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E3 2018: Nintendo Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos

Nintendo hosted their E3 showing this morning as a 43 minute Direct in which Super Smash Bros. Ultimate took up over half of this time getting a world premiere and full run-down of characters, levels, and gameplay changes. There was also a few games released during the show including Fortnite for Nintendo Switch and some world premieres of both exclusive and third party titles.

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Nippon Ichi Spotlight: Happy Birthdays has come to the Switch

Nippon Ichi Software, the developer/publisher behind many hit titles such as the long running strategy series Disgaea, the visual novel-adventure series Danganronpa and some of the newer entries in long-running bullet hell shoot-em-up series Touhou Project have Switched their focus to the ever-popular Nintendo handheld (couldn’t resist the joke).

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings Review

Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the third and title in the ‘Mysterious’ sub-series of the Atelier games franchise. If you don’t know, Atelier is a long-running turn-based RPG franchise from development studio GUST who has celebrated their 20th anniversary release with this installment. Atelier is a french word which originates from the art community and involves a private studio / workshop in which students and mentors from the community work together to produce fine art under the direction of a visual arts master.

In this series, an Atelier is a workshop in which alchemy is performed for the benefit of the community and profiteering as well as philanthropy of its owner. Each installment of the game series revolves around a different style of objectives and will focus on one or two main characters’ journey throughout the world. Recurring themes include the pursuit of high level alchemy skills, proficiency in battle, and having a positive impact on the betterment of a surrounding community. At times players will even seek justice for an event that puts the world at peril, but these threats aren’t as dark or dominant as in other role playing games, as the series is fun-loving in nature.

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IndieSpotlight: Songbringer arrives for Nintendo Switch (Sci-Fi Action RPG)

Songbringer is an ARPG made by Nathanael Weiss’ one-man development team Wizard Fu Games which was crowd funded in 2015 through the use of Kickstarter. The game is celebrating its third console release on Nintendo Switch which released on May 31st, 2018, with the original releases being in September of 2017. Songbringer is also available on PC through GOG Galaxy and Steam as well as XBOX One and PS4.

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Mega Man 11 gets new pre-order details alongside new gameplay footage

Blue Bomber fans can get excited as Capcom has finally revealed some more footage of Mega Man 11- the newest entry in the often forgotten classic series from the glory days of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo, and for fans of the series, they have given Mega Man a new coat of paint and a new set of moves to give the Blue Bomber a new lease on life.

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Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! remakes first gen with optional Pokémon Go integration

The next entry in the iconic Pokémon series has been revealed for the Nintendo Switch. For the first time ever, two players can cooperate together (one Joy-Con each) to catch Pokémon. The Kanto region returns as a setting for the new game. Two versions will be released including Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! indicating which Pokémon players will begin their journey with as their “partner” in the title’s new gameplay system.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! is inspired by Pokémon Yellow from the original Nintendo GameBoy release of 1999 and will launch globally November 16, 2018 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. The title will favor a more Pokémon Go style of catching Pokémon over the randomized battles of previous games, and is a new direction for the franchise as envisioned by development studio GAME FREAK who are also the developers behind the original Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow games that the new title is based on. The developers have stated that the game is meant to be a simplified formula for more players around the world to enjoy with ease.

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Pokémon Quest for Nintendo Switch First Impressions (Hands-On)

Pokémon Quest was just released today on the Nintendo Switch eShop (with a mobile phone version in the works) following social media posts by Nintendo and the Pokémon Company promoting both this title and the upcoming release of Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee games for the Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Quest is a free to play title that utilizes many of the common tropes of the free to play market such as limiting the amount of time you can play and speeding up in-game processes with an in-game currency called tickets which can be earned through completing challenges or by just playing the game once a day as well as micro-transactions selling bundles of decorations that are also in-game buffs or expansions to your Pokémon and resource limits. In my estimated hour and a half of gameplay so far, I was able to get a fairly good impression of how it plays. Do not be fooled by its simple blocky-pixel graphic aesthetic, it is a game with a lot of substance and charm.

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Dragalia Lost, a new Japanese RPG by Nintendo, releases in Asia this summer

In a genuine effort to expand their video games library beyond proprietary hardware and enlarge their software business, Nintendo will launch a New IP to the Asian mobile market this summer. With real-time combat and a continually updated set of dragons with detailed backstory, Dragalia Lost looks to create something different than other mobile games.

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings 1.01 Update Released in North America

The latest alchemy role playing game from development studio Gust recently received its first patch in North America. This 1.01 patch adds significant gameplay upgrades to the existing base game which we found to be very fun and addictive in our Launch Week Impressions of the PlayStation 4 Pro edition.

Update 1.01, which released in Japan some time back, adds in 3 new skills for each playable character, increases boss fight levels from 100 to 200, and most importantly allows players to level up to 100 instead of just 50 as most previous titles restricted the game to.

While some of the other features in future patches of the Japanese version of this game were already included in the title at launch, such as background music from past Atelier games, there is still expected to be more forthcoming content both for free and paid in regards to the game’s DLC path.

This is including, but not limited to; even more nostalgic music from the franchise, additional boss fights such as Sophie, Nights of Azure 2 crossover content, high end recipes, more exploration equipment, adding rare items to the game, a special merchant, more playable characters such as Lucia, more outfits including swimsuits, a secret recipe book containing various elements from past Atelier games, quests that can be used to grind/farm large amounts of XP or Coll, and more.

There’s even special events for characters, new areas, and powerful trinkets. Publishing house Koei Tecmo and development studio Gust have done a fantastic job of bringing over this localized version of the game to North America. And, even though there is no English dubbed version of the game, fans can rest assured that the Japanese voice acting has been paired with decent English subtitles.

Our full review is still on the way, as the game itself contains dozens upon dozens of hours of storyline content, side-quest content, and a generally open challenge for creating the best and most efficient alchemy recipes. Mysterious Paintings is a game that keeps on giving and is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and Windows PC (via Steam).

Launch Week Impressions: Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

This year’s Atelier is the addictive and enjoyable experience RPG fans need to play. Charming environments with a familiar atmosphere and interesting gameplay mechanics that evolve at just the right pace remove any desire to put Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings down. With Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PC versions now available worldwide, there’s no excuse to miss out on this enthralling combination of classic turn-based battles, story-driven adventure, good old fashioned loot collecting, prestige-driven questing, equipment crafting, mini-games like fishing, and of course, alchemy.

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