Mega Man 2.5D Has Been Released!

It’s been eight years in the making, but Mega Man 2.5D has finally been released! Yes, the long developed Mega Man fan game was released earlier today for PCs, and can be downloaded from the official site here:

Here’s a trailer showing it in action:

But what is the game you might wonder?

Well, as the name suggests, it’s a pseudo 3D Mega Man game inspired by the classic series. You’ve got the same eight bit stylings, just in a fake 3D style that makes them appear to have some sort of depth. In other words, it’s like a Mega Man ROM hack played on a polished version of the following emulator:

So yeah, pretty simple concept really. However, one question may still be in the back of people’s mind here.

Namely, will the game stay online?

After all, we’ve seen a fair few fan games get taken down in the last few months or so, with everyone from Nintendo to Konami having a few examples under their belt.

What’s chances that Mega Man 2.5D will follow them?

Quite slim to be honest with you. Yeah, it’s based on the Mega Man series. And yes, there’s always the potential Capcom could try and take it down with a DMCA notice.

But if the likes of Street Fighter X Mega Man are to be believed, they seem fairly laid back on the fan game front. Add how this game isn’t a remake of any sort, and well, I can see it being left alone really.

Still, what do you think? Are you going to try out this interesting Mega Man fan game? If so, give your thoughts on the title here in the comments or on our social media page today!

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Mega Man 2.5D Official Site

Pokemon Based Arc Survival Mod Gets Hit by DMCA Takedown

Over the past few months, Nintendo has been a bit… touchy with fan projects based on their IP. They took down AM2R after ten years in development. They wiped out the original Pokemon Uranium project before it was forked and restarted. And a while ago, they even hit the likes of Gamejolt, taking down a massive 500 fan games in one foul swoop.

So when an Arc Survival mod based on the Pokemon series gets taken down, you’d probably expect the worst. I mean, it used models from X and Y, and it was available on the Steam Workshop. Seems like a clear case of a Nintendo lawyer being overly zealous, right?

Well no actually.

Surprisingly, said mod (Pokemon Evolved) was not taken down by Nintendo, but by a rival modder.

Yes really. Because you see, the world of Pokemon mods for this game is actually surprisingly competitive. You’ve got this one, which lets people encounter and catch Pokemon in the game world. And then you’ve got a rival team working their own Pokemon mod with similar gameplay concepts.

Because of this, it’s believed that one of the latter’s development team actually submitted the notice to try and kill off the competition. Which seems to be the case given how said DMCA notice is now gone and the mod is back up where it originally was.

So yeah, pretty sleazy really. Admittedly not unique (see how Jason Allen did the same thing to a host of other fan projects a few years back), but sleazy none the less. Let’s hope no other fan developers think of using this trick to kill their competition!

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Modder replaces Ark’s dinosaurs with Pokémon, is quickly slapped with DMCA notice (PC Gamer)

Mario Kart Double Dash Level Editor Released!

Are you a fan of the Mario Kart series? Do you have fond memories of playing Mario Kart Double Dash on the Gamecube?
Or ever feel like you’d want to design your own tracks for it?

Well if so, you’re in luck! Because over at Super Mario World Central, they’re holding the biannual Creativity Convention, a virtual event where hackers, modders and other game developers can share their work with others.

And one of today’s new projects is DouBOL Dash. A track editor designed specifically for editing Mario Kart Double Dash tracks and arenas. Here are some nice screenshots showing the editor in action, as well as the features you can use:

Yeah I know. It’s a tad technical, at least compared to the likes of Lunar Magic or Super Mario Bros X. But either way, it’s a really cool tool, and it lets you not only set up the track geometry and preview banners, but also do things like specify what path moving characters and objects should take. Like say, the seagulls in the background of Peach Beach or Daisy Cruiser. Or the rocks from DK Mountain.

It also has the ability to view models for any object used on the track, check for updates and all kinds of other neat stuff.

