Nintendo Switch Lifecycle May Extend Past 5-6 Years
The lifecycle of a typical console is around 5-6 years. With a few exceptions, this has been the standard for the big three video game companies Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. Although Nintendo now believes that their latest addition to the console market, the Nintendo Switch, could potentially be around longer than previously expected.
During an investor Q&A, Nintendo’s Sigeru Miyamoto expressed that he believes the Nintendo Switch could be around longer due to the unprecedented hybrid nature of the console. He also feels that Nintendo’s efforts to create unique and original content for the platform could keep it on store shelves for years to come.
The Nintendo Switch Breakthrough
“When you think about what can be done with the Nintendo Switch as a device that can be taken on the go and that every person has in their hands to play, you realize it has many features not available on any other hardware to date,” Miyamoto said. “Nintendo also has a system in place whereby the software developers focus on these hardware features in their development efforts for the continuation of the Nintendo Switch business.” (http://bit.ly/2CeDsCZ)
Miyamoto went on to say “Up until now, the hardware lifecycle has trended at around five or six years, but it would be very interesting if we could prolong that life cycle, and I think you should be looking forward to that.” (http://bit.ly/2CeDsCZ)
Nintendo director Shinya Takahashi added that the company had junior level developers working closely with higher management to create a multitude of interesting products that are both fun to play and can reach a wide audience.
Nintendo Changing The Game
“Behind the unceasing stream of Nintendo Switch software releases to date is an approach to development that concentrates on development, itself the fruit of efforts several years ago to integrate the software development teams, which has made it easier to organize teams.” (http://bit.ly/2CeDsCZ)
To give some perspective, Nintendo released their previous console, the Wii U back in 2012 and ended production in January 2017. The Switch launched in March 2017 and already outsold the Wii U’s lifetime sales in a 10 month period. If Miyamoto’s beliefs hold true, the company could have the console on the market until 2023 or beyond.
As of now, some of Nintendo’s biggest IP’s already made its way to the console with plenty more on the way. The company previously stated that they want to see all of their games come to the Switch, but the biggest fans are holding out for word on a new Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. Hopefully, the console’s popularity doesn’t falter and the community can continue to enjoy this system for as long as Nintendo sees it is a contender.
Super Meat Boy, the challenging platformer that released back in 2010 by developer Team Meat, launched for the Nintendo Switch last week and owners of the console love it. The game is off to a great start in terms of sales. The studio took to Twitter saying that first-day sales came “shockingly close” to repeating the games sales numbers from when it launched on Xbox 360 in 2010.
The sequel to Super Meat Boy, Super Meat Boy Forever, is on its way to the Switch in the future according to a Nintendo Direct from last year, and the strong debut for the game is a good sign for the studio. Team Meat joked, “Now I’m pretty excited about Super Meat Boy Forever for the Switch…Imma buy @notch’s house.”
Now I’m pretty excited about Super Meat Boy Forever for the Switch…Imma buy @notch‘s house
To add some context to the above tweet, Notch is the creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson, who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for around $2.5 billion back in 2014. He used some of that to buy a $70 million mansion in Los Angeles, outbidding Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Super Meat Boy for Switch is available now for $15 on the Switch’s digital store. A physical version will hit store shelves later this year. The Switch edition of the game offers a new mode which is a two-player split-screen challenge named “Race Mode.” You can use this mode for individual levels, an assortment of random ones, or the full game, with options for both light and dark.
The amazing story of what Team Meat had to go through to create Super Meat Boy was one of the best parts of the independent film Indie Game: The Movie. The game was developed by The Binding of Isaac’s creators Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes and debuted on Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft’s Game Feast promotion back in October of 2010. It also came out for PS4, PlayStation Vita, and Wii U.
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 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.
While the January game releases for the start of 2018 may not be an extensive lineup, most will agree that the first month of this year has some impressive titles. We’re spending most of our time going back and finishing up the long backlog of big releases that came out at the end of 2017, that is until the some of our most anticipated games of the year are released over the next couple weeks. Look below to find the full list of games kicking off 2018 so you know what to spend that hard earned money on!
January’s Biggest Game Releases
Dragon Ball Fighter Z (January 26th)
The Z-Fighters are back with a new fighting game experience that looks like it will finally pull the long-running series out of its video game slump. Players will take control of many iconic characters from throughout Dragon Ball’s history and pummel their friends in a fighting system that seems very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. Whether you’re playing as Super Saiyan God Goku or were unlucky enough to get stuck with Krillin, this game is sure to be a blast!
Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)
Killing monsters, gathering materials, and forging new armor, these are a few of our favorite things. Plenty of Monster Hunter fans certainly share our sentiment and on this month players will be able to hop into the iconic world again, but this time in 4K. The series is making its debut on current-gen consoles and based on the beta gameplay, Monster Hunter: World will be eating up a lot of our time in the first quarter. Both longtime fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will find something to love in this incredible hunting game so be sure to check it out!
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (January 26th)
Are you a fan of the Final Fantasy series? Then Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game you can’t miss. This fighting game is an ode to the long-running compendium of games. Players take control of leading heroes including Cloud, Titus, and the most recent protagonist Noctis. The gameplay trailers certainly haven’t disappointed and the cinematic trailers are as beautiful as ever. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of playing a Final Fantasy title this is the game for you!
Full List of January Game Releases
The Escapists 2 – (Nintendo Switch) – Jan 11
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition – (PC, PS4) – Jan 16
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.
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!
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.
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.
Super Mario Odyssey on YouTube with Gigamax
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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This Friday has a lot in store for gamers. A host of new games will be hitting the market all at once! This may be a problem for wallets around the world, but for those eager to start a new adventure, it’s truly a treat. With such an incredible week of gaming, let’s take a look at the highly anticipated titles releasing just in time for the weekend.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – PS4, Xbox One, PC
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is known for its inconsistency. One game will come out and blow audiences away and then the next game will be a complete blunder. Assassins Creed 2 and 3 come to mind or Black Flag and Unity. However, this time around, it looks like Ubisoft is heading in the right direction, finally allowing players to experience ancient Egypt. Players will be leaders of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, tasked with uncovering lost tombs and exploring the pyramids. Ubisoft took a different direction with this title, embracing a new RPG style which fits perfectly with the expansive open world.
IGN Get’s Hands-On with Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – PS4, Xbox One, PC
This franchise has been around for decades and gamers are ecstatic the eleventh installment is nearing release. It will be a sequel to the 2014 game, Wolfenstein: The New Order. Taking a lot of the gameplay style from The New Order but of course, the developers have a lot more to work with in terms of gaming technology. The environments and some elements of the core game will be entirely different. This will truly be a treat for any Wolfenstein fan but has also appealed to newcomers of the series as well. It’ll be interesting to see how this classic franchise fairs in this interesting new gaming market the world currently embracing.
Inside Look Into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch
Hardcore Nintendo fans probably don’t need to read this brief description of Super Mario Odyssey. People have been shaking from anticipation to get their hands on this completely unique Mario game. Exploring 3D kingdoms with incredibly diverse environments, this will undoubtedly be unlike any Mario game Nintendo has ever released. Sure there have been 3D worlds with Mario before but nothing to this magnitude and fans cannot wait for a chance to play.
Take A Look At 7 Minutes of Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay From IGN
Don’t fret, if you won’t be picking all of them up, the Gigamax crew has you covered. This upcoming week Gigamax will be taking a look and offering a preview into each of the new titles. Friday is going to be a busy day for gamers across the country and that’s not a bad thing.
What game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!