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Trails of Cold Steel III heads to Switch

The students of Thors Academy are taking their spring break on the Switch, with the PS4 sequel to the Vita adventures arriving next year. Bringing more battles, mechs and political intrigue to the quiet backwaters of Crossbell, its not just getting a crappy release either, the Thors edition packs in plenty of goodies, but a shame the whole trilogy isn't on the way - likely due to different publishers and rights issues.

The first game was definitely epic on the Vita, with the second warming up the plot nicely. I've played this on the PS4 and the Switch should have no trouble handling the visuals, which were barely a notch up on the portable originals.

Look out for this awesome slice of character-building RPG action early next year.

Widescreen horror adventures of Distraint go physical

Distraint is a pair of disturbing adventures from Jesse Makkonen, following the misadventures of a young Mr Price, tasked with home repossessions, a natural topic for light and fun adventuring. His adventures (review of the first episode) are dark and twisted with the game's use of mono, lighting and ambient audio to put the willies up most players. 

The Eastasiasoft bundle goes on sale on the 7th November and features both games on the cart, with a full colour game manual, soundtrack, certificate and box with the LE going for $39.99 or a standard edition for $29.99.

Alien Isolation shown off on Switch

One of my favourite PS4 games, especially when remote played on the Vita tucked up in bed, Alien Isolation is the latest in the series to bring the sheer terror of Ridley Scott's and H.R. Giger's Alien creation to an interactive form.

Coming to the Switch soon thanks to Feral Games, we have a new brief gameplay trailer to help set the scene and to soak up some of the dripping atmosphere. With a 2019 release date at the end of the trailer there isn't long to wait until Switch owners get to tremble in cupboards and build their own handmade weapons to distract the creature that you have no hope of killing.

Seriously, the game is awesome, and should be great on the Switch, given its PS3 origins.

Dusk Diver splashes down on the Switch

Okay, hands up who else was expecting a sedate, atmospheric aquatic adventure? Instead we get something that looks like a mash-up between Digimon Cyber Sleuth, Tron and musou territory thanks to PQube's latest release, Dusk Diver which is out this week, digital only.

Just like Digimon, it borrows from real world, starting at Exit 6 of the MRT station Ximending in Taiwan. You take the role of high school student Yang Yumo and experience her fantasy action adventure through Ximending and Youshanding, a mirror world with two faces.

After learning about this hidden shadow dimension and meeting the Guardians of Ximending, players start an exciting adventure, alternating between exploration and socialising with the characters of Ximending during the day and action combat starting with the hours of dusk!

The non-combat part of the game is not only a way to take a digital tour through one of Asia's most buzzing places, full of anime and manga stores, amazing street food and more, but is also tied to your progress: finding a nice restaurant to eat before a combat mission will boost your stats and cultivating the relationship with your favourite Guardian will improve your effectiveness in joint fights!

Synth-punk roguelike shooter Black Future '88 hits switch in November

If you played 10 Tons' Neon Chrome, you might like Black Future ’88 from Good Shepherd, a similar sounding game set in an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner. Sounds very similar in fact, but with its own edge and distinctive 2D pixel way with a hell-load of traps and explosions.

The aim is to shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI, crazed junkies and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988, all before your heart explodes! Black Future '88 hits Switch (and PC) on November 21.

According to the game's page, the world is reeling from a nuclear cataclysm, created by Duncan, the tower architect. The First of his bombs fell in the summer of 1988, and by December they had blacked-out the sun with endless rain. We decided to stop keeping time after this, and it’s been 1988 ever since. Everything that lived through the initial attack will die in the extreme floods that followed. These are the times after, where there are no more months, or even weeks…everything is measured in minutes left to live.

Features include:

  • Death Ascendant: Climb an always evolving procedural tower and fight for survival through a constant onslaught of death by fire, lasers, and slashes.
  • Unique Synth-Punk World: Play through a unique take on a retro cyberpunk dystopia, and fight to survive through 5 distinct zones each with their own challenges.
  • Pick Your Poison: Play as one of 5 playable characters, each with their own unique buffs- and weaknesses.
  • Ruin Friendships: Test your wits and reflexes with a friend in couch co-op, and experience a completely unique take on the co-op roguelike.
  • Kill the Wardens: Fight for survival by challenging the numerous unique bosses that guard each one of the game’s zones.
  • Fog Machines and Laser Beams: Bring a gun and laser sword to a fire fight by arming yourself with a selection of the 50 unique weapons available in the game, each with their own unique effects.
  • Evolve to Survive: The only way to survive when everything, including your own heart, is trying to kill you is to carefully boost or curse yourself by strategically choosing- and combining from 30 distinct buffs and curses.
  • Dailies: Every day, a new challenge is generated with unique attributes that will test your mettle and allow you to see how your skills compare against other players in a global Leaderboard. Fight for not just survival, but supremacy!
  • Ear Candy: Death never sounded so good thanks to an all killer original analog-synth soundtrack.

