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Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we are covering a massive release day for Nintendo's system! 11 new games hit the store today on February 22nd, and there's more expected on the 23rd. There's some classic arcade titles, nuclear zombie survival, and two different games where animals shoot lasers. Plus, we've got a couple bits of Super Mario Odyssey news that are of interest. Let's dive right in, shall we?..

'Alto's Odyssey' Review: Once More Down the Mountain

Snowman returns to their breakout hit with Alto's Odyssey [$4.99], and while they don't veer too far from what worked in Alto's Adventure [$4.99], they still find room for a few surprises while maintaining the engrossing atmospheric experience of the original. It doesn't do enough new to change the minds of anyone that didn't like the first game, but everything Adventure does right, Odyssey expands on it...




Welcome to the latest edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup, where it's the calm before the storm that is this week's release schedule. 10 games will hit the Switch on Thursday, the 22nd, but only one title is on the Switch today, Layers of Fear: Legacy. However, there are still a few interesting pieces of news and some sales to discuss before tomorrow's madness, and I'm sensing a pretty strong theme of brutality running throughout a lot of the news.....

There's an unexpected cameo in the latest update to Pac-Man [Free], and it's Sonic the Hedgehog? Huh? Yes, the blue speedster, most famously known for going fast, is now in a limited-time Dash maze in Pac-Man for iOS and Android. Sonic is trying to collect rings instead of pellets, invisibility power-ups instead of powerup pellets, and friendly woodland creatures instead of fruit, keys, and Galaxians. It's kind of an odd pairing, but it kind of makes sense? Sonic is trying to go fast, and nothing compels him to go faster than being trapped in a maze, hunted down by robots...that then become ghosts. It is disturbing that the creatures that Sonic normally frees are now the items to eat. Hmm. Not everything was going to be a perfect 1:1 pairing, I suppose. ..

Analytics firm Sensor Tower has all but confirmed what anyone following the mobile gaming market should know: Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] made more money than Super Mario Run [Free]. Specifically, Sensor Tower's data has Fire Emblem Heroes as making $295 million in its first year, more than the $56 million that Super Mario Run made in its first year. For context of how well Fire Emblem Heroes is doing, consider that $295 million translates to about 4.9 million copies of a $60 game. FEH sold about as well as Splatoon 2, and it has the potential to keep building on those numbers as a service title...

Welcome to another edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup, where we've got news on Rocket League, Old Man's Journey, Switch game sales, and more! This promises to be a busy release week, mostly backloaded on Thursday and Friday, but Tuesday is full of some interesting news to dive into, and some more sales on the store to check out. Without further ado, let's see what's new and interesting...

Welcome to another edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup! Despite it being Presidents' Day in the US, there's still some news about Switch games coming out. And of course, there's still plenty of sales, and some new releases to investigate. Capcom leads off today's roundup with some news about Mega Man Legacy Collection's upcoming Switch releases!..

Welcome to our SwitchArcade roundup of Nintendo Switch news, new release, and games on sale. We're going to regularly post about important happenings in the Switch world, since we know a lot of you own the Switch to go along with your mobile devices. We'll be compiling new game and content announcements, new releases you need to know about, and the sales you need to keep track of. Without further ado:..

Cooperative singleplayer puzzling is what Death Squared [$6.99] provides in its iOS release. It's not perfect, and has a few annoying factors and humor that doesn't really break a lot of boundaries, but it provides some fun puzzles to solve and a game design that works perfectly for either playing solo or with a friend on the same device. I've played Death Squared in some early builds in the past couple of years, so I was curious to see how it would come to iOS, since what I played was very much driven by cooperation with another player. However, the final release makes the story mode something that a single player can play by themselves. The puzzles don't require a lot of simultaneous movement, they just requre that players be able to mentally deal with two different characters...

Supercell Made $2 Billion in 2017 - and That's Less Than 2016!

Supercell made a profit of $810 million last year on revenue of just over $2 billion in 2017. These numbers are staggering, and yet shockingly, they are even lower than in 2016, when the company made $2.3 billion in revenue and over $1 billion in earnings. This is despite Supercell not releasing a new game globally in 2017, though Brawl Stars entered its Canadian beta in June and remains a limited release. According to Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen:..

