E3 2019 – Nintendo wins E3

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

The idea that any gaming company “wins” E3 is rather silly and certainly doesn’t matter. However, we can generally tell which game developer had the most interesting and important presentation. Or to be more direct, who had the most games coming out THIS year (2019). I’m not opposed to previewing games in development, but some developers show the same game for years. I’m looking at you Square Enix (FF7). In the last few years Nintendo had decided to abandon the usually corny or awkward on stage presentation. Instead they opted for the “Nintendo Direct” model.

Luigi’s Mansion’s 3

In addition to Nintendo Directs, they included the Nintendo Treehouse where they actually show the gameplay of games that will be released soon. Initially, many though this was a sign that Nintendo was in trouble in some way. Instead it turned out to be in their favor. While I’m a Nintendo fanboy, I think Nintendo has had the best showing for the last few E3. This year of course was easier than previous E3. Sony was a no show and Microsoft announced a new console with a bunch of specs. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo isn’t focused on making a new console so they can focus on games.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gameplay

While many of the third party games for the Nintendo Switch are just ports, if you buy a Nintendo console you don’t do so for third party games. Nintendo has been able to carefully schedule the release of their games so there’s something every year. So what did they have to offer:


ANIMAL CROSSING

Animal Crossing has been a huge success for Nintendo. Announced last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizon will take place on a tropical island. The video shows players crafting and building a surrounding environment. The bad news for fans. It’s not coming out this year, but March 20th, 2020.


ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING

While we wait for the next 3D Zelda, the adorably styled remake Link’s awakening will be released this September. Players are now able to create dungeons from pre-made sets. In addition to this game is the Cadence of Hyrule, a rhythm adventure game from Crypt of the Necrodancer, which will be released June 13.


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD SEQUEL

The MOST important announcement was the sequel of the Breath of the Wild is being worked on. There isn’t too much details on the upcoming game but many are speculating that you might be able to play as Zelda herself. It also seems that we might get a new zombie villain. Regardless, if this game is any where close to the first one then it will be great. Considering Nintendo’s track record it will be.

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Nintendo Direct for Pokemon Sword and Shield reveals new details

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Earlier today Nintendo revealed some details of the highly anticipated Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch. First it looks like random encounters are gone. Instead Pokemon will roam around like Pokemon Let’s Go. It is possible to also trigger battles by running into a exclamation pop up while in tall grass. I’m find either way but I think seeing the Pokemon in the wild is better.

Zamazenta

In recent Pokemon games new games mechanics have been added like Mega Evolution and Z-Moves. Enter Dynamax. To be honest this is the most creative feature. Basically, your Pokemon gets more powerful as they become giant. They can only stay this way for three turns and it can only be once per battle. Dynamaxing doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Hopefully, you won’t be forced to use it too much.

MILO

Milo is one of the Gym Leaders of the Galar region. He has a kind heart and is well liked by the Trainers of his Gym. His credo is to always enjoy battles, and he specializes in endurance matches using Grass-type Pokémon.

Free roaming has arrive to Pokemon in the form of the “Wild Area.” The natural space between towns in Galar, you will discover new Pokemon walking around. They will vary based on area and weather similar to Pokemon Go. You can join other players on Max Battle Raids. When you locate a red beam, up to four players can battle against a Dynamaxed Pokemon. Only one of the four players can Dynamax their Pokemon. The Dynamaxed Pokemon can be caught and some Pokemon can only be caught this way.


We were introduced to some new adorable Pokemon and some of the characters that will be in the new game. The starters were introduced already, fans were given a look at seven new Pokemon including the two legendaries, Zacian and Zamazenta.

GOSSIFLEUR

Category: Flowering Pokemon

Type: Grass

Height: 1’4″

Weight: 4.9 lbs

Ability: Cotton Down/Regenerator


ELDEGOSS

Category: Cotton Bloom Pokemon

Type: Grass

Height: 1’8″

Weight: 5.5 lbs

Ability: Cotton Down/Regenerator


Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released on November 15th. Sources: IGN, Polygon

Nintendo Direct coming on June 5th focusing on Pokemon Sword and Shield

On June 5th, Nintendo will broadcast a new Nintendo Direct presentation. The direct will provide details on newest Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield. Slated to air 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT on Nintendo’s YouTube and Twitch channels. With E3 2019 on the horizon the direct will allow Nintendo to give the games more time. This will not replace anything that Nintendo has prepared for E3 itself.

