Upcoming Titles- Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: (2019)

There have been many exciting announcements so far in relation to upcoming video games that are set to appear on multiple game consoles during the later part of 2019. As far as upcoming video games within the sports genre is concerned many people are excited to hear about Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which was recently announced by Sega to appear on the Nintendo Switch. The news regarding the Mario & Sonic Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was revealed at the annual Sega Fes 2019 event. For those who do not know Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is supposed to be the direct sequel to Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 which was released for the Wii-U, Nintendo 3DS along with various arcade centers worldwide that same year.

While Mario & Sonic Tokyo Rio 2016 was a decent game it was one that was generally criticized for being to similar Mario & Sonic Winter Games 2014 and other preceding titles. Hopefully, the gameplay for Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be better and have more to offer the players than it previous installments. From what we know there will be multiple versions of this game including Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Arcade Edition, Olympic Games The Official Video Game for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC along with the IPhone/Android port Sonic At The Olympic Games-Tokyo 2020. It will be interesting to see how popular this game becomes in 2019.

Upcoming Games- Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019)

There have been so many interesting announcements in regards to upcoming video games so far and news about Wolfenstein: Youngblood coming to the Nintendo Switch is something that has many people excited. For those who do not know Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will be developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios is supposed to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Colossus II released back in 2017. The feature in Wolfenstein: Youngblood that has everyone talking is the co-op mode included in this game. Also, the storyline for Wolfenstein: Youngblood is something that players can sink their teeth into as they take control of either Jess or Soph the two daughters of BJ Blazkowicz who goes missing a Nazi-occupied setting of Paris, France during the 80’s.

For those who decide to purchase the Deluxe Edition of Wolfenstein: Youngblood you be able to purchase “Buddy Pass” which allows players to have a friend join them in their adventure by being to download game even if they do not have it themselves. In addition, to solid co-op gameplay Wolfenstein: Youngblood has RPG elements where players will be able to level up while taking on Nazis while learning new abilities and gathering more attachments to weapons they already own. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is expected to launch on July 26th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows on Bethesda Softworks. The Deluxe Edition of Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be priced at $39.99 while pre-orders for the basic edition of the game will be priced at $29.99.

Ubisoft Set to Hold Press Conference at E3 2019 on June 10th!!!!

As far as news is concerned in relation to the E3 2019 it has recently been revealed that Ubisoft will be holding a press conference event this upcoming summer at the annual gaming event. The news regarding Ubisoft’s appearance at E3 2019 comes shortly after learning that Sony and Electronic Arts will not be holding a press conference at this summer’s event. There has been a lot speculation on what announcements will be made by Ubisoft regarding their press conference at E3 2019 . As it currently stands we have seen Ubisoft release games such as Tom Clancy’s: The Division along with Trials Rising so far in 2019. Some people are hoping to learn more about the Skull & Bones game that is expected to be released this year for the PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows at a date yet to be revealed.

Hopefully, Ubisoft will make announcements about new games that could possibly appear on multiple consoles between 2019-2020. Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2019 is expected to start on June 10th at 1pm Pacific Time and 4pm Eastern Time. We are currently waiting for Ubisoft to make a announcement regarding the venue of their press conference. Until then, we will looking forward hearing about more information regarding E3 2019 despite the fact that numerous gaming companies will not be holding press conferences this year.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: (2007)

When we think about some of the best non-Mario games to have been released for the Nintendo Wii between the mid-late 2000’s One of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. For those who do not know Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was a game developed by a Retro Games and published by Nintendo and released back in August 2007. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was considered to be the direct sequel to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes which was initially released for GameCube in 2005. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption sees the return of Dark Samus as the main protagonist while players control Samus while confronting Space Pirates while trying to avoid being controlled by the Phazon virus. Not only does Samus try to avoid being controlled by the Phazon she attempts to stop it from spreading to various different planets as well.

The visuals and gameplay for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was fantastic on the Nintendo Wii. While the controls for the game which included the Wii remote and nunchucks was a bit of challenge to some people it provided players with a more unique gaming experience than what they are generally used to. As far as sales are concerned the game managed to reach over one million copies in sales and while the MP3: Corruption was not quite as popular as the first Metroid Prime game its definitely a title that many people would not mind seeing on the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. As it currently stands Retro Studios is currently working on Metroid Prime 4 which is expected to be released for the Switch console sometime between 2021-2022. When it comes down to top action-adventure titles for the Wii console during the late 00’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was definitely one of the top games for that console during that time period and is one that fans of the Metroid series should check out if they never had a chance to do so in the past.

Upcoming Games- Shante 5: (2019)

As far as surprising announcement are concerned the announcement of a new Shantae game for multiple game consoles is something that caught many people by surprise. For those who have not heard it has recently be revealed that WayForward Technologies will be adding a fifth installment to the Shantae set which is currently in development and is set to be released later this year on a date that has yet to be announced. As it currently stands we do not know about what plot for Shantae 5 is going to be about along with what gameplay improvements will be made in comparison to Shantae: Half-Hero Genie from 2016. We do know that Shantae 5 will be appearing on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and even Apple Arcade.

Sometimes its hard to believe that the Shantae series has been around over fifteen years and has managed to evolve into being one of the most noticeable names in relation to the 2D platformers genre of gaming today. It will be interesting to see whether or not Shantae 5 ends up becoming a more solid title than its predecessor from 2016. Also, there are older Shantae titles from the part of this decade such as Risky’s Revenge (2010) and Pirates Curse (2014) that fans of the series would love to see ported ported for the Nintendo Switch if WayForward Technologies is open to the idea.

Retro Gaming 00’s- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)

When we think about high profile video games from the GaneCube era of the early 2000’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker which was initially released in Japan back in December 2002 before appearing in America during March of 2003. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was considered to be very unique following its release due to the fact that it was very different from its predecessors in terms of visuals and gameplay. Unlike, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had featured cel-shaded graphics along with heavy emphasis on travel through sea opposed to land. Back in the early 00’s cel-shaded graphics was something that was not too common in many video games which made Wind Waker special.

Also, the story for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was great and full of twists, turns and surprises that kept players on the edge of their seats. In Wind Waker players go from attempting to rescue Link’s sister Tetra after being captured by Helmaroc King to discovering that he works for Ganon who is trying to rule the world by utilizing the Triforce. Throughout, the game players visit various locations including the Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island (where Link meets the King of the Red Lions), Tower of the Gods along with the Kingdom of Hyrule which was submerged underwater by an ancient goddess many years before the setting of the game took place. While Link’s mission was to search for the Hero of Time’s power in order to retrieve the Master Sword located within the underwater kingdom of Hyrule he was also charged with the task of searching for the three Pearls of Goddesses before doing so.

In his quest to thwart Ganon’s plans players had to learn how to master the Wind Waker baton in order to play various melodies. The melodies learned by Link in this game allows him to not only utilize the Wind Requiem to manipulate the wind’s direction; but also provides him with additional abilities such as warping to different regions throughout the game which is really convenient in the long-run. Despite, the initial criticisms Zelda: The Wind Waker had received shortly after its release it ended up reaching close to five million units worldwide in terms of sales. In fact, Zelda: The Wind Waker ended up becoming the fourth best selling game for the Nintendo GameCube surpassing the likes of Metroid Prime which was arguably the best video game for that console back in 2002. While Zelda: The Wind Waker may have fell short in sales in relation to other games in the series such as Ocarina of Time (1998) or Twilight Princess (2006) there is no question that it was one of the best video games of the GameCube era in general.

Retro Gaming 00’s- WWE: Day of Reckoning 2 (2005)

For those who were huge fan of pro-wrestling back in the 2000’s then WWE Day of Reckoning 2 a title published by THQ might be a game that you are familiar with especially for those who owned a Nintendo GameCube during that decade. WWE Day of Reckoning 2 was the direct sequel to the first DoR game which was also released for the Nintendo GameCube about a year earlier in 2004. As far as gameplay is concerned Day of Reckoning 2 was a step-up from its prequel due to the inclusion of a more refined grappling system. Also, Day of Reckoning 2 had a more advanced submission system which was definitely an improvement from its prequel forced people to utilize more psychology during gameplay. As far as the plot for the Story Mode is concerned were people who were impressed by the fact that it gave players options in terms of choosing different paths as they progress throughout the game despite ultimately having the same ending.

Day of Reckoning 2 allows players to create their own wrestler as he journeys on both Raw and Smackdown to win various titles including the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship about a year following the events of WrestleMania XX in DoR 1. Throughout, the Story Mode players with go head to head with some of the top stars of the Ruthless Aggression Era such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Edge, HBK and more along with a few WWE Legends from the 80’s and the 90’s. Day of Reckoning 2 was arguably the best WWE title to have released for Nintendo GameCube and is considered to be a title worth playing for pro-wrestling fan that never had a chance to play it during the 00’s.