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  1. Earlier this year Atari announced that they were in the process of developing a new console for the first time in decades. There was a 20-second teaser that showed off vague contours of the console before fading into a logo for the classic gaming giant. Now we finally have a good look at the console and know a bit about what it will be able to do. Two different versions of the console will be available when it launches: A retro-inspired wood panel design and a more modern red and black option. Lights indicating the positions of various cable and card ports shine through the console's materials along with the company's logo. The Ataribox console will sport an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and four USB ports. Atari has stated that Ataribox will be supporting classic Atari games as well as more "current content." They did not elaborate as to what that more current content might be, but the concept of Atari pulling an NES Classic-type console that can also download and play more modern titles certainly comes across as intriguing. The company also did not clarify if the console would be limited to Atari titles, if there might be third party support, or if the console might be a more open-source device. Atari made all of this public in emails to their community stating that their goal with this Ataribox is “to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” They seem to know that people want to know more about the device, so their email went on to clarify that, “We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing. We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.” What do you think? Are we ready for a new Atari console? Is there space in the market for one to succeed?
  2. Earlier this year Atari announced that they were in the process of developing a new console for the first time in decades. There was a 20-second teaser that showed off vague contours of the console before fading into a logo for the classic gaming giant. Now we finally have a good look at the console and know a bit about what it will be able to do. Two different versions of the console will be available when it launches: A retro-inspired wood panel design and a more modern red and black option. Lights indicating the positions of various cable and card ports shine through the console's materials along with the company's logo. The Ataribox console will sport an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and four USB ports. Atari has stated that Ataribox will be supporting classic Atari games as well as more "current content." They did not elaborate as to what that more current content might be, but the concept of Atari pulling an NES Classic-type console that can also download and play more modern titles certainly comes across as intriguing. The company also did not clarify if the console would be limited to Atari titles, if there might be third party support, or if the console might be a more open-source device. Atari made all of this public in emails to their community stating that their goal with this Ataribox is “to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.” They seem to know that people want to know more about the device, so their email went on to clarify that, “We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing. We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so.” What do you think? Are we ready for a new Atari console? Is there space in the market for one to succeed? View full article
  3. Atari was once the standard-bearer for the video game industry, helping establish the home console market into what it is today. But after a decline in business and a constant reshuffling of executive leaders (among other factors), the company fell from its lofty perch in favor of publishing and other ventures. But after two decades, Atari has apparently gotten the itch to leap back into the home console scene with its new Atari Box. A 21-second teaser offers no information, showing only close-up glimpses at what could potentially be the hardware's form factor. Most notable is the wood paneling, a design trademark of the Atari 2600. The Atari Box would be the first Atari console since the Jaguar, which released in 1993 and discontinued in 1996. Plans for the new console were confirmed by Atari CEO Fred Chesnais during an exclusive interview with GamesBeat reporter Dean Takahashi during E3. “We’re back in the hardware business,” said Chesnais. What do you think about Atari re-entering the console business? What does the Atari Box need to do to compete with modern hardware? What games do you hope will be released with the new console? View full article
  4. Atari was once the standard-bearer for the video game industry, helping establish the home console market into what it is today. But after a decline in business and a constant reshuffling of executive leaders (among other factors), the company fell from its lofty perch in favor of publishing and other ventures. But after two decades, Atari has apparently gotten the itch to leap back into the home console scene with its new Atari Box. A 21-second teaser offers no information, showing only close-up glimpses at what could potentially be the hardware's form factor. Most notable is the wood paneling, a design trademark of the Atari 2600. The Atari Box would be the first Atari console since the Jaguar, which released in 1993 and discontinued in 1996. Plans for the new console were confirmed by Atari CEO Fred Chesnais during an exclusive interview with GamesBeat reporter Dean Takahashi during E3. “We’re back in the hardware business,” said Chesnais. What do you think about Atari re-entering the console business? What does the Atari Box need to do to compete with modern hardware? What games do you hope will be released with the new console?
  5. Microsoft kicked off its E3 media briefing with the final unveiling of its highly touted Project Scorpio console. Christened Xbox One X, the "world's most powerful console" hits store shelves November 7 and runs for $499. In addition to reviewing the technical specifications Microsoft has spent months hyping (6 teraflops of GPU, 326GB/s memory, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory), the console's form factor was shown for the first time. Resembling an Xbox One S in design, the unit is also the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever assembled. Xbox One X supports native 4K gaming, demonstrated with stunning demos of games such as Forza 7. Microsoft detailed the list of titles that will receive free 4K updates later this year: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, Killer Instinct, and Forza Horizon 3. Xbox One X "enhancements" will allow better performance for standard Xbox One titles, such as improved load times and improved visuals for 1080p displays. Microsoft promised enhancements for existing and future titles, but only specified the following: Final Fantasy XV, Rocket League, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. All previous Xbox accessories, controllers, and games will work with the Xbox One X, Microsoft confirmed. From early photos released from E3, it looks as if there's no plugin for a Kinect, but reports suggest that functionality will be added in later via a dongle. What do you think of the Xbox One X? Are the features and price point enough to justify and upgrade from your existing Xbox One?
