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“Tetris 99” is a New Free Addition to the Nintendo Switch Software Library

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Following the likes of ‘battle royale’ styled games such as Fortnite and the Apex Legends, a brand new last-man-standing title is now available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

After it’s surprise announcement and launch during Nintendo’s February presentation video featuring multiple announcements for future game releases for its platform, the popular puzzle block dropping game, Tetris 99, marked its way as a free addition to the Nintendo Switch lineup for members of Nintendo’s online subscription service, “Nintendo Online.” Consumers who are subscribed to the service are automatically qualified to download Tetris 99 as a part of the online package.

The long running Tetris series is a franchise beloved by many hardcore and casual fans of puzzle games around the world. Being the next entry to the game series, Tetris 99 offers a new sense of enjoyment to the classic game-play with a fresh new spin.

Tetris, similar to the likes of games such as Dr. Mario and Puyo Puyo, is a puzzle game that requires the player to rotate and move differently shaped blocks, otherwise known as “tetriminos,” which fall from the top of the playing field to the area the player wishes to place them. To continue forward, the player must clear lines at the bottom of the playing field by placing the tetriminos into the empty gaps. As the game progresses, the speed and intensity of the game continues to increase, requiring the player to make quick and purposeful decisions before the stack of tetriminos reach the very top of the matrix, ending in a K.O.

The big twist featured in Tetris 99 is the ability to challenge 98 other contestants in a single game. When a player first starts up a match, the player automatically matches up with 98 other opponents via a Wi-Fi connection.

At the end of the round, or once K.O.’d, players will see where they ranked with all 98 opponents combined.

Each player is given the ability to send “garbage lines” that stack on an opponents’ grid when the player completes a combo within the current game. In Tetris 99, players are given the option to target their garbage at an opponent in one of four groups.

  • The “Randoms” option allows the player to target garbage at random opponents across the range of remaining contestants.
  • The “Badges” option allows the player to target opponents who have an abundance of badges gained from K.O.’d opponents.
  • The “K.O.’s” option will allow the player to send garbage toward opponents who are near the edge of getting knocked out of their game.
  • Finally, the “Attackers” option will cause garbage to be sent toward opponents who have sent garbage to the player’s matrix.

In the light of a new genre being implemented into the battle royale format, fans are excited to see what the future of Tetris and other video-games has in-store for 2019. For more information regarding the famous line-clearing, T-spinning, block-rotating mind game of Tetris 99, visit nintendo.com or download the game off the Nintendo e-Shop on the Nintendo Switch.

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Preston Jones is a former Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. Preston graduated from Durant in 2019.

Rumor has it that Eight New Characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ‘Leaked’ ahead of time

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Rumor has it that Eight New Characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ‘Leaked’ ahead of time

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Being the newest and biggest game in the franchise to date, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate generated massive amounts of hype across the gaming community. More players are jumping on board with Ultimate as Nintendo continuously shares new information on their hottest 2-D fighting game.

In the latest installment, Nintendo has focused on adding game characters that will appeal to most fan requests. Widely requested characters, such as the Metroid villain “Ridley” and Donkey Kong Country’s villain “King K. Rool” have seen massive talk over the internet after their revealed play-ability in the new game. Popular characters, such as Splatoon’s “Inkling,” Animal Crossing’s “Isabelle” and Castlevania’s “Simon Belmont” have also taken a large amount of positivity from fans. Other characters, characterized as “Echoes” for their particular design borrowing attributes from respective characters, have also received the Ultimate treatment.

This past Wednesday, a 4chan user shared an image of official artwork for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s featuring the game’s entire final character roster. The artwork was later shared onto the original poster’s Snapchat. While the image is fairly blurry enough to cause some difficulty for people to make out the character models in the artwork, multiple 4chan users were able to determine who and where the new unannounced characters appear in the blurred image. Take a look at the outlined image below:

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The leaked characters from left to right appear to be Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Banjo-Kazooie from Banjo-Kazooie, Isaac from Golden Sun, KOS-MOS from Xenoblade, Ken from Street Fighter, Mach Rider from Mach Rider, Geno from the obscure Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and the Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven.

To further prove the original image’s authenticity, users have noticed an unreleased image for the upcoming movie, The Grinch, which is expected to hit theaters on November 9th. The unseen artwork of the Grinch appears in the bottom right corner of the original poster’s image.

Without an official confirmation from a Nintendo representative, the current leaked image will remain in speculation by online users until more information is officially given on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. in the future.

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Nintendo Launches Paid Subscription Service, “Nintendo Online”

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This past Thursday, Nintendo’s planned online service, “Nintendo Online,” launched with mostly positive reception among fans. Online services have been free ever since the launch of the Wii in 2006 and as a result, gamers were shocked once Nintendo unveiled it’s plans for a paid service early this year. Services such as Microsoft’s “Xbox Live Gold” and Sony’s “Playstation Plus” have received a lot of backlash for having expensive fees for their own online subscription services.

The service will allow it’s players to use online functionality in compatible games such as the popular hits, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Splatoon 2,” “Arms,” and yet-to-be released games such as the highly anticipated “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” on the Nintendo Switch.

Alongside the basic ability to play your online games with people all around the world, Nintendo included “Cloud Saves” which is a function that allows players to backup any of their lost save files for the games that they own. If a Switch owner loses or breaks their current Switch console, they will be able to recover their save files from the Cloud that is connected to their purchased account.

Even though many people are upset with Nintendo’s decision to charge it’s players for online services, most fans are happy that Nintendo’s online system is relatively affordable compared to it’s competitors’. Microsoft and Sony charge $59.99 for their own subscription services. A purchase of a full year subscription to Nintendo Online costs $19.99. It’s other options include a one-month subscription for $3.99 and a three-month subscription for $7.99. Compared to the competition of online subscription services, Nintendo’s prices are relatively affordable.

