Mario Maker 2 is a Smash! Debuts No1 in the UK!

The UK is not Nintendo’s biggest market, so when a Nintendo game debuts huge, it’s something to talk about.

Super Mario Maker 2, had one of the biggest debuts of the year in the UK, and the biggest Switch debut period.

What’s more, it helped other games, Bloodatain went up in sales, with the Switch version outselling the PS4 and X Box combined! All of this is from Nintendo Everything.

Mario Kart8 jumped from 8 to no5 with a 39% jump. Smash bros went u0 by 14%, but the biggest jumper was Breath of the Wild which jumped an amazing 66% and moved from no22 to no11. It missed the top 10 by only 28 copies.

The Switch system was no1 as well. The Nintendo Switch onslaught has begun. You’re ready for this ladies and gentleman. Sony put out a comment saying they don’t cosider the Switch big competition, they’re more worried sbout Microsoft. That little statement could come back to bite Sony in the butt. Links below,

Links: https://nintendoeverything.com/uk-mario-maker-2-is-biggest-nintendo-launch-of-the-year-bloodstained-first-week-switch-sales-more-than-ps4-xbox-one-combined/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-positions-next-playstation-for-hard-core-gamers-11561800603

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-Maker-2-1514009.html

Mario Maker 2 Critic Predictions and First Week Sales

My prediction for how Mario Maker 2 will do with critics and fans. Mario Maker 2 is the first of the real blockbusters for the Summer of Switch. Here are my thoughts on what the game will get with critics and how many people will buy it in it’s first week.

Critics

I think Mario Maker 2 will get a 94 on Opencritic. Critics will love the amount of content, the one player story mode, the creative courses, the multiplayer mode and the sheer amount of tools at your disposal.

Some will find a problem with the interface. Gamexplain has already went into detail, (maybe a little too much detail), on how it has been a challenge to adapt to the new format for Mario Maker 2. This is an adjustment because it is not on the Wii U anymore, so there is no second screen for the Switch. I think the lowest score this game will get is a 7. Out of 170 reviews, I see it mostly getting 9s and 10s, with reviewers being blown away by the massive amount of content and improvements this sequel makes. Some will give the game 8s and maybe a couple will give it a 7. Overall, a 94.

First week sales

Mario Maker 2 is doing great in the pre-orders, so it won’t be a surprise to see it debut big. How big? I think it could do Pokemon Let’s Go numbers. Around 3 million it’s opening week, with Japan and America being the 2 biggest markets. Fans will go crazy with the tool set you get and the multiplayer aspect. The marketing is great as well. This is getting fans pumped for the game. Mario Maker 2 is no1 on Amazon’s best selling video games. This game will sell over 10 million easily. It could crack 15 million by the end of the year. Do not underestimate Mario, many of us have made that mistake before, well not me, not this time.

What do you think? Do you think I will be right? Or am I off my rocker? Let me know with comments. Thank you so much for reading. Keep on gaming.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-video-games/zgbs/videogames

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Nintendo and Square Save E3! E3 Review

I thought the E3 was ok, until late last night and today. Two legends Nintendo and Square destroyed it! Let’s rate their showcases.

Square: They started out with a bang with FF VII, and kept the hits coming. Final Fantasy 8 is finally coming! Oninaki, Avengers, new content for FF 14, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and more info on Dragon Quest XI. The games kept coming, they went on about Avengers a little too long and we could’ve done without the mobile games, but oh well. This was a great show. Square, you are getting great again.

Grade: A

Nintendo: Oh dear lord. From the second this direct started with the hero from Dragon Quest, to Daemon X Machina, Link’s Awakening, Panzer Dragoon, A new Contra, Spyro, Witcher 3, Astral Chain, Animal Crossing, Banjo in Smash and the new sequel to the Legend of Zelda Breathe of the Wild. One great relieve after another. It didn’t stop! Nintendo edges out Square to earn the best of E3. Tons of games and lots of fun surprises. This is how you do it.

Grade: A+

Overall E3 Grade B+, a slow start, but a strong finish. Nintendo and Square bought the goods. Microsoft get’s third place. They had a good show, but Nintendo won the E3 easily. EA, Ubisoft and Bethesda, watch Nintendo, Microsoft and Square, that’s how you do it! The E3 is supposed to be about games. Show us the games please! Enough with this nonsense of mobile games and TV shows. Give the fans what they want to see, bad hype can ruin your momentum.

Best of the Show: Nintendo. Games, games and more games!

Worst: Ubisoft. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wake me up when they show actual game play and some actual games.

Biggest Surprise: Panzer Dragoon remake!

