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The Smash Bros. Presentation for the Fifth DLC Character Was Revealed

Nintendo has announced a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation will be held on Thursday at 6 am PT / 9 am ET. The presentation will be around 35 minutes and go over the fifth DLC character. Next, fans will have to wait for the second DLC pack to get a release window.

I will be live streaming the presentation. Catch me on Twitch on Thursday morning at 9 am ET for my reactions and commentary. After the presentation, I’ll take a few minutes to talk about what I liked or disliked about the video presentation, as well as talk about what I want to see in Smash Bros. in the future.

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A Smash Bros. Presentation for the Fifth DLC Character Revealed

Nintendo has announced a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation will be held on Thursday at 6 am PT / 9 am ET. The presentation will be around 35 minutes and go over the fifth DLC character. Next, fans will have to wait for the second DLC pack to get a release window.

I will be live streaming the presentation. Catch me on Twitch on Thursday morning at 9 am ET for my reactions and commentary. After the presentation, I’ll take a few minutes to talk about what I liked or disliked about the video presentation, as well as talk about what I want to see in Smash Bros. in the future.

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What Was Announced During the Pokémon Direct

Nintendo held a Pokémon Direct today, making it the first Nintendo Direct of the year. Actually though, it was more for Pokémon than a traditional Nintendo Direct which may come to a disappointment to some. They showcase twenty minutes of upcoming Pokémon content.

Pokémon Remake

The first game they revealed was a remake to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon from 2004 on the Game Boy Advance. It eventually was ported to the Nintendo DS and 3DS in some countries. This new version is called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. The game is due to launch March 6, 2020 with a demo launching today.

New DLC

Next, The Pokémon Company announced an Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. (In other words, it is DLC.) There will be two packs. Part 1: The Isle of Armo will release June of this year, whereas Part 2: The Crown Tundra releases in the fall. It will cost $29.99 US or CA$37.99. If a player does not have the DLC, another player can trade the same Pokémon.

Pokémon on Mobile

Finally, they briefly talked about Pokémon Home. Pokémon Home will be launching in February for Mobile devices.  It will also be a paid subscription service.

Conclusion

Some may find the Direct to be a disappointment as fans were expecting to hear about other games, such as Wii U ports or other first and third-party titles, to come to Nintendo Switch. The only upcoming title is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX and DLC for Sword & Shield. Hopefully, Nintendo will announce a traditional Direct next week.

To learn more about Pokémon Sword & Shield, go visit Nintendo’s Official Website and go here to watch the Pokémon Direct without commentary.

 

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A Pokémon Direct is Happening on January 9

Nintendo announced that this year’s first Direct will be based on Pokémon. The Direct will be around 20 minutes long. It will start at 9:30 am ET.

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Nintendo Switch Was the Best Selling Console of December 2019 and PlayStation 4 Was the Best Selling Console of the Decade | NPD Group (US Sales)

Disclaimer: In the previous months, I reported that the NPD Group covers other countries in North America, such as Canada and Mexico. While the NPD Group does have an office in Toronto, Ontario, these only cover US sales for hardware and software.

In the month of December ending 2019, the best selling console in the US was the Nintendo Switch. Not only that but the Switch was also the best selling console of the year. As for the best selling console of the decade from 2010 through 2019, Sony took the lead with its PlayStation 4.

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Above is a list of the top ten best selling software for video games last month. In their respective orders, the best selling games are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Madden NFL 20, NBA 2K20, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Shield, and last but not least come Minecraft. In the video at the top, you will learn additional details of sales reports for 2019 and the recent decade.

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NPD Group

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Unboxing the New Nintendo Switch and Red Ring Adventure

Merry belated Christmas, Happy Boxing Day, and happy holidays! Nintendo had a fantastic 2019 in terms of hardware and video games. 2019 also saw the release of the new model for the Nintendo Switch which includes six to nine hours of battery life compared to around five hours on the OG Switch. Another new experience that released was Ring Fit Adventure.

Here are two of the largest gifts I received this year on Christmas. They are the new Nintendo Switch and Ring Fit Adventure. I decided to do an unboxing after Christmas for a special for the holiday season. Be sure to check out the video above to let me know what you think.

Did everyone else have a good Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate? Let us all know in the comments.