How to Download Mobile 'PUBG' for iPhone and Android

There are two official PLAYERUNKNOWN's Battlegrounds games out now in China, and if you're wondering how to download them, we have the guide on how to do it. The two titles roughly translate to PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (the game with the orange icon) and PUBG: Army Attack (with the blue icon). While Army Attack supposedly features battles in the air, water, and on land, it also features a base battle royale game that's basically just PUBG. This is even more confusing than when NetEase released a few different battle royale games at once, because at least they all had different brandings. This is basically two slightly different games under the same license. Regardless, you know you want to try them...

The latest balance update for Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] has players angry about nerfs to the Knight card. The balance changes just launched on February 12th, but Supercell today defended their move to reduce the Knight's hit points by 6%. While this is a minor change, the community is angry about a common card getting nerfed, which grants more power to higher-rarity counters...

'Monster Merge' by 'Down the Mountain' Developer Umbrella Now Available for App Store Preorder

Umbrella put up its newest in-house title, Monster Merge, up for pre-order on the App Store for a release in March. Their title about combining creatures brings in some elements of puzzle games, with a heavy dose of idle game mechanics. You drag monsters of the same type together in order to level them up and discover more of the new monsters. As you merge monsters, you can start to expand your base of operations, and use your current array of monsters to complete tasks for you, while they also generate idle revenue for you. ..

It's here at last. Vainglory [Free] and its long-awaited 5V5 mode are now available to the general public. It was originally announced for February 13th, but it released early, kind of. It's already the 13th in Asian territories, but the 3.0 activation is rolling out midday in North America and in the evening in Europe, so you can go download the update and start playing 5V5 right now. Save your Golden Tickets for Willy Wonka!..

Crescent Moon Games Will Release 'Reed', Android-Exclusive Platformer, on iPhone and iPad

Crescent Moon Games is going to publish the Android-exclusive platformer Reed by PXLink on iOS later this year, and it's going to have iOS gamers wondering what else on Android they're missing out on. The game's a bit similar in theme to Cat Bird [Free], though I only bring this title up as a reference, since Reed pre-dates the game. In each level, you have to collect a large floating cube in order to unlock the exit, while trying to survive spikes, dart shooters, breakaway platforms, and wandering enemies. The game does promise some tricky platforming sections, and your only real tool is a double jump, but the game boasts quick restarts so you can get right back in the action after you die...

It turns out that Rusty Moyher's new game Dig Dog -Treasure Hunter [$2.99] has an interesting story behind its creation. Namely, Moyher managed to create the entire game purely by voice and eye-tracking. He spoke with Ars Technica about the unique method of the game's development. He was diagnosed with a Repetitive Stress Injury (similar, but separate from Carpal Tunnel syndrome) a few years ago, where it wound up negatively affecting his work, particularly with Retro Game Crunch, delaying the game's development. ..

Some interesting new regulations are starting to appear surrounding emojis on iOS. Apple is starting to reject apps that use emojis in ways they deem against their rules. Emojipedia, a lifeline for anyone who works in social media from their computer and needs to use emojis for dank memes on their corporate channels, reports that app developers are seeing rejections from Apple for using emoji in their app screenshots, or in their apps themselves that Apple deems unfavorable. One example used is the crying emoji used when users can't connect to Game Center in a game...

Super Evil Megacorp announced at a major Vainglory [Free] event that the long-awaited 5v5 mode will release on February 13th for the general public. The mode is currently available to those who won a Golden Ticket, but everyone will have their chance to play it starting on Tuesday. ..

Rusty Moyher delivers a brutal platformer roguelike in Dig Dog [$2.99]. You play as a dog that will go to the ends of the earth to get as many bones as possible, even the ends full of weird evil creatures and spikes everywhere. C'mon dog. Those players out there who enjoy getting tested by games will like this, as it's a well-made platformer with a simple but effective visual style. But even if you like games with no fail state, Dig Dog is here to accommodate you as well...

Perchang just released the first DLC for Warhammer Quest 2 [$4.99], entitled The Lord of Khorne. This new paid DLC will take players through a brand new region of Talabecland. East of Altdorf, Khorne's Chaos forces are laying siege to this land, and the player has to try and defeat his forces and stop his advance. This all takes place in a seven-part story campaign, with a new map, new environments, and of course, a bunch of new enemies to take on. The developers claim that this is a 30% increase in playable content over the base game...