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Switch Online NES Collection - Kung-Fu Heroes, Vice: Project Doom & Gradius SP gameplay

Kung-Fu Heroes – Monsters have taken Princess Min-Min and the 10 treasures of the land, and the people have fallen into sorrow. Only Kung-Fu Masters Jacky and Lee can save the princess and retrieve the treasures! Their journey will take them to eight different castles filled with hosts of traps and obstacles. Use punches and the Miracle Kick to defeat the enemies. You will need quick wits and lightning reflexes to make it to the last castle!

Vice: Project Doom – There exists a group of undercover detectives who dare stand up to the evil in the world... They are known as Vice. Officer Quinn Hart, a member of Vice, is on the case and after the truth. High-speed car chases, action-packed battles employing three types of weapons and a mode with three 3D rail-shooting stages all bring this cyberpunk world to life.

Gradius SP – Things are even tougher the second time around. The more difficult second loop begins after clearing all seven Gradius stages for the first time, and this special version starts you right in it! You’ll begin without any power boosts. This new loop can feel like a fresh take on familiar stages, but don’t get careless – even the first stage will take all your concentration! Oh, and if you manage to clear the second loop… well, there’s an even more difficult third loop waiting for you!

Switch Online NES Collection updated to Version 3.1.0 (Kung-Fu, Vice: Project Doom, and Gradius SP 2)

Welcome to your doom

The Switch Online NES Collection has been updated to Version 3.1.0, which includes the previously-announced Kung-Fu and Vice: Project Doom, as well as Gradius SP 2. Check out details on Gradius SP 2 below.

Things are even tougher the second time around. The more difficult second loop begins after clearing all seven Gradius stages for the first time, and this special version starts you right in it! You’ll begin without any power boosts. This new loop can feel like a fresh take on familiar stages, but don’t get careless – even the first stage will take all your concentration! Oh, and if you manage to clear the second loop… well, there’s an even more difficult third loop waiting for you!

Switch Online Famicom Collection's Version 3.1.0 now live in Japan

Scheduled games and an SP bonus title

The Switch Online Famicom Collection in Japan has been updated to Version 3.1.0. This update adds in the previously-announced games Super Chinese, Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundoukai, and an SP version of Gradius. The NA/EU NES Collection updates should hit later today.

4MHz working on Malasombra, a brand-new NES game

Now you're playing with power!

In a beautiful and distant place, the celebration of the royal wedding between Astrid, the princess of the kingdom, and Pirou, a young apprentice magician, is truncated by the irruption of Malasombra, a sorcerer resentful against the king for condemning him to exile time back because of his perfidious advice.

Malasombra turned everyone present to a frog except Pirou, who managed to repel the spell with his mad wand as a magician’s apprentice, and kidnapped Astrid, as a revenge for so many years of punishment in exile.

Pirou could not leave things like that, so he prepared desperately to find a way to recover his beloved.

Developing

Malasombra begins its development in March 2018 with various concept tests and scenarios for Amstrad CPC. During the first months of development, the project was maturing history and growing in dimensions, until in October 2018 graphic and programming tests began in NES. After the first satisfactory results, the team decided to migrate the platform project, becoming an exclusive development for NES. A very complicated decision for the whole team, because it means leaving the comfort zone, but with the certainty that it was the right decision given the ambition placed in the project.

This initial phase of development culminates in mid-August 2019, with the official announcement of the project in different media, and the presentation of a playable demo in real console at the GAMESCOM Restrospiel stand, thanks to the collaboration of José María Velo (octopusjig) ..

Currently, 4Mhz is fully focused on the development of this project, which, even without a definite date of publication, monopolizes all the effort and enthusiasm of the team.

Malasombra is going to see release on actual cartridges for the NES, as well as digital for play on an emulator.

Super Mario Bros. warpless speedrun record set at 18:59.856

Sub 19!

Super Mario Bros. speedrunner Kosmic has just laid claim to another record. He's managed to piece together a Super Mario Bros. warpless speedrun in 18:59.856, which is the first time a sub-19 minute mark has been hit. Watch the entire amazing run in the video above.

Arcade Archives: Vs. Pinball, Water Ski, and Vs. Gradius coming to Switch

Three more classics incoming

Hamster has three more Arcade Archives titles on the way to Switch, and they should be released in the near future. The lineup includes Nintendo's Vs. Pinball, which includes a mini-game featuring Mario and Pauline, Taito's 1983 title Water Ski, and Konami's Vs. Gradius. No dates for these games just yet, but expect that info any day now.

Switch Online NES Collection being updated with Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom on Aug. 21st, 2019 (More Kunio-Kun for Japan)

The latest batch of upcoming NES games


On August 21, two action-packed NES™ games are coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection: Kung-Fu Heroes and Vice: Project Doom.

Kung-Fu Heroes

Monsters have taken Princess Min-Min and the 10 treasures of the land, and the people have fallen into sorrow. Only Kung-Fu Masters Jacky and Lee can save the princess and retrieve the treasures! Their journey will take them to eight different castles filled with hosts of traps and obstacles. Use punches and the Miracle Kick to defeat the enemies. You will need quick wits and lightning reflexes to make it to the last castle!

Vice: Project Doom

There exists a group of undercover detectives who dare stand up to the evil in the world... They are known as Vice. Officer Quinn Hart, a member of Vice, is on the case and after the truth. High-speed car chases, action-packed battles employing three types of weapons and a mode with three 3D rail-shooting stages all bring this cyberpunk world to life.

In Japan, the Switch Online NES Collection will be getting Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai instead of Vice: Project Doom.

Famitsu wants to hear what Earthbound fans want from the franchise

Probably more games

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Earthbound franchise, Famitsu is running a special anniversary survey. They're looking to hear about your favorite characters, memories, music, and more. There's also a question about what fans want to see from the Earthbound series. It's not clear as to whether Famitsu plans to simply publish the survey results, or present it to Earthbound's creator Shigesato Itoi for comment.

With Google Translate, you can make sense of most of the questions. Feel free to check out the survey here.

New Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! speedrunning record set

Knockout!

Watch MTPO in 15:10.11 (World Record) from Summoningsalt on www.twitch.tv

Ladies and gentleman, we have a new world-recorder holder. The time to beat in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! is now 15:10.11, as speedrunner Summoningsalt just pulled off that record two days ago. This is thanks to a new method for taking on King Hippo that eliminates the RNG aspect, which leads you to locking in the best time possible. This most likely means the overall time will continue to drop as more and more people learn this tactic.

Limited Run re-releasing Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, reveals line of special Hyperkin accessories

A force to be reckoned with

Limited Run Games recently revealed re-releases for Star Wars on the NES and Game Boy, but it turns out they had other Star Wars tricks up their sleeve. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is also getting a reprint, which will have the Collector's Edition above. The Collector's Edition includes a translucent purple cartridge playable on the N64, reversible poster, retro cart pin, and a box. Preorders are set to open on July 26th, 2019.

Limited Run also revealed a collab with Hyperkin to release some special retro console accessories. The lineup includes Limited Run branded controllers, and an N64 HDMI link cable. You can check out those products here.


Finally, Limited Run also showed off the Collector's Editions for Star Wars on the NES and Game Boy, which we knew were coming. These will also be available to preorder on July 26th, 2019.

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