Nintendo Switch Platform RSS Feed | Nintendo Switch RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Mortal Kombat 11 Release Date Announced at The Game Awards Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:32:45 -0500 William R. Parks

As promised, last night's Game Awards not only focused on celebrating a year of great games, but it also looked forward to what the future of gaming holds, showcasing a slew of new game trailers and announcements. Amongst these reveals was one that is likely to have stood out to fighting game fans the world over: Mortal Kombat 11 is on its way.

Mortal Kombat 11 is set for release on April 23, 2019, and it is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. This reveal was accompanied by an extravagantly violent trailer featuring Raiden and (apparently) two Scorpions locked in a brutal battle. While the meaning of these multiple manifestations of the undead ninja is open for speculation, there are further concrete details for fans to latch on to.

One such piece of information is that those that pre-order Mortal Kombat 11 will not only get access to Shao Kahn as a playable character, but they will also be invited to the fighter's closed beta. Pre-orders open on December 7, and the beta is scheduled for March, though it is important to note that only PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to participate.

Furthermore, Mortal Kombat 11 will give players "unprecedented control to customize the fighters" with its new Custom Character Variations, and it includes a cinematic story mode. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the fighter utilizes a more powerful graphics engine than its predecessor.

While all of this information is a healthy start to getting fan excitement going, a Community Reveal Event is scheduled for January 17, and many further details are likely to be presented then. This may include elaboration on the "new and returning Klassic Fighters" that are said to comprise the game's roster.

Last weekend, an alleged Mortal Kombat 11 QA tester took to 4chan, leaking many details about the new fighter, including that it would emphasize customization and be revealed at The Game Awards. While these two statements are now proven, it is not a guarantee that the leaks are valid in full.

However, for those that do not wish to wait for new details at the Community Reveal Event, these assertions are still available on 4chan.

The Game Awards: Persona 5's Joker Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:58:41 -0500 QuintLyn

During tonight's Game Awards show, Nintendo surprised everyone with a stealth announcement for the first DLC character to come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Keep in mind that at the time of the the DLC announcement, the game still wasn't out yet.

Of course, the big news isn't just that a DLC character has already been announced for the popular brawler, but who that character is -- and what series they're from.

As it turns out, Nintendo is going all-in with this one and adding Joker from Persona 5 to the game's roster.

Players won't just be getting the character when they purchase the DLC, either. The pack -- which will cost $5.99 -- will also include music from Persona and a themed stage. 

Note that all Super Smash Bros. Ultimate packs will cost the same amount, so if you're planning on picking up most of the game's DLC, it might be worth looking into the "Fighters Pass" which costs $24.99. You'll get five packs and it will save you about $5.

No official date has been given on the Persona pack release, but considering it was announced tonight, it seems unlikely that it will take too long before players can purchase it.

The Game Awards: Pre-Show World Premieres Include Switch Rhythm Game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:50:34 -0500 QuintLyn

Prior to the official kick-off of the annual video game celebration The Game Awards, fans and attendees got first-looks at several new games and a surprise announcement.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

The evening kicked off with the reveal trailer for a new Nintendo Switch Rhythm game from Simogo titled Sayonara Wild Hearts. The trailer gave a brief look at some of the characters but didn't offer any other information about the game other than that it should be available sometime in 2019.

Journey to the Savage Planet

The second early announcement was for a game from a brand new studio. Canadian company Typhoon Studios, along with 505 Games, Epic Games, and the Makers Fund, revealed their sci-fi adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet.

While the devs don't plan to show much in the way of gameplay until next year, they did explicitly state it is not a battle royale or survivial game.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Possibly one of the biggest surprises among the announcements at The Game Awards was from the developer of The Stanley Parable. Five years after the game originally launched on PC, it is now coming to consoles.

It won't be a direct port, however. Instead, it will be an Ultra Deluxe version containing new endings and content along with the base game.

Among Trees

Another unexpected reveal was from self-described micro-studio FJRD Interactive. Their first game, Among Trees, is a survival adventure game slated to come to early access on Steam next year.

Not a lot is known about the gameplay, but the graphics are definitely eye-catching.

For more things Game Awards, head over to our Game Awards hub.

The Game Awards: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Announced As Nintendo Switch Exclusive Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:28:20 -0500 QuintLyn

A decade after the last game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series was released, the next installment has finally been announced.

During tonight's Game Awards ceremony, Marvel Entertainment announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order with a world premiere trailer, which you can see above.

The game boasts a massive cast of Marvel characters, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men -- and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

The game's story focuses on Thanos and The Black Order's search for the Infinity Stones. Super heroes and villains must unite to stop them. 

The Black Order can be played online or offline via wireless. It also features a four-player co-op mode on the same console.

It should be noted that those wishing to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order online will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership as well as a Nintendo account.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja, which has developed the Dead or Alive series, Ninja Gaiden, Metroid: Other M, Nioh, and Fire Emblem Warriors

Fortnite's X-4 Stormwing Plane Locations and Stunts Guide Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:49:50 -0500 William R. Parks

Today marks the beginning of Fortnite's seventh season, and it has brought a bevy of changes and content, including a wintery biome, new challenges, and the game's first ariel vehicle, the X-4 Stormwing Plane.

While this new vehicle may have a lot of fans excited, some may be wondering where to find one and what they can do with it once located.

The X-4 Stormwing Plane can seat up to five players, a pilot and four passengers, and it spawns in specific locations throughout the battle royale's map. While an X-4 will not always appear at every one of these locations, and there are likely to be more possible spawn points, this map (compiled from confirmed locations provided by Heavy and Eurogamer) can act as a guide for those that are looking to make their first Fortnite flight.

  • D3: On the mountain northeast of Pleasant Park
  • F3: By the river south of Lazy Links
  • B5: In the mountains north of Viking Village
  • F5: On the mountain west of Dusty Divot
  • I5: On the mountain by Loney Lodge
  • A8: In the hangers at Frosty Flights
  • B8: In a camp east of Frosty Flights
  • E8: On the mountain north of Happy Hamlet
  • H8: On a hill between Fatal Fields and Paradise Palms

As some players might expect, the new iceberg biome (at the bottom-left of the map) appears to have a high density of new planes, though there are opportunities to nab one throughout the map.

Once an X-4 has been acquired, and the basic controls have been understood, players can move on to performing stunts in their new plane. This includes flying the vessel upside down, by pressing the roll right and roll left inputs simultaneously, as well as the ability to perform an evasive maneuver by quickly pressing a roll button twice.

With the ability to locate an X-4, and some tips on trick flying, players should now be ready to hop in a plane and conquer their next Battle Royale match. Just remember, for those that are manning the plane's machine gun, this mounted weapon can overheat, and prolonged firing should be avoided when possible.

Fortnite: How to Complete All the Season 7, Week 1 Challenges Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:44:21 -0500 William R. Parks

Fortnite's seventh season is now live, and with it comes a slew of new content for fans to sink their teeth into, including snowy peaks, an ariel vehicle, and a brand new creative mode. As always, a new season also means new challenges, and the Season 7, Week 1 challenges are now available.

