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!!



Let the Games Begin!

The annual event that most North American gamers look forward to, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is just around the corner, and it looks like Nintendo is more than ready to deliver an amazing and unique experience this year. Invitational Tournaments are going to take over the show, and fans at home will have a front-row seat for all of the action.

This year’s E3 promises to showcase several Invitational player tournaments, and the excitement can’t get higher. Not only has Nintendo announced there will be the Nintendo Spotlight, showcasing new details on the upcoming gaming landscape for the company, but there will be a Treehouse Live presentation to follow, that will allow us to see many of the games featured in the Spotlight in game play action. In addition, they will treat observers to a display of the competitive nature of many of the games that are bringing so much life to the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Pokkén Tournament each have their own Invitational Tournament where competitors will go head to head live during the show to see who will come out victorious.

Name: 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Time: 2:30 p.m. PT*
Details: For the first time ever, competitors from four different global regions will compete for world dominance in Splatoon 2. The four-person teams – from the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia/New Zealand – defeated their local rivals and gained the chance to take on competitors at E3.
Format: Teams will battle in a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide seeding for the next round. All teams will play one another and get a chance to scope out their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. In the next round, teams will battle in the game’s Ranked Battle modes, in addition to Turf War. The semifinal stage will be a best-of-five battle, while the championship will be best-of-seven
Prize: The winning team will win global bragging rights and its members will have their names engraved on a sweet Splatoon 2 trophy.
Casters: Jordan Kent, Ashley Esqueda and Nintendo of America’s Eric Smith

Name: 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. PT*
Competitors: Eight YouTube and Twitch stars
Format: Crew battle with four teams and two players per team. Random draft order. The first person in each crew must choose one of the new characters; the other person can choose one of the original characters.
Prize: Winners will each receive a Pokkén Tournament DX art piece signed by Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, and members of the development team.
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

Name: 2017 ARMS Open Invitational
Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 3:30 p.m. PT*
Competitors: Four professional competitive fighting game players (Alex “CaliPower” Valle, Kelsy “SuperGirlKels” Medeiros, Daniel “Tafokints” Lee and Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr) will take on four E3 attendees who rise to the top by competing in Nintendo’s booth.
Format: Single-elimination
Prize: The coveted 2017 ARMS Open Invitational Belt
Casters: Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

It is utterly exciting to see Nintendo continue to embrace their competitive roots when it comes to their games and the esports landscape. Over two years ago, Triforce Johnson was often quoted as saying that through his observations, Nintendo was positioning themselves to seriously move back into the esports and competitive scene with many more of their games, beyond the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Shortly after that, Nintendo announced their Nintendo World Championships event at E3 2015. Now, more and more, we are seeing the company embrace their competitive gaming roots.

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are games that lend themselves perfectly to tournaments, and E3 is an ideal venue to bring people together to compete,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These friendly tournaments will highlight the fun, competitive nature of these games and the Nintendo Switch hardware for people at home and on the show floor.”

One staple that has grown to be a major fan-favorite that started at an E3 event and has returned for several key events, is the Treehouse Live presentation. This is where we fans tuning in to Nintendo’s E3 presence from home get the opportunity to get a lot of the insight into Nintendo, and of course, what they have to offer us in the coming days and months. That is why I am thoroughly excited about what we will get the opportunity to experience next week!

Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3
What: Members of Nintendo’s Treehouse will once again delve into the details of the Nintendo Switch console and games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, including Super Mario Odyssey and Pokkén Tournament DX. Viewers will get an in-depth look at gameplay and hear behind-the-scenes details about Nintendo’s lineup for E3.
When: On Tuesday, June 13, the show starts right after the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 presentation about 9:30 a.m. PT. On Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15, the show starts about 10 a.m. PT.*
Who: Treehouse members, as well as developers and other game experts, including Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. Ishihara and development team members will talk about the upcoming Pokkén Tournament DX game for Nintendo Switch.

Will you be tuning in live next week for any/all of the Nintendo E3 2017 festivities? Which event are you looking forward to most (aside from the Nintendo Spotlight, of course)?

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


Nintendo of America Launches the Nintendo Treehouse Log

Nintendo has always been known to be a highly secretive company, and rightly so, as they have successfully created some of the most iconic experiences and franchises that we know to this day. Of course, over time those same ideas have fallen prey to “copycatting” and blatant malicious intentions on some people’s parts. However, over the past several years, the company as a whole has begun to scale back the shroud slightly, here and there. From the occasional Nintendo Direct presentation to the Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentations, fans have been able to share in the joy of getting to know just a bit more about the company they love.

Now, the curtain has been pulled back just a bit more by the Nintendo of America arm of the company by launching an ongoing blog on Tumblr called the Nintendo Treehouse Log. This blog will serve as another way in which the company will be able to communicate with its fans more frequently.

tumblr_inline_omexle86hu1uftrnv_1280The first two posts are from Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff, respectively, and they both serve to illustrate the nature of what the blog will likely develop into going forward. I know that there are other game developers who maintain blogs, as well (like PlatinumGames, for one), so I am very hopeful that the Nintendo Treehouse Log will offer up tremendous amounts of information in the near and distant future.

