If you were going to crown a ‘gaming industry champion’ for 2017, that title would have to go to Nintendo for their work developing the Switch. The Nintendo Switch exploded out of nowhere to become one of the best-selling consoles on the market as well as one of the most innovative. In fact, during just the first nine months that the console has been on the market more than 10 million units have been sold. Not shipped. Sold. These incredible numbers only begin to paint the picture that is Nintendo’s big year.
A big reason for Nintendo’s success has been their willingness to put out strong titles within their original IP while being willing to open up to third-party developers. Highlights from the first year of the Switch include Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as Mario Odyssey. Both titles are going to be competing for the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ award from several major gaming publications, but they only begin to tell the story that Nintendo has been weaving.
This year we have seen a concentrated effort from Nintendo to expand their library and thus expand their audience. This has meant that Nintendo has been more open to accepting titles for older audience son their main console, the Nintendo Switch. Ports of big titles like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, as well as a remake of Doom, has further cemented Nintendo’s status as an industry titan for every demographic of gamer.
While Nintendo fans are already celebrating the monster year that their favorite company has had, they should instead be looking ahead to what is to come. Nintendo has put down a serious lineup of releases over the next six months that should push the Nintendo Switch into legendary status in terms of sales and gaming library.
Companies like Microsoft and Sony are struggling not to keep up in terms of sales but in terms of breadth of innovation. While Microsoft and Sony continue to try and work with motion control, the Nintendo Switch has already set the standard.
Niantic surely has a full plate on their hands as gamers eagerly await each and every new addition to the game. Niantic has been developing their augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, for the better part of a year and a half and they are showing no signs of slowing down — despite taking on another huge title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Fans of Pokemon Go got to get their hands on a variety of Legendary Pokemon this year, including all of the legendary dogs and legendary birds, and now Niantic is bringing out another fan-favorite: Groudon.
Ho-Oh was the most recent legendary Pokemon to be released through the raid-system but that is now no longer the case. Groudon is the first Legendary Pokemon to be added to the game from Gen 3 and you’ll need one heck of a team in order to capture him. All legendaries are only available as Raid Battles at your nearby gyms. In order to get your hands on a Groudon, you have to be in the right place at the right time and with the right partners. Right now, it is announced that Groudon will be available until January 15th, 2018. You have to be looking at gyms at 1PM PT in order to get the chance to battle him.
While Groudon is making the headlines as the newest legendary Pokemon, he is far from the only new addition to the game. The developers at Niantic have been busy trying to put together some more immersion improving systems into their title. Most recently, Niantic released a dynamic weather system that allows trainers to capture Pokemon based on the weather in their particular part of the world. The weather system should have a huge impact on how trainers battle, train, and capture their Pokemon. Certain weather elements will bring out certain Pokemon while others might get a type-advantage during battles.
With so much activity going on to bring 2017 to a close, we can only imagine that Niantic has many more ideas to come. Time to go capturing, trainers!
We are seeing a real push toward making mobile gaming a legitimate option for authentic gamers. When we say authentic gamers, we explicitly mean gamers who want a high-quality experience from their mobile phones without catering to constant micro-transactions. In 2017 there were several notable titles that came out in order to fundamentally change the way that we look at mobile gaming as a platform. Among those games, these were the top sellers.
Starting off the list, Super Mario Run made Nintendo a happy mobile-gaming company. Nintendo’s first Mario mobile-app set records in terms of downloads and still holds the title as the top downloaded free game on the entire platform. Super Mario Run allows gamers the chance to traverse through several different but familiar game types as they collect coins, unlock items and decorate their own kingdom. While the game is ostensibly free, Super Mario Run hides most of its features behind a small one-time payment of $9.99. If you are a mobile gamer and want a deep and intuitive mobile Mario game, the price is well worth it
In the ‘paid games’ section, Minecraft once again ranked as one of the highest grossing titles on the application store. Minecraft is one of the biggest gaming sensations in the world and it continues to buck trends by finding more and more success. Mobile Minecraft brings everything you love about the PC version of the title and puts that power right into your pockets. Further down the list of top-grossing games, you will find titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as well as Terraria and even Assassins Creed.
Despite the initial instinct to scoff at mobile gaming as a viable platform, recent trends have shown that people are getting more and more into the platform. With the release of the iPhone X as well as Google’s own mobile phones, we are likely going to see several big mobile releases throughout 2018 to further push the hardware and market forward.
