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  1. This topic isn't intended as a means to flaunt my promotion (although I'm very excited about it, having been a reader of gaming mags since the late 80s), but rather because I'd love to raise awareness of Switch Player magazine, which this month reaches its 64th issue (and my first as Editor-in-Chief). I don't know if any rllmuk members have seen the magazine, but it's an absolute challenge promoting print media in this day and age, particularly when it's not a smooth path to work our way into outlets such as WH Smiths. The magazine relies on Patreon backers and online shop sales at present, and with this being my first issue as EiC, I've made some changes which I'd really love to lead to an increase in readership. Besides a general refresh, we're now placing more emphasis on longer game reviews, as well as securing more features from outsourced writers (this issue we've got features on Splatoon 3, Streets of Rage 4, and the potential of Sonic/Mario mash-up games). As for new features, I've introduced a news section to update on all the essential Switch-related info since our previous issue. Backlog Breach is a feature for our back page, in which we ask a different person each issue to pluck a game from their shelves which they've so far avoided, to finally give it a play... this issue our Dep Ed dived into Hollow Knight for the first time. Another new feature is NSO Spotlight, in which we give NSO releases a double-page spread to flaunt its visuals. Sorry if I've rambled here, but if anyone does want to give the mag a go, I'd love to know what you think. Or if you've bought it in the past, but not recently, let me know. It's 100 A5 pages filled with Nintendo content. Issue 64 (featuring a stunning wraparound Splatoon 3 cover) is available now: https://www.nintymedia.net/products/switch-player-64
  2. It’s out today. Kirby meets…Fall Guys? It’s £13.49 which seems to be in line with the limited content offered though more is promised via dlc (which I think is free but don’t quote me on it). There is a single player vs CPU mode but otherwise it’s online. I think it’s reasonable to suggest that this could have been a free to play title (Notably, Super Kirby Crash is F2P) or at least free with the online expansion pack. You’ll need the basic level of Nintendo online to play it online, too. If there’s already a thread I couldn’t find it!
  3. Looking back on the history of Nintendo consoles, the average refresh rate between generations has been roughly 5.5 years. When looking at handheld systems we saw updated hardware about once every year since the release of Gameboy Advance in 2001 with numerous versions of the Advance, DS and 3DS families. With three months to go we move past the average release threshold for main consoles and even if I still love the Switch to death I can't help but feel that it has peaked some time ago. We no longer get big first party titles and most other releases are inferior ports of games that's been available on other platforms for a while. I've no doubt Nintendo are working on the next generation of hardware but I can't help but feel curious about what direction they ultimately decide on taking with their next generation. Will it simply be a Switch 2.0 with improved hardware and an updated OS with some QoL improvements, or will they go back to classic console design with the Switch range as their handheld alternative? With 4K TVs steadily becoming the norm I'm expecting their next console to be at least as powerful as the PS5/Series X, anything weaker won't fly for a piece of hardware released 2-3 years after those consoles. It wouldn't surprise me if they would go for much weaker hardware, though.
  4. Nintendo holding an Indie World presentation tomorrow (11/05). 20 mins of content. 3pm UK I think.
  5. I, not entirely seriously in some cases, predict the following: - Batman Arkham Collection release date - Monster Hunter Sunbreak DLC release date - Kirby and the Forgotten Land new footage - Project Triangle details and an explanation for that name - F ZERO* - PILOTWINGS** - Bayonetta 3 release date - Nothing on Metroid Prime 4 - A brief talk about Pokémon Arceus “we would have made better graphics but you keep buying it anyway lol” - Smash Fighter Pass 3 announcement “Sakurai is chained up in our basement, lol” - endless disappointment *F Zero 64 on Switch online ** Pilotwings 64 on Switch online
  6. >> Official website . >> Official YouTube channel . If you're looking for games to bulk out your Switch collection this year, your eyes need to be on the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct. It's here that the Japanese gaming giant will unveil its plans for next six months – and hopefully beyond – and give us a good look at the games we could be playing this holiday season. At last year's E3, Nintendo focused mainly only on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (don't do this again, Nintendo, please), running through a long, long, list of confirmed fighters and stadiums. However, it wasn't exactly a hit with most Nintendo fans, so we expect/hope them to give a broader view of all its E3 2019 games titles this time around. And boy, what a line-up the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct could be. From the new Animal Crossing, to Luigi's Mansion 3, and titles like Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Nintendo could have one of the strongest conferences of the show, which is especially important as its the last in the E3 2019 schedule. If Nintendo does things right, then it will spend a good portion of its E3 2019 Direct talking about the new Animal Crossing Switch game. We've not had any more information about the game since September last year, which only confirmed that the game is indeed coming, will feature Tom Nook and will arrive sometime in 2019. If that's still true, then the game is scheduled to arrive in the next six months, and we don't even know what it's called yet. We assume it'll be the next fully fledged Animal Crossing game, with the last one being Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which was released on 3DS back in 2012. Will we be playing as the new mayor again? Will the gameplay follow the similar tropes as previous series' entries? There are a lot of unanswered questions right now, but hopefully the Nintendo E3 2019 showcase will clear that up. The Pokémon Company, and developer Game Freak, like to keep things to themselves when it comes to big announcements, which is why we're getting a pre-E3 special Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct on June 5. That means we're getting all our Pokémon Switch goodness and fresh information before E3 has even started. That doesn't rule out a quick appearance of the game during the E3 Direct of course, but don't expect these two gen. VIII Pokémon titles to be the main draw. Game Freak will probably focus more on their new RPG, provisionally named Town and also set for a 2019 release, during the E3 show. As far as we know, Luigi's Mansion 3 still has a 2019 release date as well, and we're going to get some more information on this at E3. The last game was a neat 3DS exclusive, so it's exciting to see a sequel is coming to the Switch. From what we know, Luigi's back to his Ghostbusters-esque antics in another spooky mansion, but there are no further details than that as yet. As for Bayonetta 3, we know even less at this point. The game was first announced back at the Game Awards in 2017, and we've had zero information about the game since then. There's a lot of information still to come: gameplay details, release dates, and more. Whether Platinum Games is ready to reveal more about the game is a big question, as I assume the main focus will be on Astral Chain, but even a tiny glimpse at the Nintendo E3 2019 showcase would be greatly appreciated. Originally released over 25 years ago for the Game Boy, it came as quite a surprise that the utterly brilliant Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is getting remade for the Switch. And, it's even coming out this year. That means this remaster is ripe for a major appearance at the Nintendo E3 2019 showcase. We've already had a glorious trailer, which almost frame for frame recreates the original, but any more footage, gameplay, and, of course, a concrete release date would be of interest to most Switch owners. As for whether we'll see anything of Metroid Prime 4 announced at this year's E3, I strongly doubt it. Although the game was officially announced back at E3 2017, earlier this year Nintendo confirmed that the current project was being scrapped and restarted, which means we're probably years away from getting a proper look at the game. Unfortunately, as it's high on many Switch owners' list. Such is the nature of Nintendo's incredibly fast-paced E3 Directs, there's bound to be a few surprises nestled in between the biggest namesalready mentioned. Last year, the big surprise was Fortnite arriving on Switch right then and there after the press conference ended, so expect the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct to have a few of its own. Hopefully. We've already had rumours of a few ports and remasters, including The Witcher 3 (confirmed! - ed.), and the Metroid Prime: Trilogy, which would certainly stave off the hunger for Metroid Prime 4, at least for a while. But there are also rumblings that a sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in the works, but knowing how long Breath of the Wild took to make, this may well not make any kind of appearance at E3 2019. Maybe not even 2020. It's also interesting to note that the rumours of Xbox Game Pass coming to Switch have also not been disproven yet, and with some Xbox Live features already implemented on Switch with the release of Cuphead, this could be an exciting time for the new relationship between Nintendo and Microsoft. This may well be elaborated on during Nintendo's, or Microsoft's, E3 press conference. And then we come to the idea of new Nintendo Switch hardware. Rumours have been flying about no less than two potential new Switch consoles for some months now. The reports suggest that there are two more Switch consoles in the works, the first being a smaller 'mini' version of the original machine, and the second representing a more advanced, almost 'pro' version, offering higher specs, a bigger screen and better graphics. The latest report suggests the mini edition is closer to release than the more advanced alternative, but Nintendo isn't saying anything official about either right now – aside from the fact it definitely won't be announcing hardware at E3 “As a general rule, we’re always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,” Furukawa told reporters in Osaka back in April. “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.” Of course, just because Nintendo says its not announcing any new hardware, that doesn't rule out variations of the current console. After all, we've had a Pokémon Let's Go edition, and there's a special Super Mario Maker 2 version that comes complete with stylus. But yeah, best not believe they'll talk about future hardware revisions come June 11. So, this is what we know so far. And yes, hopefully we'll get plenty of surprise announcements, but don't shoot me if the whole Direct is exclusively focused on Luigi's Mansion 3 Random wish list: A new F-Zero, The Wonderful 102 and the long-rumoured Pikmin 4.
