Bayonetta and Corrin Arrive in Smash

Yesterday evening, there was a Japanese broadcast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Nico Nico Network on which several bits of information were officially revealed. We got a release date for the final two Smash DLC characters, Bayonetta and Corrin.

During that broadcast, we also learned that there will be the addition of more Mii Fighter costumes made available for purchase, and they will be available on February 3, as well.

This final wave of DLC content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS marks yet another key piece of the generation coming full-circle. It is interesting to watch as these games that have defined the generation for mostly the Wii U, but also for the Nintendo 3DS, are seeing their final pieces of extended attention from Nintendo now, and we know that it’s basically because the new system(s) is/are on the horizon, so attention has already begun to turn in that direction for most of the development teams in the Entertainment Planning & Development Division (EPD) and beyond. I am excited to see all that is about to happen, but first it will be great to see these two new characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS very soon.

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

The Onslaught of NX News

Over the past few weeks, we have seemingly gotten daily news, updates and rumors about the Nintendo NX from every source, save Nintendo themselves. Most of the news, I have allowed to pass, without comment and offering my opinions on. Today’s news, though, seems to be more than I want to let get by without saying something.

Dr. Serkan Toto, known by many game fans for his timely Japanese translations on Twitter, has indeed shared some news obtained from some of his very credible sources.

This is interesting because many accounts that we have heard over the course of the rumor season has suggested that there will indeed be a handheld component in addition to a home console component to the NX. However it comes together as a concept, we are sure to be in position to get some really incredible news very soon directly from Nintendo.

One thing that is highly encouraging about a lot of this information that is “leaking” about the NX is the fact that a lot of it is really seemingly consistent, despite their varied sources. Most of the information has been great, but the one thing to note most is the fact that Nintendo has yet to confirm (or even deny) any of the info, so until they have done so, we won’t know for sure what NX is/will be. That does not mean speculation, guesses, ideas and even wishes are not welcome! Until Nintendo formally announces NX we only have our imaginations to give us our best understanding of the platform.

Some people have grown tired or even fed up with NX “news” without the aid of official information, but for Nintendo it is not a bad thing having the hype grow for it at this point because one of the excuses that hampered the Wii U early was the lack of knowing of its existence. That cannot be said about NX, the more hype that circulates around its impending arrival. In the end with the organic nature of consumer electronics, no matter how “perfectly” these companies play their hands, the final play is always in the hands of the customers.

How are you taking in all of this information and rumors? Have you grown tired, or are you embracing the “news”? Do you anticipate picking up the NX at launch, or are you waiting to see what it is first?

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

Minecraft: Story Mode

Wii U owners now have the opportunity to experience the adventures of Minecraft: Story Mode. The latest foray into the world of Minecraft will finally be released on WIi U consoles today.

Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series will be coming to Nintento’s Wii U console on January 21st with the first episode, ‘The Order of the Stone,’ available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in North America and Europe for $4.99 or equivalent. Telltale will also be bringing additional episodes to the console in the coming weeks, with a Season Pass option for $19.99 that will allow access to episodes 2 through 5 as they become available for download.

The game will feature off-TV play and mirroring, so players can continue the story on the Wii U GamePad controller, as well as seamlessly integrated touch-control options that allow players to use the joysticks and buttons or simply tap and guide the story directly on the screen at any time.

“Telltale Games is synonymous with quality gaming and compelling content,” said Steve Singer, VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at Nintendo of America Inc. “We are thrilled that Nintendo fans will have the opportunity to experience this first-hand with the debut of ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ on Wii U.”

“Working with Nintendo, we’re tremendously excited to be bringing our unique style of storytelling to Wii U for the first time, and we couldn’t be happier to be kicking things off with a series like ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ that allows players of all ages to craft their own adventure across the Minecraft universe.” said Kevin Bruner, CEO and Co-Founder of Telltale Games.

In Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

The season features an all-star cast, including Patton Oswalt as male Jesse, Catherine Taber as female Jesse, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, John Hodgman, and Paul Reubens.

Minecraft: Story Mode coming to the Wii U, though later than other platforms, is still an incredible thing going forward. In addition, to have the folks at Telltale Games excitedly working with Nintendo is another thing that should not go unnoticed. There are many fans who have seen many of their other games and wanted to experience them, but had to do so on other platforms, if at all. Now, this move opens the door for more of their games on Nintendo consoles.

Are you a fan of the Minecraft franchise? Have you played the Story Mode already? Will you be picking up this game yourself today?

