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It turns out that we were catching Pokémon all wrong

28 Mar

After all these years, the truth about Gen 1 is out.

Eurogamer’s latest Here’s a Thing video shines a light on something that the majority of you probably didn’t know back when you were playing the first Pokémon games on your Game Boy. You were going about catching Pokémon all wrong.

I missed the first generation entirely, but the having played later games that use various formulae to figure out whether or not your pokeball is going to nab a Pokémon, Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow had a different set up.

For example, did you know that the chances of catching a Pokémon whose HP has been whittled down to a third don’t change if you knock any more HP off? So when you were trying to drill its HP down to almost nothing and accidentally knocking it out, you were doing so unnecessarily.

The algorithm the games use involve a lengthy 10-step process that have to be triggered in order, with the first one being whether the player trying to catch the ghost Marowak. If they are, it’s a fail. The second step looks at whether a Master Ball is being used, and if it is, the Pokémon is instantly captured.

Things get a little more complex after this, with things like the Pokémon’s current status effect coming into play, even before its HP or base catch rates have been considered.

It’s an interesting video and it’s less than 10 minutes, so if you have time, give it a watch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild making of video series gets a bonus episode

28 Mar

If you’re wondering what the Breath of the Wild creators favourite in-game food is, or how the pixelated dubious food came about, your questions have been answered.

The three-part video series from Nintendo on the making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is something you should carve out some time for if you’re playing the game, or are a fan of the series in general.

And if you’ve already watched it, you’ll be pleased to know that Nintendo has released a bonus session, that you can watch above.

The creators pic their favorite characters, shrines, food, and locations in-game before each delivering a message to the viewers.

There’s some interesting tidbits in there about how Revali’s theme music was changed after it made him come across as “too umpleasant”, and the evolution of the cooking system.

It’s only seven minutes, so brew a cuppa and give it a watch.

New Minecraft mini game lets you soar through the skies in tomorrow’s update

27 Mar

Minecraft’s new Glide mini game takes inspiration from Pilotwings.

At the end of last year, the Minecraft Christmas update for consoles introduced the Elytra glider and if you’ve been having a blast flying about with it, the next update is going to be right up your street.

A new mini game called Glide is being introduced tomorrow and it looks like all sorts of fun. There’s just the one map at launch that you can tackle in Time Attack or Score Attack modes. If you’d prefer to dabble in the multiplayer, you can challenge other players online.

For those of you on PS4 and Xbox One, Glide and Battle can now accommodate up to 16 players in a new lobby, and you can take a crack at making it onto the Glide leaderboards.

There’s a livestream of the mini game going on now that you can watch on Twitch to get an idea of what’s in store.

The update tomorrow will be free, with more maps – both paid and free – coming at a later date.

Metal Gear Solid recreated in LEGO Worlds is the game you didn’t know you needed

27 Mar

LEGO Worlds is letting the creative juices overflow.

LEGO Worlds is a multiplayer sandbox that lets you build and do pretty much anything. Like creating a LEGO Metal Gear Solid for example.

Bearly Regal is creating Metal Gear Solid in LEGO Worlds on PS4 and you can take a look at the process of making it on imgur.

It looks ace.

LEGO Worlds was released at the beginning of March and it’ll be fun to see what else players come up with now that they have total freedom to create whatever they want.

Have you spotted any weird or wonderful things taking shape in the game? Let us know in the comments.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe videos show off Battle Modes Piranha Plants vs Spies, Balloon Battle, more

24 Mar

A few videos giving you a look at the main Battle Modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have been released.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe modes you see below in Switch include the new Piranha Plants vs Spies mode, Bob-omb Blast, Balloon Battle, Coin Runners and Shine Thief. All are super-short clips, and are without sound (thanks, Siliconera).

An overview video for the modes was released earlier this month along with a set of screenshots.

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When the game releases on Switch next month, every track and kart from the Wii U version, including all the previously released DLC, will be available in-game. It comes with five additional characters bringing the total to 42. It will also include new karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, the new Smart Steering control option, and more.

