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  1. Jason Clement

    The NX officially revealed as Nintendo Switch

    More than any other Nintendo platform, it seems as if the NX has had the strangest lead up to its announcement due to the fact that Nintendo soft-announced it and its release window before the details of what it was, leaving fans dry on information for more than a year now. That dry period of information finally ended today as Nintendo finally released the first teaser for its next platform. Say hello to Nintendo Switch. In addition to being able to play games on the TV, the Switch will enable players to take their gaming experience on the go, almost serving as a proof of concept for what the Wii U originally should have been. Two smaller controllers (referred to as Joy-Con controllers) can slide in and attach to the handheld unit, and can detach to be apart from it as well. Both controllers can serve as separate controllers for two players. Nintendo also revealed a large number of publishers and developers that are onboard for making games for the Switch, including nearly every major third-party publisher. A notable one is Take-Two, which was a holdout from the Wii U era. Further detail on the platform's pricing, specs, and launch line-up are still forthcoming but Nintendo has stated we'll be hearing all of that prior to the March launch. Nintendo has an investor briefing in Japan next week, so it's possible that some of it will be addressed there. Stay tuned! What are your thoughts on Nintendo Switch?
  2. Welcome to the seventy-seventh week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday. Arceus will be available at participating GameStop stores until August 24th.You'll need to get a card with a serial code. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all! -------------------------------- Another Revolution There has been plenty more Sun & Moon news, since last we spoke. and CoroCoro have revealed several new Pokémon [including a *sand castle*] and Alolan Meowth, Marowak & Raichu, respectively. We even get a good look at the main antagonists of the game, Team Skull! Interesting to note that Team Skull already exists in a certain other game. And hey! I“ve also been reading the Pokémon manga for the first time ever. It“s much more eclectic than the games and anime, both. I recommend them if you“re looking for stories with a bit more of a darker edge to them. Like--the writing doesn“t seem afraid to kill Pokémon [it's kind of done off-screen, but death, not fainting, is implied], or to put Trainers“ lives in actual danger. I“ve yet to see a storyline in the main games or spin-offs go that far, beyond subtext. It“s funny. We were supposed to get yesterday“s news this morning, as you“re reading this--but The Pokémon Company uploaded the trailers early, to respond to leaks. Instead of discussing formerly pre-emptive news, let“s spend this week“s IV unpacking an interesting rumor. “Reports” say that a new Pokémon game could happen within the launch window of...Whatever The Heck The Nintendo NX Is. It“s been a while since I put on my Supposition Hat--let“s speculate, shall we? Prior to Sun & Moon and...the insatiable wait for "Pokémon Z", the main games were beginning to feel like annual Things. I really don“t think that a “main-line” Pokémon game could be coming to NX less than a year after the launch of Sun & Moon. To follow the sixth generation, where we didn“t have a Yellow, Emerald, or “2” Version...with a glorified third game or port...seems kind of counter-intuitive to the massive brand-refresh that Sun & Moon seemingly communicate. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is still relatively fresh. Rumble World is a little older, but only just got released at retail in North America. Besides, I don“t think either one of those types of games are what would move systems as part of a Highly Enticing Launch Window. The same can be said for other spin-off games like Pokémon Ranger or PokéPark. Alas, if there“s anything to this rumor at all, there“s only one type of game that wouldn“t be a harbinger of “Pokémon Fatigue”. The last “Stadium-esque” game the franchise saw was Pokémon Battle Revolution for Wii, first released in Japan almost ten years ago. That game didn“t even see a refresh for HeartGold & SoulSilver, let alone offer iterative experiences during the fifth and sixth generations. It truly has been almost a decade since we could see our critters on the big screen. I think it“d be pretty neat--and not particularly demanding of Game Freak or its development partners, to bring back battling on TV to the next big Nintendo console. I“m not sure if the next “Battle on TV” game will end up sharing the Stadium moniker, but it could be good for the nostalgia crowd that“s been playing GO. And a lot of Sun & Moon has been marketed on nostalgia & the big anniversary, so a return to “Stadium” after a sixteen year rest could be a swell marketing tactic. But--for all the fun those games were in their day, could you accomplish much with them? It may be wiser to develop something like Pokémon Colosseum or , where a whole new region and stories were crafted, to go a bit beyond just straight arena battles. Still. The argument against all this is...now that battles are more three-dimensional and graphically intensive than ever before--and you can seamlessly fight both friends and strangers online in the sixth generation--there“s no real need for a “Stadium” on the big screen. I“ll admit it“s a bit of a weak argument, since there“s nothing quite like the new life that high-definition visuals breathe into these critters. But the point stands. I rarely pay attention to rumors. But if this one“s true, there“s nothing else that really makes sense--nothing else that wouldn“t demand too much of the developers“ time while they were working on Sun & Moon. As much as I“d like to say, “Well yeah, it could also be 'Pokémon Snap NX'”--that kind of endeavor seems like it would be entirely too time-intensive to expect less than a year after the release of Sun & Moon. Developing a “Stadium” counterpart while focusing the main efforts on fleshing out the upcoming releases sounds much more feasible. I“m not sure what to expect. But I guess that“s half the excitement, as of late. I“ll be sure to revisit this subject after we know what the NX even is, but--for now, I figured it“d be fun to speculate. What do you all think this rumored game could be? Am I right on the money, or is it one of those things I insist would be too unrealistic? Please do share!
