E3 2019: Square Enix (and Devolver Digital)

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

E3 2019 is just about over. How did everyone like the conferences and shows? One of our favorite shows from this year was Square Enix’s presentations, especially with their theme of framed portraits and paintings of all the games they showed off, haha!

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Judging by our past Wednesday post, you’ve probably realized that Nintendo was the biggest reason for us to watch E3 this week. That was the main show we wanted to watch — I would have been fine with just seeing highlights from the other shows.

However, being on a bit of a Marvel kick since watching Endgame, I did hear about the big Marvel’s Avengers game that Square Enix was unvealing and, considering I enjoy the developer’s work, I wanted to watch their show as well. Rachel and I believe they put on a good show and we were pleased with what we saw.

Granted, I feel as if many of Square Enix’s games were remastered and remakes of older, beloved games. Final Fantasy VII’s remake looks beautiful (and this is coming from someone who has barely tried the Final Fantasy series) and fans seemed plenty excited for Final Fantasy VIII’s remake as well. An expansion pack for the online Final Fantasy XIV was also revealed and I’m intrigued enough to at least give the free trial a try. Does anyone out there play it? How do you like it?

One of Square Enix’s biggest reveals was Marvel’s Avengers. The story looks well-done but, like many in the audience, it was odd not seeing the likeness of the actors that had made the characters in the MCU so famous. I understand why, in an artistic (and probably money) sense, the designers may have avoided using the actors’ likenesses, but it was still a little odd. Also, I was totally asking, “Where’s Hawkeye?” before the audience started shouting that out but, considering the developers mentioned additional heroes will be added here and there to the game, I presume Hawkeye will show up at some point.

Square Enix also announced that their music would be easier to stream, which is exciting considering my playlists are generally video game soundtracks, as well as a few other IPs — Outriders, Oninaki, Last Remnant Remastered, Kingdom Hearts III DLC, the Dragon Quest franchise, Dying Light 2, and Circuit Superstars. All in all, we enjoyed the conference and were pleased with what we saw.

(With that said, we didn’t really give Devolver Digital much time. Considering they opened up with a bloody trailer, we turned them off and, apparently, articles exploring the highlights of Devolver Digital’s time, mentioned that it was mainly an absurd stage show rather than a conference. Kudos to you if you enjoyed what you saw!)

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E3 2019: Bethesda & PC Gaming Show

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We’re talking about E3 all week long, even though we’re talking about the conferences out of order, but you know… that’s just how Double Jump rolls.

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Bethesda

I have to be honest – I didn’t care about Bethesda’s conference at all. They were not at all entertaining and a bit boring to watch. Kris and I talked over them half the time we watched. Also, neither of us cared about any of the games they showcased.

I wish I had more to say, but I just really don’t.

The PC Gaming Show

We have a Steam account as well as Origin and even Epic Games. We don’t play on PC as often as we’d like and we’re, of course, always looking for new games to branch out with.

We watched the PC Gaming Show after the fact because neither of us was home when the show was live. Like Bethesda, they didn’t seem to put on a great show either. Neither Kris nor I cared too much for the hosts so we ended up fast forwarding through the talking and only turning it back on for a game. However, if we weren’t interested in the game or it was too bloody and violent, we sped through that too.

There were a couple of games that caught our attention – Starmancer, for one. This game looks like so much fun and has Stardew Valley vibes but in space. Unexplored 2 was intriguing to both of us though I have a feeling I’d be terrible at the game!

Griftlands looked interesting as well. It seems like a choose-your-own-RPG-visual-novel type of a game. We’ll look more into that one when the time comes.

Cristales will be coming to Steam in 2020 but the demo is available now. It looks difficult as you play in the present but can peer back into the past and look ahead into the future. It’s an interesting take on a RPG and I’m looking forward to trying it.

Finally – Plant Zoo. I don’t think I need to explain this one. It’s animals and a simulations game. I’m there. It’s coming out this November, though I hope they do more research on the animals because giraffes rarely lie down and most certainly do not lounge around like they were shown in the trailer. Nicky picky? Yes… but I’m just saying.

