Train2Game News Surprise Mini Nintendo Direct

Today’s surprise mini Nintendo Direct brought with it a small flurry of Nintendo game announcements – but also many release dates for games already released elsewhere and now coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time.

Most exciting among them – the classic racer Burnout Paradise in its recent Remastered form (though there’s no release date for that one yet) and the full BioShock trilogy.

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BioShock will join a host of other games published by 2K – including XCOM 2 and Borderlands – all releasing on 29th May. This day will see the launch of:

  • The XCOM 2 Collection – containing XCOM 2, four DLC packs, the War of the Chosen expansion
  • The Borderlands Legendary Collection – containing Borderlands 1, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • The BioShock: The Collection – containing BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, each also available separately

Other games coming to Nintendo Switch include Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, both available today.

Bravely Default 2, meanwhile, also gets a demo today.

And further down the line, Nintendo firmed up release dates for Saints Row 4: Re-Elected (27th March), Trials of Mana (24th April), The Elder Scrolls: Blades (spring), Minecraft Dungeons (spring), Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May), Mr. Driller DrillLand (25th June), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 (30th June), Catherine: Full Body (7th July) and Vigor (autumn).

Catch up with today’s full Nintendo Direct below:

Train2Game News Pokémon Home Details

Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced more details for the new cloud service app Pokémon HOME.

The app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Pokémon HOME will launch in February 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.
 
Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, Pokémon HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games and deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games.

Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms. The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank.

Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Connecting Pokémon HOME to Pokémon Games
 
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.
 
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.
 
If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon HOME using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon HOME, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.
 
To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.
 
Trade Pokémon


There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on a mobile device. This makes it possible to trade Pokémon anywhere and anytime.
 

  • Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokémon HOME is not being used.
  • With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon they want to receive. They will then be matched with a Trainer if both meet each other’s criteria.
  • Room Trade lets Trainers create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. Trading in rooms has no cost, but users will only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
  • Friend Trade allows Trainers to trade their Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME.

More Features
Pokémon HOME has many features that Trainers can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more.

  • Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon HOME. If users deposit a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokédex, Trainers will be able to see Pokédex entries from various games in one place. With the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users will also be able to search by Pokémon Abilities or moves.
  • Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon HOME. Pokémon received in Pokémon HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokémon HOME and then using that code in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.
  • If a Trainer has enrolled in a Premium Plan, they will have access to the Judge function, which allows them to check how strong their Pokémon are.
  • In the Your Room section, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games they’ve connected to Pokémon HOME. They’ll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers in Pokémon HOME when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks known as Challenges.
  • In the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, they’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.
  • In Pokémon HOME for mobile devices, Trainers will be able to receive news about Pokémon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Pokémon HOME Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon HOME as Trainers deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to exchange their Pokémon HOME Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.

There are some differences in what the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME can do.

Certain features can be expanded or added when Trainers enroll in a Premium Plan.

The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.

Nintendo eShop pricing structure:

-1 month (30 days)£2.69

-3 months (90 days)£4.49

-12 months (365 days)£14.39 

iOS and Android device pricing structure:


-1 month (30 days)£2.99

-3 months (90 days)£4.99

-12 months (365 days)£15.99 

For more information about Pokémon HOME, please visit https://home.pokemon.com/en-gb/

Train2Game News Ugly Nintendo Christmas Jumpers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Geek Store, home of the best official video game, movie, TV show, and comic book merchandise, is always ready for Christmas.

That’s why they’re already preparing for the festive season – thanks to an official range of knitted Xmas sweaters!

Designed and manufactured by the merchandise experts at Numskull, the range of official sweaters features 18 new designs – including Spyro, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more!

If you’re a fan of all things Nintendo, you’ll want to jump in early on the set of official Nintendo sweaters, exclusive to Geek Store!

Super Mario Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Ohhhh, Mamma Mia! What better garment to wear this festive season than rocking a 100% knitted Super Mario Christmas jumper? Charm the socks off Princess Peach with this winter piece, as it showcases all your favourite Mario characters in patch embroidery throughout the front. Not to forget, the gorgeous snowflake details and Power Stars dotted around makes this a staple wardrobe addition for any Mario enthusiast.

