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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Nintendo Offers a Weapons Blowout for Splatoon 2

Nintendo has given a huge amount of detail on many of the weapons that will be available to utilize in their newest iteration of the immensely popular Splatoon franchise. Splatoon 2, due to launch globally on July 21, is set to have a massive amount of content at launch, and even more in the weeks and months to follow, as well.

As we get closer and closer to the game’s release, Nintendo is giving fans a very good look at what will be available to use when the game comes out. Below is a slideshow of many of the weapons that are new and returning for Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch.

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Which weapons are you most excited about testing out? Do you see you main weapon from Splatoon in the group? Which changes do you think will have the most impact?

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


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Splatoon 2 Tweaks the Rules for Ranked Battles

If it has not been apparent before now, it should be coming clearer daily that the name of the game is competition. The Splatoon franchise is all about competition and that competition has levels. The main mode of competition is and has always been Turf War, in which the objective is to ink more turf than your opponent within the given time limit. The additional modes are found inside Ranked Battles, and that’s where the competition really heats up.

The new game coming to the franchise, Splatoon 2, will feature a few new changes to the Ranked Battle modes, and Nintendo was excited to share them with us. The first thing to not of course is the fact that the three modes we’ve grown so used to playing in Splatoon will be returning for the newest game on the Nintendo Switch. The adjustments that have been made to each of these modes is shown here, from the company’s Spaltoon Tumblr page.

In addition to the above information, Nintendo of America has also shared what may be a new segment on their YouTube channel, Splat Chat which features several Treehouse employees discussing these changes. Here’s hoping they continue with this on other aspects of the game, as well.

Nintendo is doing an incredible job of making fans aware of the things that they have in the works right now, and that is such a refreshing thing because it eliminates quite a bit of the “guessing” that people tend to do when it comes to the company’s intentions. It puts much more focus on the phenomenal content that they have on offer, instead.

What do you like most about these new adjustments in Splatoon 2? Were you a primarily Ranked Battles player in the original game? Which is your favorite mode?

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

New Splatoon 2 Details Are Emerging

As Nintendo continues to ramp up the promotion for new and upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch, it seems that every day presents some new bit of information. Splatoon 2, which is scheduled to release globally in July, is no exception to the release of new details, either.

In the first update, we learn a little more about the Octarian army and some of their weaponry.

The second update shares with us who appears to be a new boss character in Octo Samurai.

The continual updates and release of details about the upcoming Splatoon 2 are wonderful and go a long way toward ensuring that fans have a full opportunity to learn as much as they possibly can about the game. When the first game launched on the Wii U 2 years ago, it was known that the franchise was brand new with a minimal team, only powered by what looked to be a very good idea. Bolstered by the surprising excitement around the newly announced game during an E3 presentation, the company prepared to launch a completely new franchise with a very small amount of backstory. Now, the foundation for the Splatoon franchise is set, and the backstory for Splatoon 2 is leading the way to launch, and I believe that will only serve to help the game to do well on the market, because I am very confident in the developers and their ability to deliver yet another incredible experience.

What do you like most about these new Splatoon 2 details? Are you a fan of the first game in the franchise? Are you excited about this game’s coming arrival, and will you be picking it up at launch?

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

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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Additional Details Keep Rolling In

Nintendo has continued to keep us updated on some of the new details in the new Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch. We recently found out about a few things that will be coming to the new game this Summer, and it seems that has not ceased to be the case.

Over the last few days, Nintendo has talked more about the new  shoes in this game, which I addressed a few weeks ago. In addition to that, though, we got a bit of information on something that many veterans of the original Splatoon noticed immediately in the initial announcement trailers for Splatoon 2, the spawn point design has been changed.

We then learned of the new design for the ink tanks of the Inklings. The new designs are amazingly sleek and look to resemble sport water bottles.

Then of course, we finally learned the name of the new “little” resident of the Inklings’ world. Previously, according to the game’s lore, Judd was the sole remaining mammal in the world, but it appears that he has been joined by another.

It is wonderful to see how much promoting Nintendo is doing for their upcoming Splatoon 2. Being a new franchise that was released only 2 years ago, there is the potential to miss its window, but making sure it “stays fresh” for Nintendo fans is essential, and the company certainly knows that. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available!

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

A Few New Details Emerge

Nintendo revealed a few new details on their upcoming hit Splatoon 2 over the weekend, and things are beginning to really move into high gear. Just about two years ago, Nintendo released a brand new franchise, Splatoon, and upon release, the game continued to receive ongoing updates for several months afterward. The newest iteration has been promised to be continually updated as well, but even before release, it looks like there will be quite a few new things going for it immediately at release, also.

One of the first new details to emerge is a new character in the game by the name of Murch. He is a boy who resembles the character Spyke from the original game, and it appears his function is much like that of Spyke, as well.

Another new detail is actually the introduction of another all-new stage for the game. During the recent Global Testfire, players were able to compete on two of the game’s new maps. Now, there is another new map that we are getting to see a little of in Humpback Pump Track.

So, with the coming weeks and months, I expect that Nintendo will be divulging more and more details leading up to the release of Splatoon 2 this Summer. Promotion is more than just running television commercials, and the company knows that well. They are taking the opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of their new system, the Nintendo Switch, and in doing so, they are advancing that same momentum to make it even stronger. The console is in a very strong position one month into its existence, and the promise of even more excellent games coming very soon to the Nintendo Switch makes it an even more appealing prospect for the rest of this year, and beyond!

Are you excited about the release of Splatoon 2? What else do you want to see come to the game when it is released, or soon afterward? Will you be picking up the game Day 1?

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