FIRE EMBLEM HEROES IS HEADING TO ANDROID & iOS

c2fgdhtw8aauylp

Fire Emblem Heroes has been announced and will be heading to mobile.

The game will be free to download and will have micro-transactions. Don’t worry, the game does indeed have a story to it.

“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 Emblem heroes 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.”

If you’d like, you can also visit the Fire Emblem Heroes website by clicking here which will give you much more information.

Fire Emblem Heroes will release on Android for the 2nd February and will soon be released on iOS.

 

Ahola Alola! (Pokémon Sun and Moon)!

What a year it’s been for the Pokémon franchise this year. As the 20th Anniversary celebrations draw to a close, one thing is certain… we’re not about to see our favourite monsters disappear in their poke-balls anytime soon. First the initial games, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, were re-released as downloads for the 3ds, then of course came the phenomenon that was Pokémon Go, and now, the long awaited official games have been launched, ladies and gents, the official 20th Anniversary games; Pokémon Sun and Moon.

From the very outset the game is a breath of fresh air. From the character select screen, (now including, Black, Asian and other options) to your introduction to Proffesor Kukui,it’s like a parallel universe to what fans will be used to and I think it’s long overdue. The game is rich in detail and everything’s been rejigged, even the pokedex has a couple of cool new features making it so much more than an encyclopaedia. The game play is slick and responsive and the music is crisp and clear. There are a few tedious cut-scenes to navigate through before the game really let’s you take over but they are so impressive that it’s forgivable – more on that in a moment.

The story starts with you, the young protagonist, leaving your hectic city life in Kanto behind and heading for the tropical islands of Alola. This distant region is filled with beautiful mountain ranges, dark caves, open meadows and sandy beaches. The locals are a laid back friendly bunch and I should probably mention the pokémon… lots of pokémon. Alola depends on and respects their poké-friends in the ultimate partnership, which is echoed through the game. The critters here have also evolved in a way unique to Alola, so prepare to meet some familiar faces who might not seem so familiar at first. After your initial introduction, a cut-scene is shown. The animation is superb for the little handheld console but the actual scene itself is even more impressive and immersive and immediately opens the floodgates of questions and speculation, which of course you will only uncover by playing the game.

The core of the story is still the same of course (why mess with a winning formula?) Travel the region battling and training your increasing army of critters. Instead of the Pokémon League however, there is a different competition called the Island Challenge and according to the official Pokémon website is described as follows:

‘Young trial-goers must overcome the trials in store on each of the four islands. These trials are not limited to battling with Pokémon. They take a variety of forms, such as finding items or completing tests of knowledge. You will not be able to accomplish them with ordinary methods! The final trial on each island is called the Grand Trial. It is a Pokémon battle against the Kahuna who leads that island. If a trial-goer succeeds in clearing this grand trial, he or she will be publicly recognized as having cleared all of the island’s trials and can move on to the next island.’

There are of course more obstacles than just battling along the way. The nefarious, yet comical villains known as Team Skull are out to make life as difficult as possible for all pokémon trainers and will show up at various intervals in the same way team rocket and their successors did in Kanto and Johto.

In the short space of time I’ve had playing this game, I’m very impressed and hooked, wanting to know more. It’s an old favourite with a brand new face and is already receiving rave reviews…. and I’m more than happy to add to that list.

Go buy it – you won’t regret it!

NINTENDO SOCIAL GROUP BRINGS YOU BIG NEWS!

img_2786

Hello all, it has been a long time since we last posted here.

First off, we’d like to apologise for our lack of activity here. Unfortunately, responsibilities came up in our personal lives and we were unable to update the page on a daily basis. It has been quite a difficult time, but we will from now be trying our absolute hardest to continue bringing you the latest Nintendo news. So if anymore inactivity comes along, we hope you understand why.

Now, on to the big news. In celebration with the release of Pokemon Sun & Moon’s release, we will be teaming up with Streetpass London and University of Westminster’s Pokemon Society to host a Sun & Moon launch party!

Information on the event will be added to our events page, so please look out for updates!

Thank you for continuing to support us. Happy Gaming!

NSG – WE ARE HOSTING A POKEMON GO! EVENT ON THE 6TH AUGUST

maxresdefault

For those of you that have Pokémon GO! or is still eagerly waiting for its release, we are hosting our biggest event yet on the 6th August – The Pokémon GO! Walk

pokemon gooo

Join us and many more Pokemon GOers as we walk through central London, taking a route and reaching stop points for people to have a breather.
We will be splitting up attendees into 5 teams (these are NOT in-game teams):

  • Blue team
  • Red team
  • Green team
  • Black team
  • White team

Here is the map for the route:

[OOO

Though we are setting a cap of 80 people for each team, we will be extending them if we get more and more attendees before the event.
To avoid getting lost from your teams or if you’re running late, please download the app Life360 Family locator. Add your team leaders and you’ll be able to track them down via GPS. It is a free app available for Android & iOS.

life360_logotagline_gradient_rgb

For more information about this event, check our event page via categories.

CLICK HERE to view our Facebook event and choose which team you’d like to be on!

NSG: A SHORT REMINDER ABOUT OUR EVENTS

maxresdefault (1)

So as you all know, we do quite a few tournaments each month. This is just to remind people to check out our events page, so that they can attend in the future.

We do monthly social meets, tournaments, gaming events, art competitions etc.

Click here to view our events page. Our art competitions is a global event. Unfortunately, our gaming events are all London-based. We hope to expand our locations in the future.

Pokémon Red – Review

Pokemon-1

Pokémon Red is an RPG game in which you wander around a world, collecting badges and building a high-tech encyclopedia – the Pokedex.

Pokémon is twenty this year! Hooray! And to celebrate, Nintendo re-released their old classics, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow. The games were first released on the Gameboy almost twenty years ago. And while the consoles have progressed, the game is just the same.

In the game, you play as a ten-year-old boy, off to start his very own Pokémon adventure. At the start of the game, you meet Professor Oak – one of the world authorities on Pokémon. He gives you a special job to attend in the next town and lets you choose a starter Pokémon for your protection on the journey. These creatures will fight any wild Pokémon you encounter and later on, the creatures held by other trainers.

The aim of the game is simple. Travel the region, building your collection of pocket monsters. Each town you stop off in has what is called Pokémon Gym, where you can fight high-level trainers in intense battles using alternating turns to weaken and defeat your opponent before they do the same to you. Each gym has a certain type of Pokémon, which can range from rock, electric and even psychic types, so building a balanced team with strengths against these types is essential. For every gym owner you beat, you gain a badge. Once you’ve collected eight badges you can access the path to the Indigo Plateau to beat the elite four, the strongest, toughest trainers in the world… and the final fifth battle is your rival from the start of the game who pops up from time to time.

Once you have defeated all opponents you will be able to test your ultimate skills and capture Mewtwo, the fiercest strongest monster in the entire game. The game is only truly complete when you have beaten all trainers including the elite four, captured Mewtwo and completed your Pokedex by capturing all 150 species of Pokémon – 151 if you can get your hands on the super rare Mew, who can actually be obtained through a glitch.

The game is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around. How easy they journey is highly depends on your play style and starter Pokémon. For example choosing a Charmander will make the first two gym battles tough, as fire types are weak against rock and water types. Thus, why building a balanced and varied team as early as possible in a game is essential.

Hardcore fans of the original game have already sung its praises, particularly as thanks to modern technology wireless trading and make building a complete collection easier than ever and Pokémon Bank means that this team will be able to travel with you into future games, something that couldn’t be done before.

In its day this little black and white game wiped the floor with titles from the other big boys and playing it now, is just as enjoyable and addictive as it was the first time around. You simply can’t mess with a classic.

 

RATING: 9/10

DISCUSSION: WHAT WE’RE PREDICTING FOR THE POKEMON DIRECT

pokemon sun and moon

We’re just hours away from the most anticipating Pokemon Direct yet. There’s been a lot of speculations lately, such as leaked images of logos for what could be the new Pokemon games. Pokemon ‘Sun’ and Pokemon ‘Moon’ has been trademarked – of course we don’t know what’s in store, so as per usual we discuss!

Tina of Nintendo Social Group: “I’m very pumped up for the Pokemon Direct. I have a few predictions – first would be a release date of Pokemon GO! A worldwide release date. However because they haven’t even shown how the app will look like, maybe we’ll just get a sneak peak…hopefully. Secondly, the Detective Pikachu game getting a western release. It’s only available in Japan right now.

As for the ‘main’ games I am mostly expecting an announcement of Pokemon Z. I feel as though Zygarde will obviously be the main star, legendary wise. With Volcanion and Magiana, they will most likely make it a side story post game kinda like with Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

Now, with Sun and Moon…I still have my doubts. Mainly because I feel that it is far too early for a brand new gen of Pokemon. Could it be remakes of older games? Could it be tied in with the Kalos region? Well, the only way to find out is eagerly wait for the Pokemon Direct to take place. Either way I’m still very excited and I cannot wait!”

Links:
Twitter
Instagram

Adam of Nintendo Social Group: “In the Pokemon Direct, I’m hoping to see details on a new Pokemon game and to see if Pokemon Sun and Moon is actually going to happen! I would like to see Pokemon Z, because seeing as there is a lot more details on Zygarde having different forms and having the Z cells, it would be a pretty nice story to see in game .I also hope to finally see Volcanion and Magearna in a game. They could introduce an episode at the end Pokemon Z, to show a story for both of them just like in the upcoming movie which is about the pair of them. More information on Pokemon GO is something I can see happening in the direct too!”

Links:
Twitter
Instagram

Claire of Nintendo Social Group: “Twenty years! Man I feel old! I remember buying a Gameboy from my best friends younger brother for ten pounds then going out the next day and buying Pokemon Red…my very first game I ever bought myself!

That game saw me through the summer hols and I loved it! I have high hopes for the re release on direct as it gives many of the original fans a much needed nostalgia trip. Not only that but many of these original fans will have little ‘Pokemon trainers’ of their own who will have never had a chance to play the original – let alone hold a Gameboy!

I am hoping – strange as it may sound- that they keep the game more or less the same as it was. The charm in the game, above many things, is how well it did in an age of PS1 and the aging but ever popular SNES.  It proved that it didn’t need to be big and flashy as long as it was enjoyable to play… and it WAS!

Of course I am expecting a couple of new features, Nintendo will no doubt want to show off new shiny things that 1996 kids could only dream of doing!

I personally will be buying red AND yellow as I had them before and am looking forward to being reunited with an old friend… and also not needing a flipping link cable should I wish to trade!”

Links:
Blog

Henry of Heythrop College Pokemon Society: 20 years of Pokemon and on that very anniversary, Nintendo announce a new Pokemon Direct. Earlier this Wednesday, they also released a new Pokemom photo booth app. Is that related? Who’s to say? But there is a certain gravity to the announcement brought about by the date. The last main series Pokemon games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, came out in 2014, meaning it’s coming up to around two years. In recent years, this has been a fairly long drought in terms of new content and this leads me to think there’s no doubt that another release for the Nintendo 3DS is likely. But being Nintendo and being full of surprises, I can’t yet say for certain what the content of said game would be.

Of course, the “third” game for X and Y is not yet released. The names and the presence of Zygarde make a Pokemon Z a solid bet. Yet there’s also a question of Magearna, a newly discovered Pokemom that has not appeared in any previous games. The past would then suggest an entire new region with the rest of Magearna’s friends; then what of Pokemon Z?

As it’s also the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Red and Green, there’s also the possibility of a second remake for these original games. This is a less likely possibility, but the story of the Kanto region and Team Rocket, Professor Fuji and Mega Evolution, the fate of Red and Gold, all these storylines have untapped potential. Perhaps not a remake but a fully fledged direct sequel, like Gold and Silver were 16 years ago.

And as a final point, it needs to be said that we could even see something utterly unexpected. Danny Devito confirmed for Detective Pikachu’s localisation? A release date for Pokemon GO? Perhaps even the long elusive Pokemon MMO? Also consider the possibility for a Wii U release of a main series game. But the occasion surely deserves something a little bigger.

One thing’s for certain. If the announcement is only 5 minutes long, then expect a quality over quantity announcement. Perhaps we’ll only get a brief peak at the logo or the like. Whatever we get will leave us desperate for more. But remember, wanting and greed is an endless cycle that only leads to brief satisfaction and endless suffering”

Links:
Twitter
Twitch
Youtube