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SEVEN HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NINTENDO DIRECT 13/02/2019

The Nintendo Switch calendar was indeed looking very quiet for 2019 and beyond, a Direct was needed for a long time! If Nintendo wanted to make the fans both happy and slightly disappointed, it was now! Before every presentation, the amount of rumours that go round would make you think that you would have to take out a second or third mortgage to get them all.

Even though we may not have too much to take on to the hybrid console this spring, the releases that have been announced promise some fun times now and to tide us over until E3 and beyond. Whether it’s the new IP, a sequel to a Wii-U classic or even a reimagining of a much beloved game, it is here!

I have for you now my personal highlights of the presentation. I will note this is not a full representation of the Nintendo, but it is my personal opinion of the releases that actually have a strong interest to me. Also, I shall say now that I am not employed by Nintendo and would really enjoy a job in the PR team for them or maybe even an official tester for the games they craft? Please?

Super Mario Maker 2

If you are gonna start a Nintendo Direct off strong, this was it! Possibly the only game I ever played on the Wii-U, Super Mario Maker was indeed a gem of a game and I loved the custom levels that many around the world had contributed. The idea you could create your own worlds and make them as easy or as difficult as you please was possibly the greatest creation for the console.

When the presentation began with this game, I couldn’t hold my excitement. Since the Nintendo Switch first came out, I really wanted a Mario Maker for my own. Instead of a port like many predicted, we are getting a full-blown sequel which will continue to challenge many creators and infuriate many gamers with near-impossible levels.

At this time, the game has been given a June release date. Expect to see this game before E3!

Tetris 99

What happens when you take the best-selling game of all time and give it the “Battle Royale” treatment…THIS! An idea that sounds so crazy, but looks so much fun. In an age where we have PUBG, Fortnite and various other shooters who think this is the best way to progress, I could never have dreamed I found a Battle Royale I could really get behind.

Don’t expect too much depth with this game, it is honestly just Tetris with 98 other people and the points you achieve are used to then attack the opponent of your choosing. I have played about 30 minutes of this so far, as it was released almost immediately after the direct, and I must say this game is simple but fantastic.

Tetris 99 is available now on the Nintendo eShop!

Boxboy + Boxgirl

Boxboy, the game that I honestly think was the inspiration to Snipperclips. The puzzle game series has always been popular with many fans and has appeared on Nintendo consoles in the past. It has previously been a more handheld experience, but it does seem like the 3DS is being left to fade away like the victims of Thanos’ finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War.

While I personally have never played this game, it does have my interest. The co-op aspects, the simple graphics and the cute aesthetic could see this become a surprise hit. Plus, Boxboy is joined by his wife/partner/sister/friend for a whole lot of fun that I will certainly have a crack at.

Boxboy + Boxgirl is due out April 26th!

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I wanted to play this game for a long time, why have I not yet played this game before? Well I have no excuse now as it will be coming to my favourite game console in the next few months. Games that tackle mental health issues have become highly acclaimed over the last few years with releases such as Celeste!

If the footage that was shown was from Nintendo Switch gameplay, we could really be in for a treat. I know this game has won a number of awards and my friends have already told me I should give it a try. Well, this is definitely going on the list!

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is out in the Spring!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem games were never that important to me when I was growing up. My teen years mainly consisted of Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and many EA titles (before the microtransactions fiasco!). But, I was introduced to these games when the 3DS port was released for the Switch, and I am now a fan.

Is it the anime cutscenes that got me? The beautiful graphics? The battle system? I’m not sure. All I know is that I love how this title looks. The Nintendo Direct turned me from being on the fence about this title to really wanting the summer to come!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses comes out on July 26th!

The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

I have mentioned before that before Breath Of The Wild, I had never really been a fan of the Zelda series. Wind Waker was fun, and I could see why many people weren’t too keen on it. When I bought my Switch, The Legend Of Zelda was indeed the game I needed and the 80+ hours later show that I must have enjoyed it.

