The Game Awards are less than a month away and Geoff Keighley announced the nominees during a live stream today. The nominees for the 2018 Game Awards are now online, and the GOTY candidates are Celeste, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Spider-Man, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Monster Hunter World.
Nintendo of America has released a new video for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this video, the “Everyone Is Here” banner that was introduced at E3 earlier this year comes to life in an animation featuring the various characters battling each other. We’ve included the video for you down below, so feel free to check it out. The game releases on the Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
At Brawl we got all info via Super Smash Bros. DOJO, at For 3DS / Wii U we had Pic of the Day via Miiverse and for Ultimate we get every day in blog post on the official site of the latest edition in the famous fighter series. Every week we will combine the announcements of Masahiro Sakurai in this weekend summary.
Fighter #60ᵋ: Ken
Ken joins the battle as Ryu’s Echo Fighter! Ken clenches his fists as the echo fighter of Ryu. They differ slightly from each other, just like in the original game. Kens Hadoken looks different, his strong Shoryuken flames and he moves a little faster. The red karateka has two ultimate smashes: Shinryuken and Shippu Jinraikyaku.
Assist Trophy: Spring Man
He is not a new fighter, but appears as an auxiliary trophy. Spring Man jumps and runs through the level and shares big punches with his elastic arms, just like in ARMS. He can also unleash his powerful rush-attack to completely arrest his opponent.
MUSIC: “Street Fighter II / Guile Stage”
You can now listen to Street Fighter II / Guile Stage. Even fans who have heard this song hundreds of times will discover subtle novelties in this version, made by Yuzo Koshiro.
We also get some new info and images from Spirits. Spirits are characters who have lost their physical form. Your fighter can get all kinds of skills and become stronger if you equip him or her with spirits. Discover for yourself how many different spirits there are. You will be amazed!
Spirit battles have various conditions that may remind you of the character you’re battling. If you manage to win one of these matches, you’ll get a chance to capture the spirit for yourself!
Fighter #40: Olimar
Captain Olimar battles by issuing commands to various types of Pikmin under his control. Pikmin come in different colors that correspond to different abilities. Olimar’s alternate appearance lets you play as Alph!
Olimar’s first appearance is the 2001 GameCube title, Pikmin. The mysterious creatures that make their appearance, Pikmin, got their namesake from a food Olimar likes, the PikPik Carrot.
Assist Trophy: Yuri Kozukata
The protagonist from Project Zero: Maiden or Black Water is now an auxiliary trophy. With her Camera Obscura she can paralyze you for a short time, so watch out!
As said, with Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee being released next week, we’re going to be doing a week dedicated to Pokemon. This particular week is going to be completely focused on the first generation of Pokemon! We’ll be having different torpics for each day leading up to Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The following topics on each day are:
Monday-Top 10 Favorite Gen 1 Pokemon
Tuesday-The Evolution of Pokemon
Wednesday-The Lore of Gen 1
Thursday- Favorite Cities from Gen 1
Friday-Character Corner: Pikachu/Eevee
These are the current topics for discussion of this upcoming week for anticipation of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and if this goes well you could expect more themed weeks of anticipated games!
Hope you guys are looking forward to next week as much as I am!
Kingdom Hearts 3 already has an all-star cast of Disney characters, but at Xbox’s X018 fan event one more made his debut. Everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh has been confirmed to appear in the third entry in the Square Enix-developed title.
In Kingdom Hearts 3 there will be mini-games to play in the 100 Acre Woods. For this location specifically, gameplay will be oriented around puzzles.
The trailer also gave us a glimpse at the some of other words, including an evil Baymax in the Big Hero 6 universe. Some on-ship acrobatics in the Pirates of the Caribbean world.
Eurogamer has published an extensive interview with Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan, during which, Mr. Kaplan was asked about the possibility of Overwatch appearing on the platform. He teased that the team are very open minded about the possibility of Overwatch for Nintendo Switch, which sounds encouraging.
Talking of technical complications: have you explored putting Overwatch on Switch (Diablo launched on Switch today)? Could it work?
Jeff Kaplan: Our philosophy has always been we want as many players playing Overwatch as possible, and we want to reach as many possible Overwatch players as are out there. We will always explore a platform if we think we could make it viable – both the technology and the business relationship. We would love to do it.
We don’t have anything to announce or any plans with Nintendo or Switch at this time, but –
It’s a possibility?
Jeff Kaplan: It’s something we’re very open-minded about.
Team Cherry and Skybound Games have confirmed that they have sadly decided to cancel the proposed physical release of Hollow Knight. The developers said that they had taken on a little too much for a small team. That’s not to say it won’t eventually come sometime in the future, but as for now, the idea has been scraped.
“We’re regretfully announcing the cancellation of physical copies of Hollow Knight and our partnership with Skybound Games.
As a team of 3 people still in intensive production of Hollow Knight, taking the game into the retail space (even with the extensive assistance of Skybound) proved more work than we could reasonably manage.
In future we will investigate other ways to deliver physical versions of Hollow Knight, though likely that will be in smaller quantities.
We’d like to thank Skybound for the amazing opportunity they provided, and for their professionalism and enthusiasm the whole way.”
Nintendo of America and the Nintendo Versus Twitter account have revealed the theme for the latest Splatoon 2 Splatfest. This time you need to decide whether you are Team Salsa or Team Guacamole which is possibly a hard choice for some of you. The Splatfest will commence on Friday, November 16th.
Final Fantasy XV DLC has been canceled, and game director Hajime Tabata has left the company altogether.
Square Enix had planned to continue the never-ending flow of Final Fantasy XV content all through 2019 with four DLC episodes centered on the characters Ardyn, Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis. Instead, only the Ardyn episode will be released — the other three have been abandoned. There’ll be a collaboration event with Final Fantasy XIV next month, and the Comrades multiplayer mode will also be spun out into a standalone game for PS4 and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy XV went through a famously troubled and protracted development, and Tabata is largely credited with turning the project around after taking over the directorial role from Tetsuya Nomura in 2014. The game was a critical and commercial success and has continued to be updated with new features, content, and versions.
“In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after FFXV,” Tabata said on the stream. “For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal. As production of Episode Ardyn continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next-generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing.”
With all the teasing on the official Kirby site will be pleased to hear that Nintendo has decided to reveal all. Kirby Star Allies will get its third and final major update on the 30th of November 2018 and it includes new Dream Friends in Magolor, Taranza, Susie, and much more.
The biggest feature is the Another Dimension Heroes mode which is unlocked by completing the main story. It involves Kirby and his loveable friends passing batons through various dimensions and is geared to be a difficult challenge mode. There will also be “Another Bosses” which are exceedingly tough. Siliconera reports that you will encounter the likes of the Jambastion Mages who will team up together to deal lots of damage.
The official The Game Awards 2018 Twitter account has revealed that the nominees for this year’s award ceremony will be announced on Tuesday 13th November at 9am PT. Make sure to vote this year as we have had some fantastic games spanning all platforms. The Game Awards 2018 will be broadcast live on the 6th of December.