Official Pokémon Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Fulfil your potential as a true Pokémon master for Christmas with this high-quality knitted jumper. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Pikachu rocking a Santa hat and the three original starter Pokémon, this winter sweater is one for all Pokémon fans looking to embody the Christmas spirit!

Official Super Mario Princess Peach Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Gain a loyal following of Toads for the festive season with this high-quality knitted Christmas jumper, capturing Princess Peach’ iconic colours of pink. To add a classic seasonal taste, its decorated with cute snowflakes, bells and stars. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Princess Peach herself, this winter garment is sure to make you feel like a royal member of the Mushroom Kingdom!

These are:

– Official Nintendo products

– Exclusive to Geek Store

– 100% knitted (not printed!)

– Handcrafted high-quality patch embroidery and enhanced details

– Premium quality yarn for extra comfort

– Unisex design and fit, and can be worn all year round

– Available in sizes 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

– Worldwide shipping – available right now!

– Princess Peach size 4XL and Super Mario size S are currently on preorder, estimated release mid-November

Geek Store’s exclusive Nintendo Christmas sweaters are available worldwide.

Go here to find out more

Train2Game News London Pokémon Center Pop-Up

The Pokémon Company International is excited to announce its plan to
open a special pop-up Pokémon Center retail location in London this
October.

Located in Westfield London
(Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF) and open only for a limited time
from October 18 to November 15 2019, the store will give fans a chance
to browse and purchase a range of Pokémon Center-branded products,
including exclusive designs not found anywhere else.

The pop-up Pokémon Center London celebrates the highly anticipated launch of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games for Nintendo Switch this November; paying tribute to the United Kingdom’s role in inspiring the design and feel of the all-new Galar region players will explore in the games.

Further details on opening times, products available to purchase and additional in-store activities will be revealed in the coming months.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be released worldwide on November 15, 2019, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Train2Game News N64 Goes Modern


The EON Super 64, the first-of-its-kind, plug-and-play solution connecting the Nintendo64 with modern televisions and monitors, is available now at CastleMania Games, Amazon, and other retail partners.
EON, the creators of the acclaimed GCHD and GCHD Mk-II,
upscales N64 classics by delivering gorgeous 480p — double the N64’s
native resolution — and truly lagless input with the EON Super 64. The
optional “Slick Mode” even smooths jagged edges, making classics look
sharper than ever. EON delivers the first device that respects the
original hardware without risky modifications and external power
sources.
Connect the N64 to a high-definition TV via HDMI and forego heavy CRT televisions and risky console modifications, unlocking a pure retro experience.

EON’s attention to detail provides an elegant, modern solution for the
32.9 million N64s sold that are unable to play on today’s displays.

With reverence for the Nintendo hardware legacy, EON designed the Super 64 as a natural extension of the console itself by following the N64’s
design aesthetic.

The Super 64 looks like it was always meant to be
there.

“Because the Nintendo 64 impacted our lives and the lives of so many others, honoring the original hardware with a look and quality level to match was crucial,” said Justin Chou, Justin Scerbo, and Allan Chou, founders of EON.

“We designed the Super 64 to bring our favorite games to modern
TVs, and not just be playable, but beautiful. We hope our device lives
up to your memories.”

The EON Super 64 is now available in North America for $149.99 USD on Amazon, CastleMania Games, and other EON retail partners. Check out EON’s mission and quality standards on their website and celebrate the N64 with them on Twitter.

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo have introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.

“Adding Nintendo Switch Lite to the lineup gives gamers more color and price point options,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games.”

The flagship Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and offers three different play modes: playing in TV mode by placing the system into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing cooperatively or competitively in tabletop mode by sharing Joy-Con controllers and playing in handheld mode. The system comes with either Gray Joy-Con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers.

