The Final Showdown…

Nintendo has announced the next and last Splatfest, and it will be a global event…of sorts. Splatoon has seen more than a dozen of the contests, and the final one will take place next month.

Get ready for the Squid Sisters Showdown–#TeamCallie versus #TeamMarie!

Splatoon has had an incredible run of updates and support for more than a year since release, and with this final Splatfest, we are seeing the last of the formal overarching support for this amazing game. Splatoon started out as a hopeful new IP being shown off for the first time at E3 in 2014, and the audience was absolute zero, but the charm was immediately apparent once the first part of that initial trailer was played. The game was heralded by many as the surprise hit of the show, garnering awards, praise and lots of attention. It wasn’t always seen as a sure-thing that it became, prior to its actual launch, though. There were many who continued to rage about how Nintendo was messing up, yet again. There were the cries of the company not listening to the fans; the whining about the company’s choice for advertisement; the way the content was being rolled out over time…all of these things seemed to be the telltale signs that Nintendo was completely out of touch with gamers today! Well, obviously Splatoon was not the death knell for the company that was being foretold, despite the threats of boycotting the game until all of the in-game content was released, or at least until the “big update” came a few months after launch.

Are you ready for the big showdown? How often have you participated in the Splatfest events? Will you choose #TeamCallie or #TeamMarie?

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

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And So the E3 Resolution Has Set In

The Electronic Entertainment Expo for 2016 has already commenced and concluded for another year. This year, as Nintendo fans, we were “warned” ahead of time that Nintendo would only have a single game playable on the show floor at E3 this year, and of course that “warning” was met with the usual responses typical of the community these days. The vast majority of the reactions were the typical “doom and gloom”, the drone of “How could Nintendo do this? They’re so stupid!” “One game!? They have given up!”

One game! Just one game…playable! But that was all that was necessary for them to have the most attractive presence at E3. When you approach this event with tempered expectations and a level head, you can not only find yourself pleasantly surprised, but also easily remember how interesting people’s reactions truly are. Remember when Nintendo delivered an admittedly lackluster E3 Digital Event in 2015? I vividly remember going into that event, hearing a lot of the prediction/wish list videos and podcasts declare that Nintendo could “win E3” with one simple action. All they had to do was show us new Zelda footage, as we already knew it was coming soon, and they would win, hands-down! Well, of course, we know that didn’t happen…then.

This year, however, we went into E3 knowing that the new Zelda game would be shown, and even playable, and suddenly that was not nearly enough, and Nintendo was somehow making some colossal mistake. That was quite curious, in my opinion, and funny enough, when the company finally unveiled their complete E3 plan, the reception was overwhelmingly positive. There are pictures, videos and eye witness accounts of how countless attendees ran to get their opportunity to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild demo. Hundreds of people, running past entire Sony and Microsoft booths to get to the sole Nintendo game playable on the show floor. Imagine that…the same company that was counted out of E3 because they were only bringing one game, was now receiving a great bulk of the attention from many different directions, and it was massively positive!

Now, Breath of the Wild was not the only game that Nintendo showed at E3, so let’s speak briefly on the others, as well. In addition to the Pokémon Sun and Moon gameplay that was shown on Tuesday, the Treehouse Live gang showed several other titles on Wednesday. Starting with mobile game, Pokémon GO Plus, Nintendo went on to share footage, and gameplay of quite a few Nintendo 3DS games, and one more Wii U game soon to be released. They showed:

All but one of these games is set for release in the coming weeks and months, save for the lone brand new IP, Ever Oasis, which is scheduled for a 2017 release.

Even beyond games, Nintendo has announced several new amiibo series’, as well. Of course, we know that Breath of the Wild will be compatible with amiibo, as we found that out when Twilight Princess HD was released on Wii U. We now know, though, that there are three new amiibo coming as Breath of the Wild series amiibo.

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Along with the above amiibo, we learned of more Super Mario series amiibo. Fans will finally get to grab a Waluigi amiibo…

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All in all, Nintendo has an amazingly solid E3. Especially against the odds that they seemingly faced prior to the event kicking off. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the information and gameplay, but that was even after expecting the company to do well (fanboy optimism, maybe). I expected that going in with the level of confidence they had in the single playable game, and not much more information, they would be just fine. Breath of the Wild, however, blew everybody away with its shear magnitude, and that is an absolute bonus in my opinion.

I am not really sure why doubting Nintendo, and thinking you are “smarter” than the company executives, developers, and producers is so chic, but it is satisfying to see those people proven wrong time and again. No person, or company, for that matter, is perfect, but understand, track record absolutely means a lot. Nintendo’s track record of creating phenomenal games and products cannot, and should not, be taken lightly.

Nintendo is in the process of creating the future, and is not looking toward the mistakes of the past. Anyone who thinks they should, is only dwelling there, and could possibly be left behind because of it. Please understand–Nintendo will be surprising us again, in the very near future!

What did you like best about Nintendo’s E3? Do you feel like Zelda alone, won E3 for them? Do you think Nintendo played their cards correctly for this year’s event?

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


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New Splatfest Incoming…

Nintendo has announced that the next Splatfest for Splatoon will be coming next week. Splatoon has continually been updated and supported since launch and beyond, with additional maps, weapons, and gear. Splatfest is yet another way that the game has been supported, as well. Of course, Splatfests are regional and/or global events that pit two player-chosen sides against each other in a test of wills battling it out in a massive Turf War competition.

This event’s theme is focused on the life question of which is better, the Early Bird or the Night Owl! Players are directed to choose their sides on Saturday, June 18.

I am truly looking forward to this Splatfest, and remember it will be running from June 24/25th from 9pm PST/12am EST until June 25/26th at 9pm PST/12am EST. 24 hours of Splatfest fun will be upon us in a week.

