What were EdEN’s best Nintendo Switch games of 2023? Come check out part 2 of his list!
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– 2023 PS4Blog.net Gaming in Review – Ceidz
– 2023 PS4Blog.net Gaming in Review – Ajescent
– 2023 PS4Blog.net Gaming in Review (PlayStation) – EdEN
– 2023 PS4Blog.net Gaming in Review (Nintendo Switch Part 1) – EdEN
As I mentioned yesterday, I did a TON of gaming this year, which means that doing a short list with a Nintendo Switch Game of the year and then a few honorable mentions was not possible… so please be sure to check out the full list of honorable mentions for some of the many Nintendo Switch games worth checking out!
My Nintendo Switch Honorable Mentions – Part 2
Jack Jeanne from Aksys Games and Broccoli brings us an interesting visual novel/rhythm game on Nintendo Switch. As you can tell from the trailer and the screens in this Jack Jeanne review, the game’s art style certainly stands out. The game was designed by manga artist Sui Ishida, who you might know from the dark fantasy manga Tokyo Ghoul. You’ll be taking on the role of Kisa, who, just when she’s about to give up on her dream of becoming an actor, has a chance encounter with Shuri Chuza, the head of the prestigious all-male Univeil Drama School. She’s not unfamiliar with this one in particular since, as it turns out, her brother was once a star pupil at the academy.
As expected, since Univeil is an all-male institution, she’s to be granted admission into Univeil Drama School under two very specific conditions: she must manage to be chosen as the lead in the final performance, and she must hide the fact that she’s a girl! Kisa must do whatever it takes to hide her true nature while working as hard as possible to have a shot at making all of her dreams come true. Do you have what it takes to help her on this journey? If she passes the initial audition, all of her educational and housing expenses will be subsidized, and she’ll also be paid for her time on stage. This is a big deal considering her father and her are currently going through a rough time.
Labyrinth of Zangetsu is a gorgeous Sumi-e ink-looking first-person dungeon. If Sumi-e doesn’t ring a bell right away, it’s something that you’ve definitely seen before. Sumi-e is a monochromatic drawing technique first seen in China, which was later introduced to Japan way back in the 16th Century. It roughly translates to black ink painting. The art style is definitely the first thing that will grab your attention as soon as you boot up Labyrinth of Zangetsu on Nintendo’s consoles.
Your adventure will take place during the Ido era, during which the Ink of Ruin wreaked havoc on the land. Your task will require you to venture deep into the impure Labyrinths so that you can destroy the Ink of Ruin that is plaguing the land. On your path will be a series of entities based on Japanese folklore and Yokai – monsters, ghosts, and ghouls that are definitely past the line for horror.
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is a gorgeous adventure game set in 12th-century England. This is a Rated M for Mature experience based on the 1989 novel from author Ken Follet that has sold over 26 million copies and counting. You’ll get to dive into the story as you work your way through each of the seven chapters as Jack, Aliena, and Philip. The choices you make along the way can take you away from what was originally written in the book, changing the events and taking you on new paths.
All the main characters are very interesting and different from one another. Jack is a boy who is being raised in the woods by his outlawed mother, and his life will change thanks to his apprenticeship as a stonemason. Aliena is the daughter of the Earl of Shiring, and she ends up rejecting an arranged marriage to William, the only son of the Hamleighs. And then we have Philip, a monk who becomes the prior of the small abbey of Kingsbridge. He dreams of Kingsbridge rising to greatness with a cathedral.
Each character is brought to life in an animated art style that helps all of their actions pop as you explore the hundreds of hand-painted locations that Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth has to offer. The game is also fully voice acted – which is always a plus – featuring the talents of Glen McCready as Philip, Naomi Sheldon as Aliena, and Cody Molko and Alex Jordan as the young and adult versions of Jack. Even Ken Follet himself lends his voice to the Cantor!
Prison City is a 2D old-school infused action game that will remind you of the NES days. It’s a game that will take you back to the good old 1990s as you try to make the most of your weapons and abilities to save the day. Your adventure will take place in the crumbling city of Detroit, which was evacuated in 1995 and became an impenetrable mega-prison that is certainly a handful… and then things got worse.
It’s now 1997, and an evil group has managed to infiltrate Detroit, completely seizing control of the city. You’ll be taking on the role of former cop Hal Bruzer, who is called back from retirement by the Chief – who happens to be his former mentor – so that he can help take down the Techno-Terrorists before it’s too late. It’s a game that pays homage to games such as Shatterhand and Power Blade and its sequel, the aptly titled Power Blade 2.
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtuless is the latest entry in the beloved series from NIS America. It brings us to the Hinomoto Netherworlds, a cluster of diverse Netherworlds that believed in a highly venerated code: bushido. The people of Hinomoto were honorable warriors, which could not be said of the demons that resided elsewhere. Were being the key word. Hardly any trace of honor remains in the current Hinomoto Netherworlds. An invader took it all from them, with only a few still believing in the power of bushido.
