To celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular video game series of all time, Capcom has announced the ultimate tribute to the Street Fighter arcade legacy in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC coming in May 2018. The collection highlights the series’ past in this anthology of 12 iconic titles with arcade-perfect balancing, including the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
Players will be able to take the fight online in four of the classic titles for even more gameplay options, including Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Players can recreate the classic arcade gaming experience by competing against the CPU while waiting for friends in online battles where they can put their fighting skills to the ultimate test. Lobbies support up to four players waiting to climb up the ranks through Ranked Matches. Each title will also have their own Global leaderboards and the “rewind” tech ensures low-latency online battles.
With the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, fans can re-visit historic moments from the series, including the introduction of two of gaming’s most famous heroes - Ryu and Ken in the original Street Fighter, and explore the timeline of events that helped create one of the world’s leading fighting game series. Fans can take a walk down memory lane in the Museum and view stunning pieces of concept art, scroll through character bios and uncover little known facts behind each game release with an interactive timeline. Audiophiles can also sit back and relax while listening to the most memorable Street Fighter tunes in the Music Player.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will have a simultaneous release in May 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC both digitally and at retail (console versions only).
The following comes from an IGN interview with Eiji Aonuma. Aonuma was asked about why the hookshot wasn't included in Breath of the Wild.
“We did consider using [the hookshot] to climb, and then you’d parasail down, but initially when we had the hookshot [in previous Zelda games], it was always that you target something, and that was a game mechanic of itself. But that kind of defeated the purpose of what we wanted to accomplish in Breath of the Wild. With the hookshot, we always had to give it towards the end of the game, or else players could just go anywhere. But in this game, you could do that by climbing and parasailing."
Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi also chimed in on the matter.
"In the early stages of development, we did actually do some tests with double hookshots and just being able to kind of go anywhere, like Spider-Man. Your mobility and your speed was just kind of incredible. We did do some tests like that.
Honestly, the hookshot kind of completely breaks the climbing mechanic. There's lots of fans in the staff, even at pretty high levels, who really like the hookshot and they kept bugging me about it. I eventually just had to say ‘No! Hookshot is gone. There will be no hookshot in this game. If we put the hookshot in this game, it’s not going to work.’ We were just going back to what we did before, and [Breath of the Wild] is all about doing new things.”
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo received a number of honors at The Game Awards in Los Angeles, winning the awards for Game of the Year for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Best Family Game for Super Mario Odyssey and Best Handheld Game for Metroid: Samus Returns. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also won the awards for Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game.
But that’s not the only Nintendo news from the annual awards show. During the event, Nintendo revealed a trailer announcing that the Bayonetta 3 game is currently in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system. In addition, the critically acclaimed Bayonetta 2 game, originally a Wii U exclusive, will be launching for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16. Players who purchase the game in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99 will receive a free download code for the original Bayonetta game. Consumers looking to purchase the digital versions of the games for Nintendo Switch can do so via Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com.* Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 are developed by PlatinumGames.
Fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game got a new look at the game’s second DLC pack, The Champions’ Ballad, as well as the surprise news that it launched shortly after The Game Awards livestream. In this second of two DLC packs that are part of the game’s Expansion Pass, players are granted access to a large new adventure featuring a never-before-seen dungeon, new insights into the background of the game’s four Champions, as well as a new high-mobility means of transportation. Once players complete the adventure, they will have the opportunity to traverse the enormous world of Hyrule on top of a motorcycle called Master Cycle Zero. The DLC will also grant access to nine new armor items for players to find, as well as the Ancient Saddle and Bridle items. Players who purchase the Expansion Pass for $19.99 receive The Champions’ Ballad DLC Pack 2, as well as The Trial of the Sword DLC Pack 1, which launched earlier this year. For more information about what is included in the Expansion Pass, visit http://www.zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/expansion-pass.
Players who have yet to experience the game can purchase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Explorer’s Edition, a limited bundle that includes the critically acclaimed Nintendo Switch game, a 100-page explorer’s guide and a two-sided map at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
In addition, some of the games that were nominated for awards this year are from franchises featured in the Cyber Deals sale currently featured in Nintendo eShop and at Nintendo.com. Fans can save on select games featuring Mario, Link and more fun characters at https://nintendo.com/tga.
