It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a new addition to the Mass Effect universe, with the last installment having released back in 2012. Thankfully, Mass Effect: Andromeda finally releases later this month, and EA and BioWare have just given us a flashy launch trailer to keep everyone excited. From the music, to the visuals, to the voice acting, everything about this trailer is enough to get someone excited to dive back into the rich Mass Effect universe. “Now more than ever, we need a Pathfinder.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda releases on March 21st, with a worldwide release on March 23rd. Are you excited to explore this brand new universe? Let us know in the comments below!
With most electronics today, people enjoy customizing their devices to give it their own personal look, usually through the use of stickers, cases, and even custom skins. Well, for those gamers interested in skinning their Nintendo Switch, it might not be a good idea. According to the company Dbrand, who makes skins for all sorts of different electronics, something about the finish of the Switch is incompatible with any kind of vinyl skin. The Switch’s finish coating peels after being skinned, which Dbrand discovered after some extensive testing with multiple skins and devices. So consider this a big warning to anyone who has or wanted to personalize their Switch with a skin, including the golden Zelda skin available at launch.
Thankfully, anyone who preordered a skin from Dbrand did receive a refund for their purchased item. This really is a nice move from Dbrand, as they’ve definitely lost out on a great deal of revenue from Switch skins.
“This is really quite unfortunate, not just because we were going to make a ton of money from this console, but more-so because it genuinely did look dope with a skin” — Dbrand
There is some hope though, as the damage done through the product testing was the result of ripping off multiple skins from their test console over the course of 4 days. So if you plan to leave your skin on forever, it’s possible that it may turn out just fine.
Do you still plan on putting a skin on your Switch? Or are you bummed out by this news? Let us know in the comments below!
Anyone who has kids or a younger sibling knows how dangerous it can be to let them play with small objects. It’s all too easy for a child to put something in their mouth and swallow it, potentially causing injury or even death. Naturally, the tiny cartridges for Nintendo Switch games are a potential choking hazard in the hands of a child. However, Nintendo came up with an interesting solution to this problem: denatonium benzoate. All Switch cartridges are coated in this non-toxic compound, which is currently the most bitter compound known and is also used in animal repellents, soaps, and nail-biting preventatives.
It wasn’t immediately clear, however, if this taste was actually intentional. When overly curious Switch buyers first got their hands, and mouths, on the cartridges, they weren’t sure whether this taste was merely a byproduct of the manufacturing process. Nintendo did respond to the inquiry, though, and they had this to say:
“To avoid the possibility of accidental ingestion, keep the game card away from young children. A bittering agent (Denatonium Benzoate) has also been applied to the game card. This bittering agent is non-toxic.” — Nintendo
Are you planning on testing the taste of the Switch cartridges yourself, or do you think you’ll leave this one alone? Let us know in the comments below!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally released yesterday, and already modders have managed to add the blue-tunic wearing Link from Breath of the Wild as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. The download for the mod is now available, but if you’d like to see it in action first then you can use the trailer above to watch Link face off against Piccolo, of all people, in a fairly intense fight. The video lasts about five minutes, and you get an awesome look at how the new Link plays as a fighter.
If you’d like to download and play around with it yourself, you can do so right here. What do you think of this mod? Are you impressed with how fast the modders pushed this out? Let us know in the comments below!
The Pokémon franchise has been through quite a lot since Mewtwo originally sought out revenge in 1998’s Pokémon: The First Movie, and the series is preparing to take a look at its past with its twentieth film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! To those of you eagerly hoping for more information on the movie, you’re in luck, as a brand new trailer has just released in Japan. It mainly gives us a new look at some familiar events from the first season of the Pokémon anime; from Ash’s initial struggles to train Pikachu to the iconic moment when he first saw the legendary Ho-Oh, there’s plenty of reasons for nostalgic fans to get hyped for this new film.
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is set to release in Japan on July 15th, 2017. There is currently no word on when the movie will come to Western audiences, but hopefully we’ll get word of that soon. In the meantime, you can check out the new trailer above!
Are you excited for this new movie? Do you have any predictions for it, like how far into Ash’s journey it will go or if we’ll see familiar faces like Misty, Brock, and Team Rocket? Let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments below!
Speedrunners go through a great deal for the sake of the timer. Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk, known on Twitch as “The Mexican Runner,” recently finished his nearly three-year-long trial of playing through every single NES game ever released, a total of 714 games. Beginning with Whomp ‘Em and ending with Super Mario Bros. 3, Kusielczuk speed-ran through every NES game released in North America, as well as 35 PAL-exclusive titles. The journey took more than 3,000 hours and over 900 days, but NESmania is finally complete.
