Monday, 19 February 2018

Nintendo On How It Views Indie and AAA Games

News: Nintendo On How It Views Indie and AAA Games

All games are created equal

from Nintendo Life | Latest Updates

Microsoft shows off nearly two hours of the upcoming Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Switch

Microsoft has shown off almost two hours of the upcoming Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Switch, demoing some of its new features and improvements in a recent livestream.

Minecraft Bedrock Edition is, of course, Microsoft's new unified, cross-platform version of the hugely popular block builder, and is already available on Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile.

According to Microsoft, the core development of Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Switch (which will be free to all existing Minecraft owners on the console when it releases) is "mostly done", and the team is now focussing on final overall quality improvements.

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Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Functioning Linux Tablet

News: Hackers Turn The Nintendo Switch Into A Functioning Linux Tablet

"Code execution is all the rage these days, but can your Switch do this?"

from Nintendo Life | Latest Updates

New RiME Patch Addresses A Multitude Of Sins On Switch

News: New RiME Patch Addresses A Multitude Of Sins On Switch

But has it come too late?

from Nintendo Life | Latest Updates

SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Mega Man Legacy Collection', 'Toki Tori 2+', 'Aqua Kitty UDX', and More

Welcome to another edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup! Despite it being Presidents' Day in the US, there's still some news about Switch games coming out. And of course, there's still plenty of sales, and some new releases to investigate. Capcom leads off today's roundup with some news about Mega Man Legacy Collection's upcoming Switch releases!


Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2

Capcom will release Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 as a physical bundle on May 22nd. The physical version will run $39.99 and come with the first collection on the cartridge, with a digital code for MMLC2. Oh, and there will be a cleaning cloth included too, just to throw in some extra swag and make the $5 premium over the digital prices worth it. Here are the games included with the collections:

  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1
    • Mega Man
    • Mega Man 2
    • Mega Man 3
    • Mega Man 4
    • Mega Man 5
    • Mega Man 6
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
    • Mega Man 7
    • Mega Man 8
    • Mega Man 9 (with all DLC)
    • Mega Man 10 (with all DLC)

If you don't want to pay for the physical bundle, MMLC1 will cost $14.99 digitally, and MMLC2 $19.99. Mega Man 11 is also set to hit the Switch and other platforms later this year.


Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2+ is set to hit the Switch this week on February 23rd, with preorders available now. It's kind of crazy Toki Tori has lasted this long. Originally, it was a puzzle platformer that released on the Game Boy Color after the GBA came out, published by Capcom. Two Tribes gave the title a remake in the late aughts, and it saw a new wave of popularity due to people rediscovering the title. They released a sequel in 2013, and it uses a unique gameplay structure where you don't necessarily learn any new abilities, but instead just learn new ways to use them. The studio is now bringing it to Switch as the its second title behind the shoot 'em up Rive. You can preorder this one for the "special introductory price" of $9.99.


Noteworthy New Releases


Aqua Kitty UDX

A shoot 'em up that's sure to net the approval of Jared's Kitty Korner. You pilot a submarine in a quest to defend the milk mining kittens from deadly sea creatures. There's co-op with another player, a campaign mode with branching progression, infinite levels, and more. The UDX version for Switch includes a brand-new Dreadnought mode with multi-screen bosses.

Samurai Aces

Some publishers are answering the call for retro games on Switch by re-releasing old shoot 'em ups, such as Zerodiv publishing this old Psikyo shoot 'em up. This was Psikyo's first title, setting the stage for other crazy shooters like the Gunbird series and Strikers 1945, featuring incredibly challenging levels of difficulty. They definitely have a unique style to them, so if you want to experience this phase of Japanese shoot 'em up development, here's a good place to start. Sadly, there doesn't appear to be support for portrait visual display, which would work well with a stand. However, you can use individual Joy-Con controllers to play in co-op mode.


