Nintendo Download – July 19, 2018

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Welcome back to the PSVG Nintendo Download! As a long-time fan of the series, can I just say that I love seeing Mega Man back in the conversation? Mega Man X highlights this week’s download with the release of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection. Here’s the rundown for the Nintendo Switch:

  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection – The celebrated Mega Man X series returns. Play as Mega Man X – the powerful successor of classic fighting robot Mega Man – as he battles a variety of deadly bosses known as Mavericks in four hit titles. Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes the legendary 16-bit titles and the series’ exciting foray into the 32-bit era: Mega Man XMega Man X2Mega Man X3 and Mega Man X4. Test your skills in the new X Challenge mode, which pits players against two deadly bosses in two-on-one battles. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24.

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 – Complete the Mega Man X saga with this collection of four action-packed titles. Spanning two gaming eras, this collection showcases the evolution of the series with Mega Man X5Mega Man X6Mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8. Both Mega Man X and his ally Zero return as playable characters, allowing players to jump and shoot through challenging stages with X’s arm cannon, or slash through enemies with Zero’s energy saber. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24.

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 game launches for the Nintendo Switch system on July 24. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Bomb Chicken – Who doesn’t love chicken… especially when it’s smothered in delicious blue hot sauce? After a freak accident a seemingly ordinary chicken becomes a bomb-laying, free-range hero. Explore the versatile mechanic of laying bombs in this explosive exploration platformer, and answer the ultimate question: Which came first the chicken or the bomb?

Want a wacky demo on your 3DS? Nintendo has you covered!

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  • WarioWare Gold Demo – Wario has a special treat for you! Better think fast if you want to succeed in this demo of his upcoming WarioWare Gold game. You’ll use the touchscreen, tilt the system and push buttons as you laugh your way through the fully voiced story introduction, featuring new and classic characters!

Let’s see what else is happening in the might Nintendo-Sphere:

  • The Second Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Enter for a chance to win a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. The contest runs July 19 at 11 a.m. PT through Aug. 20 at 10:59 a.m. PT. For more details about how to enter, please visit https://labo.nintendo.com/share/#!/contest/.
  • Octopath Traveler My Nintendo Rewards: To celebrate the launch of the Octopath Traveler game, My Nintendo is offering eight different box art covers (one for each of the main characters) for the case of your Octopath Traveler game (sold separately). Redeem your points and choose your character for your box art cover! Plus, we’re also offering downloadable wallpapers for your PC or smart phone. Check out the details at My Nintendo: https://my.nintendo.com/news/6b677325fde74ff4
  • Pixel Toads Lead to Platinum Points: Captain Toad is starring in his own puzzling quest in the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game for the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. My Nintendo members can join the adventure with a special “hide-and-seek” mission to earn My Nintendo points. Here’s the mission: Log in to My Nintendo, then find all four Pixel Toads hidden on the official game website and earn 100 Platinum Points – that’s 25 Platinum Points for each Pixel Toad you find. Good luck!
  • Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of Splatoon 2 with a Splatfest and My Nintendo: July 21 marks the first anniversary of the Splatoon 2 game, and we’re celebrating with a global Splatfest! Which sea creature is your favorite, Squid or Octopus? This hotly contested Splatfest will occur from 9 p.m. PT on July 20 until 9 p.m. PT on July 21. To help celebrate, My Nintendo is offering Inkling and Octoling printable posters, as well as downloadable wallpaper. Redeem your points for these rewards today.

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So many games dropping all the time! How do we keep up? I’m going to keep an eye out on Pool Panic, but let’s face it, I have a ton of Octopath Traveler to keep playing!

Hope you are having a great summer, come back next week for more Nintendo Download!

-Jason

Nintendo Download – July 5th, 2018

This week on the Nintendo eShop has some surprises, some of which the Shack staffers have their hands on and will be discussing on a podcast soon 🙂

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The Lion’s Song – It is steeped in early 20th century history and focuses on a cast of Austrian artists and scientists with each episode taking a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available July 10

Pocket Rumble – The Pocket Rumble game retains gameplay elements that make traditional fighters great, but reduces the level of necessary execution and memorization. This way, players of all skill levels can get to a competitive level.

Miles & Kilo – Miles and Kilo have been attacked by a mischievous specter! With their plane in pieces and a gang of thieving scoundrels running off with the important parts, the unfortunate duo’s only hope of escape is to embark on a thrilling chase across a haunted island. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

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Today is a landmark day for PSVG as we’ve joined forces with the Make Us Better Community – Bad Bit Games, Warp Whistle Gaming, The Trophy Room, If We Ran Nintendo, We the Gamercast, and Nintendo Nostalgia as a Patreon Member. In our official announcement video below we cover all the details but we want to reiterate and be very clear on the following;

  • We are not changing our podcast rotation, feed or staff.
  • We are not locking any of our content, be it blog, video or podcast behind a paywall
    • Nor are we planning to create any Patreon exclusive content.
  • In fact the only real tangible change that we are implementing is a move to a new discord server. Listeners or readers of PSVG should be receiving alerts on how to make the migration but if you miss out you can join the new discord by simply clicking on this link here.

Caroline and I (Donnie) also put our creativity to work to create a fun, second announcement in the form of song that we hope you enjoy as well.

Ultimately we made this decision first and foremost to unite an already tight-knit “Podern Family” as so many of our most active listeners are either already Patrons to Make Us Better or avid listeners. We hope this partnership increases our cross over, makes it easier for all of you to interact with all of us and just amplifies this growing “Super Indie Podcasts” group that continues to make amazing content.

There is this moment in one of my favorite TV shows, Living Single, where Overton watches the girl he cares for (Synclaire) going on a date with a veterinarian. In the middle of the vet and Synclaire’s date, the vet receives a phone call that eventually leads to him having to leave the restaurant early for a vet emergency. As the vet walks out, Overton strolls up looking dapper and fly and proceeds to go on a date with the girl he loves, Synclaire.

Why does this moment stick out in my head? Well because I think that Phil Spencer is in the process of pulling the same move with gamers. As Sony has all the games, exclusives that have already come, and a huge install base you know that it is established i.e. the vet. Gamers aka Synclaire would be happy to settle down with Sony.

But Xbox is playing Overton and playing it like a champ. Xbox knows that you gamers are great. It has spent the last few years showing gamers that they care about games and you. They care about making amends for past mistakes where they didn’t have gamers in the forefront. This was in full display at E3 this year.

The thing that keeps getting at me though isn’t that Microsoft had a great conference–conference of the year type stuff. No its the following two things:

 

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Shortly before this moment, Phil Spencer teased the shadowing of a console. I tried to find a picture of it but was unable too. I watched the conference five times to confirm it. This is where I noticed his shirt. It seems at first glance just to be a cool shirt, right? Hello, Xbox swag store.

But, when you look at it, it’s the development and break down of a controller. Man how crazy is that? Its like a hidden message in a bottle except on the bottle it says, we are working on a new system and it is coming sooner than you think. Why do I think this? Is it because I spent four hours in the sun today in Florida and am a little dehydrated? Is it because I didn’t sleep well and am running on fumes? Or is it because many of the shirts Phil has worn at E3 and Gamescom have turned out to be IP that came to and out of Microsoft and I think its Phil’s cruel joke to foreshadow and hide secretes in plan sight to mess with us? I’m not sure which one is more accurate, but something tells me the console shadow during his ending speech was more than just for dramatic effect and that this shirt was chosen for a reason.

