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Dr. Mario World Is Coming to iOS and Android July 10

It was last year when Nintendo said two Mobile games would release this year. One of the games already released in beta on Android called Mario Kart Tours. The second game was Dr. Mario World. Both games are due to release this year.

It was revealed  yesterday that Dr. Mario World would release for iOS and Android on July 10 via Twitter. Thanks for the update on the game @OfficialUNM! There will be updates on the official Dr. Mario World Twitter page. Be sure to check it out for daily updates.

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Here is What Happened During Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct

*BE SURE TO READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE SO YOU DO NOT MISS ANYTHING!!!

Apologies for the late publication. I have been out of the country and have been unable to publish sooner. Thank you for understanding.

Nintendo had an epic showing this year. Mr. Koizumi and Doug Bowser are hosting the Nintendo Direct for E3 this year. There is also some funny additions to the Direct so be sure to take a look at the Direct.

Nintendo Direct for E3 2019

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Reveals

The Hero from Dragon Quest XI has been confirmed to join Super Mash Bros. Ultimate. Dragon Quest is a Square Enix IP. The character will be arriving to the game this Summer. Another character revealed is owned by Microsoft and originally developed by Rare. It is Banjo-Koozoie. The once beloved Nintendo 64 game series will see the character come to the game this fall.

 

Dragon Quest XI

Speaking of Dragon Quest, Square Enix will be bringing over a similar game over to the Nintendo switch. The game is called Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. This will be the Definitive Edition S version. The Switch version of the game will launch September 27, 2019.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3

Nintendo showed off some new footage of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch. There was some cutscenes and even gameplay. There is a new mode where it allows the player to control Gooigi. Multiplayer works, as well with Gooigi.

In addition to Gooigi, he can help Luigi on his journey. He can get to location Luigi cannot get to. Another thing the player can do is grab someone to play co-op with to play as Gooigi.

There is not exact release date yet for Luigi’s Mansion 3 yet. So, Nintendo fans will have to wait a little bit longer. All Nintendo showed us during the Direct was a 2019 release. Fall seems like the most likely time of year to release the game.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was shown. The game is a remaster (debatable) of the original Game Boy game. Just don’t expect it to be like another Zelda game discussed later on in this blog. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening releases on September 20 of this year.

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Trials of Mana

Another title by Square Enix is Collection of Mana. It was announced to get a Switch port. It will also include Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Man, and Trials of Mana. This is the very first time it will be available in the west. Prior to this, the games were Japanese exclusives. It is available today.

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The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Further news, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is finally coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. This will be the Complete Edition and contain all DLC.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Heroes

Fire Emblem: Three Heroes was another game Nintendo had a trailer for. It included cinematic footage. There was no gameplay this time. The game comes out on July 26, next month.

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Resident Evil 5 & 6

Capcom has apparently decided to port over Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 to the system. The reveal trailer was interesting; it was a live-action trailer. However, it showed the remake to the first Resident Evil. At the end, it showed RE5 and RE6 footage on Switch.

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No More Heroes 3

No More Heroes 3 was announced for Nintendo Switch! This is the true sequel to No More Heroes 2. It is not a spin off like Travis Strikes Again, though. The game will launch on the console in 2020. However, it will likely launch as an exclusive.

Contra Titles

A bunch of Contra titles are available on the Switch. There is an entire collection of 8-bit retro titles available today on the Nintendo eShop. Contra Rogue Corps will launch in September.

Pokémon Sword & Shield

The Pokémon Company reminds fans about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will launch on November 15. The game is playable on the E3 showfloor and Nintendo Treehouse Live will be playing it.

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Empire of Sin

The game looks really graphical at first but switches to an overhead view. It is a classic style violent shooter. Empire of Sin does look like an interesting indie title. The game launches spring 2020.

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MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

This is a big game! This is MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and it is actually developed by Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja in Japan and being published by Nintendo, rather than Activision. The game comes out July, 19.

It is a sequel to MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 2 and is releasing over a decade later. It is a beat ’em up style game with many characters from the MARVEL universe. It has Spider-man, Captain America,  and Captain MARVEL just to name a few. Even more, the DLC releasing this fall includes characters from the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and MARVEL Knights series.Cadence of Hyrule.jpg

Cadence of Hyrule

Cadence of Hyrule will have The Legend of Zelda characters in it on Switch. It will let the player play as either Link or Zelda. It is being developed by Brace Yourself Games and Spike Chunsoft in Vancouver, B.C. and published by Nintendo. Cadence of Hyrule releases on June 13.MarioSOnic2020.jpg

Mario & Sonic At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

In November, Mario & Sonic are back after a hiatus with the Olympic Games. Being developed and published by SEGA, Mario & Sonic return to the summer games in Tokyo before the actual event next year. Mario & Sonic At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo finally came around to show fans the new Animal Crossing in action. Fans may be surprised, however, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been delayed. The game will now launch March 20, 2020. The game looks good, though!

