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  1. I have to admit I've had a growing interest in ripoff games in recent years, if only to see what they come up with. And if I'm not mistaken, some of these ripoff developers have been getting somewhat better with what they produce. Case in point, this Smash Bros. ripoff that combines Smash Bros. with a card-based RPG battle system in place of a fighting game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAMmbVc-ytg While they use a lot of existing assets from games that have already come out (like the art and music), the actual character models they came up with and the battles look sort of cool. I'm sure this'll get shut down at some point, but maybe it'll give Nintendo inspiration to do something similar?
  2. Though we had previously gotten a "mini" Nintendo Direct in January, the one we had yesterday was effectively the first real substantial Nintendo Direct of the year. And what a Direct it was! I won’t cover every announcement here as there are plenty of other places to go for a detailed recap, including watching the actual video itself. Instead, I'll be analyzing what we saw and what it means, all starting with the video's biggest reveal. Super Smash Bros. is finally coming to Switch, and it’s likely not a port Let's be real here: Of everything Nintendo could have announced, Super Smash Bros. was one of the least suspected games. In fact, it was almost a given that it wouldn't be shown. Why? Because every past iteration of the game has been announced at E3, arguably the most important video game industry event of the year. The fact that they chose to reveal the game now instead of E3 is very interesting; perhaps Nintendo wants to it to have a greater mindshare among fans now rather than simply revealing it four months before launch. The strategy behind it makes sense; generate a ton of hype and let fans spread the word, then get even more info in June. You think people were excited for E3 before? They’re going to be ecstatic now that it’s guaranteed Smash will be the main showcase. And, oh yeah – the game is coming out this year as well. It was a well-played, strategic move on Nintendo’s part, and the reveal was pulled off excellently (the reflection of the Smash logo in the Inkling’s eye was a great touch). Those short few seconds will help sustain the hype for Nintendo and the Switch over the next few months as we wait to see what else they’ll reveal. Third parties are crushing it on Switch (or should I say "Crashing" it?) The Switch already pulled off some impressive third-party surprises in 2017. From Bethesda’s Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to Rockstar’s L.A. Noire and more, the Switch is getting the most third-party support it’s seen since the Gamecube’s heyday. But yesterday’s Direct was a clear affirmation that third-parties are continuing to take notice of the Switch’s success and that they’re largely here to stay this time around. Nowhere was this more evident than with the announcement of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – previously a PS4-exclusive – coming to Switch this year. Not only that but other powerhouse AAA titles like South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Okami HD, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and even indie hits like Undertale are making their way over as well. Unless Nintendo does something to really botch up the 2018 release schedule, momentum will likely only keep building from here as more and more third parties square up to release their games and nab their own piece of the Switch pie. The Port, Remaster, and Collection Plan – How 3DS will be sustained Microsoft and Sony would probably be booed into oblivion if they announced as many ports, remasters, and collection/remixes as Nintendo announced, but there’s at least one good reason why the latter can get away with it for now. The Wii U was an unmitigated sales disaster and only the most hardcore Nintendo fans played whatever games came out on it. So, for most people, when it comes to these ports? This is all new material, baby, and that includes games like the much-lauded Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – all of which we’ll see before the end of this year. On a similar note, we finally have a good idea of Nintendo’s plan for the 3DS going forward. We saw some of this last year, but the recent Direct outlines the fact that 3DS will be sustained with ports, enhanced remasters/remakes, and collections/remixes. And why not? It’s clear that Nintendo will be focusing 90-95% of its creative efforts on Switch now, and releasing ports and remakes of older games will be the cheapest, fastest, and most effective way to ensure that 3DS players will still be thrown a bone every now and then. Not only that, but Nintendo has chosen some interesting games that even longtime fans will have a hard time ignoring. Luigi’s Mansion is something we haven’t seen since the game’s original release on Gamecube in 2001, so its arrival on 3DS – especially after its sequel, Dark Moon, released on the handheld in 2013 – is a much-welcomed addition to the library. WarioWare Gold is getting the same treatment that Nintendo gave to Mario Party: The Top 100 and Rhythm Heaven Megamix, where it’s essentially a compilation of the series’ best mini-games masquerading as a new game. Yet, it’s been years since we’ve gotten a new WarioWare title, so many fans are excited and willing to overlook that particular tidbit. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey is a bit of a headscratcher. Developer Alpha Dream released Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions – an enhanced remake of the very first game in the series with a new, added side story – just last year, and now they’re doing another remake? Let’s not forget that they skipped over the second game, Partners in Time, either. Personally, I would think that many fans are getting fatigued from this series with all of the releases in recent years, but apparently they must be selling. That said, there are still new 3DS games on the horizon with the likes of Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, Detective Pikachu, and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. Also, I suspect Nintendo is holding back one or two other new 3DS titles for an E3 reveal – possibly a new 2D Zelda as one last hurrah for the series on the system. Aside from that, expect to see this trend of ports and remakes on the 3DS as the handheld (presumably) continues to die down in 2019. The future for Splatoon 2 is bright; it’s the closest thing Nintendo has to a Games-as-a-Service title now Splatoon 2 is, without a doubt, one of the biggest successes on Switch outside of Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Plenty of players dismissed it as a 1.5 version when it was initially announced, but the amount of new content Nintendo continues to pour into it is staggering. Oh, and did I mention that the DLC has been 100% free? It’s no wonder that the game manages to maintain a steady playerbase to this day. And now with yesterday’s Direct, they’ve confirmed the 3.0 update will bring dozens of new items, three new courses, and a brand new rank (Rank X) among other things. But even more importantly, Splatoon 2 is getting its first paid DLC, which smartly introduces a new single-player campaign called 'Octo Expansion' instead of splintering the player-base with multiplayer content that’s locked behind paywalls. The new campaign is quite hefty to boot, with 80 missions in addition to new stories that shed light on the series’ different characters. Oh, and you’ll unlock access to Octoling characters in multiplayer after beating it. With the continuing DLC and Octo Expansion, Nintendo appears to have a pretty clear roadmap for Splatoon 2 and values it as one of their biggest properties to keep supporting. I’m willing to bet Octo Expansion may not be the last paid DLC either; if new free DLC continues past this year, they’ll likely use the paid expansions to help fund the free updates for multiplayer while keeping the paid stuff to non-essential, optional features. Nintendo’s roadmap into 2019 and beyond Yesterday’s Direct obviously didn’t reveal everything this year has to offer, but we did get a look at a good chunk of it. Here are the most important things we now know about where the company is heading with its strategy. Nintendo is rallying around Super Smash Bros. as its big title for 2018 There will, of course, be other games coming this Fall, but these other titles will likely act as supporting games. This will probably include the still-unnamed Yoshi title that was revealed last year in addition to the new Fire Emblem. Beyond that, perhaps we'll get a Mario Party or other tertiary title? If anything, the biggest question mark is now Animal Crossing. Will we finally see it a new one for Switch at E3? Or will Nintendo save it for 2019? If Metroid Prime 4 is positioned as next year's major game, it stands to reason that it probably won't matter whether Animal Crossing releases this year or next. We’ll find out for sure in three months whether we’ll see it in 2018 or not. Switch’s lineup will likely continue to be padded with ports for the next year or two Nintendo has done an impressive job releasing at least one big game a month for Switch since its launch. But if it wants to maintain that schedule, it’ll need to rely on ports to do it, simply because new games take time to develop and it likely can't sustain that kind of momentum with them. Case in point, this spring we’re getting four ports; Bayonetta 1 and 2 have already released, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition are coming in May. That leaves April as the only month without a first-party title for now (January also had nothing). As for the second half of the year, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the only confirmed port so far; it’ll be releasing in July. Don't be surprised if we get at least one or two more before the end of 2018. Nintendo will, for the first time in a while, be able to rely on third parties to help fill the gap between first-party releases For the last five years (at the very least), Nintendo has turned to indie games to help fill in gaps while their own first-party titles were being polished for release. This was largely out of necessity since most of the third-party support for the Wii U trickled off fast in 2013. But with the advent of Switch, third-parties are back in a big way and are releasing some of their popular titles on the platform, making the wait between big first-party titles like Smash Bros. a little easier. Also, let’s not forget the onslaught of indie games that have been coming consistently every Thursday since the end of last Summer or so. 3DS is being wound down with smaller games and ports This was expected, but what’s surprising is how Nintendo is actually keeping the 3DS alive longer than most expected. With this in mind, we'll likely see the platform being kept alive with ports and smaller games until 2020 when it’s either retired or succeeded by something else. That said, the future is looking pretty good for Nintendo. While it's hard to say whether the Switch will hit its goal of selling 20 million units for the year of fiscal 2018 (it will easily pass that number in total sales to date) it definitely looks a lot more plausible with the impending arrival of Super Smash Bros. and the gauntlet of other great games coming our way soon. What are your thoughts on the recent Direct? Has it changed your outlook on Switch this year?
  3. 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!
  4. Apparently, this was "leaked" on 4chan. I know, I know... I don't actually think it's real, but thought it would make for some interesting discussion. If anything was real about that, it's probably the new eShop icon that the guy pointed out; otherwise anyone could 'shop something like this. What do you guys think? Real or fake?
  5. Jason Clement

