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[Nintendo Switch] Echo Generation: Midnight Edition Review

[Nintendo Switch] Echo Generation: Midnight Edition Review
EdEN
  • On June 19, 2024

Echo Generation: Midnight Edition from Cococucumber is a charming turn-based adventure on Nintendo Switch set in the 1990s. Learn more in our Echo Generation: Midnight Edition review!

 

Echo Generation: Midnight Edition from Cococucumber is a charming turn-based adventure on Nintendo Switch set in the 1990s. Once you boot up this game and get started, you’ll lead a group of kids from Maple Toen who will work on taking on spooky mysteries with a supernatural twist. This one is part of the studio’s Voxrl Trilogy, which also includes the action adventure Riverbond, which I got a chance to review back in 2019 on PlayStation 4.

The first step in this totally radical adventure will be to choose the look of your main character. After that’s been taken care of, you’ll need to give your character a name. Your journey will begin in your room, where you’ll be able to collect some money, grab yourself a comic book – more on these in a bit – as well as check your computer. Your computer will allow you to check your emails thanks to Mail Monster, as well as review the Alien Skin Eaters script that is sitting there on the desktop menu. And yes, that script certainly has some proper dialogue for you to check out for the scene presented on your screen! Once you find a tape or two, you’ll be able to listen to them on your tape player.

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Once you’re done with the game’s intro sequence, you’ll be moving through each area by using the left analog stick as you use the right analog stick to control the camera as needed. To zoom in and out, just press the ZL and ZR buttons, respectively. You can run by pressing and holding down the B button. The A button will be used to interact with items or other characters. Oh, and you can dance, dance, dance by pressing the X button. And then we have the turn-based battles you’ll need to take on your time with Echo Generation: Midnight Edition on Nintendo’s current-gen console.

 

The comic books you collect – of which there are 30 in total in the game – will be used to unlock skills, stat boosts, and more. Take, for example, the first comic book that you can get your hands on: Hockey Heroes. Once you add it to your collection, you’ll have access to the Body Check skill. This is a quick bump attack that can deal 1-4 points of damage. Another example is Flying Puck, which allows you to launch a fast puck attack for some good damage. These comic books will each be equipped for the character in your party who can use them since they will have different weapons. Your sister will lear Short Jab – a quick and nimble attack – from an issue of She-Volt.

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When you enter combat, you’ll see the turn order on the bottom left corner of the screen. This will allow you to plan your actions so that you don’t end up overwhelmed by your opponents. All characters in your party will be able to choose an action each turn. Some of them will be free to use – such as, say, throwing a punch – while others will require that you spend some of your Skill Points (SP). As expected, this will be the case for the Body Check skill you receive from the Hockey Heroes comic book. There’s also the option of going into your inventory and using an item from there to help you out.

Special skills will require that you pay attention and complete a short mini-game. For Body Check, you’ll have to wait until all lights turn green so that you can then press the A button to boost the overall damage you deal with said attack. You can also complete a mini-game to boost the damage of your regular attacks. You’ll also need to keep a close eye on your enemies so that you can try to block when the Defense icon pops up. Time it just right, and you’ll be able to reduce the amount of damage you receive. This is a gameplay system that has been inspired by the beloved Super Mario RPG as well as the Paper Mario RPG series, and it’s one that does wonders for Echo Generation: Midnight Edition.

 

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All the stuff that you collect will be added to your inventory. You’ll need to work on obtaining specific quest items to trade them for key items needed to progress further on your adventure. You can also find some useful items to aid you on your quest. Be sure to check the fridge at home so that you can grab a Juice Box, which can be used to heal 5 HP. An Apple is always a healthy choice since it can heal your wounds by 10 HP. Grab a delicious Cookie from Grandma Mabel since you can eat it to fully restore your HP and SP. Another useful item is Mom’s Coffee, a delicious drink that will allow you to heal for 20 HP.

By defeating enemies in battle, your party members will be rewarded with experience points. After collecting enough experience points, each party member will get to level up. When this happens, that party member will receive a boost to one of its stats, depending on what you choose. You can increase overall health to be able to sustain more damage before being defeated, add some much-needed strength in order to deal more damage with each attack that lands or boost Skill Points so that you can have more SP when starting a fight, which will thus allow you to use more special abilities in combat.

 

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Echo Generation: Midnight Edition is a charming turn-based adventure on Nintendo Switch set in the 1990s. It’s a game with a voxel look in which you’ll lead a group of kids from Maple Town who will work on taking on spooky mysteries with a supernatural twist. And once you find a cat who can talk – and can lick your face to heal your wounds – all bets are off! The game offers turn-based battles and a leveling up system that will remind you of the beloved Super Mario RPG as well as the Paper Mario series. Echo Generation: Midnight Edition is out on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Echo Generation: Midnight Edition review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Cococucumber.

Review Overview

A solid voxel turn-based 1990s-infused radical adventure
8.5
8.5

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