Mario Kart Tour Delayed Until Summer 2019

Announced exactly one year ago today, Nintendo’s upcoming mobile iteration of its best selling kart racer, Mario Kart Tour, has been delayed to this upcoming summer.

The announcement comes from the release of Nintendo’s latest fiscal quarterly highlights, which shine a light on many aspects of the Japanese gaming giant’s business aspects. The decision to push the game from its initial from early 2019 release date was made ‘in order to improve the quality of the application and expand the content of the service after delivery’.

Originally announced to release during Nintendo’s past fiscal year (April 2018-March 2019), Mario Kart Tour plans to bring Nintendo’s iconic cast of characters from the Mario franchise to your smartphone device in all of their wacky and fast-paced kart racing glory. As of now, Mario Kart Tour is planning to release on iOS, Android, and the Google Play Store.

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Nintendo Adds Three New Titles To It’s Nintendo Selects Line On Nintendo 3DS

Starting February 4th, Nintendo will be adding three new titles to its popular and cost efficient Nintendo Selects line up for the Nintendo 3DS, including Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Star Fox 64 3DS, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.

Nintendo Selects, the successor to the company’s Player’s Choice branding, began in 2011 with select titles on the Nintendo Wii, and has been found on both the 3DS and Wii U since then. With the 3DS in particular, a wide variety of best selling games have donned the red labeling such as Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, to name a few.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS, a port of the popular Wii U title, first built its way onto Nintendo’s vastly popular handheld in December 2016. Fans can build, play and share their own creative and challenging Super Mario Bros. levels right from the palm of your hand. The game also offers the Super Mario Challenge, which pits you against 100 pre-built courses.

Solve puzzles, defeat enemies, and uncover the evil behind the iconic spiked mask in this remastered and enhanced classic entry in The Legend of Zelda series, Majora’s Mask 3D. Join link as he travels across Termina and time, releasing spirits, gaining new abilities through unique masks, and stop the Moon from crashing into the world and ending humanity. First released in February 2015, the 3DS remastered version offers updated visuals, and quality of life changes.

Released in 2011, Star Fox 64 3D offers a remade experience of the 1997 classinc on Nintendo 64, now in the palm of your hand. Take control of Fox McCloud and the classic Arwing as you blast your way through the Lylat system. Fight off hordes of enemies, collect power ups, and defeat bosess on your way to a final confrontation against the notorious Dr. Andross.

Titles within the Nintendo Selects program retail at a suggested price of $19.99.

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Report: Crash Team Racing Remaster to be Unveiled at the Game Awards 2018

Activision seems to be hinting at another big announcement for this Thursday’s Game Awards 2018, and it looks like they’re try to keep the nostalgia train a-rollin’.

Over the past few days, members of the gaming media, along with various influencers (YouTube, Twitch, etc), received a mysterious package containing a pair of fuzzy, orange dice along with a note stating “Sliding into the Game Awards on 12/6… -Anonymous”. While there is no confirmation on what the dice are officially pointing to, many believe that it is pointing to a remastered version of the cult-classic Crash Team Racing of original PlayStation fame.

This isn’t the first time that cryptic marketing has been done surrounding Activision and a nostalgia-induced announcement. Activision used the same marketing strategy last April in preparation for the recently released Spyro the Drago Reignited Trilogy, where the company sent out a mysterious purple, scaled egg with a message reading “Something’s about to hatch. -Falcon McBob”. ‘Falcon McBob’ was registered to a Twitter account that eventually was revealed to be the official account of the game, developed by Toys for Bob.

Rumors of a new Crash Bandicoot game have been swirling since the successful release of the once PlayStation mascot’s remastered trilogy on the PlayStation 4 in June 2017, and later Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC this past June.

Crash Team Racing, developed by Naughty Dog and published in-house by Sony Computer Entertainment, released in September 1999 as the answer to the enormously successful Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64. The game received overall great reviews (holding an 88/100 on Metacritic still), and even leading to debate on if it is a better cart racer than its Nintendo rival.

