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Sony Worldwide Studios Acquires Insomniac Games

Following Nintendo’s Indie World presentation, it was confirmed on Twitter via @PlayStation that the studio called Insomniac Games had been acquired by Sony Worldwide Studios. While the studio has been developing games almost always for PlayStation, they can now do so as a first-party developer. They were the developers behind Marvel’s Spider-man on PlayStation 4.

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Games Shown During the Indie World Live Stream

Today is the first day of gamescom in Germany. Nintendo held a video presentation similar to the style of a Nintendo Direct. However, it was primarily for indie titles. This will give a brief description of all of the games that were talked about today.

Many games were shown off. There was a game from Gearbox Publishing, Devolver Digital, Superhot Team, and even Xbox Games Studios at Microsoft. Above this article is a video of the presentation with extra commentary. Additionally, there is the original presentation.

Below is a list of every game that was shown during the live stream in their respected order:

Risk of Rain 2 – GearBox Publishing

Summer 2019?

Eastward – Chucklefish

2020

Freedom Finger – Wide Right Interactive

Fall 2019

Röki – United Label

Winter

Torchlight 2 – Runic Games

September 3

Skate XL – Easy Day Studios Pty Ltd.

2020

Youropa – frecle

Winter 2019

Superhot – Superhot Team

Available Now

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened – Chromatic Games

February 2020 as a Timed Exclusive

The Touryst – Shinen

November 2019

Skellboy – Fabraz

December 3

EarthNight- Cleaversoft

2019

Hotline Miami Collection – Deveolver Digital

Available Now

Blasphemous – Team 17 Digital Ltd.

September 26

Close to the Sun – Wired Productions

2019

Cat Quest II – PQube Limited

Fall 2019

Spiritfarer – Thunder Ladus

Spring 2020

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince – Modus Games

October 8

Creatures in the Well – Flight School Studio

September 6

One Finger Death Punch 2 – Silver Dollar Games

December 2

Best Friend Forever – Alliance

February 14

Phogs! – Coatsink

2020

What the Golf? – Triband

Winter

Kine – Chump Squad

2019

HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed – Digital Cyber Cherries Ltd

Winter

Northguard – Shiro Games

September 26

SPARKLITE – Merge Games Ltd

Fall 2019

Munchkin Quaked Quest – Asmodee Digital

Fall 2019

Ori & the Blind Forest : Definitive Edition – Xbox Games Studios

September

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The Nintendo Switch Was the Best Selling Console and Here Are the Best Selling Games in the United States & Canada | NPD Numbers For July 2019

Best Selling Console

The NPD Group has released sales numbers for the gaming industry sales a few days early this time for July. It looks like the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console last month.

Video Games

Keep in mind that this list is for physical sales. Half of the games on this list were either published or developed by Nintendo. However, Electronic Arts’s Madden NFL 20 topped the list As for Nintendo, Fire Emblem: Three Houses came in second place with Super Mario Maker 2 in third. Other games that made the list were Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Minecraft from Mojang and Microsoft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Grand Theft Auto V from RockStar Games, a game from Warner Bros. Interactive being Mortal Kombat 11, Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe for Switch), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in tenth place.

In terms of sales, it looks like this was a good month for Nintendo in North America. Five of the ten best selling video games last month were published by Nintendo. Come back in next month to check out the sales for August.

Sources:

NPD Group

Mat Piscatella

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ESRB Has a New Design to the Website and It Drops the EC for Early Childhood Rating

The website for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (better known as the ESRB) has an all new layout. Things are much more organized on there now. One thing that was just discovered was the absence of the listing of EC for Early childhood rating. Well, it turns out I was able to get in contact with @ESRB via Twitter and they confirmed that that rating has been dropped.

You can view the updated website here.

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DC Universe Online Available Now For Nintendo Switch

DC Universe Online is available now for Nintendo Switch. It is a free-to-play multiplayer game featuring DC characters. Characters include Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. Play through Gotham City, Metropolis, and other cities from the DCU.

The game is out now on the Nintendo eShop for free. It looks like it will require 24.2 GB of system storage. So, it might be wise to have a micro SD Card for the Switch.

Download today for FREE!

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PlayStation 4 Ships 100 Million Consoles Worldwide, Sales Reached 91.6 Million

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been highly successful since launch back in 2013. The console has just shipped 100 million SKUS as of June 30, 2019. That ended FY 2019 Q1. In addition to consoles shipped, the PS4 has reached 91.6 in sales worldwide.

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Nintendo Switch Has Shipped 36.87 Million SKU’s

The numbers are in! As of June 30, Nintendo has shipped 36.87 million Switch SKU’s worldwide. Its software also continues to do well. 210.13 million units have shipped.

On the other hand, Nintendo 3DS is an older handheld from the company. The device reached a total lifetime number of 75.28 million. Its software is at 379.60 million. Not many people are buying a 3DS anymore as it is older and getting fewer and fewer games.

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PlayStation 4 Ships 100 Million Consoles Worldwide, Sales Reached 91.6 Million

 

PS4.jpgSony’s PlayStation 4 has been highly successful since launch back in 2013. The console has just shipped 100 million SKUS as of June 30, 2019. That ended FY 2019 Q1. In addition to consoles shipped, the PS4 has reached 91.6 in sales worldwide.

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Nintendo Switch Has Shipped 36.87 Million SKUs Worldwide

The numbers are in! As of June 30, Nintendo has shipped 36.87 million Switch SKU’s worldwide. Its software also continues to do well. 210.13 million units have shipped.

On the other hand, Nintendo 3DS is an older handheld from the company. The device reached a total lifetime number of 75.28 million. Its software is at 379.60 million. Not many people are buying a 3DS anymore as it is older and getting fewer and fewer games.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Will Launch 20 September

Nintendo announced that a new version of the Switch will be releasing later this year. There was a six minute YouTube video about the Nintendo Switch Lite. Nintendo Switch Lite will be a little different than the base Switch. For example, the Joy-Cons cannot be taken out from the system. There also will not be HD Rumble or a camera on the right side where it would be on the Joy-Con. However, there will be a D-pad.

Since the Switch Lite is designed to be more of a portable console, it will only be able to play in handheld mode. Docking will not be an option but that will not be a problem for everyone, though.

Nintendo Switch Lite will be releasing 20 September for $199.99 USD / $259.99 CAD. It will be cheaper than the base Switch. There will also be three colours. The choice of colours right now ar yellow, grey, and turquoise.

Which colour will you be getting of the Switch Lite? Will you be getting one or hold out until the Switch PRO or Switch 2? Let everyone know in the comments.

Source:

Nintendo Official Website

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Best Selling Video Games and Console in the US & Canada in June 2019

Console

In the United States and Canada, Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in June 2019. In fact, the Switch has been the best selling console every month this year in the the North American region. This also makes the platform the best selling console of the year.

NPD Group June 2019 Sales For North America

Software

As far as video game sales performed in the United States and Canada, this list will include both retail and digital copies of games. In June, Super Mario Maker 2 launched only for Nintendo Switch and was the best selling video game in the region for June 2019. In second, from Activision Blizzard, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled made it in second place. In third place comes Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Interactive. Other titles (in order of listing) on this list include Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, MARVEL’s Spider-man, NBA 2K19, Mario Kart 8, (Deluxe version is on Switch) and Days Gone.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Conclusion

Nintendo may very well be the best selling platform holder for the rest of 2019 in the US and Canada if trends continue, especially when the Switch Lite launches in September. Another reason Nintendo Switch may be the best selling console this year is due to the upcoming game. There is Wolfenstein: Youngblood, DOOM Eternal, Luigi’s Mansion 3, upcoming DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, handful of indie games, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, and various popular titles.

Sources

NPD Group

Mat Piscatella – NPD Analyst, US Video Games

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is Releasing on Nintendo Switch October 29

SEGA has just confirmed that the Wii title, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz will be getting an HD remaster. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will be launching on Nintendo Switch October 29. This is the first Super Monkey Ball game to release on the Switch, as well. View the trailer above.

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is Releasing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox ONE October 29

UPDATE It is also coming to Xbox ONE, PlayStation 4, and PC.

SEGA has just confirmed that the Wii title, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz will be getting a HD remaster. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be launching on Nintendo Switch October 29. This is the first Super Monkey Ball game to release on the Switch, as well. View the trailer above.

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Over 2 Million Downloads For Dr. Mario World

UPDATE This post has been updated to clear up the original wording.

Nintendo released Dr. Mario World on Tuesday, July 9, on Google Play and The App Store one day before the Switch Lite was revealed. Dr. Mario World has passed 2 million downloads within its first 72 hours of release. The game has also generated over $100,000 USD in revenue. It is expected to to better as it launches in more countries down the line.

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Dr. Mario World is Available Now for iOS & Android

UPDATE The game released a day early.

Over the past couple of weeks ending June and during the first third of July, a new Twitter account called @Drmarioworld_EN, was created to promote the brand new mobile game, Dr. Mario World. It is definitely worth checking it out on Twitter. The game was announced in 2018 along with Mario Kart Tours which already had its closed-beta on Android in May. That game will have its full release later.

As of 10 July, Dr. Mario World is available to download for free on iOS and Android. Dr. Mario World is a free-to-play mobile game published by Nintendo. Additionally, retro Dr. Mario game can be played on Nintendo Switch through the NES or Famicom app for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. To learn more, head on over to the Nintendo Official Website.

Sources:

Twitter

Nintendo Official Website

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Pictures Discovered Online For Nintendo Switch Mini and Mini Accessories Discovered

Pictures Discovered Online For Nintendo Switch Mini and Mini Accessories Discovered

Pictures of the rumoured Nintendo Switch mini and Switch mini accessories have surfaced online for the umpteenth time. It was even verified that this was a real manufacturer. You can read the original post here.Leaked Image

I suspect there will be a reveal from Nintendo on the Switch Mini soon. As for a possible release time, I predict it will release this holiday season. As for the Switch PRO, I think that could release March 20 next year since that seems like a good day to release the product and it will also be before the end of the fiscal year.

Second Leaked Image

What does everyone think about this leak? Do you think this is legitimate evidence that this is real? Let us know your thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Mini And Nintendo Switch PRO.

Sources:

Nintendo Soup

Nintend’Alerts

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Happy Canada Day! / Heureux jour du Canada!

The English Version / l’anglais langue

Happy Canada Day everyone! To celebrate this occasion, be sure to listen to O Canada, the Canadian National Anthem in both English and French. Enjoy!

The French Version / l’français langue

Heureux jour du Canada! Encontre tu chanson nationale Ô Canada en anglais et français. Merci beaucoup! Jouir! (Mon français es mal.)

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Etika, A Nintendo Gamer and Content Creator Was Found Deceased

Etika was a Content Creator on Twitch (before it was shutdown) and YouTube. He was known for streaming Nintendo Directs and video games on his channels. He has touched the hearts of many gamers.

Sadly, Etika had been going through mental health issues. He became depressed and things have taken a worse turn over last week. Unfortunately today, the NYPD confirmed that he had been deceased. We have lost a gamer that everyone will miss.

If anyone is feeling suicidal, you can get help:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the US

CASP (français) / ACPS (English) in Canada

Mental Health in the UK

Lifeline in Australia

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Jun Senoue The Works III is Available Now Through Spotify

Jun Senoue just released his third album of his works called The Works III. It is available now on Spotify. Music featured on the album include live performances of music from Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, and other various SEGA games. It is definitely worth the listen for Sonic fans and fans of the rock ‘n roll genre.

Other Sonic the Hedgehog music is also available on Spotify. This includes the original Sonic Adventure soundtracks. Be sure to check out the Crush 40 music, as well.

There will also be a new Crush 40 album coming out later this year. There will be a DVD, too. So, be sure to look out for Driving Through Forever – The Ultimate Crush 40 Collection. Read more at The Sonic Stadium.

SOURCES

Spotify

The Sonic Stadium

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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.

Luigi's Mansion 3 2019

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

Amazon UK

Wario64

 

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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.

Nintendo 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.

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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.

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

https://youtu.be/ycg4el2bWio

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

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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.)

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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 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.

Game Boy Color Watch at Nintendo New York Store

@NintendoNYC tweeted the other day that fans would be able to buy a Game Boy Color Watch at the Nintendo NY Store. The watch looked like a Game Boy Color and even played the sounds it made in the 90s. It was listed for $24.99 US. It looks to be in limited supplies, too. Therefore, if anyone wants one and is in the area, then they had better act fast before it is gone.

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