Oh my, how things have changed in six months time. When I last reviewed FIFA 18 on the Switch, I walked away just a little underwhelmed at the experience. It wasn’t what I was used to on more powerful consoles. The engine was different, the game played slower, there were less modes and features. And while all of that remains somewhat true, I’ve put countless hours into FIFA 18 since then. I played it on the airplane to and from San Francisco for the NISA event. I play it in bed nearly every night. I kill time with it. It’s probably one of the best and most efficient gifts I’ve ever received. In a gaming sense, FIFA 18 on the Switch became my comfort food.
I’ve started four different variations of this review since I began playing this game. Each one of those articles had a different tone. Excitement. Confusion. Annoyance. Acceptance. While there were a great many revelations during the week of E3, the biggest revelation for me was that I finally nailed down how I’m feeling about Happy Birthdays.
The Kirby series has been going strong for 25-plus years. Over 20 titles. Over 30 million units sold. It’s been a bonafide staple of the Nintendo library since Kirby’s Dream Land graced the Game Boy in the Summer of 1992. In the last few years, however, the franchise has moved away from a traditional 2D platformer and gotten more gimmicky. Robots, yarn, drawing on canvas. Lots of interesting ideas. Nothing that really stuck with me though.
With the weather heating up as we head into the Summer months, there’s no better time to scroll through the Switch eShop and look for a budget friendly title or two that you can enjoy on-the-go while you soak up that sunshine.
Man, 2018 is turning out to be a really weird year in gaming. You’ve got your Sony exclusives that are tearing it up, Microsoft is ramping up the backwards compatibility on their Xbox One and Nintendo’s unofficial 2018 slogan for the Switch is “Year of the Port.” However, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare and can put down your current-gen console of choice, there’s actually quite a unique thing going on right now with the Nintendo 3DS.
Ah, Payday 2. A game I’ve legitimately put 150+ hours into on my PC since it arrived in 2013. And now, with “The Year of the Port” well underway for Nintendo, we find Overkill’s cooperative first-person shooter on the Switch.
It’s been a full week since the sun has set on the 2018 rendition of the NISA Press Event in San Francisco. With the Folsom Street Foundry as gracious hosts, the night was full of cocktails, competitive gaming and colorful game announcements. We’d be receiving a Switch version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana some time this Summer. Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded will be hitting the PS4 and Switch at a later date and The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 will grace the PS4 in late March. And that’s just a small bit of what NISA has in store for gamers in 2018.
In early 2011, Atlus USA brought Radiant Historia over to the US late in the lifespan of the Nintendo DS. The title, while universally praised by critics, didn’t garner the enormous commercial success it probably deserved and was somewhat passed over by many in the handheld community, myself included. It’s a bit odd that as fate would have it, Atlus chose to bring an updated remake of the DS classic to the 3DS while the 3DS seems to be on its last legs. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology takes the original formula, expands on it, adds full voice acting and animated cutscenes. But in 2018, with the Nintendo Switch off and running, are those tweaks enough to take an already good game and make it great?
Imagine you’re a Game Boy Color owner in 2001. By the end of the year, you’ve already powered through the two Legend of Zelda titles – Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. They are amazing 2D experiences. Games of the Year. Games of the Decade, perhaps. Revolutionary. And then, out of nowhere, someone tells you that there’s a game that feels like that Zelda spinoff you’ve never heard of and it’s coming in mere months. Intrigue would be at an all-time high, right?