by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
Not too many Nintendo Switch games launched this week that I can see, so it’s sort of slim pickings. Though there is one major release today that myself and Colton are both pretty excited about, let’s talk about some upcoming news first. Last week, we announced that Death Road to Canada was postponed, in light of the recent attack in Toronto, they did not feel it was right to release on April 25th as originally intended. However, Ukiyo Publishing did announce this week that a new release date is confirmed of May 8th, 2018. I’m pretty excited about this one, it looks like it’s going to be frustrating, but also a lot of fun.
Bandai Namco also announced that “Little Nightmares – Complete Edition” will be coming to the switch this month. Launching digitally on May 18th, 2018 on the Switch, it has been re-tailored for the Switch with 720 (upscaled) resolution, and 30 FPS in Handheld Mode. It also features 720 (native) resolution and 30 FPS in TV Mode. It features the pre-order bonuses from the original Little Nightmares, and all of the original stories to experience separate stories through the eyes of Six (the main protagonist) and The Runaway Kid. There’s also the exclusive Pakku mask, which can be unlocked when a Pac-Man amiibo is scanned. There’s also the upcoming “Pode”, a co-op puzzler title that’s coming to the Switch sometime in the Spring. This one is another to keep your eyes on.
As a final bit of “coming soon” news, I’m very excited that Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is on the way to the Nintendo Switch on May 18th, 2018. I know that I harp on the Wii-U a lot, but it was such a lackluster, disappointing system. So when I heard that another title I missed out on was coming to the Switch? Pure, unadulterated excitement hit my brain. It only took four years, but I can finally play it! Hopefully, we’ll have more in-depth coverage of this as it comes to life in a few weeks. I’m going to look into it, so fear not.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (5/4/2018): One of my favorite games for the SNES was Donkey Kong Country. I wasn’t as big into the other two titles, because I liked the Donkey/Diddy team more than Diddy/Dixie. But Tropical Freeze, unfortunately, was a game that falls under the “Would be great if it weren’t for the Wii-U” category that I seem to rail about quite a lot. This version of Tropical Freeze lets you play as Donkey, Diddy, Dixie, Cranky, and Funky Kong! Yes, the new “Funky Mode” lets you play as the coolest of the Kong family. Personally, I’m more interested in playing as the surly, grumpy Cranky Kong with his pogo abilities. I have a feeling it’s going to feel like Sonic & Knuckles, with each character having their own ways to get to secrets. Donkey Kong Country games are among my favorite platformers of all time, and no matter how I feel about the characters themselves, the actual gameplay is sharp, smart, and DKC has some of the best music of any game I have ever played.