Described as a ‘humorous light platformer’, fans of felines will be delighted to know that a platform game with RPG and puzzle elements featuring cats is coming to Nintendo Switch this week. Developed by DeqafStudio and published by No Gravity Games, the game will be playable in 13 different languages including, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, and Hungarian.
Not dissimilar to Mario and Zelda games, the aim of Strike Force Kitty is to train a team of four kitties to save a princess. The concept of the game might sound all too familiar, (you have to fight bosses along your journey). However, the game is unique and appealing due to its cute and humourous nature.
Features of the game include:
350 unlockable costumes for your kitties
Multiple big bosses to battle
Cute graphics with RPG and puzzle features
Over 30 different artifacts
Bespoke art, music and animation to provide hours of entertainment
Funny and easy to play
The game’s usual price is very affordable at just USD$4.99. However, if ‘pre-purrchased’, it can be obtained for the bargain price of USD$3.99 here.
It’s been 5 years since we’ve had any entries into the Super Monkey Ball series, and 7 since we’ve had any on a console. Fans of the series won’t have to wait much longer to catch up with Aiai and the gang, though. SEGA has officially announced an HD remake of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz!
The HD remaster has a release date of October 29, 2019. Needless to say, October just keeps looking better and better for the MyPotatoGames fam!
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz was originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2006. It introduced a new villain, Captain Crabuchin, and had a total of 8 boss battles.
So far, we know that Banana Blitz HD will have 100 main levels and 10 multiplayer minigames. New graphics are, obviously, included and controls will be optimized for each platform. Also, for the first time ever in the series, there will be online leaderboards.
The best news is that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be released on all current major consoles. That means you’ll be able to play on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam! Although pages aren’t yet up for all the consoles, you can already pre-order on Amazon.
New Super Mario Bros U was one of the most popular games to be released by Nintendo on their sadly not-so-popular WiiU console. The game is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game, and is the fourth title in the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series. The 2012 game was very well received, and obtained mostly 8/10 and 9/10 ratings.
Like Mario Kart 8, the popular WiiU title underwent the deluxe treatment as it was optimized for Nintendo Switch.
Switch console owners will be pleased to know that New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is available to play both digitally and physically for $59.99 as from today, 11/01/19. You can grab your copy of Super Mario Bros U Deluxe right here.
About New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
The game naturally allows you to play as classic characters such as Mario, Luigi, and Toad. However, you can also play as Nabbit (who doesn’t take damage from enemies), Toadette, and even as Peachette (by powering up Toadette with a Super Crown).
The ‘New Super Luigi U’ WiiU game expansion comes included in the Switch’s deluxe version.
Players can enjoy the game in single-player mode, or play with up to three other people in multiplayer mode.
Experience the game on your own in single-player mode
Play with up to 3 friends in multiplayer mode
With two games in 1, you get double the fun
Optimization for younger and less-experienced players
Contains bonus content such as a hints gallery and helpful reference videos
164 levels to complete
Three additional game modes (in which you can play as a Mii character): Challenges, Boost Rush, and Coin Battle
Take no damage from enemies when you play as Nabbit
Play as Toadette, who can transform into Peachette when powered up with a Super Crown.
Utilize a variety of different power-ups, such as a nut that transforms your character into a flying squirrel
Making a reappearance is Yoshi and the Baby Yoshis, who will assist your character in completing levels.
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition is yet another feline-themed Switch title. The game, which is described by its developer (Lienzo) as a Metroidvania adventure, is set in an exciting fantasy world filled with fierce foes. The game was released on the Switch eShop on 13th December for just $6.99.
Play and control Ikki, a heroic huntress cat with twin swords (are claws not enough?!), a bow, and magical abilities, in an attempt to save the Kingdom of Iripur from the evil Morodir in this action-filled 2D Platformer.
The original Hunter’s Legacy game was released on xBox, PlayStation, and Steam, where it received mixed reviews. Common complaints with the original included:
A lack of ore (which is required for upgrades)
An uneven distribution of ore
The villain and Fang of Alliance aren’t explained
Ikki seems unfairly disadvantaged due to her inadequate weaponry, which kinda ruins the gameplay experence for some (or in the words of a reviewer on Steam) ‘I know kitties with bows and swords can be cute but this one needs a machine gun badly.’
Inconsistent difficulty spikes
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition is a definitive, improved version of the original game, exclusive to Nintndo Switch.
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition features:
New story sequences
Additional character dialogues
Updated level design
A brand new mini-map feature
Improved melee combat
A new game plus mode
Despite these added and improved features, the game levels still lack variety and there are still inconsistent difficulty spikes.
