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The Binding of Isaac: Repentance comes to Switch in Q3 2021, physical version announced

Repent, sinners!

The last round of content for The Binding of Isaac is officially on the way. We now know that The Binding of Isaac: Repentance is set to launch sometime in Q3 2021, and there will be both a physical and digital version. Check out full details on the release below.

Nicalis, Inc. today announced that The Binding of Isaac: Repentance, the "final" chapter in the groundbreaking roguelike twin-stick shooter series, is coming to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5 in the third quarter of 2021.

Described by Isaac creator Edmund McMillen as "the best version of Isaac" and the game that "makes Isaac feel complete to me," Repentance takes the series to new heights of roguelike dungeon adventure, as the tear-shooting toddler descends deeper into the basement for his most unbelievable challenges yet.

In order to maximize player enjoyment and preserve the element of surprise as much as possible, a complete list of the game's features will not be provided prior to the release of the PC version, which is currently planned to appear on the Steam platform on March 31. What has been revealed to date is that Repentance includes two new playable characters, 130+ new items, 100+ new enemies and 25+ new bosses, plus a full alternate path with brand new chapters, a new final boss and a new ending. There are also many new item combinations with logical effects, new visuals and mechanics, plus countless balance changes, graphic improvements and gameplay updates.

Along with the digital editions, The Binding of Isaac: Repentance will also be released in physical editions for Nintendo Switch and PS5. Available now for preorder at store.nicalis.com, the physical editions will include full-color instruction manuals and reversible cover inserts.

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Physical edition of Monkey Barrels now available for Switch

Time to monkey around

Nicalis' latest physical release is here. Monkey Barrels has made the jump from digital to physical, and you can snag a copy today. Get full details on the game itself below.

Nicalis, Inc. today announced that Monkey Barrels, an action packed twin-stick shooter for Nintendo Switch, is now available in a physical edition. The package includes a full-color instruction manual and a reversible cover insert with alternate artwork.

Developed by the legendary Good-Feel, Monkey Barrels features colorful characters, fast-paced shooter action and a unique "3D pixel art" aesthetic that skillfully incorporates the best elements of both retro and modern games. The gameplay, graphics and sounds all represent a high level of quality and polish that can only be achieved by a team with decades of experience making fun video games, as Good-Feel has.

"I'm truly happy that the physical version of Monkey Barrels is now available for everyone," says Good-Feel President and CEO Etsunobu Ebisu, the game's producer. "We put all of our passion and personality into this game, and I hope the players enjoy it. Thanks to our fans for their continuing support."

The game's heroes are named Masaru and Hanako, two brave monkeys who must try to rescue their friend Kotetsu from the evil Dr. Crabbenwold and his army of weaponized household appliances. Players can equip up to four weapons simultaneously from an arsenal of 98 different guns, explosive devices, shields and more. Monkey Barrels also includes "Banana Scramble," a player-vs-player online mode for up to six participants.

The physical edition of Monkey Barrels for Nintendo Switch is available now at store.nicalis.com for $39.99 MSRP.

KORG Gadget physical release now available

Making sweet sounds

Nicalis' physical release of KORG Gadget is now available, and you can check it out in the trailer above. If you want more details on what the package includes, check out the blurb below.

The physical edition will include a 60-page instruction manual inside the package, one of the most thorough booklets that has ever been created to accompany a console game release. As KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch is a professional-grade music creation tool, working musicians and composers are sure to appreciate the permanence of having the entire software suite in a durable, portable form factor.

Snag your copy here

Monkey Barrels Physical Edition coming to Switch

No more monkeying around!

Nicalis has revealed that they're teaming with Good-Feel to give Mnokey Barrels a physical release. Pre-orders for the game are now live, and you can get the full breakdown below.

Nicalis, Inc. today announced that Monkey Barrels, an action packed twin-stick shooter from renowned developer Good-Feel, is getting a physical release for Nintendo Switch on December 11, 2020. Fans can preorder a copy starting today at store.nicalis.com.

Considering the developer's distinguished pedigree—not to mention the high quality and fun factor of the game itself—the physical edition of Monkey Barrels will be a surprising discovery for players as well as a highly desirable prize for physical game collectors. The package includes a full-color instruction manual and a reversible cover insert with alternate artwork.

In Monkey Barrels, two brave simian heroes named Masaru and Hanako attempt to rescue their friend Kotetsu from the evil Dr. Crabbenwold and his army of weaponized household appliances. Players can equip up to four weapons simultaneously from an arsenal of unlockable guns, explosive devices, shields and more—98 in total. Boss battles, player-vs-player online action and a unique "3D pixel art" aesthetic are also among the game's features.

The physical edition of Monkey Barrels for Nintendo Switch will be available on December 11, 2020 for $39.99 MSRP.

Elliot Quest Switch Physical Edition Launch Trailer

The quest for retail

As previously announced, Nicalis is launching the physical version of Elliot Quest today. You can get a recap of what's included in that package below.

The Nintendo Switch Game Card will mark the first time that Elliot Quest is available in cartridge form—which is perfectly appropriate, as the game was designed to capture the spirit of classic 8-bit adventures. The packaging completes the homage with a full-color instruction manual and a retro-inspired reversible cover paying tribute to one game that influenced Elliot Quest directly. The physical edition of Elliot Quest for Nintendo Switch is available now for $29.99 MSRP.