  3. Jason Clement

    New NX rumors detail what form it may take

    As we continue to get closer and closer to the big NX blowout by Nintendo later this year, more rumors from different sources are beginning to circulate around the industry. The latest round of rumors -- this time coming from Eurogamer -- indicate that the NX will, as many suspected, be a hybrid system, but not quite in the way you probably expected. Eurogamer's sources indicate that the NX will be a portable device with detachable controllers on both sides of a central screen. The portable will then be able to connect with a docking station that can project the game onto a TV screen. Some other details that the rumors go into: - It will use cartridges instead of discs - It will use an Nvidia Tegra mobile processor; some say the X1 it's currently using is a placeholder for the newer X2, but unsure. - No plans for backward compatibility due to the radical change in hardware It will run on a new OS by Nintendo, not Android - Nintendo not chasing graphical parity, so the choice of processor seems to indicate it will be more powerful than Wii U but less powerful than PS4/XB1 - Global reveal planned for September With the likelihood that the NX is a hybrid console, that would mean that Nintendo would be able to utilize most of their resources to making games for just one platform rather than splitting them 50/50 the way they did with 3DS and Wii U. In any case, remember that these are rumors for now, so take everything here with a grain of salt until we hear otherwise. Source: Eurogamer What are your thoughts on the new NX rumors?
  4. Today at Day 2 of E3 2016, Nintendo finally revealed what many fans have been wondering most during their Treehouse Live segment -- the full name of the upcoming Zelda title for Wii U and NX, which is officially titled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Accompanying the title was a brand new trailer that showed off the spirit of that title, in which the world was brought to life with its many varied locations. Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that Breath of the Wild will be the biggest Zelda game to date, and that everyone playing the demo at E3 will not be able to explore all of the large area available to them during their time with the game. Even more impressive is that the large area on demo is just a small portion of the actual in-game map. You can check out the trailer and get a sense for how big the game is below. Fils-Aime mentioned that more about the game's story and characters will be discussed at a later date, and that they would be focusing on the gameplay itself this week at E3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently slated for release on Wii U and NX in 2017. Source: (via Nintendo) What are your thoughts on Breath of the Wild? Are you excited by what Nintendo showed today?
  5. Some pretty interesting headlines coming your way today, including a few release announcements and a few rumors that, if true, indicate some interesting things are on the horizon. Check out the headlines below! No Man's Sky coming in June, priced at $60 After a faux-scare on Tuesday with PlayStation Blog accidentally making people think that the long-awaited No Man's Sky was coming out on 3/3 (it was actually when the pre-orders started), Hello Games confirmed that the game's release date will be on June 10 and it will be $59.99. No Man's Sky is also getting a hefty collector's edition (limited to 10,000 copies) that comes in at $150. This edition includes a digital copy of the game, a hand-painted, 8-inch replica of the ship from the game, a pin, and a mystery item that has yet to be revealed. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge now has a release date and is coming soon The wait is almost over, Mutant Mudds fans, as Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham has confirmed that the game's followup Mutant Mudds Super Challenge has passed Nintendo lotcheck and is now slated for a simultaneous release on Wii U and 3DS on March 17 for $9.99. Additionally, there will be a 15% loyalty discount for anyone who has purchased the first Mutant Mudds or downloaded the Nindies@Home demo from earlier this year. Not bad at all! If you haven't played the original Mutant Mudds yet, click here to check out our review. We'll have a review of Super Challenge in the coming weeks. Source: NintendoLife Rumor: Nintendo funding Beyond Good & Evil 2 as an NX exclusive for 2017 Here's a rumor that's bound to be exciting for Nintendo fans if true. It's too early to say how accurate this is, but according to one of Destructoid's sources, Nintendo is funding (to some unknown degree) the development of Beyond Good & Evil's sequel to secure it as an exclusive for NX in 2017. If true, this would be a big win for Nintendo coming off a 2015 that saw Sony securing the Final Fantasy VII Remake exclusivity first. Does it mean BG&E2 would be a permanent exclusive? It's too early too say, but I doubt it; in all likelihood, this may be a half- or one year-exclusive to the platform, similar to how Microsoft's deal with Square Enix worked for Rise of the Tomb Raider. In any