Gaming

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.

Shonen Jump heroes and villains to appear in Jump Force

E3 has unofficially started and Bandai Namco has jumped on trailer release train with a teaser of a new game with everyone’s favourite Shonen Jump heroes and villains: Jump Force.

The video opens with short scenes from manga series Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball, before focusing on a battle-scarred metropolis with Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy and Goku preparing to fight Frieza. At the end of the teaser, Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuk from Death Note survey the devastation.

Jump Force is expected to launch in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: YouTube

Disney’s Frozen appears in new Kingdom Hearts III trailer

With a little over day to go before E3 actually kicks off, Square Enix has been busy releasing more details about Kingdom Hearts III; there was the official launch date last night (it’s January 29th, 2019) and now a new teaser featuring Disney’s Frozen.

Sora, Donald and Goofy journey to Arendelle shortly after Queen Elsa condemns the Scandinavian nation to eternal winter. After seeing the queen dash across the fjord, they meet Anna, Krisftoff, Sven and Olaf trudging through the newly fallen snow to find Elsa. Sora can now snowboard thanks to Goofy’s shield, which is large enough to hold himself, Goofy and Donald for quick trips down the mountainside. Elsa’s abominable snow beast, Marshmallow, also makes his début, adding to the throngs of Heartless created by the darkness.

In addition to the frozen world of Arendelle, the video includes scenes from the worlds of Tangled, Monsters, Inc., and Hercules. Of course, at the end, Aqua briefly appears, her now yellow eyes, glaring at us as the Kingdom Hearts III logo fades in.

Source: YouTube

Kingdom Hearts III to release January 29, 2019

After years of waiting, Square Enix has unveiled the release date for Kingdom Hearts III as January 29th, 2019. This date was at the closure of the Kingdom Hearts orchestra early Saturday evening advance of E3 which opens next week.

Square Enix had previously mentioned that they would announce the launch date during E3 and that it would hit store shelves sometime in 2018.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Instagram

 

Hylian Shield Nintendo 2DS XL coming to GameStop/EB Games this July

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

Box art for the New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition.

The Hylian Shield is a legendary design, spanning everything from actual replica shields, backpacks, to t-shirts and now the New Nintendo 2DS XL. As an added bonus, a pre-loaded copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is included. On July 2nd, 2018, this Hylian Shield-inspired portable console goes on sale only at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL lacks the 3D capability of the Nintendo 3DS line, but can play all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. The screens are larger, with a C-stick for additional control and improved processor for performance.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place after the events of the SNES classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and utilizes Link’s ability to travel between worlds as a painting after his fateful encounter with the sorcerer Yuga. The destiny of two worlds hangs in the balance with Link moving through the void to save both lands.

The Hylian Shield edition New Nintendo 2DS XL has a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD or $209.99 CAD.

New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition   New Nintendo 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition

Source: Nintendo

Square Enix lets fans play demo of Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix hosted a Kingdom Hearts III premiere in Santa Monica, California giving fans and the media a chance to try out the upcoming title. Staff who worked on the game were in attendance to speak to the crowd, while guests could sample cerulean-hued sea salt ice cream and snap selfies holding full-sized keyblades.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Two playable levels, Mount Olympus (from Hercules) and Toy Box (from the Toy Story franchise), were enough to satisfy cravings for this hotly anticipated title, but to also show off some of the unique mechanics that were developed to include more action and excitement. Development staff, including Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto, were on hand to discuss some of these features.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Reception from those who played the game were positive, many enjoying the familiar menu commands, and added functionality of switching between two keyblades using the D-pad, keyblade transformation, Shotlocks, Attractions, and Links. Sora’s keyblade can transform and increase its attack depending on the world. In Toy Box, the Hyper Hammer can strike enemies quickly with a powerful punch; whereas Twin Yo-Yos can reach out and deal some serious damage. Shotlocks allows Sora to lock on and track multiple enemies at once. Using a specific combo, he can then hit each target sequentially. Attractions are similar to the rides found at Disney Parks around the world: Big Magic Mountain is a rideable train that chugs up and down like a roller coaster, akin to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World, except it launches explosive fireworks (something that doesn’t happen on the real ride). Finally, Links (formerly Summons) allows Sora to call forth other Disney heroes to help out in battle. Ralph, from Wreck-it Ralph, jumps into the fray and can build walls with cannons to take out any enemies in their line of fire.

