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A recent patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the PlayStation 5 will have a feature that we have been anticipating: backwards compatibility.

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A recent patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the PlayStation 5 will have a feature that we have been anticipating: backwards compatibility. The last backwards compatible PlayStation that we had was the PlayStation 2, so it is possible that this could be something that Sony are looking to bring back to the new generation of consoles. Sony has already established the PlayStation Now cloud streaming service where players can stream PlayStation 2 and 3 games on their console or PC. It also allows for downloads of PlayStation 2 and 4 titles on to the PS4, so there are options when it comes to playing older games. There are also HD remakes and remasters available, but they can often be pricey. Despite these various options which could be transferred over to the PlayStation 5, backwards compatibility is a feature that would still be a welcome addition to the next generation of consoles. Of course, patents like this aren’t always set in stone. Hopefully we will be hearing some more concrete news on the PlayStation 5 in the coming months.

Anthem Demo

BioWare are currently holding an open demo for their upcoming game Anthem. The demo is available from February 1st to the 3rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Anthem is an online, multiplayer role playing game focusing on a group called Freelancers who leave their community to undertake a mission of exploration in fully customizable exo-suits known as Javelins. A VIP demo was released not long ago and it had a lukewarm reception from several news outlets due to technical issues and general worry about the strong focus on co-op play when BioWare is usually all about the story and characters. If you want to have a go yourself, you have the weekend to have taste of Anthem before the official release on February 22nd.

Is The Last of Us Part II Coming Soon?

The Last of Us Part II, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 classic The Last of Us, has been at the center of much speculation since the game was announced in 2016. Two trailers have been released since, with one also acting as a gameplay demonstration. However, no release date has been given and fans are itching to know when they will be able to continue Joel and Ellie’s story. The musical composer of the game, Gustavo Santaolalla, recently spoke of the game whilst playing at a concert. He made the comment that The Last of Us Part II would be coming very soon, which has gotten fans riled up about a potential release. However, this should be taken with a grain of salt. Coming soon could mean anything, and it’s also possible that Santaolalla was throwing fans off of the scent. Whether the game is coming soon or not, there is no doubt that Naughty Dog will make it worth the wait.

Kingdom Hearts III Launch Day! Trailer

The day that many fans have been waiting more than ten years for finally arrived this week with the release of Kingdom Hearts III. It seems criminal not to mention this trailer, considering the long wait Kingdom Hearts fans have had for this. The sequel to the 2006 Kingdom Hearts II, the third chapter looks set to explore even more Disney worlds, including more modern titles such as Frozen and Tangled and Pixar movies like Toy Story, all while concluding Sora’s story which began way back in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. The trailer opens with Sora narrating and mixes adorably stylized cartoon graphics of the multiple Disney worlds before smoothly transitioning in to cut scenes and gameplay. This is all set to the endearingly catchy Hikaru Utada and Skrillex theme for the game, “Face My Fears”.

Kingdom Hearts III is out now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Indie Game of the Week- This War of Mine

War is a topic covered frequently across a various array of video games. Games such as the Fallout and Call of Duty series’ use war as a major theme throughout. Conflict makes for a great gaming concept, but it is rarely done in such a painfully realistic fashion due to the horrifying reality of war. This War of Mine is a game which does not shy away from these realities, forcing the player to embrace them in a desperate bid to survive. It avoids bombastic set pieces in favor of focusing on the experience of the everyday person, a choice which makes This War of Mine a unique and thought-provoking game.

This War of Mine was published and developed by 11-bit studios, a Polish indie game developer. The game has a real world setting, taking inspiration from the Bosnian War, lasting from 1992 to 1995, and the Siege of Sarajevo, which took place from 1992 to 1996. The player controls a small group of survivors who must get by until a ceasefire is called, which can be at any time due to randomization. This can involve children, which my edition does as the PlayStation 4 version includes the The Little Ones DLC. In the day, characters are kept indoors by snipers. During this time, players will have to craft items in order to stay warm, keep fed and generally keep them alive, comfortable and content.