I understand the next BOTW-style game will be a while away, but this game looks like it will be fun. I know the style is a bit more basic, but I trust Nintendo to take this classic Game Boy release and create something that is perfect for those who play on the go. Also, who would love an Amiibo of Link from this game? I would

The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes out later in 2019!

Astral Chain

Platinum Games may have many people on the edge of their seat awaiting the release of Bayonetta 3, but they have got another game coming out before we see the sequel. Astral Chain comes from the minds behind Bayonetta (Hideki Kamiya) and Nier: Automata (Takahisa Taura). With this much talent, there is a lot of hope on this title being a success.

With any new IP, there is always a lot of questions. Just watching this trailer, I honestly can’t tell you what the hell is going on, but I really want this game. This action title will surely be the last big summer release for the Nintendo Switch and possibly the biggest debut for a new franchise on the console. Why do we have to wait for such nice things?

Astral Chain is due for release August 30th!

If I could make a point about anything from this Direct, it was the lack of information on the supposed Metroid Prime Trilogy port or even a follow-up on Animal Crossing. Overall, this was possibly one of the strongest presentations in recent memory.

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Is there anything you wish had been shown on Wednesday? Let me know in the comments.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Metroid Prime 4 Rebooted And The Curious Case Of The Missing Trilogy Port!

June 2017 saw an E3 announcement like no other! Nintendo told the world that a long-awaited sequel to the Metroid Prime series was indeed in production for the Switch. But then a few days ago (Friday 25th January 2019) we got the news that would shock millions of Switch fans worldwide, Metroid Prime 4 was to get a major delay! Now, why was this? Surely the last year and a half since the announcement must have been enough time to develop a certainly pleasing entry to the franchise! Turns out that Nintendo were not happy with the progress that had been made by the unnamed studio (which many believe to be Bandai Namco) and made the difficult announcement.

While we may not know all of the facts, we have been informed by Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi that Retro Studios will take the reins and go back to the series they helmed for the trilogy we have already enjoyed. The studio will start the game from the very beginning and seemingly scrap all assets that already exist. I should also say that Kensuke Tanabe will also be back as producer for Metroid Prime 4 to help create the best game possible.

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With this news, it is safe to say that the game will possibly not return until 2021 at the very earliest, which could be a tough wait for any fan. But since this news arrived, there was been a number of sources offering some information on what comes next. Imran Khan from Game Informer has offered updates on Twitter about the studio switch, what was going wrong and also discusses THAT Metroid Prime Trilogy collection!

While Khan says that 4 was being made by multiple developers and this ultimately saw its downfall, he also mentions that the Trilogy was due to be announced in December 2018 but was pulled at the last minute. This looks like the change to Retro was part of the reason for the delay, but we can only hope that the collection will be announced in a Nintendo Direct which may be revealed on January 31st! Why 31st? Well I honestly think this would be the best time to open the year by discussing the successes and now give a focus to the other big titles since Prime 4 will not see a release for a long time.

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So, we could have Metroid Prime Trilogy HD coming to the Nintendo Switch in the next few months, but could we also see some other Metroid titles make the cut and come to the console while we wait? The original NES game is already available to play with the subscription to the online service, maybe it would be easy enough to send the other classics our way to lessen the blow.

This could also have an impact on the release schedule as many believe that 4 was due to come out by the end of the year. With Pokémon, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing and hopefully Bayonetta 3 on the way in 2019, we may see some games get a bigger push to replace Samus’ next adventure. Personally, as long as Pokémon Generation 8 and Bayonetta 3 are great, I think I can wait for Prime 4. If that Trilogy which has not stopped being discussed is indeed ready, release it now please Nintendo and just let the people have something for now!

Thank you for checking this article out and I look forward to reviewing discussing mentioning thinking bringing any scrap of news about Metroid Prime 4 to you in the future!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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WHO I WANT TO SEE IN THE SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE DLC!