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Other Games Announced for Switch

Towards the end of the Nintendo Direct was a highlight of various video games coming to Switch. One of them being Spyro which will launch September 3. The next game was Silk Song, then Ni No Kuni, Minecraft Dungeons, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, My Friend Pedro, DOOM Eternal, The Sinking City, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Alien Isolation, Final Fantasy: Chrystal Chronicles, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and several more!

It was a great Direct for E3. In fact, in my opinion, this was the best presentation out of all of the other presentations other publishers did. I supposed you could argue both Nintendo and Microsoft won E3, maybe? Microsoft did better out of the other presentations and also had a part with Nintendo Direct. Minecraft is owned by Microsoft Games Studios or Xbox Games Studios and they also own the IP Rare develops, Banjo-Koozoie. Also, was a new Dunk Hunt game hinted at the end?

Wait. Hold up! That’s not all.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Announced

A sequel was announced to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Since the game is early in production but on an engine from BotW, there was some cinematic footage. It looks like it will take place right after the final boss of Breath of the Wild. No release was given. It will likely be a couple years before release, (maybe 2021?) but since it seems to run on the same engine as BotW, it probably won’t be five plus years until release.

What are your thoughts? Leave yours below and let us all know what you think of the Nintendo Direct.

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Xbox Scarlett is Coming Holiday 2020

Xbox Scarlett is Coming Holiday 2020

Microsoft had their E3 press conference earlier today. They talked about their next gen Xbox. It is Project Scarlett and is said to be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X. The architecture for Project Scarlett is said to get a resolution beyond 4K and run as high as 120 FPS. There will also be much faster load times; that is a good advantage a solid state drive has over a hard disk drive.

Original Reveal Video

In addition to the new Xbox, a new Halo was announced to release along with Project Scarlett. Xbox Project Scarlett is slated for a holiday 2020 release. SO, there will be around 18 more months of waiting.

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Nintendo Switch Console Leaked On Amazon UK

Amazon UK had some interesting listings for the gaming industry. One that stood out was the Nintendo Switch. Now when visiting the site, the entire listing was removed. Before, there was a dummy listing called Nintendo 2019. It could be anything. Maybe it is a new bundle for the Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Maker 2 releasing later this month or maybe it is a 64 GB model of the Switch. It could be a Nintendo Switch mini or Pro, as well. It’s more likely to be the former, though.

What does everyone think? Put your comments below to let us all know.

SOURCES: 

My Nintendo News

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Watch_Dog Legion Confirmed To Be Shown Off At E3

Earlier today, Ubisoft confirmed on Twitter that a new Watch_Dogs game is in development and will be shown at E3 next week. There is a tweet that includes ten a second teaser with no audio. It seems that after a few years, a sequel to Watch_Dogs 2 game will be coming.

No platforms were confirmed yet. However, it will likely release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the new Xbox. It could even release on Google Stadia. With more violent games such as Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole on Nintendo Switch, maybe there is hope for the third game in the entry to launch on Switch but maybe not at the same time as other platforms.

Watch_Dogs released on the Wii U with poor sales (as well as other Ubisoft titles) thus causing Ubisoft to restrict releasing games with the ESRB M rating on the platform until Nintendo entered the ninth generation with the Switch. Even still, Nintendo recently regained M rated (often 18 outside of the United States, Canada, and Latin America) games from Ubisoft, it didn’t start until 2018 with the two South Park games. Those games unlikely require a lot of horse power to run them at a good performance. Also in 2019, Japan received Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Cloud Version because it probably would not run very well on Switch. Japan also has a lot better bandwidth. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered was the latest mainline release on the platform.

Watch_Dog Legion may or may not release on Nintendo Switch. We will know more next week at E3 when Ubisoft reveals more. Maybe if Project Xcloud comes to Switch, it is possible that Watch_Dog Legion could get a cloud version but that is only wishful thanking.

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This is What Google Showed Off During the Stadia Connect

Stadia Connect Reaction and Thoughts

Google Stadia will he launching in November and will allow users to stream games to their PC, (desktop and laptop) TV, Chromecast, Chromecast Pro, and Smart device. As long as a device is Google or has a Chrome browser, users should be able to play however they like. Stadia will launch in November.

Stadia Founder’s Edition

Stadia will launch with a Stadia’s Founder’s Edition. The edition will be limited and is available now for pre-order at $129.99 USD. It comes with Night Blue Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra, three months Stadia Pro, the Destiny 2 Experience, and an Exclusive Stadia Name.

