EXCLUSIVE: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics character profile - Hup, The Podling Paladin

A fast, physical fighter

We are both very happy and very lucky to have a special feature to share with you guys today. The gang behind The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics have reached out to us to share an exclusive character profile for the game! You can get the full breakdown on Hup, The Podling Paladin, below. Learn about the various abilities and tactics Hup can employ as he battles off the Skeksis.


In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a new strategy game by BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment, players are tasked with leading the Gelfling resistance through over 50 turn-based campaign battles. Along the way, they’ll be able to recruit allies like Hup—a loyal Podling Paladin, and protector of the Gelfling Deet.

Players can unlock up to 5 unique jobs for their Podling heroes over the course of the campaign, alongside 12 Gelfling jobs, and 2 Fizzgig jobs. Each hero can be assigned a primary job and a secondary job, allowing them to equip three abilities from the selected primary Job and two from the selected secondary Job to create a custom loadout of up to five abilities. Between battles, players can switch loadouts with ease through the Party Menu.

Let’s take a look at Hup, the Podling with big dreams of becoming a Paladin. Hup joins the party as a fast physical fighter with an extra bonus to Speed due to his Podling “Simple” trait.

Unlike his Gelfling allies in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, Hup has access to a different set of Jobs. Just like his character on the show, Hup makes a great support character who never strays too far from his allies. For this example build, we have assigned Hup the primary Job of Musician, and the Podling Paladin as his secondary Job.

We have selected the abilities Refreshing Tune, Perform, and Soothing Melody from the Musician Job and Mudball and Lend a Hand from the Paladin Job. Hup must remain adjacent to his allies to take advantage of these abilities.

Hup’s only attack in this build is Mudball. With zero mana cost, it allows Hup to spend his mana wisely on his support abilities while inflicting damage, plus Blind and Move Down (on a Critical Hit), on enemies at range.

Lend a Hand allows Hup to remove all Negative Status effects from an ally, but he must be in close range to use it. It’s a great ability to have in a pinch when your damage dealers and tanks find themselves afflicted by some nasty status effects.

Hup’s main support abilities are Refreshing Tune and Perform.

Refreshing Tune heals all adjacent allies and grants them Barrier and Shell for two turns, allowing Hup to mend wounds and protect his friends from both physical and magical damage all in a single cast.

Perform isn’t as flashy, but it’s important all the same. All allies adjacent to Hup receive a Recovery boost, allowing them to take their turns sooner.

Finally, we have Soothing Melody. This allows Hup to become a kind of MP battery for his entire team, restoring MP to his allies, which will prove vital in longer fights.

These are just some of the possible ways players can leverage the powerful job system in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. How will you choose to play?

For more information on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, check it out on the Nintendo eShop.

Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! update now available

Get in the groove

Good news, bad news, gang. Good news is that Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! has gotten an update. Bad news is we don't have details on the version number or official patch notes. All we know right now is that the update fixes a considerable amount of bugs and issues. If we get more specific details on what's been patched up, we'll make sure to add them to this post.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Elementary School Tournament and Junior High School Tournament 2020 announced

A tiny tournament tussle!

Nintendo has announced that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Elementary School Tournament and Junior High School Tournament is making a return this year. The tournament will include five districts (Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo), and is set to run from May through August 2020. Those interested in the tournament can register for entry on March 12th, 2020.

Goonya Fighter gets another experimental battle

Watch your back

MUTAN has added yet another experimental battle to Goonya Fighter. The theme this time around is “The New Sensation: A View From Behind!,” and features a camera set behind the player’s shoulder. This experimental battle will be around until Jan. 31st, 2020.

Along with the new battle, Goonya Fighter has been updated to Version 1.0.9. No specifics on this update were shared.

Multiple Japanese magazines to include info on Animal Crossing: New Horizons in their next issues

Get ready for an info blowout!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to launch on March 20th, 2020, which doesn't leave all that much time to spread the word on the game. Looks like we can expect some new details soon, though.

