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April legendary Pokémon distributed via Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter…again

Posted on April 3, 2018 by Jason Nason

Just like in March, codes for April’s legendary pair of Entei or Raikou will be available exclusively via the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter arriving in April.

I missed the deadline last month to sign up for an account, though a lot of people have complained that even though they had signed up they never got the newsletter. You can sign up for one for free here, though it appears you’ll need to sign up multiple times with multiple emails if you’re like me and have copies of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, AND Ultra Moon.

Be sure to register for the Pokémon Trainer Club by April 9th so you can add these powerful Pokémon to your game.

Entei will be level 100 in Pokémon Ultra Sun and have the ability Pressure. The Pokémon will also be holding a Gold Bottle Cap. It’s moveset are Sacred Fire, Stone Edge, Iron Head, and Flame Charge.

At level 60 in Pokémon Sun Entei has the ability Pressure and the moveset Stomp, Bite, Swagger, and Lava Plume.

A level 100 Raikou is redeemable in Pokémon Ultra Moon with the ability Pressure. Like in Ultra Sun it is holding a Gold Bottle Cap. It’s moveset is Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Extrasensory, and Calm Mind. At level 60 in Moon Raikou has the ability Pressure and the moveset Reflect, Crunch, Thunder Fang, and Discharge.

Some other regions don’t have to jump through hoops to get these legendary Pokémon. In the UK and Australia for example, they are being distributed via regular Nintendo Network download.


Pokemon GO Gets A Little Pixilated In Latest [April Fools] Update

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Niantic Labs rolled out an update to Pokemon Go today that brings a very special retro feature to the highly successful mobile game. All you have to do is take a look at your Pokedex index screen or list of available monsters to see that their usual 3D models have been replaced with adorable “twice the quality of 4K” sprites.

Here’s the full pop-up text as it appeared in Pokemon Go today:

Experience Pokemon GO Like NEVER BEFORE with Brand-New Graphics!

Trainers, we always want to bring you the most immersive graphics experience possible, and were excited to share our latest breakthrough with millions of Pokemon GO Trainers around the world. Experience Pokemon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the amount of definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokedex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created. Enjoy it now!”

Also the Pokedex screen changes as well with the new “4K Sprites”, sadly only the index with all of your entries, when you click on an individual monster the usual 3D model will load. Here is a look:

I’ve been playing a lot more Pokemon GO this past week than I have in the past few months – solely thanks to the addition of Daily Quests and the chance to get the elusive Mew. If they made these retro sprites a toggle like the AR/Grass mode, I’d use them all the time!

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.


Hasbro and Nintendo join forces to add Mario Kart twist to Monopoly game

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Jason Nason

Today marks the launch of the Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition game. This new MONOPOLY game introduces the fun and competition of Mario Kart through iconic characters and unique gameplay.

The game looks, at least on the surface, to be a reskin of the previously released Monopoly Gamer, which played somewhat like Mario Party. Throughout the game, players will pass – and potentially purchase – iconic Mario Kart themed properties such as Rainbow Road and Bowser’s Castle, while simultaneously encountering familiar challenges like dodging Banana Peels, tossing Shells and scooping up Super Star spaces to win the game.

To introduce another layer of competition and strategy, landing on or passing “Go” triggers a Mario Kart race where players compete for the coveted Grand Prix card. In addition, each character token will have its own unique Power-Up ability activated by landing on a Super Star board space.

“In 2017, our fans were excited to see Mario and Mr. Monopoly join forces, so it’s only fitting we continue this collaboration with another franchise favorite – Mario Kart,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Hasbro Gaming. “The game will integrate iconic elements of Mario Kart into the Monopoly game, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for gamers across the globe.”

Mario Kart is a franchise cherished by fans of all ages,” said Tom Prata, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. “Expanding our partnership with Hasbro to build upon the fun of Monopoly Gamer offers families even more surprising and engaging ways to interact with Nintendo characters.”

Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition game is available at select GameStop stores in the United States now, however it is not yet available at EB Games in Canada.

The game will be available at other U.S. retailers in June.

The release from Nintendo says that the MSRP will be set at $24.99, though the Gamestop website has the game listed for $29.99. In addition, much like the original Monopoly Gamer, there will be “Power Packs” available for $2.99 each. These power packs include additional Mario Kart character tokens such as Bowser, Rosalina, Shy Guy, Metal Mario, Donkey Kong and Yoshi. Both offerings will be available globally in August.



March 29th Nintendo Download

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Jason Nason

Penny-Punching Princess – The Penny-Punching Princess game is an isometric brawler that takes place in a world ruled by capitalism, where cash is king. Fight or bribe your way to reclaiming your kingdom from the greedy Dragoloans. Penny-Punching Princess will be available on April 3.

Toki Tori – Toki Tori isn’t very athletic. He can’t even jump! Take control of Toki Tori, a surprisingly heroic chicken, as he puzzles his way through 80+ levels. Use creative thinking and problem solving to collect all the eggs. The Toki Tori game will be available on March 30.
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Nintendo hosting Super Smash Bros. Invitational, Splatoon 2 World Championship at E3

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Jason Nason

While we don’t know when we’re going to learn more details about the upcoming Switch iteration of Super Smash Bros., we know for sure that we’ll see the game in action at E3.

On June 11-12 in Los Angeles, an invited group of players will gather to play Super Smash Bros. as Nintendo hosts an event featuring gameplay for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title. This will be the first-ever exhibition tournament featuring the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Qualified teams will also compete in the first world championship for Splatoon 2 since the game’s launch.

Both competitions will be livestreamed.

The event will be just one of Nintendo’s activities at the E3 video game trade show, which runs June 12th – 14th. Additional details about Nintendo’s E3 plans aren’t yet known.

Prior to the Splatoon 2 World Championship, Nintendo will host U.S./Canada online qualifiers. The U.S./Canada qualifier will be the Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 hosted by Battlefy. Open qualifiers for teams of four ages 13 and up will take place on April 21 starting at 2pm ET, and finals will take place on April 28 at 11am ET. Teams will compete in Turf War during the open qualifiers and in Ranked Battle modes during the finals.

Players can learn more about the qualifiers at https://e3.nintendo.com/splatoon-2-inkling-open/.

“Nintendo always takes an original approach to video game competitions, and the portability of Nintendo Switch enables unique gameplay possibilities,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to watching some of the best players in the world test their skills against each other in these two uniquely competitive games.”


ARMS Global Testpunch this weekend

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Jason Nason

If you haven’t tried Nintendo’s innovative figher ARMS yet you’ll get another chance.

Nintendo is planning another ARMS Global Testpunch this weekend. Switch owners can download the free software from Nintendo Switch eShop and get ready to join the fight.

The Global testpunch begins on Saturday, March 31st at 12:00am ET and runs until Monday, April 2nd at 11:59pm ET.

Related – REVIEW: ARMS


ARK Survival Evolved Coming To Nintendo Switch This Fall

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Studio Wildcard’s hugely successful futuristic / prehistoric mash-up survival game Ark: Survival Evolved will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in both physical and digital formats this Fall. The impending release of ARK in a few months time will mark the release of one of the first games on Nintendo’s hybrid platform to run on Unreal Engine 4.

Announced during the “State of Unreal Engine” panel at the Games Developer Conference 2018, the Switch port of ARK will be handled by developer Abstraction Games. Switch players will be able to enjoy all of the content from the original version of ARK: Survival Evolved including over 100 prehistoric and fantasy creatures, deep crafting mechanics and of course the unique dinosaur taming mechanic.

Also shown off at GDC was the mobile version of ARK, which I got the chance to see running in person. It pretty much faithfully recreates the PC experience on a smaller scale from the look of things. The mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved will be coming to iOS and Android later this year and is available for pre-registration now – which you can do here.

If you want to see (briefly) what ARK looks like on Switch, check out a brief minute clip that was shown to crowd at GDC:

Studio Wildcard’s Lead Programmer, Co-Creator of ARK and Lead Designer had this to say about the forthcoming Switch port:

“With this new version, Switch players can go directly from hunting and taming while sitting on the couch, to forming online tribes and searching out new conquests when on the bus, waiting in line, or wherever they happen to be.”


March 22nd Nintendo Download

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Jason Nason

Detective Pikachu – Crack the case in this new detective adventure game by interacting with a unique, fully voiced Pikachu. As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! The Detective Pikachu game will be available on March 23. Game in 2D.

The Alliance Alive – One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world of Humans. They subjugated Humanity and created the Great Barrier to separate the realms. Now the time for resistance has come. The Alliance Alive game evokes the nostalgia of JRPG greats with huge world exploration and intertwining stories of nine protagonists. The Alliance Alive launches on March 27.

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Nintendo Switch kicks off its second year with a preview of indie games

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Jason Nason

In a Nindies Showcase video released during this year’s Game Developers Conference, Nintendo featured more than a dozen independent games coming to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch system in 2018.

“Nindies” is of course the term for independent developers making games for Nintendo systems.

“Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, we’ve continued to be blown away with the amount of high-quality games coming from our passionate Nindie developers, and the positive fan reception for those experiences,” said Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Manager for Publisher & Developer Relations. “This talented and ever-growing community of Nindies has found a home on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and we absolutely welcome their inventive and visionary contributions.”

You can check out the full video below, but take a look at a synopsis of the games featured today from Nintendo below.

Highlights of the presentation include:

  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered from Klei Entertainment: Originally released in 2012, this high-definition remaster of the critically acclaimed stealth action game is coming this fall. The game really makes players feel like a ninja, as they use silence, agility and wits to navigate beautifully designed 2D levels.
  • Banner Saga 3 from Versus Evil: As the epic conclusion to the award-winning Banner Saga trilogy of mature, story-driven role-playing games, players will need to brace themselves for tough battles, difficult choices and tragic losses. Banner Saga 3 launches this summer. The original two games, Banner Sagaand Banner Saga 2, are also coming to Nintendo Switch. Players’ personal stories, progress and choices from the first two games will carry over to Banner Saga 3.
  • LUMINES REMASTERED from Enhance Games: A bombastic harmony of light, sound and intense puzzle action make this HD remake of the original critically acclaimed LUMINES as unforgettable to play alone as it is with a friend in local multiplayer. LUMINES REMASTEREDlaunches on Nintendo Switch in spring.
  • Just Shapes and Beats from Berzerk Studio: This “musical bullet hell” game might be a genre all its own! Navigate deadly shapes solo or in local or online co-op multiplayer, all to a soundtrack composed by 20 chiptune artists. Just Shapes and Beats launches as a timed console exclusive on Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Reigns: Kings & Queens from Nerial and Devolver Digital: As a monarch of the modern age, players face a seemingly never-ending series of requests from peasants, allies and enemies. By swiping left or right in the game, players impose their will on the kingdom. The Nintendo Switch version of Reigns: Kings & Queens, which launches this spring, features an exclusive local co-op multiplayer mode.
  • The Messenger from Sabotage and Devolver DigitalThe Messengerallows players to transform the game from an 8-bit platformer into a gloriously rendered 16-bit time-traveling adventure. Players will find upgrades, new abilities, hidden levels and great speed-running opportunities as they journey through a cursed land. The Messengerlaunches on Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Fantasy Strike from Sirlin Games: In a world where fantasy meets martial arts, anything can become a weapon. This gorgeous fighting game employs nuanced mechanics with simple combos and easy-to-perform special moves in local or online multiplayer modes. (Additional accessories required for local multiplayer mode; sold separately.) Fantasy Strike is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Pool Panic from Rekim and Adult Swim Games: More than 100 levels await players in this game, in which everything – from jungles to deserts to cities – is one giant cartoon game of pool. The weird and wild game has the option to play in local multiplayer with up to four players. (Additional accessories required for local multiplayer mode; sold separately.) Pool Panic launches first on Nintendo Switch later this year.
  • Garage from tinyBuild Games: Inspired by the gloriously gory VHS era of B-movies, Garage is a top-down shooter set in a gritty underworld. Slay hordes of the living dead using a variety of weapons and skills. Garage launches first on Nintendo Switch this spring.
  • Light Fall from Bishop Games: This platforming adventure takes players to the forgotten world of Numbra, where they’ll have to master their surroundings by manipulating the Shadow Core, a magical box used to propel them into the air. In Speedrun Mode, players can race their friends or even the fastest players in the world to place on the online leaderboards. Light Fall launches first on Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive this spring.
  • Bomb Chicken from Nitrome: Who wouldn’t want to play a good old-fashioned chicken platformer? That’s the question asked by Bomb Chicken, a fast-paced game that combines action, puzzles and arcade gameplay. Lay bombs to escape tricky situations and discover secret areas when Bomb Chicken launches first on Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Pode from Henchman & Goon: Two unlikely travel companions embark on an adventure in this co-op exploration puzzle game. Pode is inspired by Norwegian art and culture, resulting in stunning environments and gameplay. Podelaunches this spring.
  • West of Loathing from AsymetricWest of Loathing is a slapstick comedy stick-figure Wild West adventure role-playing game. How’s that for a genre? The hilarious game, full of puzzles, quests and turn-based combat, launches on Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive this spring.
  • Bad North from Plausible Concept and Raw Fury: Arm troops, shore up defenses and protect citizens in this rogue-lite real-time strategy game. The Viking-themed Bad Northlaunches first on Nintendo Switch this summer.