We will see. As Lobo and I say, All Hail the Chief, In Phil we trust!

News Break:

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Leaks have come from the New York Jets camp that the great Jets Madden Owner and GM Dan W Johnson will be retiring this year making this his last year in his storied Madden Career. We cover the highs, lows, and get info from around the league as speculation rises on why he is leaving the game.

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Lows:

There were not many lows in GM Dan’s career. He was a player’s owner who did right by his team and was known for his generosity. Not a lot of wasted money, spent on players who deserved it, and let players test free agency and still welcomed them back with open arms. The only low or issue was the pesky monkey on his back, the Chicago Bears and GM Mahoney. Like the Bills of the 90’s his Jets teams made it to the promised land multiple times but left with only two super bowl wins in his 11 year career. Some teams just have your number and sadly one of the greatest madden Gm’s of all time competed against a fellow great in the same era. Will he make it into the PSVG Madden Hall of Fame, this writer believes its hard to keep him out, but we will have to see in the next five years how his story unfolds.

Highs:

Seeing the Jets hoist the super bowl championship must be one of the highs but the most impressive was the way Gm Dan built a team to last. With multiple years of NFL AFC dominance as well as very high draft grades, you knew after year one, this was a new jets regime that wanted to win and to keep winning.

The moment that will stand out to me as the greatest was the “Turnover Bowl.” That may have been the best worst Super Bowl of all time.

Multiple winning seasons, 8-year conference champion, and two-time super bowl victor. Over 10 hall of famers drafted and more memories than we can count. Thank you, Dan.

Jets Pro Bowl Quarterback Tyler Mace:

Had it not been for Mr. Johnson, I would have never gotten the chance to compete and win super bowls that I have with the Jets. So grateful for all he and his wife Z, have done for me.

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Former Giants Owner Ray statement:

{Dan} always worked hard at struggling. His defense was a solid mixture of the 2012 Jaguars and the ’85 Browns, but he won just as many games as the ’17 Giants… All heart that guy. No skill, but lots of freaking heart.

 

Chiefs Owner Brian Statement:

I just don’t get how he stopped me with both the plays I ran. I mean seriously, I have two plays at they aren’t working, game must be broken.

 

Former New England Head Coach Darth Vader statement:

It’s unthinkable, I thought he’d never retire… But I wonder if he will come back out of retirement for a shot at glory once more…

 

Former Chicago Bears QB, Current Bears Offensive Coordinator and Hall of Famer Jay Cutler:

I know as a team we aren’t commenting on this, but it feels wrong. I am honored to of played against those great Jets teams put together by GM Dan Johnson. He was a terrific leader and built a great franchise we are still game-planning for and hope to battle again for super bowls to come.

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Current Bears Head coach Matt Nagy:

 

I’d love to say more but with just being hired on by the Bears I know how they feel about being a tight-lipped group. The Bear way is the Bear way. I wish him all the luck in his retirement.

 

Statement from Bears Owner and GM Mahoney:

When we reached out to Bears Media Director Charles Tillman who said the GM had no comment. We reached out multiple times, again and again but still nothing. With such a storied relationship and careers it didn’t sit right with us here at PSVG sports. No, we couldn’t let that be how we ended this article.

So, we flew to Chicago and drove to Halas hall hoping that we could get more from this storied franchise on the retirement of one of the best Madden GM’s in the game. Media Director Charles Tillman and others informed me that GM Mahoney had no comment and was solely focused on continuing to build the Bears in to the best team he could.

However, as I was being escorted out of Halas hall I saw old Mo standing in his office overlooking Cutler field-house. He looked at me with a glass in his hand. Nodded, and poured a little out, letting me know that even though it went against the Bear way to talk to me and that it was always work first in that building, he understands the lose of a great competitor and GM. As I continued, leaving Halas hall, he turned and stared out over the field. Would we ever know the true story about the bond these two GM’s had? Will we ever understand what it was like having them both hired at the same time and turn two lackluster teams into NFL greatness? I hope some day I am there to read that story along with you.

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Soccer Slammers Review for Nintendo Switch

Donnie had the opportunity to review Soccer Slammers, the latest game from Atooi, the developer behind Mutant Mudds, Chicken Wiggle and Xeodrifter. What did he think about this arcade button-smashing soccer game? Watch below to find out.

Also, if you’d like to watch Donnie and his son Jack check out the local coop, watch the let’s play video.

You can buy Soccer Slammers here on Nintendo’s website.

Follow the Atooi team to keep up with the latest on Chicken Wiggle and Treasurenauts.

Shack talks over today’s Direct & Treehouse Live

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It goes without saying – The Nintendo Shack was more than pleased by today’s announcements. Nintendo Shack records the podcast tomorrow 😉

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Every year during E3 week, video game publishers talk about the games they’re planning to release in the next couple of years (or, sometime in the next decade at least…). It’s an exciting time to be a gamer, as we learn about the worlds we will be inhabiting.

A host of companies hold live presentations to reveal the latest games, and the bevy of gaming media across the globe grade these companies on how well the presentations went. (Hey, we’ve got coverage of every conference here at PSVG. Subscribe to the podcast feed!)

But we spend too much time talking about how the presenters did. Was there enough gameplay? Were there enough surprises? Too much time on mobile games? Why’d they waste so much time on live music and YouTube personalities!?

The thing is, the world and how we consume media have changed greatly since the first Electronics Entertainment Expo more than two decades ago. Gaming itself has broken into the mainstream, with millions of people watching and playing games all over the world. More people watch eSports. More than 100 million people watch the largest League of Legends tournaments online.

Many hardcore gamers get their gaming news straight from the source — the Playstation Blog debuts games on a near-daily basis. YouTube personalities play a role in showing off developers’ hard work.

And, yet…we sit and watch as EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Devolver, Ubisoft, Square Enix and PlayStation get up on stages and talk about games. Everything between gameplay is derided as pointless, unless you have a charismatic person like Todd Howard who doesn’t fully rely on a teleprompter.

The information revealed in these staid presentations could easily be included in standard press releases, accompanied by videos. Nintendo’s Directs have this flavor, but the idea could easily be adapted to fit each company’s corporate flavor. This year’s Direct was fantastic, with about 20 minutes of fast-hitting trailers and announcements, followed by a 25-minute deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The best part of E3 — for me — is in perusing through the deluge of news and picking out what I’m interested in learning more about. The coverage that mainstream sites like IGN, Kinda Funny, Polygon and more put up throughout the event is worth far more than the presentations themselves. PlayStation and Nintendo’s livestreams are far more interesting and informative than the presentations.

I’m not calling for an end to E3 itself, but instead a reimagining of how the information is released. It can cost less, take less time and be for efficient, all while still stoking conversation and getting gamers excited.

There is plenty to be excited about, as well. Personally, I’m super excited for Fallout 76, StarLink, Anthem, Spider-Man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and more. But I don’t need to watch hour-long “conferences” to stoke the fire of excitement. I need informative gameplay sessions with insightful commentary and interviews.

