E3 Direct date revealed
Annually, Nintendo holds a Nintendo Direct during E3 in place of its traditional presentations at the E3 convention center. Many had a general idea of when their next E3 Direct would be, as E3’s have, for the last few years, taken place during June. However, Nintendo has, today, announced a June 11 E3 Direct.
In a press release, Nintendo outlined their E3 activities this year. According to the release, these include a Splatoon 2 World Championship beginning June 8 at 11:00 AM PST. Then, there will be a 3v3 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Championship at 2:00 PM PST. These championships will then be followed by Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, starting at 9:00 AM PST on June 11. Finally, there will be something called Nintendo Treehouse Live in which there will be three days of Switch software gameplay and “Treehouse members beginning June 11.”
Now we have an outline for Nintendo’s E3; something always hotly anticipated by Nintendo fans. Nintendo, unfortunately, had previously indicated that this year’s Direct will be software-focused, as the rumored new Switch models will allegedly have no mention. Likely, this means that we will see a lot of Super Mario Maker 2, as well as the new Pokémon games and the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Either way, while it would have been nice to see the new Switch consoles, it will be interesting to see the new software, nonetheless.
Three NES games come to Nintendo Switch Online
One of the best benefits of Nintendo Switch Online comes in the form of available NES games. With access to greats like Kid Icarus, The Legend of Zelda, and Ninja Gaiden, it’s a service that keeps on giving. As of yesterday, subscribers to the service now have access to Donkey Kong Jr., VS. Excitebike, and Clu Clu Land.
Donkey Kong Jr. is a pretty great addition to the collection. A sequel to the über successful Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. turns the tables, where it makes Mario out to be the villain. Players are tasked with rescuing their father, Donkey Kong, as Donkey Kong Jr. from the clutches of Mario. It’s a pretty interesting concept, given our conceived notion of Mario as the absolute hero of the franchise. As such, Donkey Kong Jr. made things pretty darn strange.
The Excitebike series, while lesser known compared to Nintendo’s other great franchises, has still been loved by many for its unique set of thrills and required set of skills. VS. Excitebike adds a split-screen twist to the series, allowing two players to compete at once, though there is still a single-player mode. Expanding on Excitebike in all the right ways, VS. Excitebike is no doubt worth, at least, trying out.
As bubble fish aptly named Bubbles in Blu Blu Land, your mission is to collect all of the golden ingots in a maze that have been buried by some thieving Sea Urchins. Your job is to find them over the course of 20 creatively-designed and increasingly challenging stages.
Overall, this is great news to hear for Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo, rightfully, seems to be embracing a “the more, the merrier” approach, and very much in their and players’ favors.
Nintendo president speaks out on possibility of a hostile takeover
Aggressive business competition is no joke. In fact, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa spoke out today on the subject. Specifically, he spoke about the potential for a hostile takeover, a situation where one company attempts to, or succeeds in, acquire a target company by purchasing a large quantity of shares above the market price so as to take control of the company, or at least as much control as possible. While he said the company doesn’t have traditional “anti-takeover measures,” the company does have a strategy in place.
Furkukawa says that “in the case that we face a malicious takeover which would damage the value of the company or the common interest of the companyʼs shareholders, we do have systems in place.” Furukawa states that Nintendo does “take all legal and appropriate steps against it even if we have not proactively put preventive measures in place. This is a topic we will continue to investigate further.”
This question is certainly an interesting one to be asked of Furukawa. Right now, it doesn’t seem as if Nintendo is at huge risk for a hostile takeover, or at least more than any other large video game publisher. However, given Nintendo has a concrete set of values, it’s nice to know that there are measures in place to protect those values from hostile interests.
Source: Nintendo Life
‘Devil May Cry’ to hit the Switch this summer
Popular hack-and-slash title Devil May Cry set to come to Nintendo Switch this summer. Originally released to critical acclaim on PlayStation 2 for its unique style and entertaining (if aged) gameplay, Devil May Cry has stood as a classic and has spawned four successful sequels and reboot in the process. The game will be limited to a digital format only, so the game will not get a physical release.
— Devil May Cry 5 (@DevilMayCry) May 6, 2019
Although it’s slightly disappointing that there was no announcement of Devil May Cry‘s sequels coming to Switch, considering there are remaster trilogies available on other consoles, Devil May Cry is nonetheless a great game that is deserving of a Switch release. For the meantime, prepare to slay hellish beasts and monsters as the wise-cracking demon hunter Dante this summer!
This Week’s Releases
While there have been no major releases in the past week, the eShop has certainly received some highlights. Take, for example, Puyo Puyo Champions. At $9.99 USD, players can participate in Tetris-like gameplay taking puzzle-solving to the next level, and they can do so competitively.
Shadows of Adam was released on May 3. Running at $14.99 USD on Nintendo Switch, the game is of the 16-bit JRPG genre. Combining early 90’s nostalgia with a captivating narrative, Shadows of Adam looks to harken back to the golden era of RPG’s, akin to the like Final Fantasy VI, Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, Shadowrun, and so many more.
Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package is set to release tomorrow, May 10. A re-release of the classic from last generation, the package includes the base game, as well as every DLC released since the game’s initial release. With vast character customization, tons of zany weapons, and ample havoc to be wreaked, Saints Row: The Third is undeniably going to be one of the highlights on the eShop. Normally priced at $39.99 USD, it is currently discounted at $35.99 USD.
As always, you can find these and more at the Nintendo Game Store.