Archive for December, 2017

Sparkle Unleashed is now available on the Nintendo Switch!

Dandara landing on Nintendo Switch in February of 2018!

Dandara made quite the splash when we revealed it earlier this year as part of the Nintendo Switch Nindies showcase. Since then, we’ve taken her on journey around the world to show the game off to the public, and dev studio Long Hat House traveled to Sweden over the summer to participate in Stugan (a fantastic indie game incubator) and fine-tune the experience even further.

Long Hat House have kept their heads down while putting the finishing touches on Dandara and we’re proud to finally say the game is content complete! Or if you want to use that old term “Gold Master” then you could say it that way, too. Dandara launches in February 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android. That’s a lot of platforms! We couldn’t get it to work on an Amiga though. Next time, Amiga fam.

Though Dandara is complete, it just needs to get through all the usual certification processes to get it ready for release on various platforms. While that’s happening, the wonderful dev team from Belo Horizonte (fun fact: Belo Horizonte translates to “beautiful horizon” and it’s true) are working on additional content that will be released for Dandara later on in 2018. And yup, that DLC will be free.

Source: Official Email Release

The Escapists 2 make their way January 11th onto Nintendo Switch!

Yooka-Laylee now available on the Nintendo Switch!

UK – 14th December 2017 – Award-winning veteran games developer and international games label Team17 and Playtonic Games, the UK studio formed by veterans of the platforming genre, are excited to announce that Yooka-Laylee is out now for Nintendo Switch™!

Yooka-Laylee on Nintendo Switch includes several improvements and many fan-requested features. “We spent many months adding significant optimisations and dozens of game updates to ensure the Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee really is the bee’s knees.” said Gavin Price, Studio Director at Playtonic Games. “There’s single Joy-Con™ support across our eight multiplayer games, and a huge list of changes; including brand new camera mode, control improvements, and menu options.
There’s a lot!”

For a full list of all the lovely updates see here: https://www.playtonicgames.com/huge-console-patch-now/

Key Features:
– Take on Capital B with Yooka and Laylee anytime, anywhere on Nintendo Switch!
– Play with your friends! Split Joy-Con support is offered for eight unique local multiplayer arcade games (up to four players).
– Get all the stuff! Yooka-Laylee will reward you for playing with lovely Nintendo Switch achievements.
– Five engrossing worlds that can be explored and expanded. Expanding a world adds in new areas to explore, new characters to meet and bosses to defeat! Visit Tribalstack Tropics, Glitterglaze Glacier, Moodymaze Marsh, Capital Cashino and Galleon Galaxy.

 

About Yooka-Laylee
Developed by Playtonic and published by Team17, Yooka-Laylee stars the charismatic new buddy duo Yooka and Laylee, who use an arsenal of special moves to explore – and expand – gorgeous 3D worlds filled with collectibles to discover, secrets to unlock and a cast of quirky characters to meet (or defeat).

About Team17 Digital Ltd
Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital Limited is a leading international games label that hosts the Worms franchise, Aven Colony, The Escapists, Genesis Alpha One, Sword Legacy: Omen, Yoku’s Island Express, Yooka-Laylee and many more from developers around the world. Visit www.team17.com for more info.

About Playtonic Games
Founded in 2014, Playtonic Games is an independent developer based in Derby, UK. Between them, the Playtonic team has over 100 years of combined experience working on legendary gaming franchises and they released the much-anticipated 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee in 2017. Alongside preparing more love for Yooka-Laylee, they will be working on something possibly containing googly eyes in the future.

Source: PR Email

NIS America bringing Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory to Nintendo Switch in 2018!

Pokemon Crystal arriving Jan 26th on Nintendo 3DS!

When it launched in Japan 17 years ago, Pokémon Crystal introduced many new and exciting elements to the beloved Pokémon franchise. The game, an expanded version of the popular Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games, was the first in the Pokémon franchise to allow players to choose between a boy or girl playable character, as well as being the first game to introduce animations during Pokémon battles.