For confirmation on what exactly Activision is teasing, tune into the Game Awards 2018 on Thursday, December 6th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST.

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First Impressions – Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee!

In 1998, one of the best selling entertainment franchises, Pokémon hit landfall in the United States with their initial two entries Pokémon Red and Blue, and overtook the gaming industry overnight. Fast forward 20 years later, and the long running franchise is still going strong, with a new main-line entry set to hit the Nintendo Switch next year. Until then, Game Freak and the Pokémon Company have given us a nice little treat to hold our hunger over the next year, by releasing Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, which released on November 16th, 2018! This new project is one that is two fold; serving as a stepping stone of sorts to bridge the gap between Pokémon titles moving from the Nintendo 3DS to the Nintendo Switch, and also bringing in more casual users to the series through the incorporation of Pokémon Go mechanics and integration.

In the five or so hours I played of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! (both versions are basically identical), I was pleasantly surprised at how at home a lot of the new additions and mechanics felt in the game. At first, like many, I was hesitant on the emphasis put on Pokémon Go mechanics in the game. There are wild Pokémon encounters, but they aren’t battles. You simply catch the Pokémon you find in the wild, the same way you do in Go. You gain experience for your Pokémon in the same way in regards to wild encounters. But I’ll be honest, it doesn’t feel cumbersome or an immersion breaking experience from the original Pokémon feel. You still fight trainers in the traditional, turn based fashion, there are still gym leaders, everything you remember from the original entries of the series is in these games, outside of random wild encounters and how you interact in those situations. In terms of random encounters, when walking in grass, swimming, etc. you will see the actual wild Pokémon and have the ability to miss them. You no longer are forced to trigger a battle between a wild Pokémon if you don’t want to.

To me, that’s a huge plus. Even when I was playing the game when I was younger, random encounters always irritated me to no end. Anytime I would need to get from one area to another and didn’t want to train or deal with battles, you’d be forced to do so. Even when you needed to grind levels for some of your Pokémon in previous entires, you would enter some large grass and just circle areas until you trigger the battle animation. Either one of those just aren’t enjoyable, period. Gamers play games because they’re fun, entertaining and enjoyable; that isn’t fun. To be honest, that’s my favorite quality of life change with these reimagining. It makes me want to go out of my way to now catch Pokémon when I know I’m not forced to do so. Getting to avoid battles and see which Pokémon are available to “battle” is so welcomed, and doesn’t waste the player’s time just to do so.

The two player co-op integration is actually really seamless as well. I roped my fiancée into testing it out with me last night, and while she actually hasn’t played a mainline Pokémon game before (only the Stadium series on Nintendo 64), she seemed to enjoy the simplicity of the catching mechanic and even the two-player battle system. Bringing in a second player was really simple, too. Just pop off the second Joy-Con and by just hitting one of the buttons it will auto-sync with the console and the secondary character pops in. Catching wild Pokémon does seem to scale in difficulty when you are playing two players, which is nice in a way. Many creatures I were catching with simplicity earlier on my own, now were becoming a little tougher to keep in the thrown ball. Another nice touch, is doubling your Pokéballs in co-op as well. Considering Pokéballs are more abundant in this entry comparative to previous ones, due to the way wild Pokémon are handled, it is nice to know that if your second player is new to the mechanic of catching (like my fiancée was), you don’t have to worry as much about your inventory of balls.

