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!!


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!!

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!!

Miitomo’s New BIG Update is Now Live!

On Wednesday evening, November 9, 2016, Nintendo released the big new update for their very first smartphone app, Miitomo, Version 2.0.1. The very large update was downloadable around 9pm ET around the same time the servers were being maintenanced, so some users may have experienced some delays in gaming access, but it is definitely available now.

The new update has 5 all-new features, plus more, so check them out below:

 1. Send messages to other Mii characters!

You will now be able to exchange direct messages with your friends using Miis as messengers. You will also be able to set the expression of the Mii you send.

2. Customize your room with floor and wallpaper options you can get by playing Miitomo Drop!

That’s not all! You’ll also be able to create posters from images saved on your device, and hang them on your walls. Note: You will have to purchase poster spots to use this feature.

3. Show off your outfits on Style Central!

Share your outfits with the world, and give hearts to your favorites. You will also be able to try on and get the outfits you like best!

4. Read answers from all over the world on Answer Central!

Answer the featured question, or read other people’s answers. You will also be able to give hearts and post comments on answers.

5. Create Sidekick Mii characters!

Do you have a favorite celebrity or video game character? Why not recreate them as a Sidekick Mii? They’ll even get their own room. You’ll also be able to send messages to your friends and post to Style Central using your Sidekick Miis.

Miitomo 2.0 is even easier to use:

• An easy-to-read answer timeline

A new timeline feature allows you to see your friends’ latest answers without the need to speak to other Mii characters. You will also be able to see your friends’ customized rooms.

• Reduced app size

By changing the way the app saves data, the app now takes up less space on your device.

As you can see, there are a lot of new features to bring many people back to the app for extended fun. I know there were a lot of people who started out playing with the app but for their own reasons dwindled away from it, but these new features are very interesting and easily could reinvigorate a good number of old users, and maybe even bring in a lot more along the way. All of this, while continuing to extend the Nintendo ecosystem to bring more smiles to the faces of the people they come in contact with. Check it out if you haven’t already, and let me know how you like the changes. And if you have never tried Miitomo, let me know how you enjoy it.

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


Sheldon’s Pack is Unboxed on June 7

A few days ago, we found out about a new update and weapon pack coming to Splatoon this week.

Nintendo has shared several posts detailing the contents of the newest pack arriving for Splatoon following the Update 2.8.0 which goes live Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016.

Squid Research Lab PSA: In case you missed it, we’re happy to announce that the upcoming 2.8.0 update, arriving the evening of June 7, will include 9 new weapon combos known as Sheldon’s Picks Vol.2. This update will also include some weapon balance adjustments, along with bug fixes.

Please note that due to the update, server maintenance is scheduled to occur from 5:50 PM – 7 PM PT on Tue, June 7th.

The above weapons are 7 of the prospective 9 that are due to be available following the update. I will share details of the two remaining weapon sets when they are revealed.

Which weapon combos will you likely used most? Are you excited about the new weapons coming to Splatoon? Are you satisfied with the continued support for the game, even a full year from its release?

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


Happy 1 Year Anniversary Splatoon!

Nintendo is commemorating the first anniversary of the phenomenal new IP Splatoon. A year ago, Nintendo released a brand new IP mere months after its reveal at E3 2014, and showed the gaming community that they indeed still have it!

Since its release last year, Nintendo has continually updated the content available in the game, and provided players with an overwhelming amount of additional maps, weapons, and gear. To mark the 1 year anniversary of the game’s launch, Nintendo is providing an all-new set of weapon combinations.

So, come June 7, look forward to finding new ways to play again. Splatoon is going down as one of the most innovative new gaming experiences, of all-time.

Are you looking forward to getting your hands on the new weapon sets when they become available? Have you still been playing Splatoon? How excited are you for the new weapons?

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