E3 2019 - Nintendo has just finished up their Nintendo Direct and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players couldn't be happy with the results, a fan-favorite character will soon be available to brawl with.
Nintendo has cleaned house with their Direct this year at E3, and to cut right down to the cheese for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players we have a new addition to the roster. This character needs no introduction as most of the Smash Bros. community has been screaming both their names for quite some time, Banjo-Kazooie has joined the fight.
So the rumors/leaks were true and my prediction was off. I'm happy Sakurai and the team at Nintendo listened to the community and once again added a character that most people wanted, because of this I haven't been this happy to be wrong in quite some time. The above video has been skipped to the reveal of Banjo-Kazooie and we can see some brief gameplay of the character as well as his dedicated map. Banjo-Kazooie is going to arriving sometime during Autumn of this year. As more information is released, I will be sure to update you.
E3 2019 - Witcher 3 won't look so great on the Nintendo Switch, with resolution dropping as low as 540p while playing on-the-go.
Today CD Projekt RED announced the full 150-hour Witcher 3 RPG saga is coming to the Nintendo Switch, including all of its expansions and DLC. With its immaculate graphics, huge sprawling open-ended world, dynamic quests, and action-based combat, The Witcher 3 looks like it'll absolutely annihilate the Switch's limited hardware. To avoid complete janky performance, CDPR had to drop resolution down quite a bit.
The Switch's lower-end Tegra X1 processor has been a thorn in the side of many a developer, especially with bigger current-gen games. The Witcher 3 will be no exception--in fact it'll push the Switch to its limits. Saber Interactive had to do some serious juggling to get opus RPG running on the Switch. CD Projekt RED openly admits The Witcher 3 will drop as low as 540p in Switch's handheld mode, and rises to 720p with dynamic resolution scaling when docked.
E3 2019 - Square Enix is only shipping the first part of Final Fantasy VII: Remake in March 2020. The rest? Well...those will take some time to complete.
We could be waiting a long time for the entire Final Fantasy VII: Remake saga. After mis-communicating key release info, Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase confirmed FF7R will still be an episodic series split across multiple game releases. Only the first episode will launch in March, and even that's so big it requires two full Blu-ray discs. Kitase says the team is currently finishing up the first episode and the second episode hasn't even been planned out yet.
"Unfortunately we can't say anything more about the future games, because we don't know ourselves," Mr. Kitase said in a recent interview with Kotaku.
E3 2019 - Konami's "special E3 announcement" wasn't a new Castlevania, Silent Hill, or Metal Gear game, but micro version of an obscure 1990s console.
Konami is pulling a strange move and re-releasing a retro version of a console most of us didn't own for an audience that never really asked for it. The company is making a Turbo Grafx 16 mini system complete with built-in games, save states, video options simulating old-school play, and the multi-tap for up to five player action (sold separately!). Yes, Konami is actually selling the Turbo Grafx 16's infamous multi-tap.
We'll see three different regional flavors including the Turbo Grafx 16 (North America), the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini (Europe), and the PC Engine (Japan). And yes, Japan's PC Engine has different games including the region-locked Castlevania Dracula X.
E3 2019 - Bungie confirms it's experimenting with new projects behind the scenes that're outside of the Destiny series.
The bulk of Bungie's 600-person team is working on Destiny, but some are behind the curtain working on Bungie's next big IP. Evidence of Bungie's next move has been mounting over the years; first it trademarked something called Matter, then it received a huge $100 million investment from NetEase to fund its "bold vision." Kotaku's Jason Schreier also affirms Bungie has been working on a new IP for a while.
"We're about 600 people now. We're primarily working on Destiny, it's almost the entire studio. We've got a few people in the backyard planting some seeds that might grow into some future things," Destiny general manager Mark Noseworthy said in a recent E3 Coliseum interview.
E3 2019 - Nintendo is putting lots of heart into its new Link's Awakening remake, including nods to the world's most famous plumber.
Nintendo's charming Link's Awakening remaster is a whimsical romp through Game Boy nostalgia. It's got a beautiful art style, revamped controls and physics, and even some charming Mario cross-overs. Familiar characters and nods from Super Mario Bros. show up on the island, including a Yoshi doll and bow-wows featured in the original Game Boy title. Link's Awakening will even feature side-scrolling levels straight out of a Mario platformer as a homage to Takashi Tezuka, who worked on both franchises.
"As many of you may know, Mr. Tezuka (original director on Link's Awakening and Mario Bros. 3) was involved in creating Link's Awakening, and so characters like Bow-Wow, you see these characters show up that aren't usually in a Zelda series. A lot of the dungeons even have side-scrolling stages which again is not something you see in the Zelda series," Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said in a recent Nintendo Treehouse presentation.
E3 2019 - Our suspicions were right: Destiny 2's new cross-save feature won't let players migrate their expansions across multiple platforms.
A bit ago we reported that Destiny 2's DLC won't carry over with the game's new cross-save functionality. Gamers would have to buy expansions like Shadowkeep separately on each platform, we posited, and Bungie recently confirmed this in a recent E3 Coliseum interview. All your Guardians, guns, progress, and data can be transferred across PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia, but your DLC ownership entitlements are locked to whatever platform you purchased them on.
Here's Bungie's Mark Noseworthy with more clarification: "If you want to play the story of Shadowkeep on that new platform, you have to buy Shadowkeep there. The core license, the core expansion, is on that platform. You have to buy it on whichever platform you want to play it on. There's more details and use cases and stuff and we're still trying to work this out."
E3 2019 - CD Projekt RED's legendary open-world RPG is being condensed to the Nintendo Switch this year, but another studio is coming in to help with porting.
Saber Interactive, the dev team behind World War Z, is porting Geralt's sprawling epic fantasy story to the Switch, a press release today confirmed. While CD Projekt RED isn't directly adapting the game (all hands are on deck for Cyberpunk 2077's launch in 2020), the Polish devs will be intimately involved with the process: "The game is being ported to Nintendo Switch by Saber Interactive in close cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED," reads a press release.
The Witcher 3: Complete Edition brings every post-release expansion--including Hearts of Stone and the massive Blood and Wine--and DLC release onto the Switch. It's being developed to "take full advantage of everything the Switch has to offer," hinting motion controls could be included (this hasn't been confirmed yet though). The graphics admittedly don't look too hot and we're worried about the performance too. The Switch isn't exactly a beastly system, but CDPR and Saber could pull it off.
E3 2019 - A sequel to Breath of the Wild is in the works, Nintendo confirmed at its E3 showcase.
Nintendo's next Zelda game will be a "full sequel" to 2017's landmark Breath of the Wild, a Switch launch game that put strong emphasis on gameplay and exploration over graphics. "The sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development," Nintendo said during its E3 Direct. Breath of the Wild's fun-based approach will be the pathway for future Zelda games--or at least the upcoming one--and the sequel will follow the same real-time action and RPG elements as its predecessor.
The teaser footage Nintendo showed sets a grim tone for the sequel. After defeating the Calamity in the previous game, Link and Zelda go into underground crypts of the ruined Hyrule Castle and inadvertently awaken an ancient evil. The heart of the Calamity is still beating, and resurrects a decrepit archenemy struck down by the Hero of Light.
E3 2019 - Nintendo today announced its new Animal Crossing game is set on a tropical island, but it's delayed till next year.
The new island-themed Animal Crossing: New Horizons won't be released in 2019, and has been pushed back to a March 20, 2020 release date to ensure quality and polish. New Horizons is set on a remote isle as part of the exclusive (and expensive) Nook Inc. Charter Getaways package, and sees players founding a town from scratch.
New Horizons will have seasons, lots of new and old characters, and that same whimsical charm that captured an entire generation of gamers since the franchise's debut on GameCube.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 3, 2020 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. We'll have more details as they're announced.