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Nintendo reveals New 3DS, new Xenoblade title will only run on this new model

New 3DSNintendo announced a new version of their popular 3DS handhelds today that will feature a second stick, color coated buttons, and new shoulder buttons.  The new systems were announced during today’s Nintendo Japan Direct, and will be coming to Japan this Fall, with other markets to follow in 2015.  The biggest addition is the inclusion of a second, smaller analog stick, refereed to as a “nub”.  It will function like the C stick from the Nintendo Gamecube.  Their will be an additional shoulder button as well.

These new models will have better processors then previous models, which Nintendo says will allow for faster eShop browsing and downloading.  We know for certain that one game will take full advantage of the new processing power, Xenoblade Chronicles.  The port of the beloved Wii RPG will run exclusively on this new hardware model.  Siliconera reports “The remake is something they’ve previously wanted to do for the Nintendo 3DS, but were not able to due to its lack of CPU power, but now that it’s getting a boost with the newer version, it has been made possible.” The New 3DS will also come with a built in NFC reader on the bottom touchscreen for the launch of Nintendo’s upcoming amibo figures.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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Nintendo announces three new hardware bundles!

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Today, Nintendo announced two new Wii U hardware bundles and one new 2DS bundle that comes in three different flavors.  Starting in Mid-September, Nintendo fans can get a bundle of a 32GB Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land for $299.99.  These copies of games will be physical disks instead of digital download codes.  Walmart is getting an exclusive Wii U bundle, with a 32GB consoles, Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land coming in at $299.99 as well.  The Walmart bundle is only available “while supplies last”.

Handheld fans are not getting left in the dark either, with one new bundle coming in three different colors.  For $129.99, Nintendo fans can purchase a 2DS bundled with a copy of Mario Kart 7.  The 2DS in the bundle will come in one of three colors:  Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green.  It should be noted that the Mario Kart 7 in this bundle is a digital download.  The 2DS bundles will be hitting retailers in early October, possibly launching just after Super Smash Bros 3DS.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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Shulk revealed for Super Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS!

A new challengers arrives!  Today, Nintendo revealed Shulk of the Xenoblade series will join the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros game.  Shulk seems to be another heavy sword character, similar to Marth and Link.  His sword may have different styles, not unlike the recent edition of Robin, from Fire Emblem, though Robin uses different spells for different effects.  Shulk is the first Xenoblade character to join a Smash Bros game, but the series will certainly become more known to fans over the next year or so.  A Xenoblade sequel is coming to Wii U next year, and a 3DS title was announced just today.

This announcement basically confirms earlier leaks of the final Smash Bros roster.  The other brand new characters yet to be revealed are Bowser Jr. and the Dog from Duck Hunt.  On top of that, returning favorites like Falco, R.O.B. and Dr. Mario appeared on the leak as well.  Shulk will be on the roster of both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the new Smash Bros title.  The 3DS version is set to launch on October 3rd of this year, while the Wii U variant is set for a still vague Holiday 2014 release.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Bobby’s Top Four announcements of E3 2014!

E3 2014 is in the books, and it’s time to look back on what announcement’s got me the most excited at this year’s show.  I’m keeping these announcements to new titles that were announced at the show, and that showcased gameplay.  Sure, I got excited by Scalebound’s reveal trailer, but their is very little to go off of to get very excited.  I got even more excited by Spider-man’s inclusion into Disney Infinity, but the sheer amount of money that game will draw from me had me leave it off the list.  Anyways, without further ado, here are my Top Four announcements from E3 2014.

image credit: INCgamers.com

image credit: INCgamers.com

 4. Rainbow Six Patriots Siege gives me the tense, tactical shooter I’ve been craving.

When I’m playing multiplayer, I love to play competitive and tactically.  There’s a reason I got so heavily into the MLG scene for games like Halo and Starcraft (granted I’m god awful at Starcraft).  Rainbow Six Siege seems like it’s going to combine all of the tactics of classic Rainbow Six games and add a level of competitive play that the series has only dreamed of before.  Ubisoft showcased Siege in their classic style of “Oh and we have one more thing”, and it worked to the game’s benefit.  Up until then, we had only really seen one potentially competitive multiplayer match shown (Halo 2 during Microsoft’s presser), and it sold that this game’s focus is the multiplater The tense, atmospheric gameplay we were shown set the mood perfectly.  It’s the final round.  Your team has to save the hostage in order to win the game.  You discuss with your allies what the best approach should be, and finally agree on what you think will work best.  It encapsulated just how human multiplayer can be, with your teammates missing shots, getting killed unexpectedly, and finally just how crazy one player going clutch can seem.  Siege certainly has a lot of work to do in order to draw the world’s multiplayer fans, but this focus on tactical and competitive matches certainly has me excited. Splatoon

