Chapter 3 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab continues to dive deep into the story behind the Squid Sisters and what they have been up to since the last Splatfest several months ago. Splatoon 2 will be releasing globally soon, and Nintendo is doing a lot to make sure the promotion is as highly effective as possible. As you may be well aware, Callie and Marie were very present in the first Splatoon game, and they have been just as absent in the promotion to this point leading to the upcoming Splatoon 2. These stories are serving the purpose of giving more in-depth lore to the franchise, as well as helping to promote the game in another unique manner, that falls squarely in line with the personality of the IP.

If you missed Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2, be sure to check them out. Otherwise, enjoy:

Squid Sisters Stories - Chapter 3

I am really enjoying everything that Nintendo is doing right now to make sure the word is out about the company’s newest game console, the Nintendo Switch. From the steady roll-out of new and incredible content to the ways in which advertisement has been a main focus, everything has been at peak quality. The more they continue to follow that model, the more they will be able to advance the momentum that they are experiencing right now. Be sure to stay tuned for more as it becomes available.

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

Chapter 2 – Squid Sisters Stories

The Squid Research Lab has released the second chapter of the Squid Sisters Stories, and it is shedding more light on the situation between Callie and Marie. These two busy entertainers are dealing with the demands of rising popularity, and trying to maintain their relationship all at the same time.

If you have not seen Chapter 1, be sure to take a look at that, and enjoy Chapter 2, below:

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This story is getting more and more interesting the deeper we get into it. The emotional account of Marie in this entry is painting a picture that really illustrates the amount of lore behind the Splatoon franchise that has been absent, but also can truly be filled in going forward. I am excited to see what comes next, and be sure to stay tuned for more as that story continues.

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

The Fastest Selling Game in Franchise History

In the 25-year history of the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shown to be the fastest selling iteration to-date. This version is virtually a port of the Wii U version , save a few additions, and of course, a much-enhanced Battle Mode. As much of a “system-seller” Mario Kart 8 was for the Wii U, Deluxe seems to have the same effect for an already HOT console in the Nintendo Switch. That is particularly exciting for Nintendo, as the continued momentum of their new console is very important as this year moves forward.

With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008. The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just released last week, and it is already being hailed as the fastest selling game in the franchise’s history. Several retailers experiencing major sales numbers to end the month of April for a game whose system released in March to record numbers. All of this is happening in a traditionally off-season for consumer electronics, especially in video games. These are all incredible signs for Nintendo as a whole, and specifically amazing for the Nintendo Switch.

Have you picked up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, yet? If you have, which aspect do you like best, so far? If you have not, do you intend to pick it up soon?

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


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Nintendo Has Detailed Breath of the Wild DLC Expansion Pack 1

Breath of the Wild Hard ModePrior to the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game’s producer, Eiji Aonuma shared that there would be a two-part DLC Expansion Pass coming for the game later in the year. More details have now been shared about the first pack that will be coming in the Summer.

In addition to several new armor pieces for Link, there will also be a few other great things, as well. These include a new “Trial of the Sword” challenge, a Hard Mode, and more.

There are 8 treasure chests placed around Hyrule containing armor themed after previous The Legend of Zelda titles. Watch for tips as to the whereabouts of these chests as you travel around Hyrule.

It was revealed early that with these two Packs,Breath of the Wild Phantom Armor there would be a definite new “dungeon” in the second one, and so we see that this first Pack has quite a few interesting modes and bonuses that can absolutely help players to keep their interest piqued going into the second Pack.

I am excited to see what these new modes bring to the heart of the game, and also to see how much more difficult the game feels with the Hard Mode. Watching the more difficult enemies become that much tougher…and regain health if they’re not dispatched quickly enough; that will be terrific for many replays.

Breath of the Wild Tingle's OutfitIt amazes me how well Nintendo has continually hit repeatedly on their latest moves with regards to software releases, specialty items, console, and even information dissemination. Over again, we are reminded that this is a great time to be a Nintendo fan; and for those of us who are longtime fans, this really is a time we’ve looked forward to experiencing again. The best thing about it is Nintendo knows that advancing this momentum is priority number one! There is no time to rest!

Have you already ordered the DLC Expansion Pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? If not, do you like what you like what you’ve seen so far, and does it convince you to pick it up? If so, are you excited about what you have seen so far?

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


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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!!