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Nintendo Duel Screens 31 – Long Hat House in da HOUSE!

Steve and Andy have two very special guest on the show – Joao Brant and Lucas Mattos from Long Hat House join us from all the way in Sau Paulo, Brazil to discuss the upcoming release of Dandara, a beautiful side scrolling action platforming metroid-vania inspired indie title coming on February 6th! Does that description blow your mind? Then this interview will!

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12 Wii U and 3DS Games that should come to the Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch has had an impressive showing early on into its life. Sitting at just about 5 million sold thus far. It has been a success by and large on the backs of two games made for the previous generation’s Wii U hardware. There is no arguing that Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe are incredible games and it is remarkable that these games can sustain this early Switch success. With this being said, there are many other Wii U games that could come to the Switch early on that can help stave off any drought and help continue its early dominance. If you throw in resoundingly successful 3DS, and you can truly have a dominant Nintendo system for the first time in nearly two decades. Here are 12 of those such games we would love to see come over from Wii U & 3DS to Switch.


Full disclosure: this list was originally 5 games, then 10, and now finally 12. A true testament to the strong library from 3DS specifically. 


#12) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

 

The Nintendo fans are super excited for Super Mario Odyssey, but lets not forget the incredible multiplayer experience that 3D world gave us on WiiU. This game would work brilliantly on the upgraded hardware. With 2 players ready to play right out of the box, a 4 player session would be simple to achieve as well.  This could ensure that the 3D world games would continue to live on in a post Wii U world as well.

#11) Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

This game didn’t receive too much critical acclaim, but for me this game was a fun time sink. A Monster Hunter lite, this was perfect for a quick train ride to work, or a little session while at the doctor’s office. Raising the resolution and allowing for local co-op on the switch would be all you really needed to do for this title to be a fantastic addition to its library.

#10) Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker (Wii U)  

Captain Toad was a favorite of my 10 year old Nephews. This is a cute game with bite sized co-op experiences that would feel right at home on the Switch. A a pattern is clearly forming here, as good multiplayer experiences on Wii U would feel great on Switch. This game would also scratch a puzzle game itch for gamers tiring of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

#9) Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

This franchise doesn’t get nearly the amount of love it deserves. This is a hardcore real time strategy game with the quality and cuteness of Nintendo. Pikman 3 was received well, but didn’t quite hit enough living rooms. Throwing it as an early Switch title, perhaps in the same calendar year as Hey! Pikman on 3DS, would be a boon for the franchise and the Switch.

#8) Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS)

What better way to test the waters for a 3rd version of the game than porting over theses 3DS games outright. The internet has been speculating about a “Pokemon Stars” version of the game, but it is not like The Pokemon Company to stray from the handheld with the biggest install base, but this might be a good move for them and their relationship with Nintendo. Imagine porting over Sun and Moon and selling 2 million units. This would all but guarantee a move to the Switch in the franchise’s future.

#7) Bravely Default/Second (3DS) – I know its cheating. 

Bravely Default and Second were very well received JRPG’s. While there isn’t a shortage of JRPG’s on this list, it would be really cool if we got both games packaged together in a special Switch version. Lets face it, the Switch is perfect for JRPGs. Embrace it.

#6) Fire Emblem (Any of them…all of them?) (3DS)

The 3DS is home to a plethora of Fire Emblem games. It is hard for me to narrow it down to just one, so let’s just say they should throw one of them on the Switch to satiate the fan base’s appetite. This, like Pokemon, would allow Nintendo to open a door to a future audience on their new console.

#5) Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS)

These two franchises have a ravenous fan base that gobbles up everything there is to gobble up. This title on the 3DS was met with excellent critical reception and would instantly add credibility to the Switch’s line up. The games are also not too graphically intensive, so it would be a relatively quick port. (Totally speculating as I have ZERO development experience so DON’T HURT ME).

#4) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

The Dynasty Warriors series is HUGE and tying Zelda to it was a fun experiment. The issue was that anybody that purchased it on 3DS was met with horrendous frame rate issues and an overall lesser experience than the big brother Wii U version of the game. With the Switch’s beefed up hardware we could finally get the on-the-go experience we deserved.

#3) Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Imagine the Wii U version of this mixed with the 3DS version and you get a truly impressive experience. Imagine this: The tablet features of the Wii U, except with the far superior Switch touch screen. Then you just pop the Switch into the dock and play your creations with your family. This version could also maybe come with a dongle that allows us to beam to the TV instantly and continue to use the tablet. This would obviously take a lot of work, but it could open the doors for a Mario Maker 2. Think about that. Maybe you can have two tablets going at once and your buddy and you can create something awesome together.

#2) Super Smash Brothers (3DS)

This is pretty obvious. Give this the “Deluxe” treatment and you should be able to top Mario Kart 8: Deluxe numbers pretty easily. Include all DLC and add a few new modes to the game and fans will be more than happy while Nintendo takes its time with the next installment. Combine that with the awesome ad-hoc play of the 3DS version and you have an incredible Smash Brothers experience.

