SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Review

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Available On: Switch, PC (Steam, May 31)

Over the last several years, Swedish indie developers Image & Form Games have been quietly and expertly expanding their colorful robot-filled SteamWorld universe. Impressively each of these games embodies completely different genres, such as action-platformer with SteamWorld Dig and turn-based tactical strategy in SteamWorld Heist, while still maintaining lovely 2D artwork and funny robot heroes.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech features a full on fantasy world – but still starring quippy robots, and adds yet another new genre to the SteamWorld library: deckbuilding RPG. The card-based combat is intuitive and rewarding, bolstered by the colorful SteamWorld art design.

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Save on Digital Games with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

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Nintendo unveiled a new limited time offer to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers. From now until July 31, subscribers can purchase a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eshop for $99.

These two vouchers can be redeemed for two full-price Nintendo Switch games on the eShop, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many of the eligible games are listed at $59.99, (despite games like Zelda being two years old) making this a savings of about $20.

The vouchers can only be redeemed on select games. Here is the full list of eligible titles:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Pokkén Tournament DX
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Ocotopath Traveler
  • Go Vacation
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix

Though the deal ends July 31, vouchers are valid for a year after purchase. Nintendo has hinted that more titles will be eligible as new games are released. The offer is only available to active Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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Nintendo E3 2019 to Feature Smash Bros. Championship, Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo has revealed their schedule for E3 2019, which takes place June 11 – 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Their show presence will include tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2, as well as a Nintendo Direct broadcast and Treehouse live stream. Nintendo will also offer its own version of the fast pass – the Warp Pipe Pass.

“We’re starting with some heated competitions and delivering new content the whole week,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “Whether people are attending the show in person or watching from home, our goal is to provide them with the best possible Nintendo experience.”

Nintendo typically kicks off the official E3 convention by airing first thing in the morning on the first day, and this year will be no different. The Nintendo Direct will air at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on June 11. Nintendo is keeping coy about the details, but the broadcast will focus on software launching in the second half of the year.

As in previous years, the Nintendo Direct broadcast will be followed by the Nintendo Treehouse: Live event. The live stream is hosted by Nintendo staff directly from the E3 booth as they play through games on the show floor and interview developers.

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Nintendo will also host the championship tournament rounds for its two biggest competitive games on the Switch. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Championship and the Splatoon 2 World Championship will take place on Saturday, June 8. Fans can line up to attend live beginning at 8 am Pacific at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Entry is free but badges are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 10 am and the tournaments are scheduled to begin at 11 am, with Splatoon 2 first followed by Smash Bros. They will also be streamed live via Nintendo’s E3 live feed.

Nintendo’s new Warp Pipe Pass works exactly like a fast pass from a theme park. Attendees can grab a Warp Pipe Pass with a scheduled time, giving them priority to jump ahead in line when their time arrives. Note that to gain a Warp Pipe Pass a Nintendo Account will be required.

E3 2019 will take place June 11 – 13.