  7. PRESS START GAMING ZONE has arrived into Leeds City Centre! Brough to you by Retro Events Ltd who have spent years creating events to cater for gamers and collectors, it was decided that now is the perfect time to have a dedicated base where gamers can hang out and play some classic games. Relive those times from years ago by playing some of the best video games created such as Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Goldeneye, Street Fighter 2, MarioKart and a choice of hundreds of other games in our dedicated video gaming zone! There are 15 machines set up in the Gaming Zone currently covering formats such as Nes, Snes, N64, Gamecube, Megadrive, Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS1, PS2, PS3 as well as a selection of bartop arcade machines! We hold regular gaming challenges, tournaments and special events so there is always something new to find and the space is also available for private hire too, perfect for any gaming themed party, staff night out or team building day. Access to all this gaming goodness costs just £3 per person per hour, £5 for two hours or £10 for an all day pass and is located in MEATliquor, Trinity Centre, Bank Street, Leeds, LS1 5AT. The opening hours are Fri, Sat & Sun 12 till 10pm. So come down and enjoy Leeds newest video game hangout space. More information can be found on our website: www.press-start.co.uk or on social media @pressstartleeds (facebook, twitter and instagram)
  8. The SUPER Retro Games Fair is back for its biggest event yet! This is the biggest video game sales event in West Yorkshire with over 130 tables of gaming goodies and over 65 sellers with 1000s of retro games, consoles, computers, artwork, imports, accessories, toys, modified consoles, bartop arcades and much much more all for sale No need to get up early for the car boot or wait for the postman from ebay! Here you can see the condition in person before you buy! Whether you are a big collector or just getting into old gaming there will be plenty of common titles and rarities on offer on all formats from all ages. Pay on the door and you can come and go as many times as you want in the day too. There will be retro games to play, tournaments to enter a bar and cafe too! THE DATE Saturday 23rd June 2018 OPENING TIMES 11am-4pm THE VENUE Leeds University Union, Refectory, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JZ ADMISSION £2 per adult, Under 16s - 50p, Under 6 - Free Find out more information on the links below: RETRO EVENTS WEBSITE RETRO GAMES FAIR WEBSITE RETRO EVENTS FACEBOOK PAGE Let us know you are coming on the official Facebook EVENT PAGE Follow us on TWITTER Check out the PHOTOS from a previous event
  9. Here we are 2 days prior to the launch of the Switch, and I find myself thinking back 20 years, to when I picked up my brand new, super shiny, £249.99 Nintendo 64. These were super rare (by today's standards) at launch in the UK, 30,000 is the number mentioned. Imports had been changing hands (or at least were advertised in the small ads) for £600-800, which was an obscene amount of money to 14 year old me !! Anyway, my parents agreed to an N64 as a combined Christmas and Birthday present (my birthday is the 8th), so here is the story of my first Launch Day Console from 2 decades ago. Somehow I found out when stores were taking preorders and was first to get my name down. Pretty sure this must have been around the Japanese launch - it was a seriously long wait for the UK launch either way! It was a £10 deposit with HMV for the console, and no deposit required to reserve Mario 64. I think it was paid in full prior to launch though. I posted this in the Switch preorders thread, so sorry if you've read it before So, 20 years ago, launch day was here, and video gaming was revolutionised (again, 9 months after it already was in Japan!) with Mario 64. I had 1 of only 10 consoles reserved from my local HMV. They did a midnight launch (for 10 consoles!!) but my parents weren't up for heading into town at midnight, so I ended up getting it on the Saturday morning evening. [I said morning in the Switch thread, but it was the evening. Dad and I were dong something that day, I can't remember what, so I walked around to HMV shortly before we picked mum up from work at 4.30]. The staff said they thought my (paid) preorder was some sort of joke since I hadn't collected when the other 9 people had at midnight! I'd saved my pocket money and dinner money up to get the required 59.99 (!) for Shadows of the Empire, but HMV didn't have any to spare. I walked to my local Virgin Megastore with a BIG HMV bag in my hand and a BIGGER smile on my face to see if they had any. The guy at the games counter looked at me as I handed the box over to purchase the game, then asked me if I had it pre-ordered, which of course I didn't. When I said no, he disappeared and come back with a fresh, sealed copy from the back store and said they had some extras. He then proceeded to explain that his manager had told him that he had to explain that I'd need an N64 to play the game on and that it wasn't available on SNES or Playstation. I grinned and raised my left hand to display my freshly purchased console, then had a 15 minute discussion with the guy about the console, how he was too late to get one, and had played about half of Mario 64 on their demo pod after hours! I'd actually completely avoided Mario 64 up to this point. I saw some screen shots, and high review scores but had avoided any gameplay videos (very easy in 1997!!) and reading any reviews. My parents let me set the N64 up on the livingroom on the big TV - I think to this point, my SNES had been in there 3 or 4 time max, and we had Chinese takeaway, another rarity in my house. Dad (and to a lesser extent mum) watched on in awe as I played. This was the start of something amazing for me. I felt like the luckiest kid, and proceeded to figure out cheap lunches for myself whilst saving for the horrendously expensive N64 launch titles that were coming up. I was very thankful for the little booklet of vouchers from HMV giving me £5 off a game although it still lead to a number of phone calls to my mum on launch day Saturdays "mum, I've saved £45 for Lylat Wars, but it's £55, can I have my next 2 weeks pocket money up front?" The joys. What was everyone else doing 20 years ago when I was wolfing down my Chinese takeaway so I could get back to Mario 64?
  10. The Retro Games Fair is back! If you love retro gaming, playing and collecting then this is the event for you. A wide range of sellers covering every videogame and home computer format since the beginning of video gaming. Nintendo, Sega, Atari, Sinclair, Amstrad, Sony, Microsoft, Commodore, SNK and much much more. 1000's of retro games, consoles, computers, artwork, imports, accessories, toys, bartop arcades, artwork, plushies and much much more all for sale at the Retro Games Fair! No need to get up early for the car boot or wait for the postman from ebay! Here you can see the condition in person before you buy from some of the biggest and best sellers in the country. Our sellers range from professional traders to private collectors reducing their collections so there is a guaranteed range of prices and items for sale. Whether you are a big collector or just getting into retro gaming there will be plenty of common titles and rarities on offer on all formats from all ages. The perfect event to build up a great gaming collection. As well as the stalls there will also be a room to play on some old arcade cabinets provided by the amazing guys from Arcade Club! Our amazing Prize Draw will return for the chance to win something pretty special too! Pay on the door and you can come and go as many times as you want in the day. THE DATE Saturday 27th Jan 2018 OPENING TIMES 11am-5pm THE VENUE Marriott Hotel, Boar Lane Leeds, LS1 6ET ADMISSION £2 per adult, Under 16s - 50p, Under 6 - Free Find out more information on the links below: RETRO GAMES FAIR WEBSITE RETRO EVENTS FACEBOOK PAGE Let us know you are coming on the official Facebook EVENT PAGE Follow us on TWITTER Check out the PHOTOS from previous events
  11. https://nintendosoup.com/game-boy-classic-mini-now-one-step-closer-fruition/ I said it's gonna be the Gameboy before the N64 mini. Now the evidence is starting to point that way. Cue nine months of inactivity before we all lose our shit over something thirty years old.
  12. EDITED: List of people playing this: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1B3dut1d9d7Hqls68kKg_8JCxoMXJTyfzUqeTxYrkP4I
  13. Miiverse is closing on 7 November. BOO. Before it goes, make sure you go to this page: https://miiverse.nintendo.net/settings/download_request and request a copy of all your posts and content. Hopefully including those screenshots where you arranged Mario pieces to spell rude words.
  14. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/04/new_nintendo_2ds_xl_announced_releases_28th_july Nice for newcomers and those that don't care for 3D, and its nice that they've learned from design flaws of prior models (micro sd easily accessable and even a cover this time!) but ultimately to me it's still an inferior product. Slimmer New 3DS XL and I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Glad to see another proper handheld, gives hope a next gen one is still coming along the way. You know, ones that are kid friendly and can put in your pocket.
  15. The SUPER Retro Games Fair is back for our biggest event yet! This is the biggest video game sales event in West Yorkshire with over 130 tables of gaming goodies and over 50 sellers with 1000s of retro games, consoles, computers, artwork, imports, accessories, toys, modified consoles, bartop arcades and much much more all for sale No need to get up early for the car boot or wait for the postman from ebay! Here you can see the condition in person before you buy! Whether you are a big collector or just getting into old gaming there will be plenty of common titles and rarities on offer on all formats from all ages. Pay on the door and you can come and go as many times as you want in the day too. There will be retro games to play, tournaments to enter, bar and cafe too! THE DATE Saturday 24th June 2017 OPENING TIMES 11am-5pm THE VENUE Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JZ ADMISSION £2 per adult, Under 16s - 50p, Under 6 - Free Find out more information on the links below: RETRO EVENTS WEBSITE RETRO GAMES FAIR WEBSITE RETRO EVENTS FACEBOOK PAGE Let us know you are coming on the official Facebook EVENT PAGE Follow us on TWITTER Check out the PHOTOS from a previous event
  16. Stream | Youtube | Archive ABOUT What to Expect? more at NintendoLife Might as well have a separate thread for it am I right? I'm hoping they're able to make ARMS look more enticing by showing more characters and modes as I'm not sure the Nintendo Tax™ is justified at the moment. They could at least double the roster and make Dhalsim a pre-order bonus (insta buy).