These are the views of the author, and not PSVG as a whole.

E3 2018 – PSVG Talks Over Square Enix

Caroline, Kevin, & Josh took to the internet to see Square’s QUICK showcase at E3 2018.

 

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Recap – EA at E3 2018 & Live Reactions

Now we will have a proper reactions podcast after we collect our thoughts and hear from the show floor, but if you want here are our LIVE REACTIONS to EA at E3 2018.

Looking for the details? We got you covered there too, here’s the official information from EA PR Team after their showcase.

Today, at EA PLAY, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) announced a new PC subscription tier, Origin™ Access Premier*, that unlocks a new way to play. Starting this summer, players can join Origin Access Premier to enjoy full access to new EA releases on PC before anyone else, including the upcoming launches of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19, EA SPORTS FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem.

“Millions of players have experienced the fun of playing more games through our subscription programs, and today we’re taking another groundbreaking step with Origin Access Premier,” said Electronic Arts’ Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. “Origin Access Premier unlocks unprecedented levels of choice and value for players who love PC games. For the first time in a subscription, you’re getting new games like Madden NFL 19, FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem, and full access to more than 100 games from EA and other publishers with a single membership. We’re thrilled to be opening up this new way for players to access great games, with the freedom to play what they want, whenever they want.”

Included in the Origin Access Premier membership is full access to EA’s upcoming highly-anticipated games on PC. Members can look forward to playing the following games:

  • EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19 which delivers visuals and gameplay powered by Frostbite™, along with more game-changing control to players than ever before starting August 2, 2018 for Origin Access Premier members.
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 19 which brings a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch, powered by Frostbite, with the integration of the UEFA Champions League. Fans can also enjoy enhanced gameplay features that provide new and unrivaled ways to play starting September 20, 2018 for Origin Access Premier members.
  • Battlefield V which immerses players in unexpected battles and untold stories of World War 2 as never seen before starting October 11, 2018 for Origin Access Premier members.
  • Anthem, a social, connected Action-RPG with cooperative multiplayer at its heart. Players can customize an array of powered Javelin exosuits and team up to face a dangerous and ever-changing world through exploration and combat. Dive into the action starting February 15, 2019 for Origin Access Premier members.

Members will also receive the benefits from the current Origin Access Basic membership that already includes an evolving library of 100+ games, including Battlefield 1™Mad Max and the Batman™: Arkham series, as well as newly added titles, including Need For Speed™ PaybackInsideThis Is The PoliceSurge and more. Along with a 10% discount on Origin purchases.


Anthem™, the brand-new IP from BioWare’s renowned team, will launch on Feb 22, 2019. Anthem is a social, connected Action-RPG with cooperative multiplayer at its heart. Players customize an array of powered Javelin exosuits and team up to face a dangerous and ever-changing world through exploration and combat.

In Anthem, up to four players explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious place populated by great characters and a unique BioWare story. Players will also create stories of their own while they play, so no two journeys are the same. Javelin exosuits make their pilots powerful heroes in the world, with awesome weapons and incredible special abilities that allow for combat and exploration in a hostile environment. Players will be able to customize and personalize their suits with unique paint jobs and gear so they’ll have the right tools to confront almost any situation, and look good doing it.

Anthem is developed by BioWare and will be available worldwide February 22 for Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.


NBA LIVE 19 will launch worldwide on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on September 7, 2018. NBA LIVE 19 will once again allow players to be THE ONE and forge their own path as one of the best high school players in the nation chasing the dream to become an all-time basketball icon. Players can’t do it alone though, as this year’s game will challenge them to travel the globe building a squad composed of some of the world’s greatest players.

NBA LIVE 19 will bring numerous new features and enhancements to the hardwood, building on last year’s strong foundation. Players will be invited to take their game around the world, facing opponents on new courts in Paris, Brazil and the Philippines, with each court and tournament offering unique rules and challenges specific to those courts. NBA LIVE 19 also marks the introduction of Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech into the franchise, introducing thousands of new animations and smoother gameplay than ever before. The game offers more choices for clothes, shoes and gear, and a new progression-system modeled after some of the sport’s greatest icons.


Command & Conquer™: Rivals, a fresh and innovative player versus player (PVP) real-time strategy game (RTS) built from the ground up for mobile devices. Taking advantage of mobile’s touch interface, Command & Conquer: Rivals gives players continuous control of their armies as they face off in intense head-to-head battles where skill and strategy are key to victory.

True to RTS games, planning and strategy are the keys to victory in Command & Conquer: Rivals. The intuitive mobile controls of the game allow players to focus their efforts on high-level strategy while also engaging in tactical battles. Each match requires a unique approach to a player’s army composition and build order, where players must create winning combinations of infantry, tanks, aircraft, and hi-tech behemoths in order to defend and out-maneuver an opponent.

Players will choose between the Global Defense Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod factions, selecting their favorite Commanders to control their ultimate army in battle. By collecting, customizing, and upgrading a vast array of units and forces from the iconic Command & Conquer series, you can defeat your rivals on the battlefield and lead your army to victory.

For more information and to stay up to date on the latest news, follow Command & Conquer: Rivals on Twitter.


Instantly revealed and launched Unravel Two. The innovative new single player and co-op puzzle platformer comes from the Swedish studio that brought to life Yarny, the tiny red woolen character that captured the hearts of players in 2015 with the hit indie game, Unravel. Unravel Two builds off of the original game and centers on the bond between two Yarnys, which can be played as a single player or local co-op drop-in/drop-out experience, available beginning today. The two Yarnys will need to support one another as they work through tricky trials and traverse between beautiful natural landscapes and intricate urban environments, with the surroundings blossoming into new life as they embark on an adventure together.

Unravel Two features an evocative story filled with energy, intrigue, and inspiration, as well as ominous threats. Players can customize their own Yarnys by helping others in Unravel Two, as they jump, slide, swing and run along their adventure with two Yarnys side-by-side or joined together, always. The engaging and lighthearted story of Unravel Two demonstrates the power of positivity in the face of uncertainty.

To find out more on Unravel Two, please visit the website. To join the conversation on Unravel Two, please follow us on Twitter. Press assets for Unravel Two are available at http://info.ea.com.

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Nintendo Download – June 7th, 2018

The last week before E3 brings a brand new Nintendo game in Sushi Striker to 3DS and Nintendo Switch. Also, Banner Saga 2 & the Legendary Eleven drop to offer some choices for you to consider.

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Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Help Musashi end the Empire’s tyrannical monopoly of the world’s sushi supply by becoming a Sushi Striker. Devour conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and sushi types to defeat any enemy or boss who stands between you and victory. Befriend Sushi Sprites and use their powerful skills in battle. The Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushidogame for the Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems will be available on June 8. A free Nintendo Switch demo is also available in Nintendo eShop. Nintendo 3DS version playable in 2D only.

Banner Saga 2 – The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2. This epic story-based role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your Viking clans make it through alive. Your choices will carry over from the first game, or you can start fresh with new preset characters.

BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE – An unrivaled clash of explosive proportions! Created through an all-star collaboration between BLAZBLUE, ATLUS’ Persona, French Bread’s Under Night In-Birth and Rooster Teeth’s hugely popular RWBY web series, CROSS TAG BATTLE celebrates the fighting genre for pros and newcomers alike. Choose your team in fast-paced 2v2 battles filled with the craziness you’ve come to love from BLAZBLUE, with all the tight mechanics, smooth gameplay and gorgeous 2D graphics you expect from Arc System Works.

Activities:

  • Earn double Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of Mario Tennis Aces! – Receive a bonus of 300 My Nintendo Gold Points when you pre-purchase the digital version of the Mario Tennis Aces game through Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com (where available). Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 21. Bonus points will be issued a few days after the release day of the game, are earned based on the original list price of the game on Nintendo eShop, and will vary by country and currency.
  • Fire Emblem Heroes 2.6 Update – Accessories for Heroes’ mini units have been added. These accessories can be seen by other players in the Arena, so you can customize the look of your Heroes and show them off. Accessories are planned to be available through events and quests. Note: Accessories will not alter a Hero’s stats or skills.

Also new this week:

PSVG Interviews Suda51 at Momocon 2018

PSVG was able to interview the legend, Goichi Suda at Momocon 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Could he port The Silver Case to Switch? Killer7? Why did he come back to Travis Touchdown and No More Heroes? Working with Nintendo on NX. How being an undertaker impacted his games, professional wrestling, James Gunn, and so much more, you wont want to miss this one. Listen or download the podcast on Podbean.

 

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Nintendo Download – May 17th, 2018

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It’s time to share all that downloadable Nintendo goodness with you, here, in blog form! Ready to go back to Hyrule? No? Well, then you better play a  few rounds of golf in the PSVG Mario Golf lunch club!

Let’s see what’s cooking this week!

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Cut down enemy hordes as characters from the Legend of Zelda series. You even play co-op multiplayer with a friend on one system! All features and downloadable content from past versions of the game, including My Fairy mode and elements from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, can be enjoyed in crisp HD on the Nintendo Switch system. The fate of Hyrule rests in your hands! The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Editiongame will be available on May 18.
    • Runner3 – The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He’s ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick, float, drive, fly and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging and joyous levels. The Runner3 game will be available on May 22.
    • Little Nightmares Complete Edition – Do you remember your childhood fears? Immerse yourself in the Little Nightmares Complete Edition game, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears as you help Six & The Kid escape The Maw – a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal. Little Nightmares Complete Editionwill be available on May 18.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection – The Mega Man Legacy Collection game is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind longtime fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will be available on May 22.
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 – The Blue Bomber is back in this second collection of classic Mega Man games. Featuring faithful reproductions of Mega Man 789, & 10, this collection spans the iconic series’ evolution and retro revolution. Take on the nefarious Dr. Wily and his diverse Robot Masters in these timeless 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit adventures. The Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 game will be available on May 22.

 

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There you go gang! Get out there and get gaming! Stay funky!

Nintendo Download for May 3rd, 2018

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Welcome to May! It’s time for the first Nintendo Download of the month and this time we are getting FUNKY! Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze headlines our new releases this week. What else is out there for us to enjoy?

The Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game will be available on May 4. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Barrel blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a (banana) bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode for a more approachable experience for players of all ages and skill levels. The Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game will be available on May 4.
    • Nihilumbra – Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow, he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This begins his long odyssey, during which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition – Save the day as belly dancing half-genie Shantae, conquer Sequin Land as the evil Risky Boots in “Pirate Queen’s Quest” and swap between Sky, Bolo and Rottytops in “Friends to the End!” Use multiple abilities while in different forms: wall jump as Ninja Shantae, soak up sun as Beach Shantae and serve justice as Officer Shantae. The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition game will be available on May 8.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Too Cool for Hyrule: May My Nintendo Rewards – May is a special month for The Legend of Zelda fans! The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition game for the Nintendo Switch system launches on May 18. To celebrate the game’s launch, My Nintendo is offering the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Dire Moon Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem your My Nintendo points up to five times to receive up to five codes for the theme. Don’t forget to redeem your points for a wallpaper and a May calendar featuring the Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition game. Enjoy the month of May with great discounts on select games in the Legend of Zeldaseries. For more info, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/e5335141c5d8c4dd.

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Also new this week:

I will be playing DKC:TF. I definitely didn’t give it the time it deserved on the Wii U. Playing on the Switch will totally change that.

Red Dead Redemption 2 New Trailer

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America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.
From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age. Coming October 26, 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.

Nintendo Download for April 26th, 2018

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Here’s this week’s Nintendo Download which provides a few options which should spice up anyone that’s been looking for something new to play. Personal highlights we discussed on Nintendo Shack this week – Late Shift, Light Fall, South Park & Jotun.

Headliners

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a hand-drawn, action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. You play as Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Explore vast regions of Norse Purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, giant Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your skills. Jotun: Valhalla Edition launches April 27.
  • Light Fall – Explore the Forgotten World of Numbra to uncover your mysterious past and save the land and its inhabitants from an imminent threat. In this land of eternal night, you will rely on your Shadow Core to brave the many challenges and foes standing in your way. Do you have what it takes to survive in perilous Numbra?

DLC & Updates:

  • Splatoon 2 Update Now Available – Nintendo has dropped some fresh (and free!) new content for the Splatoon 2 game on the Nintendo Switch system this week! After downloading a major new update (Version 3.0) to the Splatoon 2 game, players will have access to a huge amount of new content. This includes the addition of more than 100 pieces of new and returning gear, new songs, the introduction of a challenging new X Rank for the top-performing players in Ranked Battle, weapon balance adjustments and the return of Callie of the famous Squid Sisters. For more information about this free update, please visit the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.4.0 Update – The Version 1.4.0 free update, which will be available later today, includes the ability to recruit and resonate the Rare Blade T-elos from the Xenosaga series after clearing the main game story. Get full update notes at the official Nintendo customer support site.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass: Rare Blade Pack – Expansion Pass owners can now receive the first additional Rare Blade from the Expansion Pass, Poppibuster! Learn more about the Expansion Pass here: https://xenobladechronicles2.nintendo.com/dlc/.

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More Nintendo Stuff

Activities:

  • My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest – Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Create your masterpiece using a Nintendo Labo kit and a Nintendo Switch system, then post a video or image of your creation to the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest official site. The winning My Nintendo members will each receive:
    • a Nintendo Labo Variety Kit or Nintendo Labo Robot Kit
    • a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket
    • a framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers

    My Nintendo members can submit entries in three categories:

    • Best Decorated Toy-Con – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 11
    • Best Toy-Con Mod using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on May 25
    • Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage – Enter by 10:59 a.m. PT on June 15

    You can also look at My Nintendo members’ contest submissions here. To learn more about the contest and submit your creation, please visit the My Nintendo – Nintendo Labo Creators Contest site.*

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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Destiny 2: A Return to Form?

So here we are, on the cusp of the final DLC of year one of Destiny 2. I know its been a while since you have heard from me about Destiny, (heck heard from me in general) and well, this latest dev update warrants me speaking on it. Bungie has finally dated and named the upcoming DLC, we have a road-map for the summer, and a tease for the large Taken King style update slated for this September (man September is gonna be busy). So let’s break this all down, shall we?

