Hands-On Preview: Mario Tennis Aces

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Hands-On Preview: Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces is coming to Switch this week, but for many fans there’s a question of whether or not the game will be able to make up for the misfire that was Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. To say that Ultra Smash was a bare bones affair would be generous. The game, mechanically, was sound and fun, but the dearth of content was practically bewildering, especially coming from Nintendo. Thankfully, the ills that ailed Ultra Smash are nowhere to be found in Aces. Indeed, the improvements here are so great that I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Aces might become a regular online staple for fans.

I was plopped into a doubles match right out of the gates. Immediately, the mechanics here of swinging a racket and zipping around the court stood out as for being so sublime. Camelot has been developing Mario sports titles for years now, and if there’s anything that studio knows how to do beyond a shadow of a doubt is incorporate fun, intuitive controls into its games. One of the great things about Aces, and the Mario Tennis series as a whole, is that for series veterans each installment feels instantly familiar, while newbies are greeted with accessibility and discretionary depth. Aces will be a game that anyone can jump into and quickly be able to play.

North America’s Next Splatfest is all About Orange Juice

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North America’s Next Splatfest is all About Orange Juice

Splatfests are serious affairs, and in each competition, some of the most serious issues confronting our society are debated and settled by kids and squids alike. This weekend is no exception as players will have to decide the best way to consume orange juice: with or without pulp.

Players that can’t decide whether or not they prefer the gross remnants of the original orange floating around in their juice can always opt to align with Pearl or Marina’s picks. Pearl is on Team Pulp, while Marina is on the correct side of history. The games begin Friday June 22 at 9 PM PT, lasting for 24 hours.

Who will you side with this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Panic Button thinks Switch ports Will Become a Higher Priority

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Panic Button thinks Switch ports Will Become a Higher Priority

Ever since Switch came out, Panic Button has gone from a little known developer for hire to highly respected technical wizards. Thanks to exceptional ports of Doom and Rocket League on what many deemed an “underpowered” console, the studio has become experts of sorts when it comes to adapting demanding games for Switch. While gamers still have a little while to wait for their port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, the studio isn’t afraid to share their thoughts on future Switch ports.

“It has to be a prioritisation for the publisher and developer,” studio co-founder Adam Creighton said in a recent interview. “For me I want these companies to look at the Nintendo Switch as an equal platform that they release on as they release their game and the earlier they get either internal teams or external outfits like Panic Button involved, the higher the chance we’re going to get day and date parity for big releases.”

Runbow Coming to Switch July 3

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Runbow Coming to Switch July 3

While Wii U might ultimately be considered a failure in the overarching history of video games, the system remains noteworthy for several reasons; one of which is it represented a turning point in Nintendo’s efforts to attract independent developers. An early example of a “Nindies” success was Runbow, a multiplayer focused platformer/party game from 13AM Games that featured an interesting mechanic in which shifting colors changed what platforms were available to stand on. The game launched to positive reviews and decent sales figures before ultimately finding its way to other platforms, including 3DS.

Now, Runbow is coming full circle with a Switch release. This version will include online play for up to nine players while local multiplayer supports 8. Furthermore, the game will also see a physical release later this year in the form of a Deluxe Edition which includes all of the game’s DLC in addition to stickers.

Gamers won’t have to wait long for the digital release as it will be available on eShop on July 3. The Deluxe Edition is currently slated for some time in the third quarter of 2018.

Octopath Traveler won’t have DLC

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Octopath Traveler won’t have DLC

In this day and age, DLC often feels like a given. Sometimes this can be a good thing, as new content can extend the life of a great game, while other times it feels like you are paying extra to finish what was an otherwise incomplete experience. For those worrying about the latter, Octopath Traveler from Square Enix might look even more appealing now because it simply isn’t bothering with DLC of any kind.

When asked about DLC by Japan’s Dengeki Online, Masashi Takahashi, the games producer, proclaimed, “We are not thinking about that at all. The release version is a finished product.”

The producer also went on to discuss the JRPG’s length. A straightforward play-through of the story will likely land in the 50-60 hour range, while tackling all of the optional material could increase that to 100 hours, depending on the player.

New Playable Characters Revealed for Mario Tennis Aces

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New Playable Characters Revealed for Mario Tennis Aces

The playable roster for Mario Tennis Aces just keeps growing! Following the announcement of Blooper and Koopa Troopa, Nintendo has now confirmed that three more players will be coming to the game.

Diddy Kong, Birdo, and Koopa Paratroopa will all apparently be available after September 2018, which suggests that they might be added to the game via an update. Nintendo hasn’t provided any other details, though there’s been speculation since April that these three characters would appear in the game.

Meanwhile, players will have the opportunity to earn Koopa Troopa in the upcoming July tournament before he’s made available to everyone in August. Blooper can also be earned by accumulating enough points in the August tournament and will then be available to everyone in September.

Fitness Boxing Coming to Nintendo Switch

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Fitness Boxing Coming to Nintendo Switch

Imagineer and Nintendo have announced that they are bringing Fitness Boxing to Nintendo Switch.

The game is a follow-up to the popular Shape Boxing series on Wii, which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. Fit Boxing Japan aimed to find a way to help people experience boxing training safely and efficiently and created software for Switch that allows people to do so from the comfort of their own homes.

Imagineer will distribute the game in Japan under the name Fit Boxing, while Nintendo will handle distribution in other regions. The Joy-Cons will be used to simulate boxing exercises and the game will support 1-2 players.

Big E3 2018 eShop Sale Happening Now

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Big E3 2018 eShop Sale Happening Now

E3 has come and gone but Nintendo is keeping the celebration going with a huge eShop sale across Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and Wii U!

There are two sales happening — one in North America and one in Europe — and they both end June 21 at 8:59 am PDT, so act fast and get up to 50% off select titles.

Deals include USD $15.00 off of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, $20.00 off Splatoon 2, and $10.00 off Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus (which we loved here at Nintendojo!), alongside others great discounts.

E3: When it Comes to Cross-Play, Sony is Acting Like the Nintendo of Old

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E3: When it Comes to Cross-Play, Sony is Acting Like the Nintendo of Old

Nintendo hasn’t always been known as a forward thinking company. While they’ve delivered a number of innovative products over the years, the company’s stubbornness often led them to make decisions that could be described as perplexing, at best. The company has gotten a lot better over the years though, and Switch in particular has shown the return of a more aggressive Nintendo. They’ve been surprisingly open in regards to cross-play, allowing Switch owners with games like Minecraft and Rocket League to play online with players on Xbox One and PC. In fact, while Nintendo has been rather open to allowing Switch owners to play with other console owners, one company in particular has taken a stance that seems much more like the Nintendo of old.

E3 Hands-On Preview: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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E3 Hands-On Preview: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

E3 2018 might have been a bit underwhelming for some Nintendo fans, but if there’s one thing that most of us can agree on, it’s that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate looks astounding. The game’s promise that “everyone is here!” is arguably one of the most emotionally stirring moments in Nintendo’s history at E3, right up there with the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess which infamously caused multiple media members to openly weep. Well, dear readers, tears aside, you’re probably wondering if Ultimate is worthy of the hype it’s quickly generated. I got my hands on the game and I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint. Not a single iota. This is the real deal and everyone should be stoked.

I played a total of eight timed multiplayer free-for-all matches. The roster was fairly streamlined, although newbies like Inkling and Ridley were of course there, along with characters boasting some significant control tweaks, like Link. Link is my main, so I suited up with the Hero of the Wild. He’s actually a good fighter to focus on, as he’s fairly emblematic of the changes to Smash Bros. this time around.