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GH50: Ready Nintendo Direct Raider

GH50: Ready Nintendo Direct Raider
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We begin with a wrap-up of last week’s Overwatch gaming stream and announce what game we’re streaming next week. Then we talk a bit about the three big video game movies hitting theaters in the next couple of months, Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, and Rampage. After that’s we focus on Nintendo news including a new adapter that supports the PS4 Dualshock, the new 5.0.0 Switch update, and last week’s Nintendo Direct.

01:20 – Overwatch and Left 4 Dead 2 Streaming

06:45 – Video Game Movies: Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, Rampage, Warcraft, and Resident Evil

22:25 – 8Bitdo Wireless Adapter & Dualshock Support

28:40 – Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 Update & Nintendo Direct 3DS Details

49:20 – Closing Statements

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GH50: Ready Nintendo Direct Raider

SteamWorld Dig Lands on Switch

For those who don’t listen to our video game podcast, Gamer Heroes, you might not know that I’m a big fan of Image & Form (now part of Thunderful) and their SteamWorld series of games. If SteamWorld Dig Rustyyou’re not familiar with the series, the SteamWorld games follow steam-powered robots in two different game styles. SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 are both digging platformers while SteamWorld Heist is a turned-based RPG platformer. I’ve spent a lot of time playing these three games and you can find my reviews of them here:

This article is going to focus on the newly released Nintendo Switch version of the original SteamWorld Dig game. It’s priced at $9.99 USD and is available on the Nintendo eShop now.SteamWorld Dig Rusty

Overall, they’ve done a nice job bringing the game to Nintendo Switch. Back when I first played, it was on the 3DS and while it’s still one of my favorite handheld games, the graphics were certainly not HD given the restrictions of the DS hardware line. The game, also being available on Steam, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U means that it’s been available in an HD format on other platforms for a while now. In fact, the Nintendo Switch version of the game is the first release of SteamWorld Dig since the 2015 release on Xbox One.SteamWorld Dig Dorothy

Now, I’ve only ever played on 3Ds and Steam. So if you’ve played on Playstation or Xbox and had a totally different experience, please let me know but also keep in mind that I wasn’t exposed to those platforms for this title.

SteamWorld Dig DorothyThe game looks good. Visually, the graphics are nice and hold up well on my HD TV as well as in handheld mode on the Nintendo Switch. Of course, SteamWorld Dig 2 just looks a lot better. While the basic visual style is similar, SteamWorld Dig 2 has a lot more going on with more background animations and minor movements. I think the biggest change for me is the single screen experience. On 3DS, the mini-map, inventory, and some other features display on the bottom touch screen and are easily accessible by clicking on them. The Switch, only having a single screen, handles this by providing the mini-map in the upper right of the game play screen and the inventory on the bottom. Clearly, this works better than it would have on 3DS due to the significantly higher resolution but I truly loved the dual-screen experience on the 3DS. Steam provided a secondary window for the mini-map, which I found a bit clunky, so I would at least rate the Switch version higher in that regard. One cool feature is that the options menu provides a slider for increasing or decreasing the size of the mini-map. I just made it as large as can be, since I primarily play in TV mode.

The game play is solid and smooth for the most part. I do find that the game is a little slower in response when compared to the more recently released SteamWorld Dig 2. So if you are going back to play this one, that felt pretty noticeable. If SteamWorld Dig on Switch would be your introduction to the franchise, then I doubt you’ll notice.SteamWorld Dig Digging View

At the end of the day, I think this is a solid version of the game but I don’t think I can call it the definitive version or anything like that. Where you play the game will likely depend on your personal preference. I think the 3DS version still has a lot to offer but if you’re like me and seem to be playing your DS less and less thanks to the Switch, I’d snag this new release of the game and once you finish, you can move on to SteamWorld Heist, since it’s also available on Switch now.

SteamWorld Dig is a personal favorite of mine and it’s definitely an Indie game worth checking out. If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on gaming, please check out Gamer Heroes. We have new episodes on Tuesdays and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Blog Talk Radio, Google Play, and Spreaker!

‘Till next time… keep on diggin’.

SteamWorld Dig Lands on Switch

GH33 – PUBG and SteamWorld Dig 2

SteamWorld Dig 2 lands, PUBG bans, and Sony slams… okay, so Image & Form’s latest SteamWorld game has hit Switch and Steam with PS4 to come, Player Unknown’s Battleground starts having banning issues and trouble with streamers. Meanwhile, Sony has their Tokyo conference and announces new games including one that is already available right now! Plus, we talk a bit about other games including Project Octopath Travler and Metroid: Samus Returns.

