Splatoon 2 is set to receive a huge patch in late April when the game updates to Ver. 3.0. Along with a ton of cosmetics being added, a new ranking tier, beyond Rank S+, will be implemented called Rank X !  Below is a snapshot of the ranking as of late February. Rank X is the top 1% of ranked! Players in Rank S+10-S+50 will be automatically be placed in Rank X once the update goes live.The top 500 players name and gear for each ranked mode(Clam Blitz, Rainmaker, Splat Zones and Tower Control) will be displayed on the Nintendo app. P From what I understand, Rank X does not have a rank meter to maintain but "X Power" which increases with a win and decreases after a loss. The way I interpret it, you'll be matched with people of similar X Power, which reminds me of how Splatfest matchmaking is handled. Once introduced, Rank X will reset at the end of the month. Players who don't maintain a certain X Power will be demoted to S+9 and will need to climb back into Rank X.

Rank stats as of 2/20/18 (Thanks Official Splatoon Tumblr!)

Alongside the introduction of Rank X, Ranked Battle stage pools and the update scheduled are being altered in Ver. 3.0. Ranked Battle's map pool will be limited to 8 stages per ranked gamemode instead of having access to all stages(when update 3.0 launches, there will be 20 multiplayer stages in Splatoon 2). The Ranked Battle map pool will rotate alongside the Rank X reset at the end of every month post 3.0. Again, the limited stage pool is only for Ranked Battle! Stages and weapons will no longer release on a weekly schedule once Ver. 3.0 arrives. Instead of trickling out, several weapons and a new stage will be added at the beginning of every month instead of one weapon and/or stage a week.

That's quite a lot to take in. I think introduction of Rank X is neat for the super competitive Splatoon 2 player but I'll need some time to warm up to the altered update schedule. It was nice checking into Splatoon every week to see what was added but perhaps the monthly update schedule will allow them to keep a closer eye on what weapons/abilities need to be balanced. Let's give 3.0 a shot once it arrives in late April 2018!

New Smash means a flurry of rumors of special character appearances. It began with Brawl having Sonic and Solid Snake, then leading to Smash 4 having characters like Ryu, Pac-Man, Cloud, Mega Man, Bayonetta, and another appearance from Sonic. So now begs the question, who will Nintendo have join the fight this time?

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight deserves a spot in Smash Bros. He has his own Amiibo coming out soon so it seems that Nintendo is pretty fond of the character. So why not put him in Smash? It'll do great for the Indie scene too!  

Crash Bandicoot

With the announcement of the N. Sane Trilogy coming to the Switch it would be amazing to see Crash go against his former rival/s Mario (and Sonic if he makes a reappearance).


Rayman is a character I've wanted to see in Smash Bros. Ubisoft seems to have a strong relationship with Nintendo considering the fact Nintendo allowed them to make a Mario game. I feel Rayman would be a natural fit.
Banjo & Kazooie

After Phil Spencer practically giving his nod of approval while people could vote for the next Smash 4 character, it makes me feel like we'll see some old faces this time around. Imagine some of the classic Rare characters making a comeback with the company that they had their debut with? Who knows maybe with the Nintendo supporting cross-platform with Microsoft on some titles it could lead to this?

Another Rare character that I think would be a perfect fit for Smash. We probably would have to avoid the alcoholism and whatnot but that's fine! Seeing Conker make an appearance in any way shape or form would be great. We're going to forget that HoloLens video though.

 Solaire of Astora

He's getting his own amiibo and all it does is lets you do the Praise the Sun gesture? Nah he's boutta Smash.

I'm so excited to for Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. Ignoring the announcement after the expansion, I'm looking forward to all the games featured in the 3/8/18 Nintendo Direct. Rob wrote put together a little something something if you prefer not to watch the entire direct, check that out!

The expansion looks to be a single player campaign where you play as an Octoling, the octopus equivalent of an Inkling! There will be 80 levels to play through and it's suppose to release sometime in Summer 2018. The DLC's hub world looks to be a subway system pictured above! Your reward for beating all 80 levels seems like the ability to play as an Octoling in multiplayer!! OH MY GOODNESS.

I'm overjoyed at this news. I just love Splatoon so much! Though, I haven't been playing it recently because of there not being enough hours in the day! Initially, I wanted to take a break before forcing myself to learn motion controls but I forgot and turned them off. I'm motivated to even finish the Splatoon 2 story mode, which I've been slacking on! I need to get myself caught up!! The expansion is priced around $19.99, hoping to be released over Summer 2018(I hope it's released in August on a day ending in 8!) and comes with some cute gear!  GUYS, I'M SO EXCITED FOR SPLATOON 2 DLC. I feel like barfing after saying that...