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


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Then There Was Only One…

Nintendo has announced the final new map will be arriving later tonight in Splatoon. As we were made aware a few weeks ago, the latest map is named Ancho-V Games, but now we know that it will be made available tonight, January 21, at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.

Often I have written about the incredible job that Nintendo has done with Splatoon, and for the final time, we are seeing the arrival of a new map in-game! Last week we received the final new weapon, and as things begin to wrap up on the FREE new content front for Splatoon, that just simply leaves tons of hours of fun game play ahead for Wii U owners.

This generation has seen some serious work put in from the core developers at Nintendo, including their second party devs. We have witnessed some of the best iterations of their classic series, the introduction of new Intellectual Property, and the expansion of the awareness of their existing IP with amiibo. So many wonderful things to appreciate this generation with Nintendo, and it seems that only a few gamers will ultimately do so in the moment, and honestly I think that is a shame.

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

Pokkén is Coming!

One of the most anticipated new games for Wii U in 2016 has received a release date, and it’s coming soon.

Pokkén Tournament, the upcoming game that lets players battle as prized Pokémon in fighting arenas, will launch exclusively for Wii U on March 18 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Pokkén Tournament brings high-definition game play and over-the-top action to never-before-seen battles between some of the most recognizable Pokémon characters. People that buy the first production run version of the game will also receive a special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, which can be tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller to unlock the Shadow Mewtwo playable character in the game.

The first glimpses of this game during a Pokémon presentation created an absolute fervor for this game, even before its official announcement. A few simple images sparked speculation that later turned out to be Pokkén Tournament, which started out as an arcade game in Japan, and is now a Wii U-exclusive coming in a couple of months.

Is Pokkén Tournament one of your most anticipated games of 2016? Will you be picking it up when it launches in March? How big do you think it can actually be–compared to other fighters on the market?

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


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All Present and Accounted For…

Nintendo has announced the final Splatoon Weapon that will be made available to players. They also shared an illustration of every weapon that is aailable in the game. This illustration also highlights the 3 weapons that are exclusively available to those who complete the amiibo challenges.

What is interesting to note about this list of weapons, is the number of weapons that we started with at launch pales in comparison to the now-74 available weapons, and Nintendo surely had some, if not most, of them ready to go initially, but held them back. There were many gamers who felt that this was a bad move by Nintendo, but I was never one to feel that way. I always felt that by keeping some things back for the sake of continued fresh content was a fantastic move. It allowed early-adopters to experience everything in a paced manner, and later-adopters to not be overwhelmed by the shear amount of weapons, maps, and gear that would eventually be a part of the game.

So often, there are an outspoken few who believe (for some reason) that they know better than Nintendo on EVERYTHING, and that was never more evident when it came to this generation of gaming, and this game, in particular. When Splatoon was first revealed at E3 2014, there was a genuine excitement, but immediately the dissectors were looking to figure how such a “small” concept could suffice for a full game experience. Then when more modes were revealed, including a single player mode, most cares were cast aside. That is, until the staggered scheduled release of certain modes and content was divulged. That is about the time that many people seemed to lose their collective minds, so to speak. That separation over Splatoon has lasted throughout, yet the videos retracting earlier comments and apologizing to viewers for their concrete panning of the game (i.e. “boycotting Splatoon until the pending update”) for no real reason. However that turned out, gamers have gotten a lot of content for this game, and Nintendo never once looked to charge extra for it. So-called fans have gone so far as to berate Nintendo for their choices regarding this game early, but Nintendo has over-delivered on Splatoon, and true fans have enjoyed it, while others have gone silent…

I think this is game will end up being a generation-defining game, and as such many of the early opinions will melt away into forgotten sentiments, but the greatness that it is will be remembered fondly. How do you feel Splatoon has turned out, content-wise? The one remaining new map (that we know about) to be released should make its debut soon; do you expect to see any more after that? Do you think this is marking the end of Splatoon attention and the start of attention to a sequel for NX?

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

The Last NEW Weapon Has Come…

Nintendo has announced that the final new weapon will be available to Splatoon players tomorrow night, Friday, January 15. As usual, the new weapon will be available at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.

Nintendo has delivered a massive amount of additional content to Splatoon, and every bit of it has been top-quality content. From weapons to gear to maps, Nintendo has continually delivered with Splatoon. We knew there would eventually be an end to the influx of content, and now we see the final new weapon in the Custom Hydra Splatling.

Will you be picking up the new weapon tomorrow night? Have you gotten your hands on all of the available weapons? If not, do you plan to do so? How do you like the choice for the final weapon? Do you think Nintendo did enough to fully support this game (following the thoughts of many gamers at launch)?

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