Nintendo Delivers

Nintendo had a bevy of announcements and updates today. They showed off what was new in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The game will have new forms, new areas to explore and new bonuses. Nintendo showed off more 3ds content than I expected. They announced a new Mario Party game collection that will include the top 100 mini-games. I think this is pretty cool, although it should be for the Switch. Playing Mario Party on the 3ds is fun, but the game is really built for the TV. They also showed off Kirby: Battle Royale, Yo-Kai Watch 2, Minecraft for 3ds, Metroid Samus Returns, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, Fire Emblem Warriors for 3ds and a bunch of Atlas RPGs. It seems like Minecraft is on every system now. Nintendo also showed off their Pokemon 2DS and Orange 2DS. It’s great that Nintendo is still supporting the 3DS. What announcements did you like for the 3DS?

The star of the show was Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo showed us the new snow world and the power moons that you need to collect. They also showed us a bunch of new footage. I can’t wait to get my hands on this game when it comes out on October 27th. Nintendo also showed us a Switch bundle that includes Super Mario Odyssey.

Nintendo showed off a variety of other Switch titles. This included Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Octopath Traveler, Rocket League, Fire Emblem Warriors, Skyrim, Doom, Wolfenstein 2, NBA 2K18, Fifa 18, WWE 2K18, Dragon Quest Builders, Pokken Tournament DX, and Kirby: Star Allies. I am looking forward to playing Rocket League on the go. I feel like it will suit the system well. Nintendo also announced updates for Arms and Splattoon 2. The new character Lola Pop is out for Arms. There weren’t any huge suprises in this direct, but I think it was a solid direct none the less. What are you looking forward to on the Nintendo Switch?

-MT

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Week 1

I got Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Wii U, and so far it hasn’t disappointed. The game is very wide open, more so than I expected. The game has the player start out by going to four shrines and collecting four orbs. These orbs can be used to increase the player’s stamina or increase the player’s heart count. Each shrine also gives the player new abilities. For example I gained the ability to move metal objects with magnesis, and I gained the ability to stop time with stasis. I really like the scope of the game and how it feels. One thing I don’t like about the game is that items only last so many times before they break. It is more realistic than any other Zelda to date. How was your first week with Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

-MT

Fire Emblem Heroes Review

Fire Emblem Heroes was released as a free to play game on February 2nd, 2017. It is my favorite mobile game to date. When Nintendo first entered the mobile market I was concerned, but they have done a fairly good job so far.

Fire Emblem Heroes has several modes that you can play. This includes story maps, training tower, special maps and arena duels. I have completed the story maps on normal mode and hard mode. However I am still working on completing Lunatic mode. There is quite a bit of strategy involved, however you do need a bit of luck. Each maps pits your team against 4 or 5 enemy’s. Every character has different abilities. This includes fire, water and grass. There are also characters that can cast spells, shoot bows and heal other characters. The luck comes into play when you summon new characters. Each character has between 1 and 5 stars. The characters with 3 or less stars are basically useless if you wish to complete the game. After you complete each mission you receive an orb that you can use to collect new characters. The game also allows for you to purchase orbs as well.

I like the variety of characters that the game has to offer. So far I have drawn three 5 star characters. This includes Chrom, Lucina, and Sheena, my highest level character at level 39. I also like how short the missions are. They allow for quick pick up and play scenarios. I think the only downfall of the game is having to wait for your stamina to replenish. Essentially stamina is used to play the different missions in the game. Overall the mobile game has convinced me to try the main series game. The game has a lot more to offer and I can’t wait to see what else they add to it. What do you think of Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android? 9/10

-MT

The Nintendo Switch is coming in March

Last week Nintendo announced that it’s new game system the Nintendo Switch is coming out on March 3rd. It will retail at $299. The package will come with the Nintendo Switch Console, the Nintendo Switch Dock, 2 Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con Grip, 2 Joy-Con wrist straps, a high speed HDMI cable and the Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.

