2016 A Year in Review

I know I’m a bit late, but 2016 has finally finished, and 2017 is underway. 2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year. There’s been several controversial releases in gaming, such as Metroid Prime: Federation Force, No Man’s Sky, and Might No. 9. The year has also seen some pretty tragic events, such as the devastating bombings in Aleppo, the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida, and the death of many beloved celebrities, including the recent Carrie Fischer, and George Michael.

Though 2016 has thrown some curveballs, the year has also had its positives, along with some wonderful moments in history. On the gaming side, Pokémon GO, and Pokémon Sun/Moon have seen very successful launches around the world. Hideo Kojima finally got his well deserved Game Award. We finally got a proper look at Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch. VR is finally available to a widespread audience, and the developer of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ was able to make an impact on gamers from his very heartfelt story.

Outside of gaming, the first monument for LGBT rights has been designated in the US, a new technique, called gene editing, which could be capable of eradicating the duplication of cancer cells, has been invented, after 50 years of war in Colombia, a peace treaty has been signed, and so much more. No matter what tragedies happen, it is always important to look at the positives and what we already have.

It has also been a fairly interesting year for NintyBuzz too. We announced the very first NintyBuzz Awards results where Splatoon won a heap of awards. We then published a rather big editorial, predicting where we think Zelda Wii U (now Breath of the Wild) will take place on the timeline. We got into the April Fools spirit and decided that Nintendo we bringing VR to Universal Parks! I was far too thrilled with the release of YO-KAI WATCH for Nintendo 3DS, where we praised the game highly. We then took a good strong look at the Wii U to get an idea of how we want Nintendo to handle the Switch.

A big moment in NintyBuzz history was conceived soon before E3! NintyBuzz and 3DS Buzz forums united and merged, thus NintyBuzz Forums was born! Summer was topped off with our own celebration of 30 years of Metroid in our special Retrospective video. I hit a bit of a roadblock being busy at uni, with a dash of personal issues. This caused activity to approach a lull for a few months. This soon rectified itself with the reveal trailer of the Nintendo Switch! Soon before the year ended, we received an invite to try out the Nintendo Switch on the 13th January 2017! Finally, the NintyBuzz Awards 2016 launches with some new categories, a new Nomination stage, and a bigger prize for one lucky winner! We have definitely had an eventful year at NBHQ!

It looks like we will be getting a lot in 2017. The biggest thing to look forward to in 2017 is the release of the Nintendo Switch! There are many other things to look forward to in 2017 too, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a brand new 3D Mario game, Yooka-Laylee, and so much more.

I hope everyone who has survived 2016 has a fantastic 2017. I would like to thank everyone in the community for just being awesome. Without you all, NintyBuzz would not be where it is today, and I hope we can all help NintyBuzz grow even more in 2017. Before I go, I have some questions to ask you all…

What were your fondest memories of 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017? Do you have any words of wisdom for surviving the next 12 months?

Keep on buzzin’, way into 2017!
Leon Fletcher

By | 2017-01-02T15:47:54+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Nintendo, NintyBuzz, Year in Review|1 Comment

NintyBuzz Christmas Game Days Dated

As promised, we will be holding some NintyBuzz Game Days on the lead up to Christmas Day. These will take place on Friday 23rd December and Saturday 24th December 2016 from around 4pm GMT (10am Central), with a possibility of a later session on Christmas Eve too.

There will be a range of different games that we will be playing, these include Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Runbow, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Animal Crossing New Leaf, and more! Make sure to add me on Nintendo Network to join in the fun, my NNID is LJFletcher. I also plan on hosting some small competitions so you can win Melons to use in Yoshi’s Trading Post!

Be sure to log onto the forums during the GameDays to keep up with everything that’s going on.

By | 2016-12-21T20:04:16+00:00 December 21st, 2016|3DS, Features, Nintendo, NintyBuzz Game Days, Wii U|0 Comments

The Return of Game Days!

Those of you who have been on the forums since the beginning of 3DS Buzz may remember a special event we would hold from time to time called 3DS Buzz Game Days. Well, I have some exciting news, Game Days is making a return next week!

