Jumping for (Nurse) joy — A recap of the 01/09/2020 Pokémon Direct

I’m quite certain most of us can agree that today was a good day to be a Pokémon fan, as today’s Pokémon Direct hit us with three very cool announcements.  The most prominent reveal was that of the Expansion Pass that will add 200+ Pokémon and two areas to your journey through the Galar Region.  Some gamers were a bit aggro about a duo of Pokémon games having paid DLC ($30 or otherwise), but I have confidence the content in said DLC will be worth the dinero.

But Sword & Shield were not the only stars of the show, as the Direct kicked off with the reveal of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, which is a Switch remake of Pokémon Blue & Red Rescue Team.  This remake is due for release on March 6, and there is an eShop demo available now.

The Direct wrapped up with Pokémon Home being announced for a February release.  Home is a hub app that allows for transferring Pokémon from game to game, and that includes importing from Go to Sword & Shield.

We’re not even a full month into 2020, and it’s already looking like it’s gonna be a fantastic year for the mega-popular Pokémon franchise regardless of how controversial Sword & Shield seem to be.  From Switch games to mobile apps, 2020 will no doubt be a fun year to catch ’em all

SSG_Preston’s Gaming Wishlist for 2020

What’s up, everybody? I hope you all have been having an incredible holiday season! With 2020 being just around the corner, myself and many other gamers have already begun compiling lists of games we’d like to see in 2020.  My list is a blender of wishes that are probable and ones that are not-so-probable.  Hopefully my wishes of the latter kind won’t irk those of you who are reading this.  I have quite a lot of wishes in my noggin, but I’ll narrow this article down to a handful of them and save others for later times.  Without further ado, let’s go through them one at a time…

Wish #1: More 3DS games ported to the Switch

Since Nintendo themselves acknowledged back in June that the 3DS has no first-party titles left in the tank, I believe that it makes sense to increase the speed of the rolling ball when it comes to 3DS-to-Switch ports.  There are a handful of 3DS games that I feel would make great for Switch releases, such as Super Mario 3D LandDonkey Kong Country Returns, and the 3DS versions of the Nintendo 64’s The Legend of Zelda games.  I have other ports in mind, but I’ll save discussing those for another time.

Wish #2: Super Mario Sunshine HD

Remember when Nintendo tweeted a picture of Mario munching on a watermelon, and the caption contained the word “sunshine?” That tweet lit the fuse that was speculation of the GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine getting a remaster on the Switch.  It’s now the closing days of 2019, and the big N still hasn’t announced such a thing.  Will it be announced during E3 2020? I sure hope so!

Wish #3: Mario Golf on Switch

A year ago, the folks at Camelot served us Mario Tennis Aces (Obvious tennis pun is obvious), and it has since become one of the Switch’s best-selling games.  And now that all the DLC for the aforementioned tennis game has been released, I really want Mario Golf to step onto the Switch’s tee box.  We haven’t seen Mario and co. hit the links since 2017’s hit-and-miss Mario Sports Superstars on the 3DS, so I don’t think it’s an unreasonable wish on my end.

Wish #4: Mario Kart 9

What Nintendo console would be complete without a fresh installment of Mario Kart? It’s been nearly three years since Mario Kart 8 went from the Wii U to the Switch, so I think 2020 is the year that we’ll finally get the ninth main installment in this iconic racing series.  Some have suggested that this game be a crossover racer like Sonic & All-Stars Racing, and I personally would love for that to be a thing.

Wish #5: F-Zero on Switch

Yes, I know this is kind of a pipedream considering we haven’t seen this series in action since a 2004 GBA title, but I still hold onto hope that we will one day see the return of the white-knuckle racer that is F-Zero.  And no, Fast RMX doesn’t count! If Nintendo could whip up an F-Zero game on the Switch, I’d personally buy it in a heartbeat, especially if it had online multiplayer.  If we can get F-Zero tracks in Mario Kart, getting a new F-Zero game is not completely impossible.

Wish #6: Skate 4 or a new Tony Hawk game

Skateboarding games have always held a special place in my heart, and I still miss the days when they were a truly big deal on the market.  It’s been nine years since the cult-classic Skate 3, and 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was an absolute catastrophe.  We’ve got some indie skating titles roaming around as of late, but I’d love to see one of the two aforementioned series make a comeback in 2020.  Whichever one is more likely is a mystery.

Wish #7: NCAA Football returns

Since the NCAA stated that they will allow their athletes to earn money off of the use of their names and likenesses, this gives us more reason to believe that EA’s NCAA Football can one day return to the gridiron.  We’ve got a handful of colleges in the latest edition of Madden NFL, so that’s a good start.  NCAA Football ’14 still maintains a cult-following, so I don’t doubt a new installment would yield EA a truckload of profits.