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WARMIND

That’s it. That’s the name of the DLC. While there were a ton of rumors about what the DLC would be called, with The Fallen Warmind, and Ghosts of Mars being the most prominent it has settled on just Warmind. While this was definitely unexpected, it creates a very ominous tone in my mind as well as leaves it open to possibly being a story of all of the Warminds instead of just Rasputin, which most people were expecting. Just to add to the speculation of what this may be, if you look closely at the image, you have what looks to be snow or ice on the left and then red dunes on the right, as well as what looks to be Phobos in the sky-box on the right-hand side. If I had to guess, I would say this image is of Charlemagne who is the Warmind of Mars. Looks like Mars is back on the menu boys! This particular take hearkens all the way back to the Pre-Destiny 1 release era info and a little thing called Charlemagne’s Vault. In some of the pre-release content, it was hinted at that Charlemagne’s Vault was located deep in the Dust Palace on Mars and contained vast riches as well as a little gun called Thorn. For my lore nerds, this could have some huge implications on the story, as well as the possibility of one of the most deadly and fun Hand Cannons from Destiny 1 returning to the game. We will have to wait for the reveal stream on April 24th on twitch and then the actual release on May 8th for more info. Until then this is my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

SUMMER LULL

OK, so unless they flesh out the summer a bit more or the content drop in May has just an overwhelming load of things to do, it could be a bit of a drag to play through the summer while waiting for the update in September. We will have a new seasonal event, changes to the faction rallies (please add PVP faction wars), as well as the addition of bounties (thank God!) and some much-needed changes to exotic armor. While this seems like just a tiny bit of stuff, it could be potentially game-changing, especially if the seasonal event lasts all summer and the faction rallies are meaningful. Exotic armor needs a definite overhaul as there are really only a few pieces of exotic armor that are really even worth the effort to put on IMO. So while the summer seems to be lacking, it could have a really great lasting effect on the game in terms of things to chase in the summer.

 

SEPTEMBER

This is what we have been waiting for. This will either be the coup-de-gras, or it will be what brings back the masses and puts Destiny back on the map. While we know almost nothing about what this is, the 4 items that they have labeled: Gear Collections, Records, Weapon Slot Changes, and Weapon Randomization, are the things the overall community has been asking for the most. The most frustrating part of all of this is that adding these 4 things basically takes us back to where Destiny 1 was in its greatest form. While I love that we are going to get some of the things that made D1 great, it’s a shame that we had to wait a year to get a return to form instead of just being able to pick up where we left off.

 

So there you have it. Will you be getting back into Destiny come May 8th? Hold out till September, or is Destiny 2 dead to you like it is for our fearless leader? Let us know here in the comments, holler at us on twitter or come jump in our discord and chat with us.

Sea of Thieves: Rough Seas turn into Pirate Legend

sea-of-thieves-kraken-screenThis won’t be a long story but I felt it important enough to share. This morning, my wife and I were sipping our coffees and just talking about what all we have to do today in preparations for the upcoming sale of our home. Normally when we have these couch confession sessions, I or her will turn on a system and one of us or both of us will navigate the menu to give our hands something to do. This morning it ended up with her trying Sea of Thieves out on her newly reactivated Xbox Live account.

As she loaded the game, I could see the frustration in that she couldn’t create a character that looked like her. She eventually settled on a haggard looking lady with a cloth mummy wrap top that made my wife chuckle, and scars all over. She named her Scared Aces and I chuckled. As the game loaded up I saw my first server issues in the game. Now the downstairs Xbox one is on the best 4K TV we have, a Curved 70 inch Samsung that checks all of the 4K boxes when you set up the X. However, it has wireless internet because the router is upstairs in our game room.

As I watched the character jump all over, glitching and freezing, I could tell this was about to be rough. But my wife pushed on. She eventually got in the boat, sailed to the first island with some help and got her first chest. Then chaos and the reason I love this game all came in one fell swoop.

As I helped her set course for the next Island, she glitched out and had get back on the boat, luckily the wind turned it so she was able to swim back on board, catch her bearings and continue on. Then as she was sailing to the island, a crazy set of events took place. She saw a boat already there, freaked out and was trying to decide what to do. In doing so she rammed her ship into the island. With one boat leaking and a chest on board, she tried to frantically bail water. Then she heard a voice.

“You Ok?” Vapes2 said. “I’m friendly I promise… I’m coming to help you with the boat ok, don’t shoot don’t shoot.”

We didn’t have a mic hooked up so we couldn’t respond. I feared that this glitch-filled experience was going to sour everything as she had only then dropped the anchor, fixed one of the three holes and was bailing water as fast as she could only to have the lag/glitch have the water that was being thrown off the boat end up being thrown back in.

Vapes2 (or that’s the name we think he had) began to fix the boat, help bail water, and once it was finished jumped to the top of the ship.

Grateful, we showed him our map. He led us to the spot and helped dig. A skeleton popped up as Lacey was digging and he killed it before it got her. As she picked up the chest, he watched as she boarded the boat and took off to turn in her treasure.

Vapes2: You are the legend we need.

Thank you for helping make this first experience a better one that we have been talking about ever since we stopped and began working on our house. These moments are what can make Sea of Thieves one of the best games this year and I hope to someday repay the kindness we got from Vapes2.

Thank you again to our Pirate Legend.

Nintendo Download for April 5, 2018

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Welcome to another week of the PSVG Nintendo Download!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really had a chance to go over what is available this week yet. I’m really itching for some random new indie game to play and I really think that “The Adventure Pals” might be the one. At first glance, it has a visual vibe that really reminds me of “Castle Crashers”. That alone might get me to bite, but I really need to do some research first.

Let’s see what we’ve got this week….

Headliners

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Urban Trial Playground – This installment of the stunt bike racing series takes the action to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in crazier tricks, flips and combos than ever before. Backflip from rooftops and over palm trees to become the ultimate stunt racer.
    • The Adventure Pals – The Adventure Pals sets you and your best friends (a giraffe and a rock) out to save the world and your dad from turning into hotdogs. Explore the mystical forests of Treevale, hike the haunted craters of the moon and dive into the depths to find the lost city of Crablantis.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Detective Pikachu – Special Demo Version – Crack the case in the new Detective Pikachu game by interacting with a unique, tough-talking Pikachu! As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with a self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! Game in 2D.

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And there you have it! Download away boys and girls, but remember, NEVER STOP GAMING!

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The Crooked Look At Sea of Thieves [DUELING REVIEWS]

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Do I abandon the treasure or deal with the abusive nature of Xbox players?

Rare’s latest game has been unshackled from beta for a few weeks now, and lately, I have been trying to pioneer the PSVG Squad into playing more and more of this game to see what it offers. Some of our team members have also played the beta version of this extensively, and so they knew what most of this game offered from the get-go. Having only played it fresh from its official release myself, I have seen a metric crap-ton of what the game has to give and am now more than happy for me to give a quick judgment for you to see right here before we dig into the gritty details.

