by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
Good morning, Internet! We’re doing this a day early because I’m going to be away on business this weekend. I’m going to be checking out Bless Online, which I’m incredibly excited for. I have my Switch all packed up, so I can play Dragon Quest Builders and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze while I’m flying/sitting in airports/bored in my hotel room. So let’s talk about some Nintendo Switch news because I do have some! The biggest news for me personally, is that Motion Twin confirms that their hit Metroidvania/Roguelite Dead Cells will be coming to the Nintendo Switch (and Playstation 4)! This is incredibly good news because Dead Cells is one of the best games I’ve played in recent memory. I’m looking forward to playing more of it on the go. It has sold over 700,000 copies on Steam’s early access, so it’s no shock that it’s going to move to consoles, but I ‘m so glad it’s going to be on the Switch. But since I don’t really have much more in the way of “Coming Soon” news, let’s talk about what’s coming this week!
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: Ultimate Day One Edition (5/8/18): Shantae is a very cool platformer/Metroidvania franchise, and it fits neatly on the Switch. It’s available for the Switch at select retailers, and the Ultimate Day One Edition comes with a ton of neat stuff. It comes with a 30-song soundtrack on CD, a 100-page art book, and three DLC packs. Shantae is a 2D hand-drawn world, where you play as a spirited young half-genie, and it’s up to you to defend Scuttle Town from pirates and their leader, who is the self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas. It’s attractive visually but don’t let that fool you – the Shantae games are ruthlessly difficult. (39.99)
Immortal Redneck (5/10/18): Okay, this one in a way sounds like it could be a Bubba Hotep video game. Immortal Redneck is an FPS on the Nintendo Switch that could have been released in the early 2000s, in the best way. Your goal is to enter a pyramid and get to the conquer a series of Pyramids to truly become immortal. I know it says you’re “immortal” but you will probably die a ton, because you start off pretty damn weak and increase your abilities and powers with each new playthrough. So this is a game where you die, get better, die, get better. I like the visuals of it, the guns look super awesome (Taser sword? Tesla Coils? I’m sold). It looks like it will be a really fun pick up off of the E-Shop. (19.99)
One Piece Warriors 3: Who doesn’t love the Straw Hat Pirates? Not anyone that I know! This one sticks to the One Piece canon (unlike Warriors 2), but it is a fairly abridged version of that. That’s a positive in my book because the One Piece story stretches on for absolutely ever. I am a fan of the “Warriors” franchise, obliterating hundreds and thousands of enemies, and epic bosses. However, doing it with a summarized version of the One Piece story . . . eh, not so enthused about that. Visually it’s wonderful and really captures that One Piece art-style, features really incredible team attacks, and has some of your favorite characters to team up with (Zoro, Nami, Brook, Trafalgar Law, et cetera), but I’m not really all that sold on this one. I have a feeling that hardcore One Piece fans could feel different though. This one is also a delightful “Deluxe” Edition. (39.99)