Pokemon Ultra Sun (3DS)
RPG November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Sun for is another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Moon as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version o the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of pokemons (some available only in this version), and offers new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Sun supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer pokemons caught in other games of the series.
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)
Action 15 September 2017
Metroid: Samus Returns is a remastered and thoroughly remodeled version of Metroid II: Samus Returns that was originally released on Game Boy in 1991. The modern version was developed by MercuryStream Entertainment, creators of games like the well-received Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. As the title may suggest, Samus Aran, an intergalactic bounty hunter who fights with space pirates, is the protagonist here, just like in many other Metroid games. Action in the game is presented from a side-scrolling perspective. Gameplay focuses on exploration of various vast and nonlinear levels and elimination of the titular metroid creatures. As we progress, we gain access to new areas. Samus uses a wide range of Beams, futuristic cannons that fire energy bullets and beams. She also uses the unique abilities that her Space Jump suit grants her (she can jump higher when using it). Additionally, Samus can take alternative forms that will help her get to some normally inaccessible areas.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (3DS)
RPG 06 October 2017
A remake of the 2003’s Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga developed by AlphaDream on Game Boy Advance. It is an unusual arcade RPG with a turn-based combat. During the game, the titular Mario brothers have to join forces with their arch-enemy – Bowser, and together they set out to the Beanbean Kingdom to retrieve the stolen Princess Peach’s voice. The 3DS release of the game’s remake features improved visuals with more polished character models and lighting effects that are much more pleasing to one’s eye. Apart from all this, the developers decided to introduce two more attractions – a new game mode called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, showing the events from the main campaign as they are seen by Captain Goomba, ShyGuy, Boo, and others, as well as the support of amiibo™ figures. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is compatible with Super Mario toys, and along with the game’s release, the developers introduced two new figures - Goomba and Koopa Troopa.
Culdcept Revolt (3DS)
RPG 29 August 2017
Culdcept Revolt is a turn-based RPG developed by Omiya Soft that uses elements of card and board games and was released as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Culdcept series. The game takes us to a fantasy world where we play as a boy named Allen. He's a recruit in the Rebel Army that fights to finish the tyrannical rule of Count Kraniss. As we play, we take part in turn-based battles that take place on grid-covered maps. Our goal in each fight is to get as much points as possible. They are given to us for taking control over new sectors of the map. A throw of a dice decides how far we can move during our turn. If we encounter an enemy while making our move, a battle begins during which we use monster and spell cards. We learn the game's story through visual novel-like cut-scenes. Culdcept Revolt offers a local and online multiplayer for up to four players.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 (3DS)
RPG 31 August 2017
Another spin-off in the popular series of dungeon crawlers Etrian Odyssey, developed by Spike Chunsoft. The player assumes the role of an adventurer, who helps a stranger woman in reaching the roots of the Yggdrasil tree, which are told to hide a gate to the world of gods. The events in Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 are presented in an isometric perspective, and a lion’s share of gameplay is about exploration of randomly generated dungeons as well as waging turn-based battles. Interestingly, both heroes and their adversaries perform actions in the same time – therefore, when you move from one field to another, the enemy may be performing the same action. You take under your command a team of four adventurers, whom you can hire and replace in a town, which serves the role of your base of operation. In the course of the adventure heroes gain experience and learn new skills as well as class-based special abilities. It is also noteworthy that upon dying characters go back to the town, however, they also lose the entire equipment and gold they carried. Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2’s characteristic feature is its colorful, eye-pleasing graphics.
Fire Emblem Warriors (3DS)
Action December 2017
Fire Emblem Warriors is a spin-off of the popular jRPG series Fire Emblem that was released on Nintendo Switch. The game that was created by Omega Force and Nintendo is quite different from what we could see in the series' previous installments. Instead of a turn-based tactical RPG, we get a fantasy slasher that uses the series' characteristic elements and characters and adds only a couple of RPG elements. In terms of gameplay, Fire Emblem Warriors uses mechanics similar to those from the Dynasty Warriors game series.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
RPG 20 October 2017
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, a game that was released in 2009 for Nintendo DS. Just like the original game, it was developed by Atlus. Developers implemented some audiovisual tweaks and changes (improved facial expressions, dialogues are now fully voiced). User interface and gameplay mechanics were also improved. The game now offers three difficulty levels and the possibility of saving the game anytime we want to. Strange Journey Redux also has an additional ending connected with the new character named Alex. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is a dungeon crawler. As we play, we explore dungeons and take part in battles with demonic enemies. While in combat, we rely on the individual abilities of demons we capture. Our job is to explore the unknown world that can be accessed through a portal opened in the South Pole and stop the invasion of demonic creatures that came out of it.
Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS)
RPG November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Moon for is another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Sun as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version o the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of pokemons (some available only in this version), and offers some new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Moon supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer pokemons caught in other games of the series.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS)
RPG 17 October 2017
The fifth full-fledged installment in a series of classic turn-based jRPGs developed by Atlus for Nintendo's hand-held consoles. The action takes place in the mysterious land of Arcadia. It is inhabited by four races - the game features original interpretations of the typical fantasy races. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it is a first-person dungeon crawler. The player assembles a team of characters representing various classes. The party visits labyrinths, descends into subsequent dungeons filled with traps, enemies and puzzles. Solving them open the way further. The game offers a turn-based combat system. The characters can perform standard attacks, cast spells and use their special abilities. As usual, the player decides about the character development and teaches the party members new skills with the experience points earned as the game progresses progression.
