Nintendo’s Future Is Digital

Hey everyone, I’m on holiday at the moment so the timing of my news blogs may vary a bit this week. Anyway I shall start today with big news coming out of Nintendo over the weekend.

A patent, which was spotted by a NeoGaf user, has been filed by Nintendo for a console with no optical disc drive. No there is no indiccation that this is necessarily a patent for the NX, but it does indicate that Nintendo maybe planning for an all digital future. Alternatively it could be a streaming device, to offer a service similar to PlayStation Now. It is obviously that the future will be digital eventually, but I don’t think consumers are ready for it just yet — internet infrastructure is just one reason.

Let’s stay with Nintendo, and Star Fox Zero now has a release date. Nintendo officially confirmed today that Fox McCloud and his crew returns on November 20th. This will be the sixth instalment in the Star Fox series, and the first original title in nine years. My only experience of the series was Star Fox 64, but I’m glad that Nintendo fans at least have one big title on their console this year. Ahead of the November release, here is a gameplay trailer for you to enjoy:

Next up we will talk some Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries has confirmed that Master Chief’s face will not be revealed during Guardians. Creative Director Tim Longo told Game Rant that “He doesn’t take his helmet off.” Some may consider this a bit of a non-story but the idea of seeing Spartan 117 has long been a mystery of the Halo series. Personally I’m glad that this mystery will continue in Guardians — I don’t think there is any benefit to seeing the face behind the mask, it has always been about the suit.

The rise of the indie game is a wonderful thing, and here is just another example of why. 20-year old Thomas Kole has designed Half-Line — a game that combines his love of Half-Life 2 and Hotline Miami. As you can see from the trailer below, you can see that it follows the fast-paced game style of Hotline Miami, with the aesthetic of Half-Life 2. The game is free to download, and features eight levels in total. I love both Half-Life 2 and Hotline Miami so this does look like a game I would enjoy, for free I encourage all of you to give it a try.

Closing out the news and there is only item game I’m going to talk about — Forza Motorsport 6. Xbox has today announced a partnership with V8 Supercars Australia that will 10 cars from the five manufacturers in the racing series, including Nissan, Ford, Holden, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. The list does continues to keep growing, but I don’t think I need to bang the drum of this game anymore. Only 3 weeks to go.

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That’s it for today.

Matt