  6. Microsoft kicked off its E3 media briefing with the final unveiling of its highly touted Project Scorpio console. Christened Xbox One X, the "world's most powerful console" hits store shelves November 7 and runs for $499. In addition to reviewing the technical specifications Microsoft has spent months hyping (6 teraflops of GPU, 326GB/s memory, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory), the console's form factor was shown for the first time. Resembling an Xbox One S in design, the unit is also the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever assembled. Xbox One X supports native 4K gaming, demonstrated with stunning demos of games such as Forza 7. Microsoft detailed the list of titles that will receive free 4K updates later this year: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, Killer Instinct, and Forza Horizon 3. Xbox One X "enhancements" will allow better performance for standard Xbox One titles, such as improved load times and improved visuals for 1080p displays. Microsoft promised enhancements for existing and future titles, but only specified the following: Final Fantasy XV, Rocket League, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. All previous Xbox accessories, controllers, and games will work with the Xbox One X, Microsoft confirmed. From early photos released from E3, it looks as if there's no plugin for a Kinect, but reports suggest that functionality will be added in later via a dongle. What do you think of the Xbox One X? Are the features and price point enough to justify and upgrade from your existing Xbox One? View full article
  7. EA announced details on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, which is sure to give football fanatics a reason to rejoice outside of home. As expected of the Switch’s unique portability, players can bring FIFA 18 wherever they want by disconnecting it from the home dock. The game reportedly outputs at 1080p when docked and 720p when mobile. Visual performance might take a hit if you prefer to game on the field, but at least it’s nowhere close to the downgrade cross-generation ports of previous sports games entailed. Players can participate in Local Seasons mode across two Switch consoles, in addition to Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women’s International Cup and Skill games. EA also debuted a new gameplay trailer for FIFA 18, although footage largely looks to be from the PlayStation 4 edition of the game, so take any visuals with a grain of salt if you're planning on getting the Switch edition. FIFA 18 is out on September 29 for all major consoles. Where do you plan on hitting the field?
  8. EA announced details on the Nintendo Switch version of FIFA 18, which is sure to give football fanatics a reason to rejoice outside of home. As expected of the Switch’s unique portability, players can bring FIFA 18 wherever they want by disconnecting it from the home dock. The game reportedly outputs at 1080p when docked and 720p when mobile. Visual performance might take a hit if you prefer to game on the field, but at least it’s nowhere close to the downgrade cross-generation ports of previous sports games entailed. Players can participate in Local Seasons mode across two Switch consoles, in addition to Kick-Off mode, Career, Online Seasons, Tournaments, Women’s International Cup and Skill games. EA also debuted a new gameplay trailer for FIFA 18, although footage largely looks to be from the PlayStation 4 edition of the game, so take any visuals with a grain of salt if you're planning on getting the Switch edition. FIFA 18 is out on September 29 for all major consoles. Where do you plan on hitting the field? View full article
  9. [Updated with confirmed titles available at launch and beyond - 2/23/17] Nintendo revealed a number of details on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, late last night. The company revealed the price, release date, and a number of games over the course of their livestreamed event, which you can watch online. The night's information dump began with the reveal of the Nintendo Switch release date: March 3. That means the next generation of Nintendo's console line is less than two months away from hitting brick and mortar stores and that's certainly hard not to get at least a little excited about. Moreover, the Switch will retail for $300 making it roughly competitive with the consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo also revealed some scant details on how Nintendo will alter its approach to online with the Switch. Their plan is for players to be able to link a smart device, presumably a smart phone or tablet, to the Switch via an app. This app will allow players to invite friends to games and interact in various ways with the digital environment of the Switch. The online services will be free when the console initially launches, but sometime during Fall 2017 online services will change over to a paid subscription. In order to more fully embrace the new digital age, Nintendo will be doing away with region locked hardware with the Switch. The company stated that this would be a general approach, so that still leaves open the possibility that some select things could still be region locked. Nintendo began to get more into how the console will actually function. Players can enjoy it in TV Mode, which functions like a traditional console. Tabletop Mode transforms the console into a portable screen that can be placed on a table while gaming outside the home in a party or travel situation. Handheld Mode slips the left and right Joy-Con controllers onto their respective sides of the Switch console and turn it into a portable gaming device. One of the most talked about aspects of the Switch prior to Nintendo's reveal event was how long the battery would last when gaming on the go with the Switch. Nintendo estimates that the Switch contains 2.5-6.5 hours of battery life depending on what game is being played. While it can be played while it is being charged, the short battery life almost certainly limits the amount of usable time the console can be in use away from a power outlet. Nintendo dedicated a significant portion of time to explaining the rather strange Joy-Con controllers. Each console will come packaged with two Joy-Con controllers, left and right, that can be clicked together inside the Joy-Con grip to form the basic Switch controller. Each of these functions separately, enabling the console to support a two-player co-op experience right out of the box. Both controllers house a light sensor that is capable of distinguishing shapes and movement; the example used highlighted its ability to recognize the symbols for Rock, Paper, Scissors. The two controllers also make use of Nintendo has dubbed "HD rumble" - a high-precision internal rumble pack that can deliver very specific rumble sensations. On top of all that, the controllers include gyroscopes and motion sensing technology that allow them to incorporate movement into some games. The Joy-Con controllers will be available in different colors at launch: grey, neon red, and neon blue. It will also come with a wrist strap accessory called the Joy-Con Grip that seems to make the individual Joy-Con controllers more ergonomic and hand-friendly. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC reader, and the left Joy-Con houses a button that can take screenshots and capture in-game video. The video capture function doesn't seem like it will be functional when the console launches in March, but that function will come eventually, according to Nintendo. Screenshots and recorded video can be shared on social media, which raises a question about how Nintendo will be handling YouTube and Twitch monetization with the Switch, given their past policies regarding Nintendo IPs and Let's Players/streamers. All of these features come with a price, though. The base cost of the system, $300, seems pretty reasonable for a console launch, but Nintendo aims to make a killing on the cost of standalone accessories. If you are thinking of perhaps getting a second dock for another location in your home for the Switch, the $90 price for a single docking unit might put you off. Want to pick up two extra Joy-Con controllers to have four individual/two traditional controllers on launch day? That will cost you another $80 - more if you buy the Joy-Con controllers separately for $50 each. If you opt for the Pro controller, which is only sold separately, it isn't that much cheaper at $70. Anything beyond the base system will significantly increase the cost of buying into Nintendo's next generation. Just one extra controller nudges the cost of the system close to $400, a number the console will easily break as games are being sold separately at launch. Nintendo envisions the Switch as a party-friendly device. Up to eight Switch consoles can wirelessly connect for local multiplayer games. Titled 1-2 Switch and slated to be available at launch, the first game shown during the conference highlighted the company's focus. 1-2 Switch consists of a number of minigames that involve person-to-person interaction with friends and family. The one highlighted most, a Western-style quick draw game, pits two players face-to-face and determines who can draw their Joy-Con the fastest. Other games briefly shown included sword duels, boxing, yoga, and more. As far as we know right now, there are no plans to bundle 1-2 Switch with the console, making it a separate purchase on launch day. The second game shown for Nintendo's impending console packs a punch. Arms looks to be a combination of Overwatch and Punch-Out!! pitting players against one another or the computer in the boxing arena. The major distinction between Arms and a typical boxing title seems to be that every character has extendable arms and a number of unique abilities to get the better of their opponent. The game's producer described it as a mixture of shooting and boxing. Arms makes use of the motion control elements of the Joy-Con to simulate boxing in a way that feels very reminiscent of Wii Sports' boxing, albeit highly refined. With a roster of colorful characters and a truly endearing aesthetic, Arms definitely catches the eye and should be one to watch as we inch closer to its release date. Unfortunately it will not be available when the Switch launches on March 3, but it will be coming sometime this spring. Splatoon 2 made a splash with a new trailer showing new, inky gameplay. New special weapons can be activated when enough ink has covered the stage and players can use the Joy-Con motion controls to aim their tools of colorful destruction. Splatoon 2 turned out to be another game we will have to wait a while to see, launching sometime this summer. Much like the first Splatoon, Nintendo will support it post-launch with new stages, weapons, and ongoing, in-game events. Hand it to Nintendo, they paced the reveals during their Switch presentation just right. Just as it began to seem odd that no major franchise names had yet made an appearance, they blew open the lid on a brand new Mario title. Super Mario Odyssey might just be one of the weirdest Mario games ever made, and that is saying a lot of a franchise that includes some of the most fever-dream worlds in gaming. Nintendo wanted to convey the idea that Mario was journeying to unknown lands and the trailer certainly establishes that, showing obscure and never-before seen enemies and locations - including what looks to be New York City, complete with realistically proportioned humans. I cannot stress enough how jarring the juxtaposition between a realistic human and a cartoon Mario appears. Oh, and Mario's hat seems to be alive now? Outside of the real-world areas, the game looks incredibly gorgeous and inviting. Bowser makes an appearance in a dapper white suit having kidnapped Princess Peach yet again. I don't know how any of this fits together, but the sheer oddity of it all has me on board, even if the ride could end up being a bumpy one. Super Mario Odyssey won't release until the 2017 holidays, so more details will almost certainly be shared during E3. Monolithsoft is back with a sequel to their Xenoblade JRPG titled... Xenoblade 2. It might have been the stream, but some of the in-game footage seemed to be stuttering. Details on the game were practically nonexistent and Nintendo did not provide a release date. Koei Tecmo appears to be continuing their relationship with Nintendo by creating another hack-and-slash fighting game. However, instead of adapting The Legend of Zelda, this time the developers of Dynasty Warriors will be tackling the venerable Fire Emblem series. The teaser was pretty short and didn't display any gameplay, but color Fire Emblem fans intrigued by such a strange marriage of genres in Fire Emblem Warriors. From this point on, Nintendo adopted a more rapid-fire approach toward unveiling upcoming titles. Nintendo claims that, between their studios and third-parties, over 80 games are in development for the Switch at this point in time. Dragon Quest X and XI are slated for a Switch release in Japan, while Dragon Quest Heroes I and II will also be coming to the Switch. A new Shin Megami Tensei has just gone into development for the fledgling console, though nothing beyond that and a short teaser were shared. Square Enix unveiled a new IP called Project Octopath Traveler, a game that appears to update the old-school 16-bit aesthetic with a few modern twists. Todd Howard from Bethesda to confirm that Skyrim will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, laying to rest the rumors that Skyrim's appearance might have simply been for the promotional trailer. Suda 51 from Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind the recent free-to-play game Let It Die, took the stage to let everyone know that he would be resurrecting Travis Touchdown for an as yet unnamed title for the Switch. People might remember the name Travis Touchdown from his protagonist role in the game No More Heroes. EA confirmed that FIFA would be coming to the Switch, too. Presumably we could also expect to see other EA Sports titles like Madden on the console, but so far only FIFA has been confirmed. A montage of games revealed and hinted at a number of other titles that Nintendo will be bringing to the Switch. Glimpses could be seen of Minecraft, a few Telltale titles, Farming Simulator, Rime, a Sonic title, Bomberman, and a flash of a futuristic racing game that might just be the first F-Zero game since the GameCube. The Switch will come in two different packages when it hits shelves on March 3. Both will be the same price of $300 with the only difference being the color of the Joy-Con controllers. One system will be packaged with grey controllers and the other will have Joy-Con in red and blue. The system will come with the left and right Joy-Con, a Joy-Con Grip, the system dock, console, an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter. The final announcement was one that many were hoping