Hey folks, welcome to the feature series we call “EXPlay.” A series of feature articles where we share our experience on games we’ve recently played in the form of written views and captured gameplay footage. In this instalment, we are all about BIT.TRIP FATE by developer Choice Provisions.

EXPlay BIT.TRIP FATE: (Nintendo Switch)

Before they became known as Choice Provisions, the California based developers previously went by the name of Gaijin Games and in 2009, they introduced the world to CommanderVideo, the protagonist to a singular title that would swiftly become a series, with CV becoming its protagonist.

Fast forward to 2020, the BIT.TRIP series is making its Switch debut as all 6 games “make the Switch,” in time for Christmas and among them is the side-scrolling shooter the world would come to know as BIT.TRIP FATE.

With plenty more for CommanderVideo to see and do, CV is back for another playable adventure and this time around the genre is a rhythm arcade, twin-stick shooter game where CommanderVideo is compelled to travel along a set path, all whilst blasting anything and everything in sight.

Much like the other BIT.TRIP games, there are three environments, which are comprised of smaller levels, this time around divided into two stages with a boss encounter waiting at the end of each stage.

Because of the twin-stick nature of the game, the right stick is used for aiming and firing, whereas the left stick is used for controlling CommanderVideo’s movements along the path referred to as “the vibe.” Still, just because the freedom to roam everywhere is denied, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun as you move CV up, down, left and right of the vibe and fire at everything you see.

Constant firing will actually see CommanderVideo progress slowly along his fixed rail, whereas ceasing will see him speed up and constantly be on the lockout as enemies can appear from any direction.

If BIT.TRIP RUNNER, is CommanderVideo’s best outing, as far as the original 6 games go, BIT.TRIP FATE is a close second. It is as fun to play as it is to watch and the supported power-ups make it all worthwhile.

EXPlay BIT.TRIP FATE Gameplay:

Game Specifics:

Developer: Choice Provisions
Publisher: QubicGames
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Music, Puzzle, Action, Arcade
No. of Players:
1 player
Release Date: December 25, 2020 (EU & NA)
Price: $4.99
File Size: 197 MB
Nintendo.com Listing

Thank you for reading our EXPlay on BIT.TRIP FATEWe hope that you find it useful in your decision in picking up the game for yourself. While there are a lot of hidden gems on the Nintendo Switch and a fair number of duds, we’ll leave it to you to decide whether a game is for you or not.

After all, we can’t tell you what games you might like or not like, only what games we like. So, this condensed overview is simply to shine a light on some games that might have been missed on your radar. If you wish to share your own thoughts with us, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.


Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: contact@miketendo64.com / jack.lo@miketendo64.com Website: https://miketendo64.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVMO4QgcniAjhLxoyc9n8Q

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