So if you want to make your own Mario Kart Double Dash tracks, check out the topic by tool creator Shibboleet on SMW Central or view the files for the tool on GitHub today. And then maybe show us some of your work afterwards!

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DouBOL Dash & Yoshi Omelette — The MK:DD And Yoshi’s Island Editor Bundle

Our Predictions for the Gaming World in 2017

2016 was a mix of extremes. There were some great games and announcements, like Pokemon GO and the Nintendo Switch. There were terrible failures, like Mighty No 9 and No Man’s Sky.

And with the political firestorm that was the 2016 US Election and Brexit, it’s been a year that’s certainly divided opinions. Heck, some might even say it’s the most controversial year on record! For both gamers and non gamers alike.

But hey, let’s look towards the future shall we? Because as per the norm, we’ve decided to write up our list on predictions for what could be happening in the gaming world in the coming year. And so here is our list of predictions for the gaming world in 2017!

Here are our predictions for the gaming world in 2017!

Nintendo Switch Related

Starting with a couple about the Nintendo Switch, the company’s new hybrid system coming in March 2017…

1. The console will do better than the Wii U, but will not become a phenomenon like the NES or Wii

Yeah I know, a bit of controversial given we haven’t seen a lot of the system and its games yet. But either way, I predict it won’t do amazingly. It’ll do well, and it’ll certainly blow the Wii U out of the water (a decent name will do wonders here), but I just don’t see it revolutionising the video game industry.

2. It will not get a lot of third party games

And just like the Nintendo 64 onwards, I don’t see it doing too well with ‘triple A’ developers. It’ll probably get a few games (mostly ports in its early lifecycle), but these companies seem to care more about tech and ‘power’ than they do about interesting mechanics and gameplay opportunities. And hey, they know that their audience is likely not going to be on a Nintendo system any time soon.

3. Super Mario Switch will be a Super Mario 64 style 3D platformer, with less linearity in its level design. It’ll also have an ice theme

This is all based on that early footage we saw, which shows areas with lots to see and do (like in Mario 64 and Sunshine) as well as suspicious traces of ice and snow in what should otherwise be a desert environment.

4. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild does really well in terms of review scores and sells excellently for a Zelda title (I’m guessing about 5-6 million plus).

As for Breath of the Wild, I see it doing well. However, I’m not sure how much the actual Zelda fanbase will like it, given that it seems very different from the typical ‘modern Zelda formula’ and dispenses with any heavy plot focus.

5. Mario Kart is announced for Nintendo Switch, and is based on Mario Kart 8.

Yeah, this is pretty obvious too. However, I do fully believe that we’ll get an ‘ALL NEW’ Mario Kart game as far as tracks and battle areas go, just one minus any new major ‘gimmicks’ or introductions. Maybe a bit like how Super Circuit was basically Super Mario Kart 1.5?

6. Splatoon sequel announced and released

It’s a successful new IP, and was hinted at in the Nintendo Switch trailer. Nothing more to be said.

7. Super Mario Maker gets a Nintendo Switch port.

As for this game, I suspect it’ll just get a port rather than a sequel or major reimagining. The special costumes will probably all be on disc by default, and it’s possibly a few other minor additions might be made too. Like the Challenge Mode from the 3DS version.

8. Gamecube games are announced for eShop.

Again, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? Every new generation brings more classic Nintendo games to the eShop, and the Nintendo Switch seems like the perfect system to bring Gamecube games over.

9. Super Mario Sunshine gets a HD port/remake.

I don’t know why, but I can really see this getting a port or remake at some point. Probably because they could both fix a few minor flaws with the game and use all kind of modern shaders and lighting effects and what not to make it look truly gorgeous on the new hardware.

10. Pokemon Stars is announced as a Pokemon Sun/Moon sequel

It will have Necrozma as a main part of the story, and involve a new villainous team (since the last two both got reformed/disbanded). I can sort of picture Faba turning to the new villains, given his somewhat arrogant personality after generation 7, and I can also picture a lot of the older characters becoming trial captains and kahunas this time around. Like Hau standing in for Hala. Or Guzma getting a new kahuna type role.

