NINTENDO’s Online Service Date Announced!

Nintendo’s Upcoming Network Plan

If you own a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you’ve been appreciating the free online multiplayer. Well, a countdown to the end has begun. Nintendo will release its premium online service: Nintendo Switch Online by 2018. Similar to Playstation Network and Xbox Live, this will be a paid monthly service.

Pricing*

1-Month Membership
$3.99 (USD)
3-Month Membership
$7.99 (USD)
12-Month Membership
$19.99 (USD)

Enjoy online services for free until the paid service’s official launch in 2018.

Features:

An Online lobby and voice chat through a dedicated phone app.  You can invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat with your friends. The phone app will be released during summer 2017 for free in a limited form.

You will also gain access to “Classic Game Selections” that will include online play for certain games. Whether these last as long as you have the subscription or you have to pay for them, remains to be seen. You’ll also have more deals for eShop. This will not be replacing the Virtual Console.

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Opinion

In the end, it is cheaper than PSN and Xbox Live currently but the Switch still has limitations. There is no Netflix or common apps that most modern consoles have and only a few games for the Switch warrant the online service. Whether or not Splatoon 2 or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds your attention online will dictate how valuable the service will be. While popular online franchises like Call of Duty or Battlefield may release on the Switch in the near future, Nintendo doesn’t have the back catalogue for most gamers to invest in the service. We’ll see how popular the Nintendo Online Service will be. I think it’ll do well depending on the “Classic Game Selection,” especially if they offer the games fans have been asking for. This includes the Super Nintendo, N64, and GameCube titles.

 

Sources:

Nintendo

IGN

Shenmue 3 will not be at E3

Fans of the old Dreamcast Japanese game, Shenmue, were excited to hear the series would be receiving their 3rd title. Announced at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2015, Shenmue 3 excited fans since the last entry in September 6, 2001 ended unconclusively. A Kickstarter was announced and raised over $6 million thanks to fan support. The game would be released on the Playstation 4 and supported by Sony as well.

Unfortunately, Ys Net, the developers of the game, have announced they will not be attending E3 or any summer game shows for Shenmue 3. They did release a Development Report Video which is below. It doesn’t show much but a simple character model moving.

Ys Net also stated that the game will most likely miss their December 2017 initial release date.  Despite the amount raised, it takes a long time to fully develop a game, especially as massive as Shenmue 3. Developers often overestimated their release date which gives fans false hopes. While fans are disappointed, I hope they haven’t given up hope on the project.

Sources:

Eurogamer.net

Gematsu

Upcoming Game News 5.22.2017

 

Destiny 2 will be coming out September 8, 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox one. It will be released at a later time on PC. For the PC, the game will exclusively be on Battle.net, the Blizzard online platform, and will support a 4K resolution and uncapped frame rate. This means you will not be able to play it on Steam or buy the game independently.

PS4 users will receive year-long timed–exclusive content ahead of Xbox One and PC users. It will most likely range from weapons, armors, and loot maps similar to the first game.

There is a ton of new information in the sequel and I’ll attach the link below if you’re interested. This includes story, weapons, new game modes, and even DLC!

Destiny 2 update

South Park: The Fractured But Whole was delayed from its holiday 2016 release to October 17th, 2017. Pre-ordering the game will give you South Park: The Stick of Truth and “in-game assistant” Towlie from the cartoon for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One users. If you haven’t played the first one but enjoy the humor of the cartoon and a decent RPG, I recommend still buying this game. You can check out the trailer below to see if you might be interested in the sequel.

Trailer

Red Dead Redemption has unfortunately been delayed to 2018 with no specific release date yet. As of now, there are only screenshots from the series itself. No news on the story, whether it be a sequel to the game or a potential prequel.

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ARMS!!! Nintendo Direct 5/17/2017

With the Nintendo Switch being released this year, many fans have been eager to see the new IP that will come with the system. For the Wii U, it was Splatoon. For the Switch, it will be Arms. Nintendo recently had a direct that almost completely focused on the new IP that will be released next month, June 2017. This is following Nintendo Switch‘s current trend of releasing a large name title each month. Here is a summary of everything that was announced for Arms.

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Story Mode:

From the Direct, the story mode seems fairly simple which is a good move for a new IP. Basically, the fighters are aliens with no memories and stretchable arms. The aliens have taken a liking to use it for combat and a Grand Prix was created to find the best fighter. It is silly but for a Nintendo fighter, it’s perfect.

Arms Attribute:

Arms have different weight class varying from light>medium>heavy. Lighter equals faster blows but heavier means more damage which is a pretty straightforward system. If they are the same weight as the opponents, they clash. There is a emphasis on dodging. There are 7 different attributes. Each arm has one and when charge, unleash a special effect on the enemy fighter.

