Recall the Scents, the Sounds, and the Sensations of Summer
I was instantly captivated when I saw the hand-painted watercolor art style of developers UN JE NE SAIS QUOI for the first time. Now we have an official announcement from the small indie team from France with a new trailer for their upcoming narrative adventure game Dordogne.
In Dordogne you play as Mimi a 32-year-old woman looking back at her childhood memories of summers spent at her grandmother’s house. With that, there will be puzzles to solve and beautiful landscapes to explore. Moreover, forest walks, climbing, kayaking, and cave explorations are some of the activities you can enjoy while a peaceful soundtrack is playing along.
Filling Mimi’s journal is the focus of the game so you’ll have to collect photos, sounds, objects and words. Each playthrough is unique because you’ll get to choose how you fill those journal pages so as to reflect your personal experience.
Autumn is nearly here, which means we can expect to see warm drinks, cold weather, and leaves beginning to fall from trees. However, leaves aren’t the only thing to drop over the next two months. Much more exciting than the dropping of leaves, is the dropping of these five wholesome games onto the Nintendo Switch in September and October.
Pode (Physical Release) – 4th September
Released digitally on Nintendo Switch back in June of 2018, a physical version of Pode will release on September 4th. Pode is a beautiful indie puzzle-adventure game that is inspired by Norwegian art and nature. The game features a rock called Bulder, and a falling star named Glo. The two characters work together in order to solve ancient puzzles. The digital version is already available from the Nintendo eShop for $24.99USD.
Enjoy a soundtrack created by the infamous Austin Wintory.
Explore a beautiful and ancient cave system full of secrets.
Overcome numerous obstacles and solve plenty of puzzles, riddles and mysteries. Utilize the special abilities of Bulder and Glo in order to overcome any barriers you encounter.
Enjoy playing the game by yourself, or with another person in Co-Op mode, if you so desire.
Appreciate the game’s stunning art style and beautiful world that is inspired by Norwegian art and nature.
My Universe: School Teacher – 15th October (Europe)
My Universe – School Teacher is an upcoming life simulation game developed by Magic Pockets. In the game, you will play as a teacher and must educate a classroom of children with different abilities. In an attempt to become the best school in the city, you must manage daily tasks and successfully complete a myriad of mini-games. The game will release on multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows and MacOS. My Universe – School Teacher will be released on the 15th October 2020. The physical version of the game can be pre-purchased on Amazon for right here.
Participate in a variety of entertaing minigames.
Decorate your classroom using items that you unlock.
Organize school festivals where you can win prizes and improve your school’s reputation.
Customize your teacher with skin tones, haircuts and clothing.
Experience unique gameplay with each lesson.
Meet the game’s many different characters.
Explore the school’s premises and the varying environments ithat it contains.
Improve your school’s rating by completing quests in Story Mode.
Or alternatively, play and discover at your own pace in Free Mode.
Compete against rival schools and beat them to improve your school’s reputation.
Expand your classroom and decorate it with the new items that you unlock.
My Universe – Fashion Boutique
My Universe – Fashion Boutique is an upcoming life simulation game developed by Black Sheep Studio. In the game, you must launch and successfully manage your own fashion store. In an attempt to build your brand, you must give personalized advice to customers, design your own clothing collection via mini-games, and arrange your shop in a way that attracts customers. The game will release on multiple platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and MacOS. My Universe – Fashion Boutique will be released worldwide on the 27th October 2020.
Create your own ideal clothing from thousands of potential combinations.
Customize your character’s appearance, wear your own creations, and decorate your showroom.
Play a variety of different mini-games in order to create outfits and entice customers.
Strive to become the most infamous fashion designer in town and online.
Organize fashion shows in locations such as Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, and Milan.
Instant Chef Party
Instant Chef Party an upcoming cooking simulation game that will be published by Merge Games. In the game, you must cook your way to the top of a hilarious cooking-themed television show. In order to do this, you must participate in a variety of mini-games (that involve food and cooking) with up to four other players. The game will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Instant Chef Party will be released on the 27th October 2020, and will cost $34.99USD in the United States.
