With the holiday season now in the rear-view mirror, and New Year’s quickly approaching, it is time to look forward to the games of 2019. Granted, I have a backlog so big that if I were to put all of these games in a single PS4 game-case, the pile would be dozens of feet tall; and would fall over on top of me, killing me with the sheer weight of my wasted dollars. However, the march of time is inexorable, and games will continue to come out despite my backlog. Worse even, there will be some games I want to play, and will have to inevitably spend money on, making sure some of those backlog games will stay in the backlog.
So in the style of so many other articles about upcoming games for a year, I have taken a look a lists of 2019 in video games. I have chosen the ten games that appeal to me the most, and have ranked them based on my level of anticipation. Note some of these games don’t have set release dates, and some of them are not even guaranteed for 2019, I just believe they will come out then. Even if they don’t it doesn’t much matter, I didn’t write this article under penalty of perjury or anything. Let’s get on with it. Continue Reading
According to Siliconera, The Pokemon Company has announced that the 3DS remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire have combined to ship over 7.7 million units. Before coming out in Europe a week after Japan and North America, the titles had sold about 3 million units. It appears the folks across the pond are still quite hungry for enslaving cute monsters in tiny balls. I know I am, I have my copy digitally.
On top of the flat number of units shipped, some other info was shared. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had launch sales that were about 135% of Pokemon X and Y. Maybe a fresh coat of graphical paint was all the tried and true series needed. Without the crippling Yo-Kai Watch addiction Japan is currently going through, it seems as if the rest of the world is content with cosplaying Pikachu. This isn’t a bad thing. That said, I want Yo-Kai Watch, hop on it Level-5.
First coming to America in 2003, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were probably the largest design departure Pokemon has ever seen. Featuring tons of angular, frankly weird looking creatures, a lot of people were initially turned off to the new designs. Much preferring the designs of Gen 1 (Blue/Red) and Gen 2 (Gold/Silver), the games were not as well received by fans initially, despite bringing much of the same gameplay. Time has been far kinder to these generations however, as Pokemon has continued the trend of making new creatures, and the absolute adherence to the nostalgia factor of the first couple of generations as waned somewhat. Capitalizing on this new-found fondness of all things Pokemon thanks to the excellent Pokemon X/Y generation, Nintendo may be hoping to turn around some of its financial troubles, by leaning heavily on nostalgia and its flourishing handheld market. It seems like no details are available yet on any features coming to the game, or being yanked out of the original, but it does seem like the two Legendary Pokemon, Kyogre and Groudon have a lot of extra…flare to them, maybe suggesting a Mega Evolution for each? We will see as Nintendo releases more information in the coming months. For now though, here is what appears to be the possible box art for the new games, and the barebones, reveal nothing trailer.
What the hell. After 16 days of straight walking into walls, and taking the extremely long way to the Elite Four, and failing to cut a bush, Twitch Plays Pokemon is finally complete. The bizarre social experiment, which garnered according to Twitch some 36 million views, is seemingly the most socially-pervasive thing to ever come to Twitch. Sure, people may watch the tournaments, or even stream their games themselves. But the number of people who flocked to this silly stream is truly impressive. I wish I watched more of it, and the stream is now currently playing some other, random games while hosting a countdown to what seems to be the next Pokemon adventure. Also for those of you who wish to waste the time of lawmakers everywhere, there is a petition up on the White House site to make March 1 Helix Day. In honor of the people who typed things into a chatbox.
Let’s look at some of the stats Twitch released.
Time from start to finish: 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds
People who participated: 1,165,140
Commands issued: Over 122 million
Onlookers: Over 9 million
Total views: Over 36 million
I say it again. What the hell.
So according to an circular scan from the fine people at Gonintendo, it seems that during the month of March at Toys “R” Us you can get a pretty good deal. If you buy a Nintendo 2DS or 3DS XL and one of six games listed, and register them with Club Nintendo, you get a free download code for Pokemon X or Y. Now while this is featured in a Toys “R” Us weekly ad, it seems all of the special is handled through Club Nintendo and in no way has to do with buying the products from Toys “R” Us itself. If that is the case, that deal is even better.
I recently bought a 3DS XL from Target, but haven’t attached it to my Club Nintendo account yet, so I will wait until March and do so. After that I plan on buying Mario Kart 7 to see if I can snag myself a free copy of Pokemon Y. I already own X so why not. The six games you can buy according to the ad are Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, and Yoshi’s New Island. Some of these I can tell you from experience are great titles, and a 2DS is very very cheap. So if you were looking for an easy way to get into the Nintendo handheld world, this is a great way to start.
This is possibly one of the most nonsensical messes I have ever seen. Twitch users are playing the original Pokemon game, using the chat window as the source to enter commands. I have no idea how this is actually happening, but it seems the mob is actually managing to get somewhere, albeit very very slowly. They have a few badges under their belt now, and are chugging along, somehow. If they beat the game this way, I will be shocked. Here is a link to the madness.
So Nintendo has found themselves in an odd spot. For the first time in their long history with video games, they are taking a beating in revenue. It seems that modern concepts of game design, such as using the internet, has eluded them until very recently, and as such, many people have not been impressed with their latest console outing, the Wii U. The success generated by the original Wii had Nintendo riding high for quite a while, but it seems the crash has been hard. The company recently announced some changes in the way they want to go about things, in the hopes of bringing more people back into the house that Mario built. It’s a weird tightrope that Nintendo is walking; a weird and slow moving one. This company has always been one known to make its steps slowly, never playing a hand too fast or too loose. So any changes that would come to Nintendo’s fundamental structure would not be seen for quite a while.
However, I don’t work for Nintendo, nor am I a businessman. So let’s talk about some changes I would like to see from a fictional “Dream Nintendo”. These are simply the changes I would make with no inside knowledge, thinking that this could bring the company back into sync with more of the gaming community.