Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon revealed

During the latest Nintendo Direct, the next installments in the Pokemon series were revealed. Pokken Tournament DX was heavily represented and at the end of the trailer Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Despite the rumors the Switch doesn’t appear to be getting a Pokemon RPG, at least not yet. The updated versions of the games will be exclusive to the 3DS and released on November 17, 2017.

According to the Pokemon Direct video, “each will offer an alternative story set in the same world as Sun and Moon, and will feature new Pokemon that didn’t appear in those games.” Is the rumored, Pokemon Stars real, I hope so but we won’t find out for awhile anyway. In the meantime, Pokemon Ultra will have to do.

Source: IGN

Nintendo Switch out sells the PS4 and XB1 in March

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch is now the “fastest-selling video game system in Nintendo history” with more than 906,000 units sold in March. They also have announced that the “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were sold during that period of time, equating to a more than 100% attach rate. This has never been achieved by another console.” The Wii U version of Zelda sold an additional 460,000 units, resulting in the game selling 1.3 million copies. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has officially become the fastest selling Nintendo launch title and the the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever.

The NPD Group has confirmed that for the fifth month the PS4 has outsold Xbox One. However, the Nintendo Switch outsold them both. Selling 500,000 in the first week, and 906,000 units in March. “Demand has outpaced both expectation and supply at a level that surpasses the record-selling Wii during the same length of time post-launch, surprising Nintendo and analysts alike.” I could only assume that the gamers that purchased Zelda without a console plan to buy it later or sell it on the secondary market for a profit.

The research firm SuperData has predicted that the Switch will potentially shift over 7.2 Million consoles this year. If this occurs it will surpass half the amount sold in four years by the Wii U. Globally, the Switch has sold an estimated 2.4 M consoles. So far everything looks good for the Switch, hopefully it will continue to be successful.

Nintendo Direct (April, 12, 2017)

In celebration of the release of  “Arms,” Nintendo will be releasing a new neon yellow joy-cons on June 16th. They also announced 12 new Nintendo Switch games and many 3DS titles. Finally, Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a “a new Joy-Con attachment that extends the battery life of the controllers. The Joy-Con AA Battery Pack Accessory includes an attachment for up to two Joy-Con controllers and a pair of AA batteries powers each unit. The battery pack slides onto the rail of the each controller in the same manner as a Joy-Con strap would, and it adds a sizable grip to the back of each one.” No news on American release prices.


Sources: the Verge, Gamerevolution, IGN

Nintendo Switch and Zelda break records

It’s early but promising that so far the Nintendo Switch and the Legend of Zelda have managed to break records. According to Nintendo of Europe, “Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.” In addition to this, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become the “biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe.”

It should also be noted that March is often a down season for the game season. The Nintendo Switch also “sold more than any previous Nintendo console across its first two days in the Americas, and its first week performance in Japan surpassed that of the Wii U with 313,000 units sold.” Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime told the New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, that “it had beaten the Wii into second place.” He also stated that Breath of the Wild has, “sustained a 98 Metacritic average across 68 reviews.”

In Japan, according to Famitsu data the “Switch sold 313,700 units in its first week.” The Wii sold 371,900 units, Wii U sold 308,600 and the PS4 sold 322,100, it should be noted that all three of those consoles were released during the holiday season. For many analysts the Christmas season will be a big test for the console.

Source: Gameindustry.biz


Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is perfect

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The new Nintendo Switch will be released tomorrow and the latest entry in the Legend of Zelda series. Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild represents Nintendo’s first attempt in an open world Zelda games, and it seems that everyone that has reviewed Breath of the Wild has concluded it’s spectacular.


Link’s most ambitious adventure is one of Nintendo’s crowning achievements. –Giantbomb

An evocative and exhilarating open-world adventure game. – IGN  

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is definitely a Zelda game – Kotaku

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD BECOMES SECOND GREATEST VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME – Thegamefreakshow

 

Nintendo shows off more of the Switch

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Nintendo Switch system details

The pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch starts on January 21 (according to venturebeat), but I have already acquired my pre-order from Amazon. The Switch will be released worldwide on March 3, 2017, it will cost $300. The Switch features a 6.2 in screen, with multi-touch capabilities. It has been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will have “32 gigabytes of internal memory, and it is expandable via microSD cards. The 256-gigabyte microSD card fits in the back, near the kickstand.” 

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The Joy of the Joy-cons

Nintendo focused on the controllers, named the Joy-cons. According to venturebeat “There’s a left and a right version, and Joy-Con grip that connects them so they can be used as one controller. Each controller has an accelerometer and a gyro sensor, enabling the Joy-Cons to detect movement. The right Joy-Con also has an infrared camera sensor that can detect shapes and objects a couple of feet away.” 

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Nintendo Switch online service

Nintendo announced that it will finally be charging for it’s online services. It will be giving Nintendo Switch owners a free trail period. According to Nintendo, “This service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.” 

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The online service will also have an online lobby and voice chat. Nintendo has developed a smart device app, to connect Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to “let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games, all from your smart device.” Subscribers will get to download one game a month for free, and will also get some exclusive deals.

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The games coming to the Switch

All this new information was great, but none of it matters without the games. It was pleasant to here that third party was so far on board with the Switch. Nintendo also announced that it will no longer be region locking their games. Some of the games that they revealed were:

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Overall, I thought the presentation did what it intended. While, many gamers seem troubled that there aren’t a large variety of games for the launch, I think that always seems to happen. Nintendo has managed to spread out their first party games at least for the first year, with Zelda at launch (March 3), Super Bomberman R (March 3), Mario Kart 8 deluxe (April 28), Splatoon 2 (Summer), and of course Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017). I’m more excited for this console now than ever. Can’t wait until March 3.

