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Splatoon 2 Gets Huge Winter Update

Splatoon 2 Gets Huge Winter Update

To celebrate the holidays and bring attention back to the game, Nintendo is launching a Splatoon 2 Winter Update that adds a ton of new content to the shooter. Specifically, the add-on will include four new battle stages, a new salmon run map, four hairstyles, an increased level cap, new music and even more extra goodies.

Let’s Take a Closer Look

The four new stages will begin rolling out today (11/24/17) starting with the map, MakoMart, a mall themed arena. The other three maps will be released at a later date and they include the brand new Shellendorf Institute, along with two returning maps from the first game Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall.

Those have hit the level cap of 50 will be pleased to hear that the new top tier is 99. Once that level is reached players have the option to prestige back down to level 1, a trend that has become very popular in multiplayer shooters. The devs also made achieving the goal a little faster by adding the ability to switch gear in-between matches so there is no need to break up matches to change weapons and armor.

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Brand New Salmon Run!

A new Salmon Run stage is definitely a welcomed addition, but Nintendo has not addressed whether they plan on increasing the game mode’s availability. Players can also expect to hear music from two new bands while they are fighting, and now Amiibo lets you take pictures on all available battle stages as well as the main square. The four new hairstyles include two fancy new cuts for boys characters and two fabulous cuts for girl squids.

Nintendo detailed a new game mode that will be arriving with the Winter Update in December called “Clam Blitz” which is so wacky we’ll let them explain, “In Clam Blitz, competing Inklings are tasked with collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up, the clam follows the player. The objective is to throw the clam into the basket near the opponent’s base. The first team to score 100 points wins! But, of course, this being the fiercely competitive world of Splatoon 2, things are not as easy as they seem. The baskets are protected by a barrier, which must be destroyed first. After collecting 10 clams, the player will earn a Power Clam. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the extra-satisfying opportunity to steal opponents’ clams by splatting them…”

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Splatoon 2 is the gift that keeps on giving, and the Winter Update is a big present! Nintendo knocked it out of the park with their take on the multiplayer shooter and with the consistent rate of huge updates we can’t see ourselves putting down this title anytime soon. We’re pumped to start playing the newest update and attempting to hit the new level cap (despite not being close to level 50). This is certainly not the last update Splatoon 2 will receive so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for more information on this awesome title!

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Best Black Friday Gaming Deals You Can’t Miss

These are the best Black Friday Gaming Deals out there. Whether in-store or online, these are the most popular games and consoles at the lowest prices. Find only the cheapest games, consoles and gaming accessories this holiday season. There were so many spectacular games released this year, countless adventures to go on, and now is the time to catch up on some of the titles that shook the industry in 2017. 

The bottom section has the top deals for the latest games for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch!

PlayStation 4

Find exclusive PlayStation Black Friday deals with the list below.

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PS4 Pro (GameStop): $349.99

PS4 Slim 1TB (Amazon): $199

PlayStation Virtual Reality Bundle (Amazon, Dell, GameStop, Newegg, Walmart): $299.99
-Includes Virtual Reality headset, Gran Turismo Sport, PlayStation Camera.

DuelShock 4 controller (Crystal – GameStop, Blue Crystal – Walmart, Red Crystal – Best Buy): $39.99

Xbox One

This list focuses on Xbox console and exclusive Xbox One game deals.

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Xbox One S 1TB Assassin’s Creed Bundle (Amazon): $299.99

Xbox One S 500GB with Madden 18 (Amazon): $249

PUBG (Amazon): $29.99

Resident Evil 7 (Amazon): $29.89

 

Nintendo Switch

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any major deals listed for the Nintendo Switch. Finding one in stock challenging enough but it doesn’t seem as though Nintendo is willing to cut the price of their market breaking console just yet.

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There is one deal for the Nintendo Switch Neon console: $299.99

Below are some deals that would make great additions to any current Nintendo Switch owner’s setup.

powerA Joy-Con Charging Dock for Nintendo Switch: $19.99

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (Best Buy): $19.99

Lego Worlds (Target): $19.99

Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom (Walmart): $29

Black Friday Deals for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Beleive it or not, some of these games are over 50% off! These are AAA hits and their prices are plummeting, there might not be another chance to get these titles at these prices. Some of these links aren’t updated for their Black Friday deals just yet so be sure to wait. However, don’t wait too long, that “Out of Stock” text can really put a damper on a happy day of savings.

