Upcoming Projects and Updates for the New Year

Happy 2020 Everyone! We have a ton of things in store for everyone this year and hope you will join us on this wild journey.

Friday the 13th Hardcover NES Book!

First up we just launched The Easy Way: Friday the 13th which is the first in a series of comprehensive guides by 8-Bit Steve on videos games that can be beaten by players of any skill. It’s been live on Kickstarter for a short while and is fully funded already!


Project Updates

The Complete Virtual Boy book has been released and I am still waiting on the wooden book covers to be sent over. They are done however once I receive them I will have to ink, stain and gloss each one which will take some time. I will mail them out in order of backing as I finish each one!

The Complete Virtual Boy


Walter Day’s Gaming Superstars is completely finished and Walter Should be getting the book shipment any day now. From here on out he will be handling everything with that release.


The Switch Collector: Volume One is completely written and in the finalization process. Backer contributor reviews have been trickling in and I am in the process of compiling everything together. The goal is to be done with everything by the end of the month to start the editing process, then it will be on to publishing which takes 6-8 weeks. That means things are pointing to a spring release to have the book in everyone’s hands!

The Switch Collector: Volume One (Preorder)


The Way Ahead for 2020

The Complete Genesis is nearing completion and will be the next big collector’s book I release. I have been working on it on and off for a couple years now and things are going to be a bit different with modernized layouts that have been incorporated into my newer releases, but will still keep the collector’s aspect that the series is known for.


The Switch Collector “Year Two” will begin production as soon as Volume One is finished and sent off to the publisher. Year Two will likely consist of Two Book Volumes and will take some time to complete as we will be working on these in tandem. Just because each year has more games, does not mean we will be skimping on content as we want to do things the right way!


The Complete NES Re-Release has been requested by lots of people and, in true Hagen’s Alley fashion, I will be reformating the entire book, reworking the written reviews to match my other releases. This will essentially be a brand new book by that point and a must own for anyone obsessed with the Nintendo Entertainment System like I am!


Other Guides and Books are also in the works as I have a few authors signed to Hagen’s Alley Books (like 8-Bit Steve). There are other projects, like game releases, that we will be working on in tandem with book releases.

Let’s see how much we can get done in 2020 as this seems to be the most packed year yet!

Thanks for your continued support!

Jeffrey Wittenhagen – Hagen’s Alley

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Rolling Gunner & Xenoblade Chronicles First Thoughts | Switchmania Playcast Episode 52

This week we all try out the bullet hell shoot’em up Rolling Gunner. How did we all fare in this maniac-style spaceship shooter? We also talk about our first week with Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. Plus we continue the Under a Dollar Challenge!
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Switchmania Playcast Episode 51

With a crazy intro this week, there is a ton of news to chat about this week! We go down the Igavania pathway and talk about the amazing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but did JP actually play it? We also continue our $1 Challenge and we will see who wins! Does JP cheat again this week?
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon | Switchmania Playcast Episode 50

For our epic episode 50 we are covering the amazing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Created by Inti Creates as part of the Igavania Kickstarter as a simple “bonus game”, the similarities to Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, along with lots of other retro inspirations, go very deep. We also are doing our first $1 Challenge and we will see who wins and if JP messes it up!
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Stone – Full Movies on the Switch? | Switchmania Playcast Episode 49

Stone is called a Hip-Hop Stoner Noir and rumor has it that you can watch full classic films on the game. With a huge download size, will this walking-simulator connect with everyone? We also go over what else we have been playing out of our backlogs plus the madness of all the new games available for preorder.
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Lonely Mountains: Downhill – The Crash-a-sode! | Switchmania Playcast Episode 48

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a physics-based BMX game where you ride and drift your way down vast mountain paths trying not to collide with everything along your way. But you know that we will crash, and crash some more! We also go over what else we have been playing out of our backlogs plus the madness of all the new games available for preorder.
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Damaged in Transit – Can both of Sides of our Brain Work Together? | Switchmania Playcast Episode 47

The game of the week is Damaged in Transit, a indie puzzle game that has some unique aspects to it. How far did we all get? We also go over what else we have been playing out of our backlogs plus the madness of all the new games available for preorder!
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Wunderling – An Epic Auto-Runner? | Switchmania Playcast Episode 46

The game of the week is Wunderling, a digital-only auto-running indie platforming game. What did we all think of it? We also go over the Switch Collector since the advanced copies arrived plus the madness of all the new games available for preorder!
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Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection | Switchmania Playcast Episode 45

Switchopedia Saturdays are every week on Facebook at 9pm EST. Come play along with the Switchmania Playcast as they tackle this week’s game.

This week we go over the Capcom compilation Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection. Did JP play the game? Did Jeff get to ZX Advent? Will we ever get to talking about it? There is a ton to talk about this week!
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Panzer Dragoon Remake & Bravely Default II Demo | Switchmania Playcast Episode 44

There is a remake of Panzer Dragoon originally released on the Sega Saturn. How does it look graphically and do the controls hold up? Barry also got Jeffrey and JP to try the Bravely Default II demo to try to get them interested in the series. Will it work?
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Animal Crossing New Horizons | Switchmania Playcast Episode 43

Animal Crossing New Horizons has hit the world by storm and it’s time to talk about it here on the playcast. However, this time it’s our wives that will be talking about it as they have hundreds of hours combined playing this madness! Plus, will JP and Barry finally talk about Blood Breed or will JP continue to be stalked by this game?
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Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe & the Nintendo Direct Mini | Switchmania Playcast Episode 42

Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe is a beat’em up with classic gaming roots, but with permadeath! How did everyone fare? Also, Nintendo dropped a Direct Mini this past week, which we talk about. Time to get Barry fired up!
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Kemono Heroes | Switchmania Playcast Episode 41

This week we go over Kemono Heroes by Mad Gear Games. How does this cooperative platforming game hold up with all the similar games on the Switch? How many times will we mistakenly call it Kemono Warriors? Will Jeffrey mess up the recording this week? Let’s dig into this one!
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Rune Factory 4 Special | Switchmania Playcast Episode 40

It’s time to play Rune Factory 4 Special which Barry has been going on about for weeks. What did we all think about it and did JP actually play it? SPOILER: JP isn’t on this episode… haha All this and Corona talk on this episode of the Playcast!
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The Switch’s Third Birthday & The Town of Light | Switchmania Playcast Episode 39

The Switch just had its Third Birthday and we are celebrating! There is a huge poll with tons of fan comments and we will go over our favorite moments from the Third Year of our favorite console. With JP back we are also going to cover The Town of Light along with feedback from all of the listeners who played along with us.
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Rune Factory 4, Furwind, Darksiders Genesis & More! | Switchmania Playcast Episode 38

This week while JP is away at PAX East, Barry and Jeff go over some of the games they have been playing. From Rune Factory 4 and Furwind to Darksiders Genesis and of course Dragon Quest XI progress, there is a ton to chat about and we are on a time crunch!
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