The 2018 Gaming April Fool’s Day Joke Round Up

Well, it’s that time of year again. Yup, it’s April 1st, or April Fool’s Day for the internet population. And like every other year, that means plenty of jokes and fake announcements from game developers, publishers, critics and others in the gaming industry.

So here at Gaming Reinvented, we’ve decided to list them all. From Mario Wiki to Pokemon and Square Enix, here are today’s coolest April Fool’s Day jokes!

Games Industry Jokes

Starting with a few from actual game developers and companies. Such as Capcom’s Mega Man ones…

Fake Robot Masters from Mega Man 11

Which in Japan, means a bunch of fake Robot Masters supposedly included in Mega Man 11. These include the somewhat Indiana Jones inspired Whip Man, what appears to be Guts Man in a business suit and… this weird office lady robot:

Whip Man

Business Man

Office Worker Robot

Yeah, they’re all parody shout outs to other media.

Date My Robot Master

Which is 100% not the case with Capcom’s US joke. Oh no, in that one they announce a Mega Man dating sim called ‘Date My Robot Master’. Yes, it really is as ridiculous as it sounds. After all, who could possibly believe this could be real?

No one, that’s who! Mega Man has never and will never do anything that ridiculous, he just can’t…

Mega Man Soccer

Oh, forget it. If Mega Man Football was real, then in some alternate universe a Mega Man dating sim could have been real too.

But it’s not, moving on…

Final Fantasy XIV Online GO

Namely to Square Enix’s jokes. Of which their first one was a Final Fantasy XIV spinoff inspired by Pokemon GO.

Maganai Fantasy

And their second one was… this thing. A trailer for a non-existent retraux game called Maganai Fantasy:

Which was actually pretty cool looking to be honest. After all, who could ever say no to a new classic style Final Fantasy? One with 8-bit sprites even?

Not us, that’s for sure!

The Team Rocket Takeover

As for Nintendo, well they did a few things for today themselves. Like having Team Rocket take over their website and social media accounts for the day, in the most glorious fashion possible:

Pokemon GO Sprites

Whereas Niantic Labs decided to replace many of the Pokemon graphics with sprite-based versions for a ‘retro’ look. Eh, pretty neat, though the lack of changes to the map and actual encounter setup hold it back from being truly awesome.

Pokemon GO Sprites

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Xbox Games April Gold Lineup

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 March:

Xbox One

  • The Witness (April 1 to April 30)
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (April 16 to May 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Cars 2: The Video Game (April 1 to April 15)
  • Dead Space 2 (April 16 to April 30)

Xbox Games March Gold Lineup

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 March:

 

Xbox One

  • Layers of Fear (March 1-30)
  • Evolve: Ultimate Edition (March 16-April 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Borderlands 2 (March 1-15)
  • Heavy Weapon (March 16-31)

A Quick Update from Gaming Reinvented

As you may have noticed, updates have been pretty slow here on Gaming Reinvented.

But don’t panic, there is a reason for this.

Namely, I’m redesigning the entire website. Why? Well to be honest, there are two reasons.

Firstly, the existing site doesn’t really work for its purpose at the moment. It’s meant to be a service, yet currently feels more like a traditional blog. And that’s fine if you’re running a blog.

But I’m not running one. I’m running a service where people are meant to post their own content. It’s basically a social media type site for writers, in the guise of a news site.

And the current design means people don’t understand this. They don’t realise they can post their own articles or content, they keep asking me to post them as if guest blogs were still relevant and gaming sites require professional staff.

So that’s one reason I’m redesigning the site. To encourage people to use it in the way it’s meant to be used, not as yet another blog they have to send messages to about guest posts and staff writer positions.

Reason number 2 on the other hand… well that’s a bit philosophical. Basically, as I realised a few months or so ago, traditional content sites don’t really work anymore. Why is this? Because society has moved on. Instead of using traditional desktop computers, people use smartphones to access the internet through most of their day.

However, most existing sites don’t get this, and as a result, they’re stuck in the desktop era.

And that’s a huge issue. Put simply, the workflow required for old school news sites and platforms doesn’t work in this new world.

Think about it. How convenient is it to post an article on mobile?
On like, any CMS you can think of?

Not very. This means sites like Medium (and traditional CMS systems like WordPress and Drupal) lose out whenever audiences on their phones.

Yet it’s not just limited to them either. No, the same goes for news reporting too. Want to cover a Nintendo Direct? Yeah, good luck doing that on an iPad, since taking and uploading screenshots is hell and videos are even worse. Add glacial upload speeds, fiddly buttons in website interfaces and awkward plugins telling you how hard to read your work is, and things just become a complete nightmare.

But we want to fix this. We want a world where reporting the news is super simple, lightning fast and convenient for everyone. One where authors can write a beautiful story on the bus back from work without worrying that their 3G connection will fail while they’re doing so. Where users can read articles even while offline. Where modern, futuristic looking articles can be written and posted without the backing of a high-tech development team and thousands of dollars in media production skills.

Hence that’s why we’re redesigning Gaming Reinvented right now. Because in today’s smartphone era, the competition just isn’t good enough.

Full stop.

Xbox Games January Gold Lineup

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 January:

Xbox One

  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (January 1-31)
  • Zombi (January 16-February 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Tomb Raider Underworld (January 1-15)
  • Army of Two (January 16-31)