Back in the olden days, Nintendo made a couple of sports games with more realistic settings and gameplay. Named 1080 Snowboarding and Wave Race respectively, these games become pretty big on the N64, before being followed up by better sequels on the GameCube and vanishing in history therefore after.
Fortunately for fans though, it seems hope may be at hand here. Why? Because as Pixelpar shows us on Twitter, Nintendo have just filed a new trademark for 1080° Snowboarding. This implies the company hasn’t given up on the whole deal, and actually does see potential for the franchise in future.
And it makes us wonder what exactly could be in store here. Okay, it’s quite possible it could be something uninteresting. Like say, a Virtual Console released on the inevitable Switch Virtual Console post Nintendo Direct.
But at the same time, it brings a bit of hope that an all new game could be coming for the system instead. That’s good news for sports game fans, as well as for Nintendo fans in general. After all, Nintendo’s always struggled to get those types of games on their system, and games in the snowboarding genre have gotten even rarer in the last few years as well.
So, to see this trademark brings a bit of hope back to the whole deal. Perhaps even illustrates that even seemingly forgotten N64 era franchises like this one won’t be completely forgotten by the company or the industry as a whole.
However, what do you think? Are you happy Nintendo seemingly remembers 1080 Snowboarding? What could this trademark registration actually mean?
Post your thoughts on the matter here or at the Gaming Latest forums today!
It’s Christmas time! The turkey’s in the oven, the presents are under the tree (if you’re not in the UK at the moment) and everything’s looking good for the holiday season. New games, new consoles, all that stuff is probably here and present for many of you about now.
But we won’t be posting about any of it. Why? Because like everyone else on the planet, we enjoy our Christmas break and have decided to take the next few days off. So today and tomorrow, there will be no news posts from Gaming Reinvented, nor any updates on social media or over on Wario Forums.
It’s just in the spirit of the season you know? Christmas is a time you spend with your friends and family, not posting on social media or arguing about video game ‘controversies’ with people on internet forums.
So check out the Gaming Latest forums or various subreddits if you desperately need news, and try and spend your time with friends and family. Or heck, actually playing the games you likely got for Christmas rather than talking about them.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Well, it’s happened again. Despite Nintendo trying to avoid leaks by restricting review copies, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have leaked online, a good full week before their official release date. That’s pretty embarrassing given the situation with the original games. Or the likes of Breath of the Wild, Mario & Luigi Superstar or Super Mario Odyssey since then.
But it’s also good news for us too. Why? Because it means that thanks to some plucky dataminers, we now have information about all the new Pokémon and story elements added in the new titles! So, if you want to find out about Necrozma’s new forms or the new Pokémon included in the new titles, keep reading!
Remember how a few days ago, we saw Team Rocket return in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? How shocked we were that the original villain team had made a comeback?
Well, it seems that things have gotten crazier still. That’s because as it turns out, Team Rocket isn’t in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. No, Team Rainbow Rocket is in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
And Team Rainbow Rocket is not just a new version of Team Rocket. Nope, it’s an all new, revamped version run by Giovanni with Mewtwo under their command. As well as every single villainous team leader in the series prior to Sun and Moon.
No, we are not kidding. Archie, Maxie, Cyrus, Ghetsis and Lysandre are all returning in these games, and all as part of this new Team Rainbow Rocket organisation. Here’s a trailer in case you don’t believe us:
As well as a few nice pieces of artwork showing the villain team off:
It’s seriously something we’d never have seen coming in a million years. What’s more, it’s not the only thing we wouldn’t have seen coming either.
Oh no. As it turns out, the changes revealed in the trailer aren’t limited to a Pokémon villain team legion of doom. Instead, it seems every legendary Pokémon in the series also returns in the game!
Yes, every single one.
Every legendary trio, every cover legendary, every random legendary Pokémon not connected to anything else… they’re all available by going to Ultra Space in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It’s like the ultimate celebration of the Pokémon series, complete with everything fans have ever wanted in a single game. Like the ultimate fan fiction made reality.
So, kudos Nintendo. You’ve turned this game from a bit of filler into a Pokémon fan’s dream Pokémon game, and dialled up the hype to eleven as a result.
When it comes to villain teams in Pokemon, there’s usually simple rule in play:
Each generation has one villain team, who will be defeated in the main storyline, and then never seen again afterwards.
That’s it. There have certainly been the odd exception sure (Team Rocket in generation 2), but as a rule, villain teams in the Pokemon series do not return generation after generation. It’s been the case for every generation from gen 3 until now.
However, rules are made to be broken. And in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the villain team rulebook is also being thrown out of the window. Why? Because as a download card for the games shows, Team Rocket is returning in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Yes, you read that right. Team Rocket. As in, the Team Rocket that appeared in the first two generations. They’re returning as antagonists in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Here are some pictures proving it:
As you can tell, they’re not just flash in the pan side characters either. Oh no, they’ve got a new HQ in Alola, they’ve got updated Grunt designs and well, it seems like they may well be the main antagonists of the entire game. It’s an interesting return for such a beloved group of characters.
Yet that’s not the only interesting thing about it. Think about it. How many villain teams has Alola got active now?
Four. We’ve got Team Skull and the Aether Foundation from the original Sun and Moon, the Ultra Recon Squad making their debut in these games and now Team Rocket entering the fray as well. That means for the first time in series history, we’ve got multiple villainous teams operating in the same game. Not alternate games (like with Ruby and Sapphire’s teams). The same game with the same storyline.
That’s a very interesting change, and makes us wonder how the concept could be expanded in future titles. Could we see Team Galactic return to the spotlight again, given the Ultra Beasts and extradimensional travel is now confirmed possible? Could Lysandre have survived the events of X and Y, and be planning a comeback in a future title? Might Ghetsis not be completely brain damaged after all?
Who knows, but they’re all possibilities now. And well, with these games being the first to have multiple returning teams at once, the door’s wide open for interactions between them too. A legion of doom made up of returning Pokémon villains? Seems like it could be closer than you think!
But hey, what do you think about it all?
Are you happy Team Rocket are making a comeback in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? What do you think their roles will be in these titles?
Post your opinions on the matter (and more) in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!
Team Rocket Spotted in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (Serebii.net)