For trainers that missed their chance to catch a Shiny Meltan back in February, Niantic is offering up a second opportunity. The Meltan themed event is returning to the game on Wednesday, April 24th, where fans can add this elusive Shiny Mythical Beast to their collection.
Meltan is Back!
Meltan is unique in Pokemon Go due to the fact that trainers need a specific item known as a Mystery Box in order to summon the monster. Normally, after opening the Mystery Box players have 30 minutes to catch as many Meltan as they can find, then after the allotted time, they need to wait another 7 days before opening the box again. During the Meltan event, Niantic has decreased the box spawn time from 7 days to only 3 days, allowing fans to catch way more monsters than they could before.
Players will have a chance to catch a Shiny Meltan every time they open the Mystery Box. This beast can be distinguished by its darker head and blue tail. Trainers that are able to capture a Shiny Meltan can evolve the monster into a Shiny Melmetal. Unfortunately, players will only have until May 5th to capture a Shiny Meltan, so act quickly if you'd like to capture one.
Niantic is not waiting long after the Meltan event ends to host their next Community Day event, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th. This time around Community Day will focus on the Gen 3 starter, Torchic. Players will also be able to earn triple the amount of Stardust during May's Community Day event.
For more on Pokemon Go be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
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.
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.
Not sure if new info but noticed this after the update on the Nintendo (NCL) recruitment page. Stats for Japan only-
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.
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.
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!
It may have taken two years, but Pokemon Go is finally adding the ability to switch teams. The new item that will allow this is called the Team Medallion, which Niantic says will go on sale in the game's store starting February 26th and will allow players to switch teams once.
The Team Medallion does not come cheap though, with each one costing 1,000 PokeCoins. For comparison, a bundle of 1,200 PokeCoins costs $10 USD. There is also other stipulations for those that decide they'd like to change their allegiance. A Team Medallion can only be purchased once every 365 days, which means once you switch your team you're stuck like that for a year.
Once players start their Pokemon Go adventure they are asked to choose a team they'd like to represent: Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct. Until the latest update this decision was permanent, so players that wanted to switch will finally get the opportunity to do so.
The Team Medallion is not the only new feature being incorporated into Pokemon Go; Niantic recently added Go Snapshot AR Photo Mode. The new mode allows players to take photos of any Pokemon they have in their storage and send them to friends.
It's an exciting time to be a Pokemon Go fan. Niantic certainly hasn't held back their support for the game. With a special raid weekend around the corner, there is plenty of reasons to open this app up. For more information on Pokemon Go be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Atlus officially announced Persona 5 R, the latest version of its critically acclaimed RPG. So far, only a teaser video and website have been released, but neither of them reveal what the new title will contain.
Persona 5 R, What Is It?
Both the website and the teaser trailer indicate that Atlus will have more to reveal on Persona 5 R in March 2019. The video shows off a PlayStation Logo in the beginning, which means whatever the developer has planned will be on the PS4. "New Projects" can also be heard throughout the teaser, leading many to believe Atlus will have a lot more to reveal in the next couple of months.
Much like Capcom, Atlus has been known to release enhanced secondary editions of their popular titles. Both Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden are examples of Atlus remastering and expanding an already lengthy game and Persona 5 R could potentially follow the same path.
Bring It To The Switch!
Many fans are hopeful that this means a version of Persona 5 will finally appear on the Nintendo Switch. Speculation has also been increased by the recent reveal that Joker (Persona 5's protagonist) will appear in Super Smash Ultimate's first Character DLC. This wouldn't be Atlus' first portable Persona as both Persona 3 and 4 got handheld adaptations.
Persona 5 initially launched in March of 2017 and was well received by critics and fans alike. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on Persona 5 R so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information.
Niantic officially revealed their plans for Pokemon Go's seasonal winter event. The celebration begins this Tuesday (12/18/18) and will run into 2019. While the event is active players will be able to earn special bonuses, hatch eggs faster, and encounter Sinnoh based Pokemon more often.
Pokemon Go Does It Again!
This is the third year in a row Niantic is holding this snowy event and like the years before, it will feature a special Pikachu wearing a unique hat. Along with the unique electric type, Niantic says more ice types and generation 4 Pokemon will appear. The promotional art for the event includes some Pokemon like Snover, Abomasnow, Muchlax, Chingling, and Croagunk.
The image also features three legendary monsters from the Sinnoh region Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit, suggesting that the trio will also enter the mobile hit during the event. Finally, Niantic has also announced that Delibird will be available along with its shiny form.
On top of all the new Pokemon making their way into the game, the app will feature a bunch of new bonuses for players to achieve. Each of these will be distributed every couple of days, from December 18th-22nd, trainers will earn twice as much candy for catching and transferring Pokemon; from the 22nd-26th, they'll receive double the amount of stardust for catching monsters; from the 26th-30th, players will receive double the experience for catching Pokemon; lastly from the 30th to the last day of the event January 2nd, incubators will hatch eggs twice as fast.
Pokemon Go Winer Event Keeps On Giving!
The final bonus Niantic is offering during the event is a guaranteed incubator for a trainer's first photo-disk spin of the day. The mobile game developer also said that an increased amount of Pokemon that will hatch from 7km eggs and trainers have an increased chance of hatching the monsters Smoochum or Azurill.
Those interested in learning more about the Pokemon Go Winter Event can read more about it on the official Pokemon website. For all the latest updates on all things Pokemon be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!