Call of Duty: WWII (Best Buy): $39.99 

Destiny 2 (GameStop): $27.99

The Evil Within 2 (Best Buy): $24.99

Injustice 2 (GameStop): $14

FIFA 18 (GameStop): $27.99

Madden NFL 18 (GameStop): $27.99

Prey (GameStop): $19.99

Final Fantasy 15 (Target): $15

Horizon Zero Dawn – PS4 Exclusive – (Best Buy): $19.99

Middle-earth: Shadow of War (GameStop): $25

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (Best Buy) $24.99

Sources:

http://www.gamesradar.com/black-friday-the-best-gaming-deals/

http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/11/21/best-black-friday-2017-deals

https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/21/16681106/black-friday-ps4-playstation-pro-psvr

https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/21/16681608/best-black-friday-nintendo-deals-2017

vg247.com/2017/11/21/amazon-black-friday-deals-2017-all-the-cheapest-gaming-bargains-in-the-us-and-uk/

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Switch Success Causes Developers To Scramble

Switch Success Causes Developers To Scramble

Nintendo takes the throne once again as a driving force within the gaming industry. The Japanese video game maker faced some troubled times starting with the Wii and continuing through the release of the Wii U.  Now the company and their new console are once again in the limelight for a good reason. Since it was released in 2012, the Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles worldwide but the Nintendo Switch is expected to dwarf those numbers.




Time For Big Numbers

Launching in March of this year, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million consoles by the end of March 2018. They increased their forecast from 10 million consoles and all this buzz is beginning to catch the attention of game publishers and developers across the globe. Nintendo has welcomed third-party and independent developers to develop software for the Switch but previous blunders kept most away. However, with the Switch flying off the shelves, people are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.

Bandai Namco Takes Notice

Recently news broke that Bandai Namco, a highly respected Japanese game developer, will be producing three Switch-exclusive games. Expected to release between the spring and summer of 2018, word broke after their latest financial briefing. Executives from the company admit they were surprised by the success of the new console and want to bring three ‘big’ games to the revolutionary console. There were no other details but the fact that it caught the attention of this big name developer could mean this is only the beginning.

Major Industry Players Impressed

Even well-known industry players like Phil Harrison who was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation in the mid-90’s was impressed by Nintendo’s latest success. He states in an interview with GamesBeat, “Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously.” (http://bit.ly/2zDO41g)

Harrison makes mention about adding a dynamic console to the market and this is a major realization game developers and even console manufacturers have made as well. Switching up how people view a gaming console could be the beginning of a fundamental shift that takes place throughout the industry.

A Look At The Power Of The Switch

The Future Looks Bright

The future looks bright for the Switch and Nintendo as a whole. Games that were never expected to make it to a Nintendo console like Skyrim and Doom being released have people excited. Opening the doors to independent developers is absolutely mindblowing. Developers openly stating that they are surprised by its success and beginning to develop games for the new console is impressive. However what’s more impressive is what this could mean for gaming.

The video game industry was flipped upside down with the emergence of the Nintendo Switch. There are big things coming and gamers are the ones that will benefit.

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Sources:

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/07/former_sony_and_microsoft_exec_nintendo_has_surprised_me_with_switch

https://kotaku.com/total-nintendo-switch-sales-might-surpass-the-wii-us-by-1819964884

Super Mario Odyssey – Let’s Play Page with Gigamax

Super Mario Odyssey – Let’s Play Page with Gigamax

Well, the time came for Nintendo to reveal their latest Mario game to the world and people lost absolutely lost their minds. Super Mario Odyssey was a welcomed addition to the Mario franchise and nearly every Mario fan agrees that this is up there in terms of the best Mario games to ever release. Something completely unique and unlike any other Mario game, Nintendo truly delivered an amazing experience.

This has been the year of Nintendo and releasing this massive hit continued their winning streak. The Nintendo Switch has allowed this incredible company to take this classic character to entirely new heights. Not only is it great to play as Mario once again on Nintendo’s most impressive console in years, but it’s an incredible game through and through. Even if it wasn’t Mario in front of the controls, the game itself can go toe to toe with any platformer on the market today. From each unique kingdom to the puzzles and amount of content, gamers can enjoy hours of Super Mario Odyssey without getting bored.

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One thing has been consistent in terms of criticism, people were asking for more Kingdoms. The campaign may not be the longest but after finishing the core game, it doesn’t end there. There are 999 moons to find throughout all the Kingdoms and some are rewards of challenging tasks. Some of these challenges open up after the campaign is completed but others are only available once a player reaches a certain amount of moons. This creates an incredibly addictive meta, calling for players to scour the amazing Kingdoms for these little hidden tasks.

Super Mario Odyssey is much more focused on exploration rather than running through the story. The open world layout and hidden secrets around each world truly put the gamer in charge of their own adventure. Nintendo delivered something special to gamers with Super Mario Odyssey and the gaming community couldn’t be happier. It’ll be exciting to see what comes next for the Mario franchise but one thing is for sure, the world will still be searching for those 999 moons for quite some time.

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Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

Switch Super Smash Rumor Train At Full Steam

The most recent update Nintendo made to the Switch has a lot of people asking if this could be a sign of a new Super Smash Bros coming soon. Nintendo Switch’s update finally allows players to use GameCube controllers which are widely used throughout the Super Smash Bros community. This classic controller feels like it was built for smash but until now, the Nintendo Switch went without it. However, now that Nintendo is finally ready to open up the Switch to GameCube controllers, it looks as though a new Super Smash for the Switch could be on the horizon.

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Nintendo Switch Update

The latest Switch update includes USB headphone support as well as supporting GameCube controllers. There is a catch however, gamers will need the USB adapter that was released for the Wii U. This adapter added GameCube controller support for the Wii U but it only worked if people were playing Super Smash Bros. This is where the rumor mill starts heating up.


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The Rumor Mill

Rumors are flying all around this latest update. From GameCube Virtual Console speculation to possible new Super Smash news, things are starting to get exciting. Wii U may have only allowed players to use GameCube controllers specifically for Super Smash Bro’s but right now, gamers on the Switch can play other games with them. Some games, like Fire Emblem Warriors,  lose certain features that are only available with the Switch’s controllers but the GameCube option is available. 

Nintendo Is Committed

Announcements from the company have reassured gamers that they will be developing a version of Smash for the Nintendo Switch. However, they did state that they will not be porting any older I.P’s to the Switch and instead, updating versions of the games specifically for the new console. The new Switch Super Smash could even include all the new characters from Nintendo’s latest games. It would be amazing to see ARMS and Splatoon characters make the list in the next Super Smash installment. This could also help explain the wait for the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. 

Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on any other hints Nintendo drops about an upcoming Smash Bros for their new system. The Switch put Nintendo back on the map and Super Smash Bros has been a consistent hit for the video game company. It only makes sense they will be delivering this game to players relatively soon.

When do you think the world will get their hands on the Nintendo Switch Super Smash? Let us know in the comments!

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Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced

Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced

Fans of the long-running Nintendo series, Animal Crossing, will be delighted to hear that the home building simulator will be getting a Nintendo Direct this week. Unfortunately, it’s not for a Switch or 3DS version of the game but instead, it will be for a mobile version. The Nintendo Direct will take place on October 25th and the pre-recorded broadcast will stream on Youtube starting at 11:00 pm EST. According to the Japanese Nintendo twitter account, the Direct will last a total of 15 minutes.

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What Might Be Announced

If you’re hoping that the company may surprise fans with a Switch or 3DS announcement, don’t get too excited because Nintendo already said on their website that there will not be any information on either of the console versions. That’s not to say the series will never appear on the Switch. Nintendo has previously stated that they’re bringing all of their main IP’s to the console.

Nintendo initially slotted the Animal Crossing mobile game for the first quarter of this year but it was delayed into the company’s next fiscal year. This means the game could come out in March of 2018. Nintendo attributes the delay to the launch of their other two mobile games Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, which they launched earlier this year in a partnership with DeNA.

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Shigeru Miyamoto, Co-Representative Director at Nintendo, has said that the company will continue to craft original games for mobile devices instead of porting old ones. This has been backed up with their previous two mobile releases, much to the chagrin of their fans who have not been happy with the titles.

Could This Be The Perfect Mobile Fit? 

Animal Crossing could potentially be the perfect fit for smartphones, with its slow and relaxing nature and home/town building, this series could take off for an entirely new audience. Hopefully, Nintendo doesn’t squander the opportunity to generate a whole new group of people that will buy consoles for the full Animal Crossing experience but their track record isn’t great so far. Either way, Gigamax will be downloading the title when it comes out so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

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Could ARMS be Getting a New Character?

Could ARMS be Getting a New Character?

Nintendo’s new take on the fighting game genre may see another new character added to the roster soon. In the latest update trailer posted by the video game publisher (see below), fans can catch a glimpse of what appears to be a robot version of the game’s hero, Spring Man.

New Badge System

Also coming with the update is a new “badge” system that will award players for completing specific challenges. For example, one will be awarded for completing a tough run through the campaign or playing a certain amount of fights with one character. Nintendo was not clear about a release date but the trailer made it clear it will be coming later this month. This article will be updated when the launch date is announced, so don’t forget to check back!

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Nintendo certainly hasn’t been shy when it comes to releasing free updates for their popular new brawler. The last update saw a new clown type character, Lola Pop, enter the ring along with Max Brawler in the update before her. New stages have also been added throughout the game’s lifecycle, including Sparring Ring and Villa Dolce and shows that the company has no plans to slow down support for the game. Training exercises were also added so that fans could practice their skills and moves for online play, so if you put down ARMS, now is a great time to throw the gloves back on.

This announcement comes in the wake of Nintendo’s plan to increase production of the Switch to 2 million units per month to meet the console’s high demand. The Switch is one of the most unique console’s we’ve ever played here at Gigamax so if you’re able to get your hands on one, don’t miss out! We’ll be keeping our eyes on all the latest information so be sure to keep checking back for all the latest in gaming news.

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Fire Emblem Warriors: Playlist on YouTube

Fire Emblem Warriors: Playlist on YouTube

Both Gigs and Mack share a great deal of interest in the Fire Emblem series. When they heard Fire Emblem Warriors would be a unique take on the game, they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the upcoming Nintendo Switch version. However, it was some time before the game was released in North America so the Gigamax crew unlocked the Japanese version. Even though they couldn’t tell what people were saying, the game overshadowed the confusion.

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This was only the beginning. Once the game releases in the U.S., there will surely be new episodes coming to the Fire Emblem Warriors playlist. The Dynasty Warriors style of combat and the action-packed combos absolutely hit the sweet spot for the Gigamax crew. Come take a look at the playlist below to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Fire Emblem Warriors: YouTube Playlist

Thank You For Watching!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to watch. Hope you enjoyed the playlist! If there are any other games you want to see Gigs and Mack play, be sure to let them know in the comments!

Fire Emblem Warriors is a new take on an old classic. It’s unique combat and all the well-known characters make this game a blast, even in Japanese when no one knows what’s going on. If you’re curious on how to unlock Japanese games on a North American Switch, the Gigamax crew offers advice on how to get that done.

Gigamax is always curious about what you think about the content being released. If you have any suggestions or want to contribute, check out the Community page or email us at GigamaxGames@gmail.com. We want to hear from you!

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The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays

During a recent speaking event, CEO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company could not guarantee the availability of the Switch this Holiday season. As of now, the executive has elaborated further on what he meant by the statement.

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Source: http://bit.ly/2wSvh0h

Speaking to The Financial Times, Fils-Aime said that the console’s supply chain was “complex” going on to say that there are multiple factors that could be considered “choke points.” Some analysts in Japan are calling out Alps Electric in particular, who makes the necessary components for the Joy-Con controller system. Although, the CEO himself wouldn’t clarify which parts of the supply chain were holding production back.

“There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points,” Reggie Fils-Aime explained. “I won’t go into any more detail but it’s not just one component. I’m going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace. But what I don’t know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.” (http://bit.ly/2ePLXLc)

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed

The executive moved on to say that the company wants to avoid any situation where a consumer wants a Switch and can’t get one. But unfortunately, production realities and the extremely strong demand for the console are making it impossible for him to guarantee that everyone will get their hands on the system.

Fils-Aime finished the interview by stating “We don’t want to have a consumer disappointed by not being able to get one for the holiday season. But managing that complex supply chain is a challenge,” but this has left many Nintendo fans with the feeling that getting a Switch this year is almost hopeless.

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Source: http://bit.ly/2rc2DFA

Nintendo has previously stated their intention was to ramp up production this holiday season but it could prove difficult with suppliers creating issues with previously agreed upon terms.  Currently, the company has modeled 10 million Switch sales for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. As for sales, the latest data shows that the console has sold over 4.7 million units worldwide.

Hopefully, Nintendo is able to increase production enough so that most can get the system but unfortunately not even the CEO can be overly optimistic. The holidays are typically rough on retail and new hardware usually sells the fastest. The bright side of the production issue is that this shows the Switch’s growing popularity and how Nintendo is recovering after the disaster that was the Wii U.

Be sure to check back on Gigamax for the latest updates and details surrounding the Nintendo Switch and it’s availability.

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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Playlist

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Playlist

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is unlike any kind of Mario or Rabbids game to come before it. This latest title for the Nintendo Switch is truly something special. Resembling an X-COM game, universes collide and Mario is flung into an unfamiliar world forced to fight in an unconventional manner. Using what looks like a mega-buster, Mario and his Rabbids friends blast their way through the incredible levels and exciting puzzles.

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Low Hopes For A Big Hit

Everyone had low hopes for this game, dismissing it expecting another cheap let down. Rabbids has a complicated history but that was all put aside for this latest title. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle delivers an incredible gaming experience and some true challenges as well. When it was released, people just couldn’t believe what the developers actually brought to the table.

The playlist below is where you can find all the latest Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle episodes from Gigamax Games. Be sure to stick around for more, there is so much more of this game to see. With DLC’s expected in the future and more story to play, this game has a lot to offer.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – YouTube PlayList

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