01:15 – Seedi Retro Gaming Console

07:10 – Sony’s Tokyo Playstation Conference

17:15 – Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG)

29:30 – SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form hits Switch and Steam

44:00 – Playing Now: Injustice 2, Project Octopath Traveler, Metroid: Samus Returns

48:00 – Personal thoughts, our new video series, video game contest and more!

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GH33 – PUBG and SteamWorld Dig 2

GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

Nintendo Direct brings tons of new games to Nintendo Switch including Doom, Wolfenstein, and more! We talk the return of L.A. Noire, the controversy around South Park: The Fractured But Whole, plus tons of Nintendo 3DS and Switch news including Pokemon Ultra stuff, Skyrim details, new demos, and the rest of the 2017 lineup! We also talk about an upcoming contest for Kansas City Comic Con tickets, our special Patreon video series, and a new video game tournament. So kick back, relax, and game on!

01:25 – L.A. Noire Returns + Switch

07:10 – 3DS Nintendo Direct News: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Kirby: Battle Royale, Minecraft 3DS, Mario Party: The Top 100, Metroid: Samus Returns, and more!

17:30 – South Park: The Fractured but Whole, plus some random MMO talk

28:20 – Switch Nintendo Direct News: Arena of Valor MOBA, Skyrim Zelda content, Doom and Wolfenstein II, Breath of the Wild Amiibo, Project Octopath Traveler, Super Mario Odyssey details, and more!

44:25 – Tons of 2017 Games Still Left, plus our new video series, KCCC ticket contest, and upcoming game tournament!

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GH32 – Everything Comes to Switch

GH20: Nintendo Dominating E3 2017

E3 is underway and the big presentations are done. We talk about how wrong or right our predictions were from last week, plus a detailed discussion on how the major players are doing, what games we are most excited for, and what has disappointed us the most so far.

We dive into Microsoft first with talk of the Xbox One X and all the teraflops you could ever want.

Then it’s off to Sony to take a look at the delayed Spider-Man game, plus a few other nuggets.

Ubisoft also brought a lot to the show, so we talk a bit about their games.

Finally, we tackle Nintendo which shocked many a fan with the precise 25 minutes presentation and various announcements throughout E3.

This is our first time going live with Gamer Heroes, so please bear with us if we run into any technical issues.

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GH20: Nintendo Dominating E3 2017

GH17: Shovel Knight Interview

Yacht Club Games, makers of the smash hit indie title Shovel Knight were awesome enough to sit down with us for an interview! We talk with two of the original founders of the company, Ian and Sean. They’ve been with Shovel Knight even before there was Kickstarter. We talk about their contributions to Yacht Club games, what they do day-to-day, and then dive into Shovel Knight. We hit on the Kickstarter, stretch goals, initial release, expansions, bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch, and the newest release, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Plus, Ian and Sean talk a little about the final two major components coming to the game slated for 2017.

0:15 – Introduction with me (Derreck)

1:20 – Interview begins with Yacht Club Games

3:55 – King’s Knight Campaign

7:00 – Expanding the game from Kickstarter

14:00 – Bringing Shovel Knight to Nintendo Switch

19:45 – Treasure Trove and new features like body swap mode

27:00 – Amiibo compatibility

31:00 – Ian and Sean’s final thoughts and Shovel Knight in 3D

35:30 – Contra NES streaming and closing

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Ian and Sean from Yacht Club Games

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Derreck Mayer

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GH17: Shovel Knight Interview

GH05: The Delayed But Whole

Castlevania is coming to Netflix, South Park gets delayed, and the Nintendo Wii U era comes to a close. We also take a minute to remember NAMCO founder and Pac-Man creator Masaya Nakamura. We talk about these current events and then dive into our main topic, handheld gaming with the Nintendo DS line and Sony PS Vita. And yes, it’s different than mobile gaming.

1:30 – Castlevania coming to Netflix

7:30 – Nintendo News: Wii U & Switch

16:20 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole Delay

19:00 – The Passing of Nakamura

21:30 – Handheld Gaming: Nintendo DS & PS Vita

43:15 – Favorite Handheld Games

51:45 – Closing

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GH05: The Delayed But Whole

Nintendo Reveals Switch (NX)

(updated 10/20/2016 4:20PM EST)

Nintendo reveals the Switch and hybrid console coming in March 2017.