3. Splatoon could be my new multiplayer addiction

If there’s a few things I didn’t expect to see from Nintendo this E3, they were new IPs, shooters, and competitive multiplayer games.  Nintendo just said fuck it and combined all of those together and made the colorful and magnetic Splatoon.  Breaking free from the traditional shooter objective of win by killing, Splatoon’s objective has players covering the map in their team’s ink in order to win.  Oh, and did I mention you are a human/squid hybrid that can morph between squid and human forms at any time?  And that reloading is done by diving into your team’s ink in squid form?  Because that’s how much this game breaks from the traditional shooter philosophy. This game isn’t going to ship until 2015, but that didn’t stop Nintendo from having a few maps fully playable at their E3 booth.  On top of that, Nintendo streamed the game for a number of hours during their Treehouse coverage on Twitch.  This gameplay showed just how simple, and yet inexplicably deep of a game Splatoon can be.  Player quickly learned strategies like hiding in a single dab of their own ink to ambush their opponent, and would move faster by rapidly swapping between forms.  It’s just a very impressive showing for something I never pictured Nintendo creating.  Teamed with Smash, Mario Kart and Zelda Wii U, and the Wii U becomes hard not to buy. Legend of Zelda Wii U open world

2. The Legend of Zelda Wii U is open world, and the possibilities are endless

Confession time: I’ve never played through a proper Zelda game.  I know.  I’m literally the worst.  I just have never gotten around to playing it, or really understanding just why Zelda gets so many gamers excited.  Seeing that Zelda would come to the Wii U was really no shock at all.  If I’m not mistaken, it’s been on every Nintendo console besides the Virtual Boy, so this is no surprise.  The real excitement around this news came from the confirmation that Zelda Wii would be returning to the game’s open world roots.

As a non-fanboy of Zelda I was like, oh cool.  I love open world RPGs like Skyrim and The Witcher, so this’ll be neat.  At this point, I wasn’t overly hyped, but soon became that way because of one thing: Nintendo fans.  The sheer excitement over the possibilities that we could see in an open world Zelda had fans losing their minds, and dissecting every frame of the trailer.  I watched two massive Zelda fans, Michael Damiani and Kyle Bosman, lose their freaking minds over the possibilities that this presented while dissecting the trailer for over an hour and thirty minutes, all while still being incredibly interesting to a non-fanboy like me.  Zelda games always seem to have that special magic to draw fans in and keep them for years, but it may well be that fandom that hooks me into the series.  (Note: A Link Between Worlds is currently sitting in my cart on Amazon) Halo The Master Chief Collection

1. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is real, and better then I could have possibly imagined

In the many months leading up to this year’s E3, Microsoft had more leaks then the Iraqi Navy.  The leaks that got me the most excited was the confirmation of the existence of a Halo 2 Anniversary.  All I wanted was to once again be able to play Halo 2 online with my friends, complete with the weapon balancing, glitches, and netcode that made the game so special.  Fast forward to a few weeks before E3, and Microsoft’s alleged Master Chief Collection is confirmed by Engadget.  Being naturally pessimistic about this sort of stuff, I presumed that the collection would just be for the campaign.

Boy, could I not have been more wrong. Microsoft decided to blow me away by announcing that not only would the series’ fantastic campaigns be remastered in full 1080p/60fps HD, we would be getting each entries’ multiplayer in their original freaking engines.  For the first time ever, all four Halo game’s multiplayer will be playable online on one console.  It will also mark the first time I three shot pistol someone over Xbox Live.  On top of that, gamers get six Halo 2 maps remastered to Xbox One level graphics and gameplay, including Lockout, Ascension, and Zanzibar, as well as the entire Halo: Nightfall tv series and access to the Halo 5 Beta.  343 Industries knocked this one out of the park, giving Halo fans new and old exactly the games they want to play.  This will be the game that draws many classic Halo fans onto the Xbox One, and what could really cement Halo’s return to multiplayer prominence. by, Bobby Marquardt

Full recap of Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event

Nintendo had their Digital Event for E3 this morning, and you can watch it in full above.  Otherwise, I’ve given you a recap below, complete with with the footage of each game.  The show opened with Nintendo poking fun at itself and it’s fans with sketches produced by Robot Chicken.  These sketches continued throughout the show, and were actually rather humorous, with jokes about Lil Mac’s refusal to take off his gloves, and Bowser just meeting Peach while getting Coffee

We next found ourselves in the midst of a fight between Reggie Fils Amie and Satoru Iwata.  After some anime inspire batling, they took their fight to the Wii U instead, introducing playable Mii fighters to Smash Bros.  They will come in three forms, brawler (reminiscent to Mario), swordsmen (reminiscent of Link), and gunner (reminiscent of Samus).  Sakurai, Smash Bros executive producer, went on to show a trailer for Smash Bros 3DS’ many modes, and give gamers a release date of October 3rd.  The Wii U version is still scheduled for Holiday 2014 release.

Reggie Fils Amie next introduced Nintendo’s foray into the NFC figure world, with Amiibos.  These figures will work across multiple titles, with Smash being the first, and support coming for Mario Kart 8 soon.  The figures will have their own unique stats and attributes, though not much else was divulged on them at this time.  The video below with Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen better explains the figures as computer controlled AI that get better with each match or race.

