Good Movies Based on Video Games

One of the interesting issues with video games is that it seems like there can never be a good movie based on a video game. Even the games with the best storylines have movies made that are lacking. While some people would say that the video games can’t be made into good movies, there has been at least one good video game movie. One particular example that comes to mind is Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. This movie was so good that it has inspired one of the Street Fighter Alpha games. It shows that there is a way that a video game can be translated to the big screen.

Another movie that is not necessarily good, but considered better than other attempts is Mortal Kombat. The movie follows the video game storyline adequately. It is important to note that the game was basically a remake of Enter the Dragon with elements of Big Trouble in Little China thrown in for good measure. After all, Liu Kang of the games is based loosely on Bruce Lee. The story of Liu Kang vs Shang Tsung remains in tact. What is largely missing is the feud between Sub Zero and Scorpion which is admittedly hinted at in the film. Fans did get to see a fight between Sub Zero and Scorpion in the sloppy and Abysmal Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

These are just two examples of good movies made from video games. There is an important question to consider when it comes to making good movies out of video games. One thing that could be done is putting the storyline of the film in the hands of the fan of the franchise, preferably someone from the gaming community.

Admittedly, there are some games that are largely impossible to translate to the big screen. A lot of liberties would have to be taken in order to get it to work. One of the games that would prove to be extremely difficult is Super Mario Bros. There was a movie based on the game franchise back in the 90s but it bore very little resemblance to the game. Instead, it has taken on some of the elements from Blade Runner. It ultimately didn’t work. There is still hope for a good video game movie. However, the upcoming Tomb Raider movie might not be it.

Nintendo To Release Pokemon Crystal For 3DS

Nintendo is bringing back another classic Pokemon game title in January when it makes Pokemon Silver available for download on the Nintendo eShop. As part of its revamped launch, the game will be compatible with the Pokemon Bank. That service allows players to import Pokemon from older games into the latest releases: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Pokemon Crystal is the last of the original Pokemon games to be connected to the Pokemon Bank.

The original version of Pokemon Crystal was the sixth Pokemon video game released and was the only game that was exclusive to the Game Boy Color. It was the first Pokemon game to feature between scene animation and the first Pokemon game to feature a playable female character. It was also notable for being the first game to include a lengthy storyline featuring Suicune. Sucine is a boss that is seen in some other games, but his role is much expanded in Pokemon Crystal.

Other notable features in the game include the introduction of a new character named Eusine, which battles the player while looking to team up with Suicine. There’s also a new radio show, Buena’s Password, which includes a password that can be used later by the player to complete a battle.

One change for the updated version of Pokemon Crystal is that players will be able to have an interaction with the mythical Pokémon Celebi after they completely finish the game. In the original version of Pokemon Crystal, the only to interact with Celebi was by inputting a special code. That code was available for a limited amount of time through a mail-in contest.

While Pokemon Crystal is the final original Pokemon game to be ported to the 3DS platform, it is not yet available as part of the new Nintendo Switch gaming system. Some of the older Pokemon games are available on Switch as part of an add-on game, but there is no word on when Crystal will be available.

Nintendo Switch Launches New Video Games for the Festive Season

The Nintendo Switch has invented new video games today, the 28th of November. The games are animated and two series have been launched the first and second Resident Evil Revelations. The series was a comeback for the resident evil after seasons 5 and 6 of the series changed its theme to action yet it was essentially invented to depict survival in a horror scene. The newly released series will have the highest number of horror fans buying the video games. Resident Evil Revelation will surprise many gamers with its awesome content.

Another anticipated video game, Syberia 2 will be released on the 30th of November 2017. Syberia 1 was established back in the year 2002. The series depicts a travel adventure for the gamer. While enjoying the video game, the player moves from one country to another especially Russia and Europe. This came by for Nintendo Switch and the second part of the series, Syberia 2 will be completing the end goal.

