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Nintendo To Debut The NX Tomorrow

Highly anticipated news has finally been announced from Nintendo.  Nintendo has reported that the Nintendo NX will finally be revealed!  Nintendo has stated that the reveal will not be a full-blown presentation, but rather an announcement trailer.  It is yet to be determined whether or not they will showcase the console’s hardware or titles that will launch with the console, but hopefully Nintendo will shed some light on all the rumors circulating the NX, including its home console/hand-held hybrid design.

The news came via their twitter account.  They will be broadcasting the event tomorrow, Thursday October 20th, at 7AM PST/ 10AM EST, just an hour before the reveal of Rockstar’s highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer.

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Pokémon Company Executive Confirms Support for the Nintendo NX

The executive for the Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has confirmed that there will be Pokémon games coming to the Nintendo NX.  Recent reports indicated that the Nintendo NX will rely heavily on portability, and given the success of the Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS, it appears that The Pokémon Company aims to bridge the gap between the home console and handhelds with fans of the series.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Ishihara didn’t say whether or not the games would be available at launch for the NX, but he  did express great interest in developing titles for it.  “The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device, “Ishihara said.  “We will make games for the NX.”

According to a report from British publication MCV, this new Pokémon title will be developed by Game Freak, the publication behind the main hand-held titles including the upcoming title Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Nintendo has yet to reveal many details as to what the NX actually is, but recent reports have cited that the NX will be both a home console and a hand-held, it will use cartridges instead of discs, and is slated for release in March of 2017.

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Recent Reports Indicate That The Nintendo NX Will Rely Heavily on Portability

Since Nintendo’s press conference at E3 2016, fans have been eagerly waiting to hear some news regarding their next home console, code named the Nintendo NX.  But perhaps it may not be a “home” console at all.  According to a leaked report from Eurogamer, Nintendo’s new piece of hardware will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers.  Gamers will have the option to either wield the high-powered console much like the Wii U Pad, or use the screen as a display as you detach duel controllers, transforming your NX into a mobile two player station!  Players will also have the option to connect the NX to their TV to display their latest Zelda or Mario games in the comfort of their own homes on their 70″ big screen.

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It has also been reported that the console will integrate Nvidia’s powerful Tegra mobile processor, and will use cartridges as it’s source of physical media.  For a device dependant on it’s mobile play, the decision to use cartridges does not come as a surprise, but it has been suggested that Nintendo recommends the 32GB cartridge, which is relatively small considering the size of most modern gaming.  Due to the radical change in hardware and internal technology, it has been reported that there has been no plans for backwards compatibility, which has been one of Nintendo’s strong suits in recent years. However, sources suggest that the new system will be running on a new operating system from Nintendo.

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Sources have also confirmed that Nintendo is currently in motion to finally unveil the console to the public, which is currently slated for September.  After a confusing marketing campaign surrounding the Wii U, the company has already planned a simple message to it’s fans of taking your games with you when you go.  It is unclear as to how Nintendo will show off it’s darling titles such as Mario and Zelda, or how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will run on the NX versus the Wii U, but Nintendo has already made plans to release updated NX ports with some of it’s more well known titles such as Splatoon or Super Smash Bros.

 

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Given the success of the Wii U, or lack thereof, could this be Nintendo’s last hurrah in the hardware realm?  It’s no secret that Nintendo has struggled in catching the attention of even it’s most loyal fans the last decade due to the push for more powerful consoles and heavy hitting Triple A titles. If Nintendo can truly deliver a fun and engaging console/handheld experience without all the inept gimmicks, then maybe they will have a “fighting chance” in this console generation.  For more on Nintendo NX, keep it locked right here at ProvenGamer.com

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Why We Should Be Excited About Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo did not have a conference at this year’s E3, but that did not stop them from presenting what may be one of the most anticipated games of 2017.  On Tuesday, June 14th, we were shown a trailer for the new upcoming Zelda title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild followed by an entire day show casing various gameplay elements the game has to offer.  The trailer begins with a mysterious female voice uttering the words “Open your eyes”, followed by panoramic views of the game’s setting, presumably Hyrule at this point, but is yet to be determined.  This game is gorgeous.  With an art style favoring a hybrid of Wind Waker and Skyward Sword on a next-gen level, the worlds beauty really comes to life in it’s lush, colorful ambience.  Everything from the sun setting behind a mountaintop casting the shadow of the giant walking it’s cliffs, to the ripples of a lake as ducks peaceful bathe in it, I was immediately in awe at this new vision for Hyrule.  I also noticed some familiar scenery which has Link traveling in a desert, much like the Gerudo Desert in previous installments, as well Link scaling a snowy mountainside in search of a dungeon.  “After Skyward Sword, we needed to develop a bigger world.” stated Eiji Aonuma, lead director for Breath of the Wild.  Landscapes in Skyward Sword seemed very bland, and uninteresting, so it is to no surprise that Aonuma-san wanted to create a bigger, better, and more beautiful world, and from what can be seen so far, they are sure to deliver.

