Splatoon is just eight days away. Eight days for the seven of you who actually own a Wii U! I'm incredibly excited to get my ink on next week Friday - with an adorable inkling at my side. Thing is though, Splatoon was almost never about squid at all. In fact, early versions of the game had you shooting ink around as a delightful little blob of food.
Nintendo is entering the mobile space. While they need to make money and thrive, Satoru Iwata doesn't like the model of finding a whale. Rather than turn into a modern day Ahab, he wants to reach a wide range of people on mobile, and get everyone involved and excited. While I don't know how well it will work, his words make me incredibly happy.
I can’t believe it’s nearly time for E3 again. There is lots to look forward to at this year’s event; new game reveals, details on upcoming titles, and of course, fresh tales of Alessandro misery… I hear Zoe and Darryn have big plans to make his first time in Los Angeles truly special! Anyhow, all the big companies will be at E3 as usual, showing off their big plans for the future. Nintendo is one of them, and they are doing something extra special this year – they’re hosting the Nintendo World Championships.
If you’ve got a Nintendo 3DS and you haven’t played Fire Emblem: Awakening, then there might be something wrong with you. It’s one of the finest handheld strategy/marriage simulator games to ever grace a handheld, looks gorgeous and pretty much saved a doomed franchise thanks to its gripping story and deep gameplay. A sequel was naturally greenlit after Fire Emblem: Awakening hit the big time, and it sounds like this particular entry in the franchise is going to be even more inviting to new players.
If you know me at all, you'll no doubt know by now that I'm practically in love with Splatoon. Ever since the game's reveal I've been clamouring for more of it, and this weekend I got just that. Nintendo rolled out three hour-long testing periods for their inky shooter on Saturday, giving anyone the chance to hop into some rapid Turf War matches. They confirmed a lot of what I had hoped for the game to be - but also revealed a few cracks.
We told you recently about the increasingly notorious mobile publisher Ketchapp that seems to be building its fortunes by blatantly and flagrantly ripping off the work of other developers. While most of its targets have been indie developers – having cloned Threes!, Monument Valley and other popular mobile games. They – or at least the developers under their dubious banner - now seem to be stealing their ideas from the bigger guys. Their latest one? It’s ripped from Nintendo.
Here at Lazygamer HQ, there's rarely a day that goes by without mention of Splatoon [Ed's note: 97.9% of the time, it's by Alessandro] . The inky shooter from Nintendo is a surprisingly deep, online focused title that takes itself more seriously than some modern warfare ones out there, and it's easy to see why Wii U owners are clamouring for a chance to play. A chance that you'll get this weekend with a limited open beta.
We told you last month that Nintendo’s market cap had doubled in the first three months of the year, but the great big Japanese game-maker is now actually back in black. Nintendo’s posted its first annual profits in four years.
I have a soft spot for those infernal match-3 puzzle games. No, I’m not one of those loyal Candy Crush adherents that keeps asking for boost through Facebook. I’ve never, in fact, played it – but I abhor microtransactions. I have, however, fostered a few, quite possibly unhealthy, addictions to the sorts of games that Bejewelled made popular. It was particularly bad with Puzzle Quest; a game that married the addictive matching of 3 coloured gems with the irresistible allure of the RPG. And here I am, obsessively hooked once again to a simple puzzle game.
Contrary to popular belief, Super Smash Bros isn’t all about hitting your opponent/s off the stage. It’s about asserting dominance, showing the enemy who’s boss, and if you’re good enough, taunting them inbetween all the nonstop action. 51 characters with 3 taunts each means there is a total of 153 ways in which to belittle your quarry. Which one is the best though?
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.