If you're a Nintendo fan, you most likely watched the Nintendo Direct yesterday. If you're a gaming fan in general, I'm sure you've heard quite a bit about it from browsing the webs. Right now it's hard to not say that Nintendo is knocking it out of the park this year as far as announcements go. They know how to generate hype and keep their fans engaged with practically a snap of the finger. From more Wii-U ports, new titles, and even some old classics. The Direct had something for every fan. 

3DS Announcements

Warioware Gold
August 3rd

Much like Mario Party: The Top 100, Warioware Gold is a collection of 300 microgames in one package. On top of the classic microgames there will also be new ones included that utilize the 3DS to its full potential. Such as microgames using the touchscreen, mic, and more!

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
TBA 2019

The classic DS release is making it's return on the 3DS sometime next year! New features will allow you to switch between the Mario Brothers to platform/control Bowser to explore!

Luigi's Mansion Remake
TBA 2018

Something I am thrilled about and a bit upset with at the same time. I love that they're remaking this game, but I just wish they decided to remake it for the Switch. Regardless they're adding a few new features like a boss rush mode! Maybe at a later date they'll announce both games for the Switch? Probably not.

Switch Announcements

Okami HD
TBA 2018

One of the greatest games released on the PS2 has finally found it's way to the Switch after launching on the PS4 and Xbox One late last year.

Dark Souls Amiibo & Test Beta
May 25

This is the greatest Amiibo ever.

Octopath Traveler
July 13

A game I have been keeping a heavy eye on, Octopath Traveler finally has a release date! I have high hopes from watching all of the developer diaries. With the demo surveys putting some heavy changes on the gameplay shows that the team really cares about this project and it makes me even more excited for it's release. This time around they introduced two more characters and a collector's edition that is looking mighty fine.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
TBA 2018

No More Heroes was a ton of fun on the Wii. Now Travis Touchdown's return is rapidly approaching with this new entry! Supporting seven different game types and a co-op mode.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
July 13

This is one of my favorite games on the Wii-U. This incredibly cute platformer had me hooked right from the start with it's charming and sometimes troubling puzzles. This time around there will be a co-op mode and Super Mario Odyssey themed levels added in.


Though I dislike the fanbase for ruining this game for me, it's still a neat release to see on the Switch. The game has sold extremely well and it has the potential to gain plenty more fans through Nintendo.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

This is awesome. With all the rumors it seemed possible but the fact that these PS1 classics are finally being released on a non-Sony console is special. It'll be great being able to take Crash on the road again and it will be even better to see people struggle and attempt breaking their system in frustration.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
April 24

Another surprise. I wasn't expecting to see this release on a Nintendo console any time soon. But I was wrong! It's nice to see Nintendo getting all of this third party support and it's really paying off.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
May 18

Another Wii-U title, Hyrule Warriors is closing in on it's Switch debut. The game comes complete will all existing content, including all characters, maps, and missions. Local play is also an option!

Mario Tennis Aces
June 22

A ton of information was released for this title during the direct. Plenty of new gameplay mechanics and even a release date!

Splatoon 2 Ver. 3.0
TBA 2018

A new update will being in new gear, stages, Octolings, and more! There will also be a new DLC that includes a single player story for $19.99


No better way to close a Direct than with something like this.

We're seven days into March 2018 as I post this and it has already been a really hectic and busy month for me. Amidst everything I've been finding it very difficult to find time to game, but I'm hoping my schedule will get a little less insane soon. That being said, there are a few games I want to finish up, a few games I want to dive into and a few I'm REALLY looking forward to, so here we go!

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

I've never played the original Warhammer Vermintide title, and by no means am I a fan of the Warhammer universe. Honestly, the extent of my knowledge regarding the original Vermintide was that it was relatively well received and frequently gets compared to the Left for Dead series. The comparison is relatively true for the second title, but with a lot more depth, customization and strategy. I just started playing the other day but I'm already really enjoying hacking and slashing through swaths of rat people and chaos soldiers, even though I don't really understand what's going on. Technically the game doesn't release until March 8th, but pre-ordering granted access to a short closed beta in which you get to play all the missions in Act 3. Ultimately, I'm really looking forward to Thursday and being able to play some new missions and earn more rewards. Vermintide 2 might just be a breakout game to look for in the near future!

