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Nintendo Switch’s Online Service Will Cost Way Less Than PlayStation and Xbox

Nintendo Switch’s online service will be priced somewhere between $17.50 and $26.50 a year, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has revealed. The paid service will begin sometime in the fall of 2017, following a free trial period that will begin when the console launches. According to Kimishima, Nintendo will start charging for the service in order to support online features such as multiplayer, in addition to free monthly download of classic games.

This information comes from industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto, who has been tweeting new info from Nintendo’s recent corporate strategy meetings. Toto relayed word from Kimishima, saying “the yearly fees make it easier for Nintendo to support online features such as multiplayer or downloads of classic games.

Nintendo is still keeping other details of their online service under wraps, despite their console being just a month away. So far, all we know is that it will provide access to their games’ multiplayer content, and subscribers to the service will receive a monthly pass to a select classic Nintendo game. The online service will be free from the Switch’s launch up until the fall, when Nintendo will start charging for the service.

The price is significantly less than its competitors, Sony and Microsoft, who charge around $60 a year for online services on their consoles.

Source: Dr. Serkan Toto

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Nintendo is Making a New Device to Make Pokémon GO Safer

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo are brainstorming a new device to work with Pokémon GO that will make the game safer. For those unfamiliar, the mobile game requires players to walk around and catch Pokémon, which has led to some dangerous scenarios due to players not paying attention to their surroundings. This new device would go a step further than the companion accessory Pokémon GO Plus, which allows players to interact with the game without constantly staring at their phones, but no further details have been released as of yet.

The Pokémon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara first mentioned the possibility of such a device in an interview with Nikkei:

“To avoid the danger, we also released Pokemon Go Plus, the smartphone-linked wearable device, so that Pokemon Go players do not have to always be looking down at their smartphone screens. Together with Nintendo, we are thinking of developing a new device that can be played more safely.” — Tsunekazu Ishihara

Niantic has already taken several steps to make Pokémon GO safer, such as adding extra warning screens and disabling gameplay at high speeds. How else do you think Pokémon GO could become a safer game? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Nikkei

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Nintendo Switch’s Cartridges are Really, Really Small

We’ve known for a while now that the Nintendo Switch will move away from disc-based games, instead adopting cartridges similar to the 3DS, but the actual size of these carts has just been revealed. Switch cartridges are 34mm long and 23mm wide, making them even smaller than 3DS cartridges. Despite the decrease in physical size, however, the actual file sizes of Switch games are considerably larger. For example, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is 13.4GB on Switch, while Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is just 512MB on 3DS.

What do you think of the return to cartridges for the Switch? Are you surprised by how small they are? Check out a side-by-side size comparison below, then give us your thoughts in the comments!

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Zelda’s Producer Suggests Another Brand-New Zelda Game Could Come to Nintendo Switch

Another brand-new game in The Legend of Zelda franchise could come to the Nintendo Switch, according to series’ producer Eiji Aonuma. In a recent interview, Aonuma explained that there are still features of the Switch that he hasn’t fully utilized, and therefore another Zelda game could come to the console. In terms of expanding upon Breath of the Wild, Aonuma claims “it’s always easy to top the best.”

Going into more detail, Aonuma explains that the core elements of
Zelda games is playing as a character that grows and develops as the game progresses, as well as having the player learn new things as time goes on. Aonuma and the development team then usually expand upon these fundamentals, and presumably they would use the Switch’s new features to do so as well.

The full quote by Aonuma reads:

“I haven’t been able to fully use all of the new features of the system. There could be the possibility of another Zelda on Nintendo Switch. I think the core element of Zelda gameplay kind of stays the same. There’s the main character development as well as characters you meet along the way, and then you learn new things as the character develops. With that said I think we could keep all that, and then I do wonder how we can expand from here with that in mind.”
— Eiji Aonuma

What would you say to a brand new Zelda title built specifically for the Switch? How do you think it would take advantage of this new hardware? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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NBA 2K18 is Coming to Nintendo Switch in September

NBA 2K17 was one of the few games spotlighted in the original Nintendo Switch trailer, and its placement there wasn’t without reason. Following the Nintendo Switch Presentation that took place on January 12th, Nintendo confirmed that the upcoming NBA 2K18 would arrive on their new console in September. The NBA 2K games typically launch in this month, meaning it’ll probably arrive on Switch at the same time as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Are you glad to see more mainline sports franchises returning to Nintendo’s home hardware? And could the support from these prolific third parties help the Switch succeed? Let us know what you think!

