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Pokémon GO – Impressions

What to say about Pokémon GO. Well it’s a mobile game, that’s never a good first impression for me since there are barely any mobile games I both play and enjoy, the only ones I can think of are Tiny Tower and Neko Atsume, both of which provide about as much depth as a swimming pool filled to the brim with drowned lifeguards.

Read my impressions on the mobile title after the break!

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Nintendo at E3 2016 Video Blowout

Yesterday was a long day, and after being overwhelmed by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and making the seemingly bad choice of  catching up with Wayward Pines before bed, I am fully now rested and am able to share more goodies from Nintendo at E3… from other people, who were actually at E3.

Beyond the door to the wilds (i.e. after the break), there are various videos from Nintendo’s bustling E3 day. Be prepared for gameplay, booth tours, Zelda galore, all you have to do is click read more!

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Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 2016 – Day 1 Recap

Phew, day one of Nintendo Treehouse is finally over, and boy did they show us a lot of brand new content. Wait, what? You weren’t watching the stream? You had better things to do? Luckily for you, we have you covered.

We have a press release available which recaps all the latest juicy details from today’s Nintendo Treehouse Live. Check it out after the break!

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Generation VII — Pre-Reveal Pessimism

As you may have heard, the names of the new Pokémon games were possibly leaked today. I say “possibly” because of the vague chance the names are placeholders for later… but they aren’t. It wouldn’t make any sense, unless this is all a big plan to trick us all. Which is unlikely. The new Pokémon games will be titled… (run away now if the titles are too spoilery for you (spoiler: they aren’t)…)

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Pokemon Direct

Pokemon Direct Scheduled For 26th/27th February

It’s been a good long while since we got to hype over a brand new Nintendo Direct, but the wait is finally over – as long as you have an interest in Pokemon, that is.

Nintendo have announced a new Pokemon Direct for February 26th/27th. In Japan, this will be on none other than Pokemon Day – the 20th Anniversary of the release of the games that started it all.

  • USA (PST) – 7AM, 26th February
  • UK (GMT) – 3PM, 26th February
  • Europe (CET) – 4PM, 26th February
  • Japan – (JST) – Midnight, 27th February
  • Australia – (Canberra) – 2AM, 27th February

Given the recent hype around the juggernaut series, as well as the length of time since the last release, the odds must be good that we’ll see a new main series title announced. But will that game be the almost inevitable Pokemon Z, or perhaps it could be the dawn of a brand new generation? There’s also a good chance we might hear more about the long awaited Pokemon Go, but of course we’ll have to wait and see.

And you never know, if a new main series game ends up as a launch title for the handheld portion of the NX, we might even end up getting that long awaited HD home console game. We can always dream…


OPINION – Mr. Fuego’s Nintendo E3 Predictions!

The most exciting time of the gaming calendar is here; it’s E3 Predictions time! I have 12 predictions lined up, and hopefully at least a few will be correct. Wait, who am I kidding? My predictions are 100% accurate! Let’s GOOOOOO…!

New Animal Crossing — Wii U

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I think a new Animal Crossing title will likely be announced for Wii U. It’ll run at 1080p, 60fps (okay, they probably won’t mention this, but if ANIMAL CROSSING can’t manage it nothing can). Honestly that would be all I’d need to know, but I think to entice more players they just might go a little further. So what’s different from past games? I think it might be expanded online support with big online features.

Star Fox Online Competitive Multiplayer Shown!

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We all know Nintendo are going to show the new Star Fox game at E3, but I think there will be more than just a single player mode shown. I predict we’ll see an online multiplayer mode too! After all, Tadashi Sugiyama and Takaya Imamura, the producer and director of Steel Diver Sub Wars are producing/directing Star Fox along with Miyamoto — and I have a reliable source on that! WIKIPEDIA! Undeniable!