Now this groundbreaking game is coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Jan. 26 for only $12.89.* 

On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players bring select Pokémon from classic core games to the newest core games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all 29 core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original Pokémon Crystal game, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.

As with the Nintendo eShop editions of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon SilverPokémon Crystal will take advantage of the wireless communication capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, allowing players to enjoy Link Trades and Link Battles with each other. With the Time Capsule feature, players can even trade and battle Pokémon from Pokémon RedPokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which are all also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Fans also have the option to play Pokémon Crystal on a New Nintendo 2DS XL system that resembles an iconic Poké Ball. The Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system can be purchased in stores at a suggested retail price of $209.99. (The Pokémon Crystal game and Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL system are sold separately.)

For more information about Pokémon Crystal, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/games/detail/pokemon-crystal-version-3ds.

*Pokémon Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems is only playable in 2D.

Source: PR Email

Runner 3 to get Physical Switch Release; price to be $39.99!

SANTA ANA, California, December 13th, 2017—Nicalis, Inc. announces today that the eagerly awaited Nintendo Switch™ action game Runner3 will speed into retail next year. The all-new chapter of the critically acclaimed Runner series will appear in North American retail stores in early 2018 with a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Developed by Choice Provisions, Runner3 continues the endless platforming adventures of the stoic, unflappable Commander Video. The “hero in high tops” leaves a multicolored trail in his wake, punctuating the beat of the game’s infectious soundtrack with every step. Like Runner2, the new game will also feature the voice-acting talents of none other than Charles Martinet, legendary voice of Mario and dozens of other popular Nintendo characters.

“Some games just belong on physical cartridges, and this is clearly one of the most deserving,” says Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez. “We can’t wait for people to get their hands on Runner3—literally.”

“We know everyone’s going to love Runner3, but I’ll bet you’re going to love it even more in tiny little cartridge form,” says Choice Provisions co-founder Alex Neuse. “Just try not to lick it—play it!” adds Mike Roush, also a co-founder of Choice Provisions.

Runner3 includes some surprising new features, like branching paths, item shops and vehicles that CommanderVideo can take for a ride. The game also features new playable characters, new gameplay modes, new moves and an assortment of Hero Quests and retro challenges.

Nicalis’ retail edition of Runner3 for Nintendo Switch is currently planned for release in the first quarter of 2018. More details and a specific street date will be announced in the near future.

About Nicalis, Inc.
Based in Southern California and founded in 2007, Nicalis, Inc. is currently celebrating its 10th year as a leading developer and publisher of highly polished, retro-inspired video games. Its best-selling recent releases include Cave Story+Tiny Barbarian DXIttle Dew 2+ and VVVVVV for Nintendo Switch and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ for Switch and PS4.

About Choice Provisions Inc.
Formerly known as Gaijin Games Inc., Choice Provisions is an independent video game development studio founded by industry veterans Alex Neuse and Mike Roush in 2008. This message is approved by Dant Rambo.

Source: PR Email

The End Is Nigh Has Arrived on Nintendo Switch!

SANTA ANA, California, December 12, 2017—Nicalis, Inc. is proud to announce that the post-apocalyptic platform adventure The End Is Nigh is now available for Nintendo Switch. Fans of neo-classic video games can now play one of the world’s finest as either a physical Game Card—complete with free launch edition bonus goodies at retail—or as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop.

In The End Is Nigh, a lone survivor named Ash travels through dangerous terrain in search of a head, a body and a soul. His goal is to construct a friend who can share in the joy of playing the video game cartridges that still remain after all the other players are gone. Ash survives by leaping, hanging from ledges and swimming through toxic waters, smashing through barriers and outsmarting bloodthirsty mutants with perfectly timed jumps and precision maneuvers.

The End Is Nigh is one of the most challenging video games you’ll ever play,” says Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez. “But it’s never frustrating because we let you keep trying, as many times as it takes, until you succeed. And it feels great when you do, because it’s like you perfected a new skill…it actually makes you a better player.”

The End Is Nigh is the newest project from beloved indie game designer Edmund McMillen and Tyler Glaiel. The hardcore game mechanics, dark humor and audio-visual aesthetics represent a natural evolution from his previous games.