Nintendo Switch Lite has integrated controls and is smaller than the flagship version of Nintendo Switch. It has no kickstand and, as a dedicated handheld gaming device, does not support video output to a TV. Therefore, it does not come with a dock or HDMI cable. For a full list of the differences between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/compare.

The new device can play all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions.

Compatible game modes will be listed on the back of game packaging and in Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite owners can get together to enjoy compatible multiplayer titles like Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate together via Nintendo Switch Online or local wireless multiplayer.

For additional information about Nintendo Switch Lite, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/lite/

Train2Game News Pokémon Gigantamaxing

The Pokémon Company International revealed details today about the Gigantamax phenomenon in the highly anticipated upcoming video games Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Newly discovered Pokémon, details about the Galar Pokémon League, and more were also revealed.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launch November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

Gigantamax Pokémon
The previously discovered phenomenon known as Dynamaxing can only occur in specific areas of the Galar region.

While Dynamaxing seems to be a phenomenon common to Pokémon from Galar, it’s been discovered that there’s a special phenomenon known as Gigantamaxing. Not only do Gigantamax Pokémon become bigger, but their appearance also changes.

Like normal Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing boosts the power of the Pokémon—and it also allows each Gigantamax Pokémon to use a unique move known as a G-Max Move. Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon, and regular Dynamax Pokémon are not able to use G-Max Moves.

Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax—and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax. The majority of Pokémon will keep their usual appearance when they Dynamax.

Two Pokémon species revealed to have Gigantamaxing capabilities today are Drednaw and Corviknight.

Gigantamax Drednaw
Type: Water/Rock
Height: 78′9″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong and can easily bite through huge metal towers. The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike. Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.

Gigantamax Corviknight
Type: Flying/Steel
Height: 45′11″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Pressure/Unnerve

Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts created by Gigantamax energy to hover in the air while it battles. The armor on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect. Gigantamax energy has caused the armor covering Corviknight’s wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently. Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage, which removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, visit http://www.Pokemon.co.uk/SwordShield

Train2Game News Pokémon Masters

DeNA Co., Ltd. (henceforth DeNA), in partnership with The Pokémon Company, unveiled additional information about the upcoming mobile game Pokémon Masters, which is planned to release globally on iOS and Android devices in summer 2019.

In Pokémon Masters, players will embark on a new adventure to form teams of Trainers and their partner Pokémon and engage in 3-on-3 real-time battles.

Take the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon to the next level in an all-new location—the island of Pasio—where Trainers from every Pokémon region gather to compete

Pokémon Masters takes place on the island of Pasio, where the rules of battle are different and the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon is taken to the next level with sync pairs—the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon.

For the very first time in a Pokémon game, Trainers and their partner Pokémon from every Pokémon region will come together to form sync pairs. Players can team up with duos such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and many more. With all sorts of Trainers on Pasio, there are sure to be some exciting and unexpected encounters in this new story.

At launch, there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit in Pokémon Masters, with additional sync pairs to come following the game’s release.

Form a team of three sync pairs, and battle to become champion of the Pokémon Masters League

In Pokémon Masters, players will explore Pasio to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to form a team of three sync pairs (meaning three Trainers and their three partner Pokémon) and battle AI (artificial intelligence) opponents to become champion of the prestigious Pokémon Masters League tournament.

Command a team of Pokémon and Trainers in 3-on-3, real-time battles in this strategy and battling game

Pokémon Masters introduces a new way to battle in the Pokémon world. Players will command a squad of three sync pairs in real-time team battles and release a barrage of moves—all while the AI opponent unleashes theirs at the same time. For the very first time in a Pokémon game, players can also direct Trainers in battle to use moves and healing items to increase a Pokémon’s stats. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves—powerful attacks performed by specific sync pairs.

Players will need to ration their move gauge, which refills over time, to deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to lead their squad to victory.

“The Pokémon brand has captured the imagination of the world, and we are honored to create the newest Pokémon adventure for mobile devices with Pokémon Masters,” said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA. “We look forward to sharing new ways to battle when the game releases.”

