Today in the Rundown, we begin by filling our inventory with loads of Nintendo news! We have some disappointing rumours about the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild, the latest on the Nintendo Switch, and when to expected the new mobile game Super Mario Run. We also have the first official details on an Inhumans TV show from Marvel, good news for fans of the HBO series Westworld, and finally, rumours about new wearable tech from Apple!
A very disappointing rumour has come in: the new Legend of Zelda game Breath of the Wild might be delayed. Eurogamer and several other sources are reporting that the new game, originally slated to hit the Wii U and Nintendo’s new console the Switch in March 2017, will now be arriving in Summer 2017. The game reportedly needs more time for localization and bug testing, although it’s important to keep in mind that, at the time we’re filming this, Nintendo hasn’t made any official announcements on the matter. If the news turns out to be true, it wouldn’t be the first delay for the game. Breath of the Wild was originally slated to arrive before the end of 2016, but was pushed back in order to be a launch title for the Switch. Whether or not the potential delay means the game will be pushed back on both systems, or just the Switch, has yet to be revealed. We’ll let you know if Nintendo makes any official announcements.
And if you’re looking foward to the Nintendo Switch, you’re not the only one. A few weeks ago, Nintendo and PC gaming hardware maker Nvidia announced that the Switch will run on a custom Nvidia Tegra processor, making it the first Nintendo platform to use Nvidia technology. Speaking with VentureBeat, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang elaborated on their partnership with Nintendo. He says that their engineers worked very closely with Nintendo during the designing of the Switch, making sure that performance and energy efficiency wouldn’t be sacrificed while still allowing the console to be portable. He adds that the kind of gameplay that the Switch will enable is “like nothing the world has so far,” and he’s very excited about what’s to come. The Switch isn’t NVIDIA’s first foray into the console space, they helped develop the graphics hardware for the original Xbox, although they haven’t been involved with more recent consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. Nintendo will reveal more info about the Switch at a special event in January, leading up to the console’s launch in March.
And the Switch isn’t the only new platform Nintendo is focusing on. Nintendo has revealed that their new mobile game Super Mario Run will launch worldwide on December 15. That’s when the game will be available on iOS devices, and Nintendo has confirmed that it will eventually come to Android devices as well, but not until next year. Players lucky enough to have a compatible device will be able to download and try out a watered down free version, and if they want to unlock the full version, it will cost $14 in Canada. That seems like a good way to avoid those pesky in-game microtransactions. Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first real game designed for smartphones, following the release of their social app Miitomo earlier this year, and they’re expecting to rake in the dough. Nintendo has also confirmed that they’re working on future mobile games featuring other iconic characters, with new Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing titles expected to hit mobile devices in the near future.
Marvel’s upcoming Inhumans movie isn’t going to be a movie after all. Marvel Television, ABC, and IMAX are joining forces to create a live-action TV series based on the Inhumans superhero team. The Inhumans first appeared in comics in the 1960s, and are a race of genetically enhanced humans who protect Earth from harm, kind of like a more cosmic version of the X-Men. Marvel originally announced that they were making a big screen Inhumans movie, but that project has instead morphed into the TV series. You might be wondering why IMAX is involved. The first two episodes of the show will premiere exclusively on IMAX screens, with a regular network run on ABC slated to begin two weeks later. This will be the first time a network show will debut in IMAX, so I guess that means the Inhumans will still find their way to the big screen after all. They’ll hit Earth in Summer 2017.
And over on cable television, you won’t need to end your trip to Westworld anytime soon. HBO has officially renewed their popular new robot western show for a second season. Like the ongoing first season, the second season will consist of 10 new episodes, although HBO hasn’t said exactly when the new season will arrive. Westworld is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, focusing on a futuristic amusement park that recreates the old west with robots and other advanced technologies. Before you start worrying about the second season, the first season will come to an end next month.
Apple might be getting into the augmented glasses business. With Microsoft set to release their HoloLens glasses to consumers in the near future, their old rival Apple is apparently working on something similar. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Apple is currently weighing the possibility of making their own digital glasses, with a potential device currently in the early stages of development. The site claims that Apple hasn’t made up their minds yet, but they have begun having preliminary conversations with suppliers. If they do go ahead with their own digital glasses, the earliest they’d arrive in 2018. This could be Apple’s way of driving up revenue in the face of declining iPhone sales, and follows their first stab at wearable technology with the Apple Watch. One thing is for certain, if Apple does make a pair of digital glasses, don’t expect them to have a headphone jack.