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The real beauty of being a fan of the games industry is that, even on a slower news week, there will always be something to cause outrage and excitement in equal measure amongst the gaming community. For me, this week has provided quite a lot of excitement, as well as an unexpected/forgotten about delivery of a Dark Souls Remastered pre-order. Whoops. Not to worry though, as I’m going to review it for you now I’ve got no choice in whether I buy it at launch or not, so if I seem a little salty during next week’s article (yeah, yeah, more than usual, you cheeky buggers) then you’ll probably know why. Speaking of which, I should probably start playing it, so let’s get on with the news.

‘Resident Evil 7’ Has its Head in the Clouds

Resident Evil started off the week in pretty bizarre fashion, and ended it with some absolutely sexy rumors about one of my most anticipated things ever. Starting with the former, Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version is an actual, real, legitimate, really real thing. Nope, I don’t know why either. Now, despite it being a real thing, it’s actually not a tangible thing, because this version of Resident Evil 7 – one of the best games of last year, and easily in my top five Resi titles – is to be streamed directly from Capcom on your Nintendo Switch. Your Japanese Nintendo Switch, anyway.

Capcom released a trailer on Monday, but it was basically fucking nonsense. I’m pretty sure it was one of the trailers from the original launch with a new logo slapped on the end, but I can’t be bothered to check that for legitimacy. It’s not important anyway, because the game has already released in Japan as of May 24th, and gameplay videos – like the one below from wccftech – are already surfacing from the big J.

The version being streamed to the Switch is actually the PC version, and it therefore looks like it actually runs pretty well, and doesn’t suffer any graphical downgrading (as far as one can ascertain when comparing a YouTube video against one’s memory of a game that one played over a year ago). I was good and ready to shit all over this idea and talk about how it’ll run about as well as a bow-legged dog with two heads, but colour my mouth a nice shade of shut, as it actually looks like a pretty decent idea.

The key with Nintendo is precedents. It’s all about proving something can be done and hoping they don’t forget about it. The game costs about $18 for 180 days of playtime, and you really can’t argue with that for value. The test is whether this comes out of Japan, and whether it gains any traction as a model in the West. I can’t see why it wouldn’t, and an entire Netflix-style library of AAA games that are streams of better versions from more powerful machines sounds pretty enticing to me.

‘Resident Evil 2 REmake’ Details Are Super Exciting (Providing They’re Real)

Hoo boy, this one makes me very tingly. Now, granted, these aren’t officially confirmed details, but I’m thinking the most important aspect of this supposed leak is that it brings the game back into public consciousness and should hopefully mean that an E3 reveal is almost a guarantee. For a quick reminder, we already know from Capcom that the game will be rebuilt from the ground up, is looking to capture the spirit of the original, and… well, that’s it. But thanks to gaming site Rely on Horror, we maybe know some more details about the game, perhaps.

According to these ‘leaks,’ the remake will be built in the same engine as Resident Evil VII, but will feature a mix of the over-the-shoulder camera view of Resident Evil 4 and a “stylized” fixed-camera, reminiscent of the original game. The source also claims that the game will hit 1080p and 30fps on PS4, with 60fps and 4k “at times” on PS4 Pro, making it Capcom’s “best-looking title to date.”

Gaming News Resi 2 Remake

Some classic Engrish-on-Japanese-clothing right there. We do it, indeed.

The final part of the rumor details that we’ll be able to play through a campaign for both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as in the original, but that both campaigns will be longer and contain new areas and content. It’s all very promising stuff, and certainly fits in with the spiel Yoshiaki Hirabyashi, the game’s producer, gave when announcing the game back in 2015 as a response to fan feedback. This is a game for the fans, as requested by the fans, and it should be FANtastic. It’s been a long time since we heard anything at all, so surely this year’s E3 is the one. Please?

‘Battlefield V’ is Apparently More ‘Historically Inaccurate’ Than Usual…

…and this time it’s vaginal. Trust the worst parts of the gaming community to overreact to basically anything, but the needless hatred surrounding the trailer and box art featuring a female soldier is… well, actually it’s pretty much par for the course. Historical inaccuracy is the flimsy line being used by sexless basement-dwellers everywhere to deride a game trying to include a female character in a World War II shooter – a shooter that also features the escapades of several other super soldiers whose bullet wounds will miraculously heal if they stand behind a wall for a few seconds, and who had an unlimited set of lives to burn through as they killed entire armies single-handedly. We’ve all seen genuine historical documentation about these immortal behemoths, but a woman holding a gun during the war? Preposterous!

