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 German Luftwaffe conquers New York City – sounds like an alternate timeline scenario?! It’s the plot of the dramatic 2D shooting game “Aces of the Luftwaffe”!
You know the German city Nuremberg? Yes?! It’s famous worldwide for its sausages – “Nürnberger Rostbratwurst” –, its gingerbread, its castle in the city and, of course, for the biggest Christmas market on the planet! And now it will become famous – for an independent developer too!
8 years ago, Bit.Trip Runner first released on the WiiWare service as part of the popular Bit.Trip series. Then 5 years ago, its sequel Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien graced the Wii U’s eShop. Both games were absolutely fantastic, so the Switch’s Runner3 has a long legacy to live up to. Does this thrilling three-quel live up to the promise of its predecessors? Or will the brave CommanderVideo fall face-first into a failure of a flop? Read on to find out.
The legendary Street Fighter games make their way onto the Nintendo Switch. Last year, we saw Capcom release “Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” to much success. That release featured modern graphics and online mode. This release is a little bit different. Anniversary Collection commemorates 30 years of Street Fighter. It features 12 classic games including: Street Fighter, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dream, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III: New Generation, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact- Giant Attack and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike- Fight for the Future. Every game included in the collection are available to play in offline mode, all in their original arcade styles. The collection is a healthy dose of nostalgia, perfectly packaged in a sleek, and seamless release. Street Fighter features your favorite classic characters like: Ryu, Ken, Blanka, Chun-Li, Cammie and much more!
The Mega Man Legacy Collecton finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch. This is the Blue Bomber’s first appearance on Nintendo’s newest home console ahead of the release of the highly anticipated Mega Man 11. Mega Man is a legendary video game character and his impact is still felt on the industry today. Capcom seems to be gearing up hype for their flagship character by re-releasing the classics. This collection includes the original 10 Mega Man games in an exciting new package. The game also includes additional content including new modes and challenges, and also exclusive amiibo functionality. The collection is brimming with content and is being sold for an attractive $39.99. So, how does this collection hold up? Mega Man was originally released over 30 years ago, but is it still challenging? Will Mega Man appeal to new and veteran players alike? Can I even beat the game after all these years? How does 1987 game fit into the gaming landscape of 2018?
It was 1989, so almost 30 years ago, and a little console called Master System was on the market. And – the third part of a great Jump’n’Run series was launched: Wonder Boy III. Gamers all around the world fell in love with the cute little protagonist who was able to mutate into Lizard-Man, Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Hawk-Man and Lion-Man. Every metamorphosis offered new abilities and then you were able to reach new areas of the stages. It was a sensation and made SEGA a popular gaming company!
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.