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The Game Awards Now on YouTube

In case you missed it, you can watch the full livestream of The Game Awards above. Additionally, below are edited clips of my favorite parts of TGA. Let everyone know what was your favorite part at The Game Awards. Thanks for reading.

Final Fantasy VII Remake – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Xbox Series X Reveal – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Control Wins Best Art Direction | The Game Awards 2019

Reggie Fils-Aime Speech – The Game Awards 2019

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Game of the Year The Game Awards 2019

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Nintendo Switch Outsold PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE in North America in November 2019 Plus Software Sales | NPD’s

The NPD’s are in for North America. The Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in November. This means that the Switch has been outsold the Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4 for the last twelve months now. However, when next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launch holiday 2020, things might change.

“US NPD HW – Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of November and remains the best-selling platform of 2019.” – Mat Piscatella

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Come Watch The Game Awards LIVE On Twitch

I will be covering The Game Awards on Twitch throughout the evening. Be sure to head on over to Twitch for all of the coverage, commentary, and reactions. Also be sure to check out the official website for The Game Awards for information on the nominations.

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Come Watch The Game Awards LIVE On Twitch At 8:30 pm ET

I will be covering The Game Awards on Twitch throughout the evening. Be sure to head on over to Twitch for all of the coverage, commentary, and reactions. Also be sure to check out the official website for The Game Awards for information on the nominations.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Announced

UPDATE: The Collectors Edition will be available at EB Games in Canada. Special thanks to @Cory_Boehm for the heads up!

Sony Interactive Entertainment held the final episode of State of Play for the year. It was around twenty minutes long and showcased various games coming to PlayStation 4. While the game was already leaked last week, one of the games that stood out was the upcoming remake for Resident Evil 3 from Capcom.

Similar to Resident Evil VII, the game seems to be using the RE7 engine and will also be played in first-person, unlike RE2make. It was revealed to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE on April 3. There will be a Collectors Edition, as well which will be exclusive to GameStop in the United States. In addition, I have reached out to GameStop and EB Games via Twitter for comment on whether the Collectors Edition will be releasing in Canada and the UK since it is a GameStop exclusive in the US.

If you are interested, you can check out the trailer for RE3 above and my State of Play live stream if for commentary with reactions.

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Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection is Available Now as a Nintendo Switch Exclusive

Ubisoft is bringing more Assassin’s Creed games to the Switch. Starting today, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to enjoy Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection and it is also exclusive to Switch, for the time being. The collection included Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the stand alone title Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry, and finally Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, which never previously launched on a Nintendo console.

Will you be getting this remaster and have you ever played these games prior to these versions of the games? Let us all know in the comments.

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Nintendo Switch Launches in Mainland China on December 10

Nintendo Switch will release in Mainland China on December 10. Games so far releasing in the mainland part of the country are Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and NEW Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. More games will release down the road. Be sure to check out the Official Launch Trailer above.

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My Plan for COPPA and Why it is Not as Big of a Deal as it Seems

COPPA stands for Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It was put in place to protect minors from getting their personal information collected; the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is in charge of monitoring companies collecting information from minors under 13. I thought it was important to discuss and explain what my plans are for this come January 1, 2020. Now, I am not an expert on this; however, I have done research and I wanted to go over a little bit of what COPPA is and what I think about this. I will explain to the best of my ability but bare in mind please that mistakes may happen.

My plan is simple, it is to keep the uploads the same. The only difference is that they will be labeled ‘not for kids’. This would mainly affect what content might appear beside the video on the right on desktop or below a video on Mobile. (This will also have no effect on my schedule change for Twitch.)

How do I see this? I want to ask you something: Why give up? Why bother going outside when you do not have to as something might happen to you. So, we all should stop hanging out with friends outside, no more driving cars when we do not have to, and while we’re at it, let’s no longer attend concerts because something might happen. Now, obviously I do not advise people to go and do something stupid like jump off a building. What I am referring to is taking risks that are worth taking. When driving to work, you risk the chance of getting in a crash but if you are careful, it will decrease the chances of that happening. As long as people are informed and at least think before making and publishing a video, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Now, I know I am exaggerating but this is how I honestly feel about this. Personally for me, anyway, why should I simply stop uploading and/or delete my channel and content for something I love doing; making videos? Perhaps, I am not seeing the same picture that other people are seeing.

A problem with the COPPA enforcements on YouTube is the algorithm. The algorithm is basically a bot to help YouTube monitorate or curate the website and its content. It is ‘machine learning’. However, just like humans, machines or AI are imperfect. What I fear the most is the algorithm looking at a thumbnail or scanning parts of the videos (however it does that) and sees “Oh. There is Mario! This should be family-friendly. We will change this for SonicmanTheBest so it is ‘for kids’.”

Uh-oh. There is a problem. Now, videos targeted at kids under the age of 13 are being recommended on the side of the video. Videos or shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, kids playing Minecraft, or Scooby-Doo are being recommended. What may have been looked over (or missed completely) was some minor detail in the video that is not appropriate for all ages but it may not be mature, either. Watch the video above to get a better understanding of this since it is easier to discuss.

More on COPPA, the FTC will not go after every single person on YouTube. They simply do not have enough manpower to do that. They would more likely go after those that are really going overboard. Picture this: Someone that is knowingly intentionally trying to collect personal information from a user under 13 and marking a video or an entire channel ‘for kids’ of all ages, especially with age-restriction turned off, that person has a much higher chance of getting in trouble.

One other thing, the FTC is probably going to look for these things first: A minor’s name, (in this case, someone under 13) his or her address, Social Security Number, a personal picture, or someone’s phone number without consent from a legal guardian or adult. There is much more that they are looking for, as well. You can learn all about COPPA on the FTC’s website. Additionally, be sure to check out Rich’s video from ReviewTechUSA. He did a phenomenal job discussing COPPA and YouTube.

In addition, I saw a few other Content Creators, such as Rule of 2 Review, Nintendo Prime, and Boogie2988 talking about COPPA and their plans for the future. I am not calling these guys out. In fact, I would argue they had valid points and I will even go as far in suggesting you take the time to check them out and hear their side of the story.

Basically, my uploads will be the same. Unless you are knowingly intentionally going overboard, you will most likely be fine. So, quit worrying. There is no need to delete your channels or stopping uploaded content.

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Sonic X is Coming to Netflix on December 1

@TailsChannel has reported that Sonic X, the 2003 Saturday morning cartoon series that aired on 4Kids, (formally known as the Fox Box) in select western countries, will finally be making its way to Netflix on December 1. It may come as a surprise considering that both the English and Japanese dub for Sonic X are already on Hulu along with Sonic Boom; however, Sonic Boom (or Sonic Toon) is already on the Japanese version of Netflix, so maybe it shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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A Brand New Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer Was Released With His New Design

Paramount Pictures just released the second official trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog. The first trailer was met with a lot of negativity, so the team delayed the movie three months to make changes to Sonic.

Sonic looks a little bit different than he did in the first trailer. He now has his regular red shoes, white gloves, and his peachy belly. His arms however, are still similar to the Sonic Boom arms and he still has two eyes instead of one big eye with two pupils. One other thing about his design, Sonic still has more realist fur. I can get by with this though.

Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for release on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020. What does everyone else think of the new design? Please share your comment with us!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Video Prestation Live Stream

I will be live streaming Nintendo’s video presentation today. The stream will be about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC with reactions on stream. While Nintendo will be starting the stream at 8 am ET, I will be streaming later tonight at 5 pm ET.

Click the link to follow and turn on that notification bell to be notified when I go Live. Not sure you want to follow or don’t have Twitch? That is perfectly fine! I will be post again when I go Live. Additionally, it will be posted on YouTube 24 hours afterward.

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Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is Available Now in North America

EDIT The South Korea Olympic Games 2018 were held in Pyeongchang, not Seoul. Thanks for the heads up.

After a hiatus from the Olympic Games Pyeongchang 2018, Mario and Sonic are at it again in Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and it is available today for Nintendo Switch in North America. The game actually released last week in Japan and unfortunately for those residing in Europe, the game won’t release until November 8.

The game was developed by SEGA and published by SEGA in North America. (Nintendo may publish the game in some countries.) This is exclusive to Nintendo Switch; although, there will be another Mario & Sonic game in the arcade.

As the top paragraph suggests, the game takes place in Tokyo, Japan, where the Olympic Games will be held next. Players will be able to play with eight other people with Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario characters across more than 30 events for both Modern Sonic and Mario characters as well as their 8-bit or 16-bit counterparts.

To learn more about the game, be sure to visit Nintendo’s Official Website.

