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 Announces Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass

Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will feature downloadable content in the form of an Expansion Pass that will be available for purchase when the game launches on March 3, and will contain 2 separate packs. This will be the first time DLC will be available for a mainline Zelda game. The Expansion Pass will be available on both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items. The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and will include the addition of a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a new feature for the in-game map. The second content pack will launch in Holiday 2017, and adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story. The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.

So, as for the contents of the DLC, we have to wait until it is at least closer to release to know full-fledged what it entails, but I would venture to guess that keeping with traditional Nintendo fashion, there will be much more surprise than anything. One thing I do feel is necessary however, is caution where skepticism is concerned. Unfortunately, this is not addressing an issue before it becomes one…it has already started.

There are those people who are already calling the DLC for Breath of the Wild “the worst ever”. Not exactly sure how that can be the case, especially since we do not yet know all of the details about the content of the Expansion Pass. Now, I will preface this by saying, I have never been a big fan of DLC in pretty much any form, but there have been instances where I feel it has been done perfectly well…and that was done by Nintendo. The add-on content for Mario Kart 8 was one such instance of DLC done right.

The most promising part of what was shared about the Expansion Pass was the Cave of Trials, as well as the new dungeon and original story addition. I’m sure the bonus chests will get the bulk of many people’s attention to point to negative aspects of the content, but there’s nothing about them that should be taken as a reason to purchase or choose not to. Bottom line, as most DLC should be, the Expansion Pass should very well be optional, and players should not expect it to be mandatory for full enjoyment of the game.

“The world of Hyrule, which we created for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is so large and vibrant that we wanted to offer more for players to experience within it,” said Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, the longtime producer of the series. “With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.”

Do you expect to pick up the Expansion Pass? Will you be getting it immediately at launch or afterward? Are you a fan of DLC, if it’s done properly?

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


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Nintendo Direct – My Reactions Pt. 2

In this entry, we will take a look at the second half of the Nintendo Direct presentation that took place a week ago. A few days ago, I shared my thoughts on the first half of the Direct, as it covered the Wii U information. This time we are looking mainly at the Nintendo 3DS, but also a couple other things.

blogger4Let’s start with the new information regarding amiibo that was shared, first. The fourth Wave of Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be available on June 10. Also in amiibo news, the Isabelle (Animal Crossing) amiibo will be available in June, as well.

The Virtual Console will also be receiving an upgrade on NEW Nintendo 3DS systems with exclusive SNES titles coming to the systems beginning immediately after the Direct (on last Thurday, March 3). The first 3 titles that are available are Pilotwings, Super Mario World, and F-Zero. Then on March 24, Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, and Donkey Kong Country will be joining the lineup. After those, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest will be arriving on April 14.

Bill Trinen then announced the new game from Game Freak called Pocket Card Jockey, which pairs Solitaire and Horse Racing to create a unique experience. The game is set up much like a continual RPG, in a simple design and system. This game is due to arrive in May.

Next was Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, the sequel to the wildly popular Azure Striker Gunvolt. The original is being made available at a discounted rate from March 2-June 1 in the Nintendo eShop. Gunvolt 2 will be available in the 3DS eShop in the Summer.

Fire Emblem Fates: Revolution was then FE Fatesintroduced with the release date for yesterday (March 10). Additional DLC content was also announced that will be coming available on March 17, as well. In addition, more maps will be added to the game weekly through April 21.

The Nintendo 3DS installment of the highly popular Hyrule Warriors, titled Hyrule Warriors Legends. Also announced, was the Season Pass that would automatically give players access to the coming DLC content that is scheduled. Transfer codes allowing access to Wii U owners of the game will give players the additional characters. Bill also announced a GameStop pre-order exclusive 16-page artbook will be available, as well. Linkle’s story will soon be revealed, and at the first DLC pack release, the new character Medley will also be available for free. This game will be releasing on March 25.

Disney Art Academy will allow players inside access to drawing many of the beloved Disney characters that so many of us grew up loving. Whether we are already talented and  budding artists, or novices in the skill, this title could very well prove to be a treat. Its release is set for May 13.

Bravely Second End Layer was the next title bravely-second-end-layershown off. Prior to the game’s release, there is a unique story available for free with the Demo that launched a couple days ago (March 10) in the 3DS eShop. Bet Buy Gamers Club members will also receive an email code that would allow them early access to the Demo on March 7. The full version of the game will be available on April 15, but it can now be pre-purchased in the 3DS eShop. The free demo for the original Bravely Default is also still available for download in the eShop, as well.

The next RPG that Bill touched on was Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past which has been completely rebuilt specifically for Nintendo 3DS. This game is set for release later in 2016.

