Nintendo Direct Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Nintendo Direct RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announced With Whole Roster, Release Date Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:22:26 -0400 Ashley Gill

Rumors were flying that we'd hear about a new Smash Bros. game during this year's Nintendo Direct at E3 -- and those rumors turned out to be true, but no one could have anticipated it to have turned out to be such an ambitious project. This seems like it could be Smash's final form -- though that is surely not the case.

The new entry to the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aims to pull Smash of all generations together to make for one big cohesive fight-off. Within its roster lies every single fighter previously found in a Smash Bros. game. Newer combatants, like Kid Icarus, will be able to fight with old staples like Ice Climbers and each crossover character the series has seen in previous entries, such as Snake and Sonic.

There's a lot more to get excited about in this upcoming release than just the character roster, though. The game was shown to have a number of changes from previous iterations during today's Nintendo Direct Smash presentation with Masahiro Sakurai. Instead of boring you with a bunch of paragraphs, let's go over some of the new features/changes in some easily digestable chunks.

  • The game will have directional air dodging
  • Perfect shielding will be done upon release of the block button
  • Many characters have different Final Smash moves
  • Ryu will automatically face opponents
  • There will be male and female Pokemon Trainer options and players will be able to "main" a particular Pokemon out of their three
  • "Echo Fighters" are being introduced, which are slight variations of the character they are echoing (Daisy is an echo for Peach, for example)
  • Returning stages have been balanced or changed aesthetically
  • All stages will now have the standard as well as Omega forms, with the Omega form being universal across all stages
  • More assist trophies are being added, including the Squid Sisters from the first Splatoon
  • Many characters now have unique mechanics that will be displayed above their health gauge, like Cloud's Limit Break and Villager's pocket

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7, 2018

Announced roster

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 65 characters announced and three Echo Fighter variations. You are sure to see some of your favorites from previous entries below, as Ultimate will feature every character ever introduced into the Smash Bros. Universe.

Two new characters have been announced for this release: Inkling and Ridley.

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Fox
  • Shiek
  • Zelda
  • Meta Knight
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Ice Climbers
  • Pikachu
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Peach
  • Captain Falcon
  • Inkling
  • Cloud
  • Sonic
  • Ike
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Lucario
  • Dark Pit
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Greninja
  • R.O.B.
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Rosalina & Luna
  • Wario
  • Mii (3 modes)
  • Little Mac
  • Young Link
  • Toon Link
  • King Dedede
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Ganondorf
  • Ryu
  • Luigi
  • Mega Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Dr. Mario
  • Palutena
  • Ridley

Nintendo had a pretty great Direct this E3, but Smash Bros. was by far the icing on the cake. Look out for more Smash Bros. Ultimate news on GameSkinny. Don't forget that ever-important December 7 release date!

Octopath Traveler Keeps Name, Launches July 13 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:12:23 -0500 Erroll Maas

During yesterday's Nintendo Direct, upcoming Square Enix RPG Octopath Traveler was shown, and it will launch on July 13, 2018, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Two new characters in the game were also introduced: Tressa the merchant and Alfyn the apothecary. Tressa has the special ability to purchase items from various NPCs, while Alfyn can question NPCs and gain information from them that other characters can't. Every character in the game has a main class as their job but can be given an extra job as well to create different combinations.

Additionally, a  special collector's edition of the game was revealed. This special edition will include a soundtrack, a pop-up book featuring all eight main characters, and a special coin.

Octopath Traveler will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018. A demo version of the game is available for download on the Nintendo Switch eShop but may not be indicative of the final product, as various changes and improvements have been made since.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Octopath Traveler as it develops.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix Announced for Nintendo Switch Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:22:00 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

During today's Nintendo Direct Mini, the critically acclaimed cult classic action-RPG The World Ends With You was announced for the Nintendo Switch, with a sort of Ultimate Edition titled The World Ends With You: Final Remix.

Final Remix will contain everything that the original TWEWY did, as well as an expansion to the game in the form of a "sizable new scenario that gets right to the heart of the story," potentially addressing certain aspects of the original game's story that weren't fully explored or explained. The game also features the redone hand-drawn versions of the original game's pixelated sprites, originally seen in the mobile port The World Ends With You: Solo Remix, and will allow the player to control the game using either the original touch screen controls or a new Joy-Con control scheme.

For those who missed out on the original over 10 years ago, The World Ends With You is an action-RPG co-developed by Square Enix and Jupiter Corporation, who are most well known for their work on Pokémon Pinball and numerous Picross titles. The game stars a teenage boy named Neku, who is drawn against his will into a mysterious challenge gauntlet that involves him and a handful of other kids being forced to fight for their lives while slowly uncovering the mystery of the game's malevolent benefactor. The game was highly praised upon release for its unique control scheme, intriguing plot, and wholly unique and punkish graphics and music.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix is planned for release some time in 2018. You can watch the brief segment of the Mini Nintendo Direct announcing the game below:

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Coming to Switch this Spring Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:21:12 -0500 Highties

Today, in a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, a slew of new games were announced for the Nintendo Switch. One of those games is a port of Nintendo's first collaboration with Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be released this spring.

Originally released as a Wii U exclusive back in 2014, Hyrule Warriors sold well for a Wii U game and got positive reviews, with a score of 76 on Metacritic, making it a well-received Warriors title. The Definitive Edition will include all the DLC from the Wii U and 3DS versions; local, two-player co-op; and new costumes for Zelda and Link, which will be the Breath of the Wild outfits.

Because of the success of 2014's original Wii U release, Nintendo continued to work with Koei Tecmo, releasing Fire Emblem Warriors. However, many fans were disappointed when there was no announcement for a sequel or definitive edition to Hyrule Warriors in 2017, so Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and showed it in action at their Direct Mini. 


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition as it develops.

Mario Tennis Aces Revealed for Nintendo Switch Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:20:42 -0500 Highties

In a surprise, Nintendo had a Direct Mini today, and with that came several game announcements. Even more surprising, Nintendo revealed a brand-new Mario Tennis game for the Nintendo Switch called Mario Tennis Aces, coming to the hybrid console this Spring. 

Mario Tennis Aces promises to offer a new level of skill and competitive gameplay to the series, as well as a brand-new story, which we haven't seen in a Mario Tennis game since Power Tour on the Gameboy Advance. The game will include a variety of missions and boss battles -- with even more to be announced at a later date. The game developers over at Camelot, responsible for the Mario Tennis games since the days of the Nintendo 64, are behind the upcoming release.

Mario Tennis was first released on the Virtual Boy as a pack-in game for North America. The reviews were mixed at the time; however, that didn't stop it from becoming a spin-off franchise for Nintendo, and it even helped usher in a new era of Nintendo sports games in general. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Mario Tennis Aces as it develops. 

Dark Souls: Remastered Announced on Nintendo Direct Mini Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:35:42 -0500 Kat De Shields

Get ready to fling your Nintendo Switch across the room because Dark Souls: Remastered is coming to this portable console. Brought to you by Bandai Namco Entertainment, you can look forward to playing this title on May 25th. 

In a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini held this morning, Nintendo announced the first title in the renowned Dark Souls series would be available on their newest platform. The remaster includes the "Artorias of the Abyss" DLC. To sweeten the deal, Nintendo also announced they will improve the framerate and resolution of the original Dark Souls game for its port to the Switch. 

The first entry of the Dark Souls series was initially released in September 2011 and is currently available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Since its release, the franchise has gathered a massive fan-base of people who live for a challenging, and sometimes grueling, gaming experience. Now, you can return to Lordran and play this classic on the go. Just be careful how you rage quit with your Switch.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo and Dark Souls news. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct Reveals Tons of Info on Blades, Characters, and Upcoming DLCs Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:11:01 -0500 Autumn Fish

Today, Monolith Soft presented us with a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct to finally cover more details on their upcoming exclusive RPG -- and about time, if I do say so, myself. We're barely a month away from sinking our teeth into this crazy fantasy world, yet we've hardly been told a thing about it. They certainly had a lot to talk about, today, though, to make up for it.

Let's dive in!

Japanese Voiceover Available as Free DLC on Launch Day

Before they dived into the meat of the Direct, they revealed that they're adding a Japanese Voiceover for those of us who want to experience the game in its original language. It will arrive with the game on launch day and must be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Story and Character Introduction Trailer

Following the announcement for the Japanese Voiceover, they revealed a new trailer that covers some of the Characters found in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, along with a peek at the role they play in the story. At the end of the trailer, there's even a minor glimpse of a unique Blade for Rex called Mythra.

More Info on Blades, the Living Weapons

Blades are essentially artificial lifeforms who can be used as weapons by forming a bond with people called Drivers. These bonds form when a Driver finds a Core Crystal and resonates with the Blade that's born from it.

One Driver can bond with multiple Blades--some of which are rare. Each Blade is special and comes with its own weapon, abilities, and design to really set itself apart. Seek out many Blades and bond with them by building trust in order to grow the strength of your team.

Beautiful Landscapes Packed with Colorful Wildlife

The Direct shows off many different landscapes that you'll be exploring, including grassy plains, caverns, winter wonderlands, deserts, and cloud beaches. No matter where you end up going, though, you'll find all sorts of wildlife.

Wildlife found in each area changes depending on the time and weather. You might find peaceful herbivores or aggressive predators roaming the land. Many of these creatures have interesting AI that breathes extra life into the world, such as traveling in herds or performing rituals, while others still could show up in the middle of a fight or even call for help.

There are many especially strong monsters that drop rare items when defeated. If you manage to kill one, it drops a tombstone in its place. Interacting with this tombstone allows you to fight the monsters again and show it who's boss.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Blade Abilities

Blades have a wide array of support abilities. For example, while you're out in the field, some Blades may increase the number of items you find while others may open up new pathways. In battle, they may use Blade Arts to protect or buff their Driver. Each Blade has their own unique weapon type, elemental type, and support abilities to make use of.

Blades can be strengthened in three ways. Aux Cores are essentially accessories that come with various passive boosts to enhance abilities. Core Chips directly alter weapons by boosting its stats and altering its appearance. And finally, you may boost a Blades abilities by filling out their Affinity Chart. As the trust between Blade and Driver grows through use and Heart-to-Hearts, you unlock more of the Affinity Chart to utilize stronger abilities.

Excess Blades can be paired together into Mercenary Groups. Send these Mercenary Groups out on Missions and the Blades in it will come back with Experience Points, Rewards, and extra Trust for the Affinity Chart.

Exploring the World of Alrest

The Cloud Sea goes through high and low tides just like any other sea, which means, depending on the time of day, you may be able to go cloud swimming and reach sweet new areas. As you explore, you'll find Collection Points reminiscent of older Xenoblade Chronicles titles. Interacting with these points allows you to collect items for use in all sorts of things.

There are also Salvage Points to be found near the Cloud Sea. Certain Drivers can use these Salvage Points to dive below the clouds and collect unique items. You may even drag a few monsters back up with you, while you're at it.

As you explore Alrest, you'll come across various landmarks. These landmarks are found all over the place, from centralized locations to hard to reach places. Unlocking a landmark allows you to fast travel back to it at any time. Here the DIrect also reveals that you may manipulate time by changing the in-game clock and even take the mini-map off the screen, or use a fullscreen translucent map to help you find your way around.

Exploring Alrest Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap

Of course, you'll find tons of cities while exploring the world of Alrest.  Each one is unique and packed full of people. There are merchants that will trade you gold or other items for packs of items that you put together. Other citizens you meet may even have requests for you to complete for rewards.

Interesting Collectibles and Unique Customization

The Trade Guild has many shops set up for all of your many needs. Here you can buy miscellaneous items like musical instruments or books that, when placed in a characters belt pouch, may greatly increase certain battle stats. There's even an accessory shop where you can buy items that increase your Drivers' stats while worn. 

There's a unique Blade called Poppi that can be customized by playing a special mini-game called "Tiger! Tiger!". The rewards earned from the game are used to upgrade her abilities and change her elemental type. No other Blade has unique customization quite like Poppi.

All About Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battles

A party consists of up to three Drivers with three Blades each to switch between (four for Rex). Auto Attacks will charge up the more powerful Driver Arts. If you overfill your Driver Arts gauge, you begin charging a powerful Special Attack. If you continue to charge the Special Gauge, you can level it up to a maximum of four for more powerful attacks. Allies will even wait for your command before they use their own specials.