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Posted on March 18, 2018 by Jason Nason

Nintendo is planning a Nindies Showcase video highlighting indie titles coming to the Nintendo Switch. The video presentation will stream on Nintendo’s YouTube channel, as well as at live.nintendo.com, this Tuesday.

The presentation will be live starting at 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, March 20th.

You can watch the presentation live below on Tuesday.



March 15th Nintendo Download

Posted on March 15, 2018 by Jason Nason

Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16.  (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)

Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

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Octo-expansion coming to Splatoon 2

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Jason Nason

A new single-player expansion is coming to Splatoon 2.

The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2 this summer and it’s a big one. One of the things that I’ve been hoping for with the second Splatoon title was the ability to play as an Octoling. That is going to be possible thanks to the new expansion.

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters.

Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. While Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, players can already pre-purchase the DLC in the Nintendo eShop. Pre-purchasing the DLC will give gamers Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away.

Another major Splatoon 2 update is also on the way. In April, Splatoon 2 is getting a major free update to version 3.0. The update will contain 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X).

Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.




Nintendo Lands Some Back Spin With New Mario Tennis Aces Details

Posted on March 9, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Yesterday during the absolutely massive Nintendo Direct presentation (which pretty much broke the internet thanks to the announcement of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Switch) Nintendo also outlined a lot of the larger titles coming to Switch in the first half of the year.

One of the games ready to be served up is Mario Tennis Aces. Mario is about to share the court with Luigui, Wario, Peach, Rosalina, Wuluigi, Daisy, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Toad, Toadette and even a freaking Chain-Chomp that adorably holds its tennis racket in its mouth. In all there are 15 unique characters available to choose from.

Players have a lot of control over how they affect the ball during gameplay. Basic lobs or adding top-spin or slice to your shots is as easy as ever. A brand new feature to the Mario Tennis franchise is the addition of “Zone Shots” that allow players to aim for specific parts of the court with motion controls. If you fail to block a “Zone Shot” at the precise moment your racket will take damage. Take three Zone Shots to the racket and it’s game over, so make sure to time those blocks carefully. Each character has their own Special Shot which drains the entire energy gauge used for Zone Shots and Zone control. If an opponent’s racket takes an unblocked Special Shot, that’s it, game over.

Mario Tennis Aces will support multiple modes including a simplified “simple rulset” which only allows basic shots. Online play offers players rewards like additional costumes, new characters, tournaments and ranked play during live events. Taking a page from the Wii Sports playbook – a special motion control mode allows you to use the Joy-Cons like a real tennis racket – with Swing Mode it’s time to go back to 2006 all over again!

