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NEWSLETTER: NINTENDO UPS ITS GAME, TWICE OVER

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I sincerely doubt employees who fear being laid-off, will be able to develop software titles that could impress people around the world” – Storu Iwata (President and CEO of Nintendo)

NINTENDO SWITCH NOW COMPATIBLE WITH LATEST UNREAL GAME ENGINE

THE STORY

Nintendo’s hottest handheld console is more powerful than ever with Unreal Engine 4  compatibility.

WHAT IS UNREAL ENGINE 4?

The name refers to the latest build of Unreal game engine (a software framework for video games) developed by Epic games. First version appeared in 1998 with its namesake game title ‘Unreal’. Although the game was a typical first-person-shooter, the engine become highly popular with several other game genres due to its high portability. The current version is titled Unreal Engine 4 or UE 4.

WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE TO SWITCH OWNERS?

Being the latest and most advanced video game engine, UE 4 offers tons of graphical improvements and compatibility for high-definition gaming titles. This would also results in superb graphics with highly realistic environments in full-glory making Nintendo Switch the most powerful handheld console till date.

This would also mean that Nintendo Switch would also see ports for several PC titles that employ Unreal Engine 4. Nintendo’s creative director Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto said “Third-party developers who are making software for PC can now easily adapt that software to work on our platform. In the current development environment, I?d say that it would take less than a year for them to port a PC game to Nintendo Switch.”

WHAT ABOUT VR?

The best part about this new addition to Nintendo Switch’s capabilities is the seamless support for VR. This means fans and interested buyers can also expect to see new VR peripherals for the Switch. If they do it correctly while implementing the fantastic Joy-Cons, fans might be able to see one of the best VR library for Switch.


ULTRA STREET FIGHTER 2 LAUNCHES TOMORROW

THE STORY

Nintendo switch showers owners with nostalgia by releasing an updated port of classic Street Fighter II Turbo.

WHAT IS NEW WITH THIS VERSION?

Although this could be considered as a Switch port of the 1991 game Street Fighter II Turbo, this is far from being just another port. It adds several new elements to the original game including the ability to play with more ‘modern’ looking graphics and sprites. However players can also play it the old-school way by simply switching the graphics mode to ‘Classic’. The newer graphical style is however played in 16:9 aspect ratio while the ‘Classic’ mode retains a 4:3 aspect ratio.

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS

The game’s character roster includes 19 fighters that include 2 brand new characters. The new characters are boss versions of series mainstays Ryu and Ken, named Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Also, boss character Akuma is no longer hidden and can be selected normally from the character select screen.

NEW GAME MODES

Ultra Street Fighter II supports multiplayer and single player modes and a fun looking ‘Buddy’ mode where two players can gang up vs CPU controlled opponent. The most interesting addition is a first-person mode called ‘Way of the Hado’ that utilizes Joy-Con controllers to use attacks such as Hadouken, Shoryuken and others to defeat a barrage of Shadaloo soldiers. This also includes a practice mode and and a ‘Survival’ mode where players must defeat enemies till their health lasts.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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