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June 11 – June 17: This Week in Nintendo News

June 11 – June 17: This Week in Nintendo News

Nintendo’s digital event at E3 2017 turned out to be a fantastic presentation, with many games lined up for 2017 and many more planned for 2018 and beyond. That wasn’t the end of this week’s Nintendo news, though–far from it! The week was filled with exciting news for both the Switch and 3DS beyond what was shown in the Nintendo Spotlight. First, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially unveiled at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, and although many fans had doubts about it from the leaks, its XCOM-like tactical gameplay won people over. Still unconvinced? Check out Nintendo Treehouse’s gameplay demonstration to see what it’s all about. While there... »

An Interview With the Developers of Blasphemous

An Interview With the Developers of Blasphemous

Blasphemous, a dark action platformer being developed by The Game Kitchen and funded through Kickstarter, was recently announced for consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. After this announcement, we got in touch with The Game Kitchen to learn a little more about Blasphemous, its themes, and its Nintendo Switch release. First, congratulations both on your Kickstarter’s incredible success so far and on getting a partner for a simultaneous console release for Blasphemous. According to your Kickstarter, gameplay influences for Blasphemous include Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Castlevania, and Dark Souls. What can fans expect from Blasphemous’s gameplay? Thank you! We are still in a very early prototypin... »

Metroid Prime 4 and Other Switch Games Announced for 2018 and Beyond

Metroid Prime 4 and Other Switch Games Announced for 2018 and Beyond

At Nintendo’s E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight event, they showed off several games that will release in 2017, but also a few strong announcements for 2018 and beyond. Let’s take a look at what awaits us in the Nintendo Switch’s future. Metroid Prime 4 The biggest announcement was a short tease for Metroid Prime 4. We don’t know what this new game will involve or when it will come out, but it’s exciting to know a new Metroid Prime game is on the way. Kirby A new Kirby game is also coming in 2018. This HD Kirby game will feature additional characters you can recruit as helpers, with optional multiplayer. Yoshi Yoshi will also star in a new adventure on the Switch in 20... »

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Other 2017 Switch Games

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Other 2017 Switch Games

Nintendo kicked off E3 2017 with a Nintendo Spotlight digital event that showed off several Nintendo Switch games coming in 2017 and 2018. So, what are some exciting Switch games you’ll be able to play this year? Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Yes, the new Xenoblade game is still on track for 2017. Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which features a search for a mysterious land known as Elysium, will be out this holiday season. Its connection to the original Xenoblade Chronicles is still unclear, but the trailer shows us beautiful environments and Xenoblade’s usual style of action-based combat. Fire Emblem Warriors Nintendo also released a new trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors, which will be out for... »

Hopes and Expectations for Super Smash Bros. on the Switch

Hopes and Expectations for Super Smash Bros. on the Switch

After the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, the series’ creator Masahiro Sakurai indicated that he might not want to return for another Smash Bros. game, but he’s made similar statements in the past. While the series wouldn’t be the same without Sakurai in charge, chances are pretty good we’ll eventually see a new entry in the series for the Nintendo Switch. Let’s discuss our hopes and expectations for a Nintendo Switch Smash Bros. game. Return of Story Mode As someone who loves single-player games much more than multiplayer games, it disappointed me when Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS wouldn’t have a story mode. ... »

What Should We Expect from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

What Should We Expect from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

Many people expected a new Pokémon game to be announced, but the revelation of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon left fans with many questions. Are these updated versions of Sun and Moon similar to the third versions released for many past Pokémon generations? Are they sequels like Pokémon Black and White 2? In short, what should we expect from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? New Versions or Sequels? Official information about Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon does little to clear up this point of disagreement. They feature “new additions to the story,” but what does that mean? What we do know is that Ultra Sun and Moon are set in Alola, have an alternate storyline, and include new Pokém... »