Battle mode has also been revamped, and can be played both locally and online, across eight Battle courses.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in stores and Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch on April 28 for $59.99, or your regional equivalent.

At launch, the Joy-Con Wheel accessory will also be made available at $14.99, or regional equivalent, for a set of two.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player Dark Souls the crap out of a miniboss fight

20 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s combat system allows for a brutal ass-whooping if you know what you’re doing. This guy gets it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is full of some pretty tough minibosses that’ll give you a run for your money if you’re not prepared.

For the majority of us, that means stocking up on a plethora of eilxirs, and not even considering taking them on until our HP gauge has been significantly bolstered with heart vessels. But Jimmyqballs doesn’t give a fig about such things.

“This was my second time with the game,” reads the video description, “and was still getting the hang of how combat works.”

Well that explains why he was struggling so much. Seriously, Jimmy?

He strolls in with three hearts and one extra sliver of stamina, and beats the crap out of a Red Lynel. These sons-of-mothers will one shot you to the grave, and Jimmy parries and flurries his way to victory like it’s nothing.

These commbat mechanics aren’t a secret and in the first few hours of the game, a shrine will introduce you to them, but timing is key to executing them correctly.

Jimmyqballs also takes on the Silver Lynel in the Coliseum Ruins without taking any damage, and of course, he emerged victorious.

The fight was won with no eilxirs, no runes, no fancy weapons, and no clothes. Bravo, sir.

How are you getting on with Breath of the Wild? Have you mastered the art of parry and flurry? Chime in below.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s US programmer one day dreamed of working for Nintendo, ten years later his wish came true

18 Mar

Back in 2007, American high school student Corey Bunnell shared his dream of becoming a game designer at Nintendo on a message board. It’s now 2017, and it turns out, his dream came true.

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Bunnell not only works for Nintendo, but he is credited along with Shogo Kihara as one of the wildlife programmers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

After noticing an English name in the game’s credits, redditor Tizzlefix did some digging, and found a post by Bunnell from 2007 on the TranslatorsCafe message board (thanks, Calamity Jen).

In the post, he discussed how he spent the majority of his senior year as an exchange student in Japan, and how he one day wished to return there to live and work for Nintendo.

“My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer,” Bunnell wrote. “I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal.”

Bunnell went on to attend Ritsumeikan University in Japan, as you can see in the student voices video below. The rest, as they say, is history.

Well done, Corey, and thank for proving to those of us who are the “half-empty” types that dreams really can come true if you want it bad enough.

These MLB: The Show 17 facial glitches are both hilarious and the stuff of nightmares

18 Mar

If you were one of those who enjoyed having a laugh at Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s facial glitches, these for MLB: The Show 17 might be right up your alley.

Watch live video from SonySanDiegoStudio on www.twitch.tv

In the latest livestream for MLB: The Show 17, the team at Sony San Diego Studio provided a look at player model improvements, create-a-player revamp, and Pave Your Path (PYP).

Things got really interesting when the developers starting demonstrating the player customization options, as you will see for yourself (thanks, AGD).

The discussion starts around the 18:25 mark, and it is indeed a bit freaky. Luckily, the issue has been fixed, so you won’t have to worry about your Baseball player having a head that looks like fleshy, corrugated cardboard or the face of a mangy Tribble.

Alternatively, you can just look at the horrifying image below, courtesy of Steve Noah.

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MLB: The Show releases on PlayStation 4 March 28.

Switch loads faster when you use its internal storage, versus cartridges and MicroSD cards

17 Mar

Digital Foundry has put Nintendo Switch’s loading times to the test, and as the headline states, your best bet may be using the console’s internal storage.

Using Zelda: Breath of the Wild to perform the test, Digital Foundry found speeds differ between cartridge, internal storage, and two different MicroSD cards.

Again, loading with internal storage was faster with MicroSD cards second, and the game cartridge last. You can see the results for yourself in the chart below.

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Digital Foundry said there’s a “five second difference at worst” in Zelda when loading from the cartridge. It’s a large game, and this could likely be the case for future titles which are rather massive, such as Skyrim.

You can read the full, detailed report through the link.

