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EA Sports Reveals Release Dates for the Next NBA and Madden NFL Games

During EA Play 2018, we saw trailers for both NBA Live 19 and Madden NFL 19. Both games are releasing later this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Madden 19 will also be available on PC.

Madden NFL 19 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 10, 2018. But pre-order now, and you can get the Hall of Fame Edition three days early, on August 7th.

NBA Live 19 releases on September 7, 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players can create their own unique player and raise their stats to improve their game. NBA Live 19 promises new ways to develop your player and utilizes Real Player Motion Tech.

Source: EA Play 2018, NBA Live Overview, EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Info

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EA Announces FIFA 19 Featuring the Champions League, Plus More FIFA 18 Content

EA’s E3 presentation is in full swing, and with the UEFA Champions League trophy onstage with the presenters, FIFA 19 has been officially revealed to the world. The trailer, featuring Hans Zimmer music (EA’s going all out with the latest FIFA game), shows off tons of new features for the franchise. But even with the new game on the horizon, EA also revealed new content for FIFA 18.

FIFA 19 will feature new Champions League content, which includes a story mode, an authentic tournament mode, a career mode, and live online content. More information regarding the Champions League will come later this summer.

Additionally, players can now compete for a World Cup in last year’s FIFA title and help bring their country to victory. A free trial of FIFA 18 is available now.

FIFA 19 is expected to launch September 28.

Source: EA Play 2018

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EA Shows Off NBA Live 18, Featuring Its New “The One” Campaign

At their E3 2017 show, EA Play, Electronic Arts announced this year’s installment of NBA Live, featuring a revamped campaign mode and a new player customization system. The campaign is split into two portions: “The One,” the new campaign mode, allows you to play 5-on-5 basketball in real world courts, whereas the other campaign, “The League,” involves playing in classic NBA tournaments. NBA Live 18‘s new customization system has you upgrading your character through gear and shoes.

The new mode will be playable in solo, couch co-op, and multiplayer modes, and all progress can be transferred to the main game.

Alongside this, the trailer revealed that a free demo for the upcoming basketball game will be available in August. That flashy trailer, featuring the music of Kendrick Lamar, can be found above.

What did you think about this trailer? Do you think the inclusion of “The One” will set the franchise apart from the NBA 2K series? Hit up the comments below to give us your thoughts.

Source: EA Play 2017

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FIFA 18 Launches on September 29 with a Continuation of the “Journey” Story Mode

Soccer fans won’t have to wait long for the next FIFA game installment, and it looks like console options won’t be too limiting either. On September 29th, FIFA 18 will hit store shelves with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, hitting not only current generation platforms, but last generation systems as well.

Several launch editions for FIFA 18 have also been revealed: “Standard Edition,” “Ronaldo Edition,” and “ICON Edition.” The latter two grants a three-day early access for preorderers and Ronaldo as a playable “Icon” character—replacing “Legends”—with more loan players available in the “ICON Edition.”

EA previously announced following the Nintendo Switch Conference in January that the FIFA franchise will be coming to the hybrid platform, and we see now that it is not a separate edition of the series either. However, those looking to pick up FIFA 18 for the Nintendo Switch will unfortunately be without the game’s campaign mode, “The Journey: Hunter Returns,” starring FIFA 17 protagonist Alex Hunter. Unlike other platforms, the Switch version will also not be running on the Frostbite engine, which was designed for use on Microsoft and Sony-branded platforms.

The Switch version will still offer FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off, and Local Seasons modes like the other versions, all with the console-specific perks of playing FIFA 18 on-the-go in high definition and with local multiplayer connection. The game’s graphics will remain a sight to behold on the Switch as well, be it docked with a 1080p resolution output or handheld at 720p. In the end, it becomes a question of “story vs. portability” on which flavor of FIFA 18 you want to pick.

