The XBox One X will be both the most powerful and the most ridiculously expensive console in the world. But despite that large price towering over everything else on the market, Microsoft won’t be making a dime off it.
So Crash Bandicoot is making a return to games via a compilation/remaster of his first three titles in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. But the twist is that Crash’s sister Coco will be a playable character in all three games. Which is a bit weird for some, as she wasn’t in/created until later in the trilogy. So, why is she in?
At E3 2017, several games were revealed to be cross-play compatible. Mainly Minecraft and Rocket League, both of which are on, or will be on, Nintendo Switch, and thus players can play with others on that console too. However, Sony declined to take part in this Cross-Play opportunity, citing that they wanted to keep their players safe from others who may be on other servers on those consoles and handhelds.
One of the hardest things to do in the video game industry is keep franchises fresh. Especially when they’re so successful in the early runs and thus have loyal fanbases. Cause when you fail to live up to their expectations, they call you out on it. Ubisoft has had a lot of experience with this. Yet, fans still want titles from franchises like Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia, and more from their lineup.
When the Nintendo Switch was announced, a surprise reveal was that Mario Kart 8 was going to be coming out to the console as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Then, a few weeks ago, Nintendo revealed Pokken Tournament DX for the Switch. Both of these games were made for the Wii U, but then ported to the Switch with extra content, new modes, more characters, etc. Though welcome (and in the case of Mario Kart 8, very successful) players wondered just how many more Wii U ports were coming to Switch.
Super Mario Odyssey was by far one of Nintendo’s most shown titles at E3 this year. Not only getting a new trailer, but multiple showings at the Nintendo Treehouse Live events, and even being the theme for the Nintendo area on the show floor. But as the team said multiple times, the game has much more to show than we have been led to believe.
Easily one of the biggest surprises of E3 2017 was Metroid Prime 4. The next game in a franchise that fans have been begging Nintendo to bring back for quite some time. However, the reveal of the game was just a look at the logo, with a note that the game was in development. Nothing else was given about the game itself. Though it was noted that Retro Studios was not making the game.
Ever since the Nintendo Switch has come out, the system has been very hard to find after initial stock was quickly bought up. In fact, very few who didn’t pre-order the system got it. Despite that, the system has been selling record amounts, but there’s not doubt it’d be doing even better if the system was in stock more often. At E3 2017, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talked with IGN and noted that getting the Switch production up was a top priority:
One of the biggest surprises of E3 yesterday was when Nintendo unveiled Metroid: Samus Returns, a remake of Metroid II from the original Game Boy, but being rebuilt for the Nintendo 3DS. Now, Nintendo has released a dev diary detailing even more about the game.
We’ve been hearing for a while that there were a lot of titles being made for the Nintendo Switch that were using the Unreal Engine 4. As one of the most powerful gaming engines out there, it gave a lot of credibility to the system. But of the rumored 20 games being made with the engine, we didn’t know a lot of them, but now, we at least know one more. The Yoshi title that was revealed at yesterday Nintendo E3 Spotlight is indeed being made with Unreal Engine 4.
One of the things that people have wondered about the Nintendo Switch is how fast the games are playing in both modes. Sometimes the game is at 60FPS, but then when it’s in tablet mode its in 30FPS. Also, the graphical quality gets lower when in tablet mode. Well, it seems that Pokken Tournament DX won’t have that problem at all.
There were some major surprises in terms of cross-platform play at E3 2017. Minecraft was revealed to be getting a free “unified edition” that would allow players on PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and all mobile platforms to play together. Then, Rocket League was announced for Nintendo Switch, and would also support Cross-play between Xbox One and PC. What you might have noticed is that PS4 is not listed on either of those titles. Turns out, Sony blocked cross-play between those games.