Microsoft to extend Xbox live to Nintendo Switch and Smartphones, a step towards unified gaming platform

Microsoft is quite ambitious about Xbox’s future. Project xCloud, which the company launched in 2018, stated company’s clear goal to make Xbox games available on all platforms.

The latest reveal by Game Developers Conference says that Microsoft is planning to support cross-platform multiplayer gaming. This means that iOS, Android, Switch, PC and Xbox players would be able to play together. This move brings a lot to the table. Introducing all social and interactive tools including leaderboards, means that Microsoft would be able to tap into currently untouched 2 billion devices and integrate them into mainstream gaming, becoming the most ‘expansive’ platform.

Having a unified gaming platform means a win-win for everyone. But, disappointing, Microsoft has restricted the purchase of games to Microsoft’s own store only.
We’ll surely get more details and information when Microsoft does its presentation at GDC 2019. Stay tuned.

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Assassin’s Creed 3+Liberations For Switch Leaked; Releases 15th February

Multiple Czech online sellers have leaked an Assassin’s Creed remaster bundle for the Nintendo Switch.

The remaster bundle comes with Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed Liberation. While we knew a remaster for 3 was in the works, what we did not know was that there was also a Switch bundled release coming.

The choice of the remaster also seems weird at first glance because Assassin’s Creed 3 is a game which has fans split. They either hate the game or love the game and also received a lot of flak on its original release. Liberation was a handheld exclusive before making its way to other platforms and featured the first playable female assassin.

The reason for this remaster though is probably because Assassin’s Creed 3 just got a remaster for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 so porting that would be much easier along with added benefits of having better textures and lighting.

There are a lot of games releasing on February 15th with Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3 and also the Anthem Early Access. While all those won’t be coming out on the Switch, they’re all games that have a lot of hype behind them.

The fact that there’s been no official release from Ubisoft yet is also not going to help it but then again, many of the Switch users who have heard this news are pretty excited to get their hands on an Assassin’s Creed game on the Switch.

If this is the start of Ubisoft porting more Assassin’s Creed games to the Switch then it ain’t bad at all. While we most likely wont get games like Unity which is notorious for its power hungry requirements and the newer titles like Origins and Odyssey, we might just get a title like Assassin’s Creed IV or Rogue which are both really good Assassin’s Creed game and also closely tie in with the plot of both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Liberation

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Onimusha: Warlords Review

Onimusha: Warlords is the remaster of the 2001 game of the same name which brings it to all the 8th generation consoles and PC. So, does a game from 2001 still hold up or is it best left in the past? Let’s find out.

Onimusha: Warlords, when it originally released was well received. It was originally going to be a spin-off of Resident Evil set during the Feudal Japan period but eventually became its own title after taking a lot of influence from the Resident Evil series with the survival and puzzle aspect of the game. The game is more action-packed though and features a variety of weapons. While this was an extremely fun game back in 2001, the current day situation might be a little different.

You play as Samanosuke Akechi, a samurai who goes on a quest to find a Princess who has been taken by demons. The gameplay is pretty reminiscent of the old-school Resident Evil games with the fixed camera and tank controls but instead of guns, you use swords and shurikens to fight off demons and monsters from Japanese myths and folklore.

The Onimusha: Warlords Remaster which is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC is not really a remaster as much as it is a decent port. Not much is changed in terms of visuals as only a few textures have received the high-res treatment while most of the static background environmental images are still low res which really pops out against the newer textures.

The consoles run the game at 1080p while the PC can go up to 1440p and all the versions of the game run at a locked 60fps. The aspect ratio of the game is 4:3 and if you choose to use 16:9, it just zooms in and crops part of the image which is just a lazy way of supporting 16:9.

Unlike the old version which only allowed movements using the D-Pad, you can now use either the D-Pad or the joystick to move around when playing on a controller. There’s also a neat quality of life change as you can now quick-switch weapons in the middle of gameplay instead of going into the main menu.

The music has also been re-recorded and the game also features the Japanese dub which has also been re-recorded with a lot of the same actors. The original PAL release of the game didn’t feature the Japanese dub so having this option in this remaster is good.

Now whether or not this game is for you is honestly a matter of personal preference and also depends on when you started gaming and what type of games you were into.  If you started playing games after 2005 and never played any RE game, chances are that you won’t enjoy this game simply because of its somewhat dated gameplay and visuals. However, if you did play older games and are familiar with them, this game might be worth trying out.

It has a decent story, gameplay that is fun but dated and it isn’t too long to play through. If you played the original game and enjoyed it and want to replay it, this is probably the best way to do so. However, there is one small caveat that stops me from recommending this game, especially for Indian Steam users and that is its price.

The game costs Rs 1,500 in India which for a game that is 18 years old and is not even a remaster but an alright port, it makes no sense. It goes for $20 on the US Steam store and probably other marketplaces but for India, it’s a tad bit too much and if it were cheaper, I would absolutely recommend this game to folks. It’s good to see these games making their way to the PC because this way they won’t be lost to time or depend on emulation.

The game itself is fun albeit dated and it was a blast to play it again. It made me feel nostalgiac and while sure it isn’t great in terms of controls and animations, it was a lot of fun to play but I’d only recommend this title if you can get it for cheap on a sale because at its current full price of Rs 1,500 it is not worth it.

Because of the lack of any good changes and the high price, if I were to rate this title, I would give it a 6.5/10.

 

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An Upgraded Nintendo Switch Is Coming in 2019

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Nintendo is planning on releasing a new, upgraded version of the Switch this year.

This information comes to WSJ thanks to suppliers and other insiders with direct knowledge of the plan for an upgraded Switch. Almost every console this generation has had a revised, upgraded model during its life cycle and Nintendo want to keep the momentum going for the Switch and increase its life cycle.

