In a recent article, IGN writer, Fran Mirabella, calls Nintendo out on the lack of a voice chat feature in Splatoon. He says after the Global Testfire Demos, he was left “indulged and annoyed” as he wished he could organise amongst his fellow team mates. The co-director, Yusuke Amano, says his reason for not including voice chat is that “he didn’t like the negativity I got and people telling me ‘you’re crap. Go away.'” Which makes sense, especially given Nintendo very much focuses on family-friendly gaming, but then why not offer at least an opt-in approach? You don’t have to voice chat if you don’t want to, but those that do are able to.
But perhaps Splatoon just isn’t that type of shooter where voice chat is necessary, and it would have changed the type of style Amano was striving for. Fran worries that: “it might only hold my attention for weeks instead of months without the community chat aspects that are so crucially important in today’s games.” But if it’s that important to you, you could use Skype or Google Hangouts– but his point is, why should you have to? So after playing the Global Testfire Demo, tell us your verdict. Have Nintendo really messed up by not including voice chat, or is it not that big a deal?
Are you kidding me? It’s 2015. A voice chat option is standard in most online team-based games, and it doesn’t have to be active with the entire map of tea-bagging grade-schoolers, but rather can just be limited to your team at will. We can have our cake and eat it too if Splatoon supports opt-in team voice chat. Nintendo has never been shy about prioritizing its family values, but the DNA of Wii and Wii U’s online experiences have mostly suffered from the lack of online features.
IGN has scooped first rights to show off the gorgeous Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power and boy does it look good. The game was revealed a few months back by developer Frozenbyte who stated that the game is PC only at present. Given the developers support of the Wii U with their previous games in the series it should hopefully come to the Wii U, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Wondering who IGN want included as the downloadable character for Super Smash Bros? Well judging from their Instagram page it would seem as though they’re backing Sonic’s best friend Tails. I suppose he would make the perfect companion for Sonic who already stars in the brawler. Don’t forget you can vote for your favourite character, here.
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There are plenty of secrets and surprises hidden within the Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Trailer. IGN has done a good job of revisiting the long-awaited trailer and uncovering all there is to be found. If you’re up for some speculation and teases then be sure to watch IGN’s Rewind Theatre trailer, above.
We all heard the news yesterday that Zelda has been delayed and won’t be shown at this year’s E3 event in June. A Nintendo of America spokesperson has clarified to IGN that the company is only focussing on showing 2015 titles at E3 this year. We still don’t know if it’s going to be an E3 themed Nintendo Direct or alternatively a traditional stage conference. Anyway, here’s what the representative told the publication.
“As Mr. Aonuma announced, The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is no longer targeted as a 2015 release. Rather than sticking to a specific schedule, the team wants to make this the most complete and the best game it can possibly be. The new launch timing has not yet been determined. Because we’d like to focus on developing the game, we aren’t planning on showing it at this year’s E3, where we will be highlighting games launching in 2015. We will let you know when we’re ready to share more specifics.”
IGN has uploaded a seven-minute gameplay video for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. The upcoming RPG port is exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL and takes a remarkable 3.6 GB to download digitally on a micro SD card. So if you’d love a sneak peek of the port in action, would like to hear character interaction and some lovely background music, make sure you check out the video embedded above. Last week, the European box art was revealed showing the New Nintendo 3DS exclusivity black banner in a horizontal position to avoid consumer confusion. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is due to launch in April for North America and Europe.
Someone was bound to do it and it seems as though it’s IGN that has produced the first side by side comparison video of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Vs the original Nintendo 64 version. It should be noted that the Nintendo 64 footage is running from the Wii Virtual Console, but it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. Thankfully we haven’t got long now until the game’s release.