While this entry in the series does a lot things that make me truly enjoy my experience with the game, I do have a few gripes with it. Like many, one of the big draws of this game is that it’s touted as the first true Pokémon title designed for a home console (the Stadium series, Coliseum, Gale of Darkness XD, Pokken Tournament, etc. don’t fit the mold of a traditional Pokémon experience), and while it does achieve what it has set out to do, it does come with some hinderances; the biggest being no Pro Controller support. Look, I get it, the Pokémon Company wants you to buy the Pokéball Plus peripheral (I have not purchased it at the time of this writing, but plan on testing it before I write my review on the game). They want you to use the motion controls for the game, and while I have tested the motion controls, and while they are surprisingly tight and responsive, being a somewhat traditional Pokémon experience lends me to want to play in a traditional control scheme. It’s awesome seeing the vibrant colors pop on my Sony Bravia X900E television, but I found myself wanting to play more in handheld for that traditional experience. Considering the official Pro Controller has gyro-aiming functionality built in and is exceptional playing games like Splatoon that utilize it, I just find it odd not including the support for it.

So far, I’m really enjoying my time with the game, and while I want to say I’m surprised that I am, I can’t necessarily say that. The Pokémon Company has all of the resources and financial backing behind it to make this experiment project work. Game Freak and the Pokémon Company have both already stated that next year we will be receiving the next true, main-line, core RPG traditional entry, and with that Generation 8 of Pokémon, but for being a “stop-gap” release, it really shines in a multitude of way. A lot of care and polish has been throw into it, and while nostalgic goggles come on at times when the depth isn’t necessarily there, it’s a title I am enjoying the ride on. Keep an eye out for the full review of the game within the next week or so!

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Breaking: Prima Games Shutting Down by 2019

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Another unfortunate casualty in print games media has come to the end of its road. As first reported by EGM Now, the long-running and successful Prima Games will cease operations by the end of Spring 2019.

In what was described as an “extremely difficult decision”, the Dorling Kindersley division of Penguin Random revealed to sources close to EGM yesterday that they will discontinue the Prima Games printing by March 2019. All offices of Prima Games, which include Roseville, Indianapolis, and New York will be affected by the ceasing of the division.

While the company is still taking preorders on guides, even dated for February 2019, the company is expected to begin closing doors as soon as this month, starting with the Roseville location. Groups of employees based out of the Indianapolis offices are reported to stay on until the end of March 2019, while the timetable for the New York office remains unknown.

Prima Games was founded in founded in 1990 by Ben Dominitz, and grew to be one of the premiere publishers for gaming print publications, with their most popular being the gaming strategy guides they produced. Prima has been attached to some of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry, including the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, God of War, and Assassin’s Creed to name a few. The company has produced over 1,400 titles and has stated to have over 90 million strategy guides in print.

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Deals of the Day: Best Buy’s Black Friday Ad Released

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Believe it or not, Thanksgiving (US) is two weeks from today. Pretty soon you’re going to blink and it’s going to be Christmas. Time passes us by too fast, but I digress.

With Black Friday bleeding into Thanksgiving more and more every year, retailers are pushing out their ads for the massive sales as soon as they can, and one of the first to do so is Best Buy.

Best Buy is always a fan favorite to shop at on Black Friday, due to their selection of tech-related items on sale, which includes many popular video games and systems. Below are some hot ticket items to keep an eye on as you plan your budget for the biggest shopping day of the year:

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  • PlayStation 4 Slim 1 TB Bundle w/ Marvel’s Spider-Man – $199.99
  • PlayStation VR CREED/SuperHot VR Bundle – $249.99
  • PlayStation VR Astro Bot/Moss Bundle – $199.99
  • PS+ 12 Month Membership – $39.99
  • PS4 Dual Shock Controllers – $39.99
  • FIFA 19 – $29.99
  • Madden 19 – $29.99
  • Detroit: Become Human – $19.99
  • Monster Hunter: World – $19.99
  • MLB the Show 19 – $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Edition of Light – $29.99
  • God of War – $24.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition – $24.99
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (w/ free shot glass) – $59.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – $44.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – $14.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 – $7.99
  • L.A. Noire – $14.99
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $14.99
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered – $9.99
  • Watch Dogs 2 – $14.99
  • DOOM VFR – $14.99
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection – $14.99
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – $29.99
  • NHL 19 – $29.99
  • Overwatch Legendary Edition Holiday Bundle – $29.99
  • NASCAR Heat 3 – $29.99
  • Vampyr – $29.99
  • For Honor: Marching Fire Edition – $29.99
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker – $29.99
  • PES 2019: Pro Evolution Soccer – $29.99
  • F1 2018 – $29.99
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection – $34.99
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – $19.99
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition – $19.99
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – $19.99
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Gold Edition – $19.99
  • The Crew 2 – $19.99
  • Nier: Automata – $19.99
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – $19.99

 

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  • Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle – $299.99
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – $19.99
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition – $19.99
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – $29.99
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – $24.99
  • Just Dance 2019 – $24.99
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1+2 – $24.99
  • Legendary Fishing – $14.99
  • Tennis World Tour – $29.99
  • Overcooked! 2 – $29.99
  • Hello Neighbor – $29.99
  • Hasbro Game Night – $24.99
  • LEGO The Incredibles – $19.99
  • Namco Museum Arcade Pac – $19.99
  • Super Bomberman R – $19.99
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate – $34.99
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – $34.99
  • Fire Emblem Warriors – $34.99
  • Megan Man Legacy Collection 1+2 – $24.99
  • Sports Party – $19.99
  • Carnival Games – $24.99
  • America’s Greatest Game Shows: Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy – $19.99

 

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  • Xbox One X 1TB Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V Bundle/ Extra Controller – $429.99
  • Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle – $199.99
  • NBA 2K19 – $29.99
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – $29.99
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – $29.99
  • Far Cry 5 – $19.99
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – $19.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition – $19.99
  • Lego DC Super Villains – $29.99
  • Forza Horizon 4 – $29.99
  • WWE 2K19 – $29.99
  • Fallout 76 (w/ Vault Boy keychain) – $59.99
  • PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds – $14.99
  • Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition – $9.99
  • State of Decay 2 – $14.99
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition – $24.99
  • SoulCalibur VI – $34.99
  • UFC 3 – $24.99
  • Sea of Thieves – $24.99
  • NBA Live 19 – $19.99
  • The Sims 4 – $19.99
  • Injustice 2 Legendary Edition – $19.99
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition – $19.99

 

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Nintendo Releases Date of November Games Update for NES Online

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While consumers may have known the upcoming games being added to the Nintendo Entertainment System application on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has released a date to which you will be able to play said games.

On November 14th, Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee will be added to the catalog of games touted within the Nintendo Entertainment System app via Nintendo Switch Online. This will bring the total number of titles available through the service to 26 (not including the Legend of Zelda variation added earlier this fall).

The most notable of the bunch, 1986’s Metroid, will see the series’s first appearance on Nintendo’s hybrid system, ahead of the highly-anticipated Metroid Prime 4. From Nintendo’s release and accompanied video, “the first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates’ home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life-forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech weaponry, creep tunnels, and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for.”

Mighty Bomb Jack (1986) focuses on “the hero of the game, Jack, while he makes his way through 16 levels of a pyramid in order to defeat the demon Belzebut and rescue the royal Pamera family. Each level is split into two parts: and action zone and a Royal Palace room. Action zones can be split up into several portions and contain power-ups, such as money bags, Mighty Coins, and Mighty Drinks, usually hidden in treasure chests. However, be careful to not get greedy with collecting too many Mighty Coins or Mighty Drinks.”

Finally, TwinBee is a “vertical-scrolling arcade game that made its 1986 release on the Famicom in Japan. Guide the spacecrafts, TwinBee and WinBee, as you dodge and destroy waves of aerial and ground enemies to save the island from a ruthless conqueror. In two-player co-op mode, you can combine forces to launch extremely powerful attacks.”

For access to these games and the 23 previously released NES games, players must have an active Nintendo Switch Online service, which can be purchased at major retailers or via the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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