On Kusielczuk’s blog you can find the sarcastic comments that led him to actually running the games to completion, as well as an explanation of some of the “drama” that popped up over the three years. On the homepage, he describes how he felt as he approached the end of the challenge:
“Almost three years had passed and what had started as an impossible quest had become an achievable reality. The list of unbeaten games had shrunk to only a few titles and the excitement for the last games had been growing. The closer I got to the end, the more nostalgia and responsibility I felt. I wanted to make sure this epic quest had a proper ending that could honor how big and how important it had been in my life.” — Piotr Delgado Kusielczuk
You can also find Kusielczuk on Twitch, where he was known before NESmania for holding records in both Battletoads and Contra.
Are you impressed by Kusielczuk’s feat? Let us know in the comments below!
No one would really ever expect one of the adorable monsters from Pokémon to serve as inspiration for something really terrifying, right? Well, according to the director of the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Cubone served as part of the inspiration for his “Skull Crawler” monster. Vogt-Roberts credits a few other sources for the inspiration for this monster, including No-Face from Spirited Away, the first Angel in Evangelion, and a monster from the original 1933 King Kong film. According to Vogt-Roberts, this new monster is meant to be “this crazy cross-section of what my original take on it would be.”
Vogt-Roberts wants the Skull Crawler to be his “version of a giant monster,” and it’s safe to say he’s created something terrifying here. Check out his full quote:
“I’m also really proud of the Skull Crawler design because that’s my version of a giant monster. That creature, beyond being a reference to a creature from the 1933 film, is also this crazy fusion of all of the influences throughout my life – like the first angel from Evangelion, and No Face from Spirited Away, and Cubone from Pokemon. It’s this crazy cross-section of what my original take on it would be. I’m proud of all the designs. Hopefully you feel like the creatures aren’t redundant.” — Jordan Vogt-Roberts
The Skull Crawler looks horrifying, even just at a glance. What do you think of this monster and its connection to lovable little Cubone? Let us know in the comments below!
Every console out there has a way to give yourself a custom avatar, and the Switch is no different, as a recent video shows off with a look at some of the avatar and Mii creation tools available on Nintendo’s new console. The video showcases a plethora of the Nintendo favorites available for use including Link, Mario, and even Tom Nook from Animal Crossing. Once you’ve chosen your image, you also have the ability to change the background color, giving you an added level of customization. We don’t get quite as good of a look at the actual Mii creator, but watching the video reveals that you will be able to change your Mii’s pose and expression for use as your profile picture.
Are you excited to set up your personalized avatar? Let us know in the comments below!
Many children, including those spending time waiting in the hospital, use video games as a way to pass the time. Tragically, a thief in New Zealand recently took it upon themselves to steal a PlayStation 4 from the oncology ward of Wellington Hospital. The donated console was used by many of the patients as a distraction during their stays for various treatments. One patient, nine-year-old Angus Little, regularly played Minecraft on this console during his weekly chemotherapy visits for an inoperable brain tumor. When asked his feeling on the theft, Little commented,“I’m angry, and pretty annoyed because it was a good distraction for me, and other kids too.”
All is not lost, though! Due to considerable donations, the hospital manged to raise more than $5,000 thanks in part to Little’s Facebook page. Alongside this money, twelve consoles and fifteen games were donated to Wellington Hospital. Little’s school, the Rata St. School in Naenae, also helped to raise money in the form of a lunchtime event. The money raised, which originally was meant to help the hospital buy another PlayStation, has now been given to Little’s family.
There is no excuse for someone to do something this cruel to a group of children, but it’s great to see how others have reacted to it. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
Tragedy seems to be abundant lately, and adding to that, Alan Stone, one of the co-founders of Nintendo of America, has unfortunately passed away. Stone, who was additionally known for his involvement with SEGA and more recently Nanotech, passed away at the age of 71 due to cancer. Stone left Nintendo and joined SEGA as the CEO of SEGA Enterprises (now SEGA Entertainment) by 1994. He then played a role as the chief operating officer and a board member for Nanotech.
If you would like to hear Stone talk about some of his exploits in the gaming industry, you can check below for a brief five minute interview with him from 2013. Stone was responsible for helping to popularize arcade titles such as Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. in North America, and the gaming industry will certainly miss him.
