More details on Google Stadia emerges!!!!

As far as big news is concerned in relation to technology one of the many things that everyone is talking about right now is Google Stadia. A couple of months ago the Google Stadia was announced at the Game Developers Conference back in March 2019 and since people have been very anxious to learn more details about this new gaming platform. After the reveal trailer that we got at GDC 2019 it was being described as the “Netflix of Gaming” and had people wondering how it would work and what price would be. We have recently learned at Stadia Connect on August 19th that the Google Stadia will be launched in November 2019 on a date that has yet to be revealed. People will have access to various games such as Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Tomb Raider Trilogy and many others through Google’s upcoming streaming service. Players will be able to access these games through the Google Stadia’s subscription service that provides them with optimal quality in relationtion to streaming.

For those who seek better quality in relation to visuals the Google Stadia Pro subscription provides 4K HDR and will cost $10 each month. For those who decide to purchase the Stadia Pro plan you will be happy to know that Destiny 2 has been confirmed as a free game. Also, players have the option on pre-ordering the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition for $130 which includes the Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia Controller along with a three month buddy pass. We also learned that the cost of a Google Stadia controller comes to $70 along with the fact that the Google Stadia Base will not be released until 2020. The Google Stadia Base will provide subscribers with high quality visuals where games run at 1080p 60 FPS. The whole concept of the Google Stadia seems very innovative and it will be interesting to see how things play out following its upcoming launch.

Ori And The Blind Forest Coming Soon to the Nintendo Switch!!!

As far as big news in relation to the gaming world is concerned it was recently learned that Ori and the Blind Forest a platform metroidvania game from 2015 will soon be ported for the Nintendo Switch. For those who do not know Ori and the Blind Forest was developed by Moon Studios and published by Microsoft Studios and originally appeared on the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows following its release approximately four years ago. Ori and the Blind Forest had a pretty basic but interesting storyline along with incredible visuals due to the use of the Unity game engine. Since its release Ori and the Blind Forest had been critically acclaimed for various things including its soundtrack, plot twists and visual quality making it one of the best games within the platform genre from 2015. As many people know the latest installment in the series Ori and the Will Of The Wisps is set to be released for Xbox One & Microsoft Windows in February 2020.

There is no word on whether or not Ori and The Will Of The Wisps will eventually be ported for the Nintendo Switch as well but its something that would be interesting. Ori and The Blind Forest is scheduled to be released for the Switch console this upcoming Fall on September 27th. As a platform-adventure title its possible that Ori and The Blind Forest will be more of an attraction on the Switch console than it was on the Xbox One a few years ago. As far as genres are concerned variety seems to stand out more on the Nintendo Switch than it does on Xbox One since shooters and RPG’s tend to be bigger attractions on that console.

Will Trials Of Mana be more successful than the Secret Of Mana HD Remake?

As many people already know Trials Of Mana was announced early this year for a release sometime during the first half of 2020. Trials Of Mana is basically the high definition remake of the 16-bit SNES JRPG classic known as Seiken Densetsu 3 which came out exclusively in Japan in 1995. Seiken Densetsu 3 was considered to be the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Secret Of Mana game from 1993 and was considered to be one of the greatest action role-playing games of the 16-bit era to have never been released in America during the 90’s. As far as the Secret Of Mana is concerned the game received a high definition remake with the use of 3D graphics and visuals which appeared in Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4 back in February 2018. While some people thought that the remake of the classic JRPG was neat retro gamers who were big SNES fans during the 90’s were not too impressed. In fact, the 2D visuals & sprites along with the real-time battles associated with the original 16-bit Secret Of Mana game is what made it very appealing in the first place.

As it currently stands its hard to tell whether or not Trials Of Mana will be a bigger attraction in 2020 than the Secret Of Mana HD Remake this past year . The character and level designs for the Trials Of Mana look amazing and the battle system from the original Seiken Densetsu 3 title has been refined as well with inclusion of bonus objectives prior to battling different enemies in the game. Despite, the Secret Of Mana HD Remake not being well received by many critics its possible that Trials Of Mana could end up becoming more successful in western countries 2020. This especially true considering the fact that a lot people in America never got a chance to play the original 16-bit version of Seiken Densetsu 3 during the 90’s.

Retro Gaming 00’s- Sonic Battle: (2003)

As far as older games from the 00’s are concerned in relation to Nintendo consoles in general the are some who would argue that the Game Boy Advance has better titles than GameCube for the most part. While GBA having better titles than GameCube is debatable it definitely seemed like the Game Boy Advance has more variety. There were games such as Sonic Battle which was pretty unique following its initial release back in December 2003. Sonic Battle was a title that hardcore fans of the Sonic series might remember because it was one of the few high profile titles that Sega had ever made in relation to the blue hedgehog. Sonic Battle was a fighting game with an intriguing plot that involved Dr. Eggman being one of the main antagonists like usual. The story mode focuses on an ancient weapon known as a Gizoid who is later named Emerl by Sonic who becomes one of the key characters in the game as it copies the abilities for various characters while becoming stronger process. Emerl also became more powerful which each Chaos Emerald that he received and ended becoming the main antagonist of Sonic Battle.

There were various aspects about cool the story mode for Sonic Battle that people like including the cutscenes, world maps along with the fact that people had the opportunity to play as various characters opposed to only Sonic. The story mode gave people the opportunity to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Shadow, Cream The Rabbit, Rouge the Bat and even Emerl himself. While playing with Emerl in the towards the beginning of the story mode was a huge challenge making progress throughout game was even more rewarding as players watched the story unfold. Sadly, Sonic Battle never received a direct sequel but its still seen as a underrated classic for the Game Boy Advance which does not get talked about as much as it should.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Super Mario Galaxy 2: (2010)

As far as older platform games are concerned in relation to the early part of the 10’s decade one of the more memorable titles that we got to see within that genre was Super Mario Galaxy 2. For those who do not know Super Mario Galaxy 2 was released for theWii console back in May 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was the direct sequel to its ’07 predecessor Super Mario Galaxy was a title that managed to be a huge success on the Wii console as well. As far as the plot is concerned setting starts off in the same place as the prequel which is Mushroom Kingdom at the Star Festival. We get the same formula similar to that of older Mario games were Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach but with a different story. In Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mario has to stop Bowser from building his empire in the center of the universe while collecting Power Stars throughout the game in the process. One more intersection things about Super Mario Galaxy 2 that was a step up from it predecessor was the inclusion of Yoshi who has been a popular character in the series since he made his debut in Super Mario World in 1990. Also, on this game Mario is given access to a unique Starship which generates its energy from Power Stars in addition to meeting creatures known as Lumas who eventually becomes his allies.

In addition, to befriending Lumas people saw the return of the Toad Brigade from the original Super Mario Galaxy with the inclusion of Mario’s brother Luigi. In Super Mario Galaxy 2 Luigi becomes a playable character after players collect 120 Power Stars and completing the game in its entirety. Despite, arguably being a better game in relation to quality compared to its prequel Super Mario Galaxy 2 ended up selling less overall. Since its initial release back in Spring 2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 managed to reach over 7.4 million copies worldwide which is still incredible. The original Super Mario Galaxy 2 game had ended up reaching over 12 million copies in sales following its release in 2007 and ended the ninth best selling game on the Wii console. Many people would that Super Mario Galaxy 2 should have been saved for the Wii-U console which came out late 2012 because it could have shined more than it did for the Wii. In fact, if Super Mario Galaxy 2 was a Wii-U exclusive the console itself could have possibly been a bigger attraction than it was considering the fact that the best selling game was Mario Kart 8 which reached over 8.4 million copies in sales. Either way, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was still a huge attraction when its was released for the Wii in 2010 and is still considered to be one of the best 3D platformers of the series as far as the 10’s decade is concerned.

Upcoming Games- Rivals Of Aether (2019-2020)

As far as upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch is concerned one of the few titles that will be appearing on the hybrid console in the near future is Rivals Of Aether. For those who do not know Rivals If Aether is a fighting game that was developed and published by Dan Fornace and initially released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One back in 2017. As far as gameplay is concerned Rivals Of Aether feels similar to that of a Smash Bros game but with a few minor differences. Some examples would be various characters within the game representing different elements along with their ability to change the complexion of the stages they battle on with their moves. Also, as far as gameplay is concerned the combo system seems to be a lot faster in Rivals Of Aether opposed to that Super Smash Bros games.

As it currently stands an official release date for Rivals Of Aether has yet to be confirmed and we do not know if it will appear in the Switch console this year or during 2020. There is no doubt that Rivals Of Aether will be a bigger attraction on the Switch console than it was on the Xbox One or Microsoft Windows. For the most part RPG’s and shooter games stand out more on consoles like the Xbox One and there is a good chance that Rivals Of Aether will standout more on the Switch console in general.

Upcoming Games- Minecraft Dungeons: (2020)

As far as upcoming role-playing games are concerned one of the few big titles that people are talking about in relation to next year is Minecraft Dungeons. This game will be developed by Mojang and published by Xbox Game Studios and will feature both single and multiplayer gameplay and be available for various game consoles. The game systems that Minecraft Dungeons will appear on includes the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. Minecraft Dungeons will be utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 and is expected to be released sometime during the second quarter of 2020. The date regarding the official release of Minecraft Dungeons has yet to be revealed. The Minecraft series has been around for approximately ten years now and this upcoming installment is one that seems very promising.

This upcoming action role-playing game seems more like a dungeon crawler than anything and players will have the opportunity to journey throughout random levels while encountering various monsters in the game. Unlike, various traditional RPG’s Minecraft Dungeons will not have a class system which is cool because players have more freedom in relation to the weapons and armor they choose in the game. Hopefully, Xbox Game Studios will reveal more information about Minecraft Dungeons as we get closer to the second quarter next year. There is no doubt that Minecraft Dungeons has the Po to be one of the top action role-playing titles of 2020.