FIFA 18 comes to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Switch in September. Give the trailers a watch below, and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Source: EA Play 2017, Nintendo Everything

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EA Play Reveals Madden 18’s Drama-Fueled Story Mode, “Longshot”

In the first show of E3 2017, EA kicked off their second EA Play press conference with a new way to enjoy the Madden franchise. After a line of drummers in NFL jerseys paraded the stage at the Hollywood Paladium, EA showcased some footage from the newest installment of Madden.

In a new story mode titled “Longshot,” the series takes a much more theatrical path than expected. The new mode plays out a lot like sports dramas such as
Friday Night Lights, and it stars Luke Cage actor Mahershala Ali.

The 2017 installment of
Madden marks the first game in the series that runs on Battlefield 1‘s Frostbite Engine and features NFL superstar Tom Brady on the cover.

What’s your opinion on a sports game with a campaign? Do you think that this is the future of
Madden? Hit the comments to sound off!

Source: EA Play 2017

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FIFA is Officially Coming to Nintendo Switch

Electronic Arts doesn’t have a great track record with supporting Nintendo platforms for very long. Fortunately, it seems like the company is bringing their popular sports franchises to the upcoming Nintendo Switch system. EA is bringing FIFA to the new console, with promises that it will be the most immersive sports game to ever come out on a Nintendo system.

What do you guys think of this? Would you like to see more EA games on a Nintendo system? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Switch Presentation

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FIFA 17 Tops the Charts at Launch in Japan

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and a new game is sitting atop the charts. FIFA 17 came in at both first place (on PlayStation 4) and fifth place (on PlayStation 3), selling just under 70,000 copies between the two versions. It was a relatively quiet week otherwise, as no other new titles eclipsed 15,000 sales, and Persona 5 and Yo-kai Watch 3 continued to chart high weeks after launch.

In hardware, sales were down for every single home console and handheld (including individual models) when compared to last week. PlayStation 4 easily took the top spot again, despite a decline of over 13,000 sales from last week. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 57,012 (New)
  2. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 22,814 (332,785)
  3. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (Level-5, 07/16/16) – 15,541 (1,260,760)
  4. [PSV] Demon Gaze II (Kadokawa Games, 09/29/16) – 13,792 (New)
  5. [PS3] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 12,961 (New)
  6. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 8,092 (90,575)
  7. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 7,266 (95,010)
  8. [Wii U] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Mojang, 06/23/16) – 6,907 (137,819)
  9. [PSV] Utawarerumono: The Two Hakuoros (Aquaplus, 09/21/16) – 5,572 (52,935)
  10. [PS4] Dead Island: Definitive Collection (Spike Chunsoft, 09/29/16) – 5,387 (New)
  11. [PSV] Haitaka no Psychedelica (Idea Factory, 09/29/16) – 5,172 (New)
  12. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SIE, 03/19/15) – 5,035 (885,360)
  13. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (GungHo Online Entertainment, 07/28/16) – 4,9577 (185,313)
  14. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, 04/29/16) – 4,706 (444,132)
  15. [3DS] Dragon Ball Fusions (Bandai Namco, 08/04/16) – 4,350 (170,046)
  16. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (10/08/15) – 4,238 (169,151)
  17. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,184 (2,903,436)
  18. [PS4] Utawarerumono: The Two Hakuoros (Aquaplus, 09/21/16) – 4,134 (42,641)
  19. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 4,102 (47,307)
  20. [3DS] One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum (Bandai Namco, 09/21/16) – 3,783 (12,880)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 36,251 (49,652)
  2. New 3DS LL – 13,701 (15,491)
  3. 2DS – 10,595 (14,492)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 9,357 (9,817)
  5. New 3DS – 2,655 (3,379)
  6. Wii U – 2,111 (2,731)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 907 (1,105)
  8. 3DS – 406 (462)
  9. Xbox One – 121 (124)
  10. 3DS LL – 67 (74)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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FIFA 17 Will Have a Story Mode Called “The Journey”

It’s been 20 years since the first FIFA came out, and EA is doing everything it can to make sure FIFA 17 will be one to remember. During its E3 conference, EA revealed a brand new addition to the franchise: a story mode called “The Journey.” Gamers will be playing as Alex Hunter, a young footballer trying to make it big in the game. In addition, Manchester United’s new coach, José Mourinho, made a guest appearance during the presentation.

