weekend for six hour-long blocks during a three-day demo period:

Global Testfire Starting Times (Eastern Time)

  • Friday, March 24: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM – Midnight
  • Saturday, March 25: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and 11:00 PM – Midnight
  • Sunday, March 26: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

To prepare “Squid Researchers” for the big event, Nintendo has uploaded nine mini-trailers that showcase some of the game’s Main Weapons, Sub-Weapons, and Special Weapons. Old favorites like the Splat Charger, Splat Roller, and Splattershot will return in Splatoon 2, but players will also get to channel film director John Woo with the Splat Dualies. And our friends in Canada will surely enjoy the brand new Sub-Weapon known as the Curling Bomb.

You can find all nine mini-trailers after the break. (more…)

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Meet the fighters from Arms in two new English-language trailers

Nearly six weeks ago, Nintendo Japan released two trailers for Arms that pitted the strengths and weaknesses of its fighters against each other, as well as offering a glimpse at the game’s fighting mechanics.

More recently, Nintendo of America translated those trailers into English, and we can finally understand what the tale of the tape says about Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Ninjara, Master Mummy, and Mechanica. Once again, the second trailer focuses on Arms’s fighting mechanics and the different gloves each fighter can use.

You can find both trailers after the break, and Arms will be released exclusively for the Switch in Spring 2017. (more…)

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch

We’ve expected this announcement for quite some time, but Koji “Iga” Igarashi confirmed today that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

This also means that Kickstarter backers hoping to play Bloodstained on the Wii U are out of luck, as Iga and his team had to cancel development of the project for Nintendo’s former console. Backers interested in switching their pre-order to the Switch can do so though the same survey link they received previously, though Wii U backers can also opt to receive the game on the PC, PS4, Vita, or Xbox One. And if you were only interested in playing Bloodstained on the Wii U, you can request a full refund from now until April 20, 2017.

Iga further explained the situation to fans in a new Kickstarter update:

Hello, this is IGA.

Thank you for always supporting us. I would like to give a message to the backers who pledged for the Wii U version of Bloodstained.

During our Kickstarter campaign, the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.

This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.

We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand. We would like to respond by preparing options for our backers, such as moving your pledge to another version or requesting a refund if you don’t want any other version.

We hope you will continue to support us.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is currently on track to be released sometime in 2018.

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Square Enix will release a Switch-exclusive Secret of Mana Collection in Japan this June

Yesterday, Square Enix teased fans with a short video showing Seiken Densetsu 3/Secret of Mana 2 being played on a Switch. Today, the publisher confirmed that a Seiken Densetsu Collection will be released exclusively for the Switch in Japan this Summer.

In addition to featuring the third entry in the franchise, the compilation will also include Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (released in America for the Game Boy as Final Fantasy Adventure) and Seiken Densetsu 2 (released in America for the Super NES as Secret of Mana). All three games will retain their original graphics, but with added portability thanks to the Nintendo Switch.

The Seiken Densetsu Collection will be released in Japan on June 1, but Square Enix has yet to announce if it’ll be released in North America. Though it’s important to note, the Switch is region free, so as long as you can read Japanese, you’ll be able to play it anywhere in the world.

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Game Freak is hiring for a console-bound Pokemon game

Pokemon’s upcoming debut on the Nintendo Switch is a constantly evolving story, but another missing piece fell into place today, and it’s looking more and more likely that a “main series” game will be released for the console.

Back in September, The Pokemon Company confirmed that a new game in the franchise was in development for the Switch. However, there was no indication of who was making it, and all signs pointed to yet another spinoff. However, late in the year, a rumor cropped up that said Game Freak was developing an enhanced remake of Pokemon Sun and Moon for the Switch. This game was believed to be in development under the working title of “Pokemon Stars.”

Fast forward to today, and the news that Game Freak is currently hiring at least one developer to work on a console-bound entry in a “long-running” and “globally popular RPG series” starring “people and monsters.”

We could pretend to treat this as another rumor, but where’s the fun in that? Game Freak is clearly hiring developers to work on a new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. The only questions left are… Is it Pokemon Stars? Or is it a brand new game in the franchise (that could still turn out to be a spinoff)?

The 2017 E3 Expo is just a few months away, so we’ll probably learn more about Game Freak’s next Pokemon game sooner rather than later.

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Square Enix Japan showed a video of Secret of Mana 2 being played on a Switch

Originally released in 1995, Secret of Mana 2 (also known as Seiken Densetsu 3) is one of the only games in the series to never receive a North American localization. However, it looks like Square Enix is planning to bring the critically-acclaimed action RPG to the Nintendo Switch sometime soon… though possibly only in Japan.

Earlier today, Square Enix posted a short video of two developers playing Secret of Mana 2/Seiken Densetsu 3 on a Switch to the official Twitter account for the franchise. The only other information in the tweet was a Japanese hashtag for #Mana, so it’s unknown if this is some kind of a prank, or possibly a sly tease for a future Virtual Console re-release.

However, Square Enix is also in the middle of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mana series, so now would definitely be a fine time to re-release the game for modern audiences. The Mana series began in 1991 with the release of Final Fantasy Adventure, and I’m sure fans of old school action RPGs would be thrilled to finally receive a fully-sanctioned English translation of the third entry.

But until Square Enix makes an official announcement, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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