Author: Jason

Nintendo Download for Oct 26th, 2017

It’s time to… It’s time to jump up in the air (Jump up in the air) Jump up, don’t be scared (Jump up, don’t be scared) Jump up and your cares will soar away (oohoohooh) That’s right, Mario Odyssey is nearly here! There has to be some other notable release though, right? Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey – Join Mario on a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure, and use his incredible new abilities to collect Power Moons and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans. This sandbox-style 3D Mario adventure – the first since 2002’s Nintendo GameCube classic Super Mario Sunshine – is...

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Review: Chicken Wiggle (3DS)

Are you in the mood for a fun, colourful, and progressively difficult platformer for your 3DS? Please look no further than ‘Chicken Wiggle’ on your 3DS eShop. Atooi has crafted a delightful challenge for you that is more than just your basic game. Let’s take a look inside. Story ‘Chicken Wiggle’ has a simple and yet heartwarming story at its core. An evil witch has plundered the surrounding areas and “chicknapped” the friends of our heroes. Bonded together in a quest to save them, a flightless chicken and trusty worm saddle up for the challenge. It’s a simple premise, and...

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Now You’re Playing With SUPER POWER

Guys Guys Guys! The long rumoured SNES Classic has officially been announced! Launching Sept 29th for a retail price of $79.99, included games as follows: Contra III: The Alien Wars™ Donkey Kong Country™ EarthBound™ Final Fantasy III F-ZERO™ Kirby™ Super Star Kirby’s Dream Course™ The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™ Mega Man® X Secret of Mana Star Fox™ Star Fox™ 2 Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Super Castlevania IV™ Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts® Super Mario Kart™ Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™ Super Mario World™ Super Metroid™ Super Punch-Out!! ™ Yoshi’s Island™ Full...

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Nintendo eShop Update 5.25.17

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS Drone Fight  Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch Astro Duel Deluxe Disgaea 5 Complete Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Nintendo eShop on Wii U Block Zombies The Girl and the Robot Misc New Pikmin My Nintendo Rewards: Celebrate all things Pikmin with these fun rewards: Adorable Pikmin Working Together Nintendo 3DS theme (Nintendo 3DS) 30 percent off on the original Pikmin game (Virtual Console for Wii U) 15 percent discount on the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 3 game for the Wii U console Online access to Pikmin 3: Prima Official Game Guide Three Pikmin 3...

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Newly Announced for Nintendo Switch

The “Nindie” train keeps on rolling! We have some newly announced games coming to the Nintendo Switch! Nine Parchments A group of drop-out wizard apprentices decide to skip their training for a quick path to the Nine Parchments. As the wannabe wizards rapidly discover powerful new spells and ignore all safety aspects, it’s natural that their hasty progress results in lots of unwanted deaths… Features  • Wield the power of the elements and master a diverse and ever-changing arsenal of spells • Unlock new playable characters, wizard hats and magical staves • Level up and train your characters in...

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe v1.1

In case you missed it…. There was an update yesterday released for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, bumping the game up to version 1.1. List of changes from Nintendo’s site are HERE: Opponents’ names are displayed in the rear view mirror view in online matches. Invincibility period after a spin-out or crash is longer in online matches. Up to two players can spectate a friend group while they wait to join. “Worldwide” and “Regional” modes add players to Mirror and 200cc matches less often. Can now properly create a friend lobby when you have 100 or more friends. Inkling Girl’s animation...

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Nintendo Switch System Update

Good news everyone! Nintendo released system update version 2.3.0 for the Switch, into the world on 5/15. Improvements Included in Version 2.3.0 General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience Looks like the Switch is on its way to 3DS levels of nigh unmeasurable stability.  One day we will get actual detailed patch notes for this system and games….at least I hope! Download away!...

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Nintendo Switch: A Two Month Reflection

It has been just over two months since Nintendo promised us an entire new way to “Switch and Play.” With much fanfare, meme’s, and finger-snapping, the Nintendo Switch stormed  out and into the wild. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Nintendo has come to the table with something special. Several of your PSVG staffers got our grubby mitts on this console as soon as possible. Being the prominent online resource that we are, it’s our duty to bring you our honest take on gaming journalism. It’s time to reflect, has Nintendo delivered? Perhaps you were...

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Review: Kamiko

Are you looking for a bite-sized, quick fix, on your Nintendo Switch? I can recommend the perfect title for you, Kamiko. Developed by the indie team at Skipmore, Kamiko is charming little “action RPG” that is thrives in small play sessions and the “on the go” spirit that lies in the heart of the Nintendo Switch. Overview Assume the role of one of three shrine maidens and battle your way across four gorgeous pixel-chunk landscapes. Each maiden has a unique weapon and charge-up ability to help push through the mobs of re-spawning demons. For each enemy slain, you gather...

