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Monday, November 25, 2019

Metroid Prime: Trilogy HD May Be Announced for Switch

Metroid Prime: Trilogy HD and Super Metroid remake for Switch is rumored to get revealed at The Game Awards 2019.

Fans of sci-fi action Metroid game franchise has been waiting for series protagonist Samus Aran to make an anticipated comeback for some time after she last appeared on Nintendo 3DS title Metroid: Samus Returns in 2017.

According to renowned Nintendo leaker LeakyPandy, there might be an announcement for Metroid Prime: Trilogy HD re-release and a remake of Super Metroid for Nintendo Switch, most likely to be at The Game Awards 2019.

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Metroid Prime: Trilogy HD May Be Announced for Switch

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It was revealed following an accidental leak from Walmart Canada that upcoming action-adventure game Metroid Prime 4 was set to come out by the end of 2019 but that project has been completely scrapped to restart development.

An idea for Metroid Prime: Trilogy for Switch has been out there when Nintendo had to delay Metroid Prime 4 earlier this year to give players something to keep busy and building up hype for their highly-anticipated project.

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Then a new listing for Switch version of Metroid Prime: Trilogy showed up at Swedish retailer site Inet that was scheduled for February 2019. It was particularly quoted there to have a reveal at The Game Awards 2018 but that never happened.

Nintendo possibly held up its official confirmation last year due to unexpected holdup of Metroid Prime 4 and employed original Metroid Prime series developer Retro Studios to start working on that project from scratch.

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As a game publisher, Nintendo loves doing remakes and most recent entry in Metroid series, Samus Returns was even a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus from Game Boy system, both of which were a critical and commercial success.

If recent claims are actually true then hopefully an early release window will be set for next year, may be February 2020. Aside from long-awaited Metroid Prime: Trilogy, Super Metroid remake for Switch will feel a lot like Samus Returns.

Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company is suing three unnamed defendants for leaking Pokémon Sword and Shield information.

Even though majority of Pokémon fan-base was largely upset over developer Game Freak cutting down many fan-favorites from Pokédex, recently released Pokémon Sword and Shield game has been doing exceptionally well worldwide.

However, Sword/Shield publisher The Pokémon Company has still decidef to go after original leakers who revealed some in-game information online shortly ahead of launch that caused massive backlash by filing a new lawsuit.

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Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

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A few weeks before release, pictures of exclusive Pokémon and their unseen forms from Sword and Shield strategy guide was posted on 4Chan and Discord that eventually spread across internet and various popular social media.

Images start showing up at a Discord server on November 1, starting with a new Pokémon, Gigantamax Machamp. In less than an hour, 18 photos showed up on the forum that eventually found its way on Reddit and everywhere else.

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Seattle based law firm, Perkins Coie has been hired to find out three unnamed defendants who was responsible for the alleged leak that unveiled their stolen trade secrets from official strategy guide to audience worldwide.

Lawyers have found associate Discord accounts related to those images but it is hard to track true owners because of the platform's feature to post anonymously and without knowing who true leakers were, they cannot move forward.

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Sword and Shield strategy guide came out lately on November 22, a week after the game launched in November 15. Besides, The Pokémon Company took extensive level of security measures to ensure safety of their secrets.

People with access to these secrets have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which even applied to contractors and vendors with restrictions on cell phones or cameras but someone along the line has probably broken a rule or two.

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Game Freak has most likely received major harsh criticism of enraged fans because of early leaks of cutting of National Dex. If they would have revealed it to fans themselves, their reaction would have been a bit less explosive.

Before this information was out, people were genuinely happy about release of a new Pokémon game but when they saw almost half of their favorites were missing, developers have totally lost any credibility they had to player-base.

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Of course, they received extra bashing from fans with #GameFreakLied hashtag when they claimed to d extra work on overall visual for cutting down Pokédex and outright denied reusing models from previous games on Nintendo 3DS system.

Although it doesn't seem like there was no major financial blowback from the leaks, Pokémon Company simply wants to make a statement for anyone who will try to leak anything from their upcoming releases with threat of a lawsuit.

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

According to latest report from official source, Pokémon Sword and Shield has sold over 6 million copies worldwide in its launch week and became fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time despite huge fan boycott.

Nevertheless, The Pokémon Company is hoping to get some compensational damages for wrongful doing of the leakers and settle matters in a court of law but to at least confront them, they have to find these John or Jane Does first.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Selling over 6 million copies in launch week, Pokémon Sword and Shield is now fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time.

In spite of controversies regarding developer Game Freak cutting off a significant number of beloved Pokémon from Pokédex and fan backlash over reusing old modes, Pokémon Sword and Shield has seen a great launch week.

Currently titled as fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, Sword and Shield has managed to sell over 6 million copies worldwide in first week of its release, according to reports from publisher Pokémon Company.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

RELATED: Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

Despite massive consumer boycott and fan outrage on social media, it sold 1.36 million physical units within first three days in Japan, successfully beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as fastest-selling Switch game in the country.

Nintendo confirms that Pokémon Sun and Moon released for Nintendo 3DS previously made a record sales of 16.17 million copies. Though these titles were fastest-selling games ever in Western market, they had a cheaper price tag.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee!, remakes of 1998 Game Boy titles has shipped an impressive 11.28 million copies last year and judging by first-week sales of latest series installment, Sword and Shield may cross that number soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are actually two identical games in terms of content that are released separately. Latest Pokémon games have seen great sales number, partly due to recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Breath of the Wild Sequel Rumored to Release in 2020

Recent rumor from a reputed leaker suggests that Breath of the Wild sequel is going to be released in 2020.

In a surprise reveal, developer/publisher Nintendo announced sequel to action-adventure game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to be in works during Nintendo Direct E3 2019 presentation with an exclusive first-look trailer.

Though no other details were shared nor even a definitive title other than a teaser, everyone was really curious to know more and it appears to arrive sooner than expected, according to recent rumor from a well-known leaker.

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Breath of the Wild Sequel Rumored to Release in 2020

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Although an official release window for upcoming sequel to their multiple award-winning and best-selling Nintendo Switch title is yet to be revealed, leaked sources reports that Nintendo is currently planning to release BotW2 in 2020.

Sabi also stated that since they have not made this information public, it can always get changed at last moment and get pushed back further, which is fairly a common trait in development history of Legend of Zelda games.

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In a latest Tweet, reputed leaker Sabi has put out a claim of possible release time for Breath of the Wild follow-up title.



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In past, Sabi made a reputation on Twitter by leaking news of HD remaster of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz for Switch in July and a full list of indie games for Nindies Direct in August with perfect accuracy ahead of official confirmation.

Though a 2020 launch may seem too early but development of Breath of the Wild only took so long because of a new engine and design direction, which will not consume much time as they are going to use that same engine for the sequel.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

Game Freak has 35 fan-favorite Pokémon types hidden within game files of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Fans of Pokémon series of video games were disappointed over developer Game Freak removing a number of favorites from Pokédex for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, which was revealed at Nintendo live presentation at E3 2019.

If that news was enough to grind your gears really hard then wait until you find out that they kept 35 extra Pokémon in reserves that are not accessible through any normal means, according to recent datamining of in-game files.

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Sword and Shield Code Has Some Pokémon Hidden

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Shortly ahead of release, people managed to get their hands on copies of Sword and Shield, which they used looking for hidden content and one of them has discovered an additional number of 35 Pokémon buried deep beneath.

What truly amazing about his findings is that there are other types outside of Galar Dex region including a few legendaries concealed within. Although generally unobtainable, these starter classes have their models and stats added.

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After this information became public, Twitter user DeathChaos used the hack on Pokémon Sword/Shield with following result.


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DeathChaos managed to add Bulbasaur and Squirtle for an encounter at trainer Hop's party in leaked version of Sword/Shield. In a follow-up video, he made a same arrangement with Meltan and Melmetal for public display.

When a complete list of removed Pokémon got leaked online earlier, it caused heavy backlash from fans as too much content have been cut off. People are upset regardless of promises for all fan-favorites to return in future series titles.

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In past, Pokémon games used to have some Mythical types hidden for Nintendo to give out to players later during live events. However, they were almost always revealed to public by hackers in early phase of release.

Since there is no Mythical class found inside Sword and Shield data, it is presumably because Game Freak has decided to periodically roll them out in a series of updates and therefore they only included 35 of them initially.

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It is also possible that developer team is planning to introduce Pokémon Home as a digital storage space and these hidden ones are being reserved to reveal during its launch or at various timed events at some point in near future.

