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Handheld Gaming News Week 29

Time for some more Handheld Gaming News, so come on in my friend. Sit down, and have a relaxing cup of coffee or tea and let’s chat some gaming. Although, gaming news seems a bit slow to me. Must be because of the Summer Holidays. Sure, Splatoon 2 is a very big deal at the moment on Switch, and the 3DS has some good games coming up. But other then that it seems quiet. I’ll do my best though to fill you in on the handheld gaming news that interested me this week.

More news about Antique Carnevale

Last week I mentioned the brand-new IP of Square Enix, Antique Carnevale. There wasn’t much info on this new game, not even which platform it would feature on. This week Square Enix told us a little more about this game, like that is available on PC and smartphones over at Yahoo! Japan. Still looks good, with elements borrowed from classic games such as chess and reversi in an orthodox RPG with command-based battles.

The game includes online functionality, letting you play face-to-face against your opponent using your smartphone or PC camera while playing the game online. It’s themed after humans interacting with dolls, and unlocking summoned beasts used in battle by clearing quests.The rules of battle are pretty simple, with a main objective of capturing the opponent’s king.antique carnevale chess

Looks good, but I have no idea if it will come West too.

Figment: a musical but also an action/ adventure game

A new game that should reach the Switch eShop later this year is Figment. This game caught my attention because it simply looks sweet, reminding me of Tearaway that I played on my Vita. It’s an adventure game where you explore a hand-drawn world, solving puzzles and battling enemies. What makes it special is a full score of musical performances, nightmarish and otherwise, that change according to your exploration of the world

This is what the developer says about the game:

A whimsical adventure set in the recesses of the human mind. Nightmarish creatures have arrived, spreading fear wherever they go. As Dusty, the mind’s former voice of courage, you’ll fight the nightmares and solve an array of puzzles. As Dusty gets back to his old self, he can help the mind to face its fears.

Switch online app is available on smartphone

The Nintendo Switch Online app is now out on both for iOS and Android devices. The app will allow players to connect to a variety of features, including SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2. There is also a way to invite friends to games via social media through the app, as well as a voice chat feature. I downloaded the app yesterday, but as I don’t play Splatoon 2, I don’t really see what I can do with it at the moment.

I imagine though that it’s a very cool gadget when you play Splatoon 2, so I’ve posted a link to a good article on NintendoLife on how to work with the app. You can find it here.

First Pokémon Go Legendary to appear

On July 22, 2017, the Pokémon GO Fest will be held at Grant Park in Chicago, IL to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary. People who attend this Fest could be the first to face the unknown Legendary Pokémon. If enough Pokémon are caught during the event’s Challenge Windows, the very first Legendary will appear. If the people at the event manage to defeat the Legendary, it will appear at Gym Raid Battles all around the world.

We don’t know yet which Legendary it will be, but the trailer below gives several hints!

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth new game has better Network Battles

Now one of my biggest surprises in 2016 was Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Though not a Digimon fan, I loved this game, so I’m looking forward to the next game. Hacker’s Memory should reach us early 2018. I’m not much into online battling, but if you are then you should be pleased to know that this game has better Network Battles.

There will be Ranked Battles,  Event Battle with rules that change every two weeks, and Free Rule Battles. Players will get to use coins acquired from these battles to purchase accessories for Digimon.

Layton’s Mystery Journey is available on iOS and Android

As of yesterday, Layton’s Mystery Journey can be downloaded on iOS and Android. I detailed last week how cool the online puzzling feature was (read the article here). The 3DS version of the game is expected later in 2017, but if you can’t wait to play, you can do so now on mobile. Level-5 assures us that the content ultimately is the same in the two versions.

There are two things that bother me when I saw it in my app store. First, they didn’t make the first chapter free with a price for the full game later on. So no way to try the game first. And I think that’s not a smart move if you want to draw new players in.

Second, the dollar price is $15,99. Why then do we have to pay the price in EUR of 17,99? When I take the dollars current exchange course into account it should be only EUR 13,71! That doesn’t seem very fair to me!

In Japan the 3DS game released on the same day, for 1.800 yen on mobile, and 4.800 yen on the 3DS. But they added that although you can reach the end of the story in the mobile version just the same, that version does need additional in-app purchases to ultimately have the same full content.


That’s it again for this week. Hard to believe, me staying with a game for so long. But it’s back again to Zelda Breath of the Wild. What will you be playing this week?

Thank you once again for reading, and have a great gaming weekend!

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