Crystal Crisis Drops on Nintendo Switch T...

Do you like puzzles? Do you like fighting? Well, have we got a puzzle-based fighting game for you! An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pres...

Creating the Music for Save me Mr Tako!

Hello everyone, I’m Marc-Antoine Archier, the composer and sound designer on Save me Mr Tako! A few years ago, I met the game’s designer Christophe Galati at a GameJam in Paris. I created a couple of songs for his then-current project and the next week, as he liked what I had done, he asked me if I wanted to work with him on Save ...

Runner3: The Cameos

Dant Rambo here! I took a walk down by the pier this morning. It was nice to feel the cold air on my face—to hear the faraway sounds of the ocean waves. I sat on an empty park bench and watched a flock of seagulls as they played tug-of-war with one another. “What are they fighting over?” I wondered. I made my way over, stepping down ...

Ikaruga Blasts Its Way to Nintendo Switch ...

Question: What’s black and white and fun all over? Answer: Ikaruga, the legendary vertically-scrolling arcade shoot-‘em-up that’s headed to Nintendo Switch on May 29. Developed by renowned Japanese studio Treasure (responsible for classic-style action games such as Guardian Heroes, Gunstar Heroes and Radiant Silvergun), Ikaruga garne...

Blade Strangers Will K.O. You This Summer!

A robotic female soldier. A masked warrior. A sword-wielding princess. A schoolgirl riding an enormous cat!?! These unique fighters—and many more—collide in the one-on-one 2D fighting mayhem of Blade Strangers, which will be available soon on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game has entered its final months of development ...

Runner3: The Retro Challenges

Hey, everyone…it’s Dant Rambo again! After years of retirement and living off a modest-but-reasonable pension, I’ve decided to rejoin the workforce and tell you all about the Retro Challenges of Runner3, AKA the-game-within-the-game. Sit back, relax and pour me a nice beverage. Please. Those of you who played BIT.TRIP RUNNER and/or ...

Runner3: Pairing Music With Gameplay

Hey all, it’s Dant Rambo back again! So as you know, Runner3 is a rhythm-music platformer game. Every action you perform–avoiding an enemy, kicking an obstacle–has a sound associated with it, which means you’re helping to create the music of the game as you play. Designing a game to function in this way requires a strong relationship...

Code of Princess EX: Warriors and Legends

There are many reasons to look forward to the upcoming release of Code of Princess EX this summer on Nintendo Switch: intense action, spectacular special moves, RPG progression, gorgeous artwork, couch co-op, versus mode and more. But the things that hold it all together—while separating the game from others in the hack-and-slash gen...

Save me Mr Tako!: Q&A with Christophe Galati

What was the inspiration behind the concept for Save me Mr Tako! and what influences did you have when you began developing it? Bonjour! The idea began back in 2014, when I was a student at a game school in Paris (Isart Digital) and had an internship where I was programming ad-games. I was a bit disappointed by the projects I had to...

Meet Tako’s Friends!

Ayo! This is Christophe Galati, and I’m back to tell you more about Save me Mr Tako! and the game’s main characters. My goal for this game was to have many characters, with individual backgrounds and relations, in an RPG kind of way. I put a lot of myself into this aspect of the game, and I hope you will enjoy it. Spoiler alert: If y...

Runner3: Who Am I, Anyway?

I’m Alex Neuse from Choice Provisions. Nice to meet you, now everyone drop everything you’re doing and pay attention to this giant block of words! As the release of Runner3 approaches, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share some tasty information about who CommanderVideo is and why he’s just so darned awesome. At the beg...

Code of Princess EX: Heroine in the Making

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Nicalis is bringing Code of Princess EX to Nintendo Switch this summer, delivering sword-swinging action, RPG-style character growth, a memorable cast of beautifully designed heroes and villains, cooperative and competitive multiplayer and more. The game continues the tradition of hack-and-slash side-...

Runner3 Sprints to Nintendo Switch on May 22!

There’s a time to fight and there’s a time to run…but for CommanderVideo, the time for both is on May 22. That’s when the long-awaited rhythm/action platformer Runner3 arrives on Nintendo Switch. Developed by Choice Provisions, Runner3 follows in the flamboyant footsteps of its predecessors with level after level of auto-running fun....

Code of Princess EX Coming to Switch This ...

Start sharpening your swords, Nicalis faithful! The side-scrolling, hack-and-slash action of Code of Princess is headed to Nintendo Switch this summer, in the form of Code of Princess EX! An upgraded version of the original release, Code of Princess EX delivers the same RPG-infused fantasy combat and epic story of the original, but a...

Save me Mr Tako! Gameplay: "Kirbyvania"

Greetings! It’s me again, Christophe Galati. After speaking about the Game Boy influences in Save me Mr Tako!, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the gameplay system. Here is the pitch I usually use to describe the gameplay: “Mr Tako is a platformer RPG where you play as an octopus who can spit ink to turn enemies into platforms an...