Splatoon 2’s Sloshing Machine Gets A Neo Makeover This Weekend

It’s the end of another week, so that can only mean one thing! Another weapon variant for Splatoon 2! This time around, it’s the turn of the bulky and mortar-like Sloshing Machine, which will now be available as the Sloshing Machine Neo, complete with a snazzy new look.

This version of the meaty weapon will also come complete with Point Sensors and Splat Bomb Launcher, making it a real game-changer in a round of Turf War. We’ll likely be on this weekend giving this rejigged slosher a go, so let us know in the comments below if you’re planning on painting the town a variety of vibrant colours… 

Hideki Kamiya Is Already Thinking About Bayonetta 4

We’ve had a double dose of Bayonetta this week thanks to the release of the first and second games on the Nintendo Switch, and the forthcoming third entry must rank as one of the console’s most eagerly anticipated titles.

You’d think with the third game in active development PlatinumGames’ Hideki Kamiya would have enough on his plate already, but he has revealed on Twitter that he’s already mulling over concepts for the fourth Bayonetta outing.

We probably shouldn’t be too amazed as this revelation; we imagine that Kamiya’s head is packed with ideas for future sequels. However, it’s interesting to consider exactly what he could have planned for the character in a fourth game – especially as we don’t really know what shape Bayonetta 3 is going to take yet.

Feel free to let us know your hopes for Bayonetta 4 by posting a comment below.

Pokémon GO’s Latest Event Is On Right Now, And There’s A Brand New Shiny Pokémon

Pokémon GO continues be the mobile hit that keeps on giving, so it’s no surprise as one event draws to a close another one is about to take its place. This time it’s the turn of the Year of the Dog, with extra stardust being dealt out for any doggy Pokémon caught in the next couple of days.

The event kicked off yesterday and will run all the way until tomorrow (17th Feb) so make sure you start grabbing as many canine monsters as you can. Poochyena, Growlithe, Snubbull, Eevee and Electrike are the ones to look out for, so if you’re looking for a little extra bonus for your captures, these are the ones you want to nab. There’s also an ultra-rare Poochyena (and Mightyena) shiny variant on the loose!

Are you still playing Pokémon GO? Have you already nabbed some dog ‘Mon? Spill the beans below…

Code Your Own Games On Switch With The Return Of Petit Computer

Back in 2015, we at Nintendo Life were loving the power to code and run our own games on Nintendo 3DS, and now that basic programming suite is back as Petit Computer (or SmileBASIC as it’s known in the East) heads to Nintendo Switch. Developer SmileBoom has confirmed the former DSI/3DS eShop hit is bound for Nintendo’s latest handheld hardware.

The new version will support characters and assets for building RPGs, shoot-em-ups, platformers and many other genres, and the studio is even looking into the possibility of including support for USB keyboards – a feature that would make writing lines of code considerably easier. It’s also slated for worldwide release, but no news on exactly when that might be just yet.

Another gem from Nintendo’s past returns! Let us know what you make of it, and whether you’ll be coding up a storm when it arrives…

[via japanesenintendo.com]

You Can Pre-Order Toki Tori 2+ Right Now And It’s Due Out 23rd Feb

Developer Two Tribes has announced its puzzle-adventure sequel Toki Tori 2+ is hitting the Nintendo Switch eShop next week on 23rd February. Previously available on the Wii U eShop, the studio is calling, “the Nintendo Switch Edition is the game’s best version yet!” High praise, indeed.

Using a whistle and a stomp, this Metroidvania puzzler starts out simple and gets devilishly challenging the more you play. You can even use your whistling to control time and rewind mistakes to find the best solution! The Switch version will have tweaked gameplay, new secrets and solutions and buttery smooth graphics at 60 fps. It features its own in-game achievements and supports both HD Rumble and video capture.

It has an introductory price of $9.99/€9.99 so be quick and grab a bargain when it launches next week. Let us know whether you’ll be whistling while you work…

Zany Sports Title Nippon Marathon Sprints Onto Switch This Autumn

PQube and Onion Soup Interactive have announced today that the “multiplayer Japanese sports extravaganza” Nippon Marathon will be coming to the Switch later this year.

Currently available on Steam Early Access, the four-player racer tasks you with getting ahead of your rivals by any means possible while avoiding hazards and changes in the environment. It all looks a bit bonkers if you ask us.

Here’s some PR:

San! Ni! Ichi! Hajime!!! Stretch your muscles and embark upon the ultimate marathon of Japan in a raucous ragdoll party multiplayer racer where anything can happen. Hurdle barrels, outrun Shiba Inu and dive out of the paths of bicycles – all while chucking fruit at your opponents and dashing across planks precariously balanced over waterfalls – in an unreal experience that must be played to be believed.