Square Enix should be considered gaming royalty by this point, thanks in large part to their work on the historic ‘Final Fantasy’ video game series. Square Enix hasn’t been afraid to consistently evolve with the changing of time and this means that they’ve been willing to port old Final Fantasy titles onto new platforms, remake popular titles, and even stray away from their core title. In short, Square Enix is willing to do what it takes to bring FF to their biggest fans. That is why Square Enix surprised no one, but made EVERYONE happy, with the announcement of a Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PS4.
Square Enix has been relatively mum about how they are going to go about remaking FF7 for the PS4 but what we do know is that it will be more than just a simple port, it will be a complete remake of the historic title. Square Enix has let loose a few hints throughout the past few weeks that have made fans start to wonder if FF7 might even be released in a cinematic, episodic format. Square Enix has always been revered for their ability to spin a story and this kind of port makes a lot of sense.
Yosuke Matsuda is the president at Square Enix and he opened up in an interview with The Telegraph about the future of some of their major properties. In that interview, Matsuda revealed that Square Enix is also focusing on bringing about big things for the Nintendo Switch, as well. Matsuda said, “The really great thing for us is to see how the Switch is selling so well, it’s doing incredibly well, which is nothing but a good thing for us.”
While fans are rightly looking forward to Final Fantasy 7’s remake, fans should also keep in mind that Square Enix is not planning on stopping the main thrust of their franchise. It looks like we have many FF titles coming in the ensuing years, and that should excite every gaming fan.
There was a bit of a hiccup in the iOS world when a seemingly innocent version of the popular run and gun action game called Cuphead decided to show up for sale in the app store. Well, that version just so happened to be a major scam that ripped off a lot of people. The iOS version of the imposter looked totally legit, there were screenshots of the real game and they even bothered to list the real developers of Cuphead, StudioMDHR. With a very keen eye you would have noticed that the fake iOS game app links its page to “studiomdhrgames.com” instead of the developers main web domain, “studiomdhr.com.” If you were one of the people that did purchase this game, you would see “StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.”, which is incorrect as well.
The webpage that the fake game app links to is not owned by anyone that works for the real Cuphead developers. Its registered to a person by the name of Walter Gregor that live in Washington. The real StudioMDHR site is uses privacy guard software services as it should, since it’s a legit company. StudioMDHR posted a tweet on Twitter to acknowledge that they’re indeed aware of the fake game app in the iOS store. They also told their followers that “we are working on removing the fraudulent app ASAP!” The buyers that were scammed can actually play the game on their device but it’s not quite the same as the touch controls are way off, the background graphics are low-res and the motion of the animation is wonky. People are still scratching their heads as to how Apple let this imposter slide through and into their iOS store.
Star Wars is now considered one of the cultural phenomenons. However, many fans experience Star Wars beyond the movies. Among the content they experience the franchise through are the stories that have gone beyond the movies. However, the official movies that come after Episode VI have been met with a mixed reception. One of the forms of mixed receptions is that the stories are a lot different from the other stories that have been written. However, novels are not the only way Star Wars is experienced other than movies, people also play video games featuring either Star Wars characters from the movie or new characters.
One of the most recent games is Battlefront II. The Battlefront Saga is one of the most popular video game franchises. The game has good visuals and a lot of good action. This game will keep the gamer interested from the beginning until the end of the game. However, one thing that the developer of Battlefront is doing is bringing forth some changes to the game economy. There are a lot of drastic changes that are coming that is going to help with the disconnect between progress and gameplay. Therefore, a lot of improvements are to be expected in the experience.
This is one of the most exciting aspects of gaming these days. People are able to get updates to the games without having to buy another CD or pay full price for another copy. Often times when a game is finished, there is a need for revisions to the engine and the game as a whole. While this is common practice with today’s gaming systems, this goes all the way back to the 90s with the Street Fighter II updates. One of the best things about these updates is that it keeps the games relevant for a little longer than it would’ve been without the updates.
One of the most common features in video games these days is downloadable content. This is the same thing for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind. With this upgrade, Link gets a motorcycle. This is a very interesting addition to the game. The Legend of Zelda game franchise has had a lot of interesting characteristics throughout its history. After the N64DD game, there has been some experimental choices being made with the character. One of the interesting things about these choices is that with the first choice of showing a cartoon-like design for Link, many players complained stating that the game on the obsolete system looks more realistic than the game on the most advanced system.
The name of the DLC is The Champion’s Ballad. The company has released a trailer for it that tells the story of this DLC. It also shows different animations and scenes of the game. While they are working with the cartoon style of the game, there is a lot of detail in all of the images which make it very impressive. The graphics and animation are very smooth which makes for a very immersive experience for players. The motorcycle would be the best part of the game.