For players that do not own a Battle Pass, there are three free challenges:

  1. Pickup an item of each rarity [5]
  2. Dance in different forbidden locations [7]
  3. Play matches with at least one elimination (HARD) [5]

The first and third challenges should be easily completed after playing a few matches, however, dancing in the seven forbidden locations will take a bit more work. This type of challenge was first introduced in Fortnite's third season, and it requires that players bust-a-move in front of signs depicting a crossed out dancer. Forbes has shared this handy map to help players find these locations:

While this is the full extent of this week's free challenges, Battle Pass owners will have access to four additional challenges (two of which consist of multiple parts):

  1. Stage 1: Dance on top of a crown of RV's; Stage 2: Dance on top of a Metal Turtle; Stage 3: Dance on top of a Submarine
  2. Deal Headshot Damage to opponents [500]
  3. Stage 1: Search Ammo Boxes in a single match (HARD) [5]; Stage 2: Search Chests in a single match [3]; Stage 3: Search Supply Drops in a single match [1]
  4. Eliminate opponents in different Named Locations (HARD) [5]

Challenges two, three, and four are easy enough, and should be completed through standard play, but the remaining multi-part challenge will require some additoinal effort.

In this challenge, players will need to find the three specified locations (in the order listed) and dance in them. An easy task, but players may be lost attempting to find these locations. Once again, Forbes has shared maps with them indicated:

There is a lot to explore and experience with today's Fortnite update, and plenty of players are certain to be excited about the newly introduced cosmetics. Completing these first week challenges is a great opportunity to get a jump-start on acquiring them.

10 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:38:28 -0500 ESpalding


So then, there you have it! Ten great indie games which are going to be heading our way in 2019. Of course, we've only scratched the surface as there are so many amazing indie games in development at the moment and many we will see in the coming year.


Are you looking forward to any of these ones? Maybe you are excited about something else?


Let us know which games you are most looking forward to seeing and we will try to keep you informed about them as well as many other titles arriving next year and beyond!


Trine 4


Developer: Frozenbyte
Release date: TBA 2019


Not much is known about what Frozenbyte will be bringing us with Trine 4; there isn't even an official trailer for it, but given that Trine 3 gained quite a lot of negativity, fans are hoping that they have learned what wasn't done well last time and have built on that. 


This time around they have partnered with Modus Games and Trine 4 will eventually be available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.


As the news of a new Trine game was announced by accident by someone that wasn't the developer, we still don't know all that much about it. But we'll be sure to let you know when we do. 


Spelunky 2


Developer: Mossmouth
Release date: TBA 2019


There is currently a frenzy of excited Spelunky fans eager to find out when the next installment is coming to our screens. Those who went to PAX West this year have already had a look at it and, judging by the chatter, it is looking like a worthy successor! 


In Spelunky 2, you play as the daughter of the spelunker from the first game, who is trying to make her own way in the underground world. She has taken to the skies and is now exploring the tunnels on the moon. There are plenty of new dynamics, critters, and mobs to fight against.


Phoenix Point


Developer: Snapshot Games
Release date: June 2019


It is always exciting when a founding father of a genre returns to their roots. That is what Phoenix Point is.


It is being made by the creator of the original X-COM series, Julian Gollop. It is a squad-based game using turn-based tactics and strategy and is said to be the true spiritual successor of the original series. It has already got a massive fanbase, which is evident from its hugely successful Fig campaign, launched in 2017, where it raised $765,948.


In the future, Earth is decimated by a deadly outbreak called the Pandoravirus. It has the ability to mutate a being almost instantly by combining human, animals and alien DNA. This gives the game an ever-evolving menace to deal with. The aliens themselves are procedurally generated so players will constantly be having to evolve their own tactics in order to defeat them.


Upon release, Phoenix Point will be available on PC, Mac and Xbox One.


In the Valley of the Gods


Developer: Campo Santo
Release date: TBA 2019


The last time developers Campo Santo were on the scene was back in 2016 with their sensational mystery game Firewatch. Their latest game, In the Valley of the Gods, aims to take you on a journey through 1920s Egypt while out to discover new archaeological discoveries.


You play as an explorer named Rashida who has one more shot to make it to the big time as a filmmaker. She has been sent out to Egypt to try and uncover new ancient relics and to document the whole thing. Unfortunately for you, the only other person on this adventure is your former partner who you have absolutely no desire to work with again.


In the Valley of the Gods does not have an exact release date just yet, but we do know that when it becomes available it will be on PC, Linux and Mac.




Developer: Shedworks
Release date: TBA 2019


Undoubtedly, the first thing that grabs you about Sable, by UK-based developer Shedworks, is its unique comic book art style. It went down a storm at E3 2018 and gained a lot of interest from fans and press alike.


The story starts when the titular character sets out into the desert for her tribes "right of passage". To become an adult, Sable must explore her surroundings, unlocking ancient histories and learning about the world around her. This is very much an exploration game with some platforming and puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no combat in the game at all. Everything is focussed on exploration.


There is no definite date for Sable's release but, until we know, here is the E3 announcement trailer for you to watch.




Developer: crea-ture Studios
Release date: Q2 2019


Fans of the skateboard subgenre have been hoping for a follow up on the vastly successful Skate 3 but, as it has already been confirmed by EA that there isn't going to be a Skate 4, there was a big hole in the market which needed to be filled.


Enter crea-ture Studios and their game Session. Back in 2017, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to make and release their own skateboard game. They were initially looking to raise CA$80,000 but managed to get a massive CA$163,700 in funding.


Session promises to reignite your passion for skateboarding and wants you to explore what it means to be a street skater. The only limit to the tricks you can do is your creativity and your dedication. Some of the game's features include a video editor which will allow you to film, edit and create your own montage to then show to the game's community.




Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release date: TBA 2019


If you love bright colors, puzzles, and physics-based games, then, my friend, PHOGS! is going to be the game for you. Developed by Bit Loom Games and published by Coatsink, both in the UK, the game has been doing the round on the expo circuit this year and has been a roaring success.


In PHOGS!, you play as a creature which resembles two dogs who are connected to each other via the mid-section. The aim is to travel through the "Phoggyverse" completing puzzles and overcoming various obstacles. Sounds pretty straightforward but with two characters for the price of one to control, things could get interesting!


It is going to be released across multiple platforms but, as of yet, we don't know which ones that will be.




Developer: Amanita Design
Release date: TBA 2019


You might think that this is an obscure choice, but the folks at Amanita Design have a pretty good cult following thanks to their smash hit point-and-click Machinarium. The artwork of their games is unmistakable!


There isn't a whole lot known about this game. In fact, on the game's Steam store page, all it says is "meet your new neighbors".


In the teaser trailer for Creaks, you get the impression that this is going to be another point-and-click adventure which is heavy on puzzles and problem-solving. The setting looks dark and eerie with great attention to the smallest details.


Once we know any more details about Creaks, we will let you know. 


Sunless Skies


Developer: Failbetter Games
Release date: January 31, 2019


Even though Sunless Skies has been in Early Access on Steam for quite some time, it is finally getting a full release at the beginning of next year. Since hitting Steam back in 2017, it has been getting positive reviews all the way through its development, so this is looking like it is going to be a great addition to your indie collection. 


In the second of their Sunless games, Failbetter Games wants you to take command of a flying locomotive and explore the reaches of space in this Victorian Gothic adventure RPG set among the stars.


Sunless Skies is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac.


Sea of Solitude


Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Release Date: Early 2019


Sea of Solitude was announced last year as one of EA Originals' next indie titles, but it was at E3 this year that we got to see more of this stunning indie game.


The game follows a young woman called Kay as she battles loneliness while trying to survive in an abandoned, submerged city. Her feelings and fears have turned her into her own personal enemy and the only hope she has of getting back to normal is to get help from the monsters lurking around the city. 


Sea of Solitude will be available on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.


This year has been a fantastic year for gaming. Both indie and AAA developers have pushed out some amazing games and, if conferences like E3 are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for gaming.


