In Like a Lion…

supermarioodyssey_1987273Nintendo took to E3 2017 like a lion! Prior to the Nintendo Spotlight, which was followed by the Nintendo Treehouse Live, reports circulated about about the length of the presentation. Of course, these reports were met my some of the strangest reactions possible. In typical fashion, there were the usual complaints from this person or that, expounding on all of the “reasons” Nintendo was making a mistake, and already on the way to “losing” E3.

These sentiments, however, were wholly premature, as Nintendo absolutely showed off so much information on games that will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and a few to the Nintendo 3DS titles, as well. The Nintendo Spotlight was 25 minutes of packed details, and it was all about Nintendo Switch games coming very soon. Afterward, the Treehouse Live broadcast featured a few additional tidbits.

If you were unable to watch the Nintendo Spotlight, or would like to see it again, check it out below.

A few of the highlights from Day 1 include:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks amazing and is due to release Holiday 2017
  • a brand new Kirby game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, due to release next year
  • a new core RPG Pokémon game is in development for Nintendo Switch, but may be more than a year out
  • Metroid Prime 4 is now in development for the Nintendo Switch
  • Yoshi is in development and due to be released next year
  • Fire Emblem Warriors is due to be released Fall 2017
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Expansion Pass Pack 1 is due to be released on June 30 and is called The Master Trials; and Pack 2 is due to be released in Holiday 2017, and called The Champions’ Ballad
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was shown off and is due to be released August 29
  • Rocket League was announced for Nintendo Switch and includes console exclusives, cross-network support, and in due to be released Holiday 2017
  • Super Mario Odyssey was packed with tons of surprising content, features amazing music and so many never-before-seen mechanics and abilities, and is due to be released on October 27

“Nintendo Switch provides everyone a ticket for a journey to new worlds and fun, exclusive experiences,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “This journey continues through all of 2017 and beyond, and it’s one that video game fans of all types won’t want to miss.”

Nintendo's E3 2017 Show FloorDuring the Treehouse Live, Nintendo showed off several minutes of game play footage for the upcoming Metroid: The Return of Samus, a new 2D Metroid title for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. This game is due to be released September 15. In addition, we were also treated to game play for the upcoming Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, due to be released on October 6. Also, as many as 12 new amiibo were shown off, and should be available soon.

The Treehouse Live was then followed by the first of three phenomenal tournaments featuring different competitive titles from Nintendo. The Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational took place today, pitting 4 teams from around the world against each other in the new Splatoon 2 game that will be released July 21. The remaining 2 tournaments are today and tomorrow, Wednesday June 14 and Thursday, June 15, respectively.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 returns 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday. The day will include more live gameplay, game details and developer commentary, as well as two competitions. The 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., while the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PT.

There was just so much to like about Day 1 of Nintendo’s E3 showing, and it was just the first day. What else will they do?!

Which aspect of the day stood out most to you? Were you happy with what you saw? What was the biggest surprise of the day?

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


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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!!

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!!

Lots and Lots of Fire Emblem On the Way

The history of the Fire Emblem franchise is a little newer in the West than it truly exists for Nintendo. That, however, is a trend that is quickly changing for the better, as the series has seen steady, if not exponential, growth via their latest iterations. Nintendo held a Fire Emblem series-focused Nintendo Direct late Wednesday afternoon. During the Direct, we found out about several new Fire Emblem games coming out on varying platforms over the next year or so.

For the next few months and years, we will be seeing a steady release of Fire Emblem content. Take a look at the Nintendo Direct below:

fire-emblem-echoes-box-artAs you can see, the first thing that was announced during the Direct was Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This new game is inspired by the second ever released Fire Emblem game from Japan, entitled Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was released originally in 1992. Shadows of Valentia is set to be a Nintendo 3DS family of systems release on May 19. Alongside the game will be the release of two new amiibo, Alm and Celica, who are the two protagonists of the new game.

The next game that was announced was the new Fire Emblem for the Nintendo Switch. No name has been determined yet, so it’s still under a working title, at the moment. This new game for Nintendo Switch is planned for release some time in 2018.