June 4 – June 10: This Week in Nintendo News

June 4 – June 10: This Week in Nintendo News

With E3 right on our doorstep, you might expect a slow week for news, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This past week was filled with excitement for both the Switch and 3DS, including a special Pokémon Direct. While Nintendo didn’t announce a mainline Pokémon game for the Switch like many fans hoped, they did reveal Pokken Tournament Dx, an upgraded version of the Wii U and arcade Pokémon fighting game. If you’re interested in Pokken Tournament Dx, it will be played during this year’s Nintendo Treehouse event. A third tournament has also been added to Nintendo’s E3 lineup: the 2017 Pokken Tournament DX Invitational on June 14 at 10:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM... »

An Interview With the Developers of Forsaken Castle

An Interview With the Developers of Forsaken Castle

Forsaken Castle, a 16-bit “metroidvania” platformer developed by Duck Block Games, was recently funded through Kickstarter with enough backer support to include the Nintendo Switch on its list of platforms. After its Kickstarter campaign, we got in touch with Lance and Clint Trahan from Duck Block Games to discuss Forsaken Castle and what fans can expect. (Disclosure: Samantha was a backer for the Forsaken Castle Kickstarter campaign.) First, congratulations on not only getting funded for Forsaken Castle, but also meeting several of your Kickstarter stretch goals, including one for a Nintendo Switch release. Is there any particular reason you picked the Switch as one of your stre... »

No Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for Nintendo?

No Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for Nintendo?

In 2015, Capcom released the Mega Man Legacy Collection, a compilation of games from Mega Man up through Mega Man 6. Among other systems, it came out for the Nintendo 3DS. However, Capcom just announced a follow-up for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC only. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 picks up where the previous collection left off and includes Mega Man 7 through Mega Man 10. For fans who enjoyed the first collection on the 3DS, it’s disappointing to see that the second collection won’t be available for the 3DS or the Switch. So, why is the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 skipping Nintendo? Possibility 1: The 3DS Game Sold Poorly If the first Mega Man Legacy Collection saw significantly w... »

Why I’m Excited for Miitopia

Why I’m Excited for Miitopia

When Nintendo first announced a Mii-themed RPG for the 3DS, a lot of fans weren’t quite sure what to make of it. As time passed, however, many people began hoping this quirky game would be localized. With a worldwide release planned for July 28, let’s talk about what Miitopia is and why I’m excited for it. Instead of starring its own original characters like in most RPGs, the party of heroes in Miitopia is made up of your Miis. This means your characters can be people you know, your own creations, or Miis based on other fictional characters. These Mii characters will interact with each other on their own in Miitopia. If that part sounds familiar, it’s because it’... »

Expectations for Ever Oasis

Expectations for Ever Oasis

Ever Oasis was announced last E3, and we now know it will be out for the Nintendo 3DS on June 23. It has some impressive names behind it. The developer, Grezzo previously worked on the 3DS Legend of Zelda games as well as The Legend of Legacy. The director and producer is Koichi Ishii, who is famous for creating the Mana series. From what we’ve seen so far, we can roughly split the gameplay into two types. You’ll need to build and manage your oasis, but you’ll also venture into dungeons to fight enemies and solve puzzles. Ever Oasis is one of the upcoming 3DS games I’m most excited about, so let’s discuss our expectations for this action RPG. First off, Ever Oas... »

An Interview With the Developers of Phantom Trigger

An Interview With the Developers of Phantom Trigger

Phantom Trigger, a “hardcore neon slasher” RPG from tinyBuild Games and Bread Team was recently announced for the Nintendo Switch. Following the Nintendo Switch announcement, we got in touch with tinyBuild Games to discuss Phantom Trigger and what we should expect from it. You’ve described Phantom Trigger as a “hardcore neon slasher with RPG and roguelike elements.” What else can you tell us about its gameplay? What made you pick “hardcore neon slasher” as its description? In Phantom Trigger, you play as Stan, a white collar middle-class worker living an ordinary life that gets disrupted by a mysterious event. We describe the game as a hardcore neon ... »

 

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