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September 22, 2018

Hands On With Yokai Watch 4 

Photo: Brian Ashcraft (Game Affairs)

In 2014, Yokai Watch’s popularity exploded in Japan. The 3DS game and its anime became a nationwide phenomenon, with kids singing the theme song (and doing its catchy dance) and begging their parents to buy them Yokai Watch toys.

It seemed like Yokai Watch was on track to surpass Pokémon, but by late 2016, the fever had passed. Yokai Watch, while popular, was no longer the cultural juggernaut it was previously.

Enter Yokai Watch 4. The first three games in the series were cutesy role-playing games for the Nintendo 3DS, but the latest sequel is more grown up and headed for the Nintendo Switch.

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September 21, 2018

Nintendo Switch Online: Pricing, Family Plan, NES Games, And More

Nintendo fans have had it good for a long, long time. Unlike Xbox and PlayStation owners, they’ve never had to pay to play their games online. This free period, like all good things, has come to an end. With the launch of Nintendo Switch Online–which is now live with the 6.0 system update–Nintendo has begun charging for online play, although there is a free seven-day trial available to sample it first.

As with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, anyone who wants to get the most out of their Switch will all but have to subscribe. (Note: this doesn’t affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS owners; online service for those systems will remain free). And while [...]

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September 21, 2018

Sony Has No Plans For PlayStation Vita Successor

Sony had a real stake in the mobile market with their PlayStation Portable. It proved to be an excellent gaming handheld and gave a real competitor against Nintendo. However, when the handheld finally saw a successor in the PlayStation Vita, Sony failed to keep the momentum. This left Nintendo to thrive with their Nintendo 3DS along and even more so with the recent hybrid console release of the Nintendo Switch.

As some of us likely expected, the PlayStation Vita is soon seeing the end of its days which has been a long time coming. Sony originally dropped support for big video game releases for the system just a few years ago and now we’ll soon see the end of physical [...]

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September 21, 2018

Great Nintendo Switch Games On Sale In The Eshop This Week

There’s never been a better time to be a Nintendo Switch owner, because not only is the console a gateway to a library of excellent first-party titles, but the list of killer indies on the Eshop grows by the week. Better yet, those games tend to go on sale often. This week’s Nintendo Switch Eshop sale features a fantastic selection of mostly indie games for cheap. Let’s take a look.

At $20, the beloved–and exceedingly dark–roguelike game The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is half off this week. In it, you play as a boy whose mom goes nuts, so he retreats to the cellar, which is filled with monsters he has to fight using his tears. Yeah, it’s [...]

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