Sources: Nintendo.com, Venturebeat.com

Nintendo Switch less powerful than PS4

The specs on the Nintendo Switch haven’t been officially released, however, leaks have suggested that it’s not more powerful than the PS4. According to Venturebeat, two sources stated that “the Switch uses Nvidia’s last-generation Maxwell graphics-processing architecture. Nvidia introduced its new Pascal architecture earlier this year, but that technology is not ready for the Tegra chip going into the Switch. The custom Maxwell Tegra (which uses a 20nm process as opposed to the more efficient 16nm process of the Pascal) in the machine is still powerful enough to play Nintendo-style games that rely on quality art over horsepower, but don’t expect Switch software to match the graphical fidelity of the highest-end PS4 games.” 

A demonstration of the Switch playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
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The sources suggested that due to time limitations, Nintendo rushed the production of the Switch. While many fans might be disappointed, according to market researcher Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research, “the site that it likely won’t matter if the Switch is underpowered compared to the competition.” He continued, “”I don’t see Nintendo’s strategy as a risk,” he said. “Too many pundits and fanboys and investors make a serious mistake when they try to compare and contrast Nintendo with Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo has a niche in the affordable, accessible product, and performance is never a leading criteria for them. It is gameplay and immersion. They are never a technology pioneer. Trying to compare Nintendo to Sony is like comparing a Volkswagen to a Corvette. It’s a facetious and fallacious analogy and a discredit to fans who love Nintendo.”

For the whole story check out Venturebeat

Seasons of Heaven

Nintendo Switch exclusive: Seasons of Heaven was revealed in a teaser trailer. Seasons of Heaven is developed by AnyArts productions, the game is “based on a French book of the same name, which tells the tale of how centuries of mistreating the environment led to humanity’s “greatest purge ever known.” The game’s protagonist is a young boy named Yann, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, and is accompanied in the game by his French bulldog Ani (a superb name by the way). The game is the studio’s first-ever project, and is being built in Unreal Engine 4.

Super Mario Run released

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Super Mario Run has been released and it has been suggested that it will be a massive hit. According to gamespot, “It does not appear that the auto-runner, in which you control Mario with one hand as he runs through colorful environments filled with obstacles and enemies.” Research firm SuperData “said in a note this week that it expects Super Mario Run to reach around 30 million downloads and bring in $60 million in its first month.”  

Super Mario Run is free to download, but pay $10 to unlock everything it has to offer.

According to Gamespot, “Noted analyst Serkan Toto previously predicted that Super Mario Run would reach 1 billion downloads “easily,” making it one of the most popular smartphone games in history. One billion downloads is not an unprecedented feat in the mobile gaming world, as Temple Run and Angry Birds have reached that mark, but the major, important distinction is that this figure is for multiple games in those franchises.”

Nintendo Switch is HYPE

A hybrid console

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Nintendo has officially revealed their long anticipated console, The Nintendo Switch. Formerly known as the Nintendo NX, the Switch will be a hybrid console like the rumors have suggested. It will come with a dock for playing at home. Nintendo stated that “you can play the same games whether the Switch is mobile or docked.“The handheld screen doesn’t appear to be a touch screen.

The Joy-Cons

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The Joy-Cons, source the Verge

The handheld features two detachable mini controllers, called Joy-Cons. The Switch comes with two and they feature an analog stick and four face buttons. They can be used separately, “slotted onto the side of the main Switch body, or secured to a Joy-Con Grip accessory.”

Switch uses cartridges and a pro controller

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GameCard being inserted, source the Verge

Nintendo will also release a traditional controller, that can be used at home, or on the go. The Switch will use cartridges, called Gamecards. The Gamecard is inserted in the main Switch console. According to, the Verge:

Using GameCards is a good strategy for Nintendo’s hybrid device. Nintendo already uses flash memory for the DS, and games on cartridges are more portable than optical discs, are harder to pirate, and are harder to damage. (Especially in the hands of children, who remain the company’s core demographic.) They also eliminate the need for internal storage. Nintendo may be the only company relying on flash storage for gaming at the moment, but its unique case it makes a lot of sense.

Powered by Nvidia

The Switch is powered Nvidia’s custom Tegra processor, Nvidia stated that “it also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. Nvidia additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance.” 

We’ve only seen several games so far

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Several games where revealed during the trailer, a new 3D Mario game was shown as well as, Skyrim: Definitive Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NBA 2K17, and possibly updated versions of Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon.

Third Party support

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A sample of third party support, source IGN

Nintendo has reveal that they have support of third party publishers, developers and middleware manufacturers. In the past Nintendo has failed to attracted significant third party support, while it’s first party games remain the standard, the absence of top third party games, left some fans wanting. It appears that Nintendo intend to reverse this with the Switch. 

More to come from Nintendo

More details regarding pricing, the console, and launch games will be revealed in an upcoming Nintendo direct. Personally, I don’t care to play games on the go that much, but I know millions of gamers do. Nintendo has always done gaming their own way, and they continue that trend with this latest console. If they can get third party support, develop a good online community, this console could put Nintendo back on top. With all the rumors surrounding the Nintendo Switch there has been a lot of hype. I am personally more than satisfied with the result, I can’t wait until March 2017.

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Source: the Verge, IGN

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