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God of War PS4 TV Commercial March 19, 2018

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Tonight’s episode of Family Guy aired without commercial interruption. Before and after that show was broadcasted, this 60-second commercial for the highest-anticipated PS4 game of the year, God of War. Take a look:

I have to admit, this was a great call on behalf of the advertisers. I can personally attest many of the same people who watch Family Guy will also own PS4s and be interested in this game.

God of War is coming exclusively to the PS4 April 20th, 2018.


Detroit: Become Human Release Date March 16, 2018

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We had the pleasure of previewing Detroit: Become Human at Sony’s E3 2017 booths few months ago. The game had a unique art style but still featured the familiar mechanics from earlier titles by Quantic Dreams. Earlier this week, the game’s development studio finally announced the highly-anticipated game’s release date. To celebrate, Sony released this trailer:

Detroit: Become Human is coming May 25th, 2018 exclusively for the PS4.

How to Transfer Exclusive Items From Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo to the Full Game March 13, 2018

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We got a brief how-to video for you guys today. If you’re a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS owner, there’s no reason for you to miss out on the Pokémon Sun and Moon special demo version. It features story content and missions not available in the full version of either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon and you can earn special items and an exclusive Pokémon that can be transferred to the full version of the game.

So, what do you have to do to get this demo content into your full retail copy? Watch the video below and find out:

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are out now on Nintendo 3DS systems.

Nintendo Switch System Update 5.0.0 Released March 12, 2018

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Nintendo has just released a massive update to the Nintendo Switch hardware. The new update, version 5.0.0 adds a slew of new features and updates to the system’s parental controls.

First up, there was a revamp to the system’s News interface. Viewed news will now appear slightly grayed out and you can now filter your news based on channel by pressing Y. Second, you can now get friend suggestions using Facebook and Twitter options. You will need to attach your Facebook or Twitter account to your Switch to use this feature. Digital Switch software purchased on Nintendo’s website will begin to download sooner. This auto download will work even if the Switch is in standby mode. New features have been added to the system’s Parental Controls. It will allow you to make exceptions for startup restrictions and whitelist specific games you feel are appropriate. You’ll need to update the Parental Controls app on your smart device to use the new features.

You can download the newest system update from your console’s settings menu. It doesn’t matter if you play at home or on the go, you can download the System Update to your Nintendo Switch while it is in Tablet or TV mode.

Splatoon 2 Splatfest – Chicken or Egg This Weekend March 9, 2018

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While you’re all still reeling over the major announcements Nintendo made during today’s Nintendo Direct, I’m happy to remind you all that Splatfest is coming back to Splatoon 2 this weekend. This time, Splatfest is getting philosophical by asking the famous question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” Players will chose their team based on their answer to that question, Chicken or Egg.

Splatfest will begin at 11 PM Friday and will run for exactly 24-hours. You’ll need an internet-connected Nintendo Switch and the full version of Splatoon 2 to participate. If you want to get into the action as soon as the event starts, you can pick your team right now. Just be aware, once your team is picked you can’t change it.

And for those of you who missed it, here’s the official trailer for the first-ever premium Splatoon 2 DLC, Splatoon 2 OCTO.

The single-player OCTO expansion is coming later this summer.

Splatoon 2 is out now exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Direct 3-8-18 March 8, 2018

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Today’s Nintendo Direct has just wrapped and here’s a full look at the entire stream. Take a look, and we’ll post our thoughts about it below.

To me, the biggest surprise of this video was the announcement they are porting the original Luigi’s Mansion to the Nintendo 3DS! That game was one of the launch titles of the original GameCube, and it is great to see Nintendo bring it back on the same platform they released its sequel on.

Let’s get this first one right out of the bag now, Super Smash Bros is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018. Mario, Link and Splatoon characters have been seen in the initial trailer.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is coming May 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year! I always thought Travis would feel right at home in the digital world, and now it looks like he will be making a home there in this game.

Octopath Traveller (yes that is it’s finished title) is getting released on the Nintendo Switch in June 2018. It will be getting a Collector’s Edition release on the same day.

Splatoon 2 is getting an incredible single-player DLC expansion. You play as a new character who looks like an octoling. I don’t know about you, but I was getting a Portal vibe while watching it’s trailer. It’s coming this summer and it will be $19.99. Anyone who preorders the game now will be able to get some special in-game items they can use now.

No Pokémon announcements were made, which is odd since Nintendo and Game Freak confirmed a Pokémon title is coming to the Nintendo Switch. I guess we will have to wait until E3 2018 or Pokémon World Championships 2018 before anything further is announced about it.

What did you guys think about the video? Any surprises? Anything you wish they had included? Post a comment below!

