SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix’, ‘Super Mega Baseball 3’ Reviews, Mini-Views, and the Latest Sales


Hi there mild readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for Could 18th, 2020. As we speak’s article is about two issues: online game evaluations, and online game gross sales. We’ve bought full evaluations of Hatsune Miku: Mission DIVA Mega Combine and Tremendous Mega Baseball three, Mini-Views of Highrise Heroes: Phrase Problem and Infinite: Past the Thoughts, and a listing of gross sales together with some nice SEGA video games and the entire Restricted Run digital line-up. Let’s soar on in!


Hatsune Miku: Mission DIVA Mega Combine ($39.39)

I’ll be clear about this from the beginning: I’m not a Hatsune Miku: Mission DIVA veteran. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of the character, both. I don’t dislike her, and that’s an excellent factor as a result of she’s mainly baked into Japanese popular culture as of late. However I’ve by no means been into her or her video games sufficient to look into this collection, so Mega Combine marks my first dive into these waters. The expertise isn’t flawless, and I’m advised that PlayStation four homeowners have a better-value possibility obtainable to them, however general I discovered it to be a really competent and content-rich rhythm recreation. Should you hate Hatsune Miku’s music or discover J-Pop robust to swallow on the whole, this isn’t the sport for you. In any other case? Yeah, not unhealthy.

You get greater than 100 songs to play within the base bundle, and whereas an excellent portion of them are carried out by Hatsune Miku, a handful of different vocaloids step up for numerous songs as effectively. Every tune could be performed at various ranges of issue, although you need to unlock the higher ranges. Two primary methods of enjoying can be found. The normal methodology the place buttons seem on-screen to the beat and should be pressed with good timing is in fact right here, however there’s additionally a mode that makes use of the movement management characteristic of the Pleasure-Cons. I most well-liked the previous, however the latter was enjoyable to mess with at times.

Whilst you’re tapping away at whichever methodology you selected, colourful music movies play within the background that includes the characters. They’re fairly effectively carried out however they could be a little distracting at occasions. The display is typically so busy that I missed incoming button prompts in my first couple of occasions on sure songs. Since these movies are rendered in real-time, you’ll be able to really change the costumes the vocaloids are sporting. You may create some amusing tonal dissonance with this in the event you’re inclined to. There are tons of costumes obtainable for every character, together with some that makes references to different SEGA properties like Area Channel 5 or Valkyria Chronicles.

You unlock these costumes and different customization choices utilizing VP that you simply earn by finishing songs. It could actually take some time to get every thing, however you’ll earn VP at a gradual sufficient price that you simply’ll mainly at all times be unlocking one thing. It’s a helpful meta-goal as in any other case the sport is basically only a huge field of songs you’ll be able to play in no matter order you want. It’s most likely for the very best, because it ensures that veterans and followers can go instantly to no matter songs they need to play slightly than need to undergo some sort of story mode or one thing. Provided that that is being positioned as a type of Best Hits bundle, it’s an acceptable set-up.

Be warned, although: this recreation pulls no punches. The more durable difficulties are absurdly sophisticated, and the truth that prompts come from numerous spots on the display means it’s essential preserve a cautious watch till you be taught every tune. Among the be aware charts are actually tough to handle in the event you’re enjoying with Pleasure-Cons due to the scale and placement of the buttons and sticks. There are many choices that will help you out, together with issues like letting you play the tune to the top even in the event you’re failing (good for follow) or altering the button prompts. In case your muscle reminiscence is used to the PlayStation button structure, fear not, the choice to make use of PlayStation-style prompts is right here too. When mixed with the assorted issue ranges for every tune, most everybody ought to be capable to discover some configuration that’s snug for them.

Should you like rhythm video games and don’t have any specific points with J-Pop, you’ll assuredly discover so much to love in Hatsune Miku: Mission DIVA Mega Combine. Sequence veterans might discover the bundle much less compelling given how a lot overlap it has from the final couple of releases within the collection, however in the event you’ve been lacking handheld Miku, that’s definitely what that is. It’s a strong debut on Nintendo consoles for the storied Mission DIVA collection, and hopefully not the final.

SwitchArcade Rating: four/5

Tremendous Mega Baseball three ($44.99)

Longtime readers most likely know that the one real-world sport I’ve a lot lively curiosity in is hockey. Nicely, I’m Canadian, in spite of everything. However a lot as I most likely received’t change the channel on the TV if one other sport is enjoying and the sport is attention-grabbing sufficient, I’m additionally fairly open to all types of sports activities video video games. I have a tendency to not search them out, but when an excellent one is put in entrance of me, I positive received’t push the plate away. And pals, Tremendous Mega Baseball three is a very good sports activities recreation.

That’s most likely not going to be surprising information to anybody aware of the Tremendous Mega Baseball collection, which noticed its first outing on the Swap within the type of Tremendous Mega Baseball 2. Whereas the participant fashions are stylized and cartoonish, the gameplay is lifelike sufficient to fulfill in a means that few different baseball video games have lately. It’s so good that most individuals don’t even thoughts an absence licenses. Now, the developer of this recreation, Metalhead Software program, isn’t precisely an enormous studio. It’s needed to construct this collection up from scratch, so whereas Tremendous Mega Baseball 2 performed a terrific recreation of baseball, it didn’t have some options that gamers have come to anticipate from fashionable sports activities video games.

Tremendous Mega Baseball three makes huge strides in that space, with the headliner being the addition of a franchise mode that allows you to take a group via a number of years, managing the group and attempting to construct champions from chumps. It’s well-implemented, and provides this recreation much more longevity. Should you’re searching for a compelling single-player expertise, you received’t be sad with this new mode. However in the event you don’t need to hunker down for an extended marketing campaign, there are many different modes that demand much less time from you.

One of many issues I like about this recreation is that it may be as sophisticated or so simple as you need it to be. Should you don’t need to fuss round with extra complicated guidelines or strikes, you’ll be able to take pleasure in it as a straight recreation of baseball. That’s a terrific high quality in the event you occur to be pulling in additional informal gamers to affix in for some multiplayer enjoyable. However, if you would like somewhat extra texture and method, you’ll discover a good quantity of each right here. Pitching, batting, and fielding are intuitive and deep.

Talking of multiplayer, Tremendous Mega Baseball three additionally rises to the problem there. There are tons of various modes that you could play with different individuals, each regionally and on-line. The franchise mode, season and elimination modes, and commonplace season and commonplace elimination modes can all be loved with others close to or far, whereas a particular pennant race mode helps you to compete with one other participant on-line. All of those modes can be loved solo towards the pc, excluding the pennant race.

I don’t have an excessive amount of so as to add right here, however what Metalhead Software program has carried out right here is superb. It took a recreation with nice mechanics, fleshed out the options, added just a few further choices, and gave the entire thing a pleasant spit-shine. Except you’re the sort that completely wants an MLB license, that is the very best baseball online game you should buy proper now on the Swap. It’s not even shut, actually. And in the event you’ve already bought the earlier recreation and are questioning whether or not this affords sufficient to improve? It very a lot does. Tremendous Mega Baseball three is numerous enjoyable even for extra informal followers of the game, with sufficient oomph to maintain extra critical followers fortunately occupied for months on finish.

SwitchArcade Rating: four.5/5


Highrise Heroes: Phrase Problem ($7.99)

It’s arduous to get a phrase recreation improper, and Highrise Heroes isn’t going to disprove that. It’s clearly a port of a cell recreation, as its odd use of display actual property would point out. It’s a must to make phrases with a view to clear a path in your numerous characters to succeed in the underside of the display. Between levels you get some story scenes which can be attention-grabbing sufficient to concentrate to. Loads of gimmicks and particular powers preserve issues recent alongside the way in which, and regardless of the sport clearly being constructed for contact controls it really works very well with a controller. Should you take pleasure in an excellent phrase puzzle recreation, you received’t remorse shopping for this in your Swap or your cell system.