Nintendo also announced what games would launch with the system and the ones that would follow in the months to come. Some of the featured games include: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. It will be interesting to see what they do with the new 3d Mario game. I really liked what I saw from the intial trailer. Mario now uses his hat to get to new locations. In the trailer Mario visits a city, a desert and a forest. The game also has a variety of different art styles that it plays with.

The Nintendo Switch looks like it has a promising future ahead of it. I didn’t preorder it, but I am definetly interest in the tech and I can’t wait to try it out. What do you think about the Nintendo Switch and the launch games that are coming?

Source: Nintendo

-MT

Nintendo Switch Revealed

This morning Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Switch. They have been teasing us for weeks with the Nintendo NX. Nintendo NX was the code name for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch is a home and portable console. The controller on the Nintendo Switch breaks apart to be used as two controllers. The system also takes cartridges; the last home system to be cartridge based was the Nintendo 64. Nintendo also showed off a variety of games. This includes Splatoon, Mario Kart, NBA 2K, Skyrim, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario. The Nintendo Switch looks like a really cool piece of tech and I can’t wait to try it out. Playing console games on the go has always been an intriguing idea. What do you think of the Nintendo Switch?

-MT

Nintendo at E3 2016

Nintendo focused heavily on their new Legend of Zelda game at E3. The new game is called The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It is an open world Zelda game that is coming out in 2017. It looks like it is shaping up to be one of the most expansive Zelda games yet. The trailer shows Link climbing up walls, hunting animals, fighting goblins and cooking. It also shows off a new kind of rock monster enemy. I watched some of the game play as well. Link has a stamina bar for running and climbing up walls. Link can also use a cool new item that can magnetically pick up and move things in the environment.

They also revealed more details for the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon game. The new game will have a new battle mode called Battle Royal. Battle Royal is a free for all four player battle mode. It looks like it will add a new element to the game. Nintendo also announced three new Pokemon. They showed us Pikipek, Yungoos and Grubbin

Nintendo revealed the release date for Pokemon Go Plus. It will be coming out in July 2016 and it will cost $35. The mobile app is shaping up to be pretty cool. The game will allow you to catch certain Pokemon based on your location. When it first comes out it will focus on the original 150 Pokemon. The game will allow players to level up their Pokemon with candy.

Nintendo showed off a variety of other games, but their big focus this E3 was Zelda and Pokemon. Some of the other games they showed off include Paper Mario Color Splash, Box Box Boy, Mario Party Star Rush, Dragon Quest 7 Fragments of the Forgotten, Ever Oasis, Yo-Kai Watch 2, Monster Hunter Generations and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. I was disappointed that they didn’t say anything about the Nintendo NX. I don’t think Nintendo had a bad showing, it just wasn’t anything spectacular. I am excited for the new Zelda game and I can’t wait to see more of it. What do you think about the new Zelda and Pokemon games?

Source: Nintendo

-MT

Nintendo NX Update

Nintendo recently revealed that the Nintendo NX will be coming out in March 2017. The Nintendo NX is the company’s latest effort at a new console. They also revealed that Zelda Wii U will be coming to the NX. The game is delayed to 2017. Zelda Wii U has already been delayed before. I am disappointed that the latest Zelda game is delayed again. However I think that releasing the NX in 2017 gives the company more time to flesh out the system. It also gives them more time to create a truly unique open world Zelda game. What do you think about the latest Nintendo News?

Source: IGN

-MT

What I liked at E3 2015

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony showed off a variety of games at this years E3 Conference. There were several games that stood out to me and I can’t wait to play them.

Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians, and the gameplay looks great. The trailer makes it seem like the player will be hunting Master Chief. It definitely seems like a different take on Halo and I can’t wait to jump into the action. There is also a new multiplayer mode called Warzone. This new mode allows ups to 24 players; in the past Halo games have only supported 16 players.