Under Night in Birth Exe Late[st]

Despite the complicated name, I've never fell into the rhythm of a fighting game so easily before UNIST. I played the last iteration of the series on PS3 a few years ago, but that was a time before I really dived into more fighters. I think what makes UNIST stand above other fighting games for me right now is the incredible art style, soundtrack and relatively simple mechanics blending together to make really GREAT feeling matches. Huge shout outs to Fight Nights regular CATS for introducing me to the new iteration and even though our current record is around 1-53 (in his favor) I enjoy every minute playing the game. I look forward to seeing UNIST's future in the FGC, even if it's a bit out of the way from the mainstream. Hopefully Cross Tag will shed some light on the series for the future.

Monster Hunter World

I've already dumped around 100 hours into Monster Hunter World, and as I said in my glowing review, the game not only surpasses the expectations I had for a new and different Monster Hunter title, it also really made me rethink video games as a whole. At 100 hours the new task is to raise one's Hunter rank by fighting different forms of old monsters, and while I'm always happy to play with my friends, I'm looking forward to some new content. That being said, I'll probably wrap up some loose ends, like completing some events, finishing some gear and hunting some rare critters and hang up my weapons until some new content drops. This isn't due to pure boredom, simply an attempt to move on and experience some other games, otherwise I could be lost in the New World for months and months. 

Ni No Kuni 2 - Revenant Kingdom

IT'S FINALLY ALMOST HERE! It's been about 8 years since the release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, but it feels like an entire life time. Revenant Kingdom is not the sequel I expected, there are many changes to gameplay this time around, but the game still looks fantastic. I dumped over 100 hours into the original title, and I'm sure it will be just as easy to do so in the sequel. The ghibli-esque JRPG comes out March 23rd and I'm counting down the hours.


This one isn't a joke! To anyone who doesn't know Nioh has been sitting unopened on my shelf since February of 2017. I know the game is really good, and a lot of my friends joke it's a game that would probably be one of my favorites ever. I always put off actually starting the game because I feel like the time is never right, but I have a good feeling I'll be able to start it very soon. I'm excited!

PSN has a fantastic weekly sale that ends 3/6(Tuesday) at 11am EST/8am PST. I don't have time to explain why I don't have time to explain all the games you should consider buying.You're in luck,a handful of these games have been mentioned by my colleagues in previous posts! If you haven't already, I implore you to check out Dictator's blog, Rob's blog or Cody's three part series on their Top Games of 2017. While there's some overlap in game choices, I can appreciate their unique perspective on what makes X a top game of 2017 knowing each person has a broad range of games they enjoy. AND NOW IT'S MY TIME TO SHINE.

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy

A pillar of my childhood remastered!  The N Sane Trilogy contains Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 & 3 rebuilt using the level design from the original PS1 games.
Direct Link
Price: $29.99/$23.99 with PS+

Gravity Rush 2

I absolutely adore the art style. I've wanted to play this series when it debuted on the Vita but had trouble finding a physical copy. I'm glad it got a sequel on PS4 along with a remastered version(which is sadly not on sale.)
Direct Link
Price: $21.99/$17.99 with PS+

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

It's super pretty. I had to be wary of this game whenever it was getting played in the shop. It's mesmerizing!

Direct Link
Price: $34.99/$32.49 with PS+

Nioh - The Complete Edition

It's like Dark Souls but in Feudal Japan.
Direct Link
Price: $29.99/$24.99 with PS+

A Medley of Fighting Games
Seven of the Twelve games featured in Fight Night Season 1 are on sale!!

Blazblue Central Fiction - $29.99/$23.99 with PS+
*DLC characters NOT on sale
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 - $19.99/$15.99 with PS+
The King of Fighters XIV Special Anniversary Edition - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Includes the first 4 DLC characters
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite Standard Edition - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Deluxe Edition with all DLC characters - $53.99/$44.99 with PS+
Mortal Kombat XL - $11.99/$9.99 with PS+
Street Fighter V:Arcade Edition - $31.99/$29.99 with PS+
*SFV:AE + Season 3 Pass(Deluxe Edition) - $59.49/$55.99 with PS+
Tekken 7 - $35.99/$29.99 with PS+
*Tekken  7 + Season Pass(Deluxe Edition) - $55.24/$46.74 with PS+