Double XP in Pokemon Go Until March 16th March 7, 2018

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Niantic has made a big Pokémon Go announcement this week. Between now and March 16, players will earn Double XP. If you’re past level 20, this could make your journey to level 30 a lot faster. If you’re not currently trapped in one of the worst snowstorms this year, boot up your game now. You’ll earn double XP automatically.

Pokémon Go is out now for iOS and Android Devices.

Maniac’s Kitchen – McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce Review March 5, 2018

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Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we cook or review all kinds of food for gamers. This week, Maniac got some take-out food from McDonald’s, and today we’re going to be looking at Szechuan Sauce. It was originally created to promote Disney’s Mulan, but there’s been a high demand to bring it back after the start of Rick and Morty season three. An earlier attempt to do a smaller promotion for it failed miserably, but now it has a wider release and we got our hands on some earlier today.

Is it as good as Rick says it is? Let’s find out.

Life is Strange: Before The Storm – Farewell Launch Trailer March 5, 2018

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Farewell, the special final episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is getting a digital release today, and Square Enix has released this launch trailer for the game. Fans of the original Life is Strange may recognize one of the characters…

Owners of the Life is Strange: Before the Storm Digital Deluxe Edition will be able to download the “Farewell” episode as soon as it is made available on their platform’s digital marketplace. It will be included in the retail edition of the game when it is released Tuesday.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is out now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Gaming History You Should Know – The Pokewalker March 4, 2018

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Welcome to Gaming History You Should Know, where we typically highlight some of the best gaming history videos from across the internet. Nintendo has frequently been known as the ultimate gaming innovator. They take risks on gaming technology with the hopes of bringing in new players. A lot of times, this is a huge success for them.

Before going all-in on a new risk, Nintendo has been known to experiment with new kinds of gaming peripherals, particularly with their handheld platforms. Pokémon were the highest selling games on each Game Boy platform, so Nintendo experimented with wireless multiplayer by including a wireless multiplayer adapter with the Generation 1 remakes, enabling players to battle and trade with each other without a wired link cable. This must have been a successful test because when the Nintendo DS was released, local wireless multiplayer was a built-in feature.

One of the highest-risk Nintendo experiments Pokémon fans will remember would be the exclusive peripheral Nintendo included with every new copy of the Generation 2 remakes Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, the Pokewalker. Here’s the trailer:

On paper, the Pokewalker was a great idea. It used similar technology to what was found in the Tamogachi toy which was popular in the mid-90s, but it did more with the technology that made the Tamogachi great. They were small and featured technology that wasn’t as fast or graphically capable as larger systems, but that made them cheap to mass produce and super portable.

The YouTube Channel YellowSuperNintendo focuses on game consoles and anime style games. Recently, they produced what I consider to be the best video currently on the entire internet about the Pokewalker. If you’ve ever wondered what the Pokewalker was and what it could do, I’ll let his video explain it to you.

However, while the Pokewalker had a lot of good, there were a few issues with it. On top of the issues YellowSuperNintendo mentioned, it wasn’t water resistant. Absent minded trainers could easily forget they had it in their pocket or clipped to their shirt. It certainly wouldn’t survive a run through a washing machine.

Sadly, the Pokewalker appears to have been just an experiment, as Nintendo would go on to release future generations of Pokémon games with no further support of the Pokewalker. Slowly, Pokémon Trainers stopped taking them everywhere they went, choosing instead to take their full-sized Nintendo DS out on the go. By the time Pokémon Black and Pokémon White were released, the Pokewalker became obsolete.

While newer Pokémon games do not support the Pokewalker, its legacy continues to live on. The Nintendo 3DS has the ability to wirelessly communicate with other 3DS units while in standby mode. This enables players to exchange Mii data for use in StreetPass games. The 3DS also has an internal step counter, and also like the Pokewalker, owners can play minigames on their 3DS system using the steps they took each day as in-game currency.

While the Pokewalker is now only a memory, there’s an all-new accessory designed for a new generation of Pokémon Trainers. Pokémon Go Plus is a Bluetooth accessory designed to interact with Smartphones playing Pokémon Go. While it lacks a screen and the ability to communicate with other owners of the accessory, it enhances the functionality of Pokémon Go and adds a new level of fun to the game.

What do you all think of the Pokewalker? Do you think it was an unnecessary gimmick, an essential stepping stone in gaming history, or just a fun bonus? If you have one, do you still use yours? Post a comment below with your thoughts! Special thanks to YellowSuperNintendo for making such great content and for giving us permission to feature him on the site. You can check out his videos here.

Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver are exclusive to the Nintendo DS. Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Smartphones.