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Game Night – Presented by the Indie Podcasters

PSVG is proud to join in with a great team of fellow “indie podcasters” to bring a series of game nights now and into the future. It’s all about “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” this weekend so fire up your karts and prime those red shells. We’ve got some battling and racing to do! Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch April 28, 2017 08:00 PM EST Details: Join all of us for some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe action on launch night. We hope to have at least 2 rooms available for those wanting to Battle and those that would prefer...

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Review: Splasher

Horrifying experimentation. Death-defying leaps of faith. Buzzsaws of DEATH. These are the challenges that await you in “Splasher”, a new platformer available now on Steam from SplashTeam. The best way that I can describe this game is if Splatoon, Portal, and Super Meat Boy had some crazy love triangle baby….this would be the end result and it totally works. Get ready to test your precision, speed, and timing in this crazy run through Inkorp. Story The story for “Splasher” is minimal at best, but it merely gives you purpose and honestly, you don’t need anything else to enjoy this...

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Review: Bleed 2

Do you remember waking up early on a Saturday morning? Your parents are still asleep, you stumble downstairs into the kitchen and make yourself a huge bowl of whatever sugar rush providing cereal you can find. Plunking down in front of your television set, the sand fading from your eyes, the vibrant lights of cartoon action and wacky sounds engross your attention. With each bite you fall further into the void of childhood bliss. This familiar childhood dimension is where Bleed 2 resides. Bleed 2 is a fast-paced, arcade action game that never lets up.  Developed by Bootdisk Revolution...

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Review: Alwa’s Awakening

The sunlight cuts through your slumbering daze like a razor blade. Your surroundings are unfamiliar. How did you get here? Where are you supposed to go now? A stranger approaches with a request, no, a statement. You have much to do, so much to do… No! This isn’t the recovery of a wild Friday night, this is “Alwa’s Awakening”! It’s time to embark on a quest! Alwa’s Awakening is a NES-inspired punch of nostalgia, very much cut from the same vein as 2014’s popular platformer, Shovel Knight. Players assume control of a young hero named Zoe, who was mysteriously...

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Review: Twisted Fusion (Wii U)

Folks, I have been a bad PSVG team member. I’ve been procrastinating on this review for quite some time. I cannot do that any longer for it is not fair to you, the reader. Forgive me of my sins and I will tell you a tale of a game, a game for the Wii U. That game my friends is Twisted Fusion and this is how our story unfolds… A Kickstarter success back in 2014, Twisted Fusion is the first console effort by Lewis Pugh. After a few delays along the way, this game launched as a Wii U exclusive in November of 2016. I applaud the effort and ambition of the dev to make his dream a reality.  Let us dig into what this game has to offer. Story Twisted Fusion tells the story of our young heroine Cora, who after an innocent meetup with friends is suddenly transported into a new realm of reality. A world of adventure, monsters, and treasure to hunt out. A world called Evan. Armed only with her trusty squirt gun, guide Cora on her journey to recover the Sun Stones and hopefully make it back home in one piece. The story is simple enough and is just the right amount of backdrop necessary to justify the player experience. It makes sense for what is taking place on screen and really that’s all...

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Sombrero: Spaghetti Western Mayhem – Impressions

It’s high noon somewhere.  Put on your spurs and saddle up with Somberero: Spaghetti Western Mayhem available now on Steam.  This appears to be the first game released by developer PixelMetal.  Lucas and I were able to go hands on with the game and now you have to sit through our thoughts. Gameplay Sombrero is a 2d, platforming, 4-player battle royal of both online and couch co-op action.  There is a wide variety of characters to play as, from a squid cowboy up to a Dia de los Muertos gunslinger.  All characters play exactly the same, the only difference is merely visual.  There are multiple game modes to choose: deathmatch, capture the flag, loot and banditos.  While these help keep things fresh the gameplay is largely the same, as you will jump around to navigate the environment while shooting your weapon 360 degrees at your enemies.  Players are able to use the PC standard of keyboard/mouse but Sombrero also has controller support.  Personally, it does appear that mouse users may have a slight edge due to the fact they will have a reticule to better aim their shots…  But that won’t matter as you will not find someone to play against. Visuals Sombrero overall has a pleasing art style.  I found the visuals fit the theme well, on both backgrounds and the individual characters.  Honestly, they are exactly what...

