The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny (Nintendo Switch)

THE LAST BLADE: Beyond the Destiny

The popular weapons-based fighting game: THE LAST BLADE, is now available in a special version!
Enjoy intense battles, an epic story, mini-games, and more.

Pros:

  • Glorious 8 Bit pixel graphics.
  • 123mb download size.
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • 2D fighting gameplay.
  • 3 difficulties-easy, normal and hard.
  • Bgm sound test.
  • Rewind slider with notches so you can be exact.
  • Manual-can zoom in/out and acts as a tutorial.
  • Nine NEOGEO pocket skins-can be changed whenever you want from the menu.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Play in English or Japanese language.
  • Reset the NEOGEO pocket at any point.
  • Two filters-light and dark display.
  • Two player-flips the screen sideways so you can use the Joycon.
  • 15 characters-9 initially then unlock the rest.
  • Story mode.
  • Survival wave-based mode.
  • Time attack mode.
  • Training-practice area.
  • Zoom-you can zoom in and move around the console and play it like that.
  • Two Button control scheme.
  • HR Compe-mini game you can unlock.
  • Mukuro- Mukuro based mini games.
  • Sword type-each character has two types which change how they play-Strength or Skill.
  • Gallery–buy scrolls which are unlocked of lore, concepts, and ability upgrades for characters.
  • Manual has the original wording.
  • Really good deep fighting game.
  • Wide variety of combos and moves.
  • Fun mini-games.

THE LAST BLADE: Beyond the Destiny

Cons:

  • Have to unlock the mini-games.
  • No online play.
  • Can’t share scrolls like you can on the original.
  • A better control scheme could be used instead of the messy zoom feature.
  • Touchscreen whilst a good idea feel the weaker way to play.

THE LAST BLADE: Beyond the Destiny

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

It’s always great to go back to an old game, here we have a classic NEOGEO pocket fighting game: the Last Blade beyond the destiny. What I immediately liked was that it used the original manual (a scan obviously) including original wording and images. Of course, this is also a bad thing as it highlights how this version doesn’t allow the scrolls trading that the original game had. There is no online play here or even leaderboards but it does a neat two-player trick where it will flip the screen sideways so you can both have a portion of the screen each. For the game, it’s as deep and fun as ever and even button smashers can get in and have fun. I would say it might be a hard ask at first as you need to unlock the better characters and the rather excellent mini-games. Overall it’s a good port and it dares to innovate the emulation scene and it’s a game worthy of this. Brilliant retro gaming fun!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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