This is a lot more difficult than it may seem. Parts are needed to build everyday essentials such as beds, chairs, a stove etc. Fuel is also needed to keep a fireplace warm and to cook and provide characters with a proper meal. For better equipment to keep the inhabitants going for longer or to craft more intricate things like weapons, more materials are needed. To get these materials, the player will need to scavenge during the night. A character is selected and a destination must be chosen. Once that is done, the character will then go on the hunt for whatever it is they may need. This can range from food and medication to wood for fuel and mechanical parts to build a sturdier stove. Characters only have a certain amount of space in their backup so they player has to pick and choose what they take carefully. For instance, taking only crafting materials could mean that characters will go hungry for a few days. You then have to decide where you are going to find supplies.

Will you raid a dangerous supermarket where mercenaries patrol with firearms or the house of an old couple who cannot defend themselves? These are the kind of choices that make This War of Mine a far more realistic and relatable war game. It makes the player wonder as to what choice they would make in a real life situation.

Characters are also affected by the player’s choices. If they are injured during their time away, they will come back in need of aid. If they make a particularly difficult choice, such as robbing the aforementioned old couple, they will come back depressed and unwilling to do anything. If life gets to be too much for them, they can even take their own life. It is critical for the player to keep their needs in check, but at the same time difficult choices must be made. As in a real life war scenario, people must do what they have to in order to survive. There is a certain relief if you are able to get at least a few of the characters through the war until the ceasefire is called. There is also a feeling of failure and regret if your characters die or take their own life due to your choices.

This War of Mine is a sombre and harrowing game, but this doesn’t make it a bad one. Far from it. It is a game which forces you to step into the shoes of an ordinary civilian in a war scenario. Rather than the excitement and fun of running and gunning through the war torn worlds of other video games, This War of Mine makes you think on yourself and how you might act in that situation, as well as others who have may had to make these decisions in reality. It turns the war genre within video games on its head and grounds it in reality by giving it a real setting. This innovation is incredibly impressive and makes This War of Mine one of the best indie games of our time.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: Lite, Camera, Action!

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The Nintendo Switch Lite has been announced

After many instances of leaks over several weeks’ time, Nintendo has finally unveiled the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch Lite. As many suspected, it has most of the features that have been foreshadowed for that time.

Billed as a smaller, handheld-centric version of the console, the Nintendo Switch Lite comes in two standard variants so far, those being turquoise and yellow. As suggested by previous image leaks, the Switch does not have detachable Joy-Cons and isn’t made with the dock in mind and cannot be used with the dock. The Switch Lite is primarily a handheld device.

This also means that some aspects have been eliminated from the original Switch model, including the HD Rumble functionality and the IR Motion Camera. However, the Nintendo Switch otherwise looks to preserve the core features that provide the hours of entertainment to be had with Switch software.

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Nintendo is proceeding to move production out of China

The trade conflict between the U.S. and China has been a large upset to many companies and corporations, as was exemplified by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony’s joint letter to President Trump explaining the potential effects of a trade war. President Trump’s administration has temporarily eased up on tariffs, but companies are taking action, regardless.

Nintendo, for instance, is now moving at least some of its hardware production out of China and into Vietnam. One Nintendo representative said that the process would begin this summer and was a way of “diversifying risks,” instead of avoiding the tariffs’ effects altogether.

Hopefully, this measure by Nintendo is merely a sign of intelligent maneuvering and not a sign of major financial impacts. In either case, Nintendo seems to be preparing for the latter, despite the temporary halt on tariffs.

Source: Business Insider

Nintendo Switch rewind featureNintendo Switch Online adding rewind feature

NES games have been one of the primary perks of Nintendo Switch Online for a while now, but one thing it has lacked thus far is a rewind feature, which has been present in other retro re-releases. That has finally changed, and gamers are now capable of using an added rewind feature to now beat Ninja Gaiden without too much trouble.

Coming to Switch owners July 17, the rewind features allows players to pause the game at any given moment pressing ZR and ZL simultaneously. This brings up a row of frames that display moments during gameplay before the point of failure. You can simply select at which moment you’d like to begin and you can now save yourself from death by Piranha Plant.

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers are bound to show massive support for this feature. Retro games can be very tough. With little to no save points, the need for a rewind feature is much greater in an 8-bit game than in many games of the modern day, which give out checkpoints liberally. Plus, given the streamlined nature of this mechanic, this is a feature that is sure to win over many Nintendo fans.

