Video games: one’s escape from reality to become a hero and save the land from a dark malevolence, or weaving among banana peels, and green shells. The video game sector is a tens of billions of dollars industry spanning the globe and everything from portable consoles to powerful PCs.

Pokémon Sun and Moon starters revealed

Unveiled today, the trio starting Pokémon in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. Selected at the beginning of the in-game journey, they become the core part of the player’s team and evolve into more than fighting creature.

RowletFirst up is Rowlet, a grass quill Pokémon, weighing in at 3.3 lbs and a height of one foot. Rowlet is a combination grass and flying type with the overgrow ability.

LittenNext is Litten, a fire cat Pokémon. At 9.5 lbs, Litten is heavier than Rowlet, but only four inches taller. As a fire type, Litten’s fur is saturated in flammable oil which it can lick and spit fireballs with.

PopplioFinally there’s the sea lion Pokémon, Popplio. While Popplio is the same height as Litten, it is the heaviest of the three at 16.5 lbs. Despite that, the water type is very flexible and acrobatic creating water balloons for both battle and fun.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon hits store shelves November 18th, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.

Source: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

Nintendo gives tiny glimpse into mobile, Zelda and NX as part of yearly report

New mobile games, The Legend of Zelda update and confirmation of the Nintendo NX console were some of the topics included in Nintendo’s fiscal earning report which ended on March 31st, 2016 according to a press release by the Japanese gaming company.

Following the success of Miitomo, which surpassed 10 million users worldwide since its March 31st launch, two more mobile games were announced. Expected in the fall of 2016 are titles from the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises which will feature far more immersive gameplay than Miitomo. Further details of these apps are proposed in the coming months.

Information about the next generation console, NX, is still limited. Secrecy still shrouds the device which will not be included in Nintendo’s line up for this year’s E3 expo. However, NX has an anticipated release in March 2017 and that a proper reveal will happen in late 2016.

Work continues on The Legend of Zelda game, which will launch in 2017 concurrently on both Wii U and NX. Nintendo mentioned that they will have a playable Wii U version of the game at E3 in June and it will be the only game attendees can partake in during the event.

New Uncharted 4 teaser shows game in action

With only a month to go before the world-wide release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, developer Naughty Dog made available on Monday a 15 minute game play clip to whet our appetites.

While 15 minutes isn’t long, it does delve into how much detail is packed into this title, everything from the environment, vehicles and interaction between the characters. It truly is a work of art seeing all the effort Naughty Dog has spent to make Nathan Drake’s world as realistic and enticing as possible.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End goes on sale Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 for the PlayStation 4.

Source: PlayStation.Blog

Mega Man Legends 2 coming to North American PlayStation Store

Another 3D Mega Man title is coming to the North American PlayStation Store. Following in the footsteps of Mega Man Legends and The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is Mega Man Legends 2 on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.

Set after the events of Mega Man Legends, Mega Man, Roll and Barrel Caskett search for the legendary treasure, the Mother Lode, takes them to Forbidden Island. They’re not alone as the fearsome Bonne family — Tron, Teasel and Bon — are also seeking the same gems. While exploring the ruins on the island, Mega Man uncovers more than treasure learning about his past life as he frequently fights off the pirates. With the fate of the world now realized, Mega Man must use his memories and his friends’ help to save all life.

Mega Man Legends 2 is the follow-up to Mega Man Legends that was originally available on the PlayStation back in 2000.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Nintendo is looking for Canada’s biggest Zelda Fan

Got what it takes to be called a Zelda fan? Nintendo of Canada is looking for a Canadian resident thirteen years or older to show off their love for the franchise to win some great prizes.

Fans can share a video, artwork, a photo of their costume or what the Legend of Zelda means to them using the hashtags #ZeldaFan and #NintendoContest on either Facebook or Twitter between now and 11:59 pm PST Monday, March 14th, 2016.