Nintendo is also currently offering a free selection of 20 classic NES games with a subscription to the service. Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Tecmo Bowl are among the list of launch titles available to subscribers of the service.

It is confirmed that more NES games will be added to the service in the upcoming months. Solomon’s Key, NES Open Tournament Golf, and Super Dodge Ball will be available in October Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee will be available in November.

Earlier this month, Nintendo uploaded a video showcasing all of these features and everything they want fans to know about their service. Click on the video below to watch the official overview of Nintendo Online.

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Preston Jones is a former Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. Preston graduated from Durant in 2019.

Deadly shooting at Jacksonville Madden Gaming Tournament

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Jacksonville, Fla.–A deadly shooting occurred at the Aug. 26 Madden Gaming Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.

The two victims, Taylor Robertson, 28 and Elijah Clayton, 22, were competitors in the tournament alongside the shooter, David Katz, 24,who opened fire in the middle of the tournament. Robertson and Clayton were killed, and 10 others were injured. Katz, after the shooting, committed suicide with his weapon.

Katz was prescribed multiple psychiatric medications; and, based on the divorce filings from Katz’s parents, as a teenager, he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities as first reported by AP News. The gun that Katz used was was legally purchased. “It appears that the [mental health] disqualifications [in purchasing a gun] did not apply to David Katz,” said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

In 2018 alone, there have been 234 mass shootings in the United States. Sunday’s shooting marked the 234th shooting this year. The FBI defines a “Mass Killing” as the killing of three or more people in a public place, and the federal agency also defines a “Mass Murderer” as someone who has killed four or more people in the same location.

Since the shooting has occurred, CEO of game-maker Electronic Arts announced the cancellation of the three upcoming tournaments. According to an article by The Los Angeles Times, an apology was release by EA Sport, who owns the Madden franchise, saying: “We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage…This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved.”

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Nintendo Announces ‘Sleep’ Copy Ability Addition for Kirby Battle Royale

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Nintendo Announces ‘Sleep’ Copy Ability Addition for Kirby Battle Royale

To everyone's surprise, the Sleep ability took first place ahead of the Yo-Yo and Suplex abilities.

To everyone's surprise, the Sleep ability took first place ahead of the Yo-Yo and Suplex abilities.

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To everyone's surprise, the Sleep ability took first place ahead of the Yo-Yo and Suplex abilities.

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While waiting for Kirby Star Allies to release on the Nintendo Switch in March, fans of the beloved pink puffball can indulge themselves into combat in spin-off title, Kirby Battle Royale, for the Nintendo 3DS. Battle Royale places players into the cheerful fantasy world of Dreamland for intense fighting action between Kirby and his friends.

This past November, Nintendo held a poll for fans to vote for their favorite Copy Ability to be added to the brawler. Copy Abilities are abilities that the main character, Kirby, uses after stealing and replicating an enemy’s powers. A few examples of Copy Abilities include: Fire, Ice, Beam, and newer Copy Abilities such as Poison, Water, and PSI.

The poll held in November concluded with the Mirror Copy Ability having the most votes from Kirby fans. Nintendo stated that the Mirror copy ability will be added to Kirby Battle Royale with the game’s release.

With the addition of a second poll, Nintendo asked its fans to once again vote for their favorite power to be added to the game. The second poll ended with results that were comically surprising to fans. Without a thought of it happening, the winning Copy Ability of the second poll was the ‘Sleep’ Copy Ability.

In the Kirby series, the Sleep Copy Ability was often regarded as being the worst power up in every game for the sheer fact it places Kirby in a completely vulnerable state without having any benefits.

In Battle Royale’s placement, the Sleep Copy ability would appear to be counterintuitive to the game’s focus of combat between players. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo will utilize the power, making the ability viable against the other Copy Abilities in the fighting game.

With the inclusion of the Sleep Copy Ability in the game, we could potentially see Nintendo opening the door for the power having more utilities in future Kirby games.

Kirby Battle Royale is now available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop and at other retailers. For more information on the game, click here.

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Nintendo Direct Mini Brings Insight on the Switch’s Future

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After the release of the Nintendo Switch back in March, Nintendo saw much success during the year of 2017. The Switch’s ability to be played on the go and on the TV has opened up many new opportunities for developers. The release of games such as the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and many other well received games such as the ink-based shooter Splatoon, and the boxing-influenced brawler Arms brought the attention to many gamers within the gaming community.

With each new success, more third-party developers have joined in to port their games onto the Switch. Bethesda’s beloved Skyrim has seen massive success, along with Psyonix’s Rocket League and Team Meat’s Super Meat Boy. Even though these may be ports of games released in the past on other consoles, they have sold surprising well and have had a lot of positive feedback from gaming audiences.

This past Thursday, Nintendo announced multiple games throughout their Nintendo Direct mini video presentation. The lineup includes many strong titles such as the Nintendo DS classic The World Ends With You; a definitive version of the Wii U’s Hyrule Warriors; a new version of the Wii U’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze featuring the new playable character Funky Kong; and, a DX version of the popular Wii U fighting game Pokken Tournament. The games that were not ports include Mario Tennis Aces, and Kirby Star Allies.

Among the games announced, FromSoftware’s Dark Souls: Remastered took the leading spot on the list of upcoming games during the Direct. The critically acclaimed action role-playing game is set to release on May 25, 2018.

Based on the presentation, the Nintendo Switch is becoming a home for both ports of older games and new games alike. It may be that ports of older games and the ability to take their favorite console game with them everywhere will be what draws new people into the Nintendo Switch scene.

For a complete list of announcements, please visit Nintendo’s main website at www.nintendo.com for more information.

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