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Kickstarter launched for "Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II" book

Another one for the coffee table

Like a Hurricane tells the story of the creation of one of the most important and beloved videogames of all time – Street Fighter II – and its subsequent impact on the industry, its creators, and the game-playing public that so warmly embraced it.

The culmination of several years of research by games writer Matt Leone, Like a Hurricane gathers together over 60 voices, spread across continents, disciplines and companies, speaking candidly on the vision, fearlessness, and bold ambition that made Street Fighter II a household name.

The gang behind Like a Hurricane are looking for just shy of $63k to bring the book to life. If you'd like to contribute to the campaign, you can do so here.

PlatinumGames comments on The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter customs fees backlash

Out of luck

Less than a week ago, we posted a story about select Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter backers being upset about having to pay extra fees to get their physical copy of the game. This obviously only applies to certain regions in the world, but enough customers complained about the issue that Platinum has now responded. Unfortunately, it's not the response most backers will be looking for.

"A number of our UK backers have informed us that they’ve had additional taxes applied when receiving their packages. Although possible methods of alleviating this were considered, the tariff duties for different countries can be very strict and we made sure to comply with all corresponding legal restrictions. We are sorry for the additional charges, but it is clearly stated in the FAQ on the Kickstarter page that all physical rewards are shipped out from the United States, and that any applicable VAT or regional tariffs would be paid by backers."

As was mentioned in our original post, some backers claim that the FAQ page didn't originally include this information, and it was only added more than a week after the campaign started. If that is indeed the case, it seems there could be some wiggle room for customers to force a solution.

Kickstarter for 2D/3D puzzle-platformer "Neko Ghost, Jump!" now live, aiming to release on Switch

You can do it, kitty!

Burgos Games is seeking funding for their game, Neko Ghost, Jump!. Its unique perspective switching mechanic is what distinguishes this feline-based puzzle-platformer from the rest of the litter. Inspired by games such as Super Paper Mario and Fez, it definitely brings some freshness to the table. It targets the PC (Windows/Linux), and current and next-generation consoles, including the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

Neko Ghost, Jump! is a pawsome puzzle-platformer that tasks players with switching between 2D and 3D camera perspectives as they guide Nekoman on an epic quest to rescue his bride-to-be, friends, and family from the evil Space Dog Pirate Boss and his minions. This adventure will take Nekoman across several biomes ranging from grassy plains to snowy tundras, to sweltering deserts and beyond. Along the way, players will have to not only switch between 2D and 3D planes but also between their physical and ghost forms to defeat any baddies along the way as they pounce across a series of entertaining yet challenging obstacles that will test their spatial awareness to the limits!

Neko Ghost, Jump! will run the gamut from an accessible family-friendly affair to a furmidable challenge for more masochistic players. Players will have the choice to use the playstyle they want to advance to later levels. Race against the clock trying to beat the speedrun time, take your sweet time and collect all the coins in the level, or for those that prefer no-fuss all action, just whack your enemies into oblivion with the swordfish. Use the loot collected in each level to not only take some time off the clock but also turn it in and customize Nekoman’s appearance with plenty of options available. Give him sweet specs, a dapper hat, or some shiny bling!

Check out the Kickstarter here

Curse of the Sea Rats seeing release in Japan

Ratical!

Curse of the Sea Rats, a 'Ratroidvania' that is coming to Switch thanks to a Kickstarter success, is going to make its way to Japan as well.

The game was originally slated for release in NA/EU, but now we know that it'll makes its way to Japan sometime around April 2021. The release in Japan will include the eShop version we're all getting, along with a retail option.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's next round of DLC has been delayed to sometime this week

Curses! Delayed again!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has certainly seen its fair share of delays. That goes for both the main game and DLC content. Unfortunately, another one of those delays has been announced.

The dev team has discovered an issue with the upcoming Chroma Wheel feature, and that needs to be fixed up before release. That's lead to the DLC's delay to some time later this week. More details on the issue will be shared "after the weekend" according to the official Twitter account.

The Chroma Wheel bug has had the unfortunate side effect of delaying the Boss Revenge Mode as well, as that was supposed to be part of the same update. That mode is running totally fine, but since it's packaged together with the Chroma Wheel DLC, there was no way around delaying it.

If you need a recap on what the Chroma Wheel and Boss Revenge Mode features offer, you can get details below.

Boss Revenge Mode

Get ready to turn the tables on the heroes of Bloodstained! Boss Revenge mode let’s you fight as one of Bloodstained’s deadly bosses: Andrealphus, Bathin, Bloodless, or Gremory.

Each boss comes has their own set of unique abilities and playstyles. The attacks that you previously worked so hard to avoid are now yours to command!

Once you’ve chosen your character, you’ll challenge a series of heroes: Zangetsu, Dominique and finally, Miriam. Each battle takes place in a pre-defined area. Once you enter, there is no turning back! You fight until you win or lose.

