• Nintendo Looking to Take a 'Different Approach' to eSports

    nintendo switch esports]Nintendo has always been an important player in esports. While the spotlight in recent years has quickly been focused on PC titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and League of Legends, Nintendo has always been giving out love to its grass roots esports communities.

    If you've ever been part of a Smash Bros. event, whether it's as a competitor or a spectator, you'll know that the eSports communities surrounding some of Nintendo's games are some of the best communities in the world.

    Despite the healthy scenes that exist for some of Nintendo's top titles, they still haven't broken out to the mainstream audiences as massively as Counter Strike or League has in recent years.

    Nintendo wants to work to bring their eSports titles to mainstream audiences, and they're interested in taking a different approach to get there.

    Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime has got a few words to say about Nintendo on eSports. He shared his ideas in a recent interview with The Verge.

    In the interview, Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that "We were in esports back in 1995 with the very first Nintendo World Championships. I think what Nintendo is doing, as we always do, is our unique view on this, and finding ways to make it a bit more mainstream and a bit more massive, maybe than others have done. We're going to do it differently."

    To begin with, Nintendo will look at pushing out eSports opportunities for three of the most recent game release announcements; Pokken Tournament, Splatoon 2, and ARMS.

  • New ZeRo Smash Bros 4 Tier List

    zero smash bros tier list 2017After recent events, ZeRo has built a new tier list for Super Smash Bros 4. The list includes each of the SSMB4 characters, besides the Miis, and has listed each one based on their performance in competitive events.

    Whether you play competitively or simply want to know which characters to pick to give yourself a better chance at beating your friend when they come round to play, this new tier list is worth taking a look at.

    Before we share the entire Smash Bros 4 tier list, let's first take a look at the top 10 picks from ZeRo. The top ten characters in ZeRo's tier list have been showcased below:

    • 10: Mario
    • 9: MarchCina
    • 8: Fox
    • 7: Sonic
    • 6: ZSS
    • 5: Diddy Kong
    • 4: Sheik
    • 3: Rosalina
    • 2: Cloud
    • 1: Bayonetta

    Bayonetta was an interesting choice for number 1, especially considering that not a single Bayonetta player has won a major tournament with that character.

    As ZeRo is a Diddy Kong player himself, it's odd to see Diddy Kong so high up in the list. Many other tier lists would put Diddy Kong in the top 3, without a doubt.

    The rest of the choices for the top 10 in this tier list is something that the majority of the community can agree upon. The remaining 42 characters in this list are in-line with what the rest of the Smash bros 4 scene would say, too, although there are a few characters that should arguably be higher or lower.

    Check out the full list in the featured image above.

  • Binding of Isaac Now Available on Nintendo Switch

    binding of isaac nintendo switchThe Binding of Isaac was originally planned as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, but after the company behind the title announced there would be delays, nobody quite knew when the game would make it to the new platform.

    Fortunately, developer Nicalis has confirmed that the Binding of Isaac has now almost been completed and the game will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on March 17. The version of Binding of Isaac that'll make it to the Nintendo Switch is the Afterbirth+ version.

    Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on the Nintendo Switch will cost $40 and players will be able to pick it up in store as a physical copy, or from the Nintendo Switch interface as a digital title. Afterbirth originally launched on the PC in January 2017 as an expansion to the original game. The full Afterbirth+ version will offer the same content as the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Complete Bundle, which is available on Steam for $35.

    Afterbirth+ is also in development for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One - at this point we wouldn't be surprised if the other consoles would also be selling it for around $40 as well.

    Despite the game originally being released in 2011, every new addition to The Binding of Isaac has kept it fresh and exciting since. If you haven't played The Binding of Isaac yet, the Nintendo Switch version would be a great place to introduce yourself to the game.

  • Nintendo Switch Availability May Be Limited

    nintendo switch availability 2017Because of the popularity surrounding the Nintendo Switch, getting hold of a console on launch day may prove to be a little difficult. Currently, most Nintendo Switch consoles are being picked up via pre-orders, so if you're interested in picking up the console too, it's advisable to do this as well.

    Alternatively, if you're planning to pick up a Nintendo Switch on launch day, you may be better off heading to the midnight launch. GameStop merchandising director Bub Puzon has mentioned that "We will have a limited supply of the Nintendo Switch systems on launch day for walk-in customers. Our teams made this happen. I would strongly suggest customers plan on attending one of our midnight launch events for a shot at securing one of these extra units. They will go fast!"

    As you can imagine, this ethos is likely to be replicated with most other retailers and online stores.

    The Nintendo Switch is set to release on March 3 - so far there is a total of 39 different games that have been confirmed for the platform. To begin with, however, just six titles will be available at launch. The six launch titles are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, Super Bomberman R, Just Dance 2017, Skylanders Imaginators and I Am Setsuna. All six games will retail for between $40-$60, while the Switch itself will be on sale for $300.

    A number of other games are set to release throughout the remainder of 2017, with Super Mario Odyssey landing during the 2017 Holiday period.

  • 6 Melee Dreamhack Tournaments This Year, 4 Featuring Smash for Wii U

    melee dreamhack 2017It's going to be a big year for the Super Smash Bros. competitive community. Dreamhack has 6 events planned for this year alone.

    If you're a viewer or player of any of the Super Smash Bros. games then you've got a lot to be excited about this year. Dreamhack has just confirmed that a total of 6 events will feature Super Smash Bros. tournaments this year. 4 of these events will be in North America and the other 2 will be on an international level.

    The first Dreamhack event will be Dreamhack Austin. It will take place from April 28 to April 30 and will feature both Melee and Smash 4. The prize pool will be $10,000 for each game.

    The next event will be Dreamhack Summer, featuring just Smash Bros Melee and will take place from June 17 to June 19.

    Following this will be Dreamhack Atlanta from July 21 to July 23, Dreamhack Montreal on September 8 to September 10, and Dreamhack Denver from October 20 to October 22. All three of these events will feature both Melee and Smash 4.

    Finally, Dreamhack Winter will take place on November 30 to December 2 and will feature just Super Smash Bros Melee

    The prize pool for all six events will be $10,000 and the prizes will be split as shown below.

    1st - $4,700
    2nd - $2,000
    3rd - $1,000
    4th - $700
    5th - $500
    6th - $500
    7th - $300
    8th - $300

  • Nintendo Switch Release Date Revealed

    nintendo switch release dateAfter a big unveiling event, details about the Nintendo Switch have been revealed to the world. We now know when the Nintendo Switch will release, the first party games it will include at launch and the price tag of the console and some of its accessories.

    First things first; the release date. Nintendo has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will get a release on March 3rd, 2017. The console will be made available globally from this date, so if you're interested in picking up a console make sure to have your calendars marked.

    If you'd rather pre-order the Nintendo Switch, you can do so from a local retailer. For example, GameStop is currently accepting pre-orders for the Switch in the United States. The price tag for the Switch sits at $299.99 in the United States and $399.99 in Canada. The Nintendo Switch can be purchased for 279.99 pounds in the UK.

    While extra accessories will be available, the day one unit will feature a left and right Joy-Con controller, wrist straps for each Joy-Con, a Joy-Con grip, a dock for the Nintendo Switch, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter for charging and playing at home.

    To begin with, there will be two different color variants - while the console color will remain the same, one option will include gray controllers whilst the other will include metallic blue and red controllers.

    With the PS4 starting at $299 and the Xbox One starting at $249, Nintendo clearly aims to make the Switch a direct competitor, despite the console offering a more portable experience

  • Super Mario Run Gameplay Showcased

    super-mario-runHeads up everyone, Super Mario is gearing up to be a front-runner for 2016 mobile game character of the year.

    While Super Mario has never left the comfort of Nintendo's consoles in the past, Mario's maker has finally wised up and have now prepared a Super Mario mobile game. The game is called Super Mario Run and we've known about it for a while now. However, today Nintendo finally revealed gameplay for Super Mario Run and we're actually quite impressed.

    As long as Nintendo sticks to their previous words, Super Mario Run will be free to download, with extra content and levels which can be unlocked with a one-time purchase. Nintendo won't be using any of the terrible in-app purchase practices seen in other popular mobile games such as Clash of Clans or Clash Royale.

    The game will feature the same gameplay we've learned to love from the Super Mario world - side scrolling fast paced action, plenty of levels and boss fights with Bowser. However, instead of the traditional control scheme, Super Mario Run will have a simple one-handed 'touch to jump' control system. Mario will continuously run forwards and players must tap to jump over obstacles and collect coins.

    It seems a little odd at first, but Super Mario Run should feel very similar to the traditional Super Mario games on Nintendo's handheld consoles.

    Super Mario Run will be hitting the app stores for free from December 15. However, you may be able to try out the game early by visiting an Apple Store and playing on the iPad and iPhone display units they have available.

  • Smash Summit 3 Win Goes to Armada


    Whilst Smash Summit 3 didn't have as many exciting matchups as we had hoped for, the grand final for the event ended up being quite an enjoyable watch. For me personally, I was happy to see either player win but with Hungrybox recently going fulltime, I was secretly hoping for a Hungrybox win.

    To begin with, things were going in Hungrybox's favor. Despite Armada's attempts to play incredibly safe at the beginning of the series, Hungrybox managed to pull out a first game win. Armada, who opted to play Fox against Hungrybox's Jigglypuff in the grand final, managed to take the second game quite convincingly.

    The third game saw Armada and Hungrybox fight it out against each other on Dreamland 64. Hungrybox managed to do his best to take this win, giving him a game score of 2 and Armada a game score of 1.

    At this point, Armada's safe, passive playstyle helped him to take another victory against Hungrybox on Pokemon Stadium. The final map saw Hungrybox and Armada fight it out on Fountain of Dreams.

    Armada once again opted for Fox on the final map and managed to take the match quite convincingly. A lot of players were a little disappointed in the lack of action in the final, but there's no doubt that Armada's playstyle has been well calculated - after all, he's there to win events and he's been winning them all the way throughout 2016 in tremendous fashion.

  • Smash Summit 3 Player Votes are Coming In


    Smash Summit 3 is going to be huge and we're starting to see the invitation list fill up.

    The full invitation lineup for Smash Summit 3 may not be filled just year, but it has now been confirmed that both Mafia and S2J will be attending the event. This brings the total confirmed player list to 12.

    Mafia had a shot at attending last year's summit but he fell out short and was eliminated from voting. This year will be Mafia's first Smash Summit even so we can expect him to be incredibly pumped for the event.

    So far this year Mafia has placed top 2 at the Apex 2016 event and had a top twelve finish at Super Smash Con earlier this year.

    On the other side of things we have S2J who has been at Smash Summit before. In fact, with an invitation to Smash Summit 3, he will have attended every single Summit since its beginning. So far S2J has represented himself at a variety of events this year, but his best performances were a top 6 finish at EVO 2016 and a top 8 finish at Pound 2016. Hopefully S2J will now have another shot at getting better results at Smash Summit 3 later this year.

    There are still four more spots open for the event, which will make a total of 16 players to attend from November 3 to November 6 in Los Angeles, California. Below the current invitation list for Smash Summit 3 has been posted.

    Adam "Armada" Lindgren
    Jeffery "Axe" Williamson
    Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
    William "Leffen" Hjelte
    James "Mafia" Lauerman
    Joseph "Mang0" Marquez
    Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman
    Justin "Plup" McGrath
    Johnny "S2J" Kim
    Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni
    DaJuan "Shroomed" McDaniel
    Weston "Westballz" Dennis

  • Hungrybox is Now a Full Time Smash Player


    It's exciting news for any potential Smash esports players today because Hungrybox has confirmed he has quit his job to focus on Smash full-time.

    Whilst it has been easier for esports players in other games to make a living, the Smash scene has not yet been lucrative enough in the past to support most players full time. Hungrybox's jump to full time Smash playing is great news to the scene and shows that prize pools and sponsorships are finally becoming large enough to sustain players.

    Having enough money on the line to support players enough for them to be able to play full time will be incredibly important for the health of the Smash Bros scene and we'd hope to see more players follow suit soon.

    Despite Hungrybox's insane ability as a smash player, he has always had to put his full time job first. Recently, Hungrybox was forced to choose between Smash Summit 3 and Big House 6 due a lack of remaining holiday time and this was the turning point for him.

    Hungrybox mentioned on his Twitch stream that, "There comes a time when you have to choose what makes you happy." Hungrybox continued by asking, "Do I want to have maybe a little more money because I'm working a full time job and can save up that money, or do I want to have experienced everything that I truly want to experience?"

    We're glad to see Hungrybox take this bold move in his Smash career. Hopefully it'll benefit him well.

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