E3 2018 Thoughts

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E3 is one of the biggest gaming shows, with many developers eager to show-off what they’ve been working on in the video game industry. Personally, I wasn’t able to watch most of the presentations live due to work obligations, but the shows were thankfully streamed and archived so I could catch up. Watching the presentations while already having an idea as to how they went thanks to social media prepared me to brace myself for what the next big games can be. While some of the shows were a little lackluster, there were still a good amount of games that will make my wallet thinner in the coming year.

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Since I work from home now, I was able to watch most of the presentations live. It was a treat to give my full attention to one of my favorite hobbies. I was pleased with most of the presentations. Some were a bit boring (I’m looking at you, EA) and some where pretty entertaining (I still don’t understand the dancing Panda for Ubisoft), but I was pleased with most of the games I saw. I wrote down a couple games from each company, Nintendo being the most and my favorite.

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Nintendo was definitely a highlight for us, with that being the publisher we grew up with. I was definitely pleased with seeing a little bit of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, even if I am disappointed that it won’t be out until next year. Still, the troop formations seem interesting and will definitely add to a bit more strategy with the game play. Seeing Overcooked 2 come over to the Switch is exciting, too — Rachel and I had a great time playing the first together and with friends

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I’m super excited for Overcooked 2. Our friends each have a Switch now so we’ll be able to play with them online since that’s a new feature as well! I’ll admit I was disappointed Animal Crossing wasn’t announced, but I was hopeful for another Mario Party and that wish came true. It seems as though Nintendo has finally listened to us and is going back to the old school way of doing things. No car, no moving at the same time, and the boards look “normal.”

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Yes, Mario Party seems to be returning to its original friendship-wrecking roots! Of course, the biggest game that Nintendo showed off was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where every fighter that has ever been on the roster is returning. The reveals and character cards explaining some of the finer details and upgrades of the fighters was fun to watch, and I’m sure the arrivals to the roster will do well. Personally, I’m always gunning for Geno from Super Mario RPG to join the fight, but I’ve heard how many people wanted Ridley and the Inklings will be interesting, I’m sure.

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Of course, Smash was the biggest thing about Nintendo’s presentation. I was happy with all the information they shared. I honestly wasn’t expecting them to announce all the characters. There are some characters I would love to see, for sure, but I am super happy they’re bringing old characters back. Young Link and Roy were always my go-to characters and I can’t wait to play as them again!

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Microsoft didn’t seem to do too badly during their presentation. They showed tons of games, but many of them aren’t slated to come out until next year or were also showed off on other platforms. They obtained a few new studios into the Microsoft team, which was interesting to see. Truth be told, Rachel and I are a little lukewarm with Microsoft’s games, not having found those IPs that we’re really interested in.

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Microsoft has a lot of mature games and we prefer Nintendo because we’re children. But, we do enjoy our Xbox One and were interested to see what Microsoft had to offer. They showed off more Cuphead. We still have yet to play that game, but I’m sure we’ll download it soon for the new content.

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Cuphead is a game we want to try out and the new content sounds fun, so that’s on the list. Ori & Will of the Wisps looks both adorable and heartbreaking, so we’ll probably get that and bawl. Our first reaction to Tunic was “Look, it’s Fox Link!” and it looks utterly charming. Forza Horizon 4 looked really pretty and slick, and we may try that out for ourselves despite never having played a game from that franchise before.

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Of course, we never played the first Ori game. It was on the list, but just something that we never ended up getting because other games came first. So, now we’ve got both on the list of games to get again. Sea of Solitude looks great as well. That was announced at EA’s press conference, but it will be available for Xbox One in 2019. The topic seems a bit heavy, but the graphics are gorgeous and we’re looking forward to that when it comes out.

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Sea of Solitude looks fantastic, having the crisp graphics with such a heavy theme. That was the biggest of the few games at EA’s press conference that piqued our interest. Square’s Kingdom Hearts III was shown a few times during E3, showing off smooth graphics and some of Disney’s latest movie universes that Sora and company will travel to. We still haven’t played any of the Kingdom Hearts games, but we recently bought Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix for our woefully underused PlayStation 3 to try to get into both the Kingdom Hearts games and, perhaps, more games from Sony’s consoles.