  17. For NES Visual Backers only for now, here we go! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/nintendo-entertainment-system-famicom-a-visual-com/posts/1849526 (requires login). The NES compendium is EXCELLENT, and huge! I will certainly be backing this and am looking forward to the outcome. I won't share the images from the kickstarter page as I'm unsure of the etiquette - needless to say it's very pretty indeed.
  18. The Retro Games Fair is back! This is the biggest video game sales event in West Yorkshire with over 100 tables and 50 sellers with 1000's of retro games, consoles, computers, artwork, imports, accessories, toys, modified consoles and much much more all for sale No need to get up early for the car boot or wait for the postman from ebay! Here you can see the condition in person before you buy! Whether you are a big collector or just getting into old gaming there will be plenty of common titles and rarities on offer on all formats from all ages. Pay on the door and you can come and go as many times as you want in the day too. THE DATE Saturday 18th Feb 2017 OPENING TIMES 11am-5pm THE VENUE Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET ADMISSION £2 per adult, Under 16s Free (when accompanied by a paying adult otherwise £1) Find out more information on the links below: RETRO EVENTS WEBSITE RETRO GAMES FAIR WEBSITE RETRO EVENTS FACEBOOK GROUP Let us know you are coming on the official Facebook EVENT PAGE Follow us on TWITTER Check out the PHOTOS from a previous event
  19. Destructoid are running a story which suggests that Nintendo are either co-developing or publishing the long awaited sequel Beyond Good & Evil. There's nothing close to a confirmation here, bu they have two sources telling them more or less the same thing: http://www.destructoid.com/rumor-nintendo-funding-beyond-good-and-evil-sequel-346059.phtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter I was never actually that big a fan of the first game, but I know this could be a big catch for Nintendo. I'd also be happy if Nintendo continued to fund these types of projects, which aren't necessarily going to be massive sellers, but will generate enthusiasm for the platform.
  20. Hi everyone - I'm hoping to garner some opinions on a retro gaming idea, if you would be able to help... I've got a business opportunity focused on gaming (arcade & consoles only at the moment) and one idea I've had to make it a bit more interesting to current and potential gamers is to provide a service a bit like Graze, Pact Coffee, Abel & Cole, etc. The idea is that you can go online, select which consoles you own and subscribe to a service that posts you a different game every month. You can play it and then send it back or you can keep it for an extra fee. So, if you said you had an N64, you might get Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie or Super Smash Brothers for your first 3 months. You could send a couple back and keep one, if you felt so inclined. We would never send out the same game twice and you could cancel with 30 days notice. My questions I'd like to get some opinions on are; - Would you like to get one or more games sent to you every month? - If so, would a cost of £7.99 per month, including return postage, put you off? - Have you heard of anyone else providing this service? If so, what's good and what's bad about what they do? - What would really put you off from signing up? - What would make you sign to the membership package immediately? - If there were other benefits to the subscription, such as small loyalty rewards or exclusive social events, would that be of interest? Thanks for taking the time to respond - I genuinely appreciate all the feedback, good or bad, and will respond to everyone! Mark
  21. The Collectorabilia returns and to a bigger venue with more sellers!! Over 50 sellers of the best of: Retro Video Games, Consoles, vintage toys, action figures, Star Wars, He Man, Comics, graphic novels, Lego, Geek Culture, Pixel Bead Art, Funko Pops, original artwork, t-shirts and much more...... The Sentinel Squad will be there in full costume raising money for charity too so come and get your picture taken with Vader and the gang! Perfect place to get those great additions to your collection, buy back your childhood, discover new things or start a new collection. The Venue Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD The Date Saturday 17th September 2016 - 11am to 5pm Admission £2 per adult, Under 16s Free (when accompanied by an adult) Free entry if in cosplay Check out the Website http://collectorabilia.com/ Join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/RetroEventsLeeds and check out our other events coming up too! Tell us you are coming on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/100940940327258/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetEvents Come along and join in the fun and get some great stuff for the collection too!!
  22. Shamelessly stolen from the Gaf but this is beyond cool (and I missed the closing ceremony cause I didn't think it'd be worth watching, doh). Japan's PM transforms into Mario and then that ending, perfect. The entire video and ceremony are classy as fuck.
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