A Cast of Characters- Nintendo Direct at E3 2019 Recap

Nintendo is known for stealing the show, despite not actually being at the show. This year was no exception. From a Bowser mix-up to the return of long awaited series, this 43 minute Direct brings the hype for Nintendo in 2019.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The Hero is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate in the summer. This is due to a crossover with Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S Definitive Edition (that’s a mouthful). It also looks like you can play as four variations of The Hero, but I wasn’t able to discern whether it was a form change, or if it was four different costumes.

Announced at the end- Banjo-Kazooie are coming to Smash in the fall!

Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S Definitive Edition is coming this year as well. You can replay the classic game with an expanded storyline, more rideable monsters, and the ability to speed up those weakling battles that everyone hates. You can also travel to past Dragon Quest worlds and let the nostalgia flow through you. It releases on September 27, 2019.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to the Switch! After Luigi is invited to a grand hotel with Mario and friends, he becomes a ghost hunter once again, exploring the hotel to find his friends. This time he has some new abilities on his Poltergust G-00:

  • Slam- allows Luigi to slam ghosts into the floor, as well as other ghosts, inflicting damage.
  • Suction Shot- Luigi fires a suction dart at a piece of furniture or other object, grabs the rope, and pulls the object over his head, breaking it.
  • Burst- a burst of air pushes ghosts away from you radially, and gives you a higher jump when you need it.
  • Gooigi- the latest innovation from Professor E. Gadd. This allows Luigi to change into a goo form, allowing him to walk through metal gates and spikes, as well as lend a hand for obstacles too tough for him alone. A second player can control Gooigi as well, allowing for couch co-op, something the world needs more of.

The Scarecraper allows for up to 8 players to play locally or online co-op. Defeat the ghosts within the time limit, find the lost Toads, and overcome the challenges placed before you.

I have actually never played a Luigi’s Mansion game (blasphemy!) but I’m definitely going to pick up this one, it looks great.

A Dark Crystal Game?!

Yes, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal is getting a tactical game on the Switch, along with that new Netflix series. The three Heroes of Thraa must team up to defeat the rising evil and unlock their true potential. Environment plays a role in this tactical game, with high ground advantage and breakable objects that can damage enemies. The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Tactics (another mouthful) is coming sometime in 2019.

Link’s Awakening

Teased in a previous Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening now has some gameplay to go along with that cinematic trailer. Link must escape Koholint Island, while fighting the classic enemies and trying not to get lost thanks to that raccoon. This game is done in a 3D cartoon style that I really like, although some may think it looks too much like a kids game.

One new thing they added in is that you can create your own dungeon! You’ll unlock chambers throughout the adventure, then you can piece them together and create your own custom dungeon to explore. See how fast you can beat them, and earn rewards by completing the dungeons.

The game is set to release September 20, 2019.

Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana is getting global release on the Switch early in 2020. A third person tactical RPG, you must use the power of mana to shape your destiny.

In addition, the original three Mana games are now available on the Switch. Collection of Mana is available now on the Nintendo eShop, and it is the first time that all three of these games have been available outside of Japan.

The Witcher 3

Affectionately dubbed by CD Projekt Red as the Switcher, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the Switch. Winner of hundreds of awards, this game is highly acclaimed to be one of the best RPGs on the market, and rightfully so. I played the original Witcher game and loved it, still need to play this one. It is coming later this year.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is coming on July 26, 2019. This entry in the Fire Emblem series features an academy where each of the ruling houses has an heir attending. Despite their differences, they have to work together to defeat the evil threatening the kingdom.

Resident Evil

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are both joining the Resident Evil lineup on the Switch in the fall. Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil, and Resident Evil 4 are already available on the Nintendo eShop. I don’t think I’ve said Resident Evil that much in my life.

No More Heroes III

Filled with 80s throwbacks and American-style themes, No More Heroes III makes its way to the Switch in 2020. Travis Touchdown makes his appearance in a world where there are, you guessed it, no more heroes, in order to save the world from an invasion.

Contra: Rogue Corps

Contra: Rogue Corps is a third-person shooter featuring crazy weapons and off-the-wall characters. A rogue commando, a cyborg panda, a symbiotic alien and human, and a gentlemanly insect make up the cast of this game, all wielding heavy arms that could take down a city. Local wireless co-op and online co-op bring your friends into the meyhem as well. Fight aliens, kill everything, and save the world September 24, 2019.