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtuless will focus on the story of a girl who adores bushido and a man who utterly despises it. As you can probably guess, they’re forced to join forces. This is the story of Pirilika, the Hinomoto Otaku with a heart of gold who hails from the Netherworld of Wahei and is hopelessly obsessed with the Hinomoto Netherworlds. The other one is Fuji, an empathy-averse warrior gone astray who possesses all the demonic demon qualities: brutality, frugality, and laziness. He lives by his motto: winners are heroes, losers are zeroes.
Gunbrella is an excellent gritty noir-punk action-adventure you have to check out on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be taking on the role of a woodsman on a quest for vengeance with the titular Gunbrella by his side. His wife was killed, and the Gunbrella was left at the scene of the crime. The Gunbrella is a mighty tool that can not only keep one relatively dry, but also unleash a flurry of bullets that can get your point across in no time! The Gunbrella will also allow you to glide down after a jump. It’s a multiuse item, since it can also be used as a shield when things are about to go very, very wrong.
ANONYMOUS;CODE from Spike Chunsoft and Mages is the latest entry in the long-running Science Adventure series. Was the wait worth it? ANONYMOUS;CODE was first announced back in 2015, and it was even planned for a PlayStation Vita release. As we all know, the option of releasing games on PlayStation Vita is no more. The game throws you straight into the action as Pollon and Momo are being chased through the city’s streets while riding a very fast bike that has – so far – helped them avoid being detained. As one of the pursuers is ready to capture them, Pollon says that in 51 seconds, he’ll receive a call to let them go because those at the top don’t want the status quo to change just yet. He will, of course, keep chasing them and will end up being hit by a car.
And then, exactly 51 seconds later, the call comes in through the radio, and he’s ordered to fall back and let Pollon and Momo go! The pair take this opportunity to leap one floor down to continue with their escape. It’s then that the army man gives chase… and barely avoids being hit by a car! Once the old car’s door opens, Pollon says to Ox that he’s late… which surprises the driver! How did Pollon know how things would unfold? Because of the Save and Load App on his phone.
The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood is a point and click narrative-driven arcane deck-builder that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be taking on the role of Fortuna, a fortune-teller Witch condemned to exile on her asteroid home… until she isn’t. She was vanished due to prophesying the inevitable demise of her Coven. There are some interesting plot twists along the way that I won’t spoil here, but at least I can talk about the stuff you can see in the above trailer and the screens for this The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood review. Those can’t really count as spoilers if you can see them right away… correct?
The first thing that probably caught your attention is the game’s excellent hand-drawn pixel art style which helps everything pop – it certainly caught my attention! This was also the case for The Red Strings Club, which certainly helped with immersion. Kudos also to the soundtrack from fingerspit, who also worked on the soundtrack for The Red Strings Club. It’s a project that’s been five years in the making, and the final product certainly shows all of the love and care that went into creating this universe.
Meg’s Monster is a short and charming story-driven JRPG on Nintendo Switch. You’ll get a chance to experience life in the Underworld as monster Roy. In the Underworld, monsters love to eat humans for breakfast. Roy has no interest in doing that since all he needs to survive is some delicious Magic Tar. This makes it very interesting when he gets to, along with his friend Golan, meet Meg, a young girl that is lost and scared.
It is then that we get to learn the big twist in Meg’s Monster: if she starts to cry, the sky turns red, and the whole planet begins to tremble. That means that if Meg ends up wailing away, the apocalypse will destroy the world! You must, therefore, do whatever it takes to find her mom so that you can reunite them before it’s too late. Unfortunately, other monsters – and humans – are not aware of this and will stand in your way, trying to bring you down to take Meg away.
Roy is a huge and powerful monster, and he’s pretty much invulnerable. He’s got a mighty 99,999 HP, so he can certainly take on anything that the Underworld throws at him. The issue is that whenever Roy is attacked, Meg takes emotional and mental damage. She’s a young girl who doesn’t want to see Roy get hurt, hence her suffering. If her mental gauge reaches zero, then she’ll start to fully cry, and that will be the end of the world.
This one is part of the whole Piczle universe, which also includes games Piczle Colors, match-three puzzler Piczle Cells, the retro-styled bundle Piczle Puzzle and Watch Collection, as well as the excellent Piczle Cross Adventure on Nintendo’s console.
You’ll be joining Professor Matrix, Score-chan, and their cat Dbug as they try to complete each of the puzzles to solve the crisis at hand. It seems that Score-chan took the Professor’s Piczle Dust that can turn objects into pixels or remove all of their colors – you know, depending on what a game’s plot requires. This time around, Score-chan decided to use the Piczle Dust as kitty litter sand because she was told by the Professor to clean up, and the kitty litter was in the cupboard downstairs, so she decided to improvise. This ends up making the Dbug disappear into one of the many books on the shelf. Can you solve all the puzzles to find Dbug before it’s too late?.
What are your best Nintendo Switch games of 2023?