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The Legend of Dark Witch Review

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Release Date: October 16, 2014 | Price: $3.99
Genre: Action/Platformer | Platform: Wii U eShop
Publisher: Circle Entertainment Developer: Inside System/Flyhigh Works Games

I really enjoyed the last game Circle Entertainment published – Demon King Box for the curious – so I jumped at the chance to review their latest. That game is The Legend of Dark Witch, a game I discovered just last week. The Legend of Dark Witch is a 2d sidescroller that mixes elements from Mega Man with elements from Gradius. Lots of developers choose to emulate the Mega Man style, but not a lot then mix that with the power-up system of Gradius.

the-legend-of-dark-witch-ss1The Legend of Dark Witch is a story about a witch named Zizou Olympia and her quest to recover the stolen Syega crystals. Syega crystals are a mysterious source of power that to unlock their full potential. Zizou, a god responsible for restoring magic, appears and begins to fight through the country to question its residents on whom has stolen all the Syega. As you play through the game, you’ll uncover more bits of the story, though after the short opening cut scene, you can get right to the action.

There are three difficulty modes to choose between: easy, normal, and lunatic. My initial reaction was to play through the normal mode, though I soon discovered that to be a more difficult task than I expected. The Legend of Dark Witch isn’t too difficult during the game’s levels, though its boss fights are extremely difficult. So, to get used to the game, I decided to first play it on the easy difficulty mode. This made The Legend of Dark Witch a much less frustrating experience, and in fact, it became one of the more enjoyable experiences of 2014. Though, the game is definitely worthy of a second play on a higher difficulty, should you want to overcome its difficult nature.

Like Mega Man, you get to choose the level you want to tackle. At the end of each level, a boss waits while you fight through a variety of enemies and platforming challenges. Beating that boss will net you a new power-up, which can then be used at any time by Zizou. This would make the game nearly identical to Mega Man, but its Gradius influence is large enough to make it a different experience.

The Gradius influence is felt in the game’s install system. As you defeat enemies, TRES will be dropped and can be used to power-up Zizou. Like Gradius, when a certain amount is collected, you can activate a power-up, or collect more to activate a different power-up. You’ll be upgrading Zizou’s speed, attack, type of attack, etc., when using this install system. Installations can be set to automatic, semi-automatic, or manual, which is the closest to Gradius. You will lose TRES – the amount depends on the difficulty – if you get hit by the enemy, so being cautious becomes a necessary element of the game. After beating a level, you will retain some TRES which can then be used to buy permanent power-ups in the game’s shop. These include powering up your weapons and increasing Zizou’s health.

the-legend-of-dark-witch-ss2Zizou uses a projectile attack called the liner shot that can be power-up multiple times. Also, you can just hold down the button to attack, which is a nice touch. Despite being able to use boss weapons, the basic attack is all you really need to beat the game. In fact, the boss weapons are very disappointing with their only use being to defeat other bosses with less hassle.

The levels of The Legend of Dark Witch are linear, though the action is constant, which makes the game a lot of fun. What I particularly enjoyed about the game’s levels are their themes. You get cliche platforming themes like forest and beach, though there are unique ones like Twilight Prison and Chelsea School Dormitory.

The graphics of The Legend of Dark Witch are gorgeous. While there is no stereoscopic 3d – which seems to be the norm with a Circle Entertainment game – the game’s 2D sprites and animation are fantastic. Rounding The Legend of Dark Witch out is a fantastic soundtrack that is full of the energy needed to power through this game.

Final Thoughts:

The Legend of Dark Witch is a fantastic action sidescroller that combines reliable elements from other video games. In particular, borrowing the power-up system from Gradius makes The Legend of Dark Witch an intriguing title that fans of sidescrollers will want to see for themselves. While the game can be frustrating on the game’s normal mode, the power-up system will help you battle through the struggle. The game will take a little over an hour to complete during your first time through, though an unlockable character – with a different set of power-ups – and a ton of additional content give the game a lot of replay value.