The game has a lady called Kate who travels continuously. Customers have posted reviews about Syberia. What fascinates them most is the graphic design used in developing the game as well as the style in which it is played. Adventure games are awesome and many people fill the video game stores to purchase them. The gamers have reviewed the games and cannot wait for them to get to the stores.

Well, those two were just but the tip of an iceberg. On the 1st of December, 2017 Nintendo switch is dropping a hot video game in their library. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is about Elysium, a safer place away from the ginormous beasts who have ripped humanity apart. Two people, Ryra and another, Rex constantly journey while looking for this new land. The destroyers are named as Titans in the video game. What the players are supposed to be two. They battle the monsters and salvage the human beings from their destruction. Still, no players have reviewed but it is going to be a wonderful experience.

The ‘New Nintendo 2DS XL’: Nintendo’s Last Step for Handhelds?

With the everlasting demand of the Nintendo Switch, the 3DS line of products is slowly losing its role as the most popular and relevant portable Nintendo console. However, due to the still rampant supply issues with stores, the 3DS and 2DS systems are more accessible by overall amount in stores as well as price; as the original 2DS is merely a third of the cost of a Switch console alone.

This lead to Nintendo wanting to revamp the console line with a new design, which brings us to the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It is everything that a gamer, casual or hardcore, could want out of a console near the end of it’s mainstream lifespan. Except, it neglects the aspect that made the original 3DS systems: The actual 3D capabilities with games, photos and videos.

Overall the design is a bit more unique and appealing compared to other Nintendo handheld consoles, however differences are just noticeable enough that anyone that had a 3DS or a 2DS model before will need to make adjustments. These include, but not limited to a shorter stylus, the camera is now in the hinge (instead of being with the top screen) and the fact that the hinge actually sticks out once the console is closed. Along with this, the physical screens itself have yet to be updated along with technology.

In conclusion, if you care about 3D in gaming then this is not for you. On the other hand, if it is more style, functionality and overall need for a new console then maybe this is more for you. Especially if you are not exactly a fan of the 3D option.

Nintendo Unveils New Trailer for Super Mario Odyssey

At this year’s E3 presentation, Nintendo gave fans a more detailed look into its latest game to feature mascot plumber Mario. While fans only saw glimpses of the title in a sizzle reel for the new Nintendo Switch, including the appearance of properly-proportioned humans living in a New York City-inspired area known as “New Donk City,” its latest video features over 150 seconds of footage.

 

The video opens with a long shot of a luxurious grass field, with a waterfall flowing in the background. A series of heavy thuds can be heard, sending a flock of birds flying away as the thuds continue and the camera zooms back to reveal a T-Rex tromping through. As the dinosaur turns around and issues a cry, the camera shows Mario’s signature red cap, with eyes, atop the T-Rex’s head; a moment later, Mario bursts forth with a “woo-hoo!” What follows next is a series of clips from the impending 3D platformer.

  • Mario is shown riding around the streets of New Donk City in a yellow scooter.
  • Mario running across a field of white and black as a full moon shines ominously in the night sky.
  • Mario abandoning his normal clothes for a poncho and sombrero in an arid desert laden with stone ruins.
  • More footage of the dinosaur world shown at the start, with water cascading through the ribcage of a triceratops fossil.
  • A shot of Bowser in a matching white suit and top hat with Princess Peach held captive under in one of his arms.
  • More evidence that the weird hat-creature prevalent throughout Super Mario Odyssey’s media can assume a variety of hat forms. Furthermore, the hat can be used as either a short-range projectile attack or to possess and control various creatures and objects.

 

While Super Mario Odyssey is currently without a rating from the ESRB, it will likely follow other Mario titles and be rated “E for Everyone.”

 

A Review of Ultra Street Fighter II

When most people think of fighting games, the common image is of face-to-face competitions around an arcade cabinet or close to a television screen. “Ultra Street Fighter II,” for the Nintendo Switch, changes this by giving fighting game fans a console experience on the go. Looking over Street Fighter’s history on portable machines, only a handful has been great: SSF2 Turbo Revival on the GBA; SFA 3 on the PSP and SF4 on the 3DS. One feature that USF2 has over those titles is that it does not require additional equipment for multiple players.

 

USF2 looks as good as the HD Remix releases of SSF2 on the PS3 and 360. While the fighting game community will likely spend months comparing it to other versions, USF2 is still a Street Fighter title-an installment of one of the most venerable fighting game franchises. Even USF2’s presentation is customizable, allowing players to choose between HD or 16-bit graphics and between a remixed or chiptune soundtrack. While some may decry the HD artwork, those complaints mostly fall away when observed in person. USF2’s main benefit is its flexibility; you can enjoy old-school fighting on a monitor, complete with upscaled resolution, or you can take the game on the go. To play with a friend, just take the Joy-Cons off the tablet and hand one off.

 

As for playing with Joy-Cons, the experience is mixed. The analog stick makes some motions, even the rudimentary slide from “down” to “forward,” frustrating. While you can access “L” and “R,” the wrist strap slides make it much easier. The left Joy-Con’s face buttons are an excellent stand-in for a d-pad. The Joy-Con is also used for a special minigame that puts you into first-person perspective as you execute traditional special moves against waves of enemies; a feature good for some mindless bashing or keeping children active.

 

The biggest issue with USF2 may be the price tag; you’re effectively paying $40 for a 25-year-old game. While this is a comprehensive version of SF2 on a new console, some may wonder if it’s really worth the investment when the “Virtual Console” has SF2 for $10. Honestly, the $40 price tag is the only legitimate justification for why Switch owners might give USF2 a pass.

 

Nintendo Explains Cancelation of the NES Classic Mini

The NES Classic mini has come and is going, all too quickly for customers who are increasingly frustrated with their inability to obtain one. The NES Classic mini was preloaded with 30 games and could not have any added to the system. The 30 games preloaded into the NES Classic Mini were some of the classics including Zelda, Mario, and Metroid.

 

In April 2017, just six months after the product was launched, Nintendo announced that they were stopping production of the NES mini. The product sold out on the day it was released within minutes of the product release and was never in stock, in stores or online, for very long. Scalpers seemed to be the only ones who consistently profited from the product as Nintendo sold it at $60 per unit and it was resold frequently for over $200.

 

Many users were concerned and complained with the cancellation of the product as well as their inability to obtain one, despite their interest in it. Nintendo didn’t explain their desire to cancel the product until an recent interview with Time magazine. Per this interview, Nintendo indicated that they originally planned the NES mini to be just in place for the holiday season of 2016 but it sold over 2 million units.

 

The President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, indicated that the company continued to add shipments of the products but was unable to meet the demand, which surprised the company. Nintendo apologized for their inability to meet the need for customers but indicated that the company has other products that they are working on, including the Nintendo Switch which was released in early 2017, and that they were unable to keep so many projects ongoing. File-Aime indicated that Nintendo does not have unlimited resources and was overwhelmed by the demand as well as their focus on the Switch and future projects for the company.

 

There are rumors that Nintendo will be releasing a similar product as the NES Classic Mini but for the Super Nintendo system. This product will likely come out for the 2017 Christmas season and customers are hoping that Nintendo will have learned the lesson that they, and their customers learned, with the release of the Nintendo Classic.

 

Nintendo Switch Drops Jaws with High Sales

You’ve likely been a gamer for the better part of your life. Along the way you’ve probably played your fair share of consoles. Out of all the video game console developers in the world it seems like one company consistently rises to the top: the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is a company that innovates while staying true to their roots, never forgetting the nostalgia of yesterday while pursuing making history tomorrow. Now we are looking at another era of Nintendo memory making with their newest console: the Nintendo Switch. While fans are always nervous when a new console launches it seems like, in this case, the nerves were for nothing. As of this writing the Nintendo Switch has turned into one of the fastest selling consoles in Nintendo’s history.

 

We’ve finally gotten a chance to see some of the sale statistics for the first full month of the Nintendo Switch’s lifespan and the results are great. Nintendo managed to sling 2.7 million units in March alone, bringing nearly $584 million for the stalwart company. The Nintendo Switch had many of the concerns that the Nintendo Wii had when it was first released: it was a console that was trying something new and fans feared that it would just be a gimmick. Well, fear no more. The Switch has gotten rave reviews and the sale numbers are hard to ignore.

 

Gaming has changed dramatically even since the Nintendo Wii had launched. Nowadays customers have the option to pursue more video games, video game consoles, and video game companies than ever before. Mobile gaming has taken a huge bite out of the budget that many people had previously set aside for console gaming. Still, Nintendo continues to plug along without losing their focused. Tatsumi Kimishima, the president of Nintendo, simply stayed: “I was relieved by a strong start of the Switch.”

 

Kimishima knows that his console is selling well but there is still some concern amongst analysts that the console is lagging slightly behind. A few of the big concerns for potential lag include: dead pixels on the console’s launch screen, a lack of game choices, and the high marketing budget for the game eating away at the edge of profits. For now, however, the grass seems to be green.

 

Nintendo’s Latest Console Set for Global Release

The last couple of years haven’t been filled with good news for Nintendo. The company that was once a leader in home gaming consoles was now struggling to compete in a world where the Xbox and PlayStation have taken over the market. Starting in 2014, they’ve had several quarters of losses due to disappointing sales of the Wii U console. Nintendo also faced growing competition from the mobile gaming industry, which is one that they’ve eventually entered after some hesitation. Now that their latest console product is set to be released around the world on March 3rd, many are asking whether it will help them make a big comeback.

 

Their upcoming console is called the Switch and offers a few interesting and unique elements that are likely to appeal to their target audience. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console, which can be described as a handheld tablet that can seamlessly dock to a TV. Gamers can switch between TV and handheld mode instantly. One can start a game at home and play on the big screen, then continue playing while on the road, save their game and then come back to play on their home TV again.

 

Gamers can add the titles they want to the console either by purchasing them online and storing the games on the console’s 32 GB of internal storage or by buying them in store. Switch games come on a memory card that is roughly the size of an SD card and slides in a slot at the top of the console.

 

While the Switch is quite interesting in terms of design, it does come with a few drawbacks. Even though it has the form factor of a tablet, it doesn’t have a web browser or other kinds of connected apps a lot of users would love, such as apps that give access to video or music streaming services. The console will only have nine titles available at launch. The standard retail edition won’t include any free games either, which might disappoint shoppers looking for maximum value.

 

The Nintendo Switch Review

Set to launch on March 3, the Nintendo Switch is another attempt by the gaming company to reconcile a console with mobile and home entertainment capabilities. A recent review done by TechCrunch, who were able to get their hands on the device before launch, claims that the hardware from Nintendo is crafty, but limited. Buyers can expect to find a restricted number of game titles upon release, but may be pleasantly surprised by the reliability of the Switch.
The device itself comes equipped with a 6.2-inch screen that can be docked into a charging station which may be plugged into a home theatre system. Using the switch in this fashion allows for multiplayer gaming on a bigger screen using the two “Joy-Con” wireless controllers. With both controllers attached, the system weights approximately .88 pounds.
Going wireless with the Nintendo Switch allows consumers to use the device for up to three hours without charge. Wireless online gaming is available without being plugged into the home charging dock. Among the multiplayer options provided by the Switch include an 8-player home functionality and a parental control standalone application.
Despite the lack of games mentioned by TechCrunch’s review of the Switch, Nintendo lists nine games being available for play on March 3, including the fan favorite, Zelda.
Nonetheless, the Nintendo Switch is a bold attempt at introducing a versatile home gaming system into the market. The ability to take the system on the go makes keeping track of game progress easier than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One competitors. While the Switch does not have the robust graphics capabilities of these bigger consoles, this new product option by Nintendo will undoubtedly make an impact in the gaming market, especially with the established Nintendo fans.