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Every Major Announcement From February’s Nintendo Direct

Another Nintendo Direct has come and gone, revealing a ton of new information for upcoming titles on the Switch. Nintendo certainly never holds back when it comes to these digital conferences and this one was no different. While some fans didn't get the reveals they wanted (Animal Crossing release date / Metroid Prime Trilogy), there is still plenty of time left in the year for the company to drop other big name games. Below is a list of all the major announcements and a full recording of the livestream for those interested.



Super Mario Maker 2



Nintendo officially revealed Super Mario Maker 2, surely pleasing every creative Mario fan. Get ready for plenty of courses that will make you hurl your Switch through a window and countless hours of designing the perfect level.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate



The first details for the big 3.0 update were detailed during the Direct. This update will contain the first DLC pass character, Joker, along with his map and music. Nintendo also revealed a number of new Amiibo that are launching in the near future. They will include Pokemon Trainer, Snake, and Simon Belmont.

BoxBoy + BoxGirl

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The 3DS classic BoxBoy is getting a Switch sequel in the form of BoxBoy + BoxGirl. The new game will include 270 stages and features two player co-op.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting a few updates on the Nintendo Switch. This includes a big paid expansion that comes with new levels and challenges. A free update that is out now which adds a new co-op mode as well.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order



Nintendo laid out a summer release window for this comic book hero Switch exclusive. New characters were revealed for the game including The Defenders.

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening



A remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to the Switch. This title originally came out on the Gameboy Classic and now a new generation of gamers can experience this masterpiece. Set in the top down perspective, this will be the first classic style Zelda to appear on the Switch outside of the NES Classic service.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night



An update was given on the state of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night with a new gameplay trailer and a Summer 2019 release date set.

Tetris 99

The Battle Royale genre has even invaded Tetris. This new take on the classic puzzle game pits players against 99 competitors to see who can stack bricks the longest and it is out now on the Nintendo Switch.

Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster

Ubisoft is brining the third installment of Assassin's Creed to the Nintendo Switch on May 21st. Those that purchase the title will also get a remaster of the Vita title Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and the Tyranny of King Washington DLC.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses



One of the biggest reveals of the presentation was gameplay from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The announcement included a ton of new information including how combat, progression, and character bonds will work. Nintendo stated that the game will hit consoles on July 26th, 2019.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

The critically acclaimed indie title from developer Ninja Theory is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This dark tale uses Norse Mythology to explore the theme of mental illness. Pro Tip: Use stereo headphones when you play.

Deltarune



Toby Fox's new adventure and follow up to Undertale, Deltarune is coming to the Switch on February 28th. Chapter 1 will be free but later chapters which are currently in development will cost money.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Those that are interested in everyone's favorite green dinosaurs next adventure can try it for free right now with a demo that was released during the Direct. We highly recommend checking this absolutely adorable adventure out. (Warning: May cause vomiting from intense cuteness levels)

Final Fantasy 9 and 7



Surprise! Final Fantasy 9 is now available on the Nintendo Switch, with Final Fantasy 7 arriving next month. If you've never played these classic titles, now is the perfect chance.

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New Video Game Releases Coming This Week

Options are great, especially when it comes to new video games. This week, there are a bunch of new video games hitting the market, nearly all at the same time. Even though gamers love options, it’s hard when they cost about $60 each. Below is a list of the four video games releasing this week, details about each title, as well as a look into the near future. Make that choice just a little bit easier by reviewing the information in the list below.

Ready for Some New Video Game Releases?

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

  • Console: PC, Mac, Linux
  • Release Date: February 14, 2019
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

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Following Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, Gathering Storm will be the second official expansion for Civilization VI. This addition to Civ VI introduces a World Congress, holding empire leaders accountable for their actions. Empires can either punish or reward others depending on how they share the world with other leaders. The map is filled with resources ready to exploit, however, gobbling up too many could spark the World Congress to take aggressive action. Gathering Storm is all about consequences and encourages players to work through the modifiers the World Congress enacts along the way.

Metro Exodus

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: 4A Games

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A continuation of the Metro series, this is the point in time where the main characters take the massive leap to find a safe place to live. They venture outside the metro tunnels beneath Russia’s icey, irradiated surface. If gamers that played the previous Metro games thought the underground was dangerous, just wait till the rest of Russia is explored.

Crackdown 3

  • Console: Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Sumo Digital, Reagent Games, Cloudgine, Certain Affinity, Ruffian Games

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Plagued with issues throughout development, news recently broke that the troubles won’t stop once the game is available to the public. The publisher, Microsoft, broke the news to GameSpot that players will not be able to immediately play with their friends in multiplayer on release. Microsoft ensures that players will soon be able to play with friends.

Those excited about picking up Crackdown 3 and exploring this third-person shooter will have the chance to pick up the game for a $1. New subscribers to Game Pass can sign up for a one-month trial for a buck and will be able to play Crackdown 3 at release. Current Game Pass subscribers will also be able to play Crackdown 3 day one.

Far Cry: New Dawn

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

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Coming off of Far Cry 5, Ubisoft Montreal is ready to release Far Cry: New Dawn. Based in a shockingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe, it’ll be up to the player to restore order. New Dawn actually shares an extremely important similarity to Far Cry 5, they’re both based in Montana. However, this isn’t the Montana Far Cry 5 players have come to know and love. Completely upended by a nuclear catastrophe and reborn anew, there are Highwaymen trying to horde the last of the remaining resources. Players are tasked with putting an end to these Highwaymen and their leaders, the Twins.

Gamers will be able to build and expand their home base, play online co-op, and in classic Far Cry fashion, discover all the new locations around the map. Combining a new take on Far Cry by stepping out of their comfort zone and going straight to a post-apocalyptic landscape, Ubisoft Montreal is still holding true to the essence of Far Cry.

Jump Force

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
  • Developer SPIKE CHUNSOFT

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Published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, this crossover fighting game brings together characters from a plethora of manga series. The characters are coming from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump anthology and nearly anyone that has ever watched an anime or read a manga will know at least one of the names included in the massive character roster.

It uses the 3D battle arenas that anime fighting games commonly use. Flashy, nostalgic, and intersting truly encompasis the image of Jump Force. Still, these anime fighters have the tendency to let fans down but only time will tell if Jump Force will stand out from the norm.

Bonus: Next Week Video Game Release

Next week brings the world one of the most anticipated games of 2019. It may still be early in the year but Anthem has raised eyebrows since it was first announced.

Anthem

  • Console: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: February 22, 2019
  • Developer: BioWare, Motive Studios



Some call it “Destiny 3”, others are incredibly excited to get their hands on the full game after trying the beta’s. Either way, Anthem is ready to launch on consoles next week. Using Iron Man-like suits called Javelins, players fly around the beautiful landscape, complete quests, use super-powers and lay waste to monstrous creators on an alien world. Made with cooperative play in mind, it does share similarities to Destiny but the addition of flight and being able to swap and collect all the unique suits truly makes it stand out. A single “Freelancer” can change their Javelins when in the hub world, so one gamer can play all the unique classes without having to level up new characters.

The next couple weeks are big for gamers of all kinds. There are some massive titles just waiting to be downloaded. However, with all these choices, it’ll be important to pick and choose the right game or games that fit a specific individuals taste. Be sure to stick around GigamaxGames.com. for gameplay and more coverage of each of these games as the year goes on.

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Paladins Dev Calls Out Sony On Cross-Play Policy

One of the biggest topics on gamers minds these days is being able to play with their friends no matter what console they own. Many developers have spoken out about the benefit of allowing competing systems to play with each other and now the developer behind Paladins has added his opinion. Steve Chisam, the CEO of the company behind Smite and Paladins, posted his thoughts on cross-play to Twitter recently.

Paladins CEO Speaks Out About Cross-Play


In terms of Paladins, which already supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Chisam says overall match quality has improved thanks to the ability to play between consoles. The average wait time to get into a match is down 30% and level spread has been decreased by 40%. Overall, according to Hi-Rez they have seen an 80% reduction in what they would refer to as "bad matches."

It is interesting to see the variety of problems that can be solved with the help of cross-play. Anyone whose played a multiplayer game knows the frustrations of running into un-balanced or broken matches, and it isn't a surprise to see that having a larger pool of players to choose from improves match quality.


It's Time to Get This Going

Chisam has certainly been vocal about his opinion on tearing down the walls between consoles. Recently Chisam said that Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite were all ready to implement cross-play on the PS4 but Sony has to stop "playing favorites" according to the developer.

Microsoft has long supported cross-play and is a big proponent of developers including it in their titles. Unfortunately, Sony does not share this love of the system and has only recently (and begrudgingly) included it in select popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Hopefully, we'll see wider adoption of cross-play, but it seems like Sony is still far from accepting it as a beneficial system.

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Geralt Makes His Way To Monster Hunter World

It's been a big few months for the protagonist of the insanely popular Witcher series. Geralt has fought his way through Soul Calibur 6 and is now taking his monster hunting skills to Capcom's Monster Hunter World. The update launches today, February 7th with the PC version coming at a later date, and will contain a few Witcher related quests.



The update is set to launch at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT (12 AM GMT on February 8). Capcom hasn't revealed what exactly the quests will have players do but they will have "a unique flavor, blending the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter World's game systems." (https://bit.ly/2TCKsTF)

Monster Hunter and The Witcher Work Together

Capcom previously stated that this collaboration was made with a lot of help from CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the Witcher series and the upcoming action RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Geralt's voice actor was even brought in to record extra lines for the cross over content.

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This update also comes in the midst's of Monster Hunter World's first anniversary event called Appreciation Fest. The event will remain live on all platforms until February 21st, and brings back most of the game's event quests alongside some new ones. Players are also able to craft new anniversary gear for themselves and their Palicos.

This certainly isn't the end of Monster Hunter World though, Capcom still has plenty of updates planned for this hit title. Iceborne, a major expansion slated for this fall will add new zones, monsters, and gear for players to explore, fight, and craft. For all the latest on Monster Hunter World be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Pokemon Go Gets More Gen 4 Monsters

Niantic recently added the 4th generation legendary Palkia to their hit mobile game Pokemon Go, but now they're starting to sprinkle new monsters into the title. Another group of monsters from Diamond and Pearl have been added and they include baby Pokemon as well as evolutions.

Pokemon Go Continues to Expand

Players that currently have a Sinnoh Stone are able to evolve Lickitung, Tangela, Aipom, and Yanma into each of their evolutions: Lickilicky, Tangrowth, Ambipom, and Yanmega. On top of all that, trainers can now evolve male Kirilia into the Psychic/Fighting type Pokemon Gallade, while female Snorunt can now be turned into Frosslass.

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Some new monsters can also be found while wandering the wild. Trainers now have a chance to capture Combee, Glameow, Shieldon, and Crandios. Eggs also now have the chance to hatch into Happiny, Mime Jr., and Bonsly the baby forms of Chansey, Mr.Mime, and Sudowoodo.

Niantic has also made some big changes to how Raid Battles work. As detailed on the official Pokemon Go website, Raid Bosses will now have a larger HP pool to make up for the damage increases made in previous updates. A number of moves have also been changed and some Pokemon are able to learn new attacks.

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Palkia will continue to appear in Raid Battles until February 28th and the next Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th. The featured Pokemon for this months event will be Swinub. Pokemon Go certainly doesn't show any signs of slowing down and we can't wait to see how far this mobile game can truly go. For all the latest on Niantic's hit title be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Bethesda Details New PVP Mode For Fallout 76

Bethesda already made it clear that they're committed to Fallout 76 and now they've detailed their plans for expanding their currently watered down PVP experience. The developer recently revealed this new mode along with an early look at the next update on a blog post via their website.

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Named Survival Mode, this new take on player vs. player combat was made to answer negative feedback regarding the current system. "Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda wrote. "With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76."

Fallout 76 Survival Mode Coming Later This Year

When Bethesda launches Survival Mode later this year, players will be given the choice to enter a Survival or Adventure mode (the standard Fallout 76 expereince) server upon logging in. Both of these choices will contain the same quests, items, events, and story but Survival gets rid of the restrictions that were previously placed on PVP. All players that are not on your team are marked as hostile and can engage you in combat at any time.

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Survival Mode also offers a new set of penalties and rewards for those willing to take on the new challenge. Bethesda is going to actively alter the rules as players offer their feedback on the experience, but when the mode first launches players will not be able to use the "seek revenge button." Instead they'll be able to respawn back at their C.A.M.P or Vault 76. For those that score the kill, they'll be offered double the caps and a chance to gain the enemies Aid inventory.

The current launch window for the Survival beta is in March. Before that, Bethesda will be launching a new patch at the end of January that will fix another massive round of bugs, along with some quality of life upgrades. For more on Fallout 76 be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Diablo 3 Kicks Off Season of Grandeur

Diablo 3 has officially started its 16th season, which allows players to earn a number of new items upon the completion of specific tasks. The new event is being called "The Season of Grandeur" and along with unique loot, it also brings a host of quality of life upgrades. Season 16 began on January 18th and will last through March 17th.

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Diablo 3 Cosmetic Rewards Incoming

Some of the new cosmetic rewards players can earn include the Helm and Shoulder Armor of the Conquerer Set. Fans are also able to earn a new portrait frame and the Wings of Lempo, which are designed after those on a monarch butterfly. Players that create a Seasonal Character will be given the buffs associated with the "Ring of Royal Grandeur", which will make it easier to earn set bonuses and create unique armor combinations.

Those that take part in Season 16 will have the opportunity to receive an extra stash tab by completing seasonal challenges. New conquests also offer their own rewards for those willing to take them on. Blizzard's official blog grants a closer look at Season 16's challenges and the rewards associated with them.

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Quality of Life, Improved!

The blog post highlights the quality of life changes that Blizzard has implemented, including removing legendary potions from players inventory to clear up space. One of the biggest and most requested changes has been made to Primal Legendaries, which will now shine a beam of light and be marked on the mini map so they are almost impossible to miss. Players are not able to earn Primal Legendaries until they've completed their first Greater Rift 70 or higher on solo play. With such a difficult item to obtain, this beam of light and marking the items on players minimaps will make sure no gamer gets ripped off.

We here at Gigamax are big fans of the Diablo series and can't wait to start earning the latest rewards in the action RPG. For all the latest details on Diablo 3, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Let’s Play Page

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is back on Nintendo Switch! New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch comes with two games, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi u games. This means there’s so much to see! So the Gigamax Games crew is jumping right in and bubbling their way through this delightful adventure.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch Series

Above is the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe series on the Nintendo Switch. Gigs and Mack bumble their way through the light-hearted story. Enjoy the ride and expect more episodes, this is going to be a nice relaxing journey. Mario games are simple but can still lead to some chaotic moments. The New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe playlist is a series no one will want to miss.

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There are over 100 worlds to explore, each with their own unique personality. All of Mario’s classic friends come along for the ride, too! Colorful levels and hidden secrets, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a classic Nintendo story. Save the princess and beat the bad guy, there’s nothing better. It was this reason why Gigs and Mack wanted to put this playlist together.

More Episodes Coming Soon!

Stick around for more episodes coming soon! Be sure to request more episodes so Gigs and Mac keep adding NSMBUD episodes in the lineup.

Do you have another game you want to watch the Gigamax Games crew play? Leave a comment at the bottom of this page and let Gigs and Mack know!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. It means the world to everyone here at Gigamax Games!

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The Division 2 Story Trailer Reveals Game Details

A new story trailer for The Division 2 has been officially revealed by Ubisoft, and it gives an in-depth look into what the narrative of the RPG shooter will look like in post apocalyptic Washington D.C.



This time players will take control of an Agent in The Division that survived the events of the first game and has to head to the capital of the United States. The narrator of the trailer says that the nation is divided and slipping into a civil war. The players character is thus given a mission to restore democracy to the country and take out various terrorist groups.

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The Division 2: New Story, New Gear

As well as revealing some interesting story details, the trailer shows off new gear that will be available to players such as the drone and crossbow. It also appears like players will have more of an impact on the environment as explosions and bullet fire seemingly tear apart a variety of structures.

The Division 2 is set to release on March 15th, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately for Steam users, the game will only release on Epic Games new store and Ubisoft's online market on the PC. A private beta is being held for any that pre-ordered the title on February 7th.

This franchise had an interesting life. The first game was exciting at first but appeal quickly faded for the majority. It held on to a strong following of devoted agents and Ubisoft did support the game over its lifecycle. Now that The Division 2 is releasing, and the developer had a chance to see what gamers want from the experience, the franchise has a good chance of making a massive impact in March.

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City of Brass Swings Over to Nintendo Switch

City of Brass, the rogue-like adventure created by Bioshock veterans is now coming to the Nintendo Switch. This February 8th, Switch gamers will have the opportunity to enjoy this treasure filled journey on the portable console. Uppercut Games announced in a press release that the Switch version will launch with much of the newly developed content added since its release on May 4th, 2018.

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Immediately upon release, Switch gamers will be able to get started unlocking the three new characters; the knife-fighting Brigand, spear-wielding Soldier, and lumbering Hellion genie. The original Fool and Traveler duo will also be available for new adventurers just starting out.

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Along with the characters, all the new relics, weapons, enemies, and bug improvements are included in the Switch version as well. The move to bring the game to the Switch has fans excited about having the ability to bring City of Brass on the go (in bed, bathroom, or anywhere else).

It's a Shiny World Out There

Uppercut Games developed an exquisite world filled with mystery, action, and treasure. The procedurally-generated environments ensure every attempt to escape the cursed City of Brass with as much gold in players pockets as possible feels fresh and different . All the characters and items players can find add so much to create individual and unique experiences. Collecting treasure, finding creative ways to avoid or slay enemies, experimenting with all the modifiers, and working through each level is absolutely addicting.

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Now that City of Brass is going to be available on Switch, the audience for Uppercut Games creation is only expected to grow. Nintendo Switch has had incredible success with indie games and City of Brass is a perfect fit for this versatile console. If the game performs like many of the other indie games to find glowing success on the Switch, it could encourage the developer to pour even more resources into the game. Only time will tell if Uppercut Games will keep adding to this exhilarating treasure-hunting roguelike but adding a Switch release is a promising development.

The Gigamax Games crew are big fans of City of Brass. There is sure to be even more gameplay available to see how the game stacks up against the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions.  With its upcoming release on the Nintendo Switch, be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest on Uppercut Games.

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