    Smash 3DS Endgame - What's Your Progress?

    So, how is everyone doing in their Smash 3DS progress so far? Or are you even still playing? I have one challenge left on page 2, a little less than half remaining on page 3, 571 trophies, less than 10 players to finish Smash Run with, less than 10 characters to finish Classic with, and almost half to finish All-Star with. Oh, and I still have two hammers left to use on page 3 of Challenges. I'll try my best to finish the challenges grid, but I foresee having to use one of my hammers on the "Spend 50 hours playing Smash" one, simply because I don't play Smash mode a lot (since I don't have anyone to play with locally), and possibly use the other on "Get 1000 KOs." The rest should be pretty doable, though "Finish 100 Man Smash with every character" and that "Get everything (outfits, hats, special moves)" should take a little while longer. What about you?
  6. If you haven't seen TinyCartridge's post of this yet, basically someone made a prototype of Smash Bros. for TI-83/84 calculators. Obviously the visuals are constrained to black and white LEDs but considering its limitations, it actually looks pretty good. Right now you can only play as Fox and Falco, but you can download the work-in-progress here and play it on your own TI-83/84 calculator if you have one. Also, obviously this would have been much cooler in an age before smartphones could do so much more than this and such, but I would've played the crap out of this back in High School.
  7. At long last, we'll finally get information on the long-awaited Super Smash Bros. for Wii U during a Nintendo Direct this Thursday, as announced by Nintendo this morning. Even more interesting—50 new things about the game will be revealed during the Direct, presumably by the game's director Masahiro Sakurai himself. Recent rumors have been circulating about possible new modes such as a 6-player match, so perhaps these will be among the confirmed new things to be in the game. If you're interested, bookmark this link and be sure to be there at 3pm PT/6pm ET on October 23rd to get the full scoop as the curtain is pulled back on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. For those that are more interested in the recently released 3DS version of the game, you can check out Jonathan's review here. Source: Press Release What do you think some of the new things that will be discussed are?
  8. Jason Clement

