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Jun

Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017: Find out what was launched for Switch


Nintendo has a massive presence on the showfloor at E3 each year, but hasn’t hosted a physical press conference for a while.

Instead, it streams a pre-recorded Nintendo Spotlight video on the morning of the massive game show opening its doors for the first time. This year’s, for E3 2017, was particularly special as several much-anticipated Nintendo Switch games were shown in more depth, and several new games were announced – including new Metroid Prime and Pokemon RPG titles.

Here then are the highlights of the Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 and some of the trailers if you miss them first time around.

  • E3 2017: All the games, rumours and what to expect from the world’s biggest games show

Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 highlights

The main game everyone was itching to see more on was undoubtedly Super Mario Odyssey. We saw plenty of gameplay during the event, which you can see in the trailer below. We also found out the release date and it’s only around the corner really: 27 October 2017. Yes!

Two surprise reveals were Metroid Prime 4 and a “new core Pokemon RPG” for Switch. Unfortunately there’s no footage of either yet and they are unlikely to appear for a year at least, but Switch fans around the globe will be very excited by the news.

We were also surprised by the announcement that Rocket League is coming to Switch this year. The incredibly fun competitive cross between football and driving will be available this holiday season and it will feature cross-network play – so you can play other Rocket League players, even if they don’t have a Switch.

In the cute terms, Kirby, Yoshi and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle really up the ante.

And Fire Emblem Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 add a couple of battle RPGs to the mix – which is no bad thing at all.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC was shown, in addition to the release of the four guardians as Amiibos. All great stuff.

Pocket-lint will be playing Super Mario Odyssey and much more at E3 2017. You can find out exactly what we think in the next couple of days.

13
Jun

E3 2017: All the games, major announcements and what to expect from the world’s biggest games show


E3 2017 is upon us. With all the major conferences done and dusted, here are all the major announcements and games from the world’s largest games show.

Microsoft announced that its new 4K super console, the Xbox One X (originally codenamed Project Scorpio), will be arriving in November. That muzzled Sony somewhat, with the company showcasing its latest titles – including Days Gone and God of War gameplay – with little additional comment. Nintendo, meanwhile, quietly announced some explosive titles – including a Pokemon RPG for Switch – in its live-stream.

With the doors to the show open to the public from midday Tuesday 13 June at the LA Convention Center, we’re sure that public reaction and appreciation will dictate which company won E3… although, with hardware and software coming out of our ears, we’re all winners.

Xbox at E3 2017

Major games

  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Minecraft in 4K
  • Crackdown 3
  • Sea of Thieves
  • State of Decay 2

Microsoft arguably stole press conference day at E3 2016, with the announcement of the Xbox One S and, more surprisingly, its next games console, codenamed Project Scorpio.

  • Xbox One X: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Its 2017 conference on Sunday 11 June, finally showed more of the console, now named the Xbox One X. It is due for worldwide release on 7 November for £449 in the UK, $499 in the States.

Xbox One fans were also presented with a healthy line-up of games, many exclusives, and, of course, many optimised for true 4K playback at 60fps thanks to Xbox One X.

  • The best Xbox One games to look forward to in 2017 & 2018: Crackdown 3, Forza 7, Sea of Thieves and more

Top among its titles was the unveiling of Forza Motorsport 7, which will be released October 3 2017 – more than a month ahead of the new console. Crackdown 3, however, will arrive on 7 November, in tandem with Xbox One X.

Deep Silver’s Metro Exodus, the latest in the post-apocalyptic open-world shooter series, was also shown off in terrifying 4K glory. It will be released in 2018.

Minecraft is also coming in full 4K thanks to Xbox One X.

PlayStation at E3 2017

Major games

  • Days Gone
  • God of War
  • Spider-Man
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

In the usual “call and reply” head-to-head between Xbox and PlayStation, we had expected Sony to pull the wraps off a major new title. That wasn’t precisely the case, however, with the company using its pre-E3 conference at the Shrine Auditorium to let the games talk.

  • The best PS4 games to look forward to in 2017 and 2018

The two most important Sony exclusives for 2017 are God of War and Days Gone.

God of War really looks as though Santa Monica Studio has struck an interesting balance between Kratos and his son – both of whom you will command as player in their journey – in a mix of storytelling and no-holds-barred fighting. The game will be released in early 2018.