Mourinho didn’t appear on stage for nothing; he will also appear in FIFA 17 as one of the coaches in the game, alongside Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Arsene Wenger. However, those weren’t the only changes from FIFA 16 that EA made. The game has abandoned the Ignition Engine used for previous games in favor of the well-known Frostbite Engine, allowing the development team to overhaul gameplay elements such as set pieces, physical play, and the intelligence system.

Source: EA Play

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Check Out the New Trailer for Madden NFL 17 from EA Play

At Electronic Arts’ EA Play event, the company unveiled a new trailer for
Madden NFL 17. The trailer showed off what you would expect from a Madden title: a montage of NFL teams going at it while music plays in the background. EA also announced that they will be holding a tournament for the game with $1 million in total prize money. You can check out the new trailer for the game above!

Source: EA Play

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Nintendo Week Talks Pokémon Rainbow, Geno for Smash, a Nintendo Cinematic Universe, and Tons More

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That’s where we come in! We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of “Nintendo Week,” a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans.

This week marks the podcast’s fiftieth episode, which means huge celebrations! This episode is nearly twice as big as usual, jam-packed with new segments, fun discussions, and all the usual greatness. This week’s stories include tons of news on
Pokkén Tournament, several massive rumors about games like Zelda, Final Fantasy, and more coming to NX and 3DS, Sakurai’s revelation that he wants Geno playable in Smash Bros., and so much more. After the break we dig really in-depth into games we’ve been playing lately, like Fire Emblem Fates, Paper Jam, and Resident Evil 4 in a new segment called The Game Corner. Then we move onto listener questions with the Mystery House, where we list fifteen Virtual Console games you should all play, and finally a special Glitz Pit for this month’s big holiday. You can check out the super-sized episode below—or if you’d like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.


Nintendo Week is currently available in full on
iTunes, Podbean, and right here at Gamnesia—and tons of videos from the show are available on YouTube where it’s easy to find them based on your favorite subjects… So between it all, you have plenty of ways to access one of the best places for information on all things Nintendo. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes for the earliest possible access to new episodes, or subscribe to our channel on YouTube for totally neato visuals. But if you’d rather not subscribe, you can still find all of our Nintendo Week content right here at Gamnesia.

Note: We’ve reached file capacity for SoundCloud uploads, so for the time being we’re exploring other options. In the meantime, we’re still available on tons of great platforms!

If you’d like to give us feedback, please email me at
[email protected], and we’ll do our best to improve our show! We want to give you guys the best podcast we can, so please don’t be afraid to leave suggestions. And if you have questions about Nintendo that you’d like some insight on, please send those in as well! When we have a good number of fan questions, we’ll be answering them in one big block, so we’d love to hear some of your thoughts.

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Loads of People are Playing as the US Women’s Team in FIFA 16

Two months after FIFA 16‘s release, it looks like the women’s teams have been extremely popular. EA Sports COO Peter Moore revealed that the US Women’s team is the 23rd most played FIFA 16 team worldwide. One of the US Women’s team’s players, Alex Morgan, was on the cover of the game and has already scored one million in game goals.

Here’s the full quote:

“If you take the US Women as a singular team and you look at the 600 teams you can play with on a global basis, not just in the US, the US Women, they’re actually the 23rd-most played team around the world in FIFA 16, which is a stunning statistic.” — Peter Moore

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Madden NFL 16 is Free to Play All Weekend on PS4 and Xbox One

EA Sports launched Madden NFL 16 back in August, bringing its annual hit football game back in time for the NFL season. If you’re interested in the latest Madden iteration but haven’t yet made the purchase, EA’s looking to reel you in this weekend. Now through the end of Sunday night you can play the full version of Madden NFL 16 completely free on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 version allows for unlimited play over the weekend, while the Xbox One version allows for ten hours of play.

