It’s exciting to think that we’re only a couple of months away from being able to get our hands on the Nintendo Switch, the successor to the disappointing Wii U. With many questions still remaining regarding the console itself, including pricing, available games at launch, and even the detachable screen’s battery life, Nintendo has organized a big presentation on Jan. 12th in Tokyo that will provide answers to all of these questions. Still, we can’t help but think that Nintendo will have a few more surprises in store for they much-hyped event, as it’s not unreasonable to say that their future as a console manufacturer hinges on the Switch’s success or failure. Here are a few predictions I have for what will go down at the presentation.
Like pretty much everyone who lived through it, we’re glad that 2016 is now in the rear-view, but amid all the divisive politics, celebrity deaths, and loudmouth, Cheetos-skinned presidents were a ton of great video games. No matter your taste, you didn’t have to look far to find a game worth spending time with in 2016, a year that not only saw several long-in-development games finally see the light of day, but also delivered on the promise of VR, even if all three of the leading virtual reality headsets are still too prohibitively expensive for most consumers to truly enjoy.
The upcoming Nintendo Switch presentation on Jan. 12 is set to provide us with a ton of information about the new console, but information is already starting to leak out. Thanks to a post on the EB Games website, we now know that Mario Kart 8, which was released on the Wii U back in 2014, is coming to the Switch and will feature quite a bit of new content too.
Overall, 2016 was a pretty great year for video games. We got to play some awesome new titles such as Uncharted 4, Overwatch, and the Doom revival, Sony and Microsoft both released updated versions of their home consoles, while Nintendo announced a new and exciting successor to the Wii U, and VR headsets such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR finally made it to retail. Like any year though, we have to take the good with the bad, and there were quite a few stories that made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Here are some of the most controversial, disappointing, and downright worst things to happen in the gaming industry in 2016.
Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but you wouldn’t know it from the world of professional wrestling. Over the years, wrestlers and wrestling organizations have tried to exploit the holiday season in a myriad of ways, from Christmas-themed gimmick matches, to wrestlers dressing up in various attempts at playing Santa, to actual Christmas movies, and generally, they all end up being cheesy at best, and actually fairly terrible at worst. We’ve looked through the archives, and come up with a bunch of examples of when it seemed like the wrestling industry was trying to guarantee that nobody had a Merry Christmas.
Mario has arrived on iOS!
When Nintendo first announced they were going to finally develop games for mobile devices, a lot of fans were leery. Sure, Nintendo is known for making quality products, but the state of mobile gaming right now is… well, it’s not always great. The most popular (and profitable) games are of the “freemium” model, which means the game itself is free, but if the user wants to get all the options and features (or simply not wait for the cooldown timer to expire before they can play again), they must fork over real cash for items or in-game premium currency.
It’s been nearly a year since former WWE Superstar Joanie “Chyna” Laurer passed away suddenly at the age of 46, and this week, the final results of her autopsy were revealed. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, Chyna’s death was ruled as accidental, as a result of the combination of drugs and alcohol. This likely won’t come as a shock, given that there were reports that Chyna had been drinking heavily in the days leading up to her death, as well as her well-known history with substance abuse issues.
The last few months have been chaotic for former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio and his girlfriend, current (for now) WWE Superstar Paige, and this weekend another chapter was added to the expanding book of their wild exploits. According to reports, Del Rio and Paige were backstage at a wrestling event in Mexico and ended up in a physical altercation with one of the wrestlers. Details are sketchy, but allegedly the fight may have started over the wrestler touching Paige or Del Rio somehow, and there is the possibility that alcohol may have played a part in the fight escalating. The fight reportedly involved Del Rio essentially beating up the smaller luchador, and apparently spilled out of the locker room and was witnessed by many fans, something which has angered the owners of the wrestling promotion.
Jimmy Snuka was scheduled for a court appearance on Friday as part of his ongoing trial over the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. However, Snuka was forced to appear remotely, as he has apparently been placed in hospice care. According the reports, Snuka’s doctor has given him a terminal diagnosis, and the former WWE Superstar is unlikely to survive longer than the next six months. Earlier this year, a psychologist testified that Snuka was mentally unfit to stand in his own defense at the trial, although the presiding judge has refused to dismiss the charges. At this point, Snuka’s medical condition is expected to be reviewed, and if his recent diagnosis proves true, it’s likely that a dismissal could come as early as this week.
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