– Pick from two different mouth-watering boards upon starting the game. – Pick your avatar from six different wannabe-chefs (Maï, Luc, Giovanni, Sidney, Pedro & Sarah). – Roll unusual dices in an attempt to (hopefully) move forward! – Compete with up to four friends in a multitude of different mini-games. – Spice up your gameplay with the game’s Chance Cards, Co-Op mode, and One Versus All mode. – Finish first and become star of the show by being the fastest and most skillful cook.
Pikmin 3 Deluxe
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is an upcoming enhanced version of real-time strategy game, Pikmin 3. The game (which will be published by Nintendo), will release worldwide on the 30th October. This Nintendo Switch remake will contain all of the DLC featured in the original WiiU game, as well as some exciting new content. Players can either play on their own, or with one other in Co-Op mode. Pikmin 3 Deluxe will release both digitally and physically. The physical version of the game can be purchased from Amazon for $59.96USD.
Command your plant-like Pikmin and return to your ship before you run out of time.
Play at your own pace and enjoy beautiful graphics due to the newly-added difficulty options.
Strategically choose the right Pikmin for the job in order to overcome obstacles, defeat creatures, and ultimately, save your planet!
Buddy up and explore with a friend (using the same console) in Story Mode or Mission Mode.
Alternatively, compete head-to-head with another player in Bingo Battle.
Experience all of the DLC stages from the original release, as well as some brand-new missions.
Locomotion is a cute railway-themed puzzle adventure game. Both the developer and publisher of the game are a small UK indie studio Polyfox. The objective is to guide a train through a variety of different worlds to reclaim your gold which has been stolen by an alien. Here’s what you should know about Locomotion on Nintendo Switch.
Initially released on Steam on May 10, 2019, Locomotion has received positive reviews and holds an 8/10 rating on Steam. It is currently on sale with a 20% discount until July 9th. You can purchase it here.
Featuring 52 increasingly difficult levels, you must guide your train to the exit of each level, whilst also collecting gold, solving perplexing puzzles, and avoiding along the way.
Guide your train through 52 levels that increase in difficulty. The levels divide into 4 worlds, each with different themes.
Reclaim the stolen gold hidden within each level to help the frantic train conductor.
Safetly navigate your train to each exit whilst encountering mechanisms, dangers, and inconveniences. Examples include lifts, switches, pressure plates, magnets, fans, crumbling blocks, exploding carriages, plus more, as you ‘make tracks’ through the game.
Experience awesome isometric views and a distinct and dynamic soundtrack that changes throughout the game.
Whilst exploring the assortment of levels and worlds, untangle a story of loss, revenge, and of course, unidentified flying objects.
The family-friendly game will cost $10.99, and releases on the Switch eShop on July 30th 2020. You can find out more information about the game as well as pre-order it here.
The Wild Area and online options become accessible early on in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. If you don’t like spoiling new 8th generation Pokemon or like to catch as many Pokemon on your own before trading, I recommend getting all of your badges in the main game to fully enjoy everything the online multiplayer feature has to offer. You must have all 7 Gym Badges (last one is the Dragon Badge) in order to find Gigantamax Pokemon in the Wild Area. I go into more details and which select few Pokemon have Gigantamax forms here. See below for more information about playing with other players and ongoing official competitions by Nintendo for rewards and bragging rights!
Link Battles and Link Codes
Link Battles are between you and other players online. If you only want to play with your friends specifically, you can set up a Link Code. A Link Code is a 4-digit password that your friends will have to input in order to join. This is set up this way because everything you do is broadcast live via Stamps (more on that later). Link Battles allow you to choose Single Battle for one-on-one battling and Double Battle where two players can send out 2 Pokemon at one time. Finally, there’s Multi Battle which is similar to a Double Battle but four players are involved and get to control one Pokemon each.