Games & Subscription

Games coming to Google Stadia include Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s, GYLT, Get Packed, Division 2, and Destiny 2. There will be several more games to come in 2020. The games can be purchased individually to keep or can be part of a monthly subscription for $9.99 USD per month. This is similar to how other companies such as Microsoft, Sony, and Apple are doing subscriptions for games now. Not all of them are streaming, though.

Handful of Publishers

There will be a handful of publishers releasing games on Stadia this year and in 2020. There is Rockstar Games, THQ Nordic, SEGA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Bungie, and Microsoft. Games like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption II, Team Sonic Racing, or DOOM Eternal could make the cut for Stadia.

More Details

For more details, head on over to stadia.com.

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Pokémon Direct is Being Live Streamed Now

You can watch SonicmanTheBest here.

I am streaming the Pokémon Direct. It will be a 15 minute video presentation of information on Pokémon Sword & Shield for Nintendo Switch. After of which, there will be a short discussion on what I thought of the Direct.

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Pokémon Sword & Shield launch November 15 Plus Pokémon Direct Reaction

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company held a Direct today on social media. It was at least 15 minutes long and gave more information on the upcoming Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword titles. Pokémon Sword & Shield both launch on November 15 for Nintendo Switch this year. You can see the original Direct below. You can also see my reaction of the Direct above.

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Best Selling Console Top Selling Video Games From NPD Group in the US and Canada For the Month of April 2019

For five months now, Nintendo Switch has been the best selling console in the United States and Canada. The Switch was the best selling console in both dollars sales and units. With games like Cuphead finally coming to the Switch, as well as Mortal Kombat 11, Nintendo sure had a really good month for the Switch.

Top 10 Selling Video Games (Retail and Digital), April 2019

It also appears that Mortal Kombat 11 was the best selling game last month. Not only was it the best selling game, it outsold every other game on PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 version even outsold Days Gone, while the Switch version out permorded every first-party game, granted Nintendo Labo VR kits did not sell well compared to other games on the platform.

Mortal Kombat 11 being the best selling game on Switch in April proves Nintendo Switch gamers care about third-party games. Still, this is only one game outdoing the other games. However, if a game studio takes their time on a game, it can be successful on all platforms. While delays are often necessary, the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 released in North America the same day as all other platforms may have helped, as well.

SOURCES

Twitter: https://twitter.com/domsplaying/status/1130960592267894785?s=21

NPD Group: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/

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Assassin’s Creed III REMASTERED Is Available Now On Nintendo Switch

Assassin’s Creed III launched back in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a Wii U and PC version released shortly after. For PlayStation VITA users, there was a game called Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Both games were re-released in March 2019 as part of a Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. (However, the package can be purchased separately on all platforms.) The remaster includes Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation Remastered, and The Tyranny of King Washington DLC. Today, the Nintendo Switch version released.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered on the Switch includes the same content for other platforms. Liberation was playable on the go before, now Assassin’s Creed III is playable in portable mode, as well.

Assassin’s Creed III is one of my favourite games in the series. Although, I would have to give the torch to Assassin’s Creed II and Rogue for being the best. What are some of your favourite Assassin’s Creed games? Please let us know by leaving your favourites in the comment section.

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Microsoft Announces Minecraft Earth

A brand new Minecraft game has been announced. The game is called Minecraft Earth. It is a new game coming to Mobile that uses Augmented Reality (AR). Just like Pokémon GO, carry around a smart phone with you to interact with the world of Minecraft. Only instead of catching and battling Pokémon, Minecraft World is about building in the real world… or rather AR. Minecraft Earth is coming soon to Mobile.

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PlayStation: State of Play May 9 at 3 pm PST

New State of Play Lands May 9 at 3:00pm Pacific Time

It was announced that there will be a PlayStation: State of Play on May 9 at 3 pm PST. It will be around ten minutes long. MediEvil will be making an appearance during the stream, as well as other upcoming PlayStation 4 games. However, there will not be any announcements made on next gen.

You will be able to view State of Play here.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Paramount Pictures Thoughts

My Thoughts On The Film 

Oh no. Paramount Pictures is working on a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie. You can watch the trailer above.

Official Trailer

The design is worse than I thought. He has two eyes and the pupils are different. His nose is not the same. He also has no gloves. At least his voice isn’t horrible and he doesn’t have blue arms. I’m not sure what to think about Knuckles later on.

What do you think of the movie? Do you like or dislike it? Will you be seeing it this November? Let us know.

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NPD March 2019 Hardware & Software Sales In The US

The NPD Group have released updates for hardware and software sales on video games in the US. In the month for March of this year, the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console beat Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4. This makes Switch outselling Xbox ONE and PS4 for four months straight since December, every month this year as well, and even been the best selling console in the United States throughout 2019. It is amazing.

When it comes to US software sales, Tomb Clancy’s The Division 2 from Ubisoft Montréal was the best selling game. In addition to great sales, two games published by Nintendo made the list. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate made number 5 and Yoshi’s Crafted World was at 9.

To learn more, be sure to check out NPD Group and Twitter.

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Nintendo Financial Report For Q4 Ending FY 2018

Nintendo has released their sales numbers for the Switch the other day ending FY 2018 Q4. As of March 31, Nintendo Switch reached a number of 34.74 million consoles and a total of 187.52 million software units.

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Nintendo has released their sales numbers for the Switch the other day ending FY 2018 Q4. As of March 31, Nintendo Switch reached a number of 34.74 million consoles and a total of 187.52 million software units.

Switch sales may be slowing down some as 2019 started. On the bright side, more games will be coming this year; a lot of first-party and third-party games are due to come. The Switch also managed to slide by the sales of Nintendo 64, the N64 sold 32.93 million consoles, which includes a software rate of 224.97 million games.

For more further information on the fiscal year report, be sure to check out Nintendo.

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Capcom Home Arcade Console Announced

Capcom announced that they will be releasing a console called Capcom Home Arcade. There will be arcade games included from the 80s and 90s on the console. Such games on the console are Final Fight, Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Strider, and more. Capcom Home Arcade will release on October 25 for a price of €229.99 EUR and you can buy it on the Capcom Store.

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Nintendo Is Partnering Up With Tencent In China To Distribute The Switch To The Chinese Audience

Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on March 3, 2017. However, the Switch never officially released in China. The only way to get a Switch in China was through imports, the grey market, or if some people were lucky enough to be able to travel outside of the country. China had a thirteen year long ban on consoles, this does not include other devices. Gamers found other ways to play video games, such as mobile devices, handhelds, or even PC’s. Now, Nintendo has not had a console release in China (not including handhelds) in the current century. So, this is a big deal.

Nintendo is partnering up with Tencent to distribute the console throughout the country. The Switch will launch with New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe. Regulations are different over there. In North America, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, part of the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) regulate video games with ESRB ratings. (Canada and the US have their own ESA.) In much of Europe, it is done by PEGI and CERO in Japan. China is much different than other Asian and western countries. Despite lifting the bans nearly six years ago, they are still serious on regulating video game releases and hardware.

This is really exciting news for both Nintendo Co. Ltd., and its investors. This will more than likely heavily boost sales in terms of hardware and what software is allowed to be distributed. Nintendo Switch is already selling very well. The console was reported to have moved 32.27 million SKU’s since the end of 2018 at their financial earnings meeting in January of this year. You can learn more at Nintendo.

There is no confirmation when Nintendo Switch will launch in China, but it is coming. It could launch later this year if all goes to plan. This is based on Wired.

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Nintendo of America Has A New President & COO

Game Being Played: Mario Tennis

Today is Monday, April 15, 2019, the day Former COO & President Reggie Fils-aimé retires from Nintendo of America. (May this serve as a reminder to quickly mail in those taxes in the United States, as well. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!) Today is also the day Doug Bowser takes over as COO & President of Nintendo of America Inc. He served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Nintendo of America Inc. before.

Click here if link does not work: @NintendoAmerica

Doug Bowser will serve as COO & President of Nintendo of America Inc. as of Monday, April 15, 2019. He will be the lead operator for all things Nintendo and third-party games on its platform throughout the Americas. This includes the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Reggie Fils-aimé can finally enjoy time off from work with his retirement with his family. As a businessman, it should come to no surprise he would have made enough money to retire at 58, assuming he was responsible. Let’s wish the Regginator congratulations and a farewell!

Additionally, we will look forward to Doug Bowser serving as the new COO & President at NoA in Redmond. April is also the first month of the new fiscal year for 2019. It seems like a great way for Bowser to be promoted as the new ‘Big Boss’. (New DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, anyone? No?) Another thing, Mario needs to watch out for Bowser.

More more IR information, visit Nintendo.

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Potential Mario + Rabbids Sequel Might Happen

Game Being Shown: Half-Life 2

During Ubisoft’s Press Conference at E3 2017, the company announced Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch, with Shigeru Miyamoto appearing on stage. The game released in August of that year. It was a huge success in terms of sales and was also the best selling third-party game on the Nintendo Switch for that time.

IGN recently interviewed Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. As they were talking, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle came up. Yves Guillemot didn’t rule out a sequel. A sequel could potentially happen in the future. He said “We can’t say much today, but we had a good relationship, so let’s see what will happen.”

If you would like to watch the interview in full, you can do so by checking out IGN. There is an entire video on it. It is almost 60 minutes in length.

SOURCES:

Stealth

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Disney+ Will Be Heading To Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 Soon

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The Walt Disney Company has recently announced that it plans on releasing its Disney+ streaming service this year. Since gaming overage is the main point here, the point will be directed to the release for consoles; Therefore, Disney+ will be releasing in November for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in November for the United States. The price will be $6.99 USD per month and $69.99 USD a year.

The Nintendo Switch version is being handled by Panic Button. As it turns out, this was the only explanation. (Just kidding!)

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As mentioned above, Disney+ is currently listed exclusively for the United States. The Walt Disney Company will also be working to get it released worldwide. As for now, you will need to create an American account if you wish to take part in Disney+ while outside of the States.

In addition to currently only be released in the US, The Walt Disney Company now owns a 60% majority share of Hulu. Hulu is only available in the US and Japan. Hulu has tried to establish a Canadian viewing, unfortunately though, due to exclusive streaming distribution rights, Hulu in Canada does not make sense as there would be barely anything to watch if it did. It would almost be like having a lack of third-party support on the Wii U. As for who streams many films and shows in Canada is a younger company called Crave Canada. They have Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video in Canada, though.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World Stickers Available For iOS Devices, watchOS, And macOS Through iMessage

Nintendo released Yoshi’s Crafted World for Nintendo Switch over a week ago now. If you want more fun with Yoshi, you should head on over to the Apple App Store to purchase Yarn Yoshi & Poochy Sticker currently for $1.99 USD. You can use the Yoshi stickers in iMessage to place over text messages. (*See pictures above to see. Yes, I sent it to myself for demonstration purposes.)

This is currently exclusive to Apple devices. You must have a device running (*the most up-to-date version is recommended) of iOS. Alternatively, any Apple device using iMessage will work. This includes watchOS and macOS.

It can be downloaded HERE

Will you be getting these stickers if you have an Apple device or do you think it is repetitive? Let everyone know in the comments below on your thoughts.

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Dragalia Lost Music On Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/0jPlyXngrHZdqhW2pMqUbQ?si=5qJP3mlZQBGyRO0lZn66vg&nd=1

I have just learned that some of the music from the Nintendo EPD and CyGames title is available on Spotify. I was on YouTube listening to the main theme. So, I found a link to Spotify and though I’d share it with all of you. The music is in Japanese, just to let you know. But if you already played the game, it shouldn’t come as surprise.

Let me know what you think of the music and the game. I really enjoy playing Dragalia Lost and think you should give it a try since it is free.

FUN FACT: It is the only Nintendo IP not available on a Nintendo platform. (At least, not from what I found.)

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Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Other Olympic Games Announcements

Watch my coverage below:

SEGA uploaded a video to YouTube of brand new games based on the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games for next year. Starting this summer, gamers will be able to enjoy Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 exclusively for Nintendo Switch, as well as Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games: Arcade Edition; the game is coming soon. Another game that will be coming to Mobile devices is a stand alone without Mario called Sonic At The Olympic Games. Finally, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game will launch next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. (No word on an Epic Games Store release.)

Official Olympic Games Website

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PlayStation: State of Play (Sony Direct) ANNOUNCEMENTS

https://youtu.be/08E0hJ-pw94

Earlier today, Sony Interactive Entertainment hosted a Nintendo Direct style live stream. They called it PlayStation: State of Play. It was very similar to a Direct. Therefore, I have decided to call it a Sony Direct.

The Sony Direct was a pre-recorded video presentation of upcoming PlayStation 4 games being live streamed. It was around 25 minutes long. Nothing too exciting was shown off. So, don’t expect to see updates on The Last of Us: Part II or Death Stranding.

During the Sony Direct, they said it was the first episode of State of Play. So, it seems that this may be the replacement for press conferences. Sony also said they will not be attending E3 this year. They canceled PlayStation Experience for December, too.

Sony showed off upcoming titles coming to PlayStation 4. It mainly focused on PlayStation VR titles. The games shown off were MARVEL Iron Man VR, Team Crash Racing, ReadySet Heroes, Blood & Truth, Everybody’s Golf VR, Observation, Five Nights At Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted, Concrete Genie, Days Gone, ReadySet Heroes, and Mortal Kombat 11. That was all the games they showed off.

I thought the Sony Direct was average. It was not horrible and it was not great, either. Hopefully, closer around E3, (even though Sony is not going.) Sony will have more announcements.

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Many Indie Games Were Shown Off During The Nindies Showcase

There were a lot of games in the Nindies Showcase during the week of GDC 2019. The first game may be a surprise to some but maybe not due to rumours. The first game comes from Studio MDHR and Microsoft Game Studios. The game is called Cuphead. Cuphead will release on April 18. Also, Nuclear Throne is available for download today. Furthermore, Blaster Master Zero II is out now.

Following this game was Darkwood, My Friend Pedro, Neo Cab, Katana Zero, Rad, Creature: In The Well, Bloodroots, Pine, Swim Sanity, and Stranger Things III all release in the coming months. As far as late 2019 releases, the games Overland, Ultra Bugs, and The Red Lantern. A major surprise was Cadence of Hyrule. The game is a Zelda spin-off.

The Nindies Showcase was much more exciting than usual. With announcements such as Cuphead, The Red Lantern, Pine, and let’s not forget Cadence of Hyrule, how could anyone go wrong. I cannot remember looking forward to these many indie titles at one time. It almost felt like a traditional Nintendo Direct.

Be sure to watch my live reactions above. If you want to watch the stream without my seeing my face, hearing my voice, or you prefer to watch it in fullscreen, you can watch that above this paragraph.

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Nintendo Switch Was The Best Selling Console In February 2019 (US)

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In the month of February 2019 in the US, the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console. This is according to Mat Piscatella. That is three months in a row now since December and January; those months also saw the Switch outselling the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Currently, the Nintendo Switch is America’s best selling console so far in 2019.

You can read more on the NPD Group report HERE.

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Google STADIA Was Revealed At Google’s GDC 2019 Press Conference

Earlier this morning at GDC 19, Google held a press conference where they revealed new new information for the gaming industry. A few months ago, Google and Ubisoft partnered up for a closed-beta of Project Stream. The first game on the device was Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.

Google had also revealed that there will be a console releasing later this year in much of North America and most of Europe. The new console will be called Stadia. (A Chromecast can also be used.) It is a console that allows the player to stream games through the cloud. Both first and third-party games will be supported on the platform. Not much else is known, but it will be using an AMD processor. More details will be shared this summer, presumably at E3.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo react. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a streaming service for games. Sony had PlayStation NOW available on PlayStation 4, VITA, and PC. It allows you to stream PS3 and PS4 games through the service. On the other hand, Microsoft is working hard on Project Xcloud. This will allow gamers to stream games through his or her Xbox One, PC running Windows 10, smartphone device, and possibly Nintendo Switch. Another streaming service is available in Japan for the Nintendo Switch through third-party software. Currently, the only games are Resident Evil 7 – Cloud Version and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Cloud Version. This service is now owned by Nintendo and is only available in Japan.

To learn more on Google Stadia, you can watch the original livestream in its entirety.

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Nintendo LABO VR Launching April 12 On Switch

Nintendo Switch is getting Virtual Reality! However, it’s not traditional VR, it is Nintendo LABO VR. It is designed for kids, although, I still think it is inevitable for Nintendo to release traditional VR on some version of the Switch or its next generation console.

Nintendo LABO will be getting three sets in April. They are Starter Set, VR Kit, Toy-Con 4 VR Kit Expansion 1, and Joy-Con Expansion 2. There four sets coming with different kinds of activities to take part in.

Now, this is intended for kids around the age of seven. This is not traditional VR. Nintendo could still reveal another version of VR down the road. Do not worry. I am sure it will not be another Virtual Boy.

The Nintendo LABO VR Sets release on April 12. For more information, be sure to visit Nintendo’s Official Website.

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Masahiro Sakurai Worked On Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sometime With An IV Drip

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on December 7, last year for the Switch. The game was very successful, being one of the fastest selling titles on the console, especially in a short amount of time. DLC is coming throughout 2019. Piranha Plant is already available, though.

The game’s director was Masahiro Sakurai. He is a very hard worker. According to GameXplain, Sakurai would work even when he was not well. He wants to treat everyone fairly. He doesn’t think it is fair to be out of the studio during development, especially now with DLC planned for release.

They mentioned in the video that Sakurai would always leave work no later than 10 pm, regardless of the situation. He did have to take a trip to the hospital for his health and he took three days off of vacation in December. However, he did not stay out too long for his employees’ sake. He even worked on development of Smash with an IV drip.

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Two Year Anniversary Nintendo Switch Celebration

Sunday is the two year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch. While I am aware yesterday was Saturday, we talked about the console on Twitch at that time. You can check it out on YOUTUBE.

I went over the first two years of the Switch, it’s software lineup, hardware sales, and success. The console has many first-party, second-party, third-party, and indies on it; This ranges from Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, DOOM, Sonic Mania, and many more!

As far as video streaming services go, there isn’t much to offer. But having Hulu (US Currently Only) and YouTube is better than what Switch had at launch. Also, if you are in Japan, niconico is accessible. It is like YouTube. Hopefully, Netflix will come next. However, it has become a ‘go ask them’ kind of thing at this point.

The Nintendo Switch has over 1,000 games to choose from. Close to 150 million games have been sold and Nintendo since reported that 32.27 million Switch SKU’s have been met. It had been a very successful console, especially compared to its predecessor counterpart, the Wii U.

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Two Year Anniversary Nintendo Switch Live Stream At 12 pm ET On Twitch

Sunday is the two year anniversary of the #NintendoSwitch. While I am aware today is Saturday, we’ll be talking about the console on @Twitch today at 12 pm ET. You can check it out at SonicmanTheBest.