Four-player madness!
You can’t spell Nippon Marathon without ‘P’, ‘A’, ‘R’, ‘T’ and *checks letters* ‘I’, we suppose… Solo play is supported, but grab up to four pads and enjoy the supreme silliness of gaming’s greatest marathon.

See all of Japan!
Cross the entirety of the land of Nippon in a series of creative courses spanning busy city streets, village lanes, bustling markets, mountaintop shrines, supermarkets and even unsafe sake distilleries! Four courses will be available at the launch of Early Access, with more being added on the road to completion.

Wacky characters!
Go toe-to-toe with some of the coolest contestants who ever did, er… contest! Lobster-man J DARWIN, onesie-obsessive Elizabeth Nishibori, school uniform fan Zenbei “Xen Bae” and the completely normal Snuguru Maestro are among the challengers vying for the podium!

Epic pratfalls!
Swinging poles! Giant face-slapping fish! Cyclists! Shiba Inu! Panes of glass! Traffic! False doors! Barrels! Rolling beams! Wobbly planks! Flying fruit! More Shiba Inu! EARTHQUAKES!!!!! Dodge and dive over the lot or suffer the painful and embarrassing consequences of physics-based collisions…

Tons of surprises!
You never know what will happen next in Nippon Marathon. Perhaps you’ll find time for an impromptu spot of slot machine fun? Maybe a news anchor will jetpack in to interview you on the racetrack? Heck, anything is possible…

Drop-in/drop-out play!
Need a bathroom break to squeeze pineapple juice out of your foam lobster claws? Random pedestrian passing by your couch and wants to play? Whatever the cause, hop in and out for the ultimate, flexible party get-together!

Our friends over at Eurogamer played it recently and did a good job of communicating how utterly insane it all is:

Let us know if you’ve already played the game on Steam and what you think of it. The Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One versions are expected in Autumn this year.

Super Famicom Exclusive JRPG La Wares Translated Into English

Hot on the heels of its complete English translation of Princess Minerva last year, Dynamic Designs is back with a new translation release for yet another Japan only Super Famicom JRPG; Shin Seikoku: La Wares now joins the ever growing list of Super Famicom games that is now accessible to any English fluent retro enthusiast.

In this 1995 J-Force-developed, Yukata-published RPG you get a fairly unique mix of medieval fantasy combined with mecha armour. The game is an official adaptation of popular Japanese pen and paper RPG brand Wares Blade, featuring Golems (mechs) from an ancient civilization that can only be piloted by certain people and shape the entire concept of civilization and warfare. The combat takes place in a Dragon Quest/Phantasy Star first-person viewpoint, but it’s divided into classic party combat in the dungeons and Golem combat in boss fights and over-world encounters.

The game kicks off with an introduction to the current state of the realm, a plot by a shady bunch to revive one of the eight sacred Golems and the unlikely pair of main protagonists: The young bandit Chiffon and tomboy princess Michelda. You can sample the new English translation in the prologue below.

If the characters and box artwork style look familiar, you are probably a Sailor Moon fan. No, those designs are not just inspired by Kazuko Tadano, those are her actual creations! She was part of the team working in the game and these certainly translate her style very well. If you happen to have the original Super Famicom cartridge around, you can use the translation patch along with your RetroN 5 or Retro Freak clone console.

Was La Wares one of the many JRPGs that caught your eye back in the day? Will you give this game a spin now that the English translation joins up with the original Romanian translation was released back in 2015? Or perhaps you prefer something a little more recent like the (surprisingly similar) Lost Sphear? Polish those Golems and drop us a comment below.

Two New Hamster ACA Titles Dropping Next Week On Switch eShop

Data East’s love affair with the Nintendo Switch is set to continue next week thanks to Hamster’s Arcade Archives label. Magical Drop III drops onto the eShop giving puzzle lovers who keep wandering why Taito’s Puzzle Bobble is still a no show on the system something to look forward to. This charming third entry in the popular series not only brings the addictive multiplayer versus mode, but also a great big chunk of single-player story mode if you prefer to mix and match those bubbles alone.

Another slice of retro arcade action is also seeing release next week with Irem’s Heroic Episode (also know as Youjyuden in Japan) joining the rest of the ACA library. At first you may be fooled into thinking this is Irem’s answer to Capcom’s Commando set in a heroic fantasy world. However, once you beat the first level boss, your character stands on a cliff, spreads his wings and jumps over the edge! The game then becomes a more traditional TATE scrolling shmup, thus combining both run-n-gun and scrolling shmup genres into a single package.

Both titles will be released on 22nd February at the regular $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29 price point. Will you be inserting coins in any of these two next week? Ponder your comments while gazing at the ridiculously awesome arcade flyer for Youjyuden.

Weirdness: Switch’s HD Rumble Helps Australian Man Discover Tumour In His Hand

The Switch’s HD Rumble is pretty impressive – but as Australian programmer Chris discovered, it has added benefits.