11. Pokemon anime quickly changes to integrate new storyline

God, you almost feel sorry for these guys, don’t you? Not only do they have to adapt a brand new game every three years or so, but they’ve recently had the series throw more and more curveballs in their face mid generation. The gen 5 and 6 anime seasons both had to be completely retooled in how they presented Team Plasma and Team Flare…

12. Necrozma gets a new form, like Zygarde did.

And talking of Pokemon stuff, I think it’s pretty obvious by now Necrozma is getting a new form. Trio legendary with base stats of about 600? Design that looks like a dragon’s head? Yeah, this guy isn’t at his most powerful at all.

13. Retro’s game isn’t Metroid Prime 4. Fans sob.

But hey, enough Pokemon for now. I’ll bet anything that Retro’s next project isn’t either Metroid or Donkey Kong related.

14. Super Smash Bros for Switch port gets announced, with more ‘comprehensive’ Smash game promised for the future. Inklings are main new characters, with Ice Climbers returning.

No Source Gaming, they’re not just gonna release ports of old games and pretend they’re sequels. But it is quite probable some sort of Smash for Wii U port will be done to get some quick interest going, and that it’ll have a few minor additions made.

15. Mario RPG/Rabbids game is officially announced too.

Nothing more to be said here. It’s predicted by everyone at this point.

16. But Mario & Luigi will still get a game

Probably with more original content like Dream Team, given that Nintendo considers this the ‘canon’ Mario RPG series now, and given that AlphaDream is willing to tell Miyamoto where to stick his ‘suggestions’.

Unlike Intelligent Systems.

17. Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door comes to Virtual Console, does really well.

Still, at least Paper Mario fans will probably get this much. And like the original Paper Mario, it’ll sell really well on the eShop.

18. Fire Emblem announced for Nintendo Switch

Because hey, it’s gonna get another game after the success of both Awakening and Fates. Wonder if any censorship controversies will follow it?

19. Pokken Tournament gets Switch port with new characters from arcade version.

Forget the Wii U owners, you’ll need to pay out for a new version of the game if you want to play as Empoleon kids!

20. Analysts Proclaim Console Doomed

Finally, someone will claim the console is doomed and Nintendo is going to go bankrupt because of it. This ‘someone’ may or may not be Michael Pachter.

So yeah, those are the Switch related predictions out of the way. But how about the general Nintendo ones?

General Nintendo Related

Such as Super Nintendo World, the theme park deal they’ve got going with Universal Studios? Well, we’ve got predictions for that stuff too…

1. Super Nintendo World will not just have a Yoshi, Donkey Kong Country and Mario Kart ride.

Yeah, those will be obvious inclusions. But here’s the thing; the concept art may have been referring to the Japanese park.

And do you know what the obvious difference between the Japanese and American parks is?

The latter are much, much bigger. How much?

Well, Universal Studios Japan is apparently 108 acres according to Wikipedia.

Universal Orlando (with its theme parks, hotels and other stuff)… is apparently 840 acres.

They have eight times as much room for Nintendo attractions in North America. So it’ll get quite a few more rides and attractions there than in Japan.

2. It’ll blow ‘Avatar Land’ out of the water

I mean, really Disney? You now decide to make an area based on Avatar?

That was 7 years ago. You’re basing a whole theme park land on a popular movie that was a fad for a couple of months 7 years ago.

Either way, it’s pretty obvious that Nintendo’s theme park attractions will prove the more popular ones. No one gives a toss about Avatar in the long run.

3. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be free to play on mobile

With money being used to buy in game items and abilities. This will partly be in response to Super Mario Run’s criticism and investor expectations for their games.

4. WarioWare will get a mobile game

Come on, the very format just screams ‘this will be awesome on smartphones’. It’s a very safe choice for a possible third Nintendo smartphone app.

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