Pokemon Sword and Shield Sales and Critical Predictions

By Michelle Lynn Tackett and Shawn Tackett

The biggest release of the year is coming out this Friday. Pokemon Sword and Shield. Here is my sales and critical predictions.

Critical

Pokemon games do around 82-88 so I think this one will do around 85-88. People will love the new Pokemon, graphics, open world and gameplay. Some will comeplain about it not being ambitious enough.

Sales

Smash Bros record is gone. Expect 5-6 million in 2 or 3 days. 12-15 million by year’s end and 20-22 million lifetime sales.

There you go. Will I be right? Or am I off my rocker? Comment below and subscribe to our blog for more fun.

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The Video Game Media Is A Joke

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Would you give a game a great score if it was boring, repetitive and tedious? No, but a lot of journalists are giving Death Stranding great reviews. Death Stranding is a 6 at best. Yes, Death Stranding tries to be ambitious, however, it’s not well-executed. A lot of ‘positive’ reviews for Death Stranding have admitted the game is not fun to play. That is the point of video games! The video game media has shown itself for the joke they are. Here are other reasons that make the video game media, a joke.

Flash Over Substance
God of War is the perfect example. Ultra-simple puzzles, dumbed-down combat, and a focus on cinematics over gameplay. Look at the scores for games like Uncharted 4, Spiderman and Red Dead Redemption 2. All of these games have mediocre gameplay, but they have great presentations, and a strong story. The media falls for it every time. Games like Celeste, Dead Cells, and Hallowknight are much better games. They don’t get as good of reviews because they focus on gameplay. I am not saying video games shouldn’t have a good story, but it shouldn’t overshadow the gameplay. It is easy to let a story sweep you up and forget about the gameplay problems. If I wanted to watch a movie, I would boot up Netflix.

They’re For Dumbing Down Games
Monster Hunter World got the best reviews of any MH game to date. How pathetic is that? The game dumbed down the gameplay to oblivion. It took out a lot of classes, weapons, and monsters that made MHGU a great title. When PSP and 3DS Monster Hunter games have more content than a console game, that’s sad. Some critics slammed Xenoblade Chronicle 2’s combat for being too complex. Really? All the player has to do is figure out which elements chain together and you’ll create big combos that will help you defeat enemies. Seems like some gaming journalist doesn’t want to think while playing a game. I would hate to see these gaming journalists have to deal with a Rubix cube. Astral Chain got criticized for having deep combat and Fire Emblem got slammed (by a few) for not being fast-paced. At Least Fire Emblem isn’t boring like Death Stranding.

Final Thoughts
The whole media is a joke. Sports and political news are a disgrace, but you can add video games to that list as well. I have wanted to talk about this subject for a long time. The video game media has hurt really good games so they can promote more of the same. Especially from Sony. Most of Sony’s first-party games are the equivalent of Michael Bay movies. Loud, dumb, and have flash over substance. There is an uprising against the video game media. It’s about time! They have hurt video games for long enough. Let them go to a deserted island and watch reality shows forever. I want a video game, so I can have an interactive experience with fun gameplay that will make me happy.

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Nintendo Switch Is On Fire!

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

According to NPD, and Nintendo Everything. The Nintendo Switch dominated Sept. 2019 sales. How dominate? It had the highest sales total since the PS4 in 2014. That is amazing. This holiday is going to be fire for the Switch! Nintendo is killing it. Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakening, Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain and Pokemon Sword and Shield will drive holiday sales. Plus, the Switch Lite will help.

This proves a few things. One, exclusives are still queen when it comes to moving hardware. Two, single player games still sell, and three, never count out Nintendo. What a comeback, Nintendo is on fire right now. The Switch will easily pass 100 million in console sales in it’s lifetime. What a great time to be a Nintendo fan.

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/switch-hardware-drove-highest-unit-sales-for-a-september-month-in-the-us-since-ps4-in-2014/

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Death Stranding Sales and Critical Predictions

Kojima’s name carries so much weight in the video game industry. Whenever one of his games is announced, it gets a lot of attention. Death Stranding is no different. The hype has been mixed, but since the game has been released to reviewers, it is getting some positive buzz. I am gonna predict how this game will do sales and critically.

