IN THE SPOTLIGHT

I have loved Mario games ever since I played the very first one on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 90's. And it's wonderful to see just how much these games have changed and evolved over the last 35 years. One of my all-time favorites in the series is definitely Super Mario 3D World for Nintendo Wii U. And if you agree with that, Nintendo has some good news for you, because this beauty has made its comeback on the Nintendo Switch!

Super Mario 3D World is, as the title implies, a 3D platform game. And while you can play this game on your own, it is also excellent when playing it together with other players. Up to four players can join in a single game!

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WEEKLY TOP 3 RELEASES

  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest

    Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest throws you deep into a primeval wilderness in the center of modern Europe. It's where the protectors of nature wage their ancient, neverending war against the forces of destruction. You play as Maia, who comes to Poland hoping to trace her family roots, but discovers her family's dark secrets and reveals hidden truths about the last wilderness of Central Europe.

    Action / RPG
    Different Tales & Walkabout Games
    PS4 / Xbox One
    February 24, 2021

  • Hellpoint

    Hellpoint is a dark sci fi action RPG set in the aftermath of a massive quantum cataclysm. Every living being quickly lost their mind as their memories and bodies were merged with alternate versions of themselves from parallel universes. The accident also attracted entities of immense power that should have been left alone, in the depth of other dimensions.



    Action / RPG
    Cradle Games & tinyBuild
    Switch
    February 22, 2021

  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin

    You are Outlander. Once adrift upon the Ageless Sea, you now find yourself on the shores of a dying world. From the consuming darkness emerges a figure cloaked in white, the Shepherd of Wayward Souls, who burdens you with the task of hunting down the remaining Guardians of the Old World. You must journey into the vast gloom to explore ancient ruins, discover forgotten secrets and battle the horrors that lurk within.

    FPS
    3dRealms & KillPixel Games & 1C Entertainment
    PC / PS4 / Switch / Xbox One
    February 25, 2021






EVEN MORE EPIC STUFF

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy This game doesn't take the traditional approach to sequels, it takes the much better approach in my opinion. It creates an entirely new story with brand new areas to explore and things to do. The only returning parts of the mix are the amazing characters. And boy did they take "character growth" literally...

  • Immortals Fenyx Rising - A New God DLC It has been a while since we first met Fenyx and roamed around the Greek lands, solving intricate puzzles and slaying hordes of evil beasts in service to the gods. So, it is about time to return to ancient Greece and see how Fenyx is doing, wouldn't you agree? And there's more reason than ever to do so, because Ubisoft just released the very first DLC for Immortals: Fenyx Rising, called A New God!

  • Renature The first board game review of the year is a refreshing one, as we are going to reclaim na-ture in Renature. We played the digital version of the game on last year's Spiel.Digital and we really liked it, mostly because we got a friendly explanation and had a really good time playing it. So it might not come as a big surprise that we tried to get a copy of the game, to review the actual production version and see if it could meet the high expectations we had.

  • Loot hero DX In medieval times, in a distant land, far from here, a big bad red dragon has been terrorizing the locals. Through its magical powers, evil monsters have gathered in its wake and are taking over this once beautiful and peaceful community. There has to be someone who can stop this evil menace once and for all, but where is he? (enter heroic shot of a 8 x 12 pixel knight ). Ah there you are. Thank god someone can take up this fight against evil, and maybe slay the big bad red dragon.

  • Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout Most gamers, especially fans of the JRPG genre, will know about or have played a game from the Atelier series. The first game in this RPG-series, which is developed by Gust, was released in 1997. Most of the Atelier games have been released on Sony consoles or (Nintendo) handhelds. The publishing duties for Atelier Ryza have been given to Koei Tecmo. Since the relationship between Koei and Nintendo has flourished these past years, Atelier Ryza also has an excellent Nintendo Switch port!

  • Thief Yes, I know this is a relatively old game. I mean, come on; it was first released on the PS3 back in 2014 for crying out loud! Back then, I also bought the game and played it for a bit, but somehow I got stuck early on and after retrying the level a couple of times I was just frustrated and quit. No, I didn't throw my controller across the room and wreck my TV while filming it. I'm not some spoiled, snotty little rich brat who will do anything for views.

  • The End of an Era On October 23rd of this year, a terrible occurrence came to pass. The two members of our Big Red Timemachine finally showed their true colors as Sadhonker and CallMeBackdraft transformed into their other selves, Sadhonker Prime and The Mastered Ultra Instinct Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, respectively. What ensued was a battle of epic proportions which threatened to destroy the known universe completely (just like about everything these two get up to these days)...

  • Umihara Kawase BaZooka! Umihara Kawase is a quirky action/ platform series staring a sushi chef Kawase Umihara who has become lost in a world of surreal salt-water and fresh-water creatures (thank you Wikipedia). Why do I say thank you? Well, mostly because I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I accepted this indy game review. Apparently the first game released on SNES in 1994. BaZooKa! Is the 5th game in the series and focuses less on story and platforming and more on competitive fighting. I reviewed the game for Nintendo Switch, but it is also available on PS4 and PC.