Link Trades and Surprise Trades
Link Trades are the way to go if you have a certain Pokemon in mind that you want to trade with a friend. You can also connect with someone randomly online and both come to an agreement for a trade. If there’s a Pokemon you know you don’t need anymore, Surprise Trades can be really fun! Select the Pokemon that you want traded and go about your business in-game until your Y-Comm alerts you that they found you someone and the trade is complete. As adorable as Skwovet is (the pudgy-cheeked squirrel), you’ll probably come across it often in Surprise Trades as it is the new Ratata. Other times you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what players send out there!
The Victory Station
Go to your menu and click on VS (Victory Station) which displays stats such as whether Shield players or Sword players are winning in categories like “Hatched the most eggs” and “Cooked the most while camping” by comparing numbers with 100 players online. From there, you can select either Battle Stadium for various online competition options or Live Competition to host or participate in battles via LAN.
Casual Battles: Anything goes in single and double battles and it’s all just for good fun or to just test your skills as a Trainer.
Ranked Battles: Compete for the highest rank with other players around the world. You’ll be matched up with others in your tier so that the battles are fair. At the end of each season you’ll get in-game rewards based on your position in the Leaderboards.
Online Competitions: These are limited live and official ongoing competitions. Check out the announcement here for details on the very first competition, Galar Beginnings. You’ll want to sign up now for the period between December 6th-8th, 2019. All players will receive a Participation Gift after completing at least one battle.
Rental Teams: This new feature allows you to share your Battle Team for the public to use, or “borrow” someone else’s to play around with in battles.
Nintendo just announced that Ranked Battle Season 1 is now under way until the end of December 2019. During this time, the rules listed will remain the same with restrictions to Pokemon that you can use. Another season will be starting on January 1st, 2020. For this time around, you’ll be entering in Double Battles, using only 4 Pokemon from your team, and all of your Pokemon will be at Lv. 50. At the end of the season, if you’ve competed in at least one match, you can get the following rewards from the Mystery Gift menu.
Battle Points, or BP, can be spent by talking to an NPC in the Pokemon Center in Hammerlocke in exchange for special items.
Y-Comm and Searching Stamps
Going to your Y-Comm and changing your Local Communication to Internet will allow you to see what everyone online is currently up to by displaying Stamps at all times on the bottom left of your screen. This includes Link Trades, Surprise Trades, Link Battles, and Max Raid Battles. In your Y-Comm menu, it is possible to filter your Stamps if you are looking for specific battles to join or only want to see the Stamps of your friends. I usually set mine to Max Raid Battles and pay attention to the specific red ones as they are the “incredibly/massively strong Pokemon” ones. If someone else found a rare Gigantamax Pokemon, you can join in with a total of 4 players. You’ll want to act fast as this can fill up quickly.
If you find your own Gigantamax Pokemon, I recommend Inviting Others as it’s a very tough battle to fight alone or the three other NPCs given at random can be pretty terrible. You’ll come across a few Magikarp that will often faint and then come back after a few turns at full health, only to faint again.
In every Max Raid Battle, any Pokemon can faint up to 4 times before you lose and get kicked out of the den. You also lose if you go over 10 total turns. Therefore, either set up a Link Code for your friends, or wait the full 3 minutes to give players the chance to join. It is possible to have a mixture of players and NPCs if you can’t fill out all four slots.
Playing with Others Keeps Things Interesting for a Long Time to Come
Even if you have finished the main game of Pokemon Sword and Shield, there are still competitions to enter for rewards and your Pokemon to show-off. If you want to fill out your Pokedex, you’ll need to spend some time in the Wild Area, and to trade for version exclusive Pokemon. Hosting or joining others in Max Raid Battles and Dynamaxing Pokemon is also another fun way to share in the experience and to get the most out of your game.
A few of my favorite games are currently discounted in the Nintendo eShop.
The Nintendo eShop is definitely my preferred way to purchase games. Many of my favorite titles are all available at the click of a button. Luckily, right now some of those titles, like My Time At Portia, are currently available at a discount. The sale is sponsored by Team17, so all games discounted are by this amazing game publisher.
Games in eShop sale!
