Both of the big games of the week come out on Friday, which is a bit odd I suppose. Video game release dates are fickle as you will find out at the end of this post.
Mario Tennis Aces (Switch) – Releases on June 22nd
It’s been four years since our favorite plumber and his pals put on their tennis shorts and hit the court, but since no one bought a Wii U it’s been more like six years since the Wii port of Mario Power Tennis came out, so we’ll go with that. It’s been six years since anyone cared about Mario Tennis. Did anyone play in the free online tournament they did a couple weeks ago? I did and I was terrible.
New Gundam Breaker (PS4) – Releases on June 22nd. Coming to PC later this summer
Live out your Gundam model building dreams with this game in which your toys come to life and beat the hell out of each other. You can team up with two friends and fight other tiny Gundam models and steal their parts, which sounds pretty cool. Is this game a big series? I get some Custom Robo vibes from this. Speaking of, when are we getting a new Custom Robo?
The Lost Child (PS4/Vita/Switch)
Join a group of teenagers as they fight demons in modern day Japan, a very, VERY, original idea. Joking aside, this game doesn’t look too bad. It’s got that first person RPG style down pretty good, and the art is decent. If you’re a fan of the game El Shaddai then you might want to check this game out as it is a spin-off of that title and features some of the characters from that game. I personally am not a fan of the first person RPG game as I find the movement through dungeons to be clunky and confusing, but I know that style has its fans (think Shadowgate, Eye of the Beholder, SNES Shin Megami Tensei games).
Haimrik (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
This platforming puzzle game looks bonkers! You control the young scribe Haimrik as he tries to defeat an evil king. What makes this game unique is that there are words across the bottom of each platform and if you step on them then those things happen, good or bad. Step on ‘fireball’ and it appears. Maybe that’ll help kill the bad guy on screen or maybe it’ll burn you to ash. This concept is fascinating and I fully expect to try it out once it goes to $5.00 on a Steam sale.
Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – A 3rd person action RPG that looks fairly generic. It’s got an anime art style so that’s something, but if you want an anime RPG maybe stick with The Lost Child.
Lost In Harmony (PC/Switch) – This mobile port is billed as the first “musical runner” game. The Switch continues to get these funky mobile games and I’m worried that over time it will just lead to the eShop having a shovelware reputation.
Pode (Switch) – A cute looking co-op puzzle game in which you control a rock and a fallen star. According to the game’s website the game has taken lots of inspiration from Norwegian art. Looks fun.
Another World (Switch) – This game gets yet ANOTHER release on June 25th, maybe. I am a little apprehensive adding this to the list, but according to several websites this comes out on Monday, but I could be wrong, which brings me to this correction…
…I announced last week that Flashback was coming to the Switch on June 17th, well that day came and went with no release. Instead the game now appears on the Switch’s ‘Coming Soon’ page with a July 24th release (bringing it in line with the July 30th physical release date on Amazon). I apologize for the wrong information.