More Mega-Content for you to enjoy!
Written in 2007 by Shin Ogino, the ZX manga has seen a couple reprints, but the ZX Advent manga has never seen the light of day outside of when it was initially serialized in Famitsu. So this is the first chance Mega Man fans have had in a long time to read this particular manga!
If you’re interested, make sure to pick them up. They’ll definitely be a good read, so long as you can understand Japanese!
Speeding into theaters yet again
The official Twitter for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie series has announced that the third installment in the series is targeting a release date of December 20th, 2024. Seems fans will have to wait a while for the next chapter in the blue blur’s cinema story, but hopefully it will be well worth the wait when the movie finally releases.
There's only room for one mini game 'round these parts
Last month, we reported on the Mini Metro knock-off game that suddenly appeared on Switch, Mini Subway: Logic on the Metro Line. We shared the dev response to the knock-off, at which point Dinosaur Polo Club stated they would take legal action if necessary.
And it seems that legal action has indeed been taken, as we received an email update from Dinosaur Polo Club stating that the copycat game was removed. Indeed, going onto the eShop reveals that Mini Subway is no longer listed on the online storefront.
We wanted to give an update that the copycat has officially been removed from the eShop. The team would like to express their thanks for your support in spreading awareness!
[Ryan Tatum, Public Relations Account Executive, Stride PR]
The failure of the Wii U led to important lessons learned
In a recent interview with Senior Executive Media, former COO and president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé talked about what it was like working for Nintendo during the time of the Wii U, and what the company learned from the console’s less-than-ideal sales and reception.
He mentions that while the Wii U was not nearly as successful as Nintendo hoped it would be, they learned what consumers liked about the console and took that into consideration for their next big hardware release. Namely, the idea of being able to play your games on the TV, and then taking that game with you if the TV was later occupied.
Of course, the Wii U was much more limited in that scope than the Switch is, but the technology that was used in it was refined and helped create the Switch as we know it.
He also talks about his recent book release, and challenges he faced at jobs other than Nintendo, so if you’re interested, be sure to give the full interview a read here!
Get this shirt from June 27-July 17
Starting from today until July 17, players of Pikmin Bloom can obtain a new shirt for their in-game Miis. This shirt, a simple t-shirt featuring the word “Explore”, can be obtained via completing a weekly challenge during the event’s runtime. While the shirt is shown in green in the picture, the tweet announcing this says it comes in 4 different colors.
If you’re interested in this shirt, make sure to get it while you can.
Facing the End!
Nintendo has posted a new “Nintendo Switch My Way” ad for Minecraft, featuring several adults coming together to prepare for the fight against the Ender Dragon. Upon entering the End, they ultimately come out victorious, thanks to a little help that shows up unexpectedly.
If only Tony had managed to make it to the battle on time…
Capcom has announced an upcoming presentation for June 13th at 3 PM PST, focusing on “around 35 minutes of news and in-depth updates on previously announced Capcom titles.”
While that does seemingly confirm there won’t be any games in here that weren’t already known, there’s still plenty to be potentially excited about here. Fans could finally hear more about the upcoming Resident Evil multiplayer game, Resident Evil Re:Verse, or maybe get some more info on what’s upcoming for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.
Make sure to tune in to the showcase when it drops!
Victory royales, retro-style
The PAC-MAN Item Set is now live in Fortnite, allowing you to buy various forms of PAC-MAN apparel for your character to wear during matches. The items include the PAC-MAN Back Bling, allowing you to have either PAC-MAN himself or one of the four ghosts on your back, and the Pac-Brained emote, allowing your character to sit down and play a game of PAC-MAN floating over their head.
If these items interest you, be sure to get them while they’re hot! Show everyone that you’re a true retro-gamer by repping one of the oldest games in the book.
Learn how to use these fallen heroes!
Nintendo has shared a short video to give players tips and tricks on the best ways to use the new heroes coming in the Fallen Heroes: Beyond Control banner. This banner features new versions of Rhea, Gustav, Ninian, and Lilith, all of whom are shown in a much darker light with this banner. Check the video out, and learn the best way to make use of these menacing new characters!