Source: The Verge

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Nike Releases N64-themed shoes

It’s official: the 90’s are back. This time, the revelation comes in the form of shoes being released jointly by Nike and Nintendo.

The above image displays the joint release. The design is actually fairly subtle compared to what could be. Instead of going for a straightforward approach of adding a Nintendo 64 logo to a pair of shoes, Nike has taken the color palette of the standard Nintendo 64 controller and has used that for the design of the shoes.

For reference, the standard Nintendo 64 controller, which has not withstood the test of time as well as other controllers, had a gray body with blue, green, and red face buttons. The one missing element here is the color yellow, which was the color of the C buttons.

Overall this is a unique and endearing design. The shoes are said to cost $160, though by some sources, it may cost $170, so they are not incredibly budget-efficient. However, they are the latest item to have if you long for the days of the Nintendo 64.

Source: Forbes

Dr. Mario WorldThis Week’s Releases

Dr. Mario World was released this week. The first Dr. Mario game on mobile devices, Dr. Mario World is free and plays very akin to Candy Crush Saga and less like previous Dr. Mario entries. However, if you’ve had a desire for some Dr. Mario action, Dr. Mario World is the game to get.

GOD EATER 3 was released today for Nintendo Switch. At $59.99 USD, GOD EATER 3 is a stylish action game that seems as if it will appease fans of the likes of Bayonetta and other games. Buy it soon if you are also an avid anime fan.

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 was released today for the Switch as well. Priced at $59.99 USD, the game is a rendition in the long-running Dragon Quest series that involves crafting, building, and battling. The game contains multiplayer, both local and online, giving players greater options for their enemy-slaying mayhem.

As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: Any Minute Now

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More images of the Nintendo Switch Mini leak

In recent weeks, much as leaked regarding the upcoming tentatively-titled Nintendo Switch Mini. Chinese manufacturer Honson previously leaked images of Switch Mini accessories, hinting at the new rendition’s design and components. Now, WinFuture has posted new images supporting Honson’s leaked design.

The images appear to show a silicon sleeve designed to protect the Switch Mini from drops or any other perilous event. On a broader scale, however, it does hint at the design of the Switch mini. It appears to have more rounded edges. Furthermore, it appears that the Joy-Cons cannot be detached from the console, supporting earlier claims that this version of the Switch was developed with an emphasis on handheld play.

Nintendo Switch sleeveAll in all, frustration is likely growing for people anticipating the Switch Mini’s announcement. Continuous leaks suggesting the Switch Mini’s design appear consistent, so the console’s appearance upon reveal will not come as much of a shock if it looks like these images depict. In any case, many Nintendo fans are likely thinking to themselves: “Any day now.”

Source: Forbes

MarioStrikersMario to strike the Nintendo Switch with soccer?

Nintendo’s Super Mario Strikers franchise has had a bit of a hiatus, as it has now been absent for about 12 years. While some didn’t like it for the fact that it wasn’t part of the core Super Mario franchise, it was liked by many for its comparably intense gameplay to other sports games Mario has partaken in. Now, there appears to be a possible teaser in Luigi’s Mansion 3 hinting at a new Mario Strikers game on the Switch.

According to ComicBook.com, in Nintendo’s Luigi’s Mansion 3there is a hallway that contains several paintings; one of which has art many believe is related to the Mario Strikers series. Thus, many believe it is a reference to a possible return for the soccer-based series. Interestingly, Next Level Games is the mutual developer of both Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the Mario Strikers series. At the very least, this could be a mild reference, or it could be the alleged teaser.

It would be great to see a return of the Mario Strikers series. As stated previously, it was well-liked by many, if excessively ludicrous even for a Mario soccer game. Yet, it was entertaining nonetheless. If it were to get announced, it would either likely be by another developer or after Luigi’s Mansion 3‘s announcement.

Nintendo’s June eShop sales numbers for Europe are in

Although June wasn’t the biggest month for Nintendo releases, there were nonetheless some well-performing games on the eShop. In fact, while this may not come as much of a surprise, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda was the best-selling title in Europe for June.