Source: Electronic Arts

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EA Has Been Forced to Cut 13 Female Players From FIFA 16

FIFA 16 is being released this week, and many fans are excited to get their hands on the game. If you were looking to play as a female soccer player, however, some of your favorites may not have made the cut. Electronic Arts has announced that they have been forced to cut thirteen female players from FIFA 16 because the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) says their inclusion could threaten their eligibility for collegiate athletics. According to the NCAA’s website, the women’s inclusion in FIFA 16 violates their “amateurism rules.”

“The NCAA membership has adopted amateurism rules to ensure the students’ priority remains on obtaining a quality educational experience and that all of student-athletes are competing equitably.

“All incoming student-athletes must be certified as amateurs. With global recruiting becoming more common, determining the amateur status of prospective student-athletes can be challenging. All student-athletes, including international students, are required to adhere to NCAA amateurism requirements to remain eligible for intercollegiate competition.” — National Collegiate Athletic Association

This basically means that players cannot sign professional contracts, compete with a professional team, or earn money for playing. The thirteen women that were cut from FIFA 16 were attending or planning to attend NCAA-sanctioned schools in the United States, and the NCAA warned EA that the women’s eligibility could be put at risk. EA responded to the NCAA, expressing their disappointment and disapproval with the NCAA’s decision.

“We do not agree with this position. All rights were secured following standard protocol with national governing bodies and federations, and none of these NCAA student-athletes or potential student athletes were to be individually compensated by EA Sports for their inclusion in the game,” EA wrote. “We believe this decision denies these 13 athletes the opportunity to represent their countries in the game, but we have removed them from FIFA 16 to ensure there is no risk to their eligibility.” — Electronic Arts

The following female players have been removed from FIFA 16:

Kadeisha Buchanan, Canada

Jessie Fleming, Canada

Ashley Lawrence, Canada

Janine Beckie, Canada

Rebecca Quinn, Canada

Sura Yekka, Canada

Celia Jiménez, Spain

Tanya Samarzich, Mexico

Greta Espinoza, Mexico

Christina Murillo, Mexico

Amanda Perez, Mexico

Emily Alvarado, Mexico

Maria Sanchez, Mexico

The NCAA is notorious for its treatment of college athletes, so this isn’t really surprising. It is unfortunate, however, that the organization continues to treat their athletes this way without any monetary compensation. What do you think of the NCAA’s decision to restrict their players from games like FIFA 16? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: PC Gamer

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This Madden NFL 16 Commercial is Probably the Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

With a new Madden game being pumped out every year, it can be tricky for EA to keep the series fresh and interesting, attracting new fans and satisfying old ones. I can’t speculate on the quality of the upcoming Madden NFL 16, but its new commercial is certainly attention-grabbing. Featuring actors, star football players, explosions, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Madden NFL 16 is advertised as an action-packed movie with hilarious results. Click above to check it out!

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FIFA 16 Adds New Ultimate Team Draft Mode And A Lot More

If you haven’t gotten your Ultimate Team fix yet, EA’s got you covered. During its Gamescom conference, the company unveiled a new game mode titled FUT Draft. For an entry fee of 15,000 Ultimate Team coins, players can create a team where each starting-eleven spot is selected from a draft of five players, and naturally, they will compete against other FUT Draft teams.

In addition, fans of Career Mode will be rejoicing that their favorite game mode will receive some upgrades. On top of including pre-season tournaments against other top clubs, there will be deliciously high rewards that will be allocated straight into your transfer budget. And, at long last, EA has added player training to the mode, allowing gamers to fine-tune the stats of their footballers and encourage growth among youth players. Career Mode will also receive fine-tunings across the board, with improved loan offers, friendly substitutions, and more realistic transfer budgets all being brought to the table.

Finally, we also learned that, in total, FIFA 16 will have 16 National Women’s teams. Other gameplay upgrades include the upgraded dribbling system, improved passing, additional weather conditions such as fog and unpredictable rain, and over 900 new crowd chants.