for: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch and available on March 3. This was accompanied by what might just be one of the biggest hype-inducing trailers in gaming history. The game includes voiced dialogue! It has weird sci-fi elements! Epic scope in both landscape and story! Some nods to timeline continuity for the fans! A very impressive trailer that might have single-handedly ensured that the Switch sells out of stores on day one. Now, that was a lot of information to digest. Overall, this conference succeeded in fostering significant excitement for the Nintendo Switch, which had previously been a mystery. While there were certainly some tantalizing looks at future Switch titles, only two were confirmed to be launch titles, though one of those being a Zelda game pretty much guarantees a large number of people buying into the hardware. And that buy in could make Nintendo a tidy profit. I'd wager that they are selling the Switch at a loss to make that attractive $300 price point, but they will more than make up for that in software and accessory sales. That probably contributes to the seemingly inflated costs of the Switch's accessories. *Update* Below you can find the full release list of games that have been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch so far. Nintendo has announced a special indie game stream on February 28 at 9am PT that will likely finalize the day one launch line-up of the Switch with a handful of additional indie titles, but these games are what have been confirmed so far. We've had some hands-on time with several of the upcoming games, so be sure to check those pieces out for some more information! *Update #2* Additional games have been added from the Nindie showcase. Available Day One (March 3): 1-2-Switch Fast RMX - eShop only Human Resource Machine - eShop only I Am Setsuna - eShop only Just Dance 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Little Inferno - eShop only Shovel Knight - eShop only Skylanders: Imaginators Super Bomberman R World of Goo - eShop only March/Spring: Arms (Spring 2017) Blaster Master Zero (March 9) - Exclusive to Switch and 3DS Graceful Explosion Machine (April) - Timed exclusive Has-Been Heroes (March) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28) Mr. Shifty (April) - Timed exclusive Pocket Rumble (March) - Exclusive Puyo Puyo Tetris (Spring 2017) - eShop only Shakedown: Hawaii (April) - Timed exclusive Snipperclips, Cut It Out Together (March) - eShop only TumbleSeed (Spring 2017) Summer: Dandara Rime Splatoon 2 Stardew Valley - Timed exclusive features SteamWorld Dig 2 Beyond/TBD: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (TBD) - eShop only Disgaea 5 Complete (TBD) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (2017) The Escapists 2 (2017) FIFA (2017) Fire Emblem Warriors (TBD) Flipping Death (2017) GoNNER (2017) - Timed exclusive Kingdom: Two Crowns (2017) Minecraft (2017) Minecraft: Story Mode (TBD) NBA 2K (2017) New Shin Megami Tensei (TBD) Overcooked! Special Edition (2017) Rayman Legends (TBD) Runner3 - (Fall 2017) Skyrim (Fall 2017) Sonic Mania (2017) Steep (2017) Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017) Syberia 3 (TBD) Ultra Street Fighter II (2017) WarGroove (2017) Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017) Yooka-Laylee (2017)
  10. With new details of the Switch released, we recorded a special episode this week to discuss what we know about Nintendo's next console, its launch line-up, and the potential future of the device. It's not every day that a company launches a new console against two firmly entrenched competitors. Be sure to let us know what you think of the Nintendo Switch and its possible future down in the comments because we're definitely curious as to what you all think about this intriguing console and how Nintendo is going about launching it (in less than two months - how crazy is that?)! Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 'Ballad on the Sea' by MasterGi (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03304) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  11. With new details of the Switch released, we recorded a special episode this week to discuss what we know about Nintendo's next console, its launch line-up, and the potential future of the device. It's not every day that a company launches a new console against two firmly entrenched competitors. Be sure to let us know what you think of the Nintendo Switch and its possible future down in the comments because we're definitely curious as to what you all think about this intriguing console and how Nintendo is going about launching it (in less than two months - how crazy is that?)! Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 'Ballad on the Sea' by MasterGi (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03304) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  12. [Updated with confirmed titles available at launch and beyond - 2/23/17] Nintendo revealed a number of details on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, late last night. The company revealed the price, release date, and a number of games over the course of their livestreamed event, which you can watch online. The night's information dump began with the reveal of the Nintendo Switch release date: March 3. That means the next generation of Nintendo's console line is less than two months away from hitting brick and mortar stores and that's certainly hard not to get at least a little excited about. Moreover, the Switch will retail for $300 making it roughly competitive with the consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo also revealed some scant details on how Nintendo will alter its approach to online with the Switch. Their plan is for players to be able to link a smart device, presumably a smart phone or tablet, to the Switch via an app. This app will allow players to invite friends to games and interact in various ways with the digital environment of the Switch. The online services will be free when the console initially launches, but sometime during Fall 2017 online services will change over to a paid subscription. In order to more fully embrace the new digital age, Nintendo will be doing away with region locked hardware with the Switch. The company stated that this would be a general approach, so that still leaves open the possibility that some select things could still be region locked. Nintendo began to get more into how the console will actually function. Players can enjoy it in TV Mode, which functions like a traditional console. Tabletop Mode transforms the console into a portable screen that can be placed on a table while gaming outside the home in a party or travel situation. Handheld Mode slips the left and right Joy-Con controllers onto their respective sides of the Switch console and turn it into a portable gaming device. One of the most talked about aspects of the Switch prior to Nintendo's reveal event was how long the battery would last when gaming on the go with the Switch. Nintendo estimates that the Switch contains 2.5-6.5 hours of battery life depending on what game is being played. While it can be played while it is being charged, the short battery life almost certainly limits the amount of usable time the console can be in use away from a power outlet. Nintendo dedicated a significant portion of time to explaining the rather strange Joy-Con controllers. Each console will come packaged with two Joy-Con controllers, left and right, that can be clicked together inside the Joy-Con grip to form the basic Switch controller. Each of these functions separately, enabling the console to support a two-player co-op experience right out of the box. Both controllers house a light sensor that is capable of distinguishing shapes and movement; the example used highlighted its ability to recognize the symbols for Rock, Paper, Scissors. The two controllers also make use of Nintendo has dubbed "HD rumble" - a high-precision internal rumble pack that can deliver very specific rumble sensations. On top of all that, the controllers include gyroscopes and motion sensing technology that allow them to incorporate movement into some games. The Joy-Con controllers will be available in different colors at launch: grey, neon red, and neon blue. It will also come with a wrist strap accessory called the Joy-Con Grip that seems to make the individual Joy-Con controllers more ergonomic and hand-friendly. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC reader, and the left Joy-Con houses a button that can take screenshots and capture in-game video. The video capture function doesn't seem like it will be functional when the console launches in March, but that function will come eventually, according to Nintendo. Screenshots and recorded video can be shared on social media, which raises a question about how Nintendo will be handling YouTube and Twitch monetization with the Switch, given their past policies regarding Nintendo IPs and Let's Players/streamers. All of these features come with a price, though. The base cost of the system, $300, seems pretty reasonable for a console launch, but Nintendo aims to make a killing on the cost of standalone accessories. If you are thinking of perhaps getting a second dock for another location in your home for the Switch, the $90 price for a single docking unit might put you off. Want to pick up two extra Joy-Con controllers to have four individual/two traditional controllers on launch day? That will cost you another $80 - more if you buy the Joy-Con controllers separately for $50 each. If you opt for the Pro controller, which is only sold separately, it isn't that much cheaper at $70. Anything beyond the base system will significantly increase the cost of buying into Nintendo's next generation. Just one extra controller nudges the cost of the system close to $400, a number the console will easily break as games are being sold separately at launch. Nintendo envisions the Switch as a party-friendly device. Up to eight Switch consoles can wirelessly connect for local multiplayer games. Titled 1-2 Switch and slated to be available at launch, the first game shown during the conference highlighted the company's focus. 1-2 Switch consists of a number of minigames that involve person-to-person interaction with friends and family. The one highlighted most, a Western-style quick draw game, pits two players face-to-face and determines who can draw their Joy-Con the fastest. Other games briefly shown included sword duels, boxing, yoga, and more. As far as we know right now, there are no plans to bundle 1-2 Switch with the console, making it a separate purchase on launch day. The second game shown for Nintendo's impending console packs a punch. Arms looks to be a combination of Overwatch and Punch-Out!! pitting players against one another or the computer in the boxing arena. The major distinction between Arms and a typical boxing title seems to be that every character has extendable arms and a number of unique abilities to get the better of their opponent. The game's producer described it as a mixture of shooting and boxing. Arms makes use of the motion control elements of the Joy-Con to simulate boxing in a way that feels very reminiscent of Wii Sports' boxing, albeit highly refined. With a roster of colorful characters and a truly endearing aesthetic, Arms definitely catches the eye and should be one to watch as we inch closer to its release date. Unfortunately it will not be available when the Switch launches on March 3, but it will be coming sometime this spring. Splatoon 2 made a splash with a new trailer showing new, inky gameplay. New special weapons can be activated when enough ink has covered the stage and players can use the Joy-Con motion controls to aim their tools of colorful destruction. Splatoon 2 turned out to be another game we will have to wait a while to see, launching sometime this summer. Much like the first Splatoon, Nintendo will support it post-launch with new stages, weapons, and ongoing, in-game events. Hand it to Nintendo, they paced the reveals during their Switch presentation just right. Just as it began to seem odd that no major franchise names had yet made an appearance, they blew open the lid on a brand new Mario title. Super Mario Odyssey might just be one of the weirdest Mario games ever made, and that is saying a lot of a franchise that includes some of the most fever-dream worlds in gaming. Nintendo wanted to convey the idea that Mario was journeying to unknown lands and the trailer certainly establishes that, showing obscure and never-before seen enemies and locations - including what looks to be New York City, complete with realistically proportioned humans. I cannot stress enough how jarring the juxtaposition between a realistic human and a cartoon Mario appears. Oh, and Mario's hat seems to be alive now? Outside of the real-world areas, the game looks incredibly gorgeous and inviting. Bowser makes an appearance in a dapper white suit having kidnapped Princess Peach yet again. I don't know how any of this fits together, but the sheer oddity of it all has me on board, even if the ride could end up being a bumpy one. Super Mario Odyssey won't release until the 2017 holidays, so more details will almost certainly be shared during E3. Monolithsoft is back with a sequel to their Xenoblade JRPG titled... Xenoblade 2. It might have been the stream, but some of the in-game footage seemed to be stuttering. Details on the game were practically nonexistent and Nintendo did not provide a release date. Koei Tecmo appears to be continuing their relationship with Nintendo by creating another hack-and-slash fighting game. However, instead of adapting The Legend of Zelda, this time the developers of Dynasty Warriors will be tackling the venerable Fire Emblem series. The teaser was pretty short and didn't display any gameplay, but color Fire Emblem fans intrigued by such a strange marriage of genres in Fire Emblem Warriors. From this point on, Nintendo adopted a more rapid-fire approach toward unveiling upcoming titles. Nintendo claims that, between their studios and third-parties, over 80 games are in development for the Switch at this point in time. Dragon Quest X and XI are slated for a Switch release in Japan, while Dragon Quest Heroes I and II will also be coming to the Switch. A new Shin Megami Tensei has just gone into development for the fledgling console, though nothing beyond that and a short teaser were shared. Square Enix unveiled a new IP called Project Octopath Traveler, a game that appears to update the old-school 16-bit aesthetic with a few modern twists. Todd Howard from Bethesda to confirm that Skyrim will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, laying to rest the rumors that Skyrim's appearance might have simply been for the promotional trailer. Suda 51 from Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind the recent free-to-play game Let It Die, took the stage to let everyone know that he would be resurrecting