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Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster

Hyuna and Hatsune Miku Join Just Dance 2018 Roster

One of GameLuv’s evergreen topics is Kpop in video games, be it Katy’s plea to the makers of Dance Central or my post on K-Pop Dance Festival. So it feels like it’s our due diligence to bring you the latest news from the K-Pop-in-a-Western-dance-game front. Naturally, it’s Just Dance from Ubisoft who made quite the reveal at their E3 press conference in early June

In typical form, the latest iteration in the series, Just Dance 2018, was revealed through a choreographed, multi-genre song-and-dance number on Ubisoft’s stage. The presentation revealed the first of the game’s new songs including Jamiroquai’s “Automaton”, Bebe Rexha’s “The Way I Are”, and surprisingly, Hyuna’s “Bubble Pop!”. Just Dance K-Pop it isn’t, but it’s another step closer I suppose. One other noteworthy addition for fans of international music is the inclusion of “Love Ward” from Hatsune Miku. Err, Just Dance J-Pop it isn’t…

Ugh, embedding is broken. Jump to the 1:44:30 mark

During E3 the official press release went out confirming a few more songs for the game with the promise of more reveals leading up to its release on October 26th.  Just Dance 2018 will be out on pretty much everything: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3; even the original Wii is getting the game! That’s a new game with 2018 in the title releasing for a console that debuted in 2006! That has to be a record (or close to it) for the latest official release for a console.

Anyways, check out the press release and announced tracklist for Just Dance 2018 down below and watch the E3 presentation above. If the embed code stops working it starts at the 1:44:30 mark. You can also watch clips of “Bubble Pop!” and “Love Ward” in the game along with several others on the official game site.

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Gaze closely upon the ‘LeSportsac x Nintendo’ Goods

Gaze closely upon the 'LeSportsac x Nintendo' Goods

Everyone’s already posted about the ‘LeSportsac x Nintendo’ goods coming to Japan in July (and the Western world this Fall); basically, it’s another cross promotional deal for Nintendo to rake in cash and good will. But the one thing nobody seems to have posted are big pics of the designs. There’s a lot of little details and I wanted a closer look.

Fortunately, LeSportsac put out some gigantic images which you can check out, in full, in the gallery at the bottom of the page. If that’s too much bandwidth for you, here are a few smaller sized closeups and some of the original press release with the details.

 

PRESS RELEASE COPY: REDMOND, Wash., June 21, 2017 – Holding a treasured place in the hearts of millions, Mario’s adventures have brought him to many strange places, including the far corners of the Mushroom Kingdom and galaxies beyond. Working with Nintendo, LeSportsac took Mario’s passion for exploration and translated it into the brand’s best-selling, on-the-go styles. These include crossbodies, totes, backpacks and weekenders, as well as small cosmetics and accessories that even the Mushroom Kingdom’s most celebrated hero can run away with on his many adventures.

Power-Up Burst is a colorful homage to Mario’s iconic power-up items and classic foes, including Fire Flowers, Super Mushrooms, 1-Up Mushrooms, Super Stars, coins, Goombas and Koopas.

Mario Travel print portrays playful Mushroom Kingdom-inspired travel memorabilia, such as luggage tags, passport stamps and postcards on a bright red background.

Complementing the collection are five additional items, including an authentic pouch shaped like the Game Boy system, a round Piranha Plant pouch, and a Super Mario Bros. cosmetic. All styles will showcase a custom Super Mario coin zipper pull. The LeSportsac X Nintendo collection launches in Japan on July 19 and will be available in other countries, including the United States, this fall.

The Giant Gallery Awaits (click the ‘View Full Size’ links too) !

Are these the faces of Xbox One X Avatars? UPDATE: Yes!

Are these the faces of Xbox One X Avatars?

Forgive me, I’ve been hands-off with the Xbox platform for quite a while now but Microsoft’s E3 2017 conference today definitely stirred my dormant green-and-white spirit. After the show I wound up on the Scorpio page — errr, Xbox One X page, still getting used to the sound of that — and what do I see towards the bottom? The image above featuring what immediately struck me as Xbox Avatars 2.0.

The image is couched by bullet points touting the ease of bringing your existing content to the One X and the robust multiplayer of the Xbox Live service. It seems perfectly fitting to represent the Xbox community with the cast of multi-cultural mannequins seen above.

If these really are newfangled Avatars they’re sporting more polygons than ever before with more realistic faces and even an array of facial expressions. The current Avatars retain their “Mii too” appearance with flat facial features and minimal animation. Hopefully we find out more this week on the Xbox One X’s Dashboard and how Avatars fit into this burgeoning generation of Xbox.

UPDATE June 14th: Well I called it on the 2.0 thing but there’s so much more to the new Xbox Avatars than just facial animations and skin color. During one of Microsoft’s Xbox Daily streams this week the footage above was shown with Xbox Product Manager Bryan Saftler narrating.

“Avatars are meant for whatever you want your digital self to represent,” Saftler explains. “We don’t want to put you in a box, there are no more checkboxes, no matter what you think you look like or what you want to present online.”

The new Avatars not only accommodate personal gender and race identity, there will now be prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and even a pregnant toggle to fully customize your online appearance. Naturally, this means costumes and props won’t be restricted to male or female Avatars anymore. “If you can see it in the store you can wear it,” states Kathryn Storm, interaction designer at Xbox. “We’re not holding you to any type of checkboxes.”

Microsoft plans to debut “Avatars 2.0” on Windows 10 later this year before bringing them to Xbox consoles down the line. Thanks to The Verge for catching this news on the daily streams, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with trying to keep up!

Is Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo’s response to annoying Mario canon questions?

This scene couldn't be any more Japanese

Everything in Super Mario Odyssey seems designed to rattle even the most absurd head-canon that fans have crafted for themselves over the decades of loosely connected Mario games. It started with the debut trailer back in January with Mario running around in the human-sized New Donk City and it’s only gotten stranger with this week’s E3 reveal.

Pauline, Mario’s original heroine from Donkey Kong, is the mayor of New Donk City and its streets are named after members of the DK clan. We’d seen Bowser in a white tuxedo before with Peach at his side in a matching wedding dress but now we see that Mario is also dressed for “the big day”. So who is crashing whose wedding and does Peach have any say in this nuptial knockout? Finally, just who is singing the vocal track heard in the new trailer with lines like “I’ll be your 1UP girl”? The camera sure lingers on that saucy singer at the New Donk City Festival, doesn’t it? Could this be the end for Mario and Peach?

Is Mario butting in on a harmonious union?

Things are just as extraordinary on the gameplay end of things. Mario’s traditional powerups are nowhere to be seen and he instead utilizes the sentient, mind-controlling tophat we now know as Cappy. With Cappy, Mario can do typical video game things like boomerang his hat around to hit enemies or grab coins. What was revealed at E3, though, is a completely surprising mechanic that lets Cappy possess most enemies and suck Mario into them, slapping the red cap on their heads and a mustache on their face.

Goombas, Hammer Bros. and Bullet Bills are all commandeered by Mario as well as totally unexpected objects like taxi cabs, tanks, frogs, Rapa Nui statues and rocket ships that look straight out of Super Mario Bros. 2. Then there are the scenes where Mario is squashed flat a la Link Between Worlds and things get decidedly old school.

Between this and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle I’ve never been more excited for new Mario games and there’s surely more bizarre stuff to be seen from both; at E3 and in the months leading up to their releases. Bring it on Nintendo, the weirder the better!