PSVG is taking the next step as a partner in the Make Us Better community by launching the next MUB Patreon Goal to create separate podcast feeds for all PSVG weekly shows! At the $400 patron mark (only $40 away) PSVG will launch an official PSVG Podcast network and separate show feeds for Board with Video Games, The Nintendo Shack, PSVG OT and the flagship PSVG Podcast. Please consider helping PSVG and MUB reach this next milestone in our continued journey to create the MUB the best gaming community on the nets!

Link: https://www.patreon.com/makeusbetter

Nintendo Download 8.30.18

This week’s Nintendo eShop drops another great week full of indie options to choose from highlighted most by Into the Breach and The Messenger.

The Messenger – As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises and humor.

Reviews kind of speak for themselves on this one

Into the Breach – The remnants of human civilization are threatened by gigantic creatures breeding beneath the earth. You must control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game from the makers of the FTL game.

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ICYMI: Dragalia Lost Detailed & Direct

In case you missed the Dragalia Lost Direct late last night here’s the latest PR update from Nintendo and the video above.

For the first time ever, Nintendo is introducing a new IP directly on smart devices! With the Dragalia Lost game, players can enjoy a fast-paced action role-playing game set in a fantasy world of warriors, magic and dragons that’s specifically designed to play on smartphones, but with the depth typically reserved for dedicated video game systems. With intuitive touch-screen controls, colorful fantasy graphics that pop off the screen and the option to join up online with up to three other players in co-op story quests, events and Raid Battles, the game can easily be enjoyed in short bursts or longer play sessions.  Read More

Board With Video Games MetaFall Contest

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Are you interested in winning a free video game? Of course, you are! How can you do it? Simple! Participate in the Board With Video Games MetaFall Contest!

The rules are simple. Try to predict the Metacritic scores of the 10 games listed below coming out this fall. Accuracy is what matters, so the closer you are, the fewer points you get. At the end of the contest, the person with the fewest points wins! Need an example?

Say your prediction is Battlefield V is going to get a Metacritic score of 85 and the actual score ends up being 89. You would receive four points. If you had predicted 88, you would receive one point. So, the person who scores the lowest total number of points has the most accurate predictions and will be the winner of the contest!

How to Enter: Send an email to boardwithvg@gmail.com with your scores for the 10 games below.

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Nintendo Download 8.16.18

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Season Pass – After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE VALKYRIA CHRONICLES DEMO!

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Call of Duty: A Question from their Biggest fan

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So I am sitting here eating my whole wheat bbq chicken TBLT (turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato) and staring at my twitter feed hoping for more Bears news. Another teacher walks in and does the head nod signaling of course hello. Most people use the head nod in my experience because of fear. They are scared to say hello or scared to interrupt you. Some think it looks cool (it doesn’t) but I try to spend less time thinking of those people than I do eating tofu.

This teacher warmed up their food in the microwave and sat two tables away from me. Not far enough to say hey don’t talk to me, but not close enough to say hey lets talk right now.

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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.

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  • 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!

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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!

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    • 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.

 

Restocks Are Coming!


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.

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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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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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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.*

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  • 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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