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Pass or Play: Nin2 Jump & Outland

This week Cave's five dollar platformer came out on XBLA. Nin Nin Jump is an interesting release from the shooter heavy developer. Most of Cave's releases are non-purchases for me due to the limited playability of the genre. But seeing as this is a platformer, I'll buy this one. It's five dollars people. Brad and I got in a discussion the other day about how it was originally thought that Cave was able to make a business plan work with only selling 10,000 copies on XBLA. It was later revealed by a Cave employee during an interview that if they knew beforehand that a title would only sell 10,000 copies, they would cancel it. This made the conversation awkward and made us a little fearful for Cave's future. Here's the trailer for Nin Nin Jump, expect me to play it on the feed next week.

The other big release this week is Outland. Brad had good things to say about the title after PAX last year and it's similarities to Ikaruga. Again it's a platformer so there's not really many reasons for me not to get it. There's also Co-Op so I'm definitely game. Check out the trailer.

Both games got some pretty unique visuals. Hopefully they'll be able to live up to my 2-D expectations.
David

Comments

  • Skrams 8 years, 7 months ago

    Nin2 Jumps profits are going to Red Cross or Japan or something so thats neat. And they expect 10k copies at the least to be sold? I don't understand how hard it is to make a bullethell at all. Requires few sprites and little to no story. And since people love Cave they could just pump them out and people would keep buying them.

    Outland looks pretty good besides the dull combat but people have said it gets better. Metroidvania, coop, and ikaruga'ing platformer. Sounds pretty good.

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  • xSciFiCHiCKx 8 years, 7 months ago

    I bought Outland earlier and it is without a doubt a gorgeous game, im not too far in but i can say that once you gain the power to control both blue and red the combat becomes a bit more tricky and very interesting. Loving that its also like a Metroidvania with its secrets and new areas in old levels that become available upon finding a new power.

    I also forgot that its Co-Op! i may need a partner soon if anyones up for it

    Definitely suggest picking this one up

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  • acicon 8 years, 7 months ago

    Both games look very stylish but Nin2-Jump looks like it can give you seizures with all that stuff popping on screen.

    outland looks like it has some polarity thing goin on, maybe you should try that one out first

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  • Twistamafoo 8 years, 7 months ago

    Outland. For being a $10, it's a steal. I also fear that not enough people will be buying it because of the lack of... well, word-of-mouth, I guess. Housemarque is a great developer. There's no way you won't at least LIKE this game. It apparently gets a bit challenging towards the end, though. But the bosses in the game have been described as Shadow of the Colossus-esque, in size and spectacle.

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  • Comradebearjew 8 years, 7 months ago

    Outland looks crazy cool.

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  • ArcHeRHooD 8 years, 7 months ago

    I tried the Outland trial and though the game had OK combats, then it got into the part where you could switch your colors and saw how maybe in the full game, this element could become a very cool mechanic. Though Nin2 doesn't really grab my attention. May just be me though, I dunno.

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  • Zocano 8 years, 7 months ago

    Although I will be passing on these 2 games for now, I do plan on picking up at least Outland in the future. Nin2-Jump just doesn't grab me as much as Outland. Outland, to me, brings more to the table with its 'polarizing' mechanic and the Metroidvania-esque world design. This is in contrast with, the very level-based and score-based game, Nin2-Jump and, even with the trailer, it seems like there can be almost too much going on the screen. A demo of the game might change my mind, but for now Outland is the victor (for me).

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  • Nick Henderson 8 years, 7 months ago

    I'll be picking up Outland for sure. Looking forward to talking to you about Nin Nin Jump though.

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  • Reika44 8 years, 7 months ago

    I'm not into platformers, but nin nin jump looks cool. I was pleasantly surprised with the shadow puppet theme

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  • Mr.Noodle 8 years, 7 months ago

    I might pick up Nin2 Jump

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