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.
Activision is rumored to be working on a brand new Crash Bandicoot game. With the incredible success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, selling over 2 million copies, it would be a good move for the company and for gamers. The rumor broke after people spotted the ‘Spring 2018 issue of Licensing Source Book Europe’. This game may have been a breakout hit but there is still no confirmed reports by Activision on if they will be delivering a new Crash Bandicoot game in 2019. There is, however, a lot of evidence pointing to it being a reality.
Max Arguile, a manager of the merchandising company GB Eye reportedly shared some information he may not have had permission to disclose. “The new game was a huge success at retail with no marketing spend. Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC) and there will be another game in 2019,” he said. “Activision has a five-year plan for this and GB Eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.” http://bit.ly/2E5ZRrM
It would make sense for Activision to ride the Crash wave as long as possible. This PlayStation exclusive took the spot for the top-selling remastered collection in Sony’s recent history. With the rumors causing so much excitement and the previous success of the remastered collection, it looks like Activision would be able to drop a successful new Crash Bandicoot game tomorrow without spending a dime on marketing once again.
The Rumor Mill Keeps On Spinning
The rumors don’t stop at just a 2019 release. Those precarious parentheses in the alleged quote recorded by IGN did hold the names of two important consoles, Switch and PC. With the runaway success of the Switch and the massive popularity of PC gaming, a Crash Bandicoot game would be a wonderful addition to both consoles. Still, this is just a rumor but one that holds a lot of validity since Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was such a money maker. Opening up its audience would mean even more access to gamers wallets.
Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on the progression of these developments surrounding the brand new Crash Bandicoot game that could possibly be released in 2019. Be sure to check back on this page for any updates or additional news from Activision. The gaming world couldn’t believe the headlines and with good reason, they’re not confirmed. However, let’s keep those fingers crossed because a new Crash Bandicoot game would put a smile on millions of gamers faces around the world.
If you haven’t had the chance to see gameplay from the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, this will help. Hope you enjoy!
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.
Capcom Announces 6 New Characters for Street Fighter 5
Capcom officially revealed six new fighters for their ultra-popular brawler, Street Fighter 5, at the end of Capcom Cup 2017. The additional cast of characters mixes a few old time fan favorites with two brand-new fighters for the series.
Fans of the Alpha series will recognize Sakura and Cody, where both characters made their debut. Old time street fighter fans will also be excited to hear that Sagat and Blanka, who have been around since Street Fighter 2 will be making their way into the fish installment of the game. The game will be receiving two new characters, G, a stately looking bearded gentleman wearing a tophat that would make Abraham Lincoln blush and Falke, the second new female fighter who has a close connection to Ed.
Season 3 Details and More
All six characters are a part of Street Fighter 5’s Season 3 content. The announcement shocked fans at the event. Typically Capcom has shown off new fighters one character at a time but this time it was different.
Sakura will make her debut on January 16, 2018, when the recently announced Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition comes out. The new fighter also comes with her Story, Battle, and Nostalgic costumes. She also arrives with a new stage, the Kasugano Residence which is based on her Alpha 2 stage. Want to see both the stage and Sakura in action? Check out the reveal trailer above!
While Capcom has yet to reveal release dates for the rest of the characters, they did show them off in a new flashy cinematic trailer.
Also during Capcom Cup, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection was revealed. It contains twelve games from across the series, including the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, and Street Fighter Alpha 3. Fans can expect this collection to arrive in May 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
Capcom Cup was a big event for Street Fighter fans. Not only did they receive news that they were getting six new fighters for the game’s most recent installment but a new collection of the series’ biggest hits. If you recently stopped playing Street Fighter 5 now is the perfect time to dust off those moves and get ready to take on friends with a whole new set of characters.
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!
Sega issued an exciting announcement today. The company officially revealed Valkyria Chronicles 4 and gave it a release window of Spring 2018. Also revealed was that the highly anticipated RPG is making its way to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
The Next Step In The Adventure
The fourth installment of the series is set in the same timeline as the previous entries, taking place in 1935 with a World War II inspired battle taking place between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. In a press release from Sega they offered more insight into the story behind Valkyria Chronicles 4, “Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war. Commander Claude Wallace and his loyal childhood friends in Squad E are sent to fight for the desperate operation’s success, but they will have to endure harsh bone-chilling elements, waves of imperial soldiers, and the terrifying Valkyria… and unravel a grave truth that will shake them to the core.”
Valkyria Chronicles 4 keeps the same tactical RPG style the previous entries are famous for. Combat is handled in the game’s strange blend of turn-based strategy, RPG, and third-person shooting. A new class is also being added to the game currently known as The Grenadier along with more battleship support options. The developers are still keeping their unique art style in the game that is inspired by water color paintings.
The long-term composer for the series, Hitoshi Sakimoto, will be returning to make the soundtrack for the game. Sega also released a teaser website for the game to help build hype, but as of now, there isn’t much content to be found.
This is an exciting announcement for anyone that has followed this long-running series since 2008. As we draw closer to Spring of next year, more details are sure to be released so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates.
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.
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!
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!
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.