New Metroid — Wii U and/or 3DS

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I think a new Metroid title is very possible this year. So far Metroid games have been played from either a 2D perspective (most games), or in first-person (Prime games). But that doesn’t mean it’ll always be that way. In 2012 Miyamoto said “the kind of ideas I have on Metroid [are reflected in Metroid Blast].” — a game played from a third-person perspective. Traversal is a major theme in Metroid games, and a third-person perspective would mean the precision and feel of Samus’s movement could be improved. So I think a third-person view is reasonably likely, too. And if that’s right, Platinum are revealing something this year…

Zelda Wii U Mentioned

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Nintendo may have said Zelda Wii U won’t be in their Digital Event, but I see through their lies. I’m predicting it’ll be mentioned! That’s right, MENTIONED! Hah, I see through your lies Nintendo! Bold Prediction, right? Wait, that doesn’t actually contradict what they said? Oh… Okay, I predict Aonuma will pop up to talk about it… briefly. I’m not exactly expecting much from Zelda, but they can’t just ignore it.

Pokémon Game With Amiibo Support — Wii U and/or 3DS

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Pokémon Amiibo are pretty much useless in anything but Smash Bros., despite being one of Nintendo’s most beloved brands. But they’ve got to be used for something, right? I predict Nintendo will show a new Pokémon game at E3, launching alongside a fully-supported “Pokémon” line of Amiibo.

Something First Party & Exciting — 3DS

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The 3DS’s 2015 lineup has been pretty sparse so far. In terms of new first-party retail games there has been… one?! Something exciting’s gotta be announced at E3. I’m just not sure what it could be. I’m expecting and hoping the next main series Pokémon will be announced and released next year, it’s too soon for Zelda, and there’s already been a new IP gamble for 3DS. There has to be something big here for 3DS fans, and it’ll be exciting to find out what it is.

A Lot More Third-Party & Exciting — 3DS

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Monster Hunter. Yokai Watch. The Great Ace Attorney. Bravely Second. Dragon Quest VIII. There are quite a few third-party 3DS games that have a strong chance of showing up, even if Nintendo don’t have anything exciting themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of future 3DS titles are Japanese third-party & ported titles. Wii U needs strong first-party support, but 3DS can survive with less, meaning Nintendo can gear up game development for their next system instead.

Xenoblade X Release Date

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Xenoblade X will get a release date. I predict November. I’m excited. That’s it.

GameCube Virtual Console or Remake

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We’ll either get a GameCube remake, or finally get GameCube games to download, methinks. Something GameCube-ish. Depends on whether it’s possible to get GameCube games to work with the GamePad, really. GAMES. Mario Sunshine is my bet for a remake.

Club Nintendo Replacement/Better Account Features Mentioned

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Existing owners of Wii U and 3DS know how bad the account system is, so this would bizarrely be a really exciting announcement. Making accounts more user-friendly with features like cross-buy and linking-downloads-to-your-account-so-if-your-system-breaks-you-still-have-access-to-them would not go unnoticed by fans. I don’t think they’ll go to deep into their new online system, but I think it will be at least mentioned.

Smash Bros., Splatoon, & Mario Kart 8 Content!

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I think we’ll get new DLC Content for Smash, Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. I’m not sure what will come to Splatoon and Kart, but Street Fighter music files were found in Smash 3DS update data back in April, and they’re pretty much confirmed to be real at this point. I predict he’ll be revealed on Sunday’s Smash Bros. Presentation (which was correct! (I wrote this on Friday)). As for returning characters, I think Wolf will be shown at the Digital Event, and Roy might show up alongside Ryu on Sunday. I also think new, unseen stages are likely to show up.

Wait, this was already announced today (and caused some server problems in the process)!

New Retro Studios Game, Not Metroid — Wii U

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Personally I’d like to see Retro tackle something new and let another team work on Metroid, and actually think that’s fairly likely. Either way, I’m certain Retro will show their newest game this year. It could be a new entry in any number of Nintendo series, or even a totally new concept.

So there — those are my predictions for this year’s Nintendo E3 Presentations! You can post your own in the comments, if you want. I don’t really mind. Nope, doesn’t bother me.