Launch editions of the game box include a full-color instruction booklet and a squishy Ash toy made of sticky silicone, with stickers on the outside calling attention to the “Ash-kicking goodies inside.” These bonuses are not exclusive to any retailer and will be included with the entirety of The End Is Nigh’s initial production run.

Developed and published by Nicalis, Inc. for Nintendo Switch, The End Is Nigh is now available as both a physical retail release (in North America) and a digital download from the Nintendo eShop (in both North America and Europe). The game has been rated M by the ESRB.

Source: PR Email

Nintendo Hits 10 Million on Worldwide Sales for the Switch!

VANCOUVER, B.C, Dec. 12, 2017 – Despite launching in March, a month not usually reserved for home console launches, and with the busy holiday shopping season still in full swing, the Nintendo Switch system has already sold 10 million units to consumers around the world, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

Nintendo Switch is a home console that can be played on a TV, and also taken instantly on the go – it lets people play their favourite games anytime, anywhere and with anyone. And since every Nintendo Switch system comes bundled with two Joy-Con controllers, players can easily share the fun of compatible multiplayer games with friends and family* right out of the box.

The robust and diverse library on Nintendo Switch features two of the most acclaimed video games of all time in Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At The Game Awards last week in Los Angeles, Super Mario Odyssey won the award for Best Family Game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was honoured with the awards for Game of the Year, Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Game Direction.

Nintendo Switch is also home to fun multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 DeluxeSplatoon 2 and ARMS that can be played online** or with friends and family in the same room, as well as an ever-growing list of great third-party games like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom BattleFIFA 18Rocket LeagueL.A. NoireThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimGolf Story and Stardew Valley. Nintendo Switch is truly for any player.

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

After a record-breaking 2017, Nintendo Switch will continue its momentum in 2018. The system will see the launch of Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star AlliesBayonettaBayonetta 2 and a new game in the beloved Yoshi franchise, in addition to big third-party games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus from Bethesda, Mega Man 11 from Capcom, PROJECT OCTOPATH TRAVELER (working title) from Square Enix, Shovel Knight: King of Cards from Yacht Club Games and Runner3 from Choice Provisions.

Nintendo Switch is available at a suggested retail price of $399.99. For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch/.

*Additional games, systems and accessories may be required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.

**Nintendo Account is required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.ca/

Source: PR Email

New Festive Trailer available for Yoku’s Island Express!

12th December 2017, UK – Award-winning international games label Team17 and independent developer Villa Gorilla have today released a new trailer for its forthcoming charming pinball platform game Yoku’s Island Express.

The festive new trailer showcases some of the snowy surroundings Yoku will uncover as he flips and bumps across his aerial ascent to the highest reaches of Mokumana island. In this frosty setting our favourite dung beetle will meet a whole host of colourful new islanders including Tungaska, Chirp the foreman and Tilo the mountaineer.

In Yoku’s Island Express, newly appointed postmaster Yoku the dung beetle quickly discovers that all is not well on Mokumana island. The ancient island deity is stuck in a restless slumber and its nightmares has caused a host of earthquakes and storms across the island. It’s all down to Yoku to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics in an amazing quest to help the islanders.

Yoku’s Island Express is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™ and PC in 2018.

About Team17 Digital Ltd
Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital Limited is a leading international games label that hosts The Escapists, Genesis: Alpha One, Overcooked, Yoku’s Island Express, Yooka-Laylee, the Worms franchise and many more from developers around the world. Visit www.team17.com for more info.

About Villa Gorilla
Villa Gorilla is located in Stockholm, Sweden and was founded in 2013 by industry veterans Jens Andersson and Mattias Snygg. Our goal is to create small and unique games with a focus on innovative game design and beautiful execution.

Yoku’s Island Express. Developed by Villa Gorilla. © 2017. Yoku’s Island Express and Villa Gorilla are trademarks or registered trademarks of Villa Gorilla. Published by Team17. © 2017.

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