Train2Game News Nintendo Direct September 2021

Nintendo Switch owners are in for quite the year ahead!

In the latest Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo detailed a wide variety of games coming to the system this year and into 2022 – with some games launching later today!


The video outlined something for everyone, including:

“Heading into its sixth year, Nintendo Switch and its wide variety of games continue to offer experiences for various types of players,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications.

“In this latest Nintendo Direct, we are looking ahead to a year packed with new games in well-known franchises, as well as unique and exciting titles from our development and publishing partners.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/09-23-2021.

Train2Game News The Switch Collector

Hagen’s Alley Entertainment today announced a reprint of The Switch Collector: Volume One, a full-color, comprehensive guide to every game physically released in the first year of the Nintendo Switch™ console.

The initial Kickstarter campaign for The Switch Collector: Volume One was funded within hours of launch and only 500 additional copies will be made available to pre-order on today at 11:00 AM EST at https://premiumeditiongames.com/products/the-switch-collector-volume-one?variant=34303995543685.

Additionally, there will be a surprise with this printing along with a free upgrade feature for all Volume Two copies.

Created by noted video game historian and writer Jeffrey Wittenhagen, the unlicensed and unofficial The Switch Collector is a comprehensive “Switchopedia” Collector book series that will cover all the physical releases for the Nintendo Switch™ along with the must play digital-only releases we would like to see come out physically. 

This initial volume, titled “Volume One” is the first of its kind about the system and covers the first year of the Nintendo Switch™ from the launch all the way to its first year anniversary. From Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to indie favorites like Retro City Rampage and Azure Striker Gunvolt, there is a ton of ground to cover in the first year alone!

The Switch Collector: Volume One is a perfect 8.5″ x 11″ size that matches every other hardcover release by Hagen’s Alley and is an industry standard, using high quality binding and glossy page stock to create a stunning book. This ensures that each and every full color page will be of the highest quality. Each book comes with two bookmark ribbons, blue and red, which matches the original release joy-con colors. The hardcover book also mimics a Nintendo Switch™ box release with a red spine and white text so it can be displayed with your collection flawlessly!

You can view the original campaign for book specifics at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thesubcon3/the-switch-collector-year-one.

“In addition to the wealth of information compiled in these books, my favorite part is the Contributor Switch Stories,” said Wittenhagen. “Sharing personal stories with other gamers is the heart of this hobby, so we wanted to make sure to include them in our Switch Collector editions and respect the historical impact of this console.”

Jonathan Polan, founder of JP’S SWITCHMANIA and co-founder of Premium Edition Games, has contributed his expertise to this volume, exploring variant packaging, collector’s editions and more. 

With anticipated shipping in time for the 2021 Holidays, this is the ideal gift for any passionate Nintendo fans on your list. WIth only 500 copies available, be sure to pre-order now!

Train2Game News New Nintendo Switch Announced

The Nintendo Switch family of systems is about to gain a new member.

On Oct. 8, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch at a suggested retail price of $349.99, giving people another option for how they want to play the vast library of games on Nintendo Switch.

Click here to view the video announcing the new system.

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has a similar overall size to the Nintendo Switch system, but with a larger, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen with vivid colors and crisp contrast.

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) also features a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld and tabletop play.

Just like Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) allows players to play on the TV and share the detachable Joy-Con controllers for right-out-of-the-box multiplayer fun.

And just like both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, with Nintendo Switch (OLED model), the system can be taken on the go to enjoy its play-anywhere versatility.

A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will also be available.

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) launches on Oct. 8, the same day as the Metroid Dread game, the next entry in the 2D Metroid saga that kicked off with the original Metroid on NES.

With the vibrant OLED screen and enhanced audio, embarking on the latest adventure of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in Metroid Dread while playing in handheld or tabletop mode will feel even more immersive.

“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser.

“With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will let players experience enhancements in all three play modes:

TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode.

Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system’s screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen.

Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local or online multiplayer with friends. The system’s 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast.

When the system launches, it will come in two color options:

  • Nintendo Switch (OLED model) white set, which features white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock.
  • Nintendo Switch (OLED model) neon red/neon blue set, which features neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock.

All previously released Joy-Con for Nintendo Switch are compatible with this new model. Additionally, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is compatible with the full library of Nintendo Switch games.