I want to go over the first 24 months of the Switch, it’s software lineup, hardware sales, and success. The console has many first-party, second-party, third-party, and indies on it; This ranges from Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, DOOM, Sonic Mania, and many more!

As far as video streaming services go, there isn’t much to offer. But having Hulu (US Currently Only) and YouTube is better than what Switch had at launch. Also, if you are in Japan, niconico is accessible. It is like YouTube. Hopefully, Netflix will come next. However, it has become a “he said, she said” kind of thing at this point. Netflix has also changed their payment subscription policy with its price, its debt, and they even removed Netflix from the App Store. (You can still download it on the App Store. However, you can not longer subscribe through your iTunes account.)

The Nintendo Switch has over 1,000 games to choose from. Over 100 million games have been sold and Nintendo last reported that 32.27 million Switch SKU’s have been met. It had been a very successful console, especially compared to its predecessor counterpart, the Wii U.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet Is Available Today On Blue-ray

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Disney has released Ralph Breaks The Internet today on Blue-ray, with a DVD release down the road. The movie released back in November last year. Ralph Breaks The Internet is also the sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. The film was even nominated for an Academy Award.

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Resident Evil Origins Collection Launches May 21 For Nintendo Switch

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil Origins Collection will launch on Nintendo Switch on May 21. The bundle will include Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 4. There will also be a physical edition in North America. For those that live in Europe, each game can be bought separately on the Nintendo eShop.

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Reggie Fils-Aime Will Step Down On April 15

Reggie Fils-Aime joined Nintendo of America way back in 2004. In 2006, he was promoted to COO and President of NOA. This week though, Nintendo of America put out a video with Reggie Fils-Aime. In the video, he announced that he will be retiring from his role on April 15. His successor is none other than Bowser himself. (Super Mario Saves Nintendo of America confirmed for release on Switch later this year.) Actually, he is the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing.

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Nintendo Switch Was The Best Selling Console In January of 2019

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The NPD Group has released sales number for the month of January this year for the US gaming sales. Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in January, while growing in sales for game consoles in the month of January, as well.

As far as top 10 best selling video games go, Kingdom Hearts III takes the lead. In second place, we have the remake of Resident Evil 2, and next is New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In addition to these three games, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Red Dead Redemption II, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a few others made the list, too. It has been a decent month for January in the gaming industry.

Thanks to SuperMetalDave64 for the update.

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Yoshi’s Crafted World Demo For Nintendo Switch Gameplay

During February’s Nintendo Direct, Yoshi’s Crafted World got a new gameplay session. The game launches March 29 for Nintendo Switch. A demo is also available to download.

Yoshi’s Crafted World does not seem to look as good as it should. The game runs on Unreal Engine. While the Switch is undocked, it looks like the game runs around 360p or 480p with a lower frame rate. At least when it is docked, the frame rate and quality is slightly higher. However, it seems to be just under 720p, sub-HD. The gameplay, art style, music, and higher frame rate makes up for it, though. It is still an enjoyable game.

The game was initially delayed. Good-Feel was going to be the developer for the game. Now, Nintendo will be in charge of making the game. But they should have been able to make the game set at sub-HD at 30 FPS if bot 60.

Yoshi’s Crafted World launches March 21 for Nintendo Switch. You can check out some footage above.

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Games Confirmed To Be Coming To Nintendo Switch During Nintendo Direct

Nintendo Direct was aired the other day and many games were shown off. With first-party games, we already had Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker release in 2018. But DLC is available now for purchase in the Nintendo eShop. They also reminded us that Yoshi’s Crafted World launches March 21. Another game shown was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The third update is coming, new amiibo are on the way, and Joker from the Persona series is coming to DLC Pack 1 in April. Also, Fire Emblem: Fire Heroes was confirmed to now release this summer.

In addition to Captain Toad DLC and Yoshi, Nintendo showed us Super Mario Maker 2. The game will launch this summer along with MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Another game that excited everyone was the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening; which launches later this year. Bayonetta 3 was also talked about for ten seconds. Basically what was said was the game is coming along in development.

Other games shown are Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered, Tetris 99, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Bloodstained, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, ONIKANI, Astral Chain, DELTARUNE Chapter 1, and Dead by Daylight.

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered releases on Nintendo Switch May 21. The bundle includes Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, and Assassin’s Creed: Tyrant of King Washington. The game Tetris 99 is available to download for free. (Nintendo Switch Online may be recommended.) Next, from SQUARE ENIX, we have Dragon Quest XI Q and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon coming later this year to Switch. Another game from the company is Final Fantasy IX; which surprised fans with the announcement that the game is available now for Switch. The last game to be discussed here is Dead By Daylight. The game will launch in the fall.

It was a very good Nintendo Direct. Many games were shown off. Also, if you don’t count Captain Toad or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there wasn’t any ports shown. (Those game are getting expansions. Link’s Awakening doesn’t count as it is a remake.) Many games were shown off. It looks like a great year to own a Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Direct 2.13.18 Now Live

Nintendo has gone live with their Nintendo Direct today. It will focus mainly on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and other Switch titles. The Direct is supposed to be roughly 35 minutes long.

We will likely get announcements on other titles coming to Switch. However, I do not expect to hear too much about Mobile or 3DS games. Bayonetta 3, Animal Crossing, and Super Mario 3D World would make for an interesting Direct.

Where can you watch Nintendo Direct? HERE.

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Nintendo Direct Focusing on Fire Emblem and More

Nintendo has announced that they will be having a Direct tomorrow. The Nintendo Direct will focus on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and more titles. It will air at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET on February 13, the day before Valentines Day and will be approximately 35 minutes long. View the Direct HERE.

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Wii Shop Channel Closure Will Occur On Wednesday January 30

*UPDATE: The Internet Channel is not available for download on the Wii Shop Channel anymore. Wii System Transfer is, instead.

On Wednesday of this week, January 30, Nintendo will finally shut down the Wii Shop Channel permanently. This means, Wii owners will no longer be able to access the store or download any games off of the service.

If there is any game you would like to download or re-download before Wednesday, do so now. Because after that, it will be too late, regardless of previously owning a game or had points. Use them up! Anything less than 500 Wii Points cannot be used.

Online services for games has already been shut down. Any DLC in those games is now off limits, unless already installed on the console. The only apps available, at least in the US, are The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Update file (if you own Skyward Sword, be sure to download this for the game.) and the Internet Channel.

It has been a over a decade since the Wii Shop Channel has started after the Wii’s launch in 2006. All Virtual Consoles games should be available on the Wii U and 3DS eShop store fronts, while classic games are slowly making their way to the Nintendo Switch eShop for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

For nostalgia purposes, the download animation can be seen above.

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Metroid Prime 4 Development Has Been Moved Over To First-Party Developer Retro Studios In Austin, Texas

Nintendo has announced that there have been trouble with development for Metroid Prim 4. Don’t worry. The game was not cancelled. It was only delayed and handed over to Nintendo of America’s developer, Retro Studios in Austin. Development has restarted. Supposedly, the game was originally in development by one of BANDAI Namco’s teams.

Metroid Prime 4 is definitely not coming out this year. However, there are still many games coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019. (There is also Mario Kart Tours coming to Mobile.) 2019 games include NEW Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, (Available Now) Animal Crossing, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mortal Kombat 11, Team Sonic Racing, likely DOOM Eternal, Luigi’s Mansion 3,

I think Metroid Prime 4 will likely see a 2022-2022 release. It is possible the game could even release on the next generation console, (if released then) similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch and Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Wii and CameCube.

What do you think? Leave a comment below to let us know.

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Resident Evil 2: 1-Shot Demo (PlayStation 4)

Resident Evil 2 Remake launches on Friday for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. I thought I would try out the demo on my PS4. The demo is called 1-Shot. You have thirty minutes to play, so get to it and you can only play once.

I liked the game. Now, I do apologize if it looks like I waste a lot of time. I never played the original RE2 and again, it was timed. However, I still recommend the game to people.

Additionally, this was my very first upload from the PlayStation 4. I was unable to upload the entire demo. But 15 minutes isn’t half bad, either. It is better than Nintendo’s 30 second max. That will hopefully change in the future.

Watch the video above. 👆

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Sonic Mania Adventures – Part 6 (Holiday Bonus)

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It has been a while since Part 5 of Sonic Mania Adventures. But with Christmas coming up, SEGA decided to release a bonus episode. Merry Christmas everyone!

Physical and Digital Versions

Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus (physical versions) are available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It basically includes the DLC. As for Sonic Mania, (digital) the game is also available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. DLC is available, as well for the digital versions.

Happy HOLIDAYS!

Enjoy Sonic Mania Adventures’ Bonus Episode. Happy Holidays! There are only five days until Christmas. Be good (to the kids) and enjoy the bonus episode.

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Is There A New Release Date For Team Crash Racing On Nintendo Switch? UPDATE

Edit 1: Crash Team Racing now listed to release on June 21, 2019.

Edit 2: Date for Switch listed June 21, 2019 on Mobile.

ORIGINAL: After multiple tweets surfaced of Team Crash Racing the other day, people pointed out that Team Crash Racing’s release date for Nintendo Switch says “Coming Soon”, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions list June 21, 2019. You can see the screenshots below.

Team Crash racing may be delayed fir Nintendo Switch. However, it is entirely possible this was a place holder mistake or that the game reveal trailer wasn’t even supposed to list that release date for Switch. I will make another post once Activision clarifies.

Team Crash Racing is available now for pre-order.