After Death: Alpha and Omega, Inexistence: Rebirth, Xecute, Bad Run, Primordial, Echo's Esker, Chronicles of Teddy, and Symphony of the Night covered in today's News Post.
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The Metroidvania Review is keeping its ear to the floor for any Metroidvania related news, and on a weekly basis we gather it up and share it with you. This will primarily be links to other sites, and you may have already heard the news throughout the week, but in case you missed something we hope to provide a good summary for what’s out there.

If you hear any interesting Metroidvania news – New Games, Major Updates to Existing Games, interviews with Metroidvania developers, or anything else of merit – share it with us and we will share it here on this weekly post with credit given to the finder (Please provide a link to your social media so we can send them back your way.) Even if you find something we already knew about, we’ll still give you credit.

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Active Kickstarter Page added to site

A couple of weeks ago a great user on Steam suggested that we keep an Active Kickstarter page on the site for Metroidvania games, and we thought it was an excellent idea. This page contains games you can contribute to right now. Anything that has expired or has been funded falls more into the “upcoming games” category, which we’re working on another way to organize. We will be updating this page immediately when we find out about new Kickstarters (before we actually announce them in this weekly news post), and we will be checking weekly for anything that has passed its funding date.

You can access the page at any time by clicking the “+” icon next to the News on the sidebar.

Or you can just click here and bookmark the page.

And of course, we can’t have a Metroidvania kickstarter up there unless we know about it, so please contact us if you discover one and would like us to add it for everyone else to see.


Comparing versions of Castlevania Symphony of the Night

A fairly comprehensive comparisons of all versions of Symphony of the Night was written by NO4 over on our Discord. It even covers the Tiger LCD handheld version of the game. It’s written in Russian, but has some great images for anyone that doesn’t speak the language. You can also run it through the google translator, although unfortunately besides not being the best translation it also seems to blur out the pictures. It’s a decent enough work-around though if you keep them in two tabs to flip back and forth between.

Original Russian Article
Alternative Link (in Russian)
Google Translated Site


Chronicles of Teddy gets a port to the Nintendo Switch as Finding Teddy 2: Definitive Edition

Chronicles of Teddy was one of our favorite gems that we played this past year, and it just got a Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch. To be slightly confusing they also rebranded it back to Finding Teddy 2, which was its original title when it released years ago. I’ll happily admit that this isn’t a game for everyone, but it’s very special to me, and I think if you’re a fan of Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and like unusual puzzle systems, it may be a treat for you as well.

Based on PixelHeart’s response in the comments of the above trailer, the “Definitive Edition” includes the following changes:
– Balancing the difficulty of the game
– Significant increase in the range of heroin attacks
– Addition of a teleportation stone in each city of the game to facilitate exploration
– Increased invincibility time when taking damage
– Corrections on the LD to make certain passages less frustrating for the player.
– Light fixes on the AI ​​of certain enemies and bosses (always to make the game less frustrating in certain passages)


New Game Updates

After Death: Alpha and Omega
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After Death is getting an art upgrade along with new secret areas and a higher difficulty setting. We were already fans of the original release, so more After Death is something to get excited for.

Inexistence: Rebirth
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Inexistence is getting a bit of an overhaul this summer, although at this point we don’t know much of the details except that it’s happening. Not having played the original game and only going based off the trailer it looks like we can expect some Igavania style exploration and action, which is something that’s always welcome here.


New Releases

Bad Run
Spin-off of Bad Pad, Bad Run is a variety game using Bad Pad’s universe of characters. If you’re interested in both games, Headbang Games has also provided a 20% off bundle so you can enjoy them with a discount. We will be reviewing this one in the next month.

Xecute
Blue Rain’s Metroidvania platformer released on Monday. There isn’t a ton of information to go on with the store page, but “Platforming Focus” suggests there may not be a lot of combat, which has been done well in the past.


New Steam Pages

Primordial
Inspired by Metroid and Mega Man. Play as a humble slime born from a primordial pool, tasked with surviving a harsh world by absorbing powers from the enemies it defeats.

Echo’s Esker
Echo’s Esker is a 3rd Person Action Adventure game about exploring a catacomb with a spirit hound that you can command to solve puzzles, fetch items for you, and help you in combat.


Stay Tuned for More

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for more news from around the web.