E3 – Nintendo

Nintendo basically won E3 in my opinion, we saw some cool things from Bethesda, Sony and the rest but Nintendo just had the highlights of the event. They literally gave us everything we wanted from ports of some great games like Rocket League and Skyrim but we also got to see some new additions to the switch’s catalog such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2,  Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Super Mario Odyssey. Since I know nothing about Xenoblade Chronicles 2(Although it does look pretty awesome so maybe I need to hop on that train.) and since the other two have already been covered by Carter I’ve decided to go over the remaining games from what I thought was the best showcase of E3.

Pokemon

So they told us nothing besides the fact that there is a core RPG Pokemon game coming for the switch which is huge! Whereas we’ve had spin-offs like Pokemon Coliseum, Pokemon Snap  and Pikachu’s Pokepark we never had an actual core Pokemon on a home console cause they’ve always been Handhelds. Even though they didn’t show anything for it, the announcement is more than enough to get fans excited.

Metroid

Metroid Prime is widely considered to be an epic of a game series and I think that it’s a perfect time to bring Samus back with the push of strong female characters in modern media like Rey, Black Widow and Wonder Woman being so prominent. I still need to beat the first three but I’m excited to see what they can do with this series on the Switch.

So here we’re getting a return to the side scrolling roots of Metroid and I think it looks great. The gameplay looks polished and the graphics are updated to maintain the scale of the prime series and yet it still looks like classical Metroid.

Overall, I’m very excited for both of these games. Although the series never grabbed me like Legend Of Zelda or Mario did, this could definitely get me to become a Metroid fan.

Kirby

Look! Look upon this perfection and despair for Kirby is the bringer of oblivion! Seriously though, This looks fantastic from the bright graphics to the co-op platforming gameplay. I just can’t say enough good things about this game and I’m so ready for it!

Yoshi

Well apparently 2018 is the year of the adorable co-op platformers. Like Kirby Switch before it Yoshi Switch looks just stunning from a visual standpoint and I can’t wait to see what they can bring to the table with this one.

Legend Of Zelda

When I first heard DLC for a Zelda game, I was a little apprehensive due to my traditional thoughts of “How do you add to a Zelda game that’s the biggest they’ve ever done?” Well this is how you do it. More Trials, More Armor and more abilities in The Master Trials and then The Champions Ballad doesn’t show a whole lot but I’m sure we’ll more about that as we get closer to it. It does give a great visual of some different characters from the game so maybe we can play as them or something like that. Either way, more Legend Of Zelda is always a good thing. 

Fire Emblem

I just can’t wait for this game. I loved the Dynasty Warriors series and I loved Hyrule Warriors so this one just makes perfect sense. I’m a big of the series but I’ve only played 4 of the games and haven’t gotten around to Fire Emblem Fates yet so I didn’t know most of the characters shown here but I love Chrom and Marth and I’m hoping for additions of characters like Ricken, Kellam, Panne, Ike, Sothe, Soren, Lyn and Eirika.

The only disappointment to me is that with the game coming out so soon why don’t we see any gameplay here but that might just be me nitpicking. Bottom line is that I can’t wait to have this game.

Overall 

Like I said, Nintendo won E3. They won us over by showing us that there are great things on the horizon for us as gamers. I’ll be getting a switch as soon as I can now cause I’m definitely ready for the next year of games.

Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle and its Huge Implications

