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Sunday, January 12, 2020

New Mario & Luigi Trademark Filed by Nintendo

Nintendo files for a new Mario & Luigi trademark after AlphaDream bankruptcy, hinting at new game.

Back in October 2019, acclaimed Mario & Luigi role-playing video game series developer AlphaDream filed for bankruptcy and many assumed that their long-time publisher Nintendo would not probably continue the franchise as well.

According to recent reports, Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Mario & Luigi series that clearly suggests that they have plans to release more titles from the RPG series in near future, most likely for Nintendo Switch console.

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New Mario & Luigi Trademark Filed by Nintendo

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In 2003, AlphaDream has worked with Nintendo on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for Game Boy Advance handheld system. It featured some known RPG elements like additional player interactions in middle of a battle scenario and such.

They went on to develop seven more games for the same publisher to release on Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. AlphaDream has also worked on Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Switch last year.

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Upon closure of the studio, fans were skeptical about future of the series but recent trademark filing for Mario & Luigi name in South America shows Nintendo's clear interest to continue making more games on the RPG series.

Spotted by LetsGoDigital, this trademark is proposed for video games cartridges, memory cards and even phone covers, which lead people to speculate that Nintendo may even develop a title for mobile devices as well as Switch console.

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New Mario & Luigi Name Trademark

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Maybe they are simply planning to do a series of remake of older titles of named RPG series since the Japanese video game company expressed interest of bringing more ports from Nintendo 3DS platform for Switch last year.

It could also be that Nintendo has no intention of making any game for Mario & Luigi series just yet and they are just securing its name. Whether or not they want to make a new game up next, it will not come out at least until 2021.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pokémon Direct January 2020

Latest Pokémon Direct livestream from Nintendo unveils some exciting news and updates for Pokémon fans.

Earlier this month, a leaked image of product listings from GameStop featuring upcoming Nintendo Switch games has led fans to believe that a Nintendo Direct video showcase is imminent, which turns out to be slightly true after all.

Shortly after this rumor starts flying around, Nintendo has officially confirmed that a new Pokémon Direct livestream is all set for January 9, 6:30 AM PT/9:30 AM EDT with some exciting new details on Pokémon franchise of games.

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Pokémon Direct January 2020

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Below is over 20-minutes long presentation from recent Direct by Nintendo that is focused on Pokémon related news.




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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX | Demo




Two classic Pokémon games of 2006 from Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS are finally coming to Nintendo Switch after over a decade. Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team are both being newly remade into one single title.

Although no extension of roster is offered, it will receive stunning new visuals as well as Mega Evolutions. Re-branded for a new generation of console, Rescue Team DX is scheduled to launch on March 6, 2020.

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Marked as most recent entry in Mystery Dungeon series since 2015, this remake title is scheduled to launch on March 6, 2020 and publisher Pokemon Company has already dropped a playable demo for this remake at Nintendo eShop.

No Pokémon from Galar region, nor any Dynamax or Gigantamax abilities are featured in its logo or promotional trailer. Rescue Team DX will be sending players off to compete with Pokémon rivals into random dungeons to fulfill missions.

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Pokémon Home | Nintendo Switch
Announced back in May 2019, Pokémon Home is a cloud-based storage system that would work with games like Pokémon Go, Pokémon: Let's Go! and Pokémon Sword/Shield, enabling players to store and transfer their Pokémon.

Nintendo is planning to make Pokémon Home their primary storage solution in future as a modern-day successor to Pokémon Bank app. It will let players trade between their friends either locally or anywhere in world via online.

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Aside from running on Switch systems, now people will also be able to access the app from Android and iOS mobile devices unlike Pokémon Bank system for 3DS platform that in past used to limit features to its own consoles only.

However, you cannot transfer your Pokémon to deposit or withdraw them for any older titles of the franchise. Set to arrive in February 2020, people are only allowed to transfer Pokémon into Sword and Shield through this cloud service.

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There was no release announcement on recent livestream other than Rescue Team DX and major parts of today's video showcase were largely focused on in-depth details of newly revealed Sword and Shield expansions.

Though many thought there will be a lot of discussion regarding Pokémon Home, it somewhat got a reference at the end of Pokémon Direct. Hopefully, Nintendo will let players know more about this storage solution ahead of its launch.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

GameStop Leaked Listing Hints at First Nintendo Direct of 2020?

Leaked image of GameStop product listing heavily hints at a Nintendo Direct showcase to happen soon.

In a more regular fashion, Japanese video game developer/publisher Nintendo usually starts a new year with a Nintendo Direct video that will have bunch of latest announcements for major lineup of releases for first quarter.

A recently leaked product placeholder listing of upcoming titles for Nintendo Switch console from largest US-based retail store GameStop has led many to expect for first Direct presentation of 2020 to arrive as soon as next week.

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GameStop Leaked Listing Hints at First Nintendo Direct of 2020?

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These occasional broadcasts from Nintendo are very popular among fans for being brief and full of surprises. Although many expected games for Switch are announced almost all the time, there are some exciting reveal every once in a while.

