United Front Gaming http://unitedfrontgaming.com Puyo Puyo Tetris /nintendo/post/puyo-puyo-tetris Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Shares Splatoon 2's Global Testfire Dates! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/22/2017<br /><br />Nintendo revealed the dates for the upcoming Splatoon 2 open beta (their calling it a Global Testfire). Starting this Friday, gamers will once again don the shoes of the lovable Inklings!<br /><br />Those looking to play can pre-download the demo via the Nintendo eShop. That way, once the game is live, they&rsquo;ll be able to play right away. This is more than a minor convenience though, as the servers are only going to be live for an hour at a time. Take the first day, March 24th &ndash; the servers will be up at 3pm and down at 3:59pm (12-12:59pm PT), then back up again at 11pm (8pm PT). It&rsquo;s a good thing you can take the Switch on the go. That way if you&rsquo;re not at home you can still jump in for a match or two&hellip;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/splatoon-2-screen.jpg" alt="splatoon-2-screen" /><br /><br />Here is the schedule for the upcoming Testfire: <br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 24th: 3-3:59 pm (12-12:59pm PT)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 24th: 11-11:59 pm (8-8:59pm PT)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 25th: 7-7:59am (4-4:5am PT)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 25th: 3-3:59pm (12-12:59pm PT)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 25th: 11-11:59 pm (8-8:59pm PT)<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;March 26th: 7-7:59am (4-4:5am PT)<br /><br />The Nintendo Treehouse will be livestreaming some gameplay during the first Testfire timeslot <a class="external" href="http://live.nintendo.com/">here</a>. A good idea, as most of us will be at work during that time; watching a video isn&rsquo;t as bad as gaming on company time&hellip;or so I hear. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-shares-splatoon-2s-global-testfire-dates- Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 New Indie Games Land on The Switch! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/16/2017<br /><br /><strong>Update:</strong> The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + releases tomorrow, March 17th. All of the other games are available as of today though. <br /><br />The Nintendo Switch is getting more indie title today &ndash; a good thing considering the next big title will be released next month; I just &ldquo;finished&rdquo; playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (review coming soon)&hellip;<br /><br />First up is The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +. Like Minecraft, this title seems to land on every device, mobile or not. That doesn&rsquo;t diminish the fact that it&rsquo;s a great addition to the Switch&rsquo;s library though. For those that don&rsquo;t know, Afterbirth is a dungeon-crawling shoot&rsquo;em up that features randomly generated maps. As you can imagine, the plus means it offers more content/updates than the basic version released years ago. World of Goo, Human Resource Machine, and Little Inferno, an adventure game that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace, round out the list. All of which bolster the available titles to Switch owners, Indie or not. &nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-binding-of-isaac-afterbirth--screen.jpg" alt="the-binding-of-isaac-afterbirth--screen" /><br /><br />Being able to take popular indie games with you when traveling is one of the only reasons Sony&rsquo;s Vita is still kicking. The same thing applies to the Switch; being able to play your favorite (or soon to be favorite) games on the go is a huge selling point. Here&rsquo;s hoping that the next indie line up is as great as what&rsquo;s already in the eShop! <br /><br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/new-indie-games-land-on-the-switch Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Celebrates MAR10 Day! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 03/10/2017<br /><br /><img style="float: right;" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/nintendo-starlight-gowns-art.jpg" alt="nintendo-starlight-gowns-art" />Nintendo is once again celebrating MAR10 Day (March 10th, Mar. 10&hellip;you get it). This year they are working with Starlight Children&rsquo;s Foundation , a nonprofit organization that provides hospitalized children with entertainment, to offer new designs for the Starlight Brave Gowns. <br /><br />The Starlight Brave Gowns are used to help sick kids feel like superstars by replacing the unattractive and often embarrassing hospital garments with brightly colored gowns. And what better way to do that then by having each gown feature characters from the Mushroom Kingdom? <br /><br /><em>&ldquo;Mario puts a smile on everyone&rsquo;s face, and we wanted our activities on MAR10 Day to reflect that,&rdquo;</em> said Don James, Nintendo of America&rsquo;s Executive Vice President of Operations. <em>&ldquo;Whether a longtime fan or someone new to the world of Nintendo, Mario can power up anyone&rsquo;s day.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />Nintendo will also celebrate by offering deals on select digital games starring Mario via <a href="www.amazon.com">Amazon.com</a> (up to 20% off).</p> <p>My Nintendo is offering Mario-themed rewards as well, including 30% off Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U &ndash; not the greatest deal considering the Deluxe version is headed to the Switch. For info, jump over to My Nintendo&rsquo;s <a class="external" href="https://my.nintendo.com/">site</a>. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-celebrates-mar10-day- Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Switch Will Launch Without its Virtual Console! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/23/17<br /><br />Nintendo has revealed more information about the Switch&rsquo;s online capabilities. Or rather, the lack there of&hellip;</p> <p>The Big N sent out a press release today talking about some of the indie games that&rsquo;ll be present on the Switch&rsquo;s eShop come lunch. They also announced that they&rsquo;d host a Nindies Showcase video presentation that&rsquo;ll feature these titles come Tuesday, Feb. 28th. So far so good &ndash; sans the fact that the direct video is so close to the launch date. Further down the presser though, they revealed that the Virtual Console will not be available on the Switch on March 3rd. Even worse: they didn&rsquo;t share when it would be up and running.</p> <p>While not being able to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on the go isn&rsquo;t that big a deal, the lack of details is indicative of how Nintendo has handled the Switch so far. There&rsquo;s no (clear) word on how much their online subscription will cost or when they&rsquo;ll start charging players, how the chat app works (and the benefit of using an app for voice chat), friend codes, you name it. <br /><br />Thankfully, they did mention that players can access a shared wallet that works on multiple devices. Once they link their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account to their Switch that is. Could this mean that there is a shared identity instead of being tethered to one system? Maybe&hellip;swappable funds might mean we&rsquo;ll be able to keep our digital titles if we, say, want to get a new Switch; there&rsquo;s bound to be a newer version some time down the road. This would be preferable to having to transfer data manually or worse, call Nintendo to have them do it for you.<br /><br />The Nintendo Switch will be available on March 3rd. just 8 days away. Given the amount of information still floating in the ether, I&rsquo;m hoping for the best!&nbsp; <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-switch-will-launch-without-its-virtual-console- Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Announces Breath of the Wild's Season Pass! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/14/17<br /><br />Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting a season pass. Just&hellip;let that sink in for a second&hellip;<br /><br /><img style="float: right;" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-legend-of-zelda-botw-illustration_tn.jpg" alt="the-legend-of-zelda-botw-illustration" />Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99. This pass will add two new sets of DLC to be released at a later date. The first content pack will feature a new hard mode, a Cave of Trails challenge, and a new feature for the in-game map (there&rsquo;s no word on what this new feature is exactly). The second one, launching this Holiday, will add new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story. <br /><em><br />&ldquo;The world of Hyrule, which we created for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is so large and vibrant that we wanted to offer more for players to experience within it,&rdquo;</em> said Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma, the longtime producer of the series. <em>&ldquo;With this new Expansion Pass, we hope that fans will play, explore and enjoy the game even more.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />While those two packs will come at a later time, upon release the pass will immediately make available three new treasure chests in the game&rsquo;s Great Plateau area; one of which contains a Nintendo Switch t-shirt for Link to wear. The other chest will include &ldquo;useful items&rdquo;. <br /><br />All and all, I don&rsquo;t know how I feel about this expansion pass. The contents seem lean (beyond a new dungeon and story) or vague (map features?). It&rsquo;s not like The Legend of Zelda needed extra content after launch to warrant a purchase. Here&rsquo;s hoping Nintendo knows what they are doing. I&rsquo;d hate for them to start borrowing, what seems like, unscrupulous techniques of boosting sales from other publishers. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-announces-breath-of-the-wilds-season-pass- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Puyo Puyo Tetris Gets a Release Date! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/08/17<br /><br />SEGA has announced a release date for Puyo Puyo Tetris in the Americas. Fans of these two series&rsquo; will be able to play starting this April! <br /><br />Going along with this announcement is a new gameplay trailer. Focusing on the assortment of game modes, the video showcases what fans have to look for&hellip;you know, beyond besting a rival&rsquo;s high score&hellip;<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7zes476D3lA" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available in the Americas on April 25th (April 28th in Europe) for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch for $29.99. A physical version, retailing for $39.99 exclusively for the Switch, will come with a special launch edition keychains &ndash; they&rsquo;ll be limited to pre-orders and first run printings of the game. Nice. I mean, who doesn&rsquo;t want a miniature Tetrimino?<br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/puyo-puyo-tetris-gets-a-release-date- Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Announces Their First Super Bowl Ad! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 02/02/2017<br /><br />Nintendo announced that they&rsquo;ll be running their first Super Bowl ad on February 5th. The 30-second spot will feature both the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Sounds like Nintendo is finally going to properly advertise their products&hellip;you know, beyond a direct video&hellip; <br /><br /><em>&ldquo;The most anticipated video game system and video game of the year will be seen on the biggest stage of the year,&rdquo;</em> said Nicolas Chavez, Nintendo of America&rsquo;s Vice President of Marketing. <em>&ldquo;Nintendo Switch will change how, when and where people play games. It&rsquo;s only fitting that we&rsquo;re changing how, when and where we advertise those games.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />The ad is scheduled to run during the game&rsquo;s fourth quarter. That said, an extended version of the ad can be viewed below: <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CdWd8fUC71g" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3rd. Feel free to check back here as we continue to follow all things Nintendo! <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-announces-their-first-super-bowl-ad- Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:00:00 Between Two Sites: Episode 6 - Switch! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 01/19/17<br /><br />Between Two Sites has returned, complete with the normal sound issues and the incoherent ramblings of its co-hosts. Hooray! <br /><br />Seriously though, this was a long time coming. Thankfully we had something worth talking about in the Nintendo Switch Presentation. We talked about the things we liked, didn&rsquo;t like, stuff we were confused by&hellip;SEGA &ndash; basically, we talked about all things related to the Switch. <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7yN8IkuXZCI" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />Don&rsquo;t forget to follow me (<a href="https://twitter.com/kennyufg?lang=en">@KennyUFG</a>), Aylon (<a href="https://twitter.com/aylon133">@Aylon133</a>) and our special guest, Stealth (<a class="external" href="https://twitter.com/stealth___?lang=en">@Stealth___</a>) on Twitter. Let us know what you&rsquo;d like us to discuss in the future.</p> <p><strong><em>PS: Feel free to turn up the volume...my mic was really low...</em></strong></p> /nintendo/post/between-two-sites:-episode-6---switch- Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Switch: Release Date, Price and More! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 01/13/17</p> <p><strong>Update: </strong>Apparently, the free NES or SNES game given per month is only available for that particular period of time. Meaning, you&rsquo;ll have to buy it to keep playing once the month is up; unlike Sony and Microsoft, where you get to keep the games as long as you subscribe to their online service. Wired&rsquo;s Chris Kohler confirmed the news and then shared via <a class="external" href="https://twitter.com/kobunheat/status/819956802741747712">Twitter</a>. It seems like Nintendo pulled a fast one on us. To be fair, the announcement on the site was vaguely worded.&nbsp;<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Original Story:<br /></strong></p> <p>Nintendo finally pulled back the curtain on their Nintendo Switch system. Launching worldwide on March 3rd at a suggested retail price of $299.99, can the Switch pull people away from the One&rsquo;s and 4&rsquo;s out there? Well&hellip;</p> <p><em>If you missed the presentation, check it out below before reading further.</em><br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ntzz8O7SpWs" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />As always, lifelong Nintendo fans are ready and willing to fork over the cash. Other gamers were a little weary of what was being presented. I know I was personally upse&hellip;um&hellip;hesitant on taking the plunge (though I did pre-order the system). Last night&rsquo;s presentation just left so many questions, like the cost of the online subscription once it launches sometime this fall. And while I&rsquo;m sure Nintendo will answer them soon, the system drops in two months. <br /><br />Thankfully, Nintendo did reveal more information about the Switch on their website and in press releases. The system will come 32GB of internal memory and the ability to expand using microSDXC cards. I&rsquo;m assuming most of that will used for game saves seeing as how the device will use cartages or GameCards. I wonder how its limited storage space will affect downloadable titles though? When it comes to the Switch&rsquo;s screen, we&rsquo;re working with a 6.2-inch display with multi-touch features and a resolution of 1280x720. When docked, it can get up to 1080p using an HDMI cable. Make sense &ndash; one would expect the system to take a hit visually when used as a handheld. Still, being able to take major titles on the road is worth it no? That said, the mileage may vary given the 2.5 to 6 hr battery life per charge (depending on the game).&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/nintendo-switch-screen-2.jpg" alt="nintendo-switch-screen-2" />&nbsp;<br />Nintendo also shared more information on their online service. Gamers will be able to play online for free for a limited time. Once that time is up, the service will switch to a subscription based model, similar to what&rsquo;s available on the Xbox One and PS4. On the plus side of things, those who subscribe will not only get to play online but also get &ldquo;free&rdquo; NES or SNES downloads per month (some with newly-added online play). They&rsquo;ll also get special offers/discounts on digital titles and DLC. Sounds&hellip;normal. One thing that has me perplexed is how Nintendo is handling the voice chat/lobby system. Instead of using a headset like other devices, Nintendo is relying on a downloadable app. <br /><br />Players will be able to chat, set play appointments, and invite friends to play online from the smart device of their choosing. That sounds good as an added feature but not as the primary way of communicating. I mean, is it possible to use the Switch itself to invite friends to join our games? Worse still, Nintendo is saying that a free limited version of the app will be available for download this summer. Right below that it says the non-subscribers will have access to it. Does that mean that the app won&rsquo;t be available until summer &ndash; as in, when it first comes online, it&rsquo;ll be free for everyone before switch(ing) to a paid only feature?</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/super-mario-odyssey-screen.jpg" alt="super-mario-odyssey-screen" /><br /><br />Then there are the games. As of right now, Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch (the interesting party game shown during the event) will be available at launch. Other first party titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey will follow suit in April, this spring, this summer and this holiday season respectfully. Third party developers hinted at new titles (SEGA), revealed exciting sequels (ATLUS), or promised to port older titles (Ubisoft). For the most part though, you will have games to play come March 3rd. The launch line up is a little weak to me considering that Breath of the Wild is also coming to the Wii U. A steady stream of games throughout the launch window is a good sign though. <br /><br />I&rsquo;m hoping the Nintendo Switch will be a well-received system. It has a lot going for it &ndash; plenty of JRPG&rsquo;s, good looking first party titles, and the &ldquo;promise&rdquo; of better third party support. On the other hand, I question some of Nintendo&rsquo;s decisions &ndash; the price point, vague release schedule, and online features to name a few. More information/game announcements will be bleeding onto the web soon though. Whatever the case, we&rsquo;ll be sure to keep you updated as the world marches towards March! <br /><br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-switch:-release-date--price-and-more- Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00