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UK Nintendo eShop releases for 21st January 2016

Nintendo eShop Releases for 21st January 2016.

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A round-up of the games coming to the Nintendo eShop on 21st January 2016.

It’s a fairly slender line-up for Nintendo’s eShop this week but if you are a fan of all things retro there are two titles worth investigating.

First up is the Virtual Console release of Mario Kart 64. Whilst the game might make your eyes bleed on an HD TV its visual fidelity should be treated more kindly by the Wii U Gamepad, which is also a supported controller. Mario Kart 64’s gameplay is as robust as ever, making this a game worth revisiting.

Also on Wii U is Life of Pixel. This charming game has been on sale in the UK since 2015 but is now getting a full, EU-wide release. It’s a lovely platformer that uses the graphical and musical styles of bygone systems including the Amiga, Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, SNES, and NES, to name a few.

You can find out more about Life of Pixel in our interview with Super Icon’s Creative Director, Richard Hill-Whittall.

Nintendo eShop Releases for 21st January 2016

Wii U

  • Mario Kart 64 (Virtual Console) – £8.99
  • Adventures of Pip – £11.79
  • Life of Pixel (EU) – €8.99
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode One: The Order of the Stone –  TBC

3DS

  • Radiohammer – £3.98
  • Moco Moco Friends – £26.98
  • Goosebumps: The Game – £19.99

Want to get in on the eShop action? Pick up a Nintendo 3DS from Amazon now.

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This week’s best Nintendo eShop bargains

Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop discounts.

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Are you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch this weekend? Here’s news of some new eShop video game discounts.

This week’s crop of Nintendo Switch digital discounts in Europe includes a range of classic indie games published by Nicalis.

We’ll never stop recommending Terry Cavanagh’s masterful platformer VVVVVV, even if he is a little sheepish about its qualities these days. Likewise, Daisuke Amaya’s timeless Metroid-style adventure game, Cave Story+. Classic shmup Ikaruga also comes highly recommended, particularly as it can be played on Switch in Tate Mode.

Other discounted games include sports sim Football Manager 2020, futuristic stunt racer FutureGrind, and no less than five titles from the Jackbox Party series.

We’ll also highlight Super Life of Pixel. It’s a simple and charming platform game that takes players on a trip through various console generations. Originally released on Wii U, the Switch version includes six new vintage consoles. It’s a neat idea, delightfully executed.

Here are some more sale recommendations. Visit the Nintendo eShop in your country for the full lineup of discounted games.

Nintendo Switch sale highlights

  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  • The End is Nigh
  • Ikaruga
  • VVVVVV
  • Cave Story +
  • Toki Tori
  • Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Super Burger Time
  • FutureGrind
  • Crystal Crisis
  • RemiLore
  • Umihara Kawase Fresh!
  • Blade Strangers
  • Redout
  • Code of Princess EX
  • Tiny Barbarian DX
  • Swords & Soldiers
  • The Jackbox Party Packs 2-6
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2

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Stardew Valley passes huge sales milestone

Eric Barone confirms that Stardew Valley has passed another sales milestone.

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ConcernedApe confirms that Stardew Valley has chalked off another sales milestone.

Eric Barone – also known as ConcernedApe – has revealed that small-town farming RPG Stardew Valley has now sold over 10 million copies.

Tweeting the news, Barone said:

Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies. It’s strange & amazing to think back to when I was making this game in my bedroom w/ no clue if anyone would like it. Only 4 years ago! To everyone who has played this game, supported it, and made all of this possible: Thank you!!”

Stardew Valley –  which began life as a tribute to Harvest Moon – was first released on PC in 2016. If you’ve read Jason Schreier’s excellent book on game development, Blood, Sweat and Pixels, you’ll know that the game’s journey to release was not easy, and involved a lot of, well, blood, sweat and pixels. Fortunately, it was an instant hit, selling over 400,000 copies in two weeks.

Following its PC launch, Stardew Valley was ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Mac, mobile, and even Tesla Arcade. Yup, players can tend to their carrots from the comfort of an electric car. Modern life truly is reasonable.

Barone is planning to support the game for a while yet, so it’s not too late to move to the country and live the life you’ve always dreamed about.