You never really know if there will be a new DLC fighter unveiling for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or remake of a Legend of Zelda game. If current leaks are legit then we won't have to wait long to find out what they have in stores.

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This leaked image was posted by Twitter user @YuYuKami shows a number of listing for Switch games.


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In past, GameStop has printed similar lists in advance preparation for announcements to come in near future and the showcase may be closer than you think. If they skip January for some reason, then it will most likely be aired on February.

There are 15 open entries described as SKU, which stands for "Stock Keeping Unit" and 12 more new Switch games. Nintendo clearly is planning out a jam-packed 2020 that they are intended to bombard players with some hotly-anticipated titles.

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According to report from an analyst earlier, a "Switch Pro" console is awaiting reveal to fans. Also, fifth and final DLC fighter character for Fighter Pass of Smash Bros. Ultimate is scheduled to come out before February 2020.

First episode of Nintendo Direct in 2020 may heavily feature Animal Crossing: New Horizon as their next big IP. People would also love to know more about current progress report on Breath of the Wild sequel and Metroid Prime 4.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Nintendo Indie World Showcase December 2019

Latest and final Indie World Showcase video stream from Nintendo drops upcoming line of indie games.

To wrap up this year with some more news and surprise announcements on upcoming indie games coming to Nintendo Switch console, latest Indie World Showcase hits today with a 20-minute long presentation from Nintendo.

Getting a special highlight on these video presentations, indie developers are bringing lot of third-party games to Switch as well as ports of popular old releases with platform specific special features and exclusive content.

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Nintendo Indie World Showcase December 2019

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Most recent episode of Indie World Showcase comes with a bunch of unexpected titles for Nintendo handheld.




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Sports Story | Nintendo Switch




An awaited sequel to Golf Story, role-playing sports adventure game Sports Story is coming next year from developer/publisher Sidebar Games. Staying true to its 2017 predecessor, the game retains the same old light-hearted tone with new twists.

Aside from golf, players will use their wide-array of sports skill of baseball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and lots of new gameplay mechanics to take out enemies or obstacles to proceed through dungeons and secret locations in-game.

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Streets of Rage 4 | Nintendo Switch




Revealed back in August 2018, developer DotEmu never confirmed release platforms of upcoming side-scrolling beat 'em up game Streets of Rage 4 for a year and this hotly-anticipated title is now set to arrive on Nintendo Switch at launch.

Recent trailer introduces new unlockable fighter character Adam Hunter from original Streets of Rage game from 1991. Adam will join an all-star roster of old friends Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding and his daughter Cherry Hunter in SoR4.

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Gleamlight | Nintendo Switch




Set for an early 2020 release, Gleamlight is a 2D platform adventure game from DICO and D3 Publisher that looks awfully lot like Hollow Knight and puts player into a role of a sword to fight legion of enemies in a strange world.

Choosing to go for a minimalistic approach, developers choose to get rid of any UI and designed the game in a way, where you will not need one. There won't be any dialogue either but you will be guided in your play all the way through.

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Bake 'N Switch | Nintendo Switch




Get ready to grab some cute little dough creatures and bake them into a big one to please the Guardians of the Dough before your time finally runs out. Those who seek out greater challenge can try out their luck in a brutal in PvP mode as well.

Couch co-op title Bake 'n Switch from developer/publisher Streamline Games, which is a blend of chaotic kitchen sim and party brawler. A perfect fit for Switch console, this four-player cooking misadventure is coming out in summer 2020.

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SuperMash | Nintendo Switch




Prepare to unleash you creative potentials in a game that actually lets you create new game titled SuperMash by mashing two different genres into one. Credit for creating this weird yet thoughtful indie goes to developer/publisher Digital Continue.

You can be mixing JRPG elements with classic platforming aspects while sprinkling some popular tropes from your favorite games to make something truly amazing or even ended up creating a game that no one wants to play at all.

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The Talos Principle | Deluxe Edition




Aside from making hardcore first-person shooter series Serious Sam, developer Croteam worked on a critically-acclaimed puzzle game The Talos Principle that was published by Devolver and now is launching on Switch today.

Players explore their surrounding environment to find clues to solve more than 120 challenges as an android. Also, Road to Gehenna expansion comes along to navigate through more maze-like courses using logic among ancient runes.

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Dauntless | Nintendo Switch




When free-to-play action RPG title Dauntless was announced back in August 2019, developer Phoenix Labs didn't reveal a definitive date for its release but had plans for lunch later this year and finally, that time has come.

This monster-hunting multiplayer experience is coming with cross-play and cross-progression support. Players can also get their hands on bonus cosmetic set Skyfighter Pack, exclusively available now at Nintendo eShop.

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Biggest announcements out of recent Indie World Showcase of Nintendo was most likely to be surprise announcement of Axiom Verge 2 and Dauntless arriving on Switch with option to play across platforms including transferring progress.

Even before 2020 arrives, catalog of indie games for Nintendo Switch seems pretty much packed already with all of recent Nintendo Direct livestream episodes and many will definitely join its growing lineup with more title reveals.

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.

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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

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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-minute 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.