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Expectations For Nintendo In 2017

Predictably, the end of 2016 was also the end of an era, with a final farewell to the unfortunate, but underrated, Wii U. Some of the Nintendo Wii U’s most beloved games have been praised and adored by many of our writers here at Goomba Stomp, with our 2016 best Nintendo list beset with fantastic Wii U titles only released last year.



Predictably, the end of 2016 was also the end of an era, with a final farewell to the unfortunate, but underrated, Wii U.  Some of the Nintendo Wii U’s most beloved games have been praised and adored by many of our writers here at Goomba Stomp, with our 2016 best Nintendo list beset with fantastic Wii U titles only released last year. But such is the tide of time, its final stand is set to take place with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, before the Nintendo Switch takes its place. With 2016 being considered Nintendo’s year of anticipation, then what can our expectations for Nintendo be in 2017?

A Switch In Nintendo Strategy

Many Nintendo fans in their 20s and 30s might remember the Nintendo Gamecube. As brilliant as it was, it could never shift its childish image. Competing with the ‘cool’ PlayStation 2 only secured its demise, and Nintendo has struggled to compete with Microsoft and Sony since.

However, when the rumoured Nintendo NX was revealed as the Nintendo Switch, there was something notably different in its first commercial. The actors were adults. This was the first time Nintendo had recognized its core target market, young adults who grew up with the SNES or Nintendo 64 as children. This shift brought a lot of confidence to the speculation surrounding the Nintendo Switch, although it hasn’t been left invulnerable from some critique.

The commercial showed a wonderful gimmick, with the ability to change to a handheld device with impeccable simplicity. However, the battery life and the overall power of the Nintendo Switch in its handheld mode is up for scrutiny. The target was clear in the commercial, young adults that are often commuting in a busy, modern world. Its performance in the handheld mode will be crucial to its success. The expectations for Nintendo to deliver an exciting handheld experience are high, and March will be the most defining month of their year; there’s no room for error.

A Nintendo With Friends

Nintendo has already shown off a huge list of game developers expressing an interest in creating games for the Nintendo Switch. There were some big names with their gloves in the ring, including Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts to name a few. Its commercial even revealed the world of Skyrim being traversed on the Nintendo Switch.

The magic of Nintendo, though, is that it simply doesn’t rely on third party support. It’s created its own universe of brilliant personalities and captivating stories without the need for other game developers. The most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch have been its own. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks absolutely breathtaking, and is set to be opening a vast new world, bigger than any other previous Zelda title. There also appears to be a new Super Mario game, in the beloved style of Super Mario 64. This is a bold statement from Nintendo. 2017 might well be the year of a huge comeback, with big titles inspired by classic gameplay.

And this focus on gameplay is crucial. From what we’ve seen so far from the Nintendo Switch, a throwback to the multiplayer style of the 90s is its big selling point. Rather than socializing through the internet, we can socialize together again. The multiplayer function of the Nintendo Switch is ingenuity at its finest. It allows for two controllers when plugged into a television. This design to maximize the multiplayer gameplay raises the expectations for some incredible multiplayer games to be released this year. We’ve already seen a Splatoon game in the commercial last year, but other titles such as Mario Party, Mario Kart, or Animal Crossing can’t be dismissed.

Nintendo On The Go

Whilst not technically a Nintendo game, Pokémon Go was a huge success last year. Nintendo’s part ownership of the Pokémon Company helped its stock rise briefly at the peak of Pokémon Go and begun its journey into the mobile market.

Super Mario Run has been inconsistent in its reviews. Whether fair or not, our Ricardo Rodriguez has written a fantastic piece on why much of the critique is unjust. That being said, it’s presented Nintendo with a fantastic opportunity to open the treasure trove that is the mobile gaming industry. And a lucrative market it is becoming.

Everybody is a gamer. Not everybody is a serious gamer, nor does everybody own a console dedicated to gaming. But casual gaming is growing, of which mobile gaming is a crucial component. Pokémon Go highlighted this phenomenon perfectly. Suddenly, those that hadn’t been interested in either Pokémon or Nintendo before were out catching caterpies in great numbers. They are fads, but fads with great potential for businesses to take advantage of.

Nintendo is uniquely placed and must grab the opportunity like a hunger-inflicted praying mantis. The 2016 successes of Nintendo were largely due to its emergence in the mobile market. Pokémon Go put Nintendo in the minds of the people again and it must capitalize on that. Further continuation in the mobile market is expected in 2017, and mobile versions of Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are likely to appear at some point through the year. A brilliant piece by our Taylor Smith goes into further detail about Nintendo’s strategy in the mobile market. But a serious, calculated push by Nintendo this year into mobile gaming could be highly profitable for them.

What Now For The 3DS?

The Nintendo 3DS was first released in February 2011 and has since become a huge success for Nintendo. Whether or not the Nintendo 3DS will follow the Wii U and be phased out is unknown. The answer to that will undoubtedly come from the future successes of the Nintendo Switch, where it remains unclear how much focus will be put on its handheld mode.

Pokémon has already announced it will be developing a new game for the Nintendo Switch. What is unclear is whether that will be the next generation of main games, or one of the spin-offs such as Pokémon Stadium. Pokémon has played a large part in the success of the Nintendo 3DS, and the November release of Pokémon Sun and Moon only cements that position into place.

Whilst the Nintendo Switch is the direct successor of the Wii U, it could become the indirect successor of the Nintendo 3DS. However, we can expect some big titles on the 3DS, these include; Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Ever Oasis, and the first Pikmin game for the console. Pikmin alone suggests Nintendo is still putting a lot of time and investment into the 3DS, so 2017 could still be a strong year for our favourite handheld console.

Final Thoughts

There’s very little to predict until the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 12th. Some of the questions might be answered then, but expect even more questions to arise. Nintendo is uniquely placed to make a huge success of 2017, but it has to be equally ambitious and cautious in good measure. An unveiling of the specifications of the Nintendo Switch will shift Nintendo’s year either way, with 2016’s anticipation carrying over into the new year.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.




Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’



Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11




It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series




Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

the mandalorian trailer

Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release




While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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