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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bottom Shelf Mixology S2 Ep. 14: Gonna Give It To Ya

Welcome to the Bottom Shelf Mixology™ video series!  Our staff of Mixologists have decided it would be a good idea to actually test our special "bottom shelf" recipes.  What have we done?



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017: Predictions & Live Stream

After what many are calling lackluster conferences by both Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo is getting the chance to really shine with their now annual E3 Spotlight.  Will they show us a bunch of unannounced games, or will they just show us already announced titles?  Will we get release dates for games like Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2?  What games will be pushed back?  We will find out in less than an hour, at 12:00 PM EST!


Personally, this is what I think will happen and what I would love to see (but probably won't happen):

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nintendo Pokémon Direct: Short And Not So Sweet

Nintendo gave us a Pokémon-themed Direct today, and, well, it was a little bit bleh.

Only three things were announced, and one of them is the biggest cash grab I have ever seen.

Up first: Pokkén Tournament DX for the Nintendo Switch.  Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe before it, this is a port of the Wii U title with a few new things added.  For Pokkén, the additions are five new fighters and a 3-on-3 Team Battle.

At the end of the trailer for Pokkén, they show a couple kids sitting in the background playing on their 3DS systems.  It zooms in to show them playing Pokémon Sun and Moon, only it isn't.  They are actually playing Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Yes, these are the next new Pokémon games being released for the 3DS.   They feature alternate stories from Sun and Moon, and some new Pokémon forms or something.

The final announcement is Pokémon Gold and Silver on the 3DS Virtual Console on September 22.

And that was it.

Yawn. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nintendo Switch Online Service Detailed


Nintendo has finally revealed their plans for their paid online service for the Switch!  They have outlined the differences between the paid and free memberships, but most importantly they have told us how much is is going to cost in 2018(and yes, that means it is going to be free for 2017).

When the service launches this year, all users will have access to online multiplayer at no cost.  Once the currently unspecified date in 2018 rolls around, only subscribers will have online access for most games.  The website makes it sound like there will still be games that do not require a subscription, but I'm going to guess those will be few and far between.

Subscribers will also have a smartphone app that will control game invites, voice chat, and regular chat.

Also, much like Sony and Microsoft's services, Nintendo will be offering free classic games, which are going to have newly added online play.  That is fairly exciting news to me!  The first three games that were announced are Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

And now the important part: the price.  I was expecting prices in line with Sony and Microsoft($9.99/month, $59.99/year), but Nintendo will only be charging $3.99/month or $19.99/year.  I think it is fair to say those prices are extremely reasonable.

There is still no word on when the service will start up, but I think it is safe to say the most likely time is when Splatoon 2 is released on July 21.

Source: Nintendo.com