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!!



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!!