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.
The Nintendo Switch May Not Make It Home for the Holidays
During a recent speaking event, CEO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company could not guarantee the availability of the Switch this Holiday season. As of now, the executive has elaborated further on what he meant by the statement.
Speaking to The Financial Times, Fils-Aime said that the console’s supply chain was “complex” going on to say that there are multiple factors that could be considered “choke points.” Some analysts in Japan are calling out Alps Electric in particular, who makes the necessary components for the Joy-Con controller system. Although, the CEO himself wouldn’t clarify which parts of the supply chain were holding production back.
“There is not one choke point, there are multiple choke points,” Reggie Fils-Aime explained. “I won’t go into any more detail but it’s not just one component. I’m going to make millions of these units to flow into the marketplace. But what I don’t know is what the demand is going to be. And there is a potential that demand is going to outstrip supply.” (http://bit.ly/2ePLXLc)
Keep Your Fingers Crossed
The executive moved on to say that the company wants to avoid any situation where a consumer wants a Switch and can’t get one. But unfortunately, production realities and the extremely strong demand for the console are making it impossible for him to guarantee that everyone will get their hands on the system.
Fils-Aime finished the interview by stating “We don’t want to have a consumer disappointed by not being able to get one for the holiday season. But managing that complex supply chain is a challenge,” but this has left many Nintendo fans with the feeling that getting a Switch this year is almost hopeless.
Nintendo has previously stated their intention was to ramp up production this holiday season but it could prove difficult with suppliers creating issues with previously agreed upon terms. Currently, the company has modeled 10 million Switch sales for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. As for sales, the latest data shows that the console has sold over 4.7 million units worldwide.
Hopefully, Nintendo is able to increase production enough so that most can get the system but unfortunately not even the CEO can be overly optimistic. The holidays are typically rough on retail and new hardware usually sells the fastest. The bright side of the production issue is that this shows the Switch’s growing popularity and how Nintendo is recovering after the disaster that was the Wii U.
Be sure to check back on Gigamax for the latest updates and details surrounding the Nintendo Switch and it’s availability.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is unlike any kind of Mario or Rabbids game to come before it. This latest title for the Nintendo Switch is truly something special. Resembling an X-COM game, universes collide and Mario is flung into an unfamiliar world forced to fight in an unconventional manner. Using what looks like a mega-buster, Mario and his Rabbids friends blast their way through the incredible levels and exciting puzzles.
Low Hopes For A Big Hit
Everyone had low hopes for this game, dismissing it expecting another cheap let down. Rabbids has a complicated history but that was all put aside for this latest title. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle delivers an incredible gaming experience and some true challenges as well. When it was released, people just couldn’t believe what the developers actually brought to the table.
The playlist below is where you can find all the latest Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle episodes from Gigamax Games. Be sure to stick around for more, there is so much more of this game to see. With DLC’s expected in the future and more story to play, this game has a lot to offer.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – YouTube PlayList
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September is here, school is back in session, and vacations are over but that only means this year’s biggest game releases are about to start! This is the time of year developers start letting the punches fly in an attempt to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. With so many big name games coming out in a short timeframe, it can be hard to keep track of what’s coming out and when. But fear not, Gigamax has your back! Below you’ll find the top September game releases so you know when to save those hard earned dollars. Check back next month for the biggest games coming out in October!
It’s finally here fellow guardians, Bungie’s follow up to arguably one of the best shooters of all time. It’s time to prepare your ghost for resurrection and step back into the fight to reclaim your light. This time around, Bungie promised to fix many of the problems that fans found with the previous entry. More story, more loot, more planets, and more fun. Definitely don’t miss this big hit!
Marvel VS. Capcom: Infinite
Fighting fans, prepare yourselves for more universe combining action with the next game in line for the Marvel VS. Capcom series. This time around, Ultron and Sigma believe all human life needs to be killed so they’re teaming up to take care of the problem. Unfortunately for them the heroes from both universes feel differently so the ultimate alliance of heroes is joining forces to make sure humans keep on living. If you’re into Marvel or Capcom, make sure you pick up this love letter to the series!
Metroid: Samus Returns
Hunters, it’s time to return to SR-388 and fight the metroid menace in this reimagining of Metroid II released all the way back in 1991 on the Gameboy. This is the first core Metroid game to come out since Other M, meaning we haven’t seen our hero, Samus in seven years. This is a perfect addition for any Nintendo lover’s 3DS library and the perfect start for newcomers to the Metroid series!
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Alright Dishonored fans you’re in for a treat this month! Step into the shoes of Billie Lurk a companion from Dishonored 2 and start your quest to kill the omnipotent Outsider. Typically known as the guy who hands out super powers, this time around the Outsider is the hit and the only solution to Billie’s beef with him is a knife in the throat. This expansion is similar to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in that it is a small addition that is separate from the main game but also a little cheaper. If you’re a fan of Dishonored and stabbing Gods then this game is for you!
Full List of the September Game Releases
Knack II (PS4) – September 5th
Destiny 2 (PS4, Xbox One) – September 6th
NASCAR Heat 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 12
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC) – September 12
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PC) – September 14
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 15
NBA Live 18 (PS4, Xbox One) – September 15
NHL 18 (PS4, Xbox One ) – September 15
Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) – September 15
Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 19
NBA 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 19
Pokémon Gold/Silver (3DS) – September 22
Pokkén Tournament Deluxe (Switch) – September 22
Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 22
Blue Reflection (PS4, PC) – September 26
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, Vita) – September 26
Ruiner (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – September 26
Cuphead (Xbox One, PC) – September 29
FIFA 18 (PS4, Xbox One Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – September 29
Gundam Versus (PS4) – September 29
Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC) – September 29
That wraps up the September game releases! Make sure to keep an eye on the list whenever you’re itching to spend some cash. Make sure to check back next month for a look into October’s biggest releases!
Pokken Tournament DX offers something many games cannot, full blown 1v1 pokemon battles. Forget the old way of training your pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX takes it to an entirely new level. Developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, known for the Tekken series, they created a Tekken like pokemon fighter and it’s a blast to play.
A Dream Come True
The pokemon use real moves from the games and series and the animations are impeccable. This playlist opens up with the Demo of the Switch version of Pokken Tournament DX. Already released for the WiiU, Nintendo wanted to create an entirely new version of the game for their new system. Even though this shows they want to deliver something even better to the gamers, it’s a little unfortunate because they’re forced to wait until the new version is released for a chance to play.
More to Come!
Be sure to keep checking back with the Gigamax playlist of Pokken Tournament DX. Gigs and Mack will continue to revisit this exciting fighter and of course battle against each other to see who would have been the best pokemon. Forget about becoming the best pokemon trainer the world has ever known, now it’s about being the best actual pokemon and the Gigamax crew couldn’t be more excited.
Pokken Tournament DX YouTube Playlist
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Nintendo has done it again, knocking it out of the park with Splatoon 2. Available now on the Switch, it added to the short list of titles available to the console and did so in a big way. Fast paced and heart racing action, Splatoon 2 is a colorful, charming experience all the way through. The single-player is enchanting and its replayability is high. Multiplayer modes, both ranked and unranked are exciting, thrilling and weight times are extremely short.
Overall Splatoon 2 was a welcomed addition to the Nintendo Switch repertoire of games. Gigamax Games took a close look at this unique shooter by Nintendo. Gigs and Mack show off what really makes this game more than just another shooter, and offering pro-tips along with interesting insights about the story and lore behind Splatoon 2.
Recently, Nintendo released the new I.P. ‘Arms’. Both of these latest games from Nintendo made a big splash and showed just how great of a console the Nintendo Switch will continue to be. Come take a look at ‘Arms’ in action as Gigs and Mack go head to head!
Splatoon 2 YouTube Playlist & Gameplay with Gigmax Games
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ARMS – Nintendo Switch Playlist with Gigamax Games
ARMS, Nintendo’s new I.P., is finally here and it was well worth the wait. This intense fighter is truly a unique mix of mechanics and chaos. Outfitted with springy arms, the goal is to knock out your opponent before they have the chance to take you out. Jumping around the selection of arenas, players fling their arms at a distance and curve the punches to eliminate their opponent. Barriers located around the ring offer players the chance to wrap their enemies arms up and counter with a devastating blow.
Multiplayer Modes and More!
That was only one of the multiplayer options the game has to offer. V-ball and Hoops are the other game types available. V-ball is literally volleyball but instead of a ball, players play with a bomb on a timer. Once the short timer ends, the orb drops wherever it’s located and a point is scored. Players fight, not with each other, but to keep the ball in the air and on their opponents side of the net.
Hoops, a Gigamax favorite is a variation of half-court basketball, without the ball. Players fight for the opportunity to grab their opponent and either slam-dunk their enemy for two points or launch them across the arena for their chance at a three-pointer.
These game modes and the variety of fighters offer gamers a chance to spend hours throwing extended punches while never getting bored. ARMS truly shines when played with a friend, providing some nail-biting matches. Nintendo has done it again, developing an addictive fighter with some loveable characters.
ARMS – Gigamax YouTube Playlist
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Operation Supply Drop: Play Games & Support the Troops
Today in the United States, marks the day we put aside to remember our troops who have served throughout the nation’s history. Brave men and women that served in our armed forces deserve the utmost respect and whatever support we can offer. Many organizations have been set up that do a lot of work for not only veterans but for active duty service men and women as well. One of these amazing organizations is Operation Supply Drop, a group of veterans and civilians making life a little easier for our country’s troops by using the power of video games.
Operation Supply Drop: Background and Overview
Operation Supply Drop was founded back in 2010 with the goal of sending “Video game care packages downrange.” By January of 2013 the program had sent 100 supply drops to deployed troops and the only question this organization asked was “what more can we do?” As service members began to return home, Operation Supply Drop started various new programs to help veterans deal with the transitional challenges that come with the return back to civilian life. One of these programs is the “Thank You Deployments” program which offers veterans ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences for continuing the spirit of their service. Another amazing program they run is called “Respawn” which is led by Chief Medical Officer Erik S. Johnson and is centered around helping recovering veterans with the “healing power of gaming.”
So, How Can I Get Involved?
We know, at this point you’re wondering “how can I get involved.” Don’t worry, Operation Supply Drop offers plenty of opportunities for gamers to help out. One important program in particular is called “8-Bit Salute.” The idea of 8-Bit Salute is to unite the gaming community in support of our troops by doing what we all love, play video games. Individuals can set up pages for fans and fellow gamers to donate, which can be promoted through live streams, Youtube videos and any other way you can imagine. In fact, Gigamax has their own 8-Bit Salute page that you can donate at right here!
Time To Take Action!
This amazing organization has already done so much for our troops and they continue to make a difference everyday. Remember, if you’re interested in helping out you can go donate on the Gigamax team page or you can set up your own team page and encourage friends, family and fans to support the people who are already doing so much for us. If you’re interested in learning more about this wonderful non-profit organization, check out their website and find out about all the ways you can get involved.
Gamestop officially released their earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 and things are looking surprisingly good for the gaming retailer. The company showed that sales were up year over year which they credit to the “robust” sales of the Nintendo Switch.
Their total global sales were up to $2.05 billion, which is up 3.8% from last year while their comparable store sales were up 2.3%. Gamestop’s international sales jumped an astounding 17.1%, but unfortunately their U.S. sales were down 2.3%. Thanks to the Switch releasing in March, their new hardware sales were up by 24.6% but new software was down 2.3%. Gamestop attributes the poor software sales to the overlap of major game release dates last year.
The company’s net earnings were down to $59 million from $65.8 million, but that doesn’t mean the company was hurting everywhere. In particular, the company started to dabble in collectable sales which were up 39.1% to $114.5 million. Popular Pokemon collectibles are flying off the shelves and their purchase of ‘ThinkGeek Inc’ greatly expanded their stock of merchandise. Gamestop also said that their technology brand sales were up 21.5% to $201.4 million.
Gamespot Weighs In
Popular gaming news site Gamespot held a conference call with the company yesterday which offered some interesting information. Gamestop sold more copies of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild then they did Nintendo Switch consoles, they are also reportedly selling out of Switch’s online before they even get to the warehouses. The retailer also stressed their continued support of VR as Playstation VR remains their Number 1 product, they also said that there will be more discussion surrounding VR at E3 this June. Gamestop had some more interesting talking points that you can find here over focused on Gamestop’s report.
We here at Gigamax are excited to see more about this information on VR they are supposedly announcing at E3. With VR hardware becoming more popular in the industry, any news about the medium is highly anticipated. As expected, digital downloads seem to be cutting into their profits but not nearly as much as we expected. As always, make sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com for more information on everything gaming industry related!
It is hard to express how much I love Yooka-Laylee but stand by while I give it a go. This platformer is an affordable foray into a beautiful universe with plenty of challenge and collectibles. The $40 price tag offers even more incentive to try it out. Each world provides players with a new experience, all while keeping players entertained with clever dialogue and interesting characters. To top off this nostalgic gut punch, Playtonic Games included a delightful soundtrack that will make Banjo-Kazooie veterans flashback to their N64 days.
To address the elephant in the room, yes Yooka-Laylee does feel nearly identical to Banjo-Kazooie. This is mainly because the developers working at Playtonic Games are industry veterans that were the brains behind the bear and the bird most gamers remember. These similarities are not a bad thing though, in fact they add to the allure of the game. The controls are fluid, Yooka runs and jumps with grace just like Banjo. Jumping from platform to platform feels great and the only thing that ever got in the way was an occasional camera glitch.
Powers and Abilities
Fluidity is essential due to the pallet of skills at your heroes disposal. Throughout the adventure both Yooka and Laylee will learn tons of moves used for moving, flying and fighting their way to victory. From the start players are limited in terms of skills, only having access to run and jump. After a minor introduction, attack is unlocked and the game opens up. Players are then introduced to the move acquisition system. Instead of just being handed moves, a smooth talking snake will trade abilities for quills. Although the price seems steep, quills are in no short supply as they are one of the more prevalent collectables.
Yooka-Laylee is a collect-a-thon that just keeps giving. Players have a constant stream of various quills, pagies, ghost writers, tonics and various other objects necessary for reaching the end of the game. Not all of these items are easy to obtain as many are hidden behind various puzzles and fights which Yooka must take care of first. These puzzles aren’t always easy, some require quick reflexes and clever problem solving. One of the more challenging problems require players to answer a series of 10 questions that are necessary for progression. These questions seem easy at first, but as the list goes on very specific questions are asked, such as “how many hours have you been playing the game.” By the way, these were all asked by a talking duck in a rolling fish tank.
Environments and Characters
The delightful cast of characters is one of the many driving forces Yooka-Laylee uses to keep players attentions. A constant feeling of anticipation is felt when traveling into the many worlds, brought on by new faces and self aware dialogue. The antagonist of the game comes in the form of an arrogant bee known as Capital B. Puns, plays on words and destroying the 4th wall are what the game does best. The snarky dialogue between the two heroes is endearing and while Capital B’s dialogue will never match the wit of Gruntilda (the antagonist from Banjo-Kazooie) he still has some funny lines that take a jab at corporate culture. Characters also make the iconic goofy mumbling noises made famous by Playtonic Games previous franchise.
These characters are spread throughout a variety of gorgeous environments accessed by jumping into magical story books that have been stolen by Capital B. Players start on a busted up pirate ship that Yooka and Laylee call a home and move onto the main hub world known as the Hivory Towers. This is where you’ll find the world bending books, starting with the jungle level, Tribalstack Tropics. Players will move onto various other whimsical areas such as a frozen tundra and a flashy casino. Although there are only 5 zones, they each have two versions that require players to expand the world in order to grab all the collectables. When expanded, the books contain new challenges to take on and introduce more characters to meet.
An arcade like multiplayer is included as well. It lets friends compete against each other in various mini game activities. These are fun diversions from the story but ultimately they feel a little forced but ultimately don’t detract from the excellence that is the campaign.
Yooka-Laylee is a truly wonderful experience that is a must buy for anyone who enjoyed Banjo-Kazooie or any retro platformer. This indie game is a Kickstarter success story that shows the true power of the platform and independent developers. Hopefully it inspires more small time game developers to go against the grain and develop outside industry norms.
Gigamax Games is dedicated to giving our fans a look at all the latest games and industry updates. Make sure to stay tuned for more early previews and reviews and if you’d like to see some gameplay of Yooka-Laylee make sure to check out our sneak peek let’s play below.