A New Nintendo Direct is appearing online for July 6th 2017 so it’s not too far away for those wanting to see what Splatoon 2 has to offer. A new Nintendo Direct goes live this Thursday at 7AM PT/10AM ET for those in the US. With the game coming out at the end of July it seems likely they will increase promotion of the game a Direct is a perfect way to kick start it. Check your Local Nintendo Twtter and Facebook Fan Pages for local times and dates in your country.
As expected and predicted by most people Nintendo revealed the Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES Edition which is set for release on September 30th 2017. Already as expected the Nintendo fanbase is flocking to web sites worldwide to pre order this project. So the question I’m asking and will try to answer – it is worth the buy? The price point of $79.95 in the US and $119.95 in Australia seems fair based on the cost of SNES games on the New 3DS and the Wii U prices available on the eShop. So there is a good saving there. However my own sticking point for the big Nintendo fan is that most of these games you may have already brought and for some it’s the third or forth time re-buying old Nintendo titles from the Wii, Wii U, and New 3DS for some. For myself I already have most of these games and let’s have a look at the 21 games that will be included in the SNES Classic Mini.
- Contra III: The Alien Wars™
- Donkey Kong Country™
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby™ Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course™
- The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
- Mega Man™ X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox™
- Star Fox™ 2
- Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV™
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts™
- Super Mario Kart™
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
- Super Mario World™
- Super Metroid™
- Super Punch-Out!!™
- Yoshi’s Island™
Looking at this it’s a strong line up of mainly first party games which is concerning and sisaappointing because there are a number of third party games that are missing and and reducing it to 21 games only is a poor choice. It should have been 30 games minimum. The big game in the collection is StarFox 2 which has never been released before worldwide so that’s a super rare game to add to your collection and be able to play for real for the first time ever. Missing games such as Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3, Harvest Moon, Super Mario All Stars, makes me scratch my head in wonder why they are not list on the list and a few other classics are well. If you are a massive Nintendo fan that buys every amiibo and anything with the Nintendo logo on it you have already pre order the product by now I would guessing. If you are looking for a nice collective piece to your collection or you grew up having special memories of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System then this is a must buy for you specially if you haven’t touched a Nintendo console in a long time. It’s a great way to dive back into the past and maybe give you a taste for video games again if you were thinking of getting a Nintendo Switch which will have most of these titles on the eShop in 2018 and beyond.
Than again if you look at the new Atari Flashback 8 Gold HD Edition it has 120 games and the The SEGA Genesis Flashback has 85 games in it so why would Nintendo only include 21 games only?That’s my personal sticking point but I will likely pick it up down the track. Nintendo has outlined clearly it will produce more units than the NES Classic Mini and will be for sale until the end of 2017. Their main focus as they pointed out is on the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS as it should business wise. The SNES Classic Mini will sell very well and a last tip – beware of scalpers online for trying to sell it for hundreds of costs. Because that will still happen.
The new IP game by Nintendo called ARMS has been released on the Nintendo Switch so I decided to do deep into the game to see what I thought of the game myself and share some thoughts. ARMS is a boxing style game that has extendable arms that are interchangeable. There are 30 arms so to speak to unlock in the game by earning coins by battling in different modes. The ten characters that are currently available in the games are: Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Ninjara, Master Mummy, Min Min, Mechanica, Twintelle, Byte & Barq, Kid Cobra, and Helix. Each of the characters are bright and colorful and have their own personalities. Some would say it’s similar to OverWatch the video game however the story line needs to be dug deeper and explored more to have a better connection to them. I have used the motion controls and while the controls are quite good I found the experience to be tiring after 15mins plus due to the heavy movement and the nature of the game of boxing. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is likely the best way to play it. The Joy-cons in the handheld mode is fine to play with however I experienced cramps in my hands either due to the placement of the buttons on the Joy-cons or the nature of boxing is quite intense in general.
The modes in the game include a Grand Prix of ten matches with rankings going up to seven. This is not a game like Splatoon or Mario Kart where youcan jump in and learn the controls and master it with ease. There’s a harder learning curve in mastering your punches, dodging, and timing compared to those games – even compared with Smash Bros where it can be easier for newcomers. The Versus mode has a collection of party mode games including: Team Fight, V Ball, Hoops, Skillshot, 1 on 100, with a Testing your characters and arms mode and Training on different aspects of the game. Party Mode is these games online against other players and Ranked Matched is a straight one vs one matches. Friends is the mode to tackle against your Friends online and Local is for Local Play.
The boxing itself during matches is quite fun at first but that learning curve might turn people off. I was one of those people however there is a point when I was battling for Rank 4 in the Grand Prix to unlock the Ranked Mode when things started to click. ARMS forces you to really think about the shots you make and decision making. It’s not a normal fighting game when you can mash the buttons
and you can have success. I was forced to rethink how to box in the game, how to balance being attacking knowing when to dodge and be defensive when need be. I mainly used Ninjara as my main – he is a stealth based player where I struggled against Spring Man in the Grand Prix. My problem was that I was staying back too much and not go on the attack more directly. The other issue was the wrong type of arms I was using. I started using Sparky arms which can shock other character’s arms so they can’t use them and gives you time to move in to knock them down. Both of those changed battle plans so to speak helped me defeat him and work my way to unlocking the Ranked Mode. Kid Cobra is a faster character with some wacky movements specially with the Slamamander arms. He’s enjoyable to play with too. Byte & Barq is a strange robot policeman and police dog set. His movement is slow but his dog can be helpful in setting up attacks. I used Barq to shield myself from other players but Byte can paqck a heavy punch himself during matches.
Ranked Matches I expect will continue to be very challenging with different players using characters with a mix of arms. You can use two of the same type or different ones. You set up three to choose from within matches. So choose arms that work for you. Compared to other boxing games it is a refreshing experience and puts a decent enough spin on the genre. For a full priced game there is a feeling with me and quite a few others that there’s not quite enough content to warrant the cost. There is free DLC coming to ARMS which is welcome sign. Ten characters doesn’t seem to be enough in the modern world of fighting games when games can be from 20 plus to up to 45 in a game like Smash Bros. Overrall it’s a game that grows on you with good hard old practice. It might not have love at first sight appeal like Splatoon but it’s a worthy game that grows on you with it’s fun skills and interesting characters to boot. Give a it a good try and work to push past the learning curve – because it’s worth it in the end. Nintendo has another great IP on it’s hands. It just needs more attention and growth from their end to ensure it’s long term future.