Mario Tennis Aces will be out on Nintendo Switch on June 22nd 2018. Check out the overview trailer below for demonstrations of all of the features discussed in this article.

[Source: YouTube]



Super Smash Bros. coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Jason Nason

Nintendo released a ton of new information during their latest Nintendo Direct, which we’ll break down more soon. The big suprise reveal is that a Super Smash Bros. game is in the works for Nintendo’s latest console.

The reveal came in the form of a trailer at the end of the presentation, which was a surprise because it was previously stated that the Wii U / 3DS games in 2014 would be the last in the series. But who believed that?

The teaser trailer doesn’t really give any details on if the game is brand new or a remake of the Wii U title, but it’s safe to say that it will likely be a brand new entry in the beloved series. I’m personally excited for the lead up to the game as the highlight of the last game was the release of countless character reveal trailers in the months leading up to the release of the games.

Enjoy the trailer below.

During its latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the Super Smash Bros. franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch this year. The video also showcased more than a dozen upcoming games for both the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, with many of the featured games coming from third-party developers, including SQUARE ENIX, Capcom, Grasshopper Manufacture, From Software and Ubisoft.

“Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are being propelled through 2018 with an energized lineup of games of all kinds,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These games contain a solid mix of first-party franchises starring some of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters, acclaimed third-party titles and promising indies.”

We’ll go into a more in depth look at some of these games in the near future, but for now check out some of the details of the news in Nintendo’s release below. You can also watch the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety below.

