Team Sonic Racing on Switch makes it near impossible to play online in a team with friends

Riding solo

Team Sonic Racing is available on Switch, and it does let you play online. If you're looking to play in a team with friends, that situation is going to involve a TON of luck.

On PS4/XB1, Team Sonic Racing uses the party/invite systems of the hardware. On Switch, without that hardware-level system available, SEGA opted to not offer anything. The only way to play online with friends is by hopping in a lobby and hoping everyone lines up correctly. Teams are broken into colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green), and three players are on each team. The first person in a lobby goes to the Blue team, next goes to Green, the next Red, and the next Yellow. In other words, if you want people on your Blue team, you'll have to have the fantastic luck of joining first, then having your friends join in 5th and 9th.

Hopefully this is something that can be fixed, as there are numerous other games on Switch that offer up their own solutions to the party/invite system. To think that SEGA/Sumo Digital just ignored it altogether for this version is pretty disappointing.

Another Switch owner turns their TV into a giant faux Switch

Not exactly portable

Not the first time we've seen this, but still interesting nonetheless. This time around the setup includes some extra storage for games and other accessories, making it both visually pleasing and functional!

Slay the Spire devs say the game is 'SO close' to launching on Switch

Hopefully slaying soon

Switch owners have been patiently waiting for Slay the Spire on Switch, which still doesn't have a release date. Thankfully we do have an update from the dev team, and it seems we won't have to wait much longer.

Now, this may bring up questions about the Switch port, and all we can say is that we’re close SO close. Once again, we want to err on the side of caution before announcing anything but a lot of progress has been made and we hope to have some official news soon enough.

Doraemon Story of Seasons demo now available in Japan

Demo up!

We've known for a few weeks now that Doraemon Story of Seasons was going to get a demo in Japan. No date was given for the demo's launch, but it actually just popped up on the Switch eShop in Japan today. The North America and European versions of the game are set for launch later this year, but we don't have word on a demo for those regions.

Muse Dash hitting Switch on June 20th, 2019

How amusing

Publisher X.D. Network and developer PeroPeroGames have confirmed that Muse Dash is finally coming to the Switch on June 20th, 2019, and it's priced at $29.99 / 3,240 yen. The game will launch with a special week-long 10 percent-off discount. The Switch version includes English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese language options, and includes all downloadable content.

Samurai Shodown - Yashamaru Gameplay Trailer

Yashamaru is ready for a fight

Get a look at the bloody, violent combat styles of Yashamaru from the upcoming Samurai Shodown, hitting Switch later this year.

American Fugitive - another round of gameplay

You take the role of Will Riley. No angel for sure - but not a killer. Yet the cold-blooded murder of your dad is the crime they locked you up for. Fuelled by grief and a burning desire for vengeance, you’ll bust out of jail intent on finding the real culprit.

Back in 1995 - more footage

Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return.

Super Cane Magic ZERO - more gameplay

Venture the dangerous hills of Minestronya as Dude, a Baker with the power of bacon! Confront angry firepeople as Dudette, the unstoppable Plumber! Defrost the laser volcano as Dudward, the Candy-Healer-Wizard, or just be awesome as Dudorah the Influencer!

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble gets a new trailer, still scheduled to launch soon

Something's rumbling...

TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE (FULL METAL RUMBLE from here on) is a completely new title that pushes the tactical, turn-based strategy genre forward, inspired by classics like Advance Wars. Greater challenges and stronger enemies test the mettle of TINY METAL veterans, but with enhanced commander powers, new passive abilities, and additional difficulty modes, thrilling challenges await in every new firefight.

FULL METAL RUMBLE improves and expands upon the original’s formula across 39 new campaign missions and 77 skirmish maps, both escalating in complexity and ferocity. Units head into battle with never-before-seen tricks, take cover in the fog of war, refuel and stock up ammo when depleted, and ambush sinister Dinoldan forces to change the tides of war.

The world of TINY METAL levels up through exploration and new victory conditions. A new world map pays homage to classic RPG elements, packed with secrets for inquisitive adventurers. Challenge enemies posing a variety of new win conditions in every level. Triumph against the Dinoldans demands strategic planning and more than just extra firepower.

Only the sharp, independent Commander Wolfram and her White Fangs can hope to stand against the conquering Dinoldan armies. Search for Wolfram’s brother and lead the White Fangs to victory, preventing dangerous ancient technology from falling into Dinoldan hands. The fate of a world ravaged by war hangs in the balance.

Acclaimed writer Hirotaka Inaba (I Am Setsuna) spins a twisting tale of intrigue, triumph, and tragedy, brought to life by a charming cast of memorable characters. Venerable composer Tomoki Miyoshi (I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear, STEINS;GATE) wrings emotion and intrigue from every cutscene and firefight.

“The all-star team of developers at AREA 35 are thrilled to bring our gripping wartime narrative packed with exciting new features and challenges, to PC alongside Nintendo Switch,” said Hiroaki Yura, producer, AREA 35, Inc. “The tremendous community support for TINY METAL’s nostalgic tactical gameplay drives our development on this next chapter.”

TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE will be available to demo at MomoCon on May 23-26 in booth #10. FULL METAL RUMBLE will also be at E3, taking place June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in West Hall booth #5200.

TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE is coming soon for Nintendo Switch and PC in North America and Europe. The game will support English text and audio localization.