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E3 2019: Nintendo

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Nintendo’s Direct for E3 2019 has come and gone. Yes, they’re still showing off games at the Treehouse, but all has been revealed and we’re, of course, happy about what Nintendo had to offer. For starters, they’ve announced the next two DLC fighters for Smash Ultimate, which isn’t what I was expecting at all. I mean, I was hoping for one, but two was certainly a surprise.

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Seeing two DLC fighters was a surprise, but I think they did it right. Showing off the Hero character from Dragon’s Quest first was smart, considering the game itself was already seen at Square Enix’s E3 show. I don’t believe the Hero was a popular guess for a DLC fighter, so it was a surprise all around. Of course, showing off Banjo-Kazooie at the very end made everyone go wild!

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For sure. If they announced Banjo-Kazooie first, they wouldn’t have been able to top that for the entire show… except maybe the ending, but we’ll get to that in a minute. I think having The Hero will be interesting, but I can’t imagine him being too much different than the sword fighters we already have, even though they showed off some cool moves from him. Banjo-Kazooie, I imagine, will mimic Duck Hunt in some ways, but there are only the two characters like that so it should be fine. Also, I really enjoyed how they announced Banjo-Kazooie with DK, Diddy, and K. Rool all hanging out together.

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Seeing K. Rool hanging out with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong was probably one of my favorite parts of that reveal, haha! Not only was the throwback to K. Rool’s announcement great, but just to see the supposed enemies napping together was amusing. I do have the same thoughts about the Hero, too, about him being yet another swordsman. It was one of the first things I said upon seeing him. Granted, neither of us have played the Dragon Quest series, so there may be some other surprises in store regarding his move set.

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Totally. After announcing The Hero for Smash Ultimate coming this summer, they announced Dragon Quest for September and showed off a nice chunk of Luigi’s Mansion 3 showing off some new mechanics. Whether I’ll like those changes or not will be decided when I get to try them out, but what I love most about it is the setting. The first two games are set in a mansion and are fast games because the mansions are large, but the game is quick enough. Luigi is in a hotel this time and it looks much larger than the two mansions so I’m hoping the game will have longer gameplay. Not to mention, he’s rescuing not just Mario but also Peach and two Toads.

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The game looks great, even coming from someone who only played the first game as a challenge issued by her sister. Luigi’s Mansion 3 seems to have some co-op play mechanics as well, so I wouldn’t mind giving it a try together. We also got more of a look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which seems like it’ll have a time-jump between the school part of the game and a larger war that the three main characters — and the teacher avatar — will be engulfed in. I’m definitely intrigued by that!

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Yes, Fire Emblem: Three looks like it’ll be great. We didn’t get a set release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, though they did say 2019, but Fire Emblem: Three House will be out this July, which is exciting. In fact, Nintendo has just about all of their games coming out within the next few months. Cadence of Hyrule and Super Mario Maker 2 come out this month, a couple of games are coming out in July and August, and they have a ton of games coming out in September with another couple for November. Which leads me to believe that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be set for another Halloween release because they clearly need something for October.

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October or maybe even a holiday release to go with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Either way, it was thrilling to see so many actual release dates, especially when I feel that many of the other developers didn’t have as many solid dates for the games they showed off. Of course, we screamed in excitement at the very end of the direct, at Nintendo’s “one more surprise.” Seeing a confirmed sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was insane! Upon seeing the first few seconds of the clip, we at first thought maybe it would be more DLC, which would have been great as well, but an entire sequel just blew our minds. I’m not expecting it for another three years or so, but seeing that it’s happening is wonderful.

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Pokemon will be coming November 15, so who really knows. I’m sure they’re trying to spread out their big releases a bit. Especially since they showed off a bit of Animal Crossing and shared the title, New Horizons, with us. I love that name and it’s so fitting for an Animal Crossing game! However, that’s been delayed until March 2020, which is fine with me because I want them to make it the best it can be and honestly, there are plenty of games to keep me busy in the meantime. Unfortunately, the Breath of the Wild sequel will not be part of that, but I’m super excited to have that to look forward to in the coming years!