Press release:

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 20, 2016 – In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch), Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Nintendo Switch Hardware

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

Nintendo Switch Logo
“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”Developers can design their games supporting a variety of play styles, which gives gamers the freedom to choose an experience that best suits them. Some of the publishers, developers and middleware partners announcing support for Nintendo Switch are as follows:
  • 505 Games
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.
  • ATLUS CO., LTD.
  • Audiokinetic Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
  • Bethesda
  • CAPCOM CO., LTD.
  • Codemasters®
  • CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
  • DeNA Co., Ltd.
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Firelight Technologies
  • FromSoftware, Inc.
  • Frozenbyte
  • GameTrust
  • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
  • Gungho Online Entertainment, Inc.
  • HAMSTER Corporation
  • Havok
  • INTI CREATES CO., LTD.
  • KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • Marvelous Inc.
  • Maximum Games, LLC
  • Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
  • Parity Bit Inc.
  • PlatinumGames Inc.
  • RAD Game Tools, Inc.
  • RecoChoku Co., Ltd.
  • SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
  • Silicon Studio Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
  • SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
  • Starbreeze Studios
  • Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Telltale Games
  • THQ Nordic
  • Tokyo RPG Factory Co., Ltd.
  • TT Games
  • UBISOFT
  • Ubitus Inc.
  • Unity Technologies, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Web Technology Corp

Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.

Nintendo Switch Partners

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So what do you think of the new console? Is it a must buy? Comment below!

Watch the release video here!

Some interesting things to note from the video:

  1. We never saw anyone touch the tablet screen, so did they remove touch screen functionality?
  2. We did see any dual screen play (something different on the TV and the tablet) for the same game
  3. These two feature changes would essentially eliminate DS and Wii U game compatibility

We got some additional clarification from IGN about the home console. In short, the Switch will indeed support Amiibo. Additionally, the docking station is not part of the console and instead acts as a power station and output to TV. The hardware of the Switch itself is inside the tablet device. Also, the two Joy-Con controllers that attach to the side of the tablet are included with the Switch console.

Finally, when asked about touch screen support, Nintendo did not directly answer, saying more information would be coming. That is an interesting answer given the touch screen history of the Wii U and DS consoles paired with the lack of showcasing such functionality in the reveal video.

Nintendo Reveals Switch (NX)

Miitomo: The Best of Social Media

Last Thursday Nintendo finally launched its new account and reward system, My Nintendo, that replaces Club Nintendo after a year hiatus. Along with this good news comes a fun little app called Miitomo. Inevitably, if you are friends with any Nintendo fans or the young at heart, you’ve likely seen an influx of Miis scattered across your social media that would rival your own Mii Plaza. I, unfortunately, will probably lose a few friends and followers by the time this particular hype train leaves the station, but I have no regrets. If you have not boarded that train, give the video above a watch to see what you’re in for and join me on this journey.

Miitomo is best described as a social media app that allows you to be the best version of yourself. You also get to post (Mii)fotos, satiate your desire to answer ALL THE QUIZZES, have a slightly repetitive time sink of a game, and be surrounded by friends who actually want to see it. For the icing on the cake, there are no ads and you get actual rewards for playing that include free games for the 3DS and useful perks for Miitomo itself. The launch video does a fantastic job of showing how to get started and some of the features. I have to admit that I am a terrible human being and take entirely too much enjoyment in making the Miis say awful things. It is truly an affliction and I just cannot help myself. Thankfully my friends have a tolerable sense of humor, or have somehow managed to exceed my own twisted thoughts. Personally, I blame Nintendo for doing such a fantastic job on text-to-speech and allowing some significant free speech (type ALL THE FOUR LETTER WORDS).

MIITOMO

Well, we do live in America.

Within about 30 minutes of answering questions and dressing my Mii up in silly things, I came to a solid theory. Miitomo seems to have drawn some of the best features of a game released two years ago called Tomodachi Life. The game itself is difficult to describe, but can be most related to a very weird voyeuristic version of The Sims. While it was repetitive and got stale quickly, the game had a unique quirky charm of being bat@#&! crazy with the most random dialogue and cut scenes. This app immediately reminded me of the good times I had in that bizarre game. I have come to the conclusion that Nintendo released Miitomo simply to record all of the weird things we say to keep their inevitable Tomodachi Life 2 fresh and exciting. I am likely very wrong, but on the slight chance that I am not, you heard the conspiracy here first, folks.

MIITOMO

This escalated quickly.

MIITOMO

#MiitomoStyle with Friends!

What about you, my fellow Nintenerds? Have you given Miitomo a shot yet? Need some random time waster in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and relish in any fun moments you’ve had in the game so far. Feel free to add Mii as a friend using the QR code!

