Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge     Release Date: 26th January 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch physical Release)
Bad Land Games

There was a time, a time between 2010 and 2017, in which the beloved Metroid series seemed to be just a little bit dead. Other M put the franchise into a deep sleep, and the other series which loved to throw the player into huge labyrinths of goodies and galore, Castlevania, was also sleeping, at least on that variant of play-style. So entered the indies, so entered Axiom Verge. Metroid may have returned since, and Castlevania is on its way back in some form thanks to Vania vet Iga’s Bloodstained, but one mustn’t forget the games that kept the Metroidvania in our hearts. And on our screens.
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ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2 Jet

ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2 Jet
Release Date: 22nd March 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

It wasn’t so long ago I was talking about World Heroes 2, March in fact, but here we are with World Heroes 2 Jet, the update, not the sequel. You see, back in the 90’s things like download content and patches weren’t possible, so if you wanted to add new things, it was either a sequel or this. It worked for Street Fighter II, and considering World Heroes is the off brand Street Fighter for the NeoGeo, it made sense for the series to follow suit. Like a jet.  Continue reading

Rocket League

Rocket League 
Release Date: 26th January 2018 (Nintendo Switch Physical Release)
Psyonix 

Football is often referred to as the beautiful game, and I can see what people mean when they call it so. There is nothing more moving than seeing a team work in harmony, minds in total sync, as they pass and shoot for the opponent’s goal. When a goal happens with such precision between players, well, it can reduce a grown man to tears, that’s what they say, that’s what I see. And hearing those engines roar, witnessing paint jobs grind up against one another, and smelling the burning rubber, yes, that’s the beautiful game right there. That’s Rocket League football, indeed.
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ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2

ACA NeoGeo: World Heroes 2
Release Date: 25th January 2018 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

It’s easy to drown on the NeoGeo. Fighting games are stacked on every corner, they pile up high, till you can no longer see the sky. The King of Fighters, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, Waku Waku 7,Sengoku, World Heroes, and this is just a surface scratch. It’s easier just to break on through the lot with a Tiger Uppercut, and head to well-worn roads with the likes of Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat, but climbing those suffocating walls often leads to new horizons. World Heroes 2 isn’t one of them, but it tries, oh, it tries.
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ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug 3

ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug 3
Release Date: 3rd March 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

Here we are, it’s the Metal Slug everyone who knows Metal Slug knows, and also the Metal Slug everyone who doesn’t know Metal Slug knows (say that fast). Number 3 is the classic, that one to play, that one that always sees a re-release no matter the console, and here we are again with it on the Switch. It’s as they say, three really is the magic number.  Continue reading

Arcade Archives: Mario Bros.

Arcade Archives: Mario Bros.
Release Date: 27th September 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
Nintendo
Hamster Corporation

The Virtual Console has been absent on the Nintendo Switch, but thanks to Hamster Corporation, (what a fluffy name) we’ve been seeing a series of NeoGeo arcade classics weekly. Mario Bros. is not a NeoGeo classic of course, but it’s the start of Hamster branching out. And Nintendo Arcade games makes for a pretty big branch.
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ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug X

ACA NeoGeo: Metal Slug X
Release Date: 5th October 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
NeoGeo
Hamster Corporation

Metal Slug X is an example of what game companies had to do before online patches were a thing. When going over Metal Slug 2, which you can read about here, I found the game to be a chuggy sluggy mess, grinding to a halt whenever the player dared to breathe. X is the marker pen crossing out such issues, and adding zombie dogs as it does so. I guess sometimes you have to give just a little bit more when saying sorry.  Continue reading