Source: Nintendo Treehouse Live with Nintendo Switch

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LEGO Worlds is Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on February 21st

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that LEGO Worlds will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on February 21st in North America, and three days later on February 24th in Europe. LEGO Worlds is a Minecraft-style game where players can explore a galaxy of bricks and use their imagination to build their own virtual models. Worlds is developed by TT Games, the same studio behind the other LEGO games, but focuses more on building unique creations than the standard story based missions that headlined the other games. Check out a trailer for the game above!

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Nintendo Will Provide a “Steady Flow” of NES Classic Edition’s Stock Through the Holiday Season

The NES Classic Edition has now officially launched, but many consumers are struggling to get their hands on the system. Nintendo has released a statement regarding the console’s poor availability, saying that they are “working hard” to keep up with fan demand. The company will provide retailers with “a steady flow” of the NES Classic Edition throughout the rest of the year and into 2017. In the meantime, Nintendo recommends that fans keep checking in with their local retailers in hopes that the classic system is in stock.

See the full tweets below.

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Watch Dogs 2’s Season Pass Will Include Three Main DLC Packs and Early Access to Unlockables

Ubisoft has released a trailer for Watch Dogs 2 that details what’s included in the game’s season pass. Retailing for $39.99, the season pass will give players access to three DLC packs that will release in the months following the game’s launch on November 15th. The “T-Bone Content Bundle” will release first, which includes a cooperative mode called “Mayhem” that puts players against a new enemy type. The T-Bone bundle also includes a new vehicle and costume for the player.

The second DLC pack is called “Human Conditions” and adds several hours of gameplay to Watch Dogs 2 through new story and coop missions. The story content focuses on the biggest scandals taking place in San Francisco, on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and misuse.

The third and final piece of DLC included in the season pass is called “No Compromise.” Similar to the previous pack, this DLC will also include new story and co-op missions. Protagonist Marcus comes under fire from the Russian Mafia after getting involved with the seedy underbelly of San Francisco. Not much information has been released regarding the cooperative content, but according to Ubisoft, “only the best players will survive.”

The season pass also includes day one access to two ULC packs, meaning unlockable content. These two packs will include new outfits, guns, skins, cars, and more, in addition to the Zodiac Killer mission. You can see all of this and more in the full trailer above!

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Both Kingdom Hearts HD Remix Games are Being Released in a PlayStation 4 Collection Next March

Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is coming to PlayStation 4 in March 2017. This collection will house two smaller bundles to include six Kingdom Hearts titles altogether, and it launches on March 9th in Japan, March 28th in North America, and finally in Europe on March 31st. The six games included in the PlayStation 4 collection are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days (Remastered Cinematics), Kingdom Hears II Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Re:Coded.

With the remastering of these games on PlayStation 4, and the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue HD on the console as well, fans can soon enjoy almost all of the obscurely titled games on one system. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 launches on January 24th and includes Dream Drop Distance, χ Back Cover, and 0.2: Birth by Sleep. When HD 1.5 + 2.5 launches in March, fans will be able to enjoy nine Kingdom Hearts titles on the PlayStation 4, as well as later enjoy Kingdom Hearts III when it’s finally released.

Check out the trailer above!

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Hitman’s Season Finale Launches on October 31st

The season finale of Hitman, titled “Situs Inversus,” will launch on October 31st. Square Enix revealed the release date with a new trailer, which shows off various aspects of the new DLC that takes place in Hokkaido, Japan. Snowy mountains, cherry blossom gardens, and very futuristic buildings are all included in the trailer, implying that the new level will have some interesting story elements and gameplay mechanics.