The Contra Anniversary Collection is available now on the Nintendo eShop featuring all ten of the original Contra games.

Daemon X Machina

If you’ve ever wanted to be a mech pilot, this game might be one for you. Help win the war and look pretty cool doing it, whether on the ground or in the air. Daemon X Machina is set to release September 13.

Panzer Dragon

Another game where you can fly around, Panzer Dragon reminds me a lot of a title I used to play on Xbox called Crimson Dragon. From the trailer, we see you shooting down projectiles and enemies and flying through obstacles in order to complete levels. It looks really nice though. The game is set to release this winter.

Astral Chain

Chimeras, beings that can traverse dimensions, are taking over the world and destroying humanity. Through years of research, humanity has found a way to survive- by linking captured chimeras to human hosts neurologically. Learn the truth, survive, and defeat the chimera August 30, 2019.

Empire of Sin

Paradox Interactive brings the management style game to the mob with Empire of Sin. From the trailer, it looks like you can manage resources, buy up property, and survive and make hits on rivals to make your way to the top. The game is set to release spring 2020.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The universe is on the brink of being destroyed by Thanos. Unlike the movie, it’s not just The Avengers taking him on, it’s the whole Marvel Universe. Gather your favorite heroes and team up to take on Thanos and his allies. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order comes out July 19. If you get the Expansion Pass, you’ll gain access to heroes from X-Men, Marvel Knights, and the Fantastic Four starting in the fall.

Cadence of Hyrule

From Crypt of the Necrodancer comes a Legend of Zelda crossover that no one saw coming (before that Nintendo Direct where they announced it was a thing). Play as Cadence, Link, or Zelda and make your way through Hyrule, defeating classic enemies and moving to the beat. This comes out on June 13.

Honestly, I haven’t played Crypt of the Necrodancer, but I do want to give this a shot, it looks like a lot of fun.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games

Seems like every summer Olympics we get one of these games, but this one is special. The 2020 Olympics are being held in Tokyo, and new games are being added to the roster, both in the real Games and this one. Play as Mario, Sonic, or one of the many other characters, and play your way to Olympic Gold. The games begin in November 2019.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The long awaited sequel on the Switch is finally arriving! Tom Nook sent us off to a deserted island this time, with a debt of 49,800 Bells, but it won’t be for long. After you set up your tent, you’ll begin making improvements to the island, and more people will show up turning the island into a small community. Get ready to travel and set up your tent March 20, 2020.

A Multitude of Other Games

Ready for this? Here are more games that are coming.

  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy- September 3
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong- date TBA
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch- September 20
  • Minecraft Dungeons- Spring 2020
  • The Elder Scrolls Blades- Fall 2019
  • My Friend Pedro- June 20
  • DOOM Eternal- date TBA
  • The Sinking City- Fall 2019
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood- July 26
  • Dead by Daylight- September 24
  • Alien Isolation- 2019
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles S Remastered Edition- Winter 2019
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2- July 12
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game- July 4 (the same day as season 3 of the show on Netflix)
  • Just Dance 2020- November 5
  • Catan- June 20
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale- Fall 2019
  • Dauntless- Late 2019
  • Super Mario Maker 2- June 28

One more thing to end the Direct with, Nintendo let us know that Breath of the Wild has a sequel in development! Excitement!

That’s all from the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct! We’ll post more news as it comes out, but for now, thanks for reading this recap. Let us know in the comments what your favorite part of this Direct was. Mine was Animal Crossing, even though I hate that Nook makes us pay nearly 50,000 Bells every time…

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Nintendo’s PAX East 2019 Games, Activities, Events, & Tournament Details Revealed!

Today, the Nintendo of America Twitter account announced that they’ll be having a booth at Pax East 2019–featuring titles like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Quest: Builders 2, and many others. The Twitter account also states that “the #Splatoon2 North America Inkling Open 2019 & the #SmashBrosUltimate North America Open 2019 Grand Finals” will occur at PAX East 2019 too.

The Twitter account also uploaded a few photos featuring the titles that they’ll be having at their booth to possibly encourage people to check out their booth. Click here to see those photos from their Twitter post.

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Image courtesy of east.paxsite.com.