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Gameplay mechanics hold true to what has made Zelda a fun and engaging experience for it’s fans but is now accompanied by upgraded features that aim to engender the interests of players unfamiliar with the franchise. Link has kept his sprinting mechanic familiar in Skyward Sword, but has now also been equipped with the ability to jump, as previous titles only limited the hero of time to merely running to the edge of a platform or cliff before performing his jump animation.  Paired with his newly acquired jump ability, Link can also climb his surroundings.  A stamina bar displays on the screen as our hero can climb trees for higher vantage points, or scale mountains in search of hidden caves or dungeons to explore.  Although it is unclear at this time, it has been speculated that the player can upgrade Link’s stamina bar to further increase the expanse of his environment which he can climb.

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A crafting (or cooking) mechanic has been added, as shown in the trailer, which features Link adding items to a cauldron in attempt to concoct various items to aid him in his journey via searching local enemy camps or hunting a wild boar with his trusty bow and arrow.  One item which was show cased during the demo was a piece of meat which was cooked and provided the player with not only a health recharge, but a health boost which will most certainly come in handy before encountering a difficult enemy or boss.  It will be interesting to see what sort of items can be created using this mechanic.  Perhaps an attack or defense boost, or maybe a stamina boost which allows you to climb and sprint for longer durations.

Weapons and armor play an important role in this game as well.  One of the biggest eye sores of the trailer reveals Link not wearing his iconic green tunic.  This caused quite a bit of conjecture among fans of the series, for many assumed the protagonist in this particular entry was not going to be Link, but that theory has since been debunked.  In lieu of Link’s green tunic, we see him wearing a blue tunic like top with brownish cloth pants similar to what he wore in Skyward Sword.  These items can be removed at any point in the game if the player so chooses and can later be replaced by what looks like stronger armor for Link to defend himself against enemy blows.  Maybe the legendary green tunic is an item which can be found later in the game?
Many of the weapons found in the demo seem to have a durability mechanic in which the weapons weaken over time and causes the player to discard items either through the options menu or by hurling them at your opponent for some extra damage before equipping or finding your next means of defense.  It will be interesting to see how this mechanic plays a role in crafting and the longevity of one weapon versus the other.
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The landscape is plentiful and that is an understatement.  The sheer size of this game is huge.  The map shown in the demo rivaled that of most open world titles such as Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto, which is a very bold approach, and unlike anything we have seen from Nintendo to date. Players can add beacons on their map to help guide them to new locations, or serve as reminders to revisit an area for further exploration.  At one point in the demo, a beacon is placed in a distant part of the map, and Link is shown parachuting off of a cliff hundreds of feet above the tree lines towards his destination all in real time.  Upon landing on the ground, Link then ventures inside an archaic yet unworldly structure in pursuit of treasure to aid him on his quest.

Zelda: BotW will redirect itself from more linear titles such as Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and return to it’s exploration roots which made the original so memorable.  Players can create their own adventure in this open, sand box Hyrule instead of having their hands held by an annoying fairy. Sorry, Navi.    Eiji Aonuma recently stated “Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to re-think the conventions of Zelda. I’m referring to the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you’re supposed to play by yourself. The things we’ve come to take for granted recently. We want to set aside these conventions, get back to basics, and create a newborn Zelda so that the players can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise.”

Zelda has meant so much to the gaming industry and to fans all over the world (and even to myself personally), so it is a breath of fresh air to see this game reimagined into what it is becoming.  There is so much to do and explore, and fans are waiting in anticipation to get their hands on the game, but unfortunately we will have to wait until it releases on the Wii U and presumably the Nintendo “NX” in March of 2017.  Be sure to view the trailer below and for more on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, keep it locked right here at ProvenGamer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is This The Nintendo NX Controller?

We trust you Nintendo, but you just make it so difficult sometimes.

Yesterday, Nintendo officially filed a patent for their newest hardware video game controller published. The patent was filed back in June and was released only recently. Found on Free patents online, you can read the entire 250 plus lines of the patent for yourself. The patent does detail all of the bells and whistles that the new controller will seem to offer.

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As seen by the diagrams above, this is not your conventional video game controller. There will at least be two control sticks on each end of the device, which itself seems to be a small display as well. The controller itself is quite an odd shape, appearing small in size and oval in its structure. It is still unclear as to how exactly this controller will be used parallel to the NX, but for those hoping for a more conventional way to play, you may be out of luck. The technology behind this device is advanced however, as it will have a touch screen that uses a free-form technology from Sharp.

The idea for a remote control that seems to be mostly based around a touch screen as well as gimmicks may show that Nintendo is not ready to jump headfirst into the competitive gaming market as a major contender with the PS4 and Xbox One. Ever since the release of the original Wii, Nintendo has been focused on doing its own thing and this information only solidifies the rumor that Nintendo is just about ready to reveal details about the NX. All we have to do now is wait for them to really wow us with their idea of the future of gaming.