September 2017

Replay – Nanobreaker

At some point in your gaming life, you lost your cool playing a game that seemed unfair, broken, or downright difficult. Nanobreaker was one of those games for me. This PlayStation 2 atrocity from Konami nearly broke me as a game critic. Join me in a fearful look back at this game, as we explore Nanotechnology Island (not kidding) for just a few minutes. My frustration in the game once again bubbles to the surface, and we shift gears to another game that doesn’t withstand the test of time. We repeat our actions and end up playing a game that we really need to spend more time with.

We’re also coming up on the eve of the Super Replay Showdow…wait…Replay Civil War. Yeah, that’s what we’re calling it this year. Civil War. Two Game Informer teams locked in war. Should be fun. It should be hitting in the next week or two. Keep an eye out for it, and place your bets now on who will win!

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Red Hook Studios Teases Darkest Dungeon For Switch

Red Hook Studios has announced a surprise port of Darkest Dungeon for Nintendo Switch.

The announcement, which you can see on Twitter, at first appears to be nothing but a video of some off-screen gameplay. However a quick camera zoom out reveals the game clearly running on Switch.

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— Darkest Dungeon (@DarkestDungeon) September 29, 2017

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Huge Image Gallery of Zelda and Mario Switch Accessories

Accessory maker PowerA has released a ton of images of its upcoming lineup of Nintendo Switch gear.

Among the many, and we mean many, images are Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey lunchbox kits, some of which come with “Joy-Con Comfort Grips,” and earbuds, screen protectors, and a cleaning cloth to keep things nice and spotless.

Check out this huge image gallery for a glimpse at these pretty excellent accessories:

The accessories compliment nicely the upcoming release of the Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch bundle announced earlier in the month.

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Thoughts on the New iOS 11 App Store and More – The TouchArcade Show #325

This week’s podcast is a bit abnormal, as Jared is currently on vacation celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife. To still have a podcast for the week, we recorded early in the day on Wednesday, which was actually before most of the new games came out this week. We shift gears and instead spend a lot of time discussing the new iOS 11 App Store, as we’ve been using it for a little over a week now to do our jobs and have both great and not so great things to say about it. We also discuss some of the bigger news stories from earlier in the week as well.

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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9 Great Games Missing from the SNES Classic

The 21-game lineup of the SNES Classic is outstanding — for proof, check out our review. Not only does it compile some of the greatest games of all-time, but it also has the previously-unreleased Star Fox 2. But for as great as the roster is, it’s missing a few classics. Here are 9 games we feel are missing from the SNES Classic.

So which games would you have loved to see as a part of this collection? More importantly, were you actually able to get yourself an SNES Classic at launch? Let us know in comments!

Marty Sliva is a Executive Editor at IGN. A girl he was dating once stepped on his PlayStation 4, and now he no longer owns PT. But don’t worry, they broke up. Follow him on Twitter @McBiggitty.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Modern Combat Versus’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Modern Combat Versus

Modern Combat Versus [Free] has been hotly anticipated by our community basically ever since news of it leaked last year. A more official announcement didn’t hit until over a year after the leak, with a supremely locked …read more


TouchArcade Needs Your Help to Survive: Here’s All the Ways You Can Support Us (Some for Free!)

Two years ago now we launched our Patreon and since then while support from our community has been encouraging, we’re still only half way to our goal to get back to firing on all cylinders. As you’ve likely noticed, there haven’t been any new names on the site since Brad Nicholson left quite some time ago, as we’re largely treading water trying to stay alive on the incredibly limited resources we have. I personally think third party editorial outlets like TouchArcade are very important to the health of online ecosystems like the App Store, and I believe we provide a significant value to our readers and iOS developers every day. All we’re asking for is a value for value exchange, and if you feel you derive any value from reading TouchArcade (or anything from the TouchArcade community), please support our efforts to continue doing what we’re doing. Here’s all the ways you can do that:

Advertising

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Thanks to Our Sponsors for Supporting TouchArcade: Gamesture, Bitty Bip, Appodeal, Ketchapp and Eldritch Games

While we’re primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs.

Running ads in our second story spot on the front page is Gamesture who is promoting their turn-based RPG Questland [Free]. It launched in late August, and people seem to really dig it on our forums. Like so many games now, it has a friend code sharing system, so if you get into the game and want some free gems and keys be sure to swing by this thread where you can find a bunch of codes and even post your own.

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Watch Us Play Jackbox Party Pack 4 With Devs

The Jackbox Party Pack series is beloved around the GI office. It’s unique hook of using a smartphone web browser to play made it a staple of parties with friends and family since the first Party Pack released in 2014.

Now, a few weeks before the release of Jackbox Party Pack 4, we’re joined by two directors from Jackbox Games, Arnie Niekamp and Ryan DiGiorgi to run through every game in the new package. Watch them, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and me try to outwit each other in a variety of hilarious new challenges.

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Jackbox Party Pack 4 releases the week of October 17th on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, 4th generation Apple TV, and Nvidia Shield. For more Jackbox with Arnie and Ryan, check out last year’s Test Chamber of Jackbox Party Pack 3.

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Upcoming ‘Digimon Links’ Releases First English Language Trailer

If you’re a Digimon fan, you’ll be glad to know that Digimon Links, a game that’s been out in Japan for a while now, is on its way to our shores, and now we got the first English language trailer that shows off the game’s features. Digimon Links lets you train Digimon on your farm, which requires you to build various buildings that give your Digimon perks in battle. You will also use that farm to deal with some unexplained phenomena, whatever those are. Then, you take those Digimon to battle using the game’s 3 vs 3 turn-based system, where leader skills, signature and legacy skills, and attributes and resistances help you make it through victorious. I’m sure you’ve never heard of a battle system like this one, right?

The game also lets you part up with up to 3 other online players and take part in co-op battles. And since all players share the AP required to activate the various skills, you’ll have to work together if you are to carry the day. If the co-op battles work well, they are going to be quite fun to …read more