Mega Man fans will be excited to hear Mega Man 11 will be released on October 2nd, 2018. Capcom made the announcement on Tuesday, 5/29/18 that their new game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Mega Man 11 will be the first Mega Man the world has seen since Capcom released Mega Man 10 back in 2010.
The impending release of Mega Man 11 wasn’t the only thing for gamers to get excited about. Capcom revealed to Japan a brand-new Mega Man amiibo. It will be included with the Collector’s Package in Japan but Western gamers will need to pick up Mega Man 11 amiibo Edition. The Western version also includes 4 stickers, a Dr. Wily logo patch, a “stage select” microfiber cloth, the game, and the amiibo.
Celebrating 30 Years of Mega Man
Gamers have been enjoying this classic character for 30 years and the developer is making it clear they’re not done yet. In the gameplay above, it’s obvious Capcom made some amazing improvements to this classic world. The easiest change to spot was their move away from the 8-bit art style. Mega Man and the enemies are much more “life-like” in this latest game. The new 3D graphics are stunning but the game still maintains the classic feel of the franchise. Mega Man 11 will feature, what seems to be, high-quality voice acting as well.
Capcom isn’t just improving the look of their game, they’re adding some new systems as well. The trailer shows off the Double Gear system where players can use new abilities to slow time or make Mega Man stronger. However, there is a limit to the Double Gear system. Using it will cause the overheat bar to rise and if it reaches the top, players will have to wait before using Double Gear again.
Keep Your Eyes Open!
The Gigamax crew are big fans of the Mega Man series and will be keeping a close eye on any future announcements about the new release. For a little look at the previous Mega Man Capcom released in 2010, come take a look at playlist below.
Everything Announced on Thursday’s Nintendo Direct
Nintendo just dropped a huge Direct on both 3DS and Switch owners. Packed to the brim with content, it has Nintendo heads excited. Fans of almost every genre and series will be pleasantly surprised by all of Thursday’s (3/8/2018) announcements. If you don’t have time to watch the lengthy 34 minute video, here’s all the information Nintendo revealed!
WarioWare Gold (August 3rd)
The party game series is getting the same 3DS treatment that Mario Party received late last year! All of the most popular mini games from WarioWare are making their way to Nintendo’s 3DS family of systems.
Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers (May 24th)
Dillon, Nintendo’s favorite armadillo, is racing to defend the frontier! Action meets tower defense is the theme of this upcoming title heading to the 3DS.
The classic Mario+Luigi title is getting a 3DS makeover! Join the brothers as they try to escape the inside of Bowser’s stomach by controlling not only the duo but the giant angry turtle antagonist as well.
Detective Pikachu (March 23rd)
Pokemon fans won’t have to wait long to play the wacky Detective Pikachu adventure. Not only did Nintendo reveal a March release date, but they showed off an Amiibo of the hero, Detective Pikachu.
Luigi’s Mansion Remake (2018)
If you’re over 20 years old and owned a GameCube, you were probably a big fan of Luigi’s Mansion. If you fall into that category, you’ll be excited to hear that a full remake of the game is heading to the 3DS! The game will even include a brand new Boss Rush mode, perfect for fans and newcomers alike.
Kirby Star Allies: Dream Friends
Nintendo revealed that the Kirby game releasing out next week will include a Dream Friends mode. The round pink protagonist will be able to take friends from across the series on his journey to save Dreamland!
Also revealed was that free expansions are coming to Dream Friends. These will include characters that long time fans will remember like the animal buddies from Kirby’s Dream Land 2.
Okami HD (Summer 2018)
Okami the Wolf has been awakened from her slumber and is headed to the Nintendo Switch! The recent remake of the cult classic is a perfect fit for the portable system and gamers everyone can’t wait to get their hands on it.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushito (June 8th)
Conveyor belt sushi action is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The goal is to eat sushi and throw plates at your enemies to defeat them (there’s probably a better way to handle bad guys). This unique adventure is sure to drive up the sale of sushi around the world.
Octopath Traveler (July 18th)
Not only were two new travelers revealed for the upcoming JRPG but a release date that’s only a couple months away was shown off as well. This classic take on adventuring is sure to be a time eating delight!
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (2018)
An arcade like version of No More Heroes is making its way to the Switch and it looks like a blast. Travis certainly has a lot of problems but being in good games is not one.