For anyone that picks up this new system and wants to transfer their digital games and save data from another Nintendo Switch system, details about the transfer process can be found at https://support.nintendo.com/.

Check with local retailers for pre-order information soon.

For more information about the system, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/oled-model/.

Train2Game News Legend of Mana Remastered Edition

Square Enix Ltd., today announced that Legend of Mana™, the remastered edition of the fourth instalment in the Mana series is now available to play on modern consoles Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 console and STEAM®.

In Legend of Mana, players will embark on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, only to discover that the world map is empty. Throughout their adventure, they will acquire special artifacts, which can be placed on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life via the unique Land Creation system. Players can also capture eggs and hatch pet monsters to help with battles, and progress through the story in different ways based on the choices they make, offering a more personal and unique gameplay experience.

  Legend of Mana features remastered visuals and a rearrangement of selected songs from the beautiful soundtrack, including ‘Hometown of Domina’. Players will also be able alternate between the new and original soundtrack. The game also introduces the “Ring Ring Land” mini-game which will be available to the West for the first time. During their travels, players will encounter a colourful cast of characters, square off against fearsome monsters in real-time combat and explore the vast world of Fa’Diel, all while experiencing Legend of Mana’s timeless story.

  Legend of Mana is now available digitally for £24.99 on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 console and PC (STEAM®). Players who purchase Legend of Mana before July 23 will receive an early purchase reward, including ten avatars and a custom Legend of Mana theme on the PlayStation®4 console or Legend of Mana Wallpaper on PC (STEAM®).

For more information visit: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/games/legend-mana

Train2Game News Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

VLG publishing (a label owned by award-winning video game publisher, Leonardo Interactive) and developer imaginarylab, a studio dedicated to raising the bar in interactive storytelling are thrilled to announce that point-and-click side-scrolling adventure game Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will launch for Nintendo Switch on 8th June, 2021.

Fans of classic games such as Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island will soon be able to experience this modern take on these side-scrolling adventures, perfectly suited to the Nintendo Switch. Following the successful launch of the acclaimed PC version, Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will captivate gamers with its beautifully drawn 3D visuals and contemporary mechanics, making it a must-buy title for all point-and-click enthusiasts. 

  • You can watch the new trailer for Will Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town here

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town offers a modern take on point-and-click adventure games by having players collect clues and solve puzzles in a computerized 3D pirate themed world. As Willy uncovers details regarding his father’s mysterious disappearance, fans of all ages are able to enjoy hilarious dialogue, whimsical characters and charming cartoon graphics. Old school fans of the genre can appreciate easter eggs that reference iconic titles they grew up with during the good old days of gaming.

10 years have passed since the mysterious disappearance of Willy’s father, the famous archaeologist Henry Morgan. After Willy receives a strange letter containing a cryptic message he heads on a perilous adventure to Bone Town, an unconventional place full of pirates and shady characters, to once and for all uncover the truth behind what happened to his father. 

Key Features:

  • Non-linear gameplay – Explore without constraint, collect items and solve stimulating puzzles.
  • Unique graphic style – A fantastical world with a magical atmosphere.
  • Full HD quality – Cinematographic cutscenes and over 50 locations to see.
  • A pirate world with a modern twist – Pirates and computers? Why not?!
  • 15 NPCs to interact with – Learn about the story through several hours of interactive dialogues packed with irony and easter eggs.
  • Original soundtrack – More than two hours of original music.

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will be launching for Nintendo Switch on 8th June, 2021 and can be pre-ordered on the Nintendo eStore now. The PC version is available to buy now via Steam and GOG.

For more information please the official website at www.leonardointeractive.com/game/willy-morgan/ 

Train2Game News Republic Commando Available Now

The Squad is your weapon!

Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games today announced that Star Wars Republic Commando is now available for digital purchase on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 for $14.99. The classic, first-person tactical shooter is back, now as a single player experience for today’s modern consoles.

  Check out the new Star Wars™ Republic Commando™ launch trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9R0aRZmi0

Star Wars™ Republic Commando™

Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy.

Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back!

Your squad will follow your orders and your lead, working together as a team – instinctively, intelligently, instantly. Relive the legendary campaign.

  • Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy. 
  • Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.
  • The Squad is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

Availability

Star Wars Republic Commando is now available for digital purchase on Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store for $14.99.