This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. It is closely followed by the recent Super Mario Maker 2 and Crypt of the NecroDancer. Nintendo Life provides a list of the 15 best-selling game’s on Nintendo’s eShop, as revealed by Nintendo:

1. Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda
2. Super Mario Maker 2
3. Crypt of the NecroDancer
4. Hollow Knight
5. Cuphead
6. My Friend Pedro
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
8. Minecraft
9. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
10. Final Fantasy VII
11. Rocket League
12. Slay the Spire
13. Stardew Valley
14. Collection of Mana
15. Enter the Gungeon

Cuphead also doesn’t come as much of a surprise; it was one of the most hotly-anticipated indie titles of all-time and a perfect fit for the Switch. My Friend Pedro had also been a unique and bizarre indie title many were awaiting the release of. It is widely known that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also continues to dominate and will likely do so well into the Switch’s lifecycle.

Nintendo Switch Joy-ConsNintendo’s controller for the next generation will “become the standard”

Nintendo has always been one to revolutionize the gaming landscape, and next generation will be no different. According to Shigeru Miyamoto himself, the company is working on a controller for the next generation whose ease of use will become the generational standard.

Speaking at the 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, Miyamoto discussed the topic of controllers. “We have tried all kinds of motion controllers, but none seem to work for all people,” he said. He added that Nintendo has “been striving to create a controller that can be used with ease, and that will become the standard for the next generation.”

Nintendo has historically led the way win terms of controllers. Many believe the Gamecube controller to have the best traditional design of all-time, while the Wii Remote aimed at making motion controls a household phenomenon. The Wii U GamePad was designed with remote play of console games in mind, which the Switch ran with without the limitations holding back the Wii U.

It will be interesting to see what the controller design is for Nintendo’s next-gen efforts.

This Week’s Releases

Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered was released on Nintendo Switch this week. Priced at $29.99 USD, Red Faction: Guerrilla was highly-acclaimed in its day for its explosive gameplay and quality presentation. If you like destructive environments, then Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered is most definitely the game for you.

Stranger Things 3: The Game is launching right alongside the TV’s third season on Netflix. Running at $19.99 USD, the game offers a unique way to playand fight as the character from the hit TV show, all while trying to rid Hawkins of otherworldly monsters.

What Remains of Edith Finch has finally come to Switch. At $19.99 USD, What Remains of Edith Finch is a game with a well-received narrative and impressive depth. Its presence on Switch is not to be missed.

As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: Nintendo Gives Telling Hints

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Nintendo Switch Online to add SNES games soon?

The Nintendo Switch Online service has been providing subscribers with the ability to play NES games for a while now, but it has lacked the ability to play games from other past Nintendo consoles. This issue may be solved in the near future, however, as Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa offered comments on the topic at an event with shareholders.

At the event, Furukawa said, “we cannot tell new information about future classic hardware among others, but we are thinking about providing an extension of the online service.” According to Furukawa, Nintendo recognizes “that there are opinions wanting to play past titles.”

Since the inception of the ability to play NES games on the Switch, players have wanted to play titles from other past consoles. Whether it is the SNES, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, or handheld devices, many would be very happy to have access to old favorites on the Switch, so hopefully Furukawa’s comments are fruitful and Nintendo Switch Online will receive a great diversity of retro titles.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

Nintendo writes letter with competitorsNintendo and its competitors send warning to Trump administration

As the trade conflict between China and the United States ramps up, the three primary console manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned over its effects on the U.S. consumers. As such, they jointly wrote a letter to the Trump administration that voiced their worries about damages to the tech market.

In the letter, they wrote:

“Economically, the video game industry contributes substantially to the U.S. economy, and its year-on-year growth is impressive. The U.S. video game industry generated total revenue of $36 billion in 20172 and $43.4 billion in 2018,3 reflecting over 20% in growth. This industry directly and indirectly employs more than 220,000 people. Ninety-nine point seven percent (99.7%) of video game companies qualify as small businesses and can be found in each of the fifty states; many develop software for video games across the range of platforms, from PCs to mobile, including the video game consoles that we manufacture, and are an integral part of the booming app economy.”

The companies go on to explain that many video game consoles are manufactured in China and that adjusting the supply chain to the interests of the United States would be impractical. They write that it “would increase costs—even beyond the cost of the proposed tariffs—on products that are already manufactured under tight margin conditions. Each video game console comprises dozens of complex components sourced from multiple countries.”

