When I was writing up my Nintendo E3 predictions and wish list, I discussed where I thought the Mario Kart franchise should and could go in the future. I got so excited by it that I wanted to flesh it out a bit more and really explore the potential of this idea.
So, before we begin, why and how did I start thinking about this? Quite frankly, Nintendo is going to have a massively difficult time creating Mario Kart 9 or whatever is next for the franchise. Mario Kart 8 (especially the Deluxe version on Switch) is already near perfect. The roster is absolutely massive, the customization options are top notch, and there are a ton of great tracks to pick from. Plus, we can’t forget the recent additions of Battle Mode as well. Personally, I would have loved to see a continued effort through DLC but that’s a story for another day.
As you can see, Mario Kart 8 is already a very complete game, so where can the franchise go from here?
In an effort to be more than just another rehash or annual update, I think Nintendo should go bigger and expand the franchise. Why stay with Mario when Nintendo has access to a huge stable of amazing IPs? I say, go for it all! Here are my ideas for what I’m calling Mario Kart All-Stars. Continue reading
Welcome to my E3 2019 predictions! We’re moving on to Microsoft today, but if you want my thoughts on Nintendo, check it here.
E3 2019 promises to be a very interesting year for Microsoft. They’re in position to do bigger things than normal considering its chief rival, Sony, has opted out of the event completely. The lights will shine brighter on Microsoft because of it.
So for me, I’m expecting Microsoft to go bigger than normal this year in an attempt to take advantage of all of the additional eyes on them. Last year’s show will pave the way for Microsoft who will likely attempt to surprise fans with new reveals, exciting announcements, and maybe a look at the future.
Will we see new hardware? I think so. I also believe Microsoft has a stable of surprises in store from third party partners and first party reveals. Here’s the direction I think Microsoft is going at E3 2019.
It’s the weekend once again and that means it’s time for an all new edition of the Video Round Up! Even with E3 right around the corner, the video well continues to bear fruit. Let’s have a look at all the great video content from the gaming industry over the past week.
I know I’ve said this many times in the past here on this blog, but Blizzard’s cinematics team is on a whole nother level. The studio put out another massively impressive CG trailer with the next step in the Battle for Azeroth story line. Saurfang goes to visit an old friend, which promises to have major implications going forward.
Ubisoft also had another big week as The Division 2 recieved Title Update 3, bringing a ton of major updates, additions, and changes. Not only that, the first raid called Operation Dark Hours arrived as well, bringing the first 8 player mission into the game.
Want even more? Well jump below to see new videos of Red Dead Online, Samurai Showdown, Minecraft Earth, and so much more after the break! The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…
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Welcome to my E3 2019 predictions! This year we’re kicking things off with Nintendo, but make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Microsoft, Third Party, and a special look at Sony.
For the first time, I feel like we, as a community, have a pretty good handle on what Nintendo is bringing to the table this year. They’ve been pretty open about some of the bigger names which has certainly helped fill in the various pieces of the puzzle. Still, there are some gaps, so perhaps Nintendo has a surprise or two in store for us.
The biggest wildcard for me though is the fact that Reggie is no longer around. I still feel weird saying that, but the main man retired from his position in April, passing the torch to Bowser. Well, not THAT Bowser, but Doug Bowser. I’m curious to see what he brings to the table as he has some large shoes to fill.
Honestly, Nintendo just needs to continue to lean into their strengths for this E3. Keep pushing unique experiences and first party “must have” exclusives. So with that in mind, here are some of the reveals I’m thinking Nintendo will bring to the table this year.
Wow, where has the time gone? I find it hard to believe that we’re now about a month away from the annual tradition of E3!
I won’t lie, I’m dreadfully unprepared. As such, I need a few days to collect my thoughts, so my E3 wishlist/prediction features will be starting later this week. My plan is to create at least three of these things: Xbox, Nintendo, and Third Party. If you’ve been with me a while, you may be asking where that fourth one is.
I have not decided if I’m going to be doing a Sony wishlist/prediction post. The obvious reason is that the company announced that it was ducking out of E3 this year and focusing on alternative ways to engage with the community. Plus, they seem to be sort of in a holding pattern due to the imminent arrival of their next gen console, likely arriving next year. They still have a bunch of announced games (Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Last of Us 2) that are likely going to be cross-gen, so I don’t know what else I can really predict for them.
Still, there are things I would like to see from them, obviously not at E3 but perhaps as we head into the next generation. So I may still write something up for them, it just won’t look like the other 3 since Sony isn’t going to be active as they usually are in June. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a couple of announcements during that week however.
The reveal season is upon us already as we’ve already gotten a brief taste of what’s to come with Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see the future of gaming next month.
What are you hoping to see at this years show? Let me know below in the comments.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms and moms to be! While I don’t have a gift for you, I did put together the latest Video Round Up filled with all the latest videos and trailers, so I hope that’s a good substitute.
Ubisoft had the biggest reveal this week, surprising the Ghost Recon with a brand new game coming later this year. The special event was packed with a ton of new information, a lengthy alpha demo, as well as an announcement trailer. For you, my friends, I have it all below. Enjoy. By the way, if you want to hear my thoughts on the reveal, have a look at this.
Sony also came up huge this week with a new 10 minute State of Play, their attempt to directly reveal new gameplay and reveals similar to what Nintendo does. They had plenty to say this week and I have all of the new content waiting for you below.
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Following a short hiatus, Ghost Recons Wildlands helped put the long running franchise back on the map thanks to its sprawling open world, diverse environment, and gameplay that really let players tackle things the way they wanted to in any order they wanted. It’s also worth mentioning that Ubisoft has done a terrific job supporting the game over the past couple of years with a mix of free and paid content.
After all this time, I guess it should be no surprise that it was time for a new entry. Even though I kinda knew about it a day before it was officially announced, Ghost Recon Breakpoint was officially revealed and it looks like the follow up that the series deserves.