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‘Pokémon Sun and Moon’ Reveal trailer!

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The highly anticipated news announcement from Pokémon graced our devices today in the form of a Pokémon Sun and Moon reveal trailer! In this article we’ll be looking at its key points and interesting features as well as providing our overall opinion! So let’s break it down…

Our Protagonist

 The first thing to talk about is you, the player. In the early stages of the trailer, we get the classic shot of the protagonist in his bedroom, fully equipped with TV and Pikachu toy. Also to add on to the trainer topic, different versions of how the protagonist looked throughout the trailer were shown, confirming the trainer customisation which was widely received back in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

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Hawaii confirmed?

Another important shot in the trailer is the part giving us a hint as to where the game is based! Our main protagonist is greeted (most likely in the beginning segment of the game) by a local named ‘Kukui’ who says “Welcome to paradise, cousin. This is the Alola region!”. Here we have confirmation of the newest region to be introduced to the Pokémon world. The word ‘Paradise’ combined throughout the trailer with shots of beaches, totems and flowery styled shirts, puts a solid claim on the location of Hawaii.  Personally, its exciting to see how Pokémon has included the modern city feel with much more meaningful, historical traditions of this beautiful place.

Starters

Arguably the most important part of the trailer reveal, we got a look at the three newest companions you will have to choose from to start your Pokémon journey in the Alola region. The trailer gave us a clip of the three starter Pokémon being presented to you for selection, as well as a bit of information about them. For the grass type, we have a grass/flying Pokémon called Rowlet, for the fire type selection, we have Litten and finally water, Popplio. All three are shown in the screenshot below. As for the community’s response to the starters, it is fairly mixed. Some have already made responses to the trailer stating that the starters are ‘ugly’, personally I don’t think the Pokémon are particularly vulgar, but at the same time they aren’t particularly appealing to me either. Let’s hope the evolutions of these starters live up to the hype!

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Legendary Pokémon

Also included in the trailer was a short and sweet reveal of the legendary Pokémon created for each of the games. Considering these Pokémon are a large part of the end game storyline, they certainly live up to expectation on their looks. For Pokémon Sun we have a bright and bold Pokémon resembling a lion, creating a striking sense of authority and power. For Pokémon Moon we have a flying and possibly dark type Pokémon, with a very complex and mysterious look to it. The clip of its special attack striking a sense of power and beauty amoung viewers. Overall, very exciting stuff indeed…

Last but not least

 Finally, we got a cover art reveal and release date! November 18th will be the day for all the Pokémon trainers, breeders, contest competitors and Pokémon masters to get excited for. Overall, I’d say the trailer was a good insight into the newest instalment into the Pokémon world, giving the community lots of information to thrive and speculate over. While some of the community aren’t too impressed with how Sun and Moon looks, only time will tell and the trailer certainly lived up to the hype.

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So! Let us know what you think and which game of the two will you be getting? The trailer can be found here

 

Ryan Gulliford, a student well versed in the ways of first person shooters and racing genres, with a little bit of Pokemon knowledge thrown in for good measure. Exploring the world of gaming journalism one step at a time, Ryan is a writer for GoombaStomp.com and owner of his own gaming blog yourgamerguy.com What games am I looking forward too most? - Forza Horizon 3 - Destiny: Rise of Iron - Battlefield 1

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued

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After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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The ‘Mass Effect’ Remastered Trilogy Rumours Are Back in Full Swing

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Desperate Mass Effect fans- myself included- have long been hoping for an announcement of a remaster of Bioware’s epic space drama trilogy. Despite no news coming from Bioware themselves or publishers EA, the fandom has been clutching at straws in regards to a remaster. However, there have been a couple of suggestions here and there- such as the listing of a Mass Effect art book coming in March 2021- that point towards a remaster coming our way. The most recent suggestion is possibly the strongest yet so let’s take a look.

A Portuguese retail website recently posted a listing for the Mass Effect Trilogy game, complete with box art and various console versions. The listing showed three different versions of the remaster: A PlayStation 4 version, an Xbox One version and a Nintendo Switch version. Prices were also posted with the retail listing- though they are listed as the euro currency due to the location of the site- with the PS4 and Xbox One versions listed as 59.99 euros and the Switch one down as 49.99 euros. The listing has since been deleted by the retailer site but thanks to Twitter- more specifically the Twitter user Nibel– you can check out the listing below.

This is very encouraging for us Mass Effect fans. It’s not so good for the person responsible for the listing though. Let’s be honest, they are losing their job for sure. The trilogy remaster has been circulating the gaming rumour mill for a while so here’s hoping that we will get some concrete information- and an actual confirmation- sometime soon.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ for PlayStation 5

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FINAL FANTASY XVI FOR PLAYSTATION5 ​​​

During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase event, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy® Xiv, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy Xiv, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5 system.

The news was revealed via the Final Fantasy XVI“Awakening” trailer which can be viewed below.

Here’s what Producer Naoki Yoshida had to say:

Final Fantasy Xvi producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

Final Fantasy XVI

And here is what director Hiroshi Takai had to say:

When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now…XVI.

From the establishment of an all-new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

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