    Save $5 on Smash 3DS on Frys.com

    http://www.frys.com/product/8143105 Thought I'd share this since we have some people here that will be picking this up on Friday. Fry's has it for $5 off, and it ships free too. That actually makes it a better deal than Amazon (since they require $35 for free shipping unless you have Prime). Dunno about the tax, though. It should still come out to less than $40 if there is any.
  9. Thought this was pretty interesting, especially since I thought the 3DS's circle pad was pretty durable. Apparently people have been breaking them due to its continued use in the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Although, I have to wonder if they're just being over-rough with it? According to @Cheesemeister on Twitter, it costs $45 to replace a broken circle pad if you send it in to Nintendo. Ouch. Have you had the circle pad break on you yet? If not, are you worried about it?
  10. With the arrival of the Japanese demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS this week, many western Smash fans have been wondering if and when the demo would arrive in North America and Europe. Nintendo finally revealed today that you'll be able to download and experience that demo in both territories on September 19. Also of note—Nintendo will be selecting a few Club Nintendo members who have reached Platinum status in the last year to receive four codes for the demo so they can play it early, starting today. If you qualify, be sure to keep an eye on your email today to see if you receive any codes for the demo. Source: Twitter (1, 2) Are you excited to play the demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS?
  11. Jason Clement

    Super Smashing Sale - Week 2's Selection

    Last week, the Super Smashing Sale kicked off with sales on eShop games based on select characters from the series. Week one consisted mostly of the Mario series along with Yoshi and Little Mac, but this week things expand to the realm of Zelda, F-Zero, Fire Emblem, Mega Man, Kid Icarus, and Sonic. Here are the deals you can expect to see on games based on each highlighted Smash character in Week 2: Link, Sheik, Toon Link, Zelda The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - $29.99 $39.99 (3DS) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - $4.99 $7.99 (Wii U) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages - $3.99 $5.99 (3DS) The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons - $3.99 $5.99 (3DS) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - $4.99 $7.99 (Wii U) Captain Falcon F-Zero - $5.99 7.99 (Wii U) Lucina, Marth, Ike, Robin Fire Emblem: Awakening - $29.99 $39.99 (3DS) Mega Man Mega Man - $3.49 $4.99 (3DS) Mega Man 2 - $3.49 $4.99 (3DS) Mega Man X - $4.99 $7.99 (Wii U) Mega Man X2 - $4.99 $7.99 (Wii U) Pit, Palutena Kid Icarus: Uprising - $24.99 $34.99 (3DS) Kid Icarus - $3.49 $4.99 (Wii U) Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog - $3.49 $4.99 (3DS) Source: Nintendo Are you looking to buy any of these games this week?
  12. If you're a huge fan of Super Smash Bros., chances are you're going to buy both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game this Fall, but everyone else might need some convincing in order to double dip. Nintendo evidently anticipated this, and so they've revealed an incentive to buy both. Those who register both versions of the game on Club Nintendo will receive the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection; a soundtrack CD that contains music taken from and inspired by the game. Not much is known about this soundtrack beyond that just yet, but Nintendo mentions that more info about the offer will be provided at a later date. Even still, it's exciting to see Nintendo offer physical (as well as substantial) incentives for buying games, and hopefully we'll see it happen more as we head into 2015. Does this offer make you want to buy both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U now?
  13. Jason Clement

    Lucina

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  14. Jason Clement

    Robin Male And Female

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  15. Jason Clement

    Captain Falcon

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  16. If you're a Super Smash Bros. fan, it's not ridiculous if you prefer playing with GameCube controllers over any other control method. Super Smash Bros. Melee no doubt introduced the masses to what it's like to Smash with these controllers, and with the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, many saw themselves preferring GameCube controllers over anything the Wii had to offer. But with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U right around the corner, how will gamers fill the gap left by the lack of GCN controller support? Well, Nintendo heard your cries and it has a solution, which it posted today on Twitter: That's right, Nintendo has just announced GameCube controller support and an adapter that will allow you to plug in your controllers and play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with what many consider the best control option out there! The adapter plugs into the two USB ports at the front of the console and allows you to plug in up to four controllers. So if you thought GameCube controller support would be nothing more than a pipe dream, then take Nintendo's advice and get excited! Will you be playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with GameCube controllers when it hits store shelves this Winter? Source: Twitter
  17. Jason Clement