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Though, I’ll admit, I didn’t really care for anything Sony introduced. A lot of the games they showed were graphic and pretty gory for my tastes. I didn’t even finish watching the conference. Overall, I think this was a successful E3. There are a lot of great upcoming games and, for the most part, the presentations were pretty entertaining. I can’t wait to try out the new games and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.

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My E3 2018 Live Experience

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

What an eventful week it’s been with E3 2018!

In the past, I’ve always been at work and have never been able to watch the live stream of E3 before. This year was different and watched it all.

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E3 is one of the best gaming events of the year and I’m sure I’m not the only one to think that.

Every year it comes along I always got disappointed because I was never able to watch any of it live. I was always at work. Well, now I work from home so I was able to watch it live.

It was great. I enjoyed having the conferences on while I worked and enjoyed live tweeting during some of it.

Now, I thought I’d be able to watch absolutely all of it, but it turned out I wasn’t able to. I still got a chance to watch all the conferences, but I was only able to watch some of them live.

Nintendo was not one of them, which was disappointing, but Kris and I watched it together later that same night.

There’s something different about watching something like that live. Watching the vods are fine and all, but it’s awesome to be up to date with the news as it’s happening.

I grabbed some popcorn, sat down with my notebook and pen, and watched most of E3 live without another care in the world.

I only hope next year I’m able to watch the entire thing live. I’ll admit, I’m sad it’s over.

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Nintendo E3 Predictions & Wish List

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E3 is on the horizon, being scheduled from June 12 to the 14 this year. Presentations from the video game industry’s most popular developers and publishers — like Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Activision — highlight the show, garnering major attention. Last year, almost 70,000 people were in attendance for the show! Considering it’s across the country from us, Rachel and I catch the show online. Rather, Rachel will. I’ll see highlights later since I’ll be at work during the show.

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I don’t understand why the show in smack in the middle of the week, but I’m not here to complain about that. I’m sad I can’t watch it live with Kris, but I’m excited I’ll have a chance to watch it live for once. Of course, if I’m to be honest, I mostly care about what Nintendo and Microsoft have to say. Still, I’m always interested to see what the other companies are working on and for which platforms and such.

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Nintendo is mainly what I pay attention to, but we are starting to play more Xbox games as well. Seeing the technology and gameplay brought on by other companies is always amazing to see, of course. What I’m looking forward to most from Nintendo is possibly some more new regarding the Pokemon games that are coming out, the Let’s Go! titles and the core game that’s slated for 2019. A hint or teaser would be nice for those!

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Honestly, while I certainly want to know more about the core game, I doubt we’ll find anything else out about it until E3 2019. Maybe they could give us the title or something, but I feel like they’ll hold onto their secrets. I’m sure they’ll talk about the Let’s Go! games some more though! What I really want to see from Nintendo is an original, new core Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. New Leaf came out for the 3DS in 2012. We’re due for something new.

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I’m sure many people are hoping for Animal Crossing. I’m wondering how much info for the Switch Super Smash Bros. we’ll get. Perhaps more of an idea if it is an original addition to the franchise or a port of the Wii U and 3DS version? A trailer for Fire Emblem Switch would be fun to see too!

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Yes, Smash will definitely be a thing. A Fire Emblem game would look great on the Switch. I still want them to announce a Luigi’s Mansion 3, even though they’re remaking the original to the Nintendo 3DS. So, I doubt that will happen. I’m also certain we’ll most like see more of the new Yoshi game. Or, I hope we do anyway.

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Perhaps Nintendo will also announce a N64 Classic console. Rumors are flying for it and the other two Classic consoles did so well that they’re being re-released, so E3 may be a good opportunity for them to let us know about the N64 Classic’s existence. I’m also hoping for, perhaps, a little more on the online paid service. That is supposed to start this September, I believe, so a few finalizing comments on it would be nice.

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Oh, right. I’m sure they’ll talk about the paid service some more too. And yeah, I’d love to see a Nintendo64 Classic. There’s so much I want to see from Nintendo as a whole. I’m excited to see what they come up with.

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Microsoft E3 2017 Press Conference

While we watched all the press conferences for E3, other than Nintendo, Microsoft was really the only one we truly cared about. We don’t play a lot of Sony or Bethesda games. Even though we’re currently out of a XBox console, we’re looking forward to some of the up and coming games.

The conference itself was great. We were trying to get work done while watching it a day later than it aired, but we kept getting distracted. Their pace was awesome between game trailers, talking in depth about certain games, then rapid fire game snippits, and then more game trailers.