A classic, two-dimensional platformer considered a representative of the metroidvania genre, developed by Lunar Ray Games that was founded by a former employee of Microsoft and Bungie Software. The story of Timespinner is set in the fantasy universe of Ernah, created by the developer in the days of his youth. During the game we play the part a young girl named Lunaris, whose village was destroyed by invaders from another planet. Heroine's mother died during the escape, and she was sucked through a broken portal and transported to another world, where in desperation she vowed revenge on the oppressors. In the course of gameplay we explore subsequent locations, solve simple puzzles and fight enemies; and as we progress, we gain new weapons and gradually improve the abilities of the protagonist. A distinctive feature of the game is the power to manipulate time, by which Lunais can move through different eras, avoid enemies and get into seemingly inaccessible places.
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (3DS)
Action 29 September 2017
The third version of the second entry in the jRPG series from Level-5, after Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Players again take control of Nathan or Katie, who suffered from the attack of a mysterious Yo-kai (supernatural being). The spirit erased memories of heroes and their Yo-kai friends, forcing both characters to once again take the special watch that lets them communicate with those beings and try to find the culprit. Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters lets us revisit the city of Springdale, which we can freely explore. Gameplay focuses on performing tasks given by non-playable characters and turn-based battles against Yo-kai. Those can be befriended after defeating them to use their powers in future fights. Interestingly, players can choose one of two paths to progress the story – there are storylines and exclusive missions not present in two previous incarnations of the game. The single player campaign is accompanied by enhanced, cooperation-based multiplayer Oni Blasters Mode, as well as competitive module – players can fight each other through local wireless network.
Kirby's Blowout Blast (3DS)
Arcade November 2017
An extended version of Kirby 3D Rumble minigame from Kirby: Planet Robobot. The gameplay is focused on traveling through 3D levels in which we must eliminate many enemies and collect coins in a shortest amount of time. Kirby's Blowout Blast is based on the same rules but the levels are now more complex with additional enemies and bosses. The main character, a pink creature called Kirby, can swallow enemies and then spit them out at enemies. Time is important in Kirby's Blowout Blast which means that players need to have good reflex during fights. We can get additional points by hitting a few enemies with one shot or eliminate them one by one without missing. We can be rewarded with one of three ranks, bronze, silver and gold, on more than 25 levels. Kirby's Blowout Blast encourages players to replay the levels and to top their previous scores.
Shakedown Hawaii (3DS)
An old-school open-world action game and a sequel to Retro City Rampage developed by Vblank Entertainment. The action of Shakedown Hawaii takes place 30 years after the events presented in its predecessor. The protagonist has grown really old and got himself a large belly. Dramatic events forced him to take up arms once again and to rebuild his crime empire. The gameplay mechanics improve on the ideas from Retro City Rampage and bear a strong resemblance to the first installment of the cult-classic Grand Theft Auto. The action is observed from an aerial view when traversing the open city area on foot or by vehicles. While playing, we perform various primary and secondary quests, using a rich arsenal or firearms, and the gameplay is enriched with elements of economic simulation that lets us manage the protagonist’s business. The game is realized in retro style and features a large dose of absurd and undiscriminating humor.
RISE: Race The Future (3DS)
A racing game taking place in a futuristic world. The players control lightning-fast, cutting-edge vehicles. The title is the first multi-platform project from VD-dev, a seasoned French studio, known for games for Nintendo portable consoles. RISE: Race The Future employs a driving model inspired by the classic Sega Rally series, highly arcade in nature, and focuses on mastering drift techniques. Additional flavor is retained by the fact that the cars used in the races are equipped with a unique type of tires, which allows them to cross any surface (water, for example). Aside from the multiplayer mode, and a classic arcade mode, the game offers a story campaign for a single player, which takes us to a fictional world of futuristic racing, outlining the history, beginnings, and the purpose of organizing the races in which we participate.
The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup (3DS)
Arcade December 2017
An original 2D platformer with adventure elements, developed by Gory Detail, an independent studio established by Christopher Seavor, formerly an employee of Rare. The main protagonist is a forgotten and somewhat broken toy resembling a dog that has a wheel instead of paws. The player’s task is to take care of it, which is done in a rather unusual way because we do not have direct control over the toy, but we can influence its behavior by manipulating the environment. The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup is characterized by a pretty dark atmosphere, although not completely devoid of black comedy. On the technical side, the title uses a number of characteristic capabilities of the Nintendo consoles which translates into innovative control solutions, among other things.
Antipole DX (3DS)
A remastered version of Antipole, a futuristic platform game released in 2011, created by Saturnine Games. You play as Johnny Hurricane, an agent wielding extraordinary abilities, whose task is to stop an invasion of dangerous robots. The game is set on the invaders' ship, and you move around it using a gravity manipulator, which allows you to walk on walls and ceilings, as well as to change your opponents' location. An important factor in Antipole DX is combat, during which you're a target for a hail of bullets, which are hard to avoid. You also have to be wary of deadly traps. Compared to the original game, Antipole DX features improved visuals, new levels, and enhanced versions of old levels, as well as some changes concerning boss enemies. Additionally, the game now features online rankings.