Feast your eyes on this gorgeous new Yokai Watch 4 footage

Level 5 have gone ahead and posted some direct-feed footage of the current demo being shown off for Yokai Watch 4 and holy hell, it’s looking so good.
Last time we saw the game, there were a couple technical issues which were quite apparent during gameplay, such as low frame-rate and some kinda funky animations.

All of that has now been sorted, it would seem! The frame-rate is buttery smooth, apart from when you use paws-of-fury, that’s uhm.. Still a bit of a disaster.
But otherwise its beautiful, and I sincerely cannot wait to get my hands on it. Continue reading Feast your eyes on this gorgeous new Yokai Watch 4 footage

Nintendo’s recent box-art is a big step up

Have you noticed how undeniably good Nintendo’s section in a game store looks in recent years? Whether you have or haven’t, you’ve probably unconsciously found yourself drawn to that shelf more than a couple of times.
This is in no small part thanks to the bold, bright, masterfully pieced together box-arts that first-party Nintendo Switch titles boast.

It wasn’t always this way, of course. With the release of the Switch, Nintendo seems to have put a much greater focus on presentation and ensuring that designers follow a definite formula of tightly packed, colourful covers.
The goal is to create a “busy” scene. I say busy rather loosely, as while these pieces are technically packed with information, there is a hell of an amount of clever use of space and colour at play here.
How it comes together at the end is rather unlike the approach most other companies go for however, often leaving no breathing room in the usual sense, but rather packing the scene to the brim and simply making some objects more important than others.
It takes real skill to pull off what they do, and seeing Nintendo take advantage of pushing their brand and identity in this way speaks volumes of the good mental shift that has happened in there lately. Continue reading Nintendo’s recent box-art is a big step up

Why is no one talking about Child of Light 2 getting announced?

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Child of Light, one of my favourite games to release in the past decade, and one of the few games to take advantage of the sorely underused UbiArts engine, was announced to be coming to Switch recently.
And by recently, I mean two months ago, and by coming to Switch, I mean it’s out in a week.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about! I’m sure you’ve seen it in the title at this point, but have a look at this here tweet from a Ubisoft dev: Continue reading Why is no one talking about Child of Light 2 getting announced?

PSA: Dragon ball FighterZ is out now on Switch and it’s amazing

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It’s no secret that I’ve been.. Well, hella hyped for this game. And yes, I was at the store for 9am this morning like the idiot I am, laughing as I grab the only copy in stock (looks like retail copies may be a little hard to come by).
But anyway, now that I’ve got it, and have played it all day, what do I think of it?  Continue reading PSA: Dragon ball FighterZ is out now on Switch and it’s amazing

That Nintendo Direct felt like an E3 conference, holy smokes

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I’m dying. Nintendo, how have you been sitting on this many announcements?! What the heck this is too much to take. It feels like Christmas.
I won’t touch on everything here, because freakin’ heck there is a lot, but I’ll go through the highlights that excited me most. Continue reading That Nintendo Direct felt like an E3 conference, holy smokes

I’m very excited about Dragon Ball FighterZ on Switch

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When Dragon Ball FighterZ was first revealed at E3 2017, I had to do a double-take. The graphics… The- What, how did they do that.
They’ve essentially done the previously impossible, they’ve taken the art-style from the anime and replicated it to ridiculous perfection using… What, 3D models? Whaat. I was in total shock, and still am.  Continue reading I’m very excited about Dragon Ball FighterZ on Switch

UPDATE: Postponed until further notice. Nintendo Direct coming tomorrow!

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UPDATE: Due to a large earthquake in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan, the direct has been postponed until further notice.
If you’d like to help those affected in these tragic times, here’s a link to where you can donate:
https://donation.yahoo.co.jp/detail/1630037/


Nintendo just officially announced a Direct, scheduled for tomorrow at 3pm PT, or 11pm in the UK. Weird, it’s not usually on so late.
But hold up, it’s set to feature a full thirty five minutes of information. Thirty five!
It’s like E3 all over again. Really makes you appreciate these more frequent showings,  things feel like a year-round celebration.  Continue reading UPDATE: Postponed until further notice. Nintendo Direct coming tomorrow!