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New Game Releases: April 14th-20th, 2016

Hyperdevotion Noire Goddess Black Heart

Some might tell you the Nintendo 3DS is on its last legs. But when a platform receives a roster of new releases as good as this week’s offerings, an argument could be made that the dual-screen system is hitting its prime. Beyond the release of Bravely Second: End Layer and Langrisser Re:Incarnation -TENSEI, New 3DS’s are receiving a trifecta of retro greatness, with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past all appearing on the eShop. PC owners have little need for envy, with beloved titles like Code of Princess, Metal Slug 2, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart coming to Windows-based system.

Header Image: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, PC

PlayStation 3
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom (PlayStation Store, $14.99)

PlayStation 4
Arcade Game Series: Dig Dug (PlayStation Network, $3.99)
Arcade Game Series: Galaga (PlayStation Network, $3.99)
Arcade Game Series: Ms. Pac-Man (PlayStation Network, $3.99)
Arcade Game Series: Pac-Man (PlayStation Network, $3.99)
Blues And Bullets – Episode 1 (PlayStation Network, $4.99)
Invisible, Inc. (PlayStation Store, $19.99)
Koi (PlayStation Store, $9.99)
Lichdom: Battlemage (PlayStation Store, $49.99)
Loud on Planet X (PlayStation Store, $7.99)
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom (PlayStation Store, $14.99)
Pang Adventures (PlayStation Store, $9.99)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (PlayStation Store, $19.99)

Wii U
Asdivine Hearts (eShop, $9.99)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (eShop, $6.99)
Dodge Club Party (eShop, $1.99)
Draw 2 Survive (eShop, $1.99)
Paranautical Activity (eShop, $9.99)
Slots – Pharaoh’s Riches (eShop, $9.99)

3DS
Bravely Second: End Layer (retail or eShop, $39.99)
Bravely Second: End Layer Collector’s Edition (retail, $69.99)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (eShop, $7.99)
Excave III : Tower of Destiny (eShop, $7.99)
Langrisser Re:Incarnation -TENSEI- (retail or eShop, $39.99)
Super Metroid (eShop, $7.99)
Super Strike Beach Volleyball (eShop, $4.99)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (eShop, $7.99)

PS Vita
Axiom Verge (PlayStation Store, $19.99)

PC
A-Gents ($TBA)
Attack Heroes ($7.99)
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan ($16.99)
Code of Princess ($13.49)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair ($TBA)
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture ($19.99)
Final Fantasy IX ($16.79)
Grenade Madness ($TBA)
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart ($TBA)
I Want To Be Human ($TBA)
Lifeless ($TBA)
Man O’ War: Corsair ($TBA)
Massive ($4.99)
Melty Blood: Actress Again: Current Code ($TBA)
Metal Slug 2 ($6.99)
Phantasmal: Survival Horror Roguelike ($11.99)
Planetoid Pioneers ($TBA)
Rebirth of Island ($TBA)
Roll’d ($0.84)
Starlight Vega ($13.49)
The Banner Saga 2 ($17.99)
Tyto Ecology ($5.94)
Wobbly Jungle ($7.99)
Worst Case Z ($TBA)
XorceD – Sashiro’s Laedrum ($9.74)

Robert’s Pick: It’s stunning how many great games are coming to PC this week. During any given week, the release of The Banner Saga 2 or Melty Blood: Actress Again: Current Code would be noteworthy. But when they’re mixed in with Danganronpa 2, Final Fantasy IX, Hyperdevotion Noire, you know we’re living through PC gaming’s golden renaissance. While I’m compelled to play them all over again, it’s the freshness of Bravely Second: End Layer that has me really excited. Sure, Bravely Default wasn’t perfect, occasionally dipping into redundancy. But the sequel is poised to mend those issues. As long as players aren’t irked by registering for a Square Enix Members account and the occasional flippant pop reference, End Layer looking like it’s going to be locked in my cartridge slot for the next few months.

Bravely Second
Gonçalo’s Pick: We live in an age where hundreds of videogame classics are readily available for newer generations of gamers to experience and enjoy. Now granted, some re-releases are of a less than stellar than quality, and though I share a fondness for SNK’s run-and-gun series, Metal Slug, I find it difficult to be excited for Metal Slug 2 on Steam due to its current publisher being responsible for below average port and emulation jobs.

Instead, my pick of the week goes to what might be my favorite 16-bit game ever, Super Metroid, now being made available for 3DS owners. Ironically, I consider myself a Sega-kid at heart and will readily defend its blast processing machine against Nintendo’s mode-7 maker, but Super Metroid was a breakthrough title in its day and one which aged gracefully.

Super Metroid

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

17 comments

  1. I didn’t like Bravely Default at all. One of the least enjoyable rpgs of the past few years. The whole worlds things really ticked me off.

  2. A few weeks ago someone here asked whatever happened to the Brain Training games.

    Well, here you go…

  3. Everyone with a 3DS need to pick up Donkey Kong Country 2. Such a great game.

  4. Ok, someone on GAF made a thread saying the same thing. I remember a game with really good graphics (for the time) but just being an average to good platformer with really frustrating parts.

  5. I’m hoping there’s some sales on Danganronpa 2.

  6. Spongebob Nopants

    Just wanted to tell everyone they should probably skip Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is they’re looking for gameplay. It’s one of those walking sims (like Firewatch) where not a lot happens and the game tries to tell a story. Bored me to tears. Pretty though…

  7. Super Metroid is the only thing that I really need.

  8. Neptunia on PC sounds good to me!

  9. A Link to the Past was the first Zelda game I ever played.

  10. I’ll be picking up Code of Princess and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Glad to see Japanese games coming to PC.

  11. Noire has some amazing cleavage.

  12. Decent amount of 3DS games this week. That’s good to see.

  13. Just got in my Bravely Second CE today. Going to dig in.

  14. Carlos T. Jackal

    I like how Goncalo called out the Metal Slug 2 developers. Stay consumer oriented!