 

So, which of my gaming wishes for 2020 are going to come true? Are any of yours going to come true as well? Only time will tell.  Until next time, thank you for reading another Silver Soul Gaming article.  And from all of us at SSG…Have a Happy New Year!

Three’s a crowd…Of zombies — Resident Evil 3 remake announced

It hasn’t even been a full year since the remake of Resident Evil 2 hit the shelves, and Capcom isn’t done yet.  Recently, the publishing powerhouse from Japan has announced that a remake of Resident Evil 3 will arrive in 2020, providing another dose of nostalgia for those who love reminiscing about classic zombie-shooters.  Coming along for the ride is a multiplayer mode called Resident Evil Resistance, an online battle between a team of four and a “mastermind” who sets all the traps.  Considering how heavily-revered the previous remake has been, I have full confidence this next one will be nothing short of enthralling.  The zombie-shooting fun resumes on April 3.

The ballpark is expanding — MLB The Show coming to other platforms in 2021 or later

I’ve said this before, and I’m gonna say it again…The baseball videogame market is definitely not the same as it was back in the early 2000’s.  If you want a serious game of virtual hardball, you’re gonna need a PS4 and a copy of Sony’s MLB The Show.  Baseball fans who don’t have a PS4 have long complained about how they’re left in the dugout when it comes to being able to own a game where you can do anything that has to do with our national pastime.  However, Sony has listened loud and clear, and they recently pulled some huge news out of the bullpen — As early as 2021, MLB The Show will be available for more than just the PS4, meaning that owners of the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and possibly even Windows PC can get their mitts (Get it?) on Sony’s long-running baseball franchise.  Considering we haven’t had a simulation-style MLB game on multiple platforms since the MLB 2K series threw in the towel, this is very good news for baseball-gaming considering The Show probably won’t have any competition anytime soon.  For now, MLB The Show ’20 will be exclusive to the PS4, and we’re waiting for Sony San Diego to reveal the new features this game is cooking up.

In for a shock — 2K confirms new BioShock game in development

If there’s a question that 2K Games has received ad nauseam, it’s along the lines of “Where the heck is the next BioShock game?” Well, thanks to a recent announcement from 2K themselves, we don’t have to ask that question anymore.  Their brand new studio Cloud Chamber will be working for “the next several years” on the latest game in this ultra-popular FPS series.  Not only is the developer roster composed of people who worked on the first three games, but it is being captained by Kelley Gillmore (Who has experience working on IP’s like Civilization and XCOM).  The fourth title in the BioShock series certainly won’t be a launch title for the next-gen hardware, but the folks at 2K will do everything in their ability to make this game as polished as it can be.

Code-cracking madness — Codemasters acquires Slightly Mad Studios

It’s time to talk about another acquisition that I and at least one other person didn’t see coming, and it once again involves the racing-game genre.  Codemasters has a handful of ongoing series in their garage, such as DirtGrid, and the official Formula 1 games.  They now own new territory thanks to their acquisition of fellow British developer Slightly Mad Studios, makers of the Project CARS IP.  If you ask me, this is a big deal because they’re two of the most prominent companies when it comes to today’s racing games, not to mention they both have really good assets and licenses.  With this purchase comes very valid questions — Is one of the four aforementioned series being canned? Which licenses that Slightly Mad Studios owned could be used in Codemasters’ Grid series, and vice versa for the Project CARS series? Regardless of what theories we come up with, the best thing we can do is to wait for Codies to give us the answer..And you bet your buttons I’m excited to know what’s up.

Is the skatepark back in business? — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games possibly being remade

If you were around in the late-90’s and early-2000’s, you’ll most likely remember just how big of a deal the Tony Hawk game franchise was.  It brought skateboarding games to mainstream success thanks to its easy-to-pick-up gameplay, memorable music, and skatepark-sized amount of replay value.  And despite a nasty bail in the form of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which was released shortly before Hawk and Activision Blizzard split ways, it doesn’t seem that all is lost.  Word on the street is that Activision are in the process of giving the first two games in the franchise (Maybe more) the remake treatment.  As a longtime fan of extreme sports games, this rumor has me absolutely pumped, and I hope this remake (Or package of remakes) really is a thing.  I have confidence that there is at least one studio at Activision that is fully capable of producing the game that Pro Skater 5 failed to be.  Maybe it’ll even be as good if not better than Skate 3.  In the meantime, all we can do is wait and find out if the Tony Hawk franchise truly is ready to drop into the halfpipe again.