Nintendeal Visits Seattle’s Penny Arcade Expo 2019
Always stuck between the exciting Summer months with E3 and huge releases, and the dominating holiday months of October through December, PAX West has become an… interesting expo. Always jam packed with titles on the verge of release, PAX has been and always will be for the players. This past weekend we got the chance to play a handful of great titles. Read on to find out more!
GAME OF SHOW: Sayonara: Wild Hearts
Sayonara Wild Hearts is a euphoric music video dream about being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph.
An unbelievable, kick ass experience. Sayonara: Wild Hearts blew my socks off during the short 5-minute demo available at PAX. Fast paced action with QTEs that don’t feel like a chore, a custom-written vocal pop soundtrack that’ll keep your head bobbing the entire time, and a unique graphic style that is almost more fun to watch than to play. Don’t miss Sayonara: Wild Hearts when it releases on Nintendo Switch (and iOS) later this year!
Streets of Rage 4
After going hands-on behind closed doors with Streets of Rage 4 at PAX West 2018 I knew exactly what I was getting into when I visited the Dotemu booth this year. I was able to play through a short demo with one of the developers and had a total blast! There’s no release date for Streets of Rage 4 yet, but you’re not going to want to miss it when it do release on Nintendo Switch!
Young Souls, by developer 1P2P Studio and published by The Arcade Crew, was my Game of Show for PAX West 2018. They’ve come a long way since last year, and have made the UI a lot cleaner. There seemed to be a much fuller RPG system that I was able to take a short look at during my demo, and that has me very excited! The colorful art style is stunning, and the gameplay felt fresh and clean. There are definitely some small blemishes that need to be buffed out before release, but this is another title you’re not going to want to miss when it releases in early 2020! Special thanks to Jerome Fait, co-founder/developer at 1P2P, for walking me through this year’s demo.
Riverbond is a four-play shoot-and-slash dungeon crawler that features fun and wacky voxel graphics. Riverbond will release on Nintendo Switch later this year.
Bite the Bullet
Bit the Bullet, by developer Mega Cat Studios, features an interesting take on what they call Roguelite RPG Shooter but what is essentially a Run and Gun a la Contra. The interesting twist is that you devour your enemies to power up your character, weapons, and abilities. There were certain portions that felt a little “unfair” at times, but Mega Cat still has time to polish things out as the release date for Nintendo Switch is still Q1 2020. Stay tuned on this one!
In Cyber Hook your tasked with propelling yourself through an 80’s Tron-like 3D world with nothing but a grappling hook and laser finger gun. The execution was sometimes less than stellar, but I’ll take at least half the blame for that. I’m looking forward to playing Cyber Hook when it’s all polished up in Q1 2020.
REZ PLZ is a pixel art “puzzle-platformer” designed for 1 or 2 players to traverse levels purposefully dying and being resurrected. The idea is great, and this title has won several awards, but with more than one occasion where I felt the solution to the puzzle was plain ol’ unintuitive, I’m not sure I can recommend REZ PLZ until it gets some work done. A demo is available if you want to check it out for yourself!
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Nintendo has been pushing Luigi’s Mansion 3 a lot lately, and for good reason! During the short 15 minute demo I was able to explore several rooms and fight an interesting boss. The mechanics felt great, the secrets were fun to discover, and game looks polished as hell. I personally cannot wait for Halloween 2019!
It’s finally happening! Link’s Awakening is getting a fresh new take on Nintendo Switch! Releasing September 20, 2019 alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite, this masterpiece is getting a breath of fresh air. Tons of extra content has been added, and amiibo compatibility has been confirmed. Don’t miss this one!
Did you make it to PAX West 2019? What did you play? What do you wish you could have played? Let us know in the comments below!
Andrew has been a nerd his whole life. He built his first computer when he was 8, started working in the IT industry at 15, and played competitive Counter-Strike at 16. His interest in amiibo started before their release but didn’t really take off until after the new year. He doesn’t like to admit it but Little Mac and WFT are among the amiibo that he had pre-ordered from Amazon but cancelled before their release. Little did he know a few months later he’d help start Amiibo Alerts. Gaming has always been his passion. He grew up with an NES, Sega Genesis, and PS2 before realizing that PCs truly are better than consoles.
The urge to be a little better, brought on by being a gamer, is what pushes him to help make Amiibo Alerts and Nintendeal amazing communities. Together with the team he has built, he is realizing a life-long dream: bringing something helpful and fun to a large group of people. Andrew’s role at Amiibo Alerts and Nintendeal as Founder and Editor in Chief allows him to create and build contacts within the community, review and present products, and stay on top of all things Nintendo.
Plays: Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4, WiiU, 3DS, Vita, and board games.