It’s been a long wait, be we finally have a name and a release date for the sequel to Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release on the Nintendo Switch on the 12th of May, 2023. Now that’s a way to close out a Direct!
What did you think about the trailer for Tears of the Kingdom? What about today’s Direct as a whole? Let us know down below!
Nintendo just announced a new entry in the cult classic series Pikmin. After being quiet for nearly a decade regarding the series (aside from the mobile game Pikmin Bloom), the 4th entry in the series is coming in 2023. We don’t have much to show in terms of gameplay, but the existence of the game is already exciting!
It’s not much to go on, but are you excited about Pimkin 4? Let us know down below!
A brand new Farming Simulator RPG is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Faefarm is developed by Phoenix Labs and will launch in Spring 2023, and will let you interact with a world of fairies while looking after your fantastical farm
Are you ready to get your farm on? Let us know down below!
The critically-acclaimed Action RPG which has so far sold 6.5 million units is being ported to Nintendo Switch! Here’s the major plot points:
Priced at $39.99.
Releases on the 6th of October 2022.
Includes two DLCs (the second one comes as an optional download).
NieR:What’s It About
The game is a third-person action RPG, not dissimilar in gameplay to other titles such as Darksiders. Players control androids 2B, 9S and A2 and fight to reclaim the world from machine lifeforms while uncovering long-forgotten truths about humanity.
The Free DLCs
The Switch version comes with two free DLCs, the second one exclusive to the Switch. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, prepare yourself for some… interesting name choices.
DLC #1: 3C3C1D119440927
3C3C, as I’ll refer to it, is the non-exclusive DLC that is going to be automatically installed with the base game upon purchase. It contains additional costumers for your characters as well as three challenging colosseums: The Underground Colosseum, Gambler’s Colosseum and the Trial of Sand, which can be accessed through some elevators somewhere (after receiving the ‘Mysterious Letter’ quest).
Each location has its own quest an challenges and some can only be accessed by a specific character. Upon completion of all three, a new quest – ‘Mysterious Invitation’ – takes you to the Amusement Park where there’s a story moment I won’t spoil. Finally, you’ll now unlock harder versions of the three new colosseums. There’s also a secret boss fight, but I’ll leave discovering that one up to you!
DLC #2: 6C2P4A118680823
6C2P is a Nintendo Switch-exclusive DLC which needs to be manually downloaded alongside the base game. It is a fully cosmetic content drop and includes:
Six new costumes (we assume two for each character).
Four new accessories that change the appearance of your character (so unexpected!).
Two pod skins based on characters from the mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation.
You can pre-order the game from Square Enix’s store. Are you going to give it a shot? Let us know in the comments below!
Read up on all the juicy info coming from the Nintendo Direct event as well as the Steam Summer Sale to not miss out on all the exciting things you can get:
During today’s Nintendo Mini Direct, Capcom announced the Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection. This is the 4th Legacy Collection released (not counting separate volumes), and focuses on the Battle Network series of games for the GameBoy Advance. Let’s take a look at what Battle Network is about and what the Collection has to offer!
What Is Mega Man Battle Network
Battle Network is a series of spin-off Mega Man games released for the GameBoy Advance starting in 2001. Unlike most of the Mega Man series, which consists of action platformers, Battle Network games are Tactical RPGs.
The series takes place in an alternate universe to the mainline series. Rather than focusing robotics, the scientific world instead focused its resources on computers. Most people log into and navigate the internet using programs called Navis.
You play as Lan Hikari (it was the early 2000s, the Internet was just taking off) and his Navi, MegaMan.EXE (Navi characters have their name end in “.EXE”), a.k.a. Mega Man. Throughout the games, you’ll bust viruses and fight other Navis, all while trying to prevent Dr. Wily from destroying the cyber world.
Fans of the mainline Mega Man games will recognize some of the characters from Battle Network. Many of the Robot Masters from these games appear as bosses here. Aside from Mega Man, there’s also a Roll.EXE, Dr. Wily is again the villain, and Dr. Light (here named Tadashi Hikari) is the main characters’ grandfather.
As mentioned, Battle Network games are Tactical RPGs. You’ll run around the real world as Lan, interacting with various characters. Meanwhile, Mega Man will go into the cyber world to bust viruses and battle other Navis.
What sets Battle Network apart is its combat. Battles are fought on a 6×3 grid, and the player can usually only move on half of it. You can freely move around the grid, avoiding enemy attacks and firing back at them. You can also give Mega Man various chips to increase his power or use special abilities.
Each game in the series after the first also comes with its own unique mechanics. Battle Network 2, 4 and 6 each introduce a way to change Mega Man’s weapons with those of defeated or allied Navis. BN3 allows you to customize Mega Man’s programming to an extent, and BN6 lets Mega Man turn into powerful beast forms.
