Technological World for December 15, games: New Pokémon games, Catan goes 3D, Master Chief as a goalie, Game Award winners, Xbox mini fridge preorders

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl have arrived for a new generation of player, Catan’s new edition is a sight to behold, Halo-themed hockey equipment, It Takes Two and Deathloop get multiple Game Awards, the Xbox replica mini fridge is available for preorder.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl debut on Nintendo’s Switch

The latest Pokémon games from Nintendo released recently, and everyone complaining about them is missing the point.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remakes of games which were released for the Nintendo DS handhelds back in 2007. They were just regular diamonds and pearls back then.

Which is more than a decade, folks. These remakes don’t care where they land on your list of “best/worst Pokémon games”.

These remakes are for a new generation of Pokémon fans who don’t care these games are more than ten years old because they just can’t get enough.

Like other main series Pokémon adventures, the games are effectively the same. You get to choose Chimcar, Piplup, or Turtwig as your starting creature, and then you run around the Sinnoh region trying to catch them all.

That’s where things differ, because there are 37 pocket monsters unique to each version, if you include the evolutions.

The unique legendary Pokémon are, for Brilliant Diamond:

  • Entei
  • Ho-oh
  • Raikou
  • Suicune

And for Shining Pearl:

  • Articuno
  • Lugia
  • Moltres
  • Zapdos

One thing that Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have that other Pokémon games don’t is the Grand Underground, a subterranean layer under the surface of Sinnoh where you can play in minigames and discover hideaways where rare Pokemon are living. It’s a dungeon-like maze that’s fun to explore.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and are available now. Rated everyone.

One of the best board games ever gets reinvigorated as Catan: 3D Edition

The best gamers play all the games, even analogue ones, and one of the best board games ever made is Catan.

And if you’re a devoted Catan player, there’s a new edition of the classic strategy game that you’re going to salivate over.

Catan: 3D Edition (C$420) dispenses with the coloured cardboard in favour of pieces and components that are sculpted.

Everything is hand painted. The player pieces and the robber have an antique look to them. The number tokens are translucent discs that nestle into the terrain hex pieces, which rise out from the table, the mountain regions that provide iron ore towering above the thick forest groves and sheep-covered grasslands.

The roads are elevated, the town and cities veritable mini models.

This edition of Catan has some heft to it, a substance befitting the status of the game. And it’ll never wear out the way your paper version will.

These Halo-themed goalie pads are amazing

A partnership between sports equipment company, Bauer, and Xbox will have one lucky hockey player winning an Xbox Series X console and full goaltending kit in colours that will make you look like Master Chief has put on some skates.

You’ve got until December 17 to enter to win.

It Takes Two, Deathloop, and Kena pick up multiple Game Awards

Late last week was the annual Game Awards show. There was a live audience at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, but most of the viewers of the lengthy program watched on various streaming channels.

Of the thirty awards handed out, It Takes Two, developed by Sweden’s Hazelight and published by EA, was the most recognized, winning Game of the Year, Best Family, and Best Multiplayer.

Deathloop (Arkane, Bethesda) was the only other multi-award winner, netting Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction.

Other notable winners included:

Check out the full list of winners, and watch the entire show below.

Xbox mini fridge pre-orders began today


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