Some fans are speculating that secret Pokémons may get involved in special Max Raid battles by groups of trainers when they will try to take on transformed Dynamax and Gigantamax types or worse; release them as DLC characters.

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On top of excluding National Dex from Sword/Shield, there are accusations of Game Freak reusing character models from most recent Nintendo 3DS games, which was later denied by producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is an upcoming role-playing Pokémon game by Game Freak that is scheduled to arrive for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019 and despite all controversies, people are still hyped up for the game to launch soon. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury series is too sexy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and won't be making an appearance.

With a 48-minute lengthy stream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai introduced Terry Bogard from SNK fighting game series Fatal Fury and King of Fighters as latest DLC fighter for his largely popular title.

There were renowned characters like Andy Bogard, Blue Mary, Geese Howard and noticeable many other around his new stage during entire presentation except Mai Shiranui, who apparently is too sexy for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

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It's not like she was mistakenly left out but excluding her from SSBU was a conscious choice. At midpoint, Sakurai paused to clear out that "Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages" and so they decided not to add her.

Viewed often as a sex symbol of SNK fighting games, Mai is often considered as one of the hottest babes in video game. Even her official nickname was "The Alluring Ninja Girl" and would be featured in most promotional art.

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If you are not familiar with her character at all then have a look at her idle animation from King of Fighters XIII to get the idea.


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Looking at her, anyone surely can guess why but that is also a reason for her not to be a part of a family-friendly game. No one clearly needed an explanation from Sakurai over this matter since it is obviously because of her clothing.

Despite being a master of ninjitsu and Koppo-ken combat style, her skimpy outfit and bouncy features has always got the attraction of fans other than her fighting prowess, which has now cost her an appearance in Smash Ultimate.

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Eventually, this announcement on her Smash cameo has "Mai Shiranui" trending on Twitter and here are some good ones.







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Since Mai is not age appropriate for Smash Bros. audience in general, they couldn't feature her without putting her into a less revealing outfit but that sort of censorship may invoke a huge backlash from her fans, so there is no winning over this.

Then there is a question about how come other prominent characters like Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus appear in SSBU for not just mere cameos but as fighters with their more mature designs and Mai couldn't even show up as a guest?

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Although her overall outlook may seem overly objectified and a bit too sexualized even for too many adult players these days, originally her design meant to represent traditional and ideal feminine beauty of Japanese woman.

Nevertheless, keeping Mai out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be a well-thought decision from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo to get a clear pass from rating board reviews for their crossover fighting game.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Becomes Best-Selling Fighting Video Game

Popular Nintendo Switch brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now best selling fighting game of all-time.

Despite getting leaked before launch, hotly anticipated 2018 crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo managed to make and break many sales records.

It was recently revealed in a half-year financial report that SSBU has surpassed lifetime sales of Wii U home console in less than six months and now became best selling fighting game of all-time, ousting previous title holder Street Fighter II.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Becomes Best-Selling Fighting Video Game

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SFII was released back in 1991 and by September 30, 2019, a total number of 15.7 million units have been sold and this is a significant victory for Smash Bros. Ultimate considering how little time it took to exceed that impressive number.

Also, Street Fighter II released a series of updated versions over the years and ports for many different platforms. Yet, it took less than a year and Nintendo Switch as a single launch platform for SSBU to beat lifetime sales record of SF2.

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More of its success can be pointed towards strong sales of Nintendo's eighth-generation hybrid console Switch. That record will keep expanding with recent release of Nintendo Switch Lite, which has been doing very well in all regions.

A title that brings together both casual and competitive players, SSB Ultimate is largely popular to a wide audience range due to its ensemble of fan-favorite fighters assembled from many third-party games that are not Nintendo property.

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More of these characters are frequently added to its roster through Fighters Pass DLC including themed music and stages. Post-launch content updates are another major factor that contributes to sales of Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate did better than other Switch games such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it has yet to outdo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and its overall sales of 19.01 million units.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Nintendo Switch Getting More 3DS Games

Nintendo will bring more 3DS games from popular franchises to showcase growing appeal of Nintendo Switch Lite.

Back in September, Japanese video game company Nintendo launched Nintendo Switch Lite as a revision for Nintendo Switch console that is focused on handheld gaming and sold over 2 million units within 10 days of release.