Nintendo's results show good start for Switch Lite

Reporting and earning season kicks off today with lots of tech and games companies spaffing big numbers against the wall in the hope of pleasing their shareholders. Nintendo suits were hopefully getting pissed in Kyoto shouting the goodish news.

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Nintendo Switch total hardware sales hit 41.67 million globally to the end of September, with the Switch Lite selling 1.95 million in just 10 days of sale. During the last quarter (the slow summer one) some 4.8 million Switches were sold along with 35.88 million Nintendo first party games. Check out the English PDF report for more detail.

First party game sales are led by the usual suspects with numbers that Sony and Microsoft can only dream about All told they helped generate a total of  443,967 million yen (about $1 billion) in net sales for the last six months, up 14.2% on last year's comparable figure. That's a tidy 94,222 million yen (around $867.69 million) in operating profit, up 53.4%.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 19.01 million
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 15.71 million
Super Mario Odyssey 15.38 million
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 14.54 million
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! 11.28 million
Splatoon 2 9.28 million
Super Mario Party 7.59 million
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe 4.59 million
Super Mario Maker 2 3.93 million
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 3.13 million (launched on September 20)

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness lights up the Switch

How many Atelier adventures are there? It seems like a new episode is dropping on a monthly basis as Gust and Tecmo keep cranking out the fun magical mystery tours. I haven't really enjoyed once since Atelier Sophie on the Vita on the Vita, but now is probably a good time to drop back in. The game is out in the EU this week, with a physical version available.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout follows teenage tomboy Ryza and her band of mischievous friends, Lent and Tao, who yearn for adventure and excitement far away from their mundane village life. As the group explores a forbidden island in search of adventure, they encounter a wandering alchemist, Empel, and his warrior partner, Lila, who change their lives forever. The duo agrees to teach Ryza the enchanting ways of alchemy, preparing her for a harrowing quest to save her hometown from a mysterious and deadly darkness lurking beneath the surface.

Here's a clip of the Japanese version in action on the Switch, since I can't find an official Switch trailer...

Throughout Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, players will utilise completely revamped synthesis and battle systems – collecting and synthesising raw materials into powerful items for battle, before fighting the lurking monsters which roam the many lands they will venture through. The new synthesis interface clearly displays the required materials and effects that can be added to the final item at a glance, using a ‘Linkage Synthesis’ system to easily display item placement. Newcomers to alchemy will be warmly welcomed with easy to understand synthesis, whilst series veterans will be able to take full advantage of the system via strategic item placement. The fresh ‘Real-Time Tactical Battle’ system allows battles to progress even while character actions are being chosen, offering fast-paced and exciting battle situations.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD slips on the Switch

Sega's semi-legendary Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD comes to the Switch now with a special guest in the form of Sonic and 100 twisting and turning levels of tricky jumping and balancing fun. Looking superb in HD, they've removed the tilt controls from the Wii in favour of sticking to the analog sticks, but that shouldn't make much difference to the chaos, with online leaderboards to challenge friends.

Delta Squad assaults the Switch this week

Ratalaika Games continues its porting fest with Delta Squad, a multiplayer (or single) tactical top-down shooter) deploying on the Switch this week. Only the Delta Squad can stop an evil mad man from taking control of a deadly virus capable of eradicating human life.

For just $5.99, you get  50 missions across 5 levels with gorgeous 3D graphics and an ambient soundtrack with local co-op support for up to four players. The Delta Squad must battle against General Rumanovsky, a maniacal overlord who will stop at nothing to achieve global domination.

Inspired by the ’90s, but with modern gaming mechanics incorporated, Delta Squad is an arcade title packed with nostalgia that multiple players can share all at thanks, thanks to support for local co-op that supports up to four players.

To overcome every threat and squash Rumanovsky’s dictatorship, players will need to take full advantage of upgrading their skills in a bid to deal maximum damage.