IKARUGA Hypergun Edition now available for Switch

The ultimate package for fans

After original plans for a September 2020 release fell through, IKARUGA Hypergun Edition is now available. You can pick up a copy of the game via Nicalis' store right now. Read what the full package has to offer in the press release below.

THE SHOOTER FAN'S SHOOTER

The definitive edition of the cult classic vertical shooter in physical form for the first time! With its unique polarity-switching gameplay, visual style and epic soundtrack, Ikaruga holds a place in many gamers' hearts. Now you can own a physical copy for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 in a special limited-edition package.

PHYSICAL EDITION BONUSES

Exclusive Metal Earth steel model kit of the Ikaruga ship (assembly required, recommended for ages 14+)
Five-color instruction manual on heavy stock
Premium foil "Warning" sticker
Sturdy outer box with metallic gold accents
Hypergun Store exclusive bonus added to the Limited Edition package

FEATURES

Pilot your Ikaruga fighter and face off against enemy ships, switching polarity to harmlessly absorb bullets that match the ship's current color

Spectacular 3D graphics, elegant level design, and challenging boss battles

Two game modes (Arcade and Prototype), with support for single-player and two-player (local) cooperative modes

Nintendo Switch version includes vertical screen mode, allowing the game to be played in its original arcade orientation!

Elliot Quest Physical Edition announced for Switch

The quest for physical release

Elliot Quest is going to get a physical release on Switch, and it's set to launch November 6th, 2020. See what the package includes in the press release below.

Nicalis, Inc. today announced that Elliot Quest, the 8-bit throwback action/adventure game from developer Ansimuz Games, will get a physical release on Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2020. Fans can preorder the physical edition from store.nicalis.com starting today.

The Nintendo Switch Game Card will mark the first time that Elliot Quest is available in cartridge form—which is perfectly appropriate, as the game was designed to capture the spirit of classic 8-bit adventures. The packaging completes the homage with a full-color instruction manual and a retro-inspired reversible cover paying tribute to one game that influenced Elliot Quest directly.

In Elliot Quest, players explore the mysterious island of Urele in search of ancient and powerful elemental spirits. With five dungeons to conquer, powerful bosses to defeat, countless treasures and hidden areas to discover, it offers balanced gameplay that’s easy to pick up but challenging to master.

The physical edition of Elliot Quest for Nintendo Switch will be available on November 6, 2020 for $29.99 MSRP.

The Binding of Isaac "Repentance" DLC is 90% done, says creator

Repent, sinners!

The Binding of Isaac is getting one last round of DLC, and it's going to be absolutely massive. Creator Edmund McMillen has shared a new blog post on the upcoming Repentance DLC, and it really seems like he's going all-out on this content. Check out a snippet from the blog below.

Yeah thats right there is yet another FINAL FINAL FINAL mega expansion to the binding of isaac that is actually bigger than rebirth was to the OG flash game.. its basically a sequel at this point, and its f#@$ing amazing! The game is currently over 90% done. I've been working closely with the team to ensure that this is the "Sequel DLC" you've always wanted. The team has gone above and beyond and we're really proud of how the game is coming together and I have a feeling you're gunna shit your asses when you get your hands on it.

This DLC does appear to be in the works for consoles as well, Switch included. That said, McMillen doesn't have info on release dates for those versions, and has said that Nicalis will be the ones to share that info.

IKARUGA Limited Physical Edition Announcement Trailer and Details

One of the best shmups of all time

THE SHOOTER FAN'S SHOOTER

The definitive edition of the cult classic vertical shooter in physical form for the first time! With its unique polarity-switching gameplay, visual style and epic soundtrack, Ikaruga holds a place in many gamers' hearts. Now you can own a physical copy for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 in a special limited-edition package.

PHYSICAL EDITION BONUSES

Exclusive Metal Earth steel model kit of the Ikaruga ship (assembly required, recommended for ages 14+)
Five-color instruction manual on heavy stock
Premium foil "Warning" sticker
Sturdy outer box with metallic gold accents
Hypergun Store exclusive bonus added to the Limited Edition package

FEATURES

Pilot your Ikaruga fighter and face off against enemy ships, switching polarity to harmlessly absorb bullets that match the ship's current color
Spectacular 3D graphics, elegant level design and challenging boss battles
Two game modes (Arcade and Prototype), with support for single-player and two-player (local) cooperative modes
Nintendo Switch version includes vertical screen mode, allowing the game to be played in its original arcade orientation!

Grab your preorder here

Physical version of Ikaruga launches in Japan on Sept. 24th, 2020, North American game card art shared

The greatest ship in the galaxy

Pikii has announced that their physical version of Ikaruga is coming to Switch in Japan on Sept. 24th, 2020. The title is priced at 4,500 yen, and it includes a copy of the game, reversible cover, instruction booklet, special packaging, and an Ikaruga model ship by Metal Earth.

Along with that, an image was shared showcasing the game card art for Ikaruga's physical release in North America. Still no release date for that version.

If you want to check out more pictures of the packaging and the included model ship, you can have a look at a gallery here.

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