In their Twitter post, Nintendo mentioned that they’ll be at PAX East 2019 from March 28th to March 31st. Video games and tournaments aside, the Nintendo of America Twitter account also announced that the Nintendo PAX East 2019 booth will have an assortment of activities set-up for fans to participate in.

According to MyNintendoNews.com, the events, games, and activities will be headlined by the “Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 [tournaments].”

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Screenshot courtesy of the Nintendo of America YouTube channel.

Speaking of those tournaments, MyNintendoNews.com reports that “the final events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 and Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 both take place on March 30 at the PAX Arena.” If you’re going to PAX East and have the ‘Saturday badge,’ MyNintendoNews.com reports that you’ll be able to witness these tournaments take place “on a first-come, first-served basis.”

MyNintendoNews.com wrote that Nintendo has been streaming both tournaments online for quite awhile now because they’ve been building up the tournament finals for each competition–that’ll take place at PAX East in a few weeks. For those who can’t make it to PAX East this year, fear not, as MyNintendoNews.com reports that these “tournaments will also be streamed at https://events.nintendo.com/,” which means you’ll be able to watch them from the comfort of your own home.

The website also quoted a comment made by Nintendo of America’s future president, Doug Bowser, who stated the following:

“PAX East will be really exciting this year. Not only will we have new games for fans to try, but it will also be the culmination of our Nintendo Switch tournaments across North America,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “From the thousands of competitors who began the journey, our finalists rose to the top and are ready to put the skills to the test for everyone in person and watching online.”

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Image courtesy of digitaltrends.com.

According to MyNintendoNews.com, some of the activities Nintendo has planned for their fans and other PAX East attendees are “a memorable photo opportunity inspired by Yoshi’s Crafted World and mini-challenge competitions in the Yoshi’s Crafted World and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate games.”

Similar to other events Nintendo often has, participants can receive “fun branded prizes.” However, Nintendo may run out of prizes due to amount of people who may jump on-board with the activities their holding. Here’s a list of the Nintendo Switch titles that’ll appear at the following booths–according to MyNintendoNews.com.

“Booth 18055:”

  • “Yoshi’s Crafted World[.]”
  • “DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 from SQUARE ENIX[.]”
  • “A selection of anticipated indie games[.]”

“Booth 2006:”

Lastly, the PAX East 2019 event itself will begin on March 28th and will conclude on March 31st at “the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.” Both tournaments will occur on March 30th “in the convention center’s Pax Arena.” If you want more concrete information regarding the PAX East 2019 event, then you should check out the http://east.paxsite.com website.

It looks like Nintendo’s trying their best to make sure their upcoming titles are in the minds of current and future Nintendo Switch owners based on the information reported above. We’ll be sure to cover any new game announcements or reveals during PAX East 2019 if Nintendo or another company decides to lift up the gaming cloak on us all.

What do you think about this news? Are you attending PAX East this year? Will you be watching the Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament finals? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more PAX East 2019 news, and everything gaming too.

In 2018, The Nintendo Switch Was The Best-Selling Console In The U.S.

Yesterday, according to IGN.com, the Nintendo Switch defeated the PlayStation 4 and claimed the title of best-selling console of 2018 in the United States. This was based on the December 2018 NPD report.

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This is a wondrous victory for Nintendo–considering the PlayStation 4 broke the old highest annual dollar and unit sales record in 2015, according to IGN.com. IGN.com states that the PlayStation 4 held onto “the best-selling console” title throughout 2018, until the Nintendo Switch outperformed it in November–one month out of the ten prior.

Now it seems Nintendo’s December sales may have been the final trigger they needed to guarantee the Nintendo Switch’s dominance over the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. IGN.com also reports that the Nintendo Switch “generated the highest hardware dollar sales for a single platform in December”. An achievement Nintendo hasn’t had since their iconic Nintendo Wii system, according to IGN.com

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In other news, IGN.com reports that the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 all saw “year-on-year growth” in overall sales and notes, “hardware spending in 2018 is up 8 percent across the board, reaching $5.1 billion”. Nevertheless, it’s great to see Microsoft’s, Sony’s, and Nintendo’s systems do well in the consumer market. Despite this, it’s extraordinary to see Nintendo make a huge comeback with their home console and handheld hybrid.

Although IGN.com praises Red Dead Redemption 2 for claiming the best-selling game of 2018 spot from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, they state that “it’s the Switch exclusive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that became the best-selling game of December 2018 in the U.S.” Furthermore, one can speculate that the build-up toward this game’s launch helped Nintendo secure a spot for the Nintendo Switch as the best-selling system of 2018 in the U.S.

