Companies that focus on porting games say Switch business is booming, Panic Button teases more projects

The Switch was the biggest success story for gaming in 2017. Nintendo bounced back from the Wii U in a huge way, and so far, the platform shows no sign of stopping. While Nintendo is certainly making money hand over fist, it turns out other game companies are as well. Gamasutra talked to some studios which focus on making Switch ports, and they're benefiting in a big way from the platform.

Adam Creighton, director of development at Panic Button

“You know that meme? With the dog? Drinking from a sprinkler? That’s me right now and we might have some other titles for that platform, and maybe some other games for other platforms, in the works. In terms of volume, I’m in this amazing place where as a studio we get to choose how we want to grow, and with whom, and with what projects. My biggest challenge lately is not which projects do we pick to retarget to other platforms, but managing the other parts of our portfolio, picking the different projects that are exciting to different people in the studio, and being responsible about what I want to work on, versus what is best for the studio.”

Tony Cabello, CEO of BlitWorks

“We’ve recently experienced a big increase in the amount of work. Even though we’re always very busy, we’re now working on more projects at the same time, especially indie games which are our speciality. This is mainly because nowadays, indie studios see that publishing their games on consoles is a possibility, that was not so easy to do in the past because the access to the market was more restrictive. So we now have more developers reaching out to us to get there.

It’s a good time to be a port house, everyone wants to have their game published in every available platform, and even though many developers don’t know they need a porting service they end up realising it requires a whole different skill set.”

Ted Staloch, the executive VP of publishing at Aspyr

“With so many powerful, capable devices, there is simply more opportunity for brands today than what our partners typically have resources or expertise to fulfill. It’s a need Aspyr is very happy to fill, as gamers have demonstrated they don’t want their favorite games tethered to only one device.”

Gal*Gun 2 - Swimsuit DLC and Japanese limited edition detailed

Gal*Gun 2 is getting some DLC right off the bat, and Inti Creates has revealed that it'll be some swimsuit DLC. It appears to be nothing more than cosmetic DLC, putting the girls in ripped swimsuits.

We also get a look at the Limited Edition in Japan, which includes a drama CD and some exclusive artwork. You can check out more DLC screens and more pics of the limited edition here.

A Hole New World coming to Switch on March 1st, 2018

The city is being invaded by monsters from the Upside Down World! You, the Potion Master, must defeat evil all alone, with no tutorials or "Easy Mode" to assist you. You'll have to rely on the help of Fäy, your companion fairy, and your potions!

Jump and shoot like they did in the good ol' arcade days. Fight enemies in your world and in the Upside Down World! Defeat gigantic bosses and acquire their powers!

*You already know how to play! The challenge is in the game, not in complicated controls!

* Story Mode with five different worlds, Game+, Boss Rush Mode, Challenge Mode and multiple endings!

* More than 30 different enemies, 7 boss battles and lots of secret characters to discover!

Suicide Guy - latest trailer

Suicide Guy is a first person action-puzzle game set in a world of dreams. You'll assume the role of a nice big guy unable to wake up from his dreams. Your task is to help him to step out of them.

WorldNeverland: Elnea Kingdom - details on Switch-exclusive content, and more screens

Check out more screens here

The team behind WorldNeverland: Elnea Kingdom has said that the game would feature some Switch-specific content, and today those elements were revealed. You can see the full list of exclusive content below.

Costumes (available as DLC):

- Monarch’s Black Armour
- Traditional outfit
- Traditional outfit (kids)
- Traditional outfit (black)
- Traditional outfit (kids) (black)
- Prince/Princess’s Indoors Clothes (red)

Hair colors (rewards for missions, and can be purchased in the in-game shop)

- Royal Green
- Dark Rose
- Lamilla Orange
- Fran Olive

Hair colors (available as DLC)

- White Sand
- Sakura
- Abyss Green
- Inferno

Interior items


- Roselle
- Garfin
- Royal
- Shizuni

Fireplace ornaments

- Dishes – Norma
- Flowers – Norma

Desk decorations

- Flower – Norma
- Team Time – Norma

Kirby Star Allies - Twitter update for Feb. 21st, 2018

Today's Twitter update brings us some more screens for the Train Friend Ability. Hop on the train and run through enemies at breakneck speeds!

Japan - current and upcoming eShop sales as of Feb. 21st, 2018

ー EYERESH for Nintendo 3DS (¥1,500 → ¥800) 3DS (28 February - permanent)
ー Manticore - Galaxy on Fire (¥2,100 → ¥1,890) Switch (22 February - 22 March)
ー Hyper Feather Ball (¥980 → ¥685) Switch (21 - 28 February)
ー The Bridge (¥990 → ¥693) Switch (15 February - 14 March)
ー Gear・Club Unlimited (¥5,184 → ¥4,665) Switch (15 - 28 February)
ー Bulb Boy (¥999 → ¥699) Switch (15 - 22 February)
ー Konna Boku ga Sukuu Sekai: Hermit Saver (¥1,080 → ¥700) 3DS (07 - 21 February)
ー Legna Tactica (¥1,080 → ¥600) 3DS (07 - 21 February)

Another round of The Snack World: Trejarers figurines seeing release

Takara Tomy Arts already released a series of NFC figurines for The Snack World Trejarers, but now we see that 4 more are on the way. The set above is due out Feb. 24th for ¥1,598 a piece. They will be compatible with both the Nintendo 3DS and Switch versions of the game.

Super Rare Games open to trying to make physical versions of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 happen on Switch

Super Rare Games would have to work one hell of a magic trick to make this happen, as I doubt Capcom is going to offer this up without issue. Even if Super Rare Games did make it happen, the run would be extremely limited. I would love to see it happen and I'll keep all fingers/toes crossed, but I'm not feeling to positive about this one.

Aussie ratings board lists Virtuous as the team behind Dark Souls: Remastered on Switch

We've seen a back-and-forth discussion on this matter in recent weeks, but it looks like we have our official answer. According to the Aussie ratings board, Dark Souls: Remastered on Switch is behind handled by Virtuous, and not QLOC. QLOC is working on the Xbox One/PS4 versions of the game.