Noteworthy Sales


Litchspeer: Double Speer Edition

($6.99 from $9.99 until February 22nd) Can't wait until March 1st to get some Lichtspeer spear throwing action on mobile? Well, good news: you can' pick up the Switch version, with an exclusive co-op mode, on sale for 30% off. Your impatience means you'll be paying five bucks more than the iOS preorder price, but the co-op mode sounds fun. Or, you could just buy the game on both platforms and have it whenever and wherever you want, especially since it's less than ten bucks.


($10.24 from $14.99 until February 21st) 10tons' latest dual-stick shooter is available for about a dollar more than you can get it on iOS. This probably makes it an easier call than when it launched on iOS at its $4.99 sale price versus the $14.99 retail price. Similar to a certain Mr. Dredd of the judicial branch, you are judge, jury, and executioner, dispatching of criminals in a cyberpunk future. Though, as according to our review, it's more Robocop than Judge Dredd. Also, if you weren't a fan of Neon Chrome's procedurally-generated levels, you get finite, designed levels here, with the same basic concept of top-down shooting where you have to intelligently manage the situations you find yourself in. Also, how do you pronounce JYDGE? Pretty much do your best, it makes sense in Finnish, but not so much in English. It's not secretly pronounced like "Judge" even though the word looks like it.

The Flame in the Flood

($7.49 from $14.99 until March 5th) Oh yes, here's the deep discount I'm craving. This roguelike-inspired survival game, featuring BioShock veterans, has you foraging and crafting materials, surviving the wilderness, all while discovering more of the dangerous post-apocalyptic American landscape that the game takes place in. Roguelikes feel like a great fit for the Switch because they make for a great fit on one's commute, or just as a daily ritual, and this one has a ton of promising aspects to it. The half-off price is a killer discount, and you have a couple of weeks to make a call on it.

We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on Switch coverage here on TouchArcade! Commment below or tweet us with your thoughts!

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Sea horror SOMA's no-death Safe Mode is now available on PS4

Developer Frictional Games has released an update for the PlayStation 4 version of SOMA, its superb underwater horror adventure, adding the 'Safe Mode' option that arrived on Xbox One and PC at the end of last year.

Safe Mode is designed for those that find SOMA's stealth sections either too tough or too overwhelming. Once the optional mode is enabled, the game's monster will merely react to your presence inquisitively, rather than try to attack you on sight.

As Frictional explained on its blog when the new mode was released last year, "Monsters might sound and act more threatening if they spot you, so there is still an incentive to being careful, but it's no longer mandatory to keep hidden".

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Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Vainglory', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Portal Knights', 'Dashy Crashy', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There were lots of big updates in the last week, with some substantial added content to some really cool games of all types. I've put together a selection for you to take a gander at as you prepare for the week. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!

MARVEL Avengers Academy

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Due to its recent major update, Avengers Academy was lagging behind the other mobile Marvel titles in starting its Black Panther event, but it finally kicked off last Friday. Panther was originally added to the game in the Civil War event, but if you missed him you've got another chance to get him now. New recruits include Okoye and Shuri, with the remaining slots rounded out by the returning Thor and Valkyrie for some reason. It's kind of a weird event because the new mechanics make it a little hard to sort out what needs to be done, but it is what it is.

Death Road to Canada

Death Road to Canada, $11.99 The notes call this a mini-update, but as it adds the ability to rip toilets out of the ground and huck them at zombies, I refuse to diminish it with such prefixes. It also added a Valentine's Day event, but if you didn't catch it already, you missed it. Sorry. The whole toilet-throwing thing required the game to support spraying pipes and bolted furniture, so it does those things now. The hard-working developers also added a bow weapon, which is silent but deadly, just like Carter. Throw in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks, and you've got the winner of this week's coveted UMMSotW award.

Vainglory 5V5

Vainglory 5V5, Free I guess Vainglory's name is now Vainglory 5V5. It is a mobile MOBA and also maybe a fruit juice. This update adds a new three-lane map with true line-of-sight fog of war. You can also capture two new dragons named Blackclaw and Ghostwing. Why are they never named Peter? Oh well. You can now collect crystals and weapon orbs from fallen heroes to beef up your own hero, and there are four new vision items. This is just a smattering of all the new stuff that awaits you with this update, so feel free to check out the update notes if you want more information.