Courtesy: Kotaku Australia

As of October 2018, when the original report came out, Nintendo was not sure as to what Hardware or Software features to include in this new version of the Switch. They were aiming to change the display from the current end lower-end LCD display to a newer display that would help make the screen brighter, the Switch thinner and make it all around more efficient to increase battery life. According to the report, the Switch will not be adopting OLED panels like those found in the iPhone X series flagship phones.

As to the release of this new model, it seems to be sometime around Q3 or Q4 with a slim chance of it coming as soon as Q2 which is summer. Nintendo wants to sell 20 million units of the Switch in the 2018-2019 Fiscal year which ends on 31st March 2019. They had already sold 19.7 million units since the introduction in March 2017 up until June 30th 2018.

The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December will further help them achieve the goal of selling those console units and if the leaks about Switch Online getting more console emulations is true, then that will also help.

What would you like to see in an upgraded version of the Switch? Let us know your thoughts below.

Wall Street Journal Link

Switch Online Emulator Leak

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Nintendo Switch Online: SNES and Other Consoles Coming Soon?

Nintendo’s online paid platform Nintendo Switch Online might be getting a bunch of SNES titles added sometime soon according to what’s been datamined.

Nintendo Switch Online launched last year and was pretty lacklustre but they’ve been slowly making it more robust and worth the money. The Nintendo Switch currently has an NES app that allows you to play select NES titles with more being added over time.


Dataminers looked into the contents of the current NES switch app and found references to 22 SNES titles. The titles are as follows:

  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Soccer
  • Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Pop’n Twinbee
  • Star Fox
  • Contra 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Mario World
  • Pilotwings
  • F-ZERO
  • Star Fox 2
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Breath of Fire 2

A lot of these are very famous titles from that console and it’s quite a wide selection of games. There’s been no official announcement from Nintendo about SNES titles coming to the Switch so this could very well be on its way very soon.


Another interesting thing that these dataminers found was reference to 4 emulators in the NES Switch app. These upcoming consoles could be the Nintendo64, the Gamecube and the GameBoy or the GameBoy Advanced. Switch users have wanted this for a while and if Nintendo delivers this to them, it would make paying for Online totally worth it.

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Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds launches January 24 for Switch, later for PS4 and Xbox One

The Switch version of Japanese-style RPG Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds will launch via the Nintendo eShop on January 24, publisher Another Indie and developer Semisoft announced.

The PC version first launched on the same day in 2017.

While a release date for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions was not announced, Semisoft told Gematsu that they will not launch alongside the Switch version.

Here is an overview of the game, via the Nintendo eShop:

About

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds is a love letter to our all time favorite JRPGs with a fresh take on classic turn-based combat and tactics.

Welcome to Legrand, a beautifully hand-drawn world riddled with curious creatures, devastating wars, and intriguing tales of vengeance and redemption. Embark on an epic adventure through this sprawling fantasy universe and fight alongside the Fatebounds as they attempt bring peace to Legrand! But be careful who you trust because everyone has a secret to hide…

Key Features

  • A fully immersive experience with stunning FMV, fully rendered 3D cinematics, and epic original soundtrack.
  • 3D models and original assets come together with gorgeously stylized hand-drawn backgrounds.
  • Action packed turn-based combat and tactical warfare scenarios that will test the limits of your wits.
  • Recruit craftsmen to restore the abandoned city of Dumville, play mini games, or embark on rewarding side quests.
  • Collect loot from slain enemies to craft items and upgrade weapons.
  • Configure items and grimoires that characters can wield in combat or set combat formation.
  • Command the military might of nations in intense tactical battles.

 

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Unannounced Kunio-Kun Game Starring Masao Kobayashi Rated For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, And PC In Taiwan

The Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee has rated Izasuze! Kobayashi-san, a new title from Arc System Works, for PlayStation 4Xbox OneSwitch, and PC.

The rating includes a photo featuring the Kunio-kun series’ Masao Kobayashi standing next to the game’s Chinese title.

Image result for image: https://i1.wp.com/gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Izasuze-Kobayashi-san.jpg?w=525&ssl=1

 

Other new ratings from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee include:

Neither of these titles have been officially announced.

 

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Rad Rodgers Radical Edition Coming To Switch In Early 2019

Rad Rodgers Radical Edition will come to Nintendo Switch; free update on all other platforms

Rad Rodgers, a homage to classic ’90s-era platformers, is about to receive a massive, ass-kicking, bubblegum-chewing content update. Some hugely popular new Heroes are joining the action, including Lo Wang from Shadow Warrior, Cosmo from Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure, and the one and only Duke Nukem from… Duke Nukem! And that’s just the start: the game’s also receiving a two-player co-op mode and a versus multiplayer mode.

Switch it, Baby!

Rad Rodgers Radical Edition will release on Nintendo Switch early 2019. Current owners of the game on PC, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and across the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, will receive all the new Radical Edition.

AAhhh… much better: The Radical Edition’s new features:

• 2 Player Couch Co-op – Play together with a friend! Enemies can prepare themselves for tough battles.

• Battle Mode – Tired of team play? Fight against your friends and show them who’s boss!

• New Playable Characters – Take on the roles of Lo Wang (Shadow Warrior), Duke Nukem, Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison and more!

• New Abilities!

• New Minigames!

• New Overworld!

• New Levels!

• And tons of new secrets, collectibles and unlockables!

Rad Rodgers: Radical Edition will be published by HandyGames, family member of the THQ Nordic network. HandyGames acts as an independent publisher, focusing on small and mid-sized projects or 3rd-party indie games.

 

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