A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild recently released in Japan, showcasing some stunning visuals in order to further increase the hype for the upcoming release. The trailer also gave us a brief look at a new and massive creature in the game, one that strongly resembles a classic boss. Volvagia, the boss from Ocarina of Time’s Fire Temple, is a long, flying serpent covered in flames with a long whip-like head of fire for hair. The creature, shown for only a second in the trailer, has got some fans speculating that this much larger serpent could be a call-back to Volvagia.
The trailer itself is pretty cool, and you can watch it above. Be sure to keep an eye out for this new beast, and let us know what you think it is in the comments below!
The PlayStation Experience, being held next month in Anaheim, California, features a long list of attendees. Attending fans will have the opportunity to get a hands-on look at upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles. Among the long list of developers and publishers, we see some big and expected names like Activision, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, and many many more. The list is “near-final,” so we are likely to see additional companies there as well.
The full list of attending developers and publishers is as follows:
Adult Swim Games
Alonso Martin Company
Bit Kid, Inc.
Blue Mammoth Games
Desert Owl Games
Exploding Tuba, LLC
Happy Badger Studio
High Horse Entertainment
Limited Run Games
Matt Makes Games
NextGen Pants, Inc
Reverb Triple XP
SIE Japan Studios
SIE San Diego Studios
Spaces of Play
Team 17 Digital Ltd
Thunder Lotus Games
Tribute Games Inc
Vblank Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
We the Force
Zeboyd Games, LLC
The 2016 PlayStation Experience will be held on December 3rd and 4th, and tickets are still available for purchase.
The development of Sonic Heroes, a 2004 platformer developed by Sonic Team USA, had some pretty adverse effects on director Takashi Iizuka. Iizuka was one of two people in charge of designing the levels for the game, but partway through development, the second designer “got pretty sick and didn’t show up to work, so level design was made by one person!” Long hours and sleepless nights led to Iizuka losing around 22 pounds by the end of development, a staggering and unhealthy amount of weight to lose in a short period of time.
Mismanagement was also a factor in Iizuka’s lack of support in level design, as the rest of the team was based in Japan while he was in the United States. Iizuka’s full comments are as follows:
“The level design for Sonic Heroes was made by two people: me and one other person. As we got to the later stages of development, this other person got pretty sick and didn’t show up to work, so level design was made by one person! So for those very last stages of the game, I didn’t sleep at all and I was constantly working. I lost about 22 pounds because I was just cranking away and it was just work, work, work. I didn’t sleep because I had to finish the game on my own. Almost dying!” — Takashi Iizuka
What do you think of Iizuka’s struggles? Let us know in the comments below!
With the arrival of N7 Day, BioWare has unveiled the stellar cinematic reveal trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda. It’s relatively short, clocking in at just under two minutes long, but it leaves quite an impact. Follow the Pathfinder, the game’s protagonist, as they wake up after hundreds of years of travel in a galaxy where humanity is the alien race. Watch the trailer for yourself and build your hype for this upcoming Spring title!
BioWare has revealed that there will be an initial gameplay reveal at The Game Awards and that the popular “Loyalty Missions,” which were absent in Mass Effect 3, are making a return in Andromeda. BioWare has shown off the contents of the Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions as well.
What do you think of Andromeda‘s new trailer? Let us know in the comments below!
N7 Day is here, and before BioWare’s official announcements came about, players got a look at Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s box art. The leaks come from listings on Best Buy, which show the cover art from both the Windows version of the game, as well as the Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Checking out the Deluxe Edition listings also gives players a brief description of the game, though no new story information is given. This description does, however, allude to the game’s multiplayer, saying only “for 1 player or up to 4 in multiplayer mode.” The multiplayer hasn’t received much detail up until now, but we may get some information soon.
A similar listing on Amazon gives information on what is included within the Deluxe Edition of the game. Those who get this version of the game will have access to the Pathfinder Casual Outfit, the Scavenger Armor, the Pathfinder Elite Weapon Set, a Pet Pyjak, the Digital Soundtrack, and the Multiplayer Deluxe Launch Pack, which is valued at $5. This listing also references two pieces of preorder content: the Deep Space Explorer armor and a multiplayer booster pack that gives five 50% experience boosters.
There is also a Super Deluxe version of the game, available only on Origin, which gives access to another preorder bonus, an exclusive skin for the land-roving Nomad. You also get access to 20 multiplayer deluxe launch packs (one per week), and 20 multiplayer super deluxe booster packs (one per week).
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to launch before the end of March 2017. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments below!
