Treasured Shooter Ikaruga Launches May 29th on Nintendo Switch!

SANTA ANA, California, May 1, 2018 — Nicalis, Inc. today announced the return of Ikaruga, the legendary and critically acclaimed vertical shooter from renowned Japanese game developer Treasure. Nicalis and Treasure have joined forces to introduce this groundbreaking piece of video game history to modern players in the updated version for Nintendo Switch.

The game’s story follows a rebel pilot named Shinra as he battles an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra’s ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage. This polarity-switching mechanic is the game’s core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design, as all of the enemies and bullets that players encounter will appear as either black or white.

Throughout the gameplay, as the amount of absorbed bullets increases, so does the player’s homing laser attack. When maxed out, this special attack can be ten times more powerful than a standard shot and all attacks can be chained together to earn bonuses that will achieve higher scores.

Ikaruga on Nintendo Switch features both single-player and two-player (local) cooperative modes, as well as global leaderboards that can be accessed online for tracking high scores. Ikaruga can be played in the traditional horizontal mode on Nintendo Switch, or flipped vertically for arcade-style “TATE” mode action.

“I’ve always thought that Ikaruga is one of the most perfect vertical shooters of all time, and I know that a lot of shooter fans agree,” said Nicalis president Tyrone Rodriguez. “The fanboy in me is honored that Nicalis can work with Mr. Maegawa and Treasure in bringing this legendary game to Nintendo Switch.”

Ikaruga for Nintendo Switch is rated “E10+” by the ESRB and will be available digitally on May 29, 2018 for $14.99 MSRP.

 

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.

About Treasure Co., Ltd
Treasure Co., Ltd is an esteemed Japanese developer founded by industry veteran Masato Maegawa over 25 years ago. The privately held company is best known for its classic-style action games and innovative gameplay systems, including the arcade shooters Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun.

Zarina and Sylvie Combine Shock and Samba in SNK HEROINES!

Two new faces join the fray in SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~! Meet Zarina and Sylvie Paula Paula, two hard-hitting ladies that debuted in King of Fighters XIV. 

Who’s Zarina?
Zarina packs a powerful punch with her Chi Attacks, and is ready to defend the home of her toucan companion, Coco, from destruction. With a knack for dancing the samba, her rhythmic moves will knock out anyone who stands in her way.

Who’s Sylvie Paula Paula?
A cute and quirky girl, Sylvie came from a secret society known as NESTS, who experimented on her to bring out her special abilities. Those googly eyes and that voice inside her head? Well, they’re her friends, so don’t mess with any of them, or Sylvie will give you quite a shock!

With SNK HEROINES arriving September 7 worldwide on Nintendo Switch and PS4 (standard digital only), who else will join the fray in the upcoming months? We’ll have more announcements soon, so stay tuned!

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Flying Tiger’s Johnny Turbo’s arcade, Sly Spy, releases May 3rd on Nintendo Switch!

Los Angeles, CA – May 1st, 2018 – Flying Tiger Entertainment presents the arcade hit, Sly Spy, The third action game release, from Johnny Turbo’s Arcade featuring classics by Data East.

Launching May 3rd, 2018 for $7.99 in Americas, and May 12th in European territories.

Listening to the world’s desperate plea for freedom and hoping to protect those he loves most, Sly jumps from a plane towards Washington D.C., and begins his campaign to prevent the terrorists from infiltrating not only the city, but several spots in the U.S., and must also prevent a nuclear missile from launching and striking the Earth.

Secret Agent: Use your jetpack and the golden gun and save the world from Evil.

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New Content in Happy Birthdays for the Nintendo Switch!

Let’s celebrate Happy Birthdays on Nintendo Switch together by opening a few presents early! It’s new content in Happy Birthdays for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the 3 new biomes, the new creatures, adorable monuments and more support for your creative gameplay!

New Gameplay:
In-game items have been replaced with a skill system that rewards and encourages shaping the world and capturing creatures. Performing these actions will generate stars, which players can use to activate skills that affect the terrain, temperature, moisture levels, and more!

Exclusive Creatures:
Gaea Drakonis, Ouranos Drakonis, and Hydor Drakonis are three mighty (adorable) elemental dragons that only appear when conditions in your world are just right!