Get a victory royale as the star of Marvel's newest show
The star of Marvel’s newest show, Moon Knight drops onto Fortnite starting today. Included in the list of items players can grab is the Moon Knight and Mr. Knight costume, Moon Knight’s Cloak, and the Crescent Darts Pickaxe. You can find all of these items in the Fortnite Item Shop today, so be sure to get them when you can if you’re interested.
The Hyperdimension Neptunia and Senran Kagura franchises are both long-running series’ by Compile Heart/Idea Factory and Marvelous respectively. While Neptunia has comfortably settled itself in the JRPG genre, Senran Kagura has jumped across several genres. Now, the two combine for the first time in an all-new experience: Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars.
Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars is an action RPG combined with hack-and-slash elements. The game tells the story of the people of Gamninjustri (a ninja-themed play on the usual setting of Neptunia, Gamindustri) and a war that has been going on for years. Unlike most crossover games that feature two worlds suddenly merging and the confusion that results, in the setting of this game, the Neptunia and Senran Kagura worlds have coexisted for a long time.
The major lands of Gamninjustri, Heartland and Marveland, have been at war with each other for longer than most people can remember. Each of them vying to destroy the other nation’s Share Crystal to turn the war in their favor. Leading the charge are the 4 Ninja Goddesses of Heartland, each trained in the Compa Style Ninja Arts, and the 4 Honeypa Shinobi of Marveland, experts in the Honeypa Style Ninja Arts.
Suddenly, the tides of war change as Gamninjustri is invaded by the Steeme (pronounced Steam) Legion. Led by Yoh Gamer and her self-proclaimed manager, Tetsuko, the Steeme Legion seeks to extend the war between Heartland and Marveland to include the entirety of Gamninjustri, all to determine which nation has the strongest ninja. Deciding to band together against this common enemy, the 4 Ninja Goddesses and the 4 Honeypa Shinobi set out to protect the people of Gamninjustri from the Steeme Legion, and drive these intruders out of their home for good.
As mentioned before, Ninja Wars is an action RPG/hack-and-slash game, feeling somewhat like the Dynasty Warriors series. Every character has a basic combo to their name, along with a series of “Ninja Arts” they can activate via a menu to augment their combos. While you’re never fighting more than a handful of enemies at a time, the action can still get hectic at times. Enemies don’t tend to wait for their allies to finish attacks before beginning theirs, so you’ll have to deal with barrages of attacks quite often.
The combat is well-executed, but as usual with these games, it’s all too easy to fall into a gameplay loop. You run to the next group of enemies, spam the same combo, and then repeat. Since enemies in the early/mid-game are rarely a threat, you’ll hardly ever feel challenged by them, so there’s no need to switch up your plan of attack.
Outside of the main hack-and-slash action, the game tells its story via visual novel segments. There’s not much to say about them, as they’re just cutscenes used to break up the action. That said, the writing is funny and charming, with every character filling their own niche within the group. There are even moments where the game pokes fun at its own premise, including Neptune addressing the player themselves to ask if they’re surprised to see her and her friends as ninjas.
It’s certainly easy to see the writing in this game as too trope-y or generic, but personally, I enjoyed watching the visual novel scenes play out. As someone only vaguely familiar with both Neptunia and Senran Kagura, it was nice to get to know these characters over the course of the story.
The main playable characters aren’t the only major players in the story either. There are plenty of appearances from other characters, including Histore, Compa, and IF from Neptunia. Also joining the roster is Goh the Crow, the protagonist of co-developer Acquire’s oft-forgotten game Shinobido. Though he looks a bit different in this game…
While the visual novel segments take up a lot of moments in the gameplay, that’s not to say there’s nothing to do outside of the main story missions. Plenty of sidequests are included, and there are opportunities to talk with your party and other residents of Gamninjustri to get information, items, and more.
A feature unlocked about halfway into the game is P&C Meditation, where you use gyro controls to keep yourself balanced on a giant peach. Completing the meditation offers you various buffs that last for the next few story missions, along with items. It’s easy to overlook this feature after the tutorial that introduces the concept, but meditating can be well worth it before going off on your next mission.