They add that an alteration “in even a single supplier must be vetted carefully to mitigate risks of product quality, unreliability and consumer safety issues. Tariffs would significantly disrupt our companies’ businesses and add significant costs that would depress sales of video game consoles and the games and services that drive the profitability of this market segment.”

Finally, they end on the note that the tariffs will ultimately harm American consumers more than it will assist the U.S. economy. The Trump administration appears to be very adamant in its approach to tariffs, so it’s difficult to tell if a single letter detailing the move’s errors will adjust the dial at all. However, if the game companies are right that Americans will be the ones primarily affected by the tariff proposal, then the Trump administration might be wise to listen and modify its position.

Source: Forbes

Nintendo Switch "Mini" accessoriesNintendo hints at production of new Switch models

Last week, leaks of a new Switch model from Chinese retailer HonSon had been reported, displaying detailed images of what could be the Switch Mini. Those images gained further credibility this week at the 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders when a Nintendo representative shared comments on the  widespread reports of the alleged Switch Mini.

“We acknowledge that there have been reports,” said the representative. They added that responding to them “would end up stealing surprises from our customers and also be unprofitable to all of our shareholders, so we have no answer to that. As a general theory, we are always performing development of new hardware.”

Thus, the reason for the secrecy is two-fold. On the one hand, being totally transparent takes away the element of surprise from consumers, which is, admittedly, a very good thing to have. Second, being transparent would betray the interest of shareholders. In other words, revenue generated from any particular item or product might be lower if the product is covered on a constant basis.

On the other hand, a Switch Mini is looking more and more likely based on the comments. Since there was no flat-out dismissal, fans may assume, especially based on the representative’s final comment, that new hardware is being produced. However, the specifics are, obviously, not all that clear. We’ll keep you updated as new information rolls out.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

Superball Flower for Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo Switch)Super Mario Maker 2 has unseen decades-old power-up

In the highly-acclaimed Super Mario Maker 2, players have access to a plethora of Mario power-ups. From classics like the Fire Flower to additions like the Cat Suit, there’s no denying the sheer diversity of power-ups offered by Mario Maker 2. However, Super Mario Maker 2 has brought a startling addition to its pantheon of power-ups from Super Mario Land.

Absent since the late 80’s, the Superball Flower power-up is an item not seen since Super Mario Land for the Game Boy. Similar to Fire Flower, the Superball Flower allows the thrown “Superballs” to ricochet around the screen until it comes into contact with a misfortunate enemy.

This, along with the Super Hammer outfit that recalls Mario’s appearance in the arcade game Donkey Kong, is unlocked by completing the story mode. Super Mario Land was well-received all-around and has significance as the first Mario handheld, though it is still overshadowed by its console brethren. Nonetheless, fans of the Game Boy platformer will surely get a joy out of donning the plumber’s long-forgotten power-up.

Source: GameSpot

Super Mario Maker 2 - Nintendo SwitchThis Week’s Releases

The original Devil May Cry was released this week on Nintendo Switch. At $19.99 USD, Devil May Cry stands as a classic beat ’em up and one of the PlayStation 2’s first and best games. While it’s confusing none of the game’s sequels were released on Switch, Devil May Cry‘s quirky humor, corny plot, entertaining gameplay and likable protagonist make for a highly enjoyable game and would be worth hit to any gamer looking for a rather deep cut.

Terraria was released on June 27 on the Nintendo Switch. Running at $29.99 USD, the 8-player action game is well-liked by many for its combination of platforming gameplay and sandbox exploration. It also contains engaging crafting elements and provides somewhat of a challenge.

Finally, this summer’s most highly-anticipated Switch title, Super Mario Maker 2, has hit the hybrid console and has largely lived up to the expectations of many. Priced at $59.99, Super Mario Maker 2 expands on its predecessor and eliminates many o the issues players took issue with, making it the most ideal Mario Maker experience available. The game is bursting with creative options and would effectively serve the most hardcore of Mario experts.

You can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: The Evidence For A New Switch Is Strong

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Possible Switch Mini images surface

For a while now, many have speculated that Nintendo will, in the future, be announcing the forthcoming release of two new Switch console renditions. These include a more powerful Switch, as well as a “Mini” Switch or Switch “Lite.” Now, some images of the alleged Switch Mini have leaked online and might be foreshadowing what’s to come.

