by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
Hello, Internet! I’m going to do something a little different with the Nintendo Switch News, as long as I have the capacity to do so. We receive a fair amount of Nintendo Switch news that simply didn’t get covered because we until recently did not cover the Switch outside of my occasional reviews of content. So before I get into the games that came out this week, we’ll talk about some of that fun stuff to get Switch fans excited for more hardware/software! The first bit of news I have is that Astro Gaming is partnering with Nintendo to create an ASTRO/Nintendo Switch headset later this year. They have revealed three tags for their A40 Headsets, with The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, and fans can get a peek at them at PAX East in Boston at the ASTRO Booth (#13055). These tags are magnetically interchangeable custom-made art for their headsets to personalize their headsets. We have no release date just yet, but take heart, as soon as we do, you will as well.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar had a very successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2015, where 14,175 backers made the development of the game possible. AIrship Syndicate created a unique game, paying homage to the famous console greats. It’s already available on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, and is on the way to the Switch! May 15th, with an SRP of 39.99. This dungeon-crawling, turn-based RPG is gorgeous and it’s on the way in May. We have the animated trailer below:
Alright, that’s enough looking to the future, what’s out right now?
Ninja-Kid (4/5/2018): More Arcade Archives have hit the Switch, like Ninja Kid from HAMSTER. Ninja-Kid is an action platformer from 1984, where players control “Ninja-kun”, donning a red hood and works to move through various stages, defeating his foes with his shuriken. There are plenty of arcade classics on the Switch, including some like Ninja-kun that may not have been overlooked in the 80s Arcades. (7.99)
Penny-Punching Princess (4/3/2018): Now it’s no big secret that I love NIS (Nippon Ichi Software); as far as I’m concerned, they can do no wrong. I only just found out about Penny-Punching Princess today and I have to say, I already love it. It’s about a stoic, pragmatic girl who only trusts money. Boy, do I ever get that sentiment. She’s out to avenge her father’s death against the corrupt money lenders, the Dragoloan family. A land that used to be ruled by might is now ruled by capitalism. “In short, an era has come where even a Level 1 pleb can defeat a tyrant as long as they have money”. That’s a real bit from the story. I love it. I need it. It sounds absolutely wonderful. (39.99)
Metropolis: Lux Obscura (4/4/2018): Well, this is a “unique” game. Metropolis: Lux Obscura from Ktulhu Studios’ gameplay is based on a motion comic with a non-linear plot, mixed with Match3 puzzle fights. Make sense? It has a dark, noir-style game, and this is a game you’d probably see from Nutaku. The Steam-version has an X-Rated patch, and certainly something a player could finish in a day. But if you like breasts, and match-3 puzzle games, you’ll get your money’s worth out of it. Graphics that remind me of Sin City (which I love), Match3 puzzles (I also enjoy these) and Boobs (Come on. You know me.). It’s worth at least a peek. (7.99)
Super Rocket Shootout (4/5/2018): This is another game that simply has a great title that lures me in. The title really helps sell the game; more publishers and developers ought to learn this lesson. This is a 2D pixel brawler game. It has platfoming and fighting mechanics, adorable stages, cool characters and weapons, and jetpacks! How could you not like this? Plus one of the characters in a convenient blonde/gold Luchador mask does the Hulk Hogan flex-pose. It’s a trip back in time and was originally available on Steam. This is a game I can see people getting together with a few drinks, some pizza and snacks, and just blasting the crap out of each other in for hours without getting upset about it. This game just looks fun, and that’s a thing we’re lacking in games now. Sometimes you just want to blow stuff up and have fun. (9.99)