Trials Of Mana Coming to the PS4, Switch and PC in early 2020!!!!

As fas as blockbuster announcements are concerned in relation to Nintendo Switch the reveal trailer for the Trials Of Mana is something that everyone is talking about. The Trials Of Mana is a high definition remake of a JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which appeared exclusively in Japan for the SNES back in 1995. Since its release back in the mid 90’s Seiken Densetsu 3 was never released in America mainly due to how popular 3D gaming was starting to become during that era. Even though, the 2D version of Seiken Densetsu 3 was ported for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017 it was available exclusively in Japan before appearing America in the Collection Of Mana on June 11th this year. Seiken Densetsu 3 is a game that includes multiple characters with their own storylines & endings and is considered to be one of the most underrated Action-RPG’s for the SNES.

There are many people who question how successful Trials Of Mana will be in the future especially after the release Secret Of Mana HD in 2018. The Secret Of Mana HD was a game that was solid but at the same time did not live up to many people’s expectations because it felt somewhat different from the original 16-bit version of the game. Hopefully, Trials Of Mana will not have that same issue especially since Seiken Densetsu 3 was never officially released in American retail stores in the past. As it currently stands Trials Of Mana is expected to appear on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2020 and will be among the few RPG’s that Square Enix will have to offer better the second half of 2019 & 2020.

Square Enix collaborates with Penguin Random House for new FFXIV project!!!!

As far as modern day Action-RPG’s one of the hottest video games that we have seen within the past couple of years is Final Fantasy XV which was released back in November 2016. Since its initial release Final Fantasy XV has appeared for multiple game systems including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows and has generally been well received by fans and critics alike. Not only was Final Fantasy XV a success on multiple countries such as the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom it ended up becoming the ninth best selling video game for the PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy XV ended selling at leadership 2.5 million units worldwide and is a game that people still enjoy playing to this day. For those who are huge fans of the Final Fantasy series in general you will be happy to know that Square Enix have recently formed a partnership with a popular American publishing company known as Penguin Random House to create novels, mangas and artbooks in relation to FFXV.

As it currently stands we have no idea when the literature involving FFXV will be released. However, Square Enix’s partnership with Penguin Random House looks promising and will definitely attract more gamers who have never played FFXV and want to learn more about it in general. Hopefully, as the year progresses we will learn more details regarding FFXX project as it relates to upcoming literature but for now we are really looking forward to seeing what Square Enix and Penguin Random House has in store us in the future.

Microsoft & Sony develops a new partnership for cloud gaming services!!!

As far as big news regarding the gaming world in relation to 2019 the alliance between Sony and Microsoft is one that caught many people by surprise. It was recently revealed on May 16th that Sony and Microsoft have agreed to the development of cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure. For those who do not know Microsoft Azure has been around since February 2010; its been used for managing and utilizing various Microsoft applications for the past nine years. We have learned that Microsoft Azure is the platform that both Sony & Microsoft intend to use for their cloud gaming and streaming services in the near future. While Sony and Microsoft have been seen as bitter rivals since the early 00’s it seems like both companies have been facing threats in form of competition with the likes of of Google Stadia along with Apple Arcade a video game subscription service which is set to appear in Fall 2019. In addition, to gaming and streaming services there has been talk of companies collaborating in relation to artificial intelligence.

It has been mentioned that Sony will be allowed to use the Azure AI platform in their consumer products which is very interesting to say very least. As far as rivals are concerned in relation to cloud services the partnership that Microsoft have recently formed with Sony can definitely hurt Amazon in the years to come depending on how successful it initially becomes following 2019. While Stadia will mainly be utilizing Chromecast as a platform for the masses to stream video games Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella realizes the value in the partnership they have with Sony. For at least two decades Sony have been considered by many to be the top entity of entertainment and technology around the world and there is not doubt that the collaboration between both corporations will greatly benefit each party in years to come.

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- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)

As far as popular games from the 00’s are concerned everyone has there list of favorites in terms of what they consider to be top games within that decade. For those who owned a Nintendo GameCube back in the early 00’s and was a huge fan of the Metroid series in general then there is absolutely no question that you are a huge fan of the Prime series from 2002-2007. While Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was a fantastic first-person action-adventure title some would put its ’02 prequel or even its ’07 sequel above it in terms of quality. However, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was still one of the best GameCube titles of the mid 00’s. In this game players got to see the official debut of Dark Samus after she made a cameo in the original Metroid Prime game. Also, players had the opportunity to explore two different parallel dimensions after Aether is divided into two when a comet hits the planet splitting the planetary energy two creating a Dark Aether in the process.

There where various aspects about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes that people admired including the platform and puzzle solving elements of the game. Also, unlike its 2002 predecessor Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had a multiplayer mode that could allow up to four people with games such as Bounty and Deathmatch which added to its overall replay value. The plot for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes felt like it had a dark tone especially considering the demise of the marines who were attacked by creatures called Ing’s along with the threat that the Luminoth’s faced throughout the game. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was without a doubt a critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure title for GameCube which was eventually ported for the Wii console back in 2009. Since then we have not seen any Wii-U or Switch ports of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes but hopefully the game will be remastered in HD on a current generation console sometime in the future.

The Nintendo Switch bundle deal from March 10th-16th!!!!

As far as interesting gaming deals are concerned the one that Nintendo has come up with for the Switch console is definitely something that will attract many people who are huge fans of the Mario series in general. For those who are unaware Nintendo has a deal which started on March 10th which allows people to purchase the Nintendo Switch along with one of five Mario games for a reduced price. Those who purchased he Nintendo Switch along with Super Mario Odessey, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Mario Tennis Aces or New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will receive $30 off on their purchase which will bring the overall price to approximately $330. The cool thing about Nintendo’s bundle deal is that people get a chance to mix and match whatever Mario game they want with the hybrid console while this week long sale lasts.

The only drawback is that people will not be able to purchase non-Mario games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate on this deal where they can receive the 50% off reduction. Despite, still being expensive since the bundle with any of the five listed Mario games will average approximately $330 it’s still a good deal especially since each game is worth around $59.99 by themselves. For those who do not own a Nintendo Switch and are huge fans of the Mario series this deal is worth taking advantage of while it lasts.

Will hardware games become obsolete in a few years?

There is no secret that the gaming world has heavily evolved since the 8-bit NES days of the 80’s. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s people had generally utilized cartridges before moving on to CD’s from the mid 90’s all the way up to the 10’s decade. However, in this day and age it seems like streaming and downloading video games has become more popular in general. This makes people wonder whether or not Sony, Microsoft or Xbox has any plans whatsoever on moving way from developing consoles that accepts hardware games in the near future. Streaming & downloading video games seems more convenient for customers on the face of things but at the same time Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo generally have different long term goals in relation to their consoles.

Over two years ago Sony had placed heavy emphasis on the PlayStation VR for it was officially released in retail back in October 2016. Also, there had been speculation that Microsoft was eventually going to focus more on streaming services following the release of the Xbox One X back in November 2017. It was also revealed back in the Spring of 2018 by Nintendo’s new president Shuntaro Furukawa that the company wanted to focus more on mobile gaming especially since the market itself is looking right now. Due to how popular mobile gaming has become during the 10’s decade along with streaming services it would not be a surprise if hardware video games stopped being developed altogether. However, if companies such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft eventually stop making consoles that accepts hardware video games it would probably occur a lot later down the line such as the late 2020’s or so.