Today in the Rundown, we dissect the latest glimpse of the Nintendo Switch, jump into the cockpit with Elite: Dangerous on the PS4, get the latest on the virtual reality gaming front, take a look at the new Baywatch movie starring The Rock and Zac Efron, and finally, wrap our fingers around a new iOS and Android version of Rockstar’s classic game Bully!
Nintendo has given the world a new look at the Switch, so let’s see what we can see. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote their new mobile game Super Mario Run, and to everyone’s surprise, he also showed off the Switch. Reggie and Fallon briefly demoed the new Zelda game Breath of the Wild, making this the first time the game has been shown running live on the system. It appears to be running smoothly, both on the big screen and on the little handheld one. As for the hardware, the device itself looks like it’s the same model from the announcement video, which was shot back in the summer, with the only difference we’ve noticed being that the backside of the portable screen has a large Switch logo this time around. This is also the first time Nintendo has shown the backside of the Dock – that’s what it looks like, go figure. We’re going to have to keep scrutinizing these small glimpses of the Switch until Nintendo provides a closer look in January, ahead of their worldwide launch in March. That’s not the only cool Nintendo-related thing that happened on The Tonight Show. After the Switch demo, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage to play the Mario theme song with the Tonight Show’s house band The Roots. Pretty cool.
A popular space combat game is coming to the PS4, but not in the way you might be expecting. Frontier Developments has revealed that Elite: Dangerous is finally coming to the Sony console. It will hit the PS4 in Spring 2017, and it’s been quite the wait. The game was first released on the PC back in 2014, and the Xbox One version launched in 2015. Here’s the surprising news. Frontier Developments hasn’t said if the PS4 version will support the PlayStation VR headset. Elite: Dangerous already supports virtual reality through the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on the PC, and is one of the more popular VR titles. They say they’re looking into the possibility of bringing it to the PlayStation VR, but they haven’t made up their minds and will have more information to share soon.
And speaking of VR, nothing sells hardware like exclusive games. Vive headset maker HTC has announced that they’ve formed their own internal game development studio called 2 Bears Studios, as well as their own game publishing label called Vive Studios. They’ll create and publish games exclusively for the HTC Vive, and they’ve already released their first title. It’s called Arcade Saga, and is a mini-game collection where you take on different arcade-style challenges inside a Tron-like world. HTC is betting that, if they make their own exclusive games, it will help drive sales of their hardware, which is something that console makers have been doing for decades. They already have a deal with game maker Valve to create titles for the Vive. Their biggest rival, Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, has recently began investing in their own big exclusive titles for the Oculus Rift.
If the cold winter weather is getting you down, here’s a hot movie you’ll be able to watch next summer. The first trailer for the new Baywatch movie has hit the beach. It stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Florida lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, the character played by David Hasselhoff in the original show, who’s forced to partner up with a new and less experienced lifeguard played by Zac Efron. It looks like the movie will have everything you’d expect from a Baywatch movie, namely, attractive people running towards the camera in slow motion, but the thing that sets it apart is that it’s doing it all with a more tongue-in-cheek tone. The filmmakers appear to be going for a more self-aware and comedic take on the material, similar to what was done with the recent 21 Jump Street movies. Audiences will be able to dive into Baywatch when it hits theatres on May 26.
If you need something to do while you’re waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2, you can head back to school with a classic Rockstar game. A new version of the 2006 game Bully has been released on iOS and Android devices, just in time for the game’s 10th anniversary. It includes everything that was available in the original PS2 version, as well as all the extra missions and characters that were introduced in the expanded Scholarship Edition, which was released on the Xbox 360 and Wii in 2007. On top of that, the mobile version also offers better graphics, textures, and character models, as well as a new turn-based competitive mode where you can challenge your friends, and there’s also support for physical controllers. We should never forget how cool it is to be able to play console-quality games on our phones. Players have long been begging Rockstar to make a sequel, so this will have to suffice for now.