Yoshi’s Wooly World was announced next, with it’s developers from Good Feel company, speaking about their studies of yarn and wool to get them just right.  Their is two player coop, and no time limit on levels.  There goal is to bring smiles to the faces of gamers just by owning it.  It is arriving in 2015.

Nintendo next showed a trailer for Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker.  It looks to be a spin-off of Super Mario 3D World, and is coming this Holiday.

It’s here.  We finally got our first look at The Legend of Zelda Wii U.  It was revealed that the game will be open world, with “no set path” for experiences.  The showcase ended with Link battling a robot-spider-like monster, and it looked just plain stunning.  It will be arriving in 2015 (which is way too long away)

Zelda was followed by an all new gameplay trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, showing just how good it will look.  As we previously learned, the game will run on the Pokemon X&Y engine, and have Mega Evolutions.  It is releasing on 3DS on November 21st.

Bayonetta 2 got a new trailer next, and it was revaled that this Wii U exclsuive will also come with the first Bayonetta in the package.  Their will also be Nintendo themed costumes for Bayonetta, including Samus, Peach and Link.  It launches this October.

The developers of Hyrule Warriors spoke on the event, talking about how they hope to make Dynasty Warrior fans out of Zelda fans, and vice versa.  Giant bosses, a staple of Zelda, are being added to Hyrule Warriors to ensure this feels like a Zelda title.  Link and Zelda were confirmed as playable characters, as were Impa and Midna from Twilight Princess.  It is releasing exclusively to Wii U on September 26th.

Kirby: Canvas Curse is getting a sequel of sorts of Wii U with the announcement of Kirby: Rainbow Curse.  Players will draw paths and direct Kirby with the gamepad, and Kirby will get a host of new forms to use including submarine, rocket, and tank.  It will arrive in 2015.

Monolith Software’s X officially has a title: Xenoblade Chronicles X.  Monlith showed off a new story trailer, and revealed a 2015 release window.

Nitnendo next showed off Mario Maker.  This game will let players build and play their own Mario levels, either in classic Mario graphics, or New Super Marios Brothers Wii U graphics.  Coming to Wii U in 2015.

Nintendo closed the show with a brand new IP!  It’s called Splatoon, and is a 4v4 multiplayer shooter, where players try to cover a map with their teams ink.  Oh, and you’re a squid who can transform into human form to fire that ink.

But that was not all!  Nintendo faked us out with the close actually being a new character revealed for Super Smash Bros! Lady Palutena from the Kid Icarus franchise will be joining the fray.

What’d you think of Nitnendo’s E3 Digital Event?  Are you still hungry for more?  Because it looks like we are getting a new Star Fox Wii U announcement this afternoon, so stay tuned!

by, Bobby Marquardt

Nintendo unveils Gamecube controller adapter for Wii U

Gamecube Wii USmash fans who can’t live without the classic Gamecube controller rejoice!  During today’s reveals about the upcoming Smash Tournament at E3, Nintendo also unveiled an adapter for the Wii U that will allow Gamecube controllers to be playable on Wii U.  It will be compatible with the upcoming version of Super Smash Bros Wii U, and will presumably be at E3’s tournament as well.  No other game’s have currently been announced as compatible with this adapter.

No details were given on the price of the adapter, but it is presumed to be releasing later this year, to coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros Wii U.  Another, possible, announcement, is that Nintendo may start making official Gamecube controllers again.  The controller featured in the photo to the right has never been seen before.  Nintendo may be preparing to fully leverage Smash Bros as it’s Wii U seller by giving fans exactly what they’ve been clamoring for.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Nintendo’s E3 Smash tournament competitors, announcers, rules and playable characters revealed

Today, Nintendo announced the specifics of it’s E3 Smash Bros Invitational.  We finally learned the sixteen competitors fighting as well.  They are as follows:Milktea, Hugs, Ken, LiquidKDJ, Lilo, DJNintendo, Toph, PeachyHime, HBox, PewPewU, PPMD, TheRapture, AMSA, MacD, CT Zero, and Crismas.  Notabley absent from the invited players list are competitive mainstays Mew2King, Mango, and Armada, who were ranked as the top three competitive smash players in the world in 2013.

On commentary for the tournament, we will see PROG, D1, and SCAR.  These three have been commentating on Smash for years on the competitive circuit, and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the matches.  Our host for the evening will be Gametrailers TV and VGX host Geoff Keighley.  The playable characters will be Little Mac, Zero Suit Samus, Bowser, Wii Fit Trainer, Marth, Mega Man, Pit, Villager, Pikachu, Mario, Kirby, Link, Samus, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Rosalina & Luma, Greninja, Fox, Zelda, and Olimar.

Each competitor will select one character to be played through the entire tournament, via a special draft at the beginning.  The tournament will be single elimination, with the first three rounds being four players, four stock, and five minute matches, with items on.  The top two players will advance to the next round.  The Grand Final will be a one on one match, items off, fought on Battlefield.  This tournament will take place on June 10th at 4pm pacific time during E3.

by, Bobby Marquardt