Regardless, this is a great achievement for Nintendo after what transpired for them with the Wii U. Let’s hope they’ll be able to maintain this momentum with the console by providing new and unique experiences for their fans and future consumers.

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Piranha Plant May Join The Smash Bros. Ultimate Roster In February, Says Nintendo!

Today, the Nintendo Switch’s Nintendo news application reminded players to claim their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate My Nintendo Gold Points by January 31st, 2019 because you’ll receive the character Piranha Plant for free. However, it was discovered that Nintendo’s planning to release the carnivorous plant next month.

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Photo courtesy of Nintendo’s news application for Nintendo Switch.

As a reminder on how to get the character, Dualshockers.com states that you must buy the game and register it before January 31st. They also report,

“if you purchased the game physically, you’ll have to claim your My Nintendo Gold Points manually before this date in order to get Pirahna Plant. Those who bought the game digitally should have had this done automatically and will need to take further action.”

However, after reading through Nintendo’s instructions about how you can obtain Piranha Plant for free via your physical or digital copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they state, “you’ll have access to Piranha Plant as soon as it’s available around February 2019.”

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Photo courtesy of SmashBros.com.

This is exciting news as the game just-released last month. Based on comments shared online, many consumers are pleased with game and its remarkable line-up of content. Although Nintendo doesn’t share Piranha Plant’s specific release date, it’s great to receive word that most fans will be able to try out this well-known Mario enemy next month.

On the other hand, I’m curious about the previously announced DLC character, Joker from Persona 5, who’s apart of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass. I’m wondering when we’ll receive news or a new trailer showcasing the character in-action. This release window news drop for Piranha Plant can make one question if Nintendo’s planning something for the title soon. A brief reminder, there are still four more characters they’ve yet to reveal for the game and that’s why I’m questioning if an Nintendo Direct’s actually upon us now.

If anything, we’ll update you all when news about Piranha Plant and Joker’s release dates or any word about the remaining DLC characters surface online or elsewhere.

What do you think about this news? Are you excited to play one of Super Mario Bros. most iconic enemies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate next month if Nintendo keeps their word? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news, and everything gaming too.

Review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The ‘Ultimate’ Smash or Pass?

INTRODUCTION:

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The game’s start menu.

Super Smash Bros. is an ambitious cross-over fighting, party game that does its best to pay tribute toward gaming icons of the past and present. Like other titles in the franchise, your task is to knock your opponent out of the arena and brag about your skills when you defeat them (I’m kidding about that last note). You have the option to utilize items or other tools to help you achieve a victory over your opponent. On the other hand, you can do a round of Final Destination, no items, and Fox-only match-ups, if you prefer that hardcore-styled game-play. Though this title contains content from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U  and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, it adds new characters, modes, and soundtracks to make it distinguishable from previous titles in the series. Is this iteration of Super Smash Bros. worth the purchase? Does it deserve to be called the “ultimate” version of Super Smash Bros.?

GAME-PLAY: 

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There are many modes to choose from in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most cater to multiplayer game-play while some focus on individual playtime sessions. Classic Mode’s simple, fast-paced format returns in this iteration of Super Smash Bros and this time, it doesn’t disappoint. No longer do I have to move a board piece on a large board or go down a random pathway to fight an enemy. Returning to the fast-paced aesthetic of the titles before Wii U and 3DS and adding new concepts to the Super Smash Bros. Classic Mode formula like unique titled-adventures and boss fights for specific characters is extraordinary, and often times, clever. For example, in Link’s Classic Mode, instead of facing Master Hand, you duke it out with the fearsome beast, Ganon. In Mario’s Classic Mode, you take on Giga Bowser, that not only pays homage to Mario’s final battles with Bowser in his original games, but also pays respect to Giga Bowser’s first appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In the previous title, I had no desire to clear Classic Mode with every character because it seemed repetitive and boring. Yet, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I have the urge to complete everyone’s’ run just to see what makes them different from the other fighters’ adventures.

