United Front Gaming http://unitedfrontgaming.com 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 Puyo Puyo Tetris <p>Reviewed By: Ricardo Benitez<br />System: Nintendo Switch (Also on PS4)<br />Genre: Puzzle<br />Rated: E10+<br />Players: 1-4 (2-4 Online)<br />Cost: $39.99 ($29.99 Digital)<br />Release Date: 04/25/2017<br />Publisher: Sega<br />Developer: Sonic Team<br />&nbsp;<br />When I explained to friends I had purchased Puyo Puyo Tetris a couple years ago, they looked at me strange. Like &ldquo;who would spend 50ish on a simple puzzle game and have it imported from Japan to the US? Hasn&rsquo;t Tetris been released on everything already?&rdquo;. Valid questions. My respond: This guy would! As someone who&rsquo;s tired of the same old reiterations that have been released in the past few years (include the blunders from Ubisoft), I wanted something new&hellip;</p> <p>Actually, I ended up purchasing Puyo Puyo Tetris for both Xbox One and the PS Vita, spending almost $100 in the process. Yeah&hellip;this isn&rsquo;t a bad thing mind you. I love Tetris; I bought and rebought the classic game/new iterations on just about every console I&rsquo;ve ever owned. And while that may seem odd to a few, my friends included, I definitely got my money's worth over the years! Basically it shouldn&rsquo;t come to anyone&rsquo;s surprise that I planned on repurchasing Puyo Puyo Tetris when it came states side. That is until we received a review code from SEGA.<br /><br /><em>What I&rsquo;m getting at is, if you haven&rsquo;t guessed already, is that I love Tetris. Which means it might be in your benefit to take my adoration of this game with a grain of salt. I mean, you should do that anyone when reading someone&rsquo;s opinion. I&rsquo;m getting my bias out up front. Carry on.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen.jpg" alt="puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen" />&nbsp; &nbsp;</em><br /><br />Chances are if you are reading this, you know how to play Tetris, but Puyo Puyo is a bit different. For those who don't know, Puyo Puyo is HUGE in Japan. First released in 1991 for the MSX2, this spin off of Madou Monogatari found its way to multiple systems including the Mega Drive (though that version was turned into Dr. Robotnik&rsquo;s Mean Bean Machine), Game Boy, nad the Super Famicom to name a few. Each sequel added more modes and better graphics, thought the gameplay stayed the same. Similar to other games of this ilk, objects will fall from the top of the screen in order to fill up the allotted space below. In Puyo Puyo&rsquo;s case, these objects are Puyo &ndash; cute looking slime monsters &ndash; that need to be placed in a way that four or more of the same color touch one another. Once that happens, all of the adjoining Puyos will disappear, freeing up some space and netting the player some points. Simple right?<br /><br />Of course, the game was easy to learn but difficult to master. Because players are looking to obtain a high score, they&rsquo;ll try to group multiple Puyo together to create a larger chain. This would rack up the points in less time while also clearing up larger sections of Puyo. Not only that, but it helps when comes to dumping &ldquo;trash&rdquo; on your opponents (more on that later). The same rules and such apply in this game, but now gamers have to also contend with Tetriminos.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-2.jpg" alt="puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-2" /></p> <p>Like previous Puyo Puyo titles, Puyo Puyo Tetris has multiple single and competitive modes. The bulk of the fun will be had in the Arcade modes, particularly the ones geared towards local multiplayer. Fusion is exactly what it sounds: both Puyo Puyo and Tetris pieces drop into the same playfield requiring you to utilize strategies from each game to be successful. Swap Mode starts you in either a Tetris or Puyo playfield and after a certain amount of time, the playfield swaps to the other. In Party mode players can choose either Puyo or Tetris boards. The catch is the items that randomly fall on either side that, once cleared, will either help or harm your opponents. Big Bang mode has a preset field that you must clear as before your opponent does; they&rsquo;re like puzzles with predetermined paths to being cleared. <br /><br />The solo modes are more for building up your skills/high score by battling yourself or the AI. For instance, Endurance is all about going the distance against a stream of never ending CPU opponents. The Challenge mode offers special&hellip;um&hellip;challenges depending on your mood. There&rsquo;s Tetris Marathon (40-lines that need to be cleared as quick as possible), Tiny Puyo (a regular match but with tiny Puyo), Ultra (score attack mode), and more.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-3.jpg" alt="puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-3" /><br /><br />There&rsquo;s also a single-player Adventure mode. The game&rsquo;s story doesn&rsquo;t offer the greatest of narratives &ndash; it unfortunately didn&rsquo;t translate well and it shows. That said, it&rsquo;s a puzzle game. No one is buying it strictly for the story. And at the very least the English-speaking actors tried to capture what the Japanese-speaking actors achieved in both inflection and style. The Adventure mode is worth playing through though. Completing each level will help unlock different characters to be used in the rest of the game. There are also level goals that act as optional quests. Most are pretty straight forward, like trying to reach a certain score within an allotted time limit. If you reach the goal, you&rsquo;ll get three stars for your trouble. If you just beat your opponent and pass on the goal, you'll only get one star. After some practicing on the levels, three stars is a normal occurrence. Some levels will be harder or easier depending on your skills though. Being a game that mostly about getting a lot of points, the stars add a bit of replay value; there&rsquo;s something else to chase. <br /><br />The Online modes is where the game really shines! The portability of a puzzle game is great in itself, but when you tack on online multiplayer, well let&rsquo;s just say this is the reason why I decided to spend the amount of money to import the game in the first place. There are five main game types available to play online: Versus, Fusion, Swap, Party, and Big Bang. Leaderboards and stat tracking are also available, depending on if you play ranked or not. Because of how fun the game is, you will never be without an opponent &ndash; and yes, I say that knowing the game isn&rsquo;t out yet. There was still people to play against thanks to the worldwide pool of players!</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-4.jpg" alt="puyo-puyo-tetris-review-screen-4" /><br /><br />The Nintendo Switch has absolutely taken over my Puyo Puyo Tetris addiction, by offering both portability and the home console experience. This brightly colored, animated mashed up of iconic puzzlers is truly made better on this console. I&rsquo;d recommend to everyone, even if you&rsquo;ve never heard of Puyo Puyo. Before you know it, you'll be clearing combos like the pros. <br /><br />Gameplay: 10<br />Both Puyo Puyo and Tetris plays as expected by themselves, but combined, they overachieve. I especially like the Fusion mode! <br /><br />Graphics: 9<br />The vibrant colors seem to literally pop off the screen. The animations in Adventure mode are reused over and over again, which kind of drags the story a bit&hellip;at least, visually. <br /><br />Sound: 10<br />The soundtrack is amazing, Sonic Team still has not skipped a beat! The story in Adventure mode is undeniably Japanese in origin, but they hired pretty good voice actors to emulate what came before.<br /><br />Replay Value: 10<br />I've been playing Puyo Puyo Tetris for over three years now. I don't think I'll ever stop.<br /><br />Final Score: <br /><br />9.8<br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/puyo-puyo-tetris Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Sonic Forces /nintendo/post/sonic-forces Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers /nintendo/post/ultra-street-fighter-ii:-the-final-challengers Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition /nintendo/post/minecraft:-nintendo-switch-edition Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Nintendo Talks ARMS & Splatoon 2 in New Direct Video! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 04/13/2017<br /><br />Nintendo has been doing a decent job marketing their latest console. That&rsquo;s not to say that they haven&rsquo;t also relied on old tricks &ndash; they recently released a new Nintendo Direct &ndash; just that they are doing much better than when the Wii U launched. I believe one of the reasons we&rsquo;re hearing more about the Switch than we did with the U is due to the games. There are more &ldquo;new&rdquo; titles coming in a shorter amount of time. This list of games ranges from new IPs like ARMS to new-ish games like Puyo Puyo Tetris. Hence the recent direct video; Nintendo was kind enough to release more information about what&rsquo;s to come. <br /><em><br />We&rsquo;ve provided a brief highlight of the games that were mentioned during the direct video. Feel free to watch it below for a more detailed look: </em><br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EDedvre19es" width="854" height="480"></iframe><br /><br />For instance, they revealed that ARMS is getting a 2v2 mode. Players will be able to team up with a friend to bash to other friends into submission. Throw in the various &ldquo;arms&rdquo; each character can use and you have the makings of a chaotic battle. Those of us looking to jump into the fray will have to wait till June 16th, when the game is officially released (I assume Nintendo will release a demo). In addition, Nintendo is also launching new Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers/Straps and a Joy-Con AA Battery Pack accessory, making sure players don&rsquo;t run out of juice during intense fights. There&rsquo;s been no word on how much this new accessory will cost. I&rsquo;m betting it won&rsquo;t be cheap given how expensive the Switch&rsquo;s other <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/nintendo/post/3675/nintendo-reveals-pricey-switch-accessories">accessories</a> are. Still, it&rsquo;s nice to have this option as opposed to charging with a grip; while connected, they can&rsquo;t be used separately.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/arms-screen-2.jpg" alt="arms-screen-2" /><br /><br />The direct video also revealed a new mode to be featured in the upcoming Splatoon 2. Called Salmon Run, this new cooperative mode puts players against a new Salmonid species. Up to four players can work together to quell the Salmonid&rsquo;s attacks, all while collecting golden eggs. Doing well in each match will net players rare loot. It&rsquo;s basically a horde mode with a focus on collecting. Seems fun. Gamers will be able to jump into Salmon Run and the competitive modes when Splatoon 2 launches on July 21st! <br /><br />While ARMS and Splatoon 2 where the main focus of the direct, Nintendo did showcase other games. They talked about Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania (to name a few). They also mentioned a ton of games that were coming to the 3DS, including some fun looking Kirby games and a new Pikmin title. The last thing Nintendo revealed was the ability to purchase a standalone dock. Beginning May 19th, gamers will be able to purchase another dock, that way they can jump to another TV without having to remove their main setup.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/splatoon-2-screen-2.jpg" alt="splatoon-2-screen-2" /><br /><br />All and all, the direct was very informative. It&rsquo;s nice to hear about the games coming later this year. And by the looks of things, there seems to be something for everyone!<br /><br /></p> /nintendo/post/nintendo-talks-arms---splatoon-2-in-new-direct-video- Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 Sine Mora EX & Battle Chasers: Nightwar are Coming to the Switch! <p>Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.<br />Date: 04/13/2017<br /><br />Nintendo announced a lot of titles on their recent <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/nintendo/post/3766/nintendo-talks-arms---splatoon-2-in-new-direct-video-">Direct Video</a>, many of which were worth exploring further. Two of those titles come by way of THQ Nordic&hellip;<br /><br />The first game is Sine Mora EX, a shoot&rsquo;em up developed by Grasshopper and Digital Reality.&nbsp; We had the pleasure of <a class="external" href="http://www.unitedfrontgaming.com/post/1089/sine-mora">reviewing</a> this title back when it released on the Xbox 360 (and again on the Vita). It provided a challenging, yet enthralling gameplay, an interesting concept centered on time manipulation and an assortment of leaderboards &ndash; for the &ldquo;highscore&rdquo; chasers out there. This EX version will feature local co-op, three new versus modes, improved rending, new challenge levels, full English voice overs, and 16:9 aspect ratio. Basically, it&rsquo;ll be the best version available.</p> <p><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/sine-mora-ex-screen.jpg" alt="sine-mora-ex-screen" /><br /><br />Sine Mora EX will be released on the Switch, alongside the PS4 and Xbox One, this summer. The second title that was mentioned was Battle Chasers: Nightwar. Based on the Battle Chasers comic series, Nightwar is a turn-based RPG inspired by oldschool JRPG titles. It looks great and seems like it&rsquo;ll be entertaining; there are some modern elements that&rsquo;ll make it stand out. RPG fans should take note. Like Sine Mora EX, Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be headed to multiple platforms sometime this summer/autumn. <br /><br /><em>&ldquo;We are extremely excited to be amongst the first to bring third-party games to this stellar and innovative platform. We feel like both, Sine Mora EX and Battle Chasers: Nightwar, are perfect fits for Nintendo Switch in terms of gameplay, style and looks."</em> says Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at THQ Nordic. <em>"We are already looking forward to enjoying these games on our Switch as well!&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em></em><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/unitedfrontgaming/files/battle-chasers-screen.jpg" alt="battle-chasers-screen" /><br /><br />Sine Mora and Battle Chasers seem like two titles gamers should look out for. Especially if they own a Switch, given its ability to be used as a handheld!</p> /nintendo/post/sine-mora-ex---battle-chasers:-nightwar-are-coming-to-the-switch- Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00