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Nintendo Switch Sold 41.67 Million SKU’s Worldwide

Nintendo held their quarterly investors meeting recently and the company has impressive news about the Switch and its software. Nintendo Switch hardware has now made 41.67 million SKU’s worldwide in sales, while its software has reached 246.01 million.

In the second quarter of FY 2019, the company also reported quarterly shipments. The Nintendo Switch reached 2.85 million SKU’s, and the Switch Lite shipped 1.95 million units. That equals 4.8 million for both Switch’s. In addition to console shipments, the software for last quarter made 35.87 million units.

There is another interesting feat about the Nintendo Switch. The console is really close to outselling the Xbox ONE worldwide shipments. CNBC estimated that Microsoft shipped around 46.9 million Xbox ONE consoles.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 is Available Today for Nintendo Switch!

Happy Halloween everyone and that means Luigi’s Mansion 3 is available today on Nintendo Switch. Instead of Nintendo’s routine to release console games on Friday, the company opted into a Thursday release just in time for Halloween. Luigi’s Mansion 3 was published by Nintendo and developed by Canadian studio, Next Level Games in Vancouver, B.C.

Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion 3 or will you be waiting? Let us all know in the comments and also, if you did buy the game, please share what you think about the game so far. Please do not post any spoilers for readers who have yet to play the game first.

To learn more about the game, visit Nintendo’s Official Website.

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The Last of Us Part II Has Been Delayed… Again

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Today, it was confirmed that The Last of Us Part II would need to be delayed a second time from its February 21 release to May 29, a little over three months later. The reason the game is being delayed is to not rush development and to make sure staff is not given even more stress than they likely already have.

Creative Director, Neil Drunkmann made a statement, “… it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.”

The Last of Us Part II is set to release as a PlayStation 4 exclusive on May 29, 2020. To learn more, be sure to read about the news HERE.

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Nintendo Switch Was the Best Selling Console in Unit Sales for September 2019 | NPD Group (US and Canada)

For the month of September, the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in North America for unit sales. That is according to Mat Piscatella from the NPD Group. This makes the Switch the best selling console for ten months in a row since December late last year.

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Next, there are the top ten best selling games for the same region released by The NPD Group. The first two games are NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3. In third place, FIFA 20 made it on the list. The following game was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, while Madden NFL 20 made it next on the list.. Then, the following games made it on the list in their respective order; Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Gears 5, Code Vein, NHL 20, and Mario Kart 8.

That is all for the month of September. Come back next month to hear about sales data from The NPD Group from October.

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Nintendo Switch Reaches 15 Million SKU’s in North America

Nintendo Switch has officially reached 15 million SKU’s in North America. As for Europe, the system shipped 10 million units. The Switch has been very successful since launch in 2017 and has outsold the Wii U, GameCube, and Nintendo 64.

Doug Bowser, President and COO of Nintendo of America had the following to say, “As we enter our third holiday season, Nintendo Switch is creating smiles and enjoying broad appeal, with more than 15 million consumers across North America playing their favourite games whenever and wherever they like.”

Nintendo Co, Ltd. will be holding their six month briefing on October 31 in Kyoto. The company will likely share worldwide lifetime units for the Switch in terms of shipments to retailers. Nintendo Switch was last reported to have reached 36.87 million SKU’s and a software rate of 210.13 million.

To learn more about Nintendo Switch sale shipments, see Nintendo Co, Ltd.

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Overwatch and The Witcher III Have Finally Released for Nintendo Switch

Today is October 15 and that means it is the day that Overwatch releases for Nintendo Switch. The game was announced for Nintendo Switch in the last Direct. This will be $39.99 US / CA$ 49.99 and it will be a digital-only game available via the Nintendo eShop. The version will be called Overwatch: Legendary Edition and contain all of the content already in other versions of the game.

You can visit Nintendo’s Official Website for more details on the game.

Another game that is releasing today is from CD Projekt Red. It is The Witcher III: The Complete Edition. It will include all of its original story content and DLC content. There is also a physical version to the game.

For more details on the game, head on over to Nintendo’s Official Website.

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Red Dead Redemption II is Coming to PC on November 5

Rockstar Games put out the announcement that Red Dead Redemption II will release for PC on Humble Bundle, the Epic Games Store, and Rockstar Games Launcher on Tuesday November 5, with a Steam version to follow in December. The game originally released back in 2018 for for PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE. It will also be releasing on Google Stadia at a later date. As for a Nintendo Switch version, no news was given on this topic. Maybe it will launch on Nintendo Switch Pro.

When pre-purchased on the Rockstar Games Launcher, users will get two free Rockstar Games on the Rockstar Games Launcher of their choice for free. This ranges from Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas, Vice City, Bully: Scholarship Edition , LA Noire: The Complete Edition, and Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition. It is a bit of a mess. Watch the video above for more details.

In addition to free games, Red Dead Online will be included. The package for Red Dead Redemption II will receive everything that the console version included on PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE back in 2018. The game launches on PC on November 5.

For more information, head on over to Rockstar Games.

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Is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Getting DLC?

Is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Getting DLC?

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening launched on Game Boy back in 1993, along with a coloured version releasing later. Last week on Friday, Nintendo released Link’s Awakening in HD for Nintendo Switch. This version however, was developed by third-party developer, Grezno.

When the game launched, there was a started edition and an edition that came with an amiibo. On the Nintendo eShop, I was looking through games that released over the past few weeks. I decided to take a look at The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening again, even though I already downloaded the game. As I scrolled down, I noticed something very interesting. It said that release dates for DLC have not been announced yet.

Nintendo has not confirmed DLC at all. Could this be a mistake or is DLC planned to be announced in a future Direct? Let me know your thoughts on this.

For more information on The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, be sure to check out Nintendo’s Official Website for the game.

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Mario Kart Tours is Available Now for iOS and Android

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Nintendo Co, Ltd. has finally officially released Mario Kart Tours on iOS and Android as a free download first. (Micro transactions are included.) The game is an auto-racer and the first Mobile game in the Mario Kart franchise. It was published by Nintendo Co, Ltd. and developed both by Nintendo EPD and DeNA.

Download on The App Store.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Live Stream at 6 pm ET

 

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Today is Friday September 20. Nintendo released the Switch Lite and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch. I will be live streaming the game later tonight at 6 pm ET on Twitch. If anyone is interested, be sure to head on over to SonicmanTheBest on Twitch for all of the excitement on the Switch version.

 

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NPD Hardware and Software Sales for the Month of August 2019

Nintendo had a good month once again. Five games published by Nintendo made the list. This includes games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2, and Mario Kart 8, just to name a few. The best selling game was Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL 20.

According to @MatPiscatella, the Nintendo Switch once again the best selling console. The Switch has been the best selling console every month in 2019 in the US and Canada. Also, with new experiences like Ring Fit Adventure and titles such as Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield, Nintendo will most likely continue to be on top for the fourth quarter of this year. (This does referring to Nintendo’s fiscal quarter.)

To learn more, head on over the the NPD Group.

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Ring Fit Unveiled for Nintendo Switch

Last week, Nintendo announced that a new experience was coming to Switch. The company uploaded a short teaser with no gameplay, instead, it showcased people interacting with this ring-like controller where Joy-Cons are inserted into it. Today, Nintendo finally unveiled more information about the product.

Nintendo uploaded a video on YouTube about the brand new game. It is over seven minutes long. Above, you can see my initial reactions and thoughts on the products. Ring Fit Adventure will release on October 8 for $59.99 US / $99.99 CA. You can find more information on Nintendo’s website.

What do you think of Nintendo’s new experience? Let us all know in the comments!

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Nintendo Announces New ‘Round Thing’ For the Nintendo Switch | More Details to Arrive 9/12

First look at a new experience for Nintendo Switch

Yes, you read that right. Nintendo announced this earlier today, one day after the Nintendo Direct. It is roughly a minute and twenty-three minutes long and it showcases people from around the world using their Joy-Con controllers attached to this round object. Nintendo says we will learn more about this ‘new experience’ for the console on Thursday September 12.

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Here is What Was Shown During the Nintendo Direct | Wednesday September 4, 2019

Overwatch

At the beginning of the Nintendo Direct, they showed off a familiar game from Activision Blizzard called Overwatch. There were leaks and most of those were real. Overwatch launches on Nintendo Switch on October 15.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

The second game Nintendo showed off was Luigi’s Mansion 3. The Canadian studio, Next Level Games did a fantastic job on the game. There is a brand new multiplayer mode that lets you play with up to eight players. Nintendo will release the game October 31.