Most of you will already know which AAA games you are most excited for in the coming year, but there are also some great indie games coming up, too!


Join us as we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated games heading our way in 2019.

Fortnite's New Creative Mode Launches Tomorrow Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:12:57 -0500 William R. Parks

While fans have had their eyes on a snowstorm that is making its way to Fortnite, Epic has been hard at work preparing another big addition to launch with Season 7. Beginning tomorrow, Battle Pass owners will have access to Fortnite's newest game mode: Fortnite Creative.

Announced this morning, Fortnite Creative is a sandbox-style experience, a la Minecraft, where players can design and build their own private islands. How exactly players will utilize their constructions is up to them, as Fortnite Creative can function as a map creator, allowing friends to do battle across their custom-built islands, as well as an opportunity to design custom game modes, races, and obstacle courses.

For players that want full building control, Fortnite Creative provides a material gallery that will allow them to build whatever they desire from scratch. However, players that are more interested in quickly building large-scale battlefields and game mode scenarios can simply access Fortnite Creative's prefabricated options to promptly erect full buildings and more.

Everything built in Fortnite Creative will be saved and accessible from session to session, and while the initial features available seem quite robust, Epic has indicated that this is just the beginning:

Fortnite Creative is new and exciting, but not final. We'll be adding many new features and improvements over the next few updates. Like Battle Royale and Save the World, we're committed to making this bigger and better over time.

As mentioned, this new game mode will be available to Battle Pass owners beginning tomorrow, though Epic's announcement indicates that its launch will "be rough." All players will get access to their own private islands on Thursday, December 13.

Only a day after the announcement of Epic's new digital distribution platform, the Epic Games Store, the reveal of Fortnite Creative continues to establish the company as one of the most prolific developers in the industry. With this constant slew of updates and new content, it is understandable that the battle royale juggernaut now has over 200 million registered players, and Epic is showing no signs of slowing down.

For players that are interested to see more of Fortnite Creative prior to launch, Epic has given a number of content creators early access. Videos from these content creators can be found on the company's website.

Rumor: The Metroid Prime Series Is Headed To Nintendo Switch Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:07:27 -0500 QuintLyn

Unless you hate the Nintendo Switch for some reason, you might very well be able to get your hands on the Metroid Prime Trilogy in the near future. That's right, the series is rumored to be headed to Nintendo's current console.

The news was originally posted as a rumor on My Nintendo News yesterday after a listing for a Nintendo Switch version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy was discovered on the website belonging to Swedish retailer Inet.

According to an update on the original post, the product was even just a rumor for the retailer, but they felt confident enough that it will be announced at The Game Awards on December 6 to go ahead and list it.

Today, My Nintendo News reported that Liam Robertson, a writer for several sites including Nintendo Life, effectively confirmed a Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch on his Twitter account. Robertson, who is considered a reliable source on such matters, noted that the listing isn't necessarily legitimate.

The Game Awards will air on Thursday, December 6, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Those interested can watch it live, so we'll find out for certain then whether or not the rumor is true.

Fortnite Gets Its First Snowflakes Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:54:17 -0500 William R. Parks

Over the last month, Fortnite players have been noticing some strange environmental occurrences, and it has lead to much speculation about what the future may hold for the battle royale's map. Specifically, the rumor mill has been turning with the idea that a snowstorm is on its way its way to Fortnite, and today, that speculation has been given legs.

Players that begin a match and load into spawn island, Fortnite's pre-match holding ground, will notice a light snowfall has begun. While it is just a few flakes now, this has the potential to grow into a storm that will overtake the game's map in full — Season 7 is set to begin this Thursday, and more snow is likely to come with it.

This snow-centric speculation began when players discovered what appeared to be a cloud looming south of Flush Factory. Since, it has become apparent that this phenomenon is not, in fact, a cloud, but rather an iceberg floating toward Fortnite's map. On top of the iceberg sits a castle.

What exactly will occur when this mysterious iceberg and castle arrive at the game's main landmass is unknown, however, it appears that it will coincide with the arrival of this brewing snowstorm. It seems that players indeed have a lot to look forward to in Fortnite's next season.

Those that have been playing Epic's shooter sensation for some time will not be strangers to its evolving map. In Season 4, a meteor crashed into the island, leaving craters throughout, and the recent "Fortnitemares" event brought some Halloween-inspired spookiness.

However, the suggestion that a new play area may be added when the iceberg arrives, coupled with the potential for a map-encompassing snowstorm, indicates that Season 7 may bring some of the biggest changes yet.

While players wait for these changes, there is still time to play the recently added Wild West Limited Time Mode. This may not be as exciting as a snow-covered Pleasant Park or Tilted Towers, however, there is still plenty to keep fans engaged until Fortnite is painted white.

Nintendo Finally Does Away With Creators Program Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:29:53 -0500 QuintLyn

Things just got a whole lot easier for content creators looking to create projects based around Nintendo properties. Today, the gaming giant announced the end of its Creators Program.

The program launched three years ago and has been a source of frustration with creators who were forced to submit their work to Nintendo in order to avoid losing all their revenue to copyright claims by the company. Instead, creators could elect to submit their videos or entire channel to the program in order to receive a percentage of the profit.

During its run, the program was subject to a variety of complaints ranging from the percentage of revenue received to restrictions on livestreaming. Some even saw early on that the program was doomed to fail.

As of today, these restrictions are lifted -- so long as creators follow guidelines put forth by Nintendo.

Effectively, content creators are allowed to stream and create videos and images, so long as the content contains their own creative input. Creators who upload raw gameplay or unedited images will still be subject to copyright claims.

Nintendo's new guidelines can be found on the company site.

Where to Find Mega Stones in Pokemon Let's GO, Pikachu and Eevee Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:56:43 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Let's GO, Pikachu and Eevee return to the series' first generation, leaving out many newer mechanics like rotation battles and abilities. But Mega Evolutions, first featured in Pokemon X and Y, make a comeback, offering you even more ways to vary your team and become the best trainer in Kanto.

But finding Mega Stones in Pokemon Let's GO isn't always easy because the game doesn't give you explicit instructions for most of them. Fortunately, we've got you covered with this handy guide.

What is Mega Evolution?

If this is your first foray into Pokemon, you might be wondering what the heck Mega Evolution is to begin with. Put simply, it's a temporary evolution using a Mega Stone, transforming a specific Pokemon into a mega-powerful version of itself.

Not all Pokemon can do this, as not every Pokemon has its own Mega Stone, and the effects last only until the end of the battle. But it's a nice way to turn the tide of battle if it should be going against you. Plus it just looks cool.

In previous games, a Pokemon would have to hold its Mega Stone, but since the hold feature wasn't present in Gen I, you just need to have the Stone in your possession and choose to Mega Evolve as one of your options in battle.

Mega Stone List

You'll receive some Mega Stones as you progress in the game, specifically the ones for the three Kanto starters and both of Mewtwo's Mega Stones

Starter Mega Stone Locations
  • Venasaurite: receive from Blue in Prof. Oak's Lab after you earn the Volcano Badge from Cinnabar Gym
  • Charizardite X and Charizardite Y: receive from Blue in Prof. Oak's Lab after you earn the Volcano Badge from Cinnabar Gym
  • Blastoisenite: receive from Blue in Prof. Oak's Lab after you earn the Volcano Badge from Cinnabar Gym

In most cases, Mega Evolution won't change a Pokemon's types. However, Charizard's Mega forms are a bit different. Charizardite X turns it into a Fire/Dragon type, though Charizardite Y keeps it as the usual Fire/Flying.

Mewtwo's Mega Stones Location
  • Mewtwonite X and Mewtwonite Y: after defeating Green, check the spot where you found Mewtwo.

Mewtwo gets a few changes with its Mega forms as well. Mega Mewtwo X is a Psychic/Fighting hybrid. It gets a massive boost in its Attack stat while retaining its normally terrifying Special Attack as well, making it pretty close to the ultimate Pokemon.

Mega Mewtwo Y is a normal Psychic type, inverting Mewtwo X's stats --incredibly high Special Attack, comparable Attack stat. It might not be as multi-purpose as Mewtwo X, but it's still worth your while.

Other Mega Stones

There are nine other Mega Stones you can acquire in Pokemon Let's GO, but they all actually come from the same place.

After you become the Champion, there'll be a man dressed as a Poke-Maniac (the ones in the Slowpoke costumes), and he sells you these other stones for 30,000 PokeDollars each.

  • Alakazite
  • Pidgeotite
  • Beedrillite
  • Slowbronite
  • Gengarite
  • Kanghaskhanite
  • Pinsirite
  • Gyradosite
  • Aerodactylite


Mega Evolution might not be as robust as in Gen VI, but it still offers some variation on the usual Gen I experience.

Let us know which Mega forms you'll be using in the comments, and make sure to check out our other Pokemon Let's GO, Pikachu and Eevee guides!

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Not Planned for Nintendo Switch Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:41:18 -0500 William R. Parks

Over the weekend, attendees of The Legend of Zelda: Concert 2018 in Osaka, Japan were given indication that a Nintendo Switch port of 2011's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may be in the works — a prospect that has since set the imagination of many alight. However, in a brief statement, Nintendo has since dashed the hopes of these excited fans, telling Eurogamer that they currently have "no plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Switch."

Speaking to a sold-out Oryx Theater at the concert, it is reported that series producer Eiji Aonuma said, "I know what you're waiting for. Skyward Sword for Switch, right?" The implications of the statement seemed clear enough, and the statement began to circulate through social media and various news outlets.

Now, what specifically Aonuma was referencing is further obscured, but Nintendo's formal denial, at least, seems to definitively rule-out a Switch port of the Wii-released action-adventure.

The prospect of bringing an updated version of Skyward Sword to Nintendo's newest console is an exciting one indeed, and it is unsurprising that Aonuma's words spread quickly. The Wind Waker HDOcarina of Time 3D, and Majora's Mask 3D have been excellent opportunities for players to access modernized remakes of Zelda entries they may have missed, and Skyward Sword for Switch would be very likely to follow suit.

Further, while our writers loved Skyward Sword's required motion controls, writing that they added "a new level of gameplay" to the franchise, some critics and fans considered them one of the weakest aspects of the entry. While it is hard to imagine a version of Skyward Sword that does not adhere to compulsory motion controls, a Switch update could provide Nintendo the opportunity to improve and modernize them. 

While fans can no longer look forward to an imminent port of Skyward Sword, another recent Zelda tease may be enough to keep their excitement up. In the last episode of The Game Informer Show, senior editor Imran Khan indicated that "the next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think."

It seems unlikely that Khan is referring to a direct sequel to the exceptional Breath of the Wild, considering it was released less than two years ago, but even a small-scale Zelda adventure would certainly be welcomed by many.

The full conversation from The Game Informer Show can be found on YouTube. And Nintendo's response can be found on Eurogamer's website.

Pokemon: Let's Go! Guide to Elite Four Standard & Postgame Fights Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:54:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee! might change up a few things, but it keeps the big endgame challenge intact: your fight against the Elite Four and Pokemon Champion.

Whether this is your first Pokemon game or you've played since Red and Blue, Kanto's ultimate trainers pose a fairly significant challenge. That's why we've put together this battle guide so you know exactly what awaits you at the Indigo Plateau.

What is the Elite Four Challenge?

If you’re new to Pokemon, here’s a brief rundown of the Elite Four. These trainers and the Champion comprise the Pokemon League—and the main game’s biggest challenge.

After obtaining all eight gym badges and traversing Victory Road, you must take on all five League trainers in a row without the chance to use a Pokemon Center or visit a PokeMart in between, so make sure you’re well-stocked on Hyper Potions, Revives, and Full Heals.

You’ll need some variety in your team types as well, and it’d be good to vary each Pokemon’s moveset too, with some moves matching the ‘mon’s type, some status inflicting or stat altering moves, and a move of a different type.

There's no one type that'll let you sail through the battles with ease, but in general, make sure you've got access to Electric, Ground, Water, and Ice moves to give your team a leading edge. More importantly, your team needs to be at least level 50 if you want a chance to survive, preferably a bit higher.

Elite Four Lorelei

You’ve met Lorelei a few times on your journey, and she’s your first Elite Four challenge. As you no doubt realized during your encounters, she specializes in Ice types. But Gen 1 has no pure Ice types, meaning each of her Pokemon has another type weakness you can exploit.

  • Dewgong, lv. 51: Aqua Jet, Ice Shard, Waterfall
  • Jynx, lv. 51: Lovely Kiss, Blizzard, Psychic
  • Cloyster, lv. 51: Ice Beam, Spike Cannon, Hydro Pump
  • Slowbro, lv. 51: Psychic, Surf, Flamethrower
  • Lapras, lv. 52: Hydro Pump, Blizzard, Dragon Pulse

Tempting as it may be to take on Dewgong, Cloister, and Lapras with a Grass type, forget it; they won’t last. Fire won’t be much help either, given their Water type moves. However, a Fighting type, especially Hitmonchan, would work wonders on all three, since Ice is weak to Fighting, or use a strong Electric type to make quick work of these three.

Jynx and Slowbro are best handled with either a Ghost type or a Pokemon with Ghost or Dark type moves. Slowbro’s a bit toothless in Let’s Go thanks to it no longer knowing Amnesia, so it shouldn’t pose much of a challenge. Jynx isn’t all that tough this go around either, aside from Lovely Kiss. A good Crunch or Dark Pulse, even Flamethrower, is all it takes.

Elite Four Bruno

Poor Bruno. He never posed much threat in the original Gen 1 games, and he’s not that tough now either. Flying types won’t do you much good here, even with their advantage over Fighting.

  • Onix, lv. 52: Iron Tail, Stealth Rock, Earthquake
  • Hitmonlee, lv. 52: Brick Break, Feint, Rock Slide
  • Hitmonchan, lv. 52: Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Fire Punch
  • Poliwrath, lv. 52: Superpower, Waterfall, Body Slam
  • Machamp, lv. 53: Superpower, Earthquake, Rock Slide

Bruno’s Onix might not know any moves that would harm a Flying type, but Hitmonlee’s and Machamp’s Rock Slide, plus Hitmonchan’s Thunder Punch make it too risky to use Flying Pokemon. Ghost types might seem ideal too, but each of Bruno’s Pokemon knows strong moves of different types that would completely demolish a frail Gengar.

Try taking Onix out in one turn with a speedy Grass or Water type, so you can avoid Stealth Rock sapping your team’s health for the rest of the battle. If you’ve got a Psychic type, or a sturdy ‘mon with Psychic moves, like Starmie, Golduck, Exeggutor, or Clefable, that would take care of Hitmonlee's weakness and could probably withstand Hitmonchan’s Punch moves.

Poliwrath’s weakness is in its dual type, which makes it almost too simple to knock out. If you don’t use Psychic types for it, you’ve still got openings for Electric and Grass, and since Poliwrath is a Fighting type, it’s Special Defense stat is pretty low anyway.

Exploiting Machamp's weakness could be tricky depending on your team setup. Your starter Pikachu or Eevee would need to be buffed up a lot to handle Earthquake and Superpower, so this might be a better match for your Psychic Pokemon or a strong Fairy type.

Elite Four Agatha

Agatha was always a bit of an anomaly—powerful Pokemon and deadly poison, but her team has two huge, glaring weaknesses: Ground and Psychic types. If you’re team is in good shape after the fight with Bruno, you should be able to speed through Agatha with little problem.

  • Arbok, lv. 53: Glare, Crunch, Poison Jab
  • Gengar, lv. 53: Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb
  • Golbat, lv. 53: Air Slash, Crunch, Quick Attack
  • Weezing, lv. 53: Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Thunderbolt
  • Gengar, lv. 54: Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb

Arbok and Golbat know Crunch, so don’t try your Psychic types unless you know they could either handle one hit or dispatch the opponent with one move. Ground types—especially the speedy Dugtrio—or a strong ‘mon with Earthquake would be your best ally against Arbok, though Golbat will probably need a Pokemon with a Rock or Electric type move.

Weezing is a bit of an odd inclusion. Shadow Ball is the only dangerous move it possesses, but this being Gen 1, it doesn’t have a Levitate ability. That means you could probably use Earthquake and destroy it before it had a chance to use Shadow Ball anyway, since Weezing's biggest weakness was always the Ground type.

The same goes for the two Gengar. They’re fast and deadly with special attacks, but Ground type moves exploit its dual Poison type tremendously. Just don’t bring in a Psychic or Fairy type for these battles, and you’ll do fine.

Elite Four Lance

There’s really only one Dragon type family in Gen 1, so Lance’s team was always a bit of a hodgepodge. The Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee! games varied Lance’s party quite a bit, though, replacing both Dragonair with Seadra and Charizard respectively.

  • Seadra, lv. 54: Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse, Hyper Beam
  • Aerodactyl, lv. 54: Rock Slide, Earthquake, Hyper Beam
  • Gyrados, lv. 54: Waterfall, Iron Tail, Hyper Beam
  • Charizard, lv. 54: Air Slash, Dragon Pulse, Hyper Beam
  • Dragonite, lv. 55: Outrage, Fire Punch, Hyper Beam

This is where a well-balanced party and moveset comes in handy. Ice types or moves would do well against Dragonite, but that’s about it, and Electric types tend to be fast, yet frail.

Seadra is best dealt with using Electric types or moves. Grass may be tempting, but unless you have a strong or varied Grass type, it’s not really worth taking into the League battles, because there just aren’t enough type advantages for it (and there plenty against it). Gyrados looks fearsome, but can’t hold up to Thunder or Thunderbolt (even Thunder Punch).

Aerodactyl's weakness to focus on is also Electric. A strong Electric type might withstand Aerodactyl’s Earthquake long enough to knock the foe out, but if you’re having too much trouble, a Fighting type would suffice. It might be part Flying, but in the first matches, it knows no Flying moves.

Then there’s Charizard. Water would likely be your best friend here, though Electric could, again, exploit its Flying aspect if it can take a few hits on the way. The best choice for Charizard would actually be a Rock type move, dealing four times the damage owing to its Fire/Flying split, while having the benefit of a large HP pool.

Dragonite, king of the Gen 1 Pokedex, isn’t all that intimidating this time. The biggest Dragon weakness is always ice, so Ice Beam a few times, and down it goes. Fire Punch might look intimidating, but like with Lorelai, there’s no pure Ice type, and a strong Water type you taught Ice Beam to would make this battle incredibly easy.

One other thing to keep in mind is having a viable second for backup. That way, if you get hit by Hyper Beam and lose one of your 'mon, you can use the recharge turn to finish your foe.

Your Rival

Remember when I said the Elite Four actually has five trainers? That’s because your rival beats you to the title of Champion and is your final challenge. His team is completely different from Gary’s team in Gen 1, so if you’re thinking your old strategies would work well here, think again.

  • Pidgeot, lv. 56: Quick Attack, Air Slash, Heat Wave
  • Vileplume, lv. 56: Solar Beam, Reflect, Sludge Bomb
  • Marowak, lv. 56: Fire Punch, Brick Break, Bonemerang
  • Rapidash, lv. 56: Flare Blitz, Quick Attack, Poison Jab
  • Slowbro, lv. 56: Psychic, Surf, Light Screen
  • Jolteon, lv. 57 (Let's GO Pikachu): Thunder, Quick Attack, Pin Missile
  • Raichu, lv. 57 (Let's GO Eevee): Thunder, Quick Attack, Iron Tail

Your Ice type 'mons or moves you used against Lance would help tremendously against Pidgeot and Vileplume, especially since Vileplume’s Solar Beam takes a turn to charge, and Pidgeot’s Heat Wave would only do normal damage against an Ice/Water type.

Your rival’s Marowak is designed to deal with Ice types, but a Water type or Ice/Water mix would have no trouble in this match. Plus, you could use the same Pokemon to take out Rapidash without much issue, since its only concerning move is Poison Jab.

The only difference between your rival’s Slowbro and Lorelei’s is his knows Light Screen instead of Flamethrower. If it poses too many problems as the battle wears on, since it lessens the damage your Electric types could deal, you could shatter it with Brick Break, then continue whittling its health down. Raichu and Jolteon aren’t too worrisome either. By now, you know how to effectively use Ground types, and neither knows a move that can really harm a Ground type anyway.

Now What? Elite 4 Postgame

Congratulations! You're now Pokemon Champion and beat the game. But, if you're wondering what to do after beating the Elite Four, there's actually a lot of postgame content in the Let's Go games. The biggest challenges actually still lie in store--Master Trainers, and Trainers Red, Blue, and Green. You can check out our guide for more details on how to find and beat those three.

But, you can also re-challenge the Elite Four and your rival once per day, which is a great way to level up for the other postgame challenges.

Each trainer's Pokemon are 10 levels stronger than they were the first time, each added an Alolan Form Pokemon (plus Lance has Mega Charizard), and then they all have a fourth move in their set, with some other move changes too.

Fans who've played earlier games set in Kanto will probably recognize these movesets as closer to Gens I and II's Elite Four

Lorelei Rematch

  • Dewgong, lv. 61: Aqua Jet, Ice Shard, Waterfall, Iron Tail
  • Jynx, lv. 61: Lovely Kiss, Blizzard, Psychic, Shadow Ball
  • Cloyster, lv. 61: Ice Beam, Spike Cannon, Hydro Pump, Poison Jab
  • Slowbro, lv. 61: Psychic, Surf, Fire Blast, Yawn
  • Alolan Sandslash, lv. 61: Ice Shard, Iron Tail, Earthquake, Ice Punch
  • Lapras, lv. 62: Hydro Pump, Blizzard, Dragon Pulse, Thunder

Your strategy for this rematch won't need too much changing. Most of the additional moves can cause different kinds of damage or inflict status, but don't change the game much. The biggest differences are Alolan Sandslash and Jynx's Shadow Ball. Sandslash's weakness is Fighting, which would deal four times the normal damage, taking advantage of Ice and Steel's weakness.

Jynx could still be taken care of with a fast Ghost type or another Pokemon who knows Ghost or Dark moves, so it shouldn't be too messy. Lapras's Thunder is deadly, but won't harm a Fighting type terribly either.

Bruno Rematch

  • Onix, lv. 62: Iron Tail, Stealth Rock, Earthquake
  • Hitmonlee, lv. 62: Hi Jump Kick, Feint, Rock Slide, Poison Jab
  • Hitmonchan, lv. 62: Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Fire Punch, Feint
  • Poliwrath, lv. 62: Superpower, Waterfall, Body Slam, Earthquake
  • Alolan Golem, lv. 62: Thunder Punch, Rock Slide, Earthquake, Superpower
  • Machamp, lv. 63: Superpower, Earthquake, Rock Slide, Ice Punch

Bruno's team is a bit more well-rounded in the rematch, but it's nothing earth-shattering. Golem's slow speed means you can take it out with a Water type before it can even land a Thunder Punch, and unless you planned on using a Flying type for Machamp, Ice Punch doesn't add much to its move roster.

Hi Jump Kick can cause a lot of damage if it actually connects, and with Hitmonlee now knowing Poison Jab, it means your best bet is a devastating Psychic type--Mewtwo, if you're struggling with your normal team.

Agatha Rematch

  • Arbok, lv. 63: Glare, Crunch, Poison Jab, Earthquake
  • Gengar, lv. 63: Will-O-Wisp, Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Sucker Punch
  • Golbat, lv. 63: Air Slash, Crunch, Quick Attack, Leech Life
  • Weezing, lv. 63: Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Thunder, Fire Blast
  • Alolan Marowak, lv. 63: Flare Blitz, Bonemerang, Shadow Ball, Rock Slide
  • Gengar, lv. 64: Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Sucker Punch

Agatha's new additions don't do much to cover her primary weaknesses either. Alolan Marowak's dismal Special Attack stat means Shadow Ball won't pose much threat, and if your Ground type is up for it, Marowak's Fire type means Earthquake (or even Bone Club or Bonemerang) would work just fine here too.

Weezing and Arbok get a couple of upgrades, though they're mostly just ways to dish out higher damage levels. Sucker Punch is one to be aware of, since it can quickly wear your Pokemon down if you don't end the fight in a few moves.

Lance Rematch

  • Seadra, lv. 64: Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse, Hyper Beam, Blizzard
  • Aerodactyl, lv. 64: Rock Slide, Earthquake, Hyper Beam, Crunch
  • Gyrados, lv. 64: Waterfall, Iron Tail, Hyper Beam, Crunch
  • Alolan Exeggutor, lv. 64: Dragon Pulse, Mega Drain, Hyper Beam, Psychic
  • Charizard, lv. 64 (can Mega Evolve into Charizard X): Flare Blitz, Dragon Pulse, Hyper Beam, Thunder Punch
  • Dragonite, lv. 65: Outrage, Fire Punch, Hyper Beam, Iron Tail

Lance's team gets the most upgrades, with Alolan Exeggutor and Mega Charizard X being the noteworthy ones. Charizard's Thunder Punch makes Water types less viable this go around, so make sure at least one of your team knows a good Rock type move.

Alolan Exeggutor is incredibly weak against Ice, but can easily take out a Hitmonchan or Water/Ice type with Psychic and Mega Drain respectively. Flying type moves would be useful, as would Fire moves, and if you're finding it difficult, don't forget those X stat buff items exist for a reason.

Rival Rematch

  • Pidgeot, lv. 66: Quick Attack, Air Slash, Heat Wave, U-Turn
  • Vileplume, lv. 66: Solar Beam, Reflect, Sludge Bomb, Dazzling Gleam
  • Marowak, lv. 66: Fire Punch, Brick Break, Bonemerang, Thunder Punch
  • Rapidash, lv. 66: Flare Blitz, Quick Attack, Poison Jab, Drill Run
  • Slowbro, lv. 66: Psychic, Surf, Light Screen, Blizzard
  • Jolteon, lv. 67 (Let's GO Pikachu): Thunder, Quick Attack, Pin Missile, Shadow Ball
  • Raichu, lv. 67 (Let's GO Eevee): Thunder, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Brick Break

Your rival's team gets some extra moves and, of course, stat improvements. However, their new moves don't alter much in terms of strategy, except Marowak's Thunder Punch. It'll be a tough fight, but chances are, the team you used the first time wills till work in the rematch.


Let us know what team you used to take on the Elite Four in the comments, and be sure to check out our other Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee guides!

Warner Bros. Interactive Announces The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:36:21 -0500 QuintLyn

When The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part releases next year, it will be accompanied by a new video game and LEGO building sets. The new game, titled The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame, will be based on the events of the movie.

Players will take on the role of Emmet and Lucy following an alien invasion that destroys Bricksburg. In order to save their friends, they'll have to travel outside their own world into the Systar System and rescue them from the aliens.

While traveling in the Systar System, players will need to explore everywhere, looking for items, materials, and tools needed to help them travel across the LEGO universe. They'll be able to explore a vast variety of environments, obtain different vehicles, and discover previously unknown space creatures.

If you've played a LEGO game before, you know what you're in for as The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame puts a lot of emphasis on puzzle solving and building, and, of course, it will be completely family friendly. 

Expect the game to launch sometime around the movie's release in February 2019, when it will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite's Patch 6.31 Brings High Rarity Pump Shotguns and More Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:05:51 -0500 William R. Parks

As Fortnite's popularity continues to sky-rocket, and with recent reports putting the player-base at over 200 million, Epic Games is keeping fans invested through frequent updates packed with new weapons and ways to play. Today's patch is no exception, and v6.31 brings Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns and a new Limited Time Mode to the battle-royale sensation.

As one might expect, Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns are upgraded variants of their Uncommon and Rare counterparts. Both have the potential to perform one-shot kills, and the Legendary Pump Shotgun is capable of such a feat against a fully shielded opponent. They are available from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.

However, these higher rarity variants are not the only things for lovers of Fortnite's close-range gunplay to be excited about in this update. As per the patch notes, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotguns have also received an increase to their maximum damage, and all shotguns will now apply three pellets worth of damage even if only one or two connect.

Additionally, this new update introduces a new Limited Time Mode, pitting teams against one another to see who is the first to rack up 100 kills. It also features new content for Save the World, Fortnite's PvE mode, and a slew of other small gameplay changes and bug fixes.

Shotguns have long been a divisive topic in the Fortnite community. At release, many players felt they were simply too powerful until a patch in June decreased shotgun damage output significantly. With this new update, it is clear that Epic is still not satisfied with where the high-power close-range weapon sits relative to the other artillery available.

While it seems unlikely that many hope that today's patch will return shotguns to their launch power levels, weapon changes always provide exciting opportunities for players to rediscover and reconsider their battle-royale tactics. The success that has befallen Fortnite is due, in no small part, to Epic's willingness to continually make these types of adjustments. Update 6.31 is just another such example.

Full patch notes for today's update are available at Epic Game's website.

Save Up To 60% On Nintendo eShop Games During The Cyber Deals Sale Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:44:18 -0500 QuintLyn

The season of holiday sales is here and Nintendo is ready. For a limited time -- until November 28 -- fans can save up to 50% on select games on Nintendo Switch and 3DS games on the eShop.

More than 70 game are included in the sale, including FIFA 19, DOOM, DRAGON BALL Fighter Z, FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD, and Undertale on the Nintendo Switch.  Nintendo 3DS players can look forward to deals on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 3D, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survior 2: Record Breaker, Tetris Ultimate, and Gravity Falls - Legend of the Gnome Gemulets.

Deals on the Nintendo Switch range from 11% to 60% off. (Both of the 60% off deals are on Mario + Rabbids games.) Nintendo 3DS players can look forward to 33% or 50% off their games, with most of the games being 50% off.

All of the games can be bough through the Nintendo eShop or via a special holiday deal page on the Nintendo website.

In addition, those looking for something a bit more physical, Nintendo also has a selection of Black Friday deals, including a Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $299.99. A yellow-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with Super Mario Maker is also available for $79.99.

Top 10 Strategy Games We're Looking Forward To In 2019 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 08:00:01 -0500 Fox Doucette

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Triumph Studios returns to a classic franchise they helped to codify as they have partnered with publisher Paradox Interactive to release Age of Wonders: Planetfall next year.


This time, though, they've left their fantasy universe behind to get on a rocket and blast off into space, with a new sci-fi setting.


The same tactical combat and empire building you know and love now comes with hulking giant war machines, laser-shooting bad guys, and other stuff that suggests that Triumph's taking a page from Warhammer and creating its own sort of Age of Wonders 40K.


And hey, some people are into that sort of thing. Others prefer orcs to space marines.


But if you like the idea of Age of Wonders IN SPACE!, you'll get your fix in 2019.




See anything you like? Let us know which of these and other strategy game you're most looking forward to in 2019 in the comments below!

Desperados 3

Love a game with spaghetti-Western gameplay but maybe the action-RPG elements of Red Dead Redemption 2 aren't up your alley?


For you, there's Desperados 3, the latest entry in THQ Nordic's strategy series.


From Mimimi Productions, creators of Shadow Tactics, they've taken their expertise out of feudal Japan and into the Wild West for a squad-based tactics game where the emphasis seems to be on using the titular desperados to lay elaborate traps, draw in the enemy, then give them a delicious lead sandwich for dinner.


The game even seems to have learned a few lessons from Red Dead, insofar as reputation matters. In the game, you'll have to make decisions between causing mayhem and keeping the peace, and townsfolk will react differently to your characters as a result.


This is a departure from the classic XCOM-style game that tends to have a much heavier emphasis on linear progression through a series of field combats.


Best-case scenario, what we'll get is a rich world and branching story. Mimimi has certainly set their sights high.


Desperados 3 is expected to release in Summer 2019.

The Settlers

From developer Blue Byte and publisher Ubisoft comes a second game to go along with Anno 1800, mentioned earlier on this list.


The Settlers, continuing a tradition where reboots this decade are simply given a self-title for the franchise they're in (see Doom and Hitman for other examples), returns the series to its roots as a classic build-and-bash city builder slash RTS.


In recent years, city-builders have shied away from using heavy combat elements because as often as not, that combat feels tacked on and counter to the spirit of the game it's in—the real spiritual successor to the original series, 2014's Banished, completely eschews combat in favor of making the environment the source of the game's challenge.


The Settlers is leaning heavily into it instead, betting that there is a certain breed of player who is nostalgic for the old-school build-and-basher.


The release date is still TBA, but it is expected out next year.

Fire Emblem Three Houses

Love Fire Emblem? Got a Nintendo Switch?


If the answer to both questions is "yes", Nintendo's got what you want.


As the technology has improved on Nintendo's consoles, the depth of Intelligent Systems' fantasy franchise has improved with it, with ever-deeper gameplay, and recent iterations of the series have even come with a few anti-frustration features to minimize the game's notorious controller-breaking difficulty.


Furthermore, the trailer hints at an open world of some sort, possibly blending in more traditional RPG elements to go with the strategy gaming that is the series' hallmark.


How much of that will be in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, we haven't seen yet, but when this game hits the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2019, all will be revealed.

Phoenix Point

What happens when developer Julian Gollop, whose works include UFO: Enemy Unknown, the game that launched the XCOM series, tries his hand at a new sci-fi IP?


Well, the answer might just be Phoenix Point, developed by Snapshot Games, the studio behind the Kickstarter-funded Chaos Reborn.


The story is your classic "scientist finds alien tech underneath ice sheet, which then nearly wipes out humanity" (this time it's a virus, but it could be a Borg drone or a dimensional-portal-opener-upper, the details never seem to matter in these sorts of games...)


Anyway, cue the XCOM-esque gameplay, where you'll engage in strategic thinking, diplomacy, and good old-fashioned killing, all in a world that's less Enemy Unknown and more journey into the heart of a Lovecraft-inspired world of eldritch horrors.


Will stirring Lovecraftian horror into a classic sci-fi trope from a classic sci-fi developer be the road to glory, or will the whole thing be a giant mess?


C'mon, it's Julian Gollop. When Phoenix Point drops, it will instantly end up on every strategy gamer's must-play list.

Anno 1800

The Anno series, at its heart, has always been about historical seafaring during the Age of Exploration and, in a couple of its titles, the Age of Colonization. The two tend to get blurred anyway (thanks largely to Sid Meier, who set most of the genre conventions with Sid Meier's Colonization way back in 1994), so this might just be a case of Anno needing to find a new century prefix.


This time, however, developer Blue Byte seems to be leaning into the Industrial Revolution timeline that the game's title implies, and the combination of exploration and city building looks to have just a little hint of steampunk in it to differentiate the game from the more "early New World" feel of games like Anno 1503.


Anno 1800 is scheduled for a PC release on February 26, 2019.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

Not much is known about this video game tie-in to the Netflix series of the same name, but early indications are that it's going to be a turn-based strategy game pitting Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel against the US Drug Enforcement Agency in a game of move and counter-move.


The Netflix show is renowned for its gritty brutality, and no doubt that vibe is going to translate to the game as well, with players right at the head of all of it.


Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is slated for a PC and console release in the third quarter of 2019, just in time for it to have some press before the hot holiday season releases.

Imperator: Rome

Paradox Interactive has ventured into Roman history before, but the result was the uneven, disappointing Europa Universalis: Rome in 2008.


They've dispensed with trying to make this a Europa Universalis game this time, choosing instead to allow the game some room to breathe in its own right, in hopes that they'll create something that will stand alongside their other historical strategy titles and possibly launch a franchise in its own right to go with EU, Crusader KingsVictoria, and Hearts of Iron.


This doesn't excuse you from making Victoria 3, Paradox. Get on that.


Imperator: Rome will stretch across the known Classical world sometime in early 2019.

Tropico 6

Taking gameplay beyond the confines of a single island for the first time in the Tropico series, Tropico 6 builds on the gameplay of its immediate predecessor to create a series of interconnected island economies across an archipelago, opening up new strategic avenues for the player who's been with this series either in recent iterations or since the very first one hit way back in 2001.


We covered the game with our impressions of the preview build, so why not give that a read while you get yourself hyped up for the game's launch?


Tropico 6 lands on PC January 25, 2019.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Creative Assembly's venerable strategy series ventures into truly new historical territory for the first time since 2009's Empire: Total War. As they try to knock off Koei from their perch atop the throne of Romance of the Three Kingdoms-inspired storytelling through play, they'll be bringing to bear the classic Total War formula that's been working for them since 2000.


On a detailed map of China featuring all the historical locations from the second and third centuries AD, the early look and feel of the combat seems vaguely reminiscent of the old Rise of the Samurai campaign in Shogun 2: Total War from 2011.


Total War: Three Kingdoms drops on Steam on March 7, 2019.


2019 is looking like a great year for gaming overall, and the strategy genre is no different.


From historical wargames to a classic fantasy franchise getting a new coat of sci-fi paint to city builders right out of the '90s, there's something for everyone out there.


So check out our list of the top 10 most anticipated strategy games of 2019. Who knows, you may see something you'll like.