Main Games in the Series
Technically speaking, there are 6 Battle Network titles. In practice, there’s 10. That’s because, starting with Battle Network 3, there were 2 versions of each game, Pokemon-style. Here’s the main games in the series:
Mega Man Battle Network
Mega Man Battle Network 2
Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue/White
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun/Blue Moon
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team ProtoMan/Team Colonel
Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar/Cybeast Falzar
Plot-wise, the different versions of the games are identical or nearly the same. However, there can be differences in the chips you have access to, the bosses you face, or even the aesthetic of the game.
Aside from the main series, there’s also a number of spin-off games, most of which didn’t make it out of Japan, as well as an anime series.
We finally arrive at the newly announced Legacy Collection. This version of the game will be released sometime next year, on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. There will also be physical versions for the two consoles. No mention of the PS5, but it’d be odd if the game didn’t work on it.
The physical version contains all 10 mainline games, while the digital versions are split in two volumes. Vol. 1 contains Battle Network 1, 2, and both versions of 3, while Vol. 2 contains both versions of 4, 5, and 6.
Warning: Physical versions of past Legacy Collections for Switch are known to only have the first Volume on the cartridge, with the second volume as an additional download. This might be something to consider if storage space is an issue.
The Collection also includes a “High-Resolution Filter” (from what we’ve seen, it applies anti-aliasing to the sprites), an Art Gallery, and a Music Player so you can listen to the game’s soundtrack at your own leisure.
We don’t know anything about price, but we can make an educated guess. Mega Man X Legacy Collection was also released in two volumes, with each one going for 19.99 and a physical combo for 39.99. We can expect Battle Network to have the same price. However, Vol. 2 contains 2 more games than Vol. 1, so we might see them go 15/25 rather than 20/20.
Other Collections on Sale
We don’t know if it’s a coincidence or if Capcom planned it this way, but the other Mega Man Legacy Collections, as well as Mega Man 11, are part of the Steam Summer Sale. Some of these are at an all time low, too, so now’s as good a time as any to get them. Here are the games (prices are displayed in EUR):
Ever since Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was pushed ahead to release in July of this year (preponed?), we’ve been itching to get new infos. At long last, yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was entirely about the next entry in the JRPG series. A release date has been confirmed for July 29th, 2022.
For now, let’s go through the highlights of the story teasers and an exhaustive gameplay showcase from the Direct and discuss what we’re looking forward to the most!
The Characters and Story
Xenoblade games are known for their captivating narrative. Overall, they aim to give a look into the separate motivations and characteristics that define the inhabitants of its world, while still building up towards a greater narrative of grand proportions.
In the case of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, we’ve learned more about the playable cast: Two groups of three young adult-looking fellows that have to set aside their mutual hatred and national pride. They join forces and fight for their own cause, helping others in need in the process.
At first glance it may seem that the characters are shallow and easily defined by stereotypes. Just be assured that as the game goes on, they are likely to gain more depth and intricacy. On a last note, there’s no need to play the prior three games that released. I’d recommend it, cause they’re good. but not necessary to understand the overall plot.
Besides obvious talking points like “We’ve still got fast travel!”, or “Here you can buy things from merchants and accept side quests!”, there wasn’t much in terms of innovation. Which is fine, innovation shouldn’t be mandatory in that regard. In their decades of refining the genre, we’re certain that Monolith Soft will deliver on a competent open world.
Over the course of the trailer we’ve recognized some familiar scenery: A vast desert, mountainous green lands, and what looks to be a cliff-side beach. On top of that we caught a preview of a spooky-ambient forest and the red remains of another forest (possible volcano theme?)
Combat & Game Mechanics
Since its inception the Xenoblade franchise has been infamously associated with overly busy and hard to parse UI elements. At the very least, you might find solace in the fact that not every mechanic has to be understood to its fullest right out of the gate.
The freedom of customization goes a long way to cater to any preferred playstyle. Do you want your tank to heal as well? How about a DPS that provides their own buffs? With 6 (and sometimes 7) characters at your disposal, the amount of options appears to be outstanding!
The Power of Ouroboros
As a new twist to the combat, a pair of two characters can unite into an Ouroboros. A mech-like suit that combines their powers. I don’t know about you, but personally I’ve always been a sucker for this trope. Whether it be Power Rangers, Digimon, or Dragon Ball Z. The idea of joint powers that are funneled into the creation of a new being, thus reaching unprecedented heights of strength was always a hype moment to me.
Furthermore, there’s hints that the Ouroboros and its associated infinity symbol will play a greater part in the story. So far, the evil faction seems to possess machines of similar design, feeding off the souls of the dead. Without going into any wild speculations, we are excited to see how this will develop!
You can watch the full Nintendo Direct on their Twitch or YouTube.
Are you in on the hype for Xenoblade Chronicles 3? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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