Nintendo Introduces Another New Character for ARMS

One of the new games coming to the Nintendo Switch, and one of the company’s newest franchises, ARMS looks to be packing in a lot of incredible and unique characters. Last week, we were introduced to Min Min during the Nintendo Direct, and now, we have already been introduced to yet again another new character in Helix (DNA Man in Japan).

Helix is very different from the other characters, and his moves are very unique, as well. Take a look at the introductory trailer, here:

Helix battles differently compared to other fighters, mainly due to his unique form. His dodging and jumping style make him very elusive in battle.

I really love what Nintendo is doing with ARMS and have no doubt this game will be a major hit for the company, and could quite possibly go a long way toward establishing the next wave of legendary character IP for the company along with Splatoon.

Are you excited to see another new character so soon? How do you like Helix’ unique move-set?

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

Chapter 1 – Squid Sisters Stories

Last week, the Squid Research Lab released some Top Secret documents that hinted at the reason behind the absence of the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, during the recent promotional footage of Nintendo’s upcoming Splatoon 2. The singing duo were the mainstays for the Inkling World in Splatoon, and now we are starting to get some insights into their disappearance.

For the next few weeks, we will be finding out more and more information as it becomes available, and Thursday evening saw the release of the first chapter in The Squid Sisters Stories. It will be interesting to see how we will get more of the lore behind this incredible franchise. Below is Chapter 1:

 

 

 

Squid Sisters Stories - Chapter 1

Nintendo has done an amazing job continuing to build upon the fledgling Splatoon franchise, with constant support, additional content, various events, and now deeper story lines. The Squid Sisters Stories truly has the potential to go much further than giving a backstory on the absence of Callie and Marie, too. That is what makes what the company is doing that much more incredible because there is potential for supporting manga, anime, and more. We will have to wait and see.

What more do you think we will see from these stories? How are you enjoying them? Be sure to stay tuned for more as more becomes available.

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


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What Happened to Callie and Marie?

The full promotion for the upcoming Splatoon 2 is well underway, and the Squid Research Lab is continually shedding light on the newest game in the franchise. Two of the first game’s staples were the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, but they have been conspicuously absent from the new game’s showings, so far.

It now seems there is a lot more to the story than their simple absence. Though not fully revealed, the Squid Sisters seem to have had a “falling out” after the final Splatfest for the first game which occurred several months ago.

I look forward to more unveiling of the story behind their non-participation in the coming weeks, leading to the release of Splatoon 2. Be sure to stay tuned as I intend to keep you all updated on the unfolding story as it is shared.

Did you compete in the last Splatfest for Splatoon, and were you on the winning team? Are you excited to experience other music artists from the Inking world? What do you think happened to the sisters?

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

Splatoon 2 is Going to Be Amazing!!

Last Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct gave Nintendo fans a brand new glimpse into the world of Splatoon 2, as we were treated to loads of great information. Over the past few weeks, we have been getting more and more details about the newest iteration in the Splatoon franchise, and the Nintendo Direct offered up even more.

tumblr_inline_oof8sltyk91t4m0j9_1280The Direct came with the introduction of the newest mode in the franchise, Salmon Run. This new mode is an online multiplayer (for 4 teammates) mode akin to a “horde mode”. Salmon Run looks like a lot of fun, and I am really looking forward to spending a lot of time with it and any other new aspects of Splatoon 2.

There was also the newly announced amiibo compatibility that will be a part of Splatoon 2. Along with new abilities, Nintendo announced the arrival of three more franchise amiibo, bringing the total number of amiibo that will be compatible with Splatoon 2 to eight (Phase 1 Inkling Boy/Girl, Inkling Squid, Callie, Marie, and now Phase 2 Inkling Boy/Girl, and Inkling Squid).

The first game arrived, and it was a very tumblr_inline_oof8skggpd1t4m0j9_1280successful “experiment” by the company, taking a chance on a new idea, brought to life by a younger team who were allowed to create a fantastic gaming experience. Now, we will see what experience, and two years of creative thinking will afford Nintendo Switch owners the opportunity to experience.