A slew of virtual reality titles were also revealed, showing ongoing support for PlayStation VR. Skyrim VR from Bethesda; Star Child; The Inpatient; Monster of the Deep (which is a Final Fantasy fishing game… yes, really); Bravo Team; and Moss (in which you play a mouse knight… again, yes really) show the diversity of what Sony’s VR platform can offer – and as Microsoft wasn’t talking VR whatsoever with Xbox One X, it’s the PS4’s one leg-up.

Other big-hitters included Shadow of the Colossus, from Japan Studio, which is a reimagination of the PlayStation 2 original. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Horizon: Zero Dawn’s DLC The Frozen Wilds also roused interest.

Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream’s latest, in which Android police live among us in society – was also on display, setting the benchmark for movie-like games.  

The PlayStation event was closed out with a PS4 exclusive: Spider-Man. Perhaps an unexpected closing title – no Red Dead 2, no Last of Us 2, no Death Stranding – it’s a title Sony is keen to show-off, given its exclusive status. It looks similar to Arkham City in some respects, except played out in daylight, with added web-slinging thrown in for good measure.

Nintendo at E3 2017

Major games

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Untitled Pokemon RPG title
  • Metroid Prime 4
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC (The Master Trials / The Champions Ballad)
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Splatoon 2
  • ARMS

Nintendo doesn’t hold a press conference during E3 – those days are long gone – but it hosted a Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation on Tuesday 13 June. And it was all about the Switch.

It’s fair to say Nintendo is often seen as the underdog compared to the other big two. It’s also fair to say it announced some really big-deal titles, from a new Kirby and Metroid Prime 4, to an as-yet-unnamed Pokemon RPG game due in 2018/19.

The Switch’s biggest title, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, also has The Master Trials and The Champions Ballad DLC content coming this holiday period. There’s new armour, the Korok Mask, a Master Mode (super hard mode), plus Hero’s Path to track every step you’ve been on the map.

New Zelda Amiibo are coming too: the four champions from Breath of the Wild – Mipha, Daruk, Revali, and Urbosa – will all be available to buy and use in Breath of the Wild and its DLC.

Nintendo wouldn’t be Nintendo without Mario, so obviously the company showed off more of its upcoming Super Mario Odyssey. In the game it appears Mario can almost possess other enemies and objects, from a taxi to a Tyrannosaurus, or Goomba to Bullet Bill. How’s that for a major twist in Mario’s development?

Beyond Nintendo’s own announcements, it’s great to see other developers getting on board too: from Skyrim to FIFA 18 and beyond, the Switch is a console that’s getting a far stronger foothold than its Wii U predecessor.

Ubisoft at E3 2017

Major games

  • Beyond Good And Evil 2
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • Far Cry 5
  • Skull & Bones
  • The Crew 2
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • South Park: Phone Destroyer (mobile app game)
  • Starlink: Battle For Atlas
  • Rayman Legends Definitive Edition for Switch
  • Steep for Switch

Ubisoft always hosts its press conference on the Monday prior to the show doors opening and that was no different this year.

Its press conference kicked off by rolling out Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, to confirm that Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle isn’t just a rumour game, but a reality. Described as “unlike any Mario game ever made before”, this exploration meets turn-based battle game, which is exclusive for Nintendo Switch and released on August 29, certainly looks like a unique take.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt for this latest release, is a game that’s garnered a lot of attention ahead of E3 2017, plus it will be optimised for the highest 4K graphical fidelity on Xbox One X. Unlike previous Assassin’s Creed titles, Origins ditches the mini map and towers approach, instead opting for an eagle to scout and tag enemies.

Online racer The Crew also has a sequel incoming: The Crew 2. It takes racing up a notch, with street racing, boats, planes, off-road and more. This looks like Ubi’s title to take on Forza and Need For Speed.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole finally gets a release date, too, after being delayed from last year. The turn-based RPG will be available October 17. Not content with just one game, however, there will also be a mobile app game, South Park: Phone Destroyer, also released this year.

Fancy playing “the ultimate pirate experience”? Skull & Bones shows that Ubisoft isn’t finished with pirates after Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, with this all new online player-vs-player and single player game of the seas.

Starlink: Battle For Atlas is a space exploration game for PS4, Xbox One and Switch, all of which feature physical toys-to-life starships that connect to the controllers and provide interaction.

Far Cry 5 was also shown off in more detail, with some in-game action finally revealed. Set in fictional Hope County, Montana, Far Cry’s fifth outing is set in the modern day, where a fanatical cult has overrun the area – leaving it up to you to raise hell with your guns for hire to put things right. We played the game ahead of E3’s doors opening and it feels every bit Far Cry: brutal, open-world fun that you can take on in any tactical way that you please.

  • Far Cry 5: Release date, trailer, screens and everything you need to know

The biggest reveal of the lot, however, was Beyond Good And Evil 2 – the sequel that’s almost 15 years in the making. It’s a game that tugs on a lot of heartstrings, and it’s easy to see why – just watch the jaw-dropping trailer above, because BGE2 looks rather special.

EA at E3 2017

Major games

  • Anthem
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • A Way Out
  • FIFA 18 (including The Journey: Hunter Returns story mode)
  • FIFA for Switch
  • Madden NFL 18 (including Long Shot story mode)
  • NBA Live 18
  • Need for Speed Payback

Electronic Arts was the first to kick off the pre-E3 announcements, ahead of all the major conferences listed above, with its pre-show at the Hollywood Palladium.

Biggest among all its announcements was a teaser of BioWare’s newest game, Anthem, which Xbox showed off in far greater detail.

EA Sports has a strong series of sports games franchises, with FIFA, Madden NFL and NBA each getting their 2018 updates. Madden features Long Shot, its story mode, while FIFA 18 will continue player Alex Hunter’s story in The Journey: Hunter Returns. We’ve got a full feature detailing the game (link below).

  • FIFA 18: Release date, what’s new and everything you need to know

The game to arguably steal the showcase, however, was A Way Out. This EA Originals title, by Swedish studio Hazelight, is a split-screen two player co-op game – and that’s the only way it can be played.

Whether online or with a friend in the same room, the split screen dynamic is always in play – with player one on the left, player two on the right, adding a dynamism of the two points of view. It looks like a really clever take on multiplayer.

Bethesda at E3 2017

Major games

  • Wolfenstein 2
  • The Evil Within 2
  • Skyrim for Nintendo Switch
  • Doom VR
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • Quake Champions

Like Microsoft, Bethesda’s conference happened on the Sunday before the show. It was set off-site in a theme-park style “Bethesdaland”, before a standing only presentation.

We weren’t expecting heaps of announcements from Bethesda this year, which rang true: Doom VR (well, VFR, if you can work out the nod to BFG there), Fallout 4 VR, DLC content for Dishonored, a community mods system for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on consoles, the beta announcement of Quake Champions, and Skyrim unveiled for Nintendo Switch.

It was the final two announcements that got the crowd worked up all the more: The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus head up the company’s sequels march.

Best of all, everything announced by Bethesda will be released within 2017.

Activision at E3 2017

Major games

  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • Destiny 2
  • Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy

Activision opted for a low-key E3 in 2016, with its only presence at the show being behind closed doors. There will be a bigger showing this year though, with Destiny 2 and a return to the second World War for Call of Duty: WW2 at the very least.

The remastered Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy will also be at the show surely, considering it comes out later in June.

  • Destiny 2: Release date, screens, formats and everything you need to know

What other games companies will be at E3 2017?

Hundreds of publishers and developers show their wares at E3 each year, either on the show floor or behind closed doors (BCD) in private rooms. This year’s event will be no different. As well as the companies above, there will be plenty of other games publishers and hardware manufacturers, including:

  • Bandai Namco
  • Capcom
  • Deep Silver
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Konami
  • Oculus
  • Nvidia
  • Razer
  • Rebellion
  • Sega
  • Square Enix
  • Take-Two
  • Warner Bros

E3 2017 games

Alongside the games from the major publishers, these are the games rumoured to be shown, even playable, at E3 2017. There are likely to be plenty more as the show goes on.

  • Agents of Mayhem (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Borderlands 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Formula One 2017 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Metal Gear Survive (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Micro Machines World Series (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Middle-Earth, Shadow of War (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • NBA 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
  • PES 2018 (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Project Cars 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Project Sonic (PS4, Switch, PC)
  • Rogue Trooper Redux (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Sonic Forces (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch)
  • Strange Brigade (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • WWE 2K18 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Vampyr (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

There will also be plenty of virtual reality games for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

What else we’d like to see at E3 2017

While we always learn about certain games ahead of E3, there are several we hope for even though the chances are slim. The same applies to hardware. Here then is what we are hoping for at E3 2017.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar had already confirmed Red Dead Redemption 2 for a Q4 release in 2017, but that looks like being 2018 now. The developer rarely attends E3 so we doubt there’ll be a major insight this year. But here’s hoping it’ll try and steal the show by throwing out a new trailer during the show itself, just to ruffle some feathers.

Oculus Rift 2

With Oculus Touch now in everybody’s hands – literally – the next phase for the company could be an all-new version of the headset. Maybe we’ll even see something announced during E3.

More SteamVR headsets

HTC might also soon announce a HTC Vive 2 device, but considering Valve’s exclusive may be running out soon, we might be about to see other manufacturers jump on board. Asus, for example, has recently revealed that it is to invest heavily in VR this year.

We’ll add more to our wishlist as they occur to us. If there are games or hardware you would like to see announced or shown at E3 this year, let us know in the comments below.

13
Jun

Xbox One X preview: Age of 4K HDR gaming enters an all-new phase


We’d run out of fingers and toes if we tried to count the amount of times Microsoft has said its Xbox One X console (formerly Project Scorpio) is the “most powerful console ever”, but it doesn’t make those claims lightly.

It technically is.

As we know though, a games console is only as good as the games on it. And while you can fawn as much as you like over the specifications – which you can read more about here – if the games don’t make the most of them it’s just another box to try to fit under your TV.

An expensive one at that. Priced at £449 in the UK, $499 in the States, it falls more in the games PC range than traditional console. It’s £100 more than its nearest rival, the PS4 Pro after all.

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However, its promise of providing the best gaming experience available on a games console does ring true, based on the couple of games we’ve played and seen running on it so far.

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Forza Motorsport 7 wasn’t running on the final consumer Xbox One X at the Xbox Media Showcase during E3 2017, but was playable on a dedicated devkit with the same internal hardware. We’re confident therefore that the three race demo is representative of the final game and, if so, it will prove outstanding – a real showpiece for the new console.

Each of the three races were presented in full, native 4K and ran at 60 frames per second. Smooth doesn’t even cut it.

The game looks, quite simply, astonishing. It plays the same as if you were on an Xbox One S, but visually it is stunning. There will also be Dolby Atmos audio effects, we were told, which add a wider spatial surround soundfield. And considering that the rain and thunder in the dynamic weather demo sounded great in just headphones, we cannot wait.

The other gameplay demo we had rather than played was of Gears of War 4. The Xbox One X won’t just bring upscaled visuals, the lighting, draw distances and many more graphical flourishes have been reworked to present a very different, more tangible look to the game.

The details alone were exceptional, when run on a 65-inch OLED TV in 4K and HDR. We can’t wait to try it for ourselves some time in the near(ish) future.

First Impressions

It’s hard to actually say what it’s like to play on an Xbox One X in preference to a One S, partly because the games were running on devkits, but mainly because we were using the exact same controller and didn’t get any glimpse of the front end.

You don’t notice the difference in size between the X and S, regardless of Microsoft claims the new machine is smaller, but many will prefer the black colour scheme as it’ll be easier to hide in an AV cabinet.

We’ll be much more clued up when we actually get to play with the One X itself. And with a 7 November release date, that won’t be long now.

13
Jun

Russia is targeting US military personnel with online propaganda


Russia is going to great lengths to undermine the US military by not just spying on it, but trying to influence its members, according to a report from Politico. Operatives have been friending soldiers and veterans on social media, posting on popular sites and, of course, hacking members. The aim, according to experts, is to turn service members into a “fifth column” for Russia, and the military is struggling to stop it.

One technique used by Russia is to befriend soldiers, veterans and their spouses on social media in an effort to gather intelligence and spread misinformation. “Spies understand that a great deal can be discerned about what militaries are up to based on the unclassified behavior of soldiers,” threat intelligence manager John Bambenek told Politico.

Operatives try to lure personnel by sending friend requests posing as attractive women, but they also post propaganda on Facebook in an effort to boost Russia’s military status among US servicemembers. For example, military contractor Serena Moring recently spotted a possibly fake report about a heroic Russian soldier killed in action while fighting ISIS. “All the response from the military guys was like, ‘That is awesome. That is an epic way to die,” she said.

Spies understand that a great deal can be discerned about what militaries are up to based on the unclassified behavior of soldiers.

Russia has also reportedly formed partnerships with popular military sites. Veterans Today (above), for instance, has teamed up with Russian groups like New Eastern Outlook and Strategic Culture Foundation, run by a former Soviet Politburo member. It pushes anti-Semitic, anti-NATO and pro-Russian content, with stories like “Brussels, NATO and the globalists in total dissaray.”

Despite the far-fetched content, it gets up to 900,000 unique visitors per month, and, more terrifyingly, has some 35,000 active resumés on its HireVeterans.com job board. The hiring site also lists dozens of large US employers, including Bank of America and Westinghouse. Yet, University of Washington professor Kate Starbird tells Politico that Veterans Today is an “active partner” in the distribution of Russian propaganda.

Meanwhile, Russia’s hackers spend a disproportionate effort on the military, with 41 percent of attacks by the “Fancy Bear” group directed against current or former military members, according to SecureWorks. The aim is to gain intelligence either directly or indirectly, by observing the actions of soldiers and officers.

So what’s the end game? Trend Micro CEO Tom Kellerman told Politico that he thinks the cyber attacks that weaken the US leaders could presage military action. He warned the FBI that the Kremlin had targeted powerful leaders and their spouses, and could potentially turn on smartphone microphones and cameras to gather intelligence or compromise targets. “You have to remember these people have been warned that their dirty laundry could be aired.”

Source: Politico

13
Jun

Peter Thiel-backed bed sensor company Hello is put to sleep


In an announcement posted yesterday on Medium, Hello’s founder James Proud said that his company would be shutting down. And Hello’s product, the sleep monitor Sense, will be shutting down along with it.

In 2011, Proud was given one of Peter Thiel’s entrepreneurial fellowships — a program that awards young people a $100,000 grant to develop an idea, but they have to skip or leave college as part of the deal. Proud later launched Hello, and in 2014 its one and only product Sense pulled in $2.4 million on Kickstarter, $10.5 million in initial investor cash and another $40 million from investors thereafter.

But while people seemed really into the idea of a sleep monitor, especially one that didn’t require a wearable device, the company didn’t really take off after early success. First, the device was criticized for not actually tracking sleep that well. And the only real update to the product was the addition of voice control.

According to Proud’s post, Hello has been, and still is, looking for a buyer, but one hasn’t come through; and according to TechCrunch, some of Hello’s engineers will be heading over to sleep startup Casper. Sense users will receive instructions on how to export their data and delete their accounts later this week. And while some people commenting on Proud’s post are asking for Hello to make the Sense open source, there’s no word on whether that will be the case. Maybe when it’s truly, officially dead and gone.

Source: Hello

13
Jun

Twitter DM buttons let brands help (or sell to) users


If you open a Messaging window with Focus Features’ account on Twitter, you’ll get greeted by a menu with a few choices to pick from. Those are the platform’s new Direct Messaging Buttons, which you can click to perform tasks outside the DM window. A company could bundle a button with a coupon it sends you via DM to give you an easy way to tweet it out to your followers. Some could include buttons that take you to their profiles or to their websites in an effort to lure you into following their accounts or trying out their products. Others can program a button to open a chat conversation with another account more suited to answer your questions for a better customer service experience.

In Focus Features’ case, it’s using the feature to take you to Fandango, where it’s selling tickets for its movies. Its also using buttons to play trivia with its followers — and yes, your final score comes with a button you can click for easy sharing. This is but the latest in a series of direct messaging features Twitter has introduced over the past few months in its quest to become the perfect customer service platform.

Back in May, the company launched a feature called “Cards” that companies could add to their tweets. Since clicking on a card takes you to a DM conversation with that account, it complements the social network’s button that does the opposite. Together, they could lead to a pretty seamless interaction with various brands’ bots. Twitter will start rolling out the new feature today, so you can expect to see buttons on both iOS and Android apps, as well as on the web and on desktop clients soon.

Source: Twitter

13
Jun

‘Metroid’ is really, truly back


Oh boy. We thought Nintendo’s E3 showing would center entirely around Super Mario Odyssey, but it had another bombshell for us in its Direct livestream showcase. A decade later, Metroid is truly coming back — and we’re not talking Freedom Force. We’re getting Metroid Prime 4.

Yep, the last Metroid title we saw was a 3DS-only multiplayer shooter that didn’t really follow on from the Prime series, so the existence of Metroid Prime 4 will be welcome news to a lot of Samus fans.

The fact that MP4 is coming to the Switch was literally all we got — but it adds to the company’s momentum for bringing its biggest properties to Switch. Zelda? Check. Mario Kart and Mario World? Check. Alongside Pokemon, Metroid Prime will eventually join the Switch’s A-Team lineup. Still waiting on that Mario Paint Switch, though.

Follow all the latest news from E3 2017 here!

13
Jun

A bonafide ‘Pokémon’ game is coming to the Switch


For months, Pokémon fans have been speculating about a possible Sun and Moon port for the Nintendo Switch. A version called “Stars” has been rumored since November, promising new creatures and high-resolution graphics. Is it actually happening? Maybe. During Nintendo’s E3 spotlight, Tsunekazu Ishihara from The Pokemon Company confirmed that a new, “core” Pokémon RPG is in development for Nintendo’s new system. It’s being developed by Game Freak, the team behind the mainline Pokémon RPG titles, and “may not release for more than a year,” according to Ishihara. “But we hope you’ll look forward to it all the same,” he said.

So is it Stars, or something else entirely? We’re not sure, as Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi added cryptically: “What kind of Pokémon game will we be able to play on Nintendo Switch? I’m looking forward to it myself.”

Mr. Ishihara of The Pokémon Company is pleased to announce a core RPG Pokémon title will be coming to #NintendoSwitch!

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 13, 2017

The new RPG isn’t the only Pokémon game coming to Switch. Just last week Nintendo confirmed that Pokken Tournament will be headed to its console-portable hybrid on September 22nd. It’s a “deluxe” version of the Wii U title that came out in 2015, with five new Pokémon fighters and a bunch of additional matchmaking modes. While welcome, it wasn’t the game that fans were clamoring for. Nintendo also announced Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, two upgraded versions for the 3DS, that same day. Again, while appreciated, they weren’t the titles that Pokénuts had been dreaming about. Now we know that Nintendo and Game Freak just like to tease.

Follow all the latest news from E3 2017 here!

13
Jun

GM begins mass-producing self-driving Bolt EVs


The Chevy Bolt EV is an affordable, long-range electric car that’s garnered positive reviews, but GM wasn’t willing to stop there. They’ve just completed production on 130 self-driving test Bolt EVs.

These aren’t the first autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs that GM has produced. The company has been testing over 50 cars in San Francisco, Scottsdale and Detroit since June 2016, though the self-drive technology on this current crop of Bolts is more advanced. This new fleet of Bolts is notable, though, because it’s the first time a company is using mass production techniques on self-driving vehicles.

If autonomous vehicles really are the way of the future, manufacturers need a way to produce them in a cost-effective manner. That’s just what GM is working on with these new Chevy EV Bolts: marrying safe and reliable self-driving technology with production methods that scale affordably.

Via: Reuters

Source: GM

13
Jun

‘Yoshi’ on Switch is more cardboard, less yarn


There’s a new art style coming to the Yoshi franchise in its latest game, as the title character trundles around a diorama-styled 2.5-D setup collecting items, defeating enemies and solving puzzles. As shown in the trailer below, it will feature co-op gameplay like Donkey Kong Country Returns or the New Super Mario Bros games, and, in a change from Yoshi’s Woolly World, the eggs are back. Nintendo says this action platformer will arrive on the Switch in 2018.

Join Yoshi in a new action-platforming adventure in #Yoshi for #NintendoSwitch! Coming 2018. pic.twitter.com/SfaytdoL9d

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 13, 2017

Follow all the latest news from E3 2017 here!

Source: Nintendo (YouTube)

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