Warframe in all of its glory is now available on Nintendo Switch. Digital Extremes is bringing five years worth of content, lore, and space ninjas to the hybrid console in one fell swoop. Warframe experienced massive growth over the past five years and yesterday, November 20th, marks another incredible step forward for fans, the developer, and the game itself.
Warframe Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer
Those that have a Nintendo Switch will finally be able to join the 38 million other gamers that have experienced this fast-paced cooperative online action game. Digital Extremes is even offering Switch owners free additional in-game items when they pick up the free-to-play game. Players that download Warframe, install the Comms Segment in the Vor’s Prize tutorial quest, then open their inbox before December 4th will find five gifts waiting for them.
3 Day Affinity Booster
50K Credits (Frugal Credit Bundle)
Though Warframe on Switch gives players the chance to experience all the content that took five years to develop, they won’t have immediate access to the most recent update, Fortuna. The developer expects Fortuna to come to Switch in January 2019. The same day Fortuna releases, gamers will also be able to experience Garuda, the 37th Warframe. All Warframe content that is available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are expected to be available on Nintendo Switch in 2019 with no exact date set as of now.
Warframe on Switch: What To Expect
Warframe will support motion controls and Switch Pro Controllers at launch. Motion controls are optional so those that don’t enjoy mixing physical activity with their gaming experiences need not worry.
One criticism of the Nintendo Switch is the convoluted in-game voice chat system. Players need to download a mobile app to speak with their friends online. However, Warframe on Switch offers gamers built-in voice chat.
Gamers that want to migrate their PC account to the Nintendo Switch account will need to act fast. Digital Extremes will only be permitting players to migrate their data from day one to a future date that has yet to be determined.
Digital Extremes faced a tremendous challenge bringing Warframe to the Switch. To accomplish this goal, the developer/publisher called on Panic Button Games. Panic Button Games is the studio that brought Doom (2016) and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to Nintendo Switch, both proving to be a monumental challenge.
The Monumental Challenge
Mark Ollivierre, Digital Extremes producer, and Panic Button Games’ studio General Manager, Adam Creighton spoke with GameSpot about the grand task of bringing Warframe to Switch. “All the games we’ve worked on are a little different, so they come with different challenges. Whether it’s Doom or Wolfenstein 2 or even [Warframe], said Creighton. “This is the first always-online game-as-a-service title that we’ve done for the platform, and it’s definitely something we wanted to do.“
Warframe has a massive audience and looks as though there is no end in sight. The game continues to expand and after five years of development, it seems like Digital Extremes created an environment that continues to bring people back time and time again. As Warframe evolves, be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest news and updates. This free-to-play, games-as-a-service model is a perfect match for this kind of game and Warframe’s future looks bright.
Top 5 Reveals from Nintendo's November Super Smash Direct
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a little over a month away and Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on the final details regarding their plans for the immensely popular fighter. For this special Nintendo Direct the creator of the Super Smash series, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed a ton of details ranging from new fighters to intricate new systems meant to shake up the game.
Below we'll be listing our top 5 big reveals, but for a more detailed look, you can watch the full Direct below!
Ken & Incineroar Join the Fight
To round out the humongous roster of 74 characters, Nintendo revealed that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun/Moon will be making their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ken is going to be an Echo Fighter to Ryu, mimicking most of his moves with slight differences and increased run speed. Incineroar on the other hand is a completely new fighter and the latest Pokemon to join the battlefield utilizing a number of moves fans will recognize from the series.
Brand New Spirit System
Instead of the long-running trophy system the series is known for, Nintendo is trying something different for Ultimate. Spirits are supporting characters that didn't quite make the cut for the final roster and can power up fighters with a variety of abilities and bonuses. Spirits can counter each other and they all have unique artwork that makes them fun to collect!
Online Mode is Getting an Overhaul
Super Smash 4 on the Wii U was the first game to introduce online matchmaking but separated it into two modes known as For Fun and For Glory. Ultimate is getting rid of this system and implementing a new one that will allow players to choose their own rules and find those looking for a similar experience. Those looking for a more competitive system can look forward to the Global Smash Power Ranking System where fighters are ranked based on skill. Gamers that are ranked high enough, a new special mode is unlocked.
Paid DLC Makes a Return
Along with the 74 characters featured in the base game, five more fighters are also making their way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate post-launch. Each character comes with a new stage and song. Each character cost $5.99 or $24.99 for the season pass bundle. On top of the five DLC characters, those that purchase the game before January 31st, 2019 will get Piranha Plant as a fighter for free a few months after the game comes out.
A New Story Mode Named "The World of Light"
For the story mode in Ultimate, Nintendo is looking back at how all of the characters got turned into the toys that have to fight their way back into the real world. This new adventure features an ongoing battle to free the fighters from the clutches of the Master Hands that are cloning evil versions of the popular heroes. The adventure starts with Kirby, the lone hero to make it away from the nasty beams, but will eventually involve the entire roster attempting to thwart evil.
The developer behind Nioh 2 revealed some new information regarding the title. The Tokyo based studio shared a new trailer that includes details on an upcoming closed alpha for the upcoming Dark Souls like game. Nioh 2 Close Alpha Trailer Fans of the original Nioh will notice that the trailer looks a lot like the […]
Dauntless, a free-to-play Monster Hunter-like Action-RPG released on Tuesday, 5/21/19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store. Dauntless achieved a feat that has yet to be seen, launching with true cross-play functionality across all consoles. Dauntless crossplay includes the big three; Xbox One, PC, and the notoriously difficult to secure, PlayStation 4. […]