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. (working title): The Super Smash Bros. series comes to Nintendo Switch in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series.
  • New Single-Player Expansion Coming to Splatoon 2: The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2 this summer. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling (!) with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. While Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, players can pre-purchase the DLC starting today in Nintendo eShop to immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away. (The full version of the game is required to use DLC.)
  • Major Splatoon 2 Update: In April, Splatoon 2 is getting a major free update (Version 3.0) that contains 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X). Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.
  • Mario Tennis Aces: Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family and fan-favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. With up to four-player local (additional accessories may be required and are sold separately) and online* multiplayer, and a story mode that even includes creative boss battles, Mario Tennis Aces is one of the most robust Mario sports games yet. The intuitive and deep gameplay allows for exciting competitions in the living room or, really, anywhere using the power of Nintendo Switch. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aceslaunches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22.
  • Mario Tennis Aces Pre-launch Online Tournament: More details will be revealed in the future, but a free Mario Tennis Aces demo is coming soon. For a limited time, players can try out online* tournament matches in the game before it launches. To participate, players just have to download the Pre-launch Online Tournament in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Kirby Star Allies: Kirby is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time next week! As players make their way through the robust adventure, they will reach dream palaces where fan-favorite legacy characters can become Kirby’s Dream Friends. Eventually, more Dream Friends will be added to the game through free updates. The first such update hits March 28 and adds classic characters Marx, Gooey and character set “Rick & Kine & Coo” to the game. Kirby Star Allies launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 16. A free demo for the game is currently available in Nintendo eShop.
  • Octopath Traveler: Producer Masashi Takahashi from SQUARE ENIX revealed new details about the upcoming RPG, including the final game name, Octopath Traveler, two more main characters (Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary) and the ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle. Octopath Traveler launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 13. Octopath Traveler: Wayfarer’s Edition, a special edition bundle that includes a stylized pop-up book, a helpful cloth map, the Octopath Traveler: Sound Selections CD and a replica coin based on the in-game currency, launches the same day.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which originally launched for Wii U, is coming to Nintendo Switch. The new version includes new miniature courses based on various Kingdoms in the Super Mario Odyssey game. Also, anyone can play with a friend or family member by sharing a pair of Joy-Con controllers. While one player controls Captain Toad, the other can assist with things like turnip cover fire. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Nintendo Switch on July 13. A Nintendo 3DS version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls, also launches on July 13.
  • Crash Bandicoot Crashes Nintendo SwitchCrash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, launches for Nintendo Switch on July 10.
  • Okami HD: The gorgeous and ethereal remake of classic action-adventure game Okamiis coming to Nintendo Switch. In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, players can use the touch screen in Handheld Mode or the Joy-Con motion controls in TV or Tabletop Mode to control the Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Okami HD launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole: The South Park gang is back in an outrageously offensive superhero RPG adventure. And with Nintendo Switch, players can now drop into South Park anytime, anywhere. In addition to the main game, all of the game’s add-on content will be available for purchase. South Park: The Fractured But Wholelaunches for Nintendo Switch on April 24.
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido: Originally announced for Nintendo 3DS at last year’s E3, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is also coming to Nintendo Switch! The action puzzle game finds players devouring conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and then throwing them to defeat enemies. The basics are simple, but the gameplay is deep … and tasty! In the game’s multiplayer mode, players can even compete locally or online* against other players in intense matches. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launches for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS on June 8.
  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED: The remake of the genre-defining and beloved original DARK SOULS game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 25. On the same day, an amiibo figure based on Solaire of Astora will also be released. By tapping this amiibo, the popular “Praise the Sun” gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game. (The gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay.) Players who want to take the game for a spin can participate in a “network test.” The free network test launches in Nintendo eShop, and will allow players to download and play a part of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED before it launches to try out the gameplay and unique online features. More details about the network test will be revealed soon.
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: When Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world, he goes on a rampage of epic proportions. The latest title in the cult classic No More Heroes series contains a total of seven game titles, including an action game, racing game and puzzle game. By using another Joy-Con controller, two players can team up for co-op multiplayer action. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this year.
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition: From award-winning developer Tarsier Studios comes Little Nightmares, a charmingly horrific puzzle-platforming adventure. The Complete Edition contains the two haunting tales of Six and The Runaway Kid in one package. You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on May 18.
  • UNDERTALE: The million-selling role-playing game in which nobody has to die is headed to Nintendo Switch. Launch details will arrive at a later date.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: The definitive edition (it’s in the title!) of Hyrule Warriors brings together dozens of characters from the Legend of Zelda series in an over-the-top action game. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 18.
  • ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament**: Players who want to show off their ARMS skills will be able to enter the ARMS US & Canada Online Open Tournament, which takes place in the Nintendo Switch game’s Ranked Match mode now through March 18. The eight top players in these preliminary rounds will have an opportunity to move on to the online finals on March 31. The finals will be streamed live from Nintendo of America HQ at https://arms.nintendo.com/videos/.
  • ARMS Testpunch: A new global Testpunch for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting on March 31. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo 3DS

  • WarioWare Gold: The frenetic WarioWare series is back, and for the first time it’s on Nintendo 3DS! With 300 fast-paced microgames that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the system, tapping the touch screen or using the microphone, WarioWare Gold is the biggest entry in the series. And for the first time, the game includes fully voiced characters. WarioWare Gold launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Aug. 3.
  • Luigi’s Mansion: The original Luigi’s Mansion, which was a launch game for the Nintendo GameCube system in 2001, is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode. Luigi’s Mansion launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: In this Nintendo 3DS remake of a classic Mario & Luigi action RPG adventure, fans can replay (or play for the first time) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, one of the most critically acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi series. It features new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers: Action meets tower defense in Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. In this new game, players take on the role of armadillo ranger Dillon, who teams up with an animalized version of the player’s Mii character to help stop enemy invasions and save the post-apocalyptic frontier. Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in Nintendo eShop on May 24. A free demo for the game will be available to download on May 10.
  • Detective Pikachu: Starting today, this new detective adventure game starring self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and Nintendo.com. The game, as well as an extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo figure (sold separately), launches on March 23. (The game is playable in 2D only.)