Seeing this amazing response from consumers, Nintendo has decided to bring more franchise of games from Nintendo 3DS platform to their latest portable-only system to increase its overall appeal to a wider group of audience.

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Nintendo Switch Getting More 3DS Games

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This comes as great news for Switch Lite and regular Switch owners since they both share a same software library. Whatever runs on Lite also works on original Switch and therefore, all players gets to play more titles on the system.

Apparently, more of Switch Lite consoles were sold in U.S. compared to units shipped for Japan, which typically is the other way around when it comes to handhelds and this is a great indication of a new potential market to capitalize.

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Takashi Mochizuki of Wall Street Journal had a meeting with Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa lately and had this to say.


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Earlier this summer, Nintendo fans have gotten their hands on tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses on Switch and more recently, action-adventure title Luigi's Mansion 3 came out during Halloween 2019.

By next month, players will be able to jump into upcoming role-playing game Pokémon Sword and Shield and then March 2020 is scheduled for life simulation title Animal Crossing: New Horizons to arrive if there is no further delay.

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All of these above-mentioned titles are successor to fan-favorite 3DS and looks like more franchises are heading to Switch in future. There is already a library of re-released games from Wii U now that will be extended with more 3DS titles.

Some major franchises like Kid Icarus, Mario & Luigi and Tomodachi Life including many third-party titles on 3DS that can get a Switch release with possible remakes of Fire Emblem Awakening, Rhythm Heaven and Super Mario 3D Land.

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Possible Nintendo 3DS Remakes for Switch

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Switch Lite basically has all essential features of a regular Switch except its hybrid functionality and this is likely an attempt to drive Nintendo 3DS franchise fans go for a more affordable option that lets them play games on the go.

Shortly after release, Nintendo is already on board working on a new model of Nintendo Switch Lite. They have also filed plans for a new version of Switch console with FCC but any details on its appearance is yet to reveal officially.

Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

Indie developer Toby Fox of Undertale has composed a track for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Over the years, Pokémon series of games have given fans many masterpiece soundtracks and upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield by developer Game Freak and publisher Pokémon Company intends to carry out that legacy as well.

Therefore, indie developer Toby Fox was contacted to compose an original track for Sword and Shield. Fox is renowned for single-handedly creating 2015 acclaimed role-playing title Undertale, a game praised for its many aspects and music.

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Undertale Creator Composed for Pokémon Sword and Shield

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His work on the project has earned him a huge popularity within Western gaming industry and Japan. Fox was even invited to collaborate with Masahiro Sakurai and created a remix track of "Megalovania" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Before working on Sword & Shield, Toby Fox has also composed soundtracks of Little Town Hero, a turn-based RPG game for Nintendo Switch and a non-Pokémon title from Game Freak that just came out in October.

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In a recent Tweet, Fox has publicly revealed about his involvement in forthcoming Pokémon project.


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When Fox was asked to do a score by Game Freak, he considered this as a great honor to be a part of the highly-anticipated game. However, he clarified in a follow-up Tweet that he is not at all doing a key track or something like that.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is only weeks away from launch on November 15 and following controversy regarding removal of Pokédex, developers probably thought bringing Undertale creator on board may help win over a few fans back.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jon Bernthal Wants to Star in Punch-Out Movie

The Walking Dead actor Jon Bernthal would be interested to play Little Mac in a possible Punch-Out movie adaptation.

After his rise to fame for playing the role of Frank Castle in Netflix web TV series Marvel's The Punisher, actor Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Walking Dead) has played a part on tactical shooter game Ghost Recon: Breakpoint from Ubisoft.

Bernthal was recently asked which video game character he would like to portray on-screen if he is given the freedom of picking his favorite and he choose Little Mac from popular Nintendo boxing game series Punch-Out!!

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Jon Bernthal Wants to Star in Punch-Out Movie

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After his latest appearance in Breakpoint as primary antagonist character Cole D. Walker, Jon Bernthal sat down on an interview where he was asked about what other role from video game world he would like to portray next.

He then expressed his love for '80s and would love to step into the shoes of iconic tiny boxer Little Mac from classic NES console since he has been playing Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! a lot these days with kids on Nintendo Switch.

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Bernthal also spoke on how Mac's story of an underdog rising through appeals to him for an on-screen portrayal.

What I've been playing with the kids is Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. Little Mac, he's really small, but that would be really cool I think his rise up through the ranks.