    Samus screen 1

    From the album: Editor's Gallery

  18. Jason Clement

    Yoshi screen 4

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  19. Jason Clement

    Sheik screen 1

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  20. Jason Clement

    Greninja screen 1

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  21. Jason Clement

    Charizard screen 2

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  22. The end of today's Super Smash Bros. Direct held a few interesting new reveals as far as playable characters go. Charizard was the first to be announced, this time as a completely standalone character. Presumably, this means that the Pokemon Trainer from Super Smash Bros. Brawl might have gotten the axe, but there's no concrete evidence of this just yet. Greninja, which is Pokemon X/Y water starter Froakie's second and final evolution, was revealed as the second new playable character as well. His attack style seems to be more stealth-based and ninja-like, true to his character, unlike Charizard's brute force and Lucario's more martial arts-based stance. Of course, there were a few more returning characters revealed once more as well, and they include Yoshi, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus. Still, hope is growing dim for those wanting the Ice Climbers and Ness, among a few others who have still not been announced. Is it possible that they've gotten the axe this time around? In any case, you can check out pictures of the announced characters below. Source: What do you think about the reveal of Charizard and Greninja as playable characters in Super Smash Bros.?
  23. Today's Nintendo Direct held a bevy of information for those awaiting the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, but the one question everyone wants answered was answered right off the bat... sort of. While there's no concrete date set for either version yet, we do know that the 3DS version will be hitting first sometime this Summer while the Wii U version will be hitting later in the Winter. Sure, it would have been nice to get a simultaneous release, but it is kind of nice that Nintendo is doing it this way so one version doesn't get overlooked in the process. In the meantime, definitely keep your eyes and ears open when E3 hits, as a potential release date for the 3DS version could be announced at that point. Source: What do you think about the release windows for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U?
  24. We've known since last Friday that a Nintendo Direct specifically focusing on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS would be coming today, but to amp up the hype a bit, series overlord Masahiro Sakurai revealed an image on Smashbros.com seemingly teasing a few announcements. Specifically, the screenshot shows a crate; a high-tech, steel cube; and a gift box. It would seem that this is teasing at least three major announcements, possibly all character reveals. The crate with Pikachu on top is especially curious, and it's unlikely that the Pokemon mascot being there is a coincidence. Could it signify a new Pokemon-related character? Perhaps it's the return of the Pokemon Trainer, where you can now choose to play as a boy or a girl (similar to the Wii Fit Trainer)? Or is it an actual character from the story of one of the games, possibly with a new set of three Pokemon? One other theory is it could be the return of Mewtwo, whose presence was missed by many fans in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The other two objects are a bit more dubious, however. What could be in the high-tech cube? Is it referring to a character that's more grounded in science-fiction like Zero Suit Samus or one of the other Star Fox characters? Or could it refer to a robotic character like Rob? And what of the gift box? There's almost no indication or clues as to what that one might be. One thing we know for sure is that it is not is a specific release date, but Sakurai has stated that they will announce a release window. Fortunately, we won't have to wait long for the answers for the rest, but it is fun to speculate in the meantime. If you're interested in finding out what the announcements will be, the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct begins at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Source: Smashbros.com What are your theories on what the announcements could be?
  25. If you're a Nintendo fan, no doubt you've been wondering when the next Nintendo Direct video presentation will be, and now we can confirm that Nintendo has officially announced a Direct focused specifically on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS on April 8 at 6pm ET and 3pm PST. This is the first we've heard of when it comes to a Direct being dedicated solely to Super Smash Bros., so it would seem as if there might be a lot of the game to cover. Does this mean we may be getting the game sometime in the Summer? Or perhaps they're getting out information about it now so they can spend more time talking about other games at E3 in two months? We'll have to wait and see what's in store for us on Tuesday to find out! Are you excited for the Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct?
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