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All the Announcements from Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct

All the Announcements from Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct took the internet by storm when the gaming giant dropped what they called a Direct Mini filled with games coming out in Q1 of 2018. The days leading up to the Direct were filled with speculation and rumors from excited fans that all want to see their favorite IP’s make it onto the Switch, Nintendo’s latest best selling console. Nintendo certainly didn’t disappoint though. The 15 minute presentation was jam packed with content for fans viewing pleasure and we’ve compiled a list of every announcement, which you can find below as well as the full Nintendo Direct!

Everything Announced in Nintendo’s Direct Mini

Dark Souls Remaster

Fans of the Souls series will finally be able to take this masochistic trip through hell on the go. In a bit of an unexpected turn, a trailer was revealed for a remastered version of Dark Souls. Nintendo did say they wanted more mature rated games on the console and they certainly weren’t joking. This game is an excellent fit on for the Switch and we can’t wait to see how it plays on May 25th.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

One of the best Warriors game’s is heading to the Switch. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will arrive in the spring of this year. Fans of The Legend of Zelda will be able to take control of characters from throughout the series history including Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Majora. This Wii U port is sure to be much better than the original and it will include Breath of the wild costumes for both Link and Zelda.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Another Wii U port that was announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Heading to the Switch on May 4th, this game puts players in the role of everyone’s favorite monkey. Not only does it come with the full original game but it also includes a new mode that lets fans play as Funky Kong that makes the challenging game a little more beginner friendly.

Super Mario Odyssey: Luigi’s Balloon World

Nintendo revealed that a new free update is heading to Super Mario Odyssey in February, which includes two brand new modes. The first mode is being called ‘Hide It’ and gives players 30 seconds to hide balloons around the world. ‘Find It’ is the second mode and it tasks players with finding the balloons that were hidden around the map. Along with the new game modes, players will also be able to get three new costumes including Sunshine Shades, Musician’s Hat, and Knight Armor.

Mario Tennis Aces

The famous plumber is hitting the tennis court once again in this latest Mario sports game. Mario Tennis Aces will feature a campaign mode, which is the first time the series’ has had one since Mario Tennis Power Tour on the Game Boy Advanced. The release date has been set as 2018, so let’s hope that means earlier rather than later.

Donkey Kong Comes to Mario+Rabbids

The latest playable character for Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbid game has been announced. Donkey Kong is finally getting his revenge on the Rabbid menace in the game’s first expansion pack. DK is included in a new original story set, free for season pass holders or can be purchased separately.

Payday 2

Payday 2 is heading to the Switch so gamers can take their heists on the run. Announced for February 27th, this indie hit will also receive an exclusive character on the Switch named Joy. She is a computer hacker that comes packed with a customizable LED mask.

New Fighters Coming to Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament is about to get some brand new monsters to brawl with. A Battle Pack is now available to purchase on the Nintendo Estore and essentially acts as the game’s season pass. Purchasers will receive two waves of content that will release in the next few weeks. The first wave will include Aegislash as a battle Pokemon along with Rayquaza and Mimikyu as support Pokemon. The second wave will include Blastoise as a battle Pokemon along with Mew and Celebi as support Pokemon.

Kirby: Star Allies Release Date

Kirby’s latest adventure through dreamland finally has a release date! During the Nintendo Direct it was announced that players can control the pink puff ball on March 16th. The latest iteration of Kirby allows him to copy two powers and make a new one, much like the N64 game Crystal Shards. The game also features 4 player co-op with friends being allowed to control certain enemies.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

NIS is bringing its JRPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana to the Switch this summer. Ys VIII came to the PS4 and Vita in 2017 and is the series first game in almost 10 years. Players will take control of Adol and search for shipwrecked passengers on a deserted island while fighting for survival.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix

The World Ends With You: Final Remix will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year! The game came out 10 years ago and the latest edition will contain the original game along with a new scenario for fans to enjoy. Players will be able to play the game with the joy-con controllers or make use of the system’s touch screen.