My Time Portia is wonderfully beautiful life sim that I just can’t get enough of. Since being ported to the Switch, My Time At Portia has gone through some major updates to make it currently one of the best games on the console (personal opinion). My Time at Portia has been marked down by 30%, making it now only $20.99. You can access that discount right now at the Nintendo eShop.
Overcooked 2 is an exciting and whimsical party puzzle game. The object of the game is to prepare increasingly intricate dishes in a super hectic kitchen. The best cooperation with your staff will yield the best results. Now, you can try it for yourself at a discount of 30%, making it only $17.49. Again, just visit the Nintendo eShop for access to that discount.
Yooka-Laylee is a cute and exciting 3D adventure game with adorable graphics and hilarious cast of characters. It was created by the makers of Banjo-Kazooie, and takes much likeness from that series. The game is currently available at a whopping 50% discount, making this title only $19.99. Visit the eShop to access this offer as well.
There are many more games available in the Team17 sale, including DLC some of the games listed here. The sale on October 8th, so you better act fast!
Now that it’s the fall, I’ve been in a very festive mood for Halloween. That’s why I found OBAKEIDORO available now on the Nintendo Switch eShop for only $19.99! This creepy-but-cute party game (up to 4 players) is developed by FREE STYLE and was the winner of BitSummit 7 Spirits Popular Selection Award. In this PVP game fun for the whole family, you have 3 minutes in which three Humans face off against one Monster. Gameplay can be as deep or casual as you want to make it!
As a Human, don’t just simply run away! Use your Lantern Attack to fend off the Monster. If you time it just right, you might be able to turn the tides in your favor. As the Monster, utilizing your powerful skills is key to your victory. Use skills like Glide and Track to capture the Humans. Can you escape the Monster? Can you hunt down the Humans?
“The demon world comes to light in the dead of the night.”
During Nintendo’s Direct last night we finally got the official title for Town; Little Town Hero! This strategic RPG is created by none other than GAME FREAK, the geniuses behind the classic Pokemon games. With a new trailer we got to see a lot more of the battle system, the townsfolk that will be aiding you, as well as some of the single boss monsters you’ll be facing off against. Little Town Hero will be releasing digitally on the Nintendo Switch on October 17th, 2019 for $24.99 US. You can pre-order it now right here!
About Little Town Hero
The story is set in an isolated village on the edge of the world. The only gate leading outside is heavily guarded by a castle, and the villagers are not allowed to leave. Most of the villagers don’t give it a thought, and happily go on with their everyday lives. However, the protagonist is a little different from the others – he wants to see the world outside. One day, a “Monster” appears in the village, shocking everyone because until then, no one knew such creatures existed. The protagonist is able to fight it using a mysterious Red stone he found in the coalmines. In the course of his defense of the village, he gradually unravels secrets of how the stones and the monsters came to be…
Catch the Live Stream
GAME FREAK’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Stream will go live on Oct 16 (JST), 2019! In this special stream Junichi Masuda; one of the founding members and composers of GAME FREAK, will give us the history of the company, reveal information about their game development system, and give us the latest information on Little Town Hero along with another title. You can watch the live stream on GAME FREAK’s official channels on Twitter Periscope and YouTube Live. You can also check out their official website here.
There were no ‘objections’ from us upon hearing the news that the popular Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy would be coming to Nintendo Switch.
For those who are unfamiliar with the courtroom series, the games’ follow defence attorney, Phoenix Wright, who is tasked with proving his clients’ innocence. Six main Phoenix Wright games have been released and one crossover game where the attorney collaborates with Professor Layton.
Features of the games include: visual-novel-style storytelling; intriguing and bizarre cases; plot twists; numerous crime scenes to investigate; and the ability to cross-examine witnesses in the courtroom.
The Ace Attorney Trilogy contains the first three games from the Phoenix Wright series (Ace Attorney, Justice For All, and Trials and Tribulations). There are 14 exciting episodes (which span the trilogy) for players to delve into.
The saga will be available to download from the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.99 on the 9th April.