Dashy Crashy

Dashy Crashy, Free Dashy Crashy is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a sweet new ride. You see, this year is the year of the dog, so you get a dog car. You know, I could swear I've seen that design somewhere before. Hm. Well, I already feel dumb for not remembering, so before I feel any dumber, let's move on. Drive the car for free, collect 168 bones before March 2nd, and you get to keep that lovely thing. That's awfully nice, isn't it?

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free It is the year 2018 and the mobile version of the original Injustice is still getting new characters and content. Astounding. The new character in question is Batman Gaslight, who steps out of the pages of Gotham by Gaslight. What a cool new addition. By sheer coincidence, that comic has recently been adapted as an animated movie, so you can check it out there if you missed the original story. As for the game, there's also some new gear on offer in the form of the Master's Death Cart, which evolves from the Master's Arms. That's about it, but what more could you expect at this stage?

The Battle of Polytopia

The Battle of Polytopia, Free Online multiplayer! Wow! Polytopia now supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players. It works cross-platform between iOS and Android, and it's free for anyone who has purchased any of the paid tribes. Awesome. If you don't have one of those tribes already, they're only $0.99 each, so this new mode is a steal no matter how you carve that turkey. This update also updates the UI and improves compatibility with new hardware and iOS versions. Very impressive for such a small developer, if you ask me.

RGB Express

RGB Express, $1.99 RGB Express is a pretty popular game, and with good reason. It's got a lot of style, and some of the puzzles are really tough. And now there's more of it! How about that? A new Mirror Mode has been added that unlocks after you complete 100 levels. Sure, it just flips the stages, but new challenges are new challenges. Speaking of, the par values of some levels in Expert Mode have been made even tougher. Expert Mode is unlocked when you clear 200 levels, in case you haven't found it before. This update also improves the tutorials and fixes some bugs.

OK Golf

OK Golf, $2.99 The more I think about it, the more brilliant I think the name OK Golf is. Like, if the game had failed, they could have just pointed to the name and say that it was only meant to be okay. In the case of success, they can now follow it up with a sequel that is called Better Golf or OK Is Just Fine We Don't Need To Overuse Strong Adjectives And/Or Superlatives Golf. Anyway, it's the anniversary of the game's release, so you get a new anniversary course. There's also a Lunar New Year event that has you hunting down flying lanterns to unlock a special hole. Okay.

Portal Knights

Portal Knights, $4.99 Phew, here's another really big update. It's called the Adventurer's Update, apparently. If you are not an adventurer, please skip to the next paragraph. First, the game now supports dual-stick controllers. There are new quests with new characters and a brand new guild to check out. Some furniture is now interactive, and there are more than 50 new deco props to play with. Let's see... 20 new exotic weapons? Does that tickle your fancy? There is a bunch of other stuff too, so check out the update notes if you're curious.

Assoluto Racing

Assoluto Racing, Free Hey, nice get, Assoluto Racing. Ford joins the party with the Ford Focus RS, the Ford Mustang 2018, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 1969, and the Ford GT40. I'm sure there will be more to come from this new partnership, but that's a pretty nice selection to start with. While the new cars are the focus of this update, the developers also made a number of improvements and balance adjustments while they had the proverbial hood open.

That about wraps it up for last week's significant updates. I'm sure I've missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I'll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

from TouchArcade

Blog: Building my courtroom drama game, Twelve Absent Men

Here's how I designed and built Twelve Absent Men, a courtroom drama game developed for Android and iOS. ...

from Gamasutra News

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Pump the Frog

Pump the Frog uses a bicycle air pump to inflate or deflate a frog, as well as manipulate objects in the environment through spinning, in order to help the amphibian find food and get around. ...

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Ex-Lionhead devs' collectible card game Fable Fortune leaves Early Access this week

Fable Fortune, the collectible card game set in Lionhead's Fable universe, will leave Early Access and launch as a free-to-play Xbox One and PC title on February 22nd, developer Flaming Fowl Studios has announced.

