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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.

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A Smashing Countdown – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Day 0 (Available Now!)

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the next entry in the Smash Bros. series. So, make sure to have your body ready because the game is finally available now for Nintendo Switch. However, the next Smash Bros. will only include one character. (Just kidding!)

I want to thank everyone for reading my blogs and watching my A Smashing Countdown videos. It was so much fun making them. While I am recovering from my surgery, I will be playing some Smash on my Switch. I will get some videos up later next week onto YouTube. Until then, I am taking a few days off from YouTube to not put too much stress on my body.

Everyone should enjoy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was well worth the wait for this game. I can’t wait to jump into the new Adventure Mode, World of Light. Once again, thank you for checking out A Smashing Countdown. Have fun playing Smash!

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A Smashing Countdown: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Day 7 (E3 2018)

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The game will release on December 7 for Nintendo Switch. It is the next game after Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS.

Earlier this year, Nintendo attended the annual E3. They showed their Nintendo Direct for E3. Many games were shown to arrive on the Switch either this year or next year like Fortnite, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Super Mario Party, and more. Towards the second half of the Direct, Nintendo showed off Super Smash Bros.

A trailer showed up with Masahiro Sakurai talking via a translator. (Outside of Japan) We learned that everyone from every single past Smash Bros. would make a return as playable characters. Even third-party characters like Sonic, Snake, Mega Man, and Cloud make an appearance. New characters are coming too; Ridley is one of them. At the end, we learned the game was called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was confirmed to be releasing on December 7 for Nintendo Switch. It will for sure drive up the sales for Nintendo Switch and the game. It will be a great game for Christmas, too. See ya next time.

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A Smashing Countdown – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Day 9 (First Year Of Switch)

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The game will release on December 7 for Nintendo Switch. It is the next game after Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS.

In this episode, we talk about the first year of the sales for Nintendo Switch. It had a great first year. By the end of the first twelve months, the Switch had outsold the Wii U. That is just one year!

Nintendo Switch reached 14.86 million by the end of FY Q4 2017. The Wii U sold 13.56 million units. You can view all of Nintendo hardware sales [HERE.|https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/hard_soft/]

Thanks for checking out this post. Tomorrow, I will show off the Smash reveal from earlier this year. From that point on, it will be chronology. I do apologize for today’s crazy video going against what I had originally planned. I hope you could still find some enjoyment out of this video and post.

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Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee Is Now On Nintendo Switch

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee are now available for Nintendo Switch. This is the first mainline Pokémon experience on Nintendo Switch. However, it is not the Pokémon game on the platform. You can also check out Pokkén Tournament DX and Pokémon Quest on the same system.

With Pokémon: Let’s Go, you can use Pokémon GO on your Smart phone to catch Pokémon and trade them back and fourth to your Nintendo Switch. Pokémon GO can be thought of as a companion app that released way before this new game was even available to the public.

In addition to Pokémon GO, the game allows you to use a Poké Ball Plus. It is basically a substitute for a Joy-con disguised as a Poké ball. Though, it has less buttons on it. But you can carry around your Pokémon when you don’t feel like carrying around your Switch the next time you go for a walk. Another feature the Poké Ball Plus has is the ability to transfer Pokémon to your phone.

Get Pokémon, Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee today!