Tonight’s the Night

Nintendo has announced the arrival of the first of two new maps set for tonight. Last week we were informed that Splatoon players would be receiving even more terrain to traverse, and now we know that the first of those new maps, Piranha Pit, will be arriving tonight at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.

With this new map announcement, Nintendo has given a little more detail in the way of visual information. Take a few minutes to prepare for the launch of another fantastic map for Splatoon.

Piranha Pit 3

Many people criticized Nintendo for their approach to the release of this game, at launch. However, even some of the most vocal opponents to Splatoon’s launch process, have ceded their stance, and realize how wonderful a title this game has turned out to be. Splatoon has continually been at the forefront of the mind’s of players and many agree that it is indeed one of the best games of this entire generation, industry-wide. I have remarked many times about how ingenious I believe Nintendo’s approach was with the staggered roll-out of content for the game, and the continued attention they have paid to the title. In addition to the added value with more maps, weapons, and gear, it has all been top-quality and free of charge.

Will you be testing out the new map tonight? Are you new to Splatoon as a player? How are you liking it, so far?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Merry Christmas Eve Weapon on the Way

Nintendo has informed us that an all-new weapon will be released tonight for Splatoon. Just in time for those late evening Christmas Eve splatters, there is the new Rapid Blaster Pro Deco!

Do you expect to grab the new weapon tonight? How often have you been playing Splatoon? Will you be playing even more over the holidays?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

New Splatoon Weapon Tonight

Nintendo has announced a new weapon incoming tonight for Splatoon players. As usual, the new weapon will be arriving tonight at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT. The new weapon is named the Tri-Slosher Nouveau.

Nintendo has continually given with Splatoon, and this week seems to be a very big one. Not only with these new weapons, but remember there will be a Splatfest that begins tonight at midnight, and any day now, we should be seeing new maps arriving, as well. The game that keeps on giving is living up to that billing splendidly!

Will you be testing out the new weapons tonight? How excited are you about all of the new content that that is still coming to the game?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Two New Maps for Splatoon Incoming…

Nintendo has just announced the pending arrival of two new maps for Splatoon. These two new maps will arrive for play at some time in the very near future, but that doesn’t stop the the inklings from having a dance party there now. The two new maps are named Piranha Pit and Ancho-V Games.

Have a look at the quick video below so that you can begin to plot your course through the new locales. Then take a look at the beautiful screenshots.

I expect to hear more about the new maps as the time for release draws nearer, so stay tuned, as that may be any day now. Enjoy…

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

The Final Smash Direct Was Amazing!

The final Smash Direct presentation took place earlier today, December 15 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT. Masahiro Sakurai delivered his last Direct presentation for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. As it has been more than a year since the release of the game on both Nintendo 3DS and then Wii U, the game has seen several updates, balances, and DLC in the form of Mii Fighter outfits and new characters for the roster.

The final presentation was chock-full of new information, and when it was finished, it seemed as if it flew by much quicker than the timed 33-minute video.

Smash CorrinThe first new character revealed was immediately after the presentation began, with the opening cinematic that showed Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates as the newest challenger to enter the fray. Corrin is, of course, coming from a game that has still not launched in the West, but has been available in Japan for quite some time. With many of the unique movesets and features with this character, be sure to check out the video below for the trailer and details. Corrin is expected to be available February 2016 and will sell for 3DS: $4.99/Wii U: $4.99; 3DS/Wii U: $5.99 in the US.

The second new character revealed Smash Cloudtoday was Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, and he has a plethora of unique moves. Again, for a full breakdown of his moveset be sure to watch the video below. In addition to the new character, there is also a new stage, Midgar, to battle it out on. Midgar, of course, is a stage from Final Fantasy VII that has special attributes unique to it such as new assists called Summon Materia that affect the environment as opposed to directly attacking the fighters. These effects are called by the names Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut ZERO. Cloud Strife is to become available today, and their pricing is to be 3DS: $5.99/Wii U: $5.99; 3DS/Wii U: $6.99.

Sakurai-san then announced several Mii Fighter Costumes such as a Chocobo hat, a Geno gunner from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, both thanks to the great relationship with Square Enix. Also, there are Bionic Armor, a Takamaru Sword Fighter costume, Ashley from Wario Ware as a Sword Fighter, Gil from The Tower of Druaga as a Sword Fighter, and from Sonic the Hedgehog are Tails (as a Gunner) and Knuckles (as a Brawler). Also, there are several Mii Fighter costumes/characters available to download from the official Smash Bros. website via QR codes.

Smash BayonettaSakurai-san then announced that the last new fighter for Super Smash Bros. trailer was coming, and the anticipation was palpable. As soon as it started the trailer showed a generic fight between Pit, Bowser, and Samus Aran. After the battle Pit is warned by Palutena not to get comfortable because a new challenger was approaching. Immediately after the “secret” character said, “Ahh, another angel…I must have missed one!” and that still shot of the moon for a few seconds, I shouted “Bayonetta!!!” That’s when she appeared on screen. My hype level went completely through the roof! There was the addition of a new stage (Umbra clock tower) from the original Bayonetta. There are also the unique aspects of play with Bayonetta’s moveset as she employs her Umbra summons, the bullet arts, Witch Time, taunts, and the ability to create combination moves. Nintendo is looking for a February release for Bayonetta in Smash, as well.

As has been stated before, all fighters will have an amiibo figure, Sakurai-san shared that amiibo development is confirmed for all announced characters! (Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta)

To see the the Smash Direct, watch below:

So, with all of these announcements and updates, Sakurai-san concluded the Direct, and with it, all additional DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Since its release, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS has continually delivered additional content that many have truly enjoyed, and others have deemed unnecessary. However, no matter what, all of that content was optional, and had appeal to someone who welcomed it with enthusiasm. This content will be the same, and honestly, I believe the Direct was one of the very best in the entire series.

Did you enjoy this Direct presentation? How well do you think Nintendo did in getting the information out to us? Were you surprised by the announcements or had spoilers gotten to you?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!

Xenoblade Chronicles X: Survival Guide Episode 5

Nintendo of America has released the final Survival Guide episode for their latest hit game, Xenoblade Chronicles X (XCX). XCX released in North America on December 4, and many players are singing the praises of the game every chance they get.

Miiverse posts, Twitter posts, Google+ posts, and the like are full of people raving about the game. Whether they are talking about the visuals, the characters, or the gaming fun factor, they are extremely happy with this game!

Now, we have the opportunity to see the final Survival Guide video. In case you missed the first 4 videos, feel free to take a look at them here: Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4

This episode focuses on Squads, the Blade Network Lobby, Squad Tasks, Treasure Deals, Online Quest, Blade Scout Console, Nemesis, and Blade Reports. It’s a very good episode, and definitely, in combination with the previous videos, will prepare those who may not have gotten into the game yet, to be ready.

Have you had the opportunity to play Xenoblade Chronicles X yet? What are you “early” impressions, so far? I know many people have put in quite some time already, how many hours are you in for, at this point? If you haven’t gotten it yet, when do you intend to pick it up?

As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!