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Even though he is not all caught up with many current gen games, the actor stated that he will be interested in a Castlevania project if there is one aside from current animated series and expressed his love for old-school arcade title like Galaga.

Although adaptations of video game properties into live-action media often turn out to be huge disappointment, ventures like Detective Pikachu and Netflix's Castlevania have managed to change that landscape in recent years.

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Despite a Punch-Out movie release being a too ambitious of an idea at this point, writers of Detective Pikachu movie are seemingly interested for a live-action movie adaptation of crossover fighting game franchise Super Smash Bros.

Considering Little Mac is a veteran playable character in SSB series, there are chances for Bernthal to live his dream and shine as the boxer whenever interested parties will come forward to make that movie a reality.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Online Play With Friends

Nintendo releases an online update for Super Mario Maker 2 that finally adds online "Play with Friends" feature.

Back in June 2019, side-scrolling platform game Super Mario Maker 2 was released for Nintendo Switch by developer/publisher Nintendo, featuring only cooperative and competitive online modes in multiplayer except "Play with Friends".

Players have been clamoring for some time to include the named aspect and without an announcement, they decided to drop a sudden update that lets you to play online with friends, essentially upgraded the game to version 1.1.0.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Online Play With Friends

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Both multiplayer co-op and versus modes can now be played alongside people on your Switch friends list. Aside from uploaded levels on Course World, saved levels on Coursebot can be selected and played with friends as well.

You can have voice chat support via Nintendo Switch Online mobile app when your friends are online. Coursebot levels will no longer require you to connect to internet for playing and "Nearby Play" also adds multiplayer modes.

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"Play with Friends" Feature Added

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Up until now, Super Mario Maker 2 was restricted to random matchmaking and lacked "Play with Friends" option for long and thanks to a long-awaited automatic update; everyone can finally play user-created levels with a party of friends.

Leaderboards section will show a list of official course creators with more info and some quality-of-life improvements are deployed. Nintendo may see a surge in player count following their latest patch for Super Mario Maker sequel.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Nintendo Direct September 2019

Latest Nintendo Direct video stream wraps up remaining Nintendo Switch announcements for 2019 and some future titles.

Announced only a little while ago, a brand-new Nintendo Direct presentation was scheduled for today, on September 4, 2019 and it came out with news for loads of new releases and upcoming updates that fans were looking for.

Aside from their scheduled title launches in 2019 for Nintendo Switch consoles, some future games were teased. Nintendo's own official Twitch, Twitter and YouTube channels have broadcasted this video at 3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET.

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Nintendo Direct September 2019

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Get on board with this 38 minutes long exclusive Nintendo Direct video for all new information on Switch games.




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Overwatch Legendary Edition | Nintendo Switch




For a week or so, there was rumor of team-based online shooter Overwatch to come to Switch. Today, we got an official confirmation for one of most popular title of Blizzard Entertainment is finally heading to Nintendo's handheld console.

This multiple "Game of the Year" award-winner title will become available for Switch on October 15. Currently boasting a roster of 31 characters, players will have console specific control options and limited time Widowmaker skin.

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Luigi's Mansion 3 | ScreamPark Mode




Luigi going for a family vacation turns into a terrifying experience when he realizes Last Resort hotel is haunted. Otherwise what sort of lodge will have a pyramid inside of it that hoses Mummies and other booby traps for tourists?

Before getting out, he can hang out at its disco floor or spend time at pirate-themed restaurant before facing off some menacing bosses. A latest inclusion introduces ScreamPark mode for 2-8 players to battle ghosts on behalf of Team Luigi or Gooigi.

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Super Kirby Clash | Nintendo Switch
Launching right away is a free-to-start title Super Kirby Clash featuring combined might of Kirby times four. Party up with four of your friends for a co-op adventure via local wireless or online multiplayer other than playing solo.

Play your job roles by gearing up with weapons to work as a team and then take up quests from town. There are about a 100 quests and challenging boss battles to get into but most important above all of that is to play your roles right.

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Trials of Mana Remake | Nintendo Switch
Fans of action role-playing Mana series are finally getting a long-awaited return of Trials of Mana after 25 years. An HD remake of third game from a trilogy that is beloved by all, it will feature new aesthetic and re-imagined battle system.

