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Review: Mugsters (Switch eShop)

All your base are belong to us.

There’s something to be said about the bizarre human tendency for mayhem, to break things in bombastic and exciting ways, and Mugsters does a great job of tapping into that chaotic desire. Dropping you onto an island in the midst of an alien invasion, Mugsters is all about creating messes and causing explosions, although it tends to get a little too caught up in the madness for its own good. Still, there’s plenty to love here, and we haven’t played anything else quite like it.

Gameplay in Mugsters could be most closely described as a mixture of Grand Theft Auto with puzzle elements. You run around, punch aliens, drive cars into walls, and blow stuff up to progress, which can make for a deliciously chaotic experience. Each level places you in a small and self-contained island sandbox in which you’re expected to fulfill certain objectives. There’s a main objective — which could involve destroying satellites, generators, or other alien hardware — a few green crystals to collect and a few humans to save. None of these objectives are technically mandatory, you just need to make it to an aeroplane somewhere in the island and escape to clear it, though they are required for unlocking later levels and other content, like time trials.

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Daemon X Machina Avoids Photorealistic Visuals In Favour Of Colourful Anime Art

A unique look.

Earlier this month, the producer of Daemon X Machina, Kenichiro Tsukuda, said there was nothing noticeably distinctive – in terms of visuals – about a lot of modern video game releases. He said a lot of games were starting to look more similar and hoped players of his own upcoming title would appreciate its unique aesthetics.

In an interview with the Japanese website 4Gamer – translated by Nintendo Everything, Tsukuda provided more information about his project’s visual direction, explaining how the team avoided taking a more photorealistic route and instead opted with a colourful anime and comic book art style:

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Random: Return To The ’90s With This Super Mario All-Stars VHS Released By Nintendo UK

Old school cool.

In 1993, Nintendo UK gave out a Super Mario All-Stars promotional video in the form of a VHS. Despite how odd this might sound by modern standards, at the time it was a relatively normal way of marketing video games and various other forms of entertainment to younger audiences. 

The low-budget and incredibly ’90s production was hosted by Craig Charles – known around the same time for playing Dave Lister in the science-fiction comedy, Red Dwarf. This VHS has now been uploaded to YouTube in its entirety by fellow Nintendo Life contributor and video game journalist, Chris Scullion, as part of a preservation project. 

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The Next Johnny Turbo Game Is Shoot Out, Arrives At The Beginning Of August

Gangster life.

It looks like yet another Data East arcade classic will be making its way across to the Switch eShop. Arriving on 2nd August, Flying Tiger Entertainment is releasing Shoot Out – a shooting gallery-style game originally released in 1985. It will be part of Johnny Turbo’s Arcade line and will set you back a total of $7.99.

Shoot Out requires you to work their way through seven stages. The objective in each level is to shoot a set amount of criminals and avoid shooting any civilians. If the main character is hit or shoots a civilian, you lose a life. Objects located in each stage can be shot for extra points and can also be used as cover. 

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Parent Trap: I Really Miss The Nintendo Wii

Family Gamer’s Andy Robertson remembers the good old days of waggle.

Parents are notoriously bad for being sentimental. Whether it’s watching Monty Python, playing Tetris on the Game Boy or buying sweets by the ounce, I often catch myself getting more excited about introducing my children to the things I loved from my childhood than actually creating new memories with them – and I’ve had one of those sentimental moments with my family recently.

We’ve really loved discovering new experiences on the Nintendo Switch. My son played Zelda: Breath of the Wild to death, and we all love Super Mario Odyssey – in fact, we love it so much we spent one wet weekend making a Mario stop-motion together

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Head Of MercurySteam Believes Nintendo And Konami Resurrected Spanish Studio

Forever thankful.

Spanish-based studio, MercurySteam, is best known for developing Metroid: Samus Returns and also working on Konami’s Castlevania series – including the 3DS entry, Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Although the studio’s history has been well documented in the past, during an interview earlier this week, MercurySteam boss Enric Álvarez shared his side of the story, explaining how the company was essentially saved by a chain of fortunate events:

Back in 2005 when we were about to disappear, and we created a small demo, based on a moment from The Exorcist – the movie. Back in the days, the Epic people were showing off their new Gears of War game, and we saw a few pics from a monster and we thought, “hey we can do that as well, let’s do it” and we produced a quite impressive visual test.

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Dutch Developer Ronimo Releasing Swords & Soldiers II Shawarmageddon On Switch

The return of the Vikings.

Romino Games released multiple versions of its side-scrolling RTS, Swords & Soldiers, on Nintendo devices over the years. The series started out exclusively on WiiWare in 2009, received a 3D makeover in 2013 and then made a few appearances during the Wii U’s life cycle. Fast forward to 2018 and Romino, in partnership with Engine Software, has now announced a port of Swords & Soldiers II Shawarmageddon will be released on the Switch eShop in the near future.

Here’s some information about the title from the Steam page: 

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Valve Makes Hori Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Controller Compatible With Steam In Latest Update

Play like a pro.

It was a pleasant surprise when Nintendo originally made the Hori Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Controller compatible with multiple other Switch games – enabling the use of it in the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and even Sonic Mania. In general, it’s been praised for its quality build that is ideal for fighting games and platformers, despite the obvious limitations.

For anyone with a large library of games on Steam, you might be pleased to hear Valve has now added official support for the Hori Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Controller. To use the wired USB controller on Steam, all you’ll have to do is update your client to the latest version and then plug it into your PC. Again, the controller is perfect for fighting games and platformers, particularly of the 2D variety. This isn’t the first controller for the Switch to be added to Steam, either. In May this year, Valve added support for the Switch Pro Controller.

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Nintendo Takes Legal Action Against Two Notorious Arizona-Based ROM Websites

Serious business.

Nintendo has reportedly filed a lawsuit at the federal court in the US state of Arizona earlier this week, with the publisher calling out two ROM and emulator websites – allegedly owned by the same Arizona-based company – for unfair competition as well as copyright and trademark infringement. Nintendo is requesting statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement, and up to $2,000,000 for each trademark infringement. According to the source, this could theoretically equate to $100 million in damages.

Both websites are believed to offer readily available ROMS and emulators to the general public. Nintendo went on record saying these specific sites were the most notorious online hubs for pirated video games and said the sites were known for distributing and displaying a large volume of the publisher’s works without its permission. The websites are known for distributing proprietary BIOS software and using trademarked logos and characters as well. Nintendo believes both sites are professional operations turning a profit.  

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