The March 2020 issue of CoroCoro Comic, which will release in Japan on Feb. 15th, 2020, is going to include some information on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Along with that, the March issue of TV Game Magazine, and the March issue of Nintendo Dream will include info on the game as well. Nintendo Dream is due out Jan. 21st, 2020, and TV Game Magazine is coming Jan. 31st, 2020.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Dark Samus and Richter amiibo unboxing

Now there's a pair of badasses

Join Daan as he unboxes the two latest amiibo: Dark Samus from Metroid Prime and Richter Belmont from Castlevania!

Bioshock: The Collection rated for Switch in Korea

Pretend to be shocked when this one is announced

Still not convinced that Bioshock: The Collection is coming to Switch? Perhaps today's news will finally push you over the edge.

In the last week, we've had not one, but two different reasons to believe that Bioshock: The Collection was coming to Switch. First up, we saw a rating for the game appear on the Taiwanese ratings board. Following that, a rating for a Switch version also popped up on the Brazilian ratings board. Now today, we can add a Korean listing for the Switch version into the mix.

This one isn't a question of if, but rather when. That rumored Nintendo Direct sure would be a nice place to announce this!

Jump Gunners now available for Switch

Get the jump on your competition

Who knew jumping with guns would be this much fun!

Both Single and Multiplayer support (couch play)

Includes 80+ levels of insane action with multiple themes, fully destructible terrain and procedural level content

20+ over the top weapons including Rifles, Flamethrowers, Rocket Launchers, and more!

Various game modes: Classic last man standing, team death-match, capture the flag and custom game modes so you can create the game you want to play!

Customizable characters so you can personalize your gaming experience

Jump Gunners is now available on Switch for $10, and it takes up 232 MB of space.

Funko Witcher 3: Wild Hunt "Geralt vs Leshen" Game Moments POP on the way

Geralt's popping in again

Funko has a very special POP figurine on the way, and this one's for hardcore fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The company has revealed a Witcher 3: Wild Hunt "Geralt vs Leshen" Game Moments POP, which focuses on a battle that takes place during the 'Heart of the Woods' mission. This POP will be a GameStop exclusive, and is set to go up for preorder within the next few days.

Kingpin: Reloaded announced for Switch

The Kingpin returns

Publishers 3D Realms and Interplay, and developer Slipgate Ironworks have announced that Kingpin: Reloaded, a remaster of the controversial 1999 PC title, is coming to Switch sometime in 2020. Check out a full rundown of the game below.

In a stylized noir art deco gangland that never was, the Kingpin rules above all else with a bloody fist. When his lieutenant Nikki Blanco leaves a no-name Thug battered and broken, the upstart criminal rises from a puddle of blood, lead pipe in hand and revenge in mind.

Kingpin: Reloaded brings new life to the Quake II engine classic. 4K resolution, ultrawide support, and improved graphics in Enhanced mode enable the beautifully-depicted metropolitan nightmare shine. Controller support makes the game more accessible for anyone who wants to explore the depths of Kingpin’s depravity. Overall improvements like new quest and conversation systems make Reloaded even better than the original.

Stalk lamp-lit streets and take down rival gangs to let the Kingpin know his end is nigh. Kingpin’s immersive sim elements allow the Thug to recruit other gangsters with a conversation system. Increase the Thug’s influence through multiple hub-based missions. Run with the gang on a violent warpath with upgradeable weapons including Tommy guns, bazookas, and more. Location-based damage leads to bloody, thrilling battles: kneecap, maim, or go for the head.

If that sounds too extreme, try No Violence mode. However, the “colorful” language proudly used by Kingpin’s gangsters remains. Lean even further into that era and start fragging in Gang Bang mode’s old-school multiplayer.

Key Features

Kingpin: Reloaded includes a range of new features:

Re-balanced and polished gameplay.
New quest system.
Classic and Enhanced modes.


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