On 1st November 2018, we had the final (finally!) Nintendo Direct dedicated to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Masahiro Sakurai presented the all the news that we needed before the game is released, this includes the full list of characters now revealed and the various game modes which will be present in the upcoming release.

With Ken from Street Fighter, Incineroar from Pokemon Sun and Moon and even Piranha Plant from Super Mario are all about to make the advance to battle as the final confirmed fighters for the main game. BUT…this isn’t it! The Direct also confirmed that DLC would be released for the game in five parts! Each DLC will see a new character, a new stage and various music. We have around a year of updates to come and it could be almost anyone that could make the roster of playable characters. But who is gonna come to the game?

I have thought about this over the last few weeks, having a small discussion or two with friends over who would be perfect for the new game and why they would fit in perfectly. Without any further delay, here are the five fighters who I hope will join the Ultimate line-up!

Earthworm Jim – Earthworm Jim

Let’s be honest, Super Smash Bros is mostly known for throwing almost anyone together for possibly the craziest and most fan-pleasing roster in existance. Earthworm Jim is just a superb character who could hold his own against any challenger. Where as he could use his worm body as a whip, use his suit for strength and super jumps and maybe a final Smash which involves his trusty blaster? I would just love for this character to be taking on Ken and Ryu in a good ol’ fist fight!

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Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

I will be honest, this one is possibly the most unlikely to make the DLC, but I have got a good point to make. Before this series of games, would you believe Solid Snake would be interacting with Wario or that Sonic and Pikachu could share the same stage? Lara Croft is perfect in forms of agility, she could make weapons throughout the battle and how about seeing her twin pistols play a part in her final Smash? Also I want to make it clear, Lara Croft from 2013 onwards would be the character. But maybe a skin of the 1996 original.

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Crash Bandicoot – Crash Bandicoot

With the release of Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy coming to the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, wouldn’t it be a great time to bring the former Playstation mascot to the battle? Sure he is mostly known for spinning around and jumping on things, but he could definitely be a force to be reckoned with if he dons the Aku Aku mask. Final Smash, Aku Aku blasting someone into space! Oh, how about throw in Tiny or Ripper Roo as well?

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Chun Li – Street Fighter

If you say Street Fighter to someone, they will possibly remember Ryu and either say “Hadouken” or “For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday”. For me, Chun Li is just the best character to come out of this franchise. We may have Ken now too in the game, but Chun Li is just a whole different experience and someone who would be so cool with some powerful kicks and a final Smash that probably involves her famous thighs causing some big damage.

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Waluigi – Super Mario

FOR F**K SAKE! JUST PUT WALUIGI IN THE F**KING GAME!!!!!

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Sorry about that, but number five I think is reflected in the Smash community to quite the appropriate level. I had to really think which characters could possibly work well as new fighters, but I then came to the realisation that almost any video game character could make the cut.

What do you think of this list? Do you have any particular character you would love to see in the game? Let me know in the comments.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out on Friday 7th December!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Five Biggest Video Games Still To Come In 2018!

2018 at E3 was…well, it was E3! Some surprises, a few in depths of upcoming titles and more memes being created than ever before (Dennis at EA, poor guy!). But, amongst some of the disappointments and less than stellar reveals, it is fair to say that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have got some genuinely brilliant titles on the way! With the likes of God Of War, Dragonball FighterZ, Celeste and the re-release of Shadow Of The Colossus entertaining and exciting the gaming world, I want to give a spotlight to some other releases you need to be playing before Christmas!

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

November 16th 2018 on Nintendo Switch

I start with this double hitter, the first true (don’t hate me, internet) Pokémon game to reach Nintendo’s hybrid console will be arriving this November! Unlike previous games in the core RPG series, this game will see the traditional meet the immensely popular mobile app Pokémon Go. While many may not be too happy with a change in the structure, rest assured that Trainer Battles and the Pokémon League is still in effect! Plus there is that Generation 8 RPG due in 2019, so see Let’s Go as a warm up and I am sure you will enjoy it!

