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Nicalis comments on the Ittle Dew 2 publishing situation

The game's disappearance detailed

As we noted last week, Ittle Dew 2 disappeared from the Switch eShop. The developer of Ittle Dew 2 took to Twitter to comment on the matter, saying that they were in discussions to transfer Ittle Dew 2 publishing rights back to them. This was followed by radio silence, and then the game simply disappeared from multiple storefronts. The developer has removed their original tweets on the matter, and Nicalis has now provided USGamer with a statement on the matter.

Our Ittle Dew 2 publishing agreement with Ludosity has ended. We've been in communication with the Ludosity team and the first-party platforms during the transition and attempted to transfer the publishing from Nicalis to Ludosity. The game was successfully transferred to Ludosity on Steam. Unfortunately, not all storefronts have a backend system in place to transfer or "re-home" a game to a different publisher. To abide by the terms of the original contract and Ludosity's request to assume control of publishing Ittle Dew 2, it was necessary to delist the game on these platforms. We remain fans of Ittle Dew 2 and we wish the Ludosity team all the best in the future.

Ittle Dew 2 disappears from the Switch eShop (UPDATE)

Ittle be back?

Without any explanation Ittle Dew 2 has disappeared from the Switch eShop in North America. The game is still available over in Europe, so we're not quite sure what's going on. Usually these situations apply to an age rating, but Ittle Dew 2 has been available for quite some time. It would be surprising to see it yanked this long after launch due to a ratings issue. We'll try to get word on what's going on and report back.

UPDATE - The developer of Ittle Dew 2 has taken to Twitter to discuss the situation, and they're hoping to get the game back on Switch at some point.

Allegations of mistreatment and misconduct at Nicalis surface

Nicalis has worked on a number of titles for Nintendo platforms over the years, starting with the Wii and moving all the way up to the Switch. The company is certainly one of the bigger indie publishers on Switch today, and they've worked with a number of developers to bring experiences to the platform. Unfortunately, it seems that many who worked with Nicalis, both inside the company and through partners, have experienced some rather unpleasant circumstances.

Kotaku has put together a report on the inner-workings of Nicalis, specifically coming from Tyrone Rodriguez, the company's founder and president. Under cover of anonymity, a number of former employees have accused Rodriguez of mental abuse and mistreatment. There have also been claims of Rodriguez using racist terms and phrases on numerous occasions. These claims are backed up by Skype logs of conversations showing Rodriguez using extremely distasteful language.

There have also been allegations of Nicalis ghosting devs and pubs during negotiations for publishing. Apparently, a number of
teams were looking to work with Nicalis to get their games out on various platforms, but those deals never came to be due to Nicalis going radio silent for weeks, if not months.

A Nicalis spokesperson has offered up one response to all the allegations, and have said that they won't be commenting further on the matter. You can see that statement below.

Developing and publishing games is a dream for the staff of nearly 20 that work at Nicalis, Inc. Some of our team have been with the company almost a decade and we work hard to create an environment where we treat our team members with respect. They are what make the company.

We do not condone abusive workplace environments or discrimination and have people from all walks of life. We hope for the continued success of our internal team and our external developers.

Regarding the companies under mutual NDA with Nicalis, Devolver (publisher of Enter the Gungeon) and The Game Bakers (developer of Furi), we can only comment that we do not have any signed publishing agreements with them and never have.

Kotaku's report on the matter goes into much greater detail on the situation. You can read the full feature here.

Thanks to all who sent this in.

Save me Mr Tako has a patch that may never see release due to the game's poor sales

Save me, Mr. Nicalis!

Here's a bit of sad news about Save me Mr Tako. Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez has revealed that the game didn't do very well for the company, as it hasn't recouped its development costs yet. This is directly impacting the game's future support, as there's a finished patch for the title that may never see release. Check out the full explanation from Mr. Rodriguez below.

Unfortunately, the game did not yet make back what we put into it. We have a policy of stringent QA testing before pushing releases, and we do not have the space in our budget to QA test the patch so we can push it out.

Nicalis Switch eShop sale now live in Europe and North America

Grab some great deals!

