Game Informer Video - Exclusive Impressions Of Octopath Traveler

In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, Brian Shea talks about his time playing two exclusive chapters in Square-Enix's Octopath Traveler on the Nintendo Switch and why the new JRPG looks so promising.

Team Sonic Racing - More details

The following information comes from an article over on GamesBeat:

- Scheduled to release Winter 2018.
- 12-player races online and offline.
- 4-Player local split-screen available.
- Vehicle customization options are available.
- Wisps (from Sonic Colors) appear and function as offensive and defensive items.
- Multiplayer modes include Grand Prix, Exhibition, Time Trial, Team Adventure and more.
- Can play solo, team up with friends or face-off against each other.
- "If you accumulate enough points on your meter, you can unleash your Team Ultimate power, which boosts other members of your team. The idea is that you’ll play as a team and win as a team. The team with the highest score wins."
- 15 playable characters.
- 3 character types: Speed, Technique, and Power.
- Planet Wisp is a playable track.

Game Informer Video - Mega Man 11 Impressions

In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, Ben Hanson, Ben Reeves, Imran Khan, and Capcom's Tim Turi talk about the new levels and details revealed about Mega Man 11. From Fuse Man to the new Gear/slow-motion system, we talk about it all.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) - Review round-up

The following reviews and impressions are of the Nintendo Switch version for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was one of my absolute favorites on Wii U, and that is the same on Nintendo Switch. The levels inspire me to push harder to master them. Now combine that with a fun cast of characters and a terrific presentation, and you have the funkiest of the bunch. If you are playing it for the game, please do yourself a favor and play it in original mode first. The challenge may be harsh, but you get a real idea of what makes this game oh so special. For everybody else (or those who lack platforming skills), Funky Kong all the way baby. - Nintendo World Report

There's no doubt about it, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the most refined and enjoyable platformers money can buy. The levels are all beautiful - not only because of their delightful new 1080p resolution, but also their structure; the characters move with fluidity and brilliant responsiveness, and the inclusion of Funky Kong brings balance for those who have less experience with brutally tough platformers. It’s so well-made that it’s almost too well-made; there's an absence of a certain 'rough-and-ready' charm found in the original DKC trilogy. This is, however, a complaint so minor it's practically insignificant. Donkey Kong’s first appearance on Switch is streamlined, rewarding, and immensely good fun; any fan of 2D platformers simply has to get this game. - Nintendo Life

This new classic still maintains its fantastic, ever-changing sense of level design, and the cast here is at their most adorable. This follow-up, with its absurd Snomad clan foe, has almost no business topping Returns, but it simply does in just about every regard. The nuances of each character play very nicely with the layout of each level (Cranky's pogo stick, Diddy's slight rocket boost, and Dixie's glide all feel perfect), to the point where nearly each jump feels deliberately crafted. Once again you're free to play Tropical Freeze the way you want, whether it's running through each stage and stomping your way to the exit, or meticulously searching for every hidden portal or collectible. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a platformer that needs to be experienced by as many people as possible. - Destructoid

Tropical Freeze isn't a heavy-hitter from Nintendo in the same way Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey are, but it's a fantastic platformer that's bursting with creativity and expertly designed challenges. It's tuned just right--always tough but rarely frustrating--to ensure that even the most common moments feel great. If you missed out when the game first debuted back in 2014, give it a shot today. It easily stands the test of time. - GameSpot

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) - Hands-on impressions

The following quote comes from an impressions post over on Nintendo World Report:

All in all, I had a lot of fun revisiting Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. I certainly will give it a go when May rolls around, and try to get my funk proper on. That Funky Kong with all his overpowered moves is an absolute delight. Naturally, I can imagine that newcomers might not be interested in this, but as a returning player it excites me. Using that crazy ape will make for the silliest run in history. Even leaving that out of consideration, the game is still fantastic and playable in any mode you like. Grab a friend, snap the Joy-Con off and play a grand platformer anywhere you go.

Click here to read the full impressions post!

Nintendo Labo - footage and hands-on impressions

Nintendo Labo combines the magic of the Nintendo Switch system with the fun of DIY creations. With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing. Find out how it all works and you might even invent new ways to play with your Toy-Con creations. THAT'S Nintendo Labo. What will YOU create?

Game Informer Video - Our Impressions of Tennis World Tour

Matthew Kato and Brian Shea sit down to talk about their experience playing Tennis World Tour over early footage of the title, which developer Breakpoint Games sent to us.