Monuments:
Stars generated through gameplay can also be spent to place Monuments—cosmetic decorations that were DLC in the original game. More Monuments become available to the player as they fulfill certain in-game achievements.

New Starting Biomes:
When starting a new game, players can now choose from a lush grassland, a bone-dry desert, or a frozen tundra as their starting world. Each of these biomes have separate completion objectives based on their environment.

The world is in your hands!

Look forward to Happy Birthdays arriving on Nintendo Switch on June 5th, 2018!

Who are Dronya, Luca, and Tractatus de Monstrum?

We are excited to introduce the three main characters in Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. Each character has an incredibly important part to play in this grim tale and we can’t wait to share their roles.

 

Dusk Witch Dronya

A beautiful raven-haired witch, cloaked in black robes. Dronya serves the Haltz Kingdom as a royal court witch, and is called the Dusk Witch due to her brilliant red-and-blue eyes. She has come to Refrain for the sole purpose of exploring the labyrinth beneath the town, though her true motive for doing so remains a mystery.

 

Luca

Dronya’s young apprentice and traveling companion. An upbeat, excitable child who is easily moved to tears and laughter, often alternating between the two. Despite her young age, Luca can perform a variety of household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and doing laundry.

She also personally handcrafts each puppet soldier that Dronya sends down into the labyrinth.

 

The Tractatus de Monstrum

A legendary cursed book that contains the player’s soul. It is said to have been scribed by the only man to uncover the secrets of the labyrinth and survive. Now, the Tractatus de Monstrum—or “Tractie,” as Luca calls it—must lead Dronya’s puppet soldiers into the labyrinth of Refrain and unearth the secrets buried within.

 

Find out what’s in store for these three in Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk.

Arriving on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Fall of 2018!

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New and Exclusive Content Arrives on Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory For Nintendo Switch!

We’re excited to show off some new and exclusive content including a new trailer for Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory for Nintendo Switch on May 29th! Antoinette and Aurelius, the playable characters featured above, are just a small part of the exciting new additions:

  • Play both Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion on the same game card
  • Recruit characters from one saga to play in the other
  • 5 new playable characters
  • New story branches and 16 new levels
  • Intimidating new boss fights
  • Improved battle options with the addition of Manual Link attacks
  • Remixed battles in both New Game+ and the maddeningly difficult One Life Mode

Including English and Japanese audio voice options:

English Voice Talent
  • Xanthe Huynh as Princess Cecille
  • Darrel Delfin as Legatus Laendur
  • Sungwon Cho (ProZD) as G’ndarak
  • Kira Buckland as Winchester
Japanese Voice Talent
  • Shizuka Ishigami as Cecille
  • Hidenori Takahashi as Laendur
  • Kengo Kawanishi as the Grimoire
  • Ai Kakuma as Antoinette

Grasp the crown before all falls to chaos.

Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory arrives on Nintendo Switch May 29, 2018!

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Mulaka Sends a ‘Thank You’ Trailer to the Community!

CHIHUAHUA, MX — April 26th, 2018 – The team at Lienzo, developers of Mulaka, were blessed with an incredible amount of support from the community following the launch of their game and created a brand new trailer to thank everyone for the constant outpour of kind words and reception. Mulaka follows the legend of the 4th destruction of the world by the Tarahumara indigenous mythology and is available on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A few excerpts from reviews are found in the trailer, highlighting the game’s impact on people who’ve enjoyed this unique adventure.

A spotlight is put on the community with this new trailer as all of the positive reception achieved among the press wouldn’t be possible without the constant support of players everywhere. Mulaka’s Thank You Trailer shows the wide diversity of the game’s landscapes and scenery, all of them based on real locations in northern Mexico, ranging from deserts and towns to forests, caves, and even sinister places.

If you wish to learn more about the game’s inspiration from this unique culture, there’s a one of a kind three-part video series titled “Behind Mulaka”. These videos explore the Tarahumara’s history and mythology, as well as the importance of preserving culture through gaming.

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Flipping Death Comes Alive This August On Nintendo Switch!

