Upcoming Japanese eShop releases (8/23/17)
Posted 16 hours ago by Brian in 3DS eShop, News, Switch eShop, Wii U eShop | 0 comments
Alchemic Dungeons out this Thursday in North America
Posted 17 hours ago by Brian in 3DS eShop, News | 0 comments
Alchemic Dungeons made it to Europe over a month ago. In North America, the digital game is scheduled for this week. Circle Entertainment announced via Twitter that a release is planned for Thursday.
Alchemic Dungeons is a roguelike featuring item crafting. More information is included below.
Update: Bumped to the top. The same person has uploaded more footage from Troll and I on Switch after a hard reboot. The performance is better, fortunately. Still, it’s worrisome to hear about the various issues with the game thus far.
Original: Troll and I was put on Switch today. If you’re curious as to what the game is all about, check out some footage below. Just be aware of that game breaking bug… and what looks to be massive performance issues.
Super Mario Odyssey getting an official guide, including collector’s edition
Posted 20 hours ago by Brian in News, Switch | 9 Comments
Prima is continuing its relationship with Nintendo for another big guide. When Super Mario Odyssey launches at the end of October, it will be accompanied by a new guide.
The guide will come in two versions. Amazon lists a standard release as well as a collector’s edition (Amazon Canada here and here). The former is 320 pages and paperback while the latter is 336 pages and hardcover.
In terms of what the guide offers, that’s a bit of a mystery right now. It will obviously include gameplay information and tips, but Amazon’s description hasn’t updated. We’ll keep an eye on the listings for any future news.
Thanks to Wagner C for the tip.
Newly-discovered Zelda: Ocarina of Time glitch lets you use any item as child or adult Link
Posted 22 hours ago by Brian in General Nintendo, News | 4 Comments
A brand new Zelda: Ocarina of Time glitch is starting to circulate within the speedrunning community. With it, any item can be used as child or adult Link.
Exodus122, who found the glitch, suggests that the development could have a big effect on speedrunning. As one example, since you can now equip the hammer as a child, you can complete the fire temple as child Link. While it was possible before, the glitch greatly streamlines the process and removes complicated steps.
Here’s a look at the glitch in action:
Sonic Mania technical analysis, including a look at the Switch version
Posted 22 hours ago by Brian in Switch, Videos | 19 Comments
Digital Foundry has returned with a new technical analysis. This time, it’s Sonic Mania that receives the focus.
The first part of the video shows how Sonic Mania is an evolution from the original games in the series. Many techniques and subtle improvements are used that you may not even notice. Part of this is due to Sonic Mania featuring aspects that weren’t possible during the SEGA Genesis days.
Sonic Mania features full object scaling and rotation, for example. The special stages here have a much smoother frame rate. Also included are additional background planes, a much broader color palette, more complex sprite work, and more.
Pokemon Sun/Moon – Salazzle distribution trailer
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Best Buy letting you check to see if a Switch unit is in stock nearby
Posted 23 hours ago by Brian in News, Switch | 6 Comments
Best Buy has updated its official Switch product page with a tool that will definitely come in hand for consumers. A “Check Stores” option is now present, allowing you to see if a unit is in stock nearby.
Simply enter a ZIP code or city / state. You’ll then be presented with nearby locations, if there are any. I happened to check and noticed that a few consoles are around my area, so it definitely does work.
You can access Best Buy’s Switch page here.
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Sonic Mania has a couple of small issues on Switch
Posted 23 hours ago by Brian in News, Switch | 23 Comments
Sonic Mania is currently suffering from a couple of technical hiccups on Switch. Multiple users have experienced issues with taking screenshots, accessing the Home Menu, and using the power button. The response times are either very slow, or completely nonexistent.
Kotaku says that the issues stem from playing in portable mode, but some players have reported encountering the same problems while the system is docked as well. The site adds that it isn’t happening for everyone, and can be intermittent.
We’re hoping it won’t be too long until an official fix is issued via an update. Thankfully, the issues don’t really affect gameplay.