The Nintendo Switch is doing well for Nintendo, with Zelda and other launch games selling quite well. But with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, many wondered if the platform holder would bundle the game with their latest console. Now, it seems they will do just that.
The first official Switch bundle has been outed by Nintendo’s own official store in Russia.
Consumers will be able to choose between two options: one with gray Joy-Con and another with the neon colors (note that these pages may be inaccessible unless you’re located in Russia or use a proxy). Both come with a physical copy as opposed to a pre-installed version.
Nintendo may be announcing this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle during its Nintendo Direct tonight. It’s unclear if North America will be receiving the package at this time.
Reported originally by Nintendo Everything, this is the first official Switch console release that will be bundled with a game. With a major Nintendo Direct happening tonight, this could be one of it’s many announcements. We will report more as further information comes out.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was a game many were confused by when it was first announced in early 2014. A Sonic adventure that focused less on the series trademark speed but pushing for combat with exploration elements. Called originally ‘Sonic Synergy’, the title was going to be releasing on the next-generation hardware before being pushed onto the Nintendo Wii U due to the SEGA/Nintendo Exclusivity deal.
But remember that trailer we all saw when the game was first announced and how it ran on high-end PC’s? Well, now we finally have a glimpse at what could have been. Today a trailer got leaked from a prototype build of the game, showing off polished version of the game in action. Combat and usage of the Enerbeam seemed to be far more dynamic, visuals looked like a big step up from the final game and overall it just looks more fun then the game we finally got.
I detailed a lot about the Boom Sub-Series in a lengthy article last year, but it’s a shame the final game of Rise of Lyric left people wanting more. It had potential and it could have been a new take on Sonic that complemented the games Sonic Team created. Sonic has a bright future ahead with projects like Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces though, so the Blue Blur is going to be quite busy in 2017.
The Platinum Games classic ‘Bayonetta’ is finally gracing PC storefronts via Steam today, as the game is out now for 19.99$. Developed by Platinum Games and published by SEGA, it’s another effort from not only SEGA but Platinum Games as well to get into the PC market. This game was one many fondly asked both publishers/developers for a long time to dance on PC’s and finally the witch can enchant PC gamers like she did on consoles in the past.
ABOUT THIS GAME
From PlatinumGames’ legendary director Hideki Kamiya of Resident Evil and Devil May Cry fame, SEGA brings one of the most universally acclaimed character action games of all time to PC. Bayonetta. The last survivor of an ancient witch clan who keep the balance between light, dark and chaos. Entombed to protect herself – and the world as we know it – Bayonetta is discovered and revived after 500 years, sparking a chain of events with cataclysmic repercussions.
Thrust straight into battle, with only one clue to her past, Bayonetta must discover the truth and fight for the future. Her daunting conquest sees her face off against countless angelic enemies and giant foes in a game of 100% pure action.
An alluring, stylish and all-action heroine unlike anyone else on the gaming landscape, Bayonetta is ready to push your senses to the limit.
Over-the-top action in extreme environments resulting in continuous high levels of tension and excitement – Bayonetta pushes the genre into new realms of intensity.
Bayonetta wields an impressive arsenal of weapons through an intuitive and fluid combat system, unleashing deadly combos and special attacks with devastating results.
Unleash gruesome torture attacks such as the Iron Maiden, Guillotine and more to finish off enemies and send them to hell.
Full Steam Support
Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud Save, Trading Cards, Leader Boards, and Big Picture Mode.
Enhanced PC Graphics Options
Unlocked resolutions up to 4K, anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, SSAO lighting, scalable texture and shadow quality, and more.
English and Japanese Voice Overs
Freely switch languages and subtitles at any time.
Star Wars Battlefront II is a game many likely expected to happen…and no, this ISN’T the Battlefront II from the PS2 and Xbox era. This Battlefront II is the sequel to 2015’s take on the franchise by EA and DICE. Many enjoyed the title but felt it was lacking in meaning full single player content. When the sequel got announced many were happy to hear that it will in-fact have a single player campaign. We just didn’t know what it would cover in the Star Wars mythos.
Thankfully, we get a clear idea now; it will take place during the timeline of the original Star Wars films (after Return of the Jedi) and you can see some of this in action through the above clip. It was leaked and will likely be taken down soon, but while it’s up, you can see in-engine footage of the game in action. We will report more as further information releases.
Spark the Electric is a game we have covered in the pas on 3WIREL. From demo impressions to having the honor to interview the developer working on the project, we are very excited about this project. But now it’s finally out! You can play it on most PC set-ups and it has full controller support. Expect a review for this title on 3WIREL in the coming week, but for now, read our demo impressions to get a clear idea on how this title plays.
It’s wonderful seeing this promising project see a full release, so expect more posts on this title coming soon. Here is a link to the Steam Store page.
Platformers come in all shapes and sizes, but the genre is always open to new spins. From turning a pink puff ball into an literal ball too having your character controlled through gusts of wind; the genre plays around with a lot of elements. Pinball and Platformers aren’t distant strangers, with many franchises like Sonic or Mario toying with the genre using platforming elements.
Developer Villa Gorilla is playing with pinball and platforming through the upcoming title Yoku’s Island Express. I am honored to have artist Mattias Snygg with me today to answer a few questions I had about the game. Hope you enjoy the interview!
Mario is no stranger to the arts of sport. Taking a stab at all forms of play including baseball, extreme soccer and even having slick dance moves at one point; the plumber and his friends are known for their sporting adventures. But what happens when a few of these sports are contained within one spot for pick up and play fun?
Mario Sports Superstars from Nintendo, Bandai-Namco Games and Camelot compiles three classic sports and two new ones for Mario & friends to partake in. Does this mixture of sports score a home run or get a strike out?
Sonic has jumped, dash and ran across mobile phones for years now. With his dashing adventure being quite successful and his running jog having some trips, the blue blur has had quite the success on mobile. So it’s no surprise that another one might be coming out in the future. Reported by BlueParadox, it was discovered that a Russian Sonic News account on Twitter ‘leaked’ Sonic Runners: Adventure.
Nothing else is known outside of it clearly being a sequel/successor to ‘Sonic Runners’ and it being co-developed between Gameloft & SEGA. They worked together in the past, so it’s not surprising that a talented mobile studio is working with SEGA on a mobile Sonic project. This a rumor, so it could easily be false. Do not treat this as an official announcement please.
Invader Zim is a very interesting cartoon. Originating as an idea from the mind behind Johnny The Homicidal Manic, the show aired on Nick in the early 2000’s alongside other iconic shows like Spongebob and The Fairly Odd Parents. Sadly the show faced major hurdles with the network and was canceled. It got more exposure over the years; merchandise sold well, it got re-ruins on the sister channel ‘Nicktoons Network’ (including some un-aired episodes from Season Two) and more recently got a comic that continued the story of the show.
Rumors were flying around last year that a movie is being produced for Nick, not unlike the upcoming Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life’s TV movies releasing later this year. But nothing was confirmed…until today! Zim and Gir are going to try to take over Earth in a 90-minute feature film in the future.
That’s right, we’re getting a 90-minute film from series creator Jhonen Vasquez, with original series cast members Richard Horvitz reprising his role as Zim alongside Rikke Simmons as GIR, Andy Berman as Dib, and Melissa Fahn as Gaz. We don’t know much about the plot, but it has been revealed that Zim has come up with “a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan” that may finally give Zim his due from his alien overlords.
With Nick pushing hard in producing quality shows (most evident with the recent season of Spongebob getting a huge quality boost over past seasons), they will likely offer the creators more freedom to do what they want unlike when the show originally aired. As someone who loved the show growing up, I’m overjoyed to see the little alien come back. We will keep you posted as further information releases.