I also liked what I saw from Starwars Battlefront. The visuals and sound effects are superior to the original Battlefront games. One of the trailers showed multiplayer battles on Hoth and they include AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s. They also include X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Snowspeeders. It is great that vehicles are returning and I can’t wait to get into the action. The game play footage also showed that players can play as Jedi and Sith when they activate a power up. Everything looks really polished and this is my most anticipated game of 2015. However, I am disappointed that there is no campaign mode.

Many Nintendo fans were not impressed by Nintendo’s E3 Direct. However, I liked several of the games that they showed off during their direct. I liked what I saw from Star Fox Zero. It looks like the player can transform their ship into several different vehicles. This new mechanic looks really cool and I think that it will add a lot to the gameplay. It has been a while since Nintendo has released a main series Star Fox game. I also thought Mario Maker looked like a lot of fun. Nintendo is giving the user a ton of different assets and tools to use. It looks like the player can randomly drop Bowser in the middle of any level. This game looks crazy and I can’t wait to see what other people create. I am also pretty excited for the new Mario Tennis game. The player can get a power up that makes them grow huge. I have always enjoyed the Mario Tennis games and hopefully this one delivers.

What was your favorite game at E3 this year and what games are you excited for this year?

-MT

Gamecube Controller Adapter Revealed for Super Smash

Nintendo recently announced that they are making a Gamecube Controller Adapter for the Wii U. It will plug into two USB ports on the front of the Wii U. Right now the only game that will work with it is Super Smash for Wii U. It supports up to four Gamecube Controllers. There is also no word on whether or not it will support the Wavebird Controller.

The Gamecube Controller has always been the best way to play Super Smash and I am ecstatic that it will be coming back. I will definitely pick up one of these adapters when they are released. It would be awesome if this adapter worked with other games such as Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda Windwaker.

Source: Nintendo

-MT

New Mario Kart 8 Trailer

Nintendo recently revealed a new trailer for Mario Kart 8. The trailer shows off new courses and new items for the upcoming game. Some of the new items include the coin item, the piranha plant item, and the boomerang item. The trailer also shows off the new Rainbow Road stage in Mario Kart 8. The game looks fantastic and I can’t wait to play it when it comes out on May 30th, 2014. Will Mario Kart 8 be the best Mario Kart to date?

-MT

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

The Nintendo 3DS XL is the best handheld system currently on the market. The handheld isn’t the most powerful but it has the best library. It has a better library then the Playstation Vita and any other handheld system currently on the market. It is the games that make or break a system and the 3DS has a vast library of games.

What I like about the 3DS XL?

I already stated that I love the library of the 3DS XL; it has a nice selection of games. I also like how big the screens are on the 3DS XL. The top screen is 4.88 inches and the bottom screen is 4.18 inches. I recently had no problem playing through Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS. It is a Wii title that was ported to the Nintendo 3DS. I also like the placement of the stylus on the XL. It is placed on the side of XL and it is easy to access when playing a game that requires the stylus. I am also a fan of the home, start and select buttons on the 3DS XL. They are clickable and work considerably better then the ones on the original 3DS. I am excited because the selection of games is getting even better this spring. Some of the games that are coming out include Yoshi’s New Island, Mario Golf World Tour and Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

What I don’t like about the 3DS XL?

I don’t care for the sound quality on the 3DS XL. It isn’t very loud when playing a game or watching a video on Netflix. However, this isn’t that big of a problem considering that I can just plug in a set of headphones. I also don’t like the the power button; it is hard to start up the system. The power button should stick out a little bit more. I also wish that the Nintendo E-shop on the 3DS included GBA games. The GBA has a huge selection of excellent games that would make the 3DS library that much better.

My Rating of the 3DS XL

Overall the 3DS XL is a solid and very capable system. I got my 3DS XL this December and so far I have been playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Pokemon Y and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I have enjoyed playing all of these games and I can’t wait to play more games on my 3DS XL. I give this system a 9 out of 10.

-MT