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    Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness is out now for Switch in the west

    8-4 and Ancient released Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness for Switch in the west! 4 DLC packs for the game are also out now for $2.99 each. The Ultimate Deluxe Bundle features the full game and all DLC for $24.99. A physical edition by Limited Run Games was previously announced.

    Read up on more details and check out various new trailers below:

    It’s another fine morning in Magicadia…except your castle has suddenly turned into a tank. And what’s this about a dark prophecy that could lead to the end of all video games? A CONFUSION IS YOU.

    Choose your Gotta Protectors and get ready to hack, slash, and spell-sling your way through an epic campaign of over 100 thumb-blistering maps—plus dozens more available as optional DLC bonus chapters!

    The rules are simple. Put Princess Lola into the castle to start it rolling down the tracks. At the end of the tracks is an enemy castle. Smash YOUR castle into THEIR castle to destroy it—but don’t let the enemies wipe out the Princess’s HP first!

    ・Choose from 8 playable Gotta Protectors, from a meat-loving mage to a nudist ninja
    ・Play solo or with up to four players via couch co-op, local wireless, or over the internet (Nintendo Switch Online membership required for internet play)
    ・Face off against dozens of enemies at a time and test your wits against unique bosses like Crab and Golem!
    ・Customize your heroes with a bevy of unique and tactically diverse skills, from the defensive to the outright offensive
    ・Rock out to an infectious chiptune soundtrack by the one and only Yuzo Koshiro
    ・Perform secret feats to unlock collectable game carts, each one a milk-snorting send-up of a real, actual game for the Something-or-other Entertainment System
    ・Cover your screen with classic gaming literature whenever nature calls for a pause
    ・Laugh, cry, and hurl to a timeless story that will mangle your heartstrings

    The wait is over for Japan’s indie darling, GOTTA PROTECTORS: CART OF DARKNESS. The 80s are calling—collect—and it’s up to you to dust off your carts and put an end to the bodacious bad guys threatening Magicadia once and for all!

    DLC Pack 1

    Ready to rock out to the genesis of 80s video game tunes? This mega DLC pack will drive your earbuds to new heights by offering the entire Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness soundtrack in new “MD” and “88” sound chip formats, recorded on authentic hardware by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro!

    Go to Options → Sound Settings from the main menu to change the game’s sound chip.

    This DLC also includes 20 additional campaign stages as part of the Bonus Scenario A story, plus new skills for the Fighter and Archer characters!

    DLC Pack 2

    Got a hankerin’ for the handheld days of yore? This wonderful DLC pack will have you soaring like a swan back to the era of chunky batteries and screen magnifiers by offering the entire Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness soundtrack in new “GB” and “WS” sound chip formats, recorded on authentic hardware by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro!

    Go to Options → Sound Settings from the main menu to change the game’s sound chip.

    This DLC also includes 20 additional campaign stages as part of the Bonus Scenario B story, plus new skills for the Ninja and Oracle characters!

    DLC Pack 3

    Ever wished you grew up in Japan, where families gathered around their computers—or their disk-based console system add-ons that came equipped with an extra high-fidelity sound channel—to play the latest 8-bit masterpieces? And not just disks—some carts even came with special chips attached to enhance their musical capabilities! Which is a lot like this DLC pack, which offers the entire Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness soundtrack in new “FDS” and “VRC” sound chip formats, recorded on authentic hardware by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro!

    Go to Options → Sound Settings from the main menu to change the game’s sound chip.

    This DLC also includes 20 additional campaign stages as part of the Bonus Scenario C story, plus new skills for the Amazon and Old Guy characters!

    DLC Pack 4

    The early 90s were a time of great change. Bits were doubled. Buttons were tripled. Power became…super power. And amidst it all, a seventh mode was introduced, bringing scaling and rotation abilities that threatened to blow our little minds to bits. But none of this would’ve had the lasting impact it did were it not for a sound chip that was just as mighty. And as luck would have it, this DLC pack offers the entire Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness soundtrack in said magical format—the “SFC” sound chip format—recorded on authentic hardware by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro!

    Go to Options → Sound Settings from the main menu to change the game’s sound chip.

    This DLC also includes 20 additional campaign stages as part of the Bonus Scenario D story, plus new skills for the Mage and Prince characters!

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    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Final Weapon. With a passion for the Japanese gaming industry, Raul is a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs and fighting/action games. business email: [email protected]

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