case, Destructoid pointed out that their source had been correct with previous rumors before, so take it as you will. Source: Destructoid Rumor: Kensuke Tanabe no longer working with Retro Studios; behind-the-scenes drama to blame For those who don't know, Kensuke Tanabe is best known as the director of Super Mario Bros. 2 as well as the producer behind Retro Studios' games since their inception, which makes this rumor all the more surprising. According to Liam Robertson -- who accurately leaked the announcement of a new Paper Mario game for Wii U (which was confirmed as real yesterday) -- Tanabe has been on the outs in recent years with Retro Studio and was seen as increasingly hard to deal with by the studio. This led to a falling out that saw Tanabe replaced with someone else from NCL in Japan, possibly Yoshio Sakamoto, the co-creator of Metroid. For more on the rumor, check out the source link below. Source: Patreon (Liam Roberston) Etrian Odyssey V coming to Japan in August Those looking forward to Atlus' true follow-up to Etrian Odyssey IV will be glad to know that Etrian Odyssey V officially has a release date in Japan: August 4. The game is set in a land called "Archadia" and will feature four different races and a newer sort of class system. Fortunately for those of us in North America, we may not have to wait long to play it as Etrian Odyssey games usually get localized and released within 6 months of Japanese releases. Perhaps we're looking at an early 2017 release in the US? Source: Gematsu What are your thoughts on some of these rumors? And will you be buying No Man's Sky and/or Mutant Mudds Super Challenge?
  6. Today, NX rumors continue with whispers of a Super Smash Bros. title being prepped for its launch, Tron Run/r is releasing on other platforms, Insomniacs newest game is announced, and more! Read on below! Rumor: Bandai Namco is bringing Super Smash Brothers to NX at Launch The rumor well for NX is starting to run pretty deep so far, but according to Dr. Serkan Toto (a Tokyo-based game industry consultant), Bandai Namco is working on Super Smash Bros. for a release at NX's launch. The rumor comes by way of Toto's industry sources, which he claims are pretty strong. Given that Masahiro Sakurai's team is still mostly finishing up with the final DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, it seems likely that Namco Bandai is working on a port of that game for NX rather than a brand new entry, especially if NX releases later this year as rumors are saying it will. If it is a port, it's expected that it might also bundle all of the DLC that has come out for it, making it the definitive edition of the game. For now, we'll have to wait and see what happens. Source: @serkantoto (via Twitter) TRON Run/r is coming to PS4 and Xbox One in February You might remember that TRON RUN/r was initially announced for PC at The Game Awards in December, but now it appears that the game is going multi-platform as well. It was recently announced to be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will release on Feb. 16 for $20 across all three platforms. In the game, you'll create your own customizable avatar and run through more than 30 different levels. A "Stream" mode will also challenge players to run through remixes of existing levels, and a leaderboard will also be available so players can compete with scores. Source: GameSpot Insomniac's next game is Song of the Deep What exactly has Insomniac Games been up to since Sunset Overdrive released (besides the upcoming Ratchet and Clank remake, which is coming in April)? We finally got the answer this week as CEO Ted Price revealed their next game, Song of the Deep. As you might have guessed, it's about the ocean but it also features a story that hinges on heartbreak and love. It features the journey of a girl named Merryn, who will explore a large underwater world via free swimming and by submarine. Insomniac CCO Brian Hastings described it as a Metroidvania-like game in which you'll constantly be getting new abilities and figuring out how to upgrade them in order to bypass obstacles. Arguably the most interesting thing about this game, however, is its publisher. The game is coming exclusively to retail through none other than GameStop (yes, the video game retail chain), and it would seem they are the publisher for the digital PS4 version as well. Is this a brief foreshadow of GameStop's long-term future? In any case, you can look forward to playing the game this Summer. Source: PlayStation Blog Harvest Moon-inspired Stardew Valley dated for late February release If you have fond memories of playing Harvest Moon games, you may want to check out Stardew Valley, which was recently announced for release on February 26 on PC. The trailer shows that the game is heavily-inspired by the popular farming sim series, with elements ranging from farming, mining, taking care of livestock, and even socializing with others in town being central to the gameplay. Source: Stardewvalley.net (via Destructoid) What are your thoughts on the Smash NX rumors? Are you interested in TRON Run/r? And what do you think of Insomniac's Song of the Deep? Let us know below!