Players can pick a protagonist and two cohorts from six different characters who will help you follow through in-game storyline. At any point, you can switch classes or change their appearances and abilities according to your need.

Trials of Mana Remake Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Return of the Obra Dinn | Nintendo Switch
Set on the case of a missing ship of East India Company, Return of the Obra Dinn is a puzzle video game from developer/publisher 3909 LLC. You play role of an insurance adjuster who has to figure out what really happened to its entire crew.

You posses a Momentum Mortem magic pocket watch that lets you get back in time to analyze their situation. Now that Obra Dinn has resurfaced years later, explore and observe everything from past in an attempt to solve a supernatural mystery.

Return of the Obra Dinn Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Little Town Hero | Nintendo Switch
Upcoming turn-based role-playing game Little Town Hero from developer Game Freak will be hitting Nintendo Switch on October 16. Its story is set around a town that people living in it can never leave and will be protected by a castle.

Players control a young boy named Axe, who took it upon himself to save his town when it is attacked by monstrous threats. Fellow citizens can of course lend a helping hand in your fights but you will have to find them to get support.

Little Town Hero Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Biggest take away from this video presentation was Overwatch getting a Switch port next month, revelation of newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter and new addition of more games from Assassin's Creed series coming soon.

Nintendo Direct ended up announcing tons of new titles upon us that will be coming out throughout the rest of this year on Nintendo Switch and until 2020 to keep us busy playing while they will make some more games for next time.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Check out an awesome lineup of indie games heading to Nintendo Switch in latest Indie World Showcase live-stream.

With the rise of Nintendo Switch handheld console in recent years following its 2017 launch, many indie games with great potential are finding a new audience to reach out to and that essentially has helped them to grow exponentially.

Though Nintendo mostly focuses on major upcoming releases and big-name anticipated Switch ports during their Nintendo Direct presentation, this time they decided to go with indie games and is introducing Indie World Showcase.

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Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Here are official announcements for some of indie games that are coming to Switch later this year on in 2020.




Risk of Rain 2
First title that kicks-off the presentation is an upcoming third-person shooter Risk of Rain 2 with rogue-like gameplay elements and an interesting setting that comes from developer Hopoo Games and publisher Gearbox Publishing.

Heading to Switch this summer, there will be 10 playable characters at launch that you can pick from to enjoy playing with up to four person. Similar to its predecessor, you venture out various levels, collect loot, kill aliens and repeat.

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Risk of Rain 2 Comes to Nintendo Switch

Eastward
A single player adventure ride that centers on a mysterious white haired little girl named Sam in a post-apocalyptic world. Eastward is created by developer Pixpil and publisher Chucklefish, coming to Switch platform in 2020.

In order to find true origin of Sam, player character John goes out of his way and embarks a journey into a hostile world. Although it has a retro vibe, it is beautifully-detailed instead of entirely adapting a pixilated graphics style.

Torchlight II
Announcement for Switch version of action role-playing game Torchlight II came months ago and now a release date is revealed for September 3, 2019. Also coming is exclusive in-game pet; a pink unicorn and yapper to keep you company.

Explore a dynamic open-world created by developer/publisher Runic Games that comes with a new game plus mode. Hack and slash your way into this fan-favorite dungeon crawler to slay monsters and earn loot alone or with up to four friends.

Although almost every other game is trying their best to get a Switch version out for the platform these days, long-time Xbox console exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest is one particular game that took the literal cake here for us.

Indie World Showcase live-stream for Nintendo Switch sure was packed with surprises and some already known confirmations and boy, does this lineup looks packed! So, was it as exciting for you as it was for us? If so, then what was it?

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Fire Emblem Actor Removed After Controversy

Following allegations of harassment, Fire Emblem: Three Houses actor name is removed from credits and is replaced.

Only days after launching on Nintendo Switch, tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses is already receiving immense praise from critics and fans alike that easily makes it one of the best reviewed games of 2019 so far.

However, controversy followed suit when recently when one of its voice actor, Christopher Niosi came under fire for violating a non-disclosure agreement before it launched on July 26 by discussing his role and got replaced.

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Fire Emblem Actor Removed After Controversy

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Nintendo decided to remove Niosi afterwards when accusations of abuse starts coming to light by his former friends and girlfriends, followed by a confessional post on social media site Tumblr where he apologized for his past actions.