Should you buy this game at full price? No, not yet anyway. However, you should absolutely invest in GamePass for either PC or the Xbox One (if you never got this before, there’s currently a free 14-day trial to play this game absolutely free if you go here) and play it that way.

Is this a great game? Absolutely, given the right criteria is met and let me tell you: those prerequisites are a doozy to follow.

Why do I and the others recommend going cheap for this game, despite the odd misgivings of a review suggesting that this is an awesome game to play? Read on below as we set sail for the salty tale that is Sea of Thieves.

As soon as you set foot in the local island bar that is your typical spawn point, you are left to your own devices as to what the main in-goal is. The big idea is that there are three critical factions that you can grab up to three total quests from before hitting your boat- which, depending on your team size and tastes, can be a simple sloop or a massive galleon- and begin the calculations of seafaring. There’s also shops and barrels of loot just strewn about for you to visit and daydream buying from, as most of the stuff there is so horribly expensive that you shouldn’t expect to make a purchase until nearly the five-hour mark of playing. Seeing what most of what rewards the game has to offer in the stores piddled almost immediately, you are then ready to begin your voyage!

Unless, of course, the ship that has been waiting for you at the dock was lightly rocked into the wooden beams, caught a hole, and sank while you were perusing. True story, and a sad start to the game.

Thankfully sinking ships and being murdered by skeletons and other players currently have no major penalties beyond losing some of the loot you may have accumulated. It has been mentioned that player deaths that circulate natural cause with the game (and not PVP) will eventually cost a small toll to return off the ghost ship that is known as the Ferry of the Damned.

I like it when playing with others, but the issue is coordinating that. Other than that, the game has an identity crisis. It’s nothing more than a side-quest generator.

Let’s say that never happened, however, and you (with up to three other people) are geared with bananas, wooden planks for fixing hulls, and cannonballs for no-particular-reason and are ready to roll. This is where it gets tricky, depending on who is on the ship and can lead from wonderful to disastrous results. A single person who wants to play by themselves is forced to plot a path down below on the sea map by comparing to the treasure quest map they got, raise the anchor, drop the sails and grab the wheel before they get careened into the nearby sea rock. A full set team of friendly and coordinated amigos can just dally about and call out which way to go, team up on raising the anchor, pick the sails, and help guide the navigator (who is blind to what is directly ahead thanks to the sails) past any obstacles.

That whole process, right there, can make or break the game immediately. A person who is choosing to play solo is forced to handle all the responsibilities meant for a group, and a group of people will either know each other and/or get along or are a bunch of random goofs that just want to sail in a random direction and t-bone the nearest sloop they find. Progress is determined through cooperation by both the team you are with and other teams that decide whether or not you look like you’re holding valuable goods. A ten-minute treasure hunt can take an hour if the guy who demands to steer has no concept of what “NW” means and somebody wants to see what happens if you drop the anchor at full speed. A person running by themselves to escape these issues loses efficiency by giving up cooperation entirely but then still has to deal with the random chuckleheads who want to do nothing more than to sink your ship.

In the golden line that is four people having fun while acting as a group on the ship in handling duties fairly, the game is the perfect lowkey party game that you can sink hours into without a moment of regret. That golden line is viciously hard to chase without a dedicated group of friends, however, and attempting to supplement friends with random anonymous players who think they should say every foul word in Urban Dictionary to be cool can lead to a salty taste in your mouth. There have been times where I wished I could sink my own ship when I dealt with poorly minded individuals who I got stuck with grabbing a treasure cache. Do I abandon the treasure or deal with the abusive nature of Xbox players?

Outside of the beta and the one time I played by myself, I don’t have much to say. It’s cool to play for a bit and cause some chaos with friends, but other than that, cosmetic progression just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t wanna turn chests in for gold or rep- I wanna crack open the chests for loot. Stronger weapons, gear with stats and abilities… I want power, damn it! Not the same rusty blunderbuss!

Sea of Thieves is everything I liked about Destiny before I played Destiny properly. Destiny was a single player experience for me in the beginning and that was good in its own right. I prefer Sea of Thieves for that as well. Let me roam the oceans, shoot up ships, jump aboard not for the treasure, but for the reward of competing against you as a pirate. This game does that brilliantly. I would give this game a 10/10 based on my enjoyment and love of the gameplay as a gamer. As a gaming journalist, it would be an 8/10. So the average for me is a 9/10. Hunt well sailors.

Let me tell you about an experience of riding that “golden line” of experiences, however, because that alone is worth chasing and experiencing in this whole sea of mildly disappointing times. I hooked up with three of the other PSVG crew- Jason, Josh, and Amanda- and we begin to do our usual running about, stocking up the ship with cannonballs and other important supplies. After an hour or so of random treasure map hunting and trying to chase down a vulgar duo on a sloop, we see it. The flashing skull cloud of death. We had spent the entire time since we started this session solely for that purpose and abandoned our hunt to sail towards it. I was nervous because it was a one ship reward that up to a dozen of other ships could see. We didn’t know who would answer the call or who would be ready like we were. Upon getting to the island this cloud was hanging over, we were met with computer accurate cannon fire and armaments that the Spaniard conquistadors would be proud of. We were ready for this, though, and we all knew what we needed to be prepared for. Jason was in charge of steering the ship out of the cannons’ gunfire while circling the island for Josh, who was laying down cannon fire like he was just given a demotion on Christmas day. Amanda was stocking up planks and prepping her bucket to bale any water off the ship and fix hull damage as needed, and I was sitting on the very tip of the ship’s bow, sword in hand and ready for infiltration. As soon as we got close to the first tower guarding the big pile of treasure on this island, I launched myself forward over a hundred feet like a torpedo, skirting just under the water until I reached the defensive platform. Climbing up the ranks of ladders, I was met with very hostile skeletons and began to duel them off in sword combat, taking a few hits before I could dispatch them all. Eating a banana and looting their barrel for cannonballs, I hijacked their own offensive artillery and began attacking the second tower, who was already taking heavy fire from Josh and was trying to outsmart Jason’s defensive flanking maneuvers.

After several minutes of trying to gain access to the island (which included a lot of gunpowder, deaths, and bananas), we finally managed to secure a foothold in the beach sand of their side door, where Jason and I began to fend off waves and waves of skeletons, coming in hordes and battalions. Josh and Amanda, ready with almost 200 cannonballs stocked up, began unleashing iron fury across the masses while the land team ran for their lives until the numbers could be whittled. Having run low on ammo to launch on the skeleton army, Jason and I had to scurry across the fort, grabbing what we could while dodging enemy assaults and maintaining supplies. With what felt like the longest time drenched with anxiety from the boney foes and potential competitors arriving at an unseemly span, the music began to pick up to heavy drums and brass as the skeleton captain arrives with his personal hard, resistant to cannon fire and swordplay alike. The biggest collective sigh of relief could be heard on the voice chat as the fortress finally succumbed to our assault, giving us the key to the vault below and granting us to the most treasure we have ever seen in the game.

