E3 2015 Predictions For Nintendo

It’s that time again my friends; time for MVGN to peer into our gaming crystal ball and try to predict what the big 3 will bring to this year’s E3. Our gaming company for today will focus on Nintendo. Nintendo has been in an interesting predicament for the past couple of years and this year is no different. With NX already being confirmed to NOT make an appearance at this year’s E3 and with their QOL project not showing its head either, Nintendo seems to have no choice but to double down on what is currently available.

What will they bring? Read on and find out what we think.

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Nintendo NX May be Region Free

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Nintendo NX, the upcoming next generation console from Nintendo, may be region free if the following comment turns out to be true. The comment was taken from the recent Q&A portion of the company’s latest financial results briefing.

Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic. However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it. You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.

The quote comes from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. It seems like Nintendo NX may indeed be a region free system. We hope to hear more about Nintendo’s plans for its next generation dedicated console but it may still be some time before we see the system.

Still exciting stuff non-the-less.

Rumor: Gears of War Collection Headed to XBOX One

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Hold onto your chainsaw equipped weapons; it appears as though there may be a Gears of War Collection headed to XBOX One. Take a gander at the image above and let the speculation begin. Apparently someone was asking Phil Spencer, the main honcho for XBOX, if we were getting a Gears of War Collection for XBOX One and he had a very coy reply… Check it out and let us know if you would like to see the series on XBOX One.

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Is Rayman Coming to Super Smash Bros.

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Could Rayman be headed to Super Smash Bros. in the near future? Check out the image above and the video below as some convincing footage and screenshots have surfaced that have everyone’s favorite limbless hero joining the battle in Smash. Although nothing has been confirmed, presumably the character would be apart of some sort of un-announced DLC for the popular game.

What do you guys think? Is Rayman coming to Super Smash Bros?

Kirby And The Rainbow Curse Getting Budget Release

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Yesterday, Nintendo shared more details on the upcoming Kirby and the Rainbow Curse title. The game will launch in Japan on January 22 and will apparently retail for 3,700 Yen ($37).

The title will also feature Amiibo support as well. Kirby And The Rainbow Curse is headed to Wii U early next year.

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Is EarthBound Headed to Wii U?

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Amazon has apparently put up a description for the February issue of Game Informer magazine. Amazon has listed the February issue of the popular magazine will feature Earthbound Forever. The description also states that the game is coming to Wii U in 2016. Take this as you will my friends but it would be an interesting play if Nintendo made it happen.

Nintendo Has Something to Show at The Game Awards; Has a Playlist Ready on YouTube

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It looks as though the big N will have something to show at tonight’s Game Awards. The company has put up a playlist on their Youtube channel for the big event so we can expect something to be shown later this evening.

It would be nice to see some big, huge world premier but we are guessing it’s going to be an already announced title. What would you guys like to hear?

Nintendo Looking For Lead Graphics Architect For Next-Gen Console

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This just in, Nintendo is currently looking for a lead graphics architect for their next-gen console. Little is known thus far and they may need to just fill a position but it’s always interesting to note happenings like this. Typically Nintendo as well as the others start to research their next generation machines once their consoles hit retail so this shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see a new Nintendo system sooner rather than later? Let us know.

Here is the official posting:

Description of Duties

Nintendo Technology Development is looking for a lead graphics architect in the system-on-chip architecture group in Redmond, WA. The group is responsible for the architecture of Nintendo’s game console SoCs. The graphics architect plays a key role in determining the SoC architecture. The job responsibilities are:

Evaluate HW graphics (GPU) offerings from SoC solutions available in the market based on performance, power, and silicon area.
Evaluate the performance of the SoC solutions for both proprietary and standard graphics APIs.

Determine workloads and simulation models for both performance and power characteristics of GPUs.

Keep track of GPU architectural improvements in the industry and devise strategies to incorporate them for future Nintendo gaming platforms.
Act as the graphics architectural evangelist working with global Nintendo teams for future and on-going programs.
Work with external SoC vendors as the Nintendo focal point for graphics GPU architecture.

Should be prepared to work through architecture, design, validation, and bring-up stages of SoC design in cooperation with internal and external teams.

Summary of Requirements

The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.

5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.

New XBOX One Bundle Incoming?

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The image above comes from the Brasil Game Show and it appears as though Microsoft may be preparing an all new XBOX One bundle. The rumored bundle will feature Halo: The Master Chief Collection as well as a white XBOX One.

No word yet on if this bundle will be headed to retail worldwide but we think it will only be a matter of time. This makes too much sense NOT to release.

Would this make you jump on the XBOX One wagon? Let us know in the comments section.

Has Nintendo’s E3 2014 Lineup Leaked?

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Take a nice, long look at the image above. The picture in question is apparently a “leaked” document for Nintendo’s upcoming E3 2014 lineup. The reported leak was through social media, by way of Facebook’s news feed. While it looks pretty convincing, we will know for certain this Tuesday.

What do you guys think? Is this Nintendo’s E3 2014 lineup?

We are calling this one fake but we will see.