Fe Release Date

Fe is an adorable game starring a fox that just wants to explore the forest. During the Direct Nintendo revealed that Fe will be heading to the console on February 16th. Players will be able to control the cute fox while they try to solve puzzles by speaking with the other forest critters.

Celeste Release Date

The next game from Towerfall Ascension’s creator Matt Makes Games announced its upcoming platforming adventure will be heading to the Nintendo Switch on January 25th. Celeste is a challenging platforming adventure that is packed full of secrets and a variety of collectables as players work their way to the top of Celeste mountain.


Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was a great way for the company to start 2018! We’ll make sure to have coverage of all these games and updates as they become available so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news.

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Code Vein: New Vampire RPG by Bandai Namco

Code Vein: A Vampire Lover’s Paradise

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Bandai Namco teased their new RPG, Code Vein last week with an animated teaser trailer. Following the video Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu released an article giving more details on the upcoming mystery project.

The teaser aptly titled, “Prepare to Dine”, was initially thought to be a reference to Bandai Namco’s previous RPG, Dark Souls. To many fans surprise Code Vein was revealed to be an entirely new IP. The “Dine” in the title refers to the player’s ability to control a super powered vampire that eats monsters to gain power.

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The game is being developed by the same team that made the popular “God Eater” series. Bandai Namco is out to create a new “dramatic exploration hard action RPG,” for new consoles that is unrelated to the God Eater series.

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The story behind Code Vein is fairly interesting, set in a dystopian future players will take control of vampires also known as Revenants. These vampire have figured out how to transcend humanity but unfortunately in the process they have lost their memories (very inconvenient). The teaser trailer showed off what happens to a Revenant who fails to consume blood, they become a giant monster called a “lost.”

For an unbeknownst reason, Revenants have been outcast from society and must live in an area known only as Vein. The vampires have to cooperate with each other to discover the mysteries of their world and maybe a way to escape. The game takes on a dungeon crawler feel with players entering caves with an AI buddy to help them out. These companions will help players overcome various challenges but not without the hero helping them out as well.

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Players get to use a variety of special abilities along with a series of melee weapons to dispatch the lost. Short swords, great swords, spears and hammers will all be used to damage the enemy and when defeated, their power will be absorbed through the Revenant’s blood veil. This piece of armor takes the shape of an article of clothing and Revenants all have a different form of blood veil.

Code Vein certainly sounds like an exciting experience that we can’t wait to see more of. Don’t forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on this awesome vampire RPG as they are made available!

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Top 10 Most Outstanding Games of 2016 | GIGAMAX

2016 was a beautiful year for videogames, many highly anticipated titles were released as well as some hidden gems. It seemed as though every week had a big title come out, in fact with so many releases it can become very hard to keep up with the hits and the misses. Here at Gigamax Games we believe that a good game is comprised of many different aspects. Each game is a work of art and has its own personality. Trying to select only 10 that stood out to us this year was a difficult task, but overall it was a fun look back and we had to nitpick to find the best of the best. So without any more ranting, here are our favorite games of 2016.

XCOM 2

XCOM 2 title

This top down tactical RPG was a breath of fresh air for real time strategy fans. The popularity of the first game left big shoes to fill and this game certainly filled them. From the start, it is established that you will not be fighting with the same strategies used in the first. XCOM 2 makes the player think like a guerrilla fighter facing an enemy much stronger than themselves and with far greater numbers. With a non-optional permadeath feature, creativity and quick decision making is essential. We love this game because it doesn’t hold your hand and rewards careful planning and patience in a way that is rare in today’s market.


Far Cry Primal

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It is rare to see a first-person game deviate from being just another shooter. Far Cry Primal doesn’t just stray from the path, it walks all the way back to the stone age. 10,000 B.C. was a big one for mankind and Ubisoft throws you right in the middle of it. The player takes control of a caveman trying to get revenge for a tribe that has taken him in. This game stood out because it made the bold move of taking a semi-realistic look at life in Mesolithic Era and relied heavily on melee combat. It did not stray from the Far Cry formula but ultimately the unique location and plot made this game stand out.


DOOM

Doom gun shooting

A beloved series that has stood the test of time, DOOM got a reboot this year and it was spectacular. Slaying demons has never felt so right and this game makes sure the carnage never stops. Many fans were nervous when the reboot was announced and rightfully so. This action staple has been around since the early 90’s and is beloved by many. To everyone’s delight DOOM managed to maintain a retro feel for series veterans while also making adjustments in all the right places for newcomers. A first-person shooter with non-regenerative health and guns you don’t reload is an almost extinct style. This game stood out by daring to challenge the genre norms and restored confidence in developers that the classic FPS feel is still a viable option.


Dark Souls 3

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Difficult games have a niche following that typically won’t reach very far. Dark Souls 3 tears down that barrier,almost as well as it destroys a gamers free time. This game is an infamous term in the gaming industry, even those that aren’t enthusiasts have heard of the series and that its insane difficulty. Dark Souls 3 managed to live up its name and upped the difficulty even higher. Most impressive this time around was the amount of casual gamers it got to attempt the unforgiving challenge. This game makes the list because it not only built a beautifully obscure world, but it managed to welcome a ton of newcomers while also being as unwelcoming as possible, and that’s fascinating.


Overwatch

Overwatch Start Screen

A multiplayer hero based shooter with a ton of character and characters. Overwatch was an instant hit, taking the competitive gaming scene by storm and establishing itself as the new standard for a multiplayer game. Critically this game did amazing and it deserved the recognition. Blizzard managed to combine teamwork, hectic gameplay and an interesting world in a package that appeals to casual and hardcore gamers. They continued to impress by supporting the game after launch with a ton of free content which shows no signs of stopping. Overwatch makes the list because of Blizzard’s unrelenting stream of free content updates as well as the awesome fast paced gameplay.


Abzu

Abzu

Not every game needs to be about murdering someone, some games can build a beautiful world and let the player enjoy a wonderful story without combat. Abzu starts you as a lone diver in the middle of a vast ocean,and throughout the course of the game it becomes so much more than that. As you swim through the story, interacting with marine life big and small, you learn a lot about the world without so much as a word spoken. The player is simply tasked with making it to the end and is never forced forward leaving plenty of time to get lost in its gorgeous setting. Abzu stands out because it manages to get you emotionally invested in a world that has no dialogue and offers an experience for those who love to game but need a break from the violence typically associated with the industry.  


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4

The last entry in a series that almost every playstation owner has experienced. Uncharted 4 was an amazing end to Nathan Drake’s story and wrapped it up before growing stale. Huge set pieces and hectic firefights constantly appear and unexpected twists keep the story interesting. Drake has the most to lose this time around, this can be felt throughout the game. Situations that old Nathan would’ve run into with a smile are now faced with hesitance. This is why the game resonated with us, it tells a relatable story about growing up and taking responsibility for your actions. Uncharted 4 successfully finished Nate’s story while simultaneously making him a more relatable character with real world problems.


Pokemon Sun & Moon

Pokemon Moon title

Sun and Moon were one of the most anticipated games to come out this year. This time around Game Freak went to great lengths to appeal to both old fans and newcomers. Removing a ton of the convoluted systems from the series, Sun and Moon is still Pokemon at it’s core and that’s a good thing. Gone are the days of HM mules, confusing pc’s and weakness memorizing. All of those common inconveniences have been overhauled to make a streamlined experience. Newcomers will find the game accessible and veterans will be surprised by the copious amount of references to the first game. Pokemon Sun and Moon makes the list because it shows that the developers are listening to the fans and are finally willing to start making changes that have been asked for since Red and Blue version.


Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 soldier

World War 1 was a devastating time in history that changed the world. This monumental event is rarely covered in games but something tells me that is going to change. Battlefield 1 dared to be different this year. While other first-person shooter developers were making space combat games, Dice went back in time. It felt amazing to finally play a competitive shooter without wall running as this game relies on your marksmanship and survival instincts. Online battles are intense and require teamwork to come out on top. Destructible cover makes the battlefield feel alive and every bomb, bullet, and vehicle transforms the landscape a little more. The campaign also does a great job of educating players on the different sides of the war. Told through a series of vignettes, players take control of different soldiers spread out in the various conflicts that made up the Great War. Battlefield 1 makes the list because it took a risk in a market that was pointing toward the future and moved it forward by going to the past.


Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV friends

2016 saw a ton of amazing games come out but none struck us quite as well as Final Fantasy XV. 10 years in the making Square Enix finally delivered and it was certainly worth the wait. It starts out as a simple journey but turns into a quest of friendship, love, and redemption. From the moment you meet the main characters it is obvious they all have very unique personalities. Before long you’ve become emotionally invested in their story, each character has a ton of dialogue and will remark on almost every situation. The new battle system is flashy and keeps the player engaged, while the open world immerses you even further. Our playthrough was quick and even that took 40 hours, with plenty of side quests ignored their, is easily another 30 hours in the game. Final Fantasy XV is our game of the year because of how quickly it captivated us. The minute we picked up the controller stopping wasn’t an option. It is rare to see a game make you care so deeply about a group of virtual people. This game is going to become a cornerstone of the FF series, right next to VII, and will always be a Gigamax favorite.

Hard Mode: Why Gamers Enjoy a Challenge

Hard mode, a phrase that inspires fear in casual gamers but brings a gleam to the eyes of the most hardcore enthusiasts. These difficulties are designed to add an extra layer of challenge to a game experience and make it harder to reach the end of the story. Some sort of incentive is usually given for completing the tougher challenge, but most don’t see the value in accomplishing this unappealing option. Not every game gives the option for a higher difficulty. Instead, some are simply next to impossible on their own,with the only choice being hard or harder. These games still see a huge cult following and expert difficulty is some people’s main way of playing, but what exactly is it about those experiences that make them so worthwhile?

Many gamers enjoy harder difficulties because of the extra layer of challenge that comes with it. Most often this is done by increasing the damage the player takes. Sometimes it’s added through taking away power from the character such as a HUD, minimap, or any sort of aid that could be used. This leads to a more trial and error style with these game modes. Typically, this game mode takes a lot more time to beat than the easier difficulties. The game becomes almost like a puzzle, with every move needing to be calculated and intentional. For example in Call of Duty normal mode can be completed by running and gunning with little care for what projectile slams into the hero. Surviving changes on hard mode as the wrong move could mean the difference between life or death. Sections that would take players a few minutes may now take a few hours. This may be appealing to those that love puzzles, instead of the game relying on twitch based movements, it’s now about mathematics and making sure all the movements fit in place.

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Then there are games that don’t offer a difficulty selection. Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, and soon to be released Nioh are examples of this. These are true tests of patience with only the most sadistic getting to see the end credits. In fact most of the time the only incentive for beating these games is that glorious “You Win” screen. Completing them leaves veterans with bragging rights and in an age of screen caps and trophies, proving it is not an issue. Nothing feels better than completing one of these experiences and immediately messaging friends a picture of the main character standing over the bloodied final boss. This is coupled with a sigh of relief and the feeling of victory that has been truly earned.

Some games do offer incentive for completing hard mode, making it much more worthwhile for gamers. Destiny and other MMO style games have better loot for completing high difficulty. Exclusive guns, armor or perks are given to the brave souls that step into the ring. These serve as wearable trophies so that not only friends know of the accomplishment but other players as well. Games like this typically require a team of experts who have plenty of in game experience. Working together and finishing an expert raid or a tough encounter is met with cheers and praise from all members as well as a feeling of camaraderie. Most of these teams are friends outside the game but many friendships have been created through these strenuous tasks.

completion screen for destiny hard mode raid

Hard mode is not for everyone, the experience is often times frustrating but accomplishing the task brings a great feeling of pride for gaming enthusiasts. After playing a few challenge modes and taking a look at a gamer’s reasons for trying them, it is not hard to understand why these difficulties have a large following. While it all may boil down to people enjoying a challenge, it is important to look deeper into people’s love for it. Insight into this infatuation can help developers cater more toward this group of people and add higher difficulties into games that may not have had one. These insights can also be used to refine challenging experiences so that instead of just being frustrating, they can be frustratingly fun.

Gigs takes on Gears of War 4 on Hard Mode: Get’s beat up

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