Videos have come a long way from completed games in carts. Back when the game was first released, the cart had the complete game on the console. If there was an advancement made on the game, the player would have to buy another cart. However, the PC has started advancing to the point where there can be patches and other DLC in order to correct any glitches or add new levels to the game. This model of game release would be adopted for consoles after the PS2 and XBox. Now, DLC is the norm when it comes to video games.
Few people remember back in the mid-90s where there was a little bit of trouble with the Nintendo 64. For one thing, there have been plenty of delays. Another thing is that the company has stuck with the cart format which has been made obsolete with the advent of CD based consoles. The Nintendo 64 has ultimate lost to the Sony Playstation as the last cart based Nintendo system. The next console would be CD based like the rest of the consoles. Some of the stronger sales in Nintendo gaming systems has been the Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo has recently released the Nintendo Switch which has been one of the stronger selling systems. As a matter of fact, the company has recently announced that it has sold 10 Million units in just 9 months. This is a strong release. Nintendo has definitely shown an ability to adapt with the times. It has also shown that it can include people of all ages. The Nintendo Gamecube and Wii have been known to be very kiddie as consoles. When the Wii U came out, Nintendo has started including more mature gaming content remembering that it has fans of all ages.
The Switch marks the return of some fighting game franchises such as Street Fighter II. Among the games that have been released to the Switch exclusively is Ultra Street Fighter II, which is likely going to be the last version of Street Fighter II released. Fans still have the other games like Street Fighter III IV and V available on different consoles. Even if The Switch does not beat out the Wii, it is very likely that it is going to have a strong sell for the holiday season. The only thing that remains to be seen is if it is going to keep up the selling strength for the year of 2018.
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last month then you’ll surely know how much trouble EA seems to have gotten into with the problems that loot boxes have given the company. EA’s most prominent title of 2017, Battlefront 2, was so riddled with microtransaction problems that there was an internet-wide revolt against the title, plummetting EA’s stock prices as a result. Many have weighed in to argue that loot boxes are just an extension of gambling and as such should be regulated or eliminated. It looks like New Zealand’s government may not agree.
New Zealand’s prominent regulation group, the Gambling Compliance Department, weighed in on loot boxes and came to a surprising decision. The group made a comment to Gamasutra earlier this week saying, “The Department is of the view that loot boxes do not meet the legal definition of gambling.” Department head Trish Millward admitted that loot boxes do appear to be a form of gambling, because you are paying money for the ‘chance of improvement’, but that the legal definition is vaguer Millward went on to say that her department would continue to monitor loot boxes in case things change in the future.
Right now the problem of loot boxes in gaming reaches far and wide and players seem to be close to giving up on them altogether. Unfortunately, a smaller percentage of gamers is more than willing to pay for the chance to be better than their opposition. This means that money is continuing to flow in and thus gaming companies have no reason to go away from the lucrative concept.
EA. reacted to internet-boycotts by saying that they would re-evaluate how the company approaches items held in loot boxes. Previously, gamers could obtain items that severely increased their ability to win in matches. Now, EA is considering using more aesthetic items that improve your cosmetics rather than your actual ability while playing the game. The question is, will EA follow through?
Gamers who are more socially inclined should be looking to Grand Theft Auto Online, even years after the title first hit the shelves. The developers at Rockstar recently announced that they would be putting out what is known as the Doomsday Update. Gamers who love how crazy the Grand Theft Auto world can get will surely dig this new update. Let’s dive into what exactly this DLC offers along with what gamers can expect to do once they get the patch installed.
To start with, the new Doomsday DLC is going to be a pretty hefty update. There are three different Heist acts that tell the entire story known as the ‘Doomsday Heist’. You’ll run through different vehicles, tactical set-ups and freemode missions which allegedly culminates in one of the most epic and insane finales of any GTA story mode. Along the way, gamers will also be able to try and accomplish ‘elite challenges’ which are considered ‘hardcore’ and tough to satisfy.
Of course, as soon as we mentioned different vehicles the majority of readers instantly probably locked on to that aspect. The newest vehicle that people will want to get their hands on is called the ‘Avenger’. Described as a ‘flying fortress’ that showcases ‘experimental weapons’, the Avenger sounds like just our type GTA:O weapon. Of course, this isn’t the only new addition to the game. Players will be able to unlock new clothes, new weapons, more vehicles and even special customization for their characters. Did we mention that there will even be new radio stations to listen to as you play?
Grand Theft Auto Online has by far been one of Rockstar’s most electric triumphs. The new Doomsday update figures to satisfy longtime fans of the franchise as well as those new gamers who are planning on getting into the property. With Grand Theft Auto Online under control of Rockstar, it looks like the game will stick to pumping out these high-quality updates.