A woman in a World War II game?! I’ve never heard of anything so ridiculous…

I think I’ve made my sarcastic point, so let’s punctuate that by saying that if you have a problem with a female character in a World War II shooter, you’re a piece of shit, and let’s move on to some facts about the game. The female in question will be one of the playable characters in the game’s – wait for it – single player campaign (remember those?) that will follow Battlefield 1’s format of splitting the game into several playable “war stories.” As well as playing the female Norwegian resistance fighter, developer DICE has teased that you’ll be killing Nazis in Greece, France, North Africa and Rotterdam.

Polygon reports that there are also some new multiplayer modes, notably a four-player raid mode named Combined Arms, and a 64-player mode called Grand Operations, where players compete in huge objective-based matches, with each round affecting the state of the proceeding one based on the performance of each team. If necessary, the mode culminates in a sudden death match where players only have one life each. How’s that for historical accuracy, lads?

Of course, Battlefield V will feature microtransactions – which is now apparently less egregious than featuring a woman – but won’t have randomized loot boxes. Talk about humility, right? Only having microtranscations for cosmetic items is practically on a level with giving to charity these days. Thanks, EA. The game’s out on October 19th, with the Deluxe Edition out on the 16th and an early trial version for EA/Origin Access on October 11th. Plenty of time to stay angry about that Norwegian girl, then.

‘Yakuza’ 3, 4 and 5 Are All Coming to PS4

Sometimes I get the feeling that I give too much page space to remastered games, but then I think that it’s not me making them and I’m just the messenger, so leave it out, you knob. Having put my hypothetical nemesis in his place, it’s now time to talk about remastered games – three of them! Having discussed the Shenmue 1&2 Remaster a few weeks back, it is with great pleasure that I can bring you news of yet more fighty, open-worldy Sega RPGs being remastered for current gen. The company announced this week that all three of the PS3 Yakuza titles will join Yakuza 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 6 on PS4, meaning the console will eventually host the entire catalog of main series titles. That. Is. Awesome.

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Get ready to run an orphanage like a gangstaaaaaa

The only problem I have is that the games are to be released individually, as Famitsu confirmed that Yakuza 3 will hit Japanese stores on August 8th. This is disappointing (especially as I own all three of these games on PS3 already), as several other franchises, like Batman Arkham, Bioshock, and Metro 2033 have all released updated last-gen games for modern consoles as collections rather than shipping one game at a time. There’s no word on the price of each game yet, but it still seems a little cheeky to me.

A problem I absolutely don’t have is that the games will all run at 60fps and display in full 1080p, because that’s bloody lovely. The Yakuza series has had a fantastic 12 months with 0, Kiwami and 6 all releasing to rave reviews and commercial success, and Sega isn’t resting on those laurels at all. If you haven’t played any of the Yakuza titles before, you’re about to have seven excuses to make if you’re going to avoid them as a PS4 owner. Well, unless they don’t come out in the West.

PlayStation Mini Confirmed?

Last, and probably least, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera was quizzed by Japanese publication Mantan Web about the possibility of Sony releasing a mini console akin to Nintendo’s recent NES and SNES Classic Minis. As per GamesRadar, he responded by saying there are “no official plans” he can discuss, but that “our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are.”

While this is pretty vague and non-committal, it at least shows that Sony are discussing something with regards to either a mini console or some other form of retro platform. The current state of PS4’s retro offerings is not good, and a mini console would almost certainly sell like hot cakes, but GamesRadar’s Connor Sheridan also pointed out that the storage space required by the PS1’s CDs might be difficult to replicate as easily as the smaller cartridges used by the NES and SNES.

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Could this powerful beast really be shrunk down?

Let’s just say for now that it might be a thing, and if it is, then here’s a brief list of ten titles – some I’ve played and some I’m desperate to play – I’d like to see on the hypothetical PlayStation Mini (or you could check out our very own Top 70 Sony PlayStation Games for way more):

  • Chrono Cross
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Mega Man X4
  • Parasite Eve
  • Ridge Racer: Type 4
  • Silent Hill
  • Suikoden II
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
  • Vagrant Story
  • WWF Smackdown 2

And with that, we’ve come to the end of another news week. I’ll let you all go away and make up your own fantasy PS1 Mini games roster and I’ll see you in seven days (or so).

Crotchety Englishman who spends hundreds of pounds on video game tattoos and Amiibo in equally wallet-crippling measure. Likes grammar a lot, but not as much as he likes ranting about the latest gaming news in his weekly column.

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  1. Maxwell N

    May 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    That powerful was already shrunk down significantly with the “PS One” in 2000.

    https://tse1.explicit.bing.net/th?id=OIP.NlDv1WEjnPcVSxsfpeSD7gHaFa&pid=Api

    Honestly, nobody would mind if they just reused that mold and added internal storage with games preinstalled. They’ve been doing that stuff in China for ages.

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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

Nintendo 64 Nike Shoes

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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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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