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Despite Nintendo giving us a direct rather than a show like many of the other developers, I think I was most impressed with Nintendo this year. Granted, we’re big Nintendo fangirls anyway, so we may be a bit biased. Yet, plenty of their games we’re interested in playing and their game news flowed really well as the direct went along. And, while we missed seeing Reggie in the direct, Doug Bowser’s entrance was definitely pleasing to us. We think he’ll do just fine!

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E3 2019: Microsoft & Ubisoft

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 always tends to happen at the optimal time when Kris and I aren’t home to watch. So, we’ve been watching the conferences after the fact late at night. I’m really looking forward to Nintendo this afternoon, but we won’t be able to watch that until later either… so let’s talk about some that have already happened.

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EA & The Sims

Kris touched upon this on her post yesterday but I wanted to add that I too am pleased with what’s coming to The Sims. I’ve been streaming it a lot lately and am looking forward to living on an island and playing with dolphins! …And possibly becoming a mermaid.

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Microsoft put on a pretty show. The crowd was hyped and they showcased some great games. Of course, I’m not interested in the shooty-bloody-violence games. However, I was intrigued by Ori & The Will of the Wisps – I still have to play the first one though. Minecraft Dungeons looks like a lot of fun. I’ll admit, I thought it was an update to the original game and I was iffy on it. But since it’s its own thing, it looks pretty cool.

Way To the Woods (the deer game) and Spiritfarer both looked really cute. I’m sure Spiritfarer will be a tear-jerker and Way To the Woods might be as well since I’m not entirely sure of that game’s full story yet. Still, they both look like a lot of fun to try.

Flight Simulator looks cool as well. I’m terrible at plane games, but Flight Simulator looks pretty and I’m willing to give it a try. Hopefully, the controls will be much better than the other plane games I’ve tried. Phantasy Star Online 2 looks great as well. I’ve never played that game before – not sure if I’ve even heard of it before because I live under a rock – but it looks like a lot of fun.

I have the Xbox One but don’t have too many games for it. I had a decent amount for my 360 but barely any of them were backwards compatible and my 360 got the red ring of death and is no longer with us, RIP. In addition to that, I’m first and foremost a Nintendo girl, as you all know. I’m always looking for new games to broaden my horizons and try something new. I think 2020 (since that’s when all these games release) will do that for me.

Finally, of course, there’s Scarlet. Their next console. They talked a whole lot of tech that I didn’t understand, but holiday 2020? I was impressed it’ll be here so soon. It seems like so far away but it’ll be here before we know it and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

Because, really, my Xbox One has to update every other time I turn it on and it takes about a half hour… Scarlet better not have to do that.

Ubisoft

Entertainment wise, Ubisoft never seems to disappoint. Remember when they announced the latest Just Dance game last year? Yeah, that was weird. I appreciate the way they announced it this year. The video and message they had before the dance were nice and the dance was fun to watch as well.

They also opened with an orchestra of Assassin’s Creed, which was fabulous. An orchestra always gets my attention and it’s beautiful. They’re going on tour and I’m sure that will be a lovely show.

I have to admit, I didn’t care too much for the majority of Ubisoft’s games. Yes, they put on a good show, but only two games caught my attention – Roller Champions which is out now and Gods and Monsters coming early 2020.

Gods and Monsters looks epic and something totally up my ally while Roller Champions is something totally different than what I normally play. While it reminds me a lot of Rocket League, I’d love to give it a try.

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E3 2019: EA, The Sims, and Pride

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

June is crazy busy for us, with weekends filled with social obligations and the weekdays filled with day jobs. Naps are something I miss dearly from my childhood days, haha! We’ve been doing our best to squeeze in some E3 time this week amid all of the ruckus.

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So. It’s E3 week. How’s everyone been doing keeping up with it?

Honestly, with how busy Rachel and I have been this month, E3 was a bit of an afterthought. Granted, we were able to catch up with what has gone on over the weekend, finding some of the news to be pretty good and a few of the presentations to be awesome (Keanu Reeves and Ikumi Nakamura, anyone?). One of the better parts of being behind on the live coverage is that we can fast forward to the parts that we actually care about, haha!

