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.
I often wonder how to get guests to agree to be on this podcast then I find out that asking them is pretty simple. This episode we discuss AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) with special guest Milton Guasti who spent like 10 years working on this game.
Data Drain – Episode 22 (AM2R)
Starring: Milton, Shelby, Jason, Ethan
Run Time: 00:58:36
You can explore the AM2R blog or follow Milton on Twitter to see what he is up to over there. Also be sure to send an email to DataDrain@Nintendo-Okie.com or join us on the FaceBook group. Feel free to even suggest an episode topic or even ask to be a special guest on a future episode
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse leads this week’s Nintendo Downloads. If you’re looking for a great RPG on 3DS to play that’s one you should definitely check out. Severed hits Wii U this week. Then you have Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Virtual Console for Wii U and a few Final Fight games heading to the New 3DS.
For the full list of games making their eShop debut and a list of games that are going on sale this week head past the break.
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The Hero’s Journal is my attempt at creative writing. It gives me a chance to talk about the stuff I’m doing in a game while playing through it. Many games I use the Hero’s Journal for are longer RPGs that will take a lot of time to play. It’s a good way to chronicle my thoughts and let you guys behind the scenes a little bit. You’ll find out some of the stuff that I’m doing in the game and you’ll see what my characters experience.
I will warn you that these articles could contain spoilers so if you don’t want anything potentially spoiled don’t read past the break. This time I’m playing through Dragon Quest VII. Make sure to check back often as these posts will be updated with new journal entries chronicling my adventures.
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