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Roots of Pacha preview

Whenever a new farming-themed game hits the market, the big question that always seems to come up is: what does this game bring to the table that hasn’t already been done by the juggernaut that is Stardew Valley?  A lot of times the most obvious difference between games in this genre is the setting, and Roots of Pacha – an upcoming farming game/village builder from indie developer Soda Den – is setting itself apart by going all the way back in time to the Stone Age. During a recent gameplay demo at Summer Game Fest, I got to chat with Soda Den co-founder and lead developer Timo Dadony about just what their upcoming game is trying to accomplish.

Crucially, Roots of Pacha’s unique time period seems to play more of a role in how the game plays rather than merely being set dressing. The game tasks players with building up a clan of villagers at the outset of human innovation, back when very few tools even existed. From this starting point, players will “help your clan develop the ideas that shape humanity” through multiple eras of history all the way through the Iron Age. And while farming is certainly a part of that – as well as inventing the various pieces of equipment to make that happen – it also includes things like developing culture, arts, and even religion as part of a growing society.

We’ve put together a new list covering the top ten games we feel have the best graphics on Switch.

Switch often comes under fire for its specs and graphical capability as compared to other current-gen consoles. Obviously it is not capable of running games such as the recent Unreal Engine 5 Matrix demo, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t full of great looking games. Switch has its own library of beautiful-looking titles, and those that love playing to admire great graphics shouldn’t write off the console.

So what are the games that look amazing and can only be played on Switch? Well, we’ve got you covered with a list of the top ten that personally stand out to us. These are games that are exclusive to Switch, which means there will be a lot of Nintendo developed and published titles on here. Setting it up this way provides reasons to own the system and to play them on it specifically.

anonymous code english west

Spike Chunsoft is localizing Anonymous;Code for English fans in the west, the company revealed at Anime Expo 2022 today. The game will be available in North America and Europe in 2023.

Anonymous;Code, the latest entry in the Science Adventure series following titles like Steins;Gate, will be sold both physically and digitally. With the boxed release, fans will be able to pick up the special Launch Edition. Each unit includes a steelbook – the finalized design for this will be showed soon.

nintendo direct mini partner showcase reactions june 2022

A new Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase June 2022 aired this week, and since we’re a few days removed from the presentation, we’d like to hear your thoughts about what was shown.

We might as well start off with the closer of the event, which was the announcement that the mainline Persona series is finally bound for Switch. Persona 5 Royal is coming first this October, with Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable due out later. Speaking of ports, NieR: Auomata was finally confirmed for Switch and is also launching in October. Dragon Quest Treasures got a proper reveal, was confirmed for Switch, and received a December release date. Other announcements included Harvestella from Square Enix, Pac-Man World Re-Pac, Mega Man Battle Network Collection, Super Bomerman R 2, Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom, Blanc, and Little Noah: Scion of Paradise (which also launched on the same day). You can find the full recap of everything shown here.

What were your thoughts on the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase for June 2022? Do you have a personal highlight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II

Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II will be released in the west in 2023, Aksys Games confirmed at Anime Expo 2022 today.

The game has thus far been known as its Japanese title Shinigami: Shibito Magire. It was funded via crowdfunding at the very end of 2019. Most recently, it was delayed from September 15 to December 1 in Japan.

mario rabbids sparks of hope origins surprising

Speaking with Nintendo Everything, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares has discussed the origins of the project and how it came to be.

According to Manzanares, the team first sat down around Summer 2018 and discussed what the future could be. Having a follow-up be “surprising” was key, and making it stand out from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was important in order to move forward. That led to a change in how Sparks of Hope handles battles as well as expanding the scope to allow for more exploration and gameplay features.

WrestleQuest preview

2017’s Golf Story proved that there is a market for sports-themed RPGs, and Mega Cat Studios’ upcoming title WrestleQuest is attempting to bring a similar style of retro-themed gameplay and role-playing to the sport of wrestling (or wrasslin’, if you prefer). Rather than taking a serious simulation-focused approach, WrestleQuest leans hard into the absurdity and humor that often takes place in the sport in real life and cranks it all up as high as possible. I had a chance to check out the game at Summer Game Fest recently, and although I don’t yet have a full sense for just how deep WrestleQuest’s RPG mechanics will go, wrestling fans will certainly find a lot to love here.

WrestleQuest takes the concept of idolizing one’s heroes to a literal interpretation, as the protagonist of the game – Muchacho Man – lives in a world where there are giant statues of famous wrestlers scattered all over the place. If you’re familiar with the major names in the history of modern wrestling – Macho Man Savage, Andre the Giant, Jake the Snake, etc. – you’ll run across quite a few cameos in the game that you can interact with in some capacity. These real-life athletes act as the main protagonist’s guiding sources of inspiration as he tries to get his wrestling career up and running.

Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher English

Original (6/29): Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher will be seeing an English release, Bandai Namco has revealed.

The company’s South Asian division often handles English localization of Japanese-only titles. It turns out that this will be the case once again. Thankfully, since Switch is region free, fans in the west will be able to import a copy and play through the game as they would any other title.

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Switch

Following speculation earlier this week about a potential Switch port of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, the news has been made official. Bandai Namco revealed the news at Anime Expo 2022 today.

The game includes the first four “Ancient Apostles” free updates. Additional free/paid DLC is also said to be arriving later.

fire emblem warriors three hopes developer interview

In the latest issue of Nintendo Dream, the Japanese magazine published a lengthy interview with some of the developers that worked on Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Development producer Hideo Suzuki, producer Yosuke Hayashi, and director Hayato Iwata participated in the discussion.

This was a significant discussion coming in at over 5,000 words. The group touched on a variety of topics, including how the Switch title came to be, Byleth and his role in the game, Shez, the weapon triangle, implementation of Camp and Facilities, and more.

You can catch up on our full translation below.


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