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...

Runner3, Blog2: A Whole New World

Hey, everyone! It’s Dant Rambo again, producer/writer on Runner3. If my peculiar name sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because I wrote another post for this blog a mere few weeks ago. Apparently I didn’t burn the place to the ground, because Nicalis has agreed to let me write another one! This time I’ll be talking a little more ab...

Save me Mr Tako! A Game Boy Tribute

Hello hello hello, hope you are all doing well. This is Christophe Galati, the developer of Save me Mr Tako!, and today I’d like to tell you more about the Game Boy influences, what inspired me, how I used the limitations, and the challenge it provided to maintain the balance between a traditional and modern gaming experience. Gro...

Runner3, Blog1: The Home Stretch

Hey, everyone! I’m Dant Rambo, producer/writer/whatever-else-is-needed at Choice Provisions. The fine folks at Nicalis have offered us a chance to chat with you all about the upcoming release of Runner3, the third entry in the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. Better yet, they’ve agreed to publish a physical version of the game when it releas...

Don't Miss Out on Physical Copies of Wonder Bo...

Have you explored the ancient pyramid? Transformed into a Hawk-Man and traversed the skies? Battled the fierce Daimyo Dragon? If so, congrats: you’re a true Wonder Boy (or Wonder Girl)! If not, perhaps a trip to your nearest game store is in order, because that and a lot more await you in Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which was rele...