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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.

Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The God of Mischief, Loki of Asgard is confirmed as playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

Assembling many key characters of Marvel Universe, developer Team Ninja and publisher Nintendo is bringing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order for Nintendo Switch as third installment of the action role-playing game series.

Marvel Games have showcased many known superhero and villains joining MUA3 and at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, they revealed to include Loki, The God of Mischief as newest member of existing roster and 35th playable character.

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Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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An early trailer actually revealed that Loki will show up as a boss for the game but SDCC 2019 has finally confirmed his stance to also lending a hand to alliance of heroes against Thanos during official launch trailer release.

Loki Laufeyson marks the third boss character aside from Magneto and Venom who is also available for play. Asgardian trickster will charge at his opponents with icy attacks using his iconic sceptre and cast power of illusion.

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MUA3 offer players special "Team Bonus" for combining villains into a team and since three of them serves as bosses, you would probably require to defeat Loki, Magneto and Venom to unlock them before adding them to your team.

Keeping shape-changing lord of all liars from Asgard into your group allows players extra advantage like access to another magic-wielding character such as Doctor Strange or Scarlet Witch, who are already part of an extended roster.

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Loki has become very popular following his appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action movies and even though his cinematic journey ended in Avengers: Infinity War, God of Mischief is set to return in his TV show on Disney+.

With a considerable number of heroes and villains featured in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Loki will surely find his place through his links to powers of Infinity Stones and contribute to story of the Nintendo Switch-exclusive.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

Brand-new Nintendo Switch Lite device is announced, a cheaper, smaller version of Switch for handheld play.

For long, industry analysts and insiders were suggesting that Nintendo will be releasing a cheaper version for their next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch that came out in early 2017 and turns out, they were actually right.

Fans have been anticipating and requesting a smaller version focused on handheld gameplay ever since the inception of Switch. Today, Nintendo Switch Lite is finally revealed to be newest addition to Nintendo family of consoles.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

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Currently scheduled to see launch on September 20, 2019, Switch Lite will be priced $199.99 only. Having almost all features of original device, no detachable Joy-Con controllers will be part of Lite despite having "Switch" as its middle name.

Whereas the original device weighs for 0.65 pounds, Lite system will come in light at 0.61 pounds and offers 3 to 7 hours of gameplay in terms of battery capacity, compared to 2.5 to 6.5 hours of lasting time for Nintendo Switch.

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Its design is entirely focused on being a portable hardware that comes out in one piece just like Game Boy or Nintendo DS systems from past. Though you can take it anywhere you want but can't connect it to a TV to enjoy big-screen play.

However, players can still get external Joy-Con support and hook up Switch Pro Controller as well. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are sill retained with a vast Nintendo Switch library of games that supports handheld mode except some.

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Adding a new system to their extended family of devices, Nintendo offered an overview of Nintendo Switch Lite.




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Instead of becoming a replacement for Switch, some noticeable improvements on battery life, design area and a lower price point will offer a much accessible approach towards Switch library through Lite for a larger audience.

Nintendo Switch Lite marks the first revision for Switch console, expected to be available in yellow, gray and turquoise color. November 8, 2019 would see launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield special version of Lite, a week before the game arrives.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

Game Freak confirms that all models for upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield were remade from scratch.

A decision made by developer Game Freak to limit Pokedex for their upcoming role-playing game Pokémon Sword and Shield was revealed during Nintendo's live presentation at E3 2019, which proved to be an unpopular idea among fans.

However, a new rumor came to light afterwards that they are possibly reusing models from latest 3DS games but that wild theory has been debunked in a recent Famitsu interview by Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

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Even though it was quite difficult for the studio to import a full Pokédex numbering more than 800 for Pokémon Sun and Moon, they managed to do it. Now that number has reached over 1,000 and a decision had to be made sooner or later.

Even though improved graphics and visual of Nintendo Switch system only increased development period, they actually rebuilt each new model from scratch for Sword and Shield, taxing more time to make animations more beautiful and lively.

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This reason was what primarily forced them to decide limiting Pokedex for Sword/Shield, so that people gets used to this change. On top of that, devs had to work on Dynamax and Mega Evolution for all Pokémon, requiring more balancing time.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will globally launch for Nintendo Switch handheld consoles on November 15, 2019. Game Freak don't intend to make players feel past Pokémon to be worthless and will find a way for them to shine in future.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Release Date

Nintendo a release date and new gameplay feature for Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake at E3 2019. 

Back in February 2019, it was revealed via a Nintendo Direct presentation that an HD remaster version of action-adventure game Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening from original Game Boy console will come to Nintendo Switch in 2019.

An official release date of September 20 is revealed by developer/publisher Nintendo today at Nintendo Direct E3 2019 event. A brand-new trailer is released to show glimpse of gameplay and story of this upcoming action-adventure title.

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Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Release Date

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New footage from E3 showcase features plot premise and play mechanics of Link's Awakening remake of 2019.




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Link's Awakening depicts another iconic quest of legendary Hyrule hero who washed ashore of a mysterious island of Koholint after having his ship wrecked on a raging storm one night and an unconscious Link was found by a young girl named Marin.

He got his sword and shield back but in order to leave the island, he will have to collect a bunch of magical items to awaken the Wind Fish. So he goes through on dungeon to another, fighting enemies and uncovers many hidden secrets of Koholint.

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Colorful 3D Graphics

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Since this is going to be a complete remake of 1993 Game Boy classic, its story remains the same as original and unlike other Zelda titles; it takes place entirely out of Hyrule where most of his heroic adventures usually take place.

