Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

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Tropico 6 Delayed to March, Free DLC to Early Pre-Orders

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Kalypso Media has again pushed back the release date for Tropico 6, the latest in the island simulation series. It was originally set to launch on PC in January 2019; now it’s releasing March 29 (console versions to follow later). As compensation, the company is offering the first planned DLC for free for anyone who pre-orders Tropico 6 before January 10.

You can pre-order through Steam, Kaylpso’s website, or any other digital platforms to get in on the deal. But you must pre-order by 10 am Pacific/1pm Eastern on January 10 to qualify. The first planned DLC is due out Q2 2019.

Simon Hellwig, Owner and Director of Kalypso Media, posted an open letter to fans addressing the delay. “Over the holidays, I have played Tropico 6 for many hours and really liked what I saw. But, in my humble opinion, it is not enough to like a game – I want to love it! And Tropico 6 is good, but not very good, or outstanding. Yet. Combining my own opinion and the response we had from thousands of dedicated beta players around the world, Kalypso has decided to postpone the release of the game for another couple of months.”

Hellwig specifically mentions pathfinding, multiplayer, and general AI simulation could all use more tweaks and balances, none of which can be done over night.

Tropico 6 is shaping up to be the definitive Tropico game as you manage your banana republic’s economy, infrastructure, and people. For the first time in the series you can control and run multiple islands in a single archipelago. Tropico 6 also supports cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four would-be dictators.

Tropico 6 is now set to launch on March 29 on PC, Mac, and Linux. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are due later this summer.

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Nintendo President: “Our Focus Could Shift Away from Home Consoles”

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The Nintendo Switch is selling incredibly well, especially after the holiday season, yet Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa is looking toward the future.

In a recent interview with Japanese website Nikkei (and translated by Nintendo Everything), Furukawa spoke frankly about Nintendo’s past and future as gaming console developers:

We aren’t really fixated on our consoles. At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software – and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the “Nintendo experience” on. That being said, technology changes. We’ll continue to think flexibly about how to deliver that experience as time goes on.

It has been over 30 years since we started developing consoles. Nintendo’s history goes back even farther than that, and through all the struggles that they faced the only thing that they thought about was what to make next. In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles – flexibility is just as important as ingenuity.

The console comments are a bit surprising considering the Switch is almost lightning in a bottle. While it doesn’t have the explosive popularity of the Wii it’s already out sold the Wii U. Every game developer is pressured from fans to put their game on the Switch if they haven’t already and Nintendo has smartly jumped on the indie game craze.

Furukawa goes on to mention the huge market of mobile games and how he’d like to improve Nintendo’s presence in the mobile game space. Nintendo began releasing mobile games in 2016 beginning with Super Mario Run, followed by Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017. The only mobile game published by Nintendo in 2018 was Dragalia Lost, an RPG developed by Cygames that’s become popular in Japan.

A mobile version of Mario Kart, called Mario Kart Tour, is due out before the end of Nintendo’s financial year (March 2019).

Clearly Nintendo would love to have another runaway mobile success like Pokémon GO, which was licensed to Niantic.

Furukawa also mentions movies and even theme parks as different revenue streams, and appears to be amenable to licensing their popular characters for such ventures. Furukawa recently replaced Tatsumi Kimishima as Nintendo president last summer.

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Nintendo New Year eShop Sale

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If you received a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS this holiday season (or your already have one), you’ll want to head over to the Nintendo eShop for the New Year’s Digital Sale. From now until Jan. 10 you’ll find Switch and 3DS games up to 50% off. Hopefully you saved those Nintendo eShop gift cards!

Highlights include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (25% off), Octopath Traveler (30% off), and Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version (50% off).

Here are the biggest deals:

Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $41.99 (30% off)

ARMS $41.99 (30% off)

Splatoon 2 $41.99 (30% off)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition $41.99 (30% off)

Octopath Traveler $41.99 (30% off)

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $44.99 (25% off)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version $29.99 (50% off)

Wizard of Legend $12,79 (20% off)

Mega Man Legacy Collection $11.24 (25 % off)

LEGO DC Super-Villains $29.99 (50% off)

Golf Story $9.89 (34% off)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition $26.39 (67% off)

LEGO Harry Potter Collection $24.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon $27.99 (30% off)

Pokémon Battle Trozei $5.59 (30% off)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido $27.99 (30% off)

Fantasy Life $27.99 (30% off)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe $13.99 (30% off)

Super Mario 3D Land $13.99 (30% off)

Yoshi’s New Island $13.99 (30% off)

Mario Party: The Top 100 $27.99 (30% off)

Final Fantasy Explorers $19.99 (50% off)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $11.99 (60% off)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)

Culdcept Revolt $20.99 (30% off)

The New Year sale overlaps with a 25% off sale on Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which ends Jan. 9. The New Year Digital Sale ends Jan 10 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.