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SteamWorld Dig Lands on Switch

For those who don’t listen to our video game podcast, Gamer Heroes, you might not know that I’m a big fan of Image & Form (now part of Thunderful) and their SteamWorld series of games. If SteamWorld Dig Rustyyou’re not familiar with the series, the SteamWorld games follow steam-powered robots in two different game styles. SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 are both digging platformers while SteamWorld Heist is a turned-based RPG platformer. I’ve spent a lot of time playing these three games and you can find my reviews of them here:

This article is going to focus on the newly released Nintendo Switch version of the original SteamWorld Dig game. It’s priced at $9.99 USD and is available on the Nintendo eShop now.SteamWorld Dig Rusty

Overall, they’ve done a nice job bringing the game to Nintendo Switch. Back when I first played, it was on the 3DS and while it’s still one of my favorite handheld games, the graphics were certainly not HD given the restrictions of the DS hardware line. The game, also being available on Steam, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U means that it’s been available in an HD format on other platforms for a while now. In fact, the Nintendo Switch version of the game is the first release of SteamWorld Dig since the 2015 release on Xbox One.SteamWorld Dig Dorothy

Now, I’ve only ever played on 3Ds and Steam. So if you’ve played on Playstation or Xbox and had a totally different experience, please let me know but also keep in mind that I wasn’t exposed to those platforms for this title.

SteamWorld Dig DorothyThe game looks good. Visually, the graphics are nice and hold up well on my HD TV as well as in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch. Of course, SteamWorld Dig 2 just looks a lot better. While the basic visual style is similar, SteamWorld Dig 2 has a lot more going on with more background animations and minor movements. I think the biggest change for me is the single screen experience. On 3DS, the mini-map, inventory, and some other features display on the bottom touch screen and are easily accessible by clicking on them. The Switch, only having a single screen, handles this by providing the mini-map in the upper right of the game play screen and the inventory on the bottom. Clearly, this works better than it would have on 3DS due to the significantly higher resolution but I truly loved the dual-screen experience on the 3DS. Steam provided a secondary window for the mini-map, which I found a bit clunky, so I would at least rate the Switch version higher in that regard. One cool feature is that the options menu provides a slider for increasing or decreasing the size of the mini-map. I just made it as large as can be, since I primarily play in TV mode.

The game play is solid and smooth for the most part. I do find that the game is a little slower in response when compared to the more recently released SteamWorld Dig 2. So if you are going back to play this one, that felt pretty noticeable. If SteamWorld Dig on Switch would be your introduction to the franchise, then I doubt you’ll notice.SteamWorld Dig Digging View

At the end of the day, I think this is a solid version of the game but I don’t think I can call it the definitive version or anything like that. Where you play the game will likely depend on your personal preference. I think the 3DS version still has a lot to offer but if you’re like me and seem to be playing your DS less and less thanks to the Switch, I’d snag this new release of the game and once you finish, you can move on to SteamWorld Heist, since it’s also available on Switch now.

SteamWorld Dig is a personal favorite of mine and it’s definitely an Indie game worth checking out. If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on gaming, please check out Gamer Heroes. We have new episodes on Tuesdays and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Blog Talk Radio, Google Play, and Spreaker!

‘Till next time… keep on diggin’.

SteamWorld Dig Lands on Switch

GH47: Nintendo Labo & Mario Cartoons

We were finally able to get our hands on a box of the Super Mario Cereal, so it was the perfect time to team-up with the Saturday Morning Tooncast! First, we talk about the Nintendo Labo announcement and what it could mean for the Nintendo Switch. Then, we switch formats with our guest Jeremy to watch the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! cartoon from 1989! We also check out the Super Mario Cereal, including the precious prize Amiibo. It was a fun episode, so we hope you enjoy!

08:00 – Nintendo Labo

21:55 – Super Mario Bros. Super Show Episode 46 “Plumber Academy”

42:40 – Super Mario Bros. Super Show Episode 48 “Flatbush Koopa”

63:00 – Super Mario Cereal

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GH47: Nintendo Labo & Mario Cartoons

GH45: 2018 Predictions & 2017 Grade

We kick of 2018 with a look back at our 2017 Predictions. We’ll go over our guesses for 2017 and see what we got right and what we clearly got wrong. Then it’s on to some news for the week followed up by our brand new 2018 video game industry predictions! We’d love to hear your predictions too! Hit us up @HeroesPodcasts on Twitter or Facebook to let us know your video game 2018 predictions.

01:30 – 2017 Prediction Grading

21:45 – News: Vive Pro, Mutant Football League, Mario Kart Wii, Super Meat Boy

40:50 – 2018 Predictions

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GH44: Bungie, Overwatch, and Nintendo Switch

Bungie responds to Destiny 2 controversy, Overwatch adds a new currency for eSports, Bayonetta for Switch details, thoughts on the second Ready Player One trailer, plus a look back at 2017 in gaming! Don’t miss our final episode of the year! But don’t fret, we’ll be back in January for another year of gaming talk.