In between, they talked about the next XBox One X as well as the backwards compatibility program.

It was just a few nights before that we were talking about getting a new XBox in the near future. Now that they’ve announced the X, we have some thinking to do.

Aside from it being an entertaining conference, we were pleased with a lot of the upcoming games. We love XBox, but we’re still Nintendo girls at heart and we don’t play a lot of Microsoft games.

Still, we’re excited about games such as The Darwin Project, Deep Rock Galactic, Super Lucky’s Tale, and more. We were surprised that we wrote down so many more games to look forward to and try than we originally thought.

Overall, Microsoft seemed to “win” the conferences this year in terms of being the most entertaining to watch. We’re looking forward to what Microsoft has in store for us this year.

And we realize that between Microsoft and Nintendo and the other companies, our wallets will be feeling pretty light soon enough.

What games are you looking forward to the most? Which press conference did you enjoy and look forward to the most?

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Friday Favorites: Switch Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

I know most people share their video game wish lists before E3, but I figured I would share mine now since Nintendo’s Spotlight just gave us a lot of little bites of some of their planned projects rather than giving us more to chew on. Here’s what I wish for the Switch’s future come next year!

Super Smash Bros.

With the deluxe editions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament making their way to the Switch, I’m wondering why Nintendo hasn’t hinted at doing a Smash Bros. installment, or even a port of Brawl for the Switch yet. The Smash franchise is a big project, I know, but even a deluxe port with the DLC from Brawl like they did with Mario Kart 8 would have been fine with me. I’m sure this is in the back of Nintendo’s mind right now, but a little hint would have been nice.

Virtual Console

This is the big one. Everyone has been hounding Nintendo about the Virtual Console, and even Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.” Some sort of time frame, even if it needs to be revised down the line, would have been great for those of us just waiting for the Virtual Console library to come to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about it in 2018!

Ace Attorney and Professor Layton

Although these two franchises usually make their homes on the handheld devices, considering the Switch can be portable, I wouldn’t mind these detective games making their way to the console in the future. The Joy-Con and their technology would be perfect for the point-and-click puzzle games, and I would love to see the animated cut scenes on my television. (That, and Rachel and I like to play them together, and it gets a little cramped hunched over the same 3DS, haha!)

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Remake

This is actually something Rachel had mentioned the other night. We both adore the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube had been the perfect multiplayer experience for the series. Being able to easily split the Joy-Con between multiple players instead of dealing with setting up the wires for GameBoy Advances would be great for the game. That, and after seeing remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, and then HD versions of WindWaker and Twilight Princess, I think seeing another older Zelda game remade wouldn’t be a bad idea.

What do you hope for the Switch’s future? Did Nintendo’s Spotlight answer any of your wishes?

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Not Much From Nintendo

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re in the final home stretch for E3 2017. You heard our thoughts on Nintendo’s Spotlight, and you’ll be hearing our thoughts on everything else later.

But I wanted to talk a little bit more about what Nintendo is doing… And what they’re not doing.

As you all know, I wanted a third Luigi’s Mansion game along with a new Animal Crossing. It wasn’t a prediction, it was just a wishlist. Still, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one of them. I figured if one was going to get announced, it would be Animal Crossing.

With the Switch still new and so much hype about it, everyone wants Animal Crossing on the Switch. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how I’ll like it on the Switch.

Animal Crossing originally came out for the Gamecube in 2002. I fell in love with the game and even 100% paid off my debt. I didn’t collect everything by any means, but I did “beat” the game. And there was Fang. I love Fang.

Animal Crossing: Wild World came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and, for some reason, I didn’t get as into it as I did for the original game.

When Animal Crossing: City Folk came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, I felt the same way. Though I think what did it for me was that I wasn’t a huge fan of the motion controls.

Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. And I fell in love all over again.

I loved the first game, didn’t care too much for Wild World because I wasn’t a fan of it being on the handheld. Then City Folk came out and I realized it was better on the handheld. With New Leaf, I love it as it is.

With that said, I’m not sure how I would feel about a new Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’d be nice to see it on the big screen, but I do like to carry it around with me. Good thing the Switch is portable, but still, I don’t know how it would all work.

Then there’s the game itself. What else can they do to Animal Crossing? They added so much to New Leaf to make it “new and improved” from the other games. You’re the mayor, can update your town, you have your own private island, and you can go deep sea diving. So, what else is there for an Animal Crossing game?