Classic Mode aside, there are other modes in Ultimate that shouldn’t be slept on. Smashdown and Squad-Strike add a new level of depth and fun to this fighting-focused title. In Smashdown, you and your opponent are tasked with going through the roster of characters you have currently, and battling it out until your down to two characters. It forces players like me to play characters I would never choose to play as to “get good” with them. It makes for a great time at parties. In Squad-Strike, you and your opponent can play a three versus three or five versus five match-up. It pays homage to team-based fighting game mechanics seen in titles like Marvel Vs Capcom. It’s a great option for those who want to maintain a balance between regular smash battles or special smash match-ups. Both Smashdown and Squad-Strike provide players with more options, outside of the usual Tourney, Classic, and training modes, while maintaining standard differences to make them feel different from the established modes in the franchise.

With respect to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s World of Light adventure mode, I prefer it over the Subspace Emissary we obtained in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Shocking, I know, but hear me out on this. Though, it would’ve been magical to see characters like Cloud and Link interact with each other, I feel the focus on the game-play over story was a hit and a miss. What makes World of Light a hit is its intriguing spirit battles and world-maps. Though I was upset that trophies weren’t returning in this title, Masahiro Sakurai and his team’s utilization of jpegs or spirits in this mode made World of Light feel addictive and fun as I traversed through it. Although some battles were a bit cheap and seemed unfair (yes, I’m calling the weather condition and Dr. Wily-type spirit battles out), my consistent urge to replay every battle to obtain a character’s image, spoke to me. I felt I needed to get every spirit on the board, level them up, or purchase them at the available shops you unlock while defeating the spirits in World of Light or in the game’s regular shop. Although I would’ve loved more cut-scenes that fleshed out the adventure mode’s antagonists and showcased interactions unheard of in video-game history, I still prefer this extraordinarily fun adventure over a simple side-scrolling mode with flashy cut-scenes.

Thus, I believe this game’s single-player and multi-player content are handled well. Yet,  Break the Targets’s, Stage Builder’s, and Home-Run Contest’s disappearance was a bit odd. Many, including myself, were hoping the development team would revert Target Smash to its original Break the Targets formula and create a different route for all the characters as shown in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Stage Builder, though not a great mode, would’ve been interesting to see in Ultimate after countless discussions shared online on how the development team could improve upon it. Home-Run Contest’s disappearance has to be the toughest pill to swallow, as it’s a staple for the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Though I still love the modes implemented into this game, it would’ve been great to see these, alongside other previous modes like Smash Run, return for the “ultimate” version of Super Smash Bros. I’ve tampered with the online modes a couple of times, and ran into some issues people pointed out on social media. These concerns lean toward the game’s terrible matchmaking system and lag-infested match-ups. Yet, when utilizing an Nintendo Lan Adapter, the connection does improve. I suggest those who are having trouble with lag or input delays online–purchase the Nintendo Lan Adapter for their household to make sure their Super Smash Bros. matches run smoothly.

The game’s controls are great and functional. I never encountered a problem, outside of online-play, where the game’s controls were unresponsive. Ultimate isn’t as fast as Melee but it’s a bit faster than Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. The characters feel fluid when dodging an opponent’s attack, performing an attack themselves, or grabbing onto ledges. Adding subtle new and old techniques like attacking on a ladder, directional air dodges, perfect-shielding, and other tactics enforce gamers, like myself, to continue playing the game to improve one’s skills, or just to have a good time. This new quick-take on super-moves or final smashes, also helps speed up the matches a bit. Though some of the final smash swap decisions slightly bothered me, I still get goosebumps when I break the smash ball or now, fill-up my final smash meter to unleash a devastating finishing move on my opponent. From a game-play standpoint, the title falls flat with its lack of iconic single-player content and sub-par online stability, but slightly makes up for it with accurate, responsive game-play and unique modes.

THE DESIGN:

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s menus far exceed that of its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U in design and navigation. The modes are no longer scattered about through various sub-menus like in the previous installment. Though Ultimate borrows the “Games & More” menu from the Wii U version, it’s no longer cluttered when you’re taken to this menu’s content. Everything you care about is right there in front of you in different menu icons. This gives me the idea that the development team wanted to cater to design enthusiasts and went back to its glorious main menu layout from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Either way, the menus in this iteration are far more approachable than in the previous two Super Smash Bros. installments. Also, the ability to create a rule-set and choose a stage before picking a character–is genius! It heightens Super Smash Bros.’s underlying strategical aspect and places it at the forefront. Now players can plan how they want their matches set-up, whether for practicing for a huge tournament, or for family time in the living room. Players receive more control this time around which makes the game even more fun. The character roster menu is okay for what it’s going for, but it would be wonderful for players to have the option to sort the menu to their leisure considering how they have the power to separate echo fighters from their counterparts.

