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New Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Trailer Shows Mantine Surfing (and more)!

Well, it’s that time again folks! Yep, Nintendo’s released another trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and this one shows all kinds of new features in the game. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yourself:

As you can see, there are all kinds of changes here. You’ve got tons more Pokémon, with a massive 400 of them in the Alola Pokedex alone. There are all new trial layouts and themes, with Mina even getting a trial of her own this time.

And well, things like the photo mechanics have been improved significantly. No longer are you merely photographing Pokémon in certain spots, now you’re able to take photos with you and your team in them instead! That’s pretty cool really. Especially if said pictures can be shared online afterwards.

But these aren’t the most interesting changes here. Oh no, that’s the surfing.

Why?

Because not only does Mantine now exist as a Ride Pokémon you can use, but you can use it to surf between the islands in Alola now!

Yup, no more needing boat rides to get around. You can now ride the waves between the islands on an actual Pokémon instead, complete with fancy tricks and giant waves to master. It’s a neat addition, and makes the world feel a bit more interconnected than it did before.

Add the other new mechanics we seen in the video, and well, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon just look more interesting than ever before. They’re not simple third versions, they’re all new games with major features.

It’s a pleasant surprise given their muted announcement back in June this year.

So, what do you think about it? Are you happy Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are getting these new surfing mechanics? Or the other things shown in the video?

Have your say on the matter at the Gaming Latest forums today!

Ten Interesting Changes Coming to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

In under a month, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions will be released for the Nintendo 3DS. A remake of the original Superstar Saga on GBA, it promises to update the title for an all new generation, with improved graphics, music and gameplay elements to make it feel just as modern as its contemporaries.

But while the aesthetic changes are the most notable, it seems they’re not the only interesting ones. Nope, quite a few characters and mechanics have been switched or changed in the title too, ranging from the minor to the incredibly important.

So, let’s look at them, shall we? Let’s look at ten of the most interesting changes coming to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions…

10. Mechawfuls are now involved in the storyline!

Starting with an interesting addition to the storyline. Namely, the Mechawful enemies from Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story.

These robot foes are now shown destroying Beanbean Castle Town when you first arrive, with a greater role being given to them in the Minion Quest mode too.

Mechawfuls

That’s interesting. Why? Well in the original Superstar Saga, Fawful wasn’t quite as much of an independent villain as he was in the later games. So, to see these guys appear now hints that his megalomania was present all along, and that he may not have been entirely loyal to Cackletta at all.

It’s an interesting change with quite a few implications for the series in general.

9. Along with Bowser Jr

Which is also the case with another early appearance from a later game foe. Yep, Bowser Jr makes an appearance in this game too.

We know this because he’s clearly shown in this piece of artwork for the Minion’s Quest mode included in the remake:

Bowser Jr

So, what’s his role?

Well, it’s hard to tell really. Based on the fact he’s only shown in Minion’s Quest, it’s likely he’s not making an appearance in the main mode.

But why would Bowser’s army fight his own son? Hmm, the plot thickens. Perhaps Fawful or Cackletta mind controlled them/ordered them around like the Koopalings in the main adventure?
We’ll have to wait and see!

8. The posters in the Yoshi Theatre get an overhaul

We won’t have to wait to find out about this change though! Because unfortunately for Wario and Starfy fans, the posters in the Yoshi Theatre got a major overhaul.

Yep, gone are the old ones, with cameos based on other Nintendo franchises. In their place are posters advertising films based on the other Mario & Luigi titles. Like one with the Shroobs, one with Prince Dreambert and one with the Brocks from Bowser’s Inside Story.

New Posters

It’s an interesting change, and the new posters do look nice. However, it’s also a bit disappointing given the prominence of these cameos, or how they were the one-real Wario reference seen in a major Mario game in the last decade or so.

And it’s not just poster designs that have been affected here…

6. As does Blink’s design in his mini game

It’s character ones too. Because for whatever reason, Blink now looks nothing like Donkey Kong. Instead, he looks like a generic skeleton pirate:

No Bink

And that’s disappointing if you ask me. There’s no real reason AlphaDream changed this, so it’s just taking away some of the character variety for the sake of it.

But this isn’t the last ‘interesting’ character design difference here. Oh no, another familiar face has been changed too…

5. Psycho Kamek is replaced by Dr Toadley

With Little Fungitown’s resident psychiatrist Psycho Kamek being replaced with Dr Toadley from Bowser’s Inside Story.

No, I’m not making this up. They switched out a character from Superstar Saga with a completely unrelated one from Bowser’s Inside Story:

Dr Toadley

That’s odd for a remake. But still, at least it’s a positive change. Psycho Kamek was a rather dull character in his only appearance, whereas Dr Toadley actually had a personality and unique way of speaking in his.

So, to see a one off replaced by a more interesting character isn’t a bad thing here. Just a completely unexpected change for a remake.

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Metroid-Themed New Nintendo 3DS XL

Coming to select retailers on September 15th 2017 to celebrate the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, is this special designed New Nintendo 3DS handheld. Currently its not known if this will come with the game installed on it and like all other New 3DS models, this won’t have a power cord included.

Nintendo 2DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 Bundle

New 2DS Mario Bundle
New 2DS Mario Bundle

 

Today on Twitter, Nintendo teased a new 2DS bundle containing one of their classic iconic games, Super Mario Bros. 2 which will come preinstalled on the white and red themed handheld.

 

It’s due out on August 25 for $80 USD which the handheld can play the entirety of the DS and 3DS libraries, but nothing from the New game line series.

Free Bonus for PS Plus Members

This week, Orcs Must Die: Unchained was released for the PlayStation 4 after its initial PC release. And for those hesitant about the game, there is some good news. The launch was of the free-to-play version of Orcs Must Die: Unchained.  The developers promised that the game will have new content, game modes and will be regularly updated.

“After a fantastic showing at last year’s PlayStation Experience, we wrapped up our open beta and launched Orcs Must Die Unchained for PC in April,”

“Now we are thrilled to announce that the game will be arriving on PS4 with new content, game modes, and regular updates.

For those of you that are unaware of this game, Orcs Must Die is a tower defence game where players must defend their Rift from mass invading hordes of Orcs. As you progress through the game, you will collect traps, traits and other items which can then be upgraded to make them even more powerful.

The game features a survival mode, sabotage mode, weekly challenges and endless mode. The survival mode is a co-op style game where you will need 2 other players to defend your Rift. This is a great game mode for those that like to play together with their friends. The sabotage mode, on the other hand, is a team vs team game mode. In this mode, you will have to use spells to weaken the team and hope that the Orcs are able to overrun them. Whilst this is happening, the other team will be doing the same to you. The winner is the team that is able to defend their Rift successfully. The game is also updated with weekly challenges that offer different challenging scenarios in return for in-game prizes that will help you defend your rift in the various game modes.

And as an added bonus, for this month, PlayStation Plus members will be able to unlock a special bundle that contains in-game currency, some skins, consumables and more in-game items. This is a great bundle that will help you get a massive head-start in the game. The bundle is worth around $20 and will be available until the 17th of August.

The bundle contains: 8000 skulls, 1250 gold, a Maximilian lucky tunic skin, Gabriella violet vintage skin, a dragon guardian, 100 potions of rage, 100 potions of health, 10 scrolls of the Unchained, 10 scrolls of slow and a 1-week battle pass.

Download the game here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/orcs-must-die-unchained-ps4/