Showing posts with label Side-Scrolling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Side-Scrolling. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bloodstained Cancels Roguelike Mode Stretch Goal for Randomizer

Developer of Bloodstained is cancelling promised "Roguelike" mode and offering "Randomizer" as alternative.

Debuting last year following a successful Kickstarter campaign; side-scroller action role-playing game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from developer ArtPlay and publisher 505 Games has been a modern-day successor of Castlevania series.

In a latest update post in Kickstarter page, chief developer Koji Igarashi has revealed that previously promised Roguelike dungeon mode is not likely to happen, even though it met original stretch goal of $5 million years ago.

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Bloodstained Cancels Roguelike Mode Stretch Goal for Randomizer

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In his post, Igarashi explains that early development stage of code for Bloodstained is not compatible to roguelike style of gameplay, especially to procedurally generate castle and therefore, they had to back out from that part.

Although they couldn't make it, ArtPlay have decided to develop a new game mode called "Randomizer" instead. This update will eventually be rolled out for free with release of playable character and swordsman exorcist Zangetsu.

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Randomizer mode will play out campaign with players tweaking different game parameters for an arbitrary playthrough. Backers of Bloodstained were so eager to get a roguelike mode that its $5 million worth stretch goal was fulfilled by next day.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is currently available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. When Randomizer and Zangetsu content update will finally arrive, a "Boss Revenge" mode will be added as well.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Online Play With Friends

Nintendo releases an online update for Super Mario Maker 2 that finally adds online "Play with Friends" feature.

Back in June 2019, side-scrolling platform game Super Mario Maker 2 was released for Nintendo Switch by developer/publisher Nintendo, featuring only cooperative and competitive online modes in multiplayer except "Play with Friends".

Players have been clamoring for some time to include the named aspect and without an announcement, they decided to drop a sudden update that lets you to play online with friends, essentially upgraded the game to version 1.1.0.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Online Play With Friends

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Both multiplayer co-op and versus modes can now be played alongside people on your Switch friends list. Aside from uploaded levels on Course World, saved levels on Coursebot can be selected and played with friends as well.

You can have voice chat support via Nintendo Switch Online mobile app when your friends are online. Coursebot levels will no longer require you to connect to internet for playing and "Nearby Play" also adds multiplayer modes.

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"Play with Friends" Feature Added

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Up until now, Super Mario Maker 2 was restricted to random matchmaking and lacked "Play with Friends" option for long and thanks to a long-awaited automatic update; everyone can finally play user-created levels with a party of friends.

Leaderboards section will show a list of official course creators with more info and some quality-of-life improvements are deployed. Nintendo may see a surge in player count following their latest patch for Super Mario Maker sequel.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Game Journalist Threatens to Tank Earthworm Jim Review

Doug Tennapel being involved with upcoming Earthworm Jim annoys "journalist" Chris Scullion, who implies giving a bad review.

Earlier, a brand-new Earthworm Jim game is announced on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate its upcoming 25 year anniversary with its original team on board and everyone who ever played even a single title of the franchise was so happy.

While most people were excited with joy, this revelation didn't sit well with some people and one such person is "journalist" Chris Scullion, who is not at all pleased because of Doug TenNapel being part of its creative team.

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Game Journalist Threatens to Tank Earthworm Jim Review

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Previously worked for Nintendo Life, Polygon and Vice, Scullion has posted this initial reaction on Twitter.

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CEO of Intellivision, Tommy Tallarico recently made announcement for the heavily anticipated game that would be an exclusive for their upcoming family-friendly console Intellivision Amico, currently set to launch at October 10, 2020.

Tallarico himself was a part of original development team alongside David Parry, Mike Dietz, Nick Bruty and of course, Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel and the game was voted "Game of the Year" back then following release.

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After posting his concern over Twitter, Scullion jumped over to Facebook page of Tommy Tallarico and stepped into comment section to voice his serious issues with involvement of creator Doug TenNapel by replying to a fan.

Scullion states that though he is excited for new Earthworm Jim title but he would find it hard to support TenNapel. He even went further mentioning how it will be trickier for him to review the game if Doug is involved, which clearly has nothing to do with the game itself.