On the topic of characters, this transition from Wii U to Switch, is defined in the way these characters look on-screen and in-battle. The graphical character pieces we receive in Ultimate far exceed that of the previous title. Yet, this is a common trend, as with each Super Smash Bros. game, the graphics tend to increase and look better than the previous installment. Thus, Ultimate’s character design is no laughing matter. Many of the designs of the Anime-esque and realistic-based characters like Marth, Roy, Pit, Cloud, Ryu, and Ken are stunning to look at from the human eye. Zelda’s new design fits her character better than her Twilight Princess appearance based on the amount of fan-art that’s online now. Even small changes to the UI during battle, like finding out what the Villager and now, Isabelle, hold in their arsenal to finding out how much magic Robin has left, is helpful and fantastic. Mr. Game & Watch’s new character animations are a perfect example when supporting the argument about how much passion and time went into making these characters feel new and improved, despite fans knowing of their existence in prior Super Smash Bros. titles.

From a graphical perspective, I prefer playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on TV and in hand-held mode. On the television I haven’t noticed any dips in quality or frame-rate. I only spotted a few frame-drops when exploring certain stages and in eight-player smash battles. These “certain” stages preferably were large stages like Great Cave Offensive and Palutena’s Temple. The game dropped a few frames when I played on these stages, but it never dropped to the point where I wanted to place my Nintendo Switch back on the dock. On that note, with how small the Nintendo Switch screen is in hand-held mode, it was difficult to track-down where my characters were on these large stages or in World of Light’s over-world maps themselves. I’d have to make sure the screen was inches away from my face, or else I’d lose track where my character is during the match or game. Implementing a mechanism as shown in the Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.’ like the black outlines would’ve been helpful for players who want to play from farther, exceptional distances while in handheld mode. Also there’s been points where characters would sink through the stage–causing them to lose the match because of the game’s technical problems. From a player’s perspective of someone who wants to play elite smash battles with certain characters, this can be bothersome to them. Despite the minuscule frame drops, discomfort I had when playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in handheld mode, and the weird technical problems, this game looks and runs marvelously well.

SOUNDTRACK:

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The most important element to any video-game is its soundtrack and the way it’s used. Ultimate delivers over 900 sound pieces which is a worthy number for a game claiming to the be the “ultimate” version of its respected franchise. I can happily say that quantity and quality reflect each other when it comes to the soundtrack this game holds. In every Super Smash Bros. match, I’d have the urge to limit the sound effects and character voices–just to hone in on the musical compositions this game has. The option to listen to a stage’s whole musical library from the franchise it represents over listening to themes only-accustomed to that stage, has to be the greatest decision Sakurai and his development team made when developing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I no longer have to sync a song from another technological device to listen to the music I want to hear on the Mario stage. If I want to listen to Delfino Plaza’s theme while on the Peach’s Castle stage, I can simply select the song on the menu before the battle begins using the “Y” button. This works hand-in-hand with the other stages in Ultimate too which gives this simple function an A+ in my book.

Even though some of the music is a bit lighthearted and not battle enthusing to the ear, they’re a great listen for times when you need to cool off and listen to something calm and pleasant. Just make sure you’re not accidentally listening to Ultimate’s main menu theme consistently because its mixture of instruments and niche chorus numbers will give you a hyperactive rock concert sensation. Some of the voice acting in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is questionable. Some of the voice-work is okay while others have me shaking my head. Preferably the voice-work done for Roy, maybe Marth, and Viridi. Roy’s voice feels a bit too manly for his teenage body while Marth’s might be odd considering how he’s been perceived as a strictly Japanese-only spoken character since his introduction in Super Smash Bros. Melee. As For Viridi’s new voice in the Palutena’s Guidance Easter Eggs for the Palutena’s Temple stage, I prefer her previous voice over this high-pitched one we receive in Ultimate. Otherwise, I love the musical compositions and specific sound effects used in Ultimate (the sudden death and critical hit sounds–specifically).

