United Front Gaming http://unitedfrontgaming.com Nintendo Releases New Splatoon 2 Direct Video! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 07/06/2017<br /><br />Nintendo released another direct video for Splatoon 2. With its release only a few weeks away, it makes sense to share more information&hellip;even if it&rsquo;s done through the &ldquo;renowned&rdquo; Squid Research Lab&hellip;<br /><br />Silly/cute antics aside, the video shared a lot of vital information. Whether it was detailing the different modes or showcasing interesting new weapons, there was a lot to like here. It even showed a brief look at the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. I still don&rsquo;t like the idea of using an app to talk to my friends. That said, it didn&rsquo;t look horrible during the video; inviting friends and such seemed simple enough to do. <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GnIAN06eSAE" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;Splatoon 2 is a huge, robust sequel to the original Splatoon,&rdquo;</em> said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America&rsquo;s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. <em>&ldquo;Fans that played and loved the first game will have plenty of new stuff to enjoy, while the game is also a great introduction for players new to the colorful and stylish series.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />Splatoon 2 is launching exclusively on the Switch on July 21st. As always, keep it locked here as we continue to cover this title! <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-releases-new-splatoon-2-direct-video Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Announces the SNES Classic! <p>Written: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 06/26/2017<br /><br />Nintendo officially announced the follow up &ldquo;classic&rdquo; console today. Coming this September, gamers will&hellip;probably&hellip;get their hands on the Super NES Classic Edition console&hellip;<br /><br />Like the previous mini-system, this new one comes bundles with great titles. We&rsquo;re talking about Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and more. What&rsquo;s really interesting though, is the inclusion of Star Fox 2 &ndash; the sequel that was created during the Super NES era but never released.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/snes_mini-screen.jpg" alt="snes_mini-screen" /><br /><br />&ldquo;While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,&rdquo; said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America&rsquo;s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. &ldquo;With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Super NES Classic will come with 21 pre-installed games, an HDMI cable, and what looks like, two controllers (based on the box art). While all of that is great, one has to wonder if Nintendo is going to produce enough units to cover the demand this time around. At the very least, I hope they allow gamers to pre-order the system. &nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/snes_mini-screen-2.jpg" alt="snes_mini-screen-2" /><br /><br />Here's a list of the games coming to the SNES Classic:<br /><br />Contra III: The Alien Wars<br />Donkey Kong Country<br />EarthBound<br />Final Fantasy III<br />F-ZERO<br />Kirby Super Star<br />Kirby&rsquo;s Dream Course<br />The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past<br />Mega Man X<br />Secret of Mana<br />Star Fox<br />Star Fox 2<br />Street Fighter&reg; II Turbo: Hyper Fighting<br />Super Castlevania IV<br />Super Ghouls &rsquo;n Ghosts<br />Super Mario Kart<br />Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars<br />Super Mario World<br />Super Metroid<br />Super Punch-Out!! <br />Yoshi&rsquo;s Island<br /><br />The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition will launch on September 29th at the suggested retailing price of $79.99. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-announces-the-snes-classic- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is Officially Revealed! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 04/16/2017<br /><br />Ubisoft and Nintendo confirmed their partnership during Ubi&rsquo;s E3 press conference a few days ago. And though they shared information that we already knew about, it was awesome to see the Mario + Rabbids game in action. <br /><br />Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the story of an unexpected encounter between the Mushroom Kingdom and the Rabbids. Somehow, a mysterious vortex mashed their worlds together &ndash; it seemingly altered the kingdom in crazy ways &ndash; forcing this unlikely team of heroes to join forces. What follows is a X-Com like adventure, where players must strategically take down enemies using the special abilities/weapons of each character.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/mario-rabbids-kingdom-battle-screen.jpg" alt="mario-rabbids-kingdom-battle-screen" /><br /><br />I wouldn&rsquo;t worry too much about that strategy part. The platforming action and rampant humor of the Rabbids color the gameplay; it won&rsquo;t be as intense as other titles of this ilk. Not only that but there is co-operative mode where friends can team up to battle enemies. This would of course, allow them to practice a bit as they share the challenge with a buddie. <br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jum0LImABLI" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be available in two editions: Standard and Collectors. The Collector&rsquo;s Edition will come with a six-inch figurine of Rabbid Mario, a set of physical collectors cards, and the original soundtrack on CD. Both version will be available on August 29th for the Nintendo Switch! <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/mario---rabbids-kingdom-battle-is-officially-revealed- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Reveals New-ish Pokemon Titles in Direct Video! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 06/06/2017<br /><br />When Nintendo announced that they were going to release an eight-minute direct video center on their Pokemon franchise, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, just how much &ldquo;good&rdquo; information can be shared in eight minutes&hellip;apparently, not much!</p> <p><em>Feel free to check out the direct video below, read my thoughts on what was shown or a little of both. It's your call...</em><br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EMHLx8G1_G4" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />The biggest news has to be that a new version of Pokken Tournament is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Called Pokken Tournament DX, this version will feature five new Pokemon (Decidueye, Empoleon, Croagunk, Scizor, and Darkrai), a new 3v3 team battle mode, online ranked play and more. Now that might not be enough for fans of the original, considering that they already own it. Personally, as someone who missed out when it dropped on the Wii U, I&rsquo;m excited. It&rsquo;s like getting a game of the year edition of a title you passed on earlier. Not only that but this trend could continue; I need a Super Smash Bros. for the Switch Nintendo, make it happen!<br /><br />Pokken Tournament DX will be available on the Nintendo Switch this September 22nd. Awesome. Unfortunately, Pokemon Stars was nowhere to be found. For that matter, beyond PTDX, there isn&rsquo;t a Pokemon game that&rsquo;s headed to the Switch. This is strange considering how EVERYONE wants to play a Pokemon game on the console/handheld. No, instead we got Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, coming exclusively to the 3DS this November (the 17th to be exact). <br /><br />While it&rsquo;s nice to have new Pokemon games coming to the 3DS, why the remake/extended edition of previously released titles? I mean, I know they are technically new games, but Sun and Moon dropped last year&hellip;was it too soon to create something new? Probably. It didn&rsquo;t help that Nintendo revealed that Pokemon Gold and Silver will be hitting the Virtual Console. More old games and a slap in the face of the Switch (which its own VC is still up in the air). <br /><br />To be fair, E3 is next week. There&rsquo;s bound to be plenty reveals/announcements for hype&rsquo;s sake. I just think that it would be nice to have some new titles, like ARMS, Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2. And while I love my 3DS, there&rsquo;s plenty of Pokemon goodness on it already!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-reveals-new-ish-pokemon-titles-in-direct-video- Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Saber Plan to Give Gamers Shaq Fu! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 06/02/2017<br /><br />Independent developer, Saber Interactive, is offering a free game to anyone who purchased the recently released NBA Playgrounds on the Nintendo Switch. This isn&rsquo;t just any old sports title being offered though. No sir; fans will be getting Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn when it launches this fall!<br /><br />There seemed to be a bit of a snag when it came to Playgrounds&rsquo; online capabilities &ndash; they&rsquo;ll be implemented with a coming update. Because of this, anyone who purchased the game before the update will get Shaq Fu.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn-screen-3.jpg" alt="shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn-screen-3" /><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;We had every intention of launching online play for NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch within days of release, but, despite our best efforts, it didn&rsquo;t play out that way,&rdquo;</em> said Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber. <em>&ldquo;We sincerely apologize for the delay and want to let everyone know the fix will be coming very soon. But words are cheap, and games are not. So we&rsquo;re giving everyone that bought NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch before the online play patch hits a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on Switch when it is available this fall to express our gratitude.&rdquo; </em><br /><br />Not only was this a nice gesture from Saber concerning issues with a previously released title, it also tells us that Shaq Fu is still a thing; we personally, haven&rsquo;t heard much more about the game since it got <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/blog/post/3202/shaq-releases-first-gameplay-trailer-for-shaq-fu:-a-legend-reborn">funded</a>. As a beat&rsquo;em up fan (and someone who suffered through the original Shaq Fu), I&rsquo;m looking forward to playing it this fall!