Nintendo’s SNES Mini: Can We Get It Right This Time?

Last time, Nintendo launched their NES Classic Edition, and similarly to the Nintendo Switch, stores (online or otherwise) couldn’t keep them in stock. This time around, they address some of the issues and raise the price by $20, but include a second controller and 21 games.

Speaking of games, this console comes with something special: Star Fox 2. This game has never seen a official Nintendo release until now. It was only ever playable via emulation via a ROM file for those who knew how to find it, even though the production work on the game was basically done. A victim of bad timing, it was held back to keep from interfering with the release of Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64.

This system will have 21 new games from the SNES library which include three Capcom games, two Konami games, and one Square Enix game.

The system will offer the following games when it is launched later this year in September:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars*
  • Donkey Kong Country**
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star*
  • Kirby’s Dream Course**
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana*
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2 (previously unreleased!)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting*
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart*
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World**
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

(All games are single player, unless noted with a * for simultaneous two-player games or a ** for alternating two-player games.)

Modders found that the NES Classic Edition ran on a 1.2Ghz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, which was more than up to the challenge of emulating decades-old console games. While no tech specs have been announced for the SNES Classic Edition, we can only assume the innards will be similar this time around.

While the SNES Classic Edition won’t have any official way to load additional games past the 21 built in to the system itself, hackers were eventually able to jailbreak the NES Classic Edition to run everything from Linux to sideloaded NES games to MAME and other classic console emulators. I fully expect modders and hackers to crack this cold one open and see what can be done to extend the library on the system.

Will the SNES Mini be worth it at $80, and how quickly will it sell out before people start scalping them? I guess we’ll have to see in September. I expect to buy one this time myself.

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Nintendo Switch & 3DS #E3 2017 Roundup

Our Nintendo Roundup will be a bit different then all of our roundup articles. We’re going to openly discuss what was shown and what we didn’t see this year.

Some of the biggest games shown this year are first party titles (Made by Nintendo in house) as opposed to third party — games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Packs, Metroid Prime 4, Metroid: Samus Returns and Kirby. Nintendo is building third party support for the Nintendo Switch, though,  with publishers and developers such as EA, Ubisoft, Psyonix, Sega, Capcom. More are coming.

My real concern with Nintendo and their lack of third party support is that the lack of it was the main reason the Wii U died. Also, I also note that we didn’t see anything from Animal Crossing or Super Smash Bros. franchises, in any form. I surmise that this might be from the fact that they was heavily featuring Splatoon 2, Pokken DX, and ARMS in competitive tournaments. This could be because they don’t have anything, or because they won’t want Smash or Animal Crossing stealing the spotlight.

I know the main reason you are here is to see some cool trailers from Nintendo and their partners. So, here is a short list of games and why I’m looking forward to them.

Super Mario Odyssey

This game looks like it’s going to take everything we know and love about Mario and mix it up in new and exiting ways. I’m really hyped for it and to see it’s growth and change before it’s launch.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Switch

Skyrim for Switch will be quite the interesting experiment. It’s a third party game being published by the first party on the system. This is unique because they enabled certain functionality for Amiibos and other things that otherwise wouldn’t be allowed or usable. I just wonder if people will want a really old game like Skyrim without the ability for mods or what not. This is not the Skyrim Special Edition that allows for mods. This is the base game and the DLC  for it. I guess we’ll see.

Metroid Prime 4

I got nothing on this one. We’ll have to wait for more info on this title as it comes out, but I know a LOT of the fans are happy to hear they are getting not one but TWO Metroid games.

Metroid: Samus Returns

This is the other Metroid game coming out and it’s coming to the Nintendo 3DS in September. It looks fantastic and honestly this is probably the reason that the Metroid fan game got shut down last year.

Rocket League

This makes Rocket League’s 4th platform, the previous three being PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The amount of players that we’ve already seen online before now at one time has exceeded 250k at one point. This very well could set the standard for cross platform/network play in games.

Last, but not least, here are two of my favorite Nintendo characters. Yoshi and Kirby!