Source: EA Gamescom Conference

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60 New Legends Cards Are Coming to FIFA 16, Still No News on Maradona

Ever since Legends first appeared in FIFA, players have anxiously been waiting for the chance to play as their favorite players in history, with the likes of Pelé, Gullit, and Stoichkov all being re-created in FIFA, with the notable exception of Diego Maradona. However, 60 new Legends Cards will be making their way to FIFA 16, so there is still hope for all the Maradona fans out there.

The game’s Senior Producer Nick Channon also revealed that FIFA 16 is coming with a brand-new in-game training system for those who need to brush up their dribbling, defending, and so on. In addition, EA Access members will receive a 10% discount on Ultimate Team points, as well as getting access to the game itself a week early.

FIFA 16 is launching September 17 this year.

Source: Microsoft Gamescom Briefing

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Two Xbox One FIFA 16 Bundles Are Coming Your Way

If you’re a FIFA fan and haven’t picked up an Xbox One, Microsoft is attempting to sweeten the deal for you. Microsoft is offering two Xbox One bundles with FIFA 16 included; one version will have a 500GB hard drive and one month of EA Access at the price of €369, and the 1TB version will come with 12 months of EA Access for €399. In addition, both bundles will come with three Legend players on loan for all you Ultimate Team fans out there.

Source: Microsoft Gamescom Briefing

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FIFA 16’s Box Art Features Female Athletes for the First Time in Series History

Expectedly, Electronic Arts has unveiled the box art for FIFA 16; however, this year’s is particularly special. For the first time in franchise history, female FIFA players are being featured on the cover of the game. The US Women’s National Team Forward, Alex Morgan, and Captain of the Canadian Women’s National Team, Christine Sinclair, are the first two women to be featured on the cover of a FIFA game. Morgan shares the box art with Messi in the United States, while Sinclair will have the cover in Canada.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA. I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 16 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer. And now to share the cover with today’s greatest player is surreal.” — Alex Morgan

“This year’s World Cup showcased the unbelievable talent and skill in women’s soccer. I’m thrilled that EA SPORTS is celebrating female athletes in FIFA 16. To be featured in the game and to promote women’s soccer with Alex is really special and another exciting step for women in sports.” — Christine Sinclair

While I wish women would be featured on the cover worldwide, this is certainly a nice first step towards equality. All the cover needs is no Messi. Then it’s great.

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Here’s What’s Included in the Madden NFL 16 Xbox One Bundle

Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle, which includes a 1TB hard drive Xbox One and a download code for Madden NFL 16 The bundle will also come with a one-year subscription to EA Access, which gives you access to The Vault and a 10% discount off all EA digital purchases. The Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle will release on August 18th, a week before the release of Madden 16. Furthermore, if you are an EA Access subscriber, you will be able to play Madden early on August 20th.

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Women’s Teams Were Added to FIFA 16 to Reflect The Game’s Audience

At the end of May it was announced that for the first time in FIFA‘s 22 years, female teams will be available in FIFA 16. EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained the main reason why women’s teams were added to FIFA 16 in a recent interview with VentureBeat. He explained that EA saw the number of females playing FIFA, and realized that there were a lot of people playing who “didn’t feel they were represented inside the game.”

Here’s the full quote:

“As we start looking at the amount of players in our FIFA world who are girls and women, as we look at the amount of girls playing soccer—particularly in this country, by the way. There are more girls playing soccer than there are guys. We had this huge audience playing our game who didn’t feel they were represented inside the game. We went after that. We’ll continue to do that.” — Andrew Wilson

Wilson was then asked about the negative reaction to their decision and about Peter Moore saying he was sad to see “misogynistic vitriol” around the subject. This was his response:

“Here’s what I’d say. Having gone and read a great deal and had our community teams looking at that, that was such a marginal element of the overall feedback—more power to Peter for taking it on and dealing with that individual, but in all honesty, I think that only made it bigger than it was overall. In reality, the feedback to putting women’s teams in FIFA was almost universally positive.” — Andrew Wilson

You can read VentureBeat’s full interview with Andrew Wilson here. FIFA 16 releases on September 25th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: VentureBeat

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