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Knights & Guns Is A Colourful Shooter Out On Switch Soon

Last year we told you about Knights & Guns, a rather fun-looking shoot ’em up that was targeting a release on Switch in early 2021. Obviously that didn’t quite happen, but it is now confirmed for a 10th September release with the game making its debut on Nintendo’s system.

It’s a shoot ’em up, or maybe better termed a ‘shoot up’, as you are constantly firing upwards at an assortment of enemies. As you can see in the trailer it’s all about colourful chaos, with a promise of 60fps performance and support for local multiplayer if you don’t want to tackle it alone.

Below is some enthusiastic PR blurb highlighting some key features, including a rather flexible approach to the campaign:

  • Traverse the map the quickest way or be a completionist. It’s up to you: will you finish the game in a few hours or will you try to find every secret, every armor, and every gun?
  • 60fps gameplay! Try the different modes! Hunt the monsters! Survive! Play on small, big and narrow maps!
  • Check out all the awesome suits of armor and, of course, all the GUNS! Lasers, shotguns, grenade launchers, sniper rifles… They are all here!

It looks pretty good to us; let us know if it’s going to earn a place on your eShop wishlist.

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This post originally posted here Nintendo Life | Latest News

Your Apple MacBook is about to look very dull, colourful new leak suggests

The MacBook Air that launched at the end of last year floored us …it had nothing to do with the design. The model that hit store shelves worldwide in the last few months of 2020 was the first to ship fitted with Apple’s custom-designed M1 processor. 

This system-on-a-chip made the MacBook Air anywhere between twice and three times as fast as the previous model, while simultaneously boosting the battery life. It was seriously impressive. Unsurprisingly, the same custom-designed M1 can now be found in the latest MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac. However, if there’s one area where the latest MacBook Air model fell down… it was the design.

While performance and battery life enjoyed a huge boost, the design was left unchanged.

That was a little underwhelming. However, it seems Apple has seen the error of its way. The Californian company is believed to be working on an all-new design for the slimmest laptop in its line-up.

YouTube superstar Jon Prosser, who hosts the show FrontPageTech and has a pretty reliable track record when it comes to leaks, has revealed an unofficial glimpse at what he claims is the upcoming redesign. The first thing you’ll notice about the images, which are high-resolution renders produced based on the information gathered by Prosser, are the colours.

Following in the footsteps of the recently-redesigned iMac, Apple will purportedly bring some colour to the MacBook Air line-up. In the images shared by Prosser, there are blue, peach, silver, purple, yellow, green and orange finishes available. As well as seven vibrant colours, the keyboard looks set to switch from black to white.

Just like the white borders found around the screen on the new-look iMac, Apple is purportedly looking to fit its brightly-coloured new laptops with a white keyboard. That’s sure to split opinion but should provide a very different appearance to the models already on shelves. If you’re worried that people won’t know that you’ve got the latest model, the glare from your bright-white keyboard should do the trick.

Next up, the images shared by Jon Prosser reveal that Apple plans to ditch the trademark wedge-like design. Instead of the tapered look, the base of the laptop will remain the same thickness throughout.

In order for the MacBook Air to remain the thinnest, that base will have to be pretty thin. As it stands, the thickest part of the wedge design of the MacBook Air (1.61cm / 0.63-inches) is chunkier than the MacBook Pro (1.56 cm / 0.61-inches) which remains the same thickness throughout.

Finally, the new MacBook Air could see a MagSafe-style charging port return to the laptop. For those who don’t remember, MagSafe was once a staple of Apple laptops, but can now only be found on competitors machines, like the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro range from Microsoft. As the name suggests, MagSafe used magnets to keep the charger connected to the laptop, this allowed the cable to be yanked away when from the laptop without pulling your shiny new £1,000 device onto the floor.

Given how easy it can be to trip over a charging cable in a crowded office or airport, this feature saved a dizzying number of Mac owners from heartbreak. However, Apple dropped the feature in favour of USB-C. Why? Well, USB-C is more versatile and can be used for charging, video output, audio output, data transfer and more.

It’s unclear whether the shiny new design will come with a new more powerful, more efficient chipset from Apple too. With the M1 fast approaching its first anniversary and a new iPhone with, presumably, a new processor under the bonnet coming in September… could we be about to see another speed boost from Apple?

Fingers crossed, we won’t have long to wait before we find out. Express.co.uk will have all of the latest rumours as soon as we hear something, so stay tuned.