SwitchArcade Rating: four/5

Infinite: Past the Thoughts ($9.99)

This recreation’s largest crime is in how completely senseless it’s for the majority of its working time. Every of the 16 ranges is reasonably prolonged and typically packs in alternate routes and secrets and techniques, however one of the best ways via virtually at all times includes simply dashing alongside the principle route and skipping the enemies. It adjustments issues up in a few levels, however these find yourself being much more repetitive. You’ll earn new strikes after sure levels that assist flesh out your moveset, however they’re not precisely recreation changers. The boss battles are fairly enjoyable, however they run on a bit too lengthy given how easy their patterns are typically. There’s nothing improper with the controls and the presentation is good sufficient, however the recreation as a complete simply feels tepid and rote.

SwitchArcade Rating: three/5

New Releases

Star Horizon ($9.99)

The title and screenshots had been tugging at my reminiscence, and a fast little bit of analysis jogged my memory that this recreation got here out on cell… six years in the past! Wow! Additionally, I reviewed that model right here at TouchArcade. In that evaluate I known as the sport a good looking trifle, an pleasurable expertise for a single playthrough however in the end not rather more than that. Nicely, that appears about proper. This model offers you button controls and the next value, however in any other case appears fairly just like the cell authentic. It’s a reasonably little rail shooter with a number of good set items, and I suppose you may positively do worse together with your ten bucks. Don’t anticipate rather more than a few hours out of it, although.

Water Balloon Mania ($four.99)

Actually, Sprakelsoft? Actually actually? It is a very low-rent clone of Dr. Mario the place you need to rotate and drop water balloons to get rid of fires. The fires and balloons are available in three colours: crimson, blue, and yellow. Balloons come paired up. For some purpose the colour of the balloon should match the colour of the fireplace to place it out. It’s Dr. Mario. One participant solely, two issue modes. Simply play the NES recreation within the Swap On-line app, significantly. I imply… they couldn’t even use totally different colours?

Gross sales

(North American eShop, US Costs)

It ended up being fairly a busy weekend for brand spanking new gross sales, so there’s loads to take a look at in the present day. First up is a deep sale on all of Restricted Run Video games’s digital choices. You will get 5 video games for below six bucks, and no less than half of them are actually good. SEGA is internet hosting a Sonic the Hedgehog sale, with nearly each SEGA-published recreation that includes the wise-cracking rodent getting a major low cost. Different random titles value mentioning: Trover Saves the Universe is on sale for the primary time since launch, each variants of Battle Princess Madelyn are discounted, and Get together Golf is reasonable as chips. Not an excessive amount of within the outbox in the present day, although.

Choose New Video games on Sale

Cosmic Star Heroine ($1.49 from $14.99 till 6/1)
Saturday Morning RPG ($zero.99 from $9.99 till 6/1)
Evening Entice – 25th Anniversary ($1.49 from $14.99 till 6/1)
Double Swap – 25th Anniversary ($1.49 from $14.99 till 6/1)
Revenge of the Chicken King ($zero.01 from $four.99 till 6/1)
Loopy Strike Bowling EX ($three.99 from $9.99 till 5/31)
UNI ($zero.49 from $four.99 till 5/29)
Hexologic ($1.49 from $2.99 till 5/29)
Gnomes Backyard: New Dwelling ($zero.99 from $four.99 till 5/22)
Caveman Warriors ($2.59 from $12.99 till 6/four)
Trover Saves the Universe ($17.99 from $29.99 till 5/22)
Ego Protocol: Remastered ($1.99 from $four.99 till 6/four)
Sin Slayers ($9.99 from $19.99 till 5/22)
Thy Sword ($7.99 from $9.99 till 6/1)
Emma: Misplaced in Recollections ($6.79 from $7.99 till 6/four)

