[REVIEW] Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Nintendo Switch)

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack
Developer: Inti Creates (self-published)
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), 3DS (released in 2016)
Price: $39.99 USD

While Capcom is clearly uninterested in furthering the Mega Man franchise beyond console cycle re-releases and fighting game cameos, Inti Creates broke away from them in 1996 and have been steadily carving their niche in a similar genre by way of the Mega Man Zero & ZX series (and assisting Comcept with the development of Mighty No. 9, but shhhh!). If you’re a current Nintendo Switch owner, you’re probably familiar with their work on Blaster Master Zero as well.

Their latest release, however, isn’t entirely new. Azure Striker Gunvolt is a 2D action platformer that initially released in 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS, with an immediate sequel on the same platform in 2016. The Striker Pack itself, which contains both games and their respective updates on a single cartridge, also released on the 3DS during the fall of last year — which is essentially what you’re getting here on the Switch for $39.99 USD, in addition to its newly implemented HD visuals, 60fps gameplay, and rumble feedback.

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Anima: Gate of Memories – Beyond Fantasy Edition Features Impressive Extras

The folks at NIS America were kind enough to send me a physical copy of Anima: Gate of Memories to review on PS4, but what I didn’t expect is that it would be the Beyond Fantasy Edition. So, again, to be clear, this was provided by NIS America for the purpose of a review.

Before diving into the world of Anima, though, I wanted to show you folks what all is included in the $49.99 Beyond Fantasy Edition available at the NIS America store. Continue reading “Anima: Gate of Memories – Beyond Fantasy Edition Features Impressive Extras”

New Street Fighter V DLC is Just Capcom Being Capcom

Street Fighter V crowned its first ever EVO tournament winner last night in Korea’s Infiltration, which just so happened to be shown live on ESPN 2. On top of that historic feat, the crowd witnessed one of the most emotional moments in the fighting tournament’s history with Long Island Joe being America’s sole representative in the top 8.

If anything, Capcom gained a ton of momentum and fanfare for Street Fighter V last night, but for whatever reason, they’ve decided to toss a stick in their own spokes by releasing the Capcom Pro Tour DLC today for the ridiculous price of $24.99. Yes, roughly half of the game’s price tag for a minimal amount of additional content.

This DLC nets you three costumes, two titles, 1 new color for each fighters, and the Ring of Destiny stage used throughout last night’s EVO 2016 Top 8 brackets. Granted, the stage is pretty entertaining with its dancing bear, fireworks, and rad music, but no. Just no.

Last night it was revealed that sales of the DLC will increase the prize winnings of the Capcom Pro Tour, but spending more money for others to make more money isn’t exactly an incentive I can get behind.

It’s not that I don’t want to support the fighters on the pro-circuit (LI Joe is my new hero), but I wish there was a better way than overpaying for what seems like content that would otherwise be free.