The Nintendo Switch has launched to great success, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being the one of the highest rated, and one of most successful Zelda games of all time, despite it being much different than previous entries in the series. Some call it a breath of fresh air for the franchise, I am inclined to agree. Recently back in November, Nintendo also released the last big game for the 3ds, Pokemon Sun and Moon. Another one of their huge franchises that also saw a huge degree change. Not in the core gameplay itself, but how you play the game, gone were the gyms fans had grown used to, instead replaced with trials usually involving some puzzle with a Pokemon boss fight at the end of them. Sun and Moon also saw a greater degree of focus on it’s narrative, making the game feel like it had a sense of community and actual growth in the characters. Pokemon Sun and Moon is also the fastest selling game on the 3ds, it’ll likely soon overtake Pokemon X and Y in sales.
That brings us to, Super Mario Odyssey, that’ll be launching this fall on the Nintendo Switch. It also seems to be taking somewhat of risk with it’s presentation and style, being a truly open world sandbox platformer for gamers to play in. Although it seems to retain the basic plot structure of Bowser either kidnaps Peach, wants to takeover world, kingdom, galaxy, etc. Some of the gameplay elements seem similar as well, with tradition of the big 3d Mario games. But something feels fresh within in it from what I have seen, similar to the changes brought to the Zelda and Pokemon series. Nintendo seems to going in a new direction for how they make their old franchises, and is even starting to make new IPs again with titles such as Splatoon and Arms. From what we have seen and heard about Mario’s latest adventure so far, I believe it’ll carry on the success they have seen in their games recently, likely being the biggest game to come out on the Switch this year. Hopefully it lives up to this new standard Nintendo has brought out, as the Mario series has been mostly stagnant for several years, the last truly good and innovative entry being Super Mario Galaxy, but I have faith in Super Mario Odyssey, and I will review it when it comes out this holiday season.
Today is Nintendo’s Day at the E3 2013. Today Nintendo has released the following information regarding release dates. The following Wii U and 3DS release dates are quoted from the Nintendo Press Release:
Nintendo’s third-party partners are bringing their best creations to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. A selection of the games on the way for Nintendo systems include (titles in bold are playable at Nintendo’s E3 booth):
Title Publisher Platform(s) Release Date
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Ubisoft Wii U Oct. 29
Batman: Arkham Origins Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Wii U Oct. 25
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Nintendo 3DS Oct. 25
Deus Ex: Human Revolution -Director’s Cut Square Enix, Inc.
Disney Infinity Disney Interactive
Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Disney’s Planes Disney Interactive
Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft Wii U, Wii Oct. 8
Rayman Legends Ubisoft Wii U Sept. 3
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Shin Megami Tensei IV ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.) Nintendo 3DS July 16
Skylanders SWAP Force Activision Publishing
Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Sonic Lost World SEGA
Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Ubisoft Wii U Aug. 20
Watch_Dogs Ubisoft Wii U Nov. 19
Additionally, third parties are also bringing strong digital-only content to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in 2013. Some of these titles include Ballpoint Universe (Arachnid Games), DuckTales: Remastered (Capcom), Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom), Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko), Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Frontier Developments), Spin the Bottle: Blimpies Party (KnapNok Games), A World of Keflings (NinjaBee), Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty (Oddworld Inhabitants), Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Renegade Kid), Cloudberry Kingdom (Ubisoft) and Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games).”
In the latest RGN Podcast from the crew over here at RealGamerNewz you will hear Tristan Werbe (Deputy Editor of RealGamerNewz.com) joined by myself and Da Shredder as well as a new guest to discuss the media’s review scores being bought out by publishers which could explain the latest stream of poor review scores for titles that many are finding to be decent or even great games. The many other factors involved in reviewing a game are also discussed in addition to some talk about Defiance and Star Trek as well as the latest version of Super Mario Crossover heading to the PC gaming community.