Which side do you think will win out? Which side do you prefer? Have you participated in previous Splatfest events? What did you like best about those experiences?

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

E3 Has Begun…And Zelda is Amazing!

Nintendo kicked off their E3 show today, and they opened with a moment of silence directed by Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America, in observation of the tragic events in Orlando within the last few days. As that was concluded, Reggie went on to tell us that Nintendo’s approach to E3 this year was to be different, as always, however, the information that would be shared was going to be phenomenal!

The opening trailer showed so many never-before-seen elements, visuals, and game mechanics, it could literally bring tears to the eyes of fans who have been waiting in anticipation for the game to launch since it was confirmed to be in development a few years ago.

Following the initial trailer for the game, Nintendo invited two of the developers of the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games onto the stage to share some game play and insights on the game. Pokémon Sun and Moon launches later this Fall on November 18, 2016.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a very unique art style that is inspired by Japanese animation and painting styles.

As the Treehouse Live event continues throughout today and tomorrow, I will continue to share more and more details followed by a full analysis after E3 has concluded.

Know this though, Nintendo inadvertently showed the demo version of the game that will be available for attendees to play. It was said early on that no one would be able to explore completely the area that the demo covered, and when that was shown during the first minutes of the presentation, it was basically confirmed.

Are you looking forward to finally getting your hands on this game, yet? Are you able to participate in any of the events on-site or elsewhere that are being hosted by Nintendo? What is the most exciting thing that you have seen/experienced with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so far?

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

Time For a Tour

Nintendo of America has announced a 12-City Tour in the United States, and it may be coming to a city near you. The tour will visit malls and other locations across the nation between June 17-September 5. There will be contests, prizes and photo opportunities for attendees, and the events are free to all who wish to attend.

“With the Play Nintendo Tour, there’s a surprise around every corner for kids and kids at heart,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The tour’s massive play area is filled with Nintendo 3DS games and charming worlds themed around classic games and characters.”

Visitors can hop into a Yoshi egg to play Yoshi’s New Island, recline on a giant banana while checking out Donkey Kong Country Returns 3Dand relax in pink beanbag chairs to play one of the newest games, Kirby: Planet Robobot, which launches on June 10. People who are into cool family photos or amazing selfies can take some snaps next to a huge Kirby figure, beside an oversized Yoshi egg, inside a barrel flanked by Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, under a devastating blue Spiny Shell in theMario Kart 7 area or next to a giant Pokéball in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire region. The New Super Mario Bros. 2 section features a photogenic flagpole, stacks of coins and a warp pipe, while the YO-KAI WATCHarea makes people look like they have stepped into Springdale, the town in the game, complete with mischievous Yo-kai lurking about.

For the list of locations and dates, see below:

  • June 17-19: Westfield Culver City – Los Angeles
  • June 24-26: Arrowhead Towne Center – Glendale, Arizona
  • July 1-3: FlatIron Crossing – Broomfield, Colorado
  • July 8-10: Mall of America® – Bloomington, Minnesota
  • July 15-17: Bite of Seattle – Seattle
  • July 21-24: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina – San Diego
  • July 29-31: Memorial City Mall – Houston
  • Aug. 5-7: Woodfield Mall – Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Aug. 12-14: Roosevelt Field – Garden City, New York
  • Aug. 19-21: South Shore Plaza – Braintree, Massachusetts
  • Aug. 26-28: Tysons Corner Center – Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Sept. 2-5: North Point Mall – Alpharetta, Georgia

Have you ever attended any of the Nintendo of America tour events? Will you be attending any of these dates? Which 3DS game(s) piques your interest most?

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


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Sheldon’s Pack is Unboxed on June 7

A few days ago, we found out about a new update and weapon pack coming to Splatoon this week.

Nintendo has shared several posts detailing the contents of the newest pack arriving for Splatoon following the Update 2.8.0 which goes live Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016.

Squid Research Lab PSA: In case you missed it, we’re happy to announce that the upcoming 2.8.0 update, arriving the evening of June 7, will include 9 new weapon combos known as Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2. This update will also include some weapon balance adjustments, along with bug fixes.

Please note that due to the update, server maintenance is scheduled to occur from 5:50 PM – 7 PM PT on Tue, June 7th.

The above weapons are 7 of the prospective 9 that are due to be available following the update. I will share details of the two remaining weapon sets when they are revealed.

Which weapon combos will you likely used most? Are you excited about the new weapons coming to Splatoon? Are you satisfied with the continued support for the game, even a full year from its release?

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


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Nintendo @ E3, Continued…

When Nintendo initially announced their plans for E3, they made sure to let us know that more details would be to follow, as well. Those “more details” have started to trickle out even more. Last week, I shared some additional information that is now being updated even more.

Although we know that the newest Legend of Zelda is the focus for this year’s E3, we have now learned that during this year’s Treehouse Live presentation there will be additional games shown, as well.

Nintendo heads to E3 once again and brings the coverage directly to you with a two-day program from Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3! Tune in starting at 9 a.m. PT on June 14 for a day of live-streaming gameplay focused on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and first live gameplay ofPokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon that kicks off the program!

Day 2 of Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 will showcase upcoming releases for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE! Day 2 will start with a special Pokémon GO developer Q&A at 10 a.m. PT on June 15.

Minus a Digital Event (or press conference), Nintendo is still looking to go into this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo with quite a bit to share with fans. For those individuals in attendance, they are sure to thoroughly enjoy the immersive experience that The Legend of Zelda environment that the company will have on hand. And for those of us unable to attend, we are bound to truly enjoy our experience, too.

What are you most looking forward to seeing from E3 this year? Do you expect to see more surprises coming from Nintendo during the expo?

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


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