Note that all ARMS’ attributes only activate when they are charged. There are over a 1000 variations players can choose. Source: Nintendo Subreddit

Fire

Effect: Causes an instant knockdown

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Toaster, Slapamander, Phoenix, Retorcher, Hydra, Cracker, Ramram, Dragon

Electric

Effect: Causes both of the opponent’s ARMS to become inactive

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Sparky, Revolver, Megawatt, Guardian, Thunderbird, Seekie

Wind

Effect: Causes the opponent to soar through the air in the opposite direction of the impact; cause knockdown on landing; can still hit opponent while being blown away

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Boomerang, Popper, Parasol, Slamamander

Stun

Effect: Causes all actions from the opponent (besides blocking) to cease; also immobilizes them for a very short time

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Tribolt, Chakram, Whammer

Explosion

Effect: Causes a second hit with an area of effect explosion after a small delay; causes instant knockdown; if hitting a shield, will cause it to drop automatically (unsure about this part)

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Triblast, Homie

Blind

Effect: Causes the opponent’s screen to be covered, blocking sight, for a short time

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Blorb

Ice

Effect:Causes the opponent’s movement speed to drop immensely; cannot dash while frozen

Known ARMS with this Attribute: Chilla, Coolerang, Ice Dragon

Characters:

Each character has signature arms but can be swapped out with any variation. Your right and left arms can be different types as well.

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Spring Man: Main character that is popular with kids

Mechanica: Smart girl who made her own fighting robot

Ninjara: Ninja student? Generic anime character

Master Mummy: Unique tank character that has a tragic back story about his family

Kid Cobra: Snake skateboarder with a unique circular bottom half.

Ribbion Girl: Singing idol with a triple jump! Other main character as she is on the box art.

Minmin: Chinese ramen girl with dragon arms and martial arts.

Helix: Laboratory stretchy blob character.

Byte and Bark: Patrol cop with a dog partner. The dog will fight and can be used as a jump platform. Unique 2v1

Twintelle: Besides her large behind, she is a pigtail stylish fighter.

Versus:

There are a variety of different game modes which is great for players who don’t want to play online ranked matches and just want party games. These are also part of the single player Grand Prix mode which adds a variety to just simple fights.

Team fight: A unique 2v2 mode where allies are chained together. You can combine your strikes but you can also strike allies so teamwork and positioning are key. You can also be damaged together if the enemy attack effect is large enough.

V Ball: Volley ball where fighters use their arms to strike the ball to earn points. The ball explodes and the stretchy arms adds a unique perspective.

Hoops: Basketball but your opponent is the ball! Slam your opponents into the hoops but pummeling them and throwing them into the hoop. 3 pointers are prefered.

Skillshot: A break the target game mode with an emphasis on speed and strategy. definitely a great training tool.

1 on 100: Very similar to Smash version where you fight 100 generic enemies that are easy to defeat.

Arm Test: To obtain all the different arms in the game, you collect currency and bet it into a system. You try to earn as many points as possible to obtain a random arm. You can obtain duplicates. Obtaining duplicates actually increase the damage of the arms itself which helps with the annoyance of random generators. I am personally not a fan as I would want to simply use the in-game currency to acquire different arms.

Battle Modes:

Grand Prix: 20 straight matches very similar to an arcade mode. There is a final boss but was not revealed. You can play with a friend as well.

Party Match: You can play online and challenge one another in the multiple game modes listed above. The lobby can handle up to 10 Nintendo Switches which means up to 20 players. (Each players uses the two switch controllers on the console itself to play)

Ranked Matches: 1v1 ranked system where level increases based on wins and drops based on losses. No word whether arm variations can be used. This can create an issue with balancing as there is no way to predict how the enemy will fight. Since there is such a large variety of arms that can be equipped, the potential for overpowered combinations are high.

Local Multiplayer: A wireless LAN mode where up to 8 consoles can be connected in one lobby. It can host up to 8 players.

Final Announcement:

There are free updates to the game. This includes fighters, stages, and arm variations. This is a great move by Nintendo as many modern fighters often have DLC characters announced before their games are released. With free updates, new players don’t have to worry about paying more and encourage them to keep playing for future updates.

Online Demo dates!

Above are the free online demos that you can download from the Nintendo eShopBe sure to come back and check when you can try out the game.

Opinion:

This is a new part I want to add to make these blogs feel more personal. Please let me know if you think these parts are interesting or should be changed or removed.

Overall, I am excited for Arms. It’s definitely a big step to create a new IP especially when it comes to Nintendo and fighting games in general. It’s hard to find new audiences with these types of game but with the variety of game modes and party type option, I think casual players can into the game. The ranked versus is a big worry. Having too much variation throws off balancing greatly. If Nintendo hopes to break into the e-sports scene, having balancing issues will prevent it from becoming a main stage fighter similar to Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, or Marvel vs Capcom.

Splatoon 2 Update!

For fans of the Splatoon series, Nintendo also revealed more single player story during the direct. The return of Marie is shown and your character doesn’t seem to know her. She also does not have her sister, Camilee. In the single player mode, there is platforming, environmental hazards, new enemies, and of course, new guns. Splatoon 2 will be released July 21, 2017.

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If you want to watch the Direct itself, the link is here!