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Aragami Review (PC/Steam)

The shadows are alive.  Be the embodiment of vengeance.  Beware the light.   These brief statements summarize the core experience of Aragami, a new 3rd person stealth game for PC and PS4, developed by Spanish studio Lince Works.  Aragami is their first release and was developed with the Unity game engine.  Let’s take a closer look at just what they’ve built. As the player, you take control of Aragami, a “shade” assassin with supernatural abilities.  Summoned by a kidnapped princess, it is your duty to deliver revenge to those that have wronged her people and family.  As you make your way toward your final goal, you will unlock memories of past events that slowly piece together the history of this princess; but possibly of you as well. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and impressions that this game portrays.  Stepping into the feudal era inspired Japanese environment doesn’t happen very often.  To me, it feels quite refreshing.  The brief countryside you experience, as well as the architecture, looks great.  The game really benefits from the cell shaded style the art direction takes and helps emphasize the “dark versus light” theme of the game.  While the princess and enemies have a very generic look to them, the model of Aragami is at least a little more original.  His look gives me a Mumm-Ra vibe from Thundercats, and I’m totally OK with...

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Possible NX Hardware Details

Another day, another round of possible NX information. This mornings info dump, comes once again from Emily Rogers, courtesy of Twitter. The posted hardware details shall be our focus and are as follows: In May, I said Nvidia was involved with the system. (Source) The screen is around 6 inches (6.2 to be specific) The portable screen has a 720p resolution. Multi-touch touchscreen (Haven’t heard anything about a stylus.) 32 GB of internal storage is on the NX dev kit.  (They may increase storage to 64GB for the final retail unit, but I doubt it.) There is an SD Card...

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Talent Not Included Review

Talent Not Included is the type of platformer we’d get if Super Meat Boy, Trine, and Super Mario 3 dripped their creative juices into a game.  Set in the fantasy land of Notthatmuchfurther, our heroes are simple actors giving the performance of their lives.  Literally. Every stage found within each act will task the player to achieve as high of a score as possible, but doing so will not be as easy as it may seem. Within each level, the player can achieve a score multiplier by collecting the various pieces of candy and health power-ups scattered across each scene.  Take damage, and this multiplier resets.  It’s a simple premise and it works well.  A series of obstacles such as fireballs, spikes, and rotating platforms will stand in your way.  Only the most talented actor will persevere, and this was not something that I minded at all.  I found myself replaying levels to earn that high score and third mask signifying my good deed.  It also helps that the post screen shows just how high your score ranks among all other players. Talent Not Included oozes charm, right from the get-go.  Frima Studio has selected an art style that not only complements the setting of this game, it creates a character all of its own.  I’m a sucker for clean design that creates a distinct look.  Objects whirl out...

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force – Review Round-Up

Rejoice or roll around in salt, Metroid Prime: Federation Force has released today in North America. The game has definitely had its share of controversy and has been met with mixed view from it’s very first announcement.  Reviews have been unleashed from the usual suspects across the internet and those seem to be mixed as well.  Here’s the current rundown: IGN – 5.9/10 Nintendo Life – 8/10 Gamespot– In Progress Gamexplain– Liked It Destructoid– 5.5/10 DualShockers– 7/10 Nintendo Insider – 8/10 Idigitaltimes– 4/5 Nintendo Enthusiast – 4.5/10 Kotaku– “It’s actually good!” So a little bit across the board here if we look at the numbers.  Personally, I feel that the game is going to fall somewhere around a “7”, but really, if it’s fun, that’s all that matters!  Glancing through some of the reviews, I noticed the authors mention issue with single-player in this game.  Specifically in regards to balance and enjoyment.  I think to really get the full scope and experience with this game, you HAVE to be playing co-op.  I really appreciate the viewpoint of Gamexplain, and I have a pretty good feeling that my own experience will draw a parallel with theirs.  I’m really looking forward to playing a portable co-op shooter, what can i say!? Look for our full review and/or impressions from the PSVG crew sometime next week.  Let us know if you pick it up, let’s play!...

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Super Mario Maker: Enter the Arena

Hey gang! Jason here, and I’m back with another hand-selected Super Mario Maker level for you all to dive into. After the insane difficulty of my last suggestion, let’s mix things up a bit with: Can you Survive the KOOPARENA?? Yet another level created by a member of the Oldies group, ol’Nemo, and I have to say he’s done some crazy awesome things inside the game.  Step into the arena and survive wave after wave until your escape path presents itself.  Will you choose the leaf or the fireflower?  You must choose!! Need a bigger challenge?  Try out his self-proclaimed masterpiece, KOOPARENA 7: Prizefighter.  Then and only then, will you truly be a KOOPARENA master.  You’ll basically be like a Bloodsport champion at that point.  JCVD would be proud! There you have it!  Do you have a level that you’ve created and you want to share it!?  Post in the comments below, I’d love to check it...

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