Dark Souls Remastered + Amiibo (May 25th)
A portable version of Dark Souls?! We were already sold. Now Nintendo is making things even more exciting with the reveal of a brand new Praise the Sun Amiibo.
Mario Tennis Aces (June 22nd)
Nintendo spent a good amount of time speaking about the ins and outs of the soon to be released Mario Tennis title, but the most important takeaway… CHAIN CHOMP IS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER! Cool courses, crazy characters, and fancy trick shots. This is exciting!
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (July 13th)
Everyone’s favorite Toad is exploring the Nintendo Switch! Captain Toad was a hit on the Wii U and he’s sure to make an impression on every owner of Nintendo’s latest console. There will even be a whole host of levels based on Super Mario Odyssey.
Undertale was probably one of the best emotional journeys of 2017 and now Switch owners will all get the chance to play this amazing adventure. Unfortunately, Sans said that the game is coming “eventually” so the world will have to wait a bit longer for an actual release date.
Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy (July 10th)
This announcement was so wacky Nintendo had to keep assuring people it was real. Believe it or not, Crash Bandicoot is heading to the Switch with his N’ Sane Trilogy. Nintendo fans that haven’t gotten to play the until recently Playstation exclusive finally have their chance!
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (May 18th)
The recently released horror indie game finally gets a Switch release date. Fans will be able to play two different adventures in this complete edition of Little Nightmares.
South Park The Fractured But Whole (April 24th)
Their raunchy, rude, and hysterical! The boys from South Park are going portable in the Switch version of the recently released Fractured But Whole. Fans of the game can also purchase the expansion pass and get all the DLC as well.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (May 18th)
Hyrule Warriors finally has a hard release date and its only a couple of months away! If you love Zelda and enjoy Dynasty Warriors, definitely don’t miss this Switch exclusive.
Splatoon 2 Version 3.0 and Octo Expansion (Summer 2018)
The director of Splatoon announced that version 3.0 of the game will be out soon. New maps, weapons, and outfits are all inbound, but the most exciting announcement was the upcoming Octo Expansion that will set fans back $19.99 USD. The expansion will include an entirely new campaign that revolves around an Octoling known as Agent 8. At the end of the adventure, players will be able to play as an Octoling in online battles (FINALLY!).
Super Smash Bros. Switch (2018)
Last but certainly not least, Nintendo revealed a small teaser trailer for the next Super Smash game. Fighters confirmed so far included Squid Boy and Squid Girl as well as Mario and Link. If you’d like to take our challenge, zoom in on the above picture and let us know what other character silhouettes you can spot in the background. There might be an ARMS character in there! Do you see it?
As fans watched closely, Nintendo officially showed off its newest console The Nintendo Switch. This new piece of hardware will hit store shelves on March 3rd. The Treehouse Live Event, held on January 12th, was filled with both satisfaction and disappointment. While hardcore Nintendo fans are boasting about the impressive selection of launch content, many can’t help but feel disappointed with the lack of new content. One thing the veteran video game developer did deliver on is a ton of new details on its highly anticipated console.
As expected, the Nintendo Switch is a “hybrid” console. What this means is that it can be used at home on a television or be removed from a docking station and used as a portable device. The process of changing between the mode is seamless and can be done on the fly, hence the name “Switch”. When operating the console at home players will take the new “joy-con” controllers and plug them into a controller named the “joy-con grip”. Then the consoles center snaps into a base station which is plugged into a TV or PC Monitor. To go back to portable, all that needs to be done is remove the joy-con controllers from the side and the game will switch screens.
Time For The Gimmick
The on-the-go version of the console is a tablet like device very similar to the Wii U gamepad. It offers two analog sticks, four face buttons, four directional buttons, and two triggers. Nintendo did not confirm, but it is speculated that most of the game’s processing power is located in the tablet device.
The Joy-Con controllers allow for a multitude of different control schemes. The two separate controllers can be snapped together to form one more traditional control but they can be kept apart if it feels more comfortable. The controllers also come with detachable wrist straps much like the Wii controller (avoiding a sizable broken TV litigation). Things start to take an interesting turn with the tech inside the controllers. The right controller contains an infrared camera which can tell distances and simple hand gestures. In the live stream event, Nintendo showed a quick game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to demonstrate the power of the IR technology.
It appears as though Nintendo is trying to build a more successful online community. Much like the PS4 and Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch will include a share button that will let players instantly upload photos and eventually videos online. For fans of local split screen co-op, Nintendo had some good news. Each of the joy-con controllers can be turned on their side to make individual controllers that are very reminiscent to the Wii Classic Controller. When playing alone on the road, users will be able to put a kickstand up on the back of the console so a more traditional control scheme can still be used and holding it does not become an inconvenience.
Also shown off was the new “Pro” controller, which looks identical to a Xbox controller. Fixing a common complaint about the Wii U Pro Controller, Nintendo made the new one with off-set joysticks. This will absolutely appeal to old school fans that are tired of the gimmicky controllers the company is famous for making. A huge downside to this amazing news is that it will not come bundled with the console. In fact, this controller will not even be available at release and when it is out, the price is a whooping $70. This isn’t surprising considering the price of just one Joy-con controller is $80. The touchscreen on the console itself is a multi-touch screen much like that of the popular 3DS console.
Many noticed that a lot of aspects of the new console mimicked those of Nintendo’s older hardware. The reason behind this, as Nintendo was quick to detail, was because a lot of the design philosophy was centered around using the best parts of all their old systems.
Shortly after the live event, Nvidia made a blog post detailing that the Nintendo Switch will use a custom version of their Tegra chipset. Nintendo had commented on multiple occasions that the console would be as powerful undocked as it was in the dock but that now seems like rhetoric. If the chips that are reported to be in the console actually are, the Nintendo Switch’s processing power would fall just a little behind that of the PS4 and Xbox One. This of course would still not be comparable to the PS4 Pro or Project Scorpio.
Unfortunately, Nintendo did not delve too deep into the Hardware aspect of their new console (hopefully not because it is underpowered). They did say that the battery life is somewhere between 2 and a half, to 6 and a half hours, depending on the game being played. The device will be charged via a USB Type-C cable so that outside cords can be used.
The most exciting bit of hardware news that came out of the event was that the Nintendo Switch will not be region locked (tear of joy). This is truly surprising considering that their most recent consoles have all been region specific. Ultimately, this new direction fits the on-the-go philosophy of the console. This also means that the first party games that are typically released first in Japan, can be used on a western console.
Viewers of the stream were filled with a mix of happiness, disappointment and confusion when Nintendo showed the games line up. Nintendo has always thrived on its first party development and while that was certainly on display, the company also wanted viewers to know they are fully supporting third party this time around. Bethesda, Telltale and even From Software were all names present on the third party development list. Mainly, a version of Skyrim being played on the portable device was a highlight. If the console can actually run like it did during the event, it will be a truly fascinating piece of technology.
Much to many’s disappointment it was revealed that the console would not be backwards compatible with the Wii U or Wii (guess I’m hanging onto them for smash). Instead, Nintendo showed off their collection of new first party games. Highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was revealed as a launch title, the same strategy used for Twilight Princess when the Wii was released. Also shown was a very uncomfortable look at Mario in a real world setting in Super Mario Odyssey.
Splatoon 2 was another cool detail to come out of the event. The first was a breakout hit and released back in 2015 and Nintendo seems keen to capitalize on its success. A new original IP called “ARMS” was announced as well, which features stretchy armed characters playing a game very reminiscent to Rock em’ Sock em’ Robots. Last but not least, Nintendo showed off the new “Wii Sports” like game. This time around, it’s called 1, 2, switch. This game seems very much like a tech demo instead of a true game, but nonetheless it will probably offer tons of fun in a local group gaming session.
Nintendo also mentioned that Amiibo support will be continued on the Nintendo Switch. This seems like an obvious move considering the toys-to-life figures are a very recent and very successful thing for the company.
As mentioned earlier, the console is coming out on March 3rd. This fits right in with earlier reports that the NX was coming out in March of 2017. The system will set buyers back $300 and come bundled with the two Joy-con controllers, a myriad of accessories (typical), a Joy-con grip, and a USB Type-C adaptor for charging the console.
We here at Gigamax are extremely excited for this console and can not wait to get our hands on it. We will make sure to have plenty of videos, articles and streams featuring this console closer to release. So don’t forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for the latest video game industry updates! The links below will direct you to our other content! Also included is the video of the event itself. Thank you all for stopping by!