The new Monster Hunter X is finally heading West and has been renamed Monster Hunter Generations. This is billed as the most customizable Monster Hunter game ever. A bonus that was also mentioned is that any players who play Monster Hunter Generations on their 3DS that has Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Save Data present on the system will receive bonus content in the game. The game will also feature a special crossover Armor Set based on Marth, from the Fire Emblem series. Monster Hunter Generations will be available in the Summer.

lkn0ibbpfekqo3m6snexyzutrh4i3ugnKenseke Tanabe then re-addressed the highly debated Metroid Prime Federation Force which actually began development since 2009, with a bit of a break for lack of the ability to realize the concepts due to hardware limitations, until the NEW Nintendo 3DS launched. Tanabe-san also shared a video that showcased the concept and story for the game that illustrates the very purpose behind the game’s creation, and how it is very much within the Metroid Prime universe. Nintendo will also be showcasing the game at WonderCon in late March, so stay tuned for even more information on Federation Force very soon. It is due for release in late Spring.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix was then shown off, which not only combines 70 of the previous goodness from the series but also 30 new games. It is due for release later this year, as well.

And finally, Bill introduced the new game, Kirby Planet Robobot. The game also includes a separate mode called Team Kirby Clash, in which players can play a co-op mode with up to 4 players. amiibo-compatibility is also a part of the game. Several unique features are opened up by tapping different amiibo.

This Nintendo Direct on the whole was a wonderful dissemination of information. There was a little reiteration of previously shared material, but the additional things that filled out the 41-minute video were plenty to hold gamers’ attention for the remainder of time with the current platforms. And in the end, we still have a little more in-store for us in the waiting.

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

Overall, this Direct was pretty big. 41 minutes packed full of information that was a mix of old and new, and a couple of surprises in-between. Since the broadcast, there have been many different things said about the Direct. Some were good, some were not so good, and still there’s no question it was necessary. The amount of time that had passed between this Nintendo Direct and the last one in November, left a certain level of anticipation with most that begged for more.

I think I will address some of the post-Direct sentiments that have been shared around the internet since its showing, and give my impressions of those in the next post. I will say though, that it’s very interesting how so many people tend to jump to negative conclusions after Nintendo Directs and other forms of information dissemination from the company. Human nature is what it is, but if the sole purpose of discovering something new is to find everything possibly wrong with it, even with limited information, then that is a bad way to exist. Finding out what I like about something new that I am seeing is what I have learned makes for the best possible reality. Seeing the worst in everything says a lot about the person. Make the most out of your viewing.

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


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Bayonetta and Corrin Arrive in Smash

Yesterday evening, there was a Japanese broadcast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Nico Nico Network on which several bits of information were officially revealed. We got a release date for the final two Smash DLC characters, Bayonetta and Corrin.

During that broadcast, we also learned that there will be the addition of more Mii Fighter costumes made available for purchase, and they will be available on February 3, as well.

This final wave of DLC content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS marks yet another key piece of the generation coming full-circle. It is interesting to watch as these games that have defined the generation for mostly the Wii U, but also for the Nintendo 3DS, are seeing their final pieces of extended attention from Nintendo now, and we know that it’s basically because the new system(s) is/are on the horizon, so attention has already begun to turn in that direction for most of the development teams in the Entertainment Planning & Development Division (EPD) and beyond. I am excited to see all that is about to happen, but first it will be great to see these two new characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS very soon.

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

The Final Smash Direct Was Amazing!

The final Smash Direct presentation took place earlier today, December 15 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT. Masahiro Sakurai delivered his last Direct presentation for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. As it has been more than a year since the release of the game on both Nintendo 3DS and then Wii U, the game has seen several updates, balances, and DLC in the form of Mii Fighter outfits and new characters for the roster.

The final presentation was chock-full of new information, and when it was finished, it seemed as if it flew by much quicker than the timed 33-minute video.

Smash CorrinThe first new character revealed was immediately after the presentation began, with the opening cinematic that showed Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates as the newest challenger to enter the fray. Corrin is, of course, coming from a game that has still not launched in the West, but has been available in Japan for quite some time. With many of the unique movesets and features with this character, be sure to check out the video below for the trailer and details. Corrin is expected to be available February 2016 and will sell for 3DS: $4.99/Wii U: $4.99; 3DS/Wii U: $5.99 in the US.