Animal Crossing on Switch – What we’d like to see

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Jason Nason

It’s hard to believe that Animal Crossing has been around for nearly 20 years. The original game was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan on April 14th, 2001. Can anyone say “Animal Crossing Day?” The game was enhanced and re-released for the GameCube in December 2001 and was later released in North America on September 15th, 2002.

With Nintendo’s planned Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow, there are bound to be new game announcements for the back half of 2018. Nintendo has already confirmed that tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will include information on upcoming Switch titles. Could an announcement for a new Animal Crossing or Pokémon game be on the way?

With that thought in mind I thought I’d list up some of the things that I’d like to see in a Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing title.

Lots of Amiibo support

We got a little taste of what amiibo can do in an Animal Crossing game when Nintendo surprised everyone with a free update to New Leaf, but amiibo support for a new Switch title is a foregone conclusion. With more than a dozen amiibo figures and literally hundreds of amiibo cards already available, Nintendo would be nuts not to make them an integral part of a switch title.

But I don’t want just a one tap a day thing like New Leaf. Amiibo should be a part of playing the game.

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you could tap virtually every amiibo out there to get useful items in the game. Imagine something similar in Animal Crossing where tapping an amiibo card could yield you items. Or could help you when doing a task for a villager.

Friendship levels

Nintendo started this with the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. As you interact with the campers you raise your friendship level, unlocking new items and options. I think something along these lines but less defined would be great for a new mainline title.

As you interact with villagers more in the new game there should be some visual representation of your friendship. Whether that’s in the form of a colour, a smiley face icon in your villager list, or something more direct, it would be great to know just where you stand with your animal friends. The way the animals greet you could be different depending on how close you are. There were some very subtle things in New Leaf that gave you an idea of how close you were to your neighbours, like getting letters in the mail, being asked to come for a visit, or having them drop by your house unexpectedly, but it was never clear just where you stood.

Are you just pals or are you best buds? Have you ignored that one villager for a while and now they’re feeling sour towards you?

Part time jobs

Unless you’re the mayor again in the new game – and even if you are – it would be great to have an added variety of things to do. Sure picking fruit, fishing, collecting bugs, and digging for fossils is fun, but very little has changed since the original games way back when. Let’s have a part-time job at the Nook Brother’s store where you have to keep the store stocked or perhaps a throwback where you have to run deliveries. Maybe you’re working at the Mable Sisters and you’re in charge of the spring line where you have to design some killer threads. Perhaps you’re working for the town and have to keep litter cleaned up or weeds pulled. Maybe you’re in charge of preparing for the upcoming fishing tournament and there is a list of things that need to be done before the big Saturday?

There are surely a ton of varied things that could be added in as new (optional of course) tasks.

Backwards compatibility

Look, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my Nintendo 3DS since 2013 and I don’t have any desire to put into mothballs. While it’s clear that there would be no way to be able to travel from my 3DS into my new town on the Switch, there certainly shouldn’t be any reason that I can’t go the other way. Everything from the catalogue in the 3DS title should be included in the new Switch title so it would be amazing to be able to hop a train and venture into my 3DS town and back. Perhaps take a few souvenirs back with me to the Switch.

The connectivity could be treated the same way the Island is in New Leaf. Before you board the train all of your items are stowed away and you come to town empty handed. When you return to the Switch you’ll get all your gear back. That way there’s no way you’ll bring an item that doesn’t exist in New Leaf to the 3DS and cause all sorts of chaos. And bringing items back could work the same way as the island with a little “one way” box that you can fill in the 3DS town and obtain back on Switch.

A small update to the 3DS title would allow for the compatibility coinciding with the Switch game’s release to bring the games together. Nintendo proved that they can update New Leaf when they added amiibo functionality four years in. Let’s do the same here.

Even more animal characters (and amiibo cards)

Animal Crossing is starting to feel like Pokémon when a new game is on the horizon. The game will be more of the same but will feature new animals. Like each new Pokémon invariably has new Pokémon, the new Animal Crossing game should have a selection of new and unique animals who haven’t been in a previous title. The introduction of another animal species would be nice to see as well. And with new animal villagers comes (hopefully) new amiibo cards as well.


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