Both of these games are in development and look great. In Yoshi, you can play with a friend (co-op) and see what’s hidden in the world. In Kirby, you’ll be able to have up to three helpers this time around and combine their abilities in new and unique ways.  I’m really excited for them both and I cannot wait to see how they turn out.

That’s it for Krypton Radio’s E3 coverage this year. If you want more, tune in to Level Up with Chaotix this Friday at 1 pm PST/3 pm EST and hear some unique opinions and thoughts on the event and what we might see this year. Until next time, Good Night and Good Luck. 🙂

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Sony #E3 2017 Roundup

This is your Krypton Radio coverage of Sony’s E3 briefing.

We kick off in some ancient ruins that wouldn’t look too out of place in a Indiana Jones’ movie but it’s not. It’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Check out the trailer.

Next up is some DLC for the game Horizon Zero Dawn called “The Frozen Wilds”. It adds new depth and dimension to a game that already pegs the needle on the awesome meter. Check out what it looks like below.

Next is the long awaited return of a popular franchise to consoles, Monster Hunter World. This trailer is awesome. Check it out.

A fan favorite is up next. It gives its franchise a fresh new look for the current generation. Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 is basically just a HD remaster of the original game using the ps4’s rendering power to make it look and play better then we could ever imagine in the PS2 era. Here is the trailer for it.

Marvel vs Capcom as a franchise first hit the arcades in 1996 with the game X-Men versus Street Fighter, and was quickly ported to both the Sega Saturn and the original Sony Playstation. A bit more than 20 years later and it’s still going strong with the newest title, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. This trailer is pretty cool, and the storyline trailer is already available in the PS Store. Take a look.

Next up is a trailer for the newest entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Not one of my personal favorites by any measure, but you can see how far they’ve come since the release of Infinity Ward’s release of the original Call of Duty in 2003. Have a look. Don’t let my personal bias ruin your fun.

After this, they showed a montage of Playstation VR titles, some of them look cool and others just looked … well … judge for yourself by watching said montage below.

The next trailer reboots the  Playstation exclusive franchise, God of War. Kratos has a past, and a future. His son, despite being physically frail, may be his greatest strength. I personally see a lot of potential here and don’t wanna spoil anything for you. Check out the trailer for God of War: Be a Warrior.

To break up the monotany of continual reboots and rebranding of old franchises, we have a new title called Detroit: Become Human. What happens when artificial intelligence wakes up and realizes it can choose its own path? It’s a war between humans and androids. Choose the violent route or a peaceful one. The story is yours. This game looks like like it has a lot of promise, and is a refreshing change from the endless rebooted franchises. Check it out.

Last but not least, Marvel’s Spider-Man. Holy crap does this game look good… like seriously. Spider-Man games have traditionally been solid performers, but never exceptional. That’s about to change. Watch this trailer now.

That concludes our Sony #E3 coverage for this year. Last on the agenda is Nintendo, so stick around for that — and check out my return to the airwaves this Friday at 1 pm PST/3 pm EST! I’ll be covering the PC gaming show then and give you some thoughts about Skyrim for Switch, VR on consoles, and more.

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Ubisoft #E3 2017 Roundup

This is your Krypton Radio coverage for Ubisoft’s #E3 Briefing. Here we go!

The show opens up with a question block with a Rabbid from Rayman’s Raving Rabbids standing below it. It begins jumping up and down and hitting the question block and expectedly making coins come out, Super Mario style. The Rabbid eventually gets stuck in the question block. Then another Rabbid ends up coming out and, pulling the first one’s legs to make the coins continue to come out until the block breaks and the Rabbid falls out alongside a mushroom. The second Rabbid ends up eating said mushroom and ends up growing too large for the screen, breaking the camera.

This is just the teaser for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a turn based strategy game similar to X-Com but with Rabbids reprising the Nintendo characters such as Princess Peach, Yoshi, Luigi, and obviously Mario. Check out the trailer and get your smile on. 🙂

Next up is Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This will take the Assassin’s Creed series to ancient Egypt and to the origin of the Assassins as a whole. They will be utilizing some unique mechanics and  changing up the formula to make this happen. Check out the trailer in 4k below.

Up next is something I didn’t expect to grab me, The Crew 2. I personally feel that the game’s name isn’t reflective of the things they are showing, but I will admit that this could be one of the most comprehensive games in Motorsports video gaming history if they do it right. Either that will happen, or we’ll see it as a game that could have lived up to its potential if they had only done one or two things differently. Here’s the trailer and here’s hoping they get it right.

Next up is a series that “almost” doesn’t need any introduction but I feel like doing it because it allows me to say its name: South Park: The Fractured But Whole. The trailer for the game is a bit NSFW so please be mindful when watching it and not trying to die laughing.

Next up is a VR project that seems to have actor Elijah Wood involved in it, Transference. Check out the trailer.

After this is a game that reminds me of the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Skull and Bones. This game looks like it could be blast as you try to score some booty and loot from the opposing team and sink their ships. Check out the trailer, you scurvy dog.

After getting salty on the high seas, Ubisoft saw fit to make us “just dance” to Just Dance 2018. Check out the trailer for the song list for this year’s version and to see a panda dance. (seriously..)

After seeing the panda dance, I had to take out my phone and, lo and behold, there was a new game for me to play, South Park’s Phone Destroyer. (Again, somewhat NSFW but that should be obvious by now..) This game seems to be focused on the turned based battle from its console counterpart, but adding a card gaming mechanic as well. Check it out and whatever you do, don’t listen to Cartman.

Next up is a game where you can create your own ship piece by piece Lego style and it’s called Starlink: Battle for Atlas. It looks like it has some serious potential to be a wallet punch. Check it out.

Next up is Far Cry 5. This game takes you deep into the Montana countryside, where you are isolated and surrounded by a religious cult. You will either have to try and escape or take down the cult and save everyone. This game looks like it’s going to be sticking to the tried and true Far Cry formula and I personally think it’s better off that way. Check out the trailer they showed us.

Last but not least is personally my most anticipated game of E3 this year, Beyond Good and Evil 2. I’m not going to say much because you should just watch the trailer. The game, a prequel, is almost a religious experience compared to the cartoony visual design of the original game. This trailer is also NSFW, mostly because of rough language, but have a look anyway when you’re in a safe place. Enjoy.

This has been our coverage for Ubisoft’s E3 briefing. We have more E3 coverage coming soon for you. Stay tuned.

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Bethesda #E3 2017 Roundup

This show begins with a basic overview of BethesdaLand, as they call it. The show us Fallout 4 VR and Doom 3 VFR which will be compatible with both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Here are the trailers for those.

Next is The Elder Scrolls Online with its latest expansion, Morrowind. This looks like it should be a good addition to the game.

After this, they showed off something they call the “Creation Club” for Skyrim Special Edition and Fallout 4. This is essentially the paid mods marketplace they tried doing a LONG TIME AGO. It bellyflopped then. It doesn’t look much better now. Good luck with that Bethesda, sincerely. Here’s the trailer trying to make it sound good.

After that trailer we saw another trailer for The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim, the online collectable card game (OCCG), made by Bethesda. I’ve heard it’s not bad at all ,if you like OCCGs. Here the trailer they showed us.

After they brought out the trailer for Skyrim Switch, the port of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (not special edition.) to the Nintendo Switch. It looks like there will be support for the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo which will unlock some special items in games as you can see if the trailer below.

Next up is Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a side story set in the Dishonored universe. Check it out.

After that, we were treated to a trailer for Quake Champions and the $1 million  Quake World Championship to be held at QuakeCon this year in Texas. A fan favorite from Wolfenstein makes his Quake debut in the trailer below. Guess who it is? 🙂

Next up is The Evil Within 2. The original game was plagued with performance issues and just generally didn’t grab people’s attention. This sequel is looking to change that. Here’s the trailer.

Last but not least is my most anticipated game from Bethesda, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. This game looks fantastic and honestly is easily in my top 3 for this year of E3. Check out the trailer and see why.

This concludes the coverage for Bethesda’s E3 briefing. Keep checking back with us for more coverage from #E3. We still have Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, and more to come!

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