Over the last several years, we’ve continued looking for new ways to communicate with Nintendo fans and get them the product knowledge and insight that Treehouse staff are uniquely positioned to share. What we’ve seen from Nintendo Treehouse: Live is that there is a hunger for deeper details from people who know and love the games. Sometimes it makes sense for that information to come in the form of a Nintendo Treehouse: Live broadcast, but what we’re finding is that there is more to share over the course of the year, and it may not always make sense to do it in a live stream. That’s where the Nintendo Treehouse Log comes in.

One of the great tidbits of information thattumblr_inline_on6fulrq0l1uftrnv_1280 we were able to get early-on, here from the blog, is how much of the start for the localization team happens. Nate shares his experience with the very first game that he helped to localize in his Nintendo Treehouse career, Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64.

That’s a microcosm of how we start with every game. Sometimes it begins years in advance, when we meet with dev teams to review artwork or game concepts, sometimes it begins when we see a near-finished Japanese product, but no matter when we get in the pool, the core tenet of our process remains unchanged—we need to first understand the game and the developer’s vision before we do anything else.

I am really looking forward to what we will be getting from the staff as they post to the Nintendo Treehouse Log going forward. It will be really interesting to read, and hopefully learn new things often. With the effort that Nintendo continues to put forth to make sure the experiences that fans are having with regards to their IP, it is a testament to the amount of care that Nintendo has for their fans, and I believe it will continue to show, the more they do things like this. I know I certainly plan to share the contents from the blog quite frequently (or as much as it is updated).

What type of things do you hope to see from the Nintendo Treehouse Log? Do you think this will become a major part of Nintendo of America’s strategy for communicating with fans? Will you be reading often?

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

Nintendo Switch Day Has Finally Arrived!

00000440_820_461The day that many Nintendo fans have been waiting for for months (even years) has finally come. Today is Nintendo Switch Day–the day that Nintendo finally unveils their newest dedicated home console and much more. Last October, the company shared the reveal trailer with the world and it was received remarkably well. Later we learned about today’s event, and we can breathe a long-waited sigh of relief to know that we made it here.

Over the last few months, weeks, and days, the rumor/leaks generator has been overheating…spewing all kinds of information about the Nintendo Switch, whether true, false, or imagined, the stuff kept coming. It’s easy to see how some people grew weary of the information overload, especially since none of it was able to be confirmed by Nintendo, themselves. Now, though, we will get to see what the company has in-store for their fan base/customers and there is so much to be excited about in anticipation.

I have a few things that I do hope to see,nintendo-switch-treehouse-live “expect” to see, but mostly cannot wait to see. In addition to the live Nintendo Switch Presentation later tonight, January 12, at 11pm EST, there will be the Treehouse Live event tomorrow, showing so much in-depth game play from the games that we will see for the first time tonight.

gliding-in-botwSince I began this site, I have purposely avoided too many of the rumors, and speculation that always seems to take on a life of their own. With the mad flurry of such information in this recent climate, I not only avoided spreading the rumors, but I also wanted to refrain from even participating in the sharing of my predictions, or even wishlists. I will however begin doing some things to bring more content soon, as we are finally going to see the most comprehensive details about the Nintendo Switch, and most things will be able to carry more legitimacy again. Great times are certainly on the way.

So, what new are features of the Nintendo Switch are you looking to see announced tonight? Which games do you expect to see? Which is your most anticipated for release? How many surprises do you think Nintendo will give us? Will you be watching live?

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

Nintendo Announces the Nintendo Switch Presentation

Shortly after Nintendo revealed their newest home gaming system , the Nintendo Switch, they notified us that no additional information was going to be shared until 2017. Many people wondered if that meant January or February for more details. I always assumed that to mean fairly early in January to give the most time for promotion prior to release in March (also likely the second or third week in the month–my prediction).

Now, however, we know that Nintendo has scheduled their Nintendo Switch Presentation for a live stream blowout on January 12, 2017.

Following the reveal and subsequent information regarding additional details, a lot of people felt it was a mistake to not give more right away. Questions about whether the company should “strike while the iron was hot” were swirling. There were others who immediately hoped that Nintendo would not give any more details until January, allowing the reveal trailer to stand on its own for a while.

It looks like Nintendo had the exact same idea, as now we will begin to get a deluge of details, events, and more starting on January 12. In addition to the live stream presentation which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight on the 12th, there will also be live hands-on events for media and analysts taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight on the 13th and 14th (13th-15th Tokyo time). There will also be events held in the US and Europe at times around there, as well. Currently the exact times have not been announced, but I do expect to get more on that as we get closer to the event. Nintendo has also made it known that the event is open to the public, so anyone who can make it to Tokyo on these dates can be among the first to actually get hands-on with the brand new Nintendo Switch!

This three-day event is absolutely how I envisioned the reveal of the “NX” to be, and the initial reveal trailer is all bonus, in my opinion. What I am most excited about is the fact that the company is showing how dedicated they are to giving the Nintendo Switch an amazing launch and are committed to giving it an incredible launch library.

What do you expect we will see along the lines of additional “secrets” regarding the Nintendo Switch features? What games do you hope to see from the launch lineup? Will you try to make it to witness the event live?

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!!

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!!