New Nintendo Switch

Coming from HonSon, a Chinese accessory maker, these images depict peripherals for what appears to be a new Switch. The Switch above is is quite different from the design gamers are accustomed to. Specifically, this model does not include removable Joy-Cons, as had been suggested prior. It also appears to contain minor changes to the face of the model. The dimensions have not been specified yet, but it is likely to be smaller if reports are true.

Nintendo Switch "Mini" accessories

The additional accessories pictured above also are described as brand new and designed for the “Nintendo Switch Mini.” Nintendo Life reached out to HonSon clarification on these products which led to an interesting telling response. HonSon responded by saying the listed products were based on “secret information” and was essentially waiting on Nintendo’s confirmation of the labeled Switch Mini.

While the announcement of two new Switch versions may still be a matter of “if,” it is increasingly looking more like one of “when.” Between the announcement that Nintendo would be manufacturing new Switches outside of China and other sources, the announcement almost seems inevitable. However, as the Switch Mini has not been confirmed, gamers shouldn’t quite take this as confirmation or anything of the sort.

Dr Mario WorldDr. Mario goes mobile

Dr. Mario tends to be one of the more revered Mario spinoffs, alongside the likes of Mario Kart and various sports outings. That’s why it should be no surprise that mobile device owners will soon have access to its mobile entry known as Dr. Mario World. 

Dr. Mario World appears to have similar mechanics to past Dr. Mario titles but takes an entirely different approach to them. Similar to past titles, players are to line up differently-colored viruses with their corresponding pills of the same color. Having three of the same color in a row, be it three of each or a combination of 1:2, then the viruses will be eliminating, thus allowing for eliminating getting further toward the goal of eliminating the virus altogether.

The only major difference appears to be that, unlike previous entries which involved manipulating the pill so that it fell successfully on the target virus, Nintendo’s Dr. Mario World requires the player to use their phone’s touchscreen mechanics in order to move the pill towards the upper part of the screen and eliminate viruses by laying appropriate pills against their viruses. It’s a different approach to an otherwise well-liked formula.

There are other features as well, including the addition of new doctors. This includes Dr. Toad, Dr. Peach, Dr. Yoshi, and the like.  Each of them has unique abilities that allow for more effective elimination of viruses and provide a quicker way forward. There are also new items to aide players in their quest as a doctor in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Among other complaints players may have, there are micro transactions in the game that allow for faster unlocks of, for example, new characters. Microtransactions are not new to mobile games, or even Nintendo mobile games, but they nonetheless continue to be annoyance to many in the gaming community. However, some may be less irked by this for what the game’s microtransactions are used for. However, history has taught gamers that microtransactions aren’t a mechanic that gamers are typically fond of.

Releasing July 10, this title may be releasing around the same time as Mario Kart Tour, which is said to be launching this summer. We’ll see if one’s release detracts from the other, but in any case, it will be interesting  to see if Dr. Mario World is just as much of a hit as, say, Super Mario Run. 

The ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ delay was for the best, says Nintendo’s Charlie Scibetta

In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta discussed the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Specifically, he talked about why it was delayed, as revealed in Nintendo’s E3 Direct.

“We’re not going to put a game out before we think it’s ready to be enjoyed by fans,” Scibetta said, adding that, in the case of a franchise like Animal Crossing, “we’d be doing them a disservice if we put out a product that was rushed. So it’s a difficult decision for a company to make to move a ship date out.”

This seems to be a consistent approach taken by Nintendo. Metroid Prime 4 was fully restarted due to the first project not being up to par with Nintendo’s standards. While Scibetta didn’t say there were any development issues with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s reasonable to assume that the game simply wouldn’t be as polished as it could be if it were released within 2019. Hopefully, the delay will be of value in the end.

Source: TechCrunch

Breath of the Wild 2‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel necessary due to too many DLC ideas

Oftentimes, developers are just bursting with ideas for DLC content. In light of the recently-announced Breath of the Wild sequel, Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda franchise, said in an interview with Kotaku that this was the exact case with Breath of the Wild. In fact, this was so much the case that Nintendo decided to scrap the idea of further DLC altogether in exchange for the much-anticipated sequel.

