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      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Crystalis is Available on the Nintendo Switch

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Crystalis is Available on the Nintendo Switch

      If you're a fan of Miyazaki films and video games, you need to check out Crystalis, now available on the Nintendo Switch. If you're not a fan of Miyazaki, your homework before you play is to watch Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

      Crystalis was created by a video game company called SNK and was their answer to the Zelda series by Nintendo. It was released in 1990 for the NDS, but the story takes place in 2097 where humanity has gone back to a simpler time. You get to name the hero when you start your journey, and you'll find yourself in an adorable town called Leaf after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for the last 100 years. From there you can explore the little town and when you get the sort of wind, you will be ready to go up against the monsters roaming the surrounding land.

      With the beautiful 8-bit pixel graphics and stunning music, Crystalis is worth playing whether that's for the first time or to revisit your childhood. It's very heavily inspired by Miyazaki's masterpiece Nausicaä, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in our book.

      For a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, all you have to do play is download the Nintendo Entertainment System app, and you're good to go.

      Are you interested in playing the Zelda-Miyazaki hybrid Crystalis

      Weekly Dose of gaming News - Pac Man 99

      Weekly Dose of gaming News - Pac Man 99

      Pac-Man lovers, get ready for a brand new challenge from the popular retro title.

      Pac-Man 99 is available on Nintendo Switch, and if you're a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, you'll have access to the game for free. Pac-Man 99 is similar to the challenging Tetris 99 Where you're pitted against 98 other online players, the core game is the same as classic Pac-Man, with the added twist of being able to affect other players games by eating ghosts to send what's called a Jammer Pac-Man into your opponent's board. If you run into the Jammer Pac-Man, you're significantly slowed down, making it easier to be caught by the ghosts you're constantly trying to outrun.

      In typical battle royale fashion, the game continues until there is only one player left standing. However, if you're not a fan of battle royale, you are able to play a single player game, or battle the computer as opposed to other people, but if you'd like to go that route, you'll have to purchase both of those modes separately.

      As someone who really enjoys Tetris 99, I'm excited to give Pac-Man 99 a try. Are you interested in the new twist on a classic game?

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Super Potato Goes International

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Super Potato Goes International

      Retro game lovers who haven't had the chance to go to Japan are seriously missing out on the magic that is Super Potato.

      If you don't know, Super Potato is a Japanese retro gaming store that is dedicated to Japanese retro games and consoles. There are 8 stores across Japan, with the main and most popular is located in Akihabara in Tokyo. The main location boasts three floors and is a popular destination for tourists who're there to get their fill of classic games, consoles, collectibles, as well as anime and manga.

      However, a trip to Japan, isn't practical for everyone, even after the global pandemic ends, which is why we're so excited to hear that Super Potato is going international with a newly launched eBay store and Twitter page. Their first week welcomes fans from across the globe saying "Hello world! Our very first tweet in English for retro game enthusiasts, will post our games for international customers!" Now, retro enthusiasts from around the world can have access to the legendary Super Potato's wares. 

      Will you be making a trip to the brand new eBay store?

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - 0MEGAVIZI0N's Debut EP Omikronian

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - 0MEGAVIZI0N's Debut EP Omikronian

      We love retro games here, so of course we love retro gaming music! That's exactly what the debut EP from 0MEGAVIZI0N delivers, and then some. The album is titled Omikronian and is much more than just 8-bit music. It's not actually a game soundtrack, however it tells the story of the game being played in real time.

      Omikronian follows a character named Pants Fad as they "travel through time and space to save the future from certain doom brought forth by an evil thaumaturgist from Omikronia."

      Throughout the album, you will hear all of the sounds associated with boss battles, running, jumping, earning points, and even dying. All of these sounds are harmoniously layered into the composition, creating a truly unique combined Musical and gaming experience. The songs bring up nostalgic feelings from the NES and Atari era of games which is exactly what the artists were going for.

      One of the composers, Jimmy Burdine, shares their vision for the album saying, "It's not a purist 8-bit album, it's more inspired by retro 80s video game music." We love the journey we're taken on listening to Omikronian and highly recommend checking it out.

      Are you a fan of 8-bit music?