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Month: December 2020

TouchArcade Presents the Best Mobile Games of 2020

Here it is, folks. We finally get to say goodbye to the year that was 2020! This has obviously been an unprecedented year for most of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but if you were to try and pull some sort of silver lining out of everything you could say that being forced to spend so much time at home this year has also given many people more time to spend playing video games. And despite being a pandemic-stricken year, 2020 has had an unbelievable amount of great game releases on mobile. It seems like every year when we do this post we’re saying “Wow! I can’t believe how many great games released this year!” and 2020 has been no different. Before we get into that though, I need to talk about the health and status of TouchArcade. As many long-time readers are aware of already, our financial situation hasn’t been the greatest for the past several years. A lot of factors have contributed to this, such as traditional online advertising tanking and Apple killing their affiliate program a few years back, but the bottom line is that a straightforward blog-style gaming website like ours just isn’t really in fashion anymore. There just aren’t all that many people anymore who are looking to read news and reviews about mobile games, and instead look to YouTubers, social media, or...

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The Top 10 Nintendo Switch Games of 2020 – SwitchArcade Special

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to a very special edition of the SwitchArcade. It’s that time of the year again, and while it’s a bit of a photo finish for you, we’ve prepared our list of the ten best Nintendo Switch releases of 2020. Actually, when I say ‘we’, I mean ‘I’. These are just my personal picks and if you have different games on your list, I would say that is a very understandable thing. Ultimately, lists like these are a way to share our good experiences with others, helping our fellow gamers to find cool new games to play. As such, if you have some games you want to boost I strongly encourage you to post them in the comments. I know I would love reading them. With that said, let’s dig into the meat! 10. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity ($59.99) Depending on where your hopes were sitting, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was either a big disappointment or pretty awesome. I fell more on the latter end of things, as I’ve been around the block enough times with Warriors games to know not to expect too much from the story. Taken for what it is, this is a huge game full of exciting battles in familiar environments, one that adds some intriguing twists drawn from Breath of the Wild to the Warriors formula. While I...

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The Best of 2020 Genre Awards – SwitchArcade Special

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to a special edition of the SwitchArcade. As part of our Best of 2020 coverage, I’ve decided to revisit last year’s Genre Awards with a new angle. Last time, I was at the mercy of Nintendo’s own categorization system. It produced some very strange results. This year, I’m just picking an assortment of popular genres and stating my favorite games in each of them. Let’s dive into those genres! Best Platformer Game Horace ($14.99) This is a special game from many different angles. It tells an interesting story, it has a gorgeous presentation, and it’s a robust and challenging platformer on top of that. Horace caught me completely off-guard, and as soon as I finished it I simply had to go and tell as many people as I could about it. Give it a shot if you haven’t already. It’s not to be missed. Runner-Up: Pumpkin Jack ($29.99) Best Role-Playing Game Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition ($59.99) It’s Reyn time, again! This is the third release of Xenoblade Chronicles and I don’t blame anyone for being a little burnt out on it by now. At the same time, this is the game at its absolute finest, with improved graphics and interesting new content. The Switch saw a lot of excellent new RPGs release this year, so it really says something about the quality of Xenoblade...

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The Best Nintendo Switch Ports of 2020 – SwitchArcade Special

The Nintendo Switch lets you play a game at home on TV and then just pick up your system and carry your game with you seamlessly. It is a huge selling point for the platform in general and has let many developers and publishers find a lot of success bringing older and newer games to the system over time. In many cases, games that would’ve never been on a portable have been faithfully brought over like with The Witcher 3 in 2019. 2020 has seen loads of great conversions to the Switch but here are the top 10 Switch ports of 2020 in no particular order. Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition (Capcom) Capcom’s Devil May Cry and Resident Evil releases on Nintendo Switch are almost all more expensive than other platforms and not as good technically despite the games themselves being from older consoles. Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition is the exception here because not only is it a great version of Devil May Cry 3 on a technical level, but the Switch port has some exclusive features. Style and weapon switching lets you change Dante’s playstyle on the fly as opposed to between levels which is a massively great feature. I can’t believe Capcom didn’t implement this into other platforms. The Switch version of Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition also has a local co-op mode....

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