Super Kirby Clash

Super Kirby Clash is the next game they showed off. It is a free game from Nintendo and HAL Laboratories, Ltd and it is available today. However, the game is only free to play to Nintendo Switch Online users.

Secret of Mana Remake

Secret of Mana has returned! This time, fans can play it on Nintendo Switch. Not only that, Square Enix is bringing over Secret of Mana Remake to the system. Secret of Mana Remake will launch on April 24, 2020.

Return of the Obra Dinn

This next game looks interesting but may give gamers a headache. It is called Rerun of the Obra Dinn from 3909 and Warp. The game comes out this fall.

Little Town Hero

Remember a little game codenamed Town from GAME FREAK, Inc? Whether you do or not, gamers are about to learn more about this upcoming game launching for the Switch.

Little Town Hero is an upcoming game from GAME FREAK. The developer is also responsible for making Pokémon games; although this is an original IP. Little Town Hero launches on October 16 and Switch owners can pre-order on the Nintendo eShop today.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A lot of news regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been circling the gaming community today. As it turns out, Nintendo and Sakurai-San have announced quite a bit. First off, Banjo & Kazooie from Rare and Xbox Game Studios is making his way into the game as DLC and players can play as him today.

Another character coming this November is Terry. He is from the SNK series. SNK was on the NEO GEO.

In addition to these two new additions, Sakurai had announced that there will be a new DLC Pack 2 coming later. This will include even more characters. Also, this does not include the unannounced character for DLC Pack 1.

One last thing before moving on is Mii Fighters. Mii Fighters will be getting a new update in Smash. Players will be able to customize moves and skins for their Mii’s.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The next game shown was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The game originally released on Game Boy. Here is a full on remaster or ‘remake’ (which is up for debate) on the Switch. The game launches the same day as Nintendo Switch Lite, September 20. Therefore, if fans are waiting to pick the new Switch model up, there is a game waiting for them.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Another Square Enix game shown off was Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition. The game launches on the console September 27 and there is a demo available for download today.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions: FE Encore

Furthermore, Nintendo showed off a Fire Emblem-like spin off called Tokyo Mirage Sessions: FE Encore. It will release January 17, 2020. That is the start of the new year.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

The next game looked really interesting, it was called Deadly Premonition 2: Blessing in Disguise from Rising Star Games. It will launch on the console in 2020. Also, the original game, Deadly Premonition Origins is actually available on the eShop now.

Definity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition

Another game shown was Definity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition. This was from Larian Studios Games. It is out today, as well.

DOOM 64

From Bethesda Softworks, Pete Howard made an appearance during the Direct to talk about DOOM 64. The game first launched on Nintendo 64, obviously. He went on to say that it is the 25th anniversary and it will be launching for the Switch on November 22.

Rogue Company

This next game is a brand new game and not a port. This is a third-person shooter running at 60 FPS called Rogue Company. Rogue Company will release in 2020.

If anyone is tired of hearing about Pokémon, consider skipping over this next bit. Anyway, Pokémon Sword and Shield once again were in another presentation. They showed off a new park where Pokémon and players can train and interact. Up to three players (Not four?) can join, too. Another aspect to the game is that gamers will be able to change clothes again and cook for their Pokémon. The game launches on November 15.

Nintendo Switch Online

Here is something interesting for a change. Nintendo announced that new features will be coming to Nintendo Switch Online. Up to twenty Super Nintendo games are launching on the platform soon, games include Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Mario World, F-ZERO, and many others for free. (Nintendo Switch Online subscription required.)

Another announcement made was that there will be another controller. It is the SNES Controller and it can be used to play games. However, it will not act as a Joy-Con like with the NES controllers. (Nintendo Switch Online subscription required.)

Tetris 99 will be getting a new update. New Modes, new themes, and icons are coming to the game for free. (Nintendo Switch Online subscription required for certain parts of the game.) It will become available on September 5.

Also, a physical version of Tetris 99 was talked about. Tetris 99 will get a physical release on September 6. For non-subscribers, there is a paid portion of the game that have no interest in the subscription service.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

How many Mario & Sonic games are there now; Because it looks like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is coming on November 25 and is being published by SEGA. It will include a new story mode based on the 1964 Olympic Games, new events, and even a retro style gameplay. The retro option will let players play as 8-bit Super Mario characters or 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog characters.

