Splatoon was a surprise hit that burst onto the multiplayer shooter scene like a giant, ink-filled balloon. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think Splatoon is going to be looked back upon as a seminal moment in the shooter genre’s history, right there with DOOM and Halo. That’s not even hyperbole, people fail to appreciate how much the ink mechanics and nonviolent aspect have brought to the genre, mostly because the Wii U was isolated from the larger market. With the Nintendo Switch finding mainstream success, these mechanics are going to find a much larger audience. Continue reading Splatoon 2’s trailer reminds us that Splatoon had a great campaign
Nintendo has made a lot of very poor decisions with the Xenoblade franchise, but they may just get it right with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. For starters, it’s the first entry of the franchise to be on a fresh new platform, the Nintendo Switch, instead of being part of a system’s death rattle. Nintendo has also been very insistent that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be a 2017 release, calling more attention to the franchise than ever before. Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is set to bring the franchise into the limelight on Nintendo Switch
As I see and hear about people using the Nintendo Switch and falling in love with its charms, I can’t help but wonder how far the Nintendo Switch will go, and it seems others can’t either: Sales comparison threads have appeared in just about every major gaming forum, and the topic is hot on social media. Will the Switch outsell the PS4? Will the Switch outsell the Wii? Could Switch possibly even outsell the PS2?
I always tell these people to calm down, Nintendo Switch has only been out for two months, and the latter two sales points are obscenely high goals to reach, but it never seems to work. Continue reading The Nintendo Switch’s secret weapon
In light of tumblr’s hilariously stupid backlash to D.Va’s new police skin, now would be a perfect time to look at five of the best police officers in video games. There’s certainly no shortage of cops in gaming, on both sides of the morality spectrum, so we’re narrowing the scope a bit:
- One character per franchise.
- Must fall on the good side of the moral spectrum. (No Tenpenny)
- Character must have been in a game that came to the West. (No Policenauts)
With those caveats in mind, here are our top 5 police officers in video games: Continue reading Top 5 police officers in video games, inspired by D.Va
The Wii U was a clumsy machine with a poorly realized concept and sparse library. Nintendo’s ill conceived console only sold about 13 million units before it was put down to clear the way for the sleeker, sexier, and better selling Switch. While the library was small, the quality was top tier, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shown Nintendo is not content with letting some of this generation’s best games fade to obscurity.
With that in mind, here are five great Wii U games that need Switch ports: Continue reading Top 5 Wii U games that need Switch ports
I’ve already written about Pokken Tournament for Game Zone, so I’ll keep this brief. Pokken Tournament is what the fighting game genre and community has needed for over a decade: A great entry point. Continue reading Game Rankings 2016: Pokken Tournament