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We can now play Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love in English ⊟ 

God bless fan translators, who have worked to bring us Vanpool’s Japan-only Nintendo DS game from 2009, adding to the handful of English games in which we can play as this weirdo from The Legend of Zelda series.

According to this FAQ, he Wizard of Oz-themed adventure transports Tingle into a book’s fantasy setting, where he has to team up with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion equivalents to win the heart of a princess and waltz with her “during the great Dance Party in order to return to his own world”.

You will need a copy of the original game to apply the fan translation patch (the patch is available here). Thanks to Ollie for the heads up!

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Pause & Play Each Day ⊟ 

I’ve always admired the energy Mister Raroo brings to everything, whether it’s his zines, his swapnotes, or his chronicles of fun games he’s played lately. Here is an illustrated calendar for every game he played this month – he played a different game every day in 2017! I want to be more like Mister Raroo in 2018.

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Have y’all seen this Retro Freak arcade machine ⊟ 

Because wow! PCCade is selling cocktail arcade machines with built-in Retro Freak emulation consoles and HD displays – complete with all the buttons to get to the console’s home menu and stuff.

I mean, you could do this yourself in the same way you’d make or convert a MAME console, but I love that a company had this idea. The Retro Freak is a great choice for a multi-console cabinet, since it can install games. That’s less opening up the thing to change cartridges.

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Play Switch in TV mode without using the dock, sorta ⊟

Normally I can get with the logic of most accessories, including the really “creative” ones, but I’ve been staring at this Gametech doodad for a minute and I don’t know man.

It’s basically a USB-C passthrough that lets you play the Switch in TV mode by plugging one end into the dock and one end into the Switch. That way, the Switch can be… a meter away from the dock instead of inside it? The website says it helps keep the Switch cool and reduces risk of scratching the screen on the dock, but I think what happened here is some engineer came up with a solution well before identifying anything remotely problemesque.

Oh, and if you want to use a PlayStation or Xbox controller or stick with your Switch, Gametech has a solution for that as well. That one I’m totally on board with.

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Yodanji sounds really silly and cute ⊟ 

Instead of lamenting DragonFangZ’s seemingly machine-translated bungles last night, clearly I should have paid attention to the script for the other roguelike I mentioned, Kemco’s Yodanji, released to the Switch eShop a few weeks ago.

I will keep it a buck with you and admit I didn’t pay much attention to the game after seeing its Metacritic scores – I forgot how unkind reviews can be to these old-school roguelike experiences! The introductory paragraph above immediately won me over, though, so now I need to try out Kemco’s “coffee-break roguelike themed after Japanese folklore tales”.

Thanks to Maxine for taking the screenshot abot and pointing out to me how fun Yodanji looks. It’s only $4.99 on the eShop! ($2.99 on iOS and Android).

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I missed Christmas mode, but I can get Gunvolt on sale ⊟ 

And so can you! Here are all of the Inti Creates New Year deals:

  • [3DS] Blaster Master Zero 30% OFF ($9.99→$6.99)
  • [NSW] Blaster Master Zero 30% OFF ($9.99→$6.99)
  • [3DS] MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST 30% OFF ($9.99→$6.99)
  • [NSW] MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST 30% OFF ($9.99→$6.99)
  • [NSW] Gunvolt: STRIKER PACK 20% OFF ($39.99→$31.99)
  • [3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt 60% OFF ($14.99→$5.99)
  • [3DS] Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 60% OFF ($14.99→$5.99)
  • [3DS] Gunvolt: The Anime 30% OFF ($2.99→$2.09)
  • [3DS] MIGHTY GUNVOLT 60% OFF ($3.99→$1.59)

Mighty Gunvolt for $1.59 is snackable for sure! And free demos are available for Mighty Gunvolt Burst on the 3DS and Switch eShop now too.

Be sure to check Inti’s site for three new New Year wallpapers. I just learned 2018 is the Year of the Dog from this video game promo! I’m cultured!

