SEGA announced a new Sonic the Hedgehog during its Sonic 25th Anniversary celebration in Tokyo, and plans to release it sometime in 2017.
Sonic Team boss Takashi Iizuka said the game would be revealed during the Sonic anniversary event in San Diego on July 22.
If you missed the celebration, you can watch it through the Sonic Movie Channel on YouTube. NeoGAF also has a series of concept art from the Sonic series spanning the last 25 years, in case you’re interested.
That out of the way, what direction should Sega take with the new Sonic game? Does the blue mascot need a break? Share your vision and ideas in the comments section and stay tuned to GameTribute for more Sonic news.
Nintendo Turns 130 Years Old, Here Are Some Significant Milestones
The Japanese video game giant is by far the oldest company in gaming.
September 23, 2019 marked the 130th birthday of Nintendo. The company was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi on the same day in 1889, making it a great granddaddy of business enterprises.
The company, which spent its first 40 years as a hanafuda playing card company named Nintendo Koppai, has outlived the oldest human being on record (Jiroemon Kimura, who lived to be 122 years old).
As Business Insider outlines in their deep-dive of the company’s history, Nintendo was hustling and bustling long before it got into game development and production. In addition to Hanafuda playing cards, it has operated taxis, love hotels, and instant rice production before eventually entering the toy industry.
The company forayed into the world of video games by making light guns for the Magnavox Odyssey in the 1970s. Eventually, in 1977, it released its first ‘console’, the Color TV-Game 6, which was jointly developed with Mitsubishi and contained six different versions of Pong.
The rest of Nintendo’s history from that point to today has been well-documented. Although 130 years doesn’t make it old enough to crack the top 100 oldest companies in the world, it is by far the oldest company in gaming.
Taito, for instance, was founded in 1953, while Sega began operations in 1960.
The best-selling Nintendo consoles are the Nintendo DS (154.02 million), the Game Boy and Game Boy Color (118.69 million combined), and the Wii (101.63 million). The Switch currently stands at nearly 40 million units sold.
Wii Sports is the company’s best selling game, managing to ship 82,870,000 units, although it worth mentioning that many came bundled with the console itself.
According to Metacritic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remains the best reviewed game of all time.
Nintendo has had its ups and downs over the decades, but it is looking very healthy for a 130 year-old company, so much so that it ranked 21 on Forbes’ list of top regarded companies.
Whether you love their games or you’re just looking for an excuse to eat a birthday cake, take a moment to celebrate its success.
Minecraft Has Over 112 million Monthly Users – That’s A Lot Of Players
Minecraft is an old game, but a lot of people still play it regularly. I mean A Lot!
Whereas most video games hit all their milestones within a year of their release, Minecraft is still extremely popular after ten years on the market.
One Chinese Minecraft player spent an entire year creating a awesome cyberpunk city that will surely amaze you.
Mojang studio head Helen Chiang revealed to Business Insider that the game has reached 112 million monthly users, outpacing all previous projections for how many people are playing the game.
For some perspective on how massive that is, consider that 112 million is over 1% of the world’s population, although we suspect that some people play over multiple devices or accounts, inflating that figure a bit.
Even so, that’s more active monthly users than Roblox, which has monthly active user base of 100 million.
Sales of Minecraft reached 176 million units in May 2019. With ray-tracing support coming to the PC version and Minecraft Earth soon to be released, expect sales to hit over 200 million units over the next few years.
These figures are made more impressive by the fact that Minecraft is not free to play. It’s a money-making machine.
Get Ready To Play Overwatch On The Nintendo Switch
One of the most popular games of this console generation has come to the Switch.
Nintendo has officially announced Overwatch for the Switch.
Dubbed ‘ Overwatch Legendary Edition’, the game makes it Nintendo debut on October 15.
Overwatch on Switch has been requested since the console’s launch. Now that it’s here, what exactly are gamer getting?
For starters, you get all of the content that has been released so far, plus motion controls and other features.
Now for the bad news: considering the Switich’s weaker specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this version of Overwatch run at 30 FPS in both docked and undocked mode, while resolution is different between the two modes.
Overwatch running at 30 FPS was somewhat expected, but the fact that the high-speed nature of the game requires a smooth frame rate, makes it disappointing.
The lower frame rate may also be a problem for the future implementation of cross-platform play, seeing as the game runs at 60 FPS on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Will you be getting Overwatch Legendary Edition for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.
Check Out The New Doom Eternal Trailer
As expected, Doom Eternal looks crazy intense.
E3 2019 brought us two major videos of Doom Eternal — an official story trailer and some gameplay footage.
The story trailer (above) revels in the game’s weird and intense biblical imagery, while the gameplay footage (below) shows off its intense gameplay, flashy UI and wide array of collectibles.
A new multiplayer mode called Battlemode pits two player-controlled demons against a single player-controlled Slayer to see who’s the last one standing.
Bethesda also announced a big special edition of Doom Eternal that come with a wearable Slayer helmet and story DLC.
By the look of things, fans of Doom are in for more of what the love about the series. Doom Eternal releases on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on November 22, 2019.
Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Is Coming in Fall 2019
Nintendo’s blockbuster gaming system is about to get smaller and even more affordable.
According to a new report out of Japan, the Nintendo Switch budget model will launch in fall 2019.
Rumors of a smaller, more budget friendly Nintendo Switch surfaced earlier in the year, and now Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims it will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Despite being a “handheld” system similar to 2DS, it will be able to connect to televisions and placed in a dock.
Nintendo is said to also have a Switch Pro model planned. This particular sku won’t be a huge leap in performance from the standard Switch, but it will be a technical upgrade nonetheless.
The “Switch Pro” is expected arrive sometime after the “Switch Mini” launches.
Elder God Cetrion Is The Mother Nature Of Mortal Kombat 11
She looks like a god, talks like a god and fights like a god.
NetherRealm Studios has revealed a brand new playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, and she looks insanely powerful.
Judging my her reveal trailer, Elder God Cetrion is able to harness the powers of Mother Nature, freely using earth, fire, wind, water elementals in her brutal attacks. She can even grow in size until she is literally towering over the planet and shoot a giant mouth laser as part of her fatality.
Watch her in action and let us know what you think. Do you see yourself playing her?