Train2Game News Harvest Moon One World

Rising Star Games are proud to announce Harvest Moon: One World is available now across Europe for Nintendo Switch.

The game is rated PEGI 3 and USK 0 and is available across Europe physically and digitally for £39.99 / €49.99*.

“Harvest Moon: One World is our largest Harvest Moon game yet,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. “With five different lands inspired by real life places, mystical Harvest Wisps, innovative tools that help you quickly travel and take your barn with you, and new rare and exotic animals, this is truly a new world for players to explore. Players will ride camels across the deserts of Pastilla, venture deep into the snowy mountains of Salmiakki, and even visit a volcano near the cozy mountain town of Lebkuchen!”


Can you imagine a world without cabbage, tomatoes, or even carrots? Believe it or not, that’s the world you’ll find yourself in at the beginning of Harvest Moon: One World, as the Harvest Goddess, the queen of crops herself, has vanished…

However, before the Harvest Goddess disappeared from this world, she imbued the tiny Harvest Wisps with the knowledge of various seeds, thus ensuring the various fruits and vegetables of the world would not be lost. Using the power given to these Harvest Wisps, you’ll unlock various seeds as you progress through the game! But the Harvest Wisps can be tricky to find, as they all appear at different times and places. You’ll need to use your noggin to make sure you seek out as many of them as you can!

  • Explore five unique and colorful areas: the sprawling grasslands of Calisson, the gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo, the searing desert heat of Pastilla, the cozy hills of Lebkuchen, and the snowy mountains of Salmiakki!
  • Choose your main character and meet all of the five handsome bachelors and five beautiful bachelorettes, each with their own unique personality and backstory!
  • Raise and keep animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and even reindeer!
  • Use your Expando-Farm to easily travel from one area to another!

Season Pass & Four DLC Packs

We also have a free feature update coming later this year to Lonely Mountains: Downhill. Introducing Daily Rides where players will compete cross-platform for the top spot on the daily leaderboard. Each day a trail will be selected randomly with new obstacles and shortcuts. The daily challenges will take place in a 3 to 8 week season where you can unlock new and unique rewards for participating and be among the top players at the end of a season.

The farming fun continues in four DLC packs! Interior Design & Tool Upgrade Pack and the Season Pass are available today. Far East Adventure Pack, Precious Pets Pack, and Mythical Wild Animals Pack will be launching later this Spring.

Live your best life! Customize the interior of your house with five fabulous designs! You will also be able to upgrade your hoe, watering can, hammer, axe, and fishing rod an additional level, making growing crops, fishing, and mining easier and faster! This pack includes an additional level for all of your tools and five Different Interior Design Sets: Farm, Castle, Steampunk, Spaceship, and Starlight!

The Interior Design & Tool Upgrade Pack is available NOW!

Purchase the Season Pass today to receive access to all four DLC’s for a special price*.

DLC’s launching after March 5th will automatically update in-game on their release dates.

To learn more about all DLC Packs, please follow our social media channels for more information.

*Physical and digital prices may slightly vary in your territory

Train2Game News Star Wars Republic Commando Remake

It’s time again to suit up and hit the frontlines of Geonosis with Delta Squad in the fight for the Republic of the Clone Wars!

Aspyr today announced the return of a Star Wars classic – Star Wars Republic Commando, the fan-favorite, first-person tactical shooter where players lead a team of clone commandos as they battle through increasingly difficult missions that take place throughout the legendary Clone Wars.

The game, brought back as a single player experience with modernized controls, arrives for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on April 6 for $14.99. 

Check out the new Star Wars™ Republic Commando™ announcement trailer:
https://youtu.be/VPUQRA-chBw

“Since its original launch in 2005, Republic Commando continues to be a fan-favorite Star Wars game. We’re honored to be able work with Lucasfilm Games to bring back this beloved moment in franchise history.” said Ted Staloch, Aspyr Co-founder.

Star Wars  Republic Commando

Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back! Your squad will follow your orders and your lead, working together as a team – instinctively, intelligently, instantly. Relive the legendary campaign.

  • Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy. 
  • Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.
     
  • The Squad is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

Pre-orders start today for Nintendo Switch on the eShop LINK

Star Wars Republic Commando launches April 6 on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

Train2Game News Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning

THQ Nordic today confirmed that Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is scheduled for Nintendo Switch release on March 16, 2021!

