by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
So, I’m gonna try a new format for these, so I don’t have to chase stuff down every other week. I’m going to highlight the major, interesting releases for June 2019, and we’ll see how this goes. Out of all the release months so far, July may be the biggest month of amazing releases (even with Final Fantasy X/XII on the market). If you had told me ten years ago that 1. Dragon Quest was going to make a Voxel Builder and 2. I was going to absolutely damn love it, I’d tell you that you had lost your everloving mind. No matter how frustrating Dragon Quest Builders was to me, and even though I never beat it, I adored it, and plan on going back to finish it. But that’s for July! There are still some hot titles coming in June 2019, in particular, a game I’ve been for absolute years for. A new Igavania. Let’s get started, and #EmbraceDeath. Though not listed here, We. The Revolution and Mutant: Year Zero are also coming to the Switch and will be quite lovely as well.
Samurai Showdown (June 27): Yes, it’s time to Embrace Death once again! I’m a big-time fan of the Samsho franchise, even though I wasn’t amazing at them when they first hit the scene. Samurai Showdown is about huge damage, wild combos, and incredible martial arts. The cast is varied and incredible, and this 18th-century fighting game will have 13 characters out of the gate, with some newcomers and classics returning to the game. Galford? Haohmaru? Earthquake? GENJURO?! UKYO?! I’m all aboard, and ready to #EmbraceDeath. It’s going to have post-launch DLC of course, but that’s just the nature of fighting games now. That’s the system we have, for better or for worse. The Rage Gauge is back, so is Rage Explosion, and of course, Sword Clashes. Samurai Showdown is going to take the land by storm, and I can’t wait to see the high-level play at tournaments this year. (59.99)
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (June 25): It’s finally coming! Koji Igarashi, producer of the critically acclaimed Castlevania franchise is coming back with a new game in the style that he pioneered, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. It feels more like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, in the time I’ve spent with the Kickstarter demos, and that’s perfect for me. This Kickstarter game was one I feared wouldn’t live up to the hype and would die a miserable death like Mighty No. 9 did, but no! I’ve played this one, and it’s beautiful. I haven’t played the full release yet, but when I have, you can be sure you’ll hear about it here. Multiple characters to play, tons of weapons, spells and horrific monsters, plus it’s beautiful on a visual and musical perspective, this is one of my BOTY candidates on a personal level. This is an Igavania, but you aren’t playing a Belmont. Bloodstained is its own franchise and stands on its own merits. (39.99)
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled (June 21): Now me personally, I’m not excited about this. I was never a Crash fan, not really a Kart guy either. However, I have several friends (including our own Colton) who is a massive fan of the Crash games, so the excitement radiating off him and some other friends of mine are palpable. It has all the fun stuff from the original Crash Team Racing, with hilarious new customization options, new gameplay, and more. Also new to the CTR experience are unique podium animations available to certain skins making celebrating victories even more amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, characters from Crash Nitro Kart will be available in the new game. It’s gonna be hype for Kart/Crash fans, without a doubt. (39.99)
Super Mario Maker 2 (June 28): YES. SUPER MARIO MAKER 2! It’s going to have a story mode! Super Mario World options! New characters! 100 levels out of the gate to get started on! You can have specific win conditions (gather x amount of coins)! This one is going to be absolutely glorious. And the goddamn Sun is in the game as an option. Yes, that angry Super Mario 3 Sun that everyone hated as a kid is coming back and can be on your maps. I’m so bad at making Mario Maker maps, but the fun for me is tackling these basically randomized courses to see how good I am at platforming/at Mario. I fancy myself as being pretty decent, and I’ve been practicing on Mario 3 Randomizer to get ready specifically for this game. It’s. Gonna. Be. Hype. As. Hell. You can bank on it. (59.99)