Daemon X Machina

Daemon X Machina is a new IP being published by Nintendo. It is a beat ’em up shooter robotic kind of game. Another demo is out today. The demo will carry save progress over to the full game, which will see its release on September 13.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outlast

It isn’t Electronic Arts, but it is a Star Wars game. It may be the best Nintendo fans are going to get out of Star Wars games on Switch. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outlast will launch on September 24.

Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection

One of the best announcements made was from Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed: Rebel was confirmed for Nintendo Switch and it looks to be exclusive, for now. It will include two games both remastered; the two games included are Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. The collection releases just in time for Christmas on December 6.

A lot of other games were displayed during the Direct. Some of these titles are Dauntless, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition , and The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt – Complete Edition. Others include Just Dance 2020, GRID Autosport, Farming Simulator 20, and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. There were more; i.e. NBA 2K20, Call of Cthulhu, The Outer Worlds, Devil May Cry 2, and Vampyr.

Personal Favorite

My person Favorite was Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection. I really look forward to playing through Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue on the Nintendo Switch. One reason this may stand out the most is because I am a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, (not so much a fan of newer releases) and I think since Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is likely one the my favourite games currently, this is why this is number one for me.

What are some of your favourites? Let everyone know in the comments!

To watch the Nintendo Direct in its originality, go HERE:

To watch the Smash Presentation in its originality, go HERE:

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New Tomb Raider Film to Release on March 19, 2021

Last year saw the release of the Tomb Raider film directed by Roar Uthaug and staring Alicia Vikander portraying Lara Croft. A new Tomb Raider film was just announced. It is planned for release on March 19, 2021.

Vikander will once again be playing Lara Croft in this film. The new director will be Ben Wheatley. Production for the film will start next year, 2020. The film is currently planned to release on March 19, 2021. However, that could change; as time goes on, it will become more clear.

Will you be planning on seeing the sequel to 2019’s Tomb Raider? Do you think there are too many Tomb Raider movies? Let everyone know below.

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Deadline

@getFANDOM

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Mario Kart Tour Releases September 25

Last year, Nintendo announced two new Mobile games, Dr. Mario World and Mario Kart Tour. In May, select Android users were able to participate in a closed-beta for Mario Kart Tour. This summer, Dr. Mario World released on both iOS and Android.

It has just been confirmed via social media that Mario Kart Tour will release on September 25. It will release on iOS and Android still. For more information, be sure to visit the Mario Kart Tour official website here.

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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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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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Nintendo Switch Was The Best Selling Console In January of 2019

https://youtu.be/wEvsMFVRnQ0

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.

The Nintendo Switch UP Fan Made Design Trending Again After Seven Months

The Nintendo Switch UP was posted online seven months ago back in June 2019. Why is this image now making it around the Social Media and the web? Let’s take a look at what all of this is about anyway. *This also is not an official design from Nintendo.

It still looks like a neat design, if only it were official. The design is completely fan made from a passionate Nintendo fan. It almost looks like a modern smart phone depending on how it is looked at. Instead of the microSD card unit on the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite, there appears to be support for traditional SD cards. This design also features a D-pad, similar to the Pro Controller or the Switch Lite. Another interesting aspect is that there are gyros both at the top of the unit instead of having two regular analog sticks placed diangularly from each other.

Next, it talks about the screen display. The screen itself is slightly bigger and it even displays a higher resolution. Now, this version would support a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. The original and official Switch and Switch Lite only display 1280 x 720p resolution. With a larger screen, games should look and play better.

In addition to the screen and resolution, the console is said to feature 6 GB of RAM instead of 4. This means, games should load much faster. There is also 64 GB of storage instead of 32. That may still be inexcusable if this was a real console; there should be at least 128 GB. Another thing about this version is there is longer battery life. It was said that the battery can last for around four and a half to eight hours. That is slightly less than the new model of the Switch being released in retail today, though.

One other updated feature is the docking station, now knows as Clever Dock. The Switch UP can sit on top of the dock, so gamers now will no longer need to worry about scratching the screens. Players can also use the screen on the Switch UP, similar to the Wii U Gamepad during gameplay on TV for certain games.

One last thing about the system is it has six different colors listed. The colors are pink, a yellowish-green, a blue unit, white and black. See the original video to learn more of the fan made design. *Once again, this is not the official Nintendo Switch Lite.

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