“When we released the DLC for Breath of the Wild, we realized that this is a great way to add more elements to the same world,” Aonuma said, adding, “when we wanted to add bigger changes, DLC is not enough, and that’s why we thought maybe a sequel would be a good fit.” In other words, the DLC Nintendo considered adding would either fundamentally change the game’s mechanics or it would not be sufficient in terms of fostering the intended experience through the DLC.

In the end, the kind of works out. Many were clamoring for a Breath of the Wild sequel as it was, and Nintendo made a new engine designed for Breath of the Wild. Thus, more of the same was kind of in everybody’s purview. This is also similar to the instance of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Nintendo had been brimming with so many ideas for the first Super Mario Galaxy that they had resolved to making a whole new game. While some criticized that sequel for a derivative nature, it was overall still well-received for its endlessly entertaining platforming and the addition of Yoshi. Hopefully, the sequel to Breath of the Wild churns out the same results.

Source: Kotaku

Crash Team Racing Nintendo SwitchThis Week’s Releases

Citizens of Space was released for the Nintendo Switch this week. At $14.99 USD, Citizens of Space is developed by the same developers of Citizens of Earth. In Citizens of Space, players engage in RPG combat all while trying to find Earth. The hope here is that the game is every bit as beloved as its predecessor.

My Friend Pedro was also released on Switch this week. Priced $19.99 USD, the game is an interesting breed of platformer that also includes motorcycle sequences, stylistic gunplay, and other features that differentiate this title from other platformers on the system. You can read our review here.

Perhaps the most high-profile release of the past week was Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledRunning for $39.99 USD, the game aims to be a stellar and faithful remake of the original racing game from the 90’s. It seeks to preserve the kart-racing mechanics that made the original game so beloved by many fans of Crash Bandicoot.

As always you can find these games and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: Direct From E3 2019

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Nintendo’s E3 2019 – The Games

As is widely known, Nintendo’s E3 took place on Tuesday and had a lot in store for viewers. For starters, Nintendo’s E3 Direct gave the introduction’s spotlight to Doug Bowser, announced to be receiving the torch from Reggie Fils-Aime in February. Poking fun at the fact that Bowser shares his name with that of Mario’s nemesis, Nintendo inserted a tie-wearing Bowser in the beginning of the Direct, only to be shooed away by Doug Bowser.

After this, the presentation consisted mostly of new games coming to the Switch. There had been little word on Luigi’s Mansion 3 since last year, but it had been the first new game featured in Nintendo’s E3 Direct. Taking place in a hotel, Luigi has to ghost-bust his way through it in order to save his friends. Using new tools and with new mechanics like “Gooigi,” Luigi’s Mansion 3 appears to have a lot going for it in terms of innovation for the series.

Footage had also been shown for Link’s Awakening on the Switch. Releasing September 20 this year, it presents a vibrant art style, as had been seen earlier this year. Nintendo’s promise seems to be to preserve the spirit of the original Link’s Awakening while providing a whole new experience for returning players.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses made a brief appearance as well. Coming out July 26 of the year, its release is on the horizon, so hopefully we will get some more gameplay footage before then as what was shown was mostly cinematic.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons also received a brief presentation. Showing footage of the villager doing villager-like activities like axing trees and digging, Nintendo revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be delayed until next year. However, with their slate right now, that doesn’t appear to be much of an issue.

Some Astral Chain gameplay was also shown. Highly stylistic and flashy, Astral Chain sports some clever hack-and-slash gameplay with elements involving what appears to be a chained puppet of sorts. This will be a third-party game Switch owners will sure keep their eyes on.

No More Heroes III was given an announcement as well. This wasn’t too big of a surprise given the available evidence, but it was nice for Nintendo fans to see it actualized in the Nintendo’s E3 Direct. Hopefully, it builds on the success of the first two games to bring us a wholesome No More Heroes experience.

A decent amount of ports, other third-party titles, and some indie games were announced as well, or at least given more gameplay footage. These include Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. Additional, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was given more footage along with The Witcher 3Cadence of HyruleDoom EternalWolfenstein: YoungbloodStranger Things 3: The GameEmpire of Sin, a new rendition of Mario and Sonic participating in Olympic sports, and others.