Do you believe in life after death? We sure do, and have explored every nook and cranny of it in our latest adventure game – Flipping Death! 

The digital version of Flipping Death spooks its way onto Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam (PC/Mac) in August, 2018. These digital goodies won’t be haunting you alone for too long! After the game’s digital debut we’re releasing a retail edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The boxed versions come with physical treats and are published by our friends over at Rising Star Games!

About Flipping Death

When Penny dies under mysterious circumstances, she wakes up and finds herself filling in for DEATH HIMSELF! This temp job comes with a new power – the ability to flip between the worlds of the living and the dead! In this puzzling platformer, she’ll need that – and her wits – if she ever hopes to unravel the mystery of her demise.

Leap between platforms, solve puzzles, and help the dead rest in peace by possessing the living and making them dance around at your merest whim in this comedy adventure game by Zoink Games, with writing by the Eisner-award winning Ryan North.

  • Flip between worlds: Move swiftly between the living and the dead.
  • Possess the living: Control their limbs and read their minds to solve puzzles.
  • Play as Death: You’re just a temp, but the ultimate power of life and death is in your hands.
  • Dive into a rich, colorful world: Explore vivid environments in a pop-up book style and make your way through a completely original storyline!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest new on Flipping Death and other Zoink titles!

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‘Blade Strangers’ Fights Its Way Onto Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 And PC This Summer!

SANTA ANA, California, April 25, 2018 — Nicalis, Inc. today confirmed that the upcoming fighting game Blade Strangers is on track for a Summer 2018 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam (as well as arcade game centers in Japan).

Developed in Japan by Studio Saizensen, Blade Strangers is an online and offline brawler that features intuitive controls, high-quality visuals and stunning character animations. The game combines the excitement and subtle dynamics of a classic one-on-one fighting game with the polish and features expected from a current-gen contender.

Blade Strangers embraces a traditional and streamlined four-button control scheme that offers accessible controls that are designed to bring fresh blood to the ranks of fighting game players worldwide. For advanced players, the intricate combos, counters and special moves provide tournament-caliber competitors with endless opportunities to hone their skills.

The action in the game is highlighted by the stunning character animations, which are created using a proprietary process. 3D character models are used to render individual animation frames, which are then rasterized into sprites and manually hand-touched up by talented 2D artists to create cel-like characters and movement.

The roster in Blade Strangers includes newly-created fighters in addition to characters from previous Studio Saizensen games (like Code of Princess EX and the Umihara Kawase series), Nicalis games (like Cave Story+) and four familiar surprise guest stars yet to be announced. Thus far, the confirmed roster of playable characters in Blade Strangers includes:

• Curly Brace (Cave Story+)
• Solange (Code of Princess EX)
• Ali (Code of Princess EX)
• Liongate (Code of Princess EX)
• Master T (Code of Princess EX)
• Kawase (Umihara Kawase series)
• Noko (Umihara Kawase series)
• Emiko (Umihara Kawase series)
• Lina (all-new character)
• Helen (all-new character)

Blade Strangers will arrive feature-rich and action-packed with content at launch, complete with offline Story, Missions, Arcade and Versus modes in addition to highly competitive online modes where players can duke it out for leaderboard supremacy.

Blade Strangers will be available digitally and physically for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 and digitally on the Steam platform in Summer 2018 for $39.99 MSRP.

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SNK HEROINES To Include Tag Team Frenzy Customization Mode!

Who will be the belle of the brawl? SNK HEROINES is excited to introduce its expansive Customization Mode which allows you to modify and stylize your fighter!
  • Choose from over 100 different accessories from hats, glasses, ears, wings, to even pixelated character tattoos.
  • Choose from 4 different styles of in-game voices.
  • Select different backgrounds and frames from a plethora of options.
  • Pose your fighter to make your new cool in-game calling card or your cutest wallpaper yet.

“We are excited to bring character customization to SNK HEROINES, a franchise first. We can’t wait to see what our fans will do with all the photo editing and costume options!” – SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy Director Kaito Soranaka

All items can be unlocked through in-game currency earned from battles and completion of various game modes.

SNK HEROINES arrives on Nintendo Switch and PS4 (digital) this September 7th, 2018!

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