Super Mario Odyssey Inflates with First DLC

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Not only was Super Mario Odyssey one of Nintendo’s first big releases on the Switch, but it was a game of the year contender as well. So, it comes as no surprise that Nintendo released a new Direct where they announced that there will be a new DLC pack called “Balloon World.”

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Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Updates to Fire Emblem Warriors and Splatoon 2 are just some of the announcements that were released through today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Kirby: Battle Royale is a new 3D brawler that throws you and your friends into a variety of multiplayer modes. Expect this title to release on January 19 on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo is rounding up the top minigames from the main Mario Party series and throwing them into Mario Party: The Top 100. The update’s assortment of minigames is set to release on November 10 for the 3DS.

Minecraft is headed to the 3DS! The portable version will come with both the Survival and Creative modes, along with five skin packs and two texture packs. The game is currently available on the eShop and is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is still set for its November 3 release, but we did get some new updates. The story will primarily feature Necrozma as it takes over Solgaleo and Lunala, the legendaries of the Generation 7. Pre-ordering will get you a Rockruff that can evolve into the new Dusk Form Lycanroc. New clothing and style options were also shown off.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still set for its December 1 release on the Nintendo Switch. A new Pro Controller themed after the title was announced, along with a special edition that includes a soundtrack CD, a metal case, and an art book.

DOOM and Wolfenstein II will see a release on the Switch. No word on whether or not these editions will have special features. DOOM will be released this holiday while Wolfenstein II is set for 2018.

Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new playable character in the form of the classic hero Lyn.

Kirby Star Allies is the name of the new Kirby title announced at E3 2017. The Switch title will allow characters to recruit enemies while playing cooperatively with up to three friends. Kirby is set to release next spring.

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are both getting free content updates. Splatoon 2 will get two new stages while ARMS will get the new playable fighter, Lola Pop.

The new Champions amiibo figures based on the characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are set to release on November 10.

Super Mario Odyssey got a ton of new announcements, all of which you can read here.

Nintendo Direct Shows Strong Momentum For Nintendo

Nintendo Direct Shows Strong Momentum For Nintendo

The second Nintendo Direct since the passing of Satoru Iwata showed a strong push for Nintendo, promising a strong summer lineup.

Showcased for the WiiU was further gameplay for Starfox Zero, was well as an official April 22


release date. Not only that, but a spin-off game (originally showcased at E3 2014) titled StarFox: Guard where players will set up 12 cameras to find and defeat enemies who are attacking the mining site of Slippy Toad’s uncle, Grippy Toad. The game includes about 100 stages, but players can also create their own stages by editing the placement of enemies and uploading their levels online.

Along with updates to Super Mario Maker, and Splatoon, Shin Megami Tensai’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (which I officially couldn’t care less about now) as well as Lost Reavers coming to WiiU, the biggest announcement for WiiU was Paper Mario: Color Splash. Looking very similar to Sticker Star the game looks to blend gameplay elements from Sticker Star with a new color-based and painting mechanics. Being one of the few defenders of Sticker Star, I’ll be reserving judgments of gameplay, but I must say Paper Mario looks incredible in HD.

For the 3DS, Nintendo is rolling out a new Kirby game: Kirby: Planet Robobot which has Kirby piloting a giant mech. Enough said. Along side Planet Robobot will be an official line of Kirby amiibos, so anyone who missed a chance to get a Meta-Knight can lament no more!

Nintendo also showed off more gameplay for the much loathed Metroid Prime: Federation Force, as well as Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation the third entry to the Fates story. Nintendo also showed gameplay for Bravely Second, Hyrule Legends and rolled out Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past which is being remade from the ground up for the 3DS.

The biggest reveal for the 3DS was Monster Hunter: Generations which looks just as good as the latest Monster Hunter offerings on 3DS, as well as showing off some interesting new features. Also being added to the 3DS is the inclusion of SNES games to the 3DS eShop, and while some may lament buying many of the games they already have for a third time, it would be pretty cool to play Earthbound on the bus, so sign me up!

Overall, this looks to be a promising summer for Nintendo.

Nintendo Blocks Monetization On Footage Uploaded from Mario Kart 8

Nintendo Blocks Monetization On Footage Uploaded from Mario Kart 8

Earlier in the week, Nintendo uploaded a surprise Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct.

One of the biggest features shown was the ability to upload their own clips to Youtube from the game itself.

However, Nintendo will apparently be automatically I.Ding all videos uploaded this way. This means that all profit made on these videos will be claimed by Nintendo.

This announcement has been met with criticism from Nintendo Youtubers who wouldn’t be making any money of content they produce from Mario Kart 8.

In the Direct, they also announced new power-ups, demonstrated how the anti-gravity racing works, showed off the customization options on vehicles and much more.

Mario Kart 8 will release on May 30th of this month on WiiU.



Nintendo Direct: Tomodachi Life

Nintendo Direct: Tomodachi Life

Today, Nintendo got weird. In another Direct presentation the Big N showed off the upcoming 3DS title Tomodachi Life that launches June 6. The conference was a multimedia/musical in the guise of a newscast that tried to highlight what this game is.

Essentially, it’s a life simulator with some interesting technology, in the likeness of  the PS Vita’s Toro’s Friend Network.  Players can upload or create a Mii, customize its personality, voice and watch it live. The world comes to life by bringing characters by uploading them or using StreetPass.  The Miis meet each other, become friends, and even date.

In the Direct, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America professed his love to Metroid’s Samus Aran, but then Chief Operating Officer Reggie Files-Aime stepped in, followed by Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwatta. In this awkward scene, Samus picked Iwatta and then everyone broke out in dance.

Expect this kind of quirkiness throughout the game. Character’s can fight, break up, make up, live life and have weird dreams as well.

While the presentation was very strange, there was some interesting content shown. It looks like the 3DS’ summer line up will heat up this year.

Nintendo Direct Conference Tomorrow

Nintendo Direct Conference Tomorrow

Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct conference tomorrow. There has been no word on what will be shown, but the Direct will only talk about the upcoming 3DS and Wii U game, Super Smash Bros. The show is set to air at 6 p.m.

The first screens of the game were shown at E3 2013, but since then Nintendo has been on a role announcing new characters ranging from Super Mario Galaxy’s Rosaline, to the Wii Fit Trainer.

Nintendo is taking a different approach with this entry in the series. It will be the first entry to feature a handheld companion. It will also be the first Smash Bros game where Nintendo partners with Namco Bandai to help production.

Nintendo’s E3 Direct Recap: Bayonetta’s New Look, Super Smash Bros. Coming In 2014

Nintendo’s E3 Direct Recap: Bayonetta’s New Look, Super Smash Bros. Coming In 2014

Nintendo launched today their E3-themed Nintendo Direct, offering a glimpse of what’s to come to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This particular Direct was pre-recorded from Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto, with CEO Satoru Iwata once again introducing viewers to the latest in upcoming games.

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