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By calling Doug TenNapel as a "transphobic prick" in his initial Tweet and taking issue over his taking part in the project, Scullion referring to a Twitter exchange from 2017 between Doug and Heather Alexandra, a writer for video game website Kotaku.

Heather posted a critique of the 1994 platformer and when TenNapel referred to Heather as a "good man" on his reply, it became an issue of misgendering since Heather identify as transgender person and it was presumed as a personal attack.

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To keep the conversation on point, Tommy pointed out that while everyone has a right to be entitled to their opinion, people would get upset eventually whether Doug is involved and it is absolutely impossible to please everyone.

Bringing original Earthworm Jim team of 10 people back together was an effort to recreate that same experience that everyone loved back then and to keep it 100% authentic with a complete team effort for Intellivision console.

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However, Chris Scullion once again states how that could be difficult for him to review the game when it comes out, basically implying indirectly that either he would give it a bad review or cover it in a negative aspect regardless of its merits.

He is called out for his nonsensical talk and an his implied threat by Chris Szarek, who points out how it is "Journalism 101" to have an obligation to be accurate and unbiased, according to ethics code of Society of Professional Journalists.

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Szarek said to Scullion that he shouldn't be a reviewer if his review gets biased for someone's involvement to something and it is expected for a journalist to be impartial and set aside any personal differences before covering any story.

Obviously their exchange of comments were going back and forth for some time yet going nowhere near to a point where they could agree. In fact, Scullion responded saying he has been reviewing for past 13 years without any issue so far.

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His deceptive talk couldn't fool Szarek even for a moment and then Scullion ultimately requested Tommy Tallarico to take their conversation to email. He allegedly blocked Chris Szarek on Facebook after exchanging some more.

What Scullion failed to see or probably didn't want to see here is that a person being involved has nothing to do with an actual game and he adding personal opinion and views on Doug in a game review clearly shows what his true motives are.

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Even though "journalist" Chris Scullion never bothered to reach out to Doug TenNapel, the latter has invited Scullion on his show. Our alleged "transphobe" is clearly more than willing to have a talk with his critique rather than ranting on social media.

People like Scullion only cares about writing trash pieces on people they hate for having different viewpoints and that's some quality journalistic integrity you can see right there, which is why people don't trust reviews these days anymore.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Earthworm Jim Game Coming in 2020

A brand-new Earthworm Jim game is in development from original team for Intellivision console.

Back in Genesis and SNES era, side-scrolling platformer title Earthworm Jim by developer Shiny Entertainment and publisher Interplay Entertainment, a popular video game series created by comic-book artist Doug TenNapel.

Since then, decades have been passed and no new installment has come out so far but in celebration of its upcoming anniversary, Intellivision Entertainment has revealed a new Earthworm Jim game has is currently in development.

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New Earthworm Jim Game Coming in 2020

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Back in October 2018, the company has revealed their project of a family-friendly and affordable console Intellivision Amico that would arrive by October 10, 2020 and would only release titles exclusive to their platform.

Those who owned their hardware in past were immediately hooked knowing they are bringing some of their old classics and now after finalizing their involvement, development for an Earthworm Jim is finally confirmed to increase that hype.

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CEO of Intellivision, Tommy Tallarico has announced the return of 90's anthropomorphic hero for their family-friendly console on Twitter lately.

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Interestingly, original developer team that made the iconic first game possible are all back to reinvent their legacy once again and holding a live-stream on May 4 over Facebook, Twitch and YouTube to interact with eager fans.

Following an interactive Q&A session online with artists, audio team, level designers and programmers, there will be a giveaway of 50 awesome-looking signed and numbered Earthworm Jim posters for participating with them in live chat.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date

Upcoming Nintendo Switch-exclusive side-scrolling platformer title Super Mario Maker 2 to arrive on June 28, 2019.

A few months earlier, when anticipated side-scrolling platformer Super Mario Maker 2 was revealed for Nintendo Switch at Nintendo Direct February 2019, developer/publisher Nintendo didn't reveal a specific date of release other than June 2019.

Recently, a launch date of June 28, 2019 is announced for sequel of popular Wii U title Super Mario Maker. So, interested players who want to get started as soon as it is out on stores can already place their pre-order in advance.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date

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Though Nintendo previously gave a glimpse of what to expect from SMM2 in its announcement trailer, there are a slew of features left unseen. Slopes are one of the highly requested in-game elements fans have been asking for in it and their wish is granted.

