Nintendo Direct Recap

Today’s Nintendo Direct was chock full of announcements and new details about many upcoming games and had a few surprises as well.

The switch version of Overwatch that’s been rumored for a few days was the first thing Nintendo showed and is releasing on October 15. The trailer also showed of motion controls for some of the heroes as well.

Nintendo then jumped straight into Luigi’s Mansion 3 details showing off some new levels of the haunted hotel and a new multiplayer mode which pits a team of Luigi’s and Gooigi’s against each other.

The first surprise release was a free-to-play Kirby game called Super Kirby Clash which will be available today. Also releasing today is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s third fighter Banjo Kazooie which was detailed in a separate video after the Direct.

The fourth DLC character was announced during the Direct though. He is Terry Bogard from the series Fatal Fury and will release in November. Along with the Terry announcement Nintendo revealed there will be more paid DLC characters coming to Ultimate after the fighter pass finishes.

Pokemon developer Game Freak also has a new game coming to Switch called Little Town Hero which is coming out October 16. It’s available for pre-purchase today and seems to be a turn based fighting game that draws inspiration from Pokemon.

Speaking of Pokemon, the stream went over 4 new details for Sword and Shield. Character customization returns but now will have more depth and options allowing you to accessorize and even choose makeup. You can also set up a Pokemon camp in the wild and play with your Pokemon, experiment with curry recipes and visit other trainers’ camps. Two new Pokemon were detailed; Polteageist is a teapot shaped ghost type and Cramorant is a duck-looking water-flying type.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Nintendo announced a few new IP’s, revealed new remakes, detailed already announced ones, and introduced new SNES games coming to the online subscription. They also announced a smorgasbord of new ports including a classic Star Wars game, Doom 64 and an Assassin’s Creed collection including Rogue and Black Flag.

The final announcement was Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, a remake of the Wii title coming in 2020. For more details on that as well as things like a Tetris 99 update, The Witcher 3 port, and Animal Crossing New Horizons, check out the video below.

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Assassins Creed Odyssey Update Adds New Game + and More

Assassins Creed Odyssey received a new update that has added a New Game + mode, new frames for photo mode, support for next weeks Legacy of the Blade DLC and The Lost Tales of Greece DLC that is coming down the road, and many small tweaks and balances to the game.

The New Game + mode allows you to start a new campaign of the game from the beginning but with the gear, mounts, spear upgrades, ship upgrades, abilities, drachmae, and crafting materials from a previous play through. A bonus being that you can change the character you play with, if you had done a full play through as Kassandra you can play as Alexios and vice versa.

A full list of the patch notes can be found here. Be warned that there is some major spoilage for the Lost Tales of Greece DLC that can be found in these notes.

Ubisoft Lists Assassin’s Creed III Remastered For Nintendo Switch On Their Club Website!

Today, vooks.net stumbled upon interesting information when searching through Ubisoft’s Club website. Apparently, the website claims that Assassin’s Creed III Remastered will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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Image courtesy of vooks.net.

To access and see this listing for yourself, vooks.net states, “You need to be logged in to see it, but on the Ubisoft Club website, the game is clearly listed as coming to the Switch.”

From what I know, there’s been no word about this “listing” getting taken down–making me assume that the game’s web-page hasn’t been altered yet. Whether this was a simple mistake made by one of Ubisoft’s employees, is another question I can’t provide a solid answer for either.

However, if we take this as confirmation that the title’s indeed coming to Nintendo’s latest system, then that begs another question regarding its release date, and whether it’ll come out the same-day as the other platforms.

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Image courtesy of Ubisoft.com.

As written by vooks.net

“late last week Assassin’s Creed III Remastered was given a release date for all the other consoles and PC, but not the Switch. It’s been rumoured to be coming to the Switch, listed at retailers even – but now there’s even more fuel on the fire.”

With all these port rumors floating around, it’s no wonder fans are asking for Nintendo to deliver their long-awaited early-year Nintendo Direct. Maybe, with that eventual direct, we’ll get confirmation about this rumor and others shared online so far.

We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on more news concerning this game and others when officials over at Ubisoft or Nintendo speak on the matter or show the title off.

What do you think about this news? When do you believe we’ll receive confirmation about the game’s whereabouts on the Nintendo Switch platform? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Nintendo rumors, and everything gaming too.

Assassin’s Creed III Is Arriving On Nintendo Switch Based On Retail Listing Leaks!

The Assassin’s Creed franchise might be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon. Gamespot.com reports, “according to retailer listings, a new collection of Assassin’s Creed titles is coming to Switch in just a couple of weeks.”

GameInformer.com reports that “the Nintendo Switch subreddit” discovered that various Czech retailers created a web-page that lists “Assassin’s Creed III + Liberation Remastered bundle is coming on Nintendo Switch” with a February 15th release date. The reddit user, Nightmare666xd states that the game’s physical version or  price will be around 35$/35€.

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Snapshot courtesy of reddit user, Nightmare666xd.

On that note, GameInformer.com reports that this discovery coincides with listings made by Germany’s MediaMarkt store chain concerning “an ‘Assassin’s Creed Compilation'” appearing on Nintendo Switch later down the line. GameInformer.com also states that both titles are being remastered for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and will be a “part of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s season pass”–while the ability to buy them separately will be an option.

They report Assassin’s Creed III’s design aesthetics are being worked on–as Ubisoft remains silent about the details and how they’re specifically refining the game. Given that Assassin’s Creed III’s an old title, it makes sense for Ubisoft to release the title’s enhanced variant on the Nintendo Switch.

