A Nintendo Direct “Splatoon 3” is coming, plus the latest reviews, releases and sales – TouchArcade
Hello dear readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade roundup for August 9, 2022. In today’s article, we have news of a Splaton 3 Nintendo Direct, a review from QUByte Love at first sight collection, a unique summary of new releases, and the usual listings of new and expired sales. It’s not the biggest article today, but sometimes things are like that. Let’s go!
Check out a “Splatoon 3” live tomorrow
With Xenoblade Chronicles 3 released, Nintendo began to market its next big release more heavily, Splaton 3. The game is set to release on September 9, so we’re only a month away now. Perhaps with that in mind, Nintendo has planned a special Splaton 3 Nintendo Direct for tomorrow. Hope you’re an early bird, as it starts at 6:00 a.m. PT and 9:00 a.m. ET. In total, the presentation should last about thirty minutes and will offer an in-depth look at Splaton 3. Only Splaton 3. Don’t get excited about more games popping up. Splaton 3 only.
Reviews and mini-views
QUByte Classics: Thunderbolt Collection by PIKO ($7.99)
I take no joy in giving a game a negative review. I know the way QUByte works and try to keep my expectations at the appropriate level. Likewise, I know the types of games that PIKO has absorbed into its catalog. They’re usually not the cream of the crop, but just because a game is mediocre doesn’t mean it should be forgotten. With all that in mind, it’s with a heavy heart that I say Love at first sight collection is absolutely appalling.
There ‘Classics‘ in the title has rarely done so much heavy lifting as here. The only sense in which these games are classic is in that they are a few decades old. This collection contains two Taiwanese bootlegs, originally released for the Famicom (NES) and Mega Drive (Genesis). They’re both vertical shoot-em-ups, and both had a title that could translate to Thunderbolt 2. The kanji used for their shared title was exactly the same as raider 2however, and I doubt that is a coincidence.
“Bootleg” is also not a term I use lightly. What we used to call bootlegs is essentially the same as today’s homebrew games, and given the word’s negative connotations, I tend to steer clear of it. But it matches both games in Love at first sight collection perfectly, I’m afraid. The 8-bit game included here is nothing more than an attempt to create a Famicom version of Hudson’s TurboGrafx-16 game. Super Star Soldier. The 16-bit game is even worse: it’s a slightly modified, possibly hacked, version from Namco dangerous seed. No game runs, sounds or plays as well as the game it hits, so even if you agree with the lack of originality displayed here, the games really aren’t worth playing.
I don’t blame the editor here. It’s just republishing a few old licensed games from a company that probably should have better control over their acquisitions. QUByte has wrapped the games in its usual emulation wrapper, and everything works fine as usual. While the poor quality of the games was immediately apparent when I started playing, it even took me a little while to realize that they were biting so hard on pre-existing titles. But whoever you want to blame, at the end of it all, this really isn’t a collection worth buying unless you have a weird fascination with the history of badly made copies.
SwitchArcade Rating: 1/5
Two-Point Campus + Bonus Content ($39.99)
The people behind the rather charming Two Points Hospital are back with a follow-up focused on building a university. Much like how this game had a wide range of silly invented illnesses, so does a variety of invented fields of study. This is an early release for people who pre-order, but it looks like the regular release coming next week will be the same price. So… I guess this one? It also includes bonus content for Two Points Hospital if you happen to own this.
(North American online store, US prices)
If you want to supply Witcher games or some of the DLC for anime licensed fare from Bandai Namco, today is for you. The Contra tribute super cyborg is at its lowest price yet, and both Horizon Hunt and its DLCs are on sale again. In the outbox, the last batch of Arc System Works rebates ends. Check these lists as usual, pals.
Select New games on sale
The Witcher’s Wild Hunt 3 ($19.99 from $39.99 until 8/15)
Thronebreaker: Witcher Tales ($9.99 from $19.99 until 8/15)
Ni no Kuni: WotWW ($9.99 from $49.99 until 8/15)
Naruto Ninja Storm Trilogy ($9.99 from $39.99 until 8/15)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 ($9.99 from $49.99 until 8/15)
adventure buddies ($1.99 from $14.99 until 8/15)
Pixel Art ($4.89 from $6.99 until 8/16)
Mr. Prepper ($7.74 from $15.49 until 8/16)
Ignatius ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Residence of the Demon ($3.49 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Viki Spotter: Shopping ($3.49 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Viki Spotter: Camping ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Viki Spotter: Around the World ($3.49 from $4.99 until 8/16)
PE Car Mechanic Simulator 2 ($4.64 from $15.49 until 8/16)
Hundred Fires: TRoRS ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Ludo Game: Relax ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/16)
Horizon Chase Turbo ($4.99 from $19.99 until 8/16)
Katamari Damacy raises ($7.49 from $29.99 until 8/22)
The men of the company ($14.99 from $19.99 until 8/22)
super cyborg ($3.49 from $6.99 until 8/22)
The Fates of Ort ($7.49 from $14.99 until 8/23)
SkateBIRD ($12.99 from $19.99 until 8/23)
Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars ($13.99 from $39.99 until 8/25)
Grim Legends 2: SotDS ($1.99 from $14.99 until 8/29)
Abyss: TWoE ($1.99 from $14.99 until 8/29)
Sales end tomorrow, Wednesday August 10
Alternate Jake Hunter DAEDALUS ($4.80 from $39.99 until 8/10)
Ary and the secret of the seasons ($7.99 from $39.99 until 8/10)
Blazblue Centralfiction SE ($19.50 from $49.99 until 8/10)
Blazblue Cross Tag Battle ($5.00 from $19.99 until 8/10)
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia ($29.99 from $49.99 until 8/10)
Chaos Code New Disaster Sign ($6.69 from $9.99 until 8/10)
Clan N ($5.99 from $14.99 until 8/10)
Code shifter ($4.50 from $14.99 until 8/10)
Demonic Gaze Extra DDE ($48.74 from $64.99 until 8/10)
Dual Dragon ($3.49 from $4.99 until 8/10)
Dual Dragon 4 ($3.50 from $6.99 until 8/10)
Fishing Stars World Tour ($17.99 from $29.99 until 8/10)
Guilty Equipment ($6.89 from $9.99 until 8/10)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core + R ($9.74 from $14.99 until 8/10)
Inferno Climber Reborn ($4.76 from $13.99 until 8/10)
Kill la Kill-SI ($10.00 from $19.99 until 8/10)
Lost Words: Beyond the Page ($2.99 from $14.99 until 8/10)
Mononoke Slashdown ($4.19 from $6.99 until 8/10)
Ninjala Story Pack: Chapter 1 DLC ($0.99 from $9.99 until 8/10)
Ninjala Story Pack: Chapter 2 DLC ($0.99 from $9.99 until 8/10)
Of mice and sand ($6.69 from $9.99 until 8/10)
Replace Mech City Brawl ($5.99 from $29.99 until 8/10)
Remothered: broken porcelain ($5.99 from $29.99 until 8/10)
Rock of ages 3 ($5.99 from $29.99 until 8/10)
The missing JJ Macfield ($7.50 from $29.99 until 8/10)
Doomsday Syndrome ($10.00 from $39.99 until 8/10)
That’s all for today, my friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with more new releases, more sales, and maybe some news. I’ve been adding more affordable Game Boy cartridges to my collection lately, especially since my son can change batteries now. Today’s mail contained the Game Boy Color version of donkey kong country and the always awesome Earth Wario 2 inside. I’ll play them when I need one Xenolame Pause. Hope you’re all having a good Tuesday and, as always, thanks for reading!