Like most gamers, I’m sure when you think of quality entertainment, one name comes to mind: Rabbids. Or at least it may after this August. Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle is my favorite new game announced this year. Developed by Ubisoft, MRKB sports some seriously intriguing RPG combat. Each of the eight playable characters brings his/her own powers, weapons, and abilities to the table. Combat is turn based and combat zones are marked off by flags so you know when a battle is about to begin. Some of the strategies showcased during the demo included destroying cover to reveal enemies, using teammates to boost your movement during your turn, and employing special character abilities to gain an edge over your opponents. It seems almost like X-COM meets Worms, which is a combo I am more than ok with. The most exciting thing about this game though, is not the game itself, but rather the implications that come with it. I mentioned earlier that this game was developed by Ubisoft, which is an unprecedented level of cooperation on Nintendo’s part. It isn’t unheard of for Nintendo to collaborate with third party studios. The most notable example of this collaboration is the Smash Bros series, on which, Nintendo has collaborated with Namco, Sega, and even Konami. What makes MRKB so unique us that this is the first game bearing the Mario name that Nintendo allowed another studio to develop in its entirety. Nintendo is historically stingy with their characters, and who can blame them after the development of productions like the Super Mario movie and TV show. Nintendo opening up and allowing other developers access to their characters could be exactly what they need to freshen up their games. For instance, earlier today Metroid Prime 4 was announced and that is a game that could benefit from the creative vision of a new studio. Personally I’m pulling for Visceral, a studio best known for their work on the Dead Space series, to try their hand at a Metroid title. Whoever is developing the new Metroid, the future of Nintendo collaborations rests heavily on the success of Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

Speeding Bullets #6 Naturally Nintendo

Nintendo has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom got me, my brother and my sister GameBoy Colors when I was five. I got my first GameCube when I was ten and all I asked for my Thirteenth Birthday was a Wii. Add in my love for the DS and 3DS and there’s always been something to bring me back to Nintendo. Today was no different.

Nintendo revealed their next console, The Nintendo Switch.

What it’s going to be is basically a handheld console that can be hooked up to your T.V. which sounds like I’m underselling it but it does have some really cool features such as the Joy-Con Controller which will be able to play on a screen separately from the T.V., be taken anywhere and even be split apart to allow two people to play on the smaller screen. Judging from the reveal trailer it will have enough power to run an Elder Scrolls game which is something that no Nintendo system has been able to do up to this point. They are switching(Pun Intended) back to cartridges and a lot of people were skeptical over the decision to return to cartridges over disc but I honestly think it’s a great move on their part. If they can maintain the power of a disc in cartridges then why not? I think it’s just another point to prove why Nintendo has mastered being new and innovative while maintaining a love for what has come before. Another example of that is the fact that you will be able to have a more classical game controller as well.(Which is featured in the trailer below)

To actually see the controller and many other features, watch the video below.

Something else that Nintendo Switch is going to focus on is the idea of local multiplayer which is something that many games have all but forgotten. I’m sure that the Switch will still have online features but they’re ancillary in comparison to the focus of getting together with friends.

If you disagree with me then think about all those Final Smashes and Blue Shells you’ve used. Was it over a head set? or were you sitting next to each other on the couch? When me and my sister went through Ocarina Of Time and Windwaker we’d each take turns and replaying those weren’t really the same if she wasn’t in the room with me. Nintendo has thrived on a sense of togetherness that the Switch will only reinforce.

Still not convinced? Well what about all the third party developers that have shown their support already? Developers like Bethesda, EA, Activision, Square Enix, Konami, Koei and many more have already come out and said that they’re working on products for the Switch. The reason this is huge is because many of these developers have never signed on for a Nintendo system before. This means that we will be getting collaborations that we’ve never seen before.

Bottom Line : This isn’t just going to be the next gimmick around, They look focused on games and on giving the fans what they’ve wanted. I think this is the capabilities that we wanted to see from the Wii U and they just never came up to par for most people. But this system could be Nintendo’s best decision yet.

Snarkalicious: A Look at E3 2016 – The Good

In this second segment of Snarkalicious, we’ll be looking at the two companies whose conferences at E3 this year offered the most quality to gamers and investors alike. Sony hit all of its bases as far as games and hardware goes, and Nintendo left everyone speechless with its long-awaited LoZ trailer. Let’s get into it.

Sony

Sony once again came through with a stellar conference this year and a ton of gaming highlights. First, Sony gave a final release date for The Last Guardian in October–yes, October 2016–shocking and delighting fans. “I didn’t think it would ever actually come out!” said one reporter in between fits of laughing, crying, and vomiting. Sony also showed a trailer for the upcoming God of War game, featuring Kratos as a warrior-turned-Christian seminary student. This game is said to bring the character’s growth throughout the series to fruition, a promise that leaves fans wondering just what brand of pissed off will this new Kratos be?