Posted by Kingdom Hearts on Friday, May 18, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III is almost here, with an expected launch in 2018. Square Enix plans to reveal a specific date at this year’s E3 next month.

Kingdom Hearts III will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Facebook, IGN

NES Classic Edition to relaunch in Canada June 29, 2018

Missed out on picking up an NES Classic Edition console when it almost two years ago? Well, Nintendo has heard you and on June 29th, 2018, the NES Classic Edition returns to store shelves in both Canada and the United States.

A miniature version of their original home entertainment system, the NES Classic Edition includes 30 games pre-loaded with a full-sized NES controller for the complete retro experience.

These game titles are:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr.™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby’s Adventure™
  • Mario Bros.™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros.™ 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

The demand for this console was huge and many retailers suffered shortages as they were snapped up as quickly as they were offered for sale. According to a Tweet from Nintendo of Canada, the NES Classic Edition is expected to be on sale through the end of the year.

The NES Classic Edition has a suggested retail price of $79.99 CAD

Sources: Nintendo, Twitter

Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch in 2018

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct shared a lot of information many gamers were aware of: Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2 content, and so on. However, host Yoshiaki Koizumi held onto the best at the end of the roughly half-hour presentation: Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018.

The clip picks up after the Splatoon 2 announcements, where two inklings square off in a messy paint battle, only for the screen to go dark. The inkling girl stops and looks up to see the Super Smash Bros. circular logo reflected in her eye as reflections of Mario and Link briefly appear.

Preceding the Super Smash Bros. clip, Nintendo unveiled some of their 2018 line-up for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS consoles. Titles include:

Nintendo 3DS

  • WarioWare Gold – August 3rd, 2018
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers – May 24th, 2018
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey – TBA 2019
  • Detective Pikachu – March 23rd, 2018
  • Luigi’s Mansion – TBA 2018

Nintendo Switch

  • Kirby Star Allies – March 16th, 2018
  • Okami HD – Summer 2018
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – June 8th, 2018
  • Octopath Traveler – July 13th, 2018
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – TBA 2018
  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED – May 25th, 2018
  • Mario Tennis Aces – June 22nd, 2018
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – July 13th, 2018
  • UNDERTALE – TBA
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – July 10th, 2018
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition – May 18th, 2018
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – April 24th, 2018
  • Splatoon 2 version 3.0 update – April 2018
  • Super Smash Bros. – TBA 2018

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo to hold Nintendo Direct for 2018 3DS and Switch games

On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Nintendo will hold another Nintendo Direct live video at 2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST to announce upcoming titles for the Nintendo 3DS and Switch consoles in 2018.

You can watch the event live with the video feed below.

Source: Nintendo

KH3 trailers at D23 showcases new worlds, new song from Utada Hikaru

With D23 Expo taking place in Japan, the talk has focused around Kingdom Hearts III and if a new trailer for the title would drop. Square Enix and Disney surprised everyone with not one, but two teasers for Kingdom Hearts III.

The first video unveils a new world from Monsters, Inc., where Sora, Donald and Goofy, team up with Sully and Mike to scare children as they settle in for bed. Our protagonists even transform into these creatures, keeping inline with the rest of this denizens from this Disney comedy. There’s also additional scenes from the Toy Story and Tangled worlds, where Sora gets to showoff some of his new moves. Interestingly enough, some familiar faces from Organization XIII make a return.


Utada Hikaru is back for a new song, titled Oath. She also performed the theme songs for the previous games in the series with Simple and Clean in Kingdom Hearts and Sanctuary in Kingdom Hearts II. Visuals include scenes with Riku, King Mickey, Xemnas and old villains Maleficent and Pete.

Kingdom Hearts III is expected sometime in 2018 for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sources: YouTube [1, 2]

Vancouver added as stop on Final Fantasy concert 2018 tour

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Orpheum in 2013.

The immense universe of music from the Final Fantasy franchise returns to Vancouver for another performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Led by conductor Arnie Roth, this 100-piece orchestra and chorus recreates the many themes, ballads, melodies and operas from more than 30 years of  this popular video game series. Complementing the live music are scenes from the Final Fantasy games, presented in HD, enveloping both the visual and aural senses.

Tickets for this single evening show go on sale at 10:00 am Friday, January 19th, 2018.

Vancouver is the only Canadian stop mentioned so far for 2018. Other cities on the tour include Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, St. Petersburg, FL, Portland, OR, Paris, France, Cleveland, OH, and San Francisco, CA.

Source: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

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