“For years, fans have created enduring memories engaging with their favorite Pokémon characters throughout the Pokémon video game series,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. “With DeNA’s development expertise, we’re excited to bring together past and present Trainers and their partner Pokémon in a unique gaming experience that will delight fans around the world.”

Pokémon Masters will be available worldwide as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible iOS and Android devices, with release planned for summer 2019.

The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.

Fans can learn more about Pokémon Masters by watching the game’s video presentation, which also includes an original animation trailer, available at https://youtu.be/QXuT7ZsrqRA.

Train2Game News Dr Mario on Mobile

Players can pre-register now to be one of the first to be notified when Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Dr Mario World, launches for iOS and Android devices on July 10.

A new trailer revealed new details about the puzzle game, including its capsule and virus-matching gameplay, colourful cast of viruses and characters, and more.

In Dr Mario World, meddlesome viruses have the world in a panic, and Dr Mario and friends are tasked with eliminating them by matching capsules with viruses of the same colour. Players should keep calm, take their time and plan their approach carefully, as each puzzling combination of viruses in each stage must be cleared using a limited number of capsules.

Luckily, Dr Mario isn’t the only one on call: A full office of doctors, including Dr Peach, Dr Bowser, Dr Toad and many others, will be available to help players overcome the pesky viruses through various virus-busting skills. Over 200 stages across many different worlds will be available at launch, with new doctors, stages and worlds continuing to be added to Dr Mario World on a regular basis after launch.

Dr Mario World can also be played together with friends and family around the world. Players can earn and receive stamina-giving hearts from friends, and use the hearts to play Stage Mode. In Versus Mode, players can turn up the intensity by challenging others online to a one-on-one showdown in real time.

Dr Mario World is free-to-start and will be available to download for iOS and Android devices beginning July 10. Those who want to be notified once the game is available to download can pre-register for the game notification today at https://drmario-world.com/pre-registration-link.

For more information about the game, visit http://drmario-world.com.

Train2Game News Nintendo E3 2019

Nintendo opened its activities at E3 2019 by showcasing multiple Nintendo Switch games scheduled to launch in 2019 and beyond.

During its Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed new information for games, including Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, Fire Emblem:
Three Houses, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, ASTRAL CHAIN and Super Smash Bros.
Ultimate.

The Nintendo Direct also revealed upcoming Nintendo Switch games, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition from CD PROJEKT RED, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics from BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment, CONTRA ROGUE CORPS from Konami and TRIALS of MANA from SQUARE ENIX.

Nintendo also revealed two new paid downloadable fighters coming to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game: Hero from the DRAGON QUEST series to be available this summer, and Banjo-Kazooie for this fall. The Nintendo Direct presentation concluded with the reveal of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is currently in development for Nintendo Switch.

“After more than two years on the market, Nintendo Switch has appealed to every kind of player with its ever-growing library of games, including notables like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “At E3 we’re giving fans a look at what’s in store for the rest of the year and beyond by demonstrating the widespread support for the system from both Nintendo and a wide range of indie and bigname development partners.”

Nintendo followed its presentation with a Nintendo Treehouse: Live segment that gave fans their first look at live gameplay of the new Pokémon games in development for Nintendo Switch. The games are scheduled to launch Nov. 15. Nintendo Treehouse: Live, which provides closer looks at Nintendo Switch games featured at E3, will continue with daily programming through Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday’s livestreams will start at 9 a.m. For the first time, Thursday’s show will be dedicated entirely to new indie games coming to Nintendo Switch.

To celebrate E3 2019, Nintendo eShop is offering savings on select digital games.

Between now and 11:59 p.m. PT on June 18, more than 60 Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS digital games are discounted 30%, 50% or even more.

These include games in well-known franchises and indie games. My Nintendo members will also earn My Nintendo points on eligible purchases. The full list of sale items can be found in Nintendo eShop on the respective systems and at https://e3.nintendo.com/sale.
To watch Nintendo Treehouse: Live, learn game details or see the most up-to-date information about Nintendo’s presence at E3 2019, keep an eye on https://e3.nintendo.com/.