Nicalis is currently running a sale on the Switch eShop in both North America and Europe. There's some pretty great savings going on overall. Check out the full rundown of the sale prices below.

Discount

Current Price (EU)

Current Price (NA)

Blade Strangers

50%

£17.99

$19.99

Cave Story+

50%

£13.49

$14.99

Code of Princess EX

50%

£17.99

$19.99

Crystal Crisis

25%

£13.49

$14.99

Ikaruga

33%

£8.99

$9.99

Redout

25%

£26.99

$29.99

RemiLore

25%

£26.99

$29.99

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

50%

£17.99

$19.99

The End Is Nigh

66%

£4.50

$4.99

Tiny Barbarian DX

66%

£8.99

$9.99

Umihara Kawase Fresh!

25%

£26.24

$29.99

VVVVVV

50%

£4.49

$4.99

Blade Strangers - Aban, Piaa & Summer Kawase gameplay

The free Blade Strangers update introduces three new playable characters: adventurer Aban Hawkins (the main protagonist from 1001 Spikes), mystery girl Piaa (the most memorable of the “girlfriend” characters designed by Studio Saizensen founder Toshinobu Kondo for the PlayStation® game Doki Doki Poyacchio) and Summer Kawase, an alternate version of Umihara Kawase with different clothes and different moves. Each character comes with their own new stage and background music theme.

Blade Strangers' free content update now available

Don't be a stranger

SANTA ANA, California, August 27, 2019 — Nicalis, Inc. today announced that a free update for Blade Strangers is now available for download on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Steam. In celebration of the action-packed crossover fighting game’s one-year anniversary, the update adds new characters, upgraded graphics and many other improvements.

The free Blade Strangers update introduces three new playable characters: adventurer Aban Hawkins (the main protagonist from 1001 Spikes), mystery girl Piaa (the most memorable of the “girlfriend” characters designed by Studio Saizensen founder Toshinobu Kondo for the PlayStation® game Doki Doki Poyacchio) and Summer Kawase, an alternate version of Umihara Kawase with different clothes and different moves. Each character comes with their own new stage and background music theme.

Along with the new characters, stages and music, the free update includes higher-resolution character graphics and numerous gameplay modifications. Fighting-game fans will notice many changes to the speed, timing, damage and/or range of certain attacks and maneuvers, all of which were made in the interests of improving gameplay and character balance while attempting to preserve existing combo functionality.

Developed in Japan by Studio Saizensen and produced and published by Nicalis, Blade Strangers is rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB and is available digitally and physically for Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 for $39.99 MSRP.

The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls Card Game now available at Target

The card game about a game

The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls is a multiplayer card game about sacrifice, betrayal and hoarding. Inspired by the hit video game Binding of Isaac, the official card game was launched on Kickstarter in June 2018. Each game includes: a rulebook, 340 cards, a six-sided dice, an eight-sided dice and 100 custom Binding of Isaac pennies.

In the game, 2-4 players take turns playing loot cards and using items to kill monsters that yield more items, loot, and sometimes souls. The first player to end their turn with 4 souls is the winner. Cooperation, barter and betrayal is encouraged. Once players have a better understanding of the games mechanics, you are encouraged to add the bonus souls, the Soul of Greed and the Soul of Gluttony, to your games.

Playtime: 30 to 60 minutes. For players 2 to 4+ players. Ages 13+.

If you can't get enough of Isaac, this card game might be the perfect fix. It's available right now through Target's website for just $30. You can grab yourself a copy right here!

Crystal Crisis gets a two-page advert in this week's Famitsu

Crystal Crisis is available in Japan as of today, and the publisher is spreading word with a two-page ad in the latest issue of Famitsu. I feel like Crystal Crisis slipped under the radar here in the states, but perhaps it'll find more success in Japan.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! now available on the Switch eShop

With a hefty price

In a very rare occasion, we saw a Switch game release physically before it hit the eShop. Umihara Kawase Fresh! has been available as a physical game for a couple weeks now, while the English eShop version was nowhere to be seen. That changes today, as the game is now available to purchase digitally. The game is priced at $40, the same as the retail version.

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