Overall, Ghost 1.0 surprises with its depth, fun factor, and compelling puzzles and combat. The gameplay and levelling up kept me engaged with Ghost while trying to take down this evil corporation. Despite some frustration in a handful of sections that required impeccable precision, Ghost 1.0 is thoroughly enjoyable and easily recommendable for fans of Metroidvanias or action titles in general.
verall, Heroki is a charming adventure that looks great and features some fun gameplay. You can tell a lot of love from Picomy went into making this title. It may not be the most memorable, or feature too much in the way of satisfying gameplay, but it offers a pleasant experience for the most part.
Bomber Crew is easily one of the greatest management games to grace the Nintendo Switch so far. Brutal and charming at the same time, it's a white-knuckle ride of a war sim. Where the controls can be finicky and a little confusing at times, Bomber Crew makes up for it in engaging gameplay and the way it builds a sense of attachment to your bomber and it's crew.
Every player has a single button, either on the Switch’s touchscreen or on the JoyCon, and a small avatar on-screen. By pressing the button, you can dodge obstacles or, if you’re in specially designated areas, you can enter an orbit which allows you to turn and then release yourself with another button press.
Overall, Miles & Kilo is almost the perfect type of retro-platformer to play as it’s immediately engaging, features well-executed gameplay, and dons a charming 8-bit aesthetic that will keep you smiling even when you perish. A lot of love has clearly gone into the development, with the game brilliantly combining new and exciting innovations with retro sensibilities.
Mario Tennis Aces starts strongly, with a powerful serving of rock-solid core tennis, cleverly implemented new mechanics, and a fun Adventure Mode. But the absence of match customisation, a lack of polish in some areas, and sparse replayability, means it fails to capitalise on its baseline ingredients.
Henry the Hampster Handler is a charming reaction based game with cute characters and gameplay. While not the most robust in terms of content, there is still fun to be had. It does get old fast though, and some irritating sound effects and bland backgrounds also leave a bit to be desired.
Were it not for the comedy stylings of the writing team and the ingenious quest design, West of Loathing could be written off as a humdrum RPG. However, with some really engaging narrative design, the game is worthy of recommendation.
Soccer Slammers certainly looks cool from the outside. The unique artstyle wins you over instantly, and every World Cup team’s included - as well as a few extras to boot. Unfortunately, the core gameplay is incredibly dull, even in multiplayer, and you're unlikely to glean much enjoyment from it for more then 20 minutes or so.
Toki Tori 2+ is one of the most cleverly constructed puzzle games out there. Successfully navigating a room can make you feel smarter than Stephen Hawking. But those without the patience to sit there stumped, may find the combination of dastardly level design and a lack of motivation to persevere completely off-putting.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch is still very much the same game from the Wii U version, albeit with a bump in resolution, newly added portability, and even an easier Funky Kong mode. If you’ve never played Tropical Freeze on the Wii U, it’s an easy recommendation to make. However, if you already experienced everything that release had to offer, it’s probably not worth double-dipping.
Nintendo's E3 presentation has finally been delivered, and we got a fairly in depth look at Smash Bros for Switch - now called Super Smash Bros Ultimate - as well as a bunch of other games that are coming to Switch. Some games though, were conspicuous in their absence. Nintendo Village writers give their immediate impressions from this years' Nintendo E3 Direct.
The two new Pokémon games are designed with newcomers in mind, but there are plenty of reasons to keep these games on your radar even if you’re a longtime fan. Here’s why Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee might be for you.
As we head into E3 2018, the big focus for Nintendo's presentation is the upcoming Super Smash Bros title for Switch. Nintendo's brawler and the LA Convention Centre go together as well as Final Destination and No Items. We here at Nintendo Village thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of the franchise at the event, and what it could mean for this year’s expo.
Switch’s first year was absolutely stellar, but year 2 so far hasn’t been quite as mind blowing, with only middle tier releases and a bunch of ports of questionable value. Nintendo needs new stuff at E3 to pick up Switch’s momentum throughout 2018.