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Did you know that today is National Melon Day? I had no idea either, but the gang at XSEED Games did! They hopped on the opportunity to celebrate this unique holiday by sharing a new look at Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories, their upcoming Switch exploration game. You can check out the fresh video for the game above.

Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories is a story-exploration game about revisiting a town full of adorable animals with eccentric personalities. Yet under its cute and nostalgic surface lies a dark tale of crime and corruption…

What power a single melon holds! Crime and corruption abound in Hog Town where Honeydew’s friend, Cantaloupe, has gone missing from Eglantine Industries, the melon factory they both work at. As her search begins, an array of intertwining mysteries begin to unfold in this brand-new story-exploration game. Is the Cavity Crew a true threat? Is Kitten King the cause for all this? Cantaloupe will need to comb every inch of the green-tinted, pixelated world accompanied by the beats of the jazzy lo-fi soundtrack, to save the day in this monochromatic mystery set for a 2022 launch on all platforms.

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It’s that time again, gang. Let’s dive into the upcoming week of Switch releases to see not just what’s heading our way, but also how much space it’ll take up digitally. Here’s the current lineup of Switch games for the week of Aug. 14th, 2022, along with file sizes.

  • Kirby’s Dream Buffet (1.2 GB)
  • Webgeon Speedrun Edition (43 MB)
  • Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince (273 MB)
  • Little League World Series Baseball 2022 (1 GB)
  • Robo Revenge Squad (2.2 GB)
  • Hell Blasters (472 MB)
  • Treehouse Riddle (284 MB)
  • Thymesia - Cloud Version (57 MB)
  • We Are OFK (3 GB)
  • Hobo: Tough Life (2.1 GB)
  • Dyna Bomb 2 (447 MB)
  • The Room Two (1.5 GB)
  • Slaycation Paradise (1.2 GB)
  • My Divorce Story (433 MB)
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (1.5 GB)
  • Irresistible Mistakes (1.5 GB)
  • Chameneon (54 MB)
  • Zumba Garden (70 MB)
  • Secrets of Magic 5: Back to School (450 MB)
  • Pretty Girls Four Kings Solitaire (166 MB)
  • Light Fairytale Episode 2 (498 MB)
  • Japanese Escape Games The Fortress Prison (330 MB)
  • Home Deco Puzzles (249 MB)
  • Cursed to Golf (1.2 GB)
  • Sweet Bakery Tycoon Extended Edition (file size not specified)
  • Strike Buster Prototype (472 MB)
  • PROJECT : KNIGHT™ 2 Dusk of Souls (1.4 GB)
  • Arenas Of Tanks (114 MB)

Did You Know Gaming covers GameCube game facts

The little purple console that could

14 August 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Did You Know Gaming is back once again with another enthralling installment, and this time they dive into the GameCube library once more to share some interesting facts, secrets, and behind-the-scenes details on GameCube games.

This episode is a who’s who of GameCube favorites, so there’s no doubt games featured you’re quite familiar with. Get some inside info on titles like Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Resident Evil 4, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and much more. There’s bound to be a few tidbits you didn’t know!


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We already know a ton of details about PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC, which is a remake of the classic PS1 title from 1999. There are new features, a complete visual overhaul, revamped music, and a lot more, but now we have some details that are specific to the Switch.

Wondering what the framerate and resolution for PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC are? That info has now been released via the official Japanese website. Here’s what you can expect on Switch, depending on how you play.

Docked

  • 30fps (variable)
  • 1080p

Handheld

  • 30fps
  • 720p

PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC comes to Switch on August 28th, 2022 and is priced at $30.


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Consider yourself a fan of classic games? Always keeping an eye on the retro titles that pop up on the Switch eShop, but haven’t had a chance to grab some of the classics? If you’re a fan of what SNK has to offer, then now is the perfect time to add some of their retro games to your digital collection.

From now until August 18th, 2022, you can get 50% off a handful of SNK titles on the Switch eShop. This includes both Arcade Archives and NEOGEO selections, all of which have been temporarily dropped from $8 to $4. You can see the complete lineup of games below.

