Nindies Are Starting Out Strong on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo of America hosted a Nindies Showcase today at 12noon EST/9am PST, and it was chock-full of content from the independent developers working with Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch. The presentation showed off several new (and soon to release) games that are sure to bring hours and hours of fun and enjoyment.

There were a few world premieres, timed exclusive announcements, and even console exclusives, as well. Nintendo has been hard at work making sure their relationships are solidly in place to bring various unique experiences.

Take a look at the presentation here:

I really like how the presentation started out, showing the sequel to the critically acclaimed Steamworld Dig from Image & Form. The hotly anticipated Yooka-Laylee was finally confirmed for Nintendo Switch, and even Runner 3 was revealed. The coming months are going to be amazing for Nintendo Switch owners, and there definitely will not be a shortage of content available as Damon Baker shared just how often new games will be releasing from the Nindies community.

Which titles are you most anticipating that were featured in the Nindies Showcase? Were you surprised by any of the announcements? Do you think the strategy for the Nintendo Switch is going to be effective?

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


Upcoming Nindies Showcase Today

Nintendo has announced a new presentation that will be focused on the Nindies community in regards to the Nintendo Switch. The presentation will be live today at noon. The Nintendo Switch has a lot of 3rd party support from within the independent game developers community, as did the Wii U, so it will be exciting to see what some of the gaming experiences will be that are coming soon to the Nintendo Switch.

The company provided a little info last week, along with the announcement, so it will be interesting to see what is shared beyond the preliminary.

This year, Nintendo eShop will be home to more than 60 indie games, in addition to digital versions of packaged games, DLC and more.

Will you be tuning in to the presentation live or catching up afterward? Do you have a any predictions or expectations? On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for the presentation?

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


Nintendo Shares New Licensed Accessories for the Nintendo Switch

A lot of people have begun to voice concern about the tactile nature of the Joy-Con for the Nintendo Switch as the come directly out of the box. In fact, several have even expressed desire to have more ergonomically sound covers for the Joy-Con to supplement the straps that come with the system. Fear not, Nintendo has shared some officially licensed materials (from Japan, currently).

A lot of color variety is seen immediately, and the accessories are not solely for the Joy-Con, there are several different cases, and covers on display, as well.

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Personally, I am excited about these accessories, as the portable nature of the system sets off the “extra careful sensors” inside me. That definitely makes me want to ensure I am able to care for it constantly, especially if I am taking advantage of the multiplayer functionality. Something about other people handling your equipment that raises your sense…am I right?!

Which of these accessories appeal to you most? Do you expect to pick up any of these (whether they are offered in your region or not)? What else would you want Nintendo to make available?

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


Players Are Encouraged to Get to Know Princess Zelda

Over the last several days, Game Informer has been sharing lots of in-depth information, videos and interviews with regards to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A lot of that information has bordered on spoiler-level information, but they have been given the blessing by Nintendo, so it has been 100% authorized details. Some fans have chosen to ignore any/all new information for a couple of weeks, as we lead up to the release of the game (and the Nintendo Switch, itself). Personally, I have done a lot of that, as well, but some of the latest screenshots and information caught me at a good time, and I wanted to share them, as well.

During Game Informer‘s interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma, the two gentlemen shared some interesting news for the fans of the series. One highly intriguing thing that was shared is how they approached the character depth for Princess Zelda. The depth of her character and her range of emotions are plenty, but it is interesting to see how Aonuma-san decided to introduce her to the players.

“I think it is really important for the players to feel like they are Link,” Aonuma says. “Whether the player will feel like they are the main character is a very important element in this game, and if the player is looking at the storyline from an outsider’s perspective, then they may not feel that real connection with those characters. So that deep involvement is necessary to feel a deeper relationship with the characters. Especially when Link is growing, or the characters are growing, and can feel that growth with them, then you will feel an even closer relationship with them.”

There is a moment from the game’s most recent trailer showing a distraught Zelda throwing herself into Link’s arms as she bursts into tears. “[Laughs] I don’t want to get too deep into it, but I do want you to know that Zelda does have a lot of emotions and expressions, different kinds of expressions in this game, and for the trailer we chose one that was very extreme,” Aonuma says. “Once you start playing  Breath of the Wild, I want you to explore and see these different sides of Zelda, different emotions that she evokes.”