Earlier this week, he was removed from Fire Emblem Heroes, mobile spin-off game from Fire Emblem series and is replaced by Zach Aguilar. Nintendo of America revealed that Niosi will be replaced in Three Houses in a forthcoming update.

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In an official statement released recently, Nintendo confirmed of re-recording his lines with another voice actor.

After assessing the situation, we decided to re-record the character's voiceovers in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes with another actor. The new voiceovers will be included in a future patch.

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Chris Niosi has been doing voice works for TV shows like OK KO! and video games such as MapleStory 2, Octopath Traveler and SMITE. He also served as an animator on indie platformer A Hat in Time and fighting game Skullgirls.

Controversial voice actor Niosi lend his talent for one of the lead characters, Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses but has relatively limited amount of dialogues. With 87 score on Metacritic, the game easily is one of top ten titles of 2019 right now.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Nintendo to Fix Joy-Cons for Free

Following a lawsuit filed over "Joy-Con Drift" issue earlier, Nintendo decided to fix all affected controllers for free!

A hardware issue on next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch has been bugging fans for some time and is known as "Joy-Con Drift", which Nintendo only cared about as long as it came under their device warranty period until now.

When this problem with detachable Switch controllers became a major annoyance for many customers, a law firm filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo and they had to react fast by deciding to fix all affected controllers for free.

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Nintendo to Fix Joy-Cons for Free

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Joy-Con drift is a problem where analog sticks on controllers would start taking command on their own even if they are not touched and this started affecting gameplay experience by being annoying to outright impossible to play sometimes.

This is an old issue for Switch consoles ever since it came out in 2017 and has bugged out many people over time. Up until now, Nintendo would have happily provided customers a replacement if they had it covered under warranty.

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However, they never acknowledged this issue much seriously but things have gone too far to simply ignore and let their market reputation get ruined now that they are getting sued by U.S. law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith.

CSK&D filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America on July 19, after receiving complaints from more than 5,500 consumers who are affected by drifting issues with their Joy-Con controllers at some point after purchase.

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Customer service representatives are now internally instructed by Nintendo to no longer charge anyone affected by Joy-Con drift for repairs and to refund those who already spend money without asking for any proof of purchase at all.

Also, warranty status will no longer be an issue to get free repairs or a requested refund except for confirmation of prior repair. This was disclosed by source that knows about Nintendo's updated customer support documentation.

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According to documentations, representatives are advised to simply guide complaining customers with steps to troubleshoot their issue first but if that doesn't do the trick then Joy-Con issues should be fixed at no-charge.

Nintendo didn't acknowledge that Joy-Con controllers were faulty from beginning and simply referred this issue as "recent reports". Good thing is, people are at least getting free repair of their Joy-Cons or refund if they already paid for it.

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With Nintendo Switch Lite scheduled to arrive in a few months on September 2019, people can't help but thinking whether or not upcoming first revision for Switch console would share the same drifting problem or not.

Since Switch Lite has no detachable controllers or dockability, players would have to send their entire console if any issue occurs. If that ever happens and becomes widespread then Nintendo is about to face a huge PR disaster and sales drop.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Nintendo Getting Sued for Joy-Con Drift Issues

A recent hardware issue in Nintendo Switch known as "Joy-Con Drift" leads to class action lawsuit against Nintendo.

After launching next-gen hybrid video game console Nintendo Switch back at 2017, Nintendo has been enjoying a pretty successful run until now, as they are about to get sued over a hardware issue known as "Joy-Con Drift".

On Friday, July 19, a U.S. law firm named Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America over claims and concerns from customers for a problem in Joy-Con controllers.

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Nintendo Getting Sued for Joy-Con Drift Issues

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For months, Switch players are facing a problem with Joy-Con controllers where often times their console registers movement even though they are not touching the joystick and Nintendo didn't offer any permanent solution for it yet.

This issue could become apparent when someone is playing a game and player character suddenly starts moving without any input. It was originally registered in early stage of Switch life cycle and now is back again with no fix or whatsoever.

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Switch owners have gone to various social platforms like Reddit and Twitter to voice concerns about drifting problem for a while and now many news outlets have joined them as well, leading to lawyers taking notice to the matter.

Since gameplay experience is often hindered because of drifting, CSK&D has stated that Switch controllers are deemed defective. They are currently asking Joy-Con drift affected users to submit details on an online form at their website.

