Pokemon GO; First Footage Revealed?

Well, it’s only a rumour at this point, but dear god, it’s looking like an accurate one. Basically, a Pokemon GO panel was supposed to take place at SXSW this year, but it was cancelled. However, Niantic (the company making the game) apparently did hold some sort of presentation, and a video about the game supposedly leaked from said presentation. Here’s the video:

So… what can I say about this title? And the footage shown above?

Well to be honest, I’m not all that impressed so far. For one thing, that Ivysaur certainly didn’t blend in very well with the environment around it, and (as people have pointed out on Twitter), seemingly teleported around the place at random. Yeah, it’s early days, but it’s certainly not giving the 3DS’ AR games competition on the Augmented Reality front…

The Poke Ball select screen having the option to throw Master Balls looks a tad worrying as well. Oh sure, it’s possible we might be getting the latter in rare events and the rest from some sort of in game currency, but there’s a sneaking suspicion that micro transactions might be involved here. That it might be a lot like other ‘freemium’ titles, where the rich people buy the most powerful items outright while the rest of us are limited to whatever we can get in game. I’m hoping that’s not the case, but the small amount of evidence we have so far suggests it could be.

Still, we’ll stay optimistic. After all, we haven’t seen anything of the whole ‘battle’ aspect yet, nor how things like gyms and rival trainers fit into the whole thing. Perhaps the battle mechanics are as deep and well thought out as those in Pokemon X and Y. Maybe the above footage is merely a really early tech demo, or simply fake, and doesn’t actually indicate what encountering a Pokemon will be like in the title.

But based on what I have seen, I’m not all that impressed just yet.

Source:

First Look on Pokemon GO Gameplay – Reddit

Luigi’s Mansion Arcade; Final Boss Battle Revealed!

Can you guess who it is?

Yeah, it’s exactly who you think it’ll be.  King Boo is the villain again, and as per the last game, he’s fought at the end of the final mansion.  Here’s a (unfortunately low quality) video from a Japanese YouTube user:

Above: Video by Silent39 on YouTube

However, there are a few interesting things about this level and boss that I thought were interesting.  For one thing, in Dark Moon, King Boo was fought in a ‘paranormal dimension’ set up accessed via the portal on the balcony.  This game?

King Boo Battle

Above: One of the bizarre attacks by King Boo in Luigi’s Mansion Arcade.

He’s fought right next to the portal on said balcony.  And when you mix in how his initial attack involves releasing a swarm of ghosts from said portal, it seems like a weird cross between Paranormal Chaos and A Nightmare to Remember/Shatter the Illusion.  It’s a neat battle too, with effects involving spinning spike balls, multiple clones of King Boo and a bunch of summoned monsters fighting alongside him as the world collapses with the ominous portal spinning away in the background.

So that’s the final boss of Luigi’s Mansion Arcade, at least on one difficulty level.  Is it different on others?  Probably, hard mode is apparently an unlockable in this game rather than being open from the start, and this playthrough did seem a bit short.  But it’s a neat fight regardless.

What do you think about the final boss fight in Luigi’s Mansion Arcade?

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U; New Footage and Analysis!

Yep. It’s a bit overdue given how it was shown at the video game awards a few days ago, but we’ve now got new footage of the Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Here it is, courtesy of GameExplain…

So yeah. It looks pretty good if you ask me. Nice open world that genuinely seems to be as big as the developers are boasting it is. A medieval European fantasy themed throughout, rather than something that looks like its out some Japanese anime series. Link riding Epona and fighting enemies on horseback… it’s definitely more like a good Zelda game than the likes of Skyward Sword was.

However, there are a few things we don’t like about the trailer, that worry us a tad:

1. The lack of enemies.  The original Zelda games weren’t just good because of a large open overworld, but because said overworld had a lot of things to do in it. Every screen had secrets, enemies, caves, heart containers, etc. This game? We saw about four enemies in total and pretty much nothing but scenery in the footage. Hopefully this doesn’t mean it’s like Twilight Princess where the world is just a big empty space with the odd bit of content scattered around the corners.

2. The slow motion dismounts from Epona. Yeah it’s beta, but it currently looks stupid as hell, even more so than ‘bullet time’ did in the later Matrix movies.

But what do you think of the new Zelda game? Does it look good so far? Anything you like or dislike about what you’ve seen?

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire; First Glimpse!

And while it’s nothing like a full trailer, it’s still pretty nice looking in it’s own right, what with a few seconds footage of a battle between Groudon and Kyogre being the main focus of the video.  Here’s the footage, as posted by the official Pokemon Youtube channel:

So yes, what do you think about this?  Do you think the game looks good from the roughly twenty seconds of footage we have so far?  Come in and post a comment if you do, or talk about the game on the Nintendo 3DS Community.com forums instead!

Mario Kart 8; New Footage!

It’s not the best quality footage in the world (since whoever recorded it seemingly only got the video going at about 20 frames per second), but it does show an awful lot more of game, including even the game’s menus and character select screens!

Want to find out more?  Keep reading!

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