The 2020 Olympics will be taking place in Tokyo next year. Besides already holding the licenses, Sega is taking this opportunity to try to make waves. First headlines were made with eh announcement of “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game”. Coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch worldwide. Sega has gone on the record calling this new title “A fun-filled sports action game where you create your avatar and compete in olympic events. That’s right, you too can go for the gold from the comfort of your living room!
Next, they announced the release of a brand new Mario & Sonic at the Olympics. It’s been a long 4 years since the last time we’ve seen these athletes on the field. Mario & Sonic at the Olympics 2020 looks much like past iterations but this time will have mini-games for your Joy-Cons. The only real question here is; will this game feature the movie versions of our two cover stars?
For those of us who have become avid mobile gamers Sega’s got something for you too, because mobile gamers count. Mario & Sonic will be attending the Tokyo Olympics on iOS and Android as well. Assuming the game will borrow some Joy-Con features and optimize for touchscreens, this will most likely be super casual. I’m predicting for sure at least one Temple Run style track and field game. Actually, bets are open.
Not excited about the Olympics!? Fine.
Fear not friends who could careless about professional sports or sports simulations. Or emotionless monsters who can’t find the humor in the “world’s fastest hedgehog” racing against the “most hard-headed plumber of all time”. There is some retro based good news. Sega is bringing a new challenger to the mini console revolution.
The Sega Genesis Mini will be available on September 19th, 2019. Retailing at the great price of $79.99 the mini console will feature 40 classic games including Sonic (of course), Castelvania, and Ecco the Dolphin. For the record, Ecco the Dolphin is the second most exciting part of this for me. What’s the first? Well I’m glad you asked. So far, 10 of the 40 games have been announced and one of those game is, Comix Zone. Need I say more?
The console itself is reportedly about 55% smaller than the original and comes with two usb powered replica three button controllers. Also packed into the box is a USB to Micro-B cable for power and an HDMI cable for graphic fidelity. Because as we all know, it’s not a retro remake unless it’s in HD.
What are some of the found memories you hope to relive with the Sega Genesis Mini? And for those excited for the olympics, what’s your favorite thing to have Mario beat Sonic at? And for everyone else, sorry you stuck around for that Vanquish sequel reveal. Believe me, you are not alone.
Oh my, oh my, what a time to be alive! It’s another week to be thankful we are all some lucky gamers. Especially those of us who love Nintendo. And those of us who own a Nintendo Switch. Or those of us who just love playing video games in general. So know this, although McGregor took a loss over the weekend, the luck of the Irish has still been bestowed upon us. Yea luck points.
1. The Virtual Reality price drops are totally a part of reality.
Sony has unveiled a brand new PSVR bundle that is cheaper than the current bundles available. It even packages in the legendary and elusive Playstation Camera. This makes it the most bundled bundle of all VR bundles to have ever bundled. Alongside the announcement of the bunduru, Sony also announced a $50 price drop across all current PSVR bundles, as well as release dates for to major PSVR games. Game 1 is “The Inpatient, a psychological horror game based in the until dawn universe, releases on November 21st. Game 2 is Bravo Team, a first person shooter based around a military mission gone wrong, will be available on December 5th. Bonus point for Bravo Team being a single player or Co-Op experience. Now that right there is something to get excited about.
2. PS Plus games for September have been announced!
Let’s keep this one short and full of links. Thats right, stop being lazy and do some research. In the month of September lucky Playstation Plus gamers will be able to download and play: Infamous: Second Son and Strike Vector on PS4, Truck Racer and Handball 2016 on PS3, and We Are Doomed and Hatoful Boyfriend on Vita (and technically on PS4 as well). Enjoy. Moving on.
3. The Hedgehog is hogging the spotlight in 2017! Or at least trying to.
Who would have thought Sonic Mania, which our very own Captain Chet reviewed [forthcoming], would start the return of the blue speedster. Given how fast he moves, we should have all known he wouldn’t be held down for very long. Sonic Forces will be racing to a system near you, and yes that includes the Switch, on November 7th. What’s the most exciting part? The game will include some pretty dope nods to other incredible Sega IP’s like Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, and Persona 5! Call me foolish, but I am totally down to play almost any game if I get to play as the lead from Persona 5. Persona!
4. BioMutant: A wholly new original action RPG!
A team of former Just Cause developers have announced a brand new action RPG called “BioMutant”. Under their new independent dev group, Experiment 101, the team has gotten THQ Nordic to publish the game which will let you take advantage of “mutations, bionic prosthetics, and weapons” to make your character cool. Oh and because no current gen game can exist with game impacting choices, everything you augment will impact the way your hero plays. Doesn’t that sound insane and exciting. It’s coming at some undetermined time next year. Fun over.
5. It’s time for the Switch to bring back the Heroes!
Fair warning, the majority of news that follows will be Nintendo Switch related. This week Nintendo went into full show off mode and announced a slew of games coming to its new favorite toy. No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive coming to the system in 2018. If you never played a No More Heroes game, <DJ Khaled voice> congratulations you played yourself. No More Heroes is an action game series that originally started on the Nintendo Wii and to see it’s return is pretty exciting. What makes it more exciting is that bosses in the game will be from other indie games, like Hotline Miami (yes, I almost typed Hotline Bling). Man I would love it if Drake were a boss in No More Heroes.
6. More Nintendo Announcements!
I really like No More Heroes, so it got its own little announcement box, however there were many other awesome Switch titles announced this week. Of the 17 title announced, these made my pants the tightest. Fire Emblem Warriors was given an official release date of October 20th and a collector edition which will include 3 CD’s, a poster, and 25 art cards. Gear Club Unlimited, a Switch exclusive racing sim, will act as Nintendo’s answer to Forza and Gran Turismo and will be available on December 1st. and last but not least, ok maybe a little, Harmonix announced Super Beat Sports, a collection of musical mini games. So despite the lack of gun related games, I’d say Nintendo showed up with the big ones.
7. eSports at the Olympics?
On the topic of Guns, the co-president of the Paris olympics bid committee announced that eSports could be considered for a medal event at the 2024 Games. However, he also believes that the olympics promote non-violence and world peace so violent games are immediately out of the picture. It’s a small step in the right direction for eSports, but what competitive games could we picture that are nonviolent? Also does this mean that boxing, martial arts, and wrestling are all nonviolent sports? I’m not the answer man, but I would love to get the community opinion on this one. Should Violent eSports be allowed at the Olympics?
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