Case in point was during EA’s conference. While the glimpses of the other games looked wonderful, Rachel and I were really only interested in the Sims 4 news. The trailer for Island Living looked like tons of fun and we’re looking forward to getting it and exploring all that it has to offer for the sims. It makes me wonder if Rachel, on her solo Twitch streams, will move her little family for her 100 Baby Challenge to the islands?

I was also personally interested in and pleased at the idea of the partnership the sims franchise has with It Gets Better, a nonprofit organization that has a mission to empower and lift LGBTQ+ around the world. Being inclusive of all sexualities was always something I appreciated about the sims franchise — even before I discovered my own asexuality — and hearing that they are continuing to further their involvement for Pride Month makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

We’re looking forward to catching up with the rest of the shows and conferences, particularly Nintendo’s direct. We’re on the hunt for more unique games rather than the similar games filled with guns that we’ve seen lately.

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Nintendo E3 2019 Predictions & Wish List

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E3 is right around the corner and I’m upset that I have to work during the events. Granted, if I was able to justify taking a couple of days off of my day job for E3, I’d mainly be interested in what Nintendo has to say. The other developers would be fun to listen to, but Nintendo is the company we know best.

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Nintendo is, as you’re probably well aware, our favorite company. We love their consoles and games and while we dapple in others, Nintendo is what we know best. Their games are what we look forward to the most – Mario, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda. It’s all great. With that said, what games are you hoping to see more about, Kris?

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Well, I’ve heard that Nintendo is focusing on software and games rather than hardware, so we won’t be hearing anything about the newer Switches that may be coming. As for games, I’m looking forward to a bit more information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I’m excited because it’s Fire Emblem, but I’m iffy on the idea of the school-like setting. What about you?

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Nintendo likes surprises though. I wonder if they’ll mention something about the newer Switches just to have some sort of cliff-hanger. I’m excited that you’re getting a new Fire Emblem game. When they first announced it, it reminded me a lot of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. It should be interesting. I mostly want to know more about Animal Crossing for the Switch and Luigi’s Mansion 3. I imagine Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be similar to the first two games but with new ghost types and such. There’s a lot of cool new things I’d like to see in Animal Crossing Switch, so I hope they make the game bigger and better.

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I keep forgetting about Luigi’s Mansion 3. I hope we get some news for that for you! I think there would be a riot if there wasn’t anything for Animal Crossing. Considering even I’ve been playing more Animal Crossing New Leaf lately, I do hope there will be some improvements in the game, especially when it comes to the online capabilities. One such thing we were talking about lately was having yards with our homes. It’d make more sense to decorate our yards with grills and scarecrows rather than keep those kinds of decorations indoors!

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Yes, exactly! Plus, we know they’re capable of much more from Happy Home Designer. Though, I guess, that’s a post for another day. I also want to know who the next DLC fighter will be for Smash Ultimate. I hope they give a hint or announce who it will be.

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I… know very little about Happy Home Designer, so I’ll take your word for it, haha! The next DLC Smash fighter won’t be available until next February, right? A hint or reveal wouldn’t be a bad thing to see during E3. I’d also like a little bit more about Super Mario Maker 2. There was that rumor about the online play not being available for friends, which sounds ridiculous, so if Nintendo could clarify and hopefully strike that rumor down, that would be great. We have plenty of blogging and gamer friends that I would love to play Super Mario Maker 2 with!

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All five DLC fighters will be available by February 2020. So, the other four are coming within the next few months. Revealing the character and/or giving us a release date for the second fighter would be great. I doubt they’ll say much on Super Mario Maker 2 since they had that Direct not too long ago and the release is right around the corner. However, it would be nice if they debunked those rumors.

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Oh, that’s coming up quick, then! I’m excited to see who the rest of the fighters are, and a small part of me is still hoping for Geno. I keep forgetting that we’re in June at this point and Super Mario Maker 2 will be released at the end of this month. Still, some clarification regarding the online business would be great. Considering there is a Pokemon direct today as well as the press conference last week, I wonder if there will be anything extra for Pokemon during E3?

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As much as I would love to see more Pokemon, despite the Direct, I would love to see more Pokemon stuff at E3. Of course, I’m not getting my hopes up for that. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Nintendo has up their sleeve at E3. They always have great surprises and impress.

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