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 Wild. Nintendo 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.
As a tennis fan and an avid gamer it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love tennis games. However, unfortunately the tennis genre is one that is under represented in gaming. Unlike, the most popular sports titles like Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K, tennis has failed to capture the same sized audiences and sell millions of copies. Generally, the games tennis games that sell the most feature famous characters from other gaming franchises like, the Mario Tennis and Sega Superstars tennis series.
In 2011 2K Sports cancelled the Top Spin series, the most prominent of the simulation tennis series. Top Spin 4 sold over 600,000 copies across several gaming platforms. I personally spent over a hundred hours playing that game and was disappointed when the online support ended. I’ve been waiting for a new tennis game ever since.
Finally, the wait for another tennis game is over. Tennis World Tour is a game from some of the producers from 2K Czech and 2K Sports. It will be the first tennis simulator since Grand Slam Tennis 2, in 2012. Back in May Developer Breakpoint Studio and publisher Bigben announced the game, which will feature some of the top ranked tennis players like Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal.
Pierre André, a former Top Spin 4 producer, stated that due to technological advances “we can create the ultra-realistic simulation that we’ve always dreamed of.” André told Polygon during this year E3, “in that the game will be very close to what we had in mind for Top Spin, with the shot control and the movement of the player models. The meta-gameplay and tactical, strategic layer is where we will be innovating the most.”
He suggests that the game will have better “character building, playing style and strategies,” it will also feature created-player customization and a career mode. However, the tennis venues will not be licensed, despite this Tennis World Tour will have a variety of new features. André hopes that this series will be the unofficial successor to Top Spin 4 and so do I.
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
At E3 this Capcom finally showed us Resident Evil 7 . . . well not really. The teaser demo they released was more of a preview. According to IGN the director Koushi Nakanishi said of the teaser, that it is a “kind of a tonal preview instead of a content preview.” The demo didn’t feature all the gameplay elements that will be in the final game. The teaser was released as a free demo on PSN.
Nakanishi emphasized that the older elements of Resident Evil like “puzzle solving, resource management, and combat,” will return. The demo reminds many gamers of the Silent Hill: PT demo. This demo didn’t have a great deal of action, but did feature puzzle solving. It was also from the first person perspective.
You play a cameraman that breaks into an abandoned home to film a movie. After you wake up you search the house for clues, while trying to leave the house. You can “beat” the demo and get multiple endings. Some fans have expressed disappointment regarding the demo. However, Capcom has put those disappointments to rest, revealing that “this is just a statement of intent, purpose, to say it’s back.”
Resident Evil 7 will exists in the same universe as RE5 and RE6. Instead of the action style of the RE5 and RE6, the game will be more like the previous games in the series. Nakanishi has said to Eurogamer. “We are separating these aspects out into different titles where that gameplay can come to the fore, and makes the most sense for that title. [Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest.”
IGN spoke with producer Masachika Kawata and director Koushi Nakanishi to learn more about the game. Resident 7 will not be a “reboot,” Kawata said “It’s the next title in the numbered series, so obviously it’s part of the Resident Evil universe, and overall canon, so to speak. It’s not a separate thing, but we have intentionally made it so that maybe when you first play it you’ll almost think: how could this possibly be related to the rest of Resident Evil? But it is. It is an extension of the series so far. It’s not a reboot. It’s the next main game.”
The article is worth a full read, but overall this demo is a good start. It definitely sets the tone for the series return to it’s survivor horror roots. Hopefully, they can find a balance between action and horror. The first person perspective can take getting use. However, I do think that the first person view will add to the horror aspect in this game. I’m excited, and hope that Capcom delivers.
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The Answers to On the Edge of Enlightenment Questions:
What’s your reason for blogging? I wanted to share my love of anime, manga and video games with others.
Is there a show you like a lot even though other people don’t? No I usually watch popular shows.
What’s your favorite book? Harry Potter.
What kind of music do you like? I like several different kinds of music. Pop, R&B, Rap and Rock.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be? I would be an octopus, they are just cool and highly intelligent.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Bigotry.
Is there something you’ve tried to do that you’re not good at? Playing basketball.
Do you have a hard time coming up with questions to ask people? Lol, Always.
Nintendo 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.
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
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.
I’m not a BIG fan of Silent Hill (mostly because I’m horrified by it) and of course I find the series a bit unsettling. Apparently during Sony’s Gamescom presentation a demo of a game dubbed PT was revealed. You can download the demo on PSN.
Not long after the demo went live, people discovered that beating the demo revealed that P.T. is a brand new Silent Hill game, titled ‘Silent Hills’ headed up by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro.
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.
I’m not going to do any sort of exhaustive E3 commentary, there are much better sites, with greater resources to do that. I will be highlighting my personal favorite games from E3. I’m always excited for E3 even though I’m often disappointed, but I never stop enjoying it (If that makes sense). Anyway, while some people decry sequels I personally enjoy them, and so far it’s clear I won’t be disappointed.
What draws me to video games is similar to what draws me to “Anime and Manga” and “Graphic novels and Comic books“. All three are good entertainment mediums but different in the limitation of each medium. Video games are the most interactive of the three and that’s why I love them. Unlike non video games you get to inhabit to some degree a character or series of characters. You feel more directly a part of the universe created by game designers. There is also a sense of accomplishment that is attached to playing and beating a game.
There’s a potential for greater challenge in video games that leads to a feeling of greater accomplishment. Video games is an art form that can combine the story of a good book, the cinematic of a well directed movie with interactivity only found in video games. Off course not all video games are this sophisticated and that’s a good thing. The variety in the level of sophistication in video games is also part of the appeal. Like all entertain there are different genre’s and content and your never short on something new. However, like most industry’s there does tend to be “copy cat”games and the inevitable sequel or ten or twenty but I usually don’t mind this.
Story can be rather complicate (Metal Gear Solid Franchise) or simple (Super Mario Bros. Franchise). The good thing about video games is that a good game doesn’t necessarily require a good story to be good in and of itself. Games can tickle your funny bone, invoke emotion, create realistic characters that you love or hate. There are worlds so realistic that they amaze (Grand theft Auto 5). Even the fantasy worlds feel realistic (Mass Effect Franchise). Overall, the stories featured in video games can be as complex as any other medium.
Graphics are an important aspect to video games. Bad graphic’s can ruin the experience in a game by reminds you that your playing one. However, some people seem to confuse what makes good graphics. It seem to be that “good” has become synonymous with “realistic” (for some people). Anything that’s not realistic can be looked down upon. Personally, I don’t care if the game has realistic style as long as it plays well and is fun. Do get me wrong I love a beautiful game but there needs to be more.
Game play and fun
The most important part of video games is the game play and fun factor. Game play varies from game to game and genre to genre. Some gamers may have a personal choice in which type of game play or genre’s they enjoy the most (like FPS). I have played many of the of the genres but only like (and are good) at some of them. Fun is subjective to the individual. A game I may enjoy may not be fun for someone else. To be honest I can’t really pinpoint what exactly makes a good game fun for me. But, I do know story, graphics, characters and game play are significant factors.