Spider-Man

September 7th 2018 on Playstation 4

Every now and again, a Spider-Man game comes along and it actually does really well. So far its Spider-Man 2, Web Of Shadows and I am sure maybe a SNES game that was good, so the hope for a great release is definitely one. Luckily enough, Insomniac Games has been developing this one for quite a while and by taking its own canon will allow it to breathe and grow on its own. With an impressive roster of characters and breath-taking visuals, Spider-Man could be the PS4 game of the year!

Forza Horizon 4

October 2nd 2018 on XBOX ONE

Forza, a car racing franchise with a number of titles to rival Need For Speed but with arguably more high quality entries than the multi-platform game. Forza Horizon 4 has got me excited as it looks set to take place in the UK and servers will be able to take 72 players at a time! Weather will shape and modify the tracks and I admit it is one damn good reason to own an XBOX One X! It may be Microsoft’s last exclusive for 2018, but it will be a damn good one!

Fallout 76

November 14th 2018 on XBOX ONE and Playstation 4

Return to the wastelands with this video game which is set before all the previous games in the series where your character emerges from Vault 76! Fallout 76 will be an online playable game and this time you can link up with friends to tackle all the hazards that you will face. All human characters will be actual players in what will truly be 2018’s most immersive and hopefully deepest video game!

Super Smash Bros: Ultimate

December 7th 2018 on Nintendo Switch

Possibly the most anticipated game of the Nintendo Direct at E3 was SMASH. BROS. Returning! It was announced that not only would this game feature the largest roster so far, but EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER that has ever appeared in the franchise would be playable in Ultimate. The gameplay looks smooth, each character appears well balanced and it will definitely be the early Christmas present for all users of the Switch!

What 2018 video game are you most looking forward to? Message below and let me know.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Pokken Tournament DLC: WHAT THE HELL?

The Nintendo Switch has had a great first year! And with that, the announcements and promises of great and varied content continues!

On Thursday 11th January 2018, Nintendo showcased a selection of games and updates that would be hitting the Switch console in the next few months. With the announcement of a Dark Souls remaster, Mario Tennis Aces and also a release date for Kirby Star Allies, our excitement for the console was again brought back up. But, then there was some DLC announcements that were a bit questionable to say the least. Some people were upset about the Super Mario Odyssey update basically being a little 2 player mode, but it was the Pokken one that really got me.

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The Nintendo Switch adaptation came out in September with a decent roster of Pokemon to choose from (21 to be exact, well 19 and 2 alternative versions). But Nintendo announced that a two-part DLC pack would come with each containing a new Pokémon fighter, two new supports and various costume changes for your character. For two new fighters, how much would you expect to pay? £3.99? £4.99? Well, you are way off!

£13.49 is the price! For two additional Pokemon to battle with, four for support and a few different skins for your avatar!! Isn’t this a bit pricey?!?! Well, you are not alone.

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Nintendo have proven that they can do a DLC pack right in the past, Breath Of The Wild had a rather fun pack which gave you two new game modes which provided hours of entertainment. When I see what Pokken Tournament is offering for the price, I just don’t feel that excitement over the DLC. Don’t get me wrong, Blastoise is a fantastic addition to the roster, but who really wants Aegislash? NOT ME!

Sorry about the caps, but there are over 700 Pokemon to choose from! Maybe give us Onyx, Hitmonlee/Hitmonchan, Gallade, Garchomp, Genesect, Haxorus, Heracross, Tyranitar and just so many others that should be given the opportunity. I am happy for a few new Pokemon to boost the list of fighters, but please give us some that we would love to battle with. I know we have that new game on the horizon (at some point in the near future) so please do us all a favour and give us some combatants that we would love to control.

What are your thoughts? Will you be paying out the £13.49 price tag for the DLC?