  7. In today's news, more NX rumors surface, SEGA teases Sonic news soon, we get some more information on Dragon Quest VII, and more! Read on below for the full scoops. New NX Rumors Surface Still no official word on what Nintendo's next platform codenamed 'NX' will be, but new rumors are circulating about the console's technical specs. A survey from GFK (a client of Nintendo) which was leaked from Liam Robertson (who has ties to Unseen64, a site about unreleased and cancelled video games) seems to add further fuel to the fire about connectivity between a handheld and console unit. Furthermore, it makes mention that video calls will be able to be made through your TV through the NX and it will support 4K/60fps video streaming and gameplay graphics at 900p/60fps. Finally, a sensor bar is also reportedly supposed to be bundled with the system; an interesting tidbit for sure, if true. As usual, take this all with a grain of salt until we get actual confirmation from Nintendo, which will hopefully come sometime before E3 (if not at the trade show itself). Source: Nintendo Inquirer SEGA teases Sonic news in February If you're a Sonic fan, good news -- you might be hearing more Sonic game news very soon. Apparently SEGA's teased an announcement of... some announcements to come in February on their Tumblr page. Might they reveal a new Sonic game or two? It's possible considering that this year is the 25th anniversary. Stay tuned... Source: Sonicthehedgehog.tumblr.com New Info on Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Many fans have long been awaiting Dragon Quest VII remake here in the US, and yesterday brought a slew of new info on the localization. Namely, Dragon Quest VII is basically a brand new game with all new writing and no random encounters (you'll see the enemies on the map). Also being implemented are a story summary feature and Streetpass feature that will net you tablets. Keep an eye out for more Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past news leading up to its release later this Summer. Source: Siliconera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuzx7OKR40Y&feature=youtu.be&t=6m10s Aryll speaks for Toon Link in Hyrule Warriors Legends Hyrule Warriors Legends on 3DS is slated to include a few new characters that weren't present in the Wii U version of the game. Chief among them is Toon Link, and recent information has revealed an interesting tidbit about him. Other incarnations of Link usually have a fairy speaking in behalf of him throughout the game but Toon Link will have none other than his kid sister Aryll speaking on his behalf, which should be a nice change. She'll be speaking to him through the power of the Pirate's Charm, the same item that Tetra and The King of Red Lions used to communicate with Link in The Wind Waker. You can hear her talking at the 6:10 point in the video above! Of course, you'll also be able to hear her for yourself when the game launches on March 25 in North America. Source: Zelda Informer Twilight Princess HD amiibo functionality detailed Wondering what the Wolf Link amiibo will do when used with the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD? Well, we finally have an answer. According to this week's Famitsu magazine, using the amiibo at a certain location will allow the player to experience "Thorough Battle: Trial of the Beast." Clearing it will net you a "Bottomless Wallet," which can carry up to 9,999 rupees (the max amount, safe to say). Also, the amiibo will allow you to import data from Twilight Princess HD into the upcoming Legend of Zelda Wii U game. What the data is is currently unknown still; expect to hear more leading up to the game's release. Finally, other Zelda-related amiibo will be able to be used once a day for different effects, such as replenishing arrows, hearts, and even making enemies dish out twice as much damage (thanks, Ganondorf... I guess). Source: Nintendo Everything Knuckle Sandwich is a visually stunning, upcoming Earthbound-inspired indie RPG Who doesn't love Earthbound (am I right)? 2015 saw a slew of indie games inspired by it, such as Citizens of Earth and the ever-popular Undertale (which I hear may have won our Game of the Year 2015 honor). Anyhoo, an upcoming indie RPG from Andrew Brophy called Knuckle Sandwich looks to be inspired by the SNES classic as well. The game stars a boy who's living on his own for the first time, and gets caught up in a mystery where people are disappearing from town. No release date has been detailed just yet, but Knuckle Sandwich will be coming to PC at some point. Be sure to check out the game's trailer above. Source: Polygon What news stood out to you today? Do you think the new NX rumors have any merit? And will SEGA announce something exciting for Sonic?