Sonic Mania ($9.99 from $19.99 till 5/26)
Sonic Forces ($9.99 from $19.99 till 5/26)
Staff Sonic Racing ($19.99 from $39.99 till 5/26)
Mario & Sonic on the Tokyo Olympics ($39.99 from $59.99 till 5/26)
SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog ($5.99 from $7.99 till 5/26)
SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($5.99 from $7.99 till 5/26)
Squidgies Takeover ($2.25 from $15.00 till 5/30)
Get together Crashers ($2.25 from $15.00 till 5/30)
Get together Golf ($2.25 from $15.00 till 5/30)
Thriller of Woolley Mountain ($1.29 from $12.99 till 5/24)
The Home of Da Vinci ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/24)
Depth of Extinction ($13.49 from $14.99 till 6/four)
Ben 10 ($6.99 from $19.99 till 5/23)
Tactical Thoughts ($zero.74 from $2.99 till 5/25)

Mad Carnage ($zero.44 from $four.99 till 5/25)
Pirates: All Aboard! ($zero.49 from $5.99 till 6/5)
Dream Alone ($zero.99 from $9.99 till 6/5)
Lodge Transylvania three ($10.49 from $29.99 till 5/23)
Journey Time: Pirates ($13.99 from $39.99 till 5/23)
FunBox Get together ($zero.49 from $three.99 till 5/25)
Exorder ($zero.99 from $12.99 till 6/5)
Crayola Scoot ($5.99 from $29.99 till 5/23)
PAW Patrol: On a Roll! ($19.99 from $39.99 till 5/23)
Battle Princess Madelyn ($four.99 from $19.99 till 5/30)
Battle Princess Madelyn ($12.74 from $14.99 till 5/30)
Construct a Bridge! ($2.99 from $14.99 till 6/1)
Dreamworks Dragons ($13.99 from $39.99 till 5/23)
UglyDolls ($7.99 from $39.99 till 5/23)
Rawr-Off ($zero.49 from $2.99 till 6/5)

Nonograms Prophecy ($1.19 from $three.99 till 6/5)
Strike Drive Kitty ($1.99 from $four.99 till 6/5)
Mushroom Quest ($zero.44 from $2.99 till 5/25)
Aborigenus ($1.49 from $four.99 till 5/25)
Tower of Babel: No Mercy ($6.99 from $9.99 till 6/1)
Cranium Rogue ($1.49 from $2.99 till 5/25)
Diabolic ($1.99 from $four.99 till 5/25)

Gross sales Ending Tomorrow, Tuesday, Could 19th

Ara Fell: Enhanced ($13.49 from $14.99 till 5/19)
Cloudbase Prime ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/19)
Flatland Vol.1 ($1.99 from $four.99 till 5/19)
Half Previous Destiny ($12.99 from $19.99 till 5/19)
Momodora: Reverie ($7.49 from $14.99 till 5/19)
By no means Once more ($11.19 from $13.99 till 5/19)
Pocket Mini Golf ($zero.99 from $1.99 till 5/19)
Shanky: Vegan’s Nightmare ($three.49 from $6.99 till 5/19)
Sports activities Get together ($four.99 from $39.99 till 5/19)
Tremendous Sportmatchen ($three.74 from $14.99 till 5/19)
Tower Climb ($1.20 from $6.00 till 5/19)
Vampire: Coteries of NY ($14.99 from $19.99 till 5/19)

That’s all we’ve bought for in the present day, pals. Tomorrow has just a few new releases that we’ll be having a look at, together with Platinum’s The Fantastic 101 Remastered. There could also be one other evaluate or two prepared, however we’ll need to see how a lot time I’ve. I hope you all have a terrific Monday, and as at all times, thanks for studying!