Showing posts with label Nintendo. Show all posts
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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.

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.