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Cyberpunk horror game Observer looks to be getting a sequel

Bloober Team is teasing a sequel to Observer, its cyberpunk horror walking sim.

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Bloober Team is teasing a sequel to Observer, its cyberpunk horror walking sim.

Games as dripping with atmosphere as Observer don’t come around very often. Confined within a crumbling tenement building in an oppressive future, the game managed to capture the big mood of cyberpunk without losing its soul among all the neon lights and body mods.

Now, Bloober Team is almost certainly hoping to catch V I B E lightning in a bottle again. While they haven’t officially announced a sequel, the Polish studio tweeted a short, glitchy video today. It showed a rundown city and was captioned with the tags “#cyberpunk #blooberteam #horrrorgame.”

More definitive, though, is the logo at the video’s center. The cube, composed of Cs, will likely look familiar for fans of the original game: it’s the icon used by Chiron Incorporated, Observer’s all-powerful corporation.

Further, Bloody Disgusting reported that fans had translated the binary in the video, with the results reading: “Daniel, are you there?” That’s almost certainly a reference to Detective Daniel Lazarski, the lead character of the original game.

Cyberpunk icon Rutger Hauer played Lazarski in the original game. But, the Blade Runner actor sadly passed last year. That fact leaves some questions open about how exactly the next game will tie-in to the original.

Questions aside, after last year’s lackluster Blair Witch, it’s exciting to see Bloober return to its most interesting IP.


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Disco Elysium now has a hardcore mode

ZA/UM updates acclaimed RPG Disco Elysium with an extreme Hardcore Mode and more.

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ZA/UM updates acclaimed Disco Elysium with an extreme Hardcore Mode and widescreen support.

Disco Elysium players looking for a little more challenge are in luck. ZA/UM has released a free update for the game that adds a hardcore mode. The new mode increases the difficulty of every check, reduces the amount of money available, and increases pharmaceutical prices.

In addition, alcohol and nicotine are now more useful, and thought cabinet debuffs are more painful. One silver lining is that you will now level up faster, with extra XP available every time you complete a task.

Hardcore Mode is not for us, then. But good luck to those to take it on.

In addition the update also adds widescreen support, and lovely it looks too. Here’s a new trailer.

If you haven’t tried Disco Elysium, it’s currently reduced by 20% in the Steam Lunar Sale. The game’s DLC – which includes a soundtrack and art book – is also on offer.


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Co-op ‘Goonies RPG’ Knights and Bikes is coming to Nintendo Switch

Travel back in time to Cornwall in the 1980s for wellies, BMX bikes, geese, and adventure. This time on Nintendo Switch.

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Travel back in time to Cornwall in the 1980s for wellies, BMX bikes, geese, and adventure. This time on Nintendo Switch.

There’s a reason why most Nintendo games for the Switch have local co-op: it just works so flipping well. Luigi’s Mansion 3, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Kirby Star Allies, Super Mario Odyssey – they all offer some degree of local co-op and are better games for it. Snapping off a JoyCon and handing it to a buddy is so easy and convenient, and the experience is invariably enhanced for it.

Indie games, so often at the forefront of design choices, have also embraced the Switch in this regard. From launch title Snipperclips to Overcooked and Pikuniku and The Swords of Ditto and so many more besides, the Nintendo Switch is the little engine that could when it comes to local co-op.

That’s why today’s announcement makes perfect sense: Knights and Bikes is coming to Nintendo Switch.

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Knights and Bikes has such a simple elevator pitch: “We had Goonies as a reference,” Moo Yu of Foam Sword games told us, “and then game-wise we went for Earthbound and Secret of Mana.”

Now take that simple elevator pitch and add local co-op – the sort of local co-op that brings to mind two kids, sitting three feet from their TV, playing an exploratory RPG-lite like Secret of Mana or ToeJam and Earl – and you’ll be close.

Mix that up with Quintin Blake illustrations and Saturday morning cartoons – Knights and Bikes already has companion books, and an animated series is in the works – and you’re there. “There” is two kids exploring the wilds of rural Cornwall, looking for adventure. And they find it in spades.

Knights and Bikes releases on Nintendo Switch on February 6, 2020. We’ll pump up our BMX tyres and see you there.


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