This approach to unveiling Princess Zelda to the players is fantastic, because it gives each player a unique means of uncovering the game. It also encourages many players to avoid “rushing” through the game, in order to gather more of the story and character personality. I am very excited to see how this game design choice plays out, and even making Zelda mad, just to see it unfold.

How do you like this new approach from the developers? Do you think this type of personality reveal will make its way into other franchises, as well? Do you expect to pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

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


Nintendo Announces Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass

Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will feature downloadable content in the form of an Expansion Pass that will be available for purchase when the game launches on March 3, and will contain 2 separate packs. This will be the first time DLC will be available for a mainline Zelda game. The Expansion Pass will be available on both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items. The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and will include the addition of a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a new feature for the in-game map. The second content pack will launch in Holiday 2017, and adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story. The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.

So, as for the contents of the DLC, we have to wait until it is at least closer to release to know full-fledged what it entails, but I would venture to guess that keeping with traditional Nintendo fashion, there will be much more surprise than anything. One thing I do feel is necessary however, is caution where skepticism is concerned. Unfortunately, this is not addressing an issue before it becomes one…it has already started.

There are those people who are already calling the DLC for Breath of the Wild “the worst ever”. Not exactly sure how that can be the case, especially since we do not yet know all of the details about the content of the Expansion Pass. Now, I will preface this by saying, I have never been a big fan of DLC in pretty much any form, but there have been instances where I feel it has been done perfectly well…and that was done by Nintendo. The add-on content for Mario Kart 8 was one such instance of DLC done right.

The most promising part of what was shared about the Expansion Pass was the Cave of Trials, as well as the new dungeon and original story addition. I’m sure the bonus chests will get the bulk of many people’s attention to point to negative aspects of the content, but there’s nothing about them that should be taken as a reason to purchase or choose not to. Bottom line, as most DLC should be, the Expansion Pass should very well be optional, and players should not expect it to be mandatory for full enjoyment of the game.

“The world of Hyrule, which we created for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is so large and vibrant that we wanted to offer more for players to experience within it,” said Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, the longtime producer of the series. “With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”

Do you expect to pick up the Expansion Pass? Will you be getting it immediately at launch or afterward? Are you a fan of DLC, if it’s done properly?

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


The Global Testfire Returns

Prior to the launch of Splatoon on the Wii U, Nintendo hosted a Global Testfire event that allowed potential customers to experience the demo during set time periods. It seems that the company is once again turning to the vastly successful Global Testfire model that gave players the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the game and truly understand what it is really like to play the game for themselves; this time on the Nintendo Switch.

For the second night in a row, Nintendo has shared new information for the upcoming Splatoon 2, and they have not disappointed. This Global Testfire will be the first time for many people to get their hands on the series, and that is exciting to know that so many people will get to experience it in this newest iteration.

Have you ever participated in a Global Testfire event? Are you excited to get your hands on Splatoon 2 during next month’s event? Will you compete in all six time slots?

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

Late-Night Tweets Give More Details

Late on Friday evening, Nintendo of America released a couple fantastic bits of information for the upcoming sequel to their new hit IP, Splatoon. Splatoon was released on Nintendo’s waning home console, the Wii U, roughly two years ago, and Splatoon 2 will soon be releasing on the Nintendo Switch slated for the Summer of 2017.

Taking to Twitter, the company’s North American arm decided to share some incredible news regarding the game. We learn about the spectator mode that was briefly mentioned during the Treehouse Live event which followed the Nintendo Switch Presentation in January. We also find out a little more of local multiplayer features for the game (and likely more generally, the Nintendo Switch, as well).

Both of these tweets are very forward-thinking in their depth regarding Nintendo’s new dedicated home gaming device. The company has created a very detailed piece of hardware that has many unique aspects, and that same attribute flows smoothly into the software, as evidenced by the simple, yet powerful details that we see above.

Which of these two new details do you like most? Are you happy finding out about them? Do you expect to utilize either/both of these new features?

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