Running back and forth like panicking, suddenly filthy rich lemmings, we loaded up the dozens of treasures that awaited us, worth more than three days worth of solid treasure digging. Suddenly becoming articulate on how we sail and anchor at the nearest outpost, we begin raving at the amounts of gold that came flooding in as each chest and goblet was turned in. Faction levels flew up, clothing became reasonable to buy suddenly, and we realized that two hours of teamwork rewarded us with one of the best times we could get with Sea of Thieves. That, my friends, is what it feels like when you get to ride the golden line. It was even recorded in the video below. (Adult Content, viewer discretion is advised)

Sea of Thieves, at least at this time of writing, will continue to be hotly contested in terms of value, offering, and reception. On one hand, Sea of Thieves is a gorgeous, colorful world that deploys a game loop that is sure to provide you and your closest friends hours of laughing & tomfoolery. On the other hand, if you don’t have a group of friends to play with you’ll find a challenging, maybe even unfair system to try and control solo when competing against others and repetitive mission loops.
Who’s right in this debate? Maybe more so than any other game this generation this answer is in the eye of the beholder. I think players that enjoy the competitive nature of multi-player vs. single-player games will find more enjoyment in Sea of Thieves than the solo player looking for that next adventure game campaign. As a blogger who’s closely followed the development of Sea of Thieves, I think its fair to question the suspicious amount of content a game like this should have on launch day. Even with that issue though, there’s no question that taking the seas with your best mates and bottle of rum is unlike anything you’ve done with a video game before it.
The beauty for everyone with this game is that the price of entry is only $10 with Xbox’s Game Pass service, so everyone has the opportunity to jump in and find out if Sea of Thieves is right for them. When the game undoubtedly receives a major content update, you’ll only need to part with another $10 for another chance to see if Sea of Thieves, at that point, is something you’ll enjoy. In fact, maybe the best thing about this game is that Microsoft, unlike any other “game as a service” provider, has cleared a path for Sea of Thieves to get a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th chance from consumers versus needing to earn that commitment on launch day.
Getting down to brass tacks– if you plan to play Sea of Thieves with friends have some good social fun, you’re going to feel great about this choice. If you’re a single player looking for 10+ hours of solo enjoyment with a rewarding narrative, I think you’ll be let down.

However, the golden line is sunk well below a plethora of less than favorable experiences, and having to depend on chance and circumstances to find enjoyable times is almost masochistic by nature. Seriously, a fun story like above was great, but the next time I played with “professional” players led to us contesting an island for two hours. The rest of my team then became master tacticians and began plotting a wild defense against an enemy two-man sloop, who for some reason decided the only purpose in this game was trying to kill and loot us while we busted our backs to get the treasure in the first place. It eventually lead to a quarter of our treasure being stolen, a long, fantastic speech about something that resembled Manifest Destiny, two people refusing to assist moving the ship because they were mad or otherwise getting food/marijuana, and the ship sinking at the outpost because no one wanted to steer at the last moment- the “captain” decided to jump off the ship with the most expensive item and left the rest of the team to rot, while the persistent sloop that was haunting us for four hours came up to pick up a couple more grand of gold worth in chests. So much for the healthy, friendly Sea of Thieves community (which if you do go for this game, there is a Rare-dedicated discord with 10,000 people looking for groups, joiners beware).

There was also another time, an hour later, that we were successfully clearing a skull fort when Rare decided they needed to shut down that specific server we were playing, giving us a ten-minute warning. That was kind of screwy, too.

I really don’t know the point of the game beyond a potential teamwork exercise and slapping fancy but limited clothing on your pirate, and potentially trying to become a “Pirate Legend” ala getting level 50 in all the three factions (although apparently if you’re popular enough people will just carry you and then complain about how heavy you are). Honestly, I personally should have quit the game already after sinking 20-30 hours into it, but I love chasing the dream of a good time with this game- I really, really want it to succeed. Where it’s that right now, however, puts it barely three steps above No Man’s Sky in terms of hype and the final product. It’s a Sea of Dreams and Otherwise Bad Moments, but hey- what else do you expect when you are in a gigantic world where anyone outside your ship is encouraged to make you miserable?

Do I enjoy the game? Absolutely, I would be willing to say I love it; however, it’s like saying I love a slot machine. No matter how much I appreciate it, it comes down to near dumb luck as to whether or not I’m going to have a good time for the next few hours. While I am content chasing the dream of hitting the jackpot scenario, any sane person would not be okay with having to invest hours for potentially nothing, and often at the fault of other people or the game design itself. Until they can give quality of life investments like scheduled maintenance times, a better voting system for kicking miscreant players, a pirate editor, or even a more in-depth guide (with matching content) on what to do, I cannot recommend this otherwise great game without a lot of addendums.

 

Nintendo Download for March 29, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings! This week the Switch eShop is full of DLC for Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, indies or ports of 3DS / Wii U indie games.  Let us know if you’re interested in jumping into any of these.

This Week On Nintendo Switch:

New DLC:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – New DLC is releasing for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass. Buy the Expansion Pass to gain access to titanic new content, including the pack below and a new story this fall. To learn more, visit the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 site. (Full version of game required to use DLC.)
    • New Quests Pack 2 – Launching at 10 p.m. PT today
      • Nopon of Good Tastes (Talk to Bipopo near Galad Residential Zone in Gormott. Available after adding Poppi.)
      • Cleared of All Charges (Talk to Strath in Fonsett, Leftheria. Requires Perun, Godfrey and Perceval.)
      • Beneath the Aurora (Talk to Len at Rigitte Harbor in Leftheria. Available from Chapter 6.)
      • Upgrades and Tinkering (Examine the table in Tora’s house. Requires Tora. Available from Chapter 8.)
      • Most Awful News?! (Stay at the inn in Tantal. Requires Finch’s Birdbrain Lv.3 and Zeke. Available from Chapter 10.)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass (for Nintendo Switch/New Nintendo 3DS) – Expand your Fire Emblem Warriors adventure with DLC. All three DLC Packs for the Fire Emblem Warriors game are now available! Here’s what’s in the new Fire Emblem Awakening DLCpack release: three new playable characters (Owain, Tharja and Olivia), three new History Maps, new costumes, new armor break models, new support conversations, new weapons and new weapon attributes. If you already purchased the Season Pass, this DLC Pack, as well as the Fire Emblem Fates Pack and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Pack, are available to you at no additional cost. The Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass, as well as the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC Pack, can be purchased on the game’s site. Note: new costumes, character-exclusive weapons and weapon attributes must be unlocked as rewards from playing through the new History Maps. The full version of the game is required to use the DLC.

Also new this week:

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

Upcoming ARMS Events – Exciting new ARMS events are stretching your way! It’s hard to believe, but ARMS, the stretchy fighting game for the Nintendo Switch system, is almost a year old. Whether you’re a newcomer to the game or a seasoned veteran, there’s no better time to get into the game, thanks to three upcoming ARMS events:

  • ARMS U.S. & CANADA ONLINE OPEN – After fighting through a tough online qualifier, eight top ARMS players and four alternates will meet in the online finals at 10 a.m. PT on March 31. The finals will be streamed online for all to see, so be sure to check it out.
  • ARMS Global Testpunch – A global Testpunch demo for the ARMS game, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30 and ending at 8:59 p.m. PT on April 2. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Save on ARMS – Ready to buy? Starting at 9 p.m. PT on March 30, you can get the ARMS game for 30 percent off in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com. Act fast, though, as the sale ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on April 6.

Don’t forget to redeem your Gold Points toward your purchase of the game. For more info about My Nintendo rewards, visit https://my.nintendo.com. For more information about ARMS, head to https://arms.nintendo.com/.

  • April My Nintendo Rewards – There’s a lot to love about the month of April, but nothing says, “I love you, sis!” or “I love you, bro!” like National Siblings Day on April 10. It’s a great day to show your brothers or sisters that you really appreciate them. You can even let them win at a video game for once! In honor of this special day, My Nintendo is offering wallpapers and an April calendar featuring the Mario Bros. You can redeem your My Nintendo reward points and plaster your PC or smart device with Mario and Luigi, the most famous siblings in the Mushroom Kingdom. My Nintendo is also offering discounts, using your My Nintendo reward points, for select games that feature Mario and Luigi. For more info, visit http://my.nintendo.com/news.

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Review: The Long Reach

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The Long Reach Review Discussion from last week’s Nintendo Shack Podcast.

 

Nintendo Download for March 22, 2018

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

  • Outlast 2 – The Outlast 2 game introduces you to Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who left our wicked world behind to give birth to the Temple Gate town deep in the wilderness and hidden from civilization. Knoth and his flock are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times and you’re right in the thick of it. Outlast 2 launches on March 27.
  • OPUS: Rocket of Whispers – Throughout the OPUS: Rocket of Whispers game, you will play as two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. Help them achieve the unimaginable goal of building a rocket, so they can return the deceased to their cosmic homeland through the ancient tradition of space burials.
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack Wave 2 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started! Wave 1 released on Jan. 31, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items. Wave 2 releases on March 23, 2018, and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items. Full version of game required to use DLC.

Also new this week:

Other Nintendo Items This Week:

  • Detective Pikachu – Crack the case in this new detective adventure game by interacting with a unique, fully voiced Pikachu. As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! The Detective Pikachu game will be available on March 23. Game in 2D.
  • The Alliance Alive – One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world of Humans. They subjugated Humanity and created the Great Barrier to separate the realms. Now the time for resistance has come. The Alliance Alive game evokes the nostalgia of JRPG greats with huge world exploration and intertwining stories of nine protagonists. The Alliance Alive launches on March 27.
  • My Nintendo Presents Nindie Game Gold Point Rewards Vol. 4 – Got Gold Points? Get select games! My Nintendo users can now redeem Gold Points for some fun indie games on Nintendo platforms. For a limited time, you can redeem points to download select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games from our talented independent developers. Users will receive a download code that is redeemable in Nintendo eShop. Please visit https://my.nintendo.com/news for more details.
  • Super Mario Run – Time is running out! The Super Mario Run game is 50 percent off until 11:59 p.m. PT on March 25. Pay once to play all of the courses as much as you want. If you haven’t bought it yet, now is your chance! You can download and enjoy a portion of Super Mario Run for free in the App Store or on Google Play.

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Nintendo Download for March 15, 2018

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Let’s see what Nintendo has up for grabs this week across their digital network. Brave the wild west of the Switch eShop, let’s find some gems!

My top pick this week, “The Long Reach“, I cannot wait to start playing this one!


 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

  • Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)
  • Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

New DLC:

  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – INKoming DLC! Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure launches this summer and spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Octo Expansion launches this summer, but players can purchase this content in advance today for $19.99 for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear. (The full game is required to use the DLC. Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode.)

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • Mario Jumps to Google Maps – We’ve collaborated with the team at Google to let Mario accompany you on all your driving adventures with Google Maps. Just remember to practice safe driving on the road – we don’t encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life. Navigate with Mario in Google Maps and share your #MarioMaps experience with us. Check out the limited-time event before it ends March 17 at 9 p.m. PT.

 

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And that wraps it up for this week. Let us know what you are playing!

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Coach’s Thoughts on the Tomb Raider Movie

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Today I am walking with a sore back and two banged up knees. Everything from my shoulder blades down to the small of my back has that twinge of soreness. My knees sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies with freshly poured milk on them. Snap, crackle, POP! This isn’t from some great work out or from all the hugs I got recently meeting three awesome MTTG alums. No, the soreness is from falling down the stairs. After meeting Gabe, Chris, and Jenny I was so jacked. I just wanted to play some games after our hang out and dive into this amazing community here at PSVG. As I ran up the stairs I forgot my phone was sitting on the table and like a giant goof ball that I am, I just turned around and stepped two steps down. However, in doing so my shoes slide across the carpet and my body, all 350 lbs of it flew and proceeded to bend and twist as I fell down the stairs. I remember being in pain but stood up and shook it off. Got some ice, something to drink, and headed upstairs much more carefully. Now a day later, everything is sore. It’s the same feeling I would get after a football game, sore from head to toe. I imagine this is what it feels like in PUBg when you run into an enemy and neither of you has a gun.

I say all this to paint you a funny picture but also because this analogy works for another experience. You see, this is the exact experience I have during the launch of every video game movie  I’ve seen so far. I get my hopes up that they will find a way to take the amazing story of the video games I love and turn it into a great movie. I take off in excitement to the theater, get my popcorn and seat ready, and without a doubt, end of up falling hard on the ground level of B and C list level movies. I did enjoy the Warcraft movie, but I had no background in the lore so it wasn’t a big deal to me that it skipped some things and took some liberties. I defended the Assassin’s Creed movie because I saw some hope and promise in what was a low 70 on the Coach scale for a movie. I don’t know why I keep letting myself get tricked into skipping steps and hurriedly rushing to the theater to see these movies. But I believe this time will be different. This is the new Tomb Raider.

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My first ever Tomb Raider game was the reboot back in 2013. I remember walking by it with my wife in the GameStop in Orlando and going, that looks cool and picking it up. I loved the story, the gameplay, and most of all the incredible character of Laura Croft. What a STUD! Seriously, she was the best video game hero ever in my book after I finished that game. I went back and begged for help getting the collectors edition, which I did, in fact, get after (my first one to be exact).

So a movie based on this game should be awesome right? They did a great job casting the character to look like a real girl. Not that hot mess that is the OG Tomb Raider character but a real human person who could actually run without tipping over due to some grossly over-proportion and purvey character design. (Seriously, I went back and bought one of the OG games after playing the reboot and lasted 3 min and turned that hot trash off)

What scares me though isn’t the story or the awesome character, it’s that the best part of the game was the things I had to do, choices I had to make, and the growth I saw in the character on the story we did together. This is where I think video game movies have failed, they miss out on the biggest portion of the game, the user. In my Tomb Raider experience Laura was clever, smart, and constantly using the shadows to her advantage. Others may have gone in guns a blazing and took on bosses and foe alike! Because we all play different, our stories are different. How do you mirror that in the movie to satisfy all these different gamers?

If I had an answer, I’d be making the Brink movie and watching the money flow in!!! (Maybe not flow…) Regardless, I will be there this Thursday night at 7pm to see Tomb Raider and hope I don’t fall again.

Thank you for your time and if you see the movie, let me know. Can’t wait to see where we all land in the end.

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