The second new character revealed Smash Cloudtoday was Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, and he has a plethora of unique moves. Again, for a full breakdown of his moveset be sure to watch the video below. In addition to the new character, there is also a new stage, Midgar, to battle it out on. Midgar, of course, is a stage from Final Fantasy VII that has special attributes unique to it such as new assists called Summon Materia that affect the environment as opposed to directly attacking the fighters. These effects are called by the names Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut ZERO. Cloud Strife is to become available today, and their pricing is to be 3DS: $5.99/Wii U: $5.99; 3DS/Wii U: $6.99.

Sakurai-san then announced several Mii Fighter Costumes such as a Chocobo hat, a Geno gunner from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, both thanks to the great relationship with Square Enix. Also, there are Bionic Armor, a Takamaru Sword Fighter costume, Ashley from Wario Ware as a Sword Fighter, Gil from The Tower of Druaga as a Sword Fighter, and from Sonic the Hedgehog are Tails (as a Gunner) and Knuckles (as a Brawler). Also, there are several Mii Fighter costumes/characters available to download from the official Smash Bros. website via QR codes.

Smash BayonettaSakurai-san then announced that the last new fighter for Super Smash Bros. trailer was coming, and the anticipation was palpable. As soon as it started the trailer showed a generic fight between Pit, Bowser, and Samus Aran. After the battle Pit is warned by Palutena not to get comfortable because a new challenger was approaching. Immediately after the “secret” character said, “Ahh, another angel…I must have missed one!” and that still shot of the moon for a few seconds, I shouted “Bayonetta!!!” That’s when she appeared on screen. My hype level went completely through the roof! There was the addition of a new stage (Umbra clock tower) from the original Bayonetta. There are also the unique aspects of play with Bayonetta’s moveset as she employs her Umbra summons, the bullet arts, Witch Time, taunts, and the ability to create combination moves. Nintendo is looking for a February release for Bayonetta in Smash, as well.

As has been stated before, all fighters will have an amiibo figure, Sakurai-san shared that amiibo development is confirmed for all announced characters! (Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta)

To see the the Smash Direct, watch below:

So, with all of these announcements and updates, Sakurai-san concluded the Direct, and with it, all additional DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Since its release, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS has continually delivered additional content that many have truly enjoyed, and others have deemed unnecessary. However, no matter what, all of that content was optional, and had appeal to someone who welcomed it with enthusiasm. This content will be the same, and honestly, I believe the Direct was one of the very best in the entire series.

Did you enjoy this Direct presentation? How well do you think Nintendo did in getting the information out to us? Were you surprised by the announcements or had spoilers gotten to you?

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

Super Smash Bros. Update is Now LIVE!!

Over night Nintendo released a new update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Fans can now access several key features that were otherwise unavailable until now.

As of September 29, 2015, new update data for the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game has been made available for download. Users will be required to download this update prior to using the software’s online multiplayer features. Because of this, we strongly recommend that all Super Smash Bros. for Wii U players download and install this update data.

Players will obviously have access to several new content once they have updated the game, so be sure to do so immediately.

Update Details:

This update also includes the previous game updates.

Ver. 1.1.1 [Released 09/29/15]

    • Users will be able to purchase newly added downloadable content.

Click here for more information.

  • Updated features when posting to YouTube and Miiverse.
  • Adjustments have also been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

Also,

Notes:

  • This update must be applied in order to use the Internet features of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • Replay data that is saved in the game prior to the patch update will no longer be playable after the update.

What to Do:

  1. Connect the Wii U console to the Internet. How to
  2. Return to the Wii U Menu and launch Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. How to
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically. More info
  4. Once the update is installed, “Ver. 1.1.1” will be displayed in the bottom-right corner of the title screen.

For 3DS Instructions

Following this update, there are several pieces of DLC that are made available for players’ enjoyment.

Smash DLC

In addition to the new stages, there were also a few other things made available to players, as well. According to NeoGAF user, Regulus Tera, these additions are noted below:

EDIT: New Mii Fighters Costumes:

Business Suit
Fox Set (Starfox) (Ginner)
Captain Falcon’s Outfit (brawler)
Toad (Brawler)
Viridi Set – Kid ICarus (Sword Fighter)
Hunter Set – Monster Hunter (Sword Fighter)
Rathalos Set – Monster Hunter (Sword Fighter)

edit2: The Duck Hunt stage from the Wii U version has also been added to the 3DS version for FREE

I hope these updates are as wonderful as they appear to be and continue to bring even more value to this game and the Wii U (and 3DS) for many months (and years) to come. The evergreen nature of Nintendo hardware/software is legendary, and this type of activity only goes to strengthen that image.

Do you think these additions are worth your attention, time and resources? How much time do you still invest in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U? For 3DS? Will this bring you back to the game, if not?

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


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