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An associate attorney at CSK&D, Andrew Ferich revealed their firm was reached out by more than over 5,500 consumers in 24 hours period regarding their trouble, which clearly violates consumer protection laws and they proceeded with a case.

Ferich also stated that they have been following this story of "Joy-Con Drift" for some time and they are well aware how gamers are very frustrated with this problem from various online conversations that caught their attention.

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Initially, they didn't thought this to be a much bigger issue even if it has been bugging people out for some time but when 5,500 customers have riled up to them in a single day; they clearly knew that Joy-Con drift was a really big issue.

At this early point of case, it is really hard to determine what a winning situation would look like for CSK&D but they are planning to aggressively pursue a legal action so the best outcome for consumers can come out of their efforts.

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Nintendo however, has been repairing Joy-Con controllers that falls under warranty but if a model is out of assurance period, users have no other choice than to purchase a new pair but even newer models are suffering from same problem.

Nintendo has released an official statement for ongoing situation of drifting issues in Joy-Con controllers.

At Nintendo, we take great pride in creating quality products and we are continuously making improvements to them. We are aware of recent reports that some Joy-Con controllers are not responding correctly. We want our consumers to have fun with Nintendo Switch, and if anything falls short of this goal we always encourage them to visit https://support.nintendo.com so we can help.

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Nintendo Switch has sold over 32 million units worldwide so far in its two years-long lifespan and they just announced a newer model as well as a revised version, Nintendo Switch Lite, currently scheduled to arrive on September 2019.

Given that these upcoming consoles share same Joy-Con design as original Switch, Joy-Con drift issue may continue over and the lawsuit can go bigger on them, leading to huge cost for Nintendo on top of negative press to ruin their reputation.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Ahead of global launch, upcoming post-launch content roadmap for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is revealed at SDCC 2019.

Already boasting a massive roster of playable heroes and villains, action role-playing game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order by developer Team Ninja and publisher Nintendo is planning to bring some more known character.

In a latest reveal at San Diego Comic-Con panel, Marvel bad boy Loki of Asgard has been confirmed to be a playable character. Also, post-launch DLC roadmap for MUA3 is discussed in details including their content and official release dates.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Post-Launch Content Roadmap

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Fans of Asgardian trickster may have seen him last in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action movie Avengers: Infinity War but he is about to show up as an in-game boss character and even join band of heroes to help fight Thanos.

Popular heroes from X-Men team, Cyclops and Colossus are about to debut as free post-launch DLC on August 30, 2019. A fearless mutant leader and Soviet powerhouse are surely some finest addition to an ever-increasing roster.

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Cyclops and Colossus Free DLC

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Three extra downloadable content packs will follow up that are part of its Season Pass worth $19.99 only. Each one of these unique themed expansions for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will release roughly three months after.

However, Cyclops and Colossus are only tip of the iceberg that Team Ninja has planned and won't be a part of DLC 3, which will be X-Men themed. Hopefully, they will add protagonists like Emma Frost, Gambit and Jean Grey/Phoenix.

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Nintendo previously announced at E3 2019 and now detailed on first wave of content from Expansion Pass of upcoming Marvel brawler. First DLC will include Marvel Knights characters Blade, Moon Knight, Morbius and Punisher.

Titled Curse of the Vampire as a nod to 2010 Marvel crossover-event, a roster featuring anti-heroes such as a brutal vigilante, a living blood-sucker, a seasoned vampire hunter and a supernatural avenger only hints to a hardcore storyline.

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DLC Pack 1 Features Marvel Knights

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An action-packed official launch trailer is dropped at SDCC 2019 with a brief overview of MUA3 gameplay and plot.




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The video opens up with Odin Allfather is talking to members of Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy about an upcoming galactic threat, which is Thanos. Standing beside them is God of Mischief, Loki to offer his help in their quest.

The Black Order members Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight and Supergiant go through a monologue of how the heroes will inevitably fail to thwart an all-out extinction these minions were planning for a while.

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Thanos and The Black Order

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DLC Pack 1 will become available from September 30, 2019, with its new modes, unique set of playable characters and story. Following release of Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire, more content related to Fantastic Four and X-Men will come out.

Nintendo Switch-exclusive superhero smackdown title Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is about to launch on July 19, 2019 ten years after the last game of MUA franchise to return with a brand-new continuity.