This sale features SO MANY it blows my mind. Covers many different styles of fighting games. Perfect if you wanted to practice for our Fight Nights every Thursday! Matter of fact, if you don't feel like picking up any of these games but have a burning desire to play I know just the place! I'm gonna try real hard not to add to my queue unless I know I can make time to play it. For everyone else: GOOD HUNTING

With plenty of games getting the remaster treatment over the past few years, it's hard not to think about what great games could get that treatment. There are a lot of people that believe remasters are a waste of time because companies should shift their focus solely on new projects. I understand that and agree, but there is also the outlook that maybe certain people jumped to a different console this generation. There are certain companies like Bluepoint Games, who have worked on numerous PS2 Remasters and the Shadow of the Colossus remake which doesn't impact the big AAA boys. Anyway here's "Wonderwall".


One of the best multiplayer experiences the PS3 has to offer. Warhawk is an excellent example of nonstop fun. Even today the servers are still up and running with a friendly player base holding up their dedicated servers. I think Sony should give this game another chance at life. Or just make another...

Demon's Souls

With online support being nixed last month, it would make sense for From Software to bring this game to PS4. The game in my opinion is the best of the "SoulsBourne" genre. It's one of my favorite PS3 games and is 100% worth a play through. Though Dark Souls is getting the remaster treatment for now, I feel like it is only a matter of time before we get a remaster of this. After all, it is the original.

Metal Gear Solid 4

This absolutely needs a remaster. Though knowing how Konami has been treating their IPs lately it seems like it could be unlikely. Metal Gear Solid 4 is an incredible gaming experience and is part of a series that everyone should play.

Infamous 1-2

Infamous was one of the best experiences I had on the PS3. I was enthralled with being able to be good or evil. I played the game numerous times switching things up and seeing what else I could do in different situations.

Motorstorm Collection

Motorstorm is an intense racing game. Being able to drive cars, buggies, dirt bikes, racing trucks, big rigs, and ATVs. Each having their pros and cons. Not to mention being able to punch each other off of your bike like in Road Rash. The game paid heavy attention to detail, with real time deformation happening to the tracks as the race goes on. Meaning that there will be debris, obstacles displaced, holes and ruts. Each vehicle having trouble getting through or will have an easier time. With 3 entries in the series it would be a great collection to release.

Ni No Kuni

A great RPG from the Level 5 Team and Studio Ghibli. No No Kuni II is actually releasing for PS4 this month. Though you don't absolutely need to play it to understand the sequel, It would be great to give this a remaster.


Overlord is in my opinion a very underrated game. The game is very goofy but it keeps you engaged all the way through. I recently revisited both the first and second one and they still hold up surprisingly well. I hope to eventually see a revival with the series but with the lackluster release of Overlord: Fellowship of Evil, it seems it could be unlikely.


With the success of Nier Automata, it would make sense for Square-Enix to allow a remaster of Nier. While the games controls can be quite agitating, everything else makes the experience worth it. Creator/Director Yoko Taro even mentioned Square-Enix would be interested in having a remaster done for Nier if Automata performed well. Hopefully it did! Hopefully they can get Platinum involved with this as well to fix the gameplay. As that was the biggest flaw in this great game.


This high adrenaline shooter from Platinum Games is a ton of fun to play. You play as a DARPA agent with a suit that is packed with boosters. The abilities you get from the suit makes the gameplay a blast. The game doesn't necessarily take itself too seriously either. It's completely cheesy. Vanquish doesn't try too hard instead focusing on the fun factor. And it succeeds.


Massive Action Game. MAG was unveiled as a epic online game with 256-player battles. This game was looking to taking the crown from the ongoing battle of Battlefield and Call of Duty. And at the moment, it looked like it was very possible. You allied yourself to 1 of 3 different factions. The success of your faction affected your XP bonuses, gear, etc, making it that much more apparent that winning was the absolute option. From my experience the game handled very well. Though the game traded off the graphical quality in favor of the over ambitious gameplay, it still ran smooth with 256 players. When you had everyone in your squad on a headset and arranged your roles the experience was bar none one of the best you could have at the time. It still is to this day one of my favorite online games. Unfortunately because the Internet it was difficult to get a decent squad together that was willing to cooperate. On top of the 256 player lobbies meant waiting a decent amount of time for a game. If brought back today it may fare much better as opposed to 10 years ago. I don't see Sony giving this a shot but if MAG make a comeback, I can guarantee a massive player base if they pull it off properly.

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