The Nintendo Direct will focus on “on software, and will offer a look at games scheduled to launch in 2019.” Games expected for release this year on the Switch are, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Animal Crossing, Daemon X Machina, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Also a Pokemon Press Conference occurred today that I haven’t seen yet, but it may focus on Pokemon Go.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving

Eternal Darkness

Most Nintendo console are largely platforms their top tier games. They definitely not for second or third party games, especially not AAA one’s. Eternal Darkness is a game from the Silicon Knights, released in 2002. It wasn’t a commercial hit and Silicon Knights evetually went out of business. The game was a third-person action adventure game. You generally fought monster and solved puzzles. What set Eternal Darkness apart from other survivor horror games was the “insanity meter.”

When the is spotted by an enemy their green bar decreases. As the bar becomes lower the gaming environment changes. These effects are random and reflect the players distorted grip on reality. The camera angle can change, weird noises, bleeding walls, enter rooms only to find out that you never left the previous one. Your character may even appear to have die suddenly. I was concerned that this aspect of the game would get old and I would like it. However, the gameplay along with the interesting story kept me invested in completing the game.

The games story skip’s throughout time, from 26 BC to 2000 AD. You can play as 12 different characters. Multiple paths can be taken, with difficulty changing with each path. Unfortunately, Eternal Darkness sold poorly, despite the fact that it received high reviews. It was ranked 96th on IGN “best video game of all time on all systems.” The sequel to Eternal Darkness, entitled Shadow of the Eternals was planned but never could get the funding necessary. I’m still hoping it does.


Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

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

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style


The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Wind Waker was the tenth game in the Zelda series. Published on the GameCube in 2002, the game is set on a series of islands. Link attempts to save his sister from Ganon. He sails the seas on his talking boat King of Red Lions. The game incorporated a way to manipulate the wind, that was controlled by a conductor’s baton. The original concept for the game was a more “realistic” style. Nintendo showed a brief clip of Link fighting Ganondorf during Space World, a video game trade show. This video was well received.

The Zelda Space World Video

The Nintendo team wasn’t happy with the style of this game. Designer Yoshiki Haruhana created a cartoonish young link. Instead of the traditional 3D graphics, the next Zelda game was going to be cell shaded. In 2001, Nintendo presented the new look to an audience during Space World. Many fans, myself included, were very disappointed that the next Zelda game wouldn’t be realistic. Some critics even called it “Celda”. However, as is the case with almost all Nintendo games it was a breath of fresh air.

Wii U Wind Waker trailer

The games visuals were stunning. It truly felt like you playing a cartoon. With many critics comparing the game to the animation of Disney and Hayao Miyazaki movies. The art style of the game made it unique. Of course the game was more than the visually pleasing. It had amazing gameplay, responsive control system, a great story and puzzles. A game that was once considered to be divisive, became a classic. The game was then later re-released in high definition. According to Keza MacDonald, The Wind Waker HD was “near-universally hailed as a masterpiece.”


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 11 – Gaming system of choice

I’m not really sure what this challenge is asking here. All time favorite console? Favorite current console? I’ll just choice all time favorite.

All time favorite console (SNES)

My gaming began in the “fourth” generation or the “16 bit” generation. The SNES is my all time favorite gaming console. Part of the reason for this is that it was my first gaming console, so I’m probably a little nostalgic. Anyway, the SNES was the second console from Nintendo. It would become the best selling console of the era, with almost 50 million sold. The SNES controller introduced many elements into the gaming industry.
Of course the MOST important aspect of a gaming console is the games. The SNES had a large library of games that covered a large array of genres. Many of those games are among the most highly regarded games of all time.

With games like, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country (1-3), Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Killer Instinct, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat 2, Mega Man X and NBA Jam you see how I spent countless hours playing the SNES. While, gaming consoles have far superior tech. now and many games have surpassed the quality of SNES games the console will always be a trailblazer in gaming.

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

In 2019, Nintendo will release a remake of Link’s Awakening

In the latest Nintendo direct, it was announced that the Nintendo Switch will be getting a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The original was released in 1993 for the Game Boy. The fourth in the Zelda series, and the first on a handheld console, it was intended to be a port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but became an original project. What also separates the game from other Zelda games is that it didn’t feature, Princess Zelda, the Triforce or take place in Hyrule.