During the latter portion of the life of the Wii U, Nintendo was forced to rely on their ingenuity and desire to succeed. That response by the company is why, by many accounts, you should never “count out Nintendo”. When most people have predicted their demise over and over again, they continually surprise people with their resiliency. Having the ability to thrive at the very time that many don’t expect you to survive is the mark of excellence. The Splatoon franchise was born out of that time, just like many other times in the company’s history. My advice…stay tuned!

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

Just How Far-Reaching Can ARMS Be?

arms-logoDuring the recent Nintendo Direct, last week, Nintendo showed several new aspects of the new franchise, ARMS for the the Nintendo Switch, due to be released on June 16. This new franchise looks to be potentially a groundbreaking hit as a unique 3D fighter that seems to remind people of several different franchises that have held a lasting place in the gaming annals.

One of the most appealing aspects of ARMS is the unique characters, and all that they bring to the game. The interchangeable weapons sets, and how they are utilized by the characters individually will be very interesting to watch. I’m really excited to see how the full aesthetic comes together when the game comes even closer to release. Also knowing that this game is being developed by a veteran team makes it even more exciting to await.

So, as the game makes its way through the process of reveal, discovery, then release, many people have taken different approaches to their excitement or even anticipation. I always approach things with the understanding that everyone has their own personal prerogative when it comes to games. As far as what they like, don’t like, or are indifferent toward is/should be completely up to them. One person’s genuine excitement definitely should not be influenced by any other person. That’s why I believe it is okay for some people to wonder about new titles, but it’s not necessarily okay to adversely influence  anyone based on bias or personal preference.

When we were initially introduced to ARMS through a simple trailer, I was immediately intrigued by the game and saw the potential of yet another exciting franchise that could do what Splatoon did as a new Intellectual Property, thus expanding the company’s already solid portfolio of amazing IP. This game is certainly shaping up to be full of that Nintendo charm, and I am definitely looking forward to its release, and how well it is received when it is finally presented to the masses.

I was remarking a while back that much of the appeal of a lot of the brands of the past during the decades of the 80s and 90s was their connection to characters. Many of the most popular brands had “mascots” or characters that represented them, so recognition went much further than just a logo or a slogan. Those character sold  many items during those years. Characters were so powerful, they could actually cross-promote/endorse products without diminishing results. I point this out because the art of characters seems to be a lost form that could be making a comeback. I embrace that sentiment with a lot of hope, at least. And it appears that ARMS will rely on the strength of the new characters that will populate the game.

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The introduction of the new character, Min Min, marks the sixth official character so far, and each one of them has their own uniqueness. In fact, some enterprising fans noticed what appear to be 4 more unannounced characters, so it will be interesting to watch as they are introduced, along with potentially any others after that. Bottom line, Nintendo has yet another potentially explosive new game franchise on their hands, and I look forward to putting in some serious hours “gettin’ good”!

Which character is your favorite, so far? Will you look to master one main character or all of them? How excited are you about ARMS, at this point?

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

A Record Breaking Month for Nintendo

The month of March annually marks the end of Nintendo’s fiscal calendar, and last month, FY 2016 ended with the launch of a brand dedicated home gaming console for the company along with the launch of the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on both Wii U and Nintendo Switch. It was known for months that Nintendo intended to do all that they possibly could to make sure they had a very strong month within all of their businesses.

Within the next few days, the company will be holding their Annual Investor’s Meeting to discuss and disclose their performance. They have, however, shared some early details  on the progress of the key indicators from the month of March, and things look extremely promising. For just North America alone, the Nintendo Switch is one of the fastest-selling consoles of all time (and definitely Nintendo’s fastest selling console, ever). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild saw the franchise’s best-ever launch months, selling more than 1.3 million units, and ever besting a 100% attach rate on the company’s brand new console. That also means that Breath of the Wild is the company’s best ever console launch title, as well.

“Nintendo always strives to offer consumers something fun, new and different,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “With its various play modes and the innovative features of the Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch provides unique experiences that people can take with them anywhere and share with anyone.”

