Game Rant Open Discussion: July 15, 2016

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In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing Pokemon Go, Nintendo’s new console, Death Stranding, and more!

Summer is in full swing, though the sweltering heat hasn’t prevented a flurry of Pokemon GO trainers from voyaging around town in order to fill out their Pokedex. Now that the weekend is approaching, it’s time to reflect on what has been a busy week with the Game Rant Open Discussion.

For those who don’t know, the Game Rant Open Discussion is a weekly thread that allows Game Rant readers to discuss whatever happens to be on their mind. While the obvious topic is about gaming-related news, readers are free to talk about whatever happens to be on their mind – it doesn’t have to be on the subject of videogames. Each week, we compile a few talking points from the past seven days, so that gamers can easily catch up on some of the stories they might have missed.

This week, we’re talking about Pokemon GO (who isn’t?), Nintendo’s new NES console, Star Wars Battlefront, and more!

Nintendo Is Releasing An NES Console

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Between everyone playing Pokemon, Blink-182 releasing a new album, and now Nintendo releasing a brand new NES console, gamers would be forgiven for wondering what year it actually was. The classic adaptation of the iconic 1985 console sports an HDMI output, 30 pre-installed games, and even comes packaged with a familiar-looking retro controller. The games are a mix of first and third party titles, and all-in-all the bundle looks to play on the powerful sense of nostalgia.

As if Nintendo bringing back one of the most iconic gaming platforms wasn’t enough, the suggested retail price of the NES Classic Edition bundle is only $59.99 USD ($79.99 CAD). This makes it a very affordable product for gamers looking to play classic titles like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda. Like the original console, it also supports up to two controllers. Purchasing a second controller will only run gamers a cost of $9.99 USD ($12.99 CAD), which makes this one of the most affordable gaming ventures of all time.

Niantic Confirms That Trading Will Come To Pokemon GO

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Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm since it released last week, despite the fact that it isn’t even out in every region. Despite this, intrepid trainers have been exploring neighborhoods en masse in a bid to catch those darn rare Pokemon. Some users have complained that areas near them only contain repetitive amounts of common Pokemon, a problem which could be resolved by the introduction of Pokemon trading, an aspect which would bring an even bigger social component to a game which has already broken the often solitary nature of gaming.

This week, Niantic CEO John Hanke confirmed that the ability to trade Pokemon between trainers would eventually come to the Pokemon GO application, recognizing that one of the ‘core elements’ of the Pokemon franchise needed to be included for everyone to get the full experience. Of course, trading Pokemon would have a significant impact on how teams attempt to retain control over PokeGyms, so Niantic will have to figure out the best way to impliment the oft-requested feature.

Star Wars Battlefront Is Finally Getting Single-Player


Mere weeks after players discovered a hidden feature of the game that seemed to indicate an offline mode was in the works, DICE has officially announced the long-awaited inclusion of a single-player experience within Star Wars Battlefront. The offline content comes in the form of a mode called Skirmish, and it allows for players to either play by themselves or with a friend via splitscreen against AI controlled opponents. Though it was just announced, the mode is poised to release next week.

Players tuning in next week will also get the option to experience a free trial for the paid DLC called Bespin, which arrived to Star Wars Battlefront a few weeks ago. We’re sure DICE will see an influx of players returning to try out the new single-player portion of the game, so offering the free trial in tandem with this update was a smart move on the developer’s part.

Pokemon GO Gets Its First Update


What, two Pokemon GO topics in the same Open Discussion? You bet! Nobody is safe!

Now that Pokemon GO has officially released in most (but not all) regions, Niantic has had plenty of feedback in order to figure out what to fix and improve in future versions. As expected, the initial post-launch patch addresses a lot of the stability issues which plagued the game, and trainers should now have a much easier time logging in as a result. A large iOS bug involving users who couldn’t sign in via the Pokemon Trainer Club was also patched out by the update, and users will no longer be forced to sign in again when the game inevitably crashes.

Some users raised a concern about the permissions the initial version of the Pokemon GO application requested, and those privacy advocates will be relieved to know that the latest updated fixes the issue by only asking for permissions that the application requires. As it turns out, the other information the previous version requested for wasn’t used at all, but it’s good that Niantic nipped that problem in the bud.

Kojima Confident Death Stranding Will Be His Best Work

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Legendary and revered videogame producer Hideo Kojima made the above statement about Death Stranding this week, and given his impressive resume, we can only hope that his bold statement is an accurate one. It was only last month that Kojima took to the stage at E3 2016 in front a roaring crowd to reveal his first post-Konami production, a mysterious title starring Norman Reedus.

Kojima also said he was confident he was working on a concept completely new that no one has done so far, which would explain why gamers are digging so deep to try and explain the trailer. In classic Kojima-fashion, he stoked the fire by stating that many fans were unwittingly already playing the game already. We’re hopeful that Death Stranding will be a completely unique experience, though it currently has no release date.

Join The Conversation

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Whether it’s asking what kinds of Pokemon can hatch from different egg types or discussing Valve’s Counter-Strike gambling controversy, the Open Discussion is a great place to do it, so why not join the conversation?

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