The player is tasked with collecting eight musical instruments to wake up a whale deity called the Wind Fish. Like most Zelda games it was a critical and commercial success. In combination with the a re-released version the game has sold over six million copies and is considered to be one of the greatest games ever. Having played most Zelda games, this is one of the few that escaped me. Not having or wanting handheld game consoles until the Game Boy Color (1998) I didn’t get to play this one. It will be fun to play a remake that I didn’t play before.

Nintendo Changes Metroid Prime 4 Game Development studios to Retro Studios

Nintendo announced that they have “restarted development” of Metroid Prime 4 slated for the Nintendo Switch. Retro’s Studios is a subsidiary of Nintendo American, they developed the highly successful Metroid Prime Trilogy and Donkey Kong Country series. Nintendo’s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi announced the change in a video:

Nintendo claimed that ” The current development status of the game is very challenged and we have made a very difficult decision as a development team.” Metroid Prime was announced back in June 2017, but not many details were released. Takahashi has stated that “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress and development time will be extensive.”

Sources: Kotaku

U.S. Gaming sales hit $43B in 2018

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Massive software sales from hits like, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Marvels Spiderman, God of War and Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Video game revenues reached a new high in the U.S. with $43.4 billion according to ESA and the NPD Group. Hardware sales increased significantly from 2017 to 2018. Hardware was up 15 percent, grossing $7.5 billion.

The Nintendo Switch surpassed the PS4 as the “best-selling console, both in units sold and dollars.” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became the “best selling game in December.” Sony announced that the PS4 has sold over 91 million units since 2013. Meanwhile, Nintendo had a strong holiday season, seeing the Switch sell 22 million worldwide, with over 8.7 million sold in the U.S. making it ” the fastest-selling console of the current generation.”

The gaming industry has become the “top money-driving entertainment industry in the U.S., as well as globally.” Digital revenue reached $109.8 Billion in 2018. Most of the numbers are attributed to Epic’s Fornite, that made ” $2.4 billion last year.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Nintendo’s 2018 Mobile Revenue reaches $348 million

According to the blog, Sensor Tower, Nintendo’s ” four current mobile games (Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Super Mario Run) earned a combined total of US $348 million globally in 2018, an increase of 15% compared to 2017.” Fire Emblem Heroes earned the most of the four games, generating $230 million worldwide. Dragalia Lost pulled in $58.4 million, followed by Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp with $48.6 million and Super Mario Run earned $10 million a decline from $31 million the previous year.

In 2019, Nintendo will release Mario Kart Tour during March. Mario Kart Tour is ” expected to feature traditional in-app purchase micro-transactions to fuel its monetization, as opposed to a premium priced one-time IAP to unlock all content. ” Meanwhile, Niantic’s Pokemon GO has proved that it continues to be popular mobile game, increasing revenue 35% over 2017. Pokemon GO earned about $800 million in 2018, bring the lifetime revenue to $2.2 billion.

Sources: Sensor Tower, ANN


Ethan 1/8 ARTFX J Figure with Cyndaquil — Pokemon

For fans of the popular anime and video game by Nintendo, Pokemon, take a look at this kawaii figure of Ethan and his Cyndaquil. This figure captures every detail of Etan from his signature cap and shoulder bag plus his adorable sidekick Cyndaquil. An awesome figure to add to your Pokemon collection. By Kotobukiya.

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

 

Pokemon Sun and Moon a refreshing change

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The series has made some changes to update

The reviews are in and many find the changes that have been made to this series to be great. Nintendo has deliberately reconstructed the games formula, such as abandoning the gym’s, in exchange for non-combat challenges like scavenger hunts and quizzes. This isn’t to suggest that nothing has changed since the first games were released 20 years ago. Pokemon Sun and Moon also focuses more on plot than usually, although the villains remain simplistic. It is possible that long time fans of the series might not enjoy these changes, but I think Nintendo and Pokemon will be better for it.

