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Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition on Nintendo Switch

Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition is now available for Nintendo Switch! This $4.99 indie game is an old school beat ’em up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for justice. It features retro pixel art graphics and 14 different chiptune tracks. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time in between Nintendo’s epic first-party offerings, this game is worth checking out.

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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide To The NES Library

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 1985-1995 is an expansive and thorough look at one of the greatest video game libraries of all time – the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 450 page book covers all licensed and unlicensed games released during the system’s lifespan, and features information and reviews on hundreds of classic (and not so classic) 8-bit games.

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36 Fragments of Midnight for Nintendo Switch

36 Fragments of Midnight is a new indie game for Nintendo Switch, and it only costs $2.99. It’s a procedurally-generated platform game, where you have to avoid deadly lasers, as well as circular saws and spikes to collect all of the Fragments. It’s an enjoyable little game with a unique art style that is a good way to kill a few minutes.

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Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics

Yesterday the Super Nintendo Classic was released, as was its companion book: Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics. This book, published by Prima Games, is available in both hardcover and paperback editions. Watch my video review below for my thoughts on this retro read.

Book Review: The Art Of Splatoon

Eleven days prior to the release of Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch, Dark Horse published The Art of Splatoon –  a 320-page book about the popular video game franchise, including character illustrations, concept art and more. This book is currently available in print and digital formats, and it’s a terrific addition to any video game fan’s reading library.

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Review: League of Evil for Nintendo Switch

On August 31, a fun, new Nindie comes to Nintendo Switch: League of Evil, an action game where you, as a bionic super agent, take on the mission to defeat the League of Evil. In this game, which retails for $7.99, you use your acrobatic skills to punch your way through 140 levels, spread across four chapters, filled with deadly traps and enemies.

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Review: I And Me for Nintendo Switch

There are now more than 100 games available for Nintendo Switch, so it can be hard figuring out what to spend your money on. If you have $10 to spare and are looking for a game that is both relaxing and challenging, buy I And Me.

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Nintendo Switch: Three Months Later

It’s been nearly three months since the release of Nintendo Switch, so now is a great time to review the hardware, design, games, and online capabilities.

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Philly Switch 3DS Meetup

Are you a Nintendo fan in the Philadelphia area looking to connect with like-minded people online and in-person? Good news! A friend and I just launched a group to serve this need. It’s called Philly Switch 3DS Meetup. It’s a group for owners of the Nintendo Switch and/or Nintendo 3DS to connect and meetup on a regular basis to play games together. And the awesome logo above was designed by my fiancée, Stephanie.

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Book Review – The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

img_1196The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, which is being released on February 21, contains over four-hundred pages of fully-realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda, including artwork from the upcoming Nintendo Switch and Wii U release, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This beautiful book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much more.

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