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The PS4 Launch Trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider Celebrates the Franchise’s 20th Anniversary

The launch trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider on PlayStation 4 has been released, and it offers a detailed look at everything that’s included in the 20th anniversary version of the game. The PlayStation 4 version of the game comes with the base version that launched on Xbox One last year, in addition to all of the released DLC and a PlayStation VR compatible mission called Blood Ties. The trailer also contains gameplay and cutscenes from Rise of the Tomb Raider, showing off Lara’s survival skills in action.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration launches for PlayStation 4 on October 11th. Check out the trailer above!

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Ubisoft Won’t Launch New Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry Games in 2017 Without a Full Year of Testing

Ubisoft’s VP of Editorial, Tommy François, has revealed that there may not be an
Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry game in 2017. This is because the company wants both games to be in a completed state a year before their releases, allowing the development teams to spend a year raising their quality. François explained that the Alpha for these games needs to be a year before their launch, and Ubisoft is working hard to achieve these goals.

This Alpha state doesn’t refer to a public testing session similar to what the publisher is doing with games like
For Honor, but is essentially just a working version of the completed game. Basically, François is saying that Ubisoft wants to take an entire year to polish the game. This will include things like removing bugs, tweaking graphics, decreasing load times, and other quality of use improvements.

François therefore refutes that the games are being held off purely to give consumers a break from the brands, as there was a general assumption within the industry that Ubisoft was taking time off to avoid franchise fatigue.
“People are allowed to perceive it like that,” he accepts, but insists that it’s genuinely for creative reasons. The structure of Assassin’s Creed is being experimented with, and the expected open-world formula of a Ubisoft game may be changing.

According to François, there’s always prototypes for new open-world formulas, but Ubisoft needs time to make the necessary changes once they receive player feedback. This is why getting an Alpha-build ready a year before development is important, so that the development team can adjust the game and make it as enjoyable as possible before it launches.

Ubisoft announced towards the beginning of last year that they
wouldn’t release a major Assassin’s Creed game in 2016, but they have since announced The Ezio Collection, a compilation of the three PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games featuring protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze, remastered for current generation hardware.

Source: IGN

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New Gameplay Footage for World of Final Fantasy Gives a Detailed Look at a Boss Battle

Sony has released new gameplay for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita RPG, World of Final Fantasy. The game has players collecting and battling various creatures from the Final Fantasy series in gameplay similar to that of the Pokémon games. 23 minutes of footage for World of Final Fantasy has just been released, which shows off a number of different aspects of the game, including unique mechanics utilized in a boss battle.

Check out the gameplay above! The boss battle starts at around the 16 minute mark, but plenty of other battles take place before that.

World of Final Fantasy launches on October 25th for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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Hidetaka Miyazaki is Honored That Other Games Are Taking Inspiration From Dark Souls

In a recent interview at Tokyo Game Show 2016, From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki discussed how he feels about other games taking inspiration from Dark Souls. Miyazaki directed Dark Souls, Dark Souls III, and Bloodborne, all of which feature similar gameplay mechanics and generally follow the same gameplay loop. Other games have taken inspiration from these games, such as Lords of The Fallen and the upcoming Nioh, and Miyazaki is honored by this.

Question: “Speaking of Dark Souls-like games, it seems that after the success of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, they kind of created almost their own genre, even other other publishers are making Dark Souls-like games. For instance with Nioh by Koei Tecmo, I very much felt that I was playing something very similar to Dark Souls in the Sengoku era. How do you feel about that?

Hidetaka Miyazaki: “I never thought of having created a new genre, and I’m sure that in the past many people have thought about creating very challenging games like Dark Souls, I’m assuming that I was simply the pioneer in that sense. If I have created the environment encouraging other developer to work on other Dark Souls-like games, that’s an honor for me.”

Source: DualShockers

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The PlayStation 4 Pro Won’t Enhance The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Any Way

CD Projekt Red has revealed that they have no plans to update
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to support Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro console. This new console allows for 4K gaming with PlayStation 4 games, as long as developers want to take the time to patch and update them. This isn’t the case for CD Projekt Red, as the developer wants to focus on their other announced projects, being Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and Cyberpunk 2077.