For a game like this, you might expect performance issues when running on Switch, but thankfully, the game runs smoothly the whole way through. In my playthrough, lasting about 12 hours, I didn’t notice any performance hiccups that hampered my enjoyment of the game.
Ninja Wars is a short-but-sweet game. As mentioned, you could beat the story in about 12 hours, and from there, you can choose to tackle side content. While it’s not the longest game out there, and some people may not like the overly cutesy anime style, I never saw those as downsides.
I think those who give this game a shot will find a rather enjoyable hack-and-slash adventure that keeps your attention start to finish.
The childhood dream has come true
The Nintendo Switch 14.0.0 firmware update just dropped, and with it comes a big new feature; folders! Now you can separate your games into folders however you see fit. Put all your Mario games in one folder, and Zelda games in another. First-party folder and third-party folder? No problem! With this new update, it should be easier than ever to keep the games you enjoy playing the most right at the front of your Switch’s home menu.
Full patch notes:
Ver. 14.0.0 (Released March 21, 2022)
“Groups” feature was added to the All Software menu.
You can now create groups of software to help organize your software titles.
Making groups for different game genres, developers, or whatever you’d like to organize by may make it easier to find the application you want.
Up to 100 groups can be created with a max of 200 titles per group.
The button to proceed to the “All Software” screen is displayed only when there are 13 or more software title icons on the system.
For more information, see How to Create Groups of Software.
Bluetooth® Audio volume behavior was changed.
You can now adjust the volume of Bluetooth audio devices using either the Nintendo Switch™ console or through volume control buttons on the Bluetooth audio device.
The Bluetooth audio device must support AVRCP profiles for these changes to work.
The volume displayed on the console will reflect the Bluetooth audio volume when using the device’s control buttons.
The maximum volume output for some Bluetooth audio devices has been increased.
When first connecting a device, volume will be reduced to avoid sudden loudness.
For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.
Plenty of hidden details for everyone to find!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass DLC dropped recently, and people are already finding plenty of hidden Easter Eggs scattered around the new tracks. From new signs and wallpaper in Coconut Mall, to ads in Paris Promenade that even pay homage to the year the original Super Mario Kart released!
The video above from GameXplain shows off all the Easter Eggs that have been found so far. More could very well be on the way as people play through these courses more and discover hidden details. Looks like Nintendo put more work into these courses than we initially thought! We can only hope that the other courses coming later down the line have this same level of thought put into the backgrounds.
Years of alchemy shine through in this title
The Atelier series has a long and storied history, and has been going on for a lot longer than most people realize. Gust Corporation’s shining jewel of an IP, it began in 1997 and only started making its way to the west with the 6th entry in the series in 2004. Certainly, Gust Co. has had a long time to refine the Atelier franchise and its mechanics, and this shines through with the wonder and beauty that is Atelier Sophie 2.
If you never played the first Atelier Sophie, worry not. This game comes equipped with a quick recap you can watch before playing a new game to get caught up on the story of the first. It only goes over the broad strokes, but it’s enough of a recap that you won’t be lost coming into this one.
So, when are we getting Xenoblade icons?
Nintendo Switch Online recently got updated with a feature to customize your profile icons with borders, exclusive pictures, backgrounds, and more. The feature wasn’t advertised much by Nintendo, which meant that for a lot of people, it fell by the wayside.
The current offers include two sets of Super Mario Odyssey icons, and one set of Animal Crossing: New Horizons icons. The page to customize icons mentions that the selection will rotate monthly, so if you want to rep your favorite villager in your profile icon with a nice backdrop of the green grass of your island, now’s the time to hop on it.
Of note is that these customizations cost Platinum Points, which any Nintendo Account holder can get rather easily by completing daily missions on the My Nintendo website. The most expensive options cost 10 Platinum Points, so it won’t take too long to get as much as you need to get the icon of your dreams.
Let us know if you’ve purchased any of these custom icons, and if so, what you think of the feature in the comments.