It’s like the Paper Mario games. They had something good, felt the need to improve, and those changes haven’t been great.

They keep trying to change Pokemon and add new things after 20 years. I enjoyed the changes in Sun and Moon, but I don’t know what to expect from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then again, Pokemon is a different topic for a different day.

And yes, I know I’m speculating on games that we’re even talked about. But Animal Crossing is so popular that I do believe there will be another game at some point in the future, even if it’s five years away. And it makes me wonder if Nintendo is already thinking about it, but just don’t have enough to say anything yet, similar to them just simply confirming a core RPG Pokemon game for the Switch.

With all that said, I am happy with what Nintendo announced the other day. I think the games up and coming this year are great and I’m looking forward to them. However, since they didn’t talk about much, I can’t help but wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

Still, I’m not getting my hopes up. But I’m still curious. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Nintendo Headquarters.

Lots of speculation here, but do you think they have more planned than what they let on? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo E3 Spotlight Thoughts

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While we weren’t able to watch Nintendo’s Spotlight live due to obligations like day jobs, we did catch up with some streams and videos that had saved the spotlight for people like us. We knew it was only for about a half hour, but we still had high hopes for our favorite video game company. Nintendo mostly showed off trailers for some upcoming Switch games, which were nice, but a little underwhelming, to be honest.

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I had been looking forward to the press conference all day. After the 25 minutes were up, I found myself saying, “That was it?” A lot of the games they showcased were games we already knew about. I think I was expecting a lot more, especially since the Switch had recently come out. I was expecting a line up of games that they had up their sleeves, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

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Still, it was nice to see more close-ups of some of the upcoming games. In particular, I’m excited for Fire Emblem Warriors! I’m a little disappointed at the lack of diversity with the characters that were shown, I’ll admit, as the main characters seem to all be sword-wielders. With such a large cast of characters that the Fire Emblem franchise has at its disposal, I’m sure we’ll see more battle techniques even though I’ve heard that only characters from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates will be in the game. Which, again, is a little disappointing considering all the wonderful characters from other Fire Emblem worlds, but I suppose they had to draw the line somewhere.

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That does look like a good game. I’ll admit that I’m excited for a new Yoshi game. It looks adorable and the graphics look amazing. The music for it was chill too. I’m also happy that they mentioned how they are working on Pokemon “Stars” for the Switch. I wish they had more to say about it, but the confirmation was enough for me. The trailers were all well and good, but I felt the conference itself was a little dry. The Microsoft press conference put on a show, but Nintendo just had green screens and called it a day. And yes, it’s about the games, which I enjoy, but I like to be entertained as they talk as well.

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I believe Nintendo’s Spotlight was intended to be quick with a few trailers before they handed the microphone, so to speak, to Nintendo Treehouse to showcase demos and more behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming games. Nintendo always liked to do more hands-on demonstrations rather than put on a stage show just for fans to watch. I’m sure there’s much more going on than we were able to see with just the Spotlight showing. Going to an E3 showing is definitely on our bucket list!

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Yeah, I know. But I think I was expecting more games, too. The Switch just came out with not that many games to show for it so I was expecting Nintendo to show off a bunch of stuff. I mean, what they did show was great and I’m looking forward to a lot. Nintendo will always and forever be my favorite. And I had a feeling that Luigi’s Mansion 3 wouldn’t be a thing, but they didn’t announce Animal Crossing. I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one, but I hope they create one or both in the future!

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Yes, I’m sorry neither of those games on your wish list got announced. I personally didn’t really have any wish list for what I wanted to see at Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight. I knew that Fire Emblem Warriors was a thing and I was pretty content with Breath of the Wild, although I’m definitely looking forward to the DLC content (except for maybe the Tingle armor…). Metroid Prime may be a franchise that I’ll have to try again one day, and I’m looking forward to trying out Skyrim on the Switch, but there was nothing for me to really get up and cheer about. With that said, I’m totally content with the announcements and am looking forward to seeing more of Nintendo’s work.

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I’m excited for Breath of the Wild’s DLC as well as the Amiibo for it. Those look awesome! But, yeah, I agree. Nintendo does great work and I was happy with everything they announced. I’m looking forward to trying new games on the Switch that we wouldn’t typically play. Between Nintendo and all the other press conferences, I think the rest of 2017 is going to be a great year for gamers.

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