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Enjoy this wild localization for the Switch’s Mystery Dungeon-style roguelike ⊟ 

It’s easy to miss what’s released on the Switch eShop with publishers putting out so many games on the platform lately! For instance, we received at least two old-school, turn-based, dungeon-crawling roguelike games in December, including the one shown above, DragonFangZ - The Rose & Dungeon of Time (the other is Yodanji, which looks oldddddddddd old-school).

I would’ve missed this one if NintenDaan and Gerjet hadn’t uploaded a half-hour of gameplay for Toydea’s DragonFangZ:

Yeah, the English translation makes some interesting choices here (instead of invisible potions, we have transparent potions, for example). Publishers, holler at us if you want your scripts punched up :P

If you want a traditional roguelike experience in the same vein as Shiren or the other Mystery Dungeon games, and if you don’t have a PS Vita that you can just play Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate on, pick up DragonFangZ for $24.99 on the Switch eShop.

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Reminder: Wargroove has doggos 🐶 

Just in case you forgot – because it’s imperative you know this – Chucklefish’s Advance Wars-inspired game will have dogs when it hits Switch’s eShop next year (coming to Windows and Xbox One too). I will now declare that all future turn-based tactics games should have dogs. Your move, Intelligent Systems.

All four factions in Wargroove will have their own dog unit. Last we saw, the Cherrystone Kingdom’s units are actually called Doggos, while the Felheim Legion calls theirs Dreadpuppers. We will continue to look out for more details regarding the dogs and a release date on the Wargroove blog, because we report important matters.

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Super Famicom Wars translated ⊟ 

Intelligent Systems’ third entry for the series we know as Advance Wars in the West is now available with a full English translation for the first time since its debut nearly 20 years ago. This is an especially curious game because it came out exclusively for Japan’s Nintendo Power re-writable cartridge system (with demo versions broadcasted on the Satellaview service), before eventually re-releasing to Virtual Console for Wii/Wii U.

You can download the Super Famicom Wars patch at

“When mining the ROM, some unreachable content has been found, which from the looks it is mostly related to debugging and internal playtesting. Some, but not all, of these things have also been translated.

The patch has been tested on Japanese, European and American SNES/SFC hardware using the SD2SNES and Super Everdrive flash cartridges. It should also work on most emulators, and has been confirmed working via ‘Canoe’ on the SNES Classic Mini.”

Shout-outs to Optiroc, breakin, Lee Hyde, and Sky Yoshi for the patch. If you prefer to play something more modern but still similar to the series, Tiny Metal released for Switch’s eShop recently (Nintendo Life’s review likes it), and the fantasy-themed Wargroove is also coming soon!

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Merry Christmas from Toad ⊟

Here’s Nintendo’s LINE mascot, Kinopio-kun, singing Joy to the World in Karaoke Joysound, captured by JapaneseNintendo. It should definitely help you get in the spirit today, if that’s something you are looking to do.

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Remember Nintendo Power? It’s back.. in pod form! ⊟ 

Out of nowhere, Nintendo has relaunched the Nintendo Power brand, in the form of a podcast hosted by former Nintendo Power EIC Chris Slate – a person who, out of respect, I did not refer to as ERIC Chris Slate even though that’s totally what I typed the first time.

In this debut episode of Nintendo Power Podcast, host Chris Slate looks back at the Nintendo Switch system in 2017 with Kit Ellis, co-host of Nintendo Minute, and Damon Baker from Publisher and Developer Relations at Nintendo of America.

Chris then discusses the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with the game’s producer, Mr. Eiji Aonuma, and director, Mr. Hidemaro Fujibayashi.

It’s on SoundCloud along with iTunes and Google Play. 

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Atlus localizing Catherine: Full Body for North America and Europe ⊟ 

I want to laud Atlus for bringing us a new PS Vita game in 2018, but the company hasn’t confirmed platforms – or release date – for the Western release of this updated version of Catherine.