Travis Touchdown for an as yet unnamed title for the Switch. People might remember the name Travis Touchdown from his protagonist role in the game No More Heroes. EA confirmed that FIFA would be coming to the Switch, too. Presumably we could also expect to see other EA Sports titles like Madden on the console, but so far only FIFA has been confirmed. A montage of games revealed and hinted at a number of other titles that Nintendo will be bringing to the Switch. Glimpses could be seen of Minecraft, a few Telltale titles, Farming Simulator, Rime, a Sonic title, Bomberman, and a flash of a futuristic racing game that might just be the first F-Zero game since the GameCube. The Switch will come in two different packages when it hits shelves on March 3. Both will be the same price of $300 with the only difference being the color of the Joy-Con controllers. One system will be packaged with grey controllers and the other will have Joy-Con in red and blue. The system will come with the left and right Joy-Con, a Joy-Con Grip, the system dock, console, an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter. The final announcement was one that many were hoping for: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch and available on March 3. This was accompanied by what might just be one of the biggest hype-inducing trailers in gaming history. The game includes voiced dialogue! It has weird sci-fi elements! Epic scope in both landscape and story! Some nods to timeline continuity for the fans! A very impressive trailer that might have single-handedly ensured that the Switch sells out of stores on day one. Now, that was a lot of information to digest. Overall, this conference succeeded in fostering significant excitement for the Nintendo Switch, which had previously been a mystery. While there were certainly some tantalizing looks at future Switch titles, only two were confirmed to be launch titles, though one of those being a Zelda game pretty much guarantees a large number of people buying into the hardware. And that buy in could make Nintendo a tidy profit. I'd wager that they are selling the Switch at a loss to make that attractive $300 price point, but they will more than make up for that in software and accessory sales. That probably contributes to the seemingly inflated costs of the Switch's accessories. *Update* Below you can find the full release list of games that have been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch so far. Nintendo has announced a special indie game stream on February 28 at 9am PT that will likely finalize the day one launch line-up of the Switch with a handful of additional indie titles, but these games are what have been confirmed so far. We've had some hands-on time with several of the upcoming games, so be sure to check those pieces out for some more information! *Update #2* Additional games have been added from the Nindie showcase. Available Day One (March 3): 1-2-Switch Fast RMX - eShop only Human Resource Machine - eShop only I Am Setsuna - eShop only Just Dance 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Little Inferno - eShop only Shovel Knight - eShop only Skylanders: Imaginators Super Bomberman R World of Goo - eShop only March/Spring: Arms (Spring 2017) Blaster Master Zero (March 9) - Exclusive to Switch and 3DS Graceful Explosion Machine (April) - Timed exclusive Has-Been Heroes (March) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28) Mr. Shifty (April) - Timed exclusive Pocket Rumble (March) - Exclusive Puyo Puyo Tetris (Spring 2017) - eShop only Shakedown: Hawaii (April) - Timed exclusive Snipperclips, Cut It Out Together (March) - eShop only TumbleSeed (Spring 2017) Summer: Dandara Rime Splatoon 2 Stardew Valley - Timed exclusive features SteamWorld Dig 2 Beyond/TBD: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (TBD) - eShop only Disgaea 5 Complete (TBD) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (2017) The Escapists 2 (2017) FIFA (2017) Fire Emblem Warriors (TBD) Flipping Death (2017) GoNNER (2017) - Timed exclusive Kingdom: Two Crowns (2017) Minecraft (2017) Minecraft: Story Mode (TBD) NBA 2K (2017) New Shin Megami Tensei (TBD) Overcooked! Special Edition (2017) Rayman Legends (TBD) Runner3 - (Fall 2017) Skyrim (Fall 2017) Sonic Mania (2017) Steep (2017) Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017) Syberia 3 (TBD) Ultra Street Fighter II (2017) WarGroove (2017) Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017) Yooka-Laylee (2017) View full article
  13. Back in October, Nintendo told investors at a financial meeting in Tokyo that more details on their Switch console would be coming in January 2017, but did not give exact details. Nintendo took to Twitter yesterday to confirm that new information on the Switch would be revealed in an online presentation slated for January 12, 2017 at 8pm PST/ 11pm EST. Those interested in learning the latest Nintendo news can tune in on Nintendo's dedicated Switch page. The Nintendo Switch details were revealed via a mid-October trailer and press release. Since then, Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about the details of the upcoming mobile/console device. We compiled a handy recap of all the details revealed regarding the Switch. The January event will hopefully fill in a number of blanks and answer some of the larger questions surrounding the enigmatic console's future.
  14. Back in October, Nintendo told investors at a financial meeting in Tokyo that more details on their Switch console would be coming in January 2017, but did not give exact details. Nintendo took to Twitter yesterday to confirm that new information on the Switch would be revealed in an online presentation slated for January 12, 2017 at 8pm PST/ 11pm EST. Those interested in learning the latest Nintendo news can tune in on Nintendo's dedicated Switch page. The Nintendo Switch details were revealed via a mid-October trailer and press release. Since then, Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about the details of the upcoming mobile/console device. We compiled a handy recap of all the details revealed regarding the Switch. The January event will hopefully fill in a number of blanks and answer some of the larger questions surrounding the enigmatic console's future. View full article
  15. Yesterday during a financial meeting held in Tokyo, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced when people should expect to see more public details on the Nintendo Switch, the company's upcoming successor to the Wii U. Nintendo had previously stated that more Switch information would not be forthcoming until 2017. Now we know that more details will be coming on January 12 during a streamed Nintendo broadcast, about three months before the console's expected launch. The exact time of the livestream will be revealed sometime over the next few weeks. The event, dryly dubbed Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, will include a hard launch date, pricing, and the first details on the lineup of launch games for the Switch. Following the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Nintendo will hold what it is calling "sampling events" for media and the public to allow people a chance at some hands-on time withe the console. Last week, the Nintendo Switch was revealed to the world for the first time in a sparse, three-minute trailer. You can listen to a discussion and dissection of the unveiling if you're curious about the known nitty gritty details of the Switch.
