Excitement and speculation is rife regarding Nintendo’s latest console and has been for months now. At last though, we have been given an official release date and some information that rather than helps us with what to expect, rather prepares us for what not to expect. So, we have a March release date and that’s great to know. We can all look forward to getting more official information on the run up to release. It will also give purchasers of the PSVR time for their wallets to cool off before taking the next gaming plunge should they choose to. Also, we have been furnished with the tidings that the new Legend of Zelda game will not be on Wii U in time for Christmas and it will in fact be releasing next year, at the same time as the NX version.
This raises some questions with the Sparks:
Is this a repetition of what happened with Twilight Princess and could the development of a Wii U version mean that the NX version is held back? With the lack of love and attention that the Wii U has had over its life it seems surprising that a new Zelda game should be anything but exclusive to Nintendo’s new system. A benchmark game to fly the flag of the new console’s abilities, unimpeded by another version that may hold it back. Surely this should have been planned as an exclucive? An NX-clusive if you like (sorry).
Now then, what about what not to expect, well, lets not expect the NX to make an appearance at E3 as that is not scheduled to happen and lets not expect any blockbuster releases for the Christmas season on the Wii U, unless Paper Mario – Colour Splash gets you all tingly.
Here’s hoping for a better 2017 for Nintendo.
In this week’s news section we report on the story about a number of copies of Uncharted 4 that were stolen while in transit in the UK and have now made their way to eBay, some going for as much as £150 (at the time of writing). The Sparks ask, would you pay double or even triple to get your hands on Uncharted 4?
Darren gets excited as he prepares to attend the PlayBlackpool Expo on 30th April – 1st May where he looks forward to seeing old school VR, learning to draw Sonic the Hedgehog and try an F1 game in an F1 car!
The highly anticipated (by 50% of the Sparks) Gears of War 4’s pre-order and season pass content has been released and those Gears fans who buy the Ultimate Edition of Gears of War 4 will be able to play the game a full 4 days before the worldwide release date, 11th October. But wait, there’s more – The Collector’s Edition was also announced.
The Collector’s Edition will include the Ultimate Edition, a JD Fenix on a COG Bike statue (above), a frag grenade keychain, exclusive lithograph, premium packaging, and three Gear crates and comes in at a whopping $250 USD!
Also in the news section this week with have details on the free games for May on both Xbox and PlayStation, great month all round with some fantastic titles coming to both platforms; Xbox owners are getting a gem of a title from Hidden Path, Defence Grid 2. Backed on Kickstarter but Antony, this title is a MUST PLAY for any tower defence fans. Also coming to Games with Gold this month is Double Fine’s Costume Quest 2, GRID 2 and the wonderful Peggle, I can hear ‘ode to joy’ as I type!
Over on PS Plus we have the ‘dictator-em-up’ Tropico 5, a fully-fledged city-building game set on a fictional island nation, Table Top Racing: World Tour, Switch Galaxy Ultra (PS Vita/PS4) and God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PS Vita).
In the week’s VR New Desk Darren discovers a VR experience that enables ‘players’ to tour Chernobyl and compare the before and after images from the disaster.
Also Darren runs through some great VR experiences including the social platform AltSpaceVR, a cross-platform title that let’s meet, chat and play games with other VR users, listen in and hear about Darren’s first game of ‘Disc Golf’.
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