Dishonored 2 has yet another trailer adding to the story of the game. This time we get some information on Karnaca in the form of a beautifully animated pop-up book. The Outsider himself does the narration as we learn more about the characters and setting of the upcoming game. The trailer clocks in at just over two minutes long and is a great way to keep your appetite sated until the game comes out on November 11th.
Are you ready for Dishonored 2 to finally come out? Let us know in the comments below!
ThatGameCompany, the people responsible for the award-winning PlayStation 3 title Journey, has just begun teasing at a new game by creating a Twitter page with the name “thatnextgame.” The account’s creation was followed by retweeting the twin candle picture picture you see alongside this article, which came with the caption “a game about giving.” ThatGameCompany’s Twitter bio tells us that the upcoming title will be multiplatform as well as multiplayer, but no other information has been given. Hopefully we will get an official announcement soon.
ThatGameCompany also followed up the creation of the new Twitter account by tweeting two new photos at it. Both pictures look spectacular, and you can see them in the tweets below. Another tweet by ThatGameCompany says that they are currently hiring, so maybe some new people can get a chance to help work on the next game.
Are you anticipating this new title? Let us know in the comments below!
Players have just been given some new information about the story of Kingdom Hearts III, the anticipated upcoming addition to the franchise. The reveal comes from the packaging of the Sora action figure made by Play Arts -Kai- and lets us in on some vague details of what is going to be happening in the game. It seems Sora and the team have to rise up to thwart Xehanort once again as “the second Keyblade War, the final struggle between light and dark, looms ahead.” Riku and Mickey go off in search of a “battle-scarred Keyblade Wielder” while Sora, Donald, and Goofy set out to find “the Key to Return Hearts.”
The description on the packaging, while a little long, is certainly worth the read:
“With the world under the control of a single Master, the final struggle for true peace begins.
“Through countless adventures across many worlds in his long battle against the darkness, Sora, once a little boy who only dreamed worlds beyond his island even existed, has grown up to a dashing young man. Now he is realizing that that battle has played out exactly as Master Xehanort had planned, and the second Keyblade War, the final struggle between light and dark, looms ahead. To counter the overwhelming darkness, Sora and his friends must gather the seven guardians of light. His best friend Riku and King Mickey seek out a battle-scarred Keyblade wielder, while Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off on a journey to find “the Key to Return Hearts.” Never-before-featured Disney worlds set the stage for another daring adventure to save the universe!
“Chosen by the Keyblade, he is the one whose heart’s light never fails to shine as a beacon of hope.
“Sora, the brave hero chosen by the Keyblade, has always had a strong sense of justice. Through his many battles against darkness, he has grown and learned about the world immensely. Drawn to his light, many friends have lent him their support and granted him their powers to counter the darkness: Riku, the childhood friend he grew up with on Destiny Islands; Donald and Goofy, the two comrades with whom he has shared his adventures from the very beginning; and King Mickey, who unfailingly supports Sora with his own mighty strength. As the world becomes enveloped in another battle against darkness, the Keyblade wielder and his friends must rise up against Master Xehanort and thwart his plot to incite another Keyblade War.”
Does this get you excited for Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!
In a recent update, Niantic made a few changes to eggs in Pokémon GO. Probably the most crowd-pleasing change is that Eevee will now spawn from a five-kilometer egg as opposed to a ten-kilometer egg. This means that players will no longer have to suffer through the frustration of walking 6.2 miles and hatching the fairly common, normal-type fluff ball. This update also made it so that Pidgey and Rattata, some of the most common Pokémon in the game, are no longer possible as egg spawns.
Alongside this change, Niantic also announced via Twitter that players “may encounter other Pokémon where Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat were previously more commonly found.” This change indicates that potentially rarer or higher-tier creatures will now be available to those who previously couldn’t find them. Niantic has confirmed that there are no other changes to the egg line-up, which means that no Pokémon has taken Eevee’s place in the ten-kilometer tier.
Are you happy with this change? Let us know in the comments below!
A few days ago, Square Enix began hinting at a new game with a teaser website accompanied by a countdown timer. The timer has officially expired and a new game for iOS and Android has been unveiled. The upcoming game is titled Final Fantasy Legends 2, and it is being directed by Takashi Tokita, the directer of Final Fantasy Legends: Toki no Suisho and the producer of Final Fantasy Legends (known as Final Fantasy Dimensions in the West). Tokita was also the producer of Chrono Trigger and Parasite Eve, as well as the Lead Game Designer of Final Fantasy IV. The game is available for pre-registration in Japan right here.
Are you excited for this mobile title? Let us know in the comments below!