One thing that I have learned, is that momentum is probably the biggest factor in business, hands-down. It is one of those things that can be all around, yet remain as elusive as most anything imaginable. Because of that, it is something that always must be nurtured, cared for, and never taken for granted. Momentum is easily maintained, but difficult to get back once it’s gone. Nintendo understands that, and appears to be acting accordingly. I look forward to hearing much more detail on Nintendo’s record-breaking results when the company has their Investor Briefing next week, April 27.

While Nintendo Switch sales are off to a record-breaking start, shipments have not yet been able to keep up with such high demand. Nintendo is working to make sure everyone who wants a system is able to buy one, and more systems are continually being shipped. In just over two weeks, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game will launch for Nintendo Switch on April 28 with more content than any other Mario Kart game in series history, including 48 racing tracks, new Battle modes, new characters and other additions. Competition on Nintendo Switch gets even hotter heading into summer, with the release of the ARMS game on June 16 and the Splatoon 2 game on July 21.

Do these numbers surprise you, or were you expecting this type of performance? Have you been able to contribute to the record-setting results? What other feats do you think Nintendo will accomplish in this current environment?

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


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The April 12th Nintendo Direct

c9pwjhpvoaexbnmAnnounced two days in advance, Nintendo aired their newest Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday evening, and it primarily focused on two upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. When it was shared via Twitter, we were told that the focus would indeed be on Splatoon 2 and ARMS, which are both due to release very soon, as Spring and Summer games. It was also shared that along with the Nintendo Switch, there was also to be Nintendo 3DS game coverage, as well.

This Nintendo Direct was fantastic, and full of details on many things known and unknown. From some smaller titles to highly anticipated titles due out through the remainder of the year, we were treated to a great variety of game experiences on the horizon (and even a couple things right away).

So as there were so many specific details throughout the entire Nintendo Direct, I will talk more on highlights and some of the points that stood out to me. In the meanwhile, below is the full video of the Nintendo Direct, in case you were unable to watch before.

The Nintendo Direct started out with the Nintendo 3DS and I really enjoyed the pace of the new information, as the details came across in more of a news feed/report with a lot to share in a small space of time. A lot of great content coming to the system throughout the rest of the year, too, so Nintendo 3DS owners have a lot to look forward to.

Some of the titles that stood out to me the most during the Nintendo 3DS portion were Hey! Pikmin due out July 28 alongside accompanying Pikmin amiibo, Miitopia set to launch in North America later this year, and then there is Team Kirby Clash Deluxe which actually is free-to-start and available right away, following the presentation.

Along with the Pikmin amiibo, a few other amiibo sets were mentioned/announced, as well. June 23 will see the release of three new Legend of Zelda series amiibo, depicting Link from the Majora’s Mask era, Twilight Princess era, and Skyward Sword era. Also, the final three remaining amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. set (as previously announced) will become available on July 21, as well as a new set of Splatoon 2-themed amiibo (Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Squid form).

c9pur5ju0aaojnhFor the Nintendo Switch, the company did not hold back much in the way of forthcoming content, and that’s fantastic for the brand new console. A steady stream of new games to play, and experiences to be had, have been promised to Nintendo Switch owners since the days, week, and even months leading to its release on March 3. Now, that promise is being held by the company is a major way. Over the next few months, there will be quite a few titles releasing for the console and they all vary in genre, and should appeal to most any taste of gamer out there looking for some seriously fun gaming.

From the introduction of the new characterc9pqo2vvwaaies Min Min from ARMS, to new details in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, to the new mode coming to Splatoon 2, called Salmon Run, there are gems for everyone. We know that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28, in just a couple of weeks, but then Minecraft fans have something to look forward to on May 11. Shortly after that, Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers is set to release on the 26th of May. We were finally able to get the release dates on both ARMS and Splatoon 2, June 16, and July 21, respectively.

 

 

c9psrhdumaaqldmIt was fantastic to see so much information packed into a wonderfully paced Nintendo Direct, and aside from the fact that I really enjoyed it, especially knowing that we had not really had one of this nature in quite some time, it was refreshing, to say the least. I will, however, give my additional thoughts in an upcoming post, so be on the lookout for that soon. Until then, tell me what you liked best about the Nintendo Direct.

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