It’s happened every generation since the Nintendo 64. Nintendo releases a weaker console than its main competitors, and loud, rallying cries of “Nintendo is doomed” begin to resonate and reverberate around gaming’s “hardcore” inner sanctum.
One of the biggest secrets in the Pokémon games since 2013, has been Hoopa. A mystery that’s been as badly kept as the secret identity of the Flash. The mythical legendary has been locked away in the 3D game files of Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for ages now, with savvy players managing to hack the elusive creature out of the game. And it looks like Hoopa is finally getting ready to step out into the spotlight.
Splatoon, as mush as it doesn't look like it, is actually a pretty serious shooter. You've got weapon classes for different situations, coupled with the standard player progression system that has kept games like Call of Duty ticking for all these years. It’s just wrapped up in a cute, childish package, which is meant to attract a new audience to the world of online gaming. A world which Nintendo is restricting, so that its true colours aren’t shown.
I truly despise Nintendo sometimes. During their Nintendo Direct stream last night, they unveiled plans to bankrupt everybody… those evil bastards! Seriously, how can anybody say no to wooly Yoshi? Anyways, they also unveiled new content for their fantastic brawler, Super Smash Bros, and it’s another way of strangling every cent from their most loyal of fans. If you’re ok with this (I know I am), here’s who you can look forward to playing as.
I’m currently digging Dragon Ball XenoVerse. It’s tight, looks great and the 3D combat is a right treat when you get to grips with it. Thing is, some of the best Dragon Ball Z games have been constrained to two dimensions of action. Games such as Dragon Ball Z: Super Sonic Warriors and the Butoden series are prime examples of this. And that’s why I’ve got my eye on the upcoming Extreme Butoden on 3DS. It looks as charming as can be, with proper 2D sprites destroying planets left, right and center. But you’ll only have a few of them to play with, despite the massive cast that will be present in the game.
Amiibo are, for a lack of a better word, utterly useless right now. Their limited functionality in Super Smash Bros. (and just about everything else) is terribly depressing, compounded by the fact that they can store data for only one game at a time. There really is no reason yet to get the little figurines for specific gameplay use, but I don’t really care - because they’re cute and awesome and I can’t buy enough of them.
When it comes to 3DS games, there’s only one RPG title out there that trumps Pokémon in my opinion. And that’s Fire Emblem Awakening. One of the finest RPG experiences ever condensed into a handheld format, Fire Emblem Awakening had it all: Tight combat, a great story, love, loss and some jaw-dropping cinematics. Naturally, I’ve been yearning for a new Fire Emblem for ages now. And the next one is looking pretty killer.
Over the weekend, tons of people filled my twitter timeline with news that The Legend of Zelda was delayed into 2016. There was even speculation that it won't be launching on Wii U at all, coming to Nintendo's N(e)X(t) console instead. But where does this news come from? Well, directly from Nintendo, but there may be more to it.
Say what you like about Nintendo, but at least they’re willing to take a gamble with new console hardware ideas. Sometimes, the risk pays off as the original Wii console was a console that propelled Nintendo into the mainstream space that had been dominated by Sony and Xbox. Sometimes, creating something new doesn’t always result in instant sales as the Wii U has struggled to sell outside of Japan despite having some of the best games released in the last couple of years. But whatever Nintendo has planned for their next device, the NX, they want it to be surprising.
Splatoon is, for all intents and purposes, a strong multiplayer-focused shooter. The game twists the rules of conventional shooter mechanics by making you paint arenas rather than just shoot enemies, with Turf War rewarding the team that manages to spread their colour around the most. But it’s not the only trick the Splatoon pony knows.
If you’ve been following my journey lately, you’d have read about my quest to catch all the Pokémon. Every single one of them, including event Pokémon. And I did it. I caught, traded and evolved over 700 of the little pocket monster bastards. And it was a gargantuan effort. Thanks to online sources, cool people and friends however, I managed to pull it off, and earn a neat little star in my Pokedex to boot! I felt like giving up plenty of times however. Or being cheap and just buying the Pokémon that I needed. Fortunately, I never did that, even though such an option does actually exist.
There's no hiding the fact that I'm a massive Splatoon fan. The inky Nintendo shooter is one of the reason's I recently purchased a Wii U, and every time I see it in action I know I made the right decision. So you could've called yesterday an early Christmas for me, as a ton of new Splatoon footage hit the internet - and got it all messy.
So Nintendo invited 2 ladies from Playboy to their offices to try out Splatoon and as you can imagine some sections of the Internet are aghast. The number of immature sexual innuendos being thrown around by those claiming to support women are disgusting.
I'm still confused by Super Smash Bros. I know I like playing it, and it's a great little piece of gaming bliss for short, frantic play sessions. I also know I'm incredibly bad at it, and can't seem to get any better the more I play. Where I get confused is when it comes to content, because the entire package seems fairly light. But who cares when characters like Mewtwo are so close to launch?
Xenoblade Chronicles! All of the Wii magic, condensed onto a smaller platform. The original game was simply massive, an epic journey through the wilds of some solid JRPG action. Putting all of that onto a single Nintendo 3DS card wasn’t exactly easy, and you’re going to need something a bit bigger than the standard 4gb microSD card if you want to download the game, as it’ll be an 8GB purchase.