Game of the Show: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

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My Nintendo E3 Predictions

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

These are guesses, so don’t come to my blog going, “Duh, you said that this would be there.” I am having fun ok? We are allowed to do that. I don’t know if some of these games will be here, I hope they will. Let’s a go!

The Nintendo Direct will start off with Retro Studio’s new game. A sci-fi action/adventure game with innovative motion controls and world building. I don’t know what the name is, but with all of the evidence of Retro hiring people for a project like this. It would make sense for Nintendo to show us what Retro has cooking.

Next up will be Luigi’s Mansion 3. A full 2 minute trailer showcasing the new mechanics and enemies. I think the release date will be October 18th.

Next up will be short trailers of 3rd party games. Including Witcher 3, Doom Eternal, Kingdom Hearts collection, WWE 20K and Fall Out 3.

Next Up will be Bravely Third from Square. A short 1 minute trailer and a vague 2020 release date.

Next up is some info on some new Indie games. Maybe Dead Cells 2?

Then we will have the game a lot of Nintendo fans have been clamoring for. Animal Crossing. Expect a 3 minute trailer detailing new game play and new features. Release date of Sept. 13th.

Next up will be Astral Chain. A 3 minute trailer with new details.

Then Fire Emblem will be shown.

More 3rd Party Games. Call Of Duty, which one? I don’t know. Overwatch and Soul Calibur 6.

Some quick info on Mario Maker 2 and Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Nintendo will finally say SNES games will come to the online service, which will get a 20 dollar a year or 60 dollar a year option with all the bells and whistles.

Some footage of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

Daemon X Machina trailer which looks better and a release date of August 9th.

More info on The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening. Release date, December 6th.

2 last games. The first one is Metroid Prime trilogy. A trailer about 1 minute long with a release date of Nov 15th.

The last one is the first footage of Bayonetta 3. A 2 minute trailer showing off the first gameplay footage. A release date of Early 2020.

The direct will be 43 minutes. Some fans will complain about no new Mario game or something. They will find something to complain about. Everyone else will call em crazy and hilarity will ensue.

Those are my predictions. I hope I am right on all of these. E3 is only a few days a way and Nintendo’s E3 presentation is only 5 days away! I am so excited. Woo Hoo! Let’s a go!

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Favorite Video Game Companies: Top 10

Picks By Michelle Lynn Tackett & Shawn Tackett

Michelle

It is not hard for me to think of my top 10 favorite video game companies, (this includes the devs and publishers, 1st, 2nd or 3rd party). This list is based on how much we love the companies games, and how many games are in our collection. So, here we go.

10: Bethesda, I love Bethesda games. Skyrim and Doom 2016 are my favorite Bethesda games, but I also love Fallout 4. My favorite Bethesda game is Skyrim.

9: Sega, Ah, one of the old timers. Sega has revolutionized gaming a lot of times and created some of the best games ever for a console. If I had to pick one favorite game, it would be Sonic Mania Plus. What a love letter for Sonic the Hedgehog fans.

8: Namco Bandai, I love their fighting games so much. Soul Calibur, Tekken and Dragon Ball are all legendary. I also love the Dark Soul series, but nothing gets me excited like a Namco/Bandai fighting game. My favorite Namco/Bandai game is Tales of Vesperia.

7: Capcom, Capcom makes some of my favorite games of all time, from Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil. They have some of the best franchises of all-time and make quality games on a regular basis. My favorite Capcom game of all time is Mega Man 11.

6: Square/Enix, SE is one of the best when it comes to JRPGs, games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger have kept SE in business for decades. My favorite SE game of all time is Octopath Travler.

5: Intelligent Systems, One of the best RPG makers of all-time. Paper Mario and Fire Emblem have some of the best RPG entries of all time. Intelligent Systems live up to their name. They know how to make quality games. My favorite Intelligent systems game of all time is Fire Emblem Awakening.

4: Platinum Games, One of the best when it comes to action games. Platinum have made classics like Madworld, Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta and Nier. Their upcoming Nintendo Switch game called Astral Chain looks amazing. Favorite Platinum Game, Bayonetta 2.

3: Retro Studios, They have only made 6 games, but wowzers! What games they are. They have done 3 Metroid Prime games, 2 DKC games, and Mario Kart 7 is a triumph of level design. Metroid Prime destroyed GTA for game of the year in 2002. My favorite Retro Studios game is Metroid Prime.

2: Monolith Studios. the most talented people from Square left in 1999 and formed this company. They make some of the best games on the market. They have helped with BOTW, Splatoon 1 and 2, and of course, the Xenoblade series. My favorite game of Monolith Studios is Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

1: Nintendo EAD, was there ever any doubt? Masters of design and philosophy of how games should be made. No company makes better games than Nintendo. From Mario, to Pokemon, Zelda, Splatoon, Metroid and others. Nintendo is above the rest when it comes to excellent games. My favorite Nintendo game, too many to count!

Shawn

10: Panic Button, if you need a great Switch port, go to Panic Button! They do incredible Switch ports pushing the console, showing what it can do. Favorite game, Doom 2016.

9: Square/Enix, I love their colorful JRPGs and SE has tons of them! Dragon Quest Builders is my favorite game.

8: Limited Run Games, they bring out lots of indie darling. Favorite game, Golf Story.

7: Nicalis a company not afraid to take chances with creative and different games. Favorite game, the Binding of Isaac.

6: Namco/Bandai they have so many good fighting, action, rpg and classic games. Favorite games, Namco Museum, Smash Ultimate and Tales of Vesperia.

5: Retro Studios, one of the best in the industry, creating great games that revolutionize genres. Favorite game, DKCTF

4: Monolith Soft, one of the best studios around. So much talent and experience. Favorite game, Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

3: Good Feel, they make Yoshi games, do I need to say anything else? Favorite game, Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Platinum Games, they are so creative and imaginative. They make some of the best games you’ll ever play. Favorite game, Bayonetta 2.

1: Nintendo EAD, from Koizumi, to Miyamoto, no one has the talent that ?Nintendo does. They’re the best around. Favorite game, Mario Odyssey and Mario Maker 2.

Who are your favorite video game companies?

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Mario Maker Direct! What Will Be There?

Nintendo announced that a 15 minute direct will drop tomorrow. It will be all about Mario Maker 2. What can we expect from this? I have some theories, so let’s get to it.

World Builder

Yep, I am calling it. Think about it, the file size is over 5 GB. That is twice the size of the original and it would make sense. Imagine sharing complete worlds online. That would be awesome.

Multiplayer

I know, this isn’t a secret. Looking at the box art gives it away. I do think it will be announced tomorrow anyway to make it official.

Another Game

We know 3-D world is one of the new games we can make levels in, but I think there is one more. Can I prove it? No, but it would make sense.

Extra Characters to Use

Nintendo might put Toadette or Daisy in as playable characters.

New Power-ups

From other games. I think Nintendo might put the Toadette crown in, or maybe cappy? That one is doubtful, but you never know.

Tomorrow we will find out what will officially be in the game, so I hope some of my wild predictions come true. Mario Maker 2 is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of the year. I think what I listed will help the game, and I hope Nintendo doesn’t forget that robust games are driving the Switch. This looks like it will be one, so let’s cross our fingers. Bring it on Nintendo!

Link:
https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1128298921871249413

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https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-Maker-2-1514009.html

Nintendo Switch Will Own 2019

According to the latest NPD, the Nintendo Switch won March easily. Not only that, but the Switch had the best first three months this generation. Even over Sony’s 2018. Get this? We haven’t gotten to Nintendo’s really big guns yet. Imagine what’ll happen when Mario Maker 2, Pokemon, Animal Crossing and more hit the shelves. Holy cow! Slay it Nintendo!

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Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/wccftech.com/march-2019-npd-nintendo-switch-best-selling-platform-across-1st-quarter-and-outsells-ps4-and-xbox-in-march/amp/

Nintendo Will Have the Best Summer in Video Games Ever

Summer is usually a slow time for big video game releases, well someone forgot to tell Nintendo that. The Nintendo Switch is going to be loaded with big exclusives like Fire Emblem, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Yokai Watch 4, Daemon X Machina, Astral Chain and the big one Mario Maker 2. That is from June to the end of August alone. I can’t remember a time when a console had so many huge releases in the Summer. Last Summer Nintendo scored with Toad Treasure Tracker, Mario Tennis and Octopath Travler. I think this smart, Nintendo is filling a void for gamers who are hungry for new content during the long summer months. Who says gamers don’t want to buy games during the summer? Look at how well Splatoon 2 has done, and it was released during the summer. Look for Mario Maker 2 to post similar numbers to Splatoon 2 when Mario Maker 2 releases in June.

I also predict Fire Emblem to post the biggest opening week for a Fire Emblem game and Astral Chain will become the next big IP for Nintendo. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Daemon X Machina will do great and Yokai Watch 4 could be a Super Mario Party sized hit. What a line up of games! This will keep Nintendo’s momemtum going until the fall when four of the biggest titles of the year will be released. Pokemon Sword and Shield, Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening remake.

What a brilliant strategy by Nintendo that I think will pay off in spades. Couple this, along with the big third party releases like Dragon Quest Builders 2, God Eater 3 Oninaki and Wolfenstein Youngblood to name a few. May the Gods have mercy on your wallet, because the Switch won’t.

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