The Magic of Animal Crossing.

We’re taking a small break from news posts as we figure out exactly how we want to deliver it to you, but I saw this video and had to share it with you all. YouTube user DimeTree explained exactly what I love about Animal Crossing, and just. Just watch it. It isn’t any secret that I’m a huge Animal Crossing fan, and he really just nails the exact “magic” of Animal Crossing, and why its so hard to explain to anyone not willing to give it a chance.

Back to the court, ‘NBA Playgrounds’ Launching May 9!

I grew up with NBA Jam and other classic less serious sports titles. I long for the days of games where realism isn’t the focus. So when I saw the trailer for NBA Playgrounds, below, I instantly wanted to play it. Luckily, it doesn’t look like I’ll have to wait too much longer!

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. May 3, 2017 – Independent developer Saber Interactive has confirmed that NBA Playgrounds will be available on May 9 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC (Steam) as a digital-only release for $19.99. Yes, next week!

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Play as NBA superstars and legends from the past, including Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Shaquille O’Neal.

Features:

  • Up your Game! Features a progression system to unlock real NBA players. Uncover new moves for each player as you upgrade their experience.
  • Tournaments and Online Play. Play solo, with friends in local and online multiplayer, or against the world in online tournaments.
  • Lottery Pick System. The lottery pick system introduces a new twist to the game by rewarding great play with unique rewards.
  • Massive Roster of NBA Superstars. Current and retired ballers from all the official NBA teams will be available at launch. Hundreds more NBA superstars will be added post-launch.
  • Over-the-top Moves. Timing is key, whether you’re shooting 3-pointers, pulling off major dunks, showing off your finger-roll game, or defying analytics and winning with long 2-pointers.

NBA Playgrounds is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB and PEGI 3+. For more information, visit www.nbaplaygrounds.game, like NBAPlaygrounds on Facebook, and follow @NBA_Playgrounds on Twitter.NBA Playgrounds is published by Mad Dog.

Code Vein gameplay officially shown, looks amazing.

You might remember our earlier post about Bandai Namco’s teasing of a new title. We’ve finally started to see gameplay now! And I stand by it looking awesome.

From the video’s description:

CODE VEIN is announced for release on major home consoles in 2018.
In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world, as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.

CODE VEIN is a third-person action RPG that finds players assuming the role of a Revenant. After stumbling into Vein, players are tasked to embark into the world with a companion picked from the various residents of Vein to uncover lost memories and an exit out of this new demented reality. The world of CODE VEIN is dangerous, full of vicious enemies and monstrous bosses to put players’ combat skills to the test.

Revenants also have access to Blood Veils, devices capable of draining the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Exploiting these enhanced abilities known as Gifts, players can change their form to increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilize new weapon abilities with overpowered attacks. Utilizing the vast array of weaponry along with each character’s Gift, players can adapt and strategize to a variety of battle conditions that suit their play styles.

New Nintendo Uniqlo shirt designs coming soon!

Fresh from Nintendo’s PR email, we were just told about new UNIQLO + Nintendo collection of fan-designed shirts that will be available on May 19. The result of a global design contest, the winners were chosen with the help of Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and include some great designs featuring Mario, Splatoon, Zelda and other Nintendo brands.
There are 25 total designs that will be available. Men’s and Women’s shirts will be $14.90 and Kids’ shirts will be $9.90. While as a Big & Tall guy, these usually don’t come in my size, the designs chosen are honestly really amazing. You can find more information here, and see the designs in the above video!

[RUMOR] Sonic Mania may include animated cutscenes!

The good folks over at Sonic Stadium are reporting that Sonic Mania MAY have animated cutscenes.
To quote them:

Among many speculations, fans have suggested that Sonic Mania may include animations akin to those book-ending Sonic CD. Last week, our eagle-eyed SSMB members spotted this WIP short animation above, posted and then quickly removed from the tumblr of Max Collins. The scene depicts an exchange between Sonic and one of the yet-to-be-seen Hard Boiled Heavies (the character having only been partially revealed in Mirage Saloon’s background). Collins resume includes work for Studio Yotta and Cartoon Network, leading to the postulation that they may have been recruited to develop animations for the game.

They go on to state that it might be a rumor, but they’ve got some substantial evidence that proves it possible. Check out their post about it here, and tell us what you think!