On October 20th, Nintendo finally showed off its ambitious new console for the first time. Since then, the Nintendo Switch has been building hype online with rumors detailing a dream launch lineup and an even better first year. With new games in the Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon franchises alongside ports of some of Wii U’s biggest titles and Virtual Console surprises like Mother 3 all rumored, the stage was set for Nintendo’s full … Continue reading The Perfect Switch Launch Games
When the Tokyo Stock Exchange closed on Friday, July 15th, Nintendo’s stock had grown by over 70% in just seven days, reaching its highest value in over five years. Nintendo – long known for its gaming hardware – amazingly enough hasn’t even released a product of its own in that timeframe. The stock’s growth can instead be attributed to Pokémon GO, a mobile app released by The Pokémon … Continue reading Pokemon GO Takes Nintendo’s Stock to New Five Year High
Last week, Red Dead Redemption came to the current console generation through backwards compatibility on XBOX One. Luckily, the digital version of the game was also on sale last week and I jumped at the opportunity to dive back into New Austin for the third time – although I’ve never beaten the game. What stands out to me immediately is how well the game holds up six years after … Continue reading Revisiting Red Dead Redemption
Last week, Nintendo made a huge splash in the mobile gaming market with the launch of Pokémon Go, a free-to-play take on becoming the very best like no one ever was. The game has a simple concept: walk around your neighborhood to move your character on the game’s map in search of Pokémon, items, and gym battles. To me, the craziest thing about Pokémon Go isn’t how quickly … Continue reading Pokémon Go is Taking Over the World
If you’ve been paying attention to music games over the last year, you probably saw that Rock Band and Guitar Hero are back! Unfortunately, that’s about where the excitement ends. While both franchises brought something new to the table, each failed to meet sales expectations in their return to the market. Guitar Hero Live is expected to serve as a platform moving forward with Activision stating … Continue reading Rock Band: What Comes Next?
Bowser may have a right hand man in his son Bowser Jr, but when you’re trying to keep Mario and friends busy through eight worlds, you need a little more help. That’s where the Koopalings come into play. These seven baddies in training made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3 back in 1988. Since then, they’ve appeared in a number of Nintendo’s properties including the New Super Mario Bros. series, Mario Kart 8, and even the newest entries in the Smash Bros. series.
So, now that you’re given the option to choose them as playable characters, which Koopaling should you go with? Here are my thoughts, listed from worst to best…
For a while now, rumors have been circulating that Sony is working on a new Crash Bandicoot game. There’s one major problem with this though…as of right now, Activision officially owns the IP. According to some cyber sleuthing though, that may not be the case anymore…or at least Activision may be preparing to sell the license. This article isn’t about the logistics behind getting a new Crash Bandicoot game made, though.
Now let’s be clear up front that I’d love a return to the Wumpa Islands. Crash Bandicoot 1-3 are some of my favorite games of all time and they get played pretty often in my house. With that said, the series’ gameplay elements are decidedly part of a bygone era. While the mechanics were always tight and the characters always charming, Crash Bandicoot games are no longer aligned with an industry pushing for more open worlds and richer storytelling. So if Crash is to make his triumphant return, one question has to be answered first…
What is a Crash Bandicoot game in 2016?
Tomorrow marks three years since Disney and EA announced their multi-year partnership, allowing EA to exclusively produce Star Wars games. Since the announcement, EA has released Star Wars Battlefront for PS4/XB1/PC and Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes for Mobile and they have continued to support Star Wars The Old Republic through expansions. Each of these come with their own set of caveats, though. Battlefront lacks a story driven single player component, Galaxy of Heroes is a free-to-play mobile title with microtransactions, and The Old Republic requires a subscription fee to access its new expansions.
I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t the kind of output fans were hoping for when the partnership was originally announced. Star Wars is the kind of endless universe that allows for an incredible amount of creativity in story telling. Developers could use creative license to expose a new conflict between the Jedi and the Sith, explore the life of an ordinary citizen thrust into an extraordinary situation, or even put us in the shoes of a bounty hunter looking to make a name for him or herself.
Luckily, the list of upcoming Star Wars projects at EA is only growing. Unluckily, the details surrounding these projects are scarce…
Over the past week, rumors have begun to circulate about the next Call of Duty game. At the epicenter of these rumors was a leaked pre-order card for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The ridiculous name isn’t even the biggest part of the leak though. In addition to the cover art and title of this year’s Call of Duty, the pre-order card also contains text stating that Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered is included as a full game download.
Armed with the anticipation of a return to Call of Duty 4 on current generation consoles, I decided to take a trip down memory lane.
In its seventh year, PAX East has continued to grow in size and in relevance. This year’s show floor was expansive, packed with everything from the smallest of indie games to the biggest upcoming titles from major publishers like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Here’s a look at my Saturday from PAX East 2016…