The one console iteration that we were fire-emblem-warriorssomewhat familiar with from the Nintendo Switch Presentation last week, entitled Fire Emblem Warriors, got a little more footage and is also being developed for both the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. It is scheduled for release in Fall 2017 on both systems.

Then the last thing that was announced was the new Fire Emblem smartphone game that we briefly learned of before, but now we were able to see quite a bit more. The name of this new game is Fire Emblem Heroes, and it is being billed as a strategic RPG, so be sure to prepare properly. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available on both iOS and Android devices. Interestingly, there was a bit of confusion as the trailer for the game only listed a release date for Android devices on February 2, and “soon” on iOS devices. However, follow-up tweets from both Nintendo of Japan and North America showed the release for both platforms on the 2nd.

Nintendo is looking for fans to get involved early with the game, even prior to release by participating in a marketing promotion centered around choosing their favorite characters across all of the games in the series. The winning characters will be featured in Fire Emblem Heroes as special versions.

So, as the new year gets started, Nintendo is already into full swing promoting and marketing their products, hardware and software, and again, this is a truly exciting time to be a Nintendo fan. There are a lot of new experiences coming from the company, and they look to be arriving at an accelerated pace. The beauty of the matter is, we fans have definitely been waiting for them. I’m excited to see what comes next.

Did you watch the Nintendo Direct live? Which game are you most looking forward to playing?

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

Nintendo Stands to Gain BIG During This Holiday Season

A few months ago, I heard some people lamenting the coming holiday season, hinting that Nintendo was going to be “characteristically” falling behind in the “console race” due to the fact that they had pushed the launch of their new console into March of 2017. “As usual”, the company is just inept, according to these people. Obviously, these conclusions were/are premature and inaccurate, but that never stops the prognosticators from making their predictions.

Nintendo as a company has been around since September 1889, and in the gaming industry since the late 1970s, and of course making home and portable consoles (along with games) since 1983 (1985, globally). The company’s main pillar of business is video games, and they have maintained their very relevant presence there ever since. Even as many other companies have come and gone, along the way, Nintendo has continued to navigate the waters of the gaming industry with mastery. As with any company in the electronic/technology industry, there are always hits and misses, but longevity proves to serve as an incredible indicator of skill. In short, Nintendo has some idea of what they’re doing!

So, as we come upon the current holiday season, we know that Nintendo has essentially ceased production and support for the Wii U, aside from eShop releases and sales. However, the Nintendo 3DS is still benefitting from some outstanding support. New games coming out, brand new updates for existing games, and more. Though sales are declining on the aging hardware, it still has a great deal of love from fans and a massive installed base to sell games.

Pokémon Sun and Moon 2.jpgAmong those games coming for the Nintendo 3DS is the recently released, and obviously popular Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. These two iterations of the newest in the series have been greatly anticipated for quite some time, and early indications are that it is meeting and even exceeding expectations. That spells major sales during this holiday season!

In addition to the Nintendo 3DS-related nes_system_controller_boxrevenues, the company also has a few other incredible things that are set to make a huge impact on their holidays. Another recently released thing from Nintendo is the hotly desired NES Classic Edition. The initial shipments completely sold out within minutes in North America, and there’s little doubt the wannabe early adopters who missed out will absolutely make sure they are among the fortunate ones when the retailers get their restocks in from the company. Such a simple unit, at a nominal price point, and high demand spells another incredible revenue stream.

Super Mario Run 2.jpgJust like two years ago when amiibo were an instant hit, Nintendo has ways of generating revenue from the shear strength of the IP they have cultivated over the decades, and continue to create, as well. And while collector’s items and nostalgia are great motivators for fantastic sales figures, new experiences are very much a part of what Nintendo brings to the table. That is seen in their coming mobile game, Super Mario Run.The beloved mascot of the company being featured in his first-ever mobile game is definitely poised to generate a huge buzz, especially with it’s interesting pay scale.

In a recent article from Fox Business’ website, the question was asked if Apple needed Nintendo more than Nintendo needed Apple. An interesting question on its own, but within the context of the article, it is also plain to see that Super Mario Run is expected to a significant revenue generator.