In a modern re-imagining, Link's in-game sprite looks like mini amiibo figures rendered in polished colorful and cartoonish 3D graphic, thus staying faithful to original concept of the game while making an appeal to a new generation.

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All-New Dungeon Creator

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What is unique to remake is an all-new dungeon creator that lets player create their custom dungeon chamber layouts and arrange them. Clearing through story mode will earn you dungeon rooms that you can use to create new design maps.

Once complete, play those chambers by fighting enemies and solving riddles to earn more rewards. During your playthrough, you will also come across enemies like Goombas, Piranha Plants and more from Super Mario series.

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Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Dreamer Edition

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Both digital and physical version of Standard Edition is priced only $59.99 but no pre-order bonus has been announced so far. For $69.99, you can own Link's Awakening: Dreamer Edition that comes with base game and an art book.

Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remains of the greatest from TLoZ series and now that Nintendo is reworking it for Switch, we can probably expect them to pick its predecessor A Link to the Past or sequel Ocarina of Time for a remake next.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Announced

In a surprise reveal, Breath of the Wild sequel for Switch is announced during Nintendo Direct E3 2019.

Following release action-adventure game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 2017 for Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles, developer/publisher Nintendo received immense praise and a sequel become almost imminent.

Nintendo Direct E3 2019 presentation ended on a high-note with an official announcement of a sequel currently being in development and even though they didn't share much detail, a surprise teaser trailer was revealed for all.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Announced

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Here is an exclusive first-look trailer of upcoming Breath of the Wild sequel from E3 that is currently in works.




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This new cinematic teaser takes us back to kingdom of Hyrule once again with Link and Zelda but everything seems cryptic and dark. These two were seemingly exploring some dark, underground dungeons riding on a beast.

After passing by some ancient wall paintings, they come across a mystical force is growing from beneath and holding what appears to be a Gerudo. Shortly before this happened, they even discover the corpse of Ganon during their quest.

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That magical force even seems to grab hold of Link as well before Hyrule Castle is seen shaking up from below ground. Apparently, Link either gets corrupted or kidnapped by an ancient evil and that only leaves Zelda behind to defend Hyrule.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out as a Switch launch title that went on to receive universal acclaim and completely reinvent TLoZ series. It was a smash-hit success for Nintendo and has sold over 14 million copies worldwide by March 2019.

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Back in November 2018, there were rumors of a new mainline Legend of Zelda game may be closer than many would like to think. Many fans didn't even expect a sequel so soon but obviously, it was a welcomed surprise to them.

We are guessing that development phase of Breath of the Wild sequel may be in very early stage; so much so that Nintendo even gave it a title. Or they have things set as they wanted but possibly redacted its title to avoid giving major info out.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Delayed to March 2020

Nintendo delays Animal Crossing: New Horizons to March 2020 release window to avoid crunch-time for developers.

Among all major presentation at E3 2019 event, Nintendo Direct showcase had some of the most amazing moments for fans including an official announcement for upcoming open-ended life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

However, no sooner has it been showed to viewers by developer/publisher Nintendo now delayed the Nintendo Switch-exclusive to spring next year from holiday season of 2019 so that dev team can have a proper work-life balance.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Delayed to March 2020

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When Nintendo took E3 stage to world premiere a brand-new trailer for the most-anticipated series entry, it was everything fans ever wanted and was planned to launch later in 2019 but then a gameplay reveal trailer revealed the sudden delay.

To spare some elbow grease for development team, New Horizons project is now pushed back to March 20, 2020. Yoshiaki Koizumi offered his sincerest apology on everyone's behalf for moving their original release window.

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Video game industry often has their employees overwork just so a scheduled product could be shipped in time. This unpopular yet commonly known practice is termed as crunch these days and seems like Nintendo is taking a stand against it.

Current president and COO for Nintendo of America, Doug Bowser believes New Horizons could be out by holiday season 2019 if they invested extra work hours but they ultimately opted out just so their employees can have good work life balance.

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It took seven years for a mainline Animal Crossing game to be announced other than a few spin-off titles coming out for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and mobile devices, which now will have fans wait a little longer to spare its developers some crunch.

Though some fans would still be disappointed for this unforeseen delay, most are happy to wait few more months to get their hands on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, because it would eventually be a better experience for everyone.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date

Upcoming Nintendo Switch-exclusive side-scrolling platformer title Super Mario Maker 2 to arrive on June 28, 2019.

A few months earlier, when anticipated side-scrolling platformer Super Mario Maker 2 was revealed for Nintendo Switch at Nintendo Direct February 2019, developer/publisher Nintendo didn't reveal a specific date of release other than June 2019.

Recently, a launch date of June 28, 2019 is announced for sequel of popular Wii U title Super Mario Maker. So, interested players who want to get started as soon as it is out on stores can already place their pre-order in advance.

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Super Mario Maker 2 Release Date

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Though Nintendo previously gave a glimpse of what to expect from SMM2 in its announcement trailer, there are a slew of features left unseen. Slopes are one of the highly requested in-game elements fans have been asking for in it and their wish is granted.

Players would also be allowed to add water into ground stages, something that you couldn't do in a single section of the previous game. Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Bully from Super Mario 64 are among notable new addition of enemies.

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Create Your Own Courses

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Original Super Mario Maker platform game came out in 2015 to become an instant hit on Wii U console and till date, people are making different new stages by adding blocks and enemies even though Nintendo has moved afar from the platform.

Nintendo Switch-exclusive title Super Mario Maker 2 lets player create their own rendition of Mario platforming stages with so many improved features and options at their disposal that it almost makes its predecessor game look like a beta project.