For those not in the know, Game Days are organised days where the community plays a bunch of games online together. Anyone is able to participate at any time during the session, and it isn’t anything competitive, it’s just so that we are all able to have a bit of fun without worrying about ranks and whatnot. It’s also perfect for those who are a bit nervous about playing online, I still find it daunting with some titles, especially in games like Super Smash Bros., which I am horrible at against competent opponents.

Find out more after the break!

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By | 2016-08-18T15:57:05+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|3DS, Nintendo, NintyBuzz, NintyBuzz Game Days, Wii U|4 Comments

Weekend NintyBeats — The Brawling Submarine Trio

The music of Nintendo games make them truly remarkable and memorable. To show our love of the music, every Friday we share a selection of tracks from various Nintendo titles, new and old.

This week, we have music from a game that released today, take a trip back to the third Smash Bros. title, and finish with the title theme of an underrated nautical 3DS game!

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By | 2015-10-23T23:38:11+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Features, Weekend NintyBeats|0 Comments

NintyBuzz @ EGX 2015

EGX (formerly Eurogamer Expo) is the biggest gaming event in the United Kingdom which takes place every September, and we are happy to announce that we will be returning to EGX this year, though this time the event will take place at the NEC Birmingham. Attending EGX will allow us to try out some of the latest and upcoming games and more.

Some of the games that Nintendo will be showcasing this year are Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Pokemon ORAS, Chibi-Robo Zip Lash, Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, Triforce Heroes, Star Fox Zero, and Xenoblade Chronicles X!

I will be attending on Sunday 27th September from noon, so if you see me around, be sure to say hi and grab a few StreetPasses from me! Expect to see a write-up and some gameplay videos too after!

By | 2015-09-16T15:07:55+00:00 September 16th, 2015|3DS, EGX, Nintendo, Wii U|0 Comments

NintyTalk – Buzzing Revival

Well, we have worked hard (mostly) over the weekend for this and we are now ready to reveal… well, what we have been working on, obviously!

Anywho, we are happy to announce NintyTalk! NintyTalk is a brand new feature in which we will have a spontaneous discussion on recent Nintendo and other gaming news. As this is still very early days, so we may be a bit rusty (heck, we’re very rusty) but hopefully, the more we do, the more we should improve.

Now, in this instalment of NintyTalk, we’ll be discussing the NintyBuzz revival, Xenoblade X Mini-Direct, Smash Bros. DLC, Mario Kart DLC, Zelda Wii U Delay and Project Ukulele!

Please tell us what you think of this episode and how we could improve. See you next time!

SmashShot of the Day (25th July 2014)

For the past year, Smash Bros. Director, Masahiro Sakurai, has been showing off Smash Bros. glory by uploading a screenshot from the upcoming instalments for 3DS and Wii U nearly every day on Miiverse… that’s a whole lot of content for your eyeballs! Today host to a very exciting phot [for me anyway]. It’s not actually gameplay, but still a screenshot!

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And here’s what Sakurai had to say…

For the first time ever, I present to you…the main menu for the 3DS version!! The icons are even animated. The design concept may look similar if you’ve played other games I’ve worked on. But we had a hard time making this one because…

This is exciting because this is the very first time we get to see the final UI [that’s User Interface for those who are not as tech davy] for the main menu to the 3DS version! As you can see it looks very familiar to Brawl’s UI as well as Kid Icarus Uprising’s, both games were developed by Sakurai. One interesting point is the Wii U icon at the bottom. This most likely directs you to the cross-play type features. It seems that the Challenges mode from Brawl and KI:U will be making a return. This mode allows you to win prizes such as trophies, soundtrack CDs etc. for meeting certain conditions such as playing as a certain character 50 times. Sakurai also mentions that this UI was particularly hard to create…

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The bottom screen displays pictures matching each mode! This was quite a task for the UI (User Interface) designers, but they made it happen. Kudos to them! You can tap the screen to look up additional info like how to play–complete with diagrams.

Obviously the UI is much more advance that those used in Brawl and KI:U, as you can display submenus on the bottom screen such as ‘How to play’ diagrams and Power Stats!

Super Smash Bros. is set to be released for 3DS on the 13th September 2014 in Japan, 3rd October 2014 in Europe and North America, and a day later in Australia. The Wii U version is set to be released during Q4 2014.

By | 2014-07-25T18:49:26+00:00 July 25th, 2014|3DS, Miiverse, Nintendo, Smash Bros., Wii U|0 Comments
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