  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • Metal Slug 5
  • King of the Monsters
  • Alpha Mission II
  • Big Tournament Golf
  • World Heroes Perfect
  • Shock Troopers
  • Athena
  • Sasuke Vs Commander
  • Ikari Warriors

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Switch first-party game sale live on Amazon, GameStop & Target

First-rate savings on first party games!

14 August 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 4
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Nintendo doesn’t often offer first-party game sales and that’s doubly true for the physical side of things, but today’s your lucky day. The Big N is running a select first-party sale on Switch titles, and you can grab the discounts through Amazon, GameStop or Target.

The following games are included in the sale, and they’ve all been discounted to $40 for a limited time.

  • WarioWare: Get It Together!
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush
  • Miitopia
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Super Mario Party

We’re not sure how long this deal lasts, so if this is a discount you want to take advantage of, don’t wait long! You can get links to all the discounts here.


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Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition has been updated to Version 1.0.1016 on Switch. This is a considerable update, and you can see the full patch notes below.

  • Added missing audio and text localization (video localization to come in a later patch). Set your language in the Game Options
  • Added missing subtitle credits
  • Fixed possible deadlocks and memory leaks
  • Fixed various menus not responding to resolution changes
  • Fixed menu sliders sound loop when dragged with the mouse
  • Fixed Borderless Window setting on PC not sticking
  • Added Game Option to disable widescreen borders
  • Added Game Option to change in-game brightness
  • Fixed McCoy not being able to walk freely in certain rooms (eg. Outside Runciter’s)
  • Fixed subtitles not displaying during outtakes
  • Fixed outtakes not playing at 60fps
  • Fixed fog not rendering correctly in certain rooms (eg. Chinatown)
  • Fixed McCoy clipping into vehicles in RC03
  • Fixed green flicker during transitions
  • Fixed items not displaying after loading a savegame
  • Fixed Esper crash when zooming out via the preview thumbnail
  • Fixed various KIA issues
  • It used to be difficult to tell which page you were on in the kia, now the currently selected kia page should be called out in the top row of buttons.
  • The kia “cursor hover” state was not different enough for you to tell where your cursor was, now there’s been an additional pass on it to make it much more obvious.
  • Individual clue privacy when using the kia privacy addon was not obvious, now every private clue has a unique icon next to it, along with a background highlight.
  • Enhanced graphics for KIA upgrade and suspect silhouettes
  • Keyboard shortcuts can no longer open the KIA during cutscenes
  • Fixed incorrect colors in localized subtitles
  • Fixed subtitles changing interface language
  • Fixed audio volume changing during scene transitions
  • Player personality (conversation choices) can be changed ingame
  • Difficulty achievements are retroactive.

Nightdive Studios has also mentioned that they’re working on another patch for the game. This update doesn’t have a release date, but we already have word on what the patch will include.

  • A toggle between the original and our Enhanced Edition videos,
  • Video localization for the intro, and outtakes,
  • Improvements to the User Interface and Menus,
  • Improvements to make longer KIA clues legible
  • Improvements to the controls, making them more obvious and consistent across the game
  • Improvements to pathfinding
  • Improvements to the Police Maze

Splatoon 1 & 2 amiibo restocked on My Nintendo Australia

Sorry to make a big ink about this

14 August 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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Nintendo recently revealed that some classic Splatoon 1 and 2 amiibo were going to get a restock in honor of Splatoon 3 heading our way, but we didn’t know it would happen so soon! Our friends in Australia already have another chance to stock up on these previously-released amiibo, and they’re up for grabs on My Nintendo.

My Nintendo Australia has restocked the following amiibo from Splatoon 1 and 2.

  • Octoling Triple Pack – $49.95
  • Inkling Triple Pack – $49.95
  • Off The Hook Set – $34.95
  • Squid Sisters Set – $34.95

There’s no word on how big the restock is, so if you’ve been looking to add these amiibo to your collection, you might want to act quickly. We’ll make sure to let you know when these become available once again outside of Australia, which will hopefully be in the very near future.

