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Pokemon Generation 8 Coming to Switch?

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Ever since Nintendo dropped the Switch in 2017, Pokemon fans have speculated as to when – not if – the beloved franchise would make its way to the hybrid console.

Fuel was added to the speculation flames last October after Game Freak’s Shigeru Ohmori stated Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would be the last games on the Nintendo 3DS.

Below is the quote from the interview.

“With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we’ve tried to eke that out more and really, really push the system to its absolute limits, and we’re now feeling that perhaps this is the maximum of what we can get out. So we’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.”

It appears trainers finally have an answer. According to a report on Nintendo Life, a Spanish edition of Nintendo magazine included some information  -albeit a small nugget of information – about the next edition of the Pokemon franchise  coming to the Switch.

Below is the tweet from @raqueruu that contains the magazine scan.

The images indicate Pokemon game for the Switch will be the eighth generation of the series. However, the i

It also notes the Pokemon Company will look to add new mechanics and the games will be slated to appear in late 2018. Given the release dates of the previous core games in the franchise –  including the most recent seventh generation of games, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – it’s likely the games will be released in November.

There was no details on the new mechanics – it could anything from new gameplay to additions to the user interface.

Although the magazine notes the game will be the eighth generation, it did not indicate whether it will be a reboot of the series, a re-release of an earlier title or if the game’s setting will be in a new region.

Nintendo and Pokemon have done both in the past. Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald hit the Gameboy Advance, the franchise released LeafGreen and FireRed shortly afterwards.

The first three generation titles of the Pokemon games have been released and fans are waiting for the fourth generation titles – Diamond, Pearl and Platinum – to debut on the 3DS or next generation consoles.

There has not been any official news release from Nintendo, Game Freak or the Pokemon Company,  so trainers should take these types of reports with a grain of salt. Although the magazine is an official source for Nintendo, there’s a chance plans could change during the development process – or the game gets scrapped altogether.

But if all of this is true, it would be the first time a core Pokemon game has come out on a non handheld system.

There have been Pokemon games on the Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii, but those were spinoff games and not related to the core story.

Players will argue the Switch has capabilities of a handheld console, but it can be played on a television.

With the Switch’s capabilities, will trainers be able to import their Pokemon from previous games into next generation, or will have they have to start from scratch?

Trainers will have to wait for more news to find out.

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Director of Kingdom Hearts 3 Addresses Early Leak

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After an early leak of Kingdom Hearts 3 over this past weekend, 
the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura has released a statement urging fans not to help in the circulation of gameplay videos.

Additionally, Nomura reassures fans that the “biggest spoilers” were not showcased or revealed in the leaked copies.

According to Polygon, the person responsible for the leaks got 30 copies via a connection they have to someone involved with the manufacturing and printing of the discs based in North Carolina.

Nomura says that his team is “aware as to how this has all happened,” and that the “whole team has been working together since [news of the leak] to investigate what we can do to better this situation.”

Kingdom Hearts 3 launches on January 29, 2019

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Epic Games Releases Roadmap of Cross-Platform Game Service for Developers

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Epic Games is planning to release a suite of cross-platform services that they intend to be free for all developers, releasing a roadmap of their plans.

Epic announced on Wednesday that a free service which supports cross-platform play across all major platforms “to the full extent each platform allows per-title.”

“At Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed. Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms. These services will be free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. As a developer, you’re free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”

Here is the roadmap:

  • Cross-Platform Login, Friends, Presence, Profile, and Entitlements (coming Q2-Q3 2019 to PC, other platforms throughout 2019): Provides the core functionality for persistently recognizing players across multiple sessions and devices; identifying friends; and managing free and paid item entitlements. This will support all 7 major platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch) to the full extent each platform allows per-title.
  • PC/Mac Overlay API (coming Q3 2019): Provides a user interface for login, friends, and other features in a game-agnostic, engine-agnostic way.
  • Cross-Platform Voice Comms (coming Q3 2019 to all platforms): Epic is building a new in-game voice communications service supporting all platforms, all stores, and all engines, which will be available for free. (For developers needing an immediately-available voice solution, check out Discord, Vivox, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, and Mumble.)
  • Cross-Platform Parties and Matchmaking (coming Q3-4 2019 to all platforms)
  • Cross-Platform Data Storage, Cloud-Saved Games (coming Q2 2019)
  • Cross-Platform Achievements and Trophies (coming Q3 2019)

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate To Remove Replays with Next Patch

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If you’re looking to hang on to your replays from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then you may want to save them immediately.

Nintendo is slated to release a new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate within the next week and once that update is installed, you will no longer be able to watch replays captured prior to the update.

If you want to save your current replays, go to the Vault, select Replays, then Replay Data, and Convert to Video.

Additionally, the first weekly event for Super Smash Bros. officially kicks off this weekend.

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