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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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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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Clear Your Weekend Plans: 10/27 Game Releases

Video Game Releases: Friday, October 27th, 2017

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!

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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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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

A new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon revealed plenty of new details about the pair of 3DS games. The video offers a deeper look at some of the new features Gamefreak added to the upcoming titles as well as a look at a brand new legendary.

The previously revealed UB-Burst and UB-Assembly are getting a new friend in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon that goes by the codename, UB-Adhesive. This little guy is a mysterious (and adorable) new Poison-type, said to understand humans if it spends enough time around them.

UB-Burst and UB-Assembly Info

The trailer released today revealed some new details about UB-Burst and UB-Assembly. UB-Burst has been revealed as a Fire/Ghost-type that is exclusive to Ultra Sun. It comes packaged with a unique attack called Mind Blown. This move has the horrifying monster remove his head and lob it at the defending Pokemon. UB-Assembly is more of a defensive beast that is a Rock/Steel type and exclusive to Ultra Moon. It was also revealed that the new Ultra Beasts have the same Beast Boost ability held by the previous iterations.

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Ultra Beasts come from another dimension and travel to the Alola region through portals known as Ultra Wormholes. In the two new titles, players will be able to traverse atop Solgaleo or Lunala through these rifts and visit the worlds the Ultra Beasts hail from. The trailer also revealed a dark new world known as Ultra Metalopolis, which Nintendo describes as a city that lost its light to the legendary Necrozma.

The Final Details

The final details revealed by the trailer were on a new mysterious team known as, Ultra Recon Squad, a cast of characters is made up of four trainers. In Ultra Sun, players will encounter Dulse and Zossie while in Ultra Moon, backers will run into Phyco and Soliera. Not much else was revealed on the Ultra Recon Squad but in the trailer, they show up with UB-Adhesive.

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The two new games will be released on November 17th. If you buy the game before January 18th, 2018 you also get your hands on a Rockruff that can evolve into the previously revealed Dusk Form Lycanroc.

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Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Coming Next Year

Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Coming Next Year

Legend of Zelda fans that want to learn more about the universe they adore or just want to look at pretty pictures of Hyrule will be happy to hear an enormous and comprehensive book is being released next year. The comic publisher behind the book, Dark Horse announced that they will be releasing the English version of the book in April of 2018.

What’s Inside This Big Book?

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is a voluminous book that goes into detail about various aspects of Hyrule’s lore. The 320 page book takes a detailed look at the series and will cover up to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, “[It] describes enemies and items, potions and poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in the 2013 smash-hit Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more.”  Readers can also enjoy an exclusive interview contained in the book with the series’ producer Eiji Aonuma.

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This title is the third book in the Goddess Collection Trilogy of Zelda themed books. Hyrule Historia which was released back in 2013, is considered the first installment and contained concept art, developer insight, and timeline placement for every game in the series at the time. The second book in the series was The Legend of Zelda Arts and Artifacts, which came out earlier this year and covered promotional and concept art from the series’ history.

Save Your Copy!

Nintendo also announced another art book that will solely focus on the series’ most recent installment, Breath of the Wild. A release date has yet to be announced by the popular Video Game company but a few sample images can be found on their twitter account. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia releases on Aril 24th, 2018 and is being sold for $40 with pre-orders being available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Nintendo Reveals More Details for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

Nintendo Reveals More Details for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

During the most recent Nintendo Direct event the company had plenty of details to share for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon, the latest game in the main Pokemon series. The biggest announcement out of the Direct itself was the addition of two new “Ultra Beasts” which are wacky looking creatures from another dimension that took the form of Sun/Moon’s legendaries.

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Details Are Scarce 

Nintendo was sparse on the details for the announcement revealing little other than the code names and pictures for the beasts. The first of the two new Pokemon is UB-Burst, a clown like monster resembling something out of your worst nightmares. Don’t worry, Ultra Moon gets its own monstrosity known as UB-Assembly that is reminiscent of a giant stone tower.

Much like the other Pokemon games third entry, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon will focus on the end game Legendary that can be caught. This time around it’s Necrozma and he has a problem with Solgaleo and Lunala not being under his mind control. Fortunately, this means that players will be able to catch new forms of the aforementioned legendaries. In Ultra Sun trainers can catch Dusk Mane Necrozma and in Ultra Moon Dawn Wings Necrozma.

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Wrapping It All Up

To round out their announcements, Nintendo detailed an exclusive move for the preorder bonus Pokemon, Dusk Form Lycanroc. The new Z-Move is known as Splintered Stormshards, this rock type move will be available to all forms of Lycanroc and can eliminate terrain as well as inflict damage. To secure this new Pokemon players will have to preorder Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon before January 10th to get a special Rockruff that will evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon releases on November 17th for the Nintendo 3DS. Players who also purchase the virtual console edition of Pokemon Gold/Silver will receive a special edition as a free gift for their copy of Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon.

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