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Umihara Kawase Fresh's retail launch edition to include full-color instruction booklet, and more goodies

Fresh to death

Nicalis is among the best when it comes to Switch retail releases that include extra goodies. They're going to continue that tradition with Umhara Kawase Fresh!. Amazon preorders for the game have gone live, and we now know that the retail release will include a full-color instruction booklet, and other items. As for what those other items are, Amazon's listing says they'll be revealed soon.

Crystal Crisis - Helen Vs. Aban footage

It's never a good idea to fight a God


An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling crystals into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throw down!

Crystal Crisis - 'Attack Burst' footage

Burst your opponent's bubble


An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling crystals into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throw down!

Umihara Kawase Fresh! Will Be Served Up To Switch Players On July 9th, 2019

Nicalis grabs publishing duties

SANTA ANA, California, March 13, 2019 — Nicalis, Inc. today announced a new partnership with Japanese developer Studio Saizensen to bring Umihara Kawase Fresh! to Nintendo SwitchTM in North America and Europe on July 9, 2019. A fresh new chapter in the storied series, Umihara Kawase Fresh! features open-world platforming gameplay starring a young girl who uses her fishing lure as a grappling hook, allowing her to progress through the quaint frontier town of Kingness.

Kawase is a traveling chef who has embarked on many magical adventures in the past. In Umihara Kawase Fresh!, she will put her navigating, grappling and cooking skills to the ultimate test as she completes various quests and discovers the secrets of Kingness, a town that is new to her yet somehow familiar.



Players will need to jump, climb, swing and slingshot their way across platforms all over town in order to clear goals and reach a specific destination to advance to the next quest. Each completed quest can be replayed in Time Attack mode, where a timer is added to let players compete for the best times in online leaderboard rankings.

Along the way, Kawase can use the lure to collect enemies and various food ingredients to store in her magical backpack. Combining ingredients with special recipes creates dishes that can be consumed to earn temporary special abilities, like jumping higher or being able to survive underwater for a longer time. The game also includes two additional playable characters: Cotton from the scrolling shooter Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams and another storied character yet to be announced.

Nicalis and Studio Saizensen continue their close working relationship, as the two companies previously collaborated on the crossover fighting game Blade Strangers and the hack-and-slash RPG Code of Princess EX.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! for Nintendo Switch will be available digitally and physically (NA only) on July 9 for $39.99 MSRP.

Crystal Crisis' story mode ties into Cave Story

Crystal Crisis involves a lot of characters from different franchises, but it seems the world of Cave Story is going to be one of the most important inclusions. In an interview with Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez, we find out just how Cave Story's universe plays into Crystal Crisis' story mode.

Yes! I don’t want to spoil anything, but the story revolves around the Red Crystal from Cave Story and how these characters have came together. From there, the story _____ a few _______ ______ and _____ that you’ll ____ to ______ __ ______.

Crystal Crisis - Curly character animation, and more gameplay footage

(Not) sponsored by Waterford




An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling crystals into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throw down!

RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore - Giant Bomb quick look

Remi, an ordinary high school student, has awakened Lore, a talking book who is a self-proclaimed “master” of magic. Together, they are drawn into the magical world of Ragnoah, which has been overtaken by nefarious mecha-monsters. Remi and Lore must venture together and find their way home, but can Remi really trust the mischievous magic book Lore? Who is the mysterious android girl “Choux” and why does she want to capture Lore? Will Remi ever find her way out of the magical world and return home?

Crystal Crisis - A quick bit of new gameplay footage



An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling crystals into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throw down!

RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore now available on Switch

SANTA ANA, California, February 26, 2019 — Nicalis, Inc. today announced that RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore has released on Nintendo SwitchTM, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, with a Steam version coming soon. An all-new hack-and-slash action game, RemiLore follows the journey of an ordinary schoolgirl named Remi and a supreme magic book named Lore as they battle their way through the anime-inspired world of Ragnoah.

In RemiLore, players can defeat enemies with a variety of powerful melee and magical ranged attacks, both of which can change dramatically whenever Remi equips any of over 200 different fun and fantastic weapons. All of the enchanting action in the game features rich HD visuals and dramatic lighting effects to enhance the beauty of Ragnoah’s four distinct regions.

RemiLore features an in-depth upgrade system for spells, weapons and player skills. A variety of unlocked and unlockable gameplay options are offered, including:

Story Mode 1—Single-player main storyline starring Remi and Lore
Story Mode 2—Alternate storyline starring Choux and Lore
Co-op Mode—Two players team up and battle together
One Coin Clear—Permadeath mode
Wildcard Spell—Lore’s ultimate spell is replaced by a random one
Wildcard Weapon—Remi’s weapon is swapped randomly after an enemy is defeated
Power House—Increased attack power, but attack speed is slower
Sugar Rush—Dash gauge recharges faster, but attacks deal less damage
Boss Rush—Fight every boss in order, with no levels in between
Custom Loadout—Select any unlocked weapon and spell
Hard Mode—More difficult than Normal Mode
Nightmare Mode—One hit means game over
Tutorial—Learn how to play the game

RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is available now as a digital download on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $39.99 MSRP. A Steam version will be releasing soon. The launch edition of the physical version on Nintendo Switch includes a bonus instruction booklet and RemiLore-themed microfiber cleaning cloth.

Aban Hawkins teased for Blade Strangers


Looks like Blade Strangers is going to get some DLC fighters! The above tweet from Nicalis very clearly teases the addition of Aban Hawkins from 1001 Spikes for Blade Strangers. Will he be the only DLC character, or is this the first of multiple teased additions? I guess we'll just have to hang tight and see!