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Amazon Japan lists Avatar: The Last Airbender - Quest for Balance for Switch

Looks like that pesky Fire Nation is up to no good again

14 August 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0
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GameMill Entertainment cranks out licensed games like none other, and it seems they’ve lined up yet another project with the people at Nickelodeon. Usually these games skew towards licenses that appeal to very young children, but this time around something’s in the works that should get a wide range of players interesting.

According to Amazon Japan, GameMill Entertainment is working on an Avatar: The Last Airbender game called Avatar: The Last Airbender - Quest for Balance. The listing shows a November 8th, 2022 release date, but unfortunately, it doesn’t include any specifics on what the game is about. We’ll just have to hang tight for specifics.

For those who don’t know, Avatar: The Last Airbender is a hugely popular animated franchise that resulted in all sorts of expansions, including another animated series, a live-action movie adaptation, an upcoming live-action show for Netflix, books, and of course, videogames. There hasn’t been a videogame yet that captured the high bar the original cartoon set, so hopefully Avatar: The Last Airbender - Quest for Balance can be the one.


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Niantic has revealed another special Decor Pikmin for Pikmin Bloom, and this one’s going to be around for a limited time.

Participate in Weekly Challenges between August 15th to 28th, 2022 to obtain Gold Seedlings that will grow into limited-time “Fingerboard” Decor Pikmin! Earning even a single star will still award a Gold Seedling. There are a total of four types: Red, Yellow, Purple, and Winged Pikmin.

Gold Seedlings can be grown in just 100 steps and will sprout into “Fingerboard” Decor Pikmin. During the event, you will also find large seedlings with “Special Event” icons when out and about. These Seedlings will also grow into “Fingerboard” Decor Pikmin.

“Fingerboard” Decor Pikmin can only grow from Gold Seedlings and Huge Seedlings bearing the “Special Event” icon. You are not able to encounter them by raising your friendship levels with Red, Yellow, Purple, or Winged Pikmin.


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After a number of weeks of speculation, Square Enix finally confirmed that Tactics Ogre: Reborn existed, and even better, it’s coming to Switch. Tactics Ogre: Reborn is coming to Switch on November 11th, 2022, and it’s bringing all kinds of changes and improvements to the original Tactics Ogre.

In advance of the game’s release, Square Enix has shared an updated fact sheet that breaks down all the new features and more that Reborn will bring with it. You can read the full info sheet below.

High-Definition Characters and Backgrounds

The beautifully detailed characters and backgrounds of the original Tactics Ogre have been recreated in high definition.

The detailed pixel art that gives the game its unique feel has also been preserved and enhanced to look great on modern HD displays.

Fully Updated User Interface

Not only is the user interface now in high definition, it’s also been redesigned to make information easier to understand, with streamlined controls.

Sound improvements

All dialogue in Tactics Ogre: Reborn is fully voiced, bringing new life to the complex motivations of the characters that make up the factions and shifting political alliances of this epic story. You can choose between English and Japanese voices, with the ability to switch between them in the config menu at any time.

The sound effects have also been remastered, immersing you in battle like never before.

Tactics Ogre composer Hitoshi Sakimoto rerecorded the entire soundtrack with a live orchestra. At times the melodies are ominous and filled with tension, while at other times they offer a gentle reprieve. The lingering notes and haunting echoes only found in a live performance raise the immersion in the gameplay to another level.

The soundtrack even includes entirely new pieces composed just for Tactics Ogre: Reborn!

A redesigned battle system

Building on what worked in previous versions of Tactics Ogre, this new game incorporates new elements as part of an overall redesign of the battle system. Here’s a brief introduction to some of the new features that await.

Unit-by-Unit Level System

The class-wide level management system found in Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune has been replaced by a unit-by-unit level system.

Each unit advances differently depending on its class, making for an elegant system that lets players plot their way through endless combinations of equipment, skills, and magic for each unit.

This means that the player is able to consider the bigger picture, and decide on the overall composition of units to bring into each battle.

Battle AI overhaul

The team has made significant changes to the artificial intelligence (AI) of your opponents in combat.

The enemy’s tactics change depending on the layout of the battlefield and the state of the battle.

Thinking about how to adapt your plans as the situation changes keeps battles engaging and fresh.