Fable Fortune launched in Early Access last July on Xbox One and PC in July last year, Flaming Fowl used to add a bunch of new features.

There's a single-player story mode, Heroic Tales, which lets players "experience the dramatic histories of the game's hardy Heroes". There's a new emote system for rudimentary communication between opponents - and yes, that includes the class Fable fart - plus a Deck Helper and Guildmaster-led tutorial, Daily Bounties, rare Fancy cards, and more.

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GDC 2018 is proud to once again donate passes to the Indie Giving Charity!

GDC 2018 organizers are excited to continue their partnership with the Indie Giving charity effort by donating 30 GDC 2018 Indie Games Summit tickets - contribute now to get your pass! ...

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Mega Man Legacy Collections 1 & 2 are coming to Switch in May

Capcom has announced that both instalments of the Mega Man Legacy Collection are coming to Switch on May 22nd.

The original Mega Man Legacy Collection includes the first six NES-era Mega Man games, plus a concept art and production art gallery, songs from each game, and challenges. It's also possible to access 11 additional fan-made challenges - previously exclusive to the 3DS version of the game - using a standard or gold Mega Man amiibo.

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, meanwhile, features Mega Man 7 to 10, as well as art, music, and challenges. It also includes all previously released DLC from Mega Man 9 and 10 - giving access to time attacks, bonus stages, and more. There are also additional Switch-only challenges that can again be unlocked with either Mega Man amiibo.

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Road to the IGF: Videocult's Rain World

A lonely slugcat has to make its way in a world of predators and lethal storms in Rain World, a game that mixes curiosity, calmness, and terror with its sound design. ...

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Citadel Destruction Unleashed

A major aspect of the February update released last week was the Upwell 2.0 revisions.  Those were designed to make blowing up citadels… at least unused or neglected citadels… much easier.

An Astrahus meeting its end

A couple items… the shields being vulnerable at all times along with the new “low power” mode that removed the armor timer from the mix… were combined to make the removal of citadels easier.  You could no longer just leave one sitting unfueled with the vulnerability times set to an awkward hour and expect people to leave it alone because it wasn’t worth the effort.

Or such was the hope.

But any revamp that comes with a flow chart can be a risk in the comprehension department.

How to blow up a citadel

Fortunately it seems that the prospect of blowing things up is enough to get people to pay attention and focus.  CCP Quant posted a chart showing a huge surge of structure reinforcements the day the Upwell 2.0 changes went live.

Structure Reinforcement Spike, Feb. 15, 2018 – That should be M, L, and XL

Reinforcing Upwell structures was easy now though.  You could do it whenever you wanted.  The question was whether or not people would follow through.

Looking at zKillboard it appears that they did.  The first short timers started to come due on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, and if you look at the losses for the various Upwell structure flavors for that date there is a clear uptick in kills.

Astrahus citadels, the most common structure floating around in space, saw a wave of destruction.  Looking at losses for recent days, 5-20 seems to be about the range of kills on any given date.

Saturday saw 218 Astrahus kills by my count, most of them being purged from wormhole space.  WH space also happens to be the part of space without asset safety so, unlike elsewhere, there is a chance to find a loot pinata.  This led wormholers to go after them with gusto I gather.

Likewise, the Raitaru, the other common medium structure, saw 95 blown up on Saturday.  Again, this was heavily in WH space.

Other Upwell structures also saw an increase in destruction save for Keepstars and Sotiyos… both are big investments and unlikely to be in low power mode… though nothing close to the above two.  even Tataras saw a slight uptick with three going down on Saturday.  So op success I suppose.  Structures made easier to kill were killed en mass.

Who will pick up the pieces?  Who brought a salvager?

After this orgy of destruction it seems as though the pace will slacken.  The easy targets have largely been singled out and blow up I imagine.  And, aside from those found in WH space, the incentive for blowing up these structures is just kill mails and the joy of seeing something explode.  But sometimes that is enough.

Anyway, more things going “boom” in New Eden.

from The Ancient Gaming Noob

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' creator speaks about his path to game dev at GDC 2018!

Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene will speak at GDC 2018 about how he went from modder to creative director on one of the biggest games in years, and the many lessons learned along the way. ...

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The Latest Update for 'Thumper: Pocket Edition' Adds a New Touch-Based Control Scheme and Much More

Breath of the Wild aside, Drool LLC's chaotic 'rhythm violence' release Thumper [$4.99] was one of the first experiences that really 'sold' me on the Nintendo Switch. Seeing such a vibrant, colorful and complex indie classic make the transition to a handheld device just felt so perfect, and sure enough set a precedent for a deluge of titles to release on the hardware in the months afterwards. Despite this, there was a nagging voice in the back of my head that wondered 'would this game be even better on iOS', and as if the developers knew what a fantastic idea this would be, Thumper: Pocket Edition made its debut on the App Store last month. Taking full use of the Super Retina Display and extended real estate on the iPhone X, Thumper was a stunning romp for rhythm fans that went down a treat on our forums, despite some minor control niggles that emerged amongst our community. Thankfully, the developers have listened to feedback from fans, and have today released an update for Thumper that adds a new touch-based lane switch control scheme alongside a number of other welcome improvements.

In the 1.06 version of Thumper, the star feature is undoubtedly the aforementioned touch-based lane switch controls, which should an alternative option with added precision if the previous configurations didn't sit well with you. Other additions include improved layout and visual quality of the menus and text within the game, better rendering quality for older devices with Apple's A7 chip (so iPhone 5S and iPad Air users are covered), a moved and configurable pause button, Polish language support, and a number of smaller enhancements that are outlined in Drool's latest tweet. Considering Thumper already had such a strong, critically-acclaimed base game to build on, these improvements only further support the argument that the iOS port is the best version of the game. At the very least, if you want a slick spectacle to show off your new iPhone, Thumper's gloriously vibrant aesthetic design and blistering sense of speed are almost unmatched on the App Store. Download the latest 1.06 update for Thumper now, and let us know your impressions on our forum thread.

from TouchArcade

5 big new PlayStation Store releases you need to check out this week

This week, PlayStation Store welcomes new Metal Gear coop survival spin-off, Metal Gear Survive. Team up with friends and fight off waves of enemies in hectic battles.

Elsewhere, strap in for some action RPG goodness in Sword Art Online, while Rad Rodgers will take you straight back to the joys of classic ’90s platformers. Apex Construct takes you to a puzzling dystopian future filled with robots on PS VR, while The Residence DLC is the final chapter of Little Nightmare’s spine-chilling adventure.

1. Metal Gear Survive

Metal Gear Survive picks up the action right after the destruction of Mother Base in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Through a dimensional portal, Big Boss’ Militaires Sans Frontières enter an alternate reality where their survival skills will be put to the test.

2. Apex Construct

From former Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge developers comes Apex Construct, a striking action/adventure for PS VR. In a dystopian future where merciless robots have taken over and two powerful AIs are fighting it out, you will need to explore this apocalyptic world armed only with a bow and solve puzzles to uncover its darkest secrets.

3. Little Nightmares: The Residence

Get your torch and prepare for the third and final chapter of Little Nightmares. Dive into a dark tale and solve puzzles as Six faces the terrors of childhood in the mysterious and ominous Residence.

Little Nightmares: The Residence

4. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Sword Art Online’s latest virtual world is one of guns rather than swords. Following the events of the hit anime Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, Fatal Bullet lets you create your own avatar and enter the virtual world of Gun Gale Online, a first-person shooter roleplay game.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

  • Why you should play it: Dive in the immersive world of Sword Art Online and play with friends in competitive and cooperative online modes.
  • Available: 23rd February

5. Rad Rodgers

Retro-platformer Rad Rodgers comes to PS4! Follow the adventures of Rad, a mischievous young boy who plays too many video games, and his sentient console Dusty through fun-filled levels of platforming action.

Rad Rodgers

  • Why you should play it: It’s a fun ’90s-era platformer featuring an unlikely pair of heroes!
  • Available: 21st February

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