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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 Mar, 2017 At 01:52 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarYoutuber JonTron recently made some very controversial and racially charged statements. While we wont go into what was said, this has led to a blowback against JonTron ( real name Jon Jafari). This has created a problem for Playtonic Games, as JonTron was set to lend his voice to their upcoming game Yooka-Laylee.

Playtonic put out the following statement today.

We recently became aware of comments made by voice artist JonTron after development on Yooka-Laylee had been completed,” the firm told GamesIndustry.biz in a statement.

“JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”

Given the extremely contentious issues going on right now, and the blowback against JonTron, it is extremely understandable that Playtonic would not want him in the game. This is Playtonic’s first game and any controversy surrounding it, could hurt the game and thus their studio. As such, what they did was perfectly understandable. Free speech guarantees you can say something, but there are still consequences.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company has announced The 2017 Pokken Tournament Championship Series

Take a shot at becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion when the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series returns in 2017! In addition to the title, a combined $25,000 in prizes are on the line at the qualifying competitions in June and the World Championships event in Anaheim, California, this August.

This year, 16 players will qualify for the World Championships, and there will be only one age division for all competitors. Four players will receive invitations from each of the two qualifying events, plus four more players will be chosen from Japan, and the four top players from a Last Chance Qualifier occurring right before the main Worlds event will be the final contenders.

Good luck battling to become the next Pokkén Tournament World Champion!

The Pokémon Company continuing to support the game’s competitive scene is a great sign for the game’s future. Not only does it help the competitive scene grow but it also means it is likely we will see a Switch version of the game, as that is the system Nintendo is focusing on now. Perhaps we will even see the content that didn’t come tot he Wii U version, in a Switch version

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 02:01 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is coming very soon and it seems the surprises are still coming.

As it turns out, there is another playable character in the game in the form of Wonder Girl. She is playable in both the HD version and  the classic 8 Bit look of the game.

The game releases April 18 and should be an exciting experience. Have a look at the Wonder Girl trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 11:35 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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There have been several reports of Switch users having experienced issues with Joy-Con connectivity, most notably with the left Joy Con. The issues have even made some send their systems  in to Nintendo for a fix.

As it turns out the process of fixing it is actually rather simple. CNET Australia sent in its left Joy-Con, and received it back about a week later.  What did the fix entail? Nintendo apparently just added a black square of foam in the lower-right corner, and this simple fix actually managed to solve the issue.

There is speculation that this piece of foam sits directly on top of the Joy-Con’s antenna traces, suggesting that it protects the antenna from interference. If it is removed, then the issues will resume. As well, CNET has suggested that this is a piece of conductive foam, which isa foam that’s been specially treated with nickel, copper or both so it can shield electronics from RF interference.

In addition to this, CNET has also noted that new Joy Cons are being sent out to retailers, with the problem fixed. Nintendo is clearly on top of things when it comes to fixing problems.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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We knew it was coming thanks to Nintendo of Europe showing it in an image, but now it has been made official. Bloodstained: ROTN will be coming to the Switch, while the Wii U version has been cancelled.

A kickstarter update was put out where Iga stated that “the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch.” While it had made sense to include Wii U during the campaign that is no longer the case due to Nintendo shifting their focus to the Switch,

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 “This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch,”

If you supported Bloodstained on Kickstarter , there is an option change their backer survey platform from Wii U to Switch or any other version, or other versions to Switch. I already changed my platform of choice on the backer survey, from PS4 to Switch. The option is there already.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 11:30 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarNintendo released a new trailer for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This new trailer shows off more of the plot/characters and helps explain the mechanics for this game and how this will go down.

Take a look below.

Will you be buying this game? Let us know!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 21 Mar, 2017 At 10:21 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWell here is some exciting news. As noted previously, the twitter account for the Mana series posted a video of  Seiken Densetsu 3 being played on Switcj, and now we know why.

Square Enixhas announced the Seiken Densetsu Collection for Switch. This will collect   Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Final Fantasy Adventure / Mystic Quest),Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana) and Seiken Densetsu 3. It will be released physically and digitally on June 1st for 4,800 yen.

In addition to the base games, there are a number of additions Seiken Densetsu 2 and Seiken Densetsu 3 will support multiplayer with up to three players like in the original games, something that was not done not with any re-releases since. The games will also now include quick-save, which will allow you to save anywhere during gameplay.

There is also a Music Mode, which will let you listen to the music of each game from the home screen. Secret of Mana had a legendary soundtrack, so thi is welcome.. As well, there is a Screen Change Mode, which is a mode exclusive to Seiken Densetsu 1 that lets you choose from several screen sizes.

You can see a trailer for the collection here

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Mar, 2017 At 11:20 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Pokemon may see a new life on Switch if job postings are any indication.

Recruitment ads have revealed that Game Freak is recruiting for a new development project. They are looking for 3D CG designers with experience on Wii U and PS Vita level character models using animation and modeling software Maya.

In addition Game Freak is looking for someone who can consult with the programmers and work on assisting with data. There is alsos is a line that is included in the recruitment ad that stands out.

“Here’s a chance to work on the development of a globally popular RPG!”

Another ad had the following mentioned on it.

We’ll have you work on the production an RPG game that is popular on a global scale.

 

Platform will be console.

 

It’s a title that just about anyone knows, a proposal that could be your future career.

This work will require using material to create cartoon-like super deformed characters, monsters, and item models.  As will, it will also involve work on debugging, data work, and more. According to the contracts, these positions will be until May 2018.

That wording makes this sound like a Pokémon game for the Switch. A Pokemon game was rumored for Switch as Pokemon Stars, a third version of Sun and Moon. That said, this sounds more like a new experience built from the ground up natively, rather than just a 3rd version of an already existing game.

Hopefully we will get answers soon.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Mar, 2017 At 11:42 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Eric Bright, GameStop senior director of merchandising, spoke with Game Rant recently and had some very nice things to say about the Nintendo Switch,

He began by stating that the Nintendo Switch is off to an amazing start, and he even feels it is at the point where the Switch sales could possibly eclipse the Wii. There were no hard numbers given, but he reiterated that the Switch has one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that GameStop has seen ever.

He elaborated by saying that there is a large demand for power chargers and Joy-Cons, as people want to turn the Switch into a 4 player device. As such, there are plans on having more bundles to meet demand, including a Zelda bundle, as Zelda is the top seller and the most popular game on the system so far.

GameStop has full confidence in Nintendo and believes the Switch will be a game changer for the industry. That is a good news to hear.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Mar, 2017 At 11:12 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWell file this under unexpected news.

The official twitter account of the Mana series ahs posted a ten second clip of Seiken Densetsu 3 running on the Switch.

This could be for the upcoming Switch virtual console but the fact that there is border art seems to signify something else. Could this be aport instead of a virtual console re-release? If so, hopefully it gets localized for the west. This is a game that has long been desired outside of Japan.