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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10 Games We Need For The Nintendo Switch

Do you love your Nintendo Switch? I do. The console has become part of the family and I love to get stuck into one of its many great titles. While the Switch is great, there is a need for some more AAA games to build the library. Yes, the console is still new in its life, but here is a list of the video games that I would like to see…

Pokemon (probably based on Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow)

Yes, they have announced a “Pokemon RPG” is on the way, but that’s all we know. A game that is a partial remake on the Game Boy classic could be a sure-fire hit! I know it is pretty much the same thoughts of a lot of people, but honestly it’s what we would be happy with. Maybe with elements of Final Fantasy would make this a big hit. Let’s see what the 2018(?) release will look like.

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Super Smash Bros

Another obvious one, but not a confirmed one…yet! Super Smash Bros is indeed one of the most enjoyable multiplayer franchises in the world and the Switch is primed for a new edition. Where you can get people to play either through one Switch or multiple consoles, this could be the game you need for your next house party (if it gets made).

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Silent Hill

OK, this one is really out there, but hear me out. The Nintendo Switch needs a good horror game, something that could make good use of the unique controls from the console. Silent Hill is due a new entry and hopefully bring us something new and exciting for us patient gamers. Silent Hills P.T. showed that the franchise could still deliver, so let’s wait and see.

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Warioware

I love these games. The version on Nintendo DS was one of the best games the system had to offer and could be perfect for the Switch. 1-2 Switch seemed like a substitute for the game we would want and I hope that this means Warioware will soon come to fruition and give us the fun and thoughtful software we love. Come on Nintendo, WE WANT THIS!

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Star Wars RPG or Action/Adventure

Star Wars is a massive franchise and many games have stemmed from the series. Whether these be action games, tactical playthroughs and racing titles, there has been a great range. As of yet, there are no announced Star Wars games for the system. But what could we have? I would like to see the controls used for lightsaber battles and maybe a HD remake of Knights Of The Old Republic? Or at worst, maybe a game to fill the blanks in the new trilogy. It’s a dream, but I know it can be done!

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Bayonetta

Bayonetta honestly was a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2009. Platinum Games had a massive hit with gameplay similar to Devil May Cry and an engaging storyline with riveting characters. Maybe a new release for the Switch would be worth the investment. Maybe not a Bayonetta 3, but something around the timeline of the first two which could be fun and joyful.

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Madworld

This Wii game was brilliant, it had a fantastic art-style and some unique controls. Another Platinum Games hit, this made you feel like you were watching an American Sports event (being bloody murder) and the visuals looked striking with the limited colour pallet. A new edition could see a continuation to the story of the protagonist Jack and see him in another “DeathWatch” situation. All I know is that I would be hooked for hours.

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Donkey Kong

At E3 we had announcements for Kirby, Yoshi and even Mario and Rabbids (still feeling weird over this one), but where was Donkey Kong? The Nintendo ape is someone who does get a lot of people interested and maybe a revival of the Donkey Kong Country series? It would certainly be fun to play it in new HD graphics. We need the main guy under our control once again as he protects his bananas!

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Ninja Gaiden or Afro Samurai

Ok, this is a slight cheat putting these too together, but hear me out! Ninja Gaiden could translate well and has proved on many platforms to be a worthy slasher game. But if I could choose, it would be for the Switch to have a crack at giving Afro Samurai a new lease of life. After the disaster that was Revenge Of Kuma, many fans of this series have now got a sour taste in their mouths. It is unlikely another film or TV series will come, so a video game continuation just seems obvious. Get Samuel L. Jackson back and you are set!

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Metal Gear Rising 2

A game that could really benefit from the movement controls, a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is needed so much! The first one was a worthy spin-off to the long-running franchise and showed that Raiden could hold his own as a video game hero. The game could carry on the story with another personal vendetta and possibly a return for Solid Snake? It is unlikely, but this could be the title that would bring some action to the Switch console!

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WHAT GAMES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE? I should also mention to see the Batman Arkham games would be good too!

DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS LIST?

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove