Happy Halloween! The news I’m bringing you from last week’s episode of This Week in Gaming might not be spoooooooky, but I hope it satisfies you.
SNES THEMED 3DS XL
Last Monday, a SNES-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL appeared on Amazon with no official announcement from Nintendo. And as far as I can tell, there’s still been no announcement or even mentioning of this by Nintendo. That’s strange, because they’re usually so protective of their IPs and they sure do hate when things get leaked early. Bright side is, the listing is still up on Amazon for preordering and the console is looking fresh as hell. Its price point is $199.99, which is the base price for any New Nintendo 3DS XL… so I’m a little suspicious that eventually the price will be raised, since this is a specialty item and all. According to Amazon, the system releases November 27, 2017.
THE GAMECUBE CONTROLLER’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN
In the Nintendo Switch’s latest update, they’ve added Gamecube controller support. It requires the Wii U controller adapter, which is no longer being manufactured by Nintendo but can be found new and used at almost any retailer these days, so no big deal, really. Obviously, with the Gamecube’s limited button scheme, there are some things that will take a bit of getting used to when it comes to navigating the Switch, but overall I think this is a really good step. And could this mean the return of old Gamecube classics? Maybe.
ANIMAL CROSSING: POCKET CAMP
Last Tuesday, Nintendo shared a new and upcoming game with us via Nintendo Direct – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a mobile-only Animal Crossing game. Our resident producer/editor/chief/tophat/king-man Proxy has already written an article about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp which you can find, and should read, here. He covers everything the Nintendo Direct went over and all the fun features that were shared. Check out that article for more details.
Sony rolled out another update for the PS4: Update 5.01. Not much was said in the patch notes aside from stability and performance updates.
XBOX KINECT IS DEAD
The Xbox Kinect, at its 2010 release, felt like a big step in the right direction of new technology. Now… well, it’s dead. There will no longer be anything new coming for it, and here’s what Microsoft had to say about it:
“Manufacturing for Kinect for Xbox One has ended but it is not the end of the journey for the technology. Kinect continues to delight tens of millions of Xbox owners and Kinect innovations live on in Xbox One, Windows 10, Cortana, Windows Mixed Reality and future technologies.”
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI 5
Last Monday, Atlus (who developed the Megami Tensei, Persona, and Trauma Center series’) released a trailer for their developing project Shin Megami Tensei 5, for the Nintendo Switch. You can, and should, check out the trailer below, but as far as I am aware, the game features a variety of demons wreaking havoc across the country and I assume you probably have to fight them. Neat!
Finally, Destiny 2 has launched for PC as of last week. Great news for all those PC master race folks who have been so patient. Except… maybe not, since hundreds of players were immediately banned as soon as they tried to log into the game. Even players who claimed they bought a new PC and made a fresh account just for the game were being banned immediately with no word from Bungie as to why. At first, folks thought it was because of streaming or recording software – nope. Then they thought it was overlay software – double nope.
Bungie eventually came out and essentially said “No one was banned for no reason. We banned people for using cheating software.” Of course, now, a few days after we reported about this on the podcast, Bungie has come out to say that “a group of players” have had their bans lifted, and the bans were in error. They have not stated how many accounts have been un-banned, but hopefully it covered everyone who was truly innocent.
ALSO DESTINY 2
Folks who ordered the $99.99 Limited Edition of Destiny 2 for PC might be a little disappointed, if they’re like me – the fancy steel book only contained a fake paper disc as a placeholder for a real one. The fake paper disc has a battle.net code on it. The Limited Edition is only available at Gamestop (at least in the US), and comes with an in-game sword, emote and player emblem, collectible art, all inside a Cabal-themed box.
The same steelbook case, with paper disc and battle.net code inside, also comes within the $249.99 Collector’s Edition version, with comes with a bunch of other neat stuff. If you’re the kind of person who likes having discs in your steelbooks… this probably sucked for you. Now that I’m looking at the image above of the contents of the Collector’s Edition, it specifically says “limited edition steelbook case with game disc”. What a kick in the teeth.
METAL GEAR SURVIVE
A spinoff of Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain will be released in North America on February 20, 2018, and releasing in Europe two days later. The original plan was for its release in 2017, but the developers felt it needed more polishing time. The game is available for preorder now, and here’s what you get if you do:
- 4 gold-plated weapons
- 2 emote gestures (happy, thumbs up)
- 4 metallic survival scarves
- 1 Kabuki-style face paint
- A Mother Base nameplate
- An accessory called Boxman
The game will cost $39.99, which is kind of an insanely low price point for a game these days.
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