Pikmin Platformer Announced for 3DS

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Almost one year ago, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that a new Pikmin game was in development and close to completion.  In today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, it seems like that game has finally been revealed.  Granted, it’s not completely clear whether or not this is the same Pikmin 4 game that Miyamoto described then as an official title has not been attached to the game.  The new game is also not exactly what fans would expect to see from Pikmin 4 as it will release exclusively for the 3DS and will be a 2D platformer as opposed to the unique RTS-style that the series is known for.

This unnamed Pikmin game still has a focus on gathering hordes of the sentient plants that the series is named for and commanding them to solve puzzles and battle giant beasts, but the core gameplay has taken a shift to simple, side-scrolling action.  Red, blue, and yellow Pikmin will all appear with their unique traits from the main series intact.  Red Pikmin are immune to fire, blue can breath underwater, and yellow can be thrown farther.  It’s currently unknown if the white, purple, flying, and stone Pikmin from the sequels will appear in the game.

The reveal for the 3DS game closed a Nintendo Direct that also revealed new amiibo for The Legend of Zelda series, a massive update for Streetpass that includes five new games, and 3DS ports for Super Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  The game is scheduled to release sometime in 2017.  You can watch the Direct in its entirety here.  What do you think about the newest game?  Does this new spin-off peak your curiousity, or are you just keeping your fingers crossed on the NX?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Pikmin 4 is in Development

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Fans of Nintendo’s quirky take on real-time strategy are in for a treat as a fourth installment in the Pikmin series is in the works and expected to reach completion soon.

In an interview with Eurogamer, series creator and industry legend Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that Pikmin 4 is “very close to completion”.  Interestingly, the interview was actually held in July earlier this year, but the details were only publicly released today.  Nintendo has a habit of keeping their games under wraps until their nearing their release, so the delay was likely made at Nintendo’s request.

It’s also worth noting that Miyamoto never specified the system that Pikmin 4 is being developed for.  The obvious suspect would be the Wii U, the same system that hosts Pikmin 3, but it’s also probable that it’s being developed as a launch title for Nintendo’s next console currently known as the NX.

Alternatively, there’s a chance that Pikmin 4 could even be the series’ first foray into portable play and release on the 3DS or even be one of Nintendo’s early experiments with mobile development.  That’s purely wild speculation, but anything is possible at this point.

Are you excited to lead your army of carrot-men to battle?  What system do you want to see this game release on?  Leave a comment below and let us known what you think.

Top 7 HD Remasters I Need In My Life

This generation of consoles seems to be all about the remasters. Every week you go to your favourite gaming blog and find that yet another game has been remastered for release on the new consoles. It is the biggest trend in gaming right now and it seems like it will not slow until every last title can be scraped from the bottom of the barrel.

Not all remasters or remakes are bad. On the contrary, many are excellent and the very idea of a remaster means that potential fans get to try something they would’ve otherwise missed. Furthermore, those who really adored the game(s) can trek back into the world once more with a nice coat of paint and occasionally some new features.

All of this remake talk we see made me ponder what I’d personally love to see remade or remastered. After much thought and a ton of procrastination, this is what I came up with.

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VII – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

When Wind Waker was announced to be remastered for the Wii-U, many people wondered if we’d receive Twilight Princess at a later date. Twilight Princess was an incredible Zelda experience chock full of memorable moments, locales, and dungeons to explore. If any Zelda game deserves a remaster it is Twilight Princess.

What is surprising about the game is that despite not having vibrant, cartoony cel-shaded art like Wind Waker, it still manages to hold up as an astoundingly beautiful game. Varied environments, lovely and dark characters, and a slew of bizarre enemies to duel means that you’re missing out on seeing the game at it’s maximum potential.

Come on Nintendo. Your console is starving for games, and it’d be a great way to build hype for the next true Zelda game.

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VI – Jade Empire

It is very disheartening to know that many people are unaware that Bioware crafted such a beautiful and memorable experience on the original Xbox. Jade Empire had all the elements that make up a Bioware RPG. Great characters, terrific dialogue with freedom of choice, a morality system, interesting combat, an engaging and well-realised world to explore with many quests to embark on.

It would be truly wonderful to see this fantastic gem re-released and enhanced for those of you who missed out.

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V – Final Fantasy XII

When Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X got remastered,  all I did was scream to my friends about how one of my favourite RPGs, Final Fantasy XII, should come next.

With the north american release not receiving the Zodiac job system or the extra bosses, it would be a nice way for Square-Enix to give back to the fans that have supported the series for years. I loved the extra content in the Kingdom Hearts releases, and the new bosses in Final Fantasy X were great for someone who always wanted to give them a try.

You can do it with one of your most underrated titles Square. Please.

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IV  – Pikmin

With the Pikmin games being expensive and rare, it is probably no surprise that people missed them when they first came out. They were bizarre little games that many probably ignored, and that is very sad as they are uniquely engaging games that deserve to see the light of day once more.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a collection of all three Pikmin games on the Wii U, each utilizing the Gamepad like Pikmin 3 did? Maybe a nice art-book and a limited Captain Olimar Amiibo that functioned with not only the third game, but the first two as well.

There are a lot of possibilities for this series to once again come into the limelight, and I’m not against any of these ideas.

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III – Operation Rainfall

The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower. What do all three of these games have in common? They’re annoyingly difficult to find, they’ve had a price hike which makes them a difficult purchase, and they’re not on the Wii U.

Each of these games alone were worth all the work the fans put into Operation Rainfall, and each game deserves some polishing and a re-release for those that inevitably missed them the first time.

With Xenoblade Chronicles X coming out soon and many fans craving traditional JRPGs. now is a great time Nintendo!

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II – Persona

Persona 5 is coming. You’re excited, I’m excited, we’re all excited. What isn’t coming and what never came was Persona 4 Golden on the PS3 or PS4. Why is this Atlus? Why only the Vita?

Regardless of the answer, I will forever dream of seeing the entire Persona series on a single Blu-ray disc with a shiny metal case and some nice goodies that reference the game à la Catherine’s ‘Love Is Over’ collector’s set.

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I – .Hack

If you go to Ebay or Amazon and type in ‘.Hack’ you’re likely to see a game with a funky name that is priced at approximately 150-300 dollars. This is because .Hack is an extremely rare series and each game, while varied in price, got hiked to an almost unbelievable degree.

These games gave me endless hours of pure enjoyment with their wonderful recreation of an MMO, their gorgeous soundtracks, their interesting characters, their unique and surprise-laden story.

It’s really upsetting because the only way you’ll ever play these games is if you drop that kind of money, know a person who owns them, or do something illegal to obtain them. It’s sad because although flawed, they are terrific games that should not sit on only a few shelves.

More than anything on this list, I’d love to see all seven games in the series put onto a singular disc, soundtracks included. The goodies could be anything from Chim-Chim plushies to a Statue of Haseo. Regardless of what, this would be an amazing collection for the fans that want it and the people who missed out.

Isn’t that what Remasters are about at their core?