The event also featured a live performance of the “Jump Up, Super Star!” song from the Super Mario Odyssey game, with vocals by the game’s original singer.
“We are absolutely humbled that voters chose Nintendo for these awards,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “We plan to continue this strong momentum as we head into 2018.”
The Game Awards can be viewed in their entirety by visiting http://thegameawards.com/. For more information about Nintendo, visit https://www.nintendo.com/.
Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
*The digital version of Bayonetta 2 can be purchased in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for $49.99, with the option to also then purchase the digital version of the original Bayonetta game for $9.99. However, if players choose to download the standalone digital version of Bayonetta first, they will pay $29.99, with the option to then get the digital version of Bayonetta 2 for an additional $29.99.
Reggie revealed at the Game Awards that Bayonetta 1 & 2 are coming to Switch on Feb. 16th in both a retail and eShop version. On top of that, Bayonetta 3 was confirmed in development for Switch, and it's exclusive!
Video game critics love to point out the negative effects associated with the games, such as their addictive nature and reported link to violence. However, despite the constant bad rap the 100-billion-dollar industry gets, there’s now some good news for gamers: playing may help keep your brain healthy.
If you're looking to keep your mind sharp when you're a bit older in age, it looks like playing some Super Mario 64 could do the trick. According to a small study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that older adults who played Super Mario 64 had more gray matter within their hippocampus. This is an important region of the brain associated with memory.
The study involved patients who played Super Mario 64, others who played piano, and a group which did neither. The results showed those who played Super Mario 64 had an increased amount of gray matter in two regions of the brain, but those who played the piano did not.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero shall be getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch for a limited amount of time. It is known as the "Ultimate Day One Edition," it is slated to be released in North America and Europe in Spring of 2018 at a $39.99 price point. It will include everything that was originally released in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero as well as the following:
The following information comes from Ubisoft's blog page:
How sharp are your Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle tactics? Sharp enough to test against another human player? You’ll be able to find out on Friday, December 8, when the free Mario + Rabbids Versus mode arrives. Pitting you against a friend on the same system (and playable either with two controllers or with a pair of Joy-Cons), Versus challenges players to hand-pick their three-hero squads, and use every attack and technique available to them to claim victory across small, surprise-filled maps.
This week's European downloads - December 7 (Nine Parchments, The Sexy Brutale, Human Fall Flat, and more)
- WWE 2K18 – €69.99
- WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe – €89.99
- ACA NeoGeo Top Hunter Roddy & Cathy – €6.99
- Caveman Warriors – €9.74 until December 28; regularly €12.99
- Dimension Drive – €12.99
- Embers of Mirrim – €16.99
- Gunbird – €6.99
- Human Fall Flat – €14.99
- Nine Parchments – €19.99
- Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive – €7.99
- Riptide GP Renegade – €9.99
- The Sexy Brutale – €19.99
- Slain: Back From Hell – €19.99
- Tennis in the Face – €4.99 (available December 8)
- Teslagrad – €13.49 until December 28; regularly €14.99
- Vostok Inc. – €14.99
- Yodanji – €4.99
- Mutant Mudds Collection – €12.99
- Yooka-Laylee – €39.99
- Embers of Mirrim
- Lost Sphear
- WWE 2K18 Season Pass – €29.99
- WWE 2K18 Accelerator – €4.99
- WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Pack – €7.99
- WWE 2K18 MyPlayer Kick Start – €9.99
- WWE 2K18 Kurt Angle Pack – free until December 13; regularly €4.99
- Christmas Night Archery – €1.99
- Japanese Rail Sim 3D Travel of Steam – €14.99
- Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition – €4.99
- Culdcept Revolt – Pandemonium – free
- Bomberman Panic Bomber – €7.99
- Salamander – €5.99
- The Jackbox Party Pack 2 – €14.79 until December 14; regularly €20.99
- Bird Mania Christmas 3D – €0.79 until January 4; regularly €0.99
- Darts Up 3D – €0.98 until January 1; regularly €2.99
- FootballUp 3D – €1.97 until January 4; regularly €2.99
- Box Up – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Brick Race – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Color Cubes – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Cup Critters – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Galaxy Blaster – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Galaxy Blaster Code Red – €0.99 until December 14; regularly €1.49
- Guide the Ghost – €0.99 until December 14; regularly €1.49
- Shoot the Ball – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Inside My Radio – €3.89 until January 4; regularly €14.99
- Brick Race – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Color Cubes – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Cup Critters – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- I C Redd – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Jackpot 777 – €0.99 until January 4; regularly €1.49