Critical reception

This is so hard to predict. I do think a lot of critics will appreciate the game, but I also think there are gonna be a lot of detractors as well. I am gonna give a wide birth. This game will go between 74-86. I think it comes down to how much fun the reviewer has with the game. Kojima has said the game takes awhile to get going. Will some critics be patient? Will the payoff be worth it? I think some critics will love the mystery and story, while others will hate how convoluted and boring it is.

Sales

So many people have this game doing great. I don’t know. I think it depends. If the review scores are great, yes, it will do great. However, if the scores are mixed. It will start out strong, but fall fast. If the reviews are over 86, the game will sell 2 million it’s first week and 5-6 million overall. If the scores are below 79, it will do 1.5 million it’s opening week and 2.7 million overall. I think the latter is what’s gonna happen.

This game is an acquired taste. It’s not a mainstream game and it will baffle a lot of players and critics. It will have a following, but it’s not gonna break out like HZD did.

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Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening: Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Few things bring a smile to my face like a top/down Zelda game. The art style, enemies and dungeons bring back memories. That’s why I was excited when I saw Link’s Awakening trailer. Is this a legendary remake? Let’s find out.

Graphics
They are gorgeous and adorable. You will hug your Switch the whole time! The textures, lighting, and colors are fantastic. Some people talk about the frame rate dropping, such as when the game changes from one screen to the next, but I didn’t experience that. Grizzo did a great job with the graphics. Just because it looks cute, doesn’t mean it’s not a powerhouse. The animations are fluid. This is the best looking game on the Switch until Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out.

Gameplay
There is nothing groundbreaking here. It’s a typical top/down Zelda game. That’s fine with me. Link gets the master-sword, Hylian shield, bombs, arrows, and more. Because of the extra buttons on the Switch controller, you don’t have to keep removing items. You can use more than one at a time. This is a major upgrade over the original. There are no major changes to the game-play, so if you’ve played any top/down Zelda games before, you know what to expect. Lots of post-game content including a colored dungeon, and a dungeon maker.

Music
The updated music is a delight to the ears! The remastered orchestras and strings give more power to the music. Plus, Ballad of the Wind Fish has lyrics! They will send chills up your spine.

Story
Without giving away anything for those who haven’t played Link’s Awakening. All I will say is Link wakes up on an island inhabited by strange creatures and likable characters. He tries to find a way off the island. How does he do that? Play the game to find out.

Flaws
There are a few flaws in the game. It’s not BOTW in size, but not every game is. The game does end a little abruptly, so that’s one area I would change. The biggest flaw is the Dungeon creator. It’s not Mario Maker 2.

Verdict: It’s a top/down Zelda Game, that’s all there is to say. The dungeons are great graphics are adorable and the gameplay is top-notch. Is this worth sixty bucks? Absolutely!

Grade: 4 Stars, a must-own adventure that plays wonderfully on the Switch.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Sales and Critical Predictions

Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out at the end of the month. Here are my predictions on how Luigi’s Mansion 3 will do with fans and critics.

Sales prediction

Until Pokemon S/S comes out Nov. 15th, this will have the biggest sales week of the year for a Switch game. 3-4 million for the first 3 days is my prediction. The holidays will be kind to this game and it could go on to sell over 11 million copies overall. The graphics look steller and the multiplayer will keep fans coming back for more.

Critical reception

With all the new features and improvements, I could see this game getting between a 88-93 on Metacritic and Opencritic. Critics will love the graphics, funny humor, the diverse gameplay and the size of the game. They may not like the multiplayer mode as much.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be a mega seller for the Switch, it could end up getting nominated for GOTY at the video game awards. Next Level Games, you’ve done a great job on this game. Be ready for the rewards.

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Astral Chain Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

What a great year it’s been for the Nintendo Switch. Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem and Mario Maker 2 highlight some incredible games, but what about new IPs? That’s where Astral Chain comes in. Like a blaze of fire burning through the sky, it delivers a streak of action and excitement.

Story
Humanity is being invaded by interdenominational creatures who threaten to wipe them out. Only an elite strike force called Neuron can stop them. You play as one of the twins who try to take down the demons. Your character has to stop Jana Anderson, who serves as the main villain in the game. The story has a Bladerunner flair to it. I won’t give away too much. This story needs to be experienced. It is a good story.

Graphics
This game is gorgeous. The blue hues and the art style are amazing. The reflections and lighting bring the world to life. It’s like watching a stylized anime on your Nintendo Switch. The details are amazing from the sparks from the fire to the facial animations of the characters. Everything is lovingly detailed, making the world feel alive. You’ll feel like you’re living in this world.

Combat
This is where Platinum Games shine. The combat sounds complicated on paper, but you’ll figure it out with some practice. You control your character and call your legion out when you need them. The legion attacks by itself, but you can do certain attacks by button presses, or moving the control stick. This gives the game a fresh feel. It does take a while to get the hang of but flows like butter when you get the hang of it. The combat never feels overwhelming. It follows the old easy to learn, but hard to master philosophy that works so well for games like Bayonetta.

Sci-Fi PI
One of my favorite aspects of Astral Chain is the detective work. The Iris helps you see things to help you solve cases. Some cases are simple, while others take a while to complete. There are so many cases to solve, so it will take some time to solve them. Some think they slow down the flow of the game, but I find them refreshing. Solving cases will help your character get new clothing and upgrades.

Music
One of the best soundtracks ever for a video game. The thumping techno, glaring punk rock and soaring rock will stick with you for a long time.

Challenge
This is a challenging game, especially when you turn up the difficulty. There is a casual mode for noobs, but you can take the wheels off for experienced players. The boss fights are epic. The final boss is one of the best boss fights I’ve ever experienced. It takes skill to beat this game, but when you do, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

Flaws
The camera is distracting at times. When you’re in a firefight, the camera will get too close or go behind a wall and get stuck. This can be annoying, but it isn’t a deal-breaker. Some of the plot twists were predictable, and some of the moves will take lots of practice to get down. That may turn some newer players off.

Verdict
Astral Chain is one of the best action games you’ll ever play. The gorgeous visuals, engaging plot, colorful character, and rich combat will keep you coming back long after the single-player campaign is over. If you own a Nintendo Switch, get it. If you don’t own a Switch, get one and get this masterwork of an action game from one of the best developers in the industry.

Grade: 4 Stars! Buckle up! You’re in for a wild ride!

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Switch Lite Helps Boost Switch Sales To Nearly 600,000!

The Nintendo Switch sold nearly 600,000 units last week. According to VGchartz, I’ll put the link below. Thanks to Link’s Awakening and the Switch Lite. With releases like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokemon Sword and Shield coming, the Switch will sell great through the holidays. I predict the Switch could sell 10-12 million units during the holidays. Bringing it’s yearly total to 19 million. PS4 will sell about 11 million and X-Box 8 million. For the year that is. Those are my predictions.

Link: http://www.vgchartz.com/article/440712/nintendo-switch-lite-boosts-switch-sales-to-nearly-600000-units-during-launch-week/

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Weekly Sales Charts

Aladdin went no1 this week on the home video sales. Borlderlands 3 was no1 on most of the charts on VGCartz, Post Malone was no1 on the Billboard 200 and Stephen King’s new book, the Institute was no1 on the NYT best sellers list. The links will be below if you want to read all of them.

Link: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-9-14-19/

Link: http://www.vgchartz.com/

Link: https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/

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The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening Critic and Sales Predictions

It is that time again. I am gonna predict what kind of critical response and how much a certain game could sell. This time, it’s Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch.

Critical Response

The early previews have been glowing, so that should equal to a 88-92 on Open and Meta critic. Reviewers love the look and the combat. That will help it score great with critics.

Sales

Remakes sell very well now, so I got this one between 4-6 million. A lot of people have never played Link’s Awakening, and for fans who missed dungeons in Breath of the Wild, Link’s Awakening has a dungeon creator and dungeons galore.

Final Thoughts

Link’s Awakening is a gem and since tons of new gamers have gotten into Zelda, a lot of them will check out this lost gem. Do not pass it up, this is going to be such a great game. The Legend of Zelda, Link’s Awakening comes out this Friday.

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Link:: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-switch/