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I'll admit it: as a long time Nintendo fan, it is getting increasingly hard to support the seemingly out of touch company. Every day it seems like more bad news comes out of Nintendo. This year's Wii U and 3DS lineup was already thin, but with the recent announcement that Zelda Wii U was being pushed into 2017 and being simultaneously released on the NX, it seems the Wii U's days are numbered. In addition to that disappointing piece of news, Nintendo also confirmed it would only be bringing that ONE game to the biggest gaming convention of the year: E3. It also confirmed that the NX would not be at the show.
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One of the most fascinating things to watch as a gamer is the phenomenon of Speedrunning. For those of you who don't know, Speedrunning is exactly what it sounds like; playing a game as fast as possible, usually by exploiting glitches or playing the game to perfection. Twice a year GameDemosArchive and Speedrunslive put on a charity speedrunning marathon to Doctors Without Border and Prevent Cancer Foundation.
It's a good time to be a 3DS owner, as the two premiere Mario RPG series are teaming up for Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in Spring 2016.
We live in a world of retro throwbacks and reimaginings, but none have been more successful than the platformer revivals. Games like Mercenary Kings, Volgarr the Viking, Mega Man 9, and Super Meat Boy have captured the hearts of gamers worldwide. However, none of these have had quite the nostalgic appeal and same technical mastery as Shovel Knight. Yacht Club Games designed a nearly perfect replica of classic 8-bit games, taking inspiration from Mega Man, Ducktales, Castlevania, and several others. Shovel Knight encapsulates all there is to love about the classic 8-bit and 16-bit era with very little of the frustration.
Nintendo announced a partnership with DeNA, a popular mobile game developer, to adapt Nintendo's massive IP selection to the smartphone and tablet market. During a press conference with DeNA, Satoru Iwata confirmed that there was a new piece of Hardware in development codenamed "NX."
Today's Nintendo Direct was focused almost entirely on the 3DS and the recently announced New 3DS XL. The New 3DS XL now has a confirmed release date of February 13 and has a suggested retail price of $199.99. A Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Bundle and Majora's Mask edition were also announced. Both of these will release on February 13 and both will have specially designed skins that represent their game. The Majora's Mask edition does not include the game. The Monster Hunter Bundle will be $229.99 and is exclusive to Gamestop. The Majora's Mask edition will be the standard $199.99 and is already sold out on Gamestop.com. The New 3DS XL will have built in Amiibo support, Face Tracking 3D, a faster processor, a built in "c-stick," auto brightness adjustment, and will play exclusive games. A remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, handled my Monster Games (Donkey Kong Country 3D), is the only known New 3DS exclusive title. No smaller model of the New 3DS was confirmed for North American release.
Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct would be shown on January 14 at 6:00 am PST/ 9:00 am EST. The Nintendo Direct will focus on Wii U and 3DS titles coming in the Spring, but other games could be mentioned. A US and UK release date for the New 3DS is expected, but not confirmed.
The Game Awards was a new direction for Video Game award shows, one that felt largely successful. New games were shown off, old games were given new trailers, and indies ruled the night. The awards were mostly treated with the respect that the medium has earned. The live performances were welcome additions to break up the constant influx of gaming news. Here’s a recap of some the biggest premieres and the full list of winners:
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