Acclaim’s Turok: The Dinosaur Hunter was an N64 pioneer. Not only was it the first major third-party release for the system in the west, launching just a few days after the system itself in the UK, but it also proved that the N64 was ideal for first-person shooters; a genre not associated with consoles at the time. It also saved Acclaim’s skin, helping to fill their coffers with cash during a troubled time.
Current rights holders Nightdrive Studios gave both Turok and Turok 2 digital re-releases on Steam and Xbox One late last year. Now it’s the Switch’s turn, receiving the original Turok this week. Thanks to new HD visuals and a wealth of options, it apparently holds up rather well. “Turok influenced a lot of first-person shooters that came after it, and it’s still very enjoyable in 2018—thanks in large part to Night Dive’s boatload of options,” said Nintendo World Report before handing out an 8/10.
Nintendo Life opted for a solid 7, meanwhile. “It’s arguably more interesting as a piece of history than it is an FPS shooter in 2019, but Turok is still worth a look if you’re a fan of the genre.”
You may want to hold out for its vastly improved sequel – we have a feeling it isn’t too far away. We can also expect Shadowman and Forksaken at some point, it seems.
As for stuff shiny and new, there’s the Dynasty Warriors alike Fate/EXTELLA LINK, the sequel to 2017’s Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star. Scores are a mixture of 8s and 7s and so far. “If you’ve never much been a fan of mindless hack ‘n’ slash games, we’d say this is a great way to test whether this genre is for you, and if you consider yourself to be a Musou nut, this is one of the best distillations of the concept we’ve yet seen” said Nintendo Life.
“It takes the ideas of the original and executes them all even better than before,” formed part of The Sixth Axis’ conclusion, meanwhile.
EA is back with a new Switch release as well – Unravel Two, which received a surprise Xbox One/PS4 release during last year’s E3. The general consensus at the time was that it’s a decent sequel, albeit one lacking the spark of the original. It should suit the Switch rather well due to its focus on co-op puzzle solving and its simple control scheme.
Bargain Hunter sounds like of this week’s more innovative offerings – it entails rummaging around yard sales and thrift stores looking for antiques, which are then sent off for auction. It’s possible to head to the beach for a spot of metal detecting, too. Consider us intrigued.
System 3’s Impossible Mission and James Pond Codename: RoboCod re-releases have also showed up, priced £9.99 a pop. Impossible Mission includes the C64 version and a new re-skinned iteration. It’s hard for us to tell which version Robocod is based on. We’re hoping it’s the Amiga original, but it looks like it might be the PSone rejig.
If that wasn’t enough, this week’s Nintendo Direct dished up two surprises- side-scrolling/top-down hybrid action-adventure Blaster Master Zero 2 and Vlambeer’s top-down roguelike shooter Nuclear Throne.
Here’s the full list of new releases and demos, along with a single new title for 3DS.