8.5/10 – Great

Review copy provided by Circle Entertainment

The Legend of Dark Witch Coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop on Thursday

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The Legend of Dark Witch is a 2d, action, platformer where you play as a dark witch named Zizou. The Legend of Dark Witch has similarities to Mega Man in that you can steal and use boss powers after defeating them. The ability to steal boss powers will undoubtedly be useful in your journey to collect the missing Syega Crystals. Also, you will be able to collect “Tres” that can be used to upgrade your abilities. In fact, it seems that this power-up system has been influenced by the classic shooter, Gradius.

The game promises to offer diverse, challenging levels, three difficulty modes, and additional bonuses for those that replay the game.

The Legend of Dark Witch will be released in North America on Thursday, October 16 for $3.99.

New Club Nintendo Reward – Featured Game Rewards for October 2014

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October 2014 brings us new featured game rewards over at Club Nintendo. Despite being October, Nintendo isn’t offering many horror-themed titles, though there are a few here that may be worthy of your coins.

My recommendations for this month are Kirby’s Dream Course and Donkey Kong.

Nintendo Download for October 10, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Sells Millions of Units Worldwide

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Since its release in Japan on September 13, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has sold over 2.8 million units worldwide. One has to wonder if Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can reach these numbers in a similar time-frame.

Source: Nintendo PR e-mail

Nintendo 3DS System Update: Version 9.0.0-20U Now Available – Home Menu Themes!

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Nintendo released an update for the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds last night. This new update brings HOME menu themes to the handheld. The update gives gamers some basic color themes, though more can be purchased from the new Theme Shop. Most of those themes include custom wallpapers, icons, and sounds. These themes start at $0.99 for the more basic themes, and $1.99 for the character-based themes.

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Nintendo Download for October 2, 2014

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Wii U eShop

99Seconds – $2.49

Red Riding Hood – $1.00

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – $34.99 ($44.99 in Canada)

Tenkai Knights Brave Battle – $29.99

Color Zen (Demo) – Free

Virtual Console

Castlevania Dracula X (SNES on Wii U) – $7.99

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Press Release: Join the Battle Any time, Anywhere in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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JOIN THE BATTLE ANY TIME, ANYWHERE IN SUPER SMASH BROS. FOR NINTENDO 3DS

For the First Time, the Super Smash Bros. Series Hits a Portable System

 

VANCOUVER, B.C., October 2, 2014 – With a staggering number of new modes, collectibles, characters and moves, the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS game brings a massive new entry in the beloved Super Smash Bros. series to the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. On October 3, players will get to experience the epic battles, glorious multiplayer and vast secrets the Super Smash Bros. series is known for … all in the palms of their hands.

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Alternate Music and Stage Design

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You can choose alternate music by holding down the R button – you’ll see a brown drop shadow appear around the stage photo – as you’re picking the stage. Now you’ll be able to listen to that stage’s alternate music track during battle. Also, for the Boxing Ring stage, you can choose the Smash Bros. design by holding down L, and the Punch Out design by holding down Y.

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Nintendo Download for September 25, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Mii Hats to Rival Team Fortress 2

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Do you like to wear digital hats in your favourite video games? Well, you’re in luck because Super Smash Bros. is introducing hats for Mii characters. Move over Team Fortress 2, there’s a new hat distributor in town.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS – PictoChat 2 Stage Details

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PictoChat will be represented in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and brings new features. The first new feature is the Pac-Man drawings you see above. Sakurai goes on to mention that this portion of PictoChat 2 is also a throwback to the Pac-Pix game that was released on the Nintendo DS.

super-smash-bros-3ds-picto-chat-2-depthThe next portion you see is built to showcase a depth illusion, which will undoubtedly look fantastic with stereoscopic 3D switched on.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Spoiler Alert: The Swarm

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Today’s pic of the day update reveals something that you likely wouldn’t discover until you’ve played Super Smash Bros. for 3DS yourself, so read on knowing that you may spoil the surprise.

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