[Let’s Talk] How do you feel about ARMS?
Posted on 6 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk, Switch | 72 Comments | 0 Likes
Nintendo had a big blowout of ARMS this week with its own dedicated Nintendo Direct. It really touched on almost everything we’ve wanted to know about the game. New characters were revealed, new modes were shown, and we even found out about ARMS Global Testpunch – an opportunity to try things out before launch.
Has Nintendo sold you on ARMS now, or were you already skeptical? Perhaps you’re waiting until the ARMS Global Testpunch until you really make up your mind. Who’s your favorite character? What mode interests you the most as of now? Share your thoughts about ARMS with us in the comments below.
Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – May 2017
[Review] Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Posted on 7 months ago by Vincent Ward in 3DS, Reviews | 13 Comments | 0 Likes
Release date: May 19, 2017
Developer:: Intelligent Systems
As an avid Fire Emblem fan, I have a lot of respect for how far the series has come, especially considering that Awakening was supposed to be the final entry. It’s clear that the new direction for these games clicked very well with western players, breathing new life into a tired chain of tactical RPGs. If essentially “waifu-ing” Fire Emblem up and making the games overall easier to play meant I could still get my Fire Emblem fix every other year, then so be it. However, with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentina, the developers decided to draw the series back to its roots by remaking the Japan-exclusive Famicom game Fire Emblem Gaiden.
[Let’s Talk] What are you playing? – May 2017
Posted on 7 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk | 40 Comments | 0 Likes
We’re a tad late, but a new month is here! So that means we want to know what you’ve been playing.
Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Perhaps you’re still playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!
Highlights from last week’s topic: Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC
[Let’s Talk] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials DLC
Posted on 7 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk, Switch, Wii U | 42 Comments | 0 Likes
This week, Nintendo delivered substantial news about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first wave of DLC. The debut pack, titled The Master Trials, is still on track for the summer.
There’s more to the DLC than originally announced. You’ll be getting a new Hard Mode, Trial of the Sword challenge, Hero’s Path Mode to track routes taken on the map, Travel Medallion for a designated warp point, and Korok Mask to more easily track Koroks. Oh, and a bunch of new equipment is being prepared based on fan-favorite games and characters including Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask.
How do you feel about the DLC thus far? Is there one element of the pack in particular that interests you more than anything else? Or are you just feeling indifferent about it all? Share your thoughts with us below.
Highlights from last week’s topic: The New 2DS XL
[Interview] Saber Interactive talks NBA Playgrounds, Switch version, developing for the system
Posted on 7 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in Interviews, Switch eShop | 5 Comments | 0 Likes
On Tuesday, Switch will have its first sports game. Saber Interactive will be releasing NBA Playgrounds, which just so happens to be the company’s debut title on a Nintendo platform.
We recently spoke with Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch to learn more about NBA Playgrounds just ahead of its release. Karch chatted with us about the art style, roster, modes, update plans, and more. He also spoke about the Switch version, what it’s like making games for the system, and future support on the console. If that wasn’t enough, there’s an interesting note about how the 2007 shooter TimeShift nearly ended up on Nintendo platforms.
Continue on below for our full interview.
Posted on 7 months ago by Jakob Vujovic(@jakovujo) in Reviews, Switch eShop | 15 Comments | 0 Likes
System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: May 2, 2017
The first thing that hit me upon playing TumbleSeed is how tactile it feels. Even as I was hopelessly fumbling and rolling my seed, making inconsequential progress up the game’s procedurally generated mountain, its textured soundtrack, satisfyingly percussive sound effects, and bright bubbly visuals kept me going – at least until I had a better grasp on the game. As it turns out, TumbleSeed is an excellent roguelike.
[Let’s Talk] The New 2DS XL
Posted on 7 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in 3DS, Let's Talk | 27 Comments | 0 Likes
Probably the biggest piece of Nintendo news this week was the reveal of the New 2DS XL. A new hardware announcement was definitely unexpected – especially another iteration of the 3DS.
But here we are. The 2DS XL exists. It’s like a combination of the New 3DS XL and 2DS, so it makes sense that the $150 price point also falls between the two.
Many of the New 3DS XL features are here. You’re getting the same large screen, power, and built-in NFC support. There’s no stereoscopic 3D support, but the system is lighter.
So what does everyone make of the New 2DS XL? Do you have any interest in it at all? Do you believe it’s smart for Nintendo to be introducing another model of the 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.
Highlights from last week’s topic: Potential SNES Mini games
[Review] Puyo Puyo Tetris
Posted on 7 months ago by Jakob Vujovic(@jakovujo) in Reviews, Switch | 40 Comments | 0 Likes
Release date: April 25, 2017
Developer: SEGA / Sonic Team
Puyo Puyo Tetris – a crossover of Puyo Puyo and Tetris – has been around in Japan since 2014, having released on just about every platform. With the Switch version as a Japanese launch title, it’s finally getting localized, albeit two months late. It goes without saying that Tetris is well known in the west with its release on every platform imaginable, though SEGA’s Puyo Puyo series is far less renowned internationally as it is in Japan. The last time a Puyo Puyo game saw an official international release was on GameCube in 2004.
[Let’s Talk] Potential SNES Mini games
Posted on 7 months ago by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, Let's Talk | 23 Comments | 0 Likes
A big rumor surfaced this week about Nintendo potentially creating a SNES Mini for release later this year. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen. But with the NES Classic Edition / NES Mini being such a big hit, the possibility is certainly there.
So let’s say that Nintendo does move forward with the SNES Mini. What games would you like to be included? Titles such as Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to the Past would probably be safe bets. Are there any far out games you’d like to see though? What would be your dream lineup? Let us know in the comments below.
Highlights from last week’s topic: April 2017 Nintendo Direct reactions
[Review] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Posted on 7 months ago by Dennis(@LyonHart_) in Reviews, Switch | 30 Comments | 0 Likes
Release date: April 28, 2017
Two years ago, I wrote an article on my relationship with Mario Kart and how Mario Kart 8 revitalized the series. In making that game, Nintendo reignited the magic I used to feel towards the franchise during the N64 and GameCube days. Mario Kart 8 shed a whole new light on kart racers and the potential they had at a time where most felt stale or rehashed, with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed being the new “king” of that genre before Mario Kart 8 returned to reclaim. Now in 2017, we’re back with the definitive version of one of Wii U’s best titles on its successor, the Nintendo Switch, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s as extravagant and beautiful as it was on Wii U, but this time with a revamped battle mode, all DLC included, a few new features, and plenty to love all over again.