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Colourful Action-Adventure Awaits In Trifox, Launching On Switch In 2022

Publisher Big Sugar and developer Glowfish Interactive have announced a brand new action-adventure game, Trifox, which will be launching on Switch and other platforms in 2022.

The game has players taking on the role of the titular Trifox, setting out on an adventure to track down mysterious looters who attacked his home and stole his TV remote. We’re guessing that TV remote’s pretty important to him, because we’d probably just give in, leave a disgruntled tweet and buy a new one. That wouldn’t make for an interesting game though, we suppose.

It’s been inspired by 3D platforming greats and makes use of “magic, might, and marvellous gadgets.” Here’s a feature list and some tasty screenshots:

– Three different classes: Wield a giant hammer as a Warrior! Master magic and mystery as a Mage! Use a backpack full of gadgets as an Engineer!
Mix-and-match styles: Customise your Trifox by combining different class-based abilities! Want to cast spells and fire a Gatling Gun? No problem!
30 abilities to unlock: Collect and spend coins to gain new skills, such as Spike Slam, Shield Bubble, Guided Missile, and many more!
Four worlds to beat: Fight hordes of enemies, traverse platforming pitfalls, overcome environmental puzzles, and battle big angry bosses!
A modern retro adventure: A new and fresh experience designed to evoke the spirit of classic 3D platformers!

Trifox is Glowfish Interactive’s debut title, but it’s already on the radar of gaming fans in the studio’s home country of Belgium, where it was nominated as ‘Most Anticipated Game’ at the Belgian Game Awards.

Is it on your radar too? Will you be keeping an eye out for more details on this one over the coming months? Tell us below.

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Mini Review: Magical Drop II – Fun And Colourful Puzzle Action

Magical Drop is Data East’s take on the competitive puzzle game, but with a major twist – instead of falling blocks, like Tetris or Puyo Puyo, you control little characters at the bottom of the screen that grab and toss coloured balloons that drop from the top of the screen. Grab, toss, and match three (or more) in a row vertically, and they’ll disappear, as well as popping any other adjacent balloons of the same colour.

The remaining balloons will fall upwards, potentially matching up more colours and creating a combo. This will cause more balloons to show up on your opponent’s screen, with the overall goal being to overwhelm them. If you’d rather not play competitively there are two single player modes – one just presents an enormous playing field and continues until balloons appear too quickly to deal with, while the other presents simple puzzles that you need to solve within a time limit.

Each of the characters are based on a tarot card, and while their sprites are tiny at the bottom of the screen, their playing field also has an enormous animated background portrait that celebrates when you’re doing well and cowers when you’re doing poorly. There’s a lot of personality in the characters here, and the game is infamous for the bouncy World and Empress characters.

Magical Drop II originated on the Neo Geo, and this Super Famicom port is a pretty solid conversion. Some of the animations are missing, but it still looks fantastic for a 16-bit console game. The arcade game also used a generic jester character to represent the player, while the SFC version uses the chosen character themselves. Other changes are fairly minor, like some extra characters being unlocked from the outset.

The arcade game also had a Puyo Puyo-style Story mode where super deformed versions of the characters faced off before each map, though they were strangely silent. Here, they actually exchange some brief dialogue. The other notable change is that the playing field has been reduced from seven balloons in width down to six, due to the lower resolution of the SNES. There are also a few more game types available in the versus mode.

Magical Drop II is pretty good, but it’s still not quite as attractive looking as the Neo Geo original, which is available via the Arcade Archives range on the Switch. Also available is Magical Drop III, generally agreed to be the best game in the series, which has a larger character roster, an expanded game board-style story mode, and other improvements. Most of these additions make this predecessor redundant… although having it on the Nintendo Switch Online service is convenient for those who enjoy (or want to try) Magical Drop without plunking down the cash for it. It’s still a solid title overall.

The SFC version of Magical Drop II was initially Japanese only, but this version is fully in English. The translation is different from the one featured on Retro-Bit’s Data East Classics Collection for the SNES released back in 2018, so it’s believed the version featured on the NSO was originally a prototype created to pitch for an English release, but was ultimately cancelled. It’s certainly cool to see this released, just from a preservation perspective.

With five new additions to Nintendo Switch Online’s catalogue of NES and SNES games arriving today, we decided to review these new/old releases to help you decide which to play first. Enjoy!

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews