I love Smash Bros. I love the mascot battles, the random items, the hazards. And in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, I love the new Ultimate meter that makes the game feel a bit more like traditional fighters, the Underdog boost option that assists auto-handicap by giving less skilled players a free ultimate, and the new stage morph option that brings in even more randomness and hazards. Yes, if it’s not obvious, I play Smash as a party game, not a serious brawler, and to be honest, I’ve always had a hard time finding a group that actually doesn’t mind a random explosion deciding the fate of a match. This is where online play should be helping. Online should be there to connect similar players who may not have a local scene that caters to them. But since the game’s release, players have been complaining about Smash Bros Ultimate’s online scene, and it’s not just party smashers like yours truly. While all fighting games have … [Read more...] about Massively on the Go: Smash Bros Ultimate’s online scene, one month later
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Looking for some new Nintendo Switch games to check out this week? You’re in luck. There’s a bunch of games ranging from classics to indie titles that have hit the e-shop this week, and here are our top 5 picks. #1 Townsmen Townsmen (Switch) is based on the long-lasting Townsmen series and comes with a carriage-load of content: players can pick between 26 different scenarios – such as protecting a city under siege from bandits or making sure the King’s birthday party is a huge success – or play one of 24 sandbox maps and build a thrilling town from scratch. It’s up to you as a wise ruler and careful planner to fulfill the needs of your beloved Townies, who follow individual daily routines. In Townsmen Switch players can research up to 75 different technologies, 45 production buildings and 129 other structures, all of which need to be considered if you want to succeed: Townies appreciate short commutes to work and love to enjoy food or relax … [Read more...] about 5 New Nintendo Switch Games You Should Check Out This Week!
FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD, the re-imagined FINAL FANTASY XV experience featuring an adorable art style and casual controls, is available now for the Nintendo Switch. Originally released on iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices, this accessible retelling of the beloved and critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XV, which has surpassed 8.1 million shipments and digital sales worldwide to date, features optimised UI and controls now tailored for consoles. To commemorate the release, those who purchase the Nintendo Switch version from today until 20th September will also receive a discount of up to 40%. To watch the launch trailer, visit: https://youtu.be/6lDoLe6OwIg In FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD, fans and newcomers alike can follow the journey of crown prince Noctis and his brothers in arms, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus, with fully voiced key event scenes and faithfully recreated battles. All of the treasured moments … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Launches on Nintendo Switch with 40% Discount
Warframe Has Been Announced For Nintendo Switch Digital Extremes and Nintendo has revealed over the weekend that Warframe is coming to the Switch. Renowned port studio Panic Button have confirmed that they are partnering with Digital Extremes for the switch port. The company have been responsible for Switch ports such as Doom and Wolfenstein II. The announcement was made at this year’s TennoCon – which is the third annual convention for Warframe. Warframe itself is a popular free to play third person co-op shooter. Arriving on the scene in 2013, the game ascended in popularity thanks to its gameplay mechanics. Players become Tennos, which are cybernetic ninja warriors. From there, they play through multiple story chapters while hunting for armor set upgrades and unique weapons. Warframe is also known for having a great mod system and community. In addition, there is the MMO aspect as well, with the ability to join clans and co-op on the massive open worlds. Nintendo also … [Read more...] about Warframe Has Been Announced For Nintendo Switch
As this year’s GDC coverage is winding down, I am finally coming to the topic I saved for last: community. MMOs are more than just multiplayer. We attract the “alone together” people more than the “FPS hero” crowd in our comments section for a reason; MMOs are virtual worlds. They’re a digital space inhabited by other people. We may not talk to them, but we watch and listen. Maybe we engage, maybe we group, maybe we guild. We do stuff in a shared environment because we think, or hope, we’re part of a larger system. And this is why we need to talk about cross-platform communities and the strength of in-game, embedded community tools. As social media rises and mobile crashes against our PC fortress, increased console cross-play should be a reminder that we’re all gamers, and (some) developers are finally getting that. Bringing people together The panel on bridging cross-platform communities, held by Eric Cleaver (NetEase Games), … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Bridging and embedding cross-platform online communities