Generation 2 Coming to Pokemon GO!

Generation 2 in Pokemon GO has been a topic for quite a while now. It’s been rumoured sometime last year. We’ve had datamines showing unused Pokemon slots and moves pointing to it. And well, with baby Pokemon released in an event last year, it’s become quite clear that Niantic was readying the playerbase for the generation’s imminent release.

And now it’s finally happened. Niantic have finally announced that generation 2 will be coming to Pokemon GO later this week!

So what’s in store for the players here? What do you, as potential Pokemon GO player have to gain from this update?

Well, quite a few interesting things actually! Like say, the 80 new Pokemon we’ll be seeing brought to the game as a result. This list will include everything from the gen 2 starters (like Cyndaquil and Totodile) to the new common Pokemon and pseudo legendaries alike.

And this will have an obvious effect on the encounter rate. Whereas before you had lots of Pidgeys and Rattatas (and often little else), it’s likely that generation 2 will make its own common Pokemon equally common spawns in game as well.

In other words? Get used to Sentrets, Hoothoots, Ledybas and Spinaraks appearing on a regular basis too. Presumably in roughly the same quantities as the existing common Pokemon.

It also means that your existing Pokemon might well become more useful too. Why?

Because as has been mentioned before, lots of Pokemon from generation 1 actually have new evolution in generation 2. So you’ll be able to evolve your Onix into Steelix, your Golbat into Crobat and your Chansey into Blissey among many others.

That should at least make them more worthwhile to catch, shouldn’t it?

Yeah, I think so too. Interestingly, it seems items will actually be necessary there, given how Niantic Labs talks about ‘evolutionary items’ being dropped at Pokestops now. So yeah, better hope you get a Metal Coat or King’s Rock sometime soon. Presumably before you have more Onix and Scyther to know what to do with.

Also affected will likely be the gym system. Why? Because as anyone who checked a ‘predicted CP’ list knows, quite a few later generation Pokemon will be massively usable in the competitive metagame here. Like say, Tyranitar, who’s stats will probably rival Dragonite when it’s released later this week.

So if you’re holding a gym, you’d better hope someone deposits one there pronto. Otherwise some of these generation 2 species will let the attackers just bulldoze straight through your teams.

Yet it’s not just new Pokemon that are included here. Nope, it seems Niantic have some other interesting additions too.

Like say, two new types of berries. One of these (the Nanab Berry) slows a Pokemon’s movements, which makes it easier to catch. Meanwhile the other one (aka the Pinap Berry) gives you double EXP if your next catch succeeds.

And based on the encounter changes they mention (like Pokemon having new ways to react to Poke Balls)… it seems like these berries might be a tad more necessary than they were before. Good job the interface will let you use them without entering the menu, right?

Finally, new customisation options are being added. This means there will be more clothing options for your avatar, as well new looks for your character in general. So yeah, maybe we’ll see something closer to the gen 6/7 clothing system this time around.

Either way, that’s the new Pokemon GO update for you. Will it be enough to get you playing the game again? Or do you think the novelty of this title has long since passed already?


Our World is Expanding (Niantic Labs Johto Announcement)

DLC Announced for Zelda Breath of the Wild

As was made obvious by the trailers and videos shown so far, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is trying a whole bunch of things to change up the Zelda formula. The increasing linearity has been rolled back, leaving Hyrule as a world you can explore any way you want. The focus on a set of main dungeons has been toned down, leaving hundreds of optional shrines in their place (for the most part). And with the increased focus on survival, it’s clear that Hyrule won’t be such an easy to explore place this around.

But it seems like the open world and content won’t be the only major change to the Zelda formula in Breath of the Wild. Why? Because just earlier today, Zelda director Eiji Aonuma has announced that the game will also be getting paid DLC later this year!

This DLC (called an ‘Expansion Pass’) will cost $19.99 and be available to buy from March 3rd 2017.

Here’s a video giving more details about it via Nintendo’s official channel:

But what’s in it?

Well, quite a few things really. Because the Expansion Pass is not a singular DLC pack. Instead, it acts like a sort of ‘season ticket’ for extra game content in Breath of the Wild, and lets the owner access different sets of content released during the year.

So when you buy it in March, you’ll merely get three extra treasure chests with useful items and clothing. However, later that year (in Summer 2017), this will then let you access DLC Pack 1, complete with:

  • A new Cave of Trials challenge (like in Twilight Princess HD)
  • A new Hard mode (yeah, they’re charging for Hero Mode this time around)
  • As well as an ‘extra map feature’ of some sort.