- Panda Love – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
- Splashy Duck – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
- Shoot the Ball – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
- Titans Tower – €0.99 until January 4; regularly 1.99
- Sparkle 2 Evo – €3.99; regularly €4.99 (20% off for owners of Violett)
- Violett – €7.99; regularly €9.99 (20% off for owners of Sparkle 2 Evo)
• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
• Floor Kids – Floor Kids is a unique breakdance game featuring dance battles, freestyle gameplay and funky beats. Discover original hand-drawn animation by JonJon, a fresh soundtrack by Kid Koala and innovative controls that allow you the freedom to play the way you like. Lead your crew of B-boys and B-girls through the city, unlock new characters and locations, battle against your friends, and discover new combos as you rock to the beat and find your style.
• The End Is Nigh – The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer in which the player takes control over Ash, one of few “things” that have survived the “end of the world.” Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures, and help aid his final epic quest … to simply make a friend. The End Is Nigh will be available Dec. 12.
WWE 2K18 – The most realistic WWE video game experience just became more intense with the addition of eight-man matches, a new grapple carry system, new weight detection, thousands of new animations and a massive backstage area. A new rendering engine also gives WWE 2K18 a visual overhaul and will bring the drama of WWE to life like never before.
Nintendo eShop sales:
• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
• Nintendo eShop Cyber Deals – Last Chance – Treat yourself this holiday season with big savings on select digital games. Act fast, though, as the sale only runs until Dec. 11 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
My Nintendo Activities:
• Happy Holidays, Animal Crossing Fans! – Did you already download the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game on your smart device? You can build your own dream campsite and invite adorable animal friends to hang out! You can also visit your friends’ campsites, craft your own furniture and lots more fun things. Now is the perfect time to join in the fun, as a limited-time holiday event just started. Unlock seasonal outfits and collect in-game candy canes to craft cute holiday-themed items. To help everyone get into the holiday spirit, we’re giving away a Santa hat for your campsite manager. Be sure to check your in-game mailbox! By the way, did you know that linking your Nintendo Account to the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game can help save your in-game progress? Sign up today and keep your camp data!
• My Nintendo is also offering some adorable Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu themes this month. You can redeem your My Nintendo points and get these:
• Animal Crossing – Winter Frolics theme – Available Dec. 8
• Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Jingle’s Toy Day theme – Available Dec. 8
• Animal Crossing: Isabelle theme
• Want to catch up on other Animal Crossing games? You can redeem your My Nintendo points and get the following discounts to help you get started:
• 20 percent discount on Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Available Dec. 8
• 40 percent discount on Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Available Dec. 8
• You can also redeem your Gold Points to get online access to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Prima Official Game Guide.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
• New themes this week include:
• Pokémon: Winter Hide-and-Seek
Also new this week:
• ACA NEOGEO TOP HUNTER RODDY& CATHY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• ACORN Tactics (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Dimension Drive (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Embers of Mirrim (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• GUNBIRD for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Human: Fall Flat (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• LOST SPHEAR – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Party Planet (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 12
• Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Plague Road (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Plantera Deluxe (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Red Game Without a Great Name (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Riptide GP: Renegade (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Slain: Back From Hell (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Tennis in the Face (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Dec. 8
• Teslagrad (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• The Sexy Brutale (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• TouchBattleTankSP (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Vostok Inc. (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Yōdanji (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• Robonauts – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
• 80’S OVERDRIVE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Christmas Night Archery (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Japanese Rail Sim 3D Travel of Steam (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• RTO (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.
Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel.