30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 28 – Favorite Game Developer

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Nintendo

This is the easiest day of the challenge so far. Nintendo is by far my favorite game developer. Nintendo is THE most storied game developer. I will make an argument that it is the most influential gaming develop ever. Nintendo was founded all the way back in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Originally a hanafuda playing card company, Nintendo became a video game company in the 1970’s. What makes Nintendo so great is that they always focus on quality and fun as the most important aspects of gaming.

The legendary Mario

Many gamers have complained that Nintendo continues to produces games with simple stories and cartoon graphics, instead of more realistic and serious content. Nintendo wanted to build a reputation for having family friendly games. This wasn’t always well received by gamers. Violent games like Mortal Kombat were censored, removing blood and altering finishing moves. However, many of the games Nintendo produced were well made. This dedication to quality has to be the hallmark of Nintendo.

The 64 contoller

Nintendo also has been an innovator in the gaming industry. The many buttons featured on the face of a typical controller can be traced back to Nintendo in some way. The NES controller largely set the industry standard. The Nintendo 64 for example was the first home console to introduce four controller ports, so families could play together split-screen. They also brought the analog to home controllers and introduced 3D gameplay to gaming with Mario 64. Nintendo also dominated the handheld gaming market, with the Gameboy, Gameboy Color and now the Switch.

Smash Bros. Ultimate

Many have credited Nintendo with saving the video game industry itself in the 80’s with the NES. The most important aspect of Nintendo is of course the games. Mario. Legend of Zelda. Pokemon. Metroid. Donkey Kong. These are some of most influential and profitable video game ip’s ever. Collectively, Nintendo has sold over 700 million consoles and over a billion games. Most of the games I play are Nintendo games and their consistent quality is unmatched. Nintendo is a pioneer in the industry, whether it’s mobile gaming (Gameboy), multiplayer (64), VR gaming (Virtual Boy), motion gaming (Wii) or home to mobile (Switch). They take risks and keep gamers guessing.


Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con

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Pokemon Sword and Shield announced for the Nintendo Switch

Like many fans of the Pokemon series I was waiting to see what the next generation of Pokemon games would look like. When the Switch was revealed to be both a home console and a handheld one, it was easy to predict that the next Pokemon game would be on the Switch. Unlike, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee, this game will be the “real” Pokemon RPG’s.

Each Pokemon region is inspired by a real place, this time it’s seems to be Great Britain. The brand new region is called Galar. The three new starter Pokemon were revealed: the Grass-type chimp Grookey, the Fire-type rabbit Scorbunny, and the Water-type lizard Sobble. As always random encounters are back, as are Gym’s (Pokemon Sun and Moon changed that format). The trailer didn’t confirm whether character customization, but I’m hoping.

So far their doesn’t seem to be anything new to the series yet, but details on possible new elements could emerge later. With the introduction of every new generation, we tend to get a lot of new Pokemon. Anyway, I can’t wait. Pokemon Sword & Shield will be released later this year.


Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer

Nintendo Labo combines cardboard with the Switch

Nintendo has always been an innovating company and the Switch continued this innovation. Today, Nintendo introduced a new way to play the Switch, combining “cardboard accessories,” with the Switch, players are able to play games with these “DIY creations.” Nintendo Labo, incorporates “augmented-reality game that turns cardboard models into fully functioning toys.” When you buy a Nintendo Labo you are given “25 sheets of thick, brown, branded cardboard, and a little cartridge.”

Following the on screen instruction on the Switch you can build several creations like, a 13 key piano, fishing pole or motorbike. You can customize these creations with markers, stickers or paint. By building the piano you can play as the “IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console.” Being cardboard Nintendo expects them to break and plans on replacing cardboard kits, however, you can “stick the cardboard Toy-Cons back together with glue or tape.”

Nintendo Labo will launch on April 20 this year and will have two kits called, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit respectively. The “Variety Kit” will cost $69.99 and feature ” two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano.” The “Robot Kit” will cost a little more at $79.99 and feature “you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.” You can also purchase a $9.99 “customization Set that includes fun stencils, stickers and colored tape.” The cardboard toy-con are not from me but the technology is actually pretty cool and hope it’s another success from Nintendo.

For more info: Nintendo.com

Sources: The Guardian, Polygon

 

 

Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Console of All Time in U.S.

A lot of criticism was sent Nintendo’s way for the failure of Wii U. The Switch has turn all that around, on Thursday, Nintendo announced that the “Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling home video game system ever in the United States. The system has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States in the 10 months since it launched on March 3. Nintendo‘s Wii system was the previous record holder, selling more than 4 million units in its first 10 months.”

I’ll admit that I’m pleasantly surprised that the Switch has done this well. What doesn’t surprise me is the high attachment rate of their first party titles, Nintendo stated “that more than 60% of Nintendo Switch owners in the United States have Super Mario Odyssey, and more than 55% own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo noted that the games are two of the highest-rated games in history. The company also revealed that more than 50% of Nintendo Switch owners have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and more than 20% have Splatoon 2.

Nintendo has often had issues with third party support, this did change with the Nintendo DS, 3DS and Wii. However, during the short Wii U era third party support was scarce. Nintendo said that “more than 300 titles by third-party developers have launched for the Switch, and it has “received strong support from indie developers.” The Nintendo Switch, as of December 10 has sold over 10 million units worldwide. With a new Metroid Prime and Pokemon RPG on the horizon things are looking good for Nintendo’s future.

Source: Anime News Network

For more analysis, check Polygon: Why the Nintendo Switch is selling so well

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