Defeat your opponent and you will teleport into a transition room where you can proceed to the next fight. A timer will record your completion time for each fight and your overall time. How fast can you finish?

Chroma Wheel

While we’re always ready for a good fight, sometimes you want to look good while doing it, so we’ve updated the UI to give you more color options when you visit Todd the Demon Barber!

Instead of just a few pre-selected colors, you now have an entire range of colors to choose from. The new color options can be applied to Hair, Sub Hair Color (A new option!), Outfit, Sub Outfit Color, Skin and Eyes.

The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter backers upset over customs fees

The not-so-wonderful $20

Over the last few weeks, there has been an angry sentiment growing over on the Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter. There are a number of people who haven't received their physical copies yet, and furthermore, they're upset that they're being hit with some extra fees.

As the physical copies are being shipped out from the United States, that means there are some regions that have to pay extra customs fees/regional tariffs. This can result in nearly $20 in extra charges to get the product you backed. There are quite a few people over on the Kickstarter saying this information wasn't clear, and they're not happy with having backed the game, and now needing to pay more to get it.

Some have pointed out that almost all Kickstarters for games include this information in the FAQ section, and it's a pretty standard part of the process. That lead to others stating that while the FAQ does include this info, it wasn't mentioned in their until 9 days after the Kickstarter went live, so thousands of people had already pledged their funds.

Platinum doesn't appear to have commented on the matter yet, and truthfully, I'm not sure there's anything they can do. This leaves a decent chunk of fans waiting to get their physical copies, and not wanting to pay extra, or even being unable to in some circumstances.

Thanks to UnholyGrape for the heads up!

Project Blue for Famicom launches on Kickstarter

Out of the blue

Project Blue is a brand-new 8bit Action-Platformer for the Famicom/NES, created as a team-effort by the talented ToggleSwitch, FrankenGraphics & M-Tee.

The game's base gameplay is heavily inspired by classics like Megaman and Super Mario Bros. 3, but mixes things up with a unique dystopian setting and creative level design with lots of unique challenges and multiple game modes to tackle.

The project was successfully funded and realized as a NES-compatible cartridge release through Kickstarter in 2019. For this year, the developers have teamed up with First Press Games to bring Project Blue to the Japanese sister-system of the NES, the Famicom.

Aside of making it available for the different hardware, the goal is also to create a thoroughly localized packaging, manual and even implement translated in-game text to make it a truly fleshed-out release for the console.

This Kickstarter aims to fund part of the production for the Famicom version, which will be quite expensive due to many involved custom parts.

While new NES releases are a common feat nowadays, well-made Famicom games are very hard to find on the retrogame aftermarket. First Press Games wants to change that and tackle it the same way as they did with Tobu Tobu Girl Deluxe:

Custom-manufactured cartridge shells, newly-assembled PCBs and self-developed, authentic packaging to give the whole product a proper edge over anything you have ever seen before!

Make sure to follow the Kickstarter updates closely, a lot of exciting details and behind-the scenes content will unleash during the course of the campaign.

Check out the Kickstarter here

Sea of Stars gets a new trailer

Looking gorgeous as ever

Sea of Stars, the Kickstarter success from the team behind The Messenger, has gotten a new trailer as part of the Summer Game Fest 2020 action. Enjoy the retro-styled RPG action in the spot above.

Horror-themed, PS1-style game "Alisa" coming to Switch, thanks to Kickstarter stretch goal

Oh, the horror!

Alisa is a classic late-90s style horror-themed action adventure game set in a fantasy universe inspired by the 1920s. You play as an Elite Royal Agent called Alisa. While chasing a wanted criminal, she ends up in an old victorian mansion. She has to find a way out while being haunted by materialized/mechanized doll-like humanoids.

Alisa's Kickstarter had a €20,000 to make the game happen, and €25,000 for a Switch release. The game is currently sitting at over €30,000, so the Switch release is definitely happening. We'll keep tabs on development as it progresses.

Thanks to PinkRabbitson for the heads up!

Offside Legends Kickstarter now up-and-running

Help it reach its goal!

Independent developer Team Serpico have released a Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming fantasy-themed soccer-party game Offside Legends.

Offside Legends is a fast-paced soccer arcade which will be released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC in 2021. The game will include teams based in characters such as King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, and others.

“The main reference for Offside Legends is Mario Strikers Charged”, says Dmitry Minsky, co-founder and developer at Team Serpico. “Some mechanics are being reinvented and some are being outright created from scratch - but we always keep in mind that the game should be fun, light-hearted and thrilling”.

The developer’s Kickstarter campaign will help them getting more donations to finish Offside Legends and cover the costs related to the production and development of the game.

Features

Fast-paced, fantasy-themed soccer-party game
Teams based in fantasy characters such as King Arthur, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland...
Inspired by Marion Strikers Charged
New gameplay mechanics
Coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC in 2021

Check out the Kickstarter here

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