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Square Enix has announced that they’ll have an official demo for Theatrhythm Final Bar Line available on the Switch eShop. You’ll be able to access it starting February 1, 2023 at 12:00 am Eastern Time.

The demo will include 30 fully playable tracks from various Final Fantasy games of varying stage types. Futhermore, your progress in the demo will carry over to the full game should you decide to purchase it once it’s released. As a reminder, the full game of Theatrhythm Final Bar Line will be available on Switch just a couple weeks later, on February 16, 2023.

Click here for more info, and see below for the full list of tracks included in the demo.

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Did You Know Gaming delves into the secrets of GBA games

Minish Cap, Advance Wars, and more!

28 January 2023
by quence 1

Did You Know Gaming’s latest video takes a deep dive into various games released for the Game Boy Advance. You’ve no doubt played many of these games before, but how much do you really know about them? There are plenty of secrets, Easter eggs, and other tidbits to discover about their history and development.

The video opens up with a new translation of an interview from the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream about The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, revealing the origins of Ezlo among other things. From there, the thirty minute video discusses little known facts about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Advance Wars, Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, and a several other games. Check it out for yourself up above.


Super Nintendo World Hollywood is fast approaching its opening date, and of course there are a number of Easter eggs to be spotted throughout the park for eagle-eyed fans. For those of us whose eyes are slightly less eagle-y, GameXplain has gone ahead and put together a video highlighting over 30 hidden references that they discovered.

The majority of the Easter eggs in this video come from the library books in Bowser’s Castle, which is the queue for the Mario Kart ride. The book titles contain references to numerous Mario games, some more obscure than others. Watch the video above and see if you can catch them all!


GameSpot shares History of Fire Emblem video

Blasts from the past

28 January 2023
by quence 0

Fire Emblem Engage is the latest Fire Emblem title to be released on the Switch, but newer players may not be aware of just how far back the series goes. GameSpot is taking this opportunity to educate everyone with the release of their new History of Fire Emblem video. The video briefly touches on every entry in Intelligent Systems’ fantastical strategy franchise, dating all the way back to the Famicom in 1990. Watch it above, and maybe learn something!

Fire Emblem is considered responsible for popularizing the tactical role-playing genre to legions of console gamers and, over the years, has had numerous entries that introduced beloved characters, freshened up the fighting mechanics, and even introduced new social systems. From the early days of Fire: Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light on the Famicon, through to handheld iterations like Fire Emblem Awakening, to success on the Switch, Fire Emblem has been a Nintendo mainstay for over 30 years. In this video, we chart the history of the beloved Intelligent Systems franchise.


Splatoon 3 Smallfry plushie is coming to Japan in June 2023

Bring home your very own Li'l Buddy

28 January 2023
by quence 0
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Manufacturer Sanei Boeki has announced that a new plushie based on Splatoon 3’s Small Fry will be coming to their All Star Collection in Japan sometime toward the end of June 2023. Small Fry (aka Li’l Buddy) is everyone’s favorite new sidekick, and the plush seems to replicate his gawky look perfectly.

No official announcement has been made as to how to obtain the Small Fry plushie outside of Japan, but it will certainly be available for import online at some point. Stay tuned for a firm release date and more info.


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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is coming to Switch a few days from now, on January 31, 2023. If one new SpongeBob game isn’t good enough for you, fear not - developer Purple Lamp says that there could be more coming from them in the future. Speaking to Nintendo Everything, project manager Andreas Jarzabek made the following statement:

“We live and breathe SpongeBob at Purple Lamp and yes, we still have so many ideas we would love to bring to life in future SpongeBob games. We hope players will have as much fun playing as we had making this new and exciting instalment to the series and that we will continue this journey together for many years and games to come.”

Purple Lamp already proved themselves with their recent remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom, and Cosmic Shake looks like another faithful adaptation. We’ll be able to see for ourselves on January 31, 2023. What types of SpongeBob games would you like to see Purple Lamp develop next?


RPG Souls of Chronos coming to Switch February 14, 2023

They're selling souls (of Chronos)

28 January 2023
by quence 0
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The Japanese RPG Souls of Chronos has received a Switch eShop listing, confirming its release on the console. It’s scheduled to launch in a couple of weeks on February 14, 2023. Souls of Chronos is a post-apocalyptic JRPG featuring classic styles of characters and combat.

Click here to view the Switch eShop listing and see below for the game’s official description.

A Fateful Encounter in a World of Turmoil…

Fifteen years after the catastrophic event known as the “Apocalypse”, the world is still in an era of great unrest. Even Astella, a harbour town far from the centre of the Vallois Empire, is no exception. Local gangs, slum dwellers, external forces, and secret societies – all these factions are clashing together over their own agenda and interests. Under such tension, the fragile peace here at Astella is on the verge of sliding back into all-out conflicts. In the midst of this crisis, a young boy and a young girl crossed paths. In the nick of the time, Sid, facing his impending death as a result of a series of unfortunate events, was luckily saved by a girl, Torii, who wields a special power – Chrono.