Players would also be allowed to add water into ground stages, something that you couldn't do in a single section of the previous game. Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Bully from Super Mario 64 are among notable new addition of enemies.

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Create Your Own Courses

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Original Super Mario Maker platform game came out in 2015 to become an instant hit on Wii U console and till date, people are making different new stages by adding blocks and enemies even though Nintendo has moved afar from the platform.

Nintendo Switch-exclusive title Super Mario Maker 2 lets player create their own rendition of Mario platforming stages with so many improved features and options at their disposal that it almost makes its predecessor game look like a beta project.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Nintendo Officially Confirms Bowsette is Not Canon

Nintendo has officially confirmed that Bowsette is not canon and will not be in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

When Nintendo announced to release a Nintendo Switch port of the popular 2D side-scrolling platform game New Super Mario Bros. U from Wii U, they introduced two additional playable characters, Nabbit and Toadette that led to the creation of fan-made character Bowsette.

The revelation of Toadette transforming into a character akin to Princess Peach using the power of Super Crown has gave players the idea of tinkering other characters and fans ended up converting Bowser but the company has finally denied that idea officially.

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Nintendo Confirms Bowsette is Not Canon

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Developer/publisher Nintendo has recently set the record straight by confirming that the Super Crown power-up transformation is only for Toadette to transform into Peachette, therefore clearing out any possibility of Bowser to ever become a princess using it.

It came as an informal notice in the official website for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe where information section for Super Crown entry states "only Toadette can use this item!" and thus answered the question that whether or not King Koopa can become a pretty princess for all.

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Super Crown Details

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The initial concept of King of the Koopas sharing the characteristics of Peach game Twitter user ayyk92 idea to come up with a few panels, drawing a cartoon depicting the origin for the character of Bowsette and the rest is history.

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Not only had it gone on to become popular meme online that spread like a wildfire with waves of itchy fan arts flooding social media and various photo sharing sites. Even a Bowsette porn parody came out shortly afterwards to cash in the hype.

Mods to add the character in games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and New Super Mario Bros. Wii were created. This arguably becomes one of the most popular fan creations to ever exist that became a headache for Nintendo.

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Just because Nintendo has shot down the concept of Bowsette a week before the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on January 11, 2019 and denied a place in canon doesn't mean that fans would stop loving the character or making more creative fan arts anytime soon.

Besides, they can always find other ways to include Princess Koopa into the game or even made a nod to if they ever want, considering the social media phenomenon it became overnight. However, we are really thankful that we didn't saw Luigi in such form or whatsoever.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch

Many have probably forgotten Klei Entertainment's side-scrolling action stealth game Mark of the Ninja, which came out in 2012. This indie game was critically acclaimed and had intense popularity on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. The title is now heading for Nintendo Switch as Mark of the Ninja Remastered after six years of its initial release. Recently, Nintendo had an indie-focused Switch presentation, where the game was revealed.

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Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch

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Expected to arrive this fall, Mark of the Ninja Remastered was the highlight among the other few brand-new titles selected to port or remake for Switch in 2018. Since the Nintendo Switch version is a re-master, we can expect some high-end details of the graphics for the hybrid console. The original title was published by Microsoft Studios, which was the main reason for the game remaining an exclusive for PC and Xbox 360.

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Below is the announcement trailer from Nintendo, showcasing the quick glimpse of the upcoming Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch in a short video clip.

With the Switch port on the way, this will be the first time when this awesome action stealth game from Klei Entertainment will be available on a different console. Mark of the Ninja is not your typical Ninja warrior taking down horde of bad-guys with his sick moves or shooting stars. Instead, the game has a good back-story for players who care for some aside from some hide and seek sport with your enemies. Plus, stealth has a major part in your overall gameplay.

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We certainly have high hopes that this great game will silently sneak into the Nintendo eShop soon and make everyone addictive for the experience regardless of veterans and newbie. The way Nintendo's next-gen portable console is making a progress in market; it was a great strategic move for Klei Entertainment to bring one of their greatest games on board. This also raises our hopes for seeing Shank and Shank 2 from the same studio ported for the platform.