FINAL VERDICT:

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was fun and exciting in many ways. From March to December, I rode the fictitious hype train with the rest of its fan-base in anticipation for this game’s launch. Once I opened my package, placed the cartridge in my Nintendo Switch system, and started playing, my world was rocked. Its replay value knows no bounds as I expect to put in many hours into the title–honing my skills with Duck Hunt and taking down many challengers who dare cross my path. The single-player and multi-player content in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is best summed up as a playground with numerous swings, slides, and structures for people to explore in. Though I have my gripes with the title in terms of its subtle frame drops, lack of unique single-player content, voice-work, online functionality, and minor technical issues, I believe it lives up to its title of ultimate and is worth your time, money, and energy.

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You can digitally purchase Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch’s eShop now. However, if you want a physical copy of the game, you can head over to any local or online retailer such as Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, or Amazon to purchase it there. It’s currently $59.99 USD at all factions. For other information about the title, click here to be transported to the game’s official website.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Announced for August 8th, 2018!

What a way to get people prepped up for the Super Smash Bros. Melee grand finals. Yes, there will be a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct happening on August 8th, 2018.

The direct information was initially revealed at the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at the EVO 2018 event before their grand finals match began.

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The Nintendo Versus Twitter account shared more details about the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct moments after. The direct will likely be live-streamed on Nintendo’s YouTube channel–which you can find by clicking here. Anyway here’s what the Twitter account said,

“Tune in 8/8 at 7am PT for a Super Direct livestream, featuring new game information delivered by director Masahiro Sakurai.”

The Nintendo Versus Twitter account also shared news for other regions concerning the direct’s live-stream schedule. Here are the times for the other time zones:

Times for Different Time zones:

  • 10:00 am ET
  • 11:00 pm JST
  • 4:00 pm CEST
  • 3:00 pm BST

Though we don’t have specific information about what’s going to be shown in the direct, it’s quite charming to see a direct be announced out-of-left-field. Leave it to Nintendo to be sneaky about their direct announcements. Whether it’s a showcase of a new feature, mode, or character–be sure to check here when the “new” Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news releases.

What do you think about this news? What do you expect to be shown off during this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more news on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and everything gaming too!

Will Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Receive A New Character Announcement on August 3rd?

Through August 3rd to the 5th, the biggest fighting game tournament scene called the “Evolution Championship Series” will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino located in Paradise, Nevada. If you seek more information about the event and want to know who’s participating head on over to evo.shoryuken.com.

Essentially, this championship series focuses on competitive play. It features fighting game titles like Tekken, Street Fighter, and Guilty Gear. Players compete for the chance to claim the glory that awaits them. However, two Super Smash Bros. titles being Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee will be featured at the tournament as a part of the show. These two have been mainstay titles at the event for quite some time. But those aren’t the only Super Smash Bros. titles making a splash at the event.

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The Nintendo Versus Twitter account recently announced that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate demo will not be the only thing they have planned for the event. It seems Nintendo plans to hold a few exhibition matches featuring top Super Smash Bros. players on stage in front of a huge crowd of fighting game fans at the event. The Nintendo Versus Twitter account ended the announcement with the following statement:

“Don’t miss out on the action, kicking off Friday, 8/3 at 6pm PT!”

No live-streaming information was shared from the Twitter account, but typically fans can watch EVO on the event’s EVO Twitch channel. If Nintendo shares any information about streaming their portion of the event–I’ll update the article.

Back to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Fans are anticipating huge news to be shared about the title during EVO. Many rumors have sprung out that Nintendo plans to reveal a character before, during, or after these exhibition matches. There’s even a rumor floating around on the ARMS Reddit from Reddit user, Anonymous0801810, that Spring Man/Ribbon Girl will be revealed at EVO on August 3rd, 2018.

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It’s important to understand that all rumors aren’t true until confirmed by a higher source–like Nintendo or the game’s creator(s). Moreover, it’s important to take everything with a grain of salt considering this is probably Nintendo’s way of hyping the game-up before it’s release in December. Plus, if they already planned to have the demo at the event–it could simply be the demo showcased at E3 2018.

New information or no information, Nintendo is definitely encouraging their fans to check out the amazing, stellar battles to come from the event. Like with any company or piece of news that appears online, we’ll keep you posted if anything occurs at the event. Remember to keep an open mind when watching the event and have fun!

What do you think? Will Nintendo reveal a new character at the event or are they using EVO to gauge more interest in the game? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more fighting game content, and everything gaming too!

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