One to look out for: Pato Box

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The Switch has been getting an endless slue of interesting games lately, but every now and then, one will stand out amongst the rest.
Recently confirmed to be coming “Around June” for Switch, Pato Box is in a sense, a spiritual successor to the beloved Punch Out!! on NES, and in another sense… It’s a buff duck beating the heck out of people. And I’m very excited about it.

With seven unique and challenging bosses to take down, and an art-style that attempts to make it feel like you’re in a graphic novel, Pato Box looks to be just the right amount of stupid to be fantastic.

Pato Box is available now on PS VITA, PC and Mac via Steam, and later on Nintendo Switch.

 

 

Say Hello To The Baby PS4 Controller

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So this is a thing now.
A miniature, wired PS4 controller with all the non-essential features stripped back and a flatter design. I suppose for a kids first time playing on the console, the Dualshock 4 may be a bit intimidating, and thus… This thing.
It actually looks pretty neat, though it’s a shame that it’s wired.

If you have very tiny hands or just don’t want to pay for a full-fledged controller, the Mini Wired Gamepad from Hori will be available across the US and Canada this holiday for $29.99 USD (MSRP) / $39.99 CAD (MSRP).

Looks Like You Can Now See More Specific Playtimes On Your Switch

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As pointed out by @SteelDiver on Twitter, with the newest firmware update to the Switch, Ver. 4.0, your console will now start counting and displaying playtime hours earlier. Neat!

This update also comes with a host of new features such as gameplay recording, new avatars and a slightly revamped news feed.

Spooky Gen 3 Monsters Join Pokémon Go Tomorrow

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Some new Pokemon will (finally) be coming to Pokemon Go tomorrow as a Halloween event begins. New to the mobile game will be Banette, Duskull, Shuppet, Sableye and Dusclops. A Pikachu in a pretty funky witches hat will also be available to hunt down and enslave.
This leads many to speculate if we’ll see any more gen 3 Pokémon making an appearance any time soon. It’s probably fair to assume there won’t be any others until at least the end of the celebration, but hey, you never know.
I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!
… On my phone.

You can read the full blog post by Niantic here;


Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and other spooky Pokémon are back again this Halloween, and this time, they’re bringing some special friends! Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokémon GO. The rest of the Pokémon first seen in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will gradually arrive starting as early as December! We hope Trainers enjoy this special Halloween treat. The Halloween celebration will start on October 20 at 12:00 P.M. PDT and run until November 2 at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

A special Pikachu will be out celebrating Halloween in an all-new costume, and you can, too! Dress up your avatar for the occasion by wearing Mimikyu’s Disguise Hat. You’ll also earn extra Candy while you’re out trick-or-treating with your Buddy Pokémon: Candy rewards from catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon will be doubled, and your buddy will find Candy twice as fast during the Halloween celebration! Last but not least, you’ll have the opportunity to stock up for your upcoming adventures with special boxes from the in-game shop, featuring items such as Raid Passes and Super Incubators.

While you’re out looking for Sableye, Banette, and other spooky Pokémon, use your Pokémon GO AR camera to capture festive photos and share them on social media using #PokemonGOHalloween. As always, make sure to remain alert and aware of your surroundings while playing Pokémon GO this season.

—The Pokémon GO team


The Halloween celebration will start on October 20 at 12:00 P.M. PDT and run until November 2 at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Expansion Looks Very Pretty

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Take a game as good looking as Horizon, cover it all in snow, and what do you get? My money, anyway.
As far as DLC goes, this is looking really good. Guerrilla Games has released an environmental overview trailer which you can check out here;

It’s a bit like looking at an updated Skyrim, isn’t it. All that lovely snow.
And hey, PlayStation Plus member can get a 25% discount! Neat.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will release as DLC on November 7th.

Story Of Seasons: Trio Of Towns Is Out Now, And Here’s The Launch Trailer

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The next entry in the Story Of Seasons series is out now for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Create and expand your farm and befriend the villagers across three towns.
You can also… Dress up as.. Mario and friends.

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*gulps*
Regardless of scary outfits, the game does look interesting. Check it out if you’re a harvest moon fan, or even someone enjoying Stardew Valley on the Switch recently.
Story of Seaons: Trio of Towns is out now for Nintendo 3DS.

Let’s Talk About: Ni No Kuni

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch, is a game that came out on PS3 in the west back in 2010, and with the upcoming release of Ni No Kuni 2 in 2018, now seems like a good time to take a look at what made the original so great.

Ni No Kuni is one of those games that had such an amazing premise, it seemed too good to be true. On paper, we had the company who could do no wrong, Level 5, developing, the God of Japanese animation, Studio Ghibli, creating cut-scenes and designing characters, and even Joe Hisaishi, creating the soundtrack for the game.
Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well… Yes, in-fact, it is.

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The game is a dream to play. It looks and feels like you’re in a Ghibli movie at all times, from the graphics to the animations, even the music! It all fits together beautifully.
This is without even touching on the best part of it all; the actual gameplay.
In Ni No Kuni you are tasked with saving your mother, who has been stolen away into this magical world of familiars and giant cats and.. Goodness knows what else.
It’s a pretty traditional RPG set-up, but it absolutely nails the pacing and overall feel. There was not a moment when playing this where I felt bored or as if I were doing the same thing over and over. Which is saying a lot for an RPG, honestly.

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If there is a downside, you could say that the English voice-acting isn’t great. I mean, it’s fine, it works. But have you ever seen the English dub of the Ghibli movie ‘Arriety’?
The voice-acting in it feels a little forced and much more a-kin to something from a Funimation dub than a Ghibli movie. The voice-acting in Ni No Kuni feels just like that.

Combat is fantastically deep here, basically being a mix of Pokémon and Final Fantasy. You train up these little creatures, level them up, they can even evolve! Or… Ahem, metamorphosise. You do this by feeding them treats and upping their stats and so forth.
The battle system is quite complex and probably too long to explain fully in writing, so I’ll attach this great Video by GodisaGeek here to explain it.

Ni No Kuni 2 is set to bring back most of the original development team bar the usage of the name Studio Ghibli, though I believe most key people are still involved.
It’s set to change a lot of what the first game started, the biggest being a complete overhaul of the battle system to make it more real-time based, which makes me a little nervous.

All in all, Ni No Kuni is one of my favourite games, and I wholeheartedly hope that the sequel keeps the same spirit.
We’ll find out when Ni No Kuni 2 release for PS4 and PC on January 19th.