This new twist on the original Catherine, a mature romantic action-adventure puzzle game from the makers of the Persona series, will include a new love interest, “Rin,” with distinct storyline elements for the character, and additional puzzle content. Vincent’s love life has never been so complicated and dramatic! 

Vincent’s apartment hasn’t seen the last of the sensual people in his life. With new storyline elements for both Catherine and Katherine, players will have ample opportunity for new experiences in Catherine: Full Body.

I don’t want to presume that both the PS4 and PS Vita will receive versions as they are in Japan, but maybe!

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Gunvolt surprises with “Christmas Mode” on Switch ⊟

This is so weird and great. If you play Gunvolt in the Striker Pack on Switch on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you’ll get access to a special “Christmas Mode” that packs the screen with presents and changes the holographic “Hexapyle Gates” into Christmas trees. In addition, snow is falling and the floor is now icy in every stage.

“A desperate fight with a boss takes on a different tone in the falling snow.” This is all I needed to replay Gunvolt!

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Soldam is $10 on Switch eShop ⊟

One of the Switch games I’ve been meaning to pick up is now a lot easier to pick up. Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase is $10 on eShop right now, down from $30.

Soldam is a falling-block puzzle game originally released in 1993 by Jaleco as an arcade game. The new version a) looks very cute and b) has online multiplayer!

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My Hero Academia game on Switch ⊟ 

Bandai Namco’s “My Hero Game Project,” a game based on the anime/manga My Hero Academia, will be released in Europe and America on… a bunch of platforms, pretty much all of them, including Switch.

There’s not much info about the game, but it has “massive stage destruction,” so… cool. I’m pretty sure if I’ve seen this show everyone has, so I won’t spend too much time setting it up, but basically it’s a high school for superheroes. 

Via Gematsu.

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Dragon Quest Builders on Switch in North America February 9 ⊟

I’ve been waiting for this! Nintendo of America announced plans to release the Switch port of Dragon Quest Builders February 9. Looks like Nintendo of America is still our Dragon Quest lifeline.

Like I said, I’ve been waiting for this – even though I have a PS4 copy. I was about to play it and then the Japanese Switch version was announced. Oops.

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Club Tiny shirt sale extended ⊟ 

If you want one of the exclusive, lovely Club Tiny t-shirts – I mean, I did – you can get one through the end of 2017. Of course, you’ll have to join our Club Tiny Patreon to buy one!

After the end of the year, we’ll retire this design by Lindsay Collins (for all but $50 patrons, who just… get one!)

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No Marios Allowed postcard book! ⊟ 

The wonderful No Marios Allowed blog, in which Leigh Davis posts ultra-cute drawings of game characters who are Not Mario, is now a book on Fangamer, featuring new and redrawn art along with selections from the site.

You can thumb through it, you can stand it up, or… you could tear one of the works out and send it – each page is a real postcard! They’d also be suitable for framing, just saying.

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First 4 Figures reveals Shovel Knight statues ⊟ 

Video game collectibles maker First 4 Figures unveiled a set of statues for Shovel Knight, showcasing the indie game’s titular hero with three versions – the standard look with his blue armor, an exclusive edition with a Fish Head, and one with Ornate Plate Armor, each priced at a staggering $299.99.

The Ornate Plate edition also includes the extra Fish headculpt. You can see the golden Shovel Knight figure below:

When the statues go on sale in three days, First 4 Figures will also offer a combo option for the exclusive and ornate editions for $549.99. Thanks to Michael Dolan for the tip.

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The Legend of Dark Witch 3 on 3DS Dec. 21 ⊟ 

Yet another cool game coming out soon! The Legend of Dark Witch 3 is the latest in Inside System’s series of Mega Man-style action games, made this time with… technical super-studio M2.

It’s probably not a coincidence that with the addition of M2, 3D is now available… on New 3DS only. If you’re playing on an original 3DS, you get 3D in menus and stuff. Remember when 3DS games were 3D? Wild!

Other additions include that “Lord Attack,” which both looks like a fun dash move and is called “Lord Attack,” and unlimited use of magic abilities.

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