  16. Yesterday during a financial meeting held in Tokyo, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced when people should expect to see more public details on the Nintendo Switch, the company's upcoming successor to the Wii U. Nintendo had previously stated that more Switch information would not be forthcoming until 2017. Now we know that more details will be coming on January 12 during a streamed Nintendo broadcast, about three months before the console's expected launch. The exact time of the livestream will be revealed sometime over the next few weeks. The event, dryly dubbed Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, will include a hard launch date, pricing, and the first details on the lineup of launch games for the Switch. Following the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Nintendo will hold what it is calling "sampling events" for media and the public to allow people a chance at some hands-on time withe the console. Last week, the Nintendo Switch was revealed to the world for the first time in a sparse, three-minute trailer. You can listen to a discussion and dissection of the unveiling if you're curious about the known nitty gritty details of the Switch. View full article
  17. Since new consoles aren't announced every day from a major manufacturer, this week's episode focuses squarely on Nintendo's recent reveal of the Switch, their upcoming next-gen device that can become either a console or handheld. Jeremy had to go save kids or something, so this discussion falls to Jack and Daniel who hold somewhat differing opinions on Nintendo's hybrid creation. Will the Switch be a success or a commercial flop? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Dance of the Kokiri' by Chris ~ Amaterasu and Doc Nano (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03438) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  18. Since new consoles aren't announced every day from a major manufacturer, this week's episode focuses squarely on Nintendo's recent reveal of the Switch, their upcoming next-gen device that can become either a console or handheld. Jeremy had to go save kids or something, so this discussion falls to Jack and Daniel who hold somewhat differing opinions on Nintendo's hybrid creation. Will the Switch be a success or a commercial flop? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Dance of the Kokiri' by Chris ~ Amaterasu and Doc Nano (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03438) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  19. Nintendo's NX console was unveiled as the Nintendo Switch, a console that can also be used as a mobile gaming device. The console appears to maintain full functionality whether snugly in the Nintendo Switch Dock or taken out on the go. Gamers will be able to take the console with them and play local multiplayer splitscreen games. The launch video shows this in action with a Mario Kart title and hints that it is possible to locally link multiple mobile Switch systems for larger group multiplayer. When in mobile mode, two Joy-Con controllers can slide onto either side of the console screen to become a more traditional controller interface or they can be detached and wielded in both hands for single player or shared between two players for multiplayer. Of course, more than two Joy-Con controllers can be linked to the console for larger multiplayer gatherings. If the Joy-Cons aren't really appealing, gamers can use the Nintendo Switch Pro controllers for gameplay more like the Switch's Xbox One or PS4 counterparts. “Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.” Nintendo wants development for the Switch to be as simple as possible and will supposedly allow devs to design playstyles they think most appropriate for their game. The brief product trailer shows the Switch playing a variety of titles, most notably The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Nintendo has released a list of companies that will be working to release titles for the Switch. Below you can see the full list: • 505 Games • Activision Publishing • ARC SYSTEM WORKS • ATLUS • Audiokinetic • Autodesk • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment • Bethesda • CAPCOM • Codemasters • CRI Middleware • DeNA • Electronic Arts • Epic Games • Firelight Technologies • FromSoftware • Frozenbyte • GameTrust • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE • Gungho Online Entertainment • HAMSTER Corporation • Havok • INTI CREATES • KOEI TECMO GAMES • Konami Digital Entertainment • LEVEL-5 • Marvelous • Maximum Games • Nippon Ichi Software • Parity Bit • PlatinumGames • RAD Game Tools • RecoChoku • SEGA • Silicon Studio Corporation • Spike Chunsoft • SQUARE ENIX • Starbreeze Studios • Take-Two Interactive Software • Telltale Games • THQ Nordic • Tokyo RPG Factory • TT Games • UBISOFT • Ubitus • Unity Technologies • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment • Web Technology Corp While today's tease might not be the full-blown reveal that many Nintendo fans might have wanted, Nintendo wants to assure them that more information is on the way. More will be shown and announced in the form of full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, the precise launch date, price, product configuration, and related specifics prior to the March launch next year. View full article
  20. Nintendo's NX console was unveiled as the Nintendo Switch, a console that can also be used as a mobile gaming device. The console appears to maintain full functionality whether snugly in the Nintendo Switch Dock or taken out on the go. Gamers will be able to take the console with them and play local multiplayer splitscreen games. The launch video shows this in action with a Mario Kart title and hints that it is possible to locally link multiple mobile Switch systems for larger group multiplayer. When in mobile mode, two Joy-Con controllers can slide onto either side of the console screen to become a more traditional controller interface or they can be detached and wielded in both hands for single player or shared between two players for multiplayer. Of course, more than two Joy-Con controllers can be linked to the console for larger multiplayer gatherings. If the Joy-Cons aren't really appealing, gamers can use the Nintendo Switch Pro controllers for gameplay more like the Switch's Xbox One or PS4 counterparts. “Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.” Nintendo wants development for the Switch to be as simple as possible and will supposedly allow devs to design playstyles they think most appropriate for their game. The brief product trailer shows the Switch playing a variety of titles, most notably The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Nintendo has released a list of companies that will be working to release titles for the Switch. Below you can see the full list: • 505 Games • Activision Publishing • ARC SYSTEM WORKS • ATLUS • Audiokinetic • Autodesk • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment • Bethesda • CAPCOM • Codemasters • CRI Middleware • DeNA • Electronic Arts • Epic Games • Firelight Technologies • FromSoftware • Frozenbyte • GameTrust • GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE • Gungho Online Entertainment • HAMSTER Corporation • Havok • INTI CREATES • KOEI TECMO GAMES • Konami Digital Entertainment • LEVEL-5 • Marvelous • Maximum Games • Nippon Ichi Software • Parity Bit • PlatinumGames • RAD Game Tools • RecoChoku • SEGA • Silicon Studio Corporation • Spike Chunsoft • SQUARE ENIX • Starbreeze Studios • Take-Two Interactive Software • Telltale Games • THQ Nordic • Tokyo RPG Factory • TT Games • UBISOFT • Ubitus • Unity Technologies • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment • Web Technology Corp While today's tease might not be the full-blown reveal that many Nintendo fans might have wanted, Nintendo wants to assure them that more information is on the way. More will be shown and announced in the form of full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, the precise launch date, price, product configuration, and related specifics prior to the March launch next year.
  21. This week the podcast returns to form ready to talk about the defining first-person shooter of the last console generation. The 2007 release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare changed the way almost all FPS developers approached multiplayer and paved the way for yearly releases for non-sports titles. Does Infinity Ward's highly acclaimed title hold up almost a decade later? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Searing Aggression' by zircon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03386) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  22. This week the podcast returns to form ready to talk about the defining first-person shooter of the last console generation. The 2007 release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare changed the way almost all FPS developers approached multiplayer and paved the way for yearly releases for non-sports titles. Does Infinity Ward's highly acclaimed title hold up almost a decade later? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Searing Aggression' by zircon (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03386) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  23. Greg Johnson, the original designer of ToeJam and Earl, and his new Humanature Studios launched a Kickstarter for ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove in early 2015 that managed to surpass its funding goal with $508,637. For much of 2016, the developers had been silently working on the game with sporadic updates, but yesterday the studio broke their silence. Humanature Studios has announced that Adult Swim Games would be publishing the title for PC and consoles. The new game follows ToeJam and Earl after they steal the Rapmaster Rocketship to joyride around space with their ladyfriends, Latisha and Lawanda. Unfortunately, while joyriding they press the Big, Red Button (never press the big, red button!) which opens a black hole, hurling their ship across the cosmos and scattering their ship across a strange planet. Back in the Groove tries to capture the nostalgia of the original console titles while presenting the series in a new, updated light for those who never had the opportunity to play the older games. Players can choose from one of nine playable characters: ToeJam, Earl, Latisha, Lewanda, GeekJam, Peabo, and Earl’s mom, Flo. Back in the Groove also features couch co-op and online co-op so players can tackle the randomly generated worlds, funk zones, and secret locations. The soundtrack consists of 13 remixed songs from the original games and 13 wholly original songs making it a tasty treat for those who dug the original tracks. ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove releases for PC and consoles sometime in 2017.
  24. Greg Johnson, the original designer of ToeJam and Earl, and his new Humanature Studios launched a Kickstarter for ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove in early 2015 that managed to surpass its funding goal with $508,637. For much of 2016, the developers had been silently working on the game with sporadic updates, but yesterday the studio broke their silence. Humanature Studios has announced that Adult Swim Games would be publishing the title for PC and consoles. The new game follows ToeJam and Earl after they steal the Rapmaster Rocketship to joyride around space with their ladyfriends, Latisha and Lawanda. Unfortunately, while joyriding they press the Big, Red Button (never press the big, red button!) which opens a black hole, hurling their ship across the cosmos and scattering their ship across a strange planet. Back in the Groove tries to capture the nostalgia of the original console titles while presenting the series in a new, updated light for those who never had the opportunity to play the older games. Players can choose from one of nine playable characters: ToeJam, Earl, Latisha, Lewanda, GeekJam, Peabo, and Earl’s mom, Flo. Back in the Groove also features couch co-op and online co-op so players can tackle the randomly generated worlds, funk zones, and secret locations. The soundtrack consists of 13 remixed songs from the original games and 13 wholly original songs making it a tasty treat for those who dug the original tracks. ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove releases for PC and consoles sometime in 2017. View full article
  25. Many thought the Nintendo-Sega rivalry was long dead, but this holiday season the specter of that old conflict will rise from the ashes. While Nintendo announced a new mini NES that will be hitting store shelves this holiday season, Sega has announced a Genesis mini-console as well as a portable Genesis. While many welcomed the news of a retro Nintendo box and threw money at their screens, some had a few valid complaints. Nintendo's miniature NES will be a digital only box, limited to 30 pre-installed titles with no slot to play physical copies of retro games. On top of that, it does not include an SD slot, access to the virtual console's digital library, and comes with only one controller. In comparison, Sega will be pre-installing 80 titles onto both the mini-console and the handheld. The console will even include a slot to play old Genesis titles that might not be included in the 80 game roster. Both the console and the handheld will have SD card slots, too. It will also come with two wireless Genesis controllers and support for the original controllers. However, it is notable that the console lacks an HDMI connection, which could prove frustrating by creating a small degree of input lag, and the wireless controllers rely on infrared technology which hasn't historically been kind to controllers. Sega's console manufacturing isn't quite what it used to be, so the console and handheld manufacturing are being handled by AtGames. AtGames is best known for dominating the Plug 'n Play niche of the gaming industry and is striving to bring the niche more credibility than it has had in the past. Below you can see the entire line-up of games for Sega's new-old consoles. Half are classics and half are labelled as "Sega Arcade/Puzzle games" and might be lesser known to those who haven't had extensive experience with the Genesis. Classics: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Alien Storm Altered Beast Arrow Flash Bonanza Bros. Chakan: The Forever Man Columns Columns III ComixZone Crack Down DecapAttack Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine ESWAT: City Under Siege Eternal Champions Fatal Labyrinth Flicky Gain Ground Golden Axe Golden Axe II Golden Axe III Jewel Master Kid Chameleon Mortal Kombat I Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat III Phantasy Star 2 Phantasy Star 3 Ristar Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sonic & Knuckles Sonic Spinball Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog II Sonic 3D Blast Sword of Varmilion The Ooze Vectorman Vectorman II Sega Arcade/Puzzle games: Adventure in the Park Cross the road Jack’s Pea Jewel Magic Curling 2010 Plumbing Contest Wall-Breaking Bubble Master Break a Fireline Mahjong Solitaire Warehouse Keeper Chess Memory Snake Air Hockey Spider Naval Power Mr. Balls Cannon Fight or Lose Bottle Taps Race Bomber Checker Hexagonos Whack-A-Wolf Mirror Mirror Panic Lift Black Sheep Flash Memory Brain Switch Mega Brain Switch Hidden Agenda Dominant Amber Hide and Seek Jura Formula Lost World Sudoku Meatloaf Rotation Mya Master Mind Skeleton Scale T-Rex Memory Match Yawning Triceratops Labelled as the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis Ultimate Retro Games Console - 25th Sonic the Hedgehog Anniversary Edition, the console and handheld both retail for about $65 and can currently be pre-ordered from select retailers. There are definite trade-offs between Nintendo and Sega's mini devices. Those looking for a prime nostalgia trip or interesting gift this holiday season now have to relive the old dilemma once again: Nintendo or Sega? View full article