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Coro Coro cover

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The new world of Aloha

When the Aloha region was first revealed it was clear to everyone that it was inspired by Hawaii. A series of four islands, Aloha also features an artificial island. Each of these islands have it’s own guardian deity, called tapu. The tapu are worshiped by the people. Kahunas are leaders of these islands, chosen by the Tapu. The Kahunas replace the gym leaders, they are:

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Hala of Melemele Island

Tweaks to gameplay

Sun and Moon has streamlined many of the elements of the series. After you encounter a Pokemon in the wild, any further encounters you will be informed of the weakness of the Pokemon. You can also see this information when switching Pokemon by tapping the “i” button next to each move. This is helpful if you have difficulty remembering which types are stronger than others. Menus have been shortened, when you use a P.C. in the game you are taken to a menu that allows you to freely move your Pokemon. However, according to Gamespot:

But that doesn’t mean absolutely everything in Sun and Moon is streamlined. You still have the nostalgic, but slow “handing over and charging up of your Pokemon” whenever you heal them at a Pokemon Center (a holdover that seems especially odd when you sometimes meet characters on your adventure who heal your team instantaneously). Sometimes you have two or more shopkeepers in the same store standing right next to one another who sell completely different goods–if you want to buy healing items, you have to talk to one, while if you want to purchase new abilities and moves you have to talk to the other.

Pokemon has finally gotten rid of HM’s, instead opting to allow trainers to call Pokemon to fly or swim, without having to have them in your party. Pokemon in the wild now have the ability to “call in help,” this doesn’t appear to have a limit.

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Multiplayer

The core game remains intact

Despite the changes to formats and moderate alterations to the series, Pokemon Sun and Moon still has the main aspects of the previous games. Capturing Pokemon and training them is still the most important parts of the series. You have a larger selection of Pokemon to choose from earlier in the game. I think this will help create a larger variety of Pokemon teams created.
Released on Nov.18,2016 get – Pokémon Sun – Nintendo 3DS
Some unfortunately aspects of Pokemon remain, most notable the over simplistic villains. Team Skull continues the trend of villains being thinly developed characters. Removing the gym’s may or may not be good long term. It is suggested in game that a new Pokemon league will be created. Whether this will occur after the game ends or it is being telegraphed as an addition for a sequel. Regardless, Pokemon Sun and Moon represent a positive change in the series, getting rid of some of the most troublesome qualities of previous games.
Released on Nov.18,2016 get – Pokémon Moon – Nintendo 3DS
For more thorough reviews check out:

Pokemon Moon and Sun

 

If you were living under a rock, you may have missed the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon. The Nintendo direct was short, but if you love Pokemon like I do, you won’t care. Enjoy. 

30 Day Video Game Challenge (Day 1)

 

Very First Video Game

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 Super Mario World

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

Release Date: November 21, 1990

Console(s): SNES, GBA, Virtual Console

Last week I finally completed the “30 Day Anime Challenge”, so I thought I’d start another challenge. The “30 Day Video Game Challenge”, similar to the anime challenge, this challenge features 30 “challenges/questions” based on experiences with video-games.

When I was five my mother got me and my brother a SNES and at the time it included a copy of “Super Mario World”. Super Mario World is the fifth title in the acclaimed Mario Bros. series. Me and my brother played this game over and over. We had a ignorant concept of what “winning” was, so a few stages complete was all that was need to satisfy us.

We also had no idea that e could save our progress, so we always started from the beginning. However, this really wasn’t a problem, because at the time we though it was suppose to be that way. As a result I never actually beat the game, or the next few dozen games I got after. Like I said my concept of winning was different back then. Beating a game wasn’t necessary, just playing until you ran out of lives. Like most Nintendo games it was a lot of fun regardless.

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New Nintendo 3DS

gammasquadnew3ds2Nintendo has a habit of changing very little and updating their handhelds slightly and still manage to sell millions of the “new”DS. This time they seemed to put more into this new handheld. I clearly sounding negative but I want one. I don’t know why they didn’t pair the new 3Ds with the Pokemon remakes, that seems to be a lost opportunity.

New Features

  • Right sided analog control stick added (C – Stick)
  • ZL and ZR shoulder buttons
  • Facial Camera tracing
  • Automatic brightness toggling
  • Built-in NFC technology for use with Amiibo figures
  • wireless transfer of media files between the handheld and a PC
  • more powerful CPU
  • greater storage
  • improved web browser
  • improved battery life
  • new colored face buttons
  • larger screen size
  • compatible with 3DS games
  • however certain games can only work on the new CPU.

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For further details check out:

E3 2014 (Part 2)

Nintendo

Nintendo has had a lot of bad press (or sales) but I think they showed well at this E3. I found the “Robot Chicken Parody” to be mildly funny but, too tame. Overall, the highlight other than Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, is ZELDA.

For more E3 info try these sites:

Some Blogs I follow:

 

Yoshi’s Woolly World

 

Bayonetta 2

 

Legend of Zelda Wii U

 

Xenoblade Chronicles X

 

Captain Toads Treasure Tracker

 

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire