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Pokemon Sword/Shield Producer Understands National Dex Criticism

Pokemon Sword/Shield are the next main titles in the long-running monster training series. The two games hit the Nintendo Switch this November alongside the new Pokemon Home service that allows players to transfer their Pokemon from older titles in the new games.

Fans learned at this year's E3 that not all monsters will be allowed to transfer to the Pokemon Sword/Shield, a decision that has ultimately led to backlash from the series' biggest supporters. Now the producer behind Pokemon, Junichi Masuda, responded to the criticism from fans.

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This comes from a message shared on the official Pokemon website, Masuda begins by expressing gratitude toward fans for being so passionate about the series and reiterates that the decision to remove some monsters was not made easily. "Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokemon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokemon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me," Masuda said.

Pokemon Sword/Shield Missing Some Classics

Although these monsters may not make it to Pokemon Sword/Shield, that doesn't mean they're gone from the series forever. "I'd like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games."

Masuda first made this revelation during a Treehouse Live demo during E3 2019. He acknowledged that this decision was a departure from how the developer typically handles Pokemon titles and said this was ultimately due to development time.



"In previous games that worked with the Pokemon Bank service, you were able to--for example, in Sun and Moon--bring over any Pokemon, even if they weren't in the Alola Pokedex. But with the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, being much more powerful [and] allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokemon...at Game Freak we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokemon while also taking into account the battle balance, having so many different Pokemon available, all within a limited development time so we don't keep fans waiting too long for every new entry in the series. And after a lot of discussion, we decided to come to a new direction."

Pokemon Sword/Shield release for the Nintendo Switch on November 15th. The games will take place in the new Galar region. It is currently unknown how many new and different creatures will appear in the Galar region's Pokedex, but Nintendo has already offered a look at some of the new creatures. We'll keep a close eye out for any new details regarding Pokemon Sword/Shield so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Urges Sony & Activision To Return To E3

Xbox was lonely at E3 2019. Phil Spencer asks Sony and Activision to come back and partake in next year's E3 conference.

E3 2019 is wrapping up and this year Sony was noticeably absent from the festivities. Sony didn't have a floor presence or offer a press conference. Activision also took a leave of absence from the event as well as many other companies. Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, recently shared that the conference did not feel the same without Sony or Activision, and he wishes they would come back.

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During an interview with website Giant Bomb for an E3 live stream, he spoke on the relevance of the event and what it means for the game industry and how the show's profile is hurt by Sony and Activision not being there. "I wish Sony was here," Spencer said. "E3 is not as good when they're not here," is what Spencer had to say on the two companies opting out of this E3 2019.

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E3 is an important event for the gaming world, Spencer said. He expressed that it's a time of the year when people around the world are watching the industry, even those who are not particularly interested in gaming. One recent threat, Spencer pointed out, was the World Health Organization classifying Gaming Disorder as a recognized disease.

He said that E3 is an important time to show the world that video games go beyond just kids in basements. Without the help of industry juggernauts like Sony and Activision the event could take a huge hit in terms of recognition.

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Spencer is on the board of directors at the Entertainment Software Association, the group in charge of running E3 every year, so obviously he has a vested interest in both companies returning to the event. Other board members include Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, and ZeniMax's CEO, Robert Altman.

Sony explained they did not attend E3 this year due to wanting to find new ways to engage and entertain their fans around the globe. Before the show started, they gave PS4 owners their first look at Death Stranding and shared the first details about PS5. Although, without the company being at E3 2019, it is unclear when fans will hear about upcoming first-party titles like The Last of Us 2.

Even with Sony's and Activision's absence, E3 2019 offered an incredible lineup of gaming news. Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to catch up with all the most exciting announcements from this monumental event.

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Publisher Behind Payday 2 Starbreeze May Not Last Another Year

The publisher of Overkill's The Walking Dead and Payday 2 may not make it another year according to its Q1 2019 financial report. The report details the company's gross profit as well as its operating profit losses.

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Starbreeze Facing Financial Pressure

As reported by the UK based trade magazine MCV, Starbreeze did not try to hide that they were in a challenging situation. It was revealed that the company would have a liquidity shortfall before the middle of the year if no further funding was secured. This means that Starbreeze would not have enough money to keep the company running.

According to the in-depth look at their Q1 2019 financial results, it showed that their net sales totaled SEK 47.8 million ($4.9 million USD), with Payday 2 making up for SEK 26.7 million ($2.7 million USD), which was an increase from last quarter. Although, Starbreeze's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization showed a loss of SEK 106.7 million ($11.1 million USD), which accounts for more than double the loss experienced in Q1 of 2018.

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The company attributes their decreased earnings "due primarily to lower net sales, higher administrative costs related to the reconstruction and the negative accounting effect of the sale of System Shock 3” amounting to SEK 68.1m ($7.1 million USD).

As for the company's plans to avoid a complete shutdown, the acting CEO Mikael Nermark indicated that his main goal is to secure funding for Starbreeze to avoid this devastating situation.

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“My main task is to secure financing for the company’s future operations,” Nermak said. “This involves both long-term financing we can use to build the Starbreeze of the future, but also making sure that the assets we have determined are unrelated to the core business are managed in a commercially viable way. Once this financing has been secured, we will be able to look ahead and present a more detailed strategy for the future.”

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Yoshi’s Crafted World – Playlist Page

Yoshi’s Crafted World is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Both long-time fans and those new to Yoshi will fall in love with this endearing adventure. This adorable game might seem simple at first, but it’s actually filled with a whole host of content to keep gamers playing.

Yoshi’s Craft World – YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games

Navigating a world that was created out of household art supplies, Yoshi sports one of his stylish cardboard outfits. This cardboard costume acts as a shield and looks cute while protecting this lovable green dinosaurs life. Yoshi is tasked with making it to the end of the level and collecting all the flowers along the way. However, once Yoshi reaches the end of a level, it doesn’t mean the challenge is over. Each level has a “Flip Side” which is essentially the back of the stage. Yoshi needs to run through the stage in reverse and find all the cute puppies that can be seen running around the level. This is not only fun, it means the game is twice as long!

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Yoshi games aren’t known for their challenge. If a gamer is looking to test their skills, Yoshi’s Crafted World might not be the best game. However, if a person is in search for a relaxing, colorful, entertaining game, Yoshi’s Crafted World could be a great fit. Take a second and see if this game is the right one for you!

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Warframe [Nintendo Switch] Let’s Play Page

Warframe is now available on the Nintendo Switch. This free-to-play space-ninja shooter/hack-and-slash continues to make it way to new audiences years after its release. Known for its liberal use of microtransactions, this fact kep the Gigamax Games crew away from exploring the Warframe universe. However, after its release on the Nintendo Switch, it was time to take a closer look.

Warframe YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games

Warframe is beloved by many, hated by some. It took a few tries before one of the crew was able to fully embrace Warframe and still, the other half of the Gigamax crew can’t see beyond the pay-to-win aspect of the game. Still, the revisit to Warframe was a welcomed surprise. After countless content updates and quality of life improvements, this is a very different game than the original that was released in 2013.

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Warframe embraces the games-as-a-service model to a T. Give the audience a taste of the content and lock some cool stuff behind a paywall. This has a tendency to anger gamers, however, Warframe was able to break out and offer enough quality content to keep people coming back. Beyond the pay-to-win feel, it was made clear early on that if players want to grind their way through the game, they would be able to work around any microtransactions. It didn’t have to cost real money to slay aliens with ease, but purchasing in-game currency is an option.


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NetherRealm Details Mortal Kombat 11 Beta

NetherRealm shared some details on its upcoming beta for Mortal Kombat 11, giving fans a look at what they can expect from the trial. The beta will begin on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 AM PT, and run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT. It will be open to anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

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The beta will include five playable characters including Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. This is just a small look at the massive roster the game is set to have, which has still not been fully revealed. The most recent character NetherRealm revealed is the emperor of the underworld himself, Kotal Kahn.

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The beta will include both online multiplayer matches and the single player Towers of Time mode. It will also have an early preview of the character customization system that lets players choose various cosmetic items for their individual fighters including their skins, gear, special abilities, taunts, brutalities, and intro/victory cinematics. Only players with PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold can play online, but anyone can play the Towers of Time mode offline.

Pre ordering the latest title nets players access to the beta and Shao Kahn as a playable character at launch. Shao Kahn is a bonus across all platforms including Nintendo Switch and PC, although the beta is exclusive to PS4 and Xbox One.

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Tetris 99 Let’s Play Page

Nintendo may have released the most intense Battle Royale game and it’s called, Tetris 99. It’s available to anyone that is currently paying for Nintendo’s online service. The free download for the Nintendo Switch can be found on the eShop. Tetris 99 might just be based off everyone’s favorite retro game, but it’s so much more than your parents Tetris. In Tetris 99, players battle each other to see who will be the last one standing.

Tetris 99 – Gameplay with Gigamax Games on YouTube

The playlist above includes a complete overview of Tetris 99. This was easy to accomplish since Tetris 99 is as bare-bones as a game can be. Start a game, play Tetris until you win or lose, start a new game. A new mechanic that Tetris 99 does introduce is sending blocks to enemy players. Using the right and left stick to target one of the 98 other individuals in the Tetris 99 match, a player can interfere with their Tetris match by sending blocks after completing combos. However, everyone is fair game in a Tetris 99 game so multiple players can attack the same target as well.

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With a long list of different stats to track your performance and a level system to show off how many games a person has played, Tetris 99 is addicting. It’s quick to get into a game, it’s the same classic Tetris people know and love and it includes some additional mechanics to keep the competitive element alive. No one could have called that Nintendo would release the best Battle Royale game of 2019.

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Nintendo Japan Reveals Typical Employee Salary

Nintendo, a company that has become increasingly transparent with fans over the past couple years, recently offered an inside look into its Japanese workforce. Spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Nintendo of Japan recruitment page delivers some interesting statistics about their employees including average age, salary, length of employment, and more.

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Closer Look at Nintendo Japan

Nintendo of Japan employs more than 2,000 people, and the average age of the staff is 38.6. The typical employee of Nintendo makes $80,000 per year, and has worked for the company an average of 13.5 years. Another interesting statistic is that a typical work day for an Nintendo employee is 7 hours and 45 minutes.


As mentioned above, this information only relates to Nintendo of Japan. The famous company behind Mario, Zelda, and Metroid has subsidiaries around the world including Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe.

It's always interesting to get an inside look at the inner workings of a company, especially for those that are interested in a career working for a major video game developer. Although, it is important to remember that these numbers are simply averages and of course there will be some outliers.

For more news relating to the corporate side of the video game industry, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Nintendo Reveals Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo celebrated Pokemon Day in a big way this year, with a special Nintendo Direct that revealed generation 8 of the long running monster catching series. Titled Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, these two games are set to release in late 2019. Below you'll find the reveal trailer which gives you a look at the two titles in action.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Reveal Trailer



The new games are set in the fictional region of Galar, which seems to be modeled after Britain. Nintendo also revealed the three new starters that trainers will get to choose between: Grookey the grass monkey, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the sad water chameleon. While gameplay was revealed during the Direct, an extensive view was not given, merely little snippets. The biggest takeaway from the clips is that random encounters are coming back to the game.

The Pokemon Company had first revealed that they were working on new Pokemon titles at E3 back in 2017. Other than that, the developer has been tight lipped on details besides the fact that they are core titles and will launch this year.

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The company made the wise decision to categorize them as core games since their last two titles Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were not traditional Pokemon games. Instead, these two games were intended to bridge the gap between Pokemon Go and the core series to help ease new players into Sword and Shield.

We here at Gigamax are incredibly excited for the next generation of Pokemon and can't wait to get our hands on the games. For more information on these titles, be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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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.

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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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