Nintendo surprises with ‘Crypt of the NecroDancer’ sequel ‘Cadence of Hyrule’
In an out-of-left-field move for Nintendo, the gaming giant, at the Game Developers Conference, gave gamers quite a surprise in Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda for the Switch. Developed by Brace Yourself Games, the team behind the original Crypt of the NecroDancer, Cadence of Hyrule looks to put Crypt of the NecroDancer‘s heroine Cadence in the heart of the world of The Legend of Zelda.
Cadence of Hyrule, as depicted by the trailer, appears to play identically to its predecessor. It is a rhythm-based dungeon crawler in which the player strategically battles enemies to a beat. This time around, however, it is done to the tune of remixed classic Legend of Zeldamusic, while battling enemies from the franchise within Hyrule.
While gamers wait for the Zelda-themed sequel, Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition can be purchased on the Nintendo game store for $19.99 USD.
Cup Half Full
Along with Cadence of Hyrule, Nintendo also announced, during its Nindies Showcase, that Cuphead would be headed to the Nintendo Switch. Released about a year and half ago on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, and later in 2018 on macOS, the Nintendo Switch will see the release of the popular indie title come April 18th of this year.
Adhering to the 1930s graphical aesthetic, the announcement trailer displays an overly authoritative man awkwardly explain how to pour a glass of milk, out of which come the game’s titular hero, Cuphead, as well as his brother-in-arms, Mugman. The trailer then gives viewers a solid bit of action from the game, displaying a variety of levels to be conquered and bosses to be beaten.
A side-scrolling run and gun game, akin to the likes of Contra and Gunstar Heroes, Cuphead relies on the fortitude of players to conquer its incredibly tough nature via determining effective strategies to take down the plethora of bosses awaiting the likes of Cuphead and Mugman. Ultimately, what sets this apart from its 1980s and early 1990s inspirations is the distinct 1930s cartoon art style.
While we have yet to see its performance on the Nintendo Switch, the game was a massive success on the Xbox One. Moreover, only time will tell to see how the handheld option changes up the formula.
Nindies Showcase extras
While Cadence of Hyrule and Cuphead were certainly the two most high profile indie games revealed for Nintendo Switch, there were other notable announced upcoming indies as well. For example, Stranger Things 3: The Game will be coming to the Switch. A tie-in with its television counterpart, the game has the player take control of one of 12 characters as they traverse the town of Hawkins, beating up enemies along the way. Expect a July 4threlease.
The Red Lantern, developed by Timberline Studio, Inc.,was announced as well. Described as a game with resource management and as a rogue-lite, The Red Lantern sees the player in control of The Musher, who, with her pack of dogs, must traverse the tundras of Nome, Alaska, complete with dangerous woodland creatures and climate-related obstacles, as she seeks her home.
Coming May 2019 is Darkwood. Developed by Acid Wizard, Darkwood is a role-playing adventure game in which players craft items as they explore creepy Soviet Bloc forests, which are randomly generated as the player travels through them. The game uses this element to its benefit, as it forces players to adapt to changing surroundings.
Nintendo Switch owners will also be able to get their hands on RAD this year. RAD is an action game, developed by Double Fine Productions, which sees the player take the reins as a teenage hero as they make their way through a radiation-filled wasteland and beat up mutated enemies with a baseball bat. At times, the player can also mutate themselves and, for example, be assisted by batwings. Players can expect to play RADthis summer.
For all information regarding the Nindies Showcase, you can head here.
Comic Book Service InkyPen Coming to Switch
While various comic book subscription services are currently available to owners of the Nintendo Switch, there is a new service entering the fray with InkyPen. According to CBR, InkyPen currently has one of the most expansive catalogues compared to other comic book subscription services.
A press release from InkyPen adds that several bugs have been fixed with a new patch and that there is a considerable selection of free comics for Switch owners. InkyPen’s CEO, Ronan Huggard, also said that more Manga publishers may be signing up soon, as they are “talking to many Manga publishers and hope to get more on board soon.”
Nintendo Switch owners can access the service on their console or via InkyPen’swebsite.
This Week’s Releases
Turok was released this week for Nintendo Switch. Originally released in 1997, Turok is a first-person shooter in which the player, as titular hero Turok, who travels back to the past and battles dinosaurs and other enemies with flashy sci-fi weaponry. You can purchase it on the eShop for $19.99 USD.
Presented at the Nindies Showcase and released on March 20this Nuclear Throne. Developed and published by Vlambeer, Nuclear Throne is described as being a top-down arcade shooter. It currently runs on Switch for $13.99 USD.
Similarly presented at the Nindies Showcase and released on Wednesday is Blaster Master Zero 2, by INTI CREATES CO., LTD. A 2-D shooter with side-scrolling elements and vehicle sections. It runs on the eShop for $9.99 USD.
As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.