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Companies that focus on porting games say Switch business is booming, Panic Button teases more projects

The Switch was the biggest success story for gaming in 2017. Nintendo bounced back from the Wii U in a huge way, and so far, the platform shows no sign of stopping. While Nintendo is certainly making money hand over fist, it turns out other game companies are as well. Gamasutra talked to some studios which focus on making Switch ports, and they're benefiting in a big way from the platform.

Adam Creighton, director of development at Panic Button

“You know that meme? With the dog? Drinking from a sprinkler? That’s me right now and we might have some other titles for that platform, and maybe some other games for other platforms, in the works. In terms of volume, I’m in this amazing place where as a studio we get to choose how we want to grow, and with whom, and with what projects. My biggest challenge lately is not which projects do we pick to retarget to other platforms, but managing the other parts of our portfolio, picking the different projects that are exciting to different people in the studio, and being responsible about what I want to work on, versus what is best for the studio.”

Tony Cabello, CEO of BlitWorks

“We’ve recently experienced a big increase in the amount of work. Even though we’re always very busy, we’re now working on more projects at the same time, especially indie games which are our speciality. This is mainly because nowadays, indie studios see that publishing their games on consoles is a possibility, that was not so easy to do in the past because the access to the market was more restrictive. So we now have more developers reaching out to us to get there.

It’s a good time to be a port house, everyone wants to have their game published in every available platform, and even though many developers don’t know they need a porting service they end up realising it requires a whole different skill set.”

Ted Staloch, the executive VP of publishing at Aspyr

“With so many powerful, capable devices, there is simply more opportunity for brands today than what our partners typically have resources or expertise to fulfill. It’s a need Aspyr is very happy to fill, as gamers have demonstrated they don’t want their favorite games tethered to only one device.”

Gal*Gun 2 - Swimsuit DLC and Japanese limited edition detailed

Gal*Gun 2 is getting some DLC right off the bat, and Inti Creates has revealed that it'll be some swimsuit DLC. It appears to be nothing more than cosmetic DLC, putting the girls in ripped swimsuits.

We also get a look at the Limited Edition in Japan, which includes a drama CD and some exclusive artwork. You can check out more DLC screens and more pics of the limited edition here.

Mega Man composer opens up about the similarities between Elec Man's theme, and songs from Journey and R.E.M.

Manami Matsumae, composer on the original Mega Man, has finally spoken up about something fans have been talking about for years. Elec Man's theme shares a lot of similarities to a pair of tunes by Journey and R.E.M.. Was this a concious tribute, or pure coincidence? Find out in the video above!

A Hole New World coming to Switch on March 1st, 2018

The city is being invaded by monsters from the Upside Down World! You, the Potion Master, must defeat evil all alone, with no tutorials or "Easy Mode" to assist you. You'll have to rely on the help of Fäy, your companion fairy, and your potions!

Jump and shoot like they did in the good ol' arcade days. Fight enemies in your world and in the Upside Down World! Defeat gigantic bosses and acquire their powers!

*You already know how to play! The challenge is in the game, not in complicated controls!

* Story Mode with five different worlds, Game+, Boss Rush Mode, Challenge Mode and multiple endings!

* More than 30 different enemies, 7 boss battles and lots of secret characters to discover!

Suicide Guy - latest trailer

Suicide Guy is a first person action-puzzle game set in a world of dreams. You'll assume the role of a nice big guy unable to wake up from his dreams. Your task is to help him to step out of them.

Pokemon news - Eevee social media icons, plush giveaway, and how to draw Eevee

Eevee icons

- 9 different icons featuring the Eevee family
- for use on social media
- available to download for a limited time only
- set the icon as a profile picture on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social platform
- grab high-quality versions of the icons here

Project Eevee campaign giveaway

- win a life-size Eevee family plush
- 1 winner for each plush shown above
- follow the Project Eevee Twitter account and retweet the Eevee family plush that you want to enter
- giveaway ends March 6, 2018 and prizes can only be shipped within Japan

"How to draw Eevee" official video feature

WorldNeverland: Elnea Kingdom - details on Switch-exclusive content, and more screens

Check out more screens here

The team behind WorldNeverland: Elnea Kingdom has said that the game would feature some Switch-specific content, and today those elements were revealed. You can see the full list of exclusive content below.

Costumes (available as DLC):

- Monarch’s Black Armour
- Traditional outfit
- Traditional outfit (kids)
- Traditional outfit (black)
- Traditional outfit (kids) (black)
- Prince/Princess’s Indoors Clothes (red)

Hair colors (rewards for missions, and can be purchased in the in-game shop)

- Royal Green
- Dark Rose
- Lamilla Orange
- Fran Olive

Hair colors (available as DLC)

- White Sand
- Sakura
- Abyss Green
- Inferno

Interior items

Banners

- Roselle
- Garfin
- Royal
- Shizuni

Fireplace ornaments

- Dishes – Norma
- Flowers – Norma

Desk decorations

- Flower – Norma
- Team Time – Norma

Kirby Star Allies - Twitter update for Feb. 21st, 2018


Today's Twitter update brings us some more screens for the Train Friend Ability. Hop on the train and run through enemies at breakneck speeds!

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Feb. 21st, 2018

[Special Maps] The third map from a new set of Special Maps (related to the “Shadow Dragon” DLC Pack for Fire Emblem Warriors) is now available: “Minerva”. (available until March 8th)

[Special Maps] The 19th Daily Special Map is now available: “Daily – Part 20”. You can clear it on Normal and Hard, and get 1 Orb for each difficulty level (available until February 28th)

[Quests] A second set of Daily Special Quests for the latest Tempest Trials event is now available: “Tempest Trials” (available until February 28th)

Japan - current and upcoming eShop sales as of Feb. 21st, 2018

ー EYERESH for Nintendo 3DS (¥1,500 → ¥800) 3DS (28 February - permanent)
ー Manticore - Galaxy on Fire (¥2,100 → ¥1,890) Switch (22 February - 22 March)
ー Hyper Feather Ball (¥980 → ¥685) Switch (21 - 28 February)
ー The Bridge (¥990 → ¥693) Switch (15 February - 14 March)
ー Gear・Club Unlimited (¥5,184 → ¥4,665) Switch (15 - 28 February)
ー Bulb Boy (¥999 → ¥699) Switch (15 - 22 February)
ー Konna Boku ga Sukuu Sekai: Hermit Saver (¥1,080 → ¥700) 3DS (07 - 21 February)
ー Legna Tactica (¥1,080 → ¥600) 3DS (07 - 21 February)