</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn-screen-4.jpg" alt="shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn-screen-4" /><br /><br />As always, keep it locked here for news on your favorite games. Oh, and be sure to read our <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/microsoft/post/3809/nba-playgrounds">review</a> of NBA Playgrounds if you haven&rsquo;t already. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/saber-plan-to-give-gamers-shaq-fu Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Reveals Pricing for the Switch's Online Service! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 06/02/2017<br /><br />Nintendo has finally revealed their plans for the Nintendo Switch&rsquo;s online service. And while it isn&rsquo;t exactly what we thought it would be, it&rsquo;s exactly what we thought it would be!</p> <p>We already knew that (thanks to leaks and such) the service wouldn&rsquo;t cost as much as Xbox Live and PSN. Until sometime in 2018, gamers will be able to play online for free. After which, you&rsquo;ll have to pay: either $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99 for a month, three month, and year subscription respectively. The online lobby/voice chat is still tied to a smart device app. I don&rsquo;t understand why this sort of thing isn&rsquo;t handled through a service on the Switch itself. It kind of makes sense if we&rsquo;re thinking about the system&rsquo;s battery life when you&rsquo;re out and about, assuming that would affect your playtime (I have no idea). But that&rsquo;s the only reason I could see this sort of system would be implemented. I&rsquo;m hoping it isn&rsquo;t as bad as it sounds.</p> <p>One thing that has changed is how the classic Nintendo titles are being handled. Instead of getting one game a month (requiring a purchase once the month is up) subscribers will now get access to multiple titles at a time. Not only that but these games will get added online play; challenging friends in Dr. Mario is made that much easier.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/switch-online-service-chart.jpg" alt="switch-online-service-chart" /><br /><br />This is good news. Though I wonder what this will mean for Nintendo&rsquo;s Virtual Console offerings. I doubt we&rsquo;ll see free versions of games that aren&rsquo;t a part of their catalogue &ndash; no SEGA games for instance. Who knows? I&rsquo;m still looking forward to a deluxe edition of Super Smash Bros. to worry about classic titles just yet&hellip; <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-reveals-pricing-for-the-switchs-online-service- Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Reveals E3 2017 Schedule! <p>Written by: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 05/12/2017<br /><br />Nintendo has announced their plans for E3 2017. Opting to go with their standard mode of operation, they&rsquo;ll be hosting a week of activities alongside their Live Treehouse event and Direct Video. Only this time gamers will get spend more time playing on the Switch&hellip;<br /><br /><em><img style="float: left;" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/nintendo-e3-2017-announce-art_tn.jpg" alt="nintendo-e3-2017-announce-art" />&ldquo;Our various E3 activities will showcase the next steps for Nintendo Switch, from a summer of social competitive gaming to a holiday season highlighted by a milestone Mario adventure,&rdquo;</em> said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America via press release. <em>&ldquo;With Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, fans at home can watch in-depth gameplay of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games launching this year.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />Nintendo&rsquo;s E3 activities will kick off on Tuesday, June 13th at 9am PT (12pm ET) with the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation. Here is where they&rsquo;ll show off their newest/upcoming titles, with the headliner being Super Mario Odyssey. Immediately following the video comes the Treehouse live streamed show. Featuring game demoes from titles on the 3DS and Switch as well as behind the scenes info, this stream is like a big Let&rsquo;s Play session. Don&rsquo;t worry about missing out as it&rsquo;ll go on from June 13th to the 15th; there will be a lot of games being played. Good times! <br /><br />Nintendo will also be hosting game tournaments for Splatoon 2 and ARMS, live from their booth on June 13th and 14th respectively. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to E3. Personally, I hoping to hear about new games coming to the Switch. Tournaments and Super Mario is cool, those are things we already knew about. A few surprises here or there could do well for the fast selling system.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-reveals-e3-2017-schedule- Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Wins Mii Patent Case! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 05/02/2017<br /><br />Nintendo announced that they won their most recent patent case. I say recent because it seems like they get taken to court every other month&hellip;<br /><br />This latest case had to do with RecogniCorp, LLC asserting that Nintendo&rsquo;s Mii characters employed the same techniques described in their patent for making police sketches of suspects. The good news is that the lawsuit, originally filed back in 2011, was has been resolved; a federal appeals court confirmed that the patent asserted against Nintendo should never have been granted.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/miitomo-art.jpg" alt="miitomo-art" /><br /><br /><em>&ldquo;We are very pleased with the court&rsquo;s decision,&rdquo;</em> said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America&rsquo;s Director of Litigation and Compliance. <em>&ldquo;The decision marks another case in which Nintendo&rsquo;s unique ideas overcame unjustified threats of patent infringement. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products and we will continue to vigorously defend all our products from meritless patent lawsuits.&rdquo;</em><br /><br />Of course, if Nintendo did infringe on another company&rsquo;s patents, I&rsquo;d want them to answer for it. At the same time, I want Nintendo to win every case in which a company (allegedly) brings about an unjustified lawsuit. <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-wins-mii-patent-case- Tue, 2 May 2017 12:00:00 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the Fastest Selling Mario Kart Title! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 05/02/2017<br /><br />Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is selling like hotcakes. So much so, that it is now the fastest selling title in the long-running Mario Kart series. Yup&hellip;hotcakes indeed!<br /><br />MK8D sold over 459,000 copies on launch day, surpassing the first day sales of Mark Kart Wii (the last record holder). The overall sales numbers equate to an attach rate of 45% with Switch owners. I&rsquo;m not sure if that&rsquo;s due to those new to MK8; it&rsquo;s probably a combination of newcomers and those of us who owned the original game on the Wii U. Either way, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing its job.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/mario-kart-8-screen-6.jpg" alt="mario-kart-8-screen-6" /><br /><br />The Nintendo Switch is doing well as console. A strong first party line-up and the promise of third party support is certainly helping it fly off selves. Will it continue to have strong sales throughout the rest of the year? We&rsquo;ll have to wait and see. As of right now, Nintendo can breathe easy. At least until E3...<br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/mario-kart-8-deluxe-is-the-fastest-selling-mario-kart-title- Tue, 2 May 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Reveals "The Master Trials" For Breath of the Wild! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 05/02/2017<br /><br />The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting its first DLC pack. Called &ldquo;The Master Trials&rdquo;, this new content will add the Trial of the Sword, a challenging new Hard Mode and more. As if we needed an excuse to keep playing BotW!<br /><br />Trial of the Sword, formally known as the Cave of Trials, will task players will battling waves of enemies. The catch: Link won&rsquo;t have any armor or weapons at the start. Defeating all the enemies in a room will allow players to proceed to the next. Once all 45-ish rooms are cleared, the Master Sword&rsquo;s true power will awaken, allowing it to always be in it&rsquo;s powered-up state.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-legend-of-zelda-botw-dlc-screen.jpg" alt="the-legend-of-zelda-botw-dlc-screen" /><br /><br />In Hard Mode, the ranks of enemies are increased (Red Bokoblins turn into Blue ones). Some of which will be higher ranked than anything found in the normal game mode. If that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, enemies will be more alert (making sneaking up on them harder) and will also, slowly recover health in battle. <br /><br />There are also new features being added via the pack, like the Travel Medallion. Once players find this hidden treasure, they&rsquo;ll be able to create a temporary travel point on the map. This will allow for fast travel to this point at any time during play. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time. Still, this is great for those hard to reach places between shrines/towers. There will also be eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the Legend of Zelda series (like Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora&rsquo;s Mask).</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/the-legend-of-zelda-botw-dlc-screen-2.jpg" alt="the-legend-of-zelda-botw-dlc-screen-2" /><br /><br />The last addition is the Hero&rsquo;s Path Mode. This new feature will document every step players take and mark their path in green on the map (tracked for the player&rsquo;s last 200 hours of play time). This is an awesome way of figuring out where you have or haven&rsquo;t been &ndash; I&rsquo;ve found most of the shrines and have yet to put in half the trackable time. There&rsquo;s plenty for me to see. &nbsp;<br /><br />This first DLC will be released something this summer. The second pack will launch this holiday. Both can only be purchased via a bundle for $19.99. We&rsquo;ll keep posting news about the BotW&rsquo;s DLC as it comes in. In the meantime, feel free to read our <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/nintendo/post/3744/the-legend-of-zelda:-breath-of-the-wild">review</a> of the game, if you haven&rsquo;t done so already! <br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-reveals--the-master-trials--for-breath-of-the-wild- Tue, 2 May 2017 12:00:00