01:40 – Bungie & Destiny 2

12:55 – Bayonetta 1 and 2 Switch Details, Plus Street Fighter

17:50 – Overwatch League Skins and Season 1 Preview

27:00 – PayDay and GTFO

33:00 – Ready Player One Trailer 2

46:00 – 2017: A Look Back

 

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GH44: Bungie, Overwatch, and Nintendo Switch

GH43: Bayonetta, Street Fighter, and Game Awards

We recap some of the Game Awards including what we do and don’t like about the concept. Then we talk tons of news including a bunch of video game announcements from Street Fighter to Bayonetta, Outlast, and more! And yes, we gripe a bit about Destiny 2’s new level capping system.

01:40 – Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

06:00 – SoulCalibur VI

11:50 – Bayonetta 3, 2, 1

16:00 – Outlast on Switch

21:40 – The Game Awards

29:00 – Detective Pikachu Cast

31:30 – Destiny 2’s Content Lock

41:40 – Currently Play: Doom, Stick it to the Man, Resident Evil Revelations

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GH43: Bayonetta, Street Fighter, and Game Awards

SH S4E21: Screen Heroes Awards

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Screen Heroes Awards! We sent out 30 categories across movies, TV, and video games! Then we had you, the listener vote. Now, we’ll see who won each category and which voting viewers will take home a prize in our contest!

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GH42: Stick it to the Man and Black Friday

Sony wins big during Black Friday, Microsoft wins with PUBG, Nintendo wins with Switch, everyone loses with Marvel Heroes Omega, plus initial reactions for Stick it to the Man on Nintendo Switch from Zoink Games and Ripstone.

01:10 – Nintendo Switch Eyeing the Wii

08:30 – Sony Dominates Black Friday

18:50 – Big Announcements

21:30 – Marvel Heroes Omega Problems with Microsoft and Sony

28:10 – PUBG’s PS4 Release… or is it?

33:45 – Stick It To The Man first impressions

42:30 – What We’re Playing, and Show Details

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GH42: Stick it to the Man and Black Friday

GH40: KCCC 2017 Panel

Catch our KCCC (Kansas City Comic Con) 2017 live panel! We talk with the audience about guilty pleasure video games including some classics from the N64 era, DOS PC gaming, and maybe a few arcade additions!

This episode was recorded live in front of a panel audience, so audio quality might not be as good as usually but we hope you enjoy the conversation! Next week we’ll be back with thoughts on Doom for Nintendo Switch and Narcosis on Xbox One!

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GH40: KCCC 2017 Panel

GH39 – BlizzCon 2017 Recap

BlizzCon 2017 has happened and it brought news for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II! We discuss the biggest announcements for the Blizzard games but first, news! Assassin’s Creeds gets something historically right, details on Resident Evil coming to Switch, plus a new Chess game that is worth a look.

00:50 – Assassin’s Creed: Literal History

03:10 – Resident Evil on Switch

06:05 – Ripstone’s Chess Ultra

10:20 – BlizzCon Recap: Overwatch, Hearthstone, WoW, HOTS, and more!

54:50 – Kansas City Comic Con & Show Details

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GH39 – BlizzCon 2017 Recap

GH38 – Super Mario Odyssey First Impressions

Super Mario Odyssey has hit the shelves, The Last of Us: Part 2 gets a trailer of sorts, Rocket League gets a Switch release date, and Nintendo accidentally enables a classic console’s controllers.

01:00 – GameStop’s Power Play Rentals

12:45 – The Last of Us: Part 2 Trailer

23:10 – Rocket League Switch Release Details

27:30 – Nintendo’s Classic Controller Accident

37:25 – Super Mario Odyssey First Impressions

56:45 – Upcoming Conventions & Show Details

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GH38 – Super Mario Odyssey First Impressions

GH36 – Star Wars Battlefront II Beta

The Force is with us as we break down the recent Star Wars Battlefront II Beta that closes out this week. We also talk about some Overwatch League in-game items and the new Stranger Things mobile game!

01:40 – Stranger Things Game

06:35 – Overwatch League in-game Items

12:45 – Star Wars Battlefront II Beta

40:40 – Game Contest & Show Details

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GH36 – Star Wars Battlefront II Beta

GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

Nintendo Direct brings tons of new games to Nintendo Switch including Doom, Wolfenstein, and more! We talk the return of L.A. Noire, the controversy around South Park: The Fractured But Whole, plus tons of Nintendo 3DS and Switch news including Pokemon Ultra stuff, Skyrim details, new demos, and the rest of the 2017 lineup! We also talk about an upcoming contest for Kansas City Comic Con tickets, our special Patreon video series, and a new video game tournament. So kick back, relax, and game on!

01:25 – L.A. Noire Returns + Switch

07:10 – 3DS Nintendo Direct News: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Kirby: Battle Royale, Minecraft 3DS, Mario Party: The Top 100, Metroid: Samus Returns, and more!

17:30 – South Park: The Fractured but Whole, plus some random MMO talk

28:20 – Switch Nintendo Direct News: Arena of Valor MOBA, Skyrim Zelda content, Doom and Wolfenstein II, Breath of the Wild Amiibo, Project Octopath Traveler, Super Mario Odyssey details, and more!

44:25 – Tons of 2017 Games Still Left, plus our new video series, KCCC ticket contest, and upcoming game tournament!

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GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch