Nintendo finally showed off the Switch and it’s line up of games for 2017. They were spread quite far across a number of releases from both Nintendo and third party studios/publishers. I will be sharing my thoughts on both the conference and games announced for the Switch outside the conference. Lets switch things up and talk about Nintendo’s upcoming console!

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I reviewed a lot of games in the Sonic series on 3WIREL but one series I recently dashed through was the Advance series. If you guys missed the reviews, you can find them below! Had a lot of fun revisiting these fun Sonic romps!

Sonic Advance (2002) – 4 out of 5

Sonic Advance feels like a proper entree in the long running Sonic series. It takes everything past console and portable Sonic 2D titles accomplished and while not perfecting them, utilizes elements from those games to produce one of the GBA’s best 2D platformers. Containing strong level design, impressive production values and fun gameplay that feels like a Genesis Sonic title; Sonic Advance is one of the stronger games in the Sonic franchise. Highly recommend this to any fan of 2D platformers.

Sonic Advance 2 (2003) – 4 out of 5

Sonic Advance 2 goes in a new direction for the series. It takes the classic formula recreated within Advance 1 and adds speed-focused mechanics. The Sonic Boost feels like an evolution of the ‘rolling’ ability that Sonic had back in Sonic 1; pushing you to go faster and faster. While level design suffers from odd pit placement and issues communicating key abilities, it still is a great game. Through fun levels, great presentation and lots of fun characters to play as that feel similar but different in enjoyable ways; Sonic Advance 2 is a great portable adventure for the Blue Blur that will make you want to run fast!

Sonic Advance 3 (2004) – 3.5 out of 5

Sonic Advance 3 feels like a game trying very hard to be grand, epic and conclude the Classic 2D Sonic series in many ways. Sonic will never feel like he does here in future games outside the upcoming Sonic Mania and Advance 3 does a lot with it’s gameplay I honestly love.

Despite all my issues with Advance 3, I appreciate it for being a strong game gameplay wise and continuing to offer the high caliber presentation I expect from the Sonic series. Dimps closes the Advance series out well despite a few issues holding this game back.

Indie studios are always wonderful to see get formed, as they create enjoyable experiences that many other major studios might not tackle. We covered the title Featherpunk Prime in the past by reviewing it on 3WIREL, which was developed by the studio Super Hatch Games. Being formed of former Sony developers, they have a lot of talent in making quality software.

I was able to spend some time talking with Dan Jeffery of Super Hatch Games about various topics, including the origins of the concepts for Featherpunk Prime and many more. I hope you enjoy this interview!

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Microsoft has officially released a statement on Scalebound, an Action rpg exclusive for the Xbox gaming consoles, Microsoft has
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Hello everyone! Official 3WIREL Member Hero of Legend has his own special podcast series called ‘Hero of Legend’s Musings’, which cover a wealth of content including Sonic and Nintendo News.

I was joined Hero of Legend and Dejimon11 in talking about Nintendo Switch Predictions for the upcoming Jan. 12th event. In addition, in November 2016 I joined both once again for our thoughts on rumors releasing around that time period. Both were podcasts we all had a great time doing and we hope you guys enjoy them too! 3WIREL’s official Podcast will be returning next week and we will talk more about it closer to it’s release. If you want to see more of Hero of Legend’s Podcast, consider clicking this link, which will bring you to a playlist of all his podcasts. 

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was something many wanted to see for a very long time. Continuing the story from Sonic 3 & Knuckles, many had lofty expectations for this title. When it finally released, many were split on the project. From it’s episodic nature, different feeling controls and changes that felt strange to fans of Sonic’s classic adventures, Sonic 4 Episode I and II were divisive games to say the least.

Now that it’s 2017 and the series is getting a new Classic Sonic adventure through Sonic Mania later this year, I felt it would be interesting to look back on this game series and talk about what it did right or wrong.

Lets take a look at the origins and release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
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Nintendo announced today a new Fire Emblem title for the 3DS and you can see the announcement trailer in the above video captured by GameXplainf from the live Nintendo Direct. It shows off detailed character art work, nice music and promising story elements. We will report more on this and other Nintendo titles as further information releases.

Nintendo recently announced their Nintendo Switch platform and many are wondering outside of the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors, what future does the franchise have on Nintendo’s latest platform? They don’t have a lot of details to share, they did state during the recent Fire Emblem Direct that the series will see a mainline installment release on the platform in 2018.

Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch: For the first time since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on the Wii console in 2007, a new mainline game in the series is being developed for a Nintendo home system, with the ability to also be played on the go! The new game is scheduled to launch in 2018.

This is exciting news and considering it’s 2018 release date, I’m thinking this is an original installment in the series and not a remaster or port of a past title in the series. We will likely hear more on Fire Emblem Switch closer to the end of 2017 after the release of FE Warriors, so stay tuned for more information.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo stated in the past that they are working on mobile titles for Mario, Pokemon, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. While we saw two of these released with Pokemon GO and Super Mario Run being huge successes for Nintendo, no word on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing came out.

Part of the FE Direct that released today covered the announcement of the mobile title Fire Emblem Heroes and Nintendo released the following press statement.

Fire Emblem Heroes comes to smart devices: Nintendo launches its next adventure when Fire Emblem Heroes arrives soon on mobile. For detailed information about release timings by platform, please check Fire Emblem Heroes is an original strategy RPG about two warring kingdoms in a bitter clash.

As a summoner, players build their army by calling upon popular Fire Emblemheroes from worlds that span the breadth of the series. Players will wage tactical battles streamlined for on-the-go play and level up a mix of new combatants and legendary heroes. Some familiar hero characters will become allies, while others will become enemy generals.

Players can enjoy the full majesty of tactical role playing on bite-sized maps designed to fit nicely on a smartphone screen, even when playing in short bursts. Players lead their armies with easy touch-and-drag controls, including the ability to attack by simply swiping an ally hero over an enemy. If they manage to defeat every enemy on a given map, victory will be theirs. The heroes are depicted in new art hand-drawn by a variety of illustrators, and their voices have been newly recorded.

Beyond the main story mode, players can engage in other modes to strengthen their army or to compete against others. Free and timely updates will add new characters and content for additional hours of gameplay as well. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available as a free download with optional in-app purchases available. Visit the Fire Emblem Heroes website for details about pre-registration.

Nintendo has grand plans for this title and you can even vote for characters you would like to see appear in the title by clicking the following link. 

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo announced that a new Fire Emblem game is coming out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017 and it’s called FE Echos: Shadows of Valentia. This is a remake of a game in the franchises exclusively released in Japan running on the same engine that Awakening and Fates ran on.

In 1992, the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, launched exclusively in Japan. Now, for the first time, fans outside of Japan will get a taste of this classic game on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined on a grander scale.

Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game’s presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons crawling with enemies. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will launch on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems May 19. Characters from the game, Alm and Celica, will be available as amiibo figures in a two-pack, also on May 19.

Source: Nintendo Press Release & Website

Today was a special direct for the Fire Emblem series and one of the things detailed was more information surrounding FE Warriors. This will likely mirror Hyrule Warriors regarding gameplay but the Switch footage (seen in the above trailer) looks quite good. But the most shocking news is that FE Warriors is NOT a Switch exclusive; it will also see release on the New Nintendo 3DS & New Nintendo 3DS XL.

No footage or information about that version was detailed but it will be exclusively released on Switch and New 3DS Platforms this Fall. We will likely see more gameplay, new characters and likely New 3DS footage around E3, so stay tuned for more information.

We reported on Mega Man Mobile in the past, with Capcom announcing the Blue Bomber is coming to mobile platforms to kick off the new year. But they have a few issues, which many pointed out? Just how bad are the issues though? Digital Foundry looks over two of the games and finds out, they have a lot of problems.

Running at 15-20FPS, animations being choppy, screen size not looking great and touch controls appearing to not be perfectly responsive; it’s a mess all around. This is a shame, as you can take classic platformers and bring them to mobile. SEGA did that with the help of Taxman and Stealth for Sonic CD, Sonic 1 and Sonic 2.

Capcom likely cobbled together the mobile versions and that is a shame, as on-the-go classic Mega Man is cool. If you want the Mega Man series on the go, I recommend the 3DS Legacy Collection and the PS1 Classic’s versions of Mega Man 1-4 on PSN over the mobile releases.

Through testing VR technologies and how to use it for the Sonic franchise, a test VR Sonic runs lose in the SEGA offices. What crazy antics does Sanic go through? Watch the above video to find out!

Play through the fictional eyes of Renée, a 16-year-old girl who suffers from the symptoms of mental illness. She is searching for answers to the many questions from her past, whilst exploring the place where she spent most of her youth. What happens next is a dark and emotional journey where the lines between entertainment, storytelling and reality become very blurred indeed.

The game, based on extensive research and inspired by real facts, is a first-person psychological story driven adventure game set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, based in Tuscany, Italy. The Asylum was shut down in the late 1970’s by a law from the Italian government which instructed all asylums to close completely and give back patients their civil rights.

This new announcement is very exciting, as it could be a powerful horror experience based on the inspiration it’s based off from. We will cover more on this title as further information releases.