This release will mark the handheld debut of the RPG franchise long coveted for gameplay that combines might, finesse and sorcery.

The game comes with three DLC’s: The Teeth of Naros, Legend of Dead Kel and Weapons and Armor bundles. Switch™ players will experience an unprecedented amount of gameplay – hundreds of hours of exploration, dynamic combat and adventuring await!

In addition, THQ Nordic confirmed plans for the adventures in Amalur to continue later this year with the brand new Kingdoms of Amalur expansion: Fatesworn.

From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.

Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world. Uncover the secrets of Amalur, from the vibrant city of Rathir to the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns. Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.

  • Build the ideal character for the most intense combat, choosing from a countless combinations of skills, abilities, weapons and pieces of armor
  • The revolutionary Destiny system allows you to continuously evolve your character class to your style of play
  • Seamlessly integrate magical and melee attacks as you take on scores of enemies in grand fight sequences and finish them off with brutal Fateshift kills
  • Extend your experience in Amalur with all DLC from the original release, from Teeth of Naros to Legend of Dead Kel and more!
  • Hundreds of hours of RPG play await! Travel from the vibrant city of Rathir, to the vast region of Dalentarth, and the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns as you uncover the secrets of Amalur!
  • Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore
  • Enjoy countless side quests rich in political intrigue, romance, sinister magic, and even whimsy – all central to the primary mission
  • Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death
  • Explore a sprawling game world hailed as having “more content than any single-player game deserves!”
  • Improved graphical fidelity in Re-Reckoning

Enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Monster Hunter Rise Demo Available Now

During the “Monster Hunter Digital Event” today, Capcom shared new details for Monster Hunter Rise, the upcoming entry in the award-winning and top-selling Monster Hunter action RPG series.

Throughout the month of January, a Monster Hunter Rise demo will be available as a free download from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch™, serving hungry hunters around the world their first taste of the highly-anticipated new entry in the storied franchise.

Also showcased in the livestream event, a brand new trailer introduced the “Wyvern Riding” gameplay mechanic, a new monster, a collection of returning monsters and frosty new hunting grounds that players can explore when the full game launches worldwide for the Nintendo Switch system on March 26, 2021.  

Today’s “Monster Hunter Digital Event” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/kYnVOrQrsdk

The free limited time Monster Hunter Rise demo launches tomorrow on January 8, CET, and runs through January 31, giving players ample time to enjoy a sampling of this all-new Monster Hunter experience. The demo provides players with numerous hunting options, including offline solo and (up to 4 player) offline* local and online** multiplayer gameplay using all 14 weapon types. The following modes and quests are available in the free demo:

  • Training – Learn the basics of monster hunting, including an introduction to the new Wirebug mechanic and Palamute riding. Solo play only.
  • Wyvern Riding – Enter an arena to experience Wyvern Riding, a new feature that allows hunters to ride and guide monsters for a period of time. Solo play only.
  • Beginner Quest: Great Izuchi – Ideal for first time players or hunters who need a refresher course. Solo play, local multiplayer and online multiplayer.
  • Intermediate Quest: Mizutsune – A fierce challenge for experienced players only. Solo play, local multiplayer and online multiplayer.

*For offline local play, Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) membership is not required.
**For online play, Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account are required. From now through January 13, Nintendo is offering their NSO service as a free trial to all players on Nintendo Switch.

NOTE: The demo provides hunters with a total of 30 quest attempts, which are shared between both (beginner and intermediate) quests. The Tutorial and Wyvern Riding training do not count against the 30 quest limit, but those modes cannot be accessed after the limit is reached.

Also revealed today, the icy Goss Harag is an entirely new monster that will make its debut in Monster Hunter Rise.

This fanged beast will send a chill down hunters’ spines, as he roams through snowy fields in search of new prey and attacks using blades of ice. Goss Harag is right at home in the Frost Islands, a new snow-capped and windswept locale that was once the nesting grounds for large dragons, who only the bravest hunters would attempt to slay.

Many other classic and fan-favorite monsters will be returning to join the ever-growing roster of foes in Monster Hunter Rise.

In addition to the previously-announced monsters, these seasoned threats will also make their presences known: Lagombi, Khezu, Great Baggi, Barioth, Mizutsune, and Tigrex.

More new and returning monsters will be revealed in the months ahead.