During today’s reveal trailer for the Nintendo NX, now called Switch, a new game that has never been seen before was revealed. That game is, in fact, a new Mario game. Not a lot of details have been shown at this time. We don’t know a name for the game, we don’t know if it will be a launch title for Switch. We don’t know if Luigi will be in the game, officially. That doesn’t mean we can’t speculate.
So what exactly did the trailer show about the game during it’s stealth reveal? Not a lot really. It does appear to have a camera angle more along the lines of a game like Super Mario Galaxy. It does appear to take place on worlds similar in layout to something like Super Mario 3D World, but it appears that the camera is closer and more directly behind Mario’s back like his Wii counterpart than in that game that was released on Wii U. It appears that there is at least one area that is themed like a Wild West, or Mexican style of town. You can see one enemy jumping around in the bottom right corner of the screen that appears to be wearing a sombrero. Whether that’s a Snifit, or a Shy Guy, or something else was a little hard to tell. The color palette of that area is very vibrant.
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The time for speculation is finally over. We now know exactly what NX is, sort of. Nintendo showed off a brief teaser trailer for their newest system, now called Switch. As it was speculated the system is a hybrid of a console and a handheld. The system is housed inside a screen which will plug into a dock connected to your TV. That will allow you to play games on your TV at home with a traditional controller. You can then unhook it from there, snap on a couple controllers (called Joy-con) to the sides and take it with you on the go.
Other things shown off in the trailer were a more traditional Pro Controller that now features off-set analog sticks similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Gone are the analog sticks located above the buttons, something I’m kinda sad to see go. Each of the two snap-on Joy-cons can act as individual controllers giving you multi-player options that allow more people to play games together. They can also be snapped into a Joy-Con dock which will then make the controller feel like a more traditional set up. The system includes a kick-stand and does not require the Joy-Cons to be plugged into the screen to play. That will allow you to set the screen up on a floor or a table and act as a small TV screen.
Some of the games shown off during the trailer were a new 3D World style Mario game, Splatoon, Mario Kart, an NBA basketball game and Skyrim. It appears there will be some options for play available at launch, but that information will have to wait until a later date.
Also shown off was the confirmed return to cartridge based games. This will be the first home console since the N64 to go away from disc-based media. Just how big those cartridges are is yet to be determined, but we know now that it will not have a spinning media drive on the system.
There are still plenty of questions left to be answered, but we now have some idea of what Switch is. We still need to know release date, pricing, and other details about just what the system can do. We have the official reveal. Now Nintendo needs to announce when they’ll be revealing more information about the system.
Now, if you haven’t, watch the reveal trailer.
I know everyone is amped for today’s big reveal, but there are still other things to talk about. If you haven’t yet played Steamworld Heist, but you’re interested in a really fun side scrolling strategy game then you should check that out. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks joins its predecessor, Phantom Hourglass on the Wii U Virtual Console.
For the full list of games and deals available through the Nintendo eShop head past the break.
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Monster Hunter Generations gets new crossover armor and weapon sets today. Capcom brings one of their most iconic arcade franchises with Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Felynes can get a set of armor that decks them out to look like Arthur. Fans of Fire Emblem get a treat with a new set of armor that will bring the iconic look of Marth into the game. Not only that, but you can also wield the Falchion sword.
Both of these new sets can be acquired from the set of 15 quests that will drop into the game today. Check out the trailer below if you want to see the Fire Emblem costume in action.
It’s Paper Mario release week in the eShop this week. Paper Mario Color Splash goes on sale tomorrow. That’s the biggest release of the week and the last major release for the Wii U for the rest of the year and into next year until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Virtual Console gets a couple big games this week as well.
Head past the break for the full list of releases available this week.
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The next Skylanders game from Toys For Bob and Activision will be hitting stores later this month. Skylanders Imaginators will feature in depth creation tools that will let you create your own characters and bring them to life in the game. These new characters can be brought into the game a couple of different ways. There will be new generic toys that you can save your creations to, but if you’re a little more adventurous and have a little money you can bring them to life in other ways.
Using the new Skylanders Creator app on iOS and Android, which features the same creation set as the game, you can customize your character to your liking and then have them 3D printed and shipped to your door. If you want that it’s going to cost you $49.99. If you don’t have that much money, but you still want your creation immortalized forever you can get an amiibo style card created that features a high quality print of your character. Place this card or 3D printed figure on the Portal of Power and watch your character come to life on the screen. For $24.99 you can have your character printed onto a t-shirt.
Activision really wants you to expand the line of 300+ characters by even more. Kids have dreamt about being able to create their own characters to play in games and now they can. Continue reading Create Your Skylander and Bring It To Life
This week is a pretty big week in the eShop. Yokai Watch 2 drops two different versions of the game. So whether you like Fleshy Souls or Bony spirits they’ve got you covered. Sonic gets another game on the 3DS (you can read our review here: ) You can also check out one of the better Mega Man style games on 3DS in the sequel to Azure Striker Gunvolt.
Head past the break for the full list of games available to download this week.
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