MIITOMO

Go ahead, add Mii!

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Miitomo: The Best of Social Media

Nintendo Pokemon Direct

(UPDATED: 1:37pm CST 2016-02-26)

In preparation for tomorrow’s 20th Anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, Nintendo presented their Pokemon Direct for the first time. This short 6 minute video provide some fantastic nostalgia with plenty of classic GameBoy graphics and 8-bit sound effects.

Pokemon Direct GameBoy Screen

Check out the various images below with some details about the Pokemon Direct event.

First, Pokemon is celebrating 20 years of game play since its original releases in Japan in 1996. Since then, the games evolved quite a bit, especially due to the technological advances with the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advanced, and the DS line. To account for lack of compatibility of the original GameBoy games with the newer ones, Nintendo is releasing Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow in the Nintendo eShop. These games are just like the classics. Reports even say that the missingno glitch still lives.

These new digital versions of the classics will be compatible with Pokemon Bank and the Pokemon you capture can be transferred to the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, per Pokemon Direct.

Pokemon Direct Pokemon Bank

The previous generation of games allowed players to use seven different languages. Well, Pokemon Sun and Moon have added two more to the list, Traditional and Simplified Chinese in addition to English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Korean.

Pokemon Direct Sun and Moon Languages

Per the Pokemon Direct, Pokemon Sun and Moon will be out later this year, coming Holiday 2016. We don’t have any official date, the games are already available for pre-order from Best Buy and GameStop. Amazon, for some reason, only has Pokemon Sun available. The games have a pre-order price of $39.99 and are for the Nintendo 3DS.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Logos

That’s about it for this short Pokemon Direct. The digital versions of Blue, Red, and Yellow are available tomorrow in the Nintendo eShop for $9.99 each and there are 2DS bundles out in the wild, including a special Yellow one in the UK, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.

Watch the Pokemon Direct in its entirety here – http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/02-26-2016/#/video-ndirect

Pokemon Direct Ishihara

What did you think? Are you excited about the classics being re-released? Are you pumped for Sun and Moon? Comment below with your thoughts.

Nintendo Pokemon Direct

Nintendo Set for Pokemon Sun and Moon

With Nintendo’s latest Direct set to come tomorrow and planned to focus completely on the ever popular Pokemon series, it looks like we’re also going to get two new games, Pokemon Sun and Moon. This comes in the wake of most people assuming Pokemon Z was on the way to round out the X & Y games and complete the trilogy. According to the wonder images provided by Nerdleaks, the trademarks were filed today but that didn’t stop the video game world from picking up the news and spreading it quickly.

Nintendo has a lot planned for the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise including the TBD release of Pokemon Go, the augmented reality and geolocation game. Additionally, tons of stores are using this Saturday, February 27th as Pokemon Day with places like GameStop and Toys R Us providing special events full of sales, posters, and more goodies.

The special Nintendo Direct is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 26th at 9:00AM CST (10:00AM EST) with streams available through Nintendo’s website and their Twitch channel.

Pokemon Moon Pokemon SunPokemon Sun and Moon TrademarksWhat do you think of the news? Do you think the games will be for 3DS or will Nintendo have these as launch titles for the mysterious Nintendo NX console? Will you tune in tomorrow for the Nintendo Direct? Comment below!

(Sourced from Nerdleaks)

Nintendo Set for Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary Superbowl Commercial

Superbowl L (50) is just a couple of weeks away. We now know the match-up will see the highly mobile Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers face-off against the living legends, Peyton Manning and his Broncos. But that’s not all we’re in store for. Like any Superbowl, commercials will take some of the spotlight, whether it’s the horses kicking the extra point instead of going for two, a mini Darth Vader using the Force on a car, or Mean Joe and his Coke. This year, we get our first look at a Superbowl commercial from a video game company, Nintendo.

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of one of Nintendo’s most prized franchises,  Pokémon. While the year promises to bring more content like the original Red and Blue games to the 3DS eShop along with new online play as well as the North American release of Pokkén Tournament, we don’t know the true extent of what Nintendo has in store for our famed Pokémon friends. We know bits and pieces about Pokémon Go, which looks to be a geocaching+augmented reality game, taking the next step beyond Ingress.

What do you think Nintendo has in store for Pokémon? What would you like to see? Check out the official Superbowl L commercial below and comment with your thoughts.

Learn more about Nintendo’s Pokemon20 plans at their official website here.

#Pokemon20

#trainon

Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary Superbowl Commercial