by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
Good morning Internet! It’s been one hell of a week, but we finally made it to the end! It’s almost time to relax, kick my feet up, and play some video games. Maybe even ones I want to play. But this week we have a few Nintendo Switch games that dropped, some in my personal opinion, are more important than others. But Nintendo is still very firmly on-board the “port every good game from the last three years onto the Switch” and I like this idea. There are quite a few titles that the Nintendo audience missed out on, and simply some games that were on the Wii-U, and I don’t want to beat a dead horse. . . but the Wii-U was an absolute unmitigated disaster. However, the Nintendo Switch has had a terrific year so far. Kirby Star Allies I feel could be one of the biggest titles this quarter, but it deserves online co-op. That to me is the biggest mistake, but from all accounts it was incredible. We’ve also learned that Dragon Quest XI will be on the Switch, but “later”. Ugh. Guess I’m getting it on PS4, then probably again on the Switch. Damnit. But less looking at the past, and more looking at the present! What’s new on the Nintendo Switch?
Atelier & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (3/27): I’m not super familiar with the Atelier franchise, but I do know that it’s absolutely adorable. This is the final game in the Atelier& Suelle trilogy, and it features some new mechanics and fun stuff. Synthesize items together for Battle Mix/Extra Mix, playas the adorable Lydie and Suelle as they are on their way to becoming the best alchemists in all of the land. The combat system with the Mixing seems like they will offer lots of tactical wizardry and nonsense. Older familiar characters return for this brand new adventure, as they explore the world beyond these paintings, filled with rare materials for alchemy. What awaits beyond? We covered the news of this release with a trailer here. (59.99)
Outlast 2 (3/27): Outlast 2 is another one I don’t really play, but not because I didn’t have exposure to it (Atelier) but more out of a sincere lack of interest. Red Barrels first-person survival horror does look incredible, and will no doubt continue to have that same grisly visual on the Switch, I’m just not interested in horror games. They don’t scare me, so there’s not a lot of point to it. Outlast, much like its predecessors, is a horror game set in Northern Arizona, and continues that same style of “found footage” camerawork that the others (Outlast, Outlast: Whistleblower) featured and made them so entertaining to watch. It just goes to show that Nintendo isn’t messing around with the Switch, and they’re releasing quite a wide variety of games on their newest console. It’s definitely not for everyone, but fans of this style of game I think will get their money’s worth. (29.99)
Alteric (3/30): I try to include an eshop/indie-style game every week if I possibly can, and what better one than Alteric? Alteric is a 2D platformer and features bright, but interestingly minimalist graphics. The quote for it is, “You are alone. Are you lonely? You ‘re lost. Or stuck? Somewhere…but where? And most importantly, who are you?” You’re dead, but your soul is still somewhere, trapped between two parallel worlds. It’s a hardcore game with interesting physics, gravity, and logic. I love the visuals for this game. The platforms/land masses are black, the background/sky is generally a fun, contrast color, and there are mountains of annoying, probably instant-death-causing lasers. This one looks like it would be fun for a platformer fan to stream. (4.49)