Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo's November Super Smash Direct
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little over a month away and Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on the final details regarding their plans for the immensely popular fighter. For this special Nintendo Direct the creator of the Super Smash series, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed a ton of details ranging from new fighters to intricate new systems meant to shake up the game.
Below we'll be listing our top 5 big reveals, but for a more detailed look, you can watch the full Direct below!
Ken & Incineroar Join the Fight
To round out the humongous roster of 74 characters, Nintendo revealed that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun/Moon will be making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken is going to be an Echo Fighter to Ryu, mimicking most of his moves with slight differences and increased run speed. Incineroar on the other hand is a completely new fighter and the latest Pokemon to join the battlefield utilizing a number of moves fans will recognize from the series.
Brand New Spirit System
Instead of the long-running trophy system the series is known for, Nintendo is trying something different for Ultimate. Spirits are supporting characters that didn't quite make the cut for the final roster and can power up fighters with a variety of abilities and bonuses. Spirits can counter each other and they all have unique artwork that makes them fun to collect!
Online Mode is Getting an Overhaul
Super Smash 4 on the Wii U was the first game to introduce online matchmaking but separated it into two modes known as For Fun and For Glory. Ultimate is getting rid of this system and implementing a new one that will allow players to choose their own rules and find those looking for a similar experience. Those looking for a more competitive system can look forward to the Global Smash Power Ranking System where fighters are ranked based on skill. Gamers that are ranked high enough, a new special mode is unlocked.
Paid DLC Makes a Return
Along with the 74 characters featured in the base game, five more fighters are also making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate post-launch. Each character comes with a new stage and song. Each character cost $5.99 or $24.99 for the season pass bundle. On top of the five DLC characters, those that purchase the game before January 31st, 2019 will get Piranha Plant as a fighter for free a few months after the game comes out.
A New Story Mode Named "The World of Light"
For the story mode in Ultimate, Nintendo is looking back at how all of the characters got turned into the toys that have to fight their way back into the real world. This new adventure features an ongoing battle to free the fighters from the clutches of the Master Hands that are cloning evil versions of the popular heroes. The adventure starts with Kirby, the lone hero to make it away from the nasty beams, but will eventually involve the entire roster attempting to thwart evil.
According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, a new version of the extremely popular Nintendo Switch is making its way to gamers next year. This report is backed by suppliers and others in the industry with direct knowledge of the company's plan for the console.
Big Moves for the Switch!
Along with the news came a few details on what fans can expect from the new Nintendo Switch hardware: "The current Switch uses a lower-end liquid-crystal display without some technologies that are standard in more recent smartphone LCDs,” said the report. “Updating the display with these technologies would make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient. The updated Switch isn’t expected to adopt the organic light-emitting diode or OLED panels used in Apple Inc.’s iPhone X series.”
Nintendo has already managed to sell 20 million units around the world since the console launched back in 2017 and this move is probably intended to keep sales numbers up as the system grows in age. Fans can expect the new iteration of the hardware in the second half of 2019, most likely around the holiday season to really capitalize on the biggest sales months of the year. This news isn't terribly surprising considering that Nintendo not only wants a console in every home, but it wants every member of a home to own a version of the hardware.
Nintendo Entertainment System Update Gameplay
“The biggest attraction of Nintendo Switch is that the console can be carried around and used easily for competitive gameplay via local wireless connection,” said Shigeru Miyamoto during a financial briefing earlier in the year. “If consumers come to take it for granted that everybody has a Nintendo Switch, then we can create new and very Nintendo genres of play, and Nintendo Switch can have a life apart from smart devices and other video game systems. Expanding the Nintendo Switch world this way is a means of eliminating risk.” (https://bit.ly/2EXODCX)
We would love to see a new version of this amazing portable console and will certainly try to have whatever Nintendo releases on day one, so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest detail on the company's future plans!
Nintendo certainly doesn't hold back when they have one of their beloved Nintendo Directs and the most recent one on September 13th, 2018 has left fans expecting quite a bit! If you'd like to watch the entire video, check out the footage below. For a quick look at some of the major announcements, keep on scrolling and see what the legendary video game company showed off for the Nintendo Switch.
September 2018 Nintendo Direct
Splatoon 2 Version 4.0
New maps, modes, weapons, and abilities are heading to Splatoon 2 in the next big content update for the wacky third-person shooter. While Nintendo certainly hasn't been shy about updating their take on an action shooter, it is always exciting to hear that a ton of new stuff is on the way. A release date wasn't revealed during the Direct, but hopefully, we'll hear more news soon!
New Super Mario Bros. U is Getting the Deluxe Treatment
Fans of New Super Mario Bros. U will be excited to hear that the game is getting the classic Nintendo Deluxe treatment on the Switch. This updated version of the Wii U classic comes with more levels, characters, and modes for players to try out. Toadette and Nabbit are both joining the game as playable characters and they both have some cool abilities. Also, the entire game New Super Luigi U is included in the experience!
Mario Tennis Aces 2.0 Update
Mario Tennis Aces is getting its first major content update in the form of Version 2.0. This means more characters such as Birdo, Paratroopa, Peetey Piranha, and Shy Guy are making their way to the court. A new cooperative game mode that lets players work together online to take on a variety of challenges will also be added.
Nintendo Switch Online is Almost Here
Nintendo is gearing up to release their take on a subscription-based online service. Many games that were initially free to play online are now going to require a Nintendo Online Subscription like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, and Pokken Tournament. The subscription is the cheapest among major hardware developers with a year membership costing $20 USD. The service includes online play, access to a bunch of classic games that can be played at any time, and most importantly, access to a cloud-based save system that backs up all your data in case something happens to your console. All of this goes live on September 18th of this year.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Although Nintendo didn't say much, the Direct gave a brief look at the next iteration of the Luigi's Mansion series. Currently titled Luigi's Mansion 3, it looks like our green plumber is going to have to face his fear of ghosts once again and take on the dastardly ghosts. Luigi's Mansion 3 is in development for the Switch and as of now and is expected to release sometime in 2019.
Isabelle Joins the Fight
That's Right! Isabelle is giving up her mayoral duties to go join the fight in Super Smash Ultimate. This adorable fighter uses a variety of the tools found in the Animal Crossing world to take on her foes. While certainly an unexpected addition, it wasn't as surprising as what Nintendo revealed next...
ANIMAL CROSSING SWITCH FINALLY ANNOUNCED
After many Direct's where fans assumed Animal Crossing Switch would be announced, Nintendo finally took the liberty of saying the game is in development. Much like the Luigi's Mansion 3 announcement, the company didn't divulge any details other than that the game will hit consoles in 2019. The entire Gigamax Games crew is certainly excited for this game. Be sure to stop by again soon for more updates the moment additional details are revealed.
Rocket League may have come out three years ago, but that fact certainly hasn't slowed down Psyonix's regular updates for the radically popular indie game. The most recent patch to hit the game is called the Progression Update and it certainly does what the title suggests. On top of a new leveling system, Psyonix added achievements/trophies, in-game clubs, and fixes for a number of problems fans had with the online multiplayer. Also included in the update is the game's first Rocket Pass, which offers exclusive rewards, but it will cost you.
The biggest change to hit the game is of course the progression system. XP can now only be earned through casual and ranked online matches and now instead of experience being tied to performance it now almost solely depends on match length. In order for players to earn any experience, a match will need to go on for at least 60 seconds. Experience will then be earned every second after that until eventually maxing out at 20 minutes of gameplay time. Players will still earn a small amount of experience for every goal they score, being MVP, playing multiple games in a row, and replacing a bot in a match.
Psyonix has also removed the level cap from Rocket League as well as removing the Rookie and Semi-Pro titles. The developer adjusted the ranks Veteran through Rocketeer to line up with their other changes:
Veteran: Level 20
Expert: Level 40
Master: Level 60
Legend: Level 80
Rocketeer: Level 100
Their are additional titles to earn after hitting level 100, but new titles are only earned every 100 levels. Although this may sound like a monumental task, it is made easier thanks to the XP cap the game hits after level 20.
On top of the massive progression system overhaul, their are additional trophies/achievements for players to earn. All six of these can be earned through the game's new online tournament mode or club feature. Clubs can be up to 20 players big and come with customizable names, tags, and color schemes. When entering a match, the stadium will change to reflect the Rocket League club's colors. Players also have the option to verify their club so that it can't be copied by anyone else.
Of course, these are only the major changes that made their way to Rocket League. For a more detailed look at the other updates, don't miss Psyonix's blog post that goes over every fix that has been patched into the game.
Everything Announced in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct
On Wednesday, August 8th Nintendo held a Direct for their upcoming game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Needless to say, the entire gaming community was waiting in anticipation for whatever the company was ready to announce. Nintendo certainly didn't hold back any punches during the direct, revealing more than enough information to keep the hype train moving faster than ever before.
Those that missed the direct can watch it below or look at our collection of the biggest announcements made throughout the presentation.
Luigi is Dead... JK! Simon and Richter Belmont Join the Fight
That's right! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't just getting the first protagonist of the popular side-scroller Castlevania, it's also adding Richter Belmont from the title Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. While Richter is currently being considered the echo fighter to Simon, Super Smash Bros. developer Sakurai clarified that they both use moves unique to their games so it is hard to tell who is echoing the other. The characters utilize a host of different items from their Dracula killing adventures including: The signature whip, crosses, axe, and holy water. Their move sets include a variety of long ranged tactics that can absolutely devastate the competition.
To keep the Castlevania theme going strong, Nintendo revealed that Simon's stage would be Dracula's castle and include 34 tracks from the collection of games set in this famous location. Different villains and bosses from Castlevania will hop in to disrupt the fight and leave chaos in their wake, even Dracula himself will sometimes grace the battlefield with his presence.
Finally, to wrap up the Castlevania news, Nintendo revealed that the hero Alucard would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy. The character uses his abilities from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to take out foes and dodge attacks. Don't worry, he can still be knocked out, but it will certainly take some skill.
Chrom and Dark Samus are Ready for Battle
Two more highly anticipated fighters are joining the fight. Both Chrom and Dark Samus are making their way to the battlefield in the form of echo fighters for Lucina and Samus respectively. Fans have been asking for these characters for quite some time so it's no surprise that Nintendo included them on the roster.
Chrom fights identically to Lucina with a few extra tricks thrown in and he appears to be faster than the character he's based on.
Dark Samus seems to be a much more mobile version of Samus with a move set that utilizes the dark tools at the villains' disposal. Also, the creature floats in its idle animation!
SO MANY STAGES!
Nintendo revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have a staggering 103 stages, This number doesn't even include the omega and battlefield version that each map can be transformed into. Every stage can be played with up to eight players, and, for the first time, Nintendo is allowing players to turn off stage hazards to fight without any interruptions. Take a look at all the returning and new stages they revealed below!
A new way to play your favorite maps is heading to the next entry in Super Smash Bros. Stage Morph is exactly what it sounds like, during the duration of a match one stage will turn into another which the players choose at the beginning. As shown in the screenshot above, this style of play comes with plenty of options to experience and is perfect for the group that just can't agree on what map to play. (But let's be honest, winner's choice is the only way to play!)
Nintendo Heard You Like Their Music
800 songs, over 1000 including fanfare/soundtracks, and 24 hours of total music. This is the boisterous claim that Nintendo made during the Direct. Fans that have a hankering for some tunes from their favorite video games have the ability to listen to any song in the game whenever they feel like it.
Players are even allowed to make playlists of their own. During fights, each maps soundtrack is now based on the series it represents instead of each having their own individual playlist. Much like the last entry, players can go into the options and adjust the frequency at which each song plays on an individual map.
The Rules Are Changing
The order that players set up their matches is also changing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instead of it being player select followed by map selections it now goes: Rules, Map, Fighters. Nintendo says this makes things more organized and even allows fans to make their own rule sets for quick selection.
On top of time and stock battle, Super Smash is now treating stamina battle as a standard option due to the intense nature of these fights. Sudden Death has been made more nail-biting with the addition of a screen that constantly moves closer to the combatants in order to speed up the finale. Nintendo also added an option that allows players to charge their final smash throughout the course of a match, which results in a weaker version of the ultimate move.
New Battle Modes
A host of new and returning game modes are available for players looking for new ways to take on their friends or play alone including: Squad Strike, Tourney, Smashdown, Training Mode, and Classic Mode. The one mode that players may not recognize here is Smashdown, which is a brand new way to play that eliminates chosen fighters after a match, making players choose a new character after every round.
Items, Pokemon, and Assist Trophies... OH MY!
Super Smash Bros. is certainly no stranger to items, but Ultimate has the largest collection of wacky extras the series has ever seen. A new variety of items has been added and Nintendo showed plenty of them off during the Direct. Take a look at all the new stuff they revealed in the gallery below!
King K. Rool is Ready to Throw Down
To end the Direct on a big note, Nintendo revealed that the infamous Donkey Kong villain, King K. Rool, was joining the ever-growing roster. This alligator king is a heavy character much like Bowser or King DeDeDe and uses a variety of the moves fans will recognize from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64.
The start date for the Nintendo Switch Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is right around the corner and Bandai Namco shared a few details of the event. The beta is set to start next weekend and will give owners of Nintendo's hit console their first opportunity to play the critically praised fighting game before the full release launches in September.
Players that want to take part in the trial version are required to download the open beta from the eShop or Nintendo's website. The beta begins on August 10th at 12 A.M. ET and August 9th at 9 P.M. PT. The beta runs through the weekend and will conclude on August 11th at 11:59 P.M. PT.
Those that have downloaded Dragon Ball FighterZ's beta will have the chance to try four different types of game modes including, Practice Battle Tutorial, Arena Match, Ring Match, and Ring Party Match. Players will also have the chance to try the entire starting roster for the game, along with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, for a grand total of 23 playable fighters. Don't forget to check out the full beta roster below.
Dragon Ball FighterZ officially launches on the Nintendo Switch this September 28th. Bandai Namco revealed that the Switch version will include some new options for local multiplayer, specifically an offline six player Party Match mode and 2v2 and 1v1 type matches. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to clarify if these changes will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.
There are some cool bonuses for pre-ordering the game, including immediate access to both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Additionally, those that commit to the game before launch will receive a digital Japanese copy of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a rare Super Famicom that has never been released in North America.
Pokemon: Let's Go Brand New Trailer With Plenty of Details
Nintendo released a brand new trailer for their upcoming title Pokemon: Let's Go. It showed off an impressive amount of new details for trainers to get excited about. The trailer, which those interested can watch below, bears the slogan "explore the Kanto region in a whole new way" and based on that short video, Nintendo certainly isn't lying.
While the gameplay may be familiar to fans of the series, there is more visual detail packed into the world and sprites than players have ever seen before. It shows off trainers, both male and female, riding on the backs of select Pokemon such as Charizard, Onix, and Arcanine. There are short clips of battles and a look at how players will be able to customize and bond with both Pikachu and Eevee, the starters fans choose between depending on which version they buy. Much like in the more recent Pokemon titles, trainers will be able to pet and feed their monsters to keep their morale up.
Matching Pokemon Outfits? Yes, Please!
Players will have a variety of cosmetic choices to experiment with when customizing Pikachu or Eevee. Fans can choose between different hairstyles and clothing to personalize their Pokemon. The new trailer shows off Eevee in a charming blue hat and red bowtie combo, while Pikachu is looking sporty in a nice safari outfit. If trainers are feeling super close to their Pokemon, they can even wear matching costumes.
Along with basic trainer battles, players will be able to take on the original gym leaders. The trailer gave a brief look at both Brock and Misty, who fans of the original games should remember very well. Gamers will also be able to experience the game together. Co-op battling and trading with friends both online and locally will be available as well.
Pokemon: Let's Go is meant to be friendly toward newcomers and fans of the long running series. Both those that started playing with the mobile game Pokemon Go or gamers that have been playing since Pokemon Red and Blue will all feel at home. The game features all of the original 150 Pokemon as well as their Alolan forms from Sun and Moon. However, instead of taking the traditional approach to capturing monsters, you simply acquire them by throwing stacks of Pokeballs at them just like in Pokemon Go.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido - Let's Play Page
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a brand new IP from Nintendo. The game is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and is a promising first step for the franchise. It looked like a joke at first but after putting some time in, the game has a lot to offer. RPG elements mixed with classic Nintendo themes makes Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido an absolute must play for any Nintendo fan.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Gameplay on YouTube
For a game with a silly name, it's stuffed with non-stop action. The combat is intense and fast-paced. Its colorful world is easy on the eyes and the overworld is simple and clean making for a streamlined progression system. Nintendo really knows how to catch gamers attention and Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido barrows a lot of entertaining elements from previously successful Nintendo titles.
Overall the game delivered in a way Gigs and Mack didn't think was possible. The Gigamax Games crew wasn't sold at first but after getting a chance to play, they changed their toon. Any Nintendo fan might want to put Sushi Striker on their lists of games to play. Don't be fooled by the silly outward appearance of the title as it is actually a complete game worthy of any gamers time.
If anyone is interested in learning a little more about Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido before making the purchase, take a look at the gameplay above. It quickly becomes clear why the Gigamax crew is hooked.
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A brand new Legendary pocket monster has made its way to Pokemon Go. Regice, the ice version of the three legendary titans from the third generation of Pokemon games, can now be found at gyms around the world in the form of a raid battle. This beast will be available until July 19th where it will then most likely be replaced by the other two Legendaries.
As usual, dedicated players will have to team up with other trainers and take on Regice before they get a chance to capture it. It is important to remember when going into the battle that ice-type Pokemon are weak against fire, rock, steel, and fighting types. Although, despite the monsters many weaknesses it has a particularly high defense stat, adding to the formidability of the latest Legendary opponent.
Two More Legendary Titans
The other two Legendary Titans, Regirock and Registeel, are expected to appear on Pokemon Go soon. Niantic has yet to confirm when fans can face the next two beasts but they'll follow the introduction of Regice late this summer.
Regice arrives on the heels of Pokemon Go's latest in-game event, the Water Festival. Part of this event included trainers having the chance to catch another generation 3 Legendary, Kyogre, which returned to raid battles for a limited time. While Kyogre may no longer be available, trainers still have the opportunity to complete the latest set of Field Research Quests, which will lead to another chance to take on the Legendary bird Articuno.
Alongside the recently announced Legendaries, Niantic began rolling out the recently announced friends and trading features for Pokemon Go. Although, as of now, only players that have reached between levels 33 and 40 are able to take advantage of the long-awaited features. Niantic claims that these systems will eventually make their way to other players, but hasn't given a specific timeframe.
Pokemon Go continues to evolve and the Gigamax Games crew will continue watching out the mobile game progresses. Stop by again soon to keep up with the latest video game news and announcements.
The Nintendo Switch title, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is making its way west this summer. This game is the same as Monster Hunter XX which released last year in Japan on the portable console. The upcoming online action RPG will be exclusively released on the Switch in both North America and Europe on August 28th.
We had the chance to play the Japanese version when it was first released on the Switch. Find gameplay below and learn how to pick up the untranslated version in the video below!
Unlock Monster Hunter XX for North American Switch & Gameplay
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is an updated version of the popular series last appearance on the 3DS family of systems. Extra features include additional content, two new fighting styles, named alchemy and valor, a new Elder Dragon, and a brand new end game boss. Fans of the series will also be able to take on "G" ranked quests. Capcom says these new quests will feature tougher versions of the monsters players know and love.
Players that also own the 3DS version of the game will be able to transfer their save file over to Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on the Switch and continue playing with the hunters they have already built up. The game also adds the ability to control Hunter Arts with touchscreen inputs. Hunter Arts are powerful attacks that were introduced in the 3DS version of the title and allow players to activate devastating attacks. The game will also support both local and online multiplayer, which is nothing new for the series.
It's About Time
Until recently, Monster Hunter XX was only available in Japan. The game initially launched on the 3DS last March and was ported over to the new system in August. Although the Switch version was a huge success for Capcom, the publisher said it had no plans of porting the game outside of Japan.
Like most of the games before it, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate will be receiving cross-promotional content with Nintendo. The Japanese version of the game included an event that allowed players to earn Link's Champion Tunic from Breath of the Wild. It's been a great year to be a North American Monster Hunter fan. Monster Hunter: World is spectacular and now Switch owners will be able to pick up where they left off in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate in August.