Welcome to a new month GL and GR readers, as such Sony is giving its PlayStation users some free games if you have their PSN+ service. It is a bit late in announcing this as Sony really kept it under wraps this month but for good reason as VR games now joins the free game list! Check out below on what you get:
Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of August:
Forza Horizon 2 Standard—10th Anniversary Edition (August 1-31)
For Honor Standard Edition (August 16-September 15)
Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)
Dead Space 3 (August 1-15)
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (August 16-31)
Ever since E3, rumours have been rife about a new Nintendo Direct. Whether it’s one for Super Smash Bros Ultimate or a general trailer reel for new Switch titles, every ‘insider’ and their dog has been going nuts over new Directs and Smash Bros trailers, claiming that a new one was just around the corner. It’s even become a running joke in the Smash Bros fandom at this point!
But now it’s finally become a reality. Yep, a New Nintendo Direct livestream has been announced by Nintendo!
And this is no ordinary one either. Oh no, it’s a Super Smash Bros Ultimate one, featuring new information about the game by director Masahiro Sakurai! Here’s their tweet announcing the Direct on Twitter:
Along with the times for the Direct in various time zones:
7:00 am PT
10:00 am ET
It’s all pretty convenient really, given its late afternoon for European fans and early morning for American ones. That’s a nice change of pace from the usual Direct setup, which seems to be run for Japan and America first and everyone else last, with European fans having to catch up the next day for anything at all.
Heck, it means we’ll even be able to cover it live too. That’s a nice change from the norm too!
But hey, enough about the timing. What kind of announcements could we hear here?
Well, based on the fact they’ve made a specific Nintendo Direct about the whole ordeal, it’s fair to say we’re gonna get some major Super Smash Bros Ultimate reveals. A new character is virtually confirmed at this point, and to be honest, we think it’s pretty likely that new game modes or features could be in the pipeline as well. Maybe that new adventure mode might be revealed? Or perhaps something related to the game’s online play, assuming its features are a bit better than the Wii U’s one in that respect.
Either way, we’ll have a full livestream of the Direct this Wednesday, covering any reveals that may happen there. Get ready for more Super Smash Bros Ultimate info people, cause this will be epic!
However, what do you think about it? Are you happy to see a new Nintendo Direct this week? What new characters and modes will be revealed for Super Smash Bros Ultimate?
Tell us what you think here in the comments, over on Gaming Latest or via social media today!
Which is why we’re so happy to see that unused content has already been datamined from WarioWare Gold on 3DS! Yep, as posted by Ehm from the Cutting Room Floor Wiki, an early version of Penny’s intro cutscene exists in the files of WarioWare Gold. And it’s from such an early stage in development that it actually uses hand drawn sketches by the game’s character designer Ko Takeuchi in place of the artwork used in the final game!
Here’s a tweet showing off some of the frames:
Leftover test video in WarioWare Gold. It's an early version of Penny Crygor's intro cutscene, featuring super cute Ko Takeuchi sketches. I'll try to get a proper video recording of both versions online at some point, but it's just not happening right now. pic.twitter.com/2DswdtUKTW
In addition to a video showing how it works out in game:
It’s actually pretty charming really, and in many cases, actually looks quite a bit more interesting than the final cutscene does. Hell, we’d certainly check out a WarioWare game with an art style like this, even if it was just used for a single cutscene or extra souvenir.
But what do you think about it? Do you find it interesting to see this sort of content in video games, especially this soon after the game’s release?
Would you play a WarioWare game that looked like Ko Takeuchi’s sketches?
Tell us what you think either on social media or over at the Gaming Latest forums!
As you know, there haven’t exactly been a shortage of cameos in Nintendo titles. Whether it’s Mario enemies in the Zelda series, Link and Samus in Mario RPG or more obscure stuff like Dr Arewo Stein from For the Frog the Bell Tolls in Wario Land 3 and 4, the company has never been shy of including references to their other games in the various titles.
Above: This guy is actually from another Nintendo game
And with Donkey Kong Country itself featuring cameos from Mr Game & Watch, Samus’ ship and various third-party characters in the SNES titles, it’s no surprise another Metroid reference would be present in the latest title.
What is surprising though is what said cameo happens to be. Why? Because unlike before, it’s not just a piece of static imagery. No, as it turns out, it’s an actual Metroid that can be seen in the background of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze!
Yep, as found by Shane Marchis on Twitter, a keen Tropical Freeze player can actually see one of the titular creatures appearing in the background of Amiss Abyss, though it’s not visible at first glance.
Instead, you have to go forward past a certain point in the stage, then return past a damaging underwater obstacle to get a glimpse of the creature, which then appears rather clearly in the background of the stage.
It’s pretty out of the way, and it’s not surprising no one else found this creature in Amiss Abyss prior to this.
But hey, it’s a pretty neat easter egg none the less, and one that just makes you wonder what other stuff developers have hidden in the backgrounds of their games. Maybe Tropical Freeze has more Metroid references than this! Or maybe other Mario games have neat background details you can spot, who knows.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Still, what do you think? Do you like the cameo here? What other similar easter eggs have you found in Nintendo games?
Tell us what you think in the comments below or on social media today!