And that’s not all. Oh no, there’s also an update planned for the 2017 Holiday Season too. What does this one come with?

The following extras:

  • A new original story (presumably a continuation of the main storyline or a major sidequest)
  • A new dungeon
  • And additional challenges as well

So yeah, it’s basically three DLC packs for the price of one. Not too bad of a deal to be honest, especially when the price is pretty reasonable in general. After all, Mario Kart 8’s DLC packs come to $11.99 when bought together, and Super Smash Bros’s DLC can cost nearly double this amount.

But Nintendo made a small mistake here. Why?

Because as you likely noticed by now, they announced Breath of the Wild’s DLC before the game was released.

And well, when a creator does that in the video game industry, it’s pretty much a one way ticket to becoming an internet pariah. So at least a vocal minority are now quite upset that the game’s DLC has been announced already. Especially given how Hard Mode is one of the features included in it or how you can’t buy the packs separately.

But still, what do you think about this? Are you happy to see a main series Zelda game with DLC? Or do you feel like Nintendo should have waited till the game was out to post about this?

Have your say on the matter here or on social media today!

Nintendo Switch Specs and Dev Screenshots Leaked Online

Ah, we’ve had a lot of Nintendo related leaks recently, haven’t we? We saw the entirety of Pokemon Sun and Moon leaked on 4chan. Tons of Nintendo Switch details ended up all over Eurogamer and other such gaming sites last year. And well, if history has taught us anything, it’s that pretty much nothing is safe when the internet is involved with it.

But today’s one is something else entirely. Why? Because a huge amount of Nintendo Switch details and devkit pictures have been leaked by an indie developer. These include multiple developer only guides, information about account limitations and even pictures of a Nintendo devkit itself.

So if you’re interested in finding out more, keep reading. If not, turn away now, because there will be spoilers in the coming post!

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Zelda Breath of the Wild Panel Announced for GDC

Are you attending this year’s Game Developer’s Conference?
Do you want to know more about how The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was designed?

If so, it turns out you’re in luck! Because three Nintendo developers for the game (director Hidemaro Fujibayashi, art director Satoru Takizawa and technical director Takuhiro Dohta) are hosting a discussion about the game for a panel there.

Said panel will cover two things. Namely:

  1. The major, convention breaking changes made to the series with the game.
  2. And how the Nintendo Switch helped them implement them and take the series in a new direction

So if you’re interested in, head to Room 134, North Hall on Wednesday March 1st at 11AM. It’s an hour and a half panel, so it’s certainly going to have a fair bit of content included.

Other panels of interest at GDC this year are one on No Man’s Sky (sadly it’s about the random terrain rather than the marketing) and a non game one about Rogue One. That last one is about the film’s visual effects (or more precisely creating a character in real time), so it should be an interesting one to listen to.

But hey, what do you think? Are you attending GDC this year? And if so, how excited would you be to hear more about Breath of the Wild’s development?


Zelda Breath of the Wild Talk (GDC Schedule)

Is Nintendo Discontinuing the NES Classic?

With the NES Classic Mini being such a success, you’d think Nintendo would be trying to increase the supply a bit. After all, we’ve seen lines for the console so long they go down multiple streets. We’ve seen total sales of over 1.5 million units in the first month.

And heck, we’ve ever seen the thing do well in the UK! You know, that country where the actual NES bombed in the 80s. It’s been one of Nintendo’s most successful hardware products since the Wii.

Unfortunately, it seems things might not be working out that way. Because as the title suggests, rumour has it that Nintendo is actually discontinuing the system altogether.

This comes from a comment on NeoGAF by someone seemingly working at Nintendo’s Nordic distributor Bergsala. According to them, the system has reached its End of Life and will be phased out soon.

And if you think this is just a forum rumour… well, they’re not the only source confirming this either. Oh no, there’s also a Norwegian retailer confirming the sad news as well. Here’s their Facebook message about the discontinuation.

So yeah, it could be bad news for anyone who hasn’t bought a NES Classic Mini yet.

Or maybe not. Maybe it turns out this is only a problem in Norway and other Scandinavian countries? Perhaps those places didn’t take to the NES Mini like the rest of the world?

I mean, that would at least leave consoles available for elsewhere in the world. It’d at least give us in the rest of Europe (as well as North America and Australia) the chance to buy one.

That’s the best possibility here. One which I can see a possible sane reason for.

But what do you think? Is Nintendo planning to discontinue the NES Classic Mini worldwide? Or is this only a local discontinuation instead?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or on social media today!


Rumour: NES Mini Production Now Ending (My Nintendo News)