As far as new announcements, Sony left fans in utter delight with two huge new gaming developments. First, we got a look at the legendary Hideo Kojima’s new project, Death Standing starring Norman Reedus. I have a joke for this, but I won’t blaspheme Kojima with it because I’m scared this game will end up like Silent Hills (#NeverForget) if we don’t respect it enough. Second, Insomniac (developers of InFamous) is making a new open-world Spider-Man game that everyone is collectively losing their minds about after seeing the trailer. I’ve seen it too, and I must confess: it looks like a really good animated movie. Hopefully it’s also a game!

A new IP also received an announcement and an actual gameplay trailer, Days Gone. “Oh, it’s like The Last of Us,” said fans. “No,” replied executives, “it’s a new IP with a totally unique world and–”

“Hush, fam. It’s like the Last of Us. Just let it happen.”

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was also shown. It is definitely a Call of Duty game.

One of the more fun surprises from Sony this year was the new Resident Evil featuring a first-person view. A demo was also released on a small scale, showing off the wonderful graphics, gameplay, and atmosphere that all indicate a return to RE’s survival-horror setting. “Weird, it’s almost as if the fanbase enjoyed the older games or something,” said one executive before almost being crucified.

Finally, we saw some great gameplay of Horizon Zero Dawn, a futuristic RPG style exclusive that looks like a lot of fun. I, however, am already looking to its sequel, Bologna Wheelbarrow Jellyfish.

Two big news stories about hardware came out of Sony’s conference as well, though probably not the type of news you may expect. The rumored PS4K or 4.5 was absent, a breath of fresh air to anyone who doesn’t hate their money. Playstation VR was also announced to be debuting at an average price of $400, a severe price cut compared to such VR systems as the HTC Vive or Occulus Rift. It seems like Sony is trying to make VR a much more financially feasible feature of its hardware, a welcome concession to gamers who don’t have money to blow but still want to try out the newest “wave” in gaming. While I remain skeptical of VR gaming myself, it felt good to know that at least Sony isn’t expecting to sell our firstborn for the gimmick despite the glorious locks of hair and cutting jawline that mine shall have.

Nintendo

As someone who isn’t really involved in Nintendo’s games, I absolutely loved how strong their showing was due to it being one of the lowest-effort conferences we have seen in recent years. Quantity-wise, Nintendo had a rather modest showing; however, in terms of quality, its offerings blew everyone away. Three major things punctuated Nintendo’s conference for me:

  1. Lack of news about the Nintendo NX. While several people saw this as a negative, I saw it as an important decision from Nintendo. Rather than bombarding its fanbase with a new console they’ll have to invest in soon, Nintendo focused on what they are able to offer gamers right now. The NX will debut eventually, and it will have all kinds of questions and controversy attached to it when it does; why bother with all of that now?
  2. The new IP Ever Oasis. While this announcement was overshadowed by obvious fanfare over a different franchise, I am legitimately excited for this project. Nintendo does not announce new IP’s often, but the vast majority of them are excellent products that offer entertaining gameplay and quality investments, such as Splatoon.
  3. Breath of the Wild debut. Look, this is what everyone wanted to see. While many people decry that the trailer was long overdue–which by all means, the game itself is long overdue–this was easily the biggest talking point from E3. The game looks fantastic, and the trailer even featured some in-game content, a refreshing change of pace from the pre-rendered cinematic trailers that usually plague E3.

At the end of the day, Nintendo gave its fans what it wanted. Could they have brought more to the table? Probably. But at the end of the day, gamers care about quality over quantity. Microsoft announced loads of things, but their announcements lacked flavor, originality, and any semblance of what console gamers have been asking for. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Nintendo and Sony proved the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he won’t give a flying crap about new gaming hardware.”