  8. Earlier this morning, Square-Enix held a Dragon Quest-focused event announcing a ton of new Dragon Quest content, as well as elaborating on a few previously announced titles. The star of the show was definitely Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time--a game confirmed for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS...and possibly the Nintendo NX, alongside Dragon Quest X. Before elaborating on Dragon Quest XI, it“s important to note that Square-Enix has said Dragon Quest X and XI are “being considered” for the NX. Still, this marks the first set of games publicly mentioned as (possibly) coming to the platform, so a bunch of eyes are on these games. Without further ado: Dragon Quest XI“s producer is Saito Yosuke. Known Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama is returning for this game, and spoke during the event about how series creator Yuji Horii asked him to capture the same spirit as the very first Dragon Quest game in his work. Between this game and Dragon Quest Builders, it seems the 30th Anniversary of Dragon Quest will show how far the series has come by developing games with visible ties to the first ever Dragon Quest. Onto what makes each version of the game unique. The screens you see above are from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, which is being made using Unreal Engine 4. The environments are something Square-Enix are putting a lot of time into. Monsters will appear in the world before battles start, similar to Dragon Quest IX. Players have been given full range of motion for the first time in the series, allowing them to potentially explore high or hard to reach areas, too. They showed off the game“s protagonist, a look at an Inn (featuring pots to break and drawers to rummage through), and much more. Orca are helping Square-Enix with the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Take a look at the Nintendo 3DS version! This one“s being developed with the help of Toylogic, a team known for their involvement with Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Kid Icarus: Uprising in the past. It“s still got the same team of people at Square-Enix behind it, and it“ll have the same story as its console counterpart. But as you can see--instead of a large focus on graphics, this game takes a bit of a different approach when it comes to visuals. The top screen features a modern Dragon Quest aesthetic, while the bottom has players indulging what the game would look like if it were made 20 years ago for the Super Famicom/NES. I“m such a huge fan of this visual style! The question is--which versions of the game will be localized? Will we miss out on the Nintendo 3DS version? Are we going to get the PlayStation 4 version for sure, since Dragon Quest Heroes is mere months away from a western release? Will X and XI be localized for the very first time on the Nintendo NX when it releases...sometime? There are many questions we don“t yet know the answers to, but I“ll offer more information as it comes. Dragon Quest XI is aiming for a 2016 release in Japan, to coincide with the 30th Anniversary. If you're interested in watching the entire presentation (in Japanese), I've embedded it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kgmb_k3q5U Are you excited for Dragon Quest XI? Be sure to let us know!
  9. Jason Clement

    Rumor: Nintendo Releasing NX in 2016??

    You just know there are bound to be some wild rumors whenever a new console/platform is on the horizon. Case in point, Digitimes is reporting that Nintendo is commissioning Foxconn to manufacture their next console (codenamed 'NX'), and that orders are expected to be finalized in February or March 2016, with mass production happening in May or June, and then a release possibly in July or around then. Best to take this with a MASSIVE grain of salt, however, since there are a few things that are seemingly off about this information. The biggest inconsistency is that the source is reporting that Nintendo is looking to ship 20 million units of NX in the first year while Wii U is only expected to ship 2 million for 2015. To put this in perspective, Wii U only sold about 3 million over its first holiday, and not even Sony can ship 20 million units of PS4 in one year for the time being, and that's the best-selling console at the moment. On that note, it's not possible to have Foxconn produce 20 million in one or two months, only to ship out just a month after that. Manufacturing units to stockpile for release takes a good 6-10 months at best, if not longer. Another the thing - Nintendo rarely announces and releases new consoles/handhelds within the same calendar year. There's always a first for everything, but their past patterns go against this. On the flipside, it does seem like Nintendo is anxious to roll out its next platform ASAP, so who knows; there may be at least some truth to this. Especially in regards to Foxconn starting to manufacture the console. Anyhoo, what do you guys think of this? Think there's any truth to it? Would you be surprised to see NX release in 2016?
  10. http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO...5A520C1000000/ (via NeoGAF) Honestly, I don't know how much to believe here, but the second paragraph does make some interesting remarks, and I could see it happening for reasons pertaining to trying to get as many third parties on as possible. If Android supports Unity and even some of the engines that are now being used like Unreal Engine 4, it would make porting a lot easier for many third parties in addition to smaller devs and indies alike. Of course, that doesn't guarantee anyone will come running back to Nintendo, but making the platform more open development-wise is definitely a start. On the other hand, this is Android we're talking about. Would Nintendo be able to use it to the fullest to get the most out of their games? Maybe, but I really don't know. What do you think? Is this baloney, or could you see it happening?
  11. Earlier today during Nintendo and DeNA's press conference in which they announced a business alliance that will allow them to create mobile games using Nintendo IP, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata brought up an interesting tidbit regarding the company's next move in the dedicated console market. Iwata confirmed that Nintendo is underway on a new console platform that will be using a brand new concept, and that the going codename for the project is NX. Also, he offered a cryptic message, saying that they "are challenging themselves to redefine what 'Nintendo platform' means." No further details were given, though Iwata mentioned that they hope to discuss more next year. Source: What do you think the NX could be?
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