There are three different types of Blades: Attackers, Tanks, and Healers. The combination you wind up bringing into battle determines the Driver's class. The class will determine what sorts of bonuses your Driver earns.

Each Blade has four Driver Arts to choose from. A Driver may pick only three of the four Driver Arts to bring into battle, leaving a Driver with up to nine Arts to choose from between their three different Blades. As a Driver levels up, they may learn new skills and buffs for their Arts.

Battles and Combos Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap

The Combo System

There are three different types of combos in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Driver Combos are performed by chaining together Arts to essentially juggle a monster. You can break a monster's guard, then topple it, launch it, and smash it back down to the ground. If you manage to get an enemy stuck in a Driver Combo, it won't even be able to attack or defend itself.

Blade Combos are performed by using a special that uses one of the specified elements on the HUD. Keep the combo going by following up with your allies' special attacks. If you reach the end of a combo, a mysterious Elemental Orb will appear and circle the enemy. If you start a Blade Combo while in the middle of a Driver Combo, you'll execute a Fusion Combo that deals massive damage.

As you battle, the Party Gauge will slowly fill. While it's normally used to revive fallen allies, it can be used to perform a Chain Attack when completely full. During a Chain Attack, each Driver performs their Special one right after another to combo the enemy. Normally this ends after three turns, but the Chain Attack will continue going if you manage to burst Elemental Orbs.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass DLC

They also announced an Expansion Pack available for $29.99 that comes with five unique DLCs that are set to release over the span of the next year.

Expansion Pass Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct DLC

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also getting an update on November 9th. The game will receive a new side quest that you can complete to earn Rex's costume.

Pro Controller, Special Edition, and eShop Pre-Purchase

A brand new themed Pro Controller will also release alongside the game on December 1st.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pro Controller

They even revealed a Special Edition for the game that comes with 220-page hardbound art book, a CD of some of the best songs from the soundtrack, and the game in a metal game case. Buying or pre-ordering the Special Edition will set you back $99.99.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition Nintendo Direct Recap

On a closing note, the DIrect ends off with an announcement that the game is now available for pre-purchase on the NIntendo eShop. If you snag it now, you'll have it all pre-loaded and ready to go when the game finally launches at midnight on December 1st.

That's all, folks!

Today's Nintendo Direct blew us away with a wealth of new information on the upcoming RPG. Thankfully, the game is just around the corner, so we won't have to wait much longer before we can finally play this gorgeous-looking game.

In the meantime, be sure to check back with GameSkinny for all sorts of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coverage and all things Nintendo.

First Trailer for Super Meat Boy Forever Revealed Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:48:26 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

The first trailer for the sequel to Super Meat Boy -- an endless runner with similar mechanics and difficulty titled Super Meat Boy Forever -- was shown off at the start of the Nintendo Summer 2017 Nindies presentation earlier today.

Super Meat Boy was an indie platformer from 2010 developed by Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat. It starred the titular Meat Boy in an quest to rescue his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the spiteful and jealous Dr. Fetus. The game is both acclaimed and infamous for being both extremely difficult, but also fairly designed by giving the player full control of the character, as well as providing a large quantity of levels.

Super Meat Boy Forever seems to be attempting to take that same design philosophy in a new direction. The game picks up some time after the events of the first Super Meat Boyand shows both Meat Boy and Bandage girl once again up against Dr. Fetus, this time attempting to save their baby named Nugget. Like the first game, Super Meat Boy Forever is a tough-as-nails platformer with simple controls and one-hit deaths, but this time with a twist, as the game takes the format of a "runner" style of game.

Edmund McMillen has been quick to identify Forever as a true sequel to the original game and not just some sort of simplified spin off. On the Super Meat Boy website he said:

To describe Super Meat Boy Forever as an auto-runner would be a disservice. It’s like saying that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game about a swordsman. Meat Boy / Bandage Girl do always run, but there is so much more to the game than running. They can attack enemies, they can dash through the air, there are tons of levels, there are bosses, there are secrets, and there is a surprising amount of difficulty that doesn’t feel unfair. It’s everything you would expect a Super Meat Boy sequel to be. Super Meat Boy Forever is a Super Meat Boy game that you can play anywhere on pretty much any device that’s powerful enough to run it!

Super Meat Boy Forever will launch first on Nintendo Switch some time in 2018.

Pokemon Direct Reveals Pokken on Switch, and New 3DS Titles Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:54:25 -0400 David Fisher

Today, The Pokemon Company released an unexpected Pokemon Direct only a week before Nintendo's own E3 Presentation is set to air. If the suddenness of the Pokemon Direct announcement caught you off guard, what was announced during the direct certainly will. Here's what you need to know about the latest in Pokemon News!

Pokken Tournament DX

Pokken Tournament is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Pokken Tournament DX -- a deluxe version of the arcade-style fighter that will be released on September 22, 2017. This new version will feature new modes such as 3v3 team battles, portable local multiplayer, as well as a slew of new Pokemon from the Japanese arcade version. It also includes a new exclusive Pokemon in the roster.

The newly included Pokemon are as follows:






Each of these new fighters will have their own unique combat styles. Interestingly, Sceptile is missing in Pokken Tournament DX so far. Whether this was an oversight or not for the trailer is up to speculation, but would surely be a disappointment. 

Unfortunately, there was no information on whether or not there will be more fighters added in the future. If you missed out on Pokken on the Wii U, this game will be a must-have.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Coming November 17 of this year is Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These games are admittedly underwhelming, as many fans were speculating on Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes or even a sequel to Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green. According to Matsuda, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will tell alternative stories contained within the world of the original Sun and Moon titles.

While few details were released about the new titles, it is clear that they have something to do with the Prism Pokemon, Necrozma -- as the original legendaries of Sun and Moon have been redecorated with what looks to be parts of the hidden Pokemon.

More info is sure to come in the days leading up to the November 17 release. But if the comments on the Pokemon Direct's feed were anything to go on, The Pokemon Company needs to prove that this title is worth shelling out full price for, or else this was a move in bad faith for fans who were looking for something new.

Pokemon Gold and Silver Virtual Console Releases

While not entirely unexpected, Pokemon Gold and Silver's release on Virtual Console coming September 22 was much better received than the announcement of the newer titles. This port to the 3DS's Virtual Console will once again have Pokemon Bank support, and retain all of the features of the original titles. Whether or not that extends to the Time Machine is up in the air, but hopefully the games will be fully intact.

That said, Pokemon Crystal -- a version that is commonly seen as the definitive version of Generation II -- was not announced for the Virtual Console. Hopefully that will be revealed sooner rather than later.

That's all for now!

The Pokemon Direct may have lacked some of the luster fans expected for the latest for Pokemon. Thankfully, E3 is just around the corner, so maybe the main Nintendo company will be able to win its fans over on the Switch and 3DS.

In the meantime, be sure to check back with GameSkinny for all the coverage you need of Nintendo and all other things E3!

Pokemon Direct Announced for Tommorow Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:16:59 -0400 eleccross

The official Nintendo of America Twitter has just announced that a new Pokemon Direct will be streamed tomorrow, June 6, at 7 AM PDT (10 AM EST, 3 PM BST, 4 PM CEST).

The direct will only last about 8 minutes, so fans shouldn't expect to see too much. It's likely to be just a few smaller announcements that haven't made the cut for Nintendo's E3 showcase next week. But of course, you never really know with Nintendo -- they could tease something big ahead of the show, like the supposed third game to Pokemon Sun and Moon, speculated to be called Pokemon Stars. 

It's possible that one of the games shown will be their Western announcement for PokeLand, a new take on the Pokemon Rumble series for iOS and Android that already has a beta going in Japan.

Fans can watch the Direct via Nintendo's official YouTube channel, its official Twitch channel, or over on the Nintendo website

Even if you can't tune in, check back here on GameSkinny to see what unfolds in this Direct right as it's happening!


Nintendo Direct Recap (5/17): ARMS Free Updates, Splatoon 2 Story Mode, and More Wed, 17 May 2017 22:16:07 -0400 Autumn Fish

Nintendo held a Direct today which featured its biggest upcoming Switch games: ARMS and Splatoon 2. The company revealed all kinds of juicy information on game modes, new characters, and future updates.

Whether you missed the live stream or couldn't keep up with Biff the Announcer, we've got everything you need to know covered. I hope you like bullet points!


Arms have Weight

So we knew that Arms each have their own elemental attribute, but today we learned that they also have their own weight. Light Arms are good for quick, low-damage attacks, while heavy Arms are great slow yet hard hitters.

Arms that clash in battle will even interact with each other differently depending on their weight. If they're the same weight, they'll just bounce right off each other. However, heavier Arms will plow right through lighter attacks, allowing for a more direct approach.

3 New ARMS Characters Revealed

Three new characters enter the fray, completing ARMS' solid 10-fighter launch roster. Each come with their own unique abilities and Signature Arms.

  • Kid Cobra has the ability to dodge opponent's attacks by charging up consecutive dashes. He utilizes the Slamamander, Hydra, and Coolerang as his Signature Arms.
  • Byte and Barq team up to take out their enemies together. While you swing Byte's Arms around, Barq will automatically fire at opponents. Byte can even jump on Barq's head to gain some serious air. Their Signature Arms are Seekie, Cracker, and Bubb.
  • Twintelle is a movie star that has the ability to slow down punches in motion. Her Signature Arms are Chilla, Parasol, and Thunderbird.
Signature Arms for Revealed Characters

We've known about the other 7 characters and their abilities for a while now, but we never knew that characters had Signature Arms before now. Each fighter specializes is 3 of their own rather unique arms.

  • Spring Man - Toaster, Boomerang, Tribolt
  • Mechanica - Revolver, Whammer, Homie
  • Ninjara - Chakram, Buff, Triblast
  • Master Mummy - Megaton, Retorcher, Phoenix
  • Ribbon Girl - Sparky, Popper, Slapamander
  • Min Min - Dragon, Megawatt, Ramram
  • Helix - Blorb, Ice Dragon, Guardian
ARMS Game Modes

They introduced a surprising amount of different and creative game modes for ARMS that make it feel like a game you can share with the whole family. The two broad modes, Versus and Battle, house a number of types of games you can play

Versus modes include:

  • Fight: A 1v1 fight with Shock Bomb and HP Juice drops around the arena.
  • Team Fight: A 2v2 fight where team members are tethered to each other. Avoid hitting your ally and outsmart the other team to come out on top.
  • V-Ball: A stretchy match of volleyball -- if your volleyball was explosive, that is.
  • Hoops: Throw your opponent into the basketball hoops to score points.
  • Skillshot: Break as many targets as possible to score points.
  • 1-on-100: Quickly defeat spawns of enemies before they overwhelm you.
  • Arms Test: Try out randomized combinations of arms in an arena.
  • Training Mode: Practice varied drills to learn the nuances of how to play.
  • Arm Getter: Spend prize money to play a minigame and get more Arms. If you happen to receive a duplicate Arm, its attack power receives an upgrade.

Battle Modes include:

  • Grand Prix: A "story mode" where you need to win ten matches with various rulesets in a row for the chance to fight against a final boss.
  • Party Match: Play matches in a lobby of up to ten systems, two players each. The lobby divides you into groups automatically to join into a variety of matches.
  • Ranked Match: A 1v1 fight where winning raises your online rank and losing lowers it. You can play other modes while queueing for Ranked Matches.
  • Local Multiplayer: Create a Party Match lobby with up to 8 systems locally.
ARMS Gets Splatoon's Free Update Model

The Direct revealed that ARMS will receive free updates after it launches, a la Splatoon. These updates will incrementally add new fighters, stages, and Arms to the game for months to come.

ARMS Global Testpunch

The online servers will be open for public testing for two weekends starting at the end of May. You can download the Global Testpunch now on the Nintendo Switch eShop to access the demon when the servers are live on 5/26, 5/27, 5/28, 6/2, 6/3, and 6/4.

First Look at Splatoon 2's Story Mode

At the end of the ARMS Direct, they interrupted the broadcast to show a gameplay trailer for Splatoon 2's Story Mode. There's a good variety of enemies floating around, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the octolings of the first game.

We even see the player using a variety of weapons, rather than being stuck with the Splattershot. It's not much to go off of, but it makes me really curious to see how the single player experience pans out this time around.


I'll admit that I wasn't too enthused to see a Direct on these games so soon after the last one, but Nintendo really hit a home run here. I was on the fence about both titles due in part to a lack of info, but now I'm confident I'll get gobs of fun out of each of them.

Are you picking up ARMS or Splatoon 2 for your Nintendo Switch? Did this Direct sway you one way or the other? Sound off in the comments section below! And keep up with GameSkinny for more ARMS and Splatoon 2 coverage.

Switch Owners Can Get Their Hands On a New Senran Kagura Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:23:27 -0400 ReverendShmitty

In Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct, producer Kenichiro Takaki announced a new Senran Kagura is in the works for the Nintendo Switch.

With the working title: “Shinobi Refle Senran Kagura,” the game will exploit the full power of Nintendo’s HD Rumble, and has undergone extensive testing to ensure the accuracy of what you’ll be feeling.

Care to see their super serious science at work?

Marvelous. Simply marvelous.

Developed by Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment, Senran Kagura follows a group of scantily-clad female ninjas who protect Japan as students of Hanzo Academy. The series first appeared on the 3DS as a side-scroller, but has had several spin-offs as a card game, third person shooter, and even a rhythm cooking game, that have launched across several systems.

Now, for the new Switch title, we just wait for our opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor. If you've been looking for a not-so-family-friendly title to Christen your new Nintendo hardware, this is the title for you.

And don't fret if you're the impatient type. While Shinobi Refle Senran Kagura doesn't have a launch window yet, there are anime and manga adaptations of the series that you can get your mitts on right now.


Nintendo Shows Off It's Indies With a New "Nindies" Showcase Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:40:00 -0500 David Fisher

Nintendo's strong support of the indie scene has been fairly strong in the last few years, and with the Nintendo Switch coming out just a few days from now, Nintendo gave us a look at the future of their indie title support with today's "Nindies Showcase." While some were games that we have been looking forward to for some time now, there were some new titles thrown into the mix.

So let's take a look, shall we?

SteamWorld Dig 2

Starting off the showcase was none other than SteamWorld Dig 2. Fans of the well-reviewed SteamWorld Dig will now be able to take it on the go on the Nintendo Switch.

While we don't know much about the title just yet, the game is a Metroidvania title much like the first title. The story is also centered around a young steambot in search of a lost friend, and must dig deep into the world to find them.

SteamWorld Dig 2 is expected to launch in the summer of 2017.


More anticipated than unexpected, Yooka-Laylee was also shown off during the Nindies Showcase. Inspired and created by the team responsible for Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee is the spiritual successor of the popular Nintendo 64 series. While it was originally expected to come out on the Wii U, fans who are now transferring over from the dying console can at least be glad to know that the Switch will be hosting the title in its stead.

It should also be noted that the Nintendo Switch receiving Yooka-Laylee also means that it will be the only way of getting a portable version of the title. The title is also expected to release sooner than later, according to the presenter.

Other Team 17 Titles

The Nintendo Switch showcase also made a note that two other titles will be coming to the console. The first is The Escapists 2While this cult favorite strategy title was already announced in the late part of last year, it has now been revealed that it will be receiving a sequel on the Nintendo Switch as well.

The other title revealed was Overcooked, a multiplayer cookoff title in which players try to successfully finish as many meals as possible. The version coming to the Nintendo Switch is a special edition containing all of the DLC found in earlier releases of the title, and promises to be a fun party game for those interested.

Both Overcooked and The Escapists 2 are expected to come out later this year.


Gonner is a roguelike platformer in which the protagonist -- Ikk -- tries to find a gift for his friend Sally. The game is procedurally generated, and players can expect to pick up all sorts of abilities and upgrades in their attempts to find the best gift possible in the darkness of this platformer.

Gonner will be a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, and is expected to release later in 2017.


Long Hat House's 2D platformer, Dandara, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the summer of 2017. While it is also on Google Play and the App Store, the Switch version of the title will have bonus features -- including HD Rumble support.

Kingdom Two Crowns

Kingdom Two Crowns is another title getting new features on the Nintendo Switch. The original title, which can be found on the Apple Store, will be updated for the Nintendo Switch -- with one of the new features being a new co-op mode. It will also be released sometime later in 2017.

Runner 3

Runner 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch as an exclusive title. This is the third title in the quirky on-rail platformer series, and is expected to come to the console in fall of 2017.

Blaster Master-Zero

Anyone who is an owner of the NES classic Blaster Master will be excited to know that a revival of the title, dubbed Blaster Master-Zero, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The developer is none other than Inti Creates -- the developer responsible for other revivals such as Azure Striker Gunvolt and older titles like Megaman Zero.

The game will be released simultaneously for both the Nintendo Switch and 3DS on March 9th.

Flipping Death

Flipping Death is a puzzle-solving game in which you take control of Penny, a recently deceased woman whose job is fulfilling the wishes of the deceased. To do this, Penny must possess the bodies of the living and get them to do whatever task she has been assigned. The catch? She can't fully control them.

This quirky and fun puzzle solver doesn't have a solid release date yet, but is expected to release sometime later in 2017 or in 2018.

Graceful Explosion Machine

Graceful Explosion Machine is a side-scrolling arcade shooter that has you controlling none other than the GEM itself through multiple colorful worlds. With 4 different weapons at their disposal, players will have to navigate the worlds carefully while trying to rack up the highest score possible. The game will also feature HD Rumble support, and so you can expect to feel every single thing you do in this shooter title.

Graceful Explosion Machine is expected to release in April 2017.

Mr. Shifty

Mr. Shifty is a top-down action game that has you taking control of the titular character in various heists involving combat, and teleportation powers. The game features 18 stages with over 140 levels, as well as one-shot-kill combat. Players will have to be on their toes to make sure that each task gets completed with expert precision.

Mr. Shifty will be a timed exclusive on the Nintendo Switch, and comes out in April.


TumbleSeed is a physics based roguelike platformer that has players taking control of a seed that is trying to save its home. By mastering seed powers, players will have to carefully climb the mountain in an attempt to accomplish this adventurous task.

We're not kidding... and neither are the developers.

TumbleSeed will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring, and will also take advantage of the HD Rumble.

Shakedown: Hawaii

The successor to Retro City RampageShakedown: Hawaii is a top down shooter that evokes much of the 16-bit era in terms of gameplay. The title is expected to release in April, and will be a timed exclusive for the Nintendo Switch.

ChuckleFish Games

Pocket Rumble

Pocket Rumble is a 2D fighter that evokes an art style reminiscent of old handheld consoles like the GameBoy. It promises to be a deep fighting game with mechanics not often seen in other titles. Pocket Rumble also features HD Rumble support, so that players will feel the difference between stronger and weaker hits.

Pocket Rumble comes out on the Nintendo Switch as a console exclusive later in March.


Wargroove is a ChuckleFish game that's fairly reminiscent of Intelligent Systems' Advance Wars series -- but in a medieval setting. The game will feature 12 campaigns and 12 different commanders. It will also support both local and online multiplayer functionality for up to 4 players.

Wargroove will also offer a feature rarely seen in the tactical RPG realm -- the ability to create your own battlefields. As such, expect a lot of Advance Wars map remakes once players get their hands on this title.

Wargroove will be coming out later in 2017.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has finally been announced as a Nintendo Switch title, and will also be the first console to support multiplayer for the game. Not much else was said about the title, however, but players should be on the lookout for more information before it launches in the Summer of 2017.

That's it for now!

Plenty of indie titles are on their way to the Nintendo Switch, and plenty more have yet to come. The titles so far make for a strong lineup for the Nintendo Switch, a console that will need more 3rd party support to make up for the space between 1st party titles. Hopefully this will be the news that fans needed in order to reassure them about the upcoming console's future.

Nintendo NX to be unveiled THIS MONTH? Maybe? Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:06:51 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

The Nintendo NX was announced as the next console for Nintendo on March 17 back in 2015. Ever since then, we haven't heard much about the new console. Earlier this year, we learned that the Nintendo NX would be released in March of 2017 but still didn't have any information about what it looked like or how it will work due to all those crazy patents that were leaked.

This drought of Nintendo NX information might be over soon. Nintendo might be planning on officially announcing the Nintendo NX on October 21. That's right! In just a few short weeks, we will know all about the new Nintendo console. 

October 21st is also the 5 year anniversary of the first ever Nintendo Direct. Nintendo Direct are videos that Nintendo releases about its upcoming games for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS throughout the year. Due to the Nintendo Direct videos, Nintendo does not have a conference at E3.

What do you think about the Nintendo NX? Do you think it will be a failure or are you excited to see what Nintendo does with their next console? Let us know in the comments.

Nintendo 3DS Direct Highlights - September 1st, 2016 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:41:02 -0400 David Fisher

Today's Nintendo Direct is now over, but some of us just like to have the condensed version. As such, this article will only cover new reveals, announcements, and must-knows. Ready? Then let's get started!

Announcements for Upcoming Titles and DLC

Pokemon Sun and Moon

The latest Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement came in two parts. The first of which was this friendly little critter below:

That's right, Rattata is getting an Alolan form - which I totally predicted down to the lore by the way! It's typing is Dark and Normal, and its abilities are Gluttony (which causes it to eat held items early), and Hustle (which trades 20 points of accuracy for 50% extra attack stat).

According to the Nintendo Direct, Yungoos were sent to hunt the Rattata that were an invasive species in Alola. The Rattata then adapted to this new typing so that they could function better at night. This helped them survive since the Yungoos did not hunt at night.

Another announcement that took the stage was new Pokemon-specific Z-Moves. One of these is an electric-based Z-Move for Alolan Raichu called "Stoked Sparksurfer". This move has Raichu surfs along electric waves for a truly tubular finishing blow.

Snorlax's aptly named "Pulverizing Pancake" is another unique Z-Move in which the typically lazy Snorlax sprints toward its opponent, leaps into the air, and comes crashing down upon them! Players who pick up Pokemon Sun and Moon early will also be treated to a free Munchlax and Snorlium-Z for a limited time. This way they can be sure to test out the new Z-Move for themselves.

Hyrule Warriors Legends DLC

The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks DLC for Hyrule Warriors Legends is now available for those with either the Wii U or 3DS versions of Hyrule Warriors. Showcased in this new DLC pack is the Sand Wand weapon for Toon Link (above) and the new playable character: Toon Zelda (below).

While it certainly does not look like Toon Zelda, this incarnation in particular hails from Spirit Tracks where Zelda was displaced from her body and became a spirit. She helped Link during his adventure in Spirit Tracks by possessing the body of a Phantom, providing a strong physical attacker and impregnable wall of armor.

New Titles Coming to the 3DS

According to the Nintendo 3DS Direct, two ports of Wii U titles will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, as well as several newly announced titles.

Tank Troopers

Tank Troopers is an upcoming 3DS eShop exclusive that revolves around - you guessed it - fighting with tanks. Coming out this winter, Tank Troopers will support up to 6 players in cartoonish battles involving unique tank drivers and their special abilities. These abilities range from electric attacks, ice cannons, and even paintballs to block your opponent's view.

Tank Troopers supports both single player, local multiplayer, and download play modes. There are plenty of other game modes as well. The game is expected to be released this winter season.

While Nintendo did not specify who is responsible for this title, the game does look interesting for anyone looking for a quirky tank-based third person shooter game for the Nintendo 3DS

Yo-Kai Watch 2

Back by popular demand, Yo-Kai Watch's sequel will be shipped once again to international shores. Considered to be a rival against long-time monster taming franchise, Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch 2 will be getting even closer to Pokemon in similarities as it takes on the multi-version format. This time players will be picking which side they want to be on depending on the version they choose.

Unique to this game in the series is the ability to trade Yo-Kai Medals between the games. There are certain Yo-Kai that are specific to each game, so players will have to consider which exclusives they would like to have in their own teams.

The game is expected to launch on September 30th, 2016.

Mario Sports Superstars

Do you love Mario sports titles? Well then look no further than Mario Sports Superstars coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Mario Sports Superstars will feature 5 different sports, including: tennis, soccer, golf, horse racing, and baseball. There isn't much information out on this title yet, but the footage so far seems to show that some features from Super Mario Sluggers seems to be here such as the fiery hit Bowser makes.

This game is expected to arrive in the spring of 2017.

Pikmin 3DS

There's a new Pikmin game coming out, and this time it's on the 3DS! The game plays in a different way from previous titles as it will use the touchpad to throw Pikmin, and the game will focus on a more action-oriented style. We don't know much else about the game. What we do know is that we will play once more as Olimar instead of the various companions and characters that have appeared in the sequels.

Super Mario Maker 3DS

The popular Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U will be coming to the 3DS on December 2nd, 2016. All of the Super Mario Maker features (sans Amiibo compatibility) will be brought over to the 3DS handheld, as well as several new features. Unlike the Wii U version, the 3DS version of Super Mario Maker will feature local wireless transfer of stages, as well as the ability to use streetpass to pick up stages from other players.

Super Mario Maker 3DS will also be compatible with Wii U levels, so players can rest assured that they can play their favorite creator's levels even on the handheld device.

Yoshi's Wooly World 3DS

Another great Wii U title, Yoshi's Wooly World will be ported to the 3DS in 2017. The port of Yoshi's Wooly World will also include several new features such as the Poochy Pups. Functioning much like Yarn Eggs, the Poochy Pups will give you clues to hidden areas and items when not in use. They also can return to Yoshi - unlike regular Yarn Eggs - which doubles their usefulness.

Yarn Yoshi and Poochy will also return for several animated shorts involving the crocheted pals. For those looking to collect, a new Yarn Poochy Amiibo will also be released alongside Yoshi's Wooly World 3DS on February 3rd, 2017.

New Legend of Zelda Amiibo and Merchandise

It just wouldn't be a Nintendo Direct without more Amiibo...

While we have yet to hear anything about the Bayonetta, Corrin, or the other Super Smash Bros. series Amiibo that are currently missing in action, Nintendo has now released a new series of Legend of Zelda Amiibo. This series contains a pixelated Link from the NES title, Ocarina of Time's the Hero of Time, Windwaker's the Hero of Winds, and lastly Toon Zelda.

These Amiibo will be released on December 2nd, and will surely be the bane of any holiday shopper.

Nintendo also announced that they will be releasing a new artwork book for The Legend of Zelda. This book known as Art and Artifacts will contain various pieces of artwork and concepts from over 30 years of The Legend of Zelda history. The book will be published by Amazon, and can be preordered on Amazon.

This comes just after The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - which marked the series' 25th anniversary was announced for the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U's Virtual Console.

So tell us: what do you guys think about the latest Nintendo Direct? Are you looking forward to any of these titles? Are you disappointed overall? Discuss in the comments section below!

Nintendo removes up and downvote totals from Federation Force trailer Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:21:59 -0500 David Fisher

We all know how "salty" gamers - and especially fanboys and girls - can get about their favorite games. Well, it turns out that the salt has reached critical mass for Metroid Prime: Federation Force as Nintendo has removed the Likes and Dislikes count from the video only several hours since its release.

The Metroid Prime: Federation Force trailer - which can be found here or above - received a multitude of downvotes the very second it was released. This likely prompted Nintendo to remove the likes and dislikes meter as a precaution to save face.

When the counts were last seen the like-dislike count was approximately 140 likes to 4,000 dislikes

Such a harsh reaction can only lead to the conclusion that fans of the Metroid series have already made up their minds about Federation Force, long before the game has had a chance to be released. This is quite troublesome for the Metroid series as a whole, since Federation Force will be the first entry the series has had since Other M in 2010.

On that note, Metroid: Other M was another game that was poorly received by fans for having a different gameplay style, and for giving Samus a voice and story. While the gameplay's reception varies from person to person, the story was so poorly written that any attempts at clever analogies and metaphors were about as subtle as a bludgeoning tool to the funny bone.

However, despite the worst of these criticisms, Metroid: Other M at least had the privilege of being released before being ravenously torn apart by the fans. Federation Force on the other hand has had such negative press and reception that it is surprising Nintendo has yet to pull the plug on the Metroid series as a whole.

The comments in the image above successfully summarizes the entire Metroid Prime: Federation Force comments section, debates, and discussions all in less than 40 words...

Hopefully, once the game is released, Nintendo will be able to prove that Federation Force is a game worth the visiting for fans of the series. The Metroid series has seen gradually decreasing sales ever since the first Metroid Prime on the GameCube, and it is easy to understand that the company has been trying its best to find a new niche for the series. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be that niche, and with any luck Nintendo won't take this bad reception as a sign that the series is dead.

Original Pokemon games re-releasing on virtual console Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:36:47 -0500 Goldenbolt

The Nintendo Direct event gave a lot of new information featuring information on a ton of games slated for the end of the year and a good portion of 2016. In the midst of explaining a lot of the new titles coming to the Nintendo 3DS and the eShop, Bill Trinen took a moment to announce that the original Pokémon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow, would be finally arriving on the 3DS Virtual Console.

He promised that the games are going to stay as true to the originals as possible, meaning that linking and trading Pokémon will have to make an appearance of some sort! Luckily, the games will allow you to battle and trade without the need for a link cable. 

And if all of that doesn't have you feeling nostalgic enough yet, the games are being re-released on February 27th, 2016. Does the date sound familiar? It's actually the original launch day of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in the United States back in 1996!

Nintendo Direct November 2015: My top 5 announcements Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:29:53 -0500 tobes325

Nintendo hosted their long awaited first Nintendo Direct since E3 2015 on 12th November. It was hosted by Satoru Shibata, President of Nintendo of Europe. Many fans were waiting with baited breath, as it is also the first Nintendo direct event since Satorua Iwata's passing earlier this year.

They made some very noteworthy announcements so I've decided to do my top 5 from the live stream.

5. Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)

Twilight Princess HD has now been officially confirmed. There were rumours of it making an appearance in the near future when some suspicious looking icons appeared on the Nintendo eShop. That's why this comes in at number 5, as the lack of surprise put a slight damper on this announcement. I am a huge Zelda fan anyway, so the chance to play yet another title in HD is a noteworthy achievement.

It would be nice to see them add some new features to the game, but the inclusion of a Special Edition bundle is quite promising: it will contain a copy of the game, an original soundtrack CD and the newly announced Wolf Link amiibo. Shibata also said that other amiibos will be compatible with the game: Link, Toon Link, Sheik, Zelda and Ganondorf. He didn't go into detail about how these will work, but I'm sure further announcements on this will be made in the future.

The release date for Twilight Princess HD is March 4th 2016.

4. Zelda Wii U (Working Title)

Now I know nothing more was said about the actual game, but the 15 second snippet of Link riding a horse (new look Epona maybe?) across a vast field just had me giddy with so much excitement! It's good to see the game is still slated for a 2016 release window as well. There was a lot to be noted from the short clip we saw; Why has Link got so much baggage? Is that Death Mountain in the foreground?

The screenshot above also shows some creatures with horns in the background which reminded me of the goats you have to herd at the beginning of Twilight Princess. Nintendo is continuing to build up the hype for their upcoming Zelda Wii U title and I really can't wait to see where Link is heading next!

3. Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

This little gem has been on my radar for a while now. It has been out in Japan since 2014, and fortunately Europe and North America will be able to get their hands on it too. I love a good RPG, and Final Fantasy Explorers looks like a game I can really sink my teeth into! Playing online with friends and choosing between a whole host of jobs and combat roles sounds like a great idea. You're not pinned down to one set of skills per job either, as some of them can be transferable. 

They've thrown in something for older fans of the Final Fantasy series too; the new ability known as 'trance' enables you to play as older characters from the games such as Cloud, Terra, Lightning, and more. European gamers will receive all the DLC that was released in Japan as free content, plus there will be a Special Edition released which includes a copy of the game, artbook, 20 track CD sampler, 3DS case, and exclusive quests to unlock legendary Final Fantasy weapons.

It will be released January 29th 2016.

2. Cloud Joins Super Smash Bros (Wii U & 3DS)

I'm not a massive Final Fantasy player, but I am aware of a certain character called Cloud. I was not expecting anyone from the Final Fantasy series to even be included in the line up for Super Smash Bros., but judging from the reveal trailer he's going to be a worthy addition! There's an accompanying stage as well, featuring various summons. Towards the end of the trailer you can see Cloud's final smash which looks epic.

There was no word on when he will be released on the Nintendo eShop, but they also announced a special Super Smash Bros. broadcast for December 2015. The fact that Nintendo has included a character from Final Fantasy VII, a game that isn't even on a Nintendo console, is a smart move. Judging by the reactions on Twitter, a lot of fans were surprised too.

1. Linkle Revealed For Hyrule Warriors Legends

I think when I saw this announcement, my jaw was genuinely on the floor. There was speculation around a female Link when this image was circulating the internet, and if you are the proud owner of Hyrule Hystoria, there is also a page in the book that illustrates a female Link holding a crossbow. People started putting two and two together, but nothing had been mentioned until now. It has been so long ago since I read the rumors I had completely forgotten a female Link could even exist in the world.

But now Linkle (slightly unfortunate name) has been revealed for Hyrule Warriors Legends as a playable character. Described as 'a girl who lives in a small village with cuckoo's', she will have not one, but two crossbows at her disposal. Speed and agility look set to be her friend.

There's yet another Special Edition for this game which includes a nice pocket watch that is featured in the announcement trailer towards the end. This is exclusive to Europe only.

Nintendo has started something big by adding a female Link to the Zelda universe, now there's no telling where else she may feature in the future but it sure does open a lot of possibilites!

Hyrule Warriors Legends will be released March 25th 2016.

So that's it from me. As usual I love hearing all your comments. Do you agree with my list or have you got your own? Let me know below!

New Splatoon update announced during Nintendo Direct Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:01:00 -0500 Goldenbolt

Nintendo is planning on continuing to support it's smash hit Splatoon with free updates until at least January of 2017. Two all new stages and a slew of new outfits will soon be coming to Nintendo Wii U owners. Yesterday, the game went live with a new update that added 40 new pieces of gear to collect, including new winter-themed ones to fit the holiday season.

Additionally, the all-new Museum d'Alfonsino stage will be arriving tonight at 6 PM PST. The stage features five rotating platforms in the center of the area that'll make players really think about the best angles they need to splat their foes.

Another stage, Mahi Mahi Resort, will be launching this week as well. This area is rather unique in that it's based around a pool of water, something rather deadly to the inkling players. But at the end of the match, the water level will lower and players will have to ink all new turf right up until the very last second.

Linkle, the female Link, finally set to debut in Hyrule Warriors Legends Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:48:22 -0500 Gabriella Graham

Nintendo Direct's broadcast officially confirms the rumors: Link's female incarnation, Linkle, is coming to Hyrule Warriors Legends. She'll be joining four other newbies to the Hyrule Warriors scene, but as the only original character amongst them.

From rumors to reality

Over a year ago, fans discovered some exciting photos in a Hyrule Warriors art book. The book contained character designs, including one original character on a page titled "previously unseen rejected characters." This initial discovery of Linkle first uncovered her name, but not her exact relation to the game. 

Fans theorized that Link had gained a younger sister based off the inclusion of the character 妹 (or imouto) in the art supplement. Fortunately, game developer Koei Tecmo never set out to change the game's lore. Can you imagine the fan rage? I shudder at the thought. No, it's much more likely Linkle was intended as "sister-like."

Linkle returned to front-page news when fans spotted a small hint earlier this month in a leaked Hyrule Warriors Legends trailer. The heroine's red and silver bow popped up in the final character screen right beside Tetra's face, and players jumped on the connection with squeals of delight and hopeful expectations.

And those players were spot-on

Nintendo Direct revealed Linkle amongst four other characters new to Hyrule Warriors for the 3DS installment. The game also introduces Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker characters Toon Link, Tetra, and The King of Hyrule. Skull Kid from Majora's Mask joins in with a touch a mischief and villainy.

Nintendo of America's Bill Trinnen describes Linkle's fighting style as energetic. She's a dual crossbow-wielding hunter from a small village filled with cuckoos. Given the finicky and troublesome nature of those birds, it's no wonder she'd need a healthy dose of her own energy to keep up. The reveal included a sneak peek of one of Linkle's signature attacks, a spinning kick reminiscent of Link's Spin Attack.

Check out Linkle in action in the video below.

Hyrule Warriors Legends releases for Nintendo 3DS on March 25th, 2016. 

How do you feel about these character additions? Are you pumped to see how Linkle stands up against hordes of enemies? Do you think Nintendo will ever release a male version of Zelda to match Linkle's gender-bending? Discuss!