#1) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) [HOLY COW THEY ANNOUNCED IT!]

So this franchise doesn’t need much introduction. It sells millions of copies with each iteration and this recent 3DS game has already surpassed Mario Kart 8: Deluxe on the charts. This is thought to be the last Monster Hunter game to appear on the 3DS, so it is a great time to test the waters on the Switch. Not only will this be a boon for Nintendo fans, but Nintendo is sure to sell many more consoles if a beefed up version appears on the Switch.


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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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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.

Nintendo NX Controller

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.

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My Top 5 “Guilty Pleasure” Games

We all have them. Maybe it was a childhood game or one that you are just exceptionally good at. No one you know likes the game or they may even tease you for playing it, but that never made it any less fun. These are my top five games that I know are terrible, but I love playing them anyway.

5. Advent Rising

For those who missed this game nearly a decade ago, Advent Rising is a sci-fi shooter with, in my opinion, a very entertaining story. To sum it up quickly, you are a space pilot encountering your first alien contact, they inform you that humans are gods, another race of aliens appear, and BOOM you are one of the last two humans in existence. You spend the game learning human-god abilities and taking down alien bad guys.

Why it’s Bad: The powers render the guns in the game completely obsolete when you upgrade them. At the same time, you upgrade a power by using it and one blasting ability turns into an all-powerful Kamehameha wave.

Why it’s Awesome: The story is pretty awesome, which is not very common. Also… uh… oh! FREAKING KAMEHAMEHA WAVES! Seriously, you can one-shot spaceships with that thing! Ending entire waves of enemies in an instant, Goku style; how could that not be awesome?

4. Mario Party

There are many versions of this game, and there will probably be many more, but they all have the same basic concept so I’m lumping them together. It’s basically a board game where the players move around the board and play mini-games to earn coins. The coins are used to buy items and stars, and the player with the most stars wins.

Why it’s Bad: The same reason that I am lumping Mario Party games together is one of the major flaws of the series. There may be more than ten games in the series (counting handheld games) but it is difficult to discern one from another as they are so similar. It’s the same game over and over. Also the series of Mario Party is quite firmly in the genre of “casual games” with no real incentive to play the whole game.

Why it’s Awesome: There is nothing quite like the face of utter defeat on any opponent children’s faces; perhaps an annoying cousin, or younger sibling. They can’t exactly play Halo or other similar games so just break out the Mario Party game and let the passive aggressivism flow through you.

3. Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is a series of games in which your character starts up a farm and raises crops and animals for money. You can upgrade equipment, mine, fish, and other things as well. There is also a story to follow which usually involves a scavenger of crops, food, or other things that can only be obtained in a certain season. There’s also the option to marry and have kids.

Why it’s Bad: Simply put, Harvest moon is very repetitive and stressful. You have to water your plants. Then care for your animals. Crap, you left your tool in the house. Now that’s done maybe I’ll fish. Day is done, bed time. Now water the crops… How did three hours just pass by?!

Why it’s Awesome: Have you ever had those hard or depressing days and you just don’t feel like playing an annoying shooter or a game with the difficulty of “1/4 of a level costs at least 20 of your lives” (I’m looking at you Dark Souls), Harvest Moon is the perfect casual game. There’s not a lot of action, your character doesn’t die, you spending the day petting a cow; the simple videogame life. The fact that I’m sucker for business-type, buying and selling games might also play into this.

2. Browser Games

Those free games on the internet, contained on hundreds of websites; Shooters, RPGs, launching, upgrades, and a plethora of other genres flood the internet from established and aspiring videogame creators. You can find everything from fighting zombies to playing a puzzle online.

Why it’s Bad: A good 90% of the games out there are really not worth playing. After many hours roaming the internet for games to play I can say that the vast majority are flawed, bugged, too short, don’t make sense, or are not entertaining at all. It’s a sea of crappy games that drowns your time away.

Why it’s Awesome: The other 10% are what makes up for the rest. I’ve had more fun playing a few hours of a good browser game then I have from playing a 60 dollar over the counter game for weeks. A lot of the browser games offer comedic moments that can’t really be found elsewhere.

1. Minesweeper

This game is on almost every computer everywhere and has been for a very long time. It’s the classic puzzle game where numbers show you how many mines are adjacent to a space. Theoretically, it is very simple; but it turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds.

Why it’s Bad: This game has been around so long that it is often considered just a frustrating game to play if the internet and cable went out, your consoles exploded, all your books spontaneously combusted, and all other possible hobbies/time killers met their untimely demise at the same time. Also, a lot of the game depends on luck on the harder levels which can be extremely infuriating for those who are spending their time to try and solve it.

Why it’s Awesome: This game can be extremely relaxing when the player gets the hang of it. I have played this game for hours at a time, and sometimes still do, because it is numbingly distracting. However, while being relaxing, it still poses a challenge and so doesn’t become boring, at least not to me. It is one of those few games that finds a medium of relaxation and challenge that keeps me interested.