Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Here’s What The Metroid Dread Amiibos Will Do In Game

When Metroid Dread was announced, Nintendo also revealed that two new amiibo figures would launch alongside the game as a double pack. The GameStop pre-order page reveals that the E.M.M.I. amiibo figure gives Samus Aran a Missile+ tank, increasing her missile capacity by 1. The E.M.M.I. amiibo can also be tapped again to replenish some missiles once per day. The Samus Aran amiibo gives players an extra energy tank which increases your health by 100. The Samus amiibo can be tapped again to receive health once per day.

Pokemon Unite Coming July 2021 On Nintendo Switch And September 2021 On iOS And Android

 The Pokémon Company International, in partnership with TiMi Studio Group, today announced that Pokémon UNITE, the first strategic team battle game set in the Pokémon universe, will be available to fans July 2021 on Nintendo Switch and September 2021 on mobile devices. The title will be free-to-start for fans to jump in and play, with optional in-game purchases. Cross-
platform play between Nintendo Switch and mobile devices is planned, which will allow players on both platforms to battle together. Additionally, players may use their Pokémon Trainer Club account or Nintendo Account on both Nintendo Switch and mobile to easily keep their progress synced between devices.


The title will be free-to-start for fans to jump in and play, with optional in-game purchases. Cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch and mobile devices is planned, which will allow players on both platforms to battle together. Additionally, players may use their Pokémon Trainer Club account or Nintendo Account on both Nintendo Switch and mobile to easily keep their progress synced between devices.

  • The Rules of Unite Battles – Unite Battles are where Trainers and their partner Pokémon compete in 5-on-5 team battles. The key to victory in a Unite Battle is to have a higher score than the other team when time runs out. To earn points for your team, you must gather Aeos energy by defeating wild and opposing Pokémon and then deposit that energy in one of the opposing team’s goal zones. Unite Battles take place in various stadiums, and the rules for each stadium differ. There can be different numbers of team members, different match lengths, and even different Legendary Pokémon that appear.
  • Face Off against Skilled Teams – In Unite Battles, cooperating with teammates is important. When battling a skilled team or when at a disadvantage, you might be able to open a path to victory by coordinating with teammates. In ranked matches, you can earn performance points, which can increase—or decrease—your ranking depending on the results of the battle. When just starting out, you’ll battle at the Beginner Cup level and begin making your journey to Master Cup. Additionally, those who become ranked will be recorded on a global ranking board for all the world to see.
  • Level Up – Before every Unite Battle, participating Pokémon are returned to Lv. 1 through the power of Aeos energy, and throughout each battle, they gain Exp. Points and level up. As Pokémon level up, they learn powerful moves and evolve, and when a Pokémon reaches higher levels, it also learns its Unite Move—a powerful move that can only be learned and used in Unite Battles. Unite Moves can change the tide of battle!
  • Battle with a Fresh Look – In Pokémon UNITE, you can change the appearance of your Pokémon and Trainer. Take part in Unite Battles while showing off your own unique style! You can use Holowear, a special technology that uses Aeos energy, to dress your Pokémon in a variety of outfits. You can also customize your Trainer’s appearance, clothing, and accessories to make sure your Trainer always looks their best, both in and out of battle. You can update your profile with a Unite snapshot that features your Trainer’s avatar and partner Pokémon, and you can even customize the snapshot by changing your Trainer’s expression or pose or by adding stickers. Before entering a match, you and other players can see each other’s Unite snapshot, too!
  • Find Your Role – Many different Pokémon, such as Charizard, Pikachu, and Greninja, appear in Pokémon UNITE. Although type strengths and weaknesses do not exist in Unite Battles, each Pokémon has its own unique stats and role—Attacker, Defender, Speedster, Supporter, or All-Rounder—that reflects its play style. You’ll want to practice with various Pokémon to find out which best suit you. To use a Pokémon in Unite Battles, you need to have a Unite license for that Pokémon. Unite licenses can be obtained through the Unite Battle Committee, where you can exchange Aeos coins (earnable via Unite Battles) for your desired license.
  • Enjoy Even More Pokémon UNITE with the Battle Pass – You’ll have the opportunity to earn in-game rewards through the seasonal battle pass. To earn these rewards, you’ll need to level up the pass by completing missions. Additionally, players can upgrade their battle pass by using Aeos gems, enabling them to claim even more rewards.
  • Obtain Items via Shops – Pokémon UNITE has three types of in-game currency: Aeos gems (paid), Aeos coins, and Aeos tickets. Aeos coins and Aeos tickets can be acquired by playing the game. At the Unite Battle Committee, players can use Aeos coins or Aeos gems to obtain Unite licenses, which allow them to take Pokémon into Unite Battles. At Aeos Emporium, players can use Aeos coins or Aeos gems to obtain UBC-approved goods like Pokémon held items or Trainer fashion items (fashion items can also be obtained using Aeos tickets). Zirco Trading specializes in Holowear, which can be obtained using Aeos gems.


Microsoft Brings Back Xbox Design Labs For Custom Xbox Controllers

 Microsoft is reopening the Xbox Design Lab and is selling user-created controllers again. There are a total of 18 colors to choose from which can be used in any combination on the front, back, bumpers, analog sticks, triggers, and d-pad. The face buttons have their own options as well including the new black text on color the ABXY buttons, and black icons on a white background option for the view, menu, and share buttons. There seems to be a staggering amount of choices to make a unique controller.

James Hunter, Senior Director of Strategy and Business at Xbox has a blog post on the reopening of the service, and talks about the use of this new kind of plastic in the controllers. “Most of our color options are made with plastics containing 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials by weight. These color options will reduce the amount of waste plastic that ends up in landfills and ensure we are all doing our part to take care of the planet,” says Hunter. This may not be the only change coming to this product; Hunter continues, “Our team is hard at work developing new processes, testing new materials, and innovating so that we can continue to evolve the Xbox Design Lab experience.” Ordering one of these controllers will run $69.99, while an optional laser engraving will be an additional $9.99. 

Sony Aims To Release PlayStation VR Successor In 2022

According to a report from Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki, Sony is working to release the PlayStation VR successor in 2022. The news comes within a story focused on the LCD screen manufacturer Japan Display Inc. The company said it would be shifting its supply of screens from the mobile phone market to VR headsets. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Mario Party Superstars Comes To Nintendo Switch In October

 Nintendo has announced that Mario Party Superstars is coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 29. It’ll have “classic boards from the
Nintendo 64 era and 100 minigames from across the series”, and even online play.


WarioWare: Get It Together Comes To Nintendo Switch In September

Nintendo has announced a new WarioWare game for the Nintendo Switch and it will be available to play on September 10th. You can either play solo or play with a friend in co-operative mode. There will be over 200 games to play. 


Metroid Dread Coming To Nintendo Switch In October

 Nintendo has announced a new Metroid title that will be releasing in October, titled Metroid Dread. It’s set to be a new side scrolling adventure from the developers behind Metroid: Samus Returns at MercurySteam and it is due for release on October 8th. 

Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid Fusion game when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR?


Once DNA-extracting research machines, the imposing E.M.M.I. are now hunting Samus down. Tensions are high as you evade these E.M.M.I. to avoid a cruel death while finding a way to take them down. Find out what turned these robotic wonders into the scourge of ZDR and escape with your life.


Acquire new and familiar abilities as you traverse the many environments of this dangerous world. Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. Return to areas and use your new abilities to find upgrades, alternate paths, and a way forward. Explore the sprawling map, evade and destroy E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing ZDR.