Chronus - A Newfound Hope?

Chronus, a novel species that appeared suddenly post-Apocalypse, has the ability to manipulate time. Once bound to a “Linked” by the mysterious “Chrono Pact”, a Chronus will be able to reach its maximum power as its ties with the “Linked” grow stronger. Is the Chronus just a cold-blooded weapon-for-hire, or perhaps a partner whom you can trust with your life? The answer to this question has yet to be found. In order to investigate an unusual crime, Sid and Torii together embark on a journey heading into the greater unknown. In this intricate intertwining of events, every decision made could shape the future of Astella

Friends from Astella

Bringing their visions and beliefs, as well as their unique personalities and circumstances, various characters will join Sid and Torii in uncovering the long-kept mysteries of Astella. Build ties with all races and freely decide Sid’s personality via action and dialogue options, thereby impacting the fate of various factions at Astella. Choose wisely whom you want to partner up with, and then act together to weather the imminent storm hovering above Astella!

Classic RPG + Action Combat System

“Souls of Chronos” provides players with a classic JPRG gameplay experience. In addition to the action and dialogue options that may determine where the story heads, the vibrant overworld also has a wide variety of side quests for players to explore. Complete side quests in exchange for rewards to upgrade weapons or customize your characters. Maybe even some small, insignificant thing could influence the course of events… The duo of course will also encounter dangerous foes – ready your favourite weapon, unleash the power of Chrono, and crush whoever is in your way until the end!


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The Pokémon Trading Card Game’s Crown Zenith set recently launched, and this set marks the conclusion of the game’s Sword & Shield era. On March 31st, the first series based on the Pokémon of Scarlet & Violet will launch, leaving less room for the previous generation. To mark the occasion, The Pokémon Company has shared a retrospective examining the last few years of tournaments, trials, and tribulations in the world of the Pokémon TCG.

An exciting era for the Pokémon Trading Card Game is approaching its conclusion with the launch of the final expansion of the Sword & Shield Series era, Crown Zenith. Soon, players will continue their journey with the Scarlet & Violet Series and the amazing Pokémon from the Paldea region.

Before the new journey begins, let’s look back at what has happened since the release of the first Sword & Shield expansion in February 2020. And a lot has happened—too much to cover in one article. So here I’ll focus on the biggest and most notable events of the past few years, discuss the ever-evolving metagame, and give you a reminder of some of the most memorable decks and strategies that unfolded during the Sword & Shield era.

Click here to read the full article and get to reminiscing!


Nintendo shares "Guess That Song" Ep. 1

It's anyone's guess

28 January 2023
by quence 1

Nintendo has shared a brand new series on their Play Nintendo YouTube channel called “Guess That Song”. This is a challenge that asks viewers to listen to snippets of Nintendo music and guess what games they’re from. The debut episode features three tunes from Mario games. Can you name them all?

We’ve got some of Mario, Yoshi, and Princess Peach’s greatest hits! Can you guess which Nintendo game these songs are from? Test your musical smarts (and maybe your dancing shoes) with this fun gaming challenge!


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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Pokémon Masters EX have all received a content update. Check out the full details for each game below via perfectly-nintendo.com.


Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

  • [Cookies] A returning Fortune Cookie and related set of Stamp Trade rewards are now available: Gloria’s starlight cookie (available until February 2nd)

Fire Emblem Heroes

  • [Events] Round 1 of the latest Voting Gauntlet event, Natural Competition, is now live. It features the following match-ups: Marianne vs Florina, Benny vs Henry, Lilith vs Ymir, and Gonzales vs Mordecai. Check out the special website for more details and up to date results! (available until January 30th)
  • [Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: Voting Gauntlet (available until January 30th)
  • [Log-in Bonus] While the latest Voting Gauntlet event is running, all players can get the following as Daily Log-in Bonus: Battle Flag x50 (available until February 3rd)
  • [Special Maps] As part of the Engage Release Celebratory Events, a new Special Map is now available: Engage Launch Celebration Part 12 (available until February 1st)

Pokémon Masters EX

  • [Missions] The latest returning Special Event, Rival Challenge, has been updated with the following: new Mission (available until February 6th)

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If you’re interested in outfitting Sonic in Sonic Frontiers with his stylish shoes from Sonic Adventure 2, then you’ve got one week left to do it! Sega has been running an official promotion, wherein if you subscribe to the Sonic Frontiers Newsletter, you’ll receive a code to download the shoes in-game for free. However, that offer is only going to last until the end of January, according to a recent tweet.

No indication has been given that these shoes will be made available via other means after this offer is over. If you’ve got Sonic Frontiers and you’re interested, act now!


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Kadabra has been missing from the Pokémon TCG for a couple decades now, due to an ongoing legal issue with illusionist Uri Geller. Geller originally claimed that The Pokémon Company used his likeness for Kadabra without permission, scaring them off printing any cards with that particular Pokémon. However, as of last year he’s come around, stating that there are no longer any legal problems on his end.

Now, it seems that Kadabra is finally making his return to the game as part of the upcoming “Pokémon Card 151” set. According to the set’s official sell sheet, an Alakazam ex card is included. This is significant because by the rules of the game, a Kadabra card would be required in order to play said Alakazam. We may not have official confirmation of the set’s full contents just yet, but this is pretty strong evidence that Kadabra will indeed be featured.

Speaking to Pokémon fan site PokéBeach on the subject, Uri Geller made the following statement:

“Hi my dear friends. I am pleased Pokemon fans are excited to see Kadabra return to the card game. Look, I want to thank the Pokemon fans who reached out to me over the last [few] years. Including the ones from PokeBeach, who kept contacting me nonstop. So basically, it was you and my granddaughters that got me to change my mind. Now we can all see Kadabra reunited with the original Pokemon in the card game this summer. I love you all. And I admit, totally open and honest. I was a fool. It was a devastating mistake for me to sue Pokemon. [Kadabra] was basically a tribute to Uri Geller. But it’s back now. Forgive me. I love you all. Much love and energy.”


Last week, we learned of the return of a mysterious path in the upcoming STORY OF SEASONS: A Wonderful Life remake. The path was originally used as to connect to Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town on the Game Boy Advance, but its purpose in the new version was a mystery… until now.

Thanks to YouTuber Josh’s Gaming Garden, we now know that this path will skip time forward in-game by six hours… and that’s all! Even though the dialogue box mentions a far away town you can travel to, you simply stay where you started after the six hours are up.

Perhaps in the future DLC content or connectivity with another remake will give this path more significance. For now, it’s not nearly as exciting as we were hoping for. Oh, well! A Wonderful Life will be available on Switch June 27, 2023.


Lone Ruin designer plans to add more replayability in response to player feedback

"Seeing unsatisfied players breaks my heart"

24 January 2023
by quence 0
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Roguelike twin-stick shooter Lone Ruin is available now for Nintendo Switch. Designer Hannes Rahm is making the rounds, talking about the game’s development, as well as players’ reactions to it. In a new interview with Game Rant, Rahm discusses the criticisms certain players have had, and how he plans on incorporating that feedback in future updates:

Hannes said Lone Ruin was designed with short play sessions in mind, including no meta-progression. “Your first run has the same potential as your last, and no content is locked away behind some grindable in-game currency.” He points to 2022’s break-out indie hit Vampire Survivors as an antithesis to his design philosophy, but recognizes that without the same tangible rewards, it can make a game feel too short. This is the main feedback Hannes has received.

Some ideas to encourage replayability are being toyed with, such as adding a checklist for which starting spells were used to reach the center of the ruins or a difficulty-boosting system akin to Slay the Spire’s Ascension or Hades’ Heat. Hannes is also hopeful cut ideas can arrive in future patches, from extra perks to rerolling shop items, and even a “blood orbs” spell that was so powerful it cost health to use.

It’s a mark of a good developer to be willing to listen to players’ criticisms, and it sounds like Hannes Rahm genuinely cares about the experience people have with his games. He also seems dedicated to finding solutions to negative feelings without compromising the game’s core design philosophy. Right now, no future updates have been detailed or confirmed, but it sounds like Lone Ruin players should have something to look forward to down the road.

Click here to read the full interview to learn more about the design and influences on Lone Ruin, and click here to check the game out for yourself on the Switch eShop. (It’s currently 10% off until January 26, 2023!)


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Fire Emblem Engage was only released a few days ago, but fans are always eager to speculate on future titles in the series. Or in this case… past titles?

As pointed out by @DeathChaos25 on Twitter, Intelligent System’s internal codename for Fire Emblem Engage is “Iron19”. Nothing about that sounds too unusual, except in light of the franchise’s previous entry Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which had the codename “Iron17”. This begs the question: What happened to “Iron18”?

Some fans speculate that the missing Iron18 could refer to a long rumored remake of 1996’s Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It’s also possible that there was a different Fire Emblem title planned for release, that was cancelled or delayed for any number of reasons. One thing we know for sure is that a different internal naming system is used for Fire Emblem’s spinoff games, so Fire Emblem: Three Hopes doesn’t appear to be the answer here.

We’ll probably never know the answer for sure, unless evidence surfaces of the Iron18 codename being used for a future release. For now, we can just keep playing Engage and speculate away!