The process to patch
The Witcher 3 would be too time and resource consuming, CD Projekt Red stated in a recent interview. The console version of the game only has textures of a medium to high quality, and these would need to be improved significantly in order for 4K to display the game well. The PC version of the game, which does support 4K graphics, is able to do so as the textures already scale with the graphical power of the computer. Consoles were not originally built to have upgradeable graphics, and so CD Projekt Red would have a lot more work to do compared to how the game works on PC.

“Since we want to fully focus on Cyberpunk 2077 and Gwent, and converting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from a full HD game into a 4K one would be too much of a time and resource-consuming process, we decided not to release an edition of Wild Hunt supporting the new features of PlayStation Pro.” — CD Projekt Red

Source: Eurogamer

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A New Trailer for Telltale’s Batman Episode 2 Questions the Honor of Bruce Wayne’s Family

Telltale Games has released a new trailer for their Batman series that offers the first look at Episode Two. The 90 second video shows off what we can expect in the second episode, titled Children of Arkham, including some new villains. The main theme of the trailer, however, is the questioned honor of Bruce Wayne’s family. The various crime bosses of Gotham seem to have strong ties to the Waynes, and exploring this mystery appears to be the main conflict of the new episode. Check out the new trailer above!

Batman – A Telltale Series Episode Two launches on September 20th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Both LEGO Harry Potter Games are Being Remastered in One Collection on PlayStation 4

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have announced that LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 are being remastered and put into a single collection. Despite the original games appearing on a plethora of different platforms, however, this collection will only be available on PlayStation 4. The games’ graphics have been enhanced, and the lighting and visual effects improved. The two DLC packs will also be included in the collection, which added ten characters and five spells to use. LEGO Harry Potter Collection launches on October 18th at $50, exclusively for PlayStation 4.

Warner Bros. believes that the game “serves as a perfect gift” to anyone who is interested in seeing the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in the Harry Potter universe. The original games launched back in 2010 and 2011, so the vague movie tie-in seems to be the reason for remastering the games five years later.

Source: GameSpot

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New Pokémon Sun and Moon Information is Coming on September 14th

The Pokémon Company has revealed that they will release new information on Pokémon Sun and Moon on September 14th, at 9:00 AM EDT. The upcoming 3DS games have been receiving a plethora of news updates recently, with two brand new trailers releasing in the past week. It’s hard to say exactly how this new information will be released, whether just as a press release, another trailer, or through something like CoroCoro Magazine, as the new issue launches next week in Japan.

Regardless of how it’s revealed, Gamnesia will have the new
Pokémon news as soon as it’s released, so be sure to stay tuned!

Source: The Pokémon Company (via Serebii)

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Pokémon GO Plus Launches on September 16th in “Most Countries”

Niantic has revealed that Pokémon GO Plus, the companion device for Pokémon GO, will launch in most countries just next week on September 16th. The device was originally meant to launch in July but was delayed in order to improve optimization with the game. The wearable device allows Pokémon GO to be played without constantly looking at your phone, as players can press a button to receive items from PokéStops or attempt to catch a Pokémon. Pokémon GO Plus will cost $34.99, and will launch next week in “most countries,” with some South American territories receiving the device later.

Nintendo also revealed the list of compatible devices in a PR statement. Every iPhone released since and including the iPhone 5 will be compatible with
Pokémon GO Plus, as long as they’re running iOS versions 8 or 9. Any Android devices 4.4 or higher, that have Bluetooth® Smart capability and 2GB of RAM are also compatible with Pokémon GO Plus.

It was also recently revealed that
Pokémon GO is coming to Apple Watch, working in similar ways to the Plus device. The app will notify players of upcoming PokéStops, gyms, and most importantly, Pokémon, in addition to some other handy features.

Source: Niantic

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A New Trailer for LEGO Dimensions Shows The Harry Potter World for the First Time

TT Games has released a new trailer for the upcoming Harry Potter team pack for LEGO Dimensions. The trailer shows off some of the locations that will be present in the pack, such as Diagon Alley and various parts of Hogwarts School, all in the iconic LEGO style. The Harry Potter team pack launches on September 27th and comes with two minifigures and two new models.

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