Posting on Reddit, Chris explained that as a huge Nintendo fan, he bought a Switch early on. During one of his many heated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sessions, he noticed a pain in his right hand:

As soon as I played Mario Kart I started getting a shooting pain from my right palm to the first joint in my index finger when the controller vibrated, especially when collecting coins.

He shrugged it off initially. Speaking to Kotaku, Chris said:

I’m a programmer, and it was a pretty busy time at work, so I just put it down to [a repetitive stress injury] or something similar. I thought maybe it’d go after a few quieter days. I would’ve definitely used it as an excuse if I had been losing races against friends, but I’m currently unbeaten, so no one really knew about it.

However, his wife – who played Mario Kart with him – picked up on his complaints of pain. What was strange was that when using other controllers with rumble, such as the Xbox One pad, Chris didn’t experience any discomfort. It was only when playing Mario Kart 8 – which uses a short, sharp rumble effect when picking up coins – that he felt the issue.

Eventually, Chris sought medical help:

After a few weeks with the pain still there, and a small bruise-like mark showing on my palm. I definitely knew something was wrong, but the doctors told me to just keep an eye on it, especially when they found out that I use my hands a lot at work.

Six months later, and Chris had a small lump on his hand. He returned to the doctor and was told it was a tumour which had around a 5 percent chance of being cancerous:

According to the UltraSound and a MRI they’re thinking it might either be a vascular malformation or a giant cell tumour. They won’t know until they take it out.

He’s due to have it removed next week, and credits Nintendo’s console with detecting the issue:

I definitely believe that if it hadn’t been for the Switch I wouldn’t have gone to the doctors until the mark started to raise from my palm months later.

Another selling point for Switch!

Thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the tip!

Guide: Bayonetta 2 Secret Accessories, Weapons, Characters, And Costumes – How To Unlock Them All

Bayonetta 2 sure does like its secrets. There are an absolute ton of different items to unlock in the hack and slasher, which either make life easier or much prettier for you.

We also want to make life easier for you, so that’s why we’ve rounded up all of the secret accessories, weapons, characters, and costumes in Bayonetta 2 to help you unlock them.

Secret Accessories

Accessory How to Unlock Halo Cost
Bracelet of Time Beat Story Mode on 2nd Climax with at least Gold on every chapter. 200,000
Climax Brace Acquire 50 Umbran Tears of Blood. 500,000
Climax Brace II Complete Story Mode on 2nd Climax with at least Platinum rank on every chapter. 500,000
Eternal Testimony Acquire 25 Umbran Tears of Blood. 500,000

Secret Weapons

Weapon How to Unlock
Handguns Beat Story Mode on any difficulty.
Scarborough Fair Purchase Super Mirror.
Shuraba Purchase Super Mirror.
Chain Chomp Beat Story Mode on 3rd Climax.
Rodin Beat Rodin.
Umbran Armour Beat Story Mode Chapter 14 on any difficulty and purchase the Earrings of Ruin.

Secret Characters

Character How to Unlock
Jeanne Beat Story Mode on any difficulty.
Rosa Beat Story Mode on 3rd Climax.
Balder Beat Balder’s Verse in Tag Climax.
Rodin Beat Rodin’s Verse in Tag Climax.

Secret Costumes

Costume How to Unlock
Rakshasa Umbran Elegance Purchase Rakshasa.
Kafka Umbran Elegance Purchase Kafka.
Chernobog Umbran Elegance Purchase Chernobog.
Takemikazuchi Umbran Elegance Purchase Takemikazuchi.
Chain Chomp Umbran Elegance Purchase Chain Chomp.
Super Mirror 2 Progress in Story Mode.
Schoolgirl Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Police Woman Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Witch Apprentice Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Metal Witch Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Dress Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Uniformed Couture Bullet (Jeanne) Purchase Super Mirror 2.
Super Mirror 64-2 Progress in Story Mode.
Mushroom Kingdom Princess Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64-2.
Sarasaland Princess Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64-2.
Hero of Hyrule Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64-2.
Galactic Bounty Hunter Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64-2.
Super Mirror Beat Story Mode on 2nd Climax.
Old-Old Hairstyle Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror.
Nun-Old Hairstyle Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror.
Uniformed-Old Hairstyle Couture Bullet (Jeanne) Purchase Super Mirror.
Super Mirror 64 Beat Story Mode on 3rd Climax.
Sarasaland Princess-Old Hairstyle Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64.
Hero of Hyrule-Old Hairstyle Couture Bullet Purchase Super Mirror 64.
Galactic Bounty Hunter-Old Hairstyle Purchase Super Mirror 64.
Mushroom Kingdom Princess Use compatible Princess Peach amiibo.
Sarasaland Princess Use compatible Daisy amiibo.
Hyrule Costume Use compatible Link amiibo.
Galactic Bounty Hunter Use compatible Samus amiibo.
Fox McCloud Use compatible Fox McCloud amiibo.