As can be seen here, Nintendo’s slate for Switch is quite full. Games were quite easily the main focus for Nintendo this year, though one other thing was given the spotlight during their Direct…

Nintendo’s E3 2019 – ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ DLC

With the recent addition of Joker, it wasn’t much of a surprise that new DLC for Smash Bros. Ultimate would show up at all. In fact, the very first piece of content shown was The Hero from Dragon Quest being added as a fighter. With sword fighting capabilities and the ability to team up with his allies during his Final Smash, The Hero is quite likely to appeal to fans of the franchise and is overall a fitting addition to the Super Smash Bros. series.

More of a surprise, however, came in the form of Banjo from the Banjo-Kazooie series joining the fight. With a trailer similar to the reveal trailer of King K. Rool, Banjo is referenced as a Rare property above all and is presented as a formidable fighter. Able to melee people effectively and melee opponents with Kazooie, Banjo, as a fighter, is quite faithful to his series’ counterpart and appears to also be a solid addition to the series.

As mentioned before, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that Nintendo unveiled some Smash Bros. DLC. That said the appearance of Banjo, technically a Microsoft property, was a satisfying surprise. Fall can’t come soon enough.

Nintendo’s Switch production migrates out of China

On the hardware side of things, the Nintendo Switch has traditionally had much of its production take place in production facilities in China. According to a Wall Street Journal report, however, a portion of the Chinese Switch production will be moving out of China and into Southeast Asia due to the widely-known economic circumstances of the trade conflict between the United States and China.

President Trump’s proposed tariffs, which would levy a 25% import tax rate on Chinese products, is forecasted to impact the cost of video game consoles and other electronic devices moving forward. In response, to alleviate some of the cost shifted on either Nintendo or its consumers, Nintendo has decided to move some of its Switch production to Southeast Asia.

Presumably, this means that the two new rumored Switch models will be produced in Southeast Asia as well, or at least in part. The Wall Street Journal also reported the new Switch models may be released soon, and when they reached out to Nintendo for comment, the developer offered no response.

Hopefully, Nintendo’s decision to produce Switch units in other countries will help to reduce the predicted economic impact of the so-called “trade war.” Perhaps this also has something to do with why the new models haven’t been officially unveiled. In any case, we’ll keep you updated on information regarding the two rumored Switch models.

Nintendo Switch Grip ControllerIntroducing the new Grip Controller for the Switch

Upon the Nintendo Switch’s release, many gamers were disappointed by the Joy-Cons. At times user-unfriendly and a bit small, the Joy-Cons may have seemed great for Nintendo’s hybrid gaming console, but they weren’t always players’ favorite controller. Well, this problem is about to be averted with the upcoming Grip Controller by accessory manufacturer Hori.

According to The Verge, Hori’s new Grip Controller’s appeal comes in the form of a controller that resembles a typical game controller, as opposed to the controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch. However, the Grip Controller cannot be used separate from the Switch itself as they only function attached to the console. This is unlike the Joy-Cons which can be used separated from the console.

Despite the ability to use the controller with other games, while missing elements like the gyro and IR sensors, it is intended to coincide with Daemon X Machina. It is set to release September 30 in the U.S., as shown on Amazon. It will be priced at $49.99 USD.

This Week’s Releases

Collection of Mana was released this week on the Nintendo Game Store. Priced at $39.99 USD, the collection includes Secret of ManaFinal Fantasy Adventures, and Trials of Mana. With a 3D remake of Trials of Mana set to hit the Switch next year, now would be a great time to see what made Secret of Mana a beloved series in the first place.

Shortly after its E3 showing, Cadence of Hyrule was released. At $24.99 USD, Cadence of Hyrule plays identically to the previously-released Crypt of the NecroDancer, which involves rhythm-based combat and gameplay. However, Cadence of Hyrule takes place in the very familiar setting of The Legend of Zelda.

Contra Anniversary Collection was also released this week. Available for purchase at $19.99 USD, the game includes the majority of games in the Contra series, including ContraSuper Contra, and Contra III: The Alien Wars. Each of these games are intense side-scrolling shooters with distinct 80s vibes and are beloved by all in appreciation of incredibly challenging games.

You can find these and more at the Nintendo Game Store.

 

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