Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion Announced

Nintendo has announced Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion, the game’s first paid, single-player DLC.

The expansion was revealed during today’s Nintendo Direct. It introduces a new playable character, an Octoling named Agent 8, and will be released this summer for $20 USD. Completing the 80-mission single-player campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer.

Nintendo also announced Splatoon 2’s 3.0 update will be released in “late April.” Version 3.0 will feature additional stages, over 100 pieces of new gear, and Rank X, a new rank that’s even higher than S+.

For more, check out IGN’s Splatoon 2 review.

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Mario Tennis Switch Release Date, More Details Revealed

As teased earlier this week, Nintendo shared more information on Mario Tennis Aces during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. We learned a ton of new details about the upcoming Switch sports game, including when it’ll release around: June 22.

On top of basic actions like topspin, slices, and lobs, Mario Tennis Aces introduces new Zone Shots. These allow you to pinpoint any spot you want to aim at on the court using motion controls. They’re also really powerful and can damage an opponent’s racket if they’re hit with one. Get hit by three Zone Shots and your racket will break completely, resulting in an automatic forfeit. Zone Shots are not all-powerful, however, as they can be stopped by a block.

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In addition to Zone Shots, Mario Tennis Aces features a new mechanic called Zone Speed. This slows down the action around you, allowing you to move around the court in seemingly high-speed. Zone Shots and Zone Speed are fueled by a new energy gauge, which fills up the longer you keep a rally going. You can also perform Trick Shots to quickly jump to a ball that got away from you or unleash a powerful Special Shot, which can potentially break an opponent’s racket in one hit.

If you prefer a more traditional tennis experience, Mario Tennis Aces also allows you to play using simple rules. The game supports online multiplayer for up to four players, and you can win special outfits and additional characters for playing online. Prior to its release, Nintendo will hold a pre-launch online tournament that allows players to play 1v1 matches online. Date and timing details for that will be revealed later.

Aces is the first new installment in the series since 2015’s Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U. It also marks the first Mario Tennis game since the Game Boy Advance entry, Mario Tennis: Power Tour, to feature a single-player story mode.

Mario Tennis Aces was first revealed during the surprise Nintendo Direct Mini presentation that aired back in January. The game is developed by Camelot, the studio behind the Golden Sun series and numerous other Mario Sports titles.

Nintendo revealed a ton of new Switch and 3DS titles during today’s Direct presentation, including a Splatoon 2 expansion and a Luigi’s Mansion remake. You can see all of the biggest announcements from the broadcast in our Nintendo Direct news roundup.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch Finally Confirmed

As many fans have been waiting for since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros. is finally confirmed to be coming to the system. And it’s coming in 2018.

Splatoon Inklings are confirmed to appear in a short teaser shown during the Nintendo Direct today. Mario and what appears to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Link were also shown in the teaser. Several other characters can be seen in partial shadow at the end of the trailer.

No official title has been set for the fighter, with its working title being Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros.

The last Smash Bros. came in 2014, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, two companion entries in the franchise. IGN reviewed Smash Bros. for Wii U higher than Smash Bros. for 3DS, though still praised both games for their impressive additions and twists on the beloved fighting series.

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Little Nightmares Announced for Nintendo Switch

Little Nightmares is coming to Nintendo Switch in just a couple months.

Nintendo shared the news during today’s Nintendo Direct. The Switch version will be the Complete Edition, which includes all eight chapters, as well as all previously released DLC.

Additionally, a special in-game mask can be unlocked with the Pac-Man amiibo.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches for Nintendo Switch on May 18. The game was released last year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For our thoughts on why it’s a “very welcome fresh take on horror,” read IGN’s Little Nightmares review.

Today’s Nintendo Direct featured no shortage of exciting announcements, including official confirmation Super Smash Bros. is coming to Switch, a release date for Mario Tennis Aces, and much more.

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Jessica Jones Episode 209: “Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed” Review

This review contains spoilers for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2, episode 9, titled “Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed.” To see where we left off, check out our review of Season 2, episode 8 and follow along with our full season binge here.

Hallway fight! It wouldn’t be a Netflix series without some kind of dust-up in a dimly-lit corridor, and while Jessica Jones doesn’t aspire to the same level of fight scene choreography as Daredevil, it’s certainly satisfying to see Alisa lay the smackdown on Pryce in the opening minutes — even if we then end the episode with a more upsetting version in which Alisa comes dangerously close to killing Jessica in a different hallway. (I do love the Jessica Jones version of a mom bandaging up their kid’s boo-boo: with snark and cheap whisky.)

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Nintendo Switch Getting South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is headed to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo announced the Switch port today during its latest Direct briefing. The Switch version of Fractured But Whole will launch on April 24.

In addition to the base game, Ubisoft will offer the previously released “Danger Deck” and “From Dusk Till Casa Bonita” DLC to buy individually or through a season pass. The third expansion, “Bring the Crunch,” is due out later this year and will also be on Switch.

Danger Deck takes players to new locations in South Park to fight against “increasingly difficult” enemies created by the Freedom Pals. The From Dusk Till Casa Bonita expansion, meanwhile, sees players trying to rescue Mysterion’s sister. The expansion takes players to the Casa Bonita restaurant and introduces a new class, the Netherborn. A new character, Henrietta the Goth, is also included in the From Dusk Till Casa Bonita expansion.

For more on today’s Nintendo Direct, check out GameSpot’s roundup of all the Nintendo Direct news.

Agents of SHIELD Episode 100: Ming-Na Wen Looks Back At Five Seasons

This week, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. celebrates its 100th episode. The ABC series (based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D.) is in the midst of its fifth season, in which the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempt to save humanity after being transported to the future–in outer space.

Despite reaching its 100th episode milestone, SHIELD has not yet been renewed for a sixth season. Executive Producers of the show told Entertainment Weekly that they are writing the last episode of season five as a series finale.

“Right now, we’re writing a series end,” says Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell, “because as far as we know, this could be it.”

The future of the series is uncertain, yet Agents of SHIELD remains Marvel’s best reviewed TV show on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to its lovable and talented cast, strong character development, fantastic action sequences, and rich comic book mythology.

We talked with SHIELD star Ming-Na Wen, who plays Agent Melinda May, about how her character has grown over the years, season 5’s biggest changes, and pulling off those jaw-dropping fight scenes.

GameSpot: This is your fifth season playing Agent Melinda May. How do you feel she has evolved as a character over the years?

Ming-Na Wen: I think she takes two steps forward, three steps back. When she starts connecting and being very maternal with this new family and getting out of her desk job and out of her trauma, somehow there’s always issues where there’s mistrust again, there’s anger issues where she’s not sure if what’s she’s done was the right thing or not the right thing in the Bahrain situation, and in protecting Coulson–letting him die, or not letting him die. I don’t know. She’s definitely one of those characters that wears a mask a lot and I think for her to still break out of her shell is ever the mystery. I think she falls back into it quite readily.

I had heard you had a major injury while filming season 4 of SHIELD. How’s your knee?

I sustained the injury from a very simple kick that I’ve done a million times. But it’s one of those situations where it’s an intense fight, you’re dealing with repetition, and like with any athletic situation or situations where you’re involved physically, there is the potential of injury. And unfortunately, my ACL and my meniscus decided that they weren’t going to do it anymore, and they snapped and I fell down.

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That sounds awful.

Yeah, It was very sudden. It hurt–the initial thing felt painful, like somebody shot me in the leg, after that I was fine. Surgery was fine. The rehabilitation, the physical therapy, that’s been the most frustrating part about it. Especially because after I had the surgery, two months later I had to go back to work. We had a very short hiatus. But overall, so far so good. I have maybe about 4 or 5 months of healing and then by then they say I should be good as new. It’s such a little part of your body, but it takes a year.

It was reported that they incorporated your injury into the storyline.

Yes, but then they still had Agent May fight, which is not fair! [Laughs] They just put in the injury so that I’m allowed to limp without questioning. But that doesn’t prevent them from going, “But she can still fight.”

You can see May fighting the pain from her injury as she keeps on getting into fights. How much of that visible pain is real?

Yes, that’s not acting! That’s real. No, I’m just kidding.

How much of that is you?

I mean, I still did a fair amount of it. I didn’t do anything that required me to jump or kick or twist really very much. But I had a brace on the whole time, so it was great.

The fifth season of SHIELD has a very different feel to it. It’s even more sci-fi than ever before, in a post-apocalyptic future with the Kree and time-travel, and a prophecy. How did you initially feel about these big changes, and how would you compare this storyline to those of past seasons?

You know, when I heard that we’re definitely going out to space, there was an initial moment where I was like, “Ooh, are we gonna jump the shark now? What’s this mean?” But I mean, that’s what’s so brilliant about our writers. They have come up with a new way of putting these characters in a situation where now they’re depleted of everything. And how do they use their skills as SHIELD agents or as inhumans in battling this situation? It’s been fantastic.