Here’s what’s included in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire next weekend

16 Mar

If you plan to participate in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire next week, here’s a look at what you’ll be playing.

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As previously reported, the client is now available to download on Switch and it will go live on March 24.

Once live, participants can partake in Splatoon 2’s 4v4 Turf War mode which includes four different weapons. Turf War is a carry over from the original game, so if you played the first Splatoon, you will be familiar with the mode. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team’s colors and blasting your enemies.

There will be two maps available. One is called Musselforge Fitness which is a workout facility located in a large warehouse, containing a bouldering gym, swimming pool, treadmills and more. It’s the image you see above.

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The other map is Reef which is close to Inkopolis Square. Located a few blocks away, this is a hangout area when it’s not being used for Turf War.

Splatoon 2 will release this summer on Switch.

The Global Testfire runs March 24-26.

Go download the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire client so you’re ready to ink it up next weekend

15 Mar

Splatoon 2 will be Switch’s first big multiplayer title. Get ready.

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Splatoon 2 is throwing a test party, and everybody with a Switch is invited.

Although the free demo session doesn’t kick off till next weekend – check the Splatoon 2 demo opening times for more information on that – you can download the client now.

Just log onto the Switch eShop and look for Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. It’s available on both the Japanese and North American storefronts now, but if your region hasn’t posted the client yet maybe try tomorrow.

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will be open over six short play sessions, so you’ll want to mark your calendar and set an alarm or two to make sure don’t miss out.

Splatoon 2 introduces new weapons and maps, and as part of an apparent eSports push, also supports LAN play and private spectator mode.

The first Splatoon was one of the absolute treasures of the Wii U era and while it’s something of a shame to see it replaced so quickly it’s great to see the unusual shooter get another chance at winning the large audience it deserves.

If you weren’t onboard last time, don’t let the colourful graphics fools you. Splatoon has the distinction of being one of the few shooters that’s both satisfying to play on a tactical level while also being family-friendly enough to fire up in front of (or even with) your offspring.

Dunno why these Zelda: Breath of the Wild making of videos went offline, but they’re back and still great

14 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be one of the most ambitious games Nintendo has ever produced, and a look behind the scenes will not dispel the magic.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a very different kind of Zelda game, but at the same time, its roots are obvious enough to make you reach for a packet of hair dye.

Zelda fans waited a long time for Breath of the Wild, and although that patience seems to have paid off, it seems fair enough that they might have questions. Questions like, what took so long? What goes into making one of the best-reviewed games of all time? How did Nintendo hit on this apparently magical formula?

Get to grips with this gigantic game in our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide and walkthrough.

The answers to some of these questions and more can be found in a fascinating three-part video series from Nintendo on the making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

There are no story spoilers in the videos, but they do detail a number of gameplay systems and mechanics, and you could argue that discovering these on your own is part of the fun, so you may want to hold off if you haven’t yet played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and intend to. If you have started playing and you’re struggling with combat, though, you’ll discover a heck of a lot of cool new ideas here.

As well as exploring gameplay the video goes into some of Nintendo’s inspirations, like Japan’s Jomon period, which influenced the visual design. There’s also some footage of the NES-like 2D prototype of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, among other prototypes and concepts. It’s super interesting.

Nintendo took a couple of these Zelda: Breath of the Wild behind the scenes videos down for a few hours, but they’re back up on official channels now for you to enjoy. And oh look, they’re all embedded here. How convenient.

Japanese Pokémon Sun and Moon players get Ash’s iconic hat for Pikachu to wear in-game

14 Mar

Pikachu’s sense for fashion extends to wearing his trainer’s hats.

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Japanese Pokémon Sun and Moon players are in for a treat with an upcoming promotion; more hats for Pikachu to wear.

The little critter will get to don one of the six iconic Ash Ketchum hats, as well as learning new Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.

The promotion is to celebrate the premiere of the series’ I Choose You film, which hits theaters on July 15 in Japan. Beginning in April, each ticket purchased will come with a code to redeem for a hat-wearing Pikachu and the Pikashumium Z-Crystal, that unlocks the Z-Move.

According to Polygon, the codes are single use and the hat Pickachu ends up wearing depends on when players redeem them.

There’s no word on a Western release date for the film, which is a re-telling of the series’ first episodes, or whether the same promotion will take place alongside it.

Although I imagine that demand for a Sun and Moon Pikachu in a hat would be overwhelming, so fingers crossed.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild locations for all armour sets

13 Mar

Be prepared for any occasion in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with all of the armour sets.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set in a world that can, at times, be harsh and unforgiving. But pop on some snuggly furs or a sleek wet-suit, and you’re good to go.

Arekkz has done us all a service with his video covering all of the armour sets, and where and how to find them.

Some of them are related to the story or areas you might not have seen yet, so beware mild spoilers.

Every set is included so it’s worth bookmarking the video and coming back to it when you stumble into an area that needs some new togs, because striding around the entire map in your Hylian garb is going to result in a fiery or frosty death at some point.

Have you managed to amass the entire wardrobe for Link yet? Did anyone else dye their Zora armour to look more like a certain character? Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below.

Jim Sterling’s site under attack after giving The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 7/10

13 Mar

Jim f*cking Sterling’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review has ruffled feathers.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released just over a week ago to positively glowing reviews, and we thought it was pretty gosh darn good ourselves.

It garnered a perfect score from Famitsu and Edge, and eanred the title of one of the best-reviewed games of all time, sharing joint second place with four other titles that scored 98.

But the score has veered off to a 97 and it appears that some people are holding Jim Sterling responsible, after he published his review giving the game a 7/10.

“At its absolute best, Breath of the Wild offers some of the most absorbing experiences a Zelda game ever has,” reads the Metacritic blurb.

“Unfortunately, it makes you work harder for it than you should, buried as it is under a pile of small but constant irritations that collaborate to form a thick crust of frustration around a delectable center.

“Breath of the Wild is a delightful adventure, one that tries its utmost to be as big a pain in the arse as possible.”

This has apparently resulted in Sterling’s website getting DDoS’d, as he shared on Twitter yesterday.

It’s also resulted in predictable nastiness, and theories that Sterling is reaping his revenge on Nintendo after some issues with copyright claims on his videos.

Sterling highlights one comment in particular as an example of the types of responses he’s been getting, in addition to the more pithy “Drink bleach,” comments.

Either Jim Sterling and “his close friend Slant magazine” are conspiring to drag down Metacritic scores by one point, or they just had a different opinion to the other critics.

Either way, it doesn’t stop you from having a whale of a time with the game, and those of you who aren’t feeling the hype don’t have to play it.

Can’t we all just get along?

Let us know what you think about Nintendo’s debut title for the Switch in the comments below.

Jim Sterling’s site under attack after giving The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 7/10

13 Mar

Jim f*cking Sterling’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review has ruffled feathers.

Update: Jim’s used his latest Jimquisition video to go deeper on his issues with weapon durability. Oh, and answer some of his more vocal, nasty, childish and cry-baby critics. Fair play, dude.

Original story: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released just over a week ago to positively glowing reviews, and we thought it was pretty gosh darn good ourselves.

It garnered a perfect score from Famitsu and Edge, and earned the title of one of the best-reviewed games of all time, sharing joint second place with four other titles that scored 98.

But the score has veered off to a 97 and it appears that some people are holding Jim Sterling responsible, after he published his review giving the game a 7/10.

“At its absolute best, Breath of the Wild offers some of the most absorbing experiences a Zelda game ever has,” reads the Metacritic blurb.

“Unfortunately, it makes you work harder for it than you should, buried as it is under a pile of small but constant irritations that collaborate to form a thick crust of frustration around a delectable center.

“Breath of the Wild is a delightful adventure, one that tries its utmost to be as big a pain in the arse as possible.”

This has apparently resulted in Sterling’s website getting DDoS’d, as he shared on Twitter yesterday.

It’s also resulted in predictable nastiness, and theories that Sterling is reaping his revenge on Nintendo after some issues with copyright claims on his videos.

Sterling highlights one comment in particular as an example of the types of responses he’s been getting, in addition to the more pithy “Drink bleach,” comments.

Either Jim Sterling and “his close friend Slant magazine” are conspiring to drag down Metacritic scores by one point, or they just had a different opinion to the other critics.

Either way, it doesn’t stop you from having a whale of a time with the game, and those of you who aren’t feeling the hype don’t have to play it.

Can’t we all just get along?

Let us know what you think about Nintendo’s debut title for the Switch in the comments below.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy gameplay video takes you through the Hang Eight level

11 Mar

This new video takes a look at how the Hang Eight level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back looks in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

The playthrough of Hang Eight in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy shows Crash sliding and slamming his way through the level, and using his jet board across the water.

Those attending PAX East in Boston this weekend are able get their hands on the title at the Sony PlayStation booth. We expect to hear what folks thought about their time with N. Sanity Beach, Heavy Machinery, and Hang Eight sometime next week.

The trilogy contains the original game, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Each game has been fully-remastered in HD, and the original music compositions have been remastered with improved sound quality and fidelity.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be released first on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro.

It’s out June 30.

Cities: Skylines celebrates selling 3.5 million copies with free Pearls from the East DLC

11 Mar

Cities: Skylines has hit a large milestone, and its developer, Colossal Order, is celebrating by handing out free DLC to all players.

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Released two years ago on March 10, the city building sim has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. This includes copies of Cities: Skylines sold across all retailers for all platforms.

The free DLC consists of three new in-game buildings inspired by Chinese architecture. Called Pearls from the East, the in-game building pack promises to add “a splash of style” to player cities.

These new building are a Panda Zoo, Chinese Temple, and the Shanghai Pearl Tower. Publisher Paradox Interactive said the free content will be made available soon.

Players can expect another expansion to arrive for the game sometime this month. It’s called Mass Transit, and adds news forms of transportation to the game with land, sea, and air options. It also includes new transit service buildings, mass transit hubs, new scenarios, new landmarks, and new road types.

Cities: Skylines is available now on Mac and PC, and is also in the works for Xbox One.

t is slated to arrive on the console sometime this spring.

This Zelda: Breath of the Wild NPC may possibly be a tribute to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata

11 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has an NPC who looks rather familiar.

In the video above from YouTube contributor Sean Buckley (Seaniccus), you get a look at Botrick, a watchman who patrols the area around Outskirt Stable in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

As Seaniccus points out, he bears a “striking resemblance” to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who sadly passed away in July 2015.

Running into the character just outside the starting area of the game, you’ll find he is a kind character who warns Link of the various dangers within the Hyrule Wilderness. Chatting with him a bit more, he will tell the player about Satori Mountain and the Lord of the Mountain (thanks, Nintendo Life).

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There isn’t a quest associated with the peak of the mountain, but there is a serene pond with lovely cherry trees in full bloom which can be enjoyed. That said, there are a few mysteries to discover there, one of which is one of the more magical mysteries in the game. Don’t worry: Seaniccus doesn’t spoil that for you in the video.

If Botrick is indeed a tribute to Iwata, it is a very touching one which shows how much he meant to the development team, and everyone at Nintendo. Since the company hasn’t released a statement on the matter, we’re not 100% on whether he is a tribute or not, but our gut tells us this is indeed the case.

Give the video a watch and prepare for the possibility of getting choked up a bit.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – how to get the iconic Green Tunic without amiibo

10 Mar

Quick note: this isn’t the “classic” green tunic from a previous The Legend of Zelda title, but it’s close.

In the video above Arekkz show you how to acquire the green tunic made specifically for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

If you don’t have an amiibo, this outfit will be as close as you can get to the classic tunic worn by Link in previous titles. The pieces are: Cap of the Wild, Tunic of the Wild and Trousers of the Wild.

This costume, again, was created for the game and in order to obtain it you need to complete all 120 Shrines and you then get one final quest.

If you want to know which The Legend of Zelda amiibo drop which outfits, here is a quick guide on that. To find out which amiibo work with the game, and the goodies they offer, here’s a guide for that as well.

Hope this helps you out.