A couple of months ago, Nintendo announced the pending arrival of its next gen console, The Switch. The new system aims to combine the best of both worlds, console and mobile gaming, into one innovative system, while at the same time securing Nintendo’s place atop the sales charts once more. The question is, will the gambit work? Well, we will find out in less than two months now because Nintendo has officially announced the release date of the Switch along with the first slate of games and how much the Switch is going to put you out. (more…)
Part of what made Stranger Things such a resounding success was the way it dripped with pure nostalgia. Reminiscent of all those shows and movies about how the friendship of children can conquer any darkness they might stumble across in the rural woods and a tribute to the era’s great horrors, it was a throwback to a simpler sort of story. In case you needed an extra dose of that Stranger Things magic before the second season comes to screens later on this year, Netflix has released a quirky little 8-bit video game to keep you occupied. (more…)
Videogame tie-in novels get a bad rap. Sure, they’re often cynical cash-ins that get farted out by games studios periodically to milk cash from innocent, story-hungry gamers, but they aren’t all terrible. In fact, in recent years big names in the Science fiction and fantasy community have come forward, recognising the creative opportunities of playing in other people’s imagined worlds and shedding light on the stories that lurk in the background of their favourite game series. Mass Effect, the sprawling RPG with limitless potential for storytelling, just signed up a new author to pen their latest novel, and they may have just won the jackpot.
It is nearing two years since Universal Parks and Resorts announced that it would be teaming up with Nintendo to build a theme park based on some of gaming’s best known characters and stories. First revealed in May 2015, it came at a time when the new consoles at the time weren’t doing too well in terms of sales and Amiibos were some of the best selling Nintendo products. Now, with the success of numerous Pokémon games throughout the year and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eagerly anticipated, it seems like the perfect time to get people excited about visiting a real life Nintendo adventure. (more…)
For the past twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has been one of the most consistently popular series in all of gaming. Though it easily could’ve been what killed the series, the familiarity of narrative and structure from generation to generation has become a key part of the games and fans have come to expect certain things from ecah new game. The evil team bent on dominating the world of Pokémon in one way or another, the series of Gym Leaders and other accomplished trainers you must defeat to earn your status as a Pokémon Master and the rival that challenges you every step of the way all make the Pokémon games the beloved series they are. (more…)
One of the most popular game franchises in not just Nintendo‘s repertoire but the entire history of gaming, Legend of Zelda has defined the high-fantasy adventure puzzle genre. Spanning dozens of games over the course of thirty years, the series has shown no sign of losing popularity and the generations go on. Over its now considerable life span, the franchise has inspired a television series, a number of comic books and graphic novels, board games and a live performance of the game soundtracks by symphony orchestras that toured the world. There has been no shortage of ways to indulge your Legend of Zelda love. (more…)
Telltale Games, the independent video game company that specializes in episodic games based on many popular licenses, is getting ready for yet another adventure. They rose to popularity with such titles as The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, and most recently Batman where game players would go through various scenarios, making decisions along the way that would affect the outcome of the game. Most Telltale Games properties have a signature look graphics-wise that helped for branding purposes and recent hits have helped the company exponentially explode in the video game market. Telltale has licensing deals with NBC Universal, Warner Bros Interactive, Sierra, HBO, and now has a new deal with Marvel.
A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo unveiled the future, or at the very least the future of its console gaming. Nintendo Switch hits store shelves sometime in the new year, which means that the end is nigh for the Wii U, and it likely can’t come soon enough for the gaming company. Sales for Wii U, as compared to the sales for the original Wii, have been downright tepid. To borrow a line from a certain politician, it’s a disaster. So it’s understandable then, for all those reasons, why reports are saying that Nintendo will wrap production on Wii U at the end of the week. (more…)
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the director of Deadpool, Tim Miller, would not be returning to the sequel. This was due to creative differences not with the studio but with Deadpool start Ryan Reynolds. The two were apparently at odds over how big and stylized they wanted to go with the sequel, with Ryan Reynolds wanting to keep things smaller and kitschy, and Miller wanting to go far grander. The split was amicable. Ryan Reynolds and FOX are fine in finding a replacement director – Deadpool 2 will carry on. It is Tim Miller, however, who’s career trajectory is far more interesting to watch out for. Here’s a middle-aged guy who, prior to Deadpool, was known solely for directing video game trailers. Tim’s directing projects include Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham City, Sony’s DC Universe Online, and Dante’s Inferno. He made his first motion picture debut with Deadpool. And as history goes, it became the highest grossing Rated R movie of all time. He proved himself and then some. He’s earned the right to make whatever the hell he wants and be given an almost blank check.
So what does Tim Miller want to do, what’s next on his list? Well, Sonic The Hedgehog, of course! (more…)
One of the most eagerly anticipated Pokémon games in a generation, Pokémon Sun and Moon looks set to become an all new experience of the series. Complete with a new way of earning your status as a Pokémon Master and throwbacks to not just the beloved early narrative games but also such niche nostalgic treats as Pokémon Snap, it has fans from all ages, backgrounds and demographics talking about what to expect. Giving us plenty to chew over in the last few weeks before the game comes out in November, Nintendo has released another trailer that reveals not just the new Pokémon we might meet but some old faces too. (more…)