Playability improvements

Tactics Ogre: Reborn has seen numerous playability improvements, such as a quicker pace of battle, auto save, and a complete overhaul to the controls.

All this makes it easier to get into the game than ever before.


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As always, there’s a never-ending flood of Pokémon merch in the works. Two more lineups have been revealed, and we’ve got details on both.

First up is the above “Pokemon Villain Costume” figures, which includes 7 different designs. These figurines will be available through 7-Eleven locations in Singapore exclusively, so if you want to pick these up, you’ll have to find a way to import via 7-Eleven.

Next up is a model plane with Pokémon designs on it. This is a mini replica of the plane that Japanese airline AIRDO revealed a few weeks back. The Vulpix-themed Boeing 767-300ER airplane releases on August 15th, 2022, and will be available at Haneda Airport in Tokyo and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo.


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A new update is now available for Critadel. We don’t know the version number, but we do have the full details. Check out the patch notes below.

The new update adds the following features:

  • Weapon slot configuration
  • Key rebinding
  • Item descriptions
  • Weapon auto-swap
  • Improved weapon list UI

We also implemented small balancing and fixes:

  • Changed the color of the bubbles from the slime-like enemies to red for better visibility
  • Increased the amount of experience points earned from Hard Mode (50% more than Normal Mode)
  • Adjusted the trigger requirement of the third option for Ancient Storage Box (from “200 MAX HP decrease” to “100 MAX HP decrease”)
  • The disposer machine at Eve’s shop will now dispense bigger crystals when you dispose of items ranked “A” or “S”
  • Changed how players can move to the next room after defeating Longinus and Noah Fortress (players must now interact with the portal)
  • Adjusted locations of light bulbs for some stages
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Nintendo starts 'Ways to Play' YouTube series

It's time to play the games!

13 August 2022
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Nintendo has their main YouTube channel, but they also have a lesser-known Play Nintendo channel. This channel focuses more on content specifically for younger kids, and from time to time the channel shares exclusive content. It seems Nintendo is still toying with creating content for the channel, as they’ve started a new series you’ll only find there.

Above is the first episode of Nintendo’s Ways to Play series, which has Nintendo checking out three games and three ways to bring the action and fun right to your space. The games featured this time around are Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, Nintendo Switch Sports and Ring Fit Adventure.


As promised, today’s the big day! Nintendo and Keebler got together to send us their new Mario Kart cookies, and we taste test them live! Of course, there’s plenty of other Nintendo chatter to get in on, and I lose my mind over food-based levels and bad advertising slogans. It’s a spicy one today!

Thanks to Krazy Kernal for the art!
Thanks to Krazy Kernal for the art!

Special thanks to Gybones for putting together the timestamps for this week’s show!

  • 00:00:00 Theme Music
  • 00:00:32 Introduction
  • 00:00:47 Pokémon Description
  • 00:02:10 Hi Discord!
  • 00:02:35 Pod Crew Intro
  • 00:05:00 Off-Topic Small Talk
  • 00:16:05 Keebler Goodies
  • 00:24:14 Time to Get News
  • 00:24:29 Euro Top 15 July ‘22
  • 00:29:59 Xeno 3 End of a Trilogy
  • 00:31:23 Switch Library Icon Limit 2000
  • 00:35:10 Splatoon 3 Direct Info
  • 00:46:10 Nintendo Labor Complaint
  • 00:48:31 Top 20 UK Software Sales July ‘22
  • 00:55:22 Kirby’s Dream Buffet Release Date
  • 01:00:44 Commercial Break
  • 01:01:51 AD READ
  • 01:03:16 NA eShop Releases
  • 01:05:49 Nicky Hill’s Sweet (Euro) Releases
  • 01:08:59 Nikkei Clarification On New Hardware
  • 01:10:24 Nintendo Says No Price Hike
  • 01:13:57 What the Crew is Playing
  • 01:50:02 Listener Questiums
  • 01:55:46 Patreon Questium
  • 01:57:30 Oh Boy Music Time
  • 02:12:42 Deux’s Rumor of the Week
  • 02:14:32 Goodbye Everybody Goodbye