Prizes include an impressive package of Hyrule Warriors Legends, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, a New Nintendo 3DS XL and a Wii U. Plus, the grand prize winner will have their entry shown at all Canadian performances of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

Additionally, Nintendo will award copies of both Hyrule Warriors Legends, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD to two first prize winners.

For full details and rules, visit Nintendo of Canada’s web site.

Source: Nintendo

Pokémon Sun and Moon unveiled

With the Pokémon franchise celebrating 20 years this month, Nintendo announced through their Pokémon Direct live streaming video two new titles for Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

Details on the upcoming games are. However, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will take advantage of Pokémon Bank to transfer creatures acquired in the digital re-releases ofPokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow. Pokémon caught in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also use this method too. Pokémon Bank is a paid storage service.

Two new languages join the existing seven in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The nine available languages are English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and now both traditional and simplified Chinese.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have an expected release date of late 2016.

Source: YouTube

Nintendo to host Pokémon Direct video on February 26

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Pokcmon franchise, Nintendo has scheduled a Pokémon Direct live streaming event for Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 7:00 am PST.

Nintendo hosts live streaming videos as a platform to share news on upcoming titles and interviews with game developers for their most popular product lines.

Visit the Nintendo Direct web site to grab a seat before the show starts.

Pokémon was originally released in Japan on February 27th, 1996. Visit the Pokémon web site for a list of events and activities celebrating this milestone.

Latest Uncharted 4 video showcases amazing visuals, familiar faces

Naughty Dog has uploaded a new teaser this morning giving a tantalizing glimpse into the exotic locales for the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for the PlayStation 4.

As Nathan Drake scrambles after the greatest pirate treasure ever, he’s reunited with lost family, sparring with fearsome foes and preserving his friendships. As with previous titles in the franchise, Drake travels the world, making stops in places like Madagascar, a noted historical pirate haven.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End hits store shelves on April 26th, 2016.

Source: YouTube

New Sword Art Online game to feature virtual reality tech provided by IBM

The world of the VRMMORPG is one step closer to becoming reality. IBM Japan is sponsoring the creation a new video game based on the popular Sword Art Online light novel series by Reki Kawahara titled Sword Art Online: The Beginning.

A web site is online looking for volunteers to join alpha testing of the game. 208 lucky winners selected by lottery can attend an undisclosed location in Tokyo on March 28th and 30th to demo the Nerve Gear-like headset.

Three-dimensional copies of the winners will be scanned into a digital environment running IBM Cloud Services.

Sword Art Online voice actors Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu and Kanae Itō reprise their roles for Kirito, Asuna and Yui respectively.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Sword Art Online: The Beginning

Miitomo brings Nintendo to Android and iOS devices this March

Mii customization in Miitomo

Change your style with the huge wardrobe in Miitomo!

Faced with competition from mobile phones and tablets, Nintendo is now expanding out to these devices. Miitomo is the gaming company’s first step into the mobile market.

As a social app, Miitomo uses the Mii characters to interact with other users. Miis are a digital representations of people in a simplified design introduced back in 2006. Nintendo states that there are more than 200 million Mii characters on its gaming systems around the world. New users can create their own Mii or transfer over one they’ve created from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS consoles through a QR code.

Activities between friends in Miitomo is a unique one: responses to questions becomes an interactive play where users can learn something new about their buddy. The replies don’t have to be text — use a picture or a heart to convey a feeling.

While Miitomo is free to install, users can collect Miitomo coins to buy items through the in-app shop. Redeem coins to upgrade outfits to impress upon their friends, or even don strange attire like a bear, or even a hot dog.

Miitomo chat

Share your Saturday night with your friends!

Once a Mii is all dolled up, users can take pictures of their creations and share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram through the Miifoto function.

Miitomo is also integrated with the new loyalty program My Nintendo. My Nintendo aims to honour users who take advantage of the company’s products and services. My Nintendo replaces Club Nintendo which closed down in June 2015.

Miitomo launches in March 2016 on Android and Apple iOS devices. To pre-register, visit the Miitomo web site.

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