My Purr-sonal Opinion
Ikki, who is also known as the Heroic Huntress of Un’Amak, embarks on a quest in aid of theIripur, a race of anthropomorphised cat people who have had their Fang of Alliance stolen by the evil Morodir. In order to restore peace, Ikki must locate three sacred orbs to unlock Morodir’s barrier and then retrieve the Fang of Alliance. As you encounter glowing rocks throughout the game, you will be given insight into the game’s backstory
The introduction to the game is kept very brief, with just a few cutscenes (which are shown below) that don’t provide a lot of context. Additionally, I found the narrative to be quite cliche.
The controls of the game are pretty simple. The arrow keys on your right joy-con will trigger Ikki’s moves, which include bow and arrow, sword, dodge-roll, plus more as you progress through the game, which is approximately 5 hours in length. As moves are triggered by the press of a single button, and that most of those buttons were attack moves, I appreciated that I didn’t have to fumble to fight foes.
The inventory in the game is great, as it’s de-cluttered and allows you to look at the entire world map. This map shows your current location, your destination, possible fast travel locations and where any chests in Ikki’s vicinity are located.
There are some tricky boss fights and challenging situations to face, which is something that a few critics say can be a rage-quitting factor. However, I really enjoyed it and very much felt like it was the sort of game where you could come home at the end of the day and play a game that doesn’t require too much thought. Additionally, players get a sense of fulfilment from unlocking new abilities, surely making the frustration worth it. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that despite certain parts being difficult, the game is not impossible to complete, and that save points are pretty frequent.
Graphics and Sound:
I really enjoyed the cute Metroidvania art style used in the game. Although subtle, there are design changes such as new animations for some characters. Additionally the game’s levels have been designed to be more fluid.
Owing to my weird sense of humour, I also liked Ikki’s variety of facial expressions, of which I may have made memes out of (sorry not sorry)
I found that the Switch version of the game ran very smoothly, and was a definite improvement to the PC version, which has been criticised for its framerate.
Additionally, in my opinion, there were no obvious visual differences between playing in handheld mode and playing in console mode.
I found the game’s soundtrack rather soothing and well-matched to the game’s environment. Initially, I really enjoyed Ikki’s cat noises (during combat, when attacked etc). However, as painful as it is for me say due to being a cat lover, these noises become darn annoying after a while. This is a sentiment shared by many who have played the original game.
Confession: I do still find the hissing amusing though.
To conclude, Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition is an affordable cat-themed Metroidvania game will alluring graphics and music. I’d definitely reccommend it to feline fans and those who like platformer games. However, whilst I do feel that the game is pretty and worth its retail price, it is let down by its limited context and narrative, and can be unfairly difficult at times. I feel inclined to agree with reviewers who have said that it doesn’t really offer anything new to the already quite saturated adventure-platformer gaming industry. However, it’s a pretty aesthetic game, and how can you not like a game with cats?
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ncluding daydreaming doggies, portable Pokemon, and enigmatic exploration, here are three games to be released this month on Nintendo Switch that we think you’ll enjoy.
Mimpi Dreams is a 2015 game that incorporates adventure, puzzle and platformer. Initially released in 2015 for iOS, Mimpi Dreams is the sequel to the video game Mimpi, which was released in 2013. Mimpi Dreams will be available to download for the Nintendo Switch via the eShop on the 15th November 2018 for $9.99.
Mimpi is described as a ‘Lazy Doggy’ who becomes a ‘Superdog’ in his dreams. In Mimpi Dreams, your job is to help Mimpi be a hero and help his friends by manipulating his dreams. Featuring seven original illustrated worlds, players can assist Mimpi in getting through levels by moving obstacles, solving puzzles, and helping Mimpi communicate with the creatures in his dreams.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are the two variations of upcoming RPG game Pokemon: Let’s go! The game is in development by Game Freak and will be published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console. Using a throwing motion with the Joy-Con or Poké Ball accessory, players can catch a variety of True-to-size Pokemon. Set in the diverse region of Kanto, use skill, timing and a well-placed Poké Ball to catch your favorite Pokemon. You can also connect your game to the Pokémon GO app to receive Kanto region Pokémon. Both versions will be released on November 16th, 2018, and cost $59.99 to purchase.
The First Tree
The First Tree is a 3D exploration game featuring beautiful graphics and 2 parallel stories. The indie adventure game was Developed and Published on Steam by David Wehle on the 14th November 2017, and has received very positive reviews. Earlier on this year, it was announced that the game would be coming to consoles later on in 2018. St to be released on November 30th, The First Tree: Console Edition will be available to download on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The console price has not yet been announced, but the game is currently affordably priced at $7.99 on Steam.
For fans of Journey, Firewatch, and Shelter.
Not a “fox simulator,” but an emotional, intimate story by a one-man team with an ending you won’t soon forget.
Featuring a gorgeous soundtrack by acclaimed artists like Message to Bears, Lowercase Noises, and Josh Kramer.
A short game (about an hour and a half) focused on story with some light puzzle solving and platforming.