Pokemon Go Gets Some New Legendary Pokemon
A brand new Legendary pocket monster has made its way to Pokemon Go. Regice, the ice version of the three legendary titans from the third generation of Pokemon games, can now be found at gyms around the world in the form of a raid battle. This beast will be available until July 19th where it will then most likely be replaced by the other two Legendaries.
As usual, dedicated players will have to team up with other trainers and take on Regice before they get a chance to capture it. It is important to remember when going into the battle that ice-type Pokemon are weak against fire, rock, steel, and fighting types. Although, despite the monsters many weaknesses it has a particularly high defense stat, adding to the formidability of the latest Legendary opponent.
Two More Legendary Titans
The other two Legendary Titans, Regirock and Registeel, are expected to appear on Pokemon Go soon. Niantic has yet to confirm when fans can face the next two beasts but they'll follow the introduction of Regice late this summer.
Regice arrives on the heels of Pokemon Go's latest in-game event, the Water Festival. Part of this event included trainers having the chance to catch another generation 3 Legendary, Kyogre, which returned to raid battles for a limited time. While Kyogre may no longer be available, trainers still have the opportunity to complete the latest set of Field Research Quests, which will lead to another chance to take on the Legendary bird Articuno.
Alongside the recently announced Legendaries, Niantic began rolling out the recently announced friends and trading features for Pokemon Go. Although, as of now, only players that have reached between levels 33 and 40 are able to take advantage of the long-awaited features. Niantic claims that these systems will eventually make their way to other players, but hasn't given a specific timeframe.
Pokemon Go continues to evolve and the Gigamax Games crew will continue watching out the mobile game progresses. Stop by again soon to keep up with the latest video game news and announcements.
Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced
Fans of the long-running Nintendo series, Animal Crossing, will be delighted to hear that the home building simulator will be getting a Nintendo Direct this week. Unfortunately, it's not for a Switch or 3DS version of the game but instead, it will be for a mobile version. The Nintendo Direct will take place on October 25th and the pre-recorded broadcast will stream on Youtube starting at 11:00 pm EST. According to the Japanese Nintendo twitter account, the Direct will last a total of 15 minutes.
What Might Be Announced
If you're hoping that the company may surprise fans with a Switch or 3DS announcement, don't get too excited because Nintendo already said on their website that there will not be any information on either of the console versions. That's not to say the series will never appear on the Switch. Nintendo has previously stated that they're bringing all of their main IP's to the console.
Nintendo initially slotted the Animal Crossing mobile game for the first quarter of this year but it was delayed into the company's next fiscal year. This means the game could come out in March of 2018. Nintendo attributes the delay to the launch of their other two mobile games Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, which they launched earlier this year in a partnership with DeNA.
Shigeru Miyamoto, Co-Representative Director at Nintendo, has said that the company will continue to craft original games for mobile devices instead of porting old ones. This has been backed up with their previous two mobile releases, much to the chagrin of their fans who have not been happy with the titles.
Could This Be The Perfect Mobile Fit?
Animal Crossing could potentially be the perfect fit for smartphones, with its slow and relaxing nature and home/town building, this series could take off for an entirely new audience. Hopefully, Nintendo doesn't squander the opportunity to generate a whole new group of people that will buy consoles for the full Animal Crossing experience but their track record isn't great so far. Either way, Gigamax will be downloading the title when it comes out so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
Running in the Wrong Direction
Nintendo has made it clear they plan on pushing further into the mobile gaming market. With the release of Super Mario Run, it marks the third entry in their collection of smartphone apps and their second game on phones. After Pokemon Go’s success earlier in the year expectations for this running simulator were high. Mario’s debut on the smartphone is a bit of a let down that has a great idea that it doesn’t fully embrace. While this game is fun at its core it never really becomes anything more than a running game with an insane price point.
Super Mario Run has very simple one touch controls that is perfect for long car rides or boring meetings in the office. Before asking you to commit to the $10 price, Nintendo offers the first three levels and a taste of the “multiplayer”. After paying you are given access to the underwhelming 6 worlds comprised of 4 levels each. 24 levels may sound like a lot but it only takes about 2 minutes to complete each, so the main story has about an hour of unique content. The game then encourages you to go back and get the hidden coins and complete the challenges in each of the world’s.
The game also implements a building feature that has the player rebuilding a destroyed Mushroom Kingdom. To earn the toads, the resource necessary for building, you need to play rally mode. This mode is a challenge against the ghost of another player and is the closest thing the game has to a multiplayer. You will have to race and earn the respect of more citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom then your competition. Accomplishing this is as simple as pulling off flashy moves and collecting more coins then the ghost. Although a lot of the pressure is taken away by the fact that a living player isn’t present on the other side. By winning you’ve effectively earned a bigger population for your world and can build more unique buildings.
It was hard not to be let down by the lack of many obvious features that were not present in the game. Mainly the most confusing thing absent is the lack of any ice or water levels. These simple additions seem like easy to add functions that Nintendo totally ignored. Super Mario Run also lacks an infinite running mode and high score leader boards. These simple features are present in even the most simple running games and the absence of them seriously impacts the quality of the game. It also doesn’t help that you need a constant internet connection to even turn it on.
Super Mario Run is a fun but way too brief experience that lacks some fundamental features and obvious level design choices. More was expected from Nintendo especially with their mascot, Mario’s, name being on the line. This game should have been an opportunity to introduce this plumber to a wider audience in a positive way but falls short by charging way too much for a disappointing amount of content. This game is not worth the steep price point and will hopefully be patched into something more worthwhile over time.