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Nintendo’s strange new fitness game and learning Māori in Minecraft

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Welcome to your weekly dose of entertainment news! In today’s Pretty Much Weekly, we’ve got an awesome crossover between Māori culture and the beautiful game that is Minecraft. We also learn more about a spin-off Game of Thrones series, Nintendo’s latest foray into fitness gaming and Kojima’s weird and apparently collaborative creation. 

50 minutes of new Death Stranding gameplay!!

Hideo Kojima brought his highly anticipated game to the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, and showed off HEAPS of new gameplay and mechanics! If you don’t mind watching it all in Japanese, Hideo himself played the game.

Gameplay starts at 7:28

Protagonist Sam will have several stats to look after: blood count, boot sturdiness, stamina, and BB’s happiness as well as weight capacity and delivery ratings.

When you take on a job, you can see how heavy the cargo is, and lay out map markers to make your journey easier.

One of the coolest things is that other players can leave items in the world. You could come across things like motorbikes or mailboxes that have been left lying around to help you and other players out! Also, if you like it, you can ‘like’ it.

IGN did a good job of explaining the broadcast here:

You know, Death Stranding is looking more and more like my kind of game. Apocalyptic postal simulator is right up my alley. 

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Minecraft

In honour of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Whetu Paitai of Piki Studios has created a world for Minecraft: Education Edition that will help kids learn more about te Reo and Māori culture!

Ngā Motu (“The Islands”) has an ancient Aotearoa vibe, with familiar fauna, waka and even kiwi and moa meandering about! Here’s a video explaining the concept:

At least watch it to see how fricken cool the world is

Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao.

Māori proverb

The bird who eats of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird who eats of knowledge owns the world.”

Players can walk around a pā, goggle at a mighty waka hourua in the harbour and run around with patu instead of the usual Minecraft swords. All the while, learning more about te ao Māori.

You can download the map for yourself here.

Targaryen Prequel in the Works

According to Deadline and Variety, HBO is pretty close to ordering a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel series. It will be based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, which describes the 300 years before Game of Thrones, when “dragons ruled Westeros.” 

The book begins with the creator of the Iron Throne and tells the history of the Targaryen line all the way up to the Dance of the Dragons war. This civil war is reportedly going to be a big part of the TV show. 

Are you excited for this? Or are you still hurt from the last season of Game of Thrones?

Introducing… RingFit Adventure

Nintendo teased a new exercise controller a couple of days, and today released a video explaining exactly what it was. Here it is! Take a look for yourself!

Why are Nintendo videos always so dorky and awkward? I love it.

Alongside the new game are two interesting accessories: the flexible Ringcon and a thigh strap, both of which hold a Joycon to keep track of your movement.

I remember enjoying all the PlayStation Move games, but I never played them religiously like I do other games. So I’m cautious even considering buying this.

It seems like a huge commitment not only to buy an exercise game I might not play often, but also to buy a whole new set of controllers that can’t be used for anything else. Hopefully more games are in development involving the RingCon, because I do think it’s a pretty cool and innovative idea.

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