And it ties in a lot with Guardians of the Galaxy and where Thor went, I mean everybody kind of went to outer space. And was dealing with aliens and Kree. So I think the tone of our show certainly is aligned with the cinematic Marvel universe. And then alternately, it was just a lot of fun. I mean, for me as a geek girl, to be able to pretend to fly a spaceship, you know, it doesn’t get any cooler than that–and then to actually see it on screen, I was like, “Oh my goodness! This is so cool.” And the fact that May is so confident in doing it, like she’s done it a million times before. It’s pretty cool.

Where could the show potentially go from here? You’re in space, do you have any setting or storyline suggestions for a possible Season 6?

I would love us to somehow end up in Tahiti. And we could shoot in Hawaii or something for season six and just kind of relax.

Well, Tahiti would bring it full circle, it would be perfect.

You know, drink a mai-tai or something. I don’t know.

Just a season of relaxing.

More loving, less fighting. Also, I think our audience wants Philinda [Phil Coulson & Melinda May] to hook up finally.

Yes.

Yeah. And I like the fact that they’re just really slow.

Right. It’s a tension, its like Mulder and Scully on The X-Files. It’s like you didn’t really want them to be together, you just love the tension that goes on for years.

Yeah, yeah. And they feel it, you know, which is very realistic, I mean they honor each other as friends and co-workers but then ultimately you know, yeah, if you take that step, I mean it could screw everything up.

Any chance of an Agents of SHIELD crossover with other Marvel shows?

None that I know of.

Would you like there to be?

Yeah, I’d like to.

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Which other character in the MCU would you like team up with?

Oh, there’s so many. I mean cinematic, any of those big, big heroes. Whether it’s Thor–Thor has always been a special one, Hulk, Captain America, they’re all great. But on TV if we ever do a crossover, I mean it would be fantastic to you know, work with any of those Marvel characters.

You’re no stranger to complex fight choreography. What’s the toughest stunt or fight sequence you’ve ever done?

I would have to say the toughest one was when I had to do the May versus May fight.

Oh, yeah. That sounds complicated.

Yeah. That took like three days and lots of costume changes going back and forth between the silver dress and the lingerie. And we had, let’s see, stunt doubles for each of the Mays, and everybody had to learn all the choreography, I had to learn both sides of the choreography and got a couple of teeth knocked out. So that was cool.

Wow.

Yeah, I chipped a couple of front teeth. There’s nothing more fun than trying to fight well in lingerie and a silver sparkly dress.

How long would you like to play Melinda May?

I don’t know, as long as the stories are great, and because as a family we get along fantastic and we have a wonderful time. The cast, the crew, the bosses, you know, they’re amazing. Our executive producers are fantastic, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, and so for me, it’s one of those situations where as a working environment, it’s fun and we have the greatest fans in the world. So I don’t, maybe another, what, we’re in five years? We could go another five.

Lastly, Have they reached out to you about the Live Action Mulan movie? Or would you like to be involved?

We have been in touch. And as of now, I don’t think there’s anything that is going to connect me. But you know, one never knows.

Are you excited about it?

Oh, yes. Very excited about it. No, I think it’s fantastic. And ultimately I mean, it’s going to, like with Beauty and the Beast, as much as I love the movie, like the animation always will be special in its own right. And I think Mulan’s going to be like that too. But I love the fact that they want to forge ahead and do something with an Asian character that’s furthering that storyline.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Fridays at 9pm on ABC.

Undertale Announced For Nintendo Switch – IGN

The deep RPG comes to Nintendo’s handheld…eventually.

The quirky role-playing game Undertale was revealed to be coming to Nintendo Switch during today’s Nintendo Direct.

While there’s no release window, Nintendo simply stated the game would come to the handheld platform “eventually.”

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IGN awarded Undertale with a 10 for “Masterpiece” when it was released in 2015 on PC, stating it tells its story in such a dynamic way, and with such a great understanding of the RPG player’s mindset, that it couldn’t have been told in any other way.

Brandin Tyrrel is IGN’s Xbox Editor. You can find him on Unlocked, or chat over on Twitter at @BrandinTyrrel.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Confirmed for Nintendo Switch

After its release on PS4, PC, and Xbox One last year, Ubisoft’s South Park: The Fractured But Whole is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 24.

DLC packs will arrive on April 24, followed by additional DLC later this year.

The Fractured But Whole saw the kids of Comedy Central’s South Park trade in their fantasy role-playing for superhero identities, with a new, grid-based combat system. IGN’s The Fractured But Whole Review. For more on all of the changes — and attempts to stay true to the South Park style — read IGN’s in-depth interview with the Ubisoft leads behind The Fractured But Whole.

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