Ubisoft’s remained silent about the whole leak situation. According to Gamespot.com, the only Assassin’s Creed title on Nintendo Switch is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey which is “a Japan-exclusive cloud-streaming game.” Like Ubisoft, Nintendo hasn’t announced any plans to bring the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey cloud-streaming variant or any other Assassin’s Creed games to the Nintendo Switch for western consumers yet.

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Image courtesy of Kotaku.com.

The last official Assassin’s Creed game on an Nintendo platform was Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for Nintendo’s Wii U system, said Gamespot.com. Assassin’s Creed III was also released on the same system, some-time before. Gamespot.com reports, “the other apparent Switch title, Liberation,”  was a 2012 PlayStation Vita exclusive title, before it appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

However, with every leak, legitimate or unbelievable, we must take it all with a pinch of salt. If anything, we can see these titles get announced for the Nintendo Switch during a future Nintendo Direct. We’ll keep you updated when more news about these mysterious titles are shared online.

What do you think about this news? Will you be picking up these games for the Nintendo Switch if the leaks are true? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Assassin’s Creed news, and everything gaming too.

First Impressions: AC Rebellion

The past few weeks have been quite busy for me, especially with the lead into finals week. Naturally, this has left me little time for properly sitting down at my PC and playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, one game I’ve been able to keep with me has been the relatively new Assassin’s Creed Rebellion mobile game. It’s been perfect for me to get a small AC fix in the breaks between study sessions, and it’s quite fun to play.

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Part of the fun is the strategic gameplay. It’s very reminiscent of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in the sense that the core gameplay is based upon making tactical decisions. In order to navigate through levels using characters of different classes, you have to decide how best to use the abilities of your team. Whether it’s best to clear a room the stealthy way or not is up to you. Only one hero can be controlled at a time, however. Choosing which classes to use prior to embarking on missions can also yield an advantage.

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Completing missions will result in an experience increase for your base, as well as resources to upgrade it and your heroes. Different rooms are unlocked as the base levels up, and the different rooms yield unique benefits. Some rooms, like the intel room, passively produce resources which need to be collected. I found that this reminded me of XCOM quite a bit, with a hint of Fallout Shelter.

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Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a fun little game to keep in your pocket which holds a surprising amount of nuance. I haven’t found myself playing a lot of it, but it’s good fun if you’re just looking for something to fill time during short breaks throughout the day.

My Top Three NPCs in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

I’m only 80 hours into the spectacular RPG that is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but I’m nowhere near completing the main story. I’ve spent most of my free time completing location objectives, bounties, side quests, and taking screenshots of the gorgeous world. Following Kassandra’s mission to reunite her family and break the Cult’s hold on Greece is great, but so is hanging out with Alkibiades. Without further ado, here are my top three favourite NPCs.

 

  1. Barnabas

 

There’s a lot of time spent on the open waters of the Aegean in Odyssey. Naturally, you’ll be spending that time next to your first mate, and it’s a good thing he’s a lovable man. Barnabas is a salty sailor whom the player saves from death in the early hours of the game. He quickly becomes a close friend and ally of Kassandra, constantly encouraging her with his undying enthusiasm. He doesn’t seem to lose his energetic positivity, even under the most dire circumstances. Between his persistent belief in Kassandra’s abilities and his innate alacrity, I can’t help but love him.

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  1. Xenia the Pirate Queen

 

A royal title such as “queen” brings about the imagery of elegance, grace, and stern beauty. This is precisely the opposite image presented by Xenia. She’s a large, intimidating pirate with scars about her face and muscles to spare. The only thing stronger than her persecuting gaze is her rule over the pirate island of Keos. Despite her gruff demeanor, Xenia is still very helpful to Kassandra in finding her mother. She exudes a kindness after the first interaction between her and the protagonist which warms my heart – to a point. Xenia is still a very tough pirate and deserves all the respect she’s earned, but it becomes clear that she has a heart of gold.

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  1.  Alkibiades

 

Far from the salty nature of the others on this list is sex-obsessed Alkibiades. He’s a philosopher, a schemer, and apparently very good in bed. I love this man. Interacting with him never fails to be entertaining and his dialogue brings about a sense of whimsy. His lines are full of sexual innuendo and it’s honestly a welcome delight after some of the much darker main story quests.

 

Alkibiades is the first on my list because of the line of side quests he has to offer. They’re funny, but bring about a sense of suspicion that isn’t resolved until the end of the quest line. While I love interacting with Alkibiades for no reason other than his whimsical nature, I respect him for his personal aspirations and his means of realizing them. It’s also revealed that in conjunction with his comical personality, he’s a good person. He’s a very well developed character with whom I connected.

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There you have it, my current top three Assassin’s Creed Odyssey NPCs. It was very difficult to narrow this down to just three. I’m sure I’ll meet other characters very soon that are just as memorable, but for now, this is it. All of the characters in Odyssey have been spectacular and I’m really excited to see who I meet next.

No New Assassin’s Creed Coming in 2019

Hang on, did I type that right? Yes, I did. At GamesCom, Ubisoft said that it will not be launching a new title next year, and will instead be focusing on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey by giving it more content over the coming months.

According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was able to be released this year because it was being worked on by a separate team at the same time that Origins was being made. He also said that there will not be a spin-off game next year to fill in the gap; they are investing heavily into creating new content for Odyssey in order to give the player the best experience they can have.

“What you’ll have is lots of content coming on [Odyssey]. The team really want to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get [Odyssey] this year, you’re going to get in for a couple of years, actually.” -Yves Guillemot

I’m looking forward to Odyssey myself and I hope that the content they’re going to release is going to be an extension of the story and characters within. With them taking a year off, here’s to hoping that they can come back in 2020 on some new console hardware, with fresh ideas and a clear future for the series that keeps the spirit of the Assassin’s Creed alive.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set to release October 5th on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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-V