Diehard Nintendo fans won’t have a problem shelling out $9.99 for the game next month, and it will be the most important iOS release for Nintendo.

Nintendo’s stock soared 29% the day the game was announced. Apple’s response was far more subtle. However, both companies have a lot riding on the release and its initial iOS exclusivity. Nintendo obviously hopes to make a dent in the mobile gaming market that has eaten into its handheld system sales.

Both companies have a very vested interest in making sure that Super Mario Run is a success. I firmly believe, for that reason, Nintendo has made sure to create a very unique experience with a very familiar face. It has been the company’s aim, for quite some time now, to bring more people into the dedicated gaming community by introducing them through the recognition of their powerful Intellectual Property. The characters that Nintendo has created stand as some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever. The ability to draw more people into gaming just through their beloved IP is incredible, and exactly what this mobile game is looking to be able to do.

So, with the NES Classic Edition remaining in high demand (and soon-to-be restocked), the ever-popular Pokémon Sun and Moon, the forthcoming Super Mario Run, and more, Nintendo is certainly poised to have a tremendous Holiday Season. I truly look forward to seeing how well everything turns out. And just think…soon after the holidays are concluded, the next generation of Nintendo will be fully initiated! Talk about exciting!!

Will you be picking up anything Nintendo over the next few days and weeks? Have you already done so? How well do you expect Nintendo’s Holiday Season to turn out?

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


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Nintendo’s Back to School Savings Announced

Earlier today, Nintendo announced their newest wave of discount offerings just in time for students returning to their respective classrooms. Students (and their parents, alike) will be able to take advantage of offers for both the Nintendo 3DS as well as the Wii U.

The company announced several keys discounts, such as bundles for Nintendo 3DS/2DS, amiibo and game bundles, as well as new Nintendo Selects titles.

These new savings will be available starting August 26th in North America.

Starting on Aug. 26, Nintendo rolls out a stellar set of offers for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, including some of Nintendo’s biggest hits dropping to a suggested retail price of $19.99 each, like Animal Crossing: New Leaf andThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, as well as the debut of a new Mario-themed New Nintendo 3DS system that comes with the Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed at the low suggested retail price of only $149.99. And starting on Sept. 9, five convenient bundles each packed with a select Wii U game and an amiibo figure will be available. All of these great deals make getting ready for school a much more entertaining (and affordable) process.

Nintendo Selects Round 2The new titles going into the Nintendo Selects collection for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U are as follows:

Also on Aug. 26, a New Nintendo 3DS bundle that includes the system, the wildly fun Super Mario 3D Land game pre-installed and two extra interchangeable Mario-themed cover plates (one inspired by Mario and one featuring 8-bit renditions of classic Nintendo characters) will go on sale exclusively at Walmart and Target stores at a low suggested retail price of $149.99. New Nintendo 3DS is more compact than New Nintendo 3DS XL and also sports removable cover plates that let you customize the system’s look. New Nintendo 3DS is one of the most versatile video game systems out there, and this price (with an included game!) really can’t be beat. The suggested retail price is $50 less than the suggested retail price of any New Nintendo 3DS bundle previously offered.

Also going into the month of September, there will be even more savings made available.

Starting on Sept. 9, select Wii U games will be packaged with specific amiibo at a suggested retail price of only $39.99 each.

The titles that will be available in these bundleamiibo Bundles packages are as follows:

  • Yoshi’s Woolly World – Pink Yarn Yoshi – Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World – Light Blue Yarn Yoshi -Activates “Double Yoshi” in single-player mode, allows players to save favorite collected patterns to the amiibo figure
  • Mario Party 10 – Peach – Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode
  • Mario Party 10 – Bowser – Play with and customize the amiibo in Party Mode
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Toad – Unlocks a hide-and-seek challenge

These savings from Nintendo are a fantastic step in offering incredible value in the marketplace. For the fans who have yet to take advantage of any of the above games, and/or the Nintendo 3DS, now is the time to do so. The phenomenal games and systems are definitely an amazing way to enjoy our favorite pass-time.

Will you be taking advantage of any of these savings? How many of these games do you already own? Which deal are you most excited for?

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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