How to Battle Red, Green, and Blue in Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee! Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:55:53 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon: Let's Go games essentially retell Pokemon Yellow's story, albeit with new protagonists. You encounter Blue shortly after beginning your adventure, but if you're wondering where Red is, where the much-hyped Green is hiding, and how to battle them all, we've got you covered.

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How to Find and Challenge Blue in Pokemon: Let's Go

You'll run across Blue in Pewter City, then again on the S.S. Anne, and basically in all the places you found him back in Gen I.

But, you only battle him twice. The first time is in Silph Co., when he wants to check and see whether you can handle Team Rocket. His team isn't too well-developed at this point:

  • Exeggutor, lv. 38: Power Whip, Psychic, Light Screen
  • Charizard, lv. 40: Heat Wave, Slash, Air Slash

After you obtain the Earth Badge and defeat the Elite Four, Blue takes up residence in Viridian Gym, just like in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. You can challenge him once per day, and as longtime fans will already know, his team has no stand-out weaknesses.

  • Tauros, lv. 66: Double Edge, Earthquake, Rockslide, Iron Tail
  • Gyrados, lv. 66: Waterfall, Crunch, Outrage, Earthquake
  • Aerodactyl, lv. 66: Rock Slide, Crunch, Iron Tail, Earthquake
  • Alakazam, lv. 66: Dazzling Gleam, Reflect, Psychic, Foul Play
  • Exeggutor, lv. 66: Power Whip, Stomp, Psychic, Light Screen
  • Charizard/Mega Charizard Y, lv. 68: Fire Blast, Hyper Beam, Air Slash, Dragon Pulse

Be prepared for a tough fight. Almost all of his part Flying types use Earthquake, so you'll need to bank on either your Pokemon toughing a hit out for you or demolishing the opponent with Thunder in one turn. A fighting type could withstand Tauros's rock and steel attacks, then quickly dispatch the opponent.

As always, Exeggutor is devastating the longer the battle; if you have a strong fire or flying type, though, it goes down pretty quickly. Charizard's dual weakness makes a rock type ideal--with Dragon Pulse being the only somewhat dangerous move in the set--though a water type could bring it down quickly as well.

How to Find and Battle Green

At long last, Green leaps out of the manga and into the Pokemon universe proper in the Let's GO games. You won't encounter her until the postgame, though.

Your rival mentions a girl who wanted to catch Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave and tells you she's inside the cave looking for it. Naturally, you catch it first, so she challenges you to a battle. After defeating her in the Cave, you can battle her once daily in Cerulean City.

Green's team is equally as strong as Blue's, though a quick-moving ground type could handle half of it.

  • Clefable, lv. 66: Moonblast, Light Screen, Reflect, Tri Attack
  • Gengar, lv. 66: Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Will-O-Wisp
  • Kanghaskhan, lv. 66: Dizzy Punch, Sucker Punch, Thunder Punch, Brick Break
  • Victreebell, lv. 66: Power Whip, Poison Jab, Sucker Punch, Leech Life
  • Ninetales, lv. 66: Fire Blast, Dark Pulse, Foul Play, Hyper Beam
  • Blastoise/Mega Blastoise, lv. 68: Hydro Pump, Flash Cannon, Ice Beam, Fake Out

Your own Victreebell would be ideal for handling Clefable and Blastoise, since its speed means it stands a chance of doling out serious damage before getting hit by the latter's Ice Beam. At the very least, you'll need a poison type attack to exploit Clefable's weakness and get around its massive amounts of HP and high defense stats.

Ground or psychic would take care of Gengar and Ninetales--possibly Victreebell, though psychic stands a much better chance against Victreebell's Power Whip. Your best heavy hitter could take care of Kanghaskhan with little trouble, and chances are, Pikachu or Eevee could handle Blastoise if you don't have any other viable candidates.

How to Find and Battle Red

Finding Red involves you meeting a specific set of requirements. First, you have to beat the Elite Four and unlock the ability to challenge Master Trainers--the 153 trainers scattered across Kanto, specializing in superpowered versions of one Pokemon.

You have to beat six Master Trainers and have a party of six Pokemon on your team, then head to the gates of the Indigo Plateau, just before the Pokemon League. Red will be there, waiting for your challenge. And it's quite the challenge, as Red is the strongest trainer in the game--and you can't use any items.

  • Pikachu, lv. 85: Thunderbolt, Brick Break, Iron Tail, Reflect
  • Machamp, lv. 85: Superpower, Fire Blast, Earthquake, Hyper Beam
  • Arcanine, lv. 85: Heat Wave, Crunch, Will-O-Wisp, Roar
  • Lapras, lv. 85: Ice Shard, Waterfall, Body Slam, Megahorn
  • Snorlax, lv. 85: Toxic, Protect, Rest, Body Slam
  • Venasaur/Mega Venasaur, lv. 85: Sludge Bomb, Leech Seed, Mega Drain, Amnesia

There's no one Pokemon that can easily sweep Red's team (even your overpowered starter). Pikachu won't be able to do much against a ground type, preferably Dugtrio, and it'll handle Arcanine easily too. Pigeot or Fearow would crush Machamp and Venasaur fairly easily--or one of the legendary birds, should you be so inclined to pull that trump card.

Snorlax admittedly loses some of its potency by being limited to Gen I moves, since you don't have to worry about Sleep Talk or Snore. If Rest gives you some hassle, consider using a Pokemon with Disable to take that move out for at least two turns while you lay on the damage meanwhile. Your starter would probably work best on Lapras, especially if you're playing Let's Go, Eevee! but if all else fails, a strong Raichu would make quick work of the beast.


There's a ton of postgame content in the Let's GO games, but finding and fighting Red, Green, and Blue offers excellent challenge and plucks the nostalgia strings at the same time. Let us know how you'll be tackling these legendary trainers in the comments, and be sure to check out our other Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee guides!

The Wild West Comes to Fortnite in New Update, Dynamite Already Disabled Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:36:04 -0500 William R. Parks

A new Limited Time Mode has just been added to Epic Games' colossal battle royale, Fortnite, and it is transporting players back to the Wild West.

"Use weapons from frontier times in this Limited Time Mode to earn a Victory Royale!" Epic's patch notes state.

This restricted set of "frontier" weaponry includes hunting rifles, pump shotguns, double barrel, shotguns, six shooters, and miniguns. Additionally, supply drops can contain epic six shooters as well as legendary double barrel shotguns and miniguns.

Also with this Limited Time Mode comes an exciting new weapon, dynamite. Details are as follows:

  • Uncommon rarity, found in stacks of 3.
  • Available from floor loot, chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.
  • 70 damage to players and 800 damage to structures.
  • Explosion is in the shape of a flat cylinder (1600 units in diameter and 384 units in height.)
  • Initiating a throw will start a 5-second fuse that can't be canceled.
  • Throw range is shorter than standard Grenades.

However, within an hour of the new weapon's release, reported client crashes have forced Epic to disable dynamite for the time being.

"We'll update you once we have more information," a Tweet from the official Fortnite account reads.

Additionally, Content Update 6.30 brings a new weapon to "Save the World," Fortnite's PvE mode.

Available via the Weekly Store (from Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. EDT to Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. EDT) the Ghost Pistol is a "slow firing pistol that shoots ghostly projectiles that pass through walls and enemies."

Limited Time Modes are a great way to